State Farm offers tips for safe traveling

Bloomington, Ill., June 21, 2010 - As the summer season officially kicks off this week, don't let Mother Nature put a damper on your travels.  Tornadoes and hail storms can happen at a moment's notice. State Farm Insurance wants you to be protected on the road and offers some important tips of what to do when the sirens sound.

· Use headlights-Not only is it the law but visibility is usually compromised in rainy conditions and headlights can help.

· Keep your windows clear with the defroster or air conditioner

· Roads are slippery then they appear from the rain so take your time.

· Never cross a flooded roadway because it's tough to tell how deep the water is. Take the time to find an alternate route.

· Keep an eye out for flying debris. And use extra caution near trailers, vans or vehicles carrying lightweight cargo.

· Never try to outrun a tornado. Get out of the car and find shelter. If you can't reach a safe structure, lie down in a ditch or low area. Stay face down to protect yourself from flying debris and cover the back of your head and neck with your hands.

Also remember, during summer months more people are on the road riding motorcycles and pulling trailers and campers.  But would you have the coverage you need in case the unexpected happens?

· Did you know that you can opt to have coverage on your camper or trailer under your auto policy?

· Or did you know you can opt for coverage on your rental cars?

· Motorcycles have many different coverages - do you have the right one?

State Farm recommends you talk to your agent or insurance provider to ensure your summer fun isn't spoiled by the unexpected.


Your Easy Choice 93.9 WYEC continues its expansion and improvement of its product and services with recent changes to its daily line up.

Beginning June 21st 2010 Your Easy Choice 93.9 WYEC will begin airing  "Remembering Music Mornings" a new morning show to be heard weekdays from 5AM- 10:30AM dedicated to the very best hits from the 50's, 60's and 70's.

Added to the program line up is the much anticipated "Mid-Morning in the Cities" weekdays from 10:30 - Noon with guests to include Moline City Administrator Lew Steinbrecher, QC Senior Olympics Lisa Killinger, Rick Baker from the Illinois Quad City Chamber of Commerce, Wells Fargo Financial Advisor Dave Barnhart, members from the Children's Therapy Center of the Quad Cities, and Royal Neighbors of America in its inaugural week. Additional guests in the weeks to come, include Moline Mayor Don Welvaert, and former East Moline Mayor Joe Moreno, current Mayor of East Moline John Thodos, the Social Security Administration, Rock Island County Extension Bureau, and Quad City Animal Welfare Center, and many more.

Your Easy Choice 93.9 WYEC will continued its individually chosen music selection through the day with hits from the 50's, 60's and 70's along with a new addition to the line up featuring the very best special selection of 80's music with  "80's at 8" an weekday show catering to 80's music from 8 - 9PM.

The Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center plans a $3.6 million expansion and renovation to the center this year. $3.3 million has been raised and $300,000 is still needed. Find out the details of the project at our news conference on Thursday, June 24, 2010 at 10 am at the Martin Luther King Jr. Center, community room, 630 Martin Luther King Drive, Rock Island.

The King Center is been a resource for youth and families in the Quad Cities to nurture dreams, build community, and change lives. In 35 years, the King Center programs have evolved to meet the needs of the community but the building has not changed.

This project will allow the enhancement of afterschool activities, job training, mentoring, community services, and others. The design will allow for 200 youth to be served daily onsite along with over 250 adults. The facility will be flexible to meet a variety of needs and offer a revitalized resource to the community.

Men throughout Illinois encouraged to get a prostate cancer screening during Men's Health Week: June 14-20, 2010

CHICAGO - June, 20, 2010, Governor Pat Quinn today joined Dr. Damon T. Arnold, Illinois Department of Public Health Director and a prostate cancer survivor, and Access Community Health Network to encourage men throughout the state to recognize the importance living a healthy lifestyle, which includes preventative health screenings, such as prostate exams.

"Father's Day is the perfect time to urge the men in your life to take their health seriously," said Governor Quinn. "Men often ignore health problems until it's too late. With regular medical check-ups and screenings, many preventable health problems can be detected early and treated."

