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Voting Rights Showdown: Pass the Voter Empowerment Act

Posted by Admin On June - 21 - 2012 Comments Off on Voting Rights Showdown: Pass the Voter Empowerment Act

OPENING ReMARCs (6/19/12) (Reprint)


By Marc Morial, President and CEO, National Urban League


Right now in Florida, a battle is raging over the voting rights of several thousand Floridians.  State officials there want to throw them off the voting rolls, claiming they are not citizens. But county elections officials are refusing to comply, saying they don’t trust the government’s list. Indeed, out of a list of 2,700 names, only 40 had been identified as non-citizens.  So far, more than 500 who are on the government’s list actually have been identified as citizens, with full voting rights.
Florida officials, like so many state lawmakers across the nation have devised a solution to a problem that doesn’t exist – and in the process, are creating a huge problem. The constitutionally-protected rights of eligible voters – most of them minorities, senior citizens, students, service members and the disabled – are being shoved aside by restrictive voter ID laws, shrinking poll hours and unnecessary barriers to registration.
It’s no accident that voter suppression efforts target the very same people who stand to lose the most in the ongoing effort to dismantle the social safety net.
Legislation pending in Congress could go a long way toward reversing this dangerous trend. We support the Voter Empowerment Act, a comprehensive remedy to modernize registration, protect equal access to the ballot box and prohibit deceptive practices that keep people from voting. Find out more at our Occupy The Vote elections center.


Pass the Voter Empowerment Act

“With a pivotal presidential election just six months away, we must do all we can to ensure free and fair elections and that everyone can vote.” 

Pass the Voter Empowerment Act

Thanks to rising citizen outrage and efforts like the National Urban League’s “Occupy the Vote” campaign, the voter suppression movement is facing mounting resistance.  As we reported several weeks ago, voter suppression laws in Florida designed to purge voter rolls and make it more difficult to register voters, have now been challenged by the Justice Department.   There is also a new bill in the U.S. House of Representatives which takes direct aim at some of the most egregious voter suppression tactics being employed or considered in dozens of states throughout the nation.  These tactics include elimination of Election Day and same-day registration, reductions in early voting periods and absentee voting opportunities, and new restrictions on voter registration drives.  These measures could prevent millions of eligible voters from exercising their constitutional right to vote and they disproportionately affect our service members, people with disabilities, minorities, young people, seniors and low income Americans.

 As we approach the 2012 presidential election, we should be encouraging more, not less voting by the American people.  In the 2008 presidential election about three million Americans were turned away from the polls due to voter registration problems.  And an estimated 51 million Americans eligible to vote are not registered.  Still there are those who are determined to keep even more people from voting.  This is a travesty, it’s un-American and it dis-honors the sacrifice of generations of voting rights foot soldiers who fought and died to guarantee every citizen the right to vote.
Sponsored by Representatives John Lewis (GA), John Conyers (MI), Steny Hoyer (MD), James Clyburn (SC), and Robert Brady (PA), the Voter Empowerment Act (H.R. 5799), would fight back by ensuring equal access to the ballot box, protecting the integrity of voting systems and mandating accountability for fair elections. Among its provisions, the bill calls for
Modernizing the voter registration system, including allowing for on-line registration Requiring universities that receive federal funds to encourage students to register Setting standards for voting machines Simplifying the registration process for overseas military service men and women Authorizing same-day registration Empowering the Election Assistance Commission to ensure high standards and fair elections
Removing barriers for people with disabilities   
The Voter Empowerment Act is the most serious attempt to date by Congress to protect voters from the recent on-slaught of restrictive voting measures that make it harder for millions of eligible voters to register or vote.   In describing the bill in a recent op-ed in the Hill newspaper, Congressmen Conyers and Brady write, “The bill declares that a voter shall not be denied the right to vote unless the challenge is corroborated by independent evidence, and it also prohibits persons other than election officials from challenging a voter’s eligibility based on voter caging and other questionable challenges.”
John Lewis, a veteran of the civil rights movement, who was beaten during the 1965 “Bloody Sunday” voting rights march in Selma, Alabama, added, “The ability to vote should be easy, accessible and simple…We should be moving toward a more inclusive democracy, not one that locks people out.”  We agree.  Occupy the Vote.  Pass the Voter Empowerment Act now

Illinois will create new “Pathways to Prosperity” for high school students

Posted by Admin On June - 21 - 2012 Comments Off on Illinois will create new “Pathways to Prosperity” for high school students

Collaboration among employers, educators and policymakers needed to lead students from education to careers


SPRINGFIELD, IL – The Illinois State Board of Education announced that Illinois is among six states to participate in the Pathways to Prosperity Network, a coalition that aims to increase the number of high school graduates who attain a postsecondary credential with value in the labor market while also leaving open the prospect of further education. The work will initially focus on Chicago and Aurora, but the long-term goal is to create a statewide system of career pathways.

