Legislation Modernizes Illinois' Recycling Laws

CHICAGO - August 10, 2011. Governor Pat Quinn today signed legislation that will take a major step to increase e-recycling in Illinois. The new law overhauls the state's Electronic Products Recycling and Reuse Act by requiring more electronic products to be recycled, increasing recycling goals for Illinois' manufacturers and strengthening penalties for those who do not follow the law.

"This law will keep reusable materials from filling our landfills, and it will help us put people to work giving those materials new uses," said Governor Quinn. "Today's action reinforces our commitment to a green Illinois that continues to be a leader in protecting the environment."

Senate Bill 2106, sponsored by Sen. Susan Garrett (D-Lake Forest) and Rep. Daniel Biss (D-Evanston), expands the types of electronic products that will be subject to the state's landfill ban. Current law requires computer monitors, televisions and printers to be diverted from landfills. Under the new law, the list of items required to be recycled is expanded to include keyboards, portable music devices, scanners, videocassette recorders, video game consoles and more.

"Governor Quinn has made the recycling of e-waste a top environmental priority for the state, which is why Illinois is a leader on removing electronics from our waste stream," said Sen. Garrett.

"This bill not only prevents toxic substances from entering into the ground," said Rep. Biss. "But it also encourages the continued rapid growth of the e-recycling industry, supporting small businesses around the state that have created thousands of new jobs in recent years."

The new law also increases recycling goals for Illinois manufacturers. For example, in 2012 manufacturers will be required to recycle 40 percent of the products they sold in 2010. According to the Environmental Law & Policy Center, the new goals mean that statewide e-recycling will increase from 28 million pounds in 2011 to over 50 million pounds in 2012. The dramatic increase in recycling efforts is expected to create jobs for Illinois residents.

"This legislation will keep toxins out of our air and water while conserving valuable resources and creating jobs," said Melville Nickerson, Policy Advocate for the Environmental Law & Policy Center. "The Environmental Law & Policy Center looks forward to working together with manufacturers to implement this recycling bill and create a cleaner environment in Illinois."

The fine for violations of the new law will increase $1,000 to $7,000. It also gives the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency greater regulatory authority for violations of the act. Additionally, the bill requires manufacturers to maintain consumer education programs designed to inform customers of proper disposal policies for electronic products. The new law takes effect immediately.

Governor Quinn also signed House Bill 2001, sponsored by Rep. Ann Williams (D-Chicago) and Sen. John Millner (R-Carol Stream), which strengthens penalties for criminal disposal of waste. The law, which takes effect immediately, reclassifies the initial and all subsequent violations as felonies, lowers the violation threshold and increases fines to $25,000, up from $5,000.

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The Giving Tree Band, a critically-acclaimed national touring Americana rock band based in Chicago. Their current album made the Americana Music Association's Top 40 radio chart. The band has received rave reviews from popular publication such as Acoustic Guitar, The Huffington Post, Relix, American Songwriter, and many others.

The band will be performing on the main stage at River Roots Fest in LeClaire Park in Davenport, IA on Friday August 19 at 7:30pm. Estimated attendance is 20,000.

Gov. Tim Pawlenty, Sen. Rick Santorum, U.S. Rep. Thaddeus McCotter, U.S. Rep. Steve King, IA Lt. Gov Kim Reynolds to Join State-wide Bus Tour

Washington, D.C. ? On Wednesday, August 10, 2011 the Susan B. Anthony List (SBA), along with FRC Action's Faith Family Freedom Fund and the National Organization for Marriage (NOM), will stop in Cedar Rapids, Dubuque, Waterloo, Mason City and Dickinson County as part of the "Values Voter Bus Tour" that will cover 1,305 miles in four days with events in 22 cities.

President Obama is the most pro-abortion President in United States history and has threatened individual states for exercising their right to de-fund Planned Parenthood.  SBA List will get the word out to straw poll and caucus goers on which candidates have taken its Pro-Life Presidential Leadership Pledge and can be counted on as a strong leader in defending human life.

