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IDOT Warns motorists of dangerous driving conditions and advise not to travel in Northern Illinois

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IDOT Crews Out in Full Force to Clear Snow and Ice

CHICAGO, IL – The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) announced today that road conditions are slick and dangerous in Northern Illinois, and motorists should only travel if absolutely necessary. Currently, the majority of roads in the Northern part of the state are snow and ice covered with wind gusts as high as 30 mph, creating whiteout conditions.

IDOT has 615 trucks and more than 750 employees assigned to impacted areas to remove snow and ice from state routes to help ensure the safety of the motoring public. Due to current weather conditions, IDOT encourages motorists who must travel to check the latest winter road conditions and road closures at www.gettingaroundillinois.com.

“With whiteout conditions in the Northern part of the state, IDOT recommends that motorists avoid travel until conditions improve,” said Illinois Transportation Secretary Ann L. Schneider. “In addition to clearing snow and ice from roads and bridges, IDOT has emergency crews on the job assisting law enforcement and emergency personnel from other state agencies to help remove vehicles from ditches and rescue stranded motorists.”

Drivers are reminded to exercise caution when snow and ice affect roadways, and IDOT advises travel only when absolutely necessary during winter storms or when temperatures are extremely low. During the severely cold weather expected, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security advises that Illinois residents limit exposure to cold temperatures, dress in layers, check in on others who may need additional assistance, keep vehicles in good repair, and bring pets indoors.

For a list of warming centers in Illinois, visit

http://www2.illinois.gov/KeepWarm/Pages/warmingcenter.aspx. Those traveling by Amtrak trains are encouraged to call 800-USA-RAIL or visit Amtrak.com/alerts for Service Alerts and Passenger Notices.

Safety tips to remember:

· Allow extra time for travel during the winter months.

· Don’t crowd the plow – a snow plow operator’s field of vision is restricted. You may see them, but they may not see you.

· Be aware that black ice can form on roads that appear clear and the unseen ice can be treacherous. Take it slow when approaching intersections, off-ramps, bridges and shady areas – all are prone to black ice, which is often invisible.

· Always keep your gas tank at least two-thirds full to help prevent the vehicle’s fuel line from freezing.

· Do not travel during bad weather unless absolutely necessary – if you do have to make a trip, check the forecast and make sure someone is aware of your travel route and schedule.

· Always carry an emergency car care kit that contains jumper cables, flares or reflectors, windshield washer fluid, a small ice scraper, traction material, blankets, non-perishable food and a first aid kit.

· Carry a few extra blankets in your car, and perhaps an extra coat to ensure protection in case of a breakdown.

· Carry a cell phone and dial *999 for roadway assistance in case of emergency (but remember using handheld phones while driving is illegal if it is not an emergency situation).

· Always wear a seat belt, front seat or back – it’s the law.

· Check travel and road conditions routinely before any trip. You can get road condition information by calling 1-800-452-IDOT (4368), Illinois Tollway information by calling 1-800-TOLL-FYI or online at www.gettingaroundillinois.com and click on the “winter road conditions” icon.

White House Announces First Round of Guests in First Lady’s Box — State of the Union Address

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WASHINGTON, DC – The following individuals will be seated in the box with the First Lady, Dr. Biden and Valerie Jarrett, Senior Advisor to the President, at the State of the Union Address. More guests will be announced in the lead-up to the President’s State of the Union Address Tuesday night. Information about these guests and news about the State of the Union is available at WhiteHouse.gov/SOTU.

Carlos Arredondo and Jeff Bauman (Boston, MA)
Survivors of the Boston Marathon Bombing

Carlos Arredondo and Jeff Bauman are forever linked due to the attacks on the 117th Boston Marathon. In what has become an iconic image from the day in April of 2013, Carlos – wearing his white Cowboy hat – was captured rushing a badly injured Jeff away from the bombing to safety, thereby becoming two of the faces of ‘Boston Strong.’ From his intensive care hospital bed, Jeff played a vital role in identifying the bombers. After losing both legs in the attack, he is battling back, describing himself as a quick healer and stronger now than he was before the attack. Jeff, 27, and Carlos, 53 and a Gold Star Father, have become close friends.

