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Archive for January 28th, 2015

Kirk and Menendez Lead 16 Senators to Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Stop Iran’s Nuclear Threat

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Iran Has Yet to Dismantle Its Nuclear Infrastructure; Bill Would Impose Sanctions If No Deal By July 2015

WASHINGTON, D.C. –  U.S. Senators Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) and Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) introduced S. 269, the Nuclear Weapon Free Iran Act of 2015, legislation that would impose economic pressure on Iran if international negotiations do not yield a final nuclear deal by June 30th, and impose a Congressional review period of 30 continuous session days in the event of a final deal.

A total of 16 Senators will co-sponsor the Kirk-Menendez legislation, including: Senators Mark Kirk (R-Ill.), Robert Menendez (D-N.J.), Mitch McConnell (R-Ky), Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Dan Coats (R-Ind.), Gary Peters (D-Mich.), Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Joe Manchin (D-W.V.), Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.), Ted Cruz (R-Texas), Bob Casey (D-Pa.), Richard Burr (R-N.C.) and Roy Blunt (R-Mo.). Additional co-sponsors will be added this week.

The negotiations with Iran, which involve the United States, United Kingdom, France, Russia, China, and Germany, were extended in November 2014 with a deadline of June 30, 2015.

“The clock is ticking on a nuclear Iran, and the longer they have to build a bomb, the closer we are to witnessing a nuclear war in the Middle East,” Senator Kirk said. “Sanctions against Iran have been signed into law four times with bipartisan, veto-proof majorities in both Houses.  The time for action is now.”

Summary of the Nuclear Weapon Free Iran Act of 2015:

  • Sanctions will be implemented only after the June 30th negotiations deadline, but only if the negotiations fail to produce a deal.
  • The Kirk-Menendez legislation increases the current congressional oversight of the negotiations and requires the Administration to formally submit any new nuclear agreement text or extension to Congress within five days.
  • Congress is allotted 30 days to review any nuclear agreement before the President can waive, defer or suspend sanctions.
  • Subject to a report and certification, the President can only waive sanctions if it is in the vital national security interest of the United States and/or a waiver would make a long-term comprehensive solution with Iran more likely.
  • If there is no final agreement by July 6, 2015, Kirk-Menendez would re-impose sanctions that have been waived while the negotiations have been ongoing, which would begin in August and run through December.
  • New sanctions would close loopholes in existing petroleum sanctions, enhance sanctions on Iran’s oil trade and financial transactions, and impose further sanctions on Iran’s senior government officials, family members and other individuals for weapons of mass destruction proliferation, terrorism sponsorship and other illicit activities, and on Iran’s shipbuilding, automotive, construction, engineering and mining sectors.

You can see a copy of the legislative text here.


Congressional Veto-Proof Votes on Bipartisan Iran Sanctions

The Comprehensive Iran Sanctions, Accountability, and Divestment Act of 2010 (Public Senate in a 99-to-0 vote on June 24, 2010, and the House in a 408-to-8 vote on June 24, 2010.During consideration of Law 111-195) passed thethe National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012 (Public Law 112-81), the Menendez-Kirk amendment to impose

  • Central Bank of Iran (CBI) sanctions passed the Senate in a 100-to-0 vote on December 1, 2011.
  • The Iran Threat Reduction and Syria Human Rights Act of
  • 2012 (Public Law 112-158) passed the House in a 421-to-6 vote on August 1, 2012, and the Senate in a voice vote on August 1, 2012.
  • During consideration of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2013 (Public Law 112-239), the Iran Freedom and Counter-Proliferation Act of 2012, a Menendez-Kirk-Lieberman amendment to impose sanctions on Iran’s energy, shipping, and shipbuilding and port sectors, passed the Senate in a 94-to-0 vote on November 30, 2012.

U. S. Department of Transportation Selects U. S. Black Chambers, Inc. for Minority and Women-owned Small Business Resource Grant

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Partnership designed to help increase Small Business Bonding Education, Short-Term Lending, Women in Transportation Initiative

WASHINGTON D.C. – The U.S. Black Chambers, Inc. Community Economic Development Corporation (USBC-CEDC) is proud to announce that it has been chosen by the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) as a Capital Region Small Business Transportation Resource Center. USBC, along with the Native American Development Center, were chosen in an effort to further the mission of USDOT’s Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBU) and increase its impact on the small business community.

