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  • 20 Under 40: Megan Backs

    20 Under 40: Megan Backs

    Sunday, September 28 2014 1:00 AM EDT2014-09-28 05:00:18 GMT
    Megan Backs says it doesn't take much to get involved in Quincy. "Just start somewhere you're interested in," she said. "Folks in the community are always happy to have more help, make referrals, make introductions."
    Megan Backs says it doesn't take much to get involved in Quincy. "Just start somewhere you're interested in," she said. "Folks in the community are always happy to have more help, make referrals, make introductions."
  • 20 Under 40: Robert Bentley

    20 Under 40: Robert Bentley

    Sunday, September 28 2014 1:00 AM EDT2014-09-28 05:00:17 GMT
    Robert Bentley, owner of Legacy Martial Arts, learned at a young age that success is defined by more than dollar signs. Sure, he was a business owner by his mid-20s, but even more impressive was how he used that success and position to give back to the community.
    Robert Bentley, owner of Legacy Martial Arts, learned at a young age that success is defined by more than dollar signs. Sure, he was a business owner by his mid-20s, but even more impressive was how he used that success and position to give back to the community.
  • 20 Under 40: Megan Boccardi

    20 Under 40: Megan Boccardi

    Sunday, September 28 2014 1:00 AM EDT2014-09-28 05:00:20 GMT
    As an assistant professor of history at Quincy University, Megan Boccardi tries to install in students an appreciation for the past because history often serves as a window to the present. "It's the story of of people's lives. ... it helps us understand how things work and the significance of what's happening today," she said.
    As an assistant professor of history at Quincy University, Megan Boccardi tries to install in students an appreciation for the past because history often serves as a window to the present. "It's the story of of people's lives. ... it helps us understand how things work and the significance of what's happening today," she said.
  • 20 Under 40: Breeana DeVerger

    20 Under 40: Breeana DeVerger

    Sunday, September 28 2014 1:00 AM EDT2014-09-28 05:00:16 GMT
    Breeana DeVerger returned to Quincy to take business classes for her master's degree. While completing that course of study, she joined the Chamber of Commerce ambassador program, joined YP, got married and had a son. Although living in her home area was not a given, she loves the community.
    Breeana DeVerger returned to Quincy to take business classes for her master's degree. While completing that course of study, she joined the Chamber of Commerce ambassador program, joined YP, got married and had a son. Although living in her home area was not a given, she loves the community.
  • 20 Under 40: Adam Duesterhaus

    20 Under 40: Adam Duesterhaus

    Monday, September 29 2014 4:25 PM EDT2014-09-29 20:25:37 GMT
    Adam Duesterhaus knows the importance of giving back to the community. The assistant marketing manager at the Salvation Army Kroc Center, Duesterhaus volunteers with many organizations in the community. It's also a family commitment.
    Adam Duesterhaus knows the importance of giving back to the community. The assistant marketing manager at the Salvation Army Kroc Center, Duesterhaus volunteers with many organizations in the community. It's also a family commitment.
  • 20 Under 40: J. David Gilbert

    20 Under 40: J. David Gilbert

    Sunday, September 28 2014 1:00 AM EDT2014-09-28 05:00:21 GMT
    David Gilbert knows how much joining the Boy Scouts of America can influence the life of a young man. His father passed away before he was born, and his mother enrolled him in the program. Now, Gilbert, 25, is working as a district executive helping support Scouting in Adams, Brown, Pike and Schuyler.
    David Gilbert knows how much joining the Boy Scouts of America can influence the life of a young man. His father passed away before he was born, and his mother enrolled him in the program. Now, Gilbert, 25, is working as a district executive helping support Scouting in Adams, Brown, Pike and Schuyler.
  • 20 Under 40: Tracie Hark

    20 Under 40: Tracie Hark

    Sunday, September 28 2014 1:00 AM EDT2014-09-28 05:00:18 GMT
    Tracie Hark got an early start in healthcare administration. At 23, she became controller for Pike County Memorial Hospital in Louisiana, Mo., and she was promoted to chief financial officer three years later. Now, she is the administrator for the Northeast Missouri Ambulatory Surgery Center.
    Tracie Hark got an early start in healthcare administration. At 23, she became controller for Pike County Memorial Hospital in Louisiana, Mo., and she was promoted to chief financial officer three years later. Now, she is the administrator for the Northeast Missouri Ambulatory Surgery Center.
  • 20 Under 40: Bridget Hilbing

    20 Under 40: Bridget Hilbing

    Sunday, September 28 2014 1:00 AM EDT2014-09-28 05:00:19 GMT
    Bridget Hilbing has the best of both worlds. Thanks to an arrangement with her employer, the Bank of Quincy, she is able to work three days a week as the vice president of finance, which allows her to work two days a week in her other job - as Mom to her two young daughters.
    Bridget Hilbing has the best of both worlds. Thanks to an arrangement with her employer, the Bank of Quincy, she is able to work three days a week as the vice president of finance, which allows her to work two days a week in her other job - as Mom to her two young daughters.
  • 20 Under 40: Michael Holliday

