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hinkdad - Iowa company pitches Newcomb development proposal - Quincy, IL News - QuincyJournal.com
There is quite a bit of parking downtown. We are just spoiled here in Quincy because it is all free and most people think it is a crime to have to walk more than half a block anywhere.
qfingers - Iowa company pitches Newcomb development proposal - Quincy, IL News - QuincyJournal.com
Revitalization of the downtown area is supposed to bring in more visitors and more spending...therefore more sales tax $$. So the city does get some extra $$ from that. And when the TIF expires the added property value will lower tax rates for the rest of us. That's the idea of it.
GuyFawkes10 - Iowa company pitches Newcomb development proposal - Quincy, IL News - QuincyJournal.com
My point
UrKidsWillPay - Iowa company pitches Newcomb development proposal - Quincy, IL News - QuincyJournal.com
There are actually ways to create "hard" parking that has grass or other vegetation growing through it. Menards even carrys one version. This allows you to have parking that doesn't look like another black ocean and it doesn't turn into mud with every rain like a lawn would. I think this type of "green" parking lot would be the most suitable use of this property. You need the extra parking…
Stupid_Dems - Iowa company pitches Newcomb development proposal - Quincy, IL News - QuincyJournal.com
I'm still waiting for someone to tell me what's in it for the city? What does the city get financially from the project? The empty lot is not costing us anything now. We have money for the Hobart people but we can't even keep the trees alive in downtown Quincy.

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

5 months, 3 weeks 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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