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Archive for July 29th, 2014

Regulators Charge Chicago Area Doctor with Cannabis Violations

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CHICAGO, IL – The Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR) urges both physicians and members of the public to be cautious about setting up or visiting so-called “medical cannabis clinics.”

The Department issued this warning in the wake of filing a formal complaint against a physician for violating the Medical Practice Act and the Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Pilot Program Act.  While regulations for growing, dispensing and registering patients for the legal use of medical cannabis were approved by a legislative committee on July 15, no licenses have been issued for growing or dispensing cannabis and no physician certification forms are yet available.

Patient, Caregiver, and Physician Certification applications will be available in August, and those interested will be given several weeks to prepare their applications prior to filing.  In the meantime, until Physician Certification Forms are issued by Department of Public Health, no Illinois-licensed physician may certify patients for legal purchase of medical cannabis.

Patients suffering from the illnesses or symptoms listed in the Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Pilot Program Act should use this time to discuss the pros and cons of medical cannabis with their treating physicians and determine whether the use of the product will improve their quality of life.

Unlike laws in many other states, Illinois’ Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Pilot Program Act only permits a physician who has a bona fide physician-patient relationship and is treating the patient’s qualifying debilitating medical condition to certify them for use of medical cannabis.

“The decision to use medical cannabis as part of a patient’s ongoing treatment still requires adherence to appropriate standards of care.  Patients and physicians should be careful when a business holds itself out exclusively as a ‘medical cannabis clinic,” IDFPR Acting Secretary Manuel Flores said. “We will continue to aggressively prosecute people taking advantage of patients who may be eligible for medical cannabis.”

Regulators today filed a formal complaint against Dr. Joseph Starkman for establishing a cannabis clinic and operating that clinic in violation of both the Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Act and the Medical Practice Act.

IDFPR learned that Starkman had established himself, and his business as a cannabis clinic, doing business as “Integr8 Illinois.”  The complaint asserts that in late 2013, Dr. Starkman required a 79 year-old patient to pay a fee of $250 before his appointment.  He then met with the patient and accepted medical paperwork that showed he had been diagnosed with glaucoma by another doctor. Dr. Starkman spent about 35 minutes with the patient, declared him eligible for medical cannabis and promised to mail him an official certificate for use at Illinois licensed cannabis dispensaries.  Dr. Starkman did not perform an eye exam of the patient.

In January 2014, the patient received what appeared to be an official State of Illinois Physician certification document, including the Seal of the State of Illinois and contact information for the Illinois Department of Public Health.  That certificate was not issued by IDPH and is not valid for the purposes described.

A copy of the complaint against Dr. Starkman and the alleged certificate offered to a patient can be found at IDFPR.com.

President Obama Signs South Dakota Disaster Declaration

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President Barack Obama yesterday declared a major disaster exists in the State of South Dakota and ordered federal aid to supplement state, local, and tribal recovery efforts in the area affected by severe storms, tornadoes, and flooding during the period of June 13-20, 2014.

Federal funding is available to state and eligible tribal and local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations on a cost-sharing basis for emergency work and the repair or replacement of facilities damaged by the severe storms, tornadoes, and flooding in the counties of Butte, Clay, Corson, Dewey, Hanson, Jerauld, Lincoln, Minnehaha, Perkins, Turner, Union, and Ziebach and the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe within Corson County.

Federal funding is also available on a cost-sharing basis for hazard mitigation measures for all counties and Tribes within the state.

W. Craig Fugate, Administrator, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Department of Homeland Security, named Gary R. Stanley as the Federal Coordinating Officer for federal recovery operations in the affected area.

FEMA said additional designations may be made at a later date if requested by the state and warranted by the results of further damage assessments.

National Bankers Association President Honored with Lifetime Achievement Award

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MBDA Recognizes 2014 National MED Week Award Winners

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Commerce’s Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) has announced the 2014 National Minority Enterprise Development (MED) Week Award winners – 13 organizations, businesses and individuals who have demonstrated leadership and commitment in advancing the minority business community. MBDA will honor the winners during a special ceremony at the annual MED Week Conference on August 1 in Washington, D.C.

