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Archive for October 16th, 2014

Rise of Chicago’s African American Political Power and Activism to be Topic of Oct. 23 Lecture at Roosevelt University

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Jeff Helgeson, author of Crucibles of Black Empowerment: Chicago’s Neighborhood Politics from the New Deal to Harold Washington, will lecture on the topic at 5 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 23 in Roosevelt University’s 10th floor library, 430 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago.

The former director of the Chicago Center for Working Class Studies’ Labor Trail project and assistant professor of history at Texas State University, Helgeson will discuss the unique political culture of African Americans in Chicago, a place that he calls both the “capital of black America” and “one of the most segregated and unequal places in the nation.”

As the final lecturer for this fall in Roosevelt’s St. Clair Drake Lecture Series, Helgeson is expected to focus in part on the role that Roosevelt University played in shaping Chicago’s black nationalist movement, which is included in his new book that was just released.

“Jeff Helgeson’s latest book on the empowering of Chicago’s African Americans since the 1930s is groundbreaking scholarship. We look forward to welcoming him to Roosevelt where black nationalism began developing, along with the University itself, during the 1940s,” said Erik Gellman, associate professor of history at Roosevelt and organizer of the event.

Made possible with generous financial support from Rose and Robert Johnson (BA, ’58), the lecture is free and open to the public.

For more information on the event or Roosevelt’s St. Clair Drake Center for African and African American Studies, contact Erik Gellman at egellman@roosevelt.edu or 312-322-7138.

Unprecedented Gathering of Martin Luther King’s Lawyers

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King lawyers and leading scholars to offer insights on civil rights icon at daylong symposium


• Focus on King’s activism during Chicago Freedom Movement

• Lawyers who represented King in nearly every one of his major movements gather for first time
• Leading Northwestern professors and other leading scholars share scholarship on King and his lawyers

• King’s activism in Chicago included in the conversations

CHICAGO, IL – Get an unprecedented perspective on Martin Luther King Jr. at a daylong symposium at Northwestern University School of Law that will bring together scholars as well as attorneys who represented the civil rights leader during major phases of his activism.

King’s activism in Chicago will be among the topics of the conversations with attorneys.

Sponsored by the School of Law’s Journal of Law and Social Policy (JLSP), “Martin Luther King’s Lawyers: From Montgomery to the March on Washington to Memphis” will be held from 8:45 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, Oct. 31, in Thorne Auditorium, 375 E. Chicago Ave., in Chicago.

Free and open to the public, the event is JLSP’s 8th annual symposium.

The King attorneys who will be featured in the conversations include Clarence B. Jones, first Diversity Visiting Professor at the University of San Francisco and contributing writer to the “I Have a Dream” speech; Northwestern Law alumnus Judge Horace Ward, who represented King in a case against Georgia authorities; and W.J. Michael Cody, of Burch, Porter & Johnson, one of King’s Memphis attorneys.

The symposium also will feature Gil Cornfield and Gil Feldman, who partnered with King to combat housing discrimination during the Chicago Freedom Movement (1965 to 1966).

“This symposium is truly exceptional, as these individuals who represented Dr. King in nearly every one of his major movements have never before gathered together to discuss their experiences,” said Kimberly Seymour, JLSP symposium chair and a JD-LLM program student.

Clayborne Carson, Martin Luther King Jr. Centennial Professor of History, and Ronnie Lott, founding director of The Martin Luther King Jr. Research and Education Institute at Stanford University, will give remarks about King’s lawyers.

Aldon Morris, the Leon Forrest Professor of Sociology and  African American Studies at Northwestern, will give an overview of King’s career. Darlene Clark Hine, Board of Trustees Professor of African American Studies and professor of history at Northwestern, will participate in a conversation about Fred Gray, King’s first attorney and Rosa Parks’ lawyer; that discussion also will include Northwestern Law alumnus Jonathan Entin, associate dean for academic affairs, the David L. Brennan Professor of Law and professor of political science at Case Western Reserve Law School.

Len Rubinowitz, professor of law at Northwestern and faculty advisor to the JLSP, has been working on an article about King’s lawyers over the last year and proposed the topic for the annual symposium.

