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Archive for January 23rd, 2012

U.S. Senator Kirk suffers stroke

Posted by Admin On January - 23 - 2012 ADD COMMENTS

Illinois Comptroller Judy Barr Topinka: Kirk is a fighter 

 

CHICAGO, IL – U.S. Senator Mark Kirk suffered a stroke on Saturday.   A spokesperson for Kirk released the following statement today regarding the Senator’s medical condition:

“On Saturday, Senator Kirk checked himself into Lake Forest Hospital, where doctors discovered a carotid artery dissection in the right side of his neck. He was transferred to Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago, where further tests revealed that he had suffered an ischemic stroke. Early this morning the Senator underwent surgery to relieve swelling around his brain stemming from the stroke. The surgery was successful. Due to his young age, good health and the nature of the stroke, doctors are very confident in the Senator’s recovery over the weeks ahead.”

Illinois GOP Chairman Pat Brady and Illinois Comptroller Judy Barr Topinka issued statements regarding news that Kirk has suffered a stroke

Said Brady: “I join all Illinoisans today in praying for Senator Mark Kirk and his family and staff. Mark has always been a tireless fighter in our military and in Congress, and I know that continues today with his recovery.”  

Topinka released the following statement Monday offering “thoughts and prayers to colleague.”

“Like anyone who knows Senator Kirk, I am stunned and saddened to hear about his recent stroke. But if there is one thing I have learned about Mark over the years, it’s that he is a fighter and relentless in his efforts to accomplish a goal. Those attributes will serve him well in working toward a rapid recovery. My thoughts and prayers are with him.”

Kirk is the junior senator from Illinois. He won the senate seat vacated by President Barack Obama. 

Gingrich trounces Romney in South Carolina Primary; but will SC’s win boost his campaign chances and usher him to the finish line in 2012?

Posted by Admin On January - 23 - 2012 ADD COMMENTS

 

By Juanita Bratcher

 

Newt Gingrich made an impressive showing in the South Carolina Primary. That’s a matter of fact and certainly leaves no room for debate. Election results from Saturday’s (January 21, 2012) election were overwhelmingly and astoundingly favorable for Gingrich. Gingrich’s lead surged over that of Mitt Romney’s, which several polls prior to showed Romney as being the front runner and possibly the ultimate winner. But those assessments went down in ashes after the South Carolina Republican Presidential debate, pushing Romney to second place in polls. Romney’s numbers started falling like the rain on a well orchestrated parade.

Gingrich garnered 40.5 % of the votes cast in Saturday’s election, 243, 153, Romney, 27.8 % with 167, 279, Rick Santorum, 17% with 102,055, and Ron Paul, 13 % with 77,993.

But will the South Carolina Primary win boost Gingrich’s chances in other primary elections and usher him to the finish line in 2012? Will his fire-in-the-belly rhetoric deliver him and his conservative brand politics to the White House?

Winning the presidency will be a tough roe to hoe for Newt Gingrich – both in winning his party’s nomination and defeating President Barack Obama in the General Election. His “unpredictable mannerism,” his shoot-from-the-lip characteristic, his former marital woes and revelations, his involvement with Freddie Mac, the U.S. government-sponsored mortgage company; and his tenure as Speaker of the House in the U.S. House of Representatives more than likely will shadow his aspirations for the presidency…quite a lot of baggage to carry. He was also caught up in the Kiting scandal in Washington where 450 members of the House had engaged in check kiting.

“The House banking scandal and Congressional Post Office scandal were emblems of the exposed corruption. Gingrich himself was among the 450 members of the House who had engaged in check kiting; he had overdrafts on twenty-two checks, including a $9,463 check to the Internal Revenue Service in 1990 “ – Wikipedia  

“Eighty-four ethics charges were filed against Gingrich during his term as speaker. After extensive investigation and negotiation by the House Ethics Committee, Gingrich was reprimanded and fined $300,000 by a 395–28 House vote. It was the first time in history a speaker was disciplined for ethical wrongdoing.” – Wikipedia

Facing a rebellion in the Republican caucus, he announced on November 5, 1998, that he would not only stand down as Speaker, but would leave the House as well.[73]  – Wikipedia

Gingrich made this announcement only a day after being elected to an 11th term from his 6th Congressional District (in Georgia).

