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pjohnf - Iowa company pitches Newcomb development proposal - Quincy, IL News - QuincyJournal.com
Is this project going to have a surety bond in place if this guy goes under or is the performance bond the same thing? The project sounds like a good use of the property but we tax payers lost big time the last time we put up money for a developer to develop this property.
ONCEMORE1 - Practice of end-of-career teacher salary bumps being scrutinized - Quincy, IL News - QuincyJournal.c
Sure are------12 months pay for nine months "work". Plus a couple weeks for Holidays, Christmas Break, Spring Break, Snow Days, etc. Try to match that in the Real Working World.
qfingers - Iowa company pitches Newcomb development proposal - Quincy, IL News - QuincyJournal.com
Could you list what "infrastructure" this is for? It's apartments and retail space...not roads and sewers. And I don't see any parking in the illustration above. 20 apartments could easily mean 40 cars there 24x7. And I don't believe it's legal for the city to give anybody a property tax abatement except by a few means like enterprise zones for example. Anything targeting one…
ONCEMORE1 - Iowa company pitches Newcomb development proposal - Quincy, IL News - QuincyJournal.com
Here we go again......... Giving away the farm---AGAIN---is about as brilliant as Deuce's parking lot that nobody needs.
vonvicious - Iowa company pitches Newcomb development proposal - Quincy, IL News - QuincyJournal.com
The city might as well build the build and finance the structure itself. First off sell the property for what it is worth. 52 parking spots for 20 apartments and an eatery is that even enough to meet code.

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1 month ago Sara Burnett, Associated Press

The bitterly contested race already is well underway

From Sara Burnett, Associated Press:

The candidates for Illinois governor sharpened their attacks on each other Thursday, with Gov. Pat Quinn saying Bruce Rauner's plan to tax some services will help wealthy people like Rauner but hurt hardworking families, and the Republican businessman calling Quinn's efforts to address improper political hiring "a charade."

Quinn and Rauner separately addressed a Metropolitan Planning Council forum in Chicago, one of roughly a half dozen joint appearances scheduled before the Nov. 4 election.

While the Labor Day weekend typically marks the start of election season, the bitterly contested race already is well underway.

Quinn paints the multimillionaire Rauner as out-of-touch with the middle class and says he got rich - and bought nine "mansions" - by putting profit ahead of people. Rauner has tried to chip away at Quinn's portrayal of himself as a reformer, saying the Chicago Democrat has continued the cronyism and corrupt practices of his predecessor, now-imprisoned former Gov. Rod Blagojevich.

Rauner hit on that theme again Thursday, saying dozens of people who were improperly hired by the Illinois Department of Transportation because of their political connections are still working for the state.

"This already looks like another broken promise from Pat Quinn," Rauner said. "You've got to wonder if this is just another charade."

Last week, an Office of the Executive Inspector General review concluded more than 250 IDOT "staff assistants" got jobs in the past decade based on clout, when the positions should have been publicly available to any candidate and filled based on qualifications. Quinn's administration announced last week it was laying off 58 people who still held those jobs.

But they didn't get rid of others who have moved into other positions still on the state payroll.

Those include two former employees of ex-U.S. Rep. Philip Hare, a Democrat. The workers were hired by IDOT as staff assistants in 2010. Rather than follow typical state hiring procedures, IDOT gave them jobs using an exemption that is supposed to be used only when the job involves policymaking or confidential information. Their jobs involved planting trees and implementing training classes, the review found.

Quinn said his administration "acted promptly" to address problems at the department, including putting in a new transportation secretary who is conducting a full analysis of all positions. He wouldn't answer a question about why some of the improper hires still have state jobs.

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