Tuesday - February 25, 2020
Public Policy Tipoffs Involving Illinois Newsletter for Sunday January 12, 2020 ( 68 items )  

15 NFF National Scholar-Athletes on NFL Playoff Rosters
IRVING, Texas, Jan. 7 -- The National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame issued the following news release: The NFL Playoffs got off to an exciting start this past weekend with the Wild Card Round. Entering the weekend, 15 past NFF National Scholar-Athletes appeared on rosters or practice squads of teams in the postseason. Here is how they fared: Houston Texans 22, Buffalo Bills 19 (OT) Houston Max Scharping (Northern Illinois - 2018) became a starter on the Texans' offensive line   more

2020 AAU Northern Indoor National Track and Field Championships
MONMOUTH, Illinois, Jan. 11 -- The Amateur Athletic Union issued the following news: * * * - 2020 AAU Northern Indoor National Track and Field Championships * * * The 2020 AAU Northern Indoor National Track and Field Championships will take place next weekend, January 18 through January 19, highlighting the first of three Indoor Track and Field National Championships. The AAU Northern Indoor National Championships brought approximately 640 athletes to the oval in 2019, ranging from ages 8U  more

A Guide to Financial Literacy Programs and Tools From ALA's Public Programs Office
CHICAGO, Illinois, Jan. 8 -- The American Library Association issued the following news release: A survey from the American Psychological Association shows that money is a more frequent cause of worry than work, family, or health issues. Empowering people with the knowledge to make sound financial decisions is an important way to make a difference in your community, and many libraries across the country are doing just that. Drawing from the expertise of business librarians and ALA's Public Prog  more

ABMS Names Senior Vice President, Certification Standards and Programs
CHICAGO, Illinois, Jan. 8 -- The American Board of Medical Specialties issued the following news release: * * * - Renowned Medical Education Innovator and Quality Improvement Champion Joins Not-for-Profit that Oversees US Physician Certification * * * The American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS), the leading organization that oversees the standards for physician board certification in the United States, has named Greg Ogrinc, MD, MS its Senior Vice President, Certification Standards and   more

Accreditation Council for CME Opens Call for Comment About Proposed Standards for Integrity and Independence in Accredited Continuing Education
CHICAGO, Illinois, Jan. 8 -- The Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education issued the following news release: The Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME(R)) is pleased to invite stakeholders to participate in a call for comment about the proposed revisions to the rules that protect the independence and integrity of accredited continuing education for healthcare professionals. The proposed, revised ACCME Standards for Integrity and Independence in Accredited   more

ACLU: Illinois Advocates Celebrate Medicaid Expansion to Include Medical Needs of Trans Individuals
CHICAGO, Illinois, Jan. 6 -- The American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois issued the following news release: Advocates from across Illinois celebrate the final rule that regulates Medicaid coverage for gender-affirming surgery. The final rule prioritizes the patient and provider relationship, allowing Medicaid to cover life-saving, medically necessary procedures for trans and gender nonconforming people. "I'm so relieved that I can finally look forward to feeling like myself, my whole self,"  more

ALA Joins W.K. Kellogg Foundation in Observing 2020 National Day of Racial Healing on Jan. 21
CHICAGO, Illinois, Jan. 8 -- The American Library Association issued the following news release: The American Library Association (ALA) will join the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and organizations across the country in observing the 2020 National Day of Racial Healing. Read the proclamation by ALA President Wanda Kay Brown. On Tuesday, Jan. 21, thousands will celebrate our common humanity and take collective action toward a more just and equitable world. In commemoration, ALA invites library worke  more

AMCA to Present Free, PDH-Eligible Webinar on Air Curtains Jan. 23
ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Illinois, Jan. 8 -- The Air Movement and Control Association International issued the following news release: On Thursday, Jan. 23, at 1 p.m. ET, Air Movement and Control Association (AMCA) International Inc. will present "Air Curtains: Energy Codes & Standards," the latest in its AMCA insiteSM (formerly Air System Engineering and Technology) series of free, professional-development-hour- (PDH-) eligible webinars. Presented by Frank Cuaderno (left) and David Johnson of AMCA'  more

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: Recovering From a Broken Bone
ROSEMONT, Illinois, Jan. 10 -- The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons issued the following news release: As a parent, you want to protect your child from getting hurt; however, avoiding bumps, bruises and broken bones isn't always possible. And while traditional fiberglass or plaster casts are an effective, time-honored treatment technique for postoperative immobilization or the treatment of fractures, a new review article published in the January issue of the Journal of the American Acad  more

