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Archive for August 15th, 2011

National African-American Insurance Association to host 2011 National Conference in Miami, FL. September 28-30

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Marsh to co-host national gathering of insurance professionals                                       


The National African-American Insurance Association (NAAIA) will host its 2011 National Conference September 28-30 at the Fairmount Turnberry Resort in Miami, Florida.


Themed “Diversity-A Roadmap to New Opportunities”, the event brings together insurance industry professionals from various roles and disciplines to participate in roundtable discussion forums, continuing education workshops, networking, and an awards ceremony honoring those who have made significant contributions to this industry.


The 2011 National Conference will be co-hosted by Marsh, the world’s leading insurance broker and risk advisor.


“The 2011 National Conference will champion the use of teamwork as a key to success for African Americans presented with (insurance) industry challenges and opportunities,” said Don Davis, National Chairman of NAAIA. “The diversity of talent and perspective embodied by the NAAIA membership and supporters will further emphasize the value of collaboration.”


Consistent with the goals of NAAIA, the conference will enhance and support career development for attendees representing leadership and staff from insurance agency/broker organizations, insurance companies, and industry related service affiliates.


“The conference is going to be exciting,” said Mr. Davis. “This year marks our 13th annual national conference which continues to build upon the strengths of NAAIA and its talented members.”


Headquartered in Washington, DC, the National African-American Insurance Association (NAAIA) is dedicated to empowering African-American insurance professionals as well as increasing its numbers nationwide by sharing information for personal growth and professional development, while also providing opportunities for networking, continuing education, and building mutually beneficial partnerships.


For more information about NAAIA or to register for its 2011 National Conference, call 866-56-NAAIA or visit www.naaia.org


Marsh, the world’s leading insurance broker and risk advisor, teams with its clients to define, design, and deliver innovative industry-specific solutions that help them protect their future and thrive. It has over 24,000 colleagues who collaborate to provide advice and transactional capabilities to clients in over 100 countries. Marsh is a member of Marsh & McLennan Companies, a global professional services firm with 52,000 employees worldwide and annual revenue exceeding $10 billion, which is also the parent company of Guy Carpenter, the risk and reinsurance specialist; Mercer, the provider of HR and related financial advice and services; and Oliver Wyman, the management consultancy. Its stock (ticker symbol: MMC) is listed on the New York, Chicago and London stock exchanges.


For more information about NAAIA or to register for its 2011 National Conference, call 866-56-NAAIA or visit www.naaia.org.


Illinois Republican Chairman condemns Gov. Quinn consideration of permanent tax hike

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 State GOP launches online petition drive against permanent income tax increase


Chicago, IL – Illinois Republican Party Chairman Pat Brady condemned Governor Pat Quinn’s comments that he wouldn’t rule out making all or part of the state’s temporary 66% income tax hike permanent. Brady also announced a citizens online petition drive against the idea at NoIllinoisTaxHike.com.

“Businesses and taxpayers have already been looking at leaving Illinois,” Brady said. “The only thing worse than a temporary tax hike would be a permanent one. ”

Brady said, “The way to bring jobs back to Illinois is through lower taxes – not higher taxes. The Governor apparently hasn’t noticed that the states that are creating the most jobs these days are the ones who are lowering taxes.”

Brady said he hopes citizens would sign the online petition at NoIllinoisTaxHike.com to “show the Governor and the State Legislature that we’ve had enough of the broken promises and reckless fiscal policy that makes Illinois one of the worst states to start a business in.”

State’s ‘Top Scholars’ honored by Lt. Governor Simon

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Springfield, IL – . Illinois Lt. Governor Sheila Simon declared today (August 14, 2011) “Top Scholar Day” during a reception for the state’s top performing high school graduates at the Illinois State Fair.

The 72 students, representing 59 schools from Poplar Grove to Harrisburg, were honored because of their high academic achievements and dedication to extracurricular activities.

“The students honored here today have demonstrated their dedication to educational excellence and are some of the best and brightest future leaders of Illinois,” Lt. Governor Simon said. “I look forward to seeing what each and every student will accomplish in their future endeavors.”

Lt. Governor Simon, the state’s point person on education reform, urged the students to persist through the next level of higher education and encourage classmates to do the same.

