(Rock Island, IL)  With the recent influx of immigrants, many children and families are struggling to understand the new culture and language.  But thanks to a new federal and state-funded program, help is available.

The Lights ON for Learning Family Literacy Program is the result of a partnership among the Rock Island Regional Office of Education, Black Hawk College, the Church of Peace, the Rock Island Public Library and the Rock Island Public School District #41.  The program is being highlighted with a news conference Wednesday, Nov. 18 at 10:30 am at the Church of Peace (1114 12th Street in Rock Island) in the Fellowship Hall.  Details of the federal grant will be announced and then local celebrities will read to the families.

Attending the news conference will be Rock Island Mayor, Dennis Pauley; Rock Island Schools Superintendent, Rick Loy; the Superintendent of the Regional Office of Education, Jim Widdop, as well as representatives from Black Hawk College, the Rock Island Public Library and Church of Peace.  The teachers and the families involved in the program will also be available for interviews.  After the news conference Mayor Pauley and Superintendents Widdop and Loy will read to the families.

The program is from 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursdays at the Church of Peace.  A typical day at the Lights ON for Learning Family Literacy program consists of GED lessons, English as a Second Language tutoring, lunch and activities with their children, parenting and life skills, and computer and library skills training.

Today's Highlights:
* Presentation on North American Union & American Sovereignty
* Presentation on Private Property & the Kelo Case
* Debate on Tax Clause Violation & Vote on Remedial Instructions & Civic Action

DeKalb, IL (November 17, 2009) The 28th annual Northern Illinois Farm Show will take place January 6th and 7th at the NIU Convocation Center in DeKalb, IL.  The event is produced by Cygnus Expositions, a division of Cygnus Business Media, and will host over 250 local and leading exhibitors showcasing the latest products and services in the agriculture industry.

The Northern Illinois Farm Show is a convenient venue for producers in northern Illinois, southern Wisconsin and eastern Iowa to meet with agribusinesses under one roof.  Over 8,000 attendees are expected to attend the show which will feature a multitude of highly informative and strong educational programs developed by the University of Illinois Extension Services and local Farm Bureaus, annual Pesticide Applicator Testing, live radio broadcasts and much more!  In addition, this year's event will host educational seminars presented by Kishwaukee College in the NIU Convocation Center media room on both days of the show.

Make it your plan to attend the 2010 Northern Illinois Farm Show, presented by NAPA Auto Parts.  The event is held January 6th and 7th at the NIU Convocation Center in DeKalb, IL.  Show hours are 9:00 am to 5:00 pm Wednesday, and 9:00 am to 4:00 pm on Thursday. Admission is free, parking is $3.00.  For more information on attending or exhibiting at the 2010 event, visit www.farmshows.com or call 800-827-8007.

Cygnus Business Media is a leading, diversified business-to-business media company with a portfolio of over 200 media products reaching five million professionals annually within 15 major markets.  Its four distinct divisions- Cygnus Publishing, Cygnus Expositions, Cygnus Interactive and Cygnus Custom Marketing- provide comprehensive, integrated adverting and marketing programs for Cygnus' value customers and clients.  The company's leading business publications, trade shows, conferences, Web sites, online products and custom marketing capabilities enhance brand identity, generate sales leads, and build product awareness as they strengthen consumer/client relationships.

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Come hear the award winning, A Cappella vocalist group: m-pact on Thursday, November 19th at Rivermont Collegiate! Rivermont is located at the Bettendorf Estate on 1821 Sunset Drive in Bettendorf, Iowa. This 9:00 a.m. performance is open to the public and admission is FREE.

Acclaimed by the San Francisco Chronicle as "one of the best pop-jazz vocal groups in the world". M-pact's ability to use the unadulterated power of nature's "first instrument" - the human voice - has garnered them worldwide recognition as a leader in vocal music.

