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Reclaiming the American Dream PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ginny Grimsley   
Tuesday, 29 May 2012 15:02
Expert Calls for ‘Economic Disobedience’

The national mood remains anxious, worried.  We have millions of Americans out of work, many of them Baby Boomers who’ve seen what they worked for these past 30 years disappear:  a predictable career, financial security, home equity, retirement savings. The foundation they’ve worked so hard to build seems to have collapsed before their very eyes.

“They feel lost. They see hedge-funders and investment bankers as having hijacked the American Dream from the middle class,” says Peter Weddle, former CEO of Job Bank USA, Inc., and author of A Multitude of Hope: A Novel About Rediscovering the American Dream (

“Boomers – and all working Americans, for that matter – feel as if all of the opportunity has been sucked out of the land of opportunity, and they don’t know how or even if they can succeed in this changed world.”

But America is still the leader of the global economy and its future is as bright as it ever was, Weddle says. Why? Because Americans are individually prone to innovation and creativity, and collectively, the most diverse pool of workers in the world, he says.

“For all the unresolved immigration issues we have in the United States, we still have the best workforce on the planet.  Our diversity gives us a huge advantage over the competition in the global economy,” Weddle says. “We have every kind of talent the world has to offer, while other countries such as China, India and Japan have very homogenous cultures so everyone basically brings the same talent to the table.”

That talent, however, is being wasted.  The U.S. workplace has become an investor-driven market, a place where workers are treated as disposable cogs who are costs to be minimized rather than capabilities to be maximized on-the-job, Weddle says. The only way out, therefore, is something he calls “economic disobedience.”  If every American stands up and demands their right to be employed as a person of talent – and if they then elevate that talent and bring it to work with them – they can reclaim the American Dream, Weddle says.

He sees Baby Boomers already beginning to do this. The number of 50- to 64-year-olds enrolled in college jumped 17 percent from 2007 to 2009, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.

“These are the people who see this time as a moment of liberation – a chance to reinvigorate their talent so they can perform at their peak on-the-job,” Weddle says. “And that self-reliance and individual determination is how our country will recapture its mojo.”

A national human resources expert, Weddle says people don’t necessarily have to go back to school or reinvent themselves. But they do need to identify their talent – their innate capacity for excellence – and take a proactive approach to integrating it into their career.

“It may be a gift for getting things organized, for resolving conflicts, for explaining complex topics in simple terms,” he says. “Every single one of us has a talent and when we apply it at work, our job satisfaction – and our pay – goes up.

“Instead of work being a four-letter word, it becomes something to get excited about and to feel good about. We rekindle our self-confidence, self-respect and determination and we produce an economic revolution that restores democratic capitalism.”

About Peter Weddle

Peter Weddle, a former recruiter and human resource consultant, is the CEO of the International Association of Employment Web Sites, a trade organization. He has written or edited more than two dozen non-fiction books regarding careers and employment; “A Multitude of Hope” is his first work of fiction. Weddle is the founder and former CEO of Job Bank USA, Inc., one of the largest electronic employment services companies in the United States.

Blackhawk Hills Annual Meeting PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Julie Jacobs   
Wednesday, 23 May 2012 12:31
ROCK FALLS, IL – Blackhawk Hills Resource Conservation and Development (RC&D) would like to announce that the annual meeting will be held Thursday, May 24, 2012 at the Freeport Country Club in Freeport, IL. The public is welcome to attend the event with a cost of $20.00 per person.

About Blackhawk Hills RC&D

Blackhawk Hills RC&D is a not-for-profit corporation based in Rock Falls, IL, that serves Carroll, Jo Daviess, Lee, Ogle, Stephenson, and Whiteside counties in northwest Illinois. Blackhawk Hills RC&D’s services include community planning, development assistance, natural resources conservation and protection support, and grant writing and administration. Blackhawk Hills RC&D is sponsored by local county boards and Soil and Water Conservation Districts and is overseen by an 18-member council, consisting of three representatives from each of the six counties.

