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Convoy of Hope and Bass Pro Shops Partner to Bring Aid to Moore PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Katie Mitchell   
Tuesday, 28 May 2013 13:53

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (May 24, 2013) —Convoy of Hope and Bass Pro Shops partnered once again to bring aid to the survivors of Monday’s devastating EF-5 tornado in Moore, Okla.

“When we respond to disasters we are empowered to do so by trusted partners like Bass Pro Shops,” says Hal Donaldson, president and co-founder of Convoy of Hope, which, like Bass Pro Shops, is headquartered in Springfield, Mo. “Our partnership with Bass Pro Shops is long standing and valued by our entire team. They are a retailer known for excellent products but also for reaching out to communities that are hurting.”

Currently, Bass Pro Shops is shipping cases of water, batteries, headlamps, jerky and meals ready to eat to Moore.   The shipments will arrive at the Convoy of Hope point of distribution located at 8900 S. Shields Blvd. in Oklahoma City, Okla. on Friday, May 24 starting at 9 a.m.

Two years ago, Bass Pro Shops partnered with Convoy of Hope when the organization responded to the Joplin, Mo., tornado. In 2011 Johnny Morris, founder of Bass Pro Shops and his wife, Jeanie, received Convoy of Hope’s Legacy Award, which is given annually.

“Our partnership with Bass Pro Shops will impact the people of Moore in a tremendous way,” adds Donaldson.

About Convoy of Hope

Convoy of Hope, founded in 1994, has a long history as a first responder in times of natural disasters and has been a Four Star Charity as recognized by Charity Navigator for nine consecutive years. Convoy of Hope, a faith-based organization, has a driving passion to feed the world through children’s feeding initiatives, community outreaches, disaster response and partner resourcing. Learn more at or follow us on Facebook or Twitter.

Convoy of Hope:

Jeff Roman, 417-942-7570
Public Relations Desk
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Jeff Nene, 417-860-2196
National Spokesperson
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Bass Pro Shops Contact:
Katie Mitchell, 417-873-5618
Communications Manager

Loebsack Public Schedule for Memorial Day PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Joe Hand   
Friday, 24 May 2013 14:44

Speak at Rock Island National Cemetery Service


WHAT Congressman Dave Loebsack will join other elected officials, families and community members to honor veterans and those who made the ultimate sacrifice defending our nation

WHERE Rock Island Arsenal

National Cemetery

TIME 10:30am


Attend Trail Dedication Memorial Day Service


WHAT Congressman Dave Loebsack will attend the service to induct veterans into the Trail

WHERE East Overlook picnic area on the east side of the Coralville Dam

TIME 1:30pm


Rep. Smiddy-Sponsored Concealed Carry Bill Advances in Legislature PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Rep. Mike Smiddy   
Friday, 24 May 2013 14:40
SPRINGFIELD, IL – State Rep. Mike Smiddy (D-Hillsdale) issued the following statement after the

House passed concealed carry legislation on Friday:

“Passing concealed carry legislation in the Illinois House today is a monumental step forward

after years of deadlock and inaction in Springfield have denied citizens their basic rights. For

too long, Illinois has been the only state in the nation to bar citizens from the free and proper

exercise of their Second Amendment Constitutional rights. After today’s historic vote, Illinois is

finally within reach of becoming the last state in the nation to allow for the concealed carry of a

firearm and giving law-abiding, responsible gun owners the ability to defend themselves.

“Senate Bill 2193 is a ‘shall issue’ measure that protects the rights of law-abiding gun owners

to carry in the state of Illinois while preventing municipalities from enacting their own

burdensome restrictions. A disjointed state law not only would infringe on citizens’ rights, but

also force the burden of learning 208 towns’ guns laws on law-abiding, legally carrying citizens.

“The bill we passed today is an important step in the right direction to guarantee gun owners’

rights. Clearing the House with a veto-proof majority sends the message that my colleagues are

ready to respect the Second Amendment. I urge every Senator in this state to vote for this bill

and send it to the governor’s desk immediately.”

