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Archive for August, 2017

Personal PAC and Men4Choice Join Forces to Recruit Men in Fight for Women’s Access to Safe, Affordable Reproductive Health Care

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Campaign designed to engage men to join fight to protect women’s reproductive rights, calling out anti-choice politicians and policies

 

CHICAGO, IL – On August 9, the Illinois-based pro-choice advocacy organizations Personal PAC and Men4Choice have partnered to launch “CallBullshit” or “CallBS,” a first-of-its-kind campaign that employs provocative, creative tactics to empower men to join the fight to advance women’s reproductive health rights.

The campaign and website callbs.org employ creative content to depict an alternate reality in which male reproductive health is under attack, posing the question: “Men don’t have to put up with this BS – why should women?”

Three out of four Illinois men believe that abortion should remain legal and a private matter between a woman and her doctor, according to an April 2017 poll conducted by Public Policy Polling. But that figure has not always translated into grassroots action.

“We built this campaign to engage directly with the 75 percent of Illinois men who support women’s reproductive health access,” said Terry Cosgrove, President and CEO of Personal PAC. “We hope this campaign sparks men to take action and hold our elected officials accountable, creating a bigger wave of support for women’s reproductive rights here in Illinois, across the Midwest and even nationwide.”

In addition to social media engagement strategies, the campaign is organizing men to attend phone banks, canvass for women’s health issues and help raise funds for pro-choice candidates.

“When we talked to men here in Illinois about the challenges women face when they seek reproductive health care, their reaction was, ‘That’s BS,’” said Oren Jacobson, Co-Founder and Executive Director of Men4Choice. “Our campaign strives to build upon that disgust and the disbelief many man share around these unfair polices and scare tactics that rob women of their bodily autonomy and access to abortion.”

The CallBS campaign launches as the General Assembly prepares to send House Bill 40 (HB40) to Governor Rauner’s desk. HB40 would ensure that abortion remains legal in Illinois even if the Supreme Court were to overturn Roe v. Wade. The bill also would ensure that Medicaid and state employees’ health insurance policies provide coverage for abortion care.

Each year, thousands of women travel to Illinois to access safe reproductive health care unavailable in their home state. Even so, 92 percent of Illinois counties do not have abortion providers.

Launched in 1989, Personal PAC is a non-partisan political action committee dedicated to protecting and advancing reproductive rights for all women by recruiting, electing and holding accountable pro-choice candidates to state and local office in Illinois. Men4Choice is a political action committee created in 2015 to create an entry point where men can get engaged, get educated and take action to support women in the fight to protect reproductive health rights.

Rep. Stratton Urges Gov. Rauner to Stop Politically Posturing, Enact Fair School Funding Reform

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CHICAGO, IL – State. Rep. Juliana Stratton, D-Chicago, issued the following statement regarding Gov. Bruce Rauner’s attempt to rewrite fair education funding to benefit wealthy schools at the expense of local students:

 

“The governor’s attempt to rewrite fair education funding is really an attempt to rob local students and further enrich wealthy school districts. The governor’s plan allows currently wealthy school districts to gain even more off the backs of underfunded school districts. This is not a plan I am prepared to support, and will not do so.

 

“The bill I helped put on the governor’s desk provided a long-term guarantee of equitable funding and quality educational opportunities for children in Chicago and across the state. The governor’s changes return to picking winners and losers, and rely on phony mathematical gimmicks to continue underfunding schools in the greatest need.

 

“He falsely labeled our proposal as a ‘Chicago bailout,’ a claim which has been debunked by an independent fact-checking group, Politifact. Now he has turned the debate on Senate Bill 1 into a political game, pitting students against each other.

 

“Time and time again, the governor is proving who he could not care less about: Chicago Public School students. The carelessness speaks volumes about his disdain for Chicago and its students, and his disregard for the legislative process. He claimed the bill only needed a simple majority to adopt his veto when in fact it requires a supermajority to adopt.

 

“This crisis he is perpetuating is something I will fight against, because Illinois needs to continue down the path of reform. We have been making good progress, by overriding the governor before, and we should not stop now. I will continue to negotiate with my colleagues on the other side of the aisle to adopt a funding formula that is fair for Chicago Public Schools and will refuse to give in to the governor’s demands that double-down on the failed status-quo.”

 

National Urban League Statement on Justice Department Intent to Undo Affirmative Action in College Admissions

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WASHINGTON, DC – National Urban League President and CEO Marc H. Morial issued the following statement in response to reports that the U.S. Department of Justice, under the direction of Attorney General Jeff Sessions, intends to challenge the application of affirmative action in college admissions:

“Once again, we in the civil rights community find our progress under attack by the Sessions-led Justice Department and the current administration.  News reports that Attorney General Jeff Sessions intends to challenge the 2016 Supreme Court ruling upholding the consideration of race in the college admissions process, coupled with all the other assaults waged on civil rights that he was sworn to protect just six months ago, crystallizes Sessions’ disdain for the advancement of communities of color.  We fully condemn any effort by the current Department of Justice to undermine affirmative action in college admissions, taking us back to a period when African Americans did not have equal and fair access to higher education.  The National Urban League will do all it can to support our legal defense partners to ensure that our progress and civil rights are and continue to be protected.”

