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I wonder what this 3% would amount to in dollars, I'm guessing in the overall scheme of things its a drop in the bucket in terms of "new revenue", and is nothing more than a way to pander to voters so he can say "see I'm doing something"
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Maybe instead of 'finding other posts' for those who have lost a current post, city needs to 'let them go'. yes, it is a tough thing to do, but, when city tries to get blood from turnips, that is just as tough to do. how many city citizens are below the poverty line already? you keep raising taxes and more will be there or they will move across the river. either way, city loses.…
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I'm sure there is more story here than we know about so probably best to withhold judgement until more info comes to light. I admit this isn't any fun but what can one do.
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Remember the fiascal with the storage buildings across from Spring Lake at the 12th ST. and HWY 24 junction about 10 years ago. They had to remove them after Bob Mays sued them. Not so much a police enforcement issue but your neighbor could take legal action. Still not right. No representation, no enforcement.

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11 months, 3 weeks ago by Jim Dewey

Quincy Police Chief Rob Copley said most businesses have complied but some businesses are allowing their patrons to smoke

Quincy Police officers - Adams County Sheriff's deputies and Adams County Health inspectors are stepping up enforcement of the Smoke Free Illinois Act. 

The no smoking law went into effect in Illinois on January 1, 2008. Quincy Police Chief Rob Copley said most businesses have complied but some businesses are allowing their patrons to smoke. Copley said enforcement of the law is cumbersome and has been lax over the last few years. But one business owner approached the Chief saying that lack of enforcement was costing those who are in compliance money. The business owner told Copley that they are "losing business to those businesses who do illegally allow smoking."

Since the law went into effect, there have been 59 calls on smoking in businesses and four tickets have been issued. 

Public Health Administrator Jerod Welch said the health department will assist. Welch said during their regular inspections, health inspectors will be able to document violations and turn that documentation over to law enforcement who can then write a ticket based on the evidence. Welch said "instead of follow up which is basically a warning letter from the health department, we'll now be able to, with their assistance, have tickets issued when we document that evidence." 

Copely said the businesses will not get a warning, they will get a ticket. Fines for a first offense are $200.00 and increase to $2500.00 per offense for chronic violators.

Individuals may get a warning the first time they are caught but chronic violators will be ticketed. Fines start at $100.00 for a first offense. 

Copely said officers will not necessarily be strictly enforcing the 15 foot rule with tickets, but will issue warnings to those violators. However, those smokers who drop the butts to the ground in front of an officer will be ticketed for littering.

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