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Snarky_2 - Emanuel pushes for decriminalizing marijuana statewide - Quincy, IL News - QuincyJournal.com
there are as many reasons to avoid this as to pass this suggestion from Rahm. The problem is the other drugs that are so much worse. Let the police focus on the dealers and growers and prosecute them for Tax Evasion as they did Al Capone....
UJacks1 - Emanuel pushes for decriminalizing marijuana statewide - Quincy, IL News - QuincyJournal.com
Rahm, to quote you, "It doesn't make sense" to have a no gun zone in Chicago yet you have guns all over the place. Why not mind your business in Chicago and fix the illegal gun problem? Doesn't Illinois have empty prisons? So, reduce overcrowding by moving prisoners into them. The state apparently has millions to spend on overtime within the prison system, instead of overtime, spend the money…
UJacks1 - Some neighbors not happy with Madonna House - Quincy, IL News - QuincyJournal.com
The city can solve this with "spot zoning" -- hey, they do it all over town!!
qfingers - QPD nabs 66 in latest STEP detail - Quincy, IL News - QuincyJournal.com
The guy in that video wasn't quite in the right...he should have answered the simple question "is this your current address" since it is a perfectly valid question in determining your compliance with registration laws. He didn't need to jump to the "am I being detained" until after his docs were checked which would've prevented the response he got. 625 ILCS 5/18b-103.1) (from Ch. 95…
qfingers - Some neighbors not happy with Madonna House - Quincy, IL News - QuincyJournal.com
And the property next door at 401 S 12th was just transferred to Madonna House (it's on the most recent property transfer list). So now they'll have two buildings. That's not likely to make things better unless they keep it strictly residential and for the support of the residents. I have donated (and been) to Madonna House too and I must agree that operating an open food pantry there…

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Voter rights, crime victim rights amendments set for fall ballot so far

5 months, 1 week ago Doug Finke, State Capitol Bureau

The Illinois Senate approved the two amendments Thursday

From Doug Finke, State Capitol Bureau :
At least two proposed changes to the Illinois Constitution will appear on the Nov. 4 ballot, including one to prevent voter-suppression laws.
The Illinois Senate approved the two amendments Thursday. The House previously OK’d them, meaning they will be before voters in the fall. Gov. Pat Quinn does not have to sign them.
On a 52-0 vote, the Senate approved an amendment that is aimed squarely at preventing the state from enacting laws that Democrats have argued are intended to suppress voter participation by minorities, the poor and the elderly. Those laws are intended to cut into Democratic voter strength, they’ve said.
Specifically, the proposed amendment says “no person shall be denied the right to register to vote or to cast a ballot in an election based on race, color, ethnicity, status as a member of a language minority, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation or income.”
“We’ve heard the stories from around the nation of states implementing laws specifically to limit the right to vote,” said Sen. Kwame Raoul, D-Chicago. “This is definitely intended to discourage voter ID laws because of their disparate impact.”
Statistics have shown the poor, elderly and minority voters are less likely to have the photo IDs needed in some states in order to vote.
“In the county where I reside, we’ve had issues,” said Sen. Kyle McCarter, R-Lebanon. “If a (photo ID) is not available, we should make it available. I firmly believe we should have a voter ID law that does not discriminate.”
McCarter did not vote on the amendment.
However, Sen. Matt Murphy, R-Palatine, supported it.
“If we can send a message and make clear that no matter what your surname is, if you have earned that right to vote, nothing will be done to impede it,” he said. “You will not find a Republican who disputes that notion.”
Senators also voted 59-0 to put an improved crime victims’ rights amendment on the ballot. The state Constitution already has a Crime Victims’ Bill of Rights that was adopted in 1992.

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