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Hurley and Weezer "Rocks You Back to School" Presented by Pac Sun PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Tiffany Caronia   
Monday, 23 August 2010 08:35

(Costa Mesa, CA. August 19, 2010)   Hurley "Rocks You Back to School" with Weezer is a very special and timely fashion and music collaboration bringing the best of both worlds together for kids across the country. The collection available exclusively at select PacSun stores starting September 10, 2010, includes limited edition gear such as Weezer inspired men's and women's wovens, t-shirts, and hoodies. Reaching out directly to their fans, the band will offer unique access, new music and an exclusive line of clothing making for a perfect convergence between artists and fans.

"It was swell working with the good people at Hurley on our first adventure into a clothing line. My favorite piece we've created is the zip up hoodie - especially for those cool fall nights." - Pat Wilson, Weezer

The first product of this major merger is a capsule collaboration of Hurley men and women's clothing, available exclusively in select PacSun stores nationwide starting September 10th, 2010. The clothes, designed especially to capture the casual and comfortable style of America's indie rock heroes, make a perfect addition to Hurley's beloved collection of youth apparel. The collection reflects a simple color pallet based on a quirky, yet classic green tone, that feels both retro and futuristic all at the same time. Hurley designed every day items, with the creativity and freedom of Weezer's music and the Hurley lifestyle in mind that make these pieces feel fun and new.

 

 

"Certain words come to mind when I think of Weezer....youth, innovative, creative, inclusive, classic. and fresh. These are the very principles that the Hurley brand was founded on. Weezer's core values parallel Hurley's bloodlines and brand truths. It seemed like a no brainer to join minds, and embrace these values together. Designing this collection with the design team came naturally, we love the band, their vibe, and their fans. Aren't we all Weezer fans?" - Ryan Hurley, VP of Men's Design for Hurley


Additionally, Weezer will be releasing a brand new album cleverly titled "Hurley" with their new label Epitaph Records, but PacSun will have the album exclusively for sale on Sept 10th with nationwide listening parties at all PacSun locations.  So if you want it first this is the only place to get it


Lastly between September 10th and October 15th kids who purchase the exclusive Hurley/Weezer product at PacSun will receive a free download card with bonus content.  Every card is a winner, and one lucky Weezer fan will receive a special lunchtime concert with Weezer at their high school or college. Other prizes include Hurley merchandise, Weezer albums, signed posters, guitars and much more.


This collaboration and contest unites music, clothes, user generated designs and an unbelievable hometown concert into a perfect storm of excitement for kids going back to school.

 

Stay tuned to www.hurley.com , www.pacsun.com and www.weezer.com to make the most of it.

About Hurley

Founded in 1999, Hurley is an authentic "Microphone for Youth" brand rooted in surf, skate, art, music and beach cultures. Driven by creativity and freedom of expression, Hurley develops world-class products for guys, girls and kids, including sportswear, footwear, eyewear, accessories, loungewear, swimwear and wetsuits. A wholly owned, independently run subsidiary of Nike, Inc., Hurley's corporate headquarters are located in Costa Mesa, CA, with international offices in Tokyo, Sydney,

Barcelona and Bali. www.hurley.com

 

About PacSun

Pac Sun is a leading lifestyle specialty retailer rooted in action sports and the youth culture of California. The store caters to young men and women and sells casual apparel with a limited selection of accessories and footwear. As of January 30, 2010, the Company operated 894 stores in 50 states and Puerto Rico. Pac Sun's website address is www.pacsun.com.

 
Governor Quinn Announces $2.3 Million Investment Package to Support Illinois Boeing Expansion PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Andrew Mason   
Monday, 23 August 2010 08:23

Project will Bring 70 New Jobs, Spur Future Economic Growth and Boost Illinois’ Manufacturing Industry

MASCOUTAH – August 19, 2010. Governor Pat Quinn today announced that Illinois is providing a $2.3 million business investment package to assist Boeing with its plans to locate a new facility at MidAmerica Airport in St. Clair County. The state’s investment will leverage a $7 million Boeing investment and is expected to bring 70 new jobs to the Metro East region, with the potential to create more jobs over the next few years. It will also boost manufacturing and spur economic growth throughout the state.

“Our top priority is to get people back to work and continue our economic recovery,” said Governor Quinn. “This investment is bringing dozens of good-paying, sustainable jobs to the region, boosting Illinois’ manufacturing industry and helping MidAmerica Airport reach its full potential. I want to thank Boeing for continuing to invest in the people of Illinois.”

The state’s investment package will support Phase I of a potential three-phase project by Boeing to expand its Defense, Space and Security Group operations and create a Strategic Manufacturing Center at MidAmerica Airport. The center will serve as the lead facility for manufacturing complex sub assemblies for Boeing products and will be the company’s first manufacturing facility in the state of Illinois.

The Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) will administer the state’s business investment package consisting of Economic Development for a Growing Economy (EDGE) corporate income tax credits, which are based on job creation; job training funds; and local benefits from being located within an enterprise zone.

"Our partnership with Boeing reinforces that Illinois has a quality workforce and the right resources to help any company succeed,” said DCEO Director Warren Ribley. “This is a great example of how – through our collaborative efforts – we are creating jobs, expanding our economy and helping Illinois businesses grow."

