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Healthcare Blog publishes special report entitled “Obamacare Vs. Ryancare: What’s the difference?

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Nationwide (BlackNews.com) — AffordableHealthInsurance.org, a web site that aims to help individuals and families better understand health insurance, has just published a special report to help people better understand what Obamacare or Ryancare may mean for them.

Since Obamacare and Ryancare are basically the Democrat vs. Republican health care reform proposals, the report gives readers a clear examination of the two. This includes a discussion of the similarities, the differences, and a graphic chart that shows where exactly funding will be allocated.

The special report is available for anyone to read for free.

Read the full special report at:

About The Affordable Health Insurance Network
Believing that many are either uninformed or misinformed, their goal is to educate insured and uninsured Americans about how to obtain reasonable coverage, how to avoid the scams, and how to stay in-the-know. They are also educating consumers about ObamaCare, what it is, and what it really means for families now and in the future.

For more details about this non-partisan organization, visit www.AffordableHealthInsurance.org or call (888) 652-2502 for a free health insurance quote.


Chicago Transit Authority to host second job fair for upcoming Red Line South Track Renewal Project

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Agency Seeking Applicants for Part-Time Bus Operator Positions



The Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) will host the second of three job fairs, intended to assist individuals interested in career opportunities as part-time bus operators (PTBOs) related to the 2013 Red Line South track renewal project, on Tuesday, August 28, 2012. The event will be held at the National Teachers Academy, 55 W. Cermak Road, from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m.  The first job fair, held last month, attracted nearly 2,400 jobseekers.


CTA expects to hire as many as 400 part-time bus operators during the project, which begins in May 2013; once hired, these bus operators will have permanent positions at CTA and will remain a part of the CTA workforce when the track renewal project ends in fall 2013.


The purpose of the community job fairs, all of which are being held on Chicago’s South Side, is to seek applicants for PTBOs whose work will involve driving shuttle buses and operating buses that are part of CTA’s expanded supplemental service during the Red Line South project. 


“We are pleased to host another CTA job fair following the extraordinary turnout at our first event in July,” said Chicago Transit Board Chairman Terry Peterson.  “The response to this hiring initiative has been encouraging and we look forward to successful applicants joining the CTA family of employees.  They will be indispensible as we serve our customers during the Red Line South project.”


The fairs also provide information about the skills and training needed to become a bus operator, including the need for a Class “B” Commercial Driver’s License and about the CTA’s hiring process in general.


The final job fair will be held on Saturday, September 15, 2012, from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m., at Kennedy-King College, 6301 S. Halsted Street, Chicago, Illinois. 


For more information, visit the CTA website at www.transitchicago.com/redsouth, email at redlinesouth@transitchicago.com or send correspondence to Red Line South Project, CTA, 567 W. Lake Street, Chicago, IL, 60661.


Challenges for Student Voters: Registering to Vote and Increasing Participation

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A national teleconference call, hosted by New America Media and the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law, will be held Tuesday, August 21st, 11:00 A.M. PST, and 12:00 Noon MT. 1P.M. CT, 2 P.M. EST.

Students across the country will face unique challenges when they register to vote and cast ballots this November. With new restrictive voting laws in many states, including Voter ID requirements that may not accept student IDs, many students may find themselves confused about where they can cast a ballot. Young voters, known as the Millenial Generation, make up nearly one quarter of the entire electorate in 2012, which evokes both the challenge and the opportunity.


  •  Heather Smith, President, Rock the Vote; The Importance of Involving the Millennial Generation in Voting
  • Lee Rowland, Counsel, Democracy Program, Brennan Center for Justice; The Impact of new Restrictive Voting Laws on Students and Young Voters

Where to go for more information:




Between April and November, NAM will partner with the Brennan Center and other national research and advocacy organizations to host monthly teleconference calls, produce weekly columns and alerts, and host roundtables in key states. The goal is to build a collective news and advocacy platform in the ethnic media sector to counter voter suppression efforts and ensure every eligible voter can vote.

RSVP for the conference to Zaineb Mohammed, zmohammed@newamericamedia.org or phone (415) 503-4170 ext. 108.

Lt. Gov. Simon named to Chicago Sky Title IX team

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Joins Olympic gold medalists for celebration on 40th Anniversary


CHICAGO, IL – Following the success of U.S. women in the London Olympics, Lt. Governor Sheila Simon will join several gold medalists and the Chicago Sky basketball team to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Title IX this evening at Allstate Arena.

