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Congressman Rush lays out Congressional record at Chicago Urban League/NAACP forums

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By Chinta Strausberg


U.S. Rep. Bobby L. Rush (D-1st) appeared at a recent political forum held at the Chicago Urban League sponsored by Ald. Pat Dowell (3rd) where he proudly laid out his congressional record before a standing-room only crowd.

A resident of the Third Ward, Rush acknowledged a number of people attending the forum especially Dowell who hosted the event and who has worked with Rush on a myriad of projects.

Referring to the dedication of the $12 million Lovana S. “Lou” Jones/Bronzeville at 35th Street Metra Station, Rush said, “It wasn’t an easy task. It took about 20 years to get it done.” While Rush brought this project to fruition, he said it was actually the idea of former Ald. Chris Cohen (46th) who first made the suggestion to him back in the 1980’s when Rush was alderman of the Second Ward.

Rush made it clear that said he works very closely with President Barack Obama and “probably has the highest voting percentage with him in the Congress. I don’t think there has ever been a vote I’ve taken that doesn’t support our President who is under the gun,” he said.

“There are just some mean folk in Washington. In the last two years, they have been showing their true stripes and their true character. Some of them I knew when we were in control. I’ve been amazed just to see how they can just flip their whole outlook. At one time, we had some Republicans were reasonable,” said Rush.

Referring to the issue of global warming, Rush said, “some of them at one time really believed that there was a thing called global warming, but now that they are in control they say global warming is a hoax. They’ve really flipped for political reasons.”

But, Rush is especially proud of when he was chairman of the House Subcommittee on Consumer Protection. “I transformed that committee. The first thing we did was to get more money for the Consumer Product Safety Commission and expand the legislative regime of that Commission increasing the commissioners from three to five.”

Rush said most of the products we buy are made from China and that it is critical to ensure these products are safe. “This lead in these toys and paint hurts us more than any other community. The Consumer Product Safety Commission is supposed to be your guide against unsafe products…. Lead is not good for children for anybody and once it’s there, it never leaves.”

And on Saturday, Louanner Peters, Deputy Chief of Staff and District Director for Rep. Rush, spoke at the Chicago Southside NAACP’s congressional Forum held at the Chicago State University, 9501 S. King Drive.

Facing Rush’s opponents, all of whom accused Rush of being absent for a decade, Peters set the record straight.

Peters touched on a variety of Rep. Rush’s accomplishments ranging from economic development, technology to health care including fighting to include post partum care for women in the health care bill.

Peters said about eight years ago, Rush codified the whole issue of food deserts and successfully got money in the Department of Agriculture’s budget “that led to a focus on urban agriculture and the issue of food deserts bringing that to the forefront and putting it on the agenda of that Department and moving some resources into the community.”

She told of the amendment that Rush added to legislation that strengthened regulations for checking the level of lead in toys. “Most of our kids toys are made in China, and we found a totally unacceptable level of lead” she said causes physical, emotional and mental difficulties that many times are life-long problems.

On the issue of the Africa, Peters referred to Rush’s bill, H.R. 656 entitled the “African Investment and Diaspora Act” which would direct the president to appoint a Special Representative in a newly created Office of U.S. Africa Trade, Development, and Diaspora Affairs within the U.S. Department of State. This Act, Peters said, “would move U.S. and Africa trade to a division level within the Department of State. It is not now.” She said this move would ensure that both budget and policy and programs needed to “institutionalize the process of enhancing trade between the U.S. and Africa” and to include the Diaspora.

Directing fire at one opponent who lives in south suburban Evergreen Park’ who claimed Rush has been absent, Peters noted that Rush is responsible for bringing more than $600,000 to Evergreen Park for residential street resurfacing and the Village’s Library. “Some people don’t understand that the District starts on 26th Street and goes to the suburbs of Joliet.”

Just last Friday, Peters said Rush had 17 mayors, the Cook and Will County Boards staff present in a workshop with the administrator of the Pipeline Safety Administration in Washington and her technicians to work on advising them how to apply for a special grant.

This is key, according to Peters, who explained the south suburbs, particularly Will County, which portions of are now in the 1st District have more pipelines than any other area in Illinois. “They are all underground in the south suburbs.”

Peters listed other accomplishments of Rush including breaking ground last year to mark the beginning of the “Englewood Flyover” project thanks to a $126 million grant that Rush supported from the U.S. Department of Transportation.

He helped the Grove Parc Plaza Apartment complex in Woodlawn to secure a $30.5 million Choice Neighborhood Grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Rush held a “Transportation Jobs Fair” last August at the Chicago State University where more than 10,000 applicants appeared.

