ComEd’s Neighborhood Heroes Series Honors People Making a Difference

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In honor of Black History Month, ComEd launched its “Power of One” campaign to recognize unsung heroes, like Diane Latiker, who are transforming their communities through service. The campaign profiles 28 inspiring Chicago-area who “Neighborhood Heroes,” and their unique stories of how they are empowering lives.

A mother of eight and grandmother to 13, Latiker began the award-winning non-profit organization, “Kids off the Block,” dedicated to providing youth positive alternatives to gangs, drugs, truancy, violence, and the juvenile justice system after opening her heart and her home to helping kids stay off the street.

“Kids off the Block” has grown to a center that offers full services, including tutoring, counseling, and extra-curricular activities, for nearly 50 young people each day.

“We are pleased to honor our heroes for their remarkable contributions to their neighborhoods and Chicago’s rich African American heritage,” said Kevin Brookins, senior vice president of strategy and administration, ComEd.

“The Power of One” campaign includes videos profiling the neighborhood heroes. Beginning Feb. 1, all heroes will be profiled on ComEd’s website,, and its social media channels and Twitter (@ComEd).

In addition, the heroes will be highlighted in a series of radio, out of home, print and digital advertisements.

ComEd also invites the general public to nominate someone to be the next featured neighborhood hero. Visit and click on the “Nominate” section for more information.

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