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What’s Up With all These Mobile Devices? Why Are People Resorting to Non-Talk Methods to Communicate?

Posted by Admin On November - 29 - 2012 Comments Off on What’s Up With all These Mobile Devices? Why Are People Resorting to Non-Talk Methods to Communicate?

Soap Box Rants/Weekly Column

By Pamela Bratcher-McMillan, President, Chair & CEO, of PETAL et al.

What’s up with all these mobile devices? Why don’t people talk to each other anymore rather than using e-mails, text and other non-talk methods of communicating?

The other day, I noticed a table full of twenty-somethings all fooling around with their cell phones in one way or another. While waiting for their food to come to their table, they were either talking on the telephone or texting, failing to engage in conversation with each other.

There were five of them sitting at the table. Fortunately for them they were seated inside a restaurant with a low-level of noise. As I observed them and the interaction between them, I noticed that they were not making that much eye contact or communication with each other. Their heads were down looking at texts or turned sideways, as if to exclude the group from their phone conversation. It must have become too much for one of them. She decided to share her whole loud perky conversation with the rest of the restaurant patrons as if to say, “I have something interesting going on in my life, too, and someone is willing to listen to me even if you aren’t.” As soon as the food came, phones were placed near some of their plates as though they didn’t want to miss out on anything.

Has social networking cultivated us into a society of shallow individuals? When did texting replace a voice conversation? What about focusing on the people you are with at the time? One of the worst things about receiving a text is constantly having to keep texting people back to make sense of their text messages. What a waste of time. We could have gotten it done quicker with a phone call. I’d rather not tie up my time constantly texting people back to explain their cryptic messages.

Now, it has carried over to professional correspondence with truncated words and acronyms. Really? Is this the result of the know-it-all generation? In the midst of what they call the “Dumbing down of America,” we are living in times whereas cowards use these tools to bully people and offer others really bad advice. Children are raising children on social networks. Many people are getting advice from strangers. Do you really trust a person you’ve only met via photo? Do you ever wonder how your young people seem to know someone in town no matter what town you happen to be visiting? We are living in some scary times.

Teachers are verbally challenged in the classroom and threatened with online searches not to confirm information, but in an attempt to prove “I know just as much or more than you as long as I have this mobile device. That device is supposed to take the place of storing something in your brain? That’s why when the online connectivity is not there, they will probably lose it. Are we becoming a culture of Cyborgs?

When the mobile phone became accessible to most people, it started off as a tool you used in emergency situations and sparingly, because calls and texting were so expensive. Now, we keep it fired up to pass the time away updating social networks and sending one liners back and forth to our friends. Our electronics have become our own little personal world where we do not have to deal with people. They are emotionless, often sending the wrong messages in their coldness and haste; which reminds me, why don’t people come outside anymore? Why is so much time spent indoors? What do you think?

Keep in mind that sending your children, parents, siblings, relatives and close friends an email from your tablet or a text letting them know that you are thinking of them does not replace the sound of your voice telling them those things, especially if you are in the same town. While mobile devices are a wonderful thing when used responsibly, we should show discretion on how we use those tools. That’s what they are…electronic tools that can never replace the human voice and human interaction.

Pamela Bratcher-McMillan is a technology expert and President, Chair & CEO, of PETAL et al.


Posted by Newsroom On November - 22 - 2012 Comments Off on HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

By Juanita Bratcher

(CopyLine Magazine REPRINT (November 25, 2010)


There’s so much to be thankful for!


There’s so much to be grateful for!

As we celebrate Thanksgiving Day with family and friends, let us be cognizant, grateful and thankful for the blessings God has bestowed upon us.

In celebration of this annual holiday tradition, we give thanks; we’re prayerful, and filled with gratitude for God’s blessings. We’re thankful for a multitude of things and for various reasons.

Thanksgiving Day is a time of reflection, a time to come together with family and friends…and eat heartily.

According to reports, the first Thanksgiving Day was held for three days in 1621 at Plymouth, Massachusetts as a “thank you” Celebration for leaders of the Wampanoag Indian Tribe and their families in appreciation for teaching much needed survival skills in the New World. Other reports state that the first Thanksgiving occurred in 1619 in Virginia.

