Refuse, recycling, and yard waste collection will be on the normal collection schedule during the

Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday.

The Drop-Off Center located at Millennium Waste, 13606 Knoxville Road, Milan will be open on

Saturday from 7 a.m. to 12 noon.

City of Rock Island offices will be open on Martin Luther King Jr. Day (Monday, January 18th).

WASHINGTON - Senator Chuck Grassley said today that the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has awarded grants totaling $95,893 to the Des Moines Municipal Housing Agency and the Eastern Iowa Regional Housing Authority through the Family Self Sufficiency Program.

"These funds will give families the opportunity to work with housing agencies to help reach their employment goals and objectives, as well as become and remain independent from public assistance," Grassley said.

This funding will be used by the housing agencies to help link residents with training opportunities, job placement organizations, and local employers.

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has awarded funds as described below.

  • Des Moines Municipal Housing Agency - $31,091

  • Eastern Iowa Regional Housing Authority - $64,802


WEST DES MOINES, IOWA - Jan. 12, 2010 - Farm Bureau members across Iowa believe that sound budgeting practices protect Iowa's resources, families, and taxpayers.  "Iowa's success over the next few years depends on responsible budget reform this year," said Iowa Farm Bureau Federation (IFBF) President Craig Lang, on the heels of Governor Culver's Condition of the State Address.  "We look forward to sharing our plan for budget reform with the Governor and state lawmakers."

"The state's budgeting process is broken, and that's increasing pressure to raise property taxes during a very uncertain time for farmers and all Iowans," said Lang.  "During the 2009 legislative session, the Governor signed the state's largest budget ever, despite the economic downturn."  The revenue shortfall prompted Governor Culver to impose across-the-board budget cuts, which are forcing Iowans to deal with more than $250 million in potential property tax increases as school districts and local governments make up for lost state funds.  "That's a heavy burden for rural schools already financially strapped," said Lang. "And, if the Governor uses $100 million in cash reserves to backfill education as he proposed today, then we need to be assured that those dollars will be used to reduce the impact to property taxpayers."

To improve the state's budgeting process, Farm Bureau members will work with decision makers to establish an affordable state budget that will: 1) fund Iowa priorities and lessen the potential shifts in property taxes; 2) ensure that the state's emergency funds are at a level sufficient to protect priorities when revenues are declining; 3) create fiscal responsibility by not using one-time resources to fund on-going expenditures; and 4) protect property taxpayers when across-the-board cuts are enacted.

As they push to enact budget reform, Farm Bureau members will also work to prevent changes to the state's income or property tax system that would increase taxes on Iowans.  They will oppose the elimination of federal deductibility on Iowa income taxes and changes to the property tax system, including changes to the agriculture productivity formula and assessment of farm buildings.  Lang noted that property taxes are a major issue because in the past decade they have soared by $1.59 billion, or 60 percent.

Increased property taxes are just one of the effects of flawed budgeting.  "Today, Governor Culver proposed to take dollars out of the state's road use tax fund to pay for the Iowa State Patrol and the Department of Public Safety. Farm Bureau members believe that officers who protect the public are essential to the well-being of our state, but they also feel that diverting money from a fund that keeps our roads and bridges functioning and safe for Iowa families is not the way to do it," Lang said.  "Unfortunately, the damage Iowa's roads and bridges sustained from major flooding in 2008 have worsened with severe weather elements in 2009.  We need to properly fund both the Iowa State Patrol and roads and bridges to ensure public safety. Iowans have been told that the $1 billion in the road use tax fund - which comes from the fuel tax, license fees, etc. - will be used to keep their roads and bridges maintained, and lawmakers need to keep that promise."

Another priority for Farm Bureau members in the 2010 legislative session is to ask the legislature to declare farm buildings exempt from required electrical inspections. "The law was not intended to cover agricultural buildings," said Lang. "The ruling imposed by Iowa's Electrical Examining Board to add farm buildings and structures to the list that require an inspection creates more red tape and expense for farmers at a time when they are struggling to make a profit."

In addition to its cost-saving efforts, Farm Bureau will continue to work toward initiatives that benefit the environment, including a push to increase renewable fuel use and protect current funding for soil and water conservation cost-share programs. "Responsible budgeting will allow us to fund our state's critical conservation needs," said Lang.  "Real reform is needed, and Farm Bureau members are ready to work with lawmakers to make that happen."


Mayor Dennis E. Pauley will be presenting the "State of the City" address Monday, January 11, 2010 at noon at a joint Kiwanis-Rotary meeting being held at the Quad City Botanical Center, 2525 Fourth Avenue, Rock Island.

Copies of the speech will be available from Mayor Pauley at the meeting or may be picked up at the Mayor's Office at 1528 Third Avenue after 1:30 p.m. on January 11, 2010.  Copies may also be obtained electronically by contacting the Mayor's office after 1:30 p.m.

For more information please contact Linda Rutten, Executive Secretary, at 309-732-2012.

