Welcome to RaisingIllinois.org (the “Website”) of Raising Illinois – a program of Start Early (“Raising Illinois,” “we,” “us” or “our”). We provide the Website to you subject to the following Terms and Conditions (“Terms”).
YOUR ACCESS TO, USE OF AND BROWSING OF THE WEBSITE AND ITS CONTENTS IS SUBJECT TO THE TERMS CONTAINED HEREIN AND ALL APPLICABLE LAWS AND REGULATIONS. IF YOU DO NOT AGREE TO THESE TERMS, YOUR PERMISSION TO ACCESS OR USE THE WEBSITE IS AUTOMATICALLY AND IMMEDIATELY REVOKED.
Raising Illinois may revise or update the Terms from time to time. You should check the Terms regularly for updates. You can determine when the Terms were last revised by referring to the “Last Revised” legend at the top of this page. Any changes in the Terms take effect upon posting and only apply to use of the Website after that date. Each time you access, use or browse a Site, you signify your acceptance of the then-current Terms. You consent to receive communications from Raising Illinois in an electronic form. You agree that all terms and conditions, agreements, notices, disclosures and other communications that we provide to you electronically satisfy any legal requirement that such communications would satisfy if they were in writing.
PERMITTED USERS OF THE WEBSITE
In consideration of your use of the Website, you represent that you are of an age to form a legally binding contract and you are not prohibited from receiving services under the laws of the United States or any other applicable jurisdiction.
The Website is directed to persons 18 years of age or older. Raising Illinois and the Website do not knowingly collect information from children under age 18. If you are under age 13, you are not permitted to use the Website or to submit any personally identifiable information to the Website. If you provide information to Raising Illinois through the Website, you represent that you are 13 years of age or older. If you are between 13 and 17 years of age, when you visit, browse and use the information on the Website, you represent that you have the permission of a parent or guardian to do so and who agrees to these Terms on your behalf; you may post messages, but you may not submit any personal information. If you are a parent or guardian and believe Raising Illinois may have inadvertently collected personal information from your child, please notify Raising Illinois immediately by sending an email to Info@theStart Early.org.
The content available through the Website (“Content”) is the sole and exclusive property of Raising Illinois, its affiliates and/or its licensors. You agree not to reproduce, duplicate, modify, copy, sell, resell or exploit for any commercial purpose, any portion of the Website or Content other than as expressly authorized by Raising Illinois in writing. Use of the Website or Content in any way not expressly permitted by these Terms is prohibited, and may be actionable under United States or international law. You agree not to access the Website by any means other than through a standard web browser in any media.
The Website and Content are provided solely for your own information and personal use. You may not publish, modify, distribute, perform, sell, resell, exploit, or create derivative works from any part of the Website or Content unless expressly authorized by Raising Illinois in writing. You agree that you will not remove, obscure or modify any acknowledgements, credits or legal, intellectual property or proprietary notices, or any marks or logos contained on the Website or in the Content.
OWNERSHIP OF INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY
You acknowledge and agree that, as between Raising Illinois and you, all right, title and interest in and to the Website and Content, including without limitation any patents, copyrights, trademarks, trade secrets, inventions, know how, or any other intellectual property rights, are owned exclusively by Raising Illinois, its affiliates, or its licensors, are valid and enforceable, and are protected by United States intellectual property laws and other applicable laws. You agree that you will not modify, decompile, disassemble, reverse engineer or create derivative works of the Website or any portion thereof.
All Content, such as text, graphics, videos, logos, icons, images, media, data, audio, animation, software and other information and materials, is the copyright and property of Raising Illinois, its affiliates or licensors and content suppliers and protected by U.S. and international copyright laws. Permission is granted to electronically copy and print hard copy portions of the Website solely for your own information and personal use. Any other use, including without limitation the reproduction, modification, distribution, transmission, publication, display, performance or commercial exploitation of Content, is strictly prohibited.
