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Illinois to host Lt. Governors' conference PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Kathryn Phillips   
Monday, 30 January 2012 15:39

Half-million dollars projected in revenue

CHICAGO – January 27, 2011. The nation’s “seconds-in-command” will convene in Chicago this summer at a conference expected to generate more than a half-million dollars in revenue for the state.

Lt. Governor Sheila Simon announced today that she will host the National Lieutenant Governors Association (NLGA) annual meeting July 18-20 at the Drake Hotel in Chicago. The NLGA estimates the meeting will generate $612,000 in hotel, food, entertainment, transportation and other expenditures in Illinois.

“More than 200 people are expected to attend the conference, including many of the nation’s lieutenant governors,” said NLGA Director Julia Hurst. “The meeting will focus on issues impacting the economy, and the people of the states and territories, from education to energy, health care and more.”

Lt. Governor Simon is seeking Illinois businesses to sponsor conference sessions to “showcase the best that Illinois has to offer.” Chicago was selected to commemorate the NLGA’s 50th anniversary as it was the site of the inaugural annual meeting in 1962 when Samuel Shapiro was the Illinois Lieutenant Governor.

“The association is delighted to celebrate its 50th anniversary in the very city in which it was founded – Chicago,” said NLGA Chair and Nebraska Lt. Governor Rick Sheehy. “We thank Illinois Lt. Governor Sheila Simon for hosting this bi-partisan group, and we look forward to the energy that she and the Windy City will add to our gathering.”

The NLGA is a nonprofit, professional organization for elected officials who are first in line of succession to the governors in the United States and five territorial jurisdictions. Since 2000, at least 20 lieutenant governors have succeeded governors, including former Lt. Governor and current Governor Pat Quinn.

“We welcome the opportunity to host these influential policymakers and generate tourism dollars for our state,” said Simon, the NLGA Midwest Regional Chair.

For more information on NLGA, see or contact 859-283-1400. To inquire about sponsorship, contact 312-814-5240.


Opera in Davenport! PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Kelly Lao   
Wednesday, 25 January 2012 15:43

Davenport- The German American Heritage Center and SAU Music Dept. are proud to present The Des Moines Metro Opera’s 2 hour performance in English of Mozart’s The Magic Flute on Tuesday February 7th at 7pm at the Rogalski Center at Saint Ambrose University, located at 518 West Locust St. Davenport, IA.

Mozart’s delightful commentary on love, forgiveness, tolerance and the brotherhood of mankind has become one of the most beloved operas in all the repertory. Filled with star-studded queens, dragons, bird-catchers, heroes and heroines and noble priests, The Magic Flute is a spectacular potpourri of worldly and heavenly delights all set with sublime enchantment to some of Mozart’s greatest music! One of our most popular shows, The Magic Flute returns to OPERA Iowa after an absence of ten years and is the perfect opera to delight and dazzle audiences of all ages. Sung in English with piano accompaniment. Show lasts approximately 2 hours.

Tickets are $15 for General Admission, $25 for Premium seating, and free for students with I.D. Tickets are available at the German American Heritage Center at 563-322-8844 and at 712 West Second St. Davenport, IA. Visit our website for more information. This event is made possible by the Riverboat Development Authority.

Harkin, HELP Committee to Discuss Middle Class in Quad Cities PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Sen. Tom Harkin   
Wednesday, 25 January 2012 15:38

Congressman Loebsack, area residents, others to testify

WASHINGTON, D.C.—On Friday, January 27, Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA), Chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, will convene a field hearing of the Committee to discuss ways to rebuild the middle class.  Congressman Dave Loebsack will join Harkin as part of the hearing.

“For decades, the middle class has been  falling behind,” said Harkin.  “Wages have not kept up with costs, and families’ savings accounts have dried up along with home values and good jobs. Iowans are justifiably worried about the future.

“It does not have to be this way.  It is time to rise to these challenges and face them head-on, as a nation, by remembering what made our country great. Creating good jobs, investing in education, rebuilding our infrastructure, and preparing our workforce for the 21st Century will help to ensure that the middle class has a bright future ahead, in Iowa and around the country.”

Harkin has held a series of hearings in Washington over the past year examining the causes behind the decline of America’s middle class.  Last year, Harkin staff members visited all 99 counties to gather insight into the challenges facing middle class families.  This field hearing will focus on what is working in the Quad Cities to rebuild the backbone of America’s economy.

HEARING: "Rebuilding the Middle Class: What Washington can learn from Iowa"

Panel I
Hon. Dave Loebsack, United States Congressman, Second Congressional District, Iowa
Panel II
Bob Allbee, Interim President, Muscatine Community College, Muscatine, IA
Skip McGill, President, United Steel Workers Local 105, Bettendorf, IA
Robert J. Fox, a Davenport resident working to maintain a middle class lifestyle for his family

DATE: Friday, January 27, 2012


12:15 PM: Tour: Prior to the hearing, Harkin and Loebsack will tour the welding room at the Blong Center, which houses a partnership between John Deere, the local schools, and workers.

