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Schilling Statement on House Passage of NDAA PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Brian Smith   
Friday, 21 December 2012 15:53
Thursday night, the House passed the H.R. 4310 - National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2013 Conference Report, by a bipartisan vote of 315-107.  The final bill included a number of provisions Congressman Bobby Schilling worked hard to include in this year’s NDAA.  

Schilling is the only Illinois member of Congress on the House Armed Services Committee (HASC).  During his term he has fought for common-sense policies that promote public-private partnerships, create jobs and provide care and support to our warfighters and their families.

The NDAA authorizes $640.7 billion in funding for defense and national security priorities, provides a 1.7% pay increase to military personnel, and prevents Guantanamo Detainees from being moved to U.S. soil.  According to the Congressional Budget Office, this legislation would reduce the deficit by $52 billion over the next 10 years.

In May, with the support of Congressman Schilling, the House approved H.R. 4310.  The final bill approved yesterday includes a number of House provisions Schilling worked to include:

Language authored with Congressman Dave Loebsack (IA-02), also a member of HASC, to ensure the Department of Defense (DOD) recognizes the critical manufacturing work done at facilities like the Rock Island Arsenal (RIA)  in our overarching national security strategy, and reviews how to maintain those skills and therefore the people who do the work.  Schilling and Loebsack built on their historic, bipartisan work to strengthen the arsenal in last year’s NDAA.

Language in Section 735 authored with Congressman Steve Stivers (OH-15) to better shape the policies and practices of TRICARE to efficiently and effectively account for the specific health care needs of children.  TRICARE is the military health care system covering 9.6 million, including military retirees, the children and families of active duty soldiers, and National Guard and Reservists.  As the program’s reimbursement structure is based on Medicare, TRICARE often adopts policies and practices from Medicare that do not account for pediatric health care delivery and settings.  This Schilling and Stivers language will convene a working group to review and make recommendations for improving TRICARE policies and practices to account for children’s needs, and work jointly with specialty providers of children’s health care.

Language in Section 587 authored with Congressman Dan Lipinski (IL-03) to encourage cooperation between the DOD and universities to uncover the remains of American troops who died in action overseas. This bipartisan provision will help provide closure for families with lost loved ones, and will honor those who gave so much for our country.  Universities such as the University of Illinois are already working to reduce the backlog of cases that have been reported but not investigated or for which remains have been located but not recovered, but there is bureaucratic red tape that complicates coordinating efforts with the DOD.  This provision will help DOD be more cost effective and increase the speed at which we can bring our warfighters home from more friendly countries, allowing the DOD to focus on its recovery efforts in more dangerous areas of the world.

Language in Section 1641 authored with Congresswoman Judy Chu (CA-32), who serves with Schilling on the Small Business Committee, to reform small business contracting and make it easier for small contractors wishing to do business with the federal government.  Small businesses have proven that they can perform a service or produce goods for the government at a lower cost and often at a faster pace than their larger counterparts, but many challenges remain for businesspeople seeking to break through the bureaucracy.  This bipartisan provision allows the Small Business Administration to oversee civilian mentor-protégé programs (programs intended to partner small businesses with established mentors to improve the small business’ ability to win contracts and subcontracts), facilitating inter-agency agreements, guaranteeing that programs benefit small businesses, and encouraging equal treatment among all small businesses, including those owned by women and minorities. 

The legislation includes a number of broader provisions as well, including:  

Provisions providing for the warfighter and military families: The NDAA seeks to provide our warfighters and their families with the care and support they need, deserve, and have earned.  It ensures that our military is robust, flexible, and capable.  The NDAA rejects Administration proposals to increase some TRICARE fees and establish new TRICARE fees; authorizes a 1.7 percent pay increase; and extends bonuses and special pay for our servicemen and women.  It also reflects a bipartisan effort actively supported by Schilling to provide new regulations and procedures to combat and prosecute sexual assault within the military.