Wednesday, August 10  

8:30 - 9:00 AM: Cedar Rapids
Cedar Rapids Marriott, 1200 Collins Road NE  

Confirmed speakers: Sen. Rick Santorum, Former Congresswoman Marilyn Musgrave (SBA), Connie Mackey (FRC), Brian Brown (NOM), Jenifer Bowen (Iowa Right to Life)

10:30 AM - 11:00 AM: Dubuque
Washington Park, 351 W 6th Street  

Confirmed speakers: Marilyn Musgrave (SBA), Connie Mackey (FRC), Jenifer Bowen (Iowa Right to Life), Steven N. Brody (Dubuque County Right to Life)  

12:45 PM - 1:15 PM: Waterloo

Lincoln Park, 451 E 4th Street  

Confirmed speakers: Marilyn Musgrave (SBA), Connie Mackey (FRC), Jenifer Bowen (Iowa Right to Life)  

3:00 PM - 3:30 PM: Mason City
Central Park, 75 1st Street NW  

Confirmed speakers: Marilyn Musgrave (SBA), Connie Mackey (FRC), Jenifer Bowen (Iowa Right to Life)  

6:00 PM - 6:30 PM: Dickinson County
Barefoot Bar, 24457 178th Street, Okoboji  

Confirmed speakers: Rep. Thaddeus McCotter, Marilyn Musgrave (SBA), Connie Mackey (FRC), Jenifer Bowen (Iowa Right to Life)  

The Susan B. Anthony List is a nationwide network of more than 330,000 Americans dedicated to mobilizing, advancing, and representing pro-life women in politics.  Its connected Candidate Fund increases the percentage of pro-life women in the political process.

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Attachment

Many people use the terms "bonding" and "attachment" as if they were the same. Actually they mean quite different things. Bonding has to do with the parent's tie to the infant that occurs in the first hours of life. We think of bonding as occurring almost instantly, when the parent first has contact with the infant at birth. That may be a magical moment for parents, but babies do not quite realize the first moments after birth as critical to building relationships with parents. Although babies do enjoy the closeness they feel with parents immediately after birth, bonding is basically a parent phenomenon.

The term "attachment" refers to a relationship between baby and parent that develops gradually and builds over a long period of time? both parties take a role in the relationship? you could call it a lifelong partnership.

Babies come into the world ready to build relationships with the adults who care for them. Babies communicate with caregivers by gazing at their faces, recognizing their familiar voices, grasping their fingers, smiling at them, and crying when they need or want them. As babies grow, they develop new ways of communicating and responding to caregivers. If parents learn their baby's cues and provide experiences that the baby finds consistent and responsive to his needs, he will develop a trust in himself and in others--a secure attachment relationship. It takes time for trust to develop, beginning from the earliest interactions between baby and caregiver through the first year of life.

Because this process is one of building a long-term relationship, even infants who did not have immediate contact with their parent (due to adoption, illness, or premature birth) can become securely attached. Even attachment that is not secure at the end of the first year may change for the better if circumstances improve. Only in a most peculiar case, for example, a child being reared in an institution with no stable relationship, would no attachment be formed.

However, there are instances where insecure attachment can develop. Children who are moved from one placement to another, or who experience repeated parental loss, are at risk for serious developmental problems.

Just as relationships between adults are based on what they do together over time, infant/caregiver attachment is also build upon all that is shared over the

Contact:

Erna Fishhaut

Kathleen A. Olson, Extension Educator, University of Minnesota, email: kaolson@umn.edu
phone: 507-536-6306

 

AMES, Iowa - As consumers check their refrigerators and freezers for recalled fresh and frozen ground turkey products, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach encourages following food safety best practices all the time.

"Food recalls and salmonella outbreaks certainly get people thinking more about food safety," said Catherine Strohbehn, an ISU Extension specialist and professor in hotel, restaurant and institution management. "However, Iowans should always be mindful about food safety when purchasing, storing, preparing and serving food. That's why Iowa State provides consumers, foodservice operators, students and educators with 24/7 access to research-based, unbiased information on food safety and quality at www.iowafoodsafety.org."

On Aug. 3, Cargill initiated a voluntary recall of approximately 36 million pounds of ground turkey products produced at its Springdale, Ark., plant, as reported on the Cargill News Center website. As of Aug. 4, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported that 78 people in 26 states had been confirmed with SalmonellaHeidelberg infections and that eating ground turkey was the likely source of this outbreak. One person from Iowa has been affected. CDC provides a summary of the situation at http://www.cdc.gov/salmonella/heidelberg/index.html.

