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Governor Quinn Signs Legislation to Help Prevent False 9-1-1 Calls PDF Print E-mail
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Written by William Palmisano   
Tuesday, 27 July 2010 12:23

New Law Increases Penalty for Making Fake 9-1-1 Calls

CHICAGO – July 26, 2010. Governor Pat Quinn today signed a bill into law to deter individuals from placing false 9-1-1 calls by increasing penalties for fake 9-1-1 offenses. The new law will help protect law enforcement officers and emergency responders from dangers they may face when responding to false 9-1-1 calls.

“Making false calls to 9-1-1 can put our law enforcement officers and emergency responders in serious jeopardy and endangers public safety by straining resources. We must do everything we can to support the brave men and women who protect the public,” said Governor Quinn. “By making the penalty harsher, this new law will help deter people from placing false 9-1-1 calls.”

House Bill 6101, sponsored by Rep. Lisa Dugan (D-Kankakee) and Sen. Toi Hutchinson (D-Chicago Heights), amends the law to impose greater penalties on individuals found guilty of making a false 9-1-1 call.

Under the new law, a person found guilty of making a false 9-1-1 call will face a Class 4 felony for the first violation as well as subsequent violations. A Class 4 felony is punishable by one to three years in prison and a fine of up to $25,000. Under current law a false 9-1-1 call can result in a Class A misdemeanor, punishable by a fine of up to $2,500 and one year in jail.

The new law passed the Illinois General Assembly unanimously and takes effect Jan. 1, 2011.

This legislation comes after Kankakee County Sheriff’s Deputy Dave Stukenborg was seriously injured in a car accident when responding to a prank call made to 9-1-1.

“Hopefully, this new law will deter people from making fake calls to 9-1-1, so no other family has to go through what my family has endured from such a senseless prank,” said Stukenborg.

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Davenport NEW Neighborhood Summit PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Roy D. DeWitt   
Tuesday, 27 July 2010 09:15

Davenport NEW  Neighborhood Summit -  July 29, 2010 at 6:00 p.m. -   Fairmount Branch Library, 3000 N. Fairmount St.

Join us and learn about the recommendations from the Davenport in Motion Transportation Master Plan and how they may improve the quality of life in your
neighborhood!

Meet the new City Arborist!  Status Report on the West Side Sewer Diversion Tunnel Project.  Davenport NEW (Neighborhood Empowerment & Wellness) Update.  Neighborhood Planning Process Highlights.  Talk About Community Needs with City Staff.

Every attendee gets a FREE Neighborhood   Resource & Problem-Solving Guide!

For accommodations contact 326-7748.

 
Trinity Lutheran School’s Summer Program Grows Service Garden PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Bill Meyer   
Monday, 26 July 2010 08:09

A combined effort from students, faculty, staff, parents, and Trinity Lutheran Church volunteers are making the concept and a dream of a service garden into a reality at Trinity Lutheran School this summer. Students from Trinity Lutheran School’s Shining Stars summer care program are discovering how plants grow from seeds and small plants to large, vegetable-producing plants.  They are part of the process of maintaining a healthy garden, and the students are now reaping the fruits of their labor.

This outdoor classroom has provided a great life-long learning opportunity for the Shining Stars students.  The students have learned how to prepare the soil for planting, experienced planting a variety of vegetables, tended the garden by weeding and watering, and are now starting to harvest and enjoy eating the various produce.  They are also learning how to prepare produce for use in cooking and baking.

The plants have come from a few key sources: the radish, carrot and sunflower plants came from Jill Schmitzer’s preschool classroom at TLS.  She taught her students how to plant seeds and they watched them grow in the classroom.  Several of the other plants were ordered from Trinity Lutheran School’s annual plant sale fundraiser.  Approximately 50 tomato plants and 25 green pepper plants were planted, along with hot peppers, cucumbers, squash, pumpkins, cauliflower, zucchini, a variety of herbs, and more.  Matt Wilshusen, an agronomist and a parent volunteer, donated a great deal of his time and knowledge for this 30’ x 70’ garden.

