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Written by Thomas Gibbs   
Thursday, 12 February 2015 10:42

The Scott County Sheriff's Office would like to make the public aware of an aggressive phone

On February 9th, 2015 our Chief Deputy received a phone call on his personal phone from 1 (236)526-553. The person identified themselves as being from Global Technical Support and that his personal computer was connected to the Global Technical Support mainframe and was sending numerous error messages and that it might be infected with a virus. The Chief Deputy recognized this as a scam and began to question the caller. The caller was very aggressive and again stated that my computer was compromised and they were calling to help.

The caller was questioned further and was unable to answer some simple IT related questions. The caller was informed they had reached a law enforcement official and this call was a phone scam. The caller continued with his scam stating he was trying to help and he needed to connect to my computer to help. He was very insistent that I didn’t understand, he was from Global Technical Support and he was trying to help.

This was a very aggressive phone scam call and we want to make the public aware in hopes that people will not fall prey to this scam. The caller was very aggressive even after learning he was talking to a law enforcement official and it didn’t seem to faze him in the least bit. Generally if you would fall prey and allow them to connect to your computer they may appear to run a virus scan of your computer which would then show a false reading your computer is infected. After they show you the fictitious virus scan, then they usually inform you of a charge to fix your computer, when in fact there is nothing wrong with it.

To learn more about scams and other safety tips, please visit our webpage at

Governor Rauner Announces Recipients of 2015 Order of Lincoln Award PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Lance Trover   
Wednesday, 11 February 2015 12:19

SPRINGFIELD -- As Illinois celebrates the 206th birthday of Abraham Lincoln, Governor Bruce Rauner today announced this year’s recipients of the Order of Lincoln, which is the state’s highest honor for professional achievement and public service.

“This year’s recipients of the Order of Lincoln have helped make Illinois and the world a better place,” Gov. Rauner said. “The work they have accomplished is admirable, and it is our privilege to honor them. Mr. Lincoln would be proud.”

This year’s recipients are:

Arthur H. Bunn, CEO of Bunn-O-Matic Corporation

Bunn is a civic and philanthropic leader in Springfield; and a member of one of Illinois’ pioneer families, whose great-great-grandfather opened a grocery store in Springfield 170 years ago, with Abraham Lincoln as one of his first customers.

Ertharin Cousin, Executive Director of the United Nations World Food Programme

Cousin heads the world’s largest humanitarian organization, serving 97 million beneficiaries in 80 countries. “My mission is simple,” she has said, “to end hunger in my lifetime.”

J. Roland Folse, surgeon and founding chairman of the Department of Surgery at the Southern Illinois University School of Medicine. 

Dr. Folse served on SIU-School of Medicine’s faculty for more than 30 years, and the Folse Endowed Chair of Surgery has been established in his honor.

Sara Vaughn Gabbard, nationally recognized Lincoln Scholar and Executive Director of the Friends of the Lincoln Collection of Indiana

Gabbard, a native of Lincoln, is entrusted with a prized collection of Lincoln artifacts, and has devoted her professional career to increasing the nation’s knowledge of Abraham Lincoln and the times in which he lived.

Gary Slutkin, Founder and Executive Director of Cure Violence

Dr. Slutkin’s innovative program has worked to reduce shootings and killings, and Cure Violence now has 52 program sites in 23 U.S. cities and eight nations of the world. He is a professor of epidemiology and international health at the University of Illinois at Chicago School of Public Health, where he seeks to treat violence as he would seek to reverse epidemic disease outbreaks.

W. Russell Withers, Jr., Broadcaster – Posthumous Honor

The award will also be presented posthumously to one of the last of a vanishing breed of broadcasting pioneers, the Founder of Withers Broadcasting Companies which operates six television stations and 30 radio stations in Illinois and across the Midwest. Prior to his death, Mr. Withers provided leadership to a wide range of civic, professional and charitable organizations including his chairmanship over many years of the Illinois Broadcasters Foundation.

The Order of Lincoln will be presented at the 51st Annual Convocation of the Lincoln Academy of Illinois in the chamber of the Illinois House of Representatives in Springfield on Saturday, May 9, 2015. The Order of Lincoln was established by the Governor of Illinois in 1965, and the Lincoln Academy of Illinois -- an independent, non-partisan organization -- was created to administer the award and to choose the annual award recipients.

Following the award presentation on May 9, 2015 a gala reception and dinner in honor of the 2015 recipients will be held at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum in Springfield. Funds raised at the dinner will be used to provide Abraham Lincoln Civic Engagement Scholarships to one student from each of the 56 four-year colleges and universities in Illinois and one student representing the state’s community colleges. The students are chosen by their college presidents on the basis of academic achievement and community service.

