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|Congressman Highlights Local Benefits in Stimulus Package
|A local congressman says that his peers in congress have done enough to help Wall Street and now it's time to help the people along Main Street.
17th District Democrat Phil Hare made a stop in Monmouth Saturday to discuss, among other things, the local impact of money that has come to the Maple City and Warren County as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.
Hare says the Warren County area has received over $12.5 million for education, health care, clean energy and infrastructure projects such as the nearly $300,000 the City of Monmouth received for resurfacing Main Street.
Hare tells WGIL the repaving of Illinois Route 116 near Roseville is an example of how the stimulus package has put people back to work and saves towns money.
"This again was funded through ARRA (American Recovery and Reinvestment Act) and is one that poured $1.1 million into the local economy here. Every dollar that has been sent to the City of Monmouth and Warren County from the Federal Government is another dollar that doesn't have to come from our towns and cities which are already financially strapped."
Hare says his focus is on getting people back to work. He says we will not see economic recovery until a dent is made in the ten percent unemployment numbers in surrounding areas.
He says some are suggesting tax breaks for people but Hare says that people need a place to live, a job to go to, and a health care plan that doesn't bankrupt individuals.
Hare says what good are tax breaks going to be if people don't have jobs to make the money.
(17th District Democrat Phil Hare shakes hands with Monmouth Mayor Rod Davies Saturday as they discussed local benefits from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. WGIL News Story and Photo by Dominic Fortini.)
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