Gary Bird (Moore, OK)
Fire Chief

Fire Chief Gary Bird represents all of those who rallied together to help the community of Moore, Oklahoma – firefighters, police officers, teachers, neighbors – in its greatest time of need: The immediate aftermath of the EF5 tornado that hit Moore, killing 25 men, women and children and devastating a community of more than 1,000 homes and businesses. Bird and his search-and-rescue crews worked through the path of the storm to rescue survivors. “We will be through every damaged piece of property in this city at least three times before we’re done, and we hope to be done by dark tonight,” Bird said in a press conference the evening the tornado hit. Bird began his career in 1981 as a volunteer firefighter in Ninnekah, Oklahoma.  After four years as a volunteer, he was hired by the Moore Fire Department, working his way through the ranks. He was appointed Deputy Fire Chief in February 2003, a position he held until being named Fire Chief on June 30, 2012. Bird and his wife, Cindy, have been married for 34 years, and they have a son, two granddaughters, and a six-month-old grandson.

Jason Collins (Los Angeles, CA)
12-Year NBA Player

While at Stanford, Jason Collins was selected as an All American, named the NCAA’s “Big Man of the Year,” and earned an appearance in the Final Four. After graduating in 2001, Collins was drafted into the NBA and has since played for six teams including the Celtics, whose then coach Doc Rivers said of Collins: “He’s the best. He literally is one of the best guys I’ve ever had in the locker room, player or coach.” In his 12 years in the league, Collins’ teams earned 9 trips to the playoffs including 2 NBA Finals appearances. In April 2013, Collins became the first male player in major American team sports to come out openly as gay. The President expressed his gratitude to Collins for his courageous announcement through an article Collins penned himself. The President said he “couldn’t be prouder” of Collins, recognizing this as a point of progress for the LGBT community, and one more step in America’s goal to treat everyone fairly and with respect. Collins is 35 and lives in Los Angeles, California.

Joey Hudy (Anthem, AZ)
“Maker” and Intel Intern

Joey Hudy is a self-described “Maker,” part of a growing community of young people, adults, and entrepreneurs who are designing and building things on their own time. Joey first shot to fame in 2012 when, at 14-years-old, he attended the White House Science Fair where the President took a turn using the contraption he had made — the “extreme marshmallow cannon” – and launched a marshmallow across the East Room. Joey then handed the President a card with his credo: “Don’t be bored, make something.” Now 16, he has continued to live by his motto, appearing at Maker Faires all across the country. Joey, a proponent of STEM education, is determined to teach other kids about how they can make and do anything they want. Joey lives in Anthem, Arizona with his mom, dad, and older sister. Earlier this month, he started as Intel’s youngest intern, a position Intel CEO Brian Krzanich offered him on the spot at his Maker Faire exhibit.

Kathy Hollowell-Makle, (Washington, DC)
2013 DCPS Teacher of the Year

Kathy Hollowell-Makle was named 2013’s District of Columbia Public School’s Teacher of the Year after more than 15 years teaching in the District. Kathy began as a Teach for America corps member in the District in 1998 and currently teaches at Abram Simon Elementary in Southeast Washington, DC. By the school year’s end, more than 90 percent of her students demonstrate early literacy at proficient or advanced levels and last year, more than 80 percent of her students advanced two or more reading levels. Kathy contributed some of her experience and expertise to a roundtable with Secretary of Education Arne Duncan regarding early childhood education. Kathy emphasizes a positive attitude and focuses on fluency in reading, writing and counting, explaining: “The best part of teaching is having former students recognize me, and being able to see how wonderful they turned out to be.” Kathy lives in Washington, DC with her husband Stephen and two sons Amir and Ian. She is originally from New Orleans, Louisiana.

Kirk, Durbin, Kelly Introduce Bill to Establish National Park in Pullman

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CHICAGO, IL – U.S. Senator Mark Kirk (R-Ill.), U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), and U.S. Representative Robin Kelly (D-Ill.-02) today announced that they will introduce legislation next week to create the Pullman National Historical Park in the neighborhood’s historical district, an architecturally unique neighborhood which played important roles in America’s railroad, industrial and labor history.

“This legislation will ensure that over a hundred years of civil rights and industrial history will be preserved within the Pullman neighborhood,” Senator Kirk said. “According to the National Parks Conservation Association, the Pullman National Historic Park could bring 300,000 visitors each year and create 356 new jobs, providing $40 million annually to our community. Illinois will benefit greatly from the establishment of this park.”

