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Illinois House and Senate Republican leaders file federal lawsuit over General Assembly redistricting map

Posted by Admin On July - 21 - 2011 ADD COMMENTS

Illinois House and Senate Republican Leaders Tom Cross, Christine Radogno and numerous concerned citizens filed a federal lawsuit in the Northern District of Illinois to invalidate the 2011 General Assembly redistricting map in an effort to redraw legislative districts to protect the most sacred right in a democratic society – the right to vote.

“The Democrats passed a map this session that we believe is in direct violation of the Federal Voting Rights Act and some of our most basic rights under the constitution,” said Leader Cross.  “They should be ashamed of themselves.  We are optimistic that the court will agree with us and will help give our residents a Fair Map that accurately reflects our population, especially our growing Latino population.”

“As we now go to court to protect the voting rights of all citizens, I think it is important to remember how easily this could have been avoided,” Radogno said. “The majority party denied Illinois citizens the opportunity to vote for a constitutional amendment that would have taken the redistricting process out of the hands of politicians and given it to an independent body. Had that occurred, I am confident a fair map that meets the requirements of the federal voting rights act would have been adopted. Instead, Illinois citizens must turn to the courts to protect their right to have their votes count.”

The lawsuit has been filed against the State Board of Elections.  Specifically the suit makes the following allegations against the map passed by Democratic majorities and signed by the Governor:
    • The map violates the federal Voting Rights Act of 1965 because African Americans and Latinos have not been provided a “fair opportunity” to participate in the political process.
    • The process by which the map was approved violates the Illinois Constitution because the map was not made available to the public or the legislature for a sufficient amount of time for review. 
    • The map violates the 1st Amendment to the United States Constitution because it dilutes the voting power of Republican voters throughout the state.
    • The map violates the compactness requirement of the Illinois Constitution and is less compact than the previous map and the Fair Map put forward as an alternative.

In the coming months, if the plaintiffs are successful, the court could direct the General Assembly to redraw the district boundaries of all or parts of the state within a specific deadline; it could direct a “Special Master” to redraw the lines; or it could direct a Legislative Redistricting Commission, as provided by our Constitution, to draw the boundaries with equal appointments made by the four legislative leaders.  If the Commission cannot agree, a tiebreaker’s name would be drawn from a hat.

“For years, we have pushed for redistricting reform that would have created a Fair Map, only to be blocked by the Democrats,” added Cross and Radogno.  “It is disappointing that the Democrats passed and signed a map that violates federal law and the constitution.  We must stand up for the residents of our state and fight for a Fair Map that will be in place for the next decade.”

Illinois Lt. Governor Simon visits Pilsen summer school

Posted by Admin On July - 21 - 2011 1 COMMENT

 

Urges future Class of 2025 to aim for college                             

 

Chicago, IL – Illinois Lt. Governor Sheila Simon visited a third grade class in Chicago’s Pilsen neighborhood, pledging to fight for the education reforms that will help them become the college Class of 2025.

Simon read and sang with the Irma C. Ruiz Elementary School students and told them to aim high when it comes to their future. She pointed out three summer school aides that graduated from Ruiz who now attend college at Northern Illinois, Emory and Georgetown universities.

“Never doubt that if you work hard and stay in school, you can go to college,” said Lt. Governor Simon. “I can tell you, and these young women can tell you, that going to college changes everything. It can open the door to your dreams.”

As the Governor’s point person on education reform, Simon has embarked on a statewide Complete College tour this year, visiting dozens of community colleges and addressing lawmakers, school leaders and teachers, urging them to make data-driven, student-centered reforms that could lead to higher graduation and completion rates.

Illinois wants 60 percent of all working age adults (25-64) to hold a college degree or certificate by 2025, up from about 40 percent today. In order to reach this goal, Illinois’ postsecondary institutions must increase the number of graduates statewide by 4,400 students each year, for a total of 600,000 additional graduates by 2025, according to the state’s 2010 Complete College America self-assessment report.

Upcoming education reforms aimed at reaching this goal include lengthening of the Chicago Public Schools’ day and improving principal and teacher evaluation systems that will make it easier for excellent teachers to get tenure and underperforming teachers to be dismissed.

