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Gov. Quinn Proclaims October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month in Illinois

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Special events planned throughout the state

SPRINGFIELD, IL – Governor Pat Quinn proclaimed October as “Domestic Violence Awareness Month” in the state of Illinois. The month is designed to raise awareness about the issue of domestic violence and available resources for those in need.

Throughout the month of October, several events will be held around the state in observance of “Domestic Violence Awareness Month,” including 5K walk/runs, candlelight vigils and marches. A complete listing of events can be found on the IDHS website at www.dhs.state.il.us.

“Domestic violence knows no boundaries. It exists in all neighborhoods and cities, and affects people of all ages, racial, ethnic, economic and religious backgrounds,” said Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) Secretary Michelle R.B. Saddler. “In Illinois alone, there are approximately 115,000-125,000 domestic crimes each year.”

IDHS supports nearly 70 multi-service domestic violence programs across the state, offering counseling and advocacy, legal assistance, children’s services, and shelter and support services at no cost to the victim.  Services are offered to help victims of domestic violence by giving them the tools they need for safety and self-sufficiency, as well as to promote prevention through education and outreach.

In addition, IDHS works with more than 70 Partner Abuse Intervention Programs (PAIPs) to reduce and prevent domestic violence and to assist the court system in holding abusers accountable. PAIPs work with participants in a 24 week group program to assist them in recognizing and understanding behaviors that lead to violence directed at their partners.

IDHS is dedicated to improving the identification of and response to domestic and sexual violence against people with disabilities. Through a collaborative approach between victim services and disability service providers, barriers to survivors with disabilities accessing services are addressed, outreach and education efforts are enhanced and trauma-informed support systems are strengthened.

For more information about available services, please visit www.dhs.state.il.us. Victims seeking help should call the Statewide Domestic Violence Helpline at 1-877-TO END DV (1-877-863-6338).

Illinois Department of Public Health Director Issues Statement on Ebola

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SPRINGFIELD, IL – Illinois Department of Public Health Director Dr. LaMar Hasbrouck would like to reassure Illinoisans during this Ebola outbreak.

“We understand there is anxiety surrounding Ebola, but we want to assure the public the Illinois Department of Public Health continues to work with hospitals, local health departments and the CDC to monitor for any potential cases of Ebola in Illinois.

“People will continue to travel in and out of Illinois and we expect to see rumors and concerns, but without testing, these are just rumors.  There have been no reports or questions in Illinois that have led to Ebola testing for suspected cases.

“Illness after travel is not uncommon, and we will take swift and appropriate action for anyone who meets the criteria for testing.

“We have a strong public health system in Illinois that is taking all necessary precautions and we will provide information to the public about any potential Illinois Ebola cases.”

For the most up to date information on the Ebola virus, visit: http://www.cdc.gov/vhf/ebola/index.html.

ISBE Honors Top Educators and School Personnel at Annual Those Who Excel Banquet in Normal

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Illinois Teacher of the Year to be named Oct. 25

NORMAL, IL – State education officials will honor more than 230 of Illinois’ outstanding educators later this month at the 40th annual Those Who Excel/Teacher of the Year banquet in Normal. Among the educators will be the 12 Teacher of the Year finalists, one of whom will be named the top Illinois educator for 2015.

“I am very proud that we have been celebrating excellence in Illinois educators for 40 years,” said State Superintendent of Education Christopher A. Koch. “Recognizing these individuals who devote themselves to helping students learn and be successful is an honor. I am happy to have the opportunity to publicly thank them for their dedication to students across the state.”

Local school district leaders and members of school communities nominate candidates. The nomination includes a brief nominee biography, professional development, community involvement and a description of his or her philosophy on education and views on the state’s most pressing educational needs. Letters of recommendation are also required.

A committee of peers, organized through the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE), chooses the award winners who will be honored Saturday, Oct. 25, in Normal. The committee represents statewide education organizations and includes former award winners.

ISBE recently launched a new Those Who Excel webpage at http://www.isbe.net/those-who-excel/default.htm. The site includes the latest news about the award program, lists of Those Who Excel honorees from recent years, bios of the current Illinois Teacher of the Year and Early Career Educator of the Year, and a list of Illinois Teachers of the Year from 1970 to the present.

