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Federal Tipoffs Involving Illinois Newsletter for Sunday November 24, 2019 ( 22 items )  

Air Force Creates Cyberspace Capabilities Center to Streamline Communications Enterprise
SCOTT AIR FORCE BASE, Illinois, Nov. 14 -- The U.S. Air Force issued the following news: The Air Force created a new Cyberspace Capabilities Center Nov. 7, in an effort to bridge cyber support gaps and synchronize enterprise requirements to best support today's warfighter. The center, or CCC, absorbed the Air Force Network Integration Center, Air Combat Command's Cyberspace Support Squadron and the 38th Cyberspace Readiness Squadron, which were all located at Scott Air Force Base and deactivat  more

Air Mobility Command/Command Chief Visits Scott Airmen
SCOTT AIR FORCE BASE, Illinois, Nov. 20 -- The U.S. Air Force Air Mobility Command issued the following news: Gen. Maryanne Miller, Air Mobility Command commander, and Chief Master Sgt. Terrence Greene, AMC command chief, visited with 375th Air Mobility Wing Airmen at Scott Air Force Base, Ill., Nov. 18, 2019. During the visit, Miller and Greene spent time with Airmen over breakfast, offering their ears for an unfiltered feedback session. "It was really motivating and eye-opening to hear them  more

Air Mobility Command/Command Commander Visits Scott Air Force Base Airmen
SCOTT AIR FORCE BASE, Illinois, Nov. 20 -- The U.S. Air Force issued the following news: Gen. Maryanne Miller, Air Mobility Command commander, and Chief Master Sgt. Terrence Greene, AMC command chief, visited with 375th Air Mobility Wing Airmen at Scott Air Force Base, Ill., Nov. 18, 2019. During the visit, Miller and Greene spent time with Airmen over breakfast, offering their ears for an unfiltered feedback session. "It was really motivating and eye-opening to hear them speak, and it meant   more

Argonne HPC Efforts in Climate Garner Innovation Award
ARGONNE, Illinois, Nov. 22 -- The U.S. Department of Energy's Argonne National Laboratory issued the following news release: Argonne researchers receive HPC Innovation Excellence Award for foundational simulation data and analysis techniques. The work helped AT&T develop a tool to evaluate impacts of flooding on critical infrastructure at scales previously unattainable. When communications giant AT&T was trying to determine what impact a changing climate might have on its infrastructure and op  more

Argonne National Laboratory Deploys Cerebras CS-1, the World's Fastest Artificial Intelligence Computer
ARGONNE, Illinois, Nov. 19 -- The U.S. Department of Energy's Argonne National Laboratory issued the following news release: Cerebras Systems, a company dedicated to accelerating artificial intelligence (AI) compute, and the Argonne National Laboratory, a multidisciplinary science and engineering research center, today announced that Argonne is the first national laboratory to deploy the Cerebras CS-1 system. Unveiled today at SC19, the CS-1 is the fastest AI computer system in existence and in  more

Argonne Teams Up With Altair to Manage Use of Upcoming Aurora Supercomputer
ARGONNE, Illinois, Nov. 19 -- The U.S. Department of Energy's Argonne National Laboratory issued the following news release: The U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory has teamed up with the global technology company Altair to implement a new scheduling system that will be employed on the Aurora supercomputer, slated for delivery in 2021. Aurora will be one of the nation's "exascale" supercomputers capable of performing a billion billion - that's a quintillion - calculat  more

Bureau of Labor Statistics Issues Average Energy Prices for Chicago-Naperville-Elgin for October 2019
CHICAGO, Illinois, Nov. 21 -- The U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics - Midwest Regional Information Office issued the following news release: Gasoline prices averaged $2.733 per gallon in the Chicago-Naperville-Elgin area in October 2019, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Assistant Commissioner for Regional Operations Charlene Peiffer noted that area gasoline prices were down 17.1 cents compared to October 2018 when they averaged $2.904 per gallon. Chicago a  more

Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency: Soldier Accounted For From Korean War (Vance, A.)
WASHINGTON, Nov. 21 -- The U.S. Department of Defense's Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency issued the following news release: The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced today that Army Cpl. Asa E. Vance, 18, of Decatur, Illinois, killed during the Korean War, was accounted for Sept. 10, 2019. (This identification was initially published Sept. 17, 2019.) In late 1950, Vance was a member of Company D, 32nd Infantry Regiment, 7th Infantry Division. He was reported missing in action De  more

Dollar General to Pay $6 Million to Settle EEOC Class Race Discrimination Suit
CHICAGO, Illinois, Nov. 18 -- The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission issued the following news release: * * * - Retail Chain's Criminal Background Check Discriminated on the Basis of Race, Federal Agency Charged * * * Major retail chain Dollar General will pay $6 million and furnish other relief to settle a class race discrimination lawsuit brought by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the federal agency announced today. According to the EEOC's lawsuit, Dollar Gen  more

EPA Announces Grants to Advance Clean-ups in Ohio's Lake Erie Watershed and Areas of Concern
CHICAGO, Illinois, Nov. 19 -- The Environmental Protection Agency issued the following news release: * * * - Five Great Lakes Restoration Initiative grants, totaling nearly $3.6 million, recently awarded for restoration work across Ohio * * * Today, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Regional Administrator Cathy Stepp and Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (Ohio EPA) Director Laurie Stevenson announced five separate grants recently awarded to Ohio EPA, Ohio Lake Erie Commission (OL  more

Ill. U.S. Attorney's Office Announces Participation in Project Guardian, Nationwide Strategic Plan to Reduce Gun Violence
CHICAGO, Illinois, Nov. 21 -- The U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois, John R. Lausch Jr., issued the following news release: John R. Lausch, Jr., United States Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois, today announced that the office will participate in Project Guardian, a new initiative from the Department of Justice designed to reduce gun violence and enforce federal firearm laws. Project Guardian is designed to serve as a complementary effort to the success of Project   more

Ill. U.S. Attorney: Chicago Man Charged With Attempting to Provide Material Support to ISIS
CHICAGO, Illinois, Nov. 19 -- The U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois, John R. Lausch Jr., issued the following news release: A Chicago man has been arrested on a federal complaint charging him with attempting to provide material support to the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS). THOMAS OSADZINSKI, 20, was arrested Monday in Chicago. A criminal complaint charges him with one count of attempting to provide material support and resources to a foreign terrorist organization.  more

Ill. U.S. Attorney: Chicago Pharmacy Technician Sentenced to 5 Years in Prison for Stealing Opioids and Selling Them for Profit
CHICAGO, Illinois, Nov. 21 -- The U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois, John R. Lausch Jr., issued the following news release: A former technician at a Chicago pharmacy has been sentenced to five years in federal prison for stealing thousands of pills of hydrocodone and selling them for a profit. ELIZABETH CRUZ worked at Allcare Discount Pharmacy, located in the 2700 block of West North Avenue in Chicago. From October 2015 to December 2017, Cruz and a co-defendant, JACQUELINE GR  more

Ill. U.S. Attorney: East St. Louis Police Sergeant Pleads Guilty, Obtaining Funds From City of East St. Police Department
FAIRVIEW HEIGHTS, Illinois, Nov. 18 -- The U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, Steven D. Weinhoeft, issued the following news release: An East St. Louis police officer appeared in federal district court today and pleaded guilty to obtaining department funds by fraud. Mario H. Fennoy, 48, of Lebanon, Illinois, entered an "open plea" to the federal indictment returned against him in June, admitting that he falsely submitted claims for overtime pay for nearly a year while working   more

Ill. U.S. Attorney: Federal Indictment Charges Former Vice Chancellor of City Colleges of Chicago With Devising Procurement Fraud Scheme
CHICAGO, Illinois, Nov. 20 -- The U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois, John R. Lausch Jr., issued the following news release: A former vice chancellor for City Colleges of Chicago obtained payments, some in the form of kickbacks, from vendors in exchange for steering them contracts for community canvassing and flyer distribution services, according to an indictment returned in federal court in Chicago. SHAROD GORDON, 45, of Oak Park, is charged with 16 counts of wire fraud. Go  more

