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Governor Quinn Takes Bill Action **Wednesday, January 29, 2014** PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Grant Klinzman   
Thursday, 30 January 2014 09:30

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

Bill No.: HB 11

An Act Concerning: Regulation

Extends authorization for Advanced Deposit Wagering (ADW) and makes additional changes regarding ADW and Off Track Betting.

Action: Signed

Effective: Immediately


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Written by Brian McDonough   
Monday, 27 January 2014 10:23
Tuesday, February 4, 2014 

7:00 P.M. 

Scott County Administrative Center 

1ST Floor Board Room 
600 W Fourth Street 
Davenport, Iowa 52801 


1. Call to order. 
2. Minutes - Approval of meeting minutes from the January 7, 2014 meeting 

3. Sketch Plan Review: Minor Subdivision Plat – Steve Newport of 18845 Wells Ferry 
Road, Section 7 of Pleasant Valley Township. Request for a recommendation for 
approval of a three (3) lot subdivision, being a re-plat of Lots 5 and 6 of Maureen’s 1st

4. Election of 2014 Officers 

Public Hearing/Meeting Procedure
a. Chairman reads public notice of hearing. 
b. Director reviews background of request. 
c. Applicant /Representative provide any additional comments on request. 
d. Public may make comments or ask questions. 
e. Director makes staff recommendation. 
f. Applicant may respond or comment. 
g. Commission members may ask questions. 
h. Chairman closes the public portion of the hearing (No more public comments). 
i. Discussion period for the Commission members. 
j. Commission members make motion to approval, deny, or modify request. 
k. Final vote. Recommendation goes to Board of Supervisors. 

Please turn off or silence all cell phones and other electronic devices

Governor Quinn Proclaims January 30 as “Fred Korematsu Day” in Illinois PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Grant Klinzman   
Monday, 27 January 2014 09:17

llinois is 4th State to Honor Civil Rights Trailblazer

CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today proclaimed January 30 “Fred Korematsu Day” across Illinois to honor the civil rights activist whose challenge of the Japanese American internment in World War II became a landmark U.S. Supreme Court case. Illinois is the fourth state to recognize Korematsu, following Hawaii, California and Utah. It is the first such honorary day named for an Asian American in the United States.

“Fred Korematsu once said, ‘Protest, but not with violence. Don’t be afraid to speak up. One person can make a difference, even if it takes forty years.’ These are words to live by,” Governor Quinn said. “Fred Korematsu was a heroic figure whose tenacity and commitment to making the world a better place for everyone.”

Korematsu was born in Oakland, California on Jan. 30, 1919, attended public schools where he joined the tennis and swim teams, worked in the family nursery and – in 1940 – registered for the draft in hopes of joining the U.S. Navy. Health issues prevented a Navy career but he was hired as a welder in the Navy shipyards in Oakland, a job he lost after the Pearl Harbor attack.

His life changed with the Executive Order by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt to “intern” 120,000 Americans of Japanese origin in camps throughout the West Coast. Korematsu refused to go, had plastic surgery to change his appearance and created an alias, “Clyde Sarah.” He was arrested in May 1942 and jailed. When approached by the American Civil Liberties Union, Korematsu agreed to let his case test the constitutionality of the camps. His case went all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court andKorematsu v. United States became a landmark case.          

When President Bill Clinton gave Korematsu the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1998, he called Korematsu a quiet, brave American who took an extraordinary stand. President Clinton said, “In the long history of our country's constant search for justice, some names of ordinary citizens stand for millions of souls…today we add the name of Fred Korematsu."          

Korematsu’s courage was hailed by civil rights activists.

“I appreciate Illinois Governor Pat Quinn recognizing my father’s activism and promoting his legacy,” Karen Korematsu, Executive Director of the not-for-profit Fred Korematsu Institute for Civil Rights & Education, said. “My dream is some day to see a federally recognized ‘Fred Korematsu Day’ that would remind us –  especially onJanuary 30 – that our civil liberties and the Constitution are afforded to all Americans regardless of race, color and creed."