This service garden is a start for us; our larger vision is to truly have a community garden to serve the community around our school and church.  This has given the students a great learning laboratory to visualize how food grows and to taste the end results,” said Bill Meyer, Principal of Trinity Lutheran School.  Even this year, the community will benefit from this new project.  Extra produce will be donated to community organizations and food pantries.

The Shining Stars summer care program, led by Kathy Schneiderman, a TLS preschool teacher and preschool coordinator, and Karla Heuertz, Shining Stars program director, was established this summer to provide quality child care and education for children who have completed 4-year-old preschool – 5th grade in a Christ-centered environment.

Trinity Lutheran School offers quality Christian education for preschoolers – 8th grade, dedicated teachers, extra-curricular activities, including sports, music, and art, and an after-school and summer child care program in a Christian environment. For more information about Trinity Lutheran School, please call 563-322-5224, stop by the school office at 1122 West Central Park Ave., Davenport, or go to www.TrinityDavenport.org/school.

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Governor Quinn Takes Bill Action PDF Print E-mail
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Written by William Palmisano   
Tuesday, 20 July 2010 08:15

CHICAGO – July 19, 2010. Governor Pat Quinn today took action on the following bills:

Bill No.: HB 4587

Creates the Lupus Education and Awareness Act.

An Act Concerning: Public Health

Action: Signed

Effective Date: January 1, 2011

Bill No.: SB 2488

Increases penalties for aggravated assault of a law enforcement officer with certain types of deadly weapons.

An Act Concerning: Criminal Law

Action: Signed

Effective Date: January 1, 2011

Bill No.: SB 3411

Requires the Illinois Department of Corrections to post additional information on its website.

An Act Concerning: Criminal Law

Action: Signed

Effective Date: Immediately

Bill No.: SB 3491

Ensures that law enforcement officers who conduct a homicide investigation are trained in the best methods and practices for such an investigation.

An Act Concerning: Government

Action: Signed

Effective Date: January 1, 2012

Bill No.: SB 3503

Prohibits certain tools used for the purpose of defeating locks from being brought into prisons.

An Act Concerning: Criminal Law

Action: Signed

Effective Date: January 1, 2011

Bill No.: SB 3684

Protects homeowners from burglary and home invasion committed by persons who falsely represent themselves as government or utility employees.

An Act Concerning: Criminal Law

Action: Signed

Effective Date: January 1, 2011

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U.S. Court Wrong to Strike FCC Indecency Policy PDF Print E-mail
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Written by P. Trueman   
Monday, 19 July 2010 14:53

Washington, DC (July13, 2010) = “A ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for 2nd Circuit today declaring unconstitutional the Federal Communications Commission’s indecency policy seems foolish on it face,” said Patrick A. Trueman, former chief of the U.S. Department of Justice Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section in Washington, D.C. “How is the American public to understand that federal judges don’t know that use of the “F-word” is indecent during prime-time television?”  This ruling only increases the public’s belief that government is out of touch with the public and out of step with the U.S. Constitution, Trueman added.

The court found that FCC policy was, "unconstitutionally vague” and creates a “chilling effect” on broadcasters. Trueman said, “There is nothing vague about federal indecency law which has been in effect for decades and has always been though to prohibit the “F-word on primetime television. Trueman predicted that there will be no chilling effect on broadcasters if the U.S. Supreme Court upholds this bad ruling. “Broadcasters will have a green light to pump indecent language and perhaps much more into the homes of families at will.”

“Rock singer Bono has no more right to shout, "f***ing brilliant" in the homes of unsuspecting American families than we would have in his,” Trueman said. “He made himself an uninvited guest of those families that believed honorees at the Grammys would respect the norms of civilized discourse on broadcast television. Similarly, the indecent comments of singer/actress Cher and actress Nicole Richie are out of place in the homes of those families who thought that network television represented a safe haven for family viewing.

Trueman represented the Family Research Council and Focus on the Family in filing a “friend of the court” brief in this case; Fox Television Stations v. Federal Communications Commission. He is currently heading up the War on Illegal Pornography, a national coalition effort to get federal laws against illegal adult pornography enforced. His websites include http://pornharms.com and http://www.youtube.com/user/PornHarms.

The opinion in Fox Television Stations v. Federal Communications Commission may be found here: http://voices.washingtonpost.com/posttech/indecency.pdf

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