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Statement from Governor Pat Quinn on Senate Committee Passage of Senate Bill 1002 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Leslie Wertheimer   
Tuesday, 21 May 2013 13:24

Bill Would Ban Sale of High-Capacity Ammunition Magazines

SPRINGFIELD - Governor Pat Quinn today released the following statement regarding the passage of Senate Bill 1002 out of the Illinois Senate Executive Committee. Governor Quinn has been working to enact this common sense public safety policy since July 2012:

“Today, we took the first step towards banning the sale of high-capacity ammunition magazines in Illinois, which will make our communities safer. By adopting Senate Bill 1002, Illinois would join 10 other states across the country that put reasonable restrictions on the size of these weapons.

“Over the past two days we have heard first-hand about the horrifying damage that high-capacity ammunition magazines can inflict. I am incredibly grateful to the Sandy Hook Elementary parents who have traveled to Illinois to share their stories and lend their voices to this important mission. We must work together on responsible gun laws to help ensure that what happened in Tucson, Ariz., Aurora, Colo., and Newtown, Conn. does not ever happen here.

“I thank the members of the Senate Executive Committee for advancing this measure today. I urge members of both houses to take up this common sense public safety policy in the days to come.”

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Lt. Governor Simon to be honored for advocacy PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Annie Thompson   
Tuesday, 21 May 2013 13:13
SPRINGFIELD – Lt. Governor Sheila Simon will receive the 2013 Moxie Award at the Illinois Coalition Against Sexual Assault’s (ICASA) Annual Statewide Sexual Assault Conference tomorrow in Springfield. Simon was selected as a result of her lifetime of advocating for victims of sexual assault and domestic violence.
The Moxie Award recognizes individuals who have worked with rape crisis centers in an effort to improve services to victims of sexual assault, pass legislation to end sexual violence, and improve funding for rape crisis centers.
“The recovery process for victims of sexual assault and domestic violence is a long one, and I am committed to making sure they have the tools they need to rebuild their lives,” said Simon. “I appreciate ICASA’s advocacy as we work to increase awareness, and prevent sexual assault and domestic violence.”
Lt. Governor Simon is a former prosecutor who represented victims of domestic violence. Simon worked with Sen. Toi Hutchinson (D-Olympia Fields) on a new law that requires certain adult entertainment establishments that permit alcohol to collect a surcharge that supports programs that help sexual abuse victims.
As a law professor, she helped launch the Southern Illinois School of Law's domestic violence clinic to serve clients and train law students. Since becoming Lt. Governor, Simon has founded two virtual legal clinics that connect survivors with attorneys through webcam technology. Simon has also partnered with Verizon and advocates to raise revenue and collect used cell phones for survivors.
Simon will be joined by the members of her band, Loose Gravel, for a performance following the award presentation.
For more information, please visit www.ltgov.il.gov.
DATE: Tuesday, May 21
TIME: 5:15 p.m.
LOCATION: President Abraham Lincoln Hotel & Conference Center, Salons A and B, 701 E. Adams St., Springfield, IL, 62701
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Branstad/Reynolds Administration announce innovative collaboration amongst Iowa’s housing industry to spur home sales this summer PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ashley Jared   
Tuesday, 21 May 2013 12:40

Summer homeownership contest aims to spur awareness of homeownership benefits, resources

 

(DES MOINES) – The Branstad/Reynolds Administration today announced an innovative summer social media contest hosted by the Iowa Finance Authority, Iowa Association of Realtors®, Iowa Home Ownership Education Project and the Iowa Mortgage Association to help spur home sales this summer.   The organizations are asking all Iowa mortgage lenders, housing counselors and Realtors® to ask their clients to show-off their best home improvement projects for a chance to win the statewide competition.

Participants will be asked to write a word or short phrase that best describes the project on a memo board and submit the photo throughout national homeownership month in June. Entries will be voted on by the public at facebook.com/MeaningofHomeownership in July and the winning entry will receive a $2,500 Lowe’s gift card. The lender/ housing counselor and Realtor® with the most combined votes will each receive a $2,500 community betterment grant. Any Iowa lender, housing counselor or Realtor® may sign-up to participate, and is encouraged to do so by visiting IowaFinanceAuthority.gov/Contest.

