Law Will Help Protect Communities from Undue Environmental Harm  

CHICAGO - August 16, 2011. Governor Pat Quinn today signed legislation calling for an assessment of Illinois' environmental laws and policies to ensure that no segment of the population will disproportionately bear the adverse environmental and health effects caused by pollution.  

"Race, income or nationality should not determine the quality of the air one breathes or the water one drinks," Governor Quinn said. "We want to make sure that all Illinois families live in healthy communities. This commission will help us strengthen environmental laws so that every Illinois resident has clean air and clean water."     

Senate Bill 2193, sponsored by Sen. Toi Hutchinson (D-Chicago Heights) and Rep. Will Davis (D- East Hazel Crest), creates the Environmental Justice Act and the Commission on Environmental Justice.  The commission is tasked with reviewing and analyzing current state laws and policies. Based upon review, the commission will make recommendations to the Governor and General Assembly to address environmental justice concerns.  

"As a mother of three, I'm personally committed to making sure that all children grow up in communities where clean air and water are protected so that they can develop into health adults," said Sen. Hutchinson. "The aim of this council will be geared towards ensuring that a person's income, age, race or nationality does not mean they must be relegated to living in an unsafe environment. I thank Governor Quinn for recognizing this fact by signing this bill into law."  

The new law addresses concerns about rising asthma rates and other health indicators in parts of the state, especially in minority communities. Medical researchers have observed a connection between types of industry present in a community and childhood asthma rates.   

The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA) is tasked with providing the commission with administrative and other support. The membership will comprise designated members of the General Assembly, community members, environmental and business organizations, health experts, local government and members of the public with expertise in environmental justice. In addition to IEPA, the council includes members from the Departments on Aging, Commerce and Economic Opportunity, Natural Resources, Public Health and Transportation.  

The new law goes into effect immediately. 

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Moline, IL... State Representative Rich Morthland will join with the Citizens Utility Board (CUB) to host a phone bill analysis clinic. Senior citizens are encouraged to bring their phone bills to be analyzed by CUB staff. A CUB expert will be at the clinic to analyze phone bills one-on-one and show seniors how to save money. Free energy-efficient light bulbs will be provided by CUB (while supplies last).

 

Who:             Rep. Rich Morthland & the Citizens Utility Board

What:           Phone Bill Analysis Clinic

When:          Wednesday August 24th, 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Where:        Moline Public Library, 3210 41st Street, Moline, IL

 

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Dahl Ford and Christian Care have teamed up to give the Quad Cities community an opportunity to win free oil changes for a year?plus a complete auto detailing from Dahl Ford. All participants must do is be accepted as a friend of Christian Care and/or Dahl Ford on Facebook. They will then be entered in a drawing to win this unique prize package. Individuals who are accepted as a friend on Facebook by both Christian Care and Dahl Ford will double their chances of winning.

The contest runs from August 15 to September 15, 2011. For complete contest rules, please visit www.christiancareqc.org.

To find Christian Care on Facebook, go to www.facebook.com/christiancareqc;

to find Dahl Ford on Facebook, go to www.facebook.com/thedahldifference.

Founded in 1916, Christian Care is a non-profit organization committed to serving the least, the last and the lost of the Quad Cities. The organization's vision is to eliminate homelessness, hopelessness, and domestic violence by transforming the lives of those they serve.

Christian Care's services are available to a growing number of homeless men and abused women and children 24 hours a day, seven days a week. In addition to safe shelter, food, clothing, and personal care items, the organization provides a Community Meal Site as well as a 24/7 Crisis Line for those in need throughout the community and beyond. Its two facilities?a domestic violence shelter for women and children and a rescue mission for homeless men?allows it to focus on every member of the family. Christian Care serves homeless individuals, victims of domestic violence, veterans, men and women coming out of prison, and those with mental illness.

There is a good reason that customers keep coming back to Dahl Ford. Five generations of Dahl's have influenced the automobile industry for almost 100 years. This has been made possible through years of customer's loyalty, which stems from a constant focus on the customer's complete satisfaction with its products and services. The rich history of the family as they continue to grow alongside the automotive industry is a great legacy in the making. The Dahl family legacy will continue for generations to come as they are committed to making the "Dahl Difference".

