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Illinois Office of Tourism Road Show Stops in the Quad Cities PDF Print E-mail
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Written by QCCVB   
Tuesday, 29 July 2014 08:47
The Illinois Dept. of Commerce & Economic Opportunity, Office of Tourism stops in the Quad Cities on their five-day, 16-stop "Road Show" tour around Illinois to share the latest record breaking economic impact numbers of travelers and provide updates on visitor data, job creation, revenue growth and tourism initiatives.

Please join us this week on Thursday!
Thursday, July 31st
3:30 p.m.
Quad City Botanical Center
2525 4th Ave. in Rock Island

Governor Quinn Reminds Drivers to Take Caution in Work Zones PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Katie Hickey   
Monday, 28 July 2014 08:08

Directs State Agencies to Redouble Efforts to Protect Public and Workers

Encourages Public to Increase Vigilance Following I-55 Tragedy

CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today directed the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT), Illinois Tollway and Illinois State Police to explore additional highway safety measures in the wake of last week’s tragedy that claimed five lives in an Interstate 55 work zone near Channahon. The Governor also urged the public to do their part to help crack down on reckless and inattentive driving in work zones throughout Illinois.

“I was deeply saddened and alarmed by the senseless tragedy on I-55 last week,” Governor Quinn said. “Our state police and construction workers are performing dangerous jobs in work zones, and we must take every step necessary to protect them and all drivers. I am directing the state’s agencies take any additional steps necessary to further improve the extensive safety measures that are in place so that inattentive or reckless drivers do not cause more harm.”

At the Des Plaines River bridge project over I-55, the site of last week’s accident, IDOT has installed rumble strips approaching the work zone. In conjunction with the Tollway and Illinois State Police, IDOT has developed public service announcements that utilize the overhead message boards on state highways to encourage motorists to stay vigilant and notify law enforcement if they spot dangerous drivers. Finally, even more Illinois State Police troopers have been added to the patrols around the I-55 work zone.

These new safety measures build upon strong protections already in place at the I-55 work zone, including extended work zone speed limits, speed indicator boards, extra Illinois State Police presence, signs alerting drivers of upcoming construction 20 miles from the project and a Smart Traffic Monitoring system to provide motorists real-time updates on travel times and backups.

State programs are also being expanded that allow state troopers to be hired by IDOT for special patrols in work zones. At the Des Plaines River bridge project, these additional patrols have resulted in more than 4,000 citations for speeding and nearly 300 for distracted driving.

Governor Quinn has directed the three state agencies to meet with federal agencies and industry partners about the recent accidents and to help prevent future crashes. The state continues to work with federal lawmakers to strengthen laws regarding continuous hours driven by truckers and to expand the use of electronic logs to track the number of hours they are on the road.

“We at IDOT remain committed to ensuring the protection of all workers and motorists in work zones – and we are redoubling our efforts in light of last week’s horrific events on I-55,” Acting Transportation Secretary Erica Borggren said. “While we have some of the nation’s best safety measures for work zones, we must take this opportunity to see what more we can do. We also want to urge the public to help by paying attention to signs, staying off their handheld devices while driving and heeding to our ongoing message for work zone safety: See orange. Slow down. Save lives.”

Speed and inattentiveness are major contributing factors to work-zone crashes. All motorists need to be especially careful when driving through work zones. Roadway conditions can change quickly and motorists need to be able to react appropriately. Traffic can be slowed down or stopped well outside of the actual work area. Narrowed and closed lanes, uneven pavement and heavy equipment operating next to lanes of traffic will require reductions in speed to ensure safe travel. Motorists are advised to remain alert for distracted and fatigued drivers and to notify authorities if they observe unsafe driving.

“We are committed to making construction work zones as safe as possible and urge drivers to slow down, stay alert and be prepared for changing conditions,” Illinois Tollway Executive Director Kristi Lafleur said. “With the largest capital program in the history of the Illinois Tollway in full swing, we have also committed the funds necessary to increase the number of Illinois State Police District 15 troopers assigned to the Tollway to provide additional assistance in construction work zones and throughout the system.”

“The traffic laws are clear and ISP troopers will be in these designated areas working to identify motorists who disobey work zone speed limits and other applicable laws,” Illinois State Police Director Hiram Grau said. “We will continue to work hand in hand with our agency partners on a daily basis to continue to raise the awareness of road safety to reduce traffic crashes and prevent loss of life.”

Under regulations that took effect in 2004, fines for speeding in work zones are $375 for first-time offenders and $1,000 for second-time offenders, regardless of the presence of workers. If workers are present, motorists can lose their driver’s license for 90 days if they get a second violation. This year, speed-indicator boards are being deployed on all interstate projects with lane closures, after a significant reduction in work-zone speeds in areas where the boards were used under a pilot program last year.

