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Tuesday, 12 August 2014 13:14

Governor Quinn Expands Green Transportation Program on Illinois’ Highways 

‘Bus on Shoulders’ Program Made Permanent and Will Now Transport Even More People Over More Illinois Highways

CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today signed legislation to expand the innovative ‘Bus on Shoulders’ program and make Illinois’ highways more environmentally-friendly, efficient and accessible. The legislation is part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to drive Illinois’ economy forward and protect the environment by modernizing Illinois’ infrastructure.

“Bus on Shoulders has proven to be a creative approach and a green solution to cut down on commuting times, encourage the use of mass transit and improve access to jobs,” Governor Quinn said. “By making minimal investments in our existing infrastructure, we are providing big dividends for commuters and families throughout the region.”

House Bill 5664, sponsored by State Representative Robert Rita (D-Blue Island) and State Senator Martin Sandoval (D-Chicago), makes permanent the successful ‘Bus on Shoulders’ pilot program and paves the way for the popular Pace service to expand to other parts of the Chicago expressway system as well as the Illinois Tollway.

Since Governor Quinn launched the program as an experimental service in 2011, ridership has jumped by 226 percent and on-time performance has dramatically improved on the Pace routes that utilize the Stevenson Expressway (Interstate 55) shoulders during heavy congestion.

As part of Governor Quinn’s Illinois Jobs Now! capital program, $9.5 million was allocated in 2011 to upgrade and prepare the I-55 shoulders to enable Pace routes 755 and 855, which connect the southwest suburbs, downtown Chicago and the Illinois Medical District, to use the inside inbound shoulder for the morning rush hour and inside outbound shoulder for the afternoon return trip. Also for the first time in the Chicago area, the Pace buses on these routes offered free Wi-Fi service. Since Governor Quinn launched Bus on Shoulders, average daily ridership on both Pace routes has grown from 302 to 985, with on-time performance jumping from 68 percent to 93 percent.

“When we began this project in 2011, we set out to do three things: increase ridership, improve on-time performance and operate safely,” Pace Chairman of the Board Richard Kwasneski said. “We've achieved all of these benchmarks and are grateful to Governor Quinn, the General Assembly, our project partners IDOT and RTA and our customers for their support throughout the planning and implementation process. Thanks to this legislation, we can take what we have learned on I-55 and bring express bus service to the shoulders of other highways and tollways in the region.”

In addition to making Bus on Shoulders a long-term solution to meeting the region’s highway and mass transit needs, the new law permits Pace to expand the program and include more routes. The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) is investing $362,631 to improve the shoulders from Kedzie Avenue to just west of the Dan Ryan Expressway (Interstate 90/94) so the existing service on I-55 can be extended approximately three miles east later this year. The department expects to complete a study by fall that will determine the scope of improvements needed to enable Pace to use the shoulders between Foster Avenue and Lake-Cook Road on the Edens Expressway (Interstate 94).

“This is an idea whose time has come,” Acting Illinois Transportation Secretary Erica Borggren said. “We at IDOT have enjoyed a productive partnership with Pace during the start of Bus on Shoulders. We look forward to working together far into the future as we continue exploring new and innovative ways to build a world-class transportation system for the Chicago area.”

The Illinois Tollway’s $2.5 billion rebuild and widening of the Jane Addams Memorial Tollway (Interstate 90) will include wider shoulders to accommodate Pace buses from the Kennedy Expressway (I-90/94) to Barrington Road in 2016 and future service expansions to Rockford. As part of the 15-year, $12 billion Move Illinois Program, the project includes $240 million to integrate transit on I-90 in partnership with Pace. This investment marks the first time the in the Illinois Tollway’s history that the agency has built one of its roads specifically to accommodate transit. The Tollway also is designing the new Elgin O’Hare Western Access project to accommodate Bus on Shoulders.

“We know we can’t build our way out of congestion and that’s why we designed the new Jane Addams Memorial Tollway to accommodate transit and provide direct access to Pace bus service,” Illinois Tollway Executive Director Kristi Lafleur said. “By following Governor Quinn’s vision to integrate transit into our state’s roadways, we are maximizing our existing assets to meet the demand for safe and efficient travel on our roads now and into the future.”

