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Archive for March 11th, 2011

Actor John Legend in Chicago tonight, March 11, 2011, as part of Saint Sabina’s African American Speaking Series

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A Few Tickets are left, but must purchase them before the performance. Will not be able to purchase tickets at door.

Recording artist, musician, writer and actor John Legend, as a part of Saint Sabina’s African American speaking series, will be performing and speaking at the Christ Universal Temple, 119th & Ashland, at 7:30 p.m., Friday, March 11, 2011.

Tickets are $25.00. There are a few tickets left; however, you will NOT be able to purchase a ticket at the door.
You may buy your tickets TODAY at the Saint Sabina Church Office, 1210 W. 78th Place, Chicago, IL.
Call the church for further information at: 773-483-4300.

Illinois Treasurer Dan Rutherford Honors State Senator Jacqueline Collins for Commitment to Financial Issues

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Collins_IWD_AwardSpringfield, IL – In light of the Centennial of International Women’s Day, Illinois Treasurer Dan Rutherford Thursday presented Senator Jacqueline Collins (D-Chicago) with a lifetime achievement award for her tenacity in pursuing and promoting financial fairness, literacy, education and awareness.

“It is with great honor that I present my good friend and former Senate colleague Jacqui Collins with this special award,” Rutherford said.  “From fighting for people facing home foreclosure, to demanding expanded consumer education in the schools, to initiating a restriction on state pension fund investment in companies based in the Sudan, Collins has spent a lifetime dedicated to improving the human condition for women – and truly all people—in Illinois.

Collins’ list of accomplishments is long. She pushed for payday loan reform, an extension on the statue of limitations for civil and criminal prosecution of sex crimes against children, a law to fight the human trafficking of women, and legislation preventing public utility companies from shutting off heat to low-income families in the winter.

“I am truly honored and humbled to be recognized on this day,” said Senator Collins. “There have been many inspirational women in my life who have helped me achieve my goals. It is my sincere hope and mission that we, as women, strive to set a positive example for young women in Chicago, in Illinois, across the nation and around the world to continue to reach for greatness.”

International Women’s Day is designated to honor the contributions of women who have given of themselves for the betterment of society. Women fought for voting rights along with the right to serve in public office, equality on labor issues, training and dissolving discrimination in the work place. March 2011 is the centennial of International Women’s Day: 100 years of women impacting society and making a difference.

Franchise buyer offers solutions to saving black businesses

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By Chinta Strausberg


Recently appearing on WVON’s Cliff Kelley show Kevin Hicks, managing partner of Atlanta-based Blackman and Associates, offered to teach minorities how to buy up franchises as a collective economic venture and laid out a plan to help them share in the American dream of building and sharing wealth in this trillion dollar industry.

Making good his promise to have another African American roundtable on how to save black businesses from closing, Kelley interviewed Josephine Wade, manager of the historic Josephine’s Restaurant, 436 E. 79th Street, her son, Victor Love, the owner, Kham Beard, former owner of Kham & Nate Shoes who now manages 150 apartments, Spencer Leak, Sr., president of the Leak Funeral Homes, and Hicks who gave a string of solutions he says can prevent black-owned businesses from closing.

The first solution Hicks gave was Kwanzaa’s principle number 4—better known as Ujama (pronounced, oo-JAH-mah) or cooperative economics.

“I have seen in my business the ethnic groups like Pakistanis and Asians often have coalitions or associations even though they are competing businesses. They use those coalitions to do things like get preferential bank rates…to do collective purchasing which is nothing different than what many of the franchise businesses do collectively in order to do the same thing. It is very prohibitive to buy a product what ever your business.”

Hicks gave an example of the funeral home business here in Illinois. “There are several suppliers that provide caskets to all of the funeral homes. Why can’t the black homeowners collectively form an association? It doesn’t mean that they can’t compete for the business itself but in buying the product why can’t they collectively negotiate a group rate for purchasing?

“Why can’t they select a bank that they target and say we’re going to negotiate credit terms? We’re going to negotiate lines of credit that the group will have the ability to partake in? I think we have to practice collective economics and still keep our independence in terms of where we get our business …. I think we can do that,” said Hicks.

