It was 50 years ago that Arnold Palmer and Gary Player opened Davenport's Emeis Golf Course with an epic exhibition match.  That match may seem long ago to those who were lucky enough to see it.  But in those last 50 years, Emeis has developed into the City of Davenport's premier golf course, with a layout to challenge even the most experienced golfer of today.  

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of this historic match, you can play Emeis golf course for the same price as the day it opened in 1961.  On Friday, August 19th only, you can play 18 holes at Emeis for $1.50!  That's right, 18 holes at Emeis for the 1961 price of just $1.50. 

Don't miss this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.  Call Emeis Golf Course now at 326-7825 to book your tee time.  Times will fill up fast, so call today and mention the $1.50 green fees for Friday, August 19th. 

What :  Emeis Anniversary 
When:  August 19, 2011 
Where: Emeis Golf Course   4500 W Central Park   Davenport IA

WASHINGTON - Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa today urged President Obama to adopt a definition of tax reform that would make U.S. employers more competitive worldwide and encourage job creation in the United States rather than impose scattershot tax increases that do not constitute reform and do not promote economic growth.  

"Tax reform in a global economy is a serious task," Grassley wrote in a letter to the President.  "There are complex issues to be considered.  These include a comparison of the rates and incentives provided by the countries we are competing with for jobs.  A serious task needs serious leadership.  Demagoguery of tax incentives may provide good political sport but it does not provide the strong leadership needed for the serious task of reforming the tax code to secure America's competitiveness in the global economy."  

Grassley noted that the President and others define "tax reform" as closing "tax loopholes" and the President said tax reform should "ask those who can afford it to pay their fair share."  Grassley said tax reform in the sense of creating jobs involves simplification and making U.S. businesses more competitive with their counterparts worldwide.  

Grassley urged the President to "... take responsibility for the tone and tenor of the tax reform debate you are setting."  Grassley wrote, "With unemployment and growth rates where they are, the country cannot afford the kind of 'tax reform' you are promoting."  

Grassley is former chairman and ranking member and currently a senior member of the Finance Committee, which has exclusive Senate jurisdiction over taxes and has been holding hearings on tax reform.  

The text of Grassley's letter to the President is available here.  

 

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The U.S. Senate Youth Program is offering two high school students (juniors or seniors) from each state a trip to Washington D.C. to participate in a week-long, intensive program that includes educational programs, talks with congressional leaders and visits to sights around our nation's Capital. This year's program will be held March 3-10, 2012. In 1962, the United States Senate unanimously passed a resolution creating the United States Senate Youth Program, and the program is celebrating its 50th year of operation.

Today I invite Iowa's young, bright high school leaders in their junior or senior year to apply for the United States Senate Youth Program.

The Hearst Foundation, which funds the program, brings the highest-level officials from each branch of government to speak with the students. Participants learn about the United States government and each department's duties while having the ability to speak one on one with our nation's leaders. Each year, I look forward to meeting with Iowa's scholarship winners and hearing about their goals and aspirations for the future.

Along with the visit to D.C.; each student is awarded a $5,000 one-time scholarship to the College or University of their choice to pursue history or political science.

Participants are chosen based on their leadership skills and merit. If chosen, students will enjoy an expense-free week with transportation, food, and activities. Interested students should contact their high school principals. Deadline for Iowa applications is October 3, 2011.

Scholarship rules and application forms can be found on the program's website at www.ussenateyouth.org. And of course, if any Iowan has questions on this program, they may visit my web site at http://harkin.senate.gov/ or call any of my Iowa offices.

A PDF version of the column is available by clicking here.

New Law Paves Way for IDOT to Use Asphalt Made From Recycled Shingles, Saves More Than $8 Million Annually

PEORIA - August 12, 2011. Governor Pat Quinn today signed legislation that continues his commitment to making state government greener and more efficient. The new law allows the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) to begin using asphalt made from recycled roofing shingles. It also allows businesses to increase the amount of shingles used in asphalt production and requires IDOT to maximize the use of recycled materials in construction projects, saving the state more than $8 million annually.  

"In the midst of one of the busiest construction seasons in state history, we must continue to embrace green practices in building our roads," Governor Quinn said. "This law will keep more shingles out of landfills, benefit the environment and save the state millions of dollars by expanding our use of recycled materials."  

House Bill 1326, sponsored by Rep. Daniel V. Beiser (D-Alton) and Sen. Dave Koehler (D-Peoria), allows IDOT to use asphalt made with materials from recycling facilities that process shingles, following to regulations established by the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency. The law also directs IDOT to use recycled materials in its projects as much as possible, saving more than an estimated $8 million annually. The agency must report the results of those efforts to the Illinois House and Senate Transportation Committees each year.  