Under the permanent program, buses will continue to use the shoulders as a passing lane only when traffic is moving slower than 35 mph. They are restricted to traveling no more than 15 mph over the top speed of vehicles in the expressway lanes and never greater than 35 mph. Pace cannot use the shoulders if they are already being used for snow removal, vehicle breakdowns and traffic stops by law enforcement. Safety always will be a top priority of the program. The shoulders will always be available to motorists in the event of an emergency.

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Governor Quinn Announces Innovative Swedish-Based Manufacturer to Expand in Naperville; SKF Group Creating 80 Jobs, Investing $18.6 Million in Research Center

CHICAGO — Governor Pat Quinn today announced that Swedish-based SKF Group has selected Illinois for its new North American research and development facility, which will create 40 full-time jobs within two years and another 40 within four years. The company chose a site in Naperville over locations in several other states. Today’s announcement is part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to create jobs and drive Illinois’ economy forward.

“SKF Group has a long history of providing quality technology products and services all over the world,” Governor Quinn said. “Illinois is making a comeback and innovative companies like SKF are an important part of it. We are proud SKF has chosen to open this new facility and create jobs for Illinois’ highly-skilled and educated workforce.”

“One of SKF’s driving forces is to continue to deliver world-leading research and innovation and to develop products which deliver significant energy savings for our customers,” SKF President and CEO Tom Johnstone said. “This newest center supports our growth ambitions for the U.S. and the investments of over $2.5 billion that we have made during the past five years. The Naperville-based R&D center will strengthen our global network of technical centers that support each of our key regions. It provides a central location to some of our most significant U.S. customers, proximity to many local world class research universities and a highly-educated workforce that is critical to our knowledge engineering efforts.”

The new 130,000-square-foot facility will be built for SKF at 1203 Warrenville Road—along the Interstate 88 business corridor—and will house engineers, scientists and administrative staff. The company selected Naperville in order to access the state’s superior transportation network, highly-educated workforce, culture of entrepreneurship and competitive cost structure.

Factoring into the company’s decision was a state incentive package worth an estimated $2.2 million over 10 years. The incentive is primarily a credit against the company’s state income tax liability under the state’s Economic Development for a Growing Economy, or EDGE program. The package also includes a $20,000 grant for job training. The EDGE program, administered by the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO), requires companies to meet agreed-upon targets for job creation or retention and capital investment in order to receive the credits. The agreement with SKF USA requires the company to invest at least $18.6 million at its Naperville location over the next 10 years.

While the legal commitment to the state is for a minimum of 80 new jobs within four years, SKF said the facility eventually might have up to 200 employees.

“We are grateful for the trust SKF has placed in the state of Illinois,” DCEO Director Adam Pollet said. “With our investments in our people and infrastructure, we want to make Illinois an easy choice for employers looking to expand their skilled labor force.”

SKF USA Inc. is the United States subsidiary of the SKF Group of Gothenburg, Sweden and is based in Lansdale, PA. SKF Group is a leading global provider of bearings, seals, lubrication systems and industrial services and consulting covering every major business sector including transportation, paper, mining, oil and gas, food and beverages, machine tool, metals, and aerospace and energy.

Illinois is already home to two SKF manufacturing facilities, including one in Elgin since 1960, and the other in Waukegan since 2009. SKF employs about 390 people at the two locations.

For more information on doing business in Illinois, visit www.illinois.gov/dceo.

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Governor Quinn Signs “Sign and Drive” Law; Legislation Ends the Practice of Posting a Driver’s License for Traffic Citations  

CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today signed a new law to end the practice of posting a valid driver‘s license as security for traffic citations in Illinois. Today’s action on the “Sign and Drive” law continues the Governor’s commitment to making Illinois government more accountable, transparent and effective.

“A driver’s license is an important form of identification, and without it many residents may run into problems during everyday situations when a valid ID is required,” Governor Quinn said. “This common sense legislation will allow law enforcement officials to continue doing their jobs while letting motorists hang onto a vital piece of identification. ‘Sign and Drive’ will help ensure motorists comply with the law and keep traffic moving on our streets.”

