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Archive for December 12th, 2014

Ebola Epidemic Should Be Considered from a National Security Perspective

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By Ron Dellums
Former Congressman Ron Dellums

As of December 3, 2014, the worst recorded outbreak of Ebola has claimed 6,055 lives in the countries of West Africa, upending decades of medical progress across the region and eradicating people’s already fragile faith in their healthcare system. Here in the U.S., a region of the world previously untouched by the rare infectious disease, American citizens face a reality in which our healthcare system must be prepared to face the already realized threat of this super-pathogen, during the first Ebola epidemic the world has known.

This global health crisis has infiltrated the borders of our country and presents an immediate threat here at home, leaving the U.S. grappling with one death, and two cases of infected healthcare workers domestically. The CDC has issued new guidelines to hospitals and healthcare providers, to help guide these institutions to provide care in their communities. According to the CDC, there are now 36 treatment centers across the U.S. designated to treat Ebola, increased from just three a few months ago. These and other healthcare facilities across the country have stepped up to the plate to accommodate and implement the new guidelines, including conducting staff training and drills, and upgrading safety and procedure protocols to combat the virulent threat of Ebola.

To provide the highest level of patient care and hospital staff safety, additional changes must be made, including the acquisition of new medical equipment and personal protective equipment, the renovation of hospital facilities and more extensive training for healthcare providers and hospital staff. These changes are costly and exceed the budgets of the majority of hospitals. President Obama has requested $6.2 billion in special funding to combat and contain the deadly disease in West Africa and here in the U.S. It is imperative that a portion of this funding bypass the red tape typically synonymous with bureaucratic channels, and go directly to hospitals to ensure those institutions on the front lines of the fight against the disease here in the U.S. are adequately prepared to provide patients and hospital staff with the highest level of quality care and treatment.

The financial costs for hospitals already treating Ebola are exorbitant- skyrocketing into the hundreds of thousands of dollars for each patient, each day. These costs include money for monitoring patients, treatment and labor costs. For example, waste treatment and disposal, a crucial facet of successfully containing the disease, can cost up to $100,000 a day, per patient. Hospitals cannot be expected to carry the financial burden of meeting the demands of caring for these cases with specialized circumstances without the appropriate funding. Hospitals must be financially equipped to adapt to and face this new challenge.

A coalition letter signed by NAACP, The National Black Chamber of Commerce, the Constituency for Africa, Alveda King, King Ministries, and the National Minority Quality Forum outlines this urgent need for funding, and highlights the dearth of funds hospitals are already trying to cope with. According to the letter, “Existing appropriations are not adequate. The Hospital Preparedness Program (HPP), the primary federal program for hospital emergency preparedness, has been cut to bare bones. Ten years ago, the program received $515 million in annual appropriations. Today, the program receives less than half that amount – $255 million. The President’s FY 2015 budget requested no increase for the program.” Hospitals must not be expected to face emergency medical situations, like Ebola, with slashed budgets and waning financial resources.

The Ebola epidemic is still raging, and according to the World Health Organization, is growing exponentially. Public health in the Unites States is of the upmost importance, and the protection from and containment of this deadly disease should be this country’s first priority. As a former public officials who have served at the federal, and local level I trust that our nation’s leaders in Congress will take action to allocate the desperately needed funding to go directly to the hospitals that need it most on the front lines of this epidemic here at home.

Ron Dellums served as a Democratic Congressman from California’s 9th district from 1971-1998, and as Chairman House Armed Services Committee. Dellums previously chaired the William J. Clinton and served on the George W. Bush Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS and is currently the co-chair of the Health Disparities Working Group.

