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Grassley Seeks Insurance Clarification

Washington, DC - United States Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) sent a letter asking the Accredited Standards Committee X12 (ASC X12) about steps it is taking to include medical devices' unique device identifier (UDI) on health insurance claim forms. ASC X12 is the body responsible for setting standards for and recommending any changes to the standard electronic claims forms. Including UDI on these forms will help strengthen the post-market tracking of medical devices.

Senators Warren and Grassley wrote, "Collecting device identifiers on insurance claims forms would allow device performance and safety concerns to be tracked and evaluated at the model level, enable the collection and analysis of detailed device and patient data, facilitate outcome comparisons across device models, and protect the integrity of the Medicare program by allowing for faster identification of poorly performing and recalled devices and ensuring that proper reimbursements take place with regard to these devices."

The senators ask ASC X12 to provide a staff briefing on the actions the committee is taking to finalize the next version of standards associated with electronic claims forms, and its discussions related to the incorporation of UDI information. 

In March, Senators Grassley and Warren wrote to HHS Secretary Sylvia Burwell, CMS Acting Administrator Andy Slavitt and FDA Commissioner Robert Califf to inquire about progress that had been made in adding the UDI of medical devices to health insurance claim forms.  Last month, in a reply to their letter, Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Sylvia Matthews Burwell stated that "HHS affirmatively supports adding the device identifier (DI) portion of the UDI for claims for implantable devices." Additionally, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Acting Administrator Andy Slavitt and Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner Robert Califf recently expressed their support for including UDI on claims forms.


Disney On Ice

Moline, IL 8/30/16 -Disney On Ice presents Dare to Dream is bringing Disney's princess stories and most beloved fairytales to the ice in a sensational live production coming to your hometown!This ice spectacular featuring scenes from Tangled, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Cinderella,and The Princess and the Frog,visits Molinefrom December 1-4 for 7 performances at the iWireless Center. Tickets go on saleTuesday, Aug. 30 at 10:00am.

Join your hosts Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse as they share the heroic stories of four of your favorite Disney Princesses. Laugh along with Disney's hair-raising escapade, Tangled, as Rapunzel, Flynn and Maximus embark on an uproarious expedition that soars to new heights! Travel to the enchanted forest with Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs as she escapes from the Evil Queen. Watch as Cinderella's dreams come true with a little help from her animal friends and the Fairy Godmother. Boogie to the beat of the bayou with Princess Tiana and Prince Naveen from Disney's The Princess and the Frog, in a magical, musical journey.Nothing can stop a princess from a courageous adventure when Disney On Ice presents Dare to Dream skates into to your hometown.


Performance Schedule:

Thursday, Dec. 1 at 7:00p

Friday, Dec. 2 at 7:00p

Saturday, Dec. 3 at 11:00a, 3:00p, & 7:00p

Sunday, Dec. 4 at 1:00p & 5:00p

Tickets for Disney On Ice presents Dare to Dream range from $12.00 - $55.00.All seats are reserved, and tickets are available at the iWireless Center box office, by calling Ticketmaster at 800-745-3000 and online at Ticketmaster.com. For group rates and information, call Lindsey at 309-277-1356.

Stay current on the latest developments through social media:

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Twitter: @DisneyOnIce #DisneyOnIce #DaretoDream

YouTube: www.youtube.com/DisneyOnIce

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ISP To Conduct Night Time Patrols

The Illinois State Police (ISP), District 7, will conduct Nighttime Enforcement Patrols (NITE) in Rock Island County during the month of September 2016, according to Lieutenant Victor Markowski.

            The ISP has zero tolerance for impaired drivers.  Therefore, officers working NITE patrols will be watchful for drivers who are operating vehicles in an unsafe manner, driving with a suspended or revoked driver’s license, transporting open alcoholic beverages, Driving Under the Influence (DUI), and are not properly buckled up. 

            Alcohol and drug impairment is a significant factor in nearly 40 percent of all fatal motor vehicle crashes in Illinois.  These nighttime patrols are designed to keep our roads safe by taking dangerous DUI offenders off the road and ensuring all vehicle occupants are buckled up.  This project is funded by the Illinois Department of Transportation, Division of Traffic Safety.


Bustos, Durbin Acquire Airport Funding


ROCKFORD, IL - Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (IL-17) and U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) announced $455,869 in federal funding from the U.S. Department of Transportation for the Chicago Rockford International Airport. These funds will be used for the construction of a 30,000 square yard cargo apron to provide aircraft parking to meet the demand of existing users of the airport. The grant will also provide funding to reimburse the apron construction. This is phase 10 of a 10 phase project.


“The Chicago Rockford International Airport is a critically important part of our regional transportation network and our local economy which is why I’m so proud to announce this investment in Rockford’s future,” said Congresswoman Cheri Bustos. “By delivering these federal dollars, we’re making necessary improvements to our infrastructure system that will make Rockford a better place to live, work and raise a family.”


“Northern Illinois’ economic growth depends on our airports, and Chicago Rockford International Airport is no exception. Today’s funding will help create jobs and ensure that RFD can keep up with air travel demands,” said Durbin. “With continued federal investment, we can guarantee that Rockford’s airport will continue to provide reliable air service and create new economic opportunities for local residents.”



