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Belleville denied grant for road resurfacing project

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The city of Belleville was denied a $500,000 grant that would have funded a road resurfacing project along Prairie Avenue.

Officials said Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner slashed the city grant to help offset a state deficit of approximately $4 billion.

City leaders said they oppose the governor's decision to cut funding and must now look elsewhere to pay for reconstruction.

"The state, all of us have some serious financial problems, but I don't think these budget cuts can be solved on the backs of cities," said Mayor Mark Eckert.

The mayor said currently the city can only make temporary road repairs with available city funds.

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