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Media Advisory: 4-H Films, Food, Fashion at State Fair — and 3,800 Exhibits PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Joy Venhorst   
Thursday, 11 August 2011 23:43

Note to media editors: From Aug. 8-22, the ISU Extension staff listed below may be reached at the Iowa State Fair 4-H Exhibits Building Office, 515-262-3111, extension 380. Questions about 4-H livestock events may be directed to the State Fair 4-H Livestock Office, 515-262-3111, extension 381.

AMES, Iowa – A film festival, a robotics challenge, a culinary challenge and a runway fashion show are only a few of the entertaining and educational events awaiting visitors to the 4-H Exhibits Building at the 2011 Iowa State Fair.

Iowa State University Extension 4-H Youth Development returns to the fair with a variety of events and exhibits. The 4-H Exhibits Building will be open 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily, Aug. 11 to 21, and will offer many exhibits that have been prepared by 4-H members. The air-conditioned 4-H Exhibits Building is in the southwest corner of the fairgrounds.

Got 4-H Exhibits?

The 4-H Exhibits Building will feature some 3,800 exhibits from 4-H’ers around the state. In addition to more than 600 photography exhibits, look for an assortment of delectable baked goods, fantastic furnishings and other unique items. Contact Mitchell Hoyer, ISU Extension 4-H Youth Development.

Get Your Hands on Science, Engineering and Technology (SET)

Iowa 4-H clubs will be sharing their Extension Science, Engineering and Technology (SET) learning at the Iowa State Fair. Fair visitors can get their hands on science, engineering and technology Thursday, Aug. 11 and Friday Aug. 12; join the Science Center of Iowa making flip sticks; or start your adventure with Iowa State University and the College of Engineering on Saturday, Aug. 13. On Monday, Aug. 15 visitors can learn about sustainable energy making solar cars, and on Thursday, Aug.18 learn about creepy crawlies with the Insect Zoo. Contact Jay Staker or Holly Bignall, ISU Extension 4-H Youth Development.

Try on ‘Awardrobe’ Aug. 11, 12

New location this year: The 2011 Iowa State Fair Awardrobe 4-H clothing event is Thursday, Aug. 11 and Friday, Aug.12 at the Iowa State University campus. Awardrobe showcases youth from different sections of the state each day. The fashion runway shows will take place each day at 5:15 in the Great Hall at the Memorial Union, Iowa State University.

4-H’ers will participate in three categories. In Clothing Selection, youth purchase a garment for a special occasion. In Fashion Revue, youth construct their own garments. In the $15 Challenge, youth buy an outfit for less than $15. Youth then are judged on their understanding and use of design elements and principles within their category. They also model their garments in the runway shows. This year’s educational workshops and showcase have a career theme — participants will learn about possible careers in fashion and sewing and how to build their resume. Contact Keli Tallman, ISU Extension 4-H Youth Development.

Lights! Camera! Action! – Iowa 4-H Film Festival Is Aug. 12

Budding youth directors and actors across the state will make their film debut in the Iowa 4-H Film Festival at the Iowa State Fair. Production teams of one to 10 members (with at least one 4-H’er) have entered films in three categories: Educate, Inspire and Just 4 Fun. Judges will select winners for each category and a Best of Festival award. Festival audience members will vote for a People’s Choice award. Films will be shown at the 4-H Exhibits Building on Aug. 12 from 3:30-5:30 p.m. Check the Iowa 4-H Film Festival website  (www.extension.iastate.edu/4h/StateFair/filmfestival) or contact Jay Staker or Holly Bignall, ISU Extension Science, Engineering and Technology (E-SET).

Bratney Companies 4-H Robotics Challenge Is Aug. 13, 14

Iowa youth in two age divisions will show off their robot designing and programming skills during a real-time robotics design challenge. Seniors will compete on Saturday, Aug. 13, and juniors will compete on Sunday, Aug. 14 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the 4-H Exhibits Building. Real time means the teams won’t know the exact design challenges they’ll face until the event begins. Each robotics team will receive two challenges — one using the LEGO Mindstorms© NXT platform and a surprise junk drawer challenge. Each team designs a robot to meet each of the challenges. At the end of the working period, the teams will enter the Challenge Field and set their robots loose to the cheers of spectators. Check out videos from past 4-H robotics challenges (www.extension.iastate.edu/4h/statefair/roboticschallenge) or contact Jay Staker or Holly Bignall, ISU Extension Science, Engineering and Technology (E-SET).

‘Cook This!’ on Aug. 15, 16, 17

In this three-part youth culinary challenge, teams of junior, intermediate and senior level 4-H’ers will demonstrate their creativity in food preparation as well as their communication skills about food related topics, and their ability to identify produce, equipment and fruits and vegetables. The challenge will take place Tuesday, Aug. 15, Wednesday, Aug. 16 and Thursday, Aug. 17 in the 4-H Exhibits Building. Check the Cook This! website (www.extension.iastate.edu/4h/StateFair/cookthis) or contact Shelly Greving, ISU Extension 4-H Youth Development.

