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Archive for April 6th, 2012

National Black Church Initiative supports Empowerment Temple’s Online Voter Registration effort to register 1 million voters on Easter Sunday

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Washington, D.C.- The National Black Church Initiative declares its support for Pastor Jamal Bryant’s Empowerment Temple’s movement to register 1 million voters on Easter Sunday, April 8th. We commend Pastor Jamal Bryant for his extraordinary leadership in representing the finest tradition of the black church to empower those of us whose backs are against the wall and need to be empowered to use our votes to change our communities.


Reverend Anthony Evans, President of NBCI says: “Pastor Bryant should be commended on this great effort and we intend to work with him until this goal is reached. I have authorized all of our churches to follow the leadership of Pastor Bryant on this issue.”


We keep being reminded that voting is not just essential, it is the essence of a democracy. One vote can count as a million votes when it is cast with power. All Black churches, all 150,000 of us, 34,000 of which are represented by NBCI, should register at least 20 members of their congregations who remain unregistered to vote. Our call as a church community is to make sure everyone is included in the voting process and empowered to make a difference. This voting registration program conforms to NBCI’s Civil Society Initiative.


About NBCI


The National Black Church Initiative (NBCI) is a coalition of 34,000 churches working to eradicate racial disparities in healthcare, technology, education, housing, and the environment. NBCI’s mission is to provide critical wellness information to all of its members, congregants, churches and the public. NBCI offers faith-based, out-of-the box and cutting edge solutions to stubborn economic and social issues. NBCI’s programs are governed by credible statistical analysis, science based strategies and techniques, and methods that work. Visit our website at www.naltblackchurch.com.


PAC+ Launches the New American Majority PAC 3-21-12

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PAC+, a new national network of leaders focused on democratizing money and politics to give voice to America’s New Majority, launched at the National Press Club in Washington, DC.
Recognizing that People of Color and progressive Whites are the New American Majority of people in the United States, PAC+ will combine the resources of its members and direct them to strategic races in states where the demographic revolution can change the political balance of power. In 2012, PAC+ is focusing on six strategic states — Texas, Arizona, Georgia, New Mexico, Ohio, and California.
Led by the team that in 2007 created Vote Hope, the country’s first Democratic SuperPAC, PAC+ is an innovative approach to politics that weaves together demographic developments, technological tools, and network theory into a powerful force for change.
“Currently a handful of billionaires are hijacking our democracy and advancing policies that are harmful to the majority of the American people. PAC+ is piloting a new model of SuperPAC that is focused on many donors, not mega-donors,” said Steve Phillips, Chairman of PAC+.
PAC+ is being launched by a National Board of over 70 community and political leaders in 16 states and is “powered by” PowerPAC.org, a social justice advocacy organization that coordinated the country’s first independent expenditure for Obama in 2007 and conducted a $10 million, 18 state electoral program targeting African American and Latino voters in key states.
“Democrats spend tens of millions of dollars pursuing a strategy based on an outdated and inaccurate picture of the American electorate,” said Dr. Julie Martínez Ortega, President of PAC+. “The census data make clear that People of Color and progressive Whites are a majority of the U.S. population now, and our strategies need to shift accordingly,” added Dr. Martínez Ortega.
There are twelve million U.S. households of People of Color and progressive Whites with a household income of more than $100,000, and PAC+ is targeting less than 1% of that market, 100,000 people. “Many of us who benefited from the struggles that opened up the doors of higher education and corporate America are now in a position to give back,” said Maria Echaveste, Executive Committee member of the Democratic National Committee and the former Deputy Chief of Staff to President Clinton.
“Rather than get into a battle with the billionaires on the Right, major donors on the Left should invest their money in institutions and organizations that can unleash the power of the country’s demographic revolution, and PAC+ is just such an organization” said Susan Sandler, a philanthropist and private investor.
PAC+ will pool money from members across the country and direct those resources to strategic races in its six 2012 priority states. PAC+ is a federal political action committee and SuperPAC incubated by PowerPAC, a nonprofit advocacy and political organization. PowerPAC was organized to champion democracy and social justice in states and communities across the country and conducted the 2008 Obama independent expenditure campaign and a successful 2010 independent effort to help Kamala Harris win election as California’s Attorney General.
For more information, contact:
Melisa Diaz, 202.285.0785
Lorena Chambers, 304.876.2706

The University of Tennessee Health Science Center welcomes Rev. Jesse Jackson to Memphis Campus

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uotbuttonMemphis, TN (BlackNews.com) — Chancellor Steve J. Schwab, MD, senior-level administrators and students at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC) recently welcomed Rev. Jesse Jackson to the UTHSC main campus in Memphis. The civil rights leader and Baptist minister is in town to commemorate the 44th anniversary of the death of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and to replace the wreath on the balcony outside of the room at the Lorraine Motel where Dr. King stayed and was killed.