“The editors got excited about the idea, and Kimberly and others have worked extremely hard to make it happen,” Rubinowitz said. “The symposium will lead to an issue of the journal that will include a transcript of the symposium and my article on King’s lawyers.”

*This program has been approved for the following credit hours of CLE:  5 general credit hours.

NORTHWESTERN NEWS: http://www.northwestern.edu/newscenter/

Success Strategies for Schools to Sell Healthier Food and Maintain Revenues

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New resources highlight schools across the country that changed the way students are eating in school


The Illinois Public Health Institute announces the release of tip sheets based on key findings from research showing that schools can eliminate junk food in cafeterias, vending and other school venues without losing money. The series of five tip sheets highlight strategies for schools to market and sell healthier foods and beverages to middle and high school students.

This information will support districts and schools across the country as they implement the United States Department of Agriculture’s  Smarts Snacks in School nutrition standards.  The tip sheets build on a 2013 report - Controlling Junk Food and the Bottom Line - a compilation of case studies from eight school districts across the country that improved nutrition standards for their snack food and beverages, known as “competitive foods,” without significant negative financial impact. Strategies such as adding sandwich bars and salad bars, placing fruits next to the cash register instead of cookies, encouraging more students to purchase meals through the National School Lunch Program, decorating school cafeterias with colorful posters of fruits and vegetables, and engaging students in decision-making are highlighted as low-cost ways that schools can promote and support students’ healthy choices.

“More and more schools across the country are seeing for themselves that it is possible to sell healthy foods and maintain revenues. These new tip sheets will help school districts to market and prepare healthier foods and snacks that are pleasing to students, in keeping with Smart Snacks standards that districts are implementing this year,” said Elissa Bassler, CEO of the Illinois Public Health Institute.

Topics in the tip sheets are:

  • Finances: Strategies to Maintain Revenues with Healthier Competitive Foods Standards
  • Creating and Implementing Policies for Healthier Competitive Foods Standards
  • Improving Access to Healthy Foods and Beverages Through Healthier Competitive Foods Standards
  • Student Education and Engagement to Support Healthier Competitive Foods Standards
  • Improving Cafeteria Strategies to Support Healthier Competitive Foods Standards

“By working together with students, families and our community, we can support more healthy food choices in our schools,”  said Alison Burdick, principal at Bennie Dover Jackson Middle School in New London, Connecticut, “It’s about understanding what kids like to eat, always seeking new ways to give kids opportunities to eat healthy, educating the cafeteria staff, changing how they’re interacting with the students, and an intentional look at menu choices so that the kids are never bored and there’s always something new.”

The tip sheets highlight easy, can-do strategies that food service directors, principals, PTAs and PTOs, and students can implement to improve the offerings in cafeterias and vending across school grounds. Promoting healthier choices, nutrition awareness and education, and improvements in school meals are all necessary to create a healthier school climate where students are served and consume appealing healthy food.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), obesity has more than doubled in children and quadrupled in adolescents in the past 30 years.  The percentage of adolescents aged 12-19 years who were obese increased from 5 percent in 1980 to nearly 21 percent in 2012. In 2012, more than one third of children and adolescents in the United States were overweight or obese.

Responding to these high rates of childhood obesity, the Illinois Public Health Institute embarked on a study to learn how school districts are successfully retaining their bottom line on profits while improving the nutrition of foods served and sold to students.

Thirty-one principals, food service directors, and staff from eight districts across the country contributed their experiences and insights to the study. The school districts are located in Alabama, Connecticut, Florida, Massachusetts, Mississippi, North Dakota, and Oregon. Key themes from the study provide helpful guidance for other districts that are implementing healthier standards for snack and á la carte foods:

  • Profits dipped initially but rebounded with time. Most districts reported that revenues from competitive foods rebounded substantially in two years or less.
  • Increasing participation in the school meal program was a key element of maintaining profits across all food service accounts, offsetting lost snack food profits. Thus, many of the strategies for success with transitioning to healthier school snacks are actually related to improving or promoting the school meals.
  • Most schools implemented changes incrementally. While changes were implemented over a two- to three-year period, schools that will be newly implementing standards through the Smart Snacks in School program can use many of the effective roll-out strategies to make the transition as smooth as possible.
  • Engaging multiple stakeholders to implement a variety of strategies was important to successfully transitioning to healthier products.
  • Doing the right thing” with regard to student nutrition was more important than profit among the schools in the study, according to food service directors and school administrators.

