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Simon advocates for rape crisis funding in Moline PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Kara Beach   
Tuesday, 03 April 2012 11:56

Touts strip club fee to save critical counseling services

 

MOLINE – April 3, 2012. Lt. Governor Sheila Simon recognized Sexual Assault Awareness Month today by visiting a rape crisis center in Moline where she advocated for a new funding stream to protect services for sexual assault survivors and save jobs.

 

Simon is backing Senate Bill 3348, which would require all strip clubs that permit alcohol to pay a $5-per-patron fee. The revenue would help fund community-based sexual assault prevention and response programs, such as the one run by Family Resources in the Quad Cities.

 

Like other agencies statewide, the Rape/Sexual Assault Counseling and Advocacy Program of Family Resources has seen its state funding drop 28 percent since 2009 and staff decline, while demand for crisis and counseling services has increased.

 

“Whenever a sexual assault survivor calls for help in Moline, we need to know an advocate is ready to respond,” Simon said. “Budget cuts are putting these critical services and jobs at risk in the Quad Cities and statewide. That’s why I’m supporting a common sense way to fund rape crisis centers that will not affect most Illinoisans’ pocketbooks, but help many people receive the counseling and legal advocacy they need.”

 

The Family Resources program provides comprehensive services to victims and survivors of rape and sexual assault and their non-offending family members in Rock Island County and parts of Henry and Mercer counties.

 

The center provided services in the forms of counseling, advocacy, crisis response, prevention education and training to 30,000 individuals last year through the domestic violence and sexual assault services. In Illinois alone, the program responded to more than 300 crisis clients by phone or in-person and provided medical or legal advocacy to another 74 people.

 

“These services are vital to the health and well being of the Quad Cities community,” said Family Resource Director Nicole Cisne Durbin. “Sexual violence is a community issue, not just an issue for victims, survivors and social services. It affects everyone. The revenue raised from this proposed tax would allow our program to continue to provide these critical services to the community in a consistent manner without constant fear of losing more funds.”

 

Senate Bill 3348, sponsored by Sen. Toi Hutchinson (D-Chicago Heights), counts among its co-sponsors Sen. Tim Bivens, who served as the Lee County sheriff for 20 years and is a past president of the Illinois Sheriff's Association. R.T. Finney, president of the Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police, supports the bill as do more than 30 rape crisis centers and Dr. Richard McCleary, a University of California-Irvine professor and leading adult entertainment business researcher. Read testimony on SB 3348 from Finney, McCleary and Simon here.

 

Last year, the Texas Supreme Court upheld legislation that funded crisis centers through a $5 entrance fee at strip clubs that permit alcohol based on the correlation between alcohol, live nude dancing and negative secondary effects, such as sexual assault. The U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear a challenge of that decision, effectively opening the door for other cities and states to purse similar measures. California is among the states seeking legislation; it is considering a $10-per-patron fee.

 

Simon’s visit to the Quad Cities comes after stops at rape crisis centers in East St. Louis and Carbondale last week. Read Simon’s editorial on SB 3348 here.

 

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SCOTT EMERGENCY COMMUNICATION CENTER (SECC) BOARD PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Annie Nugent   
Tuesday, 03 April 2012 08:09
Board Room, 1st Floor, Scott County Administrative Center,
600 West Fourth Street, Davenport, Iowa
April 5, 2012 at 5:30 p.m.

  1. Roll Call: Gallagher, Gluba, Lehman, O’Boyle, Sunderbruch, Ex officio members: Bruemmer, Frederiksen, Malin, and Ploehn
  2. Pledge of Allegiance
  3. Approval of Minutes
  4. Resolution Proclaiming National Telecommunicators Week
  5. Approval of award of bid for general construction for the SECC Emergency Equipment Storage project. (Bid due date is April 3rd. Dave will be emailing bid results prior to Thursday’s meeting). (Dave)
  6. Approval of award of bid for general construction, radio system modifications, and 911 system modifications for the SECC Back-up project. (Dave)
  7. Director’s report
  8. Next meeting date – May 3, 2012 at 5:30 p.m.
  9. Adjourn

 
Loebsack, Schilling Prioritize I-74 Bridge in Transportation Negotiations PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Joe Hand   
Tuesday, 03 April 2012 07:49

Washington, D.C. – Congressmen Dave Loebsack (IA-02) and Bobby Schilling (IL-17) have sent a joint letter in support of the Quad Cities’ I-74 bridge to United States Department of Transportation (DOT) Secretary Ray LaHood and Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) Administrator Victor Mendez.  The Congressmen met with members of the Quad Cities Chamber of Commerce in Washington, DC in February, when they discussed issues of importance to the region including the Rock Island Arsenal and the need to replace the I-74 bridge.

