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Unfair, One-Sided 8th Ward Meeting on Medical Marijuana Dispensary Leaves Many Attendees Baffled

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By Juanita Bratcher

Editor & Publisher, CopyLine Magazine

UPDATE TO THIS ARTICLE, 9/16/15 – The Fight continues to keep the Medical Marijuana Dispensary out of the 8th Ward.

The fight by 8th Ward Residents to keep a Medical Marijuana Dispensary from coming to the 8th Ward is not over. At the August 21st hearing before the Zoning Board of Appeals, Harborside-IGM requested and received a continuance. The next hearing is scheduled for November 20, 2015, at 121 N. LaSalle St., at 2 p.m. EWAC is urging the community that it is urgent to attend this meeting in numbers as they did for the August 21st hearing, saying “we need your continued support…we must remain focused on our goal – keeping the medical marijuana dispensary out of the 8th Ward.” 

Alderman Michelle Harris’ 8th Ward Community Forum to discuss a medical cannabis dispensary headed to the 8th Ward was far from being an “Open Community Discussion”. The one-sided discussion – with only input from pro-dispensary officials and advocates – allowed no formal input from people who are in opposition to the dispensary coming to the area. There is a great level of dissatisfaction and opposition to it being there, and residents have said as much in two community meetings sponsored by the Eighth Ward Accountability Coalition (EWAC), holding up signs stating: “We don’t want it!”.

Some attendees at the forum openly suggested several times that Jerry Brown, an official of EWAC, add to the discussion and speak out for anti-dispensary advocates, all to no avail. They also questioned a “supposed to be informative meeting” which they considered was “unfair and one-sided.”

Brown’s  organization, EWAC, was instrumental in making the community aware of the proposed dispensary, which had already been approved by the Chicago City Council without a public hearing being held in the 8th Ward. A deferral was granted at the request of EWAC, after the organization complained about the alderman’s failure to hold public meetings or post adequate notice of the proposed dispensary.

Alderman Harris said she has always supported her community, that there’s never been a time that “I stood against my community.” She went on to say that there were people who said she was trying to hide, but was quick to say, “I’m not trying to hide.”

The proposed Medical Marijuana Dispensary, a joint venture of California-based Harborside Health Center and Illinois Grown Medicine (IGM), will be located at 1111 E. 87th Street.

Harris staff passed out forms to attendees asking them to make a choice as to whether they were in favor of the Medical Marijuana Dispensary or not in favor of it. The alderman noted that the votes would be counted, including telephone calls and e-mails sent to the 8th Ward office pertaining to the dispensary, and a decision would be made according to overall combined input from 8th Ward residents.

A meeting on the proposed dispensary is scheduled before the Zoning Board of Appeals on Friday, August 21st at 121 N. LaSalle Street, Room 200 at 2 p.m. For more information on EWAC’s plans, you can contact Brown at 630-542-7320 or jrbcomm@yahoo.com.

COMING SOON: CopyLine Magazine will post an in depth videotape interview with Jerry Brown on its website to let the 8th Ward community know EWAC’s position on the proposed Medical Marijuana Dispensary.

Here are links to previous articles posted on www.copylinemagazine.com about the Medical Marijuana Dispensary:

http://www.copylinemagazine.com/wp-admin/post.php?post=79742&action=edit

http://www.copylinemagazine.com/2015/08/10/we-don%E2%80%99t-want-it-a-rallying-cry-from-8th-ward-residents-against-a-medical-marijuana-dispensary-coming-to-their-ward/

http://www.copylinemagazine.com/?s=why+is+alderman+harris+%22mum%22+on+a+medical+marijuana+dispensary+headed+for+the+8th+ward%3F

Photo Caption: Alderman Michelle Harris at podium discussing specifics of the proposed marijuana dispensary for the 8th Ward.

Photo by: Clarence McMillan

 

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Juanita Bratcher is an Award-Winning Journalist, the Publisher of www.copylinemagazine.com and the author of several books, songwriter and poet. She has been a Journalist for more than 39 years covering politics, education and a wide-range of other topics.

Illinois Department of Public Health Achieves PHABulous Accreditation

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Illinois is one of 8 state health departments to obtain national public health accreditation

SPRINGFIELD, IL – Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) Director Nirav D. Shah, M.D., J.D., announced today that IDPH has achieved national accreditation through the Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB).  To receive accreditation, a health department must undergo a rigorous, multi-faceted, peer-reviewed assessment process to ensure it meets or exceeds a set of quality standards and measures.

“The accreditation process helps ensure the programs and services we provide are responsive to the needs of our communities,” said Director Shah.  “Achieving accreditation demonstrates our accountability and credibility to the public and our partners, and our commitment to continuously strive to improve the health of all Illinois citizens.”

