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Be careful what you wish for…or pray for…”God is not mocked”

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Idiotic and insensitive words from Kansas House Speaker O’Neal urging his Republican colleagues to pray for the death of President Barack Obama are mean-spirited, insensitive, disrespectful to the Office of the Presidency, and downright despicable!


By Juanita Bratcher

Commentary: “My Two-Cents worth”


Don’t you just get “sick and tired of being sick and tired?” – as in the words of Civil Rights leader Fannie Lou Hamer – of the idiotic and insensitive things people say about President Barack Obama, the 44th President of the United States, just to get their 15 minutes of fame that they would never get otherwise? And don’t you wonder why these spoken, insensitive words and epithets are reported so widespread within the news media as if though they are something newsworthy to report?

In case you didn’t see it, a recent statement made by Kansas House Speaker Mike O’Neal asking his GOP colleagues in the House to pray for Obama’s death has been roaming its way around the Internet and reported by many media outlets.

Such insensitive words by the Speaker! How disrespectful! How un-tasteful! How despicable!

O’Neal follows in the path of several other Republicans that have shown blatant disrespect, contempt and total disregard for President Barack Obama and the Office of the Presidency. Obviously, it is more about race – saturated with racial overtones – than opposition to the Obama Administration’s policies.

Who gives a Hill of Beans about people spewing out hateful and hatred dialogue just to get a charge out of it for themselves in an effort to try and vilify someone else? If their behavior is in opposition to the law, then perhaps there are legal repercussions and something they’ll have to contend with themselves.

And who gives a Hill of Beans about evil and mean-spirited people? There will always be mean-spirited and idiotic people in this world. That’s also something they will have to deal with within themselves unless they say or do something that brings them in opposition with the confines of the law.

And who gives a Hill of Beans about whether someone can hate so much that they would even cherish the thought of praying for their death? People can pretty much say anything they want to say or feel…that’s their personal opinion – certainly, we don’t all think alike or do things alike for that matter – and just because something is said doesn’t say it’s the absolute truth – it’s coming from a personal view, a personal standpoint and many times with ulterior motivations.

According to one news report, O’Neal made the request via an e-mail he forwarded to GOP colleagues in the House urging his fellow Republicans to pray Psalm 109, which contains the following lines:

‘Let His days be few, and let another take his office

‘Let his children be fatherless, and his wife a widow…”

Reportedly, O’Neal’s e-mail had his own message attached with the prayer:

O’Neal said: “At last – I can honestly voice a Biblical prayer for our president! Look it up – it is word for word! Let us all bow our heads and pray. Brothers and Sisters, can I get an Amen? Amen!!!!!!”

How despicable! Is O’Neal worthy of holding public elective office? I think not!

For the record, Fannie Lou Hamer, a leader of the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party, words were: “I am sick and tired of being sick and tired.”

In Hamer’s biography, there was a chilling, personal story of what she encountered when once arrested for one of her many acts of civil rights activism, specifically protesting with others to register to vote. She told of three white men coming into her room, specifically noting that one was a state highway policeman. “They said they were going to make me wish I was dead.”

As she continued with her spellbinding description of that particular incident in the biography, Hamer said they made her lay down on her face and then ordered two Negro prisoners to beat her with a blackjack, “which was unbearable.” The prisoners took turns in carrying out the directions of the three white men, she added. The first prisoner beat her until he was exhausted and then the second one began to beat her.

“They beat me until I was hard, ‘til I couldn’t bend my fingers or get up when they told me to,” she said, noting that when it was over there was a blood clot in her eye and her sight nearly gone. And her kidney was injured from the blows to her back.

I am a professional journalist – and have been for thirty-five years. When I read the article about O’Neal urging House GOP to pray for Obama’s death, I thought about my days in college where I heard more often than not somewhat the same words coming from various Journalism professors, that “one can go up on the mountain and scream words to the top of their voice, and no one will ever hear them. And if the media don’t report it, it (their message) won’t go anywhere.” Such a profound statement, and basically true.

