Soccer ball on the grass

Online voting kicks off for the 2008 Pepsi MLS all-star game

Soccer ball on the grassNEW YORK (May 14, 2007) – Starting today, Major League Soccer fans can select the 11 players they would like to see take on English Premier League club West Ham United FC in the 2008 Pepsi MLS All-Star Game. Official online voting to select the MLS All-Star First XI is now open at the league’s official Web site The 13th annual MLS midsummer showcase will bring together Major League Soccer’s best for a marquee matchup on July 24, 2008, versus historic East London club West Ham United at BMO Field in Toronto, Canada, the home of Toronto FC.  The game will be televised in the U.S. and Canada on ESPN2, Telefutura and CBC Sports at 7 p.m. ET.

Fans can vote for the All-Star First XI online at by selecting one goalkeeper, three defenders, five midfielders, and two forwards.  Fans can vote up to 10 times per day. The online fan balloting program, which concludes on Wednesday, July 2, will comprise 25 percent of the total vote for the All-Star First XI, with coaches and general managers, players, and media each holding 25 percent of the vote to combine for the remaining 75 percent.


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First Lady Patricia Blagojevich launches food allergy awareness effort to save children’s lives

First lady of Illinois Patricia B.“Ask Before You Eat” campaign educates families, schools and the food service industry to safeguard children from growing threat

CHICAGOTo kick off Food Allergy Awareness week, First Lady Patricia Blagojevich today launched “Ask Before You Eat,” a statewide education campaign designed to prevent unintentional and potentially-life threatening harm to children with food allergies. Nationwide, some 3 million children suffer from food allergies, including 1 out of 17 children under 3 years of age. Food allergy reactions in children can range from mild symptoms such as skin rashes to anaphylaxis, a sudden and severe response that can end in death.


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Gov. Blagojevich reminds young internet users of potential online dangers

Governor of IllinoisIllinois State Police kicks off summer NetSmartz training; provides safety tips to protect children while online

SPRINGFIELD – As school children and parents across the state prepare for summer dismissal, Governor Rod R. Blagojevich and Illinois State Police (ISP) Director Larry G. Trent today reminded adolescents and parents of the dangers associated with using the internet. The announcement comes as the ISP kicks off a summer tour of NetSmartz training workshops that combine the newest technologies and current research into high-impact educational activities that teach kids how to stay safe from predators while online.


US Poland business forum

Business Forum to address trade and economic relations between The US and Poland

US Poland business forumCHICAGO (May 12, 2008) – The US-Poland Business Forum to be held on May 14-15, 2008 at the University of Chicago Gleacher Center ( will be one of the largest conferences in recent years addressing issues related to trade and investment between the US and Poland. Hosted by the Polish American Chamber of Commerce (PACC), the event will bring together business and government leaders, media representatives and educators who have been active participants in, or intimate observers of, US-Poland trade and investment relations.

The conference attendees will find this event to be an ideal opportunity to meet face to face with many of the prime movers in the area of Polish American trade.

Hand holding swabs
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Physicians at IBJI Discover Link To Post Op Infections

Hand holding swabsIllinois Bone and Joint Institute (IBJI) physicians associated with Evanston Northwestern Hospital (ENH) have discovered a link between nasal staff bacteria and post-surgical infections.

The study, published in the March issue of Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research, was conducted by Dr. Lance Peterson, an infection disease specialist, and IBJI surgeons Dr. James Kudrna and Dr. William Robb. 

The study which began in 2003 involved a simple pre-operative nasal swab test for Staphylococcus Aureus or S. Aureus.  S. Aureus is responsible for the majority of post-surgical infections in Total Knee and Total Hip Arthroplasty surgeries. 