“This is about schools and businesses working together to provide greater guidance and options so our young people can make smart choices as they complete high school and move on to post-secondary education and jobs that will better support them and the Illinois economy,” said State Superintendent of Education Christopher A. Koch.  “This is a proven strategy for keeping students engaged in high school and mindful of their future.”

The Pathways to Prosperity Network is a collaboration between the Pathways to Prosperity Project at Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE), Jobs for the Future (JFF) and six states: Illinois, Maine, Massachusetts, Missouri, North Carolina and Tennessee. It follows HGSE’s 2011 report “Pathways to Prosperity: Meeting the Challenge of Preparing Young Americans for the 21st Century,” which challenged the American education system’s emphasis and support for a four-year college degree. The report argued students need additional pathways that combine rigorous academics with strong technical education to equip them with skills and credentials to succeed in the labor market.

Both the City of Chicago District 299 and Aurora West Unit School District 129 will help lead the work in Illinois to support better career guidance and job pathways for students in their communities.

“This collaboration is critical to the work we’re doing to prepare our students for success in college and career,” said CPS CEO Jean-Claude Brizard. “Our young people are the key to the future of our state, and this program will help us to ensure our students have the tools and support needed to be prepared for, and compete in, today’s economy.”

The districts will move with local community partners in education and commerce toward planning efforts to provide education and training that improves employment outcomes in their areas and throughout the state.

“We understand the important role education plays in the economic development of our communities, state and nation,” said School District 129 Superintendent Jim Rydland. ”This role includes guaranteeing that our students are prepared for the workforce of the future.”   

A 2011 report by Complete College America showed that only about 37 percent of Illinois students graduate with a bachelor’s degree within four years while 61 percent of full-time students and 23 percent of part-time students in Illinois earned a college degree within six years, or by their mid-20s. Recent national studies also show that even among those under 25 who have earned a college degree, as many as half may be unemployed or, more typically, underemployed.

As part of this endeavor, the Illinois Pathways Interagency Committee -  made up of six state agencies focused on education and economic development – will work with employers and educators to build career pathways systems for high school students. Each state will be led by a coalition of key public and private sector leaders committed to generating and sustaining political and financial support for the agenda and addressing legislative or regulatory barriers that inhibit progress.  For more information on Illinois Pathways, visit: www.illinoisworknet.com/ilpathways

“Employers need to be heavily engaged with both educators and policymakers if we hope to put more young people to work with a credential of value,” said Jeff Mays, President of the Illinois Business Roundtable.  “I truly applaud the efforts of leaders in Illinois to move this project forward.”

Earlier this year, Gov. Pat Quinn, with business and education leaders, launched Illinois Pathways, a public-private partnership to develop Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) learning exchanges across the state with federal Race to the Top funds. The Initiative expects to award grants later this year for the planning and implementation of eight STEM learning exchanges.

For more information about the Pathways to Prosperity Network and its partners, please visit:

The Harvard Graduate School of Education: http://www.gse.harvard.edu/

Jobs for the Future: http://www.jff.org/

Lt. Governor Simon declares “Title IX Day” with Chicago Sky coach, players

Posted by Admin On June - 21 - 2012 Comments Off on Lt. Governor Simon declares “Title IX Day” with Chicago Sky coach, players


Sky’s honorary Title IX team highlights impact of 40-year-old legislation


CHICAGO, IL – Joined by Chicago’s professional women’s basketball coach and gold-medal players, Lt. Governor Sheila Simon declared today “Title IX Day” in Illinois in honor of the legislation’s 40th anniversary and its impact on women and girls throughout the country.

Enacted on June 23, 1972, Title IX banned discrimination on the basis of sex in any federally funded school in the United States. Though Title IX opened new academic and employment opportunities to women and girls, the law is best known for its impact on women’s sports.

