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Auditor General Announces Second Audit, Crespo and Others Urge Attorney General to Investigate HFS Medicaid Spending

Posted by Admin On April - 2 - 2018 ADD COMMENTS

SPRINGFIELD, IL – Illinois State Rep. Fred Crespo, D-Hoffman Estates, sent a letter urging Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan to investigate the Department of Healthcare and Family Services’ (HFS) Managed Care Organizations (MCOs) program in response to ongoing revelations and the announcement of a second audit by the auditor general. The letter was also signed by state Rep. Emanuel “Chris” Welch, D-Hillside, and state Rep. David McSweeney, R-Barrington Hills.

“I believe the fact that HFS could not come up with complete data on what they spent on administrative costs, or whether the state had overpaid, should raise some eyebrows,” Crespo said. “$7 billion in Medicaid bills that cannot be unaccounted for is not something that should be taken lightly. I applaud the auditor general for looking into this further, taxpayers deserve answers.”

Medicaid managed care organizations, or MCOs, are private insurers that administer benefits for Medicaid. In January, an audit by the auditor general revealed that the DHFS failed to properly monitor $7.11 billion in payments made to and by managed care organizations. Among other things, the report found that the DHFS was unable to provide complete data on what MCOs spent on administrative costs, the number of claims denied, and what percentage of each MCO’s premium income went to health care and quality improvement as opposed to marketing and other costs, which is information required by federal law.

When asked about the audit’s findings, Gov. Bruce Rauner claimed that the findings in the Illinois auditor general’s report were inaccurate, ignoring the fact that his administration had already started implementing some of the report’s recommendations. As a result, Crespo is urging Attorney General Lisa Madigan to conduct an investigation into the MCO program.

“In order to hold government accountable, there must be transparency,” Crespo said. “It is my hope that as the chief law enforcement officer of our state, Attorney General Madigan will look into this further, so the General Assembly can take the necessary steps to ensure tax dollars are being spent appropriately.”

OpEd: Here’s One Way We Could Keep More Black Male Educators in the Classroom

Posted by Admin On March - 30 - 2018 ADD COMMENTS

By Francis Pina

 
 

Does being me give me an advantage in my inner-city classroom? I often reflect on this question because every school year I learn from a handful of students that I am their very first Black male teacher.

If we got 100 teachers in a room, statistically I would be one of just two Black males in that room and one of 50 who will leave the profession within our first five years. I am now in my fifth year of teaching and I want to stay where I am.

I know that it’s not my skin tone but my cultural experiences that give me the advantage. I develop close bonds with my students quicker because I grew up in the same Boston neighborhoods as most of them, and have had close bonds with diverse people of color since my childhood.

Boston Public Schools (BPS) has a diverse student body that goes beyond race. Someone White might be Albanian or Polish, someone Black might be Haitian or Nigerian and someone Asian might be Vietnamese or Filipino.

I have known and been close to this diversity since I was a student at BPS.

I DON’T HAVE ALL THE ANSWERS

At the same time, I am aware of my limitations. I am not a monolith of the urban experience and a Boston childhood has changed greatly since I was growing up in the city.

More kids come into my classroom having experienced trauma and are labeled with behavioral problems than when I was a student. Many more have parental-like responsibilities.

So while I may be a role model, an exemplar for my Black male students, I still have the same challenges as many other teachers in my school building.

Challenges like trying to teach Brianna how to interpret linear graphs when she is constantly responding to Facebook drama on her phone. Like trying to engage Jeffery in a Desmos activity when he is tired, hungry, and did not eat the school lunch. Or the larger challenge of making algebra meaningful when many of my students are struggling socially and emotionally.

Yes, my ability to bond, to develop relationships with my students is the foundation I need to have to support them effectively, both academically and with their social-emotional needs. With every interaction, redirection and teachable moment in the hallways or on the sidewalks, I strengthen my influence.

WE ALL NEED A COACH SOMETIMES

However, there is a price I pay, an invisible tax, to doing that work, a weight that’s placed on me when I learn about a student’s self-harm, a friend’s murder, immigration status or eviction.

