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Rock Island Library Library Hours for Saturday and Labor Day PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Lisa Lockheart   
Thursday, 28 August 2014 13:40

(Rock Island, IL) The Rock Island Library's Main Library location, 401 19th Street, will be closed Saturday, August 30 due to the Rock Island Gran Prix race in downtown Rock Island. The Rock Island Library's 30/31 Branch, 3059 30th Street, and Southwest Branch, 9010 Ridgewood Road, will be open from as usual on Saturday, from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.

All Rock Island Library locations will be closed on Monday, Sept. 1 in observance of Labor Day. Locations reopen at 9:00 Tuesday, Sept. 2.

For more hours and events at Rock Island Public Libraries, visit the library website at www.rockislandlibrary.org, follow the library on Facebook or Twitter, or call 309-732-7323.

Founded in 1872, the Rock Island Public Library serves the area through three locations, which include the Main, 30/31 and Southwest Branches, community outreach efforts, and online opportunities that provide resources to enhance personal achievement and stimulate the imagination.

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Governor Quinn Opens State-of-the-Art Police Forensic Laboratory in Belleville PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Dave Blanchette   
Thursday, 28 August 2014 12:57

New State Police Building Provides Forensic Capability for Southern Illinois Law Enforcement Agencies

BELLEVILLE – Governor Pat Quinn today was joined by state and local officials to open a new State Police Metro-East Forensic Science Laboratory in Belleville. The facility will provide the Illinois State Police (ISP) and police agencies throughout the region with enhanced crime-solving abilities. The event is part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to ensure the safety of all people in every community across Illinois.

“Our law enforcement agencies must have the best resources available to investigate crimes and arrest offenders,” Governor Quinn said. “This facility gives local authorities access to the very latest tools and technology to help them conduct investigations more efficiently and effectively while protecting the safety of the people of Illinois.”

The 64,000 square-foot, $41.6 million forensic laboratory, funded by Governor Quinn’s Illinois Jobs Now! capital construction program, includes state-of-the-art facilities and equipment for crime scene services, trace chemistry, drug chemistry, polygraph, latent prints, firearms and forensic biology/DNA testing.

The facility is located on land purchased in 2007 from Lindenwood University. The construction project was administered by the Capital Development Board, which oversees all non-road state-funded construction projects.

“The new forensic lab will meet the infrastructure requirements of today's highly technical scientific equipment and serve our most important clients – the victims and their families,” Illinois State Police Director Hiram Grau said.

For more than two decades, the Illinois State Police had leased 15,000 square feet of renovated office space as its laboratory in Fairview Heights. The rented space could no longer accommodate the agency’s technological changes, casework growth and staffing needs.

“This lab will give police and prosecutors better tools to advance justice and avoid improperly arresting and convicting innocent people,” State Senate Majority Leader James F. Clayborne (D-Belleville) said. “This project is thanks to a fruitful partnership between the state and Lindenwood’s Belleville campus, which will improve educational opportunities for its students.”

“This new facility will make it easier for Illinois’ police officers to do their jobs,” State Representative Jay Hoffman (D-Swansea) said. “The state-of-the-art technology will also provide the most effective tools in assisting local and state investigators and ensuring public safety.”

The Metro-East Forensic Science Laboratory project is part of Governor Quinn’s $31 billion Illinois Jobs Now! program, which is supporting more than 439,000 jobs over six years. Illinois Jobs Now! is the largest capital construction program in Illinois history, and is one of the largest construction programs in the nation.

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CSG Executive Committee OKs Resolution Supporting All Domestic Sources of Energy PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Council of State Governments   
Wednesday, 27 August 2014 08:39

ANCHORAGE, ALASKA--The Council of State Governments' Executive Committee has called on the Obama administration and Congress to establish a national energy policy that promotes all available domestic sources of energy.

The resolution, approved Aug. 13 during the CSG National and CSG West Annual Conference in Anchorage, Alaska, comes in response to proposed new Clean Air Act rules that will require modified, reconstructed and existing power plants to reduce carbon emissions. The resolution states the regulation of retail electricity sales and local distribution should be left up to the states and that each state is responsible for ensuring a reliable and affordable supply of energy.

The resolution urges state policymakers to develop comments on the rules by the Environmental Protection Agency's deadline.

The executive committee also adopted a resolution dealing with a proposed rule to redefine "waters of the U.S." that could significantly increase the cost and regulatory requirements of state and local governments. That resolution calls on full consultation and engagement of state governments in any process that may affect management of their waters.

It also asks the EPA and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to delay redefining the waters of the U.S. rule until after an economic analysis and a Science Advisory Board review are completed.

The proposed rule, the committee believes, would apply to all programs of the Clean Water Act and subject more activities to permitting requirements, analyses and mitigation requirements. The resolution states that the EPA and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers did not consider the impact on the full range of programs affected or the economic impacts to small businesses.

The executive committee also adopted resolutions:

  • Supporting recognition of the EMS Personnel Licensure Compact known as REPLICA;
  • Supporting the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement, known as SARA, which addresses distance learning;
  • Requesting Congress and the federal government to pursue opportunities to protect intellectual property, reduce fraudulent theft and protect American businesses and consumers;
  • Urging Congress to pass reauthorization of the Export-Import Bank before the current authorization expires in September;
  • Recommending each state's elections website provide specific information for military personnel and other U.S. citizens living overseas and that each website link to the U.S. Department of Defense Federal Voting Assistance program; and
  • Commending the National Conference of State Legislatures on 40 years of service to the states.