Nationally, the number of high school girls participating in sports has risen tenfold in the past 40 years, while participation in Illinois is up nearly 60 percent since 1989, the first year any participation data was tracked by the Illinois High School Association. Prior to Title IX, tennis was the only sport sanctioned for girls’ statewide competition in Illinois; today girls’ teams compete in 15 sports, ranging from badminton to basketball.

“Title IX helped women ‘get in the game’ not only in sports, but in academic and professional pursuits,” said Simon, who competed on Wittenberg University’s first women’s indoor track team in 1980. “It opened the door to gymnasiums and science labs, kept girls in school and on career paths, and put their dreams within reach.”

Chicago Sky Head Coach and General Manager Pokey Chatman considers herself a direct beneficiary of Title IX. As a basketball player with Louisiana State University in 1991, Chatman lead her team to LSU’s first Southeastern Conference tournament championship and was named the team’s MVP. Chatman has been with the Sky since 2010 and was joined by Sky center Ruth Riley and forward Swin Cash, both Olympic gold medal winners, at Wednesday’s event. The Sky joined the WNBA in 2005 and is ranked second in the Eastern Conference with a 7-2 record so far this season.

“Title IX has been incredibly important to me throughout my career,” Chatman said. “From being a college athlete to coaching professionally, I know that Title IX helped me become the person I am today.  I’m particularly thankful I had a front row seat to witness some of the pioneers in women’s sports such as Sue Gunter and Pat Summitt. We still have a lot of work to do but it’s important on this anniversary that we reflect on the good Title IX has done and keep the conversation going about what more we can do.”

In recognition of Title IX, Chatman named nine female leaders, players, coaches and advocates to the Sky’s honorary Title IX team, which will be showcased during a halftime reception August 17. The members are: Margaret Stender, chairwoman, former president and CEO of the Chicago Sky; Sarah Spain, ESPN/ESPNW contributor and reporter; Amy Skeen, president and CEO of Girls in the Game; Lisa Cole, founder of the Chicago Force; Julie Foudy, member of USA Women’s Soccer Team; Peg Kopec, volleyball coach at St. Francis High School in Wheaton; Ramelia Williams, former Chicago director of Go Girl Go!; Maria Wynne, CEO for Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana; and Lt. Governor Simon.

As an undergraduate student at Wittenberg University in Ohio, Simon received All-American honors in high jump and set still-standing records in indoor and outdoor high jump, two of the three longest-standing records in track history at the school. Because the school had no women’s indoor track team, Simon competed on the men’s indoor team during her freshman year and was a member of the school’s inaugural women’s indoor team the following year.

Though Title IX has allowed for a great deal of expansion of women’s sports at all levels, opportunities are still lacking for girls from minority or low-income backgrounds, Simon noted. A 2007 U.S. Department of Education report stated that on average, 51 percent of white female high school sophomores participate in sports. That figure drops to 40 percent for African Americans and 32 percent for Latinos.

“Today we celebrate how far we have come in the 40 years since Title IX enactment, but this should serve as a reminder for how much more we need to do,” Simon said. “We will be able to truly celebrate when all students, no matter their zip codes, have the opportunity to excel on and off the field.”

Hampton University’s historic cancer-fighting efforts give Alfred Scott “A new lease on life”

Posted by Admin On June - 21 - 2012 Comments Off on Hampton University’s historic cancer-fighting efforts give Alfred Scott “A new lease on life”

HAMPTON, VA – African-American men lead the world in prostate cancer incidences, according to the American Cancer Society’s ‘Cancer Facts and Figures 2009’.


Hampton University is addressing this and other cancer-related minority health disparities with the most precise form of cancer treatment to date. The Hampton University Proton Therapy Institute (HUPTI) is the largest of its kind in the world and when its doors opened in August 2010, became only the eighth facility in the country to offer proton therapy.


Proton therapy is able to target tumors with millimeter accuracy, sparing surrounding healthy tissue resulting in reduced side effects for the patient.


“In July of 2009, I received a diagnosis of prostate cancer,” said Alfred Scott of Hampton, Va. “My doctor scheduled me for radiation treatments. However, since so many of my friends and family members experienced disturbing side effects from radiation I wanted to seek an alternative treatment.”


Scott said he was watching the local news and learned about proton therapy and that Hampton University was opening a proton facility.


“I went to the internet to do extensive research about proton therapy and everyone spoke so positive about their experience and about the treatment, that I decided that proton therapy was the best choice for me,” said Scott. “I am very happy with my decision.”

