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Governor Quinn Statement on the 37th Annual Bank of America Chicago Marathon PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Katie Hickey   
Tuesday, 14 October 2014 12:48
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today issued the following statement on the 37th Annual Bank of America Chicago Marathon:

“On behalf of the people of Illinois, I congratulate the thousands of runners who trained, ran and completed the annual Chicago Marathon.

“For those who traveled from afar to those from right here in Illinois, it is an honor to have such dedicated and talented athletes race through Chicago each year.

“I congratulate our two winners: Eliud Kipchope and Rita Jeptoo. Your remarkable performances are an inspiration for runners everywhere.

“I also want to send a special thank you to Carey Pinkowski who has served as the race director for 25 races. When he began, the marathon had just over 7,000 starters and is now over the 40,000 mark and has become one of the world’s most famous marathons.”


The Ferris Wheel is open on Saturdays through November 1! PDF Print E-mail
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Written by River Bandits   
Friday, 10 October 2014 15:57

The Giant Wheel will take you up 110 feet in the air in an open air gondola that seat up to 6 people. The wheel will spin slowly around offering views of the Mississippi River, Modern Woodmen Park, and downtown Davenport and Rock Island. The ride will be lit at light with an impressive LED light package with millions of color combinations which makes it an entirely different ride at night!

All guests below 42" must be accompanied by a supervising companion. The Giant Wheel requires five amusement coupons to ride.

For each ride, 50 cents will be donated to the Genesis Health Services Foundation, benefiting Camp Genesis, Genesis Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and Genesis Flu-Free Quad Cities.

IH Mississippi Valley Credit Union members can use the Fastpass line and be the next guests loaded onto the ride by just showing their credit union card.

Amusements Schedule and General Information

ECHL announces revisions to divisional alignment and playoff format PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Brian Lavelle   
Friday, 10 October 2014 15:55
PRINCETON, N.J. – The ECHL announced on Thursday the revised divisional alignment and format for the 2015 Kelly Cup Playoffs following the approval of seven expansion teams on Tuesday.

As approved by the Board of Governors, the conference and divisional alignment for the 2014-15 season will be as follows:

Eastern Conference

North Division

Cincinnati Cyclones, Evansville IceMen, Fort Wayne Komets, Indy Fuel, Kalamazoo Wings, Toledo Walleye, Wheeling Nailers

East Division

Elmira Jackals, Florida Everblades, Greenville Road Warriors, Gwinnett Gladiators, Orlando Solar Bears, Reading Royals, South Carolina Stingrays

Western Conference

Central Division

Allen Americans, Brampton Beast, Missouri Mavericks, Quad City Mallards, Rapid City Rush, Tulsa Oilers, Wichita Thunder

Pacific Division

Alaska Aces, Bakersfield Condors, Colorado Eagles, Idaho Steelheads, Ontario Reign, Stockton Thunder, Utah Grizzlies

The top four teams in each division during the regular season will qualify for the 2015 Kelly Cup Playoffs. All four rounds of the playoffs will be played in a best-of-seven format.

The first two rounds of the playoffs will be played entirely within the division with the division winner meeting the fourth-place finisher and the second-place finisher meeting the team that finished in third place in the Division Semifinals. The Division Finals will pit the winner of each series against each other. The winner of the North Division Finals will meet the winner of the East Division Finals in the Eastern Conference Finals while the winner of the Central Division will meet the winner of the Pacific Division Finals in the Western Conference Finals. The 2015 Kelly Cup Finals will see the Eastern Conference champion take on the Western Conference champion.

Updates to the 2014-15 ECHL playing schedule will be announced within the next few days.

About the ECHL

Began in 1988-89 with five teams in four states, the ECHL has grown into a coast-to-coast league with 21 teams in 14 states for its 27th season in 2014-15. There have been 542 players who have gone on to play in the National Hockey League after starting their careers in the ECHL, including one who has made his NHL debut in the 2014-15 season. The ECHL has affiliations with 28 of the 30 NHL teams in 2014-15, marking the 18th consecutive season that the league had affiliations with at least 20 teams in the NHL. Further information on the ECHL is available on its website at as well as on Facebook and Twitter.

Old Wisconsin and Miller Lite Celebrate the Deep-Rooted Traditions of the Green Bay Packers PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Alyssa Ahern   
Thursday, 09 October 2014 15:22

The Green Bay Packers and Miller Lite Partner with Old Wisconsin to Create the Ultimate Retail Destination for Wisconsin Shoppers and Packers Fans

Homewood, Ill. (Oct. 9, 2014) – A new tailgating promotion from Old Wisconsin brings together Miller Lite with the brand’s popular meat snacks in the “Touchdown to Flavor Town” campaign cheering on the Green Bay Packers. Old Wisconsin and Miller Lite are teaming up to help fans celebrate the Packers with high-value offers at participating grocery stores, convenience stores and liquor channels. The campaign is supported with in-store displays, POS and merchandisers; stadium and scoreboard signage at Lambeau Field; out-of-home, digital and radio advertising; and game-day sampling. This is the third year Old Wisconsin has sponsored fall Packers Nation promotional programs.

