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Archive for December 12th, 2010

State’s Attorney teams up with Retailers to tackle growing problem of retail theft

Posted by Admin On December - 12 - 2010 Comments Off on State’s Attorney teams up with Retailers to tackle growing problem of retail theft

State's Attorney Receives CheckState’s Attorney Alvarez accepts a donation from representatives of the Target Corporation which will be used to fund operations of the new Cook County State’s Attorney’s Regional Organized Crime Task Force.  Pictured with Alvarez (center) are members of the Target Investigative Team: (left to right) Nathan Watson, Seth Hughes, Assistant State’s Attorney David Williams, Al Moriarty and Bob Lawson.

Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez recently announced formation of a first-of-its-kind task force to investigate and prosecute the crime of organized retail theft and fencing, a growing consumer problem that drives up costs for businesses as well as their customers.

The Cook County State’s Attorney’s Regional Organized Crime Task Force includes representatives from law enforcement and the retail industry from throughout the Cook County region.  With formation of the task force, the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office becomes the first prosecutor’s office in the nation to join together with law enforcement and retailers to develop a unified and proactive plan to tackle this type of crime.

Alvarez noted that organized retail theft and fencing has a direct impact on consumers on many levels, including driving up consumer prices and presenting potential dangers to consumer health and safety.  She said the crime also causes an extensive loss of much-needed sales tax revenues in the county and the state.  According to consumer reports, it is estimated that Illinois loses $77 million in tax revenues each year as a result of organized retail theft and fencing.

“We will be working together to increase the prosecution of large-scale organized retail theft as well as sharing all of our resources and intelligence to prevent this crime,” said Alvarez.  “And those that will receive the greatest benefits will be the consumers of Cook County who take a direct hit to their pocketbooks as a result of these crimes.”

The task force will conduct regular investigative meetings that will bring law enforcement and retailers together in a working group to discuss investigations, ongoing issues of concern and potential legislative initiatives.

In addition, with private sector funding from retail partners, the task force has launched a website that will provide law enforcement and retailers an important resource to share information and prevent organized retail theft.  The website will allow retail members to input information from crimes occurring in their stores and then use that information to create mapping patterns and to identify fencing operations for potential investigations.




Sunday Best Winners Leandria Johnson and Y’Anna Crawley added to the Stellar list of performers 0n BET’S Celebration of Gospel, premiering Sunday, January 30 at 8:00 P.M.

Posted by Admin On December - 12 - 2010 Comments Off on Sunday Best Winners Leandria Johnson and Y’Anna Crawley added to the Stellar list of performers 0n BET’S Celebration of Gospel, premiering Sunday, January 30 at 8:00 P.M.

BET Sunday Best last 20 contestants New Orleans with Kirk FranklinLeAndria Johnson, winner of season three of BET’s hit gospel singing competition SUNDAY BEST

Los Angeles, CA (BlackNews.com) — Due to popular demand, LeAndria Johnson and Y’Anna Crawley, the winners of season two and three of BET’s hit gospel singing competition SUNDAY BEST, have been added to all-star lineup of performers on the number one gospel show on television CELEBRATION OF GOSPEL.
The anointed songstresses will perform alongside season two runner-up Jessica Reedy and 2011 Grammy®-nominated artist (Best Female R&B Vocal Performance) Kelly Price. This highly acclaimed two-hour special, premiering on Sunday, January 30 at 8:00 p.m.*, pays tribute to the rich history of gospel music in a unique format that combines today’s leading gospel and secular artists!
In addition, BET would like to congratulate the following CELEBRATION OF GOSPEL performers who recently scored nominations for the 53rd Annual Grammy® Awards: Israel Houghton (Best Gospel Performance and Best Pop/Contemporary Gospel Album), VaShawn Mitchell (Best Gospel Performance and Best Contemporary R&B Gospel Album), Pastor Shirley Caesar (Best Traditional Gospel Album), BeBe Winans (Best Contemporary R&B Gospel Album and Best Gospel Performance) and secular R&B crooner El DeBarge (Best R&B Song and Best Male R&B Vocal Performance). They are expected to bring down the house with their soul stirring performances.
Other performances and appearances include Byron Cage, Donnie McClurkin, Smokie Norful, Chaka Khan, Mary Mary, Kirk Franklin, Kim Burrell, James Fortune and FIYA, Earnest Pugh, Rance Allen Group, Beverly Crawford with Dr. Bobby Jones and the Spirit of David Choir, and Jonathan Nelson and Purpose. Bishop TD Jakes and actors Hill Harper and Keith David will perform in CELEBRATION OF GOSPEL’s signature spoken word segments.
Hosted by popular actor, author and comedian Steve Harvey, this highly anticipated special will be taped at the Orpheum Theater in Los Angeles on Saturday, December 11, 2010. Tickets to attend the taping are free to the public on a first-come, first-service basis by submitting a request via betrsvp@bet.net.
CELEBRATION OF GOSPEL is a BET Networks Production. Stephen Hill, BET’s president of music programming, along with Lynne Harris-Taylor, BET’s vice president of specials, and Geovanni Brewer will executive produce the telecast.
For more information, please visit www.bet.com.
*All times are ET/PT.

