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Honoring our nation’s Veterans

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(A Veteran’s Day Message from President Barack Obama)


Each fall, Americans take time to honor the brave men and women in uniform who put themselves in harm’s way to protect our nation and the ideals on which it was founded.  

Today, I met with service members in Yongsan Garrison in South Korea, and I told them that honoring their service isn’t just about the memorial services we attend on Veterans Day or Memorial Day — it’s about how we treat our Veterans every day of the year. 

Our men and women in uniform and their families have sacrificed so much, and all Americans owe them a debt of gratitude for their service.  It is our moral obligation to care for our service members, Veterans and military families as they have cared for us. 

As Commander in Chief, this is a commitment I take very seriously.  That’s why my Administration is building a 21st-century Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to ensure that our Veterans have every opportunity to live happy, productive and healthy lives once they step out of uniform:

  • Through the Post-9/11 GI Bill, we are helping nearly 400,000 Veterans and family members pursue higher education.
  • We have dramatically increased funding for Veterans health care across the board and are directing unprecedented resources to treat the wounds of today’s wars — traumatic brain injury and post-traumatic stress disorder.
  • The VA is working to streamline the claims process by creating a single electronic record that our troops and Veterans can keep for life and hiring thousands of claims processors to finally break the back of the backlog of claims.
  • Today, there are 18 percent fewer homeless Veterans on our streets than there were when I took office, and we won’t rest until all our Veterans have a place to call home.

I encourage all Americans to take time to thank the Veterans, service members and military families in your lives and recognize their extraordinary service to our country.

To all of our men and women in uniform, our Veterans and our military families: We honor your service, we are grateful for your sacrifice, and we will not let you down.


President Barack Obama

P.S. You can learn more about how you can support our Veterans, military families and active duty service members here:

Cook County Board President-Elect Toni Preckwinkle announces Transition Team Leadership

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Web traffic to transition site indicates overwhelming interest from across the county



 Following her election to office last week, Cook County Board President-elect Toni Preckwinkle has assembled a team of civic and business leaders to spearhead her transition from candidate to County Board President.


“We are bringing together leaders from both private and public sectors into our transition effort in order to address budget and policy priorities,” said Preckwinkle. “The transition team will work to build an action plan on the foundation created by the policy teams. This is the next step toward implementing a plan that will help guide my administration in the coming months.”


One of the failings of the current Administration has been the inability and unwillingness to build such coalitions. During the past four years there has been a lot of division in the County and almost no unity. Meeting the many difficult challenges facing Cook County will require a leader who can bring people together around common goals. 


Since first announcing her candidacy, Preckwinkle has worked to forge a broad, diverse coalition of support, crossing the racial, ethnic and geographic lines of the County. The transition chairs reflect Preckwinkle’s ongoing commitment.


The purpose of the transition effort will be supported by the work done by the policy teams during the primary. The team’s policy brief was released to the public last week and can be found at the transition website (www.CookCountyTransition.com) .


Preckwinkle’s transition effort has been unprecedented in reaching out to Cook County residents. To date, the Preckwinkle transition team garnered roughly 21,000 visitors and received 1,852 job applications.


“As Cook County Board President, I am committed to creating a culture of competence and dedication among the people that work for Cook County. I am committed to engaging and drawing on the talents from the diversity of Cook County in order to deliver a more efficient and effective County government.”


