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Governor Rauner Signs Veteran Preference Bill

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SPRINGFIELD, IL – Governor Bruce Rauner signed House Bill 3122 creating the Veterans Preference in Private Employment Act, allowing private employers to voluntarily establish preference in employment for certain veterans.

“I am proud that Illinois is taking the initiative in helping veterans who often times face greater barriers when finding employment,” Governor Rauner said. “All of us have a responsibility to ensure that job opportunities are available to those who serve our country.”

The law, sponsored by Rep. Robert W. Pritchard (R-Hinckley), aims to reduce the unemployment rate for the more than 800,000 veterans in Illinois. By amending the Illinois Human Rights Act, it allows an employer to voluntarily establish a preference for hiring veterans as long as there is a publicly posted policy that is applied uniformly for all employment decisions regarding the hiring, promotion or retention of employees.

“Those that put their lives on the line and serve their country shouldn’t be forgotten when they take off their uniform and seek a job in the private sector,” Rep. Pritchard said.  “While many private companies may want to hire veterans for their leadership, job skills and experience, they were cautious of violating laws against discrimination.”

The act applies to veterans of the five service branches, their reserve components, and the Illinois National Guard. Illinois law currently includes a veterans’ preference policy for public sector employment and protections against discrimination based on military status.

“I’m proud of our department’s role in passing this important legislation that provides greater opportunities for our veterans, and strengthens the Illinois Human Rights Act for all Illinoisans,” Illinois Department of Human Rights Director Rocco Claps said.

For more information on anti-discrimination laws and the Illinois Department of Human Rights, please visit www2.illinois.gov/dhr.

The Illinois Human Rights Act protects individuals from discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex (including sexual harassment and pregnancy), national origin, ancestry, age (40 and over), marital status, disability, military status, familial status, sexual orientation (including gender identity) or unfavorable military discharge.

Howie Mandel Joins Draft Biden National Finance Team

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Dr. Howie Mandel, a prominent Los Angeles-based Democratic donor, is the latest person to join Draft Biden 2016’s National Finance Team. Dr. Mandel served on Obama for America’s Health Policy Advisory Committee and was previously an advisor to then Senator Biden on health care issues during his presidential campaign.

Touting Vice President Biden’s foreign policy experience, Dr. Mandel said, “The 2016 Presidential election will be about truth and the future. In 2007, then Senator Biden was 100% right about Iraq. He was 100% right about Afghanistan. In the 90’s, he was right about Bosnia. There are few statesmen in America today with his knowledge and experience in international affairs.”

Dr. Mandel further added, “Vice President Biden has always been a fighter for our people living in inner cities, the working man/woman, women’s rights, kids and law enforcement. He tells the truth; he is authentic. The millennial generation is now the largest in America—it demands authenticity, it demands honesty, it demands a leader with knowledge and experience who will fight for them. It is time for an American leader that tells it like it is. The world is a dangerous place but with honest, straight talking leadership, together we can handle America’s problems. We need Joe Biden to run for President.”

“We are proud to welcome Dr. Howie Mandel to the growing ranks of our finance team,” said Jon Cooper, National Finance Chair for Draft Biden 2016. “He joins other major Democratic donors and fundraisers who have already pledged their support to Vice President Biden. The enthusiasm for his presidential run is palpable, particularly among former Obama bundlers who have been looking for a candidate they can get excited about. Joe Biden is that candidate.”

Dr. Howie Mandel with Vice President Joe Biden

Dr. Howie Mandel with Vice President Joe Biden

Rep. Welch Bill Aimed at Improving Services for Children with Developmental Disabilities Signed into Law

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WESTCHESTER, IL – A bi-partisan measure introduced by Illinois State Rep. Chris Welch (D-Hillside) to help ensure that children with developmental disabilities are enrolled in the required state database to be eligible for services, was recently signed into law by the governor.

“It is critical that children with developmental disabilities are enrolled in the PUNS database so that they are eligible for services they need to succeed in the future,” Welch said. “This measure will ensure that schools and parents understand what the PUNS database is and that children in need of these services are not left out.”

The Department of Human Services (DHS) maintains a statewide database called the Prioritization of Urgency of Need for Services (PUNS) that records information about those with development disabilities who are potentially in need of services. Welch’s bill, now Public Act 99-0144, requires (DHS) and the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE), subject to appropriation, to develop and implement an online, computer-based training program for one designated employee in each public school across the state to educate them about the PUNS database and the steps needed to ensure that children in need of developmental disability services are enrolled.