Teens Will ‘Stitch This!’ in Fashion Design Event Aug. 19-20

Prom dresses will be everywhere as nine teams of 4-H teens take part in the Iowa 4-H “Stitch This!” fashion design event at the Iowa State Fair. This year’s theme is “America the Beautiful.” The public can watch all the action as the teams tear these garments apart and design new creations in the 4-H Exhibits Building from 3-9 p.m. Friday, Aug. 19 and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 20. The event will culminate in a runway-style fashion show at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 20 on the 4-H Exhibits Building’s main stage. Check the Stitch This website (www.extension.iastate.edu/4h/StateFair/stitchthis) or contact Shelly Greving, ISU Extension 4-H Youth Development.

See 4-H Fair Highlights on 4-H TV Online

What do you get when you combine a group of technology-savvy 4-H teens, some digital video cameras, a website and the Iowa State Fair? You get 4-H TV at the Fair. 4-H TV (www.extension.iastate.edu/4h/tv, to be available during and after State Fair) features videos shot, edited and produced by the Iowa 4-H Technology Team. Contact Jay Staker, ISU Extension Science, Engineering and Technology (E-SET).

My 4-H: Share a Story

Has 4-H made an impact on your life? State Fair visitors can share their 4-H stories with the world — in writing. ISU Extension 4-H Youth Development will be collecting stories throughout the fair about the impact 4-H has on individuals and communities. Contact Shelly Greving, ISU Extension 4-H Youth Development.

121 Iowans to Join Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame

The Iowa 4-H Foundation and ISU Extension 4-H Youth Development sponsor the Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame induction ceremonies Sunday, Aug. 21, at 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. in the 4-H Exhibits Building. Eighty-eight counties have selected inductees for their outstanding service and dedication to 4-H. Contact Chris Gleason, ISU Extension 4-H Youth Development.

4-H’ers Receive Scholarships

The Iowa 4-H Foundation will present more than 100 scholarships to deserving 4-H’ers from across the state at the annual scholarship awards program, Saturday, Aug. 20, 3:30 p.m. in the 4-H Exhibits Building. Contact Mitchell Hoyer, ISU Extension 4-H Youth Development.

Addy the 4-H Butter Cow

Any day at the fair you can find Addy the 4-H adventure cow roaming the fairgrounds, to remind your that your adventure starts here, with 4-H. In honor of the 100th year of the butter cow, different organizations have painted cement butter cows that are being placed around the fairgrounds. Contact Kourtney Determan, ISU Extension 4-H Youth Development.

About the Iowa 4-H Youth Development Program

4-H is the nation’s largest youth development organization, serving more than 6 million young people across America with programs in leadership, citizenship, communication and life skills. One in five Iowa school-age youth participates in 4-H. In Iowa, 4-H Youth Development is headquartered at the Iowa State University campus in Ames. 4-H is supported by federal, state and county funding, private grants and donations, and fees. For more information about joining 4-H, contact your Iowa State University Extension county office at www.extension.iastate.edu/content/county-offices/ or visit www.extension.iastate.edu/4H.

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President Obama to Travel to the Midwest on a Three-Day Economic Bus Tour PDF Print E-mail
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Written by USDA Office of Communications   
Thursday, 11 August 2011 23:32

On August 15-17, President Obama will travel to the Midwest on a three-day economic bus tour, making stops in southern Minnesota, northeastern Iowa and western Illinois.  The President will discuss ways to grow the economy, strengthen the middle class and accelerate hiring in communities and towns across the nation and hear directly from Americans, including local families and small business owners.  The President knows we must do everything we can to promote economic growth, restore confidence in our nation’s future and restore the sense of optimism for future generations.

Additional details about President Obama’s trip will be released as they become available.

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Quad City Residents Given Chance To Become A Star As Local Dealership Searches For New Talent PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Heather Robu   
Thursday, 11 August 2011 23:22

Davenport, IA - August 8, 2011 At a time when everyday individuals are receiving numerous opportunities to display their talents on hit shows like American Idol and America’s Got Talent, Smart Toyota of Quad Cities is presenting one for area residents with Davenport’s first ever dealership talent search.

The contest is open to all area residents - male or female - age 18 or older. The winner will be starring in the dealership’s future commercials. No previous experience is necessary and the dealership is encouraging anyone with an interest in appearing on television to audition.

The Smart Toyota of Quad Cities Talent Search open audition registration begins online via www.SmartToyotaTalentsearch.com on August 2, 2011 and will continue thru September 7, 2011. The open auditions will beheld at the dealership on September 8th from 9 am until 7 pm. Five finalists will be announced on October 5th with the winning talent selected on October 20th..