Provisions to maintain and rebuild our military: The NDAA does not authorize additional rounds of Base Closure and Realignment Commission (BRAC) in either FY2013 or FY2015, as had been called for by the Department of Defense.  Schilling strongly opposed efforts to authorize a BRAC.  The bill includes and restores vital systems, platforms, and authorities to maintain America’s combat power after a decade of war.

Provisions pertaining to detainees: The FY2012 NDAA reaffirmed U.S. authority to pursue terrorists who are part of or substantially support al Qaeda, the Taliban, or associated forces.  The FY2013 NDAA, though the incorporation of the Right to Habeas Corpus Act, makes clear beyond a shadow of a doubt that every American will have his day in court.  It also prohibits the transfer of Guantanamo Bay detainees to the United States.

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National Women's Clothing Retailer, maurices, Plans to Move to New NorthPark Location PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Sarah Troutwine   
Friday, 21 December 2012 15:22

(Duluth, MN) A nationwide clothing store for young women, known for trendy fashions that don't break the bank, announces plans to relocate the maurices store currently located at Northpark Mall, 320 W Kimberly Road in Davenport.

maurices' fashion attitude will appear in force when the new store opens in the Northpark Mall, Space 0058. The store will continue to be open for business while the new location is under construction. The new 5,190 square footage store will grand open planned for end of February 2013. Neil McPhail, SVP - Stores, adds, "We look for the best opportunity in each market. The new space we are moving into looked like the perfect opportunity to continue to reach maurices target customer and continued success of our business.

"We are very excited about opening a brand new store that will offer our customers an exciting new fresh décor and design that is easy and fun to shop," says Store Manager Sarah Troutwine.

maurices has been inspiring young women since 1931 and will continue to sell adorable, affordable fashions in sizes 1-24.

brands of Studio Y and Wear @ Work, plus some of the best-known brands in denim, including Silver®.

About maurices
maurices
, a brand of Ascena Retail Group, Inc. (NASDAQ - ASNA), is the leading hometown specialty store and authority for the savvy, fashion-conscious girl with a twenty-something attitude. Today, maurices operates over 833 stores in 46 states and Canada. maurices stands for fashion, quality, value and customer service. Offering sizes 1-24, our styles are inspired by the girl in everyone, in every size. For store information and to shop online, visit maurices.com.

 
Morthland Opposes TV Tax PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Rep. Rich Morthland   
Friday, 21 December 2012 15:20

Morthland calls HB5440: “ineffective and irresponsible”

 

MOLINE, IL…State Representative Rich Morthland (R-Cordova) pledges to vote against House Bill 5440, the proposed tax on satellite TV if the sponsors try to pass the measure during the upcoming Lame Duck session in January.

Representative Morthland calls the new 5% fee an “ill-contrived attempt to distract from the major issues facing our State.” Morthland says that both his Springfield and Moline offices have been receiving many calls from constituents who are justifiably outraged at this new Springfield money grab.

“Here’s another fee that will prove to be ineffective and irresponsible in our current economic condition. The budgets of hard working families and businesses are already stretched to their limits,” said Rep. Morthland. “To make matters worse, this tax unfairly punishes rural residents and other downstate folks who only have access to the coverage that satellite television affords.”

Proponents of HB5440 claim it will raise about $75 million, which would be used to bolster education funding. Rep. Morthland questions that revenue projection number, noting that an already struggling economy conflates projections and provides for decreasing tax revenues. Furthermore, Morthland claims that the tax is a thinly veiled attempt by Cable Television companies to unfairly hurt their competitors.

“Adding the tax to satellite TV bills would be like charging toll-way fees to airline passengers,” said Morthland. “These customers are doing business miles and miles above the infrastructure that traditional Cable companies interact with. This tax is fundamentally unfair and misdirected”

HB 5440 passed the Senate on vote of 30-27. The bill is likely to be brought for a vote on the House floor during the upcoming January session.

