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Learn more about Barbara A. Sizemore African-centered school

Advocate Trinity Hospital Celebrates National Volunteer Week

Hospital honors 55 volunteers for valuable contributions

My Life Starts Now: A Chicago Woman Pursues Justice

Local writer covers an investigative piece on Trina Kim Townsend's allegations at Officer Kevin Glover during his time serving in the 8th District while Townsend was a child. The article was completed with the help of City Bureau and South Side Weekly. 

ComEd’s “Construct” Graduation Highlights Diverse Candidates for Local Construction Work Jobs

On Friday, ComEd hosted a graduation ceremony for the largest graduating class of CONSTRUCT, a nine-week job training program aimed at getting more diverse candidates into local construction and energy jobs. 


CONSTRUCT, organized by ComEd in conjunction with 38 construction industry companies, two local utilities, and eight social service agencies, offers participants the information and guidance needed to compete for entry-level construction and project management jobs in construction and energy-related fields


“Jobs are the lifeblood of our communities, providing them with economic strength and vitality. We understand the importance of being a local employer and we are proud to offer a pathway to our industry for people of our communities,” said Anne Pramaggiore, president and CEO of ComEd.  “We applaud the 2018 graduates and look forward to their participation in the construction workforce of the future.”


The 2018 CONSTRUCT class is the sixth group to go through the program since its inception in 2013. Career guidance, life skills training, and practical education about the construction industry are part of the program, as well as increased knowledge of requirements for entering construction-related fields successfully. The 2018 curriculum was updated with courses focused on the growing need for project management skills in the Construction industry, along with additional courses in high-rise construction.  Additional coursework related to renewable energy, including solar, was added in 2017.


CONSTRUCT offers instruction and access to special sessions where students can hear from and meet company representatives. There is the opportunity to job shadow, and to attend a career fair to learn about a range of potential job opportunities in the industry. To date, more than 400 students have participated in the program, including the 109 new participants this year. The success and continued growth of this program is due in great measure to the construction industry companies that are looking to hire local, diverse candidates to join their workforce.


Participating companies include: Intren, Labor organizations - IBEW Locals 9, 15, 134, 196 and Chicago Area Laborers, Nicor Gas, Peoples Gas, ABB, Inc., Aldridge, Ardmore Roderick, Builders Association, Burling Builders, “D” Construction, Inc., David Mason + Associates, d’Escoto, Inc., Electric Conduit Construction, Environmental Design, Inc., F.H Paschen, Groundhog Utility Construction, HBK Engineering, Henkels & McCoy, John Burns Construction Co., KDM Engineering, Lindblad Construction, LiveWire, Magellan Development Group, James McHugh Construction, Meade, Midwest Access Solutions, MJ Electric, MZI Group, Inc., Nash Brothers Construction Company, Inc., NPL Construction, Olenick & Associates, Osmose Utilities Services, Inc., PMI Energy Solutions, Primera Engineers, Rabine Group, The BarTech Group, Trice Construction Company, United Scrap Metal, V3 Companies and Trinidad Construction. ??


“All the contractors, the companies involved, you just don’t meet these people every day; it’s priceless,” said Dexter Allison, a 2014 graduate of the program, whose sons Damier and Dexter, Jr., are part of the 2018 program. “For our family, it’s been the opportunity of a lifetime.” 


“I learned a lot throughout the program, but I gained the most confidence from my job shadowing experience,” said Gregory Rounds.  “I’m really excited to go out there and find a job that I really love, that I can make a career out of.”


Understanding the need to help knock down barriers to entry for construction-related fields, CONSTRUCT launched in May 2013 out of a partnership between ComEd, Intren and the labor unions. What began with ComEd, 10 companies and three social service agencies has grown to include Illinois’ other major utilities - Nicor Gas, Peoples’ Gas, 38 companies and eight social service agencies.


To complete the program, participants must attend at least 95 percent of the full-day classes and take the select, required tests. Upon completion of the program, participants can choose any number of career paths, from applying to work with the participating companies and satisfying any applicable union requirements, to applying to work with ComEd or employers in other sectors.