Senate Bill 2583, sponsored by State Senator Michael Noland (D-Elgin) and State Representative John D’Amico (D-Chicago), eliminates the requirement that a valid driver’s license must be posted as bail for certain traffic offenses. The new law allows a motorist’s signature on the citation to be their guarantee that they will comply with the terms of the citation and either appear in court or pay the required fine. As before, the Secretary of State can suspend the driving privileges of any motorist who does not comply with the citation. The legislation is effective immediately.

“No longer will motorists be inconvenienced by having to give up their driver’s license for nothing more than a moving violation,” Senator Noland said. “With this bill, Illinois drivers will be able to keep their driver’s license which is used as a primary form of identification for receiving services related to banking, travel, education and more. Now, with just their signature, drivers in Illinois can pay their fines online or by mail, appear if necessary, but keep their license as long as their fine is paid. This will save on time away from work, family matters and other more important activities of everyday life in Illinois. It will also make it less costly to process the ever increasing number of cases coming into our traffic courts. This bill is a win-win for our courts and our citizens. Safe travels to all."

“Senate Bill 2583 is a piece of commonsense legislation aimed at cutting down on the instances of identification misuse or misplacement,” Representative D’Amico said. “This bill will get our safe drivers back on the road and keep our state moving forward.”

Governor Quinn has supported and developed programs and signed legislation to make travel on Illinois roadways safer and more convenient. Last year he signed legislation to prohibit the use of all hand-held mobile phones while driving on Illinois roads and to increase the penalties where any use of an electronic device while driving is the cause of an accident. This summer, Governor Quinn signed legislation to prohibit municipalities from requiring police officers to meet ticket quotas and to prevent quotas from being used to evaluate an officer’s performance.

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Governor Quinn Signs Legislation to Support Illinois’ Military Families; New Law Offers Gold Star License Plates to Children of Fallen Servicemembers

ROCKFORD – Governor Pat Quinn today signed legislation to allow the children of fallen servicemembers apply for Gold Star license plates. Today’s action is part of Governor Quinn's agenda to support Illinois’ military families.

“We owe a debt of gratitude to all the brave men and women who have made the ultimate sacrifice while serving our country,” Governor Quinn said. “We are proud of all Illinois military families for their continued support while their loved ones have answered the call to duty. The Gold Star license plates serve as a small but constant reminder of all those who have given everything to protect our freedoms here at home.”

House Bill 5475, sponsored by State Representative John M. Cabello (R-Machesney Park) and State Senator Dave Syverson (R-Rockford), allows the sons and daughters of fallen servicemembers to apply for Gold Star license plates. Spouses, siblings or parents of persons who have lost their lives while serving in the U.S. Armed Forces may already apply for these special plates. The law is effective Jan. 1, 2015.

The Gold Star is distributed to members of the immediate family of a fallen servicemember by the U.S. Department of Defense. The pin is distributed according to strict Department of Defense guidelines for servicemembers who have lost their lives in conflict or in support of certain military operations.

"Fallen military men and women have made the ultimate sacrifice to protect the freedoms that we enjoy today,” Representative Cabello said. “Their families deserve our highest levels of support and respect. My hope is that these Gold Star license plates will provide an added way for these sons and daughters to be recognized for their sacrifice and the sacrifice and service of their loved one.”

“A Gold Star shows that a loved one made the ultimate sacrifice in defense of our country,” Senator Syverson said. “This will allow their children to keep the memory of their heroic actions alive for all to see.”

Throughout his career, Governor Quinn has made commitment to veterans, servicemembers and their families a top priority. As lieutenant governor, he launched the Illinois Military Family Relief Fund that provides benefits for families of Illinois National Guard and Reserve servicemembers who are called to action during global conflict. Since its inception in 2003, the IMFRF has provided more than $15.4 million in support of 28,840 families of deployed servicemembers.

Governor Quinn recently signed a law to make it easier for the children of Illinois servicemembers to enroll in Illinois schools. He initiated the Illinois Veterans Grant and Illinois National Guard Grant, which cover tuition at all Illinois public universities and community colleges for eligible veterans and serving National Guard members. He also required colleges to post all benefits available to Illinois veterans and assign a staff member to serve as the point of contact for student-veterans who need information and assistance.

