WASHINGTON - August 25, 2010 - Senator Chuck Grassley said that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has awarded four grants totaling $1,868,364 and one cooperative agreement totaling $237,597 to Iowa medical facilities.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services will distribute the money as shown below.

  • St. Ambrose University in Davenport will receive a $594,000 grant for health care and other facilities from the Division of Grants Management Operations

  • Broadlawns Medical Center in Des Moines will receive a $495,000 grant for health care and other facilities from the Division of Grants Management Operations· Mercy Foundation in Des Moines will receive a $495,000 grant for health care and other facilities from the Division of Grants Management Operations

  • The University of Iowa in Iowa City will receive a $284,364 grant for pharmacology, physiology, and biological chemistry research from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences

  • The University of Iowa in Iowa City will enter into a $237,597 cooperative agreement for human genome research with the National Human Genome Research Institute

Each year, thousands of local Iowa organizations, colleges and universities, individuals and state agencies apply for competitive grants from the federal government.  The funding is then awarded based on each local organization or individual's ability to meet criteria set by the federal entity administering the funds.


WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) today announced that $1 million in quick release emergency funding is coming to Iowa to help repair roads damaged by the rain and flooding of June and July, 2010.  The funds, which the Department of Transportation's Federal Highway Administration has made available to the Iowa Department of Transportation, will be used to restore essential traffic byways and protect roads from further damage.  

"June and July's storms severely damaged our roads, stopping many Iowans from traveling and limiting our ability to deliver goods and services to the people who need them," Harkin said. "This funding will help repair and restore our roadways and get us back on track."

On June 1, 2010 and continuing, severe storm systems moved across Iowa causing damage, flooding and related impacts to the Federal-aid highway system in Iowa.  Typical damage included shoulder erosion, pavement undermining, landslides, and bridge and road closures on both the state and local system.  Flooding forced the closure of several primary roadway systems and caused substantial damage.  The secondary road system also suffered substantial damage.  Governor Culver proclaimed 51 of Iowa's counties to be a disaster area, along with requesting a Presidential Declaration for an additional 7 counties not included in the Governor's proclamation.

ROCK ISLAND, IL (08/25/2010)(readMedia)-- Five Augustana faculty and 80 students will spend the fall term of 2010 living and learning in East Asia. The term is one of the longest running international programs at the college; nearly 1,000 students have participated in the 12-week program since it began in 1974. The faculty-led term includes traveling to the culturally diverse countries of Japan, Taiwan and China (including the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region) and concluding in Hawaii.

From your area this includes:

Angela Congrove, a sophomore from Davenport, IA majoring in liberal studies.

Regina Jarrell, a junior from Davenport, IA majoring in art.

Aubree Payne, a junior from Moline, IL majoring in psychology.

James Sales, a senior from Rock Island, IL majoring in biology.

Audrey Waner, a senior from Davenport, IA majoring in art.

Ian Williams, a junior from Moline, IL majoring in biology and pre-medicine.

"These students will see for themselves the dynamic growth of the Chinese economy, now number two in the world, and its rapidly modernizing cities and lifestyles even as the culture highlights its history and uses its traditions," said Dr. Norman Moline, one of the East Asia term founders and term co-director. "Many students experience the need for learning more Japanese or Chinese language if their future jobs in any way might be linked to these cultures. Also, as we are exposed to these different cultures and reflect on contrasts and similarities with our own, we learn more about ourselves."

Students started preparing for the term last spring with a seminar class and are now taking three or four additional courses, including Japanese Art, East Asian Markets, Traditional Chinese Medicine, and Population Problems. These classes involve reading, lectures and field experiences at different sites relevant to the coursework, such as the Japanese Embassy, Hiroshima, Tiananmen Square, Great Wall of China and Chengdu, one of China's largest and most densely populated provinces, and home to the Chengdu Research Base for Giant Panda Breeding. The group will meet with Augustana alumni Dr. Sarah Bexell '91 and Phillip Hoffmann '73. Bexell, originally from Freeport, Ill., is director of conservation education and communications at Chengdu Research Base for Giant Panda Breeding, and Hoffmann, a Peoria, Ill. native, is the minister-counselor for Public Affairs at the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo.

