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Revered local historian to look back on African American experience during Great Depression, New Deal

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Chicago Historian Timuel Black to speak, with piano performance by jazz impresario and Chicago native Reginald Robinson

 

Chicago, IL – Non-profit cultural presenter portoluz continues its June programming this Saturday with a talk by revered Historian Timuel Black on the African American experience during the New Deal and the Great Depression, in conjunction with a solo piano performance by jazz impresario Reginald Robinson. The event will be held June 18th at 2 p.m., at the DuSable Museum of African American History, 740 E. 56th Place in Chicago, Admission is $5; no-one will be turned away. 

This Saturday’s DuSable event is one of dozens of public events this summer being produced under portoluz‘ moniker of WPA 2.0: A Brand New Deal, a groundbreaking year-long series featuring over fifty arts and humanities programs throughout the city with some of the nation’s leading scholars, musicians, civic leaders, visual artists, policy makers and cultural workers. The program is structured to look back on what the federal Works Progress Administration, or WPA, brought to millions of unemployed Americans at the peak of the Great Depression — and how we can reenergize the spirit of the WPA to organize and thrive today, in the worst economic crisis of the last 80 years.

Timuel D. Black is one of the African American community’s most deeply respected and best-loved griots, a keeper and reteller of the history of decades of struggle for rights and dignity. He’s spent his lifetime gathering the stories of Chicago’s African American community, documenting the great social movements of the 1950’s, 1960’s and 1970’s, and working for peace and justice. Born in Alabama in 1918, Black came to Chicago’s South Side with his family as part of Chicago’s first wave of the Great Migration – the movement of tens of thousands of African-Americans to escape the predations of the Jim Crow south. After serving in World War II, Black attended Roosevelt University and the University of Chicago. As a teacher, social scientist and historian, Black played a leading role in the civil rights movement in Chicago and nationally, working closely with Dr. Martin Luther King and a host of other leading African American civil rights leaders of that era. He has authored dozens of articles and monographs, including Bridges of Memory, an oral history collection documenting the lives of African-Americans who came to Chicago in the first and second waves of the Great Migration. He is currently at work on his own memoir.

Noted pianist and composer Reginald R. Robinson was born and raised in Chicago, where his many creative endeavors include serving as an educator on ragtime music across the United States. When he was in 7th grade, jazz trumpeter Orbert Davis and other musicians visited his school through a city-funded arts program. Davis covered musical styles from Beethoven to Miles Davis in that visit – and Reginald was particularly riveted when the musicians talked about ragtime and performed Scott Joplin’s seminal piano piece, “The Entertainer,” a melody Reginald had heard from the ice cream trucks that plied his neighborhood every summer but that he’d never heard played as a serious piece of music on piano before. That Christmas, Reginald’s mother bought him a small electronic keyboard and he began to teach himself how to play, setting off a lifetime of interest in one of the nation’s great musical traditions – and a musical movement shaped by key African American composers, including Joplin. In 2004, Reginald received a “genius” fellowship grant from the John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation for his innovative work in ragtime music.

Special guest Sharon F. Warner, who will read work based on Tim Black’s historical gatherings, is a writer whose work has been published in three countries and extensively online. She has been part of the Neighborhood Writing Alliance since 1997, and her work has appeared in the Journal of Ordinary Thought for more than a decade. The piece from which she’ll read, “Gardeners of Dreams,” was inspired by remarks made by Timuel Black at an Edible Activism workshop at the Artistic Garden in Hyde Park. 

portoluz acknowledges the generous support of the Joyce Foundation, Dr. Carol Adams and the Du Sable Museum of African American History to bring this program to the public, with additional acknowledgment and thanks to Susan Klonsky, Sue Eleuterio, Rachael Hudak and Tracey Williams for their curatorial and production assistance.

Farrakhan: The Death of the Harold Washington Cultural Center would be like the death of the late Mayor Washington

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He says take-over of the Center is a ‘conspiracy’ 

 

By Chinta Strausberg

 

During a “State of the Harold Washington Cultural Center Town Hall Meeting,” Minister Louis Farrakhan said an attempt by the City Colleges of Chicago to seize control of the Harold Washington Cultural Center is a “conspiracy” and likened the death of this Center to that of the late mayor.