This unstoppable sextet has received international recognition and accolades such as Vocal Group of the Year from the LA Music Awards, an Indie nomination (the Independent GrammyTM), Artist of the Year (Seattle Music Awards), and Grand National Champs of the Harmony Sweepstakes competition. Furthermore, m-pact received the incredible honor of being the first foreign artist ever granted permission to perform at Istana, the Singaporean House of Parliament.

Audiences come expecting to be entertained and leave astonished by the "musical journey across Technicolor soundscapes produced by this "Cirque du Soleil of Song"

For additional information on Rivermont Collegiate, contact Director of Admissions, Cindy Murray at (563) 359-1366 ext. 302 or murray@rvmt.org.

For additional information on the m-pact performance, contact Tammi Burrell at (563) 359-1366 ext. 337 or burrell@rvmt.org.



New Law Requires Post-Trip Inspections, Two-Way Radios

CHICAGO - November 17, 2009. Governor Pat Quinn today signed a bill into law that will significantly improve the safety of Illinois' students riding school buses.

The law amends the Illinois Vehicle Code to require all school bus drivers conduct comprehensive post-trip inspections to ensure that children, and other passengers, are not left unattended on a bus. The new law also requires all school buses be equipped with two-way radio systems designed to alert drivers to incoming communications, requests or alerts from school districts or emergency service providers.

"The safety of our children is of paramount importance to the people of Illinois," said Governor Quinn. "This new law prevents children from being left unattended on a school bus and also ensures that bus drivers receive important information while on the road."

At a bill signing ceremony held at the Andrew Jackson Language Academy, Governor Quinn signed into law Senate Bill 932, which was sponsored by Sen. James DeLeo (D-Chicago) and Rep. John Fritchey (D-Chicago). The law is effective immediately.

Failure to conduct a post-trip bus inspection can result in the driver's permit being suspended by the Illinois Secretary of State.

In addition, the new law states that school bus owners must provide emergency two-way radios that enable drivers to send and receive information from their companies and local public safety agencies. Drivers are required to test the radios before their bus can be operated. Prior to this law, the State allowed school buses to be equipped with two-way radios at the bus owner's discretion.

At the signing event, Governor Quinn was joined by Jesse White, Illinois Secretary of State.


"Big Three" Seed Companies, Environmental, Industry Experts Among Featured Speakers

WEST DES MOINES, IOWA - Nov. 17, 2009 - Iowa farmers find themselves at a crossroads, faced with state and federal budget cuts, a downturned economy and difficult commodity markets.  These challenges impact not just farmers, but all Iowans who depend on the continued availability of safe, affordable food grown right here in Iowa.  These and many other issues will be discussed at Iowa Farm Bureau Federation's (IFBF) 91st annual meeting Dec. 2 and 3 at the Polk County Convention Center in Des Moines.  The meeting will be held in conjunction with Iowa Farm Bureau Week (Nov. 29 - Dec. 5), as proclaimed by Governor Culver.

"Iowa Farm Bureau's 91st annual meeting theme, 'Right Time, Right Now,' is a perfect testament to the challenges facing Iowa farmers as they work to provide food, fiber and energy for a growing world population," says IFBF President Craig Lang.  "Our members believe we stand on the precipice of great opportunity, provided we take the time, 'right now,' to make some tough decisions for the betterment of all." Lang will speak with members about the difficulties facing the state and its farmers and opportunities to meet them during his annual address on Dec. 3.  The address will start at 8 a.m., opening Thursday's general session.

Guests from Monsanto, Pioneer, Syngenta, Heartland Power REC, Iowa Office of Energy Independence, Dairyland Power Cooperative, Iowa Soybean Association (ISA), National Soil Tilth Lab and Iowa State University (ISU) will also join the conversation, offering their insights during panel discussions:
Tracy Blackmer of ISA, Jerry Hatfield of National Soil Tilth Lab and Matt Helmers of ISU will discuss reducing nitrogen use Dec. 2 from 2 - 3 p.m.
Roger Tjarks of Heartland Power, Greg Watkins of Iowa Office of Energy Independence and Kenric Scheevel of Dairyland Power will discuss issues surrounding the regulation and transmission of electricity Dec. 2 from 3 - 4 p.m.

