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Archive for November 14th, 2014

Illinois Department of Insurance Announces Multi-State Settlement with Sun Life

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Illinois will share part of a $3.2 million penalty against Sun Life regarding payment of Life Insurance Benefits


CHICAGO, IL – Illinois Department of Insurance (DOI) Director Andrew Boron announced an agreement with the Sun Life Companies (Sun Life) regarding its use of the Social Security Administration’s Death Master File (DMF) as part of a multi-million dollar settlement with several states. Under the settlement, Sun Life will change business practices related to the payment of life insurance benefits and will pay $3.2 million to states that are party to the settlement.

The Regulatory Settlement Agreement stems from multi-state market conduct examinations of the forty largest life insurers regarding the timely payment of proceeds to beneficiaries of life insurance policies and annuities.  These examinations were led by Illinois, along with California, Florida, New Hampshire, North Dakota, and Pennsylvania. Florida served as the managing lead state of the Sun Life examination.  With this settlement more than 60% of the total market has agreed to business reforms to properly and fairly use the DMF.  Additionally, the companies have paid more than $1 billion to beneficiaries.

“We’re pleased that SunLife has agreed to fundamentally change its business practices to proactively seek, locate and pay beneficiaries,” said DOI Director Andrew Boron.  “This agreement reflects a joint commitment by state insurance regulators to protect consumers in the payments of benefits rightfully owed.”

Under the agreement, Sun Life will compare all company records against the DMF Update File every month and against the complete DMF file at least annually to identify matches for potential unclaimed death benefits. These business practices will help the company to promptly identify when an insured has died and to make payments to the rightful beneficiary.

The agreement becomes effective after 20 states sign on to the agreement.  Illinois, along with California, Connecticut, Florida, Michigan, New Hampshire, North Dakota, and Pennsylvania have already signed.

The agreement with SunLife includes the Sun Life Assurance Company of Canada, Delaware Life Insurance Company (formerly known as Sun Life Assurance Company of Canada (U.S.)), Independence Life and Annuity Company, Professional Insurance Company, Sun Life & Health Insurance Company (U.S.), and Delaware Life Insurance Company of New York (formerly known as Sun Life Insurance and Annuity Company of New York).

A copy of the settlement agreement is available on the DOI website at http://insurance.illinois.gov/Home/ImpLinks.asp. Consumers with questions regarding this settlement, or questions or concerns about their insurance, should contact the Department’s Consumer Division at http://insurance.illinois.gov or call 866-445-5364.

Illinois Tollway Seeks to Fill 70 Seasonal Toll Collector Positions

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DOWNERS GROVE, IL – The Illinois Tollway is currently seeking qualified candidates for approximately 70 seasonal toll collector positions, which pay $10 per hour and typically run from May 15, 2015, to October 31, 2015.  Candidates must apply by December 1, 2014.
The seasonal toll collector position requires the following skills and abilities:
  • Must be able to pass written exam with a 75 percent or higher score in order to qualify for an interview.
  • Must be able to work from approximately May 15, 2015, through October 31, 2015.
  • One year of customer service, cash handling, retail or bank experience is desired.
  • The ability to work seven days per week, 24 hours a day, including nights, weekends and holidays is required.
  • The ability to lift 25 pounds is required.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills are required.
How to apply:
  • Online: Visit the Tollway’s website, www.illinoistollway.com, to create a secure, personal account, then submit an application and resume.
  • In person: Submit the completed application or pick up and complete the application at Illinois Tollway headquarters located at 2700 Ogden Avenue in Downers Grove between 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.
  • By mail: Send the completed application to: Illinois Tollway – Human Resources 2700 Ogden Avenue, Downers Grove, IL 60515
About the Illinois Tollway
The Illinois Tollway is a user-fee system that receives no state or federal funds for maintenance and operations. The agency maintains and operates 286 miles of interstate tollways in 12 counties in Northern Illinois, including the Reagan Memorial Tollway (I-88), the Veterans Memorial Tollway (I-355), the Jane Addams Memorial Tollway (I-90) and the Tri-State Tollway (I-94/I-294/I-80).

Collaboration Gets Results for Military and Veteran Students To Get Academic Credits for Military Training and Education

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The Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs, in cooperation with the Illinois Community College Board, several community colleges, the Illinois Board of Higher Education and MyCreditsTransfer, recently completed a collaborative project to grant veteran and military students appropriate academic credit for the education and training they gained in military service.

In this “Making Military Training Count” initiative, the College of DuPage, College of Lake County, Heartland Community College, Kaskaskia Community College, and Southwestern Illinois College reviewed military programs of instruction documents from among the ten military career fields with the largest number of service members provided by the Department of Defense and worked to develop articulated educational credit that applied directly to an educational major in Illinois. As a result, servicemen and women can enter community college with earned course credits, useful credits that apply toward meeting degree requirements, simply by documenting their already-completed military training.

