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LeClaire Chamber of Commerce News November 30th PDF Print E-mail
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Written by LeClaire Chamber of Commerce   
Friday, 30 November 2012 15:47
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ANNOUNCEMENTS - Friday 11/30/2012
CALENDAR
Through November 30th – LeClaire Community Library Silent Auction benefiting the Library (3rd and Wisconsin ) Stop by and place a bid on many great items! All proceeds support the library. http://www.leclairelibrary.org/
Now through December 22 – The Sweet Life Will be Open on Fridays & Saturdays from 11-4 until Christmas offering all kinds of treats such as cupcakes, cake pops, brownies and cookies as well as sweet gifts for the holidays!
Now through January 6th – Enright’s LeClaire Super Car Wash – “Holiday Token Sale ”7 tokens for $20 – each token has a value of $6.00. Tokens Make Great Gifts! Stock up for Winter!
December 7th - Blackhawk Bank & Trust - Please join us from 3:30 to 5:30 pm. as we celebrate the remodel of our LeClaire branch at 323 South 2nd Street . Our festivities will feature a smorgasbord of appetizers from local restaurants, give-aways & door prizes and a formal ribbon cutting to be held at 4:30 pm. All are welcome to join our celebration!
December 7th and 8th - First Friday and First Saturday in LeClaire - The Mississippi River Distilling Company will be celebrating First Friday AND First Saturday featuring their Spirited Chef Stephanie’s great food items, free signature cocktails, and for the first 100+ bottles sold on Friday, receive a festive Holiday pint glass!  For First Friday, Wide River Winery will have Appetizers and Samples of their Holiday Wine, "Merry Berry"! Other restaurants and shops open both nights!
December 7th-8th-9th – CHRISTMAS IN LECLAIRE - 2012!
All Weekend - Local Stores Open with Great Shopping Opportunities!
*Primitive Cottage - All during Christmas in LeClaire weekend, we will have a box for collection of non-perishable food items to be donated to the Food Pantry at Princeton Presbyterian Church for those who would like to give!
*Razzleberries - Free sequin flower ring with any $25 purchase!
Friday, 10:00 A.M. - 8:00 P.M.
*LeClaire Civic Center - Free Carriage and Wagon Rides, Cookie Tin Sales, Live Nativity, Bazaar, Baked Goods, Crafts and Silent Auction
*Reusable Usables - Repurposed Craft Fair
*4-8 p.m. – Calvary Chapel 4-Square – Free Ornament Decorating
Saturday, 10:00 A. M. - 8:00 P.M.
*8:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. Breakfast with Santa – Happy Joe’s
*10a.m.-noon- Expressions in Thread – Make Sock Snowmen - $3 lessons
*Noon-2 p.m. – Posh Home – String Duet
*Noon – 3 p.m. Santa's Playhouse – Schwenke Building
*Noon – 4 p.m. Wide River Winery’s WINTER WONDERLAND
*LeClaire Civic Center - Free Carriage and Wagon Rides, Cookie Tin Sales, Bake Sale , Crafts and Silent Auction
*Strolling Santas
*Grasshoppers – Castle Ridge Wine Tasting Sat. afternoon - Christmas Music
*Reusable Usables - Repurposed Craft Fair
*Aunt Hattie’s Fanciful Emporium – Live Music, Holiday Treats
* Calvary Chapel 4-Square – Free Ornament Decorating
Sunday, 10:00 A.M. - 4:00 P.M.
* LeClaire Civic Center - Free Carriage and Wagon Rides, Craft and Silent Auction (Bidding closes at 2p.m.)
*Strolling Santas
*Noon-2 p.m. – Posh Home – String Duet
*Reusable Usables - Repurposed Craft Fair
*Noon – 4 p.m. Wide River Winery’s WINTER WONDERLAND
December 8th Fundraiser - Star Gifts for Kids Trivia Night 6:30 p.m. LeClaire Fire Station, 201 N. 15th St. To book your teams, contact Barry Long via email at: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call 563-949-6969.