On November 14, 12pm-1:30pm CST, the Illinois Public Health Institute will host a webinar for schools, nutritionists, public health professionals, and other interested individuals about the strategies in the tip sheets. The webinar will feature presenters from CDC and participating school districts.   Register here:  http://iphionline.org/register_for_smart_snacks_webinar/

AARP and UnitedHealthcare Launch “The Longevity Network” to Encourage Health Care Innovation and Help Investors Capitalize on the $30 Billion 50+ Market

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* Creates digital hub to facilitate collaboration and drive health and well-being innovation

* Potential innovations will focus on medication management, aging with vitality and vital-sign monitoring

* Effort builds on previous collaborations by the two organizations to help promote innovation and meet the health care needs of people 50 and older

SAN MATEO, Calif.  – AARP and UnitedHealthcare, two of the leading organizations in senior advocacy and health care, today announced the launch of “The Longevity Network” to promote innovations in health care that will improve the quality of people’s lives as they age.

The two organizations unveiled the digital platform, www.longevitynetwork.org<http://www.longevitynetwork.org>, at the 2014 HealthTech Conference<http://www.healthtechconference.com/> in San Mateo. The platform is a central hub where entrepreneurs, advocates and consumers can share information and access ideas, press and other media, social feeds and event invitations about health care innovation for the 50+ community.

Breakthrough technologies, innovative services and disruptive business models are expected to represent $30 billion in cumulative revenue over the next five years and benefit more than 100 million people 50 and older, according to a study from health research firm Parks Associates.

“The Longevity Network will help foster innovations across the consumer and health care landscape that will improve the health and well-being of the 50+ population,” said Tom Paul, chief consumer officer, UnitedHealthcare. “AARP and UnitedHealthcare have a long history of partnering on health care initiatives. We created the Longevity Network to encourage entrepreneurs and consumers to develop meaningful innovations that address the 50+ market.”

“The Longevity Network seeks to publicize and develop the extraordinary business potential in serving the 50+ community with health care innovation,” said Jody Holtzman, senior vice president of thought leadership, AARP. “Health innovation frontiers represent a vast and under-addressed market opportunity. The Longevity Network can harness market participants to help drive the innovation we all need.”

The Longevity Network inverts the common assumption that the senior demographic is a drag on the economy due to growing health care costs and highlights the enormous power of aging consumers to drive the economy. In fact, the economic power of people 50 and older dwarfs that of Millennials and Generation X. More than 106 million comprise the 50+ demographic that is responsible for at least $7.1 trillion in annual economic activity – a figure that is expected to reach well over $13.5 trillion in real terms by 2032, according to a study from Oxford Economics.

How the Longevity Network works
AARP and UnitedHealthcare have focused on nine innovation “frontiers” that offer a framework for distinct innovation pipelines so entrepreneurs can focus their attention on these high-need areas. The nine frontiers are: medication management; aging with vitality; vital-sign monitoring; care navigation; emergency detection and response; physical fitness; diet and nutrition; social engagement; and behavioral and emotional health.

The Longevity Network will promote innovation by focusing entrepreneurial attention on these large, high-growth market spaces. The goal is to drive a national dialogue about the longevity economy and ensure everyone driving innovation in this country is asking themselves, “What is our 50+ strategy?”

The Longevity Network will include focused research, success stories and discussion groups, and will regularly publicize significant achievements in this area and the best innovations in each of the nine frontiers. The innovations will be evaluated for recognition based on their potential impact, marketplace viability, business model, originality, quality of design, and consumer appeal.

To better serve the 38 million people AARP represents, and the nearly one in five Medicare beneficiaries nationally who are UnitedHealthcare members, the two organizations have collaborated on a variety of important health initiatives over the past 25 years, while supporting health innovations that benefit seniors and all consumers.

