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Schilling Announces Upcoming Mobile Office Hours for August PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Andie Pivarunas   
Tuesday, 31 July 2012 12:19
Moline, Illinois – Congressman Bobby Schilling (IL-17) has announced the schedule of upcoming mobile office hours.  His staff will travel throughout the 17th Congressional District to meet with constituents and address any questions or concerns they may have.  No appointments are necessary.  

“As your representative in Congress, it’s my job to keep in close contact with folks across the district, asking for your input on issues before Congress or notifying you of upcoming events and how we can help,” Schilling said. “My staff and I prioritize constituent service and communications, and will continue working to keep in touch with folks in all corners of our area.  We work for you.”

A field representative will be available in the following locations at the following times:

August 1, 2012
Monmouth City Hall - Council Chambers
100 East Broadway
Monmouth, IL 61462
9:00am - 12:00pm

Albany City Hall
102 S Main St.
Albany, IL 61230
1:00pm - 4:00pm

August 15, 2012
Oquawka Village Hall
507 Schuyler St.
Oquawka, IL 61469
9:00am - 12:00pm

Aledo City Hall – Council Chambers
120 North College Ave.
Aledo, IL 61231
9:00am - 12:00pm

August 29, 2012
Kewanee City Hall
401 East Third St.
Kewanee, IL  61443
9:00am – 12:00pm

Constituents are also encouraged to visit the Moline, Galesburg, Canton, and Rock Falls offices during normal office hours:

Moline District Office
Hours: Monday through Friday 8:00am - 5:00pm
3000 41st St., Suite B
Moline, IL 61265
P: (309) 757-7630

Galesburg District Office
Hours: Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays 8:30am - 5:00pm
Galesburg Area Chamber of Commerce
185 South Kellogg St.
Galesburg, IL 61401
P: (309) 343-2220

Canton District Office
Hours: Tuesdays and Thursdays 8:30am - 5:00pm
8 South Main St., Suite 200
Canton, IL 61520
P: (309) 649-3307

Rock Falls District Office
Hours: Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays 9:00am - 4:00pm
1600 First Ave., Suite A
Rock Falls, IL 61071
P: (815) 548-9440

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Press Release from Campaign of Mark Riley for Iowa House District 90 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Mark Riley   
Tuesday, 31 July 2012 12:16

Mark Riley filed nomination papers today with the Secretary of State's office to be placed on the ballot as an Independent in District 90.  Mr. Riley was the Republican nominee for the State Senate in District 43 in 2010 facing State Senator Joe Seng.

Mark Riley is a locomotive engineer for Canadian Pacific railroad and a member of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen local 266.  Mr. Riley is a retired Marine Infantry SNCO and is a member of the American Legion post 26 and the Davenport VFW.  He is also a member of the Davenport Family Y.

Mark Riley is married to Elizabeth Riley who is the business manager for the Adler Theater.  They have 3 children, Ethan, Robert and William.  William is a special needs child who graduated Central High school this year and will continue to reside with his parents.

Mr. Riley is running as an Independent whose campaign theme is "for the common good".  He believes that the political system has been broken by special interest money which has led to the extreme polarization of both parties.  This polarization has affected the ability of State and Federal legislatures to function as the Founding Fathers intended.  In his State Senate race in 2010 Mr. Riley was threatened by the Iowa Corn Growers association to support Ethanol or $5000 would be given to his opponent.  Riley continues to oppose Ethanol as  theft from working class families and "stupid" policy even before our current drought,  He feels that Ethanol is an example of how special interest has corrupted our politicians and political system to be unable to respond to "the common good'  of the citizens it is supposed to represent.

The candidate also believes that too much emphasis and resources have been given to rural and small town Iowa and will support initiatives that require the State to spend monies collected in user taxes such as the fuel tax to be spent primarily in the areas in which it was collected.  The candidate feels that Iowa has expanded its Highway system to much and should take federal monies to begin establishing light rail connections to all Iowa's major urban areas.

The candidate supports creating reduced tax zones for Manufacturing Companies in Iowa's large cities so that there is no financial incentive to build or develop in rural Iowa, but rather in Iowa's Cities were infrastructure is already in place.

