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State Senator Collins joins leaders to forge plans for revitalization

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Local Officials to join others from across the nation at three-day Leadership Institute  


SPRINGFIELD, IL – Inspired by the success of dozens of cities, towns and states across the nation in preventing and addressing vacant and abandoned properties, State Senator Jacqueline Y. Collins (D-16th) is heading to Boston to participate in a unique forum where she hopes to learn from experts and develop her own effective strategies.

“As we drive down blocks all across our state there are too many properties that seem to have been vacant for far too long,” Sen. Collins said. “Increasing property values is one of the best ways to stabilize and strengthen our economy. If abandoned property becomes less prevalent in our state homeowners and business owners will have a reason to invest confidently in Illinois.”

From March 13-16, Sen. Collins will attend the second Community Progress
Leadership Institute with leaders from ten communities in Illinois, Indiana, Louisiana and Michigan. Held at the Harvard Law School, the Leadership Institute is offered and led by the Center for Community Progress, the nation’s preeminent organization working with communities and government to forge strategies that prevent vacancy and abandonment. Participants are chosen based not only on their interest but on the capacity of their organizational diversity and alliances to apply what they learn at the Leadership Institute.

“These participants have been chosen for the tremendous confidence we
have in their ability to champion effective, efficient systems that foster strong communities,” said Amy Hovey, Chief Operating Office at Community Progress. “By launching our reform efforts at this kind of scale, we address the problem with a systemic approach that our experience has shown can make a real difference. We can’t afford to wait for things to happen in one city at a time.”

Community Progress President Dan Kildee, a former Genesee County, Michigan, treasurer who pioneered one of the nation’s first land banks, will lead the group through an intensive curriculum that includes key techniques for prevention, control and adaptive reuse of vacant buildings and land, including tax and foreclosure reform, the land bank concept and code enforcement.


Attorney General Madigan: DHS caseworker guilty in kickback scheme

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CHICAGO, IL ─  Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan announced a Cook County jury has found an Illinois Department of Human Services caseworker guilty on fraud and official misconduct charges for allegedly bilking the state out of thousands of dollars.

Margarita Lopez, 46, of Chicago, was found guilty late Friday by a jury in Cook County Circuit Court for her role in a scheme to defraud taxpayers through kickback payments she received from family and friends who were fraudulently enrolled in an IDHS caretaker program.

“Ms. Lopez concocted a scheme using fictional names and medical conditions to cheat the taxpayers who fund this caretaker program and those who legitimately rely on the program’s vital services,” Madigan said.

Madigan said the jury found Lopez guilty on all counts: wire fraud, mail fraud and intimidation, and two counts of official misconduct – all Class 3 felonies punishable by two to five years in the Illinois Department of Corrections. She is being held in Cook County jail awaiting an April 6 sentencing.

Lopez’s responsibilities at IDHS included helping disabled and physically incapacitated people to find in-home caretakers. These caretakers, known as personal assistants, are paid an hourly rate by IDHS based on the timesheets they submit to the agency. In certain cases, Lopez supplied her family members and friends with names of fictional patients and fictional medical conditions. Lopez then enticed these family members and friends to split with her the money they received for work they never performed as personal assistants.

Witnesses testified that they split the checks they received from the state with Lopez. Investigators found their testimony was backed up by bank records indicating Lopez deposited $13,075 into her checking accounts from December 2008 through June 2009.

The investigation was conducted by Attorney General Madigan’s Public Integrity Bureau with assistance from IDHS and the Office of the Executive Inspector General. Assistant Attorneys General David Navarro, Martin Van Kampen and Kathleen Farrell Duhig handled the case for Madigan’s Public Integrity Bureau.

Legendary Icon Dick Gregory Joins Activist Rapper in new “OH NO” video

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“OH-NO” video highlights heartbeat of Occupy Movements


Activist musician Wril passionately voices his concerns in video that features legendary activist Dick Gregory and hip-hop artist Truth

Nationwide (BlackNews.com) — The music industry and activists nationwide are taking note of talented young activist musician Wril’s video that highlights the breadth, depth and heart of Occupy Wall Street and other Oh-No movements across the country.

