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Rock Island County Board meetings PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Shelly Chapman   
Wednesday, 23 May 2012 10:22

Moy 22, 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 second one is on June 19th.

June 19

Weslern Illinois Universily - Quad Cities Campus, 3300 River Drive, Moline

September 18

Andalusia Lions Club, 302 - 2nd St West, Andalusia.

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

 
Schilling to Host Business Roundtables in Rock Falls and Galesburg PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Andie Pivarunas   
Wednesday, 23 May 2012 07:43
Moline, Illinois – Congressman Bobby Schilling (IL-17) next week will be hosting business roundtables in Rock Falls and Galesburg in cooperation with the local Chambers of Commerce recognition of National Small Business Week, May 20th – 26th.  National Small Business Week is an opportunity to recognize the contributions of small businesses and entrepreneurs to America’s economic stability.  Schilling, a small business owner and member of the House Committee on Small Business, will be sitting down with local business owners to discuss what government can do to empower the private sector, spur job creation, and grow the economy.  

Please note that the roundtables are off-the-record working discussions. A press availability will follow both roundtables.

WHO: Congressman Bobby Schilling and local business owners.

WHAT: A roundtable discussion on the best ways to improve our economic climate and help employers create jobs.

WHEN/WHERE:
  • Tuesday May 22nd from 2:00-3:30pm at the Rock Falls Community Building, 601 W. 10th Street in Rock Falls
  • Thursday May 24th from 10:30-11:30am at the Galesburg Commerce Center, 185 South Kellogg Street in Galesburg
WHY: Schilling is eager to have an ongoing conversation with fellow business owners about their personal solutions to the problems our local economy is facing, as well as their thoughts on creative ways government and the private sector can work together to bring jobs back to the area, reinforcing our place as an economic stronghold of the Midwest.

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Fiscal Leadership Needed PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Grassley Press   
Friday, 18 May 2012 14:27

Advisory for Iowa Reporters and Editors

Thursday, May 17, 2012

The failure of the Senate majority to produce a budget blueprint for more than three years means there’s no plan for deficit reduction, economic growth or a path toward a balanced federal budget.  Senators voted 99 to 0 against President Obama’s budget this week.  Senate Democrats voted against three proposals by Republican senators yet offered none of their own.

There were budget votes in the Senate this week out of tremendous frustration that the Senate majority party has failed to act on its responsibility to produce an annual budget for three years.  The Senate hasn’t adopted a budget since April 2009.  Since then, $4 trillion has been added to the national debt.  It’s the fourth consecutive year of spending $1 trillion more than we take in.

Because of failed leadership in the Senate, there’s been no budget blueprint to lay out priorities for deficit reduction, economic growth or a path to balance.  Our nation is driving toward a fiscal cliff of deficits and debt.  No one in the majority party that controls the Senate’s work is willing to take hold of the wheel.

The President proposed a budget in February, but it wasn’t credible and it was rejected in the House of Representatives by a vote of 0 to 414.  The Senate rejected it 0 to 99.  The President hasn’t done anything to spur responsible action in the Senate.

In contrast, the House of Representatives has met its responsibility in producing and passing a budget.

The bottom line is that Democratic leaders in the Senate and the White House seem content to ignore the fiscal train wreck that’s coming and the harm it does to America’s economy and jobs situation, putting political maneuvering in front of governing.

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Scott County Board of Supervisors' Tentative Agenda PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Chris Berge   
Friday, 18 May 2012 14:20
Monday, May 21, 2012

Special Committee of the Whole - 8:00 am
Board Room, 1st Floor, Administrative Center

1. Roll Call: Hancock, Minard, Sunderbruch, Cusack, Earnhardt

2. Tour of Scott County secondary roads.

3. Other items of interest.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Committee of the Whole - 8:00 am
Board Room, 1st Floor, Administrative Center

