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Iowa Workers to Scott Walker: Union Members are Patriots, not Terrorists PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Lance Coles   
Monday, 09 March 2015 12:31

As Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker makes his first appearances in Iowa after making comments at CPAC comparing union members protesting his policies to ISIS, Iowa workers are speaking up and demanding an apology.  While Scott Walker fundraises in Dubuque, workers will speak out to demand an apology for Walker’s unpatriotic remarks at a press conference in front of the Hotel Julien, at 6 pm on Saturday March 7.

Gov. Walker owes the workers of Wisconsin, Iowa and the entire United States an apology.  We are not ISIS. The hundreds of thousands of students, workers, veterans, grandmothers, aunts and uncles and children who came to Madison to stand together for worker rights are not terrorists. It is offensive to compare firefighters, police, nurses, teachers and construction workers with murderous terrorists.

To compare hard-working men and women who work for a living to terrorists is a disgrace. Coming together to peacefully protest for union rights and a better Wisconsin is not an act of terror. Iowans are offended by a candidate who would run for president by denigrating the working people in his home state. The working people who serve our country overseas and who make our country work are the real patriots and deserve better from a man who wants to be Commander in Chief.

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Written by Rich Carter   
Monday, 09 March 2015 12:29

Comptroller's tax return insert will shine light on government spending

CHICAGO - As her office began issuing state income tax refunds this week, Comptroller Leslie Geissler Munger urged taxpayers Thursday to register online to check the status of their returns and sign up for text message and email payment notifications.

The easy-to-use Tax Refund Alert System allows taxpayers to visit and enter their name and Social Security Number to see if the Comptroller's Office has processed their refund. Taxpayers also can enter an email address and phone number to receive a payment notification.

In addition, Munger announced her office will include inserts with all tax returns detailing where the State of Illinois spent $36.7 billion in 2014, information on the state's bill backlog, and other tools to help taxpayers learn about state and local finances. Those who receive their tax refunds through Direct Deposit may view the tax insert digitally if they register for the Tax Refund Alert System.

"Our team at the Comptroller's office is dedicated to making state government more helpful for taxpayers. Our tax refund alert system and tax return insert will make it easier for them to track their refunds and monitor government spending," Munger said. "We will continue to focus on making government more efficient, transparent, and accessible while offering taxpayer-friendly tools to help our citizens follow the money."

Specifically, the tax return insert provides a spending breakdown by stage agency on everything from Education and Medicaid to Human Services and Corrections. It further provides snapshots of the state's unpaid bills over time, documenting the backlog at the end of the fiscal year and six months later at the end of the calendar year. Finally, it refers residents to the Comptroller's transparency websites, the Ledger and the Warehouse, for more detail on state and local finances.


Big Quad Cities' Brands Join For A Unique Partnership PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Cindy Bruhn   
Wednesday, 04 March 2015 16:28
Rock Island, IL, March 4, 2015 – There are not many flavors more quintessential to the Quad Cities than Boetje’s Mustard.  Now with the help of a local distillery, this classic is getting a new twist.  This Friday, Boetje’s and Mississippi River Distilling Company will take the wraps off of their new collaboration.  “Boetje’s Bourbon Barrel Aged Mustard” has soaked for over a month in used Cody Road Bourbon casks.
“We were looking for ways to put a new twist on an old favorite.”  said Boetje’s production manager Harrison Kropp.  “We saw some interesting barrel aged mustards at the World-Wide Mustard Competition in Wisconsin last year.  So we thought it would be great to give it a try with Boetje’s.”
Ryan Burchett, owner and distiller at Mississippi River Distilling Company, said he didn’t have to think twice about the project.  “It was a total no-brainer for us.  We were humbled to have such an established brand like Boetje’s reach out to us for something like this.  It’s an honor to have our name on the same label as one of our all time favorites.”
The distillery gave Kropp some oak whiskey casks that had been used to age Cody Road Bourbon Whiskey.  After soaking for more than 30 days in the barrel, the mustard is ground and prepared for sale.  “It brings a unique sweetness to our mustard along with the signature Boetje’s punch.” added Kropp.  “I think this one is going to be a big hit once the grills start firing up.”
“Our brand is all about being local.” said Burchett.  “Cody Road Bourbon is made from grain sourced directly from local farmers within 25 miles of our distillery.  So to find a new local partner to do something totally different like this is a ton of fun for us.”
The mustard is being made in small batches.  Initially it will only be available at the gift shops at Boetje’s and Mississippi River Distilling Company.  Boetje’s representatives will be at the distillery Friday night from 5:30 to 8 PM for the monthly “First Friday” celebration in LeClaire.  They will have the mustard for sale along with free samples of the new spicy treat.
Mississippi River Distilling will also be introducing a new limited edition whiskey collaboration with Great River Brewing in Davenport that evening.  Farmer Brown Whiskey was made by distilling the alcohol out of over 3,000 gallons of Farmer Brown Ale from the local brewery.  This whiskey will be available for a short time at the distillery and through local retailers around Iowa and Illinois.