American Academy of Pediatrics: Binge Drinking in 12th Grade a Strong Predictor of Driving While Intoxicated Later
ELK GROVE VILLAGE, Illinois, Jan. 7 -- The American Academy of Pediatrics issued the following news release: New research suggests that high school seniors who binge drink are more likely to drive while intoxicated and be involved in other risky, alcohol-related situations as young adults. The February 2020 Pediatrics study, "Longitudinal Associations of 12th Grade Binge Drinking with Risky Driving and High-Risk Drinking" (published online Jan. 6), examined the annual NEXT Generation Health Stu  more

American Academy of Pediatrics: Teens Misusing Opioid Meds Prone to Violence, Suicide, and Dangerous Sex and Driving
ELK GROVE VILLAGE, Illinois, Jan. 7 -- The American Academy of Pediatrics issued the following news release: In 2016, over 880,000 U.S. teens, ages 12-17, reported misuse of opioid pain medications--the second most commonly abused illicit substance among American youth--and over the past 20 years hospitalizations for opioid poisoning among children have increased dramatically. A new study, "Prescription Opioid Misuse and Risky Adolescent Behavior," in the February 2020 Pediatrics found that ado  more

American Bar Association 19th Amendment Traveling Exhibit Stops in Champaign
WASHINGTON, Jan. 8 -- The American Bar Association issued the following news release: * * * - highlights voting rights * * * The American Bar Association has joined with the Library of Congress and its Law Library to present a special traveling exhibit commemorating the 100th anniversary of women's constitutional right to vote. The exhibit, hosted by the University of Illinois College of Law, will be on display at the Albert E. Jenner, Jr. Memorial Law Library in Champaign from Jan. 13-31 f  more

American Brain Tumor Association and Uncle Kory Foundation Announce Partnership to Accelerate Brain Tumor Research
CHICAGO, Illinois, Jan. 10 -- The American Brain Tumor Association issued the following news release: American Brain Tumor Association (ABTA) announced a new partnership with the Uncle Kory Foundation to accelerate brain tumor research. Through this partnership, the Uncle Kory Foundation will invest $100,000 in the ABTA research program to fund two glioblastoma research projects. For more than 46 years, the ABTA has served the brain tumor community by funding research and delivering patient pro  more

American Library Association Graphics Launches Ancillary Gift Shop
CHICAGO, Illinois, Jan. 7 -- The American Library Association issued the following news release: ALA Graphics recently launched a new ancillary gift shop at bit.ly/GraphicsGiftShop. The ALA Graphics Gift Shop offers t-shirts, totes, mugs, and other gift items featuring some of Graphics' most popular designs from the ALA Store. Other products highlight ALA-related organizations and membership groups including the ALA-Allied Professional Association and ALA's Graphic Novels & Comics Round Table   more

American Library Association: Big Ideas to Enrich Libraries and Their Communities
CHICAGO, Illinois, Jan. 11 -- The American Library Association issued the following news release: Curiosity, respect, goodwill, and unity: these are a few of what Plato calls "big ideas," and they're concepts that libraries can harness to enlighten humanity in the long-term and help solve problems in the short-term. The journey toward applying your potential starts with personal discovery. A guide for leaders and courageous followers from all types of libraries, "Inspired Thinking: Big Ideas to  more

American Library Association: Imani Perry to Keynote 21st Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Observance and Sunrise Celebration
CHICAGO, Illinois, Jan. 7 -- The American Library Association issued the following news release: Professor and author Imani Perry will deliver the keynote address at the 21st Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Observance and Sunrise Celebration during the American Library Association's Midwinter Meeting and Exhibits in Philadelphia. The 2020 Celebration will be held from 6:30-7:30 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 27 in the Pennsylvania Convention Center, Terrace II Ballroom. Imani Perry is the Hug  more

American Lung Association Announces New Partner on National Take the Stairs Day
CHICAGO, Illinois, Jan. 9 -- The American Lung Association issued the following news release: No elevator. No escalator. , people all over country will be ditching their morning elevator ride to take the stairs in honor of National Take the Stairs Day - reminding us all that a healthy lifestyle is achieved just one step at a time. The American Lung Association is calling on those stair-steppers with a new challenge - the Fight For Air Climb! The Lung Association's signature indoor event is a c  more