About BET Networks
BET Networks, a subsidiary of Viacom Inc. (NYSE: VIA, VIA.B), is the nation’s leading provider of quality entertainment, music, news and public affairs television programming for the African-American audience. The primary BET channel reaches more than 90 million households and can be seen in the United States, Canada, the Caribbean, the United Kingdom and sub-Saharan Africa. BET is the dominant African-American consumer brand with a diverse group of business extensions: BET.com, a leading Internet destination for Black entertainment, music, culture, and news; CENTRIC, a 24-hour entertainment network targeting the 25- to 54-year-old African-American audience; BET Digital Networks – BET Gospel and BET Hip Hop, attractive alternatives for cutting-edge entertainment tastes; BET Home Entertainment, a collection of BET-branded offerings for the home environment including DVDs and video-on-demand; BET Event Productions, a full-scale event management and production company with festivals and live events spanning the globe; BET Mobile, which provides ringtones, games and video content for wireless devices; and BET International, which operates BET in the United Kingdom and oversees the extension of BET network programming for global distribution.

African American Oral History tapes now on line through Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum

Posted by Admin On December - 12 - 2010 Comments Off on African American Oral History tapes now on line through Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum
 Prominent Springfield residents share stories of segregation, community life and other topics from the early 20th century onward
Springfield, IL – Stories of segregation, community life and other topics told in their own words by prominent members of the Springfield African American community are now available on-line through a partnership between the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum (ALPLM) and the Springfield African American History Foundation (SAAHF).  The interviews may be heard by visiting the ALPLM’s Oral History website link at   http://www.alplm.org/oral_history/african_american/aa_history_main.html.
“The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library is not merely about the Sixteenth President but the larger story of Illinois and its citizens,” said State Historian Tom Schwartz of the ALPLM. “These interviews advance our understanding of the lives of African Americans and the significant contributions they made to better our lives and Illinois.”
        In 2006, 32 oral histories were donated to the ALPLM by the SAAHF. Since then, volunteer interviewers have increased the number of interviews that are available in the Library’s Audio-Visual Department to over 50. With funding from various sources, the ALPLM and SAAHF have transcribed a portion of these, and are now placing these transcripts, and the audio interviews, on-line. The initial web release includes 15 interviews, with others to follow as transcribing is completed.
Some of the topics that are covered include African American family life, discrimination in the workplace and education, African American businesses in Springfield, civil rights activities, religion, the 1908 Springfield Race Riots, African American sororities and fraternities, Dreamland Park, Springfield police and fire departments of the 1940s and 50s, hotels and restaurants that existed east of Eleventh Street, and the famous bands and singers who performed in Springfield but had to stay with local families because they were barred from local hotels.  Several of the interviewees were involved with the lawsuits against the City of Springfield and Springfield School District 186 regarding discrimination, which resulted in the change to the city’s aldermanic form of city government and school board representation. 
The SAAHF began communicating with Springfield natives in October 2003, hoping to gather oral histories of local African Americans. From these first interviews, those involved in the SAAHF gained enthusiasm and determination concerning this compelling part of Springfield’s history that had, until then, been ignored.  The SAAHF continues to gather oral histories from Springfield African Americans. 
The oral histories of the following may now be accessed on-line:  Bettie Allen, John Crisp, Theresa Faith Cummings, Theodore (Ted) Curtis, Rudy Davenport, Jessie Mae Finley, Marian Richie Goza, Robert Goza, Georgia  Hale, Leroy Jordan, Charles Lockhart Jr., Clarence Senor, Peggie D. Senor, Carmelita Hogan Washington, and William Washington.
The oral histories of the following people are available in the Audio-Visual Section of the Lincoln Presidential Library, and many will be going online in the near future:  Rosia Lee Adams, Donnita Barton-Davenport, Charlotte Berry, Elbert Betts, Charles Branham, Laurence Brown, Velma Carey, Charles Carter, Ruth Carter, Dorothy J. Foster, Inman Foster Jr., Teresa Haley, James R. Helm. Beverly J. Helm-Renfro, Vivian Irwin, Ida Jackson, Ruth Jackson, Charlotte Johnson, Jacqueline Johnson, Yula Jones, Johnetta Jordan, Faith Logan, Gaynell McCrary, Preston McCrary, Connie Wade McGee, Wesley McNeese, Frank McNeil, James Merrifield, Vera Merrifield, Victoria Nichols-Johnson, James A. Pendergrass, Terry Ransom, Jerome Reynolds, Veronica L. Robison, Dr. Donald S. Ross, Edna Ross, Georgia Rountree, Edna Shanklin, Paula Stadeker, Helen Suggs, Susan Taylor, Laura Belle (Foster) Van Buren, J.D. Washington, Irene Willis, Norman Willis, Charles Wilson, Jenrose Wilson, Lavonne Wilson, Allan Woodson, Janet Woodson, Lillian Woodson, and John Work.  

