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Mayor Rahm Emanuel Wins Second Term

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Grassroots Coalition Says Despite Victory Emanuel “Fell Far Short of Defeating the Broad-Based Grassroots Coalition Represented by Garcia’s Candidacy.”

(From: Grassroots Illinois Action)

Progressive Issues Resonate with Voters, City Council Progressive Caucus Grows

CHICAGO, IL – In a runoff election that many political insiders said two months ago would never happen, Rahm Emanuel won out over challenger Jesus “Chuy” Garcia. But despite winning another four years, Emanuel fell far short of defeating the broad-based grassroots coalition represented by Garcia’s candidacy.

Tonight’s election result can not erase the fact that an energized progressive coalition of teachers, working families, and grassroots neighborhood activists forced Rahm Emanuel, a paragon of Wall Street Democrats and entrenched political insider, into a runoff election, the first in Chicago history. The facade of the untouchable Rahm Emanuel and air of invincibility is gone and it is not coming back.

Grassroots Illinois Action played a key role in the runoff election, mobilizing working families into permanent year round political committees in wards across the city. Between February 25th to April 7th, organizers mobilized volunteers to knock on 49,144 doors, equating to over 2,800 hours of volunteer time.  In addition, 16 organizing interns spent GOTV weekend identifying and recruiting residents to be part of building Grassroots Illinois Action ward committees for the long haul.

Ultimately Rahm Emanuel was able to buy another four years as Mayor of Chicago, but Emanuel’s victory cost high-profile donors like Ken Griffin more than just their money. Rahm Emanuel was forced to back off of many of the policies favored by his elite corporate backers partially capitulating to low wage worker demands for a higher minimum wage, unplugging many red light cameras, and running a slew of commercials targeted to working families with a left message frame. He spent the last four years governing as a corporate Democrat, but he won re-election campaigning as a progressive.

“Tonight Rahm Emanuel came out on top in the polls, but the real winner is the progressive coalition that forced this runoff to even happen in the first place,” explains Amisha Patel, Executive Director of Grassroots Illinois Action. “We now have a larger progressive caucus, despite Emanuel’s attempt to dismantle it.  Our neighborhoods, that previously have been disinvested in and marginalized, for the first time in a long time stretched their political muscle.  The reawakening of a broad base progressive coalition will have political consequences well beyond this election. We are only going to grow stronger from here.”

Even without taking the Mayor’s seat, the growing strength of Chicago’s progressive movement can be seen in the expansion of the City Council Progressive Caucus despite Emanuel’s attempt to unseat them.  GIA-endorsed Progressive Cacucs members Toni Foulkes, 16th Ward and John Arena, 45th Ward both won their runoff races. Two Alderman-elects, Carlos Rosa, 35th Ward and David Moore, 17th Ward have both committed to joining the Progressive Cacucus. In addition, serveral Aldermanic races are yet to be called that could potentialy expand the caucus even furthur.

Grassroots Illinois Action will continue to work with its partners and allies to build for working families in Chicago, including mobilizing for a massive national day of action in support of a $15 minimum wage on April 15th.

Grassroots Illinois Action unites working families in an effort to build real independent political power in and for our communities. We can build the power to elect Progressive champions who will fight for our communities and defeat those who would close schools, cut good jobs, slash human services, and dismantle affordable housing. We can change the political landscape and shift our city and state’s priorities. Together we can pursue a vision that values all of our residents, all of our neighborhoods.

President Obama Announces a Key Administration Post

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WASHINGTON, DC – President Barack Obama announced his intent to nominate the following individual to a key Administration post:

  • Bruce Hamilton – Member, Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board

President Obama announced his intent to nominate the following individual to a key Administration post:

Bruce Hamilton, Nominee for Member, Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board

Bruce Hamilton serves as a consultant to the nuclear industry, a role he has held since 2013.  Prior to this, he was the President of Fuelco LLC from 2009 to 2013.  From 2003 to 2008, Mr. Hamilton was the Director of Luminant Power at Comanche Peak NPP.  From 1978 to 2002, he served as a Captain in the U.S. Navy.  Mr. Hamilton serves on a variety of boards, including as a Member of the Board of Directors of the Military Officers Association of America and as a Member of the American Nuclear Society. Mr. Hamilton received a B.S. from Texas A&M University, an M.A. from the Naval Postgraduate School, and a Ph.D. from The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University.

