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Apr 09

THE URBAN HEALTH INITIATIVE SUMMIT

The Urban Health Initiative Summit is designed to engage the communit and University of Chicago in dialogue on the mutual issues, concerns and priorities identified in the University of Chicago Medicine's Community Health Needs Assessment, specifically diabetes, childhood obesity, breast/colon cancer, asthma and access to health cared that impact the wellness of Chicago's South Side.

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Putting it all “On the Table”

The concept is pretty simple – 10,000 Chicagoans eating, talking and discussing great ideas about how to make the region a better place to live.

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Seniors In the Community: A Personal Story

My name is Purscilla Roberts. I am 67 years old and reside in the Auburn Gresham community. I have lived and raised my family in the Auburn Gresham community for over 42 years. I have been an independent, responsible person and always have shown love towards others in need. I have worked in the medical field for over 40 years.

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Gresham School Meeting

meeting about CPS designating Gresham a 'turn around " school. Not only was Ald. Brookins there but Doris Lewis Brooks, candidate for Alderman of the 21st. ward was also there. Brookins, who was the first speaker, stated that he fully supported the residence, after which a comment was made in the crowd "yea cause he wanna turn it into a charter school". There were several chuckles heard about that comment. There were many other speakers there, mainly community residents, some...

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meeting about CPS designating Gresham a 'turn around " school. Not only was Ald. Brookins there but Doris Lewis Brooks, candidate for Alderman of the 21st. ward was also there. Brookins, who was the first speaker, stated that he fully supported the residence, after which a comment was made in the crowd "yea cause he wanna turn it into a charter school". There were several chuckles heard about that comment. There were many other speakers there, mainly community residents, some of the children, and teachers. None of the speakers agreed to the turn around plan. Ms. Brooks took the mike and stated that "this is a slap in the face to all of the dedicated , hard working teachers that are trying to do a good job". She went on to say that " if resources were available to the school that they (CPS) wants to give the turn around people, Gresham would do better too!". Her comment was met with thunderous applause It was also stated that several other schools had lower scores for much longer than Gresham so why now? I took the mike and asked if any of the residents ever been on the bike path down at Navy Pier? Not one person said yes. I stated that the $60 MILLION dollars that the alderman and mayor signed off of to provide a bike and pedestrian fly way over Navy Pier is where your school funding is, lets go get it! Wonder what the residence got in return? One of the white teachers stated that they will make this a turn around school, fire all of the staff then bring back new teachers who will be mostly white.

  • Very biased account of the meeting, the first one Ms. Brooks has attended. All of a sudden she is interested in the schools?
    Sounds like an opportunist to me.

  • Does she have a position on the proliferation of Charter Schools in the 21st Ward? Does she have a position on public schools in the ward?

  • Scoopie Concerned citizen of the 21st. Ward

    Yes, she has a position on both subjects. She will release her platform very soon. And as for WillEnglewood, do you know Ms. Brooks? Just trying to figure out how you know she has only attended 1 meeting? And how do you know she is just interested in school issues? How do you know if the account of the meeting biased? Were you there also? I didn't see you.

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Gresham School Meeting

I also attended the Gresham School meeting about CPS designating Gresham a 'turn around " school. Not only was Ald. Brookins there but Doris Lewis Brooks, candidate for Alderman of the 21st. ward was also there. Brookins, who was the first speaker, stated that he fully supported the residence, after which a comment was made in the crowd "yea cause he wanna turn it into a charter school". There were several chuckles heard about that comment. There were many other...

