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luanjo3 - Amending Illinois Constitution a tough path for pension reform - Quincy, IL News - QuincyJournal.com
I agree!!! I'm tired of the answer to everything being raise taxes. And if they aren't raising taxes they are trying to come up with new taxes to get even more out of us.
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Term limits is only 1 reason Durbin MUST lose. He voted for BOhealthcare, he wants immigration reform and amnesty, he voted to raise taxes, he was involved in the IRS scandal against citizens free speech and free choice, he votes party lines without representing the people. He is a lying democrat thru and thru. I have emailed him my opinion many, many times and when he responds he is ALWAYS on the…
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One important factor for me is missing from this article. How many politicians/bureaucrats have served time in jail for Cook and Iroquois counties? The question is not only quantity of government but quality of government.
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You mean they should just keep on footing the bill for every freaking thing? I say the taxpayer has had it! Time to put the goose that lays the golden eggs on a diet. Lets start by cutting our city council and county board in half. Next, every state employee making over $100,000 takes a 10% pay cut. That would be a good start.
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Are employees allowed to have their cell phones in the building?? - if so then this is a stupid rule. I doubt the "efficiency" of our government will be impacted much by a cell phone that is turned off.

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Gov. Quinn wants $10 minimum wage by Christmas 2014

7 months ago from Associated Press

Current minimum wage is $8.25

Gov. Pat Quinn says he wants to raise Illinois' minimum wage to at least $10 by Christmas of next year.
The Chicago Democrat who's seeking re-election campaigned on the issue in 2010 and mentioned it during his annual address this year.
The minimum wage in Illinois is $8.25. Quinn said Wednesday that raising the wage will help eliminate poverty.
Illinois last raised the minimum wage in 2010. There's legislation pending in Springfield to increase it, including a call for $15 an hour.
However Republicans and business groups say raising the minimum wage kills jobs. Quinn says that claims are flat wrong.
Some business groups have also accused Quinn of trotting out the issue ahead of the 2014 election.
Quinn says it's not a new issue for him.

From northernpublicradio.org:

When we put more purchasing power in the hands of hard-working people, they're not going to admire the money in the bank vault," Quinn says. "They're going to go out and spend that money at stores in their neighborhood, to help that consumer demand, that creates more jobs."

A scenario rebutted by Kim Maisch, with the Illinois chapter of the National Federation of Independent Business. She says Illinois' smaller companies are still struggling as they try to recover from the recession.

"Small business owners only have so many dollars to use on wages, benefits on capital improvements, on trying to expand their business,"Maisch says.

She says a wage that's artificially set by politicians ends up forcing small businesses to cut benefits and hours, and in cases, close up shop. Maisch says Illinois already has one of the nation's highest minimum wages, and it also has one of the nation's highest unemployment rates.

One of Quinn's challengers, Republican Sen. Kirk Dillard of Hinsdale, is calling the governor's public push an “election-year stunt.” Dillard says Illinois needs “real jobs” that families can build a life on.


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