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State Treasurer Fitzgerald Hosts College Student Body Representatives for Phone Call With President Obama PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Karen Austin   
Wednesday, 09 May 2012 14:03

DES MOINES, IA (05/08/2012)(readMedia)-- State Treasurer Michael L. Fitzgerald hosted five Iowa College Student Body Representatives in his office to join a call with President Obama regarding the potential interest rate hike for student loans. Public officials and students across the country joined together to support the President in his efforts to keep the student loan interest rates from doubling on July 1st.

Treasurer Fitzgerald invited student leaders from colleges across Iowa to participate in the discussion. The following students were able to join him on the call: Justin Meyers, Grandview College in Des Moines; Greg Ellingson, Central College in Pella; Jordan Bancroft-Smithe, the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls; Jared Knight, Iowa State University in Ames; and David Karaz, Drake University in Des Moines.

"It is great to have students actively involved in this conversation," Fitzgerald stated after the call. "Students need to use their voices to encourage their Congress Members to act. I am proud to have such high quality students here in Iowa representing all Iowa students."

President Obama urged the students on the call to get involved and ask Congress to act. "I need your help," the President explained.

"It's really great that President Obama took the time to talk with us and many other student, municipal and state leaders about the potential impending doubling of federally subsidized student loan interest rates. Here in Iowa, especially with the current "Brain Drain," it is imperative to the future of Iowa's economy that interest rates stay as low as possible. Iowa college and university students are leaving school with the highest levels of debt in the nation. If interest rates were to double, more students will be forced to leave Iowa in order to pay off those loans."- Jordan Bancroft-Smithe, Student Body President, University of Northern Iowa

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Quad City’s “Mr. Voice” joins Media Link to expand firm’s PR & Marketing capabilities PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jake Glimco   
Wednesday, 09 May 2012 14:01

Rock Island, IL/May 4, 2012 – Stepping up to the marketing platform, the Quad City’s “Mr. Voice” has joined forces with the region’s only 8(a) SDB marketing firm.  Rick Davis joins the Media Link team as an Account Manager and will develop and manage new accounts.

Rick says, “I have worn many hats under the media and communications umbrella. My experience has given me a unique understanding for the time, production and placement of creative and promotional materials. I am delighted and excited to be working with Media Link because I am a “team first” person that enjoys being a resource and asset for others. I’m looking forward to my position as an Account Manager, because building new professional relationships and rekindling current ones is something I strongly value. Providing strategic, creative solutions for our clientele is something that’s within my wheelhouse!”

Rick’s career prior to Media Link afforded him an extraordinary perspective in the media and communication realm. With his extensive understanding and professionally trained eye for producing effective promotional vehicles, Rick has used his gift for many businesses, including the Quad City’s own ComedySportz, where Rick became known as “Mr. Voice”. As a sales and marketing director, Rick Davis was responsible for brand promotion through advertising mediums and clientele associations. He worked his magic to grow the customer-base by 25% over four years and launched creative outside sales initiatives. Rick’s talent for thinking outside, around and all over the box does not stop there. He earned the Gold ADDY Award for some of his writing and directing of advertising. Rick’s creative background has afforded him the opportunity to create media projects for many Fortune 500 companies, government agencies, small businesses, and non-profit organizations. Rick shines when he is performing professionally as talent for voice-over and on camera projects including radio and television ads, interactive web sites and exhibits, training videos, and corporate promotional videos. Even as Rick joins the Media Link team he still follows his passion for community involvement and building professional relationships by lending his talents to various organizations throughout the Quad Cities. Rick attended Black Hawk College in Moline, IL and Illinois State University in Normal, IL, where he found his true love…Avanti’s Gondola sandwiches.

“We are so lucky to have someone with Rick’s talent in our area and we are so excited to have him on our team”, says Natalie Linville-Mass, President of Media Link.  “He has done some amazing work over the years and will definitely give the companies we work with a real edge on their marketing efforts.”

Media Link is a full-service integrated marketing firm specializing in strategic media buying and placement. Media Link works with businesses in the Quad-Cities and around the country to develop and execute customized marketing strategies to help them more effectively reach their customers. Media Link recently developed and launched its own media buying software system.  This company is also one of the only marketing firms in the region to have obtained an 8(a) SDB certification, a designation of significance to clients who contract with the federal government.

