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Archive for May 8th, 2017

Two Political Icons Who Changed the Course of Politics and History in Chicago, Cook County & Illinois

Posted by Juanita Bratcher On May - 8 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

Mayor Harold Washington and Cook County Board President John S. Stroger, Jr.





Harold Washington, Chicago’s greatest mayor, was the first African-American elected mayor of the City of Chicago.

“Harold: The Making of a Big City Mayor”

In the book, Bratcher zeroes in on how this spirited campaign got off the ground, how the dream was accomplished, and the uphill struggle that brought it about. The book focuses on:

  • The early stages of the campaign
  • Voter registration drive
  • The infusion of racial politics into the campaign
  • Excerpts/statements/speeches on the campaign trail
  • Washington’s views on the Rev. Jesse Jackson
  • Interviews following his inauguration
  • Black aldermen’s views on the city’s first black mayor
  • Council wars/polarization
  • Selected quotes from the campaign
  • The battle cry for change
  • Why Washington accused former Mayor Jane Byrne of trying to destroy the Democratic Party
  • Washington accused the Vrdolyak ’29, headed by then Alderman Edward Vrdolyak, of a nervous reaction to his administration’s reform process. Vrdolyak tried to sabotage every agenda Washington tried to put in place or change.
  • 16 pictorial pages

$10 plus $3.00 S&H


President John S. Stroger, Jr.,  First Black President of the Cook County Board of Commissioner

“Beyond the Boardroom: Empowering a New Generation of Leaders”


A biography of John Herman Stroger, Jr., the first African-American elected president of the Cook County Board of Commissioners, was a legendary icon in county, city and state politics

Stroger spent almost four decades in public office. He was elected as a Commissioner to the Cook County Board of Commissioners in 1970. He served as ward committeeman before becoming a commissioner. During his 24 years as a sitting commissioner and then heading up the powerful Finance Committee, Stroger made a run for President in 1994, and won. At the age of 77, Stroger was running for a four-peat term in 2005. He said he was running for re-election because he had a vision for County for the next four years.

In the book Stroger discussed race and politics, dealing with the white media

“I’ve been dealing with race in terms of different racial people and culture. There are some people who are saying subtly that some race is being played in it (2006 campaign). But when you got a guy of my pigmentation and a white guy running there may be some race (involved). But as you know, even before I got to be President, I (put together) a multi-racial group. I’d like to think that I’d be judged in the end on my performance as an elected official.”

  • Quotes from various elected officials
  • Stroger’s staying power
  • Stroger suffered a debilitating stroke. He won the primary election but asked Democratic Party to replace him on the ballot with son, Todd
  • Stroger goes out a winner, declaring: “This is probably one of the most difficult periods in my life (recuperating from stroke, and calling it quits). This is a battle I’m going to win.”

$22.95 plus $3.50  S & H


Author: Award-Winning Journalist Dr. Juanita Bratcher

STIMULATE THE MIND: READ A GOOD BOOK. ORDER YOUR COPIES TODAY at 773 375-8127 or e-mail: www.juanitabratcher@yahoo.com

NAACP Calls on Louisiana to Charge Police Officers Who Shot & Killed Alton Sterling in Viral Video

Posted by Admin On May - 8 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

The NAACP is calling for Louisiana to conduct a thorough investigation and vigorously pursue charges against the police officers who shot Alton Sterling, an African-American father of five who was gunned down by police in 2016. This comes after the Trump Justice Department declined to bring federal charges against officers Blane Salamoni and Howie Lake.


“What’s so frightening here is that these investigations, state and federal, are being conducted in an atmosphere of dangerous silence and dangerous presumption,” says Cornell William Brooks, president and CEO of the NAACP. “This code of blue prevents people from coming forward. It inhibits a free and frank discussion and testimony with respect to what’s happened in so many instances.”

Medical Examiner Reports Deaths Caused by Powerful Opioid

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The Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office has confirmed more than 40 deaths in 2017 due to a powerful, new opioid.

The office has confirmed that from January through April 8, 44 deaths were attributed to acrylfentanyl, a new fentanyl analog whose potency is still being studied.

The data for 2017 is not a real time number, as toxicology testing can take several weeks.