Since 2008, AARP and UnitedHealthcare have worked together to foster innovations that benefit consumers 50 and older, including efforts related to health literacy, mobile health and condition management programs. Earlier this year, AARP launched an investment fund to support start-up businesses, including efforts focused on health care. In addition, AARP, with support from UnitedHealthcare, is conducting a series of “LivePitch” events to identify and promote entrepreneurs who are developing health care products and services for the 50+ community. These events, which have been held for the past three years, have attracted more than 400 applications and helped companies raise approximately $47 million in venture capital – funding that was unaffiliated with either AARP or UnitedHealthcare.
About AARP
AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization, with a membership of nearly 38 million, that helps people turn their goals and dreams into real possibilities, strengthens communities and fights for the issues that matter most to families such as healthcare, employment and income security, retirement planning, affordable utilities and protection from financial abuse. We advocate for individuals in the marketplace by selecting products and services of high quality and value to carry the AARP name as well as help our members obtain discounts on a wide range of products, travel, and services. A trusted source for lifestyle tips, news and educational information, AARP produces AARP The Magazine, the world’s largest circulation magazine; AARP Bulletin; www.aarp.org; AARP TV & Radio; AARP Books; and AARP en Español, a Spanish-language website addressing the interests and needs of Hispanics. AARP does not endorse candidates for public office or make contributions to political campaigns or candidates. The AARP Foundation is an affiliated charity that provides security, protection, and empowerment to older persons in need with support from thousands of volunteers, donors, and sponsors. AARP has staffed offices in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Learn more at www.aarp.org.

About UnitedHealthcare
UnitedHealthcare<http://www.uhc.com/> is dedicated to helping people nationwide live healthier lives by simplifying the health care experience, meeting consumer health and wellness needs, and sustaining trusted relationships with care providers. The company offers the full spectrum of health benefit programs for individuals<http://www.uhc.com/individuals_families.htm>, employers<http://www.uhc.com/employers.htm> and Medicare<http://uhcmedicaresolutions.com/> and Medicaid<http://www.uhccommunityplan.com/> beneficiaries, and contracts directly with more than 800,000 physicians and care professionals, and 6,000 hospitals and other care facilities nationwide. Globally, UnitedHealthcare serves more than 45 million people in health benefits and is one of the businesses of UnitedHealth Group<http://www.unitedhealthgroup.com/> (NYSE: UNH), a diversified Fortune 50 health and well-being company.

Technology Company to Expand Global Headquarters in Illinois

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Saggezza Inc. to Add 50 Jobs, Invest $5 Million in Chicago Global Headquarters


CHICAGO, IL – Governor Pat Quinn’s Administration today announced the expansion of Saggezza Inc.—a Chicago-based technology solutions company. Saggezza will invest $5 million to expand its global headquarters at 200 W. Madison St. in Chicago. The investment will allow the eight-year-old company to expand its space by 13,500 square feet and hire 50 new employees.

“Illinois’ strong, technology-driven business culture is leading our economic comeback,” Governor Quinn said. “Companies like Saggezza know there is no better place to grow their business. By expanding in Illinois, Saggezza further solidifies Illinois as a leader in technological innovation.”

“Saggezza has enjoyed significant growth in the last year and we are thrilled to expand our operations in the State of Illinois,” Saggezza COO Socka Suppiah said. “The state offers access to excellent software skills and connectivity that enables Saggezza to support our customers globally. We look forward to providing our customers with insightful solutions to shape the future of their business.”

Saggezza’s services range from software-based custom digital solutions to systems integration that help clients analyze and use their customer data. The firm serves a diverse group of industries including healthcare, education and retail, with some customers in the Fortune 500. It currently employs 124 people in the U.S., including 106 people at its headquarters in Illinois.

Saggezza’s growth plans make it eligible for a tax credit under the state Economic Development for a Growing Economy, or EDGE program. Administered by the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO), the credit against the company’s state income tax liability is worth an estimated $1.8 million over 10 years. To receive the credit, Saggezza must create 50 jobs in Chicago during the next two years, retain its total of existing jobs there and spend at least $5 million on its expansion.

The company considered relocating to Wisconsin. EDGE credits are available only to companies that show a viable option for investing in another state.

“We are excited to help Saggezza expand its corporate headquarters,” Director of DCEO Adam Pollet said. “The company’s expansion will allow it to take advantage of Chicago’s thriving technology marketplace and through its job creation, drive the Illinois economy forward.”

DCEO also will provide Saggezza a $32,500 job training investment that will help the company stay competitive as new technologies emerge.