Scott wanted to be one of the first patients treated when HUPTI opened. “I told my doctor I was going to wait until this facility opened up. I contacted HUPTI for a consultation and became one of the first ones to be treated.


“My appointments were only thirty minutes each day, and the actual treatment time lasted only a minute long. I finished my eight weeks of treatment in November of 2010. I have not experienced any after effects over a year and a half after treatment. I didn’t even have to alter my daily routine due to any complications during treatment.”


The average treatment time is two minutes or less, five days a week, from one to nine weeks.



 Scott spent 27 years in the U.S. Army Intelligence and retired as a Chief Warrant Officer III. He was also the program manager for Information Security at Ft. Monroe, retiring after 18 years. These days Scott spends his time in the garden, in his wood shop and being an advocate for proton therapy.


“I tell as many people I can about this treatment because proton therapy gave me a new lease on life,” said Scott, who celebrated his 33rd wedding anniversary just days after completing his treatment.


According to the American Cancer Society, African Americans suffer disproportionately from almost every major cancer site. In addition, the Prostate Cancer Foundation states that one out of every four men in the U.S. will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in his lifetime.  


Located in Hampton, Va, in the Mid-Atlantic region, HUPTI is currently treating prostate, brain, pediatric, breast, lung, head and neck, GI and other cancers in four treatment rooms. “This is an exciting time for us as we are commissioning the fifth room which should be ready by late summer, said Cynthia Keppel, scientific and technical director, HUPTI. To commission each room, Keppel and her team run a series of tests and safety measures, before a treatment room can open for treatment.


HUPTI’s staff has over 100 years of combined clinical proton therapy experience. “I’ve been to every type of medical facility you can think of, but HUPTI stands apart from all of them.

“Being one of the first patients at HUPTI has changed my outlook on life, said Scott, who recently turned 77. “And the best part about it, my PSA went from a 5 to 0.5.”

Despite the economy, HU was able to raise the capital necessary to bring the $225 million project to fruition. President William R. Harvey has deemed HU’s efforts as easing human misery and saving lives.


For more information on HUPTI, please visit hamptonproton.org or call 877.251.6838.


Proton Therapy

  • Non-invasive
  • Treatments last two minutes or less
  • Average treatment duration is 1-9 weeks
  • Reduced side effects for the patient
  • Recurrence rate is less than 10%
  • Has successfully treated over 100,000 people worldwide


Topinka announces additions to Ledger Transparency Site

Posted by Admin On June - 21 - 2012 Comments Off on Topinka announces additions to Ledger Transparency Site


Comptroller unveils financial database enhancements


SPRINGFIELD, IL – Illinois Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka announced that she has added payment totals for state vendors and listings and compensation for all state Officers and Board and Commission members as part of the latest enhancements to her office’s transparency website, The Ledger.

Launched in April, The Ledger set a new standard for state transparency by allowing taxpayers to click their way through everything from the state’s daily receipts and bill backlog numbers to state agency budgets and expenses. In announcing the initiative, Topinka vowed to add to the site over time and provide even more information for public inspection. The Ledger can be found at ledger.illinoiscomptroller.com.

“We launched the most comprehensive, up-to-date online financial database that Illinois has seen – but we were not satisfied with stopping there,” she said. “In meetings with constituents and media, I asked for suggestions on what else they would like to see, and these changes reflect those discussions.”

Specifically, Topinka said that The Ledger now includes:

  • · Payment totals for state vendors
  • · State officers and their compensation
  • · State boards and commissions, members and compensation
  • · Links to lobbyist information filed with the Illinois Secretary of State
  • · Links to General Assembly members and information

“This is another step in our on-going effort to provide information and restore the fiscal integrity of our state,” Topinka said. “And let me assure taxpayers that we’re not finished yet, so stay tuned.”

Women’s Business Development Center offers July programs that support and accelerate Women’s Business Ownership

Posted by Admin On June - 21 - 2012 Comments Off on Women’s Business Development Center offers July programs that support and accelerate Women’s Business Ownership

Center provides a continuum of business development services to prospective and established women entrepreneurs including counseling, training, financial, certification and procurement assistance.


