State Farm is currently monitoring the strong wind storm that is predicted for tomorrow into Wednesday.  We felt it was important to make sure everyone is protected when the winds hit.  Here are some important tips as you prepare for the storm.

1.      Take down patio umbrellas and store lawn furniture if possible. Lower, roll-up or retract awnings.  Put away other loose items on the property (bicycles, toys, garbage containers).

2.      Park vehicles in the garage.

3.      Close garage and all other exterior doors and windows.

4.      Anchor trampolines to ground.

When wind speeds are high, pieces of debris can also become "airborne missiles" that may damage your property and possibly injure your family.

Please check out some of our other tips and information on the link below.  If you have any questions please let me know!

http://www.statefarm.com/_pdf/

What: Iowans For Accountability Scott County Supervisors Candidates
Presenting Research to Tea Party of the Quad Cities Monthly Meeting

When: Tonight, Monday Oct 25th at 6pm

Where: Wise Guys Pizza, 2408 E 53rd Street, Davenport, IA 52807
Who: John Riley, John Green, Jesse Anderson - IFA Candidates

DAVENPORT, IA Oct 25th - After presenting their findings last week (see below), the Iowans For Accountability candidates were invited to make their presentation to the monthly meeting of Tea Party of the Quad Cities attendees, happening tonight at 6pm.  The IFA effort is the first time in Scott County history that a Non Party Political Organization (NPPO) has been formed and nominated independent candidates for the ballot. All three candidates, vying for the three open Supervisor seats, will be available for interviews at the meeting.

Click here for Candidate Profiles and Position Statements

IFA Exposes Alarming Scott County Financials

Independent Iowans For Accountability Supervisor Candidates Present Research on Ten Year's Tax and Spend History, SECC911's Hidden Costs and Proposals For Transparency and Accountability Moving Forward

IFA Concludes Board of Supervisors Either Don't Know or Don't Care


DAVENPORT, IA - OCTOBER 20, 2010:  On Tuesday, two weeks to the day prior to the election, candidates for Scott County Supervisors, running on the Iowans For Accountability (IFA) ticket, along with members of the IFA Central Committee, hosted a news conference at the Downtown Davenport Public Library. (The video archive of this news conference is online at YouTube here.)

The public, as well as the media, were invited to attend and meet and question the candidates after the presentation.

The 30 plus page IFA presentation projected on the screen Tuesday, is available online at www.ScottCountyIFA.com or downloadable as a pdf by clicking here.

The group outlined how and why IFA formed and was placed on the ballot in August of 2010, a first of its kind event in Scott County's history ? and potentially in Iowa's history.

IFA found that historically the Scott County Board of Supervisors have avoided scrutiny, surrendered authority and grown government.

IFA reported that over the last ten years population has grown 5% but annual taxes collected have ballooned 76% and expenditures have grown 59%, since 2000 to over $70M.

IFA also outlined how the Board of Supervisors justified creating the SECC911 consolidated emergency dispatching project as saving taxpayers $4.6M over 20 years. IFA compared and contrasted what taxpayers were told by the Board in 2007 with what the results have been in 2010. Such results include $28M in long term debt, a special levy not subject to caps on taxes and no ceiling on future indebtedness, and a 20% increase in property taxes.

IFA Chairman Michael Elliott stated that, "We are hopeful that voters will embrace the refreshing contrast to politics as usual with IFA.  These three candidates have the skills and experience to be stewards for the county taxpayers. We want to see a change from rubber stamping proposals and spending. For decades now, this lack of engagement by the two-party status quo board members has put Scott County in the hole. We need leadership focused on lifting us out of it as opposed to digging us deeper into debt."

The candidates and attendees discussed the frustrations with the lack of consequences for such poor management of the county's resources. "If a local business or even a major corporation ran their business like this, heads would roll," said candidate John Riley, from Blue Grass. As an self-employed structural engineer, Riley has worked on dozens of municipal projects over the years and has experience keeping construction costs in balance.

The challenges and questions about the emergency communications equipment, including over 1400 $5,500 radios for a county with less than 500 employees, were brought up by candidate John Green, a heavy equipment operator, mechanic and contractor from Davenport. "I want to know more about where these radios are being deployed, who is using and not using them, and what are the details of the county's contract with Racom," Green said.