In 2016, seven deaths were attributed to acrylfentanyl.

The Medical Examiner’s Office has seen a marked increase in deaths from fentanyl and fentanyl analogs since 2015.  The office has determined its recent findings require notice to the general public and to first responders.

“Fentanyl and fentanyl analogues are very powerful drugs that are likely to be lethal,” said Dr. Ponni Arunkumar, Cook County’s Chief Medical Examiner. “Just one dose can easily stop a person from breathing, causing immediate death.”

“These high-potency opioids and opioid analogs are thousands of times stronger than street opioids like heroin and are far more likely to cause death,” said Dr. Steve Aks, emergency medicine physician and toxicologist at the Cook County Health & Hospitals System’s Stroger Hospital.

“In many cases, one dose of naloxone, the heroin antidote, will revive a person who has overdosed on heroin. But we are seeing people in our emergency department who need increased doses of naloxone – in some cases as many as four doses – for the patient to be stabilized after ingesting fentanyl, or a heroin/fentanyl combination. The EMS and emergency medicine community needs to be aware of the potential need for additional naloxone in such cases.”

In 2016, a total of 1,091 people in Cook County died, at least in part, because of an opiate-related overdose. In 2015, 649 people in Cook County died, at least in part, because of an opiate-related overdose.

Of the opiate-related overdoses in 2016, 562 people died, at least in part, after using fentanyl or fentanyl analogs, which are illicit versions of fentanyl, a powerful drug used by physicians to treat severe pain.

The most common fentanyl analogs in Cook County include furanyl fentanyl and a precursor/metabolite of fentanyl called despropionyl fentanyl or 4-ANPP. Toxicology tests show decedents have used fentanyl and analogs alone, as well as with heroin and with other drugs such as cocaine.

NYPD officer, Army Reserve Soldier to be honored in National Police Memorial

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – The first New York City police officer killed in Iraq

while serving as an Army Reserve Soldier will be honored in the National Law

Enforcement Officer’s Memorial this year in Washington, D.C., during

National Police Week.


Staff Sgt. James D. McNaughton’s name will be officially dedicated along

with other police officers who died in the line of duty during the 29th

Annual Candlelight Vigil, May 13, beginning at 8:00 p.m.


This year, the Candlelight Vigil will be held on the National Mall between

4th and 7th Streets. In addition to the lighting of the candles and reading

of names, the Candlelight Vigil includes remarks by dignitaries and musical

tributes preformed to honor the memory of these fallen officers.


“We gathered all the civilian police officers in the unit and told them what

the situation was. They were to train Iraqi police,” said Brig. Gen. John

Hussey, who was at the time McNaughton’s battalion commander and now

commanding general of the 1st Brigade, Great Lakes Division, 75th Training

Command, in Arlington Heights, Ill. “Jimmy McNaughton stepped forward. He

stepped up because he knew a lot of these guys were married and had kids,

and he didn’t want them to be put in harm’s way.”


Having been denied once, Hussey made it a personal mission to have

McNaughton’s name included in the police memorial wall in Washington.


“I was trying to mount a campaign and went to several elected officials and

asked them to get involved,” he said. “Instead of submitting through the New

York City Police Department like we did the first time, we submitted the

application for Jimmy’s dedication to the National Law Enforcement Memorial

through the Army.”


The application was approved.


McNaughton graduated from the police academy shortly after 9/11 and

volunteered to go to Iraq in 2005. While there, he volunteered for a

dangerous mission, which would cost him his life.


This weekend, Hussey and McNaughton’s parents will meet in Washington to see

the unveiling of his name and light candles for those who sacrificed their

lives in the line of duty.


Command Sgt. Maj. Craig Owens, from Atlanta, the senior enlisted leader for

the 200th Military Police Command, headquartered at Fort Meade, Maryland, is

also expected to attend the ceremony to represent McNaughton’s service as a

military police Soldier.