Mark Riley will advocate for policies that increase the Median Income of Iowa Families that have steadily declined since the 1970's.   The results of High Unemployment and falling wages for families have made our large Cities unable to meet basic needs and staff public servants.

Mark Riley will also run on a position to De-criminalize Marijuana and follows the philopshy of prison reformer Chuck Colson with regard to the over incarceration of our citizens for non-violent crimes.

The Riley Family attends the Harvest Bible Chapel and other churches in the area.

Here is information about Senator Grassley’s schedule this week. The Senate is in session. PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Grassley Press   
Tuesday, 31 July 2012 11:55

Senator Grassley will meet with Iowans from Iowa Workforce Development.


Senator Grassley will meet with Iowa families visiting Washington from West Des Moines, Toddville, Urbandale, Coralville, Van Horne, Waverly, Dysart, Anamosa, Cedar Falls, and Ames.


Senator Grassley will be a guest this week on public affairs programs hosted by Mark and Steve on WOC Radio in Davenport and Ryan Schlader on WMT Radio in Cedar Rapids..


On Wednesday, August 1, at 9 a.m. (ET), Senator Grassley will participate in an Agriculture Committee hearing for a “Continued Review of MF Global and Peregrine Financial:  Accountability in the Futures Market.”  In July, Senator Grassley wrote to the Chairman and Ranking Member of the Agriculture Committee asking them to address Peregrine Financial during this hearing that had already been scheduled regarding the loss of funds by farmers, grain co-ops and commodity brokers when MF Global’s broker-dealer unit collapsed late last year.  Senator Grassley also has asked the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) to provide detailed written information on what the CFTC did in response to red flags that were raised with the commission regarding Peregrine Financial, saying people need to have confidence in our commodity trading system in order for it to work for farmers and investors the way it’s intended.

On Wednesday, August 1, at 10 a.m. (ET), Senator Grassley will participate in a Judiciary Committee hearing on “Rising Prison Costs: Restricting Budgets and Crime Prevention Options.”

On Wednesday, August 1, at 10:30 a.m. (ET), there is a Finance Committee hearing on “Tax Reform:  Examining the Taxation of Business Entities.”

On Thursday, August 2, at 10 a.m. (ET), Senator Grassley will participate in the Judiciary Committee’s weekly executive business meeting.  The nominations of Thomas M. Durkin to be United States District Judge for the Northern District of Illinois, Jon S. Tigar to be United States District Judge for the Northern District of California, and William H. Orrick III to be United States District Judge for the Northern District of California may be considered.  In addition, S.225, the Access to Information About Missing Children Act of 2011 (sponsored by Senators Amy Klobuchar, John Cornyn, and Patrick Leahy) and S.J. Res. 44, Granting the consent of Congress to the State and Province Emergency Management Assistance Memorandum of Understanding (sponsored by Senators Herb Kohl and John Hoeven) may be considered by committee members.

Next week, Senator Grassley will hold meetings in Columbus Junction, Donnellson, Burlington, Agency, Bloomfield, Keosauqua, Mount Pleasant, Lockridge, and Cedar Rapids.  Here is the schedule.

Tuesday, August 7

9:15-10:15 a.m.

Louisa County Town Meeting

Columbus Junction City Hall, ICN Room

232 2nd Street in Columbus Junction


12 noon-1 p.m.

Lee County Town Meeting

Pilot Grove Savings Bank, Community Center

506 North Main Street in Donnellson


2-3 p.m.

Speak at the Burlington Chamber of Commerce Meeting

Connect with Leadership Series

River Park Place

610 North 4th Street, Suite 200 in Burlington


4:30-5:30 p.m.

Wapello County Town Meeting

Agency Area Community Center

100 West Main Street in Agency


Wednesday, August 8

6:45-7:45 a.m.

Speak to the Bloomfield Rotary Club

Davis County Hospital, Conference Room D

509 North Madison Street in Bloomfield


8:45-9:45 a.m.

Van Buren County Town Meeting

Village Cup and Cakes

202 Main Street in Keosauqua


12 noon-1 p.m.