There’s another saying, “Be careful what you wish for,” but in this case, I say, be careful what you pray for. Maybe prayers should be said for mean-spirited and insensitive people, not for them to die, but to see the evilness of their wicked and hateful ways. Certainly, the Bible does not preach hatred or urge people to resort to hateful, mean-spirited and acid words just to appease themselves and people who think like them.

Inevitably, it can be looked upon as un-Christian-like. And it certainly doesn’t appear to be something that Christians would think about saying or doing, as in love your neighbor as thyself. Then, too, perhaps I have the wrong idea of what a Christian-like character is or portrayal of Christian-like characteristics. This type of behavior notably can set off a negative discord in the minds of decent and fair-minded people who believe in the fairness doctrine of “do unto others as you wish to be done unto you.”

Yet, there’s another biblical passage in the Bible that states, in essence, Ye shall reap what you sow; as in Galatians 6:7: “Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.”


Juanita Bratcher is the Publisher of www.copylinemagazine.com, the author of several books, songwriter and poet. She has been a Journalist for more than 35 years covering politics, education and a wide-range of other topics. 

Dear Lord: Please have mercy on these Not-So-United States!

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 Racism in these Not-So-United-States has become so blatant that it now smells to the high heavens


By Rev. Harold E. Bailey

Founder & President of Probation Challenge


I once again hasten to point out that we have to be careful who we touch, when God has with His wisdom stated: Touch not my anointed and do him no harm.

I then ask the question: Is racism wrong accordant to the law of this land? And if so, why are some political lawmakers who should lead my example, displaying hard-core hatred for President Barrack Obama who has substantial proposals for the poor and middle class than any previous administration? Is it perhaps because of his brilliance, and that these offerings (proposals) are offered by a Black man? All of this smacks of racism to the highest degree!

Total Disrespect: Is it because President Barack Obama is an African American, and the reason why some in politics call him a Boy? This is a demeaning word that was used in the past to address coloreds and/or Negroes… and now used openly in this 21st Century. This smacks of past and present racism!

Other adjectives and disrespectful overtones are used by some Republican leaders such as: “You lie,” coming from the gallery floor as the President gave an address. Yet another said, “Request that you die.”  Another, in the person of Kansas GOP House Speaker who stated, “I pray that Obama’s children be fatherless and his wife a widow.”  This is shameful!  How could a man of his status utter such disrespectful words?  And, would you believe later have the mindset to apologize? Why would a person apologize when in-fact the statement came from the heart?

Then comes along a Republican white woman, who had the blatant nerve to revisit past segregation habits when “Colored persons” could not look in the eyes of  a white woman and had to step off the pavement and into the streets to allow her to past. This woman in the presence of a core of reporters put her finger in the face of the President of the United States to admonish him! This would have never, ever been done to anyone in past administrations – not to President Reagan or to either of the Presidents Bush. They would not have tolerated such behavior!

Total disrespect has come into play in some camps and the boxing-gloves are off to hit as hard as can … A Black President.

The record of this president, after inheriting the past ‘Bush’ Administration’s mismanagements, show that we are far better than expected by the Republicans with unemployment going down and hiring on the increase! The car manufacturing companies are pleased! Wall Street is turning around with resistance at hand.

Nations around the world have respect for this man now sitting in the ‘White-House’ but some here in the US have taken off the White KKK garments and now have put on suits and dresses.

Those who are God-fearing persons are aware of the political games and of the efforts to take this country back to where it ‘used to be’ …  and it wasn’t a good place to be for Coloreds, Blacks or for that matter African-Americans… the skin color troubles, some as in the games of yesterday. Note that the old biased games are now played out in new clothing.

Once again, I warn those Washington, DC persons who attend Church each Sunday that we must obey the precepts of God and not man; for if you touch President Obama physically or otherwise, you then stand in violation of the law of God. I remind you that God is not a man to lie to us… Vengeance is the Lord.

