QC Pride is excited to announce they are hosting a "Cocktail Party with the Arts" fundraiser. This event will be held on Friday, April 22nd from 7:00 p.m. until 11:00 p.m. in the Gold Room of the hip and historic landmark Hotel Blackhawk. This amazing evening will have something for everyone including: hors d'oeuvres, cash bar, many raffle items, and a variety of entertainment featuring:

  • A living art display: body art by Motif Productions

  • Mona Ritemon: Djembe drummer, vocal stylist, and poet

  • Hersong: the Quad Cities Women's Chorus

  • Bruce Brown & Dancers: world renowned dancer, entertainer, and chorographer

  • Lojo Russo: sweet folk to rock musician

  • Nikki Lunden: singer, songwriter

Everyone is welcome to attend for only a $15 minimum donation. Come and spend an evening with QC Pride in the beautiful Hotel Blackhawk and enjoy the arts.

QC Pride, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. The mission of QC Pride is to instigate and to promote charitable and educational projects that promote human dignity, equality and welfare. More information can be found at www.qcpride.org.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011 

Senator Chuck Grassley released the following comment after the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) formally exempted milk and milk product containers from the Oil Spill Prevention, Control and Countermeasure Rule that is intended to prevent oil from discharging into U.S. waterways.  Grassley was a cosponsor of legislation to expedite a decision by the EPA to exempt milk containers from regulations initially intended for oil spills.

Grassley is also leading an effort to keep the EPA from placing further economic pressure on rural America if the agency chooses to impose more stringent regulations on dust. Here is Grassley's comment on the milk exemption.

"Dairy producers across the country are breathing a sigh of relief.  In an already difficult economic environment, this attempt by the EPA to apply burdensome and unnecessary regulations would have put many of these hard working dairy farmers in an extremely precarious position, and could easily have increased prices for consumers at the grocery store.  To think that milk would be treated the same as oil defies common sense.  The agency seems oblivious to the tremendous impact its rules and regulations have on the general public and agriculture in particular.  I appreciate EPA finally getting the job done and doing the right thing in this instance.  I hope this is a sign that common sense won't take a back seat to ideology in the future."

April 6, 2010, Quad Cities Area - The high levels of moisture, due to melting snow and spring precipitation can be a problem for any homeowner in the QCA. Whether a basement is finished or used as a storage area, it likely holds many valuable family items.  Water in a homeowners basement could leave them dealing with pesky mold and mildew or completely having to refinish their basement.  By addressing the issue, before it becomes an issue, homeowners can have a dry basement and save years of family history.

If homeowners are dealing with a wet basement, the problem won't go away until it gets fixed.  Simple patches here and there won't put fears to rest until the real problem has been addressed.  Dealing with a problem early leads to saving money in the long run, not to mention the frustration of continually dealing with a wet basement.  Working with a licensed water proofing contractor will ensure that homeowners are taking the most proactive steps in protecting their family from another summer of using a wet vac and trying to find higher ground for those non-replaceable family memories.        

Todd Heady of Todd's Mudjacking and Basement Services has been performing and providing professional mudjacking and basement services since 1990.  In this time of high moisture levels and compromised basements, Todd would like to offer himself as an expert source to comment on home and or business basement flooding and would also make his crew available for on location reporting should you have the need.

To schedule an interview with Todd Heady or to schedule time with one of his experienced crews, please contact Todd Ashby at Results Marketing (563-322-2065) and he will help facilitate your request.

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Quad City Choral Arts, under the direction of Jon Hurty will present a Spring Choral Collage Concert on Sunday, May 1 at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Davenport, IA. Tickets are $10.00 ($7.00 for seniors; student with ID are free) and can be purchased at the door.

The concert includes works that are from the Renaissance through the 20th century. Composers included on the concert are Palestrina, Byrd, Victoria, Mahler, Paulus, Gawthrop, Bertaux, Lightfoot, Naplan, Lekberg, Barnum, Mulholland, and Thompson.

The Augustana Youth Choir, under the direction of Mary Tallitsch, will also make a special guest appearance on the concert. They will be performing the works that they will be singing at Carnegie Hall at the end of May. This will be one of the few opportunities for the community to hear this fine choir of young local singers before their Carnegie Hall debut performance.

The Augustana Youth Choir will be presenting three solo works that feature the beautiful and refined sound of this treble voice ensemble. They will also be combining with the Choral Arts Ensemble for one piece - Wake Up in the Morning by Stephen Paulus. This work includes parts for youth choir, adult choir and Orff instruments.

A highlight of the concert will be a performance of Gustav Mahler's Ich bin der Welt abhanden gekommen, sung by Quad City Choral Arts. This work is a transcription of the original work for orchestra and soprano voice and is transcribed for 16-part choir. The work is sung in remembrance of the 100th anniversary of Mahler's death. Mahler died in May of 1911 in Vienna, Austria.