Many of the things I have learned about my students over the years keep me up at night. This is why I and other teachers like me need coaching to continue learning, deepening and reflecting on our own social-emotional competencies so we can understand how to respond and support our students’ social emotional struggles.

Just like my students, I want a coach for my own social-emotional learning (SEL), a professional who would focus on how I am building my own social-emotional competencies, facilitating those of my students and caring for myself. This SEL coach could be a district-level position and could work with my school’s teaching team so we could all reflect on our coaching and our social-emotional needs.

Our district could also create a social-emotional learning mentor-teacher role. This could be an opportunity for a teacher to get trained in supporting other teachers’ SEL practices.

If my own most basic needs are not being met, I will not be able to consistently achieve the goals I have set for my students.

I am reminded of Audre Lorde’s words, “Caring for myself is not self-indulgence, it is self-preservation.” I do not want my self-preservation to come from leaving the profession. I want to be there for my Black students, and for all of my students, for as long as I can so that I can continue to bond with them, influence them and carry them forward. For that to happen, I need a coach of my own.

Francis Pina is a math teacher teaches at Charlestown High School in Boston Public Schools. He is a Teach Plus Commonwealth Teaching Policy Fellow.

Top Ten Scholarship Programs That Every Black Woman Should Know About

Posted by Admin On March - 30 - 2018 ADD COMMENTS

African American women students

Nationwide (BlackNews.com) — Every year, thousands of scholarship programs around the world help students obtain much-needed financial aid. Many of these programs, however, are specifically for women. And some of them are just for Black and other minority women.

Here are the top scholarships that every Black woman should know about:

#1 – Beyoncé Formation Scholars Program: open to young women who plan to attend one of four participating colleges and major in creative arts, music, literature or African-American studies. Four scholarships will be awarded. To apply, visit www.scholarshipsonline.org/2017/04/beyonce-formation-scholars-program.html

#2 – NBNA Scholarship Program For Black Nurses: offers 14 scholarships each year to students pursuing a career in nursing who are members of the National Black Nurses Association, Inc. The scholarships are based on merit and financial need. To apply, visit www.scholarshipsonline.org/2013/02/nbna-scholarship-program-for-black-nurses.html

#3 – Women Techmakers Scholars Program (by Google): open to women who are studying computer science, computer engineering or a closely related technical field. Applicants must be currently enrolled in or accepted as a full-time student. To apply, visit www.scholarshipsonline.org/2017/06/women-techmakers-scholars-program-by.html

#4 – Jeanette Rankin Women’s Scholarship Fund For Low Income Women: awards scholarships every year to low-income women who are 35 years of age or older. Named after Jeannette Rankin, the first woman elected to Congress, the fund has awarded over $1.8 million in scholarships to over 700 women since 1978. To apply, visit www.scholarshipsonline.org/2012/05/jeanette-rankin-womens-scholarship-fund.html

#5 – Girls Inc. National Scholars Program: offers scholarships to female high school seniors graduating from affiliate high schools located throughout the U.S. and Canada. Candidates must be a citizen or legal permanent resident of the United States or Canada.. To apply, visit www.scholarshipsonline.org/2017/08/girls-inc-national-scholars.html

#6 – National Hook-up of Black Women Scholarships: available to graduating high school seniors who plan to enroll in an accredited college or university in the fall after graduation. Two different scholarships are available. To apply, visit www.scholarshipsonline.org/2017/02/national-hook-up-of-black-women-scholarships.html

#7 – AWG Minority Scholarship Program For Women: encourages young minority women to pursue courses of education and careers in the field of geosciences. The program, not only provides financial aid to assist with tuition and book, but also matches students with mentors who can offer guidance and support. To apply, visit www.scholarshipsonline.org/2012/04/awg-minority-scholarship.html

#8 – Rihanna’s Global Scholarship Program: applicants must be citizens or natives of the following countries: Brazil, Barbados, Cuba, Haiti, Grenada, Guyana, or Jamaica. They also must have already been accepted into an accredited four-year college or university for the entire upcoming academic year. To apply, visit www.scholarshipsonline.org/2016/05/rihanna-clara-lionel-foundation-global-scholarship-program.html

