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pjohnf - Obama uses Memorial Day address to explain that U.S. no longer fighting real war - Quincy, IL News -
What is to be said, Obama is a narcissistic egomaniac who does everything to satisfy his political agenda. Because he declared the Afghan war over it's automatically over, while we still have troops in harms way and dying. The free world, which includes America, are fighting a worldwide war on terrorism and this egotist says it's over. I can hardly wait, January 2017, the end of the Obama…
ReardenShrugged - Madigan says Dems have their own spending plan for Illinois - Quincy, IL News - QuincyJournal.com
It was Madigan and the Dems' spending plan that got us into this situation. Who in their right mind would trust them to get us out of it?
UrKidsWillPay - Updated NASA Data: Global Warming Not Causing Any Polar Ice Retreat - Quincy, IL News - QuincyJourna
Funny that you admit that satelite data is much more accurate in this instance and yet when it comes to temperature the satelite data showing the temps are NOT the hottest on record are ignored in favor of the surface temps which the scientists "adjust". Talk about cherry picking the data to fit the argument.
qfingers - Updated NASA Data: Global Warming Not Causing Any Polar Ice Retreat - Quincy, IL News - QuincyJourna
Since ice volume is a calculated value of a model and absolutely impossible to ever verify (with today's technology) you will NEVER convince me to trust an answer from it. With that being said their model looks very much like the real data. Decline which might be recovering now (only time will tell). Of continuing interest is the hiatus since 2002 of global temps which IMHO pretty much disproves…
Expatriate - Updated NASA Data: Global Warming Not Causing Any Polar Ice Retreat - Quincy, IL News - QuincyJourna
1979 is selected in these types of charts because that's when we first had a satellite in orbit that could provide us with much more accurate data. If you want to get out the chart showing pre-1979 data, you'd be looking at much less accurate data derived from things like navigational ice charts from shipping vessels, tree rings and ice core analysis... You're not going to like the scientists…

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Illinois schools start year with 24 new mandates

8 months, 2 weeks ago from the Associated Press

Don't come with any corresponding state funding

Schools in Illinois have begun their academic years with two dozen new requirements from lawmakers that don't come with any corresponding state funding.
The Springfield bureau of Lee Enterprises newspapers reports data collected by the Illinois State Board of Education show the 24 additional requirements this year are down slightly from the average 27 new rules imposed each year since 2007.
This year the new rules include training students how to use automatic external defibrillators and practicing how to evacuate schools in emergencies.
The new requirements for schools come at the same time as Illinois' rising unfunded pension liability prompted severe cuts to school funding in recent years, with district officials frequently voicing complaints that the cost of complying often comes at the expense of other programs or even local property tax increases.
State officials say at least 64 of the estimated 224 new requirements handed down in the past seven years would cost school districts money.
"Obviously, there are some things that are worthwhile," Mike Williams, superintendent of the Maroa-Forsyth school district in central Illinois, said. "We'd just appreciate the ability to review some of them and decide whether they fit with our mission."
Mandates put on the books in recent years that some decry as unnecessary include requiring school districts to accept miniature horses as service animals for certain disabled children. Others require schools to teach about Internet safety and to have all flags flown at public school buildings manufactured in the United States.
Democratic state Sen. Andy Manar of Bunker Hill last spring introduced a proposal that would allow school districts to opt out of having to comply with some mandates - a way of appeasing some districts that questioned his plan to overhaul the state's school funding formula.
But idea was later dropped after opponents suggested it would be tough for lawmakers to remove requirements that could be viewed as important to crucial voting blocs - among them requiring the teaching of women's rights and African-American history each year.

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