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Treasurer Fitzgerald Adds More Names to the Great Iowa Treasure Hunt PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Karen Austin   
Tuesday, 21 May 2013 13:34

DES MOINES, IA (05/21/2013)(readMedia)-- State Treasurer Michael L. Fitzgerald's Great Iowa Treasure Hunt spring publication is scheduled to be released soon. The upcoming list is the latest names of unclaimed property owners with undiscovered treasures. This is part of Fitzgerald's continuous promotion of the Great Iowa Treasure Hunt.

"In upcoming weeks, we will be publishing names of people who have had funds turned over to the Great Iowa Treasure Hunt," stated Fitzgerald. "You don't have to wait for the publication, go to greatiowatreasurehunt.com and search the entire list anytime. I encourage everyone to search for their name; a lot of individuals will be pleasantly surprised."

The Great Iowa Treasure Hunt program has returned over $160 million in unclaimed property to more than 394,000 individuals since Fitzgerald started it in 1983. Unclaimed property refers to money and other assets held by financial institutions or companies that have lost contact with the property's owner for a specific period of time. State law requires these institutions and companies to annually report and deliver unclaimed property to the state treasurer's office, where it is held until the owner or heir of the property is found. Common forms of unclaimed property include savings or checking accounts, stocks, uncashed checks, life insurance policies, utility security deposits, safe deposit box contents and many other types of property.

Check the unclaimed property database to see if the Great Iowa Treasure Hunt has property belonging to you. Simply visit greatiowatreasurehunt.com to begin your search.

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Statement from Governor Pat Quinn on Senate Committee Passage of Senate Bill 1002 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Leslie Wertheimer   
Tuesday, 21 May 2013 13:24

Bill Would Ban Sale of High-Capacity Ammunition Magazines

SPRINGFIELD - Governor Pat Quinn today released the following statement regarding the passage of Senate Bill 1002 out of the Illinois Senate Executive Committee. Governor Quinn has been working to enact this common sense public safety policy since July 2012:

“Today, we took the first step towards banning the sale of high-capacity ammunition magazines in Illinois, which will make our communities safer. By adopting Senate Bill 1002, Illinois would join 10 other states across the country that put reasonable restrictions on the size of these weapons.

“Over the past two days we have heard first-hand about the horrifying damage that high-capacity ammunition magazines can inflict. I am incredibly grateful to the Sandy Hook Elementary parents who have traveled to Illinois to share their stories and lend their voices to this important mission. We must work together on responsible gun laws to help ensure that what happened in Tucson, Ariz., Aurora, Colo., and Newtown, Conn. does not ever happen here.

“I thank the members of the Senate Executive Committee for advancing this measure today. I urge members of both houses to take up this common sense public safety policy in the days to come.”

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Lt. Governor Simon to be honored for advocacy PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Annie Thompson   
Tuesday, 21 May 2013 13:13
SPRINGFIELD – Lt. Governor Sheila Simon will receive the 2013 Moxie Award at the Illinois Coalition Against Sexual Assault’s (ICASA) Annual Statewide Sexual Assault Conference tomorrow in Springfield. Simon was selected as a result of her lifetime of advocating for victims of sexual assault and domestic violence.
The Moxie Award recognizes individuals who have worked with rape crisis centers in an effort to improve services to victims of sexual assault, pass legislation to end sexual violence, and improve funding for rape crisis centers.
“The recovery process for victims of sexual assault and domestic violence is a long one, and I am committed to making sure they have the tools they need to rebuild their lives,” said Simon. “I appreciate ICASA’s advocacy as we work to increase awareness, and prevent sexual assault and domestic violence.”
Lt. Governor Simon is a former prosecutor who represented victims of domestic violence. Simon worked with Sen. Toi Hutchinson (D-Olympia Fields) on a new law that requires certain adult entertainment establishments that permit alcohol to collect a surcharge that supports programs that help sexual abuse victims.
As a law professor, she helped launch the Southern Illinois School of Law's domestic violence clinic to serve clients and train law students. Since becoming Lt. Governor, Simon has founded two virtual legal clinics that connect survivors with attorneys through webcam technology. Simon has also partnered with Verizon and advocates to raise revenue and collect used cell phones for survivors.
Simon will be joined by the members of her band, Loose Gravel, for a performance following the award presentation.
For more information, please visit www.ltgov.il.gov.
DATE: Tuesday, May 21
TIME: 5:15 p.m.
LOCATION: President Abraham Lincoln Hotel & Conference Center, Salons A and B, 701 E. Adams St., Springfield, IL, 62701
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Branstad/Reynolds Administration announce innovative collaboration amongst Iowa’s housing industry to spur home sales this summer PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ashley Jared   
Tuesday, 21 May 2013 12:40

Summer homeownership contest aims to spur awareness of homeownership benefits, resources

 

(DES MOINES) – The Branstad/Reynolds Administration today announced an innovative summer social media contest hosted by the Iowa Finance Authority, Iowa Association of Realtors®, Iowa Home Ownership Education Project and the Iowa Mortgage Association to help spur home sales this summer.   The organizations are asking all Iowa mortgage lenders, housing counselors and Realtors® to ask their clients to show-off their best home improvement projects for a chance to win the statewide competition.