#9 – NANBPWC Scholarships For African American Females: offers four different scholarships for outstanding females of African American descent. Each scholarship is merit based and requires completion of an essay. To apply, visit www.scholarshipsonline.org/2017/02/nanbpwc-scholarships-for-african-american-females.html

#10 – HBO Writing and Directing Fellowships For Minorities and Women: open to writers and directors 21 and older. Candidates must be able to work in the U.S. Candidates for writing fellowships may apply online by sending a resume, a writing sample, a completed release form and a personal essay in 500 words or less explaining what has influenced their storytelling. To apply, visit www.scholarshipsonline.org/2016/02/hbo-writing-and-directing-fellowships.html

And here’s one more:

#11 – Carole Simpson Scholarship: established to help minority students overcome obstacles in their career path in electronic journalism. The scholarship is open to college students who will be sophomores, juniors or seniors and are pursuing careers in radio, television, or digital journalism. To apply, visit www.scholarshipsonline.org/2017/11/carole-simpson-scholarship.html

To view hundreds of other 2018-2019 scholarships, visit www.scholarshipsonline.org

Sol Flores on Election Results: “…There is No Doubt in My Mind That we Need More Diverse Voices at the Table…”

Posted by Admin On March - 22 - 2018 ADD COMMENTS

Sol Flores’ Statement:

“I congratulate Commissioner Garcia on his historic election as the Democratic nominee to replace Rep. Luis Gutierrez in the 4th Congressional District. I am confident that he will serve our community well,” said Sol Flores. “I am humbled by the outpouring of support I received over the last three months. I raised my hand to run because I believed Congress needs someone from my gender and my generation and with my experience in the community if we are going to change the culture and the policies that affect women and families. I have dedicated my life’s work to serving young people and families, and I will continue to fight for the issues our community cares about: affordable and accessible health care, equal pay for women, immigration reform, and so much more. There is no doubt in my mind that we need more diverse voices at the table, and I will continue to encourage women, especially women of color, to raise their hands like I did to fight for the issues we care about.”

 

Sol Flores was born and raised in Chicago by a single mother who came to Chicago from Puerto Rico and worked hard to climb out of poverty. By age 13, Sol was working to help support her family and eventually pay her way through college. Fifteen years ago, Sol gave up a business career to create La Casa Norte, a nonprofit organization that provides services to thousands of homeless Latino and African American youth and families. Sol was recognized by the Obama White House as a national Champion of Change for her work. Sol also serves on the boards of the Latino Policy Forum, Hispanic Housing Development Corporation, the Chicago Low Income Housing Trust Fund and Kuumba Lynx. She is an appointed member of the City of Chicago Zoning Board of Appeals. Sol was endorsed by Emily’s List, Kirsten Gillibrand’s Off the Sidelines PAC, PODER PAC, NOW PAC and Illinois NOW as well as State Senators Toi Hutchinson and Iris Martinez, State Representatives Kelly Cassidy, Sara Feigenholtz, and Ann Williams, Aldermen Deb Mell and Ameya Pawar, Cook County Commissioner Bridget Gainer, and Committeeman Lucy Moog.

CTU-Endorsed Candidates Victorious in Historic Triumph for Progressive Political Agenda

Posted by Admin On March - 22 - 2018 ADD COMMENTS

Eleven of 13 wins, two from CTU members, were in fiercely competitive, contested races for state representative, state senator, Illinois attorney general and Cook County board

 

CHICAGO, ILAfter Mayor Rahm Emanuel closed a record 50 schools in Black and Latinx neighborhoods in 2013, Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis said that the CTU would organize to change our city and county’s political landscape. Two years later, Emanuel was forced into a runoff, along with 18 aldermen, and CTU member and school counselor Susan Sadlowski Garza was elected alderman of the 10th Ward.

