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Another consultant, another feasibility study, this time $250,000 funded by the state to analysis "candidate sites" for a downtown multi-million dollar transfer center. And we wonder why our state is broke.

Eastland Mall, with parking and hundreds of thousands of square feet available under one roof, and more coming with the likely closing of Sears in the future, might be considered for a community library and transfer center. This could result in elimination of $40 million for a new Normal library and $20 million for the expansion of Bloomington's library, leaving the old library for future city hall expansion.

With 1,000 library patrons per day it might be good for a half-empty Eastland. This country, state and community are not in the best financial shape to put it mildly. If we only had a leader.

Bud Hall, Bloomington


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