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Des Moines Couple Honored by National Adoption Advocacy Group PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Grassley Press   
Friday, 14 September 2012 14:28
WASHINGTON – A Des Moines couple was recognized today as part of a national program to raise awareness of children in need of a safe and loving adoptive family.

Allonna and Damien Stovall of Des Moines were pinned and designated “2012 Angels in Adoption” by Senator Chuck Grassley at an event in Washington hosted by the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute.

The Stovalls have raised seven children, four of them adopted.  Three of the four adopted children were siblings who the Stovalls kept from being separated by adopting all of the children.

“Parents who foster and adopt children are nothing short of extraordinary,” Grassley said.  “With selfless generosity and commitment, they make the difference in the lives of children who do not have homes or loving families.  It’s wonderful to have this chance to honor these parents and raise awareness of the remarkable work they do and the children who need them.”

Grassley has been a legislative leader in expanding opportunities for adoption and reforming the foster care system.

In addition to more than 100 Angels from around the country, the Institute this week will recognize several National Angels for their commitment to child welfare, including actress Katherine Heigl, singer/songwriter Josh Kelley, and PEOPLE magazine.

Click here for a photo of this morning’s event in Washington

Click here for video of the Stovall’s pinning.

 

 
Loebsack Statement on Anniversary of 9/11 Attacks PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Joe Hand   
Thursday, 13 September 2012 08:01

Washington, D.C. Congressman Dave Loebsack released the following statement today in honor of the eleventh anniversary of the 9/11 attacks and in observance of the September 11th National Day of Service and Remembrance.

“Today we join our families, neighbors and friends to stand together to remember and honor those whose lives were lost on this tragic day 11 years ago, the first responders who risked their own lives to save their fellow Americans, and our servicemembers who have made the ultimate sacrifice in defense of our nation.

“Today, we also stand together as Americans to honor our men and women in uniform defending our country overseas and all those who have worked tirelessly to keep our country safe so that we may live in peace here at home.  We are united in renewing our commitment to upholding the principles that make our nation the greatest on earth and in keeping our great nation strong and secure against those who seek to do us harm.

“We also come together in service to our communities in the same way that so many came together in the days following those horrific attacks.  It is my hope that today’s National Day of Service effort is a living reminder of hope and gives comfort to those whose lives were forever changed.

“Eleven years ago, we were attacked by terrorists seeking to tear our country apart.   But just as the sun was shining bright that tragic morning 11 years ago, it continues to shine bright over our great nation.”

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Governor Quinn Salutes Illinois Fallen Heroes on September 11 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Leslie Wertheimer   
Thursday, 13 September 2012 08:00

Lauds “Portrait of a Soldier” Exhibit in Chicago; Let us “Remember, Reflect, Serve”

CHICAGO – September 11, 2012. Governor Pat Quinn called for a day of “remembrance, reflection and service” to honor the victims of the September 11, 2001 attacks and servicemembers killed in the global war on terror. The governor today unveiled the “Portrait of a Soldier” traveling exhibit now on display at the Chicago Public Library Archer Heights Branch. This riveting collection by Mattoon artist Cameron Schilling features 250 hand-drawn portraits of each Illinois servicemember killed in Iraq and Afghanistan. Thus far in 2012, 10 Illinois service members have been killed in Afghanistan.

“On this anniversary of one of America’s darkest days, let us remember, reflect and serve,” Governor Quinn said. “We should never forget the horror faced by those in the World Trade Center and Pentagon, the courage of the passengers on United Flight 93, and the ultimate sacrifice made by our 6,600 fallen heroes in Iraq and Afghanistan.”

Governor Quinn directed state buildings to fly their flags at half-staff today and also called on Illinois residents to take time to thank a veteran, help a military family or salute a Gold Star family. Illinois residents can learn ways to help veterans and military families at OperationHomefront.org, which is among the nation’s most popular and informative sites in support of our troops. The entire “Portrait of a Soldier” exhibit can also be viewed there.

