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Archive for October 3rd, 2010

Illinois State Board of Education announces the Child and Adult Care Food Program

Posted by Admin On October - 3 - 2010 ADD COMMENTS

Springfield, IL — The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) announced the availability of the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP).  The CACFP is a federally funded program of the U.S. Department of Agriculture that is administered by ISBE.


The program is designed to primarily assist child care centers, Head Start programs, before- and after-school programs, emergency shelters, and day care home providers with funding to provide nutritious meals to children in their care.  All participating child care centers and day care homes must provide meals to enrolled children at no additional charge and without regard to race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability.

Individuals in households that receive Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) or Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) are automatically eligible to receive free meal benefits.  Children enrolled in Head Start or Early Head Start programs are also allowed to receive free meal benefits at approved Head Start facilities.  Parents or guardians should contact their child care center or day care home provider to find out if they participate in this program. 

A list of participating Illinois institutions is available on the ISBE Nutrition Programs Interactive Map at http://webprod1.isbe.net/NutSvc/. 

The USDA Household Income Eligibility Guidelines are listed below for families who do not receive TANF or SNAP benefits.  If a household’s income falls within or below the listed guidelines, they should contact their child care center or day care home provider for the benefits of the program. They may be required to complete an application and provide income, TANF, or SNAP information. 



Income Eligibility Guidelines

Effective From July 1, 2010, to June 30, 2011


Free Meals

Reduced-Price Meals

130% Federal Poverty Guideline

185% Federal Poverty Guideline

Household Size



Twice Per Month

Every Two Weeks




Twice Per Month

Every Two Weeks


























































































For each additional family member, add 4,862










In accordance with federal law and United States Department of Agriculture policy, institutions are prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability.  To file a complaint of discrimination, write USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W. Washington, DC 20250-9410 or call (800) 795-3272 or (202) 720-6382 (TTY). 

