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Archive for November 10th, 2011

Madigan: Companies that illegally profit from money intended for minority firms must pay

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 Legislation Will Freeze Assets During  Criminal Proceedings to Protect Taxpayer Dollars

 

Chicago, IL ─  Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan today praised the General Assembly for passing a bill that will compel businesses that illegally profit from public money reserved for disadvantaged and minority-owned firms to return the money.

The Illinois Senate unanimously passed House Bill 909, which amends the Public Corruption Profit Forfeiture Act by adding fraudulently obtaining public money reserved for disadvantaged business enterprises to the list of crimes subject to a forfeiture action.

 “Businesses that defraud the taxpayers cannot be allowed to profit from their illegal conduct,” said Attorney General Madigan. “This bill will make it easier to go after those profits and make sure that defrauding programs designed to benefit legitimate businesses does not pay .”

Madigan successfully prosecuted Castle Construction Corp. and its owner, Robert Blum, for fraudulently obtaining public funds reserved for minority-owned firms. The defendants falsified bid and contract documents to appear that the company complied with the city of Chicago’s minority-owned subcontracting requirements. During settlement discussions, it became clear that the defendants did not have the financial ability to pay restitution.

“This legislation is a stern warning to contractors to closely follow Illinois law and not trick taxpayers by garnering state money intended to go to contractors protected by existing law,” said Sen. Kwame Raoul, who sponsored the legislation in the Senate.

If signed by the Governor, HB 909 adds fraudulently obtaining public moneys reserved for disadvantaged business enterprises to bribery, kickbacks and intimidation by a public official as crimes susceptible to a forfeiture action under the Public Corruption Profit Forfeiture Act.

“Our legislation allows the attorney general and other prosecutors to concentrate on obtaining a conviction with the knowledge that the accused offender cannot dump assets before a verdict,” said Rep. Kelly Burke, who sponsored the bill in the House.

The House of Representatives gave its unanimous consent to the measure on Oct. 26.

AFL-CIO President Carrigan: Ohio election results a clear win for working families

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(Statement from Illinois AFL-CIO President Michael T. Carrigan)

 

In Ohio, Wisconsin, Michigan and across the country, including here in Illinois, working families want to see politicians do the jobs they were elected to do – to build an economy that restores balance and creates jobs instead of one that works only for CEO’s and special interest groups.

Yesterday (Tuesday), Ohioans resoundingly vetoed legislation that would have taken collective bargaining rights away from teachers, firefighters and first responders – sending a strong message that politicians need to stand with working families and stand for building a strong middle class.

They marched to the polls to demand politicians like Ohio Gov. John Kasich stop his partisan agenda. And voters rejected the crazy notion that the 99 percent – nurses, bridge inspectors, firefighters, and social workers – caused the economic collapse, rather than Wall Street. Despite untold millions of dollars dumped into Ohio by shady special interest groups, the voters spoke out loud and clear.

This election should be a wake-up call for Illinois about what happens when politicians go too far. Voters in Illinois want to see action that creates jobs and creates an economy that works for everyone. We can start heading in the right direction by passing legislation like a federal jobs bills that will repair bridges and roads and get Illinoisans back to work.

Our elected officials need to focus on creating jobs in order to get our economy back on track. Together we can create an economy that works for the 99 percent.

Secretary of State Jesse White unveils new women Veteran License Plate

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                                                   Veteran’s Day is Friday

 

Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White and representatives of various veterans’ organizations unveiled the new women’s veteran specialty license plate yesterday.

The red, white and blue plate was on display during a press conference at the James R. Thompson Center. Members from the Secretary of State Veterans Advisory Council, American Legion, and National Women Veterans United were on hand for the unveiling.

“With Veteran’s Day approaching, we are reminded of the great sacrifice women and men in uniform have given for our freedom,” said White. “The women’s veteran license plate will honor women veterans past and present in the state of Illinois and across the country.”

To be eligible one must be a woman who is currently serving or has served in any branch of the military. A copy of an active duty military identification or discharge papers must be accompanied with the license plate application.

