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Governor Quinn Urges Homebuyers to Act Fast and Take Advantage of Welcome Home Illinois Program PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Dave Blanchette   
Tuesday, 15 April 2014 08:17

Program Offers First-Time Homebuyers Down-Payment Assistance and a 3.75 Percent Interest Rate on a 30-Year Fixed Mortgage

CHICAGO – Two weeks after first launching the Welcome Home Illinois loan program, Governor Pat Quinn is traveling to cities across Illinois to raise awareness of the program, discuss its benefits and explain how people can participate. The Governor is visiting Chicago, Rockford, the Quad Cities and Peoria to discuss the impact first-time homebuyers have on the state’s economy and urge them to act fast while the program is available. The events are part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to drive economic growth by making homeownership more affordable in Illinois.

“Welcome Home Illinois is helping first-time homebuyers afford their first home and we want to make sure that everyone who qualifies gets a chance to participate,” Governor Quinn said. “This program will help give hardworking men and women the opportunity of homeownership that they deserve, and help drive our economy forward.”

The new loan program is administered through the Illinois Housing Development Authority (IHDA) and provides first-time homebuyers $7,500 in down-payment assistance with an interest rate as low as 3.75 percent for a secure, 30-year fixed rate mortgage. Generating interest at a faster pace than other IHDA programs, the timing is perfect for Welcome Home Illinois, tailored to working families, with borrower income limits up to 140 percent of the area median income (AMI) as the spring buying cycle hits its stride. For example, a family of three in Cook County could qualify even if earning as much as $106,000 in annual household income, and a family of three in Rockford could qualify with an annual household income of $90,020.

Following an overwhelming response to the launch of the program, more than $19.7 million in financing has been reserved as residents lock in $7,500 in down-payment assistance and below-market rates. Many house hunters are already flooding the housing market during the spring buying season. More than 24,000 have visited the Welcome Home Illinois website and local home buyers are quickly recognizing the program for its historically low rates, currently at 3.75 percent, which is well below the benchmark 30-year fixed-rate mortgage at 4.47 percent.

“We know it is time to get our own home to meet the needs of our family, but we weren’t sure where to start or how we could afford it,” Nick Ng, Chicago resident and prospective first-time home buyer, said. “Learning we pre-qualified for the Welcome Home Illinois program really opened the door to the possibility of homeownership for us.”

Nick and his wife have been married for seven years and are parents to four young children. Hearing impaired and working as a graphic designer at Roosevelt University, Nick will soon experience the important milestone of moving out of a relative’s home and into one he can finally call his own.

“Families across the state are quickly recognizing Welcome Home Illinois as a perfect first step to becoming a homeowner,” IHDA Executive Director Mary R. Kenney said. “With 175 reservations made in the program’s first 14 days, it’s truly gratifying to see this program help real people realize their dream of home ownership, helping them to build a better future and leading to a stronger overall economy in Illinois.”

According to the Illinois Association of Realtors (IAR), every home sold generates two jobs and $60,000 in ripple effects to the overall economy. This impact has already been realized statewide with other IHDA programs. In 2013, 3,000 families purchased homes through one of IHDA’s programs, generating 1,500 jobs and infusing $70 million into Illinois’ economy. Projections show that even just a 15 percent increase in 2014 could generate an additional 1,725 jobs and infuse another $10 million into Illinois’ economy.

Welcome Home Illinois is open to qualified Illinois first-time homebuyers on a first-come, first-serve basis. The program is funded through Illinois Jobs Now! and the Illinois Affordable Housing Trust Fund. In addition to creating homeownership opportunities, the Welcome Home Illinois loan will stimulate statewide economic activity and will generate an estimated:

•       1,500 full-time jobs.

•       $50 million from real estate-related industries.

•       More than $40 million in economic activity for the state.

•       Additional $16 million in other statewide spending.