The ceremony and short interviews with the honorees will be converted into a PBS documentary to be shown on all PBS stations across Illinois later in the year.


Why is Abraham Lincoln Smiling? PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Narveen Aryaputri   
Wednesday, 11 February 2015 11:52

Historically,  the only time Abraham Lincoln smiled in public was when he was told he had won the Civil War.

We have Abraham Lincoln smiling at the historic Moline City Center on 5th. Avenue,  and 16th. Street, Moline.

Tell us why you think he is smiling.

The best 12 entries will get a bottle of wine to share with your valentine.

In celebration of his birthday on Feb 12th. 2015

Email why you think he is smiling to: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

We will keep accepting your reasons till Feb. 13th. 2015

If you miss figuring out a reason this year, don't worry. You have a full year till his birthday next year.

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Casey Family Programs to Expand Partnership with Illinois PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Lance Trover   
Tuesday, 10 February 2015 11:34

SPRINGFIELD – Governor Bruce Rauner today announced an expanded partnership between the State of Illinois and the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) with Casey Family Programs.

“The State of Illinois is faced with the immediate, difficult task of addressing the issues and the short-comings of our child welfare system. To help us accomplish this, we need to bring in the best of the best,” Gov. Rauner said. “Casey Family Programs is one of the most respected and well-known child welfare foundations in the country. I’m excited to announce it has agreed to expand its partnership with us and provide additional resources, expertise, and know-how to help us address the needs of the children and families we serve.”

Casey Family Programs has been partnering with the State of Illinois since 2009 on multiple projects by providing resources and technical assistance to support new supervision and program models, as well as, provide support around Illinois’ innovative federal demonstration waiver focused on research-based alternatives to long term foster care. The new, expanded partnership will initially cover three key areas, including reforms to residential care, new practice models to assist with child safety decision-making assessments, and support the creation and expansion of data capabilities.

“We are pleased to assist the State of Illinois in finding better ways to support vulnerable children and families,” Dr. William C. Bell, president and CEO of Casey Family Programs said. “This collaboration allows us to support practices and policies that safely reduce the need for foster care, strengthen families, and increase the safety and success of children.”

In the coming weeks, Casey Family Programs’ team will be meeting with DCFS staff and leadership to complete a full assessment of the agency, and further clarify additional needs and strengths.

About Casey Family Programs: Casey Family Programs is the nation's largest operating foundation focused solely on safely reducing the need for foster care and building Communities of Hope for vulnerable children and families across America. Founded in 1966, we work to influence long-lasting improvements to the safety and well-being of children, families and the communities where they live. For more information visit:


Iowa Finance Authority Bond Deal to Reap Savings of $33 Million for State Revolving Fund PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ashley Jared   
Tuesday, 10 February 2015 11:28

Des Moines – The Iowa Finance Authority recently executed a contract for a $321.53 million bond deal that will generate a savings of $33 million for the State Revolving Fund (SRF). These savings will ultimately benefit Iowa communities and municipalities who have used or will use the SRF to finance the construction or upgrades to drinking water or wastewater infrastructure.

The SRF has provided low-cost financing to more than 500 Iowa communities and municipalities for water quality projects through a total of more than $2.4 billion in financing since the program’s inception. The SRF is jointly administered by the Iowa Finance Authority and the Iowa Department of Natural Resources.

“This recent bond deal is an excellent example of the substantial savings that come from sound financial management. It will allow interest rates to remain low for Iowa communities needing to upgrade or construct their water infrastructure,” said Iowa Finance Authority Executive Director Dave Jamison. “The savings will benefit Iowa municipalities, communities and the individual rate payers for many years to come. I’m very proud of Iowa Finance Authority’s staff and partners responsible for this successful transaction.”

“The State Revolving Fund continues to be an affordable solution for Iowa communities,” said Iowa Department of Natural Resources Director Chuck Gipp. “I encourage all communities in need of water quality improvements to utilize the program.”

The bonds are the Iowa Finance Authority’s first bonds designated as “Green Bonds,” as proceeds will be used to finance projects that adhere to the federal Clean Water Act and Safe Drinking Water Act.

The bonds were rated AAA by the three major rating agencies, Moody’s, Standard & Poor’s and Fitch. A portion of the bonds will be used to refund outstanding bonds and a portion will be used to reimburse the State Revolving Fund for disbursements to existing loans.  The true interest cost for the refunding was 1.62% and the true interest cost for the entire bond issue was 2.26%.

More information on the SRF is available at

The Iowa Legislature created the Iowa Finance Authority (IFA) in 1975. IFA administers the State Revolving Fund (SRF) in partnership with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. The SRF assists communities with the costs of upgrading or constructing local drinking water and wastewater infrastructure projects.

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