“There is much to preserve and celebrate in Chicago’s unique Pullman neighborhood, from its important role in the history of labor and civil rights in our country to its position as America’s first planned industrial town,” Senator Durbin said.  “By elevating Pullman to National Park status our bill will provide preservation and conservation opportunities for the site, increase tourism and facilitate job creation on Chicago’s South Side. It will also add an important historical site that truly represents America’s cultural and ethnic diversity to the National Park Service’s register.  I look forward to working with Pullman residents to tell this community’s remarkable story.”

“This bill is for future generations of Americans who will one day visit Pullman and learn about the vital role it played in our nation’s labor history and civil rights history,” Representative Kelly said. “Pullman has an inspiring story to tell. It’s the story of a great industrialist and hard-working laborers who together built a product that revolutionized railroad travel and helped to develop a strong working class. As we move forward into the Digital Age, it would be fitting for Congress to honor America’s Industrial Age by creating a Pullman National Park.”

The Members’ bill will provide for greater coordination of preservation and protection efforts by federal, state and local agencies by creating a national park within the boundaries of the current Pullman Historical District, which is bounded by 103rd Street to the north, 115th Street to the south, Cottage Grove Avenue to the west, and the Norfolk & Western Rail Line to the east.  Initially, the National Park Service (NPS), which administers national parks, will own the Pullman Factory Complex and the land on which it sits, with the option of acquiring additional property or assets should they be made available.

Earlier this year, the NPS released a study which found that Pullman was “conclusively nationally significant” as a historical site.   More than 100 different organizations have endorsed the creation of a national park in Pullman, including city, county and state parks officials; preservationist groups; labor organizations; and tourism advocates.  The creation of the national park site will increase jobs and boost Pullman’s economy as a result of added tourism dollars: in 2012, national park visitors contributed more than $30 billion to local economies and supported more than 250,000 jobs.  Studies show that every dollar invested in national park operations generates ten dollars of local economic activity.

The Pullman site was originally developed by industrialist George Pullman in 1880 and was the first American industrial town.  The Pullman site served as the catalyst for the first industry-wide strike in the United States and played an important role in African American and early Civil Rights history through the legacy of the Pullman Porters as well as the development of the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters, the first black union.  Labor Day was established as a federal holiday following the 1894 Pullman labor strike.  The neighborhood is also a well-preserved example of 19th century urban planning and architecture, especially the work of Solon Spencer Beman.  Today, the area has been designated as a registered National Historic Landmark District, an Illinois State Landmark, and a City of Chicago Landmark District.

Assistant States Attorney inspired to run for judge by teen held captive by drug trafficker

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Case ignites her compassion for justice

By Chinta Strausberg

An assistant state’s attorney both in Cook and Will County since 2004, Sondra Denmark was inspired to run for the 15th sub-circuit judge position by a teenage girl once arrested for carrying drugs…a case that ignited a feeling of compassion but ended with her getting the teen’s captor behind bars where he belong.

Born in Chicago on the South Side, Denmark was raised in Hazel Crest, Illinois where she attended the Hillcrest High School in Country Club Hills, Illinois State University majoring in public relations, and Northern Illinois University College of Law where she graduated in 2004.

Armed with her degree, Denmark began her career as an assistant state’s attorney in Cook County and later with Will County after the birth of her two children.

When asked when and why did she desire to be a judge, Denmark said it all began with the case of a 17-year-old girl who was being charged with a Class X felony. The teen was facing a six-year prison term. When the teen was arrested, she was carrying cocaine and heroin but the man with her was not carrying any contraband; however, the police arrested both of them, according to Denmark.

“When I saw her, she just didn’t belong. She was shaking. She never had a traffic ticket or a driver’s license.” Denmark began to dig for the truth. “It turns out that the guy she was with was using her to traffic drugs across the Midwest,” recalled Denmark. “The young lady almost went to prison because her attorney asked me to give her four-years and not the six-years.”

Denmark was troubled by this case saying, “something just didn’t feel right. My spirit would not rest easy.” That is when Denmark did her own homework on the girl and what she found out made her even more determine to seek justice for this frightened teen.

“I found out she was a runaway and had been missing from her parents for three-years,” Denmark said. Given this information, Denmark contacted federal officials and was successful in getting the man who had held the teenage girl captive indicted, charged and sentenced for trafficking drugs across the Midwest and taking the teen he had held since she was 14-years-old.