American Planning Association: Proposed NEPA Changes Costly, Threaten Community Safety
CHICAGO, Illinois, Jan. 10 -- The American Planning Association issued the following news release: In response to the proposed overhaul of the NEPA regulations, the American Planning Association (APA) and Association of State Floodplain Managers (ASFPM) urge the Trump administration not to abandon review of development and infrastructure projects to protect the public from fiscal, environmental and health consequences of climate change and natural disasters. APA President Kurt Christiansen, FA  more

Appraisal Journal Issues Research Articles in Fall 2019 Edition
CHICAGO, Illinois, Jan. 6 -- Appraisal, a journal from the Appraisal Institute, published research articles on the following topics in its Fall 2019 edition: * Challenges with Appraising in the Secondary/Tertiary Multifamily Rental Market * High-Voltage Transmission Lines and Residential Property Values in New England: What Has Been Learned * Incorporating a Discussion of Risk in Appraisals: A New Direction for the Appraisal Industry * The Tradeoff between Selling Single-Family Houses as Vac  more

Association of American Law Schools Announces 2020 Leadership
WASHINGTON, Jan. 4 -- The Association of American Law Schools issued the following news release: Darby Dickerson, Dean and Professor of Law at the University of Illinois at Chicago John Marshall Law School, was inducted as President of the Association of American Law Schools (AALS) after delivering her inaugural address at a meeting of the AALS House of Representatives at the AALS Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C. "I am incredibly honored to serve as the 2020 President of the AALS," said Dean  more

Association of College and Research Libraries Sponsors 2020 ALA Emerging Leaders
CHICAGO, Illinois, Jan. 9 -- Association of College and Research Libraries, division of the American Library Association, issued the following news release: The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) and its sections are sponsoring nine members to participate in 2020 class of American Library Association (ALA) Emerging Leaders. The program is designed to enable library staff and information workers to participate in project planning work groups, network with peers, gain an inside   more

Chicago Botanic Garden Marks Record 1.275 Million Visitors in 2019
GLENCOE, Illinois, Jan. 10 -- The Chicago Botanic Garden issued the following news release: * * * - Attendance Increased by 22 Percent over 2018 * * * The 2019 attendance at the Chicago Botanic Garden was the highest ever, with 1.275 million visitors, representing an increase of 22 percent over 2018. Attendance exceeded one million visitors for the seventh year in a row, revealing that our Garden continues to be an ideal year-round destination for people who enjoy being immersed in nature.   more

Emergency Nurses Association Celebrates 50th Anniversary Year
SCHAUMBURG, Illinois, Jan. 6 -- The Emergency Nurses Association issued the following news release: The arrival of 2020 brings with it a touch of gold as the Emergency Nurses Association begins a year-long celebration of its five decades dedicated to emergency nursing and the vision of founders Anita Dorr and Judith Kelleher. For 50 years, ENA's mission has focused on being the strongest advocate for emergency nurses and delivering high-quality trauma nursing education. Today, it represents 45  more

Environmental Law and Policy Center: Over 350 Companies Power Wisconsin Clean Energy Supply Chain
CHICAGO, Illinois, Jan. 9 -- The Environmental Law and Policy Center issued the following news release: * * * - Strong manufacturing base is finding work out-of-state, not at home * * * On Wednesday, Jan. 8, the Environmental Law & Policy Center released "Wisconsin Clean Energy Business Supply Chain: Good for Manufacturing Jobs, Good for Economic Growth and Good for Our Environment," a directory of 354 Wisconsin companies in the clean energy supply chain and a policy road map for the state's  more

Environmental Law and Policy Center: Proposed NEPA Rollback Rejects Realities of Climate Change
CHICAGO, Illinois, Jan. 10 -- The Environmental Law and Policy Center issued the following news release on Jan. 9: * * * - NEPA rewrite would trigger environmental rollbacks across federal agencies * * * With today's proposed overhaul of the regulations implementing the National Environmental Policy Act, the Trump's administration is seeking to lessen public input on the environmental impacts of federal projects such as highways or oil and gas pipelines. "The Midwest public highly values sa  more