    20 Under 40: Michael Holliday

    Michael Holliday, partner of the Hannibal-based law firm Curl, Hark and Holliday LLC., said he knew he wanted to be an attorney before he began college. When he talks to local classes, he asks students if the like to argue. Often, the answer is yes. He then asks if them if they like to argue for those who can't do so for themselves.
    Michael Holliday, partner of the Hannibal-based law firm Curl, Hark and Holliday LLC., said he knew he wanted to be an attorney before he began college. When he talks to local classes, he asks students if the like to argue. Often, the answer is yes. He then asks if them if they like to argue for those who can't do so for themselves.
  • 20 Under 40: Andrew Johnson

    20 Under 40: Andrew Johnson

    Monday, September 29 2014 4:36 PM EDT2014-09-29 20:36:44 GMT
    Andrew Johnson works as a clinical specialist for Medtronic, a supplier of pacemakers, defibrillators and other medical devices. When not working alongside cardiologists making sure patients get exactly the device they need, Johnson stays active in the community.
    Andrew Johnson works as a clinical specialist for Medtronic, a supplier of pacemakers, defibrillators and other medical devices. When not working alongside cardiologists making sure patients get exactly the device they need, Johnson stays active in the community.
  • 20 Under 40: Chris Koetters

    20 Under 40: Chris Koetters

    Sunday, September 28 2014 1:00 AM EDT2014-09-28 05:00:14 GMT
    Chris Koetters worked with Louisiana-based businesses every day when he did radio sales, but now he's collaborating with them in a different way as director of the Louisiana Chamber of Commerce. "Anything I can do to help businesses, that makes my day," he said.
    Chris Koetters worked with Louisiana-based businesses every day when he did radio sales, but now he's collaborating with them in a different way as director of the Louisiana Chamber of Commerce. "Anything I can do to help businesses, that makes my day," he said.
  • 20 Under 40: Laura Mays

    20 Under 40: Laura Mays

    Sunday, September 28 2014 1:00 AM EDT2014-09-28 05:00:19 GMT
    Originally from Milwaukee, Laura Mays appreciates living in Quincy. She started her own business, is a raising a family and is involved in several organizations. "There's more community here than what you get in Milwaukee," she said.
    Originally from Milwaukee, Laura Mays appreciates living in Quincy. She started her own business, is a raising a family and is involved in several organizations. "There's more community here than what you get in Milwaukee," she said.
  • 20 Under 40: Mark McDowell

    20 Under 40: Mark McDowell

    Sunday, September 28 2014 1:00 AM EDT2014-09-28 05:00:19 GMT
    Don't look for Mark McDowell to be leaving Quincy -- ever. "I have never had a desire to leave the area," he said. And that's quite understandable for the principal of Notre Dame High School. When he was offered the principal's position at Notre Dame, it was the equivalent of a dream come true.
    Don't look for Mark McDowell to be leaving Quincy -- ever. "I have never had a desire to leave the area," he said. And that's quite understandable for the principal of Notre Dame High School. When he was offered the principal's position at Notre Dame, it was the equivalent of a dream come true.
  • 20 Under 40: Chasidy Rees

    20 Under 40: Chasidy Rees

    Sunday, September 28 2014 1:00 AM EDT2014-09-28 05:00:16 GMT
    Chasidy Rees has a soft spot for children - both her own three boys and the kids in the community. "The children are our future. If we don't give them every opportunity to succeed, our community will not succeed," she said.
    Chasidy Rees has a soft spot for children - both her own three boys and the kids in the community. "The children are our future. If we don't give them every opportunity to succeed, our community will not succeed," she said.
  • 20 Under 40: Mark Reuschel

    20 Under 40: Mark Reuschel

    Sunday, September 28 2014 1:00 AM EDT2014-09-28 05:00:16 GMT
    Now an assistant vice president and loan officer at State Street Bank, Mark Reuschel stays active in the community. For example, he is president of The District and serves on the United Way's Finance Committee.
    Now an assistant vice president and loan officer at State Street Bank, Mark Reuschel stays active in the community. For example, he is president of The District and serves on the United Way's Finance Committee.
  • 20 Under 40: Breane Schafer

    20 Under 40: Breane Schafer

    Sunday, September 28 2014 1:00 AM EDT2014-09-28 05:00:15 GMT
    Breane Schafer brought her chiropractic office to Quincy in 2014, where she has a growing practice that includes acupuncture and a focus on overall wellness. "I try to actually teach people more about wellness and how to be preventive. It's more cost effective."
    Breane Schafer brought her chiropractic office to Quincy in 2014, where she has a growing practice that includes acupuncture and a focus on overall wellness. "I try to actually teach people more about wellness and how to be preventive. It's more cost effective."
  • 20 Under 40: Jim Schuetz

