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Governor Quinn Breaks Ground on $37.8 Million State Police Forensic Laboratory in Belleville PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Nafia Khan   
Monday, 13 February 2012 14:25

New Building Will Create 260 Jobs and Provide State-of-the-Art Forensic Capability for Area Law Enforcement

BELLEVILLE – February 10, 2012. Governor Pat Quinn today was joined by state and local officials to break ground on the $37.8 million State Police Metro-East Forensic Science Laboratory in Belleville, a facility that will provide the Illinois State Police with enhanced crime-solving abilities.  As part of the Governor’s ongoing commitment to improving public safety in Illinois, the facility will also give police agencies throughout the region a valuable tool for their criminal investigations. The project is creating approximately 260 construction jobs and is expected to be completed in 2013.

“Our law enforcement agencies must keep pace with scientific developments, so that they have all the tools available to investigate crimes and arrest offenders,” Governor Quinn said. “This facility gives local authorities access to the very latest tools and technologies to help them conduct investigations more efficiently and put criminals behind bars.”

The 64,100 square-foot forensic laboratory funded by Governor Quinn’s Illinois Jobs Now! capital construction program will include state-of-the-art space and equipment for crime scene services, trace chemistry, drug chemistry, polygraph, latent prints, firearms and forensic biology/DNA testing. The facility will be located on land purchased in 2007 from Lindenwood University. The project is being administered by the Capital Development Board, which oversees all non-road state-funded construction projects.

“As forensic science technology continues to evolve and forensic scientists are able to provide investigators with more information, there is an increased demand for DNA analysis and other highly specialized testing on crime scene evidence,” Illinois State Police Director Hiram Grau said. “With this expertly-designed, state-of-the-art facility, our skilled scientists will be prepared to keep up with technology and demand, enhancing our ability to provide the best possible forensic science and crime scene services on behalf of the victims of southwest Illinois.”

For more than two decades, the Illinois State Police has leased 15,000 square feet of renovated office space as its laboratory in Fairview Heights. The rented space can no longer accommodate the agency’s technological changes, casework growth and staffing needs. Contegra Construction Company of Edwardsville is the general contractor, and began mobilizing for work on the site in November.

Governor Quinn’s $31 billion Illinois Jobs Now! program is expected to create 439,000 construction jobs while addressing the state’s infrastructure and vital facility needs.




AUTO SHOW TOPS $205,000 IN SCHOLARSHIPS $31,000 in Scholarship Money Given at Premier Night at the Iowa Illinois Regional Auto Show PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Susan Shrader   
Friday, 10 February 2012 08:17
(Davenport) The Community Foundation of the Great River Bend is pleased to announce the 2012 recipients of the Iowa/Illinois Regional Auto Show Scholarships:

Gracie Deery: Notre Dame High School, Recommended by Deery Brothers, Burlington. Hannah was awarded $4,000

Kyle Hoffman: Orion High School, Recommended by Lujack’s Northpark Auto Plaza. Kyle was awarded $2,000

Sienna Klauer: Davenport Central High School, Recommended by Reynolds Motors. Sienna was awarded $4,000

Paige Klinck: Galesburg High School, Recommended by Galesburg Nissan. Paige was awarded $2,000

Benjamin Kuhn: Galena High School, Benjamin was awarded $3,000

Jacklyn Nation: Mercer County High School, Recommended by Eriksen Chevrolet-Buick.  Jacklyn was awarded $4,000

Elizabeth Penrose: Bettendorf High School, Recommended by Lujack’s Northpark Auto Plaza. Elizabeth was awarded $2,000

Amy Rogers: United Township High School, Recommended by Zimmerman Honda. Amy was awarded $3,000

Kylie Sterk: Clinton High School, Recommended by McEleney Chevrolet-Buick-GMC-Toyota. Kylie was awarded $3,000

Christine Walsh: Davenport North High School, Recommended by Eriksen Chevrolet-Buick. Christine was awarded $4,000

The Auto Show has given to date over $205,000 in scholarships to 71 area students. This year given to 10 students, the most in the history of the Auto Show. Proceeds from the Auto Show support the Scholarship Fund. A special presentation of $10,000 was made by the Quad City Times to be deposited to the scholarship fund from sales efforts of the Auto Show Special Supplement. Sponsors of the Premier include: IH Mississippi Valley Credit Union,, Automated Data Processing, S & S Automotive, The Greater Quad City Auto Auction and Enterprise Car Rental.

New Ground Announces “Sudden Theatre” PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Chris Jansen   
Wednesday, 08 February 2012 13:52
New Ground Theatre’s next production of “Sudden Theatre” will take place at 7 pm on February 18th. In “Sudden Theatre” plays are written and rehearsed within a 24-hour period and are then performed for an audience. Five playwrights will meet on the evening of February 17th and will be given a writing topic. They will have all night to write the plays; the next morning directors and actors begin rehearsals and the plays are produced that night.

“One of New Ground’s primary missions is to encourage new playwrights” said Chris Jansen, Artistic Director for New Ground. “This area is loaded with talented writers, and ‘Sudden Theatre’ is lots of fun for everyone involved” she said.

Playwrights for the up-coming Sudden Theatre are Jason Platt, Michael Callahan, Jacqueline DeVore Madunic, Shea Doyle and Dana Moss-Peterson. Directors and actors are still needed. Anyone who is interested in participating is encouraged to contact Chris Jansen at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Tickets are $5.00 at the door. No reservations are required. New Ground Theatre is located at 2113 E. 11th Street, in the East Village of Davenport..

White Rose play at GAHC PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Kelly Lao   
Wednesday, 08 February 2012 13:47

Davenport- The reader’s theater play “The White Rose: A True Story of Freedom in Nazi Germany” by Josephine Cripps will be performed on Saturday February 11th at 1:30pm with a second performance at 3:00pm. The play is directed by Nathan Porteshawver and has a cast of local actors who tell the tale of the White Rose, a resistance group consisting of many young university students that resisted Hitler and paid for it with their lives.

The performance will be held at the German American Heritage Center at 712 West 2nd St. Davenport, IA, in conjunction with the White Rose exhibit running through the 24th of February. Admission is $5 for adults, $4 for seniors, and $3 for children ages 5-17. Free for members and children under age 5. Refreshments will follow the 3:00 performance. Support for the play is provided by the Jewish Federation of the Quad Cities, the Rock Island Community Foundation, the Doris and Victor Day Foundation, and the Rauch Family Foundation II and the Washington State Holocaust Education Resource Center. For more information contact Kelly Lao at GAHC, 563-322-8844 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

QC students appear in Culver-Stockton College theatre's "Much Ado about Nothing" PDF Print E-mail
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Written by CSC Division of Fine Arts   
Wednesday, 08 February 2012 13:38

CANTON, MO. (02/07/2012)(readMedia)-- Culver-Stockton College theatre students will take the stage Feb. 16, 17 and 19 for their production of "Much Ado about Nothing."

Cast members for the production include:

Ian Sodawasser, a sophomore musical theatre major from Davenport, Iowa, as Conrade.

Kirsten Sindelar, a junior musical theatre major from Sherrard, Ill., as Margaret.

The production will be staged Feb. 16 and 17 at 7:30 p.m. The Sunday, Feb. 19 performance will begin at 3p.m. All performances will be held in the Black Box theatre inside the Robert W. Brown Performing Arts Center on the campus of Culver-Stockton College. Tickets are $6 for adults. Admission is free with Culver-Stockton College identification.

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