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Simon presents $10,000 Verizon donation for domestic violence prevention PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ken Lowe   
Wednesday, 29 October 2014 13:04

Verizon HopeLine cell phone drive helps domestic violence survivors

CHICAGO — Oct. 28, 2014. Lt. Governor Sheila Simon brought her office’s fourth annual Domestic Violence Awareness Month cell phone drive to a successful conclusion with the presentation of two $5,000 donations from Verizon’s HopeLine program to the Violence Prevention Center of Southwestern Illinois and Chicago-based Connections for Abused Women and their Children.

“Organizations like these help survivors to protect their families and themselves as they get back on their feet after abusive relationships,” Simon said. “Each year, Domestic Violence Awareness Month is about educating ourselves about domestic violence. I hope this has called some attention to the issue, and I know that the Violence Prevention Center of Southwestern Illinois, and Connections for Abused Women and their Children will use this money to help those who most need it.”

Collected phones will be donated to Verizon’s HopeLine program. Phones will be refurbished and sold, with the proceeds going to support local domestic violence shelters and programs. The program also provides domestic violence agencies with wireless phones and airtime for use by domestic violence victims. If a phone can’t be refurbished, it will be recycled in an environmentally sound way.

“Verizon is dedicated to supporting organizations like Connections and the Violence Prevention Center,” said Mike McMahon, director of business sales, Verizon Wireless. “We applaud their important contribution to our community to help victims and raise awareness of the pervasive problem of domestic violence.”

Based in Belleville, the Violence Prevention Center of Southwestern Illinois provides shelter and other services to domestic violence survivors in St. Clair, Monroe and Randolph Counties. The donation will be used to support the services provided by the Center’s legal advocacy program, said Lisa Chilton, Director of Legal Advocacy for the Violence Prevention Center.

“The Violence Prevention Center is grateful to Verizon for this financial gift because of how it will help eliminate the barriers a domestic violence survivor faces when trying to get to safety,” Chilton said. “We know lack of resources and legal assistance become barriers to safety. These additional resources will allow victims to get to safety and for the community to focus on the more important question:  "How can we stop this abuser from abusing?"

Half of the proceeds from the drive will also go toward Connections for Abused Women and Children (CAWC). Based in Chicago, the group provides domestic violence relief services to families in need. CAWC Executive Director Stephanie Love-Patterson said the cell phone drive is important and timely.

“On behalf of the board of directors and staff of Connections for Abused Women and their Children, we appreciate the generous gift from Verizon,” Love-Patterson said. “These funds will help CAWC to continue to provide life-saving services and work toward our mission of ending domestic violence. We greatly value community partners like you!”

As Lt. Governor, Simon’s office has collected more than 4,000 used cell phones to help benefit survivors of domestic violence. Simon’s office also launched the Virtual Legal Clinic, a program aimed at providing free, confidential legal consultation to domestic violence survivors in rural and underserved counties. The program, which will continue under the purview of the Illinois Coalition Against Domestic Violence, connects survivors to lawyers with expertise in family law via internet technology.


Operation Graditude - Say Thanks to our Troops PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Operation Graditude   
Tuesday, 28 October 2014 09:17
We have three immediate ways to share your support

All of us at Operation Gratitude are gearing up for the busiest season of the year! Between now and the end of 2014, we will ship more than 40,000 packages to our Deployed Troops, New Recruits, Military Families and Veterans.

Here are three ways for you to get involved--from anywhere in the country:

ONE:  Participate in our #SayThanks Campaign and Send a Picture Directly to our Troops Would you like to send a picture and a message of thanks to our nation's Service Members, Veterans and Military Families?

Now is your chance to capture your gratitude in a photo. Your visual message of heartfelt thanks will remind our heroes and their families that they are always remembered and appreciated.

Click here today to submit your picture and we will share it online and send it in a Care Package on November 8th.

TWO:  Send your Deployed Loved One a Care Package Filled with Goodies and Appreciation

Each month, hundreds of volunteers take part in our Assembly Days where they produce thousands of packages for our Military.

Do you have a loved one, friend or colleague serving overseas?

Click here to send them an Operation Gratitude Care Package filled with nearly 50 assorted snacks, entertainment and hand-made items, personal care products, and letters of love and respect.

THREE:  Make a Donation to Send Packages to our Troops

We get pictures and notes from the Troops that receive our packages every day:

"A care package like that can change our outlook on the entire day."

"Getting something in the mail really lifts spirits."

"It really helps to know that we are loved..."

You can help us keep our mission alive by making a donation of $15 to send a care package overseas, $30 to send two or $180 to send one every month for the next year.

Our Troops need to know that we remember them and appreciate them for the sacrifices they make each day.

Now is the Time

The holidays are especially hard on our Service Members because they are so far away from home and loved ones. Now is the time to show we care.

Thank you for your enthusiastic support!

Volunteers needed to deliver holiday meals PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Catherine Pratscher-Woods   
Tuesday, 28 October 2014 08:05

Milestones Area Agency on Aging is seeking volunteers to deliver meals to home-bound seniors on the upcoming holidays: Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day.

A two hour time commitment (10:30 am until 12:30 pm) is asked for on the holiday or holidays the volunteer chooses.

Meals can be picked up at St. Ambrose University, Davenport.

Each volunteer will be assigned five to 10 homes in Scott County and will be given a specific route. Typically, 800 meals are delivered during this period. Volunteers can make deliveries once, twice or three times.

Volunteers can make deliveries as individuals or work as a team.

For additional information and details or to volunteer, please contact Catherine Pratscher-Woods, nutrition education coordinator, Milestones Area Agency on Aging at 563-324-9085, ext. 205 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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.


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