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Funeral for Retired U.S. Congressman Gus Savage Set for Saturday. November 7, 2015

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Ex-cabinet member recalls his historic votes
By Chinta Strausberg
The funeral for retired U.S. Congressman Gus Savage, 90, who died in his sleep early Saturday, October 31, 2015, at his son’s Olympia Fields home, will be held Saturday, November 7, 2015, at Mt. Calvary Baptist Church, 1257 W. 111th St. at 11 a.m., headed by Rev. Tyrone Crider.
Savage died in his sleep the day after he celebrated his 90th birthday with his family. He was found unresponsive Saturday morning, according to his grandson, Rev. Thomas Savage, Jr., associate pastor at Mt. Calvary.
Born on October 30, 1925 in Detroit, Michigan, Savage moved to Chicago’s south side when he was a young child. Though his family was poor, Savage had a burning desire to help others who mirrored his economic upbringing.
A graduate of Roosevelt University, Savage served in the U.S. Army from 1943 to 1946. He was a journalist from 1954 to 1979 and wanted to become a voice for the voiceless and it was that passion that drove him into the newspaper business and ultimately to congress where he fought hard for minorities and often went against the political norm that at times caused him some serious push-backs including from some of his allies.
It was in 1965 when Savage founded the Citizen Newspapers and it quickly became this nation’s largest community newspapers. A trailblazer, Savage’s stories shined light into dark places that some newspapers refused to go. He sold his newspapers in 1980 to enter politics.
Elected in 1980, in January of 1981 Savage became congressman of the 2nd congressional district and held that office until January 1993 when after his district was remapped Mel Reynolds who twice was defeated by Savage in 1988 and 1990 defeated him.
This year, Reynolds was indicted on allegations that he failed to file his income tax returns from 2009-2012. During the 1990’s, the former Rhodes scholar was found guilty for having sex with a minor (campaign worker) and for campaign and bank fraud.
Savage’s death brought sadness to his former chief-of-staff, Louanner Peters, who said, “He never wavered in the fight for fairness and justice no matter the foe or the arena. His decisions in the political arena was always, always guided and based on principle.”
Both Rev. Savage and Peters shared their most memorable moments of the feisty congressman. Rev. Savage said the most memorable memories of his grandfather were the time when he was a freshman at Howard University. Savage took him on a tour of Washington, D.C.
“He asked me what did I want to do with my life, and I told him all about the nice cars in Washington I had seen,” said Rev. Savage. “I thought he was rude when he told me that my mind was small because I cared about things that depreciated in value. He told me I should be caring about things that would last. He thought I had not grown up and said there wasn’t enough time for me to not grow up.”
Another time Rev. Savage will never forget is when he attended his sister’s graduation. “He made me take pictures and told me that I may have a lot of friends and supporters but that I have only one family. He told me I always have to appreciate my family, and I never forgot that,” said Savage who said he is continuing his grandfather’s work through his ministry. “It’s the same work helping people only through a different venue.”
Peter’s said the most precious moments she had with the congressman was when Savage, who was also chairman of the House subcommittee on Public Buildings and Grounds, “passed an amendment to the Defense authorization of the set aside which “kicked off the largest set asides in this country. “
Peters was referring go Public Law 99-661 where Savage’s bill passed in section 1207. She said Savage worked with the Defense Department in implementing the historic set aside program. “In the first year, the percentage of minority participation went from 1.7 percent to up to 3 or 4 percent. You’re talking about a $300 billion procurement. That is a lot. It was a significant leap in minority participation,” recalled Peters.
Referring to the 28-story Ralph Metcalfe Federal Building located in downtown Chicago; Peters credited Savage with that project named after the late U.S. Rep. Ralph Metcalfe
She will never forget Cong. Savage’s bold move in New York where he heard the construction workers had discovered a grave filled with former slaves unearthed at the site of a new federal complex. “They wanted to keep digging and move the grave,” said Peters.  “The incident drew a lot of reaction from back academia.”
New York City Mayor David N. Dinkins called on Savage for assistance. Peters said Savage went to the New York site. “He told them ‘don’t move another damn bone. Shut the site down.’” Referring to the slaves, Peters said Savage told the workers, “These people were disrespected in life. I will not allow you to disrespect them I death.” Peters said that also sparked the DNA process.
Locally, Peters remembered the time when there was a major hazardous waste site left in the Pullman community. “A company walked away and left building with hazardous materials. Savage went to the site and called the EPA.” She said Savage ultimately received super fund dollars to clean up the toxic waste. “He was on point with that.” Peters said.
Peters also recalled the “years of intense activity” throughout the Savage administration but said, “You were always comfortable with the realization that he was always guided with fairness and justice.
“Sometimes, it was not comfortable positions that he took throughout his battles. It was not easy in some instances and sometimes you got a lot of push back,” said Peters who was chief-of-staff for 12-years having begun as a caseworker.
Specifically, Peters referred to the “drug deal (bill) that ended up sending hundreds of thousands of young men to prison. Savage was one of three members who voted against it. We knew then it was only designed to lock up people at the street level. It was written that way,” she said.  “The entire bill was designed to lock you up and to create a prison population,” she said pointing out that community leaders picked their office accusing them of being “soft on crime.”
Mr. Savage is survived by his son, Thomas and his wife, Judge Drella Savage, his daughter, Dr. Emma Savage-Davis, and his three grandchildren, Rev. Thomas Savage, Jr. Chyealia and her husband, Christopher McBride, Alexandria Davis and a host of friends and relatives.

