Braley Announces $200,000 Award for Local Biofuel Producer

Commends Iowa Businesses for Leading in Clean Energy Production

Washington, DC - January 21, 2011 - Today, Congressman Bruce Braley (IA-01) commended Western Dubuque Biodiesel and announced the businesses would be receiving a U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) award of almost $200,000.

"I'm proud to support Western Dubuque Biodiesel and the work they do to help reduce our country's dependence on foreign oil," said Congressman Braley. "I've visited their business several times, and I'm happy to hold them up as an example of what Iowa is: a place where we grow our economy and create new jobs by fostering innovative ideas - especially in the fields of clean energy and biofuels."

The USDA Rural Development Award totals $178,926.98 and will be used to help expand production of advanced biofuels. The award comes on the same day as the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's announcement that it approved the use of 15 percent blend ethanol (E15) for automobiles and light trucks of model year 2001 and newer.

"I was heartened by the EPA's decision and approval of E15 today - it's great news for our state and our workforce," said Braley. "With the EPA's decision, I hope new businesses and companies will follow the example of Western Dubuque Biofuels and others like them - by innovating, expanding and creating good-paying jobs right here in Iowa."

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Braley Announces $2.4 Million for Local Housing Programs

Washington, DC - January 20, 2011 - Today, Congressman Bruce Braley (IA-01) announced almost $2.4 million in grant money for housing and homeless assistance programs in Eastern Iowa. The grants are awarded through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's (HUD) Continuum of Care Homeless Assistance program.

"This money is incredibly important for housing assistance programs all over the First District," Braley said. "With these funds, many dedicated individuals will be able to provide crucial housing services and support to homeless Iowans during tough winters."

HUD money funds various public and private programs that provide a range of assistance to homeless persons, including transition housing, permanent housing and a variety of supportive services. These funds are awarded annually in a nationwide competition.

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Braley Opposes Health Care Repeal

Washington, DC - January 19, 2011 - Today, Congressman Bruce Braley (IA-01) voted against the Republican bill to repeal the health care reform law.

"The new majority campaigned on balancing the budget and getting our deficit under control, but their very first legislative initiative would blow a $230 billion hole in our deficit," said Congressman Braley. "There's no way I could support this irresponsible legislation."

If enacted into law, the Republicans' repeal would also roll back the most popular provisions that protect consumers from insurance company abuses. Insurance companies would once again be able to deny coverage to children and adults with pre-existing conditions, prevent young adults from staying on their parents' plans until age 26 and drop coverage for pregnant women and cancer survivors.

"The health care law, and the Republicans' effort to repeal it, has a human face," said Braley. "My nephew was finally able to take a new job, knowing his four-year-old son Tucker won't be dropped from his new health plan because of a liver cancer diagnosis. That's just one family. There are millions like them in Iowa and across the country."

"My Republican colleagues also don't seem to understand the very serious ramifications of their political games - or they haven't read their own bill. The text of their bill clearly states that they intend to repeal the health care law and restore its provisions as if it had never been enacted. One consequence of that language is that if this bill becomes law, millions of seniors across the country would be forced to pay the government $250 that they received and already spent under the health care reform law. I know Iowa's seniors can't afford that - and I certainly won't let my constituents pay the price for this political stunt."

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Braley Introduces "Veterans Day Off" Bill;

Legislation Would Make Veterans Day a Holiday for All Veterans

Washington, DC - January 19, 2011 - Today, Congressman Bruce Braley (IA-01) introduced a bill to make Veterans Day a holiday for all veterans in the United States.

"Veterans Day is meant to remember and commemorate those brave men and women who have served our nation. It's only right that they be able to take this day off work," said Congressman Braley.

While Veterans Day is currently designated as a federal holiday, private employers can choose not to observe it. This bill would require private employers to give any employee who is a veteran a day off on "Veterans Day." The holiday can be paid or unpaid, at the employer's discretion. The legislation does include exceptions for small businesses, cases where public health or safety are concerned, or where the holiday would significantly disrupt operations.

The bill is Braley's first act as a new member of the Veterans Affairs Committee in the 112th Congress. Braley was confirmed as a member of the Committee earlier today at a meeting of the Democratic Caucus.

