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Budget cuts leave tennis courts for kids in East St. Louis closed

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EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. (KMOV.com) -

Illinois state officials have suspended funding that was intended to repair the tennis court at Lincoln Park.

The courts have cracked pavement and grass is growing through the cracks.  Residents said it's a reflection of the broken promises lawmakers made to the city.  

"I think it's just a dog on shame. Remember when they first built it," said 67-year resident Ron Greer.

It's been closed for more than a decade, and just when there was hope of opening it with a $237,000  grant, Governor Bruce Rauner suspended funding. Irma Golliday with the East St. Louis Park District said it's vital to get this project off the ground.

"We have a space that could have been renovated and the Missouri chapter of the USTA would have been over here teaching those kids how to play tennis. It would have given another alternative to walking the streets," said Golliday.

In the meantime, kids will have to do without the tennis court. Greer wants lawmakers to understand the community is hurting.

"They need to get off their rumps and go ahead on and get something done down here. Lord knows the community could use it," said Greer.

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