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I also attended the Gresham School meeting about CPS designating Gresham a 'turn around " school. Not only was Ald. Brookins there but Doris Lewis Brooks, candidate for Alderman of the 21st. ward was also there. Brookins, who was the first speaker, stated that he fully supported the residence, after which a comment was made in the crowd "yea cause he wanna turn it into a charter school". There were several chuckles heard about that comment. There were many other speakers there, mainly community residents, some of the children, and teachers. None of the speakers agreed to the turn around plan. Ms. Brooks took the mike and stated that "this is a slap in the face to all of the dedicated , hard working teachers that are trying to do a good job". She went on to say that " if resources were available to the school that they (CPS) wants to give the turn around people, Gresham would do better too!". Her comment was met with thunderous applause It was also stated that several other schools had lower scores for much longer than Gresham so why now? I took the mike and asked if any of the residents ever been on the bike path down at Navy Pier? Not one person said yes. I stated that the $60 MILLION dollars that the alderman and mayor signed off of to provide a bike and pedestrian fly way over Navy Pier is where your school funding is, lets go get it! Wonder what the residence got in return? One of the white teachers stated that they will make this a turn around school, fire all of the staff then bring back new teachers who will be mostly white.

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Vino and Vinyasa

Tired of this supposed "spring" weather? Then heat up both your palette and your body. You don't have to be a yogi or a wine enthusiast to try something new for free. If however, you do enjoy twisting your body into a pretzel and after gently massaging your organs washing it down with wine then this event is perfect for you. Join Yoga Now studio for a night of Vino and Vinyasa. The 60 minute vinyasa yoga class will be led by an instuctor from Yoga Now at 7:30-8:30 p.m. Class will be followed by vino provided by Lululemon Rush & Walton and light refreshments from Pretzel Crisps. Lululemon is located on 930 N. Rush Street.

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Updated Apr 01

Chicago Tribune's "New Plan"

Doris Brooks, candidate for Alderman in the 21st. ward attended the Chicago Tribune sponsored , "New Plan of Chicago". The topic in this installment was "Chicago Forward-Jobs for the Future". The dissection took place this past Tuesday at the Spertus Museum on Michigan Ave.
According to Ms. Brooks, "although some of the conversation was excellent, some of the information that was discussed by panel members was not really new. They talked about how we ( African-Americans) lacked the job skills...

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Doris Brooks, candidate for Alderman in the 21st. ward attended the Chicago Tribune sponsored , "New Plan of Chicago". The topic in this installment was "Chicago Forward-Jobs for the Future". The dissection took place this past Tuesday at the Spertus Museum on Michigan Ave.
According to Ms. Brooks, "although some of the conversation was excellent, some of the information that was discussed by panel members was not really new. They talked about how we ( African-Americans) lacked the job skills needed for our new economy; how disappearance of factory jobs of the 70's and 80's left our present workforce ill prepared for this 21st century service economy". She went on to say that, "they also touched upon the fact that lack of family structure affected how our children were not prepared at home for the challenges of school resulting in underachievement and high drop-out rates. To me, they did not offer any real solutions however the newer initiative by the Chicago City Colleges are to be applauded. As I understand it, for the last 3 years, they have established a college to careers program that partnered employers with Chicago City Colleges faculty and staff to better prepare students for careers".
"Some of the information that was presented gave me several ideas on how to proceed with new job training initiatives as well as supporting established ones in the 21st ward."

  • The bottom line here is that are relevant local issues out there and does this individual have a position or even aware of them. All I hear are crickets versus a position. If you think the questions here are negative wait until the other candidates especially Brookins and Sherman go in. I hope this lady has thick skin because its going to get real ugly.

  • They are going to peel her easier than a boiled potato.

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Skills for Chicagoland’s Future, Divvy and Gap Inc. Announce First-of-Its-Kind Seasonal Talent-Sharing Initiative for Unemployed Cook County Job Seekers

Skills for Chicagoland’s Future—a public-private partnership working to match businesses that have current, unmet hiring needs with qualified, unemployed job seekers—announced today a new partnership with Divvy, operated by Alta Bicycle Share, and Gap Inc. that will bring year-round employment opportunities to unemployed Chicago and Cook County job seekers. Launching in April, the innovative “Optimum Employment” pilot program will creatively solve the challenges businesses face with hiring qualified, seasonal employees by linking seasonal positions at Divvy and Gap Inc. stores to create a 12-month employment opportunity for the unemployed.

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