IDPH’s mission is to promote the health of the people of Illinois through the prevention and control of disease and injury.  IDPH is guided by the following principles:

  • Preventing disease and injury
  • Protecting food, water, air, and environment
  • Promoting safe and healthy communities
  • Utilizing scientific methods to analyze and solve problems
  • Fostering partnerships to achieve coordinated response to community health issues
  • Using population-based strategies to address public health issues
  • Advocating for public health policies to improve the health of populations
  • Recognizing the values and needs of diverse populations
  • Encouraging innovation as an essential part of the practice of public health

“IDPH joins the growing ranks of accredited health departments in a strong commitment to their public health mission,” said PHAB President and CEO Kaye Bender, PhD, RN, FAAN. “The peer-review process provides valuable feedback to inform health departments of their strengths and areas for improvement, so they can better protect and promote the health of the people they serve in their communities.”

The national accreditation program is jointly supported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

Marc H. Morial Remarks: 2015 State of Urban League Address

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Marc H. Morial, President and CEO, National Urban League:

Good Evening, Urban Leaguers!

We gather in sunny, steamy, balmy Fort Lauderdale for our 2015 Conference, “Save our Cities: Education, Jobs & Justice.”

We gather on the 50th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act, the 50th anniversary of the President Johnson’s Elementary and Secondary Education Act, and year 105 of the Urban League Movement.

We gather in the sunshine state, one of our Urban League strongholds, with seven active and effective affiliates:

  • The Urban League of Palm Beach, led by Patrick J. Franklin
  • The Central Florida Urban League, led by Interim President Shellie Ann Minnis
  • The Urban League of Greater Miami, Inc., led by T. Willard Fair
  • The Jacksonville Urban League, led by Dr. Richard Danforth
  • The Tallahassee Urban League, led by the Rev. Ernest Ferrell.
  • The Pinellas County Urban League, led by Watson l. Haynes II

But I especially want to thank our incredible hosts the Urban League of Broward County, and their exceptional leader, Dr. Germaine Smith-Baugh.

In Germaine Smith-Baugh, we have one of the brightest new leaders in the Urban League movement. She is precise, hard-working, and she has built a model affiliate here in Broward County.

I’d like to thank Al Tucker and the Broward County Hospitality Community, who made an irresistible case for bringing this year’s conference here, and made us some offers we couldn’t refuse.

This is our first conference under the leadership of our new national board chair, Michael F. Neidorff.  Chairman Neidorff is the Chairman, President and CEO of Centene Corporation, a Fortune 500 health care company that operates health plans serving 2.9 million people in 21 states and health insurance solutions to other health care and commercial organizations. We welcome Chairman Neidorff and thank him for his service.

Welcome, Affiliate leaders, CEO’s, Young Professionals, Affiliate board members, volunteers and supporters, all the speakers and workshop participants that will make the Urban League conference the biggest and most important civil rights, social justice and urban advocacy gatherings anywhere in America.

Welcome also to our Youth Summit participants – teenagers from across the nation. They are future, and they are our hope.

Five years ago this week, we gathered at the First Baptist Church of Glenarden, just outside Washington, D.C., and we launched the I am EMPOWERED campaign in celebration of our 100th anniversary.

Since then, the Urban League movement has served about 10 million people as economic first responders.

In the last 24 months, we’ve seen an acceleration of high profile incidents that have brought the issue of racial justice to the forefront of the American conversation.

We mourn the loss of Michael Brown. We mourn the loss of Tamir Rice. We mourn the loss of New York City Police Officers Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu. We mourn the loss of Walter Scott. We mourn the loss of Sandra Bland, Eric Garner, and Trayvon Martin, Clementa Pinckney and the Mother Emanuel Nine.

If police tactics were the spark that set off the explosion in Ferguson, we know that poverty, hopelessness and joblessness were the tinder.

As the discussion about racial justice has been elevated in America, the Urban League movement must be and will be part of the response and the solutions.

We must save our cities.

At the national level, our 10-point Plan for Justice and Police Accountability was presented to the President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing. We successfully advocated for key provisions that were included in the workforce innovation and opportunity act. The “Put Our Children First” multi-media campaign strengthened our support for Common Core Standards with an emphasis on equity.

But it has been our Affiliate leaders, under the leadership of Valerie Thompson, who have truly led the way: Michael McMillan in St. Louis breaking ground on a new community center on the site of a convenience store destroyed in Ferguson’s unrest … Marsha Mockabee in Cleveland, working together with a coalition of civil rights and human rights organizations to rebuild community trust in the wake of officer Michael Brelo’s acquittal … our Affiliate leaders in South Carolina including J.T. McLawhorne, Jil Littlejohn and Otha Meadows, who have been involved in the now-successful effort for the last 15 years to remove that symbol of hate, the confederate flag, from the state capitol grounds …. Not to mention our Trustee Jabar Shumate who’s become Chief Diversity Officer at the University of Oklahoma in response to an ugly incident of racial hostility involving a fraternity chant …. Our chairman Michael Neidorff who’s building a facility and putting people to work in Ferguson … and the countless number of Urban Leaguers, Young Professionals and GUILDers who’ve been involved in the streets, on social media, in boardrooms and in their community relationships.