"Under Governor Quinn's leadership, the expanded use of recycled asphalt in roadway pavements is just the latest green initiative the Illinois Department of Transportation has undertaken," said Acting Illinois Transportation Secretary Ann L. Schneider. "Although motorists will not notice the difference, this new law is good for the environment and ultimately will save money."  

The new law also allows businesses that specialize in waste collection from construction and demolition sites to double the amount of shingles they can provide to recycling facilities for use later in the production of asphalt.  

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Sets Performance Standards for College and University Funding to Improve Accountability

MOLINE - August 12, 2011. Governor Pat Quinn today furthered his goal of making education accessible and affordable for all Illinois students by signing legislation to reform how Illinois funds colleges and universities. House Bill 1503 will create performance standards for higher education institutions to increase accountability and improve student outcomes.  

"When it comes to the education and graduation of our students in college, we must demand excellence," Governor Quinn said. "This new law raises the bar for our universities to ensure we are meeting the needs of our students so they have a better opportunity to graduate and find meaningful employment."  

Sponsored by Sen. Edward Maloney (D-Chicago) and Rep. Chapin Rose (R-Mahomet), House Bill 1503 requires Illinois Board of Higher Education (IBHE) budget recommendations to be based on performance metrics designed to promote and measure student success. The new law creates a commission dedicated to developing a system to allocate state funds and resources to public institutions of higher education based on performance.  

"As a former teacher, I know enrolling is just one measure of an institution," Lt. Governor Sheila Simon said. "Performance funding will be an incentive to not just get students in the door, but to improve the odds that students will succeed."  

The commission will develop a performance system that focuses on course completion, maintaining the quality of current degree offerings and rewarding the success of institutions that advance the success of students who are at-risk academically or financially, including: first generation college students, students from low-income households and traditionally underrepresented minorities.  

"As chairman of the Senate Higher Education Committee, I think this is the most important piece of legislation we moved this session," Sen. Maloney said. "Establishing metrics to start connecting state funding with performance will add accountability to our higher education institutions' practices. This will ultimately result in better opportunities for students."  

The commission will include representatives from the Governor's office, General Assembly, public institutions of higher education, state agencies, business and industry, and faculty and staff organizations.  

The new law takes effect Jan. 1.  

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CHICAGO - August 12, 2011. Governor Pat Quinn today took action on the following bills:  

   

Bill No.: HB 159  

An Act Concerning: Regulation  

Provides that all funds received by currency exchanges for remittance to utility and other companies be deposited into an escrow account by the next business day, and that the escrow account may not be used for any other use and increases various licensing fees.  

Action: Signed  

Effective Date: Jan. 1  

   

Bill No.: HB 268  

An Act Concerning: State Government  

Creates the Local Government Consolidation Commission to report on the consolidation of local governments, and repeals the Local Government Consolidation Commission Act.  

Action: Signed  

Date Effective: Immediately  

   

Bill No.: HB 390  

An Act Concerning: State Government  

Would de-list Pyramid State Park and authorize the Department of Natural Resources to permit Knight Hawk Coal Company to use part of the land to support their adjacent surface mining operation.  

Action: Signed  

Date Effective: Immediately  

   

Bill No.: HB 1277  

An Act Concerning: Government  

Allows further exceptions to the Open Meetings Act to include meetings involving internal or external auditors, or meetings in which the subject involves audits.  

Action: Signed  

Date Effective: Jan. 1  

   

Bill No.: HB 1471  

An Act Concerning: Public Employee Benefits  

Amends the IMRF Article of the Illinois Pension Code to change the way the annuity reserve is calculated if a retiring employee has accumulated service in more than one participating municipality or instrumentality. Amends the State Mandates Act to require implementation without reimbursement.  

Action: Signed  

Date Effective: Jan. 1  

   

Bill No.: HB 1521  

An Act Concerning: Regulation  

Requires the Office of the State Fire Marshal to be responsible for inspecting state-licensed facilities, unless local authorities are enforcing higher standards.  

Action: Signed  

Date Effective: Immediately  

   

Bill No.: HB 1700  

An Act Concerning: Local Government  

Allows for annexed land negotiations between the municipal fire department and the fire protection district to decide the department with jurisdiction over the land.  

Action: Signed  

Date Effective: Immediately  

   

Bill No.: HB 1712  

An Act Concerning: Civil Law  

Amends the Power of Attorney Act, expanding the definition of "excluded power of attorney" to include powers of attorney given primarily for various business, commercial and governmental purposes. Provides that designated portions of the Act do not apply to an excluded power of attorney. Additionally, provides that an excluded power of attorney is not revoked by a subsequent power of attorney; it may only be revoked by the mechanism provided in the excluded power of attorney itself, or by a written instrument that makes specific reference to the excluded power of attorney being revoked.  