Chicago Women Take Action Response to Approval of the American Health Care Act

Posted by Admin On May - 8 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS
Letters to Editors
From: Marilyn Katz

This week, the U.S House of Representatives voted 217-213 to approve the American Health Care Act, which repeals portions of the Affordable Care Act. This reckless vote both denies or threatens the health care of those who need it the most and fundamentally shifts the burden of health care costs from a shared responsibility to those people, cities, counties and states who can afford it the least. Obscenely it penalizes the poor and the old while rewarding the young and the rich. If passed by the U.S. Senate in its current state the bill will:

  • Result in the loss of health care for more than 24,000,000 Americans, including 1 million in Illinois.
  • Deny protection to and increase costs for those with pre-existing conditions, including 5.5 million people in Illinois – a category that includes both women with breast cancer and women who are simply pregnant.
  • Deny or reduce coverage to the 3 million Illinois residents who depend on Medicaid for their healthcare.
  • Deny hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of women access to cancer screenings, contraception and other essential services through banning federal funding to Planned Parenthood for one year.
  • Promises to lower health care costs for the young and the wealthy while increasing the costs to the sick and the elderly.

Without insurance, many will become sick or sicker than need be, some will die unnecessarily and prematurely. But even those who can afford or have insurance there will be discomfort, if not outright pain.


Just because funding goes away doesn’t mean costs do; People will still be ill. The American Health Care Act will cut $800 billion from Medicaid over 10 years, which will result in a loss of at least $40 billion in federal funding for Medicaid in Illinois. Without insurance or adequate coverage they will return to the actions of the past. Those without coverage will put off care and then when it can no longer be put off go to local emergency rooms, county and city hospitals and clinics where care will be given.


Those costs will be borne by local residents through increased property taxes and rising costs for services at private hospitals. Illinois is already a donor state to the Federal Government – receiving back only 30 cents for every dollar that we send there. Yesterday’s vote reduces the dollar flow to Illinois even more while at the same time compelling us to pay $52 million more for military hardware (a little gem added by Paul Ryan to garner more republican votes).


We at Chicago Women Take Action are proud of our local congressional delegation that stood up to Paul Ryan and Donald Trump, siding with virtually all modern nations who believe that health care is a need and a right for every person.


We will protest, but only to call out the actions of those who betray the people they serve. And then, joined by men and women across the nation, we will work to oust those who would put profits before people; rob the poor and middle class to feed the rich and their own careers; and who seem bent on turning our great nation – long the symbol of opportunity – into a symbol of opportunism, a place governed not by justice, but by raw might.


Attorney General Madigan Sues Chicago-Based Pyramid Scheme

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Madigan Seeks to Immediately Shut Down Fraudulent Pyramid Operation


CHICAGO, IL – Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan filed a lawsuit and temporary restraining order against a Chicago-based pyramid sales operation after receiving more than 20 complaints about its false and misleading claims that lured people into the costly scheme.


Madigan filed the lawsuit in Cook County against Wealth Partners Publishing Inc. (WPP) and its President Candice V. Cunningham for operating a direct-mail pyramid scheme called “Partners in Profit” that falsely promised people they could build direct mail businesses to earn a quick and lifelong income. In filing the lawsuit, Madigan also filed a motion for a temporary restraining order and an order preserving assets to immediately prohibit Cunningham and WPP from continuing to operate the scheme in Illinois.


Madigan alleged the pyramid operation’s sole revenue stream relied on attracting people to pay as much as $10,000 to participate and recruit additional people to join, a classic sign of a pyramid sales scheme. The only way existing participants in the scheme earned money was by recruiting others. No goods or services were ever sold.


“The people behind this pyramid scheme made promises that could never be fulfilled and came at great cost to the people who bought into the lies,” Madigan said. “I am seeking to immediately and permanently shut down this pyramid scheme.”


In promoting the illegal scheme, Madigan alleged that Cunningham and WPP described the sales program as a proven way for people to make substantial income and achieve financial independence. Sales materials claimed participants could earn their share of a $42 billion direct mail industry and included testimonials from people who supposedly claimed they earned thousands of dollars within a matter of days, quit their jobs, paid off their debts and began building lifelong income by joining the program.


Madigan further alleged Cunningham and WPP encouraged people to join the program by offering a minimum 2 percent money back guarantee on investment and promising to refund people’s money if they did not meet the response rate detailed in program materials. However, people did not make any money by paying into the program and did not receive the guaranteed refund.