"There are 240,317 veterans in the state of Iowa and each of them deserves the very best that our government can provide - the best care, the best services and the most responsive representation in Congress," said Braley. "I've been an advocate for veterans since I first got to Congress, and I'm thrilled to be a member of this important committee where I can do even more for our veterans."

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Braley to Cantor: Read Your Bill.  Braley Warns that Seniors Would Be Forced to Pay Govt under Repeal Bill

Washington, DC - January 19, 2011 - Today, Congressman Bruce Braley (IA-01) warned that seniors who received a $250 check towards prescription drugs under the health care reform law would be required to return that money, according to the text of the repeal bill being considered in the House tonight.

"Regardless of what the Majority Leader said yesterday, the text of his own bill is clear - it calls for repealing the provisions of the health care law and restoring them as if the law had never been enacted. Now, based on what I learned in law school, that means repealing the law and restoring the appropriate funds, in this case those $250 checks that were distributed and spent by seniors across America," said Congressman Braley.

"In Iowa alone, we have 39,430 seniors who have received and spent these checks. Now, Republicans are pushing a bill that would force these seniors to write a $250 check to the government once the repeal is enacted. I don't know if Mr. Cantor was being intentionally misleading or was just careless when discussing this issue with reporters, but the seniors in my district shouldn't have to pay the price for this political stunt."

"I sincerely hope my Republican colleagues will read their own bill and consider these serious ramifications as we take this vote tonight."

H.R. 2 clearly states that the health care reform law would be repealed and "restored or revived as if such Act had not been enacted."

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The following students were named to the Dean's List for the fall 2010 semester at Washington University in St. Louis.

  • Ashley Danielle Brosius of Moline, IL was named to the Dean's List for the fall 2010 semester. Brosius is a graduate of Moline High School in Moline, IL, and is enrolled in the university's College of Arts & Sciences.
  • Elizabeth Jane Gibson of Pleasant Valley, IA was named to the Dean's List for the fall 2010 semester. Gibson is a graduate of Pleasant Valley High School in Pleasant Valley, IA, and is enrolled in the university's College of Arts & Sciences. 

 

Wyn Boerckel of East Moline, IL, a sophomore at Washington and Lee University, has earned honor roll status for the recently ended fall term.  Honor roll status at Washington and Lee, located in Lexington, VA,  represents a term grade-average of at least 3.75 on a 4.0 scale.

 

Thomas Ratkiewicz of Moline, IL Named to Graceland University's Dean's List with a GPA of between 3.25 and 3.64.  Graceland University is located in Independence, Missouri.

 

John Philibert of Rock Island a Sophomore Arts & Sciences student at Creighton University, Omaha, was named to the fall Dean's List for the 2010-2011 academic year.

 

Kirkwood Community College, Cedar Rapids, has released its Dean's List for the Fall 2010 Semester. These students have achieved a 3.3 grade point average or higher after completing 12 or more credit hours with the college:

Bettendorf, IA:  Amy Lea Berg, Scott, Occupational Therapy Assistant - AAS; Brendan Ronald Bishop, Scott, Culinary Arts - AAS; Paige Veneta Blocker, Scott, Education - AA; Andrew James Burken, Scott, Fire Science Management - ASCO; Christopher Steven Cotton, Scott, Pre-Business Transfer - AA; Abigail Ann Donohoe, Scott, Dental Hygiene - AAS; Melissa Erin Gill, Scott, Culinary Arts - AAS; Ashley Elise Hansen, Scott, Culinary Arts - AAS; Robert A Harmon, Scott, Liberal Arts - AA; Jeffrey Cole Nicely-Green, Scott, Entry-Level Firefighter - AAS; Ben Joseph Palczynski, Scott, Golf Course and Athletic Turfgrass Management - AAS; Jennifer Marie Salib, Scott, Paralegal - AA;

