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Polish Constitution Day May 3 Parade in downtown Chicago

Polish Constitution May 3 Parade ChicagoOn Saturday May 3rd, at exactly 217th anniversary of Polish Constitution of May 3, 117th annual Parade in the City of Chicago took place to honor and celebrate this historic document, the first democratic Constitution in Europe and the second in the world.

Despite terrible weather conditions (cold and rain), at noon thousands of Polish and Polish-American citizens marched through a Columbus Drive in downtown Chicago.

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Parada Konstytucji 3 Maja 2008 Chicago

Parada 3 Maja Chicago 2008W sobotę, 3-go maja, dokładnie w 217 rocznicę uchwalenia Konstytucji 3 Maja, odbyła się tradycyjna 117 –sta, Parada w Chicago, ku czci i pamięci historycznego dokumentu, pierwszej demokratycznej Konstytucji w Europie i drugiej na świecie po Konstytucji Stanów Zjednoczonych.

Pomimo złych warunków atmosferycznych (zimna i deszczu), w południe po Columbus Drive (downtown Chicago) przemaszerowało tysiące Polaków i Amerykanów polskiego pochodzenia.

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Zaproszenie na polonijną parade 2008

Polska Flaga - Polish FlagWitaj majowa jutrzenko, swiec naszej polskiej krainie. Uczcimy ciebie parada ktora na calym swiecie slynie.  Po raz 117-ty w Downtown Chicago Polska Parada.  Bez wzgledu na wiek i pogode poczuj sie mlodo i dolacz do setek dumnych ze swojej tozsamosci. Spotykamy sie w sobote 3-go Maja o godzinie 11:30 rano u zbiegu ulic Columbus Drive i Balbo. Wszyscy razem stworzymy wspolny bialo czerwony marsz radosci, dumy i polskosci, pokazujac ze polskosc to czlowiek, jego uksztaltowanie, jego wiara, tradycja i kultura..

Komitet Organizacyjny Parady Obchodow Polskiej Konstytucji 3-cio Majowej przy Zwiazku Klubow Polskich serdecznie zaprasza cala Polonie do licznego udzialu.

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Mayor Daley delivers annual City of Chicago address

Chicao MayorChallenges Chicagoans to Protect Children;

Announces more funding for summer jobs for youth and summer parks programs, and a new CPS program aimed at easing the transition to high school for 8th graders

Mayor Richard M. Daley used his annual City of Chicago address to confront the city’s challenges: gun violence, especially against children; a national economy in recession and a school system that is progressing but needs to redouble its efforts to keep student achievement going.

Chicago has made real and lasting progress to secure its future since he has been in office, Daley told an audience of community, government, political and other leaders at the Hilton and Towers, 720 S. Michigan Av. The city has come far since the days of “Council Wars,” when the city was divided along racial lines.

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PACC’s April Business After Hours

PACC’s April Business After Hours – At Home With NewConnect At MidAmerica

Chicago, IL (April 21, 2008) – The Polish American Chamber of Commerce (PACC) monthly Business After Hours gathering on Thursday, April 17 was a remarkable occasion with regard to both the special guests and the dramatic venue. Well over 100 PACC members and friends gathered at MidAmerica Club located at the pinnacle of the Aon Center on the 80th Floor, to welcome Ms. Beata Jarosz, member of the Warsaw Stock Exchange Management Board and Mr. Emil Stepien, head of the Exchange’s New Markets and Issuers. With the panoramic view of the city’s distinctive skyline, Lake Michigan, and Millennium Park as a backdrop, all attendees felt very at home as the plaza below was designed by PACC chairman Wojciech Madeyski.

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Governor Blagojevich announces significant decline in teen driving fatalities

Seal fo IllinoisSPRINGFIELD – Governor Rod R. Blagojevich, Secretary of State Jesse White, the Governors Highway Safety Association, the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT), Illinois State Police (ISP), Ford Motor Company Fund, The Allstate Foundation, and supporters of Operation Teen Safe Driving today announced the final round of winning schools to participate in the statewide safety initiative designed to educate teens about safe driving to save lives.

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Gov. Blagojevich fights harmful Bush Administration

Gov. Blagojevich fights harmful Bush Administration Medicaid rules on several fronts

Urges Illinois Congressional delegation to vote to halt implementation; joins other governors in support of legal challenge to Bush rules

Families USA report estimates Bush Medicaid rules would cost Illinois $487 million in first year alone in addition to job loss and economic decline

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Police State Tactics: Tasering Pregnant Women and the Elderly

Police on HorsesIn George Lucas’ film THX 1138 (1970), the police in a futuristic state make citizens compliant by shocking them with “pain prods.” After seeing the movie, I remember thinking that if the police were ever allowed to use implements such as these, we would rapidly move into a police state. This has now happened with tasers.

Tasers are electro-shock weapons that are currently used by more than 11,000 law enforcement agencies in the United States. Designed to cause instant incapacitation by delivering a 50,000-volt shock, tasers are hand-held electronic stun guns that fire two barbed darts. The darts, which usually remain attached to the gun by wires, deliver a high voltage shock and can penetrate up to two inches of clothing or skin. The darts can strike the subject from a distance of up to 35 feet, or the taser can be applied directly to the skin. Although a taser shot is capable of jamming the central nervous system for up to 30 seconds, it can disable the subject for even longer. And because tasers can be aimed anywhere on the body, they can immobilize someone more easily than pepper spray, which must be sprayed in the face.

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Poland's Jewish culture blooms anew

Sixty-five years ago this month, the Jewish insurgents of the Warsaw Ghetto arose in armed resistance against the Nazis, the first popular revolt in German-occupied Europe. Warsaw's Jewish insurgents flew two flags above the Ghetto wall the occupiers had built: the banner of the Zionist movement (a forerunner of the Israeli flag) and the Polish flag.

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