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Local organizations give report on Welcome Inn aid efforts

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QUINCY (WGEM) -- Quincy honored the agencies that helped Welcome Inn tenants as they provided an update on the situation at the city council meeting Monday.

Adams County United Way officials said they have received more than $23,000, and have distributed $5,000 of it.

Still, they said they're working to get some of the 300 displaced tenants who still don't have permanent housing.

While programs and services director Jenna Hull said there is more work to be done to help get the former tenants a better place, the recognition is a great honor.

"You know, I was just doing my job but, of course, everybody who was with me stepped in and worked together to make this smooth for the transition of those residents and it's just really nice to be recognized," she said.

Mayor Mike Troup then presented the assembled agencies with keys to the city.

In other business, the city approved the Quincy Regional Airport's supplemental $8 million U.S. Department of Transportation grant for Phase 2 of the runway rehab and reconstruction project.

The proposed ordinance to give the mayor the power to appoint fire and police chiefs also generated a lot of public comment and debate at its second reading.

Former Mayor John Spring and former Fire Chief Joe Henning, as well as others, spoke out against the ordinance, saying if implemented, it would make the appointments political, something the city should desperately avoid.

But administrative services director, Jeff Mays, argued most Illinois police and fire chiefs are selected by the mayor and the ordinance would give voters a measure of input.

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Blake Sammann

Blake Sammann is a reporter and weekend anchor at WGEM News.

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