Project will Bring 70 New Jobs, Spur Future Economic Growth and Boost Illinois' Manufacturing Industry

MASCOUTAH - August 19, 2010. Governor Pat Quinn today announced that Illinois is providing a $2.3 million business investment package to assist Boeing with its plans to locate a new facility at MidAmerica Airport in St. Clair County. The state's investment will leverage a $7 million Boeing investment and is expected to bring 70 new jobs to the Metro East region, with the potential to create more jobs over the next few years. It will also boost manufacturing and spur economic growth throughout the state.

"Our top priority is to get people back to work and continue our economic recovery," said Governor Quinn. "This investment is bringing dozens of good-paying, sustainable jobs to the region, boosting Illinois' manufacturing industry and helping MidAmerica Airport reach its full potential. I want to thank Boeing for continuing to invest in the people of Illinois."

The state's investment package will support Phase I of a potential three-phase project by Boeing to expand its Defense, Space and Security Group operations and create a Strategic Manufacturing Center at MidAmerica Airport. The center will serve as the lead facility for manufacturing complex sub assemblies for Boeing products and will be the company's first manufacturing facility in the state of Illinois.

The Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) will administer the state's business investment package consisting of Economic Development for a Growing Economy (EDGE) corporate income tax credits, which are based on job creation; job training funds; and local benefits from being located within an enterprise zone.

"Our partnership with Boeing reinforces that Illinois has a quality workforce and the right resources to help any company succeed," said DCEO Director Warren Ribley. "This is a great example of how - through our collaborative efforts - we are creating jobs, expanding our economy and helping Illinois businesses grow."

Boeing is the world's largest aerospace company and leading manufacturer of commercial airplanes and defense, space and security systems. The company is headquartered in Chicago with 158,000 employees in more than 70 countries.

In 2010, Illinois' manufacturing sector has added more than 12,000 jobs, which is a higher growth rate than the national average.

Governor Quinn was joined at the event today by U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL), Congressman Jerry Costello (D-IL), Congressman John Shimkus (R-IL), State Rep. Tom Holbrook (D-Belleville), State Rep. Dan Beiser (D-Alton), State Rep. Jay Hoffman (D-Collinsville), President and CEO of Boeing Defense, Space and Security Dennis Muilenburg, and other civic and business leaders.


WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) released the following statement today after the last remaining U.S. combat brigade in Iraq, the 4th Stryker Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division, departed for U.S. soil.

"As this last group of brave combat soldiers heads home, we thank them for their service, professionalism and courage.  

"The state of Iowa lost 56 service members in Iraq over the past eight years - a number multiplied many times over by the loved ones they left behind.  We will continue to grieve with them and support them, and to honor their memories.  They are the true heroes of this story, the best and bravest among us, and their contributions will not be forgotten."

Opa! Delicious cuisine, pastries, a wine tasting and Greek music will highlight the festivities as St. George Greek Orthodox Church in Rock Island invites the community to the sixth "Big Fat Greek Festival" on Friday and Saturday, September 17 and 18.

Food will be served from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday in the church's Gold Room, with seating in and outside.  Admission is $2, kids under 12 are free. The church will again offer a drive-through window for Greek food to go.

A cash bar will be open with beer and wine available. Baklava sundaes will be sold outside, under the big tent; and an extended children's area will host games, prizes and  inflatable bounce houses. The kids' area will be open 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday.

Scheduled events include :

*Greek music by Manoli Productions

*Performances by the Hellas Dancers from Chicago.

*Saturday wine tasting hosted by Dimitri Wine and Spirits (5:30 p.m-7 p.m.)

* Large boutique area with Greek souvenirs, jewelry and more.

This year the festival corresponds with the church's 100th anniversary. "This year we feel especially blessed as our parish celebrates its Centennial," said Father Leo Gavrilos.

Proceeds from the event will benefit the church. For more information, call
309-786-8163. St. George is located at 2930-31st Ave. (corner of 31st Avenue and 30th St.) in Rock Island.


