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Downtown SCC Campus and Kahl Renovation PDF Print E-mail
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Written by T. Brecht   
Thursday, 14 August 2014 07:41

Total Investment: $50 Million (estimated)
Total Public Investment: TBD
Private Funds Leveraged: TBD
Jobs Created: 200-plus (estimated, construction & full-time)

The vacant First Midwest Bank building will be converted into one of the core campus buildings for Scott CC downtown

The pace of development in downtown Davenport is accelerating even faster with the announcement of a major public-private partnership between Eastern Iowa Community Colleges and developer Restoration St. Louis that will renovate three major buildings over the next two years.

Under the terms of the proposed agreement, around $50 million will be invested to create a brand new downtown urban campus for Scott Community College and renovation of the Kahl Building (the current home of Scott classrooms) into market rate housing, first floor retail, and the long-awaited restoration of the Capitol Theater.

Two vacant and deteriorating buildings - the former First Midwest Bank and former First Federal Bank/Social Security Administration building on 3rd Street - will be renovated and make up the core of the new campus building. The 80,000 square-foot campus will feature classrooms, computer labs, a science lab, student commons, outdoor plaza, meeting place and administrative offices. The college's current classrooms and offices in both the Kahl Building and the Ground Transportation Center will be consolidated on the new campus.

The Kahl will then be taken over by Restoration St. Louis and renovated into an 80-90 unit apartment building featuring first-floor retail and the new and improved Capitol Theatre. The theatre will be a big screen, first-run movie house that likely will serve food and alcoholic beverages, according to Restoration St. Louis.

Project costs are calculated at approximately $50 million. Financing will come from a variety of sources, including Historic Preservation Tax Credits, traditional lending, bond issuance proceeds and a capital campaign by Eastern Iowa Community College. EICC Chancellor Don Doucette vowed that no property taxes or tuition increases will be part of the funding. Sam Estep, senior VP of development for Restoration, said the company does plan to submit an economic development agreement to the City of Davenport at some point. This likely will involve economic incentives, but what exactly those will entail is still being worked out.

The timeline is to finalize feasibility studies and cost estimates by late fall of this year and begin construction in 2015, Estep said. College officials would like to move into classrooms in 2016.

"This is a really exciting opportunity to meet not only the growing needs of a local educational resource, but to do so while creating a major economic development project," said Estep. "We remain very excited about the future of downtown Davenport."

 
Governor Quinn Takes Bill Action **Monday, August 11, 2014** PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Dave Blanchette   
Tuesday, 12 August 2014 15:56

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

 

Bill No.: HB 4561

An Act Concerning: Transportation

Provides that adult driver education course provider applicants undergo a fingerprint-based background check in order to qualify for certification.

Action: Signed

Effective: Jan. 1, 2015

 

Bill No.: HB 5504

An Act Concerning: Transportation

Streamlines the memorial highway designation process.

Action: Signed

Effective: Immediately

 

Bill No.: SB 927

An Act Concerning: Transportation

Provides for the use of emergency lights by Illinois State Toll Highway Authority vehicles responding to an emergency or engaged in maintenance and construction, and qualifies these vehicles for protections under Scott’s Law.

Action: Signed

Effective: Jan. 1, 2015

 

Bill No.: SB 930

An Act Concerning: Transportation

Increases the maximum speed limit for trucks on interstates outside of urban areas from 55 to 60 miles per hour in certain counties.

Action: Vetoed

Effective: Immediately

 

A copy of the veto message is attached.

 

Bill No.: SB 1103

An Act Concerning: Employment

Creates the Occupational Safety and Health Act.

Action: Signed

Effective: Jan. 1, 2015

 

Bill No.: SB 2972

An Act Concerning: Education

Provides that a superintendent endorsement may be attached to the Professional Educator License of a holder that has the requisite experience and satisfies all other requirements.

Action: Signed

Effective: Immediately

 

Bill No.: SB 3313

An Act Concerning: Local Government

Requires that any private business telecommunications system must be configured so dialing 9-1-1 is a direct connection to emergency services.

Action: Signed

Effective: July 1, 2015

 

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Governor Quinn Takes Bill Action **Friday, August 8, 2014** PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Katie Hickey   
Tuesday, 12 August 2014 11:28

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

 

Bill No.: SB 347

An Act Concerning: Revenue

Allows for more accurate property tax calculations.

Action: Signed

Effective: Immediately

 

Bill No.: SB 644

An Act Concerning: Regulation

Amends the Illinois Insurance Code for certain automobile physical damage subrogation claims.

Action: Signed

Effective: Jan. 1, 2015

 

Bill No.: SB 1724

An Act Concerning: Civil Law

Provides protections for patient involuntarily admitted to a mental health facility.

Action: Signed

Effective: Immediately

 

Bill No.: SB 2002

An Act Concerning: Government

Amends the definition of “excluded fiduciary” in the Trusts and Trustees Act.

Action: Signed

Effective: Jan. 1, 2015

 

Bill No.: SB 2586

An Act Concerning: Health

Requires the Governor’s Office of Health Innovation and Transformation to oversee a process for providing services to individuals with substance use issues or mental illness.

Action: Signed

Effective: Immediately

 

Bill No.: SB 2695

An Act Concerning: Criminal Law

Expands the offense of official misconduct to include information sharing by a law enforcement agency employee intended to interfere in a criminal matter.

Action: Signed

Effective: Jan. 1, 2015

 

Bill No.: SB 2782

An Act Concerning: Courts

Provides that the court may appoint an educational or early intervention program surrogate parent when in the best interests of the child.

