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Loebsack Announces More Than $47,000 for Battlefield Preservation in Davenport PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Joe Hand   
Monday, 09 July 2012 12:06

National Park Service awarded a $47,150 grant for dig

WHO Congressman Dave Loebsack

Mayor Bill Gluba

Friends of Credit Island

WHAT Press conference to discuss the recent announcement that the City of Davenport received funding from the National Park Service to perform an archeological dig at Credit Island.

WHERE Credit Island Pavilion


WHEN TODAY, Saturday, July 7th


WHY Credit Island is one of the westernmost battles of the War of 1812. It was on this island in 1814 that Brevet Major Zachary Taylor was defeated by British allied Sauk and Black Hawk American Indians. The City of Davenport, following up on a Certified Local Government grant, is looking to do a subsurface archeological investigation of the site. It is hoped that the data recovered can be used for a future National Register nomination.



Washington, D.C. – July 6, 2012 - Congressman Dave Loebsack today announced that the City of Davenport will receive a $47,105 grant from the National Park Service for battlefield preservation.  The funding comes from the National Park Service’s American Battlefield Protection Program (ABPP), and will be used to help preserve, protect, document and interpret America’s significant battlefield lands.  Davenport will receive funding for an archeological dig at Credit Island.

“Our nation’s battlefields are hallowed ground.  Preserving them ensures that the service and sacrifice of previous generations will never be forgotten,” said Loebsack.  “I am pleased that this funding is coming to Davenport for the archeological dig, and excited at the possibility of a National Register nomination, which would add to Davenport’s already rich cultural heritage and support economic development.  I am looking forward to seeing what they discover at the site.”

Credit Island is one of the westernmost battles of the War of 1812. It was on this island in 1814 that Brevet Major Zachary Taylor was defeated by British allied Sauk and Black Hawk American Indians. The City of Davenport, following up on a Certified Local Government grant, is looking to do a subsurface archeological investigation of the site. It is hoped that the data recovered can be used for a future National Register nomination.


Governor Quinn Takes Bill Action Thursday, July 5, 2012 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Leslie Wertheimer   
Friday, 06 July 2012 13:15
CHICAGO – July 5, 2012. Governor Pat Quinn today acted on the following bills.


Bill No.: SB 2850

An Act Concerning: Education

Requires the first and last days of school to be no less than five hours.

Action: Signed

Effective Date: June 30, 2013


Bill No.: SB 3452

An Act Concerning: Transportation

Increases public safety on the roadways by prohibiting the concealment of license plates and the sale of items that can help conceal license plates; also allows the Secretary of State to suspend or revoke the license or registration of anyone who has modified a vehicle to conceal plates. The law also increases penalties for operating a motorcycle on one wheel, and makes other changes involving motorcycle safety.

Action: Signed

Effective Date: Jan. 1


Loebsack to Present Grant to Assist Homeless Veterans in Muscatine, Davenport and Clinton PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Joe Hand   
Friday, 06 July 2012 10:23

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Dave Loebsack will continue his week-long focus on servicemembers, veterans, military families, and veterans services, TOMORROW, Friday, July 6th. Recently, Goodwill of the Heartland received a grant from the U.S. Department of Labor to provide job training for homeless Veterans throughout Clinton, Muscatine and Scott Counties.  Loebsack will meet with staff and veterans at each event to discuss the grant as well as issues that are important to veterans.   Media is invited to attend.

“I strongly believe that there is no greater responsibility we have as a nation than to ensure that our servicemembers have the support, equipment, and training they need to safely carry out their mission and that we care for our veterans with the same dignity and honor with which they have served our country,” said Loebsack.  “I look forward to this opportunity to speak with veterans and their families.”

Veterans Grant Presentation



Muscatine County VA Office

315 Iowa Ave., Suite A




Goodwill Employment Services Office

805 W. 35th St.




Clinton Public Library

306 8th Ave. South



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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