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Archive for April 10th, 2014

Kirk, Coons, Pryor Applaud Passage of Key Manufacturing Amendment

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American Manufacturing Competitiveness Act Passed out of Commerce Committee

Legislation Would Require Development of National Manufacturing Strategy

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Mark Kirk (R-Ill.), Chris Coons (D-Del.) and Mark Pryor (D-Ark.) applauded the Commerce Committee’s passage of their American Manufacturing Competitiveness Act, which was introduced in Committee by Senator Pryor as an amendment to the Brown-Blunt Revitalize American Manufacturing and Innovation Act of 2013. The Kirk-Coons legislation, introduced last fall, is co-sponsored by Senators Roy Blunt (R-Mo.), Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and Tom Harkin (D-Iowa). It would require the development of a national manufacturing strategy in order to better support American manufacturers that employ more than 12 million Americans.

“Manufacturing in Illinois accounts for 13.3% of our state’s economic output,” Senator Kirk said. “Our nation’s competitiveness relies on our ability to create stable jobs, which boost our local economies and increase our country’s economic standing abroad. This bill will help to ensure that our nation becomes more competitive and continues to contribute nearly $2 trillion to our economy annually. I urge the full Senate to swiftly pass this legislation in order to secure more high-paying, quality jobs for millions of Americans.”

“Growing our manufacturing sector is the key to bringing high-quality, middle class jobs back to this country,” Senator Coons said. “While many of our global competitors have thoroughly developed strategies for supporting and sustaining manufacturing growth, the U.S. government does not have a coordinated strategy for supporting our manufacturers. Developing a national strategy that looks at skills training, R&D, trade, and other key factors will help ensure our manufacturers have the resources to compete and succeed on the global market. I’m grateful to my colleagues on the Commerce Committee for their support of this important measure, as well as the underlying Revitalize American Manufacturing and Innovation Act, and hope this legislation will proceed quickly to a vote on the Senate floor.”

“America is a powerhouse when it comes to manufacturing, but there’s more we can do to ensure ‘Made in America’ remains the gold standard around the world,” Pryor said. “My common-sense amendment gives us the blueprint we need to maintain and expand the manufacturing industry, strengthen our economy, and create jobs here at home. I hope the Senate will take up and pass this bill immediately. ”

Congressman Dan Lipinski (D-Ill.-3) introduced companion legislation in the House last year.

Senator Pryor’s amendment - a modification of the Kirk-Coons American Manufacturing Competitiveness Act, S. 1709 -  to the Brown-Blunt legislation would require the President to submit to Congress an updated National Strategic Plan for Advanced Manufacturing every four years. While the United States government has numerous programs spread throughout several federal departments and agencies aimed at supporting manufacturing, there is no cohesive national strategy aimed to ensure these programs are successfully working together toward the unified goal of revitalizing American manufacturing.

Additionally, the legislation would requires the Advanced Manufacturing Partnership Steering Committee of the President’s Council of Advisers on Science and Technology (PCAST) to provide recommendation to assist in the updates to the strategic plan.

Over 17 million jobs are linked to the manufacturing industry. This legislation is bipartisan, and would not increase government spending.

Organizations supportive of the Kirk-Coons legislation include:

·      AFL-CIO

·      Alliance for American Manufacturing

·      American Iron and Steel Institute

·      American Small Manufacturers Coalition

·      Archer Daniels Midland

·      AMT – The Association for Manufacturing Technology

·      Campbell Soup

·      The Dow Chemical Company

·      DuPont

·      General Aviation Manufacturers Association

·      IBM

·      International Association of Machinists

·      Johnson & Johnson

·      Magno International

·      NACFAM – National Council for Advanced Manufacturing

·      National Defense Industrial Association

·      National Tooling and Machining Association

·      North American Die Casting Association

·      Permac Industries

·      Precision Machined Products Association

·      Precision Metalforming Association

·      United Autoworkers

·      United Steelworkers

Only 12 Days Left for Early Bird Pricing to the National Urban League Conference!

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Register today for the hottest event of the summer – the 2014 National Urban League Conference. Register before April 21st and take advantage of Early Bird pricing. If you have already begun the registration process, be sure to complete it by April 21st or the system will add $50 to your registrations. We also recommend that you register today as hotels are selling out fast 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!

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

Don’t delay, register TODAY!