The trademarks, service marks, logos, slogans, trade names and trade dress used on the Website are proprietary to Raising Illinois or its affiliates or licensors. Unauthorized use of any trademark of Raising Illinois, its affiliates, or licensors may be a violation of applicable trademark laws. Any third party names or trademarks referenced in the Website do not constitute or imply affiliation, endorsement or recommendation by Raising Illinois of the third parties, or by the third parties of Raising Illinois.
USER GENERATED CONTENT
Communications Services: The Website may contain blogs, chat areas, forums, comments, rankings, communities, calendars, Activities and/or other message or communication facilities designed to enable you and others to communicate with other Website users or Raising Illinois (collectively, “Communication Services”). You acknowledge that your submissions to the Website may be or become available to others on the Website and elsewhere. You agree only to post submissions or send and receive messages and materials that are appropriate, not confidential or private, and related to the particular Communication Service. You are responsible for the submissions you make or post to the Website. You should only provide submissions that you are comfortable sharing with others under these Terms.
Prohibited Actions: You agree that the following actions are prohibited and constitute a material breach of these Terms. This list is not meant to be exhaustive, and Raising Illinois reserves the right to determine what types of conduct it considers to be inappropriate use of the Website. In the case of inappropriate use, Raising Illinois may take such measures as it determines in its sole discretion.
By way of example, and not as a limitation, you agree that you will not:
- Use the Website or Content for any purpose or to take any actions in violation of local, state, national or international laws, regulations, codes or rules.
- Violate any code of conduct or other guidelines which may apply to any particular Communication Service.
- Take any action that places an unreasonable or disproportionately large load on the Website’s infrastructure or otherwise that may adversely affect performance of the Website or restrict any other user or Raising Illinois from using or enjoying the Communication Services or the Website.
- Use the Website for unauthorized framing or linking, or via automated devices, bots, agents, crawl, scraping, scripts, intelligent search or any similar means of access to Content.
- Aggregate, copy, duplicate, publish or make available any Content to third parties outside the Website in any manner.
- Defame, abuse, harass, stalk, threaten or otherwise violate the legal rights (such as rights of privacy or publicity) of others, or impersonating anyone else or misrepresenting your identity of affiliation.
- Publish, post, upload, distribute or disseminate any inappropriate, profane, defamatory, pornographic, offensive, harassing, infringing, obscene, indecent or unlawful topic, name, material, content or information.
- Upload or download files that contain software or other material protected by intellectual property laws or other laws, unless you own or control the rights, titles, or interests thereto or have received all necessary consents or rights.
- Upload or transmit files that contain viruses, mal-ware, disabling code, corrupted files, or any other similar software or programs that may damage the operation of another’s computer.
- Use the Website to make available unsolicited advertising or promotional materials, spam, pyramid schemes, chain letters, or similar forms of unauthorized advertising or solicitation.
- Harvest or otherwise collect information about others, including without limitation email addresses or other contact information, without their consent, or hack or violate any security measures.
- Falsify or delete any author attributions, legal or other notices, or proprietary designations or labels of origin or source.
- Engage in any other action that, in the judgment of Raising Illinois, exposes it or any third party to potential liability or detriment of any type.
User Materials: Any content or views submitted or otherwise made available by users through the Website (“User Materials”) are strictly those of the originating author, who is solely responsible for its content. Use of or reliance on User Materials is entirely at your own risk. Raising Illinois does not endorse any User Materials nor vouch for their reliability. Under no circumstances will Raising Illinois be liable in any way for any User Materials.
You acknowledge that Raising Illinois may or may not pre-screen User Materials, but that it has the right (but not the obligation) in its sole discretion to pre-screen, refuse, delete and/or move any User Materials that are available via the Website. Without limiting the foregoing, Raising Illinois has the right to delete or remove any User Materials that violate the Terms or are otherwise objectionable in Raising Illinois’s sole discretion. Raising Illinois shall have no liability for such deletion or removal. By viewing this site, you agree that such viewing and reading does not violate the laws or standards imposed by your town, city, state or country.