New Resolution by National Black Caucus of State Legislators Calls for More Employment Diversity in the Tech Industry

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The MinorityEye will hold a teleconference on Friday, December 12 with NBCSL President Joe Armstrong to Discuss a Resolution Regarding Tech Diversity

DALLAS, TX – The MinorityEye will hold a teleconference in Dallas to discuss a new resolution from the National Black Caucus of State Legislators (NBCSL) that calls on tech giants like Google, Facebook, Twitter and others to diversify their workforces. The teleconference will be held after the NBCSL Annual Legislative Conference on Friday, December 12 at 10:00am (Central Time); 11am (Eastern).
The resolution comes on the heels of recently released statistics by these companies, showing unequal representation of minority communities in their workforces. The MinorityEye will be joined by the President of NBCSL and sponsor of the resolution, State Representative Joe Armstrong of Tennessee, District 15.
For more information: media@theminorityeye.com
WHO: President Joe Armstrong (TN) WHEN: Friday, December 12, 2014
10:00 am CT; 11:00am ET

DIAL-IN: 866-952-1906; CONFERENCE ID: Diversity

NOTE: Reporters please RSVP to media@theminorityeye.com

About The MinorityEye’s
“Campaign for Equality in Technology”

The campaign for Equality in Technology seeks to raise awareness of the startling minority employment gap in the US technology sector. Equality in Technology is asking that industry leaders in technology enact reasonable accommodations to remove employment barriers faced by members of the three designated minority groups, women, African Americans and Hispanics. Employers are also asked to institute positive policies for the hiring, training, retention, and promotion of members of these marginalized groups. http://www.theminorityeye.com/equality-in-technology/

Chicago Firehouse Goes Up in Smoke

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By Chinta Strausberg

This reporter saw fire coming out of the roof of the popular restaurant, located at 1401 So. Michigan, and it quickly grew emitting huge clouds of white smoke out of the 109-year-old Chicago landmark building.

Two fire trucks arrived and South Michigan Avenue was blocked off for several blocks, and buses were rerouted to Indiana and State Streets.

After the building wasevacuated, restaurant workers could be seen leaving the area. The restaurant is known to be a popular eatery of former Mayor Richard M. Daley and others including former President George W. Bush who held his 60th birthday there.

Initially, the building, made of yellow brick and limestone, was built as a firehouse that served the Prairie Avenue community and surrounding areas, according to the restaurant’s website.The once very popular movie, Backdraft, was filmed there.

What was once the Chicago Firehouse Engine Company 104 was converted to the Chicago Firehouse Restaurant which opened in 2000.

The owners issued a statement saying they will rebuild this treasured Chicago landmark. Reportedly, no one was hurt.

Two-blocks south, a movie is being filmed.

Photos by Chinta Strausberg

Chinta Strausberg is a Journalist of more than 33-years, a former political reporter and a current PCC Network talk show host. You can e-mail Strausberg at: Chintabernie@aol.com.

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For Our Fallen: Vigil for Victims of Violence in Chicago & Protest Against Police Brutality

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CHICAGO, IL – Each year, The Chicago Light Brigade holds a memorial for victims of violence in Chicago. This year’s event will take place on Wednesday, December 17th at 6:30 P.M. in Congress Plaza, at the intersection of Congress Pkwy and Michigan Ave. The gathering is not only a vigil for Chicagoans who were killed in 2014, but also a protest of the role police play in maintaining the culture of violence that has taken so many lives in our city.

“There’s a mythology that surrounds police violence,” says Chicago Light Brigade member Kelly Hayes, “glorifying cops who push the limits of the law as beleaguered protectors of the public, when in reality, violent cops are on the streets every day, perpetuating everything they claim to be protecting us from. If we continue to accept this fictional separation between street crime and murders that are legitimized by the state, we’ll never break the cycle.” “Police make the disposability of black and brown lives a state sanctioned reality,” says Chicago Light Brigade member and teacher Jerica Jurado, who spoke at last year’s vigil. “How do you even explain to a child that their disposability is grounded in case law? We can’t expect young people to thrive in a society where their lives can be taken without consequence, and that’s a reality that hasn’t changed over the course of time, whether we’re talking about a noose or a policeman’s bullet.”

