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Governor Quinn Signs Law to Support Illinois’ Latino Population PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Katie Hickey   
Tuesday, 19 August 2014 13:30

Law Updates Data Collection Practices to Reflect Illinois’ Increasingly Diverse Population

CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today attended the Fifth Annual Cuban Festival in Chicago to sign legislation to update state agency data collection policies to reflect Illinois’ increasingly diverse community. The new law will help ensure the state meets the needs of every community and is part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to make Illinois the most welcoming state in the nation.

“As the most welcoming state in the nation, we need to ensure that we support every person that lives and works here,” Governor Quinn said. “This legislation updates government practices to reflect our state’s diverse population and best meet the needs of all people in Illinois.”

House Bill 5793, sponsored by State Senator Iris Martinez (D-Chicago) and State Representative Lisa Hernandez (D-Cicero), adds “Hispanic or Latino” as a separate racial or ethnic group in state agency reports and data collection. This brings currently inconsistent state agency data collection practices closer in line with the racial and ethnic classifications used by the U.S. Census Bureau.

Including Latinos as a distinct ethnic group will enable state agencies to compile more accurate data, better identify the needs of Illinois’ Latino population and create or modify services to meet those needs. The law is effective immediately.

"This landmark legislation will provide lawmakers, especially the Illinois Latino Legislative Caucus, the data we need to better advocate for Latinos across every level of state government." Representative Elizabeth Hernandez (D-Cicero) said. "I am very proud to have sponsored HB 5793 and today we say to the Latino communities across the State, 'you are no longer invisible, you matter and you will be represented!'"

"With all state agencies on the same page, able to collect and share data about the quality of services available to residents of all races and ethnicities, we can break down barriers to improvement," State Senator Iris Y. Martinez (D-Chicago) said. "We can take the guesswork out of identifying discrepancies and direct services where they are needed most."

Governor Quinn is a strong supporter of legislation and programs to support the needs of Illinois’ growing Latino population. Governor Quinn worked to enact the Illinois DREAM Act and make Illinois the first state to require bilingual education programs to be available for non-English speaking students beginning in pre-school.

Since the Governor took office, Illinois has seen a surge in the number of Latino-owned businesses – now at 70,000 – and he has also worked to increase the number of state contracts to minority- and women-owned businesses by 60 percent. In addition, he launched a partnership with the Illinois Hispanic Chamber of Commerce to help more Latino-owned firms better compete for highway construction contracts.

Governor Quinn has made it a goal to make Illinois “The Most Welcoming State” in the nation for people of all races, ethnicities, religions and nationalities. The Governor has long been a strong advocate for immigrants’ rights by working to ensure that everyone takes full advantage of health insurance, job training and foreclosure prevention programs by creating and pushing multilingual awareness campaigns so that no one misses out. He also expanded his Office of New Americans Welcoming Centers as immigrants settle in non-Chicago communities across Illinois.


News and Results from the 2014 Iowa State Fair XI PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Lori Chappell   
Tuesday, 19 August 2014 13:26

Gilbert Pianist Wins 55th Annual Iowa State Fair Talent Search

DES MOINES, IA (08/17/2014)(readMedia)-- Roberto Gemignani, 15, of Gilbert placed first in the Senior division during the championship round of the 55th annual Bill Riley Talent Search Competition held Sunday at the 2014 Iowa State Fair.

Gemignani walked away with an $8,000 prize for his piano solo.

Emily Solo, 21, of Clive was awarded second place and $4,000 for her vocal solo.

Third place and $2,000 went to Renee Brechtel, 20, of Urbandale for her violin performance.

Kami Badger, 18, of Bagley, Kate Sandage, 18, of Grand Junction, Hannah McConnell, 15, and Karli Anthofer, 15, both of Jefferson, placed fourth and received $1,000 for their tap dance. Shana Liu, 14, of Urbandale placed fifth and received $500 for her piano solo.

Acts competed statewide to qualify for competition in this year's Talent Search. The championship round took place on the Anne and Bill Riley Stage sponsored by Pepsi. Bill Riley, Jr. once again hosted the show.