The transition team chairs are as follows:




Dawn Clark Netsch

Former State Comptroller


James Compton

Former CEO, Chicago Urban League


Jim Edgar

Former Governor of Illinois


Arthur Velasquez

Azteca Foods




Norman Bobins

The Private Bank


John Rogers

Ariel Investments


Pat Ryan

Ryan Specialty Group


Betty Lu Saltzman

Civic Leader


Manny Sanchez

Sanchez Daniels Hoffman


Kevin Willer






Michael Igoe

Vedder Price


Judy Rice

Harris Bank



Frank Clark
John Corrigan
42nd Ward Committeeman


Health Care:

Rick Garcia

Equality Illinois


Ruth Rothstein

Cook County Bureau of Health Services


Criminal Justice:

Rebecca Janowitz

Cook County Sheriff’s Department


Anita Ponder

Seyfarth Shaw LLP


Economic Development:

Andrew Mooney

Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC)


Andrea Zopp

Chicago Urban League


Forest Preserves:

Arnold Randall

University of Chicago


Mary Richardson Lowry

Secretary of State to Sell New Blackhawks Plates at the United Center

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                                 Fans Can Walk Away With New Blackhawks Plates


Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White and the Chicago Blackhawks released the new Chicago Blackhawks permanent Illinois license plate at the United Center.

The bright red plate, which features the Blackhawks logo, was on sale during the Chicago Blackhawks versus Phoenix Coyotes game.

 “We are proud to make these license plates available to the public as a means of showing Blackhawks team spirit and supporting education across the state,” White said. 

Fans who attended the Blackhawks game were able to purchase and walk away with a random number plate.  The Secretary of State’s mobile unit also registered people for the personalized and vanity license plates at the game.

The cost to purchase a random number Blackhawks plates for a vehicle current titled and with a valid Illinois registration is $69.

Pricing varies for vanity and personalized license plates.

Twenty-five dollars from each license plate will support the Professional Sports Teams Education Fund with proceeds going to the Common School Fund which supports public schools throughout the state of Illinois.

Public Act 095-0331, enacted in 2002, allows for Illinois sports teams to have license plates, designated as Professional Sports Teams license plates. The Chicago Blackhawks are the first sports team in the state to take advantage of the law.

“We are proud to partner with Jesse White and his office to help support such a great cause,” Blackhawks Executive Vice President Jay Blunk said. “This provides a great opportunity for hockey and sports fans across the state of Illinois to show their affinity for the Blackhawks while raising money for the public school system.”

The public can also order the license plates by visiting www.cyberdriveillinois.com.  Fans can order random number, personalized or vanity license plates.

Relationship educator shows singles and couples how to make love better

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Chicago, IL (BlackNews.com) — Author and Relationship Educator Yolanda “Yanni” Brown believes real love begins by looking in the mirror. She talks about the importance of personal growth and strength as the key to loving relationships in her debut book Making Love Better Begins Within (220 Publishing). In it, Brown uses her sharp wit and brutal honesty, revealing missteps she has made in relationships and how she rebounded from them, to create a thoughtful guide for singles and couples about how to break the cycle of unhealthy relationships.

“I thought about the countless stories I’ve shared about love life’s experiences and how women opened up after hearing them,” Brown says. “It was then that I knew that we all have a story. I’m hoping that my story can make a difference to help other women heal and share their stories so that we can make love better.”

Brown is also the CEO of Kiss & Make Up with Intimate Evenings (www.intimateevenings.com), which hosts monthly “Intimate Discussions”, a co-ed conversation about relationship issues and potential resolutions. Brown also offers empowerment seminars and relationship workshops for single women and provides marriage education workshops to assist couples in preparing for life-long relationships.

Yolanda “Yanni” Brown has been quoted in several newspapers, a featured guest on Chicago radio station WVON and on national radio shows including “The Relationship Playbook” and “The Alan Roger Curie Show” on Blog Talk Radio. She is featured as one of 75 marriage experts in the book All In One Marriage Prep.

“It is our goal to tell stories that are relevant and life changing,” said 220 Publishing, Founder and President Glenn Murray. “Yanni’s personal trials are indicative of the barriers that many women encounter when they’re looking for love. I believe that readers will be able to relate to her experiences.”

Making Love Better Begins Within is available anywhere books are sold and also online at www.intimateevenings.com or www.220communications.com.

Yolanda “Yanni” Brown is available to speak at events, host and facilitate seminars, workshops, interviews (radio and television), one on one consultation and editorial submissions.

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