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Rock Island County Board Considers Building Consolidoiìon. PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Shelly Chapman   
Monday, 02 April 2012 08:58
Rock Island, IL (March 27, 2012) – Early discussions are underway by the
Rock Island County Board to evaluate the feasibility of consolidating the
County Building and Courthouse. Both buildings in downtown Rock Island are
facing significant repairs in the coming years and the Board is weighing the
costs of making renovations or moving offices to a new location.

The County Building is 113 years old and the Courthouse is 117. About 80
other counties have old courthouses that need significant repairs. It is a
growing concern across the country as buildings age, technology changes
and public safety needs are addressed.

Neither building is ADA compliant and Rock Island County officials seek
to remedy the situation for the benefit of the public and employees. Both
buildings are structurally sound, but are unable to be adequately renovated
to meet today’s standards for security. Parking is insufficient at both locations
to meet the County’s current needs. Options to rent out office space in the
buildings are being explored to generate revenue for the County.

The annual cost of operating both buildings combined is $720,000. Aging
HVAC and lighting are inefficient and maintenance costs continue to rise. The
County Board will consider whether it makes more sense financially to lease

space in a newer combined campus building or continue to repair and operate
the current buildings.

A combined campus location in Rock Island is being considered. If approved,
County offices would move to a current building that would be refurbished.
Building a new facility is not being considered due to the cost of construction
and lack of suitable locations. The new campus space would be leased
with an option to own in 20 or 30 years. The County Board is comparing the
current operations and maintenance costs to the lease option and endeavors
to spend less with a new leasing option.

The offices that would move to the new campus include: Auditor, Board of
Review, Chief County Assessment, Circuit Clerk, Coroner, County Board,
County Clerk, Court Administration, Adult & Juvenile Probation (Court
Services), Forest Preserve, GIS, Human Resources, Information Systems,
Maintenance, Mental Health, Public Defender, Recorder, States Attorney,
Treasurer, Veterans Assistance and Zoning.

The County plans to reduce operations and equipment expenses by operating
a single facility. Through attrition and shared use of office and maintenance
equipment, expenses will be reduced. The campus will also operate with
a “one way in, one way out” concept that will decrease the security costs now
incurred at the Courthouse.

A developer is currently in discussions with the Rock Island County Board.
Initial evaluations of building and financing options have led the Board to
further explore the lease to own option. A private builder can leverage various
credits that government entities cannot, such as TIF, Enterprise Zone and
other rebates. This lease opportunity would save Rock Island County over a
20-30 year period.


Governor Quinn Announces Top Cabinet Appointments PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Andrew Mason   
Monday, 02 April 2012 08:52

La Mar Hasbrouck to Lead Department of Public Health;

David Vaught to Head Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity;

Jerry Stermer to Serve as Acting Director of Governor’s Budget Office


CHICAGO – Monday, April 2, 2012. Today Governor Pat Quinn announced the appointments of Dr. La Mar Hasbrouck as director of the Department of Public Health (IDPH), David Vaught as director of the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) and Jerry Stermer as acting director of the Governor’s Office of Management and Budget (GOMB). Today’s action is the latest in a series of appointments Governor Quinn is making as he continues to fulfill his commitment to creating jobs, economic development, and increasing efficiency and accountability in all areas of state government.


“I am pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. La Mar Hasbrouck, who will strengthen Illinois with his global public health expertise,” Governor Quinn said. “David Vaught and Jerry Stermer are both proven leaders with innovative ideas to create jobs and economic growth.”


La Mar Hasbrouck, MD, MPH most recently served as public health director and commissioner of mental health in upstate New York. Prior to becoming commissioner, Dr. Hasbrouck spent 11 years at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), as part of the epidemic intelligence service. Dr. Hasbrouck worked to reduce and eliminate diseases in countries around the world, including polio eradication in Bangladesh and serving as the CDC director and chief of party in Guyana, South America.


Dr. Hasbrouck holds a bachelor’s degree and master’s of public health from of the University of California-Berkeley, and received his medical degree from the UCLA/Drew School of Medicine. He completed his medical residency at the New York-Presbyterian Hospital. Dr. Hasbrouck has published numerous scientific articles, reports and book chapters, and is the recipient of several distinguished honors, including the Secretary’s Primary Health Care Policy Fellowship, the Secretary’s Award for Distinguished Service, and the Meritorious Honor Award from the U.S. Department of State.

David Vaught, an attorney and longtime financial analyst, has served as director of the Governor’s Office of Management and Budget (GOMB) since 2009. As budget director, Vaught increased efficiencies in state government while strategically investing in areas that support economic growth. A small business owner, Vaught will now oversee the state agency tasked with growing Illinois’ economy through strong outreach with state, national and international corporations, and using a variety of job growth strategies.

Vaught is a graduate of the Southern Illinois University School of Law, and he graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point where he studied engineering.

