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xplorer37 - Flynn, Mellon each file for 18th Seat - Quincy, IL News - QuincyJournal.com
Mellon quote must be mentioned elsewhere. Nor any mention of a LaHood relative working in Schock's office, but I'll make note of it as a FYI. Family seems to have a lot of members at the trough. According to legistorm.com & congressional-staff.insidegov.com that LaHood pulled down $39,375.00 from taxpayers in last 3 months of 2014 working for Schock. Another LaHood is Regional Deputy…
HuhWhy - Quincy Mayor, Police & Fire Chiefs disagree over proposed budget cuts - Quincy, IL News - QuincyJour
Your questions were answered in detail at last nights budget hearing before the mayor and alderman. Chief Copley stated 2012, 2013 and 2014 very specific statistics that showed crime is on the increase even though you are not "aware". Chief Henning also answered what the increase in response times would be with the elimination of Station 6 and he stated it would make the residents there at a…
Stupid_Dems - WGEM no longer on Direct TV - Quincy, IL News - QuincyJournal.com
No big loss! Like the Whig!
UrKidsWillPay - Quincy Mayor, Police & Fire Chiefs disagree over proposed budget cuts - Quincy, IL News - QuincyJour
I think you mean increases response time.
qfingers - Flynn, Mellon each file for 18th Seat - Quincy, IL News - QuincyJournal.com
Did I miss something? I don't see a quote from Mellon in the article above.

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1 day, 7 hours ago by rss@dailykos.com (Joan McCarter)

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1 day, 8 hours ago by rss@dailykos.com (Shaun King)

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1 day, 7 hours ago by rss@dailykos.com (Laura Clawson)

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1 day, 8 hours ago by rss@dailykos.com (Laura Clawson)

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