AS I SEE IT By Representative La Shawn K. Ford
The West Side Black Elected Officials, chaired by Alderman Emma Mitts, meets monthly to discuss how we as elected officials on the West Side can come together “to support efforts for the betterment of the West Side of Chicago”. The group includes Congressman Danny K. Davis, state senators and representatives, county board commissioners, water reclamation commissioners, aldermen, and others.
Chicago’s next mayor needs to be someone who understands the pressing issues faced by our city and its people, especially the issues faced by people living on the West and South Sides of our city. But, the West Side would do well to come together to back the candidate who will serve them the best. I believe that I know the major issues the city faces, and that we, together, can successfully work to find solutions to the issues, with fairness and justice for all.
My record in public service and as state representative for the Eighth district shows what I have worked hard for and where I have concentrated my energies. Here is a list of some of the issues that I have worked on over the last 11 years, and with the support and advocacy of so many, these have made a difference:
• Passed Bill Making Social Justice as Guiding Principle in Illinois House
• Passed African American Employment Plan
• Passed Illinois “Ban the Box” to Expand Ex-Offender Job Opportunities
• Passed Micro-Loan Program for Ex-offenders
• Passed Bill Expanding the Sealing of Records of Non-violent Ex-offenders
• Passed Bill Limiting Bail Bond Costs
• Passed Bill so at least 10% of State Contracts go to Small Businesses
• Passed Six Bills Expanding HIV Screening
• Passed Bill Lowering School Age from 7 to 6
• Passed Bill for Remedial Reading & Math Summer School Program
• Passed Bill Making it Easier to Use LINK card at Farmer’s Markets
• Passed Bill Naming Cicero Avenue as Nelson Mandela Road
• Passed Bill Naming Roosevelt Road as Muhammad Ali Road
• Passed Bills for Commissions on Responsible Fatherhood, Young Adult Employment, Violence Prevention, Child Care Reform, Firearm Public Awareness, Economic and Social Costs of Slavery
• Restored Funding for Child Care, Senior Meals, CEDA, LIHEAP, Lottery, Colleges
• Sponsor of 10 Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Family HEALTH CHALLENGE events for school kids
• Secured Grants for District Libraries, Parks and Fire Departments
• Emails Daily Job Listings to Thousands; Author of Weekly Newspaper Column
• Held Career & Health Fairs, & Town Hall Meetings on Education, Foreclosures, Concealed Carry, Black History Month, Violence, Elected School Board, Adoption & Foster Care, Second Chance Summits, Chicago Mayoral Recall, Child Support & License Reinstatement, Heroin Crisis
As I see it, the next mayor of Chicago should show that they are a mayor for ALL of Chicago. For much too long, resources and opportunities have been concentrated in a few areas, while the West and South Sides have been passed over. We have a great opportunity to move forward, to build on our greatness, to increase opportunities for all, and to have a mayor for ALL of the residents of Chicago.
For more information, contact one of Ford’s Constituent Service Offices: 816 S. Oak Park Avenue in Oak Park at 708-445-3673, 4800 W. Chicago Avenue in Chicago at 773-378-5902 or in the Stratton Office Building in Springfield at 217-782-5962, or visit http://www.lashawnford.com.
CANCER SOCIETY WARNS WOMEN OF THREAT FROM RADON EXPOSURE
A new report finds a statistically significant positive association between high levels of residential radon and the risk of hematologic (blood) cancer in women. This study is the first prospective population-based study of residential radon exposure and hematologic cancer risk, leading the authors to caution that it requires replication and whether it truly differs by sex.
Radon is a naturally-occurring byproduct of the decay of radium and is a known human lung carcinogen, the second-leading cause of lung cancer in the United States. Modeling studies show that radon delivers a non-negligible dose of alpha radiation to the bone marrow and therefore could be related to risk of hematologic cancers. More than 171,000 new cases of hematologic cancer and more than 58,000 deaths are expected in the United States in 2016. Hematologic cancers are the most expensive cancers to treat per quality-adjusted life year gained.
For the current study, researchers led by Lauren Teras, Ph.D., of the American Cancer Society used data from the American Cancer Society Cancer Prevention Study-II Nutrition Cohort established in 1992, to examine the association between county-level residential radon exposure and risk of Hematologic cancer. The analysis included 140,652 participants among whom there were 3,019 hematologic cancers during 19 years of follow-up. They found women living in counties with the highest mean radon concentration had a statistically significant 63% higher risk of hematologic cancer compared to those living in counties with the lowest radon levels. They also found evidence of a dose-response relationship.
The authors say men may have a higher baseline risk, possibly because of more exposure to occupational or other risk factors for hematologic cancer, reducing the impact of any additional risk from residential radon. In women, who have a smaller baseline risk, residential radon exposure might be a larger contributor to overall risk. Another reason may be that the women of this generation spent more time in their homes, so had more residential exposure than men.
According to Dr. Teras, “Radon is already associated with lung cancer and if other studies confirm the link to blood cancers, we think it would warrant strengthened public health efforts to mitigate residential radon risks.”
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December 20, 2018 at 04:34AM