The categories for the Those Who Excel recognition program are:

  • Classroom teacher
  • School administrator
  • Student support personnel
  • Educational service personnel
  • School board member and/or community volunteer
  • Teams, which recognizes groups of teachers and/or administrators; citizen committees; civic organizations; parent organizations; school boards; booster clubs; and others who have a significant impact on teaching and learning in a school or district.
  • Early career educator

A total of 232 awards will be distributed during the Oct. 25 banquet with the following breakdown of winners:

  • 64 recipients of the highest award level, Excellence
  • 77 recipients of the Award of Merit
  • 91 recipients of the Award of Recognition

All teachers receiving an Award of Excellence are among the 12 finalists for the 2015 Illinois Teacher of the Year. The educator named Teacher of the Year is not told prior to the award ceremony, but learns of the honor just before the conclusion of the banquet.

The Teacher of the Year serves as Illinois’ ambassador for the teaching profession during the 2014-15 school year and represents Illinois in the National Teacher of the Year program sponsored by the ING Foundation and Target. The national award is a project of the Council of Chief State School Officers in partnership with Voya Financial, a subsidiary of ING, and the People to People Ambassador Program.

Pam Reilly, a second-grade teacher at Woodbury Elementary School in Sandwich Community Unit School District 430, was named the 2014 Illinois Teacher at last year’s banquet.

”It has been and continues to be quite an amazing journey,” Reilly said. “I can’t express how grateful I am to be Illinois Teacher of the Year and to be recognized for a career I truly love. It is an honor and privilege to represent teachers and students across Illinois.”

Reilly and this year’s nominees will convene at the Bloomington-Normal Marriott Hotel and Conference Center, 201 Broadway St., Normal, for this year’s sold-out ceremony and banquet.

A complete list of local recipients by county can be accessed at http://www.isbe.net/those-who-excel/2015/Those-Who-Excel-2014-15.pdf.

Simon on U.S. Supreme Court Decision: “…I look forward to marriage equality being enacted in all 50 of our United States.”

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Simon Statement on U.S. Supreme Court Decision

CHICAGO, IL – Illinois Lt. Governor Sheila Simon issued the following statement supporting the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to reject appeals from five states – Indiana, Oklahoma, Utah, Virginia and Wisconsin – seeking to stop same sex marriages.

“Today’s U.S. Supreme Court decision furthers marriage equality in at least 30 states, sending the message that this nation may soon truly be a nation of equality for all.

“I am proud that Illinois joined the marriage equality movement early, and I was honored to take part in the signing of Illinois’ law to recognize same sex marriages. And since that law was signed, I have had the pleasure of celebrating by officiating over gay marriages.

“The majority of Americans believe that love is love, and I look forward to marriage equality being enacted in all 50 of our United States.”

Administration Announces New Executive Actions to Improve Quality of Care for Medicare Beneficiaries: Fact Sheet

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The Administration announced new executive actions and the President signed into law legislation that will improve the quality of care for nursing home and home health patients. The President signed the Improving Medicare Post Acute Care Transformation Act of 2014 (IMPACT Act), bipartisan legislation that puts in place new and streamlined quality measures for nursing homes, home health agencies, and other post-acute care providers participating in Medicare. The Administration also took additional steps to improve care for nursing home and home health patients through new executive actions that will:

  • Expand and strengthen Medicare’s widely-used Five Star Quality Rating System for Nursing Homes, also known as Nursing Home Compare.
  • Improve quality home health care received by Medicare beneficiaries through a proposed rule that strengthens patient rights, improves communication, and focuses on patient well-being.

Actions to Improve Medicare’s Five Star Quality Rating System for Nursing Homes

Today, the Administration announced plans to expand and strengthen Medicare’s widely-used Five Star Quality Rating System for Nursing Homes, also known as Nursing Home Compare.  The rating system is a consumer service that offers useful information to the public about the quality of care in the 15,800 nursing homes that participate in Medicare or Medicaid.  Users may sort through nursing homes in their area through an online tool at CMS’ Nursing Home Compare website.

The Five Star Quality Rating System offers the most comprehensive overview of nursing home quality in the U.S., in an easy to understand format, based on data from onsite inspections conducted by trained, objective surveyors from state public health departments and CMS; Quality Measures submitted by the nursing homes is used to calculate certain quality measures, such as the prevalence of pressure ulcers, use of restraints, and the extent of injurious falls; and information about the staffing levels in nursing homes.

