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By Sue Shekut, Owner, Working Well Massage, Licensed Massage Therapist, Certified Wellness Coach, ACSM Personal Trainer

Tomorrow morning I will be joining many health and climate conscious people will be riding out from the Chicago Yacht Club/DuSable Harbor area to raise money for Solar Panels for Chicago area schools.  The ride combines many of my passions: bicycle riding and fitness, love of the outdoors (I hope the weather is nice!) and giving to a good cause that benefits children AND the environment. I will be riding the 10 mile ride as I just finished Final Exams from a very difficult school term and I don’t want to push myself too hard. (I have to be a good role model, exercising but knowing my limitations and not overdoing it! That’s also why I haven’t posted much lately–Final exams.)

My first post about the ride is here.

The Working Well Massage Team has only raised $350 so far and we need to raise at least $500!  Donations are accepted until mid July but don’t let that stop you from donating today by simply clicking this link and going to our secure donation page. Its’ easy–You can use your credit card!

If you don’t want to donate but may consider riding yourself, you can still register to ride the day of the event, tomorrow, May 15. Details here.

Want to Help Out But Not Ride? Sponsor Me!

Sponsor me for the Climate Cycle Ride on May 15th! OR, register for the ride yourself and join me in fitness, fun and raising money for a good cause!

Climate Cycle web page is here.

Registration and start location for the 4, 10 and 20 mile routes

WHERE: DuSable Harbor – Randolph and Lake Shore Drive

The site is only a few minutes walk or bike from the Metra Millennium Station, several bus routes and the following CTA stations:

Red Line – State/Lake
Blue Line – Washington
All Other Lines – Wabash/Randolph

If you are renting a bike from Bobby’s Bike Hikes, the event grounds are easily accessible via the Lakefront Trail.

WHEN: Saturday, May 15th

Ride registration begins at 9:30 am.

The ride starts at 10:30 am DuSable Harbor.

The post ride celebration is from 10:30 am – 2 pm at DuSable Harbor.

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By Sue Shekut, Owner, Working Well Massage, Licensed Massage Therapist, Certified Wellness Coach, ACSM Personal Trainer

Chicago City Council

I don’t know about you, but I am getting pretty exhausted by the ups and downs of this amendment to the Chicago Massage Establishment Act process. (More info from my previous posts here and here.) After all the hooplala about the amendment being voted on  in the Chicago City Council meeting on May 12….nothing happened. Well, not nothing, but the amendment did not come up for a vote and there was no word anywhere about the City Council meeting until today.

According to Alderman Moore’s Ward City Council Report, “You might recall from my last City Council report that I delayed a vote on a misguided piece of legislation that restricted the ability of “massage establishments” to operate in business districts.  Fortunately, this legislation did not come up for a vote at this City Council meeting, and I’m told discussions are underway to amend the proposal to make it far less onerous.  I will keep you apprised of this legislation, as well.”

UPDATE: The latest word from AMTA, as of May 15, 2010, is that the amendment did not come up for a vote and this may be viewed as a tentative win.

Thanks to each of you who contacted Chicago officials to voice your opposition to the proposed zoning amendment. The time you took to do this was worthy of the investment. At this time, we’ve stopped the amendment from going to a vote. Your emails and phone calls to city alderman have been heard.

At the same time, according to AMTA, there is still opportunity for this misguided piece of legislation to be reintroduced for full City Council vote on June 9th or any City Council Meeting between then and May 2011 when the new City Council is seated. The Zoning Committee needs only 48 hours notice to the City Clerks office to have the proposed amendment put on the City Council Agenda.

Therefore, the AMTA-IL Government Relations Committee will continue to dialogue with the City to effectively have the proposed amendment tabled (meaning it would not be reintroduced again). The AMTA is also expanding partnerships with City officials to ensure that the application process for a massage therapy business license is fortified and preemptive in an effort to mitigate illicit activity. AMTA will also continue to develop and bolster the relationships forged among other allied healthcare professions and the small business communities that have a stake in this issue.

I will keep you up to date as I learn more. For now, if you are so inclined, thank Alderman Moore for his efforts to make this amendment less damaging to legitimate massage businesses in Chicago!

Alderman Joe Moore  email: ward49@cityofchicago.org

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