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Iowa Farm Bureau, FBL Financial Group Support Iowa Hunger Summit’s Focus on Food Insecurity PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Nancy Doll   
Tuesday, 16 October 2012 08:48

Employee-led Food Drive Strives to Fight Hunger Close to Home

WEST DES MOINES, IOWA – Oct. 15, 2012 – This week, the Iowa Farm Bureau Federation (IFBF) and FBL Financial Group (NYSE:FFG) kick off a new joint effort to fight local food insecurity through a week-long, company-wide food drive to bring much-needed support to Iowa food banks. The food drive coincides with the organizations’ sponsorship of the World Food Prize Foundation’s Iowa Hunger Summit, held Oct. 16 in Des Moines. This is the second year of the organizations’ five-year joint sponsorship of the Iowa Hunger Summit.

The Iowa Hunger Summit is expected to bring together 500 leaders from across the state to explore how building food security helps fight hunger and to showcase efforts that raise awareness of local, national and global issues of poverty, hunger and nutrition.

“Iowa farmers strive to raise a variety of food at a variety of price options, which brings more choices to more Americans,” said Craig Hill, IFBF president. “This is important to help increase food security in Iowa and around the world. The key, however, is to embrace innovation and technology in farming practices to enable us to meet growing consumer needs.”

“We’re proud to sponsor the Iowa Hunger Summit with Iowa Farm Bureau, and be part of an initiative that leads the charge against hunger and poverty, spotlighting the achievements of organizations that bring food insecurity to the forefront and inspire others to act,” said FBL Financial Group Chief Executive Officer Jim Brannen.

In addition to the local food drive, IFBF will support the Iowa Food Bank Association during its America Needs Farmers Game Day Oct. 20 when the Iowa Hawkeye football team plays Penn State (

“It’s a great opportunity to not only raise awareness of what our farmers do to raise the food we need, but to raise funds for the food bank,” said Hill. “For every one dollar donated, the Food Bank of Iowa can provide two pounds of food to those in need. Just like we still believe in Norman Borlaug’s vision of feeding more needing people through agricultural technology and innovative methods, we support this organization’s ability to make the most of those donations.”




About Iowa Farm Bureau

The Iowa Farm Bureau Federation is a grassroots, statewide organization dedicated to enhancing the People, Progress and Pride of Iowa.  More than 153,000 families in Iowa are Farm Bureau members, working together to achieve farm and rural prosperity.  For more information about Farm Bureau and agriculture, visit the online media center at


About FBL Financial Group, Inc.

FBL Financial Group is a holding company whose insurance companies go to market under the Farm Bureau Financial Services brand. Through an exclusive, multi-state agent force, the companies affiliated with the Farm Bureau Financial Services brand underwrite, market and distribute a broad range of insurance and financial services products to individuals, families and businesses. For more information, please visit or


About the Iowa Hunger Summit

The World Food Prize Foundation established the Iowa Hunger Summit as a means to celebrate Iowa’s great successes in fighting hunger and poverty, and to unite in further action against both. The Iowa Hunger Summit, first held in 2007, seeks to gather leaders from across Iowa representing community organizations, business and industry, state and local government, social agencies, churches and religious communities, schools and universities, and other groups that lead or participate in projects to confront hunger.



Sen. Chuck Grassley issued the following comment about Sen. Arlen Specter (1930-2012): PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Grassley Press   
Tuesday, 16 October 2012 08:31

“Arlen Specter and I were first elected to the United States Senate the same year, and I served with him on the Judiciary Committee for 30 years.  We came from very different places, an Iowa farmer and a Philadelphia lawyer, and we had different views, but we shared a commitment to making the legislative process work in the Senate.  Sen. Specter was a friend to his colleagues, and he served Pennsylvanians with his tenacity and willingness to fight hard no matter what the challenge.”

Celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Second Vatican Council PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Sallyann McCarthy, for Sisters of St. Francis   
Tuesday, 16 October 2012 08:23
The Catholic Sisters of the Upper Mississippi River Valley will host a four-part lecture series commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Second Vatican Council of the Roman Catholic Church. “Celebrating Vatican II: Sharing the Vision” will be held at venues throughout the region from October, 2012 through April, 2013. The series, which coincides with the “Year of Faith” being  observed by the Catholic Church, is free and open to the public.

The opening lecture is on Sunday, Oct. 21 at 2 p.m. in the Rogalski Center, St Ambrose University, Davenport, Iowa. Dr. Richard R. Gaillardetz will address “What Happened at Vatican II? Keys to Understanding the Council,” exploring the enduring significance of the most important event in Roman Catholicism in four centuries and probing its implications for the present and future.

Gaillardetz, the McCarthy Professor of Catholic Systematic Theology at Boston College, author of Ecclesiology for a Global Church and co-author of Keys to the Council, is President-Elect of the Catholic Theological Society of America. He has received numerous awards from the Catholic Press Association and is the 2000 recipient of the Sophia Award from the faculty of the Washington
Theological Union, Washington D.C., in recognition of his contributions to the life of the church. He previously taught at the University of Toledo and St. Thomas Graduate School of Theology, Houston.

There is no registration for the lecture series and no admission charge. Follow-up sessions to each of the four lectures will be offered in the cities where the sponsoring congregations minister,

Future programs in the series will include:

* Dr. Zeni Fox speaking on “The Laity after Vatican II: Collaboration in Ministry” at Clarke University, Dubuque, Iowa, on December 2, 2012 at 2 p.m.

* Dr. Massimo Faggioli will speak on “Liturgical Reform: the Crucial Impact and Legacy of Vatican II” at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church, Hiawatha, Iowa, on February 24, 2013 at 2 p.m.