IFA central committee member and researcher Diane Holst stated it was her understanding that each radio came with a $28/month "tower fee" and that while the $28M in the 19 year bonds included amounts for service contracts, those were only good for 3-5 years and "those costs will eventually have to become part of ongoing operating expenses."

Co-chair of IFA, Mike Angelos stated, "That adds up to close to half a million dollars per year for those radio contracts."

LeClaire native and chief operating officer for his family's agribusiness, Jesse Anderson, also an IFA Supervisor candidate on the ballot, outlined his vision for a zero based budgeting policy moving forward. "If this SECC911 has such a mandate for spending that has been outsourced to a new taxing authority, and is going to cost us an additional $8M per year, then we need to find ways to cut expenses elsewhere. I'd like to see us get our expenses down to 2005 levels, that was the lowest level we have been at in the last ten years."

Anderson commented on a quarter million dollar SECC grant contingent provision for geothermal technology that was rescinded as the grant process took too long for construction efforts saying, "They took a gamble on our dollar and lost. They didn't get the grant they had hoped for and now we're stuck with the bill. This is why we need zero based budgeting; It's the fiscally responsible thing to do."

The IFA presentation also included ways an IFA led board of supervisors could protect taxpayers and create more transparent and accountable government. These dozen ideas were presented as a slide show and discussed at the news conference. ?
Some of the proposed measures include :

  • Zero based budgeting to reduce expenditures
  • Ensure remedies for any front line responders concerns with new SECC911 equipment
  • Increase awareness and publicity for board meetings, including implementing a Public with Business line item on the agendas
  • Webcast all public meetings and improve search ability of public documents on the website

For the full text and graphics of the presentation visit www.ScottCountyIFA.com or click here and download the presentation PDF.

A "Meet the Candidates" profile sheet is available at the website or by clicking here to download the PDF.

For more information on Iowans For Accountability visit www.ScottCountyIFA.com

WASHINGTON - Sen. Chuck Grassley said the latest report describing private club dues and meals and a leased vehicle for personal use at a legal aid group in Baton Rouge, La., shows the Legal Services Corporation needs to conduct much better oversight of its funding recipients.

"Even as the parent organization says it's improving oversight, we get yet another report of taxpayer spending abuses," Grassley said. "These are dollars that are supposed to help poor people with their legal expenses, not pay for private club memberships or leased cars, used for both business and personal use.  The latest report is more evidence that the Legal Services Corporation needs to overhaul its oversight of legal aid programs."

The new report from the Legal Services Corporation inspector general documents spending abuses by the Capital Area Legal Services Corp. in Baton Rouge, La.  Several legal aid groups around the country have been targeted for diverting tax dollars meant for legal aid to executives' personal spending.  In September, the former finance director of the Maryland Legal Aid Bureau pleaded guilty to stealing more than $1 million from the group.

Grassley and Rep. Darrell Issa have ongoing oversight of the Legal Services Corporation's efforts to improve grantee oversight.  The Legal Services Corporation is the government's main program to help low-income people with civil legal matters.

The audit report on the Capital Area Legal Services Corp. in Baton Rouge, La., is available here.

A news story on the Baton Rouge case from the non-profit Center for Public Integrity is available here.

The latest Grassley-Issa letter to the Legal Services Corporation on oversight improvement is available here.

The Legal Services Corporation's response is available here

Churches United was the recipient of this award and received a $500 check.

Make sure to tune in to WQAD Channel 8 on Thursday, October 28th at 6:30 pm or Friday October 29th during "Good Morning Quad Cities (5-7 am) to check this out!

You can also log onto www.wqad.com or www.lujack.com

Please forward on to your friends, co-workers and family.

MOLINE, ILLINOIS - WQPT, Quad Cities PBS will tape a debate between the candidates for the 17th Congressional District to air on Wednesday, October 27th at 7:00 p.m. and will repeat at midnight.

 

Representatives for each of the candidates met at the WQPT offices on October 21st to finalize plans for the taping.  The debate will be taped on Tuesday afternoon at Fusion Communications and the debate will air the following day in order to not interrupt "God in America" a multi-series program airing Tuesday evening on WQPT.

 

The hour-long debate will be moderated by Jim Mertens, news anchor for WQAD.  Mr. Mertens will be the host of a new public affairs program on WQPT titled "The Cities," that will begin airing on November 25th at 6:30 p.m.

 

WQPT has been receiving questions from the public through their website.