The new law takes effect on Jan. 1, 2016.

Welch represents the 7th District which includes all or parts of Bellwood, Berkley, Broadview, Forest Park, Hillside, La Grange Park, Maywood, Melrose Park, Northlake, River Forest, Westchester and Western Springs.

Fix the Voting Rights Act Now: Sign The Petition to Congress

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Sign the petition to Congress:

“Thanks to the Supreme Court, the Voting Rights Act is weaker now than when it was passed 50 years ago. Fight to pass the Voting Rights Advancement Act, which would restore the Voting Rights Act and block new efforts to suppress African-American and Latino votes.”

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The Right to Vote
Fifty years ago this summer, at the height of the civil rights movement, Congress passed and President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Voting Rights Act to prohibit racial discrimination in voting. The law wasn’t perfect, but it frequently stopped states with a history of discriminatory voting laws from preventing African-Americans and Latinos from voting.
But In 2013, the right-wing ideologues on the United States Supreme Court handed down a shameful decision that gutted the Voting Rights Act, ending decades of protection for minorities against discriminatory and unfair attempts to limit voting based on one’s race.

Progressive champions in Congress recently introduced the Voting Rights Advancement Act, which would restore the Voting Rights Act and stop Republicans in states around the country from enacting racist voter ID and voter suppression laws.1 We need to keep the pressure on Congress to crack down on racial discrimination in voting.

While the Supreme Court didn’t invalidate Section 5, a key part of the Voting Rights Act, it threw out the basic formula that has been used practically since the bill’s passage in 1965 to determine where the Justice Department must provide approval before local election rules that would suppress the votes of African-American and Latino citizens can be put into effect. Voter suppression rules can still be challenged by the Department of Justice after the fact, but this often happens too late to prevent minority voters from being blocked from the polls. The court’s decision effectively guts the Voting Rights Act, rendering it useless until Congress updates the coverage formula for Section 5.

Republicans didn’t waste any time in taking advantage of this ruling for electoral gain. Within hours of Supreme Court’s decision, several states in the South immediately announced that they would pursue onerous new voter ID laws that were clearly designed to make it harder for African-Americans and Latinos to vote.2 All told, 395 voting restrictions have been passed at the state and local levels in the past five years alone.3

The Voting Rights Advancement Act is the strongest voting rights bill ever introduced in the United States Congress. It would require states with a history of recent voting discrimination to clear changes to voting laws with the Department of Justice, require any new state voter ID laws are reviewed and approved by the federal government, and block new efforts to suppress African-American and Latino votes.
Crucially, the bill would also give the U.S. Attorney General the authority to send federal election observers to monitor elections in which there’s a risk of voting discrimination.
If Congress doesn’t act, the 2016 election will be the first presidential election in 50 years in which voters don’t have the full protections of the Voting Rights Act. We need to pressure Congress to act now to stop racial discrimination in voting.

Thanks for fighting to protect and expand voting rights.
Josh Nelson, Campaign Manager
CREDO Action from Working Assets
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  1. Ari Berman, “Congressional Democrats Introduce an Ambitious New Bill to Restore the Voting Rights Act“, The Nation, June 23, 2015.
  2. Voting Rights in the Post-Shelby County Era“, acslaw.org, June 20, 2014.
  3. Ari Berman, “50 Years After Bloody Sunday, Voting Rights Are Under Attack“, The Nation, March 5, 2015.

Russell Simmons, FM Supreme and Ameena Matthews to Lead Chicago Youth Peace Walk: “Long Walk to Freedom: Making Peace Starts With Me”

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CHICAGO, IL – On Saturday, August 1st, Russell Simmons, business magnate and co-founder of Def Jam Recordings, will join community organizers FM Supreme of CIYPM and Ameena Matthews of Pause For Peace/The Interrupters to lead the Chicago Youth Peace Walk: “Long Walk to Freedom: Making Peace Starts With Me.”

Over 300 young Chicagoans and their supporters will gather for the walk at 11:00 AM on Saturday, August 1st at George’s Music Room, 3915 W Roosevelt (full schedule below.)

Organizers say they are walking for peace because too many Chicago youth are dying violently before graduating high school. This gathering is their call for community members, teachers, street leaders, clergy members, cultural influencers, and elected officials to come together in love, peace, solidarity & unity.

