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CopyLine Magazine will Host “An Evening With Dr. Juanita Bratcher” in Celebration of her 40 Years as a Journalist

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On October 20, 2016, CopyLine Magazine will host “An Evening With Dr. Juanita Bratcher” in celebration of  her 40 years as a Journalist, News Reporter, Author, Publisher, Poet & Songwriter.

Dr. Bratcher, the author of seven books, including the biographies of two Chicago political icons – Mayor Harold Washington and Cook County Board President John H. Stroger, Jr. – was assigned to the campaign trail of Washington when he run for mayor in 1983, and was Press Secretary to Stroger in his last run for re-election to the Cook County Board. Stroger won the election but suffered a stroke and unable to return to work.

Bratcher has written well over 700 poems, many of which have been published in various publications, and is the author of two books of poetry “I Cry For A People In Their Struggle For Justice & Equality” and “A Celebration of Love”.

The first issue of CopyLine Magazine was published in November, 1990, and over the years, the magazine whose main focus is on the political arena, has enlightened its readership with the breaking issues of the day, especially politics.

During this event, Bratcher will be in concert. She will sing a combination of her own songs and some of her favorite songs she’s enjoyed over the years, recite some of her poetry (she is also a poet), and will take questions from the audience.

Dr. Bratcher is the recipient of numerous awards for Journalism Par Excellence, and listed in many Who’s Who publications, including “Who’s Who in the World”, ” Who’s Who in America”, “Who’s Who of International Authors & Writers”, “Who’s Who of American Women”, “Who’s Who in the Midwest”, “Who’s Who in Executives & Businesses”, and “Who’s Who in the 21st Century”, in addition to various others.

“An Evening With Dr. Juanita Bratcher” will be held Thursday, October 20, 2016 at the Carter G. Woodson public library in Chicago, at 95th & Halsted, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. The event is free and open to the general public.

Dr. Bratcher’s career started in 1976, two weeks after earning and receiving her Bachelor’s degree in Journalism from Columbia College, Chicago.

To learn more about CopyLine Magazine, please visit our website at www.copylinemagazine.com. or contact Bratcher @ 773.375.8127 or  email: copylinemagazine@yahoo.com.

ILBCF: Ammons’ Bill Curbs Exorbitant Inmate Calling Charges

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SPRINGFIELD, IL – Illinois State Rep. Carol Ammons, D-Urbana, says telephone calls placed by inmates in Illinois correctional facilities are being inflated and costing the families of incarcerated individuals more than they can bear financially. The Illinois Legislative Black Caucus Foundation applauds Representative Ammons for her leadership to ensure inmates can continue communicating with their families.

 

“Currently, Illinois correctional facilities have telephone service contracts where the service provider pays 76 cents on every dollar to make phone call to the state,” Ammons said. “For the Department of Corrections to make an excessive profit by taking advantage of vulnerable and financially struggling families who only want to speak with their loved ones is an injustice.”

 

Ammons sponsored legislation to cap the amount that phone calls placed by inmates in the Department of Corrections and the Department of Juvenile Justice. The state receives about $12 million each year from those commissions.

 

Under the measure, prison phone calls could only cost a maximum of 7 cents per minute – with international calls at 23 cents per minute – cutting the rate by more than half.

 

“The Family Connections bill is more than just financial relief for families trying to maintain a relationship with their loved ones who are incarcerated. It is an example of the impact the Illinois General Assembly can have on criminal justice reform when we work together and with the support and cooperation of the Governor’s office.”

 

The bill passed the House in early May with a vote of 69-44 and passed the Senate late May on a vote of 54-0. Governor Rauner signed the bill earlier this week North Lawndale Adult Transition Center, 2839 W Fillmore Street.

 

“Tacking on additional, unwarranted financial stress to individuals who are in correctional facilities doesn’t help the rehabilitation process,” said Larry Luster, Executive Director of the Illinois Legislative Black Caucus Foundation. “We send people to correctional facilities to be corrected, not discourage them from communicating with their children and other family members. Speaking with a child while incarcerated can be one of the most rehabilitative experiences.”

 

House Bill 6200 is supported by Illinois Campaign for Prison Phone Justice and Media Action Grassroots Network.

