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Archive for March 5th, 2012

Minister faces eviction on April Fool’s Day, fights to raise $68,000 before deadline

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By Chinta Strausberg


A minister for more than 15-years, Bishop John Rodgers, Jr. who heads the New Life in Christ Missionary Non-Denominational Training Center Church, 740 E. 91st Pl., is facing an April 1st deadline to come up with $68,000 or his congregation will be evicted even though he’s never missed a payment.

The Bishop will be at Tuesday’s March 5th 10 a.m. press conference at Josephine’s Hardtime Restaurant, 436 E. 79th St., where 34th District candidate Richard Wooten is calling for grants and programs needed to bailout struggling churches.

Rodgers moved into his church on January 1, 2010. Bishop Rodgers gave the owner, Cedric Smith, $10,000 in cash with a balance of $68,000. He has been paying $550.00 a month for 24-months. “We have not missed a payment,” said Rodgers.

“I had two-years to get someone to finance me or I would lose my church. I had put a lot of work into this building. I kept the building up and paid on time,” the Bishop said.

“All I need is for someone to finance us, and we will pay this person our mortgage,” said the Bishop.  “I would hate to lose my congregation and to be put out on the streets with nowhere to go.”

Rodgers signed the installment agreement for warranty deed on January 1, 2010. The owner is calling in that debt and has allegedly promised to evict Rodgers if he doesn’t come up with the balance of $68,000 by April 1st which is also April Fool’s Day except it’s no joke for Bishop Rodgers and his parishioners.

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.

Congressman Bobby Rush, pols, union, and clergy leaders endorse Napoleon Harris to replace outgoing Senator James T. Meeks

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Harris surging strong in the race to replace Meeks


Riverdale, IL – Napoleon Harris, Candidate for Senate of the 15th Senatorial District- was officially endorsed by U.S. Congressman Bobby Rush during a news conference this weekend at Riverdale Marina in Riverdale, Illinois.

Rush was joined by Cook County Commissioner Debra Sims, Alderman Carrie Austin, Alderman Anthony Beale, popular Cook County Clergyman Bishop Larry Trotter, several Suburban Mayors, area Park District officials, area School District Officials, Unions and other area Clergyman, who also endorsed Harris for the post.

Over the past six months, Harris has successfully lobbied and received the support of Commissioner Sims and several Suburban Mayors. They include Hazel Crest Mayor Robert Donaldson, Harvey Mayor Eric J. Kellogg, Riverdale Mayor Deyon L. Dean, Phoenix Mayor Terry Wells, Dixmoor Mayor Keevan Grimmett, Calumet Park Mayor Joseph DuPar, Dolton Mayor Ronnie C. Lewis and Sauk Village Mayor Lewis Towers. “It is with great pleasure that I proudly endorse Napoleon’s candidacy for public office. His vision for more economic development for the 15th district is not just a slogan. He’s proven it by launching his successful business right in the heart of Thornton Township”, says Commissioner Sims.

Harris is also thrilled to receive the endorsements of the powerful 34th Ward Alderman Carrie M. Austin and 9th Ward Alderman Anthony Beale. Alderman Austin adds, “Napoleon Harris brings a breath of fresh air to our district. He has a keen sense of the problems facing many of our communities. But moreover, he possesses the right skill set in addressing these problems. I look forward to a wonderful working relationship with him.”

Recently Harris received the support of the Chicago Teachers Union. Many have pointed to Napoleon’s undying commitment to education as the basis for this very significant endorsement. He has often given of himself through his time or contributions to many of the schools throughout Thornton Township.

Harris has successfully secured endorsements from many Cook County Clergymen.  Among the popular group of ministers is Bishop Robert Sanders, Third Jurisdiction Prelate of the Churches of God in Christ. Bishop Sanders presides over nearly four hundred churches throughout the Chicago land area and Joliet. “Mr. Harris’s unique ability to bring businessmen, clergy and civic leaders together will be a huge factor in his success as our next Senator representing the 15th Senatorial District.” says Bishop Sanders

Bishop Larry D. Trotter, pastor of the 8,000 member Sweet Holy Spirit Church, has also decided to personally endorse Harris, “Napoleon shares my vision for a meaningful economic engine not only for the 15th District, but for neighboring districts as well. His accomplishments in Harvey demonstrate his ability to attract other businesses that will prove the type of viability that many of our communities’ desire,” added Bishop Trotter.