Feeding America Food Bank Pilot Intervention Demonstrates Improved Outcomes for Adults With Prediabetes
CHICAGO, Illinois, Jan. 10 -- Feeding America issued the following news release: A new study from Feeding America(R), the nationwide network of 200 food banks and the largest domestic hunger-relief organization, shows that food banks can improve food security, dietary intake, and health status for vulnerable individuals. The study, which took place in Oakland, California, provided food bank clients at risk for type 2 diabetes with a 12-month diabetes prevention intervention. This study is the   more

Feeding America Network Member CEO Testifies Before House Committee Regarding Veteran and Military Hunger
CHICAGO, Illinois, Jan. 10 -- Feeding America issued the following news release: Vince Hall, the CEO of Feeding San Diego, testified before the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs Economic Opportunity Subcommittee earlier. The hearing examined United States Department of Agriculture and Veterans Affairs programs that provide nutrition assistance to nearly 20 million veterans. Hall testified on changes Congress could make to help reach more veterans and military families with food assistance t  more

Fellows of the American Bar Foundation to Present CLE on the Role of Law on Advance Care Planning
CHICAGO, Illinois, Jan. 10 -- The American Bar Foundation issued the following news release: The Fellows of the American Bar Foundation (ABF) will present a CLE Research Seminar, "Speaking for the Dying: Life, Death and Law," from 2-3:30 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 14 at the JW Marriott Hotel in Austin, TX. This seminar is one of several events hosted by the Fellows of the ABF during the 2020 American Bar Association (ABA) Midyear Meeting, which takes place from Feb. 12-15 in Austin, Texas. The recen  more

Former National Federation of State High School Association Executive Director Brice Durbin Passes Away
INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana, Jan. 8 -- The National Federation of State High School Association issued the following news release: Brice B. Durbin, the third full-time executive director of the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) from 1977 to 1993, passed away January 4 in Topeka, Kansas, at the age of 92. Durbin joined the NFHS staff in September 1976 as executive director designate when the office was located in Elgin, Illinois, before succeeding Cliff Fagan as the third f  more

Foundation Source Names Charlie Tallard Managing Director for North Central Region
FAIRFIELD, Connecticut, Jan. 10 -- The Foundation Source issued the following news release: Foundation Source, the nation's largest provider of support services to private foundations, announces its appointment of Charlie Tallard as Managing Director for its North Central Region, including Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wisconsin, Illinois, Michigan, and Indiana. In this role, Mr. Tallard works with financial advisors, attorneys, CPAs, single- and multi-family offices,   more

Gihan Mohamad Wins a Year of Free American Association of School Librarians Membership
CHICAGO, Illinois, Jan. 9 -- American Association of School Librarians, division of the American Library Association, issued the following news release: By sharing the wealth of AASL membership with a colleague, Gihan "Gigi" Mohamad has won a free year of AASL membership. Mohamad's name was drawn as a monthly winner of the American Association of School Librarians' (AASL) Share the Wealth Campaign. By referring Charlene Taveras to AASL, Mohamad has been entered to win an AASL National Conferenc  more

Government Finance Officers Association: Private Sector CPA Appointed To Be Next GASB Chairman
CHICAGO, Illinois, Jan. 9 -- The Government Finance Officers Association issued the following news: The National Association of State Auditors, Comptrollers and Treasurers (NASACT), the National Association of State Treasurers (NAST), and the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) understand that on Friday, December 27, the Financial Accounting Foundation (FAF) appointed an individual from the private sector to serve as the next chair of the Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB  more

Harvard Study Finds Patients With Veterans Health Coverage Less Likely to Skip Medications Because of Cost
CHICAGO, Illinois, Jan. 7 -- Physicians for a National Health Program issued the following news release: The rising price of prescription drugs has led to a slew of proposals to lower costs and expand access to medications. However, a new study from researchers at Harvard Medical School and the City University of New York at Hunter College suggests that an effective reform model already exists: the pharmacy benefit of the Veterans Health Administration, commonly known as the VA. Researchers fou  more

Healthcare Information & Management Systems Society: Digital Health Study - Estonia Overtakes Denmark as European EHealth Champion
CHICAGO, Illinois, Jan. 7 -- The Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society issued the following news: Cybersecurity, interoperability, and patient empowerment are major concerns in the European healthcare industry, according to the latest "Annual European eHealth Survey 2019" which surveyed over 500 professionals in the field. The study, which was conducted by HIMSS in cooperation with the management consultancy firm McKinsey & Company, also finds that Estonia has swapped places wit  more