While completion of the program does not guarantee a job, individuals who complete the program successfully are trained to be qualified, knowledgeable, and ready to compete for construction jobs in Illinois.


Anyone interested in applying should contact the agencies directly. The agency contact numbers are:


ASPIRA of Illinois



Austin Peoples Action Center



Chicago Urban League



National Latino Education Institute

773-247-0707, ext. 223


Quad County Urban League

630-851-2203, ext. 222


St. Sabina’s Employment Resource Center



SER Jobs for Progress



YWCA of Metropolitan Chicago





Commonwealth Edison Company (ComEd) is a unit of Chicago-based Exelon Corporation (NYSE: EXC), the nation’s leading competitive energy provider, with approximately 10 million customers. ComEd provides service to approximately 3.9 million customers across northern Illinois, or 70 percent of the state’s population. For more information visit, and connect with the company on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.



Englewood Police Youth Baseball League

Englewood Police Youth Baseball League

Help Build Englewood's New High School

Don't miss your opportunity to build Englewood's new high school.

Community Hiring Fair happening Friday, May 11, 2018

See flyer for me details. 

Volunteer with Englewood for the 6th Annual Greater Englewood Unity Day!

It's that time of year for residents and stakeholders to come together for the 6th Annual Greater Englewood Unity Day in connection with Chicago's Citywide Clean and Green Volunteer Clean Up on Saturday, April 21, 2018 from 10am-1pm. A unity celebration filled with food, fun and love will follow the clean up from 1pm-3pm.

ComEd Expands Job Training Program to Increase Minority Employment Opportunities

CONSTRUCT program welcomes largest training class to date; expands region's job opportunities in construction, engineering, solar power, and energy efficiency

First Ever Mesothelioma Race for Justice in Illinois

Chicago, IL (April 2, 2018) - Vogelzang Law, a Chicago-based personal injury law firm dedicated to representing victims of mesothelioma throughout the US, will host its first Annual Mesothelioma Race for Justice on September 22, 2018 in tribute to National Mesothelioma Awareness Day. The 5K race will be held at the Lake County Forest Preserve Half Day location in Vernon Hills, IL at 9 a.m. The proceeds from this year’s race will benefit the Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation. 


“Vogelzang Law is proud to present the 2018 Mesothelioma Race for Justice, benefiting the Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation. It is exhilarating and gratifying to help bring the mesothelioma community together and heighten awareness of this debilitating disease. There is something undeniably unifying and exciting about a sporting event, so in the name of community, competition, health and awareness, we encourage you all to enjoy the race,” said Caylei Vogelzang, Director of Business Strategy.


The silent auction will begin at 7:30 a.m. on race day. Shortly after that, an opening ceremony will be held to welcome all attendees and the race will commence at 9:00 a.m. During the race, volunteers will distribute Gatorade and water to participants. At 11 a.m., the winners of the silent auction will be announced, and the event will officially end at noon. Post-race, attendees will enjoy refreshments, awesome goodie bags and a huge after party. Each 5K participant will also receive a race medal.


“It is my honor and privilege to step into the role of race director for the Mesothelioma Race for Justice 5K. Through the years as Public Relations Manager at Vogelzang Law, I have seen the devastating and cruel effects of this disease first hand. I have also seen the inspiring stories of hope and perseverance in one day finding a cure. Through the funds raised for the Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation, my belief is that one day we can find that cure. I have been fortunate to see the brave families our firm has represented, who in the face of fear and adversity, are willing to stand as a community, support one another, and reach out to other families that have been affected by this disease. This race is our contribution to their tenacity,” said Race Organizer and Vogelzang Law’s Public Relations Manager Mirela Stefanescu.


The Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation (MARF) devotes extensive efforts to funding mesothelioma research in hopes of finding better treatment options and a cure. They have awarded over $10 million to 106 high-quality, promising research projects in six different countries.