“This year’s MED Week awardees exemplify growth, diversity and transformation, and are true champions for the minority business community,” said Alejandra Y. Castillo, MBDA National Director. “We’re very proud of their tremendous achievements in helping grow the national economy through innovation, job and wealth creation.”

Winners were selected for the following awards: Abe Venable Legacy Award for Lifetime Achievement; Ronald H. Brown Leadership Award; Champions of Minority Business Development; and Minority-Owned Firms. The awards are designed to celebrate and recognize outstanding achievements of minority entrepreneurs based on the challenges the business has overcome, total revenues, total jobs created and the economic impact the business has had on their community. MBDA also recognizes individuals and organizations that have demonstrated leadership and commitment in advancing the minority business community.

This year’s Lifetime Achievement Award recipient represents the nation’s capital:
  • Abe Venable Legacy Award for Lifetime Achievement is being presented to Michael A. Grant, President of the National Bankers Association. This award is granted to an individual who has played an integral role in the creative, technical or professional progress of minority business development over the course of his/her life. Grant has served as president of the National Bankers Association (NBA) since 2008. Under his leadership, the NBA has expanded its advocacy for Minority Depository Institutions (MDI), and Grant has helped increase the group’s sustainability and influence in strategic partnerships.

There were 12 other award recipients recognized in the categories of minority-owned firms, champions of minority business development and leadership. For more information on the 2014 MED Week Award winners and ceremony, visit http://medweek.mbda.gov.

About the Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA)

MBDA, www.mbda.gov, is the only Federal agency dedicated to the growth and global competitiveness of U.S. minority-owned businesses. Our programs and services better equip minority-owned firms to create jobs, build scale and capacity, increase revenues and expand regionally, nationally and internationally. Services are provided through a network of MBDA Business Centers. After 45 years of service, MBDA continues to be a dedicated strategic partner to all U.S. minority-owned businesses, committed to providing programs and services that build size, scale and capacity through access to capital, contracts and markets. Follow us on Twitter @usmbda.

Photo: Michael Grant

Avoid Door-To-Door Contractor Scams, Says The Better Business Bureau

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CHICAGO, IL – This summer, severe weather has been a common theme, leading homeowners to seek assistance when repairing damages from wind, floods or other storms. For this reason, many contractors seek out customers by going door-to-door. The Better Business Bureau (BBB) advises consumers to do careful research when selecting these types of professionals in order to avoid being scammed.

“It’s easy to be persuaded by contractors who go door-to-door. Never make a final decision or payment to anyone on the spot,” says Steve J. Bernas, president & CEO of the Better Business Bureau serving Chicago and Northern Illinois. “If someone comes to your home offering to begin work on damage, take their information and tell them that you will follow up if you are interested in using their services.”

Imran Akbari of Chicago was recently a victim of a scam when a contractor demanded money before they finished the job. “These guys went door to door in my neighborhood. The never finished any of the jobs but collected their money because they said they were almost done. Their work is very bad. For my tuck pointing, it looks like they just added more mortar without digging out the old stuff. I paid them before my job was completed and they went right over to my bank. The check did not clear right away. There was no contract and they never finished the work.”

The BBB offers these tips before choosing a contractor:

  • When approached, ask for proof of licensing and bonding.
  • Try to get at least 3-4 quotes from different contractors and insist that payments be made to the company, not an individual.
  • Do not pay for the job in advance. Be wary of any contractor who demands full payment up front.
  • Be cautious with workers who show up at your door offering services such as tree or debris removal and roof repair. These are the most common door-to-door contractor scams.
  • Resist high-pressure sales tactics such as the “good deal” you’ll get only if you hire the contractor on the spot.
  • Check out the company first with the BBB at www.bbb.org and deal only with reputable, local contractors.
  • Get a written contract that specifies the price, the work to be done and a time frame. In Illinois, state law requires a written contract with all costs enumerated for home repair or remodeling work over $1,000.
  • Prices are often high in the immediate aftermath of a storm. Buy only the services that are necessary to make your home safe and habitable. Wait at least a few days to hire other contractors because the rates are likely to drop.
  • Pay by credit card, if possible; you may have additional protection if there’s a problem. Otherwise, pay by check. Never pay in cash.
  • Check that the contractor’s vehicle has signs or markings on it with the business name and phone number.
  • Be sure that all promises made are put in writing.

