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CONVENTION RECAP: Celebrating journalistic excellence: Kramer, Craven and Distinguished Service awards winner honored during dinner

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(From left) Jon Whitney, Jerry Taylor, Don Craven and John Lampinen received awards for their careers of excellence in Illinois journalism during this year's IPA/IPF annual convention in Springfield.
(Photo by Erin Henkel for Illinois Press Association)

 

By ERIN HENKEL
For Illinois Press Association

SPRINGFIELD – Tears and laughter filled the room as the legacies of five men who have had a significant impact on Illinois journalism were recognized during a celebration dinner Thursday, Aug. 11, at the Illinois Press Association/Foundation annual convention.

Jon Whitney, Jerry Taylor and Don Craven were honored as Distinguished Service Award winners, recognition that each received in 2020 before that year’s convention and the 2021 event were forced to be held virtually due to the pandemic.

John Lampinen was named the 2022 recipient of the James C. Craven Freedom of the Press Award, and the late Mike Kramer was honored as the first person to receive the Mike Kramer Legislative Award.

They were all honored during a dinner at the President Abraham Lincoln Hotel.

 

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Jon and Nancy Whitney embrace during the Illinois Press Association's Celebration Dinner on Aug. 11 at the President Abraham Lincoln Hotel in Springfield during the IPA/IPF convention. Jon Whitney, who owns and operates the Carroll County Review weekly newspaper in Thomson along with Nancy, was honored as a winner of an IPA Distinguished Service Award. Introducing Whitney was Illinois Press Foundaiton Board President Jerry Reppert (right). (Photo by Erin Henkel for Illinois Press Association.)

Jon Whitney

Whitney and his wife, Nancy, have operated the Carroll County Review weekly newspaper together for more than 55 years. So it was fitting that the first thing Jon did after receiving his award was to ask Nancy to join him on the platform.

Nancy, Jon said, has been his partner in every aspect of life.

“We’ve been married for almost 57 and a half years,” he said. “Fifty-five years and two months of that time we’ve run a newspaper. We worked side by side. …She deserves this award as much as I do. She’s the person who made it possible.”

In addition to being a newspaper owner and publisher, Whitney served as president of the Illinois Press Association Board in 1985 and is a longtime member of the Illinois Press Foundation Board.

Whitney is still serving his local community, working 70 to 80 hours a week to put out a weekly paper.

“Jon is the true spirit of a newspaper publisher” said Jerry Reppert, president of the IPF Board who introduced Whitney.

Whitney appreciates the camaraderie he has found while attending the Illinois Press Association conventions.

“You can’t walk next door in a small town and talk shop. We can come down here and talk shop. So, thank you. My deepest appreciation for this award,” Whitney said.

Dinner attendees also took the opportunity to sing “Happy Birthday” to Whitney, whose birthday was Aug. 12, the following day.

 

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Jerry Taylor (center), surrounded by friends and family members, receives a Distinguished Service Award from the Illinois Press Association on Aug. 11 in Springfield. Taylor was editor and publisher of The Dispatch in Moline and The Rock Island Argus for many years. He also served on the IPA Board from 1997 to 2005 and as its president in 2004. Taylor was introduced by Roger Ruthhart (left), former editor ofThe Dispatch and The Rock Island Argus. (Photo by Erin Henkel for Illinois Press Association)

Jerry Taylor

Jerry Taylor has contributed a lifetime of service to the Illinois Press Association and local journalism in the Quad Cities. Taylor served on the Illinois Press Association Board from 1997 to 2005 and as president in 2004.

“In my 24 years as executive director, I can easily say Jerry was the most outstanding board member and board president I knew” former IPA President Dave Bennett said in a comment that was read to the audience by Roger Ruthhart in his introduction of Taylor.

During Taylor’s time as editor and publisher of The Dispatch in Moline, and The Rock Island Argus, he advocated for statewide changes, including advocating for verbatim records of closed meetings and access for cameras in courtrooms.

“Jerry wasn’t afraid to use the power of his own newspaper to help make statewide changes” said Ruthhart, former editor of The Dispatch and The Rock Island Argus.