The women’s veteran license plate initiative was sponsored in the General Assembly by Representative John D’Amico (D-Chicago) and Senator Kimberly Lightford (D-Westchester). Supporting organizations include AMVETS, Disabled Veterans, Paralyzed Veterans, and Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW).

Female veterans can order random number, personalized or vanity license plates by visiting www.cyberdriveillinois.com. Appropriate documentation must be provided upon application. There are currently 28 veteran license plates available in Illinois.

Real Men Charities, Inc., forwards White House "Strong Fathers, Strong Families" Initiative with International Men's Day

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‘Giving Boys the Best Possible Start in Life’ is theme of event at Chicago Vocational Career Academy

 

Chicago, IL – The Nov. 19 observance of International Men’s Day at Chicago Vocational Career Academy (CVCA) will be opened by Kenneth Braswell, executive director of Fathers Incorporated, which recently was awarded a $7.4 million contract by the Dept. of Health and Human Services to manage and promote aspects of the National Responsible Fatherhood Clearinghouse.

Focused on “Giving boys the best possible start in life”, the Men’s Day program will recognize prominent pioneer leaders for their work in laying the foundation that empowers a gifted group of younger men today. Panel discussions will be led by this younger group of leaders and focus on solutions to five challenges: Health and life expectancy; education; violence; rights to fatherhood; and real life choices.

International Men’s Day is recognized by the United Nations and observed in more than 50 countries. More than 1,000 people are expected to attend the free event, in partnership with CVCA and directed by Real Men Cook® co-founder Yvette Moyo Gillard, who leads the 23-year-old fatherhood movement that is addressed daily by Real Men Charities, Inc. The event includes a continental breakfast for early arrivals, music, solution based panels, holiday gifts sales by local vendors, health screenings, acknowledgement of leaders in the Chicago fatherhood movement and a free lunch. CVCA is located at 2100 East 87th St. The program starts at 9 a.m.

“The effect of fatherlessness is the same whether it’s in the streets of Chicago, the desert lands of Africa or the hills of China,” said Braswell. “Giving boys the best start in life begins with ensuring a healthy and nurturing environment for our young men to thrive. For all boys, having a father is a critical component of that growth.”

Braswell’s organization is responsible for raising the visibility of fatherhood and mentoring initiatives of the Clearinghouse through social marketing, multi-media platforms, product development, as well as supporting national events, conferences and other activities of the Clearinghouse.

Real Men Charities, Inc., has been an advisor and participant in the White House national fatherhood leadership efforts, helping to launch and promote the White House “Strong Fathers, Strong Families,” and the popular “Let’s Move!” initiatives to prevent obesity and reduce health disparities in the cities where Real Men Cook takes place across the country. (Visit www.fatherhood.gov for more information on these initiatives.)

“This is a real opportunity to bring even more attention to the future of our boys and the importance of fatherhood and mentoring,” Moyo Gillard said. “Real Men Charities, Inc., programming continues to bridge the gap, recognizing our stalwart male leaders who have passed on knowledge, wisdom, guidance and tradition to a new generation of males, committed young fathers and leaders offering solutions.”

“We are interested in showcasing case study examples of solutions to the five challenges. This forum presents the best of what this mentoring has provided,” she said.

CVCA’s young new principal, Douglas L. Maclin, is an example of proven excellence and makes a perfect partner who was receptive and eager to open his school to the community, Moyo Gillard added. The International Men’s Day program coincides with Community Day at the school where CVCA’s programs will be showcased.  Also launching at the event is the Real Men Cook 2012 cook’s registration and the Real Men Charities, Inc. Urban Youth Cafe, an entrepreneurship training program at CVCA focused on healthy lifestyles, home economics, food preparation, the application of the CLOCC 5-4-3-2-1 Go!â„¢ messaging to lower childhood obesity and exemplary customer service training.

“I consider the Men’s Day activities, what the Real Men team brings and the community, including young people, coming to our school for Community Day for a meaningful Saturday as perfect synergy,” Maclin said. “Our desire at CVCA is to give our boys and girls the best start in life. I’m excited that this international event will give our new school year a perfect start.”