Focusing on advocacy, access to capital, contracting and entrepreneur training, USBC-CEDC was chosen based on an impressive background of assisting minority business owners and developing strong stakeholder relationships. As a Small Business Transportation Resource Center (SBTRC), USBC-CEDC will develop and manage two annual Bonding Education Programs, support eligible businesses through USDOT’s Short-Term Lending Program, and facilitate a Women in Transportation Initiative, dedicated to placing college students in transportation internships during the summer. These programs will provide small minority women-owned businesses bond readiness training, access to capital lending options up to $750,000 for transportation specific projects, and hands on experience within the transportation industry.

“The USBC-CEDC will now have the ability to help more minority and women-owned businesses, including current members, gain more access to capital and secure contracts with USDOT,” said Ron Busby, Sr., President and CEO, of the U.S. Black Chambers, Inc, “We are proud to partner with the Department, and look forward to the Chambers and our members sustained growth over the next three years.”

USBC’s partnership with USDOT will increase awareness of resources, and financial assistance programs in the Capital region. For more information regarding SBTRCs near you, please contact the OSDBU Regional Assistance Division at (202) 366-1930 or visit www.dot.gov/osdbu.

About the U.S. Black Chambers

USBC is an association of over 115 self-sustaining, viable Black Chambers and small business associations nationwide whose collaboration with strategic partners increases our capacity to serve. We serve our members through our 5 pillars of service, Advocacy, Access to Capital, Contracting, Entrepreneurial Training, and Chamber Development. Through the creation of resources and initiatives, we support African American Chambers of Commerce and business organizations in their work of developing and growing Black enterprises. For more information about the U.S. Black Chambers, Inc., please visit our website at usblackchambers.org.

Residents Stage Sit-in to Save Reclaimed ‘Community House’ from Citibank

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CHICAGO, IL: Community members will stage a sit-in Wednesday to demand that Citibank meet with a Rogers Park family seeking to buy the foreclosed home they live in. On January 28 at 11:30 a.m., members of neighborhood and housing-rights organizations will hold a press conference in front of the bank branch at 2295 N. Milwaukee as the family attempts to meet with bank representatives inside.

The Dolores-Calvillo family has resided in their home at 7245 N Ridge for three years. During that time, Maria Dolores-Calvillo and her brother Gerardo Calvillo, who run a neighborhood daycare, have also turned the home into a focal point of community life, hosting a community garden, Spanish and English-language film screenings, clothing donation-drives and fundraisers for neighborhood organizations.

When the family moved into the vacant, banked-owned home in 2012, it had been sitting empty for more than a year. They have cared for the home and kept up with maintenance, in addition to turning it into a welcoming space for neighbors of all backgrounds.

Citibank, which bought the home out of foreclosure, is now seeking to evict the family. The family is seeking to purchase the home and maintain it as a community space.

“We want to continue developing a place where people in the neighborhood can gather, share knowledge and skills, and feel that they belong,” says Maria Dolores-Calvillo, whose son and grandchildren also live in the home. “If the bank takes away the home, we won’t be able to do that.”

In December, Dolores-Calvillo submitted an offer to purchase the home back from Citibank, but the offer was rejected, and the bank has refused to meet with her directly. The family has been told that they could now be evicted any day.

Gerardo Calvillo emphasizes that there are more than 50,000 vacant homes in the Chicago area—a direct result of a wave of foreclosures that devastated many communities. Instead of sitting empty, Calvillo believes that these homes should be used to provide affordable housing and community meeting spaces. “We have reclaimed a home that otherwise would be sitting empty,” he says. “We believe that there needs to be a different way to do housing, that puts peoples’ well-being over banks’ right to profit.”

Justice for Stephon: A Freedom Ride for #BlackLivesMatter

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Day-Long Action from Chicago to Calumet City to Reclaim Black History Month and Demand Justice for Stephon Watts.

CHICAGO, IL – On Sunday, February 1st, a Freedom Ride caravan will travel from Chicago to Calumet City to rally, march, and hold a vigil to honor Stephon Watts and support his family. The event will begin with a press conference at 11am at the Village Leadership Academy, 1001 W. Roosevelt Rd.