Saggezza has offices in California as well as in Europe and Asia Pacific. It recently hosted the National Retail Federation Retail Technology Leadership Summit in Palos Verdes, CA and participated last June at Chicago’s most recent Techweek.

Illinois Department of Public Health Director Announces Plans for an Ebola Hotline

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SPRINGFIELD, IL – Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) Director Dr. LaMar Hasbrouck today is announcing plans to stand up a hotline later this week to answer questions the public may have about Ebola.

“Although, to date, there have been no persons in Illinois under investigation for suspected Ebola that has warranted testing, we understand there is concern and people have many questions.  IDPH will be setting up a hotline to help provide answers to questions the public may have, including who may be infected with Ebola, how is it spread and what can I do to avoid it.

“After this morning’s announcement of a second health care worker at a Texas hospital who provided care for the first U.S. Ebola victim preliminarily tested positive for Ebola, I would like to reassure Illinoisans that IDPH continues to work closely with hospitals and local health departments to provide guidance to quickly identify any potential cases of Ebola and contain any possible spread.

“The situation in Texas is being investigated to determine how the transmission of Ebola occurred.  Information learned by hospital, state and federal officials will be used to inform our efforts in Illinois to help prevent a similar situation here.

“We will continue to communicate with the public and will report any suspected or confirmed Ebola case in Illinois.”

For the most up to date information on the Ebola virus, visit: http://www.idph.state.il.us/ebola/index.htm.

Music Institute Offers Enrichment, Concerts Culminating in 5th Annual Jazz Festival Salute to Charlie Parker

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The Music Institute of Chicago offers classes and events for jazz aficionados and enthusiasts leading up to its fifth annual jazz festival on November 7 and 8, which celebrates the music of Charlie “Bird” Parker.

As part of its new adult enrichment program, the Music Institute offers two classes:

Evolution of Jazz in America
A guided tour through the blues, ragtime, Dixieland, swing and bebop with Paul Hefner
From Congo Square in New Orleans, a new music flowed through the Mississippi Delta, eventually spreading across the country from coast to coast. An American original, jazz music took the 20th century by storm. Take a whirlwind trip through the 1900s and learn more about how jazz developed and influenced this nation and the world.
Tuesday, October 14, 7–8:15 p.m., Lake Forest Campus, 40 E. Old Mill Rd.
Wednesday, October 15, 7–8:15 p.m., Winnetka Campus, 300 Green Bay Rd.
Thursday, October 16, 7–8:15 p.m., Evanston Campus, 1702 Sherman Ave.

Kansas City Lightning
A survey of the musical genius of Charlie Parker with Music Institute President and CEO Dr. Mark George
Charlie Parker emerged from the rough and tumble environment of Kansas City to become one of the most influential musicians of the 20th century. Parker technically mastered the alto saxophone, developed a uniquely hard and punctuated tone, and expanded the harmonic language of jazz improvisation in ways that would forever influence the art form.
Tuesday, October 21, 7–8:15 p.m., Lake Forest Campus, 40 E. Old Mill Rd.
Thursday, October 23, 7–8:15 p.m., Winnetka Campus, 300 Green Bay Rd.

A class punch card may be purchased in advance or at the door: $75 for a 3-punch card or $100 for a 10-punch card.  A complete listing of classes and schedule is available at musicinst.org/adult-enrichment.

Free lunchtime concert
After a successful debut year at its new downtown Evanston campus, the Music Institute continues its free faculty lunchtime concert series this season with monthly performances in the black box theater at 1702 Sherman Avenue.  The concert on October 22 at 12:15 p.m. features a taste of the upcoming jazz festival with performances by Music Institute jazz faculty, including Victor Garcia, trumpet; Music Institute Director of Jazz Studies Audrey Morrison, trombone; Jeremy Kahn, piano; Stewart Miller, bass; and Ernie Adams, drums.

Jazz Festival Saluting Charlie Parker
The Music Institute’s annual jazz festival, this year saluting Charlie Parker, includes:

• Friday, November 7, 7:30 p.m.: Bird with Strings
The festival opens with a rare performance of music from the legendary Bird with Strings recordings, with jazz veteran Charles McPherson as saxophone soloist and Music Institute Artist in Residence Tammy McCann singing “Easy Living” and “I Thought About You.” Also on the program is a newly commissioned work for jazz quartet and strings by Northwestern University Director of Jazz Studies Victor Goines.