Photo: Congressman Gus Savage

Chinta Strausberg is a Journalist of more than 33-years, a former political reporter and a current PCC Network talk show host. You can e-mail Strausberg at: Chintabernie@aol.com.


Forum Highlights Challenges and Persistent Inequities Facing the African American Community

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Forum Highlights Challenges and Persistent Inequities Facing the African American Community

African Americans across the Country Face Vast Disparities in Employment, Wealth Compared to Whites

WASHINGTON, DC – Members of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) and the Joint Economic Committee (JEC) Democrats held a public forum at the Harlem Hospital Center to discuss the impact of economic challenges and persistent inequities facing the African American community in New York.  Members heard from New York community and academic leaders during an informative discussion on the vast economic disparities among African Americans and whites around the country.

The forum titled: The American Dream on Hold: Economic Challenges in the African American Community, was hosted by Congressman G. K. Butterfield (D-NC), Chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC), Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY), Ranking Democrat on the U.S. Congress Joint Economic Committee (JEC), Congressman Charles B. Rangel (D-NY), founding member of the CBC and Dean of the New York State Congressional Delegation,  Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke (D-NY), member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee and the Small Business Committee, and Congressman Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY), member of the House Judiciary Committee.

“From persistent poverty, perennially high unemployment, and lower wages, in addition to inequitable application of justice and treatment under the law – African American communities around the country are facing critical hardships,” said Rep. Butterfield.  “This forum was designed to help us take a closer look at some of the most pressing issues facing African Americans in New York and around the country.  It allows us to highlight the incredible work that lies ahead as we identify ways to repair the damage stemming from a history of racial division so that all Americans can enjoy equality, fairness and opportunity.”

“We produced this report for one reason and one reason only: To educate Congress and the American public about the stark economic disparities between black America and white America – because you cannot craft effective solutions unless you know the scope of the problem,” said Rep. Maloney.  “For millions, the American Dream is still on hold.  We need to change that, and understanding the scope of the problem is critical to doing so.”

“While the American Dream of prosperity, security and opportunity is still the standard by which most people measure success, for today’s working families, especially of color, that Dream seems impossibly out of reach,” said Rep. Rangel.  “I thank the CBC and JEC for coming to Harlem to discuss how steep the ladder is and how far apart the rungs are, so we can work on policies that will help tackle the rising inequalities threatening the wellbeing and future of our communities.”

“Disparities in income and particularly wealth have increased dramatically in recent years, as many African American families lost their homes to mortgage foreclosure,” said Rep. Clarke.  “Many of these families were eligible for mortgages with low interest rates but were nonetheless sold subprime mortgages by banks that regularly practiced racial discrimination.  These disparities threaten the ability of every family to achieve the American Dream, as even a half-century after the enactment of the Civil Rights Act, African Americans in the United States are still denied the right to full participation in our civil society.  As members of Congress, we share a responsibility to support those individuals who want to create the change that will ultimately eliminate these disparities and establish the principle of equality as a matter of fact for every person in the United States.”

“The shameful household wealth chasm that exists between African-American households and others should shock the conscience of us all,” said Rep. Jeffries.  “I look forward to working with my colleagues in the Congressional Black Caucus to ensure that all people, including African-Americans, have a seat at the table of prosperity and opportunity.”

