Jack Daily News Archives for 2016-08

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

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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.


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

 

 

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


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.


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…


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…


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.

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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

 

 


Illinois home prices increase in July; Sales lower amid tight inventory

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Homes sold faster and prices were stronger in July, but lower inventory continues to act as a drag on the market, according to Illinois REALTORS®.

Statewide home sales (including single-family homes and condominiums) in July 2016 totaled 16,108 homes sold, down 6.8 percent from 17,291 in July 2015.

The statewide median price in July was $199,000 up 4.7 percent from July 2015 when the median price was $190,000. The median is a typical market price where half the homes sold for more and half sold for less.

“The drop-off in home sales in July underscores the fact that a continued lack of inventory is plaguing those who are in the market for a new home,”said Mike Drews, GRI, president of Illinois REALTORS® and broker-associate with Charles B. Doss & Co. in Aurora. “These homebuyers face limited choices and higher prices as a result."

The time it took to sell a home in July averaged 53 days, down from 59 days a year ago. Available housing inventory totaled 65,998 homes for sale, a 14.4 percent decline from July 2015 when there were 77,069 homes on the market.

The monthly average commitment rate for a 30-year, fixed-rate mortgage was 3.44 percent in July 2016, a decline from 3.57 percent the previous month, according to the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corp. In July 2015 it averaged 4.04 percent.

In the nine-county Chicago Primary Metropolitan Statistical Area (PMSA), home sales (single-family and condominiums) in July 2016 totaled 11,716 homes sold, down 7.3 percent from July 2015 sales of 12,645 homes. The median price in July 2016 was $238,000 in the Chicago PMSA, an increase of 5.8 percent from $225,000 in July 2015.

“In July, median prices continued to experience positive growth while sales recorded their first negative annual change in 2016,” said Geoffrey J.D. Hewings, director of the Regional Economics Applications Laboratory at the University of Illinois. “However, median prices are forecast to have positive annual growth over the next three months.  In addition, the percentage of foreclosed sales among total sales was 9.7 percent, the lowest July reading since 2009.”

According to the data, thirty-three (33) Illinois counties reported sales gains for July 2016 over previous-year numbers, including Grundy County, up 15.4 percent with 75 units sold; McHenry County, up 7.2 percent with 599 units sold; and Madison County, up 4.0 percent with 334 units sold. Forty-four (44) counties showed year-over-year median price increases including Will County, up 11.8 percent to $212,500; Cook County, up 5.3 percent to $249,000; and Winnebago County, up 2.3 percent to $101,250.

The city of Chicago saw an 11.9 percent year-over-year home sales decrease in July 2016 with 2,714 sales, down from 3,082 in July 2015. The median price of a home in the city of Chicago in July 2016 was $290,000, up 1.8 percent compared to July 2015 when it was $285,000.

“If you have a home on the market, it's selling at an incredible pace,”said Dan Wagner, president of the Chicago Association of REALTORS® and senior vice president for government relations at the Oakbrook-based Inland Real Estate Group of Companies, Inc. "In Chicago, the time to sell was just 38 days, and when you pair that number with double-digit annual decreases in inventory, it's a market where sellers are reaping a premium."

Sales and price information are generated by Multiple Listing Service closed sales reported by 28 participating Illinois REALTOR® local boards and associations including Midwest Real Estate Data LLC data as of August 8, 2016 for the period July 1 through July 31, 2016. The Chicago PMSA, as defined by the U.S. Census Bureau, includes the counties of Cook, DeKalb, DuPage, Grundy, Kane, Kendall, Lake, McHenry and Will. (Note: Due to a recent switch to a new multiple listing service, data for the Livingston County Board of REALTORS® is not included in the July report).

Illinois REALTORS® is a voluntary trade association whose more than 44,000 members are engaged in all facets of the real estate industry. In addition to serving the professional needs of its members, Illinois REALTORS® works to protect the rights of private property owners in the state by recommending and promoting legislation to safeguard and advance the interest of real property ownership.

Find Illinois housing stats, data and the University of Illinois REAL forecast at www.illinoisrealtors.org/marketstats.        


Homicide In Rock Island

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.  


Arrest Made in Ascentra Credit Union Bank Robbery

BETTENDORF: On August 22, an arrest warrant was issued for Anthony Javon Brown on charges related to the bank robbery at Ascentra Credit Union, 1710 Grant Street, Bettendorf, IA.

Brown, a 32 year old from Bloomington, Illinois, was located at his residence in Bloomington on August 23. He was taken into custody without incident. Brown is being held at McLean County Jail while awaiting extradition back to Iowa.

Evidence gathered at the scene led to the identity of the subject. The vehicle and other items found at his home connected Brown to the robbery.

Charges include:
Theft 1st Degree                Class C Felony
Robbery 3rd Degree           Aggravated Misdemeanor

This is an active investigation.


Police Investigate Shooting in Moline

Moline Police responded to a shooting in the north alley of the 300 block of 5th Avenue at 11:45 PM Monday the 22nd of August.

 

Officers patrolling the area heard the shots fired, finding a 30 year old male Hispanic suffering from multiple gunshot wounds in the alley.

 

The victim was transported to Unity Point Rock Island where his current condition is unknown.

 

Investigators ask anyone who may have witnessed the shooting or who may have information about the events leading up to the shooting call Crime Stoppers (309) 762-9500.

 

The investigation continues.


Rauner Signs Firearms Bill

CHICAGO – Governor Bruce Rauner today signed HB 6303 to strengthen laws against gun trafficking in Illinois. The bill enhances penalties for firearms trafficking and aims to reduce the growing gun violence epidemic. This will help keep our kids and communities safe by allowing our law enforcement agencies to take action on those who are trafficking guns.

“We must stand up and help our kids and our communities find safety from violence,” said Governor Rauner. “Children are often in the crossfire. They’re vulnerable and impressionable. They deserve to see better things in the world. They deserve to feel safe in their own homes. They should not fear that guns will take the life of their friends, their family members, or even themselves. They should not live in fear or have their innocence shattered.”

The Governor signed the bill at the Illinois State Police (ISP) crime lab in Chicago and was joined by House Republican Leader Jim Durkin (R-Western Springs) and Senate Republican Leader Christine Radogno (R-Lemont), the chief legislative sponsors of the bill.

“425 people have been murdered by firearms in Chicago this year and another 2320 have been shot and wounded. Each weekend in Chicago is bloodier than the last,” House Republican Leader Durkin said. “Many of the shootings involved illegally acquired guns by Chicago street gangs.  It is estimated that approximately 60 percent of guns used to commit violent crimes in Chicago were purchased outside of Illinois. The laws are more focused on holding the shooter accountable, but not the person who armed the shooter. That changes today with House Bill 6303.

“This law targets straw purchasers – those who skirt Illinois firearm laws by buying guns in other states with the intent to resell in the illegal black markets of Illinois,” Leader Durkin added. “The Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office brought this legislation to me and I am honored to have sponsored the bill in the Illinois House of Representatives.  I thank the Illinois General Assembly for their bi-partisan unanimous support.”

“The statistics clearly demonstrate a continuing and increasing trend that jeopardizes public safety in Illinois,” Senate Republican Leader Radogno said. “People who cannot legally purchase guns in Illinois are going to states with more lax background check requirements and bringing them back into our state with criminal intent. These weapons are quickly used in the commission of crimes and add to the unconscionable gun violence here. This new law will be another tool to stop the flow of these illegally transferred weapons.”

HB 6303 makes it a felony for a person who has not been issued a FOID card to bring firearms into the state with the intention of selling or delivering them. Furthermore, if the individual trafficking in gun sales has previously been convicted of an unlawful use or delivery of a firearm, gunrunning or firearm trafficking, they will face even stiffer penalties. It is important to note that this bill does not take guns out of the hands of anyone that safely and legally has or carries a firearm. It exempts FOID card holders specifically for that reason.

This bill is designed to keep guns out of the hands of criminals and off our streets.

"Gun violence takes innocent lives and disrupts peaceful communities. The Firearms Trafficking Bill enhances penalties for those who choose to support gun violence while protecting the rights of law abiding citizens," said ISP Director Leo Schmitz. "The Illinois State Police is working closely with local, county and federal law enforcement to keep Illinois communities safe.  Together with the help of good citizens, we can keep guns out of the hands of dangerous criminals.  If you See Something, Say Something.”

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Upcoming Putnam Workshops

 

 

August 22, 2016 (DAVENPORT, Iowa) – Putnam Explorers and Explorers Jr. workshops are returning to the Putnam Museum and Science Center beginning Sept. 10. These workshops are intended to highlight topics in a fun and interactive way for multiple ages and meet monthly to provide informal enrichment activities. “We are so excited to offer our new topics for the 2016-2017 Explorers Season,” says Octavia Houtekier-Boyd, Vice President of Education. “Participants will tour exhibits, have theatre time and meet new friends!”

 Classes will meet the first weekend of the month: Explorers Jr. (Pre-K – 1st Grade) on Saturdays from 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. and Putnam Explorers (Grades 2 – 5) on Saturdays from 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Pre-registration is required for all programs as there are a limited number of reservations available. 


Sen Grassley To Host Forum


DES MOINES – Sen. Chuck Grassley is bringing national and state anti-human trafficking experts together for an Iowa-based forum on ending human trafficking and modern slavery. The discussion is intended to be a guide for medical professionals, first responders and the public at large in recognizing and combating trafficking.

 

The event will take place Friday, August 26, 2016 from 1:30-2:30 at the Des Moines University Student Education Center Auditorium.

 

As chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Grassley helped to lead the bipartisan Justice for Victims of Trafficking Actthrough the legislative process on its way to becoming law. The effort establishes strong anti-trafficking measures that target predators who traffic innocent young people. Earlier this year, Grassley also held a hearing on the new law to keep tabs on the executive branch’s implementation of the bill.

 

Experts from Iowa as well as national organizations dedicated to ending human trafficking will participate. Panelists includeStephen O’Meara, Nebraska’s Human Trafficking Coordinator and former Iowa assistant U.S. attorney; Cathy O’Keefe, director of Quad Cities-based Braking Traffik; Staca Shahen, Case Analysis Division director for the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children; and Anna Brewer, former FBI special agent with expertise in Iowa human trafficking cases. The event will be moderated by Yasmin Vafa of Rights4Girls.

 


Juvenile-Justice Reformers: Lawyers for More IL Children a 'Good Start'

An Illinois juvenile-justice reform group says the state's new law to provide lawyers to more young offenders is a good start.

According to the Juvenile Justice Initiative, Gov. Bruce Rauner has advanced justice for children by signing Senate Bill 2370 into law. The move raises the age from 13 to 15 for requiring that a child be represented by an attorney during custodial interrogations for murder or sex crimes. The group's president, Elizabeth Clarke, said the new law will help protect young people's constitutional rights.

"I think this is a key measure to ensure that the youngest in our society receive particular protection," she said, "especially in light of the 50-year anniversary of Miranda."

Clarke was referring to the Miranda law read to people in police custody, explaining their right to remain silent and other rights. She said research shows that many young people end up waiving their Miranda rights without fully understanding what they are. She argued that children should not be allowed to waive their constitutional right to legal counsel without the advice of a lawyer.

According to a Chicago Police Accountability Task Force report from last year, less than 1 percent of children and adults had lawyers during police interrogations. That's why Clarke said she believes the state could do even more for juveniles in the future.

"We do believe that every child deserves the protection of a lawyer during interrogation, and certainly every child that faces any potential of adult prosecution," she said. "But we think this is a really significant step forward."

Clarke pointed to the United Kingdom and Europe which, over the past two decades, have added requirements that all alleged offenders have access to legal counsel while being interrogated by police.

The new Illinois law goes into effect in January. The text of SB 2370 is online at ilga.gov.


Iowa Growers Reap the Benefits of Summer Small-Grain Harvest

Some Iowa farmers are making a practice of the past part of their future.

At one time, small-grain production was an integral part of most agricultural operations in the state and Iowa was a national leader in oat production in the 1950s. However, said Earl Canfield, owner and operator of Canfield Family Farm in Dunkerton, there now are very few acres of oats, rye or wheat.

"Along with the fact that it's not very common, the knowledge base that allows farmers to successfully raise crops like that in Iowa has largely disappeared over the last several generations," he said. "Also disappearing is much of the equipment and infrastructure."

Canfield is among farmers in the state who realize the value of adding small grains. He just completed his oat harvest as a third crop in his corn-soybean rotation. According to Practical Farmers of Iowa, adding small grains as a third crop improves soil structure and water quality while reducing the use of pesticides and nitrogen fertilizers.

Because small grains are harvested at a different time of year than corn and soybeans, Canfield said diverse rotations help spread out labor and provide more steady cash flow throughout the year.

"As any astute business person knows," he said, "any time you can diversify your income streams, it gives you a certain measure of insulation to ups and downs in the market."

Finding a marketing mechanism is among the challenges in small-grain production. Canfield noted that oats are consumed in Iowa, but generally shipped in from the Dakotas or Canada. He encouraged Iowans to see the benefit of purchasing small grains locally.

"Any time they can buy seeds that are produced here in Iowa, it provides direct benefits to Iowa first rather than sending all the benefits out of state," he said. "I think that's a win for everybody in this state."

Another avenue is to sell harvested small-grain seed to other farmers, who can plant it as a cover crop. For the oats he grows, Canfield is exploring the possibility of selling to horse owners and other livestock owners who need feed.

Growers can learn more about small-grain production online at practicalfarmers.org.


Wet weather continues

July and August have been on the wet side this year, capped off the first weekend of this years State Fair when State Climatologist Jim Angel says the same system that caused the massive flooding in Louisiana inundated the fairgrounds and brought up to ten inches of rain to parts of Southern Illinois.

And the rest of August also looks warm and wet.

Jim Angel. He says September looks to be an the warm side, but it’s too early to predict September precipitation. The National Weather service is calling for above normal temperatures to last at least into November. 


First Tune Up for Taming Session â€" Thursday, August 25th

What: 'Tune Up for Taming' is a series of training sessions allowing participants to test the course. There will be an informational meeting at the beginning of each session. All sessions are open to Taming of the Slough racers and the general public. There will be free canoes and kayaks available for Tune Up participants, but reservations should be made no later than Wednesdays at 5pm.  Taming of the Slough registrants will get priority for canoe and kayak reservations.  Reservations can be made by calling (563-322-2969) or emailing (ntruesdell@riveraction.org) Noah. Tune Up is intended to be a fun & loosely structured event that promotes adventure sports in the Quad Cities.

When: Tune Ups will be held Thursday evenings, 5:30-7 p.m., on Aug 25th, September 1st, and September 8th.

Where: Empire Park, East Moline.

Why: Get prepared for Taming of the Slough or just to enjoy some time on the water or riding trails.

Other details: Volunteers will help watch over equipment but there is not a secured transition area. Bike locks are recommended to secure equipment if you want to be 100% safe.  Safety boats will be on the water surrounding Campbell’s Island.

Call River Action with any questions, 563-322-2969.

To register for Taming of the Slough go to www.riveraction.org/taming.

Background Information

On September 17th, 2016, River Action’s Taming of the Slough will celebrate eleven years of racing as well as increased participation on water trails and off-road (mountain bike) trails in the Quad Cities on Campbell’s Island Slough, Illiniwek Forest Preserve, and East Moline’s bike trail through the McNeal’s Reserve.

Taming of the Slough is an adventure triathlon, which will be held in East Moline and Hampton.  Racers will canoe or kayak around Campbell’s Island, proceed to the Illiniwek forest preserve for a challenging mountain-biking experience, and finish with a cross-country run through McNeal’s Reserve.

The mountain biking and paddling elements set Taming apart from a traditional triathlon.  Triathlons most often consist of a swim, road bicycle ride, and run.  River Action’s not-so-traditional event includes a paddle instead of a swim, off-road bicycle ride, and run, part of which is off-road.  Taming of the Slough is designed to use the river and riverfront in East Moline and Hampton, raise awareness for its unique recreational opportunities, and advance water trail and off-road trail development in our region.

More Quad Cities visitors and residents are participating in Taming and taking to the Quad Cities mountain bike and water trails.  River Action and partners continue to develop trails on river and off-road trails along the river.

The local Friends of Off Road Cycling (FORC) and paddling club Saukenuk Paddlers both report memberships at all-time highs. FORC continues to develop off-road trails at Sylvan Island, Illiniwek, Scott County Park, Sunderbruch Park, and Illiniwek Forest Preserve.  River Action supported FORC’s efforts with a QC Wild Places grant to build the Jubilee Trail at Sunderbruch Park in 2012.

Taming of the Slough is sponsored by River Action, McLaughlin Subaru, Russell Construction, Live Uncommon, Dispatch – Argus / Radish, Active Endeavors, Applestone Homes, Group O, Bent River Brewery, QC Bike Club, Toltec Incorporated, Townsend Engineering, ESI QC Inc, Friends of Off Road Cycling, and Crawford and Company.


River Action’s 17th Annual Senior Citizen Riverfront Golf Cart Tour

Senior citizens can participate in guided riverfront golf cart tours on Thursday, September 8, 2016, sponsored by River Action.  The tours will utilize existing riverfront trails and offer participants an opportunity to see and hear from speakers all that the riverfront has to offer from the front seat of a covered golf cart. This is a great opportunity to gain knowledge on the past, present, and future of many of our riverfront amenities in the Quad Cities.

 

There are six different guided tours from which to choose.  All tours are $12.50 per person and last for two hours (rain or shine). There is still time to register!

 

IA Tour: Tour Alpha –11:30am-1:30pm – This tour will start at Credit Island and focus on the natural places of the Quad Cities at Nahant Marsh and Carp Lake.

 

Tour #1 – 2-4pm – Tour the Bettendorf/Davenport riverfront starting at Credit Island and traveling to Leach Park and back.

 

Arsenal Island Tour: Tour #2 – 9am-11am, 11:30am-1:30pm, & 2-4pm – Tour the Rock Island Arsenal’s beautiful riverfront trail. We will make stops at Memorial Park, the Col. Davenport House, and the Corps Visitor’s Center. You must bring a valid ID to enter the island.

 

IL Tour: Tour #3 – 9am-11am, 11:30am-1:30pm, & 2-4pm – Visit Rock Island and Moline riverfront starting at and returning to Sunset Park, traveling to Sylvan Island, Moline, and Ben Butterworth Parkway.

 

IL Tour: Tour #4 – 9am-11am, 11:30am-1:30pm, & 2-4pm – Start and return at the end of Ben Butterworth Parkway, Moline, and ride through East Moline and Hampton. Includes The Quarter, Empire Park, Hampton’s Riverfront Park, Illiniwek State Park, and Lock and Dam #14.

 

IL Tour: Tour #5 – 9am-11am, 11:30am-1:30pm, & 2-4pm – This tour begins in Rapids City, IL and will go through Port Byron and all the way to Cordova.

 

Please bring sun protection and water, and enjoy a tour on the riverfront!  This only comes once a year, so come along for the fun!

 

For a brochure or to register, please go to www.riveraction.org or call River Action at (563) 322-2969. 


Gov Rauner Signs Several Measures Into Law


CHICAGO – Governor Bruce Rauner today signed five bills aimed at reforming Illinois’ criminal justice system to focus on rehabilitation to reduce recidivism and help low level offenders find a brighter future. This package of bills specifically helps young people who have fallen on hard times find the help they need to get on a better track. 

 

“We need to approach our criminal justice system with more compassion,” said Governor Rauner. “I want those who did something wrong to face punishment, but we must make sure that the punishment fits the crime. We need to explore new avenues so that we’re balancing punishment with rehabilitation and not needlessly tearing families and lives apart.”

 

This is the latest step in the Rauner administration’s attempt to reform the criminal justice system in Illinois. Within the first month of the administration, Governor Rauner created the Illinois State Commission on Criminal Justice and Sentencing Reform. Its job was to create recommendations that would transform Illinois' justice system to make it more responsive to the people it served, while also cutting down on the unnecessary incarcerations and costs. These bills, coupled with administrative changes, make reforms in the criminal justice system that will help safely reduce the number of prison admissions, the length of prison stays and reduce recidivism by increasing the chances of successful re-entry.

 

“Governor Rauner set out to make Illinois a more compassionate state and he is making good on that initiative,” said Illinois Department of Corrections Director John Baldwin. “Today's bills will help ensure that we are giving young men and women a second chance at life. Instead of focusing on the past, we are attempting to rehabilitate people who have been incarcerated and create opportunities for low level offenders to build a future.”

 

SB 3164 requires review of a pre-sentencing report, as well as an explanation of why incarceration is appropriate for offenders with no prior probation sentences or prison convictions prior to sentencing. Last year, nearly 60 percent of new prison admissions for Class 3 or 4 felonies had no prior convictions for violent crimes. Sending low-level offenders with no prior probation or other convictions inefficiently uses prison resources and potentially makes low-level offenders more susceptible to reoffending. This legislation was sponsored by Sen. Michael Connelly and Rep. Brian Stewart and was a recommendation made by the Governor’s Commission on Criminal Justice and Sentencing Reform.

 

HB 6291 amends the Juvenile Court Act to change the minimum probation period for a youth adjudicated delinquent. The purpose of the bill is to help bring Illinois in line with other states and the latest research by reducing mandatory minimum lengths of probation and treating low level offenses with treatment. This ensures that youth struggling with addictions will have the opportunity to go through the treatment process before being sent to prison.

 

HB 5017 allows a juvenile to immediately petition the court for expungement when he or she is charged with an offense that is dismissed without a finding of delinquency. Under current law, the statute only allows for a petition of expungement when the youth has reached the age of 18. This bill will help youth who were arrested but not charged get a fresh start and clear their names.

 

HB 6200 addresses per minute rates of phone calls for inmates. The bill reduces the rate that the Illinois Department of Corrections and the Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice can contract for telephone providers.

 

SB 3005 amends the Park District Code to provide that a park district shall not knowingly employ a person who has been convicted of specified drug offenses until seven years following the end of a sentence imposed including periods of supervision or probation. The previous law stated that park districts could not employ any person convicted of the specified drug offenses. It furthermore scales pack prohibitions on employment for convictions of public indecency to Class 4 felonies.

 

The Governor also took action on the following bills:

 

Bill No.: HB 2569

An Act Concerning Criminal Law

Action: Signed

Effective: January 1, 2017

 

Bill No.: HB 4515

An Act Concerning Regulation

Action: Signed

Effective: January 1, 2017

 

Bill No.: HB 5572

An Act Concerning State Government

Action: Signed

Effective: Immediate

 

Bill No.: HB 5613

An Act Concerning the Law Enforcement Information Task Force Act

Action: Signed

Effective: Immediate

 

Bill No.: HB 5771

An Act Concerning Criminal Law

Action: Signed

Effective: January 1, 2017

 

Bill No.: HB 5973

An Act Concerning Regulation

Action: Signed

Effective: January 1, 2017

 

Bill No.: HB 6037

An Act Concerning Criminal Law

Action: Signed

Effective: Immediate

 

Bill No.: HB 6324

An Act Concerning State Government

Action: Signed

Effective: Immediate

 

Bill No.: HB 6328

An Act Concerning State Government

Action: Signed

Effective: January 1, 2017

 

Bill No.: SB 2370

An Act Concerning Criminal Law

Action: Signed

Effective: January 1, 2017

 

Bill No.: SB 2885

An Act Concerning Criminal Law

Action: Signed

Effective: January 1, 2017

 


LULAC Parade Seeks Entries


 

EAST MOLINE -- Organizers of the annual LULAC Quad Cities Fiesta Parade are seeking more participants for theSept. 18 event.

 

The parade begins at noon on 15th Avenue, in downtown East Moline. The route runs from 3rd to 10th Streets.

 

The parade was launched seven years ago by Quad City residents Abel and Juanita Zertuche in honor of Mexican Independence Day. Parade organizer Abel Zertuche described the event as a community-wide celebration of Mexican heritage, culture and traditions. He invites everyone to participate or enjoy the parade as a spectator.

 

Any organization, club, business or family can register a float in the parade by calling Abel Zertuche at 309-737-5915. Parade organizers are also seeking more floats that represent the various states of Mexico and showcase authentic costumes.  

 

A Mexican Independence Day Fiesta will follow the parade, starting at 2 p.m. at the intersection of 15th Avenue and 8th Street in East Moline. LULAC Quad Cities is hosting the street celebration and there is no charge for admission. The event will feature food and merchandise vendors, live music and performances that will include the Glenview Mariachi Band.

 

Last year, more than 2,000 people from the greater Quad City region attended the parade and fiesta.

 

For more information about the parade, or to register a float, call Abel Zertuche at 309-737-5915.

 

The two events culminate a series of community activities that begin Sept. 10  in celebration of LULAC Quad Cities Fiesta Week.

 

LULAC Quad Cities is a partnership between Davenport Council 10, Moline Council 5285, Youth council 600 and the St. Ambrose University Collegiate Council. The 200-plus members have joined efforts to raise funds for scholarships to support the education of local Hispanic American students. Last year, LULAC Quad Cities awarded $33,000 in scholarships to 48 local students.

