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Jesse White: Teen Driving Deaths Down Nearly 60 Percent

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Teen driving deaths down nearly 60 percent as this week marks National Teen Driver Safety Week

Awards Glenbrook South High School for its outstanding driver education program

Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White announced that teen driving deaths are down nearly 60 percent in Illinois as the country recognizes National Teen Driver Safety Week October 20 through the 26.

Illinois’ nationally heralded Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL) program was cited as one of the contributing factors to the decline in fatalities. According to the Illinois Department of Transportation, there were 144 teen driving deaths in 2007. Since White’s efforts to overhaul the GDL law took effect in 2008, teen driving fatalities have decreased by nearly 60 percent – with 58 teen driving deaths in 2012.

“The goal is to save lives,” said White. “I am pleased that these provisions continue to work as we intended. When I first convened the Teen Driver Safety Task Force, we knew we had our work cut out for us. We knew that automobile crashes were the leading cause of death for teens, and we worked hard to strengthen our GDL program and make it one of the best in the nation. While too many teens are still dying on our roads, we can take some solace in the fact that far fewer teens have died in crashes since we greatly strengthened our GDL program.”

Illinois’ GDL program better prepares novice, teen drivers by giving them more time to obtain valuable driving experience while under the watchful eye of a parent or guardian, limiting in-car distractions, and requiring teens to earn their way from one stage to the next by avoiding traffic convictions. State and national traffic safety organizations have praised Illinois’ stronger GDL program as one of the best in the nation.

White made the announcement during National Teen Driver Safety Week at a press conference at the James R. Thompson Center where he presented the 2013 Teen Driving Safety Award to Glenbrook South High School in Glenview for its outstanding driver education program. White emphasized the important roles that parents, high schools and driver education instructors play in preparing safe and responsible teen drivers.

“We have formed a partnership between the Secretary of State’s office, parents, students, schools and driver education instructors,” said White. “Working together, we are saving lives and making our roads safer.”

Glenbrook South High School has an innovative driver education program that works to encourage safe and responsible teen drivers. In celebration of National Teen Driver Safety Week, Glenbrook South High School has launched various teen driver safety initiatives, including:

  • Integration of video cameras and technology in driver’s education
  • Parking lot safety belt checks – local businesses have donated gift cards as further incentive for students to buckle up.
  • Launching a pledge drive to promote safe driving
  • Promoting an educational campaign to discourage texting while driving.

“As the principal of Glenbrook South High School, I am proud of the accomplishments of our teachers that have led to Glenbrook South High School’s Driver Education Program being recognized by the State of Illinois as the Program of the Year,” said Dr. Brian K. Wegley, principal of Glenbrook South.

To learn more about the state’s Graduated Driver Licensing program, visit www.cyberdriveillinois.com.

Simon applauds passage of bill to improve emergency medical services

Posted by Admin On October - 24 - 2013 Comments Off on Simon applauds passage of bill to improve emergency medical services

House Bill 2778 heads to governor’s desk

SPRINGFIELD, IL – Continuing her work to improve rural health care, Illinois Lt. Governor Sheila Simon applauded the Illinois General Assembly for passing House Bill 2778. The legislation sponsored by Rep. Don Moffitt (R-Gilson) and Sen. Chapin Rose (R-Champaign) will enable emergency medical technicians (EMTs) to provide more patient services.

“Seconds can mean the difference between life and death in an emergency, and EMTs need to able to use all of their skills and training to aid patients,” said Simon, chair of the Governor’s Rural Affairs Council. “I would like to thank Rep. Moffitt and Sen. Rose for their leadership, and the EMS Task Force for its work on this important legislation, and I encourage the governor to sign this bill.”

The legislation is a result of recommendations released last by the House Emergency Medical Services Task Force. Simon testified in support of streamlining regulations for EMTs and recently hosted an EMS Summit in Springfield. A number of providers gathered to discuss ways to further improve EMS delivery in Illinois.