 

 

NAACP Statement on the 53rd Anniversary of the March on Washington

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Baltimore, MD – The NAACP issued the following statement in observance of the 53rd Anniversary of the March on Washington.

Today we celebrate the 53rd anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. On August 28, 1963, A. Philip Randolph and Bayard Rustin reprised their plans to unite civil rights and labor organizations in a collective call for justice. Unlike their first attempt in 1941, no conciliatory Executive Order dissuaded this march, and hundreds of thousands flocked to our capital city to converge at the Lincoln Memorial.

As its terminus symbolized, the March was held in honor of the hundredth anniversary of President’s Lincoln’s own presidential decree: the Emancipation Proclamation. The march simultaneously celebrated a century since liberation and grieved how, as the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. put it in his famous speech from that day, African Americans remained by “the manacles of segregation and the chains of discrimination.” Freedom and jobs remained elusive; freedom and jobs called for a march.

On that day of momentous solidarity, Dr. King’s dream of an America where “all of God’s children, black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics” would unite in a common fight for freedom seemed gloriously achievable.

The years to follow contained both triumph and tragedy. Despite the movement’s unflinching dedication to nonviolent resistance, opponents did not hesitate to attack activists with fatal force. In the spring of 1965, the young, white Reverend Jonathan Daniels made his way down to Selma, Alabama to join the upcoming march for voting rights. Rev. Daniels survived the State Troopers’ tear gas and billy clubs – weapons of an assault so vicious it would become known as Bloody Sunday. However, that August – just fourteen days after President Johnson signed the Voting Rights Act that the Selma marchers had inspired and just eight before the second anniversary of the March on Washington – Rev. Daniels was shot dead while trying to protect the life of seventeen-year-old Ruby Sales.

This 2016 anniversary retains that bittersweet flavor. We pay our thanks to those who gave their time, hearts, and sometimes lives to the mission of the NAACP these past fifty-three years. We also call attention to the weighty work we have left to do and to the tragic continuities in our oppressions: employment discrimination, economic inequality, police brutality, voter suppression, and segregated schooling. With white supremacists surrounding our Houston offices with M16s, a presidential candidate who fuels his popularity with flagrant bigotry, and discriminatory laws that keep people of color and youth away from the polls, we seem farther from Dr. King’s dream of unity than ever.

From the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, Dr. King implored the nation to recognize the urgency of action, “This sweltering summer of the Negro’s legitimate discontent will not pass until there is an invigorating autumn of freedom and equality.” This August 28, after a sweltering summer of our own – one filled with unceasing violence and incivility – we must guarantee an invigorating autumn. With a presidential election impending, the stakes are particularly high. In the seventy-one days until November 8, we must commit ourselves with boundless energy to restoring the voting rights of youth and people of color. If all Americans cannot exercise their rightful stake in our democracy, we will never be a land of liberty. Attendance at the polls is not a singular measure of America’s status; old oppressions will persist no matter the results of Election Day. However, a communal commitment to getting out the vote is exactly the sort of invigoration we need to propel us into a 2017 where we’ll keep on marching, keep on voting, keep on lobbying until, as Dr. King put it, we can finally, fully claim “the riches of freedom and the security of justice.”

CBCF To Honor Cicely Tyson, Richard Roundtree and Dionne Warwick with Lifetime Achievement Awards at 20th Annual Celebration of Leadership in the Fine Arts

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Ceremony Also Presents Next Generation Artists

WASHINGTON, D.C. -The Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, Incorporated (CBCF) announced that legendary actors Cicely Tyson, Richard Roundtree, and music icon Dionne Warwick will accept awards for their lifetime achievements in the arts during the 20th Annual Celebration of Leadership in the Fine Arts.

The awards ceremony, which will take place Sept. 14 at the Sidney Harman Hall, 610 F Street NW in Washington, D.C. from 8:00 p.m. – 10:30 p.m., is organized in cooperation with the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) Spouses Visual and Performance Arts Scholarship program. This event will mark the start of the CBCF’s 46th Annual Legislative Conference (ALC), one of the nation’s leading public policy conferences.

“With a lifetime of entertaining and educating us, this year’s honorees have also distinguished themselves as remarkable leaders and passionate advocates for the arts and arts education,” said CBCF president and CEO A. Shuanise Washington. “Their outstanding contributions and continuing commitment to the arts make them ideal to help elevate the visibility of the CBC Spouses Visual and Performance Arts Scholarship Program. The awards are conferred on artists whose legacy includes not only extraordinary works but a commitment to cultivating future generations of artists.”