Illinois State Board of Education announces meetings for December 15-16 in Springfield

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Springfield, IL – The Illinois State Board of Education has announced the following upcoming meetings for December 15-16 in Springfield, Illinois.          


All State Board of Education meetings listed on this agenda will be accessible to persons with disabilities. Persons planning to attend who need special accommodations should contact the Board office no later than the date prior to the meeting. Contact the Superintendent’s office at the State Board of Education, Phone: 217-782-2221; TTY/TDD: 217-782-1900; Fax: 217-785-3972.

  ISBE Committee Meetings and Plenary Session will be held at ISBE’s  Springfield Office, 100 N. First St.,Springfield, IL 

NOTE: Staff presentations and detailed Board discussion typically take place during committee meetings prior to the State Board taking action in the plenary session. Note that some committee meetings will begin at the conclusion of the previous meeting.

 December 15, 2010

All open meetings will be audio cast on the Internet at:  www.isbe.net

     10:30 a.m.       Board Operations Committee of the Whole



                  I.  Roll Call

                 II.  Board Member Participation by Other Means

                III.  Public Participation

               IV.  Minutes of the October Board Operations Committee of the Whole Meeting

                V.*Review Nominations for Recognition

               VI.*Board Bylaws – Second Review (Darren Reisberg)

              VII.  Committee Agenda Planning/Additional Items

             VIII.  Closed Session Motion

               IX.  Adjourn

                                                                                                                                   X.  *  Items listed with an asterisk (*) will be discussed in committee and action may be taken in the plenary session.

  10:45 a.m.       Closed Session through lunch


12:15 p.m.      Governmental Relations Committee of the Whole

(This meeting will begin immediately following lunch.)



                I.    Roll Call

               II.    Board Member Participation by Other Means

              III.    Public Participation (15 minutes maximum)

             IV.    Legislative Update – Veto Session (Darren Reisberg, Nicole Wills, Cynthia Riseman)

              V.    Committee Agenda Planning/Additional Items

             VI.    Adjourn

 * Items listed with an asterisk (*) will be discussed in committee and action may be taken in the plenary session. 

1:15 p .m.       Finance & Audit Committee of the Whole

 (This meeting will begin immediately following the previous session.)



