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Madigan: Illinois recovers $10 million for State Medicaid Program in settlement of national drug pricing scheme

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CHICAGO, IL — Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan announced today that Illinois will receive $10 million in a 30-state settlement against McKesson Corporation to resolve allegations that the company inflated pricing data used for setting Medicaid reimbursement rates for a large number of prescription drugs. The inflated data caused the state’s Medicaid program to overpay for those drugs.

Reimbursement rates for pharmaceutical drugs dispensed to Illinois Medicaid beneficiaries are set by a standard known as the “Average Wholesale Price” (AWP), which is a benchmark used by most states including Illinois. Illinois alleged that McKesson, one of the largest drug wholesalers in the country, reported inflated AWP pricing data to First Data Bank (FDB), a publisher of drug prices, which meant that many of the AWPs used by Illinois to set reimbursement rates were inflated. 

“This company rigged the drug pricing system to boost its own earnings rather than report those costs fairly and accurately,” Madigan said. “Pricing cases like this one are critical to ensuring that Illinois and federal Medicaid funds are being spent in the interests of the people who need medical care.”

Today’s announcement of the states’ $151 million recovery was preceded by the federal government’s April announcement of a $187 million settlement. As part of both the state and federal agreements, Illinois will recover a total of more than $23 million for the state’s Medicaid program.

The suit against McKesson was filed in the United States District Court in New Jersey. To date, Madigan’s office has recovered more than $57 million from drug manufacturers that were alleged to have reported inflated AWP information to FDB and other publishers of drug prices.

After 37-years, State closes Dr. Carl C. Bell’s mental health center

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Senator Trotter fights to help patients

 

By Chinta Strausberg

 

Dr. Carl C. Bell Thursday appealed to Governor Pat Quinn to grant him a three-month bridge fund so he can properly close his beloved South Side Community Mental Health Council where he has been president/CEO for nearly 40-years and where he continues to work without pay since last March.

Located at 8704 S. Constance and 62nd and Western, Dr. Bell said come August 1, 2012, he may have to closed his building because the state did not renew his contract. “I don’t know what I will do,” said Bell. “I may pitch a tent on the City of Chicago property and see patients. “ At one point, Bell was seeing 26,000 every fiscal year and 800 coming through two emergency rooms.

“I still got patients,” said Dr. Bell who is a noted black psychiatrist respected around the nation. “I tried to call everybody. We sent out letters, but many of our patients move around. We are trying to contact all of our patients.” His contract expired June 30. 2012. “Everybody who has been here since July 1st are volunteers and there aren’t many of those,” he said.

He still has a receptionist but the building personnel handed in their keys two-days ago. “Our clinical services are pretty much close. I will be there if the lights stay on and the telephones work until July 31st. I have patients. This kind of hit us as a surprise,” said Bell.

“Dr. Bell is a national treasurer that national people have called in for advice…people like President George Bush,” said Senator Donne Trotter (D-17th) who called the closure of Bell’s health center a travesty.”

Trotter, whose office is in Bell’s building, said the doctor “has been a builder of people and has always worked over capacity. I watched his employees come to work for months without pay. They volunteered after they quit. I am hurt by this because of all of the people that will be negatively impacted.  No one is more knowledgeable that Carl.”

Trotter said he is working on getting bridge money for Dr. Bell. You just can’t leave people out here in the streets. Yesterday, a lady and her three children came there and nobody was here. They didn’t get the memo because they are closed. There has to be a bridge, a transition for that to happen.”

According to Trotter, August 1st is the deadline, but he added, “If Jesse Jackson can save Soul Queen when the city closed it, they can save the Community Health Council.”

Dr. Bell said, “We were working with the state, and I thought we were making progress at our negotiations to stay open or at least if not staying open can get some bridge funding to transfer 1,000 patients. We’re talking about poor black people. They move around like anybody’s business and they are hard to track down. We don’t know how many people have been notified or not by the state or by us. We’ve been calling and sent out letters. Everybody is doing everything we can to let people know we’re essentially closed.