Since 1996, the Celebration of Leadership in the Fine Arts has raised funds to support the CBC Spouses Visual and Performing Arts Scholarship Fund. Twenty scholarships are awarded annually to highly qualified students pursuing undergraduate degrees in the arts, based on their creative talent, academic excellence, financial need and community service. Two of this year’s scholarship recipients, vocalist Lindsey Reynolds, and Justin Syas, a pianist, will perform during the event.

“We have supported arts education for 20 years through the Celebration of Leadership in the Fine Arts, during a time when arts education has decreased in many schools,” said Dr. Maya Rockeymoore Cummings, a CBC Spouse and chair of the Celebration of Leadership in the Fine Arts. “We will continue to highlight the contributions of great artists while raising money to support aspiring scholarship recipients as it reinforces the importance of art and its impact in our communities.”

The sponsors for this year’s Celebration of Leadership in the Fine Arts include Union Pacific Corporation, as the title sponsor, Heineken USA, ASPiRE and UP TV.

ABOUT ALC:
The ALC is the leading policy conference on issues impacting African Americans and the global black community. The conference features more than 70 public policy forums on health, education, economic empowerment, the environment, and more. Signature events include the National Town Hall, Celebration of Leadership in Fine Arts, Community Breakfast and Health Fair, Gospel Extravaganza, Black Party, Prayer Breakfast, and the culminating event, the Phoenix Awards Dinner.

This year’s theme, “Defining the Moment, Building the Movement,” will highlight social and political moments in American history that define the Congressional Black Caucus and the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, Inc.

To register for the ALC, visit  www.cbcfinc.org/alc. Sign up to receive the e-newsletter and follow the CBCF on social media using hashtag, #CBCFALC16 for updates.

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Sanders Opposes Dakota Access Pipeline

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BURLINGTON, Vt.U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) issued the following statement in support of grassroots and legal efforts to stop the Dakota Access pipeline, which would run from North Dakota to Illinois:

“The major global crisis facing our planet today is climate change. The vast majority of scientists tell us that climate change is real, it is caused by humans and it is already causing devastating problems. They say that if we do not aggressively transition our energy system away from fossil fuels toward energy efficiency and sustainable energy, the planet we leave our children will be a much less habitable place.

“Like the Keystone XL pipeline, which I opposed since day one, the Dakota Access fracked oil pipeline, will transport some of the dirtiest fuel on the planet. Regardless of the court’s decision, the Dakota Access pipeline must be stopped. As a nation, our job is to break our addiction to fossil fuels, not increase our dependence on oil. I join with the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and the many tribal nations fighting this dangerous pipeline.”

Baton Rouge Man Sentenced To Lengthy Prison Term For Mailing Threatening Letters To Federal And State Courthouses

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BATON ROUGE, LA – United States Attorney Walt Green announced today that BRIAN CAVALIER, age 34, of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, has been sentenced to serve ninety-two (92) months in federal prison, as a result of his convictions for making threats by mail, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 844(e).  Chief U.S. District Judge Brian A. Jackson ordered the sentence to run consecutive to criminal sentences that CAVALIER may also face as a result of unrelated criminal conduct charged in the 19th Judicial District Court in East Baton Rouge Parish and the 23rd Judicial District Court in Ascension Parish.  Following his release from prison, CAVALIER will be also required to serve a 3-year term of supervised release.

CAVALIER previously admitted that on November 1, 2013, he mailed a threatening letter to the United States District Court for the Middle District of Louisiana in which he falsely and maliciously conveyed that a bomb had been planted in the federal courthouse and that the bomb was set to detonate within twenty-four (24) hours.  CAVALIER had also placed a small amount of a white powdery substance inside the letter’s envelope, and the letter falsely stated that anyone who inhaled the powder would die a “painful death” within 24 hours.  CAVALIER’S letter also falsely stated that there were “shooters” outside the federal courthouse and that anyone who attempted to exit the courthouse would be “shot to death.”

