Jason Parrott traveled to three regional art galleries for this week’s program to spotlight current exhibits and to preview the year ahead.
Fort Madison, IA
Brian Riggs is the Executive Director for the Fort Madison Area Arts Association.
He says 2012 is starting out as it has for years with the annual Budding Artists Showcase.
The show features more than 100 pieces from elementary and middle school students from Central Lee, Fort Madison, and Holy Trinity.
Macomb, IL – Rich Egger's guest is State Representative Norine Hammond (R-Macomb). They preview the Illinois legislature's 2012 session.
Lawmakers do not return to Springfield until January 30, which is later than normal. Hammond believes the legal battle over redistricting is part of the reason for the delay.
Hammond said the legislature must work to stabilize its finances. She points out Moody's lowered the state's credit rating late last week and Standard & Poor's has the state on a watch list.
Rich Egger's guest is State Representative Norine Hammond (R-Macomb). They preview the Illinois legislature's 2012 session.
Hammond said the legislature must work to stabilize its finances. She pointed out Moody's lowered the state's credit rating late last week and Standard & Poor's has the state on a watch list.
Des Moines, IA – Jason Parrott's guest is State Senator Tom Courtney (D-Burlington).
They discuss the Iowa Legislature's 2012 session, which begins Monday, January 9 in Des Moines.
Iowa lawmakers spent plenty of time at the statehouse during 2011.
The session lasted 172 days, which made it one of the longest sessions in state history.
Courtney believes 2012 will be a much shorter session, possibly as few as 90 days.
He says lawmakers want to get out and meet with their constituents during a big election year.
Keokuk, IA – Jason Parrott's guest is Scott Gooding, who is the Lee County Coordinator for the Strategic Prevention Framework State Incentive Grant.
Gooding will spend the next three years looking for ways to reduce certain alcohol-related activities in Lee County.
The state of Iowa received roughly $2.3-million from the federal government to develop a strategic plan for addressing substance abuse.
The grant will be shared by the 23 counties identified as being most in need of assistance.