AZUSA, CA (05/03/2010)(readMedia)-- Bettendorf resident and Azusa Pacific University student Matthew S. Atha made the academic Deans' List at APU. Atha, a Political Science Major, is honored for a fall semester 2009 academic standing of 3.5 or better grade-point average. Atha is joined by more than 1,565 other students receiving the same honor.

Azusa Pacific University is a comprehensive, evangelical, Christian university located 26 miles northeast of Los Angeles. A leader in the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities, APU is committed to God First and excellence in higher education. Offering more than 60 areas of undergraduate study, 26 master's degree programs, and 7 doctorates to a total student population of more than 8,500 on campus, online, and at seven regional centers across Southern California, APU has been recognized as one of U.S.News' America's Best Colleges for six years running and by Princeton Review as one of the Best in the West. APU graduates are known for professional excellence, the highest ethical standards, and their desire to make a difference in the world.


Reminds individuals to check for unclaimed property in the Great Iowa Treasure Hunt

DES MOINES, IA (05/03/2010)(readMedia)-- State Treasurer Michael L. Fitzgerald wants Iowans to know they do not have to wait much longer to see if they have extra funds coming to them in the form of unclaimed property. The spring publication of the Great Iowa Treasure Hunt is scheduled to begin soon and includes thousands of names that have been received in the last year.

"The spring publication is always an exciting time for us," stated Treasurer Fitzgerald. "Our goal is to locate the rightful owners of the unclaimed property. I fully expect that when we publish the new list, thousands of individuals will be pleasantly surprised." Treasurer Fitzgerald would also like to remind individuals that they do not have to wait for publication to begin to see if they have unclaimed property. "Individuals can go to and search the entire Great Iowa Treasure Hunt list for their names anytime."

The Great Iowa Treasure Hunt program has returned over $122 million in unclaimed property to more than 310,000 individuals since Fitzgerald started it in 1983. Unclaimed property refers to money and other assets held by financial institutions or companies that have lost contact with the property's owner for a specific period of time. State law requires these institutions and companies to annually report and deliver unclaimed property to the State Treasurer's Office, where it is held until the owner or heir of the property is found. Common forms of unclaimed property include savings or checking accounts, stocks, uncashed checks, life insurance policies, utility security deposits, and safe deposit box contents.

Everyone is encouraged to keep watch for the upcoming publication coming soon to papers across the state. In the meantime, all Iowans are urged to visit and check to see if they have unclaimed property. Individuals may also send an email to For those who prefer corresponding by mail, please write to: State Treasurer Michael L. Fitzgerald, Great Iowa Treasure Hunt, Lucas State Office Building, Des Moines, IA 50319. Please make sure to provide current name, previous names and addresses.

This Mother's Day, pamper mom with a delicious breakfast in bed.  Our recipes are simple (she'll think you slaved for hours), healthy (so delicious she'll swear you're ruining a diet) and since you're getting all the ingredients from ALDI...she'll think you spent twice as much.  After saving up to 50 percent on the perfect brunch for mom, you'll have money to spend on a beautiful bouquet (or two!) of flowers, too!

We recommend:

· Apple Raisin Pancakes

· Cantaloupe and Blueberries with Vanilla Sauce

· Vegetarian Frittata

Vegetarian Frittata - 6 servings

Preparation: 10 min.   Cooking: 15 min.   Total: 25 min.

· 2 tbsp. unsalted butter

· 4 scallions, trimmed and minced

· 4 cans green chilies, drained, seeded and chopped (wear rubber gloves)

· 3 tomatoes, seeded and chopped

· 8 Goldhen grade A large eggs, lightly beaten

· 6 oz. Happy Farms mild cheddar cheese, shredded

· 1/3 cup cilantro, or parsley, chopped

· 1/4 tsp. salt to taste (optional)

· 1/2 cup salsa

Turn on broiler. Melt butter in a heavy ovenproof skillet over medium heat. Sauté scallions 4-5 minutes, or until tender. Stir in chilies and tomatoes and simmer about 3 minutes, stirring occasionally, until tomatoes are softened. Stir in beaten eggs, cheese and cilantro. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Cook over medium-low heat 5-6 minutes until eggs are almost set in the center. Place skillet under broiler about 1 minute, or until eggs are just set. Do not overcook. Serve frittata cut into wedges with salsa.  Wake mom up with breakfast and a beautiful floral bouquet.

Momentum Builds to Reach Program's Goal of 15,000 Jobs

CHICAGO - May 3, 2010. Governor Pat Quinn today announced that 349 employers across the state have agreed to employ more than 2,825 workers through the Quinn Administration's Put Illinois to Work (PIW) employment program, which was launched only a week ago.