The poignant and rhythmic “Oh-No” video can be seen on YouTube at http://youtu.be/ACKtKNvnPSo

A mentee of legendary activist Dick Gregory, Wril is active with the Occupy Movement and was arrested alongside Gregory when they staged a protest at British Petroleum’s headquarters in Washington, D.C. The goal was to focus attention on the plight of the many lives and businesses that were devastated by the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion.

“I have always wanted my music to express who I am as a person, to reflect my strong feelings about injustice and inspire others to take action to better our lives,” says Wril. “This song and video ‘Oh-No’ embodies the frustrations of many Americans and captures the passion of the Occupy Movement.”

Says legendary activist Dick Gregory: “The gifted young songwriter and vocalist Wril has a spirit of activism and social consciousness that harkens back to those revolutionaries and freedom fighters from the ’60 and ’70s whose brave sacrifices helped bring about the landmark changes of the Civil Rights Movement.”

“With strong and committed activists like Wril acting as drum majors for justice, freedom and equality,” Gregory continues, “the Occupy Movement will achieve all of its lofty goals and mirror the success we enjoyed during the Civil Rights Era.”

Wril was inspired to pen the song “Oh-No” while in jail after being arrested with Gregory as they protested at BP offices to bring attention to BP not compensating poor Gulf Coast residents in the aftermath of the Deepwater Horizon explosion. He was stirred by what he considered the injustices surrounding the BP crisis. “The song embodies the frustrations of the 99% and captures the passion and message of the Occupy Movement, while featuring Dick Gregory and hip-hop artist Truth,” says Wril.

William “Wril” Brown also has won admiration and praise from the legendary duo Nick Ashford and Valerie Simpson, as well as that of literary icon Maya Angelou, for his song “Forever and Ever I Do,” which he wrote and delivers with exceptional musicality. Wril’s depth, breadth and scope are dramatized by his versatility as a vocalist, songwriter and musician.

As a musician, he has a love affair with the piano that goes back to his church roots. As a vocalist, Wril boasts a falsetto that falls in love with every note. The passion that he brings to every tune makes his delivery memorable and captivating. As a songwriter, he digs deep into the core of his soul to capture the emotions of a tune.

The themes that dominate his writing revolve around his love and admiration for women and the sentimentality of family. His respect for women is mirrored in the acronym of his name: Wril stands for Women Really Inspire Love.

For more information on Wril and his “Oh-No” video, contact Lynn Norment Media, 312-427-3121 or visit www.ohnorevolution.com

Photo Caption: Musician Wril (left) and legendary activist Dick Gregory (right)

Amateur Night goes to London: A Transatlantic talent competition featuring aspiring artists from the US and UK

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The Apollo Theater and London’s Hackney Empire present Hackney vs. Harlem, a Transatlantic Talent Competition featuring aspiring artists from the US and UK

US Competitors to Perform in “Amateur Night: Apollo Goes to London Semi-finals” on Wednesday, May 23

Auditions at the Apollo Saturday, March 31and Sunday, April 1 10:00am – 6:00pm


HARLEM, NY – The Apollo Theater announced a new partnership with London’s Hackney Empire for a transatlantic Amateur Night competition set to coincide with the 2012 Summer Olympics. This partnership will give up-and-coming vocalists the opportunity to compete on the legendary Apollo stage and bring a taste of Harlem to London’s Hackney Empire.

On Saturday, March 31 and Sunday, April 1 the world-famous Apollo Theater will hold auditions for “Amateur Night Goes to London.”  Top performers will move on to compete in “Apollo Amateur Night: Apollo Goes to London Semifinals” on Wednesday, May 23. Winners of this Amateur Night will receive an all expense paid trip to London to represent the Apollo Theater at “Live at the Empire & Apollo Amateur Night: Hackney vs. Harlem” on July 14, 2012.