African-American students representing each of UTHSC’s six colleges – Allied Health Sciences, Dentistry, Graduate Health Sciences, Medicine, Nursing and Pharmacy – had the opportunity to meet and converse with Rev. Jackson. The globally recognized civil rights leader called the UTHSC students “role models and frames of reference that our community needs you to be. You have fulfilled the dream,” he said referring to Dr. King’s, world-famous “I Have a Dream Speech.” “To be equal we have to study… We have to be first in excellence, in education and in preparation,” he stated.

Furthermore, Rev. Jackson observed, “Too many of our children come from so much brokenness, from a real, dark place. You have to be part of the light, part of the overcomers. When we realize success, like you have, we have a tendency to conceal our pain. By sharing what you’ve been through to achieve your goals, you can spread that light to others.”

When discussing the many serious challenges in the African-American community including health disparities, guns, crime and drugs, Rev Jackson told the UTHSC students, “You can be disgusted by the negative circumstances you see around you, but don’t be disheartened. Don’t let it break your spirit. You will never know what seeds you plant when the children of our community just see you. You are the faith and the substance of what we are hoping for.”

Challenging the UTHSC students as they move forward in their health professions, Rev. Jackson stressed, “Nurturing and mentoring matters… Seize this unusual moment in your lives and apply it. You have a long time to apply it. Our children need more exposure to young people like you because usually you do what you know. Our children have limited dreams because they haven’t had the exposure to know what vast possibilities are out there. You can help our children dream bigger dreams.”

“Our university community has a solid commitment to diversity in staff hiring, student enrollment as well as faculty employment and retention,” said UTHSC Chancellor Schwab. “The thousands of health providers who we educate and train every year are dedicated to serving every member of our community with high quality, confident care. To give our very best service to the men, women and children who need our skills, we must engage patients, their families and our colleagues with mutual respect and appreciation for our varied backgrounds and experiences.”

Among the team members who met with Rev. Jackson were Theotis Robinson, UT System vice president for the Office of Equity and Diversity, who was one of the first three African-Americans ever admitted to UT; Ken Brown, JD, MPA, PhD, UTHSC executive vice chancellor and chief operations officer, who in 2005 became the first African-American to serve as chief of staff at any UT System campus; Noma Bennett Anderson, who 21 months ago became the first African-American dean of any college in the history of UTHSC, leading the UTHSC College of Allied Health Sciences; and Marie Chisholm-Burns, PharmD, dean of the UTHSC College of Pharmacy, the first African-American to ever lead the college and the second African-American dean in UTHSC history. The UTHSC College of Pharmacy enrolls more African-American students than any other pharmacy college in the nation, outside of historically black colleges and universities.

“The message you are sharing with us really resonates,” noted Dean Anderson, “and we appreciate you being here to share that message. We will follow what you are saying in real ways and translate it into action with real numbers.” The dean explained her own passion for enrolling more African-Americans in the diverse health care careers available in her college. “African-American students should not be and will not be missing in action in our programs,” she stated. “All of our department chairs understand that inclusion is a real, measurable goal we must meet.”

“When I look at your faces around this room, I’m encouraged,” Rev. Jackson told those assembled, focusing keenly on UTHSC students. “The leadership you are looking for is around this room.”

About The University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC)
As the flagship statewide academic health system, the mission of the University of Tennessee Health Science Center is to bring the benefits of the health sciences to the achievement and maintenance of human health, with a focus on the citizens of Tennessee and the region, by pursuing an integrated program of education, research, clinical care, and public service. In 2011, UT Health Science Center celebrated its centennial: 100 years advancing the future of health care. Offering a broad range of postgraduate training opportunities, the main UTHSC campus is located in Memphis and includes six colleges: Allied Health Sciences, Dentistry, Graduate Health Sciences, Medicine, Nursing and Pharmacy. The UTHSC campus in Knoxville includes a College of Medicine, College of Pharmacy, and an Allied Health Sciences unit. In addition, the UTHSC Chattanooga campus includes a College of Medicine and an Allied Health Sciences unit. Since its founding in 1911, UTHSC has educated and trained more than 53,000 health care professionals on campuses and in health care facilities across the state. For more information, visit: www.uthsc.edu.

Photo Caption:

(Front row, from left) Ken Brown, JD, MPA, PhD, executive vice chancellor and chief operations officer at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center; Alftan Dyson, third-year student, College of Pharmacy; Rev. Jesse Jackson, civil rights activist and Baptist minister; Lauren Russell, first-year student, College of Nursing; and Enitra Jones, PhD candidate, College of Graduate Health Sciences; (Back row, from left) Quantel Rolle, second-year student, College of Medicine; Derrick Meadow, second-year student in the MSN-CNL program (Master of Science in Nursing-Clinical Nurse Leader), College of Nursing; Brandice Allen, fourth-year student, College of Dentistry; and Brandon Jones, second year-student in Cytotechnology/Histotechnology (highly skilled laboratory professionals), College of Allied Health Sciences.


Jazz on a Summer’s Day returns to the Lakeside Inn

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Monthly concert series showcases roster of international virtuoso musicians

On Sunday May 27, the non-profit arts organization portoluz will kick off the fourth season of intimate concerts and performances it showcases at the Lakeside Inn.


JAZZ ON A SUMMERS DAY presents uncompromising jazz and creative improvised music (and more) in an idyllic rural setting perched on the shores of Lake Michigan. The series Jazz on a Summers Day presented by portoluz is a chance to encounter some of the world’s most innovative and compelling artists in a seductive arts-centric and semi-rural environment- a perfect place for deep listening and untrammeled creativity.


The “ballroom” of the historic Lakeside Inn is a mid-size wooden room filled with arts and crafts era antiques. The ballroom looks out over Lake Michigan and in this cozy and informal setting, the performance unfolds. The magic of the environment, the virtuosity of the musicians, the intimacy of the performance and the natural acoustics of the wooden room conspire to create a deeply meditative experience.


Veteran impresaria Marguerite Horberg owned the fabled nightclub HotHouse in Chicago for many years. HotHouse was one of the world’s premiere stages for Jazz and eclectic contemporary cultural expression. Now Horberg and her new company, portoluz are bringing the same top talent to Harbor Country in a special all-acoustic program. This seasonal series of sophisticated artistry is designed to be unfettered by commercial distractions -making the Lakeside Inn a perfect spot for artistic discovery and adventure.


Featured in this year’s season are some of the music world’s most treasured creative artists. While each performance on the bill is uniquely representative of the genre -jazz/creative improvised music, altogether and over the years, dedicated audiences can appreciate the comprehensive language of the improviser and how the music is continually being advanced through contemporary exploration.  In fact, the point of the series is to take audience members on a journey through modern music and provide opportunities to experience art that they might not otherwise have access to.


One highlight of the season includes a special bittersweet farewell tour of the Netherland’s Willem Breuker Kollektief – honoring the founder who died in 2010.  In June, look for Lakeside favorites: Edward Wilkerson Jr., Micheal Zerang, Tatsu Aoki to make a return appearance and elsewhere in series look for the Lakeside debuts of New Yorkers Thomas Buckner and Robert Dick.  Most of these artists tour the world and have substantial recording and performance careers playing and collaborating in a range of settings. We are very proud to present them in this special environment in Harbor Country.  

To read more about the featured artists click here 


“Crisp dappled sunlight falling on stray notes, lazy phrasing, a serious music lover’s idyll”.

Jazz on a Summers Day is underwritten in part by The Pokagon Fund.

Jazz on a Summer’s Day  

Season summary at a glance 


VENUE: The Lakeside Inn 15251 Lakeshore Road, Lakeside Michigan

VENUE INFO: The Lakeside Inn (269) 469-0600 www.lakesideinns.com 

DATE: Concerts take place on the last Sunday of the month May through October

TIME: All programs commence at 4pm EST

PRICE: Tickets for each concert are $15 per person; all ages are welcome to attend 

MORE Information: portoluz@gmail.com, www.portoluz.org







School districts cutting staffs and borrowing to balance budgets as economic woes continue

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ISBE using revised data to avoid penalizing districts for late state payments


SPRINGFIELD, IL — The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) released its annual financial profile of the state’s public schools using revised Fiscal Year 2011 data that takes into account the state remains behind in payments for the third consecutive year to school districts. The 2012 financial profile scores show that the number of districts in Financial Recognition increased from last year’s 604 to this year’s 670 or 77.3 percent of 867 districts. While more districts have improved their financial standing, ISBE’s data also shows that school administrators continue to reduce their expenditures and increase borrowing to balance budgets.

