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Governor Quinn Takes Bill Action on Friday, December 16, 2011 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Nafia Khan   
Tuesday, 20 December 2011 15:58

CHICAGO – December 16, 2011. Governor Pat Quinn today took action on the following bills:

 

Bill No.: HB 384

An Act Concerning: State Government

Authorizes the comptroller to enter into intergovernmental agreements with local units of

government that allow the state to withhold payment from individuals for amounts that are owed to local governments.

Action: Signed                        

Effective Date:  Immediately

 

Bill No.: HB 507

An Act Concerning: Revenue

Requires the towns of Dixon and Lansing to complete their redevelopment projects by the end of 2022 and 2023, respectively.

Action: Signed                        

Effective Date: Immediately

 

Bill No.: SB 50

An Act Concerning: Liquor

Allows for specified locations in the city of Chicago to apply for permits allowing the sale of alcoholic beverages.

Action: Signed

Effective Date: Immediately

 

Bill No.: SB 165

An Act Concerning: Local Government

Extends the city of Moline’s TIF district time, from Dec. 31, 2021, to Dec. 31, 2033, in order to complete the city’s redevelopment project.

Action: Signed

Effective Date: Immediately

 

Bill No.: SB 397

An Act Concerning: Revenue

Restructures Illinois’ tax code for exchanges like the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, continues investments in Sears Holdings Corporation, and extends the Research and Development tax credit to spur business innovation.

Action: Signed

Effective Date: Immediately

 

Bill No.: SB 1335

An Act Concerning: Revenue

Allows for the deadline for an application for judgment and order of sales within Cook County to remain July 1 until 2014.

Action: Signed

Effective Date: Immediately

 

Bill No.: SB 2502

An Act Concerning: Public Aid

Limits a rate increase from July 2000 for mammography Medicaid providers to those participating in a quality improvement program approved by HFS, on or after Jan. 1. Deletes a bonus payment provision for providers meeting the quality standards for screening and diagnosis established by an expert panel.

Action: Signed

Effective Date: Jan. 1

 

 

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Braley Announces $2.8 Million to Help Rebuild Iowa Power Lines, Alleviate Floods PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jeff Giertz   
Monday, 19 December 2011 16:20

Grants will help aid recovery from Iowa disasters

 

Washington, DC – Rep. Bruce Braley (IA-01) today announced that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has awarded a round of grants worth $2.8 million to help repair power lines damaged by flooding and prevent future flood threats.

The FEMA grants will help strengthen power lines that sustained damage in 2008 due to a series of severe storms, tornadoes and heavy rains.  Another grant will be used to help prevent the threat from future floods in Manchester.

“This funding will help improve power lines and diminish the threat from future flooding,” Braley said.  “These grants are an insurance policy against future disasters and an investment in future economic growth across Iowa.”

 

A list of grant beneficiaries follows:

 

FEMA Grant Funding Amount 

Recipient and Project Summary 

$1,828,141 

 

Central Iowa Power Cooperative is proposing to strengthen 17.5 miles of overhead electrical distribution lines.  The proposed activity completion timeframe is a total of 36 months.  On May 26, 2008, a federal disaster was declared due to a series of severe storms, tornadoes, and heavy rains. Public Assistance, Individual Assistance and the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program were authorized under this declaration. 

$1,058,025 

 

City of Manchester Acquisition
This project will acquire and demolish 10 residential properties and 2 commercial flood prone properties. The proposed activity completion timeframe is a total of 36 months. On March 2, 2010, a federal disaster was declared due to severe winter storms. Public Assistance and the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program were authorized under this declaration. 

 

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Braley Statement on Postal Service Announcement Delaying All Post Office Closures until May 2012 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jeff Giertz   
Monday, 19 December 2011 15:14

Washington, DC – Rep. Bruce Braley (IA-01) released the following statement after the US Postal Service announced today that it was delaying the closure of any post offices or mail processing facilities until at least May 18th, 2012:

“Without question, the Postal Service needs to change to survive.  But it shouldn’t build its recovery on the backs of small town Americans by closing thousands of rural post offices.

 

“Delaying the closure of post offices for six months will allow for additional time to review the economic impact these closures have on Iowa towns, especially their impact on jobs.  This is the right move to ensure we’re not pulling the rug out from small towns that depend on their post offices.”

 

The Postal Service news release announcing the delay can be found at the following link: http://bit.ly/sKwPeS

For months, Braley has pressed for answers from the Postal Service on the impact of proposed closures of 178 Iowa post offices on local jobs and local economies.