More than $18,000 was awarded to the Senior and Sprout divisions combined. This year's contest was sponsored by Hy-Vee.

Feathers Fly at Iowa State Fair Pigeon Competition

DES MOINES, IA (08/17/2014)(readMedia)-- Exhibitors from across the state brought their finest birds to the Pigeon contest judged Monday at the 2014 Iowa State Fair. Pigeons were judged by the comparison method using the National Pigeon Association Standard, and rare breeds were judged using the European Method.

Complete results attached:

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Des Moines Grower Takes Top Honors in Iowa State Fair Vegetable Contest

DES MOINES, IA (08/17/2014)(readMedia)-- Don Francois of Des Moines won the Lee Kline Premium Vegetable award in the Garden Vegetable division of the Vegetable Crops contest judged Tuesday at the 2014 Iowa State Fair.

Larry Dau of Primghar claimed second place.

Winning entries from this contest are on display throughout the Fair from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. in the John Deere Agriculture Building sponsored by Alliant Energy.

Additional results below:

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"Nothing Compares" to the Iowa State Fair. The 2014 Fair ends today. The 2015 Iowa State Fair is set August 13-23. For more information, call 800/545-FAIR or visit

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News and Results from the 2014 Iowa State Fair IX PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Lori Chappell   
Friday, 15 August 2014 15:38

Urbandale Cook Claims Chicken Sausage Title at the Iowa State Fair

DES MOINES, IA (08/15/2014)(readMedia)-- Mary Tibbetts of Urbandale won First Place Overall and a $200 cash award in the Best Al Fresco Chicken Sausage competition judged Tuesday at the 2014 Iowa State Fair.

Norita Solt of Bettendorf claimed Second Place Overall and $100. Deanna Smith of Des Moines earned Third Place Overall and $75.

In the Entrée class Tibbetts won first place, and Solt claimed second place. Smith took third place.

Entries were judged on taste and presentation.

The Iowa State Fair Food Department is the largest of any state fair in the country. There are 226 divisions, 883 classes and over 10,500 entries at this year's Fair. Food judging is held in the Elwell Family Food Center sponsored by Blue Bunny.


4-H Breeding Swine Earn Ribbons at the Iowa State Fair

DES MOINES, IA (08/15/2014)(readMedia)-- Connor Conrad of Hillsboro exhibited the Supreme Champion Gilt in the 4-H Breeding Swine Show judged Monday at the 2014 Iowa State Fair. The gilt was first named Champion Duroc Gilt.

The Reserve Champion Duroc Gilt exhibited by Tyler Wellman of West Point won Reserve Supreme Champion Gilt honors.

Additional results below:

Champion Berkshire Gilt: Cole Moeller, West Point

Reserve Champion Berkshire Gilt: Mitch Harken, Pleasantville

Champion Chester White Gilt: Melanie Lane, Elkader

Reserve Champion Chester White Gilt: Grace Schlutz, Letts

Champion Hampshire Gilt: Jake Schlutz, Letts

Reserve Champion Hampshire Gilt: Kira Schult, Stockton

Champion Landrace Gilt: Leremy Jackson, Unionville

Reserve Champion Landrace Gilt: Brennan Lynch, Boone

Champion Poland China Gilt: Kennith Orr, Elgin

Reserve Champion Poland China Gilt: Shae Seils, New London

Champion Spotted Gilt: Tyler Wellman, West Point

Reserve Champion Spotted Gilt: Mitchell Chapman, Tipton

Champion Yorkshire Gilt: Jacob Schafer, Sheldon

Reserve Champion Yorkshire Gilt: Reagan Weinheimer, Greenfield

Champion Commercial Gilt: Lauren Sieren, Keota

Reserve Champion Commercial Gilt: Kade Polich, Woodward


Young Cattlemen Win High Honors in Iowa State Fair Show

DES MOINES, IA (08/15/2014)(readMedia)-- Madison Udell of Sioux City exhibited a Foundation Simmental heifer to capture the Supreme Breeding Heifer title in the 4-H Breeding Beef Show judged Tuesday at the 2014 Iowa State Fair.