Gingrich, the 58th Speaker of the U.S. House, served in the post from January 4, 1995 until January 3, 1999. Prior to, he served as Minority Whip, beginning his tenure in 1989.

 Are voters willing to ignore Gingrich’s past political history? How long will his confrontational politics last? Certainly, Gingrich is unelectable. His fire-in-the-belly rhetoric may play well with his conservative base but there’s a national pool of voters to face and contend with.

Juanita Bratcher is the Publisher of www.copylinemagazine.com, the author of several books, songwriter and poet. She has been a Journalist for more than 35 years covering politics, education and a wide-range of other topics. 

"We Are The 99%!" Federation of College Clerical and Technical Personnel, Local 1708, announces massive protests against City Colleges of Chicago

Posted by Admin On January - 23 - 2012 ADD COMMENTS

CHICAGO, IL – Delores Withers, President of Local 1708 announced that a rally / protest against the “deceptive practices” of Chancellor Cheryl L. Hyman over contract negotiations of City Colleges of Chicago clerical workers will be held at 8am Wednesday, January 25, 2012 at 226 W. Jackson Blvd.

Hundreds of protestors are expected to demonstrate at the corporate headquarters of City Colleges of Chicago. The rally/protest will focus on:

UNFAIR BARGAINING and 5-YEAR WAGE FREEZE: While CCC Reinvention officials are treated to lavish salaries, benefits, and perks, they have refused the clerical workers a fair bargain over the new contract since the dialogue began over a year and a half ago. CCC has frozen wages since June 30, 2010 and has proposed a 5-year wage freeze.

SKYROCKETING HEALTHCARE PREMIUMS: In addition, part-time workers can no longer afford health care coverage because the premiums have increased as much as 80%–the equivalent to one month’s paycheck for many. A good number of part-time employees are faced with having to obtain medical services from area free clinics.

Lucy Rodriguez, a part-time CCC employee with a heart condition, was forced to return this summer to her native country Colombia because she could not afford to be treated in Chicago. Mary Hernandez, another part-time employee, has been confined in a county hospital for over a month with no income and no sick time because part-time workers are not allowed “sick days.” While District officials and their family members receive free (100% covered) healthcare for life1 in an overblown benefits package that only the 1% can afford, many part-timers who need immediate healthcare cannot afford the burdensome premiums the District is now charging. Part-timers work up to 34 hours per week with no benefits, vacation or holiday pay. Full time union 1708 employees have been operating without a contract since June 30, 2010 and part-timers since June 2011.

On July 1, 1999, a City Colleges of Chicago Board of Trustees resolution allows officers of the district with less than 20 years of service free health care for life for themselves their spouse and dependents.

Reinvention undermines the integrity of the public colleges: 

 

Institutional knowledge, memory, and history is being eradicated with the replacement of longtime staff at the seven city colleges and at District Office with new hires who have no higher ed background or experience earning over $100,000 a year!

GIVE US A BREAK!! SUPPORT 1708 in MAKING A STRONG STATEMENT ON WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 25 IN FRONT OF DISTRICT OFFICE!! Federal mediation of our contract begins January 25, 2012. Joining the protest on Wednesday are the Illinois Federation of Teachers, American Federation of Teachers, AFLCIO, and the Chicago Federation of Labor.

For additional information or interviews contact Delores Withers at 773-520-6770 dwitherslocal1708@sbcglobal.net or Audrey Butler at 312-523-3976 – abultlerlocal1708@sbcglobal.net

OBAP commemorates and celebrates African American History in Aviation with 2012 Project Aerospace: Boys to Men private showing of "Red Tails"

Posted by Admin On January - 23 - 2012 ADD COMMENTS

 

Chicago, IL (BlackNews.com) — On January 21, The Memphis Blackhawks, Memphis City Schools – Wooddale Middle and High Schools, the Organization of Black Aerospace Professionals (OBAP), the Tuskegee Airmen, Incorporated (TAI) – Memphis Chapter, Bessie Coleman Aerospace Legacy (BCAL), Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated – Shelby County (TN) Alumnae Chapter, and the National Black Coalition of Federal Aviation Employees (NBCFAE) commemorate and celebrate African American history in aviation.

