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Archive for November 4th, 2013

Ted Cruz’s actions: Nothing more than a song and dance – and not even a good one

Posted by Juanita Bratcher On November - 4 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS

By Juanita Bratcher

Author, Editor & Publisher of CopyLine Magazine

U.S. Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) has been shuffling around the country doing a song and dance about what he sees as the pitfalls and malfunctions of the Affordable Care Act. His utmost desire is to derail Obamacare, kill it off; which will never happen! It has become somewhat of a daily ritual for him. And it has raised him millions of dollars in contributions from those who support his ideology and efforts.

Cruz, a handful of his Tea Party colleagues and some establishment Washington Republicans in the U.S. Congress caused tremendous chaos and havoc on the country due to the shutdown of the federal government for 16 days – causing federal agencies to close, some 800,000 federal workers furloughed, and an economy loss of $24 billion dollars.

Ted Cruz may be a hero darling to Tea Partiers but he is nothing more than an extremist right-wing demagogue to many other Americans. His song and dance is nothing more than a misguided journey to nowhere – a song and dance that’s not even a good one.

Over a period of time, U.S. House Republicans have defiantly stated that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) should either be delayed, repealed, or defunded, none of which has worked. House Republicans have voted to appeal the ACA about 43 times, which they knew would never see the light of day in being passed in the U.S. Senate, and if it were to pass in the Senate, would meet the open arms of fate with a veto by President Barack Obama, on his signature healthcare law .

Cruz’s Tea Party popularity by no means will push him into the spotlight as a viable presidential candidate in 2016. It will only hamper his ambitions and cancel out any hopes of ever becoming president of these United States of America. It will never happen! Responsible American voters will never put a demagogue in office whether he is on the left or right politically. And certainly Cruz will fall far short in pursuing his presidency goal, because Ted Cruz is not ready for national prime time. His song and dance shuffling will surely come back to haunt him and hurt his chances of that ever happening.

Since his entrance onto the national stage Cruz has made a barrage of wacko statements, but he will be remembered most by his efforts in bringing havoc to an already fragile economy by shutting down the federal government, forcing 800,000 workers on furlough, the closing of federal agencies, national parks and other facilities, and a loss to the economy of $24 billion.

Cruz describes the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) as a “Nightmare and a Train Wreck”. It’s just a bunch of more non-meaningful words from him – used more for shock value and mis-information instead of truth.

Cruz has been running around the country calling his actions a success – but truth be told, they were far from being successful…and frankly, I’m sure he knows that already. It was not a win for Cruz, neither was it a win for the Republican Party brand. The stock value of the Republican Party went more negative than positive. What Cruz is doing is trying to plant seeds of success in some people’s mind to cover up an unsuccessful venture that he led and, in the process, convinced a few colleagues to be part of his losing venture. Cruz accomplished nothing and neither did the Republican Party other than a demeaning crush on its brand. Poll after poll found Republicans’ favorability rating dropping, and blame for the shut down also pointed heavily at Republicans.

The Tea Party is not the answer to America’s pressing problems, it’s more ideologue than anything else. What do they stand for? Bullying? Responsible, thinking people will not go along with the shenanigans of the Tea Party that are simply out of mainstream America. The country is much larger than Tea Partiers. As a matter of fact in a short period of time Occupy Wall Street protesters made more of an impact with their message when talking about and focusing on the “one percent” than the impact of the Tea Party revolution.

During the shutdown, President Obama warned that the longer the shutdown continues the worse the effects would be. He said it would hurt a fragile economy, more families would be hurt and more businesses would be harmed.

“So once again, I urge House Republicans to reopen the government, restart the services Americans depend on and allow the public servants who have been sent home to return to work,” said Obama.

Obama also stated: “This Republican shutdown did not have to happen. They’ve shut down the government over an ideological crusade to deny affordable health insurance to millions of Americans. This, more than anything else, seems to be what the Republican Party stands for these days. I know it’s strange that one party would make keeping people uninsured the centerpiece of their agenda, but that apparently is what it is.”

Ted Cruz’s not so good song and dance will play itself out in the long run, but the devastating effects of what his actions did to the economy will play a better tune in the Year 2016; that in times of crisis he was willing to let the economy go to hell in a basket in his defiant opposition to the ACA which is law – it was passed by the Congress and upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court.