Businessman/Retired Teacher say Rauner is Wrong to Balance Budget on Backs of Poor

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By Chinta Strausberg

Saying Gov. Bruce Rauner should not balance his budget on the backs of the poor; a South Side businessman and a retired teacher unveiled a list of alternative cuts to close the state’s $1.6 billion budget deficit

Herbert Hedgeman and Pat Brooks, a retired Chicago public school teacher who taught for 33-years, want the governor to impose more taxes on corporations including a transaction tax and other taxes like on marriage licenses, filing for divorce. They say these taxes would be financially less onerous for poor people.

Brooks wants Rauner to “roll back the salaries of all state employees at least temporarily until the deficit has been eliminated and the state becomes financially solvent.

Brooks, like so many, is very upset with Rauner’s for suspending $26 million in social services and public health grants that included funds to pay for funerals and burials for those on public assistance, programs for immigrants, autism and HIV/AIDS awareness programs. “I think this is horrible…terrible, absolutely ridiculous. It’s reprehensible,” she said.

“Rather than targeting his cuts on the poor, Gov. Rauner should begin to cut the real waste in the budget. Children and people suffering from HIV/AIDS and autism are not waste. He must cut the pork projects including eliminating state cars, stop automatic pay increases.”

Both Hedgeman and Brooks believe there should be a state income tax based on a sliding scale and feel the rich should pay more.

Hedgeman wants the state to start charging churches for water—a fight black ministers recently won in Chicago after numerous meetings led by Elder Kevin A. Ford.

Hedgeman also wants the state to take over liquor stores and Brooks wants the governor to eliminate all miscellaneous items in the budget. Both believe the governor should impose a special tax on businesses like Pay Day Loan stores.

Mr. Hedgeman wants employees who do not live in Chicago but work here to be taxed for using city services. “The governor cannot keep trying to balance his budget on the backs of the poor,” said Hedgeman who called on Rauner to create a citizen task force that would give suggestions on where and who to cut from the budget.

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.

ISBE Chairman Meeks Challenges ESL Community to Find a Reading Mentor for Every Third-Grader

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Read to SucceedReading Challenge ProgramNeeded:  489 adult volunteers to listen and help East St. Louis third-graders read from 10 a.m. to noon for six weeks.Challenge timeline: Saturdays, April 11 through May 16, 2015.To volunteer: Visit a reading location or fill out a volunteer form at www.estl189.com. Volunteer site coordinator orientation: 10 a.m. to noon April 8 at the East St. Louis Board of Education building.

Six-week challenge begins April 11

East St. Louis — Illinois State Board of Education Chairman James Meeks challenged the East St. Louis community to volunteer their Saturday mornings reading with third-graders to improve the students’ skills and prepare them for academic success. The “Read to Succeed” challenge begins Saturday, April 11, and will run for six consecutive Saturdays through May 16.

“Studies have long shown that students who are not reading proficiently by third grade are at risk of not graduating high school,” Chairman Meeks said. “Many volunteers have already come together to support this district and I want to challenge more people to step up and help children at this critical age. We are asking for just two hours a week for six weeks, but hoping that the experience extends beyond this challenge.”

A 2011 report showed that a student who can’t read on grade level by third grade is four times less likely to graduate by the age of 19 than a child who does read proficiently by that time. When adding poverty to the scenario, a student is 13 times less likely to graduate on time than his or her proficient and wealthier reading peer.

Studies have long documented the link between reading proficiency and other outcomes as well as the difference in lifetime earnings between high school dropouts and graduates. Another 2011 study found high school dropouts in Illinois will earn $595,000 in their lifetime while high school graduates’ lifetime earnings are $1,066,000 – a difference of $471,000.

In order to meet the State Board Chairman’s challenge, East St. Louis District 189 and the local faith community are collaborating to develop and implement the reading mentorship program. The Read to Succeed program needs 489 volunteer mentors to work one-on-one with the district’s third-graders at schools from 10 a.m. to noon each Saturday, April 11 through May 16.  There will be a volunteer site coordinator orientation from 10 a.m. to noon April 8 at the East St. Louis District 189 Board offices, 1005 State St. Volunteers will receive their assigned reading locations from a site coordinator.