Term co-director Dr. Marsha Smith says although students face the challenge of studying and living in a country where they can't speak the language, she is excited about the opportunities the experience offers them. "I hope they not only learn but realize that there are a lot of differences between places," said Smith. "Many people tend to lump all of Asia together, but really each aspect of Asia has its own unique culture and language."

Moline says Augustana's term trips through the years have created lasting relationships with the people of China.

"Some of our special program features stem from the fact that Augustana's 1977 fall term group was the first one from any American college or university admitted into China after its 'doors were open', which is important because Chinese people appreciate and make good things happen for 'old friends'," said Moline.

Dr. Ann Ericson of business administration, Dr. Naoko Gunji of art history and Dr. Robert Tallitsch of biology also will accompany Moline and Smith on the trip. The students return November 10.

For more information, contact Kamy Beattie at kamybeattie@augustana.edu or (309) 794-7721.

About Augustana: Founded in 1860 and situated on a 115-acre campus near the Mississippi River, Augustana College is a private, liberal arts institution affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). The college enrolls 2,500 students from diverse geographic, social, ethnic and religious backgrounds and offers more than 70 majors and related areas of study. Augustana employs 287 faculty and has a student-faculty ratio of 11:1. Augustana continues to do what it has always done: challenge and prepare students for lives of leadership and service in our complex, ever-changing world.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

WASHINGTON --- Senator Chuck Grassley and Representative Darrell Issa have asked Inspectors General from 29 government agencies to review whether federal agencies are taking new steps to limit responses to Freedom of Information Act requests from lawmakers, journalists, activist groups and watchdog organizations.

The request from Grassley and Issa is based on what was reported earlier this summer about Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano requiring FOIA requests to be given more scrutiny, depending on who the requestor was.  The Inspectors General also have been asked to determine the extent to which political appointees are systematically made aware of FOIA requests and their role in decision-making.

"The question is to what extent an effort has been made to inhibit the accountability that's established through the Freedom of Information Act with new hurdles or by making politically appointed officials part of the FOIA review process within the various federal agencies.  These requirements could delay disclosures, and that's a disservice to the public," Grassley said.

"Getting through a non-partisan bureaucracy to obtain information through FOIA is difficult enough without political appointees inappropriately injecting partisan political considerations into the process," said Rep. Issa.  "There's a clear public interest in finding out if what happened at Homeland Security is also taking place in other federal agencies.  This inappropriate interference by political appointees in FOIA requests further undermines President Obama's promise to create an unprecedented level of openness in government."

Click here to read a copy of the letter that was sent to the 29 Inspectors General, including those from the Central Intelligence Agency, the Department of Veterans Affairs, the Elections Assistance Commission, the Federal Housing Finance Agency, the Federal Trade Commission, the General Services Administration, the Government Accountability Office, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, the National Archives and Records Administration, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, the Office of Personnel Management, the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Small Business Administration, the Social Security Administration, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the U.S. Department of Commerce, the U.S. Department of Defense, the U.S. Department of Education, the U.S. Department of Energy, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, the U.S. Department of Interior, the U.S. Department of Justice, the U.S. Department of Labor, the U.S. Department of State, the U.S. Department of Treasury, the U.S. Department of Transportation and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Scott County Kids Early Childhood Iowa and Iowa Department of Management are pleased to announce Bright Beginnings Home Visitation Program
operated by Genesis VNA and Hospice is only the fourth program in the State of Iowa to receive Iowa Family Support Credential. The comprehensive credentialing process reviews data and receives input from community stakeholders, program participants, funding and oversight commission, internal and external financial records, program files, policies and procedures, and staff interviews.

