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Governor Quinn Announces Volunteer Fire Assistance Program Grants PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Katelyn Tye   
Monday, 03 October 2011 12:41

Federally-Funded Grants will Boost Public Safety Throughout Illinois by Supporting 90 Rural and Small Town Fire Departments

CHICAGO – September 30, 2011. Governor Pat Quinn today announced that 90 Illinois communities will benefit from more than $677,000 in federal grants to rural fire protection districts and fire departments. The Volunteer Fire Assistance grant program is a federally-funded program that provides matching funds to aid fire departments in the purchase of new equipment and training.

“This important program boosts public safety by helping many of Illinois’ rural and small town fire departments upgrade their equipment and training,” Governor Quinn said. “Homeowners and business owners throughout the state will benefit from this assistance to their local firefighters.”

The Volunteer Fire Assistance grant program reimburses 50 percent of the recipients’ costs for providing training and acquiring equipment to assist local firefighters. Grant recipients must make the initial financial outlay for the projects before being reimbursed. The grants announced today are supporting more than $1.3 million in local projects.

The U.S. Forest Service grant program is administered in Illinois by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR), however no state funds are involved.

“Local firefighters will be able to do a better job of protecting property and lives in their communities thanks to the federal funds being used for the new equipment and training these grants support,” IDNR Director Marc Miller said.

A list of the 90 grant recipients is attached.

 

Volunteer Fire Assistance Program Local Agency Grant Awards

 

Volunteer Fire Department Name         Grant Amount    County






Alto Pass FD

$  7,331.50

Union

Amboy FPD

$15,000.00

Lee

Anna FD

$11,500.00

Union

Ashland VFD

$  1,375.75

Cass

Bath FPD

$  4,420.00

Mason

Bismarck Comm. FPD

$  6,000.00

Vermilion

Blackhawk FPD

$  7,105.00

Rock Island

Bourbonnais FPD

$ 2,400.00

Kankakee

Brighton Betsey Ann FPD

$  2,878.00

Macoupin/Jersey

Cerro Gordo

$  2,985.00

Piatte

Chadwick FPD

$  6,876.85

Carroll

Cobden VFC, Inc.