Davenport, IA:  Nick Scott Bakeris, Scott, Construction Management - AAS; Chase Cartee, Scott, Liberal Arts - AA; Misty Lynn Deleu, Scott, Respiratory Therapist - AAS; Angela Michelle Eckert, Scott, Liberal Arts - AA; Sarah F Franco, Scott, Physical Therapist Assistant - AAS; Elizabeth  McCoy, Scott, Respiratory Therapist - AAS; Angela L McConville, Scott, Architectural Technology - AAS; Alexander Matthew Norman, Scott, Liberal Arts - AA; Timothy Patrick O'Leary, Scott, Industrial Maintenance and HVAC Technology - AAS; Alex R Palos, Scott, Golf Course and Athletic Turfgrass Management - AAS; Giannina M Roldan, Scott, Occupational Therapy Assistant - AAS; Keriann Hanson Wilder, Scott, Dental Hygiene - AAS;

Moline, IL:  Minetta-Kay  Mockmore-Horton, Liberal Arts - AA

 

Devin Bayer and Matthew Purl, both of Davenport, have been named to the Fall 2010 Dean's List at Mount Mercy University, Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

The following students from the Quad Cities area were named to the fall Dean's Lst at Creighton University, Omaha for the 2010-2011 academic year:

  • Stephanie Haas of Davenport a junior Arts and Sciences student
  • Elizabeth Hines of Davenport a freshman Arts and Sciences student
  • Diane Ferry of Eldridge a senior Business Adminstration student
  • Kailee Steger of Milan a freshman Arts and Sciences student
  • John Philibert of Rock Island a sophomore Arts and Sciences student

Full-time students who earn a 3.5 grade-point average or better on a 4.0 scale are eligible for the Dean's Honor Roll.

 

Anna Windeknecht of Blue Grass, Iowa, has been named to William Woods University's (Fulton, MO) Dean's List for academic accomplishments during the 2010 fall term.To be named to the Dean's List, a student must be full-time and have achieved a minimum 3.6 semester and cumulative grade point average on a 4.0 scale.

 

Upper Iowa University names its 2010 Fall Dean's List. To be honored, the undergraduate must have earned a minimum 3.50 GPA for the semester and be enrolled as a full-time student.

  • Cody Hobson, Bettendorf, IA
  • Michelle Marsden, Davenport, IA

 

Katherine Kautz, daughter of Ann and Gregory Kautz of Bettendorf, IA, has been named to the Saint Mary's College Dean's List for the Fall 2010 semester. A student must achieve a grade point average of at least 3.4 on a 4.0 scale to earn academic honors at Saint Mary's, located at Notre Dame, IN.

 

Janie Almblade, a resident of East Moline, IL, was among 64 students from Lakeview College of Nursing, Danville, IL who made the Fall Dean's List.

 

Beloit College, Beloit, WIisconsin. has announced that William A. Hawkinson, senior, and Devin T. Lundy, freshman, both of Davenport, have achieved academic distinction during the Fall term of the academic year and have been named to the Dean's List, which recognizes students who have maintained at least a 3.4 cumulative grade point average for the semester.

 

Dominican University, River Forest, IL has announced the Dean's List for the Fall 2010 semester. To qualify for the prestigious Dean's List, students must achieve a semester grade point average of 3.8 (on a 4.0 scale), based on a full-time enrollment of 12 credit hours.

  • Kaitlin Cleppe, a resident of Bettendorf, was named to the Dean's List. Cleppe is a graduate of Pleasant Valley Community High School.
  • Joshua Johnson, a resident of Port Byron, was named to the Dean's List. Johnson is a graduate of Riverdale Senior High School.

Governor Quinn Announces Leading Scrap Metal Recycling Company Will Move to Illinois; Relocation to Create Around 40 Jobs, Support 198 Construction Jobs

 CHICAGO - January 21, 2011. Governor Pat Quinn announced today that one of the Midwest's leading scrap metal recyclers, Becker Iron & Metal, Inc., will relocate its headquarters from St. Louis, Missouri to Venice, Illinois. The company's move will help create at least 42 permanent Illinois jobs and support another 198 construction jobs as part of an overall $4 million investment in Madison County.

"We are continuing to take the necessary steps to increase our competitiveness in the global economy, which is why more businesses are choosing to move to Illinois," said Governor Quinn. "We are stabilizing our fiscal climate, investing in state-of-the-art transportation infrastructure and supporting emerging green technologies - and it's giving us an edge over competing states."

