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Governor Rauner Commemorates 150th Anniversary of 13th Amendment PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Lance Trover   
Friday, 06 February 2015 12:12

SPRINGFIELD – Governor Bruce Rauner issued a proclamation to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the ratification of the 13th Amendment in conjunction with the Senate’s commemoration ceremony, which happened today.

“The 13th amendment has so much significance to our nation’s history and Illinois’ history. In 1865, Illinois led the effort and was the first state to ratify the 13th Amendment, which abolished slavery in the United States.  It is an important date in our history and something we should never forget. Today we remember all of the sacrifices made by so many to create equality for all. We, as the great State of Illinois, must continue to lead the country to achieve freedom, liberty and justice for all.”


Two Skip-a-Long Child Care Centers Receive Highest Quality Rating in IL PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Liz Dierolf   
Monday, 02 February 2015 16:22


Shows Continuous Quality Improvement Commitment to Children in Moline and Rock Island

Moline, Illinois - January 21, 2015 - Skip-A-Long Child Dev Serv-Moline Campus and Rock Island Campus both received the Gold Circle of Quality designation from ExceleRate Illinois, the state's new quality rating and improvement system for early learning and development providers.

"Every early learning and development provider who participates in ExceleRate Illinois makes quality a priority,"
said Theresa Hawley, executive director, Governor's Office of Early Childhood Development. "The higher the
designation, the higher the program's demonstrated quality and comprehensiveness in meeting children's early learning needs," she said.

"We are proud to receive the Gold Circle of Quality," said Julie Allen, Skip-A-Long Child Dev Serv-Moline Campus. "Providing quality in early learning and development will help our children in Moline be better prepared for success in school and in life."

ExceleRate Illinois helps families make more informed choices about their children's early learning. It establishes standards to help infants, toddlers and preschoolers develop intellectually, physically, socially and emotionally. Additionally, it provides a framework for early learning and development professionals to identify opportunities to enhance their knowledge and skills.

Research in science and brain development shows that children who are more meaningfully engaged in early
learning experiences from infancy through the first five years of life are more likely to be successful in school and in life. With the right engagement, children can form a healthy foundation of neural pathways in the brain, which impact their ability to think, react, process and grow.

ExceleRate Illinois is a comprehensive system that includes Licensed Child Care Centers, Preschool for All and Center-Based Prevention Initiative Programs, Head Start and Early Head Start Programs. Licensed Family and Group Child Care Homes will be included next year.

For more information or to find a Child Care Resource & Referral Agency in your area, visit:

ExceleRate Illinois is administered through INCCRRA under the joint direction of the Governor's Office of Early
Childhood Development, the Illinois Department of Human Services, and the Illinois State Board of Education.

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Senior Star at Elmore Place Hosts Dinner Seminar on Long-Term Care Insurance PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Christina L. Maggio-Kellerstrass   
Monday, 02 February 2015 15:17

Davenport insurance agent on hand to help understand long-term care coverage



DAVENPORT, IA (February 2, 2015) – Senior Star at Elmore Place will host an informative dinner seminar on long-term care insurance at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, February 10 at 4500 Elmore Avenue.

The seminar will be presented by local State Farm agent, Matt Hayes, who will discuss important information about long-term care insurance.  Hayes will help attendees understand if long term-care insurance is right for them and the reasons to consider this type of insurance.  He will also share the misconceptions of purchasing long-term care insurance so participants have all the facts prior to making a decision as to whether or not this will meet the needs of their personal situation.

“There is so much information to dissect when it comes to long-term care insurance,” said Marc Strohschein, executive director of Senior Star at Elmore Place.  “We are pleased to have Matt Hayes offer his time and expertise so that people can make an informed decision.”

Seating is limited.  Please RSVP no later than February 9 by calling 563.484.5114.

For more information about Senior Star at Elmore Place or to schedule a tour, call 563.484.5114 or visit the website at

About Senior Star at Elmore Place

Senior Star at Elmore Place, a Senior Star community, features 236 modernly decorated apartments spanning across 20 acres of beautifully landscaped property with many customized amenities to offer its residents three distinctive living experiences:  independent living, assisted living and memory care.  For more information, visit


Fire Safety Group Reminds Illinois Residents to Think Burn Prevention During Burn Awareness Week, Year-Round PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Erik Hoffer, Illinois Fire Safety Alliance   
Friday, 30 January 2015 15:32

Mount Prospect, IL – During Burn Awareness Week, which runs February 1-7, 2015, the nonprofit Illinois Fire Safety Alliance (IFSA) reminds Illinois residents to think about burn prevention in their daily lives.

Burn Awareness Week provides an opportunity for burn, fire and life safety educators to unite in sharing a common burn awareness and prevention message in their communities. While the topic for 2015 is scald prevention, the IFSA stresses the importance of fire safety, cooking safety, and other measures that prevent burns to infants, children and adults.

“Through public education, we can reduce the number of burn injuries and the associated medical costs being sustained by people in Illinois,” says Philip Zaleski, Executive Director of the IFSA.

According to the American Burn Association (ABA), an estimated 450,000 burn injuries were treated throughout the United States in 2013 and approximately 40,000 hospitalizations were required for those burn injuries.