At a time when jails and prisons are filled to capacity with African-Americans and Hispanics, such despicable behavior coming from the Capitol merely tells taxpayers that everybody that should go the jail is not there yet. Such demoralizing demeanor in Congress tells us that there is a ‘dark cloud’ hovering over these folk with the vengeance of God at hand.

In my 49-years of instructing youth to obey those who have the rule over them, which is set-forth via the scriptures, I now ponder and wonder if I did right! Answer: Yes, I obeyed when it said ‘obey the laws of the land’ and ‘obey’ those persons having the rule over me!  However, I hasten to point out that many people now sitting in Congress don’t turn the pages of the Bible, and perhaps serve a different God. I suggest they read what says the Lord, rather than what says GOP Leaders.

Nonetheless, I am fully aware that all Republicans and some Democrats are not in agreement with the President. But again, the Bible says: Come let us reason together!

Rev. Harold E. Bailey, Founder and President of Probation Challenge WWW.ProbationChallenge.Org ‘The Truth Network’


Clergy seek meeting with County Board President Preckwinkle over morgue crisis

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Families of decease reach out to faith community


In responding to Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle’s public solicitation of “our input and partnership” concerning the overflow of bodies at the Cook County Morgue, The Leaders Network is seeking a meeting with Preckwinkle “given our role in pastoral care and concern about the flagrant disrespect shown to the deceased.”

The Leader’s Network is anxious to meet with the President and to further offer “our good offices and share some insights” on how County government may partner with community and faith leaders to give oversight in the interest of the sacred resolution of human remains at the County morgue,” said Rev. Dr. Marshall Hatch of New Mt Pilgrim Baptist Church.

“It is important that the community and faith leaders are a part of this process. It provides the much needed transparency that this crisis desperately requires, and it will put in place a partnership that would potentially ensure that we never have to experience a travesty like this again,” added Rev. Ira J. Acree of Greater St. John Bible Church.

On Saturday, January 28, 2012, The Pastors of the Leaders Network formally extended a written invitation to President Toni Preckwinkle to meet regarding the body pile up at the morgue.

The Pastors have already given comfort and direction to several distressed families. The ministers are asking that any family that has a love one at the Cook County Morgue or any recently missing love ones to call the Leaders Network office number at 312-473-6496.

The full content of the letter sent to her follows:

January 28, 2012

Dear President Toni Preckwinkle:

This letter brings the warmest greetings and hearty gratitude for your leadership in guiding our county through these difficult economic times. We are especially grateful for your leadership in the unfortunate crisis at the Office of the Cook County Medical Examiner. Do know that you have the sincere prayers and full support of the clergy in our organization as you conduct a thorough overhaul of policies and practices in the conduct of the Medical Examiner’s staff and offices.

As you may know, our pastors offered prayers for the deceased at the county morgue. We are continuing to offer spiritual support for families and loved ones of the deceased whose remains may yet be in the custody of the Medical Examiner. As faith leaders, we feel a heartfelt responsibility to advocate for the dignity of those who cannot speak for themselves.
    We would like to meet with you personally to further offer our service and share some insight on how County government may partner with community and faith leaders to give oversight in the interest of the sacred resolution of human remains at the county morgue. Going forward, by working together we can help restore public confidence in the Medical Examiner’s Office overhaul and renewed determination to fully carry it’s ultimate sacred trust. We are acutely aware of the role of state government funding cuts in creating this crisis. Our ideas include helping county government empower citizens to become state funding advocates for the indigent deceased.

    In closing, as pastors we have focused most on the moral dimensions of the present crisis. Honestly, we saw this tragedy in formation eight months ago. The shameful irony is, once we determined in our state budget to neglect the indigent deceased, the ensuing chaos of backlogged human remains left all citizens and families potential victims of an overwhelmed system and unintentional neglect. We must work together to see that this never happens again.
  We would expect a response by Friday, February 3rd so we can proceed with preparation of a delegation to share our thoughts. Thanks again for your leadership and sensitivity to the needs of all the people in our county. Please contact Pastor Hatch at 773-909-5051 to schedule the meeting. 

