The very fate of our democracy depends upon the next generation reversing the tides of apathy, demanding more from our public servants, and assuming the reigns of leadership, poised for informed deliberation and collaborative governance.
For many years, Darwin Elementary School had no music program. Despite the district's budget cuts and heavy focus on standardized test scores, Principal Segovia decided his kids needed music.
I am asking that we each take a moment and commit ourselves again to the work that began long before August 28, 1963 and continues today.
In our own way, each of us in the Great Lakes region can contribute to similar experiences for the next generation. For me, it's seeing the sense of wonder in my children's' eyes as they discover new treasures on the shoreline.
No matter where you focus your attention, the issues affecting women and girls are vital to the well-being of our world. There are bold, resilient and powerful women right here in Chicago who are confronting these issues head on with innovative or proven solutions.
With those words the President of the Illinois Senate asked the clerk of the chamber torecord the votes on Senate Bill 26, as amended, the bill which would put Illinois in the column of states that will, come January 1, 2014, offer Medicaid coverage to all low-income state residents.
I was diagnosed with ALS, which affects voluntary muscles from head to toe, in February of last year. I could choose to feel ashamed or disabled when sitting at a dinner table and needing to be fed, or, as I now see it, I get to choose who feeds me!
Why would we support the idea of helping the homeless? Because it is not only the right thing to do, but it is in all of our best interest to do so for public health and safety as well as financial stability reasons for our governments, communities and even our own financial health.
Our vision is to be a change agent, industry and thought leader in promoting wellness in the fight against childhood obesity. We have an incredible call list of friends, activators, influencers and doers across the globe ready to join us in making this vision become a reality.
There is one charity headquartered in Chicago that stands out for making a ground breaking impact on a national level: Bear Necessities.
By this time next year, we will have come far in our fight against chronic unemployment, hardship and poverty. The question remains though -- in which direction?
The safety and sustainability of our communities is essential to leaving a lasting legacy. We must connect ourselves with neighborhood groups that focus on reducing violence and promoting entrepreneurship and civic engagement.
The value of a stable nonprofit community transcends the economic benefits. We entrust nonprofits to perform a range of vital services as well as jobs. We hope lawmakers recognize that nonprofits enrich our state in every way.
There is really no better way to describe the experience than saying it's super cool -- plain and simple. I spend two hours with these students every week, but it's amazing what they remember and how serious they take it.
I love to serve and work with students as a teaching fellow and mentor. I have seen some of the quietest students come out of their shells and present their brands in front of their peers.