Iowa in Top Tier for Community College Systems

As they dig into the fall semester, Iowa community college students can take comfort in knowing their education comes from a top-rated community college system. 

A new study from the online research site WalletHub ranks Iowa 15th among community college systems in the nation. 

Rob Denson, president of Des Moines Area Community College, credits the state's board system, in which elected members represent the needs of local colleges. 

He adds community colleges are well integrated into the business community, so they're seen as workforce drivers for the state. 

"Knowing that 60 percent or more of all the jobs in this state require more than high school, but no more than a two-year degree," he points out. "So, our responsiveness to the government, the parents and students, the businesses that hire our students, is exceptional."

In fall 2015, more than 93,000 and students were enrolled at an Iowa community college, including 33,000 jointly enrolled high school students. 

Denson says community colleges also work with local high schools on Career Colleges that combine two years of secondary education with an associate's degree in a career preparatory program. He maintains it's a great partnership.

"Because of pooled funding and community college funding, we can get the equipment, so it's state of the art," he says. "And because all of our academic programs have advisory committees of businesses, we're teaching competencies that are absolutely current.

"And then, it's easier for us to find an academically-qualified college instructor to teach that class."

One area that Denson says needs to be addressed is rising tuition. When the community college system was created 50 years ago, operating costs were to be split equally between the Legislature, property taxes and student tuition. 

But he says increased enrollment and shifts in the economy have left the funding formula off balance. 

"Property tax is now only about 6 percent of our budget, because that rate has not changed," he explains. "State aid is right around 24 percent, and student tuition is very close to 60 percent."

According to the Iowa Department of Education, tuition at two-year colleges in Iowa averaged about $4,200 annually, a 50 percent increase from 2005.


Bustos Announces USDA Economic Development Funding for Jo-Carroll Energy and Stephenson Service Company

ELIZABETH, IL - Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (IL-17) was joined by officials from the United States Department of Agriculture’s Rural Development Agency to announce $126,665 in grants to Jo-Carroll Energy and a $770,000 Economic Development loan to Stephenson Service Company. These funds will be used to help these businesses continue growing and succeeding in our 21st Century Heartland.

“I’m so excited to announce these funds to keep Jo-Carroll Energy and Stephenson Service Company growing and succeeding in our community,” said Congresswoman Cheri Bustos. “Over the last month, I’ve traveled across our region on a 21st century heartland tour to listen and learn about the challenges we face and the opportunities that lie ahead of us. By making investments that strengthen our local economy and partnering with our businesses, we’ll build a better future for all of our families.”

Background on the funding:

Jo-Carroll Energy:

Jo-Carroll Energy, Inc. received a $36,665 grant through the Rural Energy for America Program. They will use these funds to install a ground source heat pump system at their newly expanded and current facility, which will be around 6,800 square feet. They will also be replacing their current fluorescent lights with new LED lighting. Lastly, they will add a minimal amount of wall and ceiling insulation to their current building. The project is expected to save them around $18,000 in energy costs and save approximately 174,000 kWh (85% savings) per year, which is enough electricity to power 16 homes. These energy efficiency improvements are expected to have less than an 8 year payback.

Jo-Carroll Energy, Inc. received another grant from the Rural Energy for America Program for $90,000. These rural Development funds will be used to assist Jo-Carroll Energy, Inc. to provide energy audits for rural small businesses and agricultural producers in northwestern Illinois and neighboring counties in Iowa and Wisconsin.

Stephenson Service Company:

Jo-Carroll Energy, Inc. received a $770,000 loan through our Rural Economic Development Loan Program. They will be relending these funds to Stephenson Service Company to construct a new unmanned, standalone fueling station. The new station will consist of 7 dispensers, including gasoline dispensers with flexible fuel upgrades. The remaining dispensers will be for diesel fuel. The station will be located on the west side of Elizabeth, IL, just off of US Highway 20.


Davenport Civil Rights Commission and Boots on the Ground Coalition to Receive Update on Traffic Stop Data

On September 12, 2016 at 6:00 p.m. at United Neighbors, 808 N. Harrison, Davenport, Iowa 52801, the Boots on the Ground Coalition and Davenport Civil Rights Commission will host St. Ambrose University Professor Chris Barnum as he releases the analysis conducted by his research team of the 2015 traffic stop data collected by the Davenport Police Department.

The Boots on the Ground Coalition and Davenport Civil Rights Commission would like to encourage community members to attend the 2015 traffic stop data collection presentation.  St. Ambrose University Professor Chris Barnum will be releasing the analysis conducted by his research team of the 2015 traffic stop data collected by the Davenport Police Department.  This team analyzed raw traffic stop data from the Davenport Police Department with a focus on assessing racial disproportionality in the stops and stop outcomes.

Boots on the Ground would like to encourage all community members to attend to the meeting to encourage a healthy dialogue about the importance of community involvement and the steps that we as a community can take to make the Quad Cities a community of opportunities.

Questions regarding this release should be directed to Elder Daniel Teague at 563-320-1310 or Davenport Civil Rights Director, Latrice Lacey at 563-326-7888.


