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Archive for January 30th, 2017

Attorney General Madigan and 15 Other Attorneys General Condemn the Unconstitutional Executive Order on Immigration, Vow to Uphold Constitution

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CHICAGO, IL – Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan joined with 15 other attorneys general to condemn the unconstitutional Executive Order on immigration.


Madigan and the attorneys general issued the following statement:


“As the chief legal officers for over 130 million Americans and foreign residents of our states, we condemn President Trump’s unconstitutional, unAmerican and unlawful Executive Order and will work together to ensure the federal government obeys the Constitution, respects our history as a nation of immigrants, and does not unlawfully target anyone because of their national origin or faith.


Religious liberty has been, and always will be, a bedrock principle of our country and no president can change that truth.


Yesterday, multiple federal courts ordered a stay of the Administration’s dangerous Executive Order. We applaud those decisions and will use all of the tools of our offices to fight this unconstitutional order and preserve our nation’s national security and core values.


We are confident that the Executive Order will ultimately be struck down by the courts. In the meantime, we are committed to working to ensure that as few people as possible suffer from the chaotic situation that it has created.”


Joining Madigan in issuing the statement were attorneys general from: California, Connecticut, the District of Columbia, Hawaii, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Mexico, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Vermont, Virginia and Washington.



“Lying Murdering Cops” Should be Locked up – Not Training Other Cops!

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From: October Chicago

Two police officers who murdered Black citizens and then lied under oath to justify the murders are currently in training to train other police officers. Raoul Mosqueda along with his partner Gildardo Sierra shot Darius Pinex to death Jan 7, 2011. Michael St. Clair II shot Wiliam Hope, Jr to death on July 8, 2010. In separate court suits brought by the Pinex and Hope families St. Clair and Mosqueda each gave sworn testimony contradicted by tapes from the nights of the murders. Yet Mosqueda & St. Clair are on track to train other police officers.



A press conference/Protest will be held today, January 30, 2 p.m., at the 7th District Police Station, 63rd & Loomis. Gloria Pinex and other families of people murdered by Police and concerned members of the community will be in attendance. They will demand that Mosqueda and St. Clair be indicted and locked up, not put in charge of training other cops!



Justice for Darius Pinex! Justice for William Hope, Jr! Justice for All!



Several years of powerful protests and rebellion have brought to light the role of the police in enforcing, with brutality and murder, the systemic oppression of of Black people and others oppressed by the system. The use of lying, murdering cops to train other cops shows no one in authority plans to change that.

The release of the damning Justice Department Report detailed the CPD’s history of outrages violating the Civil Rights of its Black and Latino citizens. The injustice of law enforcement in Chicago is known across the US and around the world and is an example of what police do across the country. The danger of increasing those abuses with federal forces has been threatened by the Fascist Donald Trump in a tweet about murder rates in Chicago’s neglected Black community and by his overall policies.

Editor’s Note: The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of October Chicago and not those of CopyLinemagazine.com.

Heartland Alliance Calls on President Trump to Uphold American Promise and Protect the Persecuted

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Heartland Alliance Statement:

We are alarmed and disheartened that President Trump has signed an executive order limiting refugee admissions and restricting travel to the US from a number of countries that are predominantly Muslim. This action is in sharp conflict with American values, our history, and our humanitarian obligations.

Refugees who are fleeing violence and persecution in their own country seek safety and freedom when they arrive in United States. To turn our backs on these individuals, children, and families when they are at their most vulnerable goes against our country’s founding principles.

We do not need to choose between being a country that lives up to its values and securing our own safety. The U.S. refugee program already involves rigorous security screenings by multiple enforcement agencies before refugees are resettled in our communities, a vetting process that often spans several years.

Doing our fair share to welcome a small fraction of the world’s most vulnerable refugees to the United States not only saves lives, it also strengthens American leadership in the world. The refugee resettlement program is a vital strategic tool that allows the United States to stand in solidarity with our allies worldwide who are hosting millions of refugees. It also provides us with critical leverage to call upon other governments and the United Nations to do more to protect the vast majority of the world’s displaced who will never be resettled in a third country.