“Local school boards and administrators continue to make difficult choices as they grapple with decreased local and state revenue as well as late payments from the state,” said Board Chairman Gery J. Chico. “They have been forced to cut staff, forgo supplies, delay facility repairs and outsource operations in order to cut costs.”

The Financial Profile is a snapshot in time that helps ISBE gauge school districts’ financial condition. Once approved, ISBE staff can use the Financial Profile tool, along with other data and information, to assess an individual district’s financial status.  

The list of districts categorized in Financial Recognition, Financial Review, Financial Early Warning and Financial Watch is based on each district’s Annual Financial Report from Fiscal Year 2011, which ended June 30. The rating is created by using five indicators of financial performance:


·         Fund Balance to Revenue Ratio

·         Expenditures to Revenues Ratio

·         Days Cash on Hand

·         Percent of short-term borrowing available

·         Percent of long-term debt remaining


The State Board of Education is required by law to calculate each district’s finances and to incorporate late payments, thus removing any impact of late payments for mandated categoricals such as pupil transportation, special education and other expenditures due to the state and national recession. The school code was amended, effective August 2009, to specifically ensure that districts are not designated as being in financial difficulty solely due to delayed state payments.

The financial condition of many districts has changed in the nearly nine months since the end of the prior fiscal year and may not be reflective of a district’s finances today. But the sluggish economy has meant that at any given time over the past three years, the state of Illinois has a backlog of bills owed to schools, sometimes totaling more than $1 billion. As of this week, the state owed more than $4.4 billion in overdue payments, including $729 million in education-related bills.

“Districts have increased cash balances by issuing debt or restructuring debt payments,” State Superintendent of Education Christopher A. Koch. “While we expect continued lean economic times, our Board is advocating a modest increase (3.9 percent) for the state’s K-12 education budget to fund daily operations and important ongoing reforms.”

This is the 10th year that the Financial Profile has been used to help districts and the state review district finances. From 2004 to 2009, the number of districts in Financial Recognition Status increased each year. That number decreased in 2010 but increased in 2011 and again this year. There is a slight decrease in the number of districts in the lowest category, Financial Watch, going from 24 districts last year to 17 districts in the FY12 Financial Profile Scores. Fifteen districts got off the list; fourteen reflected improvement and one district reorganized into another district.

There are eight new districts in Financial Watch this year but three are listed because they did not submit an Annual Financial Report. In total, four districts – Ashton-Franklin Center Community Unit School District 275, Bellwood School District 88, Maywood-Melrose Park-Broadview 89 and Thornton Township High School District 205 -  did not submit an Annual Financial Report. The ISBE continues to work with these districts in order to receive a report.

For the 2012 Financial Profile of 867 districts, there are:


         *670 Financial Recognition school districts, based on FY11 revised data, up from 513 in FY 2007 and up from 606 with revised data in 2011.

  • 143 Financial Review school districts, down from 193 in 2007 and down from 188 with revised data in 2011.
  • 37 Financial Early Warning school districts, down from 115 in 2007 and down from 52 with revised data in 2011.
  • 17 Financial Watch school districts, down from 53 districts in 2007 and down from 24 with revised data in 2011. 

Results of the Financial Profile:



FY 11 Financial Profile

Based on FY 10 Revised Data

FY 12 Financial Profile

Based on FY 11 Revised Data





Financial Recognition





Financial Review





Financial Early Warning





Financial Watch










 The School District Financial Profile was reviewed by the Illinois State Board of Education during its regularly scheduled meeting today.

