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Former Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood Campaigns for Schilling PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jon Schweppe   
Friday, 17 October 2014 14:45

KEWANEE, IL -- Former Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood lended his support and endorsement to Bobby Schilling on the campaign trail today. LaHood, who served during the entire first term of the Obama Administration, told a crowd of 85 supporters at the Elks Lodge in Kewanee, Ill. that Bobby Schilling is the "right guy for the job" in the Illinois 17th District.

"I'm very proud to support somebody who wants to get our country moving again, particularly in western Illinois," LaHood said.

LaHood pointed to Schilling's bipartisan record of success in Congress and said we need more bipartisanship in Washington.

"Bobby has a great track record of bipartisanship," LaHood said. "When I was Secretary of Transportation, I participated with Bobby and Congressman Loebsack in really identifying the importance of replacing the bridge across the Mississippi River. Bobby worked very hard on that and moved it to a position where now, when there's a transportation bill, this bridge is going to be replaced."

In 2012, Schilling and Loebsack, a Democrat Congressman from Iowa, invited Secretary LaHood to the Quad Cities to inspect the I-74 bridge. At the time, LaHood called the I-74 bridge "one of the worst bridges I've ever seen."

LaHood also highlighted Schilling's work for the Rock Island Arsenal.

"On the House Armed Services committee, Bobby really helped strengthen one of the biggest economic engines in the Quad Cities. He got those key provisions passed into law. That wouldn't have happened if Bobby hadn't worked as a member of the House Armed Services Committee."

Schilling said he appreciated LaHood's support, calling him a "true statesman."

"Ray LaHood is a guy who gets it," Schilling said. "He understands that it's about serving people, not party, and he's proven that. I'm honored to have his support, and I'm really appreciative he came tonight to our event in Kewanee."

Bobby Schilling (R-Colona) was born and raised in Rock Island, Illinois. He has been married to his wife, Christie for 28 years and together they have 10 children. Schilling represented the Illinois 17th District in the U.S. House of Representatives from 2011-2012, serving on the House Armed Services Committee, the House Agriculture Committee, and the House Small Business Committee. Schilling is seeking another term and is running against incumbent Congresswoman Cheri Bustos.

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Cirque Style Theatre Show in Iowa! PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Laura Ernst   
Thursday, 16 October 2014 08:40

Dare to Open the Box… You will soon be able to see a Vegas Cirque style show right here in Iowa featuring largely local talent.

Iowa circus performer, Laura Ernst, owner of the Iowa Circus Academy, has created and produced a unique cirque style show that will be hitting theaters all over Iowa and the Midwest starting in Nov of 2014. 


This show is a Cirque-Style theater show inspired by Greek mythology that follows Pandora who opens the box full of vengeful spirits that drag her to the Underworld.

If you've heard the myth, you haven't heard the whole story. Pandora's Circus is a Cirque-Style theater show inspired by childhood wonder, wisdom of ages, and tales of ancient myth.

Follow Pandora as she opens the box full of vengeful spirits waiting to drag her to the Underworld. In an ever dark world filled with strange characters that seem to ignore all rules and gravity and physical limitations, Pandora faces incredible trials. Despite her seemingly insurmountable challenges, she overcomes her fears and finds her hopes restored.

This is a hero's journey; it tells the story of a girl who overcomes her fears- fears from the past and worries about the future.  In the end, she finds the journey, and not the destination, was what mattered most.

Event Details

What: Pandora’s Circus
Where: Coralville Performing Arts Center
When: November 21st at 7:30pm, November 22nd at 7:30pm, November 23rd at 2pm

Tickets: $12-$20


For more information the media can contact the event organizer direct at 563-581-4396 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Auditions for Letters Home to Hero Street PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Lora Adams   
Wednesday, 15 October 2014 08:58


MOLINE, ILLINOIS – Fourth Wall Films and WQPT Quad Cities PBS have partnered to create a new docudrama, “Letters Home to Hero Street.” Auditions for the film will be held on Saturday, October 18 from 9 am to noon at WQPT’s studio on the Western Illinois University-Quad Cities campus in Riverfront Hall.

To be scheduled for an audition and receive other details, please email your name, phone/email, address, experience, and photo before 2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 17, 2014 to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


Re-enactment Auditions: October 18, 2014 9:00 AM-12:00 PM
(Please note all auditions will be given a specific time within this window)
Call Backs: October 21, 2014 6:00 PM-8:00 PM
Filming Dates: November 2, 15, 16, 17, 2014
Project Ends: The documentary will be completed in December 2014 and will premiere on WQPT-PBS in early 2015. Special screenings of the documentary will also take place, as well as a DVD release.


