Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski will not be speaking to the Racine Common Council on Tuesday about the economic impact building an arena had on his city.

Racine Mayor John Dickert invited Pawlowski to speak, but he has since declined the visit after the Journal Times wrote a piece about how the FBI is investigating Allentown’s contracting process. On Feb. 1 the FBI raided the Allentown City Hall. Pawlowski himself has not been charged. But according to, “all six people implicated an Allentown official matching only the mayor’s description.”

The City of Racine is eyeing a similar arena and events center development. Pawlowski was set to speak on how their city benefited from the development. In a press release, Dickert chastised the Journal Times for how it “chose to characterize, not the visit, but the visitor.”

“It was very disheartening how quickly the purpose of his visit and presentation turned into political mudslinging. The integrity and economic benefit of this project is too important to allow it to be politicized,” he wrote in a press release.

Instead, City of Racine staff will present the information about the economic and social impact of the PPL Center in Allentown. They will also give a progress update to the Common Council on Racine’s proposed arena/events center.

“I believe the council and the public deserve the right to see what kind of a positive impact a project of this caliber can have on a city like Racine,“ Dickert said.

The Committee of the Whole will meet at 6 p.m. in Council Chambers on the second floor of Racine City Hall, 730 Washington Ave.

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