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Written by Cheryl R. Thomas
Wednesday, 11 December 2013 13:26
Des Moines, Iowa―Nearly a year after Newtown, Iowa still ranks low among states’ efforts to protect citizens against gun violence according to a new state analysis by the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence and the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence.
Iowa received a C- and ranks sixteenth among states, in this year's, "2013 State Scorecard: Why Gun Laws Matter," produced by the organizations.
Iowa did not take up legislation to expand background checks. Policies like universal background checks on all guns not just hand guns can help to keep guns from falling into the wrong hands.
“When states act to pass stronger gun laws, those gun laws protect our citizens from gun violence and send a message to Congress that it is time to act. There is still work to be done in Iowa should be leading the way in creating a safer state we all deserve and our legislature can do more. We hope to see our legislators take action to keep us safe in the coming year,” added Rev. Cheryl R. Thomas of Iowans for Gun Safety.
Gun reform measures, like expanding background checks to all gun sales, are effective and popular policies. Recent polls show 9 in 10 Americans support expanding background checks to online and gun show sales. This includes over 80% of gun owners and 74% of NRA members. 88% of Iowans supported background checks in a February poll.
The deadly shooting in Newtown prompted eight states to pass major gun reforms in 2013.
Five states passed new laws requiring background checks on all gun sales. In addition, four states approved provisions requiring owners to report lost or stolen firearms to police, while three states enacted laws aimed at strengthening record-keeping and background check requirement for ammunition sales.
The state scorecard ranks all 50 states by letter grades and on a 100-point system that is based on laws that can prevent gun violence and reduce firearm death and injury.
States received points for having effective laws in each policy area, with stronger laws receiving more points. States lost points for irresponsible measures that increase the likelihood of gun violence, such as laws that allow individuals to carry loaded, concealed weapons in public without a permit. Ultimately, every state was awarded a letter grade indicating the overall strength or weakness of its gun laws.
This collaborative report empowers advocates by putting the Law Center’s in-depth research on America’s gun laws into the hands of the extensive networks of the Brady Campaign and States United to Prevent Gun Violence, a coalition of 27 state groups, so they can continue to fight for effective gun policies in communities across the country.
For more information about Iowa’s scores and scores of other states please visit the websites of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence http://bit.ly/GunLawsScorecard and the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence http://bit.ly/GunLawsScorecard
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Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence (www.bradycampaign.org)
The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence works to pass, enforce, and protect sensible laws and public policy that address gun violence at the federal and state level. We do this by engaging and activating the American public, electing officials who support common sense gun laws, and increasing public awareness of gun violence.
Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence (www.smartgunlaws.org)
The Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence is the only national law center focused on providing comprehensive legal expertise in support of gun violence prevention. Founded by lawyers after an assault weapon massacre at a San Francisco law firm in 1993, we remain dedicated to preventing the loss of lives caused by gun violence by providing trusted, in-depth research and information on America’s gun laws.
States United to Prevent Gun Violence (www.supgv.org)
States United to Prevent Gun Violence is a national nonprofit organization working to decrease gun death and injury. States United works with a network of 27 state-based gun-violence-prevention organizations, including Iowans for Gun Safety, that believe all Americans deserve to live in a country free from the fear, threat and devastation caused by gun violence.
Iowans for Gun Safety (www.facebook.com/IA4GS)
Iowans for Gun Safety is a broad coalition of groups and individuals working to reduce gun violence in Iowa through common sense solutions to violence. Founded in 2010 by Rev. Calos Jayne, Iowans for Gun Safety works with groups throughout the state of Iowa to reduce gun deaths by homicide, suicide and accident.
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Written by Brooke Anderson
Monday, 09 December 2013 16:26
New Round of Funding to Spur Housing Construction and Preservation, Support 2,400 Jobs in Communities Across Illinois
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today announced more than 1,470 affordable apartments will be created or preserved for working families, seniors and people with disabilities in communities across the state. Today’s announcement is part of the Governor’s agenda to ensure quality affordable housing for working families, seniors and people with disabilities across Illinois.