Action: Signed

Effective: Immediately

 

 

 

 

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Governor Quinn Continues Commitment to Highway Construction Projects in Quad Cities Area PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Dave Blanchette   
Tuesday, 12 August 2014 10:43

Visits Ongoing I-74/280 Project and Outlines New Quad Cities Area Construction Projects Included in $1.1 Billion Capital Construction Bill

COAL VALLEY – Governor Pat Quinn today visited the site of a major road project and announced upcoming Quad Cities-area projects that are part of the state’s new $1.1 billion capital construction bill. Today’s event is part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to create jobs and build a 21st-century infrastructure that will drive Illinois’ economy forward.

“With major construction projects across our state we are continuing to put people to work maintaining and improving our world-class transportation system,” Governor Quinn said. “This highway project and the many other ongoing projects in the Quad Cities area are creating jobs, enhancing safety and improving efficiency in a major economic corridor of our state.”

“We are grateful for Governor Quinn’s commitment to improving our state’s infrastructure and recognizing the many benefits that come with funding transportation projects,” Acting Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) Secretary Erica Borggren said. “This infrastructure project, when complete, will significantly enhance safety and improve travel for motorists on a stretch of roadway that is very important to this region.”

Governor Quinn visited the site of a $17.7 million bridge replacement and resurfacing project just east of the Interstate 74/280 interchange. The project includes resurfacing 12 miles of the interstate and replacement of the bridges over Coal Creek. Half of both the east and westbound bridge work is complete, and the resurfacing work is nearly 60 percent done with completion expected in November. McCarthy Improvement Company is the contractor for the work, which started in June 2013. The project is part of Governor Quinn’s $31 billion Illinois Jobs Now! program, which is supporting 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.

Other ongoing Quad City projects that are a part of Illinois Jobs Now! include the $16.2 million John Deere Road reconstruction and fly-over bridge, $6.2 million Route 92 widening and resurfacing, $3.8 million Route 6 bridge reconstruction and the $3.3 million U.S. 67 Centennial Bridge structure repairs.

Governor Quinn signed into law last month a new $1.1 billion capital construction program to supplement the work that has been done under Illinois Jobs Now! Quad City regional projects funded as part of this new construction bill include $31 million to resurface 30 miles of Interstate 80 in Henry County; $16.8 million to resurface Interstate 74/Illinois 110/Interstate 80 in Henry County; and $4 million to resurface 14.3 miles of Illinois 40 from Milledgeville to Sterling in Carroll and Whiteside Counties.

"The Quad Cities act as a large gateway to the western United States and see a lot of shipping traffic every year,” State Senator Mike Jacobs (D-Moline) said. “This project will not only update and maintain our existing infrastructure for future travel, but also put many residents in the area to work.”

“The Illinois Jobs Now! program created by Governor Quinn and funded through our efforts in the Illinois General Assembly has made critically needed improvements to our roads and highways in northwest Illinois,” State Representative Patrick Verschoore (D-Milan) said. “Not only am I proud of the fact we are creating jobs through this effort, but we are making needed infrastructure improvements to help our businesses and industries in the region grow long term.”

"For too long, the roads here in western Illinois have deteriorated,” State Representative Mike Smiddy (D-Hillsdale) said. “These improvements to roads in Henry, Carroll and Whiteside Counties are a vital component to creating jobs and developing our local economy.”

The $1.1 billion for more than 210 road and bridge projects statewide will create an estimated 14,300 construction jobs.

In addition to funding $1 billion in projects in the Illinois Department of Transportation’s (IDOT) FY2015-2020 Multi-Year Program, the new capital construction program includes $100 million for municipal and township governments to improve infrastructure at the local level. The funding, distributed and overseen by IDOT, will help communities throughout Illinois combat potholes and make other critical infrastructure repairs.

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Governor Quinn Announces State Police to Assist Chicago Police Department PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Katie Hickey   
Monday, 11 August 2014 13:39

Forty State Police Troopers Will Join CPD Officers Following Mayor Emanuel’s Request for Assistance

CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today directed the Illinois State Police to deploy 40 state troopers to join Chicago Police officers in patrolling four city neighborhoods. The action follows the city’s request for assistance and is part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to ensure the safety of all people in every community across Illinois.

“The state of Illinois will do whatever is necessary to protect public safety – in Chicago and every community across Illinois,” Governor Quinn said. “Earlier this year I told Mayor Emanuel we would help in any way we could to combat violence in the city. When he requested assistance, I immediately agreed to help.”

At the Governor’s direction, the State Police will deploy troopers to areas coordinated with the Chicago Police Department (CPD). The State Police and CPD will set up 20 to 25 “surge” teams with five Chicago Police officers and two State Troopers on each team. The teams will focus on apprehending those with known violent criminal histories who are wanted by law enforcement. The troopers will come from State Police districts across the state. The assistance will be accommodated with current State Police resources.

State Police Colonel Michael Zerbonia will coordinate the effort. Zerbonia is chief of operations for the State Police and has more than 30 years of military service. He joined the Illinois National Guard in 1991 after three years as an air defense artillery officer, served in Iraq from June 2005 to June 2006 and was deputy brigade commander for the Polish 12th Mechanized Brigade in Afghanistan as part of Operation Enduring Freedom. He was promoted to Brigadier General within the Illinois National Guard in February 2014 and currently serves as Illinois Army National Guard Land Forces Component Commander.

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