The 39th Annual Barnes Family Bluegrass Music Festival will be held September 2, 3 and 4, at the Mercer County Fairgrounds, Aledo, Illinois.

Shows start;
Friday at 7:00 PM
Saturday; 12:30 and 7:00 PM
Sunday 11:00 AM

Admission for the weekend;
Friday $15; Saturday $20; Sunday $10. Weekend Passes are $37.

Children under 16 are free with a parent.

Camping fee is $12 per day and electricity is available.

Bring your own lawn chairs. RAIN OR SHINE!!! There are shelters in case of rain.
Concessions on the grounds.

For more information go to www.barnesbluegrass.com

Proceeds benefit the Children's Therapy Center

 

The Barnes Family is gearing up for what is sure to be their most exciting festival to date!

The Expedition Show blends tight vocal harmonies and unique entertaining musical journey of hot picking, and side-splitting humor into a fast paced, non-stop, crowd-pleasing show! One of the fantastic surprises of this veteran Original songs and fresh sounds combined with old-school traditional spirit. Critically acclaimed master musicians and singers trained by the forefathers of bluegrass and the legends of the Grand Ole Opry have forged into a very special musical experience!

World-class bluegrass entertainers Monroe Crossing, named in honor of Bill Monroe. Monroe Crossing dazzles audiences with an electrifying blend of classic bluegrass, bluegrass gospel, and heartfelt originals. Their airtight harmonies, razor sharp arrangements, and on-stage rapport make them audience favorites across the United States and Canada. They are touring in support of their new DVD, "Monroe Crossing Live," which features audience favorites and original compositions from "Heartache & Stone," their latest CD. "Heartache & Stone" boasts seven band originals and songs from four other Minnesota songwriters, including pop rocker Prince

The Harman Family Bluegrass Band today consists of first and second generation musicians having deep roots dating back to 1975. Their music style ranges from traditional to contemporary bluegrass, country, gospel and other various types of music.

The Bankester Family, of Carbondale, IL, is becoming a crowd favorite throughout the bluegrass festival scene.  Their latest CD, The Bankesters, has been released on Blue Circle Records and features the family's beautiful harmonies as well as growing instrumental abilities.  The family was also fortunate enough to feature Jamie Johnson of The Grascals on this CD, with the song, "My Love Will Follow You."  The Bankesters have only been touring a few short years, but can put on a show like true professionals.

Ashley Lewis has fronted the spirited bluegrass band, Ashton Gap, for nine years. Her musical influences are derived from a bluegrass heritage in Kentucky. Known for her sparkling vocals and dynamic mandolin and fiddle performances, Ashley is also a profound songwriter, and evidence of her bluegrass legacy appears in the words and music of her original songs. By blending a variety of mandolin styles and her own rhythmic technique, Ashley has developed a unique sound that is true to the traditional roots of bluegrass with her own flair added.


"In Praise of the Pencil"
an  exhibit honoring 250 years of the first pencil factory in Germany

Sunday, August 21  2:00 pm.

Grand opening of the exhibit and prize ceremony for winning entrants.

  • Featuring: Local Pencil Art Show
  • The Fantastic Pencil Sculptures of Jennifer Maestre
  • Pencil History and Design Timeline
  • Famous Pencil Fans
  • Pencil Collections
  • How Pencils are Made DVD and Illustrated Steps
  • Pencil Trivia and more!

ENTRY DEADLINE FOR THE PENCIL ART COMPETITION:  JULY 18, 2011

 

The German American Heritage Center (GAHC) invites you to submit works of art for an exhibition entitled "In Praise of the Pencil."  The purpose of the exhibit is to enrich public understanding of the role of Germany and German-Americans in the development and manufacture of the pencil as an artistic medium, a common tool in many trades, and a useful everyday object.  The pencil celebrates its 250th

anniversary of mass manufacture in Germany in the year 2011.

