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Governor Quinn Announces Key Appointment PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Brooke Anderson   
Monday, 19 March 2012 14:58

Ann McCabe to Join Illinois Commerce Commission

CHICAGO – March 16, 2012. Governor Pat Quinn today announced his appointment of Ann McCabe to the Illinois Commerce Commission (ICC). Today’s action is the latest in a series of appointments Governor Quinn will make as he continues to fulfill his commitment to creating jobs, economic development, and increasing efficiency and accountability in all areas of state government.

“Ann McCabe brings a wide range of experience to the commission, and I am confident her strong leadership will enhance the essential regulatory and consumer protections the ICC provides every day,” Governor Quinn said. “I look forward to Ann using her extensive expertise to make sure Illinois consumers of all sizes have reliable, safe and affordable public utility services.”

McCabe has 30 years of experience dealing with energy and environmental policy in government and the non-profit and private sectors. She is currently a principal in her own consulting firm where she has analyzed policies and regulations affecting fuels and refineries in Illinois, Indiana and across the Midwest. She previously served as Midwest regional director for The Climate Registry and assisted the city of Chicago with presenting its Climate Action Plan to the business community.

“It's an honor to be appointed to the Illinois Commerce Commission, and I would like to thank Governor Quinn,” Ms. McCabe said. “I look forward to helping ensure that Illinois balances the needs and interests of consumers and businesses across the state.”

Additionally, McCabe previously served as partner and treasurer of Policy Solutions Ltd, where she worked on environmental and energy-related projects for corporations, trade associations, non-profits and foundations. She also managed policy and regulatory issues for BP (formerly Amoco). Her prior Illinois government experience includes serving as a budget analyst responsible for the Department of Natural Resources, an assistant to an ICC commissioner and associate director of Illinois’ Washington D.C. office, where she developed positions on amendments to the federal Clean Air Act.

McCabe is a board member of the Illinois Environmental Council and a founding member of the Foresight Sustainable Business Alliance, as well as a past president of Chicago Women in Government Relations. She has a bachelor’s degree from Williams College and a master’s degree in public policy from the Harris School at the University of Chicago.

The Illinois Commerce Commission acts as a bridge between consumers and Illinois’ utility companies, seeking an appropriate balance between the interests of consumers and service providers in order to ensure adequate, efficient, reliable, safe and low-cost public utility services for all citizens of Illinois.




Local students study abroad through the 'Augustana in Australia' program PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Keri Rursch   
Monday, 19 March 2012 14:56

ROCK ISLAND, IL (03/16/2012)(readMedia)-- Forty-seven Augustana College students studied and worked in Sydney, Australia, for the first two months of 2012. The international study program known as "Augustana in Australia" places students in career-relevant positions in Sydney and immerses them in Australian culture.

From your area:

Rebecca Anderson from Taylor Ridge, Ill., was among the participants. Anderson is a senior at Augustana and is majoring in biology. (More info on Anderson is available at

Thomas Harris from Davenport, Iowa, was among the participants. Harris is a junior at Augustana and is majoring in biology. (More info on Harris is available at

Clare Kilbride from Rock Island, Ill., was among the participants. Kilbride is a junior at Augustana and is majoring in communication sciences and disorders. (More info on Kilbride is available at

The students completed a five-week on-campus internship seminar and a complimentary class in either intercultural communication or business ethics before leaving for Australia on January 2. Once in Australia, students worked for a variety of employers in numerous fields – from healthcare to education and from hospitality to non-profit work.

During their trip, the students also visited the ANZ Stadium, where the 2000 Olympics were held; the Sydney Opera House; and the Blue Mountains just outside of Sydney. Some students traveled to New Zealand and other areas of Australia, including Melbourne, Darwin and Cairns, where they were able to snorkel and dive the Great Barrier Reef. Students returned to the United States on March 2.

According to Karen M. Petersen, Augustana's director of business internships and the Australia program's director, "The highlight of the Australia internship program is the personal growth students experience by integrating into a totally new culture – both personally and professionally."

At Augustana, students choosing to intern or study abroad can receive financial support from the college thanks to a program launched in 2009 called Augie Choice. Focused on advancing student learning in the liberal arts in alignment with the college's strategic plan, Augie Choice grants students in their junior year or beyond the opportunity to receive a one-time grant of $2,000 to offset the expenses of study abroad, an internship or research project. Augie Choice funding, which recently surpassed the $1 million milestone, is a visible symbol of the college's commitment to experiential learning as a way of preparing students to stand out among their peers.

