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Archive for March 27th, 2014

Mayors from Across Nation to Discuss Future of Cities at “Big Ideas for Cities” Event in Chicago

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Washington, D.C. – The National League of Cities’ NLC University and the University of Chicago will present “Big Ideas for Cities,” an event featuring mayors from around the country offering compelling talks on ideas, initiatives or innovations that can make a dramatic difference to the future of our cities. The event will cover a wide range of topics, such as new approaches to closing the achievement gap in education, sustainable solutions for cities, inclusive growth, climate adaptation and resilience and strategies for leveraging partnerships that deliver results for cities. The event is open to the media.

Who: Featured presenters include:

Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Chicago, Ill.

Mayor Chris Coleman, Saint Paul, Minn.*

Mayor Ralph Becker, Salt Lake City, Utah*

Mayor Michael Nutter, Philadelphia, Penn.

Mayor Michael Coleman, Columbus, Ohio

Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson, Gary, Ind.

Mayor Betsy Hodges, Minneapolis, Minn.

Mayor Jean Quan, Oakland, Calif.

*NLC Leadership

When: Friday, April 11, 2014 @ 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. CDT

Where: Venue SIX10
610 S. Michigan Ave.
Chicago, Ill.

For more information, visit: http://www.nlc.org/build-skills-and-networks/education-and-training/event-calendar/big-ideas-for-cities

The National League of Cities (NLC) is dedicated to helping city leaders build better communities. NLC is a resource and advocate for 19,000 cities, towns and villages, representing more than 218 million Americans.

State Senator Collins applauds governor’s commitment to tax credit for the working poor

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SPRINGFIELD, IL – Illinois State Senator Jacqueline Y. Collins (D-Chicago 16th) issued the following statement in response to the governor’s budget address:

I applaud the governor’s commitment to a tax structure that uplifts the working poor, particularly through an increase in the state Earned Income Tax Credit, a proven anti-poverty, pro-work tool that puts money directly into pocketbooks and local economies. I am proud to be the Senate sponsor of legislation that will double the state EITC over the next five years and generate up to $2 in economic activity for every dollar the state invests in this credit.

As we approach a time of tough decisions, a time that will test our moral commitment to “the least of these,” I intend to study carefully the governor’s proposals and all responsible budget plans. I will continue to be a voice for protecting education and social services, improving opportunities and quality of life for our residents rather than laying the burden of the state’s fiscal challenges on the backs of those least able to bear it.

Early Bird Registration open for 2014 National Urban League Conference

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Register today for the hottest event of the summer – the 2014 National Urban League Conference. Registration is now OPEN! It’s recommended that you register today as hotel rooms are LIMITED and you must be registered and paid in full to gain access to the National Urban League room block!

This year’s conference, One Nation Underemployed: Bridges to Jobs and Justice in Cincinnati, OH offers unmatched opportunities for professional development, personal empowerment, networking, and access to dynamic speakers and leaders.

Also, not to be missed at Conference this year:

  • Urban League Live the Ultimate Interactive Music Experience on Friday July, 25th at the Macy’s Music Festival featuring Chaka Khan, Robin Thicke and Charlie Wilson! You must purchase tickets to the Macy’s Music Festival to attend Urban League Live. Details on how to purchase your discounted tickets will be provided with your registration confirmation.
  • A star-studded red carpet advance movie screening on Thursday July 24th.
  • The Whitney M. Young Jr., Awards Gala closing out the Conference on July 26th honoring living legends, including Academy Award winning actor, Forest Whitaker.
  • A Career & Networking Fair, Small Business Matters Entrepreneurship Summit, inspiring plenary sessions, informative workshops and much more!

While in Cincinnati you will discover the Queen City’s rich history, world-class museums and vibrant nightlife. And Chicago, Detroit, Indianapolis, Louisville, Nashville, Knoxville, and Pittsburgh are just a short drive away!

Don’t delay, register TODAY!

Madigan Calls on HHS to Overturn FDA Approval of Zohydro

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CHICAGO, IL – Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan called on the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to overturn the recent approval of Zohydro ER.