Ben Weis of McIntire claimed Reserve Supreme Breeding Heifer honors with his Chianina heifer. Tanner Curtin of Oxford and his Champion Commercial Heifer earned Third Place Overall Breeding Heifer. Karlee Griswold of Clinton and her Champion Simmental Heifer received Fourth Place Overall Breeding Heifer. Sara Sullivan of Dunlap and her Shorthorn heifer snagged Fifth Place Overall Breeding Heifer.

Additional results below:

Champion Angus: Madison Udell, Sioux City

Reserve Champion Angus: Jordan Johnson, Fort Dodge

Champion All Other Breeds: Layne Pryor, Woodbine

Reserve Champion All Other Breeds: Brady Edge, West Branch

Champion Charolais: Garrett Stalcup, Prescott

Reserve Champion Charolais: Kal Swanson, Peterson

Champion Charolais Cross: Zachary Bradford, Luverne

Reserve Champion Charolais Cross: Violet Lapke, Logan

Champion Chianina: Ben Weis, McIntire

Reserve Champion Chianina: Abi Henderson, Ogden

Champion Hereford: Payton Vogel, Hartley

Reserve Champion Hereford: Tucker Black, Batavia

Champion Limousin: Mara Anderson, Garner

Reserve Champion Limousin: Olivia Vesey, Van Meter

Champion High Percentage Maine-Anjou: Cade Van Vliet, Otley

Reserve Champion High Percentage Maine-Anjou: Ben Weis, McIntire

Champion Mainetainer: Riley Sieren, Washington

Reserve Champion Mainetainer: Makenna Buesing, Stockton

Champion Shorthorn: Sara Sullivan, Dunlap

Reserve Champion Shorthorn: Payton Vogel, Hartley

Champion Shorthorn Plus: Sara Sullivan, Dunlap

Reserve Champion Shorthorn Plus: Carter Schweer, Cedar Falls

Champion Simmental: Karlee Griswold, Clinton

Reserve Champion Simmental: Colin Henzen-DeCap, Dixon

Champion Foundation Simmental: Madison Udell, Sioux City

Reserve Champion Foundation Simmental: Kennedy Core, Pleasantville

Champion Commercial Heifer: Tanner Curtin, Oxford

Reserve Champion Commercial Heifer: Wyatt Pryor, Woodbine


Kids Pull Big Weight in Iowa State Fair Contest

DES MOINES, IA (08/15/2014)(readMedia)-- Young Fairgoers pedaled their way to success in the Pedal Power Pull held Tuesday at the 2014 Iowa State Fair.

In the Pedal Power Pull, kids attempt to pedal a mini tractor 40 feet (a "full pull") pulling a box weighing from 80 pounds for 4-year-olds to 260 pounds for 11-year-olds. In the event of a tie or two full pulls, weight is added and a re-pull is held to determine the winner.

Complete results below:



1) Claire Routh, Mount Ayr, Full Pull, Full Pull

2) McKynna Beemer, Washington D.C., Full Pull, 31 feet, 10 inches

3) Kendra Robinson, Tennant, 29 feet, 1 inch

4) Madison Rasmusson, Jesup, 19 feet, 3 inches

5) Hannah Cook, Pleasantville, 19 feet, 1 inch


1) Jett Lunde, West Des Moines, 34 feet, 7 inches

2) Kennedy Hughey, Brillion, Wis., 29 feet, 8 inches

3) Skyler Murty, Gladbrook, 26 feet, 5 inches

4) Grace Collins, Dixson, 20 feet


1) Laudri Steenhand, Gilbert, Ariz., 31 feet, 1 inch

2) Deanna Anderson, Kiron, 30 feet, 9 inches

3) Briella Drost, West Des Moines, 28 feet, 7 inches

4) Reagan Liggutt, Corydon, 28 feet, 1 inch

5) Maggie Wignall, Altoona, 26 feet, 6 inches


1) Keirsten Klein, Osceola, Full Pull, 37 feet, 5 inches

2) Emma Beck, Spragueville, Full Pull, 34 feet, 4 inches

3) Olivia Johnson, Elma, Full Pull, 33 feet, 10 inches

4) Grace Wignall, Altoona, 31 feet, 5 inches

5) Madison Yarnell, no hometown given, 29 feet, 5 inches


1) Elizabeth Stohlmann, Marengo, 35 feet, 7 inches

2) Kennedy Axmear, North English, 31 feet, 4 inches

3) Grace Pryloil, Riverside, 30 feet, 9 inches

4) Allie Turnbell, Mingo, 29 feet, 8 inches

5) Sena Lunde, West Des Moines, 22 feet


1) Quinn Grubbs, Casey, Full Pull

2) Caliean Rhiner, Cambridge, 38 feet, 4 inches

3) Kylie Bohrn, Williamsburg, 32 feet, 4 inches

4) Morgan McMahon, Ankeny, 28 feet

5) Maddie Stutzman, Hartford, 23 feet, 8 inches

10 Year Olds

1) Katie Schdosser, Colfax, Full Pull

2) Becca Mohlis, Tripoli, 39 feet, 8 inches

3) Lynne Moeller, Urbandale, 39 feet, 3 inches


1) Sky Weber, Haper, Full Pull

2) Kelsie Bohrn, Williamsburg, 37 feet, 7 inches

3) Tatum Grubbs, Casey, 29 feet, 8 inches



1) Quinn Andersen, Kiron, Full Pull

2) Ira Hawk, Saint Charles, 36 feet, 10 inches

3) Jaren Lindstrom, Ankeny, 36 feet, 1 inch

4) Cooper Robinson, Tennant, 33 feet, 2 inches

5) Grayson Hansen, Hartford, 33 feet, 1 inch


1) Kane Axmear, North English, 37 feet, 10 inches

2) Brady Fett, Elma, 33 feet, 5 inches

3) Landon VanDonselaar, Oskaloosa, 29 feet

4) Collin Weis, North Liberty, 28 feet, 11 inches

5) Isaac Miskell, Story City, 28 feet, 3 inches


1) Brock Jones, Shannon City, Full Pull, 34 feet, 8 inches

2) Evan Stohlmann, Marengo, Full Pull, 31 feet, 4 inches

3) Zachary Doud, Batavia, 35 feet, 10 inches

4) Peter Palmer, Wayland, 34 feet, 2 inches

5) Blake Sheetz, Washington, 34 feet, 1 inch


1) Jayden Thompson, Sigourney, Full Pull, 33 feet, 1 inch

2) Michael Collins, Denison, Full Pull, 31 feet, 3 inches

3) Luke Detterman, Clinton, 38 feet, 2 inches

4) Keaton Kralik, Creston, 34 feet, 5 inches

5) Jacob Lincoln, Marion, 32 feet, 7 inches


1) Ethan Thimmes, Mechanicsville, 38 feet, 9 inches

2) Isaac Wardlow, Revere, Mo., 36 feet, 2 inches

3) Brayden Moeller, Urbandale, 34 feet, 9 inches

4) Caleb Cook, Pleasantville, 30 feet, 3 inches

5) Jake Jones, Shannon City, 30 feet


1) Cody Fett, Elma, Full Pull, 34 feet, 3 inches

2) Conner Collins, Denison, Full Pull, 32 feet, 4 inches

3) Samuel Phelan, Des Moines, Full Pull, 19 feet, 6 inches

4) Dillon Beck, Spragueville, 32 feet, 1 inch

5) Jacob Novak, Diagonal, 31 feet, 8 inches


1) Kenny Schlosser, Colfax, Full Pull

2) Bryce Moffitt, Indianola, 30 feet, 4 inches

3) Isaiah Fisher, Des Moines, 21 feet, 4 inches

4) Mason Warschkow, Iowa Falls, 20 feet, 8 inches

5) Ty Wood, Corydon, 18 feet, 6 inches


1) Grant Pryloil, Riverside, Full Pull, Full Pull

2) Benjamin Moffitt, Indianola, Full Pull, 37 feet, 2 inches

3) Jake Turnbull, Mingo, Full Pull, 35 feet, 6 inches

4) Devon Brown, Chariton, 38 feet, 4 inches

5) Dominick Baker, Des Moines, 36 feet, 6 inches

"Nothing Compares" to the 2014 Iowa State Fair, August 7-17. The Fairgrounds are located at East 30th and East University Avenue, just 10 minutes east of downtown Des Moines, and are open 7 a.m. to 1 a.m. each day of the Fair. Exhibit hours may vary. For more information, call 800/545-FAIR or visit