Illinois and the Korean War, October 1950

Posted by Admin On October - 3 - 2010 ADD COMMENTS
The State of Illinois is commemorating the 60th anniversary of the Korean War by supplying information each month about the state’s involvement in the conflict. 
The Illinois Historic Preservation Agency, Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs, Illinois Korean Memorial Association, and the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum are sponsoring “Illinois Remembers the Forgotten War” along with media partners the Illinois Press Association and the Illinois Broadcasters Association.  For more information, visit www.Illinois-History.gov or www.veterans.illinois.gov.
    Illinoisans killed in action in Korea, October 1950
By county of residence
(Source:  U.S. Department of Defense records)
Alexander       Pvt. Robert J. Bolen, Army, October 10.
Bureau          Sgt. Charles V. Hewitt, Army, October 3.
Cook            PFC William J. Duerr, Army, October 13.
                PFC James Forte, Marines, October 2.
                Sgt. Albert E. Morris, Army, October 13.
Greene          PFC Pink W. Bishop, Army, October 13.
Kankakee        PFC Herman Alsup, Marines, October 12. 
Macon           Cpl. Arnold E. Walk, Army, October 20.
Madison Sgt. Robert L. Clark, Army, October 10.
Montgomery      PFC Ivan O. Elam, Army, October 13.
                Pvt. Wilbur L. Markos, Army, October 14.
Perry           PFC Austin L. Harris, Army, October 9.
St. Clair       PFC William O. Grimmig, Army, October 13.
Sangamon        Sgt. Lyman T. Crannell, Marines, October 27.
                PFC William R. McGlennon, Marines, October 5.
Illinois Medal of Honor Recipient
PFC Richard G. Wilson, U.S. Army
Marion, Illinois
Private First Class Richard G. Wilson of Marion, Illinois was a medical aid man with the U.S. Army’s 187th Airborne Infantry Regiment.  He accompanied a unit on a reconnaissance patrol near Opari, Korea on October 21, 1950 when the unit came under heavy mortar and small arms fire.  The company suffered a large number of casualties while fighting its way out of the ambush.  Private Wilson moved among the wounded to administer aid while under constant enemy fire, and helped move the wounded to safety when his unit was ordered to withdraw.
After the American unit had pulled back, Private Wilson learned that a comrade who had previously been thought dead was seen trying to crawl to safety.  Wilson returned to the area under enemy fire to search for the wounded man.  Two days later a patrol found Wilson lying beside the man he had returned to assist.  Wilson had been shot several times and severely wounded while trying to shield the other wounded man.
Private Wilson became the third of eight Illinois recipients of the Medal of Honor during the Korean War.
Key events during the Korean War
October 1950
October 1950 began with United Nations forces in full pursuit of the retreating North Korean People’s Army, and for the first time the war was taken into North Korea.  All seemed to be going well for the U.N. armies, but few people knew that Chinese Premier Mao Tse-tung had already decided to send Chinese troops into the war.  By mid October, large numbers of Chinese troops had crossed the Yalu River and secretly infiltrated into Korea.
 President Harry Truman met with General Douglas MacArthur on October 15 at Wake Island in the Pacific.  The two discussed the military situation in Korea, and MacArthur expressed his confidence that enemy resistance would end by Thanksgiving and that U.S. forces could withdraw by Christmas.  When Truman asked MacArthur about the chances of Chinese intervention, the General replied “very little.”  By that time, at least 120,000 Chinese soldiers had snuck into North Korea. 
The North Korean capital of Pyongyang was captured by United States and South Korean forces on October 19, forcing North Korean Premier Kim Il-sung to hastily establish a new capital on the Yalu River at the Chinese border.  Soldiers from Thailand, Turkey and the Netherlands joined the U.N. contingent in Korea.
On October 20, as the remnants of the North Korean Army retreated farther north, some 68 American POWs were massacred near the Sunch’on Tunnel north of Pyongyang.  Advancing American troops discovered the grisly scene the next day.  
The first ominous sign of worse things to come occurred on October 25, when Chinese forces attacked a South Korean unit, and a Chinese soldier captured near the Chosin Reservoir stated that large numbers of Chinese soldiers were in the area.  Few military leaders believed the prisoner’s claim.  The next day a South Korean unit reached the Yalu River.
The First Marine Division landed at the North Korean port city of Wonsan in late October and was ordered to replace battle-weary South Korean units in the Chosin Reservoir area.  On October 29, the 7th Infantry Division landed at Iwon on the northwest coast of Korea.  The Marines and soldiers of X Corps were unaware that they were headed on a collision course toward the largest, most savage battle of the war, one that would be fought in almost unimaginable conditions.                           
Illinois Korean War Memorial
The Illinois Korean War Memorial is located in Springfield’s Oak Ridge Cemetery, the same cemetery that contains the Lincoln Tomb.  Oak Ridge is the nation’s second most visited burial ground behind only Arlington National Cemetery.
Dedicated on June 16, 1996, the memorial consists of a 12-foot-tall bronze bell mounted on a granite base.  At the circumference of the base are four niches, each with a larger-than-life figure representing a branch of the armed services.  Inscribed on the base are the 1,754 names of Illinoisans killed in Korea.
The Illinois Korean War Memorial is administered by the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency and may be visited daily free of charge. 
Korean War Veterans Oral History Project
Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum
The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum’s Oral History Program offers “Veterans Remember,” a collection of interviews with Illinois residents about their wartime experiences, at the Library’s website, www.alplm.org/oral_history/home.html.  The audio interviews concern the experiences of Illinois veterans who fought in several conflicts, including the Korean War, as well as the experiences of those on the home front.  Visitors to the website can listen to or watch the interviews in their entirety.  Several of the interviews have transcripts, and most have still images as well.
Website visitors will need a computer capable of playing MP3 audio files or MPG compressed video files in order to listen to the interviews.  The transcripts and still images are also accessible.  Volunteers conducted and edited many of the interviews and developed the transcripts that accompany them.   
Korean War National Museum
The Korean War National Museum (KWNM) celebrates the 60th Anniversary of the Korean War with a new Board of Directors, new professional staff, and a renewed focus on getting a world-class museum built now, in the lifetime of the Korean War veterans.  Recent news media reports outlined a proposal of the KWNM to obtain 7,000 square feet of prime space on Navy Pier in Chicago for a state-of-the-art, world-class museum where visitors could come to honor and learn about the service and sacrifices of the Americans, South Koreans and their UN Allies in the “forgotten victory.”  Those plans are continuing to be developed, and the KWNM hopes to be able to share some exciting news soon.  Meanwhile, the Denis J. Healy Freedom Center, located at 9 South Old State Capitol Plaza in Springfield, is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Admission is free, but donations are accepted.  The KWNM welcomes donations of photographs, documents, diaries, and artifacts of those who served in the Korean War. To learn more about the KWNM, or to volunteer or donate, please visit www.kwnm.org or look for the Museum Facebook.
Korean War Booklet
The Illinois Korean Memorial Association, an all-volunteer organization, has published a booklet, A Brief History of the Korean War, copies of which have been provided free of charge to public libraries, high schools and junior high schools in Illinois.  Individuals may obtain a copy by sending a $10 check or money order to:  Illinois Korean Memorial Association, P.O. Box 8554, Springfield, IL  62791. 
Tax deductible donations are welcome.  One hundred percent of all donations go to the book project and to the upkeep of the Illinois Korean War Memorial. 