December 8th - "Stampin’ Up” Class - LeClaire Library-10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the community room. There is a 10 person limit to the class and patrons must sign up at circulation desk. Persons signing up for class also must bring double sided sticky tape and a pair of scissors with them on day of event.
December 13th - Vegan & Vegetarian Night at the Crane & Pelican Cafe www.craneandpelican.com
December 15th: Holiday Party with Games and MusicThe LeClaire RecCenter, 429 N. 3rd Street (Corner of 3rd Street and Ferry) 5:30-8:00 P.M.
$2.00 per person. 3 years old and under free. Games and crafts will last until 6:15, then there will be an open gym. Chili and veggie soup, $1.50 per bowl. Other concessions also available.
December 18th - Who says you can’t have a free lunch? The First Presbyterian Church in LeClaire offers free lunch to anyone in LeClaire once a month. Anyone, any age, regardless of need is invited. 11:30-12:30 at the LeClaire Civic Center
December 18th - Crane & Pelican Café - Dinner Featuring the Music of "Quartrio" Beginning at 5:00 p.m. Quartrio is a String Quartet and will perform background music throughout dinner plus a formal concert after the 4 course meal. Details and reservations: www.craneandpelican.com
SAVE THE DATE
January 26th - Chamber of Commerce Annual Dinner – Steventon’s
FYI
The LeClaire Office of Tourism Board is accepting resumes’ for the Office of Tourism Manager’s position until December 14, 2012. The position is a contracted position. Responsibilities include but are not limited to training and staffing at the LeClaire Information Center , communicating tourism information, promoting LeClaire tourism and sales of advertising opportunities. Applicants should have good public relations skills, as well as organizational and media skills. Tourism background is helpful but not required. The contract is available for viewing on the City of LeClaire website at www.leclaireiowa.gov. For more information or to submit a resume’ please contact Ryan Burchett, Chairman-LeClaire Office of Tourism Board of Directors at (563) 271-0608.
Reusable Usables - Planet Green After School Program
Option #1 TUESDAYS AND THURSDAYS 4:00-5:30 PM $36 per student
Option #2: TUESDAYS OR THURSDAYS 4:00-5:30 PM $25 per student
Option #3:  Planet Green Kits to GO! You can now purchase Planet Green Kits for $5.
Must preregister and prepay by 11/30 for December classes.    This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 563-289-3946
The River Cities’ Reader Annual Best of the QC Survey Vote online at http://www.rcreader.com/best-of-qc/survey.php?sid=72 now to February 1, 2013. There are fifty questions, but you only have to answer 15 or more to make your ballot count.  Results will be published in the Spring of 2013. Pass this link along and vote for your favorite area eating and drinking establishments!
SERVING THE COMMUNITY AND BEYOND
Meals for Seniors at the First Presbyterian Church, LeClaire every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 12 noon. Good food and a time to visit with others. Please call 563-289-3646 and make a reservation 2 days in advance.
Trivia Nights in LeClaire at the LeClaire Civic Center
2013 Trivia Nights:
January 12th - LeClaire Community Library
February 9th Coe Noack Memorial Scholarship
April 6th - LeClaire Little League
April 27th - Civic Club
May 18th - American Legion
June 8th - Buffalo Bill Museum
LeClaire Trivia Nights have raised over $95,000 for local non-profit organizations! Thank you for your continued support!
LeClaire Park Board Special Events Calendar (clip and save)
Spring 2013 - Spring Fling Easter Egg Hunt ( Hollyhock Park )
Spring 2013 – Cinco de Mayo
Spring 2013 - LeClaire Plant Exchange (downtown)
Spring 2013 – Spring/French Market Days
Summer 2013 - City-Wide Water Explosion ( Hollyhock Park )
Summer 2013 - Bike Parade & Decorating
Summer 2013 – Tug Fest
www.LeClaireChamber.com and visit the Chamber on FaceBook!

 
Iowa Supreme Court Opinions November 30, 2012 PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 30 November 2012 15:35
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IOWA SUPREME COURT ATTORNEY DISCIPLINARY BOARD vs. JEFFREY S. RASMUSSEN

No. 12–0811

STATE OF IOWA vs. ALLEN ROBERT ALLENSWORTH

 
Adam Gregg named legislative liaison for office of Governor Branstad and Lieutenant Governor Reynolds PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Tim Albrecht   
Thursday, 29 November 2012 15:29

(DES MOINES) – Gov. Terry Branstad and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds today announced that Adam Gregg will serve as the administration’s new legislative liaison. Gregg will begin his duties on Monday, December 10. Gregg replaces Todd Schulz, who served in the position two years prior to accepting a new opportunity in the private sector.

 

“Adam Gregg is a talented young professional, and his extensive knowledge of the legislative process will serve Iowa’s taxpayers well as we promote sound fiscal policies and economic development initiatives to benefit all Iowans,” said Branstad. “This position is important, because an individual needs to work well with both parties, and Adam will be a good consensus builder. I have always sought the most talented person for each position, and Adam will be a great addition to our team.”

 

Gregg graduated in 2009 with high honors from Drake University Law School, where he received the institution’s most prestigious honor, the Opperman Scholarship. While there, he earned the faculty’s William and Ellen Cooney Hoye Award, given to the student who demonstrates the greatest promise as an advocate, public servant and practitioner.

 

While in school, Gregg conducted legal research in his capacity as an Iowa Supreme Court scholar with Justice Mark Cady, was a staff member for the Drake Law Review, and presided over both the Drake Law Federalist Society and Drake Law Republicans.