Heartland Alliance believes everyone benefits when people have an equal opportunity to safety, healing, economic opportunity, and justice. We work to ensure these rights every day, from our international work with the most at-risk refugees in places like Lebanon, to our work here at home providing health care, education, job placement services, and legal support for people fleeing violence and persecution. Heartland Alliance stands with allies and leaders throughout the country who champion human rights, with people of all religions, and with refugees around the world. We call on our neighbors, friends, and leaders to make your voice heard and urge the Trump Administration to reverse course and uphold our nation’s commitment to human rights and justice.

For more infornation, contact Sam Tuttle – stuttle@heartlandalliance.org | 773-480-3711

Remembering Coretta Scott King Among Those Who Moved Us Forward

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Remembering Coretta Scott King Among Those Who Moved Us Forward


By Barbara Reynolds

(TriceEdneywire.com) – Coretta Scott King died on January 30, 2006.  Yet her legacy is very much alive as a coalition builder, a strategist and a moral voice that confronted detractors but insisted upon non-violent approaches, such as dialogue, protests and economic boycotts with the end goal of peaceful reconciliation.


In their own analysis 60-era civil rights leaders used to refer to a Zeitgeist, the spirit of the times, which divine dimension that summons leaders exactly when needed most.  That certainly describes the timing of human rights activist Coretta Scott King who is experiencing a resurgence as people take a fresh look at those who successfully moved themselves and others forward through the heavy thicket of discrimination such as the leading ladies in the wonderful new film, Hidden Figures.


A second look at King’s legacy should focus on but go beyond her well known decades ordeal of successfully lobbying to make King’s birthday a national holiday and building the Dr. Martin Luther King Center for Social Change in Atlanta. Tourists from around the role visit this site, where her crypt and that of Dr. King are located near Ebenezer Baptist church where Dr. King preached and was funeralized.


Coretta King certainly should come to mind as millions gathered in Washington and in sister cities around the world last week to mount an overwhelming rebuke to President Donald Trump’s anti-human rights campaign and his denigration of women, minorities, immigrants and the physically challenged. Her name was scrawled on home-made signs scattered throughout.


It is appropriate that we remember her appeal to women and her global human rights efforts. That was the capstone of King’s 38 year mission as she shifted from civil rights to a more global inclusive human rights agenda after the assassination of her husband, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr in 1968.  A favorite slogan was: “Women, if the soul of the nation is to be saved, I believe that you must become its soul.”


In 1977, President Jimmy Carter appointed her a nonvoting delegate to the 32nd General Assembly of the United Nations, where she advocated for more international focus on the human rights of women. That same year in Houston, she served as Commissioner on the International Women’s Year Conference where she created quite a stir over her support for gay rights, an unpopular issue at the time.


In her memoir she tells how she opposed the various women’s groups at the Conference who were advocating a constitutional ban on same-sex marriage. “I feel that gay and lesbian people have families and their families should have legal protection, whether by marriage or civil union. I believe unequivocally that discrimination because of sexual orientation is wrong and unacceptable in a democracy that protects the human rights of all its citizens.”


In the historic 1963 March on Washington-which catapulted Dr. King to fame–women, however, were not allowed to march with the leaders or give a major address. But without a doubt King, would have played a supportive role in the Women’s march as did her daughter, Bernice King.


King was a spokeswoman for social justice causes, both large and small, writing a syndicated news column on issues from gun violence, to environmental racism, to apartheid in South Africa. She was rarely missing in action.  “Sometimes you win, just by showing up,” she said, often referring to her role as a ministry of presence.


King believed that it is citizen action that is crucial to the making of a president.  She often said that   Ronald Reagan did not warm to the idea of a Dr. King holiday until the movement created a groundswell for it with three million signatures, marches and years of lobbying Congress.  He signed it on November 20, 1983.


