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Governor Quinn’s Trade Mission to Mexico Strengthens Illinois Water Technology Firms PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Erin Wilson   
Friday, 05 April 2013 10:06

Illinois Businesses Global Leaders in Water Tech; Helping Mexico City Face Tremendous Clean Water Challenges

MEXICO CITY – Governor Pat Quinn today held a meeting with key leaders to promote water technology firms from Illinois, businesses that are uniquely qualified to assist Mexico with its clean water challenges. The governor is currently on a trade mission to Mexico – part of his agenda to drive Illinois’ economy forward and create jobs.

“Illinois is striving to lead the nation and world in clean technology and environmental innovation, especially when it comes to clean water,” Governor Quinn said. “There are currently more than 100 water technology companies in Illinois, and these firms are positioned to offer expertise on a global scale and sell their products and services abroad. Illinois will take full advantage of opportunities for water technology growth in Mexico while helping the neighboring nation deal with its clean water challenges.”

Governor Quinn today met Mexico City Mayor Miguel Mancera, two governors and representatives of the Mexican National Water Commission (CONAGUA) to specifically discuss water treatment and how Illinois can help. One of the world’s largest metropolitan areas, Mexico City faces tremendous challenges accessing clean water. These challenges include decreased groundwater, overexploitation, land subsidence, risk of major flooding, poor water quality, inefficient water use, wastewater treatment and the reuse of wastewater in agriculture. The security of the city’s water supply and stormwater drainage in the metropolitan area are major concerns for all levels of government.

The Mexican market for water technologies is estimated to grow three percent during 2013. United States exports in this area are also expected to increase three percent this year. Illinois firms that can take advantage of this heightened Mexican demand include: In-Pipe Technology Company of Wood Dale, which provides engineered wastewater treatment technology and services that meet the challenges facing today's municipalities; Elan Technologies of New Lenox, an innovator in open channel flow measurement and monitoring; Grundfos of Aurora, a global leader in advanced pump solutions and a trendsetter in water technology; and Nalco of Springfield, which develops technologies that either prolong water’s usability in closed systems, prepare water for reuse rather than discharge or redirect the water into an application with different requirements.

Known by its Spanish acronym, CONAGUA is the federal agency responsible for the maintenance of the country’s potable and municipal wastewater infrastructure. Mexico contains a total of 2,400 municipal water utilities, 713 potable water treatment plants and 102,548 miles of pipeline to distribute potable water to urban and rural areas. CONAGUA estimates that 90 percent of the total Mexican population of 108 million has access to running water. As in most countries, the Mexican water business remains somewhat localized, but is opening up to global competition.

In response to Mexico City’s water challenges, Mexico initiated a $2.8 billion Water Sustainability Program which includes water conservation as an important element. Investments envisioned under the plan include an increase in wastewater treatment, the importation of groundwater from irrigated areas north of the city, the construction of a major new stormwater drainage tunnel, increased water imports from an expansion of the energy-intensive Cutzamala system and better water allocation methods.

Last year Governor Quinn launched the $1 billion Illinois Clean Water Initiative to help local governments overhaul aging drinking water and wastewater treatment plants and pipes while creating more than 28,000 jobs. The initiative will help ensure that residents will have access to safe drinking water and that our environment will remain protected.

The Mexico trade mission is the latest by Governor Quinn as he seeks to promote Illinois to an international audience. Past missions include China and Japan in 2011, and Canada and Brazil in 2012.

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How to Turn Chaos into Control After the Death of a Loved One PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ginny Grimsley   
Friday, 05 April 2013 10:05
Expert Offers 4 Tips for Getting Your Affairs
in Order in the Immediate Aftermath

Serial entrepreneur Susan Alpert captured the good life with her husband of 46 years, Larry. She had a great family and a successful career, including running several multimillion dollar companies.

“After a fairy-tale wedding, we lived ‘happily ever after’ – as happy as real-life gets –except, of course, that’s not really the end of the story,” says Alpert, author of “Driving Solo,” (www.susanalpertconsulting.com). “Ten months after my husband was diagnosed with leukemia, I lost him – along with my passion and ability to focus on a purpose for living.”

She was overwhelmed with the amount of financial, legal, civic and personal paper work necessary for settling the present and for planning the future. For two years, Alpert says, she was a shell of the happy person she used to be. Despite her business savvy, she had initially experienced major difficulty in navigating her personal finances.

“I sat with a cosmic void in me which I had no idea how to fill; then, it suddenly came to me,” she says. “What does one do to handle the practical aspects of settling the estate after the loss of a loved one? Who do you notify and when? What papers do you need to file, and which documents do you need to amend? How do you untangle the pieces, and what do you do with them once there’s some order? How do you tend to business when you’re in a fog of grief?”

Each year, approximately 1.2 million Americans lose their spouses. Alpert decided she would help these survivors. She offers these tips for handling the immediate aftermath of a spouse’s death.

• Define your workspace. Establish a workplace where you will deal with the paperwork, phone calls, etc. If you have an office or guest room, either is a good choice. Do not use your living room, kitchen or bedroom – the places where you live. Your work space will be focused on the past, and your living space should be devoted to the present. Supply your workspace with stamps and envelopes, stapler, paper clips, file cabinet, etc.

