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4tolerance - Lovelace\'s first court appearance tentatively scheduled - Quincy, IL News - QuincyJournal.com
There has been lots of chatter about why the investigation began on this again in 2013 and what new evidence can pop up etc. He married his second wife within about a year and a half of the death of Cory. He and his second wife were then divorced in 2013. One article on another news source said the second wife was contacted and said "I can't talk about it." Whether that means she was told by someone…
WarCry - Lovelace\'s first court appearance tentatively scheduled - Quincy, IL News - QuincyJournal.com
I can actually think of a few scenarios where malice may not even be an issue, and that would reflect very darkly on the whole situation to the community at large. As darkly as out-and-out murder? I don't know, that would be in the eye of the beholder, I suppose.
GoSalukis - QPD makes DUI arrest after hit and run - Quincy, IL News - QuincyJournal.com
That is a good quality bender at The Abbey and/or Spring Street - two fine watering holes!
Wiseguy14 - Lovelace\'s first court appearance tentatively scheduled - Quincy, IL News - QuincyJournal.com
Nancy Grace is actually correct on that point. It depends on the state, but in most states you can "premeditate" if you even have a few seconds to contemplate the action before taking it. That's opposed to a pure "heat of the moment" situation where the killer literally doesn't think, just acts. That would get you down to Second Degree murder (I believe)
QyFiredUp - City of Quincy looking to buy new garbage and recycle fleet - Quincy, IL News - QuincyJournal.com
Once again, I don't like your proposal. Why tie it to the water bill ? Explain why if I take 10 showers a day, I should pay more for garbage service? Furthermore, If you purchace a seperate meter for water, the city cannot make you pay for sewer tax if it is used to water your garden or grass. What makes you think they can charge for garbage pick up if i use a third party? If you can remember…

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Quincy Police and Fire Chiefs re-appointed

Quincy Police and Fire Chiefs re-appointed

8 months, 2 weeks ago by Bryan Nichols

Council questions communication from Police and Fire Commission

After tabling the issue at last week’s meeting, the Quincy City Council accepted the re-appointments of Police Chief Rob Copley and Fire Chief Joe Henning to another 5 year term.

Police and Fire Commission Chair Charlie Doan presented the Council with a brief history of the Commission noting that it had been created to take politics out of the hiring process. He said guidelines were set forth in city code for the Commission to follow including the appointment of Chiefs to terms of one to five years.

“These individuals deserve ten years because we’re lucky to have them,” Doan said in response to a question from Alderman Mike Rein regarding why the Commission selected a five year term.

Alderman Dan Brink questioned whether annual evaluations of the Chiefs had been done as stated in City Code. Doan said they had and offered to provide the evaluations.

Alderman Paul Havermale said he hadn’t ever been presented with those evaluations.

“I’ve been on the council for ten years and I’ve never been presented with the evaluation of any Chief. I think better communication between the Commission and the Council is what we were looking for. “I don’t think anybody up here is questioning the ability of the Chiefs involved.”

Commission member Dick Wentura said the Commission takes the job of appointing the Chiefs seriously.

“We’ve got a great investment in these people. If they don’t perform, the board will handle it. If there is an issue, the board will fix it,” Wentura said.

Doan said the Mayor and the City Council can change anything they don’t like about the process and the length of the term.

The Council voted to accept the reports of the Commission and Copley and Henning were reappointed to their respective positions for five years.

The City Council also heard the first reading of several ordinance changes including adding a $5 fee for those selling dogs in the city and a $6 cat tag fee which would be issued at the time of vaccination.

A first reading was also presented for an ordinance which would amend city code to classify cigarette butts and cigars with filter tips as “Litter.”  The ordinance mirrors a recent change to state law. However, it would reduce the fine for the offense.

The City Council adopted an Emergency Operations Plan at Monday night’s meeting as well.

Mayor Kyle Moore said there was no plan or “playbook” for emergencies in place when he took office.

“It gives future administrations a guide as to when to act, who to call, who can mobilize, etc. If they faced an emergency on day one, they would be able to act accordingly."

Moore said his hope was that the full plan would be completed within three years.

League of Women Voters President Mary Ann Klein spoke at the end of the meeting about possible garbage and recycle changes and the League’s official position.

Klein said the League had been instrumental in the creation of the Green Coalition, the banning of leaf burning and the expansion of recycling.

She said that the League didn’t feel that recent proposals weren’t clear and many “don’t have a grasp of the implications of the proposed changes.”

“They are more likely to resent the changes if they feel they are being imposed on them,” said Klein.

She said more opportunities were needed for citizens to educate themselves and asked that further action regarding garbage and recycle be tabled. She said that if the matter were taken up again, the League of Women Voters would like to have a seat at the table when considering new proposals.


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Bob Gough 5 hours, 51 minutes ago

RT @danmak57: Quincy scoring update: Devin Smith 25-yard run (Nathan Kewney kick blocked), 5:21 in 4th. Quincy 30, UTHS 14 @Dispatch_Argus
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Bob Gough 8 hours, 57 minutes ago

Looking at roughly a 9 pm start at Flinn for UT/QHS.
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nichols120 10 hours, 38 minutes ago

@DOB23 No! It was Lovelace's last big thing as a school board member, I believe.
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nichols120 10 hours, 44 minutes ago

@DOB23 You know who pushed for that field, right? #cough #awkward @ReidOB1