For more information on finding businesses you can trust, visit bbb.org and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

Author and Diversity Trainer Pronounces Humanity’s Racial Bottom Line

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Lauren Nile

Pasadena, CA (BlackNews.com) — In RACE: My Story & Humanitys Bottom Line, respected trainer, keynote speaker and attorney Lauren Joichin Nile describes her personal experiences with racism, the source and beginning of biological race among human beings, the biological oneness of humanity, many tragedies of our racial past, the reality of our racial present and what the human species needs to do to move into a future beyond racism, of empathy and compassion.

“I would love the book to open as many minds and soften as many hearts as is humanly possible for the heightened consciousness and ultimate evolution beyond racism, of the entire human species,” Nile said.

Racism has affected every stage of the authors life. Nile experienced segregation during her childhood in New Orleans, before the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and as an adult, she has been the recipient of many racial indignities. Her stories and those of others are detailed in the book.

“All of my experiences as an African American have inspired me to write this book, those of growing up under segregation as a child, the lessons of love and understanding which the African American adults in my life taught me during that time, experiencing the ways in which the Civil Rights Act of 1964 radically changed the lives of African Americans both emotionally and practically, my experiences of racism as an adult, the profound lessons I have learned as a diversity trainer, and my deep friendships with my European American friends who are conscious, compassionate and true allies,” Nile commented.

In RACE: My Story & Humanitys Bottom Line, Nile offers concrete suggestions for how humanity can indeed take our critical next step beyond racism.

Clarion Review:
“RACE, which is both electrified by Niles personal revelations and bolstered by its careful historicity, stands to make important contributions to extant conversations about race in America.”
To read the first chapter of RACE, visit:
www.bookdaily.com/book/4368117/race-my-story-humanity-s-bottom-line; or www.LaurenNile.com & www.Race-TheRealTruth.com for more information.
About the Book:
Race: My Story & Humanitys Bottom Line
By Lauren Joichin Nile
ISBN: 978-1-49170-309-0
Available in softcover, hardcover, e-book
Available on Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble.com and iUniverse.com
About the Author:
Lauren Joichin Nile is an author, keynote speaker, trainer, and licensed attorney. She has 24 years of experience speaking at conferences and facilitating workshops in the areas of workplace diversity, leadership, communication, temperament theory, conflict resolution, workplace etiquette and others.

Photo: Lauren Joichin Nile

Poems of Substance: Powerful New Book Entertains Spiritual & Humanitarian Sides of the “Human Spirit”, through Rhyme

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Masterfully crafted by Gerald Middlebrooks, ‘Poems of Substance’ takes a holistic and in-depth look at all sides of the Human Spirit. By fusing rhyming sequence with everyday life, Middlebrooks transcends mankind, society and Government to cut to the core of who readers really are.

College Park, GA – While rhyming sequence is no stranger to the world of poetry, it is usually used to emphasize whim and wit. While Gerald Middebrooks’ new book does touch on satire, ‘Poems of Substance’ instead deploys rhyming sequence to provide a deep exploration of the Human Spirit from an all-encompassing spiritual and humanitarian perspective.


“Poems of Substance” depicts some of the educational background I have had regarding study, retaining information, and rhythmical verses that began my poetic interest in the third grade as a result of reading and reciting a poem by Dr. Seuss entitled ‘Marco Comes Late’.

Although some satire is included, rhyming verse appealed to me as a means of relating to the essence of poetic composition as it relates to events past, present and futuristic. It is my hope this book of poems will be enjoyed by everyone who reads them and can relate in some way of their relation to human existence.

“It is important to enhance the thinking process when it comes to rhyming sequence,” explains Middlebrooks. “Especially as it relates to everyday life, situations, circumstances, human existence as it relates to the responsibilities of mankind and government that governs and enhance our socialization freely and without bias or opinionated policies.”

Continuing, “Everything has both a spiritual and humanitarian side, but we often turn a blind eye to one of them and only see it from the side we believe carries the greatest authority. My poetry urges people to take a holistic approach to life and how they view the world around them. Not only will they learn more, but learn to appreciate things to a greater degree.”

