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Givemeliberty - Illinois House Speaker renews push for \'Millionaire\'s Tax\' - Quincy, IL News - QuincyJournal.com
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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Hiding public records in Illinois now a Class 4 felony

5 months, 3 weeks ago by Illinois Policy.org

Conviction means 1 to 3 years in prison

It’s not all bad news in Illinois. Sometimes our politicians get it right.

Illinois lawmakers have made it a Class 4 felony to intentionally hide public records from the public.

House Bill 4216, introduced by state Rep. Anthony DeLuca, D-Chicago Heights, was passed unanimously by both the Illinois House and Senate. It was signed into law by Gov. Pat Quinn on Aug. 26.

The bill provides that, “Any person who knowingly, without lawful authority and with the intent to defraud any party, public officer, or entity, alters, destroys, defaces, removes, or conceals any public record commits a Class 4 felony.”

The penalties for a Class 4 felony in Illinois can include between one and three years in prison with the possibility of additional fines.

This law should be of special concern to public officials who are in charge of producing and maintaining public records. Clerks, recorders, finance workers, comptrollers and Freedom of Information Act, or FOIA officers are some of the primary caretakers of public records and public records requests.

While most of these workers do their job to the best of their ability, Illinois’ long history of corruption includes those who have abused their public office in this manner. For example, the comptroller of the city of Dixon, Rita Crundwell, was found guilty of stealing more than $53 million from local taxpayers in 2013. In the commission of her crime she hid and falsified financial records to cover up her wrongdoing.

Crundwell faces nearly 20 years in prison, a sentence that seems light considering the scale of her crime. However, with the new law, future public officials who violate the Local Records Act – a statute that requires local governments to keep public records and outlines the procedure by which public bodies may destroy public records – risk facing additional charges and more time in jail.

With stronger anti-corruption laws and increased penalties for those who conceal public records, public officials should think twice before obstructing the public’s right to know about government activities.

- See more at: http://www.illinoispolicy.org/its-now-a-class-4-felony-to-hide-public-records-in-illinois/#sthash.4qua6NeA.dpuf


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