 

The League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) is the nation’s largest and oldest civil rights volunteer-based organization that empowers Hispanic Americans and builds strong Latino communities.  Headquartered in Washington, DC, with 1000 councils around the United States and Puerto Rico, LULAC’s programs, services and advocacy address the most important issues for Latinos, meeting critical needs of today and the future.  For more information, visit www.LULAC.org.

 


LIHEAP Info

SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity’s Office of Energy Assistance has announced that the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) will begin accepting applications for winter heating assistance for seniors and people with disabilities beginning September 1, 2016.

LIHEAP and the Percentage of Income Payment Plan (PIPP) program are funded as part of the stopgap funding plan signed into law by Governor Rauner.

LIHEAP is a state and federally funded energy assistance program for low-income families, in which heating bill payments are made on behalf of households. Applications are processed through a network of 35 local administering agencies around the state. These agencies will begin accepting applications on a first-come, first-served basis from the elderly and people with disabilities starting on September 1, 2016.

Clients must bring all required documentation when applying for assistance including:

·  Proof of gross income from all household members for the 30-day income period beginning with the date of the application.

·  A copy of their current heat and electric bills issued within the last 30 days (if they pay for their energy directly).

·  A copy of their rental agreement (if they are renting) showing that utilities are included, the monthly rental amount and landlord contact information.

·  Proof of Social Security numbers for all household members.

·  Proof that their household received Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF); Aid to the Aged, Blind, or Disabled (AABD); or other benefits, such as Medical Eligibility or Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), if receiving assistance from the Illinois Department of Human Services.

A single-person household can qualify with a monthly income of up to $1,485; a two-person household up to $2,003; a family of three can earn up to $2,520; and a family of four can earn up to $3,038. Benefits are paid directly to energy vendors on behalf of eligible households. The exception is households whose heating costs are included in their rent. These households must provide proof that their rent is more than 30% of their income in order to qualify for LIHEAP benefits.

Disconnected households and families with children ages 5 or under (includes all children who are not yet 6 years old, that is, up to 5 years and 364 days old) can begin applying for LIHEAP assistance beginning October 1, 2016. Individuals not eligible for priority enrollment can apply beginning November 1, 2016.

PIPP will also be available starting September 1, 2016 for LIHEAP eligible households who are customers of one of the following utilities: Ameren Illinois, ComEd, Nicor Gas and Peoples Gas and North Shore Gas utilities. Under PIPP, eligible households pay a percentage of their income towards their utility bill, supplemented by a monthly benefit. Participating households are eligible for a reduction in outstanding bills for every on-time payment they make. Applicants will be served on a first-come, first-served basis until funding is exhausted.

For a complete listing of LIHEAP’s local administering agencies and additional information about the program, go towww.liheapIllinois.com, or call the energy assistance toll-free hotline at 1-877-411-WARM.


MAP Amendment Update

The Redistricting or MAP Amendment measure is currently awaiting a decision by the Illinois Supreme Court to determine whether or not that measure will appear on the November ballot.

If the measure makes the ballot and is approved by voters, the process of drawing up political maps in the state would be taken out of the hands of lawmakers who tend to draw up maps that favor their potential for re-election.

Dave Mellet (Muh-Lay) is located in Chicago  and he is the Campaign Manager for the Amendment movement and he says is the measure becomes law, some might still question or not a new commission would also be impartial…

The decision from the Supreme Court is expected by August 26th so that there will be time to get the measure included in the November ballot.

Mellet adds that if the Amendment becomes law, a specific process would then take place to help make the measure a reality…

Mellet adds that even if approved, it will still be several years before the measure becomes a reality at the ballot box…


Top swimming publication believes future is bright for Olympic swimmer from Springfield

He was a media darling of the early hours of the Rio Olympics, but Springfield's Ryan Held could prove to be much more than a national gold medal winning feelgood story. Swimming World Magazine Publisher Brent Rutemiller believes Ryan Lochte's days as an Olympic swimmer are likely over but he doesn't expect punishment for four swimmers tied to Lochte's false armed robbery report to have much impact on Held's future Olympic opportunities...

Rutemiller says Held's surge from a dark horse Olympic candidate to gold medalist was no fluke..

With 19-year-old Katie Ledecky dominating on the women's side and the likes of Michael Phelps leaving Olympic swimming behind, Rutemiller believes youth, like the 21-year-old Held, will be served at the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo.


Don Moffitt - Fire district legislation signed into law by Governor

Legislation sponsored by State Representative Don Moffitt (R-Gilson) which requires a fire protection district’s board approval to assume duties of an adjacent city/village’s dissolved fire department, has been signed into law by Governor Bruce Rauner.

According to Moffitt, the measure was an initiative of the Fire Protection District Association to help ensure that a Fire Protection District can successfully fulfill the additional duties when a municipal fire department dissolves with the intent of transferring its fire service to an adjacent fire district.

Moffitt added although it is likely that in the event of a dissolution of a municipal fire department, that an agreement has been reached for an alternative source of fire service with a fire district or nearby municipality, it is not required by law.


Davenport Officers Respond To Trinity

On Sunday, August 21, 2016 at approximately 11:47 PM Davenport Police responded to Trinity Medical Center in Bettendorf in reference to a subject with a gunshot wound. The victim, an adult male, was subsequently transported to Iowa City with serious injuries. Preliminary investigation indicates the shooting occurred in the 1200 block of Judson St. Officers conducted a canvass
and recovered shell casings in the area. Detectives from the Criminal Investigation Division are conducting follow up on the incident. Anyone with information regarding this incident is encouraged to “DO WHAT’S RIGHT” and call the Davenport Police Department at 563 326-6125 or submit an anonymous tip via our mobile app entitled “CityConnect Davenport, IA."


Mid Morning in the Cities Election 2016 Update with Karen Caifa

Following another staff shake up Donald Trump is considering a major shift on immigration policy. National News Correspondent Karen Caifa joined me on Mid Morning in the Cities on Monday to discuss the Trump campaign's potential shift on immigration dropping a featured policy some had referred to as 'deportation squads' and potentially a softening on the idea of a border wall. Meanwhile, Mr. Trump is also facing negative poll shifts in states once considered battlegrounds but are now considered leaning Democratic. 


Fight for the Homeless Ramps up in Des Moines

A fight for the homeless is ramping up in Des Moines. Eviction notices with a deadline of August 29th went up at several locations where the city's homeless often set up camp. 

Opponents of that strategy will gather outside City Council chambers on Monday afternoon to rally against the evictions. They will also advocate for the city to release information on eviction policies and procedures, according Aaron Jorgensen-Briggs, a member of the Des Moines Catholic Worker Community. He said that so far, the city has failed to release that information.

"We would like to see the complaints that the city says are the driver of the evictions, but the city has not made that information publicly available," Jorgensen-Briggs said. "So, we don't know where the disconnect is. "

Bulldozers and dump trucks have been used in the past to clear out waste after a homeless camp was shut down. City leaders said that when they receive a complaint, they must comply with city code. Advocates for the homeless placed an item on Monday's City Council agenda and plan to speak during the meeting. 

Jorgensen-Briggs said the homeless camp evictions are simply moving the problem around. He said the city's homeless residents should be treated with compassion and provided with places to live before they are forced out of campsites. 

"The city even owns residential property," Jorgensen-Briggs said. "The city has it within its power to go out to these campsites, find out who people are, find out what their needs are, and give them what they need."

City leaders have said that some homeless residents don't want to go to shelters, and cited a shortage of affordable permanent housing. Meanwhile, Joppa Outreach, a homeless services organization, has continued to push the city for approval to build a transitional housing village.

Information on transitional housing in Central Iowa is available here.


Horticulture Workshop


A Harvest of Horticulture: Fall Gardening Workshops, Saturday, September 17, 9 am - Noon, Aledo, IL

University of Illinois Extension Mercer County Master Gardeners have organized the third annual A Harvest of Horticulture Fall Gardening Workshops.  It will take place on Saturday, September 17 from 9 am – Noon in the meeting rooms at Blackhawk Bank, 1308 SE 4th St., Aledo, IL. Three speakers will present programs on Spring Blooming Bulbs, Herbs and their Uses, and Sustainable Landscape Design.  The cost is $10 in advance/ $12 at the door. Includes coffee and pastries.  Register online at web.extension.illinios.edu/hmrs or call University of Illinois Extension -Mercer County at (309) 582-5106 or Rock Island County Extension, (309) 756-9978.

Here are the workshop topics and speakers:

Martha Smith University of Illinois Extension Horticulture Educator will present: Fantastic, Funky & Favorite Spring Blooming-Bulbs!  Fall is the time for planting spring-blooming bulbs.  Tulips & daffodils are always crowd pleasers but there is a whole world of fantastic and funky spring-blooming bulbs beyond the traditional favorites. Martha Smith, Horticulture Educator will share her favorite uncommon bulbs she has discovered over the years.

Laura McGinnis Master Gardener presents Herbs and their Wonderful Uses Herbs are as beautiful as they are useful.  They are low maintenance and very versatile in their uses.  We are so into pollinators.  Guess what?  So are herbs.  This presentation will touch on the many uses of herbs and some that you may not yet have tried.

Chris Enroth University of Illinois Extension Horticulture Educator presents Putting the ‘Green’ Back into Landscaping: Sustainable Design  Are you or your clients interested in putting the ‘green’ back into their landscape? Professional landscape organizations have developed a new tool named the Sustainable SITES Initiative to address the sustainability movement for our industry. University of Illinois Extension horticulture educator, Chris Enroth will introduce participants to the SITES Initiative and several different techniques to incorporate sustainable practices into the lawn and garden. During the session he will discuss sustainable lawns, rain gardens, building healthy soils and more fundamental methods to reduce your client’s eco-footprint. 

 


Iowa Unemployment Increases


DES MOINES, IOWA – Iowa’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate increased slightly to 4.1 percent in July from 4.0 percent in June. The state’s jobless rate was 3.6 percent one year ago. The U.S. unemployment rate remained at 4.9 percent in July.

 

“Iowa’s economy revealed both strength and weakness in July,” said Beth Townsend, Director of Iowa Workforce Development. “Even as the state’s unemployment rate crept up a tenth of a point to 4.1 percent, Iowa businesses still showed enough confidence to expand payrolls this month. Hiring in health care and professional and business services was particularly strong.” 

  

The number of unemployed Iowans rose to 70,600 in July from 68,200 in June. The current estimate is 9,000 higher than the year ago level of 61,600.

 

The total number of working Iowans decreased to 1,640,500 in July. This figure was 2,300 lower than June and 3,200 higher than one year ago.   

        

Seasonally Adjusted Nonfarm Employment

Total nonfarm employment in Iowa added 3,400 jobs in July and now rests at 1,584,700. This is the second-consecutive gain for the establishment survey and the fifth for 2016. Monthly declines occurred only twice so far in 2016, in February and May. Service industries added all of the jobs this month; goods-producing sectors shed 200 jobs. State government added 700 jobs, although this segment of government trails last year’s level by 600 jobs. Combined, government is up 4,200 jobs due to hiring at the local level.

 

Education and health care added 1,700 jobs to lead all sectors. Health care alone added 1,200 jobs due mostly to hiring in ambulatory health care services, which includes dental offices and clinics. Education services also advanced this month, erasing a slight decline last month of 200 jobs. Professional and business services snapped a two-month decline by adding 1,500 jobs in July. Gains this month were mostly focused in professional, scientific, and technical services. Administrative support and waste management pared jobs for the third-consecutive month (-400). The other services sector gained jobs for the second straight month (1,100) and has rebounded following four consecutive declines from February through May. Sector losses were limited to leisure and hospitality (-600), trade and transportation (-600), manufacturing (-400), and financial activities (-300).

 

Compared to last July, total nonfarm employment remains up 23,700 jobs. Construction continues to sustain job growth in Iowa and is up 12,800 jobs alone. Education and health care also remains markedly up (+4,800) due to unwavering, inelastic demand for these essential services. Other annual gains included leisure and hospitality (+4,700), other services (+4,100), and financial activities (+2,900). Losses continue to plague the manufacturing sector (-7,100) which has lost more jobs than all other super sectors combined. Professional and business services has also pared jobs related to cutbacks (-1,900), and information services continues to trend down due to streamlining processes and reduced demand for print media (-1,200).


BHC Healthcare Program


Considering a career in health care? Not sure which program is right for you?

 

Come to an informational session Tuesday, Aug. 23 and learn about Black Hawk College’s short-term health care training programs.

 

Health Care Career Programs: An Overview will be from 4:30-6 p.m. in the new Health Sciences Center at the college’s Quad-Cities Campus in Moline.

 

Meet one-on-one with instructors and get brief overviews of their programs, such as Assisted Living Professional, Dietary Aide, EKG Technician, Health Care Receptionist, Medical Scribe, Mental Health Technician, Pharmacy Technician, Phlebotomy Technician and Physical Therapy Aide.

 

This is a FREE event, but registration is required. Call Black Hawk College Professional and Continuing Education at 309-796-8223.

 


CMS Assists In Louisiana


SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Central Management Services (CMS) is providing assistance to the State of Louisiana’s flood relief efforts. Yesterday afternoon a volunteer from CMS left to deliver 100,000 sandbags and 45 cots to add to Louisiana’s flood relief response efforts. CMS is also sending two water purification systems which left the Springfield warehouse this morning. The donated items will be used to support temporary housing shelters and flood damage mitigation.

 

Early Wednesday morning, Louisiana State Surplus put out an urgent request to other states’ surplus agencies, including the Illinois Department of Central Management Services, to assist in any way possible with the extreme flooding. The Baton Rouge area has been inundated by severe storms and flooding in recent days and is under a Federal Emergency Management Agency Disaster Declaration.

 

The sandbags, cots and filtration system were acquired by CMS through a partnership the agency has with the U.S. General Services Administration. Federal Surplus generally includes equipment such as vehicles, electronics, food service equipment, hand-tools, outdoor equipment, etc.

 

CMS and other state agencies are standing by for requests to contribute additional equipment and supplies. At this point no other personnel or services have been requested, however, more rain is forecasted for the area.

 


Quad Cities Field Artillery Battalion Cases its Colors, to Transition to Engineer

MILAN, IL (08/19/2016)(readMedia)-- After nearly a century of service as a Field Artillery unit including multiple combat deployments, the Illinois Army National Guard's highly-decorated 2-123rd Field Artillery Battalion cased its colors on Aug. 13.

The unit will officially inactivate on Aug. 31 and transition to the 123rd Engineer Battalion on Sept. 1.

"It was not the Field Artillery that made the Soldiers great, but rather the Soldiers that made the Field Artillery great," said Lt. Col. Corey Wise of Bryant, Ill., who served as the battalion's commander for three years before relinquishing command on the day of the ceremony. "These same Soldiers are going to make this a great Engineer battalion."

The battalion, with its headquarters in Milan and batteries in Milan, Galesburg and Macomb; originated as the 6th Infantry Regiment. The 6th Infantry served in the Blackhawk War, Mexican-American War, the Civil War and the Spanish-American War. It became the 123rd Field Artillery just prior to World War I, seeing combat in the St. Mehile, Muse-Argonne and the Lorraine Campaigns.

The battalion saw World War II combat action in the Pacific Theater earning it an Army Meritorious Unit Citation. It served in the Hawaiian Islands, New Guinea, the Dutch East Indies and the Philippines. It ended its World War II duty as part of the occupation forces of Japan. During the Korean War it served as a training battalion on the West Coast.

The battalion served in Iraq in 2005, where two of its Soldiers - Sgt. 1st Class Kyle Wehrly, 28, of Galesburg, Ill., and Sgt. Brian Romines, 20, of Simpson, Ill. – were killed in action. From May 2010 to June 2011, the battalion was deployed to the Sinai Peninsula in Egypt as part of the Multi-National Observer Force monitoring the peace agreement between Egypt and Israel. The battalion was also placed on state active duty on multiple occasions to assist in state emergencies including multiple major floods. The 123rd Engineer Battalion will carry the lineage and honors of 2-123 Field Artillery.

The conversion from Field Artillery to Engineers is part of the U.S. Army's restructuring and addresses its future needs. Additionally, bringing additional Engineer assets into the state will bolster the Illinois Army National Guard's capability to respond to domestic emergencies. Still, Illinois Army National Guard leaders acknowledged the transition was tough for those Soldiers with the Field Artillery for many years.

"Next year the unit would have celebrated 100 years with the Field Artillery," said Col. Rodney Thacker, Commander of the 65th Troop Command, the unit's higher headquarters. "I understand this is bittersweet for many Soldiers who grew up in this battalion."

Wise spent more than 20 years in the battalion including the last three years as its Commander. "It was a difficult change, but one that the battalion's Soldiers have made with the same honor, pride, and commitment that have always made this unit great."

After casing the 2-123rd Field Artillery Battalion's guidon, Wise relinquished command of the battalion to Lt. Col. Krista Soria of Springfield, Ill.

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Soldiers with the 2-123rd Field Artillery Battalion post the units colors. (U.S. Army photo by Lt. Col. Brad Leighton, Illinois National Guard Public Affairs.) : http://app.readmedia.com/news/attachment/82414/_DSC0490.JPG
Lt. Col. Corey Wise (left), Commander of the 2-123rd Field Artillery, and Command Sgt. Major Anthony McCormick case the guidon of the 2-123rd Field Artillery Battalion symbolizing the battalion’s impe: http://app.readmedia.com/news/attachment/82413/_DSC0497.JPG


LECLAIRE CIVIC CLUB & Village of Port Byron LOUISIANA FLOOD RELIEF

The LeClaire Iowa Civic Center wants to help Louisiana's Flood Victims.  When Katrina struck the Civic Center sent 4 semis of needed emergency supplies from the Quad City area and we would like to do that again for Baton Rouge, Louisiana. 
The LeClaire, IA civic club will accept donations August 22nd-26th from 10am to 7pm daily at the civic center.  What is needed is in the attached list.  You can also drop off at any Blackhawk Bank & Trust locations during their normal business hours.  Large drop offs should go to LeClaire civic center.
Contact Dan Morrell 563-579-4126, LeClaire Civic Club or
Kevin Klute 309-798-4803, President Village of Port Byron
These items are needed to help the Louisiana flood victims.  Thank you for your donation!

Cleaning Products
Clean Rags
Dish soap
Disposable gloves              
Laundry detergent
Paper Towels
Buckets
Mops
Masks
Rubber gloves
Cleaning supplies
Chlorox

Clothing:  Women, Men, Children
New, unopened packages of underwear (adult & children)
New, unopened packages of socks (adult & children
Diapers
No other clothes accepted at this time

General
Boxes
Containers
Storage Totes

Non-Perishable Food
Canned goods
Bottled Water
Baby food & formula

Linens
Blankets
Pillows
Sheets
Towels/Wash cloths


School Supplies (due to local flooding in schools)
#2 Pencils
Glue Sticks
Pink Erasers
Washable Felt Markers
Scissors
Pencil Case
Pocket Folders
Lined Notebooks
Ruler
Crayons
Blue or Red Pens
Packets of lined paper
Reams of plain paper

Hygiene Products
Toilet Paper
Tissue/Kleenix
Soap
Shampoo
Deodorant
Toothpaste
Toothbrushes
Combs and hairbrushes
Feminine hygiene products (pads, tampons)
Mouthwash
Razors

Where to Find More Information:
On the Web:  leclairecivicclub.org
On Facebook: facebook.com/theleclairecivicclub

Donations will be accepted at the Iowa and Illinois Blackhawk Bank & Trust locations or LeClaire Civic Club – Drop off times to be announced.

Monetary donations can be made at Blackhawk Bank & Trust locations in both Iowa and Illinois. People wishing to make a donation  online go to  http://www.gofundme.com/2jtlzss


Stabbing at Leclaire Park

Life saving measures were performed but the victim, an adult male, died at the hospital. The name of the victim is
not being released at this time pending notification of family.
Two individuals have been arrested in relation to this incident and are being held in the Scott County Jail:
ï‚· William Crawford, age 42 of Davenport, has been charged with Murder in the First Degree and Willful InjuryCausing
Serious Injury.
ï‚· Durell Parks Jr, age 34 of Davenport, has been charged with Murder in the First Degree and Willful Injury –
Causing Serious Injury.
Detectives continue to actively work this case. No additional information will be released at this time so as not to
jeopardize the investigation.
Original:
On Thursday, August 18th, 2016 at approximately 2021 hours, Davenport Police responded to 400 W. Beiderbecke Dr
(Leclaire Park) in reference to a possible stabbing victim at this location. One subject was transported to the hospital
with potentially life threatening injuries.
Detectives from the Criminal Investigations Division are on scene and investigating the incident. Further information will
be released when it becomes available.
Anyone with information regarding this incident is encouraged to “DO WHAT’S RIGHT”, and call the Davenport
Police Department at 563-326-6125 or submit an anonymous tip via our mobile app entitled “CityConnect
Davenport, IA.”


Labor Force Drops Again


CHICAGO–The Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) announced today that the unemployment rate in July decreased 0.4 percentage points to 5.8 percent and nonfarm payrolls increased by +11,600 jobs, based on preliminary data released by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) and IDES. The decrease in Illinois’ unemployment rate is largely due to a decline in the labor force. Job growth is still below the national average, with Illinois -41,200 jobs short of its peak employment level reached in September 2000.

“We’ve seen growth in labor force participation over the last year, but over the last three months we’ve given too much of it back,” said IDES Director Jeff Mays. 

"A decrease in unemployment is concerning when it’s the product of people leaving the labor force or giving up on finding a job,” Illinois Department of Commerce Acting Director Sean McCarthy said. “We’re not growing enough jobs for everyone that wants to work. As a result of Illinois’ subpar job growth, every day more than 1,000 people give up looking for work. We owe it to these people to make our economy grow at a more competitive rate.”

In July, the three industry sectors with the largest gains in employment were: Education and Health Services (+5,400); Other Services (+4,200); and Leisure and Hospitality (+2,100). The two industry sectors with the largest declines in employment were: Construction (-2,700) and Financial Activities (-1,000).

Over the year, nonfarm payroll employment increased by +43,200 jobs with the largest gains in Leisure and Hospitality (+18,900); and Professional and Business Services (+13,800). Industry sectors with the largest over-the-year declines in July include: Manufacturing (-9,100) and Information Services (-3,000). The +0.7 percent over-the-year gain in Illinois is less than the +1.7 percent gain posted by the nation in July.

The state’s unemployment rate is higher than the national unemployment rate reported for July 2016, which held at 4.9 percent. The Illinois unemployment rate remains the same as a year ago when it was also 5.8 percent. The unemployment rate declined for the third consecutive month in July, as did the labor force and the number of people unemployed.

The number of unemployed workers decreased -6.4 percent from the prior month to 383,000, up +1.9 percent over the same month for the prior year. The labor force grew by +1.3 percent in July over the prior year, but decreased 0.5 percent over-the-month. The unemployment rate identifies those individuals who are out of work and are seeking employment. An individual who exhausts or is ineligible for benefits is still reflected in the unemployment rate if they actively seek work.

To help connect jobseekers to employers who are hiring, IDES’ maintains the state’s largest job search engineIllinoisJoblink.com (IJL). IJL recently showed that that 59,700 resumes were posted and 177,416 help wanted ads were available.


IRS Allows Moving Expenses

Some people that are required by their company to move in a job related situation may be able to claim some of those expenses off of their taxes.

Michael Devine with the IRS in St Louis says not everyone can but many people can deduct those expenses…

Devine adds that many Henry County residents have taken advantage of those deductions…


Shave For The Brave Gary Metivier

The Shave for the Brave campaign will be a part of the festivities at the Back Road Music Festival in Galva on Saturday.

Under that program, any volunteer can have a beard shaved off or long hair shorn with a corresponding fund raising effort with proceeds donated to the Honor Flight Program.

KWQC TV 6 News Anchor Gary Metivier has been growing a beard for the campaign and he talks about what it was like to grow his beard for the effort…

Gary adds that it was a bit of a chance encounter that got him involved with beard growing effort…

Gary has been involved with the Honor Flight Program for many years and he adds that it’s just his way of helping out…


Department on Aging presents 2015 Senior Hall of Fame Inductees & 2016 Outstanding Caregiver Award Recipients

Springfield – Today, the Illinois Department on Aging (IDoA) presented awards to the 2015 Senior Hall of Fame inductees and the 2016 Outstanding Caregiver award recipients. The department recognizes the special contributions made by older adults in the categories of community service, education, and the labor force, in regard to their employment as well as the compassion and dedication of caregivers throughout our state.

“We are pleased to acknowledge the contributions these individuals have made,” said IDoA Division Manager of Community Relations and Outreach Elizabeth Delheimer. “Their accomplishments have helped make Illinois communities a better place to live and we thank them for their dedication.” 

The Senior Illinois Hall of Fame was created by the Legislature in 1994 to honor Illinois residents age 65 and older for their personal achievement. Since then, 98 people have inducted into the Hall of Fame including the 2015 inductees. Each inductee is chosen through a statewide nomination and selection process. IDoA compiles a list of nominees then consults with the members of the Illinois Council on Aging to determine the winner of each category.

