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Workers find suspected unexploded ordnance at Rock Island Arsenal PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Eric Cramer   
Tuesday, 23 September 2014 08:36
ROCK ISLAND ARSENAL, Ill. - (Sept. 22, 2014) The Rock Island Arsenal Police Department responded to a report of suspected unexploded ordnance that was discovered at 11 a.m. by construction crews during contracted work on the installation this morning.

The police response included the closure of East Street, South Street, Gillespie Street and Beck Avenue to restrict access to the location of the suspected unexploded ordnance. At the same time the Quad City Bomb Squad was called to inspect and access the suspected unexploded ordnance.

At 1:15 p.m., the Quad City Bomb Squad assessed the suspected piece of unexploded ordnance and removed it. It is now being properly disposed of by the Bomb Squad. It is currently unknown whether the suspected unexploded ordnance was inert or not.

Utility and construction workers on Rock Island Arsenal are made aware of the potential to encounter unexploded ordnance and are trained in the proper procedures to report it.

The Rock Island Arsenal has an ongoing working relationship with all Emergency Management Services in the greater Quad-City Area. Today's event is another example of the extraordinary collaboration between all levels of area government.


Obama Administration Announces Competition to Designate Next Round of Promise Zones PDF Print E-mail
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Written by USDA Office of Communications   
Monday, 22 September 2014 14:43

WASHINGTON, Sept. 19, 2014 - U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, joined U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Julian Castro, U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx, and Education Secretary Arne Duncan to announce a competition to designate a new round of Promise Zones. These Promise Zones are part of the President's plan to create a new pathway to the middle class by partnering with local communities and businesses to create jobs, increase economic security, improve educational opportunities, and reduce violent crime.

Urban, rural, and tribal communities nationwide will be invited to put forward a plan to partner with local business and community leaders to make evidence-based investments that reward hard work and expand opportunity. In exchange, these designees will receive priority access to federal investments that further their strategic plans, federal staff on the ground to help them implement their goals, and five full-time AmeriCorps VISTA members to recruit and manage volunteers and strengthen the capacity of the Promise Zone initiatives.

"The Promise Zones initiative allows us to work directly with local leaders and organizations to meet a community's specific needs," said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. "In the current Promise Zones, especially in rural and tribal areas, we are seeing how effective it can be when we work in a coordinated way to address economic and social challenges. We've seen economic recovery strategies like this create jobs and opportunity through USDA's community-based StrikeForce Initiative and Promise Zones build on this success."

"As a former mayor of an urban Promise Zone community, I have a unique appreciation for the talent, passion and the vision that local leaders offer when working to turn their communities around," said HUD Secretary Julian Castro. "Promise Zones are about giving folks who have been underserved for far too long the opportunity to build stronger neighborhoods and more prosperous lives. At HUD, we're honored to give other communities the opportunity to transform their futures so this work can continue across the country."

"As a former mayor, I know the difference that can be made when federal agencies work together to cut through red tape and deliver strategic solutions that address a community's needs," said Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx. "The Department of Transportation is proud to work alongside other agencies to make sure communities not only offer good homes, thriving businesses and a clean environment, but an efficient transportation system so its people can enjoy them all, too."

Education Secretary Arne Duncan added, "At the heart of every strong community is a great school, but schools can't do it alone - it takes the whole community to help improve outcomes for students in school and in life. Promise Zones create real pathways to success for families in our most impoverished communities across the country by attracting private investment, increasing affordable housing, improving educational opportunities and assisting local leaders in cutting through red tape. I am excited to join our interagency partners in announcing this new opportunity for communities to become a Promise Zone."

Each Promise Zone selected will have demonstrated that local leaders, business leaders, state, tribal and local officials; faith-based and non-profit organizations; children and parents are collaborating effectively to ensure that hard work leads to a decent living for every American, in every community.

In 2009, after a generation of sometimes counterproductive and often contradictory federal engagement that was creating obstacles to greater shared prosperity, local communities across the country demanded a more effective and responsive federal government partner to create new pathways to the middle class. To meet this demand, the Obama Administration adopted a variety of unprecedented place-based efforts to promote economic opportunity and accelerate economic growth by explicitly connecting key federal programs that support such growth, such as education, housing, economic development, and infrastructure, with locally-devised strategies for broadly shared regional growth.

In January of this year, President Obama announced the first five Promise Zones: San Antonio, TX, Los Angeles, CA, Philadelphia, PA, Southeastern Kentucky Highlands and the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma. The work being done in these communities is already helping to move the needle in key areas. For example, graduation rates have reached 90 percent in the San Antonio Promise Zone; 2,000 kids in Los Angeles were able to find a summer job through a youth employment initiative; 900 unemployed people in Southeastern Kentucky have been connected to a job; and over 700 households and 50 businesses in remote southeast Oklahoma will soon have access to clean, safe drinking water for the first time. Today's announcement of a new Promise Zone competition will help bring similar success to high-poverty communities across the country.

