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Governor Quinn Signs Law to Protect Survivors of Domestic Violence PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Katie Hickey   
Friday, 22 August 2014 14:42

“Diane’s Law” Expands Monitoring of Domestic Abusers Released on Bail

CHICAGO – Governor Quinn today signed legislation to protect survivors of domestic violence. “Diane’s Law” allows the courts to order risk assessment and electronic surveillance of those charged with domestic abuse in order to increase protections for victims of domestic violence. Today’s action is part of the Governor's agenda to improve public safety across Illinois.

“We need to help protect victims and prevent future tragedies from occurring,” Governor Quinn said. “The tragic loss of Diane Kephart’s purposeful life left us with further proof that something had to be done to strengthen protection orders. Diane’s Law will help our law enforcement authorities enforce restraining orders and increase penalties for those who commit domestic violence.”

Diane’s Law was written following the murder of Diane Kephart by a former boyfriend on March 15, 2013. Diane was murdered three days after renewing her protective order against an ex-boyfriend.

“I think of mom every day and wonder how much different life could have been if this bill was around a year and a half ago,” Jamie Kephart, daughter of Diane Kephart, said. “I pray that it helps protect victims affected by domestic violence the way it is intended to do. I am so grateful the community recognized the necessity for Diane's Law.”

House Bill 3744, sponsored by State Representative Barbara Wheeler (R-Crystal Lake) and State Senator Pamela Althoff (R-McHenry), allows the court to order individuals charged with intimate partner abuse including domestic battery, kidnapping, stalking, harassment and attempted murder to undergo a risk assessment evaluation as a condition of bail. The court may also require GPS monitoring of the defendant to help monitor and enforce restraining orders. The new law is effective Jan. 1, 2015.

"Hopefully this legislation will contribute towards keeping the victims of domestic violence safer in the future," said Representative Wheeler. "This measure will be an added tool in the hands of the justice system to protect those potentially in harm’s way."

“In the case of Diane Kephart a protective order was not enough to prevent the tragedy that unfolded,”  Senator Althoff said. “This law goes beyond an order of protection and focuses on prevention by ensuring that a person charged with violent crimes is properly monitored by law enforcement.”

Governor Quinn has supported and signed numerous initiatives to address domestic violence and protect its victims. He signed several laws in 2013 to address domestic violence and teen dating violence in Illinois, including: House Bill 958, which increases the penalties for domestic violence by classifying domestic violence as a felony if the defendant has a prior domestic violence conviction; House Bill 3379, which requires school boards to adopt a policy on teen dating violence; and House Bill 3300, which protects domestic violence victims who are covered by their abusers’ insurance policies. The law allows insurance companies to communicate with the victims in ways that do not divulge personal information or current addresses to their abusers.

The Governor also signed legislation in 2012 to allow prosecutors to use prior domestic violence offenses as evidence in first- and second-degree murder cases involving domestic violence. He has supported initiatives and laws that prevent discrimination against individuals taking out orders of protection and providing time off from work for victims to help them address issues relating to domestic violence.


Surprise in Store for Local Hy-Vee Employee PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Tara Deering-Hansen   
Friday, 22 August 2014 14:36

Bettendorf Hy-Vee Employee to Receive Company’s Highest Customer Service Honor 


BETTENDORF, Iowa (Aug. 21, 2014) — The Bettendorf Hy-Vee will be the scene of a surprise announcement Friday when it’s revealed that one of the store’s employees has been named a 2014 Hy-Vee Legendary Customer Service Award recipient.

This award is the highest honor presented to a Hy-Vee employee. It recognizes those who go above and beyond every day to help customers and provide them with exemplary service. Only 10 recipients are selected each year from among more than 70,000 Hy-Vee employees. Winners enter the Hy-Vee Legendary Customer Service Hall of Fame and receive additional gifts and honors.

Tim Cernin, assistant vice president of operations for Hy-Vee’s eastern district, will reveal the name of the honored employee in an impromptu ceremony in front of customers and employees at 4 p.m. He will be assisted by Steve Mokosak, the store director, and representatives from Hy-Vee’s corporate office.

WHAT:                 Announcement of 2014 Hy-Vee Legendary Customer Service Award Recipient


WHEN:                 Friday, Aug. 22 at 4 p.m.


WHERE:               Hy-Vee, 2900 Devils Glen Road, Bettendorf, Iowa

How to Avoid Fumbling the Football in the Red Zone of Retirement PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ginny Grimsley   
Friday, 22 August 2014 09:03
The 6 Documents You Need for Your Estate Plan Playbook

The start of football season may be months away, but the game’s on the minds of many after the NFL draft. Minicamps are gearing up and team personnel are organizing in preparation for the 2014-15 season.