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Energize Your Leadership Skills in the New Year PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Mark McLaughlin   
Wednesday, 19 December 2012 15:01
IA/IL QUAD-CITIES – “The Chick-fil-A Leadercast is about living a life of sincere leadership, in both your personal life and in the community. Last year, a record number of Quad-Citians attended QC Leadercast, and we hope to see even more in 2013. For anyone wishing to forge stronger leadership qualities, this is the perfect opportunity to learn from the world’s greatest experts on the topic.”

That quote comes from Todd Ashby, Managing Partner of Results Marketing. For the past three years, Results Marketing and select sponsors have been bringing simulcasts of the Chick-fil-A Leadercast to the Quad-Cities area. Leadercast is an annual leadership event broadcast live from Atlanta, Georgia, to audiences in metro areas worldwide.
A video selection of four speakers from the 2012 Leadercast will be presented at the 2013 Chick-fil-A Leadercast Recap Lunch & Learn events, sponsored by Results Marketing and St. Ambrose University. “These internationally known speakers will share exciting insights to energize your leadership skills,” said Ashby. “Attendees can watch these enlightening videos and discuss their content with other area professionals. Each of the four sessions will be facilitated by a St. Ambrose faculty member and all attendees will enjoy a delicious Chick-fil-A lunch.”
Only 65 seats are available at each Recap Lunch & Learn event, so be sure to register today. The events will be held noon to 1 p.m. on January 4, February 1, March 1, and April 5, at the St. Ambrose University Downtown Education Center, located in the New Ventures Center at 331 W. 3rd St., Davenport, IA 52801. Cost to attend is $15 per session and includes lunch from Chick-fil-A, or you can save by enrolling in all four events for only $45.

The following speakers will be featured at the Leadercast Re-Cap Lunch & Learn events:
January 4, 2013
John Maxwell is a renowned leadership expert, coach, and author, who has sold more than 20 million books. Every year, Dr. Maxwell speaks to Fortune 100 companies, international government leaders, and organizations such as the United States Military Academy at West Point, the National Football League, and the United Nations. His organizations have trained more than 5 million leaders in 153 countries.
Maxwell’s books include The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership, Developing the Leader Within You, The 21 Indispensable Qualities of a Leader, and many more.
February 1, 2013
Marcus Buckingham is a strength strategist, best-selling author, and researcher. His latest project, StandOut, is a book and strengths assessment combination, which uses a new research methodology to reveal your top two “Strength Roles.” StandOut gives people practical innovations that fit their strengths, and provides managers with quick insights on how to get the best from each member of their team.
Buckingham’s books include First, Break All the Rules; Now, Discover Your Strengths; The One Thing You Need to Know; Go Put Your Strengths to Work; The Truth About You; and Find Your Strongest Life.

March 1, 2013
Andy Stanley is an acclaimed leadership communicator, author, pastor, and the founder of North Point Ministries, Inc. Every month, well over a million people from nearly every country in the world choose to tune in, download, or stream Stanley’s teaching content via TV, radio, podcasts, and live streaming.
Stanley's books include The Next Generation Leader, Visioneering, Enemies of the Heart, and The Principle of the Path.
April 5, 2013
Patrick Lencioni is a best-selling author and founder and president of The Table Group, Inc., a specialized management-consulting firm focused on organizational health. Lencioni’s nine best-selling books have sold nearly 3 million copies,  and his work has also been featured in such publications such as BusinessWeek, Fast Company, INC Magazine, USA Today, Fortune, Drucker Foundation’s Leader to Leader, and Harvard Business Review.
Lencioni’s books include The Five Dysfunctions of a Team, The Three Signs of a Miserable Job, and Getting Naked.
“We will be hosting a new day-long Leadercast event in May 2013,” Ashby said, “so anyone thinking of attending the Spring 2013 event may want to attend these Lunch & Learn sessions beforehand, to get a feel for the topics to be discussed. While Leadercast has a different theme each year, you can be sure that the presentations will be thought-provoking and inspiring.”
To register for the Leadercast Re-Cap Lunch & Learn events or for more information, call Marcia Brandt of Results Marketing at 563-322-2065 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Feel free to befriend Leadercast Quad Cities on Facebook at www.facebook.com/qcleadercast.
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Lt. Governor Sheila Simon speaks at meeting convened by Sen. Durbin on Mississippi River PDF Print E-mail
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Written by ka   
Monday, 17 December 2012 15:53

