Jack Daily News Archives for 2016-10

Bustos to Host Grants Workshop for Non-Profits and Community Organizations

Tuesday at 1:00 PM in Rock Island, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos will hold a grants workshop at Plumbers and Pipefitters Hall to help connect local non-profits and community organizations to possible federal grant funding sources. This event came about after many organizations in the region have requested help obtaining federal grants and funding. The workshop will help attendees learn more about the resources available and best practices to use for funding applications. Joining Congresswoman Bustos will be officials from the U.S. Economic Development Administration, U.S. Department of Agriculture, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Illinois Department of Transportation as well as tips from a professional grant writer.

This event is free, but Congresswoman Bustos is asking attendees to sign up to attend by visiting www.bustos.house.gov.

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Library Renovation Reopening and Ribbon Cutting

 All library service areas, main entrance, lobby, and meeting rooms at the Bettendorf Public Library Information Center will officially reopen to the public on Monday, November 7, 2016.

A ribbon cutting event celebrating the completion of the library’s recent renovation project and reopening will take place at the library’s main entrance and lobby at 10:00-10:30 a.m. that day. Mayor Bob Gallagher, city and library officials, city and library staff will be in attendance.

The public and media are welcome to attend. Tours of the newly renovated areas will be provided on November 7.

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Congresswoman Bustos to Celebrate Halloween by Reading to Young Children at the Moline Public Library

 

On Monday at 9:20 AM, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos will help celebrate Halloween by reading spooky stories to young children at “Story time for the Littles.”Story Time for the Littles is a community program to nurture a love of reading for area children from birth to age 3.

 

Congresswoman Bustos to read Halloween stories to young children from  our community

 

Who: Congresswoman Cheri Bustos, Moline Public Library officials, area moms, dads, kids and maybe a monster or two.

What:  Halloween Story time for the Littles

Where: Moline Public Library, 3210 41st Street, Moline, IL 61265

When: Monday, Oct. 31, 9:20 a.m.

 

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Special Veterans Day Hours at the Colonel Davenport House

 

The Colonel Davenport House, located on the north shore of Arsenal Island, will be open for special hours on Friday, November 11, 2016, for Veterans Day from 1:30 to 4:00 p.m.  Admission is only $1.00 for adults and free for kids and active and retired military.

 

Guides will be available to answer questions.  The gift shop will also be open, selling Early American items like toys and candle molds, souvenirs, and books, including two that give information about Colonel George Davenport and his military service, new books about the Mississippi River, and Mississippi River mud t-shirts.

Colonel Davenport was a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving for ten years.  He came to Rock Island in 1816 as a civilian who had a contract to supply rations to the soldiers at Fort Armstrong.  He supervised construction of the bake house, the first building on Arsenal Island.
 
During the Black Hawk War, Gov. John Reynolds of Illinois commissioned Davenport as an assistant quartermaster with the Illinois Militia.  This is how he got his honorary title of colonel.

 

Attendees age 18 and older must show U.S. photo I.D. at the Moline gate since the Island is a working military facility.  For more information, visit www.davenporthouse.org.

 

Please Note:  The Colonel Davenport House ended its regular schedule on Sunday, October 30, 2016.  Group tours may be scheduled by appointment.  The house resumes its regular hours on May 4, 2016.

 

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Nursing Home Violations for 2016 Third Quarter


 

SPRINGFIELD - The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) today announced the following type “AA” and “A” violations of the Nursing Home Care Act recorded during the third quarter of 2016.  An “AA” violation is cited when there is a condition or occurrence at the facility that proximately caused a resident’s death.  An “A” violation pertains to a condition in which there is a substantial probability that death or serious mental or physical harm will result, or has resulted.

 

The Quarterly Report of Nursing Home Violators can be found on IDPH’s website and contains additional information about the violations.

 

July

Calumet City Terrace, a six-bed intermediate care facility for the developmental disabled located at 1380 River Drive, Calumet City, has been cited with an “A” violation and fined $6,250 for failure to conduct a thorough investigation and quality assurance review for an unexpected death, and to ensure any needed corrective action is implemented following the review.  The facility had a preconference hearing October 4, 2016. 

 

Lydia Healthcare, a 412-bed intermediate care facility located at 13901 South Lydia, Robbins, has been cited with an “A” violation and fined $25,000 for failure to identify, supervise, and monitor a resident who was outside during extreme high temperatures, resulting in the resident being hospitalized for heat stroke and acute respiratory failure. The facility waived its right to a hearing and paid $16,250.

 

Manorcare of Oak Lawn East, a 122-bed skilled care facility located at 9401 South Kostner Avenue, Oak Lawn, has been cited with an “A” violation and fined $25,000 for failure to provide a resident with an ordered medication and failure to identify a resident receiving the wrong medication, resulting in the hospitalization of a resident.  The facility is scheduled for a status conference on October 25, 2016.

 

Metropolis Health Care Center, a 101-bed skilled care facility located at 2299 Metropolis Street, Metropolis, has been cited with an “AA” violation and fined $50,000 for failure to notify the physician, guardian, and family of a change in the condition of a patient and to provide nursing services for that resident who later died, and failure to get a pharmacy consult for a drug interaction for another resident.  The facility is scheduled for a status conference on October 19, 2016.

 

The Mosaic of Springfield, a 251-bed skilled care facility located at 555 West Carpenter, Springfield, has been cited with an “A” violation and fined $25,000 for failure to assess and monitor a change in a resident’s condition resulting in hospitalization, as well as failure to assess fall risk and implement prevention measures.  The facility waived its right to a hearing and paid $16,250.

 

Salem Village Nursing and Rehab, a 266-bed skilled and intermediate care facility located at 1314 Rowell Avenue, Joliet, has been cited with an “A” violation and fined $25,000 for failure to implement individualized safety/fall prevention measures, to assess and evaluate the effectiveness of those prevention measures, and follow the plan of care, resulting in one resident falling and being taken to the hospital.  The facility had a status conference on October 5, 2016.

 

South Elgin Rehab & HHC, a 90-bed skilled and intermediate care facility located at 746 West Spring Street, Elgin, has been cited with an “A” violation and fined $25,000 for failure to supervise a resident who choked while eating and died. The facility is scheduled for a status conference on October 11, 2016.

 

West Chicago Terrace NH, a 120-bed intermediate care facility located at 928 Joliet Road, West Chicago, has been cited with an “A” violation and fined $25,000 for failure to prevent resident to resident sexual abuse.  The facility waived its right to a hearing and paid $16,250.

 

August

Franklin Grove Living and Rehab, a 132-bed skilled care facility located at 502 North State Street, Franklin Grove, has been cited with an “AA” violation and fined $50,000 for failure to ensure proper working mechanical equipment was being used to appropriately lift residents, and failure to record the problem so it would not happen again.  The failure resulted in a fall that contributed to a resident’s death.  The facility had a prehearing conference on October 4, 2016.

 

Manor Court of Clinton, a 134-bed skilled care facility located at 1 Park Lane West, Clinton, has been cited with an “A” violation and fined $25,000 for failure to safely transfer a resident resulting in a head injury.  The facility is scheduled for a prehearing conference on October 19, 2016.

 

Paris Health Care Center, a 128-bed skilled care facility located at 1011 North Main Street, Paris, has been cited with an “A” violation and fined $25,000 for failure to provide supervision for a resident who fell and suffered a fracture to the spine.  The facility paid the $25,000 fine.

 

St. Paul’s Home, a 134-bed intermediate, skilled, and shelter care facility located at 1021 West E Street, Belleville, has been cited with an “A” violation and fined $25,000 for failure to supervise a resident who fell and suffered a hip fracture. The facility is scheduled for a prehearing conference on October 18, 2016.

 

Warren Barr North Shore, a 215-bed skilled care facility located at 2773 Skokie Valley Road, Highland Park,  has been cited with an “A” violation and fined $25,000 for failure to provide cardio pulmonary resuscitation for a resident who had indicated it was to be performed.  The facility is scheduled for a status conference on November 1, 2016.

 

September

 

Cahokia Nursing and Rehab Center, a 150-bed skilled care facility located at 2 Annable Court, Cahokia, has been cited with an “A” violation and fined $25,000 for failure to follow its fire evacuation policy and ensure that all personnel were adequately trained, resulting in 14 residents being taken to the hospital.  The facility is scheduled for a prehearing on October 19, 2016.

 

Way-Fair Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, a 104-bed skilled care facility located at 305 Northwest 11th Street, Fairfield, has been cited with an “AA” violation and fined $50,000 for failure to report a change in a condition for two residents requiring tube feeding, leading to aspiration.  The facility is scheduled for a prehearing on November 2, 2016.

 

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Report: About Two-Thirds of Illinoisans Live in "Child-Care Deserts"

new study shows Illinois has some of the highest numbers of so-called child care deserts in the country.

The Center for American Progress looked at statistics from eight states to compare the number of children under the age of five to the number of child care facilities. 

Report author Rasheed Malik, a policy analyst for the Center's Early Childhood Policy Team, says Illinois has about 8 million people either living too far away from child care centers, or they live near centers that are already at capacity, and can't take in any more children.

"For Illinois, that's about two thirds, and this is also a disproportionately rural phenomenon," he points out. Two-thirds of the rural child care deserts didn't have a child care center at all within the bounds of that zip code."

Chicago is the largest urban child care desert in the study, with 8 in 10 living without access to child care facilities. 

Malik says there are so many children under the age of five that there aren't enough child care centers to accommodate them. He says the city's Hispanic population is affected most.

Malik points out in the decades to come, children of color will become the majority, yet they're more likely to live in child care deserts.

"This is an opportunity for us to think about our future, future workforce, our future innovators," he stresses. "These children deserve the best start that we can possibly give them, and high quality child care and early education is one of the safest investments we can make as a society."

The study says helping families pay for child care may drive the market. If more families can afford to enroll their children, then more facilities will be built.

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Exercise Their Minds: The Call for Daily PE in Schools

Iowa schools are being encouraged to help students exercise their minds. 

State education leaders are creating an accountability plan to meet provisions of the Every Student Succeeds Act, a new federal education law. 

And health-related groups, including the American Heart Association, say daily physical education should be included. 

Matt Tullis, project director of the Carol M. White federal physical education grant in Marshalltown, says there are many benefits to adding PE to the daily curriculum.

"Kids who are physically active do much better in school," he maintains. "They have better attendance. They seem to enjoy themselves more, meaning they're more emotionally healthy. And when those things happen, then they achieve better."

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) research shows increased physical fitness levels can drive improvements in cognitive skills, behavior and test scores. 

And Tullis adds it helps children avoid tobacco, and reduces their risks for insomnia, depression and anxiety. 

Experts recommend at least 60 minutes of exercise daily to prevent heart disease and live longer. 

And because children spend most of their day in class, Tullis says surveys show support for increasing physical activity during school hours. 

"Ninety-five percent of parents with children under the age of 18 want physical education to be part of their child's curriculum," he points out. "And more than half of those who were interviewed believe that their kids are not getting enough."

Iowa requires that physical education for students be taught in grades 1 through 12, but Tullis notes it isn't a daily requirement. 

"Over the years, what has happened is that more has been added to schools' plates," he states. "PE has been one area that's gotten pushed to the side a little bit, in lieu of academic offerings and mandates."

The American Heart Association recommends at least 150 minutes per week of PE for elementary students, 225 minutes per week for middle school students, and that more schools make PE courses a requirement for high school graduation.
 

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Bettendorf Football Season Ends with Playoff Loss

The Bettendorf Bulldogs' 2016 football season came to an unexpected and disappointing end Friday night, falling 24-17 to Iowa City West at TouVelle Stadium. It was a tight, exciting game from the very start, as both teams scored touchdowns on their opening possession. Bettendorf sported a 14-7 lead at halftime, but Iowa City West scored on both of their third quarter possessions to take a 17-14 lead into the 4th. Bettendorf kicked a 20-yard field goal on the first play of the quarter to tie the score at 17. The Trojans forced a fumble near midfield and Devontae Lane scored the deciding touchdown with 4:19 remaining. The Bulldogs drove inside the West 40-yard line on their next series, but Keegan Glaus lost a fumble with less than a minute remaining to secure the upset for the Trojans.
   
Bettendorf QB J. Michael Young finished 11-18 for 92 yards and a TD. Glaus ran 21 times for 109 yards and a TD, bringing his season total to 1,138 and 15 scores. WR Suni Lane caught 6 passes for 60 yards to finish with a team-high 668 yards and 8 touchdowns. West QB Evan Flitz completed 14 of 21 passes for 229 yards; Traevis Buchanan led the Trojans with 130 yards on 4 receptions. 
 
Bettendorf finishes with a 7-3 record.

West advances to the 4A Quarterfinals next Friday against Cedar Rapids Prairie.
 

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Bettendorf Halloween Information

The 2016 Bettendorf Halloween Parade will be held on Saturday, October 29 beginning at 7:00 p.m. The parade will begin at the intersection of 23rd Street and Middle Road then continue onto Spruce Hills Drive. The procession will travel to 18th Street, turning left onto 18th Street, continuing to Middle Road, turning left on Middle Road, and finishing at the entrance of the Life Fitness / Splash Landing parking lot.

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Unemployment Rates Show Slight Increase in half of Metro Areas

This month, seven of Illinois’ metropolitan (metro) areas experienced increases 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).


“The state is still experiencing not nearly enough growth,” said IDES Director Jeff Mays. “While the unemployment rate is slightly increased from a year ago, it’s not nearly enough growth as we continue to lose ground to other parts of the country.”


Illinois businesses added jobs in eight metro areas, in which the largest increases were seen in: Rockford (+1.7 percent, +2,600), Champaign-Urbana (+1.5 percent, +1,700), Elgin (+1.4 percent, +3,700), and Lake-Kenosha (+1.4 percent, +5,800). Total nonfarm jobs in the Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights Metro Division increased (+1.1 percent or +40,300). Illinois businesses lost jobs in six metro areas including Carbondale-Marion (-3.4 percent, -2,000), Bloomington (-2.4 percent, -2,300), and the Quad Cities (-2.3 percent, -4,300). The industry sectors recording job growth in the majority of metro areas were: Education and Health Services (10 of 14), and Other Services (nine of 14).


Not seasonally adjusted data compares September 2016 with September 2015. The not seasonally adjusted Illinois rate was 5.4 percent in September 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 4.8 percent in September 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.

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Iowa Workforce Development names Myron Linn as new Deputy Director

Iowa Workforce Development (IWD) announced today that Myron Linn has been hired as the agency’s new deputy director. Linn formerly worked at Pella Corporation, holding several leadership and government relations positions, and is a former high school mathematics and physics teacher. He is past chair of the boards for the Iowa Association of Business and Industry (ABI) and the Iowa Taxpayers Association. He previously served on the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Labor Relations Committee and the National Association of Manufacturers Health Care Committee in Washington D.C.

IWD Director Beth Townsend said, “I am excited to announce that Myron Linn is coming to Iowa Workforce Development as our new deputy director. Myron’s relationships within the business community and long work with members of the Iowa legislature make him uniquely positioned to hit the ground running and be successful in this position. He is a dynamic leader whose business and government affairs experience will be a force multiplier to the work already being done at IWD to bridge the middle skills gap and make sure our policy agenda aligns in providing opportunities for employers and job seekers.”

Linn designed the Unemployment Compensation Tax System currently in use in Iowa, called the Benefit Ratio Array System, in 1987. He currently serves as State Director for the Selective Service System in the State of Iowa, a position he has held since 1995.

He is a graduate of the Iowa Military Academy with 23 years of commissioned service in the Iowa and New Jersey Army National Guard and Army Reserve, and retired with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel.

Linn officiates college and high school football, baseball and softball games, including many NCAA football playoffs, junior college bowl games and high school football championships.

Linn lives in Pella with his wife Leanne, and they have two grown daughters. 

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Friends of the Bettendorf Park Foundation is hosting a Mother/Son Fun Night

 The Friends of the Bettendorf Park Foundation is hosting a Mother/Son Fun Night at the Life Fitness Center on Thursday, November 20 from 5:30-7:30 p.m.

This is a great opportunity for moms and sons to have a night out while raising funds for the Friends of Bettendorf Parks Foundation. It will be an evening full of games and activities where moms and sons can work together to compete for various prizes.

Space is limited. Cost is $30 for mom and son and $5 for additional sons.

To register www.bettendorf.org/register.

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Garrick Ohlsson Returns to QCSO


Davenport, IA – American piano master, Garrick Ohlsson, returns to the Quad City Symphony Orchestra for the first time since 1989 as it continues its season-long musical exploration of rivers around the world with Masterworks II: River Romance on November 5 and 6.
 
Ohlsson’s appearance follows his critically-acclaimed performances with the Boston Symphony Orchestra and Atlanta Symphony Orchestra earlier this season. A student of the late Claudio Arrau, Ohlsson has established himself worldwide as a musician of magisterial interpretive and technical prowess. As the only American to have won the Gold Medal at the Chopin International Piano Competition, he is regarded at one of the finest pianists of his generation.
 
Thanks to generous grants from Scott County Regional Authority and Community Foundation of the Great River Bend, Ohlsson will debut the QCSO’s newly renovated Steinway grand piano with his performance of Brahms’ Piano Concerto No. 2, arguably the most challenging piano concerto ever written. Also featured on the program are the mystic beauty of Tobias Picker’s Old and Lost Rivers, Smetana’s colorful river poem The Moldau, and three magical selections from Mendelssohn’s Incidental Music to A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
 
Ohlsson’s performance is sponsored by Scott County Regional Authority with additional support from Regional Development Authority, and Iowa Arts Council. Tickets start at $12 adult and $6 student, and are available online at www.qcso.org, by phone at 563.322.7276 or at the QCSO box office: 327 Brady Street, Davenport, IA 52801. 
 