We must save our cities

Some may ask if the Urban League is needed now, after more than 100 years. I would answer emphatically, unequivocally, forcefully and unapologetically, that not only is the Urban League still needed, the Urban League is needed now more than ever. If the Urban League didn’t exist today, there would be a National Task Force working with an army of economic experts trying to invent us.

Not all great men and women are Urban Leaguers. But all Urban Leaguers are great men and women. If one is willing to serve, then one is great. If one is willing to lead on difficult issues of racial justice and economic opportunity, then one is great. If one is willing to work beyond the headlines, then one is great.

We must save our cities.

What is the Urban League in the 21st Century? The landscape of the 21st Century is made up of think tanks. Think tanks have powerful thoughts and write excellent, well-worded position papers. They even sometimes produce model legislation. The 21st Century landscape is populated by talk tanks. They are erudite and articulate, and sometimes even clever and funny.

We in the Urban League can think, and we can talk. But at our core and in our DNAwe are a do-tank.

The do-tank must lead the effort to save our cities. The do-tank is about solutions.

In city after city that I visit, I see a recurring theme of a tale of two cities. I see glistening downtowns, I see beautiful hotels and office buildings. I see coffee shops and condos. But in city after city I need only ride another three blocks or 13 blocks or 30 blocks and I see stifling poverty. Rambling, ramshackle, substandard housing where people are paying exorbitant rents. I see men and women standing at bus stops, heading for work in the dark, to a job that does not pay a living wage. I see small-business entrepreneurs struggling to find capital to grow their enterprises and ideas.

You and I don’t read about this. You and I don’t study it. You and I see it ourselves, because you’ve given me the opportunity to travel to your affiliates – 15 cities in the last year alone, and over 90 in the last several years -  and I see a tale of two cities in every one of them.

If we are to save our cities, there are three main fronts on which we need to find long-term solutions: education, jobs and justice.

On education, we have been working  on solutions with congress as part of an interesting alliance between other civil rights groups and business leaders, to reauthorize the elementary and secondary education act during this 50th Anniversary Year of President Johnson’s edict for educational equity.

Our affiliates have been on the ground, working on solutions, supporting our efforts for common core state standards, because strong standards are the only way we can be economically competitive in a changing world – and standards without equitable and adequate funding will not succeed.

We must save our cities.

When it comes to jobs, the do-tank of the Urban League movement helped 16 thousand people find jobs last year and thousands more access high-quality job training, and we’ll match that record with anyone. With expanded support, I truly believe we could go from 16 thousand to 160,000 to 1.6 million. That’s how good our programs and our people are.

We must close the growing income and wealth gaps that threaten our economic progress.

We must save our cities.

When it comes to justice, we must fix the damage to democracy by the Supreme Court in the Shelby v. Holder decision. We are working for passage of the Voting Rights Amendment Act, a flexible and forward-looking set of protections against voter suppression and voter dilution. We can claim to be a free democracy only if everyone has a chance to choose our leaders. The pursuit of democracy is not a partisan issue. The diversity of this great nation must be reflected in our elected leadership and we must protect our greatest freedom, the freedom to vote, and freedom from sophisticated schemes to suppress or dilute the vote.

Further on the issue of justice, we must work for sensible gun safety laws. In 2015 alone, there have been more than 200 mass-shooting incidents in the United States, killing more than 250 people. Among those who died were the Emanuel 9 in Charleston, South Carolina, four marines and a sailor at military installations in Chattanooga Tennessee, and the two women killed at a movie theater in Lafayette, Louisiana, just last week.

Gun safety measures like criminal background checks for every gun purchase won’t prevent every gun death, but they might have kept guns out of the hands of Dylann Roof and john Russell Howard – people who have hate running through their veins and clouding their minds.

We must fix a broken criminal justice system, where non-violent offenders face unduly harsh sentences that defy common sense and logic, and a prison system which destructively drains $80 billion from schools, health clinics, community centers, transportation infrastructure.

Here in south Florida we will hear from five presidential candidates. We extended invitations to all candidates who appeared in a reputable public opinion poll such as Gallup, Rasmussen or Zogby, or who contacted us before July 1.  We want them to come, we want to hear from them. We’ve invited them here not for a feigned reality show, not for a political sideshow, and not to entertain us. If you want to be entertained, there’s always Bravo or ESPN. We want to hear the presidential candidates’ plans to save our cities. We want to know where they stand on the issues of education, jobs and justice. We want solutions and ideas, not rhetoric or slogans.

As a do-tank, we reaffirm our passion for non-partisan activism. We are not a democratic organization. We are not a republican organization. We’re not aligned with any political party, but we are passionate about our mission and our ideas. That means we have no permanent friends, we have no permanent enemies; we have only permanent interests.