“This proactive partnership between these industry organizations with a shared mission of advancing homeownership within our state is commendable,” said Governor Branstad. “I encourage all Iowa lenders, housing counselors, Realtors® and Iowans to participate in this unique opportunity and to learn more about homeownership resources available in our state.”

“Homeownership not only forms a strong foundation for Iowa families, but it is a strong contributor to vibrant neighborhoods, strong communities and ultimately a thriving state,” said Lt. Governor Reynolds.

“The Iowa Finance Authority offers many resources to assist Iowa home buyers and this contest is a fun way to raise awareness of these programs and the overarching benefits of homeownership in partnership with other organizations within Iowa’s housing industry,” said Iowa Finance Authority Executive Director Dave Jamison.

“Nearly 35,000 Iowans purchased a home last year, a slight increase from 2011, and I’m confident that partnerships amongst Iowa housing organizations and professionals – like the one between the Iowa Association of Realtors®, Iowa Finance Authority, Iowa Home Ownership Education Project and the Iowa Mortgage Association will assist in keeping that growth pattern,” said Iowa Association of Realtors® CEO Dave Bert.

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Gov. Branstad and Lt. Gov. Reynolds’ public schedule PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Office of the Governor of Iowa   
Tuesday, 21 May 2013 12:18

(DES MOINES) – Gov. Terry Branstad and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds today released their public schedules for Monday, May 20  – Saturday, May 25, 2013.

 

The following events are open to the press:

 

Monday, May 20, 2013 

 

9 a.m. Gov. Branstad and Lt. Gov. Reynolds hold administration’s weekly press conference

Robert D. Ray Conference Room

State Capitol

Des Moines, IA

 

10 a.m. Gov. Branstad participates in Executive Council meeting

Robert D. Ray Conference Room

State Capitol

Des Moines, IA

 

11:15 a.m. Gov. Branstad address Council for Advancement and Support of Education

Drake University – Olmsted Center

2507 University Avenue

Des Moines, IA

 

1:15 p.m. Gov. Branstad signs Year of the Veterinarian proclamation

Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine

Small Animal Hospital

Ames, IA

 

5:30 p.m. Gov. Branstad and Lt. Gov. Reynolds attend Story County Republicans’ Reception

Oakwood Road Community Center

2400 Oakwood Road

Ames, IA

 

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

 

Note: Gov. Branstad departs for economic development meetings in Minnesota

 

Wednesday, May 22, 2013 

 

11:45 a.m. Lt. Gov. Reynolds addresses Ankeny Chamber of Commerce luncheon

Ankeny Area Chamber of Commerce

21 S. Ankeny Blvd.

Ankeny, IA

 

2 p.m. Gov. Branstad signs American Cancer Society 100th Birthday proclamation

Governor’s Formal Office

State Capitol

Des Moines, IA

 

2:10 p.m. Gov. Branstad signs National Foster Care Month proclamation

Governor’s Formal Office

State Capitol

Des Moines, IA

 

2:20 p.m. Gov. Branstad signs American Stroke Month proclamation

Governor’s Formal Office

State Capitol

Des Moines, IA

 

2:30 p.m. Gov. Branstad signs Maureen O’Hara Day proclamation

Governor’s Formal Office

State Capitol

Des Moines, IA

 

2:40 p.m. Gov. Branstad signs Lyme Disease Month proclamation

Governor’s Formal Office

State Capitol

Des Moines, IA

 

Thursday, May 23, 2013

 

10:30 a.m. Lt. Gov. Reynolds participates in Governor’s STEM Advisory Council Executive Committee meeting

Grimes Building – ICN Room

400 E 14th St.

Des Moines, IA

 

6 p.m. Gov. Branstad and Lt. Gov. Reynolds attend Polk County GOP Dinner featuring Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker

Sheraton West Des Moines

1800 50th Street

West Des Moines, IA

 

Friday, May 24, 2013

Note: Gov. Branstad departs for Vicksburg, MS, for rededication of the Iowa Memorial at Vicksburg.