He also urged African American businesses to refurbish their businesses; however, Wade said, “All of us are suffering from the lack of support. I have went through my savings, remodeling, maintaining and fixing up and sometimes I remember when Gladys’ remodeled, people quit coming, she said referring to the popular but now shuttered Gladys Restaurant.

When Hicks suggested that blacks invest in their businesses, Wade said she does not feel she has to either tear down or remodel her restaurant because she continues to maintain her business. “I think it’s elegant. I compare this restaurant to downtown or Rush and it’s still 79th Street Rush Street as far as I am concerned,” said Wade who just celebrated her birthday Tuesday while working her usual 18-hour a day routine.

On Hick’s idea of collective economics, Wade said she is receptive but admits most African Americans are wary about joint venturing with each other.

While admitting there is a general distrust among blacks to participate in group buying, Hicks said he is helping people of color to buy up existing franchises that are usually profitable.

Hicks, who purchased 16 Churches Fried Chicken restaurants for $4.5 million that produced $12.5 million in revenues and $1.7 million and profits and employed more than 300 people is currently looking at buying five Dunkin Donut restaurants in Chicago. He will enter into an agreement to open three additional brand new units which will create 45 new jobs.

Currently, Hicks said his group is looking at buying 24 Burger King restaurants, but is proud to be able to assist other people to buy franchises so they can create wealth for their families, create jobs and provide income and opportunities for others.

He gave as an example at his Burge King stores in Miami he pays his Chief operating Officer (COO) $150,000 and his managers from $40,000 to $50.000. “We are providing valuable experience and transferable skills,” Hicks said in a telephone interview.

Hicks gave African Americans wanting to start a business, participate in buying franchises or enhance their existing business following these additional recommendations.

1.  Embracing Technology in your marketing, purchasing, and data capturing functions.

2.  Diversify your product offerings and services.

3   Reinvest in your business (facility, staffing, education, and networking)

4.  Create associations/business groups in your industry for collective buying of products and supplies to reduce costs.

5.  Develop new banking relationships early for access to capital. Do not limit yourself to just local sources.

6.  Increase payment options (credit cards, buying cards, etc.).

7.  Devise succession plans to transfer leadership of your business.

8.  Utilize new marketing and promotion practices and strategies.

9.  Community consumer and business education and advocacy.

10.  Customer service training. A major complaint in our businesses particularly with this generation workforce is customer service is poor, disinterested, and disengaged. We must invest in training and developing a customer service program, which will increase sales, customer loyalty, referrals, and team environment.

11. Leverage your business strengths. Focus on relationships and leveraging them, whether it is with the churches, local organizations, schools, businesses, or social/ethnic groups.

12. Expanding on an earlier idea. Giving customers more options to pay you (online purchasing).  Develop a website presence if appropriate for your business.

13. Maximize real estate with other business offerings that are related in that same space. An example would be that many of the old time dry cleaners expanded by allowing self-serve laundry machines in their space, as well as offering this service themselves, in the form of wash and fold.  They have also shoe shine service, and vending machines. This is an example of creating four additional businesses with multiple sources of revenues, all for the same rent!

14. They should also have a bowl and have their customers drop their cards into them offering a free dinner or wash as a reward. This also helps to build up their client listing.

15. Restaurants, he said, should consider catering. As a board member of the 100 Black Men in New York, Hicks has their meals catered for their meetings. Businesses, he said, should also consider delivering meals to their customers which is yet another revenue stream.

In building wealth, Hicks said it is key to “maximize their real estate, whether they own or rent, by adding other brands to their business to increase their revenue all under the same roof.”  Hicks gave as an example a laundromat where vending machines can be added, a dry cleaning services, a wash and fold service and a shoeshine business.  “You’ve added several additional streams of revenue all under the same roof,” he said.

Chinta Strausberg is a Journalist of more than 33-years, a former political reporter and a current PCC Network talk show host.