"We’re thrilled that Vogelzang Law is sponsoring a race to benefit the Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation. The funds raised will support the Foundation's programs, including research, patient support throughout diagnosis, treatment, and beyond; and financial aid for travel to obtain new treatment options," said Melinda Kotzian, CEO of the Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation.


A keynote speaker and leading the race will be Chris Hagn, who lost his father to mesothelioma. Chris’s personal, heartfelt story will inspire other families who are going through or have gone through similar experiences as him.


The registration fee for the race is $45. Everyone who registers will receive a race day shirt at packet pick-up and a medal at the finish line. Packet pick-up will take place at the Fleet Feet Deerfield location, dates and times will be announced closer to race day.


Sponsors for the event are MARF, Fleet Feet, Rush University, the American Lung Association, the American Cancer Society, Hinckley Springs, Lifeway, Safe + Fair Food Company, the Chicago Wolves and Gilda’s. Anyone who wishes to volunteer or be a sponsor is welcome to sign up. 


Registration is now open. Visit



About Vogezlang Law

Vogelzang Law, we represent and advocate for individuals who have been diagnosed with cancer as a result of asbestos exposure. With over 16 years of experience in mesothelioma and asbestos litigation, we have the specialized knowledge and resources needed to litigate complicated cases and the compassion to advocate wholeheartedly for our clients.


About MARF

The Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation (MARF) devotes extensive efforts to funding research for better treatments and a cure for Mesothelioma. They have awarded over $10 million to 106 high-quality, promising research projects in six different countries. This funding has helped 240 pieces to be published as a result of these research projects and on average, 600 people are helped every month by these efforts. MARF funds research in early detection, prevention, and treatment of Mesothelioma, and they have firmly supported the ban of asbestos since their establishment.


"Loving Our Natural Hair" Curl Clinic

Saturday April 14th, natural hair enthusiasts, experts and stylists converge in Englewood for the "Loving Our Natural Hair" Curl Clinic, a natural hair and bodycare seminar. This free event is for women and girls with curls of all ages. The Curl Clinic will take place at Whole Foods Market, 832 W. 63rd Street from 2pm - 5pm.

The Power of choice for Women and Girls

An intergenerational conversation among women and girls about choosing success!

Advocate Trinity Hospital President Makes Top Minority Execs List

Terika Richardson recognized for improving health outcomes, driving innovation to advance care delivery

Coming Soon to a Computer Near You: Nonprofit Utopia

Valerie F. Leonard, a local expert in community and organizational development, will be launching the Nonprofit Utopia community in June of this year.  Nonprofit Utopia is a community of emerging nonprofit leaders, designed to provide a safe environment in which members can innovate, speak candidly about the issues and concerns they face on a daily basis, and share ideas and resources.

Defendant's ‘Lack of Personal Jurisdiction’ Defense Denied

A Cook County Court will see a case against a North Dakota company, thanks to a momentous order by Honorable Judge Clare E. McWilliams granting personal jurisdiction to the Illinois forum.

The February 20th order in the John C. Clark v. A.W. Chesterton Company, et al. case sets a new precedent for Illinois residents seeking trial in their home state and offers a more efficient path to justice in mesothelioma and asbestos cases.

While working as an employee of the Illinois-based United Conveyor Corporation, John C. Clark was contracted for a job for the North Dakota Great River Energy company.  As such, he traveled back and forth between the two states. For the duration of his contract with GRE, Clark was subjected to asbestos exposure both on the job and upon his return home to Illinois, where the “take-home exposure” from asbestos dust on his clothes and shoes continued to damage his lungs.

Seeking relief from his injury, Clark sued GRE in Illinois court, only for the company to attempt to have the case dismissed over a personal jurisdiction dispute.

Judge McWilliams’ order denies GRE’s claims that personal jurisdiction cannot be established in Illinois and company requests to relocate the trial to North Dakota or Minnesota due to their location. Such claims would allow the company to put a greater burden on the injured party, forcing Clark to relocate the case.