While the onsite inspections form the core of the rating system, CMS has been concerned that the quality measures and information about staffing levels rely on self-reported data from nursing homes that have been difficult to verify.

Beginning in January 2015 CMS will initiate the following steps to improve the reliability and utility of data displayed on Nursing Home Compare as well as to help nursing homes improve:

  • Nationwide Focused Survey Inspections: In FY 2014 CMS piloted special surveys of nursing homes that focused on verifying performance on resident assessments and the data set that is used in the quality measures.  Effective January 2015, CMS and states will implement these focused survey inspections nationwide for a sample of nursing homes nationwide.  Expansion of these inspections will enable better verification of both the staffing and quality measure information that is part of the Five-Star Quality Rating System.
  • Payroll-Based Staffing Reporting: Using new funding provided by the IMPACT Act of 2014, signed by the President today, CMS will implement a system of quarterly electronic reporting that is auditable back to payrolls to verify staffing information.  This new system will increase accuracy, improve the timeliness of the data, and allow for the calculation of quality measures for staff turnover, retention, types of staffing, and levels of different types of staffing.  This data will not only allow for better information available to the public, but may equip nursing homes with better data by which to improve staffing and quality of care.  CMS expects that pilot testing will occur in fiscal year (FY) 2015, with nationwide reporting by all nursing homes by the end of FY2016.
  • Improved Scoring Methodology: CMS will revise the scoring methodology by which we calculate each facility’s Five Star rating. The revised scoring methods will place more emphasis on data that is verified by independent sources rather than data that is self-reported by nursing homes.
  • Timely and Complete Inspection Data: CMS will also strengthen requirements to ensure that states complete inspections of nursing homes in a timely and accurate manner, and maintain a user-friendly website for public viewing.
  • Additional Quality Measures: CMS will increase both the number and type of quality measures used in Nursing Home Compare.  The first additional measure starting January 2015 in the ratings system will be the extent to which anti-psychotic medications are in use. More measures will be added later, including data on re-hospitalization and rates of returning beneficiaries to home that use Medicare claims as the source of information.

Actions to Improve Quality Home Health Care Received by Medicare Beneficiaries

In conjunction with today’s efforts to improve the quality of care received by Medicare beneficiaries in nursing homes, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services today issued a proposed rule that strengthens patient rights, improves communication, and focuses on patient well-being. These rules are designed to improve the quality of home health services for Medicare beneficiaries.

These updates to home health agency conditions of participation (CoPs) make substantial revisions to the existing CoPs.  They focus on the care needs of patients and will clarify the operational and quality expectations for the approximately 12,500 home health agencies participating in Medicare. There are more than five million people with Medicare and Medicaid benefits who receive home health care services each year.

The proposed regulation, will include these proposed updates:

  • A clear explanation of patient rights, including a requirement to communicate with patients in a language and manner that they understand, and a requirement that home health agencies must take measures to assure and protect those rights.
  • An expanded comprehensive patient assessment requirement that focuses on all aspects of patient well-being.
  • An integrated communication system, increasingly enabled by health information technology, that ensures that patient needs are identified and addressed, care is coordinated among all disciplines, and that there is active, timely, needs-based communication between the home health agency and the physician.
  • A data-driven, agency-wide quality assessment and performance improvement program that continually evaluates and improves agency care for patients.
  • An expanded patient care coordination requirement that makes a licensed clinician responsible for all patient care services, such as coordinating referrals and assuring that plans of care meet each patient’s needs at all times.

Comments and feedback are requested to inform final rulemaking in 2015.

IMPACT Act

The President signed the Improving Medicare Post-Acute Care Transformation Act of 2014, bipartisan legislation that puts in place new and streamlined quality measures for nursing homes, home health agencies, and other post-acute care providers participating in Medicare.

The Act will facilitate patients comparing outcomes across different care settings, supporting better choices and better outcomes for patients. In addition, the IMPACT Act funds a key improvement to nursing home oversight, the collection of staffing data. Nursing and other staffing levels are closely correlated with quality in nursing homes and current data collection efforts have produced data of uneven reliability. The IMPACT Act also institutes more routine surveys of hospice providers, ensuring program standards are met for the benefit and safety of patients.

