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Lean, Kush Join Cocaine and Heroin in Killing Youth – Guns 2nd in Illegal Murder

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The United States on down-low and doing little!

Parents, watch children who are considered innocent to drugs, it would be wise to do so!

By Rev. Harold E. Bailey
President of Probation Challenge

While some parents are busy screening youth for the use of marijuana, cocaine, and crack, unsuspectingly, other deadly drugs have now entered into the world of innocent youth. Deadly drugs called Lean and Kush have now joined the ranks of Heroin in killing thousands of youth per day with little acknowledgement from the media, nor the United States government.

Without much fanfare, in the last few years there has been an alarming increase in heroin use and related drug deaths in Chicago. There has been a large portion of new Lean, Kush and heroin users who have fatally overdosed, many from the western suburbs. Most of those to overdose have been young adults. Heroin has decreased in cost, which has broaden its availability to accommodate youth who are most time unemployed.

It has been reported that in west suburban DuPage County 43 deaths were attributed to heroin overdoses in 2012 and 46 in 2013, both an increase from 26 in 2011 and double the average number of deaths since 2007. Of the 2013 deaths, 15 occurred in the month of July alone. In the DuPage suburb of Naperville, approximately 20 youth have died from heroin overdoses over the last six years.

It is said that in Kane County, there were 20 documented heroin-related deaths in 2013 and 27 in 2012, up from 11 in 2011, seven in 2010, and 10 in 2009. In Will County, heroin deaths hit 54 in 2012 and 35 in 2013, up from 30 in 2011.

A recent study states that the Chicago area has the highest number of heroin overdose-related emergency room visits for any major U.S. city. Heroin currently ranks second behind alcohol for admissions to substance abuse treatment in Illinois.

A 2012 survey by the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration found that about 669,000 people over age 12 had used heroin at some point in the year. About 156,000 of those were first-time users, averaging 23 years of age, and roughly 467,000 were considered heroin-dependent — more than double the number in 2002.

The lack of decent jobs and poor prospects for young people is stated to play a primary role in young men and women using the forbidden drugs.

Report: Roosevelt University’s Illinois Consortium on Drug Policy found that in 2011, 77 percent of admissions to Chicago public rehabilitation programs for heroin over the age of 30 were African American, while 95 percent of those entering public treatment for heroin under 29 were white. This amounts to a 33 percent decrease in admissions of African Americans to public treatment programs for heroin, a drop that ICDP director Kathie Kane-Willis attributed to state and federal funding cuts and closings of public treatment centers in predominantly African American communities.

In March 2011, Illinois Democratic Governor Pat Quinn’s discontinuation of state funding for public drug treatment programs caused dozens of programs to close and over 55,000 people to lose access to treatment. The plundering of essential social services and slashing of budgets for public drug rehabilitation programs by the Democratic city and state governments have ratcheted up the social costs of the heroin epidemic, with tens of thousands suffering from addiction and substance abuse unable to access public rehabilitation services or afford private treatment.

Chicago also ranked first in the number of emergency room admittances for heroin among females, males, individuals 21 and older, and African Americans.

Cook County Jail is said to rank first in the percentage of arrestees testing positive for heroin (29 percent). Arrestees testing positive for heroin were also more likely to be white (41 percent), compared to African American (25.3 percent) or Latino (24.3 percent).

Deaths from heroin overdoses increased in Lake County by 130 percent from 2000 to 2009. McHenry County saw an increase of 150 percent in three years, and in Will County, heroin deaths doubled in just two years. And while heroin deaths in Cook County have decreased 16 percent over the period 1998 to 2008, heroin- related deaths increased 40 percent among one demographic: white women.

When you hear youth whisper the word ‘Kush’ don’t think its just an amusing password… there is nothing passing about Kush.

Kush: The origins of Kush Cannabis are from landrace plants mainly in Afghanistan, Northern Pakistan and North-Western India with the name coming from the Hindu Kush mountain range. “Hindu Kush” strains of Cannabis were brought to the United States in the mid-to-late 1970s and continue to be available there to the present day.

Kush strains were among those cultivated by the British firm GW Pharmaceuticals for its legally licensed commercial trial of medicinal cannabis. It’s more than a drug; it’s a culture.