 

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Illinois State Police Continue to Use Aircraft as a Tool to Curb Speeders

 

 

 

East Moline, IL – Illinois State Police District 7 Troopers hit the road and sky last Friday (October 14) to ensure motorists are observing posted speed limits.

 

An Illinois State Police plane and crew visited the area and remained on station for two hours flying above Interstate 80 in the area of mile marker 17 (2 miles west of Geneseo). While on station, the crew called out speed violations to awaiting troopers on the ground. Once a violator was called out, the Trooper acting as the “catch car” would be directed by the air-crew to the speeding vehicle.

 

The spotter in the plane uses an old but proven technique to catch speeders. It is the time/distance equation. Everyone has seen two white hash marks across the lanes in different areas of the interstates and local roads. Those marks are a specific distance apart and allow the spotter to observe a suspected speeder cross the first mark at which time the spotter will start a timer, the spotter will then observe the suspected speeder cross the second hash mark and stop the timer. The spotter plugs that time into a chart to calculate the speed of the vehicle below. It may seem complicated, but a trained Illinois State Trooper can come up with the speed in an instant. He or she will then relay that information to the Troopers below. The advantage to this is there is not an electronic speed detection device used (radar/lidar) making “radar detectors” useless.

 

“Measuring the success of details like this is difficult,” stated Captain Victor Markowski, District 7 Commander,” It is easy to measure the major impact Troopers had on the fourteen individuals issued citations (13 for speed, 1 for child restraint violation), what is immeasurable are the thousands of passing drivers who modified their speed from observing this unique detail.”

 

Utilizing air-speed is just one of many tools available to the Illinois State Police for speed enforcement. Captain Markowski finished, “When we are talking about the deadliest yet most common illegal driving behavior, Speeding, we will continue to use all tools available within our department to keep Illinois roads safe.”

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Grassley Seeks Answers to Outstanding Questions from ChemChina on Merger

                                                                                                                                                                                

WASHINGTON – Sen. Chuck Grassley sent a letter to Ren Jianxin, Chairman of China National Chemical Corporation (ChemChina), asking him to respond to outstanding questions about his company’s merger with Syngenta.

 

A recent Judiciary Committee hearing on potential mergers of seed and agrochemical companies identified some areas of concern where antitrust regulators will likely take an even deeper look at the transactions.  The proposed deals between Dow and Dupont, Syngenta and ChemChina, and Monsanto and Bayer could result in significant changes for Iowa farmers and consumers.

 

Following the hearing, witnesses were sent questions for the record according to standard committee practice.  Most questions received answers, however, Syngenta declined to answer two questions, instead suggesting that ChemChina provide the information requested.  Specifically, these outstanding questions deal with Chinese regulations for seeds and chemicals and foreign sovereign immunity. 

 

ChemChina declined Grassley’s invitation to attend the Judiciary Committee hearing, but Grassley said the company is not precluded from answering questions about their transaction that could have a major impact on U.S. consumers and customers. 

 

“These are important and pertinent questions and we need answers.  China, through State Owned Enterprises, has made buying western companies an annual tradition over the last several years.  The transactions involve billions of dollars’ worth of market share and intellectual property.  Congress has a duty to ensure the Chinese government, and those they place in charge of their government controlled companies, know and respect U.S. laws,” Grassley said.

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Don't Fear The Beard!

Moline Police Chief Kim Hankins will be allowing Moline Officers to participate in the No Shave November campaign from November 1st through November 30th.

During this period an exemption to the facial hair guidelines will be granted to Moline Police Officers. However all facial hair to include Sideburns, Mustaches, and Beards must be neatly trimmed. 

In addition Chief Hankins has authorized a powder blue T-shirt to be worn under the Officers uniform during November in conjunction with the program. 

The Moline Police Benevolent Association is coordinating No Shave November for the department. For a $25 donation the Officer will receive a blue T-shirt with Moline’s No Shave Logo and permission to retire his razor for the month if he or she desires.

Both the Moline Police Benevolent and Moline Fraternal Order of Police support this worthwhile fundraiser. All the money raised from this effort will be donated to Trudi’s Tribe, a local pediatric cancer charity. 

If any citizen would like to donate to No Shave November please make your $25 check out to the “Moline Police Benevolent Association” and on a separate piece of paper provide us your name, address, phone number, and T-shirt size. All donations need to be dropped off at the Moline Police Department during normal business hours.

All donations received by 5:00 PM November 7th will receive a powder blue commemorative shirt delivered to them the following week.

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Quad Cities Manufacturing Innovation Hub Leads Business Diversification Study

The Quad Cities Manufacturing Innovation Hub, an initiative of the Quad Cities Chamber, is launching the second of two major studies that will strengthen the region’s manufacturing and defense industries.
The Chamber will survey manufacturers and defense contractors in the bi-state region to explore their capabilities and services. The results of the survey will inform a strategy to help these companies diversify their markets and anticipate disruptive technologies with a focus on digital readiness. The point is to help local industry become more competitive and successful. 
“As we look ahead to the future of this region through Q2030, the Hub’s role is to provide our largest employment sector – manufacturers - with the resources and competitive edge that they need to readily adapt to ever evolving technologies,“ says Tara Barney, President & CEO, Quad Cities Chamber. “This includes developing a regional industry diversification strategy that will help small and medium sized manufacturers and defense contractors be more resilient to changes in the economic climate.”
The Hub focuses on three areas – helping manufacturing-related businesses improve operations today, prepare for tomorrow and grow in a sustained fashion that adapts to new and disruptive technologies. Through a $5.5 million DIA grant from the Department of Defense to support economic diversification, the Hub is extending its reach into the defense industry, another critical sector in the Quad Cities region. The grant supports economic diversification in Illinois and the 10-county, bi-state Quad Cities region. The Quad Cities Chamber partnered with the University of Illinois to receive the grant.
In addition to the supply chain diversification strategy, the Hub is also developing a technology roadmap that will outline which emerging technologies will have the greatest potential impact on our industry sectors, and how the region can take advantage of them.
“These studies are laser focused on capitalizing on this region’s greatest collective industry strengths to help catapult our economy forward at a faster rate,” says Barney.
About: The Quad Cities Chamber is a champion for business and community growth in the region.

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Bustos To Host Workshop

 

On November 1st at 1:00 PM in Rock Island, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos will hold a grants workshop at Plumbers and Pipefitters Hall to help connect local non-profits and community organizations to possible federal grant funding sources. This event came about after many organizations in the region have requested help obtaining federal grants and funding. The workshop will help attendees learn more about the resources available and best practices to use for funding applications. Joining Congresswoman Bustos will be officials from the U.S. Economic Development Administration and the U.S. Department of Agriculture, as well as tips from a private grant foundation and from a professional grant writer.

 

This event is free, but Congresswoman Bustos is asking attendees to sign up to attend by visiting www.bustos.house.gov.

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Scholarships Available in Bettendorf


 

BETTENDORF – With the cost of attending a college or university going up every year, Ascentra Credit Union is dedicated to creating opportunities for members to pay for higher education in the form of the Ascentra Credit Union Scholarship Competition.  The competition is now underway with a total of $10,000 in scholarships available to Ascentra members planning to further their education starting the 2017 – 2018 school year.   

 

The ten scholarships are awarded to students as follows:

· Five $1,000 scholarships for high school students planning to enter college

· Five $1,000 scholarships for members age 19 or over, considered non-traditional or continuing education students

 

“With Americans owing $1.3 billion in student debt, now more than ever it’s very important that we provide this scholarship opportunity to our members as well as providing financial literacy presentations and supporting education initiatives in our region,” said Ascentra President and CEO Dale Owen.

 

The scholarship entrants will be judged on a 500-word essay on the topic,How do credit unions distinguish themselves from other financial institutions?” 

All entries are judged on their essay, resume, awards, extracurricular activities, volunteer services and work experience.  Deadline for the Ascentra Scholarship Competition is March 1, 2017.  Applications and official rules may be picked up at any of our branches or found online at www.ascentra.org/scholarships. There members can find information on other scholarships.

 

Awarding a total of $10,000 in scholarships is another way Ascentra Credit Union recognizes that financial planning and education is essential to lifetime success for its members and the community.

 

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Moline Road Closure


Law Excavating will be performing work on 19th Street between 5th Avenue and 6thAvenue starting Thursday, October 27, 2016.  This roadway will be closed to traffic.

 

This roadway is estimated to be open to traffic end of business day on Friday November 11, 2016.

 

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Illinois State Police Release Results of Nighttime Enforcement Patrols

 

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East Moline, IL (10-26-16) – The Illinois State Police (ISP) announced the results of Nighttime Enforcement Patrols (NITE) held during the late evening hours of Friday October 21, 2016.  The patrols were conducted in Rock Island County by ISP District 7 troopers. 

            Alcohol is involved in nearly 40 percent of fatal crashes in Illinois.  NITE patrols are designed to keep our roads safe by removing alcohol-impaired drivers. However, when other violations are observed such as driving with a suspended or revoked license, operating a vehicle without a valid registration or insurance, or safety belt violations, enforcement action may be taken.  The following citations were issued during the patrols:

Violations

Enforcement Activity

Registration offenses

-

Driver’s license offenses

1

Occupant restraint offenses

4

Driving under the influence arrests

2

Other alcohol/drug arrests

3

Total citations/arrests

24

Total written warnings

21

                       

This project was funded through the Illinois Department of Transportation, Division of Traffic Safety.

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MORE FOR YOUR COMMUNITY GRANT PROGRAM AWARDS SHELTER GRANT TO CHURCHES UNITED

Churches United of the Quad City Area is pleased to announce that The Theisen’s More For Your Community Grant Program has awarded us a $2,500.00 grant, in much needed support of Winnie’s Place.  This Emergency Shelter celebrates its 10th anniversary this year as a shelter for women (with or without children) who are homeless and/or victims of domestic violence in the Quad City Area.  We are very thankful to Theisen’s for its support of this shelter, and its care and concern for this community. 

Churches United has a 55-year history of reaching out to our community.  Its 136 member churches represent 50,000 people from the Quad City Area.  As well as Winnie’s Place, Churches United also operates 25 food pantries and 3 hot meal sites.  For information about services offered, or ways to support Churches United, call 563-332-5002, or visit our website at www.CUQCA.org.
 

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Illinois State Police Provides Halloween Safety Tips

Officials with the Illinois State Police (ISP) remind motorists and parents that children in many communities will be trick-or-treating during the upcoming Halloween weekend and on Halloween night.  The ISP encourages motorists and parents to take special safety precautions during the Halloween festivities. 
Motorists should refrain from wearing a mask or bulky costume while driving as both can reduce efforts to safely operate a vehicle.  Pedestrians should only cross streets at designated cross walks and make extra efforts to ensure it is safe to cross. Children should be reminded not to cross the street between parked vehicles and to look left, right, and left again before crossing the street. 

"Halloween is a time when family and friends come together for celebration. Drivers are reminded to be watchful for children crossing the street," said ISP Colonel Tad Williams. "Always designate a driver before consuming alcohol. ISP Troopers will be out in force this Halloween conducting roadside safety checks and roving patrols. Remember to buckle up and don't drive distracted."

Children should use reflective tape, glow sticks, or flashlights to make sure they remain visible while trick-or-treating.  Motorists need to ensure they are following the rules of the road and remain alert for children wearing less visible clothing while driving through residential areas.

The ISP also encourages the public to report suspicious activities.  "Recent reports of clown disguises being worn publically outside of celebratory events have become a concern for public safety officials. If you see something, say something. Call 911 and let police investigate suspicious behavior," Williams stressed.

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Presidential Election Creates a "Gray Area" for Iowa Teachers

In what used to be a perfect time for a lesson in how government works, the tone of the presidential campaign is creating uncomfortable conversations in high school classrooms.

With the presidential election focused on the antics, accusations and scandals involving the candidates, some civics instructors say they've been faced with questions that would typically not be topics of conversation in their classrooms.

It's been a challenge, says social studies teacher Joe Judge of Albia.

"You want to have students be able to have a discussion, but then - when discussion turns to one-liners that they use in the campaigns - you have to explain why that's acceptable out there and not acceptable in the classroom," explains Judge. "It's a pretty gray area."

In a survey conducted by the Southern Poverty Law Center, more than half of teachers said they've seen an increase in uncivil political discourse in the classroom, and some reported hearing students use slurs and make inflammatory statements in regard to another student's gender, race or ethnicity.

Forty percent of teachers in the survey also said they're reluctant to teach about the election.

While some have opted to ban conversations about it, Judge says his approach is to allow discussion. However, with degrading talk about women and immigrants in the presidential race making headlines, he notes it takes a strong presence to not let things get out of control in the classroom.

"The neutral role that teachers are supposed to be playing is hard when the discourse comes close to violating bullying and harassment rules. So, how does a teacher walk the line of being able to call out bullying and harassment, when the students are hiding it in campaign rhetoric?" he asks. "That's the challenge."

And more than two-thirds of the teachers surveyed reported that some students, mainly children of immigrants and Muslims, have said they're worried about what might happen to their families after the election.

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Grassley Laments Obamacare

Sen. Chuck Grassley works to reverse the negative effects of Obamacare with the goal of replacing the entire flawed law.  He is working toward passage of his bipartisan legislation, the Small Business Health Care Relief Act, that would allow small businesses to resume helping their employees buy individual health insurance, something disrupted by Obamacare.  Grassley has voted several times to repeal Obamacare.  In December 2015, Grassley voted in favor of a bill to repeal much of Obamacare.  Congress passed the measure, but President Obama vetoed it.   Grassley made the following comment on the confirmation from the Obama Administration that, according to the Associated Press, “Premiums will go up sharply next year under President Barack Obama's health care law, and many consumers will be down to just one insurer.” 
 
“This is all contrary to the many promises made about Obamacare.  People were told their premiums would go down, and that if they liked their doctor, hospital or health care plan, they could keep all of it.  The reality is much different.  More than half of the country will have two or fewer insurance plans to choose from on Obamacare exchanges.  Some regions may have no insurance plans available.  Millions of people have to change their insurance policies this year.  Even those who were strong supporters of the health care law, like the Minnesota governor, have said Obamacare ‘is no longer affordable to many Americans.’   Iowans who want to join the health care law’s exchanges have had fewer options every year.   For 2017, Iowans in 13 rural counties who want to take part will have just one health insurance plan participating in their area.  Statewide, premium increases for participants will be 19 percent to 43 percent.  Many individuals could be priced out of the market.  
 
“The Obama Administration argues that subsidies make the double-digit premium increases less painful for consumers, but the process for calculating the subsidies is complicated and unreliable.  It’s hard for people to know whether they can count on a subsidy.   Even with the subsidies, if they can’t afford co-payments and deductibles, they’ll have trouble using their coverage.  Without addressing what causes health care expenses to increase, Obamacare can only shift costs.  Meanwhile, the only suggestions the Obama Administration has offered to keep the experiment going is to severely cut health care delivery in certain areas, including durable medical equipment and the Medicare Part B demonstration project, to save money.   Both of these steps would limit access to medical care, especially for people in rural areas.  Driving many more miles to get your oxygen tank refilled is not a good option.  Being forced to use a certain type of diabetes testing strip instead of the one you’ve been using that works for you is not the best way to manage diabetes.
 
“People deserve better results.  Good places to start would be cracking down on frivolous lawsuits, letting people purchase insurance across state lines, improving transparency in health care prices, giving states more freedom to improve Medicaid and using consumer choice to drive competition, which drives down costs.  Congress and the next president should work on these priorities."

 

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Bustos in Moline Today

Wednesday at 8:30 AM in Moline, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos will continue her “Results Tour” with a visit to the “Q” Multi-Modal Station. The “Q” will be a mixed use, public-private station for future passenger rail service and enhance the transportation infrastructure in the Quad-Cities. As a member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, Congresswoman Bustos knows that every $1 invested in our infrastructure generates about $2 worth of new economic activity, so projects like these are vital to growing our local economy and creating jobs.

 

Last summer, Congresswoman Bustos successfully pushed Governor Rauner toaccept $177 million in federal funding for the Quad-Cities to Chicago passenger rail project before those funds expired and went to a different state. Last month, Congresswoman Bustos announced that the Illinois Department of Transportation and the Federal Rail Administration (FRA) had reached an agreement to extend the federal funding and move the project forward. In a statement, FRA Administrator Sarah Feinberg said that the project “would not have happened without Rep. Bustos’ unwavering persistence.”