HIMSS, PCHAlliance Comment on FDA Clinical Decision Support Software Draft Guidance
CHICAGO, Illinois, Jan. 8 -- The Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society issued the following news: HIMSS and the Personal Connected Health Alliance (PCHAlliance) provided written comments to the Food and Drug Administration's (FDA's) Clinical Decision Support Software; Draft Guidance for Industry and Food and Drug Administration Staff (Docket Number: FDA-2017-D-6569), focused on developing a clinical decision support (CDS) software regulatory framework that sustains rather than s  more

HIMSS, PCHAlliance Comment on Updates to Anti-Kickback and Physician Self-Referral Regulations
CHICAGO, Illinois, Jan. 8 -- The Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society issued the following news: HIMSS and the Personal Connected Health Alliance (PCHAlliance) provided written comments to the Office of Inspector General (OIG) and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) on two separate proposed regulations: OIG solicited comments on Revisions to Safe Harbors under the Anti-Kickback Statute, and Civil Monetary Penalty Rules Regarding Beneficiary Inducements; and CMS s  more

Illinois Again Leads Nation in Soybean Production in 2019
BLOOMINGTON, Illinois, Jan. 11 -- The Illinois Soybean Association issued the following news release: Illinois continues to top the annual crop production report estimate for soybean production, according to 2019 USDA estimates. Despite a tough growing season for most of the Midwest, Illinois farmers consistently produced strong soybean yields, all while remaining committed to stewardship and efficient crop management. Illinois soybean farmers raised 532.4 million bushels of soybeans in 2019 o  more

Illinois Realtors: Professional Standards Workshop Fosters Dialogue, Fulfills Code of Ethics Requirement
SPRINGFIELD, Illinois, Jan. 8 -- Illinois Realtors issued the following news: More than 120 REALTORS came to Springfield for the Illinois REALTORS(R) Professional Standards Workshop Tuesday. Topics included grievances, ethics hearings, arbitration and procedures. The course fulfilled the National Association of REALTORS(R) (NAR) requirement for Code of Ethics training for the 2020-2021 cycle. The course was conducted by Illinois REALTORS(R) President-elect Sue Miller and Illinois REALTORS(R)   more

Illinois Realtors: Realtors Meet in Oakbrook Terrace for Second Offering of 2020 Professional Standards Workshop
SPRINGFIELD, Illinois, Jan. 9 -- Illinois Realtors issued the following news: REALTORS(R) from across the state gathered Wednesday at the Drury Lane Theater and Conference Center in Oakbrook Terrace for an Illinois REALTORS(R) Professional Standards Workshop. Topics included grievances, ethics hearings, arbitration and procedures. The course fulfilled the National Association of REALTORS(R) (NAR) requirement for Code of Ethics training for the 2020-2021 cycle. The course was conducted by Illi  more

International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials: ASSE International Plumbing Dictionary - A Valuable Resource for Attorneys and Other Law Professionals
MOKENA, Illinois, Jan. 8 -- The International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials issued the following news release: The ASSE International Plumbing Dictionary (Sixth Edition), a free e-book containing more than 4,000 plumbing words, terms, and abbreviations, is available online at www.asseplumbing.org/plumbing-dictionary for use as a resource by attorneys and other non-plumbing professionals needing comprehensive and accurate information on plumbing terms. "Every craft or trade h  more

ISSA Hygieia Network Launches 2020 Networking & Leadership Conference
NORTHBROOK, Illinois, Jan. 9 -- ISSA, formerly the International Sanitary Supply Association, issued the following news release: The ISSA Hygieia Network, an ISSA Charities signature program dedicated to the advancement and retention of women in the cleaning industry, announced its next Networking and Leadership Conference: Unlocking Women's Leadership Potential. Diversey will host the event on Tuesday, February 25, 2020 at its headquarters in Fort Mill, South Carolina from 8:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m  more

ISSA: 2019 ARCSI Professional Image Award Honorees Announced
NORTHBROOK, Illinois, Jan. 8 -- ISSA, formerly the International Sanitary Supply Association, issued the following news release: ISSA is pleased to announce the honorees of the 2019 ARCSI Professional Image Awards. Revealed at ISSA Show North America 2019, which was held November 18-21 in Las Vegas, the awards honor residential cleaning companies that excel at presenting themselves in ways that capture the high level of professionalism for which ISSA member companies are known. These ISSA memb  more