Rep. Moffitt co-chaired the House Emergency Medical Services Task Force and served as the House sponsor for HB 2778.

“This bill is the result of a lot of hard work, and I thank those who participated in the hearings our EMS Task Force held throughout the state,” said Moffitt. “This legislation is important because it allows the EMTs staffing the ambulance to perform medical treatment at the highest level for which they are licensed and trained, instead of being limited only to the basic skills of an ambulance licensed as a basic ambulance service.”

“This legislation can help save lives, and I hope the governor will sign it quickly,” said Sen. Rose, who sponsored the bill in the Senate. “The men and women staffing ambulances throughout the state should be able to use all of their skills, which can make all the difference in an emergency.

Ambulance services can be delivered at various levels, ranging from basic life support to advanced life support and specialty care transport. Currently, EMTs may provide services only at their assigned ambulance level, even though they may have training to provide a higher level of service.  Under HB 2778, a licensed EMT may perform medical services compliant with his or her level of education or training, regardless of the level of their ambulances.

Lt. Governor Simon is the chair of the Governor’s Rural Affairs Council, and enhancing emergency medical services is a part of the council’s strategic plan for rural Illinois. HB 2778 passed both chambers and now heads to the governor for signature.

Chicago Southside NAACP kick-off its “Fighting Childhood Obesity Campaign” today

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Remembrance, Resolution, Restoration

CHICAGO, IL – On October 24, 2013, The Chicago Southside NAACP Health Committee will kick off its Fighting Childhood Obesity Campaign at Powell Elementary School.

This health kick campaign is a call to action for parents, students, schools and community residents to eat, shop and provide healthy meals, snacks as well as physical activity to children. The hope is to end the growth trend of childhood obesity.

Chicago Southside NAACP, Health Committee  “Turns up” to help put an end to  America’s  growing trend childhood obesity.

What: 4pm -5:30pm participants learn to identify the relationship between childhood obesity and the chronic lifestyle diseases that effect children.

Where: Powell Elementary School, 7511 S. Shore Drive.

“Research suggest that one in three of our children are overweight or obese, putting them at risk for a variety of health problems & diseases, including heart disease, gallbladder disease, asthma, Type 2 diabetes and cancer.”

Chicago Southside NAACP proposes the following to combat childhood obesity:

The Southside NAACP will host a series of educational seminars to educate parents, teachers, school staff and administration on the importance of nutritious meals and snacks to end childhood obesity and promote academic excellence. The goal of the meetings is to bring awareness to the alarming and life threatening effects of childhood obesity.

For more information chgosouthsidenaacp or call us 773-429-9830 or 773-403-1876

State Regulators warn that Colored Contact Lenses could be dangerous this Halloween

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CHICAGO, IL – The Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR) is reminding Illinois contact lens purchasers that buying colored contact lenses for a Halloween costume or fashion statement from anyone other than a licensed eye care professional is dangerous. Colored lenses are popular among high school and college students and are often purchased at malls and flea markets without proper examinations and fittings. This puts thousands of Illinois customers at risk of scratches, infections and potential blindness.

“Young people and their parents need to be aware that a prescription and proper fitting by a licensed professional is mandatory, even for colored, cosmetic contact lenses. Good vision and eye health is too important to risk for the sake of eye color,” said Manuel Flores, Acting Secretary of Financial and Professional Regulation.

In recent years, IDFPR has ordered beauty supply stores and flea market vendors to immediately stop selling cosmetic, colored contact lenses without a prescription. It has fined them up to $10,000 for selling lenses without the proper health care license. All other sales of contact lenses to consumers are considered the unlicensed practice of optometry.

“Stopping unlicensed practice is always a challenge, but by educating consumers and imposing the maximum allowable fine for every violation, we hope to gain the attention of retailers who are breaking the law but find the profits hard to give up,” said Flores. “We will continue to invest resources into cutting off the supply of cosmetic contact lenses and hope for a reduction in the number of infections as a result.”