Taylor also focused his career on the importance of journalism that served local needs.

“Under Jerry we never had a feeling that a story was too big for us,” Ruthhart said. “I can’t remember that he ever spiked a story. When we got into a dicey one, he’d just say call [IPA attorney Don] Craven.”

Taylor’s devotion to serving others was evident in how former colleagues described him:

“Jerry is fiercely intelligent, focused, and driven and yet he is open to new ideas and other people’s opinions,” said Mike Romkey, who managed the newspapers’ editing hub, in quotes read by Ruthhart.

“Jerry is a fierce partisan for the Illinois Quad Cities, the newspapers he ran, and his staff, yet he is aways gracious and fair. Jerry is a demanding boss with high standards, yet he is willing to forgive the indiscretions of youth and inexperience. I think it was Jerry’s formation as a Catholic and Christian man that added to his God-given intelligence and talents that made him easily the best boss with whom I ever worked. Managing skills and business expertise are all balanced on values and Jerry’s values are rock solid.”

Taylor was joined in attendance by a number of family members who filled two tables in the room.

 

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(From left) Don Craven, his wife, Denise, and his mother-in-law, Judith Sholtis, listen as Jim Slonoff, co-owner and publisher of The Hinsdalean newspaper in Hinsdale, introduces Don as a recipient of an Illinois Press Association Distinguished Service Award. Craven, a longtime legal counsel for IPA member newspapers and current IPA president and CEO, was honored during a celebration dinner at the IPA/IPF convention Aug. 11 in Springfield. (Photo by Erin Henkel for Illinois Press Association)

Don Craven

Craven was honored for the many years of legal service and leadership he’s provided to the Illinois Press Association and its member newspapers across the state.

“It would be nearly impossible to find a newspaper that hadn’t received the counsel of Don Craven,” said Jim Slonoff, co-owner and publisher of The Hinsdalean newspaper in Hinsdale. “He has helped guide reporters, editors and publishers. From the intricacies of libel law to navigating the Open Meetings Act. From working with politicians to building trust with local officials. From testifying before committees of the Illinois General Assembly to representing newspapers in courtrooms across the state. He trained to be a lawyer but he seems to have the heart and soul of a newspaper man.”

Craven became president and CEO of the IPA last year after having served as interim president during two different periods in the previous two decades. Craven got his law degree from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale in 1981, and soon set up shop in Springfield with his father, Jim. Today, Craven and his son, Joe, are partners in the Craven & Craven Law Office in Springfield.

For decades, Craven has been provided legal counsel to the hundreds of newspapers that are IPA members.

“Teddy Roosevelt once said ‘Speak softly and carry a big stick.’ Craven has been that big stick at the side of Illinois newspapers in his almost four decades of service,” Slonoff said. “For the folks that would go on the record, the message was crystal clear: Don Craven has been and will always be a source of wisdom, guidance and friendship. He is the lighthouse that always brightens the path during the darkest hours of the storm.”

Craven, much like his own father did, encourages his sons to help create positive change in their communities.

Craven would ask his sons “What’s tomorrow’s headline going to be?”

Slonoff told the audience that Craven’s sons, Joe and David, explained that this was to get across a few different messages but mainly one challenge: Going about your average day isn’t going to get you on the front page. To be the headline you either have to do something incredibly stupid or do something incredibly special. It was a simple phrase — don’t do anything stupid today, but more importantly go do something meaningful. Make a change in your community [and] have an impact on something you care about.”

 

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John Lampinen (left) and Dennis Anderson of Shaw Media share a laugh during the Illinois Press Association Celebration Dinner on Aug. 11 in Springfield. Lampinen, who served as editor of the Daily Herald for 48 years before retiring at the end of 2021, received the James C. Craven Freedom of the Press Award during the dinner. (Photo by Erin Henkel for Illinois Press Association)

John Lampinen

The James C. Craven Freedom of the Press Award was created to honor a lifelong commitment to a free and open press.

