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Rock Island Library Events Focus on Logging, Historic Bridges PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Lisa Lockheart   
Wednesday, 19 February 2014 11:24

More History Events at Rock Island Library

(Rock Island, IL) Local history buffs still have two opportunities this month to catch up on free history presentations at the Rock Island Main Library, 401 19th Street.

River of Logs: 19th Century Logging, 6:30 pm, Thurs., Feb. 20. In an illustrated talk based on her chapter in the 2004 Grand Excursions on the Upper Mississippi, Gayle Rein describes logging in Wisconsin and Minnesota and the rafting of logs down the Mississippi River to lumber companies in the Quad Cities area.  She includes many photos and stories from the early logging camps and rafting.

Historic Bridges, 6:30 pm, Tues, Feb. 25. We cross over them every day, but how often do we think about the history of the bridges under our tires? Illustrated presentation by Professor Curt Roseman on the major bridges on the Mississippi and Rock Rivers in the Quad Cities. Collectively, the bridges represent a great variety of styles and histories.  Included are truss, arch, and suspension bridges. Several QC bridges are historically significant, including one span that was built in 1868 and the first railroad bridge to span the Mississippi. His talk includes stories of how and why these bridges were originally conceived and built.

For more events at Rock Island Public Libraries, visit the library website at, follow the library on Facebook or Twitter, or call 309-732-7323.

Founded in 1872, the Rock Island Public Library serves the area through three locations, which include the Main, 30/31 and Southwest Branches, community outreach efforts, and online opportunities that provide resources to enhance personal achievement and stimulate the imagination.


Dean's List announced for the University of Wisconsin-Platteville PDF Print E-mail
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Written by UW Platteville Public Relations   
Friday, 14 February 2014 14:57

PLATTEVILLE, WI (02/14/2014)(readMedia)-- University of Wisconsin-Platteville announced its 2013 fall semester Dean's List. Students receive this academic honor in the College of Business, Industry, Life Science and Agriculture and the College of Liberal Arts and Education must achieve a 3.75 grade point average and students in the College of Engineering, Math and Science must earn a 3.5 grade point average.

Among those who made the Dean's List were,

Ryan Cady from DeWitt, IA,

Thomas Farrell from Rock Falls, IL,

Sarah Jacobs from Leclaire, IA,

Micah Klahn from Wheatland, IA,

Brandon Lane from Donahue, IA,

Erin Litterst from Milan, IL,

Hannah McManus from Reynolds, IL,

Eric Neirynck from Rock Island, IL,

Dugan Repass from Sterling, IL,

Allison Wells from Moline, IL,

UW-Platteville, founded in 1846, is located in the southwestern corner of Wisconsin, near the Iowa and Illinois borders. The University, the fastest-growing four-year school in the 13-college University of Wisconsin System, enrolls more than 8,000 undergraduate students.

Davenport Parks and Recreation's Davenport Junior Theatre 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Junior Theatre   
Friday, 14 February 2014 14:26
When three friends go searching for a giant sea monster,

they find something they didn't expect: Captain Nemo and his crew of sailors aboard his incredible submarine!

Captain Nemo may be crazy, but will he be successfulon his quest to save the oceans?

Go on the adventure with Captain Nemo as they travel the oceans, encountering strange underwater creatures and the giant sea monster that might destroy the submarine - and Nemo's dreams along with it!

Saturday, February 15th : 1:00pm & 4:00pm
Sunday, February 16th : 2:00pm
Saturday, February 22nd : 1:00pm & 4:00pm
Sunday, February 23rd : 2:00pm

Admission: $5.00 for Kids, $7.00 for Adults 

Unfamiliar with our location? Click here for a map!

Governor Quinn Proposes Groundbreaking Five-Year Plan to Transform State’s Healthcare System PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Grant Klinzman   
Thursday, 13 February 2014 09:39

“The Path to Transformation” Proposal Designed to Reduce Costs and Improve Health of People Across Illinois

CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today released the draft of five-year plan for one of the most innovative and far-reaching healthcare transformation programs in the country. The “The Path to Transformation” proposal would allow the state to obtain $5.2 billion in federal funds over five years to modernize healthcare infrastructure and services and lower long-term costs. The plan, which requires federal approval, is part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to improve the health of the people of Illinois and increase access to quality, affordable healthcare.

“Illinois has made tremendous progress in recent years reforming and improving our healthcare system to control costs and deliver better quality care,” Governor Quinn said. “This plan will help take our healthcare system to the next level – improving the health of people and communities across Illinois while significantly lowering our long-term costs.”

The proposal – known as a federal 1115 Waiver demonstration project – is one of the key recommendations of the state’s Alliance for Health, a state-led group of health policy leaders, providers, insurers and other stakeholders that was convened by the Governor’s Office last year. Through the project, the state is requesting federal matching funds for approximately $1 billion annually for five years for services that are currently funded solely through state resources. By investing these matching funds in improving the delivery system, especially for people with special needs, the plan will lower costs over the long run for both the state and federal governments.

The plan will also support Governor Quinn’s recently announced Birth to Five Initiative by providing support for parents through a home visit program keyed to the early months of a child’s life.

The state has posted a draft of the plan, which was crafted through a process that included extensive consultations with healthcare advocates and leaders of the healthcare delivery system. Public hearings on the draft are scheduled for Feb. 14 and Feb. 20 (see below for details on the hearings). The state plans to formally submit the proposal on March 12.