The 2015 Senior Illinois Hall of Fame inductees are:

Robert A. Saddler, M.Ed, Ed.D., 81, of Chicago, is the 2015 inductee of the Education category.  For nearly 60 years, Dr. Saddler has gone above and beyond to build a foundation of educational success for Chicago youth.  Dr. Saddler holds a doctorate in Education Leadership and supports several educational programs aimed at improving the lives of students and preparing them for college. He recently began a mentoring program for young men in 7th and 8th grade to provide moral support and academic guidance.  Through various volunteer initiatives, Dr. Saddler continues to instill his passion for education and commitment to helping students achieve success.

James Thomas Pioth, 68, of Oak Forest, is the 2015 inductee of the Labor Force category.  Pioth has worked close to 50 years for the Oak Forest Fire Department. He started out as a junior firefighter and soon became a full-time firefighter.  Early in his career he found a strong interest in the fire investigation unit, was a founding member of the fire investigation team, and was instrumental in establishing a yearly investigative training program. Pioth is a decorated firefighter who continues to contribute to the Oak Forest Fire Department and serve the residents of Oak Forest.

Martin G. Vilimek, 69, of Bridgeview, is the 2015 inductee of the Community Service category.  Vilimek has dedicated most of his life to volunteering. He is a retired firefighter who was instrumental in making Bridgeview the third community in Illinois to receive certification from the National Weather Service as a storm ready community. In addition, Vilimek has been a volunteer with the Masons and Shriners for more than twenty years, having won the Meritorious Service Award and volunteering at the Shriners Children’s Hospital. His other recognitions include the Community Leader Award for community involvement and civic duty and serving in various leadership roles.

The Outstanding Caregiver distinction is awarded to caregivers in five categories who have been exceptional in their service to their clients. The five categories for Outstanding Caregiver are housing facility, nursing facility, home health services, Community Care Program services and Older American Act services.

The 2016 Outstanding Caregiver Award recipients are:

Sandra Foster of Washington, IL—Sandra Foster is the recipient of the 2016 Outstanding Caregiver Award for a Housing Facility. She has been serving as a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) and Caregiver for Supportive Living in Washington, Illinois for over 30 years and celebrated her retirement last month. Sandra is passionate and extremely dedicated to her residents, always going above and beyond her expectations as a CNA to ensure residents are receiving the best care possible.

Sharon Rigler of Pekin, IL—Sharon is the recipient of the 2016 Outstanding Caregiver Award for Nursing Facilities. During her father’s residency at Timbercreek Rehab and Health Care in Perkin, Illinois, Sharon decided to go back to school to pursue a career as a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA). Upon the completion of her certification, she began serving as a CNA at Timbercreek and has continued to work there for the past ten years. She is incredibly loving, comforting and kind and has impacted the lives of countless individuals through her extraordinary work.

Geraldine Coleman of Melrose Park, IL—Geraldine Coleman is the recipient of the 2016 Outstanding Caregiver Award for Home Health Services. She has been serving as a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) and Life Enrichment Aid for the Supportive Living Community Victory Centre in Riverwoods, Illinois for nine years. Geraldine is extremely passionate about her work, always going above and beyond to provide residents with a comfortable and fulfilling lifestyle.

Carol Lane of Joliet, IL—Carol Lane is the recipient of the 2016 Outstanding Caregiver Award for Community Care Program Services. She currently works at Community Care Systems, Inc., in Joliet, Illinois. Through her service here, she has positively impacted and improved the lives of countless individuals. Carol recognizes the value of each of her clients and constantly strives to help them achieve their dreams, no matter how big or small.

Joyce Schweig of LaGrange, IL—Joyce Schweig is the recipient of the 2016 Outstanding Caregiver Award for Older American Act Services. She has been serving as a Chore Worker at Aging Care Connections since March, 2008 and has demonstrated exemplary work in her field. Providing 26 clients in their home with companionship and assistance completing household tasks, Joyce is unmistakably dedicated to improving the lives of not only those she serves, but every person she encounters in life as well.

About the Illinois Department on Aging
The Department’s mission is to serve and advocate for older Illinoisans and their caregivers by administering quality and culturally appropriate programs that promote partnerships and encourage independence, dignity and quality of life. For more information, call the Senior HelpLine at 1-800-252-8966 (or TTY for the hearing impaired at 1-888-206-1327), or log on to the website at www.illinois.gov/aging


Local American Red Cross Volunteers Assisting with Louisiana Flood Response

The American Red Cross continues to help thousands of people impacted by the flooding in Louisiana where the situation remains dire. More than 7,000 people remained in Red Cross and community shelters Tuesday night and thousands more are without power in hot, humid conditions.

Twelve volunteers from the American Red Cross Central and Southern Illinois Region are on the ground in Louisiana as part of the Red Cross response.

Volunteers from the Central and Southern Illinois Region currently deployed to Louisiana include: Mike McKnight, April Fisher, Diana Patten, Jerry Olden, Dave Stoner and Dan Luthi (virtual deployment) from the Central Illinois Chapter; Allyson Sutton, Pat Johnson, Jack Tumbleson, Judy Tumbleson and Liz Hungerford from the Quad Cities and West Central Illinois Chapter; John Lewis and Lenore Dellamano from the South Central Illinois Chapter.

Red Cross volunteers are helping with immediate needs such as providing safe shelter and hot meals for those affected by the devastating flooding. In the days to come, volunteers will be distributing emergency relief supplies such as comfort kits and cleaning supplies and providing health and mental health services.

Additionally, the Central and Southern Illinois Region is providing virtual assistance with both casework and volunteer registration. Virtual assistance allows volunteers to help provide critical services to those affected without having to travel to the disaster site.

Volunteers from the Central and Southern Illinois Region are part of a team working virtually to help register event-based volunteers—those individuals, in the affected area who are not Red Cross volunteers, but have generously offered to help the Red Cross.

“We have incredible volunteers who are willing to take time away from their own families and lives to help those in need,” said Lyn Hruska, Regional CEO for the American Red Cross Central and Southern Illinois Region. “We are so proud to have volunteers from our region provide support on the ground and virtually to help the people of Louisiana.”

Officials in Louisiana are reporting that more than 25,000 homes have been damaged affecting as many as 75,000 people. Many areas are still inaccessible and more rain is predicted which could lead to additional flooding. The Red Cross will be on the ground helping people for weeks and months to come as they get back on their feet.

The Red Cross urgently needs the public to join us in supporting Louisiana by making a financial donation today. Help people affected by the Louisiana Floods by visiting redcross.org, calling 1-800-RED CROSS or texting the work LAFLOODS to 90999 to make a $10 donation. Donations enable the Red Cross to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from disasters.


Iowa Improves on Offering "Smart Snacks" in Schools

The USDA said one-quarter of the calories eaten by kids come from snacks, but in this new school year, more of the snacks eaten at school won't be junk food. Iowa's ahead of many other states for making sure sweets, sodas and foods of questionable nutritional value are being replaced with healthier options in school vending machines and at snack counters. When the USDA first proposed itsSmart Snack regulations four years ago, the state was already working on similar guidelines. 

Carrie Scheidel, the team nutrition co-director with the Iowa Department of Education, said that helped make sure Iowa's in line with the now-final federal rules.

"They're required to implement these if they participate in the National School Lunch Program and in Iowa it is a requirement that all public school districts take part in the program," she said. 

The USDA said healthier snacks, specifically those under 200 calories and low in sodium, fat and sugar, lead to better academic performance.

Scheidel explained the final regulations make sure healthy snacks are available at all times, even during extracurricular activities.

"So in the past, schools would just turn their vending machines off during the school day and then they wouldn't have to worry about it," she added. "But now, you know, they want to have options for students that are there for practice or before-school practice. So then, those products do need to meet 'Smart Snacks.'"

She noted the rules are still providing a few worthwhile challenges. Some school districts have had to readjust when selling items made at snack counters or by students themselves.

"They are trying to explore some 'scratch' items that meet, and I know that comes with school stores that are selling things, and cooking clubs that are selling things," she said. "But it's just getting more creative, beyond just being able to sell a wide variety of things."

Foods and beverages sold during school fundraisers and not meant to be eaten at school are exempt under the Smart Snack guidelines.


Rep Bustos Obtains Funds For Headstart


ROCK ISLAND, IL - Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (IL-17) announced a $2,249,880 federal grant for West Central Community Services which provides Head Start educational support to children in Henderson, Knox and Warren counties. Head Start promotes the school readiness for young children from low-income families from birth to age five by enhancing their cognitive, social and emotional development. The grant was awarded through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.


“Every child deserves the opportunity to succeed which is why I'm so proud to announce more than $2 million in federal funding to help our children grow, learn and reach their full potential,” said Congresswoman Cheri Bustos.“Early childhood education is critically important in the development of young minds and Head Start is a proven way to make sure all of our children can get the support they need. These dollars will go a long way to help ensure that Henderson, Knox and Warren counties continue to be great places to raise a family.”


Family Planning Program

 

 

   The Henry County Health Department reminds area residents of their Family Planning clinic program.

 

    Through the family planning clinic program, the Health Department hopes to give women the information and means they need to plan pregnancies and make responsible decisions.  The program also hopes to detect other health problems early in their development so that clients can be referred to other health care providers for treatment.

 

    Clinics are held in Kewanee at the Health Department offices, Route 78 South.  Appointments, which are necessary, may be made by contacting the Health Department.

   

    The family planning program provides annual physical exams to area women, including a breast exam and pap smear.

 

    The clinic accepts medicaid payments and private pay.  A sliding fee scale, based on the client's income, had been established to assist low-income families to obtain services.  In addition, grant funds are available for those who meet certain eligibility requirements.

 

    In addition to contraceptive services, the clinic also offers pregnancy testing.  

 

    For more information or to schedule an appointment call the Health Department at (309) 852-5272 or visit our website atwww.henrystarkhealth.com 


Extension Webinar Series


The University of Illinois Extension Horticulture Team brings this FREE gardening series to your personal computer! Register now to take the Illinois Native Pollinators on August 23 at 1:30 or August 25 at 6:30 p.m.  When it comes to pollination, honey bees get a majority of the attention.  However, many insects play a role in pollination.  Join University of Illinois Extension Educator Ken Johnson as he discusses native pollinators.  Ken will discuss different native pollinators and how to make your landscape attractive to them. Register online atweb.extension.illinois.edu/hmrs/4seasons or call (309) 756-9978


Moffitt Legislation Signed Into Law

Legislation sponsored by State Representative Don Moffitt (R-Gilson) and signed into law by Governor Rauner during Veterans Day at the State Fair on Sunday will allow students an excused absence for sounding ‘taps’ at military honors ceremonies held in the State of Illinois for deceased veterans.

 

House Bill 4432 was inspired by Jack Bumann, a senior this coming year at Alwood High School in Woodhull, Illinois, in Henry County. Jack estimates that he has played at the funerals of about two dozen fallen soldiers.  Bumann suggested the legislation to Rep. Moffitt.  Bumann, who was in attendance at the State Fair Bill Signing Ceremony, described the significance of his involvement at military honors funerals, saying, “It really . . . it hits you when you hear it (“Taps”). You realize what it means and how many times it’s been played for how many different fallen soldiers. It's a big part of our nation’s history.”

 

“The most important reason for passage of HB 4432 was to help make available to any family mourning the loss of a soldier or veteran, the option of having ‘Taps’ played as a live tribute as opposed to a recording,” said Moffitt. “The signing of HB 4432 helps deliver an added level of honor and respect for the military person who has passed. Additionally, the playing of ‘Taps’ by a high school student at a military service is an excellent civics lesson for the student. It is a reminder that freedom is not free; it is only preserved by the service and dedication of our American soldiers.”


Wapsi Hosts The Amazing Cattail

On  Saturday August 27th at the Wapsi River Environmental Education Center, Learn about the amazing cattail which was used by native American Indians for making mats, decpys and dolls for their children.   Make your own mat and doll to take home.  You can call to pre register at (563)328-3286.  The Wapsi Center is located on 52nd Avenue, south of Wheatland, or north of Dixon, by following the signs.


Wet August

Since last Friday, most areas of Illinois have seen a lot rain. The exception being a few areas in west-central Illinois that missed the heaviest rain. Eric Schmidt of Newton, Il based EJS weather says we are well above average for August rainfall.

Last weekends rains were the remnants of a tropical system, the same system responsible for the record flooding in parts of Louisiana. Schmidt says this time of year is peak hurricane season, and these systems occasionally bring heavy rains this far North. Aside from tropical storms, Schmidt expects to see a couple more rain events this month that should take the corn and soybean crop right up to harvest.

Eric Schmidt of EJS weather.


Davenport Shots Fired

On Tuesday, August 16, 2016 at approximately 9:09 PM Davenport Police responded to the area of 3000
Harrison Street in reference to a shots fired call. Upon arrival into the area officers were directed by
witnesses to a residence where it was determined that a male subject fired several rounds outside at an
unknown target and then barricaded himself inside the residence. No injuries or damage was reported.
Officers attempted initial contact and determined that subject was in fact armed, very belligerent and
refused requests from officers to exit the residence.
Davenport Police Emergency Services Team (EST) with the assistance of Bettendorf Police Emergency
Response Unit (ERU) responded and contained the scene. Investigative units obtained a search warrant and
officers negotiated with the subject for several hours in an attempt to get him to exit the residence. Tactical
units introduced chemical agents into the residence which led to his exit and safe apprehension. No injuries
were reported.
Micha Mach, age 29 of Davenport, has been charged with Reckless use of a Firearm, Interference with
Official Acts and Carrying Weapons.
Anyone with information regarding this incident is encouraged to “DO WHAT’S RIGHT” and call the
Davenport Police Department at 563-326-6125 or submit an anonymous tip via our mobile app entitled
“CityConnect Davenport, IA.”


LeClaire Civic Center Flood Relief Project 2016

 

The LeClaire Iowa Civic Center wants to help Louisiana's Flood Victims.  When Katrina struck the Civic Center sent 4 semis of needed emergency supplies from the Quad City area and we would like to do that again for Baton Rouge, Louisiana.  We have contacted the Capital Area Flood Disaster in Baton Rouge and they have sent a list of emergency needs.  A fund has been set up at the Blackhawk State Bank in both Iowa and Illinois and you can go on-line to http://www.gofundme.com to also give monetary donations.   They will also be accepting drop off items.  You can drop off any items at the LeClaire Civic Center, 127 N Cody Rd, in LeClaire.  An informational meeting will be held at the Civic Center on Wednesday, August 17, at 6:00 pm.  For more information visit The LeClaire Civic Center face book page or the LeClaire Civic Center Website www.leclairecivicclub.org

 


Lawmakers Earmark Money For QC Airport


ROCK ISLAND - Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (IL-17) and U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) announced $900,000 in federal funding for infrastructure improvements and upgrades at Quad City International Airport. The grants were awarded through the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration. This project will fund Phase 2 of 2 to update outlying gates and secure areas.

 

“The Quad City International Airport is absolutely critical for our local economy and I’m proud to help announce these funds to improve it,” said Congresswoman Bustos. “By making investments in our transportation infrastructure, we’re ensuring that the Quad-Cities community is a great place to live, work and raise a family.”

 

“This is great news for the Quad Cities and the state of Illinois. Today’s funding will help pay for much-needed security upgrades at Quad City International Airport,” said Durbin. “Responding to the ever-changing safety needs of our state’s airports is critical, and I will continue working to make sure Illinois has access to the transportation and infrastructure grants that keep travelers and airport workers safe.”

 


MAP Amendment Update

The group that wants to overhaul the way the state of Illinois draws its legislative maps has presented its final written arguments to the Illinois Supreme Court. The Independent Map Amendment (IMA) coalition, which includes Illinois Farm Bureau (IFB), argues that a lower court’s ruling against the constitutionality of the redistricting reform amendment is contrary to:

* the intent of the drafters of the 1970 Illinois Constitution, and

* the plain language of the constitution’s provision allowing voters to propose amendments.

“If you read the debates of the constitutional convention, it is clear that the drafters created an amendment initiative process to allow Illinoisans to propose changes in critical areas where legislators have too much self-interest and would resist change,” said Dennis FitzSimons, chairman of the IMA group. “Legislators currently can draw district boundaries to help their own chances of winning the next election, making redistricting a prime example of legislative self-interest where citizens need to step in and propose reform. It is up to the Illinois Supreme Court to restore the democratic rights of Illinoisans and let voters decide whether to amend their state constitution.”

IFB, Illinois League of Women Voters and several other groups helped collect nearly 600,000 Illinois voter signatures to put the question to voters on the November ballot. A group that calls itself the “People’s Map’ filed a lawsuit against the proposal, arguing the amendment must be limited to structural and procedural subjects. Earlier this summer, a Cook County Circuit Court judge agreed.

“To remove partisan politics from the redistricting process, the commission selection process must be insulated from partisan politics,” FitzSimons said. “If that’s not permitted, it will be impossible to give voters the right to the citizen initiative process envisioned by the framers of the constitution.”

 


Shots Fired In Davenport

On Tuesday, August 16, 2016 at approximately 05:32 AM Davenport Police responded to 1800 Esplanade Ave in
reference to a shots fired call. Officers conducted a canvass and recovered shell casings at the scene. A house was
struck. No injuries were reported. Detectives from the Criminal Investigations Division are conducting follow up. No
further information is available at this time.
Anyone with information regarding this incident is encouraged to “DO WHAT’S RIGHT” and call the Davenport Police
Department at 563 326-6125 or submit an anonymous tip via our mobile app entitled “CityConnect Davenport, IA."


Illinois traffic fatalities expected to hit four figures

Traffic fatalities are on the rise in Illinois. Safety and insurance industry experts believe say Illinois traffic fatalities will pass the one thousand mark this year for the first time since 2008. The combination of higher speeds, more miles driven and an influx of young drivers are seen as aggrivating factors in boosting the roadway mortality rate. At last report, highway fatalities stood at 629 for the year. That's an increase of 50 from last year's total. The National Safety Council blames the move to the 70 mile per hour sped limit on rural interstates for the increase.


Moffitt-backed Veteran Bill signed into law during State Fair

Legislation sponsored by State Representative Don Moffitt (R-Gilson) and signed into law by Governor Rauner during Veterans Day at the State Fair on Sunday will allow students an excused absence for sounding ‘taps’ at military honors ceremonies held in the State of Illinois for deceased veterans.

House Bill 4432 was inspired by Jack Bumann, a senior this coming year at Alwood High School in Woodhull, Illinois, in Henry County. Jack estimates that he has played at the funerals of about two dozen fallen soldiers.  Bumann suggested the legislation to Rep. Moffitt.  Bumann, who was in attendance at the State Fair Bill Signing Ceremony, described the significance of his involvement at military honors funerals, saying, “It really . . . it hits you when you hear it (“Taps”). You realize what it means and how many times it’s been played for how many different fallen soldiers. It's a big part of our nation’s history.”

“The most important reason for passage of HB 4432 was to help make available to any family mourning the loss of a soldier or veteran, the option of having ‘Taps’ played as a live tribute as opposed to a recording,” said Moffitt. “The signing of HB 4432 helps deliver an added level of honor and respect for the military person who has passed. Additionally, the playing of ‘Taps’ by a high school student at a military service is an excellent civics lesson for the student. It is a reminder that freedom is not free; it is only preserved by the service and dedication of our American soldiers.”


Crow Creek Recreational Trail Closure

BETTENDORF: Beginning Wednesday, August 17 the Crow Creek Recreational Trail will be closed for repairs between Middle Road and the bridge over Crow Creek.  The work is anticipated to last approximately two weeks, weather dependent.  During this time, a 400 foot section of the trail will be reconstructed in addition to drainage improvements and surface restoration being provided.


Friends of MLK Meeting


 

Saturday, August 20, 2016 – 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. United Neighbors, Inc. 808 N. Harrison St., Davenport, IA
 

 

The Friends of MLK (FoMLK) are hosting an upcoming Quad City-wide, public meeting. During this meeting, there will be a layout of the upcoming activities planned for the future home of the Martin Luther King Interpretive Center and Plaza, located on the corner of 5th and Brady Streets and an opportunity for the community to lend their involvement in these endeavors.

 

December 2013, Rev. Rogers Kirk and Mayor William Gluba convened a small group to assist with finding community members to participate on a task force to determine the best way the City of Davenport could properly commemorate Dr. King’s legacy. Since that time, that task force has transitioned into a non-profit organization, with an exclusive purpose to empower and encourage the Quad City area to practice the civil and human rights for all races, colors, and creeds as exemplified by the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

 

Saturday’s meeting is free and open to the public.

 

If you have questions, please contact Pastor Roger’s Kirk at (563)324-2919 or Ryan Saddler at (563)570-5927 or send an e-mail to fomlk.davenport@gmail.com.


Bustos Taking Intern Apps


ROCK ISLAND – Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos announced that she is accepting internship applications for her offices in Rock Island, Peoria, Rockford, and Washington, D.C.

 

“Internships are an invaluable opportunity for young people from our community to learn more about the work we do on behalf of families across Illinois' 17th Congressional District,” said Congresswoman Cheri Bustos. “It’s also an opportunity to give back to our region and to become involved in public service. I encourage all those interested to apply for an internship in one of my offices today.”

 

Applicants for the Washington, D.C. office should send a resume and cover letter to Mike.Williams@mail.house.gov with “Intern Application” in the subject line. Applicants for the offices in Illinois should send a cover letter and resume toLucie.VanHecke@mail.house.gov with “Intern Application” in the subject line. Admissions to the internship program are rolling.


Dogtoberfest


BETTENDORF: Bring your best friend to Dogtoberfest, Sunday, September 18, 2016, from 2:00-5:30 p.m.  Enjoy the festivities at Bier Stube, 1001 Canal Shore Drive SW, LeClaire, Iowa. 

·       Free doggie bags for the first 150 households

·       Raffle and auction

·       Food/beverage available for purchase

·       Admission is free

·       Shuttle service available from Slagle’s

Proceeds benefit Crow Creek Dog Park. 

Rain date is Sunday, September 25, 2016.

 


Anti Gun Group to Protest In Geneseo


Advocates for reducing gun violence will demonstrate outside two local gun manufacturers as part of their cross-state Merchants of Death Protest Tour.

Lee Goodman, organizer for the volunteer group Peaceful Communities says  “The gun industry is making money by selling guns and ammunition that are causing enormous problems throughout our state and country, that industry should be held accountable for the damage its products are causing. If the gun industry had to pay for the damage it caused, as every other industry has to, there wouldn't be nearly as many accidental shootings, suicides, or criminals using guns, because the industry would have a financial incentive to produce safer products and conduct itself in a more responsible manner.”

In addition to holding the gun industry responsible for injuries, the protesters support a variety of proposals that would increase public safety, including requiring background checks for all gun purchases, bans on sales of military-style weapons to the public, increased enforcement of regulations on gun sellers, and greater restrictions on open and concealed carrying of weapons in public.

The group will be holding a protest this afternoon at the Springfield Armory in Geneseo from 2-3 and they will protest on Wednesday morning from 10 until 11 at Armalite in Geneseo.    

The series of demonstrations is the culmination of a summer-long campaign of protests. As the group travels across the state, it is also holding protests in Lockport, Coal City, Princeton, Oregon, and Geneva, Illinois.


Ghost Tales at the Colonel Davenport House on September 24

Kick off the Halloween season as the Colonel Davenport Historical Foundation presents "Ghost Tales" with spooky stories told by local storytellers on the grounds of the Colonel Davenport House on Arsenal Island at 7 p.m. on Saturday, September 24, 2016.

 

Admission for this family-friendly event is $6 for adults; $4 seniors; and 12 and younger/active military are free.  Enjoy the refreshments for sale.  Don’t forget to bring a lawn chair or blanket.  (Rain location: nearby picnic pavilion just east of the house.)  Come before the main event to get a complimentary guided tour of the Colonel Davenport House beginning at 5:30 p.m.

Attendees age 16 and older must show U.S. photo I.D. since the Island is a working military facility.  Please enter through the Moline gate.  For more information, visit www.davenporthouse.org.


RaggedTrotter the official after-party for River Roots Live 2016 at Daytrotter

 
Ragged Records and Daytrotter have once again joined forces with River Roots Live.

This year RaggedTrotter has moved to the downtown Davenport’s Daytrotter building and will be hosting the official River Roots Live after-party, just blocks from the River Roots festival.  As the music is winding down on the riverfront, things will be taking off at RaggedTrotter.

RaggedTrotter will feature live music from Nashville’s Chaos Emeralds, and Chicago’s Discoveries of the American Scientific.

DJ sets from the Quad Cities’ Just Let Go DJ’s.

Guest MC is Jon Burns of Centaur Noir.