Lean: It’s what’s known on the street as “Lean,” a highly addictive cocktail of cough syrup, cold medicine, alcohol and candy — so potent it makes you “lean” over when high.

It is reported that the drug first began to get attention  some years ago when a Houston DJ overdosed on it. It was reported to be rather easy to make and easy to get. Being that Lean was  new and considered to be a common drug to youth, most were able to acquire it.

Demand has brought about a difference in the drug price. A year and a half to two years ago the price for a pint of codeine promethazene cough syrup was about $20 and was called a deuce, and for 16 oz, which was called a PT cruiser, would go for about $120 to $125. It is said that now, a pint of codeine promethazene would go for anything from about $250 all the way up to $350.”

As the public focus on crime, drugs and violence, let us not forget that youth first become addicted to drugs, which leads to wanting more drugs, which leads to crime… which is totally out of control. Put this all into proper prospective.

Rev. Harold E. Bailey, president of Probation Challenge said, “Youth don’t fly the jets that travel beneath the radar detector, which brings in the illegal contraband… and youth don’t distribute the drugs into the various communities of the United States. But, who goes to jail and prison. Now, the evil forces in these Not-So-United-States, are allowing the new drugs of Lean and Kush from another country to infiltrate the bowels of this nation?

Facts and figures regarding death-traps for youth are available to the United States government,  the question is… why are they not utilizing those factual things that will spare the very lives of citizens? Congress and others fight for any and everything … why not fight for the lives of our youth – the future of this country!

Parents should become educated as to the evils that are leaching from the many dark corners of our planet-earth. They ought to know that with a vengeance and passion, the Evil-One is waiting for our children to give over their precious bodies and souls to everlasting torment.  When youth refuse to get that much needed education, we must ourselves spiritually educate them!

Rev. Harold E. Bailey is the President of Probation Challenge.

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U.S. Senator Rand Paul Seeks to Restore Voting Rights in Federal Elections

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(From The Sentencing Project)

Disenfranchisement News National

U.S. Senator Rand Paul has introduced a bill that would restore voting rights in federal elections to those convicted of non-violent felonies. Voting rights restoration is the newest addition to a series of criminal justice reforms backed by Paul. He has supported legislation to scale back mandatory minimum sentencing for those convicted of drug offenses and supports various other reforms, including reclassifying some felony drug offenses as misdemeanors.

Speaking on Meet the Press, Paul said, “If we’re the party of family values and keeping families together, and the party believes in redemption and second chances, we should be for letting people have the right to vote back.”

Nonetheless, Paul has drawn some criticism from the right. Roger Clegg, CEO of the Center for Equal Opportunity, a conservative think tank focusing on race and ethnicity, stated that by introducing voting rights legislation, Sen. Paul “has shown himself to be someone who does not take the Constitution seriously.” Voting rights advocates have praised Paul’s legislation, although many prefer legislation introduced by Sen. Ben Cardin, which would extend voting rights to those convicted of any felony upon leaving prison.

Paul says that re-enfranchising people convicted of non-violent felonies would help reduce racial disparities. Currently, nearly 8.0% of the black population cannot vote, compared with 1.8% of the nonblack population. “There’s a racial outcome to the war on drugs. Three out of four people in prison for non-violent drug offenses are black and brown,” Paul said. “White kids are using drugs at the same rate black kids are.”

IDPH Announces it Will be Accepting Applications for Year 2 of Get Covered Illinois Navigator Program

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Following Highly Successful First Year of ACA Enrollment, Illinois is Gearing up to  Again Assist Health Care Consumers Learn About Subsidies and Compare Options

CHICAGO, IL – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) announced that it will be accepting applications through August 1 from community organizations and other qualified entities that wish to participate in the second year of Get Covered Illinois’ (GCI) In-Person Counselor (IPC) Program, the outreach and education arm for the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in Illinois.

“Get Covered Illinois carried out a very comprehensive and successful statewide outreach and education effort in the first year of ACA enrollment thanks in large part to the vibrant network of grantee organizations that we established across the state,” said IDPH Director Dr. LaMar Hasbrouck. “As we put together the team for the second year, we want to make sure that it remains just as strong and is able to reach consumers in every corner of the state.”

