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About 610,000 Americans die from heart disease each year—that’s 1 in every 4 deaths, according to the CDC (Center for Disease Control). The top chronic diseases have a link to high sugar consumption.

An illness is chronic when it continues for a long time or constantly reappears. NBA Player Sean Rooks, rhythm and blues artist Otis Clay, TV sitcom fame Alan Thicke, Star Wars Carry Fisher, and many others died in 2016 from heart disease.

Heart disease is an umbrella term for any type of disorder that affects the heart. Heart disease means the same as cardiac disease but not cardiovascular disease. Cardiovascular disease refers to disorders of the blood vessels and heart, while heart disease refers to just the heart, as stated by to Medical News Today’s (MNT) Heart Disease: Definition, Causes, Research.

In the U.S. the data showed:
• cardiovascular diseases claimed 801,000 lives;
• heart disease killed more than 370,000 people;
• stroke killed nearly 129,000 people;
• about 116,000 of the 750,000 people in the U.S. who had a heart attack died;
• about 795,000 people had a stroke, the leading preventable cause of disability;
• among African-Americans adults, 48 percent of women and 46 percent of men have some form of cardiovascular disease;
• and African-Americans have nearly twice the risk for a first-ever stroke than whites, according to the American Heart Association News.

An ideal situation in modern society is for it to change once a fact has been confirmed about harmful behaviors and to follow what produces better outcomes for life. But it can also be negated when millions of dollars and time are spent that promote the perpetuation of harmful behavior. Deadly and harmful, but usually unnoticed conditions until the harm is physiologically felt, is usually the result for many.

Results of this fact finding investigation are more than alarming. Government agencies are condemning sugar but the public isn’t responding. Sugar is killing us states Dr. Hyman, author of “The Blood sugar solution 10-day detox diet.”

A sugar-laden diet may raise your risk of dying of heart disease even if you aren’t overweight. So says a major study published in JAMA Internal Medicine., according to a report done by Harvard Health Publications (HHP), the media and publishing division of the Harvard Medical School of Harvard University.
HHP also says, added sugars make up at least 10% of the calories the average American eats in a day. But about one in 10 people get a whopping one-quarter or more of their calories from added sugar.

Over the course of the 15-year study on added sugar and heart disease, participants who took in 25% or more of their daily calories as sugar were more than twice as likely to die from heart disease as those whose diets included less than 10% added sugar.

Overall, the odds of dying from heart disease rose in tandem with the percentage of sugar in the diet—and that was true regardless of a person’s age, sex, physical activity level, and body-mass index (a measure of weight).
Sugar-sweetened beverages such as sodas, energy drinks, and sports drinks are by far the biggest sources of added sugar in the average American’s diet. They account for more than one-third of the added sugar we consume as a nation. Other important sources include cookies, cakes, pastries, and similar treats; fruit drinks; ice cream, frozen yogurt and the like; candy; and ready-to-eat cereals.

A new study from the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center reveals diets that are high in sugar are a major risk factor for certain types of cancers, especially breast cancer, according to a Fox News report.
Some solutions are to drink more water and less sugar added drinks. Clean your kitchen of sugar added foods. Satisfy sugar cravings with naturally sweet fruits as opposed to processed foods. Do some research there is a wealth of information on the subject. Listen to a multitude of experts like the Center for Disease Control (CDC), The American Heart Association (AHA) and your doctor, and other experts on the matter.

Attend Strategic Human Services Raising Awareness to Promote Good Health Events. Two are scheduled, Monday February 13, 2017 11-3pm and Saturday March 25 11-3pm. Healthy food and drink alternatives will be served. The event will be held at 325 S California Ave at the Westside Baptist Ministers Conference Building

Retired Postal Worker writes New Book “C.H.A.P.P.S” Clockable Hours Application Process and Pay System

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Larry Pinson, Sr., author of the new book C.H.A.P.P.S.


Mr. Larry Pinson, Sr., a Maywood, Illinois native has authored a book called C.H.A.P.P.S. Mr. Pinson says, “C.H.A.P.P.S will put an end to poverty. It will stop unemployment. And it will put an end to the loss of service in the work area. (i.e. when an employee goes on vacation, sick leave, or injury comp, there will not be a loss in service.) C.H.A.P.P.S is an American pay system that is an equal opportunity to earn a living in America without taxpayers’ money with all the workers averaging $15 per hour, for unskilled labor guaranteed, and everything is guaranteed whether its full time or part time.”

Larry Pinson has been retired from the United States Post Office, since 2009. He started in 1995 and worked as a truck driver. He has a very interesting biography in his book. But his book is based on his experiences in the postal service and the military service.