In response to these huge endorsements, Napoleon states: “Our Campaign is thrilled to receive the support of such powerful Elected Officials, area Clergymen and Unions. I am humbled and gracious to the fine work these individuals and groups provide to our District. These endorsements also reflect the diversity of the 15th District. We will continue to deliver our message of bringing Illinois back to basics.”

Endorsement Statement of U. S. Representative Bobby L. Rush:

I am pleased today to formally endorse the candidacy of Napoleon Harris as the next State Senator of the 15th Legislative District of Illinois.  I support Napoleon because I firmly believe he has the Capacity, Commitment and Compassion to represent the people of the 15th District in the Illinois General Assembly.

As a graduate of Thornton Township High School, Northwestern University and the Entrepreneurship Center of the Kellogg School of Management, Napoleon has the capacity to tackle the often complex and detailed legislative issues in Springfield.  He possesses the requisite skill set to articulate issues on behalf of the 15th District.

Napoleon understands the value of a quality education and what it means in the life of an individual.  I support his “Expanding Pre-School for All (PFA)” initiative because early
childhood education does have a significant and positive impact on our children’s future academic performance.

I also support his desire to promote the recently enacted state “Diversity in Engineering” scholarship program at Southland high schools to ensure as many Southland students as possible are considered for the scholarships.

As a senior member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, I have been an ardent supporter of federal Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) programming and I look forward to working with the Senator to increase the representation of minority groups in these fields.

As a successful businessman, Napoleon is demonstrating his continued commitment to his community.  He understands what is needed out here: JOBS, JOBS, JOBS!  When Napoleon closed out his NFL career he had options AND a communications degree from Northwestern.

There were many places he could have chosen to live, BUT his commitment was to the community that nurtured him, that gave him his foundation and because of that commitment he returned her and when people told him he couldn’t run a successful business in Harvey…

He opened his restaurant despite the naysayers and today his businesses are a success, but more importantly he’s providing employment opportunities for families in the Southland.  I support his efforts to take the newly created Illinois College Technology Entrepreneur Centers program that authorizes board of trustees of public universities and community colleges to create technology entrepreneur centers and them here in the 15th District.

We need to create more entrepreneurs in our community and Napoleon has the demonstrated ability to help make that happen.

Finally, I believe that no one can be a true public servant (and I have been fortunate to serve in this capacity for over 4 decades), if they are not a people person. I have shared this with Napoleon and I firmly believe he has a compassion for people.  His work through his Napoleon Harris Foundation, the House of James Shelter and Restoration Ministries are a true demonstration of his love for helping and serving people.

Dr. Martin Luther King once said, “everyone can be great, because everyone can serve” and I believe that in Napoleon Harris, his greatness won’t be achieved because he graduated from Northwestern University, although that is great; nor because he played in the NFL, although that is great; neither because he will be elected as the next State Senator of the 15th District, although that will also be great.

His greatness will come in serving people and he has shown he is capable and willing to be a servant of the people and that is why I stand here today to endorse his candidacy for State Senator of the 15th Legislative District of Illinois.

Bobby L. Rush

Member of Congress

House Republican Leader Tom Cross: We must hold the line on spending…No expansion of programs…No raises for elected officials or state employees

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Letters to Editor

(From House Republican Leader Tom Cross)


We passed a resolution in the Illinois House Thursday establishing a conservative revenue estimate to guide our state budget process this year.  We are continuing to drive our budget numbers down in an effort to get our state back on sound fiscal footing.

The $33.7 billion figure is even more conservative than revenue projections from the Commission on Government Forecasting and Accountability and the Governor’s Office of Management and Budget – for good reason.

As policymakers, we are keenly aware of the very deep and serious challenges facing Illinois families and employers in these uncertain economic times. The recent spike in fuel prices has only added to that uncertainty and strain on family budgets.

The conservative revenue estimate we adopted today is an important first step in our budget process.  Our next step is to craft a fiscally responsible budget that forces the state to live within its means. We will fight to ensure that spending is less than our revenue projection – and less than we spent last year.

In order to get our budget and bill backlog under control, we MUST spend less than we did last year. To accomplish this, we will need to work together to dramatically change the way business is done in Springfield.

We must hold the line on spending.  No expansion of programs.  No raises for elected officials or state employees.

We must also have meaningful and substantive pension reform that stabilizes our systems and slows the significant strain on our budget; achieving balance between preserving a secure retirement for current and future retirees while at the same time saving the entire system from financial collapse.