The Peace in the Park School Supply Drive

The Peace in the Park School Supply Drive is underway, with two drop-off times at
Davenport Police Department planned ahead of distribution at the Fejervary Park event
on Aug. 20.
Davenport Civil Rights Commission and Davenport Police are seeking donations of basic
school supplies and new or gently used clothing. Police officers will be on hand for dropoff
times on Aug. 17 from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. and from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Davenport
Police Department, 416 Harrison St. The drop off area at the Police Department on Aug.
17 will be the north side of West 4th Street.
Schools supplies are currently being accepted at the Police Department from 7 a.m. to 7
p.m., during regular hours at Davenport libraries (Main Library, 321 N. Main St.;
Fairmount Street Branch, 3000 Fairmount St.; and Eastern Avenue Branch, 6000 Eastern
Ave.), River’s Edge, 700 W. River Drive from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., and United Neighbors
from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday and by appointment on Friday.
School supplies and clothes will be distributed at Peace in the Park, 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. on
Aug. 20 at Fejervary Park, 1800 W. 12th St. The event will also feature games, activities
and prizes. It is sponsored by Davenport Parks and Recreation, Davenport Civil Rights
Commission, Davenport Police Department, Davenport Fire Department, Davenport
Public Library, State of Iowa Youth Advisory Council and Quad-Cities Boots on the
Ground.
For more information, contact Civil Rights Commission Director Latrice Lacey at (563)
326-7888 or llacey@ci.davenport.ia.us.


“Lock Your Doors” Campaign

 

“Lock Your Doors” Campaign

 

The Rock Island Police Department announces the “Lock Your Doors” campaign reminding residents to lock the doors to their vehicles, homes, and garages to prevent thieves from entering and stealing valuables.

 

A recent crime trend involves suspects travelling to random residential neighborhoods where they target multiple unlocked vehicles, garages, and homes.  The vast majority of these burglaries involve “crimes of opportunity” in which thieves simply case neighborhoods, looking for unlocked vehicles and open garages.  The trend also reveals that the thieves are stealing vehicles during the commission of these burglaries, which they will utilize to travel from neighborhood to neighborhood or city to city, where they will commit another series of burglaries and abandon the stolen vehicle for another.  In all recent cases, each stolen vehicle has involved the owner leaving the vehicle unlocked and the keys in the vehicle.

 

In response to these burglaries, the Rock Island Police Department has been increasing foot, bicycle, and motorized patrols, conducting surveillance details, and canvassing neighborhoods with informational flyers to increase awareness.

 

The public can better safeguard themselves by ensuring their vehicle doors are locked when parked, removing all keys from inside of their vehicles, and securing any valuables out of view or in the trunk of the vehicle so as to not provide a better target for thieves. Additionally, be sure to call immediately if you see any suspicious subjects or activity to better allow for a prompt response.

 

If anyone has information related to these types of cases, please contact the Rock Island Police Department at 309-732-2677 or Crimestoppers at 309-762-9500.   

 

 


Zika

 

The Zika virus is spreading fear and alarm in some areas of the country and in particular that fear extends to pregnant women.

Zika has not been an issue in our general area as of yet and RaeAnn Tucker, Public Information Director with the Henry County Health Department says Zika has appeared in deep southern Illinois but no further north than that…

Ms. Tucker adds that controlling mosquitos is an all but impossible task but doing nothing is not a solution either…


Back To School Safety Tips

 

MOLINE, IL, August 11, 2016 — It’s almost time for the school bells to ring again and the American Red Cross has steps everyone can follow to help make the trip back to the classroom a safe one.

 

SCHOOL BUS SAFETY If children ride a bus to school, they should plan to get to their bus stop early and stand back from the curb while waiting for the bus to arrive. Other safety steps include:

·         Wait to board the bus until it has come to a complete stop and the driver or attendant has signaled to get on.

·         Tell children they should only board their bus - never an alternate one.

·         Always stay in clear view of the bus driver and never walk behind the bus.

·         Cross the street at the corner, obey traffic signals and stay in the crosswalk.

·         Never dart out into the street, or cross between parked cars.

 

GET TO SCHOOL SAFELY If children ride in a car to get to school, they should always wear a seat belt.

·         Younger children should use car seats or booster seats until the lap-shoulder belt fits properly (typically for children ages 8-12 and over 4’9”) and ride in the back seat until they are at least 13 years old.

·         If a teenager is driving to school, parents should mandate that he or she use seat belts. Drivers should not use their cell phone to text or make calls, and should avoid eating or drinking while driving.

·         Some students ride their bike to school. They should always wear a helmet and ride on the right in the same direction as the traffic is going.

·         When students are walking to school, they should only cross the street at an intersection. If possible, use a route with crossing guards.

·         Parents should walk young children to school, along with children taking new routes or attending new schools, at least for the first week to ensure they know how to get there safely. Arrange for the kids to walk to school with a friend or classmate.

 

WHAT DRIVERS SHOULD KNOW Drivers should know what the yellow and red bus signals mean and be aware that children are out walking or biking to school and slow down - especially in residential areas and school zones. Yellow flashing lights indicate the bus is getting ready to stop and motorists should slow down and be prepared to stop. Red flashing lights and an extended stop sign indicate the bus is stopped and children are getting on or off. Drivers in both directions must stop their vehicles and wait until the lights go off, the stop sign is back in place and the bus is moving before they can start driving again.

 

Parents should also make sure the child knows their phone number, address, how to get in touch with their parents at work, how to get in touch with another trusted adult and how to dial 9-1-1. They should also teach children not to talk to strangers or accept rides from someone they don’t know.


TeamIllinois Youth Police Camp Chooses First Female as Top Cop

 

Collinsville, IL – Officials from the Illinois State Police (ISP) announce the first female Trooper has received the Top Cop award from the TeamIllinois Youth Police Camp (TYPC).  Trooper Omoayena Williams was chosen by the camp cadets as the Top Cop.  

The TYPC is an annual week-long residency camp for young men and women from the Metro East area.  The camp is based on a military model of discipline and includes para-military drills, physical fitness, team building exercises, and other life enhancing skills.  The primary purpose of the TYPC is to establish interpersonal relations between youth and law enforcement through mentoring and encouragement.  The 2016 camp was the 11th annual TYPC.  It started on July 10, and graduation ceremonies were held on July 16.

Each year at the conclusion of the TYPC, cadets choose one counselor as the Top Cop.  The Top Cop is chosen because the officer is devoted to duty, and their leadership abilities set a standard of excellence for others to emulate.  Although it was only her first year volunteering as a counselor at the camp, Trooper Williams was this year’s recipient of the Top Cop award

“I wanted to volunteer as a counselor at the youth camp because I understand the importance of having mentors and positive role models for young men and women,” stated Trooper Williams.  “I also volunteered because I want to let today’s youth know that if they set their minds to it, they can accomplish their goals,” she continued.  

Trooper Williams was born and raised in Nigeria.  She attended the University of Chicago and received a Bachelor of Art’s degree in Human Development in 2009.  In September of 2010 Trooper Williams reported to the ISP Academy as a member of Cadet Class 118.  She graduated in March 2011 and was assigned to District Chicago patrol.  Trooper Williams and her family still currently reside in Chicago.  


Iowa's Sustainable Ag Needs Support Beyond Farmers Markets

More and more farmers markets are operating in Iowa and for many farmers, it's become a significant portion of their income. However, it isn't the only way for Iowans to get fresh, local, organic produce and sustainably-raised meat, eggs and poultry. 

After farmers markets close up in the fall, there are other avenues producers use to reach customers, said LaVon Griffieon of the Griffieon Family Farm near Ankeny.

"Sometimes they might sell through the Iowa Food Co-Op, which is an online ordering that has delivery to different cities around Iowa," Griffieon said. "Or, they might do on-farm sales."

About a third of the Griffieon's farm business is through farmers markets, she said. The rest is through these other means. For her family's business, it would be a big help if all the fans of their farm-fresh eggs made purchases beyond the farmers markets. She said in many cases, it's just as convenient to visit the farm.

"Our farm actually borders subdivisions on three sides. So, we don't live far from people's homes at all. But they don't make the trip," Griffieon said. "You know, you get 90 chickens, you're getting four dozen eggs a day and nobody shows up for a week, you've got 28 dozen eggs that you don't know what to do with."

But according to Griffieon, the growth in popularity of farmers markets in the state has been a great way for customers to get to know farmers and develop long-term relationships as customers.

"It has just grown and grown and grown," she said. "And 20 years ago, nobody would have thought that you could, you know, have this as a sideline for income, because it just wasn't a popular thing to do."

Farmers markets have grown nationwide by 50 percent in the last five years according to the USDA.


Women's Issues Missing from Social Security Reform Talks

Women's issues have largely been missing from talks about how to keep the Social Security program strong far into the future, some advocates say. This week, it will be one of the topics at a summit in Chicago.

Social Security is the primary source of income for about one-in-four retired women in Illinois. But the system faces serious solvency problems, and experts warn that if nothing changes, future retirees could lose up to $10,000 a year. Ryan Gruenenfelder, manager of advocacy and outreach at AARP Illinois, said retirement income options are limited, especially for older women who made career sacrifices early on to take care of their families.

"Women earn less money throughout their careers," Gruenenfelder said, "so they're likely to have gaps in employment due to childbearing and care-giving. And they live longer. So, that makes Social Security more important to them than men."

AARP will host the "Social Security and Women Summit," August 17th in Chicago. Financial and policy experts will discuss which reform options may be on the table in Washington.

According to The Social Security Administration, if lawmakers don't act, the fund could run dry by 2034. And as the November election draws ever closer, Gruenenfelder said, Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump should make Social Security reform a top priority on the campaign trail.

"The longer we keep putting this off, the harder it will be to make changes to the program," Gruenenfelder said. "If we start now, there is still 15, 18 years to implement those solutions."

According to AARP Illinois, Social Security helps about one-third of the state's retired women stay out of poverty.

For more information, visit aarp.org.


IL Workers Join First-Ever National "Fight for $15" Convention

Thousands of workers from across the country, including Illinois, have converged on Richmond, Virginia, this weekend to ramp up the fight for better wages and call attention to what poverty is doing to people of color.

It's the first-ever nationwide Fight for $15 convention, being held today and Saturday. 

Solo Littlejohn is a fast-food worker from Chicago, and a member of Fight for $15. He said even though he's working, he's still eligible for public aid due to wages of about $8 an hour.

"With a higher wage, this is something that we would no longer have to rely on and therefore, it would no longer cost taxpayers so much money," he said. 

Littlejohn is one of more than 100 Illinois workers who are in Virginia this weekend.

Organizers expect about 10,000 people from all 50 states to participate in the march and rally. Business groups, however, warn that higher wages could force employers to scale back jobs.

The former capital of the Confederacy was chosen as the site for the convention, to draw links between the crisis of today's falling wage floor and the effects it's having on working people of color.

Littlejohn sees it as one way to help minority voices reach a national audience.

"The Democrats, the Republicans, they've all had their conventions, and well, now it's the people's time to have a convention, for economic justice, we're going for racial justice, we're going for immigrant justice," he added. 

According to the National Employment Law Project, more than half of black and Latino workers in the U.S. are paid less than a $15 hourly wage.


Butter Cow Back Again

She’s back at the Illinois State Fair. The Butter Cow has returned for another year at the fair. The Showcase cooler that the cow spins around in says a tradition since 1922 but there are changes for this year. The sculptress is new, Sarah Pratt takes over for Sharon BuMann. Pratt’s first creation in Illinois is a 700 pound Jersey Cow.

You may not know that the butter used to make the cow is reused for years. But this new butter was donated. Pratt says that makes it a little more difficult to work with. In all she spent about 65 hours in the cooler creating the cow.


Appeals Court Reverses ICC on Rock Island Clean Line

An Illinois Appellate Court reversed an Illinois Commerce Commission decision to allow a private company to potentially string more utility lines across northern Illinois. Texas-based Clean Line Energy Partners sought to construct and manage power lines across northern parts of the state from wind energy in four states to the west. A lawyer with the Illinois Farm Bureau, Laura Harmon, explains why the organization and some other landowners sought to overturn the I-C-C decision on the so-called Rock Island Clean Line project;

Harmon calls it "a landmark decision" that could have implications for other proposed transmission and pipeline projects in Illinois.


Iowa Employers Can Benefit by Hiring People with Autism

About 8,000 Iowans have autism, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. But their advocates say it's hard to pin down exactly how many are available for jobs, because once they leave school, they're no longer tracked by the state, although it's estimated to be a significant percentage who want to work. 

Kris Steinmetz, who heads the Autism Society of Iowa, said with the right job, people with autism can flourish.

"A lot of people with autism have wonderful math and computer skills, actuarial scientists, people at NASA now, a lot of scientists have autism, and are doing wonderfully," she said. 

The Autism Society is hosting a free employment conference in West Des Moines today, so people with autism can meet prospective employers.

Steinmetz said it's important to not only help people with autism in their job searches, but to prompt employers to learn how they can best help a person with autism who becomes part of their team.

"Some of the things that they maybe need to be cognizant of is communication," she added. "How can there be some structure throughout the day and assist them? If something is bothering them, what can we do to assist with that? Who do they go to, to discuss that?"

Becky Harker, executive director of the Iowa Developmental Disabilities Council said events like today's conference are also important in providing encouragement.

"People with autism, family members, employers, the employment support people to really talk about, 'Look you can do it, and here's how you can do it, and here are employers and people with autism who actually have done it,'" she said.


Immunization Month

 

    The Henry County Health Department is announcing that August has been designated National Immunization Awareness Month.  The goal of National Immunization Awareness Month is to increase awareness about immunizations across the life span, from infants to the elderly.

 

    Sandy Sommer, RN Clinical Services Supervisor with the Health Department states, "August is the perfect time to remind family, friends, co-workers, and those in the community to catch up on their vaccinations.  Parents are enrolling their children in school, students are entering college, and healthcare workers are preparing for the upcoming flu season."

 

    Immunization is one of the most significant public health achievements of the 20th century.  Vaccines have eradicated smallpox, eliminated wild poliovirus in the US and significantly reduced the number of cases of measles, diphtheria, rubella, pertussis and other diseases.  But despite these efforts, today tens of thousands of people in the US still die from these and other vaccine-preventable diseases.

 

    Vaccines offer safe and effective protection from infectious diseases.  By staying up-to-date on the recommended vaccines, individuals can protect themselves, their families and friends and their communities from serious, life-threatening infections.

 

    Sommer adds, "Getting immunized is a lifelong, life-protecting community effort regardless of age, sex, race, ethnic background or country of origin.  Recommended vaccinations begin soon after birth and continue throughout life.  Being aware of the vaccines that are recommended for infants, children, adolescents, adults of all ages and seniors, and making sure that we receive these immunizations, are critical to protecting ourselves and our communities from disease."

 

    Because children are particularly vulnerable to infection, most vaccines are given during the first five to six years of life.  Other immunizations are recommended during adolescent or adult years and, for certain vaccines, booster vaccination are recommended throughout life.  Vaccines against certain diseases that may be encountered when traveling outside the US are recommended for travelers to specific regions of the world.

 

    The Health Department Clinical services staff reminds area residents that immunizations can be obtained through the Health Departments' clinic offices in Kewanee and Colona by appointment.  Please note, the Department has all required immunizations as private pay vaccines. Please call for eligibility, costs, and for vaccine availability.

 

     For more information on the Health Departments' Immunization program call the Department at (309) 852-5272 (Kewanee) 852-3115 (Stark) or 792-4011 (Colona) or visit our website at www.henrystarkhealth.com


IDoA hosts Senior Day at Illinois State Fair

 

Springfield  The Illinois Department on Aging (IDoA) will host a variety of activities for seniors, their families and friends during Senior Day at the Illinois State Fair. The event is open to the public and adults age 60 and older will receive complimentary admittance into the fair. A booth with additional information about IDoA and the programs and services it provides will also be available. Senior Day will be held beginning at 9am on Monday, August 15th.

 

When: Monday, August 15, 10:45 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

 

Where: Illinois Building, Illinois State Fairgrounds

 

What: Senior Day at the Illinois State Fair

 

· 10:45AM: Welcome & Introduction by Paul Palazzolo

      Remarks from Director Poe & Director Bohnhoff

 

· 11:00AM: Presentation of the 2015 Outstanding Caregiver of the Year Award to Sharon Rigler of Pekin

     and Sandra Foster of Washington.

 

· 11:05AM: NOT SO Newlywed Game – sponsored by Central Illinois Senior Celebration

 

o Cash prizes of $100 and $50 will be awarded to first and second place respectively

 

1:00PM: 2016 Illinois Senior Spelling Bee Finals – sponsored by Assoc. of Illinois Senior Centers &

   Humana

 

 

 

When: Thursday, August 18, 2 p.m. – 4 p.m.

 

Where: Illinois Building, Illinois State Fairgrounds

 

What: Grandparent/Grandchild – sponsored by Springfield Supportive Living

 

· Cash prizes of $150, $100, and $50 will be awarded to the first, second, and third place respectively

 


American Red Cross Issues Back to School Safety Tips

It’s almost time for the school bells to ring again and the American Red Cross has steps everyone can follow to help make the trip back to the classroom a safe one.

SCHOOL BUS SAFETY If children ride a bus to school, they should plan to get to their bus stop early and stand back from the curb while waiting for the bus to arrive. Other safety steps include:

·         Wait to board the bus until it has come to a complete stop and the driver or attendant has signaled to get on.

·         Tell children they should only board their bus - never an alternate one.

·         Always stay in clear view of the bus driver and never walk behind the bus.

·         Cross the street at the corner, obey traffic signals and stay in the crosswalk.

·         Never dart out into the street, or cross between parked cars.

GET TO SCHOOL SAFELY If children ride in a car to get to school, they should always wear a seat belt.

·         Younger children should use car seats or booster seats until the lap-shoulder belt fits properly (typically for children ages 8-12 and over 4’9”) and ride in the back seat until they are at least 13 years old.

·         If a teenager is driving to school, parents should mandate that he or she use seat belts. Drivers should not use their cell phone to text or make calls, and should avoid eating or drinking while driving.

·         Some students ride their bike to school. They should always wear a helmet and ride on the right in the same direction as the traffic is going.

·         When students are walking to school, they should only cross the street at an intersection. If possible, use a route with crossing guards.

·         Parents should walk young children to school, along with children taking new routes or attending new schools, at least for the first week to ensure they know how to get there safely. Arrange for the kids to walk to school with a friend or classmate.

 

WHAT DRIVERS SHOULD KNOW Drivers should know what the yellow and red bus signals mean and be aware that children are out walking or biking to school and slow down - especially in residential areas and school zones. Yellow flashing lights indicate the bus is getting ready to stop and motorists should slow down and be prepared to stop. Red flashing lights and an extended stop sign indicate the bus is stopped and children are getting on or off. Drivers in both directions must stop their vehicles and wait until the lights go off, the stop sign is back in place and the bus is moving before they can start driving again.

 

Parents should also make sure the child knows their phone number, address, how to get in touch with their parents at work, how to get in touch with another trusted adult and how to dial 9-1-1. They should also teach children not to talk to strangers or accept rides from someone they don’t know.

 

TAKE A FIRST AID CLASS Red Cross training can give someone the confidence and skills to help with everyday emergencies from paper cuts to school sports injuries. A variety of online and in-class courses are available at redcross.org/takeaclass. People can download the free Red Cross First Aid App (redcross.org/apps) for instant access to expert advice whenever and wherever needed.


Bettendorf Park Foundation is planning a Golf Cart Tour

The Friends of the Bettendorf Park Foundation’s Golf Cart Tour will be held on Monday, September 12, 2016.  The event will consist of a tour of Bettendorf’s Duck Creek Recreation Trail from Palmer Hills Golf Course to Devils Glen Park and back.

Palmer Hills Golf Course will provide golf carts, which will be used for transportation. Carts may be operated by a participant or a driver will be provided. Stops will be made at several sites along the way. The tours will be approximately two hours round trip and will depart at 10:00 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Parking for the tour will be at Palmer Hills Golf Course parking lot, 2999 Middle Road. There is no fee. Liquid refreshments will be provided. The tours are limited to no more than 70 people per tour.

Reservations are required.  Online registrations, phone registrations, and walk in registrations will begin on Friday, September 2, 2016.  To register online, go to www.bettendorf.org/register. Deadline for registration is 4:00 p.m. on Friday, September 9 or until full.

The rain date for the event is Tuesday, September 13.

For more information call Bettendorf Parks & Recreation at 563-344-4113. 


Ascentra Credit Union Robbery

On Thursday, August 11th, 2016, at about 9:10 a.m. Davenport Police Officers were dispatched to Ascentra
Credit Union, 1515 W 53rd St., Davenport, reference a robbery. A male subject entered the business, demanded
money from a teller, and fled on foot eastbound through the parking lot. No weapon was displayed during the
robbery and no injuries were reported.

This incident is actively being investigated by Detectives from the Criminal Investigations Division and no
other details are available at this time.
Anyone with information regarding this incident is encouraged to “DO WHAT’S RIGHT” and call the
Davenport Police Department at 563 326-6125 or submit an anonymous tip via our mobile app entitled
“CityConnect Davenport, IA.”


Staff Safe After Ascentra Credit Union West 53rd Street Davenport Branch Robbery

 

DAVENPORT – This morning, a robbery occurred at the Ascentra Davenport branch located at 1515 West 53rd St. The situation was effectively handled and everyone is safe. The incident is under investigation and more information will be forthcoming from local authorities.

 

The branch will resume normal business hours at noon today. Members are being asked to use any other locations in the Quad City area in the meantime.

 

“We are very proud of how our staff handled this difficult situation today and thankful that everyone is ok,” said Ascentra Credit Union President and CEO, Dale Owen.


Shooting in Moline Wednesday Night

 

Moline Police responded shortly after 10:00 PM Wednesday evening the 10th of August to the 300 block of 16th Avenue for a male suffering from a gunshot.

 

Responding Officers learned the shooting had taken place moments earlier in the 400 block of Railroad Avenue. The victim, a 20 year old Hispanic male, was shot while sitting in the vehicle and fled in an attempt to drive himself to the emergency room. The victim made it to the 300 block of 16th Avenue where he stopped and called 911.

 

The victim was transported to Unity Point Health Center in Rock Island by Moline Fire Department ambulance.

 

It appears multiple shots were fired at the victim’s vehicle as it sat in the alley in the 400 block of Railroad Avenue. The victim driver had two passengers with him; they are currently being questioned by Police. No other injuries were reported.

 

The investigation continues.

 

Anyone with information on this shooting can contact the Moline Police Department or if they wish to remain anonymous and receive up to $1000 cash they can call the Crime Stoppers tip line 309-762-9500.  


Bettendorf Doggy Splash


BETTENDORF: Bettendorf Parks and Recreation Department invites all dogs and their owners to this year’s annual Doggy Splash on Sunday, August 28. The event will be held at Splash Landing, 2220 23rd Street. This is a great opportunity for dogs to cool off and play in the pool.

 

Pool times include:

Dogs under 40 lbs swim from 10 a.m. until 10:45 a.m.

Dogs 41-70 lbs swim from 10:50 a.m. until 11:50 a.m.

Dogs 71 lbs and larger swim 12:00 p.m. until 1:00 p.m.

 

The cost for the event is $5 per dog/owner and $2 per spectator. 

 

Some rules for the event include:

·       Only one dog per owner.

·       All dogs must be registered and current on vaccines.

·       All owners must be at least 16 years of age.

·       All owners are responsible for cleaning up after their dog.

·       All dogs are expected to be on a leash until they are in the pool area.

·       No humans allowed in the pool.

 

The event will take place rain or shine. If there is severe weather, the event will be cancelled.

 

For more information, call 563-344-4113.

 


Illinois Department of Labor preparing for start of Illinois State Fair

 

Springfield—August 10, 2016. In anticipation of the kickoff of the Illinois State Fair, the Illinois Department of Labor is conducting routine inspections of all amusement rides and attractions today and for the duration of the fair. The Department is also launching two safety education exhibits—one focused on manufacturing and the other on agriculture. 

 

IDOL’s Amusement Rides and Attraction Safety Division inspects all rides and attractions that are open to the public at least once a year. Amusement Ride and Attraction Safety Inspectors conduct nearly 4,000 ride inspections at stationary parks, traveling carnivals or fairs throughout the state each year. The Department issues permits to operate only after an inspection determines the ride or attraction meets safety requirements.

 

            Illinois Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), a division of IDOL, is teaming up with Elgin Area School District U46 and Sandvik Coromant Productivity Center of Schaumburg to showcase workplace safety in the manufacturing industry. The engaging exhibit that is located in the Governor’s Tent highlights workplace safety tools with downloadable smartphone apps and hands-on protective gear. Metal cutting e-learning and other vocational training will also be promoted.

 

            For the interactive agricultural exhibit, IDOL is partnering with the U.S. Department of Labor OSHA and the Illinois Fire Service Institute to demonstrate tractor and lawnmower rollover rescues. To raise awareness of farm safety, the exhibit will allow fair attendees to participate in a simulated rescue of crash test dummy under an actual rolled over tractor. The IDOL Tent is next to the Illinois Department of Agriculture Tent and across from the Food-A-Rama.

