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Occupy Chicago Appeal Oral Arguments Charge Free Speech Violations, Challenge Constitutionality of City Curfew

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CHICAGO, IL – The oral argument for the Occupy Chicago appeal will be May 13, 2014 at 10:30a.m. in the Appellate Courtroom, First District of Illinois, at 160 N. LaSalle, Chicago, IL.

The case, City of Chicago v. Alexander, Tieg, etc. 1-12-2858 is in appellate court after a judge in the Circuit Court of Cook County ruled in favor of Occupy Chicago. The case dates back to October of 2011, when approximately 300 activists associated with Occupy Chicago were arrested on two consecutive Saturdays for violating a City Municipal Ordinance mandating a curfew in all City parks.

Attorneys from People’s Law Office (PLO), along with other attorneys from the National Lawyers Guild (NLG) represented those arrested. Nearly 100 of the arrestees opted to challenge their arrests and the PLO and NLG attorneys drafted and filed a Motion to Dismiss the charges based on the First Amendment. We argued that the Municipal Ordinance violated the Free Speech of those arrested. We were ultimately successful and a judge found that the ordinance was unconstitutional on its face and as applied to the activists who were defendants.

Background:

Free Speech and the Criminalization of Occupy

Occupy Chicago Appeal will Review City Ordinance’s Limits on Free Speech

Documents from Occupy Chicago Appeal

City of Chicago’s Appeal Brief – May 8, 2013

Occupy Chicago Response Brief – September 30, 2013

City of Chicago’s Reply Brief – December 12, 2013

Documents from Trial Level Court

Decision Ruling in Favor of Occupy Chicago – September 27, 2012

Occupy Chicago Reply to City – February 10, 2012

Original Occupy Chicago Motion to Dismiss – November 4, 2011

Presidential Proclamation — National Women’s Health Week, 2014

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NATIONAL WOMEN’S HEALTH WEEK, 2014

A PROCLAMATION

By Barack Obama, President of the United States of America


As Americans, we strive for a Nation of broad-based prosperity, where hard work pays off and everyone can go as far as their dreams allow. Over the past half-century, women have opened up vast horizons for themselves and their daughters. Yet many still work harder for less, and because of gender inequality in areas like health care, they have had to stretch paychecks further to make ends meet. During National Women’s Health Week, we recommit to expanding women’s access to care, fighting discrimination, and advancing the opportunity agenda.

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) prohibits insurers from charging women higher premiums simply because of their gender. Insurance companies can no longer discriminate against women due to pregnancy, or deny coverage because of pre-existing conditions. Thanks to the ACA, women can receive preventive services like contraceptive care, recommended cancer screenings, and annual well-woman visits at no out-of-pocket cost. And this year, millions of women signed up for affordable coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplace while millions more gained insurance through the expansion of Medicaid. To learn more about resources available to women and girls, visit www.HealthCare.gov, www.WomensHealth.gov, or www.GirlsHealth.gov.

As we continue to implement this law, my Administration remains dedicated to protecting women’s rights to make their own health care decisions. The past few years have seen an orchestrated and historic effort to roll back these basic rights. States have enacted laws aimed at banning or severely limiting the right to choose and introduced legislation that would cut off access to common forms of birth control. Together, we must reject policies that aim to turn back the clock.

This week, let us uphold the principle of equality in health care. Let us affirm that women alone — not insurance executives, not politicians, and not their bosses — have the right to make decisions about their own health.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim May 11 through May 17, 2014, as National Women’s Health Week. I encourage all Americans to celebrate the progress we have made in protecting women’s health and to promote awareness, prevention, and educational activities that improve the health of all women.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this ninth day of May, in the year of our Lord two thousand fourteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-eighth.

BARACK OBAMA

Mariah Johnson, 21, 1st College Graduate in Family Headed for Higher Heights

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Mariah Johnson, 21, 1st college graduate in family

Refused to let distractions block her goals

By Chinta Strausberg

Mariah Johnson, 21, graduated Saturday from the University of Illinois at Chicago, majoring in Finance with Highest Distinguished honors—the first college graduate in her family.

On Sunday, she appeared on WVON “Bob Shaw” show where she announced she was immediately leaving for Austin, Texas to pursue her goal of getting a masters degree and ultimately own her own business.