Action: Amendatorily Vetoed  

   

Bill No.: HB 1748  

An Act Concerning: Criminal Law  

Requires distribution of HIV/AIDS educational materials, as well as the opportunity to opt out of HIV testing to inmates upon arrival and prior to release.  

Action: Signed  

Date Effective: Immediately  

   

Bill No.: HB 1831  

An Act Concerning: Education  

Eliminates the bilingual program within the educational services block grant.  

Action: Signed  

Date Effective: Immediately  

   

Bill No.: HB 1865  

An Act Concerning: Regulation  

Allows Illinois Power Agency to develop procurement plans for small utilities if they request it.  

Action: Signed  

Date Effective: Immediately  


Bill No.: HB 1872  

An Act Concerning: Public Employee Benefits  

Allows a member of the Policemen's Annuity and Benefit Fund to transfer credit to the Police Pension Fund.  

Action: Signed  

Date Effective: Immediately  

   

Bill No.: HB 1948  

An Act Concerning: State Government  

Requires the Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority to post on its website the number of surveillance cameras each agency owns or has access to.  

Action: Amendatorily Vetoed  

   

Bill No.: HB 1949  

An Act Concerning: Local Government  

Removes the Illinois Board of Higher Education chair as a member of the Law Enforcement Training Board, and replaces them with the Clerk of the Cook County Circuit Court.  

Action: Signed  

Date Effective: Jan. 1  

   

Bill No.: HB 1956  

An Act Concerning: Public Employee Benefits  

Makes technical changes to four sections of the IMRF Article of the Pension Code.  

Action: Signed  

Date Effective: Immediately  

   

Bill No.: HB 1960  

An Act Concerning: Civil Law  

Provides that, in certain instances, motions to quash must be filed within 30 days; a motion to quash not filed within the applicable 30-day time limit is barred.  

Action: Signed  

Date Effective: Immediately  

   

Bill No.: HB 1966  

An Act Concerning: Transportation  

Creates the Illinois and Midwest High-Speed Rail Commission, which is required to prepare and issue a report and follow-up report recommending the best governmental structure for a public-private partnership to design, build, operate, maintain and finance a high-speed rail system for the state. Repeals the Act on Jan. 1, 2015.  

Action: Vetoed  


Bill No.: HB 2270  

An Act Concerning: Transportation  

Allows the Toll Highway Authority to exercise any powers it has under the Toll Highway Act to construct new railroad tracks.  

Action: Amendatorily Vetoed  

   

Bill No.: HB 2550  

An Act Concerning: Local Government  

Provides that a township board may appoint township enforcement officers, and may remove officers with or without cause. Also gives township enforcement officers the authority to enforce county ordinances in areas of the county located within their township if intergovernmental agreements are in existence.   

Action: Signed  

Date Effective: Immediately  

   

Bill No.: HB 2556  

An Act Concerning: Local Government  

Allows municipalities to collect a reimbursement fee from the county for all prosecutions which result in a finding of guilt, not simply for cases tried before a judge.  

Action: Signed  

Date Effective: Immediately  

   

Bill No.: HB 2777  

An Act Concerning: Safety  

Allows dry-cleaning businesses to make license payments by credit card or business check, and decreases the civil penalties that must be paid for failing to submit the required license fees in a timely manner.  

Action: Signed  

Date Effective: Immediately  

   

Bill No.: HB 2853  

An Act Concerning: Revising a law by combining multiple enactments and making technical corrections.  

Creates the First 2011 General Revisory Act.  

Action: Signed  

Date Effective: Immediately  

   

Bill No.: HB 2917  

An Act Concerning: Controlled Substances  

Rewrites the Illinois Controlled Substances Act to improve the safety of patients, simplify the law for practitioners and dispensers, and allow for collaborative interface with other state industries.  

Action: Signed  

Date Effective: Jan. 1  


Bill No.: HB 2991  

An Act Concerning: Revenue  

Requires a business that uses vending machines to notify the Department of Revenue (DOR) of the number of machines if DOR requests that they add machines.  

Action: Signed  

Date Effective: Jan. 1  

   

Bill No.: HB 3102  

An Act Concerning: Local Government  

Provides that notices for annexation, special uses, variations or specified zoning hearings do not require a metes and bounds legal description of the territory as long as the notice includes street address(es) and property index number(s).  

Action: Signed  

Date Effective: Immediately  

   

Bill No.: HB 3152  

An Act Concerning: Local Government  

Provides that authorization to sell township and township road district personal property is obtained by a vote of the township board or request of the township highway commissioner.  

Action: Signed  

Date Effective: Immediately  

   

Bill No.: HB 3182  

An Act Concerning: State Government  

Requires residential and small commercial electric utilities to submit customer account numbers, in addition to names and addresses, to local authorities upon request as a part of soliciting bids and awarding purchasing agreements for aggregation of retail electric loads.   