Madigan’s lawsuit seeks full refunds for people who were lured into the program as well as civil penalties. Illinois consumers who believe they may be a victim of this pyramid sales scheme can submit a complaint online or by contacting Madigan’s Consumer Fraud Hotline:


1-800-386-5438 (Chicago)
1-800-243-0618 (Springfield)
1-800-243-0607 (Carbondale)


Assistant Attorneys General Tom James and Jennifer Crespo are handling the case for Madigan’s Consumer Protection Bureau.


World Peace Advocate Comes to Chicago May 10, 2017

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CHICAGO, IL  – Mr. Man Hee Lee, International Peace Dignitary will be making his mark in Chicago. Mr. Man Hee Lee is a Gandhi Global Family award recipient and founder and chairman of HWPL. Mr. Man Hee Lee is now bringing his message of peace to Chicago, IL. Chairman Lee is a Korean War Veteran who has not forgotten the suffering he and his fellow soldiers endured in their youth during the Korean War. He recalls the atrocities committed against the youth during war, and vowed to bring an end to military conflict. Since then, Chairman Lee has worked tirelessly to leave a legacy of peace to future generations.

Chairman Lee, along with over 100 branches of HWPL and in conjunction with the International Women’s Peace Group (IWPG), and the International Peace Youth Group (IPYG), is working to bring all wars to an end. HWPL is a non – profit international peace organization, a movement promoting world peace and the cessation of wars. As emissaries of world peace, HWPL is working towards the restoration of humanity through interfaith interactions and a heavenly culture. Here are some of HWPL accomplishments:

The cease of the 40-year conflict of Mindanao, Philippines, HWPL began the process through signing a peace agreement between representatives of the Catholic and Islam faiths in the region.

  • Cooperated with various education institutions worldwide to promote peace education in 117 school in 8 different countries
  • Established and maintaining the following: International Law Peace Committee, Advisory Council, Publicity Ambassadors, Peace Advocacy Committee.


For more information, contact: Ciara Mason @ 224 343-8952


Smith County Husband and Wife Sentenced in Health Care Fraud Conspiracy

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TYLER, Texas – A Smith County couple has been sentenced for health care fraud violations in the Eastern District of Texas announced Acting U.S. Attorney Brit Featherston.


Gerard Dengler, 61, and Suzanne Dengler 52, of Tyler, Texas, pleaded guilty on Jan. 10, 2017, to conspiring to commit health care fraudand were sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Thad Heartfield. Gerard Dengler was sentenced to 24 months in federal prison. Suzanne Dengler received a sentence of five years of probation. The Denglers were also ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $161,695, which represented the loss to Medicare.


According to information presented in court, the Denglers owned and operated Elite Lab Services, a clinical diagnostic laboratory based in Tyler. As a Medicare provider, the company would bill Medicare for laboratory services provided to nursing homes located throughout east Texas, including the mileage associated with providing those services. Beginning in April 2014, Gerard and Suzanne Dengler conspired to fraudulently increase route mileage that Elite Lab used to calculate the travel allowances billed to Medicare. From April through October 2014, the company then sought reimbursement from Medicare for mileage that included the falsely inflated amounts.


Under federal statutes, the Denglers each face up to 10 years in federal prison at sentencing and have already agreed to pay restitution in excess of $160,000, which represents the loss to Medicare. The maximum statutory sentence prescribed by Congress is provided here for information purposes, as the sentencing will be determined by the court based on the advisory sentencing guidelines and other statutory factors. A sentencing hearing will be scheduled after the completion of a presentence investigation by the U.S. Probation Office.


The criminal investigation arose from a civil qui tam action filed by former Elite Lab employee Karen Malcolm. In her complaint, Malcolm alleged, among other things, that Elite Lab and the Denglers submitted false claims to Medicare from approximately 2010 through 2014. The United States intervened in the action for purposes of settlement. The Denglers and Elite Lab agreed to pay the United States $3.75 million to settle the lawsuit. As a result of the settlement, Elite Lab will be excluded from participating in Medicare for eight years; Gerard Dengler will be excluded for 10 years; and Suzanne Dengler will be excluded for eight years. The settlement also resolved a separate civil lawsuit in which the United States sought to forfeit funds and property obtained by the Denglers and Elite Lab through their fraudulent conduct.