4:30 p.m. Gov. Branstad attends welcome event for Iowans attending Iowa Memorial at Vicksburg Rededication Events

Great Hope Manor

2011 Cherry Street

Vicksburg, MS

 

7 p.m. Gov. Branstad attends the United States Navy Band performance

Vicksburg National Military Park Visitor Center

3201 Clay Street

Vicksburg, MS

 

Saturday, May 25, 2013

 

7:45 a.m. Gov. Branstad attends welcome breakfast for Iowans attending Iowa Memorial at Vicksburg Rededication Ceremony

Vicksburg Convention Center

1600 Mulberry Street

Vicksburg, MS

 

10 a.m. Gov. Branstad attends Iowa Memorial at Vicksburg Rededication Ceremony and participates in wreath-laying ceremonies

Vicksburg National Military Park

3201Clay Street

Vicksburg, MS

Note: The event will take place by the Iowa State Memorial, which is located on the South Loop at milepost 15.3 of the park tour road.

 

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LE CLAIRE ANNOUNCEMENTS - Friday 05/17/2013 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by LeClaire Chamber of Commerce   
Monday, 20 May 2013 15:16

WELCOME NEW MEMBERS!

Pebble Creek Golf Course - 3851 Forest Grove Drive, LeClaire, IA 52753, phone - 563-332-5072 LeClaire, IA. http://www.pebblecreekgolf.org Pebble Creek is a challenging course located near LeClaire, IA. The superb design and excellent condition of the golf course guarantees an enjoyable round of play for golfers of all abilities. Open to the public, our social atmosphere is casual and welcoming for everyday play, social functions, and tournaments. Our customer service is friendly and personalized. We look forward to seeing you!  

 

CALENDAR

 

May 17th-18th - French Market Days 10:00am - 4:00pm LeClaire Passport Collecting - Pick up a LeClaire Passport from participating stores and the LeClaire Information Center, 122 North Cody Road.  Each store will offer a different French stamp. A completed passport will qualify for one entry for a  drawing for a special LeClaire Bascket! Shoppers can collect stamps May 17th and 18th only. Other activities include a Jewelry Making Class, Wine Garden Event, Terrarium Class, Afternoon Tea, Glass Garden Crafts, Fashion Plate Pet Contest, Rue de Marche - Vendors on the Alley - furniture, crafters, antiques, Tour de LeClaire - Big Wheel races, Special Exhibit about Antoine LeClaire at the Buffalo Bill Museum, Parasol Art Contest, Plant Exchange, Library Book Sale, Build the Eiffel Tower and Market Bag Classes at Reusable Usables Creative Arts Center, and much more! Go to www.visitleclaire.com for more info on French Market Days!

May 17th – Wide River Winery – Live Music! To celebrate the opening of our courtyard wine garden in Le Claire, we will be hosting an evening of live music on Friday May 17th.  Come check out Pieces of Candy (featuring Al Sweet, Brett Dale, & Nick Vasquez) members of the Candymakers - winners of the 2011 Iowa Blues Societies Blues Challenge. It's also French Market Days in Le Claire - great weekend to come & check out our beautiful new tasting room & courtyard wine garden!

May 18th – Reusable Usables - Up-cycled Market Bag Workshop - 2-4 p.m.Turn pet food bags and seed sacks into a reusable farmers market tote!  $8 per bag.  Class maximum 20. RSVP 563-289-3946 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .  Eifel Tower Building - 10-4 p.m. (no rsvp needed) Re-create the Eifel tower using scraps from Reusable Usables.  Great fun for the entire family.  Donations appreciated!

May 20th – Economic Development Meeting – Great River Financial – 8:00 a.m.

May 20th – Ascentra Credit Union - Commemorate the Completion of Our Newest Sate-of-the-At Banch 2339 53rd Ave. Bettendorf. Ascentra will have a ribbon cutting celebration on Monday, May 20 at 4:30 p.m. Media and public invited to enjoy refreshments, tours.