January 5, 2010

Rock Island County

This is a precautionary message issued by Rock Island County.  There is a potential for flash flood/ice jam between now and Friday evening along the Rock River between the areas of Joslin and lower Rock Island County.  Potential areas of concern include Barstow, Silvis, Coal Valley, Moline, Rock Island and Milan.

Residents in the effected areas are encourage to monitor the situation and be prepared in the event evacuation is recommended.  The following precautionary measures are suggested:

  • Gather all medications into one central area along with basic essentials
  • Pre-placement of animals
  • Check in with elderly or disabled individuals

If an evacuation of an area becomes necessary, residents will not be allowed back into their homes until the area of operations is completed.  If you require an emergency evacuation, only basic essentials will be allowed.

Multiple agencies are planning for this potential event.  Sheltering sites and transportation needs are also being identified and will be announced if the need arises.

Residents are urged to stay tuned to local television and radio newscasts as well as weather radios for up to date information.


- Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) announced today that Iowa has been awarded $1,153,346 through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to fund the Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP).  Senator Harkin is a senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee.

"This program has proved to be an essential social safety net, providing basic food and shelter for Iowans in times of need," Senator Harkin said. "I am pleased that we will have this funding available to assist victims in the critical moments following an emergency."

EFSP funds were first authorized by Congress in 1983 and are appropriated annually under the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act.  EFSP funds are used to supplement food, shelter, rent, mortgage and utility assistance programs for people with non-disaster related emergencies.

The EFSP is administered by a national board of voluntary agencies and chaired by FEMA.  Member agencies of the National Board include a diverse cross section of social service organizations.  The National Board qualifies local jurisdictions for annual EFSP awards based on criteria involving current population, unemployment and poverty levels.  Awards are then disbursed to local nonprofit organizations and government agencies in the eligible jurisdictions.  The state set-aside allows Iowa to address pockets of homelessness or poverty particularly to help areas that undergo economic changes like plant closings, or assist communities where levels of unemployment or poverty do not quite rise to the required threshold for a direct allocation.

A full list of Iowa's funding follows.

Appanoose County               $7,002
Black Hawk County             $58,925
Cass County                         $6,765
Clinton County                     $26,673
Crawford County                  $5,771
Davis County                         $4,792
Des Moines County              $22,460
Johnson County                     $44,728
Marshall County                    $20,161
Page County                         $8,857
Polk County                         $190,778
Scott County                         $80,851
Story County                         $28,661
Union County                        $5,949
Wapello County                    $21,570
Webster County                    $18,855
Woodbury County                 $41,019
State Set-Aside Committee, IA     $559,529

Iowa Total                          $1,153,346

Thanks to strong community support, Operation Support Our Troops a big success in both cities

Thanks to strong community support in both cities, the Knoxville and Galesburg First Bank offices collected a total of 51 boxes of packaged food and other items as part of the "Illinois Has Not Forgotten" collection drive for Operation Support Our Troops - Illinois, Inc. (OSOT-IL).

First Bank's Knoxville branch collected 31 boxes and raised nearly $1,000 for the troops while the Galesburg offices collected 20 boxes.

More than 272 boxes of food and other items (totaling four tons) were collected from the 61 First Bank locations that served as collection drop off points. In addition, 196 Operation Support Our Troops T-shirts were sold as well as $1,487 in cash donations.

First Bank helped successfully launch the "Illinois Has Not Forgotten" collection drive for OSOT-IL in early November at the bank's 20 N. Clark St. office in downtown Chicago.

Since its founding in 2003, OSOT-IL has sent out over 25,000 care packages to troops in Afghanistan and Iraq and has raised enough money to fund the purchase of two specially equipped vans for wounded soldiers.  They also support Fisher House, which is to Veteran Hospitals what Ronald McDonald House is to Children's Hospitals.  For more information about OSOTIL, go to their website at:

First Bank is one of the largest privately owned banks in the country with more than $10.3 billion in assets and 209 locations in Illinois, Missouri, California, Florida and Texas.


Washington, DC - Rep. Bruce Braley (D-Iowa) announced today that he has secured over $11.5 million in funding for Iowa programs in the 2009 omnibus bill, which pass in the House by a vote of X-X. This bill provides funding for the entire US Government's operations during the 2010 fiscal year.

"The Iowa funding in this bill will help create jobs in Iowa and will directly benefit the people I represent," Braley said. "I'm pleased to have secured funding for these critical Iowa priorities. This funding will help expand access to healthcare, improve Iowa infrastructure, and save and create jobs throughout eastern Iowa."

A list of Braley-secured projects follows:

  • $2 million for Iowa National Guard in Davenport. This project will fund additions and alterations to the Army Aviation Support Facility, providing space needed for all personnel to train to mission standard and to provide maintenance of the assigned aircraft to the facility.

  • $2 million for the city of Parkersburg to improve the intersection of Highways 14 and 57.

