Gun-control group seeks leaders

Quad-Citians for Responsible Gun Legislation will hold a meeting for community leaders at 6 p.m. Thursday at Third Missionary Baptist Church, 222 W. 14th St., Davenport. The group says it is looking to address the issues of gun violence that affect neighborhoods and minority residents on a routine basis. Those who wish to lend support as a leader are invited. The group is committed to being nonpartisan and working for commonsense legislation to reduce gun violence. It supports universal background checks and bans on assault weapons, large capacity magazines and straw purchases. To RSVP, email

National Guard to unveil skate park mural

The Iowa National Guard and Zoom Media will unveil a new mural to be placed next to the Davenport skate park from 2-4 p.m. Saturday at 700 W. River Drive. The mural is part of the National Guard Skate Park Mural Program, a collaboration to create murals at skate parks across the country as part of a national recruiting program. 

After visiting the site and considering possibilities, the Iowa National Guard chose to make a wood mural to be placed by the concession stand for six months. Davenport Parks and Recreation officials said they chose that option because the department does not paint the skate park anymore. The parks department will receive a check for $1,500 for the Guard's campaign to reach out to users of skate parks across the country.

Meanwhile, the Davenport Police Department has received the 2012 Pro Patria Award for its support of employees who serve in National Guard and Reserve military units. The award was presented by the Iowa Committee of the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve.

Savanna receives funding for new wastewater plant

The city of Savanna, Ill., will receive $2,020,000 through the U.S. Economic Development Administration to help construct a new wastewater treatment facility.

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The funding, announced Monday by U.S. Rep. Cheri Bustos, D-Ill., will help create 20 new jobs and retain 220 jobs.

“This will not only create or retain many local jobs, but it will help spur further growth, private investment and promote crucial flood disaster resiliency for the region,” Bustos said.

The project will demolish Savanna’s flood-damaged water treatment plant and construct a facility at a protected site that will be able to support the expansion of two manufacturing companies and spur continued growth. The old plant was overwhelmed by significant flooding on the Mississippi River.