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Written by Davenport Parks & Recreation   
Thursday, 19 April 2012 15:42
Public Strategic Planning Meeting
A chance for you to give your input!

Davenport Parks and Recreation is in the process of updating their Strategic Plan for 2020. The Strategic Plan 2020 summarizes key areas of the Parks and Recreation Department and the related measurements and benchmarks that will help it realize the expectations of the community.


In April 2010, the Parks and Recreation staff adopted the current Strategic Plan 2020, with the intention of updating it annually. A copy of the current Strategic Plan is available on the Parks and Recreation website.


At this meeting, friends groups and the public will be able to meet the Parks and Recreation management staff, and give their input on recreational programs, facility management and development, service delivery, and other areas of the Parks and Recreation Department.



The River's Edge
700 W River Dr
Davenport, Iowa 52803
Thursday, April 26, 2012

Harkin Aide to Hold Meeting in Scott County to Meet with Iowans and Discuss Rebuild America Act PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Sen. Tom Harkin   
Wednesday, 18 April 2012 14:15
DES MOINES– Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) announced today that his aide, Jessica Border, will visit Scott County, Wednesday, May 2, 2012, to host a mobile office for local residents.  The event is part of a statewide tour Harkin staff will host to discuss how ideas obtained from Iowans last year on how to rebuild the middle class have influenced legislation introduced by Harkin.  The mobile office tour begins this month in schools in 30 counties.

Senator Harkin’s staff will visit all 99 counties during this tour.  The media is invited to attend.

“Last year, my staff and I heard from too many Iowans who were working hard, playing by the rules, but still seeing the American Dream slip away.  It was clear from those conversations that our country needed a comprehensive strategy to reverse that course,” said Harkin.  “The Rebuild America Act puts policies in place that will repair the engine that drives our nation's economic growth: the middle class.  It creates the good jobs families need now through robust investments in America and will help grow the middle class in the long term by building economic opportunity for families.  I am proud that my staff is able to return to areas they visited last year to tell Iowans how policy they influenced will benefit their families.”  

The Rebuild America Act, unveiled in March, tackles the problem of the shrinking middle class in four ways: by taking immediate steps to create jobs and kick-start the economy, by investing in our roads, bridges, schools, and other critical infrastructure needs, by implementing policies that will help families achieve financial security and peace of mind, and by paying for these new investments through a balanced tax code that reduces inequality and fosters economic growth.  It comes after a year of hearings and events in Washington and Iowa conducted by Senator Harkin, the Chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, and his staff.

Details of the event are as follows:

8:00 AM - 9:00 AM            
Davenport West High School
3505 West Locust Street
Davenport, IA

Grassley invites Iowans to submit questions, see video responses on his website PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Grassley Press   
Wednesday, 18 April 2012 14:11
WASHINGTON – Senator Chuck Grassley said today he has started using a social video tool to communicate with Iowans, giving visitors to his website an opportunity to submit questions and see video responses.

The social video tool is VYou, and Grassley’s VYou page is available here on his website.  His new page offers a simple means of submitting questions.  Grassley will answer as many questions as possible via video.  He is the first member of Congress to use this video tool.

“I’m committed to strengthening the process of representative government through communication with the people I’m elected to represent,” Grassley said.  “I’m glad to add this tool to my website, along with information about my work and actions in office, in order to be as open and responsive as possible.  The online video Q and A gives individuals who may not be able to attend a town meeting another way to get a direct response.  It could be useful for students studying government, as well.”

Grassley has held face-to-face meetings with Iowans in every county every year that he’s represented Iowa in the U.S. Senate, since 1980.  He responds to every letter, email and phone call from Iowans, and posts information on Facebook, Twitter and his website.

Along with direct communication with Iowans, Grassley answers questions from Iowa reporters in a number of weekly news conference calls and in response to individual requests.  Grassley is a guest on public affairs programs on Iowa radio stations each week, where he responds to questions from program hosts and callers.


Conference Highlights Governor Quinn’s Commitment to Affordable Housing PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Andrew Mason   
Tuesday, 17 April 2012 15:13

Two-Day Event Features HUD Secretary Donovan, Assistant Treasury Secretary Eberly and Housing Industry Leaders from Across Illinois


CHICAGO – April 17, 2012. Governor Pat Quinn sent a message of welcome to Illinois to federal housing leaders to Illinois as they addressed the 500 attendees at the Illinois Governor’s Conference on Affordable Housing at Chicago’s Navy Pier. Governor Quinn commends the state’s housing industry leaders for their dedication to ensure working families, seniors and people with disabilities access to have safe, affordable housing.


“We are focused on creating and stabilizing affordable housing in Illinois communities to build momentum for our state’s economic recovery,” Governor Quinn said. “Housing is key to job growth and strengthening communities, and we are committed to continuing our progress in boosting affordable housing opportunities throughout our state.”


