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Governor Quinn Announces Appointments to Illinois Medical District Commission PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Leslie Wertheimer   
Monday, 19 March 2012 07:59

New Appointees to Bring Fresh Leadership to Vital Economic Engine

CHICAGO – March 6, 2012. Governor Pat Quinn today continued his efforts to grow our economy by announcing four new appointments to the Illinois Medical District Commission (IMDC), which oversees the largest urban medical district in the country. Jennifer Woodard, James Clewlow, Meredith O’Connor and Blake Sercye will join the board that also includes two appointees designated by the mayor of Chicago and one designated by the president of the Cook County Board.

“Cutting-edge, health-related fields, such as biotechnology, are important economic engines in Illinois,” Governor Quinn said. “For Illinois and the city of Chicago to remain at the forefront of these fields, we need to have leaders who will spur job creation and economic development by providing the vision and oversight necessary to identifying opportunities and investments that will benefit everyone.”

The IMDC, formally established in 1941, develops and manages the 560-acre Illinois Medical District (IMD) in Chicago, which has 20,000 employees working in hospitals, health clinics, research labs and the University of Illinois-Chicago (UIC) - the nation’s largest medical school, and the state’s largest biotechnology complex. The IMD supports 50,000 direct and indirect jobs, while generating $3.3 billion in economic activity and more than $100 million in state and local taxes. The IMD is funded through property sales and lease proceeds and cannot levy taxes.


Jennifer Woodard is associate vice chancellor in the Office of External Affairs at UIC. During her 14 years at UIC, Woodard has lead numerous initiatives focused on bringing support to the academic, research and service missions of the campus. Prior to joining UIC, she practiced law, specializing in corporate and international corporate matters. She has served on several non-profit arts and service organization boards, including Chicago Opera Theater, El Valor and the Harris Theater for Music and Dance. She holds degrees in English literature and history from the University of North Dakota and a juris doctorate from the Northwestern University School of Law.

James Clewlow has served as chief investment officer for CenterPoint since January of 2005, after serving as senior vice president of investments. He joined CenterPoint in 1997 and oversees investment activity for the company. Mr. Clewlow has been involved in industrial real estate since graduating from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign in 1985. He worked for CBRE as an industrial real estate broker for 11 years serving the Chicago area and joined CenterPoint in an acquisitions capacity. Mr. Clewlow received his master’s degree in business administration from Kellogg's Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University.

Meredith O’Connor is the managing director of Jones Lang LaSalle’s Midwest Region. Prior to joining Jones Lang LaSalle, O’Connor was the deputy director of business development at World Business Chicago (WBC), a public-private economic development corporation comprised of more than 20 top executives from many of Chicago’s leading companies. She spent more than 10 years as deputy commissioner with the city of Chicago where she founded a new unit in the Department of Planning and Development (DPD) to advocate for science and technology-based economic development. She also held several other city positions, including assistant to the mayor and was appointed as the youngest-ever assistant sergeant at arms for the Chicago City Council. Ms. O’Connor holds a master’s of business administration in finance from Loyola University’s Graduate School of Business.

Blake P. Sercye is an associate in the litigation department at Jenner & Block.  Prior to joining the firm, Sercye handled family law, sealing and expungement matters as a PILI Fellow at the Chicago Legal Clinic in the city’s Austin neighborhood. He serves on the board of directors for the Umoja Student Development Corporation, a nonprofit organization that provides tutoring and college preparatory counseling for inner city high school students. He is also a member of Christ the King Jesuit College Preparatory School’s Young Leader’s Council, the Chicago Westside Branch of the NAACP and the Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity. Sercye earned his juris doctorate from the University of Chicago Law School, where he was a member of The University of Chicago Legal Forum and the Black Law Students Association. He received a bachelor’s degree in politics with honors from Princeton University.



What: Iowa Hospice is hosting a free workshop that will provide new recipes, ingredientsubstitution tips and handy cooking techniques about “cooking for one” after suffering a loss. Who: Muscatine Hy-Vee’s dietitian, Kristen Decker, wil PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Aleshia Chiesa   
Monday, 19 March 2012 07:54
NorthPark and SouthPark Malls to host Miss Sunburst model search and baby contest

WHO: NorthPark and SouthPark Malls will host a Miss Sunburst model search and baby contest on
Saturday, March 24.


Entries are being accepted now for the Miss Sunburst model search and baby contest.
Each contestant will receive a crown and trophy. Winners will go to the state finals in
May. The baby pageant is for boys and girls. The age groups are as follows:

Baby – under one year
Tiny – 1 year
Little – 2-3 years

A king and queen will be chosen in each age group. They will receive a crown and trophy and
runners-up in each age group will also receive a trophy and crown. The model search is
for girls ages 4 – 27 years old. The age groups are as follows:




7 – 10
11 – 13
14 – 17
18 – 27

A winner in each age group will receive a crown and trophy and runners-up will also
receive a trophy and crown. Entry forms are available at the Guest Service Center in
front of Younkers at NorthPark Mall and at the Mall Office in SouthPark Mall. Contact or call 813-839-8054 to have all the information sent to you.