Simon also called on Governor Quinn to sign a performance funding bill that’s on his desk, which would create a system to tie state higher education dollars to completion milestones. The state expects to hear this week if it will receive a $1 million grant to help develop and implement the reform.

“We have a performance funding system now that rewards enrollment, and we need to shift that to reward course completions, graduation and other markers of progress and success,” Simon said.

Simon was joined by former Chicago City Clerk Miguel del Valle, whom she serves with on the state’s P-20 Council, a state education body focused on preschool to college reforms.

“Developing a seamless system of quality education is vital to maximizing students’ growth and future success,” del Valle said. “I am encouraged by Lt. Governor Simon’s work to motivate students to complete college, and look forward to working with her to make the state’s 2025 goal a reality.”

Ruiz Elementary School is a neighborhood school that primarily enrolls low-income, Hispanic students. About 69 percent met or exceeded state standards on the 2010 ISAT, according to the school’s online interactive report card. Simon interacted with second and third graders in “step up” and bridge programs, designed to help their transition to the next grade level.

Principal Dana Butler said he recruits Ruiz alumni such as Janet Anaya, Eunice Ruiz and Elisa Manrique to work at the school over the summer so students can connect to people just like them who are going to college.

“When a Ruiz student hears about a student who has gone on to high school and then college, they smile. When a Ruiz student talks with a student who has gone on to high school and then college, they are impressed and ask questions,” Butler said.

 

Solar Power: African Americans may miss the boat, again!

Posted by Admin On July - 21 - 2011 ADD COMMENTS

 

By Marvin Wilcher

Nationwide (BlackNews.com) — Over the last several years I have been involved in various aspects of the solar industry, from funding advanced solar technology research and developing solar systems for schools to funding leasing programs to make solar affordable for home owners, to finally starting a solar and green summer camp for kids. Additionally, I have attended many conferences and made quite a few presentations advocating the importance that eco-entrepreneurs will have on our new green economy.

I have attended these conferences with as little as 200 people and as many as 20,000. Along the way I have noticed an alarming trend, which is the lack of representation by the African American community, specifically that of the African American entrepreneur.

Van Jones, author of The Green Collar Economy and founder of Green For All, a national NGO dedicated to building an inclusive green economy strong enough to lift people out of poverty, had this to say, “Our success and survival as a species is largely and directly tied to the new eco-entrepreneurs – and the success and survival of their enterprises.” So I ask you, where is the African American entrepreneur?

I am sure that I am not the only one who notices that the African American community is not taking a leading role in growth of green technologies. Sacramento Mayor, Kevin Johnson, an African American himself, wants his city to be known as the emerald city, emerald referring to green technologies and green manufacturing. Mayor Johnson is hoping that Sacramento will be the place that eco-entrepreneurs call home when they begin investing and building the hundreds of projected green businesses of the future. The Mayor speaks at green seminars several times a month, sometimes to crowds of more than 200; however the African American community is still a minor percentage of those in attendance.

Several years ago African American representation could be blamed on the government for not properly educating the public on the vast business opportunities that are available through the green technologies industry, however with President Obama’s state of the Union Speech and recent recovery package, which dedicated billions of dollars towards training for renewable energy and energy efficiency, this cannot be the case.

Maybe the blame, or rather the responsibility, should be placed on the private sector. Through advertising and marketing they can help to spread the word and influence the public, not only on the importance of green technologies, but the opportunity the new green economy has for entrepreneurs. Or maybe it’s African Americans themselves for again failing to see the opportunities lying directly in front of them today just like they have failed to see those opportunities within arm’s reach in the past. Or finally maybe it’s our religious leaders! While the business of God has clearly been the most successful business in the African American community for the last 200 years, the benefactors of this 10,000,000 weekly customer base may have forgotten to pass out the latest news of “the green business revolution”.

Whatever the case may be, some industry experts, including myself, feel that if the current trend doesn’t change soon, the African American community will miss out on an enormous opportunity to change the way they live.