ROCK ISLAND, IL (04/12/2011)(readMedia)-- More than 40 juniors and seniors are now members of the Augustana circle of Omicron Delta Kappa (ODK), a national leadership honor society. The 17 seniors and 24 juniors are considered top leaders within the classroom and extracurricular achievements, a privilege afforded to just 3 percent of the total population of students at Augustana.

Omicron Delta Kappa recognizes and promotes accomplishments in the areas of academics, athletics, service, social and religious activities, campus government, journalism, speech, mass media, and creative and performing arts.

"Students elected to Omicron Delta Kappa not only do excellent work in their studies, but also are leaders in extra-curricular and co-curricular activities. Week after week they enrich the total life of this campus," says Dr. Norm Moline, Hamming Professor of Geography and faculty secretary to Augustana ODK Circle. "All faculty members and students owe them a big thanks for their many contributions to make this a good place in and out of the classroom."

Courtney Brown, a junior from Port Byron, IL is majoring in biology and pre-medicine.

Theodore Teros, a senior from Moline, IL is majoring in philosophy.

Emily Voigt, a senior from Bettendorf, IA is majoring in business administration marketing.

Jennifer Youngs, a senior from Taylor Ridge, IL is majoring in psychology and political science.

"I am excited to be a part of ODK because I look forward to working together with fellow students to perform different projects and take part in other leadership opportunities on campus," said Brown.  "It is important to me to be a part of ODK because of the great values that come with being a part of it. It is a very high honor and I am so greatful to have been inducted."

Omicron Delta Kappa was established in 1914 at Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Va. Augustana's circle started in 1962 and currently has 49 members, including sixteen previously elected seniors. The goal of the national college honor society is to give recognition for leadership and service in extracurricular activities and to support development of general campus citizenship.

LAS VEGAS, April 11, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Allegiant Travel Company (Nasdaq: ALGT) has scheduled its first quarter 2011 financial results conference call on April 28, 2011, at 4:30 p.m. (Eastern). A live broadcast of the conference call will be available through the company's Investor Relations website homepage at http://ir.allegiant.com. The webcast will be also be archived on the "Events & Presentations" section of the site.

When:     Thursday, April 28, 2011, at 4:30 p.m. EST

Who:       Maurice J. Gallagher, Jr., Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

Andrew C. Levy, President 
Scott Sheldon, Chief Financial Officer
How:       Web Address: http://ir.allegiant.com

Lynchburg, VA - Attendees of The Awakening 2011 participated in a straw poll of possible Republican primary candidates for President in 2012. Rep. Michele Bachmann won the straw poll with 23%, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee came in just behind her at 22% and former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich received 21% of the votes.


The complete results were: Bachmann, 23.30%; Huckabee, 22.82%; Gingrich, 21.36%; Ron Paul, 11.65%, "Other," 8.26%; Sarah Palin, 5.34%; Tim Pawlenty and Rick Santorum tied at 2.91%, Mitt Romney at 0.97% and finally Haley Barbour at 0.49%. The poll was conducted by ccAdvertising using a telephone call-in option that allows the user of the phone number to make one selection for a range of potential candidates. The poll was not intended to be an endorsement of candidates.


The Awakening 2011 is sponsored by the Freedom Federation, which is a federation of multiracial, multiethnic, and multigenerational faith-based and policy leaders and organizations representing over 40 million people who are united by one or more core values expressed in the Declaration of American Values.


Students from 28 Schools Present Final Projects to Peers, Industry

CHICAGO - April 11, 2011. Governor Pat Quinn today recognized students from 28 Illinois high schools for their participation in the Illinois Innovation Talent Program. Through the program, students team up with private sector companies or public agencies to compete and collaborate on real world, problem-based learning challenges. The program is designed to improve student achievement and increase college and career readiness.

"Innovation is key to ensuring our state's long-term economic growth. This program is challenging Illinois businesses to be more innovative, while getting our future workforce ready for college and careers," said Governor Quinn. "Through the Innovation Talent Program, we're helping to enhance the learning environment in Illinois and preparing Illinois students to compete in today's global economy."

The state developed the Illinois Innovation Talent Program to help students be able to compete in the global marketplace. The initiative promotes innovation-centered education and increased student achievement in math, science and engineering. Under this unique program, Illinois high schools are paired with industry, government and community organizations to critically examine and solve complex problems. Students participate as members of diverse, interdisciplinary teams utilizing cutting-edge information technology tools.

Students compete and collaborate in a diverse set of fields, including: agriculture, healthcare, energy efficiency, renewable energy, finance and transportation. Illinois Innovation Talent also demonstrates one of the critical work-based learning functions of the proposed Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM) Learning Exchanges described in the State of Illinois' Race to the Top proposal.

