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Media Release MH/DS Eastern Iowa Region Formation PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Dee Bruemmer   
Friday, 14 September 2012 15:17

Five eastern Iowa counties will meet to approve a joint resolution to formally join a MH/DS region at a meeting on September 17th at 6:00 pm at the Performing Arts Center, Central High School, 519 East 11th Street, DeWitt, Iowa.  The Boards of Supervisors of Cedar, Clinton, Jackson, Muscatine and Scott have agreed to plan for a regional governance of Mental Health and Disability Services as required by State law passed at the last legislative session.

Representatives of the five boards along with their staffs have been working since April to develop and agree to guiding principles for the formation of the Eastern Iowa MH/DS Region.  Each individual county has passed a resolution to commit to plan for the governance.  On Monday the five boards will meet together to formally adopt the joint resolution of intent that must be filed with the State by April, 2013.  At the meeting an overview of the Mental Health Redesign Legislation will be presented along with the work to date of the Eastern Iowa Regional Committee.

State legislators, service providers and county advisory boards also have been invited to attend this joint meeting and be a part of the first step towards regional governance of mental health and disability services in the five counties.

Lt. Governor Simon to students: Stop texting while drivin PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Kara Beach   
Friday, 14 September 2012 14:32

Simon signs “It Can Wait” pledge, urges students to consider dangers of texting

CARTERVILLE – September 11, 2012. Illinois Lt. Governor Sheila Simon today joined AT&T Illinois and Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) officials at John A. Logan College to announce a joint statewide initiative urging community college students to take a pledge against texting while driving.

“Most community college students commute to class on a daily basis and need to understand the grave danger of texting while driving,” Lt. Governor Simon said. “I’m taking the pledge today to never text and drive, and I encourage students everywhere to join me. When you are driving, put down your phone – it can wait.”

Simon made her comments at the statewide announcement of the AT&T “It Can Wait” campaign on the campus of John A. Logan College in Carterville.

“Our goal is to save lives,” said Jim Maurer, VP of External Affairs, AT&T Illinois. “Too many lives have been forever changed by a texting-while-driving accident, and together, we want to spread the word about how deadly a single text can be.  We’re challenging everyone to take the pledge to never text and drive and to make it a lifelong commitment.”

“We believe community colleges are uniquely positioned to help in the effort against texting and driving and we fully support the initiative from Lt. Governor Simon and AT&T,” said Geoff Obrzut, President & CEO, Illinois Community College Board.

The “It Can Wait” campaign is focusing attention on September 19th as “No Text on Board Pledge Day,” where the company is asking all drivers to take the pledge to never text and drive again. To take the pledge, you can log on to

IDOT is assisting in the effort with electronic highway signs that remind drivers not to text and drive, and cause drivers to think about traffic safety by providing the updated number of Illinois highway fatalities.

“Gov. Quinn is committed to making our roads safer, and at IDOT efforts to discourage texting while driving have been significant.  The Governor signed the state law that prohibits texting while driving, and we are educating voters through our ‘Drive Now. Text Later.’ traffic safety initiative,” said IDOT Secretary Ann L. Schneider.  “We are pleased to join Lt. Governor Simon, AT&T and community colleges in Illinois to encourage drivers to take the pledge to never text and drive.  There is no text message that is more important than the safety of our citizens.”

John A. Logan College President Dr. Michael Dreith said that to promote safe driving among students, the college will send an informational email message to its students encouraging them to take the pledge to never text and drive again.

“Texting while driving has become an epidemic on the roads today.  As many of our students are commuters, we want them to stay safe, and this initiative will help ensure they recognize the dangers of distracted driving,” Dreith said.  “We want our students to make the right choices and to take the pledge to never text and drive.”

"I am confident that my colleagues from the Illinois Council of Community College Presidents join with me and Lt Governor Simon in enthusiastically supporting the ‘It Can Wait’ anti-texting while driving campaign," said Margaret B. "Peg" Lee, Oakton Community College President and President of the Illinois Council of Community College Presidents.


