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  • HOPF: Quincy aldermen must decide on uses for future TIF money

    HOPF: Quincy aldermen must decide on uses for future TIF money

    Sunday, June 21 2015 4:02 PM EDT2015-06-21 20:02:41 GMT
    Approving the first project under the city of Quincy's tax increment financing investment plan is raising a question with some on the City Council. Should the city be investing in private projects? ...
    Approving the first project under the city of Quincy's tax increment financing investment plan is raising a question with some on the City Council. Should the city be investing in private projects? ...
  • 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 ...
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  • Fourth of July about more than fireworks

    Fourth of July about more than fireworks

    Sunday, July 5 2015 1:16 AM EDT2015-07-05 05:16:12 GMT
    Sure, the Fourth of July fireworks were impressive as expected Saturday night at the Illinois Veterans Home. So were all of the trappings that accompanied the celebration, from the on-stage musical entertainment to the concessions and other attractions. Possibly lost to some, however, were the memories and sacrifices that are a part of many lives on a day such as July 4, especially at a site like the Veterans Home.
    Sure, the Fourth of July fireworks were impressive as expected Saturday night at the Illinois Veterans Home. So were all of the trappings that accompanied the celebration, from the on-stage musical entertainment to the concessions and other attractions. Possibly lost to some, however, were the memories and sacrifices that are a part of many lives on a day such as July 4, especially at a site like the Veterans Home.
  • City to continue to review purchasing code

    City to continue to review purchasing code

    Tuesday, July 7 2015 9:04 AM EDT2015-07-07 13:04:23 GMT
    Member of the Quincy Finance Committee agreed on Monday to continue discussions with department heads and the administration on how purchases are made. Full City Council approval is required for purchases $3,000 or more, but the committee has asked for changes on aggregate purchases with a vendor where multiple purchases are made for supplies or services. 
    Member of the Quincy Finance Committee agreed on Monday to continue discussions with department heads and the administration on how purchases are made. Full City Council approval is required for purchases $3,000 or more, but the committee has asked for changes on aggregate purchases with a vendor where multiple purchases are made for supplies or services. 
  • 'They don't know what to do': Community south of Taylor dealing with aftereffects of flash flood

    'They don't know what to do': Community south of Taylor dealing with aftereffects of flash flood

    Monday, July 6 2015 7:49 PM EDT2015-07-06 23:49:49 GMT
    It's been more than a week since a flash flood engulfed the 48-unit Fabius Village Mobile Home Park and several nearby homes and businesses just south of Taylor, Mo. While recovery efforts have been under way, things may never be the same. “Probably 70 percent of these homes are destroyed,” said John Hark, Marion County’s emergency management director. “A number of trailers are just going to have to be mashed up and hauled off.”
    It's been more than a week since a flash flood engulfed the 48-unit Fabius Village Mobile Home Park and several nearby homes and businesses just south of Taylor, Mo. While recovery efforts have been under way, things may never be the same. “Probably 70 percent of these homes are destroyed,” said John Hark, Marion County’s emergency management director. “A number of trailers are just going to have to be mashed up and hauled off.”
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