In a Proclamation (October 3, 1863), President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed Thanksgiving a national holiday to be held in November to unite the North and South after the war. In the United States, Thanksgiving is celebrated on the 4th Thursday in November.

So on this Thanksgiving Day, we give God the glory!


Proclamation: By President Abraham Lincoln, October 3, 1863

The year that is drawing towards its close, has been filled with the blessings of fruitful fields and healthful skies. To these bounties, which are so constantly enjoyed that we are prone to forget the source from which they come, others have been added, which are of so extraordinary a nature, that they cannot fail to penetrate and soften even the heart which is habitually insensible to the ever watchful providence of Almighty God. In the midst of a civil war of unequaled magnitude and severity, which has sometimes seemed to foreign States to invite and to provoke their aggression, peace has been preserved with all nations, order has been maintained, the laws have been respected and obeyed, and harmony has prevailed everywhere except in the theatre of military conflict; while that theatre has been greatly contracted by the advancing armies and navies of the Union. Needful diversions of wealth and of strength from the fields of peaceful industry to the national defense, have not arrested the plough, the shuttle or the ship; the axe has enlarged the borders of our settlements, and the mines, as well of iron and coal as of the precious metals, have yielded even more abundantly than heretofore. Population has steadily increased, notwithstanding the waste that has been made in the camp, the siege and the battle-field; and the country, rejoicing in the consciousness of augmented strength and vigor, is permitted to expect continuance of years with large increase of freedom. No human counsel hath devised nor hath any mortal hand worked out these great things. They are the gracious gifts of the Most High God, who, while dealing with us in anger for our sins, hath nevertheless remembered mercy. It has seemed to me fit and proper that they should be solemnly, reverently and gratefully acknowledged as with one heart and one voice by the whole American People. I do therefore invite my fellow citizens in every part of the United States, and also those who are at sea and those who are sojourning in foreign lands, to set apart and observe the last Thursday of November next, as a day of Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the Heavens. And I recommend to them that while offering up the ascriptions justly due to Him for such singular deliverances and blessings, they do also, with humble penitence for our national perverseness and disobedience, commend to His tender care all those who have become widows, orphans, mourners or sufferers in the lamentable civil strife in which we are unavoidably engaged, and fervently implore the interposition of the Almighty Hand to heal the wounds of the nation and to restore it as soon as may be consistent with the Divine purposes to the full enjoyment of peace, harmony, tranquility and Union.

In testimony whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Seal of the United States to be affixed.

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

Tavis Smiley calls for White House Conference on the eradication of poverty in America

Posted by Newsroom On November - 21 - 2012 Comments Off on Tavis Smiley calls for White House Conference on the eradication of poverty in America

This January, Smiley and his All-Star Panel discuss a ‘Vision for a New America’

Los Angeles, CA (BlackNews.com) — As Congress convenes to determine the fate of the 50 million Americans living in poverty and a shattered middle class stalled in a jobless recovery, broadcaster Tavis Smiley is calling on everyday people from coast to coast to urge President Barack Obama to convene a White House Conference on the Eradication of Poverty in America.

Smiley will moderate a nationally televised discussion, “Vision for a New America: A Future Without Poverty,” 6:30 p.m. – 9 p.m. Thursday, January 17, 2013, at George Washington University’s Lisner Auditorium, 730 21st St. NW, Washington, D.C. Taking place just days before the presidential inauguration, the event is free and open to the public. Doors open at 5 p.m., and advance registration is required at www.tavistalks.com/visionforanewamerica.

“If poverty can be made a national priority, together we can create a plan to cut poverty in half in 10 years, and move closer to eradicating it in the richest nation in the world,” said Smiley. “This is not a skill problem; this is a will problem.”

