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Attorney General Madigan Announces $71 Million Settlement With Amgen Over Deceptive Prescription Marketing

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CHICAGO, IL – Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan, along with the Attorneys General of 48 other states announced a $71 million settlement with Amgen, Inc. for its deceptive marketing of the prescription biologic medications Aranesp and Enbrel.

Led by Madigan and her Oregon counterpart, the Attorneys General filed the joint lawsuit and consent order with Amgen, Inc. to resolve allegations that Amgen deceptively promoted the two biologic medications. Aranesp is used to treat certain types of anemia by stimulating bone marrow to produce red blood cells. Enbrel is used to treat a number of conditions, including plaque psoriasis.
The complaint alleges that Amgen violated state consumer protection laws by:
  1. recommending that Aranesp be taken in dosing frequencies longer than those approved by the FDA without having any basis for the claims;
  2. promoting Aranesp to treat anemia caused by cancer without having FDA approval or a basis for the claim; and
  3. promoting Enbrel for the treatment of mild plaque psoriasis without scientific substantiation even though Enbrel is FDA-approved only to treat chronic moderate to severe plaque psoriasis.
“Companies marketing medicines to consumers have a responsibility to be accurate about uses, dosages and side effects,” said Madigan. “Mischaracterizing that information can prevent consumers from receiving the relief they need, or have more serious health consequences.”
The consent order prohibits Amgen from:
  • Making any written or oral claim that is false, misleading or deceptive in promoting Enbrel or any drug or biologic medication in the same class as Aranesp;
  • Representing that Enbrel or any drug or biologic medication in the same class as Aranesp has any sponsorship, approval, characteristics, ingredients, uses, benefits, quantities or qualities that it does not have;
  • Using a compendium (a nonprofit book detailing drug information) listing or publication to promote Enbrel or any drug or biologic medication in the same class as Aranesp for off-label use to a health care professional;
  • Allowing Amgen’s marketing and sales departments to initiate interactions with a compendium, or to determine the content of any materials for submissions to a compendium relating to Enbrel or any drug or biologic medication in the same class as Aranesp; and
  • Submitting a special supplement to a compendium to support an off-label use of Enbrel or any drug or biologic medication in the same class as Aranesp, or using a third party to lobby a compendium on Amgen’s behalf without notifying the compendium that it is acting at Amgen’s request.

Along with the consent order limiting Amgen’s future conduct, Illinois will receive more than $3 million as part of the settlement.

The other states participating in the settlement are Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, the District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.

Assistant Attorney General E. Paige Boggs handled this case for Madigan’s Consumer Fraud Bureau, which protects Illinois consumers and businesses that have been victimized by fraud, deception and unfair business practices.

Celebrating the Life of Horace Julian Bond 1940 – 2015

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From Julian Bond’s  Family:

Pam Horowitz, sons, Horace Mann Bond II, Jeffrey and Michael; daughters, Phyllis Jane Bond McMillan and Julia Louise Bond; sister, Jane; brother, James; and his eight grandchildren.

We realize that many people loved and admired Julian. We understand that at this time of great loss for our family, that many you are feeling your own sense of loss. We also very much understand the need for community closure and an opportunity to celebrate the life of a great husband, father and grandfather, but also a great national treasure and civil rights icon.

To that end, we would like to provide the following explanation and invitation.

As all of you are aware, Julian Bond was a man who took strong positions and held fast to the things he believed in.  Julian directed all of us, with respect to his desires for his final rites. We are honoring his wishes that his body be cremated and his ashes be committed to the Gulf of Mexico.  This will be a private, family only, service.

This final request will be carried out in a burial at sea on Saturday, August 22, 2015 at 2:00pm Central Daylight Time.

Since we fully understand and appreciate that many of you consider Julian to be part of your family and would like to be a part of his official home going, we extend the following invitation. We invite you to gather at a body of water near your home and precisely at 2:00pm,CDT, spread flower pedals on the water and join us in bidding farewell to Horace Julian Bond. This gesture will mean a great deal to us as a family and also provide some comfort in knowing that you share our loss.

Finally, as we join together as a family to help each other through this time, we are well aware that there must be a public opportunity for all of Julian’s friends, Civil Rights Colleagues, students and admirers to come together in a memorial celebration of his life to share memories and expressions of love and appreciation. We will announce plans for such a gathering very soon.