• Keep a contact binder near your telephone to record the dates, names, numbers, and relevant notes regarding all phone conversations. This contact book is an essential resource that you will use often, and a great time-saver. This chronological listing makes it easy to identify at a glance with whom you spoke and when. Dedicate this binder to matters pertaining solely to the business aspects of your loss.

•  Non-family notifications to make immediately: You will need to notify your lawyer, accountant, financial advisor, banking institutions and the Social Security Administration to advise them of the situation. Keep records of your calls in your contact binder. Make certain you ask what you must do to follow through. Have them repeat it. When possible, get it in writing. An e-mail or fax is as good as a hard copy.

• Keep your receipts!: While it may be the farthest thing from your mind now, many of the expenses associated with this process can be reimbursed via the estate or itemized and deducted on your tax return. These include costs associated with documentation (e.g., photocopying, postage, and mileage) as well as records and receipts relating to funeral expenses. Later, you can check with your legal and tax advisors for current rules and regulations, and to discuss whether you qualify for these write-offs.

About Susan Alpert

Susan Alpert is the creator of Chaos to Control, a program through which she coaches the bereaved on business aspects of death and other major life changes. Alpert – a successful businesswoman, educator and serial entrepreneur who has run several multimillion dollar companies – created the program after losing her husband of 46 years. Alpert is the founder of several companies, numerous focus groups and most recently her own consulting firm. Alpert holds master’s degrees in psychology and education, and has extensive experience in the fields of negotiation, finance, international services and business.

 
Davenport Man Sentenced to 61 Months in Prison for Conspiracy to Distribute Marijuana and Cocaine PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Val Quast   
Friday, 05 April 2013 10:00
DAVENPORT, IA – On April 4, 2013, Gerardo Salinas, Jr., age 31, of Davenport, Iowa, was sentenced to 61 months imprisonment after pleading guilty to conspiracy to distribute 1,000 kilograms or more of marijuana and five kilograms or more of cocaine, announced United States Attorney Nicholas A. Klinefeldt. United States District Judge John A. Jarvey also sentenced Salinas to five years supervised release following imprisonment.

Beginning in approximately 2005, and continuing until 2010, Salinas conspired with others to distribute large amounts of marijuana and cocaine. Salinas received and distributed hundreds of pounds of marijuana in connection with co-defendant Aaron Deshawn Watson. On February 8, 2013, Watson was sentenced to 240 months imprisonment.

This case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration, and the Davenport, Iowa, Police Department, and the case was prosecuted by the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Iowa.

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SMIDDY REJECTS LEGISLATIVE CONCEALED CARRY RECOMMENDATIONS, VOWS TO FIGHT FOR GUN OWNERS’ RIGHTS PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Rep. Mike Smiddy   
Friday, 05 April 2013 09:55
PORT BYRON, IL – State Rep. Mike Smiddy (D-Hillsdale) denounced a legislative working group’s recommendations for the state’s concealed carry law on Monday.

Earlier this year, Lt. Governor Sheila Simon invited state senators and representatives from all regions of the state to join her bi-partisan firearms working group to draft recommendations for the state’s expected concealed carry law. The group presented their recommendations, a checklist of criteria, in a letter to the General Assembly.

“I joined the firearms working group to stand up for our Second Amendment rights and serve as a strong voice for law-abiding gun owners in Illinois,” said Smiddy. “Unfortunately, the group’s final recommendations look like typical gun control tactics, which I cannot support. I have not signed on to the firearms working group’s letter, and I will continue to work in a bipartisan manner to pass a law that doesn’t punish responsible gun owners.”

Smiddy argues that the group’s recommendations, which include comprehensive background checks and the designation of gun-free zones, place overly burdensome restrictions on gun owners. Other recommendations, such as denying carry permits to anyone appearing to pose a risk or danger to others, are vague. Smiddy believes the state law must set out clear standards of eligibility for a concealed carry permit, not create a system where every county’s rules are different and upstanding citizens can be turned away because of personal or subjective judgments.

“Giving permits only to people determined by some ambiguous definition to not pose a risk leaves the door wide open to deny a permit to virtually anyone and everyone,” Smiddy said. “A concealed carry law is worthless if it’s so watered down that no one can understand it or if only a fraction of law-abiding gun owners can carry legally. While I strongly disagree with my working group colleagues on the group’s final recommendations, I appreciate their efforts and their willingness to join the conversation. We must work together in a constructive way to craft a concealed carry law that make sense and is fair.”

Smiddy is co-sponsoring House Bill 997, a concealed carry bill that respects the rights of law-abiding gun owners. The bill is awaiting a debate by the full House. 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.

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Teen Poetry Contest PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jan LaRoche   
Friday, 05 April 2013 09:12

Students in grades 6-12 can enter one (1) original poem of up to 25 lines for a chance to win a gift certificate of up to $25. Deadline for entries is April 20. Read your poems at the Poetry Café on May 4 at 10:00 a.m. This contest is free and entry forms are available at the Moline Public Library or online at http://molinelibraryteens.. For more information call 309-524-2440 or visit us at 3210 41st Street, Moline, IL 61265 or online at http://www.molinelibrary.com.

 
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