 

 

"In Praise of the Pencil" is a juried exhibition open to artists living within a 250 miles radius of the Quad Cities. Works may be submitted for showing in two media, pencil sketches or sculpture in which pencils or pencil pieces are the primary construction material.  It is not necessary to feature the pencil itself as subject of the work. Pencils used may be graphite or colored. Artists may submit in one or both media and may have work exhibited in one or both media. Prizes will be awarded in two age divisions - junior artists in grades 6-12 and adult.

 

Specifics:   Sketches and sculpture must be original, created in the last two years and not previously exhibited at GAHC.   All work must be framed or supplied with a base and otherwise be ready to display with the artist's name, age division and title of the work on the back or under the base. Signed reproductions are excluded. Sketches have no size restrictions; sculpture should not exceed 27" in height.   Only three cases can accommodate a 25"width; most have shelves 16" wide. GAHC can refuse works which do not meet these requirements or are found unsuitable for exhibit. Prices should reflect a 35% commission retained by GAHC in event of a sale.

 

Entry: Fill out the entry form and list the title, size, medium and year created for each entry.  Note if a detail image is included.   Repeat process for each additional entry.  Submit images on a CD as jpg files with a minimum of 300 dpi resolution. Each file must be less than 5 MB. Label each file with a number that corresponds to the number on your entry blank and the title. To maintain anonymity for the blind jury, your name must not be included in the file's name, but do write your name on your disc.

 

Entry fee: $10 per entry; unlimited.

 

Awards and Prizes: Best of Show, First Place, Second Place and Third Place in each age division.

 

Jurors:   Work will be juried by Quad City Arts Public and Visual art Committee, the German American Heritage Center and a professional art educator in the local community.

 

Questions?    Contact Janet Brown-Lowe at GAHC (563) 322-8844 or director@gahc.org.   Additional entry blanks are available at GAHC or may be downloaded from the QC Arts website atwww.quadcityarts.com.

Funding for this exhibit through October 30 provided by the 

Riverboat Development Authority and Wenger Truck Lines.

During our summer break we are working on getting the Go Loopy bus completed and ready for tours to the Artist's studios, so collectors can buy directly from the Artists as well as to Art Galleries in the towns and cities along the Mississippi where the river flows west, i.e from Muscatine to LeClaire on the Iowa side and Illinois City and Port Byron in the Illinois side. Of course we will need to adjust to restrict ourselves to where there are art galleries and artists who have studios which they want to open up to collectors.
This Go Loopy bus is a joint project between The Institute and Johannes Bus Services. 7 area Artists are painting a yellow school bus, no longer yellow, to be converted to an Art Bus for an Art Open tour.  The art work on the bus flows beautifully. It is the only example of a moveable art installation in our area thus far. I trust there will be more that will follow.
More news and details of the Art Open tour will be circulated as the art venues firm up.  The bus is almost done, getting clear coated this week.
We will post the photos on our website and also, physically, at the Institute itself, so you can see hard copies of the photos of the art work, as well as about the artists.
The other part of our summer is the continuing work on the Herb and Spice food plate. At the beginning of  the new semester we will be circulating what we have completed for open commentary.
We are looking to resume our Independent Scholars' Evenings on September 1st. 2011. The first Thursday of the month.  We will be resuming earlier since supporters are requesting and missing the evenings.

CHICAGO - August 15, 2011. Governor Pat Quinn today took action on the following bills:  

   

Bill No.: HB 83  

An Act Concerning: Courts  

Encourages juvenile courts to explore less restrictive alternatives before committing non-violent youth offenders to the Department of Juvenile Justice.  

Action: Signed  

Effective Date: Jan. 1  

   

Bill No.: HB 308  

An Act Concerning: Regulation  

Beginning Jan. 1, the Department of Public Health shall issue permits for the construction and modification of closed loop well systems and shall certify and register closed loop contractors.  

Action: Signed  

Effective Date: Immediately  

   

Bill No.: HB 1127  

An Act Concerning: Finance  

Increases the Lake County Forest Preserve District's deadline for the issuance of bonds and requires that information regarding the potential impact on single-family homeowners be printed on the bond referendums.   