Jerry Stermer joined Governor Quinn’s administration as chief of staff in 2009 after spending several years working for numerous public interest groups that focused on state policy and state budgeting. As a senior advisor to the Governor, Stermer has been involved in the budgeting process the past three years and played a leading role in negotiations with the General Assembly and legislative leaders. Currently, he is leading the Governor’s pension working group charged with devising a proposal to address the pension crisis that has resulted from decades of fiscal mismanagement in Illinois. Since joining Governor Quinn, Stermer has helped pass major legislation with the Governor’s support. At GOMB, Stermer will lead the administration’s budget negotiations with the General Assembly and continue the Governor’s work to stabilize pensions and restructure the state’s Medicaid program, which are both leading priorities for Governor Quinn this year.

Stermer holds a master’s degree in political science from the University of Illinois at Chicago, and he studied at the Divine World Seminary, where he completed his bachelor's degree in liberal arts. He has been an adjunct professor at Northwestern University's School of Education and Social Policy since 2002.

The Governor’s appointees will begin serving in their new positions Monday, April 2.


Iowa Legislative Update PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Peggy Huppert   
Monday, 02 April 2012 08:47

Maybe it’s the unusually warm weather lately, but a frequent question these days is when we think the Legislature will adjourn for the year. The 100th day, when their daily expense money ends, is April 17th. It is rare for them to adjourn before that. How many days after the 17th is difficult to answer at this point. They have a LOT left to decide, and in the last two weeks activity has slowed to a crawl.

I have a few updates on issues we are watching:

  • K-12 tobacco and nicotine-free schools – This provision is part of the Senate education reform bill (SF 2284) which is awaiting debate in the Senate. It was not part of the House bill. It is almost certain this bill will end up in conference committee and we will work hard to make sure this provision stays in.


  • Tobacco control funding – The House Health & Human Services appropriations bill, which zeroes out funding for tobacco prevention and cessation programs, has been sitting on the debate calendar for weeks awaiting action. Rep. Lisa Heddens (D-Ames) has filed an amendment to restore funding to this year’s level. Now it looks like the Senate may file its own funding bill. We will keep you posted on developments, but it is likely this will be one of the last issues decided this session, as it was last year.

I want to encourage all of you to consider enrolling in the Cancer Prevention Study 3 (cps3). The Society is seeking 500,000 volunteers nationwide (3,000 in Iowa) to participate in this landmark new research study. This study will help us better understand the lifestyle and genetic factors that cause or prevent cancer.  It will help us find the next generation of prevention, detection and cure strategies.

You are eligible to participate if you’re between the ages of 30 and 65, have never been diagnosed with cancer, and are willing to make a long-term commitment to the study by filling out questionnaires approximately every two years.

I urge you to consider joining me in participating in this one-in-a-lifetime opportunity! The next opportunity to enroll will be April 17-20 at five locations in the Des Moines area. To schedule your appointment visit For more information, visit or e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call toll-free 1-888-604-5888.

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 .

Governor Quinn Takes Bill Action PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Nafia Khan   
Monday, 02 April 2012 08:46

**Friday, March 30, 2012**


CHICAGO – March 30, 2012. Governor Pat Quinn today took action on the following bill:


Bill No.: HB 2009

An Act Concerning: Elections

Prevents potential candidates for office from switching political parties within a general election cycle.

Action: Signed                        

Effective Date: Immediately




Davenport Parks and Recreation Programs PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Kenneth Asta   
Monday, 02 April 2012 08:44

Arbor Day Tree Giveaway

Come and get your free tree or shrub on Saturday, April 28 (Arbor Day 2012) at Vander Veer Botanical Park. Several Master Gardeners will be available to teach participants about proper planting and care techniques for the tree or shrub, along with information about supporting wildlife. Tree planting and care information for the public will be available. Limited quantity; first come, first served. We will begin to give away trees and shrubs at 10am and end by 11:30am or when trees are gone. Meet at the Drive way on the South side of Conservatory. Trees are donated by the  Living Lands and Waters (Plant a Million Trees Campaign).




Cake Decorating, April 5

Learn all the basics of decorating special cakes with drop flowers, rosettes, pom pom flowers and leaves for your friends and family.  This will be a demonstration and hands-on class.  Supplies needed for the course will be discussed during the 1st class, a full reference book will be provided to each student.  6:30 - 8:30pm at the Collins House.


Crocheting/Knitting for Teens & Adults on April 5

This class is an introduction to pattern reading, materials and techniques, and includes training in the interpretation of directions.  Left-handers are our specialty.  Participants will progress at their own rate.

Crochet students bring a G or H size hook and light-colored 4-ply yarn to the first class meeting.  Knitting students bring a short pair of No. 8 needles and a 3 ox. skein of light colored 4-ply yarn. 6:30 - 8:30pm at Williams Jr. High.