Some people were not born to lead. Obviously, Cruz is one of them. And hopefully, Texas voters will do the country a favor and retire Cruz in his re-election bid to the U.S. Senate.

Juanita Bratcher is an Award-Winning Journalist, the Publisher of www.copylinemagazine.com and the author of several books, songwriter and poet. She has been a Journalist for more than 37 years covering politics, education and a wide-range of other topics.

Clifford Law Offices bolsters Medical Negligence Practice Area with addition of suburban medical malpractice firm

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Clifford Law Offices, a national renown personal injury and wrongful death law firm in Chicago, is absorbing and merging with the Law Office of Kenneth C. Chessick, M.D., effective Nov. 1, 2013.

Dr. Chessick’s practice, which opened nearly 30 years ago, concentrates in medical malpractice litigation on behalf of plaintiffs and patients. Dr. Chessick will become of counsel to Clifford Law Offices.

Dr. Chessick was honored last weekend at his alma mater, Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, for his multi-million-dollar donation to the school that helped to build the Kenneth and Ellen Chessick Athletic Practice Facility, in his and his wife’s name.  The dedication and ribbon cutting was held before the Huskies football game.  The team is 8-0 and is ranked 17th nationally in the Bowl Championship Series standings.

Also joining Clifford Law Offices are three associates from the Chessick firm: Magdalena Dworak-Mathews, Jasna Krupalija Davis and Marta M. Kowalczyk.  Chessick’s Arlington Heights office will close and the new lawyers will move into Clifford Law Offices at 120 N. LaSalle St., Chicago.

Dworak-Mathews begins a medical malpractice trial Monday with Clifford Law Offices’ partner Bradley Cosgrove.  Keith Hebeisen, partner at the firm who concentrates in medical malpractice along with partner Susan A. Capra and associate Sarah F. King, begins a med mal trial Tuesday in the Cook County Circuit Court.

“Ken has a unique perspective as a medical doctor as well as a lawyer,” founding partner Robert A. Clifford said of the merge.  “We are very excited about this because we feel it enhances our work in this field as well as our commitment to our clients.”

The addition of the four attorneys brings the total number of lawyers at the firm to 24. For further information, please contact Clifford Law Offices’ Communications Partner Pamela Sakowicz Menaker at 847-251-4877 or 847-721-0909. www.CliffordLaw.com

Senator Kirk Outlines Stroke Agenda

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Legislation Targets: Stroke Care, Rehab and Research with Goal of Return to Work

CHICAGO – Since suffering a stroke almost two years ago, U.S. Senator Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) has seen first-hand the disparity in rehabilitation and overall care for stroke survivors. Today Senator Kirk outlined his agenda to transform the way researchers, doctors, therapists and hospitals care for patients with neurological disorders and injuries through a series of comprehensive initiatives that unify, standardize and improve quality of care.

“As a stroke survivor, I know better than most the roles stroke research and rehabilitation play in helping patients return to work and lead fulfilling lives,” Senator Kirk said. “Right now there are too many differing practices among rehabilitation networks, resulting in a scattering of resources. It is my mission to optimize the entire rehabilitation system to give others the opportunity to have the absolute best quality of care possible.”

“Senator Kirk’s remarkable recovery serves as an example of what is possible with great care, and we at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (RIC) are pioneering such care and setting standards across the world for others to benefit from,” said Dr. Joanne Smith, president and CEO of RIC. “The Senator’s efforts to improve care for all Americans serves to emphasize the vital role rehabilitation plays in recovery from serious medical conditions.”

Standardizing Rehab Across Care Centers
Currently, no national standard of care for stroke survivors and persons with neurological disorders or injuries exists. Researchers, universities, doctors and therapists have their own policies for how they train, educate and administer rehabilitation programs. Differing levels of rehabilitation mean that patients do not always receive uniform standards of care across hospitals, and rehabilitation practices can vary widely between doctors and specialized therapists.

