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Archive for May 10th, 2012

Three Congressmen to hold 2nd protