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Treasurer Fitzgerald Auctioning Off One-of-A-Kind Gifts in Cyber Monday Auction PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Karen Austin   
Friday, 21 November 2014 13:34

DES MOINES, IA (11/20/2014)(readMedia)-- State Treasurer Michael L. Fitzgerald's upcoming eBay auction just might have that unique gift for someone special on your holiday list. "If you are still looking for a unique gift after you have done your Black Friday shopping, check out our eBay auction starting on Cyber Monday," Fitzgerald encouraged. "Many items are one-of-a-kind or collectibles that were turned over in unclaimed safe deposit boxes." Visit our Facebook page to get a sneak peek of the upcoming auction items.

The auction will begin on Cyber Monday, Dec 1, and will close on Dec 8. Some of the treasures in this online auction include a 1900 $5 Gold Liberty coin XF; 14 karat two-tone antique ladies' ring with eight single cut diamonds and one euro cut diamond; and a men's Hamilton pocket watch. All items included in the auction were reported to the state treasurer as unclaimed property by financial institutions across the state. The auction proceeds are held for the rightful owners until they come forward. Photos, letters and other personal memorabilia will not be included in the auction.

Unclaimed property refers to money and other assets held by financial institutions, businesses and other organizations that have lost contact with the owner for a specific period of time. Common forms of unclaimed property include checking and saving accounts, court deposits, stocks, dividends, life insurance policies, utility deposits, refunds, rebates, wages, and abandoned safe deposit boxes.

On the day of the auction, interested bidders may visit the state treasurer's eBay auction at


Governor Branstad congratulates Congressman-elect David Young on being named to the House Appropriations Committee PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Office of the Governor of the State of Iowa   
Friday, 21 November 2014 09:41

(DES MOINES) – Governor Terry E. Branstad today issued the following statement congratulating Congressman-elect David Young (IA-03) on his appointment to the United States House of Representatives Appropriations Committee:

“I’m pleased to congratulate David Young on being named to the United States House Appropriations Committee. With Congressman Tom Latham and Senator Tom Harkin departing Washington, D.C., after years of honorable service, which included service on the appropriations committees, Congressman-elect Young will ensure Iowa common sense remains on the committee that oversees federal spending.”


Taking the Stress Out of Moving to a Retirement Community – the Senior Star Way PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Christina L. Maggio-Kellerstrass   
Thursday, 20 November 2014 16:16

Company-wide initiative proves beneficial when faced with the daunting challenge of moving


DAVENPORT, IA (November 19, 2014) – Senior Star is pleased to announce a company-wide initiative designed to help reduce the stress of moving on both residents and their family members through a personalized moving assistance program.  The program provides information about issues to consider when making the decision to move, and a detailed account of the before, during and after process of moving into a retirement community.  The Quad Cities very own, Senior Star at Elmore Place, has had much success with this personalized outreach program and, as a result, has reduced much of the stress of moving for residents and their families.

“Many of our residents haven’t moved in 40 years and the stress of deciding what to bring and all of the particulars surrounding this decision can be very overwhelming, not to mention the many other details of handling a move,” said Marc Strohschein, executive director of Senior Star at Elmore Place.  “Our trained associates work with families in such a special and personal way and realize that moving from a longtime family home can bring a range of emotions.  Our job is to make this transition seamless and as easy as possible so residents can concentrate on the exciting things that await them in their new home at Senior Star.”

Once the decision is made to move to Senior Star, residents and families are partnered with an experienced, compassionate and detail-oriented move-in coordinator to handle all aspects of the move.  This includes a home visit or, if that is not possible, the use of a specialized computer program to help decide what will fit into the new home based on needs, interests, lifestyle and space.  The move-in coordinator’s role is designed to stay with residents and their families from beginning to end including working with the movers on moving day, all the way to planning a personal housewarming party.

“We do everything possible to make residents feel at home,” said Cara Joiner, one of Senior Star’s move-in coordinators.  “It may be as simple as making sure the newspaper is delivered to their new home or, more complex, helping them decide which treasured pieces to bring with them.”

This initiative has been a huge help to residents and families as they prepare for the transition of moving from a single- family home into a retirement community.  “Cara not only helped with the entire moving process for my mom, but she also made moving day more pleasurable.  And, she visits with mom on a regular basis to make sure she’s doing OK,” said Judy, daughter of a Senior Star resident.   Senior Star resident Joe also said, “Cara was there to help and answered all my many questions.  I felt at home overnight due to this wonderful staff.”

For more information about Senior Star at Elmore Place, to schedule a tour or meet Cara to discuss your potential moving needs, call 563.484.5114 or visit the web site 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


Loebsack Backed Legislation to Reform Child Care Program is Signed into Law PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Joe Hand   
Wednesday, 19 November 2014 16:27

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Dave Loebsack today joined a bipartisan group of leaders from the House and Senate at the White House for the bill signing ceremony for the Child Care and Development Block Grant Act (CCDBG). As Ranking Member of the House Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary and Secondary Education, Loebsack helped negotiate the final agreement, which will enhance transparency, strengthen health and safety protections, and improve the quality of child care for low-income families.

“Ensuring your child is safe and well cared for when you are not around is a concern for every parent. For low-income working families who are struggling to make ends meet, having someone to care for their children can mean the difference between finding a job or not,” said Loebsack. “The Child Care Development Block Grant provides a critical lifeline to families and allows them to work or attend school with the peace of mind knowing their children are safe and well cared for. This bipartisan legislation makes long needed updates and improvements to CCDBG that will promote healthy child development and enhance quality and safety. I am pleased that both Republicans and Democrats came together to help improve the lives of working families.”

The Child Care and Development Block Grant Act provides funds to states to help low-income families pay for child care while a parent works or is in an educational or job training program. The law has not been reauthorized since 1996.

The bipartisan, bicameral legislation includes reforms to:

·         Enhance parental choice by providing information about available care options from all providers, including faith-based and community-based providers, and allowing parents to choose the child care provider that best suits their family’s needs.

·         Strengthen safety in child care settings by requiring all providers to comply with state health, safety, and fire standards and undergo annual inspections.

·         Promote high quality child care by reserving funds at the state level to improve the quality of care provided to children, enhancing states’ ability to train providers and develop safer and more effective child care services.

The text of the bill is available here.


Governor Quinn Statement on the Installation of Archbishop Blase Cupich PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Katie Hickey   
Wednesday, 19 November 2014 09:02

CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today issued the following statement on the installation of Blase Cupich as archbishop of Chicago:

“Archbishop Cupich is a strong advocate for social justice. Like Pope Francis, he has a servant’s heart. He understands that everyone, regardless of their walk of life, deserves respect and support.

“I join the people of Illinois in thanking Cardinal Francis George for his dedication to the archdiocese and welcome Archbishop Cupich as he takes on this important new role.”


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