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eaglebeaky - Illinois lawmakers to discuss money for Obama library - Quincy, IL News - QuincyJournal.com
Wall Street was solidly in the Romney/Ryan camp last time, pjohnf. (And assuming he's the nominee, they'll certainly be in Ryan's camp in 2016.) Why is it that you seem to think that they're Obama supporters?
eaglebeaky - Illinois lawmakers to discuss money for Obama library - Quincy, IL News - QuincyJournal.com
When did presidential libraries start taking this kind of funding? (I always thought they were privately funded... or at least I remember hearing that the Clinton and Bush #43 libraries were being done that way.)
eaglebeaky - Voter rights, crime victim rights amendments set for fall ballot so far - Quincy, IL News - QuincyJo
Off-topic, but just to clarify, I will say that the disabled individuals that I've worked with aren't the least bit interested in free phones or anything like that. (Many of them will never live independently in their own communities; any such "bribes" would be meaningless to them.) Of course there are opportunists who do try to take advantage of every social program under the sun, and…
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Correct me if I'm wrong, but I believe Reagan, Bush 1, Clinton, and Bush 2, had libraries built with private funds. I can't believe Soros or Buffett (or the Clinton's ;P) aren't contributing to the bill for Obama. Rahm is even stumping for it, as he says it will be a big tourism money maker. Hey, I'm all for it, if it is. On a side note, I think this is the first presidential…
eaglebeaky - Voter rights, crime victim rights amendments set for fall ballot so far - Quincy, IL News - QuincyJo
I honestly couldn't care less about anybody's party affiliation. This ID issue actually has A LOT to do with poor people, the elderly, and people with disabilities -- regardless of their personal politics. (There are a lot of poor people in the south who are lifelong Republicans.) Arbitrarily-enacted voter ID laws ultimately won't disenfranchise you or me... but they do have a real…

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Arbitrator rules for raises for Quincy firefighters

2 years, 5 months ago by Bob Gough, QuincyJournal.com

Firemen will get raises of 2, 2.5 and 3 percent over the next three years

An arbitrator has ruled Quincy firefighters will get raises in each of the next three years.

Following an hour-long executive session of the Quincy City Council, Quincy Fire Chief Joe Henning presented the details of the results of binding arbitration.

Although aldermen heard the details of the ruling, they took no vote on the matter. Henning said there was some final minor contract language that needed to be ironed out before a vote is taken.

Members of Firefighters Local 63 will receive a 2 percent raise this year, a 2.5 percent next year and a 3 percent in the third and final year of the deal when it is approved by the Council. This year’s raise will be retroactive to the beginning of the fiscal year, which started May 1.

Henning said the union had asked for other provisions, such as increases in holiday pay and education pay that were declined by the arbitrator.

Henning said he had budgeted for a 1.5 percent raise and the 2 percent deal will cost the city an extra $18,500. Henning said he will not fill a position he had budgeted to fill this year to make up the difference. He will fill the slot of a recent retirement to put the department at 64 firefighters.

Quincy Police Chief Rob Copley also said the officers and supervisors represented by the Police Benevolent and Protective Association Local 12 have requested arbitration.

Copley said the two sides were selecting an arbitrator, but he was still hopeful a deal could be done before the process actually started as no meetings have been scheduled.


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