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Advisory: 5th Ward Candidate Will Hold Meet and Greet on Hill Top Campus PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Michael Elliott   
Monday, 03 October 2011 13:34
Fifth Ward Candidate Jordan Schneider will hold a ‘Meet & Greet’ at Rocks Anchor Grill at 1526 Harrison Street on the Hill Top Campus on Saturday, October 8, 2011.
Rock Eddleman owner of Rock’s Anchor Grill is a big fan of Jordan Schneider “because she is the only who listened and cared about the water pooling on the sidewalk after the cement was replaced. Jordan actually took the time to come down to my restaurant several times and spoke with me about the situation. She actually got someone down here from Public Works to look at the sidewalk and she is not even on the City Council-yet!” said Eddleman.
Schneider and Eddleman share a connection that they did not even realize. Rock Eddleman served in the United States Navy for 22 years. He worked under John Sidney McCain Jr., the father of U.S. Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz. Schneider was the adjutant for the Alexandria Young Marines in Virginia. During her tenure as adjutant she assisted the Young Marines in putting together their very own Birthday Ball. Joe McCain, Senator McCain’s Brother was the guest speaker at the event. “Joe was always very supportive of my endeavors especially the Gunnery Sergeant John Basilone Stamp Campaign.” Schneider reminisced.
The ‘Meet and Greet’ will be held in the new wing of Rock’s Anchor Grill. Coffee and Cake will be served.

Schneider believes that campaigning is essentially a very large and long job interview. “I want to know what people expect of their city council representative. And I want to hear their ideas, solutions and concerns.”
The ‘Meet and Greet’ will take place directly after the second Fifth Ward Forum that is being hosted by Davenport Association of Professional Firefighters, DAPFF, at 12:00 pm on Saturday October 8, 2011 at the Village Theater in the Village of East Davenport, 2113 East 11th Street, in the East Village,

Governor Makes Acting Appointments at Illinois Departments of Public Health, Children & Family Services PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Katelyn Tye   
Monday, 03 October 2011 13:15

Thanks Outgoing IDPH Director Dr. Arnold for His Years of Service

CHICAGO – September 30, 2011. Governor Quinn today appointed Dr. Craig Conover as acting director of the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) and Jean Ortega-Piron as acting director of the Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS). Dr. Conover replaces Dr. Damon Arnold, who is leaving IDPH to create a Master's of Public Health degree program at Chicago State University.

“As he departs to pursue a new opportunity, I want to thank Dr. Arnold for his years of dedicated service to the people of Illinois,” Governor Quinn said. “Dr. Conover’s experience in a variety of medical fields will ensure that Illinois’ public health system continues to protect and improve the health of the people of our great state.”

Dr. Arnold’s tenure at IDPH has seen the department winning a number of awards and grants, including a $24 million federal grant to implement its “We Choose Health” initiative, announced yesterday. Under his leadership, the department has consistently received top scores from the Centers for Disease Control for public health preparedness, and has transformed its grant tracking and monitoring system to increase accountability. Dr. Arnold also worked to secure public-private partnerships for the state’s State Health Improvement Plan (SHIP) to improve the health of Illinois residents.

Dr. Craig Conover has held several positions at IDPH since 2002, currently serving as Illinois’ chief epidemiologist and medical director of the office of health protection, where he is charged with responding to and preventing disease outbreaks. Before joining IDPH, he served as attending physician at the Emergency Department at the University of Vermont and Chairman of the Division of Infectious Diseases at Provident Hospital in Chicago. Dr. Conover holds a master’s degree in public health from the John Hopkins School of Medicine and an M.D. from the University of Rochester.

