|Illinois & Michigan Canal State|
Trail, Ottawa, IL
"Bad politicians. Bad politicians is what we've got," Chuck Burke, bicyclist, said.Why aren't volunteers allowed to do more? Self-serving public sector union workers and contractors who grease the palms of politicians are probably why that is. Hey, I'm not saying any chucklehead can drive a backhoe--but surely volunteers can regrade a crushed gravel trail, fix a water fountain or two, or replace vandalized signs. One small way for Illinois to dig itself out of its self-induced morass is to allow volunteers to do more--and not just in the parks.
For lovers of the I & M Canal Trail there is great frustration. Volunteers want to help, but all they're allowed to do is pick up trash.
"If the state is not going to be doing the funding on an ongoing basis, what else can be done? "
Oh, cyclist Burke is right. Illinois has bad politicians, with a few exceptions such as our reform governor, Bruce Rauner, who was elected to confront the old order.
Illinois & Michigan Canal National Heritage Corridor at 30
Starved Rock State Park--sad site on the west end