It is also imperative that the Governor’s administration fully implements the Medicaid reforms we enacted last year, which would dramatically reduce fraud and abuse while saving the state upwards of $1 billion.

We agree with the Governor when he said we cannot delay on these items for one more year.  We simply cannot afford it.

Finally, at the same time we are whipping our budget into shape, we need to be concentrating on ways to grow our economy.

We cannot ignore the need for tax and regulatory relief.  Employers and entrepreneurs across Illinois are struggling to make ends meet just as families are. We must reverse anti-business tax and regulation policies that drive jobs and opportunity across the border to neighboring states. Our number one legislative priority must be enacting policies that encourage employers to stay and expand in our state.

The time for action is now. Tough decisions require leadership that understands what’s truly at stake. In our case, what’s at stake is the future – a future of economic growth and opportunity for the next generation of Illinois families – only if we succeed in our mission to fundamentally change course in Springfield – this year.

Tom Cross

House Republican Leader

State Representative – 84th District

State’s Attorney Alvarez honors two prominent African Americans during Black History Month celebration

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Annual Stradford awards ceremony honors a judge and spirited social activist


Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez honored two prominent African-American legal and civil rights leaders in a recent ceremony in recognition of African-American History Month. 

Alvarez presented the State’s Attorney’s “C.F. Stradford” awards to Cook County Circuit Court Judge Michael Brown and the Reverend Willie T. Barrow, Chairman Emeritus of the Rainbow-PUSH Coalition. 

The C.F. Stradford Award is named for Cornelius Francis Stradford, a pioneer in the legal community and co-founder of the Cook County Bar Association and the National Bar Association.  

Judge Michael Brown, an Associate Judge in the Circuit Court of Cook County, was appointed to the bench in 1999.  He has served in the Traffic and Juvenile Justice Divisions.  Judge Brown currently presides in the Criminal Division at 26th and California in Chicago and is one of five Supervising Judges at the prominent courthouse.  He is also a member of Trinity United Church of Christ and promotes and sponsors several civic and social activities.

The Reverend Willie T. Barrow, known as the “The Little Warrior” for her tireless work as a social and spiritual activist, has spent her entire life on the front lines of the civil rights struggle.  Rev. Barrow was a field organizer for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. during key civil rights marches and demonstrations in the 1950s and 1960s.  She continues to serve the community as a national ambassador for the Rainbow PUSH Coalition and is an associate minister of the Vernon Park Church of God.

“The Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office is honored to be able to recognize two highly respected and accomplished African-American leaders who have who have achieved so much through hard work and determination,” Alvarez said. “I was honored to present these distinguished awards to these very deserving honorees.”

The awards ceremony was held Tuesday February 28, at the Parkway Ballroom in Chicago.

Oakwood University a ‘Pioneer’ with ISO 9001 Certification

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By Budd McLaughlin

The Huntsville Times

Huntsville, AL (BlackNews.com) — It won’t be long before there’s a new flag joining the others at the entrance to Oakwood University. Only this flag will be unlike any that will fly at any other university in the state.

Or any other Historically Black College or University anywhere.

To those in the local business community, though, it will be familiar.

You see, the Seventh-day Adventist school has received ISO 9001 certification.

“This kind of makes us a pioneer,” said Tim Allston, Oakwood’s director of public relations.

Indeed it does.

In spite of all the government contracts won by the likes of UAH, Alabama A&M, Auburn and Alabama, Oakwood University is the first college or university in the state ISO registered.

Ironically, Auburn’s Technical Center and Alabama A&M help companies gain ISO certification, but they don’t have the certification themselves.

“This is exciting for us,” said Marcia Burnette, Oakwood’s assistant vice president for development. “We were the first HBCU accepted into NASA’s mentor-protégé program.

“At that time, our objective was to get ISO 9001 certified.”

Oakwood is also in the mentor-protégé program with SAIC, and she said leading the move to certification was program consultant Dr. Jay Billings.

“He helped us get through this,” she said. “He brought this up years ago and worked with us off an on for it.”

So, what exactly is ISO 9001?

It is an internationally recognized standard for the quality management of businesses.

“It makes us eligible to become a prime contractor for grants, not a sub,” Burnette said. “We can actually go and bid ourselves.”

She said it also provides an enhanced corporate imaging and marketing, assures better documentation and is a proven program for corrective and preventive actions.