December 17th is the 63rd anniversary of the filing of the original We Charge Genocide petition, presented to the United Nations in 1951, which documented 153 racial killings and other human rights abuses, mostly by the police.

Speakers at the vigil will include members of Chicago’s 2014 We Charge Genocide (WCG) delegation to the United Nations Committee Against Torture (UNCAT). In November, WCG presented a report to UNCAT in Geneva documenting Chicago Police violence. In their concluding observations, UNCAT stated they are “particularly concerned at the reported current police violence in Chicago, especially against African American and Latino young people who are allegedly being consistently profiled, harassed and subjected to excessive force by Chicago Police Department (CPD) officers.”

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/317557701784097

Visuals: As in years past, this event will include a collection of imagery meant to honor those lost. This year it will also include imagery aimed at challenging state sanctioned violence.

The Chicago Light Brigade is a network of community organizers and radical activists who are committed to supporting Chicago’s grass roots struggles with creative tactics, skill sharing, and mutual aid. This year the group is particularly focused on the defense of public education and the deincarceration of our youth.

NAACP to Participate in “Justice for All” March Tomorrow

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WASHINGTON, DC -  On Saturday, December 13, the NAACP will join other leading civil rights organizations and social justice activists from all over the country in the “Justice for All” March as part of a national demonstration against police brutality.  The purpose of the rally and march is to call on Congress to take legislative action to combat racial profiling and police discrimination.

“We stand in solidarity with social justice activists from all over the country who call for an end to racial profiling and police brutality,” states NAACP President & CEO, Cornell William Brooks.  “This march is one of many demonstrations  to show Congress, the country and the world that we will not stand down until systemic change, accountability and justice in cases of police misconduct are served for Michael Brown, Eric Garner and the countless other men and women who lost their lives to police abuses of authority.”

The rally will begin at 10:30 a.m. at the Freedom Plaza and participants will begin marching at Noon to the Capitol—there, NAACP President & CEO, Cornell William Brooks is scheduled to give remarks along with principals from other participating civil and social justice organizations.  The families of Michael Brown, Jr., Eric Garner and Tamir Rice will also be in attendance.

Illinois State Board of Education Announces Board Meeting for Dec. 17 in Springfield

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SPRINGFIELD, IL – The Illinois State Board of Education will convene for its final regular business meeting of the calendar year on Dec. 17 at the ISBE offices in Springfield.

The State Board of Education meeting will be accessible to persons with disabilities. Persons planning to attend who need special accommodations should contact the Board office no later than the date prior to the meeting. Contact the Superintendent’s office at the State Board of Education, Phone: 217-782-2221; TTY/TDD: 217-782-1900; Fax: 217-785-3972.

Chairman Chico may call for a break in the meeting as necessary in order for the Board to go into closed session.

State Board of Education Meeting

Dec. 17, 2014

Location: Illinois State Board of Education, 100 North First Street, Springfield.

This meeting will also be audio cast on the Internet at:

www.isbe.net

December 17, 2014

9 a.m.

I. Roll Call/Pledge of Allegiance

A.    Consideration of and Possible Actions on Any Requests for Participation in Meeting by Other Means

II. P-20 Council Liaison Report

III. Resolutions & Recognition

A. Recognition of Outgoing Board Members

1. Dr. Andrea Brown

2. Dr. Vinni Hall

3. Dr. David Fields

B.  Dr. Nandi Retirement Resolution

C.  Illinois Teacher of the Year, Steve Elza

IV. Public Participation

V. Presentations & Updates

A. Presentation on low income/high performing schools

1. Fairmont School District 89

2. North Palos School District 117

3. Skokie School District 68

B. FY16 Budget Development

1. FY16 Revenue Projections: Jim Muschinske and Dan Long, COGFA

LUNCH BREAK

2. FY16 Budget Development: Robert Wolfe, CFO

3. FY16 Budget Proposals for East St. Louis District 189 & North Chicago District 187

Superintendent’s Report – Consent Agenda

A. *Approval of Minutes

1. Plenary Minutes: October 15, 2014

2. Plenary Minutes: December 2, 2014

B. *Rules for Initial Review

1. Part 25 (Educator Licensure) Addresses changes necessitated by recently enacted legislation (P.A. 98-751,  P.A. 98-872 and P.A. 98-917) concerning requirements for the educator license with stipulations endorsed for career and technical educator, the superintendent’s endorsement and the principal endorsement, respectively.