Bright Beginnings program provides home visitation services to high-risk families who have children under the age of six and live in Scott County. Scott County Kids Early Childhood Iowa provides funding for the Bright Beginnings program and last year the program impacted the lives of over 350 children and families who live in Scott County. Marcy Mendenhall, Executive Director Scott County Kids states that Bright Beginnings staff have worked incredibly hard to receive the Iowa Family Support Credential which validates and recognizes their ongoing quality with work children and families.  Scott County families will continue benefit as this credential will only enhance the services offered by the Bright Beginnings programming program.

For additional information concerning the Bright Beginnings Program
Tera Weets, Program Supervisor
2894 AAA Court
Bettendorf, Iowa 52722

For additional information concerning the Iowa Family Support Credential
Janet Horras, Family Support Coordinator
Iowa Department of Management, Office of Early Childhood Iowa

For additional information concerning the Scott County Early Childhood
Iowa contact:
Marcy Mendenhall, Executive Director Scott County Kids
600 W 4th Street, Davenport, Iowa

DAVENPORT, IA - August 24, 2010

Scott County residents assembled Tuesday evening in downtown Davenport and nominated three independent Non Party Political Organization (NPPO) candidates to appear on the general election ballot for Scott County Supervisor. There are three open Supervisor positions.

John Riley (Blue Grass), Jesse Anderson (LeClaire), and John Greene (Davenport) were unanimously supported by the thirty-five precincts represented by fifty six people attending the convention.

The group also unanimously supported the title for the NPPO as Iowans For Accountability.  In addition, the Iowans For Accountability debated a county-wide issues platform. Agreed upon were the following primary issues:

* Increasingly high property taxes
* Corporate & individual welfare
* Personal property rights  
* Unchecked spending
* Transparent courts
* Cronyism

Organizers will file the paper work with the Scott County Auditors office, Wednesday, the final day for filing for county candidates.

Candidate Profiles & Contact Information

John Riley
(563) 514-3388
Blue Grass, IA
Age: 63
Married, 6 children
Structural Engineer
Iowa State University graduate 1972 / Civil Engineering  
Vietnam veteran, US Army 1967-69; Purple Heart
Provided structural engineering services for:
New Scott County Court House and Jail
Seven story 7th Judicial District Building, Davenport
Nearly every school expansion in QC's
Ground Transportation Center, Davenport
Numerous commercial buildings in QC's
The only structure erected in over 100 years on the Arsenal Island, the Naval Marine Corps Training Center

John Greene
(563) 499-8786
Davenport, IA
Age: 51
Single parent, 2 children
Small business owner
Construction and landscaping company, 18 years
Heavy equipment technician
Former US Marine
Cancer survivor

Jesse Anderson
(309) 235-5813
LeClaire, IA
Age: 28
Married, 1 child
Operations Director, family run pet food processing company
Augustana College graduate, 2007 / Political Science
Experience in restaurant management with Isle of Capri, River Music Experience, and the QC Freight House

Iowans For Accountability
Chairman, Michael Elliott
(563) 570-5395

Secretary, Michael Angelos
(563) 324-4716

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MOLINE, ILLINOIS - WQPT hosts their annual fundraiser, Brew Ha Ha at LeClaire Park in downtown Davenport on Saturday, September 18th from 1 to 5 p.m.  A wide variety of ales, pilsners, and porters are available for tasting as well as cheeses provided by Cabot Creamery Cooperative of Vermont.

Musical performances for the 11th annual event will be performed by Corporate Rock, while Comedy Sportz returns to provide their own brand of improvisational merriment at 2:30 pm.   New this year is a variety of games for attendees to try their hand at, like the Beer Bottle Ring Toss and the Golf Ball Stack. Admission to Brew Ha Ha includes an event program, unlimited tasting, and a commemorative tasting glass.

Presenting Sponsors for Brew Ha Ha are Old Chicago, Rock 104.9, River Cities Reader, Rhythm City Casino and Riverboat Development Authority, along with Dimitri Wine & Spirits, Inc., Glazer's Distributors of Iowa, Miller Lite, Budweiser, KWQC, City of Davenport, Mediacom, and Cabot Creamery Cooperative. With additional support from Comedy Sportz, Hawkeye Ice, Iowa American Water, Iowa QC Chamber Downtown Partnership, Millennium Waste, Quad City Golf Cars and Sunbelt Rentals.