CHICAGO, IL, June 19, 2012 – Among workshops/events offered in July by the Women’s Business Development Center (WBDC), a nationally and internationally recognized women’s business assistance center providing services and programs that support and accelerate women’s business ownership and strengthen the impact of women on the economy, are:

Tuesday, July 10, 6 – 8:00 p.m., “Social Media Marketing Series: Building Your Brand through Facebook”

Description: Over 70% of U.S. internet users are on Facebook.  Learn how to convey your brand’s message through Facebook in an effective, engaging and relevant manner, being taught at the Women’s Business Development Center.  This is the first of a five part series with the remaining covering: Twitter, LinkedIn, Google+ & YouTube and building a social media marketing plan. 

Location: WBDC, 8 South Michigan Avenue, 4th Floor, Chicago, IL 60603

Cost: $30.00 in advance, $35.00 at the door or $125.00 for the 5 workshop series

Registration: http://www.wbdc.org/Calendar/EventDetails.aspx?eId=1632

Thursday, July 12, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m., “Connections Points: Networking with Accountants, Attorneys, Mediators and Financial Advisors”

Description: This exclusive networking event is for established women business owners in the following industries: accountants, attorneys, mediators and financial advisors.   Discover how professionals in these industries are employing innovative strategies to attract new clients and increase revenues.

Location: Argent Restaurant and Raw Bar, 660 N. State Street, Chicago, IL 60611

Cost: $20.00 in advance, $30.00 at the door

Registration: http://www.wbdc.org/Calendar/EventDetails.aspx?eId=1651

Tuesday, July 17, 1 – 2:30 p.m., “Crowd Funding: Alternative Sources of Funding”

Description: If you’re thinking about starting a creative project such as a new business or offshoot of your current business, learn what creative funding options are available from the Women’s Business Development Center’s financial expert.

Location: WBDC, 8 South Michigan Avenue, 4th Floor, Chicago, IL 60603

Cost: $10.00 in advance, $20.00 at the door

Registration: http://www.wbdc.org/Calendar/EventDetails.aspx?eId=1637

Thursday, July 26, 9 – 10:30 a.m., “Are you Ready for a Government Contract?”

Description: This workshop focuses on determining if your business is at the right stage to pursue opportunities with government agencies, and how to market your business to them. Learn the steps to identify contract opportunities, including which website to visit to find bid opportunities.

Location: WBDC, 8 South Michigan Avenue, 4th Floor, Chicago, IL 60603

Cost: $10.00 in advance, $20.00 at the door

Registration: http://www.wbdc.org/Calendar/EventDetails.aspx?eId=1631 

For further information about these or other WBDC workshops, visit http://www.WBDC.org or call (312) 853-3477. The WBDC is headquartered at 8 S. Michigan Avenue, 4th Floor, Chicago, Illinois 60603.

One lucky fan to win a trip for 4 to Roman Harper’s Annual Celebrity Golf Tournament

Posted by Admin On June - 21 - 2012 Comments Off on One lucky fan to win a trip for 4 to Roman Harper’s Annual Celebrity Golf Tournament

New Orleans, LA (BlackNews.com) — New Orleans Saints’ Roman Harper announced that only one week is left to participate in his “A Sainted Weekend” charity raffle, a unique fundraiser that will award one lucky winner with the ultimate fan experience. The raffle winner and three guests will attend Roman Harper’s 3rd Annual “A Sainted Weekend,” a weekend of activities concluding with a star studded Celebrity Golf Tournament at the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail at Capitol Hill in Prattville, Alabama.

Celebrities that will be participating in the event include New Orleans Saints Roman Harper, Malcolm Jenkins, Mark Ingram, Jahri Evans, Jermon Bushrod, Buffalo Bills Marcel Darreus, St. Louis Rams Quinn Porter, ASU Coach Reggie Barlow, Former Saints DB Darren Sharper, and other surprise guests.

Proceeds from ticket sales will benefit Harper’s nonprofit, the Harper’s Hope 4*1 Foundation, whose mission is to strengthen families and enhance their emotional, social and spiritual health through educational programs, enrichment activities, and economic development.

