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Loebsack Announces $1,350,000 for Great River Road Project in Louisa County PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Joe Hand   
Tuesday, 31 July 2012 12:11

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Dave Loebsack today announced a $1,350,000 grant for the Louisa Country Great River Road Bicycle Lane.  The funding comes from the National Scenic Byways Program (NSBP), which provides funding for projects on highways designated as National Scenic Byways.  The NSBP supports projects that manage and protect outstanding historic, cultural, and recreational qualities along these roadways, as well as improve visitor facilities.

“The Mississippi River is one of eastern Iowa’s greatest assets, and the Louisa County Great River Road Bicycle Lane will increase tourism to the area and allow more people to experience the scenic byway,” said Loebsack.  “In addition to improving access and recreation for visitors and residents, this funding will improve economic development opportunities for the area.”

The Louisa County Great River Road will run from Louisa County X99 near the Toolesboro Interpretive site and proceed north for about 14 miles, parallel to the Mississippi River.  The route also encompasses the Mississippi River Trail System, and local cities along the route include Wapello, Grandview, and Muscatine.


Grassley plans additional August meetings in Iowa PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Grassley Press   
Tuesday, 31 July 2012 12:10

WASHINGTON – Senator Chuck Grassley will hold town meetings with Iowans in Atlantic, Villisca, Bedford, Clarinda, Percival, Glenwood, Logan, Harlan, Audubon, and Carroll, speak with a service club in Corning and tour a business in Council Bluffs during the third week of the Senate’s August recess.


“I look forward to these events and meetings to listen to comments and respond to questions.  My town meetings are open to the public, and everyone is welcome.  I also appreciate the opportunity to go to service clubs and workplaces for Q and A with Iowans” Grassley said.  “Representative government is a two-way street and strengthened by dialogue between elected officials and the people we represent.”


Grassley has held at least one meeting with Iowans in every one of the state’s 99 counties since 1980, when he was first elected to serve in the U.S. Senate.


Next week, on August 7, 8 and 9, Grassley will hold town meetings and speak to service clubs in Columbus Junction, Donnellson, Burlington, Agency, Bloomfield, Keosauqua, Mount Pleasant, Lockridge, and Cedar Rapids.


The Senate will be in recess from August 6 through September 4.  In addition to meetings with Iowans in 21 counties during this recess, Grassley will attend the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines.


Immediately below is more information about the August 20, 21 and 22 schedule.  Previously released details of Grassley’s schedule on August 7, 8 and 9 also are below.   Grassley will be available to answer questions from reporters immediately following each event.


Monday, August 20, 2012

8:15-9:15 a.m.

Cass County Town Meeting

Cass County Community Center, Atlantic Room

805 West 10th Street in Atlantic


10:15-11:15 a.m.

Meet with Students at Villisca High School

Villisca High School Library

406 East 3rd Street in Villisca


12 noon-1 p.m.

Speak to Corning Rotary

Community Building

601 6th Street in Corning


2-3 p.m.

Taylor County Town Meeting

Taylor County Farm Bureau, Meeting Room

607 Pollock Boulevard in Bedford


3:45-4:45 p.m.

Page County Town Meeting

Page County Courthouse, Meeting Room, 3rd floor

112 East Main Street in Clarinda


Tuesday, August 21, 2012

7:30-8:30 a.m.

Fremont County Town Meeting

Sapp Brothers Travel Center

Apple Barrel Restaurant

2496 210th Avenue in Percival


10:15-11:15 a.m.

Mills County Town Meeting

Glenwood Senior Center

20 North Vine in Glenwood


12 noon-1 p.m.

Tour and Meet with Employees at Google Data Center 

1430 Veterans Memorial Highway in Council Bluffs


2-3 p.m.

Harrison County Town Meeting

Logan Community Center

108 West 4th Street in Logan


4-5 p.m.

Shelby County Town Meeting

Harlan Community Library

718 Court Street in Harlan


5:45-6:45 p.m.

Audubon County Town Meeting

Audubon County Economic Development

Community Room

800 Market Street in Audubon


Wednesday, August 22, 2012

7:45-8:45 a.m.

Carroll County Town Meeting

Carroll County Courthouse

Meeting Room, Use West Entrance

114 East 6th Street in Carroll




Tuesday, August 7

9:15-10:15 a.m.

Louisa County Town Meeting

Columbus Junction City Hall, ICN Room

232 2nd Street in Columbus Junction


12 noon-1 p.m.

Lee County Town Meeting

Pilot Grove Savings Bank, Community Center

506 North Main Street in Donnellson


2-3 p.m.

Speak at the Burlington Chamber of Commerce Meeting

Connect with Leadership Series

River Park Place

610 North 4th Street, Suite 200 in Burlington


4:30-5:30 p.m.

Wapello County Town Meeting

Agency Area Community Center

100 West Main Street in Agency


Wednesday, August 8

6:45-7:45 a.m.

Speak to the Bloomfield Rotary Club

Davis County Hospital, Conference Room D

509 North Madison Street in Bloomfield


8:45-9:45 a.m.

Van Buren County Town Meeting

Village Cup and Cakes

202 Main Street in Keosauqua


12 noon-1 p.m.

Speak to the Mount Pleasant Noon Rotary Club

Iowa Wesleyan College Student Center

Second Floor, Food Services Area

Mount Pleasant


1:30-2:30 p.m.

Jefferson County Town Meeting

Lockridge Senior Center

104 West Main Street in Lockridge


Thursday, August 9

5:30 p.m.