I.        Roll Call

II.       Board Member Participation by Other Means

III.      Public Participation    

IV.     Minutes of the October Finance & Audit Committee of the Whole Meeting

V.    *Contracts Over $1 Million 

A. Board of Regents of the University of Wisconsin for Spanish Academic Language Standards
       & Assessments (Robin Lisboa) 

VII.    Internal Audit Standards (Melissa Oller)

VIII.   Independence of Internal Audit Activity (Melissa Oller)

IX.   *Lemont-Bromberek S.D. #113A’s Financial Plan and Update

X.    *FY11 Budget Update 

XI.     Update on North Chicago District #187  (information item) 

XII.    Capital Needs Assessment Report (Deb Vespa) (information item)

XIII.   Preliminary Findings from Education Funding Advisory Board (EFAB) (Sylvia Puente, Dean Clark)
(information item)  

XIV.            Commission on Government Forecasting and Accountability (Dan Long and Jim Muschinske)
(information item) 

XV. FY12 State Board of Education Budget – Update and Discussion     
          (Superintendent Koch, Linda Mitchell, Scott Taylor)

XVI.  Committee Agenda Planning/Additional Items

XVII. Adjourn* Items listed with an asterisk (*) will be discussed in committee and Board action may be taken in the plenary session.

December 16, 2010

All open meetings will be audio cast on the Internet at:  www.isbe.net

 8:30 a.m.         Education Policy Planning Committee the Whol 


                I.    Roll Call

               II.    Board Member Participation by Other Means

              III.    Public Participation (15 minutes maximum)

             IV.    Minutes of the October Education Policy Planning Committee of the Whole Meeting

              V.  *Appointment to the Teacher Certification Board (Linda Tomlinson, Patrick Murphy)

              VI.  *Poverty Commission Presentation/Recommendation of Endorsement 
(Lanita Koster, Board Member Doug Schenkelberg, Heartland Alliance for Human Needs & Human Rights)

            VII.  *Review of Draft State Board Annual Report
    (Superintendent Koch, Susie Morrison, Matt Vanover)

           VIII.    Strategic Agenda Update (verbal update) (Superintendent Koch

             IX.    Committee Agenda Planning/Additional Items

              X.    Adjourn


* Items listed with an asterisk (*) will be discussed in committee and action may be taken in the plenary session. 


9:15 a.m.         Ad Hoc Rules Committee the Whole

(This meeting will begin immediately following the previous session.)



                  I.  Roll Call

                 II.  Board Member Participation by Other Means

                III.  Public Participation

               IV.  Minutes of the October Ad Hoc Rules Committee of the Whole Meeting

                V.  Rules for Discussion

a.     Part 30 (Programs for the Preparation of Principals in Illinois) (Patrick Murphy)

               VI.*Rules for Initial Review (Darren Reisberg, Shelley Helton)

A.    Part 151 (School Construction Program) (Deb Vespa) 

              VII.*Rules for Adoption (Darren Reisberg, Shelley Helton)

A.    Part 1 (Public Schools Evaluation, Recognition and Supervision) (Connie Wise)

B.    Part 25 (Certification) (Patrick Murphy, Linda Jamali)

C.    Part 100 (Requirements for Accounting, Budgeting, Financial Reporting, and Auditing) (Deb Vespa)

D.    Part 675 (Providers of Supplemental Educational Services) (Monique Chism)

             VIII.  Committee Agenda Planning/Additional Items

               IX.  Adjourn

*  Items listed with an asterisk (*) will be discussed in committee and action may be taken in the plenary session. 

10:30 a.m.       ISBE Plenary Session  

(This meeting will begin immediately following the previous session.)


NOTE:  Staff presentations and detailed Board discussion typically take place during Committee meetings prior to State Board action in the plenary session. 