Soccer ball over blue sky

International soccer returns to Chicago

Soccer Ball over blue sky pierces the netCerveza Tecate presents Cruz Azul vs. Cracovia Krakow in July 5 friendly at Toyota Park

CHICAGO (Tuesday, May 13, 2008) – Cardenas Marketing Network (CMN), Viva Entertainment and John Zapa today announced the return of international soccer to Chicago with an exhibition match featuring First Division clubs Cruz Azul (Mexico) and Crocovia Krakow (Poland) on Saturday, July 5 at Toyota Park in Bridgeview, Illinois. Kick-off for the match, presented by Cerveza Tecate, is set for 8:00 p.m. CST. The friendly will offer the city’s vibrant Mexican and Polish communities – the two largest ethnic groups in Chicago – the opportunity to cheer on their favorite clubs as they go head-to-head during this exciting Fourth of July weekend.


Michael Madejeski and Jerzy Walszkowski
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Two Polish Holocaust heroes

Michael Madejeski and Jerzy WalszkowskiMichael Madejski and Dr. Jerzy Waleszkowski Helped free 350 Jews from the Nazis

, N.Y.
.. Michael Madejski (left) and Dr. Jerzy Waleszkowski were Polish boy scouts who found little time for arts and crafts after
Germany invaded Poland in 1939 to start World War II and the Holocaust.

Instead, they joined Poland’s underground resistance, the Armia Krajowa, and spent most of their time fighting the German army of occupation. 


Irena Sendler
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Long-unsung Polish heroine dies at 98

Irena SendlerWARSAW—Irena Krzyżanowska-Sendler, one of Poland’s greatest long-unsung heroines of World War II, died last Monday morning (May 12th) at a Warsaw hospital at the age of 98. A social worker instrumental in saving some 2,500 Jewish babies and youngsters from the Holocaust, she was hospitalized in April with pneumonia, never to return to the Catholic nursing home where she had lived for the past four years.

During the Nazi occupation, she conspired with a group of other, mostly female social workers to smuggle Jewish children out of the Warsaw Ghetto and conceal them until the war was over. At great personal peril, she used every available ruse to outfox Poland’s hated Nazi oppressors. Capitalizing on the Germans’ fear of typhoid epidemics, she posed as an infection-control nurse and was able to freely move about inside the walled-in ghetto. She talked Jewish parents into giving up their babies who were sedated and smuggled out in crates, sacks and coffins. Older kids left the ghetto through the sewers and secret crevices in the wall.


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Zlikwidowano bibliotekę Instytutu Polskiego w Paryżu.

Instytut PoloniasZlikwidowano bibliotekę Instytutu Polskiego w Paryżu. Jej zbiory w większości trafią do biblioteki paryskiego uniwersytetu – Sorbony. Likwidację utrzymywano w ścisłej tajemnicy, a jej perspektywa wywołała obawy Polonii co do dalszych losów okołodziesięciotysięcznego księgozbioru.
Pogłoski o planach zamknięcia tej zasłużonej dla polskiej kultury placówki krążyły co najmniej od połowy kwietnia. W tym czasie na stronach internetowych Polskiego Stowarzyszenia Autorów, Dziennikarzy i Tłumaczy w Europie APAJTE trwała debata na temat jej przyszłości. Polskie Ministerstwo Spraw Zagranicznych informowało jedynie o reorganizacji. Dyrektor Instytutu Beata Podgórska zaprzeczyła, jakoby likwidacja biblioteki była utrzymywana w ścisłej tajemnicy. – Po prostu nie było jeszcze decyzji.


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Blagojevich administration launches Women’s Health Week

Seal of IllinoisBlagojevich administration launches Women’s Health Week in Illinois with Pin-A-Sister event on Mother’s Day

Health fairs, workshops, seminars, speakers and screenings held across the state to help improve women’s health

CHICAGO – To stress the importance of women getting routine breast and cervical cancer screenings, Deputy Governor Louanner Peters kicked-off Women’s Health Week in Illinois today by leading a Pin-A-Sister event at Fellowship Baptist Church. Women’s Health Week is a perfect time to focus on women’s health, including the importance of early detection, which all uninsured women now have access to through the Illinois Breast and Cervical Cancer Program (IBCCP) expansion.