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Archive for March 15th, 2011

Illinois GOP launches online petition calling on Cullerton not to rubber stamp Gordon’s appointment to Prisoner Review Board

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Chicago, IL – The Illinois Republican Party announced that it has launched an online petition for Illinois citizens to call on Illinois State Senate President John Cullerton and his fellow Democratic State Senators not to rubber stamp Governor Pat Quinn’s appointment of former State Representative Careen    Gordon to an $85,000/year position on the Illinois Prisoner Review Board.                             

Gordon was defeated for re-election last fall. During her political campaign, Ms. Gordon campaigned strenuously against Quinn’s tax increase, vowing to oppose it and stressing that it was the wrong direction for Illinois. Then Gordon lost the election.  She reported to Springfield for the lame duck session and on January 11th, her last day in office, she cast the deciding “yes” vote on Quinn’s record-breaking 67% tax increase.  Three days later, on January 14th, Quinn filed paperwork appointing her to an $85,000 a year spot on the Prisoner Review Board.

John Cullerton and the Democratic State Senators under his thumb should stand up and stop the State Senate from rubber stamping this appointment,” said Illinois Republican Party Chairman Pat Brady. “Otherwise, this will be another example of Democratic corruption at the expense of Illinois taxpayers.”

Republican State Senators have already expressed their opposition to this appointment.

The petition can be found online at Cullertown.com 

John Legend fights for the soul and minds of all children; uses music to challenge others to follow

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pflegerandlegendFather Michael L. Pfleger thanks John Legend for a stellar performance and speech held March 11, 2010 at the Christ Universal Temple, 119th and Ashland.


Father Michael L. Pfleger introduces Grammy Award winning John Legend.


By Chinta Strausberg

Recording artist, musician, writer, actor and humanitarian John Legend received numerous standing ovations late Friday when he challenged Chicagoans to join his fight for equal access to education for every child and where he warned politicians not to balance their budgets on the backs of the poor.

Legend spoke at length and performed during a Saint Sabina-sponsored concert at the Christ Universal Temple, 119th and Ashland.

Born John Stephens on December 28, 1978, Legend is the recipient of nine Grammy Awards and received the Songwriters Hall of fame’s Starlight Award, but he’s more than just a gifted musician. John Legend is continuing a 1954 fight for equal education what he describes as the resurrection of yesteryear’s civil rights movement.

Legend used his musical gift to weave his social conscious experiences into his speech which mirrored a thumbnail sketch of his life of pain, sorrow, success that turned into a social justice awakening that’s triggered a burning desire to help the poor.

As a result, Legend is not just a musical genius. He has become a humanitarian in Africa and the United States where he is fighting for an equal education system he says 148-years after slavery and 57-years since the historic Brown v. Board of Education’s decision that outlawed state-sponsored segregation in the schools.

In introducing Legend, Father Michael L. Pfleger told of how at the age of four, young Legend began playing the piano and has excelled in his field at an astounding rate. He talked about Legend’s the “Show Me Campaign” where he raises money to help the downtrodden in Africa. Legend started his “Show Me Campaign” after traveling to Ghana where he was stunned and saddened at seeing the level of poverty there.

A gifted musician, Legend’s charitable acts are lengthy and soul-searching. Pfleger said today Legend “is an artist who proved musicians can make a difference and touch lives in a way that extends far beyond their music.”

Legend thanked civil rights leaders on whose shoulders he stands today. “I have those brave men and women to thank for the opportunity I have today.”

“When you read about the struggles of civil rights leaders, you have to cringe when you read about the hate and bigotry, the injustice…that was not the end of the story,” Legend told his audience. He said their sacrifices gave him a “sense of hope” and that their trials and tribulations should serve as a “sense of optimism….”

Legend said, “Reading about change was not enough for me,” he said referring to Economist Professor Jeffrey Sach’s book entitled “The End of Poverty.” “So, when Professor Sach invited me to join him on a trip to Africa to see his team work first-hand…I didn’t grow up with a lot of money.