Farrakhan said the move to takeover the Center is an alleged plan to “kill the legacy“ of former Alderman Dorothy Tillman (3rd) and the late Mayor Harold Washington followed by “false” media reports he said are designed to destroy her support. Tillman, he said, and the state of her fight to save this institution “is a sign of a crucifixion.”

Farrakhan, who paid off Tillman’s former lawyer who withdrew from the case, warned people “don’t let anyone take this building… If she loses, we lose” and warned for those who turn against her “you’ve taken fire into your bosom.” He assigned Berve Power Muhammad, a noted attorney, to take over Tillman’s case.

He was talking about the City’s giving the green light for the City Colleges of Chicago to take over the Center and the City Council voted to spend $1.8 million for a special taxing district fund. Tillman and her daughter, Jimalita Tillman, the executive director, have been accused of allegedly misappropriating the funds—a charge both deny and the records unearthed by attorney Muhammad have proved to the contrary. Tillman and her daughter are fighting foreclosure proceedings.

The lengthy town hall meeting included entertainment by youth like the Endure Dance Productions, an electrifying drill team and dancers, a history of 47th Street by George Daniels, presentation by Jimalita Tillman, executive director of the Center, a song by Inez Andrew, and others. The youth were trained at the Harold Washington Cultural Center and were used to illustrate the importance of the Center.

WVON’s Cliff Kelley, who was the Masters of Ceremonies, said the Harold Washington Cultural Center has allegedly been appraised at being more than $11 million “and all they’re talking about being behind (in payments) is $1.2 million; so they’re trying to rob this place and that is not going to happen….” Kelley introduced Tillman who in introduced Farrakhan. She described him as being “the freest man in the world” and one who “loves his people.”

“It’s not that many free people in this city, in this country, in this state, in this nation, in this world,” said Tillman. “They owe something to somebody or they’re scared. They’re scratching when they’re not itching, laughing when it’s not funny, on economic plantations, not free….” Tillman said Farrakhan “is the freest man on the planet.”

Tillman spoke of how she told many people “what these people were doing to me, to this center and to my family, how they lied and all the things they were doing. One reporter even got an award for lying, but we’re getting her, too. She’s going to be a part of that suit, too. She doesn’t know that….”

Tillman took the problem she was having with the City Colleges attempts to take over the Harold Washington Cultural Center to Farrakhan who assigned famed attorney Berve M. Power Muhammad to handle the case. He told Tillman this was deeper than a takeover. He said this fight “is about the (her) legacy.”

Before Farrakhan spoke, the audience was entertained by several groups of very talented youth including the Endure Dance Productions, a presentation of George Daniels who gave the history of 47th Street a music scene and a video presentation. The youth were trained at the Harold Washington Cultural Center.

Speaking before a standing-room only crowd at 4701 S. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive, Farrakhan, who said he has been offered tens of millions not to teach about Elijah Muhammad, said he can’t be bought and is sticking with Tillman on saving that institution Farrakhan said is vital to the youth and the community.

Saying he was honored to be there with Tillman, he told of how an old friend of his, the late attorney Ray Glover, once told him to stay in the eyes of the public, Farrakhan remembers what Elijah Muhammad once told him, “when a seed germinates in the earth, it sends a root down long before it sends a shoot up.” “When it’s rooted, somebody tried to pluck it up, but if it’s firmly rooted, you’ll have a difficult time pulling up something that is well rooted.”

Farrakhan said for seven-years he once went underground because of death threats and how when some reporters called him and asked what was he doing, he would tell them, “I’m pregnant.”  Farrakhan said he stayed underground until he was “firmly rooted.”

He credited Rev. Jesse L. Jackson, Sr., who in 1984 was a presidential candidate, for drawing him above ground and once again out in the public eye. Jackson had called on Farrakhan for political support and in an unprecedented move; the Nation of Islam leader backed Jackson for president.

“Elijah Muhammad didn’t make punks,” said Farrakhan. “He hated cowards. When the police attacked our mosque in New York, he asked what did you do… There is no easy road in building God’s Kingdom….” And, Farrakhan said he is ready for yet another fight to save the Center.

Farrakhan said the day Tillman told her what she was going through it was easy for him to give her money to pay off a lawyer who had withdrawn from her case. He thanked his members for their contributions, which enabled him to help Tillman’s lawyer who dropped out of the case.