Only eye care professionals licensed in Illinois are authorized to prescribe contact lenses. Without a prescription it is against the law to sell lenses. There are almost 2,000 licensed optometrists in Illinois and hundreds of ophthalmologists licensed as physicians. Many have reported seeing patients who have suffered from infections or corneal scratches as a result of contact lens problems. Because contact lenses sit directly on the cornea and could potentially limit the amount of oxygen reaching the eye, all contact lenses pose some risk to wearers. By requiring lenses to be fitted and sold by professionals, that risk is limited and managed.

In addition to scratches from ill fitting lenses, another factor that makes this health threat so pressing is that bacteria build within the eye very rapidly. Some types of bacteria can cause permanent scarring within twenty hours of the outbreak, if left untreated. Additionally, contact lens wearers with irritated eyes have on occasion been misdiagnosed with pinkeye, an easily treated eye infection. However, ill-fitting contact lenses can cause eye ulcers which must be treated with strong antibiotic medicine. If left untreated, ulcers can cause partial or total irreversible blindness.

Illinois residents are encouraged to notify state officials if they see lenses for sale at retail outlets that do not require a prescription from a licensed eye-care professional. Consumers can file complaints at www.idfpr.com or by calling our complaint intake office at 312/814-6910.

As Mississippi Rejects Medicaid Expansion, a Family Vows to Leave

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As Miss. Rejects Medicaid Expansion, a Family Vows to Leave

New America Media
By Khalil Abdullah

Chris Stark is a fan of the Affordable Care Act. And though he was successful at purchasing an insurance policy through the healthcare.gov website, which enabled him and his wife Meredith to bring an end to three years of being uninsured, Chris says the couple is weighing the possibility of leaving Mississippi because of its inaction on Medicaid expansion.

Both in their late 20s, the Starks are nursing students at Itawamba Community College, a short drive from their home near Tupelo. For them, the decision of Mississippi’s governor and legislature to not raise the state’s income ceiling to allow more low-income residents to qualify for Medicaid is unfair and unwise.

Looking to 2016, when they both will have graduated, Chris says he is serious about pulling up roots if the state’s Medicaid guidelines remain unchanged.

“I can’t work as a nurse in Mississippi knowing that the cost of the care I provide might drive someone into bankruptcy,” he says. “I can’t do it.”

Mississippi joined much of the South in becoming one of 26 states that have declined to accept an offer from Washington to receive federal monies to expand Medicaid. Had those states raised their Medicaid ceilings, federal dollars would have covered 100 percent of the costs of those newly eligible for the next three years. Approximately 300,000 low-income Mississippians could have qualified. States that have chosen to expand their Medicaid programs will pay no more than 90 percent of those costs after 2016.
The state has two more years to take advantage of the federal dollars to expand the program. Cobbling together enough votes to pass the expansion and then overriding the likely veto from the governor will prove difficult.

“Governor [Phil] Bryant keeps talking about jobs, jobs, jobs, but he didn’t support expanding Medicaid. That could have brought 9,000, maybe 10,000 jobs to Mississippi,” Meredith says.

Those additional jobs could have made a difference at a time when many low-wage earners simply cannot afford the cost of insurance. They make too much money to qualify for Medicaid assistance under state guidelines, but not enough to buy private insurance. The Starks shared that status with millions of Americans, until Mississippi’s federal-run health insurance exchange opened on October. They managed to qualify for a subsidy to help offset the cost of purchasing coverage.

The Starks now have a policy that goes into effect in January 2014. The price is right: low co-pays, no costs for essential adult dental services, and coverage for adult vision.

“We received a $552 a month subsidy. Our plan would have been $610.79 a month, but with the subsidy it’s only $58.79 a month for us both, $29.40 each,” Chris says.

Chris says he feels fortunate that he and his wife have coverage, and they value the preventative services. However, they face the prospect of out-of-pocket charges up to $4,500 if they incur a major medical bill.