BBB Celebrates National Consumer Protection Week PDF Print E-mail
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Written by BBB News   
Wednesday, 04 March 2015 15:43

March 3, 2015 (Des Moines, IA) — Better Business Bureau serving Iowa, Illinois, South Dakota, & Nebraska with offices in the Quad Cities and Cedar Rapids is committed to providing tools and tips to protect consumers from scams and to help them make better purchasing decisions during National Consumer Protection Week (NCPW), March 1-7. During the 17th annual NCPW, BBB will be working to connect people with the best consumer education resources.

BBB’s goal is to share information about identity theft, fraud, scams, and technology and safety. This coordinated campaign with NCPW encourages consumers to take advantage of their rights and make better-informed purchasing decisions.

“BBB offers free, reliable services daily to help them make better-informed decisions and protect their personal information,” stated Chris Coleman, local BBB president. “We are dedicated to connecting consumers with business that are committed to building trust.”

BBB is constantly working to provide consumers with more information. Check out a few of BBB’s FREE services below:

Look for the Seal. BBB is running a national campaign to remind consumers to look for the BBB seal when making a purchase. A BBB seal on a business’s door, window, vehicle or website is a powerful sign to customers that they are a trustworthy business.

Follow Scams. Scams are not going away, and scammers are constantly changing their tactics. Consumers can use the free resources found at to protect themselves and educate family and friends. BBB is committed to alerting the public each time it learns of a new scheme through its scam alert emails.

Search BBB’s Accredited Business Directory. BBB’s online directory Trusted Accredited Businesses. Directory search results provide everything from auto repair to movers, and florists to contractors.

Read Verified Customer Reviews. Check out a business at and read their verified Customer Reviews. Customers can write a review detailing their experience with the business, whether or not they would recommend the business, and if it was a positive experience. Last year, locally, more than half a million Customer Reviews were read by potential customers.

About Better Business Bureau: Better Business Bureau is committed to marketplace trust. For more than 100 years, BBB has been creating a community in which businesses and consumers can trust each other through programs that encourage best practices, create marketplace role models, and denounce substandard business behaviors. People turned to BBB more than 132 million times last year, and BBB reviewed more than 4.5 million businesses and charities. BBB Serving Greater Iowa, Quad Cities and Siouxland, founded in 1940 and is one of 112 local, independent BBBs across North America. You can reach us at 515-243-8137 or online at

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Join us on May 8th for Leadercast Quad Cities PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Leadercast Quad Cities   
Tuesday, 03 March 2015 12:18
An essential behavior for any leader is the act of bravery. It is a trait that cannot be bought or self-appointed. Bravery is reserved for those whose innovation causes them to stand out from the crowd … whose efforts push their organizations and communities into new territories … whose boldness compels them to stand up for those less fortunate.
Truly, these are The Brave Ones.
The Brave Ones have existed throughout history. Some are unforgettable icons, while the names of others will not be remembered. They exist across all industries, societies, and at every level of leadership.
What does this all mean?  You too can be a Brave One.  You can stand out from the crowd.  You can push your organization forward. How? Join us on Friday May 8th for this incredible day-long leadership development event.
Leadercast Quad-Cities, at at the iWireless Center, 1201 River Dr., Moline, Illinois. is the simulcast location for the IA/IL Quad-Cities and surrounding area.
The nine speakers who will be giving presentations via simulcast at this year’s event will be:

• Andy Stanley: Leadership Author and Communicator
• Malala Yousafzai: “Bravest Girl in the World” - CNN Live via Simulcast
• Ed Catmull: President of Pixar and Disney Animation Studios
• Seth Godin: Bestselling Author and Leadership Expert
• Rudy Giuliani: 107th Mayor of New York City from 1993 to 2001
• Aja Brown: Mayor, City of Compton
• Bill McDermott: CEO of SAP AG
• CMDR Rorke Denver: Navy SEAL Commander and Author
• Plus Special Guest: Super Bowl-winning Quarterback and five-time MVP
• Bill & Giuliana Rancic: Award-Winning Personalities and Co-Hosts of Leadercast 2015
Whether you are leading a major corporation or yourself, Leadercast Quad Cities can help you to create positive change in your life, your community and the world at large. Join us on May 8th to learn how.
REGISTER TODAY! Contact Todd with any questions: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 563-322-2065

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