We will work in coalition with the NAACP, the National Action Network, Black Lives Matter, the Black Women’s Roundtable, the National Council of La Raza, LULAC, Asian Americans Advancing Justice – other friends and allies in the civil rights and social justice community  – wherever we have a commonality of interest, be it with business leaders or faith leaders, or labor leaders, we will solicit ideas and work toward solutions.

We refuse to be place in a mold, or a box, or a straight jacket. We will dare, when necessary, to be different … to go our own course … to set the pace. We will not be driven by ego or personal gain. We will remember there are tree-shakers and jelly-makers. There are workhorses and showhorses. There are think tanks and talk tanks and do-tanks.

We are jelly-makers and workhorses who run the most effective do-tank devised in American history.

We will not rest on our history or coast on our reputation. We must – and will – embrace the new generation represented by our young professionals and our youth summit. And we do say black lives matter, because your life matters, and all lives matter.  Go ahead and turn to your neighbor and say “your life matters.”

When you are a do-tank, in communities, when you’re on the front lines, you know that jobs are not only about legislation or policy papers; it’s about connecting a single mom with two children to a GED program and skills training so she can get a job with a living wage and support her family.

Housing is not only about financial regulations and rules – it’s about connecting a young couple with a new baby to their first homeownership opportunity with a fair mortgage.

Education is not only about advocacy for more affordable college loans, but providing a scholarship to a financially struggling college freshman so she can continue to her sophomore year and providing a safe, healthy after-school youth development program.

The Urban League is nearly as old as the light bulb but as vital as the internet. We started right after teddy left the white house and we’ll still be here long after Barack goes back to Chicago. We’ve been around as long as the Model T but we move as fast as a 787 Dreamliner.

We are the Urban League of today. We are the Urban League of tomorrow. We are the urban of history and we are the Urban League of a new generation. We will save our cities. We can save our cities. We must save our cities

Save our cities: education, jobs and justice today.

Save our cities: education, jobs and justice tomorrow.

Save our cities: education, jobs and justice forever.

Don’t believe me? Just watch.

Noma Anderson to Receive Honors of the Association Award from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

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Noma Anderson is the Dean of the College of the Health Professions at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center

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Memphis, TN (BlackNews.com) — Noma Anderson, PhD, dean of the College of Health Professions at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC), will receive the Honors of the Association Award from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) during its convention in Denver, Colorado. She will be presented with the honor during an awards ceremony in November.The Honors of the Association is the highest award given by the ASHA and is a public recognition of distinguished and exceptional contributions to the field of speech, language and hearing.

Prior to her appointment at UTHSC in 2010, Dean Anderson was the immediate past chair and a professor in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at Florida International University (FIU) in Miami. She was also dean of the School of Health Sciences at FIU for five years. Prior to that, Dean Anderson was a chair for 10 years and on the faculty for 16 years in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at Howard University in Washington, D.C. Named a Fellow of ASHA in 1992, Dean Anderson was on the board of directors for ASHA from 1998-2000 as vice president for academic affairs, and again from 2006-2008, and served as president in 2007.

Dean Anderson holds a PhD in speech-language pathology from the University of Pittsburgh, and an MS in speech pathology from Emerson College in Boston. She received her BA in speech pathology and audiology from Hampton Institute in Hampton, Virginia.

The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association is the national professional, scientific, and credentialing association for 182,000 audiologists; speech-language pathologists; speech, language, and hearing scientists; audiology and speech-language pathology support personnel; and students. Audiologists specialize in preventing and assessing hearing and balance disorders as well as providing audiologic treatment, including hearing aids. Speech-language pathologists identify, assess, and treat speech and language problems, including swallowing disorders. For more information, visit www.asha.org.

As Tennessees only public, statewide, academic health system, the mission of the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC) is to bring the benefits of the health sciences to the achievement and maintenance of human health, with a focus on the citizens of Tennessee and the region, by pursuing an integrated program of education, research, clinical care, and public service. Offering a broad range of postgraduate and selected baccalaureate training opportunities, the main UTHSC campus is located in Memphis and includes six colleges: Dentistry, Graduate Health Sciences, Health Professions, Medicine, Nursing and Pharmacy. UTHSC also educates and trains cohorts of medicine, pharmacy and/or health professions students — in addition to medical residents and fellows — at its major sites in Knoxville, Chattanooga and Nashville. Founded in 1911, during its more than 100 years, UT Health Science Center has educated and trained more than 57,000 health care professionals in academic settings and health care facilities across the state. For more information, visit www.uthsc.edu. Follow us on Facebook: facebook.com/uthsc, on Twitter: twitter.com/uthsc and on Instagram: instagram.com/uthsc.

Photo: Noma Anderson, PhD, dean of the College of Health Professions at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, is the 2015 recipient of the Honors of the Association Award from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.