Last night, former mayoral contender, Cook County Commissioner Jesus “Chuy” Garcia, was elected to Congress by a margin of more than 40 percent. CTU organizer and former Jenner Academy of the Arts and Westinghouse College Prep teacher Brandon Johnson defeated incumbent corporate lobbyist Richard Boykin to become Cook County Commissioner of the 1st District; community organizer Delia Ramirez won handily in the 4th District of the Illinois House, defeating three opponents to replace retiring State Rep. Cynthia Soto; and CTU member and Back of the Yards College Prep college counselor Aaron Ortiz defeated Dan Burke, the long-standing incumbent in the 1st District of the Illinois House, despite support from his brother, Ald. Ed Burke, who runs one of the oldest and most politically powerful ward operations in the city.

“What unites every one of these candidates is their commitment to public education, and their vow to put people before profits and the needs of the many before the greed of the few,” CTU Vice President Jesse Sharkey said. “We are proud that our members chose to support and put sweat equity into these campaigns, and we look forward to advancing this progressive wave in Chicago and across the state in November.”

Last night’s victories were the result of years of organizing for a just and equitable city and county, as educators, parents and public education activists drew a line in the sand following Mayor Emanuel’s mass school closings five years ago. Since then, coalitions have worked to build a solid infrastructure to push past the politics and policies that shield billionaires like Gov. Bruce Rauner from paying their fair share; defeat the lie of right-to-work promulgated by right-wing ideologues; dispute the unfair characterizations of retirement security; and support the need for democracy in Chicago Public Schools.

Last night’s victories were about the people who need public schools and the county health care system fully funded and resourced. Voters in Chicago and Cook County pushed back on austerity—and won.

CTU rank-and-file members interviewed, endorsed and worked tirelessly for candidates who respect and support public educators, and demand that the rich pay their fair share of taxes. These champions of public education are prepared to fight in Chicago, across Cook County and downstate in Springfield for the rights and dignity of our students, their families and the future of all of Chicago’s people, not just a handful of wealthy elites. Among the CTU-endorsed winners are:

  • Bridget Degnan, Cook County Board Commissioner in the 12th District
  • Incumbent County Board Commissioner Larry Suffredin in the 13th District
  • State Sen. Kwame Raoul, an advocate for public education, who triumphed in his primary race for Illinois Attorney General
  • State Rep. Theresa Mah, who ran uncontested in Illinois House District 2
  • Lamont Robinson in Illinois House District 5
  • Rep. Sonya Harper, who ran uncontested in the 6th District
  • Incumbent State Rep. Kelly Cassidy in the 14th District
  • 19th District State Rep. Robert Martwick
  • Incumbent State Rep. Mary Flowers in the 31st District
  • 8th District Illinois Senate candidate and labor activist Ram Villivalam, who handily beat three opponents, including incumbent Sen. Ira Silverstein

Each of these candidates supports an elected, representative school board, fair and adequate funding for public education across the state, and a progressive income tax that will end the financial burdens that have put so many Illinois residents on their heels. Their victory is a victory for our students, their families and all of Chicago’s residents.

The Chicago Teachers Union represents nearly 25,000 teachers and educational support personnel working in Chicago Public Schools, and by extension, the nearly 400,000 students and families they serve The CTU is an affiliate of the American Federation of Teachers and the Illinois Federation of Teachers and is the third-largest teachers local in the United States. For more information please visit the CTU website at www.ctunet.com.

49th Ward Recommendations for Tuesday’s Election

Posted by Admin On March - 19 - 2018 ADD COMMENTS

Tomorrow, Tuesday, March 20th) is Primary Election Day.  If you haven’t done so already, please vote.  Polls will be open from 6:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

To find your polling place location, CLICK HERE and type in your address only.  Please note some polling place locations have changed since the last election, so it’s always a good idea to verify your location before you go to vote.

You also can vote early today (Monday) at sites across the City, including the Pottawattomie Park Fieldhouse, 7340 N. Rogers (open 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.) and downtown at 16 W. Adams (open 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.).

For a list of our recommended candidates in the Democratic Primary, scroll to the bottom of this e-mail. They are the candidates endorsed by the members of the 49th Ward Democratic Party.

In the 49th Ward Democratic Party, the members of the party, not the elected officials, make the endorsement decisions.  They are progressive-minded volunteers, not paid political workers. They make their endorsement decisions after hearing from all the candidates in an open and democratic process.

Print the list and take it to the polls–or display it on your Smart Phone when you vote–to help you make an informed decision.