The Kirk-Johnson Rehabilitation Improvement Act (S.1027) would create a national standard of care by reducing duplication in research within institutes at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The legislation would correct the lack of intra-communication by establishing a working group to combine and streamline rehabilitation priorities.  In addition, the lack of standardization and coordination at the NIH prevents patients at hospitals across the United States from receiving the best care possible. The Rehabilitation Improvement Act would spur future research by promoting interagency cooperation and modernization to reflect the recent growth and need for new, innovative therapies.  Over 30 national rehabilitation groups support the Rehabilitation Improvement Act.

Expanding Access to High-Quality Rehab
Under current law, not all patients have access to high-quality rehabilitation care. Often, rehabilitation facilities that use innovative research to provide high-quality care are the last resort for individuals that have distinctive, complex rehabilitation needs.  S.1220, the Preserving Rehabilitation Innovation Centers Act sponsored by Senators Kirk and Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), would expand access to high-quality rehabilitation for veterans, paraplegics, children, those who suffer from stroke or traumatic brain injury, and other patients whose conditions require unique, complex therapy.

Returning to Work
Stroke-related medical issues and lasting physical disabilities make returning to work difficult for many stroke patients. Senator Kirk introduced S. 1026, the Return to Work Act of 2013, with the goal of highlighting job resources for individuals needing help returning to their former professions.

“The most important part motivating me throughout my rehabilitation was wanting to return to work,” Senator Kirk said. “I want to help motivate others to do the same so they can return to their previously productive lives following a major health event.”

Stroke is the leading cause of long-term disability in America. According to recent data released by the American Heart and Stroke Association, 45-64 year olds are expected to see the highest increase in stroke in the coming years. Among survivors who were working at the time of their stroke, only about half are able to reenter the workforce within one year. Of the approximate 800,000 Americans who survive stroke each year, only about one-third ever reenter the workforce. Intense physical and occupational therapy are critical in helping people learn how to live full lives after stroke.

Timeline of Senator Kirk’s Stroke and Recovery
In January 2012, Senator Kirk suffered an ischemic stroke. The stroke, which stemmed from a blockage that prevented blood flow to the brain, required two operations to relieve the swelling in his brain. Senator Kirk remained at Northwestern Memorial until February, when he was transferred to the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago and was enrolled in a unique research trial as part of his rehabilitation. The trial focused on improving gait pattern through an intense regimen of continuous walking over flat surfaces, on stairs and on a treadmill every day. After nearly a year of intensive recovery and rehabilitation, Senator Kirk returned to work by climbing the 45 steps of the U.S. Capitol on January 3, 2013.

Local law firm confirms it represents man who says he helped find Osama Bin Laden

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CHICAGO, IL – In response to recent press inquiries about Tom Lee, a Grand Rapids, MI man who is seeking the $25 million reward for providing the FBI in 2003 with intelligence about Osama Bin Laden’s location, Loevy & Loevy Attorneys at Law is confirming that the firm represents Mr. Lee.

The firm is also confirming that it wrote the letter to FBI Director James Comey, an excerpt of which has been quoted in the press.

The firm is making no further comment at this time.

NBA Internship Program seeks 2014 summer interns

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Nationwide (BlackNews.com) — The 2014 NBA Summer Internship Program is a hands-on opportunity for enrolled college students to build their work experience and learn the behind-the-scenes operations of the NBA League Office. Over the 10-week program, summer interns participate in a series of events and activities exposing them to the many facets of the NBA’s business, including the WNBA and NBA D-League.

Applicant placement within an NBA Department is based on the NBA’s business needs, as well as the candidate’s interest, experience, and academic achievement. All positions are located at the NBA League Offices in either New York City (midtown Manhattan) or Secaucus, New Jersey.

To qualify for the Internship Program, students must be either (a) enrolled in an accredited undergraduate college or university and be between their junior or senior year OR (b) graduate students (typically MBA) between their first and second years, or Law students between years one and two, or years two and three.

For more details and/or to apply, visit:
www.findinternships.com/2013/10/nba-internship-program.html

To search hundreds of other 2014 internships, visit:
www.FindInternships.com



Cognitive Dissonance

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By William Spriggs

The U.S. Department of Treasury has announced that the deficit for 2013 was $680 billion (which is about $200 billion less than projected back in February). It has been falling since 2009 at the fastest rate on record since the demobilization of World War II.

