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XBgCty - QPD nabs 66 in latest STEP detail - Quincy, IL News - QuincyJournal.com
WOW-- so you give some links to stories of a few that acted incorrectly. Who arrested them, for them to plead guilty? POLICE Anyone can sue, rightly or wrongly, and big cities settle suits all the time, even those without a shred of merit. Police are human, and other police catch them and arrest them, or fire them. NYC has between 30.000 and 40,000 police, Chicago has between 8,000 and 13,500, LA…
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one case comes to mind, the woman was certifiable, manic, and frequently hitting. Once he said "what's good for the goose is good for the gander" ... hit back but didn't hurt. That was all she wrote ... as if she was ready and had a game plan. Ran out all histrionic, called cops, badda bing badda boom ... got her divorce, money, easy peasy for the lawyers. The fact she was manic, domineering,…
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Read these for stories on the protect and serve crowd: http://www.reddit.com/r/Bad_Cop_No_Donut/ http://thefreethoughtproject.com/ http://www.policemisconduct.net/
qfingers - QPD nabs 66 in latest STEP detail - Quincy, IL News - QuincyJournal.com
If you mean you have no proof they pulled you over you're wrong. All stops are recorded video/audio as long as the lights are on. And if you ever get pulled over for no reason feel free to complain to the chief. If there's an officer doing that and multiple reports show up it will catch up to them.
ONCEMORE1 - Strawman: A Society Out of Control........... - Quincy, IL News - QuincyJournal.com
Well, you'd better get used to that one: The woman slapping the hell outta the man and him going to jail for deflecting the blows. Not to say this is always, or even often the case, but it's worth considering.

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Illinois voters want to take drawing political maps out of politicians’ hands

Illinois voters want to take drawing political maps out of politicians’ hands

4 months, 3 weeks ago by Ben Yount, Illinois Watchdog

Group has collected nearly 500,000 signatures to get a new redistricting process placed on the November ballot

Voters in Illinois who don’t want politicians to draw the state’s political maps are one step away from putting the question up for a vote.

Unfortunately, that step means letting Illinois’ political machines whack at their reform attempts.

“We anticipate a lot of scrutiny,” Mike Kolenc, the campaign manager for Yes for Independent Maps, told Illinois Watchdog. “This a lot of power that the status quo would be giving up. We expect a robust challenge to our signatures, and we’re ready for that.”

His group has collected nearly 500,000 signatures to get a new redistricting process placed on the November ballot, well more than the 298,000 needed.

If Kolenc and his group get their way, voters will decide if a computer should be given the job of drawing Illinois’ political boundaries, or if lawmakers will continue to draw lines that benefit them.

“This is not about pointing out which districts are drawn incorrectly. This is about putting in place an independent process that is transparent, drawing maps with non-partisan criteria,” Kolenc added.

Illinois uses a commission made up of five Democrats and five Republicans to draw its political map once every decade. A drawing determines the eleventh member, and thereby decides whether Democrats or Republicans will control the redistricting process.

“Drawing a name out of Abraham Lincoln’s stovepipe hat,” Kolenc said.

He said, in effect, the process allows lawmakers to choose their voters and not the other way around.

Illinois went to the commission map process after ignoring political maps for decades.

David Morrison, deputy director of the Illinois Campaign for Political Reform, said Illinois voters approved the commission and lawmakers quickly started to use it to their advantage.

“The maps comply with the constitutional requirements that they be substantially equal in population and contiguous and such, but the maps also have the added feature of magnifying the political power of the party that drew them,” Morrison said. “That outcome was not intended, and of course runs counter to the goal of holding free elections for public office.”

But the powers that be are dismissing the push for a new process as simply the whining of the political party out of power.

“Over the last 50 years, five maps,” House Speaker Mike Madigan told reporters earlier this week. “Republicans have done one out of five. They’re angry, and this is part of their Republican politics. That’s all there is.”

Kolenc said both Republicans and Democrats have a lot invested in the current redistricting process, and he expects neither party to give that up without a fight.

Redistricting reformers expect to deliver their 500,000 signatures to Illinois’ State Board of Elections next week.

Contact Benjamin Yount at Ben@IllinoisWatchdog.org and find him on Twitter @BenYount.


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