Capitol Fax.com - Your Illinois News Radar » The big picture
SUBSCRIBE to Capitol Fax      Advertise Here      Mobile Version     Exclusive Subscriber Content     Updated Posts    Contact
CapitolFax.com
To subscribe to Capitol Fax, click here.
The big picture

Tuesday, Aug 4, 2015

* From a press release…

Governor Bruce Rauner and Jake Steinfeld, Chairman of the National Foundation for Governors’ Fitness Councils, announced [yesterday] the three winning schools that will each receive a state-of-the-art Live PositivelyTM Fitness Center. This multi-million dollar physical fitness campaign has named Abbott Middle School in Elgin, Drake Elementary School in Chicago and Lincoln Middle School in Rockford as Illinois’ most outstanding schools for demonstrating new and innovative ways for promoting student physical activity and wellness.

“Healthy habits begin in childhood, and these new fitness centers will help students build a solid foundation of physical activity at a young age,” Governor Rauner said. “With childhood obesity rates in Illinois among the highest in the nation, it’s imperative we take steps to reverse the trend. I’m happy to see three Illinois schools benefit from this public-private partnership, and thank Jake and the National Foundation for Governors’ Fitness Councils for providing them with this incredible opportunity.”

One of the greatest features of this program is that the Live Positively Fitness Centers are fully funded through public/private partnerships with companies like Coca-Cola, Anthem Foundation and Nike; and even better, there is absolutely no government funding or any costs to taxpayers.

“Childhood obesity is not a partisan issue; it’s a kids’ issue, and Governor Rauner has fully embraced our program and it’s been inspiring,” said Jake “Body by Jake” Steinfeld. “Since 2012, the National Foundation has provided fitness centers to more than a MILLION school kids and community members across the U.S.A. We are thrilled to award three Illinois schools with new fitness centers that will have a lasting impact on kids well into their future. I’ve always said that when you give the schools the tools, amazing things will happen. Not only will kids become more active and fit, they will also have increased confidence, improved self-esteem and will achieve greater academic success!”

The National Foundation’s goal is to build a nation of the fittest, healthiest kids in the world. Physical activity and exercise are shown to help prevent and treat more than 40 chronic diseases, enhance individual health and quality of life and reduce health care costs. In schools, studies show that physical activity improves academic achievement, increases confidence and self-esteem, reduces discipline problems, cuts absenteeism and fosters better interpersonal relationships.

That’s great news for those schools.

* But I wondered what Emily Miller at Voices for Children thought. Miller (no relation that we know of) is a tireless and relentless Statehouse advocate for kids. Here’s her take…

Given this announcement, the Governor seems to understand that some state investment and commitment is necessary to put kids on a healthy path. I agree with him that “healthy habits begin in childhood.”

I wonder, though, if the Governor is aware of his record on supporting programs for kids. Afterschool programs provide combinations of academic and physical fitness programs to get kids off on the right track, headed toward academic success– the same goals the Governor praises in his announcement of the winning schools. But he totally eliminated afterschool funding in his budget, then vetoed $13 million in state funding that came over in the spending plan from the General Assembly.

I wonder if the kids who used to go to the Rockford YMCA will be invited over to use Lincoln Middle School’s new gym since they don’t have anywhere else to go? Or maybe the kids who used to go to the Elgin YMCA will be invited over to use the new gym at Abbott Middle School?

The Rockford YMCA already closed its doors, and the Elgin YMCA program shutdown will coincide with the start of the school year. Any Chicago afterschool programs receiving state afterschool money were also cut completely.

“… Governor Rauner has fully embraced our program and it’s been inspiring.”

Oh, yes. I’m truly inspired.

* Emily also sent this along today…

The attached spreadsheet contains survey results from 35 TeenREACH agencies (of about 122 sites) from this last week. As you can imagine, lots of sites are dealing with how to communicate what’s happening to their kids, parents and staff, so survey response was not perfect. This is a fairly accurate picture of what’s happening across the state, and what’s about to happen.