 

 

 

WQPT is a media service of Western Illinois University.

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MOLINE, ILLINOIS - WQPT, Quad Cities PBS invites the public to join them for a night of fun and fundraising on Friday, November 5, 2010 when they hold a Trivia Night at the North Hall at the Highland Park Bowl located at 4202 Avenue of the Cities in Moline.

Participants can bring their own food and beverages are available through Highland Park Bowl. The fun starts at 6:00 p.m.  Cash prizes for first place is $150, $80 for second place and $40 for third place. Mulligans and "Phone a Friend" will be available, as well as prizes are awarded between each round.  Tables of 8 people must be reserved, $80.00 for a table. Please call WQPT at 309-764-2400 to reserve a table.

WQPT Trivia Night is a great night of fun and to help support local public television.

WQPT is a media service of Western Illinois University.

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WASHINGTON - Senator Chuck Grassley, along with Senators Blanche Lincoln of Arkansas and Ron Wyden of Oregon, sent a letter to U.S. Senate Committee on Veterans Chairman Daniel Akaka and Ranking Member Richard Burr requesting their support in passing the "Honor America's Guard-Reserve Retirees Act" yet this year.

The legislation grants full Veteran status to National Guard and Reserve members who served for 20 or more years and who through no fault of their own were never activated.

"Veteran is a title that honors America's selfless service members with proper dignity and respect," Grassley said. "Unfortunately, there has been an injustice for many National Guard and Reservists whose service to their country has not been fully recognized.  I support this legislation that corrects this inequality and grants them the recognition they have earned."

Click here to read Grassley's letter.

$5 Million State Capital Match Completes Funding, Creates 750 Jobs

MOLINE - Oct. 21, 2010. Governor Pat Quinn was joined by U.S. Rep. Phil Hare, Federal Railroad Administration Administrator Joseph Szabo, Illinois Transportation Secretary Gary Hannig and local officials today to announce full funding for the Moline Transportation Center that will serve as a station for new Amtrak service between Chicago and the Quad Cities. The station project will create 750 construction jobs. The realization of passenger rail service in downtown Moline will support approximately 1,600 direct and indirect jobs.

"Throughout the state, we have seen transportation investments bring new jobs to communities," Governor Quinn said. "This new station and new Amtrak service from Chicago will serve as a magnet for economic development for Moline and the entire Quad Cities region."

The total station cost is $16.6 million. The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) was awarded competitive federal funding for the Moline Train Station through Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) Program this week. The $10 million award was one of only 75 projects funded through the US Department of Transportation (US DOT), which received nearly one thousand applications nationwide.

This summer, Governor Quinn identified the project as a top priority and directed IDOT to serve as the lead applicant. In total, the state will support the project with approximately $5 million Illinois Jobs Now! capital plan funding. $1.7 million was raised locally to serve as an additional match.

The new station will be built across from the existing Centre Station facility and connected via a pedestrian walkway. The facility will support passenger rail, public transit, car rental and water taxi, making it easy for passengers to move from mode to mode.

"This station was one of the final pieces to the puzzle of bringing passenger rail to the Quad Cities," Congressman Hare said. "It will be an engine for economic development for the entire Quad Cities region."

The project's design and engineering phases will take place this winter. Construction will start in the spring, with the facility opening late 2012.

"Each TIGER II grant rewards true excellence, effective partnerships, and good stewardship of taxpayer dollars - and the fact that the Moline Multimodal Station is one of 75 projects selected from among the 1000 applications received, is a testament to its value," FRA Administrator Szabo said.

The project is part of the vision to add Amtrak service from Chicago to Iowa City and ultimately to Omaha, Nebraska. In January, Governor Quinn committed $45 million to construct the necessary connection between the Iowa Interstate Railroad and the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway that will allow for service to reach the Quad Cities. The construction of the connection, which will start next year, will create an estimated 440 construction jobs.

Service from Chicago will begin as early as two years from now. This will mark the first service to the Quad Cities since 1979.

The new station in Moline is planned to be LEED Certified as part of the "Green Line" concept for the corridor, which will serve as a model of environmentally-friendly service for the rest of the country. Trains serving the line will use many green technologies from Illinois, including biofuels and soy-based lubricants. Passengers will be treated to locally grown agriculture and an aggressive recycling program.