“Currently, only 40 percent of the Illinois workforce has a college degree or credential,” Simon said in her remarks to the students. “By 2025, we want at least 60 percent of our workforce to have a college credential. This goal will be challenging, but with dedicated students like you leading the way, we are confident that our state will be the best educated in the nation.”

Chancellor Susan Koch from the University of Illinois at Springfield joined in congratulating the recent graduates. In her remarks, Chancellor Koch mentioned the late Senator Paul Simon, who was a professor at UIS (then called Sangamon State University) in the early 1970s and founded the Public Affairs Reporting program there. Koch said Senator Simon had a favorite saying, “We can do better,” and she encouraged the Top Scholars to use their talents and knowledge to make the world a better place, as Simon strived to do. Koch also praised Lt. Governor Simon for her advocacy of education in Illinois.

Illinois Top Scholar recognition began under then-Lt. Governor Pat Quinn and has been celebrated for the past six years at the State Fair.


Illinois State Board of Education announces meeting on Thursday, August 18

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Springfield, IL – The Illinois State Board of Education has announced the following meeting for August 18 via video-conference.  All State Board of Education meetings listed on this agenda will be accessible to persons with disabilities. Persons planning to attend who need special accommodations should contact the Board office no later than the date prior to the meeting. Contact the Superintendent’s office at the State Board of Education, Phone: 217-782-2221; TTY/TDD: 217-782-1900; Fax: 217-785-3972. 

Chairman Chico may call for a break in the meeting as necessary in order for the Board to go into closed session.  

State Board of Education Meeting via video conference

Thursday, August 18, 2011

9:00 a.m. 

Chicago Location:               ISBE Video Conference Room, James R. Thompson Center, 14th Floor

100 W. Randolph, Chicago, IL 

Springfield Location:           ISBE Video Conference Room, 3rd Floor

100 N. First Street, Springfield, IL 

This meeting will also be audio cast on the Internet at:  www.isbe.net

            I.  Roll Call/Pledge of Allegiance

A.    Consideration of and Possible Actions on Any Requests for Participation in Meeting by Other Means

          II.  Public Participation

         III.  Resolutions & Recognition

         IV.  *Superintendent’s Report – Consent Agenda

All action consideration items listed with an asterisk (*) are considered to be routine and will be enacted in one motion and vote.  Any board member who wishes separate discussion on any item listed on the consent agenda may remove that item from the consent agenda, in which event, the item will be considered in its normal sequence. 

A.    *Approval of Minutes:

1.     Plenary Minutes: June 16, 2011

2.     Board Operations Committee of the Whole:  June 16, 2011

3.     Education Policy Planning Committee of the Whole:  June 15, 2011

4.     Finance & Audit Committee of the Whole:  June 15, 2011

5.     Governmental Relations Committee of the Whole:  June 15, 2011

B.    *Rules for Adoption

1.     Part 1 (Public Schools Evaluation, Recognition and Supervision)

2.     Part 228 (Transitional Bilingual Education)

3.     Part 25 (Certification)

4.     Part 75 (Incentive Grants for Agricultural Science Teacher Education)

C.    *Contracts and Grants Over $1 Million

1.     I-KAN ROE 32 (Iroquois-Kankakee) Grant Agreement for Induction for the 21st Century Educator (ICE 21) Teacher Quality Grant

2.     Truants Alternative Optional Education Program (TAOEP) Grant Awards

3.     Early Childhood Block Grant Awards

4.     RFP for Prevention Initiative Technical Assistance & Training Birth to Three

D.    *Teacher Certification Board Appointments 

End of Consent Agenda

E.     Acceptance of the A-133 Statewide Single Audit Report

         V.  Discussion Items

A.    Legislative Update

B.    District Oversight – Monthly Update

C.    Retreat Planning

D.    NASBE Annual Meeting

E.    Other Items for Discussion

       VI.    Announcements

A.    IBHE Liaison Report (Dr. Proshanta Nandi)

B.    P-20 Council Liaison Report (Joyce Karon)

C.    Superintendent’s/Senior Staff Announcements

D.    Chairman’s Report

E.    Member Reports

     VII.    Closed Session

    VIII.    Reconvene (No action will be taken following closed session.)

       IX.    Adjourn

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