Larry Pinson created the system first for the postal system and says it can be applied across many job classifications, for city and county employees, teachers, police officers, firemen, etc. He even includes military people coming home and jobs worldwide, pay systems of other government agencies and large institutions.
He is extremely passionate about his book C.H.A.P.P.S and the pay system that it lays out. Stated Cook County Commissioner Richard Boykin, “I have never seen a man so passionate about something.” Pinson doesn’t want to sell this book for the purpose of sales, he wants to improve the pay systems currently being used today.

C.H.A.P.P.S stands for Clockable Hours Application Process and Pay System. It’s subtitle and aim, is Job Creation without Taxpayers Money. Pinson says it was his responsibility to write the book, show the book and the numbers in the book. “I’m dealing strictly with numbers in the book, stated Pinson.
His foundation is based on a 168-hour work week, which equals 7 days x 24 hours of service. It gets little complicated after that, unless you have the mind of Pinson who has studied, prayed, meditated, and developed this comprehensive payroll system that he thoroughly understands and is trying to get others and the world to see it as he sees it.

In the introduction after briefly expounding on the issues with the U.S Postal System, Pinson talks about a three tour system. Tour 1 is 8 pm to 4 am, Tour 2 is 4 am to 12 noon, and Tour 3 is 12 noon to 8 pm. Tours is another term for shifts. Pinson uses usual terms in chapters that he explains, such as non-scheduled Days, Carry- Time and from the middle to the end of the book, he explains C.H.A.P.P.S version of usual terms such as overtime, Night differential, Annual leave, sick leave holidays, paid breaks and retirement.

When the book gets to the Chapter on Four-In-A-Box is where you have to really put your thinking cap on to keep up with Larry Pinson’s thought pattern. Four full time employees are needed per tour and all three tours (shifts) must be covered by four employees in his 4-in-a-box system. In that system 1 of the four employees is always off and not scheduled to work that day. In the 4-in-a-box system chapter, Pinson gives an example of how that works. This 4-in-a-box system is scheduled by bids and is awarded by seniority. Some bids are built in permanent bids. Some of the language is postal and postal workers would have a better understanding of terms like bidding on a schedule and flexies.

Another concept that Pinson says one must comprehend is the Two 7-day, One 6-day work Bid. He says it is needed to carry out the 4-in-a-box system. The bid is broken down by 4 employees working 160 hours. 7 + 7 + 6 totals 20 days. This multiplied by 4 employees equals 160 hours.
Pinson also introduces another complex term in the pay system which is the 72 hour day, 72 month pay system. In that chapter, 72 hours is for the three tours each tour is 24 hours and 72 months which represents a fiscal year plus a calendar year, each having 36 months in which he explains more and includes a sample table.

On page 13 of his book, Larry Pinson breaks down his five Clockable Hour Systems a Full Time Military, Part Time Military, Full Time Civilian Bargaining Unit, Part Time Civilian Bargaining Unit, and a Full Time Non-Bargaining Unit. It also includes two tables for graphic explanation of the system. The graphics for Full-Time military show a 5-day breakdown of pay accrued for week one and week two as examples, with benefits, salary, and stipend pay for the current year’s salary and next year’s salary. The graphics for Full-Time Civilian is a more simplified table.

Larry Pinson’s book, C.H.A.P.P.S. has only 37 pages, plus 11 pages including, title page, table of contents, and the introduction. At the end of the book he includes his biography which has an impressive military history. He has received 8 medals and two ribbons for his service.

Pinson was born in Newnan Georgia moved to Chicago at age six, attended six military schools, four elementary schools in Chicago, Herzl, Penn, mason and Sumner and graduated high school at Marshall in 1967. He also attended Mercer County Community College. His hobbies are basketball, baseball travel, and fine dining. He also likes to go out to the theater and see movies.

Larry Pinson’s book, C.H.A.P.P.S. can be ordered through his website, through kindle, and in hardcover and paperback through Litfire Publishing, Amazon, and Barnes and Noble. For more information or questions on C.H.A.P.P.S., you can contact Larry Pinson by email through his website’s contact link.

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North Lawndale Stakeholders Plan for the Future

A Community-Driven Planning Process to Revive North Lawndale

NLCCCNorth Lawndale, Chicago. The North Lawndale Community Coordinating Council (NLCCC) will kick off the second phase of its comprehensive community planning process by hosting its first Annual North Lawndale Community Planning Conference on Saturday, April 16, at DRW College Preparatory High School, 931 S. Homan Avenue, Chicago IL 60623. The conference will start at 11 am and go until 3 pm. Over 200 community stakeholders are expected to participate, including elected officials, heads of public agencies, local residents, leaders of community-based organizations, students and educators, business owners and faith-based leaders.