"The Illinois Department of Transportation is committed to building a network of passenger rail that creates jobs and serves the residents of a 21st Century economy," Secretary Hannig said. "This project puts us one step closer to accomplishing that goal."

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Independent Iowans For Accountability Supervisor Candidates Present Research on Ten Year's Tax and Spend History, SECC911's Hidden Costs and Proposals For Transparency and Accountability Moving Forward

IFA Concludes Board of Supervisors Either Don't Know or Don't Care

DAVENPORT, IA - OCTOBER 20, 2010:  On Tuesday, two weeks to the day prior to the election, candidates for Scott County Supervisors, running on the Iowans For Accountability (IFA) ticket, along with members of the IFA Central Committee, hosted a news conference at the Downtown Davenport Public Library. (The video archive of this news conference is online at YouTube here.)

The public, as well as the media, were invited to attend and meet and question the candidates after the presentation.

The 30 plus page IFA presentation projected on the screen Tuesday, is available online at www.ScottCountyIFA.com or downloadable as a pdf by clicking here.

The group outlined how and why IFA formed and was placed on the ballot in August of 2010, a first of its kind event in Scott County's history ? and potentially in Iowa's history.

IFA found that historically the Scott County Board of Supervisors have avoided scrutiny, surrendered authority and grown government.

IFA reported that over the last ten years population has grown 5% but annual taxes collected have ballooned 76% and expenditures have grown 59%, since 2000 to over $70M.

IFA also outlined how the Board of Supervisors justified creating the SECC911 consolidated emergency dispatching project as saving taxpayers $4.6M over 20 years. IFA compared and contrasted what taxpayers were told by the Board in 2007 with what the results have been in 2010. Such results include $28M in long term debt, a special levy not subject to caps on taxes and no ceiling on future indebtedness, and a 20% increase in property taxes.

IFA Chairman Michael Elliott stated that, "We are hopeful that voters will embrace the refreshing contrast to politics as usual with IFA.  These three candidates have the skills and experience to be stewards for the county taxpayers. We want to see a change from rubber stamping proposals and spending. For decades now, this lack of engagement by the two-party status quo board members has put Scott County in the hole. We need leadership focused on lifting us out of it as opposed to digging us deeper into debt."

The candidates and attendees discussed the frustrations with the lack of consequences for such poor management of the county's resources. "If a local business or even a major corporation ran their business like this, heads would roll," said candidate John Riley, from Blue Grass. As an self-employed structural engineer, Riley has worked on dozens of municipal projects over the years and has experience keeping construction costs in balance.

The challenges and questions about the emergency communications equipment, including over 1400 $5,500 radios for a county with less than 500 employees, were brought up by candidate John Green, a heavy equipment operator, mechanic and contractor from Davenport. "I want to know more about where these radios are being deployed, who is using and not using them, and what are the details of the county's contract with Racom," Green said.

IFA central committee member and researcher Diane Holst stated it was her understanding that each radio came with a $28/month "tower fee" and that while the $28M in the 19 year bonds included amounts for service contracts, those were only good for 3-5 years and "those costs will eventually have to become part of ongoing operating expenses."

Co-chair of IFA, Mike Angelos stated, "That adds up to close to half a million dollars per year for those radio contracts."

LeClaire native and chief operating officer for his family's agribusiness, Jesse Anderson, also an IFA Supervisor candidate on the ballot, outlined his vision for a zero based budgeting policy moving forward. "If this SECC911 has such a mandate for spending that has been outsourced to a new taxing authority, and is going to cost us an additional $8M per year, then we need to find ways to cut expenses elsewhere. I'd like to see us get our expenses down to 2005 levels, that was the lowest level we have been at in the last ten years."

Anderson commented on a quarter million dollar SECC grant contingent provision for geothermal technology that was rescinded as the grant process took too long for construction efforts saying, "They took a gamble on our dollar and lost. They didn't get the grant they had hoped for and now we're stuck with the bill. This is why we need zero based budgeting; It's the fiscally responsible thing to do."

The IFA presentation also included ways an IFA led board of supervisors could protect taxpayers and create more transparent and accountable government. These dozen ideas were presented as a slide show and discussed at the news conference. ?
Some of the proposed measures include :

  • Zero based budgeting to reduce expenditures
  • Ensure remedies for any front line responders concerns with new SECC911 equipment
  • Increase awareness and publicity for board meetings, including implementing a Public with Business line item on the agendas
  • Webcast all public meetings and improve search ability of public documents on the website

For the full text and graphics of the presentation visit www.ScottCountyIFA.com or click here and download the presentation PDF.