During halftime of the Sky’s first game since the Olympics, the WNBA team will recognize Simon and other female athletes and coaches by naming them to a honorary Title IX team. Two Sky players, Sylvia Fowles and Swin Cash, won gold medals at the London games and will lead their team against the Atlanta Dream tonight at 7:30 p.m. in Rosemont.  

Title IX, enacted on June 23, 1972, banned gender-based discrimination in federally funded schools in the United States. As a result, employment and academic opportunities for young women were greatly expanded, but the biggest impact was an increase in athletic opportunities for women.

“Through Title IX, we are showing young women and girls that they are empowered and able to work, play and learn in any discipline they choose,” said Simon. “This year’s Olympics are one example of the impact Title IX has had in expanding opportunities for women. The US Olympic team featured more women than men and the majority of U.S. gold medalists were women.”

Fowles and Cash each won their second gold medals after helping lead the USA Women’s Basketball Team to victory in London. Team USA has now won five consecutive Olympic gold medals in women’s basketball and has not lost an Olympic contest since 1992.

“Not a day goes by in my life that I am not effected by the impact of Title IX,” said Cash. “In light of my recent experiences at the 2012 Olympic Games in London, I became increasingly aware and grateful for the women before me who fought to get me to where I am today. Women like Lt. Governor Sheila Simon, who not only made realizing my own personal Olympic dream possible, but more importantly have given opportunity and equality to young women and girls around the nation.”

Women set major milestones in the 2012 Olympics. For the first time women outnumbered men on the U.S. Olympic team and 29 of the 46 U.S. gold medals were won by a woman or women’s team. The 2012 games also marked the first team every nation had at least one female athlete and the first time women participated in every sport. Since 1972, the number of women Olympic participants has increased from just over 1,000 to nearly 5,000 in 2012, over 44 percent of the total athletes. 

Former captain of the USA Women’s Soccer Team and a gold medalist in 1996 and 2004, Julie Foudy, will be named to the honorary Title IX team alongside 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; 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.

Simon was an All-American high jumper as an undergraduate at Wittenberg University, and has held school records in indoor and outdoor high jump since the 1980s. Simon competed on the men’s indoor track team during her freshman year as a women’s team did not exist until the following year. This summer Simon declared June 23 “Title IX Day” in Illinois and joined the Sky for a celebration in recognition of the 40th anniversary of Title IX.

Though Title IX has greatly increased the amount of academic and athletic opportunities available to women, a recent U.S. Department of Education report showed that participation of minority and low-income girls in sports is still lacking. According to the report, an average of 51 percent of white female high school sophomores participate in sports, but the figure falls to 40 percent for African Americans and 32 percent for Latinos.

“In Illinois, we know that high school girls participating in sports has risen tenfold in the past 40 years,” Simon said. “Despite this growth, though, we will not be able to truly celebrate the impact of Title IX until every student across the state has an equal opportunity to excel in and outside of the classroom.”

Apprentice winner scores billion-dollar contracts from U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to provide health and solutions

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High-profile minority business achieves its mission by improving the lives of the people they serve in the age of Obamacare

Newark, NJ (BlackNews.com) — Call it “The Midas Touch.” Dr. Randal Pinkett, season four winner of NBC’s The Apprentice and Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, BCT Partners, a national consulting firm delivering a full-range of program management, research and evaluation, technical assistance, and information technology services to the U.S. Government, has been awarded two contracts with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA) and National Institutes of Health (NIH).

BCT Partners will provide a broad range of research, evaluation, technical assistance, and training services to SAMHSA as well as mission critical IT requirements such as Cloud Computing, Mobile Applications, Information Security and Health IT across the entire federal government. In doing so, BCT will capitalize on the anticipated opportunities resulting from the Supreme Court’s ruling to uphold President Obama’s health care law. Within the Affordable Care Act (ACA) there are provisions designed to increase incentives to physicians and other health and mental health professionals to provide integrated, coordinated care that can help catch health issues before they become more serious concerns.