February 1st marks the three-year anniversary of Stephon’s murder by the Calumet City police. Stephon was a 15-year-old with autism who was killed in his home. The Freedom Ride also marks the beginning of Black History month, and is being organized to reclaim the history of a people who resist and love in the face of overwhelming oppression.

After a morning rally and press conference, a fleet of buses and cars will drive together from Chicago to Calumet City, singing freedom songs and building community along the way. Upon arrival, participants will march thee miles through Calumet City, visiting Stephon’s former school and holding a rally and memorial in front of the Calumet City Police Department.

“What happened to Stephon Watts is part of a larger, national crisis: Half of the people killed last year by police had a mental health disability. As part of the Black Lives Matter movement, we must understand and draw attention to the criminalization of disability and how it intersects with the criminalization of race, gender, sexuality and poverty,” says Page May, an organizer with We Charge Genocide. “This Sunday, we will honor the memory of Stephon Watts and support his family on the anniversary of his death. We will also lift up the names of others with disabilities who have been killed by the police. We do this for Stephon, his family, and each other.”

Those that plan to join the Freedom Ride must register to reserve fee transportation. Journalists are welcome: https://justiceforstephon.wordpress.com/

This event is organized and hosted by: We Charge Genocide, Village Leadership Academy, and Fight for 15 Chicago.

For updates from the Freedom Ride, follow: #JusticeForStephon and #ReclaimBlackHist

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1553848981561624/

Freedom Ride Schedule ~ Sunday, February 1st
11 AM: Press Conference & Rally at Village Leadership Academy

1001 W. Roosevelt Rd. Chicago, IL

Meet in parking lot behind school

11:30 AM: Freedom Ride departs Chicago headed to Calumet City

12:15 PM: Rally at Thornton Fractional North High School

755 Pulaski Road, Calumet City, IL

12:45 PM: March departs to Calumet City Police Department

1:00 PM: Performances and Memorial Service for Stephon Watts at Calumet City Police Department

Speakers will include Stephon’s friends and family

1200 Pulaski Road Calumet City IL

1:45 PM: March back to Thornton Fractional North High School

2:00 PM: Closing rally and performances

755 Pulaski Road, Calumet City, IL

2:30 PM: Freedom Ride departs Calumet City and returns to Chicago

Statement from Attorney Anthony Peraica
The tragic death of a 15 year old Stephon Watts was avoidable. Officers Haynek and Coffey of the Calumet Park Police Dept. shot and killed Stephon right in front of his father.  The officers acted in a completely unprofessional, intentional manner, putting themselves and members of the Watts family in grave danger.

They caused Stephon to die needlessly.  Knowing about Stephon’s autism disability from their two previous visits to the Watts house, they nevertheless proceeded to antagonize Stephon putting him in a closed environment under severe stress.

When Stephon tried to exit the confined space, Haynek shot him in the chest.  As Stephon fell to the ground, Coffey shot him in the back.

This is yet another outrageous example of bad policing practices that have caused a death of a young disabled person.

When are police going to stop shooting?  When are they going to start respecting life?  When are they going to learn that proper policing methods are designed to preserve life, not end it?

All of you are here today to draw attention to a spree of police killings of innocent people who did not need to die. Stephon did not need to die.  Watts family did not need to be destroyed.

All of us must hold police accountable and put pressure on those departments, like the Calumet City, who act with reckless disregard for the safety of citizens.

Your protest today is one way to hold police accountable. Our court system is another way.  Political pressure is another.

On behalf of the Watts family, I thank you for all that you do.

ReMARCs: #SOTU: Making America Work

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By Marc Morial

President & CEO, National Urban League

On Tuesday, President Barack Obama gave his 2015 State of the Union address and declared, “The shadow of crisis has passed, and the State of the Union is strong.”

I recently wrote about the positive outlook on the U.S. economy after the release of the December jobs report and the role of this Administration in helping to achieve that. I am optimistic that we are on a sustained path to recovery, but it is only a true recovery if it includes the majority of Americans – not a select few, while millions continue to struggle to find jobs and afford necessities like food, housing and education. We may be strong, but we can absolutely be stronger.

