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Wescott and Jacobs host successful Senior Fair in Rock Falls PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Reena Tandon   
Tuesday, 28 October 2014 09:16
ROCK FALLS – On Wednesday, local seniors visited the Rock Falls Community Building for a Senior Fair hosted by Rock Falls Mayor Bill Wescott and State Senator Mike Jacobs (D–Moline ) with assistance from the Illinois Secretary of State’s Office, the Whiteside County Health Department, Walgreens and several other state agencies, non-profit senior service providers, the fair offered vital senior services and information in one convenient location.

“I’m happy we were able to bring this program to Rock Falls. We are able to bring the state to them through senior fairs throughout the district. It’s like a one-stop-shop, said Jacobs. “I’m grateful to all the local organizations who donated their time and resources and look forward to meeting with more people in Rock Island.”

Jacobs has hosted free senior resource fairs throughout the district in Fulton, East Moline and Sterling. An additional senior resource fair will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on October 28 at St. Anthony’s Nursing and Rehab Center (767 30th St., Rock Island).

For more information visit- or call 309-797-0001.

USDA Releases New State-by-State "Made in Rural America" Report PDF Print E-mail
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Written by USDA Office of Communications   
Tuesday, 28 October 2014 08:19

New Data Demonstrates Obama Administration's Record Breaking Investments in Rural America

WASHINGTON, Oct. 22, 2014 – As part of the US Department of Agriculture's (USDA) commitment to strengthening rural economies, Secretary Tom Vilsack announced a new state-by-state "Made in Rural America" report illustrating the impact of USDA investments in rural communities. Each state factsheet highlights specific USDA investments in rural businesses, manufacturing, energy, water and other infrastructure development. They also outline how USDA is helping rural communities attract businesses and families by investing in housing and broadband.

"This report shows what investment in rural America means in real terms for families and businesses across the country," said Vilsack. "Throughout the Obama Administration, USDA has created employment opportunities in rural America through investments in manufacturing, energy and small businesses. At the same time, we are bringing reliable services like water, housing and broadband to make these same communities attract and retain a talented workforce. This report proves that the entrepreneurial spirit is strong in rural America."

These fact sheets reflect Secretary Vilsack's efforts to strengthen the "four pillars" of a new economy in rural America: developing a robust bio-based economy; promoting exports and production agriculture fueled by increased productivity and research; encouraging conservation including land management, stewardship and outdoor recreational opportunities; and building a strong local and regional food system to harness entrepreneurial innovation and help small and medium-sized family farms succeed in rural America.

The report's state by state fact sheets are available at


Governor Quinn Statement on Positive Economic News PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Katie Hickey   
Thursday, 23 October 2014 14:18

Illinois Led the Midwest in Job Creation in September and Had Second Best Growth in Nation; Unemployment Rate Has Dropped More Than Any Other State in the Last Year

CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today issued a statement regarding the latest economic information released by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The information made available today showed that last month Illinois led the Midwest – and was second in the nation – in job creation. It also found that Illinois has seen the nation’s largest drop in unemployment over the last year. In September, Illinois’ unemployment rate dropped for the seventh consecutive month, from 6.7 to 6.6 percent, the lowest level since June 2008 and down from 11.4 percent at the peak of the recession. In the last two months Illinois employers have created more than 40,000 jobs.

“Today’s news shows that the Illinois economy is making a comeback. We are making the tough decisions necessary to drive economic growth and the statistics released today show that Illinois is moving in the right direction.

“Illinois has seen the nation’s sharpest decline in unemployment over the last year, and our unemployment rate is at its lowest point in more than six years.

“Last month Illinois had the second best job growth in America. Illinois employers have added more than 300,000 jobs since the recovery began.

“It is clear that Illinois’ economy is growing stronger every day, and we have more work to do. Let's keep our shoulder to the wheel.”


Enabling Creativity to Generate New Revenue Streams PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jennifer Beatty   
Wednesday, 22 October 2014 12:30
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Jennifer Beatty landed into the printing industry after a career start in being a network administrator in the IT business. She has been in the printing business now for almost 13 years, and became a part of the Executive Press team in February of 2006. After a series of promotions and position changes, Jennifer became Vice President and business partner at Executive Press in September of 2009. Her main focus now is to be the visible owner of the company, to develop new business and make and manage relationships.

