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


(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)


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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.



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.



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.



(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.”



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.”



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.”


(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)



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)



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)



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)



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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Laura Bissett, myWHY Agency


Loretto Hospital hosts vital blood drive and health screenings to support Chicago's African American community 

The event highlights the importance of African American blood donors for collecting a larger supply of Type O blood and fighting sickle cell disease

CHICAGO (July 18, 2024) — Loretto Hospital announces its 4th free Summer Screening Series event to be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, July 27. The day’s main events will revolve around a blood donation campaign and kidney health checks. These activities are being presented in collaboration with Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. (Nu Pi Chapter), Versiti Blood Center of Illinois, the National Kidney Foundation of Illinois and state Sen. Kimberly A. Lightford. Additional supporters of the Summer Screening Series event include Black Men United, Fathers Who Care, Gift of Hope Organ & Tissue Donor Network, and Habilitative Systems, Inc.

The free July 27th blood drive and kidney screenings will be held on the 6th floor of the hospital. The brothers of Nu Pi Chapter will support the blood drive, which provides critical opportunities for blood donations within the African American community. Concurrently, the National Kidney Foundation of Illinois will offer health screenings for kidney disease, high blood pressure and diabetes.

Attendees can also enjoy a Community Resource Fair located in the parking lot at 645 North Central Avenue (enter on Harrison Street), offering music, fun activities, health education and community resources.

“Decades ago, segregation in blood donations perpetuated mistrust and disparities. Today, Loretto Hospital is committed to inclusivity and actively addressing health care disparities by encouraging more donations from various communities, particularly African Americans,” Loretto Hospital President Tesa Anewishki said.

Statistics underscore the urgent need for blood donations within the African American community, as one in three African American blood donors is a match for patients with sickle cell disease — a profound statistic highlighting the critical role that African American blood donors play in saving lives. In addition, 51% of African Americans have Type O blood, higher than the average 45% of Caucasians.

“We are proud to demonstrate our commitment to community health and unity through our active participation in the blood drive,” said Jabari Saunders, president of the Nu Pi Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. “By donating blood, we honor the memory of Dr. Charles Drew, a fraternity member widely recognized as the pioneer of blood banking.”

By donating blood on July 27, people can directly impact lives in the Austin community, ensuring that patients — especially those with sickle cell disease — receive the life-saving blood they urgently need. As such, this blood drive is not just about donations, it is about community solidarity and health care equity, ensuring that every patient receives the compassionate care they deserve.

Visit the Loretto Hospital website at Lorettohospital.org/summerscreening to learn more.

About Loretto Hospital
Loretto Hospital is a community hospital that serves more than 33,000 patients each year from Chicago’s Austin and surrounding communities. As a not-for-profit community-focused health care provider, Loretto offers its community a unique patient-centered health care delivery system that promotes general wellness and education. The hospital staff are committed to providing the best possible medical care in a holistic, safe and comfortable resident environment. By empowering patients with knowledge and resources, Loretto Hospital strives to cultivate a culture of proactive medical management within the community, with the goal of increasing the quality of life for patients and community residents.







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Purple Wave Auction

Purple Wave Auction announces new strategic account manager

Erik Holzhauer to serve Purple Wave as a strategic account manager for the fleet industry

MANHATTAN, Kansas (July 18, 2024) - Purple Wave Auction is pleased to announce that Erik Holzhauer has joined the company as a strategic account manager.

Purple Wave Auction is a leader in online, no-reserve equipment auctions serving the agriculture, construction, government, and fleet industries, providing opportunities for customers to buy and sell equipment with confidence.

As a strategic account manager, Erik will be responsible for facilitating relationships with fleet operators and their equipment partners. He will work closely with customers to find the best fit for Purple Wave to assist with their fleet remarketing needs.

Before Purple Wave, Erik spent 20 years in the supply chain and logistics industry. He started as an industrial engineer and operations supervisor before transitioning into supply chain sales.

"I truly enjoy digging in with customers to better understand their current operations and business model and discover if there is any way I can help them be more efficient," Erik said. "I am most looking forward to reconnecting with those folks I've worked with over the years and getting to know the wonderful people here at Purple Wave."

If you would like to learn more or discuss opportunities, please reach out to Erik Holzhauer directly.

Erik Holzhauer

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Purple Wave Auction was founded in 2000 and has become a leader in online equipment auctions. The company provides the easiest, most straightforward way to buy and sell equipment in the marketplace. Purple Wave is committed to the core values of trust, team, care, and passion and delivers those values throughout all offered services to bidders, buyers, and sellers.