 
Food Bank Competition Enters Final Week PDF Print E-mail
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Written by USDA Office of Communications   
Monday, 25 August 2014 14:48
Winner Signs Up Most U.S. Food Waste Challenge Partners

WASHINGTON, Aug. 25, 2014 – A friendly competition among the nation's food banks to sign up the most donors in the U.S. Food Waste Challenge is drawing to a close, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and Feeding America will determine a winner in early September. The food bank that registers the most donors as participants in the U.S. Food Waste Challenge will be honored in an event hosted by the Department of Agriculture. The competition was launched on July 22 and closes this week.

Food bank donors and partners can join the competition by signing up for the U.S. Food Waste Challenge on Feeding America's website and listing the activities they will undertake to help reduce, recover, or recycle food waste in their operations. USDA's Economic Research Service estimated food waste in the U.S. at between 30-40 percent of the food supply.

"When we do our part to lower food waste, we can help ease pressure on our natural resources and feed families in need," said Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack. "Through the Food Waste Challenge, food banks, producers, manufactures, and retailers are stepping up to do just that."

The U.S. Food Waste Challenge was inaugurated in June 2013 by USDA and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and calls on businesses and organizations to join the effort to reduce food waste in the United States. The goal of the U.S. Food Waste Challenge is to lead a fundamental shift in how we think about and manage food and food waste in America. Participants join the Challenge by listing what activities they will undertake to help reduce, recover, or recycle food waste in their operations. The Challenge includes a goal of 400 partners by 2015 and 1,000 by 2020.

By joining the U.S. Food Waste Challenge, businesses that donate to the nation's food banks are adding their voice to the growing movement to reduce food waste and keep wholesome food where it belongs: on someone's plate.

More information about the U.S. Food Waste Challenge is at http://usda.gov/oce/foodwaste/.

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Bettendorf Hy-Vee Checker Earns Company’s Highest Honor PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Tara Deering-Hansen   
Monday, 25 August 2014 09:20

Mona Moeller Named 2014 Hy-Vee Legendary Customer Service Award Recipient 

BETTENDORF, Iowa (Aug. 22, 2014) — If you visit the Bettendorf Hy-Vee and the express lane has a long line, chances are Mona Moeller is working.

“The best compliment a checker can have is a long line. Mona always has a long line because she makes customers’ days and no other checker will do,” said Steve Mokosak, Bettendorf Hy-Vee store director. “She laughs with our customers, she cries with them, she jokes with them, and in the end, she keeps them coming back.”

Moeller is the definition of a helpful smile, showing up to work each day with a positive attitude, ready to greet each customer as enthusiastically as she did the last and making sure nobody leaves the store unhappy. Co-worker Amanda Pickett said she enjoys checking next to Moeller and witnessing the way she interacts with customers.

“I don’t think Mona has ever met a stranger. She has formed relationships with customers and they care about her as much as she cares for them,” she said.

Moeller’s ability to build relationships is one of the reasons her co-workers and customers nominated her for Hy-Vee’s highest honor, the Legendary Customer Service Award.

This afternoon company officials, fellow employees, family members and customers gathered at the Hy-Vee in Bettendorf to surprise Moeller with the award, which recognizes exemplary achievement in providing service that exceeds customers’ expectations. Only 10 winners of the award are selected each year from among more than 70,000 Hy-Vee employees in eight states.

Candidates are nominated for the Legendary Customer Service Award by their co-workers, and winners are selected by a panel of Hy-Vee’s top officers. Nominations are evaluated on the employee’s overall contributions to the company in nine areas: passion for customer service, attitude, initiative, teamwork, problem-solving skills, dedication to Hy-Vee fundamentals, communication skills, professional image and self-confidence.

Tim Cernin, assistant vice president of operations for Hy-Vee’s eastern district, said Bettendorf Hy-Vee has found something special in Moeller.

“Mona is someone you look forward to seeing in the morning just to brighten your day with her quick wit,” Cernin said. “Mona sets the example in service. And when other checkers are motivated to live up to what Mona’s standards are, the store continues to set itself apart — all because of Mona.”

Moeller is constantly making new friends and learning about her customers. Al Ulrich, one of Moeller’s regular customers, said he looks forward to checking out when Moeller is working because he can count on her having a quick, interesting story or an insightful comment.

“I can honestly tell you that I don’t know the names of any cashiers at the dozens of other stores I have shopped at over the years. But I can tell you that I know Mona and I look forward to seeing her in the express lane,” said Ulrich. “Some days can be extremely busy for her, but she handles the stress with professionalism and a funny quip. She has even made me laugh on days when I was a little more stressed than usual.”

Hy-Vee CEO Randy Edeker said Moeller is exactly the type of employee company officials had in mind when the Legendary Customer Service Award was established in 2006.

“Through the years, our employees have made the name Hy-Vee synonymous with friendliness, caring and outstanding customer service,” he said. “This award honors the best of the best, like Mona, who remind all of us what it really means to serve the customer.”

Moeller and the other 2014 recipients of the Legendary Customer Service Award will be inducted into Hy-Vee’s Customer Service Hall of Fame and receive a coveted Legendary Customer Service name badge and a custom-designed ring to commemorate the honor. They will be guests of honor at their area’s service award dinner in October, which honors employees for longevity of service in five-year increments, from five years to 45 years and beyond. And finally, their photos will be prominently featured on the side of Hy-Vee trucks, taking their helpful smiles to millions of travelers throughout the Midwest.

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