President Obama also asked a series of questions that I hope will give each of us pause as we look to address the challenges that weigh heaviest on our nation:

“Will we accept an economy where only a few of us do spectacularly well? Or will we commit ourselves to an economy that generates rising incomes and chances for everyone who makes the effort?…Will we allow ourselves to be sorted into factions and turned against one another — or will we recapture the sense of common purpose that has always propelled America forward?”

I believe that our nation can work – when we lead with possibility and not politics. Our nation can work – when we abandon sides in favor of solutions. Our nation can work – when we focus less on creating obstacles and more on creating opportunity.

Let’s get to work.

Race & Justice News: Racial Disparities in UK and Australian Prisons Exceeds Those in U.S.

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(From The Sentencing Project)

Race & Justice News


Racial Disparities in Incarceration in UK and Australia Exceed Those in United States

Black people are even more disproportionately incarcerated in the UK than in the United States, according to a report by the Young Review on black, Asian, and minority ethnic offenders. The report indicates that young black and/or Muslim men in Britain are overrepresented at all stages of the criminal justice system and face significantly poorer outcomes than their white counterparts. These men are stopped and searched by police at disproportionately high rates and the percentage of Muslims incarcerated in England and Wales has nearly doubled since 2002. In addition, black people in the UK are more likely than other groups to plead not guilty and face a trial penalty, to be subjected to segregation and use of force while in prison, and to reoffend.

The report recommends how these data can inform Britain’s Transforming Rehabilitation initiative, a series of criminal justice system reforms to reduce disproportionate outcomes for young black and/or Muslim men. Recommendations include: cultural competence education for policymakers and criminal justice system staff, greater representation of formerly incarcerated individuals as volunteers and workers in prison and community settings, and improved data collection to identify and eliminate disparities by ethnicity, faith, language, and age.

Though indigenous people represent only 2.5% of Australia’s total population, they constitute 27% of those incarcerated, Al Jazeera reports. The rate of indigenous incarceration has become so high – now 18 times higher than that of non-indigenous Australians and representing a 50% increase in the last decade – that the Law Council of Australia has declared it a national emergency. Academics and activists attribute this crisis not to higher crime rates, but rather to “harsher sentencing, bail laws, and a move away from alternative sentencing measures.”

Collateral Consequences

Jobseekers with Minor Arrest Records Face Employment Barriers

Even low-level criminal records, including disorderly conduct arrests, can harm employment prospects, finds a study by Christopher Uggen and co-investigators in the American Society of Criminology. Extensive research has revealed stark discrimination against people with felony-level prison records, particularly African Americans, but relatively few studies have explored whether this discrimination extends to low-level records. In “The Edge of Stigma: An Experimental Audit of the Effects of Low-Level Criminal Records on Employment,” the researchers sent matched pairs of African-American and white men to apply for a total of 300 entry-level jobs in Minnesota between 2007 and 2008. One of each pair had a sole arrest on their record for disorderly conduct. Those without arrests were approximately 4% more likely to get a callback in each racial group. White men with a low-level record received a callback rate approximately 11% higher than African-American males with no record.

While the arrest record did not harm candidates’ prospects as a felony record might have, the authors noted that discrediting those with arrest records disproportionately harms African-American jobseekers, as 49% of African-American men are arrested at least once before the age of 23, compared to 38% of white men. Uggen et al. recommend that policymakers reconsider which records can be made available to the public and the duration for which records are available.

Criminal Records Produce Widespread Economic Barriers

Criminal records cause significant obstacles to economic security, according to the recent Center for American Progress report, “One Strike and You’re Out: How We Can Eliminate Barriers to Economic Security and Mobility for People with Criminal Records” by Rebecca Vallas and Sharon Dietrich. As many as 1 in 3 Americans has a criminal record, many of which never resulted in a conviction or only for a misdemeanor or minor infraction. People of color are disproportionately affected by criminal records: 49% of black men and 44% percent of Hispanic men have been arrested by age 23. People with convictions face barriers to employment, housing, public assistance, and education. These barriers adversely impact not only individuals, but also their families, communities, and the entire economy: the U.S. loses an estimated $65 billion per year in gross domestic product due to the unemployment of people with criminal records.

