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eaglebeaky - Illinois lawmakers to discuss money for Obama library - Quincy, IL News - QuincyJournal.com
Wall Street was solidly in the Romney/Ryan camp last time, pjohnf. (And assuming he's the nominee, they'll certainly be in Ryan's camp in 2016.) Why is it that you seem to think that they're Obama supporters?
eaglebeaky - Illinois lawmakers to discuss money for Obama library - Quincy, IL News - QuincyJournal.com
When did presidential libraries start taking this kind of funding? (I always thought they were privately funded... or at least I remember hearing that the Clinton and Bush #43 libraries were being done that way.)
eaglebeaky - Voter rights, crime victim rights amendments set for fall ballot so far - Quincy, IL News - QuincyJo
Off-topic, but just to clarify, I will say that the disabled individuals that I've worked with aren't the least bit interested in free phones or anything like that. (Many of them will never live independently in their own communities; any such "bribes" would be meaningless to them.) Of course there are opportunists who do try to take advantage of every social program under the sun, and…
AYHSMB - Illinois lawmakers to discuss money for Obama library - Quincy, IL News - QuincyJournal.com
Correct me if I'm wrong, but I believe Reagan, Bush 1, Clinton, and Bush 2, had libraries built with private funds. I can't believe Soros or Buffett (or the Clinton's ;P) aren't contributing to the bill for Obama. Rahm is even stumping for it, as he says it will be a big tourism money maker. Hey, I'm all for it, if it is. On a side note, I think this is the first presidential…
eaglebeaky - Voter rights, crime victim rights amendments set for fall ballot so far - Quincy, IL News - QuincyJo
I honestly couldn't care less about anybody's party affiliation. This ID issue actually has A LOT to do with poor people, the elderly, and people with disabilities -- regardless of their personal politics. (There are a lot of poor people in the south who are lifelong Republicans.) Arbitrarily-enacted voter ID laws ultimately won't disenfranchise you or me... but they do have a real…

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Top 10 things every Illinoisan should know about local government transparency

2 months, 2 weeks ago Illinois Policy Institute

For decades, Illinois resident have been barraged with public corruption

From Illinois Policy Institute:

For decades, residents of Illinois have been barraged with a constant stream of public corruption stories in the media. In recent years, these tales include a governor trying to sell a Senate seat, a U.S. Congressman illegally siphoning off campaign funds for personal use, and a record breaking corruption story from the small town of Dixon.

Local governments in Illinois need to embrace online transparency both voluntarily and by a state government whose job it is to ensure their tax dollars are being spent wisely.

Here are some important facts every Illinoisan should know about local government transparency are:

1) A comprehensive local transparency bill, based on the Illinois Policy Institute’s 10-Point Transparency Checklist, has been introduced in the General Assembly in each of the last three sessions. (2011 – Senate Bill 37; 2012 – Senate Bill 3392; 2013 – House Bill 3312). However, each time the bill stalled before reaching the floor for a vote.

2) State and local government corruption is estimated to cost Illinoisans a minimum of $500 million per year.

3) Between 1976 and 2010, with 1,531 convictions, the federal Northern District of Illinois had the most public corruption convictions of any district nationwide. As a state, Illinois had the third most public corruption convictions during the same time period.

4) In fiscal year 2010, the state of Illinois distributed $65 billion in shared taxes, grants and federal pass-through funds to local governments in Illinois, not including school districts.

5) Local government corruption cases frequently involve funds from the state of Illinois. Former Dixon Comptroller Rita Crundwell was convicted of embezzling more than $53 million in the city of Dixon’s share of state sales, income, motor fuel and telecommunication taxes.

6) Eighty-five percent of the public believes it is important for local governments’ financial management information to be available, according to a 2010 survey by the Association of Government Accountants.

7) Fraud experts believe online transparency proactively discourages public employees, contractors and elected officials from engaging in corruption and wasteful government spending. Despite Illinois’ long history of public corruption, many local governments are still not learning the lessons from other community’s corruption scandals.

8) Illinois’ local government transparency regulations are embarrassingly light. Local governments are only required to post very limited information online underneath the Open Meeting Act and Freedom of Information Act. Some of the information required to be posted online includes a meeting calendar, agendas, meeting minutes and limited information on filing a Freedom of Information Act request.

9) Twenty-one of 102 Illinois counties didn’t have public websites, as of January 2014. Of the 81 counties with websites, only 12 have received a passing grade on the Illinois Policy Institute’s 10-Point Transparency Checklist.

10) Only 50 out of the nearly 7,000 local governments in Illinois have earned the Illinois Policy Institute’s Sunshine Award for online transparency. The Sunshine Award is earned by local governments scoring an 80 percent or better on the Institute’s 10-Point Transparency Checklist, which requires the following pieces of information to be posted online:

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