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Written by Rep. Mike Smiddy   
Tuesday, 23 April 2013 09:03
SPRINGFIELD, IL – State Rep. Mike Smiddy’s (D-Hillsdale) proposal to prevent scam artists from escaping prosecution passed the House last week.

“Residents should not have to worry about fraud when they make investment decisions,” said Smiddy. “The unfortunate reality is that there are scam artists and people looking to take advantage of someone’s trust. When that happens, investors should have every tool at their disposal to seek justice and retribution from the scammer.”

House Bill 2969 will help investors who do not realize they have been scammed until after the 5 year statute of limitations in current law expires by extending a two-year statute of limitations to begin at the time the investor discovers the scam.

This extension ensures that individuals making long term investments that may take longer to materialize, such as stocks or bonds, are able to pursue legal action if they become aware of the fraud more than 5 years after the investment takes place.

“This bill protects residents and the seniors who invest their savings with the hopes of one day being able to comfortably retire and provide for their families from falling victim to phony scams,” Smiddy said. “Whether investment fraud was committed by a high-profile ‘investor’ who swindled celebrities and the rich or a small-time schemer, seniors deserve strong protections over their lifelong earnings.”

For more information, contact Smiddy’s constituent services office at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , (309) 848-9098, or toll-free at (855) 243-4988.


Loebsack to Speak at Quad City Habitat for Humanity 20th Anniversary Celebration PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Richard Martin   
Monday, 22 April 2013 15:11

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Dave Loebsack announced that he will speak at a house dedication and ceremony to honor the 20th anniversary of the Quad City Habitat for Humanity in Davenport, TOMORROW, April 20th.  Loebsack will join Habitat leaders and local officials at a house dedication and then at a ceremony.


Quad City Habitat for Humanity 20th Anniversary Celebration


House dedication

1229 West 8th Street




20th Anniversary Ceremony

Zion Lutheran Church

1216 West 8th Street


Around 10:45am (immediately following the dedication)



Iowa Supreme Court Opinions April 19, 2013 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Iowa Judical Branch   
Monday, 22 April 2013 15:03
Notice: The opinions posted on this site are slip opinions only. Under the Rules of Appellate Procedure a party has a limited number of days to request a rehearing after the filing of an opinion. Also, all slip opinions are subject to modification or correction by the court. Therefore, opinions on this site are not to be considered the final decisions of the court. The official published opinions of the Iowa Supreme Court are those published in the North Western Reporter published by West Group.

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No. 10–0214


No. 12–0036


Gov. Branstad to make tax returns available tomorrow at 1:30 p.m. PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Tim Albrecht   
Friday, 19 April 2013 15:03

(DES MOINES) – Gov. Branstad will make his tax returns available to members of the media tomorrow afternoon at 1:30 p.m. The governor’s chief of staff, Jeff Boeyink, and the governor’s accountant, Jamie Ward, will conduct the briefing.


Gov. Branstad is committed to openness and transparency, and makes his tax returns available annually.


Details are as follows:


Friday, April 19, 2013


1:30 p.m. Jeff Boeyink and Jamie Ward hold media briefing on Gov. Branstad’s tax returns

Simon applauds Senate committee for passage of taxpayer receipt bill PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Kara Beach   
Friday, 19 April 2013 14:03

SPRINGFIELD – April 18, 2013. Lt. Governor Sheila Simon issued the following statement after the Senate Revenue Committee’s unanimous passage of Senate Bill 337, which will increase transparency in government spending. Lt. Governor Simon recently announced plans for the income tax receipt, in order to illustrate where taxpayer money goes and how it fits into the state’s multi-billion dollar budget.

“When you pay your credit card bill, you receive a statement detailing how your money was spent over the course of the month. Taxpayers should be able to see how their money is spent on state programs and services, such as education, pensions and prisons,” Simon said. “I would like to thank Sen. Toi Hutchinson (D-Chicago Heights) for her leadership and the Senate’s Revenue Committee for passing this legislation, and I am committed to giving taxpayers the tools they need to learn more about government spending.”

Simon’s office is working with the Department of Revenue and the Governor’s Office of Management and Budget (GOMB) to design an income tax receipt, which will be introduced before the start of the next tax filing season in January and made available annually. The taxpayer receipt will be produced for the roughly 500,000 residents who file online for free, and those who file by other means will be able to access a webpage. This transparency initiative comes at no cost to the taxpayer.

Click here to view a sample receipt for a taxpayer who pays $1,000 in income taxes to the state.


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