 The 2012 Financial Profile for all districts in Illinois can be found online at: http://www.isbe.net/sfms/P/profile.htm

The Park at Rosemont to bring international food and drink, world-class comedians, live music and more to Chicago’s Northwest suburbs

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200,000-sq.-ft. Dining and Entertainment Destination to Feature Five Roses Pub,
Kings Lanes & Lounge, Adobe Gila’s, Toby Keith’s I Love This Bar & Grill,
Zanies Comedy Night Club, Park Tavern, Hofbräuhaus Chicago and a Greek Restaurant

Venues to open beginning in April, with Grand Opening Festivities
slated for this Summer

30,000-sq.-ft. Lawn Space at the Heart of The Park At Rosemont to Host
Farmers Markets, Festivals and More

– This spring, The Park at Rosemont, a new dining and entertainment district will open in Rosemont featuring 200,000 square feet of international cuisine, bars, live music and comedy, state-of-the-art film and bowling venues, and more. The beautifully designed complex will encircle a graceful lawn that will play host to farmers’ markets, festivals and a winter ice skating rink. The Park at Rosemont is located at 5501 Park Place.

“The Park at Rosemont will have something for everyone,” said Rosemont Mayor Brad Stephens. “There will be casual dining with great food from around the globe; uproarious jokes from today’s best comedians; great music from established and rising country music stars; the area’s best bowling; and Hollywood’s top films shown in a state-of-the-art theater with superior customer amenities. In addition, we will offer a wide array of events, festivals and family entertainment on the public lawn. We are confident that The Park at Rosemont will become a popular place for people from the greater Chicago area and out-of-town visitors to relax, congregate and enjoy a great meal, drinks with friends or one of the many entertainment options. It also is a great complement to Rosemont’s many other attractions, including the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, the Akoo Theatre at Rosemont, the Allstate Arena and the Ballpark at Rosemont.”

Ground was broken in 2011 for the eight venues that will join the already-opened Muvico Theatres in The Park at Rosemont. Designed by Baltimore-based Design Collective, the welcoming tree-lined environment will feature charming brick buildings and generous spaces for outdoor patios. The Park at Rosemont was designed to provide a place that would offer something to please everyone – office workers seeking a casual business lunch, young professionals planning a fun evening out, convention attendees looking for some post-conference relaxation, theatergoers in need of pre- or post-show dining, or families in need of kid-friendly weekend entertainment options.

The new venues that will join Muvico to comprise The Park at Rosemont are:
• Five Roses Pub brings a touch of Gaelic Flair comes to The Park at Rosemont. For centuries a major part of Irish culture has been the local Public House, a meeting place found in any town where members of the community can gather and relax, celebrate and bond over a bite to eat, a pint or a song. Five Roses is a 6000-sq.-foot Irish pub serving traditional Irish fare and an extensive beer list. Five Roses, which will also feature live music, will open in April 2012. The Five Roses Pub is named in honor of the late Rosemont Mayor Donald E. Stephens’ five decades in office. fiverosespub.com
• Kings Lanes & Lounge is a 27,000-square-foot entertainment complex with 20 state-of-the-art ten-pin bowling lanes, two full-service bars, a boutique billiards lounge and a separate full-service restaurant with patio seating overlooking The Park. Kings is fully equipped with a state-of-the-art sound system, complemented with more than 60 HD televisions. Kings’ menu will be highlighted by unique modern plays on classic bar fare such as cheeseburger spring rolls, bacon-wrapped grilled cheese bites and daily selections of hand-rolled sushi. The venue is the ultimate destination, whether it be an afternoon family outing, a corporate event, watching favorite sports teams or dancing the night away along with the house DJs. The venue is projected to open in April. kingsrosemont.com
• Toby Keith’s I Love This Bar & Grill will be exciting 35,000-sq.-ft. fun and rowdy atmosphere inspired by the music and the attitude of the “Big Dog Daddy” himself, Toby Keith. “I Love This Bar & Grill” will offer a mason jar-full of entertainment all week long; whether you want to watch the big game on one of its numerous flat screen TVs, listen to live country music from some of the country’s best high-energy live bands, dance the night away or eat some delicious down-home barbeque cooking. Guests will always enjoy the friendly environment that will make them feel like a part of the family. “I Love This Bar” is projected to open late spring. CountryBarIL.com
• Adobe Gila’s Margarita Fajita Cantina is the home of the famous sizzling fajita, offering a variety of delicious Mexican and American appetizers, entrees and sandwiches. Fresh made-to-order guacamole will accompany a large kid-friendly menu. At Adobe Gila’s guests will enjoy live entertainment seven nights-a-week and never a cover charge. The fully stocked bar offers more than 75 tequilas, 30 drafts beers, the ever popular “fishbowl” drink and 64 oz. ‘Mug O Rita’. The 15 large-screen HD TVs and HD projector will show all of the major Chicago sporting events. The covered second-story patio will be open year round, overlooking The Park. “Adobe Gila’s, come for the food, stay for the party!” The 6,000-square-foot venue is projected to open in May. adobegilas.com