1. Roll Call: Cusack, Earnhardt, Hancock, Minard, Sunderbruch

Presentation

2. Discussion with the following Authorized Agencies:

10:00 A.M. - Bi-State Regional Commission - Denise Bulat

10:30 A.M. - Humane Society - Pam Arndt

11:00 A.M. - 7th Judicial District Correctional Services - Jim Wayne

Facilities & Economic Development

3. Approval of temporary road closures for the Quad City Triathlon on June 16, 2012.
(Item 3)

4. Approval of the Final Plat of Oak Valley Addition. (Item 4)

5. Discussion of request by Jeff Smid to rezone 1.17 acres from Commercial Light
Industrial (C-2) to Heavy Manufacturing District (M). (Item 5)

6. Discussion of City of LeClaire's Urban Renewal Area expansion. (Item 6)

Human Resources

7. Approval of personnel actions. (Item 7)

Health & Community Services

8. Approval of the FY13 County Agreement with the Center for Alcohol and Drug
Services, Inc. (Item 8)

Finance & Intergovernmental

9. Approval of the Quad City Metropolitan Enforcement Group Intergovernmental
Agreement renewal. (Item 9)

10. Approval of ordinance to adopt the 2012 County Code. (Item 10)

11. Approval of cigarette licenses and permits: Perfect Value Liquor Mart, Davenport
Country Club, Casey's General Store and Mt. Joy BP/Amoco.

12. Approval of appointment to the Airport Zoning Commission. (Item 12)

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Regular Board Meeting - 5:30 pm
Board Room, 1st Floor, Administrative Center

Public Hearing - 5:30 pm
Rezoning request in Sheridan Twp from C-1 to M

 
Advocates, industry compromise on strip club bill PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Justin Stofferahn   
Friday, 18 May 2012 13:50

Club fees would help restore cuts to rape crisis centers

SPRINGFIELD – May 16, 2012. With bipartisan support and agreement from victim advocates and the adult entertainment industry, strip clubs that permit alcohol would have two options to help restore funding to rape crisis centers under a bill passed 8-0 by the Senate Public Health Committee, Lt. Governor Sheila Simon said today.

Strip club owners would choose to pay the state a $3 per patron surcharge on an annual basis or opt to pay a flat fee based on the taxable receipts they report to the Illinois Department of Revenue each year, under House Bill 1645 Amendment 3. Clubs that report taxable receipts of $2 million or more would pay $25,000 a year; clubs that report total receipts of $500,000 to $2 million would pay $15,000; and clubs that report total receipts of less than $500,000 would pay $5,000, according to the legislation.

The $3 surcharge and fee structure in House Bill 1645 Amendment 3 replaced the $5 per patron entrance fee proposed in an earlier bill. The new language was agreed to by rape crisis advocates, club owners and sponsor Sen. Toi Hutchinson (D-Chicago Heights). House Bill 1645 Amendment 3 now moves to the Senate for a vote.

“I am pleased all the interested parties came to the table with Sen. Hutchinson and my office and agreed on a common sense way to restore funding to rape crisis centers that have struggled to provide critical services to sexual assault survivors, school children and law enforcement agencies on ever-shrinking budgets,” Simon said.

“Substantial evidence links the consumption of alcohol at strip clubs to negative secondary effects, including sexual harassment, sexual assault and prostitution. This legislation will address the social ills and protect free expression. Clubs that do not want to pay the surcharge or fee can choose to stop permitting alcohol,” Simon added.

The newly generated revenue will go into the new Sexual Assault Services and Prevention Fund and be distributed by the Department of Human Services for community-based assistance to victims of sexual assault and sexual assault prevention.  There are at least 32 rape crisis centers – 10 in the Chicago-metro region and 22 in the non-metro area. State funding for the centers has decreased about 28 percent in the past five years.

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, a longtime domestic violence and women’s advocate, first voiced her support for Hutchinson’s legislation in February and testified in support of the amended legislation today. She visited rape crisis centers across the state this spring to call for a budget-neutral way to restore state funding.

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