Peters said Rush, who is a ranking member of the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Energy and Power, has been in the forefront of debates and discussions over America’s future course in securing its energy needs as cost efficiently, reliably and responsibly (in terms of public health, safety and the environment) as possible.

Under the new congressional map passed by the Illinois General Assembly and approved by the federal court, Rush now has 712,000 people in his district up from 638,000 in 2000.


Chinta Strausberg is a Journalist of more than 33-years, a former political reporter and a current PCC Network talk show host. You can e-mail Strausberg at: Chintabernie@aol.com.

New AARP personalized online tool can help Americans of all ages realize current and future benefits of the Health Care Law

Posted by Admin On February - 27 - 2012 Comments Off on New AARP personalized online tool can help Americans of all ages realize current and future benefits of the Health Care Law

 Health Law Guide provides personalized health information in about five minutes



WASHINGTON, DC -Today, AARP launched a personalized online tool, the Health Law Guide, to help Americans understand benefits available currently and in the future under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Through a brief series of questions, offered in English or Spanish, AARP’s unique web-based tool provides an individually tailored report outlining coverage details based on an individual’s existing health care coverage or what other health coverage the individual may be eligible to get.


“The Affordable Care Act is complex but we can help,” said AARP Vice President Nicole Duritz. “AARP’s online Health Law Guide is a fast and simple tool where, in less than five minutes, an individual can quickly assess benefits available today. Also, through an interactive timeline they can learn about the impact the law will have on them and their families when it fully goes into effect in 2014.”


To get started, AARP Health Law Guide users are asked to answer six basic questions about themselves and/or their loved ones. Based on these responses, the tool provides users with a personalized report. Users can choose to be updated by email with news about the ACA, including when new provisions personally impacting them go into effect. The tool is free to the public, and is the first tool of its kind in both English and Spanish. As the health law becomes fully implemented, additional information will become available.


“Many benefits are currently available that individuals don’t know about. We want to and need to change that,” said Duritz said. “By spending just five minutes time using our new Health Law Guide, anyone can locate personalized information about what is currently available now, helping them make more informed health decisions for themselves and their families.”


The AARP Health Law Guide is available at www.aarp.org/healthlawguide and is also available in Spanish at www.aarp.org/guiadelaleydesalud.


About AARP

AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization with a membership that helps people 50+ have independence, choice and control in ways that are beneficial and affordable to them and society as a whole. AARP does not endorse candidates for public office or make contributions to either political campaigns or candidates. We produce AARP The Magazine, the definitive voice for 50+ Americans and the world’s largest-circulation magazine with over 35.1 million readers; AARP Bulletin, the go-to news source for AARP’s millions of members and Americans 50+; AARP VIVA, our bilingual multimedia platform for Hispanic members; and our website, AARP.org. AARP Foundation is an affiliated charity that provides security, protection, and empowerment to older persons in need with support from thousands of volunteers, donors, and sponsors. We have staffed offices in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

West Point Alum Maj Michael Burns receives Black Tech Magazine Award

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Fort Knox, KY (BlackNews.com) — MAJ Michael Burns received a BEYA (Black Engineer of the Year Award) from Black Engineering and Information Technology Magazine at the 26th Annual BEYA Global Stem Conference in Philadelphia on February 18, 2012. Burns was recognized for his achievement in the category of Promotion of Collegiate Education.The award was presented by LTG Thomas Bostick, Army Deputy Chief of Staff, during a special breakfast for HBCU deans.

MAJ Burns is the Minority Admissions Officer at the Military Academy at West Point where he and his team have increased the number of historically under-represented students each year since Burns took the position in 2009. Burns and his team are credited with the highest enrollment of African Americans in the Academy’s history in 2011.

Burns graduated from West Point in 2000 and then attended flght school. He earned a master’s degree in Management from Webster University and a master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Notre Dame.

“The U.S. Army has a deep commitment to the development and education of future leaders. I’m a product of that commitment and feel humbled by the recognition from BEYA,” stated Major Burns.

The Army is one of America’s leading sources of scholarships awarding more than $230 million in ROTC college scholarships to students attending private and public colleges and universities across America. A long standing commitment to youth empowerment and education drives partnerships with BEYA, the National Society of Black Engineers, UNCF, 100 Black Men of America and Essence Communications, Inc.

Currently, fewer than one in four 17-24 year olds are fully qualified to join the Army.

To learn more about Army career opportunities and education benefits visit www.goarmy.com . To learn more about STEM education opportunities visit www.usaeop.com or www.armyedspace.com.