“Old Wisconsin is thrilled to be joining forces with Miller Lite to enhance the Packers Nation experience for fans and cheer on the Packers to another title this year,” said Jeff Weber, Old Wisconsin’s national brand manager. “This campaign builds on the success of past Packers Nation retail efforts to create shopper excitement and drive retail sales.”

This Wisconsin-based promotion supports Old Wisconsin meat snack brands including 6 oz. and 8 oz. Snack Bites, 6 oz. and 8 oz. Snack Sticks and 9 oz. Summer Sausage paired with Miller Lite, Miller Genuine Draft, and Miller64 (24- and 30- packs, both cans and bottles). The dual-branded program features two retail windows ending in late November.

During the second retail window, Old Wisconsin invites fans to participate in the “Touchdown to Flavor Town” photo caption contest. Visit Old Wisconsin’s Facebook page from Nov. 3 through Nov. 16 to submit a caption and vote for your favorites for a chance to win a green and gold tailgating prize package worth $1,500. For more details, visit

About Carl Buddig & Company
Based in Homewood, Ill, Carl Buddig & Co. has been feeding family traditions for more than 70 years with the very best in taste, variety and convenience. Carl Buddig & Co. is the family-owned parent company of Buddig lunchmeat and Old Wisconsin hardwood smoked sausage and snack products. Buddig offers an assortment of quality, thin-sliced lean meats for sandwiches, snacks and special recipes including Buddig Original, Premium Deli, Deli Cuts and Fix Quix products. Old Wisconsin sausage and meat snack products are handcrafted and smoked over real hardwood fires. To learn more, visit and

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Mallards Welcome Woodley PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Brian Lavelle   
Thursday, 09 October 2014 15:21

MOLINE, Ill. (October 8, 2014) – The Quad City Mallards have signed forward/defenseman Ben Woodley, the Mallards announced today.

The 6’ 6”, 230-pound Woodley had a goal and an assist and collected 47 penalty minutes in 11 games with the Brampton Beast last season.  The 22-year old London, Ontario, native spent 2012-13 in the ECHL, where he split time between the Toledo Walleye and Greenville Road Warriors, producing one goal and two assists along with 30 penalty minutes in 19 games.  Woodley first skated in the professional ranks when he played in three playoff games for the ECHL’s Toledo Walleye in the spring of 2012.

“I didn’t want to be caught not having enough big guys to look out for the other guys on our roster,” said Mallards coach and general manager Terry Ruskowski.  “Ben has a reputation for being able to score as well as handle the rough stuff and can play defense or forward.  Ben and Tyler Barr can make the rest of our guys feel about three inches taller.”

Woodley turned pro after two junior A seasons.  In 2011-12 he scored five times and notched 42 assists for 47 points and was also assessed 125 minutes in penalties in 59 games with the British Columbia Hockey League’s Prince George Spruce Kings.  Woodley joined the Spruce Kings late in the 2010-11 season after starting that campaign with the Grande Prairie Storm of the Alberta Junior Hockey League.

The Mallards open the 2014-15 season at home against the Rapid City Rush on Friday, October 24 at 7:05 p.m.  The Mallards being training camp tomorrow at the iWireless Center.

Season tickets for the coming campaign are still available.  Ticket packages are available to meet almost any budget.  A limited edition season ticket holder Mallard jersey, 12 additional ticket vouchers per seat and free parking are among a host of exclusive benefits available to season ticket holders.  For more ticket information fans can call the Mallards’ business office at 309-277-1364.

About the Quad City Mallards
A proud affiliate of the National Hockey League’s Minnesota Wild and the American Hockey League’s Iowa Wild, the Quad City Mallards are approaching their eighteenth season and their first in the ECHL.  One of the winningest teams in all of minor league hockey, the Mallards competed in the United Hockey League from 1995 through 2007; in the International Hockey League in 2009-10; and in the Central Hockey League from 2010 through 2014.  The Mallards’ proud history has seen them capture the UHL’s Colonial Cup Championship three times (1997, 1998, 2001) and secure that league’s Tarry Cup four times (1998, 2000, 2001, 2002) for the best overall regular season record.  In 2001, the Mallards made professional hockey history, recording their sixth consecutive season with 50 or more wins, a feat that has yet to be matched.  The iWireless Center provides a unique environment for hockey and features one-of-a-kind seating areas such as the Nest for groups and functions and the exclusive Drake Club.  For more information on the Quad City Mallards or for Mallards tickets go to  Fans can also follow the Mallards via Twitter at and on Facebook at 8

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