Thursday, October 29, 2009

Dozens in Congress under ethics inquiry

Document was found on file-sharing network

The 22-page "Committee on Standards Weekly Summary Report" gives brief summaries of ethics panel investigations of the conduct of 19 lawmakers and a few staff members. It also outlines the work of the new Office of Congressional Ethics, a quasi-independent body that initiates investigations and provides recommendations to the ethics committee. The document indicated that the office was reviewing the activities of 14 other lawmakers. ….

The investigations by two separate ethics offices include an examination of the chairman of the Appropriations subcommittee on defense, John P. Murtha (D-Pa.), as well as others who helped steer federal funds to clients of the PMA Group. The lawmakers received campaign contributions from the firm and its clients. A document obtained by The Washington Post shows that the subcommittee members under scrutiny also include Peter J. Visclosky (D-Ind.), James P. Moran Jr. (D-Va.), Norm Dicks (D-Wash.), Marcy Kaptur (D-Ohio) , C.W. Bill Young (R-Fla.) and Todd Tiahrt (R-Kan.).

The document also indicates that the House ethics committee's staff recently interviewed the staff of Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) about his allegation that a PMA lobbyist threatened him in 2007 when he resisted steering federal funds to a PMA client. The lobbyist told a Nunes staffer that if the lawmaker didn't help, the defense contractor would move out of Nunes's district and take dozens of jobs with him.

Together, … seven legislators have personally steered more than $200 million in earmarks to clients of the PMA Group in the past two years, and received more than $6.2 million in campaign contributions from PMA and its clients in the past decade, according to an analysis by Congressional Quarterly and Taxpayers for Common Sense.

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Manzullo Secures Another $280,000 to Help McHenry County Preserve Abundant Drinking Water Supplies


Washington, Oct 29 -

The U.S. House today approved another $280,000 in federal funds to help McHenry County officials ensure abundant and safe drinking water for residents for generations to come.

The funding, secured by Congressman Don Manzullo, is included in the FY 2010 Interior-Environment conference report, which the House passed today. The bill also includes a Continuing Resolution to keep the federal government operating through Dec. 18. As a result, the bill must be passed by the Senate and signed into law by midnight Saturday when the prior continuing resolution expires.

Manzullo previously secured $295,000 in federal funds for the McHenry County Groundwater Protection program two years ago. That funding helped pay for the installation of observation wells and equipment to monitor groundwater supplies and quality throughout the county. The new funds will be used to develop a 3-D hydro-geologic modeling project and a groundwater flow modeling project to provide a much more exact measurement of the county’s groundwater resources.

“The preservation of abundant, safe groundwater supplies is especially vital for McHenry County because – unlike the other collar counties of Chicago -- it does not have access to Lake Michigan water and relies solely on aquifers for drinking water,” Manzullo said. “I congratulate county and community leaders for coming together three years ago and creating the McHenry County Groundwater Protection Task Force, and recognizing groundwater preservation is key to McHenry County’s superior quality of life. That’s why I requested and secured these funds that are vital to McHenry County’s future.”

Representative Don Manzullo

Neighbors upset over golf carts in Spring Township

River Reach subdivision over whether golf carts, which have become a common mode of transportation, should be legalized.

residents driving the carts outside of a golf course setting are breaking Illinois Vehicle Code on roads that weren’t built or set up with speed limits catered toward carts.

Neighbors upset over golf carts - Rockford, IL - Rockford Register Star

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Crowds await H1N1 vaccine at Boone clinic - Rockford, IL - Rockford Register Star


Marengo resident Maddie Morse, 5, waited patiently for more than 90 minutes today to receive her H1N1 flu vaccination at the Boone County Health Department clinic.


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Why are people from McHenry County getting free flu shots in Boone County? Boone County tax dollars hard at work. Can't they go to their own County Health Department

Click on the following for more detailsCrowds await H1N1 vaccine at Boone clinic - Rockford, IL - Rockford Register Star

Brady seeks more disclosure of Illinois debts -

... candidate senator bill brady 

Republican Bill Brady [Rep. Candidate for Governor] is proposing a law requiring the state to disclose all the bills it receives from businesses and contractors. The information would be posted online, and the state would be required to pay the bills in the order they’re received

Click on the following for the rest of the storyBrady seeks more disclosure of Illinois debts - Rockford, IL - Rockford Register Star

City council moves forward with proposed lay-offs

begin the process of moving forward with layoffs for six city personnel - three in the police department, two in the fire department, and one street department employee. The motion will move forward to a final vote at next week’s council meeting.

Click on the following for the detailsThe Belvidere Daily Republican. - City council moves forward with proposed lay-offs