CAVALIER also admitted that approximately one month later, on or about December 2, 2013, he mailed a second threatening letter, this time to the 19th Judicial District Court in Baton Rouge, which also falsely and maliciously conveyed that a bomb had been planted in the state courthouse and that the bomb would soon detonate.  The defendant also falsely represented that there were armed men with “high power guns” watching the building and that they would kill people inside the building, too.  This second letter also contained a small amount of suspicious white powder, wrapped in plastic.  At the time CAVALIER sent both letters, he was in state custody in the Avoyelles Detention Center, in Cottonport, Louisiana, on unrelated charges.

U.S. Attorney Green stated:  “Today’s sentence should send a strong message that terroristic threats to the judiciary and others working in the criminal justice system will be dealt with severely.  The defendant’s conduct had a direct impact on hard-working men and women in government who, in the fall of 2013, were just trying to do their jobs and serve the public.  The defendant’s conduct also needlessly diverted first responders and other precious resources away from the legitimate needs of our community.  I appreciate the hard work of the FBI, BRPD, EBRSO, and the Baton Rouge Fire Department, in bringing this defendant to justice, and I appreciate the work of all of the first responders who are called out to potentially-dangerous situations each and every day.”

This matter was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, working in close coordination with the Louisiana Department of Corrections, the Baton Rouge Fire Department, the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office, the Baton Rouge Police Department, the East Baton Rouge District Attorney’s Office, and other law enforcement agencies.  The matter was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Alan A. Stevens, who serves as a Deputy Chief of the Criminal Division.

Source: FBI

Music Institute of Chicago Announces 2016-17 Chicago-Evanston Season

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Highlights: Pianist Sergei Babayan, Louis Armstrong Legacy Concert, Chopin Competition Medalist Kate Liu, Organ Soloist John Sherer
The Music Institute of Chicago announces the 2016–17 season of its Faculty and Guest Artist Series, showcasing noteworthy keyboard artists, illustrious alumni, and the legacy of Louis Armstrong. All but one of the concerts take place at the historic Nichols Concert Hall, 1490 Chicago Avenue in downtown Evanston. In March, the Music Institute presents one special performance at its partner venue, Fourth Presbyterian Church, 126 E. Chestnut Street in downtown Chicago.

Opening Night: “The Elements”
Saturday, September 24, 7:30 p.m.
More than 30 members of the celebrated Music Institute faculty perform works about or inspired by the five elements: earth, water, air, fire, and spirit. Repertoire includes works by Piazzolla, Villa-Lobos, Scriabin, de Falla, Mendelssohn, Ravel, Barber, and Music Institute Composer-in-Residence Mischa Zupko.

Louis Armstrong Legacy Concert
Saturday, November 12, 7:30 p.m.
Jazz at Lincoln Center artist Victor Goines joins Music Institute Jazz Studies faculty for a boisterous tribute to the legacy of Louis Armstrong, who spent some of his most formative years in Chicago, the starting point for this American musical journey.

Family Concert: Duke It Out!
Saturday, December 10, 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.
General admission: $7
This Nutcracker performance, curated by Dance Chicago, pairs the classical (Tchaikovsky) and jazz (Duke Ellington/Billy Strayhorn) versions of the holiday favorite, performed by Axiom Brass and Music Institute Ensemble-in-Residence Quintet Attacca. Featured ensembles include Forum Jazz Dance Theatre, Moscow Ballet’s children’s cast, The Kate Jablonski Statement, Tapman Productions, Visceral Dance Chicago, Wheatland Dance Theater, and other companies and choreographers participating in Dance Chicago 2016. For a complete list of choreographers and artists, please visit musicinst.org.

Academy Orchestra with organ soloist John W. W. Sherer
Friday, March 3, 7 p.m., Fourth Presbyterian Church, 126 E. Chestnut St., Chicago—FREE ADMISSION
Saturday, March 4, 7:30 p.m., Nichols Concert Hall, 1490 Chicago Ave., Evanston
John W. W. Sherer, organist and director of music at Fourth Presbyterian Church since 1996, joins students from the Music Institute’s Academy for gifted pre-college musicians in two performances of Poulenc’s monumental Concerto for Organ, Timpani, and Strings in G minor. The March 4 program at Nichols Concert Hall highlights the magnificent sounds of the Music Institute’s fully restored Opus 208 Skinner organ, which celebrated 100 years in 2013. Both programs, conducted by Academy Director James Setapen, also include Bolzoni’s Minuet For Strings.