The Governor also launched the Illinois Warrior Assistance Program that helps veterans transition back to their daily lives and the Welcome Home Heroes program which helps support Illinois servicemembers seeking home ownership. In total, the state has targeted $20 million in Illinois Jobs Now! capital funds to the Welcome Home Heroes program to help increase affordable homeownership opportunities for military veterans and their families.

In 2012, Governor Quinn and the Departments of Veterans and Military Affairs spearheaded the statewide public-private partnership, Illinois Joining Forces, which has been a model for other states to follow. The program Families, Children, and Survivors Working Group has been effectively collaborating to make sure Illinois is addressing the needs of military families and children here in Illinois.

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Governor Quinn Statement on Jackie Robinson West Little League Team

CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today issued the following statement on the Jackie Robinson West Little League team’s regional championship victory. The Chicago South Side team will now head to Williamsport, Pa. to compete in the Little League World Series.

“With power and poise, this group of young ballplayers has outperformed opponents across the state, region and now they have their eyes, gloves and hearts set on a bigger field.

“Last year, Jackie Robinson West came one game short of the big tournament. As underdogs they achieved so much that I declared it ‘Jackie Robinson West Little League Champions Day’ across Illinois.

“Like Jackie Robinson, they didn’t hang up their cleats in the face of adversity. Now this year for the first time since 1983, they will get to compete in the Little League World Series.

“This group of young ballplayers and their coaches have made all of Illinois proud. I wish them the best of luck as they represent our state on the worldwide stage.”

 

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TOPINKA HONORS ROCK ISLAND COUNTY FAIR PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Brad Hahn   
Monday, 11 August 2014 14:53
SPRINGFIELD – Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka recently saluted President Jim Bohnsack and his team for promoting agriculture and strengthening the community through the Rock Island County Fair.

As part of the Illinois Office of the Comptroller’s “County Fair Day” at the Illinois State Fair in Springfield, Topinka presented County Fair leaders throughout the state with proclamations celebrating anniversary milestones.

“For 145 years, the Rock Island County Fair has been a great source of pride and a summer highlight for residents,” Topinka said. “It’s something special that Jim and his team continue to contribute to this great tradition of bringing neighbors together to celebrate agriculture.”

The Rock Island County Fair is one of the 104 Illinois County Fairs that make up The Illinois Association of Agricultural Fairs. The IAAF is an organization that promotes entrepreneurs and vendors supporting the fair industry.

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News and Results from the 2014 Iowa State Fair III PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Lori Chappell   
Monday, 11 August 2014 10:33

Top Honors Awarded in Iowa State Fair FFA Market and Carcass Lamb Show

DES MOINES, IA (08/09/2014)(readMedia)-- Grand Champion honors were awarded Thursday in the FFA Market and Carcass Lamb shows at the 2014 Iowa State Fair.

Tanner Berry of Sac City showed the Grand Champion FFA Market Lamb, and Chelsea Nelson of Exira took Reserve Grand Champion honors.

In the carcass judging, Megan Collison of Rockwell City earned Grand Champion honors while James Leonard of Newton received the Reserve Grand Champion banner.

The judges saw 367 animals from 136 exhibitors in the Market Lamb division and 77 animals from 50 exhibitors in the Carcass division.

Additional results below:

MARKET WETHERS

Champion Light Weight Wether: Tanner Berry, Sac City

Reserve Champion Light Weight Wether: Chelsea Nelson, Exira

Champion Medium Weight Wether: Chelsea Nelson, Exira

Reserve Champion Medium Weight Wether: Heather Ziesman, Algona

Champion Heavy Weight Wether: Chelsea Nelson, Exira

Reserve Champion Heavy Weight Wether: Heather Ziesman, Algona

Champion Market Wether: Tanner Berry, Sac City

Reserve Champion Market Wether: Chelsea Nelson, Exira

MARKET EWES

Champion Light Weight Ewe: Garret Gourley, Webster City

Reserve Champion Light Weight Ewe: Chansea Nelson, Exira

Champion Medium Weight Ewe: Paige Petzenhauser, Roland

Reserve Champion Medium Weight Ewe: Cade Suhr, Adair

Champion Heavy Weight Ewe: Chance Deppe, Maquoketa

Reserve Champion Heavy Weight Ewe: Derek Henningsen, DeWitt

Champion Market Ewe: Garret Gourley, Webster City

Reserve Champion Market Ewe: Paige Petzenhauser, Roland

CARCASS LAMBS

Champion Live: Tanner Berry, Sac City

Reserve Champion Live: Austin Himes, Central City

Champion Scan: Megan Collison, Rockwell City

Reserve Champion Scan: James Leonard, Newton

The Grand Champion and Reserve Grand Champion market lambs, as well as 14 other livestock champions, will be auctioned in the prestigious Sale of Champions on Saturday, August 16, at 2 p.m. in the Penningroth Media Center of the Cattle Barn. The event is sponsored by the Iowa Foundation for Agricultural Advancement, a non-profit organization established to encourage the pursuit of agriculture-related careers by Iowa's youth.

 

Watkins FFA Member Wins Grand Champion Market Pig at Iowa State Fair

DES MOINES, IA (08/09/2014)(readMedia)-- Erin Schmidt of Watkins showed the Grand Champion Market Pig at the FFA Market Swine contest judged Thursday during the 2014 Iowa State Fair.

Alexis Delaney of DeWitt claimed Reserve Grand Champion Market Pig honors.

Luke Worden of Belmond won Champion Purebred Market Swine honors, and Cory Sampson of Nevada received Reserve Champion Purebred Market Swine honors.

Nearly 250 exhibits showed 568 animals in this year's competition.

Additional results below:

Champion Light Weight Market Gilt: Elizabeth Jones, Williamsburg

Reserve Champion Light Weight Market Gilt: Theresa Fitzgerald, Boone

Champion Medium Weight Market Gilt: Alex Alliger, Gowrie

Reserve Champion Medium Weight Market Gilt: Luke Worden, Belmond

Champion Heavy Weight Market Gilt: Grant Wolfe, Hudson

Reserve Champion Heavy Weight Market Gilt: Kolton Greiner, Keota

Champion Light Weight Market Barrow: Luke Greiner, Keota

Reserve Champion Light Weight Market Barrow: Alex Alliger, Gowrie

Champion Medium Weight Market Barrow: Erin Schmidt, Watkins

Reserve Champion Medium Weight Market Barrow: Austin Lane, Spragueville

Champion Heavy Weight Market Barrow: Alexis Delaney, DeWitt

Reserve Champion Heavy Weight Market Barrow: Kale Boysen, Morning Sun

Champion Chester White: Alexis Delaney, DeWitt

Reserve Champion Chester White: Makayla Scanlon, Oskaloosa

Champion Duroc: Luke Worden, Belmond

Reserve Champion Duroc: Cory Sampson, Nevada

Champion Hampshire: Austin Lane, Spragueville

Reserve Champion Hampshire: Alexis Delaney, DeWitt

Champion Berkshire: Austin Lane, Spragueville

Reserve Champion Berkshire: Mary Heiller, Madrid

Champion Spotted: Spenser Becker, Keota

Reserve Champion Spotted: Lexi Marek, Riverside

Champion Poland China: Alex Umbaugh, Adair

Reserve Champion Poland China: Walker Wegener, DeWitt

Champion Yorkshire: Luke Worden, Belmond

Reserve Champion Yorkshire: Dan Harmsen, Rock Valley

Champion All Other Breeds: Brittany Schafer, Sheldon

The Grand and Reserve Champion Market Pigs, along with 14 other livestock champions, will be auctioned in the prestigious Sale of Champions on Saturday, August 16, at 2 p.m. in the Penningroth Media Center of the Putney Family Cattle Barn. The event is sponsored by the Iowa Foundation for Agricultural Advancement, a non-profit organization established to encourage the pursuit of agriculture-related careers by Iowa's youth.

"Nothing Compares" to the 2014 Iowa State Fair, August 7-17. The Fairgrounds are located at East 30th and East University Avenue, just 10 minutes east of downtown Des Moines, and are open 7 a.m. to 1 a.m. each day of the Fair. Exhibit hours may vary. For more information, call 800/545-FAIR or visit iowastatefair.org.