2. Part 33 (Programs for the Preparation of Superintendents in Illinois) makes a technical correction in Section 33.70 to correct a reference to “principal” preparation program.

3. Part 235 (Early Childhood Block Grant Program) Incorporates requirements specific to the ExceleRate Illinois quality rating and improvement system and proposes standards for programs serving children from birth to age 3.

4. Part 252 (Driver Education) Makes a technical change to update a web address in Section 252.20(e).

C. *Rules for Adoption

1. Part 1 (Public Schools Evaluation, Recognition and Supervision) Responds to P.A. 98-506, effective August 27, 2013, which establishes the criteria for the receipt of the State Seal of Biliteracy, an optional designation that school districts may choose to award to students who demonstrate proficiency in both a foreign language and English.  Two entities submitted public comment, and changes are being recommended in response to the comments received.

2. Part 26 (Standards for Endorsements in Early Childhood Education and in Elementary Education) Proposes new standards that articulate the knowledge and skills in several areas, including English language arts and mathematics, needed for receipt of the early childhood endorsement and to which educator preparation programs and content-area tests must align. Eleven individuals submitted public comment, and one change is being recommended in response to the comments received.

3. Part 375 (Student Records) A technical change is being made to remind school districts to designate on a student’s academic transcript, which is part of the student’s permanent record, his or her receipt of the State Seal of Biliteracy or the State Commendation Toward Biliteracy. No public comment was received.

4. Part 425 (Voluntary Registration and Recognition of Nonpublic Schools) Places in rules the requirement for nonpublic schools to submit proof of non-profit status when registering with the State Board; clarifies that only nonpublic schools supported wholly or in part by public funds shall be required to have students recite the Pledge of Allegiance; amends requirements for school employees to show freedom from tuberculosis to conform to changes in the rules for tuberculosis control (Illinois Department of Public Health); and adds the requirement for recognized nonpublic schools to hold an annual meeting for review of their emergency and crisis response plans, to conform the rules to changes in the School Safety Drill Act [105 ILCS 128].  Two individuals submitted public comment, and changes are being recommended in response to the comment received.

D. *Contracts & Grants Over $1 Million

1. Educator Licensure Award (Pearson)

E. *Draft Annual Report

F. *Resolution to Terminate the ISBE 403(b) Plan

End of Consent Agenda

G. Low Income State Advanced Placement Grant

H. edTPA: Recommended Cut Score

VII. Discussion Items

A. Legislative Update

B. Other Items for Discussion

VIII.   Announcements & Reports

A. Superintendent’s/Senior Staff Announcements

B. Chairman’s Report

C. Member Reports

IX. Information Items

A.  ISBE Fiscal & Administrative Monthly Reports (available online at http://isbe.net/board/fiscal_admin_rep.htm)

X.   Closed Session

XI.   Adjourn

Memorial Service for Judy Baar Topinka Scheduled for Wednesday, December 17th

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CHICAGO, IL – A public Memorial Service honoring longtime state leader Judy Baar Topinka will be held at 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday, December 17 at the Local 150, 6200 Joliet Rd., Countryside.

Fellow state leaders, colleagues and family will share stories and celebrate the life of Comptroller Topinka, who was the first woman in Illinois history to be elected to two Constitutional Offices and the first state Treasurer to be elected to three consecutive terms. Between her time in the General Assembly and in statewide office, Topinka served Illinois for more than three decades.