Media Contact:
Dana Swinney, myWHY Agency

IFF announces second round of funding, additional $3 million awarded to Chicago's Cultural Treasures grantees 

CHICAGO (July 17, 2024) —Administered by IFF, Chicago’s Cultural Treasures (ChiTreasures) announced today a second round of grant funding, totaling $3 million, to be distributed to the 40 current ChiTreasures grantees.

Launched in 2021 as a regional component of the Ford Foundation’s America’s Cultural Treasures, and co-created with the Chicago arts community, ChiTreasures is a race-conscious initiative that aims to strengthen, grow, and preserve  organizations whose mission is to enable the creation, preservation, and dissemination of art stemming from BIPOC traditions, leadership, and culture. 

The first round of grantmaking awarded $14 million to 40 BIPOC-led and -focused arts and culture organizations representing a diverse group of artforms, neighborhoods, racial and ethnic backgrounds, and contributions to Chicago’s history, vibrancy, and identity. These organizations serve as important neighborhood anchors, helping to ensure that experiences and stories from the communities they serve are shared and heard. In addition to the funding, grantees were provided technical assistance to help further support their sustainability, covering topics such as fundraising, board development, marketing communications, financial management, and facilities planning and support. Funding is provided by the Ford Foundation as part of America’s Cultural Treasures; philanthropist MacKenzie Scott; and a Chicago-based funding collaborative comprising The Joyce Foundation, John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, Polk Bros. Foundation, Terra Foundation for American Art, and Walder Foundation. 

“One of the goals of ChiTreasures is to provide the grantees with opportunities to reach financial sustainability – through grants and technical assistance,” said Tara Townsend, president of IFF’s Social Impact Accelerator. “Both grants and technical assistance have been provided over the last three years, but there is a need for more. We are excited to be able to award another round of funding to these organizations to further support their futures.”

“Funding for organizations that are elevating the traditions and culture of people from historically marginalized backgrounds and disinvested communities has never been sufficient. We need to do more to lift up organizations that have enriched Chicago for generations,” said Tara Magner, director of the MacArthur Foundation’s Chicago Commitment Program, on behalf of the Chicago-based funding collaborative. “The Chicago funders made a commitment to support Chicago’s rich arts and culture scene, and this next round of grants provides an opportunity to continue to do that.”

According to an October 2023 report from the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, the past few years have seen a decline in philanthropic, private, and public funding for arts and culture organizations. This second round of funding aims to counter that by providing additional support to the current 40 ChiTreasures grantees and reflects ChiTreasures’ commitment to continuing to support Chicago’s BIPOC arts and culture scene. 

To learn more about Chicago’s Cultural Treasures, visit www.chicagosculturaltreasures.org.  


Chicago’s Cultural Treasures is a four-year initiative that aims to bolster the long-term financial resilience and sustainability of BIPOC arts and cultural organizations through a combination of critical general operating support as well as capacity-building and technical assistance. 

Administered by IFF, a mission-driven lender, developer and real-estate consultant, the initiative launched in winter 2021 with a participatory grantmaking process, comprising a diverse group of community members, civic leaders, and artists whose common denominator is an appreciation for how art and culture fit into the fabric of community in the Chicagoland region.  

The 40 ChiTreasures grantees include:

• Africa International House USA
• Aguijon Theater Company of Chicago
• American Indian Center
• Asian Improv aRts Midwest
• The Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians
• Black Ensemble Theater
• Chicago Blues Museum
• Chicago Jazz Philharmonic
• Chicago West Community Music Center
• Community Film Workshop of Chicago    
• Congo Square Theatre Company
• Cuerdas Clasicas Inc.
• Deeply Rooted Dance Theater
• Diasporal Rhythms
• DuSable Museum of African American History
• eta Creative Arts Foundation, Inc.
• Gingarte Capoeira
• Inner-City Muslim Action Network
• International Latino Cultural Center of Chicago    
• Jazz Institute of Chicago
• Joel Hall Dancers & Center
• Little Black Pearl Workshop
• Live the Spirit Residency / Englewood Jazz Festival
• Mexican Folk Dance Company of Chicago
• Muntu Dance Theatre
• Musical Arts Institute
• National Cambodian Heritage Museum & Killing Fields Memorial
• National Museum of Puerto Rican Arts & Culture
• Natya Dance Theatre
• Puerto Rican Arts Alliance
• Red Clay Dance Company
• Segundo Ruiz Belvis Cultural Center
• Silk Road Rising
• Sones de Mexico
• South Shore Drill Team
• South Side Community Art Center
• Teatro Vista
• Threewalls
• UrbanTheater Company
• West Point School of Music/Epic Stee




