Senator Durbin denounces deal putting former East St. Louis Mayor Alvin Parks back in power

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EAST ST. LOUIS (KPLR) – Illinois U.S. Senator Dick Durbin Monday slamming a deal by East St. Louis officials that put former Mayor Alvin Parks back in power. In this You Paid For It follow-up, Elliott Davis caught up with the senator at a stop in the Metro East.

Senator Durbin didn't mince words condemning this deal we also raised questions about, in a deal that shocked a lot of people including the U.S. Senator.

Former Mayor Alvin Parks had lost his re-election race to Emika Jackson-Hicks who Senator Durbin supported.

But Mayor Parks allies on the city council in a 3 to 2 vote, fired the person the new mayor wanted as city manager and gave Alvin Parks the job.

His salary went from $50,000 a year as mayor to $100,000 as city manager.