Source: Whitehouse.gov

Liv Ullmann, Colin Farrell, Kathleen Turner and More to Attend Opening Night of 50th Chicago International Film Festival

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Chicago Premiere of Liv Ullmann’s Torrid Adaptation Of August Strindberg Play “Miss Julie” Opens Festival October 9 at The Harris Theater

CHICAGO, IL –The 50th Chicago International Film Festival begins with a star-studded Opening Night on Oct. 9 when “Miss Julie” Director Liv

Ullmann, “Miss Julie” star Colin Farrell, Festival Jury Member Kathleen Turner, Festival Founder and Artistic Director Michael Kutza and “The Fugitive” Director Andrew Davis walk the red carpet.

The opening film, “Miss Julie,” directed by veteran actress and Ingmar Bergman collaborator Liv Ullmann, stars Golden Globe®-award winning actors Jessica Chastain, Samantha Morton and Colin Farrell. The opening celebration will be at the Harris Theater (205 E. Randolph Dr.). The red carpet event starts at 6 p.m.; the screening begins at 7 p.m. and is followed by a reception at the Chicago Cultural Center.

Based on August Strindberg’s 1888 groundbreaking naturalistic drama, “Miss Julie” takes place over the course of one midsummer night in an Irish country estate, as the haughty Miss Julie (Jessica Chastain) and her father’s lowly valet John (Colin Farrell) charm and manipulate each other. By turns seductive and bullying, savage and tender, their intimate relationship leads to a desperate plan, culminating in a final act as sublime and devastating as anything in Greek tragedy. Ullmann brings renewed vitality to August Strindberg’s classic play of power, class and seduction.

“Since her extraordinary directorial debut, ‘Sofie,’ in 1992, we have premiered each and every one of Liv’s directorial efforts,” said Chicago International Film Festival Founder and Artistic Director Michael Kutza. “We are honored to have her as well as Colin Farrell, attend our Opening Night celebration as we kick-off our 50th Anniversary celebration with this beautiful film.”

Honored at the 33rd Chicago International Film Festival with a Career Achievement Award, Liv Ullmann is, by far, the most internationally recognized, respected and famous Norwegian actress. She made her acting debut on the stage as Anne Frank at the regional theater Rogaland Teater in 1957. Ullmann has been nominated for an Academy Award® for Best Actress in a Leading Role twice (1973 and 1977), and has received more than 40 other awards and accolades. She was widely acclaimed for her roles in Ingmar Bergman’s films, which also opened the doors for her international career. Since her award-winning Swedish production “Sofie,” she has also directed “Kristin Lavransdatter” (1995); “Private Confessions” (1996), winner of the Chicago International Film Festival’s Silver Hugo for Best Actress; “Faithless” (2000); and the documentary “Lumière and Company” (1995).

Audiences will once again be able to see Farrell on the big screen when his epic performance in Oliver Stone’s “Alexander: Ultimate Edition” is presented as a part of the Festival on Sunday, October 12 at 7 p.m. (Oliver Stone will be in attendance). The film was originally released in 2004.

A special free public presentation of “The Fugitive,” directed by Andrew Davis—who attributes his career to the Chicago International Film Festival—will screen in Pioneer Court (401 N. Michigan Ave.) on Friday, October 10 at 6:30 p.m.

Opening Night Ticket Information
Tickets for Opening Night of the 50th Chicago International Film Festival are on sale now and can be purchased online at the Festival Store: www.chicagofilmfestival.com, by calling the Festival Hotline (312-332-3456), or in-person at the Festival Office (30 E. Adams, Suite 800). Film-only tickets are: Balcony: $50 ($45/members); Main Floor: $60 ($55/members). Cinema/Chicago members can use promo code OPEN50 and their current membership number for special rates. VIP tickets, which include a premium main floor seat and admission to the after party at Sidney Yates Gallery at The Chicago Cultural Center (77 E. Randolph St.), are priced at $150 per ticket. For ticketing information and Box Office hours, visit www.chicagofilmfestival.com

Other Festival screenings will be held at the AMC River East 21 Theater (322 E. Illinois St.). For Ticketing and Pass information, visit www.chicagofilmfestival.com

OPENING NIGHT PARTNERS
Opening Night of the 50th Chicago International Film Festival sponsors include: Lead Sponsor: Columbia College Chicago; Tourism Partner: Illinois Office of Tourism; Official Airline:  American Airlines; Headquarters Hotel: JW Marriott Chicago; Evening Partners: Bloomberg, Target; Event Partners: Casale del Giglio, Effen Vodka, Gibsons Restaurant Group, Lavazza, Michigan Avenue Magazine, RL Restaurant, Sound Investment AV, Stella Artois; Evening Patrons: Jeanne Randall Malkin, John and Jacolyn Bucksbaum, and Penelope R. and Robert M. Steiner.

FESTIVAL SPONSORS
Led by Tourism Partner Illinois Office of Tourism and Presenting Partners Columbia College Chicago, the 50th Chicago International Film Festival’s sponsors include Official Airline: American Airlines; Headquarters Hotel: JW Marriott Chicago; Major Partners: Intersites, Wintrust Community Banks; Participating Partners: AARP, Allstate, Bloomberg, Casale del Giglio, Cultivate Studios, Netrix, Stella Artois; Platinum Media Sponsors: NCM Media Networks, Ingage Media, JC Decaux, Michigan Avenue Magazine.

About Cinema/Chicago
Cinema/Chicago is a not-for-profit arts and education organization dedicated to encouraging better understanding between cultures and to making a positive contribution to the art form of the moving image. The Chicago International Film Festival is one of the year-round programs presented by Cinema/Chicago, which also include the Chicago International Film Festival Television Awards, CineYouth Festival, INTERCOM Competition, International Screenings Program, and Education Outreach Program. Celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, the Chicago International Film Festival is North America’s longest-running competitive film festival.

The Festival and its parent organization, Cinema/Chicago, were founded in 1964 by filmmaker and graphic artist Michael Kutza to showcase great international film, which was conspicuously absent from the city’s theaters, and to bring celebrated filmmakers from around the globe to Chicago. Over the past half century, as we have grown to become a world-renowned event and evolved to reflect the changing times, the Festival has remained dedicated to its founding vision: to discover new and rising talents in filmmaking and to bring the best in international cinema and the artists behind the work to Chicago audiences.  This year’s 50th anniversary Festival will feature a selection of “50th anniversary screenings,” featuring the work of returning filmmakers presenting past Festival films and/or personal favorites and important repertory films as well as new films by emerging and celebrated filmmakers alike.

The 50th Chicago International Film Festival runs October 9-23, 2014.

Michael S. Krzak to Speak at the ABA Aviation and Space Law Committee in the Nation’s Capital

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Michael S. Krzak, partner at Clifford Law Offices, has been invited as a faculty member to the annual American Bar Association (ABA) program, “A Global View: What’s New in Aviation and Space Law – Litigation in the U.S. and Abroad.”

Sponsored by the ABA Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section and the Aviation and Space Law Committee, the annual fall program includes a line up of speakers from around the country who concentrate their practice in aviation litigation.

Krzak has worked on the many aviation crash cases at the firm including the consolidated cases of 19 individuals who were victims of the crash at Schipol Airport in Amsterdam, five families who were killed in the crash at the Lexington, Kentucky airport, and five families who lost loved ones in the crash of an airliner near Buffalo, New York.

Michael G. McQuillen of Adler Murphy & McQuillen LLP of Chicago who represents defendants in air crash cases, also has been invited to speak on “Emerging Technology in Aviation and Legal Implications.”  Krzak will be discussing the issue of mock trials and other jury research tools and what type works best for one’s case and budget.

The two-day conference will be held in Washington, D.C., Oct. 23-24 at the Ritz Carlton Hotel.  To register or to find out more information on this program, call 312-988-5850 or visit the American Bar Association website.  On site registration is accepted.

For further information, contact Clifford Law Offices’ Communications Partner Pamela Sakowicz Menaker at 847-721-0909.
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NAACP Statement on Voting Rights Victory in North Carolina

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Baltimore, MD — The NAACP commends the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeal’s decision to reverse—in part—the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina’s order, which denied a preliminary injunction in the case, NAACP v. McCroy.  The NAACP, along with other civil rights organizations, sued the State after they passed sweeping legislation with the potential to disenfranchise tens of thousands of North Carolinians. With the Fourth Circuit’s ruling, North Carolina residents can once again participate in same-day registration and have their ballots counted in the event they inadvertently vote in an incorrect precinct.

