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African American Civil War Memorial Foundation celebrates 150th Anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation

Posted by Admin On August - 22 - 2012 Comments Off on African American Civil War Memorial Foundation celebrates 150th Anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation

President Barack Obama, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Ambassador Andrew Young and Historian Ken Burns will be presented Emancipation Proclamation awards during  AACWM’s Proclamation Awards Gala



Celebrating the 150th anniversary of the issuance of the Emancipation Proclamation, the African American Civil War Memorial Foundation will conduct a weekend of celebration. The kicking off begins with the “Proclamation 150th Awards Gala” September 19th at 6:00 PM, with the presentation of the Emancipation Proclamation 150th Abraham Lincoln Leadership Award President to Barack Obama.   Other notables to be honored included Secretary of State Hillary Clinton who will be presented the Emancipation Proclamation 150th Harriet Tubman Courage Award, Ambassador Andrew Young who will be presented the Emancipation Proclamation 150th Frederick Douglass Citizenship Award, and historian Ken Burns will be presented the Emancipation Proclamation 150th John Brown Education Award.   


“The Fannie Lou Hamer Story” will be presented September 20-21, 2012. mZuri Moyo, is the author and actress in the play and has performed all over the United States and abroad. A star of both stage and film, a critic once wrote of her, “When Ms. mZuri sings, God smiles, and angels flap their wings.” In this one-woman show, mZuri presents Ms. Fannie Lou Hamer, up close and personal. Hamer, a courageous voting-rights activist from Mississippi startled the National Democratic Party Convention in 1964 with her famous “Sick and Tired of Being Sick and Tired” speech about the denial of voting rights, but little is known about her work before and after that one nationally televised appearance. This presentation in word and song captures the character in the civil rights movement, sharing Ms. Hamer’s struggles and accomplishments. Thursday September 20th performances will be dedicated to teachers and educators in the Washington Metropolitan area and Friday September 21st performances will be dedicated to veterans of the civil rights movement. Pre-performance receptions and Post-performance workshops will be conducted each day.


Educational workshops will be conducted throughout the day with FREED — the Female Reenactors of Distinction – the only troupe of African American Civil War Reenactors in the United States. Recounting the histories of women of color and their families during this era, they provide new perspectives on history and added resources to teach about this era.


All events are open to the public. For a complete schedule of the Emancipation Proclamation Celebration Weekend and ticket information for various events, please go to www.afroamcivilwar.org  or call the museum at 202-667-2667.


Madigan lawsuit: Telecommunications Scammer submitted fake invoices to Illinois businesses, schools & government agencies

Posted by Admin On August - 22 - 2012 Comments Off on Madigan lawsuit: Telecommunications Scammer submitted fake invoices to Illinois businesses, schools & government agencies


Scammer sent phony bills to Attorney General’s Chicago, Belleville Offices


SPRINGFIELD, IL — Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan filed a lawsuit against a California-based company alleging it attempted to defraud Illinois businesses, schools and government agencies—including her own office—for unauthorized telecommunications maintenance services.

Madigan’s lawsuit, filed in Sangamon County Circuit Court, alleges that UST Development Inc., doing business as US Telecom, issued falsified invoices to supposed customers throughout the state for telecommunications maintenance services in an attempt to defraud customers for as much as $400 per invoice for services that were never authorized or requested.

Madigan said the invoices falsely led some consumers to believe they had contracted with UST for telephone maintenance services. But according to Madigan’s lawsuit, none of the entities that received an invoice had actually authorized or agreed to receive services from UST, and none had heard of the company before receiving the invoice.

Madigan said entities that were billed for the fraudulent services included her offices in Chicago and Belleville. Other businesses, schools and local governments that received UST invoices are located in Cass, Cook, DuPage, Kankakee, Lake, Logan, Mercer, Moultrie, Peoria, Rock Island, Sangamon and St. Clair counties. As far as the Attorney General’s investigation was able to determine, none of the entities UST falsely billed actually paid for the unauthorized charges.