 

            “Manufacturing and agriculture have long been the backbone of Illinois’ economy,” said IDOL Director Hugo Chaviano. “With these two educational exhibits, we hope to promote workplace safety both during the fair and long afterwards.”

 

For more information about the Illinois Department of Labor, visit the website at labor.illinois.gov. IDOL can also be found on Facebook at Facebook.com/ILDeptofLabor or on Twitter @ILDeptofLabor.


30th Annual Tug Fest Across the Mighty Mississippi River, August 11-13.

 

·  LECLAIRE, Iowa – The cities of LeClaire, Iowa and Port Byron, Illinois are preparing for their unique 3-day event that is unlike any festival in the USA. It’s called Tug Fest and runs August 11-13. This year, the Tug Fest was designated by Motel 6 as one of “America’s Top 6 Quirkiest Summer Festivals!” https://www.motel6.com/en/promo/festivals.html

                  Tug Fest includes live bands, carnival rides, great food, a grand parade, 5K/1mile runs, the greatest fireworks spectacular in the two-state area, and much more! What makes Tug Fest truly unique is the fact that it is the only Tug-of-War event in the country that spans two states and crosses the Mississippi River. LeClaire, Iowa’s theme this year is “Pullin’ Back the 80s”, and the “Tug for a Cause” proceeds go to Hand-in-Hand.

                  On the August 13 from 12:30-2:30pm, barge traffic and pleasure boats will yield the right of way to a 2,400 foot long, 680 pound rope that stretches across the river between the two towns. Eleven teams from each side compete against each other trying to gain advantage by pulling in the most feet of rope within 3 minutes. The town with the most winning teams receives the coveted “Alabaster Eagle in Flight” trophy and bragging rights for that year.

                  This year’s festival kicks off on Thursday, August 11 with Family Night and free admission to the LeClaire Levee area. For $20 you can purchase a wristband for unlimited carnival rides that evening. Friday, August 12 is the grand parade and fireworks spectacular, and Saturday, August 13 is all about tugging. Illinois leads the competition with 18 winning years over Iowa’s 11. Even the kids can get involved in the tugging during the Children’s Tug – registration is at 10am; tug is at 11am. An Arm Wrestling Tournament is NEW this year at Tug Fest! Men, women, and kids can compete at 4pm on Saturday, August 13. Registration can be found online at www.tugfest.com Admission to the LeClaire Levee is $5 on Friday and Saturday. Children under 12 are free.

                  For more information and a complete Tug Fest schedule, please visit: www.tugfest.com

                  Situated at the intersection of I-80 and Hwy. 67 just north of the Quad Cities, LeClaire offers a complete shopping and dining experience. Relax along the scenic streets of this historic river town that exudes turn-of-the-century charm. LeClaire has great events including First Friday, weekly Farmer’s Market, car shows, and the Tug Fest in August. Attractions include the Buffalo Bill Museum, Antique Archaeology - “Home of the American Pickers”, Wide River Winery and The Mississippi River Distilling Co. Nature lovers enjoy the scenery at Lock and Dam #14 - bald eagles in the winter and pelicans during the spring and fall. For more information: www.visitleclaire.com


Could Iowa Clean Water Rule Changes Increase Pollution?

In an emergency vote on Wednesday, the Iowa Environmental Protection Commission unanimously approved changes to the state's clean water standards. 

Before this decision, the Department of Natural Resources made sure any projects seeking permits to increase pollution to a waterway would have considered less-polluting alternatives. 

Susan Heathcote, Water Program director for the Iowa Environmental Council, says now, those alternatives can more easily be avoided.

"The environmental benefits will no longer need to be considered, and the decision will be made based on costs alone," she states.

The amended guidelines go into effect on Friday.

Heathcote says that kind of quick turnaround on a decision like this is unusual.

"Because these are adopted 'emergency,' they will be effective immediately," she points out. "So, they will start implementing them, which we consider that to be a little bit problematic."

Heathcote says because the previous standards incorporated input from environmental, business, industry and utility groups, they did a good job balancing economic and environmental concerns. 

And, although the standards have suddenly been ruled out, she says the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency could change them back.

"We're hoping that they're going to actually disapprove these rule changes," she states. "We've looked at the requirements under the federal regulations for anti-degradation implementation procedures, and we don't think this is in compliance with the federal requirement."

The Environmental Protection Agency is expected to make a ruling in the next 60 to 90 days.
 


DAVENPORT COMMUNITY SCHOOLS MOVES TO VoIP PHONE SYSTEM BUILDING PHONE NUMBERS CHANGING

Davenport, Iowa-One of the exciting changes coming to the Davenport Community Schools for the 2016-2017 school year is the district’s move from analog phone lines to digital VoIP communication technology. VoIP, commonly pronounced “voyp”, stands for Voice Over Internet Protocol, and allows voices to be transmitted over a digital network using the same protocols as the internet.

The key reasons for making this change are:

• Providing enhanced communications capabilities for our schools. A couple of the enhancements include:
o Full video teleconferencing within and outside the district. This feature will allow staff at various locations throughout the district to holding meetings and many professional development opportunities without travel time. It will also allow updated teleconferencing opportunities for classrooms giving students  access to more experts and speakers that might be of interest.
o Schools will have new public address system speakers in their hallways extending out to playground areas which will meet the new fire alarm codes and allow voice notification in place of an alarm sounding.
• While switching to VoIP ??? our communication abilities throughout the district, this move also provides a cost savings for the Davenport Community Schools. The district expects a first year savings of around $50,000 during the 2016-2017 school year. As all buildings are switched to this system, the annual on-going savings will increase.

The biggest change for Davenport Community Schools families and the community will be the change in our building phone numbers. Current building phone numbers are still working, however the district administration is asking that everyone begin using the new phone numbers as quickly as possible.  To download a list of the new phone numbers, please visit the Davenport Community Schools website at http://www.davenportschools.org/changes-in-district-phone-numbers-2016-2017/
 


52 ISC Fastball Teams Compete in ISC World Tournament in the Quad Cities - August 13-20

QUAD CITIES - On August 13 through 20, the Quad Cities will be serving up a field of exciting fastball action at the 2016 International Softball Congress (ISC) World Tournament at Green Valley Sports Complex - 5920 52nd Avenue in Moline, IL. 
Games begin on Saturday and the official Opening Ceremonies take place on Sunday at 5 p.m.  Championship games will take place at 2 p.m., 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. on Saturday, August 20.
The ISC is excited to celebrate its Platinum Anniversary in 2016 by holding the 70th Annual ISC Men's Fastball World Tournament in Quad Cities.  The first time they played in the Quad Cities was in Rock Island in 1961.  This year’s tournament marks the 15th time the ISC has played their World Tournament in the Quad Cities. Local area host teams for the tournament are Lamp Liter from Walcott, Iowa, and Dolan & Murphy from Aurora, Illinois.
A total of 52 teams from across the U.S. and Canada will compete in the tournament with players from around the globe including: U.S. – 300 players; Canada – 291 players; Argentina – 23 players; New Zealand – 23 players; Australia – 13 players; Venezuela – 7 players; Mexico – 5 players; Dominican Republic – 3 players; Czech Republic – 3 players.
“Our goal is to fill the Milt Hand Softball Complex with as many fans as possible to create an exciting atmosphere for the World Tournament Teams,” says Lynn Hunt, Quad Cities Convention & Visitors Bureau Vice-President of Sales. 
A Tournament Passes are available at the gate. Passes good for all of the 2016 games are $30 for adults and $20 for seniors 60+ and youth 11-17.  Single Day Passes are $6 per day and $4 for seniors 60+ and youth 11-17.  Kids 10 and under are free when accompanied by a parent or guardian.  All passes include FREE parking.
Thirty-six teams will compete in the ISC World Tournament games beginning on Saturday August 13 at 2 p.m.  Games will continue on Sunday at 1 p.m.; Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday games begin at 10 a.m. and run through 8 p.m.; Wednesday games begin at 11 a.m. and run through 8 p.m.  The Championship game will be played on Saturday, August 20 at 6 p.m.
Twelve teams will compete in the Legends Tournament featuring players age 50+.  The Legends Tournament will be played August 18 through 20 beginning at 10 a.m. through 8 p.m.  On Saturday, August 20, the Legend’s Championship game is at 3 p.m.
Four teams will compete in the ISC U-21 Tournament, players age 21 and under games will take place August 18 - 20, with play beginning at noon and going through 6 p.m.  The ISC U-21 Championship game is Saturday, August 20 at 2 p.m. 
Additionally, a tradition of the ISC is to host a Special Olympics vs. ISC exhibition game.  This will take place on Wednesday, August 17 at 5:00 p.m. The Special Olympic Team is from Monmouth, Illinois.
The ISC is a non-profit association for the promotion and administration of men’s and boy’s fastpitch softball throughout North America with athletes coming from across the world.  It is a speed game, where the pitchers gun the ball as fast as a speeding bullet.  Usually, the seven inning games are over within an hour-and-a-half. The ISC World Tournament is considered one of the most prestigious events in the sport. For more information about the ISC visit www.isc.com or www.iscquadcities.com.  This year’s tournament is sponsored Quad Cities Sports Commission, City of Moline, and Quad Cities Convention & Visitors Bureau.


THREE DOORS DOWN TO PERFORM AT ILLINOIS STATE FAIR ON AUGUST 21

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – Gregg Allman, who was slated to perform on Sunday, August 21, as a co-headlining act with ZZ Top, has cancelled his upcoming appearance at the Illinois State Fair citing serious health issues that require doctor’s care.

 

To enhance this final night concert, fair officials have announced the group Three Doors Down will perform on the Grandstand with ZZ Top on Sunday, August 21.   The band has sold over 20 million albums worldwide and has shared the stage with artists such as Daughtry, Megadeth, Nickleback, Lynyrd Skynyrd, and ZZ Top.

 

Current ticket holders do not need to do anything extra in order to attend this concert.  All tickets purchased and issued remain valid. 

 

Ticket holders who have purchased tickets through Ticketmaster, may reach out to Ticketmaster directly to request a refund due to Mr. Allman’s cancellation.  Their tickets will be voided upon refund approval, and Ticketmaster will issue the refund back to the credit/debit card that was utilized to originally purchase the concert tickets. 

 

Ticket holders who purchased their concert tickets through the Illinois State Fair Box Office may submit a form (located on ISF website or at Grandstand Box office), along with their unused tickets, to the address located at the bottom of the form.  Refund forms may also be dropped off at the Grandstand. 

 

PLEASE BE AWARE THAT ALL REFUND CHECKS WILL BE PROCESSED AS SOON AS POSSIBLE, AT THE CONCLUSION OF THE FAIR.  REGARDLESS OF ORIGINAL FORM OF PAYMENT, NO CASH REFUNDS WILL BE ISSUED AT THE GRANDSTAND BOX OFFICE.

 

Questions regarding refund policies can be directed to the Illinois State Fair Box Office at

(217) 782-1979


ISP Officer Training

 

ILLINOIS STATE POLICE CONDUCTS CRIMINAL DRUG INTERDICTION TRAINING ON I-80

Drugs and Cash Seized from Smugglers

LASALLE--Illinois State Police (ISP) officials today announced the results of a very successful Criminal Interdiction Training/Enforcement Operation held August 2-5, 2016.  Eleven Troopers from multiple ISP Districts conducted traffic stops while patrolling sections of the I-80 corridor.  They assisted 8 stranded motorists, issued 16 Citations and 127 Written Warnings, and made 6 arrests. 

 

The primary mission of the operation provided participating officers with criminal patrol training and experience for implementation into their own patrol strategies within their home districts. Officers were encouraged to ride with one another in order to share enforcement techniques and problem solving. Participating officers completed an assortment of traffic and criminal enforcement activity including:

 

Traffic Enforcement Warnings Issued: 127

Traffic Arrest Citations: 16

Scott's Law Violations: 1

Distracted Driving Violations: 4

Motor Carrier Safety Inspections: 9

Criminal Arrests: 6

Wanted on Warrant: 1

Driving While Suspended or Revoked: 4

K-9 Deployments: 23

Cannabis Seized: 42,195 Grams (92.9 Pounds)

Methamphetamine Seized: .5 Grams

United States Currency Seized: $222,116

 

“The goal of this operation was to train officers in criminal interdiction while making the roadways safer for the motoring public,” said ISP Colonel Tad Williams. “In addition to stopping several criminals in their tracks, the officers focused on the most common causes of personal injury and fatality crashes; Speeding, DUI, Seat Belt Compliance, and Distracted Driving.” 


Wildlife, Habitat, Fishing and Smokey Bear Highlight Family Fun at Conservation World during Illinois State Fair

 

SPRINGFIELD, IL – Free activities for children and families will give Illinois State Fair visitors a chance to sample the great outdoors in Illinois at Conservation World at this year’s state fair on Aug. 12-21 in Springfield.

 

Conservation World is a 30-acre park with grass, shade trees, and ponds located on the northwest corner of the Illinois State Fairgrounds. Conservation World is easily accessible through a pedestrian gate near the Junior Livestock Building, and via a state fair tram stop next to the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) headquarters.

 

“The tradition continues at Conservation World, with plenty to do for kids interested in spending time outdoors, and great ideas for families looking to spend time together,” said IDNR Director Wayne Rosenthal. 

 

Traditional free activities for youth at Conservation World include kids fishing clinics at the pond inside the Conservation World gate, with all bait and tackle provided; and, archery and BB gun practice ranges for youth that are hosted by IDNR shooting sports experts and safety education instructors and volunteers.

 

IDNR wildlife, fisheries and natural heritage staffs will host displays and answer questions about wildlife watching, fishing and hunting prospects, habitat enhancement projects, and programs that are available to assist private landowners. The IDNR Division of Education will help children learn about saving species, including monarch butterflies and pollinators. 

 

State fair visitors can purchase Illinois fishing and hunting licenses and learn about the duties of a Conservation Police officer at the IDNR Law Enforcement tent, while the Division of Forest Resources invites families to keep an eye out for Smokey Bear while talking with foresters about trees and tree care.  Experts from the Illinois Green Industry Association can answer questions on at-home habitats and landscaping from the IGIA gazebo at the center of Conservation World.

 

Daily fly fishing instruction and weekend Voyageur canoe rides are also free activities for all ages at Conservation World. Pick up the latest edition of the Illinois State Parks guide, and enter

 

to win an outdoor adventure package with purchase of a deer, turkey or morel lapel pin at the Illinois Sportsmen Against Hunger Information Tent.

 

Food and drink vendors at Conservation World will include southern Illinois’ famed 17th Street Barbeque, Vose corn dogs, ice cream, kettle corn, shaved ice, and homemade root beer.

 

Illinois State Fair admission includes free admission to Conservation World, which is open daily from 10 a.m. until 7 p.m. on Aug. 12 through Aug. 21. 


Silvis Main Street Announces 15th Annual Silvis Moonlight Parade & Festival

SILVIS, Illinois – Silvis Main Street is announcing the 15th Annual Silvis Moonlight Parade & Festival. The event will take place on Saturday, August 27.

The theme this year is “Honoring Our Heroes”, according to Silvis Main Street Director Christie Schilling.

“This year’s theme is about honoring those who have given their lives to serving others. We honor heroes like George Washington, Martin Luther King, Jr., and Mother Theresa, and we honor our Heroes of Hero Street, our veterans, our coaches, our police officers, our teachers, our firefighters, and even our moms and dads.”

SCHEDULE of EVENTS:

8:00 A.M.

Festivities begin with the Silvis 5K Home Run starting at Schadt Park.


2:00 P.M.

Craft vendors and Food vendors will open for customers.


2:00-6:00 P.M.

The Silvis Moonlight Cruisers will rev up the annual car show behind Frank’s Pizza at 711 1st Avenue.


3:00-7:00 P.M.

Sing along with our live band, “Crossroads”, at the 12th Street stage.


6:00-7:00 P.M.

The Kid Crew Dancing team will be performing.


7:00 P.M.

The Zinna Princess Crowning will take place.


8:00 P.M.

Step-off for the Best Lighted Parade in the Quad Cities.

Be sure to check out the Free Kids Zone with an obstacle course, a bouncy house, a petting zoo, free face painting, free games, and Balloon Art with Laura from Clown Around.

FREE SHUTTLE PARKING (two locations):

3:30-10:00 P.M.

PICK-UP at Walmart Parking Lot, DROP-OFF at Pro Build


5:00-10:00 P.M.

PICK-UP at Old John Deere Foundry, DROP-OFF at 9th Street, Silvis


Sen Grassley Helps Seniors

Sen. Chuck Grassley is pursuing solutions to the problem of humiliating social media posts of nursing home residents by nursing home workers.  The news outlet ProPublica has documented 47 incidents across the country since 2012 in which nursing home workers posted such photos of nursing home residents on social media.  Three of the incidents were in Iowa – in Johnston, Ames and Hubbard.  

 

Since Grassley became involved, the leading nursing home industry association responded to his letter and put out detailed guidance to its members about the social media abuse problem.  The inspector general of the Department of Health and Human Services alerted 50 State Medicaid Fraud Control Units to be increasingly aware of the problem and investigate allegations accordingly.  The Justice Department expressed concern, noting that protecting seniors from abuse is one of its highest priorities.  Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat also expressed concern.

 

Now, in perhaps the most significant development yet, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services put out a detailed memo to nursing home safety inspectors explaining that social media exploitation is a prohibited form of abuse.  Grassley made the following comment.

 

“This guidance is welcome and necessary.   Nursing homes are obligated under the law to keep their residents free from abuse.  Exploitation on social media is a form of abuse, and the agency memo makes that clear.  We need to prevent it, and we need to punish it when it happens.   I appreciate the emphasis on training for all staff who provide care and services to residents, as well as the need to report the abuse to law enforcement and to encourage staff to report abuse, and the requirement for State Survey Agencies to conduct compliance reviews to ensure protective policies are in place.   While the vast majority of nursing home staff will never exploit residents this way, the rules ought to be crystal clear across the board.   I’ll continue working on this problem with CMS, the Justice Department, the Department of Health and Human Services, the respective Inspectors General, the states, the nursing home industry, the social media companies and investigative media outlets such as ProPublica.” 


Newest Davenport Police Officers to be Sworn In on August 10

Please join us on Wednesday, August 10, 2016 at 5:30 PM at the Davenport City Council Meeting where Davenport Mayor Frank Klipsch will swear in the newest Davenport Police Officers. Four of them just recently graduated from a rigorous 13-week basic training program at the Iowa Law Enforcement Academy in Johnston, Iowa.
Police Officer Darrek Elwood
Darrek Elwood grew up in Northeast Iowa. After high school, he
graduated from Northeast Iowa Community College with an
Associate of Arts Degree. Darrek is a certified Emergency Medical
Technician with five years of experience. He worked for AREA
ambulance out of Cedar Rapids for two years and in the emergency
room at Gundersen Health System in LaCrosse, WI for three years.
While at the Iowa Law Enforcement Academy, he received the 300
Point Club Award for physical fitness. Darrek’s father, Darrell Elwood, will be pinning his
badge.
Police Officer Joel Griffin
Joel Griffin was born and raised in Moline, Illinois and graduated
from Moline High School. Following high school, Joel received an
Associate’s Degree from Black Hawk Community College and a
Bachelor of Science Degree in Law Enforcement and Justice
Administration from Western Illinois University in 2012. Joel spent
several years working as an independent contractor in different areas
of television production around the country. His grandfather, Robert
Griffin, Sr., will be pinning on his badge.
Police Officer Luke Figie
Luke Figie grew up in Sabula, Iowa. Before joining the Davenport
Police Department, he served in the United States Army as Military
Police for eight years with one tour to Afghanistan in 2010. He is
currently working towards a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice.
Luke’s father, Paul Figie, will be pinning his badge.
Police Officer Aurelio Enriquez
Aurelio Enriquez grew up in Moline and graduated from Moline
High School. Aurelio speaks fluent Spanish and learned German
while attending high school. He was inducted into the National
Honor Society in high school and Phi Theta Kappa while attending
Black Hawk Community College. He has an Associate of Arts
Degree and is currently pursuing his Bachelor's Degree in Criminal
Justice. Before being hired by Davenport Police Department, Aurelio
worked in loss prevention at local Kmart Stores in the Quad Cities
and worked detasseling as a seasonal job at Wyffels Hybrids.


Time To Vac the Kids

Back to school can also mean back to the doctor. The Illinois Department of Public Health wants mom’s and dad’s to pay attention to the changes coming to school vaccination programs. Assistant Public Health Director Don Kauerauf (CARE-OFF) says changes are here and you are better off to be prepared so no time is missed getting your kids enrolled in school.

Keep those records handy. Parents need to be able to show them to schools so kids cn be admitted and stay in school after they have had their shots.


Motorcycle Crash In Davenport Claims One Life

UPDATE: The name of the rider in this incident is Jason Woodford, 41 years of age, of Davenport.
Original Release: August 6, 2016
On August 6, 2016 at 01:12 a.m. Davenport Police, Fire, and Medic EMS responded to Brady St south of Lombard,
reference a single vehicle serious injury crash.
The crash involved a Harley Davidson motorcycle traveling north on Brady St, and the rider failing to negotiate the slight
curve in the roadway with the motorcycle leaving the roadway over the west curb.
The rider suffered serious life threatening injuries as a result of the crash and was taken initially to Genesis East Medical
Center, and later transferred to Iowa City Hospitals.
The rider's name is not being released at this time pending notification of family.
The Investigation is ongoing and is being conducted by the Davenport Police Traffic Safety Unit.


Food Safety Info

"HEALTH DEPARTMENT OFFERS TIPS ON FOOD SAFETY DURING A POWER OUTAGE!

 

    The Henry County Health Department notes that refrigerators and freezers are two of the home's most indispensable servants.  Therefore, when the power fails, or when the appliance breaks down, we often panic.  If your power goes out, knowing what to do with the food in your refrigerator and freezer can help you stay healthy.  The last thing you need after a weather emergency is a case of food poisoning.

 

    If your power fails, the Health Department reminds you that all need not be lost, and suggests the following hints to help you keep your cool.

 

    * If the power fails, always keep the refrigerator and freezer doors closed.  Never open them just to "check things out."  You'll lose precious cool air, and make matter worse.

 

    * If you choose to place ice in and around refrigerator items, make certain you also insert enough containers to catch what melts, and don't allow foods to sit in water for any length of time.

 

    Dorothy David, Health Department Director of Environmental Health Services, notes "An unopened full freezer will keep foods frozen for up to 2 full days.  If it's necessary to add ice to the freezer, make certain you handle it only with adequate ventilation and while wearing protective gloves." 

 

    David adds, "When power is restored, check all foods, fresh or frozen, to determine safety.  Discard any food that has a unusual odor, color, or texture, or feels warm to the touch.  Remember the saying, "When in doubt, throw it out."

 

    For more information of food safety, contact the Environmental Health Division of the Henry  County Health Department at(309) 852-0197.


Genesis Receives Recognition

Washington, D.C. – Aug. 8, 2016 - Genesis Medical Center, Davenport is a top-ranked community hospital in Iowa and in the region for the third consecutive year in the 2016-2017 U.S. News Best Hospitals rankings.

 

The annual U.S. News analysis of hospitals includes data from nearly 5,000 centers across multiple clinical specialties, procedures and conditions.  Scores are based on a variety of patient outcome and care-related factors, such as patient safety and nurse staffing.  Hospitals are ranked nationally in specialties and regionally in states and major metro areas. U.S. News assigns a rating to hospitals in a group of common procedures and conditions.

 

University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, an academic center, is the top-ranked overall hospital in Iowa. Genesis Medical Center, Davenport and UnityPoint St. Luke’s of Cedar Rapids shared the No. 2 ranking and were the top-ranked Iowa community hospitals.

 

Genesis Medical Center, Davenport was ranked as “high performing’’ in the clinical specialties of gastroenterology and gastrointestinal surgery, geriatrics and pulmonary.

 

Genesis was also ranked as “high performing’’ in five procedures and conditions. Those five are chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD); colon cancer

 

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2 – U.S. News Best Hospitals Recognizes Genesis Medical Center, Davenport 

 

surgery; heart failure; hip replacement; and, knee replacement.

 

“Recognition from an objective source like U.S. News is highly coveted,’’ said Jordan Voigt, president of Genesis Medical Center, Davenport.  “It takes a dedicated team of physicians, nurses and all staff who touch the lives of our patients to provide nationally recognized care.

 

“But the real benefit is not to Genesis but to the patients served by Genesis. This recognition considers quality of care, safety of care and excellent patient outcomes. We thank all of our staff, not only in Davenport, but in all areas of Genesis, for their commitment to patients.’’

 

U.S. News evaluates hospitals in 16 adult specialties.  In most specialties, it ranks the nation’s top 50 hospitals and recognizes other high-performing hospitals such as Genesis that provide care at nearly the level of their nationally ranked peers.