In her order, the judge stated that because GRE worked with an Illinois company, and allowed employees to travel back into the state without establishing proper safety precautions that prevented asbestos exposure in Cook County, the case should be tried in an Illinois Court. As Clark’s injury occurred in Illinois, the state will have jurisdiction and be allowed to try the case.

The decision also protects Clark’s chances of obtaining “efficient and effective relief”, allowing him to remain in Illinois and avoid the expenses of multiple lawsuits across state lines.

This development marks a historic victory for asbestos and mesothelioma victims seeking legal recourse. Many employees who have suffered occupational exposure to asbestos traveled out-of-state for their jobs, frequently in professions like construction or industrial work. A multijurisdictional case, in which a Plaintiff must seek trial in every state in which they worked and suffered exposure, can be lengthy and complicated, causing undue stress and financial difficulty to injured parties seeking justice.

Judge McWilliams’ decision in Clark v. A.W. Chesterton creates a model which future mesothelioma cases may follow and outlines a swift and uncomplicated path to justice for victims of asbestos exposure. Thanks to Judge McWilliams, Illinois workers seeking redress for injury inflicted by out-of-state companies may be able to remain in their home state for trial.

Homeownership Funding and Grant Opportunity Workshop

NHS Chicago in collaboration with IDHA (Illinois Development Housing Authority) will host this event on Saturday March 10th at 9:30am.

Jobs and Economic Development Task Force Meeting 2/28/2018

The next Jobs and Economic Development Task Force meeting will be on February 28th from 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm at the 7th District Police Station, 1438 W. 63rd Street.


Chicago, IL - Vogelzang Law, a Chicago-based personal injury law firm dedicated to representing victims of mesothelioma throughout the United States, announced their new office space located at 401 N. Michigan Ave, Suite 350, Chicago, IL. The new larger office space has excellent views, professional meeting rooms, a comfortable “think tank,” a memorial wall and a highly functional and collaborative space for the firm’s dedicated attorneys and staff.


“We are so excited about our new office! We look forward to welcoming our new and current clients and sharing this wonderful space with everyone from Vogelzang Law,” said Caylei Vogelzang, Director of Business Strategy.


The new office is located in a beautiful spot right by the Chicago River in a historical landmark building, which includes a gym, a cafe, and an upscale floor with conference space and lounges.


For more information, visit: or call 312-466-1669.


About Vogelzang Law

Vogelzang Law represents and advocates for individuals diagnosed with cancer as a result of asbestos exposure. With more than 16 years of experience in mesothelioma and asbestos litigation, we have the specialized knowledge and resources needed to litigate complicated cases and the compassion necessary to advocate wholeheartedly for our clients.


After a number of years working in asbestos litigation firms, attorney Nicholas Vogelzang founded Vogelzang Law in 2016 as a personal injury law firm dedicated to victims of mesothelioma in the United States. We understand the difficulties that come with a devastating asbestos-related diagnosis, and our goal is to lessen our clients’ load by providing top-notch legal representation.

Tuesday Asbestos Call Recap: Vogelzang Law Compels Deposition Is Granted a ‘Finding Of Default’ Motion

Chicago, IL, February 23 at the Daley Center – Vogelzang Law celebrated yet another victory last week. Attorney Wyatt J. Berkover from Vogelzang Law represents the estate of Roger Nelson, plaintiff, who passed away from mesothelioma.  Mr. Nelson was exposed to numerous asbestos-containing products while working as a sheet metal worker leading to his diagnosis and ultimate death from mesothelioma.

The plaintiff had previously requested, and the judge had ordered, that the deposition of Peerless Boilers’ corporate representative be taken regarding what Peerless knew about asbestos, when they knew it and what was done about it.

On last Tuesday at the asbestos call, Peerless Boilers sought relief from that order, claiming that Vogelzang Law already had deposition transcripts that could be used in lieu of a new deposition.  Defendant’s request was summarily denied and Peerless was again ordered by Judge Solganick to produce a corporate representative to testify regarding matters not covered in prior deposition proceedings.