On Sunday, June 8 the Hackney Empire hosts Live at the Empire, the live London qualifying rounds for “Live at the Empire & Apollo Amateur Night: Hackney vs. Harlem,” with special guest performers and judges including the winner of Amateur Night at the Apollo, 2010, Ayanna Witter Johnson. Live at the Empire is the latest in a long history of shows aimed at discovering talent including, “291” and “New Act of the Year,” which have launched the careers of stars including Eddie Izzard, Alistair McGowan, Gina Yashere, Paloma Faith and Leona Lewis, to name a few.

Since its inception in 1934, Amateur Night has been one of New York City’s most popular live entertainment experiences, launching the careers of thousands of performers and attracting audiences from all over the world. The Apollo Theater’s Amateur Night has long been revered by artists as a transformative experience where up-and-coming talent feels the power of the legendary performers who have come before them, and where audience response can help make or break a career. This partnership will bring the Apollo Amateur Night experience to London.

Harlem vs. Hackney Schedule of Events:

  • Apollo Theater auditions to be held at the Apollo Saturday, March 31and Sunday April 1 from 10:00 am-3:00pm; producer call backs from 3:00pm-6:00pm. Contestants should be prepared to stay from 10:00am-6:00pm on both days.
  • Top talents selected at the auditions vie for a spot in the London competition at “Apollo Amateur Night: Apollo Goes to London Semifinals” on Wednesday, May 23 at 7:30pm at the Apollo.
  • Live at the Empire, the live London qualifying rounds for “Live at the Empire & Apollo Amateur Night: Hackney vs. Harlem,” will be held at the Hackney Empire on Sunday, June 8.
  • Grand Finale Talent Competition in London to take place on Saturday, July 14.
  • Amateur Night at the Apollo on September 19 will feature the winners of the Grand Finale Talent Competition as guest artists.


Fan Travel Package

Amateur Night fans are invited to join the Apollo in London for the Apollo’s Amateur Night Fan London Tour. Individual and group packages are available for fans to experience Amateur Night’s London debut. The Apollo Amateur Night Fan London Package will include roundtrip transportation from New York City to London, England, roundtrip transfers to and from the airport, Hop on Hop Off Bus Tour of London, 3+ Star hotel accommodations, and optional add-on tour packages and special events.

For more information, email apollolondon@zenbiztravel.com or call 800-381-1580.

Tickets and Information

Tickets for Amateur Night begin at $19 and are available at the Apollo Theater Box Office: (212) 531-5305, 253 West 125th Street and from Ticketmaster at (212) 307-7171 or www.ticketmaster.com. Amateur Night’s 2011 Season runs through October 2012 on Wednesday nights at 7:30pm. Tickets for Amateur Night Goes to London are included in the Apollo Amateur Night Fan London Tour Package.

About Amateur Night 

Since introducing the first Amateur Night contests in 1934, the Apollo Theater has played a major role in the emergence of innovative musical genres including jazz, swing, bebop, R&B, gospel, blues, soul and hip-hop.  From its notoriously tough audience to the magic of the Tree of Hope, the Apollo Amateur Night story is the stuff that legends are made of – literally. Amateur Night has been the launching pad for some of the world’s greatest artists including Stevie Wonder, The Jackson Five and Lauryn Hill. Long before Ted Mack and the Amateur Hour and American Idol, Apollo Amateur Night was, and continues to be, a primary source for discovering new talent and spotlighting up-and-coming artists, all hoping that the hallowed stage and the approval of the Apollo audience will launch their careers in the entertainment world.

