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yesqcy - City/Firefighters labor contract must be voted on again - Quincy, IL News -
Very true, everyone has to have a first time. But what about the city attorney and the rest of the council? Nobody?
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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…
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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 -
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 -
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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Official: Backlog of gun ID applications cleared

3 months, 3 weeks ago

Addition of staff members and tech upgrades helped clear logjam


Illinois State Police said Sunday they have eliminated their backlog of tens of thousands of applications for gun owner identification cards - helping to clear their decks as they prepare for an expected influx of requests for concealed carry permits.

Just months ago, nearly 50,000 Firearm Owner Identification card applications were still awaiting approval, raising doubts that state police could handle the nearly 400,000 concealed carry applications they expect to flood in during 2014.

But as of mid-December, pending FOID card applications were down to 3,000 - and all those were submitted within the last month, department spokeswoman Monique Bond told The Associated Press. By law, the applications are supposed to be approved or denied within 30 days.

"We have no more backlog," she said.

The addition of more than 20 new staff members to the unit that processes the applications, as well as a $4 million upgrade in technology and infrastructure, helped workers whittle down the piles of applications that had stacked up, Bond said.

The ID card applications are submitted in writing, with reviewers sifting through papers by hand. By contrast, concealed carry applications can only be submitted online - a paperless process that should ensure faster processing, Bond said.

Lawmakers approved concealed carry last summer after a federal appeals court said Illinois' last-in-the-nation ban was unconstitutional. People will be able to submit applications to carry a concealed weapon starting on Jan. 5.

A FOID card is one of the state's prerequisites to owning a firearm, so it's also required for concealed carry permits. In a state with about 13 million people, there are around 1.6 million FOID card holders.

Applications for FOID cards reached record numbers in 2013. In January, for instance, state police received 61,000 applications - compared with 31,000 for the same period in 2012.

That sharp uptick was another contributing factor in the applications backlog.

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