“I went back into court and dismissed all of the charges against her and reunited her with her family. At that moment, I realized that there are not enough people who ask those hard questions of why and I needed to run for judge to make a difference. She inspired me to do that,” Denmark said.

“She made me feel like I needed to do something to make a difference and judges need compassion. We need compassion in our communities. I am compassionate about securing justice for every individual.”

In her spare time, Denmark loves to read and spend time with her two children. She volunteers with the Autism Speaks, an autism advocacy organization where she loves to talk about curing Autism, and the Parent Teacher’s Organization. Denmark has a child with special needs and is involved in the special recreational activities in the community.

If elected judge, Denmark will ensure that justice prevails in her courtroom and with decisions that include compassion.
Denmark’s website is: www.friendsofsondradenmark.com.

Chinta Strausberg is a Journalist of more than 33-years, a former political reporter and a current PCC Network talk show host. You can e-mail Strausberg at: Chintabernie@aol.com.

2014 Microsoft Scholarships now available for minority students

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The deadline to apply is January 31, 2014

Nationwide (BlackNews.com) — A Microsoft scholarship provides a leg up so students can pursue undergraduate studies in computer science and related technical disciplines. They will join a community of scholarship recipients from the United States, Canada and Mexico who share their passion for technology and academic excellence.

For the 2014-2015 academic year, Microsoft is offering four different types of technical scholarships to current undergraduate students: General Scholarships, Women’s Scholarships, Minority Scholarships, and Scholarships for Students with Disabilities.

Scholarship recipients willl enjoy the benefits for one academic year. They may receive either a full or partial scholarship for the academic year. Full tuition scholarships will cover tuition for the academic year as posted by the financial aid office at the student’s college or university.

The deadline to apply is January 31, 2014. No late or incomplete applications will be accepted.

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Illinois residents urged to use state’s warming centers, take precautions during dangerously low temperatures

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SPRINGFIELD, Illinois – Governor Pat Quinn is urging residents to take advantage of the state’s warming centers as temperatures across the state dip to dangerous lows once again. More than 100 warming centers across Illinois are open to provide respite from the bitter cold.

The warming centers are located at Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) offices throughout the state. IDHS warming centers are open to the public during regular business hours, Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

In addition to the IDHS warming centers, the Illinois Tollway Oases in the Chicago area are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

The Governor also urged all residents to stay inside as much as possible and limit their exposure to the cold temperatures. If you must go outdoors during below freezing temperatures and the wind-chill is below zero, dress properly for the weather:

· eWear several layers of lightweight clothing. The air between the layers of clothing acts as insulation to keep you warmer.

· Cover your head. You lose as much as 50 percent of your body heat through your head.

· Wear mittens rather than fingered gloves. The contact of your fingers keeps your hands warmer.

· Wear warm leg coverings and heavy socks or two pairs of lightweight socks.

· Cover your ears and the lower part of your face. The ears, nose, chin and forehead are most susceptible to frostbite. Cover your mouth with a scarf to protect the lungs from directly inhaling extremely cold air.

To find a warming center near you, call the IDHS hotline at (800) 843-6154 or visit www.keepwarm.illinois.gov.

Dr. Raye Mitchell, Award-Winning Humanitarian, opens Global Speaking Tour with Judy Smith, Real-Life Inspiration for ‘Scandal,’ on March 15, 2014 in New York City

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Focused on Innovation in the Entertainment and Arts Industry, the Program Features Carol H. Williams, CEO of Carol H. Williams Advertising Agency, and Lesley Rosenthal, Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary of Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts in New York. Two-time Bestselling Author Enitan O. Bereola II is Moderator

Mitchell is represented for speaking engagements by San Francisco–based Edwards Unlimited

San Francisco, CA (BlackNews.com) — Dr. Raye Mitchell, a TV producer, author and philanthropic entrepreneur, kicks off her “2014 Global Disruption” speaking tour on March 15, 2014, in New York City. Focused on empowering the next generation of leaders to spark change and productive disruption of the status quo, Dr. Mitchell speaks to audiences about the secrets to becoming an innovator and game changer. She uses her unique communication skills, passion for creating sustainable social change, business and legal acumen and expertise in disruption to empower and prepare the next generation of global leaders. Mitchell’s March 15 event features guest speaker Judy Smith, the premier crisis management expert in the United States and the real-life inspiration behind ABC’s hit political thriller series “Scandal.” Visit www.rayemitchell.com for details. Purchase event tickets at: http://globaldisruptors2014nyc.eventbrite.com?s=20993567