Questions about Blackhawk Hills may be directed to Julie Jacobs at (815) 625-3854 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


Employers Support Governor Quinn’s Plan to Rescue Public Pension and Medicaid Systems PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Leslie Wertheimer   
Wednesday, 23 May 2012 12:17

SPRINGFIELD – May 23, 2012. With just eight days left in the spring legislative session, Governor Pat Quinn today announced a surge of support from businesses and economic development groups across Illinois for his plans to rescue the state pension and Medicaid systems. Recognizing the positive impact the Governor’s plans will have on small and large employers, businesses throughout the state urged lawmakers to pass major pension and Medicaid stabilization reforms this spring session. More than 50 businesses and economic development groups backed the Governor’s proposals.

“The Chicagoland Chamber strongly supports Governor Quinn’s plans to stabilize and strengthen our Medicaid and pension systems. One of the most important things to the business community is a strong, stable business climate, which provides employers with the certainty they need to invest more, grow more and create more jobs. By addressing these two major issues, our elected leaders can pave the way for more economic growth in Illinois,” Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce President & CEO Jerry Roper said. “The Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce stands with Governor Quinn in urging the General Assembly to make the tough decisions – and take the tough votes- to address these challenges this spring session.”

Fast-growing public pensions and Medicaid currently take up 39% of state general revenue spending, and will grow to 50% next year without major reforms. Inaction by lawmakers this spring to fundamentally reform both systems could also severely limit the state’s ability to fund core services like education and public safety, threaten the state’s credit rating and hurt the long-term sustainability of both systems. On Monday, Medicaid restructuring legislation was filed to reform Illinois’ Medicaid system.

“Putting Illinois on the path to fiscal stability will be good for our employers and good for jobs,” Governor Quinn said. “If we want small and large businesses to continue to grow in Illinois, we must give them the certainty they need to invest and create jobs.”

Governor Quinn recently proposed a plan to fundamentally restructure the Medicaid system and save it from collapse by creating $2.7 billion in savings. The governor’s Medicaid plan cuts waste, fraud and abuse, and raises the price of cigarettes to bring back dollar for dollar federal matching funds and help make people healthier. The governor also recently proposed a bold plan to stabilize the pension system, which is expected to save taxpayers $65 to $85 billion, eliminate the unfunded liability and allow public employees who have faithfully contributed to the system to continue to receive pension benefits.

“Mitsubishi Motors North America, along with the Illinois State Chamber of Commerce and others, support Governor Quinn's call to action to reform Illinois' pension laws and review Medicaid policy in what remains of this legislative session. These actions are necessary to improve the business climate of our state by improving Illinois’ financial health and by building a platform for sustainable economic growth,” Mitsubishi Motors North America Chief Operating Officer Jerry Berwanger said.

“The budget deficit is the single most important issue facing the state. Illinois needs to address its state pension and Medicaid issues quickly. If the rating agencies downgrade the state’s debt, it could cost the taxpayers millions of dollars, and would risk making Illinois less attractive to businesses. We encourage our state’s elected officials to come together and work with Governor Quinn to fix this problem yet this month,” Navistar Chairman, President and CEO Dan Ustian said.

Supporter List

The Governor’s framework for Medicaid and pension reform has been backed by more than 50 individual businesses and economic development groups around the state, including those listed bellow.


American Council of Engineering Companies of IL

Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce

Bison Gear

Bley LLC
Cable Television & Communications Association of IL

Canton Area Chamber of Commerce

CBOE Holdings

CenterPoint Properties
Chicago Heights Business Council

Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce

Chicagoland Entrepreneurial Center
Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP)
Continental Africa Chamber of Commerce U.S.A

CSX Transportation

Ely Consulting


Ford Motor Company

Funk Linko, Inc.

General Electric

Horizon Therapeutics, Inc.

