Secretary of State calling minorities to consider organ donation

Secretary of State Jesse White is leaving his post in November. (Photo courtesy: Jesse White/Twitter)

By Blake Haas and IIS

BLOOMINGTON – Secretary of State Jesse White’s office encourages more minorities to consider organ donation.

According to Secretary of State Spokesperson Beth Kaufman, the need has never been greater.

“The issue here is that minorities are in most need of organ transplants, yet they are less in terms of donations. This is part of a campaign to bring awareness to this life-saving program.”

Nationally, 59% of those waiting for an organ are people of color, but they only make up about 34% of donors.

To sign up to be a donor, visit lifegoeson.com.

Blake Haas can be reached at Blake.Haas@Cumulus.com.

Blogs

Labor Day – Expanding voting rights for all

By Mike Matejka Because of COVID, there is no Labor Day Parade this year.  It’s always a great event for our everyday workers to march proudly down the street and enjoys the festive crowd. If there had been a parade, this year’s Labor Day theme was to be “150 years of struggle: your right to vote.” …

Is federal mobilization the answer?

By Mike Matejka As President Donald Trump threatens to send federal marshals into Chicago, over the objections of Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker, recall another Illinois Governor who protested the incursion of armed federal personnel into the city.   Those federal troops, rather than calming, escalated the situation, leading to deaths and violence. Illinois poet Vachel Lindsay…

In these troubled times, to my fellow white Americans

By Mike Matejka Our nation is at a unique watershed in human relations. African-Americans have been killed too many times in the past before George Floyd, but the response to this man’s death is international and all-encompassing. I was a grade-schooler during the Civil Rights 1960s. I watched Birmingham demonstrators hosed and the Selma – Montgomery…

Workers’ Memorial Day – Remember those whose job took their life

Looking around our community, when we say employer, most will respond to State Farm, Country, or Illinois State University.   We too often forget those who are building our roads, serving our food, or our public employees. COVID-19 has made us more aware of the risk.  Going to work every day for some people means…