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Archive for November 25th, 2013

Media Mogul Oprah Winfrey right on target; gives an accurate assessment of President Barack Obama “victim of racism”

Posted by Juanita Bratcher On November - 25 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS

By Juanita Bratcher

Author, Editor & Publisher of CopyLine Magazine

It’s amazing how people are verbally attacked for telling the truth! Facts are facts, lies are lies, and spin is spin. So why is it a problem when one expresses a truthful opinion and is bombarded with contempt over their remarks or confronted by a large attack crew that questions the validity of what was said and try to wreck it? Is it because they don’t want to hear the truth or, they don’t want others to hear or know the truth? More often than not, it’s a combination of both.

Media Mogul and Talk Show Host Oprah Winfrey, in an interview last week with BBC while on a promotional tour for the film “The Butler”, a real life story of Cecil Gaines, an African American man who served as a White House butler for eight different presidents, said President Obama was a “victim of racism,” that there are ongoing issues of prejudice which is also a generational one.

“There is a level of disrespect for the office that occurs,” Winfrey said in the interview, “And that occurs in some cases and maybe even in many cases because he’s African American. There’s no question about that, and it’s the kind of thing that nobody ever says but everybody is thinking it.”

Commenting further on generational prejudice and at the same time noting that race relations have improved, Winfrey said: “Of course, the problem is not solved. As long as there are people who still, there’s a whole generation – I say this, you know, I said this, you know, for apartheid South Africa, I said this for my own, you know, community in the South – there are still generations of people, older people, who were born and bred and marinated in it, in that prejudice and racism, and they just have to die.”

No sooner than said, Oprah’s remarks were attacked by conservatives and conservative media. After stating the truth?

Multi-Billionaire Oprah Winfrey was recently a victim of racism when in August, 2013 a shop store clerk in Switzerland refused to show her a purse that cost $38,000. Winfrey made note of the incident while appearing on the Larry King Show.

Later on in this article, articles from CopyLine Magazine’s archives will show stark examples of tremendous ignorance and racism lodged against President Obama. But first I will post an excerpt from an article I wrote for CopyLine Magazine shortly after Obama was elected President of the United States of America in 2008. The article follows:

“Don’t Declare Racism Dead: That Tough Cookie Will Survive”

By Juanita Bratcher

Let’s face it, racism will always have a chilling, schism and debilitating effect on American society, no matter how many Americans would like to move ahead and leave it behind, handcuffed in the annals of time. And anyone who thinks differently or otherwise – that racism will end simply because America elected its first African-American president - is in for a rude awakening. You can’t change the hearts and minds of people overnight. Sometimes never.

The election of Barack Obama is indeed a historic moment, a historic time in American history; and a step forward in the right direction. But in just a few days, his election has set-off a backlash in the U.S.

According to an article in the Christian Science Monitor, “After Obama’s Win, White Backlash Festers in U.S.”, it noted that the Southern Poverty Law Center stated that more than 200 hate-related incidents have occurred since the election of America’s first black president.

On the flip side of the coin, however, there is enthusiasm and elation abound that America saw fit to elect its first African-American president in 2008 and, by an enthusiastically wide margin over his Republican opponent.

Yet, the article in the Christian Science Monitor is shrewd reality: There are those who are determined to put a damper on this celebratory, historic occasion.

In a November 28, 2012 article in CCN, “The Most Threatened President in History”, By Nathaniel Patterson, it stated that the “Secret service says the number of threats against the president is overwhelming. President Barack Obama is the target of more than 30 potential death threats a day and is being protected by an increasingly over-stretched Secret Service. He is the most threatened President in history.  Since the President took office in 2008, the rate of threats against the president has increased 400 percent. Some threats to the President have been publicized, including the well known alleged plot by white supremacists in Tennessee to rob a gun store, shoot 88 black people, decapitate another 14 and then assassinate the first black president in American history.”

That said, let’s deal with some of the nasty remarks said during Obama’s term in office. Believe me, there are many, many more. But these are some of the articles that are documented in CopyLine Magazine’s files that are absurd and racist.

1. Republican Congressman Joe Wilson calling President Barack Obama a “liar” during a 2009 speech the president was giving to Congress.

