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Very true, everyone has to have a first time. But what about the city attorney and the rest of the council? Nobody?
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Your right, the pensions that the city chose to underfund for years because they could, and now it's all our fault. For someone in business, don't understand how you do not understand the concept that you close a station, you don't just reassign the firefighters, because then there are no savings. You close a station because you want to lower the number of firefighters, period. You know…
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Once again, I will ask you: Do you understand business at all? The City can't print money. The police and fire pensions have thrown the entire system so far out of whack that the City can't make "want to" decisions; it is a "have to" situation. You can cry the blues all you want about the poor, poor firefighters, but their greed over the years has contributed greatly to this mess, so what…
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I haven't read a single comment about laying off firefighters, except, perhaps, from your Chief. You are paid, and paid very well, to do a job. If you don't like it, quit. People will line up to take your spot. No one is complaining about the services you provide. The problem is cost. Why is it so hard to understand that the City coffers are not a bottomless pit? Your pensions have…
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Your condescending attitude is just plain insulting. Thousands and thousands of small business owners have suffered in this economy over the past decade or so. Should we all "reinvent" ourselves? What an idiotic statement! It is patently obvious to me from the comments you have made in different discussions that you have lived a life of privilege and have never given an honest day's work in…

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Study recommends Mississippi River for oversized transportation

4 months, 2 weeks ago From MODOT

Manufacturers and agricultural producers near the Mississippi and Illinois rivers might soon gain access to new markets and lower shipping costs, based on a new study that reveals transporting oversized goods and equipment by water routes is feasible and can lower costs for businesses and consumers.

“Due to advances in containerization and the business community’s creativity in overcoming barriers, river shipping options are expanding rapidly,” said Michelle Teel, director of MoDOT’s Multimodal Operations division. “As it becomes easier and more affordable to move unconventional freight on the rivers, Midwestern goods are more likely to expand into the global marketplace. That’s good for the region, good for businesses and because river transportation is fuel-efficient, it’s good for the environment.”

In the U.S., freight volume averages more than three percent growth each year. Shipping oversized equipment and containers of grain or other consumer products by truck requires a complex process of oversize/overweight permitting and other requirements that can vary by state. The plan proposed in this study shows how coordination between public and private interests can make transport via the Mississippi and Illinois Rivers a feasible alternative for businesses near these waterways. 

“This study certainly demonstrates how important inland waterways are to our local, regional, and global commerce on the Illinois River and the Mississippi River,” said Ann L. Schneider, Secretary of the Illinois Department of Transportation. “We look forward to working with the Missouri Department of Transportation on strengthening this important asset as we continue to seek innovative methods of enhancing intermodal connections across our transportation systems.”

The study was sponsored by the Missouri Department of Transportation, the Illinois Department of Transportation, the Heart of Illinois Port of Peoria and the U.S. Department of Transportation Maritime Administration.

The study included a market analysis and operational and business plans. The study can be found at

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