“I grew up in a working class family but nothing prepared” him for the life poverty stricken Africans lived every day of their lives,” Legend said. “I woke up in the village thinking about home half-way around the world.” He thought of his “safe, warm bed, my crystal clear drinking water…” and the take-out order he could get delivered with a simple phone call.

“Yet, I was meeting people who didn’t have enough to eat or drink each day, parents who had five children yet only two survived, orphans whose mothers died preventable deaths in childbirth, grandmothers who walked miles without shoes every morning to get waters for their families…” and others simply hungry.

After witnessing so much hardship and suffering among Africans, Legend wrote a song entitled “Show Me” based on what he saw in Zanzibar, Tanzania located in East Africa.

To date, Legend said he has raised more than $500,000 to help improve the lives of Africans and educating them on how they can lift themselves out of poverty and he did that working with Sach’s Millennium Promise program. He said “Show Me” was a song “that asks simple questions, honest questions about life and death…why is there so much suffering in the world…, but I realized that I shouldn’t just ask those questions to God. I should ask those questions to others and of myself.”

Legend used “Show Me” as a platform where he says people can get involved in improving their lives while being able to procure medicine to combat malaria, fertilizer for formers, learn agriculture, school lunches so they can learn to help themselves “in their struggle for humanity, dignity and prosperity.”

But, Legend said his organization also helps youth in the United States. “We inform them about what’s going on in the world around them…” and encourage them to participate in order to “make meaningful changes.”

He also helped to get-out-the vote in 2008 for then Senator Barack Obama. “He was making an historic run for the presidency,” Legend recalled.

“These were certainly inspiring times and all of these experiences began to affect my song writing.” He wrote a song called “If you’re Out There” that the Saint Sabina’s Spirit of David dancers danced to earlier. “That song was a call to action to challenge the status quo and build a better society…. I wanted to do more to musically reflect what was going on politically…” so he wrote “Wake Up” which he admits was “politically risky” for a popular artist to do.

But, again he referred to those who came before him like in those in the 1960’s and the 1970’s who fought for justice and the status quo. They wrote songs like “Wake Up, Everybody” and “What’s Going On” “To help provide a sound track for a revolution.”

The topics then dealt with “weighty issues as civil rights, poverty, the injustice of the criminal justice system, education, health care, the environment and the war in Vietnam,” Legend said.

“We’ve truly come a long way in this country…but all of this prosperity and all the problems we’ve seen, when we began to put together this collection of political cover songs from the 1960’s and 1970’s, I was amazed at how relevant the lyrics still are today.

“Still today, we are fighting oversees under dubious premises,” he said. “Still today, we lack the political will to fix the environment, and far too many Americans still live in persistent poverty. Poverty and injustice aren’t just found in villages in Africa and South East Asia. You know all too well that they are right here and our fight for civil rights is not over.

“We still live in a country where opportunities are not anywhere equal, and unfortunately in America a lot of this inequity is perpetuated and institutionalized in our classrooms every day,” said Legend.

He painted the cycle of poverty as being “handed down from generation-to-generation. When you’re born into a poor family, statistics say more likely than not you’re going to stay that way.

“If a child is going to live a better life than his or her parents, the child needs a tool to break out of that cycle, to escape from the poverty trap. I am convinced that the best tool out of poverty is a quality education,” he told a cheering crowd.

“But as a country, we’re too often failing the children…too often we are denying these young people access to a quality education and the ability to have control over their own destiny. Our public education system is in need of repair. We need to do much better,” he said.

“Many of our schools are literally and figuratively crumbling,” Legend stated. “We aren’t providing so many American children with the quality education they deserve, and we’re not giving kids especially low-income and minority kids the chance to succeed. “

Quoting the late Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall from his dissenting opinion in a case begun by concerned parents in Texas who were fighting for their children’s rights, Legend said, “We cannot stand idly by while accomplished children unjustifiably receive a fair education that may affect the hearts and minds in a way unlikely ever to be undone.”

“Sadly,” Legend said, “it is also the Supreme Court case that said ‘there is no fundamental right to education in the United States.” However, Legend added, “Whether or not the Supreme Court believes education isn’t a fundamental right, we need to act like it is. It is up to us to do something about it.”

