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Federal Tipoffs Involving Illinois Newsletter for Sunday September 29, 2019 ( 22 items )  

Amtrak Expands Share Fares Deal Offering Discount on Additional Routes
WASHINGTON, Sept. 27 -- The National Railroad Passenger Corporation (Amtrak) issued the following news release: * * * - Get carried away with up to 45% off travel when booking six passengers * * * Amtrak announced additional availability as part of its Share Fares deal, offering up to 45% off Amtrak travel. Inspiring customers to explore with friends and families by their side, Amtrak is offering more discounts as part of its Share Fares deal, now available on the Downeaster, Ethan Allen Exp  more

Argonne National Laboratory: Seeing Sound - Scientists Observe How Acoustic Interactions Change Materials at the Atomic Level
ARGONNE, Illinois, Sept. 23 -- The U.S. Department of Energy's Argonne National Laboratory issued the following news release: * * * - Interaction of sound and light reveals new information of a crystal's quantum properties. * * * When exposed to stress and strain, materials can display a wide range of different properties. By using sound waves, scientists have begun to explore fundamental stress behaviors in a crystalline material that could form the basis for quantum information technologie  more

Army Active Component and Army Reserve Command Teams Train and Integrate to Support Readiness Within Multi-Component Partnership
ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Illinois, Sept. 25 -- The U.S. Army Reserve Command issued the following news: The 85th U.S. Army Reserve Support Command hosted their New Command Teams training briefing during their battle assembly weekend with newly assigned active component brigade and Army Reserve battalion commanders, September 21-22, 2019. "The purpose of the orientation is to ensure a common understanding between the active component and the Army Reserve," explained Brig. Gen. Kris A. Belanger, Comma  more

Army Corps Awards Contract for Rehoboth and Dewey Beach Nourishment
PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania, Sept. 23 -- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers issued the following news release: The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' Philadelphia District awarded a contract to Great Lakes Dredge and Dock Company LLC of Oak Brook, Illinois for $7.21 million to conduct periodic nourishment of the Rehoboth Beach and Dewey Beach Coastal Storm Risk Management project. The project is a joint effort of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Envi  more

CFTC Charges Illinois-Based Trader With Violating Soybean Futures Speculative Position Limits
WASHINGTON, Sept. 25 -- The Commodity Futures Trading Commission issued the following enforcement news release: The U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission today issued an order filing and settling charges against ARMKAT LLC, located in Winnetka, Illinois, for violating spot-month speculative position limits in soybean oil and soybean meal futures. The order finds that on November 29, 2016, ARMKAT held 900 contracts short in the Chicago Board of Trade's December 2016 Soybean Oil futures cont  more

EXIM Authorizations in Support of Small Businesses in July 2019
WASHINGTON, Sept. 27 -- The Export-Import Bank of the U.S. issued the following news release: * * * - Success Stories: Arkansas Company Expands Egg Sales, Georgia Company Maintains Aircraft Engines, and Illinois Company Provides Wi-Fi Kits for Brazilian Aircraft * * * In July 2019, the Export-Import Bank of the United States (EXIM) authorized a total of $133.1 million in support of American small businesses who export "Made in the USA" products around the world. This total includes $122.1 mi  more

Federal Home Loan Bank of New York Awards $45.8 Million for 45 Affordable Housing Initiatives
NEW YORK, Sept. 25 -- The Federal Home Loan Bank of New York, a district bank in the Federal Home Loan Bank System, issued the following news release: Jose R. Gonzalez, president and CEO of the Federal Home Loan Bank of New York, announced that the FHLBNY has awarded $45.8 million in subsidies to fund 45 affordable housing initiatives throughout New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Illinois, Maryland and Pennsylvania. These awards are funded through the FHLBNY's Affordable Housing Program (AHP),   more