Farrakhan was critical of some blacks who believed what they read in the media about Tillman and the Center.  He laid out the “enemies” plan “to…get the media to support the lies. So-called Negroes when they read the papers and see a black person being attacked they say, ‘Oh, my God, is that so. Well, I won’t go around there anymore.’ Now, that’s a Negro response,” Farrakhan said. He said Tillman is a “sign of crucifixion.”  He urged the public not to fall for that media strategy and said they should support Tillman’s efforts to save that Center.

“Of all the politicians we’ve elected, Dorothy Tillman is the only one who has left office and built an institution for our people,” he told a cheering crowd.

Defending Tillman in her fight to keep control of the Harold Washington Cultural Center, Farrakhan said, “This place has to remain under the guidance of Tobacco Road Inc.,” and said he hopes they win this case.

Farrakhan said he wants everyone to understand “the value of this place and what it means to those children, to the community and above all to the legacy of Dorothy Tillman and to the greatness of the man this institution was named.

“We never had quite a man like the man this institution is named for. He was a strong, intelligent black man…,” Farrakhan said. “The death of this institution is just like the death of Harold Washington. It’ll be a shock and it would say that we didn’t care enough….

Farrakhan criticized the media for false reports that Tillman and her daughter were allegedly misrepresenting the funds. “The gossip starts based on slander. That is the modus operandi of Satan. First we must destroy your support among the people by saying things about you that are not true that if you …but you have no platform like that. So we start echoing what the corporate media say….

“Always follow the money. See who benefits from a disaster. See who benefits from her (Tillman’s) fall. We got some black people who are like vouchers. They smell the blood of Dorothy Tillman and Tobacco Road and acreage around here that she got for this community and then the greedy mind says, ‘the hell with justice. If she loses, well gain,” said Farrakhan.

“If she loses, we lose and those who think that they will benefit if she loses, you’ve taken fire into your bosom.”

He, like Muhammad, feels “there is a conspiracy” to destroy the reputation of the Tillman’s and to reduce her support. He believes the judge in this case will be fair because “the evidence is so compelling, over-whelming.  If this community rose with one voice, you cannot let anything happen to the Harold Washington Cultural Center.

“If we did that, we would ensure victory in the courts, victory in the streets, clearing her name and holding honor to her legacy and then retiring the debt,” said Farrakhan.

“Can you imagine what kind of day that would be when we can stand here burn the mortgage that this place is free, totally clear and now we’re coming with our babies to the dance class…coming with our families and babies to cultural events here.

“This is our building. Take ownership. Let no one take from us what rightfully belongs to us,” bellowed Farrakhan.

“God is watching how we treat those who fight for us, and if we do to her and to others what we did to Mr. Garvey, to Noble Drew Ali, to Malcolm X, to Muhammad Ali, to Elijah Muhammad. When the enemy turned down on them, we turned down, too.  Don’t do that because God will chastise you today for weakness, cowardice and for betraying those who fight for you,” Farrakhan said.

City Colleges spokesperson Katheryn Hayes would not give a comment to the media.

Chinta Strausberg is a Journalist of more than 33-years, a former political reporter and a current PCC Network talk show host.

When faith triumphs over tragedy: The Last Chapter in the Life of Mrs. Sammy Davis Jr.

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Sarasota, FL (BlackNews.com) — The Last Chapter in the Life of Mrs. Sammy Davis, Jr. offers a frightening glimpse of a Hollywood secret that was nearly ‘buried.’ In her chronicle, author Pamela Sherrod reveals the events leading up to the death of Altovise Davis, and interweaves these startling revelations with intriguing views of numerous celebrities, from Bill Cosby and Raven-Symone’ to legendary icons, Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton.

In 2005, Sherrod was introduced to Altovise Davis to help write her autobiography. She was the wife of the late Sammy Davis, Jr., the iconic black performer who broke racial barriers to become known as ‘The World’s Greatest Entertainer.’ Sherrod and Altovise, however, started a partnership to write inspirational stories for youth, hoping to motivate them to reach for higher goals. “At first, it was purely academic,” says Sherrod, “… because Sammy started performing when he was only four and missed going to school. He always regretted this and wanted kids to value their education. Seeking a ministry, I wanted them to know about God’s love… that they could experience his miracles by operating in love.” Ironically, Sherrod’s own faith in this ‘miracle’ principle would soon be tested.