Sergei Babayan
Friday, May 5, 7:30 p.m.
The acclaimed pianist returns to Nichols Concert Hall for a program of solo and concerto keyboard works by J.S. Bach. This special program, co-presented as part of the 44th annual Bach Week Festival, features the Bach Week Festival Orchestra under the baton of Music Director Richard Webster.

Academy Orchestra with Kate Liu
Saturday, May 20, 7:30 p.m.
An alumna of the Music Institute’s Academy for gifted pre-college musicians, Winnetka resident Liu returns to Nichols Concert Hall fresh from her triumphant bronze medal at the prestigious Fryderyk Chopin International Piano Competition in Warsaw, where she also received the Mazurka Prize. Liu and the Academy Orchestra perform Chopin’s poetic and technically brilliant Piano Concerto No. 2 in F minor, conducted by Academy Director James Setapen.

Nichols Concert Hall
Noted architect Solon S. Beman designed the architecturally and acoustically magnificent First Church of Christ, Scientist, located at 1490 Chicago Avenue in Evanston, in 1912. In 2003, the building was sensitively restored to become Nichols Concert Hall, a state-of-the-art, 550-seat performance space and music education destination, easily accessible to numerous restaurants, on-street and metered parking, and the Davis Street CTA and Metra stations. The converted building, featuring a fully restored, 1914 E. M. Skinner pipe organ, received the Richard H. Driehaus Award for best adaptive use by the Landmarks Preservation Council of Illinois.  Each year Nichols Concert Hall reaches approximately 15,000 people and hosts a world-class chamber music series, workshops and master classes, student recitals, and special events.

Music Institute of Chicago
The Music Institute of Chicago is dedicated to transforming lives through music education. Founded in 1931, the Music Institute has grown to become one of the largest and most respected community music schools in the nation. Offering musical excellence built on the strength of its distinguished faculty, commitment to quality, and breadth of programs and services, the Music Institute is a member of the National Guild for Community Arts Education and accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Pre-collegiate Arts Schools (ACCPAS). Each year, the Music Institute’s teachers reach thousands of students of all ages and levels of experience. Music Institute locations include Chicago, Evanston, Winnetka, Lincolnshire, Lake Forest, and Downers Grove. In addition, the Music Institute is proud of its longstanding partnership with the Chicago Public Schools through its Arts Link program. The Music Institute offers lessons and classes, and concerts through its Community Music School, Academy, and Nichols Concert Hall.

All performances—except the March 3 concert, which takes place at Fourth Presbyterian Church, 126 E. Chestnut Street in Chicagotake place at Nichols Concert Hall, 1490 Chicago Avenue in Evanston. Tickets, except where noted, are $30 for adults, $20 for seniors and $10 for students, available online or 847.905.1500 ext. 108. All programming is subject to change. For more information, visit musicinst.org.

Photos:
Left photo: Sergei Babayan.
Right photo: Victor Goines.  

Madigan Sues Drugmaker Insys for Deceptive Sales of Opioid Painkiller

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Attorney General Madigan Accuses Drug Company of Selling Cancer Pain Medication to Non-Cancer Patients to Turn a Profit 

 

CHICAGO, IL — Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan filed a lawsuit against the pharmaceutical company Insys Therapeutics, Inc. for deceptively marketing and selling Subsys, a highly addictive opioid drug significantly more powerful than morphine and intended exclusively for the treatment of breakthrough cancer pain, to physicians treating non-cancer patients for off-label uses like back and neck pain in an effort to rake in high profits.

 

Madigan alleges that Insys illegally marketed its painkiller to doctors who prescribed high volumes of opioid drugs instead of focusing its marketing on oncologists treating cancer patients, who are the intended recipients of the drug. Insys’ irresponsible promotion of a prescription opioid is particularly concerning as studies indicate that people who abuse prescription opioids frequently move on to using heroin as a cheaper and more readily available alternative. In fact, according to the American Society of Addiction Medicine, four out of five new heroin users started their addiction by misusing prescription painkillers.

