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Written by Linda Martin   
Monday, 19 March 2012 14:44
The Moline Foundation has a grant opportunity through a fund called Karen’s
Summertime FUNd in honor of Karen Getz. Through the Karen’s Summertime FUNd,
The Moline Foundation is offering mini-grants between $300 and $1,000. The object of
this special opportunity is to provide non-profit organizations extra funds to develop
creative, educational, and fun-filled activities for kids during the summer months. Non-
profit organizations are encouraged to apply if they serve the citizens of Moline and the
surrounding region, including the Quad Cities.

Karen’s Summertime FUNd grants are made possible by Tom Getz, the Getz
family and friends and many generous donors to The Moline Foundation. In establishing
Karen’s Summertime FUNd program, the Moline Foundation honors the life of a woman
who gave to so many others. This special program will help us remember the many ways
Karen Getz reached out to children with her sparkling personality and tireless spirit.
All materials necessary to receive funds are due in The Moline Foundation offices
by 4:00 p.m. on Friday, April 13, 2012 or must be postmarked by or on Friday, April 13,
2012. Please call The Moline Foundation at (309) 764-4193 to request a Grant
Any child oriented non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization, including those who have
never received Moline Foundation funding in the past, is welcome to apply.
The Moline Community Foundation offices are located at the Deere-Wiman
House, 817 11th Avenue, Moline.
The Moline Foundation, founded in 1953, is a community foundation which
provides grants to health, human services, education, community development, the arts
and other charitable organizations. The Moline Foundation receives and administers
charitable gifts for the benefit of citizens in Scott County, Iowa and Rock Island, Mercer,
Henry, Warren, Henderson, and McDonough counties in Illinois.

Scott County-wide Burn Ban in Lifted PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ross E. Bergen   
Monday, 19 March 2012 14:33

March 22, 2012

Effective 1:45 pm today the county-wide burn ban has been lifted with the approval of the Scott County Fire Chiefs.

March 14,  2012

At the request of the Scott County Fire Chiefs a county wide burn ban is being requested effective immediately.  Coordination with the State Fire Marshal Office will be finalized Thursday morning on this request.  We expect an official ban to be approved tomorrow.  Due to the extremely dry conditions, the Chiefs are requesting this ban be in effect until measurable rainfall is experienced.


100.40 Marshal may prohibit open burning on request.

1. The state fire marshal, during periods of extremely dry conditions or under other

conditions when the state fire marshal finds open burning constitutes a danger to life

or property, may prohibit open burning in an area of the state at the request of the

chief of a local fire department, a city council or a board of supervisors and when

an investigation supports the need for the prohibition. The state fire marshal shall

implement the prohibition by issuing a proclamation to persons in the affected area.

The chief of a local fire department, the city council or the board of supervisors that

requested the prohibition may rescind the proclamation after notifying the state fire

marshal of the intent to do so, when the chief, city council or board of supervisors

finds that the conditions responsible for the issuance of the proclamation no longer


2. Violation of a prohibition issued under this section is a simple misdemeanor.

3. A proclamation issued by the state fire marshal pursuant to this section shall not

prohibit a supervised, controlled burn for which a permit has been issued by the fire

chief of the fire district where the burn will take place, the use of outdoor fireplaces,

barbecue grills, properly supervised landfills, or the burning of trash in incinerators

or trash burners made of metal, concrete, masonry, or heavy one-inch wire mesh,

with no openings greater than one square inch.

Simon wants state hearing on Starved Rock sand mine PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Kathryn Phillips   
Monday, 19 March 2012 12:25
Asks LaSalle County Board to initiate hearing, promote public input

SPRINGFIELD – March 12, 2012. Lt. Governor Sheila Simon is advocating for more transparency and public input as a proposal to open a sand mine on 300 acres of farm land adjacent to Starved Rock State Park moves ahead.

The Illinois Department of Natural Resources is only required under state law to hold a public hearing on the proposed Mississippi Sand, LLC mine if a hearing is requested by the LaSalle County Board, Simon said. IDNR is not expressly required by law to hold a public hearing at any other party’s request.

Simon sent a letter today to the LaSalle County Board urging it to request IDNR hold a hearing on the project’s reclamation plan. The plan explains how the mine would be used in 40 years, after the sand is exhausted. Mississippi Sand, LLC proposes to fill the mine with water and turn it into a recreational lake.

“Your action in demanding the hearing will show your commitment to an open, public process that serves all citizens of your county,” Simon said in the letter addressed to LaSalle County Chairman Jerry Hicks. “Democracy is not speedy, and it works best when as many people as possible, representing all sides of an issue, can provide input.”

Simon serves as chair of the Illinois River, Mississippi River and Ohio and Wabash Rivers Coordinating Councils, advisory bodies comprised of citizens and government agency officials that work with local communities to raise awareness of watershed issues. The Illinois River Coordinating Council adopted a resolution in February to promote public input into the mine proposal and ensure local, state, and federal agencies consider fully all impacts of the proposed mine.

Starved Rock State Park is located along the south side of the Illinois River, one mile south of Utica. Known for its hiking trails and eagle watching, the park celebrated its centennial anniversary in 2010 and set an attendance record in 2011, attracting nearly 2.2 million visitors.

Mississippi Sand, LLC is seeking a permit for phase one of the project, which would mine sand from 80 acres near the east entrance of the park. The proposed sand mine would create 39 jobs.


Statement from Governor Pat Quinn On FEMA Denial of State Disaster Assistance Request PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Andrew Mason   
Monday, 19 March 2012 12:17
SPRINGFIELD - March 11, 2012. Governor Pat Quinn today issued the following statement regarding FEMA’s denial of the state’s request for federal assistance for people and businesses in Southern Illinois that were impacted by the Feb. 29 tornado.

“I am extremely disappointed that FEMA denied our request for federal assistance that is needed to help people in Harrisburg, Ridgway and the other communities devastated by this deadly tornado. After personally surveying the damage and talking to many residents who lost their homes, I firmly believe federal assistance is crucial to help them begin the recovery process.

“I support Senator Dick Durbin’s efforts to encourage federal officials to reconsider their decision. In the meantime, I have directed Illinois Emergency Management Agency Director Jonathon Monken to continue working with local officials to ensure that we do everything possible to secure critical assistance.”


Iowa Legislative Update PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Peggy Huppert   
Monday, 19 March 2012 12:14

The week started out in an exciting way! We had four advocates speak in favor of a statewide ban on using nicotine or tobacco products on all K-12 school property at a public hearing in the House of Representatives on Monday night. Three of us were the final three speakers of the night and we definitely had an impact on legislators who were present. We anticipate an amendment will be filed to the House Education Reform bill on this next week. Watch for an Action Alert!

The House was supposed to debate the Health & Human Services spending bill yesterday, but didn’t. That bill zeroes out spending for tobacco prevention and cessation programs. For more on this issue, check out my opinion piece that was published in last Saturday’s Des Moines Register here.

More ammunition for our position came this week in the form of a new report from the US Surgeon General Regina Benjamin. Dr. Benjamin said youth tobacco use is a “pediatric epidemic” and a grave threat to public health. Why then is the Iowa House Appropriations Committee proposing eliminating all funding for tobacco prevention and cessation?  To see the press release sent out by the Iowa Tobacco Prevention Alliance yesterday tying the Surgeon General’s report to the situation in Iowa, click here.

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