 

Congresswoman Bustos’ Visits the “Q” Multi-Modal Station

Who: Congresswoman Cheri Bustos; Lori Turner, Moline Mayor Pro Tem; Lew Steinbrecher, City of Moline Administrator; Jeff Nelson and Jennifer Garrity, MetroLINK; Ray Forsythe, City of Moline Economic Development; Bill Bruce, Bush Construction; Moline City Council (invited); MetroLINK Board (invited)

What: Results Tour visit to the “Q” Amtrak Station

When: Wednesday, October 26 at 8:30 AM

Where: The “Q” Multi-Modal Station Construction Site – 12th Street and 4th Avenue, Moline, IL 61265

 

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New Bicycle Rack Cost Sharing Program

 New Bicycle Rack Cost Sharing Program

 

The City of Bettendorf is proud to announce its new Bicycle Rack Cost Sharing Program, the first of its kind in the metro Quad Cites.  Requested by the Bettendorf Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee (BBPAC), the Bettendorf Park Board has approved to allocate $5000 each year towards this program to allow businesses located within Bettendorf city limits to buy City-approved bicycle racks with a City-funded, one-time match of an amount not to exceed $500.  In conjunction with this program, Bettendorf has partnered with Crawford Company in Rock Island, IL to manufacture specific city-designed racks for these businesses to purchase, creating a feel of partnership and connectivity throughout the community.

 

Back in November of 2015, as a Bicycle Friendly Community, the City of Bettendorf was awarded the Bronze Level Designation by the League of American Bicyclists as part of their Bicycle Friendly America Program.  To keep this designation level, and to eventually earn the Silver and Gold levels, we must show progress towards becoming a better and friendlier bicycle community.  This cost share program of bringing affordable bicycle racks to businesses in Bettendorf will help in our mission to attain these goals.

 

For more information on Bettendorf’s exciting new program, please visit www.bettendorf.org/bikeracks.

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Illinois State Police Announce Special Traffic Enforcement Patrols

Illinois State Police District 7 Commander, Captain Victor Markowski, announced today that officers will conduct special Traffic Enforcement Patrols (sTEP) the month of November 2016 in Rock Island County.
District 7 Troopers will concentrate on speeding, failure to use occupant restraints, and other driving offenses as part of their enforcement efforts.  The sTEP program involves a combination of increased enforcement and public information designed to raise public awareness and compliance to all traffic laws.  Speeding is a contributing factor in 31 percent of all fatal crashes nationwide.  In Illinois, speed-related crashes account for over 40 percent of all traffic fatalities. 
Safety Belt Enforcement Zones may also be used during the sTEP program.  Troopers will enforce the primary safety belt law to ensure drivers and all of their passengers are buckled up.  Every hour someone dies in America simply because they are not wearing their safety belt.  Statistics show that half of all people killed in traffic crashes are not properly buckled up.  You can save your life by driving safely and simply buckling up.  This project is funded by the Illinois Department of Transportation, Division of Traffic Safety.

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

What: Dress for Success Quad Cities Second Chance Sale
Date: Saturday, November 5, 2016
Time: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Location: Dress for Success Quad Cities, 311 East 2nd Street, Davenport
Description: Dress for Success Quad Cities celebrates their 5th year in the Quad Cities by hosting their third
and final sale of 2016. The “Second Chance Sale” features new and gently used fall and winter
apparel and is a rare opportunity for the public to visit the Dress for Success Quad Cities
downtown boutique. Items for sale include women’s suits, separates, coats, jackets, dresses,
handbags, costume jewelry and more. The sale serves two purposes –
1. Private Sale –by invitation from Referral Agency Partner staff to help low income women
continue to affordably build their wardrobes
2. Public Sale – on Saturday, November 5th from 10a-3p to generate revenue to support
programs and critical operations of the organization.
ï‚· Women’s apparel, footwear and handbags are only $5 apiece
ï‚· All accessories are $2 each
ï‚· Cash only
ï‚· 100% of proceeds stays local to benefit Dress for Success® Quad Cities
About: Dress for Success® Quad Cities is celebrating their 5th anniversary on November 1st and have
completed more than 1000 suitings since opening their doors in 2011. They are one of more
than 140 affiliates located in 20 countries around the globe. The organization’s goal is to
empower women toward economic stability. Dress for Success has served close to one million
women worldwide by providing them with business-appropriate clothing, job-search,
mentoring and professional development programs

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Iowa receives $1.8 million grant to expand Registered Apprenticeship opportunities

 

 

 

The United States Department of Labor announced that more than $50 million dollars is being distributed to states to increase access to Registered Apprenticeships. Iowa is one of 36 states to receive grant funding, in the amount of $1.8 million, that will result in new apprenticeships created in diverse industries, including health care, advanced manufacturing, and information technology.  The Innovative Opportunities with Apprenticeships (IOWA) project will employ extensive outreach and education efforts to further integrate expanded apprenticeships into the current workforce model.

 

Iowa Workforce Development Director Beth Townsend said the grant will enhance work already being done to double the number of registered apprentices. “Greer Sisson’s team at the U.S. Department of Labor (Iowa) has put Iowa on the map as a national leader in Registered Apprenticeships. IWD wants to deploy these funds using proven strategies to ensure that all Iowans who want to pursue a career through an apprenticeship have that opportunity,” said Director Townsend.

 

Projects will expand apprenticeships to diverse populations, focusing on women, minorities and other underrepresented groups, who have often been left out of apprenticeship efforts in the past. IWD plans to hire an apprenticeship coordinator to help align education, workforce and business efforts to achieve the goal of doubling the number of registered apprentices in Iowa over the next five years.

 

Expanding Registered Apprenticeships is an important strategy in Governor Branstad and Lt. Governor Reynold’s Future Ready Iowa Initiative, which aims to ensure than 70 percent of Iowans in the workforce have education or training beyond high school by the year 2025. Registered Apprenticeships provide hands-on experience and education, and allow participants to earn while they learn.

 

Grant partners include: Iowa Economic Development Authority, Iowa Department of Education, Iowa Department of Corrections, Governor’s STEM Council, Des Moines Public School Central Campus, the Iowa Refugee Alliance and the Iowa Association of Business and Industry (ABI).

 

 

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Self Driving Vehicles

The world of self-driving cars and trucks continues to move forward and when they become a reality on area roadways is anyone’s best guess.

Safety expert Doug Sommer from Pekin is like many of us when he expresses doubts about that technology…

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Barack Obama Endorses U.S. Rep. Cheri Bustos

 

 

MOLINE, IL - Today, U.S. Rep. Cheri Bustos, running for reelection in Illinois’ 17th Congressional District, announced the endorsement of Barack Obama.

 

Obama called Cheri Bustos “a fighter for the middle class,” and cited her work to “keep our country safe, protect Social Security and Medicare, and make college more affordable” for working families.

 

“I’m proud to endorse Cheri Bustos for the United States House of Representatives,” said Obama. “In Congress, Cheri has had my back as we’ve worked to make the country stronger, safer, and fairer for Illinois families - and now I have her back. Cheri Bustos is a fighter for the middle class, and knows we need to build on the economic progress that workers and businesses have made in recent years. Cheri has stood with me as we’ve worked to keep our country safe, protect Social Security and Medicare, and make college more affordable. I’ve counted on Cheri Bustos, and Illinoisans can, too.”

 

“Throughout the last eight years, Barack Obama has always been a fighter for middle class families, and I am honored to accept his endorsement,” said Cheri Bustos. “As your Congresswoman, I’ll continue working to protect Social Security and Medicare, invest in our schools and grow our manufacturing economy so we can create more good-paying jobs for Illinois’ hardworking families.”

 

Congresswoman Bustos has also been endorsed by Joe Biden. She has also earned the endorsement of several organizations such as the AFL-CIO, the Alliance for Retired Americans, the Illinois Federation of Teachers, the Sierra Club and the Illinois Farm Bureau. Last Tuesday, she received the first newspaper endorsement in the 17th Congressional District from the Peoria Journal Star.

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Red Cross Tips to Help Have a Safe Halloween

Halloween is just around the corner, the time of year when children take to the streets for some Halloween fun. The American Red Cross has some safety tips to help stay safe this Halloween while enjoying the festivities.

“The Red Cross wants Halloween to be a fun night for everyone night for everyone,” said Lyn Hruska, Chief Executive Officer, American Red Cross Central and Southern Illinois Region. “A few simple tips can help make the night a fun and safe time for children and parents.”

SAFETY TIPS FOR TRICK-or-TREATERS
·        Use only flame-resistant costumes.
·        Plan the trick-or-treat route – make sure adults know where children are going.
·        Have a parent or responsible adult accompany young children as they make their way around the neighborhood.
·        Make sure trick-or-treaters can see and be seen. Give them a flashlight to light their way. Add reflective tape to costumes and trick-or-treat bags. Have everyone wear light-colored clothing to help be seen.
·        Use face paint instead of masks, which can cover the eyes and make it difficult to see.
·        Be cautious around animals.
·        Only visit homes that have a porch light on. Accept treats at the door – never go inside.
·        Walk only on the sidewalks, not in the street. If no sidewalk is available, walk at the edge of the roadway, facing traffic. Look both ways before crossing the street, and cross only at the corner. Don’t cut across yards or use alleys. Don’t cross between parked cars.
·        Make sure a grown-up checks the goodies before eating. Remove loose candy, open packages and choking hazards. Discard any items with unfamiliar brand names.
·        Drivers – use extra caution. The youngsters are excited and may forget to look both ways before crossing.

TIPS FOR WELCOMING CHILDREN ON HALLOWEEN
People, who are planning on welcoming trick-or-treaters to their home, should follow these safety steps:
·         Sweep leaves from sidewalks and steps.
·         Clear the porch or front yard of obstacles that could cause someone to trip.
·         Restrain pets.
·         Light the area well so the young visitors can see where they are going.

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North American Strongman National Championships Coming to the Quad Cities

Over 250 athletes from across North America, both men and women, arrive in the Quad Cities the last weekend in October to compete for the National Title at the 19th annual North American Strongman National Championships.  The competition takes place at the RiverCenter in downtown Davenport, Iowa, for its second year in the Quad Cities.  The Quad Cities Convention & Visitors Bureau estimates the local economic impact will be $250,000.

·        Media invited to mandatory weigh-ins on Thursday from 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and 2-6 p.m.  Most competitors show up right at the beginning to get weigh-in over with.
·        Prize money and trophies awarded at the 6 p.m. banquet on Saturday night at the Radisson Quad City Plaza.

In order to get to the National Championships, athletes had to compete throughout the year at a Strongman Corporation event and place within the top three of their class just to qualify to compete in the Quad Cities.  The athletes will be competing not only to become North America’s Strongest, but they are also vying for a spot at the World Championships, that will be held next March at the Arnold Schwarzenegger Sports Festival in Ohio.  The overall winners in each of the six different weight divisions will earn their Strongman/woman pro card which will allow them to compete as a professional athlete in 2017.

Competitions in Quad Cities
The events contested over two days on October 28-29 are:
·        Giant Dumbbell Press – 60 seconds to get in as many lifting reps without touching the ground.
·        Yoke Walk – 60 seconds to carry a yoke in front of their body.
·        Ethics Fitness Axle Tire Deadlift – How many can be completed in 60 seconds.
·        Tombstone Carry – In a Halloween feel, they have 60 seconds to carry it 60 feet.
·        Stone of Steel Medley – Carry kegs of stone and steel and lift on platform.

The public is invited to all competitions.  They are held in the RiverCenter’s Great Hall on Friday, October 28 and Saturday, October 29 from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. each day.  Admission to the event is $10 per day or $15 for a two-day pass.  For more information and to purchase tickets in advance, visit www.strongmancorporation.com/event

About the Strongman Corporation
Strongman Corporation (SC) provides athletes with opportunities by promoting numerous professional strongman contests across the country yearly.  SC also works directly with individual promoters, international representatives and strongman federations, world-wide to ensure that American athletes have opportunities abroad as well.  Headquartered in Maryland Heights, Missouri, they have a number of training facilities all over the world for new and veteran athletes.  Strongman Corporation has over 200 contests per year that qualify athletes to compete in the National Championships.  From the National Championships, athletes qualify to compete at the World Championships in March at the Arnold Classic.  For more information, visit www.strongmancorporation.com
 

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Grassley, Fellow Senators Press VA Secretary on Few Firings Over Wait Time Scandal


 

 

WASHINGTON – Sen. Chuck Grassley and fellow senators today pressed the Department of Veterans Affairs on why only “one to six” people responsible for the wait time scandal have been fired in the past two years, despite President Obama’s assertion that a “whole bunch” of people have been fired.

 

“Whenever scandals come up, whether at the VA or the Department of Defense, nothing changes unless people are held accountable,” Grassley said.  “Manipulating wait times for veterans health care ought to be a fireable offense.  It adds insult to injury when the White House claims managers have been punished when they haven’t.”

 

Grassley and fellow senators, led by Sen. Mark Kirk of Illinois, wrote to Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald to press for answers on why so few employees have been punished for the wait list scandal and what the VA might need from Congress to ensure strong leadership.  

 

“While changing a culture riddled with corruption and poor morale is not easy, until failing VA employees are held accountable for their actions, nothing will change,” the senators wrote.

Grassley has a long record of working to build accountability from the VA and improve veterans services.  He started a veterans fellowship program and has fellows working in his Des Moines and Cedar Rapids offices to help Iowa veterans.  Grassley has been focused on getting the VA to fix the Veterans Choice program, which Congress approved to allow veterans to receive health care outside of the VA when services aren’t available in a timely fashion or when outside options are better for the veterans.  The agency botched the program rollout and after Grassley weighed in, pledged to fix it.

 

Grassley is a cosponsor of legislation to make it easier for the VA to remove or demote employees based on poor performance or misconduct. 

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Health Dept Offers DOT Physicals


    The Henry County Health Department staff reminds area residents their Clinical services program is offering area drivers low cost DOT Physicals.  Appointments are available at their Main Office, Rt. 78 South, Kewanee and by special arrangement and at their West Office, 103 1st St., Colona.

 

     The Health Department notes that the Department of Transportation requires some drivers to get regular physicals to make sure they can drive safely. If any of the following apply to you, you must get a DOT physical and carry a DOT medical certificate when you drive a commercial vehicle:

· You are paid to operate a motor vehicle that holds nine to 15 passengers; you drive the vehicle more than 75 miles from where you report to work; you operate this vehicle for interstate commerce purposes

· You operate a motor vehicle with a gross combination weight rating, gross vehicle weight, gross vehicle weight rating, or gross combination weight of at least 10,001 pounds; you operate this vehicle for interstate commerce purposes

· You transport hazardous materials in certain quantities

     Sandy Sommer, RN Clinical Services Director with the Health Department notes, “If you want to comply with federal law, a qualified medical examiner must complete your DOT physical form.  Our Nurse Practitioner, Josefina Foreman is a Certified DOT medical examiner.”

     DOT Physical participants should expect the examiner to review their health history and ask the participant to list the medications taken on a regular basis. During your DOT physical, the examiner will also do the following:

· Check your pulse and blood pressure

· Perform a vision test

· Observe your general appearance

· Examine your eyes, throat, mouth, and ears

· Listen to your heart and lungs

· Check for spine deformities

· Perform a neurological exam

· Press on your abdomen to check for abnormalities

· Perform a hernia check

     Sommer adds, “If you are seeing a provider and are on medication for sleep apnea, diabetes, high blood pressure, cardiac, anxiety, ADHD/ADD, depression and other mental health issues, and seizures.  Participants need to obtain a “Clearance Letter” from the provider of care and bring to their appointment.

    Please note, appointments for DOT Physical, which are necessary, may be made by contacting the Health Department at(309) 852-5272 - Kewanee Office or 792-4011-Colona Office. 

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Red Cross Training

 

The American Red Cross is recruiting new volunteers and offering a special fast-track training option for individuals interested in deploying to help with the Hurricane Matthew response efforts.

 

The American Red Cross Central and Southern Illinois Region will be hosting a second “HotShot” training event for new volunteers on Tuesday, November 1, 2016 in Moline. Registration is required for the “HotShot” training. To register, contact Samuel Evans at (217) 222-2477, ext. 7304 or at Samuel.Evans@redcross.org.

 

“We have an ongoing need for disaster volunteers locally and nationally and this gives new volunteers the opportunity to be ready to respond much more quickly,” said Amber Wood, Executive Director of the American Red Cross Serving the Quad Cities and West Central Illinois. “Volunteering with the Red Cross is such an incredible experience—the feeling you get from helping others is just hard to put into words.”

 

“HotShot” is a one-day training that will provide new volunteers with the skills needed to be a part of the Hurricane Matthew response. Upon completion of the “HotShot” training, new volunteers will be eligible to deploy to help with the Hurricane Matthew response.

 

“HotShot” attendees will complete two online courses that will introduce information pertaining to disaster services and care of those who have experienced a natural disaster. The first online course is the Disaster Cycle Services: An Overview, which discusses how disaster services helps individuals, families and communities prepare for disasters, as well as help them to respond to and recover from disasters. The second online course is Mass Care: An Overview and it will educate new volunteers on the multiple services that are provided to those who have been affected by disaster. 

 

At the training, new volunteers will complete Shelter Fundamentals, which introduces the guidelines and procedures that are necessary for setting up, running and closing a shelter during a disaster. “Hot Shot” attendees will also complete Psychological First Aid, which will provide insight necessary to understanding the factors that affect stress responses in disaster relief workers and the people they serve. 

 

If you have ever thought about becoming a Red Cross Volunteer, now is the time—the need is great. To learn more about Red Cross volunteer opportunities, or to register for the “HotShot” training, please contact Samuel Evans at (217) 222-2477, ext. 7304 or at Samuel.Evans@redcross.org.

 

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Illinois Manufacturers' Association Responds to Recent Job Losses

In the wake of another dismal jobs report from the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES), Greg Baise, CEO and president of the Illinois Manufacturers' Association released the following statement in reaction to recent manufacturing job losses from Colbert Packaging and GE Lighting.