School Bus Accident on Monday

BETTENDORF: At approximately 3:39 p.m. today, Bettendorf Police were called to an accident at Middle Road and Indiana Avenue. A dump truck did not maintain control while turning a corner and hit a Pleasant Valley School District school bus.


There were 12 elementary school students on the bus. There were no injuries. Students were released to their parents.


Driver of the dump trunk was issued a citation for control of vehicle.


Regional Media-Virden Broadcasting set to "Jack Up" Quad Cities Radio!


Regional Media will switch its signal in the Quad City market to bring the highly popular “JACK” radio format beginning on September 1, 2016.

WYEC, which will become KQCJ, at 93.9 on the FM dial, serves Peoria to Eldridge with its majority listenership in the Quad Cities region has been planning a major change for months!

JACK FM is the most successful radio programming approach in North America. It offers upbeat and unconventional “Playing What We Want” branding. The JACK FM Adult Hits format presents an energizing presentation of hit songs from the late 1960s through the 2000s that has attracted a significant following, reaching more than 20 million listeners weekly.

”Regional Media is excited to launch the highly successful JACK format in the Quad Cities,” commented President and CEO Fletcher M. Ford  “Our signal, at 93.9, will carry the distinctive sound of JACK FM to the entire Quad Cities and surrounding regions, and the unique playlist and music mix is perfectly suited to our midwest lifestyle. Both listeners and advertisers will love the new JACK FM at 93.9 on the FM dial.”

The new Jack FM will continue in Regional Media's legacy of dedication to local high schools programming, local and national news, and local interviews.

“We are just simply JACKED to the max, to launch the new JACK FM format on 93.9. The music and the energy that it brings to the table will literally change the Quad Cities!”, said Jason Gilbraith, Sr. Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Regional Media.

“The JACK FM format is unlike anything in the Quad Cities market,” said Regional Media Operations Manager Sean Patrick. “I am very excited to be part of bringing JACK FM to the Quad Cities because I know people will love it.”

Regional Media-Virden Broadcasting is an Iowa based locally owned company that owns and operates multiple media outlets in Iowa and Illinois.

For more infomation on Regional Media visit www.RegionalMedia.info


63rd Annual Farm Progress Show Returns to Boone, Iowa



Penton Agriculture’s Farm Progress Show, the nation's largest outdoor farm show, returns to Boone, Iowa for its 63rd annual event. The show is scheduled forAugust 30, 31 and September 1.



BOONE, IOWA – (08-19-2016) -  Farm Progress Show, the nation's greatest ag showcase, is nearly ready for visitors, the show will be held August 30, 31 and September 1 on its permanent show site in Boone, Iowa (a few minutes west of Ames) just off Hwy 30. 


The annual event showcases the latest technology in agriculture, including new products to be unveiled at the show by many of the industry's largest manufacturers and suppliers.


A staple of the Farm Progress Show has always been the field demonstrations. This year is no exception with a full line up of demonstrations scheduled. The combines fire up at 11 a.m each show day. Additionally, you will see auger carts collecting grain on the go, and more. Tillage tools and other special machines will operate each day from 2 to 3 p.m. This gives visitors an opportunity to view all of the competitors in each segment running side by side.


There will also be a tillage class for tools that want to run faster to show their performance features. Most of the new tillage tools, with nearly a dozen on the market, are recommended to run at 7 to 9 miles per hour. When they are run at slower speeds, you don’t always get a true picture of how these machines work. The advent of vertical tillage has made it necessary to change the rules, and boost the longstanding speed limit on the demo field. Vertical-tillage tools can operate at their optimum speed once more traditional tillage tools have made their passes. 


Another favorite attraction for Farm Progress Show visitors are the Ride ‘n Drives. This year, visitors can test drive a new truck, ATV and tractor tires. Yamaha, Ram Trucks, Michelin, Chevrolet, and Titan Tire are all participating in the Ride ‘n Drives. All Ride ‘n Drive participants will be located east of exhibit field by Tram Loading.


As in 2014 and 2015, this year’s show will also have an Annex located outside the main entrance. The Annex was created to accommodate companies who wanted to participate in the Farm Progress Show but the main exhibit field was sold out. Companies like Becks Hybrid and Iowa State University can be found in the Annex. Antique Row was also re-located to the Annex to give the antique tractor clubs more space to display vintage tractors and equipment.


Syngenta is sponsoring Syngenta Square at the Annex. It’s a place where visitors can stop for a beverage, including a range of brews from Iowa Craft Brewery members and listen to live music. A great meeting place at the end of the day! 


A second Varied Industries Tent has been added this year. This new North VIT is located between Fourth and Fifth Street, in the northwest quadrant of the show exhibit area. A diverse group of twenty-six companies will be set up in the north VIT and range from high-tech exhibitors to parts services. 


Plan to attend the show

The 2016 Farm Progress Show takes place east of Boone, Iowa, August 30, 31 and September 1. The exhibit field is open to visitors 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday; 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday. The public is welcome. Advance tickets can be purchased on the show's website, for more event details, visit www.FarmProgressShow.com




Red Cross Helps in Louisiana


MOLINE, IL, August 29, 2016 – The American Red Cross remains on the ground in Louisiana, with volunteers across nearly half of the state helping the thousands of people who have lost everything they own in the devastating flooding there.


