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Jurisdiction of Thomson prison to federal government passes Senate PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Mary Shaw   
Friday, 01 March 2013 14:58

SPRINGFIELD – Senator Mike Jacobs (D-Moline) is pleased to announce the sale of Thomson Correctional Center is one-step closer to being reality.

“Unfortunately, this process has taken years. However, we are finally to a point where we are handing over control of the facility to the federal government,” Jacobs said. “This process must be approved by the legislature and the governor to be official.  This is the next step in that process.”

Senate Bill 30, which passed the Senate today, allows the state to grant jurisdiction of the prison to the federal government.

The Thomson correctional facility, built in 2001, cost the state $140 million dollars to construct; however, it has never been operational because the state lacked the funds to open the facility. The Justice Department agreed to purchase Thomson in October of 2012 for $165 million. Once operational, the facility should provide over 1,000 jobs in Northwestern Illinois.

Senate Snapshot:

What: SB 30 passed Senate

The Vote: 49-5-0

Lead Senate Sponsor: Senator Mike Jacobs (D-Moline)

Next: Goes to the House of Representatives


Gov. Branstad announces appointments to Iowa’s boards and commissions PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Office of the Governor of Iowa   
Friday, 01 March 2013 14:49

(DES MOINES) – Gov. Branstad today announced appointments to fill Iowa’s boards and commissions.

The following appointees’ term begins on May 1, 2013, unless otherwise noted.


Iowa Banking Division

James Schipper, Superintendent, Osceola


Iowa Board of Parole

Jim Felker, Hiawatha

Shelia Wilson, West Des Moines


Iowa Board of Regents

Robert Cramer, Grimes

Dr. Subhash Sahai, Webster City

Craig Lang, Brooklyn


Iowa Lottery Authority

Terry Rich, Chief Executive Officer, Urbandale


Iowa National Guard

Major General Timothy Orr, Adjutant General, Johnston


Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission

Richard Arnold, Russell


Iowa Utilities Board

Libby Jacobs, West Des Moines

Nick Wagner, Marion


Transportation Commission

Loree Miles, Dallas Center

Tom Rielly, Oskaloosa


Accountancy Examining Board

David Loy, Cedar Falls

Ying Sa, Des Moines

Laura Walker, Newhall


Commission on the Status of African Americans

Rita Davenport, Boone


Commission on Aging

Quentin Hart, Waterloo

G. Willard Jenkins, Waterloo

Neil Wubbena, Osage


Alcoholic Beverages Commission

Jason Wilson, Johnston


Architectural Examining Board

Kolby DeWitt, Sioux City

Emily Forquer, Afton


Commission of Asian and Pacific Islander Affairs

Steve Hou, Des Moines (term begins March 1st)