A pure hydrocodone pill, Zohydro is 5 to 10 times more potent than currently available products like Vicodin or Lortab. It has been reported that Zohydro can be prescribed in pills ranging from 10 milligrams to as high as 50 milligrams, while currently available hydrocodone products only range from 5 to 10 milligrams. Zohydro ER will also not contain any abuse-deterrent properties, thus allowing addicts to more easily crush, snort and inject the powerful drug.

The painkiller’s high potential for abuse prompted Madigan and attorneys general from Indiana, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky and Maine to ask HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to reverse the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) approval of the drug, which is set to hit the market this month.

“The prescription drug abuse problem in our country has reached epidemic levels,” Madigan said. “The FDA’s decision to approve this form of Zohydro, if left to stand, could have disastrous—and potentially deadly—consequences.”

The FDA approved Zohydro last October despite its own advisory committee voting 11-2 in opposition of the drug being released. In November, Madigan joined 28 other state attorneys general in asking the FDA to reconsider its approval of the drug.

Aviation Victims: Attorney Criticizes Premature Filing of Action Against Boeing

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Robert A. Clifford, senior partner at Clifford Law Offices in Chicago which has been involved in nearly every commercial aviation crash in America in the last three decades as well as many international aviation tragedies across the world, is criticizing the filing of any lawsuit or action against any parties yet in the mystery surrounding Malyasia Airlines Flight 370.  Already a Chicago law firm has filed a discovery petition in Chicago against Boeing, which is based there.

That same Chicago law firm filed an identical petition in the Asiana crash that was dismissed for cause in August, 2013, by Cook County State Court Judge Kathy Flanagan.

Clifford has spoken to Associated Press on the issue of deployable recorders and assets trackers, technology improvements that could have helped to avoid the tragedy that is unfolding, but to go to the extent of filing an action against Boeing or any other potential defendant without any clear evidence “is premature and headline-grabbing,” Clifford said.

Clifford’s op ed piece on the issue of upgrading technology appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle, March 20, 2014, which can be read here.
He can speak to the issue of “tombstone technology” – the fact that after enough deaths and frustration, the technology improvements find their way into airlines’ fleets voluntarily and finally by FAA regulation.  He also can speak to the issue of the likelihood of the retrievability of the black boxes on the plane.

Certainly the families deserve answers, but to file a discovery petition against Boeing gives the families false hope of an answer coming from potential parties who don’t have all of the answers yet, Clifford said.  Clifford is available to speak to the press about the legal issues surrounding Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. He currently is preparing for trial as the lead counsel for the families of five victims in the Colgan air crash in Buffalo, New York, five years ago when a Continental Connection flight crashed killing everyone on board.  He also represented 17 families who lost loved ones in the Turkish Airlines crash at Amsterdan’s Schiphol International Airport five years ago.

For further information or to arrange an interview with Robert A. Clifford or his aviation team of attorneys, please call Clifford Law Offices’ Communications Partner Pamela S. Menaker at 847-251-4877 or 847-721-0909.

Simon pushes for more women-owned businesses in Illinois

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CHICAGO, IL – Working to promote entrepreneurship and increase the number of women-owned businesses in Illinois, Lt. Governor Sheila Simon will address participants at 11 a.m. on Thursday during the 2nd Annual 2014 Women Business Owners Symposium (WBOS) at the UIC Pavilion in Chicago.

“The business leaders of tomorrow are gathered here today,” said Simon. “Since January 2010, Illinois has added 257,000 private sector jobs, many of which can be attributed to women-owned businesses. From home offices to board rooms, women are a vital force creating jobs and providing economic opportunities in our state.”

With over 1,300 registered participants, the full-day program will gather many of Illinois’ innovators, trendsetters and business leaders for a symposium on developing and advancing business goals. The Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) touts the event as an opportunity to receive resources like information on state programs and grants and on-site counseling in key areas of business development and sustainability. For more information, please visit www.ildceo.net/WBOS or call (217) 558-1630.

Panel discussions at the event will examine state-funded programming and procurement opportunities, access to capital, Affordable Care Act and small business opportunities, the women equal pay initiative, information technology and accessing new markets in both the public and private sectors. Moderated by Chicago Tribune Business Columnist Melissa Harris, the free event will include Acting Administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration Marianne O’Brien Markowitz and Nicor Gas President Beth Reese as keynote speakers.