About Augustana: Founded in 1860 and situated on a 115-acre campus near the Mississippi River, Augustana College is a private, liberal arts institution affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). The college enrolls 2,500 students from diverse geographic, social, ethnic and religious backgrounds and offers nearly 90 majors and related areas of study. Augustana employs 287 faculty members and has a student-faculty ratio of approximately 11:1. Augustana continues to do what it has always done: challenge and prepare students for lives of leadership and service in our complex, ever-changing world.

Local students rank in the top 2 percent in agriculture and life sciences at ISU PDF Print E-mail
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Written by TheLink Delivery Service   
Monday, 19 March 2012 14:49
AMES, Iowa - Stephanie Blaser and Gabriel Domingues, both of Bettendorf, Iowa, have achieved academic ranking in the top 2 percent of students in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Iowa State University.

Farmers get last chance to put their school district first PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Kevin Stillman   
Monday, 19 March 2012 14:40

Deadline approaching for $10,000 or $25,000 grant opportunities

ST. LOUIS (March 15, 2012) – With rural schools feeling the pinch of tightening budgets, now is the time for farmers to support their school district through America’s Farmers Grow Rural Education℠.  Sponsored by the Monsanto Fund, the program gives farmers the opportunity to nominate their public school district to compete for a grant of $10,000 or $25,000 to support a science and/or math educational program.
“The deadline to nominate your school district is April 15, so act now before you head back into the field,” said Monsanto Fund President Deborah Patterson. “A $25,000 grant can make a big difference in school districts that support small farming towns. The nomination process is quick, easy and can be completed at”
This past fall, Olympia Community School District in McLean County, Ill., was one of 16 school districts to receive a grant through the America’s Farmers Grow Rural Education pilot. The school created the Growing Our Own Vegetable program with the $25,000 grant they received this past fall. The Olympia students are now able to grow vegetables in their greenhouse to study in science class and, ultimately, to be used in the school’s cafeteria.
“The Growing Our Own Vegetable program is something we’ve wanted to do for years, and we finally got the opportunity, thanks to the Monsanto Fund and America’s Farmers Grow Rural Education,” said Brad Hutchinson, superintendent of Olympia CUSD. “We now have the resources to continue providing the very best education to our students.”
Farmers can nominate their local school district by visiting until April 15, 2012.
Through America’s Farmers Grow Rural Education:

  • Farmers in 1,245 eligible counties can nominate their local public school districts to apply for a $10,000 or $25,000 grant.
  • The Monsanto Fund will award 199 grants this year. There will be 177 $10,000 grants and 22 grants of $25,000 awarded.
  • The Monsanto Fund will invest more than $2.3 million to school districts in 39 states this year.
  • A list of eligible states and regions can be found at

America’s Farmers Grow Rural Education is part of a broad commitment by the Monsanto Fund to highlight the important contributions farmers make every day to our society by helping them grow academic opportunities for their youth. Visit for additional information.

About the Monsanto Fund
The Monsanto Fund, the philanthropic arm of the Monsanto Company, is a nonprofit organization dedicated to strengthening the farm communities where farmers and Monsanto Company employees live and work. Visit the Monsanto Fund at


New Children’s Book Teaches Kids About Semi Trucks PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Trattford   
Monday, 19 March 2012 14:37

Inspired by children’s attentions, Papa Rolly offers a new guide to long-haul trucking

THORSBY, Alberta – In the endearing new children’s book Sam The Semi Goes to Chicago (published by Trafford Publishing), author and longtime trucker Papa Rolly offers young readers a glimpse into the often unseen world of long-haul trucking.


“I was on a dedicated run from Edmonton, Alberta to Chicago, Illinois, and was inspired by children’s fascination with my truck,” Rolly writes. “It didn’t matter if they were in their parent’s car, waiting for the school bus or in the schoolyard playing games, they would give me the signal to honk my air horn. It was then that I believed children needed a semi truck storybook.”


Rolly asks readers to share in the world of Sam the Semi, who demonstrates good work ethic and obeys the laws of the highway. He encourages parents to draw their children into the world of the unknown as Sam explores new towns, cities and countryside locations with this friends – Pete the Puller, who thrives on trouble, and Pug, a follower. Between the two of them, they keep Denture the Deputy busy!


Rolly wants to entertain young readers, but he also hopes that they learn an interesting lesson. He wants to “… entertain and educate children about products and where they are produced; to emphasize the importance of semi trucks in the everyday lives of everyone, including the children and their families.”


About the Author

Papa Rolly has been driving truck for forty years. “At any point in my career,” he says, “you may have passed me on the road hauling hay, lumber, logs, milk, oil, or even the clothes you are wearing right now.”


Rolly loves the highway, and is excited to share his trucking experience.

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