“The problem is I have patients scheduled until September 17th,” said Bell who said many don’t have valid phone numbers or have viable addresses. “I am prepared to camp out from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. to see patients. I don’t have electricity. I don’t have water or a bathroom. I guess I can pitch a tent and hopefully if the patients remember what medications they are on” he can still treat them.

So sure he was going to remain open, Dr. Bell had begun to computerize their records. “If I don’t have power, I can’t get to them. What I have been doing is I have been printing out their evaluations if I have it on the computer and the last progress note” that includes some medical history. He gives them another letter from the state letting them know where they can resume their treatment.

Dr. Bell has been with the Community Mental Health Council since 1975.  When he graduated from medical school in 1971, Bell found a small number of physicians who were trying to start a comprehensive medical center. Since that was his goal, he joined their efforts. In 1975, he got funded and in 1980 they received a comprehensive grant.

Asked why didn’t the state renew their contract, Dr. Bell said, “I honestly don’t know why. I’m sure the state had good reasons form their perspective. I am not mad at them. We’ve been having financial difficulties partly on us and partly on the state, which has been paying slower and slower.  We were weak financially since 2005. Maybe we were the weakest of the lot to make an investment in or maybe we are the diseased gazelle that needs to be killed by the lion, but I really don’t know what happened,” he said.

“We’ve always worked very closely with the state. We’ve always had good relationships with the state. I don’t know what happened but when you haven’t paid staff and the state hasn’t paid you, it’s hard for staff to come to work when they haven’t been paid in months,” said Bell.

“The state was making demands on us. We were doing our best to meet those demands, but if you don’t have infrastructure…,” providing adequate care is a challenge. “Right now, there are maybe five people working there and I am seeing 45 patients a day on Wednesday’s, Friday’s and Saturday’s at least until the end of July. I am trying to get everybody their medication and their progress report. I am prepared to do it through the middle of September if I have a building.

“We don’t have any money; so I’m not sure when the electricity will go off or the lights will go out,” said Bell who needs bridge money to help people until they are properly transferred.

Bell received his last paycheck last March, but he has a part-time job at the University of Illinois on Tuesday and Thursday’s. Asked if he has used his personal funds to support the operations and the staff, Bell said he has and that the Council owes him “a lot.”

Regardless of the pay, Dr. Bell, who has overseen a $20 million operation at the Council with slow receivables coming in, is committed to helping his patients. Referring to the FY12 contract, Bell said, “We fulfilled that contract.”

‘Sometimes when you do something for free sometimes people say, ‘well, hell. Why should I pay you when you’re working for free….”

Asked his next step, Dr. Bell said, ‘I don’t know. I know I don’t have the organization I helped build over the last 37-years. I’ve got this part-time job at the University of Illinois that will end in about six-months to a year. I don’t know what I’m going to do.”

In his efforts to save the health facility, Dr. Bell has pulled down some of his pension funds only to find out his staff was doing the same. “We’ve got vans and one guy would get the vans fixed using his personal credit cards. It’s not like we’re rich, black bourgeoisie people having money lying around…because we don’t.

“You know how you get into a place where you either cast your lot with black people or you abandoned them. We couldn’t do that,” said Bell who fears African Americans might turn on them because they did not get their contract renewed.

Asked if he could talk to President Obama what would he say, Dr. Bell said, “he’s kind of hard to get to, but if I could I would say if you look at the services we have done over the years, we should be given some consideration. We had a major influence in public policy. If you look at the Patient Care and Affordability Act, the prevention that’s in there and there is a huge chunk of prevention in our health services in that Act along with the research the Council did.

His Council did research on how to strengthen families, how to involve Child Protective Services, the work around HIV and preventing violence. “Just that alone has had tremendous national influence,” said Bell. “We have helped a tremendous number of people.

At one point, he had seven psychiatrists who left when the state was slow in paying. “Again, we are not mad at the state” and said he will continue to try and seek an audience with the Governor to request three-months bridge money.

