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GuyFawkes10 - 85,000 temporary driver\'s licenses issued to immigrants - Quincy, IL News - QuincyJournal.com
Is there any teeth to this new law? Will the license be taken away forever if caught driving with no insurance? Many won't get one because they will have to provide insurance. The way it is now, Juan when pulled over without a license or insurance just doesn't show up for court, then changes name to Jesus.
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Apparently the term "illegal" means nothing to Illinois politicians. "Supporters say the law saves Illinois motorists money and make roads safer." How is that logical, having obtained a drivers license doesn't prove you are a safe driver, it only proves you can pass a test. And how is money saved by giving illegals drivers licenses?
CoolEdge - Police-fire pensions to go up in smoke? - Quincy, IL News - QuincyJournal.com
during Iraqi Freedom (2003-2007) the death rate was 413/100,000, compared to 16/100,000 for the police. For Vietnam it was 2231/100,000. ... but they often get worse care than illegals.
CoolEdge - Police-fire pensions to go up in smoke? - Quincy, IL News - QuincyJournal.com
All pensions should be funded in a balanced budget. But do you really want to compare a 40 hour week as a Quincy cop with a 24/7 tour of duty in Iraq? The fatality rate is about four times as high for the soldier fighting in Afghanistan (and that includes big city numbers), not to mention the PTSD or other injuries. So your raw number tidbits are a bit deceptive. Farming is almost twice as dangerous…
CoolEdge - Police-fire pensions to go up in smoke? - Quincy, IL News - QuincyJournal.com
That's really the heart of it ... how do government officials have authority to negotiate promises (usually/often for political or monetary support in elections), that don't immediately collect the revenue to fund those promises/contracts? Budgets are supposed to balance, children can't be "taxed" (future obligations) without representation. I thought that was the idea of "PayGo",…

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Gov. Quinn wants $10 minimum wage by Christmas 2014

1 year, 1 month 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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