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Bettendorf Cook Wins State Fair Cooking with Mrs. Clark's Contest PDF Print E-mail
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Written by readMedia   
Monday, 22 August 2011 08:26

DES MOINES, IA (08/19/2011)(readMedia)-- Norita Solt of Bettendorf won first place and a $50 cash award in the Dinner with Mrs. Clark's competition judged Saturday at the 2011 Iowa State Fair.

Christine Montalvo of Windsor Heights took second place, and Scott Andreas of Ankeny earned third place.

Cooks were challenged to use at least ½ cup of Mrs. Clark's juice in a main dish.

Entries were judged on taste, creative use of juice and appearance.

"Nothing Compares" to the 2011 Iowa State Fair, celebrating 100 years of the Butter Cow August 11-21. The Fairgrounds are located at East 30th and East University Avenue, just 10 minutes east of downtown Des Moines, and are open 7 a.m. to 1 a.m. each day of the Fair. Exhibit hours may vary. For more information, call 800/545-FAIR or visit

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Governor Quinn Signs Legislation to Boost Public Safety in Illinois PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Andrew Mason   
Monday, 22 August 2011 08:25

Laws to Protect Tenants, Help Fight Drunk Driving and Sex Crimes

SPRINGFIELD – August 21, 2011. Governor Pat Quinn today continued his push to increase public safety in Illinois by signing 12 new laws that will strengthen drunken driving enforcement, protect renters from theft, and help prosecutors get justice for victims of sex crimes.

“Protecting the people of Illinois is a top priority,” Governor Quinn said. “These new laws crack down on crime and make our state a safer place, and my Administration will continue to implement policies that improve public safety for all people.”

House Bill 1241, sponsored by Rep. Lisa Hernandez (D-Cicero) and Sen. Iris Martinez (D-Chicago), will help prosecutors more aggressively pursue driving under the influence charges by requiring law enforcement officers to request a chemical test of an alleged intoxicated driver when the officer has probable cause to believe that alcohol was a factor in an accident that caused personal injury or death. Currently police procedure accepts, but does not require, chemical tests that reliably measure blood and urine samples for intoxication levels.

Governor Quinn also approved House Bill 147, sponsored by Rep. Lisa Dugan (D-Bradley) and Sen. Toi Hutchinson (D-Chicago Heights), which cracks down on bus drivers who are driving under the influence of alcohol and better protects students. Passed unanimously by the legislature, the new law imposes a three-year suspension of a bus driver’s license if the driver tests positive for alcohol or drugs or refuses a blood-alcohol test.

Senate Bill 1035, sponsored by Sen. Hutchinson and Rep. Emily McAsey (D-Romeoville), was also signed to help ensure child-predators are more quickly brought to justice. SB 1035 expands the Illinois Attorney General and States’ Attorneys authority to issue subpoenas to electronic communication companies such as internet service providers for records pertaining to criminal investigations of child sexual exploitation. This law will help ensure vital electronic records of criminal behavior are not lost due to court system delays. Governor Quinn also signed House Bill 277, a related measure sponsored by Rep. Bill Cunningham (D-Beverly) and Sen. John Mulroe (D-Chicago). HB 277 law protects victims of sex-based crimes and their families by making those who are required to be or are registered as sex offenders guilty of aggravated stalking when the offender violates orders of protection or otherwise terrorizes their previous victims or their families.

To protect local peace officers from unfounded complaints, Governor Quinn signed House Bill 1985, sponsored by Rep. John D’Amico (D-Chicago) and Rep. Bill Haine (D-Alton). The new law will require that any sworn complaint against a peace officer that is found to contain knowingly false information to be forwarded to the State’s Attorney for a determination of  prosecution. This measure extends existing protections for state police officers to local authorities and helps them clear their records of false complaints, which are frequently made by gang members.

"This bill adds a layer of protection for the officers who serve and protect us every day," Rep. D’Amico said.