“I never realized how difficult it was without any help or money to pay for things. I was scared, terrified as our support and infrastructure began to fragment. “

Asked if an audit was done on his funds, Dr. Bell said one was executed for FY 11. He hired people to help to do that. Asked if the state do an audit of their records, Bell said they gave him FY 12 records. “Everything was not OK. We were in a hole. We’ve been working through a deficit since 2005, which was $3 million. We were trying to dig our way out and were doing that, but then the economic downturn hit and the money began to slow like molasses.”

Bell said that is when staff began to leave because he could not pay them on time. The state was slow in paying.

“We moved in that building in 1987. We don’t know how long the phones, lights or electricity will be on, and I don’t know how long the board will allow us to keep the building open. They are talking about closing the building on July 31st but no decision has been made yet. They’re trying to help, too,” said Bell. “We have not had any money coming in to help us” through this crisis. “We are in the same boat that the patients we care for are in.” His staff members are hurting financially as well.

Dr. Bell tried to cash in some life insurance policy and pension plan and gave the staff his policy to help keep the doors open. “I know they have one policy of mine, but when I tried to give them another, they wouldn’t take it,” said Bell. “We used to put staff payroll on my personal credit card,” he said.  “I found out other staff were doing the same thing.”

So, right now, Dr. Bell is poised to pitch a tent if his building is closed for the sake of his patients. He sees from three to 45 people a day and some are new patients. “The problem is anywhere between 35 percent to 50 percent of our patients don’t have good phone numbers or addresses. We’ve been reaching out and calling people and we get no answer….”

“My fear are the people who don’t have phones who use their last bus fare to come to his health center that may be closed. “My concern is people will be showing up and nobody will be there and they will be out of medicine. That won’t work. I’d rather pitch a tent or a desk, some paper and a prescription pad and see people but the problem is I won’t have their records.”

Bell will be there until July 31, 2012 but doesn’t know what will happen after that. “We can find space,” he said but the problem is how will the patients know where to go. “I’d rather be there in a tent or sitting at a table to see them. At least they can get their medicine and a progress report…. It’s unfortunate for the patients and the staff.”

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.

Lt. Gov. Simon releases findings of rural listening tour; will form basis of a strategic plan for Rural Affairs Council

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MOLINE, IL – More than half of participants at a series of rural listening posts held across Illinois this year said they expect their quality of life to improve in the next five years and cited job creation, education funding and access to affordable healthcare as the top issues facing their communities, Illinois Lt. Governor Simon said.

These are the major themes in a report written by the Illinois Institute for Rural Affairs at Western Illinois University detailing the feedback Simon gathered from citizens during her rural listening tour in the spring, which took her to Carbondale, Freeport, Gibson City, Mattoon, Peoria and Quincy.

Simon presented the report to the 25-member Rural Affairs Council during a council meeting in Moline today and said the information will form the basis of a strategic plan that will guide the council’s work and complement its focus on expanding local food access and strengthening rural emergency medical services.

“I look forward to working with council members to turn this feedback into a plan that ensures state government is meeting the needs of rural citizens,” said Simon. “Being from Southern Illinois I appreciate the need for innovative ideas that will boost rural economies.”  

Over 360 people attended the listening posts and were asked to rank top concerns in the areas of health care, education, infrastructure, business climate, workforce training and quality of life before giving more detailed input during small roundtable discussions.

Despite the overall optimism of listening post attendees, 37 percent thought the quality of life in their community would get worse due to a lack of good paying jobs, and nearly 35 percent voiced concerns about inadequate school funding. Close to half of participants said the ability of local schools to prepare students either for college or for the workforce was the most important education issue.  

Participants gave several ideas on how to alleviate these issues including a greater emphasis on vocational and technical training in addition to better collaboration between schools and local businesses. Participants also identified skills such as literacy and math as skills workers need to improve.

Governor Quinn recently signed a bill that Simon helped draft that directs the Illinois State Board of Education to develop model math curricula that will improve college readiness and workforce preparedness. The law is part of Simon’s efforts to strengthen the state’s community college system and improve college completion rates.