The amount of educational credit granted by each school for a specific military career field ranged from 3 to 31 credit hours, so roughly one college course through to a full year of full-time study.  One highlight from the program is Southwestern Illinois College’s decision to grant 31 credit hours toward the electrical and electronics repair educational field for service members that served in the U.S. Navy as an electronics technicians.  The project also resulted in community colleges granting military credit toward an educational objective for those who served in the areas of computer support/information technology and fire science.

The results of the project are available to service members through the Transferology web site (www.transferology.com).  DePaul University and the City Colleges of Chicago also contributed military credit articulations to the Transferology site, outside of the project, increasing the opportunities for veteran/military students to determine how their military experience may be accepted in transfer.  All schools who evaluate military credit have since been invited by CollegeSource (the maker of Transferology) to use a free service for publishing military articulations in Transferology, a service the company typically restricts to paid subscribing colleges and universities. This means that those who are planning to transition from military service into civilian life by going to college or university to earn a professional certificate or an academic degree will be able to use this free online tool to explore which colleges and universities will award useful credit based on the competencies they developed through the training they experienced while in the military. Because of Illinois’ work with CollegeSource and the company’s offer to expand access to all colleges and universities, returning servicemen and women will have access to the most comprehensive information possible, helping them make good informed choices.

The Making Military Training Count collaboration builds upon the work of Governor Quinn’s administration to assess military training against the academic and experiential requirements for state licenses. Illinois has already enacted several executive orders and public acts to help veterans and military personnel in this regard. On February 6, 2013, Governor Pat Quinn issued Executive Order 13-02 that tasks state agencies to identify overlaps and gaps between military training and state licenses and to propose recommendations by which assessment processes can be implemented that allow such training and education to be considered for purposes of state licensure requirements.

Under Governor Quinn’s leadership, Illinois was one of six states selected for a unique program to help those leaving military service attain certification for in-demand civilian careers. The Veterans Licensing and Certification Demonstration Policy Academy, formed by the National Governors Association (NGA), helps selected states create clear pathways for veterans to obtain state-level credentials for certain law enforcement and health care careers. This innovative work that Illinois and the other five states are doing will serve as models for all states.

Earlier this month, the Lumina Foundation announced a $900,000 grant to the Midwestern Higher Education Compact (MHEC), in which State of Illinois is a member, to identify policies and practices to help military service members, veterans, and their families overcome barriers to access, participation, and completion of a postsecondary credential and entrance into the workforce.

CBC Chair Marcia L. Fudge’s Statement on the Nomination of Loretta Lynch to be the Next United States Attorney General

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WASHINGTON, DC – Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) Chair Marcia L. Fudge released the following statement on Loretta Lynch’s nomination to be the next United States Attorney General:

“I congratulate U.S. Attorney Loretta Lynch on her nomination to be the next U.S. Attorney General. Her long, accomplished career as a prosecutor illustrates her commitment to protecting the rights of citizens and her passion for securing justice for all.

“The nomination of Ms. Lynch, who would become the nation’s first African American female Attorney General, has signaled that the President is uncompromising and determined that our country’s top attorney be dedicated to doing what is right for the American people. President Obama has nominated one of the best and brightest to help lead this nation and move our justice system forward.

“I commend President Obama for this selection, and request the confirmation of Ms. Lynch without delay.”

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Musical Tribute Set For Industry Veteran Augie Johnson

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Augie Johnson

Los Angeles, CA (BlackNews.com) — A public memorial service is scheduled to pay honor to music industry veteran, Augie Johnson, on Saturday November 15, 2014 at Centinela Valley Performing Arts located at 14901 S. Inglewood Ave. Lawndale, CA, 90278 at 11 a.m. August “Augie” Johnson, best known as creator of 1970s R&B group, Side Effect, with hit singles, “Always There” and “Keep That Same Old Feeling” passed away peacefully in his sleep on October 11, 2014 at his home in Long Beach, CA.

Augie was born on August 2, 1948 in New Orleans, LA and was raised in Southern California. He graduated from Washington High School and served in the United States Army from 1970 – 1972. As an entrepreneur, Augie owned and operated “Augie’s Distinctive Cleaners” on Crenshaw Blvd for many years. This establishment was a Los Angeles landmark that served the community for decades.

Johnsons father, August Sr., instilled in him an early appreciation of music. His dad trained him to play all of the woodwind instruments and also taught him to scat, a jazz vocal technique popular in the New Orleans area. Augies road to success began with the American Legions Band, proceeding to the Bob Mitchell Boys Choir, and later the Doodle Town Pipers. He formed several musical groups over the years: Side Effect, The L.A. Boppers, and the Duprells. Augie was a singer, producer, writer, arranger, and talent mentor. His versatility afforded him opportunities to work with high profile entertainers like Frank Sinatra, Barbara Streisand, Quincy Jones, Boz Scaggs and Michael Jackson.Left to cherish memories of his love and laughter are his fiancé Cathi Le Day and his children Toi Carmichael, Damon Johnson Sr., Tishema Cromwell, Nicholas Howard Johnson, Amber Johnson, and August Johnson, Jr., plus 8 grandchildren and a great-grandson.