Participants will be asked to write a word or short phrase that best describes the project on a memo board and submit the photo throughout national homeownership month in June. Entries will be voted on by the public at facebook.com/MeaningofHomeownership in July and the winning entry will receive a $2,500 Lowe’s gift card. The lender/ housing counselor and Realtor® with the most combined votes will each receive a $2,500 community betterment grant. Any Iowa lender, housing counselor or Realtor® may sign-up to participate, and is encouraged to do so by visiting IowaFinanceAuthority.gov/Contest.

“This proactive partnership between these industry organizations with a shared mission of advancing homeownership within our state is commendable,” said Governor Branstad. “I encourage all Iowa lenders, housing counselors, Realtors® and Iowans to participate in this unique opportunity and to learn more about homeownership resources available in our state.”

“Homeownership not only forms a strong foundation for Iowa families, but it is a strong contributor to vibrant neighborhoods, strong communities and ultimately a thriving state,” said Lt. Governor Reynolds.

“The Iowa Finance Authority offers many resources to assist Iowa home buyers and this contest is a fun way to raise awareness of these programs and the overarching benefits of homeownership in partnership with other organizations within Iowa’s housing industry,” said Iowa Finance Authority Executive Director Dave Jamison.

“Nearly 35,000 Iowans purchased a home last year, a slight increase from 2011, and I’m confident that partnerships amongst Iowa housing organizations and professionals – like the one between the Iowa Association of Realtors®, Iowa Finance Authority, Iowa Home Ownership Education Project and the Iowa Mortgage Association will assist in keeping that growth pattern,” said Iowa Association of Realtors® CEO Dave Bert.

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Gov. Branstad and Lt. Gov. Reynolds’ public schedule PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Office of the Governor of Iowa   
Tuesday, 21 May 2013 12:18

(DES MOINES) – Gov. Terry Branstad and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds today released their public schedules for Monday, May 20  – Saturday, May 25, 2013.

 

The following events are open to the press:

 

Monday, May 20, 2013 

 

9 a.m. Gov. Branstad and Lt. Gov. Reynolds hold administration’s weekly press conference

Robert D. Ray Conference Room

State Capitol

Des Moines, IA

 

10 a.m. Gov. Branstad participates in Executive Council meeting

Robert D. Ray Conference Room

State Capitol

Des Moines, IA

 

11:15 a.m. Gov. Branstad address Council for Advancement and Support of Education

Drake University – Olmsted Center

2507 University Avenue

Des Moines, IA

 

1:15 p.m. Gov. Branstad signs Year of the Veterinarian proclamation

Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine

Small Animal Hospital

Ames, IA

 

5:30 p.m. Gov. Branstad and Lt. Gov. Reynolds attend Story County Republicans’ Reception

Oakwood Road Community Center

2400 Oakwood Road

Ames, IA

 

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

 

Note: Gov. Branstad departs for economic development meetings in Minnesota

 

Wednesday, May 22, 2013 

 

11:45 a.m. Lt. Gov. Reynolds addresses Ankeny Chamber of Commerce luncheon

Ankeny Area Chamber of Commerce

21 S. Ankeny Blvd.

Ankeny, IA

 

2 p.m. Gov. Branstad signs American Cancer Society 100th Birthday proclamation

Governor’s Formal Office

State Capitol

Des Moines, IA

 

2:10 p.m. Gov. Branstad signs National Foster Care Month proclamation

Governor’s Formal Office

State Capitol

Des Moines, IA

 

2:20 p.m. Gov. Branstad signs American Stroke Month proclamation

Governor’s Formal Office

State Capitol

Des Moines, IA

 

2:30 p.m. Gov. Branstad signs Maureen O’Hara Day proclamation

Governor’s Formal Office

State Capitol

Des Moines, IA

 

2:40 p.m. Gov. Branstad signs Lyme Disease Month proclamation

Governor’s Formal Office

State Capitol

Des Moines, IA

 

Thursday, May 23, 2013

 

10:30 a.m. Lt. Gov. Reynolds participates in Governor’s STEM Advisory Council Executive Committee meeting

Grimes Building – ICN Room

400 E 14th St.

Des Moines, IA

 

6 p.m. Gov. Branstad and Lt. Gov. Reynolds attend Polk County GOP Dinner featuring Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker

Sheraton West Des Moines

1800 50th Street

West Des Moines, IA

 

Friday, May 24, 2013

Note: Gov. Branstad departs for Vicksburg, MS, for rededication of the Iowa Memorial at Vicksburg.

4:30 p.m. Gov. Branstad attends welcome event for Iowans attending Iowa Memorial at Vicksburg Rededication Events

Great Hope Manor

2011 Cherry Street

Vicksburg, MS

 

7 p.m. Gov. Branstad attends the United States Navy Band performance

Vicksburg National Military Park Visitor Center

3201 Clay Street

Vicksburg, MS

 

Saturday, May 25, 2013

 

7:45 a.m. Gov. Branstad attends welcome breakfast for Iowans attending Iowa Memorial at Vicksburg Rededication Ceremony

Vicksburg Convention Center

1600 Mulberry Street

Vicksburg, MS

 

10 a.m. Gov. Branstad attends Iowa Memorial at Vicksburg Rededication Ceremony and participates in wreath-laying ceremonies

Vicksburg National Military Park

3201Clay Street

Vicksburg, MS

Note: The event will take place by the Iowa State Memorial, which is located on the South Loop at milepost 15.3 of the park tour road.

 

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