Emotionally, the story was difficult the write, not only because of Sherrod’s own tragedies (while bouncing back from surgery, she lost, both, Altovise and her fiancé within 35 days), but because of the enormity of what she’d witnessed: greed, deception, and cruel betrayals. When Sammy died in 1990, he left Altovise with a tax lien of over $5 million dollars, which prompted the auctioning of many of their possessions. Altovise, however, managed to keep a few valuables for herself. But, in one ugly episode after another, even these were ‘snatched’ from her possession, including a billfold Richard Burton had given to Sammy, and the Presidential Ring presented to him by Richard Nixon. For Altovise, the heartbreak of losing these dwindling keepsakes wouldn’t end. Friends tried to protect her, but alcoholism made her vulnerable to abuse. Each season led to further losses, as people swindled her, raided her bank accounts and helped themselves to her safety deposit box. Recalls Sherrod, “It was like watching vultures swarm over and attack someone who was still alive.”

Then, there was the mystery surrounding the screenplay the two women created, entitled, A Detour to Mexico. Sherrod’s questions went unanswered when she discovered there were striking similarities between the plot of their musical and the film, The Cheetah Girls 2: When in Spain, starring Raven-Symone’. Her calls were never returned, not even by her old childhood friend whom she considered her ‘mentor.’ He was a writer and supervising producer on the show, That’s So Raven, and the contact to whom she’d given the original outline and excerpts of their story. “I spent many sleepless nights,” says Sherrod, “…torn over all the unanswered questions, and fearing the consequences of even asking them.” She reached a defining moment when she realized that, despite these tragedies, she had to move forward. To remain a silent ‘ghost’ meant that she’d forsaken her calling, and her obligation to finally tell Altovise’s story. Her fears over “Hollywood’s reaction” were in conflict with her faith, especially her desire to honor God’s will for her life. To inspire hope, and encourage others to step out on faith, she had to do it, herself . . . without fear. Now, having completed the book, Sherrod continues the work that they began, knowing that Altovise’s voice will finally be heard…as well as her own.

The Last Chapter in the Life of Mrs. Sammy Davis, Jr. offers an insightful look at an industry that’s often driven by “glamour-covered greed,” and warns our youth of the hidden dangers of addiction. The book can be purchased at www.lulu.com, Amazon.com, Barnes and Noble.com, or ordered/purchased at most local bookstores. Proceeds from the book will be used to support art & healing programs for recovering young addicts, and produce inspirational/educational books, films and documentaries. For more information, visit www.mrssammydavisjr.com.

Topinka launches revamped Comptroller’s website

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Comptroller acts to improve transparency and accountability

 

Chicago, IL – Illinois Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka announced the launch of a new office website that includes easy-to-access state financial records and reports, links to social network newsfeeds, Comptroller program and service information, and enhanced search capabilities that allow the public to “follow the money.”

The revamped site for the Illinois Office of the Comptroller can be viewed at www.ioc.state.il.us.

“This new site gives our office a virtual facelift,” said Topinka, who became the state’s Chief Fiscal Officer in January. “This upgrade will make it easier for taxpayers to access information, and prove to be an invaluable tool for improving the efficiency, transparency and accountability of state government.”  

Specifically, changes to the Comptroller’s website will allow the public to more easily:

·         Access state contractor information, and check political contributions made by those doing business with the state

·         Examine the finances of Illinois government in real-time through greater access to detailed fiscal information, including debt levels, bond ratings and fund balances

·         Check on the status of vendor payments from the state

·         Search the state’s uncashed checks, and begin the process of recovering money

·         Learn more about office programs and services, including Check for Cash, Direct Deposit and Take Charge Illinois

·         Sign-up for Comptroller news and publications, and social media newsfeeds

·         Contact Comptroller Topinka and office staff

The new website is part of Topinka’s ongoing effort to modernize the Comptroller’s office, and make it more accessible to taxpayers. Additional initiatives will be announced in coming weeks.