Thanks in part to Obama’s recovery package, today there are numerous training programs available throughout the country in different types of green energy, such as solar power. Non-profit groups like Solar Richmond (an organization that specializes in the education and training of solar energy installation to disadvantaged youths) have begun training people all over the country, usually at little to no cost for the course. Many private companies are also offering training programs in the solar industry, however these programs can run anywhere from $1,000 to as much as $3,500 per week for specialized courses in solar installation and instructional courses on how to start a solar business.

With all the available training and education, it is not clear why the African American community still remains underrepresented in the pursuit of this industry. The unfortunate part about lagging behind today is that it will make it that much harder to break into the industry tomorrow. It has been projected that in just 3 to 5 years there will more than 20 thousand solar and related businesses across the country, some big and some small, all of which will need competently trained employees. The time is now for African Americans to get ready for these incredible opportunities to come.

To understand just how fast this industry is growing, in 2009 solar technologies generated over $30 billion globally. This included everything from solar panel installations on buildings and homes to the manufacturing of solar panels and related products. In the first quarter of 2011 solar energy is the number one fastest growing industry in the country with a 63% year over year, quarter over quarter growth. At this current pace, it is estimated that by 2019 solar technology will account for over $100 billion of generated revenue per year. This increase means the creation of millions of direct and indirect jobs in the U.S. alone; jobs for everything from manufacturing solar technologies to the people required to market manage and sell the products. To get a glimpse at the future of solar technology, all you have to do is look at what’s going on today. Right now you can buy a 2011 Toyota Prius complete with a solar panel on the roof. Backpacks for middle school children and hikers are being sold with solar panels attached that are used to recharge such devices as cell phones and Ipods. You can even purchase compact solar panel technology that lights your driveway at night and helps to recharge your car’s battery. In a number of research centers across the nation there are scientists designing materials made of solar technologies that can be incorporated into clothing to provide warmth for your body.

My prediction is that in just 15 years time, nearly every new transport trailer will come complete with solar panel technology that will be used to not only save fuel but also to power the refrigeration trailers that transports of food from one place to another. Every major automaker will offer a solar roof on all of their models. Every new glass window installed in every building will have some type of solar finish on it generating free energy for the owners. Airplanes will begin to have solar panel technology incorporated into the skin of the fuselage that provides much of the power that propels airplanes on cross country flights. In the past a very limited number of African American entrepreneurs were able to capitalize of tech boom of the 70’s and 80’s, or the dot com boom of the 90’s. The question again becomes will African American’s miss the green energy boom of the 21st century, a boom that is bigger, more impactful, and scripted more for their profile then any of the previous booms. It is not a far stretch of the imagination to consider that in 15 years solar power might just begin to displace the petroleum and coal industries’ iron grip on our energy needs.

Many of these companies will become power houses, controlling technologies and power similar only to the oil companies of today. This is why it is so important for African Americans to get involved and start learning about solar and other green technologies. African Americans must avoid being left in the dark. They will need to begin educating themselves immediately on what solar energy and all that green technologies have to offer, or they may just find that they have “missed the boat” AGAIN!

Marvin Wilcher is president of Clean Energy Training Institute located in Sacramento California, a training program for people who want to get into the solar energy business. Mr. Wilcher also sponsors a clean energy camp for kids called Camp Green (www.campgreenusa.com), as well as his new blog site at www.thegreenmix.com. He can be reached at marvin@thegreenmix.com or marvin@campgreenusa.com

Edward Wilkerson Jr., Vincent Chancey, Brian Smith and Ronnie Burrage to highlight portoluz “Jazz on a Summer’s Day”, Sunday July 24th

Posted by Admin On July - 21 - 2011 ADD COMMENTS

 

Summer tours will create a rare super group in this exclusive-to-Lakeside concert. Audience members will have an opportunity to witness four major “A-list” jazz musicians who are coming together for the first time. These seasoned musicians will be performing in various combinations; playing improvised music and the artists original compositions in the 75 minute performance.

Featured on the program are Vincent Chancey and Ronnie Burrage from New York City and Edward Wilkerson Jr. and Brian Smith from Chicago. All artists have impressive résumés that read like a Who’s Who of Jazz. With the last giants of the golden era of jazz passing on to glory, these artists who came of age in the 1970’s and 80’s are assuming the mantle of the elder statesmen of the art form.