Speak to the Mount Pleasant Noon Rotary Club

Iowa Wesleyan College Student Center

Second Floor, Food Services Area

Mount Pleasant


1:30-2:30 p.m.

Jefferson County Town Meeting

Lockridge Senior Center

104 West Main Street in Lockridge


Thursday, August 9

5:30 p.m.

Speak at the Central States Shrine Association Legions of Honor Banquet

Cedar Rapids Marriott

1200 Collins Road Northeast in Cedar Rapids



IA, CO, OH and PA Officials Hold Call to Hold Romney Accountable for Opposition to Wind Energy PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Elizabeth Purchia   
Tuesday, 31 July 2012 11:36

With Thousands of Jobs at Stake, Pena, Culver and Wind Energy Leaders Praise Obama on Wind


DES MOINES – Today, officials from Iowa, Colorado, Ohio and Pennsylvania will hold a conference call to hold Mitt Romney accountable for opposing support for the states’ wind industries. As thousands of jobs are at stake with expiration of wind production tax credit, Fmr. Secretary of Energy Frederico Pena, Fmr. Iowa Governor Chet Culver, PA Wind Developer Brent Aldefer, and Mark Shannahan, former head of the Air Quality Development Authority, will draw a contrast between President Obama and Mitt Romney on wind energy.


Mitt Romney’s “Plan for Jobs and Economic Growth,” calls wind and solar, “two of the most ballyhooed forms of alternative fuel.”  He said that wind has failed to become “economically viable.”  Earlier this month, Romney’s campaign confirmed that Mitt Romney would let the wind production tax credit expire [The Hill 7/11/12]. He would let this growing wind industry wither jeopardizing 37,000 American jobs as we compete with countries around the world.

The wind energy industry is critical to each state’s economies. The Wind Energy Tax Credit tax is slated to expire at the end of the year and the Obama Administration has called on Congress to renew the credit.


Monday, July 30th

11:30 AM CDT


WHO: Fmr. Iowa Governor Chet Culver

Fmr. Secretary of Energy Frederico Pena

PA Wind Developer Brent Aldefer

Mark Shannahan, former head of the Air Quality Development Authority


WHAT: Conference Call to Hold Romney Accountable for Opposition to Wind Energy

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Written by Eric Reyes   
Tuesday, 31 July 2012 11:10
Candidate for Congress

(Rock Island, IL) – Congressional Candidate Eric Reyes issued the following statement
regarding the current attempt by supporters of millionaire candidate Cheri Bustos to
keep Independent Candidates off the ballot.

“On July 23, 2012 the Illinois State Board of Elections sustained the objections to
our nominating papers due to the number of signatures being less than the 5,000
required by law. This was not a surprise, in fact it was expected. The board is
not empowered to decide Constitutional questions.  It was our contention then,
and now, that our petition met the requirements set forth by Article 3, Section 3 of
the Illinois Constitution, which states in its entirety, “All elections shall be free
and equal.” It is also our contention that the signature requirements placed on
independent candidates and the actual or perceived restrictions placed on
circulators of independent candidate petitions and those who would sign them,
taken as a whole, are violative of those rights guaranteed by the Illinois and
United States Constitutions. As such, on July 27, 2012 we filed a Petition For
Judicial Review with the Sangamon County Circuit Court (Case No. 12 MR 633
attached below) asking the court to reverse the Board finding that the nomination
papers are not valid, order them to be determined valid, and that the name Eric
Reyes be printed on the ballot for the November 6, 2012 election, and order that
any disparity in signature requirements, and rules regarding circulators or
signors, be immediately removed from the electoral code and the changes made
retroactively effective to the day the primary was held. Supporters of the
millionaire candidate running on the democratic ticket will now continue to spend
tens of thousands of dollars of private money and thousands of dollars of our
taxpayers’ money in a shameful attempt to disenfranchise voters and keep Eric
Reyes off the ballot.”

Eric Reyes is a full-time attorney and father from Rock Island, IL. The only lifelong
resident of the district in this election, Reyes graduated from Rock Island High School,
Augustana College, and Northern Illinois University College of Law. He is also a former
Assistant States Attorney.

For more information on Eric Reyes or his campaign, please visit his website:
www.EricReyes.us. ###

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