At that time, Governor Quinn unveiled the PIW program, an anti-poverty effort designed to develop a healthy workforce by putting unemployed and underemployed Illinois residents to work. Put Illinois to Work is expected to create more than 15,000 jobs.

"The response by employers and workers has been tremendous, and the momentum is building toward creating more good-paying jobs that can support families and communities," said Governor Quinn. "Already, 349 employers across Illinois have signed on to Put Illinois to Work and committed to employing 2,825 people. I encourage businesses and residents across the state to visit and fill out an application."

Through Put Illinois to Work, eligible Illinois residents will be placed in subsidized employment positions with participating worksites for up to six months, learning valuable skills and supporting their families. The program will help stimulate Illinois' ailing economy and develop a healthy workforce by providing meaningful work experience for participants.

The Put Illinois to Work program was recently profiled in a story appearing last Sunday in the New York Times, which noted the program is designed to deal with the current economic emergency by allowing employers to create jobs for members of low-income families and single mothers immediately throughout the state.

Private, public and non-profit businesses are encouraged to sign on with Put Illinois to Work. Eligible participants will be matched to subsidized employment opportunities with these worksites in hopes that they might transition into an unsubsidized position at the program's conclusion.

Put Illinois to Work is a collaborative effort of the Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS), the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) and Heartland Human Care Services (HHCS). Funding is provided through the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) Emergency Contingency Fund (ECF), which was created by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA).

Eligible worksites and participants must meet program criteria and agree to adhere to specific programmatic requirements. Participants must be age 18-21, or 18 and older and the parent (custodial or non-custodial) of a minor child. All participants must have a household income below 200 percent of the Federal Poverty Level ($2,428 per month for a family of two) and be legally present and authorized to work.

For eligibility criteria and additional information on Put Illinois to Work, visit


There are a few simple tips to remember when planting your tree on Arbor Day or any other day:

Prepare the perfect hole for planting.

•       Dig the hole two to three times the width of the root ball. Do NOT dig deeper than root ball depth. Make the sides of the hole slant gradually outward.
•       For bareroot trees, neatly cut away any broken or damaged roots. Soak the roots for a few hours prior to planting to allow them to absorb water.
•       Container-grown trees should have the plastic or metal containers completely removed. Carefully cut through any circling roots. Remove the top half of pressed peat/paper containers.
•       Balled and Burlapped ("B&B") trees should have all of the ropes cut. Pull the burlap at least one third of the way down; slit remaining burlap to encourage root growth. If in a wire basket, cut away the top of the basket.

Plant the Tree.

•       Gently place the tree in the hole.
•       Partially backfill with the soil from the hole.
•       Water to settle the soil
•       Finish back-filling the hole.
•       Tap the soil gently, but do not step on the root ball.

A Few More Pointers

While you may have finished planting, Arbor Day aficionados should remember these final touches:

•       Remove tags and labels.
•       Do not stake unless the tree has a large crown or if the planting is situated on a site where wind or people may push the tree over. Stake for a maximum of one year.
•       Prune only the damaged branches.
•       Soak the soil well, making sure no air pockets form between roots. Wait until next year to fertilize.
•       Spread two to three inches of mulch over the planting area, but do not place it up against the trunk.
•       Be sure the root ball has plenty of water throughout the year.

Anyone with questions regarding choosing the right tree or proper planting and maintenance is advised to contact an ISA Certified Arborist.

For additional information on planting and other tree care topics and to find a local ISA Certified Arborist, visit

The International Society of Arboriculture (ISA), headquartered in Champaign, Ill., is a nonprofit organization supporting tree care research and education around the world. As part of ISA's dedication to the care and preservation of shade and ornamental trees, it offers the only internationally-recognized certification program in the industry. For more information, contact a local ISA Certified Arborist or visit

Agreement will help cut greenhouse gas emissions

WASHINGTON, May 3 - U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa P. Jackson today announced a new interagency agreement promoting renewable energy generation and slashing greenhouse gas emissions from livestock operations. The agreement expands the work of the AgSTAR program, a joint EPA-USDA effort that helps livestock producers reduce methane emissions from their operations.

"The farms and ranches that dot our countryside can contribute greatly to addressing America's long-term energy challenges and the partnership we are announcing today will not only help generate renewable energy, but provide new income opportunities for farmers and ranchers," said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack.

"We want to seize every opportunity to confront climate change and move into the clean economy of the future. This is a smart way to transform what would be a harmful greenhouse pollutant into a source of renewable energy -- and make a profit for American farmers," said EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson. "We have the technology and the expertise, all we need now is to act. The AgSTAR program brings real benefits to our air and creates new opportunities for our farming community."