In total, teen reach served about 15,000 youth in 2015 at about 122 sites across the state.

Between this, child care cuts, and cuts to human services across the board, it’s going to be a very, very rough “back to school” season this year for Illinois families.

Click here to read the survey results. It ain’t pretty.

- Posted by Rich Miller        

15 Comments
  1. - Wordslinger - Tuesday, Aug 4, 15 @ 9:17 am:

    With any politician, pay attention to what they do, not what they say.


  2. - Anonymous - Tuesday, Aug 4, 15 @ 9:20 am:

    This is a positive thing for those schools that does not use state funds. Good news for those kids and schools who put in the effort and won.


  3. - Ducky LaMoore - Tuesday, Aug 4, 15 @ 9:22 am:

    Infuriating. But, then again, what else would I expect? The big problem is when these programs are cut, if funding is eventually restored, they take a long time to get up and running again.


  4. - Anonymous - Tuesday, Aug 4, 15 @ 9:25 am:

    “I wonder if the kids who used to go to the Rockford YMCA” can go to the gyms at their own schools instead of waiting for an invitation to use the gym at Lincoln Middle School? But that would not fit the narrative.


  5. - Logic not emotion - Tuesday, Aug 4, 15 @ 9:25 am:

    Supporting that for those three schools; but not supporting after school programs and not strongly supporting the HEAL act seems disjointed.


  6. - cdog - Tuesday, Aug 4, 15 @ 9:26 am:

    If the young people have fewer opportunities for healthy supervised activities, is there a chance they may engage in unhealthy activities? I think there is! A teen pregnancy and baby boom?

    Rather sad because there probably won’t be any WIC, or ANY DHS services for 15 yr olds with babies in Rauner World.


  7. - PublicServant - Tuesday, Aug 4, 15 @ 9:28 am:

    Doesn’t Emily understand that funds for these children’s programs will be restored just as soon as Madigan’s puppets sign on to the governor’s plan to reduce the wages of their parents. Keep your eye on the goal, Emily! Boy, some people are so short sighted.


  8. - Langhorne - Tuesday, Aug 4, 15 @ 9:36 am:

    There is no plan, other than inflicting pain on the vulnerable. No plan to reach a particular number. A woefully mistaken scorched earth approach, but no plan to arrive at 36 and 71.


  9. - Been There - Tuesday, Aug 4, 15 @ 9:46 am:

    ===“… Governor Rauner has fully embraced our program and it’s been inspiring.”====
    Maybe when Bruce first ran and then obtained the governorship he really thought he knew how everything with the state worked and he had all the answers. Hopefully he will start to realize how far reaching the problems go and the answers are not going to be simple. But I have a feeling that Emily’s statement doesn’t even make it to him to read.


  10. - Precinct Captain - Tuesday, Aug 4, 15 @ 9:52 am:

    ==Jake “Body by Jake” Steinfeld==


  11. - walker - Tuesday, Aug 4, 15 @ 10:11 am:

    Any support helps. But not sure about giving to those schools who already are doing well in promoting fitness versus some others who might need it more.


  12. - Anon221 - Tuesday, Aug 4, 15 @ 11:28 am:

    From the first part :

    “One of the greatest features of this program is that the Live Positively Fitness Centers are fully funded through public/private partnerships with companies like Coca-Cola, Anthem Foundation and Nike; and even better, there is absolutely no government funding or any costs to taxpayers.”

    Absolutely no gov’t funding… Rauner’s doing his ****est to make that possible in Illinois.


  13. - Anonymous Redux - Tuesday, Aug 4, 15 @ 1:44 pm:

    IllinoisInc.?


  14. - sal-says - Tuesday, Aug 4, 15 @ 5:00 pm:

    Dear Rich

    Governor Raunner loves kids; but the actual funding for people and kids in need?

    Quoting a TV show: ‘We Don’t Care’.

    With warmest personal regards,
    ck


  15. - burbanite - Tuesday, Aug 4, 15 @ 6:47 pm:

    I guess the big hunter likes the easy prey. Looking at the survey…this is just sickening. Hope he has fun at Governor’s Day.