“It is a long walk to  freedom, as Nelson Mandela once wrote, and without justice, there can never be peace,” says Jessica Disu of CIYPM. “7-year-olds deserve justice. 10-year-olds are worthy of peace. Now is the time to say no more gun violence and to gather and unite as a village to stand and pray with and for our communities.”

“The Chicago International Youth Peace Movement is making a difference every day on the ground in Chicago, a city that has far too much needless violence, death and trauma,” said Russell Simmons, founder of RushCard. “I am so pleased that RushCard’s Keep the Peace initiative is supporting this organization, and encourage the entire community to come out on August 1st and march for peace.”

According to Homicide in Chicago:

  • Year-to-date estimates of Chicago violence statistics:
  • Shot & Killed: 222
  • Shot & Wounded: 1234
  • Total Shot: 1456

SCHEDULE: Saturday, August 1st
11:00 AM –  WALK BEGINS: George’s Music Room, 3915 W Roosevelt
11:30 AM –  PRAY-IN: Homan & Roosevelt
Holy Family Ministries, 3415 W Arthington (Homan & Arthington)

VISUALS: 300 Chicago community members and youth marching with parents, faith leaders, and cultural influencers. Holy Family Ministries Peace Jam will feature speeches and performances. Backpacks and school supplies will be given away to youth at Holy Family Ministries.

ORGANIZED BY: CIYPM in community partnership with Ameena Matthews (Pause For Peace/The Interrupters), Earthheart Foundation, Kuumba Lynx, Holy Family Ministries, and N.O.B.L.E. Chicago

Chicago International Youth Peace Movement, a peer to peer mentoring and youth leadership advocacy group, empowers, inspire and activate youth and young adult voices for nonviolence and social change. Our mission is to creatively promote peace and nonviolence through the arts, mentoring, civic engagement, and youth led and young adult facilitated programming.

President Obama Announces More Key Administration Posts

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WASHINGTON, DC – President Barack Obama announced his intent to nominate the following individuals to key Administration posts:

  • Darryl L. DePriest – Chief Counsel for Advocacy, Small Business Administration
  • John D. Feeley – Ambassador to the Republic of Panama, Department of State
  • Beverly Scott – Member, National Transportation Safety Board
  • Michael F. Suarez, S.J. – Member, National Council on the Humanities
  • Victoria A. Lipnic – Commissioner, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

President Obama also announced his intent to appoint the following individuals to key Administration posts:

  • Brigadier General Richard G. Kaiser – Commissioner, Mississippi River Commission
  • Major General Michael C. Wehr – President, Mississippi River Commission
  • Judith Kimble – Chairman, President’s Committee on the National Medal of Science

President Obama said, “I am confident that these experienced and hardworking individuals will help us tackle the important challenges facing America, and I am grateful for their service.  I look forward to working with them.”

President Obama announced his intent to nominate the following individuals to key Administration posts:

Darryl L. DePriest, Nominee for Chief Counsel for Advocacy, Small Business Administration

Darryl L. DePriest is currently the Senior Consultant for Legal and Regulatory Communications for Hill + Knowlton Strategies, a position he has held since 2008.  Prior to joining Hill + Knowlton, Mr. DePriest served as the General Counsel of the American Bar Association from 1988 until 2006.  From 1980 to 1988, Mr. DePriest was a litigation attorney at Jenner & Block, where he was named partner in 1987.  From 1979 to 1980, he was a judicial law clerk for the Judge Robert E. Keeton of the United States Circuit Court for the District of Massachusetts.  Mr. DePriest has also served as a fellow, board member, and president of Leadership Greater Chicago, and as chair of the City of Chicago Board of Ethics.  Mr. DePriest received a B.A. from Harvard University and a J.D. from Harvard Law School.