Their 5-year-old son Noah qualifies for Medicaid coverage. The couple made a choice for Chris to watch Noah when he’s not at school due to the high cost of day care; Meredith is the wage earner, netting an average of a $1,000 a month from her job. She works for a hotel chain, but there’s been a slowdown in tourism due to the recession. A late payroll can nudge the family’s careful budgeting out of its regular orbit.

The Starks recognize that if Mississippi had expanded Medicaid, the move would have helped them too. Chris and Meredith would not have to live with the risk of having a medical emergency that could cost them thousands of dollars in out of pocket costs before their insurance would kick in. That scenario would devastate the family financially.

“When my employer held my paycheck for two or three days, I had to ask my parents to help because I was low on gas,” Meredith says. “If you live paycheck to paycheck, it’s kind of tough.”

She says the family almost had to file for bankruptcy after a visit to the emergency room. “The bill was under $600, but we literally didn’t have the money,” she says. They paid off the debt after it went to collections with assistance from her family.

Chris and Meredith are concerned about how people’s lives are being affected by the politics driving Mississippi’s health care policies.

“We’re bluer than the sky progressives,” Chris says, and adds that many of their friends consider themselves conservative Republicans. “They say, ‘I shouldn’t have to pay for other people’s insurance. They should get up and work, get a job.”

“I am part of the working class,” Meredith says, “or at least the working poor, and I’m not lazy.” She resents being viewed as a stereotype of someone who is on the public dole.

They are grateful to Mississippi for the opportunities provided to Noah. “He loves school,” Chris says. Their son is enrolled in a special education program in a public school; he was diagnosed with a learning disability two years ago. Through Medicaid, he attends occupational and speech therapy sessions at a local hospital.

Still, Chris and Meredith are thinking about a move north. “North Dakota is where I lived before, but I would be more apt to move to Vermont or Canada where they have single-payer systems already in place or being implemented,” he says.

Chris says he hears occasional talk from some people he knows about moving to California, for example, a state that took the expanded Medicaid deal, but he is skeptical those families will have the resources to leave. “It’s hard to move when you don’t have the finances,” he says.

Photo Caption: Meredith Stark and her 5-year-old-son Noah.

In a position to choose between God or Satan?

Posted by Admin On October - 24 - 2013 Comments Off on In a position to choose between God or Satan?

‘Youth can be saved from the perils of the world’

By Rev. Harold E. Bailey

President of Probation Challenge & The PCC Internet Broadcast Network

As I travel down life’s highway, there are rewarding conversations between God and myself. In these precious hours of dialogues, I’ve been known to ask the Master what to do in particular situations? These spiritual interchanges are considered to be a normal process for me, but perhaps strange for others. However, I’ve discovered that if we are not careful and listen to that wrong (demonic) voice, we then allow destructive behavior to enter into our spirit!

Allowed disruptive measures can become our reality, thusly they then become paramount in our lives.  Unless there is that spiritual intervention from God, these uninvited spiritual issues can follow us into eternity. We must never forget that anything contrary to the will of God is a sin! When we break God’s covenant it seems that nothing goes right! But, by the grace of God…there is a way back, even after that dreadful act against Him. But please note … don’t tempt Him! Be sincere and honest!

In the scripture there is a redeeming word called ‘repentance’, which allows us to be washed in the blood of Jesus, which cleanses us from all (sin) and evil. Scripture: If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 1 John 1:9

As a senior citizen and now living beyond God’s promised years, I have the luxury and spiritual privilege of telling the honest-to-God truth, and I’m not going to die as a liar! Scripture: I was once young, but now I’m old, but I’ve never seen the righteous forsaken, nor their seed begging bread. Psalm 37:25

Young people: Many of our youth are being derailed by politics and the whims of this world, along with false promises to grant us unearned wealth that is based on a state of temporary grandeur.

Youth not having an ear to hear God’s voice, are digesting superficial promises which will not allow them to adhere to the word of God. Not to hear and obey the voice of God, will sadly cause youth to not enjoy God’s abundant life.