March 24, 2012

SouthPark Mall – 11am
NorthPark Mall – 4pm

SouthPark – Younker’s Court



Sen. Grassley and Rep. Issa Request Assessment from OMB of Federal Guidelines for Employee Personal Email Monitoring PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Grassley Press   
Monday, 19 March 2012 07:46

Request Comes in Wake of Investigation into Monitoring of Communications Between “FDA Nine” Whistleblowers and Congress


Agency may have intercepted passwords to personal accounts to search those accounts, which would be illegal


(WASHINGTON)—Senator Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) have requested that the Obama Administration conduct a complete assessment of federal agency guidelines for the monitoring of employee’s personal email accounts.  Grassley and Issa are conducting investigations into Food and Drug Administration (FDA) actions against nine employees who were whistleblowers to Congress about inappropriate actions they witnessed inside the agency.


In a letter to Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Acting Director Jeffrey D. Zients, Grassley and Issa noted that the “FDA may have intercepted passwords to the personal email accounts of its employees for the purpose of logging in to search for archived messages to and from Congress and the Office of Special Counsel.” Although the FDA admitted monitoring the accounts, it also obtained confidential email between the whistleblowers and Congress sent prior to the time that the monitoring allegedly occurred, which raises questions about how the FDA obtained the prior emails.


“The FDA specifically targeted these employees for monitoring after they contacted the Presidential transition team and Congress to blow the whistle.  Therefore, the FDA’s purpose for conducting surveillance was unlawful, because retaliation against individuals who engaged in protected forms of whistleblowing is illegal,” Grassley and Issa added.


Grassley and Issa wrote to Zients saying that their investigation of FDA’s surveillance of whistleblowers had given rise to a broader question about the policies and practices for electronic surveillance at all federal agencies.  They asked OMB to address a series of questions regarding parameters for such searches.


A complete copy of the letter and a full list of questions is here.


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Treasurer Fitzgerald Searching for Lucky Iowans PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Karen Austin   
Monday, 19 March 2012 07:44

DES MOINES, IA (03/06/2012)(readMedia)-- Looking for your pot o' gold at the end of the rainbow? You may be in luck! State Treasurer Michael L. Fitzgerald has a vault brimming full of unclaimed property that may belong to you. In the true spirit of St. Patrick's Day, a visit to the Great Iowa Treasure Hunt website at may add some green in the form of unclaimed property to the wallets of some lucky Iowans.

Treasurer Fitzgerald encourages everyone to visit the website. "You don't need a treasure map to find unclaimed property, just log on to and type in your name," Fitzgerald said. "We are consistently updating the list of those who have unclaimed property. Our database contains names of individuals and businesses from all over Iowa."

The Great Iowa Treasure Hunt program has returned over $143 million in unclaimed property to more than 359,000 individuals since Fitzgerald started it in 1983. Companies and banks in Iowa and from across the nation report millions of dollars in unclaimed property to the State Treasurer each year. Common examples of unclaimed property include money in forgotten savings/checking accounts, uncashed insurance benefit and payroll checks, IRA funds, lost stock and dividends, abandoned safe deposit box contents, gift cards, utility refunds or deposits.

Treasure seekers are encouraged to visit and check to see if they have unclaimed assets waiting for them. Individuals may also send an email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . For those who prefer corresponding by mail, please write to State Treasurer Michael L. Fitzgerald, Great Iowa Treasure Hunt, Lucas State Office Building, Des Moines, IA 50319. Please make sure to provide current name, previous names and addresses.



Poetry Out Loud Regional Contest Winners Move On to State Contest PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Tracy White   
Monday, 19 March 2012 07:38
Students from United Township and Orion High Schools


On Saturday, February 18th, students from Orion High School and United Township participated in the Poetry Out Loud regional contest at Quad City Arts. The event was exciting and enriching and all in attendance were edified and entertained by the student recitations.

We are happy to announce the winners of the contest: 1st place went to Brianna Gray from United Township HS. Brianna recited “Jabberwocky” by Lewis Carroll and “Song of the Powers” by David Mason. Runner-up was Anni Keleher from Orion HS. Anni recited  ”Hope” by Emily Dickinson and “The Vacuum” by Howard Nemerov.

These students will now advance to Illinois' State Poetry Out Loud Competition, being held Thursday, March 29, 2012, at the Hoogland Center for the Arts in Springfield.  The State champion will advance to the Poetry Out Loud National Finals in April in Washington, DC where $50,000 in awards and school stipends will be distributed with the grand prize being $20,000.

Poetry Out Loud is presented by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation. It is a national program that encourages high school students to learn about great poetry through memorization, performance, and competition. This program is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency.

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