EPA and USDA's enhanced collaboration will provide up to $3.9 million over the next five years to help the farms overcome obstacles preventing them from recovering and using biogas. The collaboration will expand technical assistance efforts, improve technical standards and guidance for the construction and evaluation of biogas recovery systems, and expand outreach to livestock producers and assist them with pre-feasibility studies.

Biogas is composed primarily of methane, a greenhouse gas 20 times more potent than carbon dioxide. Biogas emitted from manure management systems called digesters can be collected and used to produce electricity, heat or hot water. Due in large part to AgSTAR's efforts, about 150 on-farm manure digesters are now operating at livestock facilities across the U.S. In addition, EPA estimates there are about 8,000 farms across the United States that are good candidates for capturing and using biogas. If all 8,000 farms implemented biogas systems, methane emissions would be reduced by more than 34 million metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent a year, roughly equal to the annual emissions from 6.5 million passenger vehicles. In addition, these projects could generate more than 1,500 megawatts of renewable energy.

Information on the AgSTAR Program:



More than simply medical care, Ayurveda offers a philosophy whereby both women and men may prevent unnecessary suffering and live a long, healthy life.

Considered by many scholars to be the oldest healing science, Ayurveda is a wholistic approach to health that is designed to help people live long, healthy and well-balanced lives.

Ayurveda has undergone continuous research development and refinement over the past 5,000 years.

Originally from India, Ayurveda is currently experiencing world-wide popularity as a revival sweeps accross all continents.  PRESENTATION TOPICS WILL INCLUDE:







Visiting physician, Dr. Satam is a Post Graduate in Ayurveda ( MD) from the land of the orgin of Ayurveda ( India). In addition, she holds several certificates in Yoga. In additon, she has extensive experience in the Herbal Industry and she is fully aware of the trends which are prevalent in the west. To add to this, she has a rich experience in the Clinical field of  Ayurveda and works closely with the Allopathic ( conventional ) medicne doctors in India to give maximum benefits to her clients and the patients.

SATURDAY:  MAY 8TH. 2.00 pm TO 5.00 pm

COST: $25.00


- Refreshments
- presentation
- an initial consultation session

Consultation sessions can also be scheduled by calling 309-762-9202

or emailing

Please indicate your time preferences.


2nd. floor of The Moline Club

513 16th Street, Moline

( the 5th. ave. north doors will also be open)

MEMPHIS, Tenn. – More than three million Americans stutter, with children ages 2 to 5 affected most. Nearly 5 percent of all children go through some period of stuttering. But help for those who stutter is available. The Stuttering Foundation and the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) are working together during National Stuttering Awareness Week (May 10 to 16) to raise awareness with parents that early intervention is crucial to help children who stutter.  Many times, children stutter when learning to talk, typically between 2 and 5 years old.  The major factors that place some children more at risk for continuing to stutter include :

Family history. Almost half of all children who stutter have a family member who stutters. The risk that your child is actually stuttering instead of just having normal disfluencies increases if that family member is still stuttering.
Age at onset. Children who begin stuttering before age 3 1/2 are more likely to outgrow stuttering.
Time since onset. Between 75 percent and 80 percent of all children who begin stuttering will stop within 12 to 24 months without speech therapy. In most children, stuttering tends to decrease after the first six months. If your child has been stuttering longer than this, it may be wise to have his speech screened.
Gender. Girls are more likely than boys to outgrow stuttering. In fact, three to four boys continue to stutter for every girl who stutters.

Other speech and language factors. A child who makes frequent speech errors such as substituting one sound for another or leaving sounds out of words may be at greater risk.

"Knowing these factors will help decide whether or not your child needs to see a speech-language pathologist," says Lisa Scott, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, Vice President of Education for the Stuttering Foundation and ASHA-certified speech-language pathologist.
If a child has any of these risk factors and is showing some or all of the warning signs, a parent should be more concerned and seek a screening or evaluation. "Parents may want to schedule a speech screening with a speech-language pathologist who works with children or specializes in stuttering, states ASHA President Tommie L. Robinson, Jr, Ph.D., CCC-SLP. The speech-language pathologist will decide whether the child is stuttering, and then determine whether to wait a bit longer or begin treatment right away."
For free information on stuttering and detailed explanation of each risk factor, contact the Stuttering Foundation at 800-992-9392 or ASHA at 800-638-Talk (8255). You may also visit or
Editor: Use the Risk Factor Chart as a sidebar with the release! Download chart.