"Another disappointing jobs report punctuates the dilemma Illinois has in keeping middle class jobs," Baise said.
"The General Assembly must act as soon as possible to fix the problems plaguing Illinois. This news is the latest example that government policies are destroying the manufacturing sector and our middle class jobs. The Illinois economy will continue to worsen until the state has a balanced budget and passes real economic development reforms that will get our economy moving again."

The Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES), today announced an additional loss of 800 manufacturing jobs statewide in September, bringing the collective over-the-year decline to 12,000 jobs lost.

Baise addressed the City Club of Chicago in August and called on policymakers to act on five issues to help the manufacturing sector.
Get the state's fiscal house in order. We need to restrain spending, balance the budget and adopt pension reform.
Enact permanent workers' comp reform. It's time to push back union leaders, trial attorneys and special interests to say no more feeding off this system.
Reform the state's tax code. Start broadening the tax base and reinstating vital tax credits.
Overhaul property taxes. Stop shifting the tax burden onto commercial and industrial taxpayers.
Strengthen the education and workforce development system to ensure a pipeline of qualified workers for our economy.
The IMA and our partners at the Advancing Illinois Manufacturing Coalition (AIM) have specifically and repeatedly called for extensions of the Research & Development tax credit, Manufacturers Purchase Credit, and the Graphic Arts exemption. Unfortunately, the failure of the General Assembly to approve these extensions have forced jobs to leave Illinois.

About the Illinois Manufacturers' Association (IMA)
The Illinois Manufacturers' Association is the only statewide association dedicated exclusively to advocating, promoting and strengthening the manufacturing sector in Illinois.  The IMA is the oldest and largest state manufacturing trade association in the United States, representing nearly 4,000 companies and facilities.

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BHC pumpkin auction raises $6,400 for United Way

Perhaps the most expensive pumpkins in the country were auctioned off Oct. 19 at the Black Hawk College East Campus.

This year’s Stampede Auction of Champion Pumpkins raised a record $6,400 for the Kewanee Area United Way. Students, faculty, staff, friends and community members form syndicates to pool their funds to purchase a pumpkin.

The high bid for an individual pumpkin this year – and a record for any year – was $1,800 from the 2016-17 Livestock Judging Team and Friends. The syndicate included former BHC agribusiness instructor Jared Boyert.

“Wow. I just don’t know what to say about the generosity of our students and their families,” said Dan Hoge, longtime BHC agriculture professor.

This was the 14th Annual Stampede Auction of Champion Pumpkins. As in past years, members of the BHC Sophomore Livestock Judging Team demonstrated their mastery of pumpkin pedigrees by talking each pumpkin prior to bidding.

BHC alum and auctioneer Bill LeSage had the audience laughing as they opened their hearts and their pocketbooks.

The unique fundraising event started when a BHC agriculture student wanted to help the United Way. Chris Sommers brought a semi-load of monster pumpkins from his family farm in Indiana. Not able to sell the full load, the idea of an auction was hatched.
 

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Iowa receives $1.8 million grant to expand Registered Apprenticeship opportunities

Today, the United States Department of Labor announced that more than $50 million dollars is being distributed to states to increase access to Registered Apprenticeships. Iowa is one of 36 states to receive grant funding, in the amount of $1.8 million, that will result in new apprenticeships created in diverse industries, including health care, advanced manufacturing, and information technology.  The Innovative Opportunities with Apprenticeships (IOWA) project will employ extensive outreach and education efforts to further integrate expanded apprenticeships into the current workforce model.

Iowa Workforce Development Director Beth Townsend said the grant will enhance work already being done to double the number of registered apprentices. “Greer Sisson’s team at the U.S. Department of Labor (Iowa) has put Iowa on the map as a national leader in Registered Apprenticeships. IWD wants to deploy these funds using proven strategies to ensure that all Iowans who want to pursue a career through an apprenticeship have that opportunity,” said Director Townsend.

Projects will expand apprenticeships to diverse populations, focusing on women, minorities and other underrepresented groups, who have often been left out of apprenticeship efforts in the past. IWD plans to hire an apprenticeship coordinator to help align education, workforce and business efforts to achieve the goal of doubling the number of registered apprentices in Iowa over the next five years.

Expanding Registered Apprenticeships is an important strategy in Governor Branstad and Lt. Governor Reynold’s Future Ready Iowa Initiative, which aims to ensure than 70 percent of Iowans in the workforce have education or training beyond high school by the year 2025. Registered Apprenticeships provide hands-on experience and education, and allow participants to earn while they learn.

Grant partners include: Iowa Economic Development Authority, Iowa Department of Education, Iowa Department of Corrections, Governor’s STEM Council, Des Moines Public School Central Campus, the Iowa Refugee Alliance and the Iowa Association of Business and Industry (ABI).
 

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Stream Bettendorf vs Davenport Central Here Tonight

It's the last game of the regular season for the Bettendorf Bulldogs as they play Davenport Central tonight on JACK FM Quad Cities 93.9 FM. Stream tonight's game by clicking the Bulldogs logo below. 

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Handicapped Development Center Thanksgiving Feast

The Davenport Police Association annual Handicapped Development Center (HDC) Thanksgiving Dinner service will be held at the Hickory Grove Campus 3402 Hickory Grove Rd on Friday November 18, 2016.  Lunch is served at 11:00 AM.  Volunteers should be on site for set up at 10:30. Davenport Police Officers and staff will serve the clients and employees of the HDC a Thanksgiving feast catered by Hy-Vee.  This event has been a long standing tradition to kick off the holiday season by spreading joy and cheer in our community.

The Davenport Police Association annual charity trivia night is also on Friday November 18, 2016 at the Knights of Columbus 1111 W 35th Street. Doors open at 5:30 PM with trivia to begin at 6:30 PM. All proceeds raised from the trivia event sponsor the HDC event as well as the Davenport Police Association Christmas Toy Drive benefitting the local Domestic Violence shelter.

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Churches Accepting Donations For Matthew Relief Effort

 

Due to the amount of calls we have received from many concerned citizens regarding ways to help with those devastated by Hurricane Matthew, domestic or international, Churches United is willing to assist this community with aid donations for the two agencies listed below.

 

For those who would like to send aid to Hurricane Matthew victims, Churches United will accept cash or check donations, through October 31 only.  At that time, all monies received will be forwarded to either UMCOR (United Methodist Committee on Relief) or CWS (Church World Service.)  UMCOR, a long-standing organization, continues to have a strong relief presence in Haiti, helping to repair the devastation of natural disasters.  CWS, with whom we partner for the CROP Hunger Walk each year, also focuses on humanitarianism worldwide.

 

Donations can also be designated to apply to domestic Hurricane Matthew relief.

 

You may send donations to:  Churches United of the Quad City Area, 2535 Tech Drive, Suite 205, Bettendorf, IA  52722.  Please designate that the donation is for Hurricane Matthew relief.

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Drug Take Back On Saturday

 

On Saturday, October 22, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the Scott County Sheriff’s Office, the Waste Commission of Scott County and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public an opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs.  Bring your pills for disposal to Waste Commission of Scott County at 5640 Carey Avenue in Davenport.  (The DEA cannot accept liquids only pills or patches.)  The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

 

This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue.  Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuses and abuse.  Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs.  Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet.  In addition, Americans are now advised that their usual method for disposing of unused medicines – flushing them down the toilet – poses potential safety and health hazards. 

 

For more information about the disposal of prescription drugs or about the October 22 Take Back Day event, go to the DEA Diversion website at www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov, Scott County Sheriff’s Office website at www.scottcountyiowa/sheriff.com or Waste Commission of Scott County website at www.wastecom.com. 

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Dedication Ceremony


BETTENDORF: A dedication ceremony will be held on Saturday, November 5 beginning at 10:00 a.m. for the first phase of Forest Grove Park.  The dedication will consist of a short ceremony and ribbon cutting. Light refreshments will be served.  The park is located approximately 1/2 mile east of Middle Road on the north side of Forest Grove Road.

The new playground portion of this 100-acre park was made possible with funding assistance from the Scott County Regional Authority, the Friends of Bettendorf Parks Foundation, and the City of Bettendorf.  There is also a large pavilion, basketball court area, and parking lot.

The park will have a large passive use natural area along the Spencer Creek watershed that will be opening in the near future. This area will feature a number of trails, wildlife habitat, restored native plant habitat, and natural play features. Future plans for the site consists of a multi-purpose greenspace area that will include ball fields, soccer fields, additional shelters, recreational pathways, and more.  

 

The Phase 1 Project was constructed by McCarthy Improvement and Lower Construction, and was designed by RDG Planning & Design.

 

 

BETTENDORF: A dedication ceremony will be held on Saturday, November 5 beginning at 10:00 a.m. for the first phase of Forest Grove Park.  The dedication will consist of a short ceremony and ribbon cutting. Light refreshments will be served.  The park is located approximately 1/2 mile east of Middle Road on the north side of Forest Grove Road.

The new playground portion of this 100-acre park was made possible with funding assistance from the Scott County Regional Authority, the Friends of Bettendorf Parks Foundation, and the City of Bettendorf.  There is also a large pavilion, basketball court area, and parking lot.

The park will have a large passive use natural area along the Spencer Creek watershed that will be opening in the near future. This area will feature a number of trails, wildlife habitat, restored native plant habitat, and natural play features. Future plans for the site consists of a multi-purpose greenspace area that will include ball fields, soccer fields, additional shelters, recreational pathways, and more.  

 

The Phase 1 Project was constructed by McCarthy Improvement and Lower Construction, and was designed by RDG Planning & Design.

 

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Illinois home prices increase in September; Sales slow slightly

September brought continued annual gains in Illinois median home prices, while statewide sales declined slightly, according to Illinois REALTORS®.

Statewide home sales (including single-family homes and condominiums) in September 2016 totaled 13,940 homes sold, down 0.6 percent from 14,029 in September 2015.

The statewide median price in September was $180,000, up 5.0 percent from September 2015 when the median price was $171,350. The median is a typical market price where half the homes sold for more and half sold for less.

“Sellers are still seeing the benefits of a market where prices have consistently risen for the past four years,” said Doug Carpenter, ABR, AHWD, GRI, SFR, of Mokena, president of Illinois REALTORS® and managing broker of Coldwell Banker Honig-Bell in Orland Hills. “The tight inventory of homes on the market and a decline in the average time it is taking to sell show buyers are still in the market, they just aren’t finding as much as they would like from which to select.”

The time it took to sell a home in September averaged 58 days, down from 65 days a year ago. Available housing inventory totaled 64,934 homes for sale, a 13.2 percent decline from September 2015 when there were 74,794 homes on the market.

The monthly average commitment rate for a 30-year, fixed-rate mortgage was 3.46 percent in September 2016, an increase from 3.44 percent the previous month, according to the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corp. In September 2015 it averaged 3.90 percent.

In the nine-county Chicago Primary Metropolitan Statistical Area (PMSA), home sales (single-family and condominiums) in September 2016 totaled 9,895 homes sold, up 0.1 percent from September 2015 sales of 9,887 homes. The median price in September 2016 was $218,000 in the Chicago PMSA, an increase of 5.1 percent from $207,500 in September 2015.

“Annual sales growth in September was flat in Illinois and Chicago,” said Geoffrey J.D. Hewings, director of the Regional Economics Applications Laboratory at the University of Illinois. “Prices, though, continued to increase and this trend is expected to prevail for the next three months. Both the Conference Board Consumer Confidence Index and the University of Michigan Consumer Sentiment Index pointed to positive directions at the national level as a result of a positive outlook on the labor market. Unfortunately, job growth in Illinois has been way below the national level, dampening housing sales.”

According to the data, forty-three (43) Illinois counties reported sales gains for September 2016 over previous-year numbers, including St. Clair County, up 18.8 percent with 265 units sold; McHenry County, up 17.1 percent with 479 units sold; and DuPage County, up 3.6 percent with 1,223 units sold. Fifty (50) counties showed year-over-year median price increases including Winnebago County, up 13.5 percent to $105,000; Kane County, up 12.9 percent to $210,000; Peoria County, up 8.3 percent to $129,900; and Cook  County, up 4.7 percent to $225,000.

The city of Chicago saw a 3.2 percent year-over-year home sales decrease in September 2016 with 2,336 sales, down from 2,414 in September 2015. The median price of a home in the city of Chicago in September 2016 was $261,500, up 4.6 percent compared to September 2015 when it was $250,000.

“We continue to see a vibrant Chicago real estate market with homes moving quickly and with steady median price gains,” said Matt Silver, president of the Chicago Association of REALTORS® and partner at Urban Real Estate. “It is taking 42 days to sell a home, indicating buyers are eager to purchase when they find the right property.”

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 Oct. 7, 2016 for the period September 1 through September 30, 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.

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.

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Bettendorf Senior Card Club

The Bettendorf Senior Card Club celebrated its 55th anniversary on October 11, thanks to the Bettendorf Parks and Recreation Department.

The club is special because of its pleasant and welcoming members. Each week refreshments are served while members play a friendly game of 500 or Euchre. Every month birthdays are celebrated and once a month there is a potluck with homemade favorites. The Bettendorf Park Board sponsors the club and its events including pizza parties and day trips.

The Bettendorf Seniors Card Club meets at the Herbert Goettsch Community Center, 2204 Grant Street, on Tuesday’s and Thursday’s from 12:00-3:00 p.m. They currently have over 39 members and always welcome new people. The club has served Quad City seniors for many years. It actually has several active members that are in their 100’s.

For more information or to become a member, contact Ruth MacDonald at 563-508-7830 or Scott at 563-344-4112.

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A Gun Violence Victim in Illinois Every 8 Hours

Despite Chicago's reputation, Illinois comes in 40th overall in national rankings for gun violence, according to a new report.

The Center for American Progress found that in Illinois, someone is fatally shot every eight hours. Researchers looked at 10 different types of gun violence from 2005 to 2014, including suicides, homicides and mass shootings. Report co-author Chelsea Parsons, the center's vice president for guns and crime policy, said states with the strictest gun laws had the lowest levels of violence.

"What we found," she said, "is that the 10 states that have the weakest gun laws collectively have rates of gun violence that are more than three times higher than the 10 states with the strongest gun laws."

Gun-violence victims in Illinois are predominantly young African-Americans. From 2005 to 2014, more than 1,900 people younger than age 21 were killed. While African-Americans make up close to 15 percent of the state's total population, they account for about three quarters of gun-related homicide victims in the state.

The researchers found that laws requiring background checks, trigger-lock rules and training requirements coincided with lower rates of gun violence. Gov. Bruce Rauner signed legislation late this summer targeting people who purchase guns in other states with the intent of bringing them into Illinois to resell. Parsons said that, and tougher identification laws for gun purchases, are needed. 

"Making sure that all gun sales in the state are required to undergo a background check will help keep guns out of the hands of domestic abusers, who are not supposed to be able to buy them," she said.

From 2005 to 2014, the report said, twice as many people in Illinois were killed with guns than the total number of combat fatalities in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars combined. Illinois is one of the 21 states where more people are killed with guns than in car accidents.

The report is online at americanprogress.org.

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Farm to School: Bringing Iowa's Harvest into the Classroom

Iowa farmers are in the midst of harvest season, but many are pausing to share the fruits of their labor with local kids. October is Farm to School Month, and activities and events around the state are educating students about eating healthy foods.

Ellen Walsh Rosemann, who owns Farm Table Procurement and Delivery in Harlan, a food hub that distributes and transports food grown around Iowa to schools, said that when kids know where their food comes from, they are more likely to become better educated as consumers.

"When they're going grocery shopping with their parents, they might say, 'Oh, let's try that kale. We sampled that today during class,' and maybe their parents never have tried something like kale before," Rosemann said. "So, they're willing to try new foods, especially when their minds are young and more receptive to trying new things."

Some classrooms visit local farming operations during Farm to School Month, and some growers step into the classroom to share their knowledge. It's also an opportunity to connect farmers with schools to increase the local food options available in the cafeteria. 

Rosemann said other farm-to-school activities include school gardens and composting projects, which even can be school fundraisers.

"Thirty percent of our food is actually thrown away, and it's becoming a huge problem," she said. "So, they're composting food on their school grounds and then maybe the FFA chapter is selling that compost back to the community, to some people for their gardens."

Rosemann said the farm-to-school movement is building momentum in Iowa and elsewhere.

"Forty-two percent of U.S. schools are participating in some sort of farm-to-school effort, so that's 23.6 million students across this nation that are learning about local food and farm-to-school," she said. "And there's 40 states that are very supportive in policy, Iowa being one of them."

She said farm-to-school programs are linked to improved public health, community economic development and environmental quality. 

More information on Farm to School in Iowa is online at cfra.org.

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Davenport Junior Theatre 300th Production This Weekend

The Davenport Junior Theatre will open it's 65th season with it's 300 production this weekend. In a release from Daniel Sheridan, Director of the Davenport Junior Theatre, it was announced that a Halloween classic "Pegora the Witch" would be the Junior Theatre's opening weekend production for 2016 and the 300th production in the theatre's 65 year history. This will be the 6th time in the theatre's history that they have put on a production of "Pegora the Witch" which has proven to be an audience and theatre staff and students favorite over the years. Show times for Saturday, October 22nd are 1 Pm and 4 Pm and for Sunday 2 Pm only. 