A riser and mult box will be available for media.

SCHEDULE FOR WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 17, 2014:

WHAT:       TOPINKA MEMORIAL SERVICE

WHEN:       9:30 a.m.

WHERE:    Local 150

6200 Joliet Rd., Countryside

KCET Presents Series of Festive Holiday Concerts on Christmas Eve

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Chapman University’s Annual Holiday Wassail Concert Airs for the Third Consecutive Year on KCET

Burbank, Calif. – KCET, the nation’s largest independent public television station serving Southern and Central California, will present a series of festive holiday concerts for viewers to enjoy this month.

The KCET holiday music programs will begin on Christmas Eve, Dec. 24.

AROUND THE WORLD: THE CRANE CANDLELIGHT CONCERT 2013

1 p.m.

The Crane Chorus and Symphony Orchestra present a special holiday concert.  Featuring over 300 carolers and musicians from the Crane School of Music at the State University of New York at Potsdam, the concert includes traditional Christmas and seasonal hymns along with popular favorites.

ANDERSON UNIVERSITY’S CANDLES & CAROLS 2013

2 p.m.

Anderson University’s annual Candles & Carols spotlights the talents of AU’s Chamber Orchestra and Chorale, the Men’s Choir, the Women’s Chorus, the Wind Ensemble, the String Quartet and the Dance Ensemble. On a festively dressed stage, the musicians perform orchestral pieces by Tchaikovsky and Corelli, popular holiday arrangements and familiar carols.

HANDEL’S MESSIAH: A UNITED STATES NAVAL ACADEMY TRADITION

3 p.m.

The United States Naval Academy Glee Club, with members of the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra and world-renowned guest soloists, create a unique performance of one of the greatest choral works in Western music. This amazing event was recorded inside the spectacular Chapel on the grounds of the Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD.  This program will repeat on Christmas Day at 2 p.m.

HOLIDAY HANDBELLS: THE RALEIGH RINGERS

4 p.m.

The Raleigh Ringers is an internationally acclaimed community handbell choir based in Raleigh, NC. The performance includes song selections from old yuletide favorites to Vince Guaraldi’s A Charlie Brown Christmas score and other sounds of the season.

51ST ANNUAL CHAPMAN UNIVERSITY HOLIDAY WASSAIL CONCERT

8 p.m.

The production is performed by more than 150 Chapman University singers and musicians from the University’s Women’s Choir, University Choir, University Singers and The Chapman Orchestra. Selections will be conducted by Stephen Coker, Angel Vázquez-Ramos and Daniel Alfred Wachs.  This program will repeat on Christmas Day at 5 p.m. and 9 p.m.

JOSHUA BELL PRESENTS MUSICAL GIFTS

10 p.m.

In celebration of his 2013 album release, world-renowned violinist Joshua Bell welcomed cameras into his elegant Manhattan residence for a rare and intimate concert. The salon style performance captures the warmth, beauty and magic of the season and features a 10 song set list from his album, “Musical Gifts,” including holiday standards, such as:  “An Old-Fashioned Christmas” with opera star Renee Fleming, Jimmy Van Heusen/Sammy Cahn’s “The Secret of Christmas” with Michael Feinstein, and a heartwarming rendition of “Silent Night” by the Young People’s Chorus of New York.  This program will repeat on Christmas Day at 3 p.m.

ABOUT KCET

On-air, online and in the community, KCET plays a vital role in the cultural and educational enrichment of Southern and Central California. KCET offers a wide range of award-winning local programming as well as the finest public television programs from around the world. Throughout its 50-year history, KCET has won hundreds of major awards for its local and regional news and public affairs programming, its national drama and documentary productions, its quality educational family and children’s programs, its outreach and community services and its website, kcet.org. KCET is a donor-supported community institution. For additional information about KCET productions, web-exclusive content, programming schedules and community events, please visit kcet.org. KCET is a service of the KCETLink Media Group.