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to begin work on blasting rock pinnacles threatening barge traffic 

EAST ALTON, Ill. – December 17, 2012. As work begins to blast away rock pinnacles posing a hazard to barge traffic on the Mississippi River, Lt. Governor Sheila Simon participated in a meeting today convened by U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) between the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, members of Illinois’ Congressional Delegation and industry stakeholders to discuss the Corps’ response to the Mississippi’s near-record low water level. During the meeting, the Corps provided a briefing on their efforts – including removing the rock pinnacles between St. Louis and Cairo, Ill., and increasing dredging – to maintain water flow on the Mississippi.

“The Mississippi River is a vital economic tool that enables our farmers and companies to efficiently ship goods around the world. Transporting those goods on our roads or by rail will cost many times more than shipping them along the river, and many of our Illinois companies – who employ thousands of hard-working men and women – cannot afford those costs. I would like to thank Sen. Durbin for convening this panel of experts, and I look forward to working together to preserve this important economic engine,” Simon said.

In addition to Simon, Durbin and the Army Corps of Engineers, the meeting was attended by U.S. Rep. Jerry Costello (D-IL-12) and representatives from stakeholder industries such as agriculture, shipping, coal and petroleum.  A complete list of meeting attendees is attached.

“We came together as users and stakeholders, industry and government interests, concerned about low water levels on the Mississippi and the effects it could have on the economy locally, regionally, and nationally,” Durbin said. “I look forward to continuing to work together in a productive way to build on the successes we’ve had in the last few weeks to maintain navigation on the river.”

Today, Army Corps contractors will begin demolishing rock pinnacles posing a hazard to barges along a fifteen-mile stretch of river near Thebes. Both contractors will use specialized “drill rig barges” to drill large holes into bedrock, insert blast material and remove the rock. Assistant Secretary Darcy agreed to expedite the blasting process, which is expected to last 30-45 days, following a meeting with Sen. Durbin and several other senators.                               

On Dec. 7, Lt. Governor Simon, chair of the Mississippi River Coordinating Council convened a meeting with officials from the Corps to discuss the impact the 2012 drought has had on water levels of the Mississippi and Missouri Rivers. The Lt. Governor also wrote to U.S. Army Assistant Secretary Jo-Ellen Darcy, urging federal officials to intervene to help preserve the river.

Water levels are already approaching 1989’s record drought levels, and barges are currently required to carry lighter loads. Mississippi River commerce is estimated to be a $180 billion a year industry. If water levels drop below nine feet, barge traffic from St. Louis to Cairo, Ill. could be shut down. Trucks utilize more fuel than barges, and barges are able to carry a larger volume of goods than trains or trucks. According to the federal Government Accounting Office, the cost of trucking goods is nine times higher than the cost of transporting products by water.

In addition to blasting, the Corps is also planning to increase dredging along the river. Besides the dredging machine already in use, the Corps mobilized a second dredging machine last week and has identified other dredging ships which can be used, if necessary, to keep the river open to traffic.

The Mississippi River is a critical transportation artery for essential commodities like corn, grain and oilseeds, coal, petroleum and other products. The financial impact of a river shutdown could be far reaching. This summer’s historic drought has caused the Mississippi’s water level to fall to historic lows, threatening navigation of the river. Recent rainfall and weather forecasts have improved the Mississippi’s outlook, though the water level could still fall to a record low as soon as Dec. 26.

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