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Schilling Announces Upcoming Mobile Office Hours PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Andie Pivarunas   
Wednesday, 25 April 2012 14:12

Washington, DC — Congressman Bobby Schilling (IL-17) has announced the schedule of upcoming mobile office hours. His staff will travel throughout the 17th Congressional District to meet with constituents and address any questions or concerns they may have. No appointments are necessary. A field representative will be available in the following locations at the following times:

May 2, 2012
Monmouth City Hall- Council Chambers
100 East Broadway
Monmouth, IL 61462
9:00am - 12:00pm

Albany City Hall
102 S Main St.
Albany, IL 61230
1:00pm – 4:00pm

May 16, 2012
Oquawka Village Hall
507 Schuyler St.
Oquawka, IL 61469
9:00am - 12:00pm

Aledo City Hall – Council Chambers
120 North College Ave
Aledo, IL 61231
9:00am – 1:00pm

May 23, 2012
Kewanee City Hall
401 East Third Street
Kewanee, IL  61443
9:00am – 4:00pm

Constituents are also encouraged to visit the Moline, Galesburg, Canton, and Rock Falls offices during normal office hours:

Moline District Office
Hours: Monday through Friday 8:00am to 5:00pm
3000 41st St., Suite B
Moline, IL 61265
P: (309) 757-7630

Galesburg District Office
Hours: Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays 8:30am to 5:00pm
Galesburg Area Chamber of Commerce
185 South Kellogg St.
Galesburg, IL 61401
P: (309) 343-2220

Canton District Office
Hours: Tuesdays and Thursdays 8:30am - 5:00pm
8 South Main St., Suite 200
Canton, IL 61520
P: (309) 649-3307

Rock Falls District Office
Hours: Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays 9:00am – 4:00pm
1600 First Ave., Suite A
Rock Falls, IL 61071
P: (815) 548-9440

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Loebsack to Join Schilling at Press Conference Pushing I-74 Bridge PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Joe Hand   
Monday, 23 April 2012 15:34

WHO: Congressmen Dave Loebsack (IA-02), Bobby Schilling (IL-17), Illinois State Senator Darin LaHood, Illinois State Representative Rich Morthland, and staff with US Senator Mark Kirk

 

WHAT: Press conference featuring area officials urging the Illinois Department of Transportation to support of the Interstate 74 Bridge project

 

WHEN: Monday, April 23, 2012 at 8:00 am Central Standard Time

 

WHERE: Stoney Creek Inn – The Blackhawk Room, 101 18th Street, Moline IL, 61265

 

WHY: In 2005, the I-74 Bridge became the most traveled bridge in the Quad Cities with an average of 77,800 vehicles crossing daily.  This is despite the fact that it was built for 48,000 such crossings.  The Bridge itself is functionally obsolete, however, and has never met Interstate standards.

 

The Iowa Department of Transportation last year pledged $63 million for the project in its long-term transportation plan, and was intending to add an additional $114 million in a plan it is currently developing.  Recent news reports suggest that the Illinois Department of Transportation has not programmed funding for the Bridge’s construction in its long-term transportation plan.

 

The I-74 Bridge project would create construction jobs, reduce traffic backups, and improve air quality.  With a project as big and as important as the Bridge, it is necessary for the region’s local officials to come together in support of advancing the I-74 Bridge.

 

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Iowa Legislative Update PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Peggy Huppert   
Monday, 23 April 2012 15:31

After weeks of no news or not-so-good news, I have THREE positive developments to share.

(1) The House late Wednesday passed its version of the Health and Human Services budget bill. I am happy to report they restored funding for tobacco prevention and cessation programs, going from $0 to $2.8 million!

The bill is headed to a conference committee, where differences will be ironed out. But because both chambers have now passed bills with AT LEAST the same amount of funding as this year, we are hopeful we will see an increase in funding for these critical programs for the next fiscal year.

We sent out some sample letters to the editor on this issue this week. Letters in local newspapers are read closely by legislators. If you are interested in submitting a letter to your paper, contact Cassandra Furlong at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

(2) In that same bill, the House agreed with the Senate that the state should help IowaCare cancer patients receiving treatment at the University of Iowa Hospitals pay for their lodging costs if no other option exists. The Senate allocated $200,000 for this; the House did not put a cap on the amount. We are quite hopeful now that we will receive funding for this critical need.

(3) And finally, whether or not our K-12 tobacco-nicotine-free schools language will remain in the education reform bill and become law is now up to the conference committee negotiating differences between the House and Senate on the bill. We sent out an Action Alert on this yesterday. If you have not had a chance to respond, please do so now. If the 10 legislators on the conference committee get hundreds of requests to include this, it will be hard to ignore!

The question on everyone’s mind is when the Legislature will adjourn since the 100th day, the day their expense money ended, was Tuesday. Speculation runs rampant. I can tell you they still have quite a bit of work to do, but how fast they get it done depends on how badly they want to end the session. We will keep you posted, so stay tuned!

And as always, feel free to contact me directly with any questions or concerns – This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

 
Loebsack Continues Small Business Tour in Bettendorf PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Joe Hand   
Friday, 20 April 2012 15:14

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Dave Loebsack today announced that he will tour two small businesses in Bettendorf on MONDAY, April 23rd at 1:00pm.  Small businesses are the backbone of our economy and Loebsack will see firsthand the products and goods that are made and sold in Iowa.  Details of his visit are below.  Media is invited to attend.

 

“What I hear time and again from small business owners here in Iowa is the same thing I hear from students, parents and educators: We must build and make things here at home again,” said Loebsack.  “I am excited to meet with the owners and employees of these businesses to hear firsthand their ideas for growing our economy.”

 

Small Business Tour

 

Terrostar Technology Solutions and Medix

3565 Utica Ridge Road

Bettendorf

1:00pm

 

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Loebsack Urges Iowa DOT to Prioritize I-74 Bridge Construction PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Joe Hand   
Friday, 20 April 2012 12:56

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Dave Loebsack today urged the Iowa Department of Transportation to continue a plan for construction on the Iowa side of the I-74 bridge in the Quad Cities in light of the Illinois Department of Transportation’s reported decision to not include this necessary project on their list of priorities. Congressman Bobby Schilling (IL-17) is also sending a similar letter to the Illinois DOT.

 

“Having met and talked with many community leaders, businesses owners, and residents of the Quad Cities, I know that continued delay of this project will have significant negative effects on productivity, quality of life, and economic development for the region,” wrote Loebsack.  “I am disappointed by this development and know this project is a priority for the Quad Cities.  I again respectfully urge you to work to find a way to ensure I-74 Bridge construction can move forward at a minimum on the Iowa side and work with ILDOT to express the importance of this project.”

 

Previously, Loebsack has met with representatives from the Iowa DOT about the importance of the I-74 bridge.  He has also expressed the need to replace the bridge with the Secretary of Transportation, the Speaker of the House and has urged the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee to take action.

 

A copy of the letter can be seen here.

 

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