Friday Nature Family Fun Nights- Bird Watching Fun

Come Join a Naturalist for a guided bird walk in Credit Island Natural and Historical Preserve on April 6 from 6 PM- 9 PM. Meet at the Lodge. We will look for migrating bird species found in the park. There will be pizza available for $2.50 a person which will include two slices and lemonade when a family pre-registered (you must register each family member attending over 2 yrs old). $4.00 per person at the event.


Senior Coffee - Lily Show, April 11

Come enjoy the sights, sounds, and fragrance of the Conservatory at Vander Veer Botanical Park.  Your $1 admission fee includes entertainment, and refreshments. Entertainment will begin at 10:30 am.


Pitch, Hit and Run, April 14

Come join us for this FREE event that brings together everyone for the love of Baseball...softball players, too.  Feel free to bring out your team or come with a friend. This is an exciting skills competition that provides boys and girls the chance to advance through four levels of competition.  Don't let the competition run you off, everyone is welcome to play.  Bring your birth certificate if you plan on competing, otherwise just come play!


Family Fun Nights- Golf and Movie, April 20

Come Join a us at Red Hawk from 6 PM- 9 PM. You will enjoy the 3-par golf course, a bucket of balls to use at the range and to top that we have dinner and a movie.  There will be pizza available for $2.50 a person which will include two slices and lemonade when a family pre-registered (you must register each family member attending over 4 yrs old). $4.00 per person at the event.


Adaptive Sports Expo, April 21

The public is invited to the Adaptive Sports Expo, which will highlight the many ways people with disabilities can be active participants in recreational activities and sporting events.  Prior experience is not required.  The Expo located at the Bettendorf Life Fitness Center from 6-8pm will feature:

Activities such as water-skiing, kayaking, sled hockey, aquatics, wheelchair basketball, tandem biking, tennis and seated volleyball.

Demonstrations by professionally trained facilitators and athletes with disabilities.

Informational exhibits and vendor.

For more information and/or to be a vendor contact Davenport Parks and Recreation at 563-888-2219.


Earth Week Fair, April 21

Come check out the City of Davenport Booth at the Earth Week Fair. Expo Center in Rock Island is the location and time is 10am to 4pm. Davenport Parks and Recreation and Public Works combine forces to bring creative ways to be "Green". This is part of the "Green Initiative" for the City of Davenport. This year's theme focuses on getting outside. This event is Free for the Public.


Wine 101

Learn the basics of wine at this fun tasting class.  We will sample a dozen different styles of wines from sweet to dry while discussing wine fundamentals including terminology; choosing, storing, and serving a wine; food parings and more.  Don't be intimidated.  This class is all about learning to trust your own taste buds.  Class includes cheese, crackers and other palate cleansers, so have a light dinner before class.

April 26, 6:30 - 8:30pm, Fee: $20

Class will be held at Camp McClellan Cellars - 2302 E. 11th Street, Davenport.

You must be 21 years old to participate.


Family Friday Nights from around the world - April 27

Are you looking for a low cost way to spend QUALITY time with your family?  Davenport Parks and Recreation heard this need and has responded in a way that is sure to appeal to ALL members of the family.  We have developed a rotating schedule of activities at our various facilities to offer families a night full of FUN!  April - August you can count on spending the night from 6:00-9:00 and we will take care of everything for $2.50 a person pre-registered (you must register each family member attending over 2yrs old). $4.00 per person at the door.  This is FAMILY FRI, parents or guardians need to accompany their kids.


Family Friday Nights April 27, 6-9pm at Roosevelt Community Center

Join us the 4th Friday of each month at the Roosevelt Community Center as we travel around the world.  We will explore through games, arts/crafts, music, snacks, language, and literature activities a different country each month of the summer.  Pizza and lemonade will be served.


Family Friday Nights all spring and summer!

Are you looking for a low cost way to spend QUALITY time with your family?  Davenport Parks and Recreation heard this need and has responded in a way that is sure to appeal to ALL members of the family.  We have developed a rotating schedule of activities at our various facilities to offer families a night full of FUN!  April - August you can count on spending the night with us from 6:00-9:00 and we will take care of everything for $2.50 a person pre-registered (you must register each family member attending over 2yrs old) $4.00 per person at the door.  This is FAMILY FRIDAY, parents or guardians need to accompany and participate with their kids.

  • First Friday of the Month is Environmental Exploration: Sites vary
  • Second Fri of the Month: Family Movie Night at Junior Theatre, 2822 Eastern Ave
  • Third Fri of the Month is Golf at Red Hawk Event Center, 6364 Northwest Blvd
  • Fourth Fri of the Month:" Around the world" at Roosevelt Community Center, 1220 Minnie Ave


In April 2010, the Parks and Recreation staff adopted the current Strategic Plan 2020, with the intention of updating it annually. A copy of the current Strategic Plan is available on our website.


At this meeting, friends groups and the public will be able to meet the Parks and Recreation management staff, and give their input on recreational programs, facility management and development, service delivery, and other areas of the Parks and Recreation Department.

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