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Lt. Governor Simon to address new lawyers at swearing-in PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Kara Beach   
Thursday, 01 November 2012 15:37

COLLINSVILLE – Lt. Governor Sheila Simon will address 113 new licensed Illinois attorneys on Thursday at the swearing-in ceremony conducted by Illinois Supreme Court Justice Lloyd Karmeier of the Fifth Judicial District.

 

Simon, a former professor at the Southern Illinois University School of Law, taught many of the new lawyers and looks forward to welcoming them into the profession. The oath will be administered to 2,125 men and women across the state’s five Supreme Court judicial districts. All of the new lawyers passed the Illinois State Bar Examination in July as well as a mandatory ethics examination. They have also been certified by the Committee on Character and Fitness.

 

“I’m honored to participate in such an important moment for my former students and future colleagues,” said Simon, who was sworn in as a licensed Illinois attorney in 1987.

 

The Fifth Judicial District includes the following counties: Alexander, Bond, Christian, Clay, Clinton, Crawford, Edwards, Effingham, Fayette, Franklin, Gallatin, Hamilton, Hardin, Jackson, Jasper, Jefferson, Johnson, Lawrence, Madison, Marion, Massac, Monroe, Montgomery, Perry, Pope, Pulaski, Randolph, Richland, St. Clair, Saline, Shelby, Union, Wabash, Washington, Wayne, White and Williamson.

 

There are now approximately 91,600 licensed attorneys throughout Illinois, including those to be sworn in Thursday.

 

DATE: Thursday, November 1

TIME: 2 p.m.

PLACE: Gateway Convention Center Ballroom C-D, One Gateway Drive, Collinsville

 

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Christmas 2012 Bikes for Brains PDF Print E-mail
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Written by M. McNeil   
Thursday, 01 November 2012 08:53

Christmas 2012 Bikes for Brains

On December 10 at the Martin Luther King Center, we are hoping to give bikes to over 100 needy children selected by Head Start, the Early Childhood Centers, Children’s Therapy Center, Youth Hope, Winnie’s Place and The Project.

Each donation of $50 grants a young child a bright, shiny bike, training wheels and a helmet!

Give whatever fits your budget. All donations are appreciated!

Please make your check payable to

Bikes for Brains
c/o Queen’s Parlour
171-19th Avenue
Moline, IL 61265

For more information, call Sandy at 797-1160.  Thanks!

Sponsored by
Bike ‘N Hike
The Pilot Club of Moline
Queen’s Parlour
The Rock Island County Regional Office of Education

Announcing the Launch of the 2012 Bikes for Brains Campaign

A proud dad watches his son ride a new blue bike complete with training wheels. The four year old has a smile as big as the moon. He can’t believe the shiny new bike and Spiderman helmet is his. How could that happen? Mom and dad are struggling each month to pay the bills; they can barely afford to put food on the table, how they can afford a new bike? The answer: Bikes for Brains.

Thanks to the joint effort of Bike ‘N Hike, Queen’s Parlour, The Pilot Club of Moline, and the Rock Island County Regional Office of Education (ROE) more than one thousand children have received their first bike because of this project. Sheila Burns, with the ROE, says this special program is successful because of a loyal group of folks who donate every year. As soon as the fundraising goal is announced each year donations start coming in. A bike with training wheels costs about $50, but as the commercial for a popular credit card says, the memories made on the bike are “priceless”.

Chris Swanson, a local dad who knows how priceless a bike is, says his son loves to ride his bike and he calls the Bikes for Brains program awesome. “My son got his bike two years ago and still rides it. I love that he gets outside and moves around rather than sits inside all the time. I know there are many families that cannot afford a bike right now and this program makes it possible”. Swanson says it may be time to get his son a new, bigger bike, but instead he asks where he can make a donation to help another boy get the thrill of his young lifetime. “I want to donate this year to help another kid get a bike because I know what it feels like to receive the free bike and helmet”.

Donors can contribute any amount toward a bike. Donations can be dropped off or mailed to Queen’s Parlour located at 171-19th Avenue in Moline.

Monday, Dec 10th is the day the bikes are given away to families in need. 66 bikes will go to children in the ROE’s 33 Early Childhood Classrooms and the bulk of the remaining to Rock Island Head Start families. Some of those families are recent immigrants and refugees from war torn nations. Children in those families tend to be slightly older and need bigger and more expensive bikes. The group will also be gifting qualified children identified by the Children’s Therapy Center, Youth Hope, Winnie’s Place, and The Project. The giveaway is from 11:30 AM to 5:30 PM at the Martin Luther King Center located @ 630-9thStreet in Rock Island. Anderson’s Bookfair Company in Aurora, Illinois will also provide several gently used books for each of the children. And the Pilot Club of Moline will provide helmets and safety lessons via a puppet show throughout the bike giveaway day.