Sam Eathington of Monsanto, Bill Niebur of Pioneer and Ben Hable of Syngenta will discuss emerging seed technology Dec. 3 from 10:30 a.m. - noon.  
Third generation logger Bruce Vincent provides the keynote address Dec. 3 at 9 a.m.  Vincent, a longtime logger and promoter of socially responsible business, is President of Communities for a Great Northwest, Executive Director of Provider Pals and co-owner of Environomics.  Vincent's message encourages farmers to share their expertise as food providers, environmental protectors and animal caretakers with the consumer public that depends on them.

The IFBF annual meeting also celebrates the contributions of Farm Bureau members with a recognition luncheon on Dec. 2 and a young farm leaders achievement luncheon on Dec. 3.  The meeting will also feature an industry trade show and evening entertainment.  Mulberry Lane, a quartet of sisters from Omaha, will perform a holiday concert at the Polk County Convention Center the evening of Dec. 2.

Farm Bureau will wrap up its annual meeting with a voting delegate session on Dec. 3.  At that time, the delegates will hold elections.  The following directors are up for re-election this year: Craig Lang, president; Carlton Kjos, District 1 director; Phil Sundblad, District 3 director; and Richard Merrill, District 5 director.  In addition, the county delegates will elect nine farmers to represent Iowa as delegates to the American Farm Bureau Federation annual meeting in Seattle, Wash., Jan 10 - 13.

Members can register for the 2009 IFBF annual meeting at their county Farm Bureau offices.  For more information about the 2009 Farm Bureau annual meeting, visit http://www.iowafarmbureau.com/images/ammtg.pdf.


November 17, 2009

by William Gheen
President, Americans for Legal Immigration PAC ALIPAC

Our Tea Parties Against Amnesty outmatched the opposition with less funds and media support, we have the momentum, and opposition attempts to thwart our events have backfired on them!

After President Obama's key ally Luis Gutierrez (D-IL) announced he would file Amnesty legislation this year to turn millions of illegal aliens in America into voters, immigration enforcement groups such as ALIPAC and NumbersUSA, and Rightmarch sprang into action.

While our strategies and efforts played a key role in defeating Amnesty legislation in 2006 and 2007, and we have dominated the pro-illegal immigration factions in almost every state legislation battle in 2008 and 2009, we know that it will take something truly historic for the American public to triumph over Amnesty this time. 

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Environmental News

(Kansas City, Kan., Nov.17, 2009) - Entries are now being sought for the 2009 President's Environmental Youth Awards, which recognize individuals, school classes (kindergarten through high school) and youth organizations for protecting our nation's air, water and land.

The program, which honors a variety of environmental projects developed by students, is open to students in Iowa, Kansas, Missouri and Nebraska through EPA Region 7 in Kansas City, Kan.

The program has two components: The regional certificate program and the regional award winner. Regional certificates are awarded by each of the regional offices of the EPA. Each regional office also selects one first-place project as its regional award winner, and the sponsor and winner of that award travel to Washington, D.C., to receive their award.

Projects must be postmarked by Thursday, December 31, 2009. Program guidelines, eligibility information and applications are available online at http://www.epa.gov/enviroed/peya/index.html

or by contacting Denise Morrison toll-free, 1-800-223-0425. Regional award winners will be notified in January 2010.

Here's a brief look at Region 7's award winning project from last year:

2008 - Recycle Rally, Scottsbluff Neb. High School, Scottsbluff, Neb. - Elizabeth Turnbo, a student from Scottsbluff High School, organized a family event to educate and inform the Scottsbluff community about the importance of recycling and where to take recyclable items. The rally featured six games, five informational booths and four displays, all made from recyclable materials, as well as an informational handout that included maps to local recycling facilities.

