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Davenport Jiffy Lube wins National Acclaim PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Joseph Janz   
Friday, 21 November 2014 15:53

Davenport, IA– Jiffy Lube®, Davenport IA location has just received word that it has been awarded second place in the National Oil & Lube News “Best Looking Lube” contest. Over 1,000 photographs of oil and lube facilities from across the nation were submitted for this national contest. Photographs of our local Jiffy Lube® facility were submitted and took home a second place award. The Jiffy Lube® facility was featured in an article showcasing all of the top winners, in this nationally circulated publication.

National Oil & Lube News published that Jiffy Lube’s modern décor, mounted flat-screen TV, and minimalist design of this particular store (located in Davenport, Iowa) is what thoroughly impressed the judging panel. The minifridge built into the counter certainly didn’t hurt, either.

Several judges commented on the cleanliness of the shop, and one noted that the bays were, “nice and clean.” Even the brick touches on the exterior felt warm and inviting.

“I felt relaxed just looking at the pictures. It looks small on the outside but packs a punch on the inside. Love it,” one judge said.

Another praised the shop as a whole. “This lube shop has it right. Clean bays, immaculate waiting room and exterior — everything a customer like me looks for.”

The Davenport Jiffy Lube®, which opened May 24, 2014, is locally owned and operated and is the second location of the Jiffy Lube National Franchise to be open in the Quad City area. Located at 3430 Elmore Avenue, Jiffy Lube® is open Monday through Friday 8am to 7pm, Saturday 8am to 5pm, and 10am to 4pm on Sundays. As with all Jiffy Lube® service centers, no appointment is necessary. While our certified technicians are servicing your vehicle, we invite you to relax in our luxurious waiting room complete with gourmet coffee, leather seating, iphone chargers, and two big screen televisions.

Jiffy Lube® technicians will expertly perform the popular Jiffy Lube® Signature Service® Oil Change, which includes changing, inspecting, checking/filling and cleaning key vehicle parts and fluids and offers drivers a quick and convenient way to maintain their vehicle. The Jiffy Lube® Signature Service® Oil Change is a convenient solution that can help drivers preserve the value and longevity of their vehicle.

About Jiffy Lube

Jiffy Lube® pioneered the fast oil change industry more than 30 years ago, today with more than 2,000 locations in North America over 22 million customers each year rely on the brand to keep their vehicles running right. Jiffy Lube® helped define vehicle preventive maintenance by upholding the values that the company was founded upon: convenience, speed and quality service. But Jiffy Lube® understands that vehicle maintenance can be stressful. Today, Jiffy Lube® continues on the journey to help every driver be free from the anxiety of keeping their vehicle in top shape. Jiffy Lube® helps keep your vehicle running right for the long haul, so you can Leave Worry Behind.

 
Statements on Senate Committee Passage of Minimum Wage Legislation PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Katie Hickey and Ken Lowe   
Thursday, 20 November 2014 16:19

Governor Quinn Statement on Senate Committee Passage of Minimum Wage Legislation  

CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today issued the following statement on the Illinois Senate Executive Committee’s passage of a bill that would raise the minimum wage to $10 per hour next year, then to $10.50 per hour in 2016 and $11 per hour in 2017:

“In the November election, people across our state overwhelmingly voiced their support for raising the minimum wage to $10 per hour.

“I commend Senator Kim Lightford and the members of the Illinois Senate Executive Committee who today voted to make this proposal a reality and improve the lives of thousands of working families in Illinois.

“Raising the wage is about dignity and decency and building an economy that works for everyone. Now is the time to get this important legislation passed through the General Assembly for the hundreds of thousands of minimum wage workers across the Land of Lincoln.”

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Simon urges support of minimum wage increase; Legislation passes Senate committee

SPRINGFIELD – Nov. 19, 2014. Lt. Governor Sheila Simon issued the following statement in support of Senate Bill 68 sponsored by Sen. Kimberly A. Lightford (D-Maywood).

“Voters at the polls this month were loud and clear: they support raising the state’s minimum wage. Making sure that Illinois workers are earning a decent wage is in the best interest of all Illinoisans and will help us grow our state’s economy.

“I would like to thank Sen. Lightford for her commitment to fighting for Illinois’ workers and their families. I encourage the Senate to pass this important legislation quickly.”

Senate Amendment 5 to Senate Bill 68 would raise the minimum wage in Illinois in increments. Under the amendment, the wage would increase to $10 per hour on July 1, 2015, $10.50 per hour on July 1, 2016 and $11 per hour on July 1, 2017.

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El Rio Spa and Wellness - Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting - 11/20/14 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by LeClaire Chamber of Commerce   
Wednesday, 19 November 2014 08:58

El Rio Spa and Wellness - Area’s first luxury spa and wellness experience opening November 20, 2014

You are invited to attend the Grand Opening of El Rio Spa & Wellness, the area’s first comprehensive luxury spa and wellness experience on Thursday, November 20, 2014, 2 – 7 p.m.
El Rio is located at 1000 Stagecoach Trail in LeClaire, Iowa.