“Educational inequality is the reality that when a child is born what color that child is and/or how much money that child’s parents make that determines the quality of his or her educational prospects. That is not just. That is not fair. That is not right. That is not the America that I believe in,” he said.

Legend said this September, America will celebrate the 54th anniversary of the desegregation of the Little Rock Central High School. “Although Brown vs. Board of Education ordered that schools be desegregated, it provided for protection of 1,000 members of the U.S. Army for nine black students to enter a school that was closer to their home and offered them a better education.

“The Little Rock 9 will go down in American history as one of the most important events in the civil rights movement,” said Legend. “This is over 50-years ago and minority students today are still fighting for access to quality schools.”

Legend referred to Kelly Williams-Bolar, an Ohio mother who was arrested for sending her child to a school outside of her district. “Arrested for making an effort to send her kid to a better school…arrested for exercising a choice in the kind of education her child got….

“It means that still in 2011, too poor and minority kids are falling behind. The statistics are horrifying,” he said. Legend read a list of statistics including “by fourth grade, black and Hispanics students are nearly three academic years behind their white peers, 89 percent of Latinos and 86 percent of black students are reading below grade level.

“One-third of American students don’t graduate from high school and barely half of black and Hispanics graduate from high school. Our nation’s public elementary, middle and high schools that are supposed to be preparing…too often failing in their mission.

Legend said rather “many of our high schools are what some called ‘drop-out factories’ where students are more likely to withdraw than to actually receive their diploma.

“Did you know that 7,000 high school students drop out every day in America…. Just 15 percent of our high schools are responsible for half of those drop-out students and those schools are usually schools in black and Latino communities.”

Referring to his home state of Ohio, Legend said, “By the end of fourth grade, poor and minority students are already two-years behind. By eighth grade, they are three-years behind, and if they reach 12th grade, they are four-years behind. I happen to be an exception to the rule. We need to change the rules,” he told a cheering audience.

“We have to make bold moves to change” those statistics, he stated. Legend said years ago America proudly led in having a world-class education. However, he said the U.S. “is no longer competitive” and has reportedly dropped from first to 18th place in high school graduation rates among developed nations.

He said the U.S. has dropped from first to 14th in college graduation rates, first to 35th in math, first to 29th in science, first to 32nd in reading…. It’s not the students who are quitting. It’s not some failure of their desire or their ability. It’s our system that is failing to do what it takes to provide them with a quality education.”

Legend said educational inequality “just doesn’t affect that individual” but all of society. Quoting a friend, Houston economist Roland G. Fryer, Jr., Legend said, “He told me if we just erase the educational achievement gap, we can also see a dramatic decline in the black, white incarceration gap….”

According to Legend, each year the U.S. spends $9,644 per K-12 student. Compare that to the $22,600 we spend per year on the prison industry….” Legend said, “There is a direct correlation between funding students on the front side rather than on the back side of life.

He said the Little Rock 9 incident was just the beginning of the journey towards equal education. “We are responsible for our nation’s students. We owe it to them to make it better. We have to do it now. This is the civil rights issue of our time. We cannot stand idly by while so many children are denied a good education; so we have to join the fight to reform the system for our young people.

As a society, we have to ensure that individuals are given the same opportunity to shop. We have to level the playing field. It shouldn’t require a Herculean effort, a great luck to make it out of your high school.

Legend said, “A great education can literally be he difference between college and prison, life or death…. We now know what makes a school great, in large part, the quality and the passion of teachers…. “

He believes in the reform that will make teacher retention based on academic performance. “Our kids deserve to have a quality teacher…and our teachers deserve to be in a system that paces a value on them doing heir job effectively.” Legend said teachers should be paid more but held accountable.
“It’s a great investment…. To any politician who is looking to balance the budget by convincing the public that teachers are making too much money more often than not, our teachers” should be paid more.