Action: Signed  

Date Effective: Immediately  

   

Bill No.: HB 3223  

An Act Concerning: Education  

Makes changes to the School Code regarding instructional time and school term calendar for remote educational programs.  

Action: Signed  

Date Effective: Immediately  

   

Bill No.: HB 3281  

An Act Concerning: Education  

Allows school boards to expel or suspend pupils for gross misconduct perpetrated by electronic means.  

Action: Signed  

Date Effective: Jan. 1  


Bill No.: HB 3289  

An Act Concerning: Internet  

Requires Internet access providers to offer parental controls so that subscribers can monitor or restrict their children's web activity.  

Action: Signed  

Date Effective: Immediately  

   

Bill No.: HB 3342  

An Act Concerning: Transportation  

The ITHA may not sell or otherwise provide to third parties personally identifiable information obtained through its electronic toll collection system.  

Action: Signed  

Date Effective: Immediately  

   

Bill No.: HB 3358  

An Act Concerning: Insurance  

Reconciles the State Employees Group Insurance Act with the changes in the Illinois Insurance Code regarding care for persons who have been abused.  

Action: Signed  

Date Effective: Jan. 1  

   

Bill No.: HB 3376  

An Act Concerning: Public Employee Benefits  

Provides that the monthly annuity of a person who first becomes a member under the Article after the effective date of this bill, shall be increased on the Jan. 1 occurring either on or after the attainment of age 60 or the first anniversary of the annuity start date, whichever is later.  

Action: Signed  

Date Effective: Immediately  

   

Bill No.: HB 3386  

An Act Concerning: Government  

Changes the definition of "disaster" in the Disaster Service Volunteer Leave Act and the Local Government Disaster Service Volunteer Act to include any disaster declared by proclamation of the Governor under a specific provision of the IEMA Act.  

Action: Signed  

Date Effective: Immediately  

   

Bill No.: HB 3405  

An Act Concerning: Insurance  

Clarifies the definition used to determine when a person is eligible to receive insurance coverage under the Medicare plan offered by the Illinois Comprehensive Health Insurance Plan (CHIP).  

Action: Signed  

Date Effective: Immediately  


Bill No.: HB 3431  

An Act Concerning: Criminal Law  

Eliminates delivery as an element of possession of a stolen firearm and as an element of aggravated possession of a stolen firearm.  

Action: Signed  

Date Effective: Jan. 1  

   

Bill No.: HB 3449  

An Act Concerning: State Government  

Requires state payments for an employee's payroll, reimbursement or vendor payment be made through direct deposit. Exempts legislative and judicial branches of government.  

Action: Signed  

Date Effective: Immediately  

   

Bill No.: HB 3458  

An Act Concerning: Local Government  

Authorizes parks to enter into design-build contracts, and provides that park districts must use a two-phase procedure to select the successful design-build entity for projects with a budgeted construction cost over $12 million.  

Action: Signed  

Date Effective: Immediately  

   

Bill No.: HB 3478  

An Act Concerning: Civil Law  

Allows a lien to be placed on specific items of personal property, including interest earned on that property, and makes other changes concerning charging orders and clarifies when a judgment is first considered an original judgment.  

Action: Signed  

Date Effective: Jan. 1  

   

Bill No.: HB 3539  

An Act Concerning: Education  

Amends the state aid formula provisions of the School Code by eliminating the General State Aid Hold Harmless funding.  

Action: Signed  

Date Effective: Immediately  

   

Bill No.: HB 3550  

An Act Concerning: Local Government  

Provides that review sessions held after an examination has been given for the purpose of gathering feedback from candidates shall be at no cost to the candidates.  

Action: Signed  

Date Effective: Immediately  


Bill No.: SB 43  

An Act Concerning: Revenue  

Requires the DOR to establish an online database of tax rates, including use, income, property, and excise taxes by locality.  

Action: Signed  

Effective Date: Jan. 1  

   

Bill No.: SB 86  

An Act Concerning: State Government  

Revises the Abuse of Adults with Disabilities Act to include sexual exploitation to the definition of sexual abuse, add a definition for mental abuse, and broaden the physical abuse definition to include culpability when someone directs another person to abuse a person with disabilities.  

Action:  Signed  

Effective Date: Immediately  

   

Bill No.: SB 2004  

An Act Concerning: Criminal Law  

Amends the Criminal Code of 1961 to provide assault/battery of a person known by the offender to be a person authorized to serve and deliver court documents is enhanced to aggravated assault/battery.  