2. An ad at a DC Metro station which told Obama to “go to hell” over his health care legislation.

3. Kansas House Speaker Mike O’Neal asking his GOP colleagues in the House to pray for Obama’s death.

4. A racist, anti-Obama bumper sticker on the back of a vehicle that read: “Don’t Re-Nig in 2012.”

5. A veteran Republican senator, Chuck Grassley of Iowa, called President Obama “stupid” for his comments on the Supreme Court health care case.

Editor’s Note: Obviously the president is not stupid. He is a very smart and intelligent man. Saying harsh words don’t make it true or factual.

Responding to Grassley, Obama’s then campaign senior strategist David Axelrod, blasted the Iowa senator, stating, “Heads up, Sen. Grassley. I think a 6-year-old hijacked your (twitter) account and is sending out foolish Tweets just to embarrass you!”

6. In rallying support for Republican Mitt Romney, Ted Nugent said of the Obama administration: “We need to ride into that battlefield and chop their heads off in November.”

7. A Jacksonville police officer quit after admitting he told colleagues that he would volunteer to assassinate President Barack Obama.

8. In Richmond, Virginia two White Richmond police officers were fired for calling for the assassination of President Obama during his campaign visit to the city in May. One of the officers also made insulting remarks about First Lady Michelle Obama.

9. 2008 Republican Vice Presidential nominee Sarah Palin in 2008 at a conservative conference called President Barack Obama a liar, and urged the Republican Party to stand by its conservative values.

10. Several conservatives made disparaging remarks against the President after his win to the presidency in 2012. Those conservatives were: Donald Trump, Karl Rove, Sean Hannity, Mary Matalin, Ron Johnson and Blogger Eric Dondero. They behaved like sore losers. In an angry tweet, Trump tweeted, “This election is a total sham and a travesty.” In another tweet after Obama was announced the projected winner, Trump tweeted: “Well, back to the drawing board!” “We can’t let this happen. We should march on Washington and stop this travesty. Our nation is totally divided!”

11. The commonwealth of Virginia NAACP called for the resignation of two Isle of Wight County officials who circulated racially charged emails about First Lady Michelle Obama to other county officials. Byron Bailey and county School Board member Herbert DeGroft forwarded the emails but reportedly didn’t create them.

12. Peter Morrison, a Texas GOP official called for an ‘amicable divorce’ from the U.S. and from ‘maggots’ who voted for Obama. Morrison, treasurer of the Hardin County Republican Party, wrote a column in the post-election edition of his Tea Party newsletter.

13. Joe Walsh Rips Michelle Obama for Attending Hadiya Pendleton Funeral

14. Speaking at the Values Voter Summit, an annual gathering of social conservatives, Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann called Obama “dangerous” and accused the president of enforcing “Islamic speech codes” in the United States.

15. Accused of racism, The National Review fired columnist John Derbyshire over a web posting. Derbyshire declared that black people were hostile to whites and that white people should stay out of black neighborhoods and away from black crowds.

16. The Birther issue: There are a lot of conservatives that claim President Obama is not an American citizen and call his birth certificate a fake. J.D. Hayworth, a candidate for the U.S. Senate, was critical of a so-called “Birther Bill” that cleared the Arizona House of Representatives, saying it didn’t go far enough.

17. Conservative political pundit Pat Buchanan and former Nixon advisor, on the G. Gordon Liddy Show responding to Obama’s victory, said: “White America died last night. Obama’s reelection killed it. Our 200 plus year history as a Western nation is over. We’re a Socialist Latin American country now. Venezuela without the oil.”

Buchanan added, “Of course I agree with half of what he does. He’s half white! That’s not the half I’m worried about.”

18. David Lansford, former New Mexico mayor who won the office again, called President Barack Obama “the carnal manifestation of evil”.

19. A military panel recommended a ‘less than honorable’ discharge for Marine Sgt. Gary Stein who railed against President Obama on Face book, urging his defeat in the 2012 election and calling Obama “the economic and religious enemy”.

20. A Miami college student pled guilty in federal court to threatening President Barack Obama on Face book. 20-year-old Joaquin Amador Serrapio Jr. reportedly threatened to put a bullet in the president’s head and asked if anyone wanted to help in a presidential assassination.

21. The Secret Service says it was investigating an effigy of President Barack Obama (a large black doll) found hanging from a building in Plains, Ga., hometown of former President Jimmy Carter. The doll was strung up with a noose in front of a red, white and blue sign.

22. Koch Industries, the Wichita, Kan.-based company run by the billionaire Koch brothers, sent a voter information packet to 45,000 employees of its Georgia Pacific subsidiary during the presidential campaign in 2012.

