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Governor Quinn Urges Illinoisans to Volunteer Time and Talents during National Volunteer Week PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Leslie Wertheimer   
Tuesday, 17 April 2012 13:41

Serve.Illinois.gov Connects Volunteers with Opportunities

Across the State

SPRINGFIELD – Monday, April 16, 2012.  Governor Pat Quinn today joined the Illinois Department of Human Services (DHS) and the Serve Illinois Commission in encouraging Illinoisans to give back to their communities by volunteering during National Volunteer Week, April 15-21, 2012.  Those who are interested in volunteering can find a resourceful search portal that connects them to over 100,000 volunteer opportunities throughout Illinois by visiting Serve.Illinois.gov.

 

“Service to others is the rent we pay for our place on earth,” Governor Quinn said. “National Volunteer Week is the perfect opportunity to give back, set a great example for others and work together to strengthen our communities.”

 

According to the Volunteering in America Report, last year nearly 2.8 million Illinoisans gave back through churches, non-profits, businesses, little leagues, scout troops and countless other organizations.  They volunteered 378.5 million hours, or about 34.8 hours per person.  This service equates to over $8.4 billion in economic impact.  Along with time, a majority of Illinoisans gave at least $25 to a local charity.

 

"We believe that service is one of our State's greatest resources,” Scott McFarland, deputy director of the Serve Illinois Commission on Volunteerism and Community Service, said. “We envision an Illinois where everyone recognizes their ability and responsibility to help strengthen their communities by volunteering."

 

Research shows that communities with higher rates of volunteering see decreased crime, improved governmental services and higher educational achievement among other things.  In addition, evidence supports the idea that those who engage in their communities on a regular basis live longer, healthier and more fulfilling lives.

 

The Serve.Illinois.gov website is a project of DHS and the Serve Illinois Commission: "Building Stronger Communities Through Service.”  More information and volunteer opportunities can be found at Serve.Illinois.gov.

 

 

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Region 6 Homeland Security Board and Safeguard Iowa Partnership Announce Week 11 of “20 Weeks to Preparedness Program” PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ross E. Bergen   
Tuesday, 17 April 2012 13:22
Release Date: April 23, 2012
Release Number: 12

Welcome to Week 11 of the 20 Weeks to Preparedness Program brought to you by the Region 6 Homeland
Security Board and Safeguard Iowa Partnership. This program will help to better prepare you and your family,
a little at a time, over a 20 week period. Each week new preparedness information will be shared including a
list of items to gather or purchase for your disaster supply kit. Sign up at www.safeguardiowa.org/subscribe-to-
be-prepared to receive weekly reminders and announcements related to the 20 Weeks to Preparedness program.

Use this program to gather items for your kit in small steps over a five month period. Remember to change
and replace perishable items by the expiration date. Purchasing the food suggested by this program would last
approximately 3-5 days.

Place in storage bin:

One gallon of water per person per day
Paper, pen, pencil, and scissors
Sunscreen
Protein bars

Personalized Item (if applicable):

Litter pan

To do:

Determine signal with family and friends to be used to communicate safety.

Additional assistance is available by contacting your local Emergency Management Coordinator at
563-484-3050 or visiting their website at www.iascema.com. Visit Safeguard Iowa Partnership at
www.safeguardiowa.org, on twitter @safeguardiowa or Facebook at www.facebook.com/safeguardiowa.

The Region 6 Homeland Security Board is comprised of fourteen counties in eastern Iowa that coordinate homeland security planning,
training, exercise, response, and recovery. The counties included are Benton, Black Hawk, Buchanan, Cedar, Clayton, Clinton,
Delaware, Dubuque, Iowa, Jackson, Johnson, Jones, Linn, and Scott.

The Safeguard Iowa Partnership is a voluntary coalition of the state's business and government leaders, who share a commitment to
working together to prevent, prepare for, respond to and recover from disasters in Iowa.

 
Lt. Gov. Simon to release tax returns PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Kara Beach   
Friday, 13 April 2012 14:58

CARBONDALE – In advance of Tax Day, Lt. Governor Simon will fulfill her promise to release her annual tax returns and financial statements from her senior staff. Simon says making the information public empowers taxpayers to learn if she or her staff hold any conflicts of interest. This is the second consecutive year the Lt. Governor and her staff will make the disclosures.

 

TIME: 10 a.m. media availability

DATE: Friday, April 13

PLACE: Lt. Governor’s office, IDOT District 9 headquarters, 2801 Murphysboro Road, Carbondale

 

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Braley Touts Effort to Renew and Expand Adoption Tax Credit PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jeff Giertz   
Friday, 13 April 2012 12:45

Braley visits Davenport and Dubuque to discuss benefits of tax credit for families and kids

 

Waterloo, IA – At events in Davenport and Dubuque today, Rep. Bruce Braley (IA-01) discussed an effort he’s launching to renew and expand a tax credit for families that choose to adopt children.

