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Governor Quinn Announces Investment in Rock Falls Community Health Center PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Katie Hickey   
Friday, 31 October 2014 15:25

Investment Will Help Meet Healthcare Demand in Whiteside County

ROCK FALLS – Governor Pat Quinn today announced an investment to help expand Community Health Center services in Whiteside County. The funds, included in Governor Quinn’s Illinois Jobs Now! capital construction program, will allow the state to reduce healthcare spending and save taxpayers money. Today’s announcement is part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to ensure all people have access to quality healthcare and improve the health and well-being of people throughout Illinois.

“An investment in this community health center is an investment in the health and wellness of the people of Whiteside County,” Governor Quinn said. “It is also an important step in ensuring that the people in the Rock Falls and Sterling communities have access to the healthcare they deserve.”

The Whiteside County Health Department will receive $1 million to construct a 5,000-square-foot facility for the Whiteside County Community Health Clinic in Rock Falls. This will allow the department to provide additional healthcare services to the residents of Whiteside County.

“I am thrilled that we will be able to expand our clinic to facilitate more behavioral health services to the community,” Whiteside County Community Health Clinic CEO Beth Fiorini said. “Presently staff is overcrowded and the ability to spread out will enable a more productive and efficient clinic.”

The Community Health Center Construction Act, signed by Governor Quinn in 2009, provides funding to repair outdated buildings, convert vacant commercial space, build new health center facilities and purchase new equipment for additional services such as OB/GYN and dental care. The funds are administered through the state’s Capital Development Board. In addition to providing needed healthcare facilities, the investments are expected to create about 215 construction jobs.

Community health centers are not-for-profit entities created by Congress to meet the healthcare needs of underserved communities and high-risk patients. These centers fill a void by providing care for those whom other providers often do not serve, including the low-income, uninsured or homeless; or those with HIV/AIDS, substance abuse problems or special medical needs.

The Community Health Center project is part of Governor Quinn’s $31 billion Illinois Jobs Now! program, which will support more than 439,000 jobs over six years. Illinois Jobs Now! is the largest construction program in Illinois history, and is one of the largest construction programs in the nation.

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Governor Quinn Announces Investments for Colona and Geneseo Park Projects PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Katie Hickey   
Tuesday, 28 October 2014 15:21

New Developments Will Create Jobs and Improve Recreational Facilities

COLONA – Governor Pat Quinn today announced capital investments of $5 million for park development and improvement projects in Colona and Geneseo. Funded by his Illinois Jobs Now! construction program, the projects are part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to increase opportunities for recreation, create jobs and drive Illinois’ economy forward.

“It’s important that everyone in Illinois has a place to be active and take on a healthy lifestyle,” Governor Quinn said. “These investments will give these Henry County communities upgraded facilities to be enjoyed for years to come. The Colona Community Center and the Geneseo pool projects will help improve the health of the people of Illinois and create new jobs for hardworking local residents.”

The Colona Park District will receive $2.5 million to construct a fitness center on Colona Road with a swimming pool, indoor walking/jogging track and multi-purpose rooms. The total estimated cost is $4.5 million.

The Geneseo Park District will also receive $2.5 million to construct an outdoor aquatic center on East North Street. The project includes a new activity pool with a zero depth entry, a four lane lap pool with slides and a new bathhouse. The total estimated cost is $5 million.

“I commend Governor Quinn for this announcement of capital investment for the Geneseo Park District. This grant was made possible because of the Governor’s leadership in passing a capital bill. This is an excellent example of positive things that can happen when we have a partnership between local and state government,” State Representative Don Moffitt (R-Galesburg) said. “A project like this is a win-win for Illinois as it creates jobs for the construction of this project and improves quality of life and recreational opportunities for the Geneseo area residents. We strengthen our economy with job creation and have the opportunity for healthier, active lifestyles. Healthier lifestyles are one of the ways to reduce healthcare costs. Grants from the Illinois Jobs Now! program are funded with their own dedicated revenue stream, not general fund revenues.”

“Investment in local park districts is an investment in the future of Illinois communities,” Illinois Department of Natural Resources Director Marc Miller said. “These new facilities in Colona and Geneseo will help maintain a high quality of life that is vital for attracting young families.”