Mitchell hosts an assembly of multi-generational new thinkers and experts to share their expertise on creating breakthrough impacts. In addition to Judy Smith, Dr. Mitchell’s other prominent guest is Carol H. Williams, the CEO and founder of Carol H. Williams Advertising, the largest African American women-owned independent ad agency in the United States. Williams was recently honored with a FOCUS Achievement Award from Women in Film Chicago. Also joining the panel is acclaimed author Lesley Rosenthal, vice president, general counsel and secretary of Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, who moderates and keynotes conferences on management and cultural policy. Rosenthal teaches and guest lectures regularly at leading law schools including Harvard, Yale and Columbia. Enitan O. Bereola II, an accomplished award-winning author, producer, and celebrity consultant who has worked on projects with New York Times bestselling author and actor Hill Harper and award-winning actor Meagan Good, will moderate the discussion forum along with Mitchell.
Dr. Mitchell, known as the Harvard lawyer turned TV producer, is a philanthropic entrepreneur who gave up a law practice to help women, girls and the next generation of leaders develop leadership skills. She devotes her myriad of talents to integrating humanitarian and social entrepreneur projects into the business of innovation and the entertainment sectors to effect global change.

Mitchell continues to expand her discussion forum as part of The M.B.A. Series(TM), a collaborative mentoring and training program to support next gen leadership development. The M.B.A. Series (M.B.A. stands for Motivated Brilliant Achievers) is a multi-platform discussion forum started in 2012 by Dr. Mitchell and Hill Harper, a Harvard Law School alumnus.

“The 2014 speaking tour is entitled ‘Global Disruptors’ and is intended to be bold, fresh, cutting-edge and highly relevant,” Mitchell says. “As an MBA graduate of The USC Marshall School of Business, I am excited to see increased commitment of resources in this growth area helping young people discover new skills, and especially excited that Andre Young (Dr. Dre) has invested $70 million dollars in establishing USC’s Jimmy Iovine and Andre Young Academy as a new degree program in disruption. I look forward to supporting and connecting with USC Marshall School, the Academy and even Dr. Dre on these issues.”

In addition to her March 15 appearance with Judy Smith, Dr. Mitchell will lead workshops at the 2014 IEEE Women in Engineering International Leadership Conference (WIE-ILC) on May 2-3, 2014, in San Francisco, and the Women of Color in Communications Color Comm Conference (C2) August 6-8 in Miami. C2 will also feature news anchor Soledad O’Brian, Essence magazine editor in chief Vanessa Bush, actor and HBO writer Issa Rae and Johnson Publishing (Ebony & Jet) CEO and former White House secretary Desiree Rogers, among others. Dr. Mitchell has also accepted the personal invitation of the Honorable Zerihun Retta, Ethiopian ambassador to the United States, to travel to Ethiopia in June 2014 to share her insights and unique leadership ability with the emerging community of women and girls in Ethiopia.

Dr. Mitchell is available to speak to college, corporate and nonprofit audiences about innovation, game changing and global disruption. Organizations interested in having Dr. Mitchell speak at their next event should contact Edwards Unlimited at 415-261-2199.

About Dr. Raye Mitchell:

Dr. Raye Mitchell is a reality TV producer, and humanitarian winner of the Jefferson Award for public service and innovation expert who helps people create breakthrough impacts. She is the author of several books, most recently The Laws of the New Game Changers: How to Make Breakthrough Impacts That Take You Forward, which was submitted for consideration for an 2014 NAACP Image Award. She is working on a follow-up book, Global Disruptors: A Guide for Next Gen Innovators on How to Be Game Changers, which aligns with her development of an unscripted reality-TV show on the same subject of disruption code-named “Project Next.”

About Edwards Unlimited:

Edwards Unlimited specializes in television and media production, public relations, executive media training and event planning. CEO and founder Janice Edwards is an award-winning talk show host and Emmy-nominated producer, media coach and publicist, published author, and acclaimed contributor to community empowerment through her media work. The company represents highly acclaimed speakers, authors and media producers.
Photo Caption: Dr. Raye Mitchell, Author/TV Producer

Ford Height teen charged in murder

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A 16-year-old from Ford Heights has been charged with a murder that occurred in the south suburb earlier this week, according to the Office of Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez.