JAMA Dermatology Journal Issues Research Articles in December 2019 Edition
CHICAGO, Illinois, Jan. 9 -- JAMA Dermatology, an international peer-reviewed journal from the American Medical Association that says it publishes material that helps in the development and testing of the effectiveness of diagnosis and treatment in medical and surgical dermatology, pediatric and geriatric dermatology and oncologic and aesthetic dermatologic surgery, published research articles, including the following topics, in its December 2019 edition: Original Investigation: * Association   more

Journal of Surfactants & Detergents Issues Research Articles in January 2020 Edition
URBANA, Illinois, Jan. 11 -- The Journal of Surfactants and Detergents, a journal that says it features basic and applied science of petrochemical and oleochemical surfactants, development and manufacture of detergent ingredients and their formulation into finished products from the American Oil Chemists' Society, published research articles, including the following topics, in its January 2020 edition: * Hydrophobically Modified Alkali Soluble Emulsion Polymers: Literature Review * Drag Reduct  more

Lucas and Warmack Seek 2021-2022 American Association of School Librarians Presidency
CHICAGO, Illinois, Jan. 11 -- American Association of School Librarians, division of the American Library Association, issued the following news release: Jennisen Lucas and Phoebe B. Warmack will seek the 2021-2022 AASL presidential term during the 2020 American Library Association (ALA) election. The full slate of AASL candidates can be found at www.ala.org/aasl/elections. Jennisen Lucas is the district librarian for the Park County School District #6 in Cody, Wyoming. She is currently servin  more

Lurie Children's Hospital Appoints Fatema Zanzi as Chief Legal Officer
CHICAGO, Illinois, Jan. 8 -- The Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital issued the following news release: Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago announces the appointment of Fatema Zanzi as Sr. Vice President and Chief Legal Officer, and Corporate Secretary for the Board of Directors. She succeeds Nancy Borders who retired at the end of the year. Zanzi comes from Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP, a national law firm where she serves as the Office Partner for its Chicago offic  more

National Insurance Crime Bureau Issues Statement on Vehicle Entry Legislation
DES PLAINES, Illinois, Jan. 11 -- The National Insurance Crime Bureau issued the following statement by Alan Haskins, vice president of government affairs, regarding vehicle entry legislation (S.B. 23), which would close a loophole related to unlawful entry of vehicles: "This bill will help protect the public by ensuring those who break into vehicles are subject to the consequences. Almost always, those who forcibly enter vehicles without the permission of the owner are doing so to steal items   more

National Marine Manufacturers Association: U.S. Boat Sales Reached 2nd Highest Volume in 12 Years in 2019
CHICAGO, Illinois, Jan. 7 -- The National Marine Manufacturers Association issued the following news release: The National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA), representing North American recreational boat, engine and marine accessory manufacturers, announced that as it finalizes 2019 sales numbers, retail unit sales of new powerboats are estimated to have held steady in 2019 at approximately 280,000 units, the second highest total since 2007. The busy winter boat show season kicks off this  more

National Marine Manufacturers Association: Winter Boat Show Season Kicks Off This Week in Chicago, Kansas City and Nashville
CHICAGO, Illinois, Jan. 8 -- The National Marine Manufacturers Association issued the following news release: The 2020 Progressive Insurance Chicago Boat, RV & Sail Show, Progressive Insurance Kansas City Boat & Sportshow, and Progressive Insurance Nashville Boat Show run through Sunday, the first of NMMA's 16 winter boat and sportshows to kick off a big selling season for NMMA members and the industry nationwide. Yesterday, the Progressive(R) Insurance Chicago Boat, RV & Sail Show(R) opened i  more

NSC Receives Additional Grant From McElhattan Foundation to Speed Adoption of Workplace Safety Technologies
ITASCA, Illinois, Jan. 11 -- The National Safety Council issued the following news release: * * * - Work to Zero initiative helps employers understand and embrace life-saving safety innovations. * * * The National Safety Council has received a second $500,000 grant from the Pittsburgh-based McElhattan Foundation for the NSC Work to Zero initiative, launched last January to educate employers about technological safety advancements that promise to reduce and ultimately eliminate preventable de  more

OSF HealthCare: More Young Adults Than Ever Living With Prediabetes
PEORIA, Illinois, Jan. 11 -- OSF HealthCare issued the following news: A new Centers for Disease Control (CDC) study published in the journal JAMA Pediatrics is sounding alarm bells for health experts across the county. According to researchers, one in five American adolescents, and one in four young adults are now living with prediabetes. Prediabetes means a person's blood sugar levels are elevated, but not high enough to warrant a diagnosis of Type 2 diabetes. However, it is often a reliable  more