“Unfortunately, more than 3,000 people in the U.S. perish each year as a result of fires, burns, and scalding liquids,” notes Zaleski. “For the 96% that survive their burn injury, physical, psychological, and emotional trauma may continue to be felt long past their initial recovery.”

Since 1982, the IFSA has worked with local, state, and national groups and organizations to promote programs and distribute information related to fire safety and burn prevention, while also providing support programs for burn survivors.

The IFSA is most well-known for its “Camp I Am Me” burn camp for Illinois children ages eight to 16. The week-long camp will be commemorating its 25th anniversary in June. Also, the IFSA hosts an annual Young Adult Summit as an extension of burn camp for persons between the ages of 18 and 25 who have experienced a burn injury requiring outpatient treatment or hospitalization.

The third annual Young Adult Summit is a weekend retreat that will be hosted February 20-22. It consists of a variety of scheduled workshops and activities that support personal growth, emotional healing, school, career, relationships, and self-image. Topics include team building, finding strength from within, establishing self-acceptance, identifying one’s potential, and adopting a sense of independence.

To view more of what the IFSA is doing to prevent burn injuries and to help burn survivors recover, please visit

ABOUT THE ILLINOIS FIRE SAFETY ALLIANCE: Since 1982, the Illinois Fire Safety Alliance (IFSA), a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, has been bringing together persons and groups with common interest in fire safety, burn prevention, and public education, and to promote programs and disseminate information related to fire safety and burn prevention. The IFSA also hosts burn survivor support programs including the Young Adult Summit and Camp “I Am Me,” a unique week-long camp for children who have experienced severe burn injuries. Additional information on the Illinois Fire Safety Alliance can be found at



How One Life Insurer Empowers Women to Pursue their Dreams! PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Rita Toalson   
Friday, 30 January 2015 14:31

Passion for a Cause Outweighs Money for a Cause... But $$$$ Make a Difference, too!

How One Life Insurer, Royal Neighbors of America, Empowers Women to Pursue their Dreams

(Rock Island, IL)-- From a woman's dream to help abuse survivors, to a woman who creates burial gowns for infants out of wedding dresses, Royal Neighbors of America Nation of NeighborsSM Program empowers women and fuels their passions as they "neighbor-it-forward." In 2014 alone, 79 determined women of strength and courage across the country were empowered with nearly $100,000 in financial assistance to achieve their full potential, realize a sense of renewed personal growth, and give back to their communities. Since its inception in 2007, Royal Neighbors' Nation of Neighbors Program has donated more than $1.7 million to over 1,200 families and individuals.

Kit Evans-Ford of Rock Island, IL, is a survivor of sexual assault and has worked relentlessly in service to women and girls in the U. S. and around the world. She received a surprise check for $5,000 from Royal Neighbors' 2014 grant program to launch retreats and an annual conference for girls and women focused on using the arts for healing and hope and to further develop her inspirational social media sites.

"The Nation of Neighbors Program strengthens relationships in communities. When you build camaraderie and collaboration with other women, you see you're not alone," said Kit.  Founder of Testimonies of Hope: The Intercultural Christian Devotional Community, Kit also has established Overcoming the S.T.O.R.M.: A Program for Women Healing from Sexual Violence. "You do the work to help other survivors regardless, but it helps when you get a pat on the back. Royal Neighbors invested in me so I can invest even more in others. It's beautiful and affirming to know people are recognizing your work."

Grants were awarded for a variety of initiatives including helping women provide transitional housing for women and their families; building awareness of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder among veterans; establishing a maternity home for pregnant, homeless teens; fighting sex trafficking; and hosting youth empowerment conferences to prepare young people for college.

Focusing on its history of standing strong for women, Royal Neighbors of America's Nation of Neighbors Program is a unique example of an organization integrating philanthropy into its day-to-day business. As one of the nation's largest women-led life insurers, Royal Neighbors was founded by nine women before women could even vote or own property. It celebrates its 120-year anniversary in 2015 and continues to support women today as it has through the suffrage movement, two World Wars, 21 presidents, the invention of the television, the Apollo moon landing, and major technological advances.

"It is as neighbors that we have the most direct, tangible, and personal influence on each other's lives," explains Cynthia Tidwell, Royal Neighbors President and CEO. "The idea behind the Nation of Neighbors Program of empowering women financially is part of our DNA, and is just as important today as it was when Royal Neighbors of America was founded in 1895."

Royal Neighbors of America, one of the nation's largest women-led life insurance organizations, empowers women to meet the needs of their families with annuities and life insurance products such as whole life, term, final expense, and universal life. One of the most financially secure insurance carriers in the industry, it has the financial strength and stability to ensure its nearly 200,000 members are protected when the expected, and unexpected, happen. In addition to insurance products, Royal Neighbors provides member benefits at no additional cost which currently include scholarship opportunities, health and retail discounts, and participation in volunteer activities that give back to communities through the organization's local chapters. Royal Neighbors' philanthropic efforts are dedicated to changing women's lives through its national programs, including the Nation of NeighborsSM Program, and through the Royal Neighbors Foundation, a 501(c)(3) public charity.

Royal Neighbors is headquartered in Rock Island, IL, with a branch office in Mesa, AZ. For more information, visit or call (800) 627-4762.

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