“The situation in Louisiana remains critical,” said Lyn Hruska, Chief Executive Officer, American Red Cross Central and Southern Illinois Region. “The Red Cross response is really just getting underway as we will be in Louisiana to help people recover in the weeks and months to come. We ask people to please consider making a financial donation to the Red Cross today to support the people of Louisiana.”


Currently there are 33 volunteers from the Central and Southern Illinois Region assisting with the Red Cross relief effort in Louisiana. Many of the volunteers are serving on location, while others are assisting virtually staffing call centers and doing casework. In addition to the volunteers, two staff members from the region are on the ground in Louisiana. Alyssa Pollock, Regional Disaster Officer and Amber Wood, Executive Director for the American Red Cross Serving the Quad Cities and West Central Illinois are serving in leadership roles as part of the Red Cross relief operation.


More than 90 Red Cross response vehicles are fanning through affected neighborhoods to distribute food, water and relief supplies. Disaster mental health and health services volunteers are providing emotional support and helping to replace things like lost eyeglasses, wheelchairs and medications.


As of August 26, more than 2,500 Red Crossers have provided the following services:

·         Served more than 466,000 meals and snacks.

·         Distributed more than 210,000 relief items.

·         Provided more than 55,000 overnight stays in emergency shelters.

·         Handled nearly 27,000 calls from people seeking information and help.

·         Provided 12,000 health services and emotional support contacts.

·         Mobilized four kitchens.


Each day, the Red Cross is able to get into more and more neighborhoods, and volunteers are working tirelessly to provide assistance. In some areas, residents are still experiencing flooding, while other neighborhoods are facing the challenge of cleaning up. Where possible, the Red Cross is beginning to distribute food and relief supplies.


HOW TO HELP People can donate by visiting redcross.org, calling 1-800-RED CROSS or texting the word LAFLOODS to 90999 to make a $10 donation. Donations enable the Red Cross to prepare for, respond to and help people recovery from these disasters.


BECOME A VOLUNTEER To join us, visit redcross.org today to learn more about volunteer opportunities and how to submit a volunteer application.


DOWNLOAD EMERGENCY APP People can download the free Red Cross Emergency App now to be ready in case of a disaster in their community. They can use the app’s “I’m Safe” button to connect with their loved ones. The Emergency App can be found in the app store for someone’s mobile device by searching for “American Red Cross” or by going to redcross.org/apps.



Church's Rally Day on Sept. 11

Rock Island, Ill. – The Church of Peace in Rock Island, Ill., marks its annual Rally Day on Sunday, September 11, 2016.  Rally Day signals the return from the summer schedule to the beginning of Sunday School classes.  All are welcome.  Breakfast served 8:30-10 a.m. with an opportunity to look at the church’s historic scrapbooks.

Then at 10:15 a.m. there will be a skit to introduce the worship service with influential past religious figures who have advice for modern Christians.  Then the worship service begins at 10:30 a.m. with time for remembering and church members who will share favorite church memories.

On Sunday, September 17, Sunday School begins at 9:30 a.m. for kids and at 9 a.m. for adults, followed by fellowship time at 10 a.m., and worship at 10:30 a.m.

The Church of Peace is located at 1114 12th Street, Rock Island, Ill.  Phone number is 309-788-6357 or visit www.ChurchofPeaceUCC.org

The Church of Peace United Church of Christ has been located in Rock Island since 1895.  Founded by German immigrants, the church was originally called Deutsche Evangelicalische Friedens Gemeinde or German Evangelical Peace Church.  In 1912, the congregation built the church at its current location on 12th Street and 12th Avenue.  The church is involved in outreach efforts through its Book Nook, Meal site program, after-school reading program, ESL Classes, Immigrant Cancer Education, Diapers for Baby Jesus, and Saturday food pantry.


Illinois State Police to Conduct Nighttime Enforcement Patrols

East Moline, IL  – The Illinois State Police (ISP), District 7, will conduct Nighttime Enforcement Patrols (NITE) in Rock Island County during the month of September 2016, according to Lieutenant Victor Markowski.
The ISP has zero tolerance for impaired drivers.  Therefore, officers working NITE patrols will be watchful for drivers who are operating vehicles in an unsafe manner, driving with a suspended or revoked driver’s license, transporting open alcoholic beverages, Driving Under the Influence (DUI), and are not properly buckled up. 
Alcohol and drug impairment is a significant factor in nearly 40 percent of all fatal motor vehicle crashes in Illinois.  These nighttime patrols are designed to keep our roads safe by taking dangerous DUI offenders off the road and ensuring all vehicle occupants are buckled up.  This project is funded by the Illinois Department of Transportation, Division of Traffic Safety.


ISP And Compliance

The tensions between police and certain members of society and different situations around the country has been well documented over the last several years.

Without question, there have been cases where the suspect or suspects in a given situation have been more at fault, and there have been other situations where some police officers have been more at fault.

Illinois State Police Trooper Jason Wilson from District 7 in East Moline says police do make mistakes at times, but he also says that if suspects would be more compliant, a lot of problems could be averted…

Trooper Wilson again emphasizes that if suspects will be compliant, they will get their day in court…


Truck Tax Due End of Month

Commercial semi-truck drivers and owners are reminded of the federal highway use tax which is due by the end of August.