The $4 million construction project will be partially financed by a $928,400 grant administered through the Illinois Department of Transportation's Freight Rail Program. The grant will help finance construction activities, including new rail track, radiation detection and lighting.

Becker Iron & Metal is a fourth-generation, family-owned company that has served the scrap metal industry for more than a century. The new state-of-the art facility in Venice will accommodate the shipment of more than 500 railcars of scrap metal per year. Becker is currently preparing final engineering plans for the site, and occupancy on the new facility is expected in June 2011.

"This agreement exemplifies a great partnership between the private and public sectors to stimulate the regional economy," Becker Iron & Metal President Mike Becker said. "We look forward to our continued partnership with the state of Illinois."

"The cooperation among state and company officials was critical in this success story," Illinois Transportation Secretary Gary Hannig said. "Most importantly, however, this move again proves that Illinois' robust transportation network is one of many advantages our state offers businesses."

"This is a great example of how our collective efforts are helping to bring greater economic development and creating jobs in all areas of the state," said Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity Director Warren Ribley. "I would like to congratulate Becker on their expansion and look forward to their continued growth in Illinois."

Becker Iron & Metal is the second company this week to relocate to Illinois. Governor Quinn announced yesterday that steel producer Evraz Inc. will relocate its North American headquarters to Chicago. The Governor also announced major agreements between Chinese government officials and a dozen Illinois soybean producers to sell their products to China.

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Governor Quinn Announces Agreement toBoost Trade Between Illinois and China; Continues State's Efforts to Remain at Forefront of Global Marketplace

CHICAGO - January 21, 2011.  Governor Pat Quinn today announced an agreement to strengthen Illinois' trade with China. Under the agreement, the Beijing International Brand Management Center (BIBMC) will set up "American Goods Distribution Centers" in Beijing and Shanghai to promote Illinois products and services in China, and an "American Goods Purchase Center" in Chicago to encourage Chinese investment in Illinois.

"Today's agreement will boost small- and mid-sized businesses throughout Illinois, while ensuring that our state remains a leader in the global marketplace," said Governor Quinn. "This partnership will provide Illinois businesses with the tools they need to enter the Chinese market and continue to grow our economy."

Under the agreement, the state will recommend Illinois products to the BIBMC - particularly in the agricultural, auto parts and construction machinery sectors - and will assist with the establishment of the American Goods Purchase Center in Chicago. Through the distribution centers, BIBMC will provide intellectual property rights protection, Chinese distribution development, channel construction, marketing and other comprehensive services to Illinois companies in China.

"By setting up two American Goods Centers in the Chaoyang District of Beijing and the Changning District of Shanghai, the International Brand Management Center will provide a 'one-stop-shop' to promote Illinois products and services to be sold in the Chinese market. The centers will also be an important platform to promote Chinese investment to Illinois," said Mr. Tan Li, Vice Director, China Association of International Trade, Beijing International Brand Management Center.

"Establishment of these distribution centers in Beijing and Shanghai is a strategic decision that will help put the state in an extremely competitive position as we continue our efforts to market Illinois globally," said Warren Ribley, director of the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity. "These centers give us an opportunity to further investment and trade in China and around the world."

China is Illinois' third largest export destination, and Illinois is among the top five states in agricultural exports to China. Illinois agriculture exports to China have increased each year since 2007, from $149 million to $552 million in 2009. Illinois' overall exports to China in 2009 reached $2.47 billion. In the first nine months of 2010, Illinois' exports to China reached $2.33 billion, representing a 37.5 percent increase compared to the same period in 2009. More than 30 Chinese companies have invested in Illinois, employing thousands of Illinois residents.

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Governor Quinn Welcomes Chinese Delegation, Announces Global Business Agreements; Chinese Businesses Sign Agreements to Purchase Illinois Soy Products

CHICAGO - January 20, 2011. Governor Pat Quinn today welcomed a delegation of Chinese government and business leaders to Illinois and announced that more than a dozen Illinois providers of soy products have entered into sales agreements with buyers from 24 Chinese companies.

