As Aurora continues to see more reverse economic development than actual economic development, the city's economic development director, Sherman Jenkins, has announced he will "retire" on December 31st.
Progress has been limited mostly to deals involving taxpayer-funded projects that "coincidentally" reward the mayor's cronies and buddies. Vacancies have surged in retail, office and industrial under the leadership of Aurora Mayor Tom Weisner.
In Jenkins defense, one source said "it's not entirely Sherman's fault. Everyone knows in this city that any major project can't be done unless the mayor and his crooked cronies get their dirty hands all over it."
"Combined with pressures from union thugs like Mark Guethle or Chuck Anderson (aka "Shorty"), an anti-business climate, no serious plans and focus by the old guard on keeping the status-quo, there's not exactly a lot you can really do except try give away incentives (taxdollars) to come here...and, even that doesn't work because of the cost of doing business here has skyrocketed with taxes, fees and labor costs."
Weisner campaign fundraiser Terry Bohr is Chairman of the Aurora Economic Development Commission, appointed by Weisner,. He "coincidentally" is head of Wegman Construction, which "coincidentally" gets most taxpayer-funded contracts and he "coincidentally" stuffs campaign cash into the mayor's pockets.
Of course, that's all just a coincidence in a city where corruption is second to none.
"I feel sorry for anyone who takes this job to replace Sherman unless you get rid of the thugs and corrupt friends of the mayor...like Terry Bohr." said the source.
Weisner praised Jenkins, saying he helped land the Chicago Premium Outlets mall that opened in 2004...a project that started before Weisner became mayor.