  • $1.6 million for projects at the University of Northern Iowa. This includes funding for National Institute for Early Math and Science Education, the Center on Literacy, Language and Disability Studies in Early Childhood Education, the National Ag-Based Lubricants Center and MyEntreNet, a national rural entrepreneurship development system.     

  • $1 million for the I-74 Corridor Construction leading up to the I-74 bridge. This project extends from 53rd Street in Davenport, Iowa to Avenue of the Cities in Moline, Illinois.      

  • $681,800 for the design and construction of a transit maintenance garage in Davenport, as recommended by the 2002 transit study of the Iowa Quad Cities.   

  • $600,000 for St. Ambrose University to construct a Center for Health Sciences Education. The money will also help equip the facility for occupation and physical therapy and nursing programs that will allow for interdisciplinary learning, research and clinical practice.

  • $500,000 to complete the extension of the 10th Avenue South Corridor in Waverly

  • $500,000 to complete the "Rivers to the Sea" museum as part of the National Missisissippi River Museum and Aquarium for the Great Rivers Center in Dubuque. This is one of the top priorities of the City of Dubuque and the number one priority for the Envision 2010 process.

  • $400,000 for Clarke College to transition to a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree program, mandated by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing by 2015 for advanced practice nurses.

  • $400,000 for Hawkeye Community College to develop and deliver training to additional instructors, to provide tuition assistance for qualified trainees, to procure training equipment and supplies and for staff development to train and certify through its program. 

  • $400,000 for a Flight Training Device for the University of Dubuque's Aviation Degree program. This will ensure the pilots are provided with sufficient training on the most current technology available.

  • $389,600 for Dubuque's Southwest Arterial. This will help fund the final design and development of final construction documents, complete property acquisition and to complete the archaeological and cultural resource mitigation work. 

  • $340,900 for the Northeast Iowa Food Bank to construct a food warehouse and distribution center to house a regional Food Bank and its multi-county programming efforts. 

  • $250,000 for the Iowa Dental Association's Dental Home Demonstration Project in Scott County.

  • $200,000 for Loras College to strengthen student faculty research by upgrading and equipping the environmental microscopy and human physiology/anatomy research and teaching center in the school's science hall.

  • $194,000 for Homeward, Inc. to expand a construction finance program that has provided low interest loans to communities to encourage development of new housing in rural communities.

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WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) today saluted the AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC) teams that were recently deployed to Iowa.  NCCC is a full time service program for men and women ages 18-24 who work in teams to respond to local needs identified by community-based organizations.  The teams will be based out of the AmeriCorps NCCC Vinton campus and will assist with projects in Cedar Rapids, Marion, Coon Rapids and Des Moines.  All of the teams were deployed on Nov. 18 and will finish their services on Dec. 15.  Harkin established the Vinton NCCC site in the 2008 Labor-HHS Appropriations bill.

"As we approach the holiday season, many of us will gather with loved ones and give thanks for our many blessings.  During this time, however, it is also important to remember our friends and neighbors in need- especially in parts of Iowa still recovering from last year's floods," said Harkin. "AmeriCorps NCCC teams are being deployed around Iowa to do just that, and I salute these young men and women for serving others and helping to improve our state and country."

Harkin has been a long-time supporter of national service efforts.  One of his top priorities as chairman of the Appropriations panel that funds AmeriCorps has been to secure appropriate resources for the organization.   Harkin was also a cosponsor of the Serve America Act, legislation that sets out a vision to more than triple, to 250,000, the number of full-and part-time national service volunteers eligible to serve.  The legislation passed Congress and was signed into law by President Obama earlier this year.

The details of the projects the recently deployed NCCC members will assist with follows:

• In Cedar Rapids, the teams will work with the Community Corrections Improvement Association to rebuild neighborhoods affected by last year's intense flooding.  Their work will include rebuilding the interiors of homes affected by the disaster, volunteer recruitment and mobilization, and need assessment.

• In Marion, teams will work alongside the Flood Recovery Office of the United Methodist Church - Block-by-Block Project to help rebuild homes participating in the project.  Their duties will include drywall, painting, landscaping and installing trim.

• In Coon Rapids, the AmeriCorps teams will work with the Whiterock Conservatory to help with oak savanna restoration in the area.

• In Des Moines, volunteers will work with Habitat for Humanity to help build homes for residents in the community.

November 17, 2009

by William Gheen
President, Americans for Legal Immigration PAC ALIPAC

Our Tea Parties Against Amnesty outmatched the opposition with less funds and media support, we have the momentum, and opposition attempts to thwart our events have backfired on them!

After President Obama's key ally Luis Gutierrez (D-IL) announced he would file Amnesty legislation this year to turn millions of illegal aliens in America into voters, immigration enforcement groups such as ALIPAC and NumbersUSA, and Rightmarch sprang into action.

While our strategies and efforts played a key role in defeating Amnesty legislation in 2006 and 2007, and we have dominated the pro-illegal immigration factions in almost every state legislation battle in 2008 and 2009, we know that it will take something truly historic for the American public to triumph over Amnesty this time. 

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