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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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Illinois Senate committee votes to send minimum-wage hike to the floor

2 years, 4 months ago By Jayette Bolinski, Illinois Statehouse News

A plan to raise Illinois’ minimum wage to more than $10 per hour passed a Senate committee Wednesday

 

 
SPRINGFIELD — A plan to raise Illinois’ minimum wage to more than $10 per hour passed a Senate committee Wednesday, despite protests from business owners who said it will harm their ability to stay afloat in a tough economy. Proponents of Senate Bill 1565 say a minimum-wage hike will put more money in workers’ pockets, thus enabling them to spend more money at Illinois businesses.
 
Illinois’ minimum wage now stands at $8.25. The measure would increase the wage by 50 cents a year until it matches the the inflation-adjusted equivalent of minimum wage in 1968, which was $1.60 per hour. The phased-in hikes would bring Illinois’ minimum wage to $10.55 in 2015, after which yearly cost-of-living increases would occur.
 
The Senate Executive Committee approved the proposal 9-5. The bill, sponsored by state Sen. Kimberly Lightford, D-Maywood, now goes to the Senate floor for a vote.
 
If the measure is enacted, Illinois could have the highest minimum wage in the country, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. Washington state has the highest minimum wage, at $9.04 per hour.
 
Illinois last increased its minimum wage in 2010.

Backers of the increase, including minimum-wage workers and a small business owner from Chicago, said they barely can support themselves and their families on the current minimum wage.

Lathan Cole, 29, of Springfield, said he has a bachelor’s degree in psychology and worked with disabled people at a nonprofit, until he was laid off two years ago during the state’s budget crisis. He now works in a diner for $8.25 an hour. 
 
“I can’t pay my car payment, so my grandfather helps me with that. Sometimes I have to ask my grandmother for gas money,” he said. “I can’t afford to go out to eat. That’s a leisure thing, and that’s not my qualm. It’s that I can’t even meet my bare minimum. It’s really hard.”
 
Business owners, however, said the hike will cripple their ability to continue operating.
 
Doug Knight, owner of Knight’s Action Park, a water and recreation park here, hires about 200 teenagers and young adults to work at his business. He said he was forced to scale back his operating hours following the last minimum wage hike in 2010 because he could not stay profitable and had to cut costs.
 
“If my expenses go up, I have to raise my prices,” Knight, a third-generation businessman, said, noting that his business is tricky because families shop wisely when it comes to vacations, and he has regional competition in Missouri, Wisconsin and Indiana.
 
“If I can’t be profitable, I can’t grow my business,” Knight said.
 
State Sen. Kirk Dillard, R-Hinsdale, who said he has supported minimum wage hikes in the past, voted against the measure, saying, “The timing here is terrible,” economically.
 

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