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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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  • Quincy loves Macker basketball tournament

    Quincy loves Macker basketball tournament

    Sunday, May 24 2015 1:35 AM EDT2015-05-24 05:35:09 GMT
    Basketball was king in downtown Quincy on Saturday. The Gus Macker 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament marked its 25th anniversary in Quincy under perfect weather conditions. Clouds that weather forecasters feared would soak the event provided protection from the sun and kept temperatures moderate.
    Basketball was king in downtown Quincy on Saturday. The Gus Macker 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament marked its 25th anniversary in Quincy under perfect weather conditions. Clouds that weather forecasters feared would soak the event provided protection from the sun and kept temperatures moderate.
  • Record 27,300 pounds of food items collected to aid local food pantries

    Record 27,300 pounds of food items collected to aid local food pantries

    Sunday, May 24 2015 1:38 AM EDT2015-05-24 05:38:21 GMT
    Adams County residents responded in record-setting fashion earlier this month when the call went out for assistance with the 23rd annual "Stamp Out Hunger" national food drive. United Way of Adams County and the National Association of Letter Carriers, which again partnered to aid local food pantries, report an unprecedented 27,300 pounds of food items were collected. That surpassed the previous high of 22,000 pound in 2014.
    Adams County residents responded in record-setting fashion earlier this month when the call went out for assistance with the 23rd annual "Stamp Out Hunger" national food drive. United Way of Adams County and the National Association of Letter Carriers, which again partnered to aid local food pantries, report an unprecedented 27,300 pounds of food items were collected. That surpassed the previous high of 22,000 pound in 2014.

  • Pre-engineering camp hopes to attract students to study STEM

    Pre-engineering camp hopes to attract students to study STEM

    Sunday, May 24 2015 1:36 AM EDT2015-05-24 05:36:45 GMT
    The Quincy Area Vocational-Technical Center is offering a STEM pre-engineering camp this summer for students going into grades 7-9 next fall. STEM stands for science, technology, engineering and math -- all subjects vital to the study of pre-engineering. The camp, now in its third year, offers a fun way for students to learn about these concepts.
    The Quincy Area Vocational-Technical Center is offering a STEM pre-engineering camp this summer for students going into grades 7-9 next fall. STEM stands for science, technology, engineering and math -- all subjects vital to the study of pre-engineering. The camp, now in its third year, offers a fun way for students to learn about these concepts.
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