ISBE Kicks Off New School Year With “Hot Topics” Website for Parents and Community Members

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Website explains assessments, standards, and other key education initiatives for the 2015-16 school year

Text Box: Superintendent’s Key Areas of FocusState Superintendent of Education Tony Smith, Ph.D., has identified five key areas of focus to guide the agency’s initiatives. These are:•	Establish an adequate and equitable education finance system (Money)•	Common definition of, and fair access to, quality education (Quality)•	Maximize district autonomy to provide quality education to all families (Autonomy)•	Encourage competency-based learning (Competency)•	Districts and schools as centers of healthy communities (Community) To learn more, click here.SPRINGFIELD, IL — The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) has created a comprehensive online resource to keep parents and community members up to date on the latest initiatives shaping learning, instruction, and achievement in the classroom during the upcoming school year.

“Sharing information is key to schools building strong, positive relationships with parents and their communities as a whole,” said State Superintendent of Education Tony Smith, Ph.D. “The resources on our Hot Topics webpage were developed to help start productive conversations among educators, families, and the public about our ongoing education initiatives.”

ISBE’s Hot Topics page at http://isbe.net/hot-topics.htm provides fact sheets, talking points, and other materials to explain the latest news and information about state assessments, updated learning standards, educator evaluations, and supports available to school districts to improve student achievement. Specific topics on the site include:

  • The Kindergarten Individual Development Survey (KIDS) – KIDS is a tool for measuring school readiness across various developmental domains. ISBE has modified the KIDS implementation plan to collect and report school readiness data for all kindergartners over the next three school years.
  • 2015-16 State Assessments – The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) exam will return for the second year in spring 2016 with a shorter, easier-to-administer format. ISBE is also developing a new assessment aligned to the new Illinois Learning Standards in science to be administered to students during the 2015-16 school year. A college entrance exam for students is also planned for spring 2016.
  • Progress and Supports – Illinois now has a deeper, more descriptive process to report on the progress that our schools and districts are making toward all students graduating college and career ready. Foundational and other support services, from general to more intensive, are available to school districts to improve student achievement and implement turnaround principles and practices.

  • Teacher Evaluations — Districts continue to implement, or plan to implement, a new comprehensive educator evaluation system that incorporates multiple measures of student growth and professional practice.

  • Illinois Learning Standards – Illinois continues to make progress on a complete review and update of all learning standards, including science, physical education and health, arts, and social studies. Illinois is also a national leader in social and emotional learning and provides technical assistance and professional development to help schools address the individual needs of students.

The 2015-16 Hot Topics site went live on Aug. 5 following a Back-to-School Webinar for administrators on these topics led by Dr. Smith. More than 450 administrators participated. The webinar was recorded and is posted on the Hot Topics site.

Raoul, Sims, Anthony Announce Signing of Landmark Law Enforcement Reforms

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SPRINGFIELD, IL — State Senator Kwame Raoul (D-Chicago 13th), State Representative Elgie Sims (D-Chicago 34th) and Rep. John Anthony (R-Morris) were pleased to announce today that a landmark law enforcement reform package they negotiated has become law. The groundbreaking, bipartisan measure includes standards for the use of officer-worn body cameras and makes Illinois one of the first states to codify recommendations issued this year by President Obama’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing.

“In a political climate not known for its abundance of bipartisan cooperation, we nevertheless built strong support on both sides of the aisle and from the governor for a package of reforms that demonstrate a serious commitment to restoring trust between law enforcement and communities,” said Raoul, who has worked since last year on body camera standards and other reforms. “This pioneering law is a response to recent officer-involved deaths but also a public acknowledgement that communities are only truly safe for all their residents when police and the people they serve can trust one another. We know there is much progress to be made on that front, and that was the impetus for the changes enacted today.”

“Police encounters gone tragically wrong in Ferguson, New York City, Baltimore and elsewhere forced the nation to confront uncomfortable realities about race and policing in America, and here in Illinois, lawmakers on both sides of the aisle felt compelled to take action to address the disparities and restore trust,” Sims said. “Independent investigations, better training and better record-keeping will foster an atmosphere of seriousness about tackling racial disparities in law enforcement and zero tolerance of police misconduct.”

“It was a privilege to work with law enforcement as well as community groups to negotiate this trailblazing piece of legislation,” Anthony said. “Most law enforcement officers have a genuine desire to serve and protect all residents of their communities fairly, and they welcome tools, such as body cameras and the officer misconduct database, that can help them do their jobs more effectively.”

Senate Bill 1304 implements numerous recommendations of the federal task force by

·        -Requiring independent investigations of all officer-involved deaths

·        -Improving mandatory officer training in areas such as the proper use of force, cultural competency, recognizing implicit bias, interacting with persons with disabilities and assisting victims of sexual assault

·        -Creating a statewide database of officers who have been dismissed due to misconduct or resigned during misconduct investigations

·        -Improving data collection and reporting of officer-involved and arrest-related deaths and other serious incidents

·        -Establishing a Commission on Police Professionalism to make further recommendations on the training and licensing of law enforcement officers

The legislation also prohibits the use of choke holds by police and expands the Traffic Stop Statistical Study, which provides insights into racial disparities in vehicular stops and searches, to include pedestrians whom officers “stop and frisk” or temporarily detain for questioning. Finally, it codifies rules concerning the appointment of special prosecutors.