In October, Braley successfully passed a bipartisan amendment to the Postal Reform Act that would require the Postal Service to report on the number of jobs that would be lost by proposed post office closures.

In July and again in September, Braley wrote Postmaster General Patrick Donohue to request figures on the projected impact of proposed closures of Iowa post offices and mail processing facilities on local jobs.

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Harkin Announces Over $80,000 for Veterans’ Housing PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Sen. Tom Harkin   
Monday, 19 December 2011 15:10
WASHINGTON D.C.-Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) today announced that $81,517.00 has been awarded to the Davenport Housing Commission by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing initiative.  Harkin is a senior member of the Appropriations subcommittee that funds HUD.

“I am pleased that the Davenport Housing Commission has been awarded this very important grant,” said Harkin. “No one who has served our country should be living on its streets.  With the funding awarded today, this program will work to dissolve that problem.”

 
Braley Announces $40.6 Million to Help Rebuild Iowa Power Lines, Mitigate Floods PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jeff Giertz   
Monday, 19 December 2011 15:09

Grants will help recovery from 2008 flooding

 

Washington, DC – Rep. Bruce Braley (IA-01) today announced that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has awarded $40.6 million to help repair power lines damaged throughout Iowa during the 2008 flood.

The FEMA grants will help repair hundreds of miles of power lines that sustained damage in 2008 due to a series of severe storms, tornadoes and heavy rains.

“This funding will help repair and replace power lines that were damaged during the 2008 flood,” Braley said.  “Not only will these grants restore the use of these power lines and improve infrastructure, they’re an investment in future economic growth across Iowa.”

 

A list of grant beneficiaries follows:

 

FEMA Grant Funding Amount 

Recipient and Project Summary 

$3,342,559  

 

Western Iowa Power Cooperative is proposing to retrofit 56.85 miles of electrical distribution lines.  The proposed activity completion timeframe is a total of 36 months.  On March 26, 2008, a federal disaster was declared due to a series of severe storms, tornadoes, and heavy rains. Public Assistance, Individual Assistance and the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program were authorized under this declaration. 

$3,277,605  

 

Heartland Power Cooperative #1 is proposing to retrofit 117 miles of electrical distribution lines.  The proposed activity completion timeframe is a total of 36 months.  On May 26, 2008, a federal disaster was declared due to a series of severe storms, tornadoes, and heavy rains. Public Assistance, Individual Assistance and the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program were authorized under this declaration. 

$2,205,278  

 

Heartland Power Cooperative #2 is proposing to retrofit 88.5 miles of electrical distribution lines.  The proposed activity completion timeframe is a total of 36 months.  On May 26, 2008, a federal disaster was declared due to a series of severe storms, tornadoes, and heavy rains. Public Assistance, Individual Assistance and the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program were authorized under this declaration. 

$8,436,237  

 

East Central Iowa Rural Electric Cooperative is proposing to retrofit 246 miles of electrical distribution lines.  The proposed activity completion timeframe is a total of 36 months. On May 26, 2008, a federal disaster was declared due to a series of severe storms, tornadoes, and heavy rains. Public Assistance, Individual Assistance and the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program were authorized under this declaration. 

$11,061,988 

Maquoketa Valley Electric Cooperative is proposing to retrofit 165.3 miles of overhead electrical distribution lines.  The proposed activity completion timeframe is a total of 36 months.  On May 26, 2008, a federal disaster was declared due to a series of severe storms, tornadoes, and heavy rains. Public Assistance, Individual Assistance and the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program were authorized under this declaration. 

$3,994,407  

 

TIP Rural Electric Cooperative is proposing to retrofit 64.75 miles of electrical distribution lines.  The proposed activity completion timeframe is a total of 36 months.  On May 26, 2008, a federal disaster was declared due to a series of severe storms, tornadoes, and heavy rains. Public Assistance, Individual Assistance and the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program were authorized under this declaration. 

$2,305,845  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Guthrie County Rural Electric Cooperative is proposing to strengthen 49.4 miles of overhead electrical distribution lines.  The proposed activity completion timeframe is a total of 36 months.  On May 26, 2008, a federal disaster was declared due to a series of severe storms, tornadoes, and heavy rains. Public Assistance, Individual Assistance and the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program were authorized under this declaration. 

$5,989,357 

City of Des Moines Acquisition. This project will acquire/demolish 61 residential flood prone properties and adjacent lots. The proposed activity completion timeframe is a total of 36 months. On March 2, 2010, a federal disaster was declared due to severe winter storms. Public Assistance and the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program were authorized under this declaration. 

 

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