Despite this victory, however, we remain concerned that the Court’s decision to uphold some of the more egregious portions of the law, including eliminating a week of early voting and expanding voter challenges will continue to disproportionately affect the democratic process for  communities of color, students, and elderly North Carolinians.

Cornell William Brooks, NAACP President and CEO:
“The decision in the Fourth Circuit concerning the state of North Carolina’s attempt to thwart democracy for tens of thousands of North Carolinians is merely one battle won in the long march for unrestrained access to the ballot box for the citizens of North Carolina.  The NAACP will continue the fight against the disenfranchisement of our most vulnerable voters in North Carolina and throughout the United States. Our courts will continue to be an indispensable weapon of our arsenal in this battle for the most beloved of our Democratic freedoms, our voting rights. Rev. William J. Barber, III, the North Carolina State Conference, and our attorneys are to be commended for waging this battle for so long so well.”

Rev. Dr. William J. Barber, II, President, North Carolina State Conference:
“The Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals’ decision is a victory for voting rights in North Carolina.  Our efforts are directed toward maximizing the participation of people of color, the young and the old and to restore North Carolina as a leading force in promoting full political participation by its citizens.”

Marshall W. Taylor, NAACP Interim General Counsel:
“This is a victory for our North Carolina State Conference and the citizens of North Carolina.  We will continue to work with the North Carolina State Conference to ensure that all people are able to exercise their fundamental right to vote—the right upon which all other rights rest.”

The Office of the State Fire Marshal Joins National Efforts to Promote Fire Prevention

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“Working Smoke Alarms Save Lives: Test Yours Every Month”

SPRINGFIELD, IL – The Office of the State Fire Marshal (OSFM) echoes the initiatives of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) as National Fire Prevention Week kicks off today. This year’s emphasis is on the importance of having working smoke alarms installed in every home, school, business or other public facilities. This year’s theme “Working Smoke Alarms Save Lives: Test Yours Every Month” reminds the public that having smoke alarms can prevent personal injuries and human losses.

“A fire can break out at any time. I urge Illinois residents to have smoke alarms installed and test them every month,” said State Fire Marshal Larry Matkaitis. During this week families should take a few minutes to inspect smoke alarms and replace batteries immediately as a measure to prevent fire tragedies.”

NFPA implemented the national fire prevention week more than 90 years ago in an effort to engage the public in proactive activities destined to put in practice basic fire safety measures. During October 5 – 11, 2014 families should practice fire escape plans, teach children to identify the sound of the smoke alarms and act immediately upon its sound. Smoke alarms are proven to make a difference between life and death if they are properly functioning.

According to NFPA, having a working smoke alarm in the home cuts the risk of dying in a fire in half. On average each year, three out of five home fires deaths are a result in fires where there were no smoke alarms present or non working smoke alarms.

OSFM recommends:

  • Installing smoke alarms inside every bedroom, outside each sleeping area and on every level of the home, including the basement.
  • Testing all smoke alarms every month by using the test button.
  • Replacing all smoke alarms every 10 years or sooner if they don’t respond properly when tested.
  • Designate two escape routes from each bedroom and practice them regularly.
  • Change the batteries in every smoke alarm at least twice ayear.
  • Teach everyone the “Stop, Drop, and Roll” technique in case clothing catches on fire.
  • Avoid storing old mattresses in the home or garage.
  • Teach kids that matches, lighters and candles are tools, not toys. Store them in a safe place away from the reach of children.

For more information on fire prevention and the use of smoke alarms please visit www.sfm.illinois.gov or www.fpw.org.

Dr. Raye Mitchell Honored With Lizzy Glide Woman of Vision Award

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Recognized for Work and Contributions to Keeping Women Safe
From Domestic Violence and Homelessness
SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA, CA: The Mary Elizabeth Inn (MEI), a longstanding San Francisco-based women’s community organization,has chosen Dr. Raye Mitchell to receive its prestigious centennial Lizzie Glide Woman of Vision Award in recognition for her endless work and contributions to supporting women and girls and keeping them safe from domestic violence and homelessness. MEI will bestow the high honor to Dr. Mitchell, an award winning humanitarian and Harvard Law School graduate-turned-social entrepreneur, during an affair on Friday, October 3, 2014 at San Francisco’s Mark Hopkins Hotel.
Dr. Raye MItchell
MEI will celebrate its centennial anniversary and founding by  Mrs. Lizzie SnyderGlide,  a turn  of the century philanthropist who established the “safe house” to assist courageous women escaping homelessness as they struggle to reset their lives disrupted by domestic violence.

