Sunday, August 31, 2014

Meet John Doe: Labor unions gave us Labor Day and longer life spans

Meet John Doe: Labor unions gave us Labor Day and longer life spans
By Paul Gorski
According to the U.S. Department of Labor website, http://www.dol.gov/laborday/history.htm: “Labor Day, the first Monday in September, is a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country. … The first Labor Day holiday was celebrated on Tuesday, Sept. 5, 1882, in New York City, in accordance with the plans of the Central Labor Union. The Central Labor Union held its second Labor Day holiday just a year later, on Sept. 5, 1883.”

This history was apparently news to some Rockford City Council members as they recently debated whether to issue a permit for this year’s Labor Day Parade. Yes, organized labor worked to create and sponsor the Labor Day holiday for more than 100 years...

Read the full article at:

http://rockrivertimes.com/2014/08/27/meet-john-doe-labor-unions-gave-us-labor-day-and-longer-life-spans/

Tech-Friendly: Should I upgrade my Mac OS X?

Tech-Friendly: Should I upgrade my Mac OS X?

By Paul Gorski

Reader Nicole Montgomery asked for my opinion whether she should upgrade her Mac OS. Read her request and comments at http://rockrivertimes.com/2014/07/01/tech-friendly-apple-releases-security-updates-and-bug-fixes-for-mavericks-and-ios-7/.

Apple updates the Mac OS very often, issuing a major upgrade about every 18 months, with minor patches in between. Sometimes these upgrades are not so “major,” but do bring a few useful new features or bug fixes. Over the past few years, these upgrades have fixed, or created, problems with the Mail.app, Wi-Fi connectivity, and corporate file server connections. More often, Apple updates a service, like iCloud, or an app, like Pages or Keynote, that requires a Mac OS upgrade, whether you want to upgrade...

Friday, August 29, 2014

In memory of – Robert Yeske, 62

Robert Alan Yeske, 62, died August 26, 2014. Memorial celebration service at 2 p.m. Saturday August 30, 2014 at Faith Center, 4721 S. Main St. Rockford. 

Visitation from 1 to 2 p.m., Saturday, August 30, 2014.
Memorial service at 2 p.m., Saturday, August 30, 2014

Condolences to the Yeske family from Paul Gorski and family.

See more at:
http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/rrstar/obituary.aspx?n=robert-yeske&pid=172284655

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Stadelman reports on passenger rail progress at town hall meeting, Wed, Aug 27


Stadelman reports on passenger rail progress at town hall meeting

ROCKFORD – Anyone interested in learning more about passenger rail service between Rockford and Chicago is encouraged attend an Amtrak Town Hall Meeting hosted by Illinois Senator Steve Stadelman.

Senator Stadelman, D-Rockford, has invited Illinois Department of Transportation experts to give a 45-minute report on the status of the $223 million project. A question-and-answer session will follow.

AMTRAK TOWN HALL MEETING
5:30-7 PM, WED., AUG. 27
Zeke Giorgi Center Auditorium
200 S. Wyman St., Rockford, IL


“Passenger rail service to and from Chicago holds tremendous potential for economic growth and enhanced quality of life in the Rockford area,” Stadelman said. “The public is excited about the prospect of a rail link with Chicago, and I think it is important to keep the public fully informed and to involve as much public input as possible.”

Construction is expected to begin in October 2014, with one daily round trip anticipated to be running by the end of 2015, two daily round trips by the end of 2016 and eventual service to Dubuque, Iowa. Amtrak will provide the restored Intercity Passenger Rail (IPR) service from Chicago to Rockford, using Metra & Union Pacific Railroad tracks.

Track and bridge upgrades, increased capacity, a layover facility, a UP/Metra connection and new stations – including one in Rockford -- are among the improvements being funded through Governor Quinn’s Illinois Jobs Now! Capital Program.

IDOT Project Manager Elliot Ramos will lead an overview discussion of Amtrak service and preparation work before fielding questions with Senator Stadelman and other transportation, engineering and municipal representatives.

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