Action: Signed                  

Effective Date: Jan. 1  

   

Bill No.: SB 2096  

An Act Concerning: Education  

Repeals the Illinois Accessibility Taskforce, and allows an exemption for school districts with press boxes that meet certain requirements from the Illinois Accessibility Code.  

Action: Signed                          

Effective Date: Jan. 1  

   

Bill No.: SB 2123  

An Act Concerning: State Government  

Requires the Illinois Workforce Investment Board to annually submit information concerning the board's meetings, budgets for local workforce investment areas, and contracts for all workforce development training and service providers to the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity.  

Action: Signed                          

Effective Date: Jan. 1  

   

Bill No.: SB 2134  

An Act Concerning: Education  

Allows a regional superintendent of schools to administer a joint operational program, per request of two or more school districts, present the district with possible services that schools may share and submit an annual report to the State Board of Education, regarding fiscal efficiency.

Action: Signed                

Effective Date: Jan. 1


Bill No.: SB 2255

An Act Concerning: Regulation

Provides that a collaborating physician or podiatrist may delegate authority to an advanced practice nurse to prescribe any Schedule II controlled substances if all conditions are met. Provides that an advanced practice nurse who writes a prescription for a controlled substance without the valid license may be fined by the Department not more than $50 per prescription.

Action: Signed

Effective Date: Immediately

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Commission Will Explore Inequalities Across a Wide Variety of Areas  

CHICAGO - August 13, 2011. Governor Pat Quinn today signed House Bill 1547, creating the Commission to End the Disparities Facing the African-American Community. The commission will research the disparities facing African-Americans in the areas of healthcare, health services, employment, education, criminal justice, housing, and other social and economic issues. Its findings will be reported to the General Assembly. 

"We know that disparities exist within the African-American community, preventing some from achieving their full potential," Governor Quinn said. "In Illinois, we want everybody in, and nobody left out. We won't shy away from examining the root causes of inequality, and working to correct them."   

The commission will be comprised of a bipartisan group of legislators from both houses of the General Assembly, the directors of the Departments of Human Services, Healthcare and Family Services, Children and Family Services, Public Health, Aging, Labor, Employment Security, Commerce and Economic Opportunity, State Board of Education, Board of Higher Education, Corrections, Juvenile Justice, or their designees.

It will also include the Executive Director of the Illinois African-American Family Commission, and up to 10 other individuals representing African-American communities around the state with backgrounds in the research areas. The president of the Illinois Senate and speaker of the Illinois House will name co-chairs for this Commission, and all members will serve without compensation. 

The Commission must hold one or more public hearings, and report findings with recommendations to the General Assembly by Dec. 31, 2013. The Jane Addams College of Social Work at the University of Illinois at Chicago will provide staff and administrative support services. 

House Bill 1547, sponsored by Rep. Monique Davis (D-Chicago) and Sen. Mattie Hunter (D-Chicago), goes into effect immediately.

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Law Protects Illinois Families' Right to Grieve With Reverence and Dignity

SPRINGFIELD - August 14, 2011. Governor Pat Quinn today signed legislation to protect the funerals of those who have given their lives for our country. The new law expands Illinois' Let Them Rest in Peace law to prohibit protests within 300 feet of a funeral site and ensure that no protest can take place within 30 minutes before and after a funeral or memorial service.

"Every family has a fundamental right to conduct a funeral with reverence and dignity," said Governor Quinn. "This law ensures that the families of those who have given their lives for our country can grieve without harassment. It is our duty to honor their sacrifice by ensuring they are remembered with the respect and solemnity."

House Bill 180, sponsored by Sen. A.J. Wilhelmi (D-Joliet) and Rep. Kay Hatcher (R-Yorkville), strengthens an existing law spearheaded by then-Lt. Governor Quinn in 2006 that prohibits protests within 30 minutes of a service and within 200 feet of a funeral site. The Governor signed the new law as part of Veterans' Day at the Illinois State Fair and was joined by Illinois Department of Veterans' Affairs (IDVA) Acting Director Erica Borggren, Assistant Adjutant General of the Illinois National Guard Major General Dennis L. Celletti.

Throughout his career, Governor Quinn has served as a strong advocate for Illinois' Veterans and servicemembers. As state treasurer, he launched "Operation Home Front" during the Gulf War to inform National Guard members and reservists about their rights under the Soldiers' and Sailors' Civil Relief Act. As Lt. Governor, he championed the 2003 creation of the Illinois Military Family Relief Fund, which provides financial assistance to the families of Illinois National Guard members and reservists called to active duty.

As Governor, he has signed legislation to extend and increase tax credits for businesses that hire Veterans. Recently he signed legislation to ensure Veteran-owned businesses are able to compete for state contracts. The Governor has also led passage of and signed legislation to help the children of military families to easily transfer school credit following relocation. Children and grandparents of servicemembers are also now eligible for Family Military Leave.