“This company made up charges out of thin air,” Madigan said. “We didn’t have to go very far to find the evidence of this scam since fake invoices were also sent to my office.” 

The lawsuit alleges violations of the Illinois Consumer Fraud and Deceptive Business Practices Act and asks the court to void any pending contracts between UST and impose civil penalties on the company.

Assistant Attorney General Paul A. Isaac is handling the case for Madigan’s Consumer Fraud Bureau.

Firefighters practice maneuvers at MWRD facility

Posted by Admin On August - 22 - 2012 Comments Off on Firefighters practice maneuvers at MWRD facility
Mainstream Pumping Station offers unique environment for steep rescue
Countless lives and homes are saved every year thanks to the efforts of the area’s brave firefighters. Preparation and training often requires access to unusual training locations, and the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago (MWRD) recently provided a unique environment for practicing rope-climbing maneuvers in a steep, tightly-enclosed space. Located at the MWRD’s Mainstream Pumping Station in Hodgkins, the facility includes a 300’ empty elevator shaft that is used to move equipment up and down for the Tunnel and Reservoir Plan (TARP).
“It is an honor to provide access to our facility for these training activities,” said MWRD Executive Director Dave St. Pierre. “These brave men and women put their lives on the line each time an alarm bell rings. We owe them a debt of gratitude for their selflessness and for their commitment to their profession and the communities they serve.”
“The shaft is a rare, yet perfect location for fire departments to practice rappelling,” said Captain Kevin Mulligan, Pleasantview Fire Protection District, LaGrange Highlands, Illinois. “We certainly appreciate the opportunity to use this unique setting for training exercises.”
The Mainstream Pumping Station was built to prevent backflows into Lake Michigan, eliminate waterway pollution caused by combined sewer overflows and provide an outlet for flood waters. The Mainstream Pumping Station is one of three stations in the Tunnel and Reservoir Plan that the MWRD designed and is constructing to capture combined sewer overflows from an area of 375 square miles. The sewage and stormwater which enters the tunnel system is transported to Mainstream which then pumps the flow to the MWRD’s Stickney Water Reclamation Plant in Cicero, Illinois.
“Many thanks to the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District staff and Commissioners for allowing all of us to have this annual training,” said Captain Mulligan. “This is a fantastic opportunity and everyone is appreciative.”
Fifty one members from 11 area fire departments listed below participated in the annual technical rescue training at Mainstream Pumping Station recently:
Argonne Fire Department
Darien Woodridge Fire Protection District
Hinsdale Fire Department
LaGrange Fire Department
LaGrange Park Fire Department
Lemont Fire Protection District
McCook Fire Department
Pleasantview Fire Protection District
Tri State Fire Protection District
Westmont Fire Department
Western Springs Fire Department

Illinois earns top ACT score among states that test all students; Number of students College Ready increases

Posted by Admin On August - 22 - 2012 Comments Off on Illinois earns top ACT score among states that test all students; Number of students College Ready increases

Illinois tested nearly 2,400 more students in 2012, with steady gains in the percentage of students meeting College Readiness Benchmarks


SPRINGFIELD, IL – The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) today announced that the graduating Class of 2012 once again received the highest composite ACT score among the nine states that tested 100 percent of 2012 graduates. Additionally, the state has shown continued improvement in the percentage of graduates who meet ACT’s College Readiness Benchmarks over the last five years.

“Since Illinois began administering the ACT to all 11th grade students more than a decade ago, the state has been ahead of the curve in emphasizing college and career readiness,” said State Superintendent of Education Christopher A. Koch. “Illinois, once more, had the highest composite ACT score among states that require the ACT for all students, showing that our efforts are paying off. We are confident that our more rigorous learning standards will not only improve test scores but ensure that more students excel in their academic pursuits after high school.”