Any community meeting the qualifying criteria can apply for a designation, regardless of whether it has a previous federal grant. HUD and USDA will designate at least 8 Promise Zones across urban, rural and tribal communities. The deadline for submitting Promise Zone applications is November 21, 2014.

HUD in close collaboration with USDA will convene three distinct webcasts for urban, rural, and tribal to discuss the second round of the Promise Zone Initiative with interested communities.

Dates and times are as follows:

  • Tribal Webcast, September 29th, 1:00pm - 2:00pm
  • Rural Webcast, September 29th, 3:00pm - 4:00pm
  • Urban Webcast, October 1, 2014, 3:00pm - 4:00pm

More information about the Promise Zone initiative and how to apply is available at:


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Written by Brandy Walvaert   
Friday, 19 September 2014 13:58
Registration is open for fun, educational tours of Landfill, Recycling Center 

DAVENPORT, IA—Wanna see trash get smashed under 108,000 pounds? Hungry for a delicious treat, layered landfill-style? If your love for big wheels can only be matched by your burning desire to see exactly what happens to your garbage and recyclables after they leave the curb, then read on: We’ve got two tours for you.

Online registration is open for Waste Commission of Scott County’s fall tours at Tours are free of charge and will be held Oct. 3 at the Scott Area Recycling Center, Davenport, and Oct. 4 at the Scott Area Landfill, near Buffalo. Space is limited, and registration is required.

This fall, landfill tour-goers will get a free “trashy” treat and have the chance to check out equipment with monster-sized wheels. Recycling Center tourists will vie for green prizes by testing their recycling know-how and learn about upcoming changes to the recycling process in Scott County.

The Commission provides public tours of its facilities in spring and fall. Tours showcase our state-of-the-art solid waste programs and facilities, and educate residents about proper waste disposal. Can’t make it this time? Sign up to receive e-news from the Commission, and you’ll be among the first to know when upcoming dates are announced. E-news signup is online at

Waste Commission of Scott County is an inter-governmental agency whose mission is to provide environmentally sound and economically feasible solid waste management for Scott County. For more information about the Commission, please call (563) 381-1300 or visit

Genesis Foundation Hosts Estate Planning Seminars PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Craig Cooper   
Friday, 19 September 2014 13:52

DAVENPORT, Iowa – Sept. 16, 2014 -- The Genesis Foundation will present two free seminars on wills and estate planning in October.

Topics of each seminar will include the importance of a will, what can happen if someone dies without a will, how existing wills can be changed, and whether wills can be self-written.

Here is more information about the seminars:

When? -- Tuesday, Oct. 14, 11:30 a.m. Where? – Larson Center, Meeting Room A, Genesis Medical Center, Silvis, 801 Illini Drive, Silvis; Featuring – Mary Ann Brown, elder law and estate planning specialist, Nash Nash Bean & Ford.

When? – Tuesday, Oct. 21, 12:30 p.m.; Where? – Annunciata Meeting Room, Pavilion 2, Genesis Medical Center, 1401 West Central Park, Davenport. Featuring – Curt Oppel, tax, estate planning and trust specialist, Stanley, Lande & Hunter.

There is no fee for these seminars, however, advance registration is required.

Please make your reservation by contacting Deb Hughes at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , or calling (563) 421-6861. If you have questions, contact Steve Goebel, CFRE at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , or at (309) 281-4392.


Jacobs announces district wide food and fund drive PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Reena Tandon   
Friday, 19 September 2014 09:09
MOLINE- Currently, one in five children across the nation are struggling to meet their nutritional needs.  To raise awareness for Hunger Action Month, State Senator Mike Jacobs is hosting a district wide food and fund drive to benefit the Riverbend Foodbank September 15 through September 30.  

“I wanted to take an opportunity to raise awareness on this extremely important issue,” said Jacobs.  “Children coming to school hungry are placed at an unfair disadvantage. If we want to continue to grow as a region, it’s important for us to remember hunger isn’t a seasonal issue but a yearlong battle for many.”

Jacobs recognizes Riverbend Foodbank’s need for donations does not end with the holiday season. Local food and fund drives are the key sources of food and funding in their effort to alleviate hunger in our community. To make a monetary donation visit


Who: State Senator Mike Jacobs (D-Moline)


What: State Senator Mike Jacobs is hosting a district wide food and fund drive to benefit the Riverbend Foodbank.


When: Starting, Monday, September 15 through Tuesday, September 30


At the following locations:

Senator Mike Jacobs’ Moline District Office:

606 19th Street, Moline, IL 61265

Drop off hours: Monday - Friday, 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.


Representative Pat Verschoore’s Office:

1504 3rd Ave., 2nd Floor, County Office Bldg, Rock Island, IL 61201

Drop off hours: Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. (closed for lunch 12:00 - 1:00 p.m.)


Mayor Skip Lee, Sterling City Hall:

212 3rd Ave., Sterling, IL 61081

Drop off hours: Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.


Fire Chief John Swan, Colona Fire Department

401 1st St, Colona, IL 61241

Drop off hours: September 15 and September 30, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.



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