The Majestic Theater at 7051 Malco Crossing in Memphis is the location for this collaboration that will feature three events for the day, beginning with a Saturday morning private screening for Memphis area youth of the George Lucas film, Red Tails – which tells the story of heroic African-American pilots in the WWII-era Tuskegee Airmen, followed by a question and answer session with various aerospace professionals.

Red Tails is an action drama film directed by Anthony Hemingway from a screenplay by John Ridley and Aaron McGruder. The story written by Ridley is inspired by true events. This movie stars Cuba Gooding Jr. who previously starred in The Tuskegee Airmen, an HBO made-for-television film, and Terrence Howard who portrayed a Tuskegee pilot in Harts War. The scheduled release date is January 20.

Immediately following the screening students will convene at Memphis’ Wooddale High School at noon for an afternoon of education and fun-filled activities to further expose them to the world of aviation/aerospace. Other activities include networking with pilots, air traffic controllers, aircraft mechanics, flight attendants and more.

Later that evening members and guests of the coordinating organizations will convene for “Networking with a Purpose” an evening of fun, food and celebration at 7p.m. at the PGA Tournament of Players Club at Southwind.

For more information or to register, please visit our website at www.obap.org

About OBAP

Organization of Black Aerospace Professionals (OBAP) is a nonprofit organization founded in 1976 to enhance, advance and promote educational opportunities in aviation. From the outset OBAP has focused its greatest emphasis on preparing young people to realize a successful future and highlight the exciting potential available in aviation. To be certain, an aviation oriented group representing African-American and Minority concerns was neither new nor unique. Years earlier the Tuskegee Airmen Inc. and Black Wings in Aviation had been formed with similar goals and both continue to be very active today. OBAP’s unique approach to the concept was to build on the progress made in the military and general aviation arenas by expanding the cause within the airline industry. Recently OBAP has expanded its goals to include all careers in aerospace.

First African American named chief pilot for United Airlines – the world's largest airline

Posted by Admin On January - 23 - 2012 ADD COMMENTS

Captain James Simon, Jr. is a Board Member of the Organization of Black Aerospace Professionals


Chicago, IL (BlackNews.com) –United Airlines, the world’s largest airline, has named an African American chief pilot of one its five U.S. regions. Captain James Simons, Jr., a United Airlines pilot for 22 years, will manage 1,450 pilots for the Chicago-based airline’s Northeast Region, which is headquartered at Dulles International Airport in Dulles, Va. He is a member of the board of directors of the Organization of Black Aerospace Professionals (OBAP).

“We are proud of Captain Simons’ achievement and applaud United Airlines for its commitment to promoting minority men and women to executive positions in the aviation industry,” said Cheryl Chew, Executive Director of OBAP. Captain Simons serves on the board’s Governance and Board Development Committee.

“I appreciate OBAP,” said Captain Simons. “And I want to get more African Americans into management.”

Captain Simons will manage pilots at Dulles, John F. Kennedy International Airport and LaGuardia Airport in New York City, Newark Liberty International Airport, Baltimore/Washington Thurgood Marshall Airport, and Reagan National Airport in Washington D.C.

As chief pilot, he is also responsible for preparing the Northeast Region’s budget and adjusting pilots’ schedules. He also works with the region’s airport station chiefs and interacts with the Federal Aviation Administration. Before his promotion, Captain Simons was assistant chief pilot for the Northeast Region since 2007.

He succeeds Captain Walt Clark, who took a new position at United’s headquarters. “He was a great mentor, who believed in providing equal opportunity and a diverse environment,” Captain Simons said.

United Airlines’ other regions are Denver, Los Angeles, Chicago and the Northwest Region.

In an interview regarding he said his promotion is a major honor, and praised other black pilots who opened the doors for him to move into management at United Airlines. “This is a humbling experience. I learned a lot from Louis Freeman and Bill Norwood,” Captain Simons said.

Captain Freeman, former chief pilot for Southwest Airlines, was the first African American named to that position at a major U.S. carrier. Norwood was the first African-American captain hired by United Airlines. He retired from United in 1996 after career of more than 30 years.

Captain Simons, the son of an Air Force veteran, graduated in 1978 from the United States Air Force Academy with a Bachelor of Science degree in international affairs. While in the Air Force, he was an instructor pilot and an evaluator pilot at the Combat Training School. In 1989, United Airlines hired him as a pilot.