A young Mexican-American veteran's personal view of World War II is told through the letters he sent home to his family in Silvis, Illinois.  He becomes one of eight veterans of WWII and the Korean War killed in combat from the same block-and-a half long neighborhood now called Hero Street, USA.

Character Descriptions:

SOLDIER, male, early 20s. Away from home for the first time, he writes letters to keep family members informed of his movements and responds to news from home. He is Mexican-American, slender, physically fit.

SISTER, female, age 11-13. The soldier’s sister translates his letters from English to Spanish and reads them to her mother and father. She is Mexican-American, slender, long dark hair, speaks English and Spanish.

MOTHER, female, late 40s. The soldier’s mother is a Mexican immigrant. Speaks Spanish.

TELEGRAM DELIVERY BOY, age 17-21. Young Caucasian male delivers “killed in action” telegrams. Will ride a period bike.

WQPT is a media service of Western Illinois University.

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Iowa Credit Union League Announces 2014-15 Board at Annual Convention PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Emily Caropreso   
Friday, 10 October 2014 16:07

Dubuque, Iowa – Iowa credit union representatives were sworn in as the Iowa Credit Union League (ICUL) Board of Directors at the Iowa Credit Union Annual Convention September 18 in Dubuque at the Grand River Center. By serving on the 12-member board, each individual represents the interests of Iowa's 107 credit unions and their more than one million members. ICUL is the trade association for Iowa's not-for-profit credit union industry.

"On behalf of the Iowa Credit Union League, I would like to congratulate these individuals for being elected to the ICUL Board of Directors," said Patrick S. Jury, CEO/President, ICUL. "We sincerely appreciate their willingness to lead our trade association, and the entire credit union industry, in fulfilling our long-term strategic vision. I look forward to working with them in the future."

Dave Cale, CEO, Financial Plus Credit Union of West Des Moines, was elected to serve as the 2014 Chair of the ICUL Board and Brent Helin, CEO, Des Moines Metro Credit Union was elected to serve as the 2014 Vice Chair.

The entire Iowa Credit Union League Board is listed below by asset category.

$0-25 Million Asset Category

  • Janine Keim, Consumers Credit Union, Denison
  • Jonathon Miller, IntegrUS Credit Union, Dubuque
  • Dennis Siemers, Town and Country Credit Union, Harlan

$25-$125 Million Asset Category

  • Tim Chapman, Members Community Credit Union, Muscatine
  • Jeff Hayes, North Star Community Credit Union, Cherokee
  • Helen Pearce, Cedar Falls Community Credit Union, Cedar Falls
  • Tim Marcsisak, Nishna Valley Credit Union, Atlantic

$125 and Above Million Asset Category

  • Jim Hagerman, Linn Area Credit Union, Cedar Rapids
  • Joe Hearn, Dupaco Community Credit Union, Dubuque
  • Dale Owen, Ascentra Credit Union, Bettendorf

At-Large Category

  • Dave Cale—Chair, Financial Plus Credit Union, West Des Moines
  • Brent Helin—Vice Chair, Des Moines Metro Credit Union, Des Moines

The Iowa Credit Union League is the trade association that represents the interests of Iowa credit unions and their more than one million members. Credit unions are not-for-profit, financial cooperatives owned and operated by their members. Iowans use their credit union membership to receive higher interest rates on savings and lower interest rates on loans. For more information on ICUL and Iowa credit unions, visit Follow ICUL on Twitter at or on Facebook at learn more about credit unions, visit


Internationally known Super Star, Domingo Rubio, is Dracula! PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ballet Quad Cities   
Friday, 10 October 2014 15:26

He's mesmerizing and marvelously intense!

Domingo has been performing continuously in venues all over the world.  He is a master at interpreting repertoire roles and neoclassical works that are mostly choreographed especially for him.

He has always been known for his emotional power and partnering skills.  Deanna Carter created this choreography of Dracula particularly for Domingo and the dancers of Ballet Quad Cities.

Don't miss this opportunity to see  a "legend" perform when he comes to life as Count Dracula and draws you into the timeless Gothic tale of lust, love & horror!
Call 309-786-3779 to purchase your tickets now!

October 17th & 18th - 7:30pm
Scottish Rite Cathedral
Moline, IL

Join Dracula and the entire cast at
The Planning Center  (1615 5th Avenue, Moline) after the Saturday performance for the Halloween party of the season!  Costumes highly recommended.
Ballet Quad Cities Professional Dance
613 17th Street | Rock Island, IL  61201 |

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