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Thom Serafin on what to expect from Governor Quinn’s State of the State

Today Governor Quinn will address Illinoisans with this year’s State of the State. Thom Serafin dropped by Fox Chicago to offer his insight on what to expect.


Thom Serafin on FOX: Election Night results

Thom Serafin joined FOX Chicago to talk about primary election results as they came in on election night.


Fox Chicago: DuPage Airport Snow Removal Crew Keeps Mother Nature at Bay

DuPage County – Chicago hasn’t seen much snow yet this winter, but its coming and if you are one of those people who need to have the biggest, best snow blower on the block, we have something you’ve got to see. Both Midway and O’Hare came to a stand still during last February’s blizzard, but the DuPage Airport remained open. Watch on Fox Chicago.


The Smashing Pumpkins Frontman Billy Corgan Leads Wrestling Partnership-Chicago Event

Smashing Pumpkins singer/songwriter Billy Corgan, with his new wrestling promotion, Resistance Pro, will host a wrestling event, “Black Friday,” on November 25, 2011 at Excalibur, 632 N. Dearborn Street, Chicago. Resistance Pro, a partnership between Corgan and brothers Jacques and Gabriel Baron, has gathered some of the biggest names in wrestling for the event, including The Sheikh, El Generico, Harry Smith, Kevin Steen, Raven (Agent), Teddy Hart and Cheerleader Melissa.

Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan, center, pals around with legendary Chicago Bears coach Mike Ditka and ESPN Radio host Tom Waddle during the weekly radio program.

“I’m focusing on creating a new type of wrestling event that combines old school values and a modern approach to reach fans,” Corgan says.

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Chatham residents lay bricks for new Walmart

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ABC7 Chicago: A bricklaying ceremony was held Monday for a new Walmart in Chicago’s Chatham neighborhood. The retail giant fought a long hard battle to bring stores to the city. The new store at 83rd and Stewart is one of nine now planned for Chicago.  PHOTO: Alderman Howard Brookins of Chicago’s 21st Ward.


Arlington Park to host Arlington Million on Aug. 13

Arlington Park will be hosting the 29th running of the Arlington Million on Saturday, Aug. 13. The Arlington Million is a grand celebration of the “Sport of Kings,” drawing horses, owners, trainers, jockeys, and fans from every corner of the world. Tickets for Arlington Park’s signature event are available at www.arlingtonpark.com


Cabinet member LaHood visits DuPage

The DuPage Airport was celebrated as a success story Thursday, when U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood came to call.  Read more from the Naperville Sun.


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‘Stealth Tax’ makes news

Chicago Sun Times: Mayors denounce ‘stealth’ tax; demand local share of income tax
Suburban mayors already cut staff, froze pay, reduced services and imposed furlough days to balance their budgets during the recession.

Chicago Tribune: Suburban leaders caution lawmakers against payment delays

ABC 7 Chicago: Mayors tell state to keep hands off tax dollars

Fox Chicago: Illinois Mayors Gather to Fight Cuts to State Tax Revenues

Client: Northwest Municipal Conference 


Lady Gaga & Hundreds of Others Apologize for Slur

During an interview with the British music magazine NME, American pop icon Lady Gaga called recent accusations of plagiarism “retarded.”

Ms. Gaga, an outspoken advocate for the LGBT community, has since apologized, acknowledging that her use of the word undermines the social causes with which she frequently associates.

“I consider it part of my life’s work and music to push the boundaries of love and acceptance,” said Gaga in a statement released through celebrity blogger Perez Hilton. “To anyone that was hurt, please know that it was furiously unintentional.”

She continued: “Whether life’s disabilities left you outcast, bullied or teased, rejoice and love yourself today.”

Gaga’s flippant use of “retard” is indicative of how casually the word exists in the English language. To measure how frequently it’s used would be nearly impossible, but TheSocialChallenge.org has been using one particular platform to track its use: Twitter.

Visitors to the site can see the live stream of tweets containing the word, and can send messages asking the tweeters to reconsider their choice of words in the future.

TheSocialChallenge.org has demonstrated that when engaged, like Lady Gaga, users of the word “retard” are likely to apologize.

“It’s really unfortunate when someone with as much influence as Lady Gaga uses that word,” said Holly Roos, an advocate for TheSocialChallenge.org, and a mother of two children with Fragile-X syndrome.

“But through The Social Challenge, in just over a month, we’ve actually had hundreds of people tweet back with apologies, pledging not to use the word in the future. It’s a great opportunity to make a difference, and I’m really glad to see that Lady Gaga thought better of her words, too.”

This month Gaga was an attendee at an event in Paris for the Best Buddies Association, an international nonprofit advocacy group for people with developmental disabilities.

TheSocialChallenge.org is a project that believes all people deserve the same rights and freedoms; that all individuals with developmental disabilities can be best served in the community with the right supports and services; and that advocacy can change lives.


Arlington Park and S&A to the post…

With baseball spring training in full swing, Arlington Park is gearing up for their own Spring Training out at their Arlington Heights racecourse. This year, Serafin & Associates is pleased to be a part of their team promoting the majestic racetrack and its events. Serafin & Associates has enjoyed a close working relationship with Arlington Park serving as their communications team for public affairs, public relations and marketing for a number of years including during their hosting of the Breeders Cup in 2002.

Come out for racing starting Friday, May 6 through Sunday, Sept. 25 and be sure to save the date for Arlington’s premiere event days:

Derby Day – Saturday, May 7
Mother’s Day – Sunday, May 8
Father’s Day – Sunday, June 19
4th of July Fireworks Spectacular – Saturday, July 2
Arlington Million – Saturday, Aug. 13


Think before you tweet

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Retard. More than a word. Challenge yourself, challenge others. Join us in creating a community rooted in equality. Serafin & Associates developed “The Social Challenge” as a companion to the LifeMyWay project in partnership with the Illinois Council on Developmental Disabilities.


Illinois celebrates President Reagan’s 100th

S&A worked with the Illinois Ronald Reagan Centennial Commission to help promote the president’s 100th birthday in Whiteside County.


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