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Moline Police Are Seeking New Tips in Cold Case

The Moline Police Department are looking for new tips in the case of Jerry Wolking. According to a post on the Moline Police Facebook page, today, October 18th, marks 26 years since-Jerry Wolking left a female aquaintance's home and was never seen again. Wolking's vehicle was later recovered at the Quad City Airport where forensic evidence was collected. Since then, new strides in forensic science have opened new avenues in the case as Moline Police have teamed with Augustana College professor Dr, Mike Wolf and student Grant Wick to perform new forensic tests on the vehicle. Several witnesses have been interviewed but there are still people the Moline Police would like to speak to about the case. If you or someone you know has any information regarding the disappearance of Jerry Wolking, 26 years ago today, please contact Moline Police at 309-524-2140 or Crimestoppers of the Quad Cities at 309-762-9500.

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Spooktacular at Prospect Park

Join us this Saturday, October 22, for a Spooktacular time! Spooktacular is Moline Parks and
Recreation’s annual Halloween event held at Prospect Park (Park 16th Street and 30th Avenue) for children
and families. Participants are invited to enjoy a complimentary wiener roast, storytelling- thanks to the
Moline Public Library, trick-or-treating and a magic show by the Quad City Magic Club. Kids, be sure to
come dressed in your costume, there will be plenty of fun characters to meet along the trick-or-treat route
around the pond. Admission is free and the fun starts at 2:30 p.m.!
Schedule:
Storytelling 2:30 p.m.
Trick-or-Treating 3:00 p.m.
Wiener Roast 3:00 p.m.
Magic Show 4:00 p.m.
Special thanks to the Moline Public Library, Quad City Music Guild, Quad Cities Magic Club and
Hyme’s Tree Service for helping make this event possible.
About Moline Parks and Recreation
Our Department is responsible for the management and daily operations of all Parks and Recreation
facilities, including 28 parks, more than 700 acres of parkland, over 17 miles of bicycle/pedestrian trails,
Riverside Family Aquatic Center, GreenValley Sports Complex, two municipal cemeteries and more. In
addition, we offer numerous programs in the areas of sports, rentals, and special events. For more
information about Moline Parks and Recreation visit our website (www.molineparks.com), Facebook
(facebook.com/molineparks), Twitter (@MolineParks) and Instagram (@MolineParks).

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Illinois State Police Announce Roadside Safety Check Results

The Illinois State Police (ISP) announced the results of a Roadside Safety Check (RSC) held during the late evening hours of Saturday, October 15, 2016 and early morning hours of Sunday, October 16, 2016.  The detail was conducted at Illinois 92 east ¼ mile west of 34th Street, Moline, IL by ISP District 7 troopers.
Alcohol is involved in nearly 40 percent of fatal crashes in Illinois.  RSCs are designed to remove alcohol-impaired drivers, however, when other violations are observed such as driving with a suspended or revoked license, operating a vehicle without a valid registration or insurance, or safety belt violations, enforcement action may be taken.  The following citations were issued at the safety check:
Violations Enforcement Activity
Registration offenses 0
Driver’s license offenses 5
Occupant restraint offenses 1
Driving under the influence arrests 2
Other alcohol/drug arrests 7
Total citations/arrests 15
Total written warnings 6
             
This project was funded through the Illinois Department of Transportation, Division of Transportation Safety.

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Art Meets the River

Art and the environment intersect in "Art Meets the River," ten award winning regional artist have painted and sculpted with the Mississippi River as their theme for an elaborate exhibition at Beréskin Fine Art Gallery in Davenport. A 2017 calendar featuring works inspired by Quad City waterways created by six of those Quad City artists will makes it's debut. A portion of the calendar's proceeds will benefit River Action, a non-profit organization that strives to foster the environmental, economic, and cultural vitality of the Mississippi River and its riverfront in the Quad City region.f

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Governor Rauner Discussing Prison Reform

Governor Bruce Rauner held a press conference to discuss ways to reduce recidivism rates in Illinois. The Governor hopes that his proposed prisoner reforms will help current Illinois prisoners build life skills that will lead to a life away from crime. Reporter Kim Howard filed this report from Springfield: 

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Wilson-Neuleib Guilty on Moline Murder Trial

The trial for 18 year old Lamaree Wilson-Neuleib came to a close on Monday with a verdict of Guilty. Wilson-Neuleib was arrested last year for the May 2015 shooting of 18 year old Zachary Phillips and Erik Roberson. Phillips died from his injuries while Roberson was permanently injured when Wilson-Neuleib into the vehicle Phillips was driving and Roberson was a passenger in. The jury deliberated for two hours before returning a verdict of Guilty of 1st Degree Murder. 

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Davenport Police Investigating Sunday Morning Shooting

Davenport Police are investigating a Sunday morning shooting incident that left two people injured. According to Davenport Police, officers were called to the 5400 Block of Division Street on a shots fired report. On the scene officers located and arrested 29 year old Romance Armstrong of Davenport. Armstrong was taken to Genesis Medical Center where he was treated for a non-life threatening gunshot wound. A second unnamed victim was taken from the scene by a private vehicle before police arrived. That victim's condition is described as non-life threatening but he was admitted to the hospital for treatment. Mr. Armstrong was treated and is now being held at the Scott County Jail. Detectives are continuing to investigate this incident. 

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Rules Aim to Knock Out Hidden Prepaid Credit-Card Fees

Consumer groups are praising the new rules on prepaid credit cards just released by the feds. The regulation, issued by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, goes into effect next fall and will make prepaid card issuers follow many of the same rules that apply to credit cards. 

Graciela Aponte-Diaz, director of policy for the Center for Responsible Lending, said prepaid cards often are used by low-income families who may not have a bank account. But the cards can come with hidden fees, something that will change with the new "know as you go" provision.

"It ensures that the prepaid card issuer lets the consumer know what the exact fees are, if there's a monthly fee, if there is a fee when you go to the ATM," she explained. "Is there a fee when you reload the card with cash?"

The new rules would force card issuers to underwrite a consumer's ability to repay a loan on their prepaid card and would impose limits on companies' rules for repayment, in an effort to make the process more fair.

But Aponte-Diaz thinks the rule doesn't go quite far enough, and said she would have liked to see the rule ban overdraft fees entirely if people spend more than the face value of the card.

"As the rule is written now, someone can use their card and overspend and they'll be charged fees for that," she added. 

The rules also say that when errors are found, the card issuer will be required to open an investigation and give consumers a replacement card, instead of freezing their funds.

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Medicare Open Enrollment Under Way in Iowa

For the next several weeks, Iowans with Medicare plans have an opportunity to review their health care options for 2017. 

Open enrollment for the program is under way and runs until Dec. 7. 

Kent Sovern, state director of AARP Iowa, strongly recommends that people read Notices of Change with the program and evaluate drug plan options to help save money.

"Given the trend for high prescription prices and fluctuations, we encourage all Iowa Medicare beneficiaries especially to pay close attention to the Medicare Part D plans that they currently have and those others that are in the market and do a side-by-side comparison," he urges.

Other options during open enrollment include switching from traditional Medicare to a Medicare Advantage plan and changing from one Medicare Advantage plan to another. 

Those who are happy with their current coverage do not need to do anything because re-enrollment will occur automatically.

In 2015, there were more than 570,000 Medicare beneficiaries in Iowa.

When reviewing options, Sovern suggests folks look at cost and coverage along with two other issues beginning with C.

"Convenience, well, we want to make sure if you are a recipient that you have access to the doctors, the pharmacies and so forth that are nearest to you, and finally customer service is an important part," he explains.

Because selecting a Medicare plan can be confusing, Sovern suggests using Medicare's plan finder program online at medicare.gov.

"People can also get help here in Iowa by contacting the Iowa Senior Health Insurance Information Program," he points out. "That's free, confidential and completely unbiased objective plan comparisons and answers about Medicare."

AARP recently hosted an informational tele-town hall about Medicare with the Senior Health Insurance Information Program. 

Residents can listen to the call for more resources about enrollment at aarp.org/ia.
 

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Stream Bettendorf vs Iowa City Little Hawks Here!

It's the Bettendorf Bulldogs against the Iowa City Little Hawks tonight on Jack FM Quad Cities 93.9 and streaming here. Click the Bulldogs logo to stream tonight's game. 

 

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ISP Dist 7 August Activity

Illinois State Police District Seven announced that during the month of August 2016, Troopers handled 1279 calls for service and assistance.  Of these calls, 167 were to help motorists whose vehicles were disabled on area highways.

 

          Criminal activities during the month included no persons apprehended for being wanted on outstanding warrants and 24 arrested for other criminal offenses.

 

          Traffic enforcement activities resulted in 170 drivers arrested for speeding and 32 cited for seat belt violations.  Driving under the influence arrests totaled 11, while 5 apprehensions for other alcohol related offenses were recorded.  Troopers issued a total of 351 traffic citations and 424 written warnings to motorists during the month.

 

          Troopers and weight inspectors issued 78 citations for overweight loads and issued zero written warnings for overweight violations.

 

          District Seven Troopers handled 35 traffic crashes within the four county area of Rock Island, Henry, Knox, and Mercer. There was one fatal crash handled by District 7 Troopers. 

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State Regulator Warns Halloween Colored Contacts Could Permanently Damage Your Eyes


 

 

CHICAGO — With the Halloween season upon us, the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR) is reminding the public that purchasing colored contact lenses from anyone other than a licensed eye care professional or pharmacist is dangerous. In recent years, illegally-purchased colored contacts have flooded the retail market during Halloween and are most often found at malls, beauty supply stores and via online websites. These lenses are often made overseas in non-FDA approved facilities with tinting materials that may be toxic to the eye.  Without a proper examination and fitting, colored contacts can cause damage to the eye, including blindness.

 

IDFPR licenses an estimated 2,300 optometrists and hundreds of ophthalmologists in Illinois.  Many have reported seeing patients who have suffered from infections or corneal scratches as a result of contact lens problems.  Because contact lenses sit directly on the cornea and could potentially limit the amount of oxygen reaching the eye, all contact lenses pose some risk to wearers.  By requiring lenses to be fitted and sold by professionals, that risk is limited and managed.

 

In addition to scratches from ill fitting lenses, bacteria build within the eye very rapidly and can cause infections.  Some types of bacteria can cause permanent scarring within twenty hours of the outbreak, if left untreated.  While the infection may look like pinkeye,an easily treated eye infection, contact lenses can cause eye ulcers which must be treated with strong antibiotic medicine.  If left untreated, ulcers can cause partial or total irreversible blindness.

 

 

Because the health risk is serious and most of the customers seeking cosmetic contact lenses are teens and young adults, IDFPR is partnering with the Illinois State Board of Education and the Department of Public Health to alert teachers, administrators and health care professionals in every school district and county in the state about the serious health and vision problems facing young people and warning signs to look for in their students and patients. 

 

Sales of contact lenses to consumers without a valid prescription are considered the unlicensed practice of optometry and subject to cease and desist orders and civil fines of up to $10,000. Illinois residents are encouraged to notify state officials if they see lenses for sale at retail outlets that do not require a prescription from a licensed eye-care professional.  Consumers can file complaints atwww.idfpr.com or by calling our consumer hotline number at 1-888-4REGUL8 (1-888-473-4858).

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Saturday Wreath Ceremony


WHAT:  LULAC Council 10 will honor and thank Americans who have served in the military or served the community as first responders during a unique wreath laying ceremony Oct. 15.

 

The American Legion Post 200 Color Guard, Davenport Mayor Frank Klipsch, members of the Quad City Patriot Guard Riders and U.S. Army veteran and bagpiper Derek Grant will participate in the ceremony. The keynote speaker is Brigadier General Richard B. Dix, Commanding General of the Joint Munitions and Lethality Life Cycle Management Command and Joint Munitions Command on the Rock Island Arsenal. The ceremony will conclude with a tribute to all fallen American military and first responders. Volunteers from U.S. Coast Guard Flotilla 93 will lay eight floral wreaths in the Mississippi River, followed by a 21-gun salute by Viet Nam Veterans Chapter 299.

 

WHEN:  Ceremony begins at 11 a.m.

 

WHERE: LeClaire Park, 400 W. Beiderbecke Drive, Davenport.

 

This is the sixth year LULAC Council 10 has coordinated and hosted the ceremony. The council, based in Davenport, is the largest and most active council in Iowa. Its 150 volunteer members host cultural events, mentor youth, support schools and youth organizations. In the past 38 years, Council 10 members have raised and awarded more than $500,000 in scholarships to 800 students living in the region.

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.

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One Person Injured in Shots Fired Incident Wednesday Night

Davenport Police are investigating a pair of shots fired incidents from Wednesday night, one of which left one man injured. According to Davenport Police, officers were called to the area of 2300 Fulton Avenue just before 10 Pm on a report that a vehicle had been struck by multiple gunshots. While at the scene officers were notified that a male victim had arrived in the emergency room at Genesis Medical Center with a non-life threatening gunshot wound. Police are investigating whether the two incidents are related. Just before 11 Pm another call regarding shots fired was received. Davenport Police were called to the area of 1300 East 38th Street in Davenport on reports of shots fired. Preliminary investigating indicated that an argument involving a group of people engaged in an argument. No one was injured in the incident and the incident remains under investigation. If you have any information regarding these incidents please contact Davenport Police at 563-326-6125.

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Children's Medication: Correct Dosage Required

When children get sick, parents and caregivers want to make sure they feel better, so they often reach for the cough syrup or pain killers without being conscious enough of just how much a little one should have. 

Dr. Carol DesLauriers, director of the Illinois Poison Center, said that in 2015, there were more than 8,300 cases of medication error in the state - most in children younger than five. She said liquid medications that are given to infants and toddlers are often the problem.

"The prescription label refers to a unit that's different than a syringe," DesLauriers explained. "For example, the label may say "give one teaspoon," and the oral syringe may only have milliliters. And a parent may not know how many milliliters are in a teaspoon."

A new study published in Pediatrics looked at medications given to more than 2,000 children under age eight, and found 84 percent of caregivers made one or more significant dosing errors. More errors were made with measuring spoons and with dosing cups than with syringes.

DesLauriers said there's a push by the Food and Drug Administration to require manufacturers to put dosage instructions in milliliters only. She said with some medications, giving just a little bit too much can cause serious health issues.

"Even something as simple as over-the-counter acetaminophen, which is used for pain and fever," DesLauriers said, "giving a little bit extra - especially if it's many times over the course of a few days if a child is sick - that can add up and cause real problems."

DesLauriers advised parents to make sure a dosing syringe is included when picking up liquid medications at the pharmacy, and write clear instructions on medication bottles if someone else will be giving it to the child. She also urged caregivers to never, ever use teaspoons and tablespoons to administer medications.

Additional information is available at illinoispoisoncenter.org.

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Female Wrestlers To Compete In The QC

 

 

Bettendorf, Iowa, October 12, 2016 - Nearly 200 young ladies will take to the wrestling mats at Pleasant Valley High School this weekend to prepare for Olympic-style wrestling in the Midwest Mat of Dreams Preseason Duals.  This unique event couples female wrestlers from around the country with modified wrestling rules that will help these young wresters transition to freestyle wrestling.

 

On Sunday, October 16 from 8:30am-4:00pm Female Elite Wrestling and Pleasant Valley Wrestling Club will host Iowa’s first dual tournament for girls and women.  Current participant registrations make this tournament the largest girls wrestling tournament to ever take place in Iowa.  Coach Lauren Louive of the Hawkeye Wrestling Club and co-coach Julie Johnsen are leading Iowa’s high school dual team against the nation’s best female wrestlers.  The meet is open to the public and tickets are available for purchase at the door ($10/adult and children are fee).  All proceeds go to PVWC and FEW to support the growth and development of women’s wrestling in Iowa. For more information regarding this event please email mattjschmit@gmail.com.

 

FEW is a non-profit organization that supports the growth and development of female athletes from beginning level to international competitors. With the mission of raising awareness for the sport through assisting elite female athletes with registration and travel for training and national and international competitions. Several young women locally have demonstrated success in national competitions. For more information please email coach@femaleelitewrestling.org to find out more about wrestling opportunities for girls in Iowa.

 

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Illinois State Police Announce Roadside Safety Check Results

 

 

East Moine, IL (10-12-16) – The Illinois State Police (ISP) announced the results of a Roadside Safety Check (RSC) held during the late evening hours of Friday October 7, 2016, and early morning hours of October 8.  The detail was conducted at Illinois 92 east at ¼ mile west of 34th Street, Moline by ISP District 7 Troopers. 

            Alcohol is involved in nearly 40 percent of fatal crashes in Illinois.  RSCs are designed to remove alcohol-impaired drivers, however, when other violations are observed such as driving with a suspended or revoked license, operating a vehicle without a valid registration or insurance, or safety belt violations, enforcement action may be taken.  The following citations were issued at the safety check:

            Violations

Enforcement Activity

Registration offenses

-

Driver’s license offenses

3

Occupant restraint offenses

-

Driving under the influence arrests

4

Other alcohol/drug arrests

5

Total citations/arrests

20

Total written warnings

3

                                                                                

This project was funded through the Illinois Department of Transportation, Division of Transportation Safety.                                                                          

Driving Zero Fatalities to Reality.

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Check Smoke Alarms for Fire Prevention Week (October 9 - 15)

 

 

 

          The nonprofit Illinois Fire Safety Alliance (IFSA) is asking Illinois residents to practice fire safety and prevention by “looking up” and checking their smoke alarms during national Fire Prevention Week (FPW) occurring from October 9 – 15.

