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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. 

NHS Chicago Hosts 8 Hour Homebuyer Education Seminar-Feb 3

NHS eight-hour home buyer education seminar prepares you for the complicated home buyer process. Join this free eight hour seminar Feb 3 at the Volunteers of America Home in Englewood,

FCEA Upward Bound

The Family Centered Educational Agency Trio Upward Bound is now accepting applications for 9th and 10th graders who live in Englewood. 

CPS Says Englewood Residents Support a Plan to Close Its Schools. Here’s What Really Happened

Asiaha Butler of R.A.G.E. Op Ed in the Chicago Magazine discusses the real story behind the new Englewood High School and her educational advocacy journey. 

Can eating french fries double your risk of early death?

A recent study may make this popular side a little less tempting.

EQLP Jobs and Economic Development Task Force Meeting 1/24/2018

Join the Jobs and Economic Development (JAED) Task Force for our January meeting, Wednesday, January 24th from 5:30pm-7pm, Dist. 007 Community Room, 1438 W. 63rd St.

Englewood native recognized by Athletes for a Better World initiative
Application Assistance for K - 12 Tax Credit Scholarships

Big Shoulders scholarship

Is your New Year’s resolution hazardous to your hips?

5 easy fixes to stop your self-improvement goals from hurting your hips

Progressionista, Girl's Book Club, Coming to West Englewood Library on Jan. 20th!

Imagine Englewood If is partnering with Progressionista, a Detriot based non-profit, to bring an amazing girl's book club to West Englewood Library! Progressionista - Greater Englewood will  introduce Englewood girls ages 8-12 to leisure reading through monthly book club meetings featuring women professionals starting Saturday, January 20th! 

Registration ends Friday, January 19th at 12pm.

R.A.G.E DEEPENS ITS IMPACT IN 2017 - Year in Review!

The Resident Association of Greater Englewood would like to thank all of our members and supporters for the amazing contributions of time, resources, dedication and support in positively affecting the lives of many residents in the Greater Englewood Community. We are excited to share our 2017 Year in Review and reflect on the many successes and accomplishments that R.A.G.E. has achieved this year!

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