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State Government Agencies to Present Investment and Insurance Fraud Forum in Davenport PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Lori Blackburn   
Tuesday, 03 June 2014 13:43
Iowa Fraud Fighters – Shield Your Savings Public Education Program
Who: Iowa Insurance Division and other state agency partners. Presenters and panelists:
  • Tom Alger, Iowa Insurance Division Communications Director
  • Kevin McCarthy, Iowa Assistant Attorney General
  • Paige Thorson, Iowa Department on Aging Legal Assistant
  • Patty Price, Iowa Senior Health Insurance Information Program (SHIIP) Training and Education Coordinator
Why cover it? Informative and emotional human-interest stories. Con artists are targeting Americans age 60 and older, swindling more than 5 million Americans out of a $3 billion each year. This is the sixth forum in the state. At past forums, we’ve had very vocal seniors willing to share their stories with the press. Some have brought documentation of scams and the AG has opened up cases at forums. From RSVPs, we anticipate 150 in attendance.
When: Thursday, June 5
11:30 a.m.: Registration & information tables
Noon: Lunch
12:30 p.m.: Presentations and Q&A panel
1:30 p.m.: Information tables
2 p.m.: Adjourn
Where: The RiverCenter, 136 E. Third Street, Davenport
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Financial Advice for New Fathers PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jason Alderman   
Monday, 02 June 2014 15:32

Each year when Father's Day rolls around, I'm reminded that I wouldn't trade the experience of raising my two kids for the world. But when I think back to how naïve my wife and I once were about the costs of raising children, I can't help wishing we'd been better prepared.

If you're a new dad, or about to become one, you'd better sit down. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, a typical middle-income family can expect to spend over $241,000 to raise a newborn child until age 18 – and that doesn't even include prenatal care or college costs.

Right now, you're probably more worried about getting enough sleep than funding your retirement. But at some point, you'll need to plot out a financial roadmap to ensure your family's future financial security. As one dad to another, here are a few strategies I've learned that can help:

Start saving ASAP. It's hard to save for the future when your present expenses are so daunting, but it's important to start making regular contributions to several savings vehicles, even if only a few dollars at a time:

  • Establish an emergency fund with enough cash to cover at least six months of living expenses. Start small by having $25 or $50 a month deducted from your paycheck and automatically deposited into a separate savings account.
  • Even if retirement is decades away, the sooner you start saving and compounding your interest, the faster your savings will grow. If your employer offers 401(k) matching contributions, contribute at least enough to take full advantage of the match.
  • Once those two accounts are well established, open a 529 Qualified State Tuition Plan to start saving for your children's education.

If funding these accounts seems impossible, look for a few luxuries you could cut from your budget for six months – lattes, eating out, premium cable, etc. After six months, evaluate whether they were actual "needs" or simply "wants" you can live without.

Get insured. If your family depends on your income, you must be prepared for life's unexpected events, whether an accident, illness, unemployment or death. Get adequate coverage for:

  • Health insurance. Everyone needs medical insurance, no matter how young or healthy.
  • Homeowner/renter's insurance. Don't let theft, fire or another catastrophe leave your family without a home or possessions. To reduce premiums, consider choosing a higher deductible.
  • Life insurance. You'll probably want coverage worth at least five to 10 times your annual pay – more, if you want to cover college costs. And don't forget to insure your spouse's life so you'll be protected as well.
  • Disability insurance. Millions of Americans suffer disabilities serious enough to miss work for months or years, yet many forego disability insurance, potentially leaving them without an income after a serious accident or illness. Ask about your employer's sick leave and short-term disability benefits and if long-term disability is offered, consider buying it.
  • Car insurance. Almost every state requires insurance if you own or drive a car, and for good reason: It protects you financially should you cause an accident or be hit by an uninsured driver. Make sure you have sufficient liability coverage to protect your net worth and income – it only takes one serious accident to wipe out your savings.

And finally, spend responsibly. If you buy things you don't really need or can't afford, you'll just end up having to work longer hours to pay for them – time you could have spent watching your kids growing up.

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Scott County named amongst the best value for its property tax dollars in Iowa PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Linden Kohtz   
Friday, 30 May 2014 08:50

According to a new report from SmartAsset, Scott County, is amongst the top in the Iowa in best value for its property tax dollars. This means Scott County is getting a deal – better public schools and lower crime rates compared to the amount of money they pay each year in property taxes.  


On Tuesday, June 3rd SmartAsset will be introducing an interactive infographic that will dive into the details for each state and county.


As a bit of background on the methodology, SmartAsset answered 3 questions to determine which counties in the country were getting the best deal. These included: how good are the schools, how safe is the area and how much are the property taxes. This was evaluated by county.  

Only counties with populations greater than 50,000 people were counted in the nationwide rankings. Those with one or more of these data factors missing could not be ranked, so out of the 3,144 counties in the US about half of them were included in our list.

For some comparison, the average US county, with a population of 92,840, charges a 1.52 percent property tax rate, has schools ranked at 5.53, and sees 101.3 violent crimes and 826.6 property crimes per 100,000 people yearly.

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Governor Quinn Statement on Senate Passage of Minimum Wage Referendum Bill PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Katie Hickey   
Wednesday, 28 May 2014 13:19

SPRINGFIELD – Governor Pat Quinn today released the following statement regarding Illinois Senate passage of House Bill 3814, legislation that would place a question on the Nov. 4, 2014 ballot asking voters if the state’s minimum wage should be raised to $10 per hour by Jan. 1, 2015. The bill previously passed the Illinois House, and now heads to the Governor’s desk:

“This November, Illinois voters will have the opportunity to send a clear signal to lawmakers that we must have an economy that works for everyone.

“Raising the minimum wage will benefit hundreds of thousands of hardworking men and women across our state. Higher wages for employees means they will spend more at local businesses, which in turns boosts economic growth.

“As we work to build a majority to raise the minimum wage in Illinois, this referendum will help us get the job done.

“I thank Senator Kimberly Lightford and House Speaker Michael Madigan for sponsoring this important legislation. I look forward to signing it and letting the people’s voice be heard on this important issue.”


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