"Symptoms of most salmonella infections are the usual of any foodborne illness ? diarrhea, fever and abdominal cramps manifesting eight to 72 hours after ingesting the contaminated food. Affected individuals also may experience chills, headaches and sustained vomiting. Many of these symptoms are similar to those experienced with the flu, so often people don't realize they have a foodborne illness," Strohbehn said. If symptoms persist, see a doctor.

Cargill has posted a list of recalled ground turkey products at http://www.cargill.com/news-center/news-releases/2011/NA3047807.jsp, Strohbehn noted. Consumers should return opened or unopened packages to the store where purchased for a full refund.

Strohbehn recommends the following general food safety best practices:

Cook foods thoroughly to recommended end point temperatures. For poultry, this is a minimum of 165 F. Use a meat thermometer rather than relying only on cooking times listed on the package, because oven temperature sensors will vary. Looking and touching are not good indicators of doneness ? only a calibrated thermometer can tell for sure.

Keep cold foods cold either by refrigeration (below 41 F) or by freezing. Put cold foods away after shopping first, rather than after canned goods. Don't leave potentially hazardous foods out at room temperature for more than two hours. In summer, don't leave these foods out for more than one hour.

Separate raw from cooked or ready-to-eat foods, and separate clean from soiled ? chefs use the term mise en place, or everything in its place. Be mindful of this concept when working in the kitchen.

Keep it clean. Keep hands clean and keep materials that contact food clean. Clean means washing and rinsing using cleaning cloths and brushes designated for food surfaces only. Consumers may wish to sanitize certain surfaces after cleaning, such as the cutting board. Use a ratio of 1 tablespoon of unscented bleach with 1 gallon of water and allow contact for at least 7 seconds. Let the product air dry.

More information is available from the ISU Extension Food Safety Project website, www.iowafoodsafety.org.

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Scott County 4-H'er Travis Dierickx, Long Grove, has received a $500 Paul 4-H Scholarship sponsored by the family of Henry and Mary Martin Paul. Dierickx is the son of Pat and Lora Dierickx.

An 8-year 4-H member, Dierickx has been involved in the horticulture, market beef, breeding beef, swine and cattle feeder project areas. He has served as club president, vice president and treasurer. He plans to attend Iowa State University to major in mechanical engineering.

"Being in 4-H has given me the opportunity to meet many people, make friends throughout the United States and travel to places I've never been before," said Dierickx.

In Iowa, the 4-H program is part of Iowa State University Extension and Outreach headquartered on the ISU campus in Ames. For more information about 4-H, how to get involved or how to apply for a 4-H scholarship, contact any ISU Extension county office.

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Note to media editors: From Aug. 8-22, the ISU Extension staff listed below may be reached at the Iowa State Fair 4-H Exhibits Building Office, 515-262-3111, extension 380. Questions about 4-H livestock events may be directed to the State Fair 4-H Livestock Office, 515-262-3111, extension 381.

AMES, Iowa - A film festival, a robotics challenge, a culinary challenge and a runway fashion show are only a few of the entertaining and educational events awaiting visitors to the 4-H Exhibits Building at the 2011 Iowa State Fair.

Iowa State University Extension 4-H Youth Development returns to the fair with a variety of events and exhibits. The 4-H Exhibits Building will be open 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily, Aug. 11 to 21, and will offer many exhibits that have been prepared by 4-H members. The air-conditioned 4-H Exhibits Building is in the southwest corner of the fairgrounds.

Got 4-H Exhibits?

The 4-H Exhibits Building will feature some 3,800 exhibits from 4-H'ers around the state. In addition to more than 600 photography exhibits, look for an assortment of delectable baked goods, fantastic furnishings and other unique items. Contact Mitchell Hoyer, ISU Extension 4-H Youth Development.