$14,959.50

Union

Crete FD

$  1,500.00

Williamson

Crete Township

$14,850.00

Williamson

Divernon FPD

$  5,647.00

Sangamon

Dixon Rural FPD

$  4,120.00

Lee/Ogle

Dowell FD

$  1,441.00

Jackson

Easton Rural FPD

$  4,750.00

Mason

Fairbury, City of

$10,262.28

Livingston

Fillmore Comm. FPD

$  3,316.00

Montgomery

Fox Lake FPD

$14,770.00

Lake

Freeport Rural FPD

$  5,019.75

Stephenson

French Village FPD

$  7,200.00

St. Clair

Godfrey FPD

$15,000.00

Madison

Grant Park, FPD

$  5,000.00

Kankakee

Greater Wabash FPD

$13,365.00

Wabash

Greenville FPD

$  7,061.50

Bond

Hebron/Alden/Greenwood FPD

$  3,750.00

McHenry

Hull-Kinderhook FPD

$  4,804.00

Pike

Jonesboro FPD

$  7,500.00

Union

Kankakee Twp. FPD

$  4,975.00

Kankakee

Keyesport FPD

$  9,490.00

Bond

Lake County Wildland FTF

$     459.00

Lake

Lake Egypt FPD

$  7,399.00

Williamson

Lena FPD

$10,385.00

Stephenson

Leonore VFD

$15,000.00

LaSalle

Lexington FPD

$ 0,800.00

McLean

Liberty FPD

$12,000.00

Adams

Limestone, FPD

$  4,300.00

Kankakee

Lincoln FPD

$  7,314.00

Coles

Loami, FPD

$  2,901.00

Sangamon

Lostant FPD

$15,000.00

LaSalle

Maeystown

$  2,500.00

Monroe

Magnolia FPD

$  2,000.00

Putnam

Massac FPD

$15,000.00

Massac

McClure/East Cape Girardeau

$  7,982.50

Alexander

Metropolis FD

$  5,765.00

Massac

Mid_Piatt FPD

$  2,325.00

Piatt

Milledgeville FPD

$  2,475.00

Carroll

Morris FPD

$15,000.00

Grundy

Mt. Hope Funks Grove

$  5,012.50

McLean

Mulberry Grove

$  3,960.00

Bond/Fayette

Neoga FPD

$  3,967.50

Cumberland

New Athens

$  7,463.00

St. Clair

Newport

$  3,500.00

Lake

Niota FD

$  6,000.00

Hancock

North Clay FPD

$12,370.00

Clay/Effingham

Northern Piatt FPD

$  8,077.00

Piatt

Oakland FD

$15,000.00

Coles

Odin FPD

$  7,497.50

Marion

Oglesby FD

$  6,600.00

LaSalle

Olmsted FD

$  2,160.00

Pulaski

Olney FPD

$ 5,000.00

Richland

Park Forest FD

$  2,102.00

Cook/Will

Petersburg FPD

$  9,574.50

Menard

Pleasant Plains

$ 5,000.00

Sangamon

QEM

$14,200.00

Jersey

Rapids City FPD

$12,500.00

Rock Island

Roanoke FPD

$     915.00

Woodford

Rural Pope County

$12,608.00

Pope

Salina Township FPD

$  2,565.00

Kankakee

Scales Mound FPD

$  6,347.78

Jo Daviess

Secor FPD

$  4,079.00

Woodford

Sheridan Comm. FPD

$  8,750.00

LaSalle

Sherman FPD

$  1,617.00

Sangamon

South Jacksonville FPD

$15,000.00

Morton

Spring Valley  FD

$  2,402.12

Bureau

St. Libory FPD

$  7,287.50

St. Clair

Standard FPD

$  4,625.00

Putnam/LaSalle

Stockton FPD

$14,408.00

JoDaviess

Timber Hollis, FPD

$  8,115.00

Peoria

Union FPD

$14,824.50

McHenry

Utica FPD

$  6,810.00

LaSalle

Valier FPD

$  7,600.00

Franklin

Valmeyer FPD

$  8,720.00

Monroe

Vergennes FD

$     400.95

Jackson

Ware-Wolf Lake FPD

$  2,850.00

Union

Williamson County FPD

$  6,590.00

Williamson

Williamsville, FPD

$10,464.00

Sangamon

Woodland FPD

$  4,990.00

Iroquois






Grand Total                          $677,211.48

 
Braley Statement on Budget Agreement PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jeff Giertz   
Monday, 03 October 2011 10:34

Bipartisan agreement extends disaster recovery funding for Iowa flood victims

 

Washington, DC – Rep. Bruce Braley (IA-01) today released the following statement after Senate leaders announced a deal on a bill that temporarily funds US government operations, including support for Iowa flood recovery:

 

“The solutions to our nation’s problems won’t be found in partisan bickering.  That’s why I’m encouraged that, for one of the first times this year, politicians in Washington put aside their differences and put our country first.  When people in Congress do something as simple as talk to one another and are willing to work across the aisle, we can find common ground.  We’re facing some big challenges right now, and Congress must rise to the occasion.

 

“This budget agreement will ensure that disaster recovery work in Iowa will continue uninterrupted, and I support its passage as quickly as possible.”

 

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Davenport Parks and Recreation - Ward 4 Meeting Update PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Kenneth Asta   
Monday, 03 October 2011 08:31
Please note that the Davenport Parks and Recreation Ward 4 meeting held on Tuesday, October 4th has been moved to the Putnam Museum and IMAX Theatre (2nd Floor Lecture Hall) located at 1717 W. 12th St.  Meeting time will remain the same time from 6pm-8pm.