The 2011 season has been announced and it is spectacular.  Season tickets are available at the box office for $100 for 6 shows.  That is six shows for the price of 5.  This price goes away soon, so get your season tickets now at the Showboat box office at (563) 242-6760.

Patrick Stinson, Clinton Area Showboat Theatre

NUNSENSE begins when the Little Sisters of Hoboken discover that their cook, Sister Julia, Child of God, has accidentally poisoned 52 of the sisters, and they are in dire need of funds for the burials. The sisters decide that the best way to raise the money is to put on a variety show.

Rating: G JUNE 2-12

ALTAR BOYZ tells the holy inspiring story of 5 small-town boys - Matthew, Mark, Luke, Juan and Abraham - trying to save the world one screaming fan at a time. Their pious pop act, including lyrics like "Girl You Make Me Wanna Wait" and "Jesus Called Me On My Cell Phone," worked wonders on the Ohio bingo-hall-and-pancake-breakfast circuit. But when fate brings them to New York, will the boyz take a bite out of the forbidden apple? With angelic voices, sinfully spectacular dancing and a touching story, Altar Boyz is destined to rock the masses of all denominations!

Rating: PG JUNE 3-12

HIGH FIDELITY follows Rob, the thirty-something owner of Championship Vinyl, a beloved Chicago record store. When his current relationship with girlfriend Laura goes south, Rob enlists the help of his two quirky clerks to expound on the intricacies of life and music while revisiting his former relationships to find out where he went wrong.

Rating: PG-13     JUNE 16-26


An homage to American musicals of the Jazz Age. Act one begins in the modern day with The Man in Chair, a mousy, vaguely depressive Broadway fanatic whose coping mechanism involves listening repeatedly to a recording of a 1928 stage show, The Drowsy Chaperone. When he first turns on his phonograph and static breaks from the speakers, he wistfully tells the audience, "I love that sound. To me, that's the sound of a time machine starting up." By the time the first note sails out of his speakers, he's been transported to a magical dream world, and 1928 comes alive in his apartment along with an entire broadway performance of The Drowsy Chaperone in his apartment.

Rating: G JULY 14-24

"Annie" is a spunky Depression-era orphan determined to find her parents, who abandoned her years ago on the doorstep of a New York City Orphanage run by the cruel, embittered Miss Hannigan. In adventure after fun-filled adventure, Annie foils Miss Hannigan's evil machinations, befriends President Franklin Delano Roosevelt and finds a new family and home in billionaire Oliver Warbucks, his personal secretary Grace Farrell and a lovable mutt named Sandy.

Rating: G JULY 28-AUGUST 7


Argentina's controversial First Lady is the subject of this dynamic musical masterpiece. As an illegitimate fifteen year old, Eva escaped her dirt-poor existence for the bright lights of Buenos Aires. Driven by ambition and blessed with charisma, she was a starlet at twenty-two, the president's mistress at twenty-four, First Lady at twenty-seven, and dead at thirty-three. Eva Peron "saint to the working-class, reviled by the aristocracy and mistrusted by the military" was destined to leave a fascinating political legacy unique in the 20th century. Told through a compelling score that fuses haunting chorales with exuberant Latin, pop and jazz influences, EVITA creates an arresting theatrical portrait as complex as the woman herself.

Rating: PG AUGUST 11-21


The Interns star in this hilarious show written by the showboat's artistic director, Patrick Stinson.  The audience is part of the action and become guests at their high school reunion.  See how much the high school heart throb and the school geek have changed. Dinner is included in the ticket price.  Note that this show takes place at the Ericksen Community  Center.

Rating: G JULY 9-10


Our talented group of professional actors, directors, designers, and technicians teach your kids how to be fabulous performers in this musical theatre camp based on the popular show choir television show.  Campers learn songs and dances along with some skits during the two week camp and then perform for their family and friends at the end of the camp.  Two sessions are available in the morning and in the afternoon.  No Camp on July 4.