 

Gregg earned his B.A. from Central College in 2006, graduating first in his class as Summa Cum Laude in Political Science and History.

 

Gregg’s experience includes internships with the U.S. Dept. of Defense, U.S. Congress and United Kingdom Parliament. Most recently he served in the private sector as an attorney and multi-client lobbyist.

 

“Adam Gregg is a true talent, and his experience will be invaluable as we promote our educational and economic initiatives at the Statehouse,” said Reynolds.

 

Branstad and Reynolds thanked Schulz for his work on behalf of the administration, and they wish him well in his new position working in government affairs for an energy transmission company.

 

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Lt. Gov. Simon, Sen. Kotowski announce ethics reform PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Kara Beach   
Thursday, 29 November 2012 10:14

New disclosure forms to close loopholes, expose conflicts of interest

SPRINGFIELD – November 29, 2012. Lt. Governor Sheila Simon joined State Sen. Dan Kotowski (D-Park Ridge) today to introduce ethics reform legislation that will overhaul the much-maligned financial disclosure forms filed by tens of thousands of public servants each year.

The bill proposes a new disclosure form – known as a Statement of Economic Interests – that would require filers to list outside sources of income, lobbyist relationships and loans made or accepted on terms not available to the general public, for the first time. It also closes loopholes that allowed filers to answer “not applicable” to almost all of the questions on the current version of the form introduced 40 years ago.

Simon said the goal of the new form is to help Illinois residents determine if elected officials, high-ranking employees and candidates hold any conflicts of interest. The new form will also be easier for filers to complete thanks to the plain-language questions, definitions of terms and obvious connections to information found on tax returns and investment statements.

“At over 40-years-old, it’s time our financial disclosure forms get a facelift,” Simon said. “This legislation is about making our Statement of Economic Interests more understandable for the people who fill them out, and making them more transparent for those who want to get information from them.”

State Sen. Dan Kotowski will introduce the bill in the Senate today after working with Lt. Governor Simon’s office, the Illinois Campaign for Political Reform and the Better Government Association to redesign the form over the past year.

Residents want more transparency and accountability in Springfield, Kotowski and Simon said, citing a recent Southern Illinois University poll in which 65 percent of respondents said they were “not very” or “not at all satisfied” with the information available on elected officials’ finances.

“With this important change, taxpayers can easily search information regarding potential conflicts of interest, and hold public officials and candidates accountable,” Kotowski said. “This reform adds needed transparency in my effort to end politics as usual in Springfield.”

Cook County Clerk David Orr, whose office created an online Statement of Economic Interests database to improve transparency, applauded Lt. Governor Simon for spearheading the effort to overhaul the inadequate disclosure forms. Analysis of the 22,000 local government respondents that filed with his office in 2012 showed that 87 percent answered “not applicable” or “N/A” to every question on the disclosure form.

“For 40 years, these forms have revealed too little about elected officials' and public employees' financial profiles,” Orr said. “I am so pleased to find a champion in Sheila Simon, whose commitment to expanding disclosure will help draw back the curtain on hidden conflicts of interest.”

The Illinois Constitution and Illinois Governmental Ethics Act require elected officials, high-ranking government employees, and political candidates to complete a Statement of Economic Interests each May. State government workers file with the Secretary of State, while workers for local units of government file with their county clerk. The forms are supposed to expose existing or potential conflicts of interest, but the documents use such vague and cumbersome language that the Illinois Campaign for Political Reform has called them “woefully inadequate” and “a waste of paper.”

“Delegates writing the 1970 Constitution mandated the Statement of Economic Interest because the public has a right to know about public officials' conflicts of interest. It's high time the form caught up to modern economic practices,” said David Morrison, Deputy Director of the ICPR.

Simon and Kotowski said they will work together to pass the legislation by January.

 
Lt. Governor Simon supports licenses for all eligible Illinois drivers PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Kara Beach   
Thursday, 29 November 2012 10:04

SPRINGFIELD – November 28, 2012. Lt. Governor Sheila Simon today issued the following statement regarding legislation to allow every qualified Illinois resident to obtain a driver’s license. Simon urged the legislature to take action on this item during veto session.

“This bill is a proactive step to help guarantee the safety and well-being of all Illinois residents. Our goal is to train, license and insure every eligible Illinois driver, regardless of legal status, to make our roads safer for all travelers. I am pleased to support this progressive bill and call on legislators to vote in favor of this public safety measure,” Simon said.

Simon joined the bipartisan coalition supporting Senate Bill 957/House Bill 6228 based on her experience as a Jackson County prosecutor who witnessed the damaging financial impacts of uninsured, unlicensed drivers on Illinois roadways. New licenses are also projected to generate much needed new revenue for the state, she said.

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