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Illinois needs to reform financial reporting

ILLINOIS is swimming in debt and yet state law only requires that some agency books be reconciled once a year, based on information that's at least three months old. The Debt Transparency Act would eliminate that problem and give a clearer view of the sta

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Congress should resume its role in war decisions

FOR more than a decade, the United States Congress has ceded war-making powers to the executive branch and relinquished its responsibility to debate and declare war if and when it is necessary. The result has been a foreign policy that is increasingly dis

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Supreme Court must set limit to gerrymandering

THE Supreme Court will consider this fall whether gerrymandered election maps favoring one political party over another violate the Constitution, and the outcome could affect elections across the country.

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Tide hasn't turned in fight against opioids

TWO announcements last week from the federal government represent progress in the fight against opioids. First, the Food and Drug Administration said it will require drug manufacturers to better educate physicians about the painkillers. Then, the Justice

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Positive economic reports tell part of a story that varies according to where one looks

NATIONAL JOB creation figures for June, coupled with several other positive reports, indicate the U.S. economy is growing and there are still quality jobs available. The U.S. Department of Labor reported a better-than-expected 222,000 new jobs in June.

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Court reaffirms right to video-record police in public

ANOTHER federal appeals court has ruled that people have a First Amendment right to record video of police in public and that it is illegal for officers to interfere with those doing so.

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Grant affirms Horizons Social Services' mission

HORIZONS Social Services has been making a difference in the Quincy community for eight years, and the release of a state grant shows the charity's work is not going unnoticed.

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'Quincy Off the Record' a great promotional tool

THE Quincy Convention and Visitors Bureau deserves credit for a fresh approach to marketing the city and surrounding area. "Quincy Off the Record: The Famous and Infamous 13" brings to light people, incidents and items with a tie to the region.

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Seed of an idea grows into network that helps at-risk teens

THE symbolism is perfect. A work program being administered through the Quincy Community Garden Coalition might help grow the future of some at-risk teens.

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Finally, Illinois has budget: Now let's rebuild state

ILLINOIS has an operating budget for the first time in more than two years, ending an unprecedented political stalemate that put the state on the brink of insolvency.