In recent weeks several black leaders have been publicly scourged for meeting with President Trump through his transition stage. King, however, would have been knocking on his door, as she did with all the other presidents in her heyday.  And she would not have been there for photo-ops or “selfies.”  As a seasoned coalition building she would have prepared a well- crafted agenda, which called upon Trump to govern as president of all Americans.



In past years, King’s influence was mammoth in the shaping of the political landscape.  She successfully campaigned to elect scores of liberals to political office, worked with Carter in the selection of federal judges and threw her weight against those who stood in the way of voting rights.


Typical of her role is how she confronted and helped block Alabama U.S. Senator Jeff Sessions who in 1985 was vying for a federal judgeship. Sessions, who was called “brilliant,” by Trump is his choice for U.S. Attorney General. In a recently surfaced 10-page letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee, King had called him “lacking in judgement and temperament who would irreparably harm the work the movement had done to seize a slice of democracy for disenfranchised blacks.”


King opposed Sessions for his 1985 attempt to prosecute three civil rights activists from Marion, Alabama for voter fraud – accusations that were later proved unmerited. Her opposition to Sessions ran deep because she grew up right outside of Marion which before the movement launched its successful voter rights drive were unable to counter terrorizing attacks om their lives and property.  Civil rights activists fear that Sessions will not hold law enforcement officials accountable for the episodic incidents of unarmed black men being murdered, as was done under the Obama administration.


In the battle to stop Sessions and others who seemed primed to push back advances in human rights, Coretta would not have panicked. In her memoir, she said, “Struggle is a never-ending process and freedom is never really won. You earn it and win it in every generation.”


And so it goes.


Rev. Dr. Barbara A. Reynolds is the author of seven books. Her latest is the Life, the Love and the Legacy of Coretta Scott King. Dr. Reynolds can be reached at Reynew@aol.com



Photo: Dr. Barbara Reynolds


Four School Bus Company Owners Convicted for Bid Rigging and Mail Fraud Conspiracies Involving Puerto Rico Public School Bus Services

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Following a week-long trial, a federal jury in Puerto Rico convicted four individuals for participating in bid rigging and fraud conspiracies at an auction for public school bus transportation services in Puerto Rico’s Caguas municipality, the Department of Justice announced.

Gavino Rivera Herrera, Luciano Vega Martínez, Alfonso Gonzalez Nevarez and René Garay Rodríguez were found guilty today in the U.S. District Court of the District of Puerto Rico, in San Juan, for conspiring to rig bids and allocate the market for public school bus transportation contracts in the municipality of Caguas from approximately August 2013 until May 2015.  Each individual was also found guilty of conspiracy to commit mail fraud and four counts of mail fraud for defrauding the municipality of Caguas to fraudulently obtain contracts for school bus transportation services.  Sentencing is set for May 30, 2017.

“These defendants enriched themselves at the expense of Puerto Rico schools and have been held accountable by a jury of their peers,” said Acting Assistant Attorney General Brent Snyder of the Department of Justice’s Antitrust Division.  “The division will continue to work with our law enforcement partners to ensure that school districts and other consumers benefit from competitive markets.”

“These convictions should serve as a reminder that Federal law enforcement agencies intend to vigorously prosecute those who manipulate government bidding processes to enrich themselves illegally,” said U.S. Attorney Rosa Emilia Rodríguez-Vélez of the District of Puerto Rico.  “Federal law enforcement agencies will continue their ongoing efforts to investigate and prosecute these crimes, in order to promote and protect free and fair competition in the marketplace.”

“The defendants’ actions in depriving the citizens of Caguas of the right to choose what is best for the transportation of their schoolchildren, while also putting the defendants’ own financial interests above those of equally deserving Puerto Rican business owners, were particularly harmful during these difficult economic times.” said Special Agent in Charge Douglas A. Leff of the FBI’s San Juan Division.  “The FBI is grateful for its partnership with the Antitrust Division and the U.S. Department of Education Office of Inspector General for their endless dedication to protecting the rights of all businesses, large and small, to compete in a fair marketplace.”