• Zanies Comedy Night Club is one of the nation’s best established comedy clubs, presenting the hottest comedic talents on the circuit today. In 1978, Zanies became the first night club in Chicago to feature professional standup comedy on a full-time basis. Zanies, the goal is to present the best standup comedy in the most intimate and personal setting. Zanies in Rosemont will continue this tradition with a design featuring a glamorous but intimate environment, the best sound and lights, state-of-the-art video displays, VIP seating, and a corporate section for groups and parties. Guests will enjoy a full-service bar, select food items, great customer service and legendary standup comedy, all designed to make the entire experience unforgettable. It is projected to open in May. zanies.com
• Park Tavern is a contemporary spin on the gastropub experience, in a modern industrial-chic restaurant and lounge. An out-of-the-box concept, Park Tavern proudly serves great gastropub food in a casual yet stylish setting. As soon as guests enter, they will feel at ease in the warm urban lounge. They can pour their own draft beer from the comfort of plush overstuffed booths with the restaurant’s unique table-tap systems. In warmer months, they can enjoy a craft cocktail and the view of The Park from the roof-deck. Projected to open in August, Park Tavern is perfect for lunch, dinner and private events. Restaurants-America.com
• Hofbräuhaus Chicago, a family-friendly restaurant and brewery, brings the classic tastes of Munich to the Chicago area, modeled on the 400-year-old venue in Munich, Germany. The family-friendly venue will feature traditional Bavarian specialties, live music, a brewery for the production of the Hofbräuhaus’ world renowned beer (brewed continuously since 1589) and the legendary Gemütlichkeit (a friendly, relaxed, convivial environment) that has made it a must-visit destination for travelers throughout the world. It is projected to open this summer. hofbrauhauschicago.com
• A 7,200-sq,-ft. Greek restaurant will complete the attractions at The Park at Rosemont. Guests will be transported to the shores of the Aegean and the Mediterranean as they feast on delicious traditional Greek specialties, including dolmades, taramosalata, roast lamb, moussaka, roast chicken and, of course, flaming plates of saganaki, always accompanied by the waitstaff’s enthusiastic shouting of the classic Greek exclamation “Opa!”
The Park at Rosemont is conveniently located near O’Hare Airport, easily accessible from the City of Chicago as well as suburbs to the north, east and west. The address is 5501 Park Place, a new looping street situated west of River Road between Bryn Mawr and Balmoral Avenues. A 20-minute drive from Chicago’s Loop, The Park at Rosemont is walking distance from the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, the CTA Blue Line Rosemont station and the Akoo Theatre at Rosemont. Ample, convenient parking is available with 8,500 sheltered, attended parking spaces just steps from The Park at Rosemont.

A schedule of special events and festivals will be announced at a future date.

About The Village of Rosemont, Illinois

Rosemont, Illinois, Chicagoland’s business and entertainment suburb, is conveniently located five minutes from O’Hare Airport and twenty minutes from Chicago’s downtown. Rosemont is home to the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, a wide variety of hotel and dining options, the Allstate Arena, the Akoo Theatre at Rosemont, and a host of entertainment and retail venues. Rosemont continues to grow and evolve based on the vision and legacy of founding Mayor Donald E. Stephens. The Park in Rosemont, featuring an array of great dining and entertainment options, will open in spring 2012.

For more information visit rosemont.com.

Waterfalls designed to improve water quality & aquatic habitat in Chicago area waterways open for season

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Award-winning project a successful combination of form and function


Now that winter is officially over and temperatures are on the rise, the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago (MWRD) has turned on its Sidestream Elevated Pool Aeration (SEPA) stations. The five SEPA stations, located along the Calumet-Sag Channel and the Calumet River, improve water quality and provide scenic park-like environments.

The SEPA stations were put into service between 1992 and 1994, and they are designed to replicate one of the most effective reclamation techniques – waterfalls – by adding oxygen to water in turbulent cascades. The aeration process improves water quality, encourages fish populations and prevents unpleasant odors.