During the nationally televised LIVE broadcast, panelists will discuss proven solutions on how government officials can contain the wildfire of American poverty. They will challenge the Obama administration within its first 100 days to aggressively address the nation’s economic crisis by refusing to abandon those Americans most in need — the perennially poor and the new poor – the country’s former middle class. Additionally, panelists will encourage citizens to make their voices heard by signing an online petition calling for a White House Conference on the Eradication of Poverty in the tradition of past White House conferences held on aging, children and youth, conservation, LGBT rights and civil rights.

Confirmed panelists include: Marian Wright Edelman, founder and president of the Children’s Defense Fund; John D. Graham, dean, Indiana University School of Public & Environmental Affairs and author of America’s Poor and the Great Recession; Jonathan Kozol, author of Fire in the Ashes: Twenty-Five Years Among the Poorest Children in America; Jeffrey Sachs, director of the Earth Institute at Columbia University; and Cornel West, Union Theological Seminary Professor and author. Additional panelists to be announced.

This symposium is broadcast annually LIVE on C-SPAN, and will rebroadcast for three nights on Tavis Smiley on PBS beginning Tuesday, January 22 through Thursday, January 24, 2013. The conversation will continue during The Tavis Smiley Show and Smiley & West, both distributed through Public Radio International (PRI).

“With 1 in 2 Americans living in or near poverty, we must move from denial to game-changing action,” said Smiley. “It’s time to imagine an America without poverty, and do the requisite work to make the future conform.”

Tavis Smiley Presents produces events and programs dedicated to bringing thought-provoking discussions, engaging town hall meetings, and consumer expos to communities across the country. During the past 11 years, its programs have reached more than 500,000 conference attendees and attracted millions of television viewers nationwide.

Tavis Smiley is the host of Tavis Smiley on PBS, and host of The Tavis Smiley Show from Public Radio International (PRI). Smiley is also co-host of Smiley & West, a weekly news and opinion program featuring provocative commentary and exclusive interviews also distributed by PRI.

Don’t be a victim to this year’s early ‘Black Friday’ ad frenzy

Posted by Newsroom On November - 21 - 2012 Comments Off on Don’t be a victim to this year’s early ‘Black Friday’ ad frenzy

Blacks spend $1 trillion +  Support black businesses


By Chinta Strausberg



In just two-days, the doors of Wal-Mart and Target will open at 8 p.m. and 9 p.m. respectively in celebration of the infamous and sometimes-deadly “Black Friday” named for the day after Thanksgiving when corporate America hopes to get and stay in the black but a day when consumers willingly jump into the red zone sometimes for nearly a year.

But, it will also be a day of national protests by perhaps 1,000 Wal-Mart stores that are fed up with Wal-Mart’s opening early on Thanksgiving Day or the day after and having to deal with a very aggressive, combative and at times deadly crowd seeking to get reduced items by any means necessary.

But, Wal-Mart workers want Thanksgiving to be a day they will have off, but instead of considering their request, Wal-Mart Stores Inc. has filed a lawsuit against the United Food and Commercial Workers International (UFCW) and has asked the National Labor Relations Board to block their work stoppage, according to ‘Our Business News,” and the Women’s Wear Daily (WWD).

Black Friday is a day where in the past people have actually been either physically harmed or trampled to death while rushing into stores like Wal-Mart in hopes of grabbing up reduced toys and other gifts for Christmas.

Wouldn’t it be nice if African Americans, who spend more than $1 trillion a year, conducted a run on black-owned stores? How about getting a gift certificate from stores like Reggio’s Pizza for a year or a gift certificate from the Inner City ICE Entertainment Lawndale theaters located at 3330 W. Roosevelt Rd. in Chicago, or patronize black-owned restaurants like Josephine’s Cooking, aka Captain Hardtimes, at 436 E. 79th Street.

Some consumers will shop from the comfort of their home via the Internet. That is certainly safer than being crushed to death like Jdimytai Damour, the 34-year-old son of Ogera Charles who was a temporary worker at Wal-Mart’s Long Island store.

Also injured were four shoppers and an eight-month pregnant woman who was hospitalized.