Johnson was discovered by businessman Herbert Hedgeman who sponsors the “Bob Shaw, the B.S. Show” on WVON. He met her at Josephine’s Cooking Restaurant, 436 E. 79thSt., where he raised money towards her trip to Texas. “She represents the seeds of our potential success,” he said proudly looking at Johnson.

Johnson is from Chicago’s Roseland community where she attended the Gwendolyn Brook’s High School and now she has set another goal of ultimately graduating from the University of Texas. Throughout her life, Johnson has set goals like receiving a scholarship from Alabama A&M University though she had no idea how she would get there just one day before she was supposed to arrive.

Johnson did an internship with the federal government; went to the University of Maryland came back home and graduated from the UIC. That was her plan, and she hopes to maintain a 3.5 GPA.

Proud to be the first to graduate from college in her family, Johnson said, “I feel blessed to have set the goals for myself” even though she had to jump through several hurdles. “I never gave up because it is not about me. It is about helping others. That is my passion, and it is about showing my family…if you set your mind to it, you can do it. I made it clear to my brothers and sisters… that it is possible and that no matter what your background is you can do it.”

Because it’s a state residency requirement to get a scholarship in Texas, Johnson will be working at the Department of Motor Vehicle for a year. After that, she plans to earn her MBA at the University of Texas. “I have a plan…,” she said confidently.

“I am an entrepreneur at heart,” she said. “I have a passion to help people. I want to own a non-profit that caters to minority children to teach them the basics of financial management…what it means to get a checking account, what it means to set aside money for college, how to buy a house and to make a budget and stick to it.” Johnson plans to give her clients an opportunity to link with professionals “to get a taste of that profession…like an apprenticeship and a stipend for my students.”

She plans on using her experience from her two-year stint at the  U.S. Department of Commerce where she worked as an accounting intern with the goal of working full time. However, she left that golden opportunity to fulfill her passion–to work at a non-profit.

“I do know what I want and that is to help people,” she said. “I grew up in a single parent home where we lived from pay-check-to-pay check. The lights were off and many times there was no food to feed seven children. There were a lot of times when we didn’t even have a place to stay. We had to live in the shelter,” recalled Johnson.

“There were times when our mother could not get us to and back from school, and we often had to walk a country mile just to get food. I want to show children who are growing up in this situation that there is a way to succeed and just because that is your current situation, that is not your destination.

“I want to help African Americans understand financing…like what does it mean to own a home, a car that is yours and how to maintain a budget. You don’t have to live pay-check-to-pay check. That is what African Americans lack…knowledge about financing and a lot of politicians don’t bring that to minority neighborhoods.”

When Johnson was 15-years-old, she began working for the Youth Ready Chicago summer program implemented by Mayor Richard M. Daley’s where she was a youth leader. “For incoming freshmen, I served as a teacher’s assistant and planned activities for the students. We would take them around campus, play games or hold a sporting event to show them there is an academic side to school but also a fun side,” she said. “When they did start school, they would have friends they can talk to and to try to facilitate a bonding process as a class that would graduate together.”

On her mother, Johnson said she still works a minimum wage job and that they never formed a mother-daughter relationship. “We are trying to rebuild that relationship,” she said. And, to add to her familial challenges, Johnson said just two-years ago she learned the identity of her father. “My mother said she didn’t think I would want to know him.” Johnson said she is working on building up that relationship as well but intends to stick to her academic plan until she meets her goals. “I have a plan.”

After looking at her siblings and how they have children but are not married,  Johnson vowed to leave home after she graduated from high school. “I had a plan, and I carried it out. I always said I would go to college even though some people frowned their noses up at the idea. I did not know how I was going to get to Alabama, but I said I would go even if I had to catch a bus.” Johnson said she would never let “distractions” steer her off her course of success.

One of the many angels in her life was Deidra Bolin, who worked with one of her brothers. It was Bolin who took  Johnson under her wings. She was the one who drove Johnson to Alabama. Another angel was Audria Huntington, a mentor, who was an alumnus of Alabama A&M.

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.


Former Comm. Robert Shaw, host of the "B.S." show on WVON, Mariah Johnson, 21, who graduated from the UIC Saturday and is the first in her family to do so, pose with businessman Herbert Hedgeman Sunday after her appearance on the show.

