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Clinton won't testify on the Libya cover-up after all PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Mathew Staver, Chairman Liberty Counsel Action   
Tuesday, 18 December 2012 15:21
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who was originally scheduled to testify to Congress about the Benghazi attacks this Thursday, isn’t going to do so as she is recovering from a concussion purportedly suffered after fainting due to a stomach virus.
Today, the State Department acknowledged that Secretary Clinton is now in possession of an independent Advisory Review Board (ARB) report which is widely thought to contain damaging information about warning signs that were missed or ignored in the run-up to the Benghazi attack that cost four American lives, including that of U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens.
I am outraged that more than three months have passed and we are still in the dark about Benghazi!  Liberty Counsel Action refuses to let Benghazi be swept under the rug by this administration and the liberal media, but we need the help of key members of our team to keep the heat on at this critical time.

 
Announcing the Benefits.gov YouTube Channel! PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Benefits.gov   
Tuesday, 18 December 2012 15:12

The Benefits.gov Program is proud to announce the launch of our own YouTube channel!

You can now learn how to get the most value out of using Benefits.gov by visiting the official Benefits.gov YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/BenefitsGOV. If you already have a YouTube account, you can subscribe to our channel by clicking the "Subscribe" button at the top of the channel page.

The Benefits.gov YouTube channel was created to assist you on your path to finding and applying for government benefits. Check back soon for more self-help tutorials on additional site features.

 
Lt. Governor Simon to celebrate holidays through volunteerism PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Kara Beach   
Tuesday, 18 December 2012 15:11

SPRINGFIELD – Lt. Governor Sheila Simon will celebrate the holidays with two volunteer events on Tuesday that reflect her roles as the state’s point person on education reform and chair of the Governor’s Rural Affairs Council.

Simon will visit Lee Elementary School on Tuesday morning to celebrate the holidays with students in an all-school assembly. The students, of varying abilities age 5 to 21, will sing along and play instruments as Simon leads the songs with her banjo.

Tuesday afternoon, Simon and members of her staff will volunteer time at the Central Illinois Food Bank. The volunteers will bag potatoes to be distributed to food pantries throughout central Illinois.

About 15 percent of Illinois’ population is “food insecure,” meaning they don’t have access to enough food to sustain a healthy, active life for all members of the household. A family might not be food insecure at all times, but could forgo other necessities in order to purchase food. Statewide, 22.2 percent of children are food insecure.

“The holiday season is a wonderful time to spend time with family and friends and reflect back on the year, but also an important time to give back to the community,” Simon said. “I encourage everyone to make an effort to do something to give back to their community this holiday season.

Tuesday, December 18

 

EVENT: Musical assembly at Lee Elementary School

TIME: 11 a.m.

PLACE: Gymnasium, Lee Elementary School, 1201 Bunn Ave., Springfield

NOTE: This event will be for photos and b-roll only.

EVENT: Volunteering at the Central Illinois Food Bank

TIME: 1:15 p.m.

PLACE: Central Illinois Food Bank, 2000 E. Moffat Ave., Springfield

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Governor Quinn Kicks Off Holiday Cheer Basket Program for Servicemembers PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Erin Wilson   
Tuesday, 18 December 2012 13:45

Teams Up with Illinois Dept. of Veterans’ Affairs, Illinois Lottery, USO of Illinois and Chicago White Sox to Help Military Families

CHICAGO – December 17, 2012. Governor Pat Quinn today joined Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs Director Erica Borggren and Superintendent Michael Jones from the Illinois Lottery to announce the state’s partnership with the United Service Organization (USO) of Illinois and the Chicago White Sox to sponsor this year’s Cheer Basket Program, a partnership to support the USO of Illinois Families on the Homefront Program, for servicemen and women. The program will send 150 cheer-filled holiday care packages to Illinois servicemembers and their families. As part of his mission to support servicemembers, Governor Quinn also encouraged parents to purchase Illinois Vets Cash lottery tickets to include as a great stocking stuffer.

“The Cheer Basket Program is a great way to give a little back to the servicemen and women who give so much,” Governor Quinn said. “I want to thank the USO of Illinois and the Chicago White Sox for helping bring joy to our servicemembers and their families this holiday season. And I want to encourage all Illinois families to purchase a Vets Cash ticket as a stocking stuffer this Christmas, to give the opportunity to win tens of thousands of dollars as well as support a great cause – our troops.”

The Cheer Baskets include a $50-$100 Dominick’s gift card, White Sox gear and Garrett’s Gourmet Popcorn. A total of 150 Cheer Baskets will be assembled with the help of White Sox Volunteer Corp, USO staff and Lottery/Northstar volunteers. 125 Cheer Baskets will be given to servicemembers in need, while the remaining 25 Cheer Baskets will be shipped to the Great Lakes Naval Base to be distributed to the servicemen and women stationed there.

“Once again, the USO of Illinois is thrilled to partner with the Illinois Lottery’s Veterans Cash campaign,” Alison Ruble, president and chief executive officer of the USO of Illinois said. “During this holiday season, with support from the Illinois Lottery, we are able to bring more assistance to our troops, using these Cheer Baskets to support our military and their dependents through the USO Families on the Homefront Program.”

“We are thrilled to be a partner in this wonderful program,” Christine O’Reilly, White Sox senior director of community relations said. “The entire White Sox organization is always looking to do anything we can to help those who serve our nation, and the members of our Volunteer Corps are always looking for ways to lend a hand, so this is a perfect fit for all.”