The public forum in New York was the second among a series of discussions planned around a JEC report released earlier this year, and a New York-specific report released this month, that found striking disparities between blacks and whites in employment, wealth, housing, and education.

Panelists from today’s forum discussion included:

•           Professor William “Sandy” Darity, Professor, Duke University

•           David R. Jones, President and CEO, Community Service Society of New York

•           Hope Knight, President and CEO, Greater Jamaica Development Corporation

•           Jennifer Jones Austin, CEO, Federation of Protestant Welfare Agencies

•           Walter Edwards, Chairman, Harlem Business Alliance

•           Dr. Hazel N. Dukes, President, NAACP New York State Conference

•           Gregory Floyd, President, Teamsters Local 237

•           C. Virginia Fields, President and CEO, National Black Leadership Commission

•           Clayton Banks, Founder and Co-Executive Producer, Silicon Harlem

•           Alejandra Castillo, Esq., National Director, Minority Business Development Agency

Black Caucus Members Join Child Care Advocates as New Survey Shows Damage from Rauner Rules Likely More Extensive Than Thought

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First-Ever Survey of Its Type Captures Scope of Devastation from Eligibility Changes July 1st

CHICAGO, IL -Members of the General Assembly’s Black Caucus are scheduled to join advocates and parents at a South Side child care center today, at 1 p.m. for the release of a disturbing new report that shows that the scale of the devastation from rules changes enacted July 1st by the Rauner administration could be much more extensive than previously reported.

The survey was conducted in recent weeks by Child Care Advocates United, a nonprofit representing more than 400 Illinois child care providers. About 100 centers responded to the survey, the first to ask providers themselves about the effects of the Rauner rules.

Conservative estimates are that 15,000 families have been turned away from the state’s Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP) in the three months since the rules went into effect: The survey will show that the picture is likely far more grim.

Confirmed Legislators:
Senator Toi Hutchinson
Senator Donne Trotter
Representative Mary Flowers
Representative La Shawn Ford
Representative Marcus Evans, Jr.

WHAT: Release of Child Care Advocates United survey of 100 child care providers
WHEN: 1 p.m., Nov. 2nd.
WHO: General Assembly Black Caucus members; Child Care Advocates United leadership; parents; providers.
WHERE: East Side Child Development Center, 13338 South Brandon Ave, Chicago.

State’s Attorney Alvarez Recognizes Domestic Violence Month

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In recognition of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez presented awards to individuals who assist victims and survivors of domestic violence during a recent ceremony.

The Courage Award was presented to Carolyn Brown for her strength and determination after she survived a horrific attack at the hands of her longtime boyfriend. During the 2011 attack, which was witnessed by her daughter and grandchildren, Ms. Brown was shot in the head at point blank range at a beauty shop in Chicago. After a long recovery, she bravely testified at the criminal trial and continues to advocate for other victims of domestic violence.

Chicago Police Department Detective Pamela Childs received the Outstanding Law Enforcement Award for her long term service in the Special Victims Unit, where she focuses her efforts on assisting domestic violence victims with support, advocacy and compassion.

Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart was presented with the Outstanding Advocacy Award for his leadership and innovative approach which has led to nationally recognized reforms that have advanced the way law enforcement responds to victims of sexual assault and domestic violence.

The ceremony was held on Oct. 29 at the Zhou B Art Center in Chicago.

Edna Kane-Williams Takes on New Role as Senior Vice President of Multicultural Leadership at AARP

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WASHINGTON, DC– AARP announced that Edna Kane-Williams has been promoted to the role of Senior Vice President for Multicultural Leadership. In this new role, she will lead the development and execution of AARP’s multicultural strategy to increase the organization’s social impact and relevance among multicultural audiences.

With more than 20 years of experience working in senior management positions at both nonprofit and for profit organizations, Kane-Williams has specialized in strategic planning, targeted marketing and program development, with a profound focus on the needs of older adults and multicultural communities.

“This new role is incredibly important to me and the organization,” said Kane-Williams. “I look forward to working with my colleagues and our community partners to foster meaningful engagement with members and potential members, and increase AARP’s multicultural footprint in local communities. Succeeding at this is vital for us to ensure the continued growth and strength of AARP.”

Prior to her new role, Kane-Williams was AARP’s Vice President of Multicultural Markets and Engagement where she was responsible for African American outreach. She previously served as the Vice President of Strategy and Communications for the AARP Foundation.