“Easing the cost of housing for hard-working families, seniors and people with disabilities is a priority in Illinois,” Governor Quinn said. “We must do everything we can to both increase and preserve quality affordable housing to help working families achieve housing stability and create thousands of jobs.”
Financing for the apartments was approved from two sources – the federal low-income housing tax credit (Housing Credit) and the Illinois Housing Development Authority’s (IHDA) Preservation Now program. A new round of Housing Credit financing will support the construction and rehabilitation of 1,021 units in 16 developments in the areas of Chicago, Metro East, Springfield and Peoria. Under the state’s Preservation Now program, more than 450 units of affordable housing for hard-working families and seniors will be preserved in six developments located in Southern Illinois, Peoria and the Quad Cities. This combined financing will support an estimated 2,400 jobs statewide and local real estate tax and revenue will be generated to spur economic activity. Under Governor Quinn, the IHDA has financed the creation and preservation of more than 17,800 rental homes statewide.
As the state’s housing finance agency, the IHDA allocates the federal Housing Credits through a competitive process to finance qualified affordable housing developments. With the recent approval of the IHDA board, developers will now seek private investment for the new developments. Work to build new housing or rehabilitate existing multifamily developments will generate construction and post-construction jobs. Construction is expected to begin by next spring.
In 1986, Congress created the federal tax credit program to spur the development of affordable housing. It is widely considered the most productive affordable housing financing tool in the nation. The sale of federal housing credits to private investors generates equity, and this equity reduces the need for the developer to borrow money for the new development. This savings results in lower rents.
This was the second round of funding under the Preservation Now program, which Governor Quinn launched this year. Last month, the IHDA approved financing to preserve an additional 600 affordable rental units for seniors and people with disabilities in Chicago and Peoria, creating more than an estimated 500 jobs. Approximately $245 million in project-based rental subsidy will be preserved over the next 20 years as a result of Preservation Now, which provides funding through the Illinois Affordable Housing Trust Fund and other resources. Trust Fund revenue is generated from half of the state real estate transfer fee.
“Governor Quinn is a strong advocate for leveraging public-private partnerships to meet the affordable housing needs of the state’s low- to moderate-income residents,” IHDA Executive Director Mary R. Kenney said. “The Housing Credit and Governor Quinn’s Preservation Now program effectively safeguard the affordability of these developments for decades.”
To qualify for the affordable units, residents must earn at or below 60 percent of the area median income (AMI), or $35,340 in the Chicago area, $32,280 in the Springfield area, or $33,240 in Madison County for a two-person household.
Developments approved for financing include:
· Nehemiah Homes in Springfield – A new construction family development of 30 rental single-family homes will be built on various sites in Springfield’s Eastside neighborhood. Developed by the Calvary Mission Baptist Church, this is the third phase of the Nehemiah Homes development initiated to provide decent affordable housing after storms ravaged the area.
· Aurora Impact Initiative in Aurora – Forty units of vacant single-family homes will be acquired and rehabilitated to return to the market as rental housing in Aurora. All units will receive rental assistance through the Aurora Housing Authority.
· Wisdom Village of Oak Street – An abandoned building and unused tennis courts on Chicago’s Near North Side will be replaced with a 106-unit new construction mixed-income development for seniors.
· Bloomington-Normal Scattered Site – In the Bloomington-Normal area, 26 vacant single-family homes will be acquired and rehabilitated to return to the market as rental homes. Work will include upgrades to add more energy-efficient features.
· May Apartments in Edwardsville – An existing independent living development serving seniors and people with disabilities will be rehabilitated, and a new wing will be built in Edwardsville – creating and preserving 70 affordable apartments.
· Shawnee Village in Marion – The 120-unit Shawnee Village for working families and seniors in Marion will be equipped with new flooring, roof and HVAC replacements, energy efficient appliance and lighting upgrades.
· Sandburg Village Apartments in Galesburg – New flooring, windows, roof and HVAC replacements, energy efficient appliance and lighting upgrades will be added to the 128-unit Sandburg Village Apartments in Galesburg.
For a full list of approved developments, please visit www.ihda.org/about/news.
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Written by Brooke Anderson
Monday, 09 December 2013 10:20
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today took action on the following bills:
Bill No.: SB 114
An Act Concerning: Government
Clarifies regulations and makes technical changes to the Firearm Concealed Carry Act to assist the Illinois State Police in implementing the Act.