When Congress returns to session next week, Braley will introduce the Making Adoption Affordable Act, a bill that will permanently expand the adoption tax credit to $13,360 and make it refundable -- allowing more families to take full advantage of it.  Unless Congress acts, the current adoption tax credit of $12,360 will expire at the end of the year.

“Deciding to adopt a child is one of the most caring decisions a couple can make,” Braley said.  “Unfortunately, it’s a decision also carries significant financial costs with it.  This can be a barrier for many couples.

 

“The adoption tax credit is a small investment that provides a huge return: getting more children into loving homes and out of the costly foster care system.

 

“When a policy puts more kids in good families and also saves taxpayers millions of dollars in the process, renewing it should be a no-brainer.  Expanding the adoption tax credit makes even more sense and will help even more parents and children.”

 

Braley discussed the renewal and expansion of the tax credits at events today at Bethany for Children and Families in Davenport and Hillcrest Family Services in Dubuque.

The federal government partners with states to care for orphaned children.  Adoption is preferable to foster care not only because it results in better outcomes for children, but because it is far less costly for taxpayers.  As of 2010, foster care costs to taxpayers averaged $47,000 per child, per year.

The adoption tax credit is a proven incentive to promote adoptions.  Before its last expansion in 1998, the tax credit was claimed after only 50,400 adoptions.  After expansion, in 2004, the tax credit was claimed in nearly 87,000 adoptions, representing a nearly 50 percent increase.

 

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Gander Mountain Partners With Soles4Souls Effort to Supply 500k Pairs of Shoes PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jess Myers   
Friday, 13 April 2012 12:38

Outdoors retailer offering shoppers a free download of new Billy Gilman single The Choice

with footwear sales proceeds in 114 stores nationwide going to fund shoe charity initiative

 

ST. PAUL, MN, April 12, 2012 -- Gander Mountain is proud to announce a unique arrangement with Soles4Souls which aims to supply 500,000 pairs of shoes to those in need. The nation’s premiere outdoors retailer and the Nashville-based charity have joined forces once again, helping promote multi-platinum selling country artist Billy Gilman’s new charity single The Choice while working toward the goal of supplying shoes to needy children.

 

Starting on April 16, Gander Mountain customers who purchase a pair of shoes in stores will receive a free download of Gilman’s new single. In addition to Gilman, the song features 18 of country music’s top artists, including Alan Jackson, Reba McEntire, Josh Turner, and Keith Urban. Gander Mountain will donate $1 from every pair of shoes purchased to Soles4Souls, which is able to supply a pair of shoes to someone in need for every dollar that is donated.

 

“We are proud to be able to partner with Soles4Souls once again to help reach the goal of 500,000 pairs of shoes for those in need,” said Steve Uline, Gander Mountain’s executive vice president of marketing. “It is a great opportunity for Gander Mountain customers to help those less fortunate while getting a free download of some great music from Billy Gilman and other popular country artists.”

 

Gilman, who has sold more than six million albums worldwide and garnered a wide range of awards, was in the process of writing material for his upcoming music project with two of his co-writers, Dan Murph and Philip Douglas, when the idea for The Choice was born. In a YouTube video, Soles4Souls challenged people from all across the country to start their own shoe drives in their communities and do something to benefit those living in adverse poverty and in need of footwear. Instead of setting up a collection bin on a crowded street, Gilman, Murph and Douglas got the idea to do what they do best--write a song. They agreed that every penny generated from the song, including the songwriters' and publishers' shares, would go to Soles4Souls. Within one week, the trio penned The Choice and pitched the idea to the charity organization.

 

“Great success and countless pairs of shoes donated have been the results of our past collaborative efforts with Gander Mountain, so it made perfect sense to work together once again, giving shoppers the opportunity to provide great footwear for themselves and for those less fortunate, while getting great music for free,” said Kevin Goughary, CEO of Soles4Souls, which has donated more than 17 million pairs of shoes across 129 countries since its inception in 2004. "For every pair of shoes purchased at a Gander Mountain store, a life somewhere around the world will be changed with the gift of shoes. It doesn't get any sweeter than that."

 

The Choice was co-written by Gilman to bring attention to the world wide plight of children in desperate need of shoes. All of the proceeds from digital download of The Choice go directly to Soles4Souls. The song came to life through the contribution of the voices of Gilman and fellow country artists Rodney Atkins, Montgomery Gentry, Amy Grant, Steve Holy, Alan Jackson, Wynonna Judd, Richie McDonald, Reba McEntire, Vince Gill, Ronnie Milsap, Craig Morgan, Kellie Pickler, LeAnn Rimes, Diamond Rio, Kenny Rogers, Randy Travis, Josh Turner, and Keith Urban. The song is scheduled to be released on April 16, and every download will provide a pair of shoes to some child in need.

 

The Gander Mountain special offer runs through May 14.

 

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