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Righty1 - Quincy Mayor, Police & Fire Chiefs disagree over proposed budget cuts - Quincy, IL News - QuincyJour
I don't recall you calling for a part time mayor when the previous mayor blew $6 million on Hydro which is exactly what put the city in this predicament.
CoolEdge - March jobs report: Illinois workforce shrinks, manufacturing continues bleeding - Quincy, IL News -
And some try to tell us that is just the boomers retiring, but in fact the older folks are working longer, it is the younger folks that are leaning on entitlements more than before.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics notes that, for instance, the labor participation rates of those aged 25 to 54 years decreased from 76.4% in 2002 to 70.9% in 2012 – while the rates of those aged 55 and over…
HuhWhy - Quincy Mayor, Police & Fire Chiefs disagree over proposed budget cuts - Quincy, IL News - QuincyJour
This mayor is a poor leader. He thinks he is the smartest one in the room. How can you move an organization in the direction it needs to go when the leader is not competent?
WarCry - Yard waste stickers a no-go - Quincy, IL News - QuincyJournal.com
Another idea that was put forward to try and prevent cuts and/or taxes, presented by the mayor and shot down by (part of) the council. But guess who will be blamed....
WarCry - Quincy Mayor, Police & Fire Chiefs disagree over proposed budget cuts - Quincy, IL News - QuincyJour
I don't see why not. Those very same elected officials (at the state level, anyway) seem to think it's perfectly acceptable to renege on established contracts when they decide it cost too much to honor the commitment. Good for the goose, right? (BTW, this isn't an issue of whether you support unions or not. Even if you hate them and think they screwed everyone over with their contracts,…

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State employee unions want expedited ruling in pensions suit

8 months ago from the Associated Press

A coalition of labor unions and state retirees are challenging the constitutionality of Illinois’ pension law

A coalition of labor unions and state retirees is asking a judge for an expedited ruling in a case challenging the constitutionality of Illinois’ pension law.
Attorneys filed the motion in Sangamon Circuit Court Thursday. They want Judge John Belz to factor in a Supreme Court decision that found health insurance premiums were a protected retirement benefit for state workers.
The groups say the same issue is central to their suit over the pension law, which increases employee contributions and reduces benefits. They say the law violates the state constitution, which says public employee benefits cannot be “diminished or impaired.”
Lawmakers and state officials have said that Illinois’ financial crisis is bad enough to warrant the plan despite the constitutional clause.
The parties will appear in court Sept. 4.

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