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Moving Rock Island County Board Meetings PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Shelly Chapman   
Monday, 02 April 2012 09:06
April 2, 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 first one is April 17th.

April 17
Cordova Township Civic Center 910 Third Street South Cordova

June 19
Western Illinois University – Quad Cities Campus 3300 River Drive Moline

September 18
Andalusia Lions Club 302 2nd Street West Andalusia

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


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




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