Illinois averages more than 7,000 crashes in work zones every year. In 2013, there were 28 work zone-related fatalities, including one worker. In 2012, there were 19 fatal work zone crashes, involving fatalities to 13 drivers, three passengers and three pedestrians, two of which were construction workers. Last January, an Illinois Tollway maintenance worker died while attempting to help a semi-truck that was stalled on the Reagan Memorial Tollway (I-88). An Illinois State Police Trooper was also critically injured. In 2013, another Trooper was killed in a tragic accident on the Tri-State Tollway (I-294).


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Written by Aleshia Chiesa   
Friday, 25 July 2014 13:25

WHO: As SouthPark Mall’s redevelopment continues, Gulliver’s Travel has now relocated and opened near the south entrance by JCPenney and across from One Stop Salon. Whether you are looking forward to the beach or a trip to the mountains this summer, Gulliver’s Travel is your gateway to a perfect vacation.

SouthPark Mall’s redevelopment continues as more than 200,000 sq. ft. of space will be demolished. With this, the food court glass dome and the red canopy entrance have been removed. As construction continues, more stores are moving and creating better locations for guests.

SouthPark Mall continues to bring new retailers along with expanded stores to further enhance the appeal and attraction for the local community. All stores are open during the construction phase as these enhancements are brought to the center.

WHAT: In preparation for the first day of school, a fashion show will be held in Younkers Court for the fall back to school season on August 2 at 2:00pm. Retailers like Claire’s Boutique, Icing, Four Seasons and Christopher & Banks will be headlining as Clear Channel’s Mark Manuel will emcee. The National Geographic Kids Club will be held at 1:00pm on August 16 where kids will learn about insects, making crafts and enjoying fun activities.

For more information on free, fun events, and updates on the redevelopment visit or follow us on Twitter @SouthParkMallIL and like us on Facebook at

WHEN: Gulliver’s Travel – Now Open

Fashion Show – August 2 at 2:00pm

Kids Club – August 16 at 1:00pm

WHERE: Gulliver’s Travel – South mall entrance near JCPenney and across from One Stop Salon

Fashion Show – Younkers Court

National Geographic Kids Club – Younkers Court

Only a few cabins left! Travel to GERMANY with GAHC! PDF Print E-mail
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Written by G A H C   
Thursday, 24 July 2014 07:42
Blue Horizon Travel Time

Cruise the Rivers of Southern Germany
August 20-27 2015!
Deposit $250 per person and SAVE 10% off cruise!

Only a few cabins left!

Once again Linda Meadors of Blue Horizon is partnering with the German American Heritage Center for a journey to southern Germany's most picturesque villages traversing along four of its most famous rivers- the Moselle, Rhine, Main, and the Danube Canal. We will board the new Avalon Visionary in Remich, Luxembourg traveling east to Nuremberg with stops in the former Roman city of Trier, the vineyard and castle villages of Cochem & Koblenz, through the famous Rhine Gorge, and into one of Germany's most photographed villages, Rudesheim. Along the way our Avalon cruise director will provide lectures with tales of the ancient castles that stand sentry on lofty cliffs rising 400 feet above the waters.

Bavaria is famous for its half-timbered houses, flower-box laden balconies & onion-shaped church domes. Along the Main River you will step back into medieval times in Miltenberg with its Gothic architecture, Wurzburg (the pearl of the Romantic Road) and UNESCO World Heritage Site, 13th Century Bamberg. Our cruise disembarkation takes place in Nuremberg where our optional German Heritage Tour begins.

3 cabin categories
(priced per person double occupancy without discount)
$3,098 pp lower deck cabin w/window; $3.898 pp middle deck suite w /balcony $3,998 pp upper deck suite with balcony - Call now! Cabins sell out quickly! 309-912-4888
$2,395 pp dbl occ based on current exchange rate plus air

This custom tour is led by the Executive Director of Davenport's own German American Heritage Center, Janet Brown-Lowe. Designed as a companion to the river cruise, we will spend two nights in three of Bavaria's most beautiful and historic cities: Nordlingen located on the picturesque Romantic Road; Alpine Oberammergau famous for wood carving and the Passion Play; and Kaiserslautern, the sister-city of Davenport. If your ancestors emigrated from this region, let us know! As a custom tour, Linda can modify our routing to the interests of our participants. Tour requires a minimum of 15 people.
German American Heritage Center
712 West 2nd Street Davenport, 563-322-8844

Braley Announces Resources for Cedar Rapids Airport PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Kirsten Hartman   
Wednesday, 23 July 2014 07:49

Congressman: Resources will allow airport  to continue to grow and thrive     

Washington, D.C. – Rep. Bruce Braley (IA-01) today announced that the Cedar Rapids Airport Commission has been awarded a grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation. The grant will give the Eastern Iowa Airport $6,051,490 to expand and improve their terminal.  

“The Eastern Iowa Airport is a growing part of the Cedar Rapids economy and an essential part of the eastern Iowa community,” Braley said. “These resources will ensure that the airport can continue to serve consumers and businesses all over the region.”  

The grant will fund the first of four phases to renovate the main terminal lobby in the ticketing, waiting and baggage claim areas to improve passenger circulation and operation. More information can be found at the U.S. Department of Transportation.  



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