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pjohnf - Iowa company pitches Newcomb development proposal - Quincy, IL News - QuincyJournal.com
Is this project going to have a surety bond in place if this guy goes under or is the performance bond the same thing? The project sounds like a good use of the property but we tax payers lost big time the last time we put up money for a developer to develop this property.
ONCEMORE1 - Practice of end-of-career teacher salary bumps being scrutinized - Quincy, IL News - QuincyJournal.c
Sure are------12 months pay for nine months "work". Plus a couple weeks for Holidays, Christmas Break, Spring Break, Snow Days, etc. Try to match that in the Real Working World.
qfingers - Iowa company pitches Newcomb development proposal - Quincy, IL News - QuincyJournal.com
Could you list what "infrastructure" this is for? It's apartments and retail space...not roads and sewers. And I don't see any parking in the illustration above. 20 apartments could easily mean 40 cars there 24x7. And I don't believe it's legal for the city to give anybody a property tax abatement except by a few means like enterprise zones for example. Anything targeting one…
ONCEMORE1 - Iowa company pitches Newcomb development proposal - Quincy, IL News - QuincyJournal.com
Here we go again......... Giving away the farm---AGAIN---is about as brilliant as Deuce's parking lot that nobody needs.
vonvicious - Iowa company pitches Newcomb development proposal - Quincy, IL News - QuincyJournal.com
The city might as well build the build and finance the structure itself. First off sell the property for what it is worth. 52 parking spots for 20 apartments and an eatery is that even enough to meet code.

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Part-time Illinois workers receiving lifetime pensions

7 months, 4 weeks ago from foxnews.com

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Dozens of former elected officials in suburbs surrounding Chicago are collectively receiving tens of thousands of dollars a year in pension benefits, even though they mostly worked part time.

Besides the question of whether part-time work as an alderman, mayor or clerk deserves such benefits, critics say the payouts are an unfair burden on local taxpayers. Some say they also demonstrate a failure of the state's pension reform plan to go far enough in easing a crisis that has left Illinois mired in debt.

"Only in Illinois would part-time public service come with a lifetime pension," said Adam Andrzejewski, founder of Openthebooks.com, a government finance transparency website based in the Chicago suburb of Elmhurst. "These instances are why the state Legislature's recent pension reform didn't go far enough. All these outrageous `one off' examples add millions to property and sales taxes."

The Daily Herald used an open records request to find that 42 former suburban officials who worked mostly part time will collectively receive more than $200,000 this year in retirement benefits.

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