At an event held at Access Grand Boulevard Health and Specialty Center in Chicago, Governor Quinn urged men to get screened for prostate cancer. Medical professionals were onsite to administer prostate cancer screenings to men in attendance.

Prostate cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in American men, behind only lung cancer. Prostate cancer accounts for about 11 percent of cancer-related deaths in men. Prostate cancer is the most common cancer, other than skin cancers, in American men. One in six men will develop prostate cancer over their lifetime.

"As a prostate cancer survivor myself, I know the importance of early detection through routine screening.  I'm healthy and cancer free today because of prostate cancer screenings," said Dr. Arnold. "I urge every man to overcome their fears of prostate cancer exams and go get screened."

The Illinois State Cancer Registry estimates approximately 9,030 new cases of prostate cancer will be diagnosed in Illinois during 2010 and an estimated 1,330 Illinois men will die from it. Across the United States, approximately 218,000 new cases of prostate cancer are expected this year.

Access Community Health Network (ACCESS) is the largest private primary health care provider serving the underserved in the Chicagoland area. ACCESS operates more than 50 community health center locations in underserved, low-income neighborhoods throughout Chicago and Chicago's suburbs.


New Law Allows Illinois' Free Medical Clinics to Employ Health Care Workers Licensed Out-of-State

LA GRANGE - June 19, 2010. Governor Pat Quinn today signed a bill into law to allow health care workers authorized to practice in other states to work at free medical clinics in Illinois. The new law will improve access to health care for low-income families by increasing the number of licensed workers allowed to work at Illinois' free medical clinics.

"I am happy to sign this new law that will make it easier for Illinois families to receive much-needed medical care," said Governor Quinn. "As long as the health care worker is licensed and in good standing in another state, we welcome them to Illinois to help working families in need of health care."

House Bill 5744 ensures that health care professionals who work at free medical clinics in Illinois will be allowed to practice as long as they are licensed and in good standing elsewhere in the United States. The new law requires workers to provide the clinic with a copy of their out-of-state license, and ensures that they do not provide services beyond those their license allows. Additionally, the free medical clinic must meet the standards set in Illinois' Good Samaritan Act.

Studies done by the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity found that the number of potential caregivers in Illinois - including nurses - is projected to decrease 4.2 percent between 2000 and 2020; while the number of those who need care is projected to increase by 31 percent. The studies show that Illinois could be facing a shortage of over 21,000 nurses by 2020.

Additionally, according to the Center for Workforce Studies of the Association of American Medical Colleges, retirements in the health care field over the next 10 to 15 years will greatly weaken the health care workforce. House Bill 5744 will clarify who can work at free medical clinics and help to increase the number of health care workers available to staff those clinics.

The new law passed the Illinois General Assembly unanimously and was sponsored by Rep. Angelo Saviano (R-Elmwood Park) and Sen. Randy Hultgren (R-Wheaton). It takes effect immediately.


Calls on Employers to Sign Up at PutIllinoisToWork.Illinois.Gov

ROCKFORD - June 19, 2010. Governor Pat Quinn today announced that in less than two months more than 12,800 workers have been hired through the Put Illinois to Work employment program. Since the program's launch in late April, 3,000 employers have signed up to participate.

"We have created jobs for more than 12,800 people who did not have jobs before Put Illinois to Work," said Governor Quinn. "I applaud the hundreds of Illinois employers that have signed on to this program to help individuals across the state obtain the skills necessary to build the foundation for a long, productive career."

Governor Quinn was joined by officials from Rockford Products, a participating employer in the PIW program, which was founded in 1929 in Rockford. A manufacturing company specializing in metal working, heat treating and machines, Rockford Products currently employs two Put Illinois to Work workers and is expected to bring on additional employees through the program.

On Wednesday, Governor Quinn joined with U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to announce that Put Illinois to Work had surpassed 10,000 Illinois workers employed.

Through Put Illinois to Work, eligible Illinois residents are 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. Put Illinois to Work is expected to create more than 15,000 jobs statewide.