Michael Devine with the IRS in St Louis says taking care of the tax is fairly easy…

Devine adds that most of the larger fleets are in general aware of the situation and this reminder is more for the independent driver…


Bustos Busy Today


On Monday, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos will continue her 21st Century Heartland Tour with stops in northwestern Illinois. At these events, Bustos will be joined by officials from the United States Department of Agriculture’s Rural Development Agency to discuss efforts to strengthen our rural communities.


First at 10:45 AM in Morrison, Bustos and USDA officials will visit Resthave Home which has provided skilled nursing and assisted living services to the residents of Whiteside County for more than 50 years. To keep Resthave Home modernized, they worked with the USDA’s Rural Development Agency to secure loans to improve the facility.


Then at 2:15 PM in Savanna, Bustos and USDA officials will visit Neumiller Farms which received a USDA Rural Economic Development Loan to expand their potato handling facility in support of more than 40 jobs.


At 3:45 PM in Elizabeth, Bustos will announce a USDA Rural Economic Development Loan to Jo-Carroll Energy for Stephenson Service Company to construct a new unmanned, standalone fueling station.


At 4:40 PM in Elizabeth, Congresswoman Bustos will announce funding to Jo-Carroll Energy through the USDA Rural Energy for America Program to provide energy audits for small businesses and ag producers in the Jo-Carroll service area and make energy efficiency improvements at their newly expanded, current facility.



STOP #1: Resthave Home in Morrison


Who: Congresswoman Cheri Bustos, officials from the USDA’s Rural Development Agency

What: Discussion on the importance of providing modern care for seniors in Whiteside County

When: Monday, August 29 at 10:45 AM

Where: Resthave Home, 408 Maple Ave, Morrison, IL



STOP #2: Neumiller Farms in Savanna


Who: Congresswoman Cheri Bustos, officials from the USDA’s Rural Development Agency

What: Site tour of facility expansion supported by USDA Rural Economic Development Loan

When: Monday, August 29 at 2:15 PM

Where: Neumiller Farms, 7389 IL-84, Savanna, IL


STOP #3: Rural Development Announcement in Elizabeth


Who: Congresswoman Cheri Bustos, officials from the USDA’s Rural Development Agency

What: Announcement of a USDA Rural Economic Development Loan for construction of a new business.

When: Monday, August 29 at 3:45 PM

Where: Stephenson Service Company 1478 US Highway 20, Elizabeth, IL


STOP #4: Jo-Carroll Energy in Elizabeth


Who: Congresswoman Cheri Bustos, officials from the USDA’s Rural Development Agency

What: Announcement of USDA funding for rural energy efficiency

When: Monday, August 29 at 4:40 PM

Where: Jo-Carroll Energy, 793 U.S. Route 20 West. Elizabeth, IL


Bettendorf Bulldogs Drop Season Opener to West Des Moines

The Bettendorf Bulldogs opened their season on the road on Friday night against West Des Moines Valley and things did not go as planned for the Bulldogs. Four fumbles by the Bulldogs offfense combined with a stellar debut for West Des Moines Quarterback Rocki Lombardi led to a 49 to 13 Bulldogs loss. Lombardi, who is committed to play at Michigan State next year, led Iowa's top ranked team by going 10 of 17 with two touchdowns and 188 yards and likely would have thrown for more had West Des Moines not began running the ball more in the second half as the score got out of hand. Bulldogs Quarterback J. Michael Young was valiant in his debut, running for and throwing both of the Bulldogs touchdowns. The Bulldogs open their home season next Friday against Davenport Assumption. 


ISP Driving Zero Fatalities to Reality

EAST MOLINE, IL  – Illinois State Police District Seven announced that during the month of July 2016, Troopers handled 1386 calls for service and assistance.  Of these calls, 185 were to help motorists whose vehicles were disabled on area highways.

Criminal activities during the month included 1 person apprehended for being wanted on outstanding warrants and 12 arrested for other criminal offenses.

Traffic enforcement activities resulted in 217 drivers arrested for speeding and 42 cited for seat belt violations.  Driving under the influence arrests totaled 15, while 6 apprehensions for other alcohol related offenses were recorded.  Troopers issued a total of 453 traffic citations and 472 written warnings to motorists during the month.

Troopers and weight inspectors issued 53 citations for overweight loads and issued zero written warnings for overweight violations.

District Seven Troopers handled 37 traffic crashes within the four county area of Rock Island, Henry, Knox, and Mercer. There was one fatal crash handled by District 7 Troopers.


