Letters needed to oppose meat packing plant in Quad Cities area

Dear ICCAW members:

Please help us get the word out! In an effort to draw public attention to what’s taking place locally with the Triumph meat packing plant proposal, we are encouraging as many people as possible to submit letters to editors and op-eds to local, regional and statewide papers.

The East Moline City Council is considering spending $10,000 in citizen taxpayer dollars to hire a Chicago law firm to assist in negotiating a Redevelopment Agreement and financial incentive package for the Triumph Foods meat packing plant. This will occur at one or both of their upcoming City Council meetings on Feb. 6 and Feb. 21. The misguided idea of wasting taxpayer dollars to hire the firm is a move that could put Triumph back on the tracks. We feel the timing is crucial for the city to make the right decision and walk away from the deal before it becomes a runaway train.

In addition, the Illinois State Water Survey recently released a draft FEMA map that places the Triumph Foods site in a floodway. While the draft map has validated what local area residents have been saying for years about the location being unsuitable for development, the city appears to remain undeterred.

For additional talking points and more background information, please visit: www.StopTriumph.com. Provided below are instructions and links for submitting letters to the editors for a few different papers.

As always, thank you so much for your activism and support!

Danielle Diamond

Where & how to submit letters to the editor…

Quad Cities Dispatch (250-word limit) submit via e-mail to: letters@qconline.com

Quad-City Times (250-word limit) submit via an online form at: http://qctimes.com/app/pages/contact/new/?contact=letters

Chicago Tribune (400-word limit) e-mail to ctc-tribletter@tribune.com or submit via an online form at: www.chicagotribune.com/news/opinion/letters/#&lid=Letters&lpos=Sub (must be addressed to the editor, no open letters to other people are printed; must be signed; must contain contact information including letter writer’s city and state, and no more than four signatures per letter).

Chicago Sun-Times (250-word limit) submit via an online form at: www.suntimes.com/opinions/letters/2397571-474/submit-letters-editor.html

Danielle Diamond, Attorney
Illinois Citizens for Clean Air & Water
181 Illinois St.
Crystal Lake, IL 60014

From the Feb. 8-14, 2012, issue

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