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Brian Wegerer named Top 20 Midwest Construction Professional PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Amy L. Thon   
Friday, 18 February 2011 12:26
Rock Island – KJWW Engineering Consultants is proud to announce Brian Wegerer, PE, was named to ENR Midwest’s Top 20 Under 40 list.

An independent panel of judges selected the top 20 from 40 nominees based on professional excellence; leadership in their company and profession; service to their profession and community; and honors and awards earned for involvement in landmark projects.

The Jan. 24, 2011 article in ENR Midwest states “Brian Wegerer’s staff of 30 tackles some of KJWW’s largest projects, drawing on his experience leading technical and multi-discipline teams.”

Wegerer has spent nearly his entire career with KJWW Engineering, and currently serves as Associate Principal and as an operations manager for the firm’s Industrial/Government
“Because younger engineers look to him for leadership, project management and mentoring, KJWW selected him to instruct them in project management and consulting,” the article stated.

Early in his career as an electrical engineer, Brian took on the lead role in many high-profile projects and became the technical expert on systems associated with various projects. Some of the projects Brian lead as Project Manager and Lead Electrical Engineer include:

$200 million new Sherman Hospital that features the largest-lake coupled geothermal system in the United States

$75 million Provena St. Joseph Hospital bed tower expansion

$42 million Trinity at Terrace Park Hospital

Numerous projects for Deere & Company

Brian attended Black Hawk College before transferring to Iowa State University to pursue a B.S. in Electrical Engineering. In 2000, he received an MBA from St. Ambrose University. Brian received a “Leaders Under 40 Award” from Black Hawk College in 2008 and currently serves on the Black Hawk College Foundation board. He is married and has three children and resides in Coal Valley, Ill.

About KJWW: KJWW offers a range of engineering services including structural, mechanical, electrical, technology and medical equipment solutions for healthcare, education, government, commercial and industrial facilities. KJWW’s staff comprises of more than 400 full-time employees in seven offices. The firm is headquartered in Rock Island, Ill., and has offices in Chicago; St. Louis; Madison, Wis.; Des Moines, Iowa; Naperville, Ill.; Cedar Rapids, Iowa; Dubai, UAE; and Ahmedabad, India. For more information, visit


Harkin Statement on the Wisconsin Budget Protest PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Sen. Tom Harkin   
Friday, 18 February 2011 12:24
WASHINGTON, D.C. – February 18, 2011 - Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA), Chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, today issued the following statement on the budget protest in Wisconsin:

“States around the country are facing tough budget decisions – just as we are here in Washington.  But what does it say about our priorities when we pass tax cuts for the wealthiest, yet ask public employees who are already being stretched thin to give even more?  These are our nation’s teachers and caregivers – people our families rely on each day who are living within their means.  Yet, those in the upper income bracket are not being asked to sacrifice anything.  That’s unfair.

“In Wisconsin, public servants are being scapegoated and budget cuts are being used as an excuse to undermine workers' rights.  That’s no way to go about building consensus and it’s no way to treat American workers.”

Braley Fights to Save Iowa Jobs, Ethanol Industry PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Alexandra Krasov   
Friday, 18 February 2011 11:51
Washington, DC – February, 16, 2011 - Today, Congressman Bruce Braley (IA-01) offered an amendment to save thousands of Iowa jobs supported by the ethanol industry. Rep. Braley introduced the amendment to safeguard the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) program and to make sure fuel standards could be properly set for 2012. The House Republican leadership blocked the amendment with a procedural maneuver.  

“Some 50,000 Iowa jobs depend on renewable fuels and the ethanol industry,” said Rep. Braley. “And I am deeply disappointed that my Republican colleagues would pass a budget bill that would threaten to kill off this industry and the livelihoods of thousands of families that depend on it.”

The RFS promotes clean, renewable, homegrown fuel and boosts American security by reducing our dependence on foreign oil. The Republican budget continuing resolution puts the RFS program at risk by preventing the Environmental Protection Agency from setting renewable fuel standards for 2012.

The American Coalition for Ethanol, Growth Energy, National Corn Growers Association and the Renewable Fuels Association came out in strong support of the Braley amendment earlier today.  

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Braley Works to Force Congress to Buy American PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Alexandra Krasov   
Friday, 18 February 2011 11:29
Washington, DC – February 15, 2011 - Today, Congressman Bruce Braley (IA-01) introduced an amendment that would force offices in the Legislative branch to buy American-made products when using taxpayer funds. Rep. Braley offered the “Buy American” amendment to the Republican budget that is being debated and voted on this week.   

“Every day, I hear members in the House chamber talk about supporting American workers and the products they make. This amendment makes us put our money where our mouth is,” said Rep. Braley.

The non-partisan Congressional Budget Office estimates that there will be no additional costs from this amendment.

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Harkin's Analysis of House Republican Budget Cuts on Education in Iowa – Major Proposed Cuts from Head Start to Pell Grants PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Sen. Tom Harkin   
Thursday, 17 February 2011 08:38
February 15, 2011

Later this week, the U.S. House will consider a budget proposal for Fiscal Year 2011.  The current funding proposal (called a “continuing resolution”) expires on March 4, 2011.  Analysis released today shows that the budget proposal will have a devastating impact on education in Iowa if enacted.  Below, please find some specific details.

Harkin’s full statement on the budget proposals before Congress can be found here:

“From crib to college, Iowa students will be at a disadvantage if the House proposal is enacted,” said Harkin.  “There is no question that the time has come for tough budget decisions, but the smart way to bring down the deficit is for Congress to pursue a balanced approach of major spending cuts and necessary revenue increases, while continuing to make investments in education.  That is the only way our country will remain competitive in the global economy and create good jobs that provide a sustained economic expansion in the years ahead.”

Head Start:
The House proposal would eliminate comprehensive early childhood services nationwide for 218,000 low-income children and their families next year (a cut of over 20 percent), close over 16,000 Head Start and Early Head Start classrooms, and lay off 55,000 teachers, teacher assistants, and related staff.
  • Estimated Impact on Iowa: 1,794 fewer kids in Iowa will have access to Head Start services.

Title I Grants:
The House plan cuts an additional $5 billion from the Department of Education, including slashing Title I education funding by nearly $700 million, meaning 2,400 schools serving 1 million disadvantaged students could lose funding, and approximately 10,000 teachers and aides could lose their jobs.

  • Estimated Impact on Iowa: our state would see a cut of more than $4.5 million in grants to local educational agencies.

Special Education:
The House Republican proposal would cut almost $600 million in federal special education funding.   This reduction could lead to the loss of 7,000 education staff serving such students.

  • Estimated Impact on Iowa: Lost jobs and potentially higher state and local taxes to make up for the loss of more than $5 million in federal funds to support special education.

Pell Grant program:
The House proposal cuts the maximum Pell Grant award by $845 per student from $5,550 to $4,705, a 15 percent cut.

  • Estimated Impact on Iowa:

Under current funding levels:
Aid Available $809,200,000
Average Award: $3,937

Under the House Proposal:
Aid Available $675,700,000
Average Award: $3,290

For more information, please call Kate Cyrul or Bergen Kenny in Senator Harkin’s press office at (202) 224-3254.

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