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Simon to be recognized for work to end domestic violence PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Kara Beach   
Monday, 11 March 2013 11:46

CHICAGO – Lt. Governor Sheila Simon will be honored by Between Friends of Chicago for her years spent helping victims of domestic violence. The organization will name Simon a “Friend of the Year” at its annual Bubble Ball on Saturday at the River East Arts Center.

“This week, President Obama signed an extension of the Violence Against Women Act, reinforcing the idea that all relationships should be healthy,” Simon said. “I have been fortunate to have worked with organizations like Between Friends of Chicago to help the victims of domestic violence rebuild their lives, and we need to continue working to end domestic violence.”

Between Friends of Chicago is a nonprofit agency that provides services to domestic violence survivors and their families. Between Friends also provides youth and adult education programs aimed at preventing domestic violence. Proceeds from the event will support the organization’s efforts.

“Lt. Governor Sheila Simon exemplifies the mission of Between Friends. For example, Lt. Governor Simon’s Virtual Legal Clinic, which uses the Internet and webcams to link domestic violence survivors in underserved areas with volunteer attorneys, is the type of creative thinking we need to helps victims of domestic violence get crucial assistance,” says Kathleen A. Doherty, executive director of Between Friends.

Lt. Governor Simon is a former assistant state’s attorney who worked with victims of domestic violence and prosecuted domestic violence cases. As a law professor, she helped launch the Southern Illinois School of Law's domestic violence clinic to serve clients and train law students. Since becoming Lt. Governor, Simon has worked with the Illinois Coalition Against Domestic Violence (ICADV) to start virtual legal clinics that connect survivors with attorneys through webcam technology. Simon has also partnered with Verizon and the ICADV to raise revenue and collect used cell phones for survivors, and she worked with Sen. Toi Hutchinson (D-Olympia Fields) on a new law that requires adult entertainment establishments to collect a surcharge that supports programs that help sexual abuse victims.

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Saturday, March 9

EVENT: Between Friends of Chicago’s Annual Bubble Ball

TIME: 7 p.m.

PLACE: River East Arts Center, 435 East Illinois St., Chicago, 6061

New Creative Workshop ‘Finding Your Focus’ at The Artful Office PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Nichole Jones   
Friday, 08 March 2013 16:06

What: New workshop for creatives, 'Creative Co-Working: Finding Your Focus'

When: Wednesdays March 13, 20 , 27, and April 3rd from 6-7p

Where: The Artful Office, 1700 2nd Avenue, Suite 1, Rock Island, IL 61201

Who: Nikki Jones, Owner of The Artful Office, graduated from Columbia College Chicago with a B.A. in Marketing Communications, specialization in arts, entrepreneurship, and small business. Her young professional resume includes such work as Paralegal and Office Manager for a law office, Traffic Coordinator and General Manager of a graphic design and production house, and Director of Marketing, Merchandising, and Distribution for a popular brewery. Her desire to succeed as an entrepreneur is matched only by her passion for sharing what she learns with other like-minded individuals.

Description: A relaxed, 4-week series of 'coffee talks' at The Artful Office, located in the District of Rock Island. You have creative ideas and goals flying all over the place, and feel a little helpless to nail them down. This series will both motivate you to purse those goals now and help you figure out which ideas go where on your path to success. In addition to inspriring conversation, we'll use worksheets and excersies that transform thoughts into actions. You'll finish the series with a clearer idea of what success looks like for you and how small steps can carry you down that path. Snacks and beverages provided.

Week 1: Defining Success & Why We Simply MUST Do What We Love

Week 2: Using Our Past, Present, and Future to Prioritize Ideas and Goals

Week 3: Uncovering Our Personal Brand (without getting put in a box)

Week 4: Taking Action to Draw Opportunities to Ourselves

Registration: $40 - register online at or on facebook at TheArtfulOffice



Pick the perfect gift for Mother’s Day and watch your love grow all year. PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Amanda Heitz   
Friday, 08 March 2013 16:01
The Iowa State University Scott County Extension & Outreach Master Gardeners are selling planted containers for Mother’s Day giving. Choose from four flowering pot combinations in either a table top or hanging pot or an herb container.