For more information, contact Smiddy’s office at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , (309) 848-9098, or

toll free at (855) 243-4988.


Gov. Branstad signs eight bills into law PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Tim Albrecht   
Friday, 24 May 2013 14:23

(DES MOINES) – Gov. Branstad today signed the following legislation into law:

House File 119: An Act relating to County Attorney duties when representing the Department of Human Services in juvenile court.

House File 586: An Act relating to the rulemaking process and state agency decision making.

House File 590: An Act relating to child abuse reporting, assessment procedures, and placement on the central registry for child abuse, and including effective date and applicability provisions.

House File 592: An Act relating to payments from the indigent defense fund by the State Public Defender.

House File 615: An Act relating to the innovation fund investment tax credit and including effective date and retroactive applicability provisions.

House File 632: An Act relating to the assessment of certain real estate used in the cultivation and production of algae, and including effective date and retroactive applicability provisions.

House File 641: An Act authorizing the establishment of reinvestment districts following approval of the Economic Development Authority Board, providing for the remittance of certain state sales tax revenues and certain state hotel and motel tax revenues to municipalities, establishing a state reinvestment district fund, and making appropriations.

House File 644: An Act relating to enhanced E911 emergency communication systems, and providing penalties.


Simon expands virtual legal clinic to Cairo PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Kara Beach   
Friday, 24 May 2013 14:01

Program provides legal consultation to domestic violence survivors

CARBONDALE – May 24, 2013. Lt. Governor Sheila Simon announced the expansion of her virtual legal clinic program to The Cairo Women’s Shelter today. The program connects survivors of domestic violence with lawyers for a free legal consultation using webcams and high-speed Internet technology.

Simon’s virtual legal clinic program connects domestic violence survivors at local shelters in underserved areas with attorneys across Illinois that specialize in family law for a single, free consultation. Legal topics for consultation include child custody and visitation, marriage and divorce, elder abuse, immigration and property issues.

“The virtual legal clinics are a confidential, effective way to help domestic violence survivors ensure their safety and the safety of their families,” said Simon, a former prosecutor and founder of the domestic violence clinic at Southern Illinois University School of Law. “The legal system can seem overwhelming, but this service helps survivors take the next step toward safety and stability.”

The Cairo Women’s Shelter serves Alexander, Massac, Pulaski and Union counties and sees approximately 400 survivors every year. This is the third center in Illinois to use the virtual legal clinic program, joining centers in Peoria and Jacksonville.

“We’re thrilled to be part of the virtual legal clinic and to offer this free legal consultation to our clients,” said Jeannine Woods, executive director of the Cairo Women’s Shelter. “This will help survivors understand the important legal rights they have.”

Nationally, one in four women has experienced domestic violence in her lifetime, and in Illinois, nearly 40 percent of women will experience domestic violence by an intimate partner. However, there are 47 counties in Illinois with no attorneys practicing family law. An additional 33 counties have five or fewer attorneys practicing family law.

“The virtual legal clinics are a bridge between a survivor being in an immediate crisis and beginning to make a plan to move forward in a safe way,” said Vickie Smith, executive director of the Illinois Coalition Against Domestic Violence (ICADV). “Through the virtual legal clinic, we have found that just one hour of time with a licensed attorney can significantly increase a victim’s understanding and clarity of their rights and responsibilities resolving legal issues.”

The project was developed by Simon’s staff, in consultation with the ICADV, with plans to continue expansion to northern Illinois this fall.

“At the time of the consultation, my first client was involved in a legal battle and was fearful because she didn’t understand what was happening,” said Sandra Quello Chiz, an attorney who consults with clients from her Manteno office. “Not only did I explain to my client what was happening legally, but I was able to point her in the direction of other resources, too. The virtual legal clinic is the best idea I’ve heard in a long time, and I wish we could expand it faster.”


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