Roman Harper has teamed up with NetRaffle.org powered by Celebrities for Charity Foundation to conduct a raffle using the foundation’s patented technology. NetRaffle(TM) is hosting the online contest at www.netraffle.org to give one lucky fan a chance to win this once-in-a-lifetime prize package. Tickets cost just $2.00 each, with a minimum purchase of five tickets. This gives every fan a chance to win this amazing prize. The raffle is open now, and closes on Monday, June 25, 2012 at 11:00 AM EST.
Grand Prize:
* Winner and 3 guests will play 18 holes and take part in Roman Harper’s Annual Celebrity Golf Tournament at the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail at Capitol Hill in Prattville, Alabama on Saturday, July 14th, 2012
* Winner and 3 guests will attend the private Celebrity Cocktail Reception & Silent Auction
* Winner and 3 guests will receive 3 nights lodging at the Courtyard Marriot in Prattville, Alabama.
* Winner and 3 guests will receive a travel allowance for coach airfare to the tournament. Additionally, meal vouchers and ground transportation (including to and from the airport) will be provided the whole weekend.
* Winner will be awarded a cash prize in the amount of $2,117.50 to mitigate the Winner’s tax liability that results from winning the raffle.
* Total Prize Value: $7,000
“The Harper’s Hope 4*1 Foundation collaborates with community organizations, schools, business owners and local governments to provide programs that strengthen families and enhance their emotional, social and spiritual health,” said Roman Harper, Founder of Harper’s Hope 4*1 Foundation. “This raffle is a unique way to generate much-needed funding for our Foundation, which will support programs that directly help families in Alabama and Louisiana.” Throughout the year, the Harper’s Hope 4*1 Foundation presents a wide variety of community event programs such as reading contest, entrepreneur workshops, after school youth activities, summer camps for kids and mentoring programs.

For more information, visit www.HarpersHope41.org
About Roman Harper:
Roman C. Harper is a safety for the New Orleans Saints of the NFL. Roman has en¬joyed success at every level he has played football. Roman was drafted in the second round of the 2006 NFL Draft. In 2009, he earned his first Pro Bowl berth and helped lead the New Orleans Saints to the Super Bowl XLIV Championships in Miami, FL. In 2010, Roman earned his second Pro Bowl berth where the NFC triumphed over the AFC. Harper ranks second among all NFL safeties with 9.5 sacks and fourth among all league safeties with 11 forced fumbles. Roman Harper is committed to the community and values family. Harper exemplifies what it means to be a role model and philanthropist. Throughout the entire year Roman can be found speaking to the youth at churches, schools, community centers or participating in one of his programs sponsored by Harper’s Hope 4*1 Foundation.

Photo Caption: New Orleans Saints’ Roman Harper

WorldChicago to host a public forum for emerging business and social entrepreneurial leaders from Africa

Posted by Admin On June - 21 - 2012 Comments Off on WorldChicago to host a public forum for emerging business and social entrepreneurial leaders from Africa

WorldChicago will host a public forum, Friday, June 22, 2012, for seven emerging business and social entrepreneurial leaders from Africa participating in the US Department of State’s Mentoring Partnerships for Young African Leaders.  The young leaders, representing Angola, Chad, Djibouti, Kenya, Malawi, Nigeria and South Africa will share the successes and challenges of their individual projects and discuss their mentorship experiences in Chicago.  Questions & Answers to follow.   


Continental breakfast will be provided.


WorldChicago Coffee Conversations Series, “Entrepreneurship:  From Africa to Chicago” , will be held Friday, June 22, 2012, 8:00 – 9:30 A.M., at the Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington Street, Chicago, IL, in the Garland Room, 1st Floor.


Cost & Registration: WorldChicago members, free.

Members, contact Lexy Gore to register at (312) 254-1800 x103 or Lgore@worldchicago.org 


Non-member Registration: $10 per person.

Buffalo Grove to host first environmental green fair

Posted by Admin On June - 21 - 2012 Comments Off on Buffalo Grove to host first environmental green fair
MWRD to raffle free rain barrel
The Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago (MWRD) and Buffalo Grove Environmental Action Team will be hosting its first Green Fair from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Sunday, June 24 at Mike Rylko Community Park, 1000 N. Buffalo Grove Rd. Staff from the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago (MWRD) will be staffing a booth and raffling a rain barrel.
The free event will offer demonstrations so families can learn more about composting, water conservation, rain gardens, prairie restoration, and recycling. The MWRD is raffling a free rain barrel. The MWRD also sells and delivers rain barrels for $58 plus tax.
The event will also feature recycling opportunities. Collections include:
·         gently worn shoes
·         eye glasses
·         hearing aids
·         keys
·         compact fluorescent light bulbs
·         household batteries
·         small electronics such as cell phones, laptops, gaming systems, inkjet cartridges, MP3 players, cameras, GPS devices and radar detectors
·         gently used books
·         yoga mats
For more information about the Green Fair, visit http://www.bgeat.org/.

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