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Congressmen on Social Security’s 79th Anniversary PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Kirsten Hartman and Joe Hand   
Friday, 15 August 2014 13:28

Braley's statement on Social Security's 79th anniversary

Washington, D.C. – Rep. Bruce Braley (IA-01) today released the following statement on the 79th anniversary of the Social Security program.

“Social Security is one of the most important, effective programs in American history—it’s significantly reduced poverty among seniors and ensured a basic safety net for generations. I’m committed to protecting it for the Iowans who rely on it today and the Iowans who will rely on it in the future.”

Over 450,000 Iowa seniors received Social Security benefits in 2013.

Loebsack Applauds 79th Anniversary of Social Security; Vows to Protect Social Security from Privatization


Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman Loebsack marked the 79th anniversary of the enactment of Social Security and released the following statement.  The Social Security Act was signed into law by President Franklin Roosevelt on August 14, 1935.

“For years, Social Security has provided Americans with the promise of economic security in retirement.  As someone who was raised in poverty by my grandmother who relied on Social Security survivors benefits to put food on the table for my siblings and me, I know how vital this initiative is for both seniors and their families.

“That is why I staunchly oppose efforts to privatize Social Security and end the guarantee to seniors that a lifetime of work will be rewarded with the peace of mind, certainty, and sense of security of a stable retirement.  Remembering what it was like to sit around the table and wonder how to pay the bills each month, I firmly believe that no senior should face the possibility of retiring into poverty.  We must keep the promise that we have made to our seniors.”


Governor Quinn Calls for State Building to Be Named in Honor of U.S. Senator Alan Dixon PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Katie Hickey   
Thursday, 14 August 2014 12:25

SPRINGFIELD – Governor Pat Quinn today announced a plan to name the Illinois State Museum Building in Springfield after the late U.S. Senator Alan Dixon. Governor Quinn initiated and is working with the Illinois General Assembly to pass a joint resolution making that designation official.

"Alan Dixon served with distinction on the local, state and federal levels and was an integral part of our state’s history for four decades,” Governor Quinn said. “Naming this building in his honor will help serve as a reminder of his lasting legacy of public service and his dedication to the people of Illinois.”

"This is a very fitting way to honor the career of Alan Dixon who served the residents of our state with honor and energy for decades. I will be proud to sponsor this resolution," Illinois House Speaker Michael J. Madigan said.

“Alan Dixon’s legacy of bipartisanship, leadership and commitment to seeking the common good represents the best aspects of public service in our state and country,” Illinois Senate President John J. Cullerton said.

The Illinois State Museum at 502 S. Spring St. in Springfield will be named the Alan J. Dixon Building of the Illinois State Museum upon passage of the joint resolution.

Dixon was born in Belleville on July 7, 1927. He earned a law degree and served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. Dixon was elected one of the youngest legislators ever to serve in the Illinois House of Representatives and served as an Illinois State Representative from 1951 to 1963. He served in the Illinois State Senate from 1963 to 1971, rising to the position of Assistant Democratic Leader. He also served as Illinois Treasurer from 1971 to 1977 and Secretary of State from 1977 to 1981. Dixon served in the U.S. Senate from 1980 to 1993, and was chairman of the Defense Base Closure and Realignment Commission in 1994 and 1995. Dixon died on July 6, 2014 and is survived by his wife, Joan “Jody” Fox Dixon, three children, eight grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

The Illinois State Museum inspires discovery and caring about Illinois' cultural and natural resources and heritage. The museum’s extensive collections and research activities provide the foundation for exhibitions and public programs that tell the story of the land, life, people and art of Illinois. The Illinois State Museum is headquartered in Springfield with branch facilities throughout the state. All State Museum facilities are open to the public free of charge.


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