You understand that by using the Website, you may be exposed to User Materials that you may consider offensive or objectionable. You agree that you must evaluate, and bear all risks associated with, the use or exposure to any User Materials posted by others. You further acknowledge and agree that you will not rely on any Content or User Materials available on or through the Website.
Submissions: You are solely responsible for the User Materials that you post, share, email, transmit or otherwise make available via a Site (“Submission”). All Submissions are subject to these Terms. Raising Illinois is under no obligation to post or use any Submission and may remove any Submission at any time in its sole discretion.
By making a Submission, you represent and warrant that your Submission is true, accurate and not misleading; that you own all right, title and interest, including copyright, to your Submission, and that your Submission is your own original work; that your Submission does not include the trade secret or confidential information of others, and does not infringe any other person’s or entity’s rights; and that you and any other person or entity (or its owner) mentioned or shown in your Submission hereby release and hold harmless Raising Illinois and its designees from and against any and all claims concerning Raising Illinois’s or its designees’ use, modification or distribution of the Submission or any part thereof. You must hold all necessary releases, licenses and consents concerning the contents of your Submission and rights to post, distribute, or transmit your Submission.
You agree that you will evaluate and bear all risks associated with your Submission and any disclosure in your Submission. Submissions will be available to Site users and to users of other websites and services.
By making a Submission, you grant Raising Illinois and its affiliates, licensees, assignees and designees an irrevocable, assignable, transferable, fully sub-licensable (through multiple levels of sublicensees), perpetual, world-wide, royalty-free, fully paid-up, non-exclusive license, in their sole discretion, to use, distribute, reproduce, modify, combine, adapt, publish, translate, rent, lease, sell, publicly perform, publicly display and create derivative works of your Submission (in whole or in part), along with your name or any part thereof, your city/town/village of residency, and other information from your user profile, in Raising Illinois’s sole discretion, on the Website or elsewhere, and to use or incorporate all or any part of your Submission into other advertising, promotion, marketing, review, recommendation, research, analysis or other materials in any format or medium now known or later developed. You hereby waive any right to inspect such use and waive, release, and hold Raising Illinois and its affiliates, licensees, assignees and designees harmless against any and all claims based on privacy, publicity, defamation, misappropriation, intellectual property or similar claims for any use of your Submission.
YOUR INDEMNITY OF RAISING ILLINOIS
YOU AGREE TO INDEMNIFY, DEFEND AND HOLD RAISING ILLINOIS, ITS OFFICERS, DIRECTORS, EMPLOYEES, AGENTS, SUBSIDIARIES, AFFILIATES, LICENSORS, LICENSEES, SERVICE PROVIDERS AND OTHERS ACTING IN CONCERT WITH IT, HARMLESS FROM AND AGAINST ANY LOSS, LIABILITY, CLAIM OR DEMAND, INCLUDING WITHOUT LIMITATION REASONABLE ATTORNEYS’ FEES, MADE BY YOU OR ON YOUR BEHALF OR BY ANY THIRD PARTY DUE TO OR ARISING OUT OF (A) YOUR USE OF OR RELIANCE ON THE WEBSITE OR ANY CONTENT, PRODUCTS, SERVICES OR ACTIVITY, YOUR DEALINGS IN CONNECTION WITH THE WEBSITE, OR YOUR SUBMISSION(S) OR ANY OTHER MATERIALS YOU SUBMIT TO US OR TRANSMIT TO THE WEBSITE; (B) YOUR VIOLATION OF THESE TERMS, ANY APPLICABLE LAWS, OR THE RIGHTS OF RAISING ILLINOIS OR ANY THIRD PARTY; AND (C) ANY ACTIVITY RELATED TO YOUR ACCOUNT OR ANY OTHER PERSON ACCESSING THE WEBSITE ON YOUR BEHALF.