Athletic Training Board

Shaun McCarthy, Iowa City

Christopher Wiedmann, Des Moines


Iowa Autism Council

Alyson Beytien, Dubuque

James Curry, Des Moines

Steve Johnson, West Des Moines

Matthew O’Brien, Davenport


Board of Barbering

Charles Wubbena, Waterloo


Board of Behavioral Science

Erik Oostenink, Des Moines

Jill Struyk, Des Moines

Sarah Thomas, Nevada


Commission for the Blind

Joseph Van Lent, Des Moines


Iowa Boiler and Pressure Vessel Board

Robert Brecke, Cedar Rapids

Timothy Fehr, Iowa City

Amy Iles, Hastings


Iowa Capital Investment Board

Natalie Lischer, Des Moines


Child Advocacy Board

Elaine Sanders, Sioux City

Wayne Schellhammer, Urbandale

Jeanne Sorenson, Lake View

Shannon Unternahrer, Washington


Board of Chiropractic

Jason Wall, Dyersville


Iowa State Civil Rights Commission

Tom Conley, Urbandale

Lawrence Cunningham, Urbandale

Lily Lijun Hou, Urbandale

Douglas Oelschlaeger, Cedar Rapids


Commission of Community Action Agencies

John Johnson, Marshalltown

Brian Lauterbach, Alden

Robyn Ormsby, Ankeny


Board of Corrections

Richard LaMere Jr., Anamosa

Rebecca Williams, Cedar Rapids


Cosmetology Arts and Sciences Board

Richard Sheriff, Des Moines


County Finance Committee

Janine Sulzner, Anamosa

Patricia Wright, Mason City


Credit Union Review Board

Jeffrey Hayes, Cherokee

Tahira Hira, Ames

Scott Zahnle, Ames


Commission of Deaf Services

Mark Hersch, Dallas Center

Robert Vizzini, Cedar Rapids


Board of Dentistry

Steven Bradley, Cascade

Thomas Jeneary, LeMars

Kaaren Vargas, North Liberty


Board of Dietetics

Janet Johnson, Cedar Rapids


Drug Policy Advisory Council

Jennifer Miller, Marshalltown

Early Childhood Iowa State Board

David Arens, Windsor Heights (term begins March 1st)

Alice Atkinson, Iowa City

Richard Clewell, Davenport

Tracy Erlandson, Onawa


Economic Development Authority

Theodore Crosbie, Earlham

Larry Den Herder, Sioux Center

Delia Meier, Eldridge


Board of Educational Examiners

Dan Dutcher, Waukee (term begins March 1st)

Ann Lebo, Grundy Center

Mary Overholtzer, Tingley

Andrew Pattee, Charles City

Jay Prescott, Urbandale

Anne Sullivan, Cedar Falls

Richard Wortmann, Bloomfield


Electrical Examining Board

Kyle Barnhart, Atalissa

Theodore Meiners, Cedar Rapids

Kathryn Kunert, Des Moines

Lisa Petersen, Oto


Elevator Safety Board

Siobhan Harman, Des Moines

Kristine Kesterson, Williamsburg

Wayne Sims, Des Moines


Iowa Emergency Response Commission

Christopher Enyeart, DeWitt


Engineering and Land Surveying Examining Board

Bryan Myers, West Des Moines

Howard Stewart, Marshalltown


Environmental Protection Commission

Cynthia Greiman, Garner

Alan Koch, Johnston

Robert Sinclair, Williamsburg

Joanne Stockdale, Okoboji

Eugene Ver Steeg, Inwood


Iowa Finance Authority

Jeffrey Heil, Haverhill

Joan Johnson, West Des Moines

Shaner Magalhaes, Coralville


Flood Mitigation Board

Lorraine Glover, Waterloo

Arnold Honkamp, Dubuque

Amy Kaleita, Ames

John Torbert, West Des Moines


Iowa Grain Indemnity Fund Board

Duane Madoerin, Webster City

Curtis Sindergard, Rolfe


Iowa Great Places Advisory Board

Barbara Determann, Early

Greg Fisher, West Des Moines

Emily Meyer, Cedar Rapids

Linda Washburn, Hastings


Health Facilities Council

Roberta Chambers, Corydon

Connie Schmett, Clive


Healthy and Well Kids in Iowa (HAWK-I) Board

Ruth Evans, Muscatine

Bob Skow, Dallas Center


Board of Hearing Aid Dispensers

Jaime Secory, Urbandale

Jerry Smith, Boone


Higher Education Loan Authority

Edward Rogalski, Davenport (term begins March 1st)


Council on Human Services

Arnold Honkamp, Dubuque

Guy Richardson, Jefferson (term begins March 1st)

Kim Spading, Coralville


Interior Design Examining Board

Kevin Clark, Des Moines

Julie Ann Quebe, Cedar Rapids


Investment Board of the IPERS

Wayne Walter, Decorah

Dennis Young, Waukee


Commission on Judicial Qualifications

Sandra Blodgett, Clear Lake


Landscape Architectural Examining Board

Erica Andersen, West Des Moines

Christopher Seeger, Boone


Law Enforcement Academy Council

Brian Gardner, Cedar Rapids

Randy Krukow, Spencer

Melinda Ruopp, Marshalltown

Megan Weiss, Des Moines


Massage Therapy Board

Christina Michael, Earlham

Rhonda Reif, Burlington


Board of Medicine

Dr. Robert Bender, Clive

Dr. Julie Carmody, Clive

Ann Gales, Bode

Dr. Allison Schoenfelder, Akron


Mental Health and Disability Services Commission

Richard Crouch, Malvern

Betty King, Cedar Rapids

Sharon Lambert, Buffalo

Gary Lippe, Dubuque

Brett McLain, Ames

Rebecca Peterson, Clive

Marilyn Seemann, Woodward


Mental Health Risk Pool Board

Eugene Meiners, Templeton

Marjorie Pitts, Spencer


Board of Mortuary Science

Kimberly Doehrmann, Williamsburg

Barbara Teahen, Cedar Rapids


Commission of Native American Affairs

D. Suzanne Buffalo, Tama

Joe Coulter, Iowa City

Larry Lasley, Tama

Karen Mackey, Sioux City

Kelly Montijo Fink, Hiawatha (term begins March 1st)