Illinois tested nearly 2,400 more students than the previous year while maintaining its composite score of 20.9.  In addition, the percentage of students  meeting all four College Readiness Benchmarks increased from 23 percent in 2011 to 25 percent in 2012.

“The outstanding achievement by so many of Illinois’ brightest students is an example of what can be accomplished through hard work and a commitment to education,” Governor Pat Quinn said. “It is vital that Illinois continue to invest in education so that our children can compete in the 21st century economy.”

Although the ACT is designed for students who plan to attend college, Illinois requires all 11th graders, unless they’re exempt, to take the ACT as part of the required state testing under the federal No Child Left Behind law. The eight other states with 100 percent of 2012 graduates taking the ACT are: Colorado, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, North Dakota, Tennessee and Wyoming.  At least three more states added universal ACT testing last year with scores to be reported for the Class of 2013.

Since 2003, Illinois’ composite score has been among the highest for the group of states that annually test all of their students.

In 2012, 146,822 students included in Illinois’ Class of 2012 took the ACT, up by nearly 2,400 from 2011 and an increase of 3,000-plus students since 2008 when 143,734 students took the test. The average Illinois ACT composite score increased over that same time period, rising from 20.7 in 2008 to 20.9 in 2011 and 2012. The national score – which includes many states where only self-selected, college-bound students are taking the test as opposed to all students in the state – meanwhile, has remained steady around 21.1

The ACT also measures academic performance within the framework of college and career readiness. To be considered college and career ready, students must possess the skills and knowledge required to enroll and succeed in a post-secondary institution.

The ACT’s College Readiness Benchmarks are minimum scores needed on the ACT subject area tests to indicate a chance of obtaining a C or higher in corresponding credit-bearing first-year college courses, which include English Composition, College Algebra, Biology and an introductory social science course.

The number of Illinois graduates meeting ACT College Readiness Benchmarks has increased over the last five years, with 25 percent of students meeting all four subject areas in 2012 compared to 22 percent in 2008.

“The increase Illinois has seen in the last five years in the percent of students meeting all four benchmarks is indeed significant,” said Paul Weeks, ACT’s vice president of college and career readiness. “ACT research shows that students who meet the College Readiness Benchmarks are more likely to enroll, persist and graduate from postsecondary institutions.”

In 2010, Illinois adopted the internationally benchmarked Common Core Learning Standards in English and Math for grades K-12. The Standards, written under the leadership of the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) and the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (NGA Center) aims to better prepare students for college and career.

Five-Year Trend Composite Scores










The year-to-year composite score for Illinois students mirrored the national average by holding steady from 2010 to 2011.

Year-to-Year Composite Scores










Illinois students have made gains in all four subject areas from 2008 to 2012.

Five-Year Illinois Subject Area Scores
















Illinois first required all students to take the ACT in 2001 as part of the Prairie State Achievement Exam (PSAE) during students’ junior year. Today’s results represent the latest scores achieved by all Illinois 2012 graduates in both public and private schools.

The ACT is scored on a scale of 1 to 36, with 36 being the highest possible score.

Kankakee County man guilty, sentenced to 8 years for dealing cocaine

Posted by Admin On August - 22 - 2012 Comments Off on Kankakee County man guilty, sentenced to 8 years for dealing cocaine

CHICAGO, IL – Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan announced a Kankakee County man pled guilty and was sentenced to eight years in prison for felony drug dealing.

Conrad Bell, 27, of Bradley, pled guilty earlier before Judge Clark Erickson in Kankakee County Circuit Court to a Class X felony of unlawful delivery of a controlled substance. Bell was sentenced to eight years in the Illinois Department of Corrections. The case was investigated by the Kankakee County Major Crimes Task Force and prosecuted by Madigan’s Statewide Grand Jury Bureau.

“With this sentence, we’ve put another threat to the community behind bars,” Madigan said. “This is the result of a successful collaboration with our local law enforcement partners.”

