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CoolEdge - Council tables insurance vote - Quincy, IL News - QuincyJournal.com
I don't understand why the mayor wanting his vote on record is a bad thing. Transparency is the new thing for politics, right? Some might want to be slippery and two faced, but statesmanship more than political deception seems like a good thing. Accountability, not plausible deniability, is what voters should expect, as I see it.
quincyhydro - Quincy School Superintendent\'s committee to begin construction manager interviews - Quincy, IL News
This is basically the school board telling Maas, Waterkoette, Schlipmann, and Bleigh Construction that they're a bunch of idiots that can't biuld a damn thing. Schlipmann just build a beautiful dorm for QU, Maas built almost the entire JWCC campus and 1st Bankers Trust building. Waterkoette and Bleigh are more than qualified. I really can't think of a bigger insult to our local…
whhm - Lovelace back in court Monday - Quincy, IL News - QuincyJournal.com
According to another news source, he has no money, period. A lower bond would do no good because he won't be able to make that. The trial delays are essentially because of lack of funds to pay his attorneys to mount his defense.
eaglebeaky - Masterson fit to stand trial - Quincy, IL News - QuincyJournal.com
That's the thing, PDS. Even though it can seem like a wasteful/rubber-stamp process, the courts are REQUIRED TO assess whether people are fit BEFORE they can stand trial. The process might seem like a waste of money (because yes it seems like a formality when so few defendants are ever deemed "unfit" to stand trial), but it is a basic procedural step -- just like allowing the accused to hire…
pimpdaddystyle - Lovelace back in court Monday - Quincy, IL News - QuincyJournal.com
I think Lovelace deserves a bond he can make. Took em some 8 years to file charges, why not grant him bond? He ain't no flight risk, where the hell would he go? What's he gonna do, pull an OJ and drive an SUV 10 mph down I-72 with one of his U of I football buddies? For crying out loud give him a bond he can make. And I'm 100% impartial, not in any of the camps, victim or defendant!!

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8 months, 1 week ago from Associated Press

The Senate passed a proposal that would place statewide rules on the unregulated industry that connects passengers and drivers through a smartphone app

SPRINGFIELD -- A plan in the Illinois legislature that's close to reaching the governor's desk for approval would devastate the ride-sharing industry in the state, companies including Uber, Lyft and Sidecar say.

The Senate passed a proposal with strong support Thursday that would place statewide rules on the unregulated industry that connects passengers and drivers through a smartphone app. Its burgeoning popularity in the Chicago area and across the country comes much to the chagrin of taxi company owners, who say the new innovation should play by the same rules as cabs.

The new rules would level the playing field and allow the competitors to survive, said Mara Georges, an attorney for the Illinois Transportation Trade Association, which represents taxi and chauffeur livery companies.

She also said the rules would help taxi companies keep their drivers "as opposed to having this tremendous movement ... to the ride-sharing companies."

The legislation sponsored by Democratic state Sen. Tony Munoz of Chicago would create two tiers of regulation.

All drivers would need to pass background checks and have commercial liability insurance of at least $350,000. Drivers working more than 36 hours in a two-week period would need to follow stricter rules, similar to taxis. Local municipalities could set rules for "surge pricing" -- which allows drivers to hike prices during high demand -- for rides dispatched through a smartphone app.

"The bill protects taxi special interests who are working to stifle competition and protect their monopoly," Uber wrote in a statement, adding that the proposal "damages consumer choice, safety, economic development, and the ability of municipalities to regulate transportation services."

Lyft and Sidecar representatives have made similar statements.

The plan passed the Senate as two pieces of legislation. The second still needs approval from the House, which voted 80-26 last month to pass the first ride-sharing regulation measure. A spokesman for Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn said the administration hasn't taken a position yet.

"There is widespread, substantive support for regulations of ride-sharing apps. No one's trying to put any of these apps out of business. We're just trying to make sure our constituents are safe," said Riverside Democratic state Rep. Michael Zalewski, who's sponsoring the legislation in the House.

The city of Chicago is still trying to pass its own ride-sharing ordinance.


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