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pjohnf - QFD at Madison School Wednesday - Quincy, IL News - QuincyJournal.com
Kudos to the QFD for teaching fire safety to our children and I hope they talked about smoke detectors, which I'm sure they did. Smoke detectors the first line of defense against house fires should be on every floor and near or in every bedroom. Install working smoke detectors in your home and keep your family safe.
pjohnf - Illinois House Speaker renews push for \'Millionaire\'s Tax\' - Quincy, IL News - QuincyJournal.com
It's one thing to think he's getting the rich to pay their fair share in a liberals world but the rich already pay most of the taxes. Even if you agree with the corrupt Madigan, the only people who will benefit from such a tax is Madigan and the rest of the corrupt politicians. They'll waste it and buy votes with the money not solve our fiscal problems in Illinois.
migraine_in_qcy - City starting to look at budget cuts - Quincy, IL News - QuincyJournal.com
Yeah, not likely. If you're going to bid on a government project, you have to play the game. If you bid too low, or in this case, bid fairly, you'll be the odd man out. Those reviewing the bid will assume you didn't understand the scope and toss it out. Everyone knows this, so the bids all stay relatively high.
migraine_in_qcy - City starting to look at budget cuts - Quincy, IL News - QuincyJournal.com
If I see Brian or another Terstegge this weekend, I'll be sure to ask. I assume they forced the Council to provide their reason for denying the permit.
migraine_in_qcy - City starting to look at budget cuts - Quincy, IL News - QuincyJournal.com
Yeah, this isn't the first time someone I know is getting screwed over by these rules. Real nice when the City grants you a permit to build something on your own property, you spend the money building it, and then they shut you down. When the courts rules that the City was guilty of "spot zoning", Venvertloh's should have sued the City for damages, loss of revenue, and mental anguish. All…

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6 months ago from ilnews.org

A new law makes it easier for local government bodies to consolidate or eliminate themselves.

Monday, Gov. Quinn signed a bill that enables local taxing bodies to join rather than continue operating as separate entities.

Before the law was passed this week, local units of government had no authority to absorb, combine or eliminate other units of government. Now, a majority vote from a particular entity’s board will allow for consolidation or discontinuation of various units for the sake of efficiency, fiscal practicality or logistical purposes.

State Sen. Daniel Biss, D-Evanston, was one of two Senate co-sponsors of the legislation. He said local control leads to better results.

“I don’t think this bill is a silver bullet for all of our problems,” Biss said. “But it is a good step toward more efficient government and that’s never a bad thing.”

The bill had bipartisan sponsorship and support. It passed the Illinois Senate with no opposing votes and the House with only a handful.

“We found that the mechanisms in place didn’t allow local government bodies to consolidate together and operate in a more efficient and practical manner and that was just silly,” the senator said. “There’s no reason for that to be the case.”

However important, Biss doubts many government bodies will jump at the chance to reduce their power.

“I don’t think a huge number of these entities will consolidate tomorrow, but some will in the near future,” he said. “The important thing is we’ve given the decision-making power down to the people at that level, who are actually in these towns and on these boards and know what’s best for their communities.”

State Rep. Jack Franks, D-Marengo, helped sponsor the bill in the House and is adamant about its usefulness.

“Illinois simply has too many governments,” he said. “We have more taxing bodies than any other state. This is a way to empower residents to reach out to their local officials and encourage them to lessen the power of government.”

At nearly 7,000, Illinois has the most taxing bodies of any state in the nation.

The reason Illinois leads the nation in taxing bodies, according to Franks, is because local units learned early on that more entities meant more opportunity to have a say in property tax hikes. “Fewer government bodies, fewer tax dollars out of the pockets of Illinoisans,” the representative said.

Franks, who chaired the House consolidation committee, shares Biss’s pessimism toward how many government bodies will take advantage of the new law.

“What I’ve learned is that each government entity wants to protect its turf. It doesn’t want to be the one to be consolidated or cut,” Franks said. “But this at least gives them the chance to make better decisions at a local level.”

Franks said the kind of change necessary to reduce the size and scope of government in Illinois can’t and won’t come from Springfield, it must come from local governments.

State Sen. Dan Duffy, R-Barrington, helped Biss sponsor the bill in the Senate. He said this legislation could help reduce the growing cost of government in the Land of Lincoln.

“There’s just too many bodies taking money from people,” Duffy said. “This will at least give local entities the opportunity to reduce the tax burden of the residents of the state.”

The law takes effect immediately.


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