Here we go again – another major loss for the hard-working, hope-filled tax-payers and children in Austin. First, it was Austin High School – now it’s the Austin Y, leaving yet another void in one of the city’s largest communities.
Unemployment, under-performing schools, high drop-out rates, poor health indicators, foreclosures and more boarded up houses, homelessness, youth violence and shootings – all at alarming rates. What are the people in Austin to do?
As a member of the Illinois General Assembly, I call on the Illinois Executive Office to make Austin a priority. I call on that office to work with community leaders, elected officials, ministers and all stake-holders in Austin. Austin must have equal opportunities to build the character needed to exercise personal responsibility. No YMCA! No traditional high school! Only to name two challenges for Austin.
La Shawn K. Ford