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Well, well, well …

Reputation, image, brand matters.  Those of us that live here, work here, we know what we’ve got. It is a very vibrant and beautiful community.  If we don’t take a little bit more control of what our reputation is … others will do it for us.

Pekin Mayor Rusty Dunn, quoted in the Daily Times.

The Pekin City Council is also creating a Human Rights Committee specifically to address issues of racism in Pekin.

Hmmmm.   What former Pekin resident & blogger brought these ideas up again & again over the past three years?  This guy, maybe.

It’s good to see Pekin waking up to reality.

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Written by Matthew

September 20, 2009 at 1:18 pm

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  1. Careful, boyo… we don’t need anymore death threats.

    Katie

    September 20, 2009 at 1:46 pm

  2. Well, right now there are about six people who read this blog, and you & me are two of them. I’m not too worried. 😉

    Matthew

    September 20, 2009 at 1:53 pm

  3. Please…what would you expect the mayor to say? the committee is window dressing…I don’t expect it to really do anything. The council had already set it setself to the task of appointing the usual bunch of local business inner circle types, when their choices got called into question. But in the end…much ado about nothing.

    A committee should be apppointed to appoint a committee to investigate a problem that the majority of people in town don’t see as a problem…gotta love it. Didn’t someone write a book called Catch 22 about this?

    Eric Snow

    September 21, 2009 at 8:22 am

  4. What do I expect the mayor to say? Exactly what he did say. The point is that it hadn’t been said before publicly, at least not in a forum like the Community Update. It’s good to see the mayor acknowledge Pekin’s image problem and seek to address it in such a public & publicized way.

    The selection process for the Human Rights Committee did come under fire, but the right thing was done in response to that criticism. The committee selection process was delayed & participation was opened up to new applicants. This was publicized more than any other committee selection that I can recall. Whether the committee ends up being “window dressing” remains to be seen. I would give them a chance before resorting to such cynicism.

    The majority of Pekin doesn’t see the negative image of their community as a problem … but they’re wrong. It hurts Pekin in a very real way. I’m sure I could have sold my home there for 10-20% more than I did if it wasn’t in Pekin – with all the negative images associated with the community. It doesn’t even matter that the reputation is mostly undeserved. The image is there, and it won’t go away unless those in prominent positions in the community take a stand and address the issue in a public way. Also, there is certainly real racism remaining in Pekin, just as there is throughout Central Illinois. It’s not JUST an image problem. Denying that is delusional.

    Will it work? I don’t know. But it should be tried. The head-in-the-sand approach hasn’t worked. Pekinites continue to ignore & deny the problem of their community’s negative image, and that image today is the same as when I was growing up in Peoria 20-30 years ago. As Mayor Dunn says … take control of your community’s reputation, or others will do it for you. IMO, it’s about damn time.

    Matthew

    September 23, 2009 at 9:38 am

  5. in a very real way?? your house sold for 10-20 % less?? hellooo we are in the “the great recession” and houses everywhere are sitting on the market longer and going for less…besides you probably bought your house for less than what you would have spent for the same home in another market….that has nothing to do with racism…another crappy example because there is no reality in waht you suggest…

    I grew up in Pekin 20-30 years ago…I’ve gotten front row seats for your hometown…and it ain’t pretty…the population of pekin grew in the 80’s too..the image must not have been too bad.

    maybe I’m delusional…maybe the flood gates are about to open…big business is about to come to town…because the image of pekin is all that was holding us back…had nothing to do with access to interstates or a large quanity of skilled workers…it was the image….

    I’ve got my head in the sand??

    Eric Snow

    September 23, 2009 at 2:45 pm

  6. I’m well aware of the current economic situation, Eric, and I took that into account. It’s hard to put exact numbers on the damage done, but I stand by the idea that property values suffer in Pekin because of its negative image.

    Also, will you please can the sarcasm and quit putting words in my mouth. I don’t think that Pekin’s negative image is its ONLY problem, or even it’s most pressing problem. I just think that it’s a very real problem that should not be ignored or dismissed.

    Matthew

    September 24, 2009 at 11:57 pm

  7. hey good to see you keeping up on Pekin news! We did pass the new Human Rights Comm last night. I agree, whether it is justified or not, outsiders think Pekinites are a bunch of red neck bigots. I want to lose the image, hence I am more than willing to give this group a chance.
    Barb Strand

    barb strand

    October 27, 2009 at 2:10 pm


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