United Airlines merged with the former Continental Airlines in November 2011 making it the largest airline in the world with 86,000 employees and second largest with 702 aircraft. Its largest hub is George Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston, TX. Captain Simons is based in Virginia during the week and joins his wife Judith in Houston on weekends. The couple has two daughters and a grandson.
 

About Organization of Black Aerospace Professionals (OBAP)

OBAP is a nonprofit organization founded in 1976 to enhance, advance, and promote educational opportunities in aviation. From the outset OBAP has focused its greatest emphasis on preparing young people to realize a successful future and highlight the exciting potential available in aviation. To be certain of an aviation oriented group representing African-American and Minority concerns was neither new nor unique. Years earlier the Tuskegee Airmen Inc. and Black Wings in Aviation had been formed with similar goals and both continue to be very active today. OBAP’s unique approach to the concept was to build on the progress made in the military and general aviation arenas by expanding the cause within the airline industry. www.obap.org

Photo Caption: Captain James Simons, Jr.

Better Business Bureau advises having a Disaster Plan for your business

Posted by Admin On January - 23 - 2012 ADD COMMENTS

 

CHICAGO, IL- Reacting to a natural disaster or emergency not only means ensuring the immediate safety of employees, but also planning how the business will continue to function in the aftermath. Even if your business is not located in an area that is a likely target for a natural disaster, you need to be prepared for the unexpected with a comprehensive business continuation plan.  

 

Creating a disaster plan for your business is a great way to start the New Year. Business that have a continuity plan in place – and use it during and after disaster strikes – typically experience less damage, loss and downtime than businesses without a plan.  

 

“If your company lacks an emergency plan, an emergency can turn into a business catastrophe,” said Steve J. Bernas, President & CEO of the Better Business Bureau serving Chicago and northern Illinois. “But a solid emergency plan can give you a lot of peace of mind and a greater sense of security.”

 

After you’ve made plans to ensure the safety of your employees, the BBB offers the following advice to help keep your business operating and meeting your customers’ needs:


Don’t be caught off guard. Consider the different types of disasters-fire, flood, tornado, etc.-that can occur and how your business would respond differently to being displaced for a week, a month, or longer.
Prepare your staff. Identify essential staff who are core to the operations of the business and keep a list of their contact numbers (home, work, cell) and e-mail addresses that can be accessed by employees from several locations (home, Internet, etc.).

Know your surroundings. Determine alternate locations for your business to operate if you are displaced from your current building. This could mean enabling employees to work from home.

Communicate, communicate, communicate. Devise an emergency communications plan that outlines how your business will be in contact with employees, customers, vendors and other key external contacts in the days following a disaster. Contact vendors and suppliers to confirm their emergency response plan procedures. Be prepared to use alternate vendors for essential supplies and equipment. Have your back-up equipment kept in good working condition.

Have an up-to-date inventory of your assets. Review your insurance policies to ensure that you have adequate coverage for items you cannot afford to lose. A standard policy may not cover business interruption losses.

Store your documents safely and efficiently. Keep duplicates of personnel, payroll, payables and receivables and other essential records at an off-site location. Regularly make back-up copies of important computer files.

Establish a succession of management for the company. Determine who will manage the company if key leaders are unavailable.


For more business tips you can trust, visit www.bbb.org

 

Chicago Detours to run "Good Times Historic Bar Tour"

Posted by Admin On January - 23 - 2012 1 COMMENT

 

Tour Visits Three Bars and Stays Primarily Indoors

 

CHICAGO, IL – For February only, Chicago Detours will offer their new “Good Times Historic Bar Tour,”  a walking tour which takes place 95% indoors and shares hidden history around the Mag Mile area. Tour visits the present and former spots of grand balls, Jazz Age shows, elite soirees, speakeasies, theater performances, and more, as Chicago Detours founder Amanda Scotese shares stories of both scandalous and wholesome forms of entertainment. Guests share iPads with historic photos and video clips, and tickets include light appetizers.

This top-rated tour company, which has five-star ratings on both Yelp and TripAdvisor, will offer the February run as an antidote to the cold weather and a great pre-dinner activity during Restaurant Week. 