More than 250 people, or more than twice the crowd that Turnbo hoped for, participated in the Recycle Rally. The Recycle Rally has become an annual event.

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MADISON, Wis. - Before you go over the river and through the woods to grandmother's house this holiday season, consider what a University of Wisconsin-Madison infectious-disease specialist calls key myths about travel and illness.

"Many people have misconceptions about how viruses and bacterial infections are transmitted from person to person, especially on airplanes," says Dr. Jim Conway, an associate professor of medicine at the UW School of Medicine and Public Health (SMPH) and pediatric infectious-disease physician at the American Family Children's Hospital.

"If you combine common sense with accurate information, you'll have a much better chance of staying healthy during the holidays."

Conway says the myths fall into three general categories.

Myth #1: Stale airplane air is a major source of contagious disease.

"There are very few things that fly through the air and magically infect other people," says Conway. "Viral infections like flu and colds spread when you have contact with a droplet from someone's sneeze or cough. It's transmitted because humans can't seem to keep their hands away from their faces," says Conway. Viruses last several hours on surfaces while bacteria can last for weeks.

Myth #2: Immune-boosting products will protect you from holiday illnesses.

Conway says there is no reliable evidence that shows products marketed as "bolstering the immune system" work. While the products contain heavy doses of vitamins, Conway says it's not ever been demonstrated in any clinical studies that a few chewables or tablets will instantly make the immune system stronger.

Myth #3: Surgical masks provide more protection against contagious viruses.

Conway says this is a myth with a shred of truth in it. Surgical masks won't stop colds and other viruses because these viruses are not airborne like the pathogens causing tuberculosis, smallpox and measles.

"Since it would be rare to come in contact with a contagious disease that's airborne, the only reason to wear a mask on a commercial airplane is that you don't trust yourself not to touch your mouth, eyes and nose, not to prevent someone from breathing in contaminated air OR if you are coughing and sneezing yourself, and want to protect other people by minimizing spread of your own secretions," he says. "To protect yourself, though, you're much better off spending 89 cents for a bottle of hand sanitizer and keeping your hands below your neck."

Conway says people may be tired of hearing it, but the prescription for staying healthy during the holidays is frequent hand-washing, the use of hand sanitizer and keeping your hands away from your face. In addition, make sure everyone in the family has received their influenza vaccine, and that sick people try to avoid close contact with others.

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(November 16, 2009)--Moline, IL - The Illinois Quad City Chamber of Commerce kicks off the holiday season with its annual "Taste of the Chamber" beginning at 5:15 PM on Thursday, November 19, 2009 at the Isle of Capri located on 1777 Isle Parkway in Bettendorf, IA. This festive event combines the best of fun, food sampling and the soothing rhythms of the Black Hawk College Jazz ensemble...add to that the warm, relaxed company of this area's top leaders and you may find a new spicy combo you can't live without as well as the business contact that could make your 2010.

    The event will feature tastings from the Chamber member restaurants and caterers. The list of participating vendors, to date, includes:

  • Fireworks Coffeehouse
  • Lagomarcino's
  • Ganson's Neighborhood Café
  • Jumer's Casino & Hotel
  • TGI Fridays
  • Hy-Vee
  • The Captain's Table
  • Sam's Club
  • TPC Deere Run
  • Bridges Catering
  • Aramark
  • Denny's
  • The Hungry Hobo
  • Bass Street Chop House

The cost of the event is $10 for Illinois Quad City Chamber of Commerce members and $20 for guests. Stop at any of the above participating eateries and ask for a $5 off coupon. Bring your appetite and your business ideas for this grand mix of networking and  cuisine sampling from around the area just in time to become aware of new holiday gathering places as well as and catering possibilities for year-end parties and 2010 events.

For twenty five years the Illinois Quad City Chamber of Commerce has been bringing together the right people with the right products...right here in our hometown.