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Governor Quinn Unveils Mandela Road in Chicago PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Katie Hickey   
Friday, 18 July 2014 14:34

Portion of Cicero Avenue Now Named for Late World Leader

CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today was joined by state and local officials on what would have been Nelson Mandela’s 96th birthday to unveil the newly-designated Mandela Road in Chicago. The stretch of Cicero Avenue from Roosevelt Road to West Grand Avenue will now also bear a designation in honor of the late South African President and world civil rights leader Nelson Mandela.

“Nelson Mandela was a hero of democracy and championed the struggle for basic human rights and dignity,” Governor Quinn said. “Now, those traveling this state highway on Chicago’s west side will be reminded of Mandela’s lifelong journey that continues to have a profound effect on the world we live in today.”

The Illinois General Assembly officially designated a portion of Cicero Avenue, also known as Illinois Route 50, as Mandela Road in House Joint Resolution 89, which was sponsored by State Representative La Shawn K. Ford (D-Chicago) and State Senator Kimberly Lightford (D-Maywood). The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) is erecting signs in honor of the designation at a series of intersections along Cicero Avenue. Residents and businesses along the route will retain their official Cicero Avenue addresses.

Mandela Road joins other honorary Chicago street designations including those named for Emmett Till, Studs Terkel, Harold Washington, Mother Theresa and Michael Krzyzewski or “Coach K.”

Nelson Mandela was born July 18, 1918 and, after studying law, became active in the African National Congress (ANC) and other organizations that opposed colonial rule and apartheid politics. Following numerous arrests in the 1950s and early 60s for anti-government activities, he was convicted and sentenced to life in prison in 1962 and served 27 years before an international lobbying effort helped secure his 1990 release.

Mandela and others negotiated with South African President F.W. de Klerk to abolish apartheid and hold elections in 1994 that were open to all South Africans. In those elections Mandela led the ANC to victory and became South Africa's first black president, serving until 1999. His government dismantled the apartheid legacy and tackled institutionalized racism, poverty and inequality. After leaving government, Mandela focused on combating poverty and HIV/AIDS through the Nelson Mandela Foundation. He died December 5, 2013 and his funeral was attended by more than 100 world leaders and tens of thousands of mourners.



SPECIAL CITY COUNCIL MEETING City of Davenport, Iowa PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jackie E. Holecek   
Friday, 18 July 2014 13:33
Wednesday, July 23, 2014; 5:00 P.M.
City Hall Council Chambers
I. Moment of Silence
II. Pledge of Allegiance
Ald. Boom
III. Roll Call
IV. Discussion Agenda
1. Ordinance 2014-234 for Case No. REZ14-04 of St. Ambrose University at 800 West Central Park Avenue (St. Vincent’s Center) for a Zoning Map Amendment (Rezoning) from the “R-4” – Moderate Density Dwelling District to “PID” – Planned Institutional District. The purpose of the request is to rezone the legally described area in accordance with the University's adopted Campus Master Plan for an athletic complex which will include a football stadium, soccer field, softball diamond, and other sports fields and associated off-street parking, containing 31.504 acres, more or less. [7th Ward]
VETOED by Mayor Gluba on July 16, 2014
2. Resolution 2014-265 approving an economic development agreement for assistance to Raufeisen Development for The Dock at Davenport project. [Ward 3]
VETOED by Mayor Gluba on July 16, 2014
V. Public Comment
PLEASE NOTE: At this time individuals may step to the podium and upon giving your NAME and ADDRESS you may address the City Council. There is a five (5) minute time limit. Please end your comments promptly.
VI. Adjourn