Rating: G       JUNE 27 - JULY 8

TUESDAYS: Join us every other Tuesday night for fun comedy and improvisation.  It's a different show every time so be sure to be there. Rating: PG

WEST DES MOINES, IOWA - Aug. 19, 2010 - Iowans have a lot to consider when they visit the polls this fall: $495 million in potential property tax increases, continued flood recovery and a regulatory environment that is stifling the growth of jobs and local economies. Voting delegates of the Iowa Farm Bureau Federation (IFBF) will discuss these issues, and others of critical importance to all Iowans, while setting a policy course for the upcoming year when they hold their annual Summer Policy Conference at the Farm Bureau headquarters in Des Moines, September 2-3.
Leaders of all 100 county Farm Bureaus have gathered the opinions of their members on issues impacting agriculture and rural Iowa over the past several months. The Summer Policy Conference aggregates those ideas to form statewide policy.
"Iowans are asking elected officials for solutions that will allow their local communities to thrive," says IFBF President Craig Lang. "As the state's largest grassroots farm organization, Iowa Farm Bureau is a sounding board for farmers and rural Iowans statewide, which puts our voting delegates in a unique position to recommend common sense policy solutions that benefit farmers and all Iowans."
A few of the issues expected to generate the most discussion at this year's conference include flood control, fiscal responsibility for the state and federal government, state environmental regulation, market competition within agriculture, climate change, animal care and the 2012 Farm Bill.
The Summer Policy Conference begins at 10 a.m. on Sept. 2 with an address by IFBF President Lang. Adjournment is scheduled for 3:00 p.m. on Sept. 3, as resolutions are adopted.
Lunch will be provided for attending media both days. Please contact Communications Specialist Zach Bader at (515) 225-5409 or to confirm your attendance or for further details about the 2010 IFBF Summer Policy Conference.
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MOLINE, Ill.– Low-cost airline, Allegiant Air, LLC,a subsidiary of Allegiant Travel Company (NASDAQ: ALGT), today announced new, nonstop jet service between the Moline/Quad Cities, Ill.,and Las Vegas will begin Oct. 14. The low-cost carrier, known for its exceptional travel deals, will introduce the new service to the Quad Cities with fares as low as $44.99* one-way.

"We're pleased to bring an affordable and convenient travel option to the Quad Cities," Andrew C. Levy, Allegiant Travel Company President, said. "We are confident the residents of the Quad Cities will appreciate the value of flying nonstop to Vegas and the great deals we offer on hotels, car rentals and show tickets.  We look forward to a very successful partnership with the Quad City International Airport, community officials and our customers."

"We are very happy to partner with Allegiant Air and offer its nonstop service from the Quad Cities to Las Vegas," Bruce Carter, Quad City International Airport Director of Aviation said. "Las Vegas is our customers' top requested destination. Allegiant's convenient flights and affordable hotel and car rental packages are sure to be very popular with travelers from the Quad Cities and beyond."

The new flights will operate two times weekly betweenthe Quad City International Airport(MLI) and McCarran International Airport (LAS), with service Thursday andSunday.Flights will depart Moline/Quad Cities at 8:45 p.m. arriving in Las Vegas at 10:10 p.m. Flights leaving Las Vegas will depart at 2:55 p.m.arriving in Moline/Quad Cities at 8:05 p.m.(all flight times are local). 

The carrier will utilize a full-size, 150-seat MD-80 jet aircraft on the route. The airline said its market research and input from local community leaders indicate Quad Cities will welcome the new nonstop flights and low fares to Las Vegas as an affordable and convenient alternative to connecting flights or long drives to other airports.

The company offers low-cost packages with more than 40 of Las Vegas' most exciting hotel properties, including: Wynn Las Vegas, Bellagio, Venetian-Resort-Hotel-Casino, Paris Las Vegas, MGM Grand Hotel & Casino, Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, Caesars Palace, Red Rock Casino-Resort-Spa, Golden
Nugget Las Vegas, South Point Hotel, Casino & Spa, Four Queens Hotel & Casino, ARIA Resort & Casino and many more.