The new law does not require law enforcement agencies to deploy officer-worn body cameras, but if they choose to do so, they must adhere to the following standards:

·     -The cameras must be turned on at all times when an officer is responding to a call for service or engaged in law enforcement activities.

·     -The cameras can be turned off at the request of a crime victim or witness, or when an officer is talking with a confidential informant.

·     -Recordings are exempt from FOIA with some exceptions:

·        Recordings can be “flagged” if they have evidentiary value in relation to a use of force incident, the discharge of a weapon or a death.

·        “Flagged” recordings may be disclosed in accordance with the Freedom of Information Act; however, in certain sensitive situations, such as a recording of a sexual assault, victim consent is required prior to disclosure.

·     -Recordings must be retained for 90 days or, if “flagged,” for two years or until final disposition of the case in which the recording is being used as evidence.

SB 1304 also creates a competitive grant program for departments to obtain money toward purchasing the cameras. The grants, as well as the legislation’s additional training requirements, will be funded by a $5 increase in fines for traffic violations.

Illinois Department of Labor to Conduct Amusement Ride Safety Inspections at Illinois State Fair

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SPRINGFIELD, IL — In anticipation of the kick off of the Illinois State Fair, the Illinois Department of Labor’s Amusement Ride and Attraction Safety Division will begin conducting routine inspections of all amusement rides and attractions and for the duration of the fair.

IDOL inspects all rides and attractions that are open to the public at least once a year.  Amusement Ride and Attraction Inspectors conduct nearly 4,000 ride inspections at stationary parks, traveling carnivals or fairs throughout the state.  The Department issues permits to operate only after an inspection determines the ride or attraction meets safety requirements.

The Department recommends the following tips on how to stay safe while having fun:

  • You know your child best; watch before you ride.
    • While your child may be tall enough to ride an amusement ride, the ride still may not be appropriate for him or her. Before you put your child on a ride, please watch it first before allowing your child to go on the ride. That way, your child will see what to expect of the ride.
  • Don’t put children on rides they are afraid of.
    • Some children are afraid of heights, some are afraid of the dark and others have trouble staying seated. Make sure to tell your child not to try to get off the ride, even if he or she becomes afraid. If your child gets scared, ask the operator to stop the ride.
  • Follow minimum height, age, weight and health restrictions – they are in place for your safety.
    • Read the warning sign aloud with your child and point out the ride operator and the exit and entrance locations.
  • Keep small children away from the open side of a ride.
    • Always seat children in the inner area of a ride, away from any doors or openings.
  • Watch your child if or he or she is being seated/assisted by a ride assistant.
    • Illinois law requires owners to conduct criminal/sex offender background checks on all ride operators and assistants; however, it’s best to watch your child when he or she is getting on and off the ride to ensure they are safe.
  • Always use the ride’s safety equipment – seatbelts, lap bars, etc. – but be aware of their limitations.
    • A lap bar, for example, may not be able to prevent a small child from sliding around on the seat and would put the child at risk of falling out.
  • Tell children to keep their heads, hands, feet and arms inside the ride.
    • Listen for operator instructions about maintaining safety while on the ride.
  • Don’t assume a ride is safe for children if you hold on to them.
    • If you hold on to your child, you can’t look after yourself, and you may put both you and your child at risk.
  • Teach children what to do if they become separated from you.
    • Point out uniformed park employees who can help them and designate a conspicuous spot as a meeting place. Write your mobile number on a small piece of paper for the child in case heor she gets lost so an adult assisting them can contact you.
  • Be sure your child is dressed for safety.

Make sure your child wears closed-toed shoes or sneakers and avoids wearing any loose clothing and jewelry. Be sure to tie long hair.

McAninch Arts Center Hosts Free Community Open House and Tickets On-Sale Party August 15th at 10 a.m.

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GLEN ELLYN, IL –McAninch Arts Center (MAC) at College of DuPage, 425 Fawell Blvd. in Glen Ellyn, hosts a Tickets On-Sale Party Saturday, Aug. 15, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. The MAC’s Tickets On-Sale Party is free and open to the public, and is the first time the public can purchase individual tickets for the MAC’s exciting 2015-2016 Season. Tickets go on sale online (AtTheMAC.org) Monday, Aug. 17 and by Box Office phone at 630.942.4000 Tuesday, Aug. 18.

In addition to being the first to purchase single tickets to the MAC’s 2015-2016 season, ticket buyers will enjoy personalized customer care from the MAC’s ticket services staff, no handling fees and the chance to pick their seats. The first 50 ticket buyers on that day will also receive a special complimentary gift.