Bell was arrested Sept. 7, 2010, after a cooperating witness purchased cocaine from him on two different occasions in Kankakee County. After his arrest, authorities executed a search warrant at a Bourbonnais storage facility rented by Bell and discovered more cocaine.

Statewide Grand Jury Bureau Chief John Kezdy handled the case for Madigan’s Criminal Enforcement Division.

The Ruckus Theater announces its Fourth Season, devoted to the work of Chicago Playwright Scott T. Barsotti

Posted by Admin On August - 22 - 2012 Comments Off on The Ruckus Theater announces its Fourth Season, devoted to the work of Chicago Playwright Scott T. Barsotti

New Company, ensemble members, and artists-in-residence also announced 


Chicago, IL – The Ruckus Theater announces its fourth season in Chicago, following a successful year of performances at The Side Project Theatre in Chicago’s Rogers Park  neighborhood. Artistic Director Allison Shoemaker and Associate Artistic Director Joshua Davis released today a season of four new plays, and workshops, including two productions penned by Chicago playwright Scott T. Barsotti. First, Anna C. Bahow (Sinnerman Ensemble’s Sweet Confinement; the side project’s The Rocks) directs the world premiere of Brewed. This previously announced co-production between The Ruckus and Tympanic Theatre performs at the Teatro Luna mainstage (March 1- 31, 2013). The second of Barsotti’s works to be produced by The Ruckus is Facing Angela, directed by Kyra Lewandowski (Tympanic Theatre’s Verse Chorus Verse; New Leaf Theatre’s Curse of the Starving Class). Originally produced by Roundelay Theatre Company in 2003, Facing Angela was Barsotti’s first full-length play, and will be re-imagined and revised by the playwright with the aid of Lewandowski and the cast. Facing Angela will be presented in June 2013. Barsotti will also serve as an artist-in-residence for the season.

Additionally, The Ruckus presents two devised works-in-progress. In the autumn, Ruckus Artistic Director Allison Shoemaker directs the workshop of Elise Mayfield is Samuel Clemens, Samuel Clemens is Mark Twain, which is devised by the ensemble and written by Ruckus Ensemble Members Aaron Dean and Matt Test as part of the DCASE Theatre Incubator Series (August 27, 2012). In April 2013, The Ruckus workshops Chicago playwright Brooke Allen’s as-of-yet untitled piece devised with the company, also directed by Shoemaker. Further details regarding The Ruckus: Season 4, including casting and ticket information, will be announced in the coming weeks. Please visit www.ruckustheater.org for more information.

“Scott is a remarkable writer, and we’ve all been fans for awhile now–so this season is thrilling, to say the least,” said Artistic Director Allison Shoemaker. “We’re able to collaborate with a playwright we admire, produce work that’s unusual, vibrant and frightening, and provide a number of dynamic roles for female performers in one fell swoop. The chance to create new work as an ensemble with Brooke Allen and our own Aaron Dean and Matt Test is no less exciting, so we’ve got a pretty remarkable year ahead.”

Scott T. Barsotti is a playwright and performer originally from Pittsburgh, PA. Scott’s original plays include Kill Me, The Revenants, Jet Black Chevrolet, Brewed, McMeekin Finds Out, and Your Teacher is Out Today and have been performed at many theatres nationwide. His adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson’s The Body Snatcher recently opened at Brisbane Arts Theatre in Queensland, Australia; also in 2012, The Revenants will be produced by Happy Medium Theatre in Boston, as well as New World Arts in Goshen, IN.  His work has been seen at the New York International Fringe Festival, the Rhinoceros Theater Festival, and Collaboraction’s Sketchbook, and has been produced and/or developed by WildClaw Theatre, Curious Theatre Branch, Chicago Dramatists, The Route 66 Theatre Company, Pittsburgh Playwrights, Roundelay Theatre Company, Theatre Seven of Chicago, American Theatre Company, Tympanic Theatre Company, The Ruckus, and The Visceral Company among others.  He is currently adapting Geoffrey Hayes’s children’s book The Mystery of the Pirate Ghost for Lifeline Theatre’s 2012-13 KidSeries season.  As an actor, Scott has appeared with WildClaw Theatre, Lifeline Theatre, Curious Theatre Branch, The Mammals, WNEP Theater, Collaboraction, Pavement Group, and Victory Gardens, and he has designed movement for WildClaw and Strawdog Theatre.  Scott is a Resident Playwright at Chicago Dramatists. For more information about Scot T. Barsotti, please visit his website at: http://scottbarsotti.wordpress.com.