The park projects are part of Governor Quinn’s $31 billion Illinois Jobs Now! program, which will support more than 439,000 jobs over six years. Illinois Jobs Now! is the largest construction program in Illinois history, and is one of the largest construction programs in the nation.

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K.I.S.S (Keep It Supported for Seniors) Presents The Case for Hope Creek PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Chris Baker   
Thursday, 23 October 2014 13:16
Why Preserving Hope Creek Care Center as a Public Institution is the Best Option for Rock Island County Taxpayers.

Join us for a town hall meeting concerning Hope Creek Care Center and the November 4th Referendum.

Date: Thursday, October 23, 2014
Time: 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Location: George O. Barr, Elementary School – Gym
1305 – 5 Ave, Silvis IL

In attendance to answer questions:
Brian Vyncke, Rock Island County Board, District 8 - This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it (309) 737-6896
Virgil Dueysen, Rock Island County Board, District 5 – This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Patrick Moreno, Rock Island County Board – District 4
Ken “Moose” Maranda, Rock Island County Board – District 23
Joshua Schipp, K.I.S.S. Committee Member - This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Chris Baker, K.I.S.S. Committee President - This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it (309) 721-6241

Please bring a family member, friend, neighbor or co-worker!  Complimentary snacks and refreshments will be available.

Call Chris Baker (309) 721-6241 with any questions about the event.

 
Appointment of New Chief Deputy PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Pamela Bennett   
Wednesday, 22 October 2014 12:34

On Monday, October 20, 2014, Sergeant Thomas Gibbs has been appointed the new chief deputy for the Scott County Sheriff's Office. This appointment was created with the retirement of former Chief Deputy Mike Brown.

"Tom Gibbs has played a vital role in recent technology upgrades that have occurred in Scott County, including the New World Data Management System that was implemented in Scott County and the State of Iowa's new EDMS Court Paperwork System" says Sheriff Conard. "His knowledge and expertise helped make these two upgrades work for the Sheriff's Office. As law enforcement progresses into the 21st Century, Tom Gibbs' knowledge, expertise and work ethic will help guide the Sheriff's Office, as we continue to embrace modern policing practices."

Thomas Gibbs, originally from the Coralville/Iowa City area, was sworn in as a deputy with the Scott County Sheriff's Office on February 9, 2004. Mr. Gibbs is a graduate of Iowa City West High School and joined the U.S. Air Force where he worked as a law enforcement canine patrolman. He was last assigned to Andrews AFB in Maryland where he provided explosive detector dog support to the Air Force One Mission and Support Complex. After separating from the U.S.A.F. he worked briefly as a security officer at the Library of Congress, and then joined the Metropolitan Police Department in Washington D.C. While working for the Scott County Sheriff's Office he is a member of 

the Emergency Services Team, a Field Training Officer, and was the Sheriff's Office first canine handler. He was previously assigned to Sheriff's Office Administration assiting with technology and other projects as assigned. Tom is married to Heather Gibbs (Huffman) who is from Bettendorf. Together they have two daughters Abigail and Sydney and currently reside in Davenport.

 

 
Major Mike Brown's Retirement from the Scott County Sheriff's Office PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Pamela Bennett   
Tuesday, 07 October 2014 15:05

On Friday, October 10, 2014, Major Mike Brown will retire after 32 years of law enforcement service to Scott County, with 28 of those years to the Scott County Sheriff's Office.

Major Brown began his law enforcement career in 1982 in the City of LeClaire, Iowa afterwhich he began working as a deputy sheriff for the Scott County Sheriff's Office in 1986. Major Brown moved through the ranks and served in the Patrol Division, the Civil Division and the Criminal Investigations Division, in various capacities including the Emergency Services Team, one of the first drug investigation units, as a liaison deputy for Pleasant Valley Community School District, and for the last 15 years as the internal affairs investigator. Major Brown has had the opportunity to be involved in several high profile investigation cases during his career.

Major Brown was promoted to the rank of chief deputy in November, 2005 and has held this position since that time.

There will be an open house in Major Brown's honor on Friday, October 10th from 1 to 4 p.m. in the Scott County Sheriff's Office Pavillion Conference Room, on the second floor of the Scott County Courthouse.

 
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