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Gov. Branstad to speak, sign proclamation celebrating February as Black History Month Thursday PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Office of the Governor of Iowa   
Tuesday, 12 February 2013 10:57

(DES MOINES) – Gov. Terry E. Branstad will speak and sign a proclamation celebrating February as Black History Month in Iowa at a ceremony Thursday, February 14, 2013, at noon.

The following event is open to the public:

Thursday, February 14, 2013 

Noon Gov. Branstad signs a proclamation celebrating February as Black History Month in Iowa

State Capitol

1st Floor Rotunda

Des Moines, IA



Liberty Iowa Backs Shaw Bills PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Joel Kurtinitis   
Tuesday, 12 February 2013 10:33

PAC-endorsed legislators lead the charge on Personhood, 2nd Amendment

Des Moines, Iowa – State Representatives endorsed by the Liberty Iowa PAC have introduced new legislation protecting the right to life and reinforcing gun rights in the state.  A bill introduced by Rep. Tom Shaw (R – Laurens) would define personhood to include all life from the moment of conception, and would make abortion at any stage a crime in the state of Iowa. 

While the proposed legislation has angered many on the left, Shaw says that his bill will provide equal protection for every person as guaranteed under the 5th and 14th Amendments to the US Constitution.
“For far too long in this nation, we have been murdering innocent persons without due process of law,” said Shaw.  “Any elected official who will not protect your inalienable right to life, will not defend your other rights.” 

Shaw also introduced two bills expanding gun rights in the state:  HF169 would allow those already possessing carry permits in the state to carry concealed weapons on school property, HF170 would limit the jurisdiction of federal agents seeking to impose federal gun control measures on the state.  Both gun bills were co-sponsored by Reps. Jason Schultz of Schleswig and Jake Highfill of Johnston– whom LIPAC endorsed in their House races last year.

Adil Khan, Executive Director of Liberty Iowa, says that the new legislation showcases the priorities of the Liberty Movement in Iowa.  “These bills showcase the kind of courageous, principled leadership that has come to define the Liberty Movement,” Khan said. 
“Liberty Iowa stands with Rep. Shaw completely in his efforts to protect the Constitutional rights of all Iowans.  We will work tirelessly to make sure that this important legislation garners the support it needs to pass both the house and the senate.”

With the PAC quickly approaching its one-year anniversary, Khan sees this bold legislation as an opportunity to identify representatives that will take strong stands for the rights of average Iowans.“These issues are important to Iowans across the political spectrum, and we will ensure that the votes cast on these bills will not be forgotten by voters in the 2014 elections.”  


Governor Quinn Names Miguel del Valle to Illinois Commerce Commission PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ryan C. Woods   
Tuesday, 12 February 2013 10:32

Lifelong Public Advocate to Help Protect Illinois Consumers; 

New Leaders Named at Illinois Schools for the Deaf and Visually Impaired

CHICAGO - February 8, 2013. Following an announcement made in his recent State of the State address, Governor Pat Quinn today appointed lifelong public advocate Miguel del Valle to the Illinois Commerce Commission. The governor also announced the appointment of Janice Smith-Warshaw as superintendent of the Illinois School for the Deaf (ISD) and Serena Preston as superintendent of the Illinois School for the Visually Impaired (ISVI). Today’s appointments continue the governor’s commitment to making state government more accountable, transparent and effective.

“Miguel del Valle has devoted his life to serving others across Illinois, and he will be a strong voice for consumers on the Illinois Commerce Commission,” Governor Pat Quinn said. “The extensive experience Janice Smith-Warshaw and Serena Preston will bring to two of our most important schools will help ensure students at ISD and ISVI achieve their full potential.”

Miguel del Valle previously served one term as City Clerk of Chicago and was the first Hispanic elected to the Illinois State Senate, where he represented his constituents for 20 years and held chairmanships of the Illinois Legislative Latino Caucus and the Senate Executive committee. He is the co-founder of the Illinois Association of Hispanic State Employees and the Illinois Latino Advisory Council on Higher Education. Because of his work to improve education for all Illinois students, he was appointed by Governor Quinn to chair the Illinois P-20 Council in 2009. He holds a Master’s degree in Education and Guidance from Northeastern University.

Janice Smith-Warshaw will become the first deaf superintendent of ISD since the school opened in 1839. She has served at the California School for the Deaf, Riverside since 2000, where she has risen from elementary teacher to principal and now as curriculum supervisor for the school, which serves students ages three to 21. She has also taught at the Model Secondary School for the Deaf in Washington D.C. and the Delaware School for the Deaf. She holds a Master’s Degree in Deaf Education from McDaniel College and is a doctoral candidate in Leadership for Educational Justice at the University of Redlands.

Serena Preston, of Jacksonville, Illinois, has served as Acting Superintendent of ISVI since February, 2012, where she has overseen all school operations and been a strong voice for improving education for students with special needs. During the past 16 years, she has worked as ISVI as a vocational principal, behavior specialist and high school math teacher. She holds a Master’s Degree in Special Education from Illinois State University and a Bachelor’s degree in Learning Disability’s and Social Emotional Disorders from MacMurray College in Jacksonville. She is an extensively licensed Illinois educator and is an active member of the community, serving as superintendent of the 4-H county fair show for 22 years, as well as vice chair of the Jacksonville Area Transition Planning Council.

For more information about Illinois’ boards and commissions or to apply for a position, visit    


Driving After 60? Learn driving tips from the AARP PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Rock Island Library   
Tuesday, 12 February 2013 10:25
Keeping Your Most Important Accessory, Your Keys
image from AARP driving program2:00 to 3:00 pm,
Tuesday, Feb. 12
Rock Island Main Library, 401 19th Street


This free program with tips on safer driving for retirees and seniors is presented by AARP Driver Safety program instructor Caryl Altemus. The program also includes an overview of what is included in the full AARP Driver Safety programs, with information about upcoming courses. No registration is required. Drop by!

Caring for your collections PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Lynn Bartenhagen   
Tuesday, 12 February 2013 09:30

Are you responsible for the historic documents, photographs and objects belonging to your organization, church or family? The Muscatine Art Center and Musser Public Library are teaming up to provide a basic overview to caring for collections.

Attendees will learn about ways to provide basic collections care on a small budget and without professional training. Discussion topics will include organizing materials, storing materials in a more stable environment, handling and exhibiting materials to limit the risk of damage, and digitizing records and photographs. Art Center Registrar Virginia Cooper will cover the basics of working with acid-free materials for storage. She will examine storage for textiles, books, and historic documents. Sheila Chaudoin, Photo Archivist at Musser Public Library, will discuss photograph and photo negative storage and scanning and managing digitized images.

The free session will take place on Thursday, March 7th at 5:30 p.m. in the Music Room at the Muscatine Art Center. The session will last approximately 1 hour plus time for questions.

To register in advance, call 563-263-8282 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

The Muscatine Art Center is located at 1314 Mulberry Avenue in Muscatine, Iowa. Hours are Tuesday through Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Thursday evenings until 7:00 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. Admission is free. Donations are appreciated.


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