For more information contact: 

Rev Marshall Hatch 773-909-5051

Rev Ira Acree 773-339-8590


Executive Team

Rev. Dr. Marshall E. Hatch

New Mt. Pilgrim M.B. Church 

Rev. Ira Acree

Greater St. John Bible Church

Rev. Cy Fields

New Landmark M.B. Church 

Rev. Andre Thurmon

St. Mark International Church 

Rev. David Pope

Brotherly Love  Baptist Church 

Board Members

Rev. Victor Agee

Praise Temple of Restoration 

Rev. Derrick Fitzpatrick

Stone Temple M.B. Church 

Rev. Maurice Gaiter

Helping Hands Ministry 

Rev. Billy Geanes

Renewance Baptist Church 

Rev. Stephen Greer

Christian Valley Church 

Rev. Daryl Griffin

Oakdale Covenant Church 

Sis. Ashunda Harris

United Baptist Church

Rev. Shelly Harmon

Miracle Center Baptist Church 

Rev. Dr. Joseph Jones

Pleasant Ridge Church 

Rev. John Collins

Great True Vine Baptist Church 

Rev. DeAndre Patterson

Destiny Worship Center 

Bishop Henry Holloway

Prince of Peace M.B. Church 

Rev. Stephen Richardson

Jordan Temple Church 

Bishop Larry Roberts

Trinity All Nations Ministries 

Rev. Roosevelt Watkins

Bethlehem Star Baptist Church 

Elder David Whittley

Corinthian Temple C.O.G.I.C. 

Rev. Robbie Wilkerson

New Birth Christian Center 

Rev. Woodard Williams

#2 New Mt. Sinai M.B. Church 

Rev. Napoleon Wordlaw

New Zion M.B. Church


PBS commemorates Black History Month

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New specials include a story of the UNDERGROUND RAILROAD and, from INDEPENDENT LENS, an intimate look at “Daisy Bates: The First Lady of Little Rock,” a collection of interviews called “Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975” and a filmmakers cross country campaign in “More Than a Month”


Schedule also features 2012 Sundance Film Festival selection SLAVERY BY ANOTHER NAME and an AMERICAN MASTERS profile of “Cab Calloway”


Arlington, VA (BlackNews.com) – PBS recently announced an expansive slate of programs profiling the rich history, culture and contributions of African-Americans. The programs air as part of PBS’ celebration of Black History Month, February 2012. With new programs that delve into the archives of history, this year’s schedule provides an in-depth look at a variety of historical events from the post-Emancipation era to the rise of the black power movement.


INDEPENDENT LENS presents three new shows appearing as part of the Black History Month line-up. “Daisy Bates: The First Lady of Little Rock,” premiering Thursday, February 2, at 10:00 p.m., tells the story of Bates’ life and her public support of nine black students who registered to attend the all-white Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas (See advanced clip here). Premiering on Thursday, February 9, at 10:00 p.m. is a compilation of interviews from leading African-American artists, activists, musicians and scholars in “Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975.” (See advanced clip here) In the late 1960s and early 1970s, Swedish television journalists came to America to document the burgeoning black power movement. This long-lost trove of film, combined with contemporary interviews to create an irresistible mosaic chronicling the movement’s evolution, features interviews with seminal black power leaders, including Stokely Carmichael and Eldridge Cleaver, as well as author/activist Angela Davis. And in “More Than a Month,” premiering on Thursday, February 16, at 10:00 p.m., Shukree Hassan Tilghman, an African-American filmmaker, is on a cross-country campaign to end Black History Month. Through this tongue-in-cheek and thought-provoking journey, “More Than a Month” investigates what the treatment of history tells us about race and equality in a “post-racial” America. (See advanced clip here).