According to the National Women’s Business Council, women-owned firms make up 28.7 percent of all non-farm businesses across the country and generate $1.2 trillion in total receipts. Top industries for women-owned businesses include: educational services (45.9 percent of all businesses are women-owned), administration and support and waste management and remediation services (37.0 percent), retail trade (34.4 percent), and arts, entertainment, and recreation (30.4 percent).

As chair of the Interagency Military Base Support and Economic Development Committee (IMBSEDC) and 25-member Governor’s Rural Affairs Council (GRAC), Simon is working to expand economic opportunities and encourage job growth throughout Illinois.

State Senator Raoul “ready to work with anyone who comes to the table with real solutions”

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SPRINGFIELD, IL – Illinois State Senator Kwame Raoul (D-Chicago 13th) issued the following statement after hearing the governor present his budget proposals to the General Assembly:

The facts are clear. During the last five years, my colleagues and I have been willing to make tough decisions, cutting $5.7 billion from the budget (including $3.2 billion from Medicaid and $1.2 billion from human services) and reforming public employee pensions in the face of intense pressure from all sides.

But Illinois’ fiscal reality is still bleak. The problems are decades in the making, the result of a structural deficit that will require creativity and courage to overcome. I applaud the governor for boldly initiating an honest dialogue, and I join him in committing to tell the truth to the people of Illinois, even when that truth is unpopular or unpleasant.

We owe the people of this state the courtesy of carefully examining all responsible alternatives and pursuing policies that are progressive, not regressive, improving quality of life for our neighbors rather than exacerbating the gap between rich and poor in our society. And we owe the children of this state a well-funded education system that allows them to go as far as their dreams and determination lead them.

In the coming days and weeks, I will study the governor’s plan and other proposals in greater detail. I am ready to work with anyone who comes to the table with real solutions, ready to set aside preexisting agendas to build a better future for our state.

Black Women’s Roundtable to Release Report on Black Women During Legislative Briefing at NCNW

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Congresswoman Yvette Clarke, Congresswoman Donna Edwards, Congresswoman Marcia Fudge, and FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn among featured speakers

WASHINGTON, DC Black Women’s Roundtable Public Policy Network (BWR) will celebrate women’s history and the 102nd birthday of the late Dr. Irene Height releasing a report on the current condition of Black women in the US at the headquarters of the National Council of Negro Women (NCNW). The report will be released during a legislative briefing being held as part of the BWR National Summit taking place Thursday March 27 – Saturday March 29.

WHO: Black Women’s Roundtable, confirmed speakers:

·         Congresswoman Yvette Clarke

·         Congresswoman Donna Edwards

·         Congresswoman Marcia Fudge

·         Congressional Black Caucus

· FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn

WHAT: Legislative Briefing and release of report on Black Women in the US

WHEN: DATE: Thursday, March 27, 2014           TIME: 12:30 – 2:00 PM

WHERE: National Council on Negro Women Headquarters

633 Pennsylvania Avenue NW Washington, DC 20004

(after the briefing the delegates will return to the Capitol to complete visits to congressional offices).


BWR, an intergenerational women’s policy network of the National Coalition on Black Civic Participation (NCBCP), stays at the forefront of championing just and equitable public policy on behalf of Black women and girls and promotes health and wellness, economic security, education and global empowerment as key elements for success.