THE WEBSITE AND CONTENT AND ALL INFORMATION, CONTENT, SERVICES, PRODUCTS AND ACTIVITIES OFFERED, CONTAINED IN OR ADVERTISED ON THE WEBSITE, INCLUDING WITHOUT LIMITATION TEXT, VIDEO, GRAPHICS AND LINKS, ARE PROVIDED ON AN “AS IS,” “AS AVAILABLE” AND “WITH ALL FAULTS” BASIS WITHOUT WARRANTIES OF ANY KIND, WHETHER EXPRESS OR IMPLIED. TO THE MAXIMUM EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW, RAISING ILLINOIS AND ITS AFFILIATES, LICENSORS, VENDORS, SUPPLIERS AND RELATED PARTIES (EXCEPT FOR YOU WITH REGARD TO YOUR SUBMISSIONS) DISCLAIM ALL REPRESENTATIONS AND WARRANTIES, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, WITH RESPECT TO SUCH INFORMATION, CONTENT, SERVICES, PRODUCTS, ACTIVITIES AND MATERIALS, AND EXPRESSLY DISCLAIM LIABILITY FOR ERRORS OR OMISSIONS IN THE FOREGOING, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY OR FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, TITLE, NON-INFRINGEMENT, SUITABILITY, FREEDOM FROM COMPUTER VIRUS, ACCURACY, RELIABILITY, SAFETY, NON-INTERRUPTION, PERFORMANCE, COURSE OF DEALING OR COURSE OF PERFORMANCE, OR COMPLIANCE WITH APPLICABLE LAW. YOUR USE OF THE WEBSITE AND ANY CONTENT IS ENTIRELY AT YOUR OWN RISK.
Without limiting the foregoing, you are responsible for taking all necessary precautions to insure that any Content or access to the Website is free of viruses or other harmful code.
MODIFICATIONS TO THE WEBSITE, PRODUCTS, SERVICES OR ACTIVITIES
Raising Illinois reserves the right at any time and from time to time to modify, suspend or discontinue, temporarily or permanently, the Website, products, services or Activities or any portion thereof, with or without notice. You agree that Raising Illinois will not be liable to you or to any third party for any modification, suspension or discontinuance of a Site, product, service or Activity. You should retain copies of your Submissions that you may want to save and not rely on the Website to preserve your Submissions.
SUSPENSION AND TERMINATION RIGHTS
Raising Illinois reserves the right, at its sole discretion, immediately and without notice, to suspend, discontinue, or terminate your access to the Website, products, services or any part thereof for any reason, including without limitation any breach by you of these Terms. You agree that Raising Illinois shall not be liable to you or any third party for any such suspension, discontinuance or termination.
LIMITATION ON LIABILITY
TO THE MAXIMUM EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW, RAISING ILLINOIS AND ITS AFFILIATES, LICENSORS, LICENSEES, SUPPLIERS AND RELATED PARTIES DISCLAIM ALL LIABILITY, WHETHER BASED IN CONTRACT, TORT (INCLUDING WITHOUT LIMITATION NEGLIGENCE), STRICT LIABILITY OR ANY OTHER THEORY ARISING OUT OF OR IN CONNECTION WITH THE WEBSITE, USE, INABILITY TO USE OR PERFORMANCE OF, OR THE INFORMATION, CONTENT, PRODUCTS, SERVICES, ACTIVITIES OR MATERIALS AVAILABLE FROM OR THROUGH THE WEBSITE. IN NO EVENT SHALL RAISING ILLINOIS OR ITS AFFILIATES, LICENSORS, LICENSEES, SUPPLIERS OR RELATED PARTIES BE LIABLE FOR ANY DIRECT, INDIRECT, SPECIAL, PUNITIVE, INCIDENTAL, EXEMPLARY OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES OF ANY KIND RESULTING FROM (A) THE USE OF OR THE INABILITY TO USE THE WEBSITE, PRODUCTS, SERVICES OR ACTIVITIES, (B) ANY PRODUCTS OR SERVICES PURCHASED OR OBTAINED OR TRANSACTIONS ENTERED INTO THROUGH THE WEBSITE, (C) ANY LOSS OF, UNAUTHORIZED ACCESS TO, OR ALTERATION OF A USER’S TRANSMISSIONS OR DATA, OR (D) PROCUREMENT OF ANY SUBSTITUTE PRODUCTS OR SERVICES, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO DAMAGES FOR LOSS OF PROFITS, GOODWILL, USE, DATA OR OTHER INTANGIBLES, EVEN IF RAISING ILLINOIS OR ANY OF THOSE ENTITIES WERE ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES. THESE LIMITATIONS SHALL APPLY NOTWITHSTANDING ANY FAILURE OF ESSENTIAL PURPOSE OR THE EXISTENCE OF ANY LIMITED REMEDY.