• Saturday, November 8, 4 p.m.: Lecture and Book-Signing
The festival continues with a lecture by acclaimed cultural critic and author Stanley Crouch, who discusses his recent book Kansas City Lightning: The Rise and Times of Charlie Parker. Richard Steele serves as moderator.

• Saturday, November 8, 7:30 p.m.: Bebop Extravaganza
The closing concert features Charles McPherson on saxophone and the Music Institute jazz faculty quintet, with Victor Garcia on trumpet, Jeremy Kahn on piano, Stewart Miller on bass, Ernie Adams on drums, and Music Institute Director of Jazz Studies Audrey Morrison on trombone performing Charlie Parker classics, such as “Confirmation,” “Moose the Mooch,” and “Ornithology.”

• A Jazz Invitational Saturday, November 8 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. features high school student jazz ensembles performing and receiving coaching from Music Institute jazz faculty. Participating high schools to date include Chicago High School for the Arts (ChiArts), Glenbrook South, and Pritzker College Prep. A master class with Charles McPherson follows at 3 p.m.

The Music Institute of Chicago’s jazz festival is sponsored by the Howard and Ursula Dubin Foundation. WDCB is the official media sponsor with additional support from Chicago Jazz Magazine.

Music Institute of Chicago
The Music Institute of Chicago is a community music school dedicated to transforming lives through music education. The institution exists to lead everyone in its community toward a lifelong engagement with music. Founded in 1931, the Music Institute has grown to become one of the three largest and most respected community music schools in the nation. Offering musical excellence built on the strength of its distinguished faculty, commitment to quality, and breadth of programs and services, the Music Institute is a member of the National Guild for Community Arts Education and accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Pre-collegiate Arts Schools (ACCPAS). Each year, the Music Institute’s teachers and arts therapists reach thousands of students and clients of all ages and levels of experience. Music Institute locations include Chicago, Evanston, Winnetka, Lincolnshire, Lake Forest, and Downers Grove. In addition, the Music Institute is proud of its longstanding partnership with the Chicago Public Schools through its Arts Link program. The Music Institute offers lessons and classes, creative arts therapy, and concerts through its Community School, Academy, Institute for Therapy through the Arts (ITA), and Nichols Concert Hall.

The Music Institute of Chicago’s jazz festival saluting Charlie Parker takes place November 7 and 8 at Nichols Concert Hall, 1490 Chicago Avenue in Evanston. Tickets are $30 for adults, $20 for seniors and $10 for students; more information and tickets are available at musicinst.org/charlie-parker-jazz-festival or 800-838-3006.

For more information, visit musicinst.org.

Historic Metropolitan A.M.E. Church and the Daniel Payne Community Development Corporation Host 4th Annual Moneywise Financial Empowerment Summit

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Speakers include Kelvin Boston, George Fraser, Denise Rolark Barnes, Andy Shallal

Washington, D.C.-Metropolitan A.M.E. Church and The Daniel Alexander Payne Community Development Corporation team up for the fourth consecutive year with PBS-TV’s popular multi-cultural personal finance television series, Moneywise with Kelvin Boston, to present the Annual Moneywise Financial Empowerment Weekend Summit. This free community event will be held at the 176-year old Metropolitan at 1518 M Street, NW, in downtown Washington, D.C.

The weekend kicks off on Friday, October 31st with an Interfaith Community Financial Forum from 6:00pm to 9:00pm. The forum will be moderated by Washington Informer Publisher Denise Rolark Barnes, and features Andy Shallal, social justice advocate and owner of Busboys and Poets restaurants; Rev. Jonathan Weaver, Senior Pastor of Greater Mt. Nebo A.M.E. Church in Bowie, MD and National Chair of The Collective Empowerment Group; and Rev. Willie Wilson, Senior Pastor, Union Temple Baptist Church in Washington, D.C. The Friday night Interfaith Financial Forum is Live Webcast at www.metropolitanamec.org and www.dapcdc.org.