Dirk Whitebreast, Tama


Natural Resources Commission

Marcus Branstad, West Des Moines

Phyllis Reimer, Crescent


Board of Nursing Home Administrators

Karol Dammann, Manning

Patricia Hoffman-Simanek, Cedar Rapids (term begins March 1st)

Michael “Jay” Jenison, Ankeny (term begins March 1st)

Lanny Ward, Indianola


Board of Nursing

Nancy Kramer, Independence

James Seymour, Woodbine

Chad Ware, Walker


Board of Optometry

Thomas Hayden, Newton

Tamie Stahl, Cedar Falls


Commission of Persons with Disabilities

Matt Connolly, Des Moines (term begins March 1st)


Iowa Comprehensive Petroleum Underground Storage Tank Fund Board

Timothy Gartin, Ames


Board of Pharmacy

Sharon Meyer, Urbandale

Judith Trumpy, Ames


Board of Physical and Occupational Therapy

Denise Behrends, West Des Moines

Todd Bradley, Oelwein

Erin Hytrek, Moville


Board of Physician Assistants

Melissa Gentry, Ollie

Keith Guess, Keokuk

Susan Koehler, Des Moines

Joseph Molnar, Charles City


Plumbing and Mechanical Systems Examining Board

Michele Chalfant, Webster City


Board of Podiatry

Tara Decker-Brock, Dubuque

Gregory Lantz, Cedar Falls

Denise Mandi, Winterset


Prevention of Disabilities Policy Council

Craig Cretsinger, Spencer (term beings March 1st)

Scott Lindgren, Solon

Maggie Tinsman, Bettendorf

Steven Wolfe, Coralville


Board of Psychology

Melinda Green, Solon

Joan Skogstrom, Urbandale


Real Estate Appraisal Examining Board

Vernon “Fred” Greder Jr., Mason City

Greg Harms, Grundy Center


Real Estate Commission

Dennis Stolk, Riverdale


Board of Respiratory Care

Lawrence Lilla, Ames


School Budget Review Committee

Gina Primmer, Council Bluffs

Leland Tack, Johnston


Board of Sign Language Interpreters and Transliterators

Bill Ainsley, Des Moines

Susan Tyrrell, Hiawatha


Board of Social Work

Amy Courneya, Ames

Valerie Huntley, Saint Charles

Jody Weigel, Cedar Rapids


State Soil Conservation Committee

Paula Ellis, Donnellson

Susan Vance Hjelm, Lake Park


Board of Speech Pathology and Audiology

Diana Hanson, Johnston

Kent Weaver, Clive


State Board of Tax Review

Jill Sanchez, LeClaire


Technology Advisory Council

Timothy Peterson, Des Moines


Iowa Telecommunications and Technology Commission

Richard Bruner, Ventura


Title Guaranty Division Board

Patricia Schneider, Des Moines

Daniel Sueufferlein, North Liberty


Commission on Tobacco Use Prevention and Control

Robbyn Graves, Dyersville

David Vander Horst, Pella


Board of Veterinary Medicine

Dewayne Rahe, Dyersville


Vision Iowa Board

James Davidson, Burlington

Mark Murphy, Cherokee

Carrie Tedore, Dubuque



Iowa Supreme Court Opinions March 1, 2013 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Iowa Judical Branch   
Friday, 01 March 2013 13:55
Iowa Supreme Court Opinions

March 1, 2013

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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NOTE: Copies of these opinions may be obtained from the Clerk of the Supreme Court, Judicial Branch Building, 1111 East Court Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50319, for a fee of fifty cents per page.