In it was a letter, dated Oct. 1, from Koch Industries president Dave Robertson implicitly warning that “many of our more than 50,000 U.S. employees and contractors may suffer the consequences” of voting for President Obama and other Democrats in the 2012 elections, a list of conservative candidates the company’s political action committee endorsed and a pair of editorials: one, by David Koch, supporting Mitt Romney, and the other by Charles Koch, condemning Obama.

23. “Let’s take our country back” as though they are the sole citizenry of this country. They didn’t vote for Obama; the majority did or he wouldn’t be in the Office of the President.

24. Washington Republicans in the U.S. House have obstructed his appointments and agenda for the country, and have repealed the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare), Obama’s signature legislation, unsuccessfully about 43 times.

25. In an article by Rev. Jesse Jackson, “Challenge Campaign of Insults, Slurs vs. Obama’, Jackson pointed out many of the racial occurrences against the president. Said Jackson (an excerpt from the article): “American presidents have always been fair game for public criticism. But isn’t it past time that we challenge the campaign of insult, racial slur and utter disrespect that has been unleashed on Barack Obama?”

Some of phrases Jackson alluded to in his article are listed below:

· Newt Gingrich called Obama the “food stamp president”

· Rep. Doug Lamborn (R-Colo.) said of Obama that he didn’t “even want to have to be associated with him. It’s like touching a tar baby and you get it, you’re stuck.”

· House Speaker John Boehner scorned Obama’s agenda in his State of the Union address as “un-American.”

· Rep. James Sensenbrenner (R-Wis.) was both blind and a cad when he suggested that Michelle Obama shouldn’t talk about eating healthily given her “posterior.”

· Rush Limbaugh scorned Obama as an “affirmative action candidate” and a “Halfrican-American.” “Obama’s entire economic program,” Limbaugh slurs, “is reparations.”

On another note, Robert F. Kennedy Jr. in a HuffPost interview with host Josh Zepps, said he believes that conservative media outlets such as Fox News are damaging the country, stating that “Fox News Has Divided Country In A Way Not Seen Since Civil War.”

Kennedy, an attorney and nephew of John F. Kennedy and Ted Kennedy said: “Twenty-two percent of Americans say their primary news source is Fox News,” Kennedy told HuffPost Live. “It’s divided our country in a way that we haven’t been divided probably since the Civil War, and its empowered large corporations to get certain kinds of politicians and ideologues who are in the United State Congress elected — the Tea Party ideologues who control the Republican Party.”

If these are not incidences of racism pointed out in this article, then what do you call it?

Editor’s Note: (Many of these instances of racism reported in this article were taken from a variety of articles reported in the media, on blogs and social networks in cities and states around the country).

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 receives $15.55 million verdict against University of Chicago Hospital

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Clifford Law Offices obtained a $15.55 million verdict (Friday, Nov. 22, 2013) in a wrongful death lawsuit against the University of Chicago Hospital and two doctors.

Keith A. Hebeisen, partner at the firm, received the verdict in Cook County Circuit Court on behalf of the husband of a woman who died at childbirth after the defendants failed to diagnose and properly treat Karen Lopez of Westchester for a high-risk complication.  Lopez, 33, died during a cesarean section delivery from excessive bleeding.  The child is alive and well.  She left behind her husband, Carlos, and another son who was two years old at the time.

“Women who suffer from the medical condition called placenta accreta usually will not die if it is detected and managed properly,” Hebeisen said.  “These doctors were negligent in not following through on information they had.  They completely ignored the clear signs that this young mother was in grave trouble and the jury saw that.”

The verdict was against Dr. Mahmoud A. Ismail, a maternal-fetal medicine specialist of the University of Chicago Hospital, and Dr. Mukundini Mehta, an obstetrician-gynecologist at MacNeal Hospital.  Dr. Mehta had also delivered Karen’s first son.  Karen was a tenured teacher at Morton East High School at the time of her death in February, 2008.

The four-man-eight-woman jury deliberated for less than six hours before reaching the third highest verdict for wrongful death in a medical malpractice case in Cook County history, according to the Jury Verdict Reporter.  Judge James P. Flannery presided over the two-week trial at the Daley Center.

