Governor of Illinois
Stany Zjednoczone - USA

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
Stany Zjednoczone - USA

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
Stany Zjednoczone - USA

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
Polska - Poland

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.


Instytut Polonias
Polska - Poland

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.


Seal of Illinois

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.


Pink Breast Cancer Ribbon

Governor and First Lady Blagojevich celebrate Mother’s Day at Wrigley Field

Pink Breast Cancer RibbonGovernor and First Lady Blagojevich celebrate Mother’s Day at Wrigley Field, helping spread the word about the importance of breast cancer screening

In conjunction with ‘Project Pink’ at Wrigley Field, First Family raises awareness of expanded Illinois Breast and Cervical Cancer Program for all uninsured women

CHICAGO – Standing outside of Wrigley Field with breast cancer patients and survivors from the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation, Governor Rod R. Blagojevich and First Lady Patti Blagojevich honored women this Mother’s Day by reminding them that routine breast cancer screenings can save lives. Before the game representatives from the Governor’s office distributed information on the recently expanded Illinois Breast and Cervical Cancer Program (IBCCP), which makes sure all uninsured women who need access to potentially life-saving cancer screenings and treatment can get it.


Lekarze ZLP pozdrawiają publiczność

ZLP na paradzie Konstytucji 3 maja w Chicago

Lekarze ZLP pozdrawiają publiczność. Parada Konstytucji 3 maja w Chicago 2008Już po raz dziewiąty członkowie Związku Lekarzy Polskich w Chicago uczestniczyli w największym święcie chicagowskiej Polonii – paradzie trzeciomajowej, która przemaszerowała przez śródmieście Chicago w sobotnie popołudnie 3 maja 2008.

Parada odbyła się po raz 117 w Chicago, dokładnie w 217 rocznicę uchwalenia Konstytucji 3 maja, aby uczcić ten historyczny dokument – pierwszą demokratyczną konstytucję w Europie, a drugą na świecie po konstytucji Stanów Zjednoczonych. Pomimo niezbyt sprzyjających warunków atmosferycznych, zimnej i mżystej pogody, w Paradzie wzięło udział wiele tysięcy Polaków i Amerykanów polskiego pochodzenia, w tym liczne organizacje polonijne, polskie szkoły, kluby, biznesy lokalne, przedstawiciele miasta Chicago, Konsulatu RP w Chicago oraz goście i przedstawiciele rządu z Polski