East St. Louis officials and a local firefighters union say they’ve reached a deal that will avert layoffs of nearly one-third of the city’s fire department.
The new layoff date is now October 15. Mayor Alvin Parks says that while he is hopeful the layoffs might be eliminated altogether, obligations, such as back-pay, must be met.
Estimates put the number of job created by the project at about 1,200. East St. Louis Mayor Alvin Parks says the plan will have far-reaching consequences.
What was once being pitched as the “River’s Edge Entertainment District” in East St. Louis got a name change.
Mayor Alvin Parks still supports the idea of an entertainment district for East St. Louis saying the city needs to encourage job growth.
“I was thinking it would be slightly higher which is a good thing that it was not higher,” said East St. Louis Mayor Alvin Parks.
It was a detective indicted as part of a heroin trafficking ring that lit the fire of East St. Louis Alvin Parks to conduct the random drug tests.
“We don’t have nearly enough, not even close to enough, police officers in the Metro East,” he said.
“We need to look at education; we need to look at public safety; we have to look at the infrastructure of the cities,” he said.
“Lets have our citizens look out for those people, lets have our citizens look out for each other,” Mayor Alvin Parks told KMOX.