Governor Quinn also created the Task Force on Veterans' Jobs to help Veterans apply their military training to state professional licensure requirements. Colleges are now required to post all benefits available to Illinois Veterans and assign a staff member to serve as the point of contact for student-Veterans who need information and assistance. The Governor also laid the framework for construction of a new Veterans' home in Chicago and established an Assistant Director for Women Veterans' Affairs at IDVA, to create a new focus on the needs of Illinois women who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces.

For more information about these and other programs for our Veterans, visit OperationHomefront.org or call the Illinois Department of Veterans' Affairs at 217-782-6641 or 312-814-2460.

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Law Will Improve Access to Up-to-Date Truck Route Information

CHICAGO - August 11, 2011. Governor Pat Quinn today signed legislation to help the trucking industry operate more efficiently in Illinois. The new law requires local governments to provide the most up-to-date truck route information for the Illinois Department of Transportation to post online.

"Today's action marks another important step we have taken to improve Illinois' business climate," Governor Quinn said. "Helping businesses operate more efficiently helps them create jobs and keep our economy moving forward."

House Bill 1377, sponsored by Rep. Michael Zalewski (D-Summit) and Sen. Kwame Raoul (D-Chicago), requires local units of government to report their designated truck route network or lack of truck routes to the Illinois Department of Transportation. The information will then be posted online at http://www.dot.state.il.us/.

"This law will make it easier for trucks drivers to pick routes that comply with local ordinances and provide the most efficient way to transport goods," Sen. Raoul said. "A more productive and efficient transportation industry will help ease congestion and minimize wear on roads throughout Illinois."

Because global positioning systems for passenger cars do not contain the correct data required by truck drivers, the law instructs the Secretary of State to create a brochure illustrating distinctions between different types of GPS devices, and make the brochure available at all SOS facilities where an applicant may obtain or renew a commercial driver's license (CDL).

"Illinois roadways host hundreds of thousands of motorists and truckers, and we know that by providing motor carrier operators with more information on local truck routes and applicable GPS devices, trucking industry productivity will be enhanced significantly," said Acting Transportation Secretary Ann Schneider. "We are proud to be involved with this legislation, and look forward to its positive impact statewide."

The law goes into effect Jan. 1.

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What: World-Famous Budweiser Clydesdales to Appear at River Roots Live with Chad Pregracke
Date:
Saturday, August 20  

Time: 4:30 p.m. (Budweiser Wagon arrives in park for beer tasting) 7 p.m. (Full Hitching of horses in Freight House lot)
Where:
LeClaire Park and Freight House Parking Lot
Media Contacts: Please see below  

We're excited to announce that the world-famous Budweiser Clydesdales will be appearing at River Roots Live on Saturday, August 20!  The iconic Budweiser wagon will arrive at the festival at 4:30 p.m. to provide beer samples, and all 8 Clydesdales will be hitched to the wagon in the Freight House parking lot beginning at 7 p.m.  The public is welcome to come and meet the Clydesdales while they're being hitched at 7 p.m.   

The Quad Cities' own Chad Pregracke, founder of Living Lands & Waters, will be riding up to the stage in the wagon later in the evening to welcome everyone to River Roots Live.  Chad will be available for comment this evening (Thursday, Aug. 11) at the Living Lands & Waters Barge Party taking place at the Lake Davenport Sailing Club from 5:30 - 9:00 p.m.  All media are welcome to attend; please visit the media tent by the barge upon your arrival.   

 

The Budweiser Clydesdales have a rich and interesting history; please refer to the fact-sheet provided for additional details regarding the horses.  A DVD with approved video of the Clydesdales is available upon request at the Chamber's Davenport office.  Visit www.RiverRootsLive.com for additional festival details, and please take note of the Budweiser contact listed below for additional questions pertaining to the Clydesdales.

Media Contacts
Kyle Carter
Marketing Director, Downtown Partnership
Quad Cities Chamber of Commerce
130 W. Second St. Davenport, IA
Phone: (563) 823-2674
DowntownDavenport.com

Dale Wienke 
Sales Director 
Vanguard Distributing Corp
(563) 391-7777 Ext. 820.

ST. LOUIS, MO (08/10/2011)(readMedia)-- Elizabeth Jane Gibson of Pleasant Valley, IA (52767), was named to the Dean's List for the spring 2011 semester at Washington University in St. Louis. Gibson is a graduate of Pleasant Valley Cmty High School in Pleasant Valley, IA, and is enrolled in the university's College of Arts & Sciences.

To qualify for the Dean's List in the College of Arts & Sciences, students must earn a semester grade point average of 3.5 or above and be enrolled in at least 14 graded units.