 
Braley Calls on Congress to Stay in Town and Complete Work on Flood Funds PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jeff Giertz   
Monday, 03 October 2011 07:48

Monday deadline looming, but Congress skips town before funding FEMA disaster relief 

 

Washington, DC – Rep. Bruce Braley (IA-01) today called on Congress to stay in town to provide desperately-needed funding to FEMA’s Disaster Relief Fund, which includes support for Iowa flood recovery, and finish its work on a spending bill to temporarily fund government operations.   According to news reports, FEMA could run out of funding as early as Monday if no spending bill is passed.

“It disgusts me that Iowa flood recovery has gotten caught in Congress’ latest juvenile partisan game.  Helping people get back on their feet after a disaster is the most basic function of government – it shouldn’t be an issue bogged down in Washington politics.

 

“Rather than going home for the weekend, Congress should stay in town, do its job, and make good on a three year promise to fund Iowa disaster recovery.  Thousands of Iowans haven’t gotten a day off since this year’s flooding ripped their lives apart.  Why should Congress?”

 

Congress hasn’t yet passed a funding bill for the fiscal year that begins on October 1st.  For the past week, House and Senate leaders have argued over bills that would temporarily fund US government operations until November 18th and add money to FEMA’s Disaster Relief Fund to continue paying the cost of disaster recovery from this year’s Iowa floods and other natural disasters.  No bills have passed into law.

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Governor Quinn’s Request for Agricultural Disaster Declaration Approved PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Andrew Mason   
Tuesday, 27 September 2011 11:24

Declaration Will Assist Farmers in 73 Illinois Counties Who Suffered

Crop Losses from Severe Flooding Earlier this Year

SPRINGFIELD – September 22, 2011. Governor Pat Quinn today announced federal disaster assistance is available to help Illinois farmers who suffered crop losses due to flooding this year.

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has granted the Governor’s request to designate 46 Illinois counties as natural disaster areas. The designation qualifies farmers in those counties and 27 contiguous counties for assistance from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), including low-interest emergency loans.

“Grain prices will help offset production losses for farmers who were fortunate enough to get a crop in the ground, but thousands of acres across Illinois were totally destroyed,” Governor Quinn said. “These loans will help farmers who weren’t able to plant this year’s crop by refinancing debt and covering production costs and essential family living expenses.”

The January to June period this year was the fourth-wettest on record. Precipitation totaled 27.2 inches - nearly eight inches more than normal. This includes a record 7.59 inches of rain in April, which delayed spring planting in much of the state and flooded an estimated 500,000 acres.

The 46 counties declared as primary disaster areas are:

Alexander, Brown, Calhoun, Carroll, Cass, Clay, Crawford, Edwards, Effingham, Fayette, Franklin, Gallatin, Greene, Hamilton, Hardin, Henry, Jackson, Jefferson, Jersey, Jo Daviess, Johnson, Knox, Lawrence, Lee, Madison, Marion, McDonough, Mercer, Monroe, Perry, Pope, Pulaski, Randolph, Richland, Rock Island, Saline, Schuyler, Scott, St. Clair, Stephenson, Union, Wabash, Washington, Wayne, White and Williamson.

The 27 contiguous counties approved for disaster assistance include:

Adams, Bond, Bureau, Clark, Clinton, Cumberland, DeKalb, Fulton, Hancock, Henderson, Jasper, LaSalle, Macoupin, Mason, Massac, Menard, Montgomery, Morgan, Ogle, Peoria, Pike, Sangamon, Shelby, Stark, Warren, Whiteside and Winnebago.

Farmers who believe they may qualify for disaster assistance should contact their county Farm Service Agency office. Staff in county Farm Service Agency offices can then verify whether producers are eligible for emergency funds. Applications are considered on a case-by-case basis and take into account the extent of production losses, available security and an applicant’s repayment ability. Farmers have eight months from the date of today’s declaration to apply for assistance.

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