 

“A hospital that emerges from our analysis as one of the best has much to be proud of,” said Avery Comarow, U.S. News Health Rankings Editor.  “Only about 15 percent of hospitals are recognized for their high performance as among their region’s best. Just 3 percent of all hospitals earn a national ranking in any specialty.”

 

U.S. News publishes Best Hospitals to help guide patients who need a high level of care because they face particularly difficult surgery, a challenging condition, or added risk because of other health problems or age.  Objective measures and other data largely determined the rankings in most specialties.

 

Genesis Medical Center, Davenport was also recently recognized as the only 4-star hospital (5-star scale) in the Quad Cities by the www.medicare.gov and was recognized for the fourth lowest readmission rate in the country following heart attack by Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

 

For additional information about U.S. News Best Hospitals recognition, go to http://health.usnews.com/best-hospitals


School and Sports Physicals

With school set to start all across the area in the next week or two, parents might still be scrambling to get those last minute school and sports physicals for their children.

Appointment times are available in dwindling supply as the annual bottleneck hits but there is help available on the local level.

The Henry County Health Department can help out and RaeAnn Tucker, Director of Health Promotions says it’s only human nature to need an appointment at the last minute…


IDoA hosts Senior Day during the Illinois State Fair Complimentary admission for adults 60 years of age and older

 

Springfield  On Monday, August 15th, the Illinois Department on Aging (IDoA) will host a variety of activities for seniors, their families and friends during Senior Day at the Illinois State Fair. Events hosted by IDoA will be held in the air-conditioned Illinois Building located near the fairground main gate. Attendees 60 years of age and older will receive free admittance into the fair.

 

In addition to the Senior Day activities, IDoA will be holding a Grandparent/Grandchild contest on August 18th at2pm in the Illinois Building. Participants will be judged on resemblance, costumes, talent and interviews and cash prizes will be awarded.

 

“We always look forward to participating in the Illinois State Fair. Thanks to our innovative staff and partner agencies, our activities are the perfect blend of fun and informative. They provide families with an opportunity to bond over entertaining games while learning more about the various programs and services available to older adults and their families through our Department,” said IDoA Director Jean Bohnhoff.

 

Among the many events taking place on Senior Day, IDoA is bringing back some fan favorites, including the “NOT SO Newlywed Game,” where couples ages 50 and older test how much they really know about their spouse, and the Illinois Senior Spelling Bee State Finals, where regional Senior Bee champions from across the state will square off.

 

Director Bohnhoff will also present awards to two of our 2015 Outstanding Caregiver award recipients – Sharon Rigler of Pekin and Sandra Foster from Washington. Sharon and Sandra are being recognized for their exemplary work; their dedication to and compassion for their clients is a testament to their selflessness and character. IDoA is pleased to present Sharon and Sandra with a plaque and a personal letter from Governor Rauner acknowledging their contributions.

 

Seniors and their families are encouraged to take advantage of the free health screenings and assessments such as:

· Blood Pressure and Cholesterol Screenings offered by the Illinois Department of Public Health  Flu Clinic (Flu Immunizations);

· Memory Assessment provided by Center for Alzheimer’s Disease & Related Disorders at SIU School of Medicine;

· Cancer Risk Factors and Warning Signs Assessment conducted by Simmons Cancer Institute at SIU School of Medicine;

· Bone Density Screenings by the Memorial Medical Center Orthopedic Department;

· Stroke Risk Facts and Warning Signs Assessment provided by Memorial Medical Center Comprehensive Stroke Center;

· Sleep Apnea Screenings conducted by Memoria Medical Center Sleep Disorders Center; and

· Depression and Anxiety Screenings offered by Taylorville Memorial Hospital and Senior Life Solutions

IDoA also thanks representatives from our sister agencies, organizations and private companies who will provide information about services and programs available to older adults and their families throughout the entire fair, including:

· AARP

· Battery Specialists

· Fraternal Order of Eagles #437

· Healthy Home Store LLC

· Illinois Attorney General’s Office

· Illinois Department of Public Health

· Illinois Department of Veteran’s Affairs

· Illinois Lion’s Club

· Illinois Secretary of State’s Office

· Illinois State Beekeepers Association

· Illinois State Employees Association Retirees

· Illinois State Treasurer’s Office

· Kitchen Craft

· Oasis Senior Center

· Looking for Lincoln Heritage Coalition

· Memorial Health System – Human Resources Department

· Superior Products, Inc.

· U.S. Social Security Administration

· Watkins Home Products

Senior Day activities are sponsored by Central Illinois Senior Celebration, the Association of Illinois Senior Centers, and Humana; Grandparent/Grandchild contest is sponsored by Springfield Supportive Living. Some events require pre-registration; to pre-register or for more information, call (217) 524-6911 or (800) 252-8966.

 

More information about IDoA can be found by calling (800) 252-8966 (TTY 888-206-1327 for the hearing impaired) or by visiting www.state.il.us/aging.


Veterans Invited to Attend Employment and Resource Fair on August 16; Hosted by IowaWORKS

IowaWORKS is hosting a Veteran Employment and Resource Fair on Tuesday, Aug. 16 to assist current and former service members and their dependents with resume assistance, employment opportunities and resources.

The event occurs at the National Guard Armory, 3615 N. Brady St., Davenport. Resume assistance is available from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. followed by the Employment and Resource Fair from 1 to 3 p.m.

Forty employers and 20 resource agencies are scheduled to participate. Employers include: 3M, Archer Daniels Midland Company, Bureau of Prisons, City of Davenport, Iowa Department of Administrative Services (DAS), Data Dimensions, DES Employment Group, Don Hummer Trucking, Expert Global Solutions (EGS), Express Employment Professionals, Family Dollar Distribution Center, Good Samaritan, HON/HNI, Honeywell, Hy-Vee, I-80 Truck Stop, Jumers Casino & Hotel, Katun, Kelly Services, Kraft/Heinz, Letica, McCoy Group, Mercy Medical Center, MetroLink, Millwright, Performance Food Group, Professional Building Services, Rock Island Arsenal, Rockwell Collins, Straight Shot Express, TanTara, Temp Associates, UnityPoint, University of Iowa, Von Maur, Wells Fargo, & WIS International.

The event is a partnership of Home Base Iowa, IowaWORKS, Great River HR Association, and the National Guard Family Assistance Center. 

Home Base Iowa is a unique, non-profit private-public partnership that focuses on recruiting veterans and active duty service members for quality, well-paying private-sector jobs in Iowa. The Home Base Iowa Act provides the following incentives for veterans:
Military Pension Income Tax Exemption - fully exempts military pensions from state income tax.
Permissive Veterans Hiring Preference - allows veterans preferential treatment in hiring decisions for both public and private organizations.
Military Homeownership Assistance Program - provides veterans up to $7,500 toward down payment or closing costs of a home using the Iowa Finance Authority program.
Higher Education Incentives – provides automatic, in-state tuition to veterans, their spouse and their dependents.


Over $55 Million Economic Impact on the Quad Cities - It is a jam-packed two weeks in the Quad Cities!

August is playing out well for Quad Cities tourism.  From August 8-21, the region will experience a very large economic impact from events such as the John Deere Classic on August 8-14, the ISC Men’s Fastball World Tournament on August 13-20, and the Great River Tug Fest on August 11-13.  The Quad Cities Convention & Visitors Bureau (QCCVB) welcomes these visitors and tracks the impact the visitors at these events have on our local economy.

In fact, total hotel revenues for a running 12 months from June 2015 to May 2016 in the Quad Cities topped $100 million.

“The John Deere Classic has always been a great event for the Quad Cities and for Stoney Creek Hotel and Conference Center.  Historically, we’ve had great interest from our corporate clientele who utilize this event as an opportunity to host their own customers and employees throughout the week and the golf enthusiasts always fill in the gaps,” says Dan Hance, VP of Training & Development/GM Moline Stoney Creek and Stoney Creek Hospitality.  “It’s a win-win for the community with a property like ours, because these folks need a place to stay, to eat, to fill up with gas, and they always spend extra dollars in our local retail establishments as well!”

A recent study estimates that the John Deere Classic’s economic impact at $54 million.  Additionally, overlapping the John Deere Classic is the ISC Men’s Fastball World Tournament which brings teams and players into our area from around the world.  There will be over 500 players coming into the area from across the globe including the U.S., Canada, Argentina, New Zealand, Australia, Venezuela, Mexico, Dominican Republic, and Czech Republic.  The teams and fans for this tournament will have a $1.9 million economic impact.

Couple those two events with the 30th annual Great River Tug Fest with an economic impact of well over $200,000 and it makes for a jam-packed two weeks in the Quad Cities and an over $55 million economic impact on our local economy.

“It is well-known that during the week of the John Deere Classic hotel rooms can be at a premium.  But that impact continues with the many other events going on in the Quad Cities,” says Joe Taylor, QCCVB President/CEO.  “This all adds up to a lot of visitors spending money at restaurants, hotels, gas stations, stores, attractions, etc.  It also adds up to a lot of sales taxes that stay right here and benefit our local economy.”

For information on these events, go to www.johndeereclassic.com, www.iscquadcities.com, www.tugfest.com  or www.tugfest.org.


Mid Morning in the Cities Author Juliana Barbassa Live from the Rio Olympics

Author and Journalist Juliana Barbassa was my guest live from Rio De Janeiro on Mid Morning in the Cities on Monday. Juliana is the author of "Devil in the City of God" a book about Rio and the 2016 Summer Olympics and how so many leaders in Rio, Brazil and members of the International Olympics committee made promises regarding how the games would help the country and how empty those promises turned out to be. 


Grassley Seeks Answers on Why Department of Veterans Affairs Spent $20 Million on Art

 

WASHINGTON – Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa today asked the Department of Veterans Affairs why it has spent $20 million on art in recent years, despite backlogs for patient care.

 

“The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) was created with the aim of caring for those who have served to protect the United States, by honoring their faithful service and providing healthcare for the injuries sustained in that service.  The funds that are given to the VA are intended to further this goal and ensure that our nation’s veterans are properly taken care of,” Grassley wrote to Secretary Robert A. McDonald.  “Our veterans deserve the thanks of a grateful nation.  Recent media reports have cast doubt on the VA’s focus on our veterans.  Leaving hundreds of thousands of veterans on waitlists while spending so much money on artwork undermines the American people’s faith in the VA.”

 

Grassley cited the reporting of OpenTheBooks.com on Forbes.com, describing $20 million on high-end art between 2004 and 2014, with approximately $16 million of that spending occurring during the Obama Administration.  Projects included three separate installations and art consultants for $1,149,335 at the Palo Alto VA; a 27 foot Christmas tree for $21,000; at the San Francisco VA facility, $32,000 on “local image” pictures; at the Anchorage, Alaska, facility, sculptures and other pieces that totaled $195,000; and at the Palo Alto Polytrauma and Blind Rehabilitation Center, a sculpture and commissioned an exterior wall façade for $670,000.

 

“The money used for this art could have gone toward providing better care for our veterans,” Grassley wrote.  Grassley noted that since the revelations regarding the VA waitlists two years ago, an additional 39,454 new positions have been added to the department’s payroll.  “Yet, despite the very real backlog problem, only one in 11 of these positions are ‘Medical Officers,’ ” Grassley wrote.

 

Grassley asked the VA to explain the status of its rules for high-end art procurement, which it said would be changed in the future, including all relevant documentation, and an explanation of “the changes that will be instituted to ensure that this type of waste will not continue and provide an estimated timeline for implementation.”

 

He also asked for a description, for each VA facility, of the type of employee who ultimately has the authority to authorize the purchase of art, and an explanation of any checks and balances on these decisions.

 

Grassley also sought from 2004 to 2014, how much of the VA’s funds were budgeted for art purchases and how much was actually spent.  He asked whether the VA has looked into whether or not any rules, regulations, or laws were violated by the purchase of the art, and if so, for the conclusion, and if not, why not.

 

Grassley has a long, successful record as a taxpayer watchdog, including his co-authorship of the amendments improving the whistleblower component of the federal False Claims Act.  Those provisions have helped to return billions of dollars to the federal treasury that otherwise would have been lost to fraud.

 

Grassley has worked to improve veterans’ care, including mental health care.  This week, he led a letter from three senators to the VA Office of Inspector General seeking an accounting of what happened to an Iowa veteran who committed suicide after reportedly seeking VA care and not receiving needed services.


Golfing For Great Healthcare At Genesis

 

DAVENPORT, Iowa – Aug. 1, 2016 -- Every shot, good or bad, will benefit Quad Cities health in the 22nd annual Genesis Foundation Pro-Am Challenge on Aug. 22.

The Genesis Foundation Pro-Am challenge will be played at Davenport Country Club and TPC Deere Run, Silvis from 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Each group will be paired with an Iowa Section PGA professional.

There will be a $250 entry fee, which includes:

·        Greens and cart fees

·        Course refreshments

·        Entry gift

·        Lunch

·        Happy hour/awards reception

Pro-Am title sponsors include Lexus of the Quad Cities and Quad City Bank and Trust. 

Last year’s Genesis Foundation Pro-Am Challenge raised $156,635 to provide scholarships to students seeking futures in nursing and to current Genesis nurses seeking advanced degrees.  Patient outcomes improve significantly as educational level of patient care nurses increases.  This year’s event proceeds will once again benefit the Genesis Nursing Scholarship Program.

 

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2 – Golfing for Great Healthcare at Genesis

The Pro-Am Challenge raffle, which is open to the public, will feature prizes from Lexus of the Quad Cities and the J Bar.  There are 250 raffle tickets available, each costing $50. 

 

Lexus of the Quad Cities will be providing the grand raffle prize, a golf vacation of a lifetime; a trip for two to play in the Lexus Champions for charity national tournament , Dec. 7-11.  The trip includes airfare, pre-paid hotel, entry fees to the event and golf at Pebble Beach, Spyglass Hill and The Links at Spanish Bay. 

Raffle drawing will take place at the awards ceremony of the Genesis Foundation’s Pro-Am Challenge at Davenport Country Club. 

Other raffle prizes include a private party at the J Bar and a luxury car for the weekend provided by Lexus of the Quad Cities.  The Pro-Am Challenge will also have feature prizes, including a $10,000 putt-off, Lexus GS F Sport 3-year lease on Lexus par 3 holes and various door prizes. 

Last year’s Genesis Pro-Am challenge provided funding for 25 Genesis nursing scholarships.

"We're excited to continue our investment in current and future nurses,” said Missy Gowey, executive director of the Genesis Foundation.  “Since our scholarship program began, we've awarded well more than $1 million in nursing education and professional development.  The return on that investment is experienced every day by our patients, who receive the highest quality, most compassionate care from our talented nurses.” 

About the Genesis Foundation

The Genesis Foundation is dedicated to the care of those in need. The foundation provides charitable funds for programs to increase health and wellness to residents of the greater Quad Cities.

To register as an individual or foursome, or for more information on the Genesis Foundation  Pro-Am Challenge, call the Genesis Health Services Foundation at (563) 421-6861 or register online at www.genesishealth.com/give


Wildlife, Habitat, Fishing and Smokey Bear Highlight Family Fun at Conservation World during Illinois State Fair

 

 

SPRINGFIELD, IL – Free activities for children and families will give Illinois State Fair visitors a chance to sample the great outdoors in Illinois at Conservation World at this year’s state fair on Aug. 12-21 in Springfield.

 

Conservation World is a 30-acre park with grass, shade trees, and ponds located on the northwest corner of the Illinois State Fairgrounds. Conservation World is easily accessible through a pedestrian gate near the Junior Livestock Building, and via a state fair tram stop next to the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) headquarters.

 

“The tradition continues at Conservation World, with plenty to do for kids interested in spending time outdoors, and great ideas for families looking to spend time together,” said IDNR Director Wayne Rosenthal. 

 

Traditional free activities for youth at Conservation World include kids fishing clinics at the pond inside the Conservation World gate, with all bait and tackle provided; and, archery and BB gun practice ranges for youth that are hosted by IDNR shooting sports experts and safety education instructors and volunteers.

 

IDNR wildlife, fisheries and natural heritage staffs will host displays and answer questions about wildlife watching, fishing and hunting prospects, habitat enhancement projects, and programs that are available to assist private landowners. The IDNR Division of Education will help children learn about saving species, including monarch butterflies and pollinators. 

 

State fair visitors can purchase Illinois fishing and hunting licenses and learn about the duties of a Conservation Police officer at the IDNR Law Enforcement tent, while the Division of Forest Resources invites families to keep an eye out for Smokey Bear while talking with foresters about trees and tree care.  Experts from the Illinois Green Industry Association can answer questions on at-home habitats and landscaping from the IGIA gazebo at the center of Conservation World.

 

Daily fly fishing instruction and weekend Voyageur canoe rides are also free activities for all ages at Conservation World. Pick up the latest edition of the Illinois State Parks guide, and enter

 

to win an outdoor adventure package with purchase of a deer, turkey or morel lapel pin at the Illinois Sportsmen Against Hunger Information Tent.

 

Food and drink vendors at Conservation World will include southern Illinois’ famed 17th Street Barbeque, Vose corn dogs, ice cream, kettle corn, shaved ice, and homemade root beer.

 

Illinois State Fair admission includes free admission to Conservation World, which is open daily from 10 a.m. until 7 p.m. on Aug. 12 through Aug. 21. 


Davenport Police Investigating Two Sunday Shots Fired Incidents

Davenport Police are investigating a pair of shots fired incidents on Sunday. According to Davenport Police, the first incident happened just after 2:30 Am in the area of 2000 Belle Avenue where a residence had been struck by gunfire. Then at 3:55 Am shots were fired near the intersection Carey Avenue and Columbia Avenue where Police investigators recovered shell casings. There is no indication from police as yet whether the two incidents are related. If you have any information about either of the two incidents please contact Davenport Police at 563-326-6125.


Healthy Food Choices Flourish at the Iowa State Fair

With more than a million visitors expected at the Iowa State Fair, vendors will sell scores of hot dogs, cheeseburgers and ice cream cones. But healthier options are expected to once again be popular among fairgoers. 

State Fair organizers worked with the Healthiest State Initiative to improve Iowans' physical well being. According to Mindy Williamson, the fair's marketing director, officials seek out menu items that meet certain criteria. 

"Entrees that are less than 600 calories, less than 35 percent from total fat, and then less than 10 percent from saturated fat," Williamson said. "And then, they come in and they count sugar and sodium as well."

She said healthy items don't have to mean a sacrifice in taste. There are pork chops, tacos and a handful of dessert items that made the Healthy Choices list, posted at IowaStateFair.org.

That list also includes a new version of what is traditionally one of the most popular State Fair items.

"There are two corn dogs listed on our healthiest foods," Williamson said. "There's a veggie corn dog that's listed on there and then a shrimp corn dog that's also listed on there. So you can have one of our traditional favorites, but kind of in a healthy way."

And, in keeping with the portability and novelty of items like corn dogs, there is even a "salad on a stick," which easily made the Healthy Choices list.

"It's cherry tomatoes, fresh basil, mozzarella cheese, and then it has balsamic vinaigrette on it," Williamson said. "And also there's a version that has chopped lettuce on it as well."

The State Fair will run August 11-21 at the Iowa State Fairgrounds in Des Moines.


New Plan Aims to Save Lake Michigan Beaches, Habitats

The Lake Michigan shoreline along northern Illinois has a sand erosion problem that's hindering commercial shipping and threatening natural habitats, but there's a new plan to help. 

For about 200 years, man-made structures have been interrupting the southward drift of sand along the shoreline, and that's causing several problems, including the erosion of some the state's most scenic beaches. 

Towns along the lakefront have worked individually to try to stop the erosion, with only limited success. Ethan Brown, resilience coordinator with the Alliance for the Great Lakes, said his group and the state's Department of Natural Resources are working with north shore towns on a more coordinated plan.

"Places like Illinois State Beach Park, that beach front's been eroded quite a bit," Brown said. "And in places like Waukegan, with their harbor, a lot of that sand gets deposited into that harbor, which they have to dredge out. And all of these things cost a lot of money."

The new effort is called the Illinois North Shore Sand Management Strategy. One proposed solution is to take the sand from Waukegan harbor and shift it to the Illinois State Beach Park. But according to Brown, there are legal hurdles to cross before that can happen.

Brown said addressing those regulatory hurdles will be easier with a more regional, collaborative approach rather than each town going it alone. He said it's not just a north shore problem, as the region's natural resources provide benefits for the whole state.

"There's definitely an economic benefit to the entire region working together," Brown said. "And Illinois State Beach Park really is a statewide resource for tourism, for people to enjoy Lake Michigan and to feel like they're back in nature."

The sand management group will collect more data in coming weeks as they look at ways to overhaul current regulations. Their next meeting will be held in the fall - when they hope to talk with local policymakers.

For more information, visit dnr.illinois.gov.


Domestic economic growth has little impact on agriculture

Friday’s job report surprised the experts as 255,000 new jobs were created in July, well above expectations. Per hour income rose as well. With the stock markets sitting at or near record highs analysts hope overall economic growth may rise in coming months. But domestic economic growth doesn’t mean as much for agriculture. Farm Bureau Economist Mike Doherty says agriculture rises and falls due to worldwide economic and population growth.
Over the years, farmers have been able to increase production fast enough to keep up with growing demand, but with rising productivity, both in the U.S. and in other ag exporting countries, like Brazil and Argentina, we may be doing too good of a job.

Mike Doherty says we need to maintain improve our transportation infrastructure, especially river transportation, if U.S. farmers are to remain competitive with South America and other low cost production areas around the world. 


Illinois State Fair Twilight Parade Grand Marshalls named

Three Monsters of the Midway will blaze a trail to the carnival midway at the Illinois State Fair. Three members of the vaunted defense from the 1985 Super Bowl Champion Bears will not only perform on the Grandstand stage with their band the Chicago Six, they'll be honored at the annual parade. Dan Hampton, Otis Wilson and Steve "Mongo" McMichael have been named State Fair Twilight Parade Grand Marshalls. State Fair Manager Kevin Gordon says it will be a great experience for fans of the '85 champs....

This year's Twilight Fair Parade will step off 5:30 on Thursday, August 11th.


Springfield couple preparing to watch son compete in Olympics

Randy and Cheryl Held of Springfield have once in a lifetime travel plans. They are heading to Rio de Janeiro to watch their son Ryan compete for a medal Sunday in Olympic swimming competition. Ryan will compete in the 100 meter freestyle relay. Their son's Olympic berth is still sinking in....

Held recorded multiple state titles at a school better known for football, Springfield's Sacred Heart Griffin.

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The Helds are both medical professionals, working at HSHS St. John's Hospital in Springfield. With talk of Zika concerns as well as crime and polluted waterways, they believe the Rio experience will be a positive one...


UPDATE On The Man Who Fell From The Vehicle On Locust

.UPDATE: The name of the passenger in this incident is John Michael Dean Perry, age 20, of Viola, Illinois.
Original:
On Wednesday, August 3, 2016 at approximately 10:18 PM Davenport Police, Davenport Fire, and Medic EMS
responded to the area of West Locust St and Friendship Drive in reference to a passenger who had fallen out of a
moving vehicle. The vehicle was traveling westbound on Locust St. at the time of the incident. Live saving
measures were performed but the passenger, an adult male, was declared deceased up arrival at Genesis East.
The name of the passenger is not being released at this time pending notification of family.
The investigation is being conducted by the Davenport Police Department Traffic Safety Unit and the Criminal
Investigation Division. Further information will be released when available.
Anyone with information regarding this incident is encouraged to “DO WHAT’S RIGHT” and call the Davenport
Police Department at 563-326-6125 or submit an anonymous tip via our mobile app entitled “CityConnect
Davenport, IA.” 


Red Cross Saves Lives


The American Red Cross and its partners have saved at least 102 lives as part of its nationwide Home Fire Campaign to reduce the number of home fire deaths and injuries.

Since October of 2014, the Red Cross has worked with fire departments and community groups across the country as part of a multi-year campaign to reduce the number of home fire deaths and injuries by 25 percent; home fires remain the biggest disaster threat to individuals and families in the United States. This campaign is in direct response to that dire threat, with the Red Cross committing to install 2.5 million free smoke alarms in neighborhoods at high risk for fires, and to educate those residents about fire prevention and preparedness.

In the American Red Cross Central and Southern Illinois Region 14 lives have been saved because of the Home Fire Campaign, including the lives of 7 young children. To date, volunteers and community partners in the Region have installed more than 5,500 free smoke alarms, visited more than 2,000 homes and helped more than 1,600 families create home fire escape plans.

“Our mission at the American Red Cross is to prevent and alleviate human suffering caused by disasters and saving 102 lives nationally and 14 in our Region, is the ultimate realization of the that mission,” said Lyn Hruska, Regional Chief Executive Officer for the American Red Cross Central and Southern Illinois Region. “There have been 14 lives saved here in the Central and Southern Illinois Region because of the Home Fire Campaign. Recently a young family of six in Quincy, Illinois escaped their burning home less than 24 hours after volunteers installed smoke alarms and helped them create a home fire escape plan. It is difficult to think about what might have happened if those smoke alarms had not been installed that day.”