Football is a big deal in the United States – and so is the surge of retirees – 10,000 baby boomers every day for the next 18 years, says multi-certified planner Larry Roby. The last thing pre-retirees want to do at this stage of their lives is to fumble while in the red zone of their retirement date, he says.

“Only 23 percent of pre-retirees have calculated how much they’ll need to save for retirement, according to New Retirement Landscape; while three-quarters say they’re confident in the red zone of retirement, an equal amount of people haven’t even done the math yet!” says Roby, founder and president of Senior Financial Advisors, (, a wealth-management firm that holds ethics and education as top priorities.

“Confidence in your retirement portfolio is good – if it’s justified. Otherwise, it can lull people into a false sense of security and lack of preparedness.”

Having a diverse portfolio and understanding your options for life insurance, Social Security and 401(k) or other retirement accounts are staples for retirement planning. But there are also six crucial documents that are often either not in an individual’s playbook or are overlooked.

Here are the six documents you need for a solid red zone estate plan:

•  Joint Ownership -- Enables you to own property jointly with another person and upon the death of the joint tenant, the surviving joint tenant automatically becomes the owner of the property.

•  Last Will and Testament – A legal document which expresses the wishes of a person concerning the disposition of their property after death and names the person who will manage the estate.

•  Durable Power of Attorney – Grants authority to another individual to act on behalf of the person who executes the instrument and are commonly used for legal and financial purposes.

•  Durable Health Care Power of Attorney- Grants authority to another individual to make health care decisions on your behalf should you be unable to make such decisions.

•  Advance Care Directive – A set of written instructions in which a person specifies what actions should be taken for their health, if they are no longer able to make decisions due to illness or incapacity.

•  Living Trust – Created during your lifetime.  Assets are transferred to the trust while you are alive.  Provides written instructions for the disbursement of the trust assets upon your death.

“These documents can play a vital role in the major plays during the fourth quarter of your life,” Roby says. “Understanding how they work now can make the difference between a last-minute victory or loss.”

About Larry Roby

Larry Roby is the founder and president of Senior Financial Advisors, ( He is a four-year member of the Million Dollar Round Table and has achieved “Court of the Table” status for the past three years. Roby attained his Series 65 license, which allows him to serve as an Investment Advisor Representative. He is also a Registered Financial Consultant,; RICP, Retirement Income Certified Professional; Licensed Insurance Agent and MCEP, Master Certified Estate Planner –

The National Parenting Center releases the Fall 2014 Seal of Approval Report PDF Print E-mail
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Written by D. Gaynes   
Wednesday, 20 August 2014 13:57

WEDNESDAY- August 20, 2014 - The National Parenting Center has released its 24th annual Fall Seal of Approval report.  The second report of 2014 follows two months of consumer testing by parents and children at The National Parenting Center's test centers.  A recent independent survey indicated that nearly 60% of mothers rely on awards such as the Seal of Approval when making final purchase decisions for their children.  As such, recognition from The National Parenting Center has become a significant bellwether for retail and online buyers as to which products will ultimately succeed in connecting with consumers.  Perhaps that is why Amazon has elected to identify all Seal of Approval winners on their product pages (to see a sample click here)

TNPC's 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 levels 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, TNPC.COM, offers visitors free access to hundreds of articles on parenting issues as well as Seal of Approval reviews.

News and Results from the 2014 Iowa State Fair XIV PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Lori Chappell   
Wednesday, 20 August 2014 13:47

Quarter Horses Win Big at Iowa State Fair Competition

DES MOINES, IA (08/20/2014)(readMedia)-- Winners in more than 70 classes of competition were named on Sunday in the 2014 Iowa State Fair Quarter Horse Show.

The Iowa State Fair Quarter Horse Show was a double-judged show. In such a show, the use of two judges, independent of one another, takes place. Thus, two sets of results are produced with two full sets of American Quarter Horse Association points being awarded.

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Miniature Horses Impress Judges at Iowa State Fair

DES MOINES, IA (08/20/2014)(readMedia)-- The 2014 Iowa State Fair Miniature Horse show was judged August 10 through 12.

The show was double-judged, meaning two judges independently evaluated each class resulting in two sets of placements for each.

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Exhibitors Awarded for Top Poultry at Iowa State Fair

DES MOINES, IA (08/20/2014)(readMedia)-- Exhibitors from across the Midwest brought their finest birds to the Poultry Show judged Tuesday at the 2014 Iowa State Fair.

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