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Archive for January 31st, 2012

Madigan recognizes Data Privacy Day, urges businesses to protect consumer information

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Attorney General issues Annual Information Security Prevention Guide

 

CHICAGO, IL — In advance of Data Privacy Day Jan. 28, Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan released a 2012 guide for Illinois businesses to better protect consumers’ personal information and help prevent identity theft.

“Illinoisans are vulnerable to identity theft and fraud when security breaches occur,” Madigan said. That’s why businesses that collect personal information have an obligation to comply with Illinois law to avoid breaches and take action to inform consumers when breaches occur. Today, I’m providing guidance to Illinois businesses and government agencies on how to prevent, prepare for and respond to security breaches appropriately.”

More than 550 breaches involving more than 30 million records occurred in 2011, according to the Privacy Rights Clearinghouse. Many of the breaches involved sophisticated computer hackers who accessed networks through highly technical means. While protecting against network intrusions and hacking is important, Madigan said businesses and government agencies should also focus efforts to protect against low-tech breaches. When documents containing personal information are discarded in public, identity thieves have easy access to the information they need to commit fraud.

In releasing her Information Security & Security Breach Response Guide, Madigan encouraged businesses and government agencies to establish an Information Security Program to understand the scope of the personal information they collect and to train employees how to properly maintain and handle information to prevent security breaches, which in turn can help prevent identity theft.  The guide can be found on the Attorney General’s website at: http://www.illinoisattorneygeneral.gov/consumers/Security_Breach_Notification_Guidance.pdf

Madigan also noted that a new state law aims to reduce the threat of low-tech identity theft. As of Jan. 1, the Illinois Personal Information Protection Act requires entities to dispose of materials containing personal information in a manner that renders the information unreadable, unusable and indecipherable. This includes redacting, burning, pulverizing or shredding paper documents, and destroying or erasing electronic media so that personal information cannot be read or reconstructed.

While entities that suffer security breaches have been obligated under Illinois law to notify affected individuals since 2006, the law now requires specific information to be included in the breach notification letter. Under the recent amendments to the Personal Information Protection Act, the notification must now include:

  • Toll-free numbers and addresses for consumer reporting agencies,
  • Toll-free number, address and website for the Federal Trade Commission, and
  • Statement that the individual can obtain information from these sources about fraud alerts and security freezes.

By developing a comprehensive data security policy, businesses will be better suited to respond to the discovery of a security breach. Madigan encouraged businesses and consumers to contact her office’s Identity Theft Hotline at 1-866-999-5630 to learn how to better protect personal information.

Data Privacy Day aims to unite businesses, individuals, government agencies, nonprofit groups and academics in a dialogue about how personal data should be collected, used and stored.

A look back in time: Carolyn Kennedy's inspiring message

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There are times when the written word catches your attention in a very profound way and brings back inspiring images from the past. And when I run across these exciting and interesting words – through letter or e-mail - I categorize them as something “Worth Repeating” and worth sharing with my readers. The following item fits right into that category – Juanita Bratcher, Editor & Publisher of CopyLine Magazine 

 

“Four years ago today, I joined my Uncle Teddy and thousands of excited students at American University to endorse Barack Obama as the next president of the United States.

“Barack Obama had stirred something in young people and the young at heart. I saw the passion in my own teenage children, and I heard it from a different generation of people who said they felt like they did when my father ran for president.

“We felt strongly that we needed to elect a president who urged us to believe in ourselves, who could tie that belief to our highest ideals, and who understood that together we can do great things.

“Four years later, as I think about what first inspired me to support Barack Obama, I’m proud we have a president who has fought hard for the values Teddy held dear, and stood up on issues that matter.

“Will you join me by saying what first inspired you to stand with Barack Obama?

http://my.barackobama.com/Teddy

“Teddy understood that the challenges of health care aren’t political — they are personal. That’s why he fought for 40 years to make health care a right and not a privilege for American families.

“How proud he would have been to see his candidate sign the Affordable Care Act into law as president, giving all Americans the security of knowing that their health care will be there when they need it most.

“In his speech four years ago today, Teddy reminded us all of that bright light of hope and possibility that shines even in the darkest hours. He knew that with Barack Obama as president, America would shine again. I don’t think he would be surprised to know that four years later, this president would have ended the war in Iraq, repealed “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” and guaranteed women the right to equal pay for equal work.

“The 2012 election will be harder than the last. As you think about what role you can play this time, I want you to remember that when Teddy joined this campaign, it wasn’t just Barack Obama who drew him in.

“It was you.

“The possibility of a campaign run by ordinary people determined to change our country for the better and willing to work as hard as necessary inspired him then, and it’s what inspires me today.”

Thanks for all you do.

I’ll see you out there,

Caroline

More than 700 schools recognized for academic excellence on 2011 Illinois Honor Roll

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Annual list shows continued and improved academic achievement amid rising benchmarks

 

SPRINGFIELD, IL — The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) and Northern Illinois University (NIU) announced today that 703 schools made the Illinois Honor Roll for their continued academic progress. The state’s annual recognition program, based on state standardized tests and demographic information, shows 55 schools that are being recognized for the eighth or ninth consecutive year. All of these outstanding schools are being honored for their accomplishments in making progress toward or maintaining academic excellence.

“These Honor Roll schools continue to prove that hard work and reform efforts impact student performance. Community members can and should celebrate their local schools’ success,’’ said State Board of Education Chairman Gery J. Chico. “Behind each school’s success is an untold story of extraordinary passion and dedication on behalf of administrators, teachers, parents and students. We commend each school for its commitment to improvement and excellence.”

Northern Illinois University works with ISBE to establish criteria, identify winners of the awards and administer the Illinois Honor Roll, which is divided into three categories – Spotlight Schools, Academic Excellence, and Academic Improvement. Each award has unique criteria that best reflect the diverse circumstances of Illinois schools.

