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Madigan: Rock Island man arrested for predatory criminal sexual assault, child pornography production

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Rock Island, IL ─ Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan announced that her office’s Operation Glass House, a statewide initiative aimed at cracking down on the most prolific child pornography offenders, has netted its first-ever arrest for predatory criminal sexual assault and  production of child pornography.

Randy Bazer, 25, of Rock Island is being held on $1 million bond after being charged with 12 Class X offenses, including six counts of predatory criminal sexual assault of a child and six counts of aggravated child pornography. Each Class X predatory sexual assault offense is punishable by a sentence of six to 60 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections (IDOC), and each offense of aggravated child pornography is punishable by six to 30 years served in IDOC.

“Operation Glass House has sought out the worst of the worst child pornography offenders—those who watch and trade the most violent videos of infants and toddlers being sexually assaulted,” Attorney General Madigan said. “The horrific facts of this case surpass any others we’ve handled.”

Bazer is being held in the Rock Island County Jail following his arrest the morning of Nov. 22 at a residence on 5 ½ Avenue. Investigators from the Attorney General’s office executed a search warrant at the residence, working in conjunction with the Rock Island Police Department and the Rock Island County State’s Attorney.

“Our office commends the joint efforts and investigation of Attorney General Madigan’s office and Rock Island City Police departments. This team effort is a model example of what law enforcement accomplishes when they work together. These two agencies’ hard work and dedication is appreciated by our office and we look forward to working with these agencies in the future,” State’s Attorney Mark Senko said.

“By their nature, child pornography cases are heart wrenching and difficult,” said Rock Island Police Chief Scott D. Harris. “It takes the commitment of state and local law enforcement working together to seek out suspected perpetrators of child pornography and rid our communities of them.”

In August 2010, Attorney General Madigan announced Operation Glass House, an initiative to find and arrest the worst child pornographers in Illinois. In the first year of Operation Glass House, Madigan’s investigations revealed a disturbing trend of offenders trading extremely violent videos of children – often infants and toddlers – being raped. As part of its second year, Operation Glass House is focusing on targeting offenders seen trading and watching extremely violent videos involving young children. Bazer is the 28th arrest in Operation Glass House.

To track child pornographers online, investigators use the unique identifier that each computer is assigned when it accesses the Internet, known as an Internet protocol (IP) address. In the last 60 days, 3,154 Illinois IP addresses were seen trading child pornography images and videos across the state by Attorney General’s office investigators.

This ongoing initiative will benefit from a new law that Madigan helped write and pass in the General Assembly this year. Senate Bill 1035, which was signed into law in August, helps investigators track offenders and requires longer sentences when they are convicted. The law authorizes prosecutors to issue administrative subpoenas for Internet-related child exploitation investigations. By using administrative subpoenas, investigators can more quickly obtain the name and address behind an IP address and move the investigation forward, whereas before it could take investigators up to 60 days to obtain this critical information due to infrequent grand jury meeting schedules.

Madigan’s office, with a grant from the Department of Justice, runs the Illinois Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) task force, which investigates child exploitation crimes and trains law enforcement. Since 2006, Madigan’s ICAC task force has been involved in 392 arrests of sexual predators and provided Internet safety training and education to more than 176,800 parents, teachers and students and more than 13,400 law enforcement professionals.

The public is reminded that the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty by a court of law.

State Senator Hunter: Supplemental budget increases to DHS came just in time

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Springfield, ILIllinois State Senator Mattie Hunter (D-Chicago) supported restoring funding to the Department of Human Service’s (DHS) Fiscal Year 2012 budget.  The increase of a couple million dollars would hold off employee layoffs and facility closures for the remaining six months of the fiscal year.  It is also paid for by shifting money from other State funds – it is not a spending increase.

“I am grateful for the leadership of my colleagues, Senators Heather Steans and Dan Kotowski, in ensuring that this pressing matter was addressed immediately and not held off until session in the spring,” Hunter said.  “Over the past year, we have held subject matter hearings and have heard from providers and patients alike how devastating massive budget cuts to human services would be to the families in Illinois. With this supplemental funding, we have given ourselves more time to find a responsible solution.”