Governor Quinn also approved House Bill 1233 to protect renters from theft due to key mismanagement. Sponsored by Rep. Rita Mayfield (D-Waukegan) and Sen. Emil Jones III (D-Chicago), the new law requires landlords in Cook County to change the locks of each unit before a new tenant moves in and provide a signed disclosure form to the renter that confirms the change. If the lock change is not made,  landlords will be civilly liable for theft and other damages incurred by tenants that are found to be caused by not changing the lock.

In addition, Governor Quinn signed the following bills to improve public safety, including:

    • House Bill 143, sponsored by former Rep. Dan Reitz (D-Steeleville) and Sen. Bill Hanie (D-Alton), allows an active member of a nationally recognized military re-enactment group to possess a vintage rifle or modern reproduction if they meet certain requirements.
    • House Bill 233 (Rebecca’s Law), sponsored by Minority Leader Rep. Tom Cross (R-Oswego) and Sen. Linda Holmes (D-Chicago), increases the penalty for aggravated battery that causes great bodily harm, where the battery was intentional and involved torture. The new law will reclassify the crime as a Class 1 felony up from a Class 3 felony.
    • House Bill 1195, sponsored by Rep. Monique Davis (D-Chicago) and Sen. Tim Bivins (R-Dixon) ensures all police animals are trained through programs certified by the Illinois State Police and requires records to be kept of all sniffs performed by police dogs during traffic stops.
    • House Bill 1398, sponsored by Rep. Don Moffitt (R-Galesburg) and Sen. Darin LaHood (R-Peoria), ensures that all hotels in Illinois install smoke detectors within 15 feet of each room used for sleeping.
    • Senate Bill 1321, sponsored by Sen. Ed Maloney (D-Chicago) and Rep. Will Davis (D-Chicago) ensures that firefighters and other personnel remain safe when responding to an emergency by requiring suppliers to add information about the presence of potentially dangerous medical oxygen tanks in residences to the Illinois Premise Alert Program.
    • Senate Bill 1914, sponsored by Sen. John Sullivan (D-Rushville) and former Rep. Dan Reitz (D-Steeleville), allows property owners outside the City of Chicago to guard against potential trespassers, unauthorized hunters and poachers by using purple paint or purple tags on trees and fence posts to indicate that property access is forbidden.
    • Senate Bill 2293, sponsored by Sen. Michael Frerichs (D-Champaign) and Rep. Naomi Jakobsson (D-Urbana), creates an income tax form checkoff to benefit the Crimestoppers program, which is administered by the Illinois Criminal Justice Authority to offer rewards for crime tips. The law also creates a second checkoff to support the After-School Rescue program, which is administered by the State Board of Education to promote extracurricular activities that prevent youth crime.


EPA Region 7 to Host Five Free Brownfields Grant Writing Workshops for Communities Interested in 2012 Competition PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Belinda Young   
Friday, 19 August 2011 12:03

(Kansas City, Kan., Aug. 19, 2011) – Over the next three weeks, EPA Region 7 will present a series of free grant writing workshops designed for communities interested in applying for EPA Brownfields funding later this fall.

The Agency is working with the states of Iowa, Kansas, Missouri and Nebraska, and the Kansas State University Technical Assistance to Brownfields (TAB) Program, to present the five workshops, including two in Nebraska, and one each in Iowa, Kansas and Missouri.

The workshops will explain EPA Brownfields funding available during Fiscal Year 2012 to assess and clean up abandoned properties. Sessions will also discuss who may apply for the funding, how the grant application process works, and tips for writing good grant applications.

WHO SHOULD ATTEND: Individuals from local state, and tribal governments, non-profits, coalitions; land clearance authorities; and quasi-governmental entities interested in brownfields assessment, cleanup or revolving loan fund grants.

WHEN AND WHERE: Thursday, Aug. 25, Missouri Department of Natural Resources

1730 E. Elm, First Floor, Bennett Springs Room, Jefferson City, Mo., 65101, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Tuesday, Aug. 30, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region 7 Office, 901 N. 5th Street, Kansas City, Kan., 66101, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Wednesday, Aug. 31, Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality Field Office 8901 S. 154th Street, Suite 5, Omaha, Neb., 68138, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 1, F. Johnson Building, 701 4th Avenue, Holdrege, Neb., 68949, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 8, Marriott Hotel and Conference Center, 300 E. 9th Street, Coralville, Iowa, 52241, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

TO REGISTER: Contact Sabine Martin, Kansas State University TAB representative, 785-532-6474, or email  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Brownfields are properties where expansion, redevelopment, or reuse may be complicated by the presence or potential presence of hazardous substances, pollutants, contaminants, controlled substances, petroleum or petroleum products or mine-scarred lands.