Republican State Representative Candidate Dan Swanson Call for Political Reforms

Democratic Party leaders have rigged the system and it is destroying the Illinois economy. Business leaders want to do business in Illinois, but cannot afford the instability and unpredictability of the Illinois political climate.
Democratic Party leaders pick the voters for their candidates and then back them with huge amounts of special interest cash. Reformers secured 500,000 voter signatures to get a remapping reform amendment on the November ballot, but late yesterday the Illinois Supreme Court blocked it from being included. The 4-3 opinion, written by Democratic Justice Thomas Kilbride and decided on partisan lines, denies the people of Illinois the right to keep the state legislature from acting in it’s own self interest and against what is best for the people of Illinois.
Blocking the effort to reform the electoral process will almost certainly intensify the call to action from proponents of better government in Illinois.
Dan Swanson, candidate for 74th District State Representative, reiterated his call for critical political reforms. ““This decision to deny Illinoisans the right to vote on redistricting doesn’t help us fix the perception that the system is rigged and corrupt. We must have citizen control over state government. We must break the stranglehold of self-serving politicos in the Illinois General Assembly. Illinois is broken and we can no longer afford the rigged system built by the Democratic Party’s supermajority in Springfield,” Swanson said. ““A fair map, term limits, or term limits on legislative leadership in Illinois are long overdue. I agree with Governor Rauner when he says that what drives people away from Illinois is the sense that our political system is broken and our government is unaccountable to the people. He’s right when he says the Illinois system only works for the political insiders who benefit at the expense of the poor, the vulnerable, and the middle class.”
Swanson continued, “The people of Illinois deserve better, smarter and more effective government. Speaker Mike Madigan has been in office since 1972 – 45 years. And for 31 of the past 33 years, he has held control of the Illinois House. Entrenched politicians like Mike Madigan prove the case for a fair map, term limits, or at least term limits on legislative leaders. We must have legislators who work together to fix our problems instead of working to hold onto their offices. Democratic and Republican voters agree on this issue, and it is time to unite behind reforms that protect the people, not the political class. We must have reforms to ensure that state government in Illinois will be run by the people and for the people,” Swanson concluded.


Illinois Residents Encouraged to Register for 'The Great ShakeOut' Earthquake Drill

 Earthquakes occur without warning and can have devastating effects, as the world witnessed this week after a deadly earthquake in Italy. With two seismic zones in the southern part of the state and Illinois residents who travel throughout the world, the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) and local emergency management agencies encourage people to participate in the annual Great ShakeOut earthquake drill on Oct. 20 to learn how to stay safe when the earth starts to shake.

“We never know when or where the next catastrophic earthquake will occur,” said IEMA Director James K. Joseph. “But we do know steps people can take to stay safe. The Great ShakeOut earthquake drill is a quick, easy way for people to practice steps that could save their lives. We encourage Illinois residents to join millions of people across the U.S. and around the globe in the Great ShakeOut on Oct. 20.”

Joseph said the ShakeOut drill, which will occur at 10:20 a.m. on Oct. 20, centers around the Drop, Cover and Hold On actions: drop down to the ground, take cover under a table or other piece of heavy furniture and then hold on until the shaking stops.

Illinois has participated in ShakeOut drills for the past six years. In October 2015, nearly 667,000 Illinoisans took part in the nationwide earthquake drill. To date, nearly 328,000 people in Illinois are registered for this year’s event.

Joseph noted that some of the most powerful earthquakes to ever occur in the U.S. happened a little more than 200 years ago in the New Madrid Seismic Zone, which reaches into southern Illinois. That series of earthquakes lasted for several months and shaking was felt as far away as the East Coast.

Schools, businesses, government agencies, families and others can register to participate in the drill at www.shakeout.org/centralus. Registered participants will receive additional information about the drill and earthquake preparedness. While the international drill will take place on Oct. 20, individual drills can be conducted anytime within two weeks of that date.

Additional information about the earthquake risk in Illinois and steps to take before, during and after an earthquake is available at www.Ready.Illinois.gov. 


Upcoming Bloom Arts Festival


14th annual John Bloom Arts Festival

Saturday, September 17, 2016

10:00 a.m. -  3:00 p.m.

DeWitt’s Lincoln Park (by the downtown water tower)

512 – 10th Street, DeWitt, Iowa

Local artists and vendors have their creations for sale. 

Food, musical entertainment and children’s activities also available in the park.

Free admission

Sponsored by the DeWitt Area Fine Arts Foundation



Stolen Vehicle In Accident in Bettendorf

At 1:43 p.m. today, Bettendorf Police spotted a 2004 silver Pontiac Sunfire that was reported stolen out of Davenport yesterday.


Police attempted to stop the vehicle at I-74 and Spruce Hills Drive. The vehicle tried to flee, which resulted in an accident with another vehicle.


The driver, a juvenile female age 16 from Davenport, along with two passengers, juvenile males both age 15 from Davenport, tried to escape on foot.  Upon the arrival of other officers to the scene, all three were apprehended and taken into custody.


One of the juvenile males was transported to Genesis East with a complaint of pain.


The juveniles were released to their parents. The case will be turned over to juvenile court.



Health Care Rate Filings

CHICAGO – The Illinois Department of Insurance (DOI) has submitted to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) health care rate filings recently received from Illinois insurers for the 2017 on-exchange marketplace.  In Illinois and nationwide, 2017 premium rates are increasing for consumers, and in many cases, these increases are significant. The DOI has submitted the 2017 rate filings to federal CMS; however, these rates will not be finalized by federal CMS until October. In addition, network and specific premium information will not be available until October.