When you vote, you will notice one of the races for Water Reclamation District Commissioner has no candidates listed. This is due to the unexpected death of Commissioner Tim Bradford, who passed away just a day before the candidate filing deadline. As a result, the vacancy in his seat can be filled only by a write-in candidate.

We are supporting Barack Obama’s Great Lake’s Liaison, Cam Davis, who is endorsed by the Sierra Club, Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky, and Water Reclamation District Commissioner Debra Shore.

Here’s how you write (or type) in Cam Davis’ name:

When you get to the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District portion of the ballot, you will see “Vacancy of Bradford” with no candidates listed. This is where you write in Cam Davis’ name.

On a paper ballot: Write “Cam Davis” on the line between the arrows.

On a touch screen: Tap on the blank space under “No Candidate.” Using the keyboard, type “Cam Davis” and press “OK.”

Regardless of whom you support, we strongly encourage you to vote.

Sincerely,

JOE MOORE
Committeeman

DAVID KOGAN
President
49th Ward Democratic Party

STEPHANIE WILLIS
Vice President
49th Ward Democratic Party

The Endorsed Candidates of the 49th Ward Democratic Party 

Print this list and take it with you to the polls or refer to it on your smartphone when you vote

Governor and Lieutenant Governor
(3) Daniel Biss & Litesa E. Wallace

Attorney General
(8) Pat Quinn

Secretary of State
(16) Jesse White

Comptroller
(17) Susana A. Mendoza

Treasurer
(18) Michael W. Frerichs

U.S. Representative, 9th District
(21) Janice D. Schakowsky

State Central Committeewoman, 9th District
(31) Carol Ronen

State Central Committeeman, 9th District
(32) Michael Cabonargi

State Representative, 14th District
(52) Kelly M. Cassidy

Metropolitan Water Reclamation District Full 6-Year Term (Vote for 3)
(62) Debra Shore
(63) Kari K. Steele
(64) Martin J. Durkan

Metropolitan Water Reclamation District Unexpired 2-Year Term
(69) Kimberly Neely Dubuclet

Metropolitan Water Reclamation District Commissioners (Bradford Vacancy)
Write (or type) in “Cam Davis”

President of County Board
(71) Toni Preckwinkle

County Clerk
(73) Karen A. Yarbrough

County Sheriff
(76) Thomas J. Dart

County Treasurer
(79) Maria Pappas

County Assessor
(81) Frederick “Fritz” Kaegi

County Commissioner, 10th District
(91) Bridget Gainer

County Commissioner, 13th District
(92) Larry Suffredin

Board of Review, 2nd District
(101) Michael Cabonargi

Judge of the Circuit Court
(121) Oran F. Whiting (Vacancy of Brewer)
(127) Jonathan Clark Green (Vacancy of Clay)
(130) Tom Sam Sianis (Vacancy of Dooling)
(133) Rosa Maria Silva (Vacancy of Egan)
(134) Thomas F. McGuire (Vacancy of Dunford)
(136) Preston Jones, Jr. (Vacancy of Flanagan)
(139) Cecilia Anne Horan (Vacancy of Hartigan)
(141) Clare Joyce Quish  (Vacancy of Jordan)
(145) Peter Michael Gonzalez (Vacancy of McGinnis)
(147) Jack Hagerty (Vacancy of Prendergast Rooney)

Judge, 8th Subcircuit
(151) James “Jamie” Shapiro (Vacancy of Fabri)
(157) Lindsay Huge (Vacancy of Liu)
(161) Jeanne Marie Wrenn (Vacancy of Pethers)

Advisory Referenda

“Shall the State of Illinois legalize the cultivation, manufacture, distribution, testing, and sale of marijuana and marijuana products for recreational use by adults 21 and older subject to state regulation, taxation and local ordinance?”

Vote “YES”

“Should Governor Rauner act to protect the 650,000 Illinois residents who obtained health insurance through the Affordable Care Act by supporting legislation amending the Illinois Insurance Code to preserve important benefits like pediatric services and maternity care, and by investing in outreach campaigns to encourage residents to sign up for health insurance?”