Everyone attending the event will have the opportunity to enjoy free food, including sandwich wraps, chips, popcorn, sweets, soda and coffee; listen to live piano music performed by Steven Havens, Pianist and Instructor of Piano at College of DuPage; take selfies with Jim Belushi cardboard pop up, tour the Belushi Performance Hall and enter for ticket giveaways taking place every half-hour.

Some of the exciting shows MAC’s 2015-2016 Touring Series available for purchase include the following:

  • Unbelievably fun and exciting family entertainment including Mike Super, winner of NBC’s hit show “Phenomenon” and finalist from “America’s got Talent” (Oct. 24);
  • Incredible dance events including the MAC debut of Alvin Ailey II, (Oct. 18);
  • An an unforgettable concert by iconic jazz great Ramsey Lewis (March 12), presented in partnership with WDCB 90.9 FM;
  • Hysterical improv and sketch comedy with Colin Mocherie and Brad Sherwood  of “Whose Line is it Anyway” (Dec. 12);
  • Enjoyable trips down memory lane courtesy of Bee Gees Night Fever, during the College of DuPage’s Homecoming weekend (Oct. 16);
  • Culturally rich performances including Fiesta Mexico-Americana!  Featuring the multiple Grammy Award–winning American Chicano rock band Los Lobos with Ballet Folklorico Mexicano (Feb. 21);
  • Thought-provoking discussions such as that with best-selling author Erik Larson on his newest work “Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania” (Nov. 10) presented by the MAC in collaboration with the Daily Herald Author’s Circle Book Club and the College Lecture Series;
  • A riveting production of Arthur Miller’s Tony Award-winning drama “All My Sons,” performed by one of the most respected touring theater companies in the country, Montana Repertory Theatre (March 5);
  • New Philharmonic’s exciting series of concerts beginning with  “Heavenly Bodies of Holst” featuring New Philharmonic’s performance of Gustav Holst’s “The Planets” accompanied by a series of awe-inspiring short films created by Emmy-nominated astronomer and film director, Dr. Jose Francisco Salgado (Oct. 3-4);
  • Club MAC cabaret setting performances including “Close to You, Music of the Carpenters” (March 18-19).
*Events, dates, artists and prices subject to change.

For more information visit the MAC’s 2015-2016 season visit AtTheMAC.org or call 630.942.4000.

About the MAC
The McAninch Arts Center (MAC) at College of DuPage is located 25 miles west of Chicago near I-88 and I-355, and houses three performance spaces (the 780-seat proscenium Belushi Performance Hall; the 186-seat soft-thrust Playhouse Theatre; and the versatile black box Studio Theatre), plus the Cleve Carney Art Gallery, classrooms for the college’s academic programming and the Lakeside Pavilion. The MAC has presented theater, music, dance and visual art to more than 1.5 million people since its opening in 1986 and typically welcomes more than 75,000 patrons from the greater Chicago area to more than 230 performances each season.

The mission of the MAC is to foster enlightened educational and performance opportunities, which encourage artistic expression, establish a lasting relationship between people and art, and enrich the cultural vitality of the community. For more information about the MAC, visit AtTheMAC.org, facebook.com/AtTheMAC or twitter.com/AtTheMAC.

The MAC’s 2015-2016 Season is made possible in part with support by Arts Midwest, BMO Harris, The DuPage Foundation, Hilton of Lisle/Naperville, WDCB 90.9 FM and the College of DuPage Foundation.

New Philharmonic’s 2015-2016 Season is made possible in part with support by Brookdale Plaza, The JCS Fund of The DuPage Foundation, Smith Financial Advisors, Terrence J. Taylor & Maureen Sullivan Taylor, WDCB 90.9 FM and the College of DuPage Foundation.

Established as a 501(c) 3 not-for-profit charitable organization in 1967, the College of DuPage Foundation raises monetary and in-kind gifts to increase access to education and to enhance cultural opportunities for the surrounding community. For more information about the College of DuPage Foundation, visit cod.edu/foundation or call 630.942.2462.

Programs at the MAC are partially supported through a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency.

Intel Corporation’s Delia Grenville to Receive Technologist of the Year Award

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Delia Grenville will be awarded at 2015 Women of Color STEM Conference

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Baltimore/ Detroit (BlackNews.com) — Delia Grenville, Corporate Strategy, Innovation & Platform Engineering, User Experience Architect for Intel Corporation will be named Technologist of the Year at the 20th Annual Women of Color STEM Conference.

Delia Grenville is a research scientist, technology strategist, and program manager with a stellar Fortune 200 track record driving large-scale technology change that enhances competitive position, revenues, and market share. Grenville is the inventor of six digital content technologies with patents pending, technologies that allow consumers to filter content streaming to their televisions via the Internet and provide the ecosystem to advertise and enhance the content viewing experience.

Involved integrally in the community and external business world, she co-founded Designing Me, an organization that seeks to steer professional women into executive and leadership positions. The Got Strategy workshop she co-created assists junior and mid-level professionals in setting and executing a career strategy.

