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SEPTEMBER PASSPORT EXTENDED HOURS & PHOTO SPECIAL PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Grace Cervantes   
Monday, 15 September 2014 09:27

As a courtesy to our customers, the Scott County Recorder’s Office will have extended passport hours and a discount on passport photos.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014 4:30-7 pm.

Saturday, September 27, 2014 9 am-1 pm.

*Photo Discount $5 each (Reg. $8)

www.scottcountyiowa.com/recorder

 
Heart of America Group Announces the Opening of The J Bar and Holiday Inn & Suites at Elmore Marketplace PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Pamela Cooper   
Friday, 12 September 2014 14:10

DAVENPORT, IOWA- Heart of America Group headquartered in Moline, IL announced the opening of The J Bar on Monday, September 8, 2014 followed by the Holiday Inn & Suites which opened on Tuesday. The duo completed Phase I of the Elmore Marketplace project at 4215 Elmore Avenue in Davenport, Iowa.

Already acclaimed for contemporary urban style found in cities like Miami, Chicago, and Dallas, the restaurant and hotel offer an eclectic array of culinary choices, delicious craft cocktails, luxurious guest rooms and meeting room space for banquets and private events. Restaurant seating includes lounge seating, high top tables, private dining, as well as covered outdoor seating on the patio and 2nd floor terrace.

The J Bar is the first of its kind in the Midwest with the next opening planned for the summer of 2015 in Olathe, Kansas where The J Bar will be featured in a 200-room Embassy Suites hotel. The J Bar is open Sunday through Thursday from 11 am until 10 pm and Friday and Saturday from 11 am until 11 pm. The bar will remain open daily until the last guest is served.

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Drive the Great River Road Month is under way PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Kate Hagen   
Thursday, 11 September 2014 08:12
Celebration encourages motorists to travel the National Scenic Byway all month long

MADISON, Wis. (Sept. 5, 2014) – The Mississippi River Parkway Commission is inviting motorists to travel the Great River Road during the second annual celebration of Drive the Great River Road Month in September.

Drive the Great River Road Month is an open invitation to plan a fun and memorable road trip along the nearly 3,000-mile National Scenic Byway that runs through 10 states, from Minnesota to Louisiana. It is one of the oldest, longest and most unique scenic byways in North America, offering a gateway to the Mississippi River Valley’s great history, the blending of cultures and a host of recreational options to all visitors.

The long list of must-see attractions and exciting family-friendly events is certainly a big draw for visitors along the Great River Road. There are magnificent natural wonders, captivating historical sites and unique cultures to experience. Many travelers also take interest in the Great River Road’s agriculture, exploring the area’s delightful orchards, cheese factories, nurseries, tree farms, wineries and farmers markets.

To help celebrate Drive the Great River Road Month, the Drive the Great River Road Month Sweepstakes will be held from Sept. 1-30, offering travelers a chance to win $500 to use on their own trip along the Great River Road. More information can be found on www.experiencemississippiriver.com and www.facebook.com/GreatRiverRoad.

Plan a day’s drive or a month-long excursion along the Great River Road National Scenic Byway with the help of www.experiencemississippiriver.com. Here you’ll find information on all the Great River Road states, interpretive centers (museums and historic sites showcasing the stories of the Mississippi), upcoming events and must-see attractions, along with suggested itineraries and maps to help plan a trip that’s just right for you.

You can also find the Great River Road on Pinterest at www.pinterest.com/GreatRiverRd or on YouTube at www.youtube.com/TheGreatRiverRoad.

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Biz owner cycles to Davenport, Iowa on coast-to-coast trip paid with profits from trading currencies PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Cory Maloy   
Tuesday, 02 September 2014 14:00
Business owner and father cycles cross country to teach how easy it is to trade currencies by paying for trip on profits made from trading during trip
What:  Can someone actually pay for a family vacation across the U.S. simply from the profits of trading currencies? Shawn Lucas and his family are on a coast-to-coast cycling and road trip to prove just that.
Lucas, CEO and founder of Apiary Investment Fund (www.apiaryfund.com), arrives in Davenport, Iowa today during the fourth leg of a 100-day, 19 cities, 4,100 mile, coast-to-coast cycling trip called Pedals and Profits. He started from Cape of Disappointment, WA and will cycle to the Boston Harbor. During the trip he will teach and show people how easy it is to make an income from currency trading by paying for his entire trip from income he earns trading currencies each day of the trip.
Lucas’ 10 member family will travel with him via car and cycle.
When: Sept. 2
Where: Davenport, Iowa

 
Governor Quinn Invests $102 Million in High-Speed Rail Upgrades on Chicago-St. Louis Line PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Katie Hickey   
Tuesday, 02 September 2014 13:39

Funding Will Improve Capacity, Safety on Joliet-Dwight Segment

CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today announced a $102 million investment from the Illinois Jobs Now! capital program to improve system performance and reliability on a key segment of the Chicago-to-St. Louis high-speed rail line. The investment will allow the Illinois Department of Transportation and the Union Pacific Railroad to move forward with construction of a new bridge over the Kankakee River near Wilmington, as well as other safety and capacity enhancements along the busy corridor between Joliet and Dwight. Today’s announcement is part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to create jobs and build a 21st century infrastructure that will drive Illinois’ economy forward.

“This investment is going to put people to work and take us one step closer to completing the high-speed rail connection between Chicago and St. Louis,” Governor Quinn said. “None of this work on the Chicago-St. Louis high-speed line would be possible without the outstanding cooperation of the Union-Pacific Railroad. Investing in our Chicago-St.Louis line today will pay dividends to Illinois residents for years to come.”

The $102 million investment will build a second set of tracks between Mazonia and Elwood, including the new Kankakee River bridge to accommodate the increased capacity. The work, which will be performed by the Union Pacific Railroad and overseen by IDOT, will take place in 2016 and 2017. The $102 million investment, part of the $550 million the governor identified in Illinois Jobs Now! to improve passenger rail service across the state, will create or support 918 construction jobs.

Once completed, the improvements will eliminate about five minutes in travel time immediately and put the final upgrades in place between Joliet and Dwight in anticipation of the eventual double-tracking of the remainder of the Chicago-St. Louis corridor. This double-tracking will then allow more daily round-trips at increased 110-mph speeds.

“We value the public-private partnership between IDOT’s Bureau of Railroads, the Federal Railroad Administration and Union Pacific Railroad in making the rail corridor between Chicago and St. Louis the premier high-speed passenger corridor in the county,“  Union Pacific Railroad’s Assistant Vice President for Public Affairs Wes Lujan said.

Today’s announcement pushes the state’s total commitment to the Chicago-St. Louis route to $358.8 million, with the remainder of the $1.7 billion project federally funded. Trains currently travel at 110 mph between Dwight and Pontiac. By the end of 2015, the trip between Chicago and St. Louis will be reduced to 5 hours from the current 5½ hours. When all of the improvements are finished in 2017, the trip will have been reduced even further to 4½ hours.

For more information on the high-speed rail project, visit www.idothsr.org.

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