"You might be asking, what positive can come out of this kind of a situation? There are several positives. The first of which, if you'll recall, for those of you who are familiar with the Life More Abundantly Plan for East St. Louis (Parks' campaign platform), point number two in our plan calls for restoring credibility and ensuring that integrity is a part of everything we do as a city government. That is what we're seeking to do. In this case, it happened to come partially as a result of an investigation. Of course, no one ever wants their office raided, no one ever wants an embarrassing situation, but the positive outcome is increased integrity in our city government.""The second silver lining is establishing a relationship with people who are interested in law enforcement in this community being strengthened."
"A third plus is developing and recruiting resources regarding law enforcement efforts in this city. People interested in helping us get more manpower on the street. The people from the U.S. Attorney's office are very interested is helping expand law enforcement in this community. The positive outcome is that we're having conversations with them that we may not have otherwise have had. So there are silver linings to this situation."
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