Illinois Business Roundtable
Illinois Coal Association

Illinois Farm Bureau
Illinois Science and Technology Coalition (ISTC)
Illinois Technology Association
Illinois Technology Partnership


Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce

Knight Hawk Coal Company


McLean County Chamber of Commerce
Metropolitan Planning Council (MPC)

Mitsubishi Motors North America

Motorola Mobility

New Generation Power

New World Ventures

Outdoor Amusement Business Association

Prairie Material
Prairie State Energy Campus

Quad Cities Chamber of Commerce

Quincy Area Chamber of Commerce

Rapps Engineering
Rockford Metropolitan Agency for Planning

Sauk Valley Area Chamber of Commerce

Solar Service Inc.

Suburban Minorities Contractors Association

Tate & Lyle

Union Pacific

Wanxiang America Corporation
Will County Center for Economic Development
Women's Business Development Center (WBDC)

This support builds on the recent endorsement from the Illinois Chamber of Commerce for the Governor’s pension reform proposal, which also included support from many local chambers of commerce, also listed below. 

Champaign County Chamber of Commerce

Chillicothe Chamber of Commerce

Clinton Area Chamber of Commerce & Tourism Bureau

Downers Grove Area Chamber of Commerce & Industry

GOA Regional Business Association

Greater Centralia Chamber of Commerce

Greater Decatur Chamber of Commerce

Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce

Jacksonville Area Chamber of Commerce

Jersey County Business Association

Lincoln/Logan County Chamber of Commerce

Lincoln Park Chamber of Commerce

Macomb Area Chamber of Commerce

Manito Chamber of Commerce

Murphysboro Chamber of Commerce

Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce

Peoria Area Chamber of Commerce

Peoria Heights Chamber of Commerce

Rockford Chamber of Commerce

Rolling Meadows Chamber of Commerce

Washington Chamber of Commerce


For more information about Governor Quinn’s reform proposals to save Illinois’ Medicaid and pension systems and restore stability to the state budget, please visit


Rock Island County Board meetings PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Shelly Chapman   
Wednesday, 23 May 2012 10:22

Moy 22, 2012

In an effort to involve more citizens in local government, Rock Island County will offer three full County Board meetings in various locations throughout the county in 2012.

The second one is on June 19th.

June 19

Weslern Illinois Universily - Quad Cities Campus, 3300 River Drive, Moline

September 18

Andalusia Lions Club, 302 - 2nd St West, Andalusia.

All meetings will begin promptly at lìngs will begin promptly 5:30 PM. Citizens in these areas are encouraged to attend the meetings.  Procedures to address the board can be found on our website at

Schilling to Host Business Roundtables in Rock Falls and Galesburg PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Andie Pivarunas   
Wednesday, 23 May 2012 07:43
Moline, Illinois – Congressman Bobby Schilling (IL-17) next week will be hosting business roundtables in Rock Falls and Galesburg in cooperation with the local Chambers of Commerce recognition of National Small Business Week, May 20th – 26th.  National Small Business Week is an opportunity to recognize the contributions of small businesses and entrepreneurs to America’s economic stability.  Schilling, a small business owner and member of the House Committee on Small Business, will be sitting down with local business owners to discuss what government can do to empower the private sector, spur job creation, and grow the economy.  

Please note that the roundtables are off-the-record working discussions. A press availability will follow both roundtables.

WHO: Congressman Bobby Schilling and local business owners.

WHAT: A roundtable discussion on the best ways to improve our economic climate and help employers create jobs.

  • Tuesday May 22nd from 2:00-3:30pm at the Rock Falls Community Building, 601 W. 10th Street in Rock Falls
  • Thursday May 24th from 10:30-11:30am at the Galesburg Commerce Center, 185 South Kellogg Street in Galesburg
WHY: Schilling is eager to have an ongoing conversation with fellow business owners about their personal solutions to the problems our local economy is facing, as well as their thoughts on creative ways government and the private sector can work together to bring jobs back to the area, reinforcing our place as an economic stronghold of the Midwest.

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