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Loebsack, Ashford Reintroduce Legislation to Cut Member Pay PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Joe Hand   
Friday, 06 February 2015 12:38

Bill would cut Member pay for the first time since Great Depression

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Dave Loebsack (IA-02) announced today that he reintroduced legislation that would cut Member’s pay for the first time since the Great Depression. He was joined by Rep. Brad Ashford (NE-02) as an original cosponsor. The Congressional Halt in Pay Increases (CHIP IN) and Cut Congressional Pay Act would cut their pay by 10 percent and repeal automatic pay increases that currently take place.


“While millions of Americans are still recovering from the Great Recession, Members of Congress haven’t seen their pay decrease since the Great Depression in the 1930s,” said Congressman Loebsack. “I believe that those elected to serve shouldn’t be in it to line their own pockets, which is why it is time to cut Member’s pay and stop the automatic increases that take place. And with the fiscal mess that our nation continues to face, we have to show our constituents that we have the personal fiscal discipline needed to reform our budget process. The American people deserve better. It’s time for Congress to show it is serious about making good, tough choices for the country.”

“The last four years in Congress have been some of the least productive in our nation’s history.  The partisanship and gridlock have reached an all-time high, and when I travel around the 2nd District, Nebraskans tell me they want accountability,” said Congressman Ashford. “With our country facing growing debt crisis this legislation is a good-faith effort from Congress to get our fiscal house in order, and I am proud to support this common sense legislation with my colleague from Iowa.  I made this commitment to the people of Nebraska, and I will continue to push Congress to work together to do the job we were sent here to do.”


Governor Rauner Commemorates 150th Anniversary of 13th Amendment PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Lance Trover   
Friday, 06 February 2015 12:12

SPRINGFIELD – Governor Bruce Rauner issued a proclamation to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the ratification of the 13th Amendment in conjunction with the Senate’s commemoration ceremony, which happened today.

“The 13th amendment has so much significance to our nation’s history and Illinois’ history. In 1865, Illinois led the effort and was the first state to ratify the 13th Amendment, which abolished slavery in the United States.  It is an important date in our history and something we should never forget. Today we remember all of the sacrifices made by so many to create equality for all. We, as the great State of Illinois, must continue to lead the country to achieve freedom, liberty and justice for all.”


Two Skip-a-Long Child Care Centers Receive Highest Quality Rating in IL PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Liz Dierolf   
Monday, 02 February 2015 16:22


Shows Continuous Quality Improvement Commitment to Children in Moline and Rock Island

Moline, Illinois - January 21, 2015 - Skip-A-Long Child Dev Serv-Moline Campus and Rock Island Campus both received the Gold Circle of Quality designation from ExceleRate Illinois, the state's new quality rating and improvement system for early learning and development providers.

"Every early learning and development provider who participates in ExceleRate Illinois makes quality a priority,"
said Theresa Hawley, executive director, Governor's Office of Early Childhood Development. "The higher the
designation, the higher the program's demonstrated quality and comprehensiveness in meeting children's early learning needs," she said.

"We are proud to receive the Gold Circle of Quality," said Julie Allen, Skip-A-Long Child Dev Serv-Moline Campus. "Providing quality in early learning and development will help our children in Moline be better prepared for success in school and in life."

ExceleRate Illinois helps families make more informed choices about their children's early learning. It establishes standards to help infants, toddlers and preschoolers develop intellectually, physically, socially and emotionally. Additionally, it provides a framework for early learning and development professionals to identify opportunities to enhance their knowledge and skills.

Research in science and brain development shows that children who are more meaningfully engaged in early
learning experiences from infancy through the first five years of life are more likely to be successful in school and in life. With the right engagement, children can form a healthy foundation of neural pathways in the brain, which impact their ability to think, react, process and grow.

ExceleRate Illinois is a comprehensive system that includes Licensed Child Care Centers, Preschool for All and Center-Based Prevention Initiative Programs, Head Start and Early Head Start Programs. Licensed Family and Group Child Care Homes will be included next year.

For more information or to find a Child Care Resource & Referral Agency in your area, visit:

ExceleRate Illinois is administered through INCCRRA under the joint direction of the Governor's Office of Early
Childhood Development, the Illinois Department of Human Services, and the Illinois State Board of Education.