But, somehow, tea party Republicans have succeeded in getting the Washington media elite and the president to continue focusing on the deficit. What continues to be overlooked is that the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) also produced an estimate that the gap between current GDP (the value of all goods and services in the country) and where CBO estimates GDP would be if the unemployment rate was 6 percent instead of around 7 percent was $439 billion.

The Washington elite, who have been absorbed by discussions of long-term budget projections since the mid-1990s, cannot come to grips with the current crisis’ impact on the economy. So, when The Washington Post reported last week that the congressional districts represented by tea party Republicans have worse unemployment and lower income than the rest of the nation, there is little wonder there is a disconnect between voters in those districts and understanding the impact of tea party economic policies.

The big excuse is supposed to be that those voters are only watching Fox News. But, TV viewers in Washington also hear constant chatter suggesting that Congress needs to focus on the federal deficit because presumably it is stifling the recovery of the economy.

Millions, mostly women and children, will lose from huge cuts in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) slated to begin Nov. 1. The long-term unemployed face cuts in their benefits beginning in January. Yet tea party representatives see government spending on unemployment benefits and SNAP as part of the “out-of-control” federal budget they claim is hurting America’s economy.

Of course, that logic would probably escape grocery stores that like to see customers and remember the drop in food purchases back in 2009 and how it affected their bottom lines. But, the absence of logic is the cognitive dissonance that is crippling Washington.

The rest of the nation lives with the 11.2 million people out looking for jobs, and the hidden millions of young people living in too many of their parents’ basements unable to find work. To most of America’s workers, it appears quite logical that if we could put millions of people to work then the GDP would be bigger; and so the $439 billion (and growing) figure sounds quite real. And, to most people it would make sense that if those unemployed workers were getting paid, government spending on SNAP and extended unemployment benefits would fall and tax receipts rise and the deficit would be smaller.

So, the same voters who need jobs are busy rooting for their tea party representatives because the consensus is the deficits caused by federal spending are the problem. Those same voters don’t see any irony in those same representatives who wasted $25 billion on shutting down the government voting to “save” $40 billion in SNAP that would benefit children in those congressional districts; because it is all about the bigger fight to defeat President Barack Obama’s “wasteful spending.”

To end this cognitive dissonance, President Obama needs to speak directly to the unemployed workers in those tea party districts. He needs to explain that since he took office in January 2009, government spending is down, federal employment is lower, the deficit as a share of the economy did shrink in half, the level of business investment in buildings and equipment are higher and the stock market and corporate profits are at record levels.

This is what the tea party set out to achieve: grow the economy by making the rich richer and the government smaller. Ask those voters why 13 Republican House members who get government farm subsidies voted to keep their government subsidies but cut food to America’s children? The result of the tea party policies is their voters are still unemployed; if we keep doing what we are doing and expect a different outcome, that isn’t just cognitive dissonance, it’s the definition of insanity.

The way to restore America’s economic health is to focus on getting America back to work and raising America’s wages. The focus has to be closing the gap in potential GDP. We need to focus on the loss of teachers and our crumbling bridges and roads that will keep our investments down and lower potential economic growth. You can’t starve your way to growing the economy and creating jobs. The president needs more faith in America’s common wisdom than in the pundits.

Follow Spriggs on Twitter: @WSpriggs. Contact: Amaya Smith-Tune Acting Director, Media Outreach AFL-CIO 202-637-5142

New cuts to food stamps jeopardize recovery for all

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By Jacqueline Y. Collins

State Senator, 16th Legislative District (Chicago)

Op-Ed

By most measures, the Great Recession is finally over. Housing markets are recovering, and unemployment is down in most communities. But while economic indicators may be music to the ears of everyone from investors to executives, this year’s report of the Illinois Commission on the Elimination of Poverty sounds a discordant note that cannot be ignored.

In 2008, about 607,000 Illinoisans lived in extreme poverty, defined as having an income below half of the poverty line ($9,545 for a family of three). Today, almost 770,000 of our neighbors — more than three-quarters of a million — experience extreme poverty. Only in the past year has this number decreased slightly. This degree of need, difficult to imagine in our land of excess, disproportionately affects children, seniors, minorities and persons with disabilities.

Against this backdrop, the expiration of the 2009 federal stimulus funds on November 1 means that those who rely on SNAP, or food stamps, to stave off hunger will see a sharp decrease in their benefits.