“[The] cornerstone of democracy is an educated electorate. If you don’t have an educated electorate they don’t know how to make decisions and you need a free and open press to serve that purpose,” Don Craven said.

The 2022 Craven Freedom of the Press Award was presented to John Lampinen, who served as editor of the Daily Herald for 48 years before retiring at the end of 2021.

“Those of us who became editors …never would have felt the absolute joy in watching a protégé grow unless we had [become editors],” Lampinen said. “It’s the most wonderous thing. People work hard and they seem stuck, and they work hard and they seem stuck, and they work hard and one day the blossom. Suddenly it just happens. Their promise emerges like a flower that has opened overnight. It brings tears to your eyes sometimes to see it,” Lampinen said.

While serving as editor of the Daily Hereld, Lampinen dedicated his time to promoting ethical and responsible journalism. Lampinen started a campaign called Facts Matter. Although he is retired now, Lampinen is still dedicated to promoting factual information.

“Facts matter,” he said. “They are the most important element in a democratic republic. In order for the people to make good decisions in how we are to be governed they must be informed decisions, so the campaign has to continue. There is no alternative but for it to continue.

“We are all swimming in a sea of misinformation. Some of this misinformation is simply a failure of wrecking social media and improperly vetted information. Some of it is simply a failure to recognize bias and vested interests. Much of it is cynical, purposeful misinformation. Particularly given the country’s deep polarization, many of us tend to be too eager to accept anything that agrees with our point of view. We accept propaganda. We accept lies. We accept manipulation. As citizens we have obligations to be much more educated. We are obliged to develop healthy skepticism that trains us how and when to challenge even those assertions that we wish to be true.”

Lampinen said that in retirement he is spending time with family, and after 48 years in a newsroom he enjoys not feeling like he is in a hurry.

“I just want to thank the Association and Don. This is such a thoughtful award and such a surprising one and I am deeply touched by it,” Lampinen said. “It is a reflection not of my career but of the Daily Hereld and all of the people I’ve worked with over the years, dedicated journalists and dedicated newspaper people. I am particularly touched that it is named for Judge Craven, the Craven family, and certainly Don, one of the people I’ve looked up to for so many years. [He’s]so dedicated to the First Amendment and public access. [He] does such important work and I am so grateful for this. Thank you so much.”

 

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Ann Kramer (center) receives the Mike Kramer Legislative Award which was given to her husband, the late Mike Kramer, from Peter Mierzwa (left), president of Law Bulletin Media, and Don Craven, president and CEO of the Illinois Press Association. (Photo by Erin Henkel for Illinois Press Association)

Mike Kramer

The first Mike Kramer Legislative Award was presented during the celebration dinner. The award was created in 2021 to honor Mike Kramer, former president of Law Bulletin Media. Kramer passed away in December 2020 after spending a lifetime promoting an open and transparent government.

So it was fitting that the first award honors Kramer.

“The Chicago Daily Law bulletin has been around since 1854, 168 years, and throughout all that time we have been advocating tirelessly as well for legislation and positions that support newspapers. I can’t think of anyone who has devoted more of their time, more of their talent than Mike Kramer to that cause” said Peter Mierzwa, current president of Law Bulletin Media

Kramer was charismatic and passionate about public policy that benefited newspapers and a free press. Kramer took a personal approach to promoting legislative interests.

“He loved associating with the legislators. …One of the other things he enjoyed doing as (Law Bulletin Media Co-Chairman and CEO) Sandy (Macfarland) liked to highlight was ‘working the rail’ at the state Capitol, coming in to meet all the new legislators,” Mierzwa said. “It was important that people understood that he had a balanced opinion and that built that sense of trust which is the currency you need to do well in that kind of environment.”

The annual award recognizes individuals or organizations whose legislative efforts have ensured access to an open and transparent government.

Don Craven recalled how Kramer would attend events for political candidates and lawmakers, and “work the room” better than the candidate.

“He would be talking to everybody. He would be listening to everybody,” Craven said. “He would be making jokes with everybody. He was just so damned effective. And he had fun doing it.”