            I.  Roll Call/Pledge of Allegiance

A.    Consideration of and Possible Actions on Any Requests for Participation in Meeting by Other Means

          II.  Public Participation (30 minutes)

         III.  Resolutions & Recognition 

a.     Annice Brave, 2010-11 Illinois Teacher of the Year, Alton High School

b.    Dexter Chaney, 2010 Illinois Recipient of Milken National Educator Award, Ryerson Elementary, CPS

c.     Paula Dupont, Recipient of 2010 Burroughs Outstanding School Board President Award,  Burr Ridge

d.    Susan Johnson, Retired Teacher, Homewood S.D. #153

e.     Namaste Charter School, HealthierUS School Challenge Gold Award

         IV.  Superintendent’s Report

* Consent Agenda

All action consideration items listed with an asterisk (*) are considered to be routine and will be enacted in one motion and vote.  Any board member who wishes separate discussion on any item listed on the consent agenda may remove that item from the consent agenda, in which event, the item will be considered in its normal sequence. 


Action Considerations

A.  *Approval of Minutes:  October 28, 2010

B.  *Rules for Initial Review

1.     Part 151 (School Construction Program)

C.  *Rules for Adoption

D.    Part 1 (Public Schools Evaluation, Recognition and Supervision)

E.    Part 25 (Certification)

F.    Part 100 (Requirements for Accounting, Budgeting, Financial Reporting, and Auditing)

G.    Part 675 (Providers of Supplemental Educational Services)

D.  *Contracts and Grants Over $1 Million

1.   Board of Regents of the University of Wisconsin for Spanish Academic Language Standards
       & Assessments

E.  *Board Bylaws

F.  *Lemont-Bromberek S.D. #113 Financial Status

G.  *FY11 State Board of Education Budget (as needed)

H.  *Appointment to Teacher Certification Board 

I.    *Approval of Draft State Board of Education Annual Report

J. *Endorsement of Poverty Commission Recommendations

End of Consent Agenda

K.    Approval of Closed Session Minutes (as needed)

L.     Superintendent’s Contract (as needed)

        V.    New Business

       VI.    Announcements and Reports 

A.    IBHE Liaison Report (Dr. Proshanta Nandi)

B.    P-20 Council Liaison Report (No report this month)

C.    Superintendent’s/Senior Staff Announcements 

D.    Chairman’s Report 

E.    Member Reports  

     VII.    Information Items

A.     ISBE Fiscal & Administrative Monthly Reports (available online at http://isbe.net/board/fiscal_admin_rep.htm

    VIII.    Adjourn

Windsor Lifestyles’ helpful services enable seniors to live independently in their own homes

Posted by Admin On December - 12 - 2010 Comments Off on Windsor Lifestyles’ helpful services enable seniors to live independently in their own homes

Offering concierge & home maintenance services

janeandchrisHomeowners who wish to remain living independently in the homes they know and love now have an invaluable resource they can turn to: Windsor Lifestyles, a company that offers helpful in-home concierge and home maintenance services to anyone in need of assistance.

From maintaining your residence to providing in-home assistance and companionship and running errands, Windsor Lifestyles offers a full suite of services designed to make it easier for anyone to age in place safely and comfortably.

Christopher Cope and his mother Jane launched Windsor Lifestyles after identifying a burgeoning need for specialized services among the growing population of retired and senior citizens.

The Copes were inspired by the area’s changing population: Consider that 42 percent of people age 65 and older suffer from a physical disability that limits their activities of daily life (ADLs), and the population of those 65 years and older is expected to increase from approximately 35 million to 55 million by 2020, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

Additionally, an American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) report issued a few years back revealed that 36 percent of the country’s housing owned by those age 50 and older was constructed before 1960, which indicates that many of these homes are in need of renovation, repair and maintenance. AARP survey data also show that 62 percent of respondents age 45 and older said they, a parent, spouse or another household member experienced difficulty with walking, getting into/out of a bed, negotiating stairs, or other orthopedic problems, and used a cane, wheelchair, walker or motorized scooter.

“These statistics underscore the rising need for greater availability of in-home care for seniors, which is lacking in the northwest suburbs—the primary market we serve,” said Christopher, president of Windsor Lifestyles. “From the start, we envisioned this company as a one-stop solutions provider. With one phone call, a senior can get virtually any assistance they need. And they can count on help from experts who are compassionate, highly skilled, reliable and efficiently responsive.”