Voters Betrayed: Crime was and is not down!

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Crime in the City of Chicago was then and is now orchestrated for monetary gain

By Rev. Harold E. Bailey

President of Probation Challenge/PCC Broadcast Network

CHICAGO, IL – Recent news reports indicate that there have been a battery of untruths stated regarding crime in Chicago. Well, this did not just start, but has been going on for years. As I sat with the late Justice R. Eugene Pincham and on into the seat as a member and chairman of the cook county board of correction, I have sought to tell the ‘unadulterated’ truth … and warn the people.

While sitting at my desk some many years ago as chairman of the Cook County Board of Corrections, I was reviewing some disturbing facts and figures regarding crime and the incarceration rate. I, at that moment, received a call from Chinta Strausberg, who then was political reporter for the Chicago Defender News. It was startling that at that moment she would say that the then Mayor Richard M. Daley had reported that crime was down – I was physically elevated from my seat – because my facts and real figures indicated that crime was extremely high.

The next morning, a Chicago Defender headline indicated that Mayor Daley said one thing while Bailey said yet another. The blatant truth was in my hands and could not be refuted … if only the media had diligently concerned themselves to look into the matter – rather than trust the words coming from the Fifth Floor of City Hall.

My revelation of truth brought about dissension from the Mayor’s Office and caused trouble on many fronts – city funding, a convenient mismangement of governmental funding and other money matters that would help to sustain our efforts to educate youth. This bitterness would last down through the many years and on into the closing of the Probation Challenge program which was housed on City Colleges of Chicago’s Olive-Harvey Campus.

The mayor took liberties to comply with the wishes of then Chancellor Wayne Watson, now President of Chicago State University. And it all took place after the death of the late Justice R. Eugene Pincham, who mentored the program. Bailey and the program on paper were illegally evicted, but deceivingly held on to the ‘Probation Challenge’ name to receive money earmarked for Bailey. The acclaimed 33-year-old program was housed on the city college campus for 27-years without a hint of scandal. Students were sent on to universities and colleges, receiving grants and scholarships.

Youth felt betrayed by the powers-that-be that took them away from sanity and placed them back into the misfits of yesterday – causing havoc in the streets. And recidivism in the streets of the city became as it is today – unbelievable!

All efforts of shielding truth from taxpayers have in-fact been orchestrated for years by those who taxpayers compensate to lead our youth and elders by example and not deception!

You ask if I knew the lay of the land at that time? Yes, I knew who was on 1st, 2nd and 3rd base! I knew that as I sat on any seat involving criminal justice matters it would represent truth and not deceit as many would have it to be. I knew that many around me would bow to the whims of the world – but I also knew who sent me to be involved with Adult Probation, Cook County Board of Corrections and that of Probation Challenge.  God commissioned me to be a positive part of those organizations …and I obeyed!

Crime is up and has been up for a long time!  And it has been orchestrated simply because it is a multi-million dollar industry that is predicated on the backs of Blacks and Hispanics… and some few Whites.

Your may ask if the mayor and chief of police are aware as to crime data. Yes they are! The crime counts, reports and figures are submitted on to the police chief who is in agreement with the mayor. You do the math!

As I speak truth, I trust that voters will have a strong determination to speak up and out at the polls! We cannot be sustained by those who sit in back rooms building monuments for themselves and not lifting a finger to assist t those who put them into key positions.

Simon Recognizes Equal Pay Day in Illinois

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SPRINGFIELD , IL – Illinois Lt. Governor Sheila Simon issued the following statement recognizing Equal Pay Day and efforts to create pay equity in Illinois.

“Women are shattering glass ceilings, running billion dollar companies and holding some of the highest elected offices in the country, yet a truly unfair pay gap still exists. A recently released report by the American Association of University Women found women working full time in the United States typically were paid just 77 percent of what men were paid. It’s time for a change.

“Over 50 years ago, President John F. Kennedy signed the Equal Pay Act of 1963 in an effort to end wage disparity based on gender. We have come a long way, but we still have a very long way to go. Our daughters and granddaughters should be paid the same as our sons and grandsons.

“Equal Pay Day was created as a public awareness event to illustrate the gap between men’s and women’s wages. April 8 represents the day when women’s earnings finally catch up to men’s from the previous year.