About the Apollo Theater

The Apollo is a national treasure that has had significant impact on the development of American culture and its popularity around the world.  Since introducing the first Amateur Night contests in 1934, the Apollo Theater has played a major role in cultivating artists and in the emergence of innovative musical genres including jazz, swing, bebop, R&B, gospel, blues, soul, and hip-hop.  Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan, Billie Holiday, Sammy Davis, Jr., James Brown, Michael Jackson, Bill Cosby, Gladys Knight, Luther Vandross, D’Angelo, Lauryn Hill, and countless others began their road to stardom on the Apollo’s stage. The Apollo Theater’s new artistic vision builds on its legacy.  New Apollo programming has music as its core, driving large scale and more intimate music, dance and theater presentations.  The Apollo will continue to present historically relevant presentations, as well as more forward-looking, contemporary work. Based on its cultural significance and architecture, the Apollo Theater received state and city landmark designation in 1983 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. For more information, visit www.apollotheater.org.

About Hackney Empire

‘The most beautiful theatre in London” -The Guardian (UK)

Built in 1901 by legendary architect Frank Matcham, Hackney Empire has been providing quality entertainment for 110 years making it one of London’s oldest and finest Victorian theatres. Since the turn of the last century, many global stars have graced the stage including Charlie Chaplin, Laurel & Hardy, Houdini, Coleridge Taylor, Louis Armstrong and Cliff Richard to name a few. Now it welcomes over 140,000 people a year to its glittering programme of musicals, family shows, gigs, opera and off course the world-renowned pantomime. Situated in the heart of London’s East End, the artists who play the Hackney Empire and its audiences reflect the diversity of the global population of London. The Hackney Empire has a longstanding history of promoting African American and British artists including The Jubilee Singers in the 1900s, Louis Armstrong and Dionne Warwick, Nona Hendrix and Denise Williams. Hackney Empire also runs regular participatory activity for the local community and young people, including workshops; a community choir, talent competitions and much more. For more information or to get involved visit the website hackneyempire.co.uk.

Amateur Night at the Apollo is sponsored by The Coca-Cola Company.

The Apollo’s annual season is made possible by lead support from The Coca-Cola Company, The Parsons Family Foundation, the Ronald O. Perelman Family Foundation, the Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone, Reginald Van Lee New Works Fund, the Ford Foundation, Bloomberg Philanthropies, and the Neuberger Berman Foundation.

Lead annual support is also provided by public funds from the City of New York Theater Sub-district Council; with additional funding from the National Endowment for the Arts; the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council; and the New York State Council for the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

Lt. Governor Simon to celebrate birthday by early voting

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Urges Illinois citizens to join her in the democratic process


CARBONDALE, IL – If Lt. Governor Sheila Simon gets her birthday wish, more people will follow her to the ballot box and cast an early vote this year. Simon will celebrate her birthday Tuesday by going to Carbondale City Hall to early vote in the General Primary Election.

Calling democracy a “participatory sport,” Simon is urging all Illinois citizens to take advantage of the opportunity to early vote. Nearly 72,000 Illinois residents cast a ballot between the first day of early voting, February 27, and March 12 this year.

 “Unlike cooking where too many cooks can spoil the broth, democracy is only strengthened when more people get involved,” Simon said. “These days voters not only can vote on Election Day, but they can vote early. I urge all citizens to take advantage of the opportunity to help shape our state and the country.”  

The General Primary Election will be held Tuesday, March 20. Democrat and Republican voters will have the opportunity to choose their party’s nominees for various county offices, seats in the General Assembly and Congress, and President of the United States. 

Voters have until Thursday, March 15, to early vote and must bring one form of valid identification such as a driver’s license or other government-issued ID. Voters with absentee ballots can vote in person until March 19.

For more information on how to vote, how to register to vote and where to vote, please visit the Illinois State Board of Elections website at www.elections.il.gov or contact your local County Clerk’s office. 