 

The theme for 2016 FPW is “Don’t Wait, Check The Date! Replace Smoke Alarms Every 10 Years.” According to the National Fire Protection Association, which sponsors FPW, only a small percentage of people know how old their smoke alarms are, or how often they need to be replaced. The campaign encourages residents to find the “date of manufacture” on each smoke alarm and make sure they replace each smoke alarm 10 years from its respective date to ensure proper operation in the event of a fire. Working smoke alarms reduce the risk of dying in a fire by half.

 

“In addition to replacing any smoke alarms older than 10 years old, it is also important to test the others in the house once a month. Make sure one is installed in every bedroom, outside each sleeping area, and on every level of a home,” says IFSA Executive Director Philip Zaleski.

 

A few weeks after FPW, when residents change their clocks to “fall back” an hour at the end of Daylight Saving Time on November 6 serves as a reminder for residents to change smoke alarm batteries. The same should be done when clocks “spring forward” an hour in the spring.

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Congresswoman Bustos to speak at Upper Mississippi River Conference and then address the YPQC

On Thursday at 8:00 AM in Moline, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos will speak at the Upper Mississippi River Conference about her work to strengthen our local economy by investing in our water infrastructure. The Mississippi River is a critical economic asset in our region which is why Bustos strongly supports upgrading our lock and dam system.

Then at noon in Moline, Congresswoman Bustos will speak with the Young Professionals of the Quad-Cities for their Network@Noon luncheon. Network@Noon is a lunch hour with young professionals to gather for a meal, networking, and some professional development.  At this event, Bustos will discuss efforts to make sure we’re retaining our talented young people across our region.

Stop #1: Congresswoman Bustos to speak at the Upper Mississippi River Conference

Who: Congresswoman Bustos, several local officials and environmental experts
What: Upper Mississippi River Conference
When: Thursday, October 13th at 8:00 AM
Where: iWireless Center, Conference Room, 1201 River Drive, Moline, IL 61265

Stop #2: Congresswoman Bustos to speak to the Young Professionals of the Quad-Cities

Who: Congresswoman Bustos, young professionals from across the Quad-Cities
What: Network@Noon lunch and discussion
When: Thursday, October 13th at noon
Where: Boys & Girls Club of the Mississippi Valley, 1122 5th Avenue, Moline, IL 61265

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Run, walk the BHC campus Nov. 12 in 5K Hustle

MOLINE – Come run or walk the rolling hills and scenic roads of Black Hawk College on Saturday, Nov. 12 in the Black Hawk College 5K Hustle.

The road race will be at 8 a.m. at the college’s Quad-Cities Campus, 6600 34th Ave., Moline. Registration is $20 through Monday, Oct. 31 and $25 after Oct. 31. Packet pickup and race day registration will be from 6:45-7:45 a.m. in Building 1, upper lobby (park in Lot 1 off 70th Street).

The event will benefit the BHC Physical Therapist Assistant Program.

For more information, visit www.bhc.edu/hustle.

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Tax Info

The filing season for income earned in the 2015 calendar year will soon hit the absolute rock bottom deadline.

Michael Devine with the IRS office in St Louis says time is running short…

Needless to say, but those who do not meet the deadline will likely be facing penalties…

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American Red Cross Hosts “Hot Shot” Training for New Volunteers


 

 

MOLINE, IL, October 11, 2016 — In the wake of Hurricane Matthew, the American Red Cross is recruiting new volunteers to assist with the response efforts. More than 3,000 Red Cross workers are currently in Florida, Georgia, the Carolinas and Virginia helping with the response efforts and the recovery will be a long process.

 

The American Red Cross Central and Southern Illinois Region will be hosting a “Hot Shot” training event for new volunteers on Wednesday, October 19, 2016 in Moline. Registration is required for the “Hot Shot” training. To register, contact Samuel Evans at (217) 222-2477, ext. 7304 or at Samuel.Evans@redcross.org.

 

“Hot Shot” is a one-day training that will provide new volunteers with the skills needed to be a part of the Hurricane Matthew response. Upon completion of the “Hot Shot” training, new volunteers will be eligible to deploy to help with the Hurricane Matthew response.

 

“Hot Shot” attendees will complete two online courses that will introduce information pertaining to disaster services and care of those who have experienced a natural disaster. The first online course is the Disaster Cycle Services: An Overview, which discusses how disaster services helps individuals, families and communities prepare for disasters, as well as help them to respond to and recover from disasters. The second online course is Mass Care: An Overview and it will educate new volunteers on the multiple services that are provided to those who have been affected by disaster. 

 

At the training, new volunteers will complete Shelter Fundamentals, which introduces the guidelines and procedures that are necessary for setting up, running and closing a shelter during a disaster. “Hot Shot” attendees will also completePsychological First Aid, which will provide insight necessary to understanding the factors that affect stress responses in disaster relief workers and the people they serve. 

 

If you have ever thought about becoming a Red Cross Volunteer, now is the time—the need is great. To learn more about Red Cross volunteer opportunities, or to register for the “Hot Shot” training, please contact Samuel Evans at (217) 222-2477, ext. 7304 or at Samuel.Evans@redcross.org.

 

About the American Red Cross
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.

 

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Bustos In Rock Island


On Wednesday at 5:30 PM in Rock Island, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos will visit the Thurgood Marshall Learning Center to speak with local students who are participating in the Metro Youth Program’s regular band practice. Metro’s mission is to educate children at risk by offering them the expanded advantages of full participation in our society, which can only be achieved after elevating their self-esteem and their scholastic levels. What started in 1985 with 17 members that were mostly close friends and family, continues to grow at astonishing rates. Today Metro has more than 60 members and about 40 kids, age 6-18, participate in each practice. During the course of a year, Metro will perform on average 70 times during half-time shows, parades, and competitions.

 

Congresswoman Bustos to meet with students participating in the Metro Youth Program’s band practice.

 

Who: Congresswoman Bustos, Metro Youth leaders and students

What: Congresswoman Bustos to speak with Metro Youth students participating in their regular band practice

When: Wednesday, October 12th at 5:30 PM

Where: Thurgood Marshall Learning Center, 600, 11th Ave, Rock Island

 

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Iowa Shines for Disability Employment Success

Iowa shines as a state making strides in helping people with disabilities find work.

According to the latest federal data, Iowa ranks third among states in terms of the best places for people with disabilities to get jobs, up from seventh place in recent years. However, Becky Harker, executive director of the Iowa Developmental Disabilities Council, said tens of thousands of working-age Iowans with disabilities still are without employment. The barriers they face, she said, include lack of education or training, workplace accommodations and, sometimes, self-assurance.

"Feeling confident and competent in approaching employers in applying for positions," she said, "and I think sometimes lack of experience in the workforce is another barrier."

It's National Disability Employment Awareness Month, and Iowans are encouraged to embrace the talents and skills that people with disabilities can bring to the workplace. In 2014, more than 48,000 people from ages 18 to 64 with a disability were employed full-time in Iowa, and nearly 55 percent of Iowans with a disability worked at least part-time.

Agencies and groups including the Iowa Developmental Disabilities Council are working to transition young people into jobs in their communities. Resources and funding for supportive employment services are crucial, Harker said, "and then also, having qualified staff who can go beyond job matching into training people to have the skills that they need to be good employees."

Iowa Workforce Development, Iowa Vocational Rehabilitation Services and Iowa WORKS are among the agencies and organizations helping connect Iowans with disabilities to employment resources.

The data is online at iowadatacenter.org.

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HOMEGROWN DIRECTOR DEBUTS HIS 2nd FEATURE IN THE MIDWEST!!!

Horror hits the road as #SLAUGHTERHOUSE brings its reign of psychotic terror to 15 cities this Halloween.  From old roots, to new roots, director Dino Maglaris and select cast and crew are accompanying the film all the way from his hometown of Dubuque, Iowa, to his new haunt of Austin, TX. #SLAUGHTERHOUSE kicks off the tour on October 13th and will slash its way through the Midwest.

Immerse yourself in a unique horror film experience, as #SLAUGHTERHOUSE partners with Haunted House Attractions, Arthouse Theaters and many more to bring you games, contests, killer casts, and other interactive events. Enter the #SLAUGHTERHOUSE and the new wave of film viewing. It’s no longer a passive experience.

Logline – A romantic getaway for two becomes an impromptu spring break party until the blowout bash turns into murderous mayhem.

Synopsis – A Spring break party turns into a bloody death chamber…Bob just wanted to get to know his new girlfriend. Instead, he gets to meet all her closest friends, just in time for them to get slaughtered one by one, as five escaped lunatics from a nearby insane asylum take command of his high-tech house. Bob and Jen have to maneuver their way through an obstacle course of blood and body parts to save themselves or end up on a long list of the dead that the lunatics have left along their path.

Director-Dino Maglaris is an independent filmmaker living in Austin, Texas. #SLAUGHTERHOUSE is his second directorial effort. His first feature, CABIN CREW, a bank heist movie with heart, starring Austin Amelio (The Walking Dead) can now be seen on www.flixpremiere.com. Dino is available for interviews.

Written by – Scott McGuire and David Pantano
Cast - Nick Saenz (American Crime), Shayla Bagir (Cabin Crew), David Harrod (Revolution), and Grace Marlow

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Events At Davenport Community School

he Quad Cities Youth Summit will be held from 3:30-5:30 p.m. tomorrow (Tuesday, October 11th) at Williams Intermediate School, 3040 N. Division Street, Davenport. This is the third youth summit  sponsored by Beyond the Baseline and the second year for the event to be held in a Davenport Community School. Approximately 70-80 students will hear from several speakers on subjects such as root causes/warning signs of violence, violent incidents-escalation/retaliation, number of people harmed and the grief that ensues following violence, and what can we do to help keep our community safe. Following each speaker, students will meet in small groups to discuss each subject in more detail. Some speakers for the event will be professionals from the community and others will be students. Gary Thrapp from Beyond the Baseline will be available, as well as at least one Davenport Community Schools administrator. Again, please give me a call if you plan to attend.

·         The Davenport Community School District is celebrating Farm-to-School Month and Harvest Day at lunch on Thursday, October 13th across the district. Students will be enjoying Iowa corn, apple cake made with apples from Iowa orchards, and milk from Iowa cows. Several of our schools also have school gardens. We have a Food Corps volunteer in her second year of working with the district’s Food & Nutrition Services to find ways to have locally grown foods served in our schools and promote school gardens. One of our elementary schools would be pleased to host any media visits starting at 10:25 and with the last lunch period beginning around noon. Please call me if you might be interested in a visit on Thursday.

·         Finally, if you haven’t seen it yet, Buffalo Elementary School has launched the first S.T.E.A.M. Lab of its kind in the State of Iowa. (STEAM=Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math). Students have the opportunity to learn through experiences and the collaborative process. Critical/analytical thinking , a rigorous curriculum, access to good technology integrated into the curriculum, and creativity are all hallmarks of this educational experience. Here’s a link to the YouTube video from the ribbon cutting in September to give you an idea of what you might see https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fNz1e7aFt2w&sns=em  Please give me a call if you’re interested in this opportunity and I’ll help get it set up.  This is ongoing and our students and teachers are doing some great work.

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QC Rotary Clubs Unite to Feed Hungry Children


IA/IL QUAD CITIES – The eleven Rotary Clubs of the Quad-Cities have joined to sponsor “Service for Success,” a project to help kids in the community. At the event, they will assemble 20,000 meals for the Kids Against Hunger program. It will take place 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Thurs., Oct. 13, at the Rogalski Center, St. Ambrose University in Davenport, IA.
    
The event is also designed for anyone interested in learning more about Rotary International. Members of the public can meet Rotarians from both sides of the river dedicated to serving others in our community and worldwide. The evening will consist of:

· Service Project: packing bags for Kids Against Hunger.

· Brief overview of Rotary.

· Appetizers and hosted keg beer, with cash bar available.

· Opportunities to network.

“RiverBend Food Bank will distribute the meals to local needy families,” said Gary Loss, President of the Davenport Rotary Club. “In addition to feeding the hungry, one of our goals with this event is to let the community know what the Rotary is all about, which is serving our community as well as the world with international projects. We believe in service above self and helping others when we can. Hopefully visitors to this event will want to become members.”

 

The cost for Rotarians to attend is $10, and guests, students and the general public are free. Registration byOct. 11, 2016, is encouraged. Visit http://www.eventbrite.com/e/service-for-success-registration-28273406520 to register online. Payment can be made via check or cash at the door. For more information, call Gary Loss at (563) 355-3661.


The Rotary Clubs of the Quad-Cities are part of Rotary International, a global service organization. About 1.2 million Rotarians belong to more than 34,000 clubs worldwide. For more information, visit www.rotary.org.

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Efforts to ‘Raise the Grade’ Focus of 9th Annual Upper Mississippi River Conference


Over 200 individuals who represent interests that range from agriculture, manufacturing, energy and navigation to tourism, the environment and flood control and will convene in the Quad Cities Oct. 13-14 to discuss ways to improve the health of the Upper Mississippi River region and sustain the benefits it provides.

 

This year’s ninth annual Upper Mississippi River Conference builds on the first-ever Report Card produced by America’s Watershed Initiative, which was released last October as one of the first steps to “Raise the Grade” for the Mississippi River watershed, which covers all or part of 31 states in the nation. The Report Card provided grades for the Upper Mississippi River and the four other major basins that make up the larger Mississippi River watershed for six key goals—the economy, flood risk reduction, transportation, ecosystem health and recreation. Of the basins measured in the Report Card, the Upper Mississippi received the highest marking—a “C.”

 

The conference is hosted by River Action, a non-profit organization that works to protect and restore the Upper Mississippi, foster cultural and economic activities, and raise awareness of sustainable practices that enhance the river. River Action Executive Director Kathy Wine said a part of what her organization and this conference seeks to do is help people understand just how critical the Upper Mississippi River region is to the economic, social and environmental health of the entire nation.

 

“A recent study by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service shows that 133 counties along the Upper Mississippi generate more than $345 billion annually to economy and support over 1 million jobs, including nearly 422,000 related to tourism and recreation,” Wine said. “Some 52 percent of the nation’s corn and 41 percent of nation’s soybeans are shipped on the Upper Mississippi and the Illinois rivers. And 22 communities and 29 power plants draw water directly from the river here.”

 

Dru Buntin, executive director for the Upper Mississippi River Basin Association, said the conference can help raise the grade by helping shape a more collaborative, sustainable and basin-wide vision for the Upper Mississippi River. “At the conference, we’ll hear about successful efforts happening in the basin—including work that brings together strong science and a variety of partners to support progress in multiple sectors. We want to build on these successes, and draw from lessons learned elsewhere,” Buntin said.

 

Participants at the conference will provide input that will be reflected in a report that includes recommendations to improve the collaborative action in and management of the Upper Mississippi and Illinois Waterway System. The report is expected to be released in mid-November.

 

Robert Sinkler, director of water infrastructure for The Nature Conservancy, previously served as chief of environmental programs for the Army. Sinkler also once served as commander of the Corps’ Rock Island District, where he was instrumental in organizing the first Upper Mississippi River Conference in 2008.

 

“To raise the grade for the Upper Mississippi and its tributaries, we must find solutions that don’t pit successes in one sector against another. We must be mutually supportive of multiple uses,” Sinkler said. “We need to work in rural areas with farmers, because they are stewards of the land, 60 percent of which is used for crops or pastures in this region. We need to work with cities, because they play a vital role in maintaining economic vitality and quality of life, and we’re glad that our Mississippi River mayors will be well represented at the conference. We also need to work with nature, because clean water flows from healthy natural areas, which can also help reduce flood risks while enhancing wildlife habitat and recreational opportunities.”

 

Sinkler added that the nation’s investments in the Upper Mississippi and the Mississippi River basin as a whole should reflect the system’s value to the nation and also account for the important role that nature can play alongside manmade infrastructure, like storm water systems, water treatment plants, locks, dams and levees.

 

“As a drinking water source for over 20 million people and a revenue generator of more than $400 billion annually, making possible our nation’s only trade surplus, the Mississippi River is an essential resource. Its infrastructure and ecology must be maintained, especially in the face of worsening disasters – and it is cities that are occupying the front lines as we look to find solutions to these challenges,” said Mayor Bob Gallagher of Bettendorf, Iowa.

 

U.S. Congresswoman Cheri Bustos of Illinois said, “With both the Mississippi and Illinois Rivers, our region and our state are home to some of the largest waterway systems in the country. Improving our locks and dams is critical to our economic success. As a member of both the House Agriculture Committee and House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, I know that investing in our aging locks and dams will create jobs, improve our local economy and make our farmers and businesses more competitive in today’s global economy.”

 

Please see http://www.riveraction.org/umrc/ for a link to the conference white paper with background info on all the river sectors.

 

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Churches Receive Grant

The Wells Fargo Foundation has awarded a $1,000.00 grant to Churches United of the Quad City Area, in support of its Shelter Program in the Quad City Area.  This support is critical in keeping Winnie’s Place in operation, in order to shelter women (with or without children) who are homeless and/or victims of domestic violence.  In addition to shelter, Winnie’s Place offers counseling, advocacy, and training, so that these women can look forward to a more successful life for themselves and their children.   

 

Churches United has a 55-year history of reaching out to our community.  Its 136 member churches represent 50,000 people from the Quad City Area.  As well as Winnie’s Place, Churches United also operates 25 food pantries and 3 hot meal sites.  For more information about services offered, or ways to support Churches United, call 563-332-5002, or visit our website at www.CUQCA.org.

