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Quincy committees eye cures for budget problems

Two newly appointed ad hoc committees are looking for ways to bring in more revenue for the city of Quincy or trim costs, especially the costs related to curbside services. As much as Quincyans may dislike the thought of higher taxes, higher fees or red

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Keyless ignition warrants safety measures

This editorial appeared in the Chicago Tribune. KEYLESS ignition is one of those welcome advances in auto design that are easy to appreciate. No more fumbling for the key, no more dropping it in a gutter, no more trying to slip it into the ignition in th

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U.S. Supreme Court gets it right on legal counsel

This editorial appeared in the Los Angeles Times. THERE IS a reason why the right to assistance by counsel in criminal cases is part of the Bill of Rights and why the Supreme Court has held that a lawyer's performance can be so ineffective than it can co

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Tracy seeks justice for assault victims

RARELY does substantive legislation working its way through the Illinois Legislature receive unanimous support. State Sen. Jil Tracy, R-Quincy, sponsored a bill that passed in the Illinois Senate without a dissenting vote this month. Her proposal wou

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American farming clearly an industry in transition

THE Hancock County Farm Bureau has organized an event in conjunction with the University of Illinois Extension the last 14 years to expose elementary school students to agriculture.

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Legion legislation a good first step to helping area vets

AMERICAN Legion members heard good news last week after Rep. Darin LaHood introduced H.R. 5708, which would return a parcel of land in Quincy to Post 37 for a new facility. If passed, the legislation would fix a long-existing issue: their membership hall

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Ben Bumbry: A quiet leader who lived a life that mattered

WORDS cannot fully convey the measure of Ben Bumbry's life. This civic leader, musical performer, athlete and educator at times was a man of few words. He communicated by actions, and Quincy is a better place because of the life he led here.

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State leaders should focus on Vets Home solution

THE Illinois Veterans Home was once again front and center in the world of Illinois politics after Chicago radio station WBEZ published a report that Darlene Senger, a former deputy chief of staff to Gov. Bruce Rauner and current candidate for state compt

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Animals will benefit from shelter, capital campaign

THE generosity of a benefactor and the success of a community capital campaign to be launched later this spring could mean a new home for the Northeast Missouri Humane Society in Hannibal, Mo. The organization announced earlier this month that a donation

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Blood donor who saved millions of lives wraps up 60 years of donations

NOBODY is certain how 81-year-old James Harrison of New South Wales, Australia, got an extremely rare antibody in his blood, but for 60 years he has made donations that have saved an estimated 2.4 million lives. Known as the man with the golden arm, Harri