With funding quickly being reserved, interested homebuyers can find additional details about the program and a list of 100 lenders at


Governor Quinn Appoints Orion Samuelson to the Illinois Racing Board PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Katie Hickey   
Monday, 14 April 2014 08:35

National Radio Broadcasters Hall of Famer, National 4-H Trustee and Civic Leader Appointed to Six-Year Term

CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today appointed legendary broadcaster Orion Samuelson to the Illinois Racing Board. Samuelson was the host of the “U.S. Farm Report” for 30 years and is an expert in agribusiness. Today’s announcement continues the Governor’s commitment to making Illinois government more accountable, transparent and effective.

“Orion Samuelson is the best-known agricultural broadcaster in the country and an expert in his field,” Governor Quinn said. “The people of Illinois will benefit from his knowledge, dedication and commitment to the people he serves.”

Orion Samuelson of Huntley is heard six days a week on WGN Radio in Chicago, where he has served as Agribusiness Director since 1960. He is also heard daily on radio stations with his syndicated National Farm Report and syndicated “Samuelson Sez” commentary programs.

In 1998, the American Farm Bureau Federation honored Samuelson with the AFBF Distinguished Service Award. In 1997, the State Fair Junior Livestock Building was renamed the Orion Samuelson Junior Livestock Building as a tribute to Orion’s four decades of service to the agricultural youth of Illinois. In 2001, the University of Illinois conferred Orion with the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Letters.

Samuelson has also received the highest award in the radio industry when he became the first Agribusiness Broadcaster to be inducted into the National Radio Broadcasters Hall of Fame. Samuelson is also in the Illinois Broadcaster Hall of Fame, the Illinois 4-H Hall of Fame, the National 4-H Hall of Fame, the Scandinavian-American Hall of Fame and the National Association of Farm Broadcasters Hall of Fame. He is also a recipient of the Lincoln Medal, the highest award the state of Illinois bestows.

Samuelson is past chairman of the Board of the Illinois Agricultural Leadership Foundation, a member of the Farm Foundation Bennett Round Table, a member of the Board of the Agriculture Future of America, a member of the Board of Farm Safety 4 Just Kids, a member of the Board of Directors of the Foods Resource Bank, a Trustee of the Cornerstone Foundation of Lutheran Social Services in Illinois and is a member of the Board of Trustees of the National 4-H Council.

As a result of Governor Quinn’s efforts to make the executive appointment process more accessible and transparent, residents who are interested in serving on boards and commissions can now apply online. For more information on all of the state’s boards and commissions, or to apply to serve on a board, please visit


Lt. Gov. Simon raising sexual assault awareness in Peoria on Saturday PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ted Nelson   
Friday, 11 April 2014 15:18

PEORIA – APRIL 11, 2014. Lt. Governor Sheila Simon will visit the Center for Prevention of Abuse in Peoria on Saturday to raise awareness about sexual violence and promote anti-domestic violence initiatives being championed by her office. The Center is among those who could see funds from an adult entertainment facility surcharge that went into effect this year.

“April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month but this issue demands our vigilance year round,” said Simon. “One case of domestic violence or sexual assault is one too many. By opening virtual legal clinics, working with strong partners like the Center for Prevention and Abuse and passing victim’s rights measures, we are taking a strong stand.”

Simon worked with Sen. Toi Hutchinson (D- Olympia Fields) and rape crisis advocates to collect fees from adult entertainment facilities that permit alcohol and nudity. Strip clubs remitted more than $350,000 to the state in 2013, and the funds are designed to fund grants to community-based sexual assault programs.

According to the National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC), Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) was first observed nationally in April 2001 with the goal of raising public awareness about sexual violence and educating communities and individuals on how to prevent sexual violence. A recently published fact sheet by NSVRC notes that one in six boys and one in four girls will experience a sexual assault before the age 18.

“Lt. Governor Simon has been an important partner working to accomplish our center’s mission of helping all people - women, men and children - to live free from violence and abuse,” said Martha Herm, Executive Director of The Center for Prevention of Abuse. “We are happy to have her in Peoria and thankful for her continued support.”