“Illinois residents in particular appreciate the importance of government transparency and accountability, and the Comptroller’s Office can play a substantial role those areas,” Topinka said. “We have the opportunity to transform our state from a national punch line to a leader in ethics and transparency, and I am pleased to assist in that effort.

Only 47% of Black males graduate!

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 The social net for high school dropouts is gone forever. When the manufacturing base in the U.S. was strong, a young man could drop out of high school and safely land at a factory with an $18 an hour job. Today, young African American males are dropping out of high school at the highest rate of any group with only a net of barbed wire to catch them.

 

According to Jawanza Kunjufu, national education consultant and author of the newly released Reducing the Black Male Dropout Rate, ninth grade is the critical year for making the decision to physically drop out, but the seeds were planted much earlier and nurtured by academic failure.

 

The dropout rate for African American females is 41 percent, but for African American males it’s 53 percent. According to Education Week 26 (“Diplomas Count…”), each year, more than half of the 1.2 million students who fail to graduate from high school are Black and Latino. The Schott Foundation reports that 2,000 high schools in 20 cities are contributing to almost 80 percent of the dropout rate.  

 

The causes are many, but academic failure, social promotions, grade padding, poor teacher quality, low parental involvement, and post traumatic slavery disorder  lead the way, says Dr. Kunjufu.

 

Eighty-nine percent of African American eighth graders compute below grade level. Many of these students are socially promoted to ninth grade, despite the fact that they are not ready. In low-income high schools, half of African American students read below the sixth grade level. When these students find themselves in high school, unequipped to meet the rigors of algebra, biology, literature, and other first year subjects, they begin to seriously consider dropping out.

 

It is at this critical moment that Dr. Kunjufu seeks to save them.

 

For additional information on Reducing the Black Male Dropout Rate contact 1-800-552-1991, Fax# (708) 672-0466, P.O. Box 1799, Chicago Heights, IL 60412, Website: Http://www.africanamericanimages.com, Email: customer@africanamericanimages.com.

Protect Your Identity at ‘Shred It & Forget It’ Free Event!

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 (From the Better Business Bureau)

 
Chicago, IL – On Saturday, June 25, 2011, the Better Business Bureau serving Chicago and Northern Illinois, in conjunction with various government agencies, invites consumers and businesses to protect their identities by shredding unwanted personal, financial or confidential documents for FREE at the annual “Shred It and Forget It” Shredder Day at the United Center Parking Lot E, in Chicago, from 9AM-2PM.  Electronics recycling also will be available.
Crime statistics show that more than 8.1 million people became victims of identity theft in the past year making it the fastest growing crime in the U.S. 
 
 
 
 
 

 

Hosts of the annual event include the Better Business Bureau along with the City of Chicago’s Department of Business Affairs & Consumer Protection, Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office, Federal Trade Commission, United States Postal Inspection Service, Chicago Police, Illinois Attorney General’s Office, and the Cook County Department of Environmental Control.

This year an electronics recycling service is provided by Vintage Tech Recyclers. TVs, monitors, laptops, PCs, servers, data storage devices, printers, fax/copy machines, cell phones, VCRs, DVD players, video cameras and game consoles are among the types of electronic equipment that will be collected for recycling at the event.
Participants are asked to limit the material they want shredded to 10 boxes of documents per person. There will also be a free home shredder given away every 15 minutes during the event. You may also visit www.chicagoshreds.com to sign up for a chance to win one of two home shredders that will be given away online.
 
 
 
 

 

 

Representatives from the participating organizations will be on hand at “Shred It and Forget It” to offer guidelines for shredding documents and to answer questions about how to keep your personal information safe.

 

 

 Here are some suggestions for deciding how long to keep personal financial information:
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

·         A good rule of thumb is to keep all tax returns and supporting documentation for seven years. The IRS has three years from your tax-filing date to audit, and has six years to challenge a claim.

·         Keep credit card statements for seven years if tax related expenses are documented.

·         Keep paycheck stubs for one year. Be sure to cross reference the paycheck stub to the W-2 form.

·         Be sure to keep bank statements and cancelled checks for at least one year.

·         Bills should be kept for one year or until the cancelled check has been returned. Receipts for large ticket items should be kept for insurance purposes.

·         Home improvement receipts should be kept for six years or permanently.

·         Items such as birth certificates, social security cards, insurance policies, titles or wills should be kept permanently in a safety deposit box.