MWRD recognizes National Groundwater Awareness Week March 11 through 17

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All living organisms need water to thrive and protecting such a precious resource is the primary mission of the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago (MWRD). The MWRD is joining the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA) to promote National Groundwater Awareness Week March 11 through 17.
Groundwater filters through permeable surfaces and underground spaces between sand, gravel, and cracks in rock in geological formations called aquifers. Over 90 percent of all public drinking water systems rely on groundwater to supply the population with drinking water.  Aquifers also provide water for lakes and replenish streams and rivers. 
Groundwater supplies vary from one area to another. Local communities are responsible for protecting a community’s groundwater supply, and they do this through rules and regulations.
The 13th annual National Groundwater Awareness Week is designed to educate the public about the importance of groundwater and water well stewardship. Every person can take action to preserve and protect groundwater for human and environmental needs. Some specific actions Cook County residents can take to protect the quality of our ground waters include:
·         Don’t pour harmful substance down your drain or toilet. These substances can eventually enter our aquifers and contaminate groundwater. In addition, water treatment plants are not designed to dispose of products that contain hazardous substances such as medications.
·         Put trash in its proper place. Carelessly discarded materials, such as packaging and plastic bags, are top offenders to water pollution.
·         Pick up pet waste. The waste contains bacteria and parasites and when washed into a lakes, streams and rivers, the waste decays and can lead to poor water quality.
·         No dumping allowed. Hazardous wastes that are dumped or buried in the ground can contaminate the soil and filter into groundwater or be carried into a nearby body of surface water by runoff during rainstorms.
·         Limit your purchases of a hazardous product. Only buy products you need and substitute a nonhazardous product when possible.
·         Take advantage of community-based collections. One such collection will be held April 28, 2012, when the MWRD and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration team up to collected unused or expired medication.
The U.S. EPA offers the “Citizen’s Guide to Ground Water Protection” at Citizen’s Guide to Ground Water Protection PDF which encourages citizens to a take an active and positive role in protecting their community’s ground water supplies. To learn more about the pharmaceutical collection, visit www.dea.gov.

Overcoming a marriage filled with deceit, abuse, and infidelity to a life filled with joy, peace, and deliverance: One woman’s story

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In honor of National Women’s History Month, women and teen girls are being inspired and empowered to overcome sexual assault, domestic abuse, and destructive relationships

Chicago, IL (BlackNews.com) — 1 in every 3 women are sexually assaulted and 1 in every 6 women experience domestic abuse in their lifetime. The book Married to Him inspires women and teen girls to overcome sexual assault and domestic abuse.

Senica Evans is all too familiar with this reality, which is why she wrote Married to Him. It is a true story of her personal experiences with domestic abuse and sexual assault and how she ultimately overcame them. She feels it is imperative that women and teen girls learn “to break the cycle of destruction and shift their mindset from victim to survivor.”

Evans founded SennySen to empower, educate, and enlighten women and teen girls to overcome domestic abuse, sexual assault and to recognize the signs of destructive relationships. She has a PhD in overcoming destructive relationships. She has worked with several community organizations such as PAVE and FAM Entertainment.

For media interviews, contact Dee Reynolds at 708-872-7366 or visit www.sennysen.com

Photo Caption: Bookcover and author – Senica Evans

Jon Yates of the Chicago Tribune to receive Better Business Bureau Excellence In Media Award

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Chicago, IL – Jon Yates, writer of the popular “What’s Your Problem” column in the Chicago Tribune, will receive the Diogenes Award for Excellence in Media from the Better Business Bureau serving Chicago and Northern Illinois (BBB). At the group’s Annual Dinner Meeting in the Hilton Palmer House Hotel on Thursday, March 15, 2012 Mr. Yates will be honored with the award for his years of news achievement.


“The BBB Diogenes Award for Excellence in Media is presented to the news person who exemplifies the goals and principles of the Better Business Bureau to support and foster an ethical marketplace benefiting both consumers and businesses,” said Steve J. Bernas, president & CEO of the Better Business Bureau serving Chicago and Northern Illinois.  


The BBB Diogenes Award is named after the ancient Greek philosopher, Diogenes, who was said to have traveled the streets of Athens with a lantern looking for an honest man.


