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Schilling Hits on Absent Sequestration Report PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Andrea Pivarunas   
Sunday, 09 September 2012 13:14

White House ignores deadline to detail devastating defense cuts it proposed

Moline, Illinois – Congressman Bobby Schilling (IL-17) today released the following statement as the White House is ignoring the deadline to comply with H.R. 5872, the Sequestration Transparency Act, legislation President Barack Obama signed into law requiring his Administration to detail the impact of the sequester.  Administration officials including Defense Secretary Leon Panetta have repeatedly described the cuts’ impact on our national security as "devastating," though they have been keeping plans for its implementation hidden from public view as the date of implementation looms. 

“These cuts are set to begin in just four months, but defense manufacturers and folks at the Rock Island Arsenal have yet to learn if or how they will be impacted,” Schilling said. “We need the President to lead and present the American people with his plan for these defense cuts as required by the law he himself signed.”

A study released in June by the National Association of Manufacturers indicates that across-the-board budget cuts to the Department of Defense scheduled to begin in January 2013 would cost approximately 1 million jobs at a time when the nation’s unemployment has remained at or above 8 percent for 43 consecutive months.  According to the NAM study, Illinois, with its 8.7 percent unemployment rate, is among the top 10 states to be impacted by job losses, with more than 35,400 jobs on the line in the next two years alone. 

With Schilling’s support, the House of Representatives in May passed H.R. 5652, the Sequester Replacement Reconciliation Act, which would provide mandatory spending cuts to reduce the deficit and replace automatic cuts to discretionary spending in 2013 under the Budget Control Act.  It also passed H.R. 4310, the Fiscal Year 2013 National Defense Authorization Act.  To date, the Senate has passed neither.

“This inaction by the Senate and by the Administration is just inexcusable,” Schilling said. “With the Senate having gone more than three years without a budget, sitting on more than 30 bipartisan House-passed jobs bills, failing to advance a single appropriations bill this year, and not yet passing its version of the defense bill, enough is enough.  I strongly urge folks who care about the future of the Rock Island Arsenal, our region’s unbeatable defense manufacturing capabilities, and our national defense to speak up and make your voices heard.  These cuts are avoidable, but only if our leaders put partisan politics aside, come together, and do the job they were elected to do for our community, our state, and the security of our great nation."

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Governor Quinn Named to National Governors Association Economic Development and Commerce Committee PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Leslie Wertheimer   
Sunday, 09 September 2012 12:47

Governors Will Help Shape Federal Economic Policies

CHICAGO – September 6, 2012. Governor Pat Quinn was named to the National Governors Association (NGA) Economic Development and Commerce Committee by NGA Chair Delaware Governor Jack Markell and NGA Vice Chair Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin. The committee of economic leaders from throughout the country will help shape federal policies to grow the nation’s economy.

“In Illinois, we are always working on new ways to create jobs and grow our economy,” Governor Quinn said. “I look forward to serving on the NGA Economic Development and Commerce Committee with other governors to develop policies and initiatives that will create good-paying jobs in Illinois and across America."

The Economic Development and Commerce Committee has jurisdiction over a broad range of issues in the areas of transportation infrastructure, telecommunications, international trade promotion, financial services regulation, science and technology development and affordable housing. Members of the committee ensure that the governors’ views are represented in the shaping of federal policy.

Governor Quinn will serve alongside Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett, chair of the committee, and Kentucky Gov. Steven Beshear the committee’s vice chair.

In Illinois, Governor Quinn spearheaded the state’s first capital construction program in a decade. The $31 billion Illinois Jobs Now! capital construction program is the largest in Illinois history, supporting an estimated 439,000 construction jobs. The program includes $1.5 billion for higher education, including $788 million for public universities and $400 million for community colleges. Of the $14 billion in the program dedicated for transportation needs, $11 billion has been spent on projects that have improved 6,900 miles of roads and 990 bridges. In addition, more than $1.7 billion in road construction projects are scheduled for 2013.

Founded in 1908, the NGA is the collective voice of the nation’s governors and one of Washington, D.C.’s most respected public policy organizations. Its members are the governors of the 55 states, territories and commonwealths. The NGA provides governors and their senior staff members with services that range from representing states on Capitol Hill and before the administration on key federal issues to developing and implementing innovative solutions to public policy challenges through the NGA Center for Best Practices. For more information, visitwww.nga.org.

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Rediscovering Camelot: As Kennedy Anniversary Approaches, Art Expert Reveals New Theory PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ginny Grimsley   
Sunday, 09 September 2012 12:30

Planning already is underway to mark the 50th anniversaryof the assassination of President John F. Kennedy on Nov. 22, 2013. Commemorative events in Dallas and in churches across the country are being organized. TV host Bill O’Reilly is set to release a new book, “Killing Kennedy: The End of Camelot,” this fall, and a feature movie, “The Kennedy Detail,” is planned for release next fall.

“As people ponder the legacy of President Kennedy and his ‘Camelot,’ it’s a good time to revisit the original Camelot of King Arthur legend, and I have compelling new evidence about where it may have been located,” says art expert Terry Stanfill, author of Realms of Gold: Ritual to Romance (realmsofgoldthenovel.blogspot.com), a novel of ancient history and modern romance that posits her new theory about Camelot.

“The Arthurian legend is so ancient, and yet it has been one of the most enduring interests in Western civilization,” she says. “It’s exciting to think that after all of these centuries, we have a strong case for a real Camelot.”