Allegiant's $44.99* one-way introductory fare is limited, must be purchased by Sept. 8, 2010, and is valid for travel through Jan. 31, 2011. Introductory fares are not available on all flights. After the introductory fare period, regular one-way fares on the route start as low as $94.99 one-way.  Reservations can be made on the airline's website at or by calling the company's travel experts at 702-505-8888.

About the $44.99* one-way fare:
*Seats are limited. Fares are one-way and not available on all flights. Must be purchased by Sept. 8 for travel between Oct. 14, 2010 - Jan. 31, 2011. Prices do not include PFC, segment tax or Sept. 11 security fee of up to $10.70 per segment. A segment is one take-off and one landing. A convenience fee of $14.99 per passenger will apply when booked on A convenience fee of $14.99 per passenger, plus $14.99 per segment, will apply when purchased through Allegiant Air call centers. Purchases made at any Allegiant Air Airport Ticket Office will not incur a convenience or call-center fee. For ticket counter hours of operation, please visit When purchased at the time of booking, a checked bag fee of $14.99-$29.99 per bag will apply per person, per segment. If purchased at flight check-in, a fee of $35 per checked bag, per person, per segment will apply for the first two bags checked. Additional higher fees will apply for three or more checked bags. Fare rules, routes and schedules are subject to change without notice. Restrictions apply.

About the Company
Las Vegas based Allegiant Travel Company (NASDAQ: ALGT), is focused on linking travelers in small cities to world-class leisure destinations such as Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Phoenix-Mesa, Orlando, Fla. and Tampa/St. Petersburg, Fla.  Through its subsidiary, Allegiant Air, the Company operates a low-cost, high-efficiency, all-jet passenger airline offering air travel both on a stand-alone basis and bundled with hotel rooms, rental cars and other travel related services.
The World Kum Do Association announced that the 2010 WKA Midwest Open Kum Do Championships are scheduled for Saturday, September 11, 2010. Kum Do is the modern martial art of fencing, the Korean equivalent of Japanese Kendo. Visitors from around the region and across the country will be competing, including teams from Chicago, Denver, Houston, Ames, Iowa City, and Madison. The event will include structured training, tournament competition, and Black Belt testing. The schedule is as follows:

Thursday, September 9, 5:15pm - Press Conference at the Figge Art Museum, 225 W. 2nd St. Davenport IA.

Saturday, September 11, 9-10:30am - Training; 10:30am-3:30pm - Kum Do Tournament; 3:30pm-5:00pm - Kum Do Tournament; all Saturday events will be held in the Lower Gym at Black Hawk College, Moline IL.  There is free admission.

For more information, please contact Dr David Birdsell, 309-235-3132 or


(see letter from Chad below)

Documentarians Albert Maysles & Bradley Kaplan to feature Pregracke in a Mitchum Hardest Working film airing on Sundance Channel this Fall

(New York, NY - August 18, 2010) - At the culmination of Mitchum's four-month long "Hardest Working Person in America" (HWPIA) contest, America has named Chad Pregracke, the founder of Living Lands & Waters - a not-for-profit organization dedicated to cleaning up and preserving the nation's rivers - Mitchum's "Hardest Working Person in America." After receiving more than 50,000 votes, Pregracke was awarded the $100,000 grand prize from Mitchum and will be among the subjects featured in a short film by acclaimed documentary director Albert Maysles and partner Bradley Kaplan. The film is set to premiere on Sundance Channel this fall. Mitchum's "Hardest Working" campaign was Mitchum's first new brand campaign in five years and was created by director and producer Brett Ratner, founder of the creative content company Brett Ratner Brands (BRB).

"Chad Pregracke epitomizes the drive and dedication embodied in Mitchum's hardest working person in America contest," said Alan T. Ennis, CEO of Revlon, Mitchum's parent company. "Chad's work in preserving the Mississippi, Illinois and other rivers for the enjoyment of all truly justified America's decision to vote him the winner."