“Today’s action demonstrated that these business owners willfully and intentionally sought to enrich themselves at the expense of students and taxpayers.  That is unacceptable,” said Special Agent in Charge Yessyka Santana of the U.S. Department of Education Office of Inspector General’s Southeastern Regional Office.  “The Office of Inspector General will continue to work with our law enforcement partners to aggressively pursue anyone who games the system for their own selfish purpose and protect these vital funds from this type of calculated plunder.”

According to evidence presented at trial, the four school bus company owners and other co-conspirators carried out the conspiracy by agreeing during meetings and communications to allocate contracts for transportation routes awarded by the municipality of Caguas.  Trial evidence showed that the conspirators submitted fraudulent certifications and received award letters by certified mail in connection with their conspiracy to defraud the Municipality of Caguas.

The defendants were convicted of bid rigging and market allocation in violation of the Sherman Act, which carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a $1 million fine for individuals.  The maximum fine may be increased to twice the gain derived from the crime or twice the loss suffered by the victims of the crime, if either of those amounts is greater than the statutory maximum fine.  They were also convicted of one count of conspiracy to commit mail fraud and four counts of mail fraud.  Each count of mail fraud, and conspiracy to commit mail fraud, carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

Today’s conviction arose from a federal antitrust investigation into price fixing, bid rigging and other anticompetitive conduct in Puerto Rico’s school bus transportation services industry.  This investigation is being conducted by the Antitrust Division’s Washington Criminal I Section, the District of Puerto Rico U.S. Attorney’s Office, the FBI’s Puerto Rico Field Office and the U.S. Department of Education Office of Inspector General.  Anyone with information in connection with this investigation is urged to call the Antitrust Division’s Washington Criminal I Section at 202-307-6694, visit www.justice.gov/atr/contact/newcase.html or call the FBI’s Puerto Rico Field Office at 787-754-6000.

Source: FBI

Millions for Prisoners March for Human Rights

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Letters to Editors

The Thirteenth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution reads as follows:
Section 1. Slavery prohibited. “Neither slavery nor involuntary
servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have
been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place
subject to their jurisdiction.”

Salamu! Greetings of solidarity from behind enemy lines. Thank you for
giving me the opportunity to publish this communication. I am a new
Afrikan freedom fighter from the ranks of JLS (Jailhouse Lawyers Speak).
A collective of Jailhouse lawyers organized to educate and fight for
prisoners human rights, against a system that is designed to dehumanize
its captives. I am also the National Secretary for Amend the 13th, an
inclusive coalition based national campaign and community based
organizing effort to address the legal and social basis for
dehumanization in Amerika.

The purpose of this press release is to notify prisoners, community
organizers, and all those who care of the upcoming Millions for
Prisoners Human Rights March in Washington D.C. scheduled for August 19,
2017. This is a national effort to bring world attention to the 13th
amendment enslavement clause, its ramifications, and to solidify
organizing efforts to amend it.

1). We DEMAND the 13th amendment EXCEPTION CLAUSE of the United States
Constitution be amended to abolish LEGALIZED slavery in America.
2). We DEMAND a Congressional hearing on the 13th Amendment EXCEPTION
CLAUSE being recognized in violation of international law, the general
principles of human rights, and its direct links to:
a). Private entities exploiting prison labor
b). Companies overcharging prisoners for goods and services
c). Private entities contracted by states/federal government to
build and operate prisons. This would also include  immigration
d). Racial disparities in America’s prison population and
e). Policing: the disproportionate (unaccountable) killings by
police in the black and brown communities
f). Felony Disenfranchisement  laws
g). Immigration and Customs Enforcement 34,000 detention quotas
h). Producing the world largest prison population

In essence this is an abolitionist movement to abolish legalized
enslavement. A practice that is not solely limited to prisoners making
products, but extends to a prisoners mere body in an isolation cell,
being profitable.