Thank you for sharing Julian with us, and thank you for allowing us to honor his wishes.


Black Youth Project 100 (BYP100) Chicago Rally to Demand Justice for Rekia Boyd

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CHICAGO, IL – On Thursday, August 20th, The Black Youth Project 100 (BYP100) Chicago Chapter in coordination with Black Lives Matter Chicago, We Charge Genocide, and Rekia Boyd’s family, will lead a public rally outside of Chicago Police Department (CPD) Headquarters to demand an end to police violence against all Black women and girls and to fire Detective Dante Servin; the CPD officer who was dismissed of all charges for murdering Rekia Boyd.

Black women and girls are victims of police violence, but their stories are less highlighted in comparison to Black men that have been victimized by police violence. BYP100 demands that justice is sought for all Black women and girls that are victims of physical, sexual, and structural violence by the police under their #SayHerName Campaign.  Over 8,000 people have supported BYP100’s demand to fire CPD Officer Dante Servin without pension. BYP100 will rally and address the police board directly to demand that Detective Servin is fired from CPD without pension for killing Rekia Boyd, an unarmed Black women.

Black Youth Project 100 (BYP100) is an activist member-based organization of Black 18-35 year olds, dedicated to creating justice and freedom for all Black people. We do this through building a network focused on transformative leadership development, direct action organizing, advocacy and education using a Black queer feminist lens. We are an organization affiliated with the Black Youth Project.

Who: Members of Black Youth Project 100 (BYP100) Chicago Chapter

When: Thursday, August 20th at 7:30 P.M. Central

Where: Chicago Police Department Headquarters

3510 S. Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL 60653

What: Rally and hearing to demand the Chicago Police Board fire Detective Dante Servin with no pension.

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1002605406436361/

Illinois Announces Signing of Cooperative Agreements for the Supervision of State-Chartered Credit Unions

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SPRINGFIELD, IL – Illinois recently signed two cooperative agreements that will facilitate the ability of state chartered credit unions to operate across state lines.  By signing the 2015 Nationwide Cooperative Agreement for the Supervision of State Chartered Credit Unions and the Southeastern Regional Cooperative Interstate Agreement for the Supervision of State Chartered Credit Unions, Illinois gains the ability to promote interstate commerce and cooperation on a reciprocal basis among participating states.

“With this agreement, Illinois eases procedural impediments for our credit unions when interstate commerce is a sensible option,” said Bryan Schneider, IDFPR Secretary.  “This increased flexibility provides a viable choice for our credit union’s strategic plan, while making no fundamental changes to the powers and authorities of an Illinois state charter.”

The goals of the agreements are to:

  • promote fair and equitable commerce among state-chartered credit unions based upon reciprocity, subject to appropriate safety and soundness provisions, in order to best serve the citizens of the respective states; and
  • ensure that continued discussions occur with the associated regulatory agencies, the credit union industry, and other interested parties to promote consistent and equitable treatment for state-chartered credit unions, so they may effectively compete.

The 2015 Nationwide Cooperative Agreement for the Supervision of State Chartered Credit Unions includes: Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, Oregon, Washington, West Virginia and Wisconsin in conjunction with the National Association of State Credit Union Supervisors (NASCUS).  The Southeastern Regional Cooperative Interstate Agreement for the Supervision of State Chartered Credit Unions is comprised of Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, and Tennessee. The 2015 agreement and the southeastern agreement are available on the NASCUS website (www.nascus.org).

For more information about IDFPR or the services provided, please visit the website at: www.idfpr.com.

Social Security Turns 80, Loved by Americans of All Ages

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Social Security Remains Key to Retirement, Living Independently, and Important for Future Generations, According to AARP Survey

WASHINGTON, DC – AARP released results of a survey on August 14 as we celebrated the 80th Anniversary of Social Security. Americans of all ages continue to have strong feelings of support for Social Security, and the survey found several key themes. According to the national survey of adults, Social Security remains a core part of retirement security, and remains popular across generations and political ideologies. Americans want to live independently, but face challenges around saving for retirement that underscore the importance of Social Security for future generations of beneficiaries.

“As we celebrate Social Security on its 80th anniversary, our survey found that it remains as important as ever to American families,” said AARP CEO Jo Ann Jenkins. “We also found that although most want to continue living independently as we age, obstacles to saving often continue to occur in our lives. However, Social Security continues to help generation after generation to diminish these obstacles.”

