East St. Louis Expects More Austerity

(East St. Louis, IL) — The East St. Louis City Council knows more bad news is coming, even after they approved a budget that cuts expenses and lays off police officers and firefighters. The 38-million-dollar spending plan anticipates a deficit of nearly six-million-dollars and City Manager Alvin Parks says more layoffs are likely. Local tax revenues continue to fall and the state budget impasse leaves East St. Louis in a cash flow crunch, raising the possibility of short-term borrowing.