Before coming to AARP, Kane-Williams held noteworthy marketing positions, including Senior Vice President of Communications and Social Marketing at IQ Solutions, where she developed effective communication plans to improve outreach specifically to underserved African American and Hispanic communities. She also led similar marketing efforts as a Senior Vice President at Ogilvy Public Relations Worldwide.

Kane-Williams graduated from Yale University with a B.A. and received an M.A. from George Washington University. Additionally, she was the recipient of a Coro Foundation Fellowship and was also a Diversity Executive Leadership Program fellow for the American Society of Association Executives.

On November 16, Kane-Williams will be recognized as “Marketing Executive of the Year” at the 2015 Marketing to African Americans with Excellence (MAAX) Awards in Chicago, IL for her innovations, contributions and exceptional performance in African American marketing.
AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization, with a membership of nearly 38 million, that helps people turn their goals and dreams into real possibilities, strengthens communities and fights for the issues that matter most to families such as healthcare, employment and income security, retirement planning, affordable utilities and protection from financial abuse. We advocate for individuals in the marketplace by selecting products and services of high quality and value to carry the AARP name as well as help our members obtain discounts on a wide range of products, travel, and services. A trusted source for lifestyle tips, news and educational information, AARP produces AARP The Magazine, the world’s largest circulation magazine; AARP Bulletin; www.aarp.org; AARP TV & Radio; AARP Books; and AARP en Español, a Spanish-language website addressing the interests and needs of Hispanics. AARP does not endorse candidates for public office or make contributions to political campaigns or candidates. The AARP Foundation is an affiliated charity that provides security, protection, and empowerment to older persons in need with support from thousands of volunteers, donors, and sponsors. AARP has staffed offices in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Learn more at www.aarp.org.
Photo: Edna Kane-Williams

Illinois Department of Insurance Announces Additional Competitors and More Consumer Options for Year Three of Open Enrollment

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Open Enrollment November 1, 2015, through January 31, 2016

With more carriers and more plans, residents are encouraged to compare options before enrolling or re-enrolling in health coverage

CHICAGO, IL – The Illinois Department of Insurance (DOI) announced that 480 Qualified Health Plans (QHPs) will be available to Illinois residents through Get Covered Illinois and Healthcare.gov beginning November 1, 2015.

  “Individuals, families and small businesses will have access to an even larger range of competitive plans offered by the top insurance companies in the state,” said DOI Acting Director Anne Melissa Dowling. “We want to ensure that everyone has access to quality and affordable health coverage to create a healthier Illinois.”

The following insurers are offering plans on the Marketplace in 2016:

Aetna Health Inc.*

Celtic Insurance Co. *

Coventry Health & Life Insurance Co.

Coventry Health Care of Illinois, Inc.

Harkin Health Insurance Company (Midwest Security Life) *

Health Alliance Medical Plans, Inc.

Health Care Service Corporation, (Blue Cross Blue Shield)

Humana Health Plan, Inc.

Land of Lincoln Mutual Health Insurance Co.

United Healthcare of the Midwest, Inc.

Get Covered Illinois (GCI) encourages all consumers to visit the Marketplace at getcovered.illinois.gov to review coverage options and learn whether they are eligible for financial assistance before opting to renew their current plan. Individuals and families with income between 138 percent and 400 percent of the federal poverty level are eligible for subsidies on a sliding scale if they obtain coverage through the Marketplace.

“Having more options in the Marketplace is great news for Illinois residents, but consumers need to compare all plans available in their area to select the best fit for their budget and health conditions,” said Director of Public Education and Consumer Outreach Brian Gorman. “Several plans have lower premium costs paired with fewer hospital and provider choices, so it is more important than ever for consumers to carefully review all options.  GCI has hundreds of trained professionals to work with everyone – whether a first-time enrollee or someone who enrolled last year – every step of the way.”

For further information, visit the Get Covered Illinois website at www.GetCoveredIllinos.gov or call 1-866-311-1119.

  • Important Dates to Remember:

    • November 1, 2015: Open Enrollment starts
    • December 15, 2015: Last day to enroll in or change plans for new coverage to start January 1, 2016
    • January 15, 2016: Last day to enroll in or change plans for new coverage to start February 1, 2016
    • January 31, 2016: 2016 Open Enrollment ends. Enrollments or changes between January 16 and January 31 take effect March 1, 2016

  • Premium Rate Changes 2015 to 2016

    • 5.3% average premium increase for the lowest cost Silver plans across the state

    • Most counties experienced a 15-20% increase in the second lowest cost Silver plans

    • 11% average premium increase for the lowest cost Bronze plans across the state

    • Most counties experienced a 15-20% increase in the lowest cost Gold plans

    • All Platinum plans were terminated

Get Covered Illinois has helped more than 970,000 Illinois residents obtain Marketplace and Medicaid health coverage during the first two years of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). 

