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Gov. Branstad to sign Senate File 2310 and Senate File 2311 into law today PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Office of the Governor of the State of Iowa   
Thursday, 24 April 2014 12:44

(DES MOINES) – Gov. Terry E. Branstad today will sign Senate File 2310 and Senate File 2311 today, Thursday, April 24, 2014, at 2:30 p.m. in the Governor’s Formal Office at the State Capitol.

Senate File 2310 passed the Iowa House 89-8 on April 7, 2014. It passed the Iowa Senate 47-0 on April 10, 2014.

Senate File 2311 passed the Iowa House 97-0 on March 19, 2014. It passed the Iowa Senate 48-0 on April 2, 2014.

The following bill signing is open to credentialed members of the media:

Thursday, April 24, 2014

2:30 p.m. Gov. Branstad signs Senate File 2310 and Senate File 2311 into law

Governor’s Formal Office

State Capitol

Des Moines, IA 

Senate File 2310: an Act relating to the underage possession or consumption of alcohol and providing penalties.

Senate File 2311: an Act relating to sexual and criminal offenses involving minors and others, including prostitution, pimping, and human trafficking, providing for a fee, and including penalties and effective date and applicability provisions.


Governor Quinn Promotes Welcome Home Illinois Program at Annual Affordable Housing Conference PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Katie Hickey   
Wednesday, 23 April 2014 08:18

Addresses Industry Leaders on State’s Improving Housing Market and New Program for First-Time Homebuyers

CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today addressed the annual Illinois Governor’s Conference on Affordable Housing where he discussed the state’s commitment to affordable homeownership and his new Welcome Home Illinois loan program for first-time homebuyers. The mortgage assistance package has seen significant interest since its launch in March – so far 384 Illinois residents have reserved $46 million in total financing. The conference is part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to drive Illinois’ economy forward by improving access to affordable housing.

“Illinois has come a long way since the economy crashed, and the housing market continues to play a big role in driving our state’s recovery,” Governor Quinn said. “Making sure people have access to homes and apartments they can afford is critical. That’s why today homebuyers can turn to our Welcome Home Illinois program for an opportunity to make homeownership a reality. Investing in affordable homeownership will build and protect the middle class, while providing more stability to families and communities.”

The new loan program provides first-time homebuyers $7,500 in down-payment assistance with an interest rate as low as 3.875 percent for a secure, 30-year fixed rate mortgage. Generating interest at a faster pace than other IHDA programs, the timing is perfect for Welcome Home Illinois, tailored to working families, with borrower income limits up to 140 percent of the area median income (AMI) as the spring buying cycle hits its stride. More than 47,000 interested residents have visited the Welcome Home Illinois website and local homebuyers are quickly recognizing the program for its historically low rates, currently at 3.875 percent, which is well below the benchmark 30-year fixed-rate mortgage at 4.47 percent.

For more information on Welcome Home Illinois, please visit

Under Governor Quinn’s leadership, financing from the Illinois Housing Development Authority (IHDA) has created 14,500 full time jobs in construction and construction-related industries since 2009. This activity also generated more than $1.2 billion in federal, state and local taxes, as well as local business income and wages. The IHDA is a major contributor to the financial health of the state during a crucial time in Illinois’ economic recovery.

“Our members are proud to partner with IHDA to build and rehab homes and apartments across the state,” Illinois Housing Council Executive Director Andrea Traudt said. “The sharing of experiences and best practices at this event helps us in our mission to make Illinois a better place to live and work through the construction and preservation of affordable housing.”

The conference also honors the state’s partners who create and sustain affordable housing for families, veterans, senior citizens and persons with disabilities. Innovative developments and initiatives made possible with state funding are recognized for the impact they have on their local communities.

“There is no greater friend to affordable housing in Illinois than Governor Quinn,” IHDA Executive Director Mary R. Kenney said. “Housing affects almost every aspect of a person’s life, including access to jobs, transportation, education and healthcare. Under the direction of Governor Quinn, IHDA has stepped up to the challenges of today’s housing market to make a real difference in peoples’ lives.”

Governor Quinn’s leadership in affordable housing includes:

·         Launching the Welcome Home Illinois program, a strong benefits package for first-time homebuyers with $7,500 in down payment assistance and a below-market interest rate currently at 3.875 percent.

·         Helping 6,400 working families capitalize on historically low interest rates by accessing $724 million in IHDA mortgages and down payment assistance.

·         Declaring 2013 as the Year of Homeownership to emphasize the importance of housing in Illinois’ economic recovery. Five new homeownership programs were launched during the year.

·         Targeting $130 million in Illinois Jobs Now! capital funding for affordable housing, marking the first time this state funding source has been dedicated to housing.

·         Providing safe and affordable rental options for a growing number of Illinois renters. IHDA has invested or leveraged $2.5 billion to create and preserve 19,700 affordable rental homes in 257 developments since 2009.

·         Helping persons with disabilities or special needs live with freedom, choice and dignity by financing the creation of more than 2,000 units of new permanent supportive housing.

·         Investing $150 million to bring 1,000 vacant properties back to productive use and to save 375 homes in targeted communities.

·         Committing more than $327 million in federal mortgage assistance from the Illinois Hardest Hit program so that 12,500 families could stay in their homes.

The IHDA ( is a self-supporting state agency that finances the creation and the preservation of affordable housing across Illinois. Since its creation in 1967, IHDA has allocated $12.4 billion and financed approximately 240,000 affordable units across the state.

The two-day Conference on Affordable Housing is co-sponsored by IHDA and the Illinois Housing Council, and draws more than 700 developers, non-profit organizations, community development corporations, legislators and other partners dedicated to the success of affordable housing in Illinois. Representatives from IHDA, the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development all participate in the event’s panel discussions and workshops.


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Written by Brian McDonough   
Tuesday, 22 April 2014 14:43

APRIL 23, 2014 @ 4:00 P.M.

First Floor Board Room

Scott County Administrative Center

600 West Fourth Street

Davenport, IA 52801


1. Call to order

2. Approval of Minutes of the March 26, 2014 meeting

3. Public Hearing – Variance – Richard August (applicant): Request for a variance to demolish a portion of an existing non-conforming accessory building to allow for the construction of a new addition onto the remaining portion of the building. The property is located in Section 19 of Hickory Grove Township, 6381 230th Street.

4. Public Hearing – Variance – Sherry Bowe (applicant): Request for a two (2) foot side yard variance to allow a new deck to be located three (3) feet from a side property line, in lieu of the required five (5) feet. The property is located in Section 5 of LeClaire Township, 25996 Valley Drive.

5. Public Hearing – Special Use Permit – Jeff Cook / Cook Real Estate Development (applicant): Request for an exception to the parking and circulation area paving requirements of the Scott County Zoning Ordinance (Section 6-23.4) for a new commercial development. The property is located in Section 25 of Blue Grass Township, 11425 / 11417 160th Street.

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

Loebsack and Bustos Announce U.S. Secretary Of Transportation Foxx to Visit Quad Cities Thursday to Discuss I-74 Bridge PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Vonnie Hampel   
Monday, 21 April 2014 15:26
Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman Dave Loebsack (IA-02) and Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (IL-17) announced that at their invitation, U.S. Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx will visit the Quad Cities on Thursday, April 24th at 10am to discuss replacing the functionally obsolete I-74 Bridge that spans the Mississippi River. 

This is Secretary Foxx’s first visit to the region in his current position.

Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx to Visit Quad Cities

Who: Secretary Foxx, Representatives Dave Loebsack and Cheri Bustos
What: Discussion of Replacing the I-74 Bridge
Where: MetroLINK Banquet Room, 1200 River Drive, Moline
When: Thursday, April 24th at 10:00 am (a media availability with Foxx, Bustos and Loebsack will begin at 10:40 am)

Prior to the meeting, Bustos and Loebsack will give Foxx a firsthand look at the functionally obsolete I-74 Bridge from Leach Park in Bettendorf. 

Foxx’s visit continues Congressman’s Loebsack’s ongoing efforts to highlight the need to replace the I-74 Bridge. He has previously hosted a visit by then-Secretary Ray Lahood and has supported additional funding for transportation programs aimed to help the I-74 Bridge replacement like Projects of National and Regional Significance and TIGER.



Governor Quinn Takes Bill Action **Monday, April 21, 2014** PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Dave Blanchette   
Monday, 21 April 2014 15:12

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

Bill No.: HB 2317

An Act Concerning: Revenue

Allows property tax bills to be emailed if the property owner consents; and makes changes to the way vehicle sales tax is calculated on certain leased vehicles.

Action: Signed

Effective: January 1, 2015


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