Vote “YES”

“Should Governor Rauner support Illinois legislation to ban firearm bump stocks and strengthen penalties on illegal gun traffickers?”

Vote “YES”

“Should the State of Illinois develop a comprehensive strategy to address the recent rise in opioid-related and heroin-related deaths including committing additional state resources for addiction treatment and requiring health insurers to cover opioid alternatives and limitations on prescription length?”

Vote “YES”

National Urban League: Education is the Civil Rights Battle of this Generation

Posted by Admin On March - 14 - 2018 ADD COMMENTS

Meeting of Governor, Civil Rights Leaders and Clergy “Encouraging”

 

ALBANY – The National Urban League today joined other civil rights leaders and clergy in calling for equitable education funding and transparency in New York’s state budget.

“More than six decades after the Supreme Court declared that segregation has no place in public education, America still fails to provide an equal opportunity for all students,” National Urban League President and CEO Marc H. Morial said. “Schools in poor communities in New York are underfunded. New York State needs an education funding formula that corrects inequity, and a commitment to transparency so New Yorkers can hold leaders accountable.”

Morial said students of color are much more likely to attend schools where three-quarters of the students or more are poor or low-income, and poor districts with a higher proportion of students of color have been shown to receive substantially less state funding than comparably poor districts that have more white students.

The clergy and civil rights representatives who gathered at the Capitol today met with Governor Cuomo and said they were encouraged by his commitment to address educational equity in the next budget.

Referring to a statement yesterday by New York State Budget Director Robert Mujica, Morial said, “The National Urban League agrees with Governor Cuomo’s position that chronically low performing schools should be the state’s priority for attention and funding. Morial agreed that the state’s approach to funding must acknowledge that there are two separate education systems in the state, “not public and private, but one system for the rich and one system for the poor.”

The National Urban League recently launched No Ceilings on Success, a national campaign to hold states accountable to their plans for achieving educational equity under the Every Student Succeeds Act. For more information, visit www.naturbanleague.org

“The nation needs a deliberate focus on ensuring that underfunded and under resourced schools, communities and students receive what is necessary to achieve both educational equity and excellence. Simply focusing on the total amount spent on education does not specifically address inequity, nor does it ensure that students get what they need to be successful.” Morial said.

Early Voting Hours Extended

Posted by Admin On March - 12 - 2018 ADD COMMENTS

Early voting hours extended to 7:00 p.m. Check out our sample ballot.

 

Early voting for the March 2018 Primary Election continues this week at locations throughout the City, including the Pottawattomie Park Fieldhouse, 7340 N. Rogers (just west of the Metra tracks). For your convenience, early voting is extended from 9:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. Monday through Friday this week at all early voting locations. 

Early voting also is taking place next Saturday, March 17th, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Sunday, March 18th, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Monday, March 19th, from 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

For more information on early voting and voting by mail, CLICK HERE.

As usual, the ballot contains many candidates running for many offices. To assist in your voting choices, I am providing a list of the candidates endorsed by the members of the 49th Ward Democratic Party.

SCROLL TO THE BOTTOM OF THIS EMAIL AND YOU WILL FIND OUR ENDORSED CANDIDATES, INCLUDING CANDIDATES FOR JUDGE.

In the 49th Ward Democratic Party, the members of the party, not the elected officials, make the endorsement decisions.  They are progressive-minded volunteers, not paid political workers. They make their endorsement decisions after hearing from all the candidates in an open and democratic process.

The candidates below are the ones that the members of the 49th Ward Democratic Party believe are best equipped to lead the battle for our progressive values and defeat the Trump/Rauner Republicans in November.

As the 49th Ward Democratic Committeeman, I strongly support their recommendations.

When you vote, you will notice one of the races for Water Reclamation District Commissioner has no candidates listed. This is due to the unexpected death of Commissioner Tim Bradford, who passed away just a day before the candidate filing deadline. As a result, the vacancy in his seat can be filled only by a write-in candidate.

We are supporting Barack Obama’s Great Lake’s Liaison, Cam Davis, who is endorsed by the Sierra Club, Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky, and Water Reclamation District Commissioner Debra Shore.