District 189 Superintendent Art Culver said staff will test students on their reading proficiency through the Northwest Evaluation Association assessments, or NWEA, before and after the six-week challenge.

“We’re eager to see our community meet and surpass this challenge,” Superintendent Culver said. “We already have some wonderful volunteers and we’re excited to increase those numbers and improve our reading levels.”

The Illinois State Board of Education took authority of the East St. Louis School District 189 in 2013 and subsequently named Superintendent Culver to lead the district with the school district board and a Financial Oversight Panel.

East St. Louis Senior High School has increased its four-year graduation rate by 10.2 percent, going from 62.8 percent in 2012 to 73 percent in 2014. As of February 2015, all 12th-graders at the high school have applied to at least four colleges, the military or a trade school, a 50 percent increase compared to last year. Ninety percent have been accepted to a two-or four-year college.  Enrollment in Advanced Placement classes has jumped from 30 students in 2011-12 to 274 students this school year. East St. Louis seniors have earned $2.4 million in academic scholarships.

“We are extremely proud to be a part of this initiative,” said Pastor Kendall L. Granger of New Life Community Church in East St. Louis. “Our church has partnered with the district and many of the organizations represented on a number of projects in the past and we look forward to doing so again. To see our community come together for the benefit of our children is great.”

There are several ways to volunteer as a mentor:

  • Fill out an online volunteer form at www.estl189.com and submit the confirmation email to KMA Certified Testing, 6400 W. Main St., 1A in Belleville;
  • Download a volunteer form at www.estl189.com and give it to a site coordinator at one of the reading locations or

visit one of the reading site locations (listed below), pick up a form and submit it to a site coordinator.

For questions about the volunteer process, contact District 189 Director of Public Information and Community Relations Kim Roberson at Kimberly.roberson@estl189.com.

Read to Succeed Saturday morning locations:

New Life Community Church                                                     Katie Wright Elementary

Trinity Outreach Center                                                            Jackie Joyner Kersee Center

Mt. Sinai Church                                                                       Mary Brown Center

Private Matherson Center                                                          Ernest Smith Community Center

John D. Shields (Griffin Center)                                                Orr Weathers (Griffin Center)

Gompers (Christian Activity Center)                                          Roosevelt (Griffin Center)

Morrison School (Sunshine Cultural Arts Center)

4 Reasons Why Rosa Parks Should Be on the New $20 Dollar Bill

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Rosa Parks on $20 Dollar Bill

Nationwide – Civil rights icon, Rosa Parks, is now in the finals in a grassroots campaign to put a woman on the $20 bill by the year 2020. She is one of four women that will be chosen. The other finalists are Harriet Tubman, Eleanor Roosevelt and Wilma Mankiller.

Here are good reasons why Rosa Parks should be chosen:

1) Everybody Loves Her: It’s true! Have you ever met someone who didn’t like Rosa Parks? She is a civil rights icon who is credited with creating change for African Americans who faced discrimination and racism, but people of all races like her. Even back in 1955 when she refused to change her seat on that bus, people of all nationalities supported her for being heroic.

2) America Needs to Prove It’s Diversity: America now has a very diverse population and even a Black president, so why not prove that you are really a diverse country by putting, not just a woman’s face on the country’s currency, but a Black woman’s face? It would be a huge milestone, and America would be the first first-world country to do it!

3) It Would Bring Attention to Women’s Rights: There is no better way to bring attention to the issue of women’s rights than to put a woman on the $20 dollar bill — or any bill for that matter. Can you imagine how much this will do for women’s self-esteem, self-worth and self-pride? It also would be a huge motivation to tackle other major injustices that women face!