Scott County ZBOA Meeting PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Brian McDonough   
Friday, 18 July 2014 12:56
1. Call to order
2. Approval of Minutes: June 25, 2014 meeting
3. Public Hearing – Variance – Kenneth Cooper (applicant): Request for a variance to allow a 24’ x 16’ room addition onto the south side of the existing house to be located less than the required 25 feet from a front property line at 215 Blackhawk Drive, Lot 36 of Parkview 6th Addition, Butler Township.
4. Public Hearing – Variance – Stephen Allison (applicant): Rehearing of a previous request for a variance to allow a new 24’ x 12’ portable shed to be located less than ten (10) feet from a rear property line at 26545 285th Avenue, Section 35 of Princeton Township.
Public Hearing Procedure:
a. Chairman reads notice of public hearing.
b. Director reviews case.
c. Applicant/Representative speaks on behalf of request.
d. Public may ask questions or make comments.
e. Director makes staff recommendation.
f. Applicant may respond to comments and/or recommendation.
g. Board members may ask questions.
h. Chairman closes the public portion of the hearing. (No more comments from public or applicant.)
i. Discussion period to determine justification for decision.
j. Board members move to accept, reject, or modify request.
k. Final vote. Case closed. Three members of the Board constitute a quorum. The concurring vote of three members of the Board shall be necessary to reverse any decision or determination of the zoning administrator or to decide in favor of an application for a variance or conditions for a special use permit. The Board of Adjustment is “quasi-judicial” and not a recommending body. Therefore, any appeals to their decisions should be filed with District Court within 30 days of the meeting.
Please turn off or silence all cell phones and other electronic devices

Roll Call: Harkin's HELP Committee Shows Off the Lost Art of Legislating PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Sen. Tom Harkin   
Tuesday, 15 July 2014 12:48

In case you missed it, the front page of today’s Roll Call features a profile on Senator Harkin’s work as HELP Committee Chairman to get a number of bipartisan bills to the President’s desk.  In particular, the article says the following of Harkin’s work:

The retiring five-term senator — who hails from a vastly more productive era — might seem at first blush an unlikely candidate to break through in the most dysfunctional Congress ever. Harkin is an unabashed Midwestern liberal. But he’s also proved adept at reaching across the aisle on issues that don’t always make the front pages — such as the Workforce Investment Act reauthorization — a major overhaul heading to the president’s desk.

When the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act is signed by the President, as he has indicated he will do, it will be the fourteenth bill in the HELP Committee’s jurisdiction under the leadership of Chairman Harkin to have become law in the 113th Congress.

The full article can be found here or below.


For more information, please contact Senator Harkin’s Press Office at (202) 224-3254.

Harkin's HELP Committee Shows Off the Lost Art of Legislating

By Niels Lesniewski and Humberto Sanchez

July 15, 2014, 5:01 a.m.

Ask Sen. Tom Harkin about his committee’s work this Congress and he’s ready to rattle off a key statistic.

“Fourteen bills. More than any other committee in the Congress. Fourteen bills signed into law.”

The retiring five-term senator — who hails from a vastly more productive era — might seem at first blush an unlikely candidate to break through in the most dysfunctional Congress ever. Harkin is an unabashed Midwestern liberal. But he’s also proved adept at reaching across the aisle on issues that don’t always make the front pages — such as the Workforce Investment Act reauthorization — a major overhaul heading to the president’s desk.

To hear Harkin tell it, much of the opportunity for success comes from having an old-school legislator as a partner.

“First of all, I have a good ranking member in Lamar Alexander. While we disagree on things, we’re able to work together and find common ground and get it done,” the Iowa Democrat said. Alexander, who became the top Republican on the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee this Congress, learned the ropes under a fellow Tennessean, the late Majority Leader Howard Baker.

“That’s just it. We just work. It takes work. It takes time,” Harkin said last week, as leaders in both parties hailed the WIA.

It also takes discipline.

Harkin rejected the idea of adding an unemployment extension he and other Democrats supported to the re-authorization. “We worked five years on it and it’s a good bill and we are not going to let it get screwed up by anything,” Harkin said when the bill headed to the floor.

Alexander said the HELP committee has a history of focusing on areas where common ground between the parties can be achieved, including under the leadership of the previous chairman, the late Sen. Edward M. Kennedy.