In addition to the survey, the AARP Bulletin has stories this month about Social Security’s history, its future, and what it’s doing for Americans today.

Details on some of the Social Security survey key findings are below:

As a core part of retirement that remains popular, Americans say that they:
 Rely on Social Security: 80% plan to rely on Social Security in a substantial way or rely on it somewhat. 33% say it is the source of income that they rely on or plan to rely on most during their retirement.
 Believe in the importance of Social Security across political ideologies, generations: 66% say Social Security is one of the very most important government programs. This view has remained consistent over time in similar AARP surveys taken in 1995, 2005, and 2010.
* Younger Americans also value the program. Specifically, 90% of adults under age 30 believe Social Security is an important government program, and 85% want to know it will be there when they retire.

Americans have a desire not to depend on others because they:
 Want to live independently: 83% consider it extremely important to have the ability to live independently in their home for as long as they want, although 64% have concerns they won’t be able to do so as they age. Additionally, while 68% feel it extremely important to have family around, 80% want to ensure self-sufficiency so their children and other relatives won’t have to support them financially.

However, many people face challenges preparing for retirement including that they:
 Have difficulty saving: Obstacles to saving include
* 69% have to focus on their current financial needs.
* 47% don’t have enough money left over after paying their bills.
* 39% faced a major health need or problem in their family.
 Worry about living in retirement:
* 68% express at least some concern that they won’t have enough savings to last their lifetime.
* 69% express at least some concern about having a major health care expense that could wipe them out financially.
* 65% express at least some concern Social Security won’t be enough for them to get by on.

For the Social Security 80th Anniversary survey, AARP commissioned GfK Roper, a national survey research firm, to conduct a national random telephone survey of 1,200 adults aged 18 or older on mobile and landline telephones. A total of 717 respondents were not retired and 483 were retired. Interviews were conducted from June 4 to June 28, 2015. The margin of sampling error for the random sample of 1,200 is +/- 3.6 points.

Author Sheds Light on Mental Illness Problem in the Virgin Islands – Turns Childhood Tragedy Into Triumph

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Yassin Hall, author of Journey Untold

Orlando, FL (BlackNews.com) – Yassin Hall is on a mission to end the stigma of mental illness among disenfranchised families in urban communities in the United States and in the United States Virgin Islands. A native of St. Thomas, U.S.V.I. who resides in Orlando, Florida has outlined her struggles as a result of the impact of mental illness in her personal memoir.

Journey Untold Twisted Love: My Mothers Struggle with Mental Illnesses, which relayed the story of the internal torment, bullying and shame she endured from a child, into an inspiring journey to fulfilling her dreams. Hall shares her personal pain of growing up on a small island with a mother whose mental illness was publicly known, yet left untreated.

The Governor of the United States Virgin Islands, Honorable Kenneth Mapp stated in his State of the Territory Address on January 27th, 2015: It is no secret that this territory has taken a backward step on the issue of mental health, leaving those who need care to walk the streets, languish in our prisons, or enter the revolving door of a criminal justice system that is ill-prepared to address their needs. As a community, we have earned an “F-” in the care and services we provide to the mentally ill. This is a sad and hard pill to swallow for Americas Paradise, but an undeniable truth.

Millions of Americans struggle with varying types of mental illness and/or mental health problems. These illnesses include social anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder, drug addiction, personality disorders, etc. In many instances, these conditions go undiagnosed and/or untreated resulting in the destruction of families; homelessness; infant mortality; loss of employment; incarceration, isolation and in some grave situations, death.

The U.S.V.I. although considered a picturesque destination of sunbathing and frolicking, it harbors a secret that has permeated society causing irreversible consequences. These consequences are evidenced in the lives of many Virgin Islanders. Contributing factors to this pandemic is the adverse economic conditions resulting from inflation and lack of employment in a struggling economy. Like in years past, the state of mental health in the territory of the U.S.V.I. is dismal. The mentally ill are ridiculed and left untreated as a result of limited resources and unskilled personnel. These individuals become permanent fixtures on streets and neighboring parks. While this should poses a grave concern to the people, mentally ill individuals have become invisible.

