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Archive for September 23rd, 2010

U.S. Senate Nominee Alexi Giannoulias’ statement on today’s Republican maneuver to block a vote on the DISCLOSE Act

Posted by Admin On September - 23 - 2010 ADD COMMENTS

“Today’s (September 23) vote in the U.S. Senate shows two fundamental problems with our government — it is far too beholden to corporate special interests, and empty Republican obstructionism requires a supermajority vote to pass anything out of the Senate.

“It is a national embarrassment that the DISCLOSE Act can’t come to floor for a vote, even with 59 votes. This bill serves one purpose: to close the special interest floodgates so that unlimited corporate spending can’t flood the democratic process.  A majority of the Senate wanted it, but the Republican party decided that saying ‘no’ was better than working toward a solution.

“As a U.S. Senator, I will fight for sweeping campaign finance reform, and I will push to amend Senate rules and fix our broken filibuster system.  Illinoisans want a Senator who stands up for these commonsense reforms, not another ‘no’ vote like Congressman Kirk who has taken record corporate cash and continues to oppose the commonsense DISCLOSE Act.”

Northwestern Mutual announces plans to recruit thousands

Posted by Admin On September - 23 - 2010 1 COMMENT


National initiative to recruit over 2,300 financial representatives

Milwaukee, WI (BlackNews.com) — Officials from Northwestern Mutual, a leading financial services company, are traveling to Los Angeles as part of a national initiative to recruit more than 2,300 financial representatives across the country in 2010 to help the company meet surging demand among Americans for financial guidance. Northwestern Mutual executives and leading financial representatives from the Los Angeles area will showcase available career opportunities to attendees of the 32nd Annual National Black MBA Association (NBMBAA) Conference in Los Angeles held September 21-25.

Ranked No. 23 by American College and Howard University in its 2010 listing of the 100 best employers for 2010 graduates in Black Collegian magazine, Northwestern Mutual will share both company and career information with tomorrow’s business leaders at the conference.

The slow U.S. job market is making it tough for many to find jobs, especially African-Americans. However, the low employment rate is inciting new interest in entrepreneurship, especially among African-Americans who are 50 percent more likely to start a business than whites*. In fact, entrepreneurship is one of America’s fastest-growing career sectors**.

“One of the hottest job prospects in today’s economy – especially for African-Americans – is entrepreneurship in financial services, because you can be your own boss while making a major impact on people’s lives,” said Greg Jones, Northwestern Mutual vice president of diversity and inclusion. “Like never before, this challenging economy has opened people’s eyes to the advantages of being an entrepreneur instead of an employee. Career seekers who wondered, ‘where are the jobs?’ are finding that they can create their own careers.”

Unlike other careers impacted by the downturn in the economy, financial professionals are in high-demand. Even as the overall economy continues to shed jobs, Northwestern Mutual network offices have been recruiting and training thousands of new financial representatives.

“The economic downturn has helped consumers realize the value of financial security, and now, professionals affiliated with a strong company are desired more than ever,” said Kimberley Goode, Northwestern Mutual vice president of communications and corporate affairs and NBMBAA Conference presenter. “In Los Angeles and around the country, families are facing enormous challenges and they’re looking for guidance. Financial professionals who can help people develop long-term strategies have never been more valuable.”

The NBMBAA conference attracts more than 12,000 professionals, offering a wide variety of seminars and networking events to enrich the African-American MBA graduate community. At Northwestern Mutual’s exhibit in booth 2113, candidates are invited to participate in a 3D experience to learn about company opportunities and win prizes. The NBMBAA conference is one of five events the company will exhibit at in 2010, including the National Association of Women MBA and the National Society of Hispanic MBA.

The company will be providing live updates from the exhibit hall throughout the show, which can be accessed through the company’s Facebook (www.facebook.com/northwesternmutual) and Twitter (Twitter Handle: @NM_News) pages.

Northwestern Mutual’s financial representative career was featured by Bloomberg BusinessWeek magazine as a “Best Place to Launch a Career” (9/2009). To learn more about Northwestern Mutual careers, visit: www.northwesternmutual.com/career-opportunities.

America Scores Executive Director takes to the streets

Posted by Admin On September - 23 - 2010 3 COMMENTS

Executive Director Amy Vondra Stark is taking it to the streets and juggling in the Loop for America SCORES!

CHICAGO, IL – On September 23, Amy Vondra Stark, Executive Director of America SCORES Chicago, will fundraise for its unique after school programming by juggling a soccer ball for 14 hours.  Starting at 5 a.m. at NBC Plaza, Ms. Vondra Stark will then proceed to 190 N. State, Daley Plaza, and 120 S. Riverside Plaza, ending at 7 p.m.  America SCORES- an after school program applauded by the White House as a model for fighting childhood obesity- will challenge government officials, Chicago Public School administrators, professional soccer players, and the general public to juggle alongside Ms. Vondra Stark to demonstrate their commitment to efforts that fight childhood obesity.

The program is currently facing financial challenges due to the slowed economy.  In order to keep serving all 500 of its 3rd-8th grade students, Ms. Vondra Stark hopes to raise at least $25,000.