“Too many students arrive at college not prepared for college-level math and too many employers, especially in manufacturing, say workers lack the necessary math skills needed in today’s global economy,” Simon said. “We aim to reduce remediation and  prepare students for careers by strengthening math instruction in middle school and all four years of high school.”

Rising healthcare costs were a top issue for participants as 32 percent of attendees said affordable healthcare was the most important healthcare issue, while another 22 percent cited access and availability of health insurance. Participants said that improved preventative care and healthier lifestyles could help stem rising costs.

Participants also discussed the critical role technology, particularly access to high-speed internet, will play in offering rural areas expanded access to specialists, preventive care and education services and helping control costs through improvements such as electronic medical records.

Improving high-speed internet access was seen by participants as vital to all parts of rural life in Illinois and attendees said it could offer solutions that enable rural residents, businesses and institutions to collaborate, increase efficiency and control costs. But the biggest barrier to expanding internet use was cost, according to 32 percent of attendees.

“We were impressed by the quality of the discussion and the passion that many of the attendees brought to the conversation,” said Christopher Merrett, director of the IIRA. “By participating in the Listening Posts, rural residents demonstrated their commitment to their communities and their belief that rural areas are great places to live, work, and do business.” 

 The report directs the Rural Affairs Council to form a work group and use participants’ feedback along with data from the IIRA’s Rural Life Poll, which formed the foundation of the questions asked at the listening posts, to begin work on a strategic plan.

 Rural listening posts were held by Lt. Governor George Ryan across Illinois in 1986 and led to creation of the Governor’s Rural Affairs Council the following year. In 1998, 2000 and 2007, the Rural Affairs Council, the IIRA and the Illinois Rural Partners, a non-profit, organized listening posts across Illinois to directly gather input from rural citizens.

The Rural Affairs Council is comprised of citizen members and representatives from various state agencies, institutions and organizations that impact rural Illinois. For more information on the council or to read the listening post report visit www.ltgov.illinois.gov.  

Four-Star Bike Tour offers fun routes for every rider, plus a new scavenger hunt option

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Sign up before July 29 and save $3 on registration for the Four-Star Bike Tour, Chicago’s longest running bike ride. This thrilling summer biking event takes place on Sunday, August 26.

Four-Star Bike Tour offers four new great routes, a scavenger hunt with prizes (12-mile route only). After your ride, there’s a post-ride festival where you can pick up lunch and refreshing Goose Island beer.

Sign up for the 12-mile route and join a scavenger hunt on the ride! Compete in the scavenger hunt as an individual or put together a team. Complete the activities, challenges and trivia questions to win prizes (how about a new bike?) Scavenger hunters are encouraged to break out their Chicago-related costumes. We expect to see hot dogs, Blues Brothers, gangsters, characters from a John Hughes film and Chicago Bears, among others. Prizes will be given for the best costume and best team costume. Groups of 10 or more adults pay $25 each (a $5 savings).

Not sure about riding on streets with traffic? Participants of the 12-mile Chicago Ramble can also sign up for Safe City Cycling, an education opportunity that will teach participants to ride more confidently and safely on city streets. Participants learn from a traffic safety expert and ride the route in a small group.

Participants choose their fully-supported route:

  • Chicago Ramble & Scavenger Hunt (12-miles) (Safe City Cycling option extra)
  • Boulevard Jaunt (22-miles)
  • Chicago & Beyond (35-miles)
  • Ultimate Neighborhood Ride (62-miles)

Mechanical support is offered, volunteers to point the way, rest stops and water stops to ensure you enjoy your ride with us.

When you sign up for the Four-Star Bike Tour, you’ll be glad to know that your registration fee supports the Active Transportation Alliance’s efforts to make cycling, walking and public transportation easier and safer in Chicagoland.

Event registration includes a ride T-shirt, rest stop access and entry into the post-ride festival with live entertainment, food and beer.

For more information and to sign up, visit http://www.fourstarbiketour.org/.