Kramer spent his life in the news publishing business and joined the Daily Law Bulletin in 1997, rising to publisher of Chicago Daily Law Bulletin and Chicago Lawyer magazine in 2007 and as company president in 2015.

Kramer’s spouse, Ann, and his daughter, Megan, accepted the award.

“Thank you so much for this honor,” Ann said. “Mike would have been so grateful and happy to be here with you.”

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(From left) Peter Mierzwa, president of Law Bulletin Media, Illinois Press Association President and CEO Don Craven and Ann Kramer share a laugh after Kramer's husband, the late Mike Kramer, was honored as the recipient of the first Mike Kramer Legislative Award during the IPA Celebration Dinner on Aug. 11 at the President Abraham Lincoln Hotel in Springfield. (Photo by Erin Henkel for Illinois Press Association)

 

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Jerry Taylor (right) and Roger Ruthhart pose for a photo after Taylor was honored as a Distinguished Service Award recipient by the Illinois Press Association on Aug. 11. Ruthhart introduced Taylor, who was an editor and publisher for many years at The Dispatch in Moline and The Rock Island Argus. (Photo by Erin Henkel for Illinois Press Association)

 

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Don Craven, president and CEO of the Illinois Press Association, congratulates Lucy Lampinen after her husband, John Lampinen, was honored as the 2022 recipient of the James C. Craven Freedom of the Press Award during the IPA Celebration Dinner at the annual convention Aug. 11. (Photo by Erin Henkel for Illinois Press Association)

 

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Denise Craven and Jim Slonoff share a hug during the Celebration Dinner Aug. 11. Denise's husband, Don, received a Distinguished Service Award from the Illinois Press Association during its convention at the President Abraham Lincoln Hotel in Springfield. Slonoff, the co-owner and publisher of The Hinsdalean newspaper in Hinsdale, introduced Craven. (Photo by Erin Henkel for Illinois Press Association)

 

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Jason Hegna, vice president of sales for Shaw Media, enjoys a drink and laughs with other convention-goers during the Celebration Dinner Aug. 11. (Photo by Erin Henkel for Illinois Press Association)

 

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 17, 2024

Contact Information:
Joe Bella
(574) 276-1547 
joe@bellco-llc.com

J-Ad Graphics Newspaper Publishing sold to JAMS Media, LLC. and its View Newspaper Group of Lapeer, Michigan

 

The Jacobs Family has sold its J-Ad Graphics publishing business to JAMS Media, LLC and its View Newspaper Group of Lapeer, Michigan, according to Joe Bella, independent broker with BVC LLC. Joe Bella represented the Jacobs family in the transaction.

Legal details of the transaction were finalized on May 10. Financial specifics have not been made public.  

Weekly production of the Hastings Banner, The Reminder, and J-Ad’s newspapers in Battle Creek, Marshall, and Lowell will continue under the View Newspaper Group name. Based in Lapeer, Michigan, the View Newspaper Group operates primarily on the east side of the state with 14 free circulation and paid subscription community newspapers covering 10 Michigan counties. It prints more than 250,000 copies on both a weekly and daily basis.

According to J-Ad Graphics CEO Fred Jacobs, most employees will be retained though changes are likely in production and delivery operations.

“I realized keeping the business going was becoming more difficult due to rising costs, machine maintenance, and declining advertising dollars,” says Jacobs. “I felt an obligation to do what was necessary to keep our papers going even if it meant selling them to an outside firm."

The purchase of J-Ad Graphics fits the template of the View Newspaper Group, whose exponential growth began in 2003 with the launch of the Lapeer Area View by company President and founder Rick Burrough.

“The Jacobs family has been great stewards of the J-Ad group of newspapers,” states Burrough. “When the family decided it was time for them to sell their papers, they sought us out knowing of our success in the community newspaper business and our reputation for treating stakeholders – readers, advertisers, vendors, and employees – with fairness and respect.”

The Jacobs family was represented by Joe Bella, an affiliate of Business Valuation Consulting LLC. Contact Joe@bellco-llc.com, 1-574-276-1547.