“U.S. Supreme Court in its long standing precedent in Ruffin v.
Commonwealth, 62, Va (21 Gratt.) 790, 796 (1871):“A convicted felon,
whom the law in its humanity punishes by confinement in penitentiary(s)
instead of death, is subject while undergoing punishment, to all the
laws which the legislature in its wisdom may enact for the government of
that institution and control of its inmates. For the time being, during
his term of service in the penitentiary, he is in a state of penal
servitude to the state. He has, as a consequence of his crime, not only
forfeited his liberty, but all of his personal rights except those which
the law in its humanity accords him. He is for the time being a slave of
the State. … They are slaves of the State undergoing punishment for
heinous crimes committed against the laws of the land. …”

In other words, prisoners themselves are the commodity. Which explains
why law enforcements entire appartus is geared towards capturing and
bottling humans for the highest bidder, dead or alive. It should not be
of any surprise that the black and brown communities are prime targets
for extractions. We cannot over emphasize the connection between slavery
and the Prison Industrial Enslavement Complex.  Prison slavery is a
direct outgrowth of the thirteenth amendment and the thirteenth
amendment enslavement exception clause is a direct outgrowth of the  pre
1865 chattle enslavement period. You can analyze the different periods
of transitions from convict leasing, black codes,  Jim crow,  Nixon’s
war on drugs, to the Bill Clinton’s 1994 crime bill to see the
connections and the architectural  designs developed, to maximize
profits through the INjustice systems criminalization of generations.
All across Amerika people are becoming more aware of the thirteenth
enslavement exception clause. Particularly prisoners around the nation,
who have been strategizing and directly challenging the thirteenth as
witnessed by the September 9, 2016 prison strikes. Jailhouse Lawyers
Speak has been planning its challenge to the thirteenth in collaboration
with iamWE Prison Advocacy Network since mid 2015. This challenge is the
Millions for Prisoners Human Rights March, hosted by iamWE Prison
Advocacy Network. Presently coalitions are being formed that we envision
will become a recognizable force for change beyond the March. Just as we
envision every August 19th afterwards being a day of solidarity and
demonstrations in recognition of Prisoners Human Rights and highlighting
the violations of such for collective action.

“Black August is a month of divine meaning, of repression and radical
resistance, of injustice and divine justice; of repression and righteous
rebellion; of individual and collective efforts to free the slaves and
break the chains that bind us.” -Mumia Abu-Jamal

Black August was selected by JLS prisoners, due to it’s significance as
being a historical month of commemoration of fallen new Afrikan freedom
fighters and resistance. This is a month in which the spirit of
liberation is encouraged amongst prisoners and within our communities.
Black August is a special month to many of us confined. Comrade George
L. Jackson is a light to many of us struggling to maintain our sanity
and dignity within these concentration camps. It is only fitting that
this event be scheduled during this month, in hopes of connecting more
people to the prison resistance movement history, challenges, and needs.
Today as I write, confirmation is coming in that prisoners are in
collective discussion around the country to be in solidarity with the
Millions for Prisoners Human Rights March.

For those prisoners that would like to participate, it is asked that
– Fast from sun rise to sun set
– Participate in intense political studies with emphasis on the 13th
– Daily prayer or meditation
– Daily exercise regimen
– Refrain from purchasing any and all prison products to that require
spending of money during this month
– Refrain from smoking and drinking alcoholic beverages
– If possible, wear a black arm band or wrist band (i.e.shoelace) around
left wrist.

Around the Nation and across the world, August 19, 2017 will be
remembered as a day of collective action, strategizing, and execution of
the national objective to abolish legalized enslavement in Amerika.
People from all walks of life from both sides of the walls have answered
the call. Many are organizing their areas to be at the march, others
will be hosting local solidarity demonstrations in their state or
country, others are distributing info and many others are sharing
resources and time.

To learn more about this event and how you can get involved  visit
www.iamweubuntu.com or write iamWE Prison Advocacy Network P.O. Box
58201 Raleigh NC 27658

The Prison Resistance Movement
New Abolitionist
In Solidarity,


Contact: iamWE Prison Advocacy Network P.O. Box 58201 Raleigh NC 27658

Contact: Incarcerated Workers Organizing Committee (IWOC), a committee
of the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW), 816-866-3808,

Learn more at www.iamweubuntu.com

Editor’s Note: The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of Incarcerated Workers Organizing Committee and not those of Copylinemagazine.com.


