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pamarshall - Where $1 million is going at Quincy Regional Airport - Quincy, IL News - QuincyJournal.com
So basically, repainting the runway...isn't considered an acceptable use of the grant money.
WarCry - QPD nabs 66 in latest STEP detail - Quincy, IL News - QuincyJournal.com
I've dealt with the police as the bad guy. From traffic violations to more serious occasions. I treated them with respect and, unremarkably, they did the same to me. I did what I was told and made the process as simple as possible. Any encounter with the police, you get out of it what you put into it. Yeah, there are going to be a few fools out there. But guess what? The system gets rid of them…
WarCry - QPD nabs 66 in latest STEP detail - Quincy, IL News - QuincyJournal.com
Aside from the absolutely, hilariously absurdity of your comparisons, you are licensed by the state to drive a car, and your car is licensed by the state to be on the roads. When you get those two types of license, you are contractually agree to the state's terms that they can perform stops like this. Likewise, you're giving your consent (look up "implied consent") that if they think you're…
MountainMan - QPD nabs 66 in latest STEP detail - Quincy, IL News - QuincyJournal.com
Is this a "stop and frisk" or safety check point type of program or is it Police sitting along side the road or in a parking lot checking for signs of suspicious activity type of program?
MountainMan - QPD nabs 66 in latest STEP detail - Quincy, IL News - QuincyJournal.com
This comment in itself is ignorant. You don't know everyone's experiences with the cops. I have had some good ones but I have also had some very bad ones, anymore I am on guard when I have an encounter with the police. Not all of them have the protect and serve mentality especially the younger ones.

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1 month, 1 week ago by Associated Press

Administration said it had already taken action

When a good-government campaigner sued Gov. Pat Quinn in April over political hiring at the Illinois Department of Transportation, the administration responded that it had already taken action by reviewing and reclassifying jobs, which wouldn't be subject to political considerations in the future.

But asked to explain what it did, the Quinn administration has refused to identify which jobs were redefined or how state officials determined whether anti-patronage rules applied - because it has made no final decisions.

The administration's rejection of a Freedom of Information Act request from The Associated Press, citing a clause in the law that protects preliminary deliberations, contradicts its earlier declaration that it had reviewed job descriptions, reclassified posts, and fixed the political hiring practice after the release of a critical watchdog report last year.

The IDOT employment issue is one of several nagging Quinn as the Democrat portrays himself as a lifelong government reformer amid a stiff re-election battle against Republican businessman Bruce Rauner. Quinn says he has ended the clout-stained hiring practices of his predecessors and made government openness a hallmark of his administration, but Rauner and other critics question his commitment to it.

The FOIA denial contradicts the administration's assertion that it fixed the problem in the spring. The administration also is refusing to disclose the guidelines the government has used for two decades to decide which jobs must be open to any applicant and which can be given to someone because of his or her political connections.

"Government agencies are not allowed to have secret rules or laws that they use to make decisions," said Matt Topic, a government transparency lawyer with the Chicago firm of Loevy & Loevy who has represented government watchdog groups and others in FOIA cases.

Quinn's office referred questions to the state personnel agency, which handles such reviews. Department of Central Management Services spokeswoman Alka Nayyar acknowledged in an emailed statement that the process had not been completed. She said records would not be released until the review is done, but would not say when that will be.

"Following CMS's final review and determination, IDOT is currently finalizing the position descriptions you requested and will make them available to you as soon as possible," she wrote, adding that getting the process "done right" is a "top priority."

Neither Nayyar nor Quinn's spokesman Grant Klinzman responded to questions about the contradiction in the administration's statements.

The latest questions surrounding IDOT hiring surfaced when Michael Shakman, a Chicago attorney with a 40-year history of opposing illegal patronage hiring in Cook County, filed a federal court motion seeking an investigation and an independent monitor to oversee the agency's employment practices.

He was responding to an August 2013 Better Government Association report that Quinn and his predecessor, the now-imprisoned Rod Blagojevich, had hired as many as 200 "staff assistants" without adhering to rules that prohibit political considerations and without properly offering the jobs to the general public.

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