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Gov. Branstad brings together 33 other governors in bipartisan effort to keep wrestling in Olympics PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Office of the Governor of Iowa   
Wednesday, 06 March 2013 12:55
wrestling in Olympics

(DES MOINES) – Gov. Terry E. Branstad today released a letter, co-signed by a bipartisan group of 33 governors, calling on the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to keep wrestling an Olympic sport. After asking Iowa’s congressional delegation to co-sign a letter to the Olympic committee, Branstad began focusing on bringing together governors in an effort to keep the great sport in the Olympics.

The letter, sent to International Olympic Committee Executive Board President Dr. Jacques Rogge, urges the committee to reconsider their recent decision to remove wrestling as an Olympic sport, effective in 2020.

“The Olympic Games are meant to provide a venue for people from all nations to overcome differences and forge lasting relationships and wrestling has contributed to these Olympic attributes,” the governors write.  “We believe that renewing or renovating the Olympics should respect key Olympic traditions. We would also encourage a transparent voting system for future votes on which sports should be included as part of the Olympic Games. As public servants, we hold transparency as a sacred principle and we would encourage the IOC to abide by that same principle.”

The following is the full text of the letter, including the bipartisan list of governors who joined Gov. Branstad in signing on to the letter:


March 5, 2013

Dr. Jacques Rogge

President, International Olympic Committee (IOC) Executive Board

Château de Vidy

Case Postale 356 1001

Lausanne Switzerland


Dear President Rogge:

As governors of states with rich wrestling traditions, we write to express our concerns regarding the recent decision by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to remove wrestling as an Olympic sport in the 2020 Olympic Games. We strongly urge the IOC to reconsider its position and vote to extend wrestling’s long legacy within the Olympic Games.

Wrestling was a key sport in ancient civilization and its inclusion in the Olympics has continued to enrich the ongoing Olympic tradition. Early Olympic organizers recognized wrestling’s unique and global importance by including the sport in the 1896 Olympic Games held in Athens. Wrestling has been a key part of the Olympic movement ever since.

The same spirit of competition that drove ancient wrestlers has transcended generations, and our states are the beneficiaries of this spirit. Wrestling accelerates character building. At its core, wrestling is an instinct and embodies the human qualities of hard work, discipline, and perseverance. Dan Gable, an Olympic gold medalist and former US Olympic wrestling coach, succinctly summarized wrestling’s character building characteristics when he stated, “Once you've wrestled, everything else in life is easy.”

Wrestling’s positive impact goes beyond our states and the United States of America. Forms of wrestling have been important parts of cultures worldwide, including China, Ukraine, Japan, Russia, Turkey, and many other countries. Soviet and Russian wrestlers have won 77 gold medals at past Olympic Games. Moreover, wrestling federations exist in approximately 180 countries and the recent London Olympic Games had wrestlers from over 70 countries.

The Olympic Games are meant to provide a venue for people from all nations to overcome differences and forge lasting relationships and wrestling has contributed to these Olympic attributes. We believe that renewing or renovating the Olympics should respect key Olympic traditions. We would also encourage a transparent voting system for future votes on which sports should be included as part of the Olympic Games. As public servants, we hold transparency as a sacred principle and we would encourage the IOC to abide by that same principle.

We encourage your prompt reconsideration of your decision regarding wrestling. We hope that wrestling will continue to be an important part of the Olympic tradition.


Terry E. Branstad,Governor of Iowa

Robert Bentley, Governor of Alabama

Sean Parnell, Governor of Alaska

Mike Beebe, Governor of Arkansas

John Hickenlooper, Governor of Colorado

Dannel P. Malloy, Governor of Connecticut

Jack Markell, Governor of Delaware

Nathan Deal, Governor of Georgia

Pat Quinn, Governor of Illinois

Sam Brownback, Governor of Kansas

Bobby Jindal, Governor of Louisiana

Paul LePage, Governor of Maine

Martin O’Malley, Governor of Maryland

Rick Snyder, Governor of Michigan

Mark Dayton, Governor of Minnesota

Steve Bullock, Governor of Montana

Dave Heineman, Governor of Nebraska

Brian Sandoval, Governor of Nevada

Maggie Hassan, Governor of New Hampshire

Chris Christie, Governor of New Jersey

Pat McCrory, Governor of North Carolina

John Kasich, Governor of Ohio

Mary Fallin, Governor of Oklahoma

John Kitzhaber, M.D., Governor of Oregon

Tom Corbett, Governor of Pennsylvania

Alejandro García Padilla, Governor of Puerto Rico

Lincoln Chafee, Governor of Rhode Island

Dennis Daugaard, Governor of South Dakota

Bill Haslam, Governor of Tennessee

Gary Herbert, Governor of Utah

Peter Shumlin, Governor of Vermont

Scott Walker, Governor of Wisconsin

Matt Mead, Governor of Wyoming



Spring into March with Davenport Parks and Recreation PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Davenport Parks & Recreation   
Friday, 01 March 2013 14:54



Spend Your Spring Break With Us!!!!