The grant program is managed by IDPH in conjunction with GCI, which operates the Illinois Health Insurance Marketplace through a partnership with the Federal government. Applications will be competitively scored based on quality, organizational capacity, and proposed scope of work. Special consideration will be given to ensure proper statewide distribution of funding based on population as well as regional and cultural needs.

“Get Covered Illinois is proud of the job our team did in the first year of ACA enrollment when we exceeded our federally established enrollment goals for the Marketplace by more than 50 percent,” GCI Executive Director Jennifer Koehler said. “In year two, we are looking to build on this success. We will be encouraging our granted partners to put more of an emphasis on direct community outreach activities, because we know that groups that had an active and visible presence in the field achieved good results in the first enrollment period.”

GCI recently completed a highly successful initial enrollment period in which federal authorities announced 217,000 people enrolled in a plan through the Illinois Health Insurance Marketplace. This initial six-month enrollment period exceeded the federal goal of 143,000 Marketplace enrollees by 52 percent, putting Illinois among the top tier of states.

Coupled with enrollment of approximately 369,000 people to date in Medicaid under the ACA, more than 586,000 Illinois residents have enrolled in health care as a result of the state’s enrollment efforts.

GCI’s statewide network of 250 grantee organizations and 1,200 trained Navigators has remained in place since the end of the first enrollment period and is now focused on targeted outreach to help those who gained coverage to stay covered and use their benefits to stay healthy. Navigators are also providing enrollment assistance to those who qualify for a Special Enrollment Period as a result of a change in life circumstances (such as change in marital or job status) and for Medicaid, which has no fixed enrollment period.

Enrollment for 2015, year two of the Marketplace, begins Nov. 15 and will run through Feb. 15.

For more information about the state’s implementation of the ACA, go to: www.Getcoveredillinois.com.

For more information about the application process for the Illinois In-Person Counselor (IPC) Grant Program, go to: http://www.idph.state.il.us/fundop.htm.

African American Mom of Son With Down Syndrome Uniquely Uses Her Voice For A Better Cause

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Plans a Red Carpet Platform Like No Other to Honor Self-Advocates with Down Syndrome

Atlanta, GA (BlackNews.com) — A red carpet event will soon take place to honor 9 self-advocates with Down syndrome. The general public has already selected these honorees through a national social media campaign back in March 2014, but the official celebration will take place on Friday, November 7th. This black tie event will celebrate their lives and achievements during the first red carpet event for the RISE Awards (Rising in Spirit and Expectations).

“As a mom, I’m devoted to using my voice through various projects such as the ‘2014 RISE Awards’. Too often, I and many parents of children with Down syndrome are told about our children’s limitations and things our children are incapable of, but there’s so much more. My mission is to capture the essence of individuals with Down syndrome and shine a positive light by telling the stories of and honoring advocates with Down syndrome. This night is all about recognizing these amazing musicians, painters and advocates who are making a difference. The stories that are often not seen or heard,” points out Yvonne Pierre, CEO of Y Pierre Productions, and mother of two sons, one who happens to have Down syndrome.

The night promises to be filled with live entertainment and special presentations for three (3) honorees and (6) award recipients with Down syndrome. Hosted by Justin Mise, the event will feature live performances by one of our honorees and self advocates, Sujeet Desai and other world renowned performers: Leaf, Viva Brazil and The God Sent Project.

In spite of the progress made since 40 years ago when it was a common practice to institutionalize persons with Down syndrome, limitations still seem to overshadow achievements. Attendees will leave the RISE Awards feeling enlightened, uplifted and thinking about the possibilities.

For tickets and/or to get to know the honorees, visit www.ypierre.com/rise

Join them on Friday, November 7, 2014, Red Carpet starts at 6:00 PM at the Porter Sanford III Performing Arts and Community Center, 3181 Rainbow Drive, Decatur, GA 30034.

The 2014 RISE Awards is presented by Y Pierre Productions and sponsored by DoubleTree by Hilton Downtown Atlanta and Hungry Artiz.

If you would like more information about RISE or Down syndrome and/or request interviews with honorees, please contact Yvonne Pierre at info@ypierre.com

Missing the Point

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By William Spriggs

Currently, the debate on American colleges and universities is dominated by the cost of tuition. This debate misses the point.

