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Archive for August 2nd, 2011

Genocide and Code of Silence are killing our youth

Posted by Admin On August - 2 - 2011 Comments Off on Genocide and Code of Silence are killing our youth

 Mom seeks justice for Deontae, offers $10,000 reward

 By Chinta Strausberg


The Code of Silence is preventing frightened South Side residents from identifying the killer of Deonate Smith, 19, who was fatally shot two-years ago Monday and genocide is taking out our children, Saint Sabina Father Michael L. Pfleger said Monday during a press conference held marking the second anniversary of the unsolved crime.

Pfleger joined Tonya Burch, the mother of Smith who was shot at an unauthorized Englewood block party on August 1, 2009 at 61st and Peoria, Minister Jonathan Banks from the Apostolic Faith Church, Theresa Broy, a retired city worker who prayed asking that the Code of Silence ends, Melech Thomas, a seminarian from Saint Sabina, and others stood in solidarity with Mrs. Burch who called on the killer to turn himself in.

Pfleger said, “It is a tragedy and a sadness that we have to be here today. Deonate was killed here two-years ago. Children have been killed two-months ago, two-weeks ago, two-days ago all throughout this city. There’s a genocide going on of our children.

“Superintendent McCarty can put police on every corner of this city and it’s not going to stop the crime until the community decides that the crime has to stop. There were hundreds of people out here the night that Deonate was killed,” said Pfleger.

“The neighborhood has to be the one that comes forward. The neighborhood has to be the one to talk. The neighborhood has to be the one to tell who did it because until criminals and murderers are afraid of the community, they will keep on doing it. “

Referring to criminals, Pfleger said, “They are not afraid of the police. That’s obvious, and they’ll never be afraid of the community until the community stands up and says this is unacceptable on our block and in our neghborhood,” said Pfleger.

He prayed that one day people across the city “will wake up as communities and decide we will not let our children be shot and killed and somebody goes home, sits up and eats McDonald’s and watches TV like nothing ever happen. That’s not acceptable in this city and in this nation.”

Referring to the intense debate involving the federal debt-ceiling controversy, Pfleger said, “We saw the whole world focus on the economic crisis for the last number of weeks. It got solved. Let’s ask the whole community and the nation to care about violence and let’s solve that too. 

“It doesn’t make any difference if we have a balanced budget and our children are dying in the streets. So, now let’s be focused on violence in America and let’s stop the killing of our children and the communities wake up, and come out of your houses, stop being afraid because as long as you don’t say anything, your children will be in danger of being shot tomorrow,” warned Pfleger.

Agreeing, Minister Banks said, “You have no idea what it’s like to go to bed every night knowing that your son’s killer is out in the streets and there are people out here with knowledge  (of who the killer is) but they choose not to come forward. She did not choose to be in this position….” He urged the community to come forward with information about the shooter.

Asked how did he feel about some youth telling Mrs. Burch she had better keep their names out of their mouth, he said, “There is a great way to end all of this and that is to bring forth information necessary to bring justice for Deonate. That is what we are asking for.

“This mother has already lost so much. What are we going to take from her further? We want to give her the peace of knowing that she can move forward…and the people of this community don’t have to fear for their safety and worse to add insult to injury fear that should something happen that people will keep it silent,” he stated.

Minister Banks linked hands with the family and with bowed heads prayed that God would “we pray for Deonate’s killer, God that you would stir their conscience, Lord, that they would desire to see justice for this grieving mother.” He prayed that the killer would be treated with dignity and fairly under the law. “God, let them know they must atone for this that you demand, Lord God, that they take accountability for their action..”

Melech Thomas, a seminarian from Saint Sabina, bowed his head and prayed saying “we bind up the spirit of violence in the name of Jesus…..” He prayed for commonsense gun laws and afterschool programs. He prayed that churches open their doors for children .

He prayed  “peace and His spirit reign, let your spirit reign in this place…. We believe that you can heal this land, God…. They can achieve academically. They can achieve careers. They can achieve spiritually, Lord, God, and most of all mothers will not have to bury their children prematurely….”

“My son was going to Daley College and to the Air Force,” said Mrs. Burch, but his dreams were shattered when a bullet pierced his chest.  A 17-year-old girl was shot but survived.

As a symbolic gesture, Mrs. Burch and her supporters released several red balloons. “This means Deonate is going to heaven,” she said wiping tears from her face.

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

Field trip grants available to visit Lincoln Presidential Museum – apply by September 1

Posted by Admin On August - 2 - 2011 Comments Off on Field trip grants available to visit Lincoln Presidential Museum – apply by September 1
September 1 deadline to apply for field trip grants for schools and groups that serve low-income youth
Springfield, IL – Grants for field trips to the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum in Springfield are now available nationwide to schools and youth organizations with a high enrollment of low-income children.  The application deadline is September 1, 2011.
The Winnick Family Foundation is offering field trip grants through the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library Foundation to teachers of grades 4 through 12 in public and private schools nationwide that have a low-income enrollment of greater than 30 percent.  Not-for-profit youth organizations that serve economically disadvantaged children anywhere in America are also eligible.  The grants provide funding to visit the Presidential Museum at no or reduced cost by deferring the cost of transportation, lunch, or educational materials.  School groups receiving a grant do not pay a Museum admission fee.     
Visit http://www.presidentlincoln.org/education/WINNICK_Grant_Application.pdf  for grant applications, which must be postmarked by September 1, 2011.  The grant awards will be announced beginning October 1.  In 2010 a total of $20,000 was awarded to 19 schools.  For more information, call (217) 558-9016 or contact randy.wiseman@illinois.gov.
The field trip grants are coordinated through the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum’s Department of Education which provides educational opportunities for learners of all ages to explore Illinois and U.S. History and the legacy of Abraham Lincoln, through the museum and library collections.

