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Peoplechamp31 - QPS Board approves higher 2014 tax levy - Quincy, IL News - QuincyJournal.com
If you guys and Mr Gough want to have a real convo why don't you ask Peters and the district how come my kids have to wear winter coats into the Qhs building and why we have so many problems out there with the new HVAC system!
Peoplechamp31 - QPS Board approves higher 2014 tax levy - Quincy, IL News - QuincyJournal.com
They..... I'm fully aware of some of there wages as well! But there not in the media making comments about things they don't know anything about! Irving should have been sold along time ago! We have people renting it from us knowing we will never use this building again! I mean look at Dewey school way worse than Irving by far, but our kids are in that building still! I don't want to…
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Dish and Direct do not use City property for their systems. They are satellite based..."beam me down Scotty". Only physical presence is their antenna on your building or in your yard, both private property. Don't know about the phone company. But they are required to share their lines with other carriers. So, who pays that?
hotrod400 - Mayor Moore talks garbage...again - Quincy, IL News - QuincyJournal.com
This whole trash fiasco started out with the TLE's (aka Kyle Moore) Director of Administrative Services thinking the cost of Workmen's Comp insurance premiums could be dramatically reduced if the City used the totes and trucks equipped with lift devices. The decision was made to offer that service to residents at a considerable cost increase over the sticker system. The totes cost $65 up…
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Here here! We must remember that in 1856, the GOP was a fledgling upstart made up of former Whigs and a few Democrats. Then, once Lincoln won the White House in 1860, the GOP held the Presidency for most of the next 50 years, except for the two Cleveland terms. So there is hope for another party to rise and take the place of the Repulicrats/Democans. The sooner the better!

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Suggests lawmakers adopt a congressional-style rulebook to govern

Job recommendations and university application referrals from Illinois lawmakers should be tracked and publicized after clout-related scandals at the University of Illinois and the Metra transit agency, the General Assembly's top ethics officer said Friday.

Legislative Inspector General Tom Homer also suggested that lawmakers adopt a congressional-style rulebook to govern such interventions: that recommendations deal in facts, not make suggestions of favoritism or reprisal and that legislators not work harder for a campaign contributor than for other constituents.

Homer, a former legislator and appellate court justice, released a letter with his recommendations just a week after he found no violations of law with job recommendations that House Speaker Michael Madigan and two other House Democrats made to Metra. Those surfaced last summer when an ousted CEO claimed political pressure on jobs and contracts.

"When insiders can lay claim to political spoils, the powerless and disenfranchised are denied equal opportunities," Homer wrote. "Moreover, taxpayers lose when public funds are expended for expensive legal settlements and attorneys' fees associated with scandals that arise from such activities."

Homer also pointed to a 2009 admissions brouhaha at the University of Illinois, in which well-connected applicants were admitted to the state's flagship university based on their patrons - and not always on academic qualifications. He called the once-accepted practice of political patronage an "anachronism," replaced by laws prohibiting political considerations in hiring.

Senate Assistant Majority Leader Terry Link, a Waukegan Democrat and member of the Legislative Ethics Commission, questioned whether such rules go after "the good people or the bad." None of the proposals would have prevented crimes that sent the last two governors to prison or incidents that led to the indictment of two sitting House members.

Even if a lawmaker calls to check on the status of a university application, Link said as an example, "My name will be put on a list that I called and used my influence. What influence is that, just to check on something?

"It comes to the point, you're afraid to talk to anybody, you're afraid to ask anything, you're afraid to do anything, because somebody may misconstrue it."

Another commission member, Rep. Lou Lang, a Skokie Democrat and a House deputy majority leader, said he had not studied Homer's letter but also questioned whether the rules would have the desired effect.

"Everything that happens in government and everything uttered and every request made by an elected official does not automatically rise to the level of unethical," Lang said.

Senate President John Cullerton, a Chicago Democrat, had no comment on the proposals and was still reviewing the recommendations, spokeswoman Rikeesha Phelon said.

Madigan spokesman Steve Brown said the speaker would ask the Legislative Ethics Commission to review the proposals and report back. He noted that Homer, who is retiring as the General Assembly's first inspector general in June, also pointed out in his letter that appointed ethics officers for the House and Senate's four caucuses are "capable and honorable individuals."

Homer, inspector general since 2004, oversees a 1967 legislative ethics act he has complained is a "toothless tiger" with little transparency and enforcement. He used Friday's letter to repeat calls for making reports of lawmakers' violations public and prohibiting conflict-of-interest votes.

Currently, the law merely requires that a member consider abstaining from a vote that might benefit him or his family personally.


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