The Active Transportation Alliance is a non-profit, member-based advocacy organization that works to make bicycling, walking and public transit so safe, convenient and fun that we will achieve a significant shift from environmentally harmful, sedentary travel to clean, active travel. The organization builds a movement around active transportation, encourages physical activity, increases safety and builds a world-class transportation network. Formerly the Chicagoland Bicycle Federation, the Active Transportation Alliance is North America’s largest transportation advocacy organization, supported by more than 6,000 members, 1,000 volunteers and 35 full-time staff.

For more information on the Active Transportation Alliance, visit www.activetrans.org or call 312.427.3325.

Wah Wah Watson Music releases new single Featuring Ray Parker Jr.

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New York City, NY –– Rainy Songs Entertainment – Danmark Music Group U.S.A. CEO, Rainy Davis announces the signing of international distribution deal with “Wah Wah Watson Music” the first rhythm and blues digital music label established by one of the original innovators of The Motown Sound, “Melvin Ragin p/k/a “Wah Wah Watson”

On July 4th of this year, world renowned musician, songwriter, producer Wah Wah Watson signed an international digital distribution deal with Rainy Songs Entertainment – Danmark Music Group U.S.A.  What prompted him to make his decision to unleash his new digital label “Wah Wah Watson Music” was a long time relationship with Grammy nominated songwriters Pete Warner and Rainy Davis and the music distribution technology and tools  Rainysongs Entertainment – Danmark Music Group USA headquarters brings to the table. The RDS System is developed and powered by Rainy’s European partners, Danmark Music Group Ltd., Dan Hougesen and Mark Wills who besides being software technology mavens are also professional artists, songwriters, musicians and producers that rock!

Watson loves the idea of being in control of his music and that’s what helped him in his decision to come on board. Because he always remains in sync with the most advanced music technology and his style of playing is unique since the early days in Detroit at Motown’s “Hitsville” recording studios to the incredible music he creates in his own studio in southern California today this was undoubtedly the perfect match.

The labels first single “I Just Can’t Go On” is on-deck for release from Ghostbusters music composer / artist Ray Parker Jr. The amassed music skills and experience from Parker & Watson is now being unleashed with a sound and style that radio and music buyers will embrace worldwide! 

Melvin “Wah Wah” Ragin is the guitar virtuoso that created such a mesmerizing sound with his guitar that it has often been imitated by wanna be Watsons but absolutely no one has ever been able to duplicate his sound or style. His implementation and combination of the wah-wah pedal, echoplex, talkbox, and fuzzbox combined with an uncanny ability to place rhythm guitar lines on any track regardless of the music genre makes him one of the most sought after guitarists on the planet. For years his name has often been confused and it’s time now to set the record straight. In addition to Melvin Ragin, his friends refer to him as “Wah Wah” but his salutation of choice is “Wah Wah Watson”.

His equipment list includes multiple Mac and PC computer systems,  Logic, Pro Tools,  Propellerhead software, Digi Sampler, and certainly his custom made wah-wah pedal, echoplex, talkbox, and fuzzbox, Mutrons, phasers and octave dividers. His guitar of choice is his baby, a customized L5 semi hollow body Gibson. Wah Wah Watson Music is now using this software system with digital distribution (exclusively available in North and South Americas through Rainy Songs – Danmark Music Group USA). He’s now empowered with total control of his digital distribution and also has the ability to handle unlimited digital labels and artists globally.    

Wah Wah Watson has initiated his digital strategies to musically assemble some of the biggest hit makers in music into one tight little circle including.; Herbie Hancock, Maxwell, Cheryl Lynn, Butterscotch, Mavis Staples, Phil Upchurch, Rainy Davis, Pete Warner and of course the man responsible for #1 hit song from Ghostbusters, Mr. Ray Parker Jr.

