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  • HOPF: Aldermen must step up with institutional knowledge

    HOPF: Aldermen must step up with institutional knowledge

    Monday, May 4 2015 9:06 AM EDT2015-05-04 13:06:26 GMT
     The Quincy City Council will be losing its longest-serving alderman -- with 30 years of institutional knowledge about city and state finances -- after Steve Duesterhaus attends his final meeting Monday ...
     The Quincy City Council will be losing its longest-serving alderman -- with 30 years of institutional knowledge about city and state finances -- after Steve Duesterhaus attends his final meeting Monday ...
  • HOPF: Council doesn't vote partisan despite party affiliations

    HOPF: Council doesn't vote partisan despite party affiliations

    Sunday, April 19 2015 2:46 PM EDT2015-04-19 18:46:55 GMT
    When Jeff VanCamp is seated on the Quincy City Council early next month, it will mark the first time -- at least in the memory of longtime city watchers -- that an alderman will be neither a Democratic nor a Republican. VanCamp, a Quincy ...
    When Jeff VanCamp is seated on the Quincy City Council early next month, it will mark the first time -- at least in the memory of longtime city watchers -- that an alderman will be neither a Democratic nor a Republican. VanCamp, a Quincy ...
  • HOPF: State cuts may not be as severe as thought

    HOPF: State cuts may not be as severe as thought

    Monday, April 6 2015 8:50 AM EDT2015-04-06 12:50:20 GMT
    The city of Quincy received a brief reprieve in late March when state lawmakers approved a patchwork plan that plugged a $1.6 billion hole in the current fiscal year's budget. The deal will provide ...
    The city of Quincy received a brief reprieve in late March when state lawmakers approved a patchwork plan that plugged a $1.6 billion hole in the current fiscal year's budget. The deal will provide ...
  • HOPF: Despite the battering, Schock's fall still surprises

    HOPF: Despite the battering, Schock's fall still surprises

    Sunday, March 22 2015 2:57 PM EDT2015-03-22 18:57:16 GMT
    The fall was as meteoric as the rise. Six weeks after the “Downton Abbey” decor in his office was first reported by the Washington Post, U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock, R-Peoria, resigned as revelations about expenses from his taxpayer-funded account ...
    The fall was as meteoric as the rise. Six weeks after the “Downton Abbey” decor in his office was first reported by the Washington Post, U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock, R-Peoria, resigned as revelations about expenses from his taxpayer-funded account ...
  • HOPF: Proposal leaves city in limbo as it looks to adopt budget for next fiscal year

    HOPF: Proposal leaves city in limbo as it looks to adopt budget for next fiscal year

    Monday, March 9 2015 9:54 AM EDT2015-03-09 13:54:53 GMT
    Communities and service organizations are going to be watching as Illinois state lawmakers craft a budget for the next fiscal year. And it might be a long wait. At stake is 50 percent of the shared income tax revenue the state provides ...
    Communities and service organizations are going to be watching as Illinois state lawmakers craft a budget for the next fiscal year. And it might be a long wait. At stake is 50 percent of the shared income tax revenue the state provides ...
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  • Titan Wheel to eliminate 50 to 60 jobs in Quincy

    Titan Wheel to eliminate 50 to 60 jobs in Quincy

    Wednesday, May 6 2015 11:06 AM EDT2015-05-06 15:06:42 GMT
    Titan Wheel announced overnight that it will eliminate 50 to 60 positions. Todd Shoot, vice president of treasury and investor relations at Titan, said the notice was posted in the Quincy facility. He said the jobs “are being eliminated due to our current end markets.” 
    Titan Wheel announced overnight that it will eliminate 50 to 60 positions. Todd Shoot, vice president of treasury and investor relations at Titan, said the notice was posted in the Quincy facility. He said the jobs “are being eliminated due to our current end markets.” 
  • Golden Deeds recipient Conover exemplifies values learned as child

    Golden Deeds recipient Conover exemplifies values learned as child

    Tuesday, May 5 2015 11:29 AM EDT2015-05-05 15:29:19 GMT
    Few individuals can match Phil Conover when it comes to community involvement. Conover is the winner of the Quincy Exchange Club's 63rd Golden Deeds Award, an honor that signifies selfless volunteerism and working tirelessly on behalf of the community. He will be feted Friday at noon by the Exchange Club at Stoney Creek Inn.
    Few individuals can match Phil Conover when it comes to community involvement. Conover is the winner of the Quincy Exchange Club's 63rd Golden Deeds Award, an honor that signifies selfless volunteerism and working tirelessly on behalf of the community. He will be feted Friday at noon by the Exchange Club at Stoney Creek Inn.
  • Tuesday group offers 'fun thing to do' for women who love needlework

    Tuesday group offers 'fun thing to do' for women who love needlework

    Wednesday, May 6 2015 11:12 AM EDT2015-05-06 15:12:52 GMT
    Free for All meets every Tuesday at John Wood Community College, bringing together a group of women who love needlework. They sew, quilt, embroider, knit and crochet -- sometimes all at the same time -- from about 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., for themselves and others including ditty bags to send to soldiers overseas and dresses for young girls in Africa.
    Free for All meets every Tuesday at John Wood Community College, bringing together a group of women who love needlework. They sew, quilt, embroider, knit and crochet -- sometimes all at the same time -- from about 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., for themselves and others including ditty bags to send to soldiers overseas and dresses for young girls in Africa.
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