"We are doing everything we can to ensure that Illinois remains a leader in the global marketplace. We are the transportation hub of the Midwest; we have the best farmland in the world; and we are committed to growing green technologies," said Governor Quinn. "These important agreements with China will further grow our economy, and we will continue to show the world why Illinois is a premier place to do business."

China is Illinois' third-largest export destination, and Illinois is among the top five states for agricultural export to China. Farmers and companies with operations in Illinois, including ADM, Bunge, Cargill, CHS, Columbia Grain Trading and Louis Drefyus, participated in the agreements with Chinese firms.

Governor Quinn was joined at today's event by China's Vice Minister of Commerce Wang Chao, Danny Murphy, Chairman of American Soybean Association Trade Policy and International Affairs Committee and Treasurer of U.S. Soybean Export Council, entrepreneurs from China and the representatives of the Illinois Soybean Association.

"The Chinese government highly values and supports the Sino-U.S. business cooperation that aims at a win-win result, and it is the mission of the Chinese delegation to encourage more Chinese purchase from and Chinese investment in the United States," said Vice Minister Wang.

Agriculture export to China from Illinois has increased each year since 2007, from $149 million to $552 million in 2009. Illinois' overall export to China in 2009 reached $2.47 billion. More than 30 Chinese companies have invested in Illinois, employing thousands of Illinois citizens.

"The Illinois Soybean Association is very pleased to have Governor Quinn be part of this signing ceremony with China, our number one customer of Illinois soybeans," said Ron Moore, Illinois Soybean Association chairman.  This is a testament to how the Governor recognizes the value and importance of Illinois soybean production, which ranks second in the U.S. with 466 million bushels harvested in 2010."

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Governor Quinn Makes Three Appointments to University of Illinois Board of Trustee: All Three Appointees are Alumni of State's Flagship University

CHICAGO - January 19, 2011. Governor Pat Quinn today made three appointments to the University of Illinois Board of Trustees. Patricia Brown Holmes and Ricardo Estrada will join the board as new appointees, while Karen Hasara will continue to serve following her September 2009 appointment.

"Students from all over the world come to Illinois because they know that they will receive the highest quality of education from the University of Illinois," said Governor Quinn. "I am confident that today's appointees will help ensure the continued integrity and quality of our state's flagship university."

All three appointees are alumni of the University of Illinois. Holmes, a partner at Schiff Hardin LLP, has been named one of Illinois' "Top 50 Women Lawyers" by Illinois Super Lawyers. She received both her bachelor of science and juris doctorate degrees from the University of Illinois. Estrada currently serves as the first deputy commissioner in the Department of Family and Support Services for the City of Chicago. He received his master of business administration from the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Governor Quinn also reappointed Karen Hasara to the university's board. Hasara, a current trustee for the Springfield Mass Transit District, served as mayor of the city of Springfield from 1995-2003. She received both her bachelor of science and master of arts degrees from the University of Illinois at Springfield.

The primary governing body of the university, the board is responsible for maintaining and overseeing the use of funds appropriated by the General Assembly. It exercises jurisdiction over all matters except those which it has delegated to the president of the university or other officers or agencies.

The University of Illinois Board of Trustees consists of 13 members, including the Governor as an ex officio member. Nine are appointed by the Governor and serve six year terms. Three student trustees, one from each University of Illinois institution, are elected by referenda on their respective campuses for one-year terms. One of these student trustees is designated by the Governor to have an official vote.

 

CHICAGO - January 18, 2011. Governor Pat Quinn today took action on the following bills:
Bill No.: SB 2814
Regulates fire equipment suppression systems and employees who work on those systems through licensure requirements.
An Act Concerning: Professional Regulation
Action: Signed
Effective Date: Immediately
Bill No.: SB 3461
Extends the Emergency Budget Act until June 30, 2011.
An Act Concerning: State Government
Action: Signed
Effective Date: Immediately
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On Saturday January, 29 at 2:00 P.M. the Wapsi River Environmental Education Center will host recycled card crafts program.  Did you know that during the holiday season we generate 5 million tons of trash?  Recycling is the key!  By attending this fun afternoon program, participants will learn to make gift boxes, decorative tags, ornaments and much more from recycled holiday cards.  Scissors, glue, rulers and pencils will be provided; participants need only to bring cards.  Pre-registration is required by calling (563) 328-3286.  BYOM ~ Bring Your Own Mug.