FREE Lecture Series Open to QC Community: Preparing Students Today for What’s Coming Tomorrow PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Brittany Marietta   
Thursday, 13 September 2012 08:02

We’ve all heard it – you can’t turn on the news without catching the unemployment rate and increasing competitiveness for jobs, including the challenge for college graduates to find a suitable job (or any at all).  Not only does unemployment concern adults for their own job security and future, but as parents we want our children to have the best possible chance for success, prepared for sustainable careers in growing fields.  But how do we predict what occupations will be in highest demand, given the changes in our nation’s population and the way we do business?  As a parent, how do you help your child prepare for careers that might not even exist yet?

The time to prepare for the jobs of tomorrow is now!  Rivermont Collegiate is excited to present “Parent Talk” a recurring FREE lecture series open to the community featuring industry experts on education topics.  The first “Parent Talk” – New Rules for Success in Education - will be held Wednesday, September 26th at 6:30 p.m. in the auditorium on the Rivermont campus.  Our guest speaker will be Mr. David Cumberbatch, Chief Strategy and Marketing Officer for ACT, Inc.  Join us to explore how to prepare students for what’s next and equip your children for success!

Future “Parent Talk” lectures will include:

  • STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math)
  • College Prep
  • Brain Development
  • Art in Education
  • Gifted Learning
  • Comparing Other Countries’ Educational Systems

David Cumberbatch

  • Chief Strategy and Marketing Officer for ACT, Inc.
  • Past corporate experiences include Microsoft, Procter & Gamble in Europe and Latin America, and Career Education Corporation
  • Serves on the Board of Pathbrite, an e-portfolio start-up in Silicon Valley
  • BA in Computing and Economics, University of Kent at Canterbury (Honors, First Class)
  • Masters in Management Studies, University of Oxford (attended as a Rhodes Scholar)

Rivermont Collegiate is located at 1821 Sunset Drive in Bettendorf, directly off 18th Street behind K&K Hardware.  Rivermont is the Quad Cities’ only private, independent college prep school for students in preschool through 12th grade.

For additional information, contact Rachel Chamberlain, Director of Admissions and Marketing, at (563) 359-1366 ext. 302 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .  Visit us on the web at!


Branstad names K. Brian London to head Iowa’s Department of Public Safety PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Office of Governor Terry Branstad   
Thursday, 13 September 2012 08:01

New commissioner has served in the CIA, U.S. Secret Service and INTERPOL

(DES MOINES) – Gov. Terry Branstad today named K. Brian London has the new Commissioner of the Iowa Department of Public Safety. London begins on October 8th, and replaces Larry Noble, who retired from the position earlier this year.

London, 59, has a long career in public safety, beginning as a U.S. Military Captain from 1975-1980. London then served as the State Traffic Officer for the California Highway Patrol until 1983. From there, he went on to serve in the Office of Security at the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) in Langley, VA.

London returned to California in 1984, where he served as a special agent in the U.S. Secret Service until 1987. From 1987 to 2004, London worked in Washington, D.C. as the Director and Supervisor of Detectives at the U.S. Customs Service, which later turned into the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Immigration and Custom Enforcement (ICE.)

London served as Executive Director at the International Criminal Police Organization (INTERPOL) in Lyon, France from 2004-07. He then moved to serve as Deputy Chief for Law Enforcement at the Florida Department of Financial Services in Tallahassee. London remained in Tallahassee, where he most recently was operating as an independent security consultant.

“Iowa is incredibly fortunate to have Brian filling this critically important role within state government,” said Gov. Branstad. “There is no higher responsibility for the government than to protect its citizens, and Brian has a wealth of experience to apply within our Department of Public Safety.”

"I am honored to have been selected for this position, and look forward to serving with the outstanding men and women of the Department,” London said. “I will make enforcement and efficiency both top priorities for the department. I believe a more efficient department will offer a better return for Iowa’s taxpayers, and will allow us to perform our core function, which is to protect the safety of Iowans. In my role as a part of Florida law enforcement, I led the effort to reorganize divisions to enhance efficiency, which resulted in increased enforcement.”