Former Comm. Robert Shaw, host of the “B.S.” show on WVON, Mariah Johnson, 21, who graduated from the UIC Saturday and is the first in her family to do so, pose with businessman Herbert Hedgeman Sunday after her appearance on the show. (Photo by Chinta Strausberg)

State’s Attorney Attends Peace Day Program at Julian High School

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Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez was the keynote speaker at a program at Julian High School paying tribute to a teacher who lost her life to domestic violence and speaking with students about the issues of domestic and teen dating violence.

The “Peace Day 2014” program was created by students from Julian’s Broadcast Technology program designed to raise awareness about important issues facing high school students. Today’s program is dedicated to Julian High School teacher Tanisha “Nikki” Thurmond who lost her life in 2007 in a domestic violence incident. The program includedremarks from State’s Attorney Alvarez and a documentary on the life of Thurmond that was produced by the students.

The Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office prosecutes all crimes of domestic violence and sexual assault that occur in Chicago and Cook County. State’s Attorney Alvarez has made these issues a high priority in her administration and continues to work to speak out and raise awareness about these crimes.

“Peace Day 2014” took place Friday, May 9, 2014, at Julian High School, 10330 S. Elizabeth, Chicago.

President Obama Announces More Key Administration Posts

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WASHINGTON, DC – President Obama announced his intent to appoint the following individuals to key Administration posts:

  • Julie Ann Petty – Chair, President’s Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities
  • Peter V. Berns – Member, President’s Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities
  • Jack Martin Brandt – Member, President’s Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities
  • Kenneth Capone – Member, President’s Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities
  • Micah Fialka-Feldman – Member, President’s Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities
  • Zachary W. Holler – Member, President’s Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities
  • Lisa Pugh – Member, President’s Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities
  • Michelle C. Reynolds – Member, President’s Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities
  • Deborah M. Spitalnik – Member, President’s Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities
  • Elizabeth Weintraub – Member, President’s Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities
  • Sheryl White-Scott – Member, President’s Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities

President Obama said, “The extraordinary dedication these men and women bring to their new roles will greatly serve the American people.  I am grateful they have agreed to serve in this Administration and I look forward to working with them in the months and years to come.”

President Obama announced his intent to appoint the following individuals to key Administration posts:

Julie Ann Petty, Appointee for Chair, President’s Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities

Julie Ann Petty is a Project Trainer at Partners for Inclusive Communities at the University of Arkansas.  She has worked in the violence prevention and intervention field since 2008.  She was the State Coordinator for Arkansas People First from 1998 to 2007.  Ms. Petty has served as National Chairperson for Self Advocates Becoming Empowered and Co-Chair of the Alliance for Full Participation.  She was first appointed to the President’s Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities in 2011.  Ms. Petty received a B.A. in Journalism from the University of Arkansas.

Peter V. Berns, Appointee for Member, President’s Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities

Peter V. Berns is CEO of The Arc, a position he has held since 2008.  Previously, he was Executive Director of the Maryland Association of Nonprofit Organizations from 1992 to 2008.  He was CEO of the Standards for Excellence Institute from 2004 to 2008.  Earlier in his career, he held positions in the Maryland Attorney General’s Office, including Assistant Attorney General and Deputy Chief of Consumer Protection.  Mr. Berns was first appointed to the President’s Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities in 2011.  He has been named to The Nonprofit Times’ Power and Influence Top 50 list five times over the past decade.  Mr. Berns received a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania, a J.D. from Harvard Law School, and an L.L.M. from Georgetown University Law Center.

Jack Martin Brandt, Appointee for Member, President’s Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities

Jack Martin Brandt is the Disability Policy Specialist for the Partnership for People with Disabilities at Virginia Commonwealth University, a position he has held since 2010.  He is also an accomplished artist.  Previously, he was a Disability Rights Advocate at the Virginia Office for Protection and Advocacy from 2008 to 2010, and a Disability Policy Consultant for the State of Virginia from 2006 to 2008.  He was also a Virginia Governor’s Fellow at the Office of Community Integration for People with Disabilities in 2006.  He was first appointed to the President’s Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities in 2010.  Mr. Brandt served on the Virginia Community Integration Advisory Commission and the Virginia Statewide Independent Living Council until 2012.  He received the Colorado Award from the Virginia Department of Aging and Rehabilitation Services in 2013, the Participatory Action Research Award from The Arc of the U.S. in 2012, and the Jackie Crews Award for Excellence in Leadership from the Virginia Board for People with Disabilities in 2006.  Mr. Brandt received a B.A. from James Madison University and an M.S. from Virginia Commonwealth University.