The SAMHSA Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contract has total ceiling of $900 million during the next five years. The NIH Chief Information Officer-Solutions and Partners 3 (CIO-SP3) IDIQ Government-Wide Acquisition Contract (GWAC) has a total ceiling of $20 billion for the next ten years. BCT Partners’ awards fall under SAMHSA IDIQ Domain I and IV (Small Business) and all ten of the NIH CIO-SP3 Task Areas (Small Business and 8a).

“The SAMHSA and CIO-SP3 contracts are significant wins for our company,” said Dr. Pinkett, “They demonstrate the depth and breadth of our expertise in supporting complex, nationwide initiatives. They also exemplify our commitment to working with federal government agencies – helping achieve their missions and thereby improving the lives of the people they serve.”

The BCT CIO-SP3 Team consists of nine organizations and the BCT SAMHSA Team consists of eight organizations with comprehensive healthcare and IT expertise – including a renowned worldwide research organization, an innovative college of public health, and a leading integrated care management system – to deliver innovative solutions to government agencies facing challenges in health and IT.

Reflecting diversity in size, ownership, and location, the CIO-SP3 partners are (listed by state):
* American InfoTech Solutions, Washington, DC
* Aurotech Corporation, Clarksville, Maryland
* Conquest Security, Gaithersburg, Maryland
* Get Real Consulting, Rockville, Maryland
* CapitalNovus, Fairfax, Virginia
* Plexus Scientific, Alexandria, Virginia
* Heritage Digital, Florence, South Carolina
* CACI – Arlington, Virginia
* Minority Information Technology Consortium (MITC), Chicago, Illinois

The SAMHSA partners are (listed by state):
* SRI International – Menlo Park, California
* L&M Policy Research – Washington, DC
* Avar Consulting – Rockville, Maryland
* Summa Health System – Akron, Ohio
* Kent State University College of Public Health – Kent, Ohio
* Integrity Management Services – Alexandria, Virginia
* CACI – Arlington, Virginia
* Minority Information Technology Consortium (MITC), Chicago, Illinois

“I am honored to be working with such a well-respected, deeply talented team,” said Lawrence Hibbert, President and Chief Technology Officer. “And, we are excited about the opportunity to provide innovative healthcare solutions for SAMHSA and the federal government through these contract vehicles.”
About BCT Partners
BCT Partners is a national consulting firm that delivers a full-range of program management, research and evaluation, technical assistance, and information technology services in the areas of housing and community development, economic development, workforce development, children and families, health, and education. We deliver these services by leveraging deep subject-matter expertise, a rigorous project and knowledge management methodology, and information technology as an enabler to help build capacity, drive efficiencies, enhance decision-making, and improve outcomes for our clients. Our team of professionals, subject matter experts and academics work closely with government agencies, nonprofit and faith-based organizations, educational institutions, foundations, and philanthropic organizations to design and implement programs that strengthen communities across the country. Learn more about our passion and work at www.bctpartners.com.

Photo Caption: Dr. Randal Pinkett, season four winner of NBC’s The Apprentice and Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, BCT Partners

Questionable cell phone radiation concept generates scams

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CHICAGO, IL – Even though the idea of cell phones emitting dangerous radiation is still being studied and is open to debate, this notion has spawned its own scams that take advantage of worried consumers. The Better Business Bureau serving Chicago and Northern Illinois (BBB) is warning people to be on the lookout for scammers selling shields that supposedly protect cell phone users from cancer caused by waves emitting from their phones.


“This is unproven technology guarding against an unproven danger,” stated Steve Bernas, president and CEO of the BBB. “Instead of spending money on questionable products, we recommend consumers turn to free options if they are concerned about cell phone electromagnetic emissions.”


Bernas also noted that the Federal Trade Commission also stated that these shields may interfere with cell phone reception.


The BBB advises consumers to consider these free options for limiting cell phone electromagnetic emissions:

  • Go hands free. When chatting on the phone for long periods of time consider using a hands-free device, like an earpiece or the speakerphone. For short conversations, texting the message allows for a quick response and keeps the phone away from your head.
  • Wait for a good signal. When you have a weak signal, your phone works harder, emitting more radiation. Phones also give off more radiation when transmitting than when receiving, so tilt the phone away from your head when you’re talking, and bring it back to your ear when you’re listening.
  • Shop around. When looking for a new cell phone, consider investing in one that has a low specific absorption rate (SAR) before you buy. Measured in watts per kilogram of tissue, the SAR reveals how much radiation the body absorbs while using the mobile device. The Federal Communications Commission has record of this information for phones that were made in the last two years. You can find the FCC ID number on the inside of your cell phone’s case. Legally, in the US, a phone can’t emit more than 1.6 watts per kilogram.