Reynolds says London will work closely with the administration to ensure Iowa’s safety needs are met.

“Our administration looks forward to working with Brian to ensure Iowa’s well-earned reputation for being a safe place to live and raise a family is upheld,” said Reynolds. “Brian’s appointment sends a strong signal about our administration’s commitment to public safety. We are excited to welcome Brian, and his experience, to the team.”

Brian and his wife, Marie-Line, have three children.

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About K. Brian London:

After serving 6 years on active duty as a military officer, Brian London has served as a sworn law enforcement officer for over 30 years, uniquely serving in a variety of roles in local, state, federal, and international law enforcement.   Brian’s initial law enforcement position began in 1981 when he became a State Traffic Officer with the California Highway Patrol, serving in Santa Cruz, California. He later served as a Special Agent in the Central Intelligence Agency, and a Special Agent in the US Secret Service, providing protection to current and former Presidents, Vice-Presidents, and visiting foreign heads of state.

In 1987 Brian transferred to the US Customs Service (now Immigration and Customs Enforcement) and was assigned to the southwest border to work narcotics, financial crimes, environmental crimes, and high-technology crimes investigations. Over the years, Brian served in numerous management positions with the US Customs Service including; Senior Customs Representative, International Criminal Police Organization (INTERPOL), Lyon, France, Customs Liaison to the Executive Office of the President of the United States (The White House), Director in the Office of Investigations, Chief of Special Agent Career Planning, and Exodus Command Center Supervisor. In addition, Brian spearheaded the creation and establishment of the US Treasury Department’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN), which today is one of law enforcement’s largest criminal intelligence and analysis organizations.

In 2000 Brian was assigned to INTERPOL Headquarters, in Lyon, France, and became its first American Executive Director, serving until 2007.  From 2008 until 2010, he served in the position of Deputy Chief for Law Enforcement in Florida’s Department of Financial Services.  As the senior law enforcement officer within the Department, Brian had the privilege of leading nearly 900 personnel responsible for criminal investigations of financial fraud, insurance fraud, mortgage fraud, worker’s compensation fraud, and arson. In addition, Brian oversaw the State Fire College and the State Arson and Explosives Laboratory.  Brian also sat on the Florida Violent Crime and Drug Control Council.

Brian London received the US Department of the Treasury’s Albert C. Gallatin Award, the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network’s (FinCEN) Distinguished Service Award, the US Customs Commissioner’s Citation Award, Certificate of Merit Award from the Executive Office of the President of the United States, the US Department of the Treasury Certificate of Merit Award, numerous Superior Performance Awards, the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association (FLEOA) Achievement Award for Academic/Press Affairs, and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Writing Competition’s, US Marine Corps Association Award, as well as numerous other significant law enforcement awards.

In 1992, Brian was selected to attend the Senior Executive Fellows Program at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government, and in 1997 Brian London was selected to attend the National War College (the US Military’s senior officer military college) as the only US law enforcement representative.

Brian possesses a Bachelor of Arts Degree (with Honors) from Claremont McKenna College, a Master’s of Arts Degree in Human Resource Management from Pepperdine University, and a Master’s of Science Degree in National Security Strategy from the National Defense University.

Brian is a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE), a certified polygraph examiner, and private pilot.  Brian is also an active member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) and the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, and former member of the Florida Police Chief’s Association, and the Florida Sheriff’s Association.

Braley Reflects on 9/11 Anniversary PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Congressman Bruce Braley   
Thursday, 13 September 2012 07:43

“September 11th, 2001, was a horrible day that left a hole in this country’s heart that can never be filled. That day the United States lost many innocent people including native Iowans Tim Haviland, Michael Tinley, and Karen Kincaid-Batacan, but today we remember them in the lives they lived, and the people whose lives they touched.


“My thoughts and prayers go out to everyone who lost a loved one, and to all of the service men and women who are fighting for peace and for our country overseas.


“We will never forget September 11th, and we will strive to make this country stronger and safer for those who lost so much.”


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