Here’s how you write (or type) in Cam Davis’ name:

When you get to the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District portion of the ballot, you will see “Vacancy of Bradford” with no candidates listed. This is where you write in Cam Davis’ name.

On a paper ballot: Write “Cam Davis” on the line between the arrows.

On a touch screen: Tap on the blank space under “No Candidate.” Using the keyboard, type “Cam Davis” and press “OK.”

Finally, we can use your help in the final weeks leading up to the election, as well as Election Day itself. These endorsements mean nothing unless people know about them. Your help is critical in getting the word out. Please reply to this email or call the 49th Ward Democratic Party at 773-973-4949 and we’ll sign you up!

Regardless of whom you support, I strongly encourage you to vote.

Sincerely,

Joe Moore

The Endorsed Candidates of the 49th Ward Democratic Party and Alderman/Committeeman Joe Moore

Print this list and take it with you to the polls or refer to it on your smartphone when you vote

Governor and Lieutenant Governor
(3) Daniel Biss & Litesa E. Wallace

Attorney General
(8) Pat Quinn

Secretary of State
(16) Jesse White

Comptroller
(17) Susana A. Mendoza

Treasurer
(18) Michael W. Frerichs

U.S. Representative, 9th District
(21) Janice D. Schakowsky

State Central Committeewoman, 9th District
(31) Carol Ronen

State Central Committeeman, 9th District
(32) Michael Cabonargi

State Representative, 14th District
(52) Kelly M. Cassidy

Metropolitan Water Reclamation District Full 6-Year Term (Vote for 3)
(62) Debra Shore
(63) Kari K. Steele
(64) Martin J. Durkan

Metropolitan Water Reclamation District Unexpired 2-Year Term
(69) Kimberly Neely Dubuclet

Metropolitan Water Reclamation District Commissioners (Bradford Vacancy)
Write (or type) in “Cam Davis”

President of County Board
(71) Toni Preckwinkle

County Clerk
(73) Karen A. Yarbrough

County Sheriff
(76) Thomas J. Dart

County Treasurer
(79) Maria Pappas

County Assessor
(81) Frederick “Fritz” Kaegi

County Commissioner, 10th District
(91) Bridget Gainer

County Commissioner, 13th District
(92) Larry Suffredin

Board of Review, 2nd District
(101) Michael Cabonargi

Judge of the Circuit Court
(121) Oran F. Whiting (Vacancy of Brewer)
(127) Jonathan Clark Green (Vacancy of Clay)
(130) Tom Sam Sianis (Vacancy of Dooling)
(133) Rosa Maria Silva (Vacancy of Egan)
(134) Thomas F. McGuire (Vacancy of Dunford)
(136) Preston Jones, Jr. (Vacancy of Flanagan)
(139) Cecilia Anne Horan (Vacancy of Hartigan)
(141) Clare Joyce Quish  (Vacancy of Jordan)
(145) Peter Michael Gonzalez (Vacancy of McGinnis)
(147) Jack Hagerty (Vacancy of Prendergast Rooney)

Judge, 8th Subcircuit
(151) James “Jamie” Shapiro (Vacancy of Fabri)
(157) Lindsay Huge (Vacancy of Liu)
(161) Jeanne Marie Wrenn (Vacancy of Pethers)

Advisory Referenda

“Shall the State of Illinois legalize the cultivation, manufacture, distribution, testing, and sale of marijuana and marijuana products for recreational use by adults 21 and older subject to state regulation, taxation and local ordinance?”

Vote “YES”

“Should Governor Rauner act to protect the 650,000 Illinois residents who obtained health insurance through the Affordable Care Act by supporting legislation amending the Illinois Insurance Code to preserve important benefits like pediatric services and maternity care, and by investing in outreach campaigns to encourage residents to sign up for health insurance?”

Vote “YES”

“Should Governor Rauner support Illinois legislation to ban firearm bump stocks and strengthen penalties on illegal gun traffickers?”

Vote “YES”

“Should the State of Illinois develop a comprehensive strategy to address the recent rise in opioid-related and heroin-related deaths including committing additional state resources for addiction treatment and requiring health insurers to cover opioid alternatives and limitations on prescription length?”

