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CoolEdge - Police-fire pensions to go up in smoke? - Quincy, IL News - QuincyJournal.com
"I am not the one arguing against public care of government employees. You are, No ... maybe this is the crux. I'm saying everyone pays for themselves. You act like government employees deserve some special early retirement, open ended pension entitlement, while farmers and construction workers take more risk to feed and build, but must serve and bow to the "public servant/saint". …
CoolEdge - Police-fire pensions to go up in smoke? - Quincy, IL News - QuincyJournal.com
I'm not sure if you were a cop in NYC or what ... the "war zones" are different environments, and the cop side is not all clean in the big cities either, you can't kid me on that. I was in New Orleans before some of the bad side was cleaned up .. was friends with some too, most were OK. They supposedly cleaned up much ... hopefully. But the small town municipalities where locals take…
logged_n_to - Police shooting, pursuit in Downtown Hannibal - Quincy, IL News - QuincyJournal.com
Notice how they do not even mention a passenger until they refer to the gunshot wound? How about-it's not a good shoot if they have no idea who they are shooting at. Good Lord, there could have been a child in the car for all the police know. The passenger had no idea he was involved in anything until his friend jumped back in the car and took off. The passenger is in my family. He was shot…
XBgCty - Police-fire pensions to go up in smoke? - Quincy, IL News - QuincyJournal.com
This is just to give you something to think about, also Cooledge: http://www.infowars.com/government-lays-groundwor... How would YOU feel if all of a sudden, you work and plan your entire life for retirement and then boom they take it away? Remember that all that money…
itsourlife8 - Police shooting, pursuit in Downtown Hannibal - Quincy, IL News - QuincyJournal.com
Chris Rock's version of "How to Not Get Your Ass Kicked by the Police" would play well in this situation.

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Binding version of ballot question failed to get approval earlier this year

From Associated Press:

Powerful Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan on Thursday resurrected a proposed ballot measure to impose a tax surcharge on millionaires that had earlier failed to win broad support, in a move Republicans criticized as abdicating to voters the job of dealing with tough issues such as tax increases.

Madigan proposed a non-binding ballot question asking voters whether the state should place a 3 percent surcharge on annual personal income over $1 million, which could join several other referendums that Democrats and Republicans want on the November ballot to drive voter turnout in a nationally-watched governor's race.

Madigan told a panel which approved the proposal by a 6-4 vote that he would have preferred to advance it another way.

But his effort earlier this year to get a binding measure on the ballot to increase taxes on millionaires failed to get the three-fifths majority necessary in the Legislature.

Madigan said the tax would raise $1 billion annually for elementary and secondary education. The money would be distributed to schools based on the number of students they serve.

Republicans on the panel questioned the strategy of lawmakers shunting tough decisions directly to the voters.

"Isn't there a genuine concern that the tough issues that legislators should deal with ... are being handled by voters?" state Rep. David Harris of Arlington Heights asked, referring to the host of measures which could be on the November ballot.

Unlike some states such as California, Illinois does not have a history of voters deciding issues by ballot initiative.

But Madigan dismissed questions about political motivations, noting "cynics and critics will be cynics and critics."

Having voters' support would help next year to pass the millionaires tax in the Legislature, Madigan said.

The move comes on the heels of Madigan's introduction last week of a different ballot question, asking if voters thought lawmakers should approve increasing the state's minimum wage to $10 an hour, and joins other questions on voter protections and victim's rights.

The slew of ballot questions is designed to drive voters inclined to vote Democratic to the polls and offset GOP gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner's own ballot initiative, which would ask voters whether the state constitution should be amended to limit the terms of lawmakers to eight years.

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