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.