Vote “YES”

Multi-State Salmonella Linked to Kratom Supplements

Posted by Admin On March - 12 - 2018 ADD COMMENTS

SPRINGFIELD, IL – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH), along with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Food and Drug Administration, and other state and local health departments, is investigating a multi-state cluster of Salmonella associated with kratom.  One case linked to the outbreak has been identified in Illinois. 

 

To date, 40 other cases have been reported in 28 states with 14 hospitalizations and no deaths. The Illinois resident reported consuming kratom before illness onset and purchased the kratom at a smoke shop in Williamson County.

 

Kratom is a plant native to Southeast Asia that is consumed for its stimulant effects and as an opioid substitute. It is also known as Thang, Kakuam, Thom, Ketom, and Biak. No common brands or suppliers of kratom products have been identified at this time. Accordingly, the CDC is recommending against consuming kratom in any form because it could be contaminated with Salmonella and cause illness.

Symptoms of Salmonella may include headache, muscle aches, diarrhea, vomiting, abdominal cramping, chills, fever, nausea, and dehydration.  Symptoms usually appear 6 to 72 hours after ingesting the bacteria, but can be longer.  Person-to-person transmission of Salmonella can occur if an infected person’s feces, from his or her unwashed hands, contaminates food during preparation, or comes into direct contact with another person.

 

Most illnesses resolve on their own and do not require treatment other than drinking fluids to stay hydrated.  If your symptoms persist or are severe, promptly contact your health care provider.

Agenda Announced For State Board of Education Meeting March 14 in Springfield

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SPRINGFIELD, IL – The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) announced the following schedule for its regular business meeting at 10:30 a.m. March 14 in Springfield.   

View the information packet for the meeting at https://www.isbe.net/Documents_Board_Meetings/March_Board_Packet.pdf.

All State Board of Education meetings are accessible to persons with disabilities. Persons planning to attend who need special accommodations should contact the Superintendent’s office no later than one day prior to the meeting. Contact the Superintendent’s office at the State Board of Education by phone at (217) 782-2221, TTY/TDD at (217) 782-1900, or fax at (217) 785-3972.

Chairman James Meeks may call for a break in the meeting as necessary in order for the Board to go into closed session.

This meeting will be audio cast on the internet at www.isbe.net.

State Board of Education Meeting

March 14, 2018

10:30 a.m.

 

100 N. First St., Springfield

 

AGENDA

I.      Roll Call/Pledge of Allegiance

A.   Consideration of and Possible Actions on Any Requests for Participation in Meeting by Other Means

II.    Public Participation

III.   Resolutions and Recognition

A.   Illinois Arts Education Week Poster Winners

IV.  Presentations and Updates

A.   Student Advisory Council Final Presentation

V.    Superintendent’s Report – Consent Agenda

A.   *Approval of Minutes

1.    Plenary Minutes: February 14, 2018

B.   *Rules for Approval

1.    Part 1 (Public Schools Evaluation, Recognition, and Supervision)

2.    Part 25 (Educator Licensure)

3.    Part 33 (Programs for the Preparation of Superintendents in Illinois)

4.    Part 252 (Driver Education)

C.   *Contracts & Grants Over $1 Million

1.    Intergovernmental Agreement with Sangamon-Menard Regional Office of Education #51

D.   *Spring Waiver Report

End of Consent Agenda

E.   Financial Profile

VI.  Student Success/School Quality Indicators

VII. Discussion Items

A.   District Oversight Update

B.   Legislative Update

C.   Budget Update

D.   Evidence-Based Funding Update

E.   ESSA Update

F.    Teacher Workforce Project Update

G.   Other Items for Discussion

VIII.        Closed Session

IX.  Approval of Closed Session Minutes

X.    Announcements & Reports

A.   Superintendent’s/Senior Staff Announcements

B.   Chairman’s Report

C.   Member Reports

XI.  Information Items

A.   ISBE Fiscal & Administrative Monthly Reports (available at https://www.isbe.net/Pages/Illinois-State-Board-of-Education-Fiscal-and-Administrative-Reports.aspx)

XII. Adjourn

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