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qfingers - New IL school superintendent says funding fix could take years - Quincy, IL News - QuincyJournal.com
They seem to be missing the rest of the answer to the last question.... "But teachers don't make nearly as much money as lawyers or football players so I went where the money was...administration".
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Google Street view will show you Brian's home has an attached garage. https://maps.google.com/maps?bav=on.2,or.&bvm...
UrKidsWillPay - QPD Blotter for April 25, 2015 - Quincy, IL News - QuincyJournal.com
April Plan Commission Meeting 7:00 p.m., Tuesday, April 28, 2015 City Council Chambers First Floor City Hall, 730 Maine Street A G E N D A 5. Public hearing requested by Brian C. and Angela E. Terstegge for a Special Permit for a Planned Development to build a 2,450 sq. ft. addition onto an existing 2,800 sq. ft. garage used for personal storage at 6221 Church Hills Rd. Zoned: RU1 Per the agenda for…
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January Zoning Board of Appeals Meeting Wednesday, January 21, 2015 6:30 p.m. City Council Chambers First Floor, City Hall 730 Maine Street A G E N D A 3. Brian C. Terstegge requesting variances to reduce the 50-ft. front yard setback and to exceed the 3,600 sq. ft. allowable area of accessory structures on property at 6221 Church Hills Rd. Zoned: RU1 Ward: 5. (Denied on 12-26-14; petitioner’s request…
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For such a nice guy, Mr. Terstegge sure seems to have a lot of people interested in his life and scrutinizing his every move. Seems like people who have no involvement in this and little if any direct knowledge of the issue would be better served by minding their own business.

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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.

Read more: http://www.sj-r.com/article/20140806/News/140809665#ixzz39jrZ6uat


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