Massive lies and misgivings are prominent – as select radio and television outlets promote hard-core-sex, thusly, offering a quick fix to bandage acute pain and severe sufferings. These lies are subliminal suggestions which are often accompanied by the skillful inducing of crime and drugs into the veins of the human body.  Youth hear these misdirectives and deem them as facts. Scripture: The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.  John 10:10

As we adults grow older and reflect back, it should be noted that God has brought us from a mighty long ways! Only a fool has said in his heart that there is no God … and, only an idiot would assume that he or she has traveled this earthly journey alone! Scripture: The fool has said in his heart there is no God. Psalm 37:25

I suggest to youth who are in an early stage of development and at an age of experimentations… consider Christ first! If youth and young adults would taste and see that the Lord is good! After that spiritual taste, the taster then realizes that a wonderful transition has instantly taken place!

Youth and Elders: Don’t wait until everything has fallen apart in your life to try Christ! Try Jesus Christ the redeemer now… before the various experiments of the world! These experimental (non-perfected) gifts are freely dispensed by Satan the deceiver!  Scripture: Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows. James 1:17

Living in a fading-world of turmoil with turning events for years has educated me that many of ‘us’ humans are spiritually confused! Being psychologically confused from the partaking of sinful pleasures can make it difficult to render positive decisions in a person’s life. Confusion which is not of God causes folk to render negative decisions which bring about: Today in favor of something, while tomorrow a shifting of one’s thoughts. The scriptures state that God is not pleased with a double-minded person…and that he is unstable in all his ways. Scripture: For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all the churches of the saints.  1 Corinthians 14:33

Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever more the same!  Christ changes not! Politicians change! Equations in the world change! Laws change! Governments change! Clothes change! But not our Lord and Savior. Scripture: Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever. Hebrews 13:8

Without doubt the human race has tried most everything and all else has failed us. Now we find humanity traveling a downward spiral on a slippery slope headed for the pit-of-hell! Disobedience to God and obedience to Satan is causing our youth and elders to slip-slide into divers temptations and become candidates for … the many waiting rooms to hell, which are our many jails and prisons.

If only humans would realize that there is a righteous God waiting to receive us with open arms. Yes, a God of love, who is patiently waiting to receive the many prodigal children who have like sheep have gone astray. After repentance for all our sins … thank God for spiritual restoration!  What manner of unadulterated love is this? The Love of God!

Realizing that we are children of God and not the devil, we don’t have to live beneath our spiritual privilege. We are heirs to the kingdom of God. Denounce the whiles of Satan! Scripture: In this the children of God are manifest, and the children of the devil: whosoever doeth not righteousness is not of God, neither he that love not his brother. 1 John 3:10

In these United States, we can receive the peace of God which surpass all understanding, but only If we go back to the old landmark and stay in the service of the Lord!

Rev. Harold E. Bailey is President of Probation Challenge

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Electronic Funk Band, Sonic Phunk, releases Sophomore Album “Straight To The Top”

Posted by Admin On October - 24 - 2013 Comments Off on Electronic Funk Band, Sonic Phunk, releases Sophomore Album “Straight To The Top”

— Same Phunk… Second Chapter —

Nationwide (BlackNews.com) – Sonic Phunk is releasing “Straight To The Top”, their sophomore album. It is not only delivering the sound that has defined them, but has actually expanded upon it. “The vibe and energy of this album is the essence of who Sonic Phunk is,” says Anthony Striggles, one half of the duo.

Striggles and Lloyd Foulks met as teens in Detroit, Michigan, and after working together in several bands and recording on as many different albums, teamed to form Sonic Phunk. The band’s music has been described as an eclectic, yet seamless blend of Electronica, Funk, R&B, Smooth Jazz and Techno. “Straight To The Top” has guest features throughout the offering. Donald Payne and Stan Jones on Vocals along with Saxist Tim Reeves, return from “Digital Extasy” which was Sonic Phunk’s first release. In addition, Jazz Guitarist, David P. Stevens brings some of his Philly Soul to the mix, along with newcomer Charles Prophet, who lends his talent on Sax.

