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eaglebeaky - Shields leaves QND before even starting - Quincy, IL News - QuincyJournal.com
By all means, believe whatever "stuff" you want, qtown. It was in upstate NY, and (I mis-spoke in the previous post when I erroneously thought that it was 4 titles in 5 years) they actually won the NY State 'Class C' championship for 4 consecutive years during the late 1980s. And, (yes, whether you choose to believe anything I'm saying or not) the varsity baseball coach was, in fact,…
CordellWalker - Shields leaves QND before even starting - Quincy, IL News - QuincyJournal.com
So at what point does QND's administration take any blame for hiring a sketchy guy like this in the first place?
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I don't think pjohnf is interested in reasoned discussion. That article is attacking unnamed EPA policies that I may not agree with. So I don't know what one would counter in that respect. It attacks those policies by stating that the policies are based on three things (tropospheric hot spots, global average surface temperatures, climate modeling). I'd bet a soda that this is a straw…
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And the aldermen did what? It was the city crews and the department heads who got the job done
QuincyGuy - Shields leaves QND before even starting - Quincy, IL News - QuincyJournal.com
Hey, Coach Andy Douglas has brothers who might coach them. Better yet, ask Eric Orne to step in.

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2 years, 5 months ago by Benjamin Yount, Illinois Watchdog

New legislation would add local government debt info to an online database

SPRINGFIELD —  It’s hutzpah with a capital H.

Two Illinois lawmakers want to require local governments — school districts, cities, counties, townships, water districts, fire protection districts and the like — to be more open with taxpayers about government debt.

But local governments say anyone in Springfield preaching debt management and transparency has, well, a lot of hutzpah.

“That’s hilarious,” said Decatur City Manager Ryan McCrady. “They want to distract from their problems by shifting focus to us? Fine. But make sure to put my bond rating next to the state’s.”

McCrady says Decatur has a far better bond rating than the state of Illinois, which just saw a credit downgrade because of inaction on its massive pension debt.

New legislation would add local government debt information to the state’s online information portal, force all new legislation to report debt impact and create a local debt review board.

House Republican Leader Tom Cross said he wants to “educate” voters.

“People have a right to know, and should know, what debt is out there,” Cross said Wednesday. “How’s their money spent? Is that tax working? How much are they raising from that tax, and how is it being spent?”

The Illinois Comptroller’s office already collects [3] much of that data.

McCrady said local voters can get that information by going to any meeting of the City Council.

“We have to vote on every expense, and those meetings are all on TV,” McCrady said. “I talk with local taxpayers every day. They know what is going on in their city.”

Jerry Crabtree is associate director of the Township Officials of Illinois, which represents the state’s 1,432 townships in Springfield. He said even tiny local governments stay in touch with taxpayers.

“Townships operate in the community,” Crabtree said. “And elected officials will hear from taxpayers almost 24 hours a day.”

Crabtree says townships, for the most part, are financially secure.

“I find it ironic that the state is picking on a unit of government that pays its bills and does plan for the future,” Crabtree said, noting Illinois’ unpaid bills and massive pension debt.

Since 2008, which marked the advent of tougher lending laws, few local governments have been able to spend wildly on borrowed money.

McCrady said the new lending requirements are the “financial equivalent of a proctology exam.”

Ron Sandack is the former Republican mayor of Downers Grove and the city’s current state representative. He said there may be some local governments with good finances and little debt, but there are hundreds of school districts, more than a thousand townships and countless park districts, fire districts and mosquito abatement districts.

“If you ask your neighbor, I think they distinguish less who levied the tax,” Sandack said. “They just look at the bottom line and say I’m paying more than I was the year before.”

The transparency proposals are, for now, ideas only;  lawmakers have not held a hearing on any of the plans.

Contact Benjamin Youtn at Ben@IllinoisWachdog.org


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