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yesqcy - City/Firefighters labor contract must be voted on again - Quincy, IL News - QuincyJournal.com
Very true, everyone has to have a first time. But what about the city attorney and the rest of the council? Nobody?
Mizzougrad - Quincy City Budget hearings and Council meeting - Quincy, IL News - QuincyJournal.com
Your right, the pensions that the city chose to underfund for years because they could, and now it's all our fault. For someone in business, don't understand how you do not understand the concept that you close a station, you don't just reassign the firefighters, because then there are no savings. You close a station because you want to lower the number of firefighters, period. You know…
topdown - Quincy City Budget hearings and Council meeting - Quincy, IL News - QuincyJournal.com
Once again, I will ask you: Do you understand business at all? The City can't print money. The police and fire pensions have thrown the entire system so far out of whack that the City can't make "want to" decisions; it is a "have to" situation. You can cry the blues all you want about the poor, poor firefighters, but their greed over the years has contributed greatly to this mess, so what…
topdown - Quincy City Budget hearings and Council meeting - Quincy, IL News - QuincyJournal.com
I haven't read a single comment about laying off firefighters, except, perhaps, from your Chief. You are paid, and paid very well, to do a job. If you don't like it, quit. People will line up to take your spot. No one is complaining about the services you provide. The problem is cost. Why is it so hard to understand that the City coffers are not a bottomless pit? Your pensions have…
topdown - Quincy City Budget hearings and Council meeting - Quincy, IL News - QuincyJournal.com
Your condescending attitude is just plain insulting. Thousands and thousands of small business owners have suffered in this economy over the past decade or so. Should we all "reinvent" ourselves? What an idiotic statement! It is patently obvious to me from the comments you have made in different discussions that you have lived a life of privilege and have never given an honest day's work in…

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Republicans rebut State of the State

2 months, 3 weeks ago by Bob Gough

 

Randy Frese, candidate for Illinois House 94th District:

"Governor Pat Quinn chose to ignore the actual state of the state today. We are projected to be 50th in job growth this year, we have the 3rd highest rate of unemployment in the country and the 2nd highest number of people leaving the state. That is not my definition of ‘turning the corner’ on our state’s fiscal woes.
I believe the best way to grow our economy is to enact strong pro-growth policies that encourage private sector businesses to locate or stay in Illinois and hire more workers. It is with business-friendly policies that we strengthen the middle class, not with government mandates.
We must also ensure that our residents aren’t burdened by an ever-increasing slew of tax hikes. When the 67% ‘temporary’ tax increase was enacted, we were told there would be no new spending. Today, new spending was proposed and not a word was said about letting the tax increase sunset. I believe we need to rein in current spending, pay the bills we already owe and commit to policies that strengthen our businesses and our residents.
Only then will Illinois truly turn the corner.”
 
Sen. Bill Brady, GOP candidate for governor, says Gov. Pat Quinn has "failed over the last five years" but painted a rosy picture during his annual address to the Illinois Legislature.

The state Senator from Bloomington spoke following the Chicago Democrat's Wednesday speech in Springfield.

Brady noted that Quinn didn't mention the upcoming expiration of the state's income tax hike in Jan. 2015, which Quinn has billed as temporary.

Brady says Quinn's "failure to recommit his promise to provide that tax cut" puts questions in businesses and families' minds about whether to stay in Illinois.

Illinois Treasurer Dan Rutherford, GOP candidate for governor, says Gov. Pat Quinn's annual address put a rosy spin on his tenure and avoided "some of the hard stuff."

Rutherford says unemployment may be down, but Illinois still has one of the highest jobless rates of any state in the nation.

He says he wanted to hear more from Quinn about a new capital construction plan that could create jobs. He also notes that Quinn avoided talk of whether to extend a temporary tax increase.

Bruce Rauner, GOP candidate for governor, says Gov. Pat Quinn's annual address to the Legislature was "a campaign speech from a governor that is failing the people of Illinois."

Rauner spoke following the Chicago Democrat's State of the State address Wednesday in Springfield.

The Winnetka businessman says Quinn has been in office for five years and is now proposing a new five-year plan for jobs. Rauner notes Illinois has one of the country's highest unemployment rates and higher income taxes than when Quinn took office.

Rauner says Illinois is in an "economic death spiral" and Quinn "is trying to cover it up and put a rosy picture on it."

State Sen. Sam McCann:  “Unfortunately, Governor Quinn has continued to govern by platitudes and vague ideas. That’s not what Illinois needs right now. Our state is in desperate need of real ideas, sound public policies, and true leadership.

Governor Quinn and I share a goal of bringing in more revenue for our state to provide essential services, quality infrastructure, and good schools. But we have serious differences in how to get there.

The Governor wants to increase taxes, spending, and borrowing. I want to maximize our tax base, not our tax rate. I believe in creating an atmosphere in Illinois in which we maximize opportunity through good-paying jobs.

 Continuing down the path our state had been headed will not maximize opportunity, it will stifle the talents and will of the people of Illinois. We need to come together and enact policies to help create new jobs for hard working middle class families in our state.”

 

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