* Marlene Weisenbeck, FSPA will address “The Church in the Modern World: Vatican II’s Challenge for Our Time,” at Jesus Christ, Prince of Peace Church, Clinton, Iowa, on April 21, 2013 at 2 p.m.

“Celebrating Vatican II: Sharing the Vision” is sponsored by the Carmelite Nuns, Eldridge, Iowa; Congregation of the Humility of Mary, Davenport, Iowa; Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration, La Crosse, Wis.; Sinsinawa Dominicans, Sinsinawa, Wis.; Sisters of Mercy, West-Midwest Community, Omaha, Neb.; Benedictine Sisters, Rock Island, Ill.; Sisters of St. Francis, Clinton,
Iowa; and Sisters of Charity BVM, Sisters of the Presentation, Sisters of St. Francis, Sisters of the Visitation, and Trappistine Nuns, all of Dubuque, Iowa. The October program is hosted by St. Ambrose University. The December program is co-sponsored by Clarke University.

For details see or call Sisters of St. Francis, Clinton, 563-242-7611.

Special Investigator Michael McCotter Issues Report on the DHS-OIG PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Erin Wilson   
Tuesday, 16 October 2012 08:21

Findings Will Guide Governor’s Comprehensive Solution to Strengthen Protections of People with Disabilities Across Illinois

CHICAGO - October 12, 2012. Governor Pat Quinn today received the official report from Michael McCotter following his special investigation of the Office of the Inspector General of the Illinois Department of Human Services (DHS). Earlier this year, Governor Quinn appointed McCotter, a 40-year law enforcement veteran, as Special Investigator to review cases and develop recommendations to reform the investigative operations of the Inspector General’s office.

“I thank Special Investigator Michael McCotter for his diligent work in conducting this report,” Governor Quinn said. “We will immediately review the findings and work with members of the General Assembly and advocates to implement a comprehensive solution that reforms the operation of this office and ensures all people are treated with dignity and respect.”

Following reports of abuse and neglect, Governor Quinn took immediate action by issuing an executive order to strengthen protections for adults with disabilities who are suspected victims of such mistreatment and ensure that potential cases will be properly reviewed and referred to the appropriate authorities. The governor also directed a comprehensive overhaul of the office to ensure accountability and the protection of our most fragile citizens. He appointed Michael McCotter to probe the operations of the Inspector General and develop recommendations for reform.

As Special Investigator, McCotter was charged with reviewing the OIG’s investigative procedures and policies. The recommended reforms included in the report are designed to ensure the OIG fulfills its mission of protecting people with disabilities.

McCotter was previously appointed by Governor Quinn as chief public safety officer for the Illinois Department of Corrections and has served in several senior positions at the Chicago Police Department, including chief of patrol, deputy chief of detectives, commander of special events and district commander. He has had professional training with the FBI, United States Secret Service and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, among other law enforcement agencies.

After reviewing the McCotter report, the governor’s staff will move quickly- working with members of the General Assembly and advocates - to implement a comprehensive solution that best protects citizens with disabilities.

Please see the attachment for a copy of the full report.


‘Lies, Love & Life’ Unpeels the Negative Self PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ginny Grimsley   
Tuesday, 16 October 2012 07:54

The best resource we have in affecting change and improvements in our lives is ourselves, writes Cathy Holloway Hill in “Lies, Love & Life,” (

“Relationships are ruined every day because of lies,” says Hill, a former IBM executive. “The most damaging lies are the ones we tell ourselves.”

While it may seem obvious that personal well-being is largely based on self-determination, the reality is that too many of us – perhaps most of us, at least sometimes – not only forget that we have the power to change; we often tell ourselves lies that impede our own progress, she says.

“No one wakes up and says, ‘I want a miserable, unfulfilled and unhealthy life.’ What then prompts people to continue dysfunctional and toxic, limiting, self-destructive behaviors?” Hill asks. “The book brings this self-sabotaging behavior to the surface and guides you through a journey of self-discovery and self-improvement.”

In the forward of “Lies, Love & Life,” best-selling author and psychologist Dr. Alan Zimmerman provides an overview of all that people risk and lose when “they pretend not to know” what they know, in fact, is true.

“If you’re ever going to be truly happy and really successful, you’ve got to stop ‘pretending’ … or as Cathy Holloway Hill says … stop lying to yourself,” Zimmerman writes.

“Reading Hill’s book is as good as hiring a life coach,” writes best-selling author Simon T. Bailey. “… The book challenges us to see all the ways we deceive ourselves into living half lives and to jump from that sad state into a life of real meaning and truth. This book will make your life a lot more authentic …. Everything worthwhile requires work, and Cathy has mapped it out for you in a very easy-to-understand manner.”

“Holloway-Hill’s book is an honest and insightful examination of the powerful ways lies grow and shape our reality once we allow them to become a part of our personal narratives,” writes CNN, E! and MSNBC media personality S. Tia Brown. “(It is) a critical resource for anyone ready to move beyond feelings of inadequacy and lack.”

About Cathy Holloway Hill

Cathy Holloway Hill is founder of C. Holloway Hill Enterprises, an international consulting, training and professional speaking firm focusing on personal and professional growth and effectiveness. Her guidance is sought by Fortune 100 companies, youth organizations and individuals who want to transform their lives. Hill has a bachelor’s in computer science, a master’s in psychology and numerous life coaching certifications. After 25 years in the corporate world, she walked away from her successful career at IBM in order to pursue her passion – helping people live happier lives. She is a winner of Indiana’s Torchbearer Award for contributions to her state.

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