Tickets for Brew Ha Ha are $20.00 prior to the event and $25.00 at the gate. "We are continuing our tradition of keeping ticket sales capped so that our attendees are able to try as many of the tastings as possible," said WQPT Special Projects Coordinator, Bea Brasel. Tickets may be purchased at the WQPT offices at 3800 Avenue of the Cities, Suite 101, Moline, Old Chicago in Bettendorf, CO-OP Records in Davenport and Moline (add a $1.00 service fee at CO-OP locations) or at www.wqpt.org. Attendees must be 21 or older. Children in strollers and animals will not be admitted. Feel free to bring your own lawn chair.

Brew Ha Ha is a fundraising event to support WQPT, the local public television station serving eastern Iowa and western Illinois.

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Names Secretary of Department of Human Services Michelle R.B. Saddler to Key Administration Post

CHICAGO - August 24, 2010. Governor Pat Quinn today named Michelle R.B. Saddler as his Chief of Staff. Saddler previously served as the Secretary of the Illinois Department of Human Services (DHS). Prior to serving as Secretary of DHS, Saddler was the Director of Policy for the Quinn Administration and has held a number of key management and policy positions in the public and private sectors.

"Michelle Saddler is one of the most knowledgeable and dedicated members of my cabinet, and I look forward to having her serve as my Chief of Staff," said Governor Quinn. "There is no one better-suited to continue my mission of creating jobs, supporting Illinois' economic recovery and protecting our most vulnerable residents."

Saddler was appointed by Governor Quinn to be Secretary of DHS on Oct. 11, 2009. The agency, one of the state's largest, provides integrated services to individuals, families and communities for developmental disabilities, mental health, rehabilitation services and alcoholism and substance abuse, among others.

While at DHS, Saddler was charged with implementing a number of Governor Quinn's top initiatives, including the Put Illinois to Work program. The program was one of the largest and most successful in the nation and has put more than 26,000 people to work in subsidized temporary jobs. Additionally, under Saddler's leadership, the agency drew down an additional $250 million in federal funds for human services.

Before being named policy chief for the Quinn Administration, Saddler served in a number of policy and management positions in both the public and private sectors. Her past positions include Vice President for International Adoptions for the Lifelink Corporation and Executive Director of the Illinois Metropolitan Investment Fund. She also served as Director of Investments with then-Illinois State Treasurer Quinn and is a Co-Chair of the Board of Directors of Protestants for the Common Good.

Saddler earned her bachelor's degree from Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and has a master's in management from Northwestern University's J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management, where received the F.C. Austin Scholarship - the school's highest merit award. (Additional background information is attached.)

"I look forward to continuing to serve and care for the people of Illinois as Governor Quinn's Chief of Staff," said Saddler. "I will work to continue the important partnerships with our legislators, employees, providers and advocacy groups."

Current DHS Assistant Secretary Grace Hou will serve as the agency's Acting Secretary. Prior to her work at DHS, Hou was Executive Director of the Chinese Mutual Aid Association, a non-profit social service agency that serves Chinese immigrants and refugees.




A grants submission deadline has been announced by the Moline Community Foundation. Non-profit organizations are encouraged to apply if they serve the citizens of Moline and the surrounding region, including the Quad Cities. All materials necessary to receive funds are due in The Moline Foundation offices by 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 30, 2010 or must be postmarked by or on Thursday, September 30, 2010. Any non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization, including those who have never received Moline Foundation funding in the past, is welcome to apply.

An application should consist of a written request stating the name and address of the organization, its mission, names and addresses of Board members, financial statement, balance sheet, and the specific purpose for which any money received would be used including a project budget. The name, telephone number, and email of a contact person must also be included. The requested materials should be mailed according to the above deadline. The Moline Community Foundation offices are located at the Deere-Wiman House, 817 11th Avenue, Moline.

