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Governor Quinn Statement on the Occasion of Eid al-Adha PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Dave Blanchette   
Tuesday, 07 October 2014 09:11
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today issued the following statement on the occasion of Eid al-Adha:

“Eid al-Adha – the ‘Festival of Sacrifice’ – is a holiday during which we share with those who are hungry, sick or in need.

“During this special time, we are reminded that sacrifice and compassion are two qualities necessary to make the world a better place and assure no one is left behind.

“In the spirit of humility and warmth, I wish Illinois’ 500,000 Muslim residents and Muslims around the world a blessed Eid.”

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Governor Quinn Announces Major Investments in Conservation and Illinois State Parks PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Katie Hickey   
Tuesday, 07 October 2014 08:45

Announces Expansion at Starved Rock State Park, Land Acquisitions and $6.5 Million in State Park Capital Projects

OGLESBY – Governor Pat Quinn today announced the acquisition of a 51-acre parcel of land adjacent to Starved Rock State Park that will provide additional wildlife space and serve as a buffer to protect the park. The Governor also announced wildlife habitat land acquisition in Edgar, Woodford and Jackson Counties and improvement projects at state parks operated by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR). Today’s announcement is part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to protect our natural areas and expand outdoor activities for the people of Illinois.

“Starved Rock State Park is one of our most beautiful natural areas, and this property acquisition will protect the land we have while increasing the space available for state park users to enjoy,” Governor Quinn said. “In addition, the investments in central, eastern and southern Illinois will greatly expand wildlife habitat in these regions and ensure that generations to come will be able to enjoy Illinois’ great outdoors.”

The recently acquired property at Starved Rock State Park is 51.47 acres with steep bluffs and ravines located adjacent to a dedicated nature preserve. The property formerly included a campground area, but most of the campsite facilities were removed prior to acquisition. The property was purchased from a private estate for the appraised value of $900,000 using Open Land Trust funds. In addition to providing additional recreational activities at Starved Rock, this site will provide protection against incompatible future development.

Governor Quinn also announced today that IDNR has acquired 121 acres from Pheasants Forever to expand public hunting opportunities in Edgar County. The new parcel is contiguous to the northern boundary of the 87-acre Willow Creek State Habitat Area near Paris. The acquisition more than doubles the hunting acreage available at the site. The property will be managed for pheasant hunting, other wildlife species and additional recreational activities. IDNR purchased the land using $300,000 from Open Land Trust Funds and $22,000 from the State Pheasant Fund.

“Strong partnerships, like the one we enjoy with Pheasants Forever, allow the IDNR to better carry out its mission of improving outdoor recreational opportunities,” IDNR Director Marc Miller said. “Groups like Pheasants Forever can move quickly when land becomes available. By doing so, they play a key role in efforts to expand habitat and hunting opportunities to meet a growing need.”

IDNR is acquiring Jenkins Marsh, a 242 acre parcel of land adjacent to the Woodford County State Conservation Area in Woodford County. IDNR currently owns 5,425 acres at this location in Woodford, Tazewell and Peoria counties. The new acquisition will expand the Woodford State Fish and Wildlife Area and provide additional space for hunting and recreational opportunities. IDNR will work with USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service and Ducks Unlimited to develop a wetland restoration and management plan. IDNR will close on the land by the end of the year, using $885,000 from the Open Land Trust Funds.

Governor Quinn also noted that IDNR and CONSOL Mining Company LLC, a subsidiary of CONSOL Energy, Inc., have announced a contract to purchase 4,400 acres of contiguous wildlife habitat. The property, known as Burning Star Mine #5, is located seven miles north of Carbondale. The parcel is bordered by U.S. 51 on the west and Illinois 149 on the south. Completion of this transaction is subject to a number of customary conditions, and accordingly, a closing date for the sale has not yet been set.

“Large blocks of wildlife habitat are increasingly rare in Illinois, and that is why it is so important for the Department of Natural Resources to pursue the purchase of this property,” Director Miller said. “The Burning Star #5 property also is a premiere example of mine reclamation, and now has the potential to provide recreational opportunities for years to come.”

The property contains floodplain forest along the Little Muddy River, deep-water lakes and ponds, and leased farm ground that could eventually be restored to grassland habitat. The site should produce outstanding hunting opportunities for waterfowl, deer, turkey and upland game, plus trapping, fishing, hiking, limited camping and wildlife observation.

During its peak years of production, the Burning Star #5 Mine employed 337 people and produced 2.8 million tons of coal annually. The mine closed in 1992 and reclamation began.  CONSOL Energy met all state and federal standards for mine reclamation and was released from final reclamation obligations in 2004.

"Governor Quinn's commitment to acquiring land for public recreation and environmental conservation will have a positive impact on Illinois and its citizens for generations to come," Jennifer Walling, Executive Director of the Illinois Environmental Council said.

In addition to these land acquisitions, Governor Quinn announced $6,527,000 in improvement projects at state parks throughout Illinois to maintain their infrastructure and make them easier for visitors to use. The funding comes from the Governor’s Illinois Jobs Now! capital construction program. The projects include:

Cook County, Chicago

  • William W. Powers, playground replacement, $53,000

DeKalb County, Shabbona

  • Shabbona, campground electric, $501,000

Grundy County, Morris

  • I&M Canal, trail segment rehabilitation phase 1, $289,000

Jersey County

  • Grafton: Pere Marquette, bike trail rehabilitation, $1,258,000
  • Grafton:  Pere Marquette, lodge renovations, $1,479,000

Kankakee County

  • Kankakee River, playground replacement, $179,000

LaSalle County

  • Oglesby: Starved Rock, Trail rehabilitation phase 5, $1,405,000
  • Oglesby: Starved Rock, campground electrics, $591,000
  • Oglesby: Starved Rock, playground safety replacement, $105,000

Winnebago County

  • Rock cut, campground water, sewer, and electric rehabilitation, $667,000
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Gov. Terry Branstad, First Lady Chris Branstad & Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds launch bullying prevention listening tour PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Office of the Governor of the State of Iowa   
Monday, 06 October 2014 09:55
Listening tour stops scheduled in Marshall and Linn counties this week

(DES MOINES) – Gov. Terry Branstad, First Lady Chris Branstad and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds will visit two Iowa school districts this week while continuing to learn more about what Iowa schools are doing to deal with bullying and what steps Iowans would like the state to take next.