Better yet, I would hope that millions of all Americans opt to go to church on Thanksgiving Day then take a day of rest on Friday. Dedicate ‘Black Friday’ to your God and hold unto your money until the real bargains kick in. Don’t be led by the media frenzy that you will see beginning sometime tonight inviting you to some early morning “Black Friday” shopping that will begin on Thanksgiving Day in some stores.

Remember, if you can’t pay cash for a gift, then don’t force the issue. Your waiting will actually save money for those wanting to buy Christmas gifts. You will get a better price and in a safer environment.

What pains me year-after-year are the conversations I hear from couples or single moms who stay in debt for nearly a year just to buy Christmas gifts for their children, their church members, friends and relatives. How can giving gifts you can’t afford make you feel important when your checking account is yelling ‘stop it already.’?

Please spend sensibly for your Christmas gifts and don’t forget to set aside your REGULAR tithes, which are already down in many churches that are also facing huge water bills from the city of Chicago, and please don’t buy into using the term ‘Xmas’ or be made to feel ashamed or politically incorrect from saying Merry Christmas, not Merry Holiday, Merry Christmas.

And, forget about being politically correct rather be morally and spiritually on the mark for this Thanksgiving and Christmas season. Given the escalation of violence in our community, don’t forget to pray for peace in the ‘hood and in the Middle East.

Make a fiscally responsible pledge this year to express your love to your friends and family not by giving into your material wishes or the ‘Santa Claus list’ of others but by giving from your heart even if it is a homemade gift. You won’t get in debt by making a gift but your love will continue to shine. Don’t spoil our children. Teach them by being an example. Teach them not to become credit card addicts in search of material gains.

Happy Thanksgiving and Merry Christmas to all.

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. Governor Simon, EMS Task Force make recommendations to improve emergency medical services

Posted by Newsroom On November - 21 - 2012 Comments Off on Lt. Governor Simon, EMS Task Force make recommendations to improve emergency medical services

Increased access to education would improve provider training 

SPRINGFIELD, IL  – Illinois Lt. Governor Sheila Simon joined state Rep. Don Moffitt (R-Gilson) and state Rep. Lisa Dugan (D-Bradley) today to issue recommendations that will help improve rural emergency medical services. The recommendations were generated after 17 hearings of the Illinois House of Representatives’ Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Task Force were held last year.

“During an emergency, every second counts,” Simon said. “Rural Illinois residents may travel up to 30 miles or more to reach the appropriate hospital. It is important that emergency medical technicians and paramedics who are treating patients during long transports are well-trained and have access to the best technology. I would like to thank the Task Force members for their hard work as we move forward with implementing some of these recommendations.”

Lt. Governor Simon testified in Galesburg in favor of increasing the availability of high-quality online training for EMTs and paramedics to improve employee and volunteer retention. Emergency medical service providers are required to complete 120 hours of continuing education every four years to renew their license. Currently, only 25 percent of that can be completed online, but the Task Force agreed with Simon that the offering should be increased. The Task Force also recommended that evaluation of that training should be based on performance, rather than only the hours completed.

“While the work of this current Task Force has been completed, the job is not finished. As our communities continue to grow and change and technology continues to advance we must continue to reach out to local emergency responders to make sure they have the tools they need to keep local families safe,” Moffitt said.

“It was an enlightening and enjoyable experience working with EMS personnel throughout the state of Illinois and Rep. Moffitt. I look with anticipation to the state moving forward to recognize and address the EMS needs throughout this state, so they can continue to provide a valuable service for the people of the state of Illinois,” Dugan said.

The Task Force also discussed the implementation of new federal EMS educational standards so that emergency medical technicians who have obtained licenses in Illinois are able to use them in other states. Additionally, the recommendations included a proposal to simplify licensing for ambulances. Rather than renewing licenses annually, if implemented, providers could obtain licenses lasting two to four years contingent on annual state inspections.

Lt. Governor Simon is the chair of the Governor’s Rural Affairs Council. Enhancing EMS is a part of the council’s strategic plan for rural Illinois.

Missing Borders; Especially the Array of Thousands of Updated Books for Geeks and Bookworms

Posted by Admin On November - 21 - 2012 Comments Off on Missing Borders; Especially the Array of Thousands of Updated Books for Geeks and Bookworms


By Pamela Bratcher-McMillan, President, Chair & CEO, PETAL et al.