4) She Already Has Her Own Bowtie: That’s right! The final reason why Rosa Parks deserves the winning spot is… she already has her own bowtie on BlackHistoryBowties.com. Have you seen it already? It looks amazing, and her face would look even more amazing on the new $20 bill!
Get your very own Rosa Parks printed bowtie or choose from other Black History icons at www.BlackHistoryBowties.com

Book Tackles Black America’s Biggest Problems

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Are We There Yet? by Martin L. Davis

New Book “Are We There Yet?” Discusses Major Challenges Facing Black Community; Offers Inspiring Solutions

CHICAGO, IL (BlackNews.com) – As a political activist and community organizer in Chicago, author Martin L. Davis helps hundreds of black Americans realize and harness the power of P.I.E.: political power, intellectual power and economic power. Davis, a guest of several top-tier media programs such as NPR, America’s Morning News and CBS Radio, shares his thoughts on the racial problems he feels are still prevalent in the U.S. in his new book, Are We There Yet?: The Ultimate Challenge (published by Archway Publishing).

Insightful and fully researched, Are We There Yet? tackles what Davis says are some of the biggest plights facing black Americans and offers a detailed solution for overcoming these problems. Davis discusses problems with voter registration, inner-city schools, urban policing, gun violence and control, and group economics, providing explanations as well as possible solutions.

“My book provides challenges for blacks to improve their knowledge of our history, to learn how to uplift one another instead of degrading, to combat black-on-black violence, and how to improve the educational system in our communities,” Davis says.

Living in Chicago, Davis sees his fair share of violence within the black community. He hopes his book will serve as an opportunity for more discussion on racism and inequality and empower black Americans to uplift themselves.

More information is available at www.theultimatechallenge.net and read Davis’ blog at www.AuthorMartinDavis.com. Interest readers can also check out his social media campaign, #JustDecide, running on his Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn pages.
Book Details:
Are We There Yet?
By Martin L. Davis
Hardcover | 6 x 9 in | 152 pages | ISBN 9781480809215
Softcover | 6 x 9 in | 152 pages | ISBN 9781480809222
E-Book | 152 pages | ISBN 9781480809239
Available at Amazon.com and BarnesandNoble.com
About the Author
Martin L. Davis is a political activist, community organizer, motivational speaker, security expert and election judge in Will County in Illinois. When not acting as a student mentor and career advisor for inner-city schools, he focuses his efforts on his role as CEO and founder of Be Brilliant Inner City School Educational Initiative. He is married with four sons.

Photo Caption: Author Martin L. Davis and bookcover

NAACP Statement on “Religious Freedom” Legislation in Indiana and Arkansas

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BALTIMORE, Md. – After a national and state-wide uproar over bills promoted as religious freedom measures and criticized as discriminatory against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) individuals, state lawmakers in Indiana and in Arkansas approved new legislation  to remove the most contentious language. In Indiana, legislators passed a series of changes on Thursday that, while not outlawing anti-gay discrimination, clarified that the religious freedom law does not authorize such discrimination. Lawmakers in Arkansas, acting at the urging of the governor, passed a measure that is nearly identical to the federal Religious Freedom and Restoration Act.

From Cornell William Brooks, NAACP President & CEO:

“The NAACP’s constitution affirmatively states that our objective is to ensure the ‘political, educational, social and economic equality’ of all people. Therefore, the NAACP has opposed and will continue to oppose any national, state or local policy that seeks to codify discrimination or hatred into the law or to remove the Constitutional rights of LGBT citizens. Religious freedom is a constitutional value that we both celebrate and recognize as it is woven into the fabric of who we are as a nation. Furthermore, we believe that every American deserves to live a safe and just life, free of prejudice and discrimination. The NAACP will continue to work to ensure that all Americans are protected from discrimination, regardless of their race, ethnicity, gender, point of national origin, or genuine or perceived sexual orientation.”

The Little Foxes Begins May 2 at Goodman Theatre

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Lillian Hellman’s Ferocious, Funny and Enduringly Relevant The Little Foxes Revived at the Goodman May 2 – June 7 Directed by Henry Wishcamper

All-Star Chicago Cast Includes Michael Canavan, Shannon Cochran, Mary Beth Fisher, Rae Gray, John Judd, Steve Pickering, Cherene Snow, Dan Waller, Larry Yando and Dexter Zollicoffer