Get Your Hands on Science, Engineering and Technology (SET)

Iowa 4-H clubs will be sharing their Extension Science, Engineering and Technology (SET) learning at the Iowa State Fair. Fair visitors can get their hands on science, engineering and technology Thursday, Aug. 11 and Friday Aug. 12; join the Science Center of Iowa making flip sticks; or start your adventure with Iowa State University and the College of Engineering on Saturday, Aug. 13. On Monday, Aug. 15 visitors can learn about sustainable energy making solar cars, and on Thursday, Aug.18 learn about creepy crawlies with the Insect Zoo. Contact Jay Staker or Holly Bignall, ISU Extension 4-H Youth Development.

Try on 'Awardrobe' Aug. 11, 12

New location this year: The 2011 Iowa State Fair Awardrobe 4-H clothing event is Thursday, Aug. 11 and Friday, Aug.12 at the Iowa State University campus. Awardrobe showcases youth from different sections of the state each day. The fashion runway shows will take place each day at 5:15 in the Great Hall at the Memorial Union, Iowa State University.

4-H'ers will participate in three categories. In Clothing Selection, youth purchase a garment for a special occasion. In Fashion Revue, youth construct their own garments. In the $15 Challenge, youth buy an outfit for less than $15. Youth then are judged on their understanding and use of design elements and principles within their category. They also model their garments in the runway shows. This year's educational workshops and showcase have a career theme ? participants will learn about possible careers in fashion and sewing and how to build their resume. Contact Keli Tallman, ISU Extension 4-H Youth Development.

Lights! Camera! Action! - Iowa 4-H Film Festival Is Aug. 12

Budding youth directors and actors across the state will make their film debut in the Iowa 4-H Film Festival at the Iowa State Fair. Production teams of one to 10 members (with at least one 4-H'er) have entered films in three categories: Educate, Inspire and Just 4 Fun. Judges will select winners for each category and a Best of Festival award. Festival audience members will vote for a People's Choice award. Films will be shown at the 4-H Exhibits Building on Aug. 12 from 3:30-5:30 p.m. Check the Iowa 4-H Film Festival website  (www.extension.iastate.edu/4h/StateFair/filmfestival) or contact Jay Staker or Holly Bignall, ISU Extension Science, Engineering and Technology (E-SET).

Bratney Companies 4-H Robotics Challenge Is Aug. 13, 14

Iowa youth in two age divisions will show off their robot designing and programming skills during a real-time robotics design challenge. Seniors will compete on Saturday, Aug. 13, and juniors will compete on Sunday, Aug. 14 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the 4-H Exhibits Building. Real time means the teams won't know the exact design challenges they'll face until the event begins. Each robotics team will receive two challenges ? one using the LEGO Mindstorms© NXT platform and a surprise junk drawer challenge. Each team designs a robot to meet each of the challenges. At the end of the working period, the teams will enter the Challenge Field and set their robots loose to the cheers of spectators. Check out videos from past 4-H robotics challenges (www.extension.iastate.edu/4h/statefair/roboticschallenge) or contact Jay Staker or Holly Bignall, ISU Extension Science, Engineering and Technology (E-SET).

'Cook This!' on Aug. 15, 16, 17

In this three-part youth culinary challenge, teams of junior, intermediate and senior level 4-H'ers will demonstrate their creativity in food preparation as well as their communication skills about food related topics, and their ability to identify produce, equipment and fruits and vegetables. The challenge will take place Tuesday, Aug. 15, Wednesday, Aug. 16 and Thursday, Aug. 17 in the 4-H Exhibits Building. Check the Cook This! website (www.extension.iastate.edu/4h/StateFair/cookthis) or contact Shelly Greving, ISU Extension 4-H Youth Development.

Teens Will 'Stitch This!' in Fashion Design Event Aug. 19-20

Prom dresses will be everywhere as nine teams of 4-H teens take part in the Iowa 4-H "Stitch This!" fashion design event at the Iowa State Fair. This year's theme is "America the Beautiful." The public can watch all the action as the teams tear these garments apart and design new creations in the 4-H Exhibits Building from 3-9 p.m. Friday, Aug. 19 and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 20. The event will culminate in a runway-style fashion show at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 20 on the 4-H Exhibits Building's main stage. Check the Stitch This website (www.extension.iastate.edu/4h/StateFair/stitchthis) or contact Shelly Greving, ISU Extension 4-H Youth Development.