The Wapsi River Environmental Education Center can be found 6 miles south of Wheatland or 1 mile northwest of Dixon, Iowa by taking County Road Y4E.  Then turn north at 52ndAvenue and follow the signs for about 1 mile.

Davenport, Iowa -The Davenport Community School District has announced that the Four-Year-Old Program community partner organizations will host an information session and tour from 9:00 to 10:00 a.m. Friday, January 21, 2011 at Children's Village West, 2826 West Locust Street, Davenport (across from the Mississippi Valley Fairgrounds). Legislators, community partners, Quad Cities Chamber of Commerce representatives, and members of the media are being invited to attend.

The session will begin with an overview of Iowa's statewide voluntary preschool program for four-year-old children which will include local, state and national data showing the impact of quality preschool education. Several brief presentations by community partner organizations will follow, concluding with a tour of the facilities and an opportunity to observe the program first-hand.

The Four-Year-Old Program provides more opportunities for all children aged four in the State of Iowa to attend a quality preschool and enter kindergarten ready to learn. The program in the Davenport Area Community School District alone impacts more than 800 students and includes over 20 partner sites.

A recent analysis of over 120 studies of students in preschool programs from over the last five decades showed these students made gains in both cognitive and social-emotional skills that persisted well beyond the early elementary years. "The Perry Preschool Project" clearly lays out the long term economic impact of these programs beyond school.

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Davenport, IA - The Bix Beiderbecke Memorial Society has elected officers to lead the 40 year old organization during 2011.

Mike Boyler, President

Jim Petersen, Vice President

Muriel Voss, Treasurer

Leo Schubert, Secretary

Plans for the 40th Annual Bix Beiderbecke Memorial Jazz Festival, August 4 -August 7, 2011, are well in place for the most exciting weekend in the Festival's history.

In addition to concerts in Davenport's riverfront LeClaire Park , the best of traditional jazz will be heard in three other venues; the historic Hotel Blackhawk, the Col Ballroom, and the River Music Experience.

"We are bringing Bix home to downtown Davenport", is how one Board member characterized the 40th Festival.

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DAVENPORT, IOWA (January 10, 2011) - The Big Brothers Big Sisters will host its annual Putt-A-Round Wednesday through Friday January 19 to 21, 2011 in the Mississippi Hall of the River Center- Davenport, Iowa. This year's course features 21 holes custom built by area businesses, with more than 800 people are expected to participate.

The organization goal is to raise $60,000 to underwrite over 1,000 one-to-one mentoring relationships established and supported in Scott and Rock Island counties.

Shift Schedule for Tournament:

  • Wednesday - January 19th- 5:30-7:30PM "Big Little Night"

  • Thursday- January 20th- 11:30AM - 1:00PM, 3:30 - 5:00PM, 5:30 - 7:00PM, 7:30-9:00PM

  • Friday - January 21st, 11:30AM -1:00PM, 3:30 - 5:00PM, 5:30-7:00PM

Thursday and Friday shifts will be adult/corporate teams.

Over 800 participants expected.

Sponsors:

Presenting sponsor: Wells Fargo Bank.

Major sponsors: River Center, Quad City Amateur Tour

Hole/Contest sponsors: Iowa American Water, Ryan Companies, Tri-City Electric, Ascentra Credit Union, DMW Design, Builders Sand and Cement, Estes Construction, Russell Construction, Treiber Construction, Galaxy 1, Heritage Landscape, Valspar/River Valley Turf, Pigott Interiors, Northwest Bank & Trust, Lujack's, Climate River Valley, City of Davenport, SMG, Bush Construction, Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center.

NOTE: Media is invited to attend any shift!

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Q.  Do you offer Iowa students opportunities to intern in your office?

A.  Yes.  I strongly encourage college students and recent graduates to intern in my offices in Cedar Rapids, Council Bluffs, Davenport, Des Moines, Sioux City, Waterloo and Washington, D.C.  Four-month internships are available during the fall and spring semesters, and six-week internships are available during two summer sessions.  Many colleges and universities recognize internships for college credit.  In addition to being a tremendous learning opportunity, the experience can make students more competitive in the job market, on and off Capitol Hill. Many members of my permanent staff are former interns.

