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Office of Public and Government Affairs                    (312) 996-3456 /

Week of December 08, 2014

Protests Impact
Contact Brian Flood: (312) 996-7681 /

The recent protests over police violence have produced a major shift in the political landscape, says Barbara Ransby, director of the UIC Social Justice Initiative. Ransby, a leading civil rights scholar and historian, says the diverse demonstrations -- featuring clergy, students, athletes, youth and elders -- reflects a dissatisfaction with many of the realities faced by poor and working-class youth of color, and suggests a fundamental change is needed.

Illinois Minimum Wage
Anne Brooks Ranallo: (312) 355-2523 /

The question of an increase in Illinois' minimum wage has been left until after the new governor's inauguration, despite the recent decision to raise Chicago 's minimum wage. David Merriman, UIC professor of public administration and an expert on state finance, can comment.

City Council Voting Patterns
Contact Brian Flood: (312) 996-7681 /

Mayor Rahm Emanuel's strong support from Chicago's City Council slipped only slightly in the past 18 months compared to his first two years in office, according to a new study of aldermanic voting patterns. Dick Simpson, UIC professor of political science and co-author of the report, is available to discuss the analysis of the council's 37 divided roll call votes since April 2013.

UI Health Build-A-Bear Workshop
10, Wednesday | Free | Call: (312) 413-2695

Pediatric patients at the Children's Hospital University of Illinois and UI Health's Mile Square Health Centers will participate in a Build-A-Bear Workshop. The Lend Lease Foundation has provided 40 koala bears for the children to construct and decorate. 4 - 5 p.m. Mile Square Health Center, 1220 S. Wood St. Contact Sharon Parmet, (312) 413-2695; 

Gifts for Hospitalized Children
10, Wednesday | Free | Call: (312) 413-2695

Exhibit 4 Smiles volunteers will deliver gifts to 75 children at Children's Hospital University of Illinois this Wednesday. Exhibit 4 Smiles is a charity for children with life-threatening illnesses and is supported by people in the exhibit industry. 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. Children's Hospital University of Illinois, 1740 W. Taylor St. Contact Sharon Parmet, (312) 413-2695; 

UI Health Craniofacial Center Holiday Party
13, Saturday | Free | Call: (312) 413-2695

The Face the Future Foundation will host a holiday party for young patients of UI Health's Craniofacial Center and their families. More than 200 people will celebrate with Santa, crafts, food, dancing, gifts and music. Noon - 2 p.m. Student Center West, 828 S. Wolcott Ave.