Ribbon Cutting by the LeClaire Chamber of Commerce will occur at 2 p.m. followed by guided tours and chances to win fabulous gifts! This event is open to the public.

About El Rio Spa & Wellness

El Rio Spa & Wellness is over 9,000 square feet, overlooking the majestic Mississippi River, dedicated to guest’s mind and body. Guests are invited to embark on their fitness path and to indulge in relaxation, peace, and renewal in the spa. El Rio is fully equipped with a spa, nail room, group fitness classes, café, and a boutique, locker rooms, and a cardio room. Coming by the end of the year, an 18x25’ indoor pool. El Rio goes far beyond equipment, services, and amenities. With a hand-picked staff, their team has remarkable skills and a genuine passion to provide the highest level of service to ensure everyone receives a signature experience.

 
Small Business Saturday, Nov. 29 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by QCCVB   
Tuesday, 18 November 2014 15:21
You can shop small this holiday season.  Small Business  Saturday is November 29th.  Founded by American Express in 2010, Small Business Saturday® is a day to celebrate the small businesses that help support your neighborhood and is held every year on the Saturday after Thanksgiving.  Now in its fifth year, Small Business Saturday has been embraced as part of the holiday shopping tradition as each year shoppers, businesses and public officials come together to Shop Small® and show their neighborhood pride. #ShopSmallQC
- At checkout on Small Business Saturday, select one of the presents to reveal your savings!  Anywhere from 10% to 25% OFF your entire bill!

- The first 25 customers receive a canvas Shop Small tote bag!

- Enter into a drawing to receive a $50 gift card!
Quad Cities Gifts                      Union Station Visitor Center
1601 River Drive, Ste 110       102 S. Harrison St.
Moline, IL  61265                      Davenport, IA  52801
Phone: 309-736-6833             Phone: 309-736-6834

Small Business Saturday Hours: 10 am-4 pm
Show off your Quad Cities hometown spirit with our new hooded sweatshirts. Perfect for a holiday gift, they come in a variety of colors (red, brown, white, gray, pink, turquoise). Full zipper front with pockets. Sizes S, M, L, XL, XXL
Price: $20.00

 
What You Need to Know Before Reading New Social Security Statements PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jason Alderman   
Tuesday, 18 November 2014 15:00

No matter how far away you are from retirement, it's important to understand your Social Security benefits – and there's a particularly good reason to do it now.

The Social Security Administration (SSA) is bringing back annual paper benefits statements for the first time in three years. It stopped in 2011 to save money on printing and postage, but Congress and consumer advocates complained that workers needed better access to their data. In September, the agency reversed its decision and announced it's resuming the practice of mailing paper statements to workers in two categories:

  • Those who are not receiving benefits and are within three months of turning 25, 30, 35, 40, 45, 50, 55, and 60. (After age 60, workers will receive a statement every year.)
  • Those who still haven't registered for a My Social Security (www.ssa.gov/myaccount/) online account.

Why is this important? First, if you've paid into the Social Security and Medicare system, you should understand the benefits you've earned. Second, as the SSA has been closing field offices and reducing services to the public, despite the fact that Baby Boomers are starting to flood the system. It's a good time to confirm and correct benefits due to the longer wait times on the agency's toll free telephone line and field offices.

Start by waiting for your next paper benefits statement or sign up at My Social Security website to review your current data. Here's a quick overview of what your statement tells you:

  • Introduction and your estimated benefits. This section covers four categories. The first is your retirement benefits, which are based on your age when you start drawing them. The calculations are based on three critical ages as examples: 62 (the earliest age you can draw retirement benefits), 67 (the full retirement age for anyone born after 1960) and age 70 (the oldest anyone can start drawing benefits, generally at the highest level if you can wait). The second is disability, which refers to the amount of your monthly disability benefit if you qualify. Third, your family/survivors benefits if a loved one dies. And lastly, your Medicare eligibility and the particular facts to support that conclusion.
  • Your Earnings Record. This is a summary of your earnings that you need to verify for accuracy. Pull your annual tax returns as far back as you can to confirm this information, and if you work with a tax or financial planning professional, double-check their conclusions if you plan to challenge any errors with the SSA.
  • Some Facts About Social Security. Provides additional definitions and guidelines to better understand your statement and includes key contact information.

Most experts will tell you that when it comes to retirement, time is your biggest ally – it gives you the opportunity to invest, save and adjust your plan strategy. Use your statement to do the following:

  • Spot and correct errors. If you and your tax professional spot disparities in your benefit statement make careful notes, gather your evidence and consult the SSA's contact page (www.ssa.gov/agency/contact/) to start the correction process remotely or in person.
  • Blend Social Security into a broader retirement plan. Most experts agree Social Security alone won't provide a comfortable retirement. It's never too late to plan.

Bottom Line: Even if you're years away from retirement, make sure you understand your Social Security benefits, and that they're accurate and fit into a broader financial plan for your retirement.

 
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