Mr. Yates graduated from the University of Iowa in 1992 with a degree in journalism and history, and the following year became a reporter at the Iowa City Press-Citizen. He later worked for the Palm Springs Desert Sun and the Nashville Tennessean, before joining the Chicago Tribune in 2000 as a general assignment reporter.

He started the “What’s Your Problem?” column in the Chicago Tribune in 2005. It appears on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays.

National foreclosure settlement filed in federal court, Madigan urges Illinois borrowers to seek help

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CHICAGO, IL — Attorney General Lisa Madigan urged distressed borrowers to call on her office to help determine if they are eligible for relief under the $25 billion national foreclosure settlement with the nation’s five largest bank mortgage servicers, which was filed this morning in federal court.

“I can’t stress enough how important it is to make the call for help,” Madigan said. “Whether you are eligible under this settlement or another assistance program, we want to connect you with the free, legitimate resources available for distressed borrowers.”

Today’s filing is the next critical step in formalizing the settlements reached with Bank of America, JPMorgan Chase, Wells Fargo, Citibank and Ally Bank, formerly GMAC, over allegations of widespread “robo-signing” of foreclosure documents and other fraudulent practices while servicing loans of struggling homeowners. Last month, Madigan joined U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan and her counterparts in Washington, D.C., to announce the agreement had been reached with the five servicers following months of joint investigations and negotiations. 

The national settlement is the largest settlement ever obtained through joint action of state attorneys general and the federal government. It is estimated to provide more than $1 billion in relief for Illinois borrowers who fit into one of three categories: 1) Borrowers who have lost their homes, 2) Homeowners who are still in their homes but at imminent risk of defaulting on their mortgages or behind on their mortgage payments and 3) Borrowers who are current on payments but underwater.

Attorney General Madigan urged consumers seeking more information to contact her Homeowner’s Helpline, (866) 544-7151, or visit her website, www.illinoisattorneygeneral.gov/consumers/bankforeclosuresettlement.html. Borrowers can also visit www.NationalForeclosureSettlement.com.

Madigan said borrowers also should contact their mortgage servicer to obtain more information about specific loan modification programs and whether they qualify under terms of this settlement.

Participating Mortgage Servicer Consumer Numbers:

Bank of America:      1-877-488-7814
Citigroup:                  1-866-272-4749
Chase:                       1-866-372-6901
Ally/GMAC:              1-800-766-4622
Wells Fargo:              1-800-288-3212

In addition, Madigan said there is help available from the Independent Foreclosure Review through the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency and the U.S. Department of Treasury. Borrowers whose primary residence was involved in a foreclosure process between Jan. 1, 2009 and Dec. 31, 2010, may qualify for a free Independent Foreclosure Review to determine if they are eligible for compensation because of errors or other problems during their home foreclosure process. All Requests for Review must be submitted online or postmarked no later than July 31, 2012. For more information, visit http://www.independentforeclosurereview.com or call 1-888-952-9105.

Already, more than 3,000 borrowers have contacted Madigan’s office to determine whether they may be eligible for help under the settlement. Madigan noted that under the agreement, an independent monitor has been established to oversee the terms of the settlement and importantly, to ensure that the banks comply.

Next Steps

Madigan noted that the settlement does not grant the banks any immunity from criminal offenses nor does it prevent homeowners or investors from pursuing individual, institutional or class action civil cases against the five banks. The state attorneys general and federal agencies will continue to investigate and pursue other aspects of the mortgage crisis, including securities cases. In Illinois, Attorney General Madigan already has filed lawsuits against Wells Fargo, Standard & Poor’s and Nationwide Title Cleaning Inc., as part of her aggressive efforts to hold financial institutions accountable for their part in the housing crisis and the country’s economic collapse.

“This settlement does not mark either the beginning or the end of our work to hold banks and other institutions accountable for the destruction they’ve caused our families, communities and country, but it is a warning to financial institutions that there are consequences for engaging in practices that jeopardize the stability of our communities and our economy,” Madigan said.

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