Special reading of another part of The Forest, Hellman’s Prequel, set for May 16

CHICAGO, IL -  Greed and familial betrayal is at the darkly comic heart of The Little Foxes by Tony Award-winning playwright Lillian Hellman—“an expertly constructed, grippingly paced plot machine that pits good against evil and lets evil win” (The New York Times). Artistic Associate Henry Wishcamper directs the classic 1939 play about wealth’s corrupting power—one of Hellman’s most notable works, which was adapted into a 1941 film starring Bette Davis—centering on the Hubbard family’s ruthless pursuit in the South’s post-bellum economic slump. The Little Foxes appears May 2 – June 7 in the Albert Theatre (opening night is Monday, May 11). Tickets ($25-$81; subject to change) are on sale now at GoodmanTheatre.org/LittleFoxes, by phone at 312.443.3800 or at the box office (170 North Dearborn). The Goodman Theatre Women’s Board is the Major Production Sponsor, Ernst & Young LLP and Interactive Health are the Corporate Sponsor Partners and Towers Watson is the Opening Night Sponsor for The Little Foxes.

“The Little Foxes is a vivacious, bitingly funny American drama whose central idea—that greed can rot community, family and human beings—transcends the decades that separate us from Hellman’s characters,” said Artistic Director Robert Falls. “Henry has demonstrated an affinity and dexterity with previous classic stage works, including Charles Dickens and August Strindberg, and I’m excited for him to sink his teeth into this juicy masterwork.”

A 10-member all-star Chicago cast brings the rapacious Hubbard clan to life. Shannon Cochran, Larry Yando and Steve Pickering portray the well-to-do siblings Regina, Ben and Oscar Hubbard, who aim to compound their family fortune by opening an industrialized cotton mill in their small southern town. The venture, however, will prove impossible without the financial support of Horace (John Judd), Regina’s dying husband. In an attempt to secure the money, Oscar initially suggests Leo (Dan Waller), his son with his troubled wife Birdie (Mary Beth Fisher), marry Regina’s and Horace’s daughter Alexandra (Rae Gray). When Horace refuses to endorse the marriage, an explosive series of betrayals shatters the Hubbard clan’s genteel façade and exposes their merciless intentions. Rounding out the cast is Michael Canavan as William Marshall; Cherene Snow as Addie; and Dexter Zollicoffer as Cal. The creative team includes Todd Rosenthal (set), Jenny Mannis (costumes), David Lander (lighting) and Richard Woodbury (sound). Joseph Drummond is the production stage manager and Neena Arndt is the dramaturg.

As a complement to the production, the Goodman presents a reading of Another Part of the Forest—the play Hellman wrote as a prequel to The Little Foxes and a work the theater previously produced in its 1956/1957 season. This one-time special event takes place on Saturday, May 16 at 2pm at the Goodman. Tickets are free but reservations are required via the Goodman box office (contact information above).

Though a work of fiction, the environs The Little Foxes depicts were part of Tony Award-winning playwright Lillian Hellman’s (1905 – 1984) formative years. Born into a successful southern family in New Orleans, Hellman spent her childhood shuttling between the South and New York City and later attended New York University and Columbia University. Blacklisted after refusing to sign a loyalty clause with Columbia Pictures, she was summoned to testify in front of the House of Un-American Activities Committee in 1951, but refused to plead the fifth amendment or deny her brief involvement with the Communist party. She memorably delivered a statement in which she wrote, “I was raised in an old-fashioned American tradition…to try to tell the truth, not to bear false witness, not to harm my neighbor, to be loyal to my country… I cannot and will not cut my conscience to fit this year’s fashions.”

Hellman’s celebrated works include The Children’s Hour, Watch on the Rhine, Another Part of the Forest, The Autumn Garden, Toys in the Attic (Tony Award), My Mother, My Father and Me, Montserrat, The Searching Wind and Days to Come. She also won a Tony Award for the book of the musical Candide. Her many accolades include the New York Drama Critics Circle Award, the Gold Medal for Drama from the National Institute of Arts and Letters and the National Book Award for her memoir, An Unfinished Woman. She also subsequently wrote two more volumes of her memoirs, Pentimento: A Book of Portraits and Scoundrel Time.

