Children’s health to be focus of Symposium March 13

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Children’s health to be focus of Symposium March 13

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Don’t miss the opportunity to attend this year’s Illinois Kids Count Symposium in Chicago and take an in-depth look at the health of children in Illinois.

The Symposium will be keynoted by nationally recognized healthcare expert Dr. Harold Pollack, professor at the University of Chicago’s School of Social Service Administration, who will discuss the Affordable Care Act and what it means for children, families, and communities. The keynote will be followed by a plenary panel of leading statewide experts who will speak on a variety of issues related to children’s health.

The Illinois Kids Count Symposium will kick off a series of events promoting the Illinois Kids Count 2014 report, “Child Health Matters,” which focuses on the health status of our state’s children. This topic is particularly important with the ongoing implementation of the Affordable Care Act.

Illinois Kids Count Symposium

“Child Health Matters”

Thursday, March 13, 2014

8:30 to 11:30 a.m.

Loyola University Civitas ChildLaw Center

Regents Hall, 111 East Pearson, 16th floor

Chicago, IL

Keynote Address

Harold Pollack, Ph.D., Helen Ross Professor at the University of Chicago’s School of Social Service Administration

Plenary Panelists

John Bouman, President, Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law

Arthur R. Culver, Superintendent, East St. Louis School District 189

Christy Filby, Community Wellness Executive, Two Rivers YMCA & Healthy Communities Consultant, Illinois State Alliance of YMCAs

Panel Moderator

Layla Suleiman-Gonzalez, Ph.D., J.D., Executive Director, Illinois Latino Family Commission

Illinois Kids Count 2014 Presentation

Anne Klassman, Project Manager, Voices for Illinois Children

Register here for the symposium. Space is limited.

The symposium is sponsored in partnership with the Loyola University Civitas ChildLaw Center.

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Ray Hanania

Ray Hanania is the Managing Editor of the Illinois News Network online news site. He is an award winning former Chicago City Hall political reporter and columnist who covered the beat from 1976 through 1992 (From Mayor Daley to Mayor Daley).

In 1976, he was hired by the Chicago community newspaper The Southtown Economist (Daily Southtown) and in 1985 was hired by the Chicago Sun-Times and covered Chicago City Hall for both. In 1993, he launched the “The Villager” Newspapers which covered 12 Southwest Chicagoland suburban regions. He hosted a live weekend Radio Show on WLS AM radio from 1980 through 1991, and also on WBBM FM, WLUP FM and shows on WSBC AM in Chicago and WNZK AM in Detroit.

Hanania is the recipient of four (4) Chicago Headline Club “Peter Lisagor Awards” for Column writing. In November 2006, he was named “Best Ethnic American Columnist” by the New American Media;In 2009, he received the prestigious Sigma Delta Chi Award for Writing from the Society of Professional Journalists. Hanania has also received two (2) Chicago Stick-o-Type awards from the Chicago Newspaper Guild, and in 1990 was nominated by the Chicago Sun-Times for a Pulitzer Prize for his four-part series on the Palestinian Intifada.

Hanania’s writings have been published in newspapers around the world. He currently is syndicated through Creators Syndicate and his column is feature every Sunday in the Saudi Gazette in Saudi Arabia. He has written for the Jerusalem Post,, Newsday in New York, the Orlando Sentinel, the Houston Chronicle, The Daily Star, the News of the World, the Daily Yomimuri in Tokyo, Chicago Magazine, the Arlington Heights Daily Herald, and Aramco Magazine. His Chicagoland political columns are published in the Southwest News-Herald and Des Plaines Valley News on several Chicagoland blogs including the and

Hanania is the President/CEO of Urban Strategies Group media and public affairs consulting which has clients in Illinois, Florida, Michigan and Washington D.C.

His personal website is Email him at: [email protected]
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