Grenville holds Ph.D. and Masters degrees in Industrial and Systems Engineering from Virginia Tech, where she specialized in Human Factors Engineering and Management Systems Engineering. Her undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering is from Queens University at Kingston, Ontario.

Supporting its new initiative #STEMISAGIRLTHING, the Women of Color STEM Conference brings women of all backgrounds and nationalities together to celebrate the STEM industry. This national conference is attended by industry professionals, recruiters, speakers and trainers, along with rising seniors and students seeking encouragement and guidance. Seminar topics focus on technical innovation, career training, professional development, managerial leadership, and diversity and inclusion. Since its 1996 origin in the nations capital, the conference has been paving the way for the advancement of women in traditionally underrepresented science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields.

Co-hosted by Consumers Energy and General Dynamics, The Women of Color STEM Conference will host its 20th Anniversary at the Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center in Detroit, Michigan from October 15-17.

For more information, visit www.womenofcolor.net

About Women of Color STEM Conference
The Women of Color STEM Conference is a yearly conference that provides a unique forum for women in STEM to network, share ideas, discuss current training and professional development challenges, and inspire next generation women in STEM.

About Women of Color Magazine
Women of Color Magazine is published by Career Communications Group (CCG), the leader in celebrating diversity and promoting equal opportunity for minorities and women in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). CCG provides leadership in talent management and career development, enabling employers to recruit, retain, and recognize highly qualified employees.

Groundbreaking DuSable Museum Exhibit on the AACM Features Musicians Performing at Chicago Jazz Festival

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“Free At First: The Audacious Journey of the Association For The Advancement of Creative Musicians” Continues through September 6

DuSable Museum Free at First Exhibit

CHICAGO, IL (BlackNews.com) – The DuSable Museum of African American History invites visitors attending the 36th annual Chicago Jazz Festival to make the museum their first stop to learn the back-story of AACM musicians performing at the Chicago Jazz Festival. In recognition of the 50th anniversary of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM), DuSable Museum presents FREE AT FIRST: The Audacious Journey of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians, an exhibition chronicling the work of one of the most important music collectives in the nation.

DuSable Museum is located at 740 E. 56th Place in Chicago. For more information on the museum and its programs, call 773-947-0600 or visit www.dusablemuseum.org. The DuSable Museum is closed on Mondays. Admission is FREE on Sundays.

A number of members of the prominent music collective profiled in the exhibition will be featured at the Chicago Jazz Festival, including Douglas Ewart and Inventions on Saturday, September 5, Steve and Iqua Coulson on Sunday, September 6 and closing out the festival on Sunday, AACM co-founder Muhal Richard Abrams Experimental Band with Roscoe Mitchell, Henry Threadgill, Wadada Leo Smith, Amina Claudine Meyers, George Lewis, Leonard Jones, Thurman Barker, Reggie Nicholson and Wallace McMillan, all noted members of AACM.

The exhibition which opened earlier this year is scheduled to run through September 6, the closing day of the festival. A broad, wide-ranging exhibit lifting up the history of the AACM, it features over 80 items including historic and iconic photographs, a musical soundscape inclusive of AACM founders and the newest generation, a significant body of film and video, performance costumes, uniquely crafted awards of recognition, and performance posters from around the globe.

It also includes original instruments including an interactive installation piece by Douglas Ewart known as StepHopThread Airbone and the frankiphone which is modeled on the African mbira by AACM co-founder Kelan Phil Cohran. The exhibit is as expansive and far-reaching as the music that inspires it.

The AACM is internationally renowned for unparalleled contributions to modern music. Founded in Chicago on May 8, 1965 in the midst of the Civil Rights Movement, the vanguard institution took its cue from the Movement to determine its own destiny. The exhibitions title is derived from the AACMs audacity to compose, perform, publish, own, and institutionalize their own music and to prepare future exponents of their genre-bending, experimental form through the free AACM School of Music. For more information on the AACM, visit www.aacm.org.

Organized by DuSable Museum of African American History, the exhibition is curated by Dr. Carol L. Adams and Janis Lane-Ewart. Exhibition Designer is Dorian Sylvain. FREE AT FIRST: The Audacious Journey of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians and related programs is sponsored by The Chicago Community Trust, the Illinois Humanities Council, The DuSable Museum of African American History, and United Airlines, the Official Airline of the DuSable Museum. This project is partially supported by a grant from the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events. The DuSable Museum gratefully acknowledges the generous support of the Chicago Park District.

About The DuSable Museum of African American History
The DuSable Museum of African American History is one of the oldest institutions of its kind in the country. Our mission is to collect, preserve and display artifacts and objects that promote understanding and inspire appreciation of the achievements, contributions and experiences of African Americans through exhibits, programs and activities that illustrate African and African American history, culture and art. For more information on the museum and its programs, please call 773-947-0600 or visit www.dusablemuseum.org.

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