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New Law Eliminates Legislative Scholarship Program PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Rep. Rich Morthland   
Wednesday, 01 August 2012 13:40
Governor Pat Quinn signed into law a bill sponsored by Representative Rich Morthland (R-Cordova) eliminating the General Assembly Scholarship program in Illinois. For 52 years the program provided full tuition waivers for each State Representative to award to students in their home legislative districts to use at the State school of their choice.


“These were waivers, not scholarships,” Morthland said. “Estimates suggest this unfunded mandate placed a $12 to $14 million burden annually on Illinois universities while the state already owes them tens of millions in overdue bills. In 2011, 1,327 tuition waivers were awarded in Illinois, costing approximately $13.5 million which was then passed on to tuition paying students. In these tough economic times, students and universities cannot afford to absorb this cost.”


Recent investigations have uncovered a number of instances where General Assembly scholarships went to ineligible family members, campaign contributors and students outside of the legislative district.


“There has been too much misuse and fraud tied to legislative scholarships. Reform attempts didn’t work and we continued to see instances of abuse. Eliminating these scholarships was the right thing to do.”



Junior Achievement of the Heartland Awarded $10,000 by Inpro/Seal, a global business unit of Waukesha Bearings PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Sarahbeth Jones   
Wednesday, 01 August 2012 08:30
Inaugural gift supports community partnership in developing future workforce.

Rock Island, IL, 7-25-2012–Junior Achievement of the Heartland announced that it is has been awarded
a grant in the amount of $10,000 from Inpro/Seal. Junior Achievement of the Heartland is a local non-
profit providing services and support for over 55 years focusing on empowering young people to own
their economic success.

This contribution was supported in part through a new matching grant initiative by the philanthropic
arm of Inpro/Seal’s parent company, Dover Corporation. The Dover Foundation helps to support
not-for-profit organizations, causes and / or projects that benefit the local communities in which its
Operating Companies are located.

“We are pleased to have selected Junior Achievement of the Heartland as the inaugural organization
to benefit from this program,” commented Jason Putnam, Inpro/Seal's Giving Coordinator. “Junior
Achievement of the Heartland is a perfect partnership for our giving program as it fits well into Inpro/
Seal’s culture of learning and teaching. We are excited to be making a difference in our community by
supporting an organization that teaches students skills needed to succeed in life.”

“By partnering with Inpro/Seal, we are joining forces with an organization dedicated to education
and entrepreneurship,” stated Barbara VenHorst, President, Junior Achievement of the
Heartland. “Together, we will help our youth develop the knowledge and skills they need to be
successful in the 21st century workplace through JA’s work readiness, entrepreneurship and financial
literacy programs.”

About Inpro/Seal:
The inventor of the original bearing isolator, Inpro/Seal has been delivering innovative sealing solutions
and outstanding customer service for more than 30 years. Their technologies increase the reliability of

rotating equipment and provide real cost savings by improving the mean time between repair (MTBR).
Inpro/Seal’s superior customer service and streamlined production processes allow for

same or next-day shipments on most products, even new designs. Headquartered in Rock Island,
Illinois, Inpro/Seal maintains a global sales and distribution network to provide responsive, localized
support to customers worldwide and manufactures in both the United States and United Kingdom.
Inpro/Seal is a global business unit of Waukesha Bearings and Dover Corporation.

About Dover:
Dover Corporation is a multi-billion dollar diversified global manufacturer. For over 50 years, Dover has
been providing its customers with outstanding products and services in industrial technology that reflect
the company’s commitment to operational excellence, innovation and market leadership. The company
focuses on innovative equipment and components, specialty systems and support services through its
four major operating segments: Energy Communication Technologies, Engineered Systems and Printing
& Identification. Dover is headquarted in Downers Grove, Illinois and employs nearly 34,000 people
worldwide. Dover Corporation is traded on the New York Stock Exchange under “DOV.” Additional
information is available on the company’s website at

About Junior Achievement USA® (JA)
Junior Achievement is the world's largest organization dedicated to giving young people the knowledge
and skills they need to own their economic success, plan for their future, and make smart academic and
fiscal choices. JA programs are delivered by corporate and community volunteers, and provide relevant,
hands-on experiences that give students from kindergarten through high school knowledge and skills in
financial literacy, work readiness and entrepreneurship. Today, JA reaches four million students per year
in more than 120 markets across the United States, with an additional 6.5 million students served by
operations in 117 other countries worldwide. Visit for more information.

Locally, Junior Achievement of the Heartland serves 24 counties in eastern Iowa, western Illinois and
Grant County in Wisconsin. Approximately 55,000 kindergarten through high school students benefit
from JA programs each year. Visit to learn more about local programs.

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Written by TheLink Delivery Service   
Tuesday, 31 July 2012 12:24

Dubuque, Iowa -- Five-hundred-twelve undergraduate, graduate, and seminary students received their degrees during this year's University of Dubuque Commencement Ceremonies, held on Saturday, May 12, 2012.  Among those graduating were Keaton Frye of Davenport and Ryan Warner of Rock Island.

The University of Dubuque conferred degrees upon 390 undergraduate and 78 graduate students during its 160th College Commencement Ceremony on Saturday, May 12, beginning at 1:00 p.m. at the Grand River Center in the Port of Dubuque. Dr. Calvin Coquillette, assistant professor of history, emeritus, delivered the Commencement Address.

The University's Seminary conferred degrees upon 44 students - 39 master of divinity, 1 master of arts in religion, 2 master of missional Christianity, 2 doctor of ministry, and 1 certificate in theological studies - during the Seminary Commencement Ceremony on Saturday, May 12 at 9:30 a.m. at Westminster Presbyterian Church. Barbara G. Wheeler, director of Auburn Theological Seminary's Center for the Study of Theological Education, delivered the Seminary's Commencement Address.

The University of Dubuque, founded in 1852, is a private, coeducational, professional University with a focus in the liberal arts.

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Tuesday, 31 July 2012 12:22
Greeley, Colo. -- Kathleen McNamara, Bettendorf, has been named to the Dean's List of Distinction (Dean's List) in recognition of her outstanding scholarship during the 2011-12 academic year at the University of Northern Colorado.

Local residents graduate from Drake University PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Alyssa Cashman   
Friday, 27 July 2012 08:47

DES MOINES, IA (07/26/2012)(readMedia)-- The following local residents graduated from Drake University at the conclusion of the 2012 spring semester:

Seth Kaufmann of Davenport, IA graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Law, Politics & Society and History.

Elizabeth Thoms of Rock Island, IL graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in Management and Marketing.

Drake is a private, independent university in Des Moines, Iowa, with an enrollment of approximately 3,300 full-time undergraduate students from 50 states and 50 countries. Drake University's mission is to provide an exceptional learning environment that prepares students for meaningful personal lives, professional accomplishments and responsible global citizenship. The Drake experience is distinguished by collaborative learning among students, faculty and staff and by the integration of the liberal arts and sciences with professional preparation.

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