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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





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.



Governor Quinn Honors Illinois Residents for Exemplary Community Service PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Nafia Khan   
Thursday, 19 April 2012 15:55

Governor’s Volunteer Service Awards Honor Service, Leadership


SPRINGFIELD – Thursday, April 19, 2012.  On behalf of Governor Pat Quinn, the Serve Illinois Commission on Volunteerism and Community Service presented 24 Illinois residents with the Governor’s Volunteer Service Award today during a reception at the Executive Mansion. The award recognizes volunteers who have made a difference in Illinois, and highlights the importance of volunteerism and community service.


“Every day in Illinois, thousands of volunteers donate their time and talents to help others and to build stronger communities,” Governor Quinn said. “We honor these individuals who have made a difference in our state and set an example for others to follow with their initiative, creativity and energy.”


The Governor’s Volunteer Service Awards focus on five areas: economic opportunity, education, environmental conservation, disaster preparedness/response, health and veterans’ affairs. Individual awards in each of the commission’s five service regions (Northeast, Northwest, East Central, West Central and Southern Illinois) are presented in three categories: youth ages 18 and under, adult ages 19-54, and seniors ages 55 and older. Additionally, National Service Awards were presented to one Senior Corps, AmeriCorps, and Learn and Serve member in each region.


“Volunteerism is what makes life worth living, and I am proud to say that Illinois has a vast number of people that are working each day to improve all of our lives,” Scott McFarland, acting executive director of Serve Illinois, said. “Through Serve Illinois, we hope to expand volunteerism throughout rural, suburban and urban Illinois, and involve people of all backgrounds, cultures and ages.”


The Serve Illinois Commission is a 35-member, bipartisan board appointed by the Governor and administered by the Illinois Department of Human Services.  Its mission is to improve Illinois communities by enhancing traditional volunteer activities and supporting national service programs, including the Illinois AmeriCorps program. For more information, please visit


The following is a list of the 2012 Governor’s Volunteer Service Award recipients. Recipient biographies can be found on Serve Illinois’ website at



Southern Illinois Award Recipients


  • Youth: Madelyn McGlynn - Belleville, Ill.
    For service to: Belleville Area Humane Society


  • Adult: Kim Lingafelter - Albion, Ill.
    For service to: Hope Center and Southeastern Illinois


  • Senior: Elmer Ragland - Waterloo, Ill.
    For service to: Lions Club


  • AmeriCorps Member: Nathan Elwood - St. Louis, Mo.
    For service to: Land of Lincoln Legal Assistance Foundation


  • Senior Corps Member: Lee Stowers - Mt. Vernon, Ill.
    For service to: One Hope United Foster Grandparent Program


East Central Illinois Award Recipients


  • Youth: Mary Perkins - Effingham, Ill.
    For service to: University of Illinois Extension-Effingham County


  • Adult: Teresa Haley - Springfield, Ill.
    For service to: NAACP


  • Senior: Ellen Harms - Champaign, Ill.
    For service to: Daily Bread Soup Kitchen


  • AmeriCorps Member: Jamie Hadley - Bloomington, Ill.
    For service to: McLean County Health Department


  • Senior Corps Member: Jamie Storm - Springfield, Ill.
    For service to: Urbana-Champaign Independent Media Center


West Central Illinois Award Recipients


  • Adult: Lane Pfeiffer - Carlinville, Ill.
    For service to: Macoupin County Center for the Developmental Disabled; Carlinville Food Pantry;  Macoupin County Jail



  • Senior: Bob Wiltz - Peoria, Ill.
    For service to: American Red Cross


  • AmeriCorps Member: Karla Williams - Peoria, Ill.
    For service to: Children's Home Association of Illinois


  • Senior Corps Member: Mike Faley - Peoria, Ill.
    For service to: OSF St. Francis Medical Center and Children's Hospital of Illinois


Northwest Illinois Award Recipients


  • Youth: Alexis Ochoa - Rockford, Ill.
    For service to: Life Church


  • Senior: Carole Perrin - Rockford, Ill.
    For service to: Carpenter's Place


  • AmeriCorps Member: Leann Duncan - Rockton, Ill.
    For service to: Prairie State Legal Services


  • Senior Corps Member: Steve Verdick - Carbon Cliff, Ill.
    For service to: RSVP of Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois


Northeast Illinois Award Recipients


  • Youth: Isha Jog - Schaumburg, Ill.
    For service to: D.A.R.E. American & Holiday Heroes


  • Adult: Luciano Rodriguez - Naperville, Ill.
    For service to: People's Resource Center and St. Paul Lutheran Church


  • Senior: Lou Ann Johnson - Crest Hill, Ill.
    For service to: National Hook-Up of Black Women, Inc.


  • Learn and Serve Member: Howard Allen Jones, Jr. - Oak Park, Ill.
    For service to: National Alliance for Mental Illness-Greater Chicago


  • AmeriCorps Member: Monica Gonzalez - Chicago, Ill.
    For service to: Centro Sin Fronteras


  • Senior Corps Member: Linda Kielas - Inverness, Ill.
    For service to: Palatine Emergency Management Agency




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Written by Chris Berge   
Thursday, 19 April 2012 15:54
Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Committee of the Whole - 8:00 am
Board Room, 1st Floor, Administrative Center

1. Roll Call: Hancock, Minard, Sunderbruch, Cusack, Earnhardt


2. Discussion with the following Authorized Agencies:

9:30 A.M. - Riverbend Transit - Randy Zobrist

10:00 A.M. - Waste Commission of Scott County - Kathy Morris

10:30 A.M. - Mississippi Valley Fairgrounds - Bob Fox

11:00 A.M. - Scott Soil Conservation/Watershed Partners

Facilities & Economic Development

3. Approval of award of bids for weed spraying. (Item 3)

4. Approval of award of bid for shoulder spraying. (Item 4)

5. Discussion of public hearing on a request for transfer of certain County tax deed properties to the Cities of Bettendorf & Davenport, Gateway Redevelopment Group, Neighborhood Housing Service of Davenport, Inc, and Habitat for Humanity of the
Quad Cities. (Item 5)

6. Approval of high bids from the County Tax Deed Auction held March 13, 2012. (Item 6)

7. Approval of purchase of squad car replacements for the Sheriff's Office. (Item 7)

Human Resources

8. Discussion of pending litigation pursuant to Iowa Code Section 21.5(1)(c). - CLOSED SESSION

9. Approval of retirement of Dave Anderson. (Item 9)

10. Approval of personnel actions. (Item 10)

Health & Community Services

11. Approval of tax suspension requests. (Item 11)

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Regular Board Meeting - 5:30 pm
Board Room, 1st Floor, Administrative Center

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