This is the first comprehensive planning effort for the North Lawndale in over 50 years, and the community’s very first planning conference ever. The Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP) will provide an overview of the comprehensive planning process as it relates to the physical environment, and then will facilitate a workshop to guide the community through a discussion of strengths, weaknesses and opportunities that the planning process could bring. Members of NLCCC will facilitate breakout sessions to identify community needs and develop very high level goals and objectives within various quality of life sectors. There will be activities for children ages 3-12; youth ages 13-18 and adults. Admission is free event and lunch will be provided.

To register for the conference, or for more information, visit, or call Dorine Poole at 773-826-1636.

The North Lawndale Coordinating Council is a group of North Lawndale stakeholders, including community-based organizations, business owners, elected officials and individuals that have come together to guide comprehensive planning and implementation in North Lawndale (Community Area 29).  The group develops innovative solutions to improve the built environment and to increase the capacity of local organizations to make a positive impact on the community.

CMAP is the official regional planning organization for the northeastern Illinois counties of Cook, DuPage, Kane, Kendall, Lake, McHenry, and Will.  CMAP developed and now guides implementation of the GO TO 2040 comprehensive regional plan. To address anticipated population growth of more than 2 million new residents, GO TO 2040 establishes coordinated strategies that help the region’s 284 communities address transportation, housing, economic development, open space, the environment, and other quality-of-life issues.


Harmony Community Church coordinates bottled water drive to Flint

At 7:00 in the morning, Harmony Church Bottled Water drive secures donated water loaded by volunteers with Senior Pastor James Brooks, 24th Ward Alderman Michael Scott Jr, UIC Public Health students and other volunteers.

At 7:00 in the morning, Harmony Church Bottled Water drive secures donated water loaded by volunteers with Senior Pastor James Brooks, 24th Ward Alderman Michael Scott Jr, UIC Public Health students and other volunteers.

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Harmony Community Church’s bottled water drive coordinated by Senior Pastor James Brooks accumulated into hundreds of cases of bottled water to be donated and delivered to Flint Michigan on Friday, January 29., Harmony Community Church, located at 1908 S Millard was the dropping point for donated bottles before heading out to Flint Michigan.
Driving the water to Flint was Wells Global Logistics Trucking taking the five hour drive from Chicago. Assisting in the initiative was 24th Ward Alderman Michael Scott who not only donated lots of cases but was up early around 7:00 am and helped load the truck. Students from University of Illinois School of Public Health and Harmony Community Church members were up early help load the truck. Even NLCN’s Isaac Lewis helped load water in between taking photos. In addition, water donations came from Lawndale Christian Health Center, 10th District Chicago Police, Wells Trucking, Westside Cultural Foundation, UCAN, World Dominion Church, and Kappa Alpha Psi (MWAC)
The story behind Flint Michigan’s lead-contaminated water crisis is horrific with stories of kids having skin irritations and rashes from drinking water that has been classified as toxic. A complaint was filed in US district court by the Natural Resources Defense Council, the ACLU of Michigan, the Concerned Pastors for Social Action, and Flint resident Melissa Mays, who claims each member of her five-strong family has been adversely affected by lead seeping into the water supply.
Flint residents began to complain that their tap water was “discolored, laden with sediment, and foul smelling” shortly after the city switched water supply to the Flint River in April 2014, the lawsuit states. Over 8,000 kids and a large percentage of the 99,000 Flint residents are impacted.
Flint, Michigan is 57% black and 40% are in poverty. General Motors which once touted 88,000 employees but now has around 8,000 and is largely blamed for polluting the river for decades.
Along with humanitarian efforts like Harmony Community Church, and Chicago firefighter Eric Washington who has been on major news shows, Flint has been granted $80 million from President Obama, $26 million from Michigan’s Governor, Rick Snyder, and there is proposed legislation to provide up to $400 million in federal funding to resolve the water issue, also $200 million to address health issues of children and adults exposed to lead. GoFundMe states that $393,206 has been raised by 100 campaigns with 9,058 donors.

