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Police Officer Testing PDF Print E-mail
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Written by John Thorson   
Monday, 23 January 2012 08:54
Police Officer testing for the City of Rock Island is open and accepting applications on line. Applicants must have completed a City of Rock Island Police Officer Application by the required deadline to be eligible to take the agility test. Applications must be completed online at www.rigov.org in order to be considered. Applications will be accepted through February 24, 2012 at 5pm. Any questions, please call 309-732-2058.

The physical agility test will be March 3, 2012 at the Pepsico Recreation Center, 1025 – 30th Street, Rock Island, Illinois between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. Registration will begin at 8:00 a.m. A valid driver’s license must be presented the day of the agility test. The written test is scheduled for March 3, 2012 at 1pm - location will be announced upon successfully completing the physical agility test. Applicants must have completed a Police Officer application by required deadline to be eligible to take the agility test. A valid driver’s license must be presented at the agility test and written test.

 
Land Contract Guarantee Program Launched Nationwide PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Elisha Smith   
Thursday, 19 January 2012 08:42

Center for Rural Affairs Offers Farm Bill Help Line to Assist Producers


Lyons, NE - The Farm Service Agency recently announced that the Land Contract Guarantee Program is now available nationwide.
The Land Contract Guarantee Program provides federal loan guarantees to retiring farmers and landowners who self-finance the sale of their land to beginning or socially disadvantaged farmers and ranchers.

“With land values continuing to escalate, beginning farmers and ranchers face ever greater challenges in gaining access to land,” said Traci Bruckner, Assistant Director of Rural Policy at the Center for Rural Affairs. “The program is designed to encourage private land contract sales by providing a degree of protection to the retiring farmer whose retirement savings is often in the land and farm.  This protection may be the incentive some need to take that step and self-finance the sale of their land to a beginning farmer and rancher.”

In order to be eligible for this program, a farmer needs to self-finance the sale of their land, and sell to either a beginning or socially disadvantaged farmer.

The buyer of the farm or ranch must be a beginning or socially disadvantaged farmer or rancher;  not be larger than a family farm (in which most of the management and labor is provided by family members); have an acceptable credit history demonstrated by satisfactory debt repayment; be the owner or operator of the farm or ranch when the contract is complete; and be unable to obtain sufficient credit elsewhere without a guarantee to finance actual needs at reasonable rates or terms.

Under this program, the seller of the farmland has two guarantee options:

  • A “prompt payment” guarantee that covers three amortized annual installments or an amount equaling three amortized annual installments; or
  • A standard asset guarantee that covers an amount equal to 90 percent of the outstanding principle of the loan provided that the seller obtains a servicing agent.

For either option, the loan guarantee stays in effect for 10 years.  The purchase price or appraisal value of the farm or ranch that is the subject of the contract sale cannot be greater than $500,000.  The buyer of the farm and ranch must contribute at least 5 percent as the down payment for the land.

Farmers and ranchers interested in this program should contact their local Farm Service Agency office.

Bruckner also encourages farmers, ranchers and others to call the Center for Rural Affairs' Farm Bill Helpline with questions about the application process as well as other farm and conservation program options that beginning and established farmers and ranchers can access.  Producers can call (402) 687-2100 and ask for the Farm Bill Helpline or send an email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Retiring land owners looking to find the right beginning farmer or rancher to sell or transfer their land to can also register for the Land Link Program.

The Center’s Land Link program matches beginning farmers looking for land with established landowners, increasing opportunities for new farmers while promoting good stewardship. The process includes retirement planning, new farmer financing, farm business, and environmental assessment in order to ease transitions of family operations from the retiring generation to the next generation of farmers and ranchers.

Parties specifically interested in participating in Land Link should call Virginia Wolking with the Center for Rural Affairs at (402) 687-2103 ext. 1017.


 
Governor Quinn Announces Nearly $19 Million in Federal Funding for Local Infrastructure Projects PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Nafia Khan   
Thursday, 19 January 2012 08:31

Community Development Assistance Grants Will Support Needed Improvements in 59 Small, Rural Communities Statewide

SPRINGFIELD – January 18, 2012. Governor Pat Quinn today announced nearly $19 million in federal funding to address the infrastructure needs of 59 small and rural communities throughout Illinois. Awarded through the Community Development Assistance Program (CDAP), the funding will be used to make improvements to water and sewer lines, including replacing water mains, upgrading storm water systems and repairing sewer lines.

“This funding will help make much needed infrastructure improvements in many of our smaller communities that were hit hardest by the economic downturn,” Governor Quinn said. “These infrastructure projects will help revitalize the local economy and create jobs.”

The Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) administers Illinois’ CDAP program, which is known nationally as the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program and provides federal funding for a variety of community-based projects. Communities with populations of 50,000 or less can apply for CDAP grant funding to support a variety of projects.

“Through the state’s CDAP program, we are building up the infrastructure of our smaller and rural communities,” said Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) Director Warren Ribley. “These improvements will help provide safe drinking water and reliable water supply and sanitation systems while creating construction jobs to support the needed infrastructure upgrades and improvements, and will set the stage for future economic development.”