In the compelling story of an unsung hero, UNDERGROUND RAILROAD: THE WILLIAM STILL STORY, airing Monday, February 6 at 10:00 p.m., explores one man’s mission to help slaves escape to freedom. The program looks at the inner workings of the Underground Railroad through detailed records, diaries and other written accounts of the freedom seekers who made their way across the U.S. border to Canada.

SLAVERY BY ANOTHER NAME, premiering Monday, February 13, at 9:00 p.m., was a Sundance Film Festival selection for 2012. This new documentary based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning book by Wall Street Journal senior writer Douglas A. Blackmon examines the concept of “neoslavery,” which sentenced African-Americans in the post-Emancipation South to forced labor for violating an array of laws that criminalized their everyday behavior. Award-winning actor Laurence Fishburne narrates the film.

FRONTLINE “The Interrupters,” premiering Tuesday, February 14, at 9:00 p.m., follows a group of former gang leaders in Chicago who try to “interrupt” shootings and protect their communities from the violence they themselves once committed. From director Steve James (HOOP DREAMS, Stevie), “The Interrupters” is a compelling observational journey into the stubborn, persistent violence that plagues American cities.

Rounding out the Black History Month programming are three shows that highlight the artistic contributions of African-Americans. On Friday, February 24, at 9:00 p.m., turn the radio dial back to the 1950s for the tale of a black singer, a white DJ, forbidden love and the birth of rhythm and blues in GREAT PERFORMANCES “Memphis.” The original Broadway cast members of the 2010 Tony Award-winner for Best New Musical reprise their roles in this roof-raising celebration of music.

In AN EVENING WITH VALERIE SIMPSON, premiering in February 2012 (check local listings), Gwen Ifill interviews Valerie Simpson, who for more than 40 years wrote hit-making songs with her husband, the late Nick Ashford. As performers, their best-known duets are “Solid” and “Found a Cure.” This is an intimate tribute to their artistry, with performances by Patti Austin, Kindred The Family Soul and Valerie Simpson.

Finally, AMERICAN MASTERS closes out the month with a profile of Cab Calloway, one of the first black musicians to tour the segregationist South and a regular performer at Harlem’s famous Cotton Club. “Cab Calloway: Sketches” premiering Monday, February 27, at 10:00 p.m., showcases this exceptional figure in the history of jazz, a bandleader and singer who charmed audiences around the world with his boundless energy, bravado and elegant showmanship. Calloway was at the top of his game in the jazz and swing eras of the 30s and 40s with his signature song “Minnie the Moocher,” featuring the popular refrain “Hi de hi de hi de ho,” and his timeless rendition of “It Ain’t Necessarily So.”
“Each year, PBS is committed to airing historically informative programming that not only pays tribute to the men and women who sacrificed so much for our nation, but who influenced change in the face of adversity,” said Donald Thoms, Vice President, Programming. “We hope viewers will find PBS’ commemorative programming both enlightening and enjoyable.”

In addition to premieres, PBS will air an encore of FREEDOM RIDERS: AMERICAN EXPERIENCE on Tuesday, February 7, at 8:00 p.m. FREEDOM RIDERS is acclaimed filmmaker Stanley Nelson’s powerful and inspirational story of the more than 400 black and white men and women who, using non-violent tactics, risked their lives to challenge segregated travel facilities in the South in 1961.

Other series airing throughout the year that routinely cover topics and profile guests and performers of interest to African-Americans include FRONTLINE, GREAT PERFORMANCES, PBS NEWSHOUR, NEED TO KNOW, POV, TAVIS SMILEY and WASHINGTON WEEK WITH GWEN IFILL. FINDING YOUR ROOTS, the latest series from renowned cultural critic and Harvard scholar Henry Louis Gates, Jr., premieres Sunday, March 25, at 8:00 p.m.

Thousands of hours of PBS programming are available on the PBS Video Portal (http://video.pbs.org), including a special collection for Black History Month 2012, featuring new and encore programming available at PBS Black History (www.pbs.org/special/black-history).
Find more information and high-resolution images from these programs on PBS PressRoom.