The Moline Foundation, founded in 1953, is a community foundation which provides grants to health, human services, education, workforce development, the arts and other charitable organizations which benefit the citizens of Moline and the surrounding area, including the Quad Cities region in both Iowa and Illinois. The Moline Foundation receives and administers charitable gifts and works with citizens to achieve their dreams to improve the community.


CHICAGO - The Illinois Humanities Council (IHC) Board of Directors is pleased to announce that six distinguished Illinoisans have joined the board. They are: Joel F. Henning, Diane L. Nyhammer, Thomas C. Pavlik, John H. Peterson, Robert P. Scales and Theodoros G. Zervas.  On July 1st, each member began a three-year term and is eligible for two more terms.  

Joel F. Henning is a lawyer, consultant and writer. He is principal of Joel Henning & Associates. His firm consults throughout the world with law firms, corporate law departments and government agencies. For more than 20 years he has written cultural columns for The Wall Street Journal. He is a regular lecturer at several law schools including The University of Chicago and Northwestern University. His books include Holistic Running, Maximizing Law Firm Profitability and Law-Related Education in America. Joel has been a trustee of Columbia College of Chicago and served on several not-for-profit boards including the ACLU of Illinois. He was Chairman of the Governor's Commission on Financing the Arts in Illinois, a member of the Illinois Arts Council, the American Theatre Critics' Association, and the Joseph Jefferson (theatrical) Awards Committee. Joel is a member of the American Law Institute, the American Bar Foundation and has served in the House of Delegates of the American Bar Association.

Diane L. Nyhammer is Provost and Chief Academic Officer at Rock Valley College, Rockford, IL. Previously, she was the Executive Dean of Humanities, Distance Education, and Professional Development at McHenry County College in Crystal Lake, IL.  She has also worked as an Assistant Director for Academic Affairs at the Illinois Board of Higher Education, Assistant Director of Accreditation Services at the Higher Learning Commission, and Dean of Arts and Sciences at Colorado Mountain College.  She continues to serve as a peer reviewer and as an Assessment Academy mentor for the Higher Learning Commission.  Diane's community service includes serving on the boards of the Mid-America Horse Show Association, the Burpee Museum of Natural History, the American Association of Learning in Higher Education, and the OSF St. Anthony Hospital advisory board.  Diane has a Ph.D. in Higher Education from Loyola University and a Master's in English from Northern Illinois University.

Thomas C. Pavlik is a native of Cleveland, Ohio, is admitted to practice law in Illinois, Texas and Ohio. Tom graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 1989, and from the University of Notre Dame Law School in 1992. In law school, he served as Senior Editor of the Notre Dame Law Review and graduated Magna Cum Laude. After graduation, he clerked for Chief Justice Benjamin K. Miller of the Illinois Supreme Court, and in 1993 began his private practice as an associate in the Dallas office of international law firm Jones, Day, Reavis & Pogue. He then practiced with Figari & Davenport, LLP, a cutting edge litigation boutique, where he concentrated on both plaintiff and defense sides of complex commercial litigation. Tom joined his family firm, Delano Law Offices, LLC, in 1999. His practice is concentrated in the areas of general business law, real estate, employment matters and commercial litigation. In his capacity as Special Assistant Attorney General, he represents the State of Illinois in eminent domain proceedings. Tom is a monthly legal affairs columnist for the Springfield Business Journal and is a regular legal affairs commentator for News Channel 20. He is or has been a board member of numerous Springfield civic and religious organizations, including currently serving as incoming President of the YMCA Board of Directors and on the Board of Directors for the Salvation Army. In 2001, Tom was also recognized as one of Springfield's "Forty Under Forty" business and community leaders.

John H. Peterson is a Vice President in Public Finance at William Blair & Company, where he works with non-profit cultural, social and educational organizations, and municipalities to raise tax-exempt capital. Deeply committed to the humanities, he has pursued avocational interests in music, literature and the arts, as a Trustee of Interlochen Center for the Arts and as a member of various library support groups including currently the Visiting Committee of the University of Chicago Libraries. He has taught classes at the Newberry Library on the American poets Robert Frost, Richard Wilbur, James Merrill and Elizabeth Bishop. He holds a BA cum laude from Amherst and has two Master of Arts degrees from the University of Chicago, one in Public Policy Studies and the other in the Humanities.