Medal of Honor Monday: Army Tech. 5th Grade Harold A. Garman
WASHINGTON, Sept. 23 -- The U.S. Department of Defense issued the following news story: As a combat medic in World War II, Army Technician 5th Grade Harold A. Garman dove into the Seine River in France to pull a boat of wounded soldiers to safety amid enemy machine-gun fire. Garman joined the Army in Albion, Illinois, in 1942. By Aug. 25, 1944, he was a private serving as a medic in Company B, 5th Medical Battalion, 5th Infantry Division in Montereau, France. For his actions that day, he recei  more

Mich. U.S. Attorney: Midwest Health Care Fraud Law Enforcement Action Results Charges Against 53 Individuals Alleging $250 Million Loss
WASHINGTON, Sept. 27 -- The U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Michigan, Matthew Schneider, issued the following news release: Assistant Attorney General Brian A. Benczkowski of the Justice Department's Criminal Division announced today a health care fraud law enforcement action in Detroit, Chicago and Minnesota. Charges were filed against 20 individuals in the Eastern District of Michigan for their alleged involvement in Medicare fraud schemes resulting in $144.8 million in illegitimate  more

New ICE Chicago Director Committed to Bridging Relationships With Public, Media
CHICAGO, Illinois, Sept. 26 -- The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Immigration and Customs Enforcement issued the following news release: U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) announced the appointment of Robert Guadian as the Senior Executive Service (SES) field office director (FOD) in the Chicago field office, which oversees 13 offices throughout six states: Illinois, Wisconsin, Indiana, Missouri, Kansas and Kentucky. Guadian's prim  more

NRC Receives Event Notification Involving Americas Styrencs
WASHINGTON, Sept. 23 -- The Nuclear Regulatory Commission issued the following event notification (No. 54274) involving Americas Styrencs, Channahon, Illinois: AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - STUCK SHUTTER The following was received by the State of Illinois via email: "The Radiation Safety Officer for Americas Styrencs, LLC, called to report that on September 10, 2019, they were conducting a routine six month shutter check on a Texas Nuclear Model 5180A device and determined that the shutter was stu  more

NRC Receives Event Notification Involving Braidwood Power Reactor in Illinois
WASHINGTON, Sept. 24 -- The Nuclear Regulatory Commission issued the following event notification (No. 54289) involving the Braidwood power reactor in Illinois: AUTOMATIC REACTOR TRIP DUE TO LOWERING STEAM GENERATOR LEVELS "At 1106 CDT Braidwood Unit 1 experienced an automatic reactor trip due to lowering steam generator water levels following closure of the 1B steam generator feed water regulating valve. "The cause of the 1B steam generator feedwater regulating valve failing closed is unknow  more

Recognizing and Acting on a Cry for Help to Prevent the Tragedy of Suicide
SCOTT AIR FORCE BASE, Illinois, Sept. 24 -- The U.S. Department of Defense's Transportation Command issued the following news release: In 2000, Kevin Hines jumped from the Golden Gate Bridge, spanning San Francisco Bay, California, and plunged 245 feet at 75 miles per hour, hitting the water in four seconds. Hines survived his suicide attempt with the help of a sea lion, which kept him afloat until the Coast Guard arrived. Prior to Hines' leap, indicators existed for others to recognize and   more

Recovery Care Coordinator: Your First Step With Serious Injury or Illness
SCOTT AIR FORCE BASE, Illinois, Sept. 24 -- The U.S. Air Force issued the following news: For military members who have been injured or ill during duty, navigating the journey to recovery through the medical and personnel systems can be overwhelming. This is why the Air Force established the Recovery Care Coordinator position. For Scott AFB, that person is Shawn Housley, and he serves under the direction of the Air Force's Wounded Warrior Program. The AFW2 program provides recovery and transi  more

Rock Island Arsenal Legal Team Receives Army Materiel Command Team Project Award
ROCK ISLAND, Illinois, Sept. 25 -- The U.S. Army Sustainment Command issued the following news: Employees from the U.S. Army Materiel Command Legal Center-Rock Island Arsenal received the AMC Team Project Award at the AMC Legal Conference held recently at Redstone Arsenal, Huntsville, Alabama. The team won the award for their contributions to the AMCLC-RIA Battle Book, a product encompassing information in multiple legal disciplines such as ethics, contract law, fiscal law, labor and personnel  more