Washington University is counted among the world's leaders in teaching and research, and it draws students and faculty to St. Louis from all 50 states and more than 110 nations. The total student body is nearly 14,000 undergraduate, graduate and professional students.

The approximately 3,400 faculty teach in seven schools: Arts & Sciences, Brown School, Olin Business School, Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts, School of Engineering & Applied Science, School of Law and School of Medicine. Twenty-three Nobel laureates have been associated with Washington University, with nine doing the major portion of their pioneering research there.

The university offers more than 90 programs and almost 1,500 courses leading to bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees in a broad spectrum of traditional and interdisciplinary fields, with additional opportunities for minor concentrations and individualized programs.

On the web: http://readabout.me/achievements/Elizabeth-Jane-Gibson-of-Pleasant-Valley-named-to-Dean-s-List-at-Washington-University-in-St-Louis/2933520.

Tom Waits, Tori Amos, Ozzy Osbourne, My Morning Jacket, Jeff Beck, McCoy Tyner, Duran Duran, And Kelly Clarkson Join Music Industry Executives To Select 2011 ISC Winners 

August 9, 2011 - The prestigious International Songwriting Competition (ISC) has assembled a distinguished panel of judges for its 2011 competition. With the most high-profile judging panel of any music competition in the world, ISC offers songwriters and artists the unprecedented opportunity to have their music heard by iconic recording artists, as well as many major and indie record label Presidents, A&R executives, producers, music supervisors, and more.

Now accepting entries for the 2011 competition, ISC gives away more than $150,000 in cash and prizes (shared among the 68 winners) including an overall Grand Prize consisting of $25,000 (US) cash and $20,000 in prizes. Open to all levels of songwriters, ISC offers 22 categories that include all genres of popular music. Past winners have included artists from Grammy winners to hobbyist songwriters and everyone in between. 

For information and enter, go to http://www.songwritingcompetition.com

Winning ISC can be a tremendous career booster. Over the years, many winners have achieved great career success, including getting signed to labels such as Epic, Universal, Motown, and more. Many more winners have secured publishing deals, smaller label deals, licensing deals, and distribution deals in addition to getting more gigs, fans, and recognition.

The complete list of ISC judges includes: 

Recording Artists: Tom Waits; Tori Amos; Jeff Beck; Billy Currington; My Morning Jacket; Simon Le Bon & Roger Taylor (Duran Duran); Kelly Clarkson; Keane; McCoy Tyner; Wynonna; Francesca Battistelli; Tegan and Sara; Massive Attack; Michael W. Smith; Alejandro Sanz; Johnny Clegg; Jeremy Camp; Ray Wylie Hubbard; John Mayall; Craig Morgan; Basement Jaxx; James Cotton; Sandra Bernhard; Trombone Shorty; Robert Earl Keen; Black Francis (The Pixies); Mose Allison; Robert Smith (The Cure); Amadou & Mariam; Darryl McDaniels (Run D.M.C.); Toots Hibbert (Toots & The Maytals); Matt Thiessen (Relient K); Chayanne; and more... 

Industry Executives: Monte Lipman (President, Universal Republic Records); David Massey (President, Mercury Records); Brian Malouf (VP A&R, Walt Disney Records); Bruce Iglauer (Founder/President, Alligator Records); Angel Carrasco (Sr. VP A&R, Latin America, Sony/BMG); Ric Arboit (President, Nettwerk Music Group); Anastasia Brown (Music Supervisor, FORMAT); Allison Jones (VP of A&R, Big Machine Label Group); Steve Lillywhite (Producer); Dan Storper (President, Putamayo World Music Records and Putumayo Kids); Kim Buie (VP A&R, Lost Highway); Douglas C. Cohn (Sr. VP, Music Marketing & Talent, Nickelodeon); Trevor Jerideau (VP of A&R, J Records); Antony Bland (A&R, American Recordings); Steve Smith (VP of A&R, Aware Records); Cory Robbins (Founder/President, Robbins Entertainment); Dr. Demento (Radio Host, The Dr. Demento Show); and more... 

ISC Sponsors: Presonus, Lowden Guitars, Sennhaiser, ASCAP, Berklee College of Music, Posse, D'Addario, Thayers, SongU.com, Online Gigs, The Music Business Registry, Independent Mastering, Indie Venue Bible, George Stein, Esq. Sonicbids, Taxi, and music Submit

Davenport, Iowa - August 2011 -The Figge will host free art activities on Thursday, August 11 and Thursday, August 18 from 6pm to 7:30pm.  The art activities are offered in conjunction with the current exhibition, The Art of Seating: 200 Years of American Chair Design.  On August 11, participants will be able to make prints of iconic chairs, many of which are featured in the exhibition.  On August 18, participants will be able to make miniature chair models.  No drawing skills or previous art-making experience are needed to participate in these free activities. 