Sarah F. King, associate at Clifford Law Offices, assisted with the case.  Earlier this week, Clifford Law Offices’ medical malpractice team obtained an $885,000 verdict in Cook County Circuit Court against Dr. Victory Forys and Forys-Birn & Associates, P.C. d/b/a Centra Medical Clinic on Chicago’s far northwest side.  Partner Bradley Cosgrove and associate Magdalena Dworak-Mathews obtained that verdict on behalf of a 69-year-old man.

For further information, please contact Clifford Law Offices’ Communications Partner Pamela S. Menaker at 847-721-0909 or 847-251-4877 or 312-899-9090.

Madigan warns of suspected tornado relief scam

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Attorney General urges contributors to research Charities before donating, opens

investigation of potential Charitable Scam targeting Illinois residents

CHICAGO, IL – Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan announced her office has opened an investigation into improper fundraising tied to relief efforts underway in Washington, Ill., and other downstate Illinois communities hit by Sunday’s tornadoes and severe storms. Madigan urged Illinois residents who want to donate to the recovery efforts to be cautious in their giving.

“Unfortunately, in the wake of such devastation, we almost always receive reports of questionable fundraising efforts that try to take advantage of people wanting to help,” Madigan said. “My office is investigating a complaint, and we will continue to monitor for improper fundraising efforts and possible scams connected to the disaster relief underway. I urge anyone who wants to donate to carefully research the organizations they intend to give to so they know their contribution will directly benefit the victims of Sunday’s storms.”

Madigan’s Charitable Trust Bureau received a complaint regarding Heroes Memorial Foundation, an unregistered, out-of-state entity raising funds for victims of the weekend storms. Under Illinois law, fundraisers and charitable organizations are required to register each year with the Attorney General’s office. Investigators from Madigan’s office also are assisting local authorities in Washington, Ill., to monitor for consumer scams related to recovery and rebuilding efforts.

To assist potential donors in making wise giving decisions, Madigan’s office provides important financial information about charitable organizations such as income, expenditures, and programs.

To best ensure that your donation will be used for its intended purpose, Attorney General Madigan suggested the following tips:

  • Ask how much of your donation will go to the charity and how much will be used to pay fundraising costs. Solicitors must give you this information if you ask.
  • Pay close attention to the name of the charity. Some fraudulent charities use names that sound or look like those of legitimate organizations to mislead you.
  • Ask detailed questions about the charity. Donate only when your questions have been answered and you are certain your money will be used according to your wishes. Ask questions like whether the charity is registered with the Illinois Attorney General’s office and what percentage of the money the charity takes in goes to fundraising, administration and charitable programming.
  • Do not pay in cash. For security and tax record purposes, pay by check. Be sure to write the full official name of the charity on your check—do not abbreviate.
  • Request written information. A legitimate charity will provide you with information outlining its mission, how your donation will be distributed, and proof that your contribution is tax deductible.
  • Do not donate if the solicitor uses high-pressure tactics, asks for cash payment or insists on sending someone to pick up your donation. These are all hallmarks of a scam.
  • If you receive an email or text message asking for a donation, confirm that the request is from the charity by contacting the charity or visiting its website.
  • Do not assume that charity recommendations on Facebook, blogs, or other social media have already been vetted.

Donors may also consider giving to a specific program or purpose within a charity – for example, disaster relief. If a website has a “donate” button, see whether you can designate a specific purpose for your donation. If you cannot, contact the charity to be sure your donation will be spent for the purposes you intend.

The Attorney General’s office also advised that donors should be wary of requests for clothing, food or other questionable in-kind donations. Unless the charitable organization has the staff and infrastructure to distribute such aid, the donations may be more of a burden than a help. Ask the charity about their transportation and distribution plans. Be wary of those who are not experienced in disaster relief assistance.

Madigan encouraged donors to report suspicious solicitations to her office’s Charitable Trust Bureau by calling (312) 814-2595. Madigan recommended that, whenever possible, keep notes detailing the date and time of the call, the organization’s name, and the name of the solicitor. She also suggested trying to remember the “pitch” as well as any other pertinent information.

Our Selective Memory

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By William Spriggs

(TriceEdneyWire.com) – This summer, everyone celebrated the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom and the address of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., in which he described a new, refined American Dream.

On Nov. 22, we noted two historic events. One is the 1863 dedication of the Gettysburg National Cemetery 150 years ago by President Abraham Lincoln, during which he also gave a new vision for America. Lincoln’s address clearly incorporated slaves into the American Dream by citing America’s founding documents proclaiming “all men are created equal,” and therefore government “of the people, by the people and for the people” could not be reconciled with slavery.