Q.  What do interns do?

A.  Interns assist permanent staff members in the administrative, legislative, and press departments, as well as my Judiciary Committee staff.  Some intern responsibilities include assisting with scheduling, helping constituents with questions, giving Capitol tours and researching topics related to current Senate issues.  Internships are a great way for young Iowans to gain valuable work experience and learn first-hand about the legislative branch of government.

Q.  Who should apply for an internship?

A.  All college-age Iowans are welcome to apply.  I look for detail-oriented, enthusiastic individuals.  Internships aren't just for political science majors.  I've had interns who were majoring in everything from theater to business to Russian, as well.

Q.  How can students apply for an internship?

A.  My office is currently accepting applications for the summer sessions.  The first session runs from May 23 to July 1.  The second session runs from July 5 to August 19.  Applications for both sessions are due March 15.  Applications are available in the placement offices of many Iowa colleges, my Iowa offices, and online at http://grassley.senate.gov/info/internships.cfm.  Completed applications should be sent to intern_applications@grassley.senate.gov or faxed to 202-224-6020.

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WASHINGTON - Senator Chuck Grassley today announced that Tyler John Husar of Muscatine has been selected to attend the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland.  Husar is a student at Muscatine High School, and is the son of Cindy L. Husar.

"The U.S. service academies offer students an excellent education and an opportunity to serve their country at the highest level.  I'm proud that another young Iowan is meeting the challenge at one of these great institutions," Grassley said.  "The Naval Academy accepts only the best and brightest, and Tyler will represent Iowa well on campus."

Each year, Grassley nominates young Iowans for the U.S. Military Academy in West Point, NY, the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, CO, the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD, and the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy in King's Point, NY.  Information on the application process is available on Grassley's website at http://grassley.senate.gov/info/academy_nominations.cfm.  Applications for the 2012 school year are due on October 1, 2011.

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Rock Island, IL/January 5, 2011 -- A well-known name in Quad-Citiy media has joined forces with the region's only 8(a) certified marketing firm. Leigh Geramanis joins the Media Link team as an Account Manager and will develop and manage new accounts.

Geramanis has been consulting with Media Link over the past eleven months, assisting with client development. "It has been such a great fit for both of us that it just made sense to make it 'official.' I'm so inspired by Natalie Linville-Mass's business model. It's exactly what businesses are looking for in this challenging environment: the ultimate in quality service, flexibility and results."

Leigh's career prior to Media Link afforded her a rare perspective on the workings of media. Leigh has been an award-winning medical reporter and anchor, in the international medical destination of Rochester, MN. Leigh later helped facilitate Mayo Clinic's efforts to fight a railroad's plan to send high-speed coal trains less than 100 yards from the Mayo's Rochester campus. Leigh and her teammates helped educate policymakers, taxpayer watchdog groups, and the media about a proposed $2.3 billion federal dollar loan that would have financed the project. Their work resulted in the loan ultimately being denied. For six years, Leigh served clients of esteemed research and consultation firm, Frank N. Magid Associates, working with some of America's most successful local television stations. Among her clients: Fortune 500 executives, an ambassador, and a recent governor. Since returning to her hometown in 2007, Leigh has worked as News Director for WQAD, and Director of Marketing and Communications for Trinity Regional Health System. Leigh is a graduate of Rock Island High School, Black Hawk College and Southern Illinois University.

"I am so fortunate to have someone of Leigh's caliber on our team. Her expertise as a consultant and in the filed of media is a big help for our customers. She reinforces our scope and capability as a marketing firm," said Media Link founder and President Natalie Linville-Mass, who incorporated the company in 2001.

Media Link is a full-service integrated marketing firm specializing in strategic media buying and placement. Media Link works with businesses in the Quad-Cities and around the country to develop and execute customized marketing strategies to help them more effectively reach their customers. Media Link is the only marketing firm in the region to have obtained an 8(a) SDB certification, a designation of significance to clients who contract with the federal government.

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