Denver to host first-ever Beyond Sport USA in 2011

Posted by Admin On October - 3 - 2010 ADD COMMENTS


Beyond Sport, the global initiative that promotes, develops and funds the use of sport to create positive social change, announced that it is to stage an annual event in the United States from 2011 with Denver named as the inaugural Host City for Beyond Sport USA.


Beyond Sport USA, which will sit separately from the annual Beyond Sport Summit and Awards which moves around the world, has been established to maintain the progress and connections the organisation has made within sport and development across the continent in the build-up to this year’s Beyond Sport Summit in Chicago.


“In keeping with the overall values of our organisation, Beyond Sport is determined to create a tangible legacy in whichever country it hosts its annual gathering,” commented Nick Keller , Founder, Beyond Sport.


“With this in mind, we have decided to launch Beyond Sport USA with a view to maintaining the forward momentum we have built up in this country over the last twelve months. We are delighted that Denver has agreed to act as the Host City for the inaugural Beyond Sport USA event in 2011 and thank them immensely for their belief in the importance of bringing the North American market together to drive forward sport’s role in societal change.”


Two-time Olympian and Multi-World Cup Gold Medallist Skier Jeremy Bloom took the baton on behalf of Denver in an Official Handover Ceremony held at the Beyond Sport Summit 2010 to mark this legacy creating announcement.


“We are honoured to be the Host City for Beyond Sport USA 2011,” said KieAnn Brownell, President of the Metro Denver Sports Commission. “Having this type of dialogue on how a passion for sport and social entrepreneurship can easily converge in a city like Denver will be transformational.” 

The announcement of the creation of the annual Beyond Sport USA event was made at the Beyond Sport Summit 2010 in Chicago where a number of influential global figures gathered to discuss ways to accelerate the positive impact of sport on communities including HRH Prince Faisal Al Hussein of Jordan; multi-Olympic gold medallists Ian Thorpe and Michael Johnson; US Senator and former Presidential Candidate Bill Bradley; and Care USA specialist Dr. Auma Obama.

The Summit, which included the announcement of the winners of the Beyond Sport Awards 2010 which celebrate the world’s best sport-led social innovation programs, was also attended by over 700 leaders from business, sport, social innovation, and government, with high-profile representatives from companies and organizations from around the world.

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