 

“[The Illinois Department of Transportation] has previously stated that the I-74 Bridge is a high priority for the state of Illinois, but that they require federal funding to complete this project with the state of Iowa,” the Congressmen wrote.  “We encourage you to place the I-74 Bridge as a high priority for the U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration’s Highway Bridge Program.  Doing so will not only address the safety of our citizens, but will also support the commerce that goes through our country and boost our economic viability.”

 

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 to Secretary LaHood, and urged the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee to take action.  Schilling and members of the Illinois Congressional Delegation on February 29 had the opportunity to meet with IDOT Secretary Ann L. Schneider, who confirmed that IDOT is well aware of the need to replace the I-74 bridge.

 

A copy of the letter can be found here.

 
Traffic Safety Coalition Announces Traffic Fatalities in Iowa on the Decline PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Justin Richards   
Monday, 02 April 2012 13:09
CHICAGO – The latest statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) show the number of fatalities on Iowa’s roadways declined 11 percent, including a 28 percent reduction in pedestrian fatalities, from 2006 to 2010. Iowa roads are getting safer with increased seat belt usage, improved air bag technology, safer driving habits and local police departments taking advantage of new technology to hold lawbreakers accountable through the use of live-saving enforcement tools such as red light cameras

According to NHTSA data, there were 390 fatalities on Iowa roads in 2010, down from 439 in 2006.  Pedestrian fatalities were also reduced from 25 in 2006 to 18 in 2010. 

One contributing factor to this reduction has been the increased use of traffic safety cameras.  Data across the country shows cameras change driver behavior, deter drivers from breaking the law, reduce crashes and save lives.  This has been the case in communities across Iowa:

• Council Bluffs, Iowa – Red light running crashes were reduced in Council Bluffs by 90 percent at intersections with safety cameras (Iowa Department of Transportation).

• Cedar Rapids, Iowa – Red light running was reduced by 49 percent after the installation of traffic safety cameras at Cedar Rapids intersections (Iowa State University Institute for Transportation).

• Davenport, Iowa – Red light running crashes were reduced by 40 percent in Davenport where traffic safety cameras were present (Iowa Department of Transportation).

In February, the Iowa State Senate voted unanimously to pass Kadyn’s Law, legislation to increase penalties for drivers who ignore stop signs extended from school buses.  The legislation further required a study on the effects of using traffic safety cameras on school bus stop arms to catch and hold accountable drivers who ignore school bus safety laws.

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About the Traffic Safety Coalition:
The Traffic Safety Coalition is a not-for-profit, grassroots organization comprised of concerned citizens, traffic safety experts, law enforcement, public officials, victim's advocates, health care professionals, and industry leaders who are committed to working together to make our roads safer for drivers, passengers, and pedestrians.  We work with our partners throughout the country to promote technology and education that save lives and keep our roads safe.

The Traffic Safety Coalition received the 2011 Peter K. O'Rourke Special Achievement Award from the Governors Highway Safety Association for outstanding achievements in highway safety. 
For more information about traffic safety issues, visit www.trafficsafetycoalition.com or connect with us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/trafficsafetycoalition and Twitter: www.twitter.com/TrafficSafetyCn






 
Moving Rock Island County Board Meetings PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Shelly Chapman   
Monday, 02 April 2012 09:06
April 2, 2012

In an effort to involve more citizens in local government, Rock Island County will offer three full County Board meetings in various locations throughout the County in 2012. The first one is April 17th.

April 17
Cordova Township Civic Center 910 Third Street South Cordova

June 19
Western Illinois University – Quad Cities Campus 3300 River Drive Moline

September 18
Andalusia Lions Club 302 2nd Street West Andalusia

All meetings will begin promptly at 5:30 PM. Citizens in these areas are encouraged to attend the meetings. Procedures to address the Board can be found on our website www.rockislandcounty.org.

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