Photo Caption: LTG Thomas Bostick on right Presents 2012 BEYA to MAJ Michael Burns at Black Engineers of the Year Award Conference

Photo Credit: SFC Scott Turner


Tell Congress: Don't harm kids with learning disabilities

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(A Message from the Illinois Branch of The International Dyslexia Association)


Students with learning disabilities, including dyslexia, deserve the same opportunities as their peers. Congress is about to act on legislation that will harm the chances of students with LD from graduating high school with a regular diploma. These bills will cut students with LD off from attending college and getting a job. This simply isn’t fair! 

Make your voice heard on this issue – watch the video and act now!

NCLD’s new video to illustrate the impact of this legislation on students with LD and their chances to go to college and obtain employment. We need your help! Watch the video
and help us tell Congress that this is not fair for students with learning disabilities like dyslexia.
Send this to your friends and family and help us tell Congress: Don’t harm kids with LD!


"Jumping the Broom" wins top NAACP Image Honors

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 Film garnered best awards in Leading Actor, Supporting Actor, and Best Director categories


Bethesda, MD (BlackNews.com) — Produced by Our Stories Films, an RLJ Company, and released by TriStar, a Sony Pictures Entertainment company, Jumping the Broom took home three top honors during the 43rd NAACP Image Awards ceremony. Laz Alonso won best actor, comedian/actor Mike Epps won supporting actor, and Salim Akil received the best director award in a film category.

“We are pleased with Jumping the Broom’s success and for the recognition our writers and actors continue to receive,” says producer Tracey E. Edmonds. “Each member worked exceptionally hard and was dedicated to helping tell this particular story of the African American family and each is incredibly deserving of the honors they receive during this year awards season,” she concluded.

“I commend Tracey for developing and producing Jumping the Broom and for bringing together an all-star cast to tell a story that resonated so well within the African American audience as well as with mainstream movie goers,” said Robert L. Johnson, founder and chairman of The RLJ Companies and Chairman of Our Stories Films. “I congratulate Laz, Mike, and Salim on being named “best” in their respective categories by this year’s NAACP Awards committee and I look forward to the next batch of successful films through Our Stories Films production in the near future.”

About The RLJ Companies:

The RLJ Companies, founded by Robert L. Johnson, is an innovative business network that provides strategic investments in a diverse portfolio of companies. The RLJ Companies seeks to target undiscovered or underserved markets then exercise solid management to achieve results. Within The RLJ Companies portfolio, Johnson owns or holds majority interests in businesses operating in banking, private equity, real estate, hospitality, automobile dealerships, entertainment, and video lottery terminal (VLT) gaming. The RLJ Companies is headquartered in Bethesda, MD, with affiliate operations in Charlotte, NC; Orlando, FL; Little Rock, AR; Los Angeles, CA; San Juan, PR; and Monrovia, Liberia. Prior to founding The RLJ Companies, Johnson was founder and chairman of Black Entertainment Television (BET). For more information, visit www.rljcompanies.com.

Our Stories Films, LLC:

Our Stories Films is the first African American owned film production studio that produces theatrical motion pictures that showcase the talents of African Americans on both sides of the camera and in the creative process. Founded in 2006, Our Stories Films is headquartered in Hollywood, CA, and targets underserved, urban audiences within the family and urban comedy genre with a production budget of $5M–$7M per film. For additional information, please visit: www.ourstoriesfilms.com

Award-Winning Writers read Archival Poetry…and drink

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CHICAGO, IL – Chicago Detours is presenting “Lost Chicago Drinking Poems,” a one-time-only special event of present day award-winning writers reading poems from the past about clubs, saloons, and beer. The reading takes place at the Berghoff on Saturday, March 3 as an off-site event for the Association of Writers and Writing Programs Conference (AWP). It is free with RSVP and open to the public, 6:15pm-7:30pm.
The poems were dug up from archives by Chicago Detours, a creative tour company. Notable Chicago poets and writers will read alongside AWP award winning novelists Mandy Keifetz, Douglas Light, and also Chicago’s own very accomplished Hannah Pittard. Denese Neu, author of Chicago by the Pint: a Craft Beer History of the Windy City, will read an excerpt from her new book. Guests arriving early will receive light complimentary appetizers. RSVP is required to info@chicagodetours.com as SPACE IS LIMITED.
Douglas Light won an AWP award for short story Girls in Trouble, and his East Fifth Bliss novel was adapted to the 2009 film starring Michael C. Hall, Peter Fonda, and Lucy Liu. Mandy Keifetz, of Brooklyn, NY, won the 2010 AWP fiction award, and both she and Douglas are among the Featured Presenters for the AWP. Hannah Pittard, who teaches fiction at DePaul University, was included in 2008 Best American Short Stories’ 100 Distinguished Stories. Other readers include: poet Sophie Grimes; Amy Ganser, co-editor of Chicago-based literary magazine Two With Water; and Chris Bower, host of two literary nights in Chicago.