Ms. Vondra Stark’s effort is part of a two-city campaign, Kick, Click, and SCORES.  Simultaneously, America SCORES Milwaukee Executive Director, Kate Carpenter, will juggle in downtown Milwaukee. The campaign website, www.KickClickScore.org, will feature live webcasts of the juggling and show a head-to-head competition for donations and public turnout at the Chicago and Milwaukee events.  The organization’s social media will provide frequent updates about notable attendees.

In addition to fundraising for the program, Ms. Vondra Stark aims to highlight Childhood Obesity Awareness Month.  One in three children in America is overweight or at risk of becoming obese, and the epidemic is particularly acute for urban, low income, and minority youth.  Despite the national concern with childhood obesity, schools and non-profit agencies struggle to find funding sources to allow them to effectively address the issue.  Through Kick, Click, and Score, America SCORES’ juggling Executive Directors will raise awareness of the childhood obesity challenge and funding to serve more of the Cities’ youth.




How the event works:

  1. Kick – Keep the soccer ball moving and off the ground by challenging others with a monetary pledge to juggle to support the campaign.
  2. Click – Donate to your favorite City online and follow the event’s progress throughout the day at http://kickclickscore.org/.
  3. Score – Give urban youth the tools to succeed on the field and in the classroom.




About America SCORES Chicago

America SCORES Chicago is an affiliate of America SCORES, an award-winning national youth development program that seeks to help urban students “score goals on the field and achieve goals in the classroom.” America SCORES Chicago partners with ten public elementary schools.For more information,visit www.americascoreschicago.blogspot.org.  The public may follow live updates of Kick, Click, And Score on America SCORES Chicago’s Facebook and Twitter (amSCORESChicago) and watch a live webcast at www.KickClickScore.org.


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Some new healthcare benefits start September 23

Posted by Admin On September - 23 - 2010 1 COMMENT
Young adults protected: extended dependent coverage, and other new benefits
 New healthcare benefits will protect health care consumers, increase access, improve quality and lower costs for young adults, kids and people with pre-existing conditions
(From the Campaign For Better Healthcare) 

HHS Regional Director Cristal Thomas joined members of the Campaign for Better Health Care at Northwestern University to discuss the national expansion of dependent coverage to age 26 in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) and inform young adults and families how they can access the benefit.
Joining Director Thomas were Jonathan VanderBrug, Health Care Justice Campaign Director, Emily Mueller of Illinois PIRG, and local residents Jane Beckett, parent of a university student, and Mark Kraemer, parent of a student born with leukemia, a pre-existing condition.

“Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, we have begun to create a more competitive, consumer-friendly healthcare marketplace, to crack down on the worst insurance company practices, and to provide real benefits to the people of Illinois,” said Cristal Thomas, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Regional Director. Jonathan VanderBrug, Health Care Justice Campaign director, added, “What we want, and what this law provides, are stability, security, and competition. While the new law isn’t perfect, what it means now is a great first step as we begin to improve it: we can keep our coverage but know that we won’t be getting constant premium increases; or we can lose our job and not our health care; or our kids can be covered until they turn 26 years old.”

In Illinois, an estimated 433,000 young adults between the ages of 19 to 25 are currently uninsured.  On Thursday, September 23, another set of benefits of the new health reform law will take effect, including new consumer protections that increase access to affordable care for young adults by extending coverage for them on their parents’ policies until age 26.

Jane Beckett’s daughter has not had health insurance since she was eliminated from her parents’ plan more than five years ago.  Jane said, “My 24-year old daughter has not had health insurance since she turned 19. She has used various patchwork public-benefit programs such as Illinois Women’s Health, but has basically paid for health care out of pocket, not an easy thing on her minimum wage income. A bad accident or serious illness would have wiped her out financially, and possibly her parents as well. The individual insurance policies that she qualified for had very limited coverage and were still more expensive than she could afford.  Now, due to PPACA, she can get back on our insurance for $80 per month until she turns 26. Young people need insurance too – this is such a relief!”

Extended coverage for young adults is just one of the new benefits of the health care law rolling out on September 23.  On that day, new consumer protections go into effect prohibiting insurance companies from taking your coverage away when you get sick and need it most, eliminating lifetime caps, and prohibiting denying children coverage because of pre-existing conditions.   The new provisions will also improve quality and lower costs by requiring all new plans to cover certain preventive services such as mammograms and colonoscopies without charging a deductible, co-pay or coinsurance.

Jim Duffett, Executive Director of the Campaign for Better Health Care, said, “Over the past six months, two phrases have become more prominent in the vocabulary of consumers throughout Illinois and our nation:  Not Any More, and Peace of Mind.  Will we need to worry about our children being denied health care because of pre-existing conditions like asthma or diabetes, or because they have graduated college?  Not Any More.  Will insurance companies be able to suddenly cancel our coverage right when we get sick and have to use the insurance we pay for every month?  Not Any More. Will the sickest among us face an abrupt end to their insurance coverage because they have hit a lifetime cap?  Not Any More.  And if not having to worry about those real possibilities anymore isn’t real peace of mind, I don’t know what is. “

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