Robert P. Scales graduated from the University of Illinois with a degree in Philosophy, and afterward went to law school at Lewis and Clark College of Law in Portland, Oregon. He has had a life-long devotion to the humanities and to music, and is now completing his master's degree in Liberal Arts at the University of Chicago. Bob has practiced law in Chicago for 30 years, first at the Securities and Exchange Commission, and later at a law firm, the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, and a brokerage house.  At present, he is general counsel of the Acorn Funds, a $24 billion family of mutual funds.  In addition to his law practice, Bob taught at Chicago-Kent College of Law, and is a frequent speaker at fund industry conferences. He lives in Winnetka with his wife, Mary Keefe, and two teenage boys, Sam and Emmet.  

Theodoros (Ted) G. Zervas was born in Chicago to immigrant parents from Greece. He received his BA in History and Political Science from DePaul University, MA in History with Distinction from DePaul, MSED from Northwestern University's School of Education and Ph.D. in Cultural and Educational Policy Studies for Loyola University Chicago. Prior to North Park, Ted taught World and European history in the regular, honors and International Baccalaureate program at Lincoln Park High School in Chicago. While at Lincoln Park, Ted also taught as a part-time teaching associate at Northwestern University. In 2006, Ted was appointed Director/Assistant Professor of the Master of Arts Program and Teacher Certification (MATC) at North Park University in Chicago and continues to work in this position today. His academic papers have been published in both the United States and Europe. Ted has also been a visiting professor of History at Instituto Technologico Y De Estudios Superiores de Monterrey in Chihuahua, Mexico. Ted enjoys traveling, reading and spending time with family and friends. Currently Ted lives in the Northwest side of Chicago
"We are so pleased to add Joel, Diane, Tom, John, Bob, and Ted to our board of directors," said Kristina A.Valaitis, IHC Executive Director. "They each bring a deep appreciation of the humanities, knowledge of Illinois, and individual creativity and expertise to the organization."

Currently, 32 members comprise the Illinois Humanities Council Board of Directors.  They are:

Alton B. Harris (Chicago), Chair; Danielle Allen (Chicago); Matti Bunzl (Champaign); Rodrigo del Canto (Chicago); Michael C. Dorf (Chicago); Deborah Epstein (Chicago); Stuart Flack (Chicago); Adam P. Green (Chicago); Joel F. Henning (Chicago); J. Paul Hunter (Chicago); Falona Joy (Chicago); Thomas E. Kallen (Chicago); Gary Koch (Springfield); Greg Koos (Bloomington); Robert F. Lipman (Evanston); Grayson Mitchell (Chicago); Anita Nagler (Chicago); James M. Newcomb (Wilmette); Diane L. Nyhammer (Rockford); Thomas C. Pavlik (Springfield); John H. Peterson (Chicago); Gordon Quinn (Chicago); Robert P. Scales (Chicago); Gerald Skoning (Chicago); Roger L. Taylor (Galesburg); David Thigpen (Chicago); Nancy Tom (Chicago); Maria (Nena) Torres (Chicago); Kay Torshen (Chicago); The Honorable George Van Dusen (Skokie); John A. Wing (Evanston); and Theodoros G. Zervas (Chicago).

The IHC accepts public nominations for new Board members throughout the year. For more information about the IHC, call 312.422.5580 or visit http://www.prairie.org/ <http://www.prairie.org/> .

The Illinois Humanities Council is a nonprofit educational organization [501 (c) 3] dedicated to fostering a culture in which the humanities are a vital part of the lives of individuals and communities. Organized in 1973 as the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, the IHC creates programs and funds organizations that promote greater understanding of, appreciation for, and involvement in the humanities by all Illinoisans, regardless of their economic resources, cultural background, or geographic location. The IHC is supported by state, federal, and private funds.


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