Dr. King highlighted those same words as a promise America makes to its citizens. A promise, he said, that was broken to African Americans. They both spoke of failures in democracy.

We also note the tragedy of President John F. Kennedy’s assassination 50 years ago. His death gives us a moment to reflect on our selective memory. Many want to treat that tragedy as America’s loss of innocence, but innocence was already lost. Earlier that year, Medgar Evers, a World War II veteran, was assassinated for his work on voters’ rights in Mississippi. And that fall, four young girls were murdered by a bomb set off during Sunday services at the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Ala.

The Pew Research Center says in 1963, 69 percent of Americans were aware of the march and 63 percent of them thought poorly of it. Kennedy’s approval rating dropped from 70 percent in February to 59 percent in October, in large part because of his June speech introducing a Civil Rights Act.

This summer, the AFL-CIO hosted a March for Jobs and Freedom symposium to discuss and assess where we are today. My contribution to that was released this week by the Economic Policy Institute. In August 1963, the unemployment rate was 5.7 percent. It has been more than five years since America had an unemployment rate that low. Recalling our selective memory problem for 1963, I wondered how the 5.7 percent rate created such a huge demand for jobs and addressing unemployment.

Our policy frame shifted to tilt our sense of the possible. Kennedy’s Council of Economic Advisers’ (CEA’s) policy goal was to get unemployment down to 4 percent. Arthur Okun, a CEA senior economist at the time, understood the cost of unemployment in terms of lost output. His rule: A 1 percent increase in unemployment costs, 2 percent in lowered output. This was an era when full employment was considered important.Top of Form

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We began this year with the Congressional Budget Office estimating the size of our lost output from unemployment at close to $1 trillion-larger than our current fiscal deficit. If our economy was that much bigger, we would be receiving a lot more in tax revenue, and spending far less on unemployment insurance (UI) and Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) support, so the fiscal deficit would be a lot smaller.

But this month, people receiving SNAP assistance saw benefit cuts, just in time for Thanksgiving; and, some will face Christmas with the threat their unemployment benefits will end Dec. 31. This misguided attempt to balance the budget by reducing customers for grocery stores can only make unemployment worse, moving us further from balancing the budget.

Five years after Lehman Brothers collapsed, the high-flying financial sectors’ effect on Main Street, Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and César Chávez Way remains. Our policy gridlock protecting demand while unemployment stays stuck above 7 percentage points to the need for a new set of policies that can avoid politics.

Policies like UI came from the lessons of the Great Depression. This downturn shows holes in what we are protecting. The demands for public services don’t fall because local revenues collapse. We still need good schools and police officers on the beat.

Yet we have hundreds of thousands of fewer teachers and police officers. If we want to avoid fights over how to pay for these things in downturns, we must come to new realizations. We cannot privatize the benefits of economic risk-taking without also creating policies that mitigate the costs of economic failures; so if financial gambling can boost our investment and growth, a financial transactions tax must cover the costs of economic collapse.

We must have automatic programs funded from that tax to keep our schools performing, our streets safe and people employed. Would a government of the people, by the people and for the people put so little emphasis on employment and so high an emphasis on the tax rates of the top 1 percent?

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

Apartment inspection app RentSpek doubles users in first 20 days

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CHICAGO, IL – Apartment inspection app RentSpek announced that the beta launch of it’s mobile web version has doubled their user base in the first 20 days of operation.

The app, developed by Chicago’s Landlord Advisor LLC, allows renters to conduct a thorough inspection of homes and apartments for rent to help streamline their search. The system is designed to increase transparency in the rental process and help tenants ‘rent with confidence’.

“We are very excited to see how the app has taken off” said Phil Castello, founder of Landlord Advisor, LLC. “It’s still early for RentSpek, but this kind of growth is very encouraging for any startup.”

RentSpek users can add notes or pictures to their inspection using their smartphone cameras. The whole process should take less than 20 mins. The user can then revisit the RentSpek reports to compare the properties they’ve toured. !The grade RentSpek developed is based on the same home inspections homebuyers would purchase before buying a home. Landlord Advisor dissected those and developed a unique scoring system based on issues that could arise during a short term living situation. They have a patent pending on this system and have recently filed documents for a full patent.

Castello said the longer term plan for RentSpek is to provide crowd sourced information for rental listings on other apartment search websites and a certification feature allowing Landlords to show that their property is “RentSpek Certified.”

