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yesqcy - City/Firefighters labor contract must be voted on again - Quincy, IL News - QuincyJournal.com
Very true, everyone has to have a first time. But what about the city attorney and the rest of the council? Nobody?
Mizzougrad - Quincy City Budget hearings and Council meeting - Quincy, IL News - QuincyJournal.com
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…
topdown - Quincy City Budget hearings and Council meeting - Quincy, IL News - QuincyJournal.com
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…
topdown - Quincy City Budget hearings and Council meeting - Quincy, IL News - QuincyJournal.com
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…
topdown - Quincy City Budget hearings and Council meeting - Quincy, IL News - QuincyJournal.com
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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Report says college price gap shrinking

2 months, 4 weeks ago qctimes.com

Public universities have raised tuition by 21 percent, private schools by 5 percent

From qctimes.com:

The cost of attending a four-year university is rising faster for public institutions than private ones, say private college representatives.

Despite rising prices for both public and private universities, the gap separating them is shrinking, according to a report issued Thursday by the Federation of Independent Illinois Colleges and Universities.

The report says that the average net price of tuition and fees for a public, four-year university rose to $14,771 in fiscal year 2012, up from $12,180 in fiscal year 2008. During the same time, the cost of attending a private university increased to $23,222, up from $22,001 four years earlier.

While the average price for public universities has increased by 21 percent, the report said that, thanks to increased grant aid and federal tax benefits, private institutions have raised prices for their 231,000 students by 5 percent.

"Through both need-based aid and institutional aid, they're able to essentially lower that net cost of attendance where it's much more affordable," said the group's president, David Tretter. "We're all concerned about the reach of the average citizen."

But Tretter doesn't anticipate that the gap will turn over.

"It's hard to crystal ball it, but I think the only way that could happen is if the state got out of the business of funding higher education," he said.

He added that he didn't think the state should get out of higher education funding and that the state has a "legitimate role" in supporting education.

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