John D. Feeley, Nominee for Ambassador to the Republic of Panama, Department of State

John D. Feeley, a career member of the Foreign Service, class of Minister-Counselor, currently serves as Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs at the Department of State, a position he has held since 2012.  Previously, Mr. Feeley served as Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Mexico City, Mexico from 2009 to 2012, Assessor in the Office of Recruitment from 2008 to 2009, and Director of the Office of Central American Affairs from 2006 to 2008.  Prior to that, Mr. Feeley was Deputy Executive Secretary in the Executive Secretariat from 2004 to 2006, Deputy Director in the Office of Andean Affairs from 2003 to 2004, and Deputy Political Counselor at the U.S. Embassy in Mexico City from 2001 to 2003.  He also served as Deputy Director in the Office of Caribbean Affairs from 2000 to 2001, Executive Assistant in the Office of the Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs from 1999 to 2000, and as a Policy Planning Officer in the Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs from 1998 to 1999.  His earlier assignments with the Department of State included postings in Colombia and the Dominican Republic.  He served in the U.S. Marine Corps form 1983 to 1990.  Mr. Feeley received a B.S. from Georgetown University and an M.A. from the National Defense University.

Beverly Scott, Nominee for Member, National Transportation Safety Board

Beverly Scott most recently served as the General Manager of the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority and as the Massachusetts Department of Transportation Rail & Transit Administrator, roles she held from 2012 to April 2015.  Dr. Scott has also served as a Member on the National Infrastructure Advisory Council since 2011 and was designated Vice Chair in 2012.  From 2007 to 2012, she was the Chief Executive Officer and General Manager of the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority.  Prior to that, Dr. Scott served as the Chief Executive Officer and General Manager of the Sacramento Regional Transit District from 2002 to 2007.  From 1996 to 2002, she was the General Manager of the Rhode Island Public Transit Authority.  Previously, Dr. Scott was the Deputy General Manager for Administration for the Washington Metropolitan Area Transportation Authority from 1994 to 1996.  From 1992 to 1994, she was the Executive Director for the National Forum for Black Public Administrators.  Before that role, Dr. Scott served as the Assistant Executive Director for Administration for the New Jersey Transit Corporation from 1990 to 1992.  From 1985 to 1990, she held several roles at the Metropolitan Transportation Authority of New York, including Vice President of Surface Transit at New York City Transit Authority from 1988 to 1990, and Senior Vice President of Operations Support for the Triborough Bridge and Tunnel Authority in 1990.  Dr. Scott received a B.A. from Fisk University and a Ph.D. from Howard University.

Michael F. Suarez, S.J., Nominee for Member, National Council on the Humanities

Michael F. Suarez, S.J. is Director of Rare Book School, University Professor, Professor of English, and Honorary Curator of Special Collections at the University of Virginia, positions he has held since 2009.  Mr. Suarez held the J.A. Kavanaugh Chair in English at Fordham University from 1999 to 2009, and was a Fellow and Tutor as a member of the Oxford University Faculty of English from 1995 to 2009.  He was a Junior Research Fellow at St. John’s College, Oxford from 1995 to 1999, and was an Instructor at LeMoyne College from 1988 to 1990.  Mr. Suarez has been Editor-in-Chief of Oxford Scholarly Editions Online for Oxford University Press since 2010.  He is a member of the Board of Trustees of The Library Company of Philadelphia, the Advisory Board of the Library of Congress Literacy Awards Program, the Council of The Bibliographical Society of America, and the Board of Managers of the Lewis Walpole Library at Yale University.  Mr. Suarez has received numerous awards and honors, including a Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study Fellowship from 2005 to 2006, a Research Fellowship from the American Council of Learned Societies from 2003 to 2004, a National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Fellowship in 1990, and a Marshall Scholarship at Oxford University from 1984 to 1987.  He was ordained as a Jesuit priest in 1994 after entering the Society of Jesus in 1982.  Mr. Suarez received a B.A. from Bucknell University, an M.Th. and M.Div. from the Weston Jesuit School of Theology, and an M.A./B.A., M.St., and D.Phil., from Oxford University.

President Obama announced his intent to appoint the following individuals to key Administration posts:

Brigadier General Richard G. Kaiser, Appointee for Commissioner, Mississippi River Commission

Brigadier General Richard G. Kaiser is Commander and Division Engineer for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Great Lakes and Ohio River Division, positions he has held since 2014.  General Kaiser was promoted to the rank of Brigadier General in 2014.  Previously, he served as Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations with the Allied Rapid Reaction Corps in England from 2013 to 2014.  General Kaiser served as Chief of Staff of the 82nd Airborne Division from 2012 to 2013.  He served as Commander of the 20th Engineer Brigade at Fort Bragg, North Carolina from 2008 to 2012 and in Operation New Dawn in Iraq.  General Kaiser was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Army in 1987.  He has received numerous awards and decorations, including the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, and Army Commendation Medal.  General Kaiser received a B.S. from Marquette University, an M.S. from University of Missouri-Rolla, and an M.S. from the U.S. Army War College.

