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La Salle council votes to leave IVAC

Posted by wlpo on July 26, 2010

The City of La Salle is parting ways with The Illinois Valley Area Chamber of Commerce, at least for half of a year.

The city council was unanimous in deciding Monday night to not renew their membership with IVAC and to reevaluate the situation in six months.  Their annual $13,000 membership fee would have been due this month.

The council was torn on rejoining last year, mainly because they had hired an economic development director.

Aldermen last night questioned whether they were getting their money’s worth and if IVAC was being open in sharing information with the city.

Alderman Gary Schroeder says he would rather see the city use the money for in-house economic development.

An IVAC representative was not at the meeting though several city officials are members.

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