Save the Date

June 2nd - Live Music at the Wide River Winery Tasting Room "The Ripplers" from 2-5pm 106 N. Cody Road www.wideriverwinery.com

June 7th First Friday - Downtown LeClaire – 5-8 p.m.

June 8th - Trivia Night at the LeClaire Civic Center benefiting the Buffalo Bill Museum. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. with trivia starting at 7 p.m. Participants may bring beer, wine, snacks and soda. Water and snacks will also be for sale. Up to eight people per table. $10 per person with a $50 table minimum. Everyone will be entered into a drawing for door prizes. Contact Chris at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 563-505-6703 for reservations or information. Don't have enough for a full table? Come anyway and we can put you on a table that needs people!

June 16th - Asbury Methodist Church "WORSHIP IN THE PARK" and Potluck Service The Worship Committee of Asbury United Methodist Church, Bettendorf, is planning a Praise Worship Service in the Park on Sunday, June 16 at 10:30 a.m.  The service will be held at Veterans Memorial Park Bandshell, 1645 23rd St., Bettendorf. Following the service there will be a potluck picnic with sliced ham provided.  Please bring a dish to share and your own table service, drink & lawn chair.

June 17th-21st - Kingdom Rock Vacation Bible School – Asbury United Methodist Church 9 a.m. to noon, 1809 Mississippi Blvd., Bettendorf – 563-355-5218 Register on-line www.asbury-bett.org.  VBS is offered for participants ages Kindergarten through 5th grade (completed), and to volunteers 6th grade and up.  If you have any questions, please contact Michelle Swinney at 563-505-0060 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

June 21st – 22nd THE LeCLAIRE GIRLS’ GET AWAY WEEKEND! On the evening of Friday, June 21, and all day Saturday, June 22, 2013, TUGFEST hosts the Girls’s Getaway Weekend in LeClaire, Iowa! Sign up today for this amazing event featuring give aways, coupons, music, games and delicious food. MEET Anthony Ryan Auld the Winner of this year's "Project Runway All Stars" at the Girls Get Away Fashion Show & Cocktail Party on Saturday evening. No other contestant has had more wins beating the best designers in a single season of the show. Anthony Ryan will be speaking about his journey to becoming a top fashion designer and winning Project Runway All Stars. KWQC's anchor and on-air reporter Bailey Deitz will be the mistress of ceremonies for this special event. The LeClaire Girls’ Get Away will start on Friday evening, June 21, at the Wide River Winery, where you will taste award-winning wines and pick up your GIRLS GET AWAY passport to LeClaire with your goody bags.

On Saturday, June 22, LECLAIRE GIRLS GET AWAY events include:

* Grasshoppers will host music and wine tasting on their beautiful lawn.

* Win Prizes every hour on the hour at Aunt Hattie's Fanciful Emporium.

* Dwellings will be hosting Margarita Man.

* Zaruba's will host mini make overs.

* Free Tours at the Mississippi River Distilling Company.

* Expert Tammy Allen will teach a FREE Class in "Punch Needle" at Primitive Cottage.

* The Buffalo Bill Museum will offer a Quilt Making Class.

Cost to participate in the LeClaire Girls Get Away are $65 per person. Go to Leclairegirlgetaway.com

 

July 1st - Friends of the LeClaire Community Library is planning an Open House to celebrate our 9th anniversary! Details are forthcoming!

 

July 15th-19th – LeClaire Baptist Church - “Colossal Coaster World” VBX Week For kids age 4 up through kids going INTO 6th grade! Cost: FREE! Time:  9:00 AM – Noon Location:  1326 Wisconsin Street LeClaire, Iowa  52753 Family program:  SUNDAY, July 21 at 10:30 PM followed by our “Burger Bash” lunch! For more information or registration: phone:  (563) 289-4191 e-mail:  leclairebaptist@leclairebaptist.org or REGISTER ONLINE at www.leclairebaptist.org (under ministries and kids vbx link)

 