“And to some politicians who “talk about the moral imperative this country has to balance the budget, well, Father Pfleger, I think you might need to give these folks a lecture on morality.”
Saying he doesn’t go to church often, Legend said, “I didn’t see nothing in the bible that said morality has to mean balancing the budget on the backs of the poor and the working class, cutting education…everything to help people get out of poverty…but at the same time making sure millionaires and billionaires get tax cuts….”
He gave the example of Detroit school system having 60 students in a class then juxtaposed that to the tax cuts for the wealthy, including himself, he said he did not need.
Legend urged them to join him in “find ways to contribute to humanity. I can’t think of a better way to live a more meaningful life than that. We Americans know that change can happen that change in the face of opposition is very possible. Nearly 150-years ago, slaves were emancipated. Ninety-years ago women got to vote for the first time. Fifty-years ago, we desegregated our schools, and about two-years ago I was performing at the inauguration of the first back president.”
Legend said it’s time to unite and fight for the “equal access to a quality education for all children in Chicago and all around the country. It’s time to wake up, everybody. No more sleeping in bed. No more backwards thinking. Time to think ahead. We have to continue to fight for our children to have opportunity and access to the American dream.”


Legend then sang a medley of songs including “Wake Up, Everybody.”


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

Photo: Chinta Strausberg

National Urban League and Walgreens extend free Health Testing and Service Campaign through “National Urban League and Walgreens Wellness Tour”

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Extended Ten-Month Phase of Campaign Will Bring the Wellness Tour to More Than 15 Additional Cities


Deerfield, IL (BlackNews.com) — The National Urban League and Walgreens Wellness Tour, as part of the Walgreens Way To Well Fund(TM), will once again travel the country, embarking on a ten-month tour to provide six free health tests with the goal of promoting better health in urban communities. The national mobile health testing tour will also continue to highlight the League’s “I Am Empowered” national service initiative, and will collaborate with Urban League affiliates to offer free health education and health testing events in urban communities convenient to where consumers live, work and play.

The free tests – which include total cholesterol levels, blood pressure, bone density, glucose levels, waist circumference and body mass index – are valued at $100 and may help provide adults with a critical foundation for early disease detection and prevention. Visitors will also have access to educational materials available in both English and Spanish, concerning each of the screenings, as well as HIV/AIDS awareness and prevention. Throughout the next six months, the National Urban League and Walgreens Wellness Tour will visit more than 15 cities with its custom-equipped bus and dedicated staff to provide free services at local events, community centers, Walgreens stores and other select locations. Consumers can learn when a tour is scheduled to serve their community by calling toll free (866)-484-8687 or accessing a schedule online at www.walgreens.com/NULTOUR.

Walgreens, the nation’s largest drugstore chain, and National Urban League, the oldest and largest community-based nonpartisan organization devoted to empowering underserved communities, partnered together for the wellness tour to maximize the impact of their shared, long-term commitment to overcoming the barriers associated with receiving quality health services in urban areas. Over the past four years, the National Urban League and Walgreens Wellness Tour administered more than 350,000 screenings.

Residents in urban communities, particularly minorities, experience disproportionately higher rates of preventable disease. In a 2009 study, The New England Journal of Medicine found that blacks are impacted by higher rates of heart failure, and specifically:

* African-Americans suffer heart failure at a rate of 20 times higher than whites.
* One in 100 African-American men and women will develop heart failure before age 50.
* Heart failure rates for African-Americans in their 30s and 40s are the same as whites in their 50s and 60s.

According to the National Diabetes Education Program:
* 10.4 percent of Hispanics/Latinos ages 20 years or older have diagnosed diabetes
* Among Hispanics/Latinos, diabetes prevalence rates are 8.2 percent for Cubans, 11.9 percent for Mexican Americans and 12.6 percent for Puerto Ricans.
The tests are available to adults, ages 18 and older. After the tests are performed, a pharmacist or staff member will instantly provide the results and review them with the consumer. Consumers are encouraged to report their results to their doctor or health care provider so they may discuss any concerns with them.

The National Urban League is thrilled to continue its partnership with Walgreens by extending the 2010-2011 Wellness Tour program, which has reached more than 65,000 people in the past four years,” said Marc H. Morial, President and CEO of the National Urban League. “The NUL/Walgreens Wellness Tour’s health tests are vital to disease detection and prevention, especially as many diverse communities in the United States are struggling without affordable health care. Our partnership with Walgreens works to ensure urban and minority communities are well-educated about healthier lifestyles and can access basic health testing resources due to this community-based partnership.”

