By: Diane Benjamin
The University of Illinois at Chicago recently rated Illinois as the second most corrupt state in the country: https://www.illinoispolicy.org/reports/corruption-costs-illinois-taxpayers-at-least-550m-per-year/?fbclid=IwAR11VlYYI6ARmHozjFT0DQgsFig-PgAJNkYwkSGbD1jj3AvL_hCEGbDrJK8
Central Illinois isn’t exempt.
The Town of Normal is famous for calling new bike trails a Quality of Life issue. It is – for bike shop owner and Mayor of Normal: Chris Koos.
He isn’t even trying to hide it anymore.
Quote: “Constitution Trail has been a big benefit to biking and to bike sales,” said Chris Koos, owner of Vitesse Cycle Shop in Normal.
From the Mayor’s own business website: https://www.vitessecycle.com/
Koos has been plotting his bike empire for many years: https://www.newspapers.com/clip/6134742/vitesse-cycle-full-page-article-about/
Koos obviously isn’t Mayor to make sure your roads are good, not when when bike trails can be built that benefit his business!
Chris Koos has stated this himself!
There is profit for Koos personally in building more bike paths, but he never recuses himself from votes.