FYI

Grace Marine/Captain’s Quarters now has Pontoon Boat and Jet Ski Rentals! 2 hour Rental - $150. 4 hour Rental - $300.  6 hour Rental - $400.  All day Rental - $500. Jet ski Rentals: $80 per hour or all day for $400.  All fuel costs are the responsibility of the customer.  Any damage sustained will be the responsibility of the customer.  A reservation will need to be made at least 1 week in advance, at which time a $250 fee will be charged to hold the rental and will serve as the damage deposit - customer will need a Visa or MasterCard to hold the rental.  Please call 563.359.1635 to make your reservation or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 

Please volunteer or help recruit volunteers for the LeClaire Information Center! We get a lot of great comments about the LIC, and we help promote all of LeClaire:

1. Through telling visitors about our great attractions, shops, restaurants, parks, schools, housing developments, etc.,

2. By mailing out information to individuals, small groups and bus tours who want to come find out what LeClaire is all about, and

3. Through providing nice, convenient public restrooms to shoppers, diners, people checking out our attractions, families, LeClaire residents who are just out for a walk - everyone appreciates the restrooms!

Almost everyone knows at least one person who loves to talk and meet new people - a retired neighbor or stay-at-home mom, a relative, a friend, a person from church, a person from your civic club, a person from exercise class... Please contact Cindy at 563-650-7963 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it Volunteers are trained and there is lots of brochures and information to share with visitors.

Let's make downtown LeClaire and the LeClaire Information Center the best it can possibly be!

 

Buffalo Bill Museum is now open until 5pm daily. As of April 1st, the museum is open 9am to 5pm Monday through Saturday, and on Sundays 12noon to 5pm. A reminder: group discounts are available for tour groups, clubs/reunions, and school groups. Call the museum at 563-289-5580 for details!

Reusable Usables - Planet Green recycled art after school classes on Tuesday and Thursdays.RSVP 563-289-3946 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

“LIKE” the LeClaire Chamber of Commerce on FaceBook Visit the chamber’s Face Book page and discover a great source of news, business announcements, events, and other information that is updated frequently. It’s a useful source of updated information for all members and non-members!

 

Chamber 2013 Networking Events – Everyone welcome to attend!

June 6 - Black Watch Room - after hours - 5-8pm (1st Thursday)

July 9 - Blue Iguana - Lunch -noon

August 13 - Big Dave and Holly's - lunch -noon

September 10 - Steventon's - after hours - 5-8pm

October 8 - Hungry Hobo - lunch - noon

November 12 - tbd

December 10 - Happy Joes - lunch –noon

 

SERVING THE COMMUNITY AND BEYOND

Meet and greet Pastor Melody any Wednesday from 1-3 pm at Happy Joe's. Pastor Melody from First Presbyterian Church of LeClaire, will be at Happy Joe's in LeClaire, every Wednesday, from 1-3 pm, sipping on a soda, reading and waiting to visit with you and your friends. Stop by and say hi. Or, if you have a prayer request or a question, just let her know. Meals for Seniors at the church every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 12 noon. Good food and a time to visit with others. Please call 563-289-3646 and make a reservation 2 days in advance.

 

Trivia Nights in LeClaire at the LeClaire Civic Center -

2013 Trivia Nights:

June 8 - Buffalo Bill Museum

July 13 - Hosted by First Presbyterian Church - Hurricane Sandy Victims

LeClaire Trivia Nights have raised over $95,000 for local non-profit organizations! Thank you for your continued support!

 

LeClaire 2013 Events Calendar:

First Fridays each month 5:00-8:00 P.M.

May 17th-18th French Market Days

June 7th-8th LeClaire City-Wide Garage Sales

June 21st-22nd – Girls’ Getaway Weekend

Summer 2013 - City-Wide Water Explosion (Hollyhock Park)

Summer 2013 - Bike Parade & Decorating

August 8th-10th Tugfest

October 6th - Dogtoberfest at Bier Stube

October 13th - AppleFest

October 24th - HalloWine

October 26th - Witches Walk Costume Contest and Parade

December 6-8, 2013: Christmas in LeClaire

Family Nights at the LeClaire Rec Center: Details at www.leclairereccenter.com

www.LeClaireChamber.com and visit the Chamber on FaceBook!

 
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