Action: Signed  

Effective Date: Immediately  

   

Bill No.: HB 1228  

An Act Concerning: Regulation  

Makes various changes to the Illinois Plumbing law, including procedures when a license is revoked.  

Action: Signed  

Effective Date: Jan. 1  

   

Bill No.: HB 1284  

An Act Concerning: Insurance  

Requires portable electronic device vendors to hold a license to sell or offer insurance policies.  

Action: Signed  

Effective Date: Jan. 1  

   

Bill No.: HB 1324  

An Act Concerning: Local Government  

Adds administrative buildings to the definition of "construction proposes" under the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District Act and allows for sanitary districts to issue bonds for administrative buildings.  

Action: Signed  

Effective Date: Immediately  

   

Bill No.: HB 1339  

An Act Concerning: Local Government  

Municipalities may impose a fee up to $20 for bail processing against any person arrested for violating a bailable municipal ordinance or a state or federal law  

Action: Signed  

Effective Date: Immediately  

   

Bill No.: HB 1375  

An Act Concerning: Finance  

Bidders in construction contracts must maintain their primary office of employment in Illinois.  

Action: Signed  

Effective Date: Immediately  

   

Bill No.: HB 1415  

An Act Concerning: Education  

Provides that if a school remains on academic watch status after two years following its placement, then State Board of Education may allow the school board to operate the school on a pilot full-year school plan, subject to federal appropriations.  

Action: Signed  

Effective Date: Jan. 1  

   

Bill No.: HB 1484  

An Act Concerning: State Government  

Allows the Secretary of State to develop a process for citizens to receive a non-photo Illinois Identification Card or Illinois Disabled Person Identification Card if they are prohibited by religious convictions from being photographed or by showing their photograph.  

Action: Signed  

Effective Date: Jan. 1  

   

Bill No.: HB 1486  

An Act Concerning: Local Government                      

The Village of Bensenville has a deadline of December 31 of the 35th year (original ordinance May 19, 1998) to complete redevelopment project in their TIF district.  

Action: Signed  

Effective Date: Immediately  

   

Bill No.: HB 1541  

An Act Concerning: Transportation  

Allows local units of government to recover costs from damaged roadway property.  

Action: Signed  

Effective Date: Jan. 1  

   

Bill No.: HB 1573  

An Act Concerning: Transportation  

Requires railroad companies to have first aid kits on any vehicle used to transport railroad employees.  Action: Signed  

Effective Date: Jan. 1  

   

Bill No.: HB 1591  

An Act Concerning: Health  

Clarifies psychotropic medications, and ECT may be ordered without consent on an outpatient and inpatient basis for a patient involuntarily admitted to treatment; allows mental health providers the right to be represented by counsel at a commitment hearing; establishes the transportation of a mental health patients by a licensed ambulance service; and makes other changes to codes regarding mental health records.  

Action: Signed  

Effective Date: Immediately  

   

Bill No.: HB 1658  

An Act Concerning: Public Health                           

A medical certification of cause of death for a death certificate must note the presence of multi-drug resistant organisms if it is a contributing factor to or the cause of death.  

Action: Signed  

Effective Date: Immediately  

   

Bill No.: HB 1659  

An Act Concerning: Health  

Requires the Department of Human Services to notify the General Assembly when enrollment in any developmentally disabled facility declines by 10 percent; requires corresponding monies to be transferred to appropriate line items which will be serving the populations that moved.  

Action: Amendatorily Vetoed  

Effective Date: Immediately  

   

Bill No.: HB 1953  

An Act Concerning: Safety  

Requires drycleaners who have received reimbursement for environmental cleanup actions to maintain insurance coverage for pollution remediation costs in the event of bankruptcy.   

Action: Signed  

Effective Date: Jan. 1  


Bill No.: HB 2265  

An Act Concerning: Transportation                 

Defines "multifunction school-activity bus" as a school bus manufactured for the purpose of transporting 11 or more persons whose duties do not include transporting students to and from home or school bus stops.  

