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  • HOPF: City, counties more likely to feel pinch after pension ruling

    HOPF: City, counties more likely to feel pinch after pension ruling

    Sunday, May 17 2015 8:35 PM EDT2015-05-18 00:35:57 GMT
     Municipalities and counties statewide continue to feel angst as state lawmakers aren't any closer to approving a budget for the next fiscal year that starts July 1. This means officials will wait to see how much - if any - is cut ...
     Municipalities and counties statewide continue to feel angst as state lawmakers aren't any closer to approving a budget for the next fiscal year that starts July 1. This means officials will wait to see how much - if any - is cut ...

  • 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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  • Grocery store deals call to shoppers with smartphone apps

    Grocery store deals call to shoppers with smartphone apps

    Friday, May 29 2015 11:26 AM EDT2015-05-29 15:26:56 GMT
    County Market customers with smartphones can now download an app providing them with personalized offers, coupons and in-store maps. It just launched in 10 more County Market stores, including Quincy and Macomb; Hannibal, Mo.; and Fort Madison, Iowa. Steve Labs, store manager of the Hy-Vee at 14th and Harrison, said Hy-Vee stores in Quincy have been using their own smartphone apps for more than a year.
    County Market customers with smartphones can now download an app providing them with personalized offers, coupons and in-store maps. It just launched in 10 more County Market stores, including Quincy and Macomb; Hannibal, Mo.; and Fort Madison, Iowa. Steve Labs, store manager of the Hy-Vee at 14th and Harrison, said Hy-Vee stores in Quincy have been using their own smartphone apps for more than a year.
  • Rural Nauvoo woman killed when bullets strike her home Thursday

    Rural Nauvoo woman killed when bullets strike her home Thursday

    Friday, May 29 2015 10:04 AM EDT2015-05-29 14:04:54 GMT
     A 67-year-old woman was fatally shot when several bullets were fired into her home Thursday morning southeast of Nauvoo. A male juvenile was taken into custody and faces possible charges of reckless and aggravated discharge of a firearm and involuntary manslaughter.
     A 67-year-old woman was fatally shot when several bullets were fired into her home Thursday morning southeast of Nauvoo. A male juvenile was taken into custody and faces possible charges of reckless and aggravated discharge of a firearm and involuntary manslaughter.
  • Potential nursing shortage would not affect region

    Potential nursing shortage would not affect region

    Friday, May 29 2015 9:50 AM EDT2015-05-29 13:50:24 GMT
    Brenda Beshears is confident that West-Central Illinois and Northeast Missouri will have nothing to worry about if a projected shortage of registered nurses in other parts of the nation proves accurate in the coming years.
    Brenda Beshears is confident that West-Central Illinois and Northeast Missouri will have nothing to worry about if a projected shortage of registered nurses in other parts of the nation proves accurate in the coming years.
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