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yesqcy - City/Firefighters labor contract must be voted on again - Quincy, IL News - QuincyJournal.com
Very true, everyone has to have a first time. But what about the city attorney and the rest of the council? Nobody?
Mizzougrad - Quincy City Budget hearings and Council meeting - Quincy, IL News - QuincyJournal.com
Your right, the pensions that the city chose to underfund for years because they could, and now it's all our fault. For someone in business, don't understand how you do not understand the concept that you close a station, you don't just reassign the firefighters, because then there are no savings. You close a station because you want to lower the number of firefighters, period. You know…
topdown - Quincy City Budget hearings and Council meeting - Quincy, IL News - QuincyJournal.com
Once again, I will ask you: Do you understand business at all? The City can't print money. The police and fire pensions have thrown the entire system so far out of whack that the City can't make "want to" decisions; it is a "have to" situation. You can cry the blues all you want about the poor, poor firefighters, but their greed over the years has contributed greatly to this mess, so what…
topdown - Quincy City Budget hearings and Council meeting - Quincy, IL News - QuincyJournal.com
I haven't read a single comment about laying off firefighters, except, perhaps, from your Chief. You are paid, and paid very well, to do a job. If you don't like it, quit. People will line up to take your spot. No one is complaining about the services you provide. The problem is cost. Why is it so hard to understand that the City coffers are not a bottomless pit? Your pensions have…
topdown - Quincy City Budget hearings and Council meeting - Quincy, IL News - QuincyJournal.com
Your condescending attitude is just plain insulting. Thousands and thousands of small business owners have suffered in this economy over the past decade or so. Should we all "reinvent" ourselves? What an idiotic statement! It is patently obvious to me from the comments you have made in different discussions that you have lived a life of privilege and have never given an honest day's work in…

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Bears retire Mike Ditka's number

4 months, 1 week ago Associated Press

No. 89 was honored during a halftime ceremony at Monday's game

From Associated Press:

It was Mike Ditka's day in Illinois - and his night at Soldier Field.

Gov. Pat Quinn's office said Monday that he's declared it "Mike Ditka Day" in honor of the former Chicago Bears player and Super Bowl-winning coach whose jersey was retired.

The Hall of Fame tight end's No. 89 was retired during a halftime ceremony Monday night when the Bears hosted the Dallas Cowboys.

The Bears showed highlights of his playing and coaching career and rolled out the red carpet at midfield before he walked out to a thunderous ovation.

There were more video tributes from players, and chairman George McCaskey told the crowd the honor was "a long time coming."

With the 1963 championship and Lombardi trophies along with a Hall of Fame bust alongside him, Ditka said he's "been living a dream for 74 years."

Ditka was the 14th Bear to have his number retired by the team.

"You don't play the game or coach this game with this in mind," Ditka told reporters afterward. "It's the icing on the cake, the final candle, whatever you want to call it. It's been a hell of a run."

At an event earlier in the day, chairman George McCaskey called Ditka "the most iconic Bear alive."

"He's the Coach," McCaskey said. "Great career as a player, and while this doesn't go directly to retiring a jersey, you can't ignore the fact that he was the coach of the Super Bowl Bears."

The 1985 team is widely considered one of the greatest in NFL history.

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