Sorry, comments for this post are now closed.


* Former 'Chicago Tonight' host Elizabeth Brackett has died
* Reader comments closed for the weekend
* DHFS interim director chosen to replace Norwood
* Blandford named Executive Mansion Curator
* M-E Dems back Madigan's handling of #MeToo allegations
* The Cook County-est news items of the week
* Stones, glass houses, etc.
* THIS JUST IN: Tabares to become to new 23rd Ward alderman
* P. Scott Neville, Jr. sworn in as Illinois Supreme Court justice
* *** UPDATED 3x *** Rauner claims unpaid bills at $10B when he took office
* CAPTION CONTEST!
* Rauner's office responds to flood waters questions
* McCann talks supporting Trump, Rauner buying GOP
* *** LIVE COVERAGE ***
* Yesterday's stories

Support CapitolFax.com
Visit our advertisers...

...............

...............

...............

...............
<


Loading


* McHenry Township officials send letter to Gov. .....
* Gun activist tour comes to St. Louis as gun res.....
* Savanna-Sabula bridge dedicated to honor local .....
* Rauner pledges $5000 to Freedom Run..
* Rauner to consider allowing medical cannabis fo.....
* Illinois pharmacies pushing for more data on Me.....
* Aurora holds first-ever pride parade..
* All systems go for a celebration: Governor join.....
* Aurora's First Pride Celebration..
* Illinois to fund Medicaid preventive dental ser.....


* Midwestern states endure flash flooding, heat wave
* New organization that honors black firefighters to open
* Rauner names curator for newly remodeled governor's mansion
* William Shatner captains bitcoin mining farm in Illinois
* Peoria man killed in auto race in Canada
* Plan would turn old Illinois library into craft distillery
* Chicago is in for a dangerously hot day
* EXCHANGE: Community reacts after college announces closing
* EXCHANGE: Business club to end so charities can get checks
* Parkland students, activists registering voters in Chicago

* Rauner to consider allowing medical cannabis for opioid patients
* Bipartisan work yields gun bills, fate rests with Rauner
* Rauner names Justin Blandford curator of Governor's Mansion
* Rauner names Williamsville woman interim HFS director
* Both Rauner and Pritzker have donated to Mansion renovations
* Both candidates for governor have donated to Mansion renovations
* Illiopolis boy helps push bill to cover hearing aids for kids
* Under the Dome Podcast: AFSCME lawsuits everywhere, #MeToo fallout, governor ad war
* Rauner says more ads coming like one featuring other Republican governors
* Madigan aide ousted in harassment scandal responds to accuser

* Roskam's intriguing immigration move
* Apple partners with Oprah for original content push
* Rush hospital: The feds' star system has been wrong for two years
* Why's it so hard to reform an industry that routinely overcharges its customers?
* A year after CIBC deal, 'I'm having fun,' Larry Richman says


* Boy, 16, grazed by bullet in Lawndale
* Man shot in his shoulder near Humboldt Park
* Dear Abby: Husband’s refusal to adopt breaks my heart
* Cubs test NL mettle with 7 of next 11 against defending NL champs
* CPD officer involved in ATV crash on Lake Shore Drive bike path
* 3 shot in Little Village
* Horoscope for June 18, 2018
* Man shot in head, killed in Marquette Park
* Missing girl, 14, never returned home from school: police
* 2 feared dead after earthquake hits Osaka in western Japan


* 3 dead, dozens injured by quake in Osaka in western Japan
* Laura Bush: Separating children from their parents at the border 'breaks my heart'
* Cubs blanked 5-0 by Cardinals as Javier Baez leaves game with bruised elbow
* New Jersey art festival on verge of being shut down when shots rang out, killing 1
* Fight intensifies over Trump's family separation policy after Democrats visit detention facilities
* Former U.S. players not cool with Landon Donovan championing Mexico
* ‘Westworld’ Episode 9 recap: 5 things to know about ‘Vanishing Point’ and William’s life outside the park
* ‘Claws’ Episode 2 recap: 5 things to know about ‘Cracker Casserole’ — from Florida with love
* Elizabeth Brackett, longtime 'Chicago Tonight' reporter, dies at 76
* Pedro Strop says 2018 Cubs bullpen is the best he has been a part of


