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Hilltop Campus Village News Dec. 2014 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Scott Tunnicliff   
Tuesday, 30 December 2014 14:21


This year marks the 5th anniversary of the Hilltop Campus Village Corporation. It was approved by the Main Street Iowa program in May 2009 and operations began following the formation of a board of directors, their appointment of a director in August, and technical training for volunteers in September and October.

We have all observed gratifying progress in efforts to revitalize our commercial corridors and seen increasing levels of quality reinvestment. Much of this has occurred as a result of partnerships being formed – with the area churches, colleges and universities, existing and new businesses, commercial property owners, the school district, multiple city departments, social agencies and interested volunteers who know that the successful encouragement of quality reinvestment helps enhance surrounding neighborhoods.


Main Street Iowa recently put out their Cumulative Report Totals, an economic impact report that shows a running total of reinvestment and job creation in each of the 52 Iowa districts since they became part of the Main Street Iowa network.  While the results vary considerably by size of community and by how long the communities have been in the program, a look back 5 year shows some compelling data:

Among districts less than 25 years old, the Hilltop Campus Village is 2nd among all districts in private sector investment in rehabilitation,  7th in number of buildings rehabilitated, and 3rd in private sector dollars invested in acquisition. This doesn’t include public sector investments in street resurfacing, curb repair, sidewalk upgrades, street lights and the other many things done to enhance the area by our city.

If these trends continue, we can look forward to more businesses, more customers coming to shop at those businesses and more employment opportunities in those businesses as they grow.


Of particular interest to the businesses and institutions in the Hilltop Campus Village. The City of Davenport has been studying the potential of a possible city-wide broadband service and are looking for more input from businesses in our area as to what they might want to see out of such an offering. They have had a lot of residential participation, but need to hear from businesses too. This survey will run through Jan. 5.  The link to the background info and the survey is: . Let them hear from you!

There will be a Lydia Home meeting on Tuesday Dec 30th at 7 p.m., at the Lydia Home, 1431 Ripley Street. This informal monthly gathering is an excellent forum for neighbors and citizens to work with police and others to address concerns in the area and gather information. Additional information may be obtained by contacting Joyce Klopp at 563 322 0382.

The Quad Cities Chamber of Commerce is promoting VENTURE SCHOOL, a 6-week program for persons with a marketable idea, designed to accelerate the business startup process while increasing a person’s chance for success. The program is offered through a partnership between the Eastern Iowa Community Colleges, The University of Iowa John Poppajohn Entrerpreneurial Center, and Ignite Quad Cities, a component of the Quad Cities Chamber of Commerce. Information sessions will be held Thursday January 15 at noon and 5:30pm at the Quad Cities Chamber in downtown Davenport. Learn more and apply online at


The four work groups that make things happen in our area deal with Design, Organization, Economic Restructuring and Promotion. All meet monthly and are open to the public. Persons wishing to learn more about these groups may do so by asking the director or a volunteer, by coming to the meetings as listed below and by visiting


o   Meeting time: Third Thursday of the month (January 15), 5:00pm, Hilltop Campus Village office conference area, 601 Brady Street, Suite 301

§  Reviewing Mission and Vision statements

§  Action Plan updates from Work Groups

§  Consideration of grant program for signage proposal


o   Meeting time: Second Monday of the month (January 12), 4:00 pm., Hilltop Campus Village conference area, 601 Brady Street, Suite 301

§  Prioritization of Org. Work Group 2015 Action Plan initiatives

§  1028 Harrison Street property update

§  Main Street Iowa Business Innovation Challenge Grant (Studio Start up phase 1) update


o   Meeting time: Third Monday of the month (January 19), 5:00pm, Hilltop Campus Village conference area, 601 Brady Street, Suite 301

§  Design Review Board update

§  Prioritize Design Work Group 2015 Action Plan initiatives

§  Information column/public art update


o   Meeting time: Second Tuesday (January 13), 4:00pm, Hilltop Campus Village conference area, 601 Brady Street, Suite 301

§  Prioritization of Promotion Work Group 2015 Action Plan initiatives

§  Comprehensive Promotion Strategy development

§  Review of CHS presentation of December 18

§  Interest in Cupid Comes to the Hilltop

§  Start of planning for Altar Crawl in May


o   Meeting time: Third Wednesday, (January 21) noon, Hilltop Campus Village conference area, 601 Brady Street, Suite 301

§  Prioritization of Economic Restructuring 2015 Action Plan initiatives

§  Bus shelter progress

§  New businesses and redevelopment plans

§  Needs survey for Hilltop Campus Village

The Hilltop Campus Village is a not for profit organization dedicated to restoration, redevelopment and revitalization of the area.  Questions, comments and suggestions may be addressed by contacting the Hilltop Campus Village office at 563-322-8293 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or board members.

Governor Quinn Signs Law that Allows Payment of Certain Traffic Fines Without Court Appearance PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Katie Hickey   
Monday, 29 December 2014 10:01

Legislation Follows “Sign and Drive” Law Signed this Summer

CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today signed a new law that allows persons charged with certain minor traffic offenses to pay their fines or penalties without appearing in court. The legislation follows the “Sign and Drive” law recently signed by Governor Quinn that ends the practice of requiring individuals to give up their driver’s license as security for traffic violations. Both laws are part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to make Illinois government more accountable, transparent and effective.

