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Jacksonville Presents State of City Report
Jacksonville city leaders are preparing to talk about the highs and lows of 2012 and their visions for 2013.
Last year wasn't a great year for Jacksonville. The city faced a host of challenges that impacted its bottom line. The biggest hit may have been the closure of the Jacksonville Developmental Center. After a long fight, Gov. Pat Quinn won out in its closure. Now, the challenge for the city is to figure out what to do with the building and the land, and how to make it profitable for the city.
The other major hit the city took was also out of its control. The drought caused a major economic downturn for Jacksonville.
On the bright side, new construction of homes was up, and crime was down.
"What I try to do at these forums is answer more questions from the audience," Jacksonville Mayor Andy Ezard said. "I'll give some numbers. Statistics are good. People quantify when you give statistics. Police reports statistics, calls for firemen, new construction from our inspections."
In addition to Ezard, South Jacksonville Mayor Gordon Jumper and Morgan County Commissioner Bill Meier will also speak. Tonight's report takes place at 7 p.m. at the Jacksonville Municipal Building.