“With women making up 55 percent of the nation’s minimum wage workers, increasing the minimum wage can help reduce the pay gap. I am supporting Senate Bill 68 to raise the minimum wage to $10.65 over the next three years to create opportunities, encourage pay equity and stimulate our state’s economy.”

State to Host Veterans’ Business-Building Event – Free for Veterans and Military

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Mission: Veteran 2 Entrepreneurs (MV2E)

BELLEVILLE, IL – The next Mission: Veterans 2 Entrepreneurs Training Seminar will be Tuesday, April 29, at the Belleville Campus of Southwestern Illinois College (SWIC). This event is an exceptional, no-cost opportunity for veteran business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs to network with like-minded professionals and obtain expert training honed to their individual business aspirations. This event is hosted by the Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs, Illinois Central Management Services, and Southwestern Illinois College.

Attendees will have the opportunity to choose from one of three tracks based on where their business is in the entrepreneurial process (i.e. concept stage, start-up, or established):


What does it take to start and manage a successful business? What are the first steps? This track is designed for aspiring veteran entrepreneurs in the initial stages of the business process. Business experts will give you the initial guidance you need, teach you about how to start an enterprise in today’s fast-paced economy, and help you launch your idea into action. With presenters from:

Southwestern Illinois College and Elite SDVOB Network.


This track is geared toward helping fledgling businesses grow. This includes expert instruction on business loans, financing, and access to capital, and also direct guidance on how businesses can apply for and obtain government contracts by taking advantage of Illinois’ Veteran Business Program.

With presenters from: U.S. Small Business Administration, Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity, and Illinois Central Management Services.


Whether a business is well-established or still in the early stages, this track provides expert guidance on key topics important to any small business, including the importance of mentorship, having an online presence, and human resources. These sessions will help you build on early successes and give you new ideas for expansion and efficiency. With presenters from: SCORE and Elite Human Resources Team

WHEN: 8:45 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 29, 2014

WHERE: Southwestern Illinois College – Belleville, Liberal Arts Complex 2313/2311; 2500 Carlyle Ave, Belleville, IL 62221-5899

REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED: Please visit the following page to get your free ticket: https://mv2e2014swic.eventbrite.com

Marya Grandy and Ron Rains Star in TimeLine Theatre’s Chicago Premiere of the Joseph Stein/Marc Blitzstein Musical Juno, April 23 – July 27, 2014

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CHICAGO, IL — TimeLine Theatre Company concludes its 2013-14 season with the Chicago premiere of the musical JUNO, book by Joseph Stein, music and lyrics by Marc Blitzstein, based on the play JUNO AND THE PAYCOCK by Sean O’Casey, directed by TimeLine Associate Artistic Director Nick Bowling with music direction by Doug Peck and Elizabeth Doran. JUNO will run at TimeLine Theatre, 615 W. Wellington Avenue in Chicago, May 1 – July 27, 2014 (previews April 23 – 30). Press opening is Friday, May 2 at 7:30 p.m.
This timeless musical is set during the Irish Civil War in 1922, as the fearless matriarch of a destitute household holds her family together in the face of her husband’s carousing. With fortunes about to turn, the family struggles to rise above the political and social unrest around them. This epic, humorous and heartbreaking tale of survival is told through honest and powerful anthems such as “I Wish It So,” “We’re Alive” and “On a Day Like This.”
JUNO premiered on Broadway in 1959 starring Shirley Booth and Melvyn Douglas, playing for just 16 performances. It was subsequently produced Off Broadway in 1992 at the Vineyard Theatre, and was featured in City Center’s Encores! series in 2008. It has never been seen in Chicago, until now.
JUNO is just the second musical produced by TimeLine during the theatre’s history—the first being the Jeff Award-winning FIORELLO!, presented in 2006 and remounted for a second sold-out run in 2008.
The cast of JUNO is led by Marya Grandy (Marriott Theatre’s 9 TO 5, Mercury Theatre’s A GRAND NIGHT FOR SINGING, Broadway’s LES MISÉRABLES) in the title role of Juno Boyle and Ron Rains (Goodman Theatre’s A CHRISTMAS CAROL) as her husband Captain Jack Boyle. The cast also features Emily Glick, Jordan Brown, Caron Buinis, Jim Deselm, Kathleen Gibson, Kelli Harrington, James Houton, Matthew Keffer, Peter Oyloe, Michael Reckling, Andy Robinson, Peter Sipla, Anne Sheridan and Jonathan Stein.
The production staff for JUNO includes John Culbert (Scenic Design), Alex Wren Meadows (Costume Design), Keith Parham (Lighting Design), Palmer Jankens (Sound Design), Emily Guthrie (Properties Design), Katie Spelman (Choreography), Eva Breneman (Dialect Coach), Maren Robinson (Dramaturgy), Dina Spoerl (Lobby Display Design), Cassie Slater (Assistant Director), Katrina Herrmann (Stage Manager) and Nora Mally (Assistant Stage Manager).
Tickets are now on sale. For more information and to purchase tickets, call (773) 281-TIME (8463) or visit timelinetheatre.com.
TimeLine’s Chicago premiere of JUNO is supported in part by The Pauls Foundation. Additional support is provided by The Elizabeth F. Cheney Foundation.
PREVIEWS: Wednesday, April 23 at 8 p.m.; Friday, April 25 at 8 p.m.; Saturday, April 26 at 8 p.m.; Sunday, April 27 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.; and Wednesday, April 30 at 8 p.m.
OPENINGS: Opening Night on Thursday, May 1 at 7:30 p.m. Press Opening on Friday, May 2 at 7:30 p.m.
REGULAR RUN: Wednesdays and Thursdays at 7:30 p.m, Fridays at 8 p.m., Saturdays at 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. (except no performance on 6/29), through July 27.