With school out days and Spring break days off from school, we have you taken care of!! With multiple locations including Collins House, Roosevelt Center, Nighswander Theatre and of course the Rivers Edge, you can't go wrong. Click here to register today!!


Junior Theater Spring Break Camp (Age6-13): March 18 - 22

Students adventure throughout Davenport Junior Theatre, exploring acting, improvisation, lights, sound, make-up, the life of a professional actor and more.  Students also collaborate on the creation of their very own script! Our camp theme is Aesop's Fables.  Everything ends with a performance for family and friends on Friday afternoon at 4:00 PM. Join the adventure!

Camp begins Monday, March 18

Students should arrive 10 minutes early

Early Drop Off 7:30am - 8:30am / Late Pick-Up 4:00pm - 5:30pm : Additional $25 Fee

Guardian must fill out Medical Release Form first day

Students must be signed in and out by guardian

Any student missing more than one day may not be included in showcase

Free Showcase will be Friday, March 22 from @ 4:00pm (parents & friends welcome)




Family Friday Night, March 1: Spring Surprises

Come Join Davenport Parks and Recreation from 6 PM- 9 PM at Vander Veer Botanical Park Conservatory to take in the beauty of spring. Plant up a spring plant for additional $3, can pay on site. There will be pizza available for $2.50 a person which will include two slices of pizza and lemonade.


Family Movie Night, March 8: "Spiderwick Chronicles"

"Spiderwick Chronicles" Rated PG : 6:00 - 9:00 PM : Davenport Junior Theatre is thrilled to host a Movie Night as part of the Family Friday Nights Series. On the second Friday of each month, your family can join us for pizza, lemonade, and a movie in our very own Nighswander Theatre!  Best of all, it is only $2.50 per person if you register early!

All Ages / $2.50 per person if you register in advance, $4.00 per person at door

Includes 2 slices of pizza and lemonade for each family member

Popcorn sold at theatre for $1.00 per bag

Located at Annie Wittenmyer Complex, Davenport Junior Theatre.


Friday Night Jam/Family Friday Nights at Roosevelt

Come on out to Roosevelt Community Center for our Friday Night Jam!! Series. On the Fourth Friday of each month (Sept - March), your family can join us for pizza, lemonade, board games, karaoke, and Wii games! New this winter, people attending Friday Night Jam will have the choice of participating in BINGO or an UNO Tournament on alternating months.  Please bring a piece of fruit or candy bar for prizes.

6:00 - 9:00 pm (must arrive by 6:30 pm to order dinner)

All Ages!!! $2.50/person in advance, $4 at the door or $10/family!

Includes 2 slices of pizza and lemonade for each person.

Click here to pre-register for any Family Friday Night.

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Written by Rep. Mike Smiddy   
Thursday, 28 February 2013 09:55
PORT BYRON, IL – A proposal by state Rep. Mike Smiddy (D-Hillsdale) would constitutionally protect the rights of Illinois citizens to hunt and fish.

Smiddy recently introduced House Joint Resolution Constitutional Amendment 24 to amend the Bill of Rights of the Illinois Constitution to include the citizens’ rights to hunt and fish. If approved by both chambers of the legislature, Smiddy’s proposal will be presented for voters’ approval on the next general election ballot.

“Hunting and fishing is a time-honored tradition and a basic right of every Illinoisan,” said Smiddy. “Protecting this right in the state constitution recognizes the importance of hunting to our heritage and ensures that our children and grandchildren can continue this tradition.”

Currently, 17 states include constitutional protections of hunting and fishing, of which 16 were voter-approved ballot referendums. Two additional states guarantee the right to fish only, and several other states are considering similar legislation.

“The public overwhelmingly recognizes our inherent right to hunt,” Smiddy. “As gun control legislation is debated in the Illinois legislature and anti-gun advocates try to limit our access to firearms, we have to be proactive to protect every aspect of our right to bear arms.”