About PBS

PBS, with its nearly 360 member stations, offers all Americans the opportunity to explore new ideas and new worlds through television and online content. Each month, PBS reaches 124 million people through television and 20 million people online, inviting them to experience the worlds of science, history, nature and public affairs; to hear diverse viewpoints; and to take front-row seats to world-class drama and performances. PBS’ broad array of programs has been consistently honored by the industry’s most coveted award competitions. Teachers of children from pre-K through 12th grade turn to PBS for digital content and services that help bring classroom lessons to life. PBS’ premier children’s TV programming and its website, pbskids.org, are parents’ and teachers’ most trusted partners in inspiring and nurturing curiosity and love of learning in children. More information about PBS is available at pbs.org, one of the leading dot-org websites on the Internet, or by following PBS on Twitter, Facebook or through our apps for mobile devices. Specific program information and updates for press are available at www.pbs.org/pressroom or by following PBS Pressroom on Twitter.

Clergy establishes Hotline for families who have a loved one in the County Morgue; request meeting with Cook County Board President Preckwinkle regarding “body pileup”

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(A Message from Pastors of the Leaders Network)                                                                            


Because of the appalling images of deceased bodies “piled like junked cars,” pastors are asking that any family who has loved ones at the Cook County morgue or a person recently declared missing to call the Leaders Network Hotline number at 312- 473-6496.

The Clergy (Pastors of the Leaders Network) and other clergy have established a telephone hotline for families who have a loved one in the Cook County Medical Examiners Facility.

The Hotline is available immediately, and a meeting requested with President Toni Preckwinkle within the next five (5) business days

Pastor Cy Fields of the New Landmark MB Church states: “It is our moral responsibility and duty to extend our services to families for pastoral care and direction.”

On Friday, January 27th, LN pastors and other clergy converged on the morgue at the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office to gain entrance, pray for the souls of the deceased, and demand a thorough investigation and response. The pastors also demanded that morgue overhaul plans be made public, and that an Independent Citizens Oversight Board consisting of community and clergy be put in place to monitor conditions and to advocate for dignified resolution of the indigent and voiceless deceased.

Pastor Ira Acree of the Greater St. John Bible Church says, “We look forward to County President Preckwinkle accepting our invitation to discuss how moving forward the county residents, the poor, and the hurting can receive better service.”

The Leaders Network hotline number is (312) 473-6496 or e-mail: pastorcy@sbcglobal.net

Statement from Senator Joe Manchin Regarding Senator Kirk and Statement of Appreciation from Kirk Family

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CHICAGO, IL – United States Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) today released the following statement regarding Senator Kirk:

“I brought all the love and best wishes of the Senate to Mark and his family, including cards with good wishes from his colleagues. I also brought him some work to get done, some proposals to look at and some of the political magazines that have all the news in Washington. I spent the morning with his family, and I’m so encouraged with his prognosis and progress. He’s getting more irritated at being in the hospital, which means he’s definitely getting better. I look forward to coming to visit my friend again soon.”

The Kirk family released the following statement in appreciation of Sen. Manchin’s support:

“We want to express our deep appreciation and gratitude to Senator Joe Manchin for all he has done and continues to do to be a source of comfort and strength for our family. We know how much his friendship means to Mark. Joe is truly a class act.

We continue to grow more encouraged and impressed by Mark’s progress each day. He is talking, making jokes and asking about work. We thank the people of Illinois for their unwavering support.”

Illinois Attorney General Madigan joins National Mortgage-Backed Securities Working Group

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Continues to crackdown on fraudulent practices that led to financial crisis


WASHINGTON, IL – Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan joined U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan, Securities and Exchange Commission Director of Enforcement Robert Khuzami and New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman to announce the formation of the Residential Mortgage-Backed Securities Working Group under President Obama’s Financial Fraud Enforcement Task Force.