Kenneth Capone, Appointee for Member, President’s Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities

Kenneth Capone is Public Policy Coordinator for People on the Go of Maryland, a position he has held since 2010.  Previously, he served as Director of the Cross Disability Rights Coalition of Maryland from 2004 to 2010 and also as a Legislative Intern with People on the Go of Maryland from 2004 to 2007.  He was an Interviewer at The Arc Maryland from 2002 to 2006.  He is a member of the Developmental Disabilities Coalition, the Civil Rights Coalition, and Community First Choice.  Mr. Capone received a Certificate in Computer Technology/Programming from The Johns Hopkins University.

Micah Fialka-Feldman, Appointee for Member, President’s Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities

Micah Fialka-Feldman is a Teaching Assistant/Peer Trainer with Peer2Peer at Syracuse University, a position he has held since 2012.  He was an intern at the Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in 2013.  He has served on a number of boards, including the Governing Board for National Youth Leadership Network, the National Project Advisory Committee for the Center for Postsecondary Education for Students with Intellectual Disabilities, the Taishoff Center for Inclusive Higher Education, and the Michigan Protection and Advocacy Service.  Additionally, he maintains a blog about challenges he faces as an adult with intellectual disabilities.  In 2009, he received the Lifetime Achievement Award from Family Voices.  Mr. Fialka-Feldman graduated from the Options Program at Oakland University.

Zachary W. Holler, Appointee for Member, President’s Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities

Zachary W. Holler is a graduate student and 2014 candidate for a Masters in Divinity at the United Theological Seminary.  Previously, he was Youth Development Coordinator at Access Center for Independent Living in Dayton, Ohio from 2011 to 2013.  He worked as a Deaf Role Model at the Sinclair Community College ASL Lab from 2010 to 2011, as a Human Resource Assistant Intern at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in 2009, and as an intern at the American Association of Persons with Disabilities in Washington, D.C.  Mr. Holler has served as a member of the Consumer Advisory Committee of the Ohio Rehabilitation Services Commission and as a Delegate for the Ohio Governor’s Council on People with Disabilities at the Ohio Governor’s Council Youth Leadership Forum.  At Wright State Unviersity, he was President of Abilities United and Associate Director of Disability Affairs, a position with the student government.  Mr. Holler received a B.A. from Wright State University.

Lisa Pugh, Appointee for Member, President’s Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities

Lisa Pugh is Public Policy Director at Disability Rights Wisconsin, the state’s protection and advocacy agency, a position she has held since 2010.  Ms. Pugh also coordinates Wisconsin’s Disability Policy Partnership.  Previously, she was a State Policy Analyst at the Wisconsin Department of Health Services, a Disability Policy Advisor with the U.S. Department of Education, and a Legislative Fellow with the Committee on Education and Labor in the U.S. House of Representatives from 2009 to 2010.  She was a founding member of the Madison Partners for Inclusive Education, and she was appointed to the Dane County Human Services Board.  In 2013, she was the recipient of Wisconsin’s Elliott Shaw Distinguished Professional Award.  Ms. Pugh received a B.A. from the University of Wisconsin.

Michelle C. Reynolds, Appointee for Member, President’s Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities

Michelle C. Reynolds is a Research Associate with the University of Missouri – Kansas City (UMKC) Institute for Human Development, a position she has held since 1997.  At UMKC, she serves as the Director of the Individual Advocacy and Family Support and Missouri Family-to-Family Disability Resource Center programs.  She holds additional leadership roles with various grant programs, including the National Community of Practice for Support to Families, the Division of Developmental Disabilities at the UMKC Department of Behavioral Health, and at the Health Resources and Services Administration.  Ms. Reynolds received a B.A. and an M.A. from Rockhurst University and a Ph.D. from the University of Missouri – Kansas City.