“Walgreens continues to value our partnership with the National Urban League, and we are happy to announce the extension of the 2010-2011 National Urban League and Walgreens Wellness Tour. The basic health tests offered by the Wellness Tour help support our common goal to provide healthy outcomes for people in communities who benefit most from these services,” said John Gremer, Walgreens Director of Community Affairs. “Our commitment is to empower everyone to live well, stay well and get well, and to provide them with the necessary resources to do so.”

The Tour will be visiting the following cities with more to come:

Portland, OR
Oklahoma City, OK
Dallas, TX
New Orleans, LA
Atlanta, GA
Houston, TX
Birmingham, AL
Chicago, IL
Washington, DC
Indianapolis, IN
Springfield, MA
Boston, MA
Providence, RI
New York, New York
Newark, NJ

About Walgreens
Walgreens (www.walgreens.com) is the nation’s largest drugstore chain with fiscal 2010 sales of $67 billion. The company operates 7,670 drugstores in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. Each day, Walgreens provides nearly 6 million customers the most convenient, multichannel access to consumer goods and services and trusted, cost-effective pharmacy, health and wellness services and advice in communities across America. Walgreens scope of pharmacy services includes retail, specialty, infusion, medical facility and mail service, along with pharmacy benefit solutions and respiratory services. These services improve health outcomes and lower costs for payers including employers, managed care organizations, health systems, pharmacy benefit managers and the public sector. Take Care Health Systems is a Walgreens subsidiary that is the largest and most comprehensive manager of worksite health centers and in-store convenient care clinics, with more than 700 locations throughout the country.


About the National Urban League
The National Urban League is a historic civil rights organization dedicated to economic empowerment in order to elevate the standard of living in historically underserved urban communities. Founded in 1910 and headquartered in New York City, the National Urban League spearheads the efforts of its local affiliates through the development of programs, public policy research and advocacy. Today, there are more than 100 local affiliates in 36 states and the District of Columbia, providing direct services that impact and improve the lives of more than 2 million people nationwide. For more information visit www.iamempowered.com/ www.nul.org

Jemal Omar Gibson pens new motivational memoir – “Drugs: My Curse, My Savior”

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jemal_omar_gibson— Foreword Written by Les Brown —

Author Jemal Omar Gibson


Nationwide (BlackNews.com) — The year is 1969. Chicago’s inner city is riddled with drugs, gangs, violent crime and despair of epidemic proportion. Born to drug addicted parents, author Jemal Omar Gibson’s options early in life are gang banging, selling drugs, prison, and possibly death – like so many of those who had come before him.

These same options that operate in a cyclical pattern have been affecting a multitude of families for decades. As family and friends in his old neighborhood still deal in meager amounts of drugs to this day, Jemal is selling billions of dollars worth of drugs and making millions of dollars in the process. The amount of money most street dealers only aspire to, Jemal deals legally.

Although he physically makes it out of the ghetto, during his ascent up the corporate ladder, Jemal’s heartstrings are constantly tugged at from his place of origin. His close ties to his family and friends, who continue to struggle, often draw him in as if he had never left. This keeps guns, gangs, violence and death as common occurrences in his personal life, while he delicately balances corporate politics and multi-million dollar business deals. The memoir, entitled Drugs: My Curse, My Savior, is full of heart-wrenching twists and turns at the impact of drugs – both illegal and legal. It is an incredibly intertwined duality of dealing drugs on back streets and Main Street – with bifurcated results. From the emotionally painful depths of a young man’s heart comes a roller-coaster ride of a story with a powerful end! The next chapter of Jemal’s life still awaits after THIS story is told.

Author Jemal Omar Gibson is currently on a national book tour. To learn more about the book, his schedule, speaking events or to purchase a copy, go to www.jemalgibson.com or www.amazon.com.

Look and feel 10 years younger: Discover secrets to lose weight, have more energy and get your sexy back!