For more information, contact:
Gwen Tombergs This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it 563-445-4191
Nick Tarpein This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it 563-391-4106
Sean McCullough This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it 678.287.1209

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Grassley Pursues Answers After American Bar Association’s “Inadequate” Response PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Grassley Press   
Thursday, 11 August 2011 23:19

WASHINGTON – Continuing his work to help make sure law students who take out taxpayer-backed student loans are in a position to pay back the loans, Sen. Chuck Grassley is continuing to ask the American Bar Association (ABA) about the quality of its accreditation of the nation's law schools.

"The organization's inadequate response to my letter raised additional questions that merit drilling down further," Grassley said.  "For example, the taxpayers are on the hook for any defaulted student loans.  The American Bar Association seems confident that students will be able to pay back their loans, yet also acknowledges uncertain job prospects for lawyers.  It's important to examine this further and try to reconcile these statements."  

Grassley wrote to the ABA on July 11, citing a news report that the organization was out of compliance with 17 regulations that the federal Department of Education requires accreditation agencies to meet.  An advisory committee found issues of noncompliance including failing to consider student-loan default rates in assessing programs; having no set policy for handling student complaints; and not having a standard for job placement by its member institutions.  The ABA responded on July 20.  Finding the response inadequate, Grassley sent a second letter this week.

The federal government estimates that it will make 24.3 million loans totaling $116.4 billion to students and their parents for higher education, including graduate studies, this year alone.  The outlook for legal careers is uncertain, raising concerns about whether law school loan default rates will increase.

"Law school accreditation is like a Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval," Grassley said.  "The accreditation implies that the accrediting agency did its homework on behalf of the students who will indebt themselves to attend and on behalf of the taxpayers who made their loans possible.  As Ranking Member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, and as an advocate for taxpayers, I'm asking the American Bar Association to account for its work."

The ABA's response is available here and here.  Grassley's latest letter is available here.

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Governor Quinn Takes Bill Action **Monday, August 8, 2011** PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Katelyn Tye   
Tuesday, 09 August 2011 12:29

CHICAGO – August 8, 2011. Governor Pat Quinn today took action on the following bills:  

Bill No.: SB 98  
An Act Concerning: Elections  
Defines “federally-operated” veterans’ homes and requires that they be voting locations.  
Action: Signed  
Effective Date: Jan. 1     

 Bill No.: SB 1263  
An Act Concerning: State Government  
Amends the Deposit of State Moneys Act to allow the Treasurer more flexibility in managing the state’s investment portfolio.  
Action: Signed  
Effective Date: Immediately     

Bill No.: SB 1856  
An Act Concerning: Transportation  
Amends the Illinois Highway Code to require the Illinois Department of Transportation to conduct public hearings to discuss the viability and feasibility of each protected corridor every 10 years.  
Action: Signed  
Effective Date: Immediately     

Bill No.: HB 1427  
An Act Concerning: Employment  
Increases the population required to be in a municipality for firefighters to be exempt under certain provisions of the Workers' Compensation Act from 200,000 to 500,000.  
Action: Signed                            
Effective Date: Immediately     

Bill No.: HB 1527  
An Act Concerning:  State Government  
Provides that the Department of Revenue may enter into a reciprocal offset agreement with the federal government.  
Action: Signed                    
Effective Date: Jan. 1  

Bill No.: HB 1560  
An Act Concerning: Civil Law  
Provides that unclaimed wages, payroll and salary in any form, held or owing by a banking or financial organization, is presumed abandoned after one year, instead of five years.  
Action: Signed                            
Effective Date: Immediately     

Bill No.: HB 2874  
An Act Concerning: Local Government  
Provides that no later than 120 days after the effective date, the Regional Transportation Authority (RTA) must develop and make available a universal fare instrument for riders age 65 and older that may be used interchangeably on all RTA-funded public transportation.  
Action: Signed                            
Effective Date: Jan. 1     

Bill No.: HB 3253  
An Act Concerning: Public Employee Benefits  
Prohibits a sheriff's law enforcement employee who begins service in that capacity after the effective date from being able to convert up to 10 years of service in any other capacity into service as a sheriff's law enforcement employee. 
Action: Signed                        
Effective Date: Immediately

 

Bill No.: HB 3332
An Act Concerning: Public Employee Benefits
Allows a member of the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund to transfer up to 10 years of service credit they have earned in a police pension fund to the IMRF within 60 days.
Action: Signed                               
Effective Date: Immediately

 

Bill No.: HB  3377 
An Act Concerning: Finance
Emphasizes that grants made from the Charitable Trust Stabilization Fund should be directed towards entities with less than $1 million.
Action: Signed                        
Effective Date: Immediately

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