Further, another Vogelzang Law client, Ulrich Huemmerich, saw positive progression in his case. He was diagnosed with biphasic mesothelioma in 2017 due to asbestos exposure while working in the steel industry. A finding of default motion was granted by Judge Solganick due to SMS Concast America Corporation’s failure to answer Vogelzang Law’s complaint within the 28-day allotted response timeframe.

Asbestos is known to be highly carcinogenic and can cause ovarian cancer, laryngeal cancer, clubbed fingers, asbestosis, and lung cancer. It is also the only known cause of mesothelioma, a rare, devastating cancer with no cure. The most common way an individual is exposed to asbestos is in his or her work environment. Due to the prolific use of asbestos in commercial and personal use products during the 1960’s and 1970’s, determining exactly where and when exposure occurred can take some investigation. In general, electricians, plumbers, pipefitters, insulators, boilermakers, bricklayers, ironworkers, and mechanics tend to have high levels of exposure.

Vogelzang Law represents and advocates for individuals who have been diagnosed with cancer as a result of asbestos exposure. With over 16 years of experience in mesothelioma and asbestos litigation, the attorneys of Vogelzang Law have the specialized knowledge and resources needed to litigate complicated cases and the compassion to advocate wholeheartedly for their clients.

Every other Tuesday an Asbestos Call is held at the Daley Center, which serves as the time and place to track the progress of a lawsuit in preparation for the trial date. Going forward, Vogelzang Law will provide bi-weekly Asbestos Call updates. 

Want to live longer? Eat this

This snack may help you avoid a life-threatening mishap.

Black Olive Community Theater Presents Staged Reading of James Baldwin's BLUES FOR MR. CHARLIE

Black Olive Community Theater Hosts Staged Reading of James Baldwin's BLUES FOR MR. CHARLIE, Saturday, February 17 in Observance of Black History Month 2018

Suburban Mom Offers Heart Month Gift to Southeast Side Newborns

Hospital worker hand-knits baby hats to raise awareness about heart disease.

Can this common medication cause a DUI?

Before you get behind the wheel, read this physician’s advice.

Chicago Designer’s New Collection Makes a Statement Honoring Autistic Daughter

Fashion is for all regardless of age or status and emerging Chicago fashion designer Cori Davis creates with that motto in mind. On Feb. 24, Cori invites everyone to take a front row look at her new winter collection, which features sweater knits, faux furs suedes and leathers inspired by visuals of the 80s movie “Mad Max Beyond the Thunderdome.” It will emphasize on the strength of women from that era and how it continues on.

Cori’s strength to create this collection in 30 days comes from her 8-year-old daughter, Reign, who was diagnosed with autism.  “I am a designer that designs on the mood versus the age of the woman. I love the element of femininity with a hint of strength,” says Cori. “Every collection contains a mommy and daughter garment in honor of Reign that shows the bond that we have. We are like any other mom and daughter in everyday life.” The backdrop of her show will feature the first autism emoji that Cori created for autism awareness - AutMoji.

For Cori the love of fashion started early in her childhood when she was only 10-years-old. She started making her first outfits in fifth grade while at history class. Eventually that passion led her to take a home economic class in high school were she would learn to sew. Cori has a degree in fashion design from the Art Institute in Chicago. She even designed her own wedding dress.

“I have always loved art and making paper dolls was just to pass the time in class. I would always draw,” says Cori who gets ideas for her fashion from music, shapes and color. “When I was younger I would take my Barbie’s clothes apart until they were just pieces and would sew hand stitch them back together just to make new clothes.”

“With this collection I want to inspire everyone, including other parents with autistic children. Your dreams and life don't stop because of autism. I obtained two degrees after Reign's diagnosis. I never gave up on Reign or myself. Enjoy the bond you have.”

For more information on Cori Davis Fashion, visit:

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Public Safety Forum hosted by Cook County Commissioner, Dennis Deer

Englewood's Public Safety Task Force will participate in an important community discussion on Public Safety hosted by Cook County Commissioner Dennis Deer at Hope Manor II located 6002 S. Halsted from 6:30pm-8pm. 

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