See 4-H Fair Highlights on 4-H TV Online

What do you get when you combine a group of technology-savvy 4-H teens, some digital video cameras, a website and the Iowa State Fair? You get 4-H TV at the Fair. 4-H TV (www.extension.iastate.edu/4h/tv, to be available during and after State Fair) features videos shot, edited and produced by the Iowa 4-H Technology Team. Contact Jay Staker, ISU Extension Science, Engineering and Technology (E-SET).

My 4-H: Share a Story

Has 4-H made an impact on your life? State Fair visitors can share their 4-H stories with the world ? in writing. ISU Extension 4-H Youth Development will be collecting stories throughout the fair about the impact 4-H has on individuals and communities. Contact Shelly Greving, ISU Extension 4-H Youth Development.

121 Iowans to Join Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame

The Iowa 4-H Foundation and ISU Extension 4-H Youth Development sponsor the Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame induction ceremonies Sunday, Aug. 21, at 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. in the 4-H Exhibits Building. Eighty-eight counties have selected inductees for their outstanding service and dedication to 4-H. Contact Chris Gleason, ISU Extension 4-H Youth Development.

4-H'ers Receive Scholarships

The Iowa 4-H Foundation will present more than 100 scholarships to deserving 4-H'ers from across the state at the annual scholarship awards program, Saturday, Aug. 20, 3:30 p.m. in the 4-H Exhibits Building. Contact Mitchell Hoyer, ISU Extension 4-H Youth Development.

Addy the 4-H Butter Cow

Any day at the fair you can find Addy the 4-H adventure cow roaming the fairgrounds, to remind your that your adventure starts here, with 4-H. In honor of the 100th year of the butter cow, different organizations have painted cement butter cows that are being placed around the fairgrounds. Contact Kourtney Determan, ISU Extension 4-H Youth Development.

About the Iowa 4-H Youth Development Program

4-H is the nation's largest youth development organization, serving more than 6 million young people across America with programs in leadership, citizenship, communication and life skills. One in five Iowa school-age youth participates in 4-H. In Iowa, 4-H Youth Development is headquartered at the Iowa State University campus in Ames. 4-H is supported by federal, state and county funding, private grants and donations, and fees. For more information about joining 4-H, contact your Iowa State University Extension county office at www.extension.iastate.edu/content/county-offices/ or visit www.extension.iastate.edu/4H.

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Harvesting vegetables at the right stage of maturity results in high quality, nutritious products. If properly harvested and stored, onions and garlic will keep most of their original flavor and food value for months. Iowa State University Extension specialists describe the correct harvesting and storage for these two vegetables. To have additional questions answered, contact the experts at hortline@iastate.edu or call 515-294-3108.

When should you harvest onions?
Onions should be harvested when most of the tops have fallen over and begun to dry. Carefully pull or dig the bulbs with the tops attached.

What is the proper way to store onions?
After harvesting the onions, dry or cure the onions in a warm, dry, well-ventilated location, such as a shed or garage. Spread out the onions in a single layer on a clean, dry surface. Cure the onions for two to three weeks until the onion tops and necks are thoroughly dry and the outer bulb scales begin to rustle. After the onions are properly cured, cut off the tops about 1 inch above the bulbs. As the onions are topped, discard any that show signs of decay. Use the thick-necked bulbs as soon as possible as they don't store well. An alternate preparation method is to leave the onion tops untrimmed and braid the dry foliage together.

Place the cured onions in a mesh bag, old nylon stocking, wire basket or crate. It's important that the storage container allow air to circulate through the onions. Store the onions in a cool, moderately dry location. Storage temperatures should be 32 to 40 degrees Fahrenheit. The relative humidity should be 65 to 70 percent. Possible storage locations include a basement, cellar or garage. Hang the braided onions from a rafter or ceiling. If storing the onions in an unheated garage, move the onions to an alternate storage site before temperatures drop below 32 F.

