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pjohnf - Why won’t Illinois lawmakers reform their own pensions? - Quincy, IL News - QuincyJournal.com
Why won't Illinois politicians reform their own pensions? That's a good question. They're eager to blame state employees and other government workers for Illinois's budget problems, yet they ignore their own bankrupt pension system, while the tax payers pay year after year to keep politicians in their Cadillac pensions. If Illinois pension reform is to happen then the corrupt politicians…
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Madigan's bill was nothing more political grand standing and was designed to fool the foolish. He thinks the public is stupid, especially his supporters, but anybody with a brain can see through his subterfuge. Madigan and his co-conspirator Cullerton passed a continuing appropriation last year in the hopes of hiding the annual raises from the tax payers and not requiring a vote by the corrupt…
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He warned that walking away from the deal would isolate the United States from its international allies and Iran’s countdown to nuclear weapons “starts tomorrow.” Duh, our allies don't trust us anyway and our enemies don't fear us so what's to lose if we reject this bad deal? The countdown to Iran getting a nuclear bomb started a long time ago, Lurch. And Lurch actually said this, "“I…
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Government--Do as I say not as I do.
db1998 - Man jumps off Bayview Bridge - Quincy, IL News - QuincyJournal.com
yes - weeks ago now. Like 7-3-2015? the one downtown It was a 69 yr old man, and there was no 69 yr man obit in the paper for 2 weeks after.

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Poll shows Illinois voters overwhelmingly favor term limits

1 year, 3 months ago By Ben Yount, Illinois Watchdog

Voters have managed to rotate elected leaders in Springfield with some regularity

There are nearly 80 news faces in the Illinois statehouse since voters chose a governor four years ago, but even that’s not enough turnover to satisfy most voters in the state.

A new poll from the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute shows that 79 percent of voters support term limits of some kind.

“People are so unhappy with Illinois’ gerrymandered redistricting and politics that the only tool they feel they have for rotating the crops in Springfield is a term limits measure,” said director David Yepsen.

Voters have managed to rotate elected leaders in Springfield with some regularity.

Illinois Watchdog compared the current roster, for the 98th General Assembly, with a roster for the 96th General Assembly, which served from 2008 to 2010.

In the Illinois House, 52 lawmakers (44 percent) are no longer serving. In the Illinois Senate, 23 lawmakers (38 percent) have moved on or moved away.

House Speaker Mike Madigan, D-Chicago, remains. He’s been speaker for nearly 30 years, and term limit supporters have targeted him and other “career politicians.”

“One thing that’s important to note, term limits will not give us a citizen legislature,” said University of Illinois political science professor Chris Mooney.

He said if the Legislature is weakened by term limits, the governor’s powers would grow. But still, Mooney said, Americans by-and-large like the idea of term limits.

“It goes back to Thomas Jefferson,” Mooney said. “Harvest the crops, put down the plow and head down to the state capitol for a couple of months and bring some common sense to government.”

The Simon poll may indicate if term limit supporters can get a term limit question on the ballot, voters may overwhelmingly support it.


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