NRC Receives Event Notification Involving Clinton Power Reactor in Illinois
WASHINGTON, Nov. 22 -- The Nuclear Regulatory Commission issued the following event notification (No. 54403) involving the Clinton power reactor in Illinois: UNIT 1 HIGH PRESSURE CORE SPRAY INOPERABLE "On 11/21/2019, at 1225 CST, as a result of Division 4 DC bus voltage oscillations, bus voltage lowered to less than the required improved technical specification (ITS) voltage of 127.6 VDC. This resulted in declaring High Pressure Core Spray (HPCS) system inoperable per technical specification L  more

Optimizing the Efficiency and Effectiveness of U.S. Transportation Command Through the Process of Change
SCOTT AIR FORCE BASE, Illinois, Nov. 19 -- The U.S. Air Force Air Mobility Command issued the following news: More than 2,000 years ago, the Greek Philosopher, Heraclitus, stated "change is the only constant in life," and his famed, centuries-old advice is being embraced by U.S. Transportation Command to optimize efficiency and effectiveness. Since 2004, the warfighting, global combatant command has applied change management to assist the workforce to adopt, use, and become proficient in new p  more

Optimizing the Efficiency and Effectiveness of U.S. Transportation Command Through the Process of Change
SCOTT AIR FORCE BASE, Illinois, Nov. 18 -- The U.S. Department of Defense's Transportation Command issued the following news release: More than 2,000 years ago, the Greek Philosopher, Heraclitus, stated "change is the only constant in life," and his famed, centuries-old advice is being embraced by U.S. Transportation Command to optimize efficiency and effectiveness. Since 2004, the warfighting, global combatant command has applied change management to assist the workforce to adopt, use, and b  more

Pest Management Keeps Travis Mission Ready
SCOTT AIR FORCE BASE, Illinois, Nov. 18 -- The U.S. Air Force Air Mobility Command issued the following news: Once called upon, he springs into action. Pulling up his Tyvek protective coveralls, donning his gloves, tying his boots, and checking his gas mask filters, Senior Airman David De Alva, 60th Civil Engineer Squadron pest management technician, is ready to rid a building from infestation. "Travis is like anywhere else it's not just a base it's a community with buildings, homes and people  more

Scott Air Force Base: Key Spouse Program Members Continue Training During Conference
SCOTT AIR FORCE BASE, Illinois, Nov. 19 -- The U.S. Air Force issued the following news: Members of the Key Spouse Program, or KSP, gathered for a conference Oct. 28 at the Scott Event Center to further their training within the program. During the conference, different crisis scenarios were presented to commanders, first sergeants, superintendents, Key Spouses, Key Spouse Mentors and leadership spouses, such as what they would do if they were told about a sexual assault or an at-risk situatio  more

Sometimes Quitters DO Win: Great American Smokeout Encourages Quitting Tobacco Use
SCOTT AIR FORCE BASE, Illinois, Nov. 19 -- The U.S. Air Force Scott Air Force Base issued the following news: The 375th Aerospace Medicine Squadron's Health Promotion Clinic will recognize the 37th Annual Great American Smokeout (GASO) Nov. 21, 2019, by encouraging smokers to quit ahead of, or on that day and take an important step towards a healthier life - one that can reduce the risk of cancer. For more than 40 years, the American Cancer Society has hosted the event on the third Thursday of  more

U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao Announces $9 Million to Illinois Airport
WASHINGTON, Nov. 22 -- The U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Aviation Administration issued the following news release: U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao announced today that the Department of Transportation will award $9 million in airport infrastructure grants to Quincy Regional Airport/Baldwin Field in the state of Illinois. With this announcement, the Trump Administration has invested a historic $10.8 billion in more than two thousand American airports across the Uni  more