Rick Sands is the owner of The Fenway Group, a Boston based marketing services provider. In 2008, following the merger of its graphic design and offset print companies, it sought out digital production technology that could output a wide range of products, generate a consistent return on investment, and meet current and future client demands. Partnering with Canon, the shop is experiencing new areas for growth, and realizing the full potential of its cross-media capabilities, to provide its clients with a full array of strategic marketing programs, of which print is one part.

Genesis Announces Planned Partnership PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Craig Cooper   
Wednesday, 22 October 2014 10:39
DAVENPORT, Iowa – Oct. 17, 2014 -- Genesis Health System President and CEO Doug Cropper announced today that the health system will enter a new partnership agreement North Carolina-based Compass Group, North America focused on several, primarily hospital-based support services.

Once executed, the agreement is expected to enhance the economic stability of Genesis and secure the continued employment, pay, benefits and seniority of all affected staff. Most importantly, this agreement will help ensure the continued availability of these services to Genesis patients consistent with Genesis' mission, vision and values.

The proposed support services agreement with Compass Group, North America involves four system-wide support service areas: environmental services; facility maintenance services; food and nutrition services; and, patient transportation services. Together, these departments employ nearly 500 Genesis colleagues. According to Mr. Cropper, the decision to enter into an agreement with Compass was driven largely by the growing complexity and higher costs associated with maintaining these services on an “in-house,” independent basis.

Specifically, Mr. Cropper noted, “The opportunity to partner with Compass for support services will significantly enhance the quality and cost- effectiveness of these services. The singular „focus‟ of dedicated support service providers, like Compass, provides „best practice‟ models in areas such as energy management and reduced waste. Moreover, the purchasing power of Compass will certainly lead to more cost-effective service delivery. Compass also will provide staff and leaders with the highly specialized training available in these support service areas that will enhance quality and customer satisfaction.”

Mr. Cropper reported that the impact of the proposed Compass agreement on Genesis employees will be limited. On January 1, 2015, all affected staff will transfer employment from Genesis to Compass Group at their current pay rates and seniority levels. Moreover, the Compass benefit packages are comparable to those offered by Genesis.

“By executing this agreement with Compass Group, I believe we have enhanced the long-term job security of our support services staff,‟‟ Cropper said. “Not only will this agreement preserve jobs; but, it also offers a career-growth path that only a large, highly specialized organization, like Compass, can offer. I believe this action advances the best interests of Genesis, the affected support services staff and, most importantly, our patients who rely on us to ensure the compassionate, quality cost-effective care our mission promises and our patients deserve.”

Genesis workers in environmental services; facility maintenance services; food and nutrition services; and, patient transport services were briefed Thursday, Oct. 16 by Genesis and Compass officials on the pending partnership arrangement.

Commenting on the transparency of the process, Compass Group Director of Business Development Chris Kacsits said: “Quite frankly, we‟ve never seen a communication process quite so thorough and open as this one. Genesis staff members were updated throughout the negotiations in order to minimize the disruption this new relationship will have on workers. We regard our experience with Genesis as a case study in effective communication and social responsibility. I am not aware of any other Compass partner that has guaranteed the employment, pay and seniority of its workers in such a transaction.”


Based in Charlotte, North Carolina; Compass Group North America leads the market in food and support services to both public and private health care and senior living providers with nearly $13 billion in revenues in 2013. It is a subsidiary of UK-based Compass Group, PLC, the world‟s largest provider of such services to health care, education, sports and leisure and other industries. Compass is the ninth largest employer employs more than 500,000 associates worldwide and has annual revenues in excess of $28 billion.

Under the “Morrison” brand name, Compass provides a wide variety of food service options designed to meet the unique dietary requirements of patients, staff and visitors as well as senior living residents. The Compass health care industry team includes more than 1,200 registered dietitians, 350 executive chefs and 18,000 professional food service team members.

Compass‟s “Crothall” division provides a comprehensive portfolio of support services, including patient transport as well as maintenance and housekeeping. Compass is focused on the needs of its health care clients serving nearly 950 hospitals, senior living communities and integrated healthcare systems in 43 states. Compass brings with it the scale and "buying power‟ needed to drive costs down and the expertise to ensure quality service. To learn more, visit

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