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Rep. Schilling Announces Upcoming Mobile Office Hours PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Andie Pivarunas   
Thursday, 05 July 2012 07:06
Moline, Illinois – 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.  

“As your representative in Congress, it’s my job to keep in close contact with folks across the district, asking for your input on issues before Congress or notifying you of upcoming events and how we can help,” Schilling said. “My staff and I prioritize constituent service and communications, and will continue working to keep in touch with folks in all corners of our area.  We work for you.”

A field representative will be available in the following locations at the following times:

July 11, 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

July 18, 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 - 12:00pm

July 25, 2012
Kewanee City Hall
401 East Third St.
Kewanee, IL  61443
9:00am – 12:00pm

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 - 5:00pm
3000 41st St., Suite B
Moline, IL 61265
P: (309) 757-7630

Galesburg District Office
Hours: Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays 8:30am - 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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For July 4th Young Adults Affirm the Principles of the Declaration of Independence PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Matthew Faraci   
Thursday, 05 July 2012 06:58

Generation Opportunity Encourages Millennials to Stay Vigilant on Behalf of Principles

Washington, DC - (7/3/12) - Generation Opportunity, one of the largest groups in the nation educating and mobilizing young Americans ages 18-29 with more than 3.4 million Facebook fans and an extensive grassroots field program, has rolled out a new online effort for the July 4th Independence Day holiday. The initiative, called “Sign the Declaration,” encourages young adults to reaffirm the principles of the Declaration of Independence by symbolically signing the document themselves online. Anyone can participate in the online initiative by visiting

The effort comes as Generation Opportunity's flagship Facebook page, “Being American by GO,” surged past 1.5 million fans, fueled by the intense patriotism and strong belief in American Exceptionalism held by the majority of young Americans ages 18-29.

“Two hundred and thirty-six years ago, our Founding Fathers pledged their lives, their fortunes, and their sacred honor in the cause of liberty so that America could gain independence from British rule and secure its own destiny. Young Americans believe in American Exceptionalism and know that the principles of liberty and freedom outlined in the Declaration of Independence are as relevant in 2012 as they were in 1776. On July 4th, we invite all Americans to join us in affirming their commitment to these principles, to honor those whose actions and sacrifices formed our nation and the freedoms we enjoy today, and to remain vigilant in their defense,” said Paul T. Conway, President of Generation Opportunity and former Chief of Staff for the U.S. Department of Labor.

The online effort then specifically asks young Americans to join Generation Opportunity and affirm their commitment to the principles that inspired the courage and convictions of America’s Founding Fathers by “signing” the Declaration of Independence at

The importance of the principles behind the Declaration of Independence cannot be overstated, especially at a time when America's elected leaders should be listening to the concerns of young Americans about the growing size of government, the stifling burden posed by thousands of laws and regulations, increasing taxes, and America’s indebtedness to foreign powers as a result of the government’s reckless and unrestrained spending. The stakes are high and require the involvement and constant vigilance of young Americans, lest our elected leaders adopt solutions that cost future generations both their wealth and liberty.


Generation Opportunity commissioned a poll last year with the polling company, inc./WomanTrend (April 16 – 22, 2011, +/- 4% margin of error) and highlights some of the results below.

Young People By The Numbers – Exceptionalism, National Direction, Views on 2012:

  • 56% – more than half – indicated their agreement with “American Exceptionalism” – described as an ideal of freedom and democracy exclusive and unique to the United States. Only 29% disagreed.
  • 54% believe that things here in the United States have pretty seriously gotten off on the wrong track; only 24% believe that things are headed in the right direction. 52% indicated they are not optimistic about the country’s future.
  • 54% – more than half – are not confident that the U.S. will be a global leader in just 10 years. Only 9% said they were “very confident” that the U.S. would be.
  • While 54% agree they have “more opportunity” than their parents, only 16% think their children will have “much more opportunity,” and 27% actually think their children will have less.
  • 69% say political leaders do NOT reflect the interests of young Americans, and just 31% approved of the President’s handling of youth unemployment.
  • 57% also say they will learn more about the policy positions of presidential candidates in the 2012 election than they did in 2008.


Generation Opportunity is a non-profit, non-partisan 501 (c)(4) organization that seeks to engage everyone from young adults, to early career professionals, college students, young mothers and fathers, construction workers, current service men and women, veterans, entrepreneurs, and all Americans who find themselves dissatisfied with the status quo and willing to create a better tomorrow.

Generation Opportunity operates on a strategy that combines advanced social media tactics with proven field tactics to reach Americans 18-29. The organization’s social media platforms – “Being American by GO,” “The Constitution by GO,” “Gas Prices Are Too Damn High,” and “Keep Texas Awesome” on Facebook – have amassed a total fan base of more than 3.4 million. All four pages post links to relevant articles and reports from sources ranging from the federal Government Accountability Office (GAO), to The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Brookings Institution, The Wall Street Journal, The Huffington Post, and The Heritage Foundation.

Read about Generation Opportunity here; visit “Being American by GO” on Facebook here, “The Constitution by GO” on Facebook here, “Gas Prices Are Too Damn High” on Facebook here, and “Keep Texas Awesome” on Facebook here.

For our Spanish-language page – Generación Oportunidad – click here.