This matter was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services – Office of the Inspector General, the Texas Office of the Attorney General – Medicaid Fraud Control Unit, and the United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Texas. The criminal case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Frank Coan and Nathaniel Kummerfeld and Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Ken McGurk. The civil settlement was negotiated by Assistant U.S. Attorney Josh Russ. The civil forfeiture action was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Bob Wells.


This case was investigated by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services – Office of the Inspector General (HHS-OIG), the Texas Office of the Attorney General – Medicaid Fraud Control Unit (OAG-MFCU), and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). This case was prosecuted by Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Kenneth C. McGurk and Assistant U.S. Attorney Nathaniel C. Kummerfeld.

Source: FBI

Rep. Harper Opposes Cuts to Meals On Wheels, Stands With Seniors

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SPRINGFIELD, IL – Illinois State Rep. Sonya Harper, D-Chicago, is standing with seniors and senior advocates like AARP to oppose Washington politicians’ dangerous cuts to senior Meals on Wheels, which would affect the more than 115,000 elderly residents who depend on the program.


“It saddens me to see that the government is prioritizing cutting senior programs instead of fully funding schools, providing fair pay for the working-class, and ensuring health care for all,” said Harper. “I am outraged that the president and Congress have placed tax cuts for the wealthy and corporate profits above the needs of seniors and the most vulnerable populations.”


Harper is sponsoring House Resolution 274, which states the Illinois House of Representatives’ opposition to efforts by Washington insiders to cut Meals on Wheels or the Congregate Meals Program, or to eliminate community block grants which provide funding for senior meal programs.


As Governor Bruce Rauner refuses to do his job and introduce an honest budget that provides for our state’s most critical services, Harper recently voted to defend Meals on Wheels by voting to pass a lifeline budget that would commits special funds currently sitting unused to sustain Meals on Wheels and prevent local seniors from being denied critical care.


“Meals on Wheels and many other senior programs have literally been starved to the bone while the demand for these services is greater than ever before due to aging demographics,” said Nancy LeaMond, executive vice president of AARP. “Without continued investments in these cost-effective programs, taxpayers will end up paying far more to hospitalize or otherwise care for the frail elderly, many of whom are homebound.”



Treasurer Frerichs: U.S. Senate Vote Hurts Employers, Workers Saving for Retirement

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Illinois’ Secure Choice Plan Will Move Forward


SPRINGFIELD – Illinois State Treasurer Michael Frerichs released the following statement after the U.S. Senate’s vote to pass House Joint Resolution 66. The passage of the resolution weakens protections for employers who choose to offer Illinois’ Secure Choice retirement savings plan to their workers.

Frerichs championed Secure Choice as an Illinois senator and fought for stronger federal safe harbor protections as state treasurer.

“Common sense was locked out of Congress today. Congress had a chance to help millions of Americans who lack retirement savings options. Congress had a chance to protect employers from frivolous lawsuits. Instead, Congress again chose to stand with big money and Wall Street,” Frerichs said. 

Frerichs urged President Donald Trump to reject this short-sighted decision.

In Illinois, the Secure Choice Program will go forward.

Illinois’ Secure Choice Program touches Illinois businesses with at least 25 employees, that have been in business for two or more years, and that do not currently provide a qualified savings plan. Employees from these businesses will be enrolled in a default target date Roth IRA with a default 3 percent payroll deduction, but could choose to change the contribution level or fund option at any time, or choose to opt-out of the program altogether. Accounts are owned by individual participant and will be portable from job-to-job. Employers can choose to offer a qualified private-market savings plan at any time.

Secure Choice is scheduled to launch in 2018. As many as 1.3 million workers are expected to participate.

Nationally, only half of working Americans save for retirement, according to the Survey of Income and Program Participation by the U.S. Census Bureau. Of those who do not save, 84 percent work for an employer that does not offer a retirement savings vehicle. A lack of retirement savings increases the likelihood that workers will be over-reliant on social security or retire into poverty, creating significant future burdens on state and federal social safety nets.

Advocates say the reason these workers do not have access to a retirement savings tool is because Wall Street and the financial services industry does not offer a product. Secure Choice was designed to fill this need.

For more information about Illinois’ Secure Choice Program, visit www.illinoistreasurer.gov.

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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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