“The citizens of Clinton owe a debt of gratitude to Gil for all he has done for our city,” the proclamation read. “Gil Janes has made Clinton a better place to live and has inspired the city to set goals high and never give up.”
At-large Councilman-elect Tom Determann, who also met Janes in the mid-to-late 1990s as part of the Iowa/Illinois highway partnership, called Janes’ work fighting for grants and other funds for Clinton “indispensable.”
“I don’t think we would have gotten (Liberty Square) done without him,” Determann said. “There was a group of us working on it, but I don’t know if it would have gotten done without him.”
As part of the award, the city will install a memorial in Liberty Square dedicated to Janes.