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Governor Quinn Takes Bill Action Tuesday, July 3, 2012 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Leslie Wertheimer   
Thursday, 05 July 2012 06:54
CHICAGO – July 3, 2012. Governor Pat Quinn today acted on the following bills.


Bill No.: SB 174

An Act Concerning: Government

Requires the State Board of Health to deliver to the Governor for presentation to the General Assembly a State Health Improvement Plan on Jan. 1, 2016 and every five years thereafter (rather than on Jan. 1, 2013 and every four years thereafter).

Action: Signed

Effective Date: Jan. 1


Bill No.: SB 2820

An Act Concerning: Public Aid

Expands the purposes for which the Public Assistance Emergency Revolving Fund may be used.

Action: Signed

Effective Date: Immediately


Bill No.: SB 3324

An Act Concerning: Local Government

Provides that compensation of township officers shall be for time served, and no officer may receive compensation for any future or anticipated days of duty.

Action: Signed

Effective Date: Immediately


Bill No.: SB 3380

An Act Concerning: Safety

Increases the number of members on the Carnival-Amusement Safety Board from eight to nine, and modifies the composition of the Board.

Action: Signed

Effective Date: Immediately



Governor Quinn Statement on Passage of Federal Transportation Bill PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Leslie Wertheimer   
Monday, 02 July 2012 10:57

CHICAGO – June 29, 2012. Governor Pat Quinn today released the following statement regarding the passage of the federal transportation bill.

“Today’s news from Washington D.C. is a step in the right direction for Illinois.”

“The federal transportation bill that passed today will provide $4.1 billion dollars for Illinois highways and $1.5 billion for Illinois public transit over the next three years. In addition to the $14 billion we are investing through our Illinois Jobs Now! capital program, we will build a first-class transportation system for the people of Illinois, while creating or retaining approximately 200,000 jobs.

“We are extremely grateful to Senator Dick Durbin and Congressman Jerry Costello, with whom we worked closely to fight hard to strengthen our infrastructure and improve our roads, streets, bridges and transit systms. Without their relentless efforts, Illinois could have been left behind by the original House proposal.

“I also want to thank the members of the Illinois Congressional delegation who fought for more resources for the Highway Trust Fund similar to the levels of the bipartisan bill that passed the U.S. Senate. Now that this bill has passed, I urge the House leadership to continue working to identify additional resources for the Highway Trust Fund, which will pave the way for more economic growth.”

“The Illinois Department of Transportation is reviewing the legislation to determine its full impact on Illinois, but we know that Illinois will receive a larger percentage of funds than in previous bills and obtain more revenue back from Washington. As a result, Illinois will move from 7th in the nation to 6th in overall highway transportation dollars received from the federal government.

“This investment will help us continue to fund safety improvements across Illinois, bolster all modes of transportation, increase our seatbelt usage -- which stands at 93.6 percent -- and reduce roadway fatalities, which have remained under 1,000 in Illinois for each of the past three years. We will also continue to protect the environment while ensuring that projects move ahead as efficiently as possible.

“I look forward to President Barack Obama signing this important legislation, which will allow Illinois to continue moving forward to strengthen our transportation network and put more people to work.”


Loebsack Applauds Passage of Multi-Year Highway Bill PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Joe Hand   
Monday, 02 July 2012 10:52

Legislation is essential for economic development and job creation

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Dave Loebsack released the following statement after the House passed a bipartisan Transportation Authorization Bill.  The current short-term extension was set to expire over the weekend.  The bill passed by a vote of 373-52 and is now headed to the President, which he is expected to sign.

“I am pleased a transportation bill has finally been passed.  While it should have been done before today and cover a longer period of time, this bill will help create much needed jobs in Iowa and give communities the certainty needed to invest in necessary infrastructure improvements and economic development initiatives.

“It is clear to any Iowan who drives a car or truck, rides the rails or flies in an airplane that a long-term highway plan is needed.  A modern, safe and efficient transportation authorization will not only create jobs now for the construction industry – facing a 13.3 percent unemployment rate – but it will also set the table for long-term job creation and economic growth. Even with passage of this bill today, I am going to be pushing for work to start as soon as possible on a longer-term bill that provides greater investment in our infrastructure so our businesses and farmers can compete effectively in the 21st Century global economy.”

Loebsack has been urging passage of a long-term transportation bill for a number of years and has brought important Iowa projects to the attention of the President, the Speaker of the House, the Secretary of Transportation, and the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. Loebsack has worked to highlight important projects to Eastern and Southern Iowa that are in need of adequate funding to move forward.  They include:

  • Highway 100 completion and connection to Interstate 380 in Cedar Rapids
  • Interstate 74 bridge replacement and improvement in the Quad Cities
  • Interstate 80 & 380 ramp and road/lane improvements in and around Coralville and Iowa City north to Cedar Rapids
  • U.S. Highway 30 four-lane paving from Clinton to Cedar Rapids
  • U.S. Highway 34 improvements from Burlington into Illinois
  • U.S. Highway 61 Business improvements in Muscatine
  • U.S. Highway 61 four-lane paving from Muscatine County to Burlington
  • U.S. Highway 63 four-lane paving from Missouri State Line to Ottumwa
  • U.S. Highway 63 four-lane paving from Oskaloosa to Interstate 80 and improved access to U.S. 63 for Pella

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