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Proposed Amendments to the Rules of Juvenile Procedure PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 02 December 2011 09:12
Chief Justice Cady has signed an order seeking public comment on proposed amendments to chapter 8 of the rules of juvenile procedure.

Governor Quinn Encourages Food Donations PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Nafia Khan   
Tuesday, 22 November 2011 16:30

Joins Volunteers at Greater Chicago Food Depository

CHICAGO – November 22, 2011. Governor Pat Quinn today joined volunteers with the Greater Chicago Food Depository to encourage support of food pantries across Illinois this holiday season. According to Feeding Illinois, the state’s eight food banks serve approximately 1.4 million individuals per year with 42 percent being children.

The holiday season is a time to be thankful for what we have and to give back to our less fortunate neighbors,” Governor Quinn said. “I encourage people as they shop for their holiday meals to include a few items to donate to the members of our communities who are in need.”

The Greater Chicago Food Depository is a nonprofit food distribution center that provides food to more than 142,000 people each week through a network of 650 soup kitchens, food pantries and shelters. For more information about current needs and other ways to assist in the Chicago area, visit

Citizens throughout the state can help their local food banks by visiting where they can find information about hunger in their communities, including a county by county breakdown of agencies served by regional food banks.

Earlier this year, Governor Quinn appointed 22 people to the Illinois Commission to End Hunger which will explore how Illinois’ facilities may better coordinate and gain access to federal funding to meet those needs. It will indentify barriers to access and develop sustainable policies and programs to overcome those barriers. The commission will also promote and facilitate public-private partnerships to augment services.


Active Army Casualty from Illinois PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 22 November 2011 11:23

SPRINGFIELD, IL (11/20/2011)(readMedia)-- The Department of Defense announced today the death of an active duty Soldier from Moline Ill., who was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.

Pfc. Adam E. Dobereiner, 21, died Nov. 18 in Kandahar province, Afghanistan of wounds suffered when insurgents attacked his unit with an improvised explosive device. Dobereiner was assigned to the 8th Engineer Battalion, 36th Engineer Brigade based at Fort Hood, Texas.

The Illinois National Guard is supporting the active component as well as providing military support to the Dobereiner family. 

The Dobereiner family will not address the media and will not be granting media access to the services to follow.

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Written by Denise Zimmer   
Tuesday, 22 November 2011 09:42
There are very few things that make an immediate and positive impact on a child’s life. Having a warm winter coat not only keeps the child warm, but helps keep the child healthy, in school, and allows the child to play outside with other students. Warm winter coats support the physical, social and emotional needs of students. Last year, the Dr. David E. Lane Coats for Kids Program gave that gift to more than 3,300 children who would have had no protection from our cold Midwest winters. Along with coats, we provided 2,539 hats, 2,083 pairs of gloves, 144 scarves and 80 pairs of snow pants. The program was utilized by 99 area schools and 20 community agencies.

The Coats for Kids Program and Advisory Board includes volunteers from participating schools, businesses and the Mississippi Bend Area Education Agency (AEA).  Coats are collected, cleaned, sized and then packaged for distribution at individual schools.  The program serves schools in Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois.

Donations of winter coats (new or used) may be taken to any Burke Cleaners location in the Quad Cities. All sizes, infant through adult, are accepted. Cash donations may now be made on our website at or mailed to the Coats for Kids Program, in care of the Mississippi Bend AEA, 729 - 21st Street, Bettendorf, Iowa  52722. Coats for Kids is a 503.1 non-profit organization serving schools in Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois. Donations are tax deductible.

For more information about Coats for Kids and how you can help please contact Denise Zimmer, Facilitator of Operations, at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 563-344-6320.


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Cain Requests That Justice Elena Kagan Recuse Herself from the Supreme Court’s Obamacare Hearing PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 21 November 2011 16:36
Republican presidential candidate and businessman Herman Cain today requested that Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan recuse herself from the upcoming Supreme Court hearing on Obamacare.

As a political appointee in President Obama’s Justice Department, Justice Kagan strongly advocated for the government takeover of health care and during the bill’s debate, then- Solicitor General Kagan actively supported a government-run system and sent a jubilant email to then-Justice Department colleague Laurence Tribe saying: ““I hear they have the votes, Larry!! Simply amazing.”

“I request that Justice Kagan recuse herself immediately from hearing the Obamacare case,” Cain said. “Members of the highest court in the land should be impartial, strictly follow the Constitution and should not carry water for former employers in the White House.”

According to 28 USC 455, Supreme Court justices must recuse from “any proceeding in which his impartiality might reasonably be questioned” and if they have at any time “expressed an opinion concerning the merits of the particular case in controversy” while he or she “served in governmental employment.”

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