Senate Bill 2412 restores $28.7 million to DHS to prevent layoffs and protects important services.  Other supplemental appropriations include $8 million for funeral and burial expenses, $30 million for mental health grants, $28 million for addiction treatment services, and $4.7 million to the Emergency Food and Shelter Program.

Facilities like Tinley Park Mental Health Center faced closure under Governor Pat Quinn’s plan to deal with the budget shortfall in the 2012 budget.  Earlier this month, the Commission on Government Forecasting and Accountability voted against Governor Quinn’s recommendation to close Tinley Park Health Center, and the governor rescinded his proposal.  With the passage of Senate Bill 2412, Tinley Park Health Center and the other facilities slated for closure will remain open and all employee layoffs are expected to be withdrawn. 

“In the spirit of the holiday season, I am thankful that the neediest people in Illinois will have access to the programs they so desperately depend on through the winter season,” Hunter continued.  “It has been a slow, tough battle for those of us who have been fighting for these
funding restorations, but it has been worth fighting.”

Jesse White’s Disability Parking Crack Down results in more than 30 Citations statewide

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Secretary of State Jesse White announced that the Secretary of State Police issued 31 citations this weekend during a statewide crack down on people who illegally park in accessible parking spaces at local malls.  The enforcement kicked off on Black Friday, November 25th and will continue through the end of December.

Nine people were issued tickets for improper use of a disability parking space or parking in a disability space without a placard or license plate over the holiday weekend.  Twenty-two people were cited with misuse of a disability parking placard, or using someone else’s placard.  Eighteen placards were confiscated and a total of 367 placards were checked.

Secretary of State Police were out enforcing the provisions of the Parking Program for Persons with Disabilities at Woodfield Mall in Schaumburg as well as at malls in Rockford, Springfield and Marion on November 25th, the unofficial start of the holiday shopping season and the busiest shopping day of the year.  Enforcements also took place in Bolingbrook, Lombard, Orland Park, Skokie, Carbondale, Peoria and Champaign.

“I’m pleased with the results of the disability parking enforcement efforts,” said White.  “As I’ve said before, our mission is not to give tickets, but to ensure the disability parking spaces are available to those who need them,” White said. “This weekend shows that people are getting the message –if you don’t belong there — don’t park there.”

When the holiday enforcements began in 2005, more than 200 people were cited for violating the program. The fine for illegally using a placard or disability license plates without the authorized holder of the placard or disability license plates present is a maximum of $500.  In addition, violators can be subject to a 30-day administrative driver’s license suspension from the Secretary of State for the first offense.

The fine for parking in an accessible parking space without a parking placard or disability license plates can be as much $350.

Secretary White urged people to report abuse of accessible parking spaces by calling 217-785-0309.  Callers should be prepared to report placard and license plate numbers as well as locations of vehicles.  People can also report abuse via the Secretary of State’s website at www.cyberdriveillinois.com and complete the Parking Program for Persons with Disabilities Abuse Complaint Form.

There are over 577,030 placards and approximately 82,050 disability license plates in Illinois.

Illinois among six states joining effort to write Next Generation Science Standards

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New more rigorous K-12 science benchmarks to be drafted by end of 2012 

 

Illinois is among six new states to join a collaborative effort to develop new science standards that will clearly define what students need to learn from kindergarten through high school graduation. In addition to Illinois, the states of Arkansas, Delaware, Montana, North Carolina and Oregon are joining the Next Generation Science Standards project. The NGSS now includes 26 states and the National Research Council, the National Science Teachers Association, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and Achieve, a non-profit education reform organization that is facilitating the collaboration.

“Science benchmarks need to be strengthened nationally so I’m excited that Illinois will have a seat at the table as these new standards are developed,’’ said State Superintendent of Education Christopher A. Koch. “We’ve already adopted the new, more challenging Common Core standards in English Language Arts and math. Adding more rigorous science guidelines to our Illinois Learning Standards will help us to better prepare our students to compete and collaborate with their peers around the world.”

