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yesqcy - Council adopts budget by 8-6 vote - Quincy, IL News - QuincyJournal.com
Quincy is not broke, the state is a mess, the city is not. There is no revenue shortfall, only cuts in service. Alderman Brink said it perfectly, there was nothing to fix, there is no shortfall. The council blundered this one worse than most, and that's saying a lot.
Givemeliberty - Council adopts budget by 8-6 vote - Quincy, IL News - QuincyJournal.com
Its true about the trucks, but hopefully a lesson was learned in all of this. If you are a municipality with a sugar daddy and that sugar daddy is the State of Illinois, you better prepare for the unknown when you have the opportunity (like getting out of the trash business). They have been withholding or making late payments from schools, nursing homes,hospitals, and private business for years now,…
Givemeliberty - Council adopts budget by 8-6 vote - Quincy, IL News - QuincyJournal.com
Kind of surprised to see that the city council stood their ground on this one after seeing em cave on privatization of trash pickup, I wonder if any of them wish they could have that one back.
WarCry - Council adopts budget by 8-6 vote - Quincy, IL News - QuincyJournal.com
So you're saying all of the reports that the state is going to be cutting funding to municipalities are all wrong? You're right insofar as the cuts haven't come yet, but they are anticipated, and this budget reflects what the city has told is going to happen. If the cuts DON'T happen, for whatever reason, then the budget can be adjusted at that time. This is a simple matter of…
1950Brutus - Council adopts budget by 8-6 vote - Quincy, IL News - QuincyJournal.com
A 2 million dollar reserve fund compared to a 31.9 million budget is nothing. You need this much just to cover unanticipated items and budget shortfalls. Using this reserve money in this budget is very short sighted.

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Chief Rob Copley says two years of study has caused him to rethink his stance; Stresses more firearms training for those who wish to carry

Quincy Police Chief Rob Copley says after studying the issue of concealed carry, he is now in favor of the law.

Copley’s comments come the day after Quincy Alderman Mike Rein (R-5th Ward) proposed that the City’s legal counsel prepare an ordinance for the City to have a concealed carry law.

Copley said he began looking at the issue after he took some criticism over his opposition to concealed carry.

“About two years ago, you (Bob Gough) posed that question to me and I gave some off the cuff remarks that were consistent with the opinion of the Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police that regurgitated their stance,” Copley said. “I hadn’t given it due thought. I took a lot of heat for that…probably rightfully so.”

Copley said he volunteered to be on an ILACP subcommittee on the issue to further study concealed carry.

“They were looking if they would change their stance,” he said. “It was 50/50 with the northern chiefs opposing it and the southern chiefs supporting it.”

“We looked at the issue, studied it and went back to the committee and advocated we change our stance on the issue. We did do that. We changed it from opposition to neutral to supporting concealed carry legislation.”

Copley said his transition is to one of personal support being an advocate of individual rights. But as a police chief, he still has concerns.

“The current bill and the previous bill have been light on the required training needed,” Copley said. “Police officers have to have 40 hours of training and the people who are going to be carrying are potentially going to be put in life and death situations.”

“As a police chief, with my public safety hat on, there are still some concerns. We’re changing as a society. There’s going to be some growing pains, but every other state has pulled it off and I’m confident that Illinois will get there.”

Copley says he understands what Rein is trying to do in showing that Quincy is yet another community or county in Illinois that wants the law changed.

“Whether that will be effective without a state law…that’s up to the legal minds,” Copley said. “When the state does pass the concealed carry law, the language that has been in those bills has been that state law will pre-empt home rule.”


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