I miss Borders. From my perspective, Borders cared. They were the Southside’s alternative to the public library. They stayed open late, offered free WiFi, food to eat and thousands of updated books for geeks and bookworms. I remember when Borders opened in Chicago. I thought what a radical concept. You allow people to read your books and they don’t have to buy them. I wondered, How do they make money? They even provided seating areas. It was great for people like me with shelves full of books at home purchased on blind faith because you really didn’t have a chance to see what an author’s work was like before you bought their book. I have read whole books while at Borders and if it was a well-written book, I ended up buying it. Who wouldn’t want a good book to keep close for reference and recall? The sales in the lobby and outdoors were unbelievable. I purchased many books there based on topic and layout alone. They made great birthday presents for the kids, too.

Now, the Southside is back to the mercy of not so friendly workers in the public library (as compared to corporate trained customer service representatives) and books three to ten years or more behind in topic. Who chooses what books go to what library? Many of the more current technology, multimedia, video game, mobile app, etc. books are not on our shelves. If you do luck up and find one or two, they are too old. What’s up with that? With the advent of many books being digitized and eBooks, what’s the problem? I will say in favor of the public library, however, there is no better place to go study quietly and have access to free WiFi without the distraction noise of spoons, forks, plates, loud conversations and cell phone calls shared throughout the facility (another story). Didn’t you come to eat? Hang up the phone!

The public library allows you to download books, reserve books and have them delivered to your local library which was a good way to make sure we all had access. This is all great, but please provide more eBooks, videos and audios available for DIY (do-it-yourself) projects, computer software and hardware learning, accounting, project management, marketing, certification study, etc.

I also noticed that during my visits to libraries outside of Chicago, their patrons had access to interactive online learning in technical and creative software (i.e. Adobe and Microsoft software). I hope the Chicago Public Library is pursuing this type of technology to help empower those in the community as well. It would be nice to see some online learning taking place instead of just social networking taking place on all of those computers in the lab.

In the meantime, maybe Barnes and Noble or Books-A-Million (BAM!) will consider taking over the old Borders’ building in Beverly or provide the Southside with a new bookstore all together. When I visit those two bookstores in the suburbs, it’s almost like Borders is still with us.

Pamela Bratcher-McMillan is a technology expert and President, Chair & CEO, of PETAL et al.

Illini Central School Board President receives Thomas Lay Burroughs Award

Posted by Admin On November - 21 - 2012 Comments Off on Illini Central School Board President receives Thomas Lay Burroughs Award

Ron Moehring presented with statewide honor by ISBE at education conference in Chicago


MASON CITY, IL – The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) selected Ron Moehring of Illini Central School District 189 as the 2012 recipient of the Thomas Lay Burroughs Award, which annually honors an outstanding school board president in the state. Moehring has served 17 years as president of his local school board and 27 years total.

“Ron Moehring’s volunteerism and lifelong commitment to his community is impressive,” said State Board of Education Chairman Gery J. Chico. “It’s clear that he has a passion for doing what is best for the children of Illini Central School District.”

Moehring, a farmer and lifelong resident of San Jose, first served on the school board in his hometown before playing a key role in the district’s 1989 consolidation with Mason City and Easton to form the Illini Central School District. He was among the new district’s first school board members and became president in 1995.

In recent years, Moehring oversaw implementation of several initiatives, including a new grade school language arts curriculum, the new Common Core State Standards and Response to Intervention (RtI), a teaching approach that ensures all children are supported in the learning process. He also helped establish the Illini Central Learning Academy in August 2012 to provide an alternative learning environment for students at risk for expulsion.

Illini Central is one of the 35 school districts participating in Illinois’ Race to the Top program, making it a leader in the state in implementing key education initiatives to improve school performance and student achievement.

“I don’t know that I’ve done anything special to deserve this. I’ve worked with some strong administrators and Board members, and our teachers and support staff are among the best in Illinois,” Moehring said. “I simply put in my time, kept my focus on what’s best for kids and allowed our staff to focus on preparing our students to succeed after they graduate.”