In September, the following 20 states were announced as lead state partners: Arizona, California, Georgia, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Tennessee, Vermont, Washington and West Virginia.

The development of the Next Generation Science Standards is a two-step process. The first step was completed with the release of A Framework for K-12 Science Education by the National Research Council in July 2011. The framework identifies the core ideas and practices in natural sciences and engineering that all students should know by the time they graduate. It was developed by a committee representing expertise in science, teaching and learning, curriculum, assessment and education policy.

The second step is the development of science standards based on the Framework. The 26 state partners will guide the standards writing process, gather and deliver feedback from state-level committees and come together to address common issues and challenges. The states also agree to commit staff time to the initiative and, upon completion, give serious consideration to adopting the Next Generation Science Standards. States submitted a letter with the signature of the Chief State School Officer and the chair of the State Board of Education as part of their application.

Drafts of the science standards will be made available for public input at least twice during the NGSS development process. The NGSS should be completed by the end of 2012.

“A majority of the states, educating more than 50 percent of our nation’s students, have committed to developing the Next Generation Science Standards and they should be commended,” said Michael Cohen, president of Achieve. “Their collaboration with the leading voices on science and science education will produce a set of rigorous standards that will provide students with a complete science foundation and prepare them to be college- and career-ready.”

American students continue to lag internationally in science education, making them less competitive for the jobs of the present and the future. A recent U.S. Department of Commerce study shows that during the past 10 years, growth in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) jobs was three times greater than that of non-STEM jobs. The report also shows that STEM jobs are expected to continue to grow at a faster rate than other jobs in the coming decade.

The independent Washington D.C.-based Achieve is leading the effort to make college and career readiness a national priority to ensure the transition from high school graduation to postsecondary education and careers is seamless. For more information about the work of Achieve, visit www.achieve.org 

For more details on developing new science standards, go to the Next Generation Science Standards website at www.nextgenscience.org.

The development of the Next Generation Science Standards is a two-step process. The first step was completed with the release of A Framework for K-12 Science Education by the National Research Council in July 2011. The framework identifies the core ideas and practices in natural sciences and engineering that all students should know by the time they graduate. It was developed by a committee representing expertise in science, teaching and learning, curriculum, assessment and education policy.

The second step is the development of science standards based on the Framework. The 26 state partners will guide the standards writing process, gather and deliver feedback from state-level committees and come together to address common issues and challenges. The states also agree to commit staff time to the initiative and, upon completion, give serious consideration to adopting the Next Generation Science Standards. States submitted a letter with the signature of the Chief State School Officer and the chair of the State Board of Education as part of their application.

Drafts of the science standards will be made available for public input at least twice during the NGSS development process. The NGSS should be completed by the end of 2012.

“A majority of the states, educating more than 50 percent of our nation’s students, have committed to developing the Next Generation Science Standards and they should be commended,” said Michael Cohen, president of Achieve. “Their collaboration with the leading voices on science and science education will produce a set of rigorous standards that will provide students with a complete science foundation and prepare them to be college- and career-ready.”

American students continue to lag internationally in science education, making them less competitive for the jobs of the present and the future. A recent U.S. Department of Commerce study shows that during the past 10 years, growth in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) jobs was three times greater than that of non-STEM jobs. The report also shows that STEM jobs are expected to continue to grow at a faster rate than other jobs in the coming decade.

The independent Washington D.C.-based Achieve is leading the effort to make college and career readiness a national priority to ensure the transition from high school graduation to postsecondary education and careers is seamless. For more information about the work of Achieve, visit www.achieve.org 

For more details on developing new science standards, go to the Next Generation Science Standards website at www.nextgenscience.org

Lt. Governor Simon praises bipartisan budget plan

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Will keep seven state facilities open, avoid nearly 2,000 layoffs

 

Carbondale, IL – Lt. Governor Sheila Simon, the only statewide constitutional officer from Southern Illinois, urged the General Assembly to pass the bipartisan budget reallocation legislation today to keep several state facilities open.