The Figge is offering these activities as part of their "Thursdays at the Figge" weekly program.  This unique program gives museum visitors the opportunity to experience the Figge in a fun, social atmosphere.  Every Thursday the Figge offers an art talk or activity and live music.  Each Thursday in August Ellis Kell will perform from 5:30pm until 7pm in the lobby.  The Arts Café in the museum dining room and the bar are also open for dinner service and cocktails.  The Figge remains open until 9pm on Thursdays.

Admission to the museum is not required to participate in these art activities.  Regular admission applies for admittance to the galleries and special exhibitions. 

The Art of Seating is sponsored by Sears Manufacturing, Paragon Commercial Interiors, Inc., and Rick Bowers.

The Art of Seating is developed by the Museum of Contemporary Art Jacksonville and the Jacobsen Collection of American Art; tour organized by International Arts & Artists, Washington, D.C.

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SPRINGFIELD, IL (08/10/2011)(readMedia)-- Seven members of the Illinois Air National Guard's 183rd Fighter Wing, 217th Engineering Installation Squadron in Springfield were awarded Bronze Star Medals while serving in Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom from September 2010 through July 2011. Six of the Airmen received their medals during a ceremony at the 183rd Fighter Wing Aug. 6. The seventh Airmen will receive his medal at a later date. All seven members were key decision makers who had pivotal roles not only for themselves but for all 80 combined unit members who deployed.

"Receiving the Bronze Star is quite an honor," said Lt. Col. James Loux of Springfield, the 217th commander. "It represents the challenges our members faced from a long deployment and a deployment to a combat area."

Loux received a Bronze Star Medal for his service as the deployed commander of 80 Airmen during their first mobilization as Joint Expeditionary Tasked Airmen.

The Joint Expeditionary Tasking supporting the U.S. Army was comprised of Air Force members from three different Air National Guard units from around the United States. The team formed a cohesive group of engineers, cable and electronics teams and management teams based out of Bagram and Kandahar Airfields in Afghanistan. The primary mission while deployed was to install the centralized, strategic fiber optic network at 15 sites in support of the Technical Control Facility program. In addition, the team worked on various communication projects, including both engineering and installations, at more than 27 forward operating bases in Afghanistan.

Capt. Christopher Treff, of Mascoutah, received a Bronze Star Medal for his service as the lead engineer for all northern tier forward operating bases. He designed five technical control projects and more than 20 outside plant projects. He provided engineering expertise to the command staff for all projects within the combined joint operations area.

Senior Master Sgt. Kevin Keyfauver, of McHenry, received a Bronze Star Medal for his service in managing more than 90 communication projects from engineering to installation at more

than 20 separate sites in Afghanistan. The joint effort included teams of two to 10 Army technicians at various sites.

Senior Master Sgt. James Wynn, of Chicago, received a Bronze Star Medal for his service as the team chief for the first technical facility installation. He led a nine-man team who completed an $8 million project at Spin Buldak, a forward operating base in Afghanistan. In addition he installed 14,000 feet of copper and 46,000 feet of fiber, bringing 17 buildings online to the Afghan network.

Master Sgt. William Barnes, of Riverton, received a Bronze Star Medal for his service in deploying all 80 members in to and out of the theater of operations. He moved equipment, personnel and resources to 27 locations within Afghanistan. His efforts required constant communication with the host nation trucking, military and civilian airlift, and heavy equipment units and operators. He successfully shipped more than 2 million pounds of material, tools, equipment, vehicles and personnel within theater of operations.

Master Sgt. Scott Reynolds, of Chatham, received a Bronze Star Medal for his service as the supply material manager. He provided all logistical support for more than 50 members who deployed from Kandahar, Afghanistan. He ensured all members were fully outfitted, equipped and billeted.

Master Sgt. Michael Brennecke of Fenton, Mo., will receive a Bronze Star Medal for his service in support of the logistics management team. He was key in the engineering of 23 C4 infrastructure projects throughout the theater of operations. Brennecke will receive his medal at a later date since he was unable to attend the ceremony.

Under Loux's command, the unit completed more than 90 command and control communications projects at 27 locations throughout Afghanistan.

Individual photos of each Airman are available upon request. Please email ngilstaffpao@ng.army.mil.

U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Shaun Kerr, 183rd Fighter Wing/(Left to right) Master Sgt. Scott Reynolds of Chatham, Master Sgt. William Barnes of Riverton, Senior Master Sgt. James Wynn of Chicago and Senior Master Sgt. Kevin Keyfauver of McHenry, stand beside the 183rd Fighter Wing Commander Col. Michael Meyer, just before receiving their Bronze Star Medals during a presentation, Aug. 6 at the 183rd Fighter Wing in Springfield.

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