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Simon to speak at summit of first responders PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ken Lowe   
Tuesday, 18 November 2014 16:32

Lt. Governor will address challenges to rural ambulance service


SPRINGFIELD — Lt. Governor Sheila Simon will address emergency medical service providers and local stakeholders Wednesday at the second annual Illinois EMS Summit.

The summit brings together first responders, medical service organizations and local officials for workshops and panel discussions about the recruitment and funding challenges facing ambulance services in rural Illinois.

Simon was among those who called for the summit’s creation. As chair of the Governor’s Rural Affairs Council, Simon has advised the General Assembly on improvements to EMS in rural communities.


DATE: Wednesday, Nov. 19

TIME: 12:45 p.m.

LOCATION: Northfield Inn, Suites & Conference Center, 3280 Northfield Drive, Springfield


Change in Leadership for Iowa’s Premier Gun Rights Group PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Kurt Liske   
Tuesday, 18 November 2014 15:36
Barry Snell follows Jeff Burkett as IFC President
There’s been a change in leadership within the Iowa Firearms Coalition. Jeff Burkett has retired from his
position as president of the organization. Burkett is being succeeded by Communications Director Barry
Snell. Burkett will join the IFC Board of Directors where he will remain active with organization.
Burkett has been with the organization since 2008 and has served as president since 2011. He’s played a
key role in many major projects, including: changing Iowa’s Concealed Weapons Permitting system from
May Issue to Shall Issue, the creation of a Dove Hunting season, and fighting off proposed weapons bans
in several Iowa communities.
Barry Snell has served as Communications Director for the Iowa Firearms Coalition since early 2014. A
lifelong shooter, Snell’s professional experience includes a political science degree from Iowa State,
legislative work in the Iowa Capitol, and public service in both Iowa law enforcement and the US Army.

Snell and Burkett have already coordinated on many projects, and the change in leadership will not have
any effect on day to day operations.
Iowa Firearms Coalition is an entirely volunteer, grassroots, 2nd Amendment advocacy group. Responsible
for bringing uniformity to Iowa’s Concealed Weapons Permitting process, IFC’s members work to protect
and enhance 2nd Amendment rights in Iowa. An affiliate of the National Rifle Association, the IFC actively
seeks to foster and promote the shooting sports.

2014 Holiday Seal of Approval Winners Announced - The National Parenting Center PDF Print E-mail
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Written by David Gaynes   
Tuesday, 18 November 2014 10:09
MONDAY - NOVEMBER 17, 2014 - The National Parenting Center has released its 24th annual Holiday Seal of Approval report.  The final report of 2014 follows two months of consumer testing by parents and children at The National Parenting Center's test centers.  Parents can read reviews of all the award winning products from this and all three 2014 testing periods, Spring & Fall as well, at They can also find TNPC on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and keep up with our posts on Pinterest
The Seal of Approval evaluative process gauges consumer reaction to products currently being marketed to both parents and their children such as toys, games, books, videos, websites, educational products, etc.  Each is reviewed on a variety of factors including, but not limited to, price, packaging, design, stimulation, desirability, age appropriateness, instructions and more.  TNPC's Seal of Approval is ultimately a peer-to-peer review program to recognize and highlight products and services that have been met with a "thumbs up" by parents.

Since 1989, The National Parenting Center has established itself as North America's leading parent advocacy organization.  TNPC offers advice and information to parents on issues that range from pregnancy through adolescence.  The National Parenting Center's home page, offers visitors free access to hundreds of articles on parenting issues as well as Seal of Approval reviews.  

To schedule interviews with the president of The National Parenting Center, David Katzner, please contact TNPC's Media division 818-225-8990 x-252.  For electronic images (like the sample ones included here) and/or the official PDF report of the entire Holiday Report which features all the reviews of the winning products, please submit your request via email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Governor Quinn Statement on Passing of Former Chicago Mayor Jane Byrne PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Katie Hickey   
Monday, 17 November 2014 16:02

CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today made the following statement on the passing of former Chicago Mayor Jane Byrne:

“Jane Byrne leaves a legacy of tireless service to Chicago that will never be forgotten.

“Her work on behalf of the city’s children and underserved communities has meant thousands of Chicago citizens are better off today because of Jane’s heartfelt dedication.

“The city’s first and only female mayor, Jane Byrne was a barrier breaker and a role model for countless women who had stared too long through the glass ceiling.

“She brought transparency to the city budget process, was Chicago’s first mayor to march in the Gay Pride Parade and was the nation’s first big-city mayor to successfully enact a ban on handguns.

“Renaming the Circle Interchange in honor of the former mayor has rightfully placed Jane Byrne among the city’s iconic leaders.

“Jane Byrne was a fearless trailblazer who has made our state a better place. She will be missed. Our thoughts are with her daughter Kathy, grandson William and their entire family today.”


U.S. Postal Service is poised to make devastating cuts in service PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Lance Coles   
Monday, 17 November 2014 11:09

DATELINE -- Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe and the USPS Board of Governors, the board that oversees the U.S. Postal Service, are poised to make devastating cuts in service to the American people – cuts so severe that they would forever damage the U.S. Postal Service.

·       On Jan. 5, the USPS is slated to lower “service standards” to virtually eliminate overnight delivery – including first-class mail from one address to another within the same city or town.

·       All mail (medicine, online purchases, local newspapers, newsletters of religious organizations, bill payments, letters and invitations) throughout the country would be delayed.

·       Our entire community would lose business opportunities associated with ecommerce, which relies on the speedy delivery of goods ordered online.

·       Beginning Jan. 5, 82 Mail Processing & Distribution Centers are scheduled to close.



The cuts would cause hardships for the public and small businesses, eliminate jobs, and destroy the world’s most efficient and affordable delivery network by driving away mail and revenue. They are part of the same flawed strategy that’s behind efforts to end Saturday and door-to-door deliveries, cut back post office hours, and make other reductions in mail service.

The travesty is that the cuts are absolutely unnecessary – because postal operations are profitable. The Postal Service, which isn’t funded by taxpayers, has earned an operating profit so far this year of more than $1 billion. For four years running, its finances have been improving.

And, while revenue from First Class Mail has been declining, package delivery, largely due to the growth of e-commerce has been rapidly expanding.

There is red ink, but it stems from political interference, not from the mail. In 2006, a lame-duck Congress mandated that the Postal Service pre-fund future retiree health benefits 75 years in advance – something no other public agency or private firm is required to do. That costs the Postal Service $5.6 billion a year – and that’s the red ink.

Fifty-one senators and 160 House members have called for a one-year moratorium on the reduction in service and the closure of the mail processing centers to allow Congress time to enact postal legislation that would improve, not degrade, postal service. The Postmaster General and USPS Board of Governors should honor their request.

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