 

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 16, 2024

Contact Information:
Rocco D. Biscaglio
(708) 935-8218
rbiscaglio@leydentownship.com
leydentownship.com
 

Leyden Township Health Fair delivers needed health and wellness services to the community
 

LEYDEN TOWNSHIP, COOK COUNTY, Illinois - On Saturday, May 18, Leyden Township welcomes all residents to Leyden Township’s second Community Health Fair; making this an annual event after a successful first year. This health fair is designed to integrate health and wellness into the community by connecting residents to all services necessary for optimal health and well-being.

Components of health that will be represented during the fair will be by community partners who offer primary health care and mental health services. Also included are job opportunities, healthy food and clean water options, physical fitness, and safety skills and training. The event is structured to foster connection and awareness between residents and providers of health and wellness service providers in the community.

The Leyden Township Community Health Fair will be held at the Bradley A. Stephens Community Center, 2620 North Mannheim Road, Franklin Park, Illinois, on Saturday, May 18, from 1 to 4 p.m. This will be a free event that is open to the public. The Secretary of State will also be onsite during the health fair, offering Mobile DMV Services to residents with an appointment. Residents can secure reservations ahead of time by calling (847) 455-8616.  

Some of what The Leyden Township Community Health Fair will offer: 

  • Redetermination Information (maintaining health benefits)
  • Vehicle Registration and Driver's License Renewal
  • Various health screenings 
  • HIV testing
  • Healthy Snack options
  • Financial health literacy 
  • Nutrition counseling and access to emergency meals and more!


“My vision as township supervisor is to create a thriving community for all township residents. I found it prudent to prioritize our community’s health and wellness needs and to find community partners with a shared vision and proven track record of delivering positive health outcomes,” said Rocco D. Biscaglio, Leyden Township supervisor.

ABOUT LEYDEN TOWNSHIP
Founded in 1850, approximately 15 miles from downtown Chicago, Leyden Township is now home to a population of over 90,000 residents. Leyden Township includes the Villages of Elmwood Park, River Grove, Franklin Park, Schiller Park, portions of the Villages of Bensenville, Rosemont, Melrose Park, Norridge, and the Cities of Northlake and Park Ridge. Also included in Leyden Township is a large unincorporated area. The unincorporated area utilizes the Melrose Park Postal Service and uses the Northlake zip code of 60164. The Leyden Fire Protection District and the Cook County Sheriff's Police protect the unincorporated area.
 

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 15, 2024

Contact Information:
Alison Maley, government & public relations director
(217) 525-1383
alison@ilprincipals.org
 

Ready to lead: Illinois School Leader Pipeline participants gear up for hiring season
 

Springfield, IL – The Illinois Principals Association (IPA) is pleased to announce the first cohort of the Illinois School Leader Pipeline Program (ISLPP). This program aims to identify, develop, support, and sustain diverse aspiring school leaders in preparation for leadership roles. Managed by IPA, the Illinois Council of Professors of Educational Administration (ICPEA), and the Black Educational Advocacy Coalition (BEAC), ISLPP is supported by a grant from the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE).
 
ISLPP partnered with principal preparation programs known for producing high-quality school leaders to target eligible candidates to build a diverse and skilled pool of future principals. Participants receive tuition support, mentorship from experienced leaders, and financial assistance for substitutes and professional development. Participants also have access to IPA membership, connecting them to Illinois' largest network of school leaders.
 
Martha Fuentes, ISLPP participant attending Roosevelt University, shared, “I am beyond grateful for the opportunity to go back to school with the aim of becoming an administrator. I am a firm believer that our students, especially students of color, need to see themselves in those that serve them. Having the support from the IPA has been instrumental in my leadership journey. Having a mentor has been such an inspiration, listening to those who were once in my shoes and who have become successful leaders is one of the highlights of the program. I have met so many leaders from all over Illinois who are willing to support me when the time comes for me to become a leader. None of this would have been possible without the SLPP program. Thank you for believing in me and the other 99 aspiring leaders!”
 