The BWR Report,Black Women in the United States: Progress & Challenges 50 Years After the War on Poverty, the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and 60 Years After Brown v. Board of Education, is the first in an annual series of reports that will utilize data from a wide range of government and private sources to provide a broad view of the lives of Black Women in America at this critical juncture. Contributing writers are:

  • The Economy –  Channel Hardy, National Urban League Policy Institute
  • Education — Avis Jones-DeWeever, PhD, Incite Unlimited
  • Politics –  Elsie Scott, PhD, Ronald W. Walters Leadership & Public Policy Center, Howard University, Waikinya Clanton, NOBEL-Women
  • Business  –  Felicia Davis, Building Green Network
  • The Labor Movement — Carol Joyner, Labor Project for Working Families, Robin Williams, UFCW
  • Technology — Joycelyn Tate, Telecom Talk
  • Criminal Justice — Avis Jones-DeWeever, PhD, Incite Unlimited
  • Health & Wellness — L. Toni Lewis, MD, SEIU
  • The Retirement Years — Edna Kane-Williams, AARP
  • BWR Policy Agenda for 2014 and Beyond – Melanie Campbell, National Coalition on Black Civic Participation, Makani Themba, The Praxis Project
  • BWR Civic Engagement and Empowerment Strategy (2014-2020)- Melanie Campbell, NCBCP, Letetia Daniels Jackson, Groundswell Fund

For more information visit www.ncbcp.org.

Jimmie Vaughan, Los Lonely Boys, TAJ MAHAL to Headline Aurora’s 18th Annual Blues on the Fox Outdoor Music Festival, June 27 & 28 at Riveredge Park

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Joe Louis Walker, Tab Benoit, Samantha Fish add to an incredible line-up for one of the Midwest’s most heralded blues festivals

(Top, fr left) Jimmie Vaughan, Los Lonely Boys, Taj Mahal,
(bottom) Joe Louis Walker, Tab Benoit & Samantha Fish.

Photos of RiverEdge Park by Tom King.

AURORA, IL -  Blues music legends Jimmie Vaughan, Los Lonely Boys and Taj Majal have been announced as the headliners for Aurora’s 18th annual Blues on the Fox, returning June 27 and 28 for its second year in its beautiful, new and improved outdoor music venue, RiverEdge Park in Aurora, Illinois.

Add Blues Hall of Famer Joe Louis Walker, Kansas City Blues Bomber Samantha Fish and Baton Rouge’s Delta belter Tab Benoit and you get six incredible blues bands over one incredible weekend, complete with smoking hot music, cold beers, tasty festival food and stunning scenery on the banks of the Fox River.

Blues on the Fox starts rockin’ Friday night, June 27, with a live set by blues ax man Joe Louis Walker, followed by one of the greatest guitarists of our time, Jimmie Vaughan. Gates open at 6 p.m. The double-bill begins at 7 p.m.

Saturday, June 28, kicks off with afternoon sets showcasing the “fret board badassery” of Kansas City upstart Samantha Fish, followed by the Grammy-nominated Louisiana bluesman Tab Benoit. Taj Mahal, one of the most influential blues artists of all time, will play the sunset slot, with “Texican” rock n’ rollers Los Lonely Boys firing up the RiverEdge stage as the festival finale. Gates open at 2 p.m. Concerts start at 3 p.m.

Nearly 20,000 subscribers to the Paramount Theatre, RiverEdge’s “sister” venue in downtown Aurora, are being treated to an exclusive pre-sale of tickets to Blues on the Fox, starting at 10 a.m. Friday, March 28, through March 30. Tickets will go on sale to the general public at 10 a.m. Monday, March 31.

Tickets are only $10 per day if purchased before June 2. Tickets are $20 per day starting June 2 and day of. To purchase tickets, visit RiverEdgeAurora.com, call the RiverEdge box office, 630.896.6666, or stop by in person at RiverEdge’s satellite box office, the Paramount Theatre, 23 E. Galena Boulevard in downtown Aurora, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday-Saturday. The RiverEdge box office will also be open on-site on both days for day-of sales, beginning at 10 a.m.

RiverEdge Park, 360 N. Broadway in downtown Aurora, is conveniently located directly across from Metra’s Aurora Transportation Center, on the east bank of the beautiful Fox River. RiverEdge is easily accessible from the city by taking Metra’s Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) line. Paid public parking is available in the Metra Lot, additional private lots surrounding the park and in downtown Aurora just a few blocks from RiverEdge.

This event is general admission only. Children 12 and under are admitted free when accompanied by an adult 18 years or older. Guests are welcome to bring folding and bag chairs.