RAY PARKER JR.  – “I JUST CAN’T GO ON” – THE SINGLE

The labels initial release “I Just Can’t Go On” is a collaboration of Parker and Watson with a little help from good friend and guitar master Mr. Phil Upchurch. This mid-tempo super jam produced by Wah Wah Watson with the lyrics written by Watson and Dominique Winn has all the ingredients that make R&B music what it is today. Combined with a masterful vocal performance and phrasing delivered by Ray Parker Jr., the single, “I Just Can’t Go On” eloquently conveys a message that expresses concern for a love relationship that’s come to the end of the road. He does a magnificent job utilizing the signature Ray Parker Jr. style of crooning and shares his side of the heartbreak and concern for both parties to end the love affair, let go, now that the love is gone.  

DETROIT, THE GROOVE STARTS HERE / REAL TALK – WITH RAY PARKER JR. – WAH WAH WATSON

On August 24th, we will release several unbiased interview segments that will unveil untold facts concerning the musical journey and friendship (from the beginning) of super star musicians Ray Parker Jr. & Wah Wah Watson.

ABOUT WAH WAH WATSON MUSIC

 Wah Wah Watson has proven time after time that there ain’t a mountain high enough! from the early days in Detroit as a primary sculptor of the Motown Sound to the hit records you rock today. His Wah Wah signature can be heard on over one-hundred and fifty number 1 records from Marvin Gaye, Bobby Taylor and the Vancouver’s, The Jackson 5, The Temptations, Diana Ross, Rose Royce, Smokey Robinson, Rare Earth, Barry White, John Lee Hooker, Cher, Barbra Streisand, Blondie, to Herbie Hancock, Michael Jackson, Maxwell, Alicia Keys and Quincy Jones. Unlike various companies releasing re-issued product, Wah Wah Watson Music Label will be releasing new product and relevant never before released product spanning over previous decades. More importantly creating new music with writers, musicians, artists and producers that made r&b and hip-hop what it is today.

ABOUT RAINYSONGS ENTERTAINMENT – DANMARK MUSIC GROUP U.S.A.

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Chicago Sister Cities International Festival brings music and dance to Daley Plaza August 6-10

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International Entertainment injects the Loop with Global Life

 

CHICAGO, IL – Lively entertainment from around the world will light up Chicago’s Daley Plaza at the Chicago Sister Cities International Festival. Musical and dance performers representing Chicago’s international sister cities will take the stage during the lunchtime hour for visitors, residents and downtown workers in the Loop. The Festival is presented by Chicago Sister Cities International as an annual celebration of the culture and traditions of Chicago’s 28 sister cities through music, dance, food and merchandise.

The Chicago Sister Cities International Festival takes place Monday through Friday, August 6–10, 2012 from 10:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m. in Daley Plaza. Live musical and dance performances take place from 12 noon–1 p.m. each day. The festival is free and open to the public.

Full Schedule of Performers

Monday, August 6

12 noon: Golosa Choir representing Moscow, Russia

12:30 p.m.: Guitar and Violin Student Duo from Birmingham City University representing Birmingham, England

Tuesday, August 7

12 noon: Sam Burckhardt Quartet representing Lucerne, Switzerland

12:30 p.m.: Dance Duo Studio representing Vilnius, Lithuania

Wednesday, August 8

12 noon: Consular Corps Day Program

12:15 p.m.: Cirque Shanghai representing Shanghai, China

12:40 p.m.: Trinity Irish Dancers representing Galway, Ireland

Thursday, August 9

12 noon: Nordic Folk Dancers of Chicago representing Gothenburg, Sweden

12:30 p.m.: Saed Khoury representing Amman, Jordan  

Friday, August 10

12 noon: School of Ukranian Dance “Vyshyvanka” representing Kyiv, Ukraine

12:30 p.m.: Zamin representing Delhi, India

 

Performers

Golosa Choir

Golosa is a Chicago-based ensemble presenting the rich and exuberant tradition of Russian folk song. From Cossack marching tunes to hymns of the Orthodox Church to songs of contemporary Russian artists, Golosa incorporates traditional instruments and dances to tell stories of love, war and devotion.