The Governor also appointed Jean Ortega-Piron to serve as acting director at DCFS. Since 1996, Ortega-Piron has served as Deputy Director, Guardian and Advocacy, acting as guardian for all children committed to DCFS by Illinois’ juvenile courts. In that role, she was instrumental in establishing the first-in-the-nation Memorandum of Understanding between a state child welfare agency and Mexico, and also established a system for monitoring psychotropic medications for state wards, described by the Chicago Tribune as the “gold standard” in the country. She has also served as the DCFS chief administrative law judge and administrator of the Appeals and Hearings Unit. Prior to that, she worked as chief legal counsel for the Illinois Department of Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities. Ms. Ortega-Piron is a graduate of Rosary College and the Chicago-Kent School of Law.


Morthland Appointed to Local Government Commission PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Rich Morthland   
Monday, 03 October 2011 13:02
Moline, IL...State Representative Rich Morthland (R-Cordova) was recently appointed to the Local Government Consolidation Committee. House Bill 268, which passed both Houses, created the Local Government Consolidation Commission Act of 2011 that provides legislative recommendations that would minimize duplicity and increase efficiency in local government bodies.

"My experience on the Rock Island County board offers the Committee a fresh perspective on local government. I thank Leader Cross for the opportunity to serve local governments in another capacity on the Local Government Consolidation Committee," said Morthland.


Providing for the Common Defense: The First Duty of the 'Super Committee' PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Travis Korson   
Monday, 03 October 2011 12:26
Cordially Invites you to:
Providing for the Common Defense:
The First Duty of the 'Super Committee'
Wednesday, October 5th from 3:30 p.m to 4:30 p.m.
Congressional Meeting Room North, CVC 268, Capitol Visitor Center
1st Street, SE and East Capitol Street, NE
Washington, DC 20515
Panel Participants Include
Representative Mike Conaway (TX-11)
Representative J. Randy Forbes (VA-4)
Representative Trent Franks (AZ-2)
Representative Doug Lamborn (CO-5)
Rear Admiral Jim Carey, Chairman, Flag & General Officers' Network
Lt. General Jack Klimp, President, National Association of Uniformed Services
Frank J. Gaffney, Jr., President, Center for Security Policy
Scott Cooper, V.A. Tea Party Federation
To RSVP, please e-mail Adam Savit at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .
The congressional ‘super committee’ that emerged from the extraordinary debt ceiling legislation adopted by Congress last August faces the daunting mandate of reigning in federal spending that many argue is a symptom of a government that has far exceeded the bounds established for it by the Constitution.  While this charge to enforce the Framer’s intent should be commended, its methods may in fact bring about an equally unconstitutional result; that is, the failure to “Provide for the Common Defense.”

Today the “Coalition for the Common Defense,” announces its “Statement of Principles,” which, at its core, rejects the false choice between military strength and economic health. We hope you can join us as we begin this effort to return the nation’s defense to its constitutionally proper place as the preeminent responsibility of the federal government.  The presentations will be followed by a Q&A session.

DNC Chairwoman Headlines Annual Bruce, Blues, and BBQ Fundraiser PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Molly Scherrman   
Monday, 03 October 2011 11:58
Debbie Wasserman Schultz to address Braley supporters in Waterloo
Waterloo, IA – On Sunday in Waterloo, Rep. Bruce Braley’s will hold his 7th annual “Bruce, Blues and Barbeque” Iowa grassroots fundraising event.  Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz will headline the event and address supporters.
Bruce, Blues and Barbeque is open to the public.  Tickets are still available at www.brucebraley.com or at the door.  Cost is $15 for students, $30 for individuals, $50 for couples, and $75 for families.  Doors open at 1:30pm.
Braley and Wasserman Schultz will hold a brief media availability at approximately 2:10pm before they address the crowd.
Sunday October 2nd, 2011
1:30pm – Bruce, Blues, and Barbeque
3:30pm UAW Hall, Local #838
2615 Washington St.
Waterloo, Iowa
Approx. Media Availability with Braley and Wasserman Schultz
2:10pm UAW Hall, Local #838
2615 Washington St.
Waterloo, Iowa
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