  • Post-Show Discussions with the dramaturg and members of the cast on Wednesday, May 7; Sunday, May 11; Thursday, May 15; Thursday, May 29; Wednesday, June 11; and Thursday, June 19.
  • Pre-Show Discussion with members of the production team on Wednesday, May 21.
  • Sunday Scholars Panel Discussion, a one-hour post-show discussion with experts on the themes and issues of the play, on Sunday, June 1.
  • Book Club Discussion, a one-hour pre-show discussion focusing on the play Juno and the Paycock by Sean O’Casey, on Sunday, June 8.
  • Company Member Discussion, a post-show discussion with the collaborative team of artists who choose TimeLine’s programming and guide the company’s mission, on Sunday, June 22.
All discussions are free and open to the public. For further details about all planned discussions, visit timelinetheatre.com/juno/events.htm.
Tickets are $35 (Wednesday through Friday), $45 (Saturday) and $48 (Sunday). Preview tickets are $22. Student discount is $10 off the regular ticket price with valid ID. Special rates for groups of 10 or more are available. Advance purchase is recommended as performances may sell out. For more information and to purchase tickets, call (773) 281-TIME (8463) or visit timelinetheatre.com.
JUNO will take place at TimeLine Theatre, 615 W. Wellington Ave., Chicago. TimeLine Theatre is located near the corner of Wellington and Broadway, inside the Wellington Avenue United Church of Christ building, in Chicago’s Lakeview East neighborhood. The location is served by multiple CTA trains and buses. The LAZ Parking Lot at 3012 N. Broadway is the closest parking and costs $6 for 1-5 hours. TimeLine also offers discounted parking at the Standard Parking garages at Broadway Center ($8 with validation; 2846 N. Broadway, at Surf) or the Century Mall ($9 with validation; 2836 N. Clark). There is also limited free and metered street parking.
TimeLine Theatre is now accessible to people with disabilities with the addition in November 2013 of two wheelchair lifts that provide access from street level to the theatre space and to lower-level restrooms. Audience members using wheelchairs or others with special seating needs should contact the TimeLine Theatre Box Office in advance to confirm arrangements.

Attorney General Madigan: Bill Protecting Businesses From Patent Trolls Passes Senate

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SPRINGFIELD, IL — Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan applauded Senate lawmakers for passing legislation to protect Illinois small businesses from “patent trolls” that acquire patents to profit from frivolous patent infringement claims.

Senate members voted 48-0 today to send Senate Bill 3405 to the House. The bill, crafted by Attorney General Madigan’s office and sponsored by Sen. Daniel Biss, will crack down on the growing problem of misleading demand letters that patent trolls have sent to thousands of small businesses, retailers and manufacturers. In the letters, patent trolls frequently fail to disclose basic information, including the actual owner of the alleged patent and the circumstances surrounding any alleged infringement. Identical letters have been sent to thousands of businesses and often falsely threaten litigation even though the patent trolls have no intention of filing lawsuits. In some cases, patent trolls have targeted businesses for simply purchasing products in the commercial market. The letters patent trolls send are designed to take advantage of businesses with no expertise in patent disputes.