 

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October Hike

The Friends of the Canal are holding their monthly Hike the Canal outing on Sunday, October 23.
This month's hike will be from Bridge 47 to Lock 33 (Guard Lock) on the Feeder Canal. This portion of the "Hike the Hennepin" is 4.9 miles in length and it has been named the "Indigo Bunting".
We will meet at Bridge 45 access at 1:30 pm, where we will follow the leader to Lock 33; from there we will be shuttled to Bridge 47 to begin our hike. Bridge 45 is located on Route 40 across from the Holiday Inn in Rock Falls.
The monthly hikes were developed by the Friends of the Hennepin Canal as an opportunity for everyone to get to know the Canal personally by hiking it from the Illinois River to the Mississippi (including the Feeder Canal) in small legs. You need not be a member of the Friends to join us in any of the hikes. There is no fee for the hikes. Come and join in the fun and bring a friend. We ask that you dress weather appropriately.
For more information, contact Ed Herrmann at:
hikes@friends-hennepin-canal.org (email) or 815-664-2403 (home)
or log on to our website at: www.friends-hennepin-canal.org .
Next hike: November 20
Hike route: Bridge 23 to Bridge 28 Length: 5.0 miles Meet at: Br. 23(IL Rt. 78)
Hike name: Muskrat

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Halloween Fun at the Wapsi Center

Starting at 3pm Learn how to use a bow and arrow in this Halloween themed, informative, and fun hands-on class!  Call to pre-register (563) 328-3286.  STARTING AT 5PM.  Dinner over Campfire (bring your own meal to cook). The Hike will begin at 6PM Campfire Dinner, Haunted Hike, and Scavenger Hunt.  The Wapsi River Center is located on 52nd Avenue, south of Wheatland, or north of Dixon, by following the signs.  The address is: 31555 52nd Ave, Dixon, IA. 52745 

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Ronald Reagan Dinner

BETTENDORF, IA The Scott County Republican Party is holding their 8th annual Ronald Reagan dinner on Tuesday, October 11 at the Waterfront Convention Center in Bettendorf.  United States Senator Tom Cotton from Arkansas will be the featured speaker.

Senator Cotton’s committees include the Banking Committee, the Intelligence Committee, and the Armed Services Committee, where he chairs the Air Land Power Subcommittee. He grew up on his family’s cattle farm in Yell County, graduated from Dardanelle High School, Harvard, and Harvard Law School. After a clerkship with the U.S. Court of Appeals and private law practice, Senator Cotton left the law because of the September 11th attacks. He served nearly five years on active duty in the United States Army as an Infantry Officer and served in Iraq with the 101st Airborne and in Afghanistan with a Provincial Reconstruction Team. Between his two combat tours, Senator Cotton served with The Old Guard at Arlington National Cemetery. His military decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, Combat Infantry Badge, and Ranger Tab. Senator Cotton is  currently the youngest serving United States Senator also a regular commentator on Fox News.

In addition to Senator Cotton, the party is announcing the following Special Guests who will also be attending and speaking at the Reagan dinner:  Governor Branstad, Lt. Governor Reynolds, U.S. Senators Grassley and Ernst, Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate, Iowa State Auditor Mary Mosiman, Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey and Iowa GOP Chairman Jeff Kaufmann.

Also attending are Speaker of the Iowa House, Linda Upmeyer, Iowa National Committeewoman Tamara Scott, Iowa National Committeeman Steve Scheffler and the President of the Iowa Federation of Republican Women, Melissa Gesing.

The party will also hold a silent auction during the event with over 80 items including a week long stay at a Colorado lodge. 

This is the County Party’s 8th Annual Reagan dinner and only fundraiser. Previous speakers  have included: 2009 Governor Geoge  Pataki;  2010 Governor Mitt Romney;  2011 Governor Rick Perry;

2012 Governor Bobby Jindal; 2013 U.S. Senator Scott Brown; 2014 U.S. Senator Marco Rubio and in 2015 Governor Jeb Bush.

 

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Familly Planning Clinic

 

   The Henry and Stark County Health Departments remind 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 or find us on Facebook at Henry and Stark County Health Departments or Follow Us on Twitter.

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Grassley Named “Friend of Farm Bureau” by the American Farm Bureau Federation


 

 WASHINGTON – The American Farm Bureau Federation recognized Sen. Chuck Grassley with its “Friend of Farm Bureau” award for his reliable support of agriculture and his advocacy on behalf of Iowa farmers.

 “Agriculture accounts for a large portion of the Iowa economy,” Grassley said. “I’m committed to ensuring farmers are represented at the policymaking tables in our nation’s capital. As Iowa’s United States Senator and a lifelong family farmer, it’s an honor to be recognized for representing the hard-working American men and women of agriculture.”

 The American Farm Bureau Federation gives the “Friend of Farm Bureau” award to members of Congress who have supported Farm Bureau issues, as demonstrated by their voting records, and who were nominated by their respective state Farm Bureau.

 “The Farm Bureau is honored to present the ‘Friend of Farm Bureau’ award to Senator Grassley for his reliable support of Farm Bureau priority issues and his consistent voting record supporting Iowa agriculture,” said Craig Hill, president of the Iowa Farm Bureau. “We are grateful to have an advocate like Senator Grassley fighting for agriculture in the U.S. Senate.”

 Grassley serves on the Senate Committee on Agriculture, where he brings real-life experience as a family farmer to farm policy. He’s championed efforts to ensure federal farm programs help small- and medium-sized farms weather the highs and lows of farming that are out of a farmer’s control. He’s also worked to keep in place a safety net for farmers through the crop insurance program which is one of the most important risk management tools for farmers. As Chairman of the Judiciary Committee, Grassley leads the Senate’s federal oversight efforts, including antitrust and regulatory issues. Amidst a wave of mergers and acquisitions, he held a hearing in the Judiciary Committee on September 20, to highlight consolidation and competition in the U.S. seed and agrochemical industry. Grassley has also been one of the strongest voices of opposition to the Environmental Protection Agency’s ill-conceived Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) rule, which would define 97 percent of the land in Iowa as a waterway and subject it to federal regulation. This impractical rule and clear example of federal overreach has the potential to financially burden farmers and others types of businesses all across Iowa.

 The American Farm Bureau Federation is an independent, non-governmental, voluntary organization governed by and representing farm and ranch families united for the purpose of analyzing their problems and formulating action to achieve educational improvement, economic opportunity and social advancement. Its goal is to enhance and strengthen the lives of rural Americans and to build strong, prosperous agricultural communities.

 

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Stream Bettendorf vs Davenport North Here!

The Bettendorf Bulldogs host Davenport North tonight at 7:30 on JACK93,9 FM Quad Cities and streaming here at JACK939.com by clicking on the Bulldogs logo below. 

 

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Genesis Spiritual Care To Host Open Arms Graveside Remembrance

Genesis Spiritual Care will host Open Arms, the sixth annual remembrance service for families who have experienced a miscarriage, stillbirth or infant loss. The graveside service will take place 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 15, in Oakdale Memorial Gardens, 2501 Eastern Avenue, Davenport, Iowa.

Oct. 15 is Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day. It is a day to remember infants lost too soon and a day to encourage parents around the world to light a candle in remembrance of their child. The candles, to be lit at 7 p.m., are a part of a worldwide effort in all time zones to provide a continuous wave of light in memory of these children.

"Many families have experienced the loss of a child because of miscarriage or stillbirth, or in early infancy," said Genesis Chaplain Carol Kelly. "Although the loss is far more common than people think, it's often not talked about and families are left to grieve in silence.

"We hope the 'Open Arms' service will accomplish what its name intended … to surround these families with open arms of love and understanding and to give them the opportunity to remember and grieve for their loved one."

For more information about the Open Arms Remembrance, call (563) 421-7970.

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City of Bettendorf Relaxes Bundling Rules in Areas Affected By Storm

BETTENDORF: Due to storm damage from last night’s storms, the City of Bettendorf has relaxed the bundling requirements for trees and branches in the areas affected by the storm.  The primary areas include homes south of Crow Creek Road to Middle Road, and from Utica Ridge Road to Devils Glen Road. Residents are still required to cut branches into five foot (5’) lengths and stack them neatly at their normal collection location, but no tying of the branches is required for these areas. Yard waste stickers are still required on all yard waste bags. Due to the volume of materials, collection may be delayed. 

For further information, contact the Public Works Department at pubworks@bettendorf.org or 563-344-4088.

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Bustos Accepting Applications for Military Academy Nominations

 

 

MOLINE, IL - Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (IL-17) announced that she is accepting applications from high school students from across Illinois’ 17th District for nominations to the United States armed services academies for the class entering in the fall of 2017. 

“Our military academies provide our nation’s young people with not only a first-class education, but the tools to become the next generation of leaders in our country,” said Congresswoman Cheri Bustos. “I strongly encourage all students across the 17th district to submit their application packets to my office.  I look forward to reviewing all of the applications and nominating qualified students across our region for this high honor.”

Each year, Bustos has the honor of nominating up to ten qualified young people from Illinois’ 17th District for attendance at four service academies: the U.S. Military Academy in West Point, NY, the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD, the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, CO, and the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, NY.  

 

Students interested in applying should visit Bustos’ website to learn more about the process and download an application. The website features specific instructions on the accompanying forms and required documents, including an application form, an essay, high school transcript, ACT/SAT scores, and letters of recommendation.  Since these materials take time to compile, interested students are encouraged to start obtaining the materials needed for the packet as soon as possible.

 

The deadline for submitting a completed nomination packet to Bustos’ office is Friday, November 18th.

 

Each applicant for a nomination must meet the following eligibility requirements as of July 1st of the year of admission to an academy:

 

· Age: Be at least 17 years old, but not have passed the 23rd birthday

· Citizenship: Must be a U.S. citizen

· Marital Status: Must be unmarried, not pregnant, and without legal obligation to support children or other dependents

· Residence: Must reside within the boundaries of the 17th Congressional District of Illinois.

· Skill / Fitness: Must meet the medical, physical, and academic requirements of the Academy.

 

For further information, answers to frequently asked questions as well as an application packet, please visit: http://bustos.house.gov/helping-you/military-academy-nominations.

 

Contact Bustos’ Rock Island office at (309) 786-3406 with any further questions about the application process.

 

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Busy Weekend at Starved Rock State Park


UTICA, IL – The Columbus Day weekend is traditionally the single busiest weekend of the year at Starved Rock State Park, and visitors should expect traffic delays near the park and possible temporary park closures on Saturday, October 8 through Monday, Oct. 10 

Motorists heading to Starved Rock State Park for a Columbus Day weekend visit are encouraged to arrive early, and to follow directions of park officials and law enforcement officers when they arrive.

 

If the park reaches maximum capacity (meaning no parking spaces remain), the park may be closed for safety reasons until parking becomes available.  Motorists are reminded not to park along park roads or public highways. This may prevent emergency vehicles from getting through. Vehicles parked illegally will be towed at the owner’s expense.

 

Hikers at Starved Rock and nearby Matthiessen State Park should always observe park safety rules and pack out their trash. 

Visitors heading to Starved Rock can check for information on park crowds and possible temporary closures as they near the park by tuning to the Starved Rock information radio station on 1610 AM.  Visitors can also check for updates on the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) Facebook page and the IDNR Twitter feed @IllinoisDNR.

Starved Rock Lodge guests, as well as people with lodge brunch reservations, will be allowed to enter the park. Lodge parking will be restricted to lodge patrons with reservations. 

For more information about Illinois State Parks, visit the IDNR website: 
 http://www.dnr.illinois.gov/parks/Pages/default.aspx.

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ILGOP Launches Voter Fraud Hotline


 

“Nothing is more important than voters having confidence in our democratic system. That’s why the allegations of vote fraud in Kankakee are deeply disturbing and threaten to undermine this year’s elections. Today, the Illinois Republican Party is launching a statewide voter fraud hotline. If you see suspicious election activity, please call 1-844-4-ILFRAUD and help preserve the integrity of our elections.” – Illinois Republican Party Chairman Tim Schneider

 
Yesterday, the Kankakee County State’s attorney announced an unprecedented investigation into voter fraud following reports of individuals from Chicago offering gifts in exchange for votes for Rep. Kate Cloonen and Hillary Clinton.
 
These reports of voter fraud are concerning, especially since the complaints come from one of the most competitive state house districts in the state.
 
We encourage anyone who sees suspicious election activity to call 1-844-4-ILFRAUD.
 
Background:

· The State’s Attorney’s office began the investigation after the clerk’s office “reported three complaints from people who said they were offered bribes for votes.”

· Several applications filed with the election authority appear to be fraudulently executed.  

· Kate Cloonen and Mike Madigan’s political team have lashed out at the Republican Party and personally attacked the State’s Attorney himself in order to distract from the allegations that Democratic candidates are benefiting from election fraud.

 

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Fire Prevention Week: Check Smoke Alarms

The nonprofit Illinois Fire Safety Alliance (IFSA) is asking Illinois residents to practice fire safety and prevention by “looking up” and checking their smoke alarms during national Fire Prevention Week (FPW) occurring from October 9 – 15.

The theme for 2016 FPW is “Don’t Wait, Check The Date! Replace Smoke Alarms Every 10 Years.” The campaign encourages residents to find the “date of manufacture” on each smoke alarm and replace each smoke alarm 10 years from its respective date to ensure proper operation in the event of a fire. Working smoke alarms reduce the risk of dying in a fire by half.

Also, on October 13, the IFSA will host the 76th annual Fire Prevention Week Luncheon for over 500 Illinois fire officials in Woodridge, Illinois. The event will highlight and honor those who have gone above and beyond in fire safety and burn prevention.

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National Coffee with A Cop

Officers from the Davenport Police Department will be participating in National Coffee with a Cop Day.  Please join us from 7:00 A.M. to 9:00 A.M. on Friday, October 7, 2016, at Hy-Vee Northgate, 1823 East Kimberly Road.   Coffee with a Cop provides community members opportunities to ask questions, voice concerns, and get to know officers while enjoying a cup of coffee.   

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Illinois Banking Regulators, Federal Reserve Release 2016 National Survey on Community Banking

 

 

 

ST. LOUIS - The Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation Division of Banking, in conjunction with the Conference of State Bank Supervisors (CSBS) and the Federal Reserve, published this week Community Banking in the 21st Century: Opportunities, Challenges and Perspectives, an annual report that features the findings of a nationwide survey on community banking and state-by-state banker interviews.

 

The report was released in conjunction with the Community Banking in the 21st Century Research and Policy Conference, hosted by the Fed and CSBS at the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis on Sept. 28-29, 2016.

 

Illinois highlights from the state-by-state banker interviews include:

 

· Illinois bankers are concerned about the state’s overall economic growth

· Financial literacy is a significant concern among Illinois bankers

· The TILA-RESPA Integrated Disclosure rule was cited the most time-consuming and burdensome regulation to which Illinois bankers must comply

· Illinois bankers are seeing increased competition from nonbank entities, credit unions and the Farm Credit System

· Illinois bankers in rural areas are facing challenges with recruiting millennials

 

Highlights from the national survey include:

 

· Bankers are seeing an active merger and acquisition market as 20 percent of banks surveyed made an acquisition offer in the past year

· Regulatory burden is still a top concern among bankers, was cited the number one reason for banks exiting an activity

· The TILA-RESPA Integrated Disclosure rule was cited the most costly regulation, accounting for 23 percent of all compliance expenses

· Surveyed community banks saw an increase in small business lending activity by more than seven percent

· Bankers saw a slight decrease in dollar volume of overall small business lending, totaling $340 billion

· Approximately 75 percent of surveyed banks made small business loans to customers in 2015 of which they had a previous relationship

“The findings of the survey provide a beneficial glance into the attitudes of the banking industry on a micro-macro level,” said Bryan A. Schneider, IDFPR Secretary.  “It is clear from the responses of our state bank stakeholders that meaningful structural reforms are vital to creating a regulatory environment conducive to strong economic growth and opportunity.”

 

The 2016 national survey was developed and administered with the assistance of Cornell University’s Survey Research Institute (SRI). It was distributed by state bank commissioners in 30 states. A total of 557 community bankers participated. The survey provides a comprehensive view of what bankers are thinking surrounding key issues facing their industry and how they are responding to changes in their markets. The state-by-state banker interviews were conducted by state banking commissioners from 29 states.

 

The Community Banking in the 21st Century: Opportunities, Challenges and Perspectives report is available online atwww.communitybanking.org.

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Accident Claims The Life Of A Colona Man

 

WHAT:                        Pedestrian versus Semi Truck Fatal Crash

 

WHERE:              Interstate 80 west bound at Mile Marker 7 (Colona)

 

WHEN:                 October 4, 2016 @ 9:15 pm

 

WHO:                          Ken W. Phillips, 61, East Moline, IL (Driver)

                              Brandon A. Carr, 20, Colona, IL (Pedestrian)

 

VEHICLE(S):             Truck Tractor/Semi Trailer

 

PRELIMINARY:   On October 4, 2016 at approximately 9:15 pm, a semi-truck was traveling west on Interstate 80 in the construction zone. In the vicinity of mile marker 7 a pedestrian (later identified as Brandon Carr) walked into the active lane of travel. The semi-truck struck Carr causing fatal injuries to the pedestrian. Colona Police and Fire, Henry County Sheriff’s Deputies and Coroner and Illinois State Police Traffic Reconstruction Unit, Investigations, Commercial Vehicle Officer, and District 7 Patrol responded to the scene. Henry County Coroner pronounced Carr deceased at the scene. The west bound lane of Interstate 80 was shut down for investigation and re-opened at 2:15 am on October 5. No charges have been filed. This incident remains under investigation.