Illinois Legislative Black Caucus Foundation Announces 2017 Legislative Research Fellows

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The Illinois Legislative Black Caucus Foundation announced its inaugural class of legislative research fellows. Fellows were selected from a large pool of talented applicants that were, after much deliberation, narrowed down to four recipients. Applicants were tasked with developing a legislative proposal that aimed to positively impact the Black community.  Fellows are responsible for drafting memos, developing fact sheets, executing communication strategies, preparing presentations, legislative analysis and impact analysis. Our fellows will be providing the Council on Urban Affairs information to help ILBC members make informed decisions that helps that black community, while developing the next group of leaders through work experience.

Below are a list of the fellows:

Crystal Martin

Presently, Crystal is a high school counselor at the Urban Prep Charter Academy for Young Men, in Chicago Illinois.  She is a 2nd year PhD student of Community Psychology at National Louis University with a dissertation entitled “Survivors Guilt vs. the ‘Sell Out’: Social Barriers to College Persistence for African American First Generation College Students”, which explores the self sabotaging behaviors of this student population.  Crystal holds a BA in Television Production and Directing from Columbia College Chicago; an MA in Counseling and an MEd in Educational Leadership from Lewis University, and Post Graduate Certification from the National Institute for Urban School Leaders at Harvard University. Through a grant from the Pollination Project, in December 2016, Crystal started First2Finish, a non-profit college access program targeting first generation students and making investments for college readiness beginning in the first grade.  First2Finish will enroll its “First Class” of participants in Fall 2018.


Subria A. Whitaker

Subria A. Whitaker is from Chicago’s South Side and currently resides in the Morgan Park Neighborhood. An alumna of Morgan Park High School, Subria graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts and Sciences with Distinction in Communication in May, 2016. She is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in Sport Administration from Northwestern University’s School of Professional Studies.Last summer, Subria was selected by the Delta Research and Educational Foundation to participate in the Congressional Black Caucus Emerging Leaders Program where she served as the 2016 Stephanie Tubbs Jones Intern in the Office of United States Congresswoman Marcia L. Fudge. She’d previously served as an Undergraduate Intern in the Office of the Attorney General for the District of Columbia.

Malayzja D. Anderson

Malayzja D. Anderson is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in World History from the University of Illinois at Springfield. Her current research interests include student activism, 20th century social movements and Middle Eastern history. As a Graduate Assistant in UIS’s Diversity Center, Malayzja develops student programing aimed at retaining minority students and facilitates micro-aggression reduction workshops. Malayzja is currently the Treasurer for the UIS Rotaract Club, Vice President of Graduate Assistants in their union and a mentor for the Necessary Steps Mentor Program at UIS. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in African American Studies and another in History from Chicago State University. In 2014 Malayzja served as a Public Policy Intern in Senator Kimberly A. Lightford’s district office.


NdjuohMehChu, a native of Jersey City, New Jersey, is a third-year J.D. Candidate at the University of Chicago Law School.  At the Law School, he is an active member of the Mandel Legal Aid Clinic’s Criminal and Juvenile Justice Project and previously served as a clinical student in the Law School’s Civil Rights and Police Accountability Project. Ndjuoh has extensive experience in issues at the intersection of social justice and human rights.  He has held positions at the ACLU of Illinois and the Legal Assistance Foundation of Chicago.  Ndjuoh previously served as an International Human Rights research fellow at the University of Lucerne School of Law in Lucerne, Switzerland and again at the University of Milan, Cattolica in Milan, Italy. Prior to Law School, Ndjuoh worked as a Special Education and Math teacher in the South Bronx. Ndjuoh is also a graduate of Rutgers University, New Brunswick with degrees in Economics and Africana Studies.

Rep. Slaughter Asks Residents to Recognize American Heart Month, Review Personal Health

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CHICAGO, IL – Illinois State Rep. Justin Slaughter, D-Chicago, is urging residents to recognize American Heart Month in February by reviewing the facts about heart health and how they can make healthy choices.