And, according to Allston, it’s no coincidence the school pursued the certification under school president Dr. Leslie Pollard, who has a master’s in business administration.

“He is our first president with an MBA and understands and leads us to pursue such business-world benchmarks ,” he said. “His wife, Dr. Prudence Pollard, is a professor of management in our business department and an examiner in the Alabama Productivity Center at the University of Alabama.”

And with the designation, also comes added pressure, Allston said.

“It puts a healthy pressure on us to keep up the registration,” he said. “We can take it and apply it to other areas of campus, to let our students and faculty know we can be academic and spiritual and navigate those worlds successfully. “ISO designation is for what we’ve done and, to keep the honor, we have to continue to work.” In the meantime, Burnette will be keeping her eye out for the flag to arrive.

“I just got an email that said, ‘Please have certificate (and flag) expedited immediately,’ ” she said. “We’re excited about the flag.

“Send us the (certificate and flag), and we can blast it all over the place.”

SOURCE: http://blog.al.com/huntsville-times-business/2012/02/oakwood_university_a_pioneer_w.html

Photo Caption: Oakwood University President Dr. Leslie Pollard has a master’s in business administration.
Photo Credit: The Huntsville Times/Glenn Baeske


Black artist aims to raise funds online for funding of artistic projects

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Kobina Wright fights for funding on Kickstarter


Kickstarter.com, a vehicle for the funding of artistic projects, is now the landing pad for Kobina Wright’s “Kobiphysics.”


Orange County, CA (BlackNews.com) — Kobina Wright’s latest project known as “Kobiphysics: An Art Show,” has just launched its dynamic funding campaign on Kickstarter.com as Wright fights to raise $2,500 for the April 27th event. Wright has until March 29th to raise the funds.

On the site, “Kobiphysics” is stated as, “An art show that is the study of the study of physics on a formulaic and artistic level. It merges one of Wright’s painting styles with formulas developed by ancient and modern physicists.”

The campaign is an all or nothing pledge, which means Wright needs to raise the entire goal of $2,500 or receives none of the funds pledged by her backers. On the first day of the launch, Wright received her first pledge of $20 from a project backer. Backers receive various incentives for their pledges, even at the minimal pledge level of just one dollar.

The art show on April 27th will be held from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Huntington Beach Central Library (across the hall from the library’s theater) and will featureWright’s paintings along with an art workstation where visitors will be encouraged to participate in creating a group work of art. There will also be a featured ukelele performance. The art show is a free event.

To help fund Kobiphysics on Kickstarter, go to: www.kickstarter.com/projects/2111671218/kobiphysics-an-art-show.

For more information about the art show contact:
Media Relations
PO Box 1894
Tustin, CA 92781

Photo Caption: F=ma by Kobina Wright

“Black Moms and the seeds they plant”

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By Christopher Jack

Nationwide (BlackNews.com) — I stepped up to the plate. I heard my buddies say, “Get a good hit Chris!” The pitcher threw the ball and it was the pitch a little boy dreams of. Just as I wound up and prepared to smack this ball into the stratosphere, my heart filled with joy because I knew there was going to be a parade with floats in my honor as I was about to become the youngest kid to hit a ball to the Middle East.

Just as I started my perfect swing, I heard a loud voice saying, “Chris, come in the house. It’s time for dinner.” Now as a little boy I learned a few colorful metaphors from my dad. I didn’t have a clue what my dad meant when he would say, “WHAT THE HELL” but I figured this was a good time to say it. With her voice ringing in my ear I swung as hard as I could. Strike three, the catcher said. With laughter all around me, I threw the bat on the ground and gave my Mom the worst look I could muster. Who cares if I was only 3 feet tall, afraid of leafs, and the sound of the dryer running at night. My mother had messed up the perfect pitch, but I couldn’t stay mad at her, she was the person who kissed me when I fell and scraped my knee.

As I got older I realized that I was not the only one Mom did that to. She called all of my brothers and my sisters in for dinner. I noticed that our family did something else I never saw my friends do. Every night mom had us all come into the living room and pray before we went to bed. Let’s see here, we ate dinner together, we prayed together and we went to church together. I have to be honest. All of this drove us crazy. Come on, we were kids, and on a Sunday morning we thought we should be playing baseball. I remember my mom saying, “One day you will be thankful that I took you to church”. Mom would always say, “If you get in trouble you can ask God for help”. I remember trying it once when I got a spanking… I believe God was busy elsewhere at the time I was receiving my sentence.