Boeing is the world’s largest aerospace company and leading manufacturer of commercial airplanes and defense, space and security systems. The company is headquartered in Chicago with 158,000 employees in more than 70 countries.

In 2010, Illinois' manufacturing sector has added more than 12,000 jobs, which is a higher growth rate than the national average.

Governor Quinn was joined at the event today by U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL), Congressman Jerry Costello (D-IL), Congressman John Shimkus (R-IL), State Rep. Tom Holbrook (D-Belleville), State Rep. Dan Beiser (D-Alton), State Rep. Jay Hoffman (D-Collinsville), President and CEO of Boeing Defense, Space and Security Dennis Muilenburg, and other civic and business leaders.

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House action keeps U.S. on the road to economic recovery PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Iowa State Education Association   
Monday, 16 August 2010 15:32

DES MOINES, IA (08/10/2010)(readMedia)-- The U.S. House of Representatives today approved legislation containing emergency funds to help states cope with the Great Recession and stave off massive layoffs of educators. The House joined the Senate in passing H.R. 1586, the Education Jobs and Medicaid Assistance Act, legislation that will keep educators working and help states with Medicaid funding. It provides $10 billion for educators' jobs and $16 billion for a Medicaid funding assistance program known as FMAP.

The legislation would provide $96 million in federal funding for Iowa and help save an estimated 1800 jobs.

A Congressional Budget Office analysis found that the legislation, which is fully paid for, will reduce the deficit by $1.4 billion over 10 years. The bill, which the Department of Education estimates will save some 161,000 educators' jobs, now goes to President Obama for his signature.

"This is a great day for Iowa's kids and schools. $96 million will go a long way toward reducing overcrowded classrooms, improving program offerings and bringing educators back into their buildings so they can do what they do best, help Iowa's kids to learn and grow," said Chris Bern, President of the Iowa State Education Association. "Everyone wins with this important legislation," Bern added.

"We deeply appreciate Senator Harkin's leadership in moving this legislation forward and keeping the best interests of students ahead of politics. We also appreciate the support from Congressmen Boswell, Braley, and Loebsack and Governor Culver's strong commitment to Iowa's kids and public educators," Bern said.

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Braley Votes to Cut Deficit, Create Jobs PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Amanda Crawford   
Monday, 16 August 2010 15:31

Bill Saves 1,800 Jobs in Iowa, Delivers Medicaid Assistance

Washington, DC – Congressman Bruce Braley (D-Iowa) voted today to cut the nation’s deficit by $1.4 billion while saving nearly 2,000 Iowa jobs and delivering essential Medicaid Assistance to Iowa. The Education, Jobs and Medicaid Assistance Act will create opportunities for middle-class workers while significantly reducing the nation’s debt.

“I came back to Washington today to pass legislation that prioritizes education, community safety and middle-class family values,” Braley said. “Investing in education is investing in our state’s economy. This bill is fully paid for and will save 1,800 jobs in Iowa. Cutting the national deficit and putting teachers back to work are common-sense, important steps to getting our nation’s economy back on track. This legislation directly benefits families and children in Iowa, and I look forward to President Obama signing it into law.”

The Education, Jobs and Medicaid Assistance Act will give Iowa $96 million to fund as many as 1,800 jobs and deliver $128 million in Medicaid assistance. The bill is fully paid for by closing tax loopholes that currently reward companies for shipping jobs overseas.

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Governor Quinn Signs Law to End Pre-Employment Credit Checks PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Laurel White   
Monday, 16 August 2010 07:53

New Law Prohibits Employers from Discriminating Based on a Job Seeker or Employee’s Credit History

CHICAGO – August 10, 2010. Governor Pat Quinn today signed a bill into law that prohibits Illinois employers from discriminating based on a job seeker or employee’s credit history. The new law will remove a significant barrier to employment for the growing segment of the population whose credit history has been affected by the historic national recession.

“A job seeker’s ability to earn a decent living should not depend on how well they are weathering the greatest economic recession since the 1930s,” said Governor Quinn. “This law will stop employers from denying a job or promotion based on information that is not an indicator of a person’s character or ability to do a job well.”

House Bill 4658, sponsored by Rep. Jack Franks (D-Woodstock) and Sen. Don Harmon (D-Oak Park), creates the Employee Credit Privacy Act. Under the act, Illinois’ employers may not use a person’s credit history to determine employment, recruiting, discharge or compensation.

The new law forbids employers from inquiring about an applicant or employee’s credit history or obtaining a copy of their credit report. The law does not affect an employer’s ability to conduct a thorough background investigation that does not contain a credit history or report.

Employers who violate the new law can be subject to civil liability for damages or injunctive relief.

Under the new law, employers may access credit checks under limited circumstances, including positions that involve: bonding or security per state or federal law; unsupervised access to more than $2,500; signatory power over businesses assets of more than $100; management and control of the business; access to personal, financial or confidential information, trade secrets, or state or national security information.

Pre-employment credit screenings are on the rise throughout the nation. The Society for Human Resources Management recently found that 60 percent of employers run a credit check on at least some applicants. That is an increase from the 42 percent in 2006 and 25 percent in 1998.

The new law takes effect Jan. 1, 2011.

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