Between 2001 and 2011, the number of employed SNAP recipients tripled. The recovery has added 100,000 jobs in Illinois, but the new openings are predominantly low-wage. Unable to earn enough to put food on the table and cut off from other social programs such as transitional aid and homelessness prevention that have fallen victim to draconian budget cuts, large numbers of the working poor now rely on food stamps for daily nutrition.

Yet SNAP is far more than a food security program. It is not a handout but a hand up to the working poor, who tend not to stay on food stamps for long. It is also one of the nation’s most economically efficient social programs, with every $5 spent on SNAP benefits generating $9 in local spending.

Before the latest cuts took effect on November 1, the average SNAP benefit for a single adult in Illinois was $35 per week. Last month, I took the “SNAP Challenge,” using $35 to buy everything I consumed in one week. The experience was humbling and eye-opening. I discovered how difficult it is to purchase fresh produce and other healthy options on such a limited budget. I gained an understanding of the kinds of wrenching trade-offs people living in poverty face every day.

Yet, starting this week, hundreds of thousands of low-wage workers will try to get by on much less: $36 less per month for a family of four. The U.S. House has already voted to reduce SNAP’s funding by an additional $39 to 40 billion over the next ten years. I am urging Congress to support an economic recovery that lifts people out of poverty rather than consigning them to dependence on an increasingly inadequate safety net. Please join me.

Blue Man Group Creative Team Members In-Conversation at the Apple Store on North Michigan Ave.

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CHICAGO, IL – On Tuesday, November 5,  at 7 p.m.,  the public is invited as  Blue Man Tom Galassi, Blue Man Group associate music director Jeff Quay and stage manager Nykol DeDreu engage in an open discussion about their creative process, maintianing vision purity as the Blue Man Group organization grows, and how Apple products help them achieve it.

The event will be at the Apple Store North Michigan Avenue, 679 North Michigan Avenue, Chicago.  Anyone wishing to register can  click here.

Blue Man Group  a critically hailed theatrical phenomenon on stage at Chicago’s Briar Street Theatre, 3133 N. Halsted Street.  Blue Man Group’s production provides its audience with a unique and thrilling multi-sensory experience that blends innovative theatrical spectacle and dynamic original music with hilarious comedy, art, technology and science to create a performance experience unlike any other.

Tickets to Blue Man Group performances may be purchased at the Briar Street Theatre by calling the box office at (773) 348-4000; by calling Ticketmaster at (800) 982-2787; at all Ticketmaster ticket centers or via the Internet at www.ticketmaster.com/bluemanchicago. For more information, visit www.blueman.com/chicago.

For more information, call the Apple Store at  (312) 529-9500.

“Black Men Run” launches promoting health & wellness among African American men by encouraging a culture of running/jogging to stay fit resulting in “A Healthy Brotherhood”

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Nationwide (BlackNews.com) — Black Men Run (BMR) was started out of necessity. The founder, Jason L. Russell, a passionate runner often found it hard to find other African American males to run with and noticed a lack of Black men running regularly in local races in the metro Atlanta area. Mr. Russell states that “There was no open and readily accessible vehicle in place for runners like myself to train with other African American runners and fellowship.”He goes on to say “I wanted a way to share my love of running with others in my community so the decision was made to start Black Men Run with the help of a few other like-minded individuals.”

Research shows that among African American males age 20 and older, 44.4% of have cardiovascular disease and in 2009, Coronary Heart Disease (CHD) caused the deaths of 21,051 African American males. Black Men Run believes that running/jogging can change these alarming trends and are here to encourage African American males to get out and be active. Studies have shown that running on a regular basis not only benefits individuals from a physical standpoint but also increases mental sharpness. Additional benefits of running on a regular basis are boosts in confidence and reduction in stress levels and depression.

The task from Black Men Run is very simple and can be broken down into 6 simple steps:

#1 – Take Running Seriously! Set weekly and monthly goals for distance and pace.

#2 – When you share your running routes on social media with apps like “Nike+ Running”and “Map My Run,”use the hashtag #blackmenrun or #bmr. Using this hashtag will make the term searchable and help with spreading the word.

#3 – Start a Black Men Run group in your city and encourage others to run in local races/events.