Bill No.: SB 1496
An Act Concerning: Regulation
Extends sunset for Medical Practice Act, residency program disclosures, and specifies when fines must be paid.
Effective: Dec. 30, 2013
Bill No.: SB 2335
An Act Concerning: Regulation
Extends the 9-1-1 Services Advisory Board reporting date from Feb. 1, 2014 to May 1, 2014 and extends Public Utility Fund base maintenance contribution from Jan. 1, 2014 to April 1, 2015.
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Written by Jennifer A. Nahra
Monday, 09 December 2013 09:54
CITY COUNCIL MEETING
City of Davenport, Iowa
Wednesday, December 11, 2013; 5:30 p.m.
City Hall Council Chambers
I. Moment of Silence
II. Pledge of Allegiance
III. Roll Call
IV. Meeting Protocol and Decorum
V. Approval of Minutes of the November 26, 2013 City Council Meeting
VI. City Administrator Update
VII. Report on Committee of the Whole and Standing Committees
VIII. Appointments, Proclamations, Etc.
1. Design Review Board
X. Petitions and Communications from Council Members and the Mayor
XI. Individual Approval of Items on the Discussion Agenda
1. First Consideration of Ordinance for Case No. ROW13-04 being the petition of Dev Bastola Real Estate LLC for the right-of-way vacation (abandonment) of a portion of the 1-1/2 Street located west of Myrtle Street between 2nd Street and River Drive containing approximately 7,540 square feet, more or less. The petitioner owns the adjacent property to the north and south [3rd Ward].
Note: Community Development Committee Recommends Suspension Of Rules For Passage At December 11 Council Meeting
2. Suspension of Council Rules to Pass XI.1. on Second & Third Consideration.
3. Second & Third Consideration of Ordinance for Case No. ROW13-04 being the petition of Dev Bastola Real Estate LLC for the right-of-way vacation (abandonment) of a portion of the 1-1/2 Street located west of Myrtle Street between 2nd Street and River Drive containing approximately 7,540 square feet, more or less. The petitioner owns the adjacent property to the north and south [3rd Ward].
4. Resolution approving modifications to the Stadium Lease Agreement between the City of Davenport and Main Street Iowa, LLP to include capital improvements to the ballpark. [All Wards]
5. Resolution approving a Development Agreement for the City Square project (104, 112, 128 W. 2nd and 101 W. 3rd Street, City Square LLC, North Block LLC and Hotel Blackhawk LLC, petitioners). [Ward 3]
XII. Approval of All Items on the Consent Agenda
**NOTE: These are routine items and will be enacted at the City Council Meeting by one roll call vote without separate discussion unless an item is requested to be removed and considered separately.
Reports on Standing Committees
Community Development Committee
1. Third Consideration: Ordinance for Case No. REZ13-08, petition of City of Davenport for the rezoning of 1.1 acres, more or less, of real property located at the northeast corner of Brady and East 5th Streets (501-513 Brady Street) from “M-1” Light Industrial District to “C-4” Central Business District to facilitate future residential or other development. [3rd]
2. Third Consideration: Ordinance for Case No. REZ13-10 being the petition of Northwest Villas Condominium Owners Association, Inc for a rezoning on 5.63 acres of real property known as: 2702 – 2754 Linwood Court, 6321 & 6323 Jebens Avenue, and 2501 – 2623 and 2706, 2710, 2718 & 2720 West 63rd Street and also known as Lots 2 through 6 of Northwest Villas; Lots 1 and 2 of Northwest Villas Second Addition; Lots 1, 2 and 3 of Northwest Villas Third Addition; Lot 1 of Northwest Villas Fourth Addition; and Lot 1 of Northwest Villas Fifth Addition, all to the City of Davenport from R-4 Moderate Density Dwelling District, R-5M Medium Density
Dwelling District, C-O Office-Shop District and C-1 Neighborhood Shopping District to R-5M Planned Unit Development. The rezoning is facilitate the legal conversion of condominium units to zero lot line single family units. (Northwest Villas Condominium Home Owners Association, Inc, petitioner). [2nd & 8th Wards]
3. Third Consideration: Ordinance for Case No. ROW13-02 being the petition of Joyce Stinocher for the right-of-way vacation (abandonment) of a ten (10) foot wide eastwest trending alley located west of Washington Street and north of Rockingham Road containing approximately 1,200 square feet, more or less. The petitioner owns the adjacent property to the north. [3rd Ward]
4. First Consideration: Ordinance to amend the zoning conditions of City of Davenport Ordinance No. 2004-586, which rezoned 0.37 acres, more or less, of real property known as Lot 1 in NorthPark Estates Second Addition to the City of Davenport (141 E. 46th Street). The property is zoned "PDD" Planned Development District. The purpose of the request is to allow a partial two-story dental office building and to modify the required landscape improvements. (Dr. Mathew B. Anderson for MBA Corporation, LLC, Petitioner; Case No. REZ13-12) [7th Ward].
