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Volunteers Recognized for 2016 Service to the Chicago Botanic Garden
GLENCOE, Ill., July 18 -- The Chicago Botanic Garden issued the following news release:

The Chicago Botanic Garden held the Volunteer Awards Reception for 2016 Service on Wednesday, June 14, in Nichols Hall, to recognize the many hours of work put in by thousands of volunteers last year.

State Senator Julie Morrison, whose district includes the Garden, spoke at the beginning of the ceremony to applaud the volunteers' hard work.

"It is volunteers that make this place go," Morrison said. "Thank you for all you do to make the Chicago Botanic Garden the wonderful place that it is and will always ... Show Full Article

U.S. House of Representatives Surrenders Clean Air to Polluters, Ignores Health of Children, People With Heart Conditions
WASHINGTON, July 18 -- The Sierra Club issued the following news release:

Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the polluter backed "Smoggy Skies Act" (H.R. 806), marking another attempt by the fossil fuel industry to dismantle the Clean Air Act's science-based health protections. These protections are essential to protecting children with asthma and people with chronic heart conditions from life threatening levels of pollution that can send them to the emergency room on bad air days.

The Smoggy Skies Act would significantly undermine the updated smog pollution standard put in place ... Show Full Article

Tobacco Industry Accused of Murder: Criminal Case Against Tobacco Industry, ASH Reports
WASHINGTON, July 18 -- Action on Smoking & Health issued the following news release:

Action on Smoking and Health (ASH) released a new video to draw attention to a Dutch criminal complaint against the tobacco industry for murder, attempted murder, manslaughter, attempted manslaughter, inflicting and attempting severe physical harm and deliberately harming health.

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"I cannot understand that when you hit someone with a hammer, you are being prosecuted for serious harm. Or when you ... Show Full Article

Health Insurance, Pharmaceutical Industries Blamed for Stalled Health Care Reform
WASHINGTON, July 18 -- The National Center for Public Policy Research issued the following news release:

America's leading conservative shareholder activist organization is blaming the health insurance and pharmaceutical industries for the failure of the U.S. Senate to reach a consensus on ObamaCare repeal and replacement. The National Center for Public Policy Research's Free Enterprise Project (FEP) points out that those industries worked to promote and craft ObamaCare to benefit their bottom lines but - with it now on the verge of collapse - they can't be bothered to promote policies that would ... Show Full Article

Greenstein: Harsh House GOP Budget Resolution Asks Most From Those Who Have Least
WASHINGTON, July 18 -- The Center on Budget & Policy Priorities issued the following news release:

House Budget Committee Chair Diane Black's new proposed House budget resolution, which provides both a framework for budget and tax legislation to follow this year and a broader fiscal policy blueprint for the next ten years, lays out an exceedingly harsh vision for the nation. It would cause pain to tens of millions of Americans, especially struggling families and others who have fallen on hard times, and would cut deeply into areas important to future economic growth, from education to basic scientific ... Show Full Article

Gertrude 'Gertie' Brown
CHICAGO, July 18 -- The Rainbow PUSH Coalition issued the following news release:

Never give up. Never lose hope. Never stop dreaming - and learning. That is how our beloved mother, grandmother, great-grandmother- our heart and soul-made her transition, Thursday. Gertrude Davis Brown, age 90, was received by God the evening of July 13, 2017.

She was preceded in death by her loving husband, Chief Petty Officer Julius Francis Brown and two children, Cynthia Violet Dancy and Julius Francis Brown, Jr.

Mrs. Brown is survived by her two daughters, Jacqueline Lavinia Jackson, and Constance Delores ... Show Full Article

ACLU Comment on Ruling in President Trump Election Commission Challenge
NEW YORK, July 18 -- The American Civil Liberties Union, a 501(c)3 non-profit that works to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties guaranteed by the Constitution and laws of the U.S., issued the following news release:

A federal court denied emergency relief compelling the release of additional documents and requiring in person access at the July 19th meeting of President Trump's election commission.

The ruling stems from an American Civil Liberties Union lawsuit challenging the commission's failure to comply with the Federal Advisory Committee Act, which is designed to ensure ... Show Full Article