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Lt. Governor Simon: Keep College Affordable PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Kara Beach   
Tuesday, 13 November 2012 11:12

Affordability Summits continue at Governors State, Chicago State, Northern Illinois

 

CHICAGO – Lt. Governor Sheila Simon will visit three northern Illinois universities this week as she brings her fall College Affordability Summits to a close. Simon is calling on federal, state and higher education officials to make higher education affordability a higher priority.

 

Simon’s visits to Governors State University, Chicago State University and Northern Illinois University come just three weeks after the College Board released a report indicating that public and private universities nationwide have increased costs more than 4 percent this school year, with community college costs up 5 percent.

 

To make ends meet, students have taken on more debt, carrying an average of $26,682 in student loans in 2010 according to the Pew Research Center.

 

Through increased transparency, targeted state aid and a permanent federal tax credit for middle class families, Simon believes college could be more affordable for Illinois students.

 

“As a state, we want to increase the proportion of working-age adults with a college degree or credential to 60 percent, up from 41 percent, by 2025. The only way we can achieve this goal is if college is affordable,” said Simon, a former Southern Illinois University law professor and a member of a state task force evaluating MAP grant eligibility. “We must work together to rein in the costs of a higher education.”

 

Governors State University Affordability Summit

DATE: Tuesday, Nov. 13

TIME: 3:45 p.m.

PLACE: Hall of Governors, 1 University Parkway, Governors State University, University Park

 

Chicago State University Affordability Summit

DATE: Thursday, Nov. 15

TIME: 10:30 a.m.

PLACE: Sun Room, Library – 4th floor, 9501 S. King Dr., Chicago State University, University Park

 

Northern Illinois University Affordability Summit

DATE: Friday, Nov. 16

TIME: 10 a.m.

PLACE: Latino Resource Center, 515 Garden Rd., Northern Illinois University, DeKalb

 

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129 Years in QC - Reunion Planned! PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Brittany Marietta   
Monday, 12 November 2012 15:23

Rivermont Collegiate has been educating students in the Quad Cities since 1884 and has touched many lives in the community.  Unfortunately, we sometimes lose contact with alumni and are asking for help in spreading the word about this great opportunity to reconnect!

What: Alumni & Friends Reunion

Who: Rivermont Collegiate – St. Katharine’s-St. Mark’s – St. Katharine’s School

  • Alumni
  • Former Students
  • Former Faculty, Staff, Administration, Coaches

When: Tuesday, November 20th

Where: Rivermont Collegiate – 1821 Sunset Drive – Bettendorf, IA 52722

(directly off 18th Street, behind K&K Hardware)

We are reaching out to alumni and former students, as well as former faculty, staff, administration, and coaches to join us and bring their families!

129 Years – A Brief History:

1884 – St. Katharine’s School founded, an Episcopal school for girls located at 10th & Tremont Streets in Davenport

1968 – St. Katharine’s dropped boarding program, become co-educational, added St. Mark’s

1973 – St. Katharine’s – St. Mark’s moved to present location, the historic Bettendorf Mansion

1980 – St. Katharine’s – St. Mark’s amicably broke ties with Episcopal Church

2001 – Board of Trustees voted to change school name to Rivermont Collegiate

 
ISU Scott County Extension Calendar Nov 14 - Dec 7 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Amanda Heitz   
Monday, 12 November 2012 13:29

 
Quad City Area “99% Voters,” Activists to Rally for Jobs, Not Cuts PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Veronica Resa   
Monday, 12 November 2012 09:13

[Moline, Ill] – This Election Day, “99% voters” here played a key role in persuading other Americans to reject the “You’re On Your Own” Republican philosophy that guts vitals services and provides tax breaks to the wealthy -- and to instead vote to rebuild the middle class, invest in good jobs and protect vital services like Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security.

In an effort to reach across the table, voters and activists from Action Now Illinois will join together to call on Rep. Bobby Schilling to make the right choices for American families and the economy when he returns to Washington for the Lame Duck session of Congress. They will visit him at his congressional office on Thursday, November 8, 2012.

“What is clear after the election is that constituents have clearly rejected the trickle-down economics theory and the deep budget cuts to pay for tax cuts for the rich,” says Cynthia Rivers, a resident of IL 13. "The best way to reduce the deficit is to put people back to work and we hope that Bobby Schilling will now represent us –the 99% when he returns to Washington.”

Congress faces serious choices before the end of the year. Will it make disastrous cuts to Medicare, Medicaid, childcare, special education and other vital public services that our communities rely on or will it take an approach that puts job creation first?

At the rally, the 99 percent voters and Action Now activists will carry a large poster calling on Rep. Bobby Schilling to commit to the principle that jobs should come before cuts – the poster will bear a Lame Duck Pledge they want Schilling to sign.

WHO: Quad City area “99% Voters” and activists from Action Now Illinois

WHAT: Rally to Call on Rep. Bobby Schilling to Reflect Will of Voters, Support “Jobs, Not Cuts” in Lame Duck Congress

WHEN: 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, November 8, 2012

WHERE: Congressman Schilling’s Office, 3000 41st Street, Moline, Illinois

VISUALS: A Lame Duck Pledge that 99% Voters want Rep. Schilling to sign

 

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Scholarships available for area students PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Natalie Anderson   
Monday, 12 November 2012 09:12
BETTENDORF, Iowa – The Community Foundation of the Great River Bend will award an estimated $290,000 in scholarship aid to local students for fall 2013. Applications are now being accepted. The application process has been simplified since the launch of the Foundation’s online scholarship application system.

“Students are under pressure to pay for the rising costs of a college education. Applying for and reviewing scholarships can be seen as a daunting task,” said Nicole Freise, Program Associate at the Community Foundation. “The implementation of the new online system allows students to review criteria for each scholarship and apply with the click of a mouse.”

Through the new system, student applications will be submitted directly to the Community Foundation. The system will also assist students in determining eligibility and ensuring their applications are complete prior to submitting.

The Community Foundation administers approximately 30 scholarship funds, all of which have been established by caring donors who are passionate about promoting and supporting higher education. These individuals, and organizations, wish to provide opportunities and assistance to students who want to further their education. In 2012, the Community Foundation donors
assisted more than 225 area students in realizing and attaining their educational goals. Over the past 10 years, the Community Foundation has provided more than $2.8 million in scholarship aid to local students.

Encourage a student you know to review the scholarship opportunities available through the Community Foundation. Visit www.cfgrb.org/scholarshiplisting to review and apply for scholarships. To learn more about applying and for additional questions, contact Nicole Freise at 563-326-2840 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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