For more consumer tips, visit www.bbb.org


Author Juana Wooldridge Brings “Journey of Inspiration” to Azizi Books

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Chicago, IL – 220 Publishing in Conjunction with Azizi Books announces the second installment of their “Summer Signing Series” featuring Juana Wooldridge, Author of “I Got Juana Back, A Journey of Inspiration” (220 Publishing). Saturday September 25th from 2PM to 5PM . Azizi Books is located inside Lincoln Mall in Matteson, IL.

Throughout the book Ms Wooldridge inspires with her words of support and wisdom. Her need to express and her need to share bring a beauty to others as she weaves the tapestry of her thoughts into words that linger in hearts and minds. 

A motivational speaker, Juana Wooldridge captures her audience with her unique message of hope. Subtle but effective, she not only inspires but challenges her audiences. She dares them to be more than the world expects as she shares her story. The single mother of one son has been an in demand speaker since the release of “A Journey of Inspiration”.


Juana is the host of “The Juana Wooldridge Show” on Blogtalk Radio. A sports enthusiast, she also contributes to local sports shows on the station. She has appeared at Feast411,a gathering of creatives in Chicago and she has been featured at a number of churches and social groups around the Chicago Metropolitan area.


220 Publishing is an emerging independent publisher based in Chicago. It’s partnership publishing model focuses on making the authors more of a partner in getting their book to market. The publisher is a division of  media organization 220 Communications which has divisions in event promotion, music and social awareness

DuSable High School Class of 1960 to host annual Hot Fun in the Summer Time event

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CHICAGO, IL – The DuSable High School Class of 1960 will host its 5th Annual Hot Fun in the Summer Time BBQ on Saturday, August 18, 2012, from 11:00 A.M. until 6 P.M., at Our Lady Gate of Heaven Catholic Church, 2330 East 99th St. A donation of $10 per person is requested.

The annual event, brings together DuSable High School Alumni, faculty, family and friends, who share in an enjoyable afternoon of great music, food and fun. Attendees can bring their own chairs to the event.

The DuSable High School Class of 1960 is a grassroots organization dedicated to promoting meaningful programs and scholarships that benefits current students of the three small schools at the DuSable Campus.

For more information about the event or to reserve tickets, call 773.928-7593 or 773.734-6494.

Advance reservations for tickets requested

New Philharmonic presents 36th Anniversary Concerts in River Forest and Wheaton during McAninch Arts Center renovation

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GLEN ELLYN, IL – New Philharmonic and Maestro Kirk Muspratt present the orchestra’s2012-2013 season featuring five concerts in an exciting mix of classical and opera music.


To accommodate the upcoming renovation of the McAninch Arts Center this season’s concertswill alternate between Dominican University, River Forest and Wheaton College’s Edman Memorial Chapel. Tickets for all 2012-2013 season concerts are on sale now. To order tickets, call (630) 942-4000, or visit: www.AtTheMAC.org


New Philharmonic (NP) and Music Director and Conductor Kirk Muspratt open NP’s 36th Anniversary Season with “Brahms-Blissful and Bold” featuring the return of pianist Yeol eum Son, silver medalist of the Van Cliburn and Tchaikovsky competitions, Saturday, Oct. 13 at 8 p.m. at the Lund Auditorium at Dominican University Performing Arts Center, 7900 W. Division Street in River Forest, Ill. Selections will include Brahms, Piano Concerto no. 2 and Brahms, Symphony no. 4.


Oo la la! Champagne corks will pop on Monday, Dec. 31, when the New Philharmonic provides a special way to ring out the old with “Viennese Pops New Year’s Eve with a French Twist” at 7 p.m. at the Lund Auditorium at Dominican University Performing Arts Center, 7900 W. Division Street in River Forest, Ill. The evening will feature traditional Viennese musical selections from Strauss and Stolz as well as ornate French orchestral pieces and arias. Award-winning soprano Kiri Deonarine of the Lyric Opera of Chicago-Ryan Opera Center will join the acclaimed New Philharmonic Orchestra to ring in the new year.