Aeration stations are necessary in the Chicago Area Waterway System (CAWS) due to the unnatural form of the waterway. Since the bottom and banks of the man-made portions of the CAWS are smooth and the current is quite slow, there is very little turbulence to aerate the water. The MWRD’s SEPA stations pump the water out and up before it cascades over three to five foot drops. The waterfalls naturally increase the dissolved oxygen content before the water re-enters the waterway.

Four of the five SEPA stations are open to the public. Two are located in Chicago at the intersections of the Calumet River and Torrence Avenue and at Indiana Avenue on the north side of the Little Calumet River. The other two SEPA stations are quite popular recreational destinations and are located on the banks of the Calumet-Sag Channel at Western Avenue in Blue Island and Harlem Avenue in Worth. The SEPA station in Worth is situated next to Water’s Edge Golf Course within a 12.5 acre park and attracts many visitors and special events, including weddings and photo shoots. In addition to the adjacent golf course, this area includes a pavilion, benches, walking paths and bridges.

The MWRD’s SEPA project received the Outstanding Civil Engineering Achievement Award in 1994. The award is the highest honor bestowed on a civil engineering project by the American Society of Civil Engineers.

“The MWRD constructed the five waterfalls to improve water quality and improve aquatic life in Chicago area waterways,” said David St. Pierre, MWRD executive director.  “Not only do the SEPA stations perform the practical function of aerating the water, but they enhance the surrounding property with attractive landscaping for accessible public outdoor spaces.” 

75-percent of Home Owners Planning Spring Repairs and Improvements According to Better Business Bureau Poll

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(From the Better Business Bureau)


CHICAGO, IL – Spring is usually a popular time of year for home improvements and according to a Better Business Bureau serving Chicago and Northern Illinois (BBB) online poll, this year may be a busy one for local contractors. The month-long survey indicates 75-percent of respondents plan to use some type of professional help for home improvements. 


“This overwhelming majority of people planning to use contractors to improve their homes, condos and yards this spring bodes well for the construction business,” explained Steve J. Bernas, president and CEO of the Better Business Bureau serving Chicago and Northern Illinois. “The large number of people interested in using contractors for work ranging from roofing to landscaping shows the home improvement sector of the construction industry should have a busy spring.”


Of those seeking professional help for repairs, 20-percent indicated planning exterior home repairs. Tied for second place with 18-percent each were roofing and landscaping; followed by a 10-percent vote for deck/patio/walkway improvements. Professional painting was selected by 9-percent of the respondents.


“Almost one-quarter of respondents stated they are postponing the use of contractors for fix-up and improvement needs,” explained Bernas. “This could potentially indicate the economy is holding consumers back from spending money on the construction industry.”


Black Doctorates Conference – A major event for black doctorates

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Miami, FL (BlackNews.com) — A Black Doctorates conference will be held on June 29-30, 2012 in Miami, Florida. The theme will be “Black Doctorates: Building Our Future/ What’s Next?”, and the conference will serve a twofold purpose: (1) To discuss a plan of action of how to increase the number of black doctorates; and (2) expose black youth to black doctorates as a motivational tool to earn a doctorate and make a difference in the lives of others.

On Friday, June 29th, a lapel pin ceremony (Ph. D and Ed. D) will be held with other doctorates in their full doctoral regalia. Therefore, the Doctorates from other academic areas (PSY. D., D. MIN., D. P.A.,) just to list a few, will be recognized with their names on the conference program/website on the same evening. The Ph. D. and Ed. D lapel pins will have a hard enamel with a clear stone and shipped in a velvet pouch. Also, doctoral candidates are encourage to attend the conference and will also be recognized in the same manner.

In addition, doctorates who have earned their degree between the ages of 20-37 will be recognized at the ceremony – as a motivational factor to Black youth.

On Saturday, June 30th, at Don Shula’s Hotel and Golf Club in Miami Lakes, Florida, there will be two panel discussion on the conference theme with strategies that attendees can implement.


To register for the event, send a payment of $40 via money order, Pay Pal, or mail to Black Ph. D/ Ed. D Magazine 5235 NW 7th Avenue Miami, Florida 33127. Payable to Black Ph. D/Ed. D Magazine. The deadline for registration is April 16, 2012.

For more details about the event and to learn about the appropriate attire, visit www.blackphdeddmagazine.com or contact blackdoctorates33142@yahoo.com or call (786) 231-9820.


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