CHICAGO - December 13, 2010. Governor Pat Quinn today named Jack Lavin as his Chief of Staff. Lavin previously served as the state's Chief Operating Officer. Current Chief of Staff Michelle Saddler will resume her position as the Secretary of the Illinois Department of Human Services (DHS).

"Jack Lavin has helped my administration accomplish many of our top priorities and I have full confidence that he has the vision and ability to lead my office into a successful new term and will tackle the many serious issues facing our state," said Governor Quinn. "Michelle Saddler has done an excellent job as Chief of Staff. However, I wish to honor her preference to return to the work she began at the Department of Human Services. She is a key leader in my administration."

Lavin has served as Governor Quinn's Chief Operating Officer since February 2009, where he has led implementation of the Illinois Jobs Now! capital construction program and directed the state's federal stimulus program. Lavin, who also leads Governor Quinn's job creation efforts, worked to keep Ford, Navistar and Chrysler in Illinois.

Throughout his career, Lavin has focused on economic development and job creation. Prior to his appointment as the state's Chief Operating Officer, Lavin served as the Director of the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, where he completed hundreds of business transactions which generated billions of dollars in private investment and created thousands of jobs. Lavin also spent four years working for then-State Treasurer Pat Quinn. As Deputy Treasurer, Lavin led the office's job creation efforts by ensuring the availability of loans to create and expand small businesses.

"I am honored to serve the people of Illinois as Governor Quinn's Chief of Staff," said Lavin. "As our state continues to emerge from this historic economic downturn, I look forward to continuing to work to create jobs and build our economy, while ensuring that state government is more efficient, effective and accountable to the taxpayers of Illinois."

Throughout his career, Lavin has been active in the community, advocating for people with disabilities and working to solve education issues, particularly for children with special needs. Lavin is a magna cum laude graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and has a master's degree in business with a specialization in finance, as well as a master's degree in international relations from the University of Chicago. He resides in Chicago with his wife, Kathy, and their three children.

"It has been a privilege to serve as Governor Quinn's Chief of Staff," said Saddler. "Returning to the Department of Human Services will allow me to pursue my truest passion and continue to address the immense challenges and needs facing human services in Illinois."

Saddler was appointed by Governor Quinn to be Secretary of DHS on Oct. 11, 2009. On Aug. 24 Governor Quinn appointed her as his Chief of Staff. Last week the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless honored Governor Quinn and Saddler for their work in creating and implementing the Put Illinois to Work program. More than 26,000 workers have been hired since Put Illinois to Work was launched last April.

Previously, Saddler held a number of policy and management positions in both the public and private sectors. She received her bachelor's degree from Princeton University and has a master's degree from Northwestern University's J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management.

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Des Moines, Iowa - House Democratic Leader Kevin McCarthy of Des Moines has appointed three local legislators to top posts in the Iowa House for the 2011 legislative session. Rep. Cindy Winckler will be the lead democrat on the House Education Budget Committee, Rep. Jim Lykam will be the top democrat on the House Transportation Committee, and Rep. Phyllis Thede was appointed to lead democrats on the Environmental Protection Committee.

"The Quad Cities will be well-served with these key legislators in top posts in the Iowa House," said McCarthy.  "These dedicated representatives will be key to keeping the state budget balanced while maintaining the key priorities of Iowans."

"I look forward to continuing my leadership role for House Democrats on state education issues," said Winckler. "We will continue to strengthen Iowa's educational system and make sure our kids graduate with the skills needed to land a good-paying job."

"A world-class transportation system is essential to growing Iowa's economy in the 21st Century.  I will do all I can to modernize our transportation infrastructure and keep our roadways safe for Iowans," said Lykam, who will also serve on Commerce, Natural Resources, and the Agriculture and Natural Resources Appropriations Subcommittee.

"I look forward to my new leadership role on the House Environmental Protection Committee.  Iowans in cities and rural areas deserve clean air and water," said Thede.

Rep. Winckler will also serve on Appropriations, Education, and Human Resources.  Rep. Thede was also appointed to serve on Ethics, Local Government, Natural Resources, and the Health and Human Services Appropriations Subcommittee.   The 84th General Assembly will convene its first day of session on January 10, 2011.

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CHICAGO - November 24, 2010. Governor Pat Quinn today approved 20 and denied 48 clemency petitions. This action marks another step in a series of clemency decisions aimed at ending a massive backlog of nearly 2,500 cases that built up during the previous administration.