Paris Walker appeared before Judge Darron Bowden at the Markham Courthouse today where he was ordered held without bail. Walker’s next court date is set for Feb. 13, 2014.

According to prosecutors, on Jan. 22, 2014, at approximately 7:30 p.m., Walker and the victim, 17-year-old Malik McMillian of Chicago Heights, had an argument in the area of the 1400 block of Ambassador Lane in Ford Heights. As McMillian attempted to leave, Walker fired several shots, hitting McMillian and killing him.

Walker was arrested by Cook County Sheriff’s Police later that evening.

The public is reminded that criminal charging documents contain allegations that are not evidence of guilt.  The defendant is presumed innocent and is entitled to a fair trial at which the state has the burden of proving guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

Lt. Gov. Simon promotes college completion efforts at NIU

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Transfer agreement aims at better jobs, higher wages for grads

MALTA – Illinois Lt. Governor Sheila Simon joined Northern Illinois University (NIU) President Douglas Baker, Kishwaukee College President Tom Choice and other school officials on Friday to preside over the signing of an important reverse transfer agreement allowing Kishwaukee students to complete their associate degrees after transferring to NIU.

Simon has been a vocal advocate for college completion and recognized NIU’s reverse articulation program as a valuable way to help students attain better jobs and higher wages. Absent a reverse transfer agreement, students may rack up enough credits for an associate degree, but never get the diploma.

“College pays off,” Simon said. “When students leave college with credits – but no credential – they are less prepared for the workforce and leave lifetimes of earnings on the table. This reverse transfer agreement is a student-centered reform that should be implemented at campuses across the state. I commend NIU and Kishwaukee for taking the lead.”

According to a study released by the Georgetown Center on Education and the Workforce, associate degree holders are more likely to hold a job and earn higher incomes than high school graduates. On average, an associate degree-holder will earn $400,000 more than someone with a high school diploma over a lifetime, Georgetown reports.

Simon released her College Completion Playbook while hosting a two-day Scaling Up invitational conference in Bloomington in November. More than 150 higher education administrators from around the state received the guide on how to help more students complete college at less cost. The guide collects the effective practices of leading educators, national experts, faculty, administrators and other professionals. The playbook specifically noted NIU’s innovative work to streamline course credit transfers from one school to another.

Simon serves as the state’s point person on education reform. In this capacity, Simon is working to increase the proportion of working-age adults with college degrees or certificates to 60 percent by 2025. She aims to make our state workforce prepared for the highly skilled jobs of the future to improve employment opportunities and ensure continued economic growth.

State hosts Business Workshop to help connect communities to Illinois Business Opportunities

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Malcolm X College event is open to the public at no cost – online registration recommended

CHICAGO, IL – The Illinois Department of Central Management Services (CMS) will host a free educational workshop and networking opportunity at Malcolm X College on Jan. 28th for business owners to connect with other professionals and to learn more about relevant state programs and contracting processes. The event, part of CMS’s series of business workshops, is open to the public. Registration is recommended via: www.cms.illinois.gov/events.

Attendees will have access to one-on-one guidance on business certification, contracting, loans and prompt vendor payment. The workshop is supported by State & local elected officials including:

SeRep. Mattie Hunter, Rep. Kenneth Dunkin, Rep. Arthur Turner, Rep. La Shawn Ford, Sen. Patricia Van Pelt, Rep. Derrick Smith, Ald. Walter Burnett, Ald. Robert Fioretti, and Cook County Commissioner Robert Steele.

WHAT: CMS Hosts Business Workshop: “Connecting Communities to Illinois Business Opportunities”

WHO: Simone McNeil, Acting Director, CMS

Representatives from CMS Business Enterprise Program and Bureau of Strategic Sourcing

Representatives from the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO)

State and local elected officials

WHEN: Tuesday. Jan. 28th, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. (registration begins at 9 a.m.)

WHERE: Malcolm X College Cultural Center – Main Level

1900 W Van Buren St.

Chicago, IL 60612

Free parking is available at venue parking lot. Refreshments will be served.

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