This summer Governor Quinn was forced to begin the process of closing seven state facilities because sufficient funding to operate the facilities was not allocated in this fiscal year’s budget. The closures would have led to nearly 2,000 state employees being laid off.

 The facilities scheduled to close were: Chester Mental Health Center, Illinois Youth Center Murphysboro, Jack Mabley Developmental Center in Dixon, Jacksonville Developmental Center, Logan Correctional Center, Singer Mental Health Center in Rockford, and Tinley Park Mental Health Center.

“I am thankful the General Assembly worked with the Governor to reach a bipartisan and fiscally responsible way to keep these facilities open,” Simon said. “This budget reallocation frees us to pursue smart policy that is good for the people involved. Our long-term goal is to make more community-based care available to the appropriate patients, in a way that is cost-effective for the state.”

New research tackles role of CSR and Corporate Investment in sport

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Research conducted by KantarMedia, with the support of Beyond Sport and SportAccord, has highlighted the need for a re-evaluation of the role of CSR and corporate investment in sport and development by businesses, NGOs and sporting bodies around the world.

The research, published ahead of next week’s Beyond Sport Summit and Awards in Cape Town, calls on the industry to both examine the motivation behind its corporate social responsibility (CSR) investment and demonstrate that it is fulfilling its objectives.  KantarSport, Kantar Media’s specialist sport arm, interviewed more than 250 NGOs, international sports federations and corporates.

A key disconnect was between the 72% of corporate respondents who pointed to the positive impact of CSR on brand and reputation and the fact that only 41% of the CSR budgets in question were marketing-based. Those statistics add to the impression that the sport and development industry as a whole must demonstrate more effectively that CSR is not simply a charitable donation, but can be an important part of a company’s business.

Likewise, the positive effect reported on issues such as improved relations with stakeholders should be highlighted by those seeking to engage corporate investment. With budgets tight but two in three corporates willing to provide employee time, those NGOs which seek employee time and skills rather than straight financial injections are likely to achieve greater success in terms of attracting corporate support.

Nick Keller, the Founder of Beyond Sport, said: “At Beyond Sport United in September, Harvard’s Professor Michael Porter spoke of the importance of taking CSR to a new level with the concept of Creating Shared Value (CSV) – the introduction by companies of social and developmental policies that benefit their business as well as having a positive effect on their communities. This research by KantarSport highlights a similar theme. It is up to all of us in the world of sport and development to demonstrate that backing projects seeking to have a real social impact through sport is in the best interests of corporate sponsors, rather than simply putting out our hands and hoping for hand-outs.”

The research is the first stage of a project that is aiming to increase understanding of the motivations and challenges around investment in the sport and development sector. It is being conducted by KantarMedia with the backing of Beyond Sport and SportAccord, the Lausanne-based umbrella organisation of international sports federations and sports related organisations, with the findings set to be presented at the Beyond Sport Summit, to be held in Cape Town between Monday 5th and Thursday 8th December 2011.

Confirmed speakers at the Beyond Sport Summit include former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, Olympic legend Michael Johnson, multi-Paralympic gold medallist Oscar Pistorius, former South Africa national football captain Lucas Radebe, and a host of other star names from South African and international sport, politics and business.

Beyond Sport is a global initiative that seeks to celebrate and support any organisation or individual with the goal to drive positive social change through sport. It is partnered with Barclays Spaces for Sports, TIME Inc and UNICEF.

For the full programme of the 2011 Beyond Sport Summit and Awards, or for more information on Beyond Sport, visit www.beyondsport.org.

KantarSport is the specialist sports and sponsorship research solution from KantarMedia, a division of Kantar – visit http://www.kantarmediauk.com/kantarsport.aspx.

