Friday, Jan 30, 2015
Quincy, IL News - QuincyJournal.com
Trending on the Journal

Recent Comments

ONCEMORE1 - Lovelace back in court Monday - Quincy, IL News - QuincyJournal.com
Do you know that for sure? Eight years ago, he wasn't suspected of "hurting" anyone, either.
CoolEdge - Lovelace back in court Monday - Quincy, IL News - QuincyJournal.com
There was not eight years of active investigation. There was no cause of death determined and the case was left open, iirc. Why an expert was not consulted earlier is a question someone probably should ask, or probably has asked. Someone in time looked at the case and saw something ... THEN it was further investigated and qualified medical examiners were consulted, and charges brought. The active…
rifleman0311 - Illinois video gambling revenues doubled in 2014 - Quincy, IL News - QuincyJournal.com
It's time to allow more than 2 machines per establishment in Quincy. We are missing out on revenue. What's the point of a 2 machine limit, let the bar owners decide how many they want.
1950Brutus - Strawman: #Hashtag You\'re It... - Quincy, IL News - QuincyJournal.com
You didn't mention the alcohol that would be needed in addition to the bags - something to make one forget what is under those bags.
UrKidsWillPay - Lovelace back in court Monday - Quincy, IL News - QuincyJournal.com
Just for reference, Sug Knight ran over and killed one man and injured another last night. He hit them first and then backed over them. Sug is a multi-millionaire (at least in earnings who knows if he has a dime to his name he did file for bankruptcy) and his bail was set at $2,000,000. It is a moot point given Lovelace's financial situation. Here is part of Sugs checkered past: "In 1997,…

Most Popular

Police shooting, pursuit in Downtown Hannibal

Sheffield steps down at QND basketball coach

Lovelace trial delayed until summer

Yarbrough, Mahair arrested on meth charges

Council tables insurance vote

Updated Illinois public employee compensation, pension reports

The District Annual Meeting set for January 28

Proposed Illinois legislation would ban powdered alcohol

Editorials & Opinion

REBEL MEDIA: Can kicked...beware the Lame Duck Session

7 months, 4 weeks ago by Bob Gough

Nothing of substance was going to get done with November looming (Isn't there always a November?)

From Reboot Illinois:

Yes, there was no vote to raise taxes, making the 5 percent rate permanent. That will make for easier re-election campaigns for supermajority Democrats. Yes, the $100 million in taxpayer funds House Speaker Michael Madigan had proposed to sweeten the bid for an Obama Presidential Library never was approved.

But, back to absurdity and hypocrisy. Here are the facts to remember:

  1. The state is more than $5 billion behind in paying its bills.
  2. It has the worst credit rating of any state.
  3. It has the worst unfunded pension liability of any state.
  4. There was not enough support for raising taxes, nor was their enough support for a doomsday budget. Still, lawmakers approved a $35.7 billion budget.
  5. Madigan and Senate President John Cullerton acknowledge that this budget borrows$650 million from special funds that will drive up the bills taxpayers ultimately must fund.
  6. This budget postpones paying $380 million state worker health insurance bills that taxpayers ultimately must fund.
  7. This budget diverts $650 million in funds that had been going to pay down unpaid bills that taxpayers ultimately must fund.
  8. Yet, lawmakers voted to start paying themselves again for 12 furlough days they had been taking. In other words, they boosted their own pay by $3,100 to $67,836 per lawmaker. Most actually are paid closer to $78,000 for their part-time jobs because most of them get another $10,000 for committee chairmanships.
  9. In the spending plans approved before politicians adjourned was $10 million to renovate the Uptown Theatre in Chicago.
  10. There was $35 million to build a grade school in Madigan’s district.
  11. There was $500,000 for a car racetrack near St. Louis.
  12. There is a bill that could allow Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel to raise cell phone taxes by $1.40 per month.
  13. The budget includes $50 million in funds for Chicago Public Schools and another $50 million in back pay owed state workers.
  14. There’s money authorized, according to the Chicago Tribune, for more Capitol renovations, for the Glen Ellyn Park District, a Puerto Rican Cultural Center, a Little League in Blue Island, windows for a Chicago church and more.
  15. Both Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn and Republican nominee Bruce Rauner already are using the budget crisis to try to raise campaign funds and support. Quinn wanted a permanent tax increase. Rauner has refused to provide details for how he would solve the crisis.

And how are we, the taxpayers, going to pay for all of this spending and borrowing and postponing of bill paying? “While a vote on our tax rates has been deferred, rising costs and pressures will force the issue at a later date,” Cullerton said.

Yes, absurdity and hypocrisy in the 2015 Illinois budget knows few bounds. And we, the taxpayers, will get the bills.


From the Newsroom

QuincyJournal on Twitter

QuincyJournal 1 hour, 9 minutes ago

REBEL MEDIA: Everybody's doing it http://t.co/PNSz7FRLsN
QuincyJournal on Twitter

QuincyJournal 1 hour, 10 minutes ago

Heinecke Fundraiser - Political fundraiser set for Saturday http://t.co/NGUBNsCrAL
Bob Gough on Twitter

Bob Gough 1 hour, 36 minutes ago

RT @DRUDGE REPORT: NFL officials will hold Brady's balls before Super Bowl... http://t.co/yKkMJy76BB
QuincyJournal on Twitter

QuincyJournal 3 hours, 6 minutes ago

6 people sent to ER after Camp Point rollover - Includes four kids ages 4 mos. to 5 yrs http://t.co/KnevUUmbUf