Barsotti’s past works have been critically lauded in several publications, including New City, Chicago Theater Beat, Chicago Reader, and the Chicago Tribune. Chris Jones from the Chicago Tribune has called Barsotti “a very promising young playwright.” Additionally, Brian Kirst from Sheridan Road Magazine says, “Revolutionarily new… Barsotti proves himself to be a major playwright in the making…” Of his upcoming work with The Ruckus, Barsotti says, “Having a play produced is a thrill, having two produced by the same group of artists in one season is an honor.  I’m so excited to be spending the year amongst the talent and ambition of The Ruckus, and I can’t wait to share my work with their audience and creative family.”

The Ruckus welcomes Lizzy Powers and Derek Van Barham as its newest company members in Chicago. Powers takes on the role of Company Manager, and Barham serves as Literary Manager. New Ruckus Ensemble Members include Daniel Caffrey (Tympanic Theatre Company) and Kevin Lambert (Ka-Tet Theatre). In addition to Barsotti, Artists-in-Residence for the 2012-13 season include Brooke Allen, Catherine Bullard, Scottie Caldwell, Julie Cowden, Casey Cunningham, and Jennifer Roehm. Bios available at ruckustheater.org.

2012/2013 SEASON 4

Elise Mayfield is Samuel Clemens, Samuel Clemens is Mark Twain | directed by Allison Shoemaker

August 27, 2012 at the DCASE Studio Theater

Somewhere along the Mississippi River, a girl is dropped into a world sated in the nostalgia and humidity of Mark Twain’s novels. Along the journey to find her way back, she encounters many strange things- familiar faces from elsewhere, a river that’s a conduit for time travel, and a strange book of verse detailing many parallel universes, each containing its own Hannibal, MO. Help playwrights Aaron Dean and Matt Test, director Allison Shoemaker, and the ensemble discover when they are and who they could be in this workshop performance, a part of the DCASE Theater Incubator Series. An audience talkback will follow the performance.

Brewed by Scott T. Barsotti | directed by Anna Bahow

March 1- 31, 2013 at Teatro Luna

Brewed, the task is stirring a pot…all day, every day. The six sisters don’t share the task as they once did. With Nannette busy racing stock cars and Roxette off doing her own thing, the others are left to shoulder the burden. But Paulette is fed up; Collette is clueless; and Babette, crippled in more ways than one, is volatile. Juliette does her best to maintain order and civility…for now. But why must they do this? When one of the sisters calls everyone together, old venom bubbles up and grievance flares, setting into motion an impossible moral struggle. Join The Ruckus and Tympanic Theatre as they explore this new work about gatherings, sacrifice, and the dark art of obligation.

Untitled by Brooke Allen | directed by Allison Shoemaker

April, 2013 at The Side Project Theatre

It’s all fun and games, as the saying goes, until someone loses an eye. The combination of liquor, loosened inhibitions, and silly hats usually makes for a good time. But pair it with the no-man’s land that is the switch to Daylight Savings Time, and even an everyday revelry can bare its teeth. Brooke Allen puts a scalpel to the mayhem in this workshop, devised with The Ruckus. An audience talkback will follow the performances.