“Motorists can now stay out of court when all they need to do is pay a fine for a minor traffic offense,” Governor Quinn said. “This new law helps reduce the burden on drivers and our court system by cutting the number of unnecessary minor cases."

Senate Bill 3509, sponsored by State Senator Michael Noland (D-Elgin) and State Representative John D’Amico (D-Chicago), allows motorists ticketed with certain petty traffic violations to plead guilty and pay their fines without a court appearance. This is companion legislation to a previously approved law that eliminated the requirement that a valid driver’s license be posted as bail for certain traffic offenses. Both laws are effective January 1, 2015.

Governor Quinn has signed a number of new laws to make travel on Illinois roadways safer and more convenient. Last year he signed legislation to prohibit the use of all hand-held mobile phones while driving on Illinois roads and to increase the penalties where any use of an electronic device while driving is the cause of an accident. This summer, Governor Quinn signed legislation to prohibit municipalities from requiring police officers to meet ticket quotas and to prevent quotas from being used to evaluate an officer’s performance.


Governor Quinn Takes Bill Action **Friday, December 19, 2014** PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Katie Hickey   
Monday, 22 December 2014 12:03

CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn took action on the following bills:


Bill No.: SB 2221

An Act Concerning: Courts

Eliminates the statute of repose in asbestos cases.

Action: Signed

Effective: June 1, 2015


Bill No.: SB 3075

An Act Concerning: Courts

Increases the rate of pay for jurors and provides that civil jury cases shall be tried by a jury of six.

Action: Signed

Effective: June 1, 2015



Holiday Closings for Waste Commission of Scott County PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Brandy Walvaert   
Friday, 19 December 2014 16:58

DAVENPORT, IA—Waste Commission of Scott County facilities will close at noon Wednesday, Dec. 24 and will remain closed Thursday, Dec. 25. Facilities will reopen Friday, Dec. 26. However, no appointments will be available for drop-off of household hazardous materials on Saturday, Dec. 27.


Facilities also will be closed Thursday, Jan. 1 and reopen Friday, Jan. 2.


Facilities include the following:

  • Scott Area Recycling Center, 5640 Carey Ave., Davenport
  • Scott Area Landfill, 11555 110th Ave., Davenport
  • Scott Area Household Hazardous Material Facilities, Davenport and Buffalo
  • Electronic Demanufacturing Facility, 1048 East 59th St., Davenport

Waste Commission of Scott County is an intergovernmental agency whose mission is to provide environmentally sound and economically feasible solid waste management for Scott County. For more information about the Commission, please call (563) 381-1300 or visit

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Governor Quinn Appoints Jerry Stermer as Illinois Comptroller PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Dave Blanchette   
Friday, 19 December 2014 16:57

CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today announced the appointment of state Budget Director Jerry Stermer as Illinois Comptroller following the unexpected passing of Judy Baar Topinka. Stermer will serve as Comptroller on an interim basis to ensure that state operations continue uninterrupted and will resign from the post on Jan. 12, 2015.

“The sudden passing of Judy Baar Topinka left a hole in the hearts of the people of Illinois,” Governor Quinn said. “While no one can replace Judy Baar Topinka, government must continue. Jerry Stermer is a respected and experienced budget expert who will carry out the duties of Comptroller with integrity and heart.”

Today’s appointment follows the Governor’s call for legislators to reconvene in Springfield on Jan. 8, 2015, to pass legislation that will allow voters to fill the elected position of Illinois Comptroller. While today’s appointment of Stermer is effective immediately, the position of Illinois Comptroller is an elected position and a special election will give voters the opportunity to choose their Comptroller in the next statewide election on Nov. 8, 2016. The primary election is scheduled for March 15, 2016.

Stermer will work closely with Judy Baar Topinka’s longtime chief of staff Nancy Kimme and other key members of her administration to ensure that state operations continue uninterrupted.

Jerry Stermer most recently served as Director of the Governor’s Office of Management and Budget for Governor Quinn. He joined Governor Quinn’s staff in February of 2009 and has served as a senior advisor to the Governor for many years. Stermer has played a key role in the state budget for many years and helped pass major legislation including stabilizing the pension systems and restructuring the state’s Medicaid program.

Before joining the Governor’s staff, Stermer was the president of Voices for Illinois Children, which he led since its founding in 1987 until 2009.

Stermer, 71, was born in Minnesota and raised in Elmhurst, Illinois. He spent 10 years studying for the priesthood with the Society of the Divine Word order of the Catholic Church. He taught Catholic school for a year on Chicago’s South Side. Stermer received his master’s degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago after studying political science and public administration. He received a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from Divine Word College in Epworth, Iowa. He served seven years at the Department of Children and Family Services under governors of both parties and served in the Peace Corps for two years.

Stermer has served as an adjunct faculty member for Northwestern University’s School of Education and Social Policy since 2002. He resides in Evanston with his wife, Nancy.


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