The 68 clemency petitions acted upon by Governor Quinn are from the October 2003, January 2004, April 2004 and July 2004 dockets.  Each person granted clemency has recently undergone a criminal background check through the Illinois State Police's Law Enforcement Agencies Data System (LEADS).

Since taking office, Governor Quinn has acted on 810 clemency petitions. Governor Quinn has granted 317 pardons, authorized eight persons who had already received pardons to seek expungement of their convictions, granted one commutation and denied 425 petitions.

For further information on the approved clemency cases, please contact the Prisoner Review Board at (217) 502-0948.

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TEA PARTY EXPRESS CELEBRATES VICTORIES

Turns Attention to 2012 Elections and Holding 2010 Victors Accountable

 

The Tea Party Express issued the following statement regarding the 2010 election victories by tea party candidates across the nation:

 

"The Tea Party Express congratulates the scores of tea party candidates who won campaigns across this country, including hundreds of candidates who were supported by the Tea Party Express and our membership.

 

"The biggest victory might be the fact that the impact of the tea party movement was so strong that everyone - even many Democrats - started adopting the messaging  and positions of the tea party movement.

 

"There weren't all that many candidates running on the platform defending tax-spend-bailout policies or big government excess, such as ObamaCare.

 

"In one race where a candidate turned against the tea party principles, and was closely linked to Speaker Nancy Pelosi, the candidate lost.  That candidate was Congressman Walt Minnick (D-Idaho) who had been endorsed by the Tea Party Express in the primary.  After he turned against the Tea Party Express, rejecting our endorsement, accepting the endorsement instead of Speaker Nancy Pelosi, and refusing to commit to the repeal of ObamaCare, the Tea Party Express endorsed his Republican challenger, Raul Labrador.  After a late blitz of radio and TV ads by the Tea Party Express opposing Minnick and supporting Labrador, Minnick found himself voted out of office once the election returns came in.

 

"There were a few races where tea party candidates came up short including Senate races in Delaware and Nevada.  In those races, the tea party candidates had to battle both the Republican and Democrat political establishments during their quests for election victory, and this is exactly as it should be.

 

"We cannot simply say that the Republican Party's preferred candidate should be the tea party candidate.  Winning Republican control of the Senate at the expense of the platform and principles of the Republican Party is no victory.  Our nation got itself into the mess we face because Republicans sold out their principles and joined Democrats in supporting the policies of tax-spend-bailout.

 

"The tea party movement will continue to hold both political parties accountable as the 2012 elections approach, and we at the Tea Party Express look forward to building on the election gains of Tuesday, to further strengthen and build the constitutional conservative constituency in the House, Senate and White House in 2012."

As a primary source of information for the public, we are sure that you will be interested in the attached press release announcing the first annual Spirit of 1776 Summit.

As detailed in the release, the Spirit of 1776 Summit is a gathering of all Americans, Tea Parties, 9/12 Projects, and other groups or individuals that want to take action in support of a smaller and constitutionally limited government, less spending, and a return to the principles and values of our founding fathers.

Should you wish to speak to the coordinator of this summit, or require additional information, call 641-455-1917 or via email at greggcummings@yahoo.com.  This press release may also be downloaded from our website, at www.spiritof1776summit.com.

Thank you for your time and attention,

Gregg Cummings

Coordinator

641-455-1917

greggcummings@yahoo.com

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

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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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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DO YOU HAVE A QUESTION FOR THE CANDIDATES?

WQPT WOULD LIKE TO HEAR FROM THE PUBLIC ON THE ISSUES THEY WOULD LIKE TO HEAR THE CANDIDATES ADDRESS.

MOLINE, ILLINOIS - WQPT, the media service of Western Illinois University, will be hosting a debate between the candidates for the 17th Congressional District in Illinois. Roger Davis, Phil Hare and Bobby Schilling will tape the debate in the afternoon of either October 25 or 26 and it will air that evening or on Wednesday, October 27.  The candidates or their representatives will meet with WQPT to finalize dates and plans.

WQPT is asking the public to send in their questions to wqpt@wiu.edu by Friday, October 22nd. "We hope the public will provide questions to be asked of the candidates" said Rick Best, WQPT General Manager.  The debate will be moderated by Jim Mertens. Mr. Mertens will be the host of WQPT's new public affairs program "The Cities", which will begin airing in November.

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