The 4th Annual Moneywise Summit will convene on Saturday, November 1st, from 9:00am to 3:30pm, with an opening presentation by Kelvin Boston, Host of the long-running Moneywise with Kelvin Boston personal finance series; a dynamic address by Maggie Anderson, Author of Our Black Year: Our Family’s Quest to Buy Black in America’s Racially Divided Economy and Founder of The Empowerment Experiment; and a keynote by award-winning speaker, power networking expert and Founder and CEO of Frasernet, George Fraser, author of Success Runs in Our Race and Mission and Unstoppable: Extraordinary Stories of Failure’s Blessings.

The Summit will also include two information-packed panels of financial experts, the vocal stylings of national gospel recording artist Doreen Vail, and a special tribute to the late Lasana Mack, former DC Treasurer and co-founder of APPEAL, Inc. and a presentation by APPEAL, Inc.’s new Executive Director, Dr. Kelechi Egwim and APPEAL board member and Founder of the IKG Cultural Resource Center, Anthony “Tony” Browder.
The church’s Frederick Douglass Social Hall will open at the end of the Summit for networking, book signings, exhibits, voter registration, and refreshments.

For more general information, contact the Metropolitan A.M.E. Church office at 202-331-1426. Participants may REGISTER at www.moneywise2014.eventbrite.com. For logistics, sponsorship and other information, contact Moneywise event Co-Chairs, Maurita Coley Flippin, 202-973-4314, mauritacoley@gmail.com; Terry Johnson, Riparian Broadcasting, 301-461-1112, tajohnson@ibroadcasts.tv; or DAPCDC Treasurer, Charles Breece, Esq., breecedw1@verizon.net.

Contributions to the Daniel Alexander Payne Community Development Corporation or to Metropolitan AME Church to support this and other community-wide events are accepted online at any time at http://www.dapcdc.org/fundraisers.html o http://metropolitanamec.org. DAPCDC’s Combined Federal Campaign Number is: CFC#90648.

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About the Moneywise Summit
The Moneywise Financial Empowerment Summit (http://www.moneywise.tv/empowerment-tour/), considered one of the premiere African American faith-based asset-building tours in America, is the official outreach program of the Moneywise with Kelvin Boston PBS television series. The Moneywise tour has traveled throughout the United States, Europe, Japan and the Middle-East serving more than 40,000 Americans since 2006.

In DC, since 2011, the Moneywise Financial Empowerment Summit has been hosted by the historic Metropolitan A.M.E. Church (www.metropolitanamec.org) and the Daniel Alexander Payne Community Development Corporation (www.dapcdc.org) and has attracted over 1000 attendees. The tour helps attendees take control of their financial futures, increase their assets, stabilize their communities, safeguard their financial resources, secure their homes, and overcome their financial fears.

OSFM and IFA to Loan $14 Million for the Purchase of Fire Trucks

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Fire Truck Revolving Loan Program Application Period Opens

CHICAGO, IL – The Office of the State Fire Marshal (OSFM) and the Illinois Finance Authority (IFA) are pleased to announce the launch of the Fire Truck Revolving Loan Program application period. This year, $14 million in loans are being made available through the Fire Truck Revolving Loan Program to be used by fire departments to fund the purchase of fire trucks and brush trucks. The application period will run from October 15th to December 12th, 2014.
“These loans can help departments across the state get newer, more reliable equipment than they are currently using,” said State Fire Marshal Larry Matkaitis.

The Fire Truck Revolving Loan Program provides zero percent or low-interest loans up to $350,000 toward the purchase of fire trucks or brush trucks, and loans must be repaid within 20 years. Fire departments, fire protection districts, and township fire departments that are units of local government are all eligible for these loans.

This summer Governor Pat Quinn signed legislation which increased the cap on loans through the Fire Truck Revolving Loan Program from $250,000 to $350,000. The newly increased loan cap allows fire departments to buy newer, more advanced vehicles than they might otherwise have been able to afford.

In 2012, the Office of the State Fire Marshal awarded $4.2 million to 19 recipients through the Fire Truck Revolving Loan Program. This year, the OSFM anticipates that increased funding and a newly increased loan cap will allow many more departments to fund the purchase of newer fire trucks and brush trucks, and in turn, provide more effective service to their local districts.

For more information about the program please visit: http://www.sfm.illinois.gov/fireservice/FireTruckLoanProgram.aspx

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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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