“I’m proud of the progress we’ve made and I’ll give Sen. Harkin a good deal of the credit,” Alexander said. “Ideologically, we are very different, but we both know that our job is to get a result where we can. We have a huge jurisdiction. Sen. Kennedy used to say that we have about 40 percent of the jurisdiction of the Senate. And I think we’ve produced more legislation that has been reported to the floor and become law than any other committee.”

The House cleared the workforce investment agreement with an overwhelming 415-6 vote on July 9.

“The Workforce Investment Act had been stuck, literally, for 10 years. And finally, especially due to the work of Sen. Murray and Sen. Isakson, it passed,” Alexander said, lauding Sens. Patty Murray, D-Wash., and Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., for running point.

“I think what you saw was both of us sit down and work with our counterparts across the aisle to find common ground and achieve something that was really important to our country. And that is how we work,” Murray said.

Alexander also highlighted the work of longtime committee members Barbara A. Mikulski, D-Md., and Richard M. Burr, R-N.C., who helped pass the Child Care Development Block Grant, which helps low-income families.

‎“I think part of the solution is that we look for areas where we can get a result, and we have good participation from other members of the committee. It’s not just a two-man show,” Alexander said.

Other HELP Committee measures that have become law this Congress include a reauthorization of the toll-free number for the poison control center and promoting access to epinephrine pens in schools. Harkin has more he wants to get done before retiring, but getting his education agenda to move could be quite a struggle. There’s more of a partisan divide on that issue than some others he’s handled.

“I’m working on the higher education bill. I’ll have it out in September. I don’t know, maybe lame duck,” Harkin said. “Maybe.”

If he does, it might be testament to the relationships he’s built.

“If I only dealt with my Republican colleagues only on an issue basis, I probably never would get anywhere,” Harkin said then. “But I deal with them on a human basis, too.”

Alexander said he had particular issues with the Democratic view on the Elementary and Secondary Education Act — also known as No Child Left Behind.

“Like on kindergarten through the 12th grade, my view of the Democratic bill is that it creates a national school board. We simply don’t agree so we had competing bills. On higher education, we may have some different opinions,” Alexander said. “But where we can agree we’ll work together.”

But Alexander also pointed out his recent effort with Sen. Michael Bennet, D-Colo., to simplify the process of applying for and receiving federal financial aid to attend college. Their bill would eliminate the current 10-page Free Application for Federal Student Aid and replace it with a simple, two-question postcard.

At a meeting of the National Governors Association on July 11, Alexander stood up and showed the current student aid form to demonstrate its length.

“Because it’s a bipartisan effort, I think it has a much better chance of actually getting a result,” Alexander told CQ Roll Call. “So we are not just interested in making speeches, we are interested in getting a result and where we can we will and where we can’t, we’ll lay those items aside and go on to something else.”

Harkin’s also continuing to focus on early learning legislation, pushing for floor time.

But his other baby, the appropriations bill that funds the departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, is stuck in a broader morass as Democrats seek to avoid contentious amendments.

Asked about the chances to consider that bill, Harkin said: “I have no idea. I really don’t know.”

“I think the CR that we have in September is going to be short-term, probably until December or something,” Harkin said. “And then after we come back in the lame duck we’ll work on a longer bill, and hopefully it will not be a CR, but it will actually be an omnibus.”

And naturally, one that includes his bill.

When Harkin retires at the end of this Congress, Murray — who has been bolstering her legislative bona fides this Congress — could be in position to take his dual gavels at HELP and the appropriations subcommittee that funds the programs HELP oversees. But she declined to say whether she would.

“All those questions will be answered at some point, I am not ready [to] yet.”


Governor Quinn Takes Bill Action **Monday, July 7, 2014** PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Katie Hickey   
Tuesday, 08 July 2014 13:12

CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today took action on the following bill:


Bill No.: SB 1812

An Act Concerning: Finance

Amends the Public Funds Deposit Act and the Public Funds Investment Act.

Action: Signed

Effective: Immediately.



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