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JJ Smith

Nationwide (BlackNews.com) — On March 17, 2011, a groundbreaking free teleseminar will be held for women and men who struggle to lose weight and keep it off, while constantly feeling old, achy and tired. Interested ones can sign up online at www.jjsmithbeauty.com/webinar.html
“Over the years, I’ve dealt with numerous ailments and illnesses and decided that I was going to take control of my health and figure out a way to Heal My Body! Along my journey to wellness, I noticed that my face and body began to look and feel younger than they did when I was in my 20s. I realized that the same techniques I was using to restore my health were actually turning back the hands of time,” says JJ Smith, host of the teleseminar.
Smith, who recently appeared on “The Ultimate Makeover” which aired on the TLC Network, has a proven system of healthy living that has not only healed her body, but also helps her to look younger as she ages. During her free teleseminar, she is going to share her proven tips, strategies and remedies for the first time ever.
In the teleseminar, attendees will learn:
* A method that cleanses the body & causes the pounds to melt away.
* Discover why diets don’t work and the only surefire way to lose weight and keep it off
* How to get rid of excess belly weight once and for all!
* Quick ways to turn dull, dry, aging skin to clear, glowing, youthful skin.
* New methods for fighting fatigue and increasing energy.
* How to dress thinner and sexier… but not too young.
* Ways to diminish trouble spots (such as getting rid of cellulite and wrinkles) without cosmetic surgery.
* What Top 5 Foods you could be eating every day to boost your immunity, fight cancer, reduce disease and live longer!
The free teleseminar is entitled “Look and Feel 10 Years Younger: Discover Secrets to Lose Weight, Have More Energy and Get Your Sexy Back!”, and those interested should sign up today at www.jjsmithbeauty.com/webinar.html

About JJ Smith:
JJ Smith recently appeared on The Ultimate Makeover, which aired on the TLC Network. On this show, she provided beauty tips to women to give them confidence in their appearance. JJ’s advice has been featured by Glamour, Essence, Ladies Home Journal, NBC, FOX, the Jamie Foxx Show, the Michael Baisden Show, the Montel Williams Show and many others! JJ is also the author of Why I Love Men: The Joys of Dating.

Breast Cancer Advocates launch drive for legislation providing insurance coverage related to potentially lifesaving clinical trials

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Critical legislation has 21 co-sponsors in Illinois House of Representatives.


Springfield, IL – Breast cancer survivors and advocates represented by Illinois Affiliates of Susan G. Komen for the Cure® – the world’s largest breast cancer organization announced their campaign to pass Illinois House Bill 1191 that would ensure that qualified patients who are enrolled in potentially lifesaving clinical trials have coverage for medical costs related to them.  Many patients who qualify for clinical trials – where important emerging medical science is utilized – cannot access them because medical costs associated with them are not covered by their insurance plans.

“Clinical trials are an absolutely critical tool in the fight against cancer,” said State Representative Greg Harris (D-Chicago) – lead sponsor of House Bill 1191 and Chairman of the Human Services Committee which will consider the bill.  “We need to make sure that coverage denials do not present barriers to patients who could benefit from clinical trials.  This is essential legislation that can save lives.”

Over 8,700 Illinois women were diagnosed with breast cancer in 2010. Over 1,700 Illinois women died as a result.

Unfortunately, many patients who qualify and could benefit by enrolling in a clinical trial will be unable to do so because their insurance company will not cover otherwise routine medical expenses for trial participants. Such routine patient care costs include the costs of medical visits, hospitals stays, clinical lab tests, scans and x-rays.  The lack of coverage for routine care creates yet another barrier to patient participation in clinical trials and limits access to additional treatment options for cancer.  

“Breast cancer patients should have access to new medical approaches that can help them battle the disease,” said State Representative David Leitch (R-Peoria), also a Board Member of the Susan G. Komen Memorial Affiliate in Peoria. “Passing this legislation would be a fitting way to honor the legacy of Susan G. Komen, the inspiration for Susan G. Komen for the Cure, who grew up right here in Illinois.  Our state should support increasing women’s access to new science that can save lives.  This is what Susan G. Komen envisioned for Illinois women over 30 years ago.”