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Senior Star at Elmore Place Hosts Dinner Seminar on Long-Term Care Insurance PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Christina L. Maggio-Kellerstrass   
Monday, 02 February 2015 15:17

Davenport insurance agent on hand to help understand long-term care coverage



DAVENPORT, IA (February 2, 2015) – Senior Star at Elmore Place will host an informative dinner seminar on long-term care insurance at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, February 10 at 4500 Elmore Avenue.

The seminar will be presented by local State Farm agent, Matt Hayes, who will discuss important information about long-term care insurance.  Hayes will help attendees understand if long term-care insurance is right for them and the reasons to consider this type of insurance.  He will also share the misconceptions of purchasing long-term care insurance so participants have all the facts prior to making a decision as to whether or not this will meet the needs of their personal situation.

“There is so much information to dissect when it comes to long-term care insurance,” said Marc Strohschein, executive director of Senior Star at Elmore Place.  “We are pleased to have Matt Hayes offer his time and expertise so that people can make an informed decision.”

Seating is limited.  Please RSVP no later than February 9 by calling 563.484.5114.

For more information about Senior Star at Elmore Place or to schedule a tour, call 563.484.5114 or visit the website at

About Senior Star at Elmore Place

Senior Star at Elmore Place, a Senior Star community, features 236 modernly decorated apartments spanning across 20 acres of beautifully landscaped property with many customized amenities to offer its residents three distinctive living experiences:  independent living, assisted living and memory care.  For more information, visit


Fire Safety Group Reminds Illinois Residents to Think Burn Prevention During Burn Awareness Week, Year-Round PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Erik Hoffer, Illinois Fire Safety Alliance   
Friday, 30 January 2015 15:32

Mount Prospect, IL – During Burn Awareness Week, which runs February 1-7, 2015, the nonprofit Illinois Fire Safety Alliance (IFSA) reminds Illinois residents to think about burn prevention in their daily lives.

Burn Awareness Week provides an opportunity for burn, fire and life safety educators to unite in sharing a common burn awareness and prevention message in their communities. While the topic for 2015 is scald prevention, the IFSA stresses the importance of fire safety, cooking safety, and other measures that prevent burns to infants, children and adults.

“Through public education, we can reduce the number of burn injuries and the associated medical costs being sustained by people in Illinois,” says Philip Zaleski, Executive Director of the IFSA.

According to the American Burn Association (ABA), an estimated 450,000 burn injuries were treated throughout the United States in 2013 and approximately 40,000 hospitalizations were required for those burn injuries.

“Unfortunately, more than 3,000 people in the U.S. perish each year as a result of fires, burns, and scalding liquids,” notes Zaleski. “For the 96% that survive their burn injury, physical, psychological, and emotional trauma may continue to be felt long past their initial recovery.”

Since 1982, the IFSA has worked with local, state, and national groups and organizations to promote programs and distribute information related to fire safety and burn prevention, while also providing support programs for burn survivors.

The IFSA is most well-known for its “Camp I Am Me” burn camp for Illinois children ages eight to 16. The week-long camp will be commemorating its 25th anniversary in June. Also, the IFSA hosts an annual Young Adult Summit as an extension of burn camp for persons between the ages of 18 and 25 who have experienced a burn injury requiring outpatient treatment or hospitalization.

The third annual Young Adult Summit is a weekend retreat that will be hosted February 20-22. It consists of a variety of scheduled workshops and activities that support personal growth, emotional healing, school, career, relationships, and self-image. Topics include team building, finding strength from within, establishing self-acceptance, identifying one’s potential, and adopting a sense of independence.

To view more of what the IFSA is doing to prevent burn injuries and to help burn survivors recover, please visit

ABOUT THE ILLINOIS FIRE SAFETY ALLIANCE: Since 1982, the Illinois Fire Safety Alliance (IFSA), a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, has been bringing together persons and groups with common interest in fire safety, burn prevention, and public education, and to promote programs and disseminate information related to fire safety and burn prevention. The IFSA also hosts burn survivor support programs including the Young Adult Summit and Camp “I Am Me,” a unique week-long camp for children who have experienced severe burn injuries. Additional information on the Illinois Fire Safety Alliance can be found at



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