WASHINGTON DC (February 8, 2019) — Senate Finance Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley continued his inquiry into inappropriate payments made by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to professionals within the electronic health records (EHR) program after a 2017 watchdog report indicated the payments could amount to more than $700 million.

WHERE: Third Floor Conference Room 302, Bi-State Regional Commission, 1504 Third Avenue, Rock Island, Illinois

NOTE: Change in Meeting Time

CHAIR: Brent Morlok


ROCK ISLAND, ILLINOIS (February 8, 2019) — Can energy installations increase the productivity of surrounding farm land with the right vegetative cover? How are communities repurposing otherwise difficult to redevelop brownfield sites into solar farms? What are Community Solar initiatives and how do they benefit ratepayers?

DES MOINES, IOWA (February 8, 2019) — The State Judicial Nominating Commission, which is responsible for selecting nominees for appointment to the Iowa Supreme Court and the Iowa Court of Appeals, announced today it will begin accepting applications for the vacancy that occurred when Chief Judge David R Danilson retired January 4, 2019. The commission has sixty days from February 5, 2019, to send a slate of nominees to the Governor, who makes appointments to the court.

DAVENPORT, IOWA (February 8, 2019)  The Quad Cities will come together to run for the gold at the 2019 CASI St Patrick’s Day Race Presented by Wells Fargo on Saturday, March 16, 2019, to benefit the Center for Active Seniors, or CASI, as it is known to so many.

MOLINE, ILLINOIS (February 8, 2019) — The theatre program at Moline High School offers rigorous classes in Stagecraft and Acting, and every year the students, teachers, and parents produce 5 productions, compete in Speech and Theatre Events with IHSA, and participate in festivals and workshops across the state. All who are involved grow in communication, collaboration, and theatre technique.

Q:  What does a recent report card about lawmakers tell Iowans about your work in Congress?

A:  In January, I launched my 39th consecutive year holding county meetings, at least once, in each of Iowa’s 99 counties.

JOHNSTON, IOWA (February 8, 2019) — On Wednesday, February 13, Governor Kim Reynolds will sign a proclamation establishing February 13 "Iowa Public Television Day" in the state of Iowa in celebration of IPTV's 50 years of educating, informing, enriching and inspiring Iowans.

QUAD CITIES (February 8, 2019) — Applications are now open for the 2019 Quad City Arts Metro Arts Youth Apprenticeship program.

Unhappy with past court decisions and hoping to control future decisions, Statehouse Republicans are pushing for a court system that will put politics ahead of the law.

Senate Republicans are proposing a new system that will favor their political appointees and donors. Such changes could dramatically alter Iowa’s legal landscape by giving excessive power to the Governor, which defeats our system of checks and balances.