·         If you are going to dispose of documents with sensitive information, be sure to SHRED!

 

More information about “Shred It and Forget It” Shredder Day can be found at www.chicagoshreds.com once there, consumers may also sign up for notification on future Shred Day events.

 

For more information on how to protect your identity, visit www.bbb.org

 

Two arrested on Child Pornography charges

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Chicago, IL ─ Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan announced last week that a Madison County man and a McHenry County man became the 21st and 22nd arrests in her crackdown on the most active traffickers who download and trade child pornography over the Internet.

“Possession and distribution of child pornography are not victimless crimes. Every time an offender views, downloads or trades images online, innocent children are victimized over and over again,” Attorney General Madigan said. “Child pornography destroys the lives of these young victims. My office will continue to work with our local partners to find these offenders and arrest them.”

McCollom Lake Arrest

In an operation today, McCullom Lake Police assisted Attorney General Madigan’s investigators in the arrest of Erich Wilfinger, 29, after a search warrant was executed at his residence. Two computers were seized which contained evidence of alleged child pornography. Wilfinger was transported to the McHenry County Correctional Center and charged with one count each of Aggravated Child Pornography, a Class 2 felony, punishable by three- to seven-years in the Illinois Department of Corrections (IDOC) and Possession of Child Pornography, a Class 3 felony punishable by two- to five-years in prison. Wilfinger is scheduled to appear in bond court Friday morning. The McHenry County State’s Attorney’s Office will prosecute the case.

“I want the community to know that there is no immediate risk to our children,” said McCullom Lake Police Chief Zachary Beatty. “At this time, the evidence points to the defendant dealing pornography over the Internet.”

East Alton Arrest

On Wednesday, Attorney General investigators also arrested Brandon Charles Seymour, 29, of East Alton, who was charged today with 10 counts of Aggravated Distribution of Child Pornography, a Class X felony punishable by a six- to 30-year prison term in the Illinois Department of Corrections (IDOC) and 10 additional counts of Aggravated Possession of Child Pornography, a Class 2 felony punishable by three- to seven-years in IDOC. Three computers, a DVD and other evidence were seized during the execution of a search warrant at Seymour’s residence. The initial investigation revealed more than 1,000 video files containing alleged child pornography were on the equipment seized.

Seymour is in custody at the Madison County Jail with bond set at $100,000. Madigan said cooperation among state and local law enforcement is key to the success of this arrest and her efforts in reining in child pornographers throughout Illinois. The Madison County Sheriff’s Department and the Madison County State’s Attorney’s Office assisted Madigan’s office.

“Child pornographers are continuing to find that their vile acts are not going to be tolerated in Madison County, and that our team of local, county, state and federal law enforcement and prosecutors will not rest until we put an end to these despicable acts,” State’s Attorney Thomas Gibbons said. “I commend the excellent work of the Madison County Sheriff’s Department and Attorney General Madigan’s office for their tireless work to help keep the families and children of our communities safe. I am proud to be a part of this important effort and I will continue to stand shoulder to shoulder with our law enforcement team members in the ongoing fight to protect the citizens of Madison County by getting child predators off the streets and out of our communities.” 

Operation Glass House

In August 2010, Attorney General Madigan announced the initiative, dubbed Operation Glass House, to find and arrest the worst child pornographers in Illinois using the unique identifier that each computer is assigned when it accesses the Internet, known as an Internet protocol (IP) address. Nearly 4,700 Illinois IP addresses were seen trading child pornography images and videos across the state by the Attorney General’s office investigators.

Studies have shown that users of child pornography are more likely to be sexual abusers of children. There are 21,320 sex offenders listed on the Illinois Sex Offender Registry, of which 85 percent committed a crime against a child. The Illinois Sex Offender Registry is located at www.isp.state.il.us.

Madigan also works with local and national law enforcement organizations to address Internet exploitation of children and women. Madigan’s office, with a grant from the Department of Justice, administers the Illinois Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) task force, which investigates child exploitation crimes and trains law enforcement. Since 2006, Madigan’s ICAC office has been involved in 367 arrests of sexual predators and provided Internet safety training and education to more than 128,000 parents, teachers and students and more than 10,000 law enforcement professionals.

The public is reminded that both defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty by a court of law.

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