Atty John Marszelak fights for individuals right to a jury trial


Attorney John Marzelek

Attorney John Marzelek

By David Tenorio

With the upcoming presidential and local elections looming in the near future, voters find themselves bombarded with a plethora of reasons why they should vote for a particular candidate which makes it hard to choose the right candidate for office. Attorney John Marszalek, candidate for election to Cook County judgeship, is running on a platform that supports more freedom of choice for individuals who pass through the judicial system and he has the experience and first-hand knowledge to support this belief.
A native of Chicago’s west side, Marszalek has been a practicing attorney for more than 40 years handling mainly personal injury, workman’s compensation and disability cases in Cook, DuPage, Kankakee, and Will counties as well as the Central and Northern U.S. Federal district court systems. Through this vast experience, Marszalek believes that the court system has developed a pattern of disallowing petitioners a fair judicial ruling by taking away individual’s constitutional right to a jury trial.
“I’ve found many judges taking cases away from a jury trial and instead handling these cases themselves. I understand that this is an attempt to speed up the judicial process which is overloaded, however, it is an individual’s constitutional right to have a jury hear their case if he, or she, so desires.” Marszalek stated. “Individuals who file against large corporations should have the opportunity to have their case decided by a jury of their peers as is everyone’s right”.
A 1976 graduate of John Marshall School of Law, Marszalek began practicing shortly after graduation and feels that many of the candidates running for judgeship as well as current presiding judges, lack in-depth experience and the practical judicial knowledge to adequately handle individual cases themselves. If elected to judgeship, Marszalek says he will be more open to allowing jurors to handle and make judgments on cases that may come before him.
One of the other areas of judicial improvement that Marszalek supports is the idea of establishing a separate division of the court system that would handle bankruptcy and credit card cases.
“The courts handle hundreds of credit card debt cases daily and the system is overloaded with these kind of cases which places additional pressure on judges.” Marszalek said. “These cases are filed mainly by banks and large corporations and are extremely time consuming thereby reducing time that a judge or jury might devote to handle other individual cases. A separate division to address these type of cases would be extremely beneficial to reducing the current overload of cases in the judicial system.”
Running as a Democrat against four other candidates, Marszalek is virtually unaware of the others seeking office save for current circuit court judge Daniel Patrick Duffy. Appointed to judgeship to fill an existing vacancy, Duffy has been under a legal microscope lately for his involvement in an U.S. appeals court case and was recently taken to task publicly by Chicago Sun-Times columnist Mark Brown who wrote “The last thing Cook County needs in a judge is someone whose idea of being a good lawyer is figuring out ways to game the system.”
“I don’t know judge Duffy personally,” Marszalek stated but it’s always been my belief that judges are not supposed to involve themselves in personal cases when there could be too much a credibility issue because of his association with other judges. Judges are supposed to be impartial and not be influenced by politicians or corporations or for their own personal benefit when deciding the outcome of any case.”
If elected Marszalek vows to maintain an open judicial office free of any outside influences and a court room where he will strive to give plaintiffs more opportunity to have a jury decide their case instead of one individual.

Illinois Senator Patricia Van Pelt announces legislation for Police Accountability

State of Illinois Senator, 5th District Patricia Van Pelt speaking on injustice by Police Departments and explaining legislation on Police Accountability.

State of Illinois Senator, 5th District Patricia Van Pelt speaking on injustice by Police Departments and explaining legislation on Police Accountability.

State of Illinois Senator, 5th District Patricia Van Pelt held a press conference to announce legislation addressing police accountability at the First Baptist Congregational Church 1613 W. Washington Blvd. Van Pelt (D-Chicago). In a long list of actions being taken to resolve and prevent injustices arising from the shooting of Laquan McDonald and other police involved misconduct.
After Father Larry Dowling of St. Agatha Church led the event with prayer aimed at police accountability, the press conference and what the legislation represents came Rev. Robin Hood, who works with high risk youth and is on the Local School Council at Moses Montefiore Public School where Laquan McDonald attended. Hood stated, “kids like Laquan McDonald and kids that go to schools like Montefiore and schools in our community are in fear.” Hood also introduced Van Pelt and thanked her for leadership in presenting state legislation to improve police accountability.
Van Pelt is sponsoring legislation initiatives directly targeting that lack of accountability: SB 2210, SB 2231 and SB2233. The package of bills pertains to creating an independent police review board, retention of police misconduct records and FOIA requests detailing police misconduct.
“Accountability has been a major issue throughout the City of Chicago, specifically as it relates to policing. Introducing and passing these measures are a strong step in the right direct,” Sen. Van Pelt said. In the past year, Illinois has seen numerous efforts from the General Assembly to pass measures for policing reform. Most notably, Senate Bill 1304, a measure signed into law by the governor after passing both chambers, establishes wide-ranging rules for body cameras, largely prohibits chokeholds, introduces bias-free policing and demands more data collection on arrests.