About the Stuttering Foundation
The Stuttering Foundation provides resources, services and support to those who stutter and their families as well as support for research into the causes of stuttering. It provides education, training, and information to professionals, children and adults who stutter, parents, teachers and all those concerned about stuttering and is a valuable resource for speech pathologists working in the schools with children of all ages.

About the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
ASHA is the national professional, scientific, and credentialing association for more than 140,000 audiologists, speech-language pathologists, and speech, language, and hearing scientists. Audiologists specialize in preventing and assessing hearing and balance disorders as well as providing audiologic treatment including hearing aids. Speech-language pathologists identify, assess, and treat speech and language problems including swallowing disorders.

New Legislation Creates County-based Taxpayer Action Board, Extends "7% Solution" Alternative Exemption for a Year

CHICAGO - May 2, 2010. Governor Pat Quinn today unveiled legislation that will provide extensive and much-needed property tax relief to millions of taxpayers while also pressing for greater citizen participation and openness in the tax assessment process.

This week, Governor Quinn will present the legislation, called the Homeowner's Property Tax Relief Initiative of 2010, to the Illinois General Assembly.

"Throughout my public life I have fought for taxpayers and for tax fairness. This legislation is an important step in achieving these important goals and I am proud to present this legislation to the General Assembly," said Governor Quinn. "I urge state lawmakers to consider this bill and to make it the law of the land."

Governor Quinn's Homeowner's Property Tax Relief Initiative of 2010, HB 6863, centers on three major points:

Create the Taxpayer Action Board. Under the proposed legislation, every county in Illinois could form a Taxpayer Action Board either through a county board resolution or petition drive and ballot referendum.

The Taxpayer Action Board would be membership-only group modeled after the highly-successful Citizens Utility Board (CUB), a statewide utility watchdog and consumer advocate. In contrast, the Taxpayer Action Board would advocate for the state's property taxpayers.

The Taxpayer Action Board would be an independent, non-partisan advocacy group designed to empower taxpayers and assist in appealing their property tax bills and assessments.

"Where one taxpayer may have a small voice, millions of state taxpayers can be heard in all 102 Illinois counties by coming together as the Taxpayer Action Board," said Governor Quinn, who assisted in starting CUB and is a longtime proponent of a Taxpayer Action Board.

Membership information about the Taxpayer Action Board will be distributed in mailings, such as drivers' license renewals, tax forms, property tax bills and assessment notices, according to the proposed legislation.

Extend the 7% solution.  The proposed legislation would extend the so-called "7% Solution" for one year.

It reduces homeowners' taxable value by $20,000. This exemption was set to expire this year, reverting back to a general homestead exemption of $5,000.

Sunshine in Assessments. The proposed legislation calls for opening up the property tax assessment process to average taxpayers.

The Act calls for greater disclosure and easier access to key information on assessment notices and property tax bills, including: median level of assessment; comparable sales statistics; and property assessment tools.

Governor Quinn's proposal also suggests the General Assembly convene hearings to look into the way Cook County conducts assessment and appraisal of residential property. The bill would require the state Department of Revenue to provide reasonable assistance in any such effort.

"Swift passage of this legislation will provide taxpayers much-needed relief during a dire economic time for our state and country," said Governor Quinn. "We can't wait any longer for property tax relief and reform."


April 30, 2010

Sen. Chuck Grassley, ranking member of the Committee on Finance, today made the following comment on a report he requested from the Congressional Budget Office on the practice of some college and universities' maintaining a large untaxed portfolio of assets while simultaneously borrowing with tax-exempt debt. The report came out today.  Grassley requested the report in 2007 as part of his broad look at the non-profit sector, aimed at making sure non-profit institutions provide public benefit in exchange for their tax-exempt status and are not misused for individual benefit at taxpayer expense.  Universities and hospitals have the vast majority of assets in the tax-exempt sector.  An earlier CBO report looked at non-profit hospitals and tax arbitrage.

"This report finds that the majority of tax-exempt bonds are held by schools that have large investment assets. These schools are using their tax exemption to amass investments, receive tax-deductible donations, and float tax-exempt bonds.  These benefits are unique to tax-exempt entities. The federal government forgoes the revenue from tax-exempt entities in exchange for the social benefit from these institutions.  This report raises questions for parents, students, and taxpayers about universities' issuing bonds and going into debt when they have money in the bank.  Issuing bonds costs money on interest and management fees.  Does the expense of debt service take money away from student aid or academic service? Do bond issuances occur even as universities raise tuition and build investment assets?  These are further questions to explore."

The report is available at