AWP off-site events are happening throughout the city, and the “Lost Drinking Poems” event is just a couple blocks from the AWP Conference site of the Palmer House Hotel. Many off-site events are taking place at local bars and brewpubs, and only this event integrates literature with the environs in a celebration of Chicago’s literary, brewing, and drinking history.

Though Chicago Detours primarily focuses on guided tours of history, culture and architecture for public and private groups, their explorations may surface time to time in other forms – for example, as a creative video or this poetry reading. They sold-out their new “Good Times Historic Bar Tour” offered only in February, and the company may continue to offer it in the future alongside their “Inside the Loop,” interior architectural tour. Hear more about Chicago Detours’ creative angle on travel on Rick Kogan’s WGN Radio interview with Chicago Detours Founder Amanda Scotese from Feb. 5 (listen here).  

Don't blow it: Put that income tax refund to work for you

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Washington, DC (BlackNews.com) — If you’re waiting for your income tax refund, think first before you spend it. Put it to good use to help lower your debt, and in the long run improve your credit score.

Those Americans who are fortunate enough to receive a tax refund check are eager to splurge on a new outfit, a fancy pair of shoes or that new HDTV. Dionne Perry, sales director of Financial Education Services in Washington, D.C., says you’ll be better off using those extra funds to completely pay off a bill or pay down on a credit card you’ve had for years.

“So many people are happy when they know they’re going to get a tax refund,” says Perry, who has been a licensed mortgage broker and certified loan-signing agent. “But what they don’t realize is that with the credit markets still so tight, you need to pay off some bills so that you can improve your credit score.”

Why is a “credit score” so important? Perry explains that banks, credit card issuers, mortgage companies and financial companies use this score to determine how much of a credit risk you are. There are three major companies (Experian, TransUnion, Equifax) that track your payment history, the amount you currently owe lenders, the length of credit history, the number of new credit accounts opened or applied for and the mix of credit accounts you have, e.g. mortgages, credit cards, installment loans. The higher your credit score (720 and above), the more likely it is that you can get loans, refinance your mortgage and in some cases, land a new job or get a promotion. A low credit score (below 720) will make it more difficult for you to get access to credit, particularly if you’re trying to buy a new car, house or even a computer or washing machine or dryer.

“I work with you to sort this all out, then help you with a plan to improve your score that will really help your financial well-being now – and in the future,” Perry says.

To win a free consultation from Perry, send your name, email and phone number to her by email at dionneperry37@yahoo.com or call her at 703-593-5488.

For more information about her expertise and other services she offers, go to www.rebuildmycredittoday.com.

Dr. Kenneth Love's (AKA kenny Love's) music takes a chance

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Detouring slightly from his normal Jazz element and his recent “cAsE sEnSiTiVe” CD release, Dr. Kenneth Love (aka Kenny Love) slams the 2012 dance floor with his new high energy dance single titled “Chance.”

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Dallas, TX (BlackNews.com) — Detouring slightly from his normal Jazz element, groove, and on the musical heels of his recent “cAsE sEnSiTiVe” CD release, Dr. Kenneth Love (aka Kenny Love) slams the 2012 dance floor with his new high energy dance single titled “Chance.” The ever pulsating single can be experienced firsthand on Dr. Love’s YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/jazzman795

The aforementioned “cAsE sEnSiTiVe” compilation release that featured ten modern Jazz selections garnered a number of respectable compliments from the music industry, deejays, and fans alike, of which can be viewed at www.kennylovejazz.com/Comments.html

Likewise, the compilation spurned an ongoing dance floor hit appropriately titled “Let’s Dance!” which is available for review at www.youtube.com/watch?v=VTuaVvzE9M0M

Airplay Direct member radio station personnel, disc jockeys, and deejays may also download both a radio edit version and a longer dance floor version of “Chance,” as well as download both versions of the “Let’s Dance!” single at www.airplaydirect.com/music/KennyLove

About Dr. Kenneth Love
Dr. Kenneth Love began his studio recording career in 1982 after having served four years in the military. He produced and released several singles independently during an eight-year period (1982-1990) before spending the following twenty years (1990-2010) representing other independent musicians and recording artists as an international radio/video promoter and media publicist. He retired from promotion and publicity in 2010 to return to his musical artistry. Dr. Kenneth Love holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Education, a Master of Business Administration degree in Business Marketing, and a Ph.D./Doctorate degree in Business Marketing. For more details and information, please visit his website at www.kennylovejazz.com

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