Similar Real Men Charities events sanctioned by the leadership of International Men’s Day will take place in Real Men Cook cities of Washington, New York, Los Angeles, Atlanta and Dallas.

Life in the NFL from the eyes and heart of a virtuous woman

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Inside the Locker Room: A Journey of Faith and the Power of Prayer 


Author Ebony Blackmon Humphrey and bookcover

 

Detroit, MI (BlackNews.com) — Ebony Humphrey, wife of New Orleans Saints TE Tory Humphrey Sr., presents her first book Inside the Locker Room: A Journey of Faith and the Power of Prayer. Released in Spring 2011, through the Charisma House imprint Creation House, she takes readers through the highs and lows of life as the wife of a professional athlete.

Inside the Locker Room: A Journey of Faith and the Power of Prayer is a personal account of Ebony Humphrey’s tumultuous childhood living with a mentally ill mother, abuse, and time spent in the foster care system. She explains to readers how her personal relationship with Christ brought her through the hard times. Now Ebony declares victory as the mother of 4 and wife of a professional athlete. She encourages readers to depend on the power of God to guide all aspects of their lives.

Ebony Humphrey learned to put God first and trust his will for her life. Her prayer and faith keeps her from crumbling each time her husband is injured on the field, and it is that same faith that keeps her rooted in who she is in Christ. A complete contradiction to the over-the-top lifestyle portrayed by ‘Ballers Wives’ on television and in the media, Ebony Humphrey works to live her life as a virtuous woman and apply the word of God to her personal, business, and social life. She shares her blueprint for life with readers in her touching and powerful book.

To learn more about Ebony Humphrey, visit www.ebhministries.com, or to receive a promotional copy of Inside the Locker Room: A Journey of Faith and the Power of Prayer. Interviews, book signings, and speaking engagements are currently being scheduled with Ebony Humphrey. If interested, please contact GIC Public Relations.

GIC Public Relations is a full service firm specializing in media outreach, crisis management, and event coordination for all facets of the entertainment industry, political campaigns, sports figures, non-profit organizations, and corporate projects. For additional information visit us at www.gicpublicrelations.net.

Master P, Romeo sign International Superstar Catalina Toma

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No Limit Forever signs International Superstar Catalina Toma – Romania’s number one artist


Catalina Toma

 

Los Angeles, CA (BlackNews.com) — The president of No Limit Forever Records has signed Catalina Toma to a record deal. The new deal will add an international appeal to the already successful label, and Catalina will be the first Romanian to be signed to a domestic contract.

Catalina’s meteoric return to her staple pop and R&B flavor will bring added international spice with her upcoming studio album as a part of the No Limit Forever family. “Signing Catalina was a no-brainer, she is one of the most talented Pop and R&B vocalists in the world, she has already been compared to the likes of Lady GaGa, Mariah Carey, and Rihanna,” says Master P.

The talented beautify, Catalina has proven herself by going beyond her own personal goals and defying the odds for an up and coming artist. Graduating at the top of her class in her native Romania, she began performing at music festivals and competing at events and contest around her country. Along the way, she improved her stage presence and versatility and walked away with first place honors at nearly all the competitions, proving her abilities as an artist.

With such growing acclaim, Catalina became an artist that others wanted to collaborate with. In fact, other renowned artists in the Romanian music industry and Eastern European circles became points for collaboration with a steady stream of growing label interest. One of the hit songs titled Never-Ending Story, featured her alongside BUG Mafia causing her to become one of the most recognizable talents in her country.

President of No Limit Forever Records, Romeo Miller says, “Catalina is a diamond in the rough and I believe she’s the missing piece to the puzzle for No Limit Forever Records. She will help take us to the crossover markets.” We are excited about this new endeavor and we know she is a great talent to add to our roster of artist,” he continues.

Catalina is undoubtedly a milestone in the Romanian and Eastern European music industry; a trendsetter that will continue to be relevant. This time, however, she is part of a new genesis to break the boundaries of expectations in her native Europe and abroad making her music and her voice known around the world!