Illinois GOP Chairman: GOP changing conversation with Debt Deal and Spending Cuts

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Chicago, IL – Today, Illinois Republican Party Chairman Pat Brady released the following statement regarding the debt ceiling deal:

“While it isn’t perfect by anyone’s standards, I want to applaud Speaker Boehner and Leader McConnell for achieving a deal that cuts spending by more than the debt ceiling is increased while holding the line against new Democrat tax hikes,” said Brady.  “Just weeks ago the President and Washington Democrats wanted a blank check to continue their out-of-control spending but Republicans stood firm and said no.”

“This debt ceiling debate is proof Republicans have changed the discussion in Washington – no longer are we talking about how much to spend in trillion dollar stimulus plans or Obamacare, we are debating how much to CUT spending. Republicans are governing as we campaigned by reigning in spending and standing up to the Democrats’ reckless fiscal policies and this is a perfect example why elections matter and why we must elect a Republican to the White House and a Republican majority in the Senate, as well as retain our Republican majority in the House.”









Summer months bring highest rates of burglaries – more people show interest in Home Security Systems

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(Message from the Better Business Bureau) 

Chicago, IL – While the summer months are an ideal time for a vacation getaway, they are also the perfect time for home burglaries. Homeowners are becoming more aware of this as inquires to the Better Business Bureau serving Chicago and northern Illinois (BBB) about burglar alarm systems are up 30 percent in the past 12 months.


Although no security system guarantees to make your home burglar-proof, a home security system may dissuade criminals from breaking in and alarms often give you more peace of mind. The BBB is advising homeowners, who are looking to secure their property this summer, to do their research when picking a home security system.


“It’s important to investigate the purchase of a home security system with the same care you would any major purchase,” said Steve J. Bernas, president & CEO of the Better Business Bureau serving Chicago and northern Illinois. “There are many door-to-door salespeople selling home security systems out there that don’t always have your best interest at heart.”


BBB advises consumers to do the following when looking to invest in a home security system:

  • Choose a professional installer. The best home security system will accommodate your lifestyle and the specific valuables you want protected. Carefully consider your security requirements and budget. You may also get recommendation from the insurance company that covers your home. Check out the company first and find BBB Accredited Businesses at www.bbb.org
  • Contact at least three companies before selecting an installer. Find out if they are properly licensed and if they screen employees before hiring. Make sure to check with the Electronic Security Association website for a list of member companies that have agreed to abide by the National Code of Ethics.
  • Ask about all charges up front. Prices for home security systems will vary, based on the level of protection and type of technology used, so be sure to compare apples-to-apples bids on similar systems. Do not forget to factor in the initial installation charge, as well as monthly monitoring charges. Talk to your insurance agent; some systems may qualify you for a discount on homeowner’s premiums.
  • Know the ins and outs of your contract. If your alarm system will be monitored, either by your installing company or by a third-party monitoring center, find out the length of the contract. Typically, monitoring contracts are between two to five years in length. What is your recourse if you are not satisfied with the services provided? Can you cancel the contract? What are your rights if your monitoring company is purchased or acquired by another alarm company? These are the types of questions you need to consider before you obligate yourself to a long-term contract.
  • Insist that the installer “walk” you through your system until you fully understand how it works. This will prevent the most common problem: false alarms. False alarms are an indicator of the quality of the alarm installation and user education. Ask for a complete inspection of your property and an itemized written estimate. Review the sales contract closely to ensure you understand exactly what equipment and protection you will be provided.


For more information on finding businesses and consumer tips you can trust, visit www.bbb.org

ABC 7 Chicago presents live, HD Broadcast of Bud Billiken Parade

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A summer tradition in Chicago since 1929 continues when ABC 7 broadcasts the 82nd annual Bud Billiken Parade, live and in HD, Saturday, August 13, 10:00 am– 12:30pm.
ABC 7 co-hosts Cheryl Burton, Jim Rose, and Hosea Sanders will be in the broadcast booth capturing all the fun for viewers watching at home. ABC 7’s Karen Jordan will also be a part of the festivities, checking out the action along the parade route.  In addition, members of the ABC 7 news team including Linda Yu, Ron Magers, Rafer Weigel, Val Warner and Leah Hope will ride atop the station’s colorful float.
With more than 1.5 million people in attendance, the Bud Billiken Parade is the largest African-American parade and the second largest parade overall in the country. Recognized as a day of family fun and celebration, the parade has become an anticipated event in Chicago each August.  The Bud Billiken Parade makes its way down Martin Luther King Drive from 42nd Street to Washington Park.
ABC 7’s broadcast of the Bud Billiken Parade is available on-demand at abc7chicago.com.
Christopher Bowen is the executive producer of the Bud Billiken Parade.

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