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Drug Take-Back Day allows safe, legal med disposal

scripdrug-disposalOn Saturday, September 27, you can dispose of leftover, unneeded and expired prescription drugs in a manner that is safe for the community and the environment.

The Drug Enforcement Administration's National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day makes collection sites available nationwide for consumers to drop off all solid forms of unwanted medication. The take-back event is free and anonymous.

Chicago part of Cities for Citizenship program

citizenship092514Chicago recently joined LA and New York in an initiative encouraging legal immigrants to become citizens.

Citigroup is making a $1.1 million contribution for the expansion of the naturalization programs in these three cities as a part of the Cities for Citizenship program.

Naturalization leads to an array of opportunities. It allows new citizens to gain access to better jobs, academic scholarships and other benefits, while the cities they live in benefit from their economic contributions.

Read the Chicago Tribune article.

Illinois celebrates American Business Women’s Day

women-workingOver 30 years ago, Illinois native President Ronald Reagan proclaimed that women make significant contributions to the American economy. He believed women made the country internationally competitive. He honored women’s rising role in the workforce by naming September 22 American Business Women’s Day.

Biss looks to open dialogue about domestic violence

purseOne in four American women will experience domestic violence in her life.

Maybe you find that stunning, or maybe you already knew. One way or the other, it's something we don't talk about frequently or honestly enough. So let me say it again: one in four American women will experience domestic violence in her life.

That means around 40 million American women alive today will one day experience domestic violence. It's more than 1.5 million women living in Illinois, and almost two-thirds of a million women in Cook County. It's a lot of people, and (unfortunately counter to a lot of portrayals of abuse we see in the media) they exist in every neighborhood, age group, ethnicity, religion, and socioeconomic class.