 

All subjects are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

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Hydrant Flushing Underway in Moline


Moline Water Division personnel are conducting hydrant flushing and that work will occur between 7AM and 3PM on weekdays and the program will last for about four weeks.  An approximate schedule can be found on the city website: www.moline.il.us.

 

Water Division personnel will verify proper operation of more than 2,500 fire hydrants located throughout Moline, during the flushing operation. The systematic nature of this operation also serves to remove deposits and sediment that can accrue in the water mains.

 

Customers may experience some discoloration or cloudiness in their water for a short time following hydrant flushing in their area.  Generally, this will clear up by running some water from a cold water tap for a few minutes.  Although, the water is still considered safe to use during this time, customers should refrain from doing laundry while flushing is being conducted in their area. 

 

Questions concerning the flushing operation should be directed to the Water Plant at 524-2300.

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Quad City Engineering & Science Council Hosts STEM Teachers Night at Buffalo Elementary

The Quad City Engineering & Science Council is hosting a free STEM Teachers Night Out beginning at 6 p.m. this evening (Wednesday, 10/5) at Buffalo Elementary School, 1000 Jefferson St., Buffalo, Iowa.  We are expecting approximately 30  STEM teachers/administrators from the Quad Cities area to visit the new S.T.E.A.M. Lab at Buffalo Elementary School. Buffalo Elementary School has launched the first S.T.E.A.M. Lab of its kind in the State of Iowa. (STEAM=Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math). Students have the opportunity to learn through experiences and the collaborative process. Critical/analytical thinking , a rigorous curriculum, access to good technology integrated into the curriculum, and creativity are all hallmarks of this educational experience. The agenda kicks off at 6:15 p.m. with a welcome from Buffalo Elementary School Principal Heidi Gilliland, Buffalo STEAM program overview), Dr. Tate or Ralph Johanson and then the QCESC will present information starting at 6:35 p.m. The teachers will be eager to see the lab and some student work and the event will continue until 8 p.m.

Here’s a link to the YouTube video from the ribbon cutting in September to give you an idea of what you might see tonight https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fNz1e7aFt2w&sns=em
Pat Barnes from the John Deere Foundation is heavily involved in STEM education in the Quad Cities and he would be good to talk with re: importance of this type of learning to help prepare students for future learning and career opportunities (technology, science, engineering, sound engineering, video production, and perhaps some fields we don’t even know about yet.

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**UPDATE** Two Fatalities in Davenport

UPDATE:
The names of the people found inside the residence are Kevin Freese (age 58) and Donna Freese (age 57). No other
information can be released at this time.
ORIGINAL:
On Wednesday, October 5, 2016 at approximately 4:46 AM Davenport Police and EMS personnel responded to 1100 W 59th
St. in reference to a reported shooting. Two people were found deceased inside the residence. Their names are not being
released at this time pending notification of family. Detectives are on scene and are currently conducting an investigation.
Additional information will be disseminated when possible.
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."

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Two Fatalitlies In Davenport

On Wednesday, October 5, 2016 at approximately 4:46 AM Davenport Police and EMS personnel responded to 1100 W 59th
St. in reference to a reported shooting. Two people were found deceased inside the residence. Their names are not being
released at this time pending notification of family. Detectives are on scene and are currently conducting an investigation.
Additional information will be disseminated when possible.
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."

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**UPDATE** Davenport Police Apprehend Fugitive

Micah Bates has been charged with Burglary 2nd Degree, Criminal Mischief 2nd Degree, Eluding, Reckless Driving, Leaving the
Scene of a Property Damage Accident, and Driving under Suspension. These charges stem from the incident on October 3rd.
He also is being charged with Intimidation with a Dangerous Weapon from an incident which occurred on July 9, 2016 in the
800 block of E River Drive at the Riverside Liquor Store.
Last night Bates was initially transported to Genesis Medical Center for treatment due to a self-inflicted stab wound. He has
been released and is being held in the Scott County Jail.
Original Release – October 3, 2016
On Monday October 03, 2016 at 6:28 PM Davenport Police were dispatched to the 900 block of Sylvan Ave reference 911
caller reporting a man with a gun. The suspect was described leaving the scene in a red Ford Ranger.
Responding police located and identified the suspect and involved vehicle in the 1000 block of Tremont Ave. Police attempted
to conduct a traffic stop on the suspect however he failed to stop and led police on a brief vehicle pursuit.
The suspect fled the vehicle on foot and was apprehended in the 2500 block of Brady Street.
The suspect is identified as Micah Bates 28 years old, wanted by the Iowa Department of Corrections-Oakdale for escape,
theft 1st degree, habitual offender property, and witness tampering or juror.
Additional charges are pending further investigation.
No further information is available at this time.

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Rainbow Trout Stocking at Prospect Pond

Trout season will officially open this Saturday, October 8. With the season quickly approaching the
Illinois DNR has stocked Prospect Pond (Park 16th St. & 30th Ave.) with hundreds of rainbow trout.
As of 10:00 a.m. today (October 4), Prospect Pond is closed to the public and fishing is now allowed, the
park will remain open. The pond will reopen for fishing on Saturday, October 8.
An Illinois fishing license is required to fish at both Riverside Pond and Prospect Pond. In addition a trout
stamp must be purchased to fish for trout. Illinois fishing license and stamp information can be found
here.
For additional information about Prospect or Riverside Pond please call 309-524-2424.

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Group Fight Results In Stab Wound

On Monday, October 3, 2016 at approximately 11:50PM Davenport Police responded to the area of 2700 Rockingham Rd in
reference to a disturbance involving a group of people fighting. An adult female had a non-life threatening stab wound from
an unknown object. She was transported to Genesis Medical Center for treatment.
At this time, one adult and one juvenile were charged with Disorderly Conduct. The adult is Sandra Cisneros, age 18, of
Moline. Additional arrests are pending. 

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The iWireless Center Unveils Massive New HD Video Wall

The iWireless Center will unveil an impressive new LED Video Wall that is nearly 5 times larger the previous one.   By comparison the old video wall was 234 sq. ft. and had 84,646 pixels; the new display is 1125 sq. ft. with 1,056,758 pixels.   The video wall is supported by a new camera/replay system and will deliver vibrant HD footage and graphic images both live in the arena and on ECHL.TV game broadcasts. The new 10mm LED system will now give the iWireless Center the ability to increase display functions for events and offer new dynamic opportunities for advertisers. The new wall is also far more energy efficient, requiring 46% less energy to operate.

"We are fortunate to have the opportunity to continually reinvest in our building to improve the guest experience, and this video wall will be a tremendous new feature that fans are going to appreciate." said Executive Director Scott Mullen.

The media is invited to attend open house and the ribbon cutting as well as sample some of the new menu items for our upcoming 2016-2017 season of events.

What:     iWireless Center Menu Tasting, Season Preview and Ribbon Cutting 
When:    Wednesday, October 5 from 12:00 pm - 1pm
New Menu Tasting and 12pm
Season Preview, Ribbon Cutting and Videowall Media Event 12:30pm
Where:   iWireless Center (Green Tree Brewhouse)
             1201 River Drive
                             Moline, IL 61265

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Middle Road Resurfacing â€" Hopewell Avenue to North of Forest Grove Drive

BETTENDORF: Beginning Wednesday, October 5 and continuing into November, Middle Road will be under construction between Hopewell Avenue and north of Forest Grove Drive. The work will consist of milling the existing Hot Mix Asphalt (HMA) overlay, full depth patching of the underlying concrete base as needed, full depth HMA widening of the roadway, HMA resurfacing and pavement markings. During this time, two-way traffic will be maintained with reduced speed and one lane of traffic being moved to the gravel shoulder. The start date and duration of the project is dependent on weather.

For more information, contact the Bettendorf Public Works Department at 563-344-4055.

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Moline Libraray Offers Kids Activities

Haunted Gingerbread Houses
Monday, October 10 @ 1:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m.
Students in grades 6-12 can make haunted gingerbread houses from graham crackers, frosting, and candy at the Moline Public Library on Monday, October 10 at 1:00 or 6:00 p.m. Space is limited and registration is required. For more information or to sign up, contact the Moline Public Library at 309-524-2470 or visit us at 3210 41st Street, Moline, IL or online at www.molinelibrary.com.

Anime Club
Tuesday, October 11 @ 3:30 p.m.
Anime and manga fans in grades 6 through 12 are invited to join the Moline Public Library’s Anime Club. Watch, read, discuss, and hang out with fellow otaku. Meetings are on the second Tuesday of the month from 3:30 to 5:30. Drop in any time. No registration required. For more information, contact the Moline Public Library at 309-524-2470 or visit us at 3210 41st Street, Moline, IL or online at www.molinelibrary.com.

Game Day
Wednesday, October 12 @ 11:30
Tweens and teens in grades 6 through 12 can spend their half days off school at the Moline Public Library. We’ll have a variety of video games, board games, and computer games from 11:30 to 1:00. Drop in any time. No registration required. For more information, contact the Moline Public Library at 309-524-2470 or visit us at 3210 41st Street, Moline, IL or online at www.molinelibrary.com.

MaKey MaKey
Monday, October 17 @ 6:00 p.m.
Students in grades 4-8 can stop by the Moline Public Library on Monday, October 17 at 6:00 p.m. to try out MaKey MaKey, an invention kit that lets you turn everyday objects into touchpads and combine them with the Internet. This program is part of the Project Next Generation grant. Bus passes are available for participants. No registration is required. For more information, contact the Moline Public Library at 309-524-2470 or visit us at 3210 41st Street, Moline, IL or online at www.molinelibrary.com.

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Davenport Police Apprehend Fugitive

The Davenport Police Department on Monday arrested a suspect wanted for escaping from the Oakdale, Iowa Department of Corrections. According to Davenport Police, 28 year old Micah Bates was captured after officers were called to the 900 Block of Sylvan Avenue on word of a suspect with a gun fleeing in a red Ford Ranger. Davenport Police engaged in a chase which ended near the 2400 Block of Brady Street with a brief foot chase. Mr. Bates had escaped from Oakdale after having been arrested their for theft and jury tampering. Additional charges are now pending against Bates. No further information is being released by Davenport Police at this time. 

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National Drug and Substance Prevention Specialist and Youth Speaker to Hold Program in Davenport

As a precursor to Red Ribbon week, Mr. Ray Lozano, National Drug and Substance Prevention Specialist and Youth Speaker, will be presenting a free program on Monday, October 17, from 5:30-6:30 pm at the One Eighty Community Center. The Center (formerly St. Joseph’s Catholic Church) is located at 601 Marquette Street in Davenport, Ia. Everyone–educators, parents, youth, etc.–is welcome to attend. Prior to his evening event, Lozano will be speaking to students at three area high schools–Assumption, North Scott and DeWitt.
Lozano has educated and entertained thousands of students in hundreds of schools on drug awareness and prevention, both nationally and internationally since 1986. In addition, he has taught parents positive conversation starters and tools on how to talk to children about drugs. He has a talent and gift for conveying what could be construed as boring drug and alcohol prevention information in such a fun and humorous way that his audiences come away informed and entertained. His varied experience professionally has equipped him to become the unique speaker that he is today.
The Davenport Elks Lodge #298 was instrumental in bringing Mr. Lozano to the area. According to Elks Exalted Ruler John Zamora, “We are excited for the opportunity to host Mr. Lozano. Many people don’t know that the Elks National Drug Awareness Program is the largest volunteer drug awareness program in the United States. The Elks have developed an effective, community-based drug-prevention program by partnering with federal agencies, including the Drug Enforcement Agency, Office of National Drug Control Policy, and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. These partnerships ensure our Elks Drug Awareness Program addresses the leading drug abuse issues facing communities today as they have been since 1982.”

Zamora continues, “Mr. Lozano has a powerful message and a unique way of presenting it. We hope people will take advantage of this free educational program and join us at the One Eighty Community Center. Questions? Please contact Lois Kundel at (563) 370-0086.”


Elks Share, Elks Care. The Elks Lodges bring so much to their communities. Elks invest in their communities through programs that help children grow up healthy and drug-free, by honoring the service and sacrifice of our veterans, and by undertaking projects that address unmet need. For more information about the Davenport Elks Lodge #298 and their programs, contact John Zamora at (563) 570-1149 or visit the Elks’ website, http://www.elks.org/lodges/home.cfm?LodgeNumber=0298.

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Davenport Community Schools will host a Legislative Forum

The Legislative Advocacy Committee of the Davenport Community Schools will host a Legislative Forum from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, October 26th in the third floor Board Room at the Achievement Service Center, 1606 Brady Street. Details are attached. The public is welcome to hear State legislators and candidates share their thoughts on education issues.

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Disaster Aid to Iowa after Severe Storms, Straight-line Winds, and Flooding that occurred August 23-27, 2016


 

WASHINGTON – Senator Chuck Grassley today said President Barack Obama has issued a major disaster declaration for Iowa, triggering the release of FEMA funds to help Iowa recover from the severe storms, straight-line winds, and flooding that occurred August 23-27, 2016.  Additional designations may be made at a later date after further evaluation.

 

“The damage caused by these storms and flooding warranted this designation.  I am glad that the President addressed this promptly.”  Grassley said.  “These funds will help Iowa communities clean up the damage, especially those counties that have been hit again by more flooding.”

 

FEMA will provide assistance to Allamakee, Chickasaw, Clayton, Fayette, Floyd, Howard, Mitchell, and Winneshiek counties through the Public Assistance program.  The Public Assistance program assists state and local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations for emergency work and the repair or replacement of disaster-damaged facilities.

 

All Iowa counties are eligible to apply for assistance through the Hazard Mitigation Grant program.  The Hazard Mitigation Grant program assists state and local governments and certain private non-profit organizations for actions taken to prevent or reduce long-term risk to life and property from natural hazards.

 

Last week,  Grassley sent a letter to Obama asking him to grant Governor Terry Branstad’s request to declare Iowa a major disaster area as a result of severer weather that produced, heavy rains, flash flooding, and riverine flooding that occurred on August 23-27, 2016.

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“Results” - Cheri Bustos releases first ad of 2016 campaign

“Results” - Cheri Bustos releases first ad of 2016 campaign


 

MOLINE - Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos released the first ad of her reelection campaign. The ad, entitled “Results,” highlights Bustos’ work to get real results for the families of Illinois’ 17th Congressional District. In an effort to reach a younger audience at the beginning of her ad campaign, Bustos’ first spot will run on digital platforms.


 

"I’m proud of my work getting real results for the families of Illinois’ 17th Congressional District and I am asking for their support on November 8th so we can build on that progress," said Congresswoman Cheri Bustos. "There's still a lot of work left to be done if we want to build a 21st century economy where businesses can thrive, good paying jobs are created and working families can get ahead. I'm running for reelection because, just like the hardworking men and women across our community, I know that Illinois is worth fighting for."

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Volunteer Conference

 

Moline, IL – September 8, 2016… Registration is open for the seventh  Annual Northwest Illinois/ Mississippi Valley Directors of Volunteers in Agencies (MVDOVIA). Volunteerism Conference, Oct. 14th at Western Illinois University Riverfront Campus in Moline.

Themed “Changing Times + New Challenges = Great Opportunitties,” this year’s conference will offer organizations the opportunity to embrace collaboration and discover partnerships, as well as increase effectiveness of social agendas. This conference was made possible through sponsorships from Serve Illinois Commission, Volunteer Iowa and MVDOVIA .

Keynote speaker, Vicki Clark, is the Owner  of  Building the Capacity of Organziations.  Her extensive experience in the nonprofit, government, and private sectors over the past thirty years to build capacity in organizations and help inspire community leaders. Her work includes numerous specialty areas; board development, inclusion and diversity, leadership development, strategic planning, project planning, volunteer resource development and effective communication have earned her national recognition. She has provided facilitation training and consilation to organizations across the nation.  Some organizations that have benefited from Vicki’s facilitation include: the Association of Junior Leagues International, Interfaith Youth Corps, Mothers Against Drunk Driving, Prevent Child Abuse America, National CASA, and many more. Now the North West Volunteerism Conference has the pleasure of having her offer her expertise .

Conference participants are set to enjoy a variety of morning and afternoon breakout sessions from speakers with extensive experience in their field. Breakout sessions include topics aimed to engage participants such as Transforming  your Volunteer Job Descriptions from Instructional to Inspirational, The Power of Culture, Veteran Volunteers: Answering the Call, and Community Impact and Measuring Outcomes, as well as others. These topics are sure to intrest all no matter the skill level or experience!

Registration is simple, and all volunteer organizations are welcome to come and enjoy the conference

 “Vicki Clark’s message on the importance of collaboration between agencies and volunteer programs is especially vital in a time where staff cuts mean outside help is needed and funders place high importance on working together. Amy Rowel’s cultural competency message is crucial to any program that works with refugees and other limited English speakers. Along with other great workshops I think this may be our most valuable conference yet! – Dave Layton, Conference Chair.

Cost of the conference is $35 or $20 for students/Americorps members. For complete conference information & registration visit mvdovia.org.

or call Dave Layton 309-793-4425. Registration deadline is October 11, 2016.

 

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