Private, public and non-profit businesses are encouraged to sign on with Put Illinois to Work. Eligible participants are matched to subsidized employment opportunities with these worksites. The hope is that when the program concludes, many employers will permanently hire the workers they have trained.

Put Illinois to Work is a collaborative effort of the Illinois Department of Human Services and Heartland Human Care Services. Funding is provided through the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families Emergency Contingency Fund, which was created by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.

Eligible worksites and participants must meet program criteria and agree to adhere to specific program 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 authorized to work.

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


The fact that summer's here isn't a license to forget about good nutrition and good choices for kids and families. It's why many parents will remind their kids that reading books and riding bikes around the neighborhood are better choices than eating potato chips and turning into a couch potato while school's out.

At the same time, federal lawmakers need to wrap up important policy decisions that will impact the wellbeing of the nation's school children when they return to school this fall.

As a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, I helped advance "The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010" this spring. The bipartisan bill reauthorizes federal youth nutrition programs administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), including the National School Lunch and Breakfast Programs, Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC), Child and Adult Care Food Program, and the Summer Food Service Program.

The economic downturn has put increased pressure on neighborhood food pantries and federal nutrition programs to help those in need. Our legislation bumps up federal spending by $4.5 billion spread over the next decade to help thwart the pangs of hunger in America. That comes to a nearly ten-fold increase reflecting the considerable need that exists to channel more resources to those who still go to bed on an empty stomach.

Federal policymakers also must address the other end of the nutrition spectrum. It's no secret the United States is battling an obesity epidemic, including an alarming rise among children and teenagers. America's growing waistline poses significant health risks to individuals and a costly burden to the nation's public health systems as research tells us obesity leads to chronic diseases such as diabetes, hypertension and cardiovascular disease.

The Senate's Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 does not increase the deficit, and it includes measures designed to give parents, schools and communities additional tools to promote healthy habits that will lead younger generations to enjoy longer, high-quality, productive lives. The legislation would increase the number of children eligible for free or reduced cost meals, encourage schools to adopt better nutritional standards as outlined by the USDA and automatically enroll foster children for free school meals.

The current federal school nutrition law expires on September 30. I'm pushing the Senate leadership to get this bill passed before we start the next school year. The federal government obviously shouldn't dictate what every child in America eats for lunch. But taxpayers have a vested interested to know Uncle Sam expects quality, wholesome, nutritious foods to be served by taxpayer-subsidized food programs.

Whether it is spring, summer, fall or winter, parents obviously never stop worrying about the wellbeing of their children.  The earlier we all start teaching healthy eating habits, the better.

Federal Disaster Declaration Would Help People, Businessesin Kankakee, LaSalle, Livingston, Peoria and Putnam Counties

SPRINGFIELD - June 18, 2010. Governor Pat Quinn today asked President Obama to declare Kankakee, LaSalle, Livingston, Peoria and Putnam counties major disasters areas. If approved, a federal disaster declaration would help people and businesses affected by the June 5 tornadoes recover from the storm's aftermath by allowing them to apply for grants and loans to assist with storm-related losses.

"Many people in these areas are struggling to recover from the tornadoes that ripped their lives apart," said Governor Quinn. "As I said when I toured a devastated neighborhood in Dwight shortly after the storms, we need to do everything possible to get help to these people. Today, I'm asking President Obama to quickly approve federal assistance for these five counties, so people can begin to piece their lives back together."

Earlier this week, damage assessment teams from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA), the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and local officials documented the extent of damage in all five counties. Governor Quinn's request for federal assistance is based on the results of those assessments, which determined that 62 homes were destroyed by the storm and 42 suffered major damage. Nearly 160 additional homes were damaged to a lesser extent. 

If granted, the federal disaster declaration would make assistance available, including grants to individuals and households to help with temporary housing, home repairs or replacement and other disaster-related expenses, as well as low-interest SBA loans to residents and businesses.

"The State of Illinois continues to do everything possible to help these communities recover from the tornadoes," said IEMA Interim Director Joe Klinger. "After conducting the damage assessments this week, it's apparent that federal assistance is needed to help many of the storm victims recover."