2011 St. Patrick’s Day Queen visits State’s Attorney

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patsdayqueenCook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez welcomed 2011 St. Patrick’s Day Queen Sarah Gorecki and the Queen’s Court  to her office as the entourage made their annual visit to local dignitaries to personally invite them to participate in the 2011 St. Patrick’s Day Parade.  Pictured, left to right, are:  Queen Sarah Gorecki, Kelley McKenna, State’s Attorney Alvarez, Peg Flish, Erin Mulcahy and Sara Collins.patsqueenbutton

Attorney General Madigan reaches $68.5 million settlement with Astrazeneca Pharmaceuticals

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Madigan Leads States to Landmark Agreement over Marketing of Seroquel Drug


Chicago, IL – Attorney General Lisa Madigan announced a $68.5 million settlement with AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals LP over alleged deceptive and unfair marketing practices of its antipsychotic drug, Seroquel. Leading the multi-state investigation, Madigan alleged AstraZeneca illegally marketed Seroquel for unapproved uses and failed to fully disclose the drug’s potential side effects to health care providers.

Madigan said today’s agreement, which 37 other states joined, marks the largest consumer protection-based pharmaceutical settlement ever reached. Attorney General Madigan alleged the company failed to adequately disclose potentially dangerous side effects of Seroquel and illegally marketed the drug for so-called off-label uses, or uses that aren’t approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

“AstraZeneca promoted Serqouel to treat children and seniors even though federal regulators deemed it an inappropriate use of the potent drug. The company’s illegal practices put our most vulnerable populations at risk, including children and older patients with dementia and other debilitating diseases,” Attorney General Madigan said. “This settlement is part of a commitment by my office to protect patients by banning this type of irresponsible marketing. 

Madigan filed today’s agreement and complaint in Cook County Circuit Court alleging AstraZeneca illegally marketed the drug to nursing home residents with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia and for certain conditions, including anxiety, depression, sleep disorders and post-traumatic stress disorder.

Under the settlement, AstraZeneca will not promote Seroquel for unapproved use or to physicians who do not treat conditions for which the drug is approved. Illinois will receive $3.3 million in the settlement.

Prior to today’s agreement, the largest consumer protection-based pharmaceutical settlement reached was a $62 million agreement spearheaded by Madigan’s office with drug maker Eli Lilly in 2008 over its antipsychotic drug, Zyprexa.

Attorney General Madigan led today’s settlement with the Florida Attorney General’s Office. Also joining the settlement were attorneys general from Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Hawaii, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, Washington, West Virginia and Wisconsin.

Assistant Attorney General Vaishali Rao and Bureau Chief Jim Kole handled this case for Madigan’s Consumer Fraud Bureau.

Mercy Home for Boys & Girls announces winner of “Show Us Your Shamrock Smile” Contest

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Chicagoan Christopher Festa Wins a Float for Family and Friends in the Chicago St. Patrick’s Day Parade  


Chicago, IL —The luck of the Irish is with Chicagoan Christopher Festa, winner of Mercy Home for Boys & Girls’ “Show Us Your Shamrock Smile” contest.  By garnering the most votes for his photo submission, Festa has won the unique opportunity to ride on a float with up to 14 family members and friends in Chicago’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade, Saturday, March 12.
Festa Winning PhotographThe contest asked entrants to visit Mercy Home’s Facebook page (facebook.com/mercyhome) to upload a picture with their best Shamrock Smile. Participants then used the power of liking and sharing on the social networking site to garner the most votes.  With the most votes at the close of the contest on March 8, Festa was declared the winner.
Known for his enthusiasm for Chicago, numerous friends encouraged Festa to enter the contest.  Festa shares his civic pride with others through his business Great to Be Here, which produces geographic-themed fashion t-shirts.  He also owns event production company Festa Parties.  He is looking forward to putting his Chicago spirit on display as his float rides along with Mercy Home during the St. Patrick’s Day parade.
Shamrocks for Kids
The contest is part of Mercy Home’s annual Shamrocks for Kids program.  Throughout the month of March, Shamrocks for Kids features family-friendly, Irish-themed activities and events while raising funds and awareness to help abused, neglected and at-risk children. Shamrocks for Kids is named for Mercy Home’s distinctive green shamrock lapel pin and ribbon. As they do every year this month, volunteers will hit the streets, distributing shamrock pins for donations to Mercy Home at Chicago-area St. Patrick’s Day parades and celebrations. For a complete listing of events and how you can support Shamrocks for Kids, visit mercyhome.org/shamrocksforkids.
Mercy Home for Boys & Girls
Mercy Home for Boys & Girls has been a solution for kids in crisis since 1887. Its residential, aftercare, and mentoring programs provide a safe home and life-changing opportunities for more than 600 kids every year. Visit mercyhome.org to learn more.


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