Follow Get Covered Illinois on:

Web: https://getcovered.illinois.gov/en

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/CoveredIllinois
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CoveredIllinois
Twitter: @CoveredIllinois

* Companies new to the Marketplace in 2016

Free Social Media Boot Camp Workshops Coming to City Hall

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Four free workshops in November will focus on Facebook, Blogging, Instagram and Twitter for start-ups and business owners


Social media is a powerful tool that allows for simple and effective communication of content, ideas and multi-media platforms for individuals, organizations, communities and businesses.  The Small Business Center (SBC) at the Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection is offering a Social Media Boot Camp to celebrate Social Media Week scheduled for November 16-20, 2015. 

The Social Media Boot Camp is designed to help entrepreneurs and business owners maximize social media strategies and learn the different platforms available. The Social Media Boot Camp is made up of four workshops that take place in Room 805 at City Hall, 121 N. LaSalle St., Chicago.

“Social media is such a large part of our society, but to some it is a foreign way of marketing or communicating,” said Commissioner Maria Guerra Lapacek of BACP. “So, it is important our workshops include topics that reach a wide audience so every attendee walks away with information they can implement immediately.”

November 2015 Business Workshop Calendar – Social Media Workshops:

11/6      How Social Media Works For Your Business

9:30 to 11:00 a.m.

Presented by Community Media Workshop at Columbia College Chicago

There are a billion reasons to be on social media, which allows you to speak directly to your audience. Susy Schultz, President of the Community Media Workshop, will give an overview of social media’s part in your communication strategy. She’ll also discuss two of the more popular platforms, Twitter and Facebook, in detail.

11/13   How to Use Blogging to Build Your Business

9:30 to 11:00 a.m.

Presented by Smart at the Start

Blogging is one of the best ways to build authority and traffic on the Internet. As the Internet continues to grow, consumers have an insatiable need for content. The company blog has become one of the most reliable forms of providing that information. The biggest challenge most small business owner’s face is not whether they need a blog, but how to build a blog that brings in business.

11/18   Instagram 101: A Picture Is Worth a Thousand Words

3:00 to 4:30 p.m.

Presented by Laura Sanchez, CEO of SWATware LLC

Discover how Small Businesses are using Instagram to tell their story, connect with new prospects, and network to create meaningful relationships. Learn multiple tips and tricks to use on Instagram to create brand recognition, boost your online presence as well as your revenue.

11/20  Steering Through the Social Media Landscape

9:30 to 11:00 a.m.

Presented by Lema Khorshid, Fuksa Khorshid, LLC

Given the rapid rise of social media in our culture, business owners are often at a loss about what social media uses they can and can’t restrict as well as how their employees’ use of social media may affect their image and their bottom line. The workshop imparts business owners with best practices regarding their employees’ use of social media and how to limit their liability online, while maintaining a positive image for their business.

Apart from the Social Media Boot Camp, City of Chicago officials will present a workshop on “City Inspections – Ask Questions, Get Answers.”

The SBC hosts free business workshops every Wednesday and Friday in Room 805 at City Hall, 121 N. LaSalle St., Chicago. Workshops are conducted by city officials, BACP’s partner organizations, and experts in the industry. To register for a workshop or for more information, call (312) 744-2086 or email BACPoutreach@cityofchicago.org. Learn more about BACP programs and events by visiting www.cityofchicago.org/SBC.

11-Year-Old Hip Hop Artist Gets Grammy Nomination

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11-Year-Old Hip Hop Sensation Frankie V. Vaults Into Grammy Nomination Consideration for His Attention-Grabbing Single ‘Say Something!’

Say Something By Frankie V.

New York, NY (BlackNews.com) — Whos the youngest eligible recording artist throwing his cap into the ring for Grammy consideration in 2015? Lets spell it out for you: F-R-A-N-K-I-E Frankie V. – with his incinerating sing-a-long Hip Hop groove, Say Something! This smokin hot techno-funk sliceof-life street rhyme reflects the mind of a cool young man with a master plan. Danceable with fun yet positive messages for his peer group yet boasting a music track funky enough for all ages, Say Something has captured the imaginations of dual generations and is, thus, very seriously primed for Grammy consideration. And this guy isnt even a teenager yet!