“Washington’s failure to fulfill its financial obligations to payers under the Affordable Care Act limited the Department’s ability to fulfill its mandate of protecting families buying insurance on the exchange while fostering a competitive and financially sound marketplace for health consumers in Illinois” said Acting Director AnneMelissa Dowling. “The Department is releasing this rate information in order to provide consumers as much information as possible, as early as possible, so they can better make decisions for their families’ healthcare needs. The amount of financial help individuals qualify for depends on the cost of the plans available in their service area, as well as their ability to pay.  While these rate approvals result in a very difficult outcome for consumers, they were necessary to ensure that all Illinois consumers actually have an option for coverage when the 2017 Open Enrollment begins on November 1, 2016.”


The nationwide and Illinois premium increases are due to several factors, including the absence of payments promised by the federal government as part of the Affordable Care Act and an overall increase in medical and pharmaceutical costs.  Additionally, in 2013, the prior administration chose to permit policyholders to keep non-ACA compliant plans through 2017, which continues to impact ACA compliant plans’ risk pool and contribute to the upward pressure on costs. These factors also forced several carriers to entirely withdraw their on-exchange plans in Illinois and other states.  It is important to note that the Department cannot reject or modify rates under the Affordable Care Act as long as the proposed changes, including significant rate increases, are actuarially sound.


The DOI will continue to work with consumers to assist with obtaining coverage.  It is important for those who are re-enrolling in coverage to look at any options that may be available to them on the Marketplace starting on November 1, 2016.  There will be some new plans available and they may offer better coverage at a lower cost.  DOI reminds consumers that cost should not be the only factor in selecting coverage.  Consumers should also consider matching their plan with a preferred provider.  We encourage consumers to pay close attention to any options available and work with an in-person assister who can help them find a plan for them and their family.


Consumers are encouraged to visit our Get Covered Illinois website (https://getcovered.illinois.gov/) for further information and assistance.  The Get Covered Connector lets consumers search by ZIP code to find local, free application help and is available in Spanish as well as English. Consumers can also use this tool to schedule in-person assistance appointments with navigators and certified application counselors.  Consumers can also call866-311-1119 to get assistance in choosing a plan and also can visit Healthcare.gov.


The rates will be published on the Illinois Department of Insurance’s website here under the ‘latest feed’ tab.  Off-exchange rates are not yet published as their review is being completed by DOI.  DOI will publish them once review is complete.



IEMA Receives $14 Million Grant for Emergency Response Communications Upgrade

The state of Illinois’ efforts to relocate existing emergency response communications systems in preparation for the Nationwide Public Safety Broadband Network (NPSBN) got a financial boost recently with a grant totaling more than $14 million from the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet). The award to the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) was more than half of the $26.8 million FirstNet awarded to eight recipients nationwide.

The Band 14 Incumbent Spectrum Relocation Grant Program offered an opportunity for public safety organizations across the U.S. to compete for funding for relocating existing radios and systems from Band 14 in advance of the deployment and operation of the NPSBN. The state of Illinois public safety radio network, known as STARCOM21, operates on a portion of the spectrum that will be used in the FirstNet NPSBN. This is the first critical step in paving the way for a FirstNet nationwide buildout. 

“Illinois has long been committed to ensuring two-way, mission-critical communications for our first responders,” said IEMA Director James K. Joseph. “This grant will enable us to replace and update communications equipment needed to become part of a nationwide interoperable public safety communications system.”

FirstNet is an independent authority established by Congress in 2012 to oversee the building, deployment and operation of a nationwide public safety broadband network for local, state, regional, tribal and federal first responders and other public safety personnel.

IEMA has 12 months to complete the project proposed in its grant application, which includes replacing more than 1,000 vehicular repeater systems, replacing more than 1,000 STARCOM21 portable radios, training on the new equipment, retuning STARCOM21 infrastructure and reprogramming more than 4,500 radios. The affected entities include both state and local emergency response agencies working together under one grant to save time and taxpayer dollars.

Other recipients of the Band 14 grants included the Virginia State Police, Arkansas State Police, Massachusetts State Police, Honolulu County (Hawaii) Department of Defense, Marshall (Michigan) Fire Department, Stamford (Connecticut) Fire Department and Post Falls (Idaho) Police Department.


Unemployment Rates Decrease in Twelve Metro Areas-Davenport-Moline-Rock Island, IA-IL 0.2% For The Year

CHICAGO–Twelve of Illinois’ metropolitan (metro) areas experienced decreases in their over-the-year unemployment rate and eight of the metro areas had increases in nonfarm jobs, according to preliminary data released today by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) and the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES).
"Our job growth rate is still half that of the rest of the country,” said IDES Director Jeff Mays. “Most of our job growth is concentrated primarily in the northeast corner of the state while downstate job growth continues to lag.”
Illinois businesses added jobs in eight metro areas, in which the largest increases were seen in: Elgin (+2.1 percent, +5,300), Rockford (+1.9 percent, +2,900), and Lake-Kenosha (+1.6 percent, +6,800). Total nonfarm jobs in the Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights Metro Division increased (+1.2 percent or +44,900). Illinois businesses lost jobs in five metro areas including Carbondale-Marion (-2.5 percent, -1,400), the Quad Cities (-2.3 percent, -4,200), and Decatur (-1.5 percent, -800). The industry sectors recording job growth in the majority of metro areas were: Retail Trade (nine of 14), Transportation, Warehousing and Utilities (nine of 14), Education and Health Services (eight of 14), Leisure and Hospitality (eight of 14), and Government (eight of 14).
Not seasonally adjusted data compares July 2016 with July 2015. The not seasonally adjusted Illinois rate was 5.6 percent in July 2016 and stood at 12.2 percent at its peak in this economic cycle in January 2010. Nationally, the not seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 5.1 percent in July 2016 and 10.6 percent in January 2010 at its peak. The unemployment rate identifies those who are out of work and looking for work, and is not tied to collecting unemployment insurance benefits.