 

Guitar and Violin Student Duo from Birmingham City University

With around 25,000 students from 80 different countries, Birmingham City University is one of the largest universities in the U.K. Its respected music program offers students expertise in both musical performance and the business aspect of the music industry.

 

Sam Burckhardt Quartet

Born in Switzerland, Sam Burckhardt brings together musical influences from jump blues to Thelonious Monk in a lively mix of jazz, blues and swing. Performing with Sam Burckhardt (tenor sax) are Ben Paterson (Hammond organ), Guy King (guitar) and Andre Beasley (drums).

 

Dance Duo Studio

The young Lithuanian performers of Dance Duo Studio specialize in traditional ballroom dances from swing to Latin. Their roster of dancers has an impressive record of ballroom dance competition wins.

 

Cirque Shanghai

Cirque Shanghai is a spectacle for audiences of all ages, featuring performers direct from China who are leaders in their craft of tumbling, juggling, balancing and more.

 

Trinity Irish Dancers

The Trinity program centers on the empowerment of each child, with lessons focused on self-confidence and choice, allowing each child to decide their own level of participation in Irish dance. Trinity’s performance will showcase dancers of all ages (3–19) and levels, from beginners to world champions. 

 

Nordic Folk Dancers of Chicago

The Nordic Folk Dancers of Chicago perform the various traditional dances of Sweden and Norway. Their festive dances reflect a deep commitment to their Nordic heritage.

 

Saed Khoury

Saed Khoury is a Jordanian vocalist, born in Amman. Performing music since a young age, he moved to the U.S. with his family as a teenager and continues to sing all styles of Arabic music, including Jordanian, Lebanese, Egyptian, Khaliji and Iraqi.

 

School of Ukrainian Dance “Vyshyvanka”

As one of Chicago’s leading ethnic dance groups, Vyshyvanka maintains the cultural traditions of the Ukrainian people through the art of dance.

 

Zamin

Fronted by vocalist Zeshan Bagewadi, Zamin mixes Indian vocal techniques with classical, folk, rock and jazz. This eclectic blend of acoustic music is made up of cello, stand-up bass, guitar and various hand drums.

For the complete festival schedule and updates, visit www.ChicagoSisterCities.com, follow us on Twitter (@ChiSisterCities) or “Like” us on Facebook, Facebook.com/ChicagoSisterCities.

Chicago Sister Cities International

Chicago Sister Cities International provides leadership to develop, manage and coordinate comprehensive programs and projects with Chicago’s sister cities. It aims to increase international trade, promote economic development and support exchanges in the fields of arts and culture, education, health, social services, environment and technology with its sister cities for the benefit of the City of Chicago, its residents and businesses.

Chicago’s 28 sister cities include: Accra, Ghana (1989); Amman, Jordan (2004); Athens, Greece (1997); Belgrade, Serbia (2005); Birmingham, England (1993); Bogota, Colombia (2009); Busan, Republic of Korea (2007); Casablanca, Morocco (1982); Delhi, India (2001); Durban, South Africa (1997); Galway, Ireland (1997); Gothenburg, Sweden (1987); Hamburg, Germany (1994); Kyiv, Ukraine (1991); Lahore, Pakistan (2007); Lucerne, Switzerland (1998); Mexico City, Mexico (1991); Milan, Italy (1973); Moscow, Russia (1997); Osaka, Japan (1973); Paris, France (1996); Petach Tikva, Israel (1994); Prague, Czech Republic (1990); Shanghai, China (1985); Shenyang, China (1985); Toronto, Canada (1991); Vilnius, Lithuania (1993); and Warsaw, Poland (1960).

For more information, call 312.201.4535 | 312.718.1186 

Amanda Conner will appear at The Long Beach Comic & Horror Con scheduled for November 3-4

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Before Watchmen’s Amanda Conner Announces Plans For Long Beach Comic & Horror Con

 

LONG BEACH, CA – Amanda Conner, whose artwork for Before Watchmen is adding a new layer to the Wacthmen mythos, will be appearing at The Long Beach Comic & Horror Con scheduled for November 3-4 at the Long Beach Convention Center.