5. Resolution providing preliminary approval for the economic development assistance to Genesis Systems Group LLC for expansion to a second facility at 7310 Vine Street Court [8th Ward].
1. Third Consideration: Ordinance amending Schedule XI of Chapter 10.96 entitled “Resident Parking Only” by adding Washington Street along the frontage of 1512 Washington Street. [Ward 4]
2. Motion approving beer and liquor license applications:
2A. New license, new owner, temporary permit, temporary outdoor area, location transfer, etc. (as noted):
Embers of Phoenix 111 West Second Street C Liquor 3 - Jai Mata Lakshmi Inc. NEW OWNER (previously The Phoenix) OUTDOOR AREA
Volkan Night Club 813 West Second Street C Liquor 3 - Volkan Night Club Inc. NEW OWNER (previously Club Privileged) OUTDOOR AREA
Azteca Express 1902 North Division Street C Liquor 4 - Azteca Express Restaurant Inc. NEW LICENSE (previously Kimchi Teriyaki—no alcohol permit)
2B. Annual license renewals (with outdoor area renewals as noted):
Big 10 Mart 2308 West 53rd Street C Beer 2 - Molo Oil Company
Danceland 501 ½ West Fourth Street C Liquor 3 - Danceland Ltd.
Kilkenny’s Pub and Eatery 300 West Third Street C Liquor 3 - Kilkenny’s Pub Inc.
Dugout Sports Complex 3504 Hickory Grove Road C Liquor 4 - The Strike Zone II Inc. OUTDOOR AREA
Stickman’s 1510 Harrison Street C Liquor 4 - Stickman’s Inc. OUTDOOR AREA
Aldi No. 15 1702 Brady Street C Beer 5 - Aldi Inc. B Wine
Bleyart’s Tap 2218 East 11th Street C Liquor 5 - Bleyart’s Tap Inc. OUTDOOR AREA
Café Indigo 4925 Utica Ridge Road Beer/Wine 6 - Café Indigo Inc. OUTDOOR AREA
Bley’s Tap 215 East 29th Street C Liquor 7 - JBCW, L.L.C.
Brady Oil 3205 North Brady Street C Beer 7 - Brady Oil L.L.C.
Clarion Hotel 5202 Brady Street B Liquor 7
Edgehill Apartments L.L.C.
QC Mart 3545 Eastern Avenue C Beer 7
Bethany Enterprises Inc.
Rivals Sports Bar 1720 East Kimberly Road C Liquor 7 - Rivals Sports Bar and Grill L.L.C.
Tantra 589 East 53rd Street C Liquor 7 - Zhangs Trading Inc. OUTDOOR AREA
Izaak Walton League 8402 North Harrison Street C Liquor 8 - Davenport Izaak Walton League OUTDOOR AREA
XIII. Other Ordinances, Resolutions and Motions
XIV. Public with Business
PLEASE NOTE: At this time individuals may address the City Council on any matters of City business. This is not an opportunity to discuss issues with the Council members or get information. In accordance with Open Meetings law, the Council can not take action on any complaint or suggestions tonight, and can not respond to any allegations at this time. Please state your Name and Ward for the record. There is a five (5) minute time limit. Please end your comments promptly.
XV. Reports of City Officials