The proposal would build on and accelerate Governor Quinn’s Rebalancing Initiative, under which the state is making it possible for people with disabilities and mental health challenges to receive the care they need in their own homes and communities instead of institutions. Federal approval of the waiver will allow the state to consolidate nine separate existing programs that serve populations with special needs and are run by various state agencies. The Path to Transformation will give the state the flexibility to manage the programs more efficiently so that they achieve the triple aim of reducing costs, improving healthcare outcomes and giving people more and better options for care in their own communities.

The plan is organized around four pathways to health: transformation and modernization of the delivery system to create patient-centered health homes; improving the overall health of the population through a focus on prevention, primary care and wellness; building a 21st Century healthcare workforce; and rebuilding and expanding the state’s home and community-based infrastructure, especially for those with complex health and behavioral health needs.

The Path to Transformation Plan has won praise from healthcare advocates and providers who have been closely consulted during its formulation.

“The Illinois Hospital Association appreciates Governor Quinn’s leadership on the 1115 Medicaid Waiver, and we support the general direction of the waiver to bring in critically needed federal funding to transform the Medicaid program to ensure effective, coordinated care for the most vulnerable citizens of Illinois,” IHA President & CEO Maryjane Wurth said. “We look forward to working with the Governor and his Administration, as well as the General Assembly, as the state moves forward with submitting the waiver application to the federal government.”

“This 1115 Waiver application gives Illinois the best opportunity it has ever had to address the root causes of ill health,” Health and Medicine Policy Research Group Executive Director Margie Schaps said. “This will empower Illinois to weave a system of care that prevents people from falling through the cracks, that supports people who wish to remain in their homes and communities rather than institutions, and it will also bend the rising curve of healthcare costs.”

The Path to Transformation plan is an opportunity for the state to garner federal funds to make badly needed investments in the community behavioral health and supportive housing infrastructure,” Mark Ishaug, the CEO of Thresholds, a major mental health provider and advocacy group, said. “We are confident the waiver will result in improved health outcomes and reduced Medicaid costs over the long run.”

“The inclusion of home visiting in the waiver plan will be a critical piece of Governor Quinn’s Birth to Five Initiative,” Voices for Illinois Children President Gaylord Gieseke said. “All the research shows that outreach to families at this crucial time in a child’s development has a significant positive impact on the child’s overall health as well as their social and emotional development.”

The waiver application is being led by the state’s Office of Health Innovation and Transformation (OHIT) on behalf of several state agencies, including the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services, the Illinois Department of Human Services, the Illinois Department of Public Health, the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services and the Illinois Department on Aging.

“We know that we can achieve better healthcare outcomes and lower costs when people live in healthy, safe communities with access to high quality healthcare delivery systems in which provider teams work with patients to achieve a state of physical, mental and emotional well-being,” the Governor’s Senior Health Policy Advisor Michael Gelder, who leads the OHIT, said. “On behalf of Governor Quinn, I would like thank the many stakeholders who have contributed their time and expertise to helping us draft this proposal.”

For more information about the waiver application, go to:

Details regarding the two public hearings are below:

Friday, February 14
9 a.m. to 12 noon
Howlett Auditorium
Michael J. Howlett Building
501 South Second Street
Springfield, IL 62756

Thursday, February 20
2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Assembly Hall Auditorium   
James R. Thompson Center
100 W. Randolph Street
Chicago, IL 60601


Calling All Entrepreneurs: $5,000 Prize Available for our “Big Idea” PDF Print E-mail
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Written by T. Brecht   
Tuesday, 11 February 2014 11:08

Where would we be without the dreamers, innovators, inventors and big thinkers whose ideas drive business? Here in the Quad-Cities, we know that more than 80 percent of all economic growth is home-grown. And we want to see our entrepreneurs thrive even more.

Quad Cities Fast Pitch is a new business idea competition open to anyone in Scott or Rock Island counties with a great business idea or dream. We are looking for bright ideas in the categories of Manufacturing/Industrial; Web/Technology; Retail/Service and Restaurant/Entertainment.

The grand prize winner will receive $5,000 cash and thousands of dollars worth of in-kind business services. Three category semi-finalists will receive $1,000 cash and in-kind services.

The Quad Cities Fast Pitch competition is a joint effort between the economic development departments from the cities of Davenport, Bettendorf, Rock Island and Moline and several other partners, including: Ignite Quad Cities, the Iowa and IllinoisSmallBusinessDevelopmentCenters, the University of Illinois Extension, Iowa State University Extension, AugustanaCollege and WQAD-TV. The Riverboat Development Authority is sponsoring the cash prize for the contest.

Quad Cities Fast Pitch is a three-stage competition. The first stage is an open application period, where contestants submit their ideas in writing to the contest committee in one of four categories: Technology/Web, Manufacturing/Industrial, Restaurant/Entertainment and Retail/Service. The application period is Feb. 10 through March 15. Applications can be found at the Quad Cities Fast Pitch website at

Five semi-finalists from each of the four categories will be chosen to present at the Quad Cities Fast Pitch live event, hosted by AugustanaCollege and WQAD.   Semi-Finals and Finals Event: April 5, 2014, 10:30 a.m. – 5 p.m., Gävle Room in Augustana College’s Student Life Center. Semi-finalists will give a 10 minute live presentation to the judging panel in the semi-final round between 10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Four category winners will be selected from those presentations and will be required to present live in front of an audience beginning at 4 p.m. The grand prize winner will be selected out of the four finalists.

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