2nd Annual ASN Comedy Showcase Fundraiser on August 19th

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Seats Are Limited. Make Sure to Buy Your Tickets Now!
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Come join the Alternative School Network for an evening of laughter at our 2nd Annual Comedy Show Fundraiser. We have a night full of Chicago’s best comedians, cash bar, and a silent auction. Comedians include WildcatLeon Rogers, Jeremiah Frazier and others! Grab your friends and join us for a night out that supports Opportunity Youth in Chicago.
Make sure you are there on time to enjoy the silent auction, running from 7:30 to 8:30 PM! Prizes include Chicago Cubs World Series memorabilia, Chicago White Sox tickets, Medieval Times tickets and so much more!
Seats are limited so make sure to purchase your tickets now! Click here to purchase tickets.
  • Must be 21 and over to attend
  • Cash Bar
  • 50/50 Raffle
  • Silent Auction
  • Street parking
For more information, please call Alternative Schools Network at (773) 728-4030 or send an email to info@asnchicago.org.

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Attorney General Madigan and 32 Other Attorneys General Reach Settlement With Nationwide Over Data Breach

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CHICAGO, IL– Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan and the attorneys general of 31 states and the District of Columbia announced a settlement with Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company and its subsidiary, Allied Property & Casualty Insurance Company (collectively, Nationwide) over an October 2012 data breach.

 

The data breach was allegedly caused by Nationwide’s failure to apply a critical security patch. The breach resulted in 1.27 million consumers having their personal information, including social security numbers, driver’s license numbers, credit scoring information and other personal data, stolen or compromised.

Much of the personal information compromised through the data breach belonged to consumers who were never insured by Nationwide. The company collected prospective customers’ personal information in order to provide insurance quotes to applicants and kept that personal information even if consumers did not purchase insurance through Nationwide. The settlement requires more transparent data collection practices by mandating that Nationwide disclose to consumers that their personal information will be retained, even if they do not become Nationwide customers.

“People have the right to know how their sensitive personal information is being used and retained by companies,” Madigan said. “This settlement requires Nationwide to inform consumers the extent to which their information will be kept on file and also requires the company to implement better data security measures.”

The settlement also requires the company to take a number of steps to update its security practices and ensure the timely application of patches and other security software updates. Nationwide must also hire a technology officer responsible for monitoring and managing software and application security updates. The technology officer will also supervise employees responsible for evaluating and coordinating the maintenance, management and application of all security patches and security updates to software and applications.

 

Additionally, as part of the settlement, Nationwide must take steps during the next three years to strengthen its security practices, including:

 

  • Updating its procedures and policies relating to the maintenance and storage of consumers’ personal data;
  • Conducting regular inventories of the patches and updates applied to systems used to maintain consumers’ personal information (PII);
  • Maintaining and utilizing system tools to monitor the health and security of the systems used to maintain PII; and
  • Performing internal assessments of patch management practices, and hiring an outside, independent provider to perform an annual audit of Nationwide’s practices regarding the collection and maintenance of PII.

 

Under the settlement, Nationwide will pay $5.5 million to the states included in the settlement, and Illinois will receive more than $280,000.

 

In addition to Illinois, the settlement was joined by the attorneys general of Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Connecticut, Florida, Hawaii, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, Washington and the District of Columbia.

 

The settlement was handled by Assistant Attorneys General Yangsu Kim and Matthew Van Hise for Madigan’s Consumer Fraud Bureau.

 

Cook County Statement on SNAP

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The Cook County Department of Revenue has been in collaboration with the retail community since the approval of the Sweetened Beverage Tax last November.  We have worked with the retail community to address their concerns and have implemented regulations to provide further guidance.  

 

The regulation addressing Sweetened Beverage purchases made with SNAP benefits was put in place to further address the tax-exempt nature of sweetened beverage purchases made with SNAP benefits.  In drafting the regulation, the Department of Revenue discussed the regulation changes with the USDA on June 27th.   After speaking with USDA on June 27th, the County was not aware that Regulation 2017-3 was unacceptable. We believed that USDA was taking our regulations under consideration and would communicate back with the County if there was a concern.

 

If we were specifically told that the Regulation 2017-3 was unacceptable, we would have worked with USDA, just as we had been doing since January, to further modify as needed.  It was never our intention in drafting the sweetened beverage regulations to put federal SNAP funding for the state in jeopardy, nor do we think Regulation 2017-3 jeopardizes the State’s participation in SNAP.  At this time, we believe we are in compliance with existing SNAP rules.  We do however recognize that USDA’s powers against the State in this regard are substantial and we will work collaboratively with both the State and USDA to address USDA’s concerns. 

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