Facing Angela written by Scott T. Barsotti | directed by Kyra Lewandoski

June- July, 2013

Angela has lost her face.  Acquiring a new face alters more than skin and tissue, cutting into Angela’s relationship with her husband, Wes, and mutating her sense of self.  As Angela re-constructs, re-invents, and re-defines her identity, Wes ceases to recognize the woman he loves, and doubts whether he really knows himself either.  This re-imagining of Barsotti’s 2003 play, explored over the course of the season with the cast and company, will delve deep into how we recognize ourselves and those we go to bed with, and the collateral damage of transformative change.

About The Ruckus Theater

Founded by an industrious group of Michigan ex-pats, The Ruckus is composed of actors, directors, playwrights, musicians, casting directors, publicity managers, grant writers, baristas, grad students, poets, computer fixers, appointment-makers and census-takers who aim to create a new kind of company—a casteless theater that blends the lines between playwright and actor, audience and company member. The Ruckus Theater is led by Artistic Director Allison Shoemaker, Associate Artistic Director Joshua Davis and a company and ensemble of twenty.

We’re here to create, to examine, to invent, to explode—to create a ruckus. The Ruckus develops new work and the artists who create that work. Our ensemble breaks down the walls of traditional methods to nurture new plays and challenge exceptional artists. We believe in creating our process for every project from the ground up. We commit to the growth of our ensemble, the artists we collaborate with, and the plays we develop. We aim to deepen the cultural bedrock of our community by giving megaphones to new voices and by making theater affordable. By fostering conversations that rip through the curtain, we aim to lead both artist and audience down an unexpected path with art that doesn’t play by the rules.

See how we make a ruckus all over the internet on our blog, iruckus.blogspot.com; like us at facebook.com/theruckustheater; view our photostream at flickr.com/ruckustheater; follow our tweets at twitter.com/ruckustheater; and spend hours at youtube.com/theruckustheater.

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

Posted by Admin On August - 22 - 2012 Comments Off on Women’s Business Development Center offers September 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 – The Women’s Business Development Center will offer  several workshops and events as part of its September program.

Among workshops/events offered in September 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, September 4, 5:30 – 7:00 p.m., “Wisdom, Wine and Cheese: An Introduction to WBDC Services”

Description: A session that helps prospective and established business owners clarify their needs and learn more about WBDC resources.

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

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

Registration: To register, please call 312.853.3477, ext. 100.

Tuesday, September 11, 12:00 – 1:00 p.m., “Webinar: Mentors: Master Your Role to Foster New Growth”

Description: Are you a successful entrepreneur who wants to give back to emerging businesses? Multiple studies show that new, micro entrepreneurs speed up their growth when they effectively work with a mentor.  The Women’s Business Development Center can help you add value to your mentoring and make sense of the proliferation of opportunities to create mentoring relationships and utilize business incubators.

Location: Online

Cost: $10.00

Registration: To register, please call 312.853.3477, ext. 100.

Tuesday, September 25, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m., “Developing Your Child Care Business”

Description: This comprehensive series from the Women’s Business Development Center (WBDC) of 10 workshops will provide you the tools to launch and sustain your business. Participants will follow a step by step process to develop a business and marketing plan, policies and procedures for their child care business, a parent handbook and a sound understanding of business financials.

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

Cost: $150.00

Registration: To register, please call 312.853.3477, ext. 100.

Thursday, September 27, 6:00 – 9:00 p.m., “Starting a Business in Illinois”

Description: Are you considering starting a business in Illinois? Put yourself ahead of the curve and gain the knowledge you need to assist with a successful launch. This workshop will address if business ownership is right for you, the transition from being an employee, volunteer, homemaker and/or independent contractor to business owner and more.

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

Cost: $10.00

Registration:   To register, please call 312.853.3477, ext. 100.

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. 