Journey Untold is written in a first person account about Yassins childhood in the Virgin Islands and her life as an adult. Yassins mother struggled from clinical depression (undiagnosed) unbeknownst to the family (due to lack of resources) which ultimately led to schizophrenia. As a result, Yassins mother became delusional which evolved in violence behavior including trying to kill Yassin. The paranoia further caused her to take residence on the streets. Her ultimate demise was he succumbing to cancer. For years Yassin carried this silent trauma as a child and it affected her well into adulthood. Her mom received minimal help, she suffered in silence and there was no awareness or treatment on Yassins behalf from her teachers, counselors or the mental health professionals.

Today, similar struggles continue for thousands of Virgin Island children and adults living in dysfunctional and abusive situations.

This transformative book grips readers from the beginning and takes you on an emotional ride through the eyes of a child as she matures into womanhood. Hall is traveling to the U.S.VI in October and using her platform #endthestigmaUSVI to improve the care system for the mentally ill in the U.S. Virgin Islands. She has plans to expand on the Journey Untold series with other books in the future. Journey Untold is available for purchase in print, e-book, Kindle, Google Play, Nook and sold on Amazon.com. It is also distributed in the U.S. Virgin Islands in the following locations: St. Thomas – The Owl and Seahorse Bookstore; St. Croix Undercover Books; St. John The Pink Papaya Shop.

For more information about Journey Untold, please visit www.journeyuntold.com
YouTube Plea for Help Video: www.youtube.com/watch?v=bVkhxMO02QI
YouTube August 12th Radio Station Interview: www.youtube.com/watch?v=-_HC6iEtT_I
Social Media:
www.facebook.com/journeyuntold www.instagram.com/journeyuntoldbook

Photo: Yassin Hall, author of “Journey Untold”

The Pulitzer Prize-Winning Disgraced, Ayad Akhtar’s Explosive Look at Xenophobia, Religion and Identity in America, Launches the Goodman’s 2015/2016 Season in September

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Director Kimberly Senior’s Cast Includes Bernard White, Nisi Sturgis, Zakiya Young, J. Anthony Crane and Behzad DABU in the Role he Originated

Season Opening Benefit Set For September 21 at the Standard Club

CHICAGO, IL – On the heels of its Broadway smash success, Disgraced by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright, novelist, screenwriter and actor Ayad Akhtar returns to the city of its birth in a new production at Goodman Theatre this fall. Directed by Kimberly Senior and critically lauded as “breathtaking, raw and blistering” (Associated Press), “ingenious and shockingly believable” (New York Magazine) and “terrific, turbulent, with fresh currents of dramatic electricity” (New York Times), Disgraced received impassioned audience response for its bold exploration of identity, religion, politics and class in the complex “politically correct” landscape of 21st century urban America. The Goodman’s production, co-produced with Berkeley Repertory Theatre and Seattle Repertory Theatre, stars Bernard White as Amir Kapoor, a successful Muslim-American lawyer; Nisi Sturgis as Emily, Amir’s wife and a visual artist; Zakiya Young as Jory, Amir’s co-worker; J. Anthony Crane as Isaac, Jory’s husband; and Behzad Dabu as Amir’s nephew Abe—a role he originated in Disgraced’s 2012 world premiere in Chicago. The design team includes John Lee Beatty (Set); Christine A. Binder (Lighting); Jennifer von Mayrhauser (Costume); and Jill DuBoff (Sound). Joe Drummond is the Production Stage Manager. Headshots and bio information can be found in the Goodman Theatre Press Room.

Disgraced appears September 12 – October 18 (Press Night is September 20) in the Albert Theatre. Running time is 82 minutes, no intermission. Tickets ($25-$82; subject to change) are on sale now by phone at 312.443.3800, at GoodmanTheatre.org/Disgraced or at the box office (170 North Dearborn). The Goodman’s Season Opening Celebration honoring the Artistic Collective and featuring the Opening Night Performance of Disgraced takes place on September 21. Tickets start at $500 and include pre-show cocktails and dinner at The Standard Club, followed by the 8pm performance. Season Opening Celebration Co-Chairs are Julie and Roger Baskes and Marcy and Harry Harczak. Proceeds from the event support the Goodman’s productions and education and engagement programs. Abbott Fund is the Sponsor Partner for Disgraced.

