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Serious injury accident PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Timothy Lane   
Thursday, 23 October 2014 14:24

On October 21st, 2014 at 8:08 AM deputies from the Blue Grass Fire, Medic Ambulance, and Scott County Deputies responded to a motor vehicle accident involving serious injuries at the intersection of Highway 61 and Coonhunters Rd. On arrival it was determined that a 4 year old had been seriously injured in the crash and Medforce Helicopter was dispatched to transport.

The initial on scene investigation conducted by the Scott County Sheriff’s Office Accident Response Team determined that a Jeep was traveling North bound on Highway 61 and was attempting to turn right on Coonhunters road when it was struck in the rear by a semi-tractor trailer driven by Charles Yeoman of Ollie, Iowa. The jeep went into the ditch and struck two steel posts installed to protect a natural gas main valve. The 4 year old, who was properly riding in a child safety seat installed in the back seat of the jeep, was injured when one of the steel posts came through the vehicle’s window.

Highway 61 in the area of the accident is a four lane divided highway connecting Blue Grass and Davenport. Coonhunters Road is a county two lane highway which travels from highway 61 to the city of Buffalo.
The 4 year old was transported to The University of Iowa Hospital by Medforce Helicopter for surgery. Her condition at this time is unknown. Her name and the Jeep’s driver’s name is being withheld at this time. The driver of the semi was cited for causing the crash.

Rock Island County Tentative Multiplier Announced PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Susan Hofer   
Wednesday, 22 October 2014 10:46

SPRINGFIELD, IL, - Rock Island County has been issued a tentative property assessment equalization factor of 1.0000, according to Brian Hamer, Director of the Illinois Department of Revenue.

The property assessment equalization factor, often called the “multiplier”, is the method used to achieve uniform property assessments among counties, as required by law. This equalization is particularly important because some of the state’s 6,600 local taxing districts overlap into two or more counties (e.g. school districts, junior college districts, fire protection districts). If there were no equalization among counties, substantial inequities among taxpayers with comparable properties would result.

State law requires property in Illinois to be assessed at one-third (1/3) of its market value. Farm property is assessed differently, with farm homesites and dwellings subject to regular assessing and equalization procedures, but with farmland and farm buildings assessed according to standards based on productivity.

The equalization factor is determined annually for each county by comparing the sales price of individual properties sold over the past three years to the assessed value placed on those properties by the county supervisor of assessments/county assessor.

If this three-year average level of assessment is one-third of market value, the equalization factor will be one (1). If the average level of assessment is greater than one-third of market value, the equalization factor will be less than one (1). And if the average level of assessment is less than one-third of market value, the equalization factor will be greater than one (1).

Assessments in Rock Island County are at 33.35 percent of market value, based on sales of properties in 2011, 2012, and 2013.

The equalization factor currently being assigned is for 2014 taxes, payable in 2015.  Last year’s equalization factor for the county was 1.0000.

The tentative factor is subject to change (1) if the County Board of Review takes actions which significantly affect the county assessments or (2) if local officials or others can present data showing that the Department of Revenue’s estimates of the average level of assessments in the county should be adjusted. A public hearing on the tentative multiplier will be held between 20 and 30 days after the tentative factor is published in a newspaper of general circulation within the county.

A change in the equalization factor does not mean total property tax bills will increase or decrease. Tax bills are determined by local taxing bodies when they request money each year to provide services to local citizens. If the amount requested by local taxing districts is not greater than the amount received in the previous year, then total property taxes will not increase even if assessments may have increased.

The assessed value of an individual property determines what portion of the tax burden a specific taxpayer will assume. That individual’s portion of tax responsibility is not changed by the multiplier.


Eleven year-old prepares for heart surgery, asks people to wear red PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Shelley Skuster   
Friday, 17 October 2014 14:14


HENDERSON COUNTY - The family of an 11 year-old Girl Scout is asking people to wear red on Tuesday, October 21, while she undergoes heart surgery.

Janna Carter’s daughter, Sophia, was diagnosed with a heart disease over the summer.

Carter created a community Facebook page called, “Go Red for Sophia.”

She is challenging people to wear red on the day of Sophia’s surgery – October 21 – then take a photo and share it on the Facebook page.

“Part of this is to show support for Sophia, but it’s also to spread awareness about heart disease and the importance of women’s heart health. Heart disease is the #1 killer of women, even more so than cancer,” said Carter.

Sophia appreciates the support, because the surgery is scary for her. She also hopes that spreading awareness about heart disease will help change people’s perception that it only happens to people who are unhealthy.

“She eats well and exercises daily. In fact, she’ll have the surgery just in time to begin swim season,” said Carter of her daughter. “We want people to know this can happen to anyone.”



About Girl Scouts of Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois: Girl Scouts is the premier leadership development program for girls where girls can have fun, make new friends and learn new things in a safe all-girl setting. Girl Scouts of Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois serves over 17,000 girls in 38 counties. For more information, visit or call your local Girl Scout Leadership Center at 800-798-0833.

Harkin Announces Nearly $48.5 Million in Low-Income Heating Assistance for Iowans PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Sen. Tom Harkin   
Friday, 17 October 2014 13:41

WASHINGTON D.C. — Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA), announced today that Iowa will receive an initial allocation of nearly $48.5 million to help low-income Iowans meet home energy costs. This funding was made available by language Harkin helped to secure in the fiscal year 2015 Continuing Resolution that passed Congress in September. This funding is part of a total of $3 billion announced today by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) recipients throughout the country. Additional funding will be made available later in the year once a final fiscal year 2015 appropriations bill is enacted. Harkin is the Chairman of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies (LHHS subcommittee) that oversees these initiatives.

“No family should have to choose between paying their heating bill and putting food on the table,” said Harkin. “Access to LIHEAP provides a safety net for low-income households, especially those with children, people with disabilities, and senior citizens. As temperatures begin to drop across the state, many Iowans will start to feel the effects of higher heating bills and this funding is welcome relief for the thousands of Iowans families that depend upon the program.”

Last year, this program provided home heating assistance to approximately 85,000 Iowan households. Read more about Harkin’s legacy in fighting for the middle class:


Statement on the Death of Dr. Doug Butzier PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Sam Lau   
Thursday, 16 October 2014 08:03
Des Moines, IA – Bruce Braley released the following statement following news of the death of U.S. Senate candidate Dr. Doug Butzier: 

“I’m shocked and saddened to hear of the sudden and tragic death of Doug Butzier. I have enormous respect for anyone who puts their name forward as a candidate for public office. Carolyn and I send our thoughts and prayers to Dr. Butzier’s wife and family during this difficult time.”

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