“It comes as no surprise to me that Sonic Phunk has once again hit a home run. From the first note to the last, this album will have you turning up the speakers. If you’re ready for a toe-tapping and head-bopping good time, this should be in your library.” — Uziono

“Straight To The Top” will be available from all major digital stores, and review copies are available by contacting Anthony at sonicphunk@gmail.com

Photo Caption: Album cover

Illinois announces Green Schools Award program

Posted by Admin On October - 24 - 2013 Comments Off on Illinois announces Green Schools Award program

State Board of Education accepting nominations from schools taking a comprehensive approach to environmental education and management

SPRINGFIELD, IL — The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) has launched the Illinois Green Ribbon Schools Award program, recognizing schools that are leading the way to promote sustainability and environmental education.  ISBE will accept applications from schools that have integrated best practices in energy, water and waste management, healthy school environments and environmental education.

“Schools that have ‘gone green’ turn their entire operation into an ongoing educational lesson,” said State Superintendent of Education Christopher A. Koch. “These schools are teaching by example, demonstrating the impact our daily practices have on our environment and modeling leadership that makes a difference today and for generations.”

School districts with fewer than 200,000 students may select one school for which they submit an application. School districts with more than 200,000 students may select two schools for which they submit applications. Additionally, a district may apply as a district rather than selecting an individual school. Illinois will announce its winners in late December.

“The school environment, from the food that’s served to the quality of the indoor air, profoundly impacts a student’s ability to learn. The Green Ribbon Schools program recognizes schools that are leading the way in providing healthy, safe and sustainable learning environments for our children,” said Mark Bishop, Vice President of Policy and Communications for the Healthy Schools Campaign. “We are excited to recognize the excellent work that is going on in Illinois’ schools and applaud ISBE’s leadership in supporting healthy and sustainable schools.”

Illinois has nominated six schools as part of the U.S. Green Ribbon Schools program, established in 2011. But this year, ISBE has developed its own streamlined application and will recognize up to four state winners in addition to sending them on to compete in the U.S. Department of Education’s Green Ribbon Schools Program. The U.S. Department of Education will announce its winners in April 2014, followed by an award ceremony in Washington, D.C.

Applications, available at http:/isbe.net/green_ribbon/default.htm, must be submitted online or to the ISBE office in Springfield by 5 p.m. November 15.

Protest to demand charges be dropped against Rasmea Odeh

Posted by Admin On October - 24 - 2013 Comments Off on Protest to demand charges be dropped against Rasmea Odeh

(From The Committee to Stop FBI Repression)

Palestinian community organizations and Palestine solidarity groups will picket today outside the Chicago Hilton Hotel.  The action is being taken to oppose a fund-raiser for the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF).  The protest will oppose Israeli crimes against the Palestinian people, and also call for the U.S. government to drop charges against local activist, Rasmea Odeh.

The protest will be held Thursday, October 24 at 720 S. Michigan Ave., beginning at 5 P.M.

Odeh was arrested at her home Tuesday morning by agents of the Department of Homeland Security on allegations of an immigration violation.

According to Hatem Abudayyeh of US Palestinian Community Network-Chicago, “The IDF enforces Israel’s occupation of the West Bank and siege of Gaza.  Now the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Justice are enforcers of that illegal occupation as well.”  He added, “We will raise our voices to oppose this fundraiser and to show our support for Rasmea Odeh. Her voice and ours won’t be silenced. “

Odeh is a well-known activist in the Palestinian community, and is a symbol of the enduring spirit of the Palestinians in the face of years of oppression at the hands of the Israeli occupation.

Sponsors:   Palestine Solidarity Group-Chicago;Jewish Voice for Peace-Chicago; American Muslims for Palestine;US Palestinian Community Network-Chicago; Committee for a Just Peace in Israel and Palestine; Anti-War Committee-Chicago; Code Pink-Chicago;ANSWER Coalition-CHICAGO

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