“We are working on all fronts to hold accountable the many actors whose misconduct directly contributed to the financial crisis,” Attorney General Madigan said. “My office has cracked down on the nation’s largest lenders for defrauding homeowners and discriminating against minority borrowers. We’ve filed more lawsuits than any state against so-called mortgage ‘rescue’ consultants, and just this week, we filed suit against Standard & Poor’s for fraudulently claiming its independence and objectivity while giving out superior ratings to risky mortgage-backed security investments. I will continue to lead this fight as we collectively work to ensure that a disaster of this magnitude never happens again.”

The Working Group brings together the Department of Justice (DOJ), state attorneys general and federal enforcement agencies to investigate misconduct in the residential mortgage-backed securities market, a major contributor to the financial crisis.   

Throughout the home foreclosure crisis, Attorney General Madigan has fought to hold lenders accountable for their unlawful financial misconduct, and to provide relief and assistance to Illinois families struggling to save their homes. Attorney General Madigan has been a national leader in taking legal action against wrongdoers. Most recently, Madigan filed a lawsuit against credit ratings agency Standard & Poor’s, alleging that the company compromised its independence as a ratings agency by doling out high ratings to unworthy, risky investments as a corporate strategy to increase its revenue and market share.

In December 2011, Madigan and DOJ reached a $335 million settlement over allegations that Countrywide, once the nation’s largest mortgage lender, discriminated against thousands of African American and Latino borrowers during the height of the subprime mortgage lending spree. The settlement will provide restitution to harmed Illinois borrowers and is the largest settlement of a fair lending lawsuit ever obtained by a state attorney general.

In July 2009, Attorney General Madigan filed a similar fair lending lawsuit against Wells Fargo for illegally targeting African American and Latino borrowers for sales of the lender’s poorest quality and most expensive mortgages. With this action, Attorney General Madigan became the first attorney general in the nation to sue a national bank for its role in causing the foreclosure crisis. The Attorney General’s office continues to aggressively fight this case in court.

Madigan also reached an earlier landmark $8.7 billion national settlement in 2008 against Countrywide for deceptively placing thousands of Illinois homeowners into ultra-risky and unaffordable subprime mortgages. The settlement with Countrywide’s new owner, Bank of America, established the nation’s first mandatory loan modification program.

Illinois to host Lt. Governors’ conference

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Half-million dollars projected in revenue


CHICAGO, IL – The nation’s “seconds-in-command” will convene in Chicago this summer at a conference expected to generate more than a half-million dollars in revenue for the state.

Lt. Governor Sheila Simon announced that she will host the National Lieutenant Governors Association (NLGA) annual meeting July 18-20 at the Drake Hotel in Chicago. The NLGA estimates the meeting will generate $612,000 in hotel, food, entertainment, transportation and other expenditures in Illinois.

“More than 200 people are expected to attend the conference, including many of the nation’s lieutenant governors,” said NLGA Director Julia Hurst. “The meeting will focus on issues impacting the economy, and the people of the states and territories, from education to energy, health care and more.”

Lt. Governor Simon is seeking Illinois businesses to sponsor conference sessions to “showcase the best that Illinois has to offer.” Chicago was selected to commemorate the NLGA’s 50th anniversary as it was the site of the inaugural annual meeting in 1962 when Samuel Shapiro was the Illinois Lieutenant Governor.

“The association is delighted to celebrate its 50th anniversary in the very city in which it was founded – Chicago,” said NLGA Chair and Nebraska Lt. Governor Rick Sheehy. “We thank Illinois Lt. Governor Sheila Simon for hosting this bi-partisan group, and we look forward to the energy that she and the Windy City will add to our gathering.”

The NLGA is a nonprofit, professional organization for elected officials who are first in line of succession to the governors in the United States and five territorial jurisdictions. Since 2000, at least 20 lieutenant governors have succeeded governors, including former Lt. Governor and current Governor Pat Quinn.

“We welcome the opportunity to host these influential policymakers and generate tourism dollars for our state,” said Simon, the NLGA Midwest Regional Chair.