OSF HealthCare: What You Need to Know About Pneumonia
ROCKFORD, Illinois, Jan. 10 -- OSF HealthCare issued the following news: * * * - Young children, elderly most susceptible * * * Pneumonia is often thought of an illness that is common in the young and the elderly. But when celebrities like Savannah Guthrie and Oprah Winfrey make their bouts with pneumonia public, it's an important reminder that anyone is susceptible to coming down with this sometimes scary and dangerous illness. "There are different reasons why people get pneumonia," said D  more

PCMA, Business Events Sarawak to Elevate Power of Business Events in Malaysia
CHICAGO, Illinois, Jan. 8 -- The Professional Convention Management Association issued the following news release: PCMA, the world's largest platform for business events professionals, and Business Events Sarawak (BESarawak), by Sarawak Convention Bureau, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to develop a partnership that provides education, business development opportunities and increases awareness of the transformative power of business events. The signing ceremony with PCMA and Sarawak  more

PCMA, CEMA Announce Strategic Alliance to Support, Educate, Grow Audiences
CHICAGO, Illinois, Jan. 7 -- The Professional Convention Management Association issued the following news release: PCMA, the world's largest platform for business events professionals, and the Corporate Event Marketing Association (CEMA), a premier global community of corporate event marketers, announced a strategic alliance that will introduce each organization to new audiences. The agreement, which starts Jan. 1, calls for collaboration and cross promotion through educational initiatives to   more

Pembroke Black Farmers to Tell Their Story at PUSH Today
CHICAGO, Illinois, Jan. 3 -- The Rainbow PUSH Coalition issued the following news release: Pembroke black farmers will be at the live, weekly Rainbow PUSH Coalition broadcast being held at the historic Parkway Ballroom, 4555 S. King Drive at 10 a.m. to tell their story about the many needs they have and how they have survived so far in a community without a natural gas line. Rev. Jesse L. Jackson, Sr., Bishop Tavis and Shareef, met with scores of black farmers in Pembroke Friday, January 3rd,   more

Physicians for National Health Program: Health Care Paperwork Cost $812B in 2017
CHICAGO, Illinois, Jan. 7 -- Physicians for a National Health Program issued the following news release: A study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine finds that health care bureaucracy cost Americans $812 billion in 2017. This represented more than one-third (34.2%) of total expenditures for doctor visits, hospitals, long-term care and health insurance. The study estimated that cutting U.S. administrative costs to Canadian levels would have saved more than $600 billion in 2017. Health   more

Professional Convention Management Association: 2019 Chairman's Award Presented to Oscar Cerezales at Convening Leaders
CHICAGO, Illinois, Jan. 8 -- The Professional Convention Management Association issued the following news release: Gregory A. O'Dell, chair of PCMA's Board of Directors, announced Oscar Cerezales of MCI as the recipient of the 2019 Chairman's Award. Cerezales, global executive vice president for MCI, was honored for his significant contributions to PCMA and the business events industry, including his critical role in helping PCMA in building its Latin American audience. He has also co-develope  more

Radiological Society Expands Global Presence With Education Outreach
OAK BROOK, Illinois, Jan. 10 -- The Radiological Society of North America issued the following news: * * * - International programming builds worldwide radiology network with focus on education and collaboration * * * Almost since its founding, RSNA's international outreach has belied its name, ensuring that radiologists throughout the world are skilled and empowered to provide the best patient care possible. As international membership grows and technology and social media make the world s  more

Radiological Society: New Informatics Tools Are Helping Patients Understand Radiology Reports
OAK BROOK, Illinois, Jan. 10 -- The Radiological Society of North America issued the following news on Jan. 9: * * * - Increased access for patients drives need for improved readability * * * Imaging informatics has the potential to facilitate communication between patients and radiologists and help patients better understand their radiology reports, according to a leading authority who spoke at RSNA 2019. Historically, radiology reports have been prepared for primary care physicians and sp  more