    20 Under 40: Jim Schuetz

    Sunday, September 28 2014 1:00 AM EDT2014-09-28 05:00:15 GMT
    When it came time to pick a career path, Jim Schuetz went with his first love. "As an undergraduate at Augustana, I was torn between computers and chemistry," Schuetz said. "Computers were something that I always knew and loved, and working with them had always come naturally."
    When it came time to pick a career path, Jim Schuetz went with his first love. "As an undergraduate at Augustana, I was torn between computers and chemistry," Schuetz said. "Computers were something that I always knew and loved, and working with them had always come naturally."
  • 20 Under 40: Kimberly Schutte

    20 Under 40: Kimberly Schutte

    Sunday, September 28 2014 1:00 AM EDT2014-09-28 05:00:17 GMT
    Kimberly Schutte credits her strong sense of determination to growing up with two brothers. "If I wanted anything, I had to either fight for it or just do it," Schutte said. "I found if I want something bad enough, I will make it happen."
    Kimberly Schutte credits her strong sense of determination to growing up with two brothers. "If I wanted anything, I had to either fight for it or just do it," Schutte said. "I found if I want something bad enough, I will make it happen."
  • 20 Under 40: Jennifer Teter

    20 Under 40: Jennifer Teter

    Sunday, September 28 2014 1:00 AM EDT2014-09-28 05:00:15 GMT
    Jennifer Teter not only appreciates what she does for a living as executive director of the Quincy Art Center, but she also appreciates who helped get her to this point in her life. The passion for art that Teter's mom, Janice, taught her to explore and develop shows in her commitment to the position she now occupies.
    Jennifer Teter not only appreciates what she does for a living as executive director of the Quincy Art Center, but she also appreciates who helped get her to this point in her life. The passion for art that Teter's mom, Janice, taught her to explore and develop shows in her commitment to the position she now occupies.
  • 20 Under 40: Brittany Vermeire

    20 Under 40: Brittany Vermeire

    If Brittany Vermeire had her way, she would plan events and fundraisers for charity full-time, but that isn't stopping her from working with many local organizations. The director of human resources at Quincy University, Vermeire sees the need to support the community where she grew up.
    If Brittany Vermeire had her way, she would plan events and fundraisers for charity full-time, but that isn't stopping her from working with many local organizations. The director of human resources at Quincy University, Vermeire sees the need to support the community where she grew up.
  • 20 Under 40: About the Section

    20 Under 40: About the Section

    Sunday, September 28 2014 1:00 AM EDT2014-09-28 05:00:14 GMT
    The "20 Under 40" section showcases 20 young people whose contributions help make the Quincy area great.
    The "20 Under 40" section showcases 20 young people whose contributions help make the Quincy area great.
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  • Rauner blasts Quinn, urges early voting at Quincy campaign stop

    Rauner blasts Quinn, urges early voting at Quincy campaign stop

    Thursday, October 23 2014 11:04 AM EDT2014-10-23 15:04:16 GMT
    Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner called Illinois “the worst-run state in America” during a stop Thursday morning in Quincy as part of a multi-day tour to encourage early voting. Rauner and running mate Evelyn Sanguinetti toured Quincy Metal Fabricators with CEO Dan Nuessen. Rauner had appearances in Mount Carmel, Decatur, Bloomington and Champaign scheduled for later in the day.
    Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner called Illinois “the worst-run state in America” during a stop Thursday morning in Quincy as part of a multi-day tour to encourage early voting. Rauner and running mate Evelyn Sanguinetti toured Quincy Metal Fabricators with CEO Dan Nuessen. Rauner had appearances in Mount Carmel, Decatur, Bloomington and Champaign scheduled for later in the day.
  • Supporters ready to take school referendum pitch to grass-roots level

    Supporters ready to take school referendum pitch to grass-roots level

    Wednesday, October 22 2014 11:02 AM EDT2014-10-22 15:02:32 GMT
    The message will remain the same, but the method of delivering it is changing. Less than two weeks remain before the Nov. 4 general election, and those involved with the Committee for Building Quincy's Schools are switching from public forums to a grass-roots effort to get their message out - that passing an $89 million bond issue to spark massive changes in the Quincy School District is what's best for Quincy.
    The message will remain the same, but the method of delivering it is changing. Less than two weeks remain before the Nov. 4 general election, and those involved with the Committee for Building Quincy's Schools are...
  • Thirty years later, journey along Mississippi River begins anew for author

    Thirty years later, journey along Mississippi River begins anew for author

    Thursday, October 23 2014 1:44 PM EDT2014-10-23 17:44:00 GMT
    Author Eddy L. Harris traveled the length of the Mississippi River 30 years ago, and now he's doing it again. However, an independent film and production crew traveling with Harris this time, documenting not only...
    Author Eddy L. Harris traveled the length of the Mississippi River 30 years ago, and now he's doing it again. However, an independent film and production crew traveling with Harris this time, documenting not only...
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