Food and drink are available for purchase inside RiverEdge Park. Concessions at RiverEdge offer a diversified menu from official food vendor Two Brothers Roundhouse, along with a bar featuring a selection of domestic and craft beers, wine, sodas, bottled water and more. A busy row of festival food vendors will also set up tents to sell everything from hot dogs to funnel cakes. No outside food or drink (except water) are allowed in the park.

Blues on the Fox will take place rain or shine, unless conditions endanger the safety of artists and the public. Concertgoers are advised to call the RiverEdge Park Weather Line,

630.723.2478, to check status if inclement weather is pending.

Aurora’s 18thAnnual Blues on the Fox festival is sponsored by Rush-Copley Medical Center.

City of Aurora Mayor, Tom Weisner, will be announcing the next wave of events for the 2014 RiverEdge Park season at Aurora’s State of the City address on May 1, 2014.

Former U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Regina Benjamin Confirmed as Keynote Speaker for “Blackdoctor.org Top Blacks in Heahthcare” 2014 Awards

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BlackDoctor.org and the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Disparities Solutions host awards dinner to honor the nation’s leading black healthcare professionals

Dr. Regina Benjamin

Chicago, IL (BlackNews.com) – BlackDoctor.org, the leading online health resource for African Americans, will honor 20 black healthcare professionals at its inaugural BlackDoctor.org Top Blacks in Healthcare awards banquet on Thursday, April 3, 2014 in Baltimore, MD. The keynote address will be delivered by Dr. Regina Benjamin, former Surgeon General of the United States.In partnership with the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Disparities Solutions, the event will recognize the work of the extraordinary men and women who have devoted their careers to advancing the health and total wellbeing of our communities across the nation.

“This year, we are gathering to celebrate and amplify the significant contributions that our 2014 honorees have made within the healthcare industry,” said Reginald Ware, President & CEO of BlackDoctor.org. “As we push to inspire the black community toward wellness, we must spotlight the trailblazers within the field—the dedicated leaders who serve as the heartbeat of our movement toward healthier, happier living.”

Ware adds, “Dr. Benjamin is the perfect person to speak on the evening’s theme of celebrating our successes, while still recognizing that there is more work to be done in eliminating health disparities in the African-American community.”

Dr. Regina Benjamin was appointed by President Barack Obama as the 18th United States Surgeon General in July 2009 and served a trailblazing four-year term. During her tenure, Dr. Benjamin served simultaneously as Surgeon General and as the first chair of the National Prevention, Health Promotion, and Public Health Council (National Prevention Council), spearheading the creation of the first National Prevention Strategy, a road map for the nation’s health. Currently, she is the Endowed Chair in Public Health Sciences at Xavier University.

Awards will be presented at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum, located at 830 E. Pratt St in Baltimore, MD. The banquet will begin with a reception at 6:00 p.m. and dinner will be served at 7:00 p.m. Sponsors include the American Hospital Association, Bon Secours Baltimore Health System, OraSure Technologies and Sunovion,

For information about tickets, sponsorship, or advertising opportunities, contact Erika Gardner, BlackDoctor.org Executive Assistant to the CEO, at 312-222-1205.

About BlackDoctor.org
BlackDoctor.org (BDO) is the world’s most comprehensive online health resource for black consumers. With a monthly total audience reach of 15 million, BDO is the leading producer of targeted, culturally accurate health content for African Americans. BDO’s users appreciate receiving health advice in an environment they trust and in a language they understand. BDO also boasts the largest online database of black physicians and dentists as part of its free doctor search tool. For more details, visit www.blackdoctor.org.

About The Hopkins Center for Health Disparities Solutions
The Hopkins Center for Health Disparities Solutions (HCHDS) was established in October 2002 and brings together the health research and program development resources of the Johns Hopkins Medical Institutes (schools of Public Health, Medicine, and Nursing) to demonstrate the efficacy of public health, social science and medical science in mitigating health disparities. HCHDS does this through efforts in research, training and community outreach. The Center has a national focus, but much of their work takes place in the local Baltimore community. The HCHDS is designated as a National Comprehensive Center of Excellence in Health Disparities by the NCMHD of the National Institutes of Health.

Photo Caption: Dr. Regina Benjamin

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