In her nominating letter, Illini Central School District 189 Superintendent Lori Harrison also cited Moehring’s actions earlier this school year when a high school student was suspected of having a weapon in school and the district went on lockdown. Moehring quickly arrived on the scene and helped lead the district to a safe conclusion for students and staff. 

“Mr. Ron Moehring has been a blessing to Illini Central and to thousands of students and staff,” Harrison wrote in her nomination letter.  “He has a dedication, loyalty and love of the Illinois students, staff and community that is second to none.”

ISBE created the award for school board presidents in 1991 to honor Thomas Lay Burroughs who served as chairman of the State Board of Education and the Board of Education for the Collinsville School District. The award recognizes extraordinary educational leadership at the local level, including leadership:

·         on behalf of improved student learning and educational excellence;

·         in resolving a crisis or major difficulty; and

·         on behalf of equal education opportunities.

Ron Moehring received the 2012 Thomas Lay Burroughs Award on Sunday, Nov. 18 in Chicago during the joint annual conference of the Illinois Association of School Boards, the Illinois Association of School Administrators and Illinois Association of School Business Officials.

Recent winners of the Thomas Lay Burroughs Award include Shelly Marks of Homewood School District 153 (2011), Paula Dupont of Burr Ridge Community Consolidated School District 180 (2010), Fred G. Huddlestun of Jasper County Consolidated Unit School District 1 (2009), Joanne Zendol Berwyn South School District 100 (2008) and Mark C. Metzger Indian Prairie Community Unit School District 204 (2007).

Keeping the Holidays Merry on a Budget: The Better Business Bureau Offers Tips

Posted by Admin On November - 21 - 2012 Comments Off on Keeping the Holidays Merry on a Budget: The Better Business Bureau Offers Tips

CHICAGO, IL – The holiday shopping season kicks off with Black Friday. The excitement of the holidays creates a tendency for consumers to overspend, but planning ahead can lessen the impact when credit card bills start rolling in. The Better Business Bureau serving Chicago and Northern Illinois (BBB) offers financial tips to help make sure your holidays, and the days after, are merry and bright!

“It is easy to get wrapped up in the holiday season and forget to budget,” said Steve J. Bernas, President and CEO of the Better Business Bureau serving Chicago and Northern Illinois. “You do not want the fun of the holidays to leave you strapped for cash come January.”

Before hitting the stores take the time to determine an overall budget, decide how much to designate for each category (gifts, parties, travel, food and donations), then get into details like how much to spend on each person or for parties and travel. Creating a budget and sticking to it can be a challenge. However, being more conscious of your holiday spending habits will help you start the new year without a lot of new debt.

The BBB offers more ideas for sticking to a budget:

Less is more: Reduce gift-giving.For work gatherings, have everyone draw a name and give one gift. Set limits with family members and then get creative about finding something in your new, lower price range. For the person who has everything, consider making a charitable donation in his or her name.

Do It Yourself: Homemade crafts and decorations can be fun to make and to give. Consider baking or canning your gifts this year. Give gift certificates for future services (babysitting, dog walking, leaf raking) or special events after the holidays (shows, ice skating, sleigh rides).

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle: Use less of everything, because little things add up. Is it necessary to gift wrap that huge box? How about putting a “clue” under the tree instead and have the recipient find the present hidden someplace else in the house. Reuse gift bags – they are sturdy enough to be used five or six times. Make your own gift tags and decorations. Spray paint old candle holders gold or silver instead of buying new ones.  

Trim Energy Costs: Switch to LED lights. You’ll not only burn less energy, and you’ll need fewer strands because the lights are brighter.Turn off your outside decorations when you go to bed. Turn down the thermostat when no one is home. Combine shopping trips and errands, and carpool to family gatherings.  

For more information on holiday shopping and finding businesses you can trust, visit www.bbb.org.

