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pjohnf - 85,000 temporary driver\'s licenses issued to immigrants - Quincy, IL News - QuincyJournal.com
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?
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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",…
CoolEdge - Police-fire pensions to go up in smoke? - Quincy, IL News - QuincyJournal.com
you're right I'm talking more of the other public unions than fire/police ... it may have been partly private unions busing people in to fight Walker in Wisconsin, but it was over the public union issue. That is the "solidarity" thing. Same with electing pro-union politicians at higher levels than mayor. Trumka has access to the White House, and treats non-union (non-communists) as the…

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Horsemen encouraged to attend yearling sales


HINSDALE, Ill. – The Illinois Harness Horsemen’s Association is urging horsemen to participate in upcoming yearling sales, reminding everyone that funding for the Illinois bred stakes program for 2015 should be very similar to 2014.

“The earnings potential for two-year-olds in 2015 should be substantial,” said IHHA President Dave McCaffrey. “We believe that the Illinois breeding program is the lifeblood of the harness racing industry and we will do everything we can to ensure that our breeding program is able to continue.”

While horsemen in Illinois have experienced difficulty over the years because of a lack of new revenue sources, the IHHA is still hopeful that legislation approving slots at racetracks will become law in the near future. In the meantime, Standardbred breeders in Illinois continue to breed great young horses and hold yearling sales throughout the summer.

“Illinois has a long history of breeding champion racehorses,” said Hall of Fame Standardbred breeder “Doc” Walker. “People may be tentative about certain aspects of our future but horsemen can be confident that there will be yearlings to buy this summer and plenty of stakes races to enter them in during 2015.”

Horsemen should expect the usual stakes races in 2015 including the Super Night races, the Cardinals and the Violets. The stakes races at both the Springfield and DuQuoin State Fairs will be run as well as the County Fairs throughout the state. Funding for Illinois bred stakes races that comes from the Illinois Department of Agriculture is slated to remain at current levels. Foal crops have been similar the last few years so nominating payments should also be comparable. “There will be ample opportunity for horsemen to race young Illinois bred horses in 2015,” said McCaffrey.

“The breeding programs are important to the viability of the horse racing industry here and have a positive impact on the Illinois economy,” said Bob Flider, Director of the Illinois Department of Agriculture. “I’m very pleased that my department will be able to continue funding the stakes races at existing levels in its current budget.”

The current contract between the IHHA and the racetracks is for racing four nights a week through June 30, 2015. After that is still to be determined but both groups anticipate a schedule of somewhere between two and four days per week beginning July 1, 2015.

“There will be harness racing in Illinois in 2015 and there will be an Illinois bred stakes program,” said Duke Johnston. We understand how important it is to both horsemen and the racetracks. “It is vital to the industry that the Illinois breeding programs stays strong and the horse population stays consistent.”


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