River Roots Live

River Roots Live is finally here! Jam out to 14 amazing acts including Alanna Royale, Luke Bell, Booker T. Jones and three of our very own QC acts. Friday night's headliner is Guitar Army, a trio made up of Joe Robinson, Lee Roy Parnell and Robben Ford. Sing your little heart out to their hits like "Shattered" and "That was a Crazy Game of Poker," from Saturday night's headliner, O.A.R.
You can even support the young musicians of the QCA at the Jr. Jam Tent. Be sure to stop at one of the Ribfest vendors for some world-class BBQ. After the festivities are over Saturday night, boogie on down to Ragged Trotter for even more weekend tunes! Weekend passes are still for sale! Get 'em now because they'll be more at the gate.  


RI Police Investigate Shooting


On Tuesday August 23, 2016 at 10:26pm, the Rock Island Police Department received multiple 911 calls reporting shots fired in the area of 12th Street and 12th Avenue.


Responding officers located a victim in the alleyway of the 1200 block of 11th Street. The male victim had sustained an apparent gunshot wound and was transported from the scene by the Rock Island Fire Department to Unity Point, Rock Island, where he succumbed to his injuries. At this time the victim’s identity is not being released.


Anyone with information related to this case is asked to contact the Rock Island Police Department at 309-732-2677 or Crimestoppers at 309-762-9500.   


Ag In The Classroom Receives Donation




BLOOMINGTON, Ill. - The Illinois Agriculture in the Classroom (IAITC) program will continue its strong legacy of providing free education resources to teachers thanks in part to a $90,000 donation from the Illinois Corn Checkoff, administered by the Illinois Corn Marketing Board (ICMB). 


With its recent contribution, the ICMB helps IAITC fund its upcoming program year, and continues its long-standing position as the top commodity contributor to the ag literacy program. 


"The Illinois Corn Marketing Board is proud to continue our support of agricultural education efforts by investing checkoff dollars with the IAA Foundation and IAITC," said Tom Mueller, chairman, ICMB. "As there are fewer and fewer of us actively engaged in farming, it becomes even more important to provide quality, science-based education resources to youth so that they might grow up with a more robust understanding of how their food gets to their table. And maybe they'll share what they learn with their parents, too."


The donation directly helps 70 Illinois county ag literacy coalitions engage local educators and students with accurate education about agriculture through lessons and materials based in math, language arts, science and social studies. Last year, IAITC reached more than 550,000 students and more than 37,000 teachers. 


During the last several years, support from the Illinois Corn Checkoff has helped make free resources available to classrooms, including Ag Mags on diverse topics from water and soil, to livestock care and corn. This year, efforts will continue to focus on farmers' role as stewards of the land, incorporating practices from the Nutrient Loss Reduction Strategy. 


"The IAITC program will utilize the new Soil and Water Ag Mags to showcase lessons related to watersheds, cover crops and bioreactors," said Kevin Daugherty, education director, IAITC.  "Often, our teachers and general public hear terms and are confused, and the IAITC program has worked to make the terms and strategies easier to understand."


This year's gift marks 25 years of IAITC support from Illinois Corn Farmers. 


"We are thankful to have the support of commodity groups and the farmers they represent," said Susan Moore, director, IAA Foundation. "Through this contribution, Illinois corn farmers can see their dollars directly at work in the classroom, where IAITC continues its successful track record of making important connections to agriculture for students."



Free Webinar

URBANA, Ill. – University of Illinois Extension will host a free webinar, Comprehensive Economic Development Strategies at Work in Illinois,on Thurs., Sept. 15 from noon to 1 p.m.

Darrin Fleener, economic development representative from the U.S. Department of Commerce Economic Development Administration’s Chicago regional office, will provide an overview of the regional planning process. Prior to EDA, Fleener worked for 13 years with the State of Oregon’s economic development department in project management, program development, government relations, and as a rural affairs policy advisor. His professional experience includes working in both urban and rural distressed communities.  

Also presenting will be Jennifer Daly, CEO of Greater Peoria Economic Development District. Daly will share Peoria’s approach to creating a regionally driven economic development process as well as outcomes that have been achieved through this new strategy.

“Economic development requires effective, collaborative institutions that are focused on advancing mutual gain for the public and the private sector,” says Kathie Brown, U of I Extension community and economic development educator. “It’s essential to ensuring the economic future of both rural and urban communities across our state.”

There is no cost to attend the webinar; however, pre-registration is required. Register online to attend or contact University of Illinois Extension’s Russell Medley, Community and Economic Development Educator for Henry, Mercer, Rock Island and Stark Counties at (309) 756-9978 or email rmedley@illinois.edu





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