#4 – Share the Black Men Run website with others along with following Black Men Run on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

#5 – Purchase a Black Men Run t-shirt from the Gear page to show support and help spread the word.

#6 – Most of all, be an inspiration to others. The goal is to gain momentum and a national following to obtain sponsorship for Black Men Run 5k/10k races around the country.

Black Men Run is still in its infancy, but has seen exponential growth in a short time. Through their informative website and social media outlets, men and women have learned how Black Men Run is impacting their communities and share in the excitement. Black Men Run welcomes runners of all skill levels from beginners to marathon participants, vowing to leave no man behind. In the future Black Men Run will be implementing structured training programs for new members to help each runner set personal goals around overall fitness. As of today, Black Men Run has groups in Atlanta, Charleston, Charlotte, Cincinnati, Greenville, Houston, Jacksonville, Louisville, Macon, Memphis, Miami, Nashville, New York City, St. Louis, Washington DC and Winston Salem. Next up on the horizon for Black Men Run is an expanded line of running gear and a mobile application developed by Diverse Mobile (diversemobile.com) making Black Men Run the first running group with an app catered specifically to their runners.

For more information on Black Men Run, visit the website at www.blkmenrun.com. You can also “like” the Facebook page (www.facebook.com/blackmenrunmovement) and follow them on Twitter @BlackMenRunUSA (www.twitter.com/BlackMenRunUSA) and Instagram (www.instagram.com/blackmenrun). Direct inquiries should be sent to info@blkmenrun.com



IEMA, National Weather Service encourage people to prepare for Winter Weather

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November is Winter Weather Preparedness Month in Illinois

SPRINGFIELD, IL – Frosty temperatures have already destroyed the blooms on many summer plants, a sure sign that winter weather isn’t far away. While it’s not yet time to start shoveling snow, the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) and the National Weather Service (NWS) are encouraging people to begin preparing now for extreme cold, snow and ice.

IEMA and the NWS will highlight winter weather preparedness throughout November as part of their annual Winter Weather Preparedness campaign.

“In Illinois, it’s a question of when snow, ice and sub-zero temperatures will hit, not if they will occur,” said IEMA Director Jonathon Monken. “Getting caught unprepared may not be just inconvenient, it could be dangerous. Now’s the time to take a few minutes to put together your home and vehicle emergency supply kits and review the steps you should take to stay safe during hazardous winter weather.”

According to the NWS, there were eight deaths related to extreme cold temperatures nationwide in calendar year 2012. That number is significantly lower than the 10-year national average of 27 fatalities. All of the 2012 cold-related fatalities occurred outdoors, including three deaths in Illinois.

Since 1995, 134 fatalities related to cold temperatures have occurred in Illinois, making it the second-leading cause of weather-related deaths in Illinois in the past 18 years.

“There are several dangerous health conditions that can occur in winter weather,” said Illinois Department of Public Health Director Dr. LaMar Hasbrouck. “It’s important to watch for signs of being too cold or over exertion. Hypothermia, when a person’s body temperature drops below 95 degrees Fahrenheit, can occur both outdoors and indoors and can be fatal. Frostbite, when skin becomes stiff and numb, can cause tissue damage. And watch for signs of over exertion, such as chest pain, when shoveling snow. Know the warning signs of dangerous cold weather health conditions in order to stay safe and healthy during the winter.”

To help Illinois residents prepare for winter, IEMA, the NWS and the American Red Cross developed a winter weather preparedness guide that covers winter weather terms and tips for staying safe at home, in the car and at school. The guide is available on the Ready Illinois website at www.Ready.Illinois.gov or by calling 217-785-9925.

“Preparing well in advance of winter weather is really the best way to cope when snow, ice and cold temperatures affect us,” said Chris Miller, Warning Coordination Meteorologist with the NWS office in Lincoln. “Now is the time to prepare your vehicle and house for winter conditions. Make sure you have blankets, non-perishable food, boots, extra clothing and other items in your car to ride out the storm in case you are stranded or waiting for a tow. At home, make sure you have enough essential items to ride out a storm, in some cases without power, for three days at the very least.”

For more information about winter weather preparedness, including the Weathering Winter guide from the Illinois Department of Public Health, visit the Ready Illinois website at www.Ready.Illinois.gov.

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