Shaunwell Posely, ISLPP participant attending Governors State University, shared, “My experience with IPA has been truly remarkable. The program has provided me with immense help and support throughout my journey. From the moment I joined, I have been impressed by the commitment and dedication of the IPA team. They have gone above and beyond to ensure that I have the resources and guidance necessary to succeed in my pursuit of becoming a school principal. The program has equipped me with valuable skills, knowledge, and networks that will undoubtedly shape my future career. I am grateful for the opportunity to be a part of the program, and I highly recommend it to anyone aspiring to make a difference in education leadership.”
 
Kerri Young, ISLPP participant attending McKendree University, shared, “I have always wanted to pursue a degree in school leadership, but the timing was never right, and the additional funds were never available in my budget. This program took the funding issue away, and it was the perfect opportunity to seek an additional degree. The program is one of the best ways to address the current shortages of school leaders our state is facing. By removing the financial barriers and adding additional support to the students in the program, you are making the goal attainable for many teachers.”  
 
Many participants of the School Leader Pipeline Program have graduated from their programs, or will be graduating soon, and are now seeking administrative positions. To view details about these candidates, including the level of administrative position they are seeking, visit https://www.ilprincipals.org/recruitment_candidates/.
 
 
Illinois School Leader Pipeline Program participants include:
Laura Arias, University of St. Francis
Justin Barrington, McKendree University
Leslie Bell, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
Damon Belt, Eastern Illinois University
Charlise Berkel, Northeastern Illinois University
Andre Bouey, North Central College
Justin Bozarth, Eastern Illinois University
Tomas Brandt, Governors State University
Summer Butler, Roosevelt University
Lawrence Bynum, DePaul University
Starr Caldwell, North Park University Chicago
Breana Calloway, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Sarah Castaneda, Governors State University
Rosalba (Rosie) Conde, Aurora University
Heather Crain, McKendree University
Maribel Diaz, Concordia University
Kayla Elam, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
Brock Friese, Eastern Illinois University
Martha Fuentes, Roosevelt University
Ernesto Garza, North Park University
Lisa Green, Governors State University
Tami Harwood, Eastern Illinois University
Samantha Helland, Lewis University
Beth Horn, McKendree University
Jamie Howard Breeden, Governors State University
Robin Hughes, McKendree University
Janet Hurtado, Aurora University
Oraia Jaramillo, Governors State University
Catherine Johnson, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
Carla Jones, Loyola University
Sarah Jordan, Governors State University
Timothy Kolaczkowski, North Central College
Colleen Kunz, McKendree University
David Lerch, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
Lyndsey Littlejohn, Eastern Illinois University
Yvonne Luckey, Condordia University
Brenlin Maple, Governors State University
Dionicia Martinez, Governors State University
Laura-Elizabeth McCabe, Condordia University
Ginny McClure, Governors State University
Amber Medina, Governors State University
Heather Miller, McKendree University
Missy Montgomery, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
Maritza Mota, Governors State University
Dustin Murray, Western Illinois University
Joseph Oberts, Northeastern Illinois University
Jasmine Ogunleye, Concordia University
Erica Parks, Concordia University
Megan Perschbacher, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
Tessa Pietrantoni, McKendree University
Shaunwell Posely, Governors State University
Katie Prather, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
Saddaf Raheel, Northeastern Illinois University
Luz Rangel Raymond, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
Katelyn Richert, McKendree University
Silvia Rios, Northeastern Illinois University
Stephanie Roberson, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
KimIona Robinson, National Lewis University
Tarah Rottmann, McKendree University
Keva Rush, Rockford University
Sara Schneeberg, Loyola University
MiKala Thompkins, National Louis University
Amie Thompson, Concordia University
Ewa Torres, National Lewis University
Nicole Trovillion, McKendree University
Sharon Turner-Wingba, Governors State University
Esmeralda Velasco, Chicago State University
Sonia Villarreal-Orson, Concordia University
Benay Walker, McKendree University
Janna Walson, Northeastern Illinois University
Alex Washam, McKendree University
Casey Welscher, University of Illinois at Springfield
Ericka Weston, McKendree University
Christine Wolinski, Lewis University
Hui-Chun Wu-Szillage, National Lewis University
Rachel Yaw, McKendree University
Kerri Young, McKendree University
Shannon Zarobsky, University of St. Francis
 