For more information or to RSVP, contact Smiddy’s constituent services office at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , (309) 848-9098, or toll-free at (855) 243-4988.


All Stars of BAGS PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 22 February 2013 15:36

Saturday, February 23, 2013

Shenanigan's Pub


303 W 3rd St, Davenport, Iowa

Registration begins at 10am, tournament will start at 11am. Random draw for teams will be performed at 10:45am. Double elimination. Prize money for the top three finishers.

Entry fee of only $15

Call Mark at 563-650-2489 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it to enter

Governor Quinn Announces $2.8 Million to Expand Outdoor Recreation Opportunities PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Leslie Wertheimer   
Friday, 22 February 2013 15:26

Open Lands Trust to Create Public Hunting Ground in Illinois’ Deer Capital

SPRINGFIELD – February 20, 2013. Governor Pat Quinn today announced acquisition of 547 acres of public land in four Illinois counties to boost public access for hunting, fishing, wildlife viewing and outdoor recreation. The $2.8 million in land purchases includes 410 acres in Pike County, a hallowed deer hunting region, and 71 acres in Hackmatack, the nation’s newest National Wildlife Refuge. This acquisition is part of Governor Quinn’s ongoing commitment to expand and preserve Illinois’ natural resources and boost the economy.

The properties were acquired through the Illinois Open Lands Trust (OLT), which is funded by Governor Quinn’s Illinois Jobs Now! capital program and allocated for public recreation and conservation purposes.

“Preservation of open space for future generations is a worthy goal, and hunting, fishing and other forms of outdoor recreation generate billions of dollars a year in Illinois,” Governor Quinn said. “Continuing to expand outdoor recreation areas and natural habitats such as Hackmatack are not only good for our economy, but also ensure that Illinois children can enjoy nature and lead a healthy lifestyle. Let’s leave no child inside!’”

“Pike County is a tremendous deer hunting destination with virtually no public access. This acquisition will give hunters an opportunity to pursue white-tails in Illinois’ deer capital,” said Illinois Department of Natural Resources Director Marc Miller. “There is tremendous demand in Illinois for public access to open space and this purchase helps meet that demand.”

The Pike County property includes extensive timber and upland areas with some tillable Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) and pasture areas well-suited for public hunting programs. The newly acquired property will remain closed to the public while the IDNR continues development of a management plan, submits regulations for hunting and other recreation programs at the site, and installs public access areas.

The Pike County parcel - southwest of Pittsfield - was acquired for the appraised value of $1.8 million. Today’s announcement includes acquisition of three other properties to expand public lands:

Hackmatack National Wildlife Refuge, McHenry County, 71.8 acres ($511,000) - The parcel was acquired to formally establish the Hackmatack National Wildlife Refuge, the first refuge established in northern Illinois. The core areas of Hackmatack National Wildlife Refuge are rich in important natural resources, including rare and diverse natural communities, endangered and threatened species, wetlands, diverse aquatic systems and migratory birds. Eventually, the Hackmatack Refuge will improve or restore 11,000 acres of wetlands, prairie and forest, and will conserve habitat corridors between protected parcels to ensure sustainability of local ecological systems.

Expansion of Lowden-Miller State Forest, Ogle County, 64 acres ($450,000) - A 64-acre tract of land best known locally as the centerpiece of Sinnissippi Forest’s former Christmas tree operation, has been added to Lowden-Miller State Forest. This acquisition will give the public better access to the easternmost portion of this resource which is named for Illinois Governor Frank Lowden, an advocate of reforestation who was responsible for planting a half-million trees.

“Twenty years ago, my late wife Nancy and I took great pleasure in the creation of Lowden-Miller State Forest, knowing that the people of Illinois would now be able to enjoy this magnificent part of the Rock River Valley,” Warren Miller, former owner of the property said. “When we reluctantly closed our Christmas tree operation in 2010, it was my hope that this tract could be added to the State Forest. I am extremely pleased that we’ve finally been able to do so.”

Expansion of Kickapoo State Recreation Area, Vermilion County, 0.94 acres ($25,000) - This parcel of land is located at the entrance to Kickapoo State Recreation Area adjacent to the Rock Cut Botanical Area, an Illinois Natural Areas Inventory site that supports some 40 species of sedge, a state-listed threatened grass-like plant.

Funds used to acquire these properties are through 2009 capital dollars appropriated for the Open Lands Trust Program, administered by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources. Since the program was first authorized in 1998, the OLT has acquired 41,000 acres for public recreation and conservation.


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