“We’re only marketing in Chicago right now, so we’re not talking astronomical numbers yet. But as more people see what this app is capable of, I think it will become a standard tool for apartment hunters.”

Currently, RentSpek is available on any web enabled device through RentSpek.com.

Castello said the team is working on launching native versions for iPhone and Android in early 2014. Landlord Advisor LLC was founded by Phil Castello in 2012. With the development of RentSpek Paul Zimmerman has joined Landlord Advisor LLC as a Limited Partner.

Illinois’ September and October Payrolls Add +25,700 Jobs

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October Unemployment Rate Falls to 8.9 Percent

CHICAGO, IL – Illinois added 15,400 jobs in October after gaining 10,300 jobs in September and the October unemployment rate fell to 8.9 percent, according to seasonally adjusted data released today by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) and the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES). September and October job growth represents the largest two-month gain since May of 2010.

“Today’s milestone is encouraging. It highlights the progress that has been made and underscores that there is much more to do,” IDES Director Jay Rowell said. “Job growth in manufacturing and retail trade is encouraging. Manufacturing number shows continued growth in Illinois and retail trade growth anticipates shoppers willing to spend with the potential for additional hires in November.”

The September and October reports are combined in Illinois and elsewhere as a result of the temporary federal government shutdown, which delayed the collection of data at the state and federal level.

Illinois has added +268,900 private sector jobs since January 2010 when job growth returned following nearly two years of consecutive monthly declines. Leading growth sectors are Professional and Business Services (+117,700); Education and Health Services (+57,700); and Trade, Transportation and Utilities (+51,600). Government has lost the most jobs since January 2010, down -27,300.

Since January 2010, when compared to the previous month, Illinois recorded job growth in 34 months and loss in 12. The unemployment rate fell in 26 months, increased in nine and was unchanged in 11.

The unemployment rate’s three-month moving average, which smoothes monthly volatility, was unchanged at 9.1 percent in October. The number of unemployed individuals fell in October for the third consecutive month, down -12,600 (-2.1 percent) to 579,400. Total unemployment has fallen ‑172,800 (-23.0 percent) since early 2010 when the state unemployment rate peaked at 11.3 percent for the months of January and February.

The unemployment rate identifies those who are out of work and seeking employment. A person who exhausts benefits, or is ineligible, still will be reflected in the unemployment rate if they actively seek work. Historically, the national unemployment rate is lower than the state rate. The state rate has been lower than the national rate only six times since January 2000.

Notes: Illinois monthly labor force, unemployed and unemployment rates for years 2008-2012 have been revised as required by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. In February of each year, monthly labor force data for all states are revised to reflect updated sum-of-states controls, Census population controls, seasonal factors, non-farm jobs and unemployment insurance claims inputs. Data were also smoothed to eliminate large monthly changes as a result of volatility in the monthly household (CPS) survey. Comments and tables distributed in prior Illinois unemployment rate news release materials should be discarded because any analysis, including records, previously cited might no longer be valid.

Seasonally adjusted employment data for subsectors within industries are not available. For not seasonally adjusted jobs data with greater industry detail, go to http://www.ides.illinois.gov/Custom/Library/Statistic/CES/I_NSA_CES_Illinois_MSAs_Jobs_2000_to_Current.XLS .

“Other Services” includes a wide range of activities in three broad categories: Personal and laundry; repair and maintenance; and religious, grant making, civic and professional organizations.

Monthly seasonally adjusted unemployment rates for Illinois and the Chicago-Naperville-Joliet Metropolitan Division are available at: http://www.ides.illinois.gov/page.aspx?item=2509 .

In Observance of Caregivers Awareness Month, State reminds families about resources to assist

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Illinois Department on Aging Administers the Family Caregiver Support Program

SPRINGFIELD, IL – Increasing numbers in the aging population has led to an increased need for caregivers. The term “caregiver” refers to anyone who provides assistance to someone else who needs it. Though a caregiver can be anyone it is often a family member who steps in to provide extra support and attention for an elderly loved one. The typical family caregiver is 49-year-old woman who works outside the home and for nearly five years will spend an average 20 hours per week providing unpaid care to her parent.

Earlier this month, Governor Pat Quinn discussed caregiving in Illinois with Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Mary Jordan, at The Washington Post’s Caregiving in America Forum held in Chicago. Family caregivers help their loved ones with a broad range of activities which can be a critical component in providing long term care for older adults. Many older adults would have difficulty remaining in their homes and community without the support of their relatives and caregivers. But caregivers also need support or they risk putting their own health and well-being at risk.