At the centennial gala, Dr. Mitchell will announce the details of her pledge to donate some of the proceeds from her upcoming book entitled, How to get to the C-Suite. The Millennial Woman’s Guide to Presence, Persistence and Power to MEI. In addition, Dr. Mitchell is launching The C-Suite Projectâ„¢, a leadership-training project preparing women of diverse backgrounds to get to the “C-suite.”  The C-Suite Project is about a woman’s ability to be competitive, confident, competent, and contributing as the architect in charge of her own future.

As a leading philanthropist and speaker on preparing women to lean in and lead forward, Dr. Mitchell believes that every woman deserves the right to dream big and direct all available efforts and resources to the accomplishment of that dream.  She will make available full scholarships to some of the residents at MEI to participate in the “C-suite” program.

Dr. Mitchell said, “I am deeply touched by this honor as I am dedicated to working with women and girls to help them excel personally and professionally.” She continued, “The women of MEI truly are courageous, confident champions. October is domestic violence awareness month and this event reminds us of the need to continue to support efforts to get and keep women and girls safe. The Board of Directors, Executive Director Dion Roberts, and the staff of MEI are to be commended for their tireless works in helping women thrive.”

The evening will include keynote speaker Ben Atherton-Zeman, a spokesperson for the National Organization for Men Against Sexism  and public speaker on issues of violence prevention; honoree Dr. Raye Mitchell, recipient of the Lizzie Glide Woman of Vision Award; and the evening’s emcee, Andrea Shorter, Commissioner of the Commission on the Status of Women.

About Dr. Raye Mitchell:

Dr. Mitchell is an award winning humanitarian honored with the prestigious Jefferson Award, the Nobel Prize for Community and Public Service, for her work with empowering women. Dr. Mitchell retired from the practice of law and turned social entrepreneur and entertainment producer to help create sustainable change for women and girls to become global leaders. In 2007 she founded the award winning New Reality Foundation, Inc. as a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization supporting women and girls.

The on-going programs of New Reality Foundation include the G.U.R.L.S[1] Global Leadership Program and The M.B.A[2] Series, founded in conjunction with Dr. Mitchell’s Harvard classmate Hill Harper, NY Times bestselling author and founder of Manifest Your Destiny Foundation.  Dr. Mitchell is a published author and highly sought after public speaker. She has been interviewed by national and local media and press on innovation and empowering women and girls and domestic violence. Dr. Mitchell works with corporate leaders, corporate social responsibility teams and non-profits to lead and implement leadership initiatives supporting women and girls through employee and consumer engagement.

Learn more about Dr. Mitchell at drrayemitchell.com, facebook.com/drrayemitchell or follow on Twitter @drrayemitchell.

About Mary Elizabeth Inn:

Founded in 1914 by Mrs. Lizzie Snyder Glide (who also built San Francisco’s Glide Memorial United Methodist Church), Mary Elizabeth Inn is a non-profit organization with a century-long tradition of providing safe housing and supportive services to women in the community who are in need.  For more information: Mary Elizabeth Inn | 1040 Bush Street San Francisco, CA  94109 | 415.673.6768 | www.meinn.org

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Welcome to CopyLine Magazine! The first issue of CopyLine Magazine was published in November, 1990, by Editor & Publisher Juanita Bratcher. CopyLine’s main focus is on the political arena – to inform our readers and analyze many of the pressing issues of the day - controversial or otherwise. Our objectives are clear – to keep you abreast of political happenings and maneuvering in the political arena, by reporting and providing provocative commentaries on various issues. For more about CopyLine Magazine, CopyLine Blog, and CopyLine Television/Video, please visit juanitabratcher.com, copylinemagazine.com, and oneononetelevision.com. Bratcher has been a News/Reporter, Author, Publisher, and Journalist for 33 years. She is the author of six books, including “Harold: The Making of a Big City Mayor” (Harold Washington), Chicago’s first African-American mayor; and “Beyond the Boardroom: Empowering a New Generation of Leaders,” about John Herman Stroger, Jr., the first African-American elected President of the Cook County Board. Bratcher is also a Poet/Songwriter, with 17 records – produced by HillTop Records of Hollywood, California. Juanita Bratcher Publisher

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