Each pot is planted by the ISU Scott County Extension & Outreach Master Gardeners with plants from a local greenhouse especially chosen to create a container that blooms all summer long. The cost is $25 per container with deadline for orders and payment by 4pm on April 2, 2013. Call the ISU Scott County Extension & Outreach Office to order: 563-359-7577

Your container will be available for pick up at the Extension Office, 875 Tanglefoot Lane, Bettendorf, IA 52722 on Friday, May 10 from 4:30-6:00 pm or Saturday, May 11th from noon-4 pm. Proceeds from the sale supports horticulture education programs in Scott County.


Branstad releases statement in response to today’s decision on the AFSCME contract PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Office of the Governor of Iowa   
Friday, 08 March 2013 15:24

(DES MOINES) – Today, results of the AFSCME contract negotiations were made known. Key provisions:

  • The contract costs $94 million less than it would have under the contract approved two years ago, providing direct savings to the taxpayers of Iowa.
  • Iowa will continue to be one of only six states in the country where the overwhelming majority of state employees pay nothing toward their health insurance

Gov. Terry E. Branstad today released the following statement in response to today’s decision on the AFSCME contract.

“I want to commend everyone who was involved in negotiating this contract. The negotiations were aggressive and were professionally conducted by all parties.

“We were able to come to an agreement with AFSCME on two of the three major components of the new contract and for the first time in bargaining history there will be no across-the-board pay increases for the duration of the contract.

“I am disappointed that Iowa will continue to be one of only six states where the overwhelming majority of state employees will continue to pay nothing toward their health insurance.  This is simply unfair to the vast majority of Iowans who pay some, if not all, of their own health insurance cost and whose tax dollars continue to fund this expensive benefit for most state employees.

“I will continue to ask state workers to join those in the SPOC union who agreed to pay just 20 percent of their health care premiums, with the opportunity to pay less as they become healthier and participate in life-enhancing wellness programs.  It is right, it is fair, and it will make our state worker population healthier.  Everyone wins when state workers contribute to make their lives healthier. That said, arbitrating an impasse item like health insurance is a part of our system.  We will live with today’s result.

“These negotiations demonstrate that we can obtain fair results.  Unlike two years ago, this administration made sure taxpayers were actually represented in these negotiations.  When Gov. Culver simply took the unions’ first demand, taxpayers were socked with a $202 million bill.  As a result of our efforts, the cost of this contract is $94 million less than it would have been under the previous contract. This is real savings for Iowa taxpayers and I am pleased the unions agreed to these terms.”

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Written by Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Quad Cities   
Friday, 08 March 2013 15:20

"On Being a UU", especially good for new UU's but also good for those who just want to think more about being a member of this congregation. A sign-up list will be available in the lobby. Please contact John Dunsheath ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) if you are interested or have questions.

It starts the first Wednesday in March, goes for 8 weeks, and will be in the rope room, just at the end of the stairs where the older kids hang out.

Mark Your Calendar!

The next environmental film to be shown is Fresh, on Friday, March 8 at 6:30pm, at the UUQC. Note this is a week later than usual. It also coincides with the regular game night (5:30pm), and new member potluck (6pm), therefore the movie will be shown in the boardroom.

Both an enlightening documentary and a stirring call to action, FRESH outlines the vicious cycle of our current food production methods, while also celebrating the farmers, thinkers and business people across America who are reinventing our food system.

  • Starring: Ytit Chauhan, David Ball
  • Directed by: Ana Sofia Joanes
  • Runtime: 1 hour 11 minutes

This movie showing is available thanks to the Eagle View Sierra Club!

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