Rock Island Arsenal Organizations Honor 341 Years of Service During Retirement Ceremony
ROCK ISLAND, Illinois, Sept. 23 -- The U.S. Army Sustainment Command issued the following news: Eight Army civilians and three Soldiers -- with service totaling 341 years and 18 deployments -- left federal service Sept. 19 to begin the next chapter of their lives, leaving a legacy of selfless service to our nation. RIA's major tenant organizations, First U.S. Army, U.S. Army Sustainment Command, and U.S. Army Joint Munitions Command, conduct joint quarterly retirement ceremonies to honor those  more

Scott Air Force Base: Cyber Teams Defend Missions During Exercise Mobility Guardian
SCOTT AIR FORCE BASE, Illinois, Sept. 26 -- The U.S. Air Force issued the following news: The 375th Mission Defense Team just completed the first Defensive Cyber Operations implementation for a simulated conflict during Air Mobility Command's Exercise Mobility Guardian at Travis Air Force Base, Calif. During the exercise, the team worked under real world condition to display how MDTs can be used under operational conditions. "It was brass tacks," explained Tech Sgt. Sydney Sullivan. "Working   more

Secretary Perry Announces Members of the Secretary of Energy Advisory Board and Meeting
WASHINGTON, Sept. 23 -- The U.S. Department of Energy issued the following news release: Today, U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry announced the second installment of members of his Secretary of Energy Advisory Board (SEAB), as well as the details of the second meeting occurring on October 2, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. It is the responsibility of SEAB to provide insights and recommendations to the Secretary of Energy on the ongoing Department priorities including: advancing research in Artifi  more

St. Louis Fed's Bullard Discusses Recent Developments in U.S. Monetary Policy
EFFINGHAM, Illinois, Sept. 23 -- The Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis issued the following news release: Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis President James Bullard presented "Recent Developments in U.S. Monetary Policy" to the Effingham County Chamber of Commerce on Monday. Bullard noted that the U.S. economy is slowing down relative to 2017 and 2018. He added that the economy faces downside risk that may cause the slowdown to be sharper than expected. "A sharper-than-expected slowdown may mak  more

U.S. Court of Federal Claims Issues Opinion, Order Involving Fox Logistics & Construction
WASHINGTON, Sept. 25 -- The U.S. Court of Federal Claims issued the following opinion and order (Case No. 18-1395C): (Filed: September 25, 2019) FOX LOGISTICS AND CONSTRUCTION COMPANY, Plaintiff, v. UNITED STATES, Defendant. Third-Party Beneficiary; Implied-In-Fact Contract; Duty of Good Faith and Fair Dealing; Privity of Contract; Tucker Act; 28 U.S.C. Sec. 1491; Subject-Matter Jurisdiction; RCFC 12(b)(1). Hal A. Emalfarb, Emalfarb, Swan & Bain, Highland Park, Illinois, for Plaintiff Fox   more

U.S. Department of Energy's Argonne National Laboratory: Shocking Heat Waves Stabilize Single Atoms
ARGONNE, Illinois, Sept. 26 -- The U.S. Department of Energy's Argonne National Laboratory issued the following news release: Single atoms work great as catalysts, but they usually don't stay single for long. Argonne scientists are part of a team that uses high-temperature shock waves to keep them in their place. A current hot topic in catalysis research is the development of single atom catalysts -- those whose atoms are not bound to each other. The increase in exposure of single atom catalys  more

U.S. Department of Energy's Argonne National Laboratory: Top Names in Artificial Intelligence in Chicago 2019 Innovation XLab Artificial Intelligence Summit
ARGONNE, Illinois, Sept. 26 -- The U.S. Department of Energy's Argonne National Laboratory issued the following news release: Artificial intelligence touches the lives of almost every American living today, but what does the future hold for this powerful computing tool? Hundreds of experts from across government, academia, and industry are gathering together in Chicago for the U.S. Department of Energy's InnovationXLab summit on Artificial Intelligence. The summit will focus on effective ways a  more