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Lt. Governor Simon to visit suburban Chicago crisis center PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Kara Beach   
Monday, 02 April 2012 08:38

CHICAGO – In recognition of Sexual Assault Awareness Month, Lt. Governor Sheila Simon will visit counselors and educators at the Northwest Center Against Sexual Assault (CASA) on Monday to advocate for legislation that would restore funding to sexual assault prevention agencies.


Senate Bill 3348 would require all strip clubs that permit alcohol to collect a $5-per-patron entry fee. The revenue would be distributed to community-based sexual assault prevention and response organizations, such as Northwest CASA, which is facing a 10 percent state budget cut this year. Northwest CASA provides 24-hour crisis response and prevention education to more than 30 municipalities.


DATE: Monday, April 2

TIME: 2:30 p.m.

PLACE: Northwest Center Against Sexual Assault, 415 W. Golf Rd., Suite 47, Arlington Heights



Schilling Announces Upcoming Mobile Office Hours PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Andie Pivarunas   
Monday, 02 April 2012 07:56

Washington, DC — 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. A field representative will be available in the following locations at the following times:


April 4, 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

April 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 – 1:00pm

April 25, 2012
Kewanee City Hall
401 East Third Street
Kewanee, IL  61443
9:00am – 4:00pm

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 to 5:00pm
3000 41st St., Suite B
Moline, IL 61265
P: (309) 757-7630

Galesburg District Office
Hours: Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays 8:30am to 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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Written by Chris Berge   
Monday, 02 April 2012 07:40

April 2 - 6, 2012

Special Committee of the Whole - 5:30 pm
CHC, Administrative Offices, 120 N Ripley/Corner of Ripley & 2nd Street

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

2. Discussion with the Community Health Care Board.

3. Other items of interest.

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Written by Steven Olson   
Monday, 02 April 2012 07:34

The Transportation Operations Budget and Administration & Regulations Budget passed the House last week. The Trans. Op Budget makes appropriations to the Road Use Tax Fund ($47.6 mil FY 2013) and Primary Road Fund ($303.2 mil FY 2013). The Admin/Reg. Budget provides for regulatory authority and appropriations for certain state departments, agencies, funds, and other entities. The House amendment appropriates ($49.6 mil from General Fund FY 2013) a decrease from last year, while the bill itself appropriates ($54.1 mil from other funds FY 2013) an increase from last year.

House File 2421, mental health and disability redesign, implements recommendations from the Judicial Branch and DHS Workgroup regarding improvements to mental health proceedings. The bill requires law enforcement to complete courses in mental health first aid, pre-assessment screening for involuntary commitment to determine their mental health needs no matter when they are  brought to court. This bill also establishes “Mental Health Professionals” as one consistent definition in Iowa code, as well as, establishing standards for mental health advocates and expanding service to Iowans with co-occurring mental health and substance abuse diagnosis.

I’ve received many emails concerning the Medicaid reimbursement issue and at this time I’m not sure of the fate of the  reimbursement. When I know something I’ll be informing you here. Thank you for keeping me informed of issues that matter to you.

The tuition set-aside policy, an issue that many at the capitol were unaware of, has led to negotiations with the Board of Regents which will provide full transparency with how student tuition payments are dealt with at each Board of Regents’ universities.

If you have concerns or questions I can be reached at the Capitol by emailing This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

New rescue equipment will help save lives in Eldridge PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Paul Spooner   
Monday, 02 April 2012 07:29

Local farmer directs $2,500 to fire department


ELDRIDGE, Iowa (Mar. 20, 2012) – Seventy percent of firefighters in the United States are volunteer and one of the few opportunities for these departments to update their rescue and training equipment is through community donations. Thanks to one local farmer and America’s Farmers Grow CommunitiesSM, the Eldridge Fire Department can continue to keep its community and surrounding area safe.

Grow Communities, sponsored by the Monsanto Fund, gives farmers the opportunity to win $2,500 for their favorite local nonprofit organizations. Richard and Mary Hemphill were the winning farmers in Scott County. They recognized the need for new rescue equipment and directed the donation to the Eldridge Fire Department. The donation will be used to purchase additional rescue tools and training materials.”

“The Eldridge firefighters have been to my farm a couple times to put out grain dryer fires,” Richard Hemphill said. “It’s a volunteer fire department, and this is a good way to say thank you.”

In a ceremony held on Tuesday, Mar. 20, Richard and Mary got the chance to present the Eldridge Fire Department with the $2,500 donation.

Through America’s Farmers Grow Communities:

·         Farmers in 1,245 eligible counties have the chance to win $2,500 for their favorite community nonprofit organizations.

·         The Monsanto Fund has invested more than $3.1 million to rural communities this year alone.

·         More than $247,500 in total will be donated to nonprofits in Iowa

·         A list of all winners and more information can be found at

“Our fire department has had an increase in rescue calls, so we will purchase essential rescue tools with the donation,” said Tyler Schmidt, Eldridge fire chief. “Funds will also be used to purchase training materials to supplement our continual training program.”

Grow Communities is part of a broad commitment by the Monsanto Fund to invest in farm communities such as Scott County. It aims to highlight the important contributions farmers such as Richard and Mary Hemphill make every day to our society.


About the Monsanto Fund

The Monsanto Fund, the philanthropic arm of the Monsanto Company, is a nonprofit organization dedicated to strengthening the farm communities where farmers and Monsanto Company employees live and work. Visit the Monsanto Fund at


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