Let’s look at two of America’s leading schools-Harvard University, a private research university, and Williams College, a private undergraduate college. In 2010, Harvard’s endowment income, investment income and gifts came to $158,106 per student. For Williams, that figure was $91,206. Net tuition (some students pay full tuition and others benefit from scholarships that lower the cost) at each school was $19,834 at Harvard and $19,994 at Williams. Harvard spends $151,014 per student-of which $79,380 goes to instruction, $48,256 goes to research and $5,320 to fellowships. Williams spends $79,536 per student-of which $63,172 goes to instruction.

Let’s compare that with a school dedicated to teaching low-income students: Grambling State University in Louisiana. In 2010, Grambling’s support from the state of Louisiana plus its income from investment and endowments came to $4,809 per full-time student. Net tuition was $4,310 a year. Grambling spends $20,460 per student-of which $13,856 goes to instruction, $83 to research and $2,012 to fellowships.

I offer these stark contrasts to make several points. First, tuition covers only a small portion of instruction at Harvard, Williams or Grambling. Supporting a university education takes a large amount of non-tuition revenue. But the stark differences in amounts of non-tuition revenue mean that if we want all students in America to have access to a quality education, we must either talk about increasing our public investment or accept we will be charging students to try to buy quality.

And this puts a different light on comparing a percentage increase in tuition at Grambling with a percentage increase at Harvard. Between 2008 and 2013, the state of Louisiana cut funding per full-time college student by 42 percent. An $80 per student cut to Grambling passed on to students in a tuition raise (to try to keep up with Harvard’s resources to recruit faculty and provide classroom technology) would hike tuition by 1.8 percent; an $80 increase at Harvard would be a 0.4 percent  increase. Dollars don’t guarantee quality, but the scale of difference between 5.7-to-1 and 4.55-to-1 on instructional budgets between Harvard, Williams and Grambling suggests an unbearable level of inequality.

Second, an important level of expenditures in research and fellowships support graduate education and research at Harvard and Grambling. America’s universities are our engine of innovation and technological growth. Whether it is Hewlett-Packard, Microsoft or Apple, our economy is powered by research coming from our colleges. It is what makes them a major services “exporter,” vital to our national trade balance. (When foreign students attend American universities, their tuition is counted as exporting educational services.) So investment in our universities is vital to generating patents and addressing our current account deficit.

In 1975, state and local governments contributed 60.3 percent of all expenditures on higher education. By 2010, that figure had fallen to 34.1 percent. We have been forcing public universities to compete with each other, and with private colleges, for non-tuition revenue. It is a race that was not level and is not level. To reduce costs, public four-year colleges have cut instructional costs per student since 2008, and they have been reducing research per student since 2004.

Some argue that shifting the cost burden to students and their parents with increasing student debt loads is workable, because the returns on a college degree remain high. While the wages of recent college graduates, adjusting for inflation, have fallen 7.7 percent since 2000, those with a high school diploma have seen wages fall 10.8 perecent. So while the real earning capacity of college graduates is falling, they would be even worse off if they didn’t go to college. And while a bigger share of their earnings may go to pay college debts, they may still be better off-so long as the increase in debt isn’t bigger than their 73 percent wage advantage. I’ll excuse you if you think that’s an odd way of looking at things.

But is that the way to address funding our national need for sustaining our universities’ global competitiveness, and keeping up vital research or providing equal opportunity? The question is bigger than “is college debt sustainable as costs for individuals” because the benefits are bigger-having new patents, more exports and citizens smart enough to understand global warming debates.

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

Celebrity DJ Hi-C Announces Houston’s Largest Hip Hop & Entertainment Award Show Hosted by Comedian Ali Siddiq

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Go DJ Hip Hop & Entertainment Red Carpet Award Show. Honoring Houston’s Top 30 In Music, Entertainment & Media

Houston TX (BlackNews.com) — The first annual Go DJ Hip Hop Entertainment Awards Show will take place in Houston, Texas. This event is presented by Go DJ HI-C, which is in fact the CEO of a global DJ Coalition called the Go DJs with over 250 DJ members worldwide.

Fox 26 News reporter Isiah Carey, rapper Bun b, and entertainment attorney Carl Moore are just a few of the 30 business and entertainment professionals being honored at the award show. The event takes place on July 21st.

