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Prom dress guidelines lead to body shaming accusation

ROCKFORD, Ill. (AP) — An Illinois high school is being accused of body shaming after releasing guidelines on how girls should dress for the prom.

Boylan Catholic High School in Rockford has issued a 21-page rule book — complete with pictures — on what is and isn’t acceptable at this year’s prom.

But the guidelines have ruffled feathers with a line that reads: “Some girls may wear the same dress but due to body types, one dress may be acceptable while the other is not.”

Body image and media expert Robyn Goodman of the University of Florida tells the Rockford Register Star that line supports discrimination and body shaming because girls don’t have a choice on how their bodies are made.

Boylan President Amy Ott told the newspaper the guidelines are meant to help girls, not hurt them.


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The Mayor of Rockford talks about the City’s Housing Program for Homeless Veterans

Rockford was the first city in America to meet First Lady Michelle Obama’s challenge to end homelessness among vets in their cities last year. Now for the second year in a row, Rockford has done it again and eliminated homeless among its veterans according to the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), and Department of Veteran Affairs.

Lawrence Morrissey, the Mayor of Rockford, joins the show to talk about his city’s program to end homelessness among veterans in Rockford.

Launched by Michelle Obama, “The Mayors Challenge” called upon mayors and other state and local leaders across the country to implement strategies necessary to end homelessness among all veterans.

There are more than 39,000 homeless vets in the US on an given night. The Illinois number hovers around 1000-1300. The largest numbers are in warm weather states like California, Texas and Florida.

The majority are single; live in urban areas; and suffer from mental illness, alcohol and/or substance abuse, or co-occurring disorders. About 11% of the adult homeless population are veterans. Roughly 45% of all homeless veterans are African American or Hispanic, despite only accounting for 10.4% and 3.4% of the U.S. veteran population, respectively.

Veterans have historically been at greater risk of experiencing homelessness than other U.S. adults. The reasons for this are not all related to military service, however combat exposure, wartime trauma, and post‐traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can lead to further social isolation and psychiatric hospitalization, which are primary risk factors for homelessness.

Rockford eliminated homeless among the city’s veteran population at a time when the rate of veteran homelessness decreased just slightly nationwide in 2016. Currently, there are an estimated 39,471 homeless veterans on any given night in the United States according to the – the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) estimates.

How they did it:
-Made homeless vets a priority, number one.
-Also, provided and organized close coordination between government agencies, non profits, veterans groups, mental health providers, drug and alcohol treatment centers, churches, job training centers, local businesses and landlords. The resources to help vets are available in most communities but local governments must connect the dots and make sure they are working together.
-Finally, creating a database that tracks every vet in the Rockford area to make sure they are okay or in need of services. This is crucial. Too often homeless vets are off the radar screen

Rockford airport expanding space for cargo aircraft

(ROCKFORD) Chicago Rockford International Airport is expanding space for cargo aircraft with the help of nearly half a million dollars in federal money.

The new 30,000-square-yard cargo apron will provide more space for the parking, refueling, loading and unloading of aircraft.

U.S. Rep. Cheri Bustos and U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin announced the nearly $456,000 in funding on Tuesday. The money comes from the U.S. Department of Transportation.

The project is in its final phase.

Durbin said in a statement that the growth of the economy in northern Illinois depends on the area’s airports.


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