Hruska adds, “As the Home Fire Campaign continues, I know that even more lives will be saved as more smoke alarms are installed and educational efforts continue across the country and our region. We couldn’t do what we do without our volunteers and our committed partners, especially those in the fire service, and are grateful to them for their hard work in achieving this milestone.”

The Home Fire Campaign is informed by data from the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s U.S. Fire Administration, which hosts the National Fire Incident Reporting System. The System is the world’s largest, national database of fire incident information and contains information on over 75 percent of all reported fires in the U.S.

To support the campaign, the Red Cross referenced more than 740,000 records from FEMA’s home fire database and combined it with Red Cross data on fires. The Red Cross used that data to target outreach activities in neighborhoods with a higher risk for home fires. Two grants from the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Fire Prevention and Safety Grants program helped to fund the campaign, giving almost $3 million during the last two years.

“This campaign shows that we are not powerless when it comes to preventing home fires and protecting our families from fire-related fatalities,” said FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate. “Combining data with real world action to prepare for home fires, saves lives. We commend the American Red Cross and the community groups across the nation involved in this innovative effort for their work to make our communities stronger and safer.”   

Since the Home Fire campaign began, nearly 450,000 smoke alarms have been installed in all 50 states and four territories, and it has reached nearly 570,000 children through campaign youth preparedness education programs, such as The Pillowcase Project.

HOME FIRE SAFETY Most home fires can be prevented. Homeowners should avoid using items that can be hazardous, such as candles and space heaters – common items that can turn dangerous very quickly.

To help avoid a fire in the home, here are steps to take now:

· Install smoke alarms on every level of the home and outside each sleeping area, placing them on the ceiling or high on the wall.

· Put a smoke alarm inside every bedroom.

· Test the smoke alarms regularly. Install new batteries every year, or according to the alarm manufacturer’s instructions.

· Conduct a smoke alarm check for your loved ones. Make sure that older relatives, other family members and neighbors – particularly those with children – also have smoke alarms installed.

· Get new smoke alarms every ten years.

· Keep items that can catch on fire at least three feet away from anything that gets hot, such as sources of heat or stoves.

· Never smoke in bed.

· Turn portable heaters off when leaving the room or going to sleep.

 

PRACTICE YOUR DRILL You may only have two minutes to escape when a fire occurs, but most people mistakenly believe they have more than twice as long to get out. The Red Cross recommends that households develop a fire escape plan and practice it at least twice a year with everyone who lives in the home. People should know two ways to escape from every room and designate a safe place to meet outside the home in case of a fire. Discuss the plan with everyone in the household and practice until every member of your household – including children – can escape in less than two minutes.

 

RED CROSS APPS People can download the all-inclusive Red Cross Emergency app which combines more than 35 emergency alerts to help keep the user safe. And there is a special mobile app - Monster Guard - designed for kids, teaching them to prepare for emergencies at home by playing an engaging game. Users can find the apps in smartphone app stores by searching for the American Red Cross or going to redcross.org/apps.

 

WHAT PEOPLE CAN DO People can visit redcross.org/homefires to find out more about how to protect themselves and their loved ones from a fire. They can become a Red Cross volunteer. They can also help by donating to Red Cross Disaster Relief by visiting redcross.org, calling 1-800-RED CROSS or texting the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation. Donations to Disaster Relief will be used to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from disasters big and small.

 


Quad Cities Chamber Announces New Chief Economic Development Officer

Quad Cities) The Quad Cities Chamber of Commerce announced today that veteran economic development staffer Liz Murray Tallman has been named Chief Economic Development Officer for the organization, effective immediately.  The new role puts Tallman in charge of the development and oversight of all Chamber economic development activity, including business attraction, company retention and expansion, and entrepreneurial programming and support. She replaces Paul Rumler who left the organization in May to take a position with the Chamber in Grand Rapids, MI.   

 

Currently serving as the Chamber’s Senior Vice President Economic Development, Tallman joined the Chamber staff in 2009 after serving as Vice President of Public Policy with the Quad City Development Group where she focused on enhancing employment and development at the Rock Island Arsenal. Prior to this, she was employed by the City of Davenport for four years as an economic development program manager, creating financial incentive packages and protocols, administering the City’s loan portfolio, and leading efforts related to brownfield revitalization, enterprise zones and older commercial corridor redevelopment.  She also spent 15 years in various community and economic development roles at the Bi-State Regional Commission where she established working relationships with a wide array of local, state and federal government officials and agencies.

 

During her tenure with the Chamber, Tallman has facilitated a number of successful economic development projects that have added jobs, investment and tax base throughout the Quad Cities. Since the formation of the Quad Cities Chamber in 2009, Chamber staff has directly helped over 60 companies expand or relocate, resulting in over 6,000 jobs and $2.14 billion in economic impact. Most notably, Tallman was central to securing the expansion of Alcoa in 2011 and Kraft Heinz in 2015.   

 

Chamber CEO Tara Barney touted Tallman’s broad based experience in both the public and private sectors as a distinguishing factor in her selection.

 

“Liz has had a long tenure in community and economic development in the Quad Cities. She has worked for the Bi-State Regional Commission, the City of Davenport and the former Quad City Development Group. There is no one who has more perspective on how to support clients, coach fellow staff professionals and work as a professional colleague with our partnering organizations, communities, and stakeholders than Liz.  I can say with much certainty that the prospects and clients with whom she has worked are absolute in their praise for her style and capability.  Indeed, Liz has been the professional in charge for most of the deals we have closed since our inception,” said Barney.

 

Rick Seidler, President and CEO of UnityPoint Health – Trinity, is Chair of the Chamber’s Quad Cities First board that oversees regional marketing for business attraction.

 

“Liz has been an influential thought leader and strategist behind many past and current efforts to stimulate growth in the Quad Cities region,” said Seidler. “Her colleagues in and outside the Chamber have long admired her ability to take a complicated economic development project from start to finish. She has a rare combination of technical expertise and a well-established network of community contacts that enable her to navigate successfully for any companies with which she is working.”


Tallman expressed her eagerness to continue working on economic development projects while taking on the role of team leader.

 

“Economic development is my passion. I love working with clients and seeing new companies locate in the region and others expand their operations,” said Tallman. “I’m honored to have been chosen for this new leadership opportunity and I look forward to being a coach as well as a player in the industry and organization I love,” said Tallman.


ISP:Back To School Safety

East Moline, IL – Illinois State Police (ISP) District 7 Commander, Lieutenant Victor Markowski, would like to remind motorists that area schools will soon open their doors and begin the new school year.  The start of the school year means an increase in pedestrian and vehicular traffic around schools.

Motorists need to be watchful for children walking and riding their bikes to school and children darting out from between parked cars.  Motorists also need to be on the lookout for slowing and stopped school buses.  As parents drop off their children before school and pick them up after school, there will also be an increase in vehicle traffic during the morning and evening commute.  Extra travel time should be planned to allow for the increase in traffic.

Motorists are reminded to watch their speed in school zones and limit their distractions.  The speed limit in school zones is 20 m.p.h. and is in effect from 7a.m. to 4 p.m. when children are present.  Motorists should refrain from talking on cell phones in a school zone and are reminded that it is illegal to text while driving. 

Motorists approaching a stopped school bus with lights activated and sign extended must stop their vehicle before reaching the school bus.  Failure to do so can result in a $150 fine and the suspension of your driver’s license for three months.  Also remember that pedestrians have the right-of-way in a crosswalk.

“As a parent I know children are our most valuable resource and we must provide them with a safe learning environment for future success,” states Lt. Markowski, “We must do our part to ensure children are safe on the commute to and from their schools.”

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Help Protect Our Illinois State Parks Park Visitors Asked to Remove Trash, Stay on Trails, Refrain from Defacing Natural Features

SPRINGFIELD, IL – The Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) is appealing to Illinois State Park visitors to help park staff keep our parks clean and protect their unique natural features. Illinois State Parks receive millions of visits each year, and those visitors can tax the natural resources found within our parks and stretch park staff to the limit. Park visitors carrying water bottles, drink cups, food or other items should pack out those items when leaving the park as trash barrels are generally not available on trails.  Diapers and other waste should be disposed of properly.

 

“Our Illinois State Parks are economic drivers for the communities they serve,” said IDNR Director Wayne Rosenthal. “Please help us maintain them for future generations by removing your trash, staying on trails and not defacing natural features.”

 

A video highlighting trash and crowding issues at Starved Rock State Park can be found on the IDNR YouTube Channel:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bU8PmE0SnF8&spfreload=10

 

Illinois Conservation Police will strictly enforce the following safety rules:

 

Possession of alcohol on trails Entering restricted areas Hiking off trails Climbing rock walls and cliffs Swimming (where prohibited) Defacing natural features with paint or etchings Littering Being on trails after dark  

 

Before you go, check park and river conditions here: http://www.dnr.illinois.gov/closures/Pages/default.aspx

 

Park updates and unexpected closures will be announced on the IDNR Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Illinois-Department-of-Natural-Resources-101691346567146/

 

For more information about Illinois State Parks in your area, visit: http://www.dnr.illinois.gov/parks/Pages/default.aspx.

 

If you are interested in helping protect Illinois State Parks, park volunteers from Starved Rock State Park have established the My Illinois Park Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/myillinoispark/?pnref=story.unseen-section

 

For more information about Illinois State Parks in your area, visit: http://www.dnr.illinois.gov/parks/Pages/default.aspx.


Smarter Back-to-School Spending Tips for Tax-Free Weekend

To help with back-to-school shopping, stores in Iowa aren't charging sales tax today or tomorrow on select clothing items and shoes. That's a six to seven-percent savings, depending on where you live in the state. 

Jennifer Wolf is a single parenting expert who writes for the website About.com. She said it's tempting to buy as much as possible, but recommends doing a little research to avoid a common problem when shopping a sale.

"If the item would have been 20 percent off the week before or the week after, then saving that seven percent during the sales-tax holiday doesn't help you that much," she said. "So, I would say, the trap of thinking, 'This is the time to buy everything,' and over-spending or not sticking to your budget."

In Iowa, 17 percent of children live in families below the federal poverty level, earning $24,000 dollars a year or less, so the tax savings can be a big help. Clothing and shoes for everyday use, and that doesn't include items like specialized athletic wear, or accessories like watches and jewelry, are sold tax-free, today and Saturday.

Wolf also said even though we're in the "dog days of summer," it's a good idea to consider purchases that will be needed in the coming months.

"I always think, 'August, winter coats,' thinking ahead about those big-ticket items," she added. "But also, read the fine print because in Iowa, the sales-tax holiday applies to items that are less than $100 per item."

Also according to the U.S. Census Bureau, 27 percent of Iowa families are headed by a single parent. As an expert on the issues and challenges facing these households, Wolf said it can be helpful for these families to "team up."

"If you can, shop with a friend," she said. "You can keep an eye on each other's kids, and you can help each other be accountable to your budget, so that you're not overspending. And then, just know when to quit."

A complete list of the items being sold tax-free is online at tax.iowa.gov.


August Looks to Be Wet

The state saw a near record July when it came to rainfall and some communities had their wettest July ever. And the forecast isn’t changing for August. State Climatologist Jim Angel says that there are expectations of the wet conditions continuing.

Angel says temps should stay within normal ranges. Folks in the southern third of the state may see it a little warmer than average.


Road Updates Via Email Now

If you’ve ever been frustrated by road work on your normal drive to work you can start to know in advance of possible delays and projects. The Illinois Department of Transportation has a new “In Motion” program. It’s an automated email service that will send you a notice when work is scheduled in your area according to IDOT’s Brian Williamson.

If you want to sign up – go to the IDOT webpage or look up IDOT in Motion on your favorite search engine.


Benavidez Charged for Groping Female Joggers

John Benavidez has been charged in reference to two ongoing investigations being conducted by Davenport Police
Detectives. Both incidents occurred on May 27, 2012 approximately an hour apart. Benavidez is being charged with the
following:
ï‚· Assault with Intent To Commit Sexual Abuse for an incident which occurred in the 1900 block of W 3rd St
ï‚· Sex Abuse 2nd Degree for an incident which occurred in the 600 block of N. Howell St.
Benavidez remains in custody in the Scott County Jail. No other information can be released at this time so as to not
jeopardize these investigations.
Original Release: June 17, 2016
The Davenport Police Department and Bettendorf Police Department have made an arrest in a joint investigation
involving reports of female joggers being groped. On Thursday, June 16, 2016 this investigation led to the arrest of John
Benavidez, age 34, of Davenport after a female was assaulted in the area of 2300 W3rd St. Benavidez has been charged
with:
ï‚· Assault with the Intent to Commit Sexual Abuse
ï‚· Interference with Official Acts
ï‚· Drug Possession
On Thursday at approximately 6:30 AM detectives from both agencies were conducting surveillance in the area of 2300
W3rd St in Davenport. It is important to note the female in this incident was an undercover officer and was part of
the surveillance operation. After the assault a foot pursuit ensued and an officer injured his hand while taking
Benavidez in custody. He is being held in the Scott County Jail on a $20,000.00 cash bond.
This is an ongoing investigation involving both agencies. At this time there is no indication there is a connection to the
incident at Glen Armil Park which occurred on June 15th. which detectives are actively working. No other information will
be released at this time so as to not jeopardize these investigations.
Anyone with information regarding these incidents are encouraged to “DO WHAT’S RIGHT” and call the Davenport
Police Dep


Police / Community Crime Prevention Partnership

 

Police / Community Crime Prevention Partnership

 

Starting on Wednesday August 17th, 2016 at 6:00 pm, the Rock Island Police Department will begin hosting monthly meetings to provide information on crime data and police services available to the public. The meetings will be held in the Community Room at the Police Department (1212 5th Av) and will be approximately one hour in length.  The meeting will be open to all citizens and business owners in the City of Rock Island.

 

These educational meetings are intended to strengthen existing partnerships with the citizens of Rock Island so that we can continue to look at ways to prevent crime and improve our services to the community while maintaining open lines of communication. Pre-picked topics will also be presented at each meeting by members of the Police Department. Attendees are encouraged to provide feedback on issues and concerns they may have and to offer input on policing strategies in Rock Island. It is our hope that the structure of these meetings will facilitate conversations between the citizens and the staff, and help us continue to improve upon the services we provide while also sharing important information that will be of benefit to everyone.

 

Future dates, times and topics of the meetings will be posted on our Facebook page or by calling the front desk at 309-732-2677.


29th Annual Heartland British Auto Fest Returns to LeClaire Riverfront.

LECLAIRE, Iowa – The Quad Cities’ British Auto Club will have their 29th Annual Heartland British Auto Fest in LeClaire, Iowa on the Levee on Saturday, August 6th. This car show displays some of the area’s best examples of British cars from makers such as Jaguar, MG, Mini, and Triumph. DJ Greg Zirbes will be providing British Invasion Rock & Roll music and announcing prizes. The event goes from 9am-3pm with free admission for spectators. Show registration and car clean-up is from 9am to noon. Voting by participants must be completed by 2pm and the awards’ presentation is at 3pm. First and second place trophies will be awarded to all classes. Door prizes will be handed out throughout the afternoon to eligible entrants. For additional information, visit the Quad City British Auto Club website at www.qcbac.com , or contact the event chairman Jeff Brock, phone 309-342-1734, email brock9721@gmail.com , or contact the media chair Glen Just, phone 563-210-0489, emailglenjust@outlook.com .

            Find a complete list of LeClaire’s events at: http://www.visitleclaire.com/events.html

            Situated at the intersection of I-80 and Hwy. 67 just north of the Quad Cities, LeClaire offers a complete shopping and dining experience. Relax along the scenic streets of this historic river town that exudes turn-of-the-century charm. LeClaire has great events including First Friday, wine tasting, car shows, and the Tug Fest in August. Attractions include the Buffalo Bill Museum, Antique Archaeology - “Home of the American Pickers”, Wide River Winery, Green Tree Brewery, and the Mississippi River Distilling Co. Nature lovers enjoy the scenery at Lock and Dam #14 - bald eagles in the winter and pelicans during the spring and fall. For more information: www.visitleclaire.com

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LeClaire, Iowa - Contact Information

Cindy Bruhn, LeClaire Tourism Manager * 563-650-7963 * info@visitleclaire.com

Mailing Address: 325 Wisconsin St., LeClaire, IA 52753

LeClaire Information Center Address: 122 N. Cody Road, LeClaire, IA

563-289-4242 x61135 * www.visitleclaire.com


IFB And RFD At Il State Fair

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. — The Illinois Farm Bureau and RFD Radio Network will host the Illinois Master Showmanship Contest on Friday, Aug. 12, beginning at 7 p.m. in the Junior Livestock Barn on the Illinois State Fairgrounds.

The Master Showmanship Contest recognizes 4-H and FFA youth who have excelled at showing animals at their respective county fairs. The members will be judged on their handling of each of three species of animals: beef, sheep and swine. They also are quizzed by judges on their knowledge of animal husbandry and livestock production.

More than $8,000 worth of prizes donated by sponsors will be given away this year. A winner from each species will receive $100 and various prizes. Three top winners overall will receive $500, $300 or $200, a new showbox, Zero Gravity lounge chairs and various prizes. In addition, all participants will receive a t-shirt and prize for their hard work. Winners will be available for pictures and interviews following the award ceremony at the conclusion of the competition.

This year marks the seventeenth year for the contest. It was started by farm broadcasters in Illinois as a way to recognize outstanding youth and provide a state forum for the competition.


Illinois Loses Investment Income

Portfolio Reveals Millions in Missed Opportunity for Second Quarter
AnchorAnchorAnchorAnchorCHICAGO – The state of Illinois earned $7.9 million less in investment income in the second quarter of 2016 as a result of the year-long budget impasse, Illinois Treasurer Michael Frerichs said today. Despite the six-month budget plan signed onJune 30, the last day of the fiscal year, $31 million remains the projection for missed earnings for 2016.
“The damage is already done. Even though we still made money from our investments, one year with no budget created missed opportunity for our state,” Frerichs said. “We will continue to assess the impact and adjust our investment strategy as needed to minimize further damage and do what is best for Illinois residents.”
The state of Illinois earned $7.8 million less in investment income in the first quarter of 2016. Threats of unplannedfund sweeps and the need to pay court-ordered bills required the treasurer’s office to make short-term investments thatprioritized cash availability rather than longer-term, higher-yielding investment opportunities.
“A six-month budget deal is a step in the right direction, but falls short, making it difficult for Illinois agencies, organizations, and families to plan for the future,” Frerichs added. “I am hopeful that when the Governor and the General Assembly return to the table, they will put their non-budgetary items aside and focus on passing a full-year, balanced budget.”

With no budget in place for a full year, the treasurer’s office remains faced with a number of cash management and investment challenges. The treasurer’s office is responsible for managing the state’s investment portfolio, ensuring the liquidity, safety and diversification of investments, and producing earnings at or above industry standards.

While Frerichs’ office has increased the 30-day rate of return this year compared to last, the rate of increase has not keptpace with the overall market because of the move to a more cautious investment strategy as a result of the budgetimpasse.

During the budget impasse, the state increased its position in short-term, lower-yielding assets, such as overnightinvestments and money market funds, to ensure it had cash available in case of a multi-billion dollar fund sweep oranother court-ordered increase in billings. This disruption of normal investment activities cost the state about $2.6million per month, which represents money that would have been potentially earned if the state maintained its position inhigher-yielding, longer term investments such as treasuries and agency securities.

The analysis compares the state’s overall asset allocation and term maturities each month and compares to March 2015, pre-budget impasse.

About the Illinois Treasurer
The Illinois Treasurer is the state’s chief investment officer and Frerichs is a Certified Public Finance Officer. Heprotects consumers by encouraging savings plans for college or trade school, increasing financial education among allages, and removing barriers to a secure retirement. As the state’s Chief Investment Officer, he actively managesapproximately $25 billion. The portfolio includes $13 billion in state funds, $7 billion in college savings plans and $5billion on behalf of local and state governments. The investment approach is cautious to ensure the preservation of capitaland returns $28 to the state for every $1 spent in operations. The Treasurer’s Office predates Illinois incorporation in1818. Voters in 1848 chose to make it an elected office.


Home Care Advocates Claim Win as IL Overtime Restrictions on Hold

Gov. Bruce Rauner reversed course on a no-overtime policy for workers who care for people living with disabilities, and advocates say it's a victory.

The decision from the Illinois Department of Human Services came just hours before SEIU Healthcare Illinois planned to file a class-action lawsuit challenging the overtime limits on the Home Services Program. Disability-rights advocates, including Gary Arnold, public affairs manager with Access Living, said the restrictions could have left about 30,000 Illinois residents at risk of losing their in-home care providers.

"So, even if a personal assistant worked 41 hours, they would be issued one of these warnings," Arnold said. "We could have seen hundreds, if not thousands, of people get their third strike and get their termination notice."

Earlier this year, the federal government ruled that all workers deserve time-and-a-half pay for working more than 40 hours. According to the Associated Press, the state's Human Services department will seek a new overtime policy through the Illinois Legislature.

The governor's office claimed the state needed to tighten-up overtime pay to save money as Illinois continues to struggle financially. Arnold, however, said that cost-saving measures shouldn't come at the expense of some of Illinois' most-vulnerable residents.

"The answer's not to look to cut corners within in the Home Services Program," Arnold said, "but to invest in the program rather than institutional services. That's what's going to save money in the long run."

According to the Illinois Department of Human Services, a Kane County judge put the overtime rules on hold in July because the agency had not gone through the proper processes with lawmakers.


Davenport Police, FBI Part of Task Force Investigation Following Bomb Scare

Davenport Police, the FBI, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, are part of a joint investigation touched off by an attempt to serve an eviction notice in Davenport on Wednesday. According to Davenport Police, officers were serving an eviction notice at 600 Kirkwood Drive when officers discovered a suspicious item that prompted a call to the Quad City Bomb Squad just before 1 pm on Wednesday. The area was eventually deemed safe while Davenport Police entered into a joint investigation of the incident with Federal investigators. If you have any information regarding this case please contact Davenport Police at 563-326-6125. 


Davenport Police Investigating Death of Man who Fell from Moving Vehicle

Davenport Police are investigating the death of a man who fell out of a moving vehicle. According to Davenport Police, at approximately 10:18 Pm on Wednesday night ofifcers were called to the area of West Locust Street and Friendship Drive on report of a man who had fallen from a moving vehile. Davenport Fire and Rescue were on the scene and providing life saving measures but the victim eventually succumbed to his injuries. The name of the victim is being withheld pending notification of family members. Davenport Police are continuing to investigate the incident. If you have any information about this case please contact Davenport Police at 563-326-6125.


THE ILLINOIS STATE POLICE REMINDS MOTORISTS SCHOOL IS STARTING

Illinois State Police (ISP) District 7 Commander, Lieutenant Victor Markowski, would like to remind motorists that area schools will soon open their doors and begin the new school year.  The start of the school year means an increase in pedestrian and vehicular traffic around schools.
Motorists need to be watchful for children walking and riding their bikes to school and children darting out from between parked cars.  Motorists also need to be on the lookout for slowing and stopped school buses.  As parents drop off their children before school and pick them up after school, there will also be an increase in vehicle traffic during the morning and evening commute.  Extra travel time should be planned to allow for the increase in traffic.
Motorists are reminded to watch their speed in school zones and limit their distractions.  The speed limit in school zones is 20 m.p.h. and is in effect from 7a.m. to 4 p.m. when children are present.  Motorists should refrain from talking on cell phones in a school zone and are reminded that it is illegal to text while driving. 
Motorists approaching a stopped school bus with lights activated and sign extended must stop their vehicle before reaching the school bus.  Failure to do so can result in a $150 fine and the suspension of your driver’s license for three months.  Also remember that pedestrians have the right-of-way in a crosswalk.
“As a parent I know children are our most valuable resource and we must provide them with a safe learning environment for future success,” states Lt. Markowski, “We must do our part to ensure children are safe on the commute to and from their schools.”


Rauner Administration claims strike date set for AFSCME

The war of words between the Rauner administration and AFSCME continues. A Central Management Services official claims the union for the majority of state workers is threatening to fine them as much as 5-thousand dollars if they cross a picket line in the event of a strike. AFSCME is calling the claim “another groundless attack from the Rauner administration.” A memo from the labor relations deputy director for the Department of Central Management Services claims AFSCME has a strike date of September first, but the union says there is no strike date and they want to avoid a strike.


ISP Receives Accreditation

 

SPRINGFIELD – Illinois State Police (ISP) officials announced today the ISP was awarded with re-accreditation status by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA).   CALEA accreditation is a highly prized recognition throughout the law enforcement community and ensures the agency continues to serve Illinois residents with professional excellence.

 

The annual CALEA conference was attended by hundreds of law enforcement professionals from the United States, Canada, and Mexico, in Baltimore, Maryland, last weekend.  The Commission is responsible for verifying agencies have met the multitude of standards for re-accreditation consideration.  The ISP was awarded the prestigious Accreditation with Excellence Award, exemplifying the Agency’s dedication in maintaining the highest level of professional services to the public and criminal justice community.  The award also underscores the Department’s commitment to service and the accreditation process. 