With the book’s popularity set to increase, interested readers are urged to purchase their copies as soon as possible.

‘Poems of Substance’, published by Xlibris, is available now: http://amzn.to/1lqiL7W.

About the author, in his own words:

The 12th of 13 children I was raised on a farm, my beginnings are humble. My values stems from hard work, accepting responsibility and getting an education. But most of all following the “Golden Rule”; instilling that moral fortitude necessary for life and goodwill toward mankind.


Department on Aging Seeks Nominations for Senior Hall of Fame

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Nomination deadline is August 22; Winners announced later this year

SPRINGFIELD, IL -  Illinois Department on Aging (IDoA) Director John K. Holton, Ph.D., reminded Illinoisan residents about the upcoming deadline to nominate older adults for the 2014 Senior Illinois Hall of Fame awards.  The annual award, established in 1994 by the General Assembly, recognizes residents of the state, ages 65 and older who excel in the categories of Community Service, Education, Performance and/or Graphic Arts and the Labor Force.  Nomination forms must be postmarked or faxed by Friday, August 22, in order to be considered.

“Since its start, 91 people have been inducted into the Senior Illinois Hall of Fame.  Eligibility is based on the nominee’s present or past accomplishments.  We look forward to recognizing the winners for their personal achievement and urge people to nominate someone they know,” said Director Holton.

Nomination forms are available at local Area Agencies on Aging, on the department website at

http://www.illinois.gov/aging/Resources/NewsAndPublications/SeniorIllinoisansHallOfFame/Pages/default.aspx, or by calling the Department’s Senior HelpLine at 800-252-8966.  Nominations forms may be mailed to IDoA Division of Communications & Outreach at One Natural Resources Way #100, Springfield, Illinois 62702-1271 or faxed to: 1-217-785-4477.

Eligibility is based on the nominee’s past or current accomplishments in the category of choice, which excel in one of four categories:  Community Service, Education, Performance and/or Graphic Arts and in connection to their employment, called the Labor Force.  The candidate must be age 65 or older and a current Illinois resident or a former resident who lived in the state most of his or her life.  Posthumous nominees are also considered.

IDoA will compile a list of nominees then consult with the members of the Illinois Council on Aging to determine the award winner from each category.

This year’s winners will be inducted into the Senior Illinois Hall of Fame during a ceremony in October.

The Women’s Business Development Center Offers August Programs That Support and Accelerate Women’s Business Ownership

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WBDC provides a continuum of business development services to prospective and established women entrepreneurs including counseling, training, financial, certification and procurement assistance.

CHICAGO, IL – Workshops offered in August by the Women’s Business Development Center (WBDC), a nationally and internationally recognized women’s business assistance center providing services and programs that support and accelerate women’s business ownership and strengthen the impact of women on the economy, are:

Thursday, August 7, 2014, 9:00 a.m. – Noon

“Connecting to Corporations: Developing the Value Proposition for Women-Owned Business”

Description: Presenter Julia Hubbel, author, veteran and a Women’s Business Enterprise (WBE), who specializes in teaching minority- and women-owned companies how to do business with the Fortune 500, will help small business owners adjust their value proposition to maximize impact, effectiveness and grow their business through connections with large corporate supplier diversity programs.
Cost: FREE

Location: Edelman, 200 E. Randolph St., 63rd Floor, Chicago, IL 60601

Registration: http://goo.gl/8MUhJ2

Monday, August 11, 2014, 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

“Grow Your Business with WBDC: An Intro to Services”

Description: This interactive, networking session is for both prospective and established business owners.  Whether you’re thinking about starting your own business or growing the business you already have, this session will help you clarify your needs and learn more about WBDC resources.

Cost: $10.00 in advance, $20.00 at the door

Location: Women’s Business Development Center, 8 S. Michigan Avenue, 4th Floor, Chicago, IL 60603

Registration: http://goo.gl/ahCjB5

Monday, August 11, 2014, 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

“V2B: Veterans 2 Business”

Description: As part of the V2B series, this entrepreneurial workshop educates veterans on alternative financing sources, determining which certifications are best and offers the opportunity to network with procurement, government contracting and financial professionals.

