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Righty1 - The cost of maintaining homes where no one lives - Quincy, IL News - QuincyJournal.com
They sell tents at Wal-Mart. Based on the quality of work they do that would be to good for them.
QuincyGuy - Quincy Park Board selects Frericks as executive director - Quincy, IL News - QuincyJournal.com
I am happy for Rome also. Does the law require that all that time and money be spent to look for a new person when he was the man to start with? Just curious. All three were great picks but Rome has a lifetime of experience with this type of thing.
QuincyGuy - The cost of maintaining homes where no one lives - Quincy, IL News - QuincyJournal.com
I wish it showed a line item cost for the Gov. Mansion (utilities, security, maintenance, etc.) I doubt that Rauner would live there either. "It would be cheaper to own a Hotel/Motel in Springfield and have the elected officials stay there when in town and the other rooms would help pay for it. The sale of those homes would buy a hotel/motel".
ab123 - Quincy Park Board selects Frericks as executive director - Quincy, IL News - QuincyJournal.com
I LOVE seeing all the positive comments. Great choice made by the board. QPD is going in the right direction. Congrats Rome!
QuincyJournal - Quincy Park Board selects Frericks as executive director - Quincy, IL News - QuincyJournal.com
Frankenhoff said it was Frericks' call as to if the job was filled and who would fill it.

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Madigan’s ‘millionaire amendment’ proposal earns mixed reaction

5 months, 3 weeks ago Tobias Wall, State Capitol Bureau

Proposed “millionaires amendment” garnered mostly negative responses from lawmakers

From Tobias Wall, State Capitol Bureau :
Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan's proposed “millionaires amendment” garnered mostly negative responses from local lawmakers.
The Chicago Democrat on Thursday proposed a constitutional amendment that would tack an additional 3 percent surcharge on individual incomes over $1 million. The revenue the tax would generate, estimated to be $1 billion, would be distributed to Illinois' ailing public schools.
Republicans in both the House and Senate are skeptical of the proposal. Rep. Raymond Poe, R-Springfield, wondered what would keep millionaires from moving away.
“If you're making a million dollars, you can afford to move away. I'd like to see some projections at the end of the day, are we really actually going to make money or lose money?” Poe said. “I'm afraid we'll get this mass exodus.”
That exodus, Poe said, could result in a net loss of income tax dollars compared to what the state would normally realize under the status quo.
However, data provided by Madigan's office shows that even with the surcharge in place, the tax liabilities on millionaires in two neighboring states — Iowa and Wisconsin — still would be higher than on those in Illinois.
Poe also said that while he understands the needs of struggling schools, he's skeptical as to whether Madigan's plan is the right way to address them.
Grow jobs instead
Sen. Sam McCann, R-Carlinville, said earmarking new revenues for education was what lawmakers had in mind when they created the Illinois Lottery, but today, less than 7 percent of education funding comes from the lottery.
Calling Madigan's proposal “a gimmick at best,” McCann said, “there's no doubt we need to grow our revenue in the state, but we need to grow our revenue the way that so many other states have been able to grow it, and that is by increasing the number of people working.”
He said that when more people are working, more revenue flows into the state without the need for a tax increase, including “selective taxes” on millionaires.
Rep. Rich Brauer, a Petersburg Republican, took a slightly different approach, saying the state needs to focus on belt-tightening instead of searching for more money.
“Until we control spending, no matter how much revenue we raise, we will never balance the budget,” he said. “We have to control our spending, and we haven't done that.”

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