I spoke to the Mayor of the City of Waukegan, Richard Hyde, in order to find out if the City of Waukegan could do something for Shimer College in Waukegen.
It made me sad that the City of Waukegan can't financially support Shimer College with public money. Because Shimer College is a private institution, "the city can't do anything for them."
One of his responses clarified a question that I asked in a previous blog entry, what is the meaning of "This alderman wants them to stay in Waukegan"? (Chicago Tribune, November 23) The mayor stated that "We would like Shimer College to stay, but this is a decision that they would have to make."
The City of Waukegan was my biggest hope for Shimer College in Waukegan.
Did the mayor's attitude change after David Shiner reported on November 30 that President Bill Rice's meeting with the mayor went quite well and President Bill Rice is happy about how the meeting went: "The mayor is looking into possibilities that would help make it easier for Shimer to stay in Waukegan"?
But the mayor didn't make any comment in our conversation that would suggest that the mayor has any intention of doing anything for Shimer College.