To mitigate these effects, the report recommends that non-conviction records be automatically sealed or expunged at no charge and that minor records be sealed after rehabilitation is demonstrated. Further, the report lists policy recommendations regarding criminal records for federal, state, and local governments, employers, and colleges and universities, along with suggesting sentencing policy reform and increasing federal funding for re-entry services.


Bryan Stevenson: “Each of us is more than the worst thing we’ve ever done”

While preparing a Supreme Court case on behalf of children sentenced to die in prison, Bryan Stevenson came to better understand his grandfather’s murder at the hands of a group of teens who had intended to burglarize his home. As he explains in Just Mercy:

Contemporary neurological, psychological, and sociological evidence has established that children are impaired by immature judgment, an underdeveloped capacity for self-regulation and responsibility, vulnerability to negative influences and outside pressures, and a lack of control over their own impulses and their environment.

This understanding shaped the Supreme Court’s decision to ban the death penalty for juveniles. Stevenson and his team at the Equal Justice Initiative successfully extended these insights to limit imprisonment without the possibility of parole for juveniles in Miller v. Alabama and Graham v. Florida, and continue working to enforce these decisions.

In recounting the cases and experiences that shaped his commitment to ending extreme punishment in the United States, the award-winning litigator humanizes the men and women on death row and youth sentenced to die in prison. The book unfolds around the harrowing story of Walter McMillian – from his wrongful conviction and death sentence for the murder of a young white woman in 1988, to his eventual release in 1993, followed soon after by his decline into dementia. Along the way, Stevenson also tells of abused and neglected children, including Trina Garnett, who were prosecuted as adults and experienced mistreatment in adult facilities; and executed men including Herbert Richardson, who committed terrible acts and strove to find redemption. Stevenson is scheduled to discuss the book at local events across the country and abroad.


Justice Department Expands Rules Against Racial Profiling for Federal Law Enforcement, with Major Exceptions

The Department of Justice has issued new rules to limit the use of racial profiling by federal law enforcement, reports the Washington Post. The new guidelines expand the department’s previous policy against racial profiling, which prohibited the consideration of race and ethnicity in law enforcement decisions except in national security investigations. Now, federal officers will also be prohibited from considering national origin, religion, gender, gender identity, and sexual orientation, and these rules will be extended to some national security cases for the first time.

However, many civil rights activists contend that these long-awaited changes fall short of addressing some of the most problematic instances of racial profiling. Activities by certain agencies are exempt from the new rules, such as the Transportation Security Administration’s screening of airline passengers and Customs and Border Protection’s southwestern border patrol activities. Most significantly, the new rules do not apply to state and local police departments, despite growing concern about the use of racial profiling and excessive force among officers at the state and local levels. The Department of Justice hopes to encourage these agencies to adopt similar policies against racial profiling by serving as a model that proves fair policing practices are the most effective.

President Obama Announces Delegation to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to Offer Condolences for the Passing of King Abdullah

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President Barack Obama will lead a delegation to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to offer condolences to the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abd al-Aziz Al Saud, on the passing of the King Abdullah bin Abd al-Aziz.

The Honorable Barack Obama, President of the United States, will lead the delegation on January 27, 2015.

Members of the Presidential Delegation:

The Honorable Joseph W. Westphal, Ambassador of the United States of America to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

The Honorable John Kerry, Secretary of State of the United States of America

The Honorable John McCain, United States Senator from the State of Arizona

The Honorable Mark Warner, United States Senator from the Commonwealth of Virginia

The Honorable Nancy Pelosi, Representative from the State of California

The Honorable Eliot Engel, Representative from the State of New York

The Honorable Ami Bera, M.D., Representative from the State of California

The Honorable Joseph Crowley, Representative from the State of New York

The Honorable Valerie Jarrett, Senior Advisor and Assistant to the President for Intergovernmental Affairs and Public Engagement

The Honorable Susan Rice, Assistant to the President and National Security Advisor

The Honorable John Podesta, Counselor to the President

The Honorable Anita Breckenridge, Assistant to the President and Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations

The Honorable Tina Tchen, Assistant to the President and Chief of Staff to the First Lady

The Honorable Jennifer Palmieri, Assistant to the President and Director of Communications

