A roundup of state government and Capitol news items of interest for Monday:
DECEPTIVE CHARITY DISSOLVES: An Illinois nonprofit corporation that raised money in Iowa and 23 other states through deceptive claims that it would use donations to fund local veterans programs will shut down permanently, through a court-approved agreement, according to Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller. VietNow, of Rockford, which also used the name VeteransNow, pledged to help veterans overcome joblessness, post-traumatic stress disorder, and claimed to provide “medical facilities and treatment,” according to Miller’s office. The settlement resolves the allegations and investigations by appointing a receiver to dissolve VietNow. The settlement also obtains injunctive relief against VietNow’s directors and officers and requires their cooperation in investigations of VietNow’s professional fundraisers. Two professional fundraisers registered in Iowa to raise funds on behalf of VietNow.
DUBUQUE SITE CERTIFIED: The Iowa Economic Development Authority announced Monday that a “development-ready” site near Dubuque’s Industrial Center West is the latest industrial site to achieve certification through the Iowa Certified Sites Program. It joins 18 other sites in the state that have been designated as project-ready. The city-owned property consists of six parcels covering 163 total acres, of which 103 acres are developable.
— Times Bureau