Dr. Deborah M. Spitalnik, Appointee for Member, President’s Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities

Dr. Deborah M. Spitalnik is the Executive Director of The Boggs Center on Developmental Disabilities at Rutgers University’s Robert Wood Johnson Medical School (RWJMS), a position she has held since 1983. She is also a Professor of Pediatrics at RWJMS.  Dr. Spitalnik chairs the New Jersey Medical Assistance Advisory Council, is past chair of the National Council on Quality and Leadership, and is also a past President of the Association of University Centers on Disabilities.  Dr. Spitalnik was appointed to the President’s Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities in 2011, having previously served on the Committee from 1994 to 2001 and as Chair from 2000 to 2001.  She received the Dybwad Humanitarian Award from the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities in 2000.  Dr. Spitalnik received a B.A from Brandeis University, an Ed.M. from Harvard University, and a Ph.D. from Temple University.

Elizabeth Weintraub, Appointee for Member, President’s Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities

Elizabeth Weintraub works for the Association of University Centers on Disabilities and for the Council on Quality and Leadership.  She is the past Chair of the Maryland Developmental Disabilities Council, and a former board member of the National Association of Councils on Developmental Disabilities and Self Advocates Becoming Empowered.  She was first appointed to the President’s Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities in 2011.  She was the recipient of the Elizabeth Monroe Boggs Award for Young Leadership in 1998.

Dr. Sheryl White-Scott, Appointee for Member, President’s Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities

Dr. Sheryl White-Scott is the Medical Specialist for the Metro Office of the New York State Office for People with Developmental Disabilities, a position she has held since 2013.  Previously, she was the Medical Director of the Brooklyn Office of the New York State Office of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities from 2009 to 2013.  She is also Associate Director of Community Health Services for the Medically Frail at AHRC/New York City. She has worked at several New York hospitals, including St. Vincent’s Catholic Medical Centers of New York, Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center, Mary Immaculate Hospital/Caritas Health System Inc., and New York Medical College, where she has been an Assistant Clinical Professor since 1993. Dr. White-Scott was first appointed to the President’s Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities in 2011, and is a member of the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities.  She is a former President of the American Association of University Affiliated Programs. Dr. White-Scott received a B.A. from The Johns Hopkins University and an M.D. from SUNY Stony Brook School of Medicine.

The Ballet Chicago Studio Company brings five exciting works to the Harris Theater stage

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The Ballet Chicago Studio Company

The Ballet Chicago Studio Company brings five exciting works to the Harris Theater stage:

Balanchine’s brilliant Divertimento No. 15 (1956), his romantic ValseFantaisie
(1967), his virtuoso romp, Tarantella (1964), Daniel Duell’s evocative Ellington Suite, and the Ballet Chicago premiere of resident choreographer Ted Seymour’s Brahms Intermezzi, performed with live piano.

Composed in 1970, Duke Ellington’s colorful symphonic masterpiece powerfully evokes the many moods of the mighty Mississippi. Duell’s evocative and jazzy suite of five dances visually brings to life these moods, with images from the serene and romantic to swirling, highoctane energy.

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Beware Of Job Scams That Can Turn A Hot Summer Cold, Says the Better Business Bureau

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CHICAGO, IL – Finding employment this summer is a top priority for most college and high school students. The Better Business Bureau (BBB) is warning consumers about seasonal job scams that can result in a loss of money, be a huge waste of time or even lead to identity theft. Tell-tale signs of these scams are often fake postings that offer unusually high pay or require little to no effort.

“Competition for available jobs is great and many young people will jump at the first “promising,” opportunity and that can lead them into trouble,” says Steve J. Bernas, president & CEO of Better Business Bureau serving Chicago and Northern Illinois. “One key is to clearly know who you are dealing with and that’s done by taking appropriate measures to avoid being scammed.”

The BBB offers these tips when job hunting this summer:
  • If you are offered a job without a formal interview or job application, it’s most likely a scam. Do not provide any personal or financial information, as it can lead to identity theft.
  • If the employer does not provide you with the details of the job in writing, be wary. When you have details in writing, be sure to read them carefully and ask questions.
  • If the employer does not have a website or contact information is missing, consider that a red flag.
  • If the employer requires fees for training, background checks or drug tests, it is likely to be a scam. These costs are normally the responsibility of the employer.
  • If an employer offers you a lot of money for simple work or to work at home, it is most likely too good to be true.
  • Do an internet search of the business for both positive and negative comments and then follow-up with the employer. Check the potential employer’s BBB Business Review to see if the employer has a good rating.