 Vincent Chancey French Horn and Composer
Over the past 25 years Chancey has built a solid reputation as an accomplished french horn player, performing in a wide variety of musical contexts. He first came to prominence as a regular member of the Sun Ra Arkestra in the late 1970’s. After he worked for six years with the Carla Bley Band, in 1984, he joined Lester Bowie’s Brass. For many years, he has also been part of the David Murray Big Band. Elsewhere he has played with Chick Corea, Cassandra Wilson, Shirley Horn, Randy Weston, The Gil Evans Orchestra and The Mingus Orchestra. In the Contemporary Classical idiom, he has worked with Guus Janssen on varied projects in The Netherlands as well as become an accomplished composer in his own right.

Edward L. Wilkerson, Jr is an internationally recognized American jazz composer, arranger, musician, and educator based in Chicago. As founder and director of the cutting edge octet, 8 Bold Souls, and the 25 member performance ensemble, Shadow Vignettes, Wilkerson has toured festivals and concert halls throughout the United States, Europe, Japan, and the Middle East. Defender, a large-scale piece for Shadow Vignettes, was commissioned by the Lila Wallace/Reader’s Digest Fund and featured in the 10th Anniversary of New Music America, a presentation of BAM’s Next Wave Festival.

His music can be heard on fourteen recordings, including two film soundtracks and the critically acclaimed albums Birth of a Notion, and 8 Bold Souls, both on his own Sessoms Records label.

One of the great saxophone and clarinet players on the Chicago scene, Edward Wilkerson Jr.,  has been particularly associated with medium- to large-scale projects (somewhat daunting in an era when creative music bandleaders are challenged to keep even small ensembles together). He has also been a major presence in Chicago’s Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM), teaching composition at the organization’s music school and serving for a time as AACM president.

Ronnie Burrage, Drummer. Burrage’s style draws elements from hard bop, bebop, funk, and soul. Burrage sang in the St. Louis Cathedral boys’ choir from age seven to eleven and performed with Duke Ellington at the age of nine. He was considered a child prodigy playing with  members of the St. Louis Metropolitan Jazz Quintet. At 17, Burrage moved to New York City and played with Sonny Fortune, Lester Bowie, Defunkt, Teruo Nakamura, Sir Roland Hanna, Major Holley, [Arthur Blythe]], Jackie McLean, Andrew Hill, and McCoy Tyner. He then cofounded Third Kind of Blue with John Purcell and Anthony Cox. Later work includes recordings with Defunkt, Abdullah Ibrahim,the World Saxophone Quartet to name just a few. Burrage played for several years with Wayne Shorter and is currently, Burrage is Producer and Artistic Director at Bluenoise Studio, Frederick, Maryland as well as Professor of Practice at The Pennsylvania State University

 Brian Smith, Bassist/Composer, studied bass extensively with Joseph Guastefeste (principal bassist of the Chicago Symphony.) Mr. Smith began studying privately conducting and composition briefly, with the late Ralph Shapey, later working under the tutorage with the late Hale Smith. Arriving in New York City in 1976, Mr. Smith composed and performed music for The Composers forum (NYC), The Dance Theater of Harlem, Thomas W. Buckner, The Ebony Ensemble, Northeastern Symphony and others. 

Smith has performed and recorded with many artists, including Anthony Braxton, Muhal Richard Abrams, Philly Joe Jones, Henry Threadgill, Sam Rivers Big Band, Lionel Hampton Big Band, Frank Foster Sextet, Fred Anderson, and Edward Wilkerson’s ensemble(s) to name a few. He has performed and been a member of the University of Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Chicago Civic Orchestra, Florida Symphony Orchestra, the Norwalk Symphony Orchestra, Dance theater of Harlem in addition to several ensembles and bands in the New York Tri-State area.

In 1979, he founded and was musical director of the World Bass Viol Ensemble and The World Chamber Music Ensemble which he composed directed/conducted as well. Mr. Smith’s musical ideas sometimes find expression in unusual instrumental groupings, as evidenced by his 1988 work (dedicated to the late Maxwell Roach) MAX-ium for percussion ensemble (nine percussionists).  