Harlem’s Jennifer Turner recently named one of the Five Faces for the 2012 ING/NYC Marathon

Posted by Admin On August - 22 - 2012 Comments Off on Harlem’s Jennifer Turner recently named one of the Five Faces for the 2012 ING/NYC Marathon

Accomplished Marathon Runner brings her talents and her students to run in the 2012 Percy Sutton Harlem 5k Run/Walk on August 25

New York, NY (BlackNews.com) –Last month, Harlem’s Jennifer Turner was recognized as one of five running enthusiasts tapped to become the faces of the ING Runner’s Nation ‘ING Class of 2012’ for this year’s New York City Marathon, which takes place on Sunday, November 4. As one of the official faces and voices for the “ING Class of 2012,” which represents all registered runners in this year’s ING New York City Marathon, Ms. Turner will share her personal stories and training tips via ING branded Facebook, YouTube and Twitter pages as she prepares for the big race. On August 25, Ms. Turner will bring her athletic talents and inspiration to run in the 2012 Percy Sutton Harlem 5k Run/NYC Family Health Walk-A-Thon.

“The ING New York City Marathon is already known as the ‘World’s Race,’ said Ann Glover, chief marketing officer at ING U.S. “We hope these ‘ING Class of 2012’ members and their efforts through ING Runner’s Nation can further expand the magic and allure of this great event.”

“I am so honored to be recognized by ING U.S., the title sponsor of the ING New York City Marathon, and to have an opportunity to encourage and motivate others on such topics as training, nutrition and hydration, injury prevention, athletic gear and more,” said self proclaimed “Fitness Activator,” Jennifer Turner. “More importantly, this national recognition gives me the platform to inspire the 32 women that I am training on my own in my community of Harlem to run in their first-ever racing event during Harlem Week 2012. It shows them that they too can achieve any goal they put their mind to.”

By day, Jennifer Turner is a high-powered media executive. By night, Ms. Turner life’s mission is to empower others to “activate” their innate ability to have a healthy lifestyle and achieve happiness. A certified American Council On Exercise (ACE) Group Fitness Instructor and a Lifestyle and Weight Management Consultant, Ms. Turner was not always “fit.” As a teenager, she developed eating disorders and truly struggled with her weight. In 1998, while attending Stanford University’s Business School, Ms. Turner was tired of crash diets and decided to make a life change. She embraced fitness and stopped focusing on the results, but rather focused on the process of living an active lifestyle. Fast forward to 2012, Ms. Turner has completed 6 marathons, including the Boston Marathon (twice) and the New York City Marathon (twice). She has also completed 11 triathlons and is currently an Athleta sponsored athlete. This fall, she will run not only in the New York City Marathon, but also in the Malibu Triathlon and Chicago Marathon.

Moreover, with her passion to inspire and create healthy communities across the country, Ms. Turner has worked as a fitness consultant for the Harlem Children’s Zone Adult Fitness Programs teaching exercise and fitness support classes to the Harlem community. She is currently teaching weekly fitness classes at the Harlem School for the Arts. Since June of this year, Ms. Turner has been training a group of women, whose ages range from early twenties to early seventies, to run in the Percy Sutton Harlem 5k Run/NYC Family Health Walk-A-Thon during Harlem Week 2012.

From weekly nutrition counseling to marathon fitness training, Ms. Turner has prepared her students to be competitive participants in their first ever race. Her only requirements during the free 9-week training period were to come to the weekly practice, blog once a week to inspire others, and bring a friend to cheer them on during the race.

“I’m so excited to play a small role in helping these women in their health and fitness journeys. It’s been a pleasure working with them, as well as watching them grow and take charge of their health,” said Turner who is sponsoring five of the 32 women in the race. “I truly admire them and am so very proud of these determined women.”

For more information on Jennifer Turner, visit www.jenniferturner.com. To learn more about her fitness training and class schedule, visit www.MadCoolFitness.com. For media inquiries, contact Tyrha M. Lindsey of L.A.I. Communications at 908-672-6024 or via e-mail at Tyrha.Lindsey@laicommunications.com.

Photo Caption: “Fitness Activator,” Jennifer Turner – Photo courtesy of Mad Cool Fitness

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