IRS Phone Scam Continues to Impact the Nation, Warns Better Business Bureau

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CHICAGO, IL – From coast to coast and all points in between, including Chicago and Northern Illinois, 2014 is shaping up as the year of the IRS tax scam. Since early March, thousands of calls have been made to individuals with total losses of well over a million dollars.

Callers to the Better Business Bureau (BBB) say they have received calls or have been left voicemail messages stating that they need to contact the IRS immediately or they will face legal consequences. Other messages threatened arrest by U.S. Marshals for failure to pay the correct amount of taxes.

Chicago resident, Loyal Griffin says, “They called me and said that I owed $7,000 and I don’t. The guy said that if I didn’t pay someone would come and arrest me and my wife. I explained that I am on social security and don’t pay taxes. They hung up. But, they also called and left a message on our voice mail.”

Anna Radecki of Burbank said, “The guy that called sounded official and told me that the call was being recorded and not to talk or ask questions until he was finished talking. He said that I had not filed taxes correctly and owed over $1900.00. Then he told me that he had a warrant in his hand and would send the sheriff over to arrest me if I did not pay immediately. I knew that I hadn’t done anything wrong so I told him that he could send the sheriff over.”

Many of the calls come from “spoofed” numbers using the 202 area code which services the Washington D.C. area. In some cases, those “spoofed” numbers include the actual phone number for the IRS.

“Unfortunately, this scam is going strong,” says Steve J. Bernas, president and CEO of the Better Business Bureau serving Chicago and Northern Illinois. “And the best explanation for that is it works, as the millions victims have paid to these scam artists indicates.”

Additionally, Bernas noted “According to the IRS, the agency never contacts taxpayers by phone asking for money. They also never contact taxpayers by email. If there is an issue with the IRS that requires your response, the contact would be made by U.S. mail.”

If you receive one of these scam phone calls, the BBB recommends:

  • Hang up – Don’t provide any information over the phone. Call the IRS directly using the phone number found on their website or in the phone book.
  • Protect personal information – In response to an incoming call, never give out any personal or financial information such as your Social Security number, mother’s maiden name or any passwords and other identifying information.
  • Contact the FCC – Let the Federal Communications Commission know about ID spoofers by calling 1-888-CALL-FCC or file a complaint at www.fcc.gov/complaints
  • Contact the FTC – File a formal complaint with the Federal Trade Commission at www.ftc.gov/complaint. From the complaint homepage, select “Other” and then “Imposter Scams”. In the notes, include “IRS Telephone Scam”.

For more information on scams, visit www.bbb.org, like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter.

Sec’y of State Jesse White Co-Hosted Annual Candlelight Vigil with AAIM & MADD To Honor Victims of Drunk Driving

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Reminds Drivers to Travel Safely This Holiday Season


Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White co-hosted a candlelight vigil with Alliance Against Intoxicated Motorists (AAIM) Director Rita Kreslin and Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) National President Jan Withers, honoring those killed or injured by drunk drivers. Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan and Illinois State Police Director Hiram Grau also participated in the ceremony.

“Each year, we gather to pay tribute to victims of drunk driving,” White said. “I would like to remind everyone to travel safely so we can prevent such tragedies from occurring. Working with AAIM, MADD and the Illinois State Police, we can ensure tougher enforcement, strengthen laws and create awareness to combat drunk driving.”

White hosted the event with AAIM and MADD to promote awareness and remember the lives lost and forever changed by alcohol-related car crashes. White spoke about the consequences of drunk driving, along with Attorney General Madigan and Director Grau, among other dignitaries.

The program also included a ceremonial lighting of candles, personal testimonies from people affected by drunk driving tragedies and musical tributes from local vocalists.

“As we join with family and friends this holiday season, we remind everyone to celebrate responsibly,” White said. “Designate a sober driver, take public transportation or catch a cab. Please don’t drink and drive.”

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