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Schilling Announces Upcoming Mobile Office Hours PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Andrea Pivarunas   
Friday, 28 September 2012 15:39
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:

October 3, 2012
Monmouth City Hall- Council Chambers
100 East Broadway
Monmouth, IL 61462
9:00am - 12:00pm

Port Byron Village Hall
120 South Main St.
Port Byron, IL 61275
1:00pm – 4:00pm

October 17, 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

October 31, 2012
Alpha Village Hall
102 South Second St.
Alpha, IL  61413
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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The 39 Steps opens Oct. 11 at The Old Creamery Theatre PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Shelley Klimes   
Tuesday, 25 September 2012 14:38
Amana – Richard Hannay, usually just an ordinary guy, is suddenly caught up in whispers of espionage, daring escapes and close encounters with beautiful women in this hilarious man-on-the-run play opening Thursday, Oct. 11 at 3 p.m. at The Old Creamery Theatre’s Main Stage, 39, 38th Ave., Amana.

You’ll have fun keeping up with the action in this comic thriller adapted by Patrick Barlow, from the novel by John Buchan. The 39 Steps is based on the movie by Alfred Hitchcock. The cast consists of Vaughn Irving of Santa Fe, New Mexico, Lisa Margolin of Iowa City, Sean McCall of Marengo and Nicholas Hodge of South Amana.

Directed by Tom Milligan of West Amana, The 39 Steps runs through Nov. 11 and is rated Theatre PG. Tickets are $27 for adults and $17.50 for students. Show times are Wednesdays, Thursdays and Sundays at 3 p.m. and Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m.

Walk-ins are welcome if seats are still available. Reservations are recommended. Call the box office at 800-35-AMANA (352-6262) or visit us online at Student rush tickets are $12. No reservations accepted for rush tickets. Come to the box office no earlier than 30 minutes before a performance for this special rate. For more information or to order tickets, call The Old Creamery Theatre at 800-35-AMANA (352-6262) or visit the web site at

The Old Creamery Theatre Company is a not-for-profit professional theatre founded in 1971 in Garrison, Iowa. The company has been bringing live, professional theatre to the people of Iowa and the Midwest for 41 years.

Schilling: “There is much more work to do” PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Andrea Pivarunas   
Friday, 21 September 2012 14:52
Washington, DC – Congressman Bobby Schilling (IL-17) today released the following statement regarding legislative priorities still needing to be addressed by Congress:

“There’s still time to work together and find solutions to the big problems facing our country.  The House has passed a plan to avoid sequestration, a plan to keep taxes low for all Americans, more than 30 jobs bills, the defense authorization bill for next year, and two budget proposals to help change the conversation in Washington from ‘how much can we spend?’ to ‘how much can we save?’  The Senate has failed to act on these priorities, and is scheduled to leave town soon.  The Senate should not leave town until it has taken up all of these important issues.

“It was this Congress that passed a multi-year transportation bill that prioritizes our roads and bridges, three Free Trade Agreements, the Jumpstart our Business Start-ups jobs bill, repealed the health care reform law's onerous 1099 tax reporting requirement and the 3 percent withholding tax on small businesses, passed the VOW to Hire Heroes veterans' jobs bill, the STOCK Act, a four-year FAA reauthorization, and a defense bill that will promote workload and jobs at the Rock Island Arsenal, all on a bipartisan basis.

“In addition, I’ve been working hard over the last several months to advance the bipartisan Farm Bill that passed the House Agriculture Committee.  Legislation I introduced, H. Con. Res. 82, would prevent Congress from leaving town before passing a budget and getting its work done.  I stand ready to return to Washington with willing partners in the Senate and the Administration so we can work together.  There is much more work to do.”

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USDA Grants Awarded to Promote New Economic Opportunity for Farmers and Ranchers through Local and Regional Projects PDF Print E-mail
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Written by USDA Office of Communications   
Friday, 21 September 2012 14:42
Over 130 Projects Connecting Farmers with New Markets

CLEVELAND, Sept. 21, 2012 – Agriculture Deputy Secretary Kathleen Merrigan today announced over $9 million in grants to organizations across 39 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico to initiatives that bolster the connection between agricultural producers and their consumers while improving access to healthy food and strengthening local economies. Merrigan made the Farmers Market Promotion Program (FMPP) awards announcement while speaking at the Project for Public Spaces Annual Public Market Conference.

"This year's Farmers Market Promotion Program awards are diverse and illustrate the many different ways farmers are directly connecting to communities and consumers," said Merrigan. "From starting up mobile markets to helping new farmers and ranchers, these grants will create new economic opportunities and encourage consumers to eat healthier."

Merrigan made the announcement in Ohio, which has a long tradition of local farmers pursuing direct-marketing opportunities in their operations. More than 6,800 Ohio farms sell directly to consumers. These investments represent USDA's efforts to strengthen local and regional food systems through projects that recruit and train farmers, expand economic opportunities, increase access to healthy foods and use social media to link markets and vendors. This year, almost five percent of total funding will be awarded to six projects in the state.

This year's funding includes:

  • More than 40 projects that connect farmers and ranchers to new customers by establishing new markets and other retail outlets, community supported agriculture programs or extend the market season;
  • Seventeen projects that will support the use of new delivery approaches such as online and mobile markets, broadening the customer base for several businesses;
  • Thirteen projects that reinforce USDA's commitment to new and beginning farmers and ranchers, increasing opportunities, training and support for those just getting started;
  • Twelve projects that focus on initiatives that support American Indian and Alaskan Native communities, and new opportunities for Latino, refugee and immigrant farmers;
  • Ten projects that will help hospitals and health care organizations improve eating habits in their communities through education and the direct marketing of fresh local produce; and
  • Nine projects that support agritourism, bringing visitors and consumers to farms and ranches.

Since 2006, FMPP has awarded over $32 million. FMPP's mission, which was broadened by the 2008 Farm Bill, is to establish, expand, and promote farmers markets and direct producer-to-consumer marketing. FMPP is administered by the Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS). The full list of awards granted for fiscal year 2012 is available at

In 2009, USDA launched the Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food initiative to strengthen the critical connection between farmers and consumers and supports local and regional food systems. Through this initiative, USDA integrates programs and policies that stimulate food- and agriculturally-based community economic development; foster new opportunities for farmers and ranchers; promote locally and regionally produced and processed foods; cultivate healthy eating habits and educated, empowered consumers; expand access to affordable fresh and local food; and demonstrate the connection between food, agriculture, community and the environment. Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food also leads a national conversation about food and agriculture to strengthen the connection between consumers and farmers.

An interactive view of USDA programs that support local and regional foods, including FMPP, is available at the Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food Compass. The KYF Compass is a digital guide to USDA resources related to local and regional food systems. The Compass consists of an interactive U.S. map USDA-supported local and regional food projects and an accompanying narrative documenting the results of this work through case studies, photos and video content.


USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer. To file a complaint of discrimination, write: USDA, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, Office of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Ave., SW, Washington, DC 20250-9410 or call (866) 632-9992 (Toll-free Customer Service), (800) 877-8339 (Local or Federal relay), (866) 377-8642 (Relay voice users).


Scott Co Board of Supervisors Tentative Agenda Sept 24-28, 2012 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Chris Berge   
Friday, 21 September 2012 14:21

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