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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.”


Harkin Statement on the Keystone XL Pipeline PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Sen. Tom Harkin   
Tuesday, 18 November 2014 16:35

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) today delivered a speech on the Senate floor in advance of a vote on the approval of the Keystone XL Pipeline.

*As Prepared for Delivery*

“Mr. President, I oppose this legislation to approve construction of the Keystone XL pipeline. This is one more step in the wrong direction, one more capitulation to our fossil fuel habit, and one more accelerant for the global warming that threatens our children’s future.

“We have known that burning fossil fuels is bad for our air and water for well over 50 years. When we passed the Clean Air Act in 1970, and again when we strengthened it in 1990, we did so largely because of the harmful impacts of fossil fuels, because of the air pollution coming from burning fossil fuels in our power plants, our homes, our industrial facilities, and our vehicles. In those years, when we faced the clear evidence of widespread air pollution, we took strong actions. I remind you that those bills passed with bipartisan majorities of over 89 percent here in the Senate.

“We have known for over 30 years that burning fossil fuels increases carbon dioxide in our atmosphere. We have known for 20 years that those increases are likely to cause global warming and climate change. And for the last 10 years, we have had solid, overwhelming, incontrovertible evidence that the earth – both the continents and the oceans – is indeed warming. According to NOAA, the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration, 9 out of the earth’s 10 warmest years on record since 1880 have occurred in just the past 13 years, and 2014, is on track to become the warmest year of all since 1880.

“And in the face of this all of this evidence, what are we doing? We frequently find ourselves seeking to open new fossil fuel resources – or to expand production – and if that isn’t enough we are going to do it by increasing production from a notoriously dirty source, the tar sands of Canada.

“Mr. President, decreasing our use of fossil fuels is a monumental task. I recognize the very extensive role that energy resources, including fossil fuels, play in our lives – from easing my travel here this morning, to providing the lighting and heating and electronic services we’re using in this Senate chamber here and now, to enabling the construction of our cities and highways. But that is where we should be focusing on our energies – on reducing not increasing this reliance.

“But reducing fossil fuel dependence also creates a huge opportunity – and unlike building the pipeline it also offers major opportunities for creating new jobs. Proponents of the pipeline like to talk about the jobs it will create – and it will create a few jobs for a few years. But if instead of building the Keystone pipeline we committed to retrofit our buildings sector at an accelerated pace – to weatherizing our homes, our offices, and our schools and institutional buildings we would generate more and better jobs while also realizing low cost ways to actually reduce emissions.

“One study found that retrofitting residential and commercial buildings had the potential to reduce consumer demand by 30 percent by 2020 and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 1.1 gigatons each year – at a savings of $680 billion. A second study found that retrofits could save $1 trillion in energy spending over 10 years and reduce CO2 emissions by 600 million metric tons each year – that is fully ten percent of our emissions.

“And what would retrofitting do for jobs? According to the Rockefeller Foundation it could create 3.3 million new jobs. Far more than construction of one pipeline could ever hope to generate and jobs that would last more than a couple of years.

“We already know how investments in renewable energy pay off. Up until about 10 years ago, Iowa produced essentially no energy. All of the energy used in Iowa -- for farming, for heating and air conditioning and lighting our buildings, and for transportation – came from outside the state. Today, Iowa gets over 25 percent of its electricity from wind. Iowa offers a similar success story when it comes to transportation fuels. Because of our 12 biodiesel plants and our 42 ethanol biorefineries, Iowa now exports about as much liquid fuel as it consumes. And both the wind production and biobased industries have meant good jobs for the people of my state – jobs that will be around longer than it takes to lay some pipe.

“Mr. President, the Keystone XL pipeline is one more shortsighted effort to increase our reliance on fossil fuels. It is a sad excuse of a jobs project – particularly when we know the way to create more and better jobs while simultaneously reducing emissions and saving money. I call on my colleagues to join me in opposing this Keystone XL pipeline bill.”


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