“We need better protections for small businesses facing deceptive and costly demands from patent trolls,” Madigan said. “This legislation will ensure the rights of legitimate patent holders while cracking down on this fraudulent practice.”

Patent trolls have become an expensive and escalating problem for businesses across the country. A Boston University survey found that costs due to patent trolls have risen dramatically – from $7 billion in 2005 to $29 billion in 2011. The study found that in 2011 alone, 2,150 companies were forced to mount 5,842 defenses in lawsuits initiated by the actions of patent trolls. In 2005, the number of defenses was 1,401.

“As we consider ways to make it easier for businesses to operate in Illinois, it makes sense to ensure that our laws prohibit scams that cost them money and valuable time,” Biss said.

The legislation would ban patent demand letters that:

  • Contain false or deceptive information;
  • Are sent by individuals who do not have the right to license or enforce a patent;
  • Falsely threaten litigation if a fee is not paid; and
  • Fail to identity the individual asserting the patent and explain the alleged infringement.

In conjunction with her work on the state level to protect small business owners, Madigan joined 41 other state attorneys general earlier this year in sending a letter to the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee and the Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation, urging support for federal patent reform legislation.

Rep. Ann Williams will sponsor the bill in the House chamber.

University of Tennessee Honors Vice Chancellor, Diversity in Healthcare Education

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Kennard Brown, Executive Vice Chancellor and Chief Operating Officer of the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, Honored for Promoting Diversity in Health Care Education

Kennard Brown of University of Tennessee

Memphis, TN (BlackNews.com) – Kennard Brown, JD, MPA, PhD, FACHE, executive vice chancellor and chief operating officer of the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC), has received the Healthcare Education Award from the Nashville-based Council on Workforce Innovation.

The statewide award, presented at the recent 2014 Healthcare Diversity Forum in Nashville, recognized Dr. Brown’s efforts in promoting diversity in health care education. The regional forum, which drew administrators, clinicians, educators, human resource specialists, and business leaders, focused on the financial value of diversity in the health care workforce, and discussed resources for advancing quality health care delivery for underrepresented populations.

The Council on Workforce Innovation is part of the National Organization for Workforce Diversity, a private, public and non-profit coalition to promote workforce diversity initiatives.

Dr. Brown has been with UTHSC for 15 years. He started in the Office of General Counsel, and has directed several UTHSC offices, including Equity and Diversity, Employee Relations and the Center on Health Disparities.

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. Kennard Brown, executive vice chancellor and COO of the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (right), is congratulated by State Rep. G. A. Hardaway, D-Memphis, for receiving the Health Care Education Award from the Council on Workforce Innovation in Nashville.

How the Bob Marley Estate Still Makes millions Every Year – Even Though He Died More Than 30 Years Ago

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Nationwide (BlackNews.com) — Bob Marley, the late reggae music icon, was named last year by Forbes magazine as the fifth top earning dead celebrity. He is actually the only Caribbean artist to grace a Forbes list, which is mostly dominated by North Americans and Britons.

How much is his estate worth?

Reportedly, Marley’s estimated net worth is around $130 million dollars. As both a singer and songwriter, Marley is credited with popularizing reggae and the Rastafari movement worldwide. Some of his worldwide hit songs include “No Woman, No Cry”, “Jamming”, and “One Love”.

His final album, a compilation entitled “Legend” was released in 1984, three years after he died from cancer at the young age of 36. That album is the top selling reggae album of all time, and has been certified, not Gold or Platinum, but Diamond. Combined, Marley has sold more than 75 million albums in the past 20 years alone.

So how is he still making millions?

Well, first of all, since it’s release in 1984, Bob Marley’s “Legend” album continues to sell more than 250,000 copies every single year. Nowadays, much of his music is sold via iTunes and other digital retailers. And tons of his songs are bought around the time of his birthday every February 6th due to a smart annual campaign launched by his estate called “Bob Marley Week”. Believe it or not, but millions of fans all around the world celebrate this special week dedicated to Bob Marley.

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