Speak at the Central States Shrine Association Legions of Honor Banquet

Cedar Rapids Marriott

1200 Collins Road Northeast in Cedar Rapids



Governor Quinn Calls Special Session on Pension Reform PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Nafia Khan   
Tuesday, 31 July 2012 11:58

WHEREAS, on January 10, 2011, I took the Constitutional oath of office to become Governor of the State of Illinois, solemnly swearing to uphold both the Illinois Constitution and the Constitution of the United States, and promising to “faithfully discharge the duties of the office of Governor to the best of my abilities”; and

WHEREAS, I am committed to fulfilling my oath of office to serve the people of the State of Illinois by ensuring that government operates responsibly, and restoring fiscal stability to the State; and

WHEREAS, the State is currently facing an unprecedented pension crisis that, unchecked, compromises the State’s credit rating and threatens the continued delivery of vital programs and services including education, public safety and human services; and

WHEREAS, the current unfunded pension liability of more than $83 billion is unsustainable and costs taxpayers millions of dollars every day it goes unaddressed; and

WHEREAS, the State’s fiscal year 2013 budget is $33.7 billion, approximately 15 percent of which will go toward pensions alone; and

WHEREAS, on April 20, 2012, I proposed a Public Pension Stabilization Plan that would have eliminated the unfunded liability to secure 100 percent actuarial funding of the pensions systems by 2042; and

WHEREAS, I have continued work with the leaders of all four legislative caucuses to introduce legislation that would eliminate the State’s unfunded pension liability; stabilize and strengthen the pension systems and ensure that the public employees who have faithfully contributed to the system receive benefits; and

WHEREAS, it is in the best interest of Illinois taxpayers that measures to strengthen and reform the State’s pension systems be adopted and implemented without further delay; and

WHEREAS, Article IV, Section 5(b) of the Illinois Constitution empowers the Governor, as Chief Executive, to convene special session of the General Assembly;

THEREFORE, pursuant to Article IV, Section 5(b) of the Illinois Constitution of 1970, I, Governor Pat Quinn, hereby call and convene the 97th General Assembly in a special session to commence on August 17, 2012, at 1:00 p.m., for the purpose of considering any legislation, new or pending, which addresses pension reform.

Governor Quinn Announces Michael McCotter as Special Investigator of the DHS Office of the Inspector General PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Nafia Khan   
Tuesday, 31 July 2012 10:50

McCotter to overhaul investigations of abuse and neglect cases; Governor also names Acting Inspector General

CHICAGO – July 27, 2012. Governor Pat Quinn today announced the appointment of Michael McCotter as Special Investigator of the Office of the Inspector General of the Illinois Department of Human Services (DHS). McCotter, a 40-year law enforcement veteran, will be charged with reforming the investigative operations of the Inspector General’s office. Governor Quinn also named Daniel Dyslin as Acting Inspector General for DHS until a permanent replacement is named. Today’s actions follow an executive order issued by the governor earlier this month to strengthen protections for adults with disabilities.


“Michael McCotter will bring his strong law enforcement experience and dedication to reform to this mission,” Governor Quinn said. “His appointment underscores my commitment to ensuring that all people are treated with dignity and respect, and that any abuse and neglect suffered by citizens with disabilities is rooted out quickly and punished appropriately.”


DHS Secretary Michelle R. B. Saddler will work with McCotter, the governor, members of the General Assembly and stakeholders to explore and institute future reforms that safeguard the lives and rights of people with disabilities.

As Special Investigator, McCotter will review investigative procedures to ensure that abuse and neglect reports are investigated swiftly and that confirmed cases are referred to the appropriate authorities with strong supporting evidence. He will also review the policies of the office to better address and fulfill the office’s mission of protecting people with disabilities. McCotter was previously appointed by Governor Quinn as chief public safety officer for the Illinois Department of Corrections and has served in several senior positions at the Chicago Police Department, including chief of patrol, deputy chief of detectives, commander of special events and district commander. He has had professional training with the FBI, United States Secret Service and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, among other law enforcement agencies.

In addition to appointing McCotter, Governor Quinn named Daniel Dyslin as Acting Inspector General for DHS. Dyslin has been serving as a Senior Deputy General Counsel at DHS and has a strong background as an attorney and advocate for people with disabilities.


“We will work swiftly to investigate suspected neglect and abuses and work with law enforcement to put a stop to such actions,” Saddler said. “Today’s action strengthens our efforts to ensure people with disabilities receive the highest quality of care and are treated with the respect and dignity they deserve.”



Governor Quinn Takes Bill Action Friday, July 27, 2012 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Nafia Khan   
Tuesday, 31 July 2012 10:48

CHICAGO – July 27, 2012. Governor Pat Quinn today took action on the following bills:


Bill No.: HB 1981

An Act Concerning: Local Government

The law provides there shall be no township collector elected in counties having a population of more than 2 million inhabitants. Instead, the township assessor shall be the ex-officio township collector, performing all the collector's duties.

Action: Signed

Effective Date: Immediately


Bill No.: SB 3216

An Act Concerning: State Government

The law amends the Public-Private Partnerships for Transportation (“P3”) Act which authorizes and provides a framework for P3 transportation projects.

Action: Signed

Effective Date: Immediately


Bill No.: SB 3325

An Act Concerning: Children

The law removes language in the Abused and Neglected Child Reporting Act relating to a report that was to be delivered to the General Assembly in January 1991.

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