The state, through the Department on Aging (IDoA) has set up more than 100 Caregiver Resource Centers for family caregivers to receive support. Through its partnership with the 13 Area Agencies on Aging and local service providers, IDoA offers information, assistance, training, counseling and respite care through the Family Caregiver Support Program.

“Family caregivers are the backbone of the long-term care system, whose caregiving role can evolve over time. Often the family caregiver does not realize how complex their role is until they need a break. In observance of National Family Caregiver Month, we want to let them know there is help,” said IDoA Director John K. Holton, Ph.D.

Director Holton also urges families during the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday to pay extra attention to older relatives who may not ask for help, but may need assistance. Signs that indicate assistance may be needed:

· Decreased mobility, forgetfulness

· Neglected personal hygiene

· Change in appetite

· Unfilled and/or unopened medical prescriptions

· Lack of home maintenance

· Unusual display of unopened mail

· A loved one may be mishandling their finances, for example, not paying their bills or losing money.

For more information about the Illinois Family Caregiver Support Program log on to the website http://www.state.il.us/aging/1caregivers/caregivers-main.htm or call the Department on Aging Senior HelpLine at 1-800-252-8966 or for TTY (hearing impaired use only) call 1-888-206-1327.

Pearl Harbor Day Remembrance Ceremony

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The Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affair will host a Pearl Harbor Day Remembrance Ceremony on Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013 at the Disabled American Veterans’ Club, Lake Springfield. It is hosted by the IDVA and is open to the General Public.

Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, 72nd Anniversary, will be held at 2:00 P.M. , at the Disabled American Veterans’ Club – Hall Hagler Chapter No. 15, 25 Club Area (Lake Springfield), Springfield, Illinois.

Unlike previous observances, this Pearl Harbor Remembrance Ceremony will be held at 2:00 p.m. to provide more people with the opportunity to attend. The event will last 30-45 minutes.

Veteran, patriotic or service organizations wishing to attend or support, please contact the event organizer, Ms Gwen M. Diehl, 217-785-4575, gwen.diehl@illinois.gov.

The purpose of the event is to remember Pearl Harbor and those that survived the attack.  It is unknown whether there are any remaining survivors who will be able to attend the ceremony this year.

Illinois State Fire Marshal urges residents to follow fire safety measures during Thanksgiving Holiday

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Deep Turkey Fryers: A Significant Danger for Fires and Injuries

SPRINGFIELD, IL – Citing data that shows Thanksgiving is the leading day for home cooking fires in the United States, the Illinois Office of the State Fire Marshal (OSFM) is urging families across the state to practice fire safety in the kitchen during the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday weekend. OSFM is warning that turkey fryers are particularly dangerous, and if they are used, should be handled with extreme care.

“Thanksgiving should be a day to celebrate and enjoy a good meal with family and friends in a safe environment,” said State Fire Marshal Larry Matkaitis. “We encourage the public to take time to read the instructions before using a turkey fryer, make sure to use the device outdoors only, and follow safety measures closely to prevent accidents, injuries and fires.”

According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), Thanksgiving continues to be the leading day for home cooking fires in U.S., more than any other day in the calendar year. Turkey fryers are the cause of more than 1,000 fires each year and more than $15 million in property damages.

Data gathered by State Farm Insurance Company indicates that Illinois ranked second among the top 10 states in filing claims involving grease and cooking related fires on Thanksgiving day between 2007 and 2011. In Illinois during the last two years, 100 fires started in the kitchen, with the cause or origin being edible materials or flammable liquids.

The United States Fire Administration (USFA) also indicates that home cooking fires are the main cause for civilian fire injuries and discourages the use of outdoor propane-fueled turkey fryers that immerse the turkey in hot oil. The potential risk of tipping over, overheating, spilling or splashing hot oil leads to fires and injuries.

OSFM recommends consumers who prefer this method of turkey frying to follow the following guidelines:

· Keep the turkey fryer in FULL VIEW while burner is on. Do not leave unattended fryers as many units do not have thermostat controls.

· Place turkey fryer in an open area AWAY from all walls, fences, or other structures, and on a flat surface to reduce accidental tipping.

· Never use the turkey fryer INDOORS, ON, UNDER, or close to a garage, breezeway, carport, porch, or any structure that can catch fire.