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Harkin Announces Summer Schedule Focused on Rebuilding the Middle Class in Iowa PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Harkin Press Office   
Friday, 19 August 2011 12:02

Will visit area businesses, hold roundtable discussions with Iowans

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) today announced several events in Iowa next week.  A full list of his public events follows.  Media is welcome to attend.

Monday, August 22nd
9:00 A.M. Tour Jeld-Wen Window Plant with Congressman Braley
Location: 820 Industrial Ave.

11:30 A.M.  Rebuilding America’s Middle Class: Stories from Around Iowa Tour with Congressman Braley
Location: The Arc of East Central Iowa
680 2nd Street, SE.  Suite 200
Cedar Rapids

Tuesday, August 23rd
11:00 A.M. Rebuilding America’s Middle Class: Stories from Around Iowa Tour with Congressman Boswell
Location: Iowa Western Community College, Looft Hall
Council Bluffs

1:15 P.M.  Roundtable with Iowa farmers and producers impacted by local flooding with Congressman Boswell
Location: Glenwood State Bank
32 North Walnut Street

3:30 P.M.  Discussion of Flood Protections Efforts in Carter Lake with Congressman Boswell
Location: Carter Lake City Hall
950 Locust Street
Carter Lake

Wednesday, August 24th
10:00 A.M. Speak at American Coalition for Ethanol Conference
Location: Downtown Des Moines Marriott
700 Grand Avenue
Des Moines

1:30 P.M.  Rebuilding America’s Middle Class: Stories from Around Iowa Tour
Location: Newton City Council Chambers
101 West 4th Street

Thursday, August 25th
12:00 P.M. Live Interview with Iowa Public Radio’s “The Exchange”

3:30 P.M. IRIS Award Presentation
Location: AIB
2500 Fleur Drive
Des Moines

Friday, August 26th
8:30 A.M. Address Innovate Iowa Panel
Location: DMACC: FFA Center
1055 SW Prairie Trail Parkway

11:30 A.M. Main Street Grant Announcement
Location:  Des Moines Botanical Center, Willow Room
909 Robert D. Ray Drive
Des Moines

3:00 P.M.  Rebuilding America’s Middle Class: Stories from Around Iowa Tour
Location: North Iowa Area Community College
500 College Drive
Mason City


President Obama and Agriculture Secretary Tour Iowa PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 19 August 2011 08:32

President Barrack Obama and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack toured Iowa to hear the economic concerns of residents and to tell them about the importance and potential of rural America


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FEATURE – President Obama And Secretary Vilsack Tour Iowa

INTRO: President Barrack Obama and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack toured Iowa to hear the economic concerns of residents and to tell them about the importance and potential of rural America.


Narrator: Ladies and gentlemen, the President of the United States.


Barrack Obama, President: We’ve got small business owners here. We have farmers. We have ranchers. Public servants. Clean energy entrepreneurs. And community organizations from all across rural America. And I’m here because I want to hear from you. And my cabinet wants to hear from you.


Tom Vilsack, Agriculture Secretary: You know this is the greatest place in the world to be an entrepreneurial, smart, creative young person, because you can be the mayor of your town in your early thirties. You don’t have to wait to be sixty years old to accomplish something. You can accomplish it sooner.


Riley Pagett, National FFA President: To shake his hand and hear him talk about American agriculture and the importance of rural America was just something that all of us today in these jackets hold so true to our hearts.


Melissa Gentz, Student , Northern Iowa Community College: We want a future. This is our country. This is important. We want to stay here in rural Iowa where we love it. We can’t do that if we can’t make a living.


Vilsack: We are going to get through this difficult time. We will emerge stronger and better and we will continue to be what we were meant to be, which is that beacon of hope around the world.

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