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News and Results from the 2014 Iowa State Fair I PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Lori Chappell   
Monday, 11 August 2014 10:26

FFA Members Stomp Out Competition in Iowa State Fair Beef Championship

DES MOINES, IA (08/09/2014)(readMedia)-- FFA exhibitors competed in the Performance Beef Show judged Wednesday prior to the start of the 2014 Iowa State Fair. Entries were open to purebred, grade or crossbred market steers.

Complete results below:

Choice Retail Beef – Window A

Champion: Brooke Sieren, Keota

Reserve Champion: Logan Bauer, Exira

Champion Produce: Logan Bauer, Exira

Reserve Champion Produce: Lucas Looney, Wheatland

Lean-Lite Beef – Window B

Champion: Shana Hilgerson, Elkader

Reserve Champion: Trevor Stevenson, Wheatland

Champion Produce: Trevor Stevenson, Wheatland

Reserve Champion Produce: Jacob Looney, Wheatland

Hotel-Restaurant Beef – Window C

Champion: Logan Bauer, Exira

Reserve Champion: Luke Orr, Elkader

Champion Produce: Luke Orr, Elkader

Reserve Champion Produce: Lucas Looney, Wheatland

Perry Hampshire Sets New Iowa State Fair Big Ram Record

DES MOINES, IA (08/07/2014)(readMedia)-- A two-year-old Hampshire ram from Perry set a new Iowa State Fair record, tipping the scales at 507.5 pounds during the Big Ram competition judged Thursday at the 2014 Iowa State Fair.

The top ram, dubbed "Zeus" by owner Daryl Mickelson, bested his nearest competitor by 86.5 pounds.

Second place was claimed by Seelow Sheep Farms' two-year-old Rambouillet ram who weighed in at 421 pounds.

Solid Rock, the four-year-old Suffolk ram owned by Merle Van Klompenburg of Orange City claimed third place at 408.5 pounds.

Peabody Wins Hearts and Iowa State Fair Big Boar Title

DES MOINES, IA (08/07/2014)(readMedia)-- Fueled by the memory of a friend, a group of former college buddies set out to win the Iowa State Fair Big Boar contest judged Thursday at the 2014 Iowa State Fair.

The five-year-old Hampshire boar named Peabody, owned by Pleasant Hill's Friends of Peabody, weighed in at 1,273 pounds. Peabody was shown by Lori Dvorak of Ankeny and raised by Dvorak with assistance from Craig Rowles and Tom Dittmer.

The winning boar was named after Brad Peyton, an Urbandale attorney, businessman and founder of the Shining City Foundation, who died last year following a battle with pancreatic cancer. Peabody was Peyton's nickname when he attended Iowa State University.

Big Mac, a two-year-old crossbred shown by McDonald Acres of Ryan earned second place at 1,142 pounds.

Boss Hog, the four-year-old crossbred shown by Gene Stoltzfus and Kip Granger of North English claimed third place at 1,132 pounds.

The Shining City Foundation is based in Urbandale. It was founded in 2001 and is dedicated to enhancing the general welfare of underserved populations around the world through improved health care, housing and education.

Prescott Charolais Tops Iowa State Fair Super Bull Competition

DES MOINES, IA (08/07/2014)(readMedia)-- Big Daddy, the 3,012-pound Charolais bull owned by Craig Stalcup of Prescott, outweighed the competition to win the Super Bull contest judged Thursday at the 2014 Iowa State Fair.

Doug Sudbrock of Indianola took second place with his 2,501-pound Red Angus bull, Wingnut, and third place with his 1,329-pound Red Angus bull, Grumpy.

Big Daddy, as well as the Big Boar and Big Ram, will be on display at the Iowa State Fair in the Cattle, Swine and Sheep Barns, respectively, through August 17.

4-H Siblings Win Grand and Reserve Champion Market Broiler at Iowa State Fair

DES MOINES, IA (08/08/2014)(readMedia)-- 4-H members from all around Iowa competed in the 4-H Poultry Show held Thursday at the 2014 Iowa State Fair. Hannah Van Roekel of Wellman exhibited the Grand Champion Market Broiler, and her brother, Jonah Van Roekel also of Wellman, showed the Reserve Grand Champion Market Broiler.