On behalf of Governor Quinn, DCEO Director Warren Ribley visited Herrin yesterday to announce the city’s $350,000 grant that will be used to replace water mains in the community. The nearly $19 million in competitive public infrastructure grants will be distributed to 59 small and rural communities throughout the state.

Illinois' CDAP program supports communities with populations of 50,000 and fewer that are not located within a US Housing and Urban Development (HUD)-designated “entitlement community,” or one of the eight designated "entitlement" urban counties. The complete list of Illinois communities receiving 2011 CDAP-Public Infrastructure funding is attached.

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Statement on Passing of Tom Getz PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jonathan Wallace   
Monday, 16 January 2012 15:41
Rock Island, IL --- “I am deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Tom Getz. Tom was a role model to many, a philanthropist, and a tireless supporter of the QC area. Tom was a driving force behind my own candidacy and youth in local politics. But his impact is much larger than a mere political campaign.

 

"We will have to work hard to fill the void he leaves in our community. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends in this difficult time.” – Jonathan Wallace, candidate for State Representative, 72nd District.

 
Governor Quinn Takes Bill Action PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Nafia Khan   
Friday, 13 January 2012 14:15
**Friday, January 13, 2012**
CHICAGO – January 13, 2012. Governor Pat Quinn today took action on the following bills:
Bill No.: HB 358
An Act Concerning: Government
Exempts regional transit board employees from the revolving door provision. Allows employees of regional transit boards to accept positions with the federal, state or local government and school districts.
Action: Signed
Effective Date: Immediately
Bill No.: HB 442
An Act Concerning: State Government
Allows the Illinois Finance Authority to forgive current financial agreements and consider them as assets to leverage against private capital to help providers and human services to the state of Illinois.
Action: Signed
Effective Date: Immediately
Bill No.: HB 508
An Act Concerning: Revenue
Allows county boards, with the treasurer’s recommendation, to waive interest fees for unpaid taxes
on contaminated property to provide an incentive for redevelopment.
Action: Signed
Effective Date: Immediately
Bill No.: HB 606
An Act Concerning: Education
Allows school consolidation of Leepertown CCSD 175 into the Ladd CUSD, pending approval by Regional Board of Trustees.
Action: Signed
Effective Date: Immediately
Bill No.: HB 909
An Act Concerning: Criminal Law
States that a person convicted of fraudulently obtaining public money reserved for disadvantaged businesses will lose profits attained from the crime and profits will be handed over to the state of Illinois.
Action: Signed
Effective Date: Immediately
Bill No.: HB 1368
An Act Concerning: State Government
Requires the Illinois Power Agency to submit two additional reports regarding renewable energy procurement, both due by April 1 of every year, starting in 2012.
Action: Signed
Effective Date:  Immediately
Bill No.: HB 1589
An Act Concerning: Civil Law
Requires that if a court temporarily modifies a custody or visitation order in matters of divorce during a parent’s deployment, the court will accommodate visitation by telephone, audiovisual or other electronic means.
Action: Signed
Effective Date: June 1
Bill No.: HB 1958
An Act Concerning: Corrections
Prohibits use of restraints on pregnant prisoners or prisoners recovering from post-partum depression at Cook County Jail, unless the prisoner is a flight risk or poses another serious security threat.
Action: Signed
Effective Date:  June 1
Bill No.: HB 3462
An Act Concerning: Insurance
Provides health insurance coverage under the Comprehensive Health Insurance Plan (CHIP) for eligible, uninsured persons under 19 years of age.
Action: Signed
Effective Date: Immediately
Bill No.: HB 3788
An Act Concerning: Health Facilities
Alters the definition of a “long term acute care hospital” to one that that begins operations after January 1, 2009 (instead of 2010), and is designated by Medicare as a long term acute care hospital.
Action: Signed
Effective Date:  Immediately
Bill No.: HB 3840
An Act Concerning: Revenue
Requires the Department of Revenue to accept credit card payments for certain fees if the department is not required to pay a credit card fee for transactions.
Action: Signed
Effective Date:  Immediately
Bill No.: SB 274
An Act Concerning: State Government
Allows more financial flexibility for students attending the Illinois School for the Deaf and the Illinois School for the Visually Impaired to comply with federal law.
Action: Signed
Effective Date:  Immediately
Bill No.: SB 348
An Act Concerning: Finance
Allows the Department of Human Services to be reimbursed for its administrative support to other units of government.
Action: Signed
Effective Date:  June 1
Bill No.: SB 1259
An Act Concerning: Civil Law
Requires a bank to respond within 90 days to a written request from a client for a short sale on a foreclosure.
Action: Signed
Effective Date:  Immediately
Bill No.: SB 1377
An Act Concerning: Health Facilities
Amends the Hospital Services Act and states that long term acute care hospitals (LTACH) are not required to provide hospital emergency services, and shall be classified as not available.
Action: Signed
Effective Date:  Immediately
Bill No.: SB 1538
An Act Concerning: State Government
Clarifies eligibility guidelines for those enrolling into group insurance coverage.
Action: Signed
Effective Date:  Immediately
Bill No.: SB 1609
An Act Concerning: State Government
Changes the date of the Governor’s budget address from February 15, 2012 to February 22, 2012.
Action: Signed
Effective Date:  Immediately
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