Major General Michael C. Wehr, Appointee for President, Mississippi River Commission

Major General Michael C. Wehr is Commander for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Mississippi Valley Division, a position he has held since 2014.  He was promoted to the rank of Major General in 2014.  General Wehr commanded the South Pacific Division, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, from 2011 to 2013.  He served in Joint Assignments including Director, Joint Engineering Directorate, United States Forces-Afghanistan, and Commander, Transatlantic Division (Forward), Afghanistan from 2013 to 2014.  General Wehr served in additional operational assignments including Director, CJ-Engineer, Combined Security Transition Command-Afghanistan during Operation Enduring Freedom, Afghanistan from 2010 to 2011, Commander, 307th Engineer Battalion, 82 nd Airborne Division during Operation Iraqi Freedom, Iraq from 2003 to 2004, and service within the Division Engineer, 82 nd Airborne Division during Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm, Saudi Arabia and Iraq from 1990 to 1991.  He served as the Engineer Plans Officer, United States Pacific Command, Camp H. M. Smith, Hawaii from 2001 to 2003.  General Wehr has received numerous awards and decorations including the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit, and Bronze Star Medal.  He was a Senior Service College Military Fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2006.  General Wehr received a B.S. from Santa Clara University and an M.S. from the University of Texas.

Dr. Judith Kimble, Appointee for Chairman, President’s Committee on the National Medal of Science

Dr. Judith Kimble is the Vilas Professor of Biochemistry at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and an investigator with the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.  One of her major contributions was the discovery of the first stem cell ‘niche,’ which controls stem cell maintenance.  Dr. Kimble is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, the American Academy of Sciences, and the American Philosophical Society.  She has been President of the Genetics Society of America and the Society for Developmental Biology, and has served on numerous boards and committees, both nationally and internationally.  Dr. Kimble was a member of the President’s Committee on the National Medal of Science from 2012 to 2014.  She completed her postdoctoral training at the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology in Cambridge, England.  Dr. Kimble received an A.B. from the University of California, Berkeley and a Ph.D. from University of Colorado at Boulder.

Victoria A. Lipnic, Nominee for Commissioner, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

Victoria A. Lipnic is serving as a Commissioner of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), a position she has held since 2010.  Prior to joining the EEOC, Ms. Lipnic served Of Counsel to Seyfarth Shaw LLP.  From 2002 to 2009, Ms. Lipnic served as the Assistant Secretary of Labor for Employment Standards at the Department of Labor.  She also served as Workforce Policy Counsel on the Education and Labor Committee in the United States House of Representatives.  Before that, Ms. Lipnic was in-house counsel for labor and employment matters at the United States Postal Service for six years.  She previously served as a Special Assistant for Business Liaison to former Secretary of Commerce Malcolm Baldrige.  Ms. Lipnic received a B.A. from Allegheny College and a J.D. from George Mason University School of Law.

Source: whitehouse.gov.

Microsoft and HBCU Connect Target Black Tech Professionals in the Washington D.C. Area for VIP Event on Sept. 17th

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Microsoft and HBCU Connect Event

More than 100 professionals attended year’s event in Northern Virginia

Washington, DC (BlackNews.com) – In partnership with Microsofts IT and Information Security & Risk Management Business, HBCU Connect is offering black technical professionals the opportunity to meet with representatives from Microsoft to learn more about career opportunities, network with their peers, as well as open up one on one discussions with Microsoft team members that could lead to future employment.

HBCU Connect has executed on events for Microsofts recruitment efforts in the past, hosting a similar event last year for the Cloud & Enterprise group, also at the National Society of Black Engineers conference, and recently at a private VIP event for Black HR professionals in the D.C., Maryland, and Virginia region. The event for technical professionals on September 17th will target software engineers, service/network engineers, Program Managers and experienced IT/Security professionals in the DMV region. The decision to host the event in the D.C. area was based largely on the success of HBCU Connects most recent event with Microsoft in Alexandria, Virginia, as well as a large population of black technical professionals in HBCU Connects own member database.

We expect to see 50 to 65 professionals in attendance that will be looking to land interviews with Microsoft leadership, as well as learn more about what life at Microsoft is like as an African American said Will Moss, CEO of HBCUConnect.com. In each of our events we set up time for Microsoft employees to give a brief presentation about interesting work they are involved in, as well as a day in the life from an African American perspective, working for Microsoft, such that attendees can relate.

