Chicago woman’s freezer death an accident, coroner rules
“The entire Crowne Plaza at Rosemont family grieves the death of Kenneka Jenkins. It is the tragic loss of a promising young person,” said Crowne Plaza Hotel spokesman Glenn Harston II. “We offer her family our deepest sympathies… It was a tragic accident.”
October 7, 2017; CNN.

Inside look at the Chicago Cubs’ epic comeback
“Character is the difference maker. And once the Chicago Cubs put together a team with it, and a good deal of talent, they won the World Series for the first time in 108 years. That’s the secret to the Cubs incredible championship, says the team’s president Theo Epstein. Bill Whitaker speaks to Epstein, manager Joe Maddon and teammates Kyle Schwarber and Jason Heyward for the inside look at a sports story for the ages. Whitaker’s report will be broadcast on 60 Minutes Sunday, May 7 at 7 p.m. ET/PT.”
May 5, 2017; 60 Minutes.

How to avoid a Medicaid managed-care fiasco
Illinois’ meltdown highlights importance of keeping providers happy and coordinating care
April 22, 2017, Modern Healthcare.

Smart Money Week
Another Hidden Figure: Nelda J. Connors
April 26, 2017, Chicago Defender.

Politics Tonight
How the GOP Healthcare Plan Will Cut Medicaid in Illinois
March 17, 2017, CLTV/WGN

Pine Grove Holdings purchases remaining shares of Alturdyne Power Systems, LLC
Pine Grove Holdings, LLC completed the acquisition of Alturdyne Power Systems, LLC by purchasing the remainder of shares from its investment partners. Pine Grove intends to reposition the Alturdyne Power Systems by properly capitalizing and leveraging the minority woman-owned status. “I am deeply excited that our firm was able…
March 13, 2017, Pine Grove Holdings, LLC.

The Cliff Kelley Show
Illinois Association of Medicaid Health Plans responds to Governor Rauner’s plan to overhaul Illinois Medicaid managed care program and the U.S. House Republican’s proposed plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.
March 15, 2017, WVON.

Glenn M. Harston II to receive the Chicago Defender Newspaper’s Men Of Excellence Award
The Chicago Defender Men of Excellence Awards celebrate local African American men who inspire others through their vision and leadership, exceptional achievement and participation in community service. They are men who exemplify extraordinary strength and commitment to their profession and community. These men do it all while filling the roles of leader, father, teacher and professional…
February 22, 2017, Chicago Defender.

The Cliff Kelley Show
Governor of Talk Radio, Cliff Kelley say’s “Nelda J. Connors is someone you should know.”
February 22, 2017, WVON.

Savoy Magazine Announces the Power 300: The Most Influential Black Corporate Directors in a Historic 532 Page Summer Issue
Nelda J. Connors Founder, Chairwoman and CEO of the Pine Grove Holdings, LLC is Recognized as Savoy Magazine’s Power 300: 2016 Most Influential Black Corporate Directors
August 2, 2016, Savoy Magazine.

Tribune buys Splash from Sun-Times
In a statement released by Wrapports spokesman Glenn Harston, the company also confirmed the agreement to sell Splash: “Susanna Homan was the only editor of Splash in its short history. With her resignation to become Chicago magazine’s editor and publisher, the Wrapports board decided it would rather focus on its core newspaper asset, the Chicago Sun-Times, and digital properties,” the statement said.
April 18, 2016, Daily Herald.

“State OKs St. James plan for hospitals,”
The IL state review board approved Franciscan St. James’ plans to expand and renovate their Olympia Fields campus, and close and expand outpatient services at the aging Chicago Heights campus. The Chicago Heights campus’s urgent care center will be expanded to provide around-the-clock care: “The approval by the Illinois Health Facilities and Services Review Board came after Franciscan St. James agreed to provide funding for additional ambulance coverage for some communities impacted by the closing of emergency room services in Chicago Heights. The Catholic health system said it is too costly to operate both hospitals, noting that portions of the Chicago Heights facility are more than 100 years old. Parts of the 312-bed hospital at 1423 Chicago Road would be torn down, but St. James plans to continue some outpatient offerings there.”
March 29, 2016, Chicago Tribune.

“Hidden Wrigley Field: Photos of the ballpark before renovations,”
RedEye Chicago reveals photos of Wrigley Field before renovations began on the ball park. The renovations, led by the Ricketts family, demonstrate that winning a World Series, and providing the team the means to do so, is their top priority: “The Cubs documented areas all over Wrigley Field — hallways, offices, locker rooms and more — as part of the team’s 2013 application for historic preservation tax credits. The renovation project, which started in 2014 and includes an office building and hotel next to the ballpark, should continue into 2018.”
March 22, 2016, RedEye Chicago.

Shari Runner named head of Chicago Urban League
Now that Shari Runner has been named permanently as president and CEO of the Chicago Urban League, she is redirecting its focus.
January 25, 2016, Crain’s Chicago Business.

“The first look at the 2016 Chicago Cubs at the Cubs Convention,”
Chicago Cubs: The 2016 Cubs convention proved that for some fans, there is no offseason: “The regular season may still be four months away, but for some fans baseball season is already starting. For the Cubs, things got rolling over the weekend with the annual Cubs Convention. Fans got their first taste of the coming season during the convention’s opening ceremony. With raucous fans in attendance, some of the top players currently on the team’s roster were introduced.”
January 18, 2016, Chicago Sun-Times.

Jackie Robinson West Little League Team: ‘We Want Due Process’
Glenn Harston II and Pierce Jones discuss why they’re demanding due process in their struggle to keep their title.
March 25, 2015, HuffPostLive.

America Mourns For The Players Of Jackie Robinson West And Their Lost Little League Championship
People across the U.S. were mourning Wednesday for the children of the Jackie Robinson West Little League team, who were stripped of their hard-fought 2014 U.S. championship title because of the rule-breaking adults in charge of them.
February 11, 2015, Huffington Post.

“Franciscan St. James asks state to close Chicago Heights hospital,”
Franciscan St. James Health: Crain’s Chicago Business reported that Franciscan St. James Health is expanding its outpatient care center in Chicago Heights, and relocating its inpatient care to Olympia Fields to match patients’ needs: “Franciscan CEO Arnie Kimmel plans to move inpatient care to the Olympia Fields campus about 5 miles away and expand that facility. Franciscan also plans to expand its outpatient center in Chicago Heights, less than 2 miles from the hospital in that community.”
January 14, 2015, Crain’s Chicago Business.

PRWeek’s 40 Under 40 2014: Heavy Hitters
When it comes to being an influential leader, innovator, and pioneer in PR, age is just a number. PRWeek profiles 40 MVPs under 40, nominated by colleagues and peers, who are evolving the comms industry to new heights.
January 14, 2015, PRWeek Magazine.