» Dad-isms: Jokes and Lessons Our Fathers Taught Us
» Parkland Survivors Join Chicago Youth, Celebrities At St. Sabina's Peace March
» Why Don’t Chicago Beaches Have A Poop Threshold?
» Furniture From Closed CPS Schools Ends Up In Surprising Places
» Students Go Back In Time To Record On Machine That Democratized Music
» State Week: AFSCME Contract; Abortion Court Fight; Former Madigan Staffer Responds To Accusations
» Durbin OKs State Senator McCarter for Kenya Ambassadorship
» Durbin Backs State Senator McCarter for Kenya Ambassadorship
» WBEZ’s Chicago And Illinois News Roundup: June 15, 2018
» The Week in Review: Musk Promises 12-Minute O’Hare Express


* George Will: Congress suffers arthritic knees from genuflecting to presidential power
* Rauner to consider allowing medical cannabis for opioid patients
* Bipartisan work yields gun bills, fate rests with Rauner
* Bernard Schoenburg: Gov. Rauner owns Sangamon farmland — with somebody
* Bernard Schoenburg: Rauner owns Sangamon farmland — with somebody
* Angie Muhs: New reporter will focus on local business coverage
* Our View: City should not put competing township referendum on ballot
* Faith Coalition for the Common Good: Leaders impact lives of homeless
* Statehouse Insider: Illinois second to Missouri again
* Thom Dammrich: The Modern Fish Act — Good for Illinois


* Folks fly (and drive) to the Marshall County Airport for Father’s Day
* Bacon Sunday shares top billing with Father's Day at New Life Church
* Excessive heat warning extends through Monday evening
* Ride the River: Families gather for Father's Day tradition
* Steam bath weather ideal for convertibles, bad for everything else
* Duo look to make over Main Street one step at a time
* UI Open:Championship Round
* Tazewell, Woodford marriages, divorces: June 17, 2018
* Random Acts of Kindness: A stuffed animal and a smile
* DAILY RECORD


* Strong quake near Osaka, Japan, kills 3, knocks over walls
* LEADING OFF: Astros go for team record-tying 12th win in row
* Asian markets down as trade war heats up
* The Latest: More than 210 injured in Osaka-area earthquake
* Giuliani says Trump may consider pardons after Russia probe

* Pravin Varughese murder: Indian-American m...
* Congressmen aim to give Route 66 Historic ...
* Rep. Lipinski Holds Lockport Senior Fair
* Parkland survivors, local students support...
* Michelle Pfeiffer Had Doubts Before 'A...
* New 'Ant-Man and the Wasp' Trailer...
* Everything In The MCU Has Led To 'Ant-...
* Parkland students and anti-violence activi...
* Parkland students make political point in ...
* Father's Day protests decry immigratio...

* Trump tweets Dems and GOP should get toget......
* Concourse Capital Management Trimmed Amc E......
* Principal Financial Group Stake in Sinclai......
* Putnam Fl Investment Management Co Has Lif......
* As Sinclair Broadcast Group (SBGI) Share V......

* Our view: GOP group spot on in recent Blag......
* "Senator Tammy Duckworth …&quo......
* hapas...
* Where is duckworth...
* Stupid Tammy...