Educated in Medieval history, Stanfill has traveled extensively through Asia and Europe, particularly France and Italy, and researched the art and artifacts. She offers this primer on King Arthur, including her own surprising theory about the true location of the original Camelot:

• The legend
Arthur as king was first mentioned in “The History of the Kings of Britain” by Geoffrey of Monmouth, 1100-1155. A generation later, Chrétien de Troyes, a French bard and poet, began to weave stories about King Arthur's court, introducing the characters Lancelot, Guinevere and Perceval. He was the first to mention Camelot, King Arthur’s home, describing it as "a place by a river, surrounded by forests and plains beyond."

• The reality
Toward the end of the Roman Empire, circa 450 AD, Arthur Riothamus, King of the Britons, was hired by the Romans to fight off invading Goths and Visigoths. There is documentation from multiple sources that Arthur spent a lot of time in Burgundy, France. He died after a battle near Bourges and was taken by his men to Avallon in France, a town that had existed for centuries. This is fact, not fiction.

• Avalon
While many people believe the mystical Avalon of Arthurian legend was in England, perhaps near Glastonbury, there is no record of a place called Avalon in that country.The Avallon region of France, however, has long existed. It was and still is known for its fruit trees and vines, much like the lush island of legend.

• Camelot
While many presume Camelot was in England, the extraordinary discovery in 2007 of the remains of an ancient community on Mont Lassois in France makes Stanfill wonder if this was actually the true Camelot. The community is near Avallon, and among the buildings unearthed there appear to be the remnants of a palace, including a great hall, where there is evidence of feasting.

“When Chrétien de Troyes wrote of Camelot, this place may have been held in the memory of the locals as a place where peace, prosperity and the good life held a long reign,” Stanfill says. “His vision was a nostalgic tribute to a distant, golden age of tranquility that was on this hilltop.”

Stage director Manfred Flynn Kuhnert, an Arthurian legend aficionado and teaching fellow at Harvard College, says Stanfill offers the most compelling evidence he’s heard for the historical existence of Camelot and its location in France.

“The citadel of Latisco on Mont Lassois -- a site of palatial buildings unprecedented in the Celtic world – is not far from Avallon,” Kuhnert says. “Arthur Riothamus’ time in Burgundy is documented, and we know that the first person to write about Arthur was the bard Chrétien, who lived in the area.

“This place is exactly as he described it: ‘on a hill, a place by a river, surrounded by forests, with plains beyond.’ Terry Stanfill may well have it right.”

About Terry Stanfill

Terry Stanfill holds a degree in English literature with a minor in medieval history. She is an Overseer of the Huntington Library in San Marino, Calif. An enthusiastic preservationist, she was decorated by the president of Italy with the Ordine al Merito, Cavaliere della Repubblica Italiana, and more recently as Commendatore, for her fundraising efforts for the restoration of San Pietro di Castello, the ancient cathedral of Venice. She is a former international representative for Christie’s auction house and former director of Norton Simon Museum in Pasadena, Calif. “Realms of Gold: Ritual to Romance” is her third novel. Her first two are “The Blood Remembers” and “A Tale of the Fortuny Gown.” Stanfill is married to Dennis Stanfill, former CEO of 20th Century Fox and MGM Studios.

 
Branstad/Reynolds Announce New Program to Provide Affordable Housing to Persons with Disabilities PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ashley Jared   
Sunday, 09 September 2012 12:07

Community-Based Revolving Loan Fund to Support Affordable Housing and Supportive Services for Iowans with Disabilities 

(DES MOINES) – The Branstad/Reynolds Administration today announced a new program that will further the availability of affordable housing for Iowans with disabilities. The Community-Based Revolving Loan Fund program will provide affordable financing for the construction or rehabilitation of supportive housing for individuals with significant barriers to accessing traditional rental opportunities. The program is jointly administered by the Iowa Finance Authority and the Iowa Department of Human Services.

Community-Based Revolving Loan Fund applicants must receive approval on proposed service plans from the Iowa Department of Human Services before submitting a non-competitive application to the Iowa Finance Authority for affordable construction loans offered at zero to one percent interest, ranging from $50,000-$500,000, subject to availability.

“This new program will provide the affordable financing that developers need to construct specialized affordable housing and supportive services to meet the needs of some of Iowa’s most vulnerable citizens,” said Governor Branstad. “Affordable housing for all Iowans is central to vibrant communities and a thriving economy and I look forward to seeing the results of this program in action.”

“I’m pleased that the affordable housing need for Iowans with disabilities will be supported by this program,” said Lt. Governor Reynolds.  “The innovative affordable financing provided through this program will ultimately translate to housing barriers being broken down and Iowans with disabilities being able to thrive in an environment of their choice.”   

   

“The Iowa Finance Authority is proud to offer this program to fulfill an important housing need in partnership with the Iowa Department of Human Services,” said Iowa Finance Authority Executive Director Dave Jamison. “We look forward to seeing the far-reaching benefits of this program in Iowa communities for generations to come.”  

   

“The new Community-Based Revolving Loan Fund will provide eligible Iowans with important community-based housing, a vital benefit that is good for Iowans and our communities,” said Iowa Department of Human Services Director Chuck Palmer.  

   

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For more information, please visit www.Governor.Iowa.gov.

 
Morthland to Return to Office after Surgery PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Rep. Rich Morthland   
Friday, 07 September 2012 12:53

Moline, IL… State Representative Rich Morthland (R-Cordova) will return to his office tomorrow morning for the first time following a knee surgery stemming from an injury on his farm last Thursday. There, he will be available to the media from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

“Since the accident, my goal has been to get back to the office and back to work as soon as possible,” said Morthland. “I want to thank everyone for the well wishes; my rehabilitation is moving forward extremely well.”

Morthland will also host a Veterans’ Services Forum on Wednesday evening at 6 p.m. for veterans and their families to discuss the Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs’ effort to modernize services to better serve veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan.

For more information please call 309-762-3008, or stop by the district office at 4416 River Drive, Moline, Illinois, 61265.

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