“Disgraced is neither a solemn political polemic nor an impassioned plea for a particular point of view. Wittily engaging and smart, Ayad’s brilliant play shows us successful, intelligent characters grappling with questions that cannot be readily answered or easily solved—in a society whose quest for correctness and justice may have resulted in neither,” said Artistic Director Robert Falls. “I am very pleased to open our new season with this astonishing new work—and welcome Kimberly Senior, whose production of Rapture, Blister, Burn was a highlight of our 2014/2015 season, back to the Goodman.”

Disgraced will be produced at 10 major American regional theaters this season and have 32 productions in the next 24 months, as well as numerous productions overseas; in addition, a film version with HBO is in the works.

“I’m thrilled that Disgraced returns to Chicago, and honored to be at the Goodman,” said Ayad Akhtar. “The play seems to function as a kind of litmus test; it tells you where you are in society, and has the capacity to connect people to themselves and others in a heartfelt way. I’ve gotten an equal amount of feedback from both sides of the Muslim community; some ask, ‘Why are you doing this?’ and others say, ‘Thank God you are doing this!’ Much work was done at every stage of development of Disgraced, but it finally feels like it has found its most mature form.”

“When audiences interact with Disgraced, they think they’ll align with the person who looks like them or who has the same background as they do—and they find very quickly that’s not the case,” said Kimberly Senior. “As an Arab-Jewish woman, I never feel more Jewish than when I’m the only Jew in the room; and the least Jewish I felt was when I was in Israel. I think the play makes the characters stand by their identities and defend their point of view in a way they might not otherwise because each of them is a minority.”

Disgraced begins innocuously enough. Young, upwardly mobile Wall Street attorney (and lapsed Muslim) Amir Kapoor (Bernard White) and his beautiful, idealistic (and Caucasian) artist wife Emily (Nisi Sturgis) are throwing a small dinner party for a similarly successful couple, Isaac (J. Anthony Crane), a Jewish art curator who’s about to feature his hostess’s paintings in a new show, and his African American wife, Jory (Zakiya Young), also a rising young lawyer, who works in the same office as her host.  At first, the talk is mundane but cordial: the latest loss by the Knicks, a fancy dessert picked up at Magnolia Bakery, gossipy chat about the law firm’s senior partners and the latest trends in downtown art.  But slowly, the Scotch-fueled discussion ventures into more complicated territory: musings about race and culture, power and privilege and the seething tensions triggered by religious tenets and practices from antiquity to today.  As theoretical discussion morphs into personal revelation and private concerns become public, a celebratory dinner among four smart, engaging and personable friends becomes, perhaps inevitably, something dramatically different. The cast also includes Behzad Dabu as Amir’s nephew, Abe.

President Preckwinkle Names New Deputy Chief of Staff

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Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle has named Anel Ruiz, currently Community Outreach Liaison Coordinator in the Office of the President, as her new Deputy Chief of Staff.
Ruiz replaces Tasha Cruzat, now Chief of Staff, in the deputy role. Her appointment is effective immediately.

“Anel will work closely with Tasha in identifying and carrying out our various agenda initiatives,” Preckwinkle said. “Her background in policy along with her ability to work with numerous internal and external stakeholders will serve her well in this new role.”

Ruiz, 33, was born in Mexico and moved to Chicago at the age of 18. A resident of Ashburn, she joined the Preckwinkle administration in December 2013 as Community Outreach Liaison. In that position, she built on President Preckwinkle’s efforts at engaging numerous communities throughout Cook County, including developing and staffing a number of ethnic advisory councils.

“I am honored to serve President Preckwinkle as Deputy Chief of Staff. I look forward to building on President Preckwinkle’s priorities with a focus on the inclusion of diverse voices and perspectives,” Ruiz said.

Before joining Cook County, Ruiz was the Operations and Development Director at Free Spirit Media, an organization that provides education, access and opportunity in media production to more than 500 underserved urban youth every year.

From 2008 to 2012 she served as the Communications Manager and Development Project Officer at the National Museum of Mexican Art. Previously she worked as University Programs Coordinator at El Valor, a social service agency dedicated to early childhood education, inclusion of people with disabilities, and diverse leadership, and as Friends First Coordinator at the Mercy Home for Boys and Girls running a mentorship program.

Ruiz has a Bachelor’s degree in political science from Augustana College and has completed coursework in management and accounting at University of Illinois at Chicago. She was a Leadership Greater Chicago 2014 Fellow and is a Board Member of Planned Parenthood of Illinois.

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