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Madigan convenes Emergency Summit on Synthetic Drugs

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Attorney General Meets with DEA, Law Enforcement, Hospitals, Municipalities, Educators and Parents to Combat Emergence of Synthetic Substance Abuse

 

Springfield, IL – Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan today convened an emergency summit in Springfield to address the rising number of young people using chemically-laced substances akin to marijuana, cocaine and methamphetamine that are sold over the counter at convenience stores, gas stations and tobacco shops all across Illinois. Madigan’s summit brought together the state’s top authorities to address this alarming trend that is responsible for growing numbers of injuries and deaths in Illinois and across the country.

“The fact that anyone can walk into a store and purchase synthetic drugs gives teens and young adults the illusion that these substances are safe,” Attorney General Madigan said. “We’re hosting this emergency summit on synthetic drugs to raise awareness of how dangerous these drugs are, how widespread this problem is and to formulate a coordinated, statewide response to fight back.”

The Attorney General’s emergency summit included federal, state, county and local law enforcement, educators, health care professionals and parents. It is the first statewide event aimed at increasing awareness of synthetic drugs and identifying solutions to limit access to the extremely dangerous substances.

Synthetic drugs are divided into two categories based on their chemical make-up:

  • Cannabinoids, popularly known as K2 or Spice, which consist of lab-manufactured THC to act as a chemically formulated version of synthetic marijuana; and
  • Cathinones, known as “bath salts,” which contain chemical compounds to mimic the effects of cocaine or meth.

Though the drugs’ packaging often states the products are not intended for human consumption, their design, labeling and marketing clearly allude to the product being smoked and inhaled. Madigan said the drugs are extremely dangerous in that buyers don’t know what chemicals they are ingesting. Individual products can contain a vast range of different chemical formulations and potencies, some of which can be two to 500 times stronger than THC.

According to the American Association of Poison Control Centers, calls nationwide indicate a dramatic rise in synthetic drug abuse: In 2010, poison control centers received 302 calls about bath salts. This year, centers have already received more than 5,600 reports of bath salt abuse. Synthetic marijuana use is also on the rise. In 2010, there were more than 2,900 calls from around the country to poison control centers, and so far in 2011, there have been more than 5,700.

Illinois communities are experiencing the same upsurge in incidents related to synthetic drug abuse. In June 2011, 19-year-old Max Dobner, of Aurora, Ill., died behind the wheel of a vehicle after reportedly smoking a synthetic cannabinoid product. Max reportedly told a family member before his crash that he had smoked the drug and felt as though he was having a panic attack. He later ran a stop sign, and his vehicle hit a garden wall, propelling the vehicle into a nearby home.

Though states, including Illinois, have implemented bans on specific formulas of synthetic marijuana and bath salts, Madigan said drug makers can easily sidestep the regulations. Manufacturers simply adapt by replacing the strain of a banned synthetic cannabinoid or cathinone with a newer version that is not yet on the market and not yet known to authorities. This modification process poses further risk to its young users, who are unaware of the risks and reactions new chemicals may cause.

Speaking at Madigan’s summit were Karen Dobner, mother of the late Max Dobner, U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency Special Agent Scott Albrecht, Tom McNamara of the Southern Illinois Enforcement Group, and Mike Wahl, medical director for the Illinois Poison Control Center.

Attending the event were representatives from Illinois’ State Police, Sheriff’s Association, Association of Chiefs of Police, State’s Attorney’s Association, Departments of Public Health, Corrections and Financial and Professional Regulation, Board of Pharmacy, Pharmacists Association, Principal’s Association, School Resource Officers Association, Hospital Association, High School Association, Drug Enforcement Officers Association, Alcohol and Drug Dependence Association. Officials from the state’s Metropolitan Enforcement Groups, Administrative Office of Illinois Courts, and Illinois’ Retail Merchants Association, Municipal League and Probation and Court Services Association and from municipalities and counties around the state also attended.

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