While in Peoria, Simon will announce the expansion of the Virtual Legal Clinic to domestic violence agencies in Danville and Charleston in the coming weeks. The Virtual Legal Clinic provides free, legal consultation to domestic violence survivors on matters including divorce, maintenance and marital property, child custody and visitation, debt, bankruptcy and other legal matters. The Virtual Legal Clinic will now serve survivors in 18 counties. Simon worked with the Illinois Coalition Against Domestic Violence to pilot the state's first Virtual Legal Clinic for domestic violence survivors in December 2011 at the Center for Prevention of Abuse in Peoria.

Simon also recently applauded the General Assembly for its efforts this week to create meaningful and enforceable rights for crime victims by passing House Joint Resolution Constitutional Amendment 1 on Thursday. The constitutional amendment will appear on the November ballot and, if approved by voters, would provide victims a voice during the judicial process and more enforceable rights. Under the proposed amendment, victims would be notified before court rulings to access any of their  records; allowed to be heard at various court proceedings involving release decisions, pleas or sentencing; and have their safety considered during bail decisions, the release of the defendant, and the setting of conditions for release after arrest and conviction.

Simon has been a tireless advocate for victims of domestic violence. As an Assistant State’s Attorney in Jackson County, she prosecuted domestic violence cases, and as professor at Southern Illinois University’s School of Law, she helped launch a domestic violence clinic to train law students and to serve clients at no cost. Lt. Governor Simon will continue working to develop tools and resources for survivors and families affected by domestic violence.


Iowa Supreme Court Opinions April 11, 2014 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Iowa Judicial Branch   
Friday, 11 April 2014 15:01
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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Gov. Branstad signs 15 bills into law PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Office of the Governor of the State of Iowa   
Friday, 11 April 2014 10:55

(DES MOINES) – Gov. Terry E. Branstad today signed the following bills into law:

House File 2438: an Act relating to the administration of the tax and related laws of the state, including administration by the Department of Revenue of certain tax credits and refunds, income taxes, franchise taxes, sales and use taxes, hotel and motel taxes, and equipment taxes, and modifying provisions relating to the property assessment appeal board, and including effective date and retroactive applicability provisions.

House File 475: an Act relating to the issuance of a search warrant to authorize the placement, tracking, monitoring, and removal of a global positioning device.

House File 2159: an Act relating to miller trusts and including applicability provisions.

House File 2183: an Act related to customers with delinquent accounts for the provisions of wastewater, sewer system, storm water drainage system, or sewage treatment services by a city utility or city enterprise.

House File 2192: an Act relating to rural water providers by making changes to water services requirements.

House File 2230: an Act relating to vehicle permit requirements for equipment used primarily for construction of permanent conservation practices on agricultural land, and including effective date provisions.

House File 2274: an Act concerning notice of fees imposed and collected by state agencies.

House File 2296: an Act relating to disposition of unclaimed property provisions applicable to gift certificates, and providing applicability provisions.

House File 2387: an Act providing for notice of garnishment and levy to a judgment debtor.

House File 2388: an Act relating to continuity of learning for children adjudicated under the juvenile justice law receiving foster care services.

House File 159: an Act relating to the possession of certain products with the intent to use the products to manufacture a controlled substance, and making penalties applicable.

House File 2423: an Act relating to statutory corrections which may adjust language to reflect current practices, insert earlier omissions, delete redundancies and inaccuracies, delete temporary language, resolve inconsistencies and conflicts, update ongoing provisions, or remove ambiguities and providing effective and applicability dates.

Senate File 2168: an Act creating the Iowa uniform Power of Attorney Act and providing penalties and including applicability provisions.

Senate File 2283: an Act providing a procedure for the escheatment of United States savings bonds presumed abandoned. 

Senate File 2328: an Act providing for the reorganization of the code provisions relating to the Iowa Finance Authority, revising and eliminating programs, including the beginning farm loan program, providing for existing tax credits, providing for the powers and duties of the authority, and including effective date provisions.


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