Windsor Lifestyles offers a wide array of customized services to choose from, such as:

  • Exterior maintenance, including lawn and foliage care, gardening, gutter cleaning, and leaf and snow removal.
  • Interior maintenance, including replacing furnace filters, changing batteries and light bulbs, and keeping appliances and equipment running smoothly.
  • Remodeling, including room additions, kitchen and bath renovations, universal design adaptations and interior decorating.
  • Handyman services, including repairs, painting, maintain HVAC systems, window washing, electrical and plumbing.
  • In-home personal care.
  • Housecleaning, including washing, dusting, laundry and linen changing.
  • Companionship, including someone to talk to and assist with daily life activities.
  • Food shopping and custom meal preparation.
  • House sitting while you’re away, including taking in the mail, watering plants, caring for pets, checking on the home and more.
  • Transportation, including driving to/from stores, offices, clinics and loved ones.
  • Auto care, including arranging for routine maintenance and repairs, stickers, licenses and registration, and parking and storage.

“What’s unique and different about our company is that we provide both in home personal care and home upkeep, the combination of which many other agencies don’t offer,” Jane said. Plus, she added, “our team has invaluable expertise in the home building industry and has been producing independent living communities for seniors over the past 10 years. We know what it takes to create ideal living environments for older homeowners who desire autonomy and want an alternative to an assisted living or nursing home facility.”

Chris Cope noted that Windsor Lifestyles “specializes in creating nurturing, healthy, safe and relaxing living environments for the seniors we serve. And, unlike our competition, we’re distinctively qualified to offer both types of services. We’re CAPS credentialed, which means that we’re experienced aging-in-place experts certified by the National Association of Home Builders and AARP.”

Chris and his staff perform rigorous background checks on and thoroughly train every service provider they hire, so clients can rest assured that any Windsor Lifestyles professional they interact with is skilled, trustworthy, reliable, kind and accommodating.

“We don’t just cater to seniors. We’re also a great resource for anyone in need of assistance, including those with disabilities, people who live alone, snowbirds and frequent travelers, and those who are just plain busy,” said Jane. “This is what we call our concierge service.”

Windsor Lifestyles prices its services affordably on a fee-per-service basis, and services are available for any duration, be it temporary, long-term or of indefinite length.

“We’re there for you as your needs change,” Chris said. “So while you may initially enlist our services for something like lawn care only, you may eventually need someone to pick up your prescriptions from the pharmacy, deliver your groceries or lend a hand getting up and down the stairs. Practically everything you want or require is accessible to you under one roof—and that is the roof of your own home, where you can remain living comfortably and securely with a little help from Windsor Lifestyles.”

For more information on Windsor Lifestyles, phone (847) 842-2525 or visit www.WindsorLifestyles.com.

Image caption: Jane Cope (left) and her son Chris Cope formed Windsor Lifestyles to offer helpful in-home concierge and home maintenance services especially geared to seniors.

Attorney General Madigan, 19 other states announce $67 million settlement with Bank of America

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 Illinois Municipalities, Agencies to Receive Over $2 Million in Restitution From Bank’s Scheme

Chicago, IL — Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan joined 19 other states to announce a $67 million settlement with Bank of America for its involvement in a nationwide scheme to rig bids and engage in other anticompetitive practices that defrauded state agencies, municipalities, school districts and nonprofits in purchasing municipal bond derivatives from the bank.

 Madigan said more than $2 million in restitution will be awarded from the settlement to Illinois municipalities, local government agencies and nonprofits harmed by these Bank of America practices.

 This multi-state settlement is part of a larger $137 million settlement with Bank of America by the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, the Internal Revenue Service and the Federal Reserve that resulted from a broad and ongoing criminal and civil investigation by those agencies and the U.S. Department of Justice along with the states’ probe into the bank.

 The investigation found Bank of America, other major financial institutions and certain brokers conspired to prevent competitive bidding in the selling of so-called municipal derivative investments to municipalities, local and state government agencies and charitable organizations that issued municipal bonds to fund projects.

 “This scheme by Bank of America and its conspirators is another example of Wall Street greed enriching big banks and brokers on the backs of taxpayers,” said Attorney General Madigan. “Bank of America’s conduct defrauded municipalities, schools and nonprofits across this state of funds they could have used to improve services in their communities.”