What is the storage life of onions?
The storage life of onions is determined by the variety and storage conditions. When properly stored, good keepers, such as 'Copra' and 'Stuttgarter,' can be successfully stored for several months. Poor keepers, such as 'Walla Walla' and 'Sweet Spanish,' can only be stored for a few weeks. If the storage temperatures are too warm, the onions may sprout. Rotting may be a problem in damp locations. Inspect the stored onions on a regular basis in fall and winter. Discard any that are starting to rot.

When should you harvest garlic?
Harvest garlic when the foliage begins to dry. In Iowa, garlic is usually harvested in August or September. Carefully dig the bulbs with a garden fork or shovel.

How do you store garlic?
After harvesting the garlic, dry the garlic in a warm, dry, well-ventilated location. Place the garlic on an elevated wire screen or slotted tray to promote drying. When the tops have dried, cut off the dry foliage 1 inch above the bulbs. Also, trim off the roots and brush off any loose soil. Place the bulbs in a mesh bag or open crate and store in a cool (32 F to 40 F), dry (65 to 70 percent relative humidity) area. Garlic can be stored for three to six months if properly dried and stored. An alternate way to store garlic is to braid the foliage together immediately after harvest, dry and then hang the braided garlic in a cool, dry location.

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August 23                              Scott County Extension Council Meeting at the Extension Office
7pm

September 2                        Pesticide Applicator Testing
10am-2pm at the Extension Office

September 27                      Scott County Extension Council Meeting at the Extension Office
7pm

October 5                              Aquatic, Forest and Roadside Pest Management CIC, $35 if registered by 9/28/11, after that $45
At the Scott County Extension Office, 9am-11:30am

October 7                              Pesticide Applicator Testing
10am-2pm at the Extension Office

October 25                            Scott County Extension Council Meeting at the Extension Office
7pm

October 27                            Mosquito & Public Health Pest Management CIC, $35 if registered by 10/20/11, after that $45
At the Scott County Extension Office, 9am-11:30am

November 4                         Pesticide Applicator Testing
10am-2pm at the Extension Office

November 9                         Ornamental & Turf Applicators CIC, $35 if registered by 11/2/11, after that $45
At the Scott County Extension Office, 1:30pm-4pm

November 16                       Commercial Ag Weed, Insect, and Plant Disease Management CIC, $35 if registered by 11/9/11, after that
$45, at the Scott County Extension Office, 9am-11:30am

November 29                       Fumigation CIC, $35 if registered by 11/22/11, after that $45, at the Scott County Extension Office,
9am-11:30am

December 2                         Pesticide Applicator Testing
10am-2pm at the Extension Office

December 7                         Pest Control Operators CIC, $35 if registered by 11/30/11, after that $45, at the Scott County Extension
Office, 9am-11:30am

Visit our events calendar at our web site:   http://dbs.extension.iastate.edu/calendar/

Davenport, Iowa - August 2011 -The Figge Art Museum and the River Music Experience will host the family workshop "Art of Percussion" on Saturday, August 13 from 10am to 2pm.  Families will enjoy a fun, creative day at the Figge beginning with an entertaining performance of Native American music and stories presented by Larry Lockwood on the Figge plaza. Afterwards, participants will create cool and colorful rain sticks, drums, maracas and other shakers and noise makers out of recycled materials in the Figge Studios, and then play these percussion instruments in a musical procession to neighboring River Music Experience. Terry Hanson and fellow musician Ellis Kell will lead a mega drum circle, working out dynamic rhythms and beats.

Schedule:
10 am                       Registration 
10:15 - 10:45am       Native American stories and music on Figge plaza
10:45am-12pm        Instrument building in Figge Studios

12 - 12:30pm            Lunch break

12:30pm                   Musical procession to River Music Experience
12:45 - 2pm              Drum circle at River Music Experience

The fee for this workshop is $10 per family.  This workshop is appropriate for children of all ages; an adult must be present for each family.  Families can pre-register by contacting Heather at 563.326.7804 x 2045 or haaronson@figgeartmuseum.org; day of registration will be available in the Figge lobby at 10am. Families should pack a sack lunch. 

This workshop is in partnership with River Music Experience and supported with Quad City Arts Dollar$ funds, provided by the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency, the Doris and Victor Day  Foundation, the John Deere Foundation, the Mary Iva Gittens Knouse Charitable Trust, Quad City Arts Partners and Festival of Trees.

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