The Honorable Benjamin Rhodes, Assistant to the President and Deputy National Security Advisor for Strategic Communications and Speechwriting

The Honorable Lisa Monaco, Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism

The Honorable Josh Earnest, Assistant to the President and Press Secretary

The Honorable Chase Cushman, Assistant to the President and Director of Scheduling and Advance

The Honorable Peter A. Selfridge, United States Chief of Protocol

The Honorable John Brennan, Director of the Central Intelligence Agency

The Honorable Melissa Winter, Deputy Assistant to the President and Senior Advisor to the First Lady

General Lloyd J. Austin III, Commander of U.S. Central Command

The Honorable James Baker, Former Secretary of State of the United States of America

The Honorable Condoleezza Rice, Former Secretary of State of the United States of America

The Honorable Brian Deese, Deputy Director of the Office of Management and Budget

The Honorable Brent Scowcroft, Former National Security Advisor of the United States of America

The Honorable Sandy Berger, Former National Security Advisor of the United States of America

The Honorable Stephen Hadley, Former National Security Advisor of the United States of America

The Honorable Frances Fragos Townsend, Former Assistant to the President for Counterterrorism and Homeland Security

One Confirmed Case of Measles in Illinois

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SPRINGFIELD, IL – Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) Director Nirav Shah confirmed one case of measles in Illinois.  A suburban Cook County resident became ill in mid-January and test results were positive for measles.

“This case in Illinois is a reminder of the importance of immunizations,” said Director Shah.  “With only 10 cases reported in Illinois over the past five years, many parents may not have experienced the severe illness that can be caused by measles.  Immunizations are vital to protect not only each child, but the community as a whole.”

The Cook County Department of Public Health (CCDPH), with assistance from IDPH, is conducting contact tracing and informing all potential contacts of their possible exposure.

“Measles is highly contagious and a person with no immunity can become infected simply by being in the same room with someone who has the disease,” said CCDPH Senior Public Health Medical Officer Dr. Rachel Rubin. “To eliminate the potential spread of the disease, it is imperative that we notify the public of any possible exposures to residents.”

Potential exposures in Illinois may have occurred to:

  • Patients and visitors at the Northwest Community Hospital emergency room (800 West Central Road, Arlington Heights) on January 14th from 7 p.m. to 12:30 a.m., and January 17th from 4 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.
  • Customers at the Supermercado Guzman (1611 North Baldwin Road, Palatine) on January 12th and 13th between 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Patients and visitors at the Vista Clinic (1585 North Rand Road, Palatine) on January 16th between 12:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.

A person who was potentially exposed and is experiencing symptoms a fever of 101 F or higher, cough, runny nose and red eyes with or without rash, should call the Cook County Department of Public Health at 847-818-4020 as well as their healthcare provider. These individuals should not go to their doctor’s office or the emergency room as they could infect others around them.

Measles is a highly contagious respiratory disease that causes fever, red and sore eyes, runny nose, cough and a characteristic rash.  Measles can cause severe health complications, including pneumonia, encephalitis and death.  Measles is transmitted by contact with an infected person through coughing or sneezing and can remain in the air and on surfaces up to two hours.  Infected people are contagious from four days before their rash starts through four days afterwards.

Vaccination is highly effective at preventing measles infection and is required for all Illinois school children.

At this time, there is no identified link between this measles case and the multi-state outbreak of measles associated with Disneyland.

For more information about measles, visit http://www.idph.state.il.us/public/hb/hbmeasles.htm.

FINAL PITCH, ‘The Competition’

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Applications are being accepted through the January 31, 2015.

Beginning February 07, 2015, small business owners/ entrepreneurs throughout the DC, Maryland and Virginia area will have the opportunity to pitch their business services, products, concepts and ideas for the chance to win $10,000.00!

Final Pitch, ‘The Competition’, created by Inez Kelley of Kelley Media Marketing, Inc., is a combination of  acclaimed reality show ‘Shark Tank’ and the business mogul Donald Trump’s production  ‘Apprentice’.

Since November 01, 2014  many business hopefuls have anxiously submitted their application in hopes of walking away with the grand prize.