· Completely thaw (USDA says 24 hours for every 4 to 5 pounds) and dry turkey before cooking. Wet turkeys can produce excessive hot oil splatter when added to the oil.

· Cover bare skin with protective clothing when adding or removing food from the fryer.

· Check the oil temperature frequently.

· Never let children or pets near the fryer when in use and after the turkey is removed; the cooking pot can remain dangerously hot for hours.

· To avoid spill over, do not overfill the fryer.

· Use well-insulated potholders or oven mitts when touching pot or lid handles.

· Never use water to extinguish a grease fire. If a fire occurs, call 9-1-1 immediately.

For additional home fire safety information please visit the OSFM website at: www.sfm.illinois.gov.

Dr. Marie Chisholm-Burns wins national award for sustained contributions to Biomedical Literature

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Chisholm-Burns is Dean of the College of Pharmacy at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center

Memphis, TN (BlackNews.com) — Marie Chisholm-Burns, PharmD, MBA, MPH, FCCP, FASHP, dean of the College of Pharmacy at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC), is the recipient of the 2013 Literature Award for Sustained Contributions given by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) Research and Education Foundation.

The award honors important contributions by pharmacists to biomedical literature, and is made to individuals who publish high-impact articles in the primary, peer-reviewed journals, according to the ASHP Foundation. Emphasis is placed on originality, innovation, impact and quality of the contributed articles.

Dr. Chisholm-Burns, who has been a pharmacist since 1992, was appointed dean of the College of Pharmacy at UTHSC in 2011. Previously professor and head of the Department of Pharmacy Practice and Science at the University of Arizona College of Pharmacy, she is a nationally known investigator and educator, and an accomplished scholar and author. Her work has appeared in more than 260 publications, and she has received about $8 million in external funding from organizations, such as the National Institutes of Health and several foundations, for research on which she is the principal investigator.

Dr. Chisholm-Burns serves on the editorial board of several journals, including the American Journal of Health-System Pharmacy. She has published several textbooks that have been adopted in many schools of pharmacy, medicine and nursing. Textbooks coedited by Dr. Chisholm-Burns, “Pharmacotherapy Principles and Practice” and “Pharmacy Management, Leadership, Marketing, and Finance,” received the American Medical Writers Association’s Medical Book Award.

Dr. Chisholm-Burns, who said she finds writing “therapeutic,” has also twice received the Rufus A. Lyman Award for most outstanding publication in the American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education.

“Receiving this award from the ASHP Foundation is monumental, as this organization has not only been a pioneer in the health-system pharmacy arena, but also in promoting biomedical literature,” she said. “The ASHP and the ASHP Foundation have been a part of my professional life since I started in pharmacy, and it is a great honor to receive this award. This award is not only about my contributions, but also the contributions of many. I am very fortunate to be part of so many wonderful teams and organizations.”

About the UTHSC College of Pharmacy
The UTHSC College of Pharmacy, established in 1898, was ranked at Number 17 in the nation among pharmacy schools by U.S. News & World Report in the 2012 Best Grad Schools ranking. UTHSC had a 100 percent first-time pass rate for the North American Pharmacist Licensure Examination (NAPLEX) this year, according to the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy. UTHSC’s annual pharmacy in-state tuition of $21,820 is considerably less than the five other pharmacy schools in Tennessee. More than 97 percent of UTHSC pharmacy students reported being employed within three months of graduation this year.

About the University of Tennessee Health Science Center
As Tennessee’s only public, statewide academic health system, the mission of the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC) is to bring the benefits of the health sciences to the achievement and maintenance of human health, with a focus on the citizens of Tennessee and the region, by pursuing an integrated program of education, research, clinical care, and public service. Offering a broad range of postgraduate and selected baccalaureate training opportunities, the main UTHSC campus is located in Memphis and includes six colleges: Allied Health Sciences, Dentistry, Graduate Health Sciences, Medicine, Nursing and Pharmacy. UTHSC also educates and trains cohorts of medicine, pharmacy and/or allied health students – in addition to medical residents and fellows – at its major sites in Knoxville, Chattanooga and Nashville. Founded in 1911, during its more than 100 years, UT Health Science Center has educated and trained more than 56,000 health care professionals in academic settings and health care facilities across the state. For more information, visit www.uthsc.edu.

Photo Caption: Dr. Marie Chisholm-Burns, Dean of the University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Pharmacy

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