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Petitioners put democracy on display and now it's time for a deal or a vote on funding for 'The Q': Michael K. McIntyre

CLEVELAND, Ohio -- The deadline was tight, less than 30 days, and the hurdle high, more than 6,000 valid signatures from registered Cleveland voters would be needed.

But opponents of Cleveland City Council's vote to fund renovations of Quicken Loans arena were motivated to force the issue to the ballot. An equal investment, they argued, must be made to improve struggling neighborhoods.