- Two men seriously hurt in crash near Fruitland (9/21/16)3
- Perryville man arrested for alleged patronizing prostitution, harassment (9/23/16)6
- Video and evidence largely confirm trooper's claims in April traffic stop shooting (9/23/16)7
- Cape man may lose eye after shovel beating, police say (9/25/16)2
- Funeral procession of former Cape Girardeau police chief Henry H. Gerecke (9/22/16)17
- Cape man accused of attacking pregnant girlfriend (9/22/16)
- Driver charged with manslaughter in crash that killed 2 (9/27/16)
- Show Me Center upgrades may allow facility to draw more elaborate shows (9/21/16)17
- Man convicted of Perryville convenience-store heist (9/21/16)
- Planning, design puts renovations of H-H building into hotel on hold (9/26/16)4
Where did all that money go?
To the editor:The southern five counties of Illinois have been the subject of many news articles over the past few years regarding economic development and the numerous agencies which propose to improve the economic climate of this region. Grant funds from state and federal sources have been provided to these various agencies by the millions. While there have been some improvements made in this region, the overall bang for the buck appears to be seriously lacking.
Another area that deserves serious consideration by the funding agencies, and the residents of the five counties, is the lack of accountability of the grant funds and the reporting of the successes, if any, that came from each grant. There appears to be very little reporting on the various funding, and audits of most of these grants appears to be nonexistent. All the while the region keeps sinking lower and lower on the economic ladder, and too many elected officials turn a blind eye to the failure to move the region away from stagnation. We taxpayers seem to get way too much spin regarding the so called successes.
CURTIS MILLER, Tamms, Ill.