No. 11–0445


No. 11–0687


No. 12–2089


Governor Quinn Announces State’s First-Ever Homebuyer Expo PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Erin Wilson   
Friday, 01 March 2013 13:41

Hundreds of Qualified Buyers to Receive Up to $24,000 in Financial Assistance 

CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today continued his commitment to supporting working families in Illinois by announcing the first ever state-sponsored homebuyer expo and proclaiming 2013 as the “Year of Home Ownership.” The governor also announced that hundreds of qualified homebuyers will be able to receive thousands of dollars in financial assistance for down-payments and closing costs through state-supported programs, including a new three-pronged initiative called SmartMove Trio.

“A home is the foundation on which we build our families and our communities,” Governor Quinn said. “By encouraging home ownership, we can create jobs and grow our economy. We’re working hard to keep the Illinois housing market on the road to recovery by doing everything we can to help Illinois families buy or stay in their homes.”

The State of Illinois Homebuyer Expo will take place on Saturday, March 23 at the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago and will be hosted by the Illinois Housing Development Authority (IHDA), the state’s housing finance agency. IHDA offers a variety of loan programs that combine affordable mortgages with up to $10,000 cash for down payment and closing costs.

SmartMove Trio is IHDA’s latest offering and is one of the best packages ever offered in the agency’s history. Available for a limited time, SmartMove Trio offers first-time homebuyers that meet certain requirements an affordable 30-year fixed rate mortgage, up to $6,000 cash for down payment and closing costs and a federal income tax credit worth up to $18,000 over the life of the loan.

Interested buyers can apply for IHDA’s mortgage programs, including SmartMove Trio, at the homebuyer expo. Lenders and housing counselors will be on hand to advise homebuyers of the best loan for them. Registration at is required.

IHDA’s SmartMove program made homeownership a possibility for the Carter family in Chicago. Married for 24 years with two children, Jonathan and Melinda Carter were able to afford their first home, which they moved into this Valentine’s Day. Both are pastors, and Jonathan also has a full-time job in computer technology at a not-for-profit.

“IHDA’s program was such a blessing,” Jonathan Carter said. “The down payment assistance made it possible to buy our home. Other lenders were asking for $15,000 or $25,000, and we don’t have that kind of money.”

January 2013 home sales in Illinois were up 31 percent over last year, according to the Illinois Association of Realtors. When people buy homes, Illinois’ economic recovery advances. For example, the sale of 500 homes supports 250 full-time jobs and generates almost $20 million in economic activity.

“Governor Quinn has demonstrated strong leadership in sustaining homeownership in Illinois,” IHDA Executive Director Mary R. Kenney said. “Under his administration, IHDA has focused on foreclosure prevention to keep people in their homes, rehabilitating vacant properties to create valuable homebuyer opportunities and is now increasing opportunities for homeownership.”

For those who have been considering buying a home, now is the perfect time to take action. Register for the Expo today at


About the Illinois Housing Development Authority

IHDA is a self-supporting state agency that finances the creation and the preservation of affordable housing across Illinois. Since its creation in 1967, IHDA has allocated more than $11.6 billion and financed approximately 225,000 affordable units across the state.


Lt. Governor Simon applauds Congressional renewal of Violence Against Women Act PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Kara Beach   
Friday, 01 March 2013 10:54
CHICAGO – February 28, 2013. Lt. Governor Sheila Simon issued the following statement today in response to the U.S. House’s renewal of the Violence Against Women Act.

“The organizations that serve victims of domestic violence do much more than provide a safe haven for women. They offer victims a chance to build a new life free from abuse,” said Simon, a lawyer who prosecuted domestic battery cases. “I thank Congress for renewing the Violence Against Women Act, extending federal support for these crisis organizations and expanding protections for vulnerable communities. I welcome this opportunity to continue working to help rape victims, reduce violence on college campuses and end domestic abuse.”

Simon’s Firearms Working Group, which is examining gun issues in Illinois, met yesterday in Springfield with advocates to learn about the impact guns have in domestic violence.

The Violence Against Women Act was originally passed in 1994 and among other services, it helps support organizations that provide services to victims of domestic violence. The act also strengthened federal law by toughening sentences for individuals convicted of stalking. The act has already passed the U.S. Senate and now heads to President Obama. 

Nationally, one in four women has experienced domestic violence in her lifetime.


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