 Municipalities, schools and other organizations typically issue municipal bonds to fund projects, including financing infrastructure repairs or building schools. Once bonds are issued, the money is typically placed into accounts to spend as the local entity incurs expenses for the project.  Because the money from the bonds does not need to be spent immediately, the municipality or other agency that issued the bonds typically seeks out ways to invest the money and may also use strategies to manage or transfer the interest rate risk they take on in issuing bonds. These investment accounts and risk management products – which are collectively called “municipal bond derivatives” – are provided bylarge financial institutions, such as Bank of America.  Banks and other financial institutions compete for this business.

 The investigation into Bank of America, other financial institutions and certain brokers found that from 1998 through 2003,Bank of America conspired with financial institutions and brokers to orchestrate bids for those transactions,circumventing the competitive bidding process. In some instances, Bank of America and other financial institutions communicated directly with one another, and not through brokers, to fix prices for bids, or to fix the rates or key terms of these transactions. Brokers also frequently offered Bank of America and other financial entities the opportunity to review the other bids so that Bank of America or the other financial institutions could be sure to submit the winning bid.

 These practices by Bank of America illegally and unreasonably restrained competition in the marketing, sale and placement of these municipal derivatives, in violation of Illinois’ antitrust laws. Because of this conduct by Bank of America, the municipalities, local and state agencies and nonprofits that relied on Bank of America’s services did not receive the best deal that they could have obtained.

 Bank of America is the only entity in this scheme that voluntarily reported its wrongdoing to the U.S. DOJ, and its disclosure launched the department’s criminal investigation in 2004. Under the DOJ’s Corporate Leniency Program, Bank of America was granted conditional leniency based on its acknowledgement of wrongdoing, significant cooperation and its issuing restitution. To date, the DOJ has brought criminal actions against seven individuals and one company and has obtained guilty pleas against eight others involved in these schemes.

In the spring of 2008, Attorney General Madigan and the 19 other states began their own investigation and coordinated with the parallel probe by the DOJ and SEC. The investigation by Madigan and the other states remains ongoing into other financial institutions involved in this scheme to potentially recover additional restitution for communities around the country.

 Some of the Illinois municipalities and nonprofits that will be eligible to receive restitution as part of this settlement include: Alton Illinois Community Unit School District, Antioch Community High School District 117, Village of Bedford Park, Chicago Board of Education, Chicago Park District, City of Chicago, City of Evanston, East St. Louis Public Library, Forest Preserve District of DuPage County, Illinois Development Finance Authority, Illinois Rural Bond Bank, Lake Zurich Community Unity School District 95, Oak Park School District 97, Public Building Commission of Chicago, Sangamon County, State of Illinois and the Village of Bolingbrook.

 Other states joining Illinois in the Bank of America settlement include Alabama, California, Connecticut, Florida, Kansas, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina and Texas.

 Bureau Chief Robert W. Pratt and Assistant Attorney General Jamie Manning are handling this case for Madigan’s Antitrust Bureau.

Snoop Dogg is guest on “TV One On One with Cathy Hughes”, reveals how he finally learned to balance the most important Parts of his life – family and music

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snoop_dogg_cathy_hughes_tv_oneSnoop’s wife, Shanté Broadus, joins the rapper/actor/producer and host Cathy Hughes during the candid one-hour interview

Snoop Dogg talks to “TV One on One” host Cathy Hughes Sunday, Dec. 12 at 9 PM ET, and is joined by his wife Shante to talk about their life together and their work to find a cure for lupus, from which their daughter suffers.


Silver Spring, MD (BlackNews.com) — He was born Cordozar Calvin Broadus in Long Beach, California, but his galaxy of fans around the world know him better by his popular name, Snoop Dogg, a nickname derived from his childhood family nickname, Snoopy. And like his multiple names, a complex mix of influences have helped mold this accomplished rapper, record producer, entrepreneur and actor, and helped make him into one of the most recognizable stars in the world today.

The entertainer opens up about all the diverse parts of his life – including his off-again, on-again marriage to Shanté Taylor Broadus — in a candid and revealing interview with Cathy Hughes, host of TV One on One, Sunday, Dec. 12 from 9-10 PM ET, repeating at 1 AM. Shanté Broadus joins the duo later in the program.