A "Meet the Candidates" profile sheet is available at the website or by clicking here to download the PDF.

For more information on Iowans For Accountability visit www.ScottCountyIFA.com

Who: Jonathan Narcisse, Iowa Party Candidate for Governor

What: "When In the Course of Events..."

Why Iowa Needs a Constitutional Convention

Broadcasting Live from Des Moines Amplified's Studios

When: THURSDAY OCT 21st - 1:15 PM  & 9:15 PM

Where: Des Moines Amplified
700 Locust Street - Suite 303 (Skywalk Level)
DesMoines, IA 50309

Watch Live Broadcasts at: www.NarcisseForIowa.com

Public: Invited to be live studio audience

Media: Narcisse available for interviews prior to each broadcast

DES MOINES, IA - THURSDAY, OCTOBER 21, 2010 | In the middle of its 99 county tour, the Narcisse For Iowa's Common Sense Express, a wrapped 30' RV, will be in Des Moines all day Thursday. The campaign will be hosting two live webcasts at the state of the art facilities of Des Moines Amplified in downtown. The public is invited to be part of the live studio audience at both the 1:15 pm and the 9:15 pm broadcastings.

Viewers of today's broadcasts will hear the independent Iowa Party gubernatorial candidate's case for why Iowans should vote "Yes" for the Constitutional Convention question on this year's election ballot.

Drawing on the Declaration of Independence, and echoing the famous phrase, "When in the course of human events..." Narcisse will outline at the 1:15 p.m. broadcast the grave challenges Iowans face from a corrupt and mismanaged state government. At the 9:15 p.m. broadcast, Narcisse will be expanding on his published solutions for Iowa and white boarding his plan for fixing state government.

"Iowans have an opportunity every ten years to implement a Constitutional Convention," says Des Moines native and independent publisher Jonathan Narcisse. "This is an opportunity to repair what we the people of Iowa have allowed to break and in today's broadcasts we will outline how Iowans can do what history has mandated a free people must do in order to restore a sound and honorable government."

This week, Narcisse published his 8 page newspaper Iowa Values: Common Sense Solutions. It can be be viewed online at www.NarcisseForIowa.com

Both broadcasts from the Des Moines Amplified studios will be accessible live and archived at www.NarcisseForIowa.com

The public is welcome to be part of the live studio audience at both broadcasts.

Des Moines Amplified is a cutting edge social networking facility that helps people blend their offline and online worlds together. Over 120 of the most interesting people in Des Moines use the facility in the skywalk above the Greater Des Moines Partnership. More info at http://www.worldwideamplified.com/

Des Moines Radio Appearances Today:

Johnathan Narcisse will be on the following Talk Shows on Thursday October 21st.

10:07 Am Jan Mickelson- http://www.whoradio.com/pages/pp_janmickelson.html

10:30 AM KMA Radio- http://kmaland.com/

2:30Pm The Bradshaw Show on Wow FM - http://www.983wowfm.com/default.asp

Narcisse Background:

Jonathan Narcisse is a former Des Moines School Board member, publisher and editor of multiple publications, radio show host and community advocate. During the early part of the decade he authored a 3,500 page report analyzing the condition of African-Americans in Iowa's 99 counties, and headed statewide health and education initiatives.

In 2009 Narcisse published "An Iowa Worth Fighting For: A Ten Step Vision Plan for 21st Century Governance." Narcisse evaluates the history of state expenditures versus population, reducing state government, corruption and accountability, tax reform, education reform through parental control and academic entrepreneurship, local control and property rights, public safety and drug interdiction and immigration reform.  The full text of this can be found at www.AnIowaWorthFightingFor.com

He has received more than 400 national, state and local honors and awards including recognition from the Bush (Sr.), Clinton and Bush administrations and the Branstad, Vilsack and Culver administrations. He has finished second twice in national chess competitions and is a multiple state champion. He also had a 17-0 record as a semi-pro boxer while living in the Washington, D.C. area.

He has a son, Johnce, and two daughters, 14 year old daughter, Integrity, an 11 year old daughter, Perseverance and three grandchildren.

Narcisse, who lives in Des Moines, will is touring the state for the second time in two years, visiting with grass roots organizations, churches and the media. 

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