Born Francisco Vierra III in January of 2004, Frankie V. grew up watching his father firsthand in Hip Hop, eventually taking the stage with him to wild popularity. Rolling year-round on the Honor Roll with excellent scholastic dedication is the only way his parents would allow him to jump into the Hip Hop game as a mature young professional. On weekends, Frankie V. (with his team of producers and writers) work on songs and routines at his very own Elite Recording Studio, purchased by his father. Frankies passion, charisma, and all-natural swagger are paying off in massive dividends with the success of Say Something.

Say Something was written by Marquis Griffin and Greg Thomas, produced by Andrew Lane and KBoog, with high definition engineering by David Tickle and Norman Whitfield, Jr. Released via DH Records, powered by GMUSIC, Say Something was strategically coordinated for the youth market in summer 2015 by Guion PartnersInc., also known as GPI, a Los Angeles based management firm lead by Lindsay Guion, an industry professional best known for his work with Grammy Award-winning and multi-Platinum recording artists Ginuwine, Mya and DAngelo.

Official nominations for the 58th Annual Grammy Awards will be announced in November 2015 and the program takes place February 15, 2016.

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Kirk Condemns Iran for Arresting Another Iranian-American Citizen for Unclear Charges

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Urges U.S. to Push Back as Iranian Regime and Revolutionary Guard Escalate Threatening Behavior in Middle East and Beyond

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) issued the following statement after Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) reportedly arrested Siamak Namazi, a 40-year-old, Dubai-based Iranian-American businessman with dual citizenship:

“Rather than moderating the world’s foremost state sponsor of terrorism, the flawed nuclear deal is emboldening Iran to threateningly test ballistic missiles that can strike Israel and beyond, to kill more Syrian people in defense of the barbaric Assad regime, and now reportedly to have the IRGC’s intelligence arm arrest yet another American citizen for charges yet to be made clear.  Iran’s threatening behavior will worsen if the Administration does not work with Congress to enact stronger measures to push back, including renewal of the expiring Iran Sanctions Act of 1996 and targeted sanctions against Iran’s Revolutionary Guard and against any Iranian official found to have participated in the unjust detainment of American citizens.”

In addition to Siamak Zamazi, Iran has also wrongfully imprisoned American citizens Pastor Saeed Abedini, Amir Hekmati, and Robert Levinson.

Madigan Announces Approximately $3 Million Settlement With Medical Waste Disposal Company

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Illinois-based company to pay $26.75 million to 12 states, D.C., federal government

CHICAGO, IL – Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan announced a $26.75 million settlement with Stericycle, Inc., an Illinois-based medical waste disposal company, for overcharging government entities in several states by millions of dollars. The settlement will resolve the company’s violations of the U.S. and State False Claims Acts.

The lawsuit was brought by a whistleblower, who was a former employee of the company. Under the settlement, Illinois will recover approximately $3 million, and will then distribute more than $1.6 million of this amount to the approximately 350 state and local government entities across Illinois that used Stericycle’s services and were victims of its fraudulent price increases.

Stericycle, which is based in Lake Forest has provided medical waste disposal services to school districts, health departments, colleges, police departments, nursing homes and municipalities. The lawsuit alleged that since 2003, Stericycle implemented a plan to charge automated price increases without giving any notice to its government customers in violation of state and federal false claims laws. Stericycle’s automated price increases were purportedly fuel and energy surcharges, but they did not reflect actual increases in fuel and energy costs.

According to the lawsuit, these fraudulent price increases – amounting to 18 percent every nine months – violated prices set in the company’s contracts. For Illinois governments, the increases utilized already scarce funds. For instance, the increases cost the Illinois Veteran’s Home in Anna more than $43,000 and Maine Township High School #207 in Park Ridge more than $50,000.

“Companies that increase their profits by defrauding governments out of scarce taxpayer dollars must be held accountable,” Madigan said. “This company used fraudulent price increases to force local governments to pay more at a time when those resources were needed for critical government services.”

In addition to Illinois, California, Delaware, the District of Columbia, Florida, Indiana, Massachusetts, Nevada, New Jersey, North Carolina, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Virginia and the federal government will receive portions of the $26.75 million settlement.
Assistant Attorney General Harpreet Khera handled the case for Madigan’s Special Litigation Bureau, which handles complex investigations and affirmative litigation, including matters aimed at protecting government resources from fraud, waste, abuse and corruption.


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