For more information on NLGA, see www.nlga.us or contact 859-283-1400. To inquire about sponsorship, contact 312-814-5240.

Alpha Phi Alpha honors Liberian President

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Baltimore, MD (BlackNews.com) — In a ceremony in Monrovia, Liberia, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity gave Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf its Alpha Award of Honor. The award is the highest accolade presented to a nonmember of the fraternity. Ms. Johnson Sirleaf also was given the first ever Martin Luther King, Jr. Peace Medal by the fraternity.

The awards were bestowed Jan. 19, at Paynesville Town Hall, during a rechartering ceremony of the Eta Epsilon Lambda Chapter. Johnson Sirleaf is the third Liberian president to receive the Alpha Award of Honor.

“This is a very special evening. I am proud to see the brothers of Alpha Phi Alpha return to Liberia,” said Johnson Sirleaf. “We believe that this is just another example of the Alpha culture, the Alpha spirit.”

An economist, Ms. Johnson Sirleaf, 73, is a graduate of the University of Colorado and Harvard University. A member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, she is credited with breaking down many gender barriers in her country and has been lauded all over the world as a powerful and stabilizing force for Liberia.

In 2005, Johnson Sirleaf made history when she became Africa’s first elected woman head of state. In 2011, she shared the Nobel Peace Prize with two other women “for their non-violent struggle for the safety of women and for women’s rights to full participation in peace-building work.”

Last year, voters returned her to office. Her second inauguration was held Jan. 16, making her the first Liberian president to have a second term in the first successive, peaceful democratic transition in 20 years.

“What an honor to be in Liberia to witness President Johnson Sirleaf’s second inauguration,” said Herman “Skip” Mason, Jr., Alpha general president. “And, to present her with an honor named for our most iconic member and an international humanitarian for peace worldwide, Brother Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.”

“Her work, ensuring the rebuilding of Liberia, supporting the Liberian Educational Trust and her leadership in stopping violence against women, are very much in line with the tenets of Alpha Phi Alpha. We salute President Johnson Sirleaf and are honored to present her with these well earned awards and recognition,” Mason said.

The first Alpha chapter in Africa was established in Monrovia on Oct 6, 1958. David N. Howell, former CEO of the Liberia YMCA and 17 Alpha brothers were designated by the international leadership to establish Eta Epsilon Lambda Chapter there. A second chapter, Kappa Phi Chapter, was established at the University of Liberia and Cuttington University in 1976.

Charter members of the Eta Epsilon Lambda Chapter include: John T. Woods, Alexander Brewer, Sebastian Muah, T. Nelson Williams II, Olu Menjay, W. Emmett Walker, Henrique Tokpa, Gerald Sherman, Tony Hubbard, Henry Benson, and Emmanuel Bowier.

Among those attending the ceremony were Liberian Vice President Joseph N. Boakai Sr.; President Pro-Tempore of the Senate Gbehzongar Findley; government officials; members of Alpha Phi Alpha; members of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority’s Eta Beta Omega Chapter; community sponsors and special guests.

To view more photos of this event and it’s highlights, visit http://smu.gs/wM8G5b

About Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.

Founded on December 4, 1906, at Cornell University in Ithaca, NY, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., has continued to supply voice and vision to the struggle of African Americans and people of color around the world. The fraternity has long stood at the forefront of the African-American community’s fight for civil rights through Alpha men such as Martin Luther King Jr., Adam Clayton Powell, Thurgood Marshall, Andrew Young, Edward Brooke, Cornel West, Lionel Richie, John H. Johnson, Paul Robeson and Jesse Owens among many others. The fraternity, through its college and alumni chapters, serves the community through more than 600 chapters in the United States, Europe and the Caribbean. Visit www.apa1906.net and follow on Twitter @apa1906network.

Photo Caption: Brother T. Nelson (l), president of rechartered Eta Epsilon Lambda stands with Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and Herman “Skip” Mason, general president of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. as she accepts the Alpha Award of Honor and the Martin Luther King, Jr. Peace Medal.

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