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LeClaire Chamber of Commerce Networking Event! PDF Print E-mail
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Written by LeClaire Chamber of Commerce   
Tuesday, 04 June 2013 13:21
Come Meet and Connect with Fellow Chamber Members!

Thursday, June 6
5-8 p.m.

Black Watch Room
3851 Forest Grove Drive
LeClaire, IA

$15 per person
appetizers and cash bar
 
Please RSVP
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by 5:00 pm, June 5

All Members and Guests Welcome!

 
Free Home Buyer Education Series Coming to the Quad Cities, June 5 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Emily Toribio   
Tuesday, 04 June 2013 13:17

Education Series offered by the Iowa Finance Authority,
Iowa Association of REALTORS® and the
Iowa Home Ownership Education Project

QUAD CITIES – On Wednesday, June 5 the Iowa Finance Authority, Iowa Association of REALTORS® and the Iowa Home Ownership Education Project are partnering to bring Quad Cities area home buyers a free educational session.

One in a series of seminars entitled, Free Home Buyer Education Series: Unique Iowa Programs & Information to Get You Started, the program will provide information on state mortgage and down payment assistance programs, homeownership benefits and the steps towards owning a home. Iowa Finance Authority staff will present the information, and housing counselors will also be on hand to answer questions. The event will be hosted by the Quad City Area REALTOR® Association.

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 5

TIME: 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

LOCATION:
Quad City Area REALTOR® Association
1900 State Street, Bettendorf

COST: Free

REGISTRATION: IowaFinanceAuthority.gov/Registration


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Q&A -- Flag Day PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Grassley Press   
Tuesday, 04 June 2013 13:02

by U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley

 

Q:        When is Flag Day?

A:        Every summer on June 14, the United States pays tribute to the 50 stars and 13 stripes that majestically symbolize the founding principles and enduring freedoms of this great country.  From town squares to school yards, store fronts, front porches, cemeteries, sports venues and public buildings, Americans from all walks of life are called upon to show our patriotism and citizenship by flying the flag of the United States of America.

On June 14, 1877, the United States observed the 100th anniversary of the adoption of the Stars and Stripes by the Continental Congress. Years later, Congress made observance of Flag Day an official designation, requesting under law that the President issue an annual proclamation observing June 14 as Flag Day. The legislation passed in 1949. In 1966, a joint resolution of Congress invited Americans to display the flag during the entire week in which Flag Day occurs.

Q:        Why is it important to observe Flag Day?

A:        While other countries derive their national identities from a common ethnicity, centuries of shared history, or as subjects of the same royal family, our nation was founded on a shared set of timeless principles.  Our flag is more than just another national symbol.  Old Glory reflects the honor, integrity and truths embraced by generations of military service members, first responders, public servants and private citizens who proudly call America home.  From our youngest citizens in classrooms across the country, to sports fans who share the love of the game, to those who have witnessed moments of peril and uncertainty, through times of war, terror and natural disasters, the American flag brings comfort to those who mourn, honor to those who have fallen, and hope to those who believe that in America, even in the darkest of hours, the best days are yet to come.

During my travels across the state – visiting with Iowans in schools, in veterans groups, and at service club meetings – the flag is invariably on display, serving as a visual reminder of the truths we hold self-evident, that we share “certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”

As Iowans enjoy the rites and rituals of summer time, let’s make the time to celebrate our common heritage, to fly the flag and to recite in public the Pledge of Allegiance.  We share an allegiance to honor freedom, liberty and justice for all.  Americans for more than 200 years have embraced the red, white and blue for its symbolic salute to those who have fought for and defended the guiding principles that bind us together as a nation, stitched together for all to see, from sea to shining sea.

*** Iowans may obtain American flags flown over the United States Capitol year-round through my office.  Flags come with certificates commemorating special occasions, if you wish.  For order forms, go to www.grassley.senate.gov.  Click on Constituent Services and then Flag Requests.

Monday, June 3, 2013

 
Governor Pat Quinn Statement on End of Spring Session PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Brooke Anderson   
Monday, 03 June 2013 09:35

"The people of Illinois want the General Assembly to put comprehensive pension reform on my desk.

“They do not want legislative leaders to play a $17 million-a-day game with the future of our state, our children and our economy.

“There is something wrong in Illinois when the Speaker of the House and the President of the Senate could join together to propose a pension holiday for Chicago, yet they could not send a comprehensive pension reform bill to my desk.

“I have made pension reform the top priority for the state of Illinois for more than a year. Since I convened a pension working group in January 2012, I have proposed comprehensive solution after solution, worked across the aisle, called a special session, set deadline after deadline and released study after study on the dire impact of inaction on education and our economy. I have met at length, countless times, with the leaders and legislators on this issue.

“I will not stop fighting until pension reform is the law of the land. But as I said in my budget address, I cannot act alone. If I could issue an Executive Order to resolve the pension crisis, I would.  And I would have done it a long time ago.

“Today, Moody’s issued another warning to legislators that Illinois’ credit rating would soon be downgraded – again – if they did not act on pension reform. Downgrades hurt our economy, waste taxpayer money and shortchange the education of our children.

“Yet every time Illinois is downgraded – legislators leave Springfield without getting the job done.

“This is wrong. I will call the legislative leaders together in the coming week to forge a comprehensive pension reform agreement.”

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Governor Pat Quinn Statement on House Bill 1346 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Grant Klinzman   
Monday, 03 June 2013 09:29

SPRINGFIELD – Governor Pat Quinn released the following statement on the Illinois Senate’s failure to pass House Bill 1346, a bill that would prohibit the sale of high capacity ammunition magazines in Illinois.

“I met with the families of Newtown, Conn., as did many lawmakers, and we have seen the devastation that high capacity ammunition magazines have done to families across our nation.

“Today lawmakers had the opportunity to minimize the chance of this unthinkable violence happening in Illinois.

“I am very disappointed that members did not pass common sense legislation that would have no impact on hunting.

“I will continue to fight for limits on high capacity ammunition magazines in our state.”

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