321 Productions Named As US Syndicator For Starfield Indie Studios’ Sci-Fi And Drama Movie Slates

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321 to handle television, DVD and Digital Distribution for renowned Sci-Fi and Drama Indie Producer’s Roster Of Catalogue and select new releases

 

Chicago, IL – Starfield Indie Studios has named Chicago-based 321 Productions, a division of Zephyr Media Group, as the US syndicator for Starfield’s expansive catalogue of sci-fi /thriller/horror feature films as well as select future feature and series titles in the celebrated independent Sci-Fi film producer’s select upcoming projects.  321 Productions will represent all categories of distribution in the US for Starfield Indie’s film titles, including broadcast and cable television, DVD and digital channels.

With production offices in Toronto and London, Starfield Indie has gained worldwide recognition for its eclectic portfolio of genre films, many of which have gone on to become cult favorites.  Under the helm of the production company’s principals Mark Pickering and Phillip Jackson, Starfield Indie has amassed more than 25 films and four television series to the company’s credits, including such Phil Jackson / Daniel D’or sci-fi classics as the cult “Replikator” (Ned Beatty, Brigitte Bako); Men of Means (Michael Pare); 2103 the Deadly Wake (Malcolm McDowell); and Dream-Breaker (Michael Pare).  Starfield also brings to its syndication deal with 321 Productions the 13-part reality TV series “The Mission” produced by Phil Travis.

In addition to handling select library titles, 321 will also launch US non-theatrical distribution of the indie’s soon-to-be released titles, including  the much anticipated space docu- thriller “Alien Life –Contact”  narrated by Michael Ironside for release in summer 2012.

“Mark Pickering and Phillip Jackson have built Starfield Indie Studios into one of the most acclaimed independent genre film production companies.  In addition to being honored with numerous industry awards, many of the company’s titles continually rank among sci-fi and thriller/horror enthusiasts’ most favorite lists.   We are delighted to present to the US television, DVD and digital markets the most extensive package ever offered of Starfield’s prized genre titles,” said Dan Zifkin, CEO of Zephyr Media Group.

“Zephyr Media Group’s 321 Productions has become a top go-to distribution home for the independent production community”, notes Starfield President Mark Pickering. “We have known Dan Zifkin and his team for many years now and are delighted to entrust our catalogue  with his  proven and successful group.”

Website lists top Business Grant opportunities for 2012

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Nationwide (BlackNews.com) — As business loans become harder to obtain, more entrepreneurs are turning to business grants for funding. In response to this, the National Institute of Small Business Grants has published a listing of the top opportunities for 2012 via their web site at www.BusinessGrants.org

It’s actually a compilation of small business grants, non-profit grants, and contract funding opportunities, but all of them are legit. Each of the grants are funded either by a federal or state government agency or by a reputable corporate foundation. The web site also features a weekly blog, a listing of popular resources, and many how-to articles – such as how to write grant proposals.

About BusinessGrants.org

Launched in 2008 as the official online resource for real and legit business funding opportunities, BusinessGrants.org is produced by The National Institute of Small Business Grants – a global network of contributors that specialize in business finance education. The site supplies information via the internet that empowers prospective and existing small business owners, enabling them to know what their financial options are.

For more details, visit www.BusinessGrants.org

Father Pfleger: ‘Maggie was Mayor Daley’s rock’

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Pfleger said Daley had two loves: ‘Maggie and being mayor’

 

By Chinta Strausberg

 

As thousands attended the wake of the late First Lady Maggie Daley Sunday at the Chicago Cultural Center, Father Michael L. Pfleger said few people knew how much they loved each other and how she was the former mayor’s “rock.”

“We lost a great lady in Maggie, a great warrior for our children and for the arts,” Pfleger told his congregation prior to his sermon. Pfleger said he has been praying for the former mayor during this period of grief.

In thinking back on the death of Mrs. Daley, Pfleger said, “Mayor Daley has never lived alone. He moved from his parents house to live with Maggie and a lot of people see that powerful man, the strong man, the very courageous man…, but few people know how in love they were, how much they loved each other and how in love with each other they were.