 Support for the Jazz on a Summers Day series is generously provided by the Pokagon Fund, the Lakeside Inn and the LillStreet Art Center. Additional media support is provided by WHCR and WVPE.   

 

Warner A. Cruz elected to Better Business Bureau Board of Directors

Posted by Admin On July - 21 - 2011 ADD COMMENTS
CHICAGO, ILWarner A. Cruz, president of J.C. Restoration, Inc. in Rolling Meadows has been elected to a one-year position as a member of the Board of Directors with the Better Business Bureau serving Chicago and Northern Illinois. 

As member of the Board, Mr. Cruz will help guide the Better Business Bureau in its mission of advancing marketplace trust and promoting ethical business practices. 

 

“We are very pleased to have Warner A. Cruz with his extensive business knowledge and experience on our Board,” said Steve J. Bernas, president and CEO of the Better Business Bureau. “His experience with management will greatly assist us in creating a community of trustworthy businesses that both consumers and businesses throughout northern Illinois can rely on.”

 

Mr. Cruz runs his family business which specializes in restoring residential and commercial properties that are affected by fire, flood, or storm damage.

 

He was featured among a group of twelve 40-and-under remodelers who are shaping the future of the industry in Professional Remodeler Magazine. In addition, the Chicago Latino Network named Mr. Cruz the 2010 Latino Entrepreneur of the Year.

Reknowned Psychologist, Author and Life Coach Pennie Murray shares secrets to getting to “The emotional side of success”

Posted by Admin On July - 21 - 2011 ADD COMMENTS

Clarity Workshop: “Discovering and Framing Your Life Purpose” | Aug. 26-28 in Plano, TX

 

— Having lost it all, twice, psychologist and author Dr. Pennie Murray reflects, “I incessantly experienced meager successes, false starts, and great professional failure before I realized that if I truly wanted to be successful, I had to have more than the technical knowledge of being successful (business plan, marketing strategy, taxes, operations, etc.).” Murray says, “I had to also address the feelings and emotions that made me so apprehensive and doubtful about my efforts toward success. And then I had to give myself permission to succeed, which was much harder than I ever imagined.” —


Pennie Murray, Ph.D., psychologist, author, life coach and founder of PennieMurray.com

Dallas/Plano, TX (BlackNews.com) — A highly-regarded industrial psychologist, best-selling author, and founder of PennieMurray.com, Dr. Pennie Murray is an expert on defining, achieving and retaining success. She’s studied it and she’s lived it! And her passion is empowering and inspiring individuals to move beyond their learned inhibitions, and fruitfully manage “The Emotional Side of Success.” She is dedicated to guiding individuals through a process of identifying and understanding the “whys” that thwart their attempts to attain and sustain lasting success. She comments, “The emotional side of success is the “other side” of success that doesn’t get talked about – but hinders us the most.”

Frequently taking her show on the road, Murray will stop at home long enough to host her intensive interactive 2½-day Clarity Workshop August 26-28, 2011 at NYLO Plano at Legacy Hotel (8201 Preston Road, Plano, TX). Murray restricts the number of participants per session to ten because she dedicates significant time to one-on-one guidance and coaching of professionals, entrepreneurs, and others who wish to ascend to the top in their respective professional fields or life passions, and stay there. The cost to take this journey to self-discovery and life improvement is $355 before August 10, 2011; $395 thereafter.

Murray recognizes that for many individuals who have acquired the logistical and technical skills necessary to be successful in the significant areas of life, there still remains – ever so subtle – a constant tug of “something” holding them back, causing them to sabotage their respective efforts, or remain doubtful about that next move.

Individuals who have a high need for achievement, fear failure, value success, advancement, self-image and a greater quality of life are more prone to experiencing this apprehensiveness and other feelings that frustrate and discourage their efforts towards success. The only way to manage these feelings, or as Murray calls it – “The Emotional Side of Success” – is to identify the real cause behind this self-sabotaging behavior, clarify your vision, and then give yourself permission to succeed in the significant areas of your life.