Regional Transportation Authority Announces Public Comment Period for Community Planning Program of Projects
CHICAGO, Illinois, Jan. 11 -- The Regional Transportation Authority issued the following news release: The Regional Transportation Authority (RTA) announces the opening of the public comment period for nine projects chosen from among 14 applications submitted to the RTA's Community Planning Program during a solicitation last September 17 through October 17. The applications were vetted by a project selection team composed of staff from the RTA with feedback solicited from the RTA Service Boards  more

Residents Moving Out of Illinois Policy Institute Took Up to $12.4 Million a Day With Them
CHICAGO, Illinois, Jan. 9 -- The Illinois Policy Institute issued the following news release: * * * - New IRS data reveal the state loses twice as many high earners as it attracts * * * Illinois is losing billions each year as residents leave and take their earning potential with them. Original analysis by the nonpartisan Illinois Policy Institute found that the state lost out on up to $32 billion in adjusted gross income, or AGI, since 2010 from residents moving to other states. That's roug  more

Rush University Medical Center: Can the Flu Shot Help Fight Cancer?
CHICAGO, Illinois, Jan. 8 -- Rush University Medical Center issued the following news release: * * * - Injecting influenza vaccines into tumors triggers immune system response, Rush researchers find * * * Changing the microenvironment of tumors to increase the immune system's response to them has been the goal of countless research and clinical studies including the most recent use of checkpoint inhibitory antibodies. The majority of patients have tumors that are "cold" -- that is, the tumor  more

Sartorius Lab Instruments Receives Qualified Manufacturers Listing for Electronic Assembly Standards
BANNOCKBURN, Illinois, Jan. 9 -- IPC - Association Connecting Electronics Industries issued the following news release: IPC's Validation Services Program has awarded an IPC J-STD-001 and IPC-A-610 Qualified Manufacturers Listing (QML) to Sartorius Lab Instruments GmbH & Co. KG. Sartorius is a leading international provider to the biopharmaceutical research and medical industry. Sartorius Electronics, a manufacturing arm of Sartorius Lab Instruments GmbH & KG (SLI), provides high-quality ele  more

Sleep Journal Issues Research Articles in December 2019 Edition
DARIEN, Illinois, Jan. 6 -- Sleep, a peer-reviewed journal from the Sleep Research Society that says it features studies on genes, molecules, cells, physiology, neural systems and circuits, behavior and cognition and self-report, published research articles, including the following topics, in its December 2019 edition: Sleep Disordered Breathing: * Apraxia in children and adults with obstructive sleep apnea syndrome * Cost-effectiveness of continuous positive airway pressure therapy for obst  more

Society of American Archivists Issues Statement on Targeting of Iranian Cultural Heritage Sites for Destruction
CHICAGO, Illinois, Jan. 9 -- The Society of American Archivists issued the following statement: The Society of American Archivists has grave concerns about President Donald Trump's suggestion that Iranian cultural heritage sites could be targeted as part of a military strike. The targeting of cultural heritage sites is a crime under the law of armed conflict, including the 1949 Geneva Convention for the Protection of Civilian Persons in Times of War and the 1954 Hague Convention for the Protect  more

U.S. Senate Confirms ALA Member Crosby Kemper III as New IMLS Director
CHICAGO, Illinois, Jan. 10 -- The American Library Association issued the following news release: The U.S. Senate confirmed the nomination of American Library Association (ALA) member and Kansas City Public Library CEO Crosby Kemper III as Director of the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), the primary source of federal support for the nation's libraries and museums. "ALA congratulates Crosby Kemper on his new position as Director of IMLS," said ALA President Wanda Brown. "We are   more

Use of an Online Patient Tool is Associated With an Increased Likelihood of Patients Receiving a Kidney Transplant
CHICAGO, Illinois, Jan. 9 -- The American College of Surgeons issued the following news release: Taking a more active role in one's own health is known to promote better outcomes, but it is especially critical for patients who are waiting for a kidney transplant. Patients with kidney failure who actively used an online patient portal to track the status of their health care improved their chances of getting a kidney transplant and shortened their wait times for an operation, according to an "ar  more

Water Quality Association Names Sennett General Counsel
LISLE, Illinois, Jan. 8 -- The Water Quality Association issued the following news release: The Water Quality Association (WQA) has named veteran attorney Mike Sennett as its General Counsel. Sennett, who retired from the Chicago law firm of Jones Day at the end of 2019, was selected for the new position because of his background and experience with both WQA and the Water Quality Research Foundation (WQRF). "We're very pleased to welcome Mike to WQA," said WQA Executive Director Pauli Undesser  more