This will be a great opportunity for African Americans working in software, networking, or IT to make new connections, expand their network, and explore new career opportunities.

The event will be held on September 17th from 5pm to 8pm and will be RSVP only. Once attendance is confirmed, exact location will be shared as well as details on parking and an agenda for the evening.

For more information, details, and how to register, visit www.hbcuconnect.com/microsoft/dc.cgi?src=bn
Founded in 1999, HBCUConnect.com is the first and largest media outlet targeted towards the Historically Black College and University (HBCU) community. Boasting over 1.5 million registered members and encompassing a complete web portal, magazine, recruiting engine, social networking site, forums, blogs, news feeds and shopping, HBCUConnect.com serves the needs of HBCU aspirants, students, alumni, faculty and staff by providing a single destination and launching point for the entire diaspora.

Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) Joins House & Senate Democrats to Hold Press Event Commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the Voting Rights Act

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Members of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) will join Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (D-MD), Assistant Democratic Leader James E. Clyburn (D-SC) and Members of the House and Senate Democratic Caucuses to hold a press event on Thursday, July 30, 2015, at 10:00 a.m. EDT on the House East Front Steps to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act (VRA).


  • House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi
  • House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (D-MD)
  • Assistant House Democratic Leader James E. Clyburn (D-SC)
  • Assistant Senate Democratic Leader Richard Durbin (D-IL)
  • Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT)
  • Congressman John Lewis (D-GA)
  • Congressional Hispanic Caucus Chairwoman Linda Sánchez (D-CA)
  • Congressional Black Caucus Chairman G. K. Butterfield (D-NC)
  • Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus Chairwoman Judy Chu (D-CA)
  • Members of the House Democratic Caucus

Press Event to Commemorate 50th Anniversary of Voting Rights Act, Thursday, July 30, 2015 at 10:00 a.m., on the  House East Front Steps, The Capitol, Washington, D.C.

Illinois State Board of Education Recognizes Award Winning Career and Technical Students

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Eighty-eight high school and occupational school students win medals at National Leadership Conference

SPRINGFIELD, IL –The Illinois State Board of Education recognized nearly 90 students from across Illinois for their performance in National Students Taking Action with Recognition (STAR) Competitive Events at the 2015 Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) National Conference in Washington, D.C.  This year’s conference brought together more than 4,100 students who were the top competitors in STAR events in their districts and states.

FCCLA is a career and technical student organization with a membership of nearly 200,000 students in more than 5,500 chapters. The National Conference offers students from FCCLA chapters across the country the opportunity to learn from speakers, improve their leadership skills, and explore possible career paths. Illinois students won awards in 27 of the 32 STAR events.

“These students are leaders in their fields of study and deserve this national recognition,” said State Superintendent of Education Tony Smith. “Career and Technical skills are an important part of our education system, preparing students for success after they graduate from high school. It will play an important role in the future as our education system evolves to meet the needs of all students and the needs of our state economy.”

Events are designed to support and enhance college and career-readiness, leadership, management, and problem-solving skills. The competitive events reflect a variety of themes in Family and Consumer Science education, including Advocacy, Culinary Arts, Early Childhood Education, Entrepreneurship, Fashion Design, Life Event Planning, and Nutrition and Wellness.

The theme of this year’s conference was “Together We Are Healthy.” The 2016 National Leadership Conference will focus on empowerment.

Medals were presented on July 9 at a recognition ceremony. The following is a list of the winners.

Adlai E. Stevenson High School: Robin Cheifetz, Madison Randol, Jordan Zatz

Camp Point Central High School: Abigail Heinecke, Anne Vestal

Dwight Township High School: Lucy Rieke, Mark Taylor, Hannah Van der Karr

Glenbrook North High School: Zainab Ahmed, Riana Bakis, Anujin Batbold, Michael Bubaris, Megan Cho, Samantha Heyman, Janet Lee, Coco Yang, Benjamin Zhao

Greenfield High School: Aubrey Jenkins

John Hersey High School: Christine Chang, Amy Chou

Knoxville High School: Dakota Storde

Liberty High School: Haley Daggett, Briana Essington, Olivia Hanzel, Justine Obert, Zoey Obert, Brooke Wiewel

