Cash-strapped cities across the state are having to dig deep to come up with funds to do jobs that have been cut out of the state's budget -- like cutting grass along roads.
The Illinois Department of Transportation told cities that it will only be able to afford to mow the grass along interstates and state highways twice this summer, according to O'Fallon Finance Director Dean Rich.
Either local governments mow the grass or the doorsteps of their community become unsightly messes.
"We mowed before the Harley Owners Group Rally and bicycle races" earlier this month, Rich said. "We're going to have more than 1,000 people in town, and many of them have never been here before. So is that what we want them to see? We want them to want to come back to O'Fallon."
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