EVENTS AND SPECIAL PERFORMANCES (Contact the Goodman Theatre Box Office for tickets/reservations)

May 10, Artist Encounter with Director Henry Wishcamper, 5pm discussion ($5; FREE for Subs/Donors/students)
May 13, College Night – 6pm pre-show pizza party, 7:30pm show ($10 promo COLLEGE w/valid student ID)
May 13, Sign Interpreted performance, 7:30pm; a professional ASL interpreter signs the action/text as performed
May 16, Reading of Another Part of the Forest, 2pm; Lillian Hellman’s prequel play to The Little Foxes
May 14 and 19, Student Matinee Performances, 11am (free for students in the Student Subscription Series)
May 20, Audio Described Performance, 7:30pm; the action/text is audibly enhanced via a special headset
June 6, Open-Captioned Performance, 2pm; an LED sign presents dialogue in sync with the performance
May 15, 22 and 29, June 5, PlayTalks – Pre-show discussions with members of the Goodman’s Artistic Staff
Every Wednesday and Thursday evening, PlayBacks – Discussions with actors immediately following the show

IEMA Encourages People to Stay Aware, Be Prepared for Potential Severe Weather This Week

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Heavy rainfall, dangerous thunderstorms possible for most of Illinois Wednesday night through Thursday night

SPRINGFIELD, IL – With widespread severe weather predicted for most of Illinois Wednesday night through Thursday night, the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) today encouraged people to stay aware of local forecasts and be prepared to act quickly if storm warnings are issued.

“This major storm system could bring localized flooding from heavy rains, severe thunderstorms with damaging wind gusts and large hail, and even a chance for tornadoes,” said IEMA Director James K. Joseph. “We want everyone to stay aware, be prepared to seek shelter if a storm warning is issued, and to ‘Turn Around, Don’t Drown” if they encounter a flooded road.”

Joseph said people should have multiple ways to receive notifications and updated information about severe weather warnings, such as through a weather alert radio, Wireless Emergency Alerts, weather alert apps, TV and radio broadcasts, the Internet, outdoor warning sirens and more.

Some storms are expected Wednesday and Thursday during the evening and overnight hours, an especially dangerous time since most people are asleep at those times. That’s why it’s important to be able to receive severe weather warnings day or night. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) weather alert radios can be programmed to issue a tone alarm and provide information about a warning that has been issued for your county.

Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEAs) are available on most smartphones. Check your phone’s notification settings under ‘Government Alerts’ to ensure ‘Emergency Alerts’ is turned on. With a WEA-enabled phone, you will receive tornado and flash flood warnings issued for your location, even if you’re traveling outside your home county or state. Other smartphone alerting apps also are available, including the tornado app by the American Red Cross.

In addition, many communities have outdoor warning sirens, which can alert people outdoors of an approaching hazard. Don’t rely on these sirens to alert you when you’re inside a building or asleep.

For more information about severe weather preparedness, visit www.Ready.Illinois.gov.

Surge in Canine Flu Cases Demands Extra Precautions by Pet Owners

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Cook County Department of Animal and Rabies Control (CCDARC) is cautioning dog owners that a recent increase in reported cases of canine infectious respiratory disease (CIRD) could last for several weeks before it subsides.

Dr. Donna Alexander, CCDARC administrator, said voluntary reporting to the Department of disease surveillance conducted by veterinarians has identified more than 1,000 cases of CIRD, or canine flu, unrelated to “kennel cough”, as well as five fatalities. CIRD is distinguished from kennel cough by its severity, possible consequences and diagnostic confirmation.

The age of the animals presenting with CIRD symptoms vary, but more severe forms are being seen in dogs under 1 year of age and greater than 7, she said.

Symptoms include persistent and lingering cough, lethargic behavior, a poor appetite and a fever. If you observe or suspect your dog may be suffering from any or all of these symptoms, the animal should be seen by a veterinarian, Dr. Alexander said.

Additionally, she recommended that until incidents of the disease diminish, dog owners should avoid pet friendly areas such as dog parks, not allow their dogs to play with other dogs, avoid group dog training activities, and, if possible, not board their pets. Dogs can be contagious even if they are not showing any of the CIRD symptoms, Dr. Alexander said.

While CIRD is highly contagious for dogs, it is not contagious for humans or other household pets such as cats. However, the virus that causes CIRD can live on fabrics and hard surfaces and can be transmitted from person to dog if the person has come into contact with a dog carrying the virus. To avoid such transmission, Dr. Alexander recommends thorough hand-washing after touching or petting a dog.

A vaccine that counters CIRD is available and can be administered by a veterinarian. This vaccine is separate from the kennel cough vaccine.

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