Action: Signed  

Effective Date: Immediately  

   

Bill No.: HB 2554  

An Act Concerning: Local Government  

Auxiliary deputies may receive compensation as set by the county board, with the advice and consent of the sheriff, not to exceed the lowest hourly pay of a full-time sworn member of the regular county police or sheriff's department.  

Action: Signed  

Effective Date: Immediately  

   

Bill No.: HB 2590  

An Act Concerning: Corrections  

Amends the Private Correctional Facility Moratorium Act to include units of local government and county sheriffs in the prohibition against contracting out the operation of a correctional facility  

Action: Signed  

Effective Date: Jan. 1  

   

Bill No.: HB 2982  

An Act Concerning: Health  

Requires the Department of Human Services to facilitate the creation of Regional Integrated Behavioral Health Networks throughout the state, which would seek to address the availability of mental health and substance abuse services in their region.  

Action: Signed  

Effective Date: Jan. 1  

   

Bill No.: HB 3134  

An Act Concerning: State Government  

Clarifies that the DPH Uniform DNR Advance Directive form must meet requirements to be considered physician orders for life-sustaining treatment form, and expands the form's stakeholder group consulted to include nurses and EMS systems.  

Action: Signed  

Effective Date: Jan. 1  

   

Bill No.: HB 3238  

An Act Concerning: Criminal Law  

DNA samples must be submitted for those arrested for certain offenses, as well as those required to register as sex offenders.  

Action: Signed  

Effective Date: Jan. 1  


Bill No.: HB 3273  

An Act Concerning: Business  

Makes it a crime to sell or use the metal from a grave marker on a Veteran's grave, and results in a $1,000 penalty.  

Action: Signed  

Effective Date: Immediately  

   

Bill No.: HB 3343  

An Act Concerning: Government  

Exempts the names, addresses and other personal information of participants and registrants in the programs of park districts, forest preserve districts, conservation districts, recreation agencies, and special recreation associations from the inspection and copying requirements of the FOIA.  

Action: Signed  

Effective Date: Immediately  

   

Bill No.: HB 3411  

An Act Concerning: Government  

Requires the Teacher Retirement Insurance Program Committee to identify proposed solutions to the funding shortfalls that are affecting the Teacher Health Insurance Security Fund and to report those solutions to Governor and the General Assembly within six months after the effective date.  

Action: Signed  

Effective Date: Immediately  

   

Bill No.: SB 106  

An Act Concerning: Children  

Requires mandated reporters to share information in abuse and neglect investigations, even if the mandated reporter did not report the allegation of abuse and neglect.  

Action: Signed  

Effective Date: Immediately  

   

Bill No.: SB 151  

An Act Concerning: Criminal Law  

Amends the crime of identity theft to include knowingly using, possessing or transferring a radio frequency identification device in furtherance of a felony.  

Action: Signed  

Effective Date: Jan. 1  

   

Bill No.: SB 1807  

An Act Concerning: Corrections  

The Department of Corrections shall issue a parole violation warrant for any inmate who is on parole for a forcible felony who commits a new murder, Class X, Class 1, Class 2 or Class 3 offense.  

Action: Signed  

Effective Date: Immediately  


Bill No.: SB 1862        

An Act Concerning: State Government  

Provides that the Department of Central Management Services will implement a policy mandating all hard drives of surplus electronic data processing equipment to be erased, wiped, sanitized or destroyed in a manner that prevents retrieval of sensitive data before being sold, donated or transferred.  

Action: Signed  

Effective Date: Immediately    

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Attaluri, Heartland Center for Motility offer advanced GI treatment for the Quad Cities and surrounding areas 

Advanced GI Motility expertise and testing that was previously only available in large, teaching institutions is now available in the Quad Cities and surrounding areas. That's because Gastroenterology Consultants has opened the Heartland Center for Motility that enjoys the expertise and experience of Dr. Ashok Attaluri.

Dr. Attaluri joined the practice in July after several years of honing his training in the specialty at the University of Iowa. The highly published and educated expert in the arena of GI and Motility has now brought that expertise and knowledge to the Quad Cities.