"The case of Fred Korematsu is a lesson for all Americans about the fragile nature of individual rights and the danger this can pose to our fundamental belief about equal justice as expressed in our Constitution,” Japanese American Citizens League Midwest Director William Yoshino said. “During World War II, our nation succumbed to racism and wartime hysteria in detaining and confining all Japanese Americans residing on the West Coast. It was a tragic lesson we must heed when similar situations of national security arise today and in the future.”

When fear – instead of fact – guides government decisions, we all lose,” South Asian American Policy & Research Institute Executive Director Ami Gandhi said. “Whether it is in the realm of local law enforcement, national security, or immigration, data-driven policies will keep all of us more safe and secure. We thank Governor Quinn and the Japanese American Citizens League for reminding us all to guard against fear and prejudice.”

“Fred Korematsu was a champion of human rights and civil liberties. His bold and noble stand in refusing the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II enshrines him in the same civil rights pantheon as Rosa Parks, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Cesar Chavez,” Illinois Human Rights Commission Chairman Martin Castro said. “Mr. Korematsu's struggle against a denial of rights and liberty over 70 years ago remains relevant today to ensure that we not repeat in this century the mistakes of the last.”   

In addition to being officially honored by Illinois and three other states, Fred Korematsu is today honored with three different schools in California being named after him. He is also featured in the Oakland, California “Champions for Humanity” sculpture, alongside Dr. King, Nelson Mandela and Gandhi.


City Council Work Sessions PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jackie E. Holecek   
Friday, 24 January 2014 14:34

City of Davenport, Iowa

Saturday, January 25, 2014, 8:30 a.m. 

City Council Chambers, City Hall, 226 West 4th Street 
I. Capital Improvement Program Introduction 
II. Sewer Improvements and Funding

City of Davenport, Iowa 
Wednesday, January 29, 2014, 5:30 p.m. 
City Council Chambers, City Hall, 226 West 4th
I. YMCA Concept Plans

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Written by Renee Luze-Johnson   
Friday, 24 January 2014 11:07
January 27 - 31, 2014
Tuesday, January 28, 2014
Committee of the Whole - 8:00 am
Board Room, 1st Floor, Administrative Center
1. Roll Call: Hancock, Minard, Sunderbruch, Cusack, Earnhardt
Facilities & Economic Development
2. Authorization for County Engineer to make necessary road closures. (Item 2)
3. Policy for Purchase of Right of Way 2014. (Item 3)
4. Discussion of the Final Plat of Lots 1 & 2 of Buena Vista Addition, a two lot residential
subdivision, located at 25200 and 25250 Valley Drive and legally described as a
replat of Lot 1 and Part of Lot 2 of Sheppard's Addition in part of NW¼ SW¼ of
Section 8, Pleasant Valley Township. (Item 4)
Human Resources
5. Staff appointments. (Item 5)
6. Discussion of strategy of upcoming labor negotiations with the County's organized
employees pursuant to Iowa Code Section 20.17(3). - CLOSED SESSION
Finance & Intergovernmental
7. Setting of a public hearing for February 13, 2014 at 5:00 p.m. for an amendment to
the County's current FY14 Budget. (Item 7)
8. Authorizing the filing and publication of the budget estimate for FY15 and setting a
public hearing for February 13, 2014 at 5:00 p.m. (Item 8)
9. Beer/liquor licenses for Kwik Shop #589 Eldridge, and Mt. Joy Amoco, Davenport and
cigarette/tobacco permit for Express Lane Gas & Food Mart of Pleasant Valley.
Other Items of Interest
10. Appointments to the Condemnation Appraisal Jury. (Item 10)
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11. Recognition of Kent Paustian's years of service on the Planning and Zoning
Commission. (Item 11)
Thursday, January 30, 2014
Regular Board Meeting - 5:00 pm
Board Room, 1st Floor, Administrative Center

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