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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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News and Results from the 2014 Iowa State Fair XVI PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Lori Chappell   
Friday, 22 August 2014 15:35

Winners Named in Iowa State Fair Belgian and Shire Horse Shows

DES MOINES, IA (08/22/2014)(readMedia)-- Bill Gerdes of Burlington showed the Supreme Champion in the Belgian Horse Show, and Arlin Wareing, Blackfoot, Idaho, won Best of Breed in the Shire Horse Show. Both shows were held August 10 through 12 at the 2014 Iowa State Fair.

Complete results attached:

View Online: http://readme.readmedia.com/Winners-Named-in-Iowa-State-Fair-Belgian-and-Shire-Horse-Shows/9654686

Romers Earn Ribbons at Iowa State Fair Dahlia Show

DES MOINES, IA (08/22/2014)(readMedia)-- Jim Romer of Algona was awarded Largest Best Blue Ribbon of Show honors and six Court of Honor titles in the Dahlia division of the Floriculture competition judged Saturday at the 2014 Beth Romer of Ames was awarded four Court of Honor titles, and Janice Stock of Titonka earned two Court of Honor titles.

Complete results attached:

View Online: http://readme.readmedia.com/Romers-Earn-Ribbons-at-Iowa-State-Fair-Dahlia-Show/9654689

Anamosa Farm Awarded Top Honors at Iowa State Fair Swine Show

DES MOINES, IA (08/22/2014)(readMedia)-- Tyler and Jessie Frasher of Anamosa were awarded the Grand Champion and Reserve Grand Champion banners at the Hawkeye Market Swine show judged Sunday at the 2014 Iowa State Fair.

Wulf Brothers of Donahue took the Grand Champion Truckload banner while the Engler Family of Nevada was awarded Reserve Grand Champion Truckload honors.

Additional results below:

Purebred Truckload

1) AJC Berkshires, Baxter

Crossbred Truckload

1) Dean Paustian, Eldridge

2) Kirkwood Community College, Cedar Rapids

3) Hansen Farms, Dallas Center

Crossbred Truckload

1) Wulf Bros., Donahue

2) Engler Family, Nevada

3) Mosher Family, Eldora

Purebred All Other Breeds

1) Ray Williamson, Eagle Grove

2) Ray Williamson, Eagle Grove

3) Jack Bair Family, Elkhart

4) Hauser Livestock, Grinnell

5) Ken Wiebbecke, Saint Ansgar

6) Ken Wiebbecke, Saint Ansgar

Purebred Yorkshire, Class 1

1) Dalton Konz, Garner

2) Dalton Konz, Garner

3) Macy Leonard, Newton

4) Bad Habbit Show Pigs, New Hartford

5) Kent Farms, Osceola

6) Bad Habbit Show Pigs, New Hartford

7) Petersen Farms J&J, Knoxville

Purebred Yorkshire, Class 2

1) Ellensohn Show Pigs, Le Mars

2) Keith Johnson, Rose Hill

3) Ellensohn Show Pigs, Le Mars

4) Bad Habbit Show Pigs, New Hartford

5) Ken Wiebbecke, Saint Ansgar

6) Ken Wiebbecke, Saint Ansgar

7) Bad Habbit Show Pigs, New Hartford

Crossbred Gilts, Class 1

1) Jack Bair Family, Elkhart

2) Petersen Farms J&J, Knoxville

3) Bruce Rainboth, Marcus

4) Hansen Farms, Dallas Center

5) Dean Paustian, Eldridge

6) Jay Heeren, Jewell

7) Jay Heeren, Jewell

Crossbred Gilts, Class 2

1) Bad Habbit Show Pigs, New Hartford

2) Mosher Family, Eldora

3) Bruce Rainboth, Marcus

4) Greiman Farms, Waterloo

5) Jay Heeren, Jewell

6) Petersen Farms J&J, Knoxville

7) Petersen Farms J&J, Knoxville

8) Hansen Farms, Dallas Center

Crossbred Gilts, Class 3

1) Drew Hinners, Alta

2) Nevaeh Brown, Earlham

3) Nelson Endres, Saint Charles

4) Cody Gillman, Chariton

5) Cody Gillman, Chariton

6) Cody Gillman, Chariton

7) Kirkwood Community College, Cedar Rapids

8) Smith Black Herefords, Newton

9) Halls of Fame, Radcliffe

Crossbred Gilts, Class 4

1) Alyssa, Brayden and Raelee Warrick, Sully

2) Greiman Farms, Waterloo

3) Frascht Farms, Charles City

4) Jebs Pork Farm, Mediapolis

5) Cody Gillman, Chariton

6) Engler Family, Nevada

7) Halls of Fame, Radcliffe

Crossbred Gilts, Class 5

1) Frascht Farms, Charles City

2) Ver Ploeg Farms, Pella

3) Frascht Farms, Charles City

4) Smith Black Herefords, Newton

5) Frascht Farms, Charles City

6) Frascht Farms, Charles City

7) Bailey Christensen, Adel

8) Bad Habbit Show Pigs, New Hartford

9) Frascht Farms, Charles City

Crossbred Barrow, Class 1

1) Ben and Ty Heeren, Lehigh

2) Paityn and Landrey Peterson, Rhodes

3) Dean Paustian, Eldridge

4) Hughes Family Farm, Delmar

5) Dead End Livestock, Colo

6) Dead End Livestock, Colo

7) Hansen Farms, Dallas Center

8) Dead End Livestock, Colo

Crossbred Barrow, Class 2

1) Ben and Ty Heeren, Lehigh

2) Frascht Farms, Charles City

3) Dean Paustian, Eldridge

4) Jack Bair Family, Elkhart

5) Mosher Family, Eldora

6) Nelson Endres, Saint Charles

7) Hughes Family Farm, Delmar

8) Jack Bair Family, Elkhart

9) Mosher Family, Eldora

10) Johnson Acres, Clarion

11) Jay Heeren, Jewell

12) Devin Brines, Leon

Crossbred Barrow, Class 3

1) Paityn and Landrey Peterson, Rhodes

2) Ben and Ty Heeren, Lehigh

3) Bruce Rainboth, Marcus

4) Ellensohn Show Pigs, Le Mars

5) Abby Benshoof, Winterset

6) Diamond B Showpigs, Prairie City

7) Jack Bair Family, Elkhart

8) Wulf Bros., Donahue

9) Dean Paustian, Eldridge

10) Mosher Family, Eldora

11) Cody Gillman, Chariton

12) Dean Paustian, Eldridge

13) Cody Gillman, Chariton

14) Hansen Farms, Dallas Center

15) Mosher Family, Eldora

Crossbred Barrow, Class 4

1) Ben and Ty Heeren, Lehigh

2) Emily Harold, West Branch

3) Keppy Farms, Durant

4) Dalton Konz, Garner

5) Wulf Bros., Donahue

6) Wulf Bros., Donahue

7) Jay Heeren, Jewell

8) Bad Habbit Show Pigs, New Hartford

9) Bad Habbit Show Pigs, New Hartford

10) Engler Family, Nevada

Crossbred Barrow, Class 5

1) Macy Leonard, Newton

2) Smith Black Herefords, Newton

3) Wulf Bros., Donahue

4) Engler Land and Livestock, Cambridge

5) Engler Land and Livestock, Cambridge

6) Diamond B Showpigs, Prairie City

7) Engler Land and Livestock, Cambridge

8) Engler Land and Livestock, Cambridge

9) Smith Black Herefords, Newton

10) Ver Ploeg Farms, Pella

11) Engler Land and Livestock, Cambridge

12) Kent Farms, Osceola

13) Kent Farms, Osceola

14) Kim VandeVoort, Pella

15) Mosher Family, Eldora

16) Mike and Cristen Clark, Runnells

17) Halls of Fame, Radcliffe

Crossbred Barrow, Class 6

1) Tyler and Jessie Frasher, Anamosa

2) Kirkwood Community College, Cedar Rapids

3) Moore Show Stock, Knoxville

4) Brooke Moore, Knoxville

5) Wulf Bros., Donahue

6) Nelson Endres, Saint Charles

7) Engler Land and Livestock, Cambridge

8) Schroeder Farms, Chariton

9) Blake Oostenink, Sioux Center

10) Frascht Farms, Charles City

11) Halls of Fame, Radcliffe

12) Alyssa, Brayden and Raelee Warrick, Sully

13) Bad Habbit Show Pigs, New Hartford

Crossbred Barrow, Class 7

1) Tyler and Jessie Frasher, Anamosa

2) Keppy Farms, Durant

3) Emily Harold, West Branch

4) Frascht Farms, Charles City

5) Wulf Bros., Donahue

6) Jebs Pork Farm, Mediapolis

7) Dean Paustian, Eldridge

8) Frascht Farms, Charles City

9) Kim VandeVoort, Pella

10) Frascht Farms, Charles City

11) Jack Bair Family, Elkhart

12) Kyle Marker, Des Moines

Champion Purebred Truckload: AJC Berkshires, Baxter

Champion Crossbred Truckload: Wulf Bros., Donahue

Reserve Champion Crossbred Truckload: Engler Family, Nevada

Champion Purebred: Ellensohn Show Pigs, Le Mars

Reserve Champion Purebred: Dalton Konz, Garner

Champion Crossbred Gilt: Alyssa, Brayden and Raelee Warrick, Sully

Reserve Champion Crossbred Gilt: Drew Hinners, Alta

Champion Crossbred Barrow: Tyler and Jessie Frasher, Anamosa

Reserve Champion Crossbred Barrow: Tyler and Jessie Frasher, Anamosa

"Nothing Compares" to the Iowa State Fair. The 2014 Fair ended August 17. The 2015 Iowa State Fair is set August 13-23. For more information, call 800/545-FAIR or visit iowastatefair.org.

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