 

“This drug company’s desire for increased profits led it to disregard patients’ health and push addictive opioids for non-FDA approved purposes,” Madigan said. “It’s this type of reprehensible and illegal conduct that feeds the dangerous opioid epidemic and is another low for the pharmaceutical industry.”

 

The lawsuit stems from Madigan’s investigation into allegations that Insys was marketing Subsys broadly as a treatment for breakthrough pain associated with chronic conditions, including back and neck pain, despite the lack of FDA approval for those uses. Insys also pushed doctors to prescribe the higher and more expensive doses of Subsys, contrary to FDA mandates aimed at keeping patients on the lowest effective dose.

 

Madigan’s investigation revealed that doctors across the country were rewarded for prescribing Subsys to non-cancer patients for off-label uses, including payments for sham speaking events and dinners at expensive restaurants. In Illinois, the top Subsys prescriber was Dr. Paul Madison, who wrote approximately 58 percent of the Subsys prescriptions in the state. Madison is an anesthesiologist who treats few, if any, cancer patients. More than 95 percent of the Subsys prescriptions written by Dr. Madison did not relate to breakthrough cancer pain. Madison was indicted by the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Chicago billing insurers for procedures he did not perform.

 

Madigan’s lawsuit against Insys seeks to permanently bar the company from selling its products in Illinois and impose financial penalties for violating the Consumer Fraud Act. Madigan’s office continues to investigate other opioid manufacturers for similar practices.

 

Division Chief Deborah Hagan and Assistant Attorney General Paige Boggs are handling the lawsuit for Madigan’s Consumer Protection Division.

 

 

Unemployment Rates Decrease in Twelve Metro Areas

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State-Level Preliminary PARCC Scores Released During State Board Meeting

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 First look at preliminary results for second year of PARCC

SPRINGFIELD, IL —Members of the State Board of Education had the opportunity at its meeting to view the preliminary state-level results from the 2015-16 Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) assessment. This initial release is part of a commitment to transparency and collaboration with districts and schools, which are working to understand their own data in relationship to overall state data.

“We are very proud of our students’ accomplishments and the commitment of our teachers in embracing the new, more rigorous Illinois State Standards,” said State Superintendent of Education Tony Smith, Ph.D. “They are designed to help prepare every child for success in college and careers after they complete K-12 education and we fully expect to see progress along the continuum of mastery as they gain familiarity with these standards.”

The PARCC assessment focuses on students’ mastery of key concepts as well as their critical thinking and writing skills. It will continue to measure the full range of standards. The assessment will also provide valuable information about whether students are mastering the knowledge and skills they need to stay on the path for success in college and/or their chosen career field.

The award-winning Illinois Report Card, available at the end of October, will include finalized statewide, district-, and school-level data. Districts have been using individual student results for the past several weeks to help guide instructional decisions for students. ISBE does not yet have any individual school or district data to report as districts are still partaking in the data clean-up process.

Assessments are simply one measure to track progress, and data from the PARCC assessment provides a clearer picture of where Illinois schools are succeeding and what areas need improvement. The second year of results will help teachers and parents determine if a student requires remediation or more advanced instruction earlier in his or her schooling, ensuring they graduate from high school ready for college and career.

For more information and continuous updates, please go to the ISBE PARCC Place webpage at http://www.isbe.net/parcc-place/.

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Welcome to CopyLine Magazine! The first issue of CopyLine Magazine was published in November, 1990, by Editor & Publisher Juanita Bratcher. CopyLine’s main focus is on the political arena – to inform our readers and analyze many of the pressing issues of the day - controversial or otherwise. Our objectives are clear – to keep you abreast of political happenings and maneuvering in the political arena, by reporting and providing provocative commentaries on various issues. For more about CopyLine Magazine, CopyLine Blog, and CopyLine Television/Video, please visit juanitabratcher.com, copylinemagazine.com, and oneononetelevision.com. Bratcher has been a News/Reporter, Author, Publisher, and Journalist for 33 years. She is the author of six books, including “Harold: The Making of a Big City Mayor” (Harold Washington), Chicago’s first African-American mayor; and “Beyond the Boardroom: Empowering a New Generation of Leaders,” about John Herman Stroger, Jr., the first African-American elected President of the Cook County Board. Bratcher is also a Poet/Songwriter, with 17 records – produced by HillTop Records of Hollywood, California. Juanita Bratcher Publisher

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