Cost: Open to all veterans at no cost.

Location: Cook County Building, 118 N. Clark Street, 4th Floor Conference Room, Chicago, IL 60602

Registration: http://goo.gl/Sz9S95 (All attendees must register beforehand to veterans.affairs@cookcountyil.gov)

For further information about these or other WBDC workshops, visit http://www.WBDC.org or call (312) 853-3477. Now in its 28th year of operation, the WBDC provides a continuum of business development services to prospective and established women entrepreneurs including counseling, training, financial, certification and procurement assistance in Spanish and English.

President Obama Announces Another Key Administration Post and Presidential Nominations Sent to the Senate

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WASHINGTON, DC – President Barack Obama announced his intent to nominate the following individual to a key Administration post:

· Rabbi David Nathan Saperstein – Ambassador at Large for International Religious Freedom, Department of State

President Obama said, “I am grateful that Rabbi Saperstein has chosen to dedicate his talent to serving the American people at this important time for our country.  I look forward to working with him in the months and years ahead.”

President Obama announced his intent to nominate the following individual to a key Administration post:

Rabbi David Nathan Saperstein, Nominee for Ambassador at Large for International Religious Freedom, Department of State

Rabbi David Nathan Saperstein is Director and Counsel of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, where he has served since 1974.  He is also an Adjunct Professor of Law at Georgetown University Law Center, where he teaches First Amendment Church-State Law and Jewish Law.  Rabbi Saperstein serves on a number of boards, including The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights and the National Religious Partnership for the Environment.  He was a Member of the President’s Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships from 2010 to 2011.  Rabbi Saperstein was a member of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom from 1999 to 2001, serving as its first Chair from 1999 to 2000.  Rabbi Saperstein received a B.A. from Cornell University, an M.H.L. from Hebrew Union College, and a J.D. from American University.

Presidential Nominations Sent to the Senate:

Thomas Frieden, of New York, to be Representative of the United States on the Executive Board of the World Health Organization, vice Nils Maarten Parin Daulaire, resigned.

Perry L. Holloway, of South Carolina, a Career Member of the Senior Foreign Service, Class of Minister-Counselor, to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Co-operative Republic of Guyana.

Willie E. May, of Maryland, to be Under Secretary of Commerce for Standards and Technology, vice Patrick Gallagher, resigned.

Therese W. McMillan, of California, to be Federal Transit Administrator, vice Peter M. Rogoff.

Pamela Leora Spratlen, of California, a Career Member of the Senior Foreign Service, Class of Minister-Counselor, to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Republic of Uzbekistan.

Non-Profit Leader Orrin Hudson to Launch National “Pants Up” Tour to Encourage Young People to “Dress Like a Champion”

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Pants Sagging

Atlanta, GA (BlackNews.com — Orrin Hudson and his non-profit Be Someone organization are on a mission to launch a National “Pants Up” Tour encouraging urban youth to pull up their pants and “dress like a champion”. But that’s not his only message!

Hudson, who has been featured on Good Morning America, CNN, The Early Show, and many more well-known news outlets, is also on a mission to inspire and motivate more than 1 million youth to turn away from violence. His message is simple: “Brains before bullets; Think it out, dont shoot it out; Push pawns not drugs.”

As a former state trooper, Hudson believes “prevention is better than detention” and so he is taking a proactive approach to teaching teens. He comments, “Every move you make has a consequence, just like in the game of chess. But life is more than a game.” He emphasizes, “You must make the right moves.”
Request Orrin Hudson’s National “Pants Up” Tour to come to your city:
Organizations and school districts interested in having Hudson’s National “Pants Up” Tour come to their city can easily make a request at info@besomeone.org. The only requirement is that they make a small donation to his Be Someone non-profit organization.
About Be Someone
Be Someone is an Atlanta-based 501(c)3 non-profit organization that focuses on helping at-risk youth in the community discover their potential and learn the skills necessary to win in any situation. Since launching more than a decade ago, Be Someone has helped thousands of children prove to themselves and others that they can achieve anything they set their minds to by learning the game of chess. For more information, visit www.BeSomeone.org.
Watch Orrin Hudson’s recent interview on ABC News::

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