Tour stops include the famous Billy Goat Tavern, Phil Stefani’s 437 (once a jazz club and speakeasy), and Lawry’s Restaurant (a 19th-century mansion). Groups also go inside the recreational fantasy for a social club that is now the magnificent Intercontinental Hotel.

Schedule for February 1-29: Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays 5:45pm-8:00pm. Guests must be 18 or over, and reservations are required. February 4th has two spots remaining, February 11th is sold-out, and all tours are expected to fill up quickly.
Tour starts inside Argo Tea at 435 N. Michigan Ave (Tribune Tower), ends at 100 E. Ontario (inside Lawry’s) and includes guide commentary, shared use of iPads with photos and video clips, light appetizers, and valuable gift packets. Cost is $29 for regular tickets, $27 for students and seniors. Guests are advised to bring cash for drinks.
 
 

 

To celebrate the launch, Chicago Detours is running a photo contest, which ends at 11:59pm this Saturday, January 21st. Grand Prize is an all-inclusive private “Good Times Historic Bar Tour,” a $1,000 value tour package that includes drinks and all gratuities. Contestants must share a digital photograph that creatively expresses their idea of a “good time” in Chicago. Image submissions accepted through an app on the Chicago Detours Facebook Page.

While the public tours are scheduled only for February, this fun, cultural tour will always be available for private group tours. Chicago Detours can accommodate family reunions, birthday parties, and corporate group outings with the “Good Times Historic Bar Tour.” Interested parties can email amanda@chicagodetours.com or call 312.350.1131 for the private tours catalog.

Scotese has 8 years experience as a tour guide, and especially honed her skills while employed as a guide and guidebook researcher with Rick Steves, one of the nation’s most well-known travel authors and television personalities. She enriched her knowledge of architecture, urban studies, and art history through her M.A. in the Humanities at the University of Chicago. Further information on Amanda Scotese and Chicago Detours is available on the website, www.chicagodetours.com.
 
 
 

 

Legendary Singer/Actress Hattie Winston sings "Love Is…An Evening of Music for Lovers

Posted by Admin On January - 23 - 2012 ADD COMMENTS

Fundraising event for Ebony Repertory Theatre to also feature The Harold Wheeler Trio


Actress Hattie Winston (“Becker”) will perform in a benefit concert for Ebony Repertory Theatre on Saturday, February 11, 2012. She will be accompanied by a trio led by her husband, Harold Wheeler (Dancing with the Stars).

Los Angeles, CA (BlackNews.com) — Legendary singer and actress Hattie Winston (Becker) will perform her one-woman evening of song, “Love Is…An Evening of Music for Lovers,” at the Nate Holden Performing Arts Center on Saturday, February 11, 2012. The show, which also features The Harold Wheeler Trio, is a benefit performance for the Ebony Repertory Theatre.

“Music is known as the universal language of the world. No matter the tongue used to communicate the melodies of music, barriers are broken, people are connected and souls are touched,” said Ms. Winston, who will perform with her husband, Harold Wheeler, musical director of Dancing with the Stars. “True theatre has the possibility to touch lives in the same way. Hence this benefit for the Ebony Repertory Theatre. My husband and I are honored to support the vision of this magnificent Company. Music, theatre, ‘Love Is…'”

The couple decided to do this benefit because of the importance of the Ebony Repertory Theatre. “This benefit is important as it supports the only Black repertory theatre company in Los Angeles,” said Mr. Wheeler, a six-time Tony Award nominee. “We are happy to do what we can to make sure Ebony Repertory Theatre can continue to provide quality productions to the Los Angeles community.”

This one-night-only performance marks the first time Ms. Winston has performed her stage act in nearly seven years. Ms. Winston and her husband previously hosted “Hattie and Harold’s Cabaret” at the historic Alex Theatre in Glendale, Calif.

Doors open at 7:00 pm and the show will begin at 8:00 pm. Tickets are $60 for individual purchase and $100 for two tickets. They may be purchased online at www.ebonyrep.org or by calling (323) 964-9766. The Nate Holden Performing Arts Center is located at 4718 West Washington Boulevard, Los Angeles, Calif., 90016. For additional information, please visit www.ebonyrep.org or follow Ms. Winston on Twitter (@HattieWinston) or Facebook (www.facebook.com/HattieWinston).

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