Students from the 28 schools worked on 10 challenges through the duration of the program. Participating schools received $5,000 stipends to cover project related costs. Students met at the District 214 Forest View Education Center in Arlington Heights today to present their final projects in front of their peers and challenge sponsors. A list of participating schools is attached.

The Innovation Talent Program is administered jointly by the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) and the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE), with support from the state Department of Transportation and the Illinois Math and Science Academy. DCEO and ISBE contributed a combined $165,000 in federal Workforce Investment Act funds in support of the program.

Governor Quinn remains committed to fostering an environment of innovation in the state. As part of his fiscal year 2012 budget, Governor Quinn called for creation of the Illinois Innovation Council. The Council will help ensure Illinois remains on the cutting-edge in the global economy and is creating an entrepreneurial ecosystem in Illinois that promotes innovation and intelligent risk-taking.  The state is also helping promising entrepreneurs turn their innovative concepts and ideas into market successes while creating jobs through a wide range of programs and services supported by the Illinois Entrepreneurship Network.



ROCK ISLAND COUNTY, IL? April 12, 2011? Rock Island County is known for its quality of life and thriving economic climate to many who call it home or do business here, but now a series of online videos is letting the rest of the world in on the secret via a Video TourBook on the county's official website: (http://www.rockislandcounty.org/)

Featured are 10 one minute professionally produced videos covering a range of topics, including Arts and Entertainment, Business and Industry, and Tourism and Things to Do, as well as a welcome with an on camera introduction by County Board Chairman James E. Bohnsack.

The videos were produced in partnership with CGI Communications, an internet marketing company headquartered in Rochester, NY that produces nearly 10,000 videos and other products a year for municipalities, chambers of commerce, professional trade associations and private sector businesses throughout North America.

The Rock Island Video TourBook, which was produced free of charge, features the logos and videos of the local businesses that are sponsoring the project. As the county's web site holds the #1 position in Google during a search for "Rock Island County", each business is receiving potential exposure from prospective residents, visitors and businesses from around the world.

"The County is hoping to use the videos as a marketing tool to entice businesses and residents to make their home in a Rock Island community, "says County Board Chairman Bohnsack.

The Rock Island County Video TourBook is also accessible via CGI's Facebook page

(http://www.facebook.com/cgicommunications), which gives the County additional exposure.

"Whenever someone "likes" the Rock Island County's videos, everyone in that person's network will be able to see them and share them with the people in their network, "says Robin Taney, CGI's Manager of Special Projects/PR.

In 2010, CGI's community videos collectively received 28 million unique views and were shared more than a thousand times a week.

For business sponsorship opportunities, call CGI Account Executive Nicole Hunt at 1-800-398-3029 ext. 239.


Short films celebrate the small business entrepreneurs behind the chain's hotels

PHOENIX (April 11, 2011)  Best Western International, the World's Biggest Hotel FamilySM,unveiled this week the brand's first series of Independent Films three-minute documentaries that tell the inspiring stories of five Best Western hotel owners. These films exemplify the independent spirit and commitment to hands-on management of the brand's more than 2,200 individually owned and operated hotels across North America.

The first five films are being released in celebration of Best Western's 65th birthday this year and can be viewed on Best Western's Facebook and YouTube pages as well as at www.bestwestern.com/indiefilms. An additional series of Best Western Indie Films is currently in production.

These unique films are also being entered within a number of regional and national film festivals in 2011, including the LA Shorts Fest, NXT Stage and Atlantic Film Festival, to further share the personal stories of Best Western's hotel owners, the backbone of the iconic hotel chain.

"Thanks to the dedication of our independent owner-operators and their ability to connect with guests, which is the essence of the hospitality industry, Best Western has become one of the most trusted and respected hotel brands in the world," said Dorothy Dowling, Best Western's senior vice president of marketing and sales. "Our owners have long been featured in Best Western advertising, and are truly the heroes of our brand. We want guests to peek behind the curtain to see the generations of hard work and commitment that have made our owners important contributors to their local communities."

The Best Western Independent Films feature the following hoteliers:
Alnoor Tejpar, British Columbia
o BEST WESTERN PLUS Country Meadows
o BEST WESTERN PLUS Suites Downtown
o BEST WESTERN PLUS Regency Inn & Conference Center
Bart Baker, Davenport, Iowa
o BEST WESTERN PLUS Dubuque Hotel & Conference Center
o BEST WESTERN PLUS Steeplegate Inn
Bill O'Connell, Anaheim, Calif.
o BEST WESTERN PLUS Park Place Inn & Mini-Suites
Dale Gerstner, Jefferson City, Mo.
Jim Cosgrove, Paradise, Paradise, Penn.
o BEST WESTERN PLUS Revere Inn & Suites

These films were created by Best Western and its partner advertising agency, New York-based Gotham, Inc.