 

“CALEA accreditation is a benchmark of the ISP’s commitment and readiness to keep the citizens of Illinois safe,” said ISP Director Leo P. Schmitz.  "This award illustrates the hard work ISP employees perform each and every day and their dedication to fulfill our public safety mission.”

 

Earlier this year, a team of assessors from CALEA examined all aspects of the ISP’s policies and procedures, management, operations, and support services to verify that the Agency met the Commission’s state-of-the-art standards. 

 

CALEA was established in 1979 as an independent accrediting authority by the International Association of Chiefs of Police, National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives, National Sheriff’s Association, and Police Executives Research Forum.  Additional information about CALEA and the accreditation process can be found on their website: www.calea.org.

 

This is the ninth consecutive accreditation status awarded to the ISP since the initial award on June 15, 1986.


Sen Grassley To Hold Town Meetings


WASHINGTON – Sen. Chuck Grassley will hold town meetings in Shelby, Harrison and Guthrie counties on August 10-11, 2016, as part of his annual 99 county meetings.

 

With these meetings, Grassley will continue his long-standing practice of holding meetings with Iowans in every one of Iowa’s 99 counties every year. Grassley has held a meeting in every county, every year since he was first elected to serve in the U.S. Senate. His question-and-answer sessions are open topic and cover whatever subjects those attending choose to raise.

 

“Representative government is a two-way street. I’m one half of the process and the people of Iowa are the other half. You can’t have representative government without dialogue between elected officials and the people we represent,” Grassley said. “I appreciate the opportunity to hold town meetings, answer questions and take comments from Iowans.”

 

Grassley will be available for 15 minutes after each meeting to answer questions from local reporters. The meetings are open to the public and media.

 

Grassley’s town meeting schedule for Wednesday, August 10, and Thursday, August 11, is as follows:

 

Shelby County

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

10:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m.

Shelby County Farm Bureau

908 6th Street

Harlan

 

Grassley will be available to answer questions from local reporters from 11:00 a.m.-11:15 a.m.

 

Harrison County

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

2:15 p.m.-3:15 p.m.

Main Street Station

303 Walker Street

Woodbine

 

Grassley will be available to answer questions from local reporters from 3:15 p.m.-3:30 p.m.

 

Guthrie County

Thursday, August 11, 2016

10:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m.

Guthrie County Hospital

Conference Room 710

North 12th Street

Guthrie Center


IL State Fair Launches Mobile App


SPRINGFIELD, IL. – Planning your trip to the Illinois State Fair just got easier with the release of a brand new Illinois State Fair mobile app.  Available for both Apple and Android devices, this new app has everything you need to plan your next trip to the state fairgrounds.  The mobile app is available at absolutely no cost!

 

The Illinois State Fair mobile app has information regarding every corner of the fairgrounds.  From Grandstand concerts to livestock show results and maps to help you find everything from parking, bathroom and barns, this app provides you with the tools you need to help you navigate your way around the state fairgrounds.  The app also contains other helpful tools such as a food finder, daily schedule of events, and a list of all the winners from competitions held at the Illinois State Fair.

 

“These days we do not go anywhere without our phones,” said State Fair Manager Kevin Gordon.  “This mobile app adds another level of convenience for fairgoers and will be offering a wealth of information for visitors to the Illinois State Fair.”

 

In addition, the new mobile app offers fairgoers some fun activities to take part in while at the Illinois State Fair. A scavenger hunt will take fairgoers around the grounds to different locations where they can unlock codes to win free prizes.   Also, you may want to start practicing your best selfie pose.   The new Illinois State Fair mobile app comes loaded with eight fun photo filters for you to post and share on social media platforms.   This innovation is yet another way the Rauner Administration and the Department of Agriculture are using technology to enhance the public’s interaction with government here in Illinois and make the experience more efficient.

 

Fairgoers who download the app will also have access to deals and discounts on the fairgrounds, the ability to buy tickets to concerts and other events, and take a self-guided tour of the various agriculture destinations on the fairgrounds. 

 

 

The Illinois State Fair app is the best way for fairgoers to stay in touch with everything going on at the fair and get the most out of every visit.   Start planning your visit by downloading the Illinois State Fair mobile app on your phone today!


Study: Big Savings for IL Building Owners from Clean Power Plan

Chicago is one of the world's most iconic city skylines, but a new report shows Illinois could do more to make those towering commercial buildings more eco-friendly - and save money in the process. 

New research from Georgia Tech's School of Public Policy estimated Illinois commercial building owners could save more than $100 million a year in power costs by 2030 if the state adopted President Obama's Clean Power Plan, or CPP. 

The EPA will hold a hearing Wednesday in Chicago about bringing parts of the plan to low-income communities. Kelly Nichols with Moms Clean Air Force of Illinois said her group will testify in support.

"I think that's an amazing resource to have for communities that are bearing the brunt of pollution, and also don't have the same kinds of resources as other communities," Nichols said. "It's very difficult to get solar panels on top of an apartment building, and this kind of a program makes it easier and more accessible."

According to the study, if Illinois apartment owners are able to adopt some of the CPP ideas - like installing rooftop solar systems - they could save more than $8 million a year.

Report author Dr. Marilyn Brown of Georgia Tech said the CPP goals would help reduce costs and pollution by setting federal limits on carbon emissions from power plants. She said that commercial buildings end up being responsible for about one-third of the carbon emissions from producing electricity.

"Most electricity is used to heat and cool and light buildings," Brown said, "and about half of that building's electricity goes to businesses. So, it's a really important source for climate mitigation, CO2 emission reductions. "

The CPP is on hold while it is challenged in the U.S. Supreme Court by 24 states; Illinois is not among them. Opponents of the plan argue that the EPA overstepped its authority by requiring a one-third cut in carbon emissions by 2030.


Golfing For Great Healthcare At Genesis

Every shot, good or bad, will benefit Quad Cities health in the 22nd annual Genesis Foundation Pro-Am Challenge on Aug. 22.
The Genesis Foundation Pro-Am challenge will be played at Davenport Country Club and TPC Deere Run, Silvis from 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Each group will be paired with an Iowa Section PGA professional.
There will be a $250 entry fee, which includes:
• Greens and cart fees
• Course refreshments
• Entry gift
• Lunch
• Happy hour/awards reception
Pro-Am title sponsors include Lexus of the Quad Cities and Quad City Bank and Trust. 
Last year’s Genesis Foundation Pro-Am Challenge raised $156,635 to provide scholarships to students seeking futures in nursing and to current Genesis nurses seeking advanced degrees.  Patient outcomes improve significantly as educational level of patient care nurses increases.  This year’s event proceeds will once again benefit the Genesis Nursing Scholarship Program.


2 – Golfing for Great Healthcare at Genesis
The Pro-Am Challenge raffle, which is open to the public, will feature prizes from Lexus of the Quad Cities and the J Bar.  There are 250 raffle tickets available, each costing $50. 

Lexus of the Quad Cities will be providing the grand raffle prize, a golf vacation of a lifetime; a trip for two to play in the Lexus Champions for charity national tournament , Dec. 7-11.  The trip includes airfare, pre-paid hotel, entry fees to the event and golf at Pebble Beach, Spyglass Hill and The Links at Spanish Bay. 
Raffle drawing will take place at the awards ceremony of the Genesis Foundation’s Pro-Am Challenge at Davenport Country Club. 
Other raffle prizes include a private party at the J Bar and a luxury car for the weekend provided by Lexus of the Quad Cities.  The Pro-Am Challenge will also have feature prizes, including a $10,000 putt-off, Lexus GS F Sport 3-year lease on Lexus par 3 holes and various door prizes. 
Last year’s Genesis Pro-Am challenge provided funding for 25 Genesis nursing scholarships.
"We're excited to continue our investment in current and future nurses,” said Missy Gowey, executive director of the Genesis Foundation.  “Since our scholarship program began, we've awarded well more than $1 million in nursing education and professional development.  The return on that investment is experienced every day by our patients, who receive the highest quality, most compassionate care from our talented nurses.” 
About the Genesis Foundation
The Genesis Foundation is dedicated to the care of those in need. The foundation provides charitable funds for programs to increase health and wellness to residents of the greater Quad Cities.
To register as an individual or foursome, or for more information on the Genesis Foundation  Pro-Am Challenge, call the Genesis Health Services Foundation at (563) 421-6861 or register online at www.genesishealth.com/give


Bustos to Continue 21st Century Heartland Tour with “Cheri on Shift” at Walman Optical

Wednesday in Milan at 10:30 AM, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (IL-17) will continue her 21st Century Heartland Tour by participating in a “Cheri on Shift” at Walman Optical, which established its branch in the Quad-Cities in 1972. Walman Optical is an employee-owned company (ESOP), which affords their staff a benefits plan that allows them to become owners of stock in the company. During her visit, Congresswoman Bustos will meet with the company’s leadership and employee-owners, as well as learn how to make a pair of glasses, including inspecting lenses, edging lenses for framing, and mounting lenses into the frame for final inspection.

Cheri on Shift at Walman Optical
Who: Congresswoman Cheri Bustos, Walman Optical leadership and employee-owners
What: Cheri on Shift
When: Wednesday, August 3rd at 10:30 AM
Where: Walman Optical, 1280 11th St. W, Milan, IL 61264
During the month of August, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos is embarking on a “21st Century Heartland Tour” to listen and learn about the challenges and the opportunities facing the hardworking men and women of Illinois’ 17th Congressional District.


Dress for Success® Quad Cities offers stylish, affordable clothing for a cause

Dress for Success Quad Cities invites the public to attend their next “Secret Summer Dollar Sale”
on Saturday, August 6
th from 2 p.m to 4 p.m. This is the only Dollar Sale to be held this year and
features new and “gently used” women’s apparel. Many items have never been offered before!
Most items are professional attire, but not all. Items for sale include women’s suits, separates,
coats, jackets, dresses, handbags, and more. The sale serves two purposes –
1. Private Sale is for low income women by invitation only by Dress for Success Quad Cities
and approved Referral Partner staff.
2. Public Sale on Saturday, August 6th from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. All items are only $1. Cash only.
It is also a rare opportunity for the public to visit the Dress for Success Quad Cities’ downtown
boutique. 100% of proceeds will benefit Dress for Success® Quad Cities – a local organization
that empowers women toward economic self-sufficiency.
About: Dress for Success® Quad Cities is one of more than 150 affiliates around the globe. The
organization’s goal is to empower women toward economic independence. Dress for Success
has served more than 850,000 women internationally by providing them with businessappropriate
clothing, job-search, mentoring, professional and career development tools and
programs.
Learn more, donate, and volunteer at www.quadcities.dressforsuccess.org .


Sec White Reinstates Sticker Notices

 

Secretary of State Jesse White announced today that his office has reinstated the mailing of vehicle registration reminder notices to Illinois drivers. To offset the cost of the mailings, White is drafting legislation allowing his office to offer advertising space on the mailings. In addition, White is urging the public to sign-up for email notices to further reduce mailing costs.

 

The Secretary of State’s office discontinued mailing reminders in October 2015 due to the lack of funding as a direct result of the state budget impasse. The stop-gap budget recently passed by the legislature and signed into law by the Governor allows White’s office to reinstate the notices.

 

“The notices are an essential tool for the public to be sure their vehicles are in good standing and avoid paying late fees and fines resulting from tickets issued by law enforcement,” White said.  “The driving public paid the price for the budget impasse and it proved to be an unfair burden. With the funds from the stop-gap budget the notices will resume. In addition, we are reducing the number of mailings and seeking alternative funding sources for the postage costs.”

 

“Although we are now able to reinstate mailing the vehicle registration reminder notices, I continue to strongly urge motorists to sign up for email reminders,” said White. “Saving taxpayer dollars is always a priority of our administration.”

 

White noted that more than 2.3 million people have registered for the email notification, 800,000 of which signed up since October 2015.

 

Vehicle owners can sign up for email notifications by visiting the Secretary of State website, www.cyberdriveillinois.com.  To register for the program, vehicle owners will need their assigned registration ID and PIN, which can be found on their current vehicle registration card.  If that information is not available, they can call the Secretary of State public inquiry division at 800-252-8980 to obtain the Registration ID and PIN. 


QCSO Tix Available

Earlier this year the Quad City Symphony Orchestra (QCSO) announced that this year’s popular Quad City Bank & Trust Riverfront Pops would change dates toSaturday, August 20.
 
The move was prompted by the unprecedented scheduling of a nighttime Iowa/Iowa State football game which would directly conflict with the event.  “We know much of our audience is Iowa/Iowa State fans,” said Benjamin Loeb, QCSO executive director, “so we decided to accommodate our audience desires and change the date to Saturday, August 20.  This should satisfy both fans of football and fans of the QCSO.”
 
“We weren’t sure what moving from the traditional date might have on ticket sales,” stated Brad Lewis, Director of Marketing, “but we’ve seen the highest early ticket sales pace for The Eagles Tribute with most of our advertising not yet even started.”
 
In advance of Quad City Bank & Trust Riverfront Pops the QCSO has successfully negotiated new collective bargaining agreements with the American Federation of Musicians Local 67 representing QCSO musicians and the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE) Local 85, stagehands for QCSO performances.  Josh Johnson, Players Committee Chair, shared “union musicians of the QCSO unanimously voted to accept a new three year contract that provides pay increases each year…that forged a new path for the Orchestra’s future.”  Benjamin Loeb, QCSO Executive Director, commented, “having three years committed gives the QCSO stability and predictability in our expenses…I am proud of the collegial and respectful tone in all of the negotiations.”
 
The 2016 Quad City Bank & Trust Riverfront Pops will feature The Eagles Greatest Hits!  An outpouring of disbelief and fond remembrances of The Eagles songs occurred earlier this year with the passing of founding member Glenn Frey.  The QCSO selectedThe Eagles Greatest Hits as a tribute to his superb song making.  The show will feature a long list of their greatest hits including Take it to the Limit, Desperado andHotel California.  As always, resounding versions of Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture and Sousa’s Stars and Stripes Forever will be set to a brilliant fireworks display.
 
Tickets are available at www.qcso.org or at any Quad City Bank & Trust location.  Tickets are no longer available at Whitey’s or Hy-Vee.  The youth orchestra will perform a pre-show at 5:30 p.m. 
 
Information, the complete program line-up and more details are available atwww.qcso.org.


ISP District 7 Activity for June

 

EAST MOLINE, IL (07-12-16) – Illinois State Police District Seven announced that during the month of June 2016, Troopers handled 1474 calls for service and assistance.  Of these calls, 187 were to help motorists whose vehicles were disabled on area highways.

 

          Criminal activities during the month included 4 persons apprehended for being wanted on outstanding warrants and 32 arrested for other criminal offenses.

 

          Traffic enforcement activities resulted in 230 drivers arrested for speeding and 93 cited for seat belt violations.  Driving under the influence arrests totaled 25, while 14 apprehensions for other alcohol related offenses were recorded.  Troopers issued a total of 572 traffic citations and 467 written warnings to motorists during the month.

 

          Troopers and weight inspectors issued 79 citations for overweight loads and issued 1 written warning for overweight violations.

 

          District Seven Troopers handled 43 traffic crashes within the four county area of Rock Island, Henry, Knox, and Mercer. There was 1 fatal crash handled by District 7 Troopers. 


Advocates Praise Gov. Rauner Signing Bills Protecting Women's Health

Some Illinois reproductive-rights advocates are claiming a win after Governor Bruce Rauner signed new laws aimed at improving women's access to health care. One of the new laws,House Bill 5576, requires that insurance companies in Illinois have to provide coverage for nearly all forms of birth control. That law goes into effect at the start of next year. Currently, coverage is limited to just a few options for contraception. 

Lorie Chaiten heads up the ACLU of Illinois' Reproductive Rights Project. She said women who have had to try out multiple forms of birth control have been negatively affected because of out-of-pocket costs and stress on their bodies.

"The insurance companies cannot make me wait months and months before I can get the contraception that my doctor said will be best for me in terms of my health and my well being, and in terms of avoiding unintended pregnancy," she said. 

The bill also requires insurance companies to provide 12 months of birth control at one time. The new law was opposed by anti-abortion groups. 

Rauner also approved a new amendment to the state's Health Care Right of Conscience Act. That move will now require Catholic hospitals to tell patients where they can get services that would go against church teachings. Chaiten argues the bill balances the needs of patients and religious health-care providers.

"Under our new law, patients will be told about all of their options, and then they will be able to make their own health-care decisions based on full information," she added. "Health-care providers who have religious objections to providing certain kinds of health-care services can continue to raise those objections."

According to the ACLU, Catholic hospitals provide more than a quarter of hospital admissions statewide. Chaiten said the new law will cut down on medical costs for both patients and the state by lowering the number of doctor visits.


Update: Davenport Police Make Arrest in Monday Morning Bank Robbery

Davenport Police announced on Monday afternoon that 38 year old Tosha Arnold has been arrested for the Monday morning robbery at the Northwest Bank and Trust location at 1454 West Locust Street. No other details are being released at this time. 

 

Davenport Police are investigating a Monday morning bank robbery. According to Davenport Police, a suspect entered Northwest Bank and Trust at 1454 West Locust Street just after 9 Am. The suspect indicated that he had a weapon though no weapon was seen. After being given an undisclosed amount of money the suspect fled in a vehicle traveling eastbound on West Locust Street. Davenport Police are actively investigating the incident and are asking anyone with any information to please contact Davenport Police at 563-326-6125. 


Mid Morning in the Cities National News Correspondent Bob Constantini on Presidential Debates

The Federal Election Commission has announced dates for this fall's Presidential and Vice Presidental debates and, not surprisingly, there is controversy. National News Correspondent Bob Constantini joined me on Mid Morning in the Cities today to discuss Donald Trump's objections to two of the debate dates which conflict with NFL games. Presidential Debates between Mr. Trump and Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton begin September 26th. 


Get overview of BHC health care career programs Aug. 23

Considering a career in health care? Not sure which program is right for you?

Come to an informational session Tuesday, Aug. 23 and learn about Black Hawk College’s short-term health care training programs.

Health Care Career Programs: An Overview will be from 4:30-6 p.m. in the new Health Sciences Center at the college’s Quad-Cities Campus in Moline.

Meet one-on-one with instructors and get brief overviews of their programs, such as Assisted Living Professional, Dietary Aide, EKG Technician, Health Care Receptionist, Medical Scribe, Mental Health Technician, Pharmacy Technician, Phlebotomy Technician and Physical Therapy Aide.

This is a FREE event, but registration is required. Call Black Hawk College Professional and Continuing Education at 309-796-8223.


Analog & Prince Arcades Present Ms. Pac-Man for a Cure: Breast Cancer Awareness Tour

Analog Arcade Bar and Prince Arcades are proud to announce the Ms. Pac-Man for a Cure: Breast Cancer Awareness Tour is coming to the Quad Cities.  A custom built Ms. Pac-Man arcade cabinet known as “Pinky Pac” was built and donated by Prince Arcades to raise breast cancer awareness and funding for the Breast Care Center at Amida Health, Bolingbrook Medical Center in Bolingbrook, IL. Art design and artwork was donated by Arcade Innovations.

“Pinky Pac” will be playable at Analog Arcade Bar from August 1 to August 15.  The game will be free to play; however, donations are encouraged to support the cause during its Midwest tour.

Remaining “Pinky Pac” Summer Tour Dates

·         August 1 –August 15th: Analog Arcade Bar, 302 Brady St. Davenport Iowa

·         August 19- 21: Bolingbrook Jubilee Carnival, Prince Arcades Arcade Tent

·         August 22-28: 8-Bit Beercade, Peoria,  IL

·         August 28 -31: Tokens & Tankards, Mount Prospect, IL

·         September 1: Foundation Auction in Bolingbrook


IRS Scam Info

Today’s world is unfortunately filled with scam artists and often times we think of scam artists that use the telephone to do their business.

But another form of scams occurs on the internet with bogus websites.

Michael Devine with the IRS in St Louis says website scams can be just as lethal as any other…

Devine also says that most people have a generous heart and wish to help others and the bad guys are also counting on that as well…


Legionnaires Found In Adams County

SPRINGFIELD - The Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs (IDVA) today announced that two residents of the Quincy Veterans’ Home have been diagnosed with Legionnaires’ disease. IDVA is working closely with the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH), the Adams County Health Department, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to determine where the residents acquired the Legionella bacteria, although a definitive source may never be identified. Senior administration officials with the IDVA, IDPH and Illinois Environmental Protection Agency are en route to Quincy to coordinate closely with veterans’ home, county and city personnel.

"We are very concerned about our residents and staff the Quincy Veterans’ Home and we are continuing to implement every necessary precaution to ensure the health and safety of all. That is our top priority," IDVA Director Erica Jeffries said. "As an additional precaution, we are halting all new admissions to the home."

The facility recently completed an extensive renovation of its plumbing systems in response to the 2015 Legionnaires’ disease outbreak. Renovation included construction of a water treatment plant capable of providing higher quality water for the home’s sensitive population. IDVA will continue implementing procedures to test for and flush any harmful bacteria from the plumbing system and is maintaining hot water temperatures at 150? F. Additionally, IDVA is in the process of engaging a consultant who is an expert on infectious diseases, including Legionella, to assist in the analysis.

Legionella bacteria grow in areas of warm water. Common water sources include decorative fountains, hot tubs, shower areas, and cooling towers. In order to be infected with the bacteria, a person must inhale contaminated water vapor. Legionnaires’ disease cannot be transmitted person-to-person.

IDVA will provide updates when additional information is available.


Summer Camp For Incarcerated Women

Springfield, IL)  --  The Illinois Department of Corrections continues to help incarcerated women build strong relationships with their children.  Nearly 50 children will be brought in to Logan and Decatur Correctional Centers to spend time with their mothers next week as part of the Mom and Me Summer Camp, which is being held from July 31st through August 3rd

The children will meet up at East Bay Camp near Bloomington on Sunday, where they will spend their evenings participating in activities that enhance their communication skills, strengthen their abilities to work as a team, and boost their self-esteem. StartingMonday, the kids will split up and head to the facilities where their moms are housed for daily activities. The children will return to the campgrounds each evening.

The camp started at Lincoln Correctional Center 15 years ago and falls in line with the Department’s mission to give incarcerated women the tools they need to become better parents. Maggie Burke, who oversees the IDOC’s Women and Family Service’s Division, says the camp is extremely beneficial when it comes to strengthening family ties, “Programs like the Mom and Me Summer Camp are the cornerstone to building bonds between a mother and her children. It’s a positive experience that helps keep families together and helps reduce the recidivism rate among female offenders.” 

The camp is in its 10th year at Decatur Correctional Center. Warden Shelith Hansbro says, “It’s an amazing opportunity for moms and their children to reconnect and participate in activities that allow them to focus on each other, learn more about each other, and grow together.”

Thirty-two children and 18 moms are expected to participate in the camp at Logan. Fifteen children and 11 moms are expected to participate in the camp at Decatur. And this year, a former camper, who participated in the program for several years while his mother was incarcerated, will be returning to volunteer as a cabin counselor.

The Mom and Me Summer Camp is a faith-based program funded entirely through private donations. The camp is for children ages 7 through 12 and would not be possible without the committed efforts of volunteers. This year, 60 volunteers will work with the children at the camp.


School Physicals

With the calendar page now turning to August comes the final reminder of the need for school physicals from the Henry and Stark County Health Departments.

RaeAnn Tucker is the Director of Health Promotions with the Health Dept and she says school will be starting in the next couple of weeks and they can still help out…

With lots of hot weather remaining comes the reminder that food safety, particularly when outdoor gatherings occur remains a priority…


Iowans Urged to Quiz Presidential Hopefuls on Social Security

Nearly one-third of people over age 65 in Iowa rely on Social Security as their sole source of income, and more than 60 percent depend on it for at least half of their income. 

A recent report from the Social Security Administration shows that the program will be in jeopardy without some changes, said Anthony Carroll, advocacy director for AARP Iowa.

"If nothing's done, in 2034 we'll face a 25 percent cut," Carroll said, "which could be up to $10,000 a year for some Iowans and Americans."

With both presidential nominees planning to campaign heavily in the state, Carroll said the issue needs to be a bigger priority, both for Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. And, he said, it's up to the people of Iowa to help make sure Social Security is top-of-mind.

"We're a battleground state," Carroll said. "For instance, Mr. Trump was just here last week; we expect Secretary Clinton will be here. So, we want Iowans to speak up and ask, 'Will you take action? Will you commit to lead on Social Security with a plan to update it?'"

Even though both candidates have Social Security plans in place, Carroll said the issue hasn't been a large enough part of either of their campaigns.

"We know this is going to be a challenge," he said. "It's easy to get people saying how important Social Security is. It's another thing to get a commitment from the leadership, whoever our next president is, to having a plan and acting on that plan, working with Congress to make sure Social Security's updated."

AARP tracks to two candidates' mentions of Social Security and posts the information online at TakeAStand.aarp.org