Better addressing the problem of bullying in schools has been a top priority of the Branstad-Reynolds Administration. Their work has included two statewide bullying prevention summits in Des Moines, which each drew an audience of more than 1,000, including many students from across the state. They’ve also proposed legislation to give schools clear discretion to respond to cyberbullying that occurs away from school but seriously interferes with a student’s education at school, as well as requiring parents to be notified if their child is the target of bullying.

Fifty-seven percent of sixth-, eighth- and 11th-graders reported being bullied at school in some way in the past 30 days, according to the 2012 Iowa Youth Survey. That was up from 50 percent in the 2010 Iowa Youth survey.

The listening tour meetings are open to the public. They will include a panel discussion with students, educators and others as well as time for audience comments and questions.

The following bullying prevention listening tour stops are open to the public and media:

 

Monday, October 6, 2014

1:30 p.m. Gov. Branstad, First Lady Mrs. Chris Branstad and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds hold Linn County bullying prevention listening tour event

North Linn Junior/Senior High School - Gymnasium

3033 Lynx Drive

Troy Mills, IA

 

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

10:30 a.m. Gov. Branstad, First Lady Mrs. Chris Branstad and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds hold Marshall County bullying prevention listening tour event

Orpheum Theater

220 E. Main Street

Marshalltown, IA

 

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WACOAL HOSTS FIT FOR THE CURE® EVENT TO HELP FIGHT BREAST CANCER PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Hannah Rood   
Monday, 06 October 2014 08:30

--Free bra fittings to help women look good, and do good--

WHAT: Join Wacoal in its mission to help end breast cancer with Fit for the Cure®!  Participate in a Fit for the Cure event and receive a complimentary bra fitting from a Wacoal fit specialist. For every woman that participates, Wacoal will donate $2 to Susan G. Komen® for breast cancer research and community health programs. Wacoal will also donate an additional $2 for every Wacoal bra, shapewear piece or b.tempt’d bra purchased at these events.

For nearly 15 years, Wacoal has swept the nation educating and fitting more than 604,000 women across 411 cities about the importance of bra fit, foundation and overall breast health. To date, through Fit for the Cure, Wacoal has donated nearly $4 million to Susan G. Komen.

During the month of October, Wacoal will also donate $2 to Susan G. Komen for each item purchased from the Embrace Lace collection in support of Breast Cancer Awareness (BCA) month. Supporters will receive a free gift with the purchase of $80 or more from the Wacoal Embrace Lace collection.

This year, Wacoal also offers an exclusive limited edition silver strap to provide further support to women in need, through a partnership with Hollye Jacobs, award-winning blogger, breast cancer survivor and author of New York Times best-seller The Silver Lining: A Supportive and Insightful Guide to Breast Cancer. All proceeds from sales of the silver strap will go to provide copies of the book to women going through treatment in communities across the country.

WHY: Research shows that 8 out of 10 women are wearing the wrong sized bra. Women should be professionally fitted for a bra once a year to ensure their bra size has not changed as a result of fluctuations in their body.

Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in American women and accounts for 26% of all cancers among women.  Conducting monthly breast self-examination is an important way to detect abnormalities at an early stage. Take 15 minutes to meet with a Wacoal fit expert while contributing to an important cause and sign up for a monthly reminder e-mail that could ultimately save your life.

WHEN: Friday, October 10, 2014

10am – 4pm

Dillards – Northpark Mall

320 W Kimberly Rd.

Davenport, IA

(563) 388 - 7954

 
Senior Star at Elmore Place Hosts Lunch-and-Learn Events About Retirement Living ~ October 7 and October 22 ~ All Welcome PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Christina L. Maggio-Kellerstrass   
Friday, 03 October 2014 14:42

Attendees will understand the many benefits of retirement living and making the decision to move before winter

 

DAVENPORT, IA (October 3, 2014) – Senior Star at Elmore Place will host two lunch-and-learn events for seniors who may be considering a move to a retirement community before winter, accompanied by all its hassles of snow removal and safety issues, comes.  Lunch-and-learns will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on October 7 and October 22 at 4500 Elmore Avenue in Davenport.

Attendees can expect to learn about:

·       How to begin the conversation about moving into a retirement community

·       Understanding what is involved in the decision-making process

·       Having open discussions regarding moving logistics

·       Ensuring careful planning

·       Finding excellent resources

·       How seniors and their families have benefitted from a move into a retirement community

“The associates at Senior Star at Elmore Place realize that moving is a very big decision for seniors to consider, but it doesn’t have to be overwhelming.  We will provide information to make this new home exploration a positive experience,” said Marc Strohschein, executive director for Senior Star at Elmore Place.  “Discussions will include a variety of aspects about moving into a retirement community.  We hope our Quad City neighbors and friends will take advantage of these October events.”

Seniors and their family members are welcome to attend together.  Please RSVP no later than one day prior to the event you would like to attend by calling 563.484.5114.  If you prefer to have a personal lunch, tour and discussion, please call 563.484.5114 to schedule a time convenient for you and your family.

For more information about Senior Star at Elmore Place, please call 563.484.5114 or visit the website at www.seniorstar.com.

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 www.seniorstar.com.

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