Event organizers comment, “We have a great turnout already. HBO and Comedy Central comic Ali Saddiq is the MC and the group of professionals we are honoring truly represent Houstons spirit and energy. Our invited guests and VIP presenters are receiving letters this week with special red carpet instructions. It is going to be a blast!

ThinkZILLA PR Group, a Houston-based company with locations nationwide, will manage media and coordinate the event. Not only does this bring attention to Houstons business and entertainment talent, but it brings tourism into the city which equals tax dollars for local schools and outreach programs, finished Trayham.

A full list of honorees may be requested by emailing velma@itsthinkzilla.com The event starts at 6pm on Monday, July 21st of 2014, ending around 11pm. The award ceremony will take place at Warehouse Live (Downtown Houston) 813 St. Emanual Street, Houston, TX 77003. Media credentials with red carpet access are available upon request and then qualification.

ICYMI: Frerichs’ #FOIAGATE Update – Taxpayers Win

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Letters To Editors

(From the Tom Cross Team)

Frerichs and his Springfield Allies Turn Over Documents
Facing Legal Action, Frerichs and Allies Agree to Obey Law

After three months of evasion, blocking and obfuscation, Senate President John Cullerton’s office has finally agreed to release public documents on Sen. Mike Frerichs, as legally required by the Freedom of Information Act. The change of course came one day after Illinois Republican Party Chairman Tim Schneider gave Cullerton’s office a one-week deadline before filing an official Request for Review with the Attorney General’s office and possible legal action.

Below are some recent clips on Frerichs’ #FOIAGATE:

  • The State Journal-Register: “…shouldn’t be like pulling teeth just to get the Democrats to follow their own laws on transparency and good government.” (Tim Schneider, GOP Chair)
  • Decatur Talk 101: “ So at the end of the day, then…what makes me raise an eyebrow is, is he [Frerichs] guilty of some kind of political clouting?
  • Illinois Mirror: “…troubling..lack of transparency…”
  • Capitol Fax: One standard for Democrats, another for Republicans


Comedian/Actress Cocoa Brown Tyler Perry’s The Single Moms Club Joins Author Angela Clay to Co-Host the Fifth Annual ‘Loving The Me I See’ Girls Self-Esteem Workshop

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Angela Clay

Dallas, TX (BlackNews.com) — Get ready for an empowering day at the Fifth Annual “Loving The Me I See” Girls Self-Esteem Workshop on Saturday, July 26, 2014, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Worldwide visionary and self-esteem enthusiast Angela Clay (www.angelaclay.com), the inspirational author and creator of “Loving The Me I See” (LTMIS), is delighted that comedian/actress Cocoa Brown (www.cocoabrown4life.com) of Tyler Perrys The Single Moms Club, will co-host the empowering self-esteem workshop for pre-teen and adolescent girls at the Richardson Civic Center in Richardson, Texas.

Clay comments, We are celebrating five years at the workshop and is enthusiastic that Brown accepted our invitation to come again this year to be the Co-Host. She says:Brown has a heart of compassion, an energetic personality, and a genuine desire to help young girls to connect to who they are. We are simply honored that she will grace us with her presence at the workshop as we embark on celebrating five years of empowering the minds of young girls at the workshop.

Being a self-esteem enthusiast, Clay believes that every girl should embrace her natural beauty and simply respect and love the me she sees so that she can mature mentally into a productive, healthy, powerful, intelligent, and brilliant young woman in society. The self-esteem enthusiast is convinced that every girl should begin her lifetime self-esteem excursion of “Loving The Me I See” and have a great sense of self-awareness, self-respect, and unconditional self-love.

With a high volume of interest and much planning, an educational day has been skillfully planned for preteen and adolescent girls (Ages: 911, 1214, 1517), mothers, teachers, leaders, mentors, and chaperones. Clay is expecting an uplifting, encouraging, and fulfilling day at the workshop. She says:Its a day to learn, laugh, share, cry, smile, and simply be the amazing you that you were created to be. She adds, The LTMIS workshop attracts many young girls from all walks-of-life, backgrounds, nationality, and islands

What can the attendees expect? Attendees can expect to receive a wealth of didactic information, participate in group activities, and one-on-one exercises to enhance their self-esteem profile. Plus! Free parking, lunch, three empowering workshops, workshop t-shirt, and “The Loving The Me I See” concert! all for only $50!