For more information on scams, visit www.bbb.org, like us on Facebook, or follow us on Twitter.

Illinois Law Enforcement Out in Force to Remind Motorists to “Click It or Ticket”

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High Number of Unbuckled Motor Vehicle Fatalities Occur at Night

CHICAGO, IL – The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT), the Illinois State Police and over 500 local law enforcement agencies announced plans to crack down on seat belt law and impaired driving violators. To kick off the busy summer travel season, a two-week, law enforcement mobilization will begin May 9th and run through Memorial Day, May 26th. During this time, police will enforce seat belt, impaired driving and other traffic laws 24/7, with a large number of patrols occurring during late-night hours when the most unbuckled fatalities occur on Illinois roads.

This mobilization coincides with the beginning of the busy summer travel season, when traffic is at its highest. All too often the increase in traffic is followed by an increase in motor vehicle fatalities. While Illinois has remained below 1,000 fatalities for the last 5 years, the last two years have seen increases. As of May 7, 2014, total provisional motor vehicle fatalities in Illinois are 246, 84 below the same date last year.

Illinois’ primary seat belt law originally enacted in 2003 has had a direct effect on keeping Illinois fatalities below 1,000 in recent years. In 2012, the Illinois primary seat belt law was expanded to every seating position meaning a ticket can be issued to an unbuckled motorist in the front and back seat. Seat belt laws are strongly enforced and advertised, bringing about a nearly 94 percent front seat, daytime seat belt usage rate. However, back seat usage rates are much lower, and an even bigger problem is the number of unbuckled motor vehicle fatalities occurring during late night hours.

“Even with 9 out of 10 front-seat motorists buckling up in Illinois during the day, far too many people are still dying because they didn’t wear a seat belt, especially late at night,” said Illinois Transportation Secretary Ann L. Schneider. “IDOT, the Illinois State Police and hundreds of dedicated local police and sheriff’s departments are saying today that needs to change.”

The primary goal of “Click it or Ticket” is to get more people to buckle up during nighttime hours especially when other factors such as drunk driving play a large role in crashes.

Provisional data shows 1,339 passenger vehicle occupants killed in crashes were not wearing seat belts on Illinois roads from 2009 through 2013. Of those unbuckled fatalities occurring during these years, 650, or 49%, were killed during the 9 p.m. – 6 a.m. timeframe.

These data show why the Illinois State Police and local law enforcement statewide are reminding motorists that seat belt enforcement will be stepped up in the coming weeks – especially at night. Motorists choosing to not buckle in every seating position will be ticketed. Motorists choosing to drive impaired will be arrested.

“Seat belt compliance remains a top priority for the Illinois State Police,” said Colonel Mike Zerbonia. “Click It or Ticket has proven to be an effective means of raising awareness and saving lives. ISP Troopers will continue enforcements efforts over the coming months.”

“IDOT is utilizing federal safety dollars to assist Illinois law enforcement in providing more seat belt enforcement,” Secretary Schneider continued. “They’ll be out there during rush hour, during the morning commute and during those late night hours when the most unbuckled fatalities occur. If you’re caught unbuckled or driving drunk, you’ll be given a ticket or arrested. It is not about money; it’s not about tickets. It’s about saving lives.”

Over 1.4 million in federal safety dollars has been made available to the Illinois State Police and over 540 local law enforcement agencies to provide additional seat belt and drunk driving patrols during the two-week “Click It or Ticket” mobilization period. The federal dollars will fund thousands of seat belt enforcement zones and seat belt saturation patrols. Fifty percent or more of these patrols will occur during nighttime hours (9:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m.). The mobilization also includes drunk driving enforcement including over 50 roadside safety checks.

For more information about the Click It or Ticket campaign in Illinois, go to www.buckleupillinois.org.

Public-private partnership to train women, minorities for technology jobs

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CHICAGO, IL — State officials announced the start of a program to train women and minorities for jobs in high-demand technology fields. Called Creating IL Talent, the program will offer hands-on training in web and mobile app development and will make its graduates ready for immediate employment.

Creating IL Talent represents an innovative partnership between the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO), software developer GeneXus USA, YWCA of Metropolitan Chicago and innovation hub Blue 1647. Students will be trained using GeneXus software, will attend career readiness workshops and receive job placement assistance.