I always tell my students the story of OCT 17th (I will never tell the year). My job cut the hours of 90% of all the employees, my rent was past due, my car was repossessed, my refrigerator was empty and the electric company was at my door preparing to turn off my electricity. I am an adult but I will tell you the truth. I sat on my couch and began to cry. I recall saying, “Lord I need your help”. Then I prayed myself to sleep. The next morning my phone rang, it was my boss from work. My heart began to pound because I thought I was going to be fired, he said “Chris, I have a full time job for you if you want it”? I was speechless. “Absolutely, I said”. A week later a friend at the job said he had a car he wanted to get rid of. Things began to look up for me and I never looked back. But the question still rings in my head. Why did this happen to me? I’m a good guy. Why?

I come from a family of twelve and I never shared any of this with them. Years later I shared with mom about what happened. I told her about the electric truck in back of the house and everything. She sat quietly listening as I told her my story, then she said she’s glad things worked out for me. I look at how blessed I am today and still wonder, what took me so long to ask God for help. Arrogance is a terrible thing. I’m glad I made it through it. Still, I hate to wonder where I would be if Mom did not introduce me to God… Thanks again Mom.

Christopher Jack, is a college professor, syndicated columnist, and public speaker in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He can be reached at chrisjackus@yahoo.com

Photo Caption: Christopher Jack

Sec’y of State Jesse White honors Grammy-Award Winning Artists Lupe Fiasco and Michelle Williams, Original Tuskegee Airmen and Chicago Radio Legend Herb Kent at African-American Heritage Month Celebration

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Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White presented Grammy Award-winning Hip Hop emcee Lupe Fiasco the Entertainer of the Year Award at the Secretary of State office’s 2012 African-American Heritage Month celebration at the James R. Thompson Center. The event also honored Pop star Michelle Williams of Destiny’s Child, original Tuskegee Airmen from Chicago, radio legend Herb Kent, Chuck Colbert of The American Breed and jazz vocalist Dee Alexander.

The Secretary of State’s annual ceremony celebrates the contributions of African-Americans in the city of Chicago and state of Illinois and is held every year in February.

MWRD accepting applications for 2012 Biosolids Beneficial Reuse award through March 30

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The Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago (MWRD) is accepting applications for its 2012 Biosolids Beneficial Reuse Awards until March 30, 2012.
MWRD biosolids are a safe byproduct of the water treatment process that can be used to improve soil fertility and soil moisture holding capacity. MWRD biosolids provide tremendous benefits and can be used to fertilize agricultural land, provide organic matter and nutrients to sod farms and nurseries, for construction of golf courses, parks, and athletic fields.
These awards recognize individuals, park districts, villages, schools, golf courses, athletic clubs, turf grass maintenance companies and other entities for their efforts to maximize the benefits that MWRD biosolids beneficial reuse program brings to their operations and communities. Activities completed after January 1, 2007 are eligible for the awards.
The beneficial reuse of biosolids can be demonstrated by meeting any one of or a combination of the following standards:
·         Continuous commitment to maximize and improve the cost-effectiveness of using biosolids;
·         Promotion such as, but not limited to, referrals and field demonstrations; and,
·         Community education regarding the benefits of biosolids.
Two separate awards will be given, one for an individual award and one for an organization.  An individual or organization is eligible to receive an award once in every five years.
“MWRD’s biosolids production is the largest of its kind in the country,” said David St. Pierre, MWRD Executive Director. “This year, we will remove and process approximately 225,000 dry tons of concentrated sewage through our three handling facilities, and we will produce over 135,000 dry tons of biosolids for beneficial use. We are able to have such an efficient organization because we have extremely dedicated staff.”
Applications will be evaluated based on innovative use of biosolids, extent (amount, duration, and percent of operation) of biosolids use, activities and capital investment that demonstrate long-term commitment, and how you promote biosolids use or educate the community. Include results using figures, illustrations, narrative, and photos. The evaluation process may include a site visit.
Awards will be presented at a May, 2012, MWRD board meeting.
For more information or to submit an application, write to Dr. Lakhwinder Hundal, MWRD, 6001 West Pershing Road, Cicero, IL  60804 or call Dr. Hundal at (708) 588-4201.
Established in 1889, the MWRD (www.mwrd.org) is an award-winning, special purpose government agency responsible for wastewater treatment and stormwater management in Cook County, Illinois.

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