The devoted father and husband, multi-platinum chart topper, reality TV star and the recently named Creative Chairman of EMI’s newly reintroduced Priority Records didn’t always appear to be on a path to success in his early years. The “Doggfather of Gansta Rap” a Crips gang follower in high school who spent time in jail for drug possession as a teenager, tells Hughes he also grew up with a strong and caring mother who imposed discipline, and even imposed a 10 PM curfew on the budding teen age rapper who was gaining popularity at house parties in Long Beach. “My momma was serious,” Snoop tells Hughes. “. . .She was like the mother and the father. You know what I’m sayin’? So, we had discipline in my house. But at the same time, you know, I still ventured out ‘n’ joined a gang, sold drugs; because that’s what, you know, misled youth do. . .You know, my mother tried her best, but at the same time, I was influenced by what I was seein’ when she wasn’t there.”

Shortly after his release from jail, however, the teen was discovered by Dr. Dre, and Snoop’s music trajectory soared, with best-selling albums ultimately including Doggystyle, Tha Doggfather; Da Game Is to Be Sold, Not to Be Told; No Limit Top Dogg; Tha Last Meal; Paid tha Cost to Be da Boss; R&G (Rhythm & Gangsta): The Masterpiece; and Malice n Wonderland.

Whether it’s in music, movies or TV, Snoop has always reached out to the widest possible audience, no matter their ages or background. As he tells Hughes, “My thing is appealing to many walks. It’s not just the under 30. It’s 45, 50. I go to concerts sometimes where it’s 60-year-old ladies in the crowd, and they rockin’ all night, and they come backstage, and they tell me how much my music means to them.”

Two key areas of his life that are as important to him as his music is Snoop’s marriage to his high school sweetheart Shanté Taylor in 1997 and his devotion to his two sons and daughter, as seen in his popular TV reality show, “Snoop Dogg’s Father Hood.” Despite contemplating divorce in 2004, the couple weathered the storm and on January 12, 2008, renewed their wedding vows. As Snoop tells Hughes, “My dream was to be a rapper, first and foremost. That was my dream, and to make it and be successful. Along the way, I fell in love with my wife, and I had to explain to her later on in my career that I was chasin’ my dream, and I was puttin’ my dream before her and not realizin’ what my real dream was – that was to have a family. So, now I learned how to put ’em in the proper perspective and put my wife and kids first and put my career second, and that’s why I think it’s so productive for me right now – because I got it in the proper prospective.”

In addition to making wildly successful music, Snoop Dogg has moved solidly into popular culture, making mainstream movies (“Training Day,” “Old School,” “Starsky and Hutch,” “Bruno”), television shows (Doggy Fizzle Televizzle, Snoop Dogg’s Father Hood and Dogg After Dark) and commercials while still connecting to veteran and on-the-rise rap musicians who play an important part in his ongoing artistic evolution.

“I’m still a part of who they are,” he tells Hughes, “because I come from where they come from. I’m that little bit of hope that you can make it. And by me stayin’ connected to them and givin’ them hope and givin’ them life, it’s showin’ that it’s okay to come from where we come from, but we try to better ourselves once we understand what we want in life”.

Becoming Creative Chairman at EMI, Snoop says, is the final piece of what he wants in life — greater artistic control. As he explains to Hughes, “I wanna do what the great ones have done, James Brown, Sam Cooke, Curtis Mayfield. These guys went out ‘n’ took control and owned their own record labels became their own bosses and created a style of music and a style to where it’s their own. I just wanna set a trend so when I drop my seed, my little plants can start to grow, and 20, 30 years from now, we have so much different and fly music – like today.”

Another major goal for Snoop and his wife is finding a cure for lupus, an autoimmune disease that struck their young daughter in 2005. They agree that their fight to combat the disease has impacted their relationship.

Says Shanté Broadus, “It brought us closer because we were going through a divorce; and when we reconciled, that’s when we found out. And we were like, ‘How would we have done this if you were over there, and I was over here?'”

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