CHICAGO – (May 14, 2018) Gov. Bruce Rauner today asked the Illinois General Assembly to reinstate the death penalty for mass murderers and those who kill law enforcement officers.

The proposal is part of a precedent-setting public safety initiative that the Governor unveiled in an amendatory veto (AV) of House Bill 1468 which also urges legislators to:

The Supreme Court will soon issue a decision in Janus v. AFSCME, Council 31. We’ll leave the dire predictions and hyperbole to the pundits. This memo is focused on the facts so that you and readers can fully understand the implications of this important case.

Let’s begin with the “who”:

Just a reminder that Military Appreciation Week kicks off this Sunday, May 13.  The attached media release, which outlines various activities for the week was sent to you earlier in the month.

SPRINGFIELD (May 11, 2018) — On the heels of the failure of the General Assembly to advance two major initiatives to help end the culture of corruption in Illinois, Gov. Bruce Rauner and Rep. Grant Wehrli (R-Naperville) today proposed giving Illinois the toughest public corruption penalties in the country to hold public officials accountable.

A historic house at 726 W. 6th St., faces emergency demolition following a house fire that Davenport firefighters battled for several hours early Thursday.

(DES MOINES) – Gov. Kim Reynolds ordered all flags on the Capitol Complex to be lowered to half-staff from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday, May 11, 2018, in observance of the Iowa Peace Officer Memorial Ceremony. Flags at the Iowa Peace Officer Memorial, located at the Oran Pape State Office Building, will be flown at half-staff the week of May 13-19, 2018, in honor of National Police Week.

I have a couple of items from Public Works.  The first notice is regarding Locust Street and the second is a flood update.  In terms of the flood, I would encourage you to remind your audiences to avoid contact with the floodwaters. When we were out and about today, we noticed individuals wading through the water at the Marquette Street boat ramp.  As you know, wading through flood waters is dangerous and dirty.  We highly recommend against it.

SCOTT COUNTY, IA — Tell us how we are doing! The Waste Commission of Scott County and Personal Marketing Research will conduct a follow up survey on recycling in the coming weeks.  400 Residents of Scott County will be contacted by phone to participate in a brief recycling survey. This is a follow up to a recycling survey that was completed in May 2013.

Today, Corri Spiegel, Davenport City Administrator is pleased to announce that she has selected
Michael Carlsten as Davenport’s Fire Chief.   

“I am excited and honored at this opportunity  to lead an outstanding department” said Chief
Carlsten.  “I look forward to the future of the City of Davenport and the Davenport Fire
Department. “   

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