Contact Information:
Matt McGarvey, executive director
(515) 554-2908

Telligen Community Initiative awards 13 grants, including three in Illinois
Grants to support nonprofits improving health workforce development in Iowa, Illinois, Oklahoma and Colorado

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa (July 16, 2024) – Telligen Community Initiative (TCI) announced today it has awarded Health Workforce Development grants totaling $923,959 to 13 nonprofit organizations in Illinois, Iowa, Oklahoma and Colorado.

Since 2014, TCI has funded more than $17 million in community-based support to more than 400 projects in Illinois, Iowa, Oklahoma and Colorado, which are among the states served by Telligen.

“TCI is excited to support all of these bold and innovative projects, which collectively, will positively impact thousands of individuals in all four states by building organizational capacity, and, ultimately, improving health outcomes within several populations in need,” said Matt McGarvey, executive director of Telligen Community Initiative. “We look forward to seeing the results of these projects and are hopeful they will serve as catalysts for other organizations searching for similar solutions.”

The grants will support numerous innovative projects, including supporting bilingual faculty, coordinating wrap-around social and professional development support for under-resourced individuals entering the health care workforce, educating and training doulas in underserved communities, offering EMT and dental assistant apprenticeships, and many others. 

The 2024 Health Workforce Development grant awards may be found on Telligen Community Initiative’s website at https://www.telligenci.org/recent-grantees and include: 

Shawnee Health Services Development Corporation  |  Carterville, IL  |  $75,000
Provide salaries, benefits and educational costs for two dental assistance apprentices as well as financial support for a dental assistant preceptor that will train and oversee the apprentices. The organization’s apprentice program promotes dental health and provides jobs in an area where dental positions have been difficult to fill. 

VNA HealthCare   |  Aurora, IL  |  $75,000
Support 8-10 VNA employees to pursue one year of study in the nursing field through VNA’s Nursing Career Pathway Program, which improves opportunities for career development, closes staffing gaps, and promotes diversity and equity in the organization’s nursing workforce. Cover 75% of tuition of under-resourced individuals pursuing a nursing career at VNA serving vulnerable populations.

Chicago Volunteer Doulas  |  Chicago, IL  |  $75,000
Educate and train 25 Doulas, making them eligible for Medicaid reimbursement and equipping them with employable skills. Trained and certified Doulas will help decrease infant mortality in their communities by serving under-resourced families. 

Community Foundation of Greater Dubuque  |  $75,000
Train 20 local, certified Marshallese (10) and Spanish (10)-language medical interpreters.

University of Iowa Healthcare  |  $75,000
Provide scholarships for four new students in the university’s Nurse-Midwifery Education Program. 

Indian Hills Community College  |   $74,017
Provide paid summer EMT apprenticeships to 15 young adults from disadvantaged backgrounds. 

Madison Strategies Group  |  $75,000
Provide training, job placement and support to 75 under-resourced people pursuing healthcare jobs. 

The University of Tulsa  |  $74,962
Provide 360 high school students with experiences to spark interest in pursuing a healthcare career. 

Imani's Village, Inc.  |  $40,000
Provide free doula services to 40 families to enhance infant/maternal health in the Black community.

American Cancer Society  |  $63,063
Support eight research internships for under-represented students pursuing cancer research careers.

La Cocina  |  $75,000
Support bilingual (Spanish-English) faculty and Spanish-speaking trainees at its training center.

HealthTeamWorks  |  $75,000
Train 25 under-sourced young adults entering the healthcare workforce in target jobs. 

Mental Health Colorado (Envision:You)  |  $71,917
Train 120-140 providers on mental health needs of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer or questioning (LGBTQ+) Coloradans.


About Telligen Community Initiative
Telligen Community Initiative (TCI) is the charitable foundation of Telligen, Inc., a private, nonprofit health care intelligence company. TCI’s mission is to initiate and support innovative and forward-looking health-related projects aimed at improving health, social well-being, and educational attainment. TCI’s funding focuses on project support in Colorado, Illinois, Iowa and Oklahoma within the areas of health workforce development and strengthening families and communities. For more information about TCI, please visit www.telligenci.org





Contact Information:
Craig Baumberger

Fly with the 'Sky Soldiers'

Coming Aug. 24, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., the Army Aviation Heritage Foundation in Creve Couer, Missouri, will bring its Bell UH-1 “Huey” and AH-1 “Cobra” helicopters to the Greenville, Illinois, Airport Airstravaganza. The public will be able to purchase rides on each of these historic warbirds. This will be a unique opportunity for people to get a close look at two of the most important aircraft utilized by the US Army during the Vietnam War and in the years following. Vietnam veterans will be able to recall their experiences when they flew, rode in, worked on, or were supported in combat by these warbirds.