Riders for Better Transit statement on CTA 2013 budget and fare hikes

Posted by Admin On November - 21 - 2012 Comments Off on Riders for Better Transit statement on CTA 2013 budget and fare hikes

Letters to Editors

From Riders for Better Transit


CHICAGO, IL  – Every year it seems Chicagoland transit riders get less transit service for our money. The CTA today released its proposed 2013 budget, proposing another fare increase for transit riders next year. This closely follows Metra’s proposal to increase fares for 2013.

Service cuts and fare increases have become a regular tradition, making it more difficult and more expensive for people to get around. Demand for transit has been increasing for years, and people want better transit service. Transit in our region needs to stop moving backwards. Riders for Better Transit encourages Chicagoland residents to tell their elected leaders that it’s time to stop the cuts and fare hikes and invest in moving transit forward.

Transit riders can take action by sending letters to elected officials at: www.activetrans.org/bettertransit

“This is a temporary fix and not a long-term solution to CTA’s funding woes. You can’t get rapid transit while spending all your time just trying to resuscitate transit,” said Ron Burke, executive director of the Active Transportation Alliance, which organizes the Riders for Better Transit campaign. “Chicago should have twice as many transit riders, but we don’t have a system in place to accommodate them, and we never will if elected officials aren’t willing to actually invest in better transit. CTA and Metra aren’t raising fares because it’s what’s best for the future of Chicagoland. They’re doing it because they’ve been given no other choice.”

The CTA next month will cut a number of routes because it was the only way it could afford to add service on overcrowded buses and trains. In 2010, CTA cut bus service 18 percent and train service 9 percent Metra raised fares 25-30 percent this year. CTA train fares have increased 80 percent since 1990. And for too long now our trains and buses have been plagued by slow zones, overcrowding and deteriorating stations. It’s clear that elected leaders have decided transit isn’t a priority.

“If the best Chicagoland can hope for is to maintain the status quo of transit — and we can’t even do that because of regular fare increases, service cuts and crumbling infrastructure — then our region is in serious trouble,” said Burke. “CTA and Metra are barely squeaking by. We can’t keep expecting transit riders to bear more of the burden. The system is broken and only our elected leaders in city hall, Springfield and DC have the power to fix it.”

Riders for Better Transit is a project of Active Transportation Alliance (Active Trans). Active Trans is a non-profit organization with more than 7,000 members advocating to improve conditions for biking, walking and transit in the Chicago region.

Women’s Business Development Center offers December programs that support and accelerate women’s business ownership

Posted by Admin On November - 21 - 2012 Comments Off on Women’s Business Development Center offers December 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 – Among workshops/events offered in December 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:

Wednesday, December 5, 2012, 5:30 to 7:00 p.m.

“Wisdom, Wine and Cheese: An Introduction to WBDC Services”

Description: The WBDC invites you to attend their informative workshop, for both prospective and established business owners.  Whether you’re thinking about starting your own business or growing the business you already have, this session will help you clarify your needs and learn more about WBDC resources. If you’re looking for assistance in pursuing government or corporate contracts, need financing to grow your business, or just need guidance to learn how to work ON your business, come join the WBDC circle of help!

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

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

Registration:  http://bit.ly/URcrOD

Thursday, December 6, 2012, 9:00 to 11:00 a.m.

“WOSB 5 Percent Rule – How to Navigate and Secure Federal Contracts”

Description: In this WBDC workshop you will gain insight on how to search for opportunities, identify decision makers and increase your chances of getting contracts. If obtaining government contracts is part of your strategic plan, this is an important workshop that you don’t want to miss!

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

Cost: $30.00

Registration:  http://bit.ly/100IOdQ

Wednesday, December 19, 2012, 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.

“Getting a GSA Schedule Contract”

Description: This WBDC webinar will take the mystery out of the application process and provide guidelines to help you to start or complete your GSA Schedule application. Learn what GSA Schedule is, what federal agencies buy products and services from the GSA schedule, how to find the right GSA Schedule and what selection criteria is used to approve GSA Schedule applicants.

Location: Online, www.WBDC.org

Cost: Free

Registration: http://bit.ly/SZCNrU

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.

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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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