In lieu of flowers, the family request donations be made to: Shades of Music Entertainment c/o Augie Johnson, P.O. Box 6506, San Pedro, CA 90734.

Confirmed speakers include veteran radio disc jockey JJ Johnson, Radio host/POWER 106 DJ Big Boy and Comedian/Actor T.K. Carter. Special performances by Augies Side Effect, L.A. Boppers, Lina Loi plus an authentic 2nd line lead by Stanley LeSassier.

The celebration of life musical tribute will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday November 15, 2014 at Centinela Valley Performing Arts located at 14901 S. Inglewood Ave. Lawndale, CA, 90278.

Photo: Augie Johnson


Better Business Bureau Advisory: Internet Safety is Serious Business

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CHICAGO, IL – It’s unfortunate, but the internet is a dangerous place. Most users of the web understand that they must take precautions while shopping online, playing internet games or using social media. The Better Business Bureau (BBB) reports that even internet savvy individuals can get themselves into trouble by accidentally downloading viruses and malware to their computers.

While it can be done, it’s not easy for crooks and scammers to plant malicious programs on your machine. However, they do have ways to get you to do it. Using what’s known as “deceptive downloads”; they bait potential victims with free, real downloadable programs, and even music.

How does it work? You receive a file in an email or through social networking but when you try to open it you see a message that says you don’t have the right software to open it. You then search online and find free software to download that will open the file. You download that software, but unknowingly also download malicious software with it.

Steve J. Bernas, president and CEO of the Better Business Bureau serving Chicago and Northern Illinois says, “That’s where the danger lies. The downloaded malicious software might have the ability to access personal information or use your computer for cybercrime.”

There are less dangerous viruses but ones just as frustrating. Some report your internet browsing habits to unscrupulous companies, others can change your browser’s home page and keep changing it even after you re-set it.

Computer programmers and security experts advise you to pay attention to what’s happening on your screen, because it can give you a clue. If you already have a mainstream media player and standard programs like QuickTime or Adobe Flash and the programs are kept up to date, you shouldn’t need anything else.

To protect yourself and your computer:

  • Think before you click.
  • Only download programs from familiar sites that you know you can trust.
  • Make sure to update the programs that are already on your computer.
  • Have a good anti-virus program and keep it up-to-date.
  • Use the most recent software whenever possible because it would be less vulnerable to malware attacks.
  • Do not give anyone remote access to your computer.

If you think your computer has been compromised, run a full scan using your anti-virus software. If there is a problem that the anti-virus software can’t correct you may need professional assistance.

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Afraid of Dark Premieres at Chicago Cultural Center

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New Indie Doc Asks: Why is Everyone So Afraid of Black Men?

CHICAGO, IL – ImageNation Cinema Foundation and the Illinois Humanities Council will co-present Chicago premier of Afraid of Dark at the Chicago Cultural Center’s Claudia Cassidy Theater (77 E. Randolph St.) on Saturday, December 6, 2014 at 1:00 PM. The event is free. Attendees rvsp at www.imagenation.us.

Afraid of Dark explores the historical context and present implications of the two most prevalent black male stereotypes: the “brute” and “Mandingo.” Through candid interviews with black men spanning age and background, the feature-length film documentary explores the difference between how society perceives black males and how they define themselves. Featuring: Dr. Cornel West, Tom Burrell, Vondie Curtis Hall, Malik Yoba, Kevin Powell, Lou Meyers, Sam Greenlee, Sadat X, General Steele, Peter Gunz, Dr. Khalil Muhammad, Brooklyn Borough President; Eric Adams, Chris Rob, Dr. Herukhuti, and many more.

Screening will be followed by a panel discussion with Mya B. (Afraid of Dark Director/Columbia College Film Alumna), Richard Steele (WBEZ/The Barber Shop), and Sunni Ali, Ph.D. (Professor at North Eastern Illinois University). ImageNation Founder and Executive Director Moikgantsi Kgama will serve as panel moderator.

About ImageNation

ImageNation Cinema Foundation is an innovative Harlem-based non-profit created to develop cinemas and audiences for independent films and music, that depict the global Black experience. ImageNation has hosted film screenings, live music performances and other cultural events for more than 70,000 people worldwide since its inception in 1997. Programs have featured appearances by leading filmmakers such as Spike Lee, Lee Daniels, Stanley Nelson and Ava Duvernay. ImageNation is led by Moikgantsi Kgama (Founder & Executive Director) and her husband Gregory Gates (Executive Producer). Kristy Johnson serves as ImageNation’s Chicago Coordinating Producer. For more information, please visit our website www.imagenation.us

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