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Iowa Court of Appeals November Filing Date PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Iowa Judicial Branch   
Tuesday, 30 October 2012 13:02
The Iowa Court of Appeals November 14, 2012 filing date has been changed to November 15, 2012.

 
Testimony suggests administration knew for months Fast and Furious story wrong PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Grassley Press   
Tuesday, 30 October 2012 12:45

Congressional investigators see pattern of 'slow walking the truth' with Libya embassy attack, ATF gun scandal

Why It Matters:

President Obama promised unprecedented transparency in his administration, but from Libya to Fast and Furious there is growing evidence the administration hasn't lived up to the promise in its early account of controversies. The newest evidence suggests the administration failed to seize an opportunity months earlier to correct the record in the gun-running scandal known as Fast and Furious.

UPDATED 9:28 AM EDT, October 30, 2012 | BY John Solomon

The former head of the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives told congressional investigators he discovered the Obama administration's original account to Congress about the Fast and Furious gun scandal was inaccurate as early as March 2011 and urged the Justice Department to correct the record, an action that did not formally occur until eight months later.

The full testimony from retired Acting ATF Director Kenneth Melson has not yet been officially released by Congress. But excerpts were obtained by the Washington Guardian as House and Senate investigators this week issued their second report into the gun-running scandal that has become an embarrassment for the administration and prompted a court fight over executive privilege.

At issue is the Obama administration’s initial account when the Fast and Furious scandal broke in February 2011 that ATF agents never knowingly let semiautomatic weapons fall into the hands of smugglers for the Mexican drug cartels. Senior officials held that position in varying forms for months as the scandal grew, but then reversed course last December in the face of mounting evidence to the contrary.

Melson’s testimony – during a private deposition with congressional investigators – suggests the administration knew as early as March 2011 that its account was wrong and could have corrected it months earlier than it did.

“I drafted an e-mail to our people, and said, you know, you better back off, you better back off this statement,” Melson testified, recalling what he did in late March 2011 after reading files from the case that contradicted the administration’s official explanation. Melson alerted the U.S. attorney in Phoenix of his concerns, sent an email to his ATF subordinates entitled "Hold the presses" and another to the deputy attorney general's office after making the discovery, according to evidence separately gathered by the Justice Department's inspector general.

But despite those emails, Justice with Melson's blessing sent a second letter to Congress a month later again falsely reasserting no gun had been allowed to walk in the Arizona invetsigation known as Fast and Furious.

Congressional investigators also have learned of a second warning a few months later in August in which senior Justice officials were alerted their assertions were wrong.

The former ATF chief’s account likely will bolster Republican arguments that the administration has repeatedly slow walked the truth when faced with controversies such as the gun-running scandal, the BP oil spill in the Gulf or the recent terror attack on the U.S consulate in Benghazi, Libya, that killed Ambassador Chris Stevens and three others.

For the rest of the story visit: http://www.washingtonguardian.com/slow-walking-truth

 
Is the thought of Christmas making you feel bleak? Let us help. PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Holly Nomura   
Monday, 29 October 2012 14:31
The Salvation Army of the Quad Cities
Announces the Christmas Assistance Program

Quad Cities: The Salvation Army’s Christmas Assistance Program – a community wide effort – is The Salvation
Army’s largest outreach event each year. Last year, for example, over 5,000 gifts were distributed to 2,300
children and over 1,900 homes received food.

Families who would like to receive assistance during the holidays must register and complete the application
process before December 7th.

Registration Information in IOWA
3400 W. Central Park Avenue, Davenport 563-391-5325

Mondays—October 29; November 5, 12, 15, 19, 26; December 3: 11am-2pm

Wednesdays— October 31; November 7, 14, 21, 28; December 5: 2pm-5pm

Fridays—November 2, 9, 16, 30: 11am-2pm

Last Chance Friday—December 7: 11am-2pm

Registration Information in ILLINOIS
2200 – 5th Avenue, Moline 309-764-6996

Mondays—November 5, 12, 19: 11am-2pm

Wednesdays—November 7, 14, 21: 2pm-5pm

Fridays—November 2, 9, 16: 11am-2pm

Last Chance Friday—December 7: 11am-2pm

What to bring: Applications will not be taken without the items below:
1. Adults: a. Picture ID with valid date, b. Social Security card & c. Proof of address (2 pieces of mail)
2. Children: a. Social Security Cards or b. Medical Cards or c. Birth certificates for each child.
3. Proof of: a. Household Income & b. Federal or State Benefits.

Generous Quad Cities residents make this program possible with their monetary donations, as well as
donations of toys through the Angel Giving Trees. Beginning November 3, Angel Trees will be displayed at all
QC Wal-Marts. NorthPark and SouthPark Mall will again host trees in their JC Penney and Younkers Courts,
respectively, starting November 23.

To volunteer as a bell ringer, please go to www.ringbells.org.

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