Governor Quinn previously declared all five counties state disaster areas to ensure affected communities received needed state assistance to recover from the storms. The State of Illinois has been assisting with debris removal in several of the affected communities for the past two weeks.

Several trucks and other pieces of heavy equipment from the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) are helping with clean up efforts today in Streator and Dwight. In addition, inmate crews from the Illinois Department of Corrections (IDOC) are assisting with the debris removal today in Streator.

Additional information about the state's storm response efforts is available at


WASHINGTON, D.C. - June 18, 2010 - Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA), Chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, today applauded Senate passage of legislation to ensure seniors and veterans can continue to receive medical care from the doctors they depend on.  The legislation, which provides a six month extension of the Medicare payment fix for doctors, is fully paid for and was passed by unanimous consent.  The bill now heads to the House for its consideration.

"I am encouraged that the Senate passed an extension of the Medicare payment fix for doctors.  Iowa's seniors deserve to continue to receive the highest quality medical service and stops doctors from taking a 21 percent pay cut," said Harkin.  "I am disappointed, however, that the Medicare fix was separated from an extension of unemployment insurance, a benefit that helps families pay the rent, put food on the table and keep their kids in school as they search for work.  I will continue to fight for this extension and hope that the Senate takes it up expeditiously."

The 21 percent payment cut, which is a result of flaws in Medicare's physician payment formula, the Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) formula, took effect June 1.  The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services placed a temporary hold on the processing of Medicare reimbursement claims to delay implementing the reduced doctor payments.  Unfortunately, the agency was forced to begin processing Medicare claims with the 21 percent payment cut today in order to reimburse doctors' offices for their services.

Signs Legislation at the Burroughs-founded DuSable Museum to Designate March 25 as Day of Remembrance for Victims of Slavery

CHICAGO - June 18, 2010. Governor Pat Quinn today commemorated Juneteenth at the DuSable Museum of African American History and proclaimed Dr. Margaret Burroughs Day in honor of the museum's founder. He also signed legislation to designate March 25 as the Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade in the state of Illinois.

Juneteenth is the oldest and most widely-celebrated holiday commemorating the end of slavery in the United States.

"Juneteenth is a day to remember our past and honor those who have made significant contributions to our present," said Governor Quinn. "I salute Dr. Margaret Burroughs for her incredible work to advance the arts in Illinois and her dedication to ensuring that everyone can experience African American history and culture."

Dr. Margaret Burroughs made the first of her many contributions to African American arts and culture when, at the age of 22, she founded the South Side Community Arts Center as a gallery and studio for artists and students. The center is still active today and Dr. Margaret Burroughs continues to serve on its board.

Then, in 1961, Dr. Margaret Burroughs, her husband Charles and other leading Chicago residents founded the DuSable Museum of African American History. The museum has since grown to be an internationally-recognized museum of African American art. It was originally located on the ground floor of the Burroughs' home on South Michigan Avenue in Chicago and is named for Jean Baptiste Pointe du Sable, the first non-Native-American permanent settler in Chicago.

"As the founder of numerous community institutions, a fighter for social justice and equality during the Civil Rights Movement, and a respected artist and pillar of the African American community, Dr. Margaret Burroughs has touched the lives of countless individuals and throughout her accomplished life has embodied the spirit of Juneteenth by brightening the futures of children and adults all across the Land of Lincoln," said Governor Quinn in the proclamation.

Juneteenth commemorates June 19, 1865 when Union soldiers led by General Gordon Granger arrived in Galveston, Texas and announced the end of the Civil War, freeing all slaves. Though Abraham Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation was effective two years prior on January 1, 1863, a lack of Union troops in Texas prevented enforcement.

Also at the event, Governor Quinn signed a bill into law to designate March 25 as a Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade in the state of Illinois. House Bill 4586, sponsored by Rep. LaShawn Ford (D-Chicago) and Sen. Mattie Hunter (D-Chicago), passed the Illinois General Assembly unanimously. The holiday will coincide with the annual United Nations' International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade, which falls on March 25 annually.

A copy of the proclamation is attached.