The Illinois Principals Association is a leadership organization serving educational leaders throughout Illinois whose mission is to develop, support, and advocate for innovative educational leaders. For more information about the IPA, please visit www.ilprincipals.org.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 25, 2024

Contact Information:
Andrew Keith
(312) 248-3208
info@221bpartners.com
 

'Morgenthau' author Andrew Meier to speak at Union League event April 25
 

CHICAGO — 221B Partners is proud to announce an evening with journalist and author Andrew Meier, to be held April 25, 2024, at the Union League. 

The evening, moderated by Bethany McLean, will include a discussion with Meier on current events in the U.S. and Russia as well as his most recent work, "Morgenthau: Power, Privilege and the Rise of an American Dynasty" (Random House, 2022), a portrait of a German-Jewish immigrant family whose members played key diplomatic and legal roles that helped shape 20th Century America. Henry Morgenthau Sr. made his mark as a real estate mogul who served as U.S. ambassador to the Ottoman Empire during World War I. His son, Henry Morgenthau, Jr., served as FDR’s secretary of the Treasury during the New Deal. And his son, Robert Morgenthau, was the longest-serving district attorney in New York City’s history, overseeing many of the city’s best-known cases. 

Meier’s previous works include the award-winning "Black Earth: A Journey Through Russia After the Fall" and "The Lost Spy: An American in Stalin’s Secret Service." He previously served as a correspondent for Time magazine based in Moscow and also has contributed to New York Times Magazine. His work has been recognized with fellowships from the Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers at the New York Public Library and the Leon Levy Center for Biography, as well as from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C.

McLean is a contributing editor at Vanity Fair and co-author of "The Smartest Guys in the Room," about the rise and fall of Enron.  

The evening begins with a reception at 5:30 p.m., followed by a conversation with Meier at 6 p.m.; it will be held at the Union League, 65 W. Jackson Blvd., Chicago, Illinois. This event is invite-only. For inquiries about attending, contact 221B Partners at info@221bpartners.com.

About 221B Partners
221B Partners, founded in 2020, is a boutique private investigations firm headquartered in Chicago’s North Side. The firm’s team of experienced professionals assists clients nationwide in a wide variety of case types, including pre-transaction due diligence, litigation support, threat management, internal and external fraud, and background checks. 221B Partners can be reached at 312-806-6257, or at info@221bpartners.com.



 


 

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 12, 2024

Contact Information:
Jann Ingmire
(312) 520-9802
communications@isms.org
 

Lake County physician sworn in as president of Illinois State Medical Society
 

CHICAGO – Piyush I. Vyas, M.D., was sworn in as president of the Illinois State Medical Society (ISMS) during its recent annual meeting. He was previously elected president-elect in 2023.

Dr. Vyas received his medical degree from MS University of Baroda in Baroda, India, and completed his radiology residency at Cook County Hospital. 

Dr. Vyas is board-certified in diagnostic radiology. Since 2004, he has been an attending physician at Lovell Federal Health Care Center, where he served as chief of radiology and nuclear medicine until 2018. Since 2018, he has been the associate director, Clinical Support Services. He was also assistant professor of radiology with Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine & Science from 2005 to 2016 and served as vice chairman of radiology from 2012 to 2016. Currently he is an associate professor of radiology at Rosalind Franklin and actively involved in teaching medical students. He is also a valued member of the admissions committee at the university. 

He has been an ISMS member for 40 years and has served for many years as an ISMS alternate delegate and delegate to the AMA, as well as a past trustee and chair of the ISMS Governmental Affairs Council. Dr. Vyas served as president of the Lake County Medical Society for two separate terms and served on multiple committees, at the county and state level. He is also a past president of the Indian American Medical Association.

Dr. Vyas’ term as ISMS president will run through April 2025. 
 

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Founded in 1840, ISMS is a professional membership association representing Illinois physicians in all medical specialties, and their patients, statewide.  



 

 

 

 

 

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