* Summertime, when living is easy, and some see chance to justify strip joint
* Father's day "heteronormative"?
* ​Affordable Learning Exchange works to increase access by reducing costly course material: Goal is to save students $10 million by 2020
* Take that leukemia: Andrew Jones cleared to take online classes, move into dorm
* Here’s How Higher Education Dies
* Harvard Hosts 60-Year Curriculum Symposium
* Startup Uses AI and Human Augmentation for Video/Audio Transcription
* 6 Reasons Blended Learning Works
* An Inside Look at Online Carding Courses for Cybercriminals
* eLearning for Refugees: Three Programs Making a Difference


* Multi-State Salmonella Outbreak Linked To Cereal
* PHIL VASSAR AND LOVE AND THEFT ROUND OUT THE DU QUOIN STATE FAIR GRANDSTAND
* Illinois 89 Bridge in Spring Valley Opens to Traffic
* Gov. Rauner announces release of funding for Department of Agriculture programs
* Gov. Rauner, Lt. Gov. Sanguinetti provide update on efforts to combat opioid epidemic

  
* LG X5 (2018) goes official with 4,500mAh battery
* Oppo Find X to have a 93.8% screen to body ratio
* Samsung may launch a 512GB Galaxy Note 9, but fans in US and Europe might miss out
* Optus hands World Cup streaming back to SBS for 48 hours
* OnePlus 6 Android P Developer Preview beta 2 lands with Google Lens support
* Australia launches robotics roadmap for automation adoption
* Is LG working on an Android One phone that will be a T-Mobile exclusive in the US?

* White Sox: Reviewing the team after 70 games and 24 wins
* MLB roundup: Tigers beat White Sox 3-1 for 5th straight win
* White Sox Minor League Update: June 17, 2018
* White Sox Minor League Update: June 17, 2018
* Indians welcome back Alonso vs. White Sox
* Most Essential White Sox Vote: Round 29
* Most Essential White Sox Vote: Round 29


Main Menu
Home
Illinois
YouTube
Pundit rankings
Obama
Subscriber Content
Durbin
Burris
Blagojevich Trial
Advertising
Updated Posts
Polls

Archives
June 2018
May 2018
April 2018
March 2018
February 2018
January 2018
December 2017
November 2017
October 2017
September 2017
August 2017
July 2017
June 2017
May 2017
April 2017
March 2017
February 2017
January 2017
December 2016
November 2016
October 2016
September 2016
August 2016
July 2016
June 2016
May 2016
April 2016
March 2016
February 2016
January 2016
December 2015
November 2015
October 2015
September 2015
August 2015
July 2015
June 2015
May 2015
April 2015
March 2015
February 2015
January 2015
December 2014
November 2014
October 2014
September 2014
August 2014
July 2014
June 2014
May 2014
April 2014
March 2014
February 2014
January 2014
December 2013
November 2013
October 2013
September 2013
August 2013
July 2013
June 2013
May 2013
April 2013
March 2013
February 2013
January 2013
December 2012
November 2012
October 2012
September 2012
August 2012
July 2012
June 2012
May 2012
April 2012
March 2012
February 2012
January 2012
December 2011
November 2011
October 2011
September 2011
August 2011
July 2011
June 2011
May 2011
April 2011
March 2011
February 2011
January 2011
December 2010
November 2010
October 2010
September 2010
August 2010
July 2010
June 2010
May 2010
April 2010
March 2010
February 2010
January 2010
December 2009
November 2009
October 2009
September 2009
August 2009
July 2009
June 2009
May 2009
April 2009
March 2009
February 2009
January 2009
December 2008
November 2008
October 2008
September 2008
August 2008
July 2008
June 2008
May 2008
April 2008
March 2008
February 2008
January 2008
December 2007
November 2007
October 2007
September 2007
August 2007
July 2007
June 2007
May 2007
April 2007
March 2007
February 2007
January 2007
December 2006
November 2006
October 2006
September 2006
August 2006
July 2006
June 2006
May 2006
April 2006
March 2006
February 2006
January 2006
December 2005
April 2005
March 2005
February 2005
January 2005
December 2004
November 2004
October 2004

Blog*Spot Archives
November 2005
October 2005
September 2005
August 2005
July 2005
June 2005
May 2005

Syndication

RSS Feed 2.0
Comments RSS 2.0
WordPress




Hosted by MCS SUBSCRIBE to Capitol Fax Advertise Here Mobile Version Contact Rich Miller