The FINAL PITCH judging panel is made up of 4 highly respected members within the business community.  Ethel Mitchell, Attorney & Talk Show Host; Charlie Scott,CEO, The Financial Crisis Prevention Center; Cynthia Harrison,  Operation Hope’s Small Business Development Director;  and Dr. Winslow Sargent, former Chief Counsel of Advocacy for the Small Business Administration (SBA), all make up the ‘Board of Directors’. Their knowledge and experience will offer sound and practical advice to budding entrepreneurs along with providing comprehensive formulas for success.

Each contestant will be judged on an individual scoring scale. There are 5 criteria that will be considered…

1.  Innovative… Creativity

2.  Viability… Niche marketability

3.  Scale… Market size

4.  Team… Production

5.  Work Ethic…. Ability to accomplish task

The competition consists of 2 rounds.  The first is the qualifier round, ‘Quick Pitch’. Each contestant will have 3 minutes to pitch to ‘The Board’  information about their business at which time, each judge will ask one (1) question.  The Board will then select 5 finalists who will participate in the final round, ‘FINAL PITCH’.

This round series will allow contestants 5 minutes of pitch time each. The demonstration of approved visual and support aid (marketing plan, product/service) samples will be permitted.

The selected winner will not only win $10,000.00 in prize money but will receive over $1,000.00 in business support services.

Final Pitch is set for production and scheduled to air some time in April 2015.

It is the first of what is scheduled to cycle every 3 months. The hope is to encourage entrepreneurship and to offer support to small businesses throughout the DMV.

If you are interested in entering,  visit www.finalpitchdmv.com There is a $25.00 non-refundable entry fee. Applications are being accepted through the January 31, 2015.


Inez Kelley


Radio One

WOL 1450 a.m.


Rauner Announces “Turnaround Team”

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Stellar team to help turn Illinois around

CHICAGO, IL – Following a presentation at the University of Chicago, where he laid out a number of structural issues facing Illinois, Governor Bruce Rauner announced his Turnaround Team, a group of extremely talented individuals who have deep experience in management, budgets, and streamlining bureaucracies.

“Our current trajectory is unsustainable as a state,” said Gov. Rauner. “I’ve long promised to bring superstars from both inside Illinois and out to help turn our state around and I know Donna, Trey and Linda are the perfect trio to do just that.”

Donna Arduin, CFO

Donna Arduin has established a reputation for bringing government spending under control through long-term policy planning and fiscally responsible budgeting. She is a veteran of state budget management and tax reform and as budget director, led toward responsibility the budgets of Michigan, under Governor Engler; New York, under Governor Pataki; Florida under Governor Bush; and California, under Governor Schwarzenegger. A graduate of Duke University, Arduin graduated magna cum laude with honors in economics and public policy. Prior to her career in the public sector, she worked as an analyst in New York and Tokyo in the private financial markets for Morgan Stanley and Long-Term Credit Bank of Japan.

Trey Childress, Deputy Governor

Trey Childress served as the COO for the State of Georgia under two governors. He was responsible for leadership and supervision of Georgia’s 50 state departments, agencies, and boards and commissions while leading government transformation initiatives. Prior to that, he served as the Director of the Governor’s Office of Planning & Budget, and was responsible for the State’s $32 billion budget, annual capital outlay portfolio of $1 billion and state business planning during the unprecedented revenue losses of the Great Recession. Childress previously served as Senior Adviser and Director of Policy for the Office of the Governor with the successful passage of more than 30 signature policy initiatives in education, health care, transportation, taxation and natural resources. He began his career in public service working with the former Georgia Information Technology Policy Council, the Georgia Technology Authority and the Office of Planning & Budget.  During his service, Georgia was recognized as one of the best managed states in the country by Governing Magazine. Childress earned a master’s degree in public policy and bachelor’s degrees in industrial and systems engineering and international affairs from the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta.

Linda Lingle, Senior Adviser

Linda Lingle was the first woman elected governor of Hawaii, serving two terms from 2002-2010.  Gov. Lingle oversaw a $10 billion annual budget and made state government more transparent, responsive and accountable. Prior to her role as governor, she served as the Mayor of Maui County for eight years, and was a member of the Maui County Council for ten years prior to that. Gov. Lingle began her career as the founder, editor and owner of the Moloka’i Free Press. She earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from California State University, Northridge.  She is a native of St. Louis, Mo.

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