1:15 PM: Hearing begins

PLACE: John T. Blong Tech Center‎, 8500 Hillandale Road, Davenport


Veterans: What Priority? PDF Print E-mail
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Written by John J. Bury, US Navy/retired/war veteran   
Wednesday, 25 January 2012 13:37
Military service personnel of all branches of service, be it Army, Navy, Marine Corp,  Air Force or Coast Guard.  They serve with pride and honor and are sworn to protect our Country's borders, our Constitution and Bill of Rights.  They serve in peace time and war time, all with one common goal, our Country's Freedom.

We who served and those who now serve, ask only to be cared for by our Government if we have become sick with disease or injured in the line of duty.  We are from all walks of life.  We represent all religious faiths, all races, all political parties.

A bullet, a disease, does not discriminate who we are or what we are in time of war.  A bullet or a disease does not care if we are of any one religious faith, black or white, yellow or red, democrat or republican or independent.  We are all equals.   Some of us are injured by a bullet or explosive device.  Some of us get sick by the use of poisonous herbicides that causes cancer, Hodgkin's disease, and Ischemic heart disease, just to name a few.  Some of us end up with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.  Yes, some of us even end up with a whole deck full of problems.

Some of our Legislators introduce Bills to the House and Senate to care for us who are in need.  We submit claims to Veterans Affairs.  Mountains of paperwork is required for us to prove we have disabling problems during our time in service to our Country.   It can take months, more likely even years for that paperwork to get through the system.  In the meantime those Legislative Bills receive little to no action in a hurry up and wait mode of operation.  Some of our Legislators aren't sitting on their hands, some support us, they are of the minority.  A few can not do the job needed, it takes a majority.

What are the priorities of our Legislative Body?  Do they tax the very wealthy, millionaires and billionaires or give them tax breaks?  To what countries do they give billions of dollars?  To what banks do they give assistance?  To what giant manufactures do they give assistance?  What Pork Barrel projects do they support? Just to name a few top priorities. But our military personnel who are sick and injured, where are they on this priority list?  At what point does the almighty dollar stop to help those who served? It seems to me, if the bureaucracy waits long enough and makes VA claims difficult enough, more of us will just die out, then there are fewer of us to be concerned about.  Sounds like a rotten death sentence?

What say you, The American People, is this what it has come to?  Are those who fought for Freedom to be forsaken?  Ask your Congressional Representatives and your Senators, are those who served to be forgotten?

Great River Show Choir Invitational 2012 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Tom Stanger   
Monday, 23 January 2012 13:45

Better than Dancing with the Stars and American Idol, on February 17 & 18 the Music Departments of Davenport Central and West high schools proudly present the Great River Show Choir Invitational at the Adler Theater.  The talented teens of Iowa and beyond will be presenting two nights of dazzling dancing, creative costumes, magnificent music, and great family entertainment.  

The middle school show choirs all competing for Grand Champion. What is a Show Choir you ask? All show  choir participants must audition for the opportunity to perform. Once selected, all participants spend endless produced and directed by professional Choreographers.  Costumes are then selected, fitted, and re‐fitted until the finished product is a show choir performance that rivals most area stage performances. These show choirs then travel to many different venues all competing for the chance to become the "Grand Champion”.  

The Great River Show Choir Invitational is unique in many ways. Most importantly, it allows the show choirs to perform on a professional stage, with professional sound and light crews. For many students, performing career. This Invitational is sponsored by two different high schools working together to bring you a weekend of excellent family entertainment at an extremely reasonable price.  

The Great River Show Choir Invitational at the Adler Theater begins Friday at 5:30 PM on February 17, 2012. Ticket prices are $5.00 for the Middle School Competition. High School competition begins Saturday, February 18 at 8:00 AM. Ticket prices are $8.00 for the Saturday competition, $8.00 for the Evening Finals Competition or $14.00 for the entire Saturday and Finals competition. An all weekend pass is available for $16.00.  Student tickets are $5.00 for each session, and there is a $1.00 per ticket discount for seniors.  Awards will be announced approximately 5:00 PM and Finals will begin at 7:30 PM. The Grand Champion will be announced at the conclusion of the Finals competition.  

Come which will begin approximately 7:30 PM.  For more information please visit our website at Please feel free to call Tom Stanger at 322‐3660 if you have any questions, or would like to arrange interviews with the Directors or performers.

We hope you will come support your local high school talents, and enjoy the show!!

Who: High School Show Choirs from 24 regional Junior and Senior High Schools from Omaha to Chicago, hosted by Davenport’s Central and West High Schools.

What:  Usually held in school gymnasiums, the Great River Event is the only one that showcases the choirs in such a large and ornate performance theater.  With over 2400 comfy seats, this is truly the finest class competition in the Midwest

When:  Friday, February 17 and Saturday, February 18th, with the middle school competition beginning Friday night at 5:30.  High school groups compete from 8 AM to 6 PM Saturday, with final competitions starting at 7 PM until 11.

Where:  The Adler Theater in downtown Davenport.

Hosting Sponsored by the The Bechtel Trusts and Foundation and the Riverboat Development Authority, this event will support the expenses of the Central and West Show Choirs.  During the completion season, each of the regional groups take turns hosting events to help lower the costs for participants, and to show off their facilities.

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