On Saturday, Jan. 26, 2013, Maestro Kirk Muspratt will lead the New Philharmonic in Gustav Mahler‘s Symphony No 1 in D Major at Wheaton College’s Edman Memorial Chapel, 501 College Avenue in Wheaton, Ill. The concert, beginning at 8 p.m. will feature “Kirk’s Klassical Boot Kamp” using musical excerpts and video clips which will help provide insights and illustrate pivotal ideas on the symphonic structure found in Mahler’s innovative composition and “Titan” orchestration.


New Philharmonic extends the spirit of Valentine’s Day to the weekend with its concert staging of Mozart’s masterpiece, “Cosi fan tutte,” Saturday, Feb. 16 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, Feb. 17 at 3 p.m. at the Lund Auditorium of Dominican University Performing Arts Center, 7900 W. Division Street in River Forest, Ill. Two young lovers wager to see whose fiancé will stay faithful, even when tempted. Only the ladies’ maid Despina knows the outcome of this battle of the sexes…or does she? Asking the age-old question, “are all women alike,” this mix of farce and drama and comedy uses disguises and trickery examining the foibles of love.


New Philharmonic rounds out the season with an evening of “Great Russian Classics,” Saturday, March 15 at 8 p.m. at Wheaton College’s Edman Chapel, at 501 College Avenue in Wheaton, Ill. The Russian-born Alexander Toradze, a classical concert pianist, internationally acclaimed for his classical Russian repertoire and with a career spanning more three decades, joins NP for Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto no. 1 in D-Flat Major. Toradze’s recordings of all five Prokofiev Concertos with Valery Gergiev is acclaimed by critics as “definitive.” Shostokovich’s Symphony no. 5 completes an evening to remember.


Tickets to New Philharmonic’s 2012-2013 season are on sale now. To order tickets, call (630) 942-4000, or visit .AtTheMAC.org.

New Philharmonic is a fully-professional, 80-member orchestra that has inspired classical music enthusiasts in Chicago and the suburbs for three decades. Under the direction of Conductor and Music Director Kirk Muspratt, named a 2006 Chicagoan of the Year by the Chicago Tribune, the group gives innovative treatment to both classic compositions and modern works and strives to make the music accessible to new audiences and youth through a variety of educational efforts. New Philharmonic is the resident orchestra of the McAninch Arts Center at College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn, Ill., and performs a complete season annually.


Dominican University Performing Arts Centerominican University Performing Arts Center, located in the Fine Arts Building at 7900 West Division Street in River Forest, Ill. is an accessible, comfortable home for the creative spirit, located just 10 miles west of Chicago’s Loop. New Philharmonic performances will be held in the Lund Auditorium which has a seating capacity of just under 1,200 seats. This venue offers superb acoustics, ideal sight lines and ample, free parking. For more information call 708-488-5000 or visit Dom.edu/pac.


Wheaton College|Edman Memorial Chapel, 501 College Avenue, Wheaton, Ill. is located north of Pierce Chapel, on the northeast corner of Washington and Franklin streets, is a college and community resource and event venue. It features an auditorium that can seat more than 2,400 guests, and hosts concerts, commencements, social events, programs and other community events. For more information call 630-752-5010 or visit Wheaton.edu/Buildings/Edman-Chapel


The McAninch Arts Center at College of DuPage, located 25 miles west of Chicago near I-88 and I-355, houses three performance spaces, an art gallery and classrooms for the college’s academic programming. This unique facility has presented theater, music, dance and visual art to more than 1.5 million people since its opening in 1986 and last year welcomed more than 75,000 patrons from the greater Chicago area to more than 230 performances.
The MAC will undergo major renovations beginning fall 2012 that will update the major performance spaces, address significant infrastructure needs and improve several academic program areas. Scheduled completion date is Spring 2014. The project will cost $35 million and is funded by the $168 million referendum that voters of District 502 passed in November 2010.

Other projects beginning this year at College of DuPage include include the renovation of the Physical Education Center, Student Resource Center and Seaton Computing Center, and construction of the Campus Maintenance Center.The mission of the McAninch Arts Center is to foster enlightened educational and performance opportunities, which encourage artistic expression, establish a lasting relationship between people and art, and enrich the cultural vitality of the community. For more information visit www.AtTheMAC.org.

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