Lockport Township High School: Martha Guerrero

Maine South High School: Nikki Bauer, Mary Grace Inserra

Maine West High School: Quin Santucci

Mount Pulaski High School: TJ Benhart, Brady Coppinger, Garrett Johnston, Sam Koehl, Clayton Lindley, Eli Olson, Hannah Riedle, Brady Walsh

Niles North High School: Matheu Hoegen

Oakland CUSD #5 High School: Zac Cash, Megan Dowling, Carey Hendrix, Alexis Kiser, Ashley Patton, Taylor Veach

Prairie Central High School: Tiffany Antonetti, Grant Bachtold, Dakota Bazzell, Kyah Bazzell, Ariel Bohm, Valorie Campbell, Kamryn Fehr, Tate Hetherington, Gretchen Maier, Jacie Martin, Iris Mendez, Brittany Rayburn, Savannah Shores, Leah Zorn

Prospect High School: Kristen Fedor, Paige Gillogly, Ellie Gut, Dayna Laffey, Julia Mozdzen, Kathryn Penner, Jessica Sell

ROWVA High School: Nicole Brown, Allison Chasteen, Katie England, Grace Johnson, Dylan Kuberski

St. Charles East High School: Anastasia Anastopolous, Celina Diciaula, Nicole Klose

St. Charles North High School: Taylor Hoekstra, Sophia Sandrzyk

Thornridge High School: Ariana Dority

West Aurora High School: Jacquelyn Diaz, Angyela Hernandez, Yarelli Hernandez, Hayley Karn, Miracle Maddox, Cristina  Sosa

Wilco Area Career Center: Hannah Eichelberger, Alyssa Warren

Wolcott School: Mollie Aeder, Imani Turner

Famed Comedienne Alycia Cooper to Appear Every Week on Season 9 of NBC’s “Last Comic Standing”

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The series airs every Wednesday at 9 p.m. on NBC

Alycia Cooper

Nationwide (BlackNews.com) –Beginning Wednesday, famed African-American comedian, Alycia Cooper, will compete as a contestant on season 9 of NBCs Last Comic Standing, Executive Produced by Wanda Sykes and Page Hurwitz. Cooper, a Maryland native has been performing since the age of 5 at Howard Universitys Childrens Theatre, and continued acting throughout college as she played the role of Evilene in The University of MD College Parks production of The Wiz, directed by Mike Malone, Debbie Allens mentor.

For the past 15 years, Alycia has also been performing stand up comedy, and has appeared on such shows as Americas Got Talent, Stand Up in Stilettos, Stand Up & Deliver, Gotham Live, The Gossip Queens, Comics Unleashed, Comicview, We Got Next, and Whose Got Jokes, to name a few. Alycia then returned to her acting roots and has appeared in such television shows as: The Parkers, Grounded for Life, and was in the pilot episode of Raising Hope.

In 2015, Alycia co-starred in two feature films: 12 Angry Men and Women, and As Evil Does. She has opened for and ghost written for some of the biggest names in the business. In 2004, Essence Magazine showcased her as One to Watch, which she certainly is. Shes now entering major contests and taking home the gold.

Alycia is the current reigning champion of the prestigious comedy contest, The Ladies of Laughter (aka LOL) which took place in the comedy capitol of the world, New York City, beating out hundreds of contestants. From there, she booked more television shows, and was given regular spots at The World Famous Comedy Store because Pauly Shore, part owner of the club, was in the audience. She is now doing huge theater shows on the LOL comedy tour, which also includes colleges and universities.

Alycia has her own Pandora comedy station, YouTube channel, and has released three comedy albums: Paper Chasin, Stimulus Package, and I Wasnt Always Saved.

Alycia has her own Pandora comedy station, YouTube channel, and has released three comedy albums: Paper Chasin, Stimulus Package, and I Wasnt Always Saved.

The biggest benefit to being an entertainer to Alycia is being able to perform overseas for our men and women in uniform. She has been to Japan, Korea, Guam, Oman, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, and Djibouti Africa. This gives her the opportunity to entertain and meet some of the most courageous Americans in the world.

Alycia Cooper is available immediately for radio and television interviews, to host your corporate event, headline a comedy show, be the guest entertainer at your private function, etc. Her website is: AlyciaCooper.com, and you can follow her on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter @AlyciaCooper, to stay connected.
For more details about Alycia Cooper, visit www.AlyciaCooper.com

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