“Maggie ran the house. I’ll never forget one time I was over there. We were going to a ballgame at the United Center, the Bulls game,” recalled Pfleger.  He was at the mayor’s house and he said “Maggie yells up the stairs to Rich. ‘Rich, we’re leaving. We’re getting ready to go and hurry up.’” Pfleger said Daley told his wife he’d be there in a minute to which Mrs. Daley quipped, “You got five-minutes.”

Pfleger said to himself, “This is Mayor Daley.” Pfleger said, “She said OK and all of a sudden five-minutes came up and she said, ‘C’mon, Mike. Let’s go.’  I said, ‘You know, he invited me.’ She said, ‘C’mon, and we left out. We went and got into his car with his bodyguards and his driver, and I didn’t know what to say…. So I said well, is he going to come?

“She said ‘We’ll send the car back for him, but I’m not missing the beginning of the game because he doesn’t know how to be on time.’ “That was his rock,” said Pfleger. “The Mayor Daley I know had two great loves and that was Maggie and being mayor and he doesn’t have either of them now and I know that’s hard for him so we’ll keep him in his prayers and his family during this difficult time of Thanksgiving for them,” Pfleger said.

Chinta Strausberg is a Journalist of more than 33-years, a former political reporter and a current PCC Network talk show host. You can e-mail Strausberg at: Chintabernie@aol.com.

AARP Launches Social Security Benefits Calculator

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New planning resources help Americans decide when to claim benefits and  

prepare for retirement

 

Washington, DC – AARP announced the launch of its Social Security Benefits Calculator, a unique interactive tool designed to help people make the complex but critical decision of what is the best age to claim Social Security benefits to meet their financial goals. The calculator is part of AARP’s new “Ready for Retirement?” effort, a ten-step approach to envisioning and planning for a secure retirement, which includes creating a budget and preparing for the unexpected.

“Our research shows that many Boomers are worried about retirement because they don’t feel prepared,” said Jean Setzfand, Vice President of Financial Security at AARP. “With our new easy-to-use calculator and our ‘Ready for Retirement?’ resources, we want to help older Americans understand retirement as a life transition, visualize their goals, and take the steps needed to build retirement security.”

Often, one of the most important retirement-related decisions is when to claim Social Security benefits. The only guaranteed, lifelong source of retirement income for most Americans, Social Security is the principal source of family income for nearly half of older Americans.

More than half of those claiming retired worker benefits in 2009 elected to receive benefits as soon as they became eligible at age 62. But that decision comes at a cost of lower monthly benefits, potentially decreasing one’s lifetime retirement income by a significant amount – as much as 8 percent lower for every year that someone claims before reaching full eligibility age.

“Choosing to claim benefits early – or late – is a highly personal decision made all the more difficult by the weak economy,” said Setzfand. “With health, employment, lifestyle and savings among the many variables to consider, no one age is right for everyone. However, the later you decide to claim, the greater the potential benefits may be for you and for your family. Our calculator helps people weigh the variables and make an informed decision for their individual circumstances.”

The AARP Social Security Benefits Calculator walks users through a simple, question-and-answer format and provides estimates for both monthly and lifetime benefits across a range of ages. It also allows users to customize their experience by calculating spousal benefits and taking into account the impact of continuing to work while collecting benefits. It gives users the opportunity to compare estimated monthly benefits to expected expenses in retirement, and to print a personalized summary report.

To try out the new AARP Social Security Benefits Calculator, visit www.aarp.org/socialsecuritybenefits.

In addition to the calculator, the “Ready for Retirement?” ten-step guidelines incorporate evaluating your health, building your social network, and finding new ways to cut expenses.

“Too many people avoid planning for retirement because they think it’s just a numbers game, or they simply don’t know where to start,” concluded Setzfand. “More and more in today’s environment, though, individuals really have to take responsibility for ensuring their own retirement security. With these tips and tools, AARP is here to help.”

See all ten “Ready for Retirement?” steps at www.aarp.org/readyforretirement.

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