Additional results below:

Grand Champion Bantam: Trey Tempel, Kamrar

Reserve Grand Champion Bantam: Tate Linton, Sioux City

Grand Champion Water Fowl: Tate Linton, Sioux City

Reserve Grand Champion Water Fowl: Tate Linton, Sioux City

Grand Champion Large Fowl: Shau Landt, Charles City

Reserve Grand Champion Large Fowl: Sydney Hansen, Monticello

Grand Champion Commercial Fowl: Kyrnan Liske-Rochholz, Walcott

Reserve Grand Champion Commercial Fowl: Brett Schoenherr, Monmouth

Egg Production

1) Brett Schoenherr, Monmouth

2) Attylissa Bailey, Hamilton

3) Bridget Hughes, Winterset

Champion Poultry Presentation: Grace Westercamp, Farmington

Reserve Champion Poultry Presentation: Tommee Pelky, Bonaparte

Champion Junior Showmanship: Taylor McCreedy, Atlantic

Reserve Champion Junior Showmanship: Emilee Beekman, Pierson

Champion Intermediate Showmanship: Lillian Dahir, Minden

Reserve Champion Intermediate Showmanship: Madelyn Cink, Wesley

Champion Senior Showmanship: Attylissa Bailey, Hamilton

Reserve Champion Senior Showmanship: Hannah Dagel, Sibley

The Grand and Reserve Champion Market Broilers, along with 14 other livestock champions, will be auctioned in the prestigious Sale of Champions on Saturday, August 16, at 2 p.m. in the Penningroth Media Center of the Putney Family Cattle Barn. The event is sponsored by the Iowa Foundation for Agricultural Advancement, a non-profit organization established to encourage the pursuit of agriculture-related careers by Iowa's youth.

"Nothing Compares" to the 2014 Iowa State Fair, August 7-17. The Fairgrounds are located at East 30th and East University Avenue, just 10 minutes east of downtown Des Moines, and are open 7 a.m. to 1 a.m. each day of the Fair. Exhibit hours may vary. For more information, call 800/545-FAIR or visit iowastatefair.org.

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Ringling Bros. Built To Amaze: Habitat for Humanity Quad Cities Tool Drive PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Lindsey Lobur   
Thursday, 07 August 2014 16:02

What:Built To Amaze: Habitat for Humanity Quad Cities- Tool Collection Drive

When: Saturday, August 9, 2014

Where: iWireless Center, 1201 River Drive Moline, IL 61265

Why: This Saturday, August 9th, Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® show their support for local families by hosting a Tool Drive to benefit Habitat for Humanity Quad Cities in honor of Ringling Bros' upcoming show Built to Amaze! Together, they are collecting items that would "Build a Better Life" for Quad City families in need.

Needed Items:Hammers for building, work gloves, gardening tools, rakes, shovels, hoses, sprinklers and cash donations are welcome as well.

Ringling Bros. wants to say thank you for your donation by offering one free voucher (per family) to Friday, August 29 opening night performance of Built to Amaze! Donations are being collected at the iWireless Center on Saturday Aug. 9, from

10:00 am - 12:00 pm. The iWireless Center is located at 1201 River Drive in Moline.

Visit ringling.com to learn about the all new show - never before seen in the Quad Cities! For ticket information please see iwirelesscenter.com or ticketmaster.com.

Ringling Bros. Built to Amaze: Performance Schedule:

*No Discounts on VIP or Circus Celebrity Seating

*Tickets are $65 (Circus Celebrity), $32 (VIP), $19, and $14. All seats are reserved, and tickets are available at the iWireless Center box office, and by calling Ticketmaster at 800-745-3000.

 

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About Habitat for Humanity Quad Cities:Habitat for Humanity Quad Cities is a nonprofit Christian housing organization dedicated to eliminating poverty housing.  Habitat builds simple, decent, affordable housing for low income, working families.  Founded in 1993, HFHQC has made the dream of home ownership possible for 85 local families. Visit www.HabitatQC.org for more information.

 

About Feld Entertainment, Inc.: Feld Entertainment is the worldwide leader in producing and presenting live entertainment experiences that lift the human spirit and create indelible memories, with 30 million people in attendance at its shows each year. Feld Entertainment's productions have appeared in more than 55 countries on six continents and include Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey®, Feld Motor Sports, Disney On Ice, Disney Live! and Doodlebops Live!

 
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