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Treasurer Fitzgerald May Be Looking For You PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Karen Austin   
Wednesday, 09 May 2012 12:13

DES MOINES, IA (05/07/2012)(readMedia)-- State Treasurer Michael L. Fitzgerald is looking for over one million people who are owed over $239 million. The spring publication of the Great Iowa Treasure Hunt is scheduled to begin soon and includes thousands of names that have been received in the last year. Fitzgerald wants Iowans to know they do not have to wait much longer to see if they have extra funds coming to them in the form of unclaimed property.

"We look forward to the spring publication every year," said Treasurer Fitzgerald. "Our goal is to locate the rightful owners of the unclaimed property. I'm sure that when we publish the new list, a lot of individuals will be pleasantly surprised." Treasurer Fitzgerald would also like to remind individuals that they do not have to wait for publication to begin to see if they have unclaimed property. "Individuals can go to www.greatiowatreasurehunt.com and search the entire Great Iowa Treasure Hunt list for their names anytime. It just makes sense to check."

The Great Iowa Treasure Hunt program has returned over $143 million in unclaimed property to more than 359,000 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, and safe deposit box contents.

Everyone is encouraged to keep watch for the upcoming publication coming soon to papers across the state. In the meantime, all Iowans are urged to visit www.greatiowatreasurehunt.com and check to see if they have unclaimed property. Individuals may also send an email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . For those who prefer corresponding by mail, please write to: State Treasurer Michael L. Fitzgerald, Great Iowa Treasure Hunt, Lucas State Office Building, Des Moines, IA 50319. Please make sure to provide current name, previous names and addresses.

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Governor Quinn Releases 2011 Tax Returns PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Andrew Mason   
Wednesday, 09 May 2012 11:26

CHICAGO – May 4, 2012. Governor Pat Quinn today released his 2011 federal and state income tax returns to the public.

In addition to his $157,321.60 in salary as Governor in 2011, Governor Quinn reported interest income of $4.81, a taxable refund of $1,222, $18.04 in income from the Foreign Currency Fee litigation settlement fund and a $42,500 withdrawal from his SEP (Simplified Employee Pension Plan).

Governor Quinn paid $38,094.86 in federal income tax and $7,750.73 in state income tax in 2011. Quinn also paid $3,938 in property taxes on his home on the west side of Chicago. The Governor donated $11,562.72 to charity.

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Physican Payments Sunshine Act delays PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Grassley Press   
Tuesday, 08 May 2012 13:56
Friday, May 4, 2012

Sen. Chuck Grassley and Sen. Herb Kohl, authors of the Physician Payments Sunshine Act, today made the following comments on news that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) needs more time to implement the act and will not begin data collection until 2013.  CMS’ statement is available here.

Grassley said, “It’s disappointing that CMS won’t even collect data at all this year.  The process has dragged on long past the statutory deadline for implementation.  Consumers need to know more about the financial relationships between their doctors and drug companies sooner rather than later.   It’s important that CMS get this right in every way, including the usefulness and accuracy of the information.  Given all of the extra time, CMS will have no further excuses for not accomplishing these goals.”

Kohl said, “While I am disappointed by this delay and the timeline, I do look forward to working with CMS to finalize the rules so that data collection can begin in January 2013.”

The senators developed the Physician Payments Sunshine Act, which was signed into law in 2010, after revelations of significant under-reporting of the amount of payments received by certain doctors from drug and device companies.  The new law requires public disclosure of the financial relationships between physicians and the pharmaceutical, medical device and biologics industries. The law required the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to establish reporting procedures for applicable manufacturers to submit information, as well as procedures for making that information available to the public, by October 1, 2011. CMS issued the guidance in December after more than a year of pushing for a timely release from Grassley and Kohl.

Grassley and Kohl have written to the acting CMS administrator with questions about implementation, including when CMS will begin data collection.

The text of the Grassley-Kohl April 4 letter to the acting CMS administrator is available here.

The acting CMS administrator’s May 3 response is available here.

 
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