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Loebsack Announces More Than $611,000 for Davenport Fire Department PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Joe Hand   
Friday, 27 December 2013 14:49

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Dave Loebsack announced today that the Davenport Fire Department will receive a total of $611,727 for recruitment purposes. The funding comes from the Department of Homeland Security’s Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) program.

“Ensuring our local fire departments have the proper staff to protect our homes, businesses and communities is very important,” said Loebsack. “I congratulate the Davenport Fire Department on receiving this competitive grant. This funding will ensure they have the proper staffing to continue to safely serve the people of Davenport.”

The SAFER program is designed to strengthen the nation’s ability to respond to fire and fire-related hazards and improve the nation’s overall level of preparedness by supporting the hiring of firefighters and the recruitment and retention of volunteer firefighters.


Governor Quinn Makes Executive Appointments PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Brooke Anderson   
Tuesday, 24 December 2013 15:14

Fills Positions on Capital Development Board, Developmental Disabilities Council and Others

CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today announced a number of key appointments to the state’s boards and commissions. Today’s announcement continues the Governor’s commitment to making Illinois government more accountable, transparent and effective.

“The individuals I am appointing are committed to serving the people of our state,” Governor Quinn said. “These appointees will work hard every day to move Illinois forward.”

As a result of Governor Quinn’s efforts to make the executive appointment process more accessible and transparent, residents who are interested in serving on boards and commissions can now apply online. For more information on all of the state’s boards and commissions, or to apply to serve on a board, please visit  

Appointments made by the Governor include:

Advisory Council on Spinal Cord And Head Injuries

James Young of Chicago is a Physician at Rehab Associates of Chicago. He holds an M.D. from Indiana University School of Medicine and an A.B. from Indiana University.

Capital Development Board

Miles Beatty III (reappointment) of Lake Zurich is President of Beatty Decorating Co. He attended Lake Forest College.

Peter O’Brien (reappointment) of Chicago is the Chief Operating Officer and Vice President of MADO Management LP. He attended Loyola University.

Glyn Ramage (reappointment) of Millstadt is a retired construction worker and Business Manager at the Southwestern Illinois Laborers' District Council.

Employment and Economic Opportunity for Persons with Disabilities Task Force

Rene Luna of Chicago is a Community Organizer and Advocate with Access Living. He holds a B.A. from DePaul University.

Dale A. Morrissey of Champaign is CEO of the Developmental Services Center. He has 35 years of experience in disability services and holds a B.S. and an M.S. from Eastern Illinois University. 

HIV/AIDS Response Review Panel

Lam Nguyen Ho of Chicago is staff attorney for Equip for Equality. He holds a J.D. from Harvard Law School, an M. St. from Oxford University and an M.A. and a B.A. from Brown University.

Illinois Community College Board

Dr. Teresa Garate (reappointment) of Chicago is the President and CEO of Neumann Family Services and was formerly the Assistant Director of the Illinois Department of Public Health. She holds a Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Jonathan Jackson of Chicago is a Professor at Chicago State University. He holds an MBA from Northwestern University and a B.S. from North Carolina A&T State University.

Illinois Council on Developmental Disabilities

JJ Hanley of Wilmette is the Executive Director of JJ’s List. She holds a B.A. from Dartmouth College.

Kathryn Lavin of Chicago is Director of Creative Strategies at Neumann Family Services. She holds an MSW from Jane Addams College of Social Work and a B.A. from Boston College.

Jose A Mendez of Chicago is Director/Employment Specialist for CARES Chicago.  He holds an M.Ed. and a B.A. from University of Illinois at Chicago.

Illinois Independent Tax Tribunal 

Brian Barov of Skokie is an Assistant Attorney General and Deputy Division Chief of the Civil Appeals Division. He holds a J.D. from the IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law and also graduated from the College of William & Mary.

State Emergency Medical Services Advisory Council

Leslee Stein-Spencer of Chicago is Director of Medical Administration and Regulatory Compliance, Chicago Fire Department and a registered nurse. She holds an M.A. from the National College of Education and a B.A. from DePaul University.


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Written by Renee Luze-Johnson   
Monday, 23 December 2013 14:41
December 23, 2013 - January 2, 2014
Tuesday, December 31, 2013
Committee of the Whole - 8:00 am
Board Room, 1st Floor, Administrative Center
1. Roll Call: Sunderbruch, Cusack, Earnhardt, Hancock, Minard
Facilities & Economic Development
2. Approval of second of three readings of an ordinance for establishing speed limits on
Scott County Secondary Roads. (Item 2)
3. Approval of a second and final reading of an ordinance to rezone approximately 7
acres from Agricultural-Preservation District (A-P) to Agriculture Service Floating
Zone (A-F) in the southwesterly corner of Section 19, Princeton Township. (Item 3)
Human Resources
4. Approval of personnel actions. (Item 4)
Other Items of Interest
5. Other items of interest.
Regular Board Meeting - Immediately following the Committee of the Whole
Board Room, 1st Floor, Administrative Center
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Thursday, January 2, 2014
Organizational Meeting - 11:00 am
Board Room, 1st Floor, Administrative Center

Governor Quinn Statement on the Passing of Richard Calica PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Brooke Anderson   
Monday, 23 December 2013 14:05

CHICAGO - Governor Quinn today released the following statement on the passing of Richard Calica, former Director of the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) who led the department from December 2011 to November 2013.

“It is with great sadness today that we announce the passing of Richard Calica, a true public servant in the state of Illinois.

"Richard Calica was a dedicated advocate for our most vulnerable children. He always put their safety and well-being first.

"I send my condolences to Richard’s family and friends. They are in our thoughts and prayers during this most difficult of times."


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Written by Jennifer A. Nahra   
Monday, 23 December 2013 13:02
City of Davenport, Iowa
Monday, December 23, 2013; 5:30 p.m.
City Hall Council Chambers
I. Moment of Silence
II. Pledge of Allegiance
Ald. Brown
III. Roll Call
IV. Meeting Protocol and Decorum
V. Public with Business
PLEASE NOTE: At this time individuals may address the City Council on any matters of City business. This is not an opportunity to discuss issues with the Council members or get information. In accordance with Open Meetings law, the Council can not take action on any complaint or suggestions tonight, and can not respond to any allegations at this time.
Please state your Name and Ward for the record. There is a five (5) minute time limit. Please end your comments promptly.
VI. Reports of City Officials
VII. Closed session for the purpose of discussing the purchase of particular real estate, pursuant to Iowa Code 21.5(1)(j).
VIII. Adjourn

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