“Our technology companies have become an Illinois economic leader and a source of new and exciting ideas,” said Governor Pat Quinn. “The state is happy to support a program that encourages diversity in this growing job source.”

The program’s pilot course began Saturday, May 10 and is designed for women aged 18 and over who wish to begin or advance a career in web and mobile applications. Subsequent classes are planned for minorities of either gender. Applicants should be at least 18, have a high school diploma or the equivalent and an interest in software development.

“Developing digital diversity is crucial to ensuring that Chicago communities thrive,” said Dorri McWhorter, chief executive officer of YWCA Metropolitan Chicago. “The YWCA is proud to be a partner in the launch of this very important program.”

Creating IL Talent is free to students. Participating organizations are donating their services and DCEO is providing $10,000 to cover marketing costs. Graduates will receive a free one-year Professional GeneXus License, valued at $4,500.

Enrollment is handled by the YWCA. Classes and workshops will be held at Blue 1647, 1647 S. Blue Island Ave. in Chicago.

“The technology sector desperately needs diversity,” said Veronica Buitron, chief technology officer and co-owner of GeneXus USA. “So we’re creating a more diverse talent pool by providing equal access to technical tools and training.”

The program consists of 52 hours of hands-on technical education, 18 hours of optional career-readiness support and a two-hour final exam. Technical education sessions will take place Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

“Chicago is full of talent that is just waiting to be nourished and cultivated,” said Emile Cambry Jr., chief excecutive officer of Blue 1647. “We are excited to play such a pivotal role in developing digital innovators and entrepreneurs with Creating IL Talent.”

Interested participants or supporters should contact Laticia Dezell at Laticia.dezell@ywcachicago.org or 312-762-2745, or visit www.creatingILtalent.com.

Ending the Cycle of Bad Parenting: Dedicated Father Writes Goal-Oriented Parenting Manual “Raising Supaman”

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Raising Supaman

Nationwide (BlackNews.com) – Nathaniel A. Turner J.D. describes his relationship with his father as “toxic.” When Turner’s son was born, he pledged that he would not repeat the mistakes of his father. Turner knew that pledge would require plan and a lot of sacrifice.“I wanted to make sure that my son had a record of how much I loved him and how much he meant to me should I not live long enough to see him reach his full potential as a man,” says Turner. “I also wanted to leave my son with a written record of the lessons that I tried to teach him that he could take with him wherever he went.”

Although he never intended those deeply personal letters to be published, Turner was inspired to publish his letters after being introduced to the letters Lord Chesterfield wrote to his son. Tired of hearing about so many men failing at the role of father (especially in the African American community), Turner wanted to raise awareness and inspire a movement that would raise the expectations for parents. Turner believes the letters to his son and his experiences may help other parents.

Turner’s movement began when he published his letters in his new book, Raising Supaman.

“My book prompts parents to put in written words the hopes, dreams and the deep affection that they have for their children. I believe there are few gifts parents could give a child which are more valuable than the gift of a love letter,” adds Turner.

In an eye-opening and insightful interview, Turner can discuss:

* Why there is great value in writing letters to your children and tips for any parent who wants to start

* How parenting style evolves as children grow

* Why Successful parenting has less to do with race, class, gender or socio-economic issues and more to do with preparation, sacrifice and intention.

* How children respond to the letters

* What parents can learn about themselves when writing letters

Nathaniel A. Turner, J.D. is an eclectic individual who holds degrees in Accounting, Theology, History and Law. He currently works in the financial services industry, but his most important job has always been fatherhood. His son, Naeem Khari Turner-Bandele, recently graduated high school and is in the process of selecting a university to attend.

Naeem intends to major in Computer Science/Computer Engineering with an emphasis in neuroscience and developing accessible, affordable, adaptable, and appropriate technologies, products and solutions to address the needs of the globally underserved and underrepresented.

Naeem speaks three languages fluently and three others marginally; never missed the A honor roll; member of the National Honor Society; established is own foundation to address social injustices like homelessness and childhood literacy; began high school as a seventh grader; has traveled the world independently playing soccer in professional soccer academies; author of an upcoming book entitled What Are We Gonna Do Today?; freelances as a web designer/developer and is an avid photographer.

Nathaniel and Naeem live in Indianapolis, IN.

For more information, visit www.raisingsupaman.com.

Raising Supaman is available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, CreateSpace and Kindle Store

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