Pregracke founded Living Lands & Waters, a not-for-profit organization based in East Moline, Illinois, in 1998, which cleans up and preserves our nation's rivers. Today, the organization has grown to include ten full-time employees and a fleet of four barges, a towboat, six workboats, two skid steers, five work trucks and a large box truck.  With this equipment, the crew is able to travel and work in an average of nine states a year along the Mississippi, Illinois, Ohio, Missouri, and Potomac Rivers, as well as many of their tributaries.  Since the project's inception, Pregracke, his crew, and more than 60,000 volunteers have collected over six million pounds of debris from our nation's greatest rivers.

"I'd like to thank Mitchum and America for honoring me as the Hardest Working Person," said Chad Pregracke. "Although Mitchum's contest focused solely on my efforts, I can't accomplish the mission without the help from a dedicated bunch of conservationists and thousands of volunteers that allow us to keep the rivers clean."

As the Grand Prize Winner of Mitchum's HWPIA contest, Pregracke will be featured, along with other hard working Americans, in a short film by legendary documentarian Albert Maysles and award-winning co-filmmaker Bradley Kaplan. The film is scheduled to premiere on Sundance Channel this fall.

"Capturing Chad's work on the river, doing the job he loves and we admire, will be an important and inspiring story to tell," said Albert Maysles. "Along with the Mitchum brand, I am honored to profile Chad and his team as they tackle the Mississippi, and we hope to offer an engaging look at this conservation crusader, hero that he is."

Receiving the second highest number of votes, Ripley, West Virginia resident Jason Perlak was named the Second Prize Winner of Mitchum's campaign and will receive a $20,000 cash prize. He is the founder and camp director of The Wilderness Christian Camp, an organization dedicated to build character, respect, and leadership in young campers.  Mitchum and Brett Ratner also presented an "Audience Award" to Pregracke for his video, which received the most votes in the first round of the contest.  Pregracke will receive an additional $5,000 prize and a "golden" Mitchum trophy.

"From a drill sergeant, fighter pilot and working mother, to a custodian, blacksmith and an actor, Americans cast nearly 90,000 votes to determine the winner of Mitchum's Hardest Working campaign," said Brett Ratner. "Their reality films offered a rare bird's eye view into our neighbors' lives and provided a source of inspiration on the tireless efforts of Americans every day."

Mitchum's HWPIA campaign launched in May 2010 and was designed to find, highlight and reward the hardest working man or woman in the country. Mitchum received more than 150 video submissions from hard working men and women from across the country.  The top ten finalists were announced in July and Mitchum asked Americans to go to and vote for the person they thought most deserved the title.

Brett Ratner Brands worked in conjunction with CAA Marketing, a division of Creative Artists Agency, on the marketing aspects of this campaign.

Dear Friends,

Ever since Mike Rowe, Dirties Jobs host and Ford spokesperson, called to tell me he was nominating me for Mitchum's "Hardest Working ____ in America" contest, I've been amazed at the number of people who have come up to me in random places such as gas stations, boat ramps, on the street, etc. to congratulate me. Without your votes and support, I would not have made it into the top 10, let alone win the Grand Prize and the "Audience Award". In the end, I received over 50,000 of the total 90,000 votes!

Not only is the money unbelievably cool but Albert Maysles, a legendary documentarian, will be coming to the Quad Cities to film next week. He has filmed documentaries such as "The Beatles: The First U.S. Visit" and "Gimme Shelter", a film on the Rolling Stones. He has already given me backstage passes to all upcoming Rolling Stone shows (just kidding - they're not even touring)!

Again, I can't thank all of you enough for, not only this huge honor, but all of your support through the years.



Community Philanthropist to Lead Local Chapter

LOS ANGELES (August 18, 2010) - The Parents Television Council™, the nation's most influential advocacy organization protecting children from graphic sex, violence and profanity in the media, announced Beth Oerman as the director of its new Rock Island grassroots chapter.