U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Shaun Donovan delivered the keynote address, and U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Assistant Secretary for Economic Policy Janice Eberly also addressed Illinois’ housing leaders.


“I want to thank Governor Quinn for his leadership on housing issues and for providing a collaborative forum to address the most critical housing issues impacting Illinois communities,” HUD Secretary Donovan said. “We are impressed by the innovative approaches to housing we are seeing here in Illinois. The Obama Administration is committed to encouraging local solutions and to ensuring that Illinois' successes can be a model for community transformation across the country.”


“I applaud Governor Quinn’s commitment to helping people stay in their homes - tens of thousands of struggling Illinois homeowners have already received help through the administration's programs, including the Illinois Hardest Hit Program,” Assistant Secretary Eberly said. “This is a good start, and we will continue to do more to address the economic challenges we face here in the state of Illinois and throughout the country.”


The conference’s two days of sessions also featured state housing leaders discussing supportive housing, rental housing development, community stabilization, financing and affordable homeownership. Representatives of the Illinois Housing Development Authority (IHDA), Illinois Department of Human Services (DHS), Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO), Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services (HFS), and the Illinois Department on Aging participated in the event.


Governor Quinn’s administration has created new programs to make homeownership more affordable and create solutions for families and communities hurt by the foreclosure crisis.


·         Last year, Governor Quinn launched the Illinois Hardest Hit program ( to offer up to $25,000 in temporary financial assistance to help homeowners who have experienced a job loss or pay cut continue to make their mortgage payments. The program uses $445 million in federal Treasury funds. To date, nearly 1,800 Illinois homeowners are approved to receive assistance that will help them stay in their homes.


·         In December, Governor Quinn introduced the Welcome Home Heroes program to help Veterans secure a home. The program offers secure, fixed-rate loans and up to $10,000 in down payment assistance to thousands of military families, creating more than 400 jobs throughout Illinois. To date, $14 million in Welcome Home Heroes financing has enabled 130 military families to buy a home. Under Governor Quinn, IHDA has helped over 6,000 Illinois families buy homes and stabilize communities with $342 million in loans, grants and down payment assistance.


·         In February, Governor Quinn announced the Illinois Foreclosure Prevention Network (IFPN). The IFPN is a one-stop-shop linking homeowners with available foreclosure prevention assistance. The collaboration between IHDA, the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR) and Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) provides access to counseling services, legal advice, mortgage payment assistance programs, foreclosure prevention events and tips on how to avoid mortgage fraud. Network resources are available at, and via a free hotline 1-855-KEEP-411 (1-855-533-7411) from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. weekdays and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays.


·         The Illinois Building Blocks Pilot Program, a joint program of the state and Cook County launched in February, is rehabilitating vacant properties and increasing affordable housing in the communities of Berwyn, Chicago Heights, Maywood, Park Forest, Riverdale and South Holland. The $55 million pilot phase of the program targets the six communities to stabilize neighborhoods, protect property values, preserve the existing local tax base and increase affordable housing. Foreclosures have devastated both families and communities. Studies have shown a foreclosed property can decrease property values located in the same block by as much as $10,000.


“Governor Quinn has long worked as a strong advocate for affordable housing, and his administration has supported important legislation and housing initiatives,” IHDA Executive Director Mary R. Kenney said. “The Illinois Governor’s Conference on Affordable Housing provides an opportunity for our state’s housing partners to share best practices and forge new partnerships to continue positioning Illinois as a national leader.”


About IHDA

The Illinois Housing Development Authority ( is an independent, self-supporting bonding authority that finances the creation and preservation of affordable housing throughout Illinois. Since 1967, IHDA has allocated more than $11.1 billion to finance more than 221,000 affordable housing units for the residents of Illinois.


Passing of William R. Armstrong, Rock Island County Board Member PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Shelly Chapman   
Tuesday, 17 April 2012 14:58
April 12, 2012

(Rock Island) It is with a heavy heart that we announce that William R. Armstrong, County Board Member District 8 from Moline passed away this morning. Mr. Armstrong was the most senior member of the Rock Island County Board, serving 34 years.

Beginning his tenure on the Board in December, 1978; Mr. Armstrong had the privilege of serving on every committee of the Board as well as serving as Chairperson of many of them. His personal favorite was always the Nursing Home Committee where his desire to provide all citizens of Rock Island County with compassionate affordable care blossomed.

During the period of time when the County had the County Executive form of government, he was the Ways & Means Chairperson. He became the County Board Chairman in May, 1998 and served until November, 2002.

Mr. Armstrong effortlessly treated everyone fairly and respectfully. His knowledge of constitutional facts, procedures and policies made him a desired member of committees and boards. He actively participated in the process and served our community well.

Our sincere sympathies are extended to Mr. Armstrong’s wife, Dorothy and family. Further arrangements are pending.


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