Clinical trials are research studies that test how well new medical approaches work in people. Each study answers scientific questions and tries to find better ways to prevent, screen for, diagnose, or treat a disease. People who take part in cancer clinical trials have an opportunity to contribute to the knowledge of and progress against cancer. Just as critically, they also receive the most up-to-date care from experts.

For cancer patients, the benefits of participating in a clinical trial include the following:

  • Participants have access to promising new approaches that are often not available outside the clinical trial setting.
  • The approach being studied may be more effective than the standard approach.
  • Participants receive regular and careful medical attention from a research team that includes doctors and other health professionals.
  • Participants may be the first to benefit from the new method under study.
  • Results from the study may help others in the future.
  • Clinical trials take place in doctors’ offices, cancer centers, other medical centers, community hospitals and clinics, and veterans’ and military hospitals.

A growing number of states have passed legislation or instituted special agreements requiring health plans to pay the cost of routine medical care received as a participant in a clinical trial.  Why should the women of Illinois have to wait any longer?  The Susan G. Komen for the Cure Affiliates in Illinois believe that our state must ensure expanded access to clinical trials..

House Bill 1191, also sponsored by Illinois House Majority Leader Barbara Flynn Currie, will ensure that all qualified patients in health plans have coverage for routine care costs while enrolled in a clinical trial.

About Susan G. Komen for the Cure® and the Komen Affiliates in Illinois
Nancy G. Brinker promised her dying sister, Susan G. Komen, she would do everything in her power to end breast cancer forever. In 1982, that promise became Susan G. Komen for the Cure and launched the global breast cancer movement. The Illinois Affiliates of Komen for the Cure are working to better the lives of those facing breast cancer in our local communities joining more than 1 million breast cancer survivors and activists around the globe as part of the world’s largest and most progressive grassroots network fighting breast cancer. Through events like the Komen Race for the Cure®, the Illinois Affiliates have invested $7.5 million in community breast health programs in their local communities. Up to 75 percent of net proceeds generated by the Affiliate stays in their community. The remaining income goes to the national Susan G. Komen for the Cure Grants Program to fund research.

Imagine Englewood If and Legislators to confront lead-poisoning at March 26th Town Hall Meeting

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 Lead Transferred during Pregnancy Emerges as Top Issue Facing Englewood Children. 


Chicago, IL—- On Saturday, March 26, 2011, Imagine Englewood If  will host a roundtable of elected officials assembled to discuss lead-poisoning and legislative remedies for the children of greater Englewood, a community that ranks highest in the nation for lead-poisoning and contamination.  The forum, entitled “Lead-Poisoning:  Who Speaks for the Children, Our Future?” includes State Senator Mattie Hunter and State Representative Esther Golar, as well as officials from EPA, the Chicago Department of Public Health, and Lead-Safe Illinois, who will serve as panel experts.

Lead is linked to life-long learning disabilities, behavior problems, violence and incarceration. According to the Health Department’s latest figures, 4,454 (39.3%) of Englewood’s 11,339 children, ages 0-6, were screened for lead-poisoning in 2008, with 567 (12.7%) recording elevated lead blood levels. Recent budget cuts and inadequate enforcement of current lead-prevention laws have resulted in fewer screenings. IEi’s main objective is to increase screenings and treatment for Englewood Children.

“Recent studies indicate that lead is transferred from pregnant mothers to the brain cells of their unborn children,” stated Dr. Howard Lee, retired pediatrician and IE’ board member. “It has been just heartbreaking trying to overcome the effects of toxic soil embedded in Englewood’s 4,000 vacant lots, as well as the lead content in the abandoned buildings and old housing stock,” he continued, “but these children’s lives are compromised before their first breath! Tis is a call to action,” concluded Dr. Lee.   

The Town Hall Meeting will be held at Imagine Englewood if, 6720 S. Stewart Ave., Chicago, IL  60621, at 3:00 p.m.   Refreshments and food will also be provided.  For further information, call 773.488.6704; FAX:  773.488.6705; e-mail:  jhill705@sbcglobal.net; website:  imagineenglewoodif.org.

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