The Rock Island Chapter, Illinois' fourth chapter, will be the go-to source for information on how local youth can be affected by the media, what content they are being exposed to, and what people can do about it.

"My goal is to see the day when it is possible once again for families to sit down together and watch prime time television while not having to worry about the constant onslaught of sex, violence, and profane language. I plan to lead Rock Island residents to become instruments of change. Together we will make sure local broadcasters know that we care what is shown on our public airwaves and that we expect better," Oerman said.

Each PTC chapter has campaigns related to broadcast and cable television, movies, the Internet and video games. Oerman is particularly interested in exposing the dangers of adult video games and how easily youth can acquire them today.

"With video game violence being more real and explicit than ever, more needs to be done to safeguard children from purchasing these titles," said Oerman. "This fall, the U.S. Supreme Court will discuss whether states can pass laws to keep adult games out of the hands of youth. With the amount of explicit violence in these adult games, I believe parents need legislation like this to help us keep these titles out of the hands of children."

Oerman is a leader in her community. She is the founder and director of Read to Succeed, a local non-profit that promotes the fundamentals of reading by building a fun and safe atmosphere. Education has always been a passion for Oerman. She served previously as a library helper, tutor and classroom helper.

"Beth is a great addition to our growing network of successful grassroots chapters in Illinois. Parents and families are concerned about the harmful effect media content can have on our children and grandchildren. With Beth's leadership, passion and integrity, we look forward to seeing great success from our newly chartered Rock Island Chapter," said PTC President Tim Winter.

The Parents Television Council® (®) is a non-partisan education organization advocating responsible entertainment. It was founded in 1995 to ensure that children are not constantly assaulted by sex, violence and profanity on television and in other media. This national grassroots organization has more than 1.3 million members and 56 chapters across the United States, and works with television producers, broadcasters, networks and sponsors in an effort to stem the flow of harmful and negative messages targeted to children. The PTC™ also works with elected and appointed government officials to enforce broadcast decency standards. Most importantly, the PTC produces critical research and publications documenting the dramatic increase in sex, violence and profanity in entertainment. This information is provided free of charge so parents can make informed viewing choices for their own families.

Annual College Savings Iowa State Fair survey shows that most kids plans for the future includes attending college, but not before eating a corndog.

DES MOINES, IA (08/18/2010)(readMedia)-- State Treasurer Michael Fitzgerald announced today that 95% of the children that participated in College Savings Iowa's annual State Fair survey see getting a college education as a necessary step to achieving their career aspirations. "Iowa children are already planning for their futures," stated Fitzgerald. "This survey demonstrates how important it is for families to start planning and saving early to help make college a reality for their children."

"Every year we ask children visiting the fair what they want to be when they grow up and if they will need to go to college to achieve their career goals. Needless to say, we are always amazed by the responses they offer," Fitzgerald stated. Seventeen percent of the children questioned want to study veterinary medicine, with another 13% planning to become teachers. The health care-related fields came in third this year with 11% of the responses, and professional athlete with 7% ranked fourth. "One little guy plans to go to college to become a super hero, but not before eating his favorite State Fair food."

In addition to the questions about career and college goals, the survey also asks children to identify their favorite State Fair food item. "Corn dog was the hands down favorite with kids again this year," Fitzgerald said. Funnel cake was second on the list of favorites, with cookies, donuts and pizza tying for third place. "Kids are especially fond of food on sticks. I'm always amazed by the ones who come to State Fair looking for an egg on a stick."

"Families that save and invest for their child's college education will be better prepared to meet the challenge of paying for it when the time arrives, and College Savings Iowa is here to help," added Fitzgerald. Anyone - parents, grandparents, friends and relatives - can invest in College Savings Iowa on behalf of a child. This year Iowa taxpayers can deduct up to $2,811 in contributions per beneficiary account from their adjusted gross income. * To learn more about College Savings Iowa, visit or call 1-888-672-9116.

*Adjusted annually for inflation. If withdrawals are not qualified, the deductions must be added back to Iowa taxable income.