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eaglebeaky - Illinois lawmakers to discuss money for Obama library - Quincy, IL News - QuincyJournal.com
Wall Street was solidly in the Romney/Ryan camp last time, pjohnf. (And assuming he's the nominee, they'll certainly be in Ryan's camp in 2016.) Why is it that you seem to think that they're Obama supporters?
eaglebeaky - Illinois lawmakers to discuss money for Obama library - Quincy, IL News - QuincyJournal.com
When did presidential libraries start taking this kind of funding? (I always thought they were privately funded... or at least I remember hearing that the Clinton and Bush #43 libraries were being done that way.)
eaglebeaky - Voter rights, crime victim rights amendments set for fall ballot so far - Quincy, IL News - QuincyJo
Off-topic, but just to clarify, I will say that the disabled individuals that I've worked with aren't the least bit interested in free phones or anything like that. (Many of them will never live independently in their own communities; any such "bribes" would be meaningless to them.) Of course there are opportunists who do try to take advantage of every social program under the sun, and…
AYHSMB - Illinois lawmakers to discuss money for Obama library - Quincy, IL News - QuincyJournal.com
Correct me if I'm wrong, but I believe Reagan, Bush 1, Clinton, and Bush 2, had libraries built with private funds. I can't believe Soros or Buffett (or the Clinton's ;P) aren't contributing to the bill for Obama. Rahm is even stumping for it, as he says it will be a big tourism money maker. Hey, I'm all for it, if it is. On a side note, I think this is the first presidential…
eaglebeaky - Voter rights, crime victim rights amendments set for fall ballot so far - Quincy, IL News - QuincyJo
I honestly couldn't care less about anybody's party affiliation. This ID issue actually has A LOT to do with poor people, the elderly, and people with disabilities -- regardless of their personal politics. (There are a lot of poor people in the south who are lifelong Republicans.) Arbitrarily-enacted voter ID laws ultimately won't disenfranchise you or me... but they do have a real…

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REBEL MEDIA: Trash vs. Schools

4 months, 1 week ago by Bob Gough

Each topic had two meetings last week. 

In each case, those who cared about Quincy garbage pickup outnumbered those who showed up to talk about new school buildings at Quincy Public Schools. 

Mayor Kyle Moore said he wants the City Council to choose an option by the end of December. 

The Quincy School Board is looking at a possible referendum on taxing for school facilities in March. 

Perhaps the timing is why the trash issue is dominating the local news scene. I hope that's the case. 

I believe there is a case for some new construction. Some of the QPS facilities (especially at the elementary level) are not in good shape at all.  There is some justification, I'm just not sure if the public will see $71 million in justification. 

Of course, we're not the only community grappling with the trash issue. 

The Bloomington City Council is cutting $1.6 million that normally goes to its general fund from its $23.2 million levy. With less to draw from out of the general fund, Bloomington is looking to make its solid waste service pay for itself.

 

From pantagraph.com:

"Without a service level or fee change, the solid waste fund will soon run at a $2.6 million annual deficit — a problem because the fund is viewed as an “enterprise fund,” meaning it should be self-supporting through fees.

Under the proposal which is expected to eliminate the funds’ expected deficit in fiscal year 2015, residents’ monthly fee for household garbage pickup would be tied to the size of trash cart they use. A 35-gallon cart would cost $16 per month, with monthly fees of $21 and $25 for 65-gallon and 95-gallon carts, respectively.

Residents also could purchase $3 stickers for bags of trash in excess of their cart’s capacity."

 


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