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Snarky_2 - Emanuel pushes for decriminalizing marijuana statewide - Quincy, IL News - QuincyJournal.com
there are as many reasons to avoid this as to pass this suggestion from Rahm. The problem is the other drugs that are so much worse. Let the police focus on the dealers and growers and prosecute them for Tax Evasion as they did Al Capone....
UJacks1 - Emanuel pushes for decriminalizing marijuana statewide - Quincy, IL News - QuincyJournal.com
Rahm, to quote you, "It doesn't make sense" to have a no gun zone in Chicago yet you have guns all over the place. Why not mind your business in Chicago and fix the illegal gun problem? Doesn't Illinois have empty prisons? So, reduce overcrowding by moving prisoners into them. The state apparently has millions to spend on overtime within the prison system, instead of overtime, spend the money…
UJacks1 - Some neighbors not happy with Madonna House - Quincy, IL News - QuincyJournal.com
The city can solve this with "spot zoning" -- hey, they do it all over town!!
qfingers - QPD nabs 66 in latest STEP detail - Quincy, IL News - QuincyJournal.com
The guy in that video wasn't quite in the right...he should have answered the simple question "is this your current address" since it is a perfectly valid question in determining your compliance with registration laws. He didn't need to jump to the "am I being detained" until after his docs were checked which would've prevented the response he got. 625 ILCS 5/18b-103.1) (from Ch. 95…
qfingers - Some neighbors not happy with Madonna House - Quincy, IL News - QuincyJournal.com
And the property next door at 401 S 12th was just transferred to Madonna House (it's on the most recent property transfer list). So now they'll have two buildings. That's not likely to make things better unless they keep it strictly residential and for the support of the residents. I have donated (and been) to Madonna House too and I must agree that operating an open food pantry there…

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2 months, 3 weeks ago Tobias Wall, The State Journal-Register

Quinn canceled the Capitol renovations the same day he approved emergency repairs to the Mansion roof

From Tobias Wall, The State Journal-Register:
Specifics about the $250 million in Capitol renovations that Gov. Pat Quinn zeroed out when he approved the state’s $35.7 billion budget Monday remain unknown, but other plans for state buildings won’t be affected, state officials said Tuesday.
“It (the $250 million) was re-appropriated over several fiscal years since the beginning of the Illinois Jobs Now program,” Quinn spokesman David Blanchette said. “It is for four as-yet-unspecified projects in the Capitol complex.”
That means the renovations would occur in the Statehouse, the Howlett Building or the Stratton Building. He said nothing more specific was outlined in the appropriation but indicated the projects that were put on hold likely were not critical to the safe use of any of the buildings.
A press release from Quinn’s office suggested the cuts could be related to similar postponements ordered in 2013 when the governor “halted renovations at the Capitol after excessive flourishes and spending by the architect was brought to his attention.”
Henry Haupt, a spokesman for the secretary of state’s office, said cutting the Capitol renovation money won’t put the squeeze on work that needs to be done on other state buildings.
“Those (canceled) projects do not impact any of the projects we’ve requested,” Haupt said. “Those were all projects requested by the Office of the Architect of the Capitol.”
An OAC secretary on Tuesday initially said the office didn’t have a comment on the specifics of the renovations requested by Capitol architect J. Richard Alsop, but left him a message relaying a request for comment. Alsop didn’t return the message.

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