Seen by thousands of people at more than 100 venues across the state since 2005, “Portrait of a Soldier” is a tribute to the 250 men and women from Illinois killed in the line of duty since 2001. Artist Cameron Schilling drew the first portrait in 2004, when he sketched Army Spc. Charles Neeley, a 19-year old Mattoon resident who died in Tikrit, Iraq, and presented the sketch to Neeley’s parents. Months later, while a student at Eastern Illinois University, Schilling committed to draw a portrait of every Illinois service member.

“These sketches are a moving tribute to those Illinoisans who gave their ‘last full measure of devotion’ to protecting our freedoms,” Governor Quinn said.

The “Portrait of a Soldier” exhibit can be seen at the Chicago Public Library Archer Heights Branch and at Kaskaskia College in Centralia September 11 to 24. Lt. Governor Sheila Simon will officially open the “Portrait of a Soldier” exhibit and honor military families at 6 p.m. tonight at Kaskaskia College.

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Governor Quinn Salutes Illinois Fallen Heroes on September 11 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Leslie Wertheimer   
Thursday, 13 September 2012 08:00

Lauds “Portrait of a Soldier” Exhibit in Chicago; Let us “Remember, Reflect, Serve”

CHICAGO – September 11, 2012. Governor Pat Quinn called for a day of “remembrance, reflection and service” to honor the victims of the September 11, 2001 attacks and servicemembers killed in the global war on terror. The governor today unveiled the “Portrait of a Soldier” traveling exhibit now on display at the Chicago Public Library Archer Heights Branch. This riveting collection by Mattoon artist Cameron Schilling features 250 hand-drawn portraits of each Illinois servicemember killed in Iraq and Afghanistan. Thus far in 2012, 10 Illinois service members have been killed in Afghanistan.

“On this anniversary of one of America’s darkest days, let us remember, reflect and serve,” Governor Quinn said. “We should never forget the horror faced by those in the World Trade Center and Pentagon, the courage of the passengers on United Flight 93, and the ultimate sacrifice made by our 6,600 fallen heroes in Iraq and Afghanistan.”

Governor Quinn directed state buildings to fly their flags at half-staff today and also called on Illinois residents to take time to thank a veteran, help a military family or salute a Gold Star family. Illinois residents can learn ways to help veterans and military families at OperationHomefront.org, which is among the nation’s most popular and informative sites in support of our troops. The entire “Portrait of a Soldier” exhibit can also be viewed there.

Seen by thousands of people at more than 100 venues across the state since 2005, “Portrait of a Soldier” is a tribute to the 250 men and women from Illinois killed in the line of duty since 2001. Artist Cameron Schilling drew the first portrait in 2004, when he sketched Army Spc. Charles Neeley, a 19-year old Mattoon resident who died in Tikrit, Iraq, and presented the sketch to Neeley’s parents. Months later, while a student at Eastern Illinois University, Schilling committed to draw a portrait of every Illinois service member.

“These sketches are a moving tribute to those Illinoisans who gave their ‘last full measure of devotion’ to protecting our freedoms,” Governor Quinn said.

The “Portrait of a Soldier” exhibit can be seen at the Chicago Public Library Archer Heights Branch and at Kaskaskia College in Centralia September 11 to 24. Lt. Governor Sheila Simon will officially open the “Portrait of a Soldier” exhibit and honor military families at 6 p.m. tonight at Kaskaskia College.

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Schilling Remembers September 11, 2001 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Andrea Pivarunas   
Thursday, 13 September 2012 07:57
Washington, DC – Sept 11, 2012 - Congressman Bobby Schilling (IL-17) today issued the following statement in remembrance of the September 11, 2001 attacks on our nation:

“As folks across the country and across the world remember the lives taken and the sacrifices made because of the attacks on our nation that day, let us also remember the deep feeling of unity that brought us together as Americans in the face of evil.  My thoughts and prayers remain with those whose lives were taken the morning of September 11, 2001, with their loved ones, and with our country’s first responders and men and women in uniform as they work every day to protect our freedoms and keep us safe from harm.”

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