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Speaker on redevelopment coming to Davenport PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Scott Tunnicliff   
Monday, 13 August 2012 14:25



Ms. Hilary Greenberg will speak at a luncheon on Thursday August 23 at the Fellows Room in the Vickie Anne Palmer Hall, 115 West 7th Street in Davenport. Her presentation topic will be Powering Up Your Downtown Business Mix: Business Retention and Recruitment Strategies.

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Ms Greenberg is the president of Greenberg Development Services (GDS), a Charlotte North Carolina-based planning and economic development consulting firm. Ms. Greenberg is nationally recognized as a downtown development expert in the area of retail leasing and business development training programs for community volunteers. Her specific fields of consultation include market analyses, downtown plans, retail leasing strategies and development plans for downtown or neighborhood commercial districts. She has worked with various state and local governments as well as both private and non-profit organizations. She has been a consultant to the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s National Main Street Center for over 20 years and has worked with over 30 State-affiliated Main Street programs.

“We are very fortunate to have a presenter of Ms. Greenberg’s caliber to provide perspective and direction on this timely topic”, acknowledged Hilltop Campus Village Board President Robert Lee. “With all the interest in downtown and commercial district activity we wanted to make this available to interested parties throughout the region.”

Ms. Greenberg is a popular speaker on the topic of commercial redevelopment and has been the keynote speaker at conferences sponsored by the International Economic Development Council, the National League of Cities, the International Downtown Association and the National Main Street Center.

There is a $10.00 charge for each attendee to cover the cost of the lunch, and space is limited. People are asked to RSVP before August 21 by contacting the Hilltop Campus Village offices at 563-322-8293, or by emailing This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Governor Quinn Takes Bill Action Saturday, August 11, 2012 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Erin Wilson   
Monday, 13 August 2012 13:04

SPRINGFIELD –August 11, 2012. Governor Pat Quinn today took action on the following bill:


Bill No.: SB 3800

An Act Concerning: Education

Allows Illinois Student Assistance Commission to administer wage garnishments on any employee in order to recover student loan debt owned or serviced by the Commission. Also allows for the employee having their wages deducted to have the opportunity to contest the loan obligation.

Action: Signed

Effective Date: Immediately



Governor Quinn Marches in Bud Billiken Parade, Continues Push for Pension Reform PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Nafia Khan   
Monday, 13 August 2012 12:45

CHICAGO – August 11, 2012. Governor Pat Quinn today marched in the annual Bud Billiken parade and continued his push for public pension reform. Walking alongside hundreds of youth and students, the governor called for a school system and pension system that are built to last for future generations.

The Governor has summoned the General Assembly to a Special Session on Friday, August 17, to focus on pension reform.

“As I march up Doctor Martin Luther King Drive and see all these bright, smiling faces, the importance of bold action on pension reform is crystal clear,” Governor Quinn said. "Education is being squeezed out by fast-rising pension costs. We owe it to our kids marching here today and across Illinois to reform our pension system, so they have the education they deserve.”

Last week, Governor Quinn’s Office of Management & Budget released a study showing that without comprehensive pension reform, Illinois will spend more on pensions than education by FY 2016. The State’s 2013 budget is $33.7 billion, with 15 percent going to pensions alone. Each day, Illinois' unfunded pension liability grows by $12.6 million. The Governor has proposed a pension reform plan – which is expected to save taxpayers $65 to $85 billion – that eliminates the unfunded liability over the next 30 years and stabilizes the system.

For legislators’ contact information and details on Governor Quinn’s pension reform plan, visit


Governor Quinn Signs Law to Stiffen Penalties for Sale of Heroin, Flavored Wrapping Paper PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Nafia Khan   
Friday, 10 August 2012 08:27

CHICAGO – August 9, 2012. As part of his commitment to improve public health, Governor Pat Quinn today signed a new law to stiffen penalties for the sale of heroin and flavored wrapping paper. The new law lowers the threshold for mandatory imprisonment for the sale of heroin from five grams to three grams, and bans flavored wrapping paper which is often marketed to young people. This issue has been considered by the General Assembly for several years, and a similar proposal was introduced by then-State Sen. Barack Obama.

“One overdose victim is one too many in Illinois,” Governor Quinn said. “These products are a public health menace and this new law will help keep people away from illegal substance abuse.”

Sponsored by Rep. Dennis Reboletti (R-Addison) and Sen. Kwame Raoul (D-Chicago), House Bill 3801 is supported by the Illinois Attorney General, Cook County State’s Attorney and Illinois State’s Attorneys Association. Recent studies have shown a dramatic increase in heroin overdoses throughout Illinois, based on hospital admissions, treatment center statistics and arrest records. Roosevelt University’s Illinois Consortium on Drug Policy found in 2011 that heroin usage in the collar counties has increased 200 percent in 10 years.

“This is a scourge afflicting communities across the state of Illinois,” Sen. Raoul said. “I am pleased that we are giving law enforcement two additional tools to combat drug use.”

The new law also bans the sale of non-menthol flavored wrapping paper, also known as blunt wraps. These cigar wrappers are commonly used to roll illicit drugs such as marijuana, PCP and crack cocaine. With flavors such as chocolate chip and banana, the product is marketed by tobacco companies and other manufacturers to young people and children.

“I have seen first-hand the toll heroin takes on young people here in the suburbs,” said Rep. Reboletti, a former narcotics prosecutor who serves on the advisory board of Serenity House, a halfway house in Addison. “We are putting dealers of even small quantities on notice: you will go to prison.”

The new law takes effective immediately.


Governor Quinn Takes Bill Action Thursday, August 9, 2012 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Nafia Khan   
Friday, 10 August 2012 07:53

CHICAGO – August 9, 2012. Governor Pat Quinn took action on the following bills:


Bill No: SB 3287

An Act Concerning: Government

Creates the Illinois Service Member Civil Relief Act to protect the financial security of Illinois soldiers.

Action: Signed

Effective Date: Jan. 1


Bill No: SB 3555

An Act Concerning: Transportation

Allows Professional Sports Team License Plates to be issued to motorcycles.

Action: Signed

Effective Date: Jan. 1




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