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Loebsack, McKinley Propose Bill to Help Emergency First Responders PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Vonnie Hampel   
Saturday, 13 December 2014 10:43

Bipartisan Bill Will Help Rural Fire Departments Recruit and Retain Volunteers

Washington, D.C. Yesterday, Congressmen Dave Loebsack (D-IA) and David B. McKinley (R-WV) introduced bipartisan legislation to help volunteer firefighters and other first responders who keep our communities safe. The bill creates a tax deduction for volunteer first responders and will help Volunteer Fire Departments and other public safety organizations recruit and retain volunteers.

“I’d like to thank Representatives McKinley and Loebsack for introducing this important legislation,” said Chief Philip C. Stittleburg, Chairman of the National Volunteer Fire Council. “The services donated by volunteer emergency response personnel are valued at more than $140 billion annually and the average responder donates services worth more than $18,000 each year. At the same time, local agencies are increasingly struggling to recruit and retain volunteer firefighters and EMTs. This common sense bill would help bolster staffing in volunteer public safety agencies by allowing responders to claim a portion of the value of the services they donate each year as a charitable donation.”

“Our volunteer firefighters stand ready to serve us the moment disaster strikes. They donate their time and energy to keep us safe, and we can do more to support their critical role in our communities,” said Loebsack. “Over 90% of Iowa’s firefighters are volunteers, and this tax credit would provide an important recruitment tool for Fire Departments to maintain the level of staffing that they need to do their jobs. I am pleased to work on a bipartisan basis with Rep. McKinley to advance this important legislation.”   


“Small towns across West Virginia and the country rely on volunteers to respond to fires, accidents, and other emergencies,” said McKinley. “Yet these same men and women are often forced to raise money to simply have adequate equipment and training. We can do more to help them.”

“We’ve had a number of meetings with Volunteer Fire Departments across West Virginia, and the number one issue they have is recruiting volunteers and keeping them,” said McKinley. “This solution will help fix that problem and demonstrates the respect earned by volunteer emergency personnel.”

The bill provides a tax deduction for hours of service each year volunteered for fire-fighting and prevention services, emergency medical services, ambulance services, civil air patrol, and emergency rescue services.


Lt. Governor Sheila Simon statement on passing of Judy Baar Topinka PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Annie Thompson   
Wednesday, 10 December 2014 14:45

CARBONDALE – Dec. 10, 2014. Lt. Governor Sheila Simon today issued the following statement regarding the passing of Illinois Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka.

“I am deeply saddened to hear of Judy Baar Topinka’s passing. People throughout Illinois will remember her for her many years of dedication to public service just as much as they will remember her for her larger than life personality. She truly loved the people of this state.

“My thoughts and prayers go out to her family, friends and staff as we mourn the loss of a legend in Illinois government.”


Governor Quinn Statement on the Passing of Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Dave Blanchette   
Wednesday, 10 December 2014 14:44
CHICAGO - Governor Pat Quinn today released the following statement regarding the passing of Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka:

"Today is a sad day in the state of Illinois. I am heartbroken to hear of the passing of my friend, Judy Baar Topinka.

‪            "As the first female Treasurer of Illinois and a longtime public servant, Judy was a trailblazer in every sense of the word.

‪            "Never without her signature sense of humor, Judy was a force of nature. She left her mark on the state she has called home her entire life. Her leadership improved Illinois and paved the way for countless women in politics.

“My deepest sympathies go out to Judy's son, Joe, daughter-in-law Christina, granddaughter Alexandra, her family, friends and devoted staff.

‪            "Today the entire state mourns the loss of one of the greats. Judy Baar Topinka will be incredibly missed."


Rock Island Beautification Commission Announces Holiday Lighting Contest PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Dena Grunewald   
Tuesday, 09 December 2014 15:46

The Rock Island Beautification Commission is sponsoring the 29th Annual Holiday Lighting Contest to recognize Rock Island residents and businesses that decorate with exceptional seasonal lighting displays. To nominate a residential or commercial light display, send the name and address of the display to the Rock Island Beautification Commission, Rock Island City Hall – 1528 Third Avenue, or call (309) 732-2909 with a nomination.

Nominations must be received by 5 p.m., Wednesday, December 17, 2014. Judging will take place on Monday evening, December 22. All displays should be illuminated by 5:30 p.m. There will be awards for the top winners in the residential and commercial categories. Winners of the 2012 and 2013 Holiday Lighting Contests are not eligible.

Names Released - Fatality Accident - 29000 blk 240th Ave PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ryan Lage   
Monday, 24 November 2014 14:22

The driver of the 2005 Buick passenger car who was fatally injured on 11/22/14 was identified as William P. Flenker, 84, from rural Long Grove.

The driver of the semitrailer was identified as Ryan E. Wilson, 19, from Bettendorf. He was uninjured in the accident.

The accident remains under investigation.

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