The Army Aviation Heritage Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to finding, restoring, and flying Army aviation aircraft from the Vietnam era up until the 1990’s. Its vision statement:

"Empowering the past to inspire the future, the Army Aviation Heritage Foundation and Flying Museum envisions a world where the courageous legacy of Army Aviation pioneers lives on, igniting the spirit of innovation, service, and excellence in generations to come. Through dynamic preservation, immersive educational experiences, and community engagement, we honor the bravery and sacrifice of those who charted the skies before us, while fostering a deep appreciation for the evolution of flight, military service, and the critical role each has played in shaping history. Guided by our commitment to preserving heritage, educating minds, and inspiring hearts, we aim to be a beacon of excellence, enriching lives, and building a bright and patriotic future for our nation."

There are three chapters nationally with the local chapter based at Creve Couer Airport in Creve Couer, Missouri. They welcome visitors at their hangar on Thursdays and Saturdays. Membership is open to the public and not limited to veterans or pilots. 
The UH-1 was first developed by Bell Helicopter in the 1950s to fill the need for a utility helicopter for the US Army. They were manufactured in large numbers starting in the early ‘60s and played a major role in enhancing the mobility of infantry in Vietnam. Seven thousand saw action in Vietnam with an estimated three thousand destroyed. They continued to serve the Army well into the 1980s anywhere troops might be deployed. They were replaced by the Sikorsky UH-60 Blackhawk.

Bell also developed the AH-1 Cobra. It was designed as an armed escort for the UH-1 transporting troops in Vietnam. It was developed around 1965 and entered service in 1967. It played an important role in protecting the lightly armed and armored UH-1s as they delivered troops, supplies and especially performed their famous Medevac role in Vietnam. The Cobra could respond quickly to suppress ground fire from the enemy. The Cobra had various armaments, most common being pod mounted rockets and nose mounted mini gun. Over a thousand were manufactured for the US Army. Three hundred were lost in combat. It was replaced by the AH-64 Apache.


Ticket prices
Huey $125
Cobra $800
To purchase advance tickets: Go to “armyav.org
For “Airstravaganza” information, call or text 618-322-3532
For questions about the Army Aviation Heritage Foundation:
Gateway (MO) – Army Aviation Heritage Foundation or call 636-362-4839
“Airstravaganza” is hosted by: EAA Chapter 1382/Greenville Pilots Association



Contact Information:
Alison Maley, government & public relations director
(217) 299-3122

Illinois Principals Association names new executive board and board members

SPRINGFIELD, Illinois – The Illinois Principals Association, which serves more than 6,500 educational leaders throughout the state of Illinois, announces the following school leaders to serve as the Executive Board for the IPA, effective July 1, 2024. 

President – Cris Edwards, Richland County Elementary School, Olney 
Immediate Past-President – Dr. Paul Kelly, Elk Grove High School, Elk Grove Village   
President-Elect – Dr. Angie Codron, Normal West High School, Normal 
Treasurer – Shaun Grant, South Elementary School, Chillicothe  
Secretary – Dr. Courtney DeMent, Downers Grove North High School, Downers Grove  

Other new board members include: 

– Diversity & Equity Chairperson – Sonia Ruiz, Jane Addams Middle School, Bolingbrook 
– Dr. Jennifer McCoy, principal of Lexington High School, Lexington, as state director for the Corn Belt Region 
– Dr. Rebecca Gabrenya, principal of Marquardt Middle School, Glendale Heights, as state director for the DuPage Region 
– Mandy Hughes, principal of Glenbrook North High School, Northbrook, as state director for the North Cook Region 
– Doug Owens, principal of Tri-City Elementary School, Carterville, as state director for the Shawnee Region 
– Heather Baker, assistant principal of Northview Elementary School, Peru, as state director for the Starved Rock Region 
– Nick Stoneking, assistant principal of Edison School, Macomb, as state director for the Western Region 

For information about other board members and IPA regions, please visit www.ilprincipals.org/board and www.ilprincipals.org/regions.  

The Illinois Principals Association 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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