“For the past three years, we have joined the Illinois Lottery and the USO of Illinois to send needed and greatly appreciated care packages to Illinois servicemen and women,” IDVA Director Erica Borggren said. “These Cheer Baskets are tangible expressions of our gratitude, and their arrival right before the holidays will be tremendously meaningful to our heroes in uniform.”

The Cheer Basket Program is funded in part by the Veterans Cash lottery ticket. Since Governor Quinn first launched Veterans Cash in 2006, the program has awarded more than $10 million in grants to Veterans’ organizations statewide. The Illinois Lottery’s Veterans Cash game is the first lottery game in the United States to earmark 100 percent of net proceeds to Veterans. Proceeds from Veterans Cash have resulted in cash awards to more than 190 organizations supporting Veterans throughout the state.

“The Illinois Lottery was created to generate funds for good causes in Illinois. As an example: Veterans Cash, an instant lottery game championed by Governor Quinn while he was Lieutenant Governor in 2006, has raised more than $10 million to support our Veterans programs throughout the state,” said Lottery Superintendent Michael Jones. “These Cheer Baskets will go directly to our servicemen and women to help them enjoy this wonderful time of year.”

The latest Veterans Cash game is available at 8,100 Illinois Lottery retail locations throughout the state. Each ticket costs $2 and the game features top prizes of $20,000. The Lottery anticipates raising $900,000 for Illinois Veterans from the new game. The instant ticket measures 4” by 7.5” and is the largest $2 game ever offered by the Lottery. The ticket face was designed by Common Ground, the Lottery’s award-winning, cross-cultural advertising/marketing agency that designs the Lottery’s “special-cause” instant games, like Veterans Cash.

Veterans Cash is also available at participating American Legion posts across the state of Illinois including: American Legion Department of Illinois, Bloomington; Post 979, Bartonville; Post 285, Galesburg; and Post 71, Urbana.

For more information about Veteran’s Cash please visit IllinoisLottery.com. To apply for a grant, please download an application at the Veterans Cash website. For more information about IDVA and its programs, please visit the agency’s homepage. To find out how you can help Illinois Veterans, visit www.OperationHomeFront.org.

The USO lifts the spirits of America’s troops and their families. The mission of the USO is to enhance the quality of life of the U.S. Armed Forces personnel and their families and to create a cooperative relationship between U.S. military communities and involved or supporting civilian communities. The USO of Illinois is a civilian 501(c)(3) registered non-profit that is not government funded but is supported solely by the generosity of the American people. For more information about the USO of Illinois visit www.usoofillinois.org or facebook.com/usoofillinois.

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A Mom's Call to Prayer - Moms Gather to Pray on 12/17/12 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Sherry Surratt   
Tuesday, 18 December 2012 13:27

“At MOPS International, our hearts are broken for the families in Newtown, Connecticut. We’re lifting them in prayer, asking for God’s divine comfort to surround them. While our heads cannot make sense of this horrific tragedy, our hearts are overwhelmed with love and concern for these moms and dads, friends and community members in Newtown, Connecticut,” says Sherry Surratt, CEO and President of MOPS International {Mothers of Preschoolers}

Dear moms,

My heart hurts as I grieve today with the families in Newtown, Connecticut. The questions of, “why?” and, “how could this happen?” swirl in my head as I try to make sense of such a horrific tragedy. My head and heart are overwhelmed when I think of the loss and pain these families are facing and I desperately want to help. I know you do as well. While we can’t undo what has occurred, we can join together and do what moms do best: offer unconditional love and support, and an unshakeable foundation of strength and courage in the face of pain and loss.

I’d like to invite you to join MOPS International in a National Call to Prayer for moms, by moms. Please join us this Wednesday, December 19, at 9:45 a.m. Central Time, to observe a moment of prayer as we lift up the families who were devastated by this shooting. Specifically, we’d like to pray for the moms whose hearts are broken, that they will feel God’s arms surrounding them during the difficult days ahead.

I’m also praying for families across our world, whose hearts are filled with fear as they consider these events. None of this makes sense, and fear feels close and crippling. On behalf of moms everywhere, I’m calling out to the God who holds each of us in his big comforting hands. I’m crying out for the moms, who even this day, dealt with fear and anxiety. I’m praying this verse on their behalf.

Hear my cry, O God; listen to my prayer. From the ends of the earth I call to you. I call as my heart grows faint; lead me to the rock that is higher than I.  Psalm 16:11

God truly is our rock of comfort and strength, even when nothing around us makes sense. At our Denver MOPS office, we’ll be gathering this Wednesday at 9:45 a.m. Central Time (8:45 a.m. Mountain Time) to join hands and pray. We’ll be crying out to the rock that is higher than us on behalf of the dear families in Newtown, and for moms everywhere. Will you join us?

We will also be inviting moms to share their prayers at www.facebook.com/MOPS.Int

About MOPS INTERNATIONAL
Denver-based MOPS International is a non-profit ministry that creates communities to help “Better Moms Make A Better World.” Since 1973, MOPS International has served millions of mothers and families in thousands of local MOPS groups across the U.S. and in 38 countries internationally.  MOPS ministries include Classic MOPS, Teen MOPS, Military MOPS, International MOPS and MOMSnext.  MOPS is the best in the world at creating authentic communities of growth that invite women into a spiritual relationship.
www.MOPS.org www.MOPS.org/groups www.facebook.com/MOPS.Int www.youtube.com/MOPSint

 
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