For over 13 years, Murray trained and consulted with numerous corporate professionals and entrepreneurs on the various logistical and technical skills necessary to be successful. But she often found that many of these very competent and capable individuals were hesitant and doubtful about achieving a deeply desired goal, or they would sabotage their own efforts. Pennie was no stranger to this behavior because she, too, had engaged in her own brand of self-sabotage and doubt. Curious about this phenomenon, she sought out answers, especially as it related to the success of Black Americans. What she found could be summed up in the African proverb, “When you understand the “whys” of life, you can endure any “how.” The answers she found also led Dr. Murray to develop the philosophy of giving one’s self permission, and a series of workshops to help individuals learn to recognize what that “something” is in their own lives, and how it keeps them from experiencing their desired success.
ABOUT DR. PENNIE MURRAY:
Pennie Murray is an industrial psychologist, speaker, life coach and author who is certified in conflict mediation. She’s a professional seminar trainer for over 13 years with several national seminar companies is a strong advocate of personal success. A former law enforcement officer, owner of a retail clothing store, and radio talk show host, Murray has earned recognition as a niche entrepreneur, minority business owner and mentor of aspiring entrepreneurs.

Currently, Murray is working on her second piece of authored work, an upcoming book “GIVING MYSELF PERMISSION: Allowing One’s Self to Let Go of the Dumb Stuff that Limits Your Life.” Her first published work was “Asking for Richer Ground” (audio CD). Both pieces of work are a testament of what it means to have a well-defined vision that enables you to reach beyond your limited circumstances.

Holding a Ph.D. (ABD) in industrial/organizational psychology, Murray graduated Summa Cum Laude and is a member of the International Honor Society in Social Science (Pi Gamma Mu) and Psi Chi National Honor Society. She has spent the last decade researching, studying and writing about learned helplessness, the fear of success, perceived discrimination, social rejection and emotional inhibitions (what some call generational curses), and is dedicated to helping others live above these challenges. Murray offers keynotes, virtual sessions and workshops throughout the country. To learn more about Dr. Murray, the “Emotional Side of Success,” and her popular Clarity Sessions, please visit www.penniemurray.com.

My Two-Cents Worth: Off-the-Wall-Talk assured of media attention

Posted by Juanita Bratcher On July - 21 - 2011 20 COMMENTS

By Juanita Bratcher

It seems like it doesn’t take much to manipulate and get media attention these days even when it’s a parading circus-like atmosphere. All it takes is for someone to talk some crazy “hooba, hooba” (my made-up term) off-the-wall crazy talk and they’re essentially assured of getting media attention. Some candidates that have announced their intentions to run for President in 2012 are doing just that by the language they use. They are media opportunists who come out “shooting from the hip” and making outrageous statements in search of media attention and their 15 minutes of fame. Most of the time what they are espousing is not worthy of media attention – especially when it consists of hateful, incendiary remarks.

There was a time in this country when the media didn’t waste time on reporting circus-like atmosphere chicanery. During that time, you had to say something profound and informative to get media attention. There was no gibberish, therefore, whatever “trash talk” was made was streamlined to the individual or individuals making the statement own personal, limited audience – their social friends and acquaintances who listened to their un-profound forays, but those forays were not forced on the American public, through the media, that was interested in informative, newsworthy issues, in addition to entertainment, sports and a sprinkle of feature reporting.

As a News Reporter, Journalist, Author and Publisher, I feel that serious decisions should be made in categorizing what is news and what is not news. And that shouldn’t be hard to determine. It certainly doesn’t take in that gibberish, crazy, non-sense and off-the-wall crazy talk that is sweeping across the country inflaming mental chaos. It’s time to derail the inflow of this crazy talk in the media, and thereby, not giving stupidity a national forum. It’s time to bring sanity back through sensible dialogue.

Lately, there’s been a wide-range of non-sensible happenings reported in the news. And there are some talk show hosts who play up favorites knowing that the picture is not as bright as they claim it to be, giving hyped-up images to their viewers and readership.

Noticeably, there are some who look at the world through narrow lens…rose-colored glasses, never looking at the overall big picture blinking right before their eyes. Their focus is tied into that “little personal world” – created in their minds, but way out of step with that big, overall world that we all live in.

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