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eaglebeaky - Illinois lawmakers to discuss money for Obama library - Quincy, IL News - QuincyJournal.com
Wall Street was solidly in the Romney/Ryan camp last time, pjohnf. (And assuming he's the nominee, they'll certainly be in Ryan's camp in 2016.) Why is it that you seem to think that they're Obama supporters?
eaglebeaky - Illinois lawmakers to discuss money for Obama library - Quincy, IL News - QuincyJournal.com
When did presidential libraries start taking this kind of funding? (I always thought they were privately funded... or at least I remember hearing that the Clinton and Bush #43 libraries were being done that way.)
eaglebeaky - Voter rights, crime victim rights amendments set for fall ballot so far - Quincy, IL News - QuincyJo
Off-topic, but just to clarify, I will say that the disabled individuals that I've worked with aren't the least bit interested in free phones or anything like that. (Many of them will never live independently in their own communities; any such "bribes" would be meaningless to them.) Of course there are opportunists who do try to take advantage of every social program under the sun, and…
AYHSMB - Illinois lawmakers to discuss money for Obama library - Quincy, IL News - QuincyJournal.com
Correct me if I'm wrong, but I believe Reagan, Bush 1, Clinton, and Bush 2, had libraries built with private funds. I can't believe Soros or Buffett (or the Clinton's ;P) aren't contributing to the bill for Obama. Rahm is even stumping for it, as he says it will be a big tourism money maker. Hey, I'm all for it, if it is. On a side note, I think this is the first presidential…
eaglebeaky - Voter rights, crime victim rights amendments set for fall ballot so far - Quincy, IL News - QuincyJo
I honestly couldn't care less about anybody's party affiliation. This ID issue actually has A LOT to do with poor people, the elderly, and people with disabilities -- regardless of their personal politics. (There are a lot of poor people in the south who are lifelong Republicans.) Arbitrarily-enacted voter ID laws ultimately won't disenfranchise you or me... but they do have a real…

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VIDEO: Ernst wants to eliminate City Comptroller position

VIDEO: Ernst wants to eliminate City Comptroller position

1 year, 1 month ago by Bob Gough

Candidate for City Treasurer says the treasurer can oversee that office and save $70,000 annually

Republican candidate for Quincy treasurer Tom Ernst said he wants to eliminate the comptroller's position and have the treasurer take a more active role in the City's budgeting process.

At a Wednesday morning news conference, Ernst said the move would save the city $70,000 in the comptroller's salary and benefit package.

City Comptroller Ann Scott is also serving as the city's purchasing director. The City elminated the director of purchasing position when it offered an early retirement incentive in 2009.

Ernst also said he would like to look into allowing online bill pay for all city services.

Democrat Peggy Crim is the current city treasurer. She says the cost of online bill paying has decreased from $100,000 to $22,000, but she still thinks that is cost-prohibitive.

"I think the $22,000 could be better spent on streets or something," Crim said. "I just don't know if it is that cost-effective."

Crim said people can pay their water bills through an automatic deduction from their bank accounts.

She also opposes the elimination of the comptroller's position.

"I think the people of Dixon, Illinois wish they would have more than one person in charge of both functions when their comptroller stole $53 million," Crim said. "Eliminating the position saves about 2/10th of 1 percent of the budget. You're going to risk internal checks and balances."

 

EDITOR'S NOTE: The elimination of the purchasing director was a permanent move and not an interim one as was stated in an earlier version of this report.

 


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