 

  • Spotlight Schools – Recognizes 167 high-poverty, high-performing schools that are beating the odds by overcoming the achievement gap.
  • Academic Excellence Awards – 438 schools have sustained high performance over at least three years.
  • Academic Improvement Awards – 114 schools are showing substantial improvement.

 

The 2011 Honor Roll roster includes elementary, middle and high schools, including charter schools, and represents 312 school districts statewide. Downstate schools represent 41 percent of the Honor Roll schools, suburban schools represent 46 percent and Chicago schools make up the final 13 percent this year. The schools earned a total of 719 awards in the three categories.

 

District

Awards

Winning Schools

Total District Schools

City of Chicago SD 299

99

94

617

Indian Prairie CUSD 204

17

17

31

Schaumburg CCSD 54

13

13

27

Naperville CUSD 203

10

10

21

Palatine CCSD 15

10

10

19

 

Other 2011 Illinois Honor Roll facts:

·         At all 114 Academic Improvement Award schools, the number of students meeting or exceeding standards increased by at least 7.5 points over one year or 15 points over two years.

·         Three schools, listed below, won the Academic Improvement Award, sustaining annual 7.5 point improvements, for the fifth year. Seven schools, six in Chicago and one in East St. Louis, won the Academic Improvement Award for the fourth time.  

Five-Year Winners of the Academic Improvement Award

Cather Elementary School

Chicago

Beidler Elementary School

Chicago

Harvard Elementary School

Chicago

 

·         Three Spotlight Schools, listed below, are receiving their ninth award this year, having maintained high level performance since the award began in 2003, and 11 schools earned the award for the eighth year.

 

Nine-Year Winners of the Spotlight Schools Award

Franklin Elementary School

Belleville

Jones College Preparatory High School

Chicago

Dewey Elementary School

Quincy

 

·         In 2011, 40 Academic Excellence schools sustained their long-term high achievement and won an eighth award, 38 schools are being recognized for the seventh time and 18 for the sixth time.

·         In 2011, 222 Academic Excellence elementary schools showed increases in scores over last year, even though they started at a baseline above 90 percent of students meeting or exceeding standards.

·         This year, 10 schools won both the Spotlight Schools award and the Academic Excellence Award. Among them is a Chicago high school, Jones College Preparatory which has made the Honor Roll more than any school in the state with 16 awards since the Honor Roll began in 2003. Here is a list of those winners:

Winners of Both Spotlight Schools and Academic Excellence Awards

Jones College Preparatory School

Chicago

Lane Technical High School

Chicago

Vanderpoel Elementary Magnet School

Chicago

Brown Elementary School

East St. Louis

Irvington Elementary School

Irvington

Arcadia Elementary School

Olympia Fields

Willow Elementary School

Pekin

Norwood Primary School

Peoria

Tefft Middle School

Streamwood

William F. Murphy Elementary School

Woodridge

 

·         Six schools won both the Spotlight Schools award and the Academic Improvement Award. Here is a list of those winners: 

Winners of both Spotlight Schools and Academic Improvement Awards

Black Magnet Elementary School

Chicago

Columbus Elementary School

Chicago

Martin L. King Elementary School

Dixmoor

Alta Sita Elementary School

East St. Louis

Annette Officer Elementary School

East St. Louis

Farmersville Elementary School

Farmersville

 

A complete listing of the 2011 Illinois Honor Roll Schools can be found online at

http://www.ilhonorroll.niu.edu

Black minister/scholar challenges White Evangelical Conservative Christian views on the end-times in new book

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Los Angeles, CA (BlackNews.com)– Hope In Heaven and Faith For Today, written by Dr. Lawrence Foy, amplifies the African American belief in the coming Kingdom of God and how this anticipated and promised future fuels their present quest for equality, freedom, justice, reconciliation, and global peace. The author states that “Heaven is not mere ‘pie-in-the sky’ or ‘otherworldly’ thinking. Rather, the Christian hope in heaven and the anticipation of the coming Kingdom of God, at God’s full self-disclosure, are infiltrating the present…”

The book encourages people to not fear being “left behind” to endure a world of chaos and calamity, but rather that we should look up and around where we will be brought into God’s new community of love, justice, freedom, and unity. The year 2012 should not be fraught with doom and gloom, but viewed as a new beginning and opportunity to engage and build a world where all people live with dignity and self-sufficiency.

“Dr. Foy provides a poetically beautiful, musically inspired, and biblically sound Afro-centric interpretation of Scripture. In this age of religious compromise riddled with prosperity preaching, Dr. Foy returns to the traditional teachings, understandings, and historical experiences of African Americans rooted in Judeo-Christianity. This is a non-stop journey into Black life,” says the Rev. Dr. Art Cribbs, Executive Director-CLUE (Clergy United for Economic Justice).

In his foreword to Hope in Heaven and Faith for Today, Cecil “Chip” Murray, Tanzy Chair of Christian Ethics, University of Southern California states: “Heaven equates with hope. Black women particularly thrive in that Kingdom, the writer points out, for they must persist not only in a race-based culture, but in a male dominated culture. They persist, even as all Blacks endure, in realizing the hope that present conditions are not permanent conditions…”

For more information and to obtain a copy or E-book edition, go to: www.cocoa-nla.org

Lawrence Foy is an African-American theologian, Baptist minister, and social activist. He has served as a faculty member at Westmont College, Elmhurst College, and Northern Baptist Theological Seminary. He is co-founder of COCOA-NLA, a non-profit faith based advocacy organization, and is a native of Louisiana but currently residing in Los Angeles, California.

Photo Caption: Dr. Lawrence Foy

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