About 20-30% of the U.S. population suffers from one or more of these Functional GI disorders:

Heartburn: Acid Reflux, Non-Acid reflux,  Dysphasia (difficulty swallowing), Non-Cardiac Chest pain, Gastroparesis (abnormal stomach emptying), Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Constipation, diarrhea, Fecal incontinence, Abdominal pain, bloating, gas, fullness, etc.

Often these conditions are the result of an acute GI problem that can be diagnosed and treated by a gastroenterologist using traditional methods such as colonoscopy, upper endoscopy and related tests. However, more often than you may think, the problem can be more complex and related to a much deeper issue such as:

  • Abnormal Motility:  Abnormality in the activity of the GI tract
  • Abnormal Sensation: Sensitivity in the nerves of the GI tract that can cause pain and discomfort
  • Brain-Gut Dysfunction: Disharmony in the way the brain and the GI system communicate

When one or more of these areas are not functioning correctly, patients need advanced testing and expertise.

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What: Ever wonder what it's like to be a farmer today?  Curious about the men and women who care for the fields that you drive by?  Now people in Muscatine have the opportunity to take a look into the life of an American farmer and learn more about the vital role they play in the world of agriculture today through the America's Farmers Mobile Experience.  Local farmer, Drew Yotter played a large role in bringing the traveling display to the Muscatine 50th Anniversary and will serve as the host of the Mobile Experience while it is here.

The new Mobile Experience is a traveling 53-foot trailer that expands into 1,000-square feet of exhibit space that immerses visitors in the lives of America's farm families.  The tour is designed to educate consumers on modern agriculture and the challenges farmers face to meet the growing demands of the rapidly increasing world population.

Visitors will take a journey through three different focus areas with interactive tools and displays to better understand the life of an American farmer.

  • An interactive globe will allow visitors to see population growth and how many people one acre of farmland will need to feed to meet the demand of the growing population.
  • A 180-degree theater immerses visitors in a video experience that spotlights an American farm family and what they are currently doing to meet the world demand.  Hear three generations of farm women speak about what farm life means to them.
  • Ag educators serve as personal guides teaching guests about the tools and technologies, including breeding, biotechnology and agronomics, that help farmers meet current challenges.

When: Tours will run from:

8:00 am -4:00 pm on August 19

8:00am- 4:00pm on August 20  

Where: Muscatine 50th Anniversary

2500 Wiggins Road
Muscatine, IA 52761               

Who: Media and the general public are invited to tour the America's Farmers Mobile Experience and speak with local farmers and Monsanto Ag Educators.

Background:     The Mobile Experience will tour the U.S. stopping at a variety of urban and rural events to give people the opportunity to learn more about every aspect of the farmer's life, from food production to the challenges they face. For more information on Monsanto's America's Farmers' efforts or its Mobile Experience, please visit www.AmericasFarmers.com

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4 bands, free live music!
Lots of raffle prizes!
Poker Run! 

Doors open at 1 p.m.
Food, Bounce House, Silent Auction, 50/50 drawing

Poker Run August 21st
Sigh up at Purgatory 2104 State Street Bettendorf, from 10:30 to 12 p.m. Last vehicle in at 5 p.m. $10 per person with 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place prizes and many door prizes. Cars and motocycles welcome!!!

Maria was diagnosed with Primary Pulmonary Hypertension in 2008. After several years of expensive medical treatment, and many painful exhausting days, she was blessed to be a recipient of a double lung transpland. During her recovery she will need to establish residency in Iowa City, as well as paying for the home she shares with her husband and two children in Davenpot. She will have to stay in Iowa City for three months in oredr to participate in daily physical therapy, and to undergo lung cultures to ensure no rejection.

Your donations will go towards her living and medical expenses, and to maintaining a stable living environment for her family.

Donations can be made to the Fullers
908 E. 10th St.
Davenport 52803  

If you have any questions contact Karen Fuller 324-0775 or Amanda 209-0371 or Cathy Pena 676-6861

Thanks for all your love and support!!!!!!

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