“I urge residents to research the facts about heart health and make sure that they are making healthy choices for themselves and their families,” Slaughter said. “Heart disease affects every family, and it’s critical that residents understand the risks and how they can avert them.”

According to the American Heart Association, an estimated 85.6 million people in the United States are living with cardiovascular diseases, which can lead to heart attack, stroke, high blood pressure and chest pain. Among American adults, 32.6 percent (about 80 million) have high blood pressure. Despite an overall 28.8 percent drop in cardiovascular disease death rates from 2003 to 2013, the high blood pressure death rate has steadily increased by 8.2 percent over that same time.

For more information about heart health, and to learn about ways to reduce risk, residents can visit the American Heart Association’s website at www.heart.org.

“It is important for residents to be proactive in making sure they are taking care of their health and well-being,” Slaughter said. “Whether it’s making a healthier eating choice, going to the gym or visiting a doctor, any step toward a healthier life is a positive move.”

For more information, please contact Slaughter’s constituent service office at 773-445-9700 slaughterj@ilga.gov.


Mystery & Comedy Warm Up Spring With Piccolo’s Private Eyes

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EVANSTON, IL – New year, new home, new comedy!  Recently relocated to the Parish House at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, in Evanston, Piccolo’s 2016/2017 season continues with Private Eyes, by Steven Dietz, a modern comedy/relationship/thriller set in the theatre, or restaurant, or therapist’s office, or real life.  Matthew’s wife, Lisa, is having an affair with Adrian, a British director.  Or perhaps the affair is part of a play being rehearsed.  Or perhaps Matthew has imagined it all.  But a mysterious woman who seems to shadow the others brings the story to its surprising conclusion…or does she?  The audience plays the role of detective in this hilarious, multi-layered comedy of suspicion about love, lust, and the power of deception in which nothing is ever quite what it seems.


Cast: Edward Fraim, Kurt Proepper*, Megan DeLay, Shantelle Szyper, David W.M. Kelch*, with Scott Sawa and Maeghan Looney.  Creative: Michael D. Graham* (Director), Chris Chapin (Production Manager), Megan Chaney (Stage  Manager), Milo Bue (Scenic Designer), Elyse Estes* (Master Carpenter), Lee Moore* (Charge Artist), Joshua D. Allard* (Costume/Props Designer), Aimee Warshall* (Lighting Designer), Aaron Quick* (Sound Designer), Bethany Woodard* and Beep Trefts* (Backstage Floor Managers).   *denotes Piccolo Theatre Company Member.


Private Eyes previews February 16 & 17 at 8:00p; opens Saturday, February 18 at 8:00p; and runs February 18 – March 19, Fridays & Saturdays at 8:00p, and Sundays at 3p.  All Performances at Piven Theatre Workshop, 927 Noyes St, Evanston, IL 60201.  Tickets are only available through the Piccolo Theatre Box Office, (847) 424-0089, Tuesday-Friday 10a-5p.  Tickets are $25 (Regular), $20 (Senior), $15 (Student / Industry), $15 (Previews Only); Group Discounts Available for groups of 8 or more.


PETAL et al. Executives’ Electrifying “Hero” Presentation Shared Career Goals With Students at Olive-Harvey College Alternative School

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Pamela McMillan, CEO, of PETAL et al, and Clarence McMillan, PETAL et al. Vice President of Technology and Communications, gave an electrifying presentation to students at Olive Harvey College Alternative High School titled, “Hero.”

The McMillan’s presentation focused on defining a hero and how everyone has the potential to be a hero, or may already be a hero. The pair discussed their education endeavors and paths taken to get their careers off the ground, and successful efforts that led to a promising career today.

Pamela informed students of strategies they could take before getting to college that would increase their chances of success in school, or having the potential of getting a good job before finishing college.

In addition, the McMillans discussed with students how they can take advantage of minimum wage or low wage jobs they may be working in now and looking at them as not having that much of a benefit.

Both McMillans answered questions from students after their presentations.

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