Conner is best known for her stylistic renderings of major female characters, including Lois Lane, Wonder Woman, Painkiller Jane and Power Girl, the popular series which gained momentum after DC’s game-changing Infinite Crisis story arc. She is currently the lead artist and co writer with Darwyn Cooke on Before Watchmen: Silk Spectre, the controversial new set of stories that depict the Watchmen heroes in their prime, before the events of Alan Moore’s Watchmen.

She will be on-hand to meet with fans, share artwork from her classic and current projects, and talk about her future projects.

The convention floor hours are 10:00am to 7:00pm on Saturday November 3 and 10:00am to 5:00pm on Sunday November 4.

For more information, contact: David Syatt, SSA Public Relations, at (818) 907-0500 or dsyatt@ssapr.com

                               

Diversity jobs available in Higher Education

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Academic Diversity firm offers free service for Higher Ed jobs

Los Angeles, CA (BlackNews.com) — The Academic Network, Inc., an academic diversity recruitment firm, is now offering a free head-hunting service to those interested in faculty, staff and administrative positions in higher education.

“It’s no secret that there is a shortage of persons of color in faculty, staff, and administrative positions at 2-year and 4-year institutions. We have built one of the most extensive networks in the country with direct contacts at hiring institutions seeking a diverse applicant pool,” says Dr. Sonel Y. Shropshire, former University Dean and President of The Academic Network, Inc.

If you are interested in the Academic Head-Hunting Service, please send your resume in PDF format to theacademicnetwork@gmail.com. Your resume will be added to a search database for over 375 academic institutions seeking to fill positions.

 

Romney’s absurd statements becoming more absurd

Posted by Juanita Bratcher On July - 27 - 2012 ADD COMMENTS

By Juanita Bratcher

 

In a speech before the VFW (Veterans of Foreign Wars) convention in Reno, Nevada Tuesday, Presumptive Republican Presidential Candidate Mitt Romney said President Barack Obama has “Diminished American leadership” around the world. And in other words, those who want America to be the strongest nation on earth should vote for him…Romney. However, “If you do not want America to be the strongest nation on earth, I am not your president,” said Romney. “You have that president today.”

How absurd! It’s a clear cut remark from the old cliché, Talk comes cheap. And simply because one makes a statement doesn’t deem it the absolute truth. This is just a sack full of empty words, all about politics, with no concrete evidence to back it up.

Said Romney: “I will not surrender America’s leadership in the world. We must have confidence in our cause, clarity in our purpose, and resolve in our might.”

Certainly, during President Obama’s three years in office, not once has he surrendered America’s leadership in the world, and he has not been “apologetic” to other countries as some Leadership Republicans claim. It only amounts to more undeserved Obama bashing of the lowest caliber.

Yet, while talking to VFW participants, Romney didn’t mention that he had sought and received four draft deferments from military service during the Vietnam War, according to Selective Service records.

First published 7/25/12

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

   

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Welcome to CopyLine Magazine! The first issue of CopyLine Magazine was published in November, 1990, by Editor & Publisher Juanita Bratcher. CopyLine’s main focus is on the political arena – to inform our readers and analyze many of the pressing issues of the day - controversial or otherwise. Our objectives are clear – to keep you abreast of political happenings and maneuvering in the political arena, by reporting and providing provocative commentaries on various issues. For more about CopyLine Magazine, CopyLine Blog, and CopyLine Television/Video, please visit juanitabratcher.com, copylinemagazine.com, and oneononetelevision.com. Bratcher has been a News/Reporter, Author, Publisher, and Journalist for 33 years. She is the author of six books, including “Harold: The Making of a Big City Mayor” (Harold Washington), Chicago’s first African-American mayor; and “Beyond the Boardroom: Empowering a New Generation of Leaders,” about John Herman Stroger, Jr., the first African-American elected President of the Cook County Board. Bratcher is also a Poet/Songwriter, with 17 records – produced by HillTop Records of Hollywood, California. Juanita Bratcher Publisher

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