Exclusions and Limitations: Because some jurisdictions do not allow limitations on how long an implied warranty lasts, or the exclusion or limitation of liability for consequential or incidental damages, the above limitations may not apply to you. This Limitation of Liability shall be to the maximum extent permitted by applicable law.
NOTICE REQUIRED BY CALIFORNIA LAW
Pursuant to California Civil Code Section 1789.3, California residents are entitled to the following specific consumer rights notice:
The name, address and telephone number of the provider of this service is Raising Illinois, 33 West Monroe Street, Suite 1200, Chicago, Illinois 60603. Complaints regarding the service or requests to receive further information regarding use of this service may be sent to the above address or to Info@theStart Early.org or 312.922.3863
The Complaint Assistance Unit of the Division of Consumer Services of the California Department of Consumer Affairs may be contacted in writing at 1625 North Market Boulevard, Suite N-112, Sacramento, CA 95834 or by telephone at (916) 445-1254 or (800) 952-5210.
GOVERNING LAW AND DISPUTES
These Terms shall be governed by, and will be construed in accordance with, the laws of the State of Illinois U.S.A., without regard to choice of law principles. You irrevocably agree that the federal and state courts located in or for Chicago, Illinois, U.S.A., are the sole and exclusive forum and venue for any dispute, as the most convenient and appropriate to address any disputes, and you agree to submit to the jurisdiction and venue of such courts. You agree that to the fullest extent permitted by law: (1) no claims by you shall be joined with any other and you agree not to participate in any claim brought by others; (2) YOU HAVE NO RIGHT OR AUTHORITY FOR ANY DISPUTE TO BE LITIGATED ON A CLASS-ACTION BASIS OR TO UTILIZE CLASS ACTION PROCEDURES; (3) no claims shall be brought by you more than one (1) year after such claim has accrued; and (4) you have no right or authority for any dispute to be brought in a purported representative capacity on behalf of the general public or any other persons.
The Website is controlled within the state of Illinois, U.S.A., and directed to individuals residing in the United States. Those who choose to access the Sites from locations outside the United States do so on their own initiative, and are responsible for compliance with local laws if and to the extent applicable. Raising Illinois does not represent that the Website or its Content are appropriate outside the United States. Access to this Site from jurisdictions or territories where the Contents of this Site are illegal or penalized is prohibited. Raising Illinois has no obligation to provide access to the Website, products, services or Activities and reserves the right to limit the availability of the Website to any person, geographic area or jurisdiction at any time in its sole discretion.
These Terms set forth the entire understanding and agreement between you and Raising Illinois with respect to the subject matter hereof. If any provision of the Terms is found by a court of competent jurisdiction to be invalid, the parties nevertheless agree that the court should endeavor to give effect to the parties’ intentions as reflected in the provision, and the other provisions shall remain in full force and effect. Headings are for reference only and in no way define, limit, construe or describe the scope or extent of such section. Raising Illinois’s failure to act with respect to any failure by you or others to comply with these Terms does not waive its right to act with respect to subsequent or similar failures. You may not assign or transfer these Terms or your rights or obligations under these Terms without the prior written consent of Raising Illinois, and any assignment or transfer in violation of this provision shall be null and void. Raising Illinois may assign, transfer, sublicense or delegate our rights or obligations under these Terms either in whole or in part, at any time, at our sole discretion, and without your consent. There are no third party beneficiaries to these Terms. No joint venture, partnership, shareholder, employment or agency relationship exists between Raising Illinois and you as a result of agreeing to these Terms or your use of the Website, products, services or Activities.