To reserve your seat at the workshop, register now at http://lovingme14.eventbrite.com.

For more information about the workshop, please visit the official website at www.lovingthemeisee.com

Photo Caption: Angela Clay, author and founder of “Loving The Me I See”

Educating Young Minds Celebrated 16th Annual Scholarship Awards Gala and Programs and Pledged More Than $100,000 in College Scholarships and Laptops to EYM Seniors

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Empowering our youth with the desire to succeed

Saturday, June 21th, 2014, Educating Young Minds celebrated its 16th Annual Scholarship Awards Gala at the LAX Marriott Hotel in Los Angeles, California at 6:00 pm. The red-carpet scholarship awards gala was supported by Toyota, City National Bank, US Bank, SCE, Union Bank, Los Angeles Scholars Investment Fund, Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, Councilman & former California Senator Curren Price, and many others. The Scholarship Awards ceremony was directed and produced by film, television & theatre star Obba Babatunde.

Educating Young Minds had a host of celebrity participation & political supporters. The red carpet event was attended by celebrity actress Imani Hakim, child star of Everybody Hates Chris, Los Angeles County Supervisor, Mark Ridley-Thomas, District 9 Councilman & former California Senator Curren Price, JL Armstrong of Toyota and Julius Robinson, Executive Vice President and Carl Ballton from Union Bank.

The EYM Alumni and high school seniors were saluted at the 2014 gala with scholarships between $10,000 – $13,000. The high school seniors were: Mahlet Tilahun, Noe Suarez Rosas, Mahir Abdulhafiz, Beimnet Fekadu, Paris Patterson, Agere Teshale, Sebrin Yousef, & Morgan Barnes. EYM Alumni attends and have graduated from prestigious institutions such as Cornell, UC Berkeley, Spelman, USC, UCLA, Morehouse, Columbia, George Washington University and many others. More than 92% of EYMs Alumni have graduated from four year collegiate institutions.
About Educating Young Minds
Educating Young Minds diverse supplemental programs provide a multi-faceted, holistic approach to learning that is nurturing, customized, and designed to address the academic, social, financial and emotional needs of at-risk pre K -12th grade students. For more than 28 years EYM has provided solutions that cultivates a passion for learning, talent, and ability, creating high levels of self-esteem and a standard of excellence within each student.

For more information about how to donate to support our programs or to learn about the scholarship program & requirements to attend Educating Young Minds, please visit www.educatingyoungminds.org or call our office at (213) 487-2310.
Related Links:

2013 EYM Gala

Angeles Echols-Brown – KCET Heroes Award

Macy 4th of July Spectacular featuring Angeles Echols-Brown

Photo Caption: (left to right) Frank Robinson, Union Bank; Quentin Strode, Strode & Associates; Julius Robinson, Union Bank; Adrian Baca, Attorney At Law; Darrell Smith, The Africa Channel; Carl Ballton, Union Bank; Brian Williams, Junior Achievement; Richard Brown, Educating Young Minds
Photo credit: Ian Foxx

Let’s Send Them a Message: Add Your Name; Sign The Petition

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Letters To Editors

From Governor Pat Quinn

Health care is a human right.

Everyone should have full access to health care, regardless of who they are or where they work — and your personal health decisions should stay between you and your doctor.

Last week, that idea was challenged by a Supreme Court ruling that takes these decisions from a woman and gives them to her employer.

A woman’s access to basic health care is under attack.

It’s time to send a message to lawmakers:

Add your name to show you believe that a woman’s health care decisions should be between her and her doctor, not her and her boss.

Earlier today, I signed a bill that will give the voters of Illinois a chance to make their voices heard on this very issue when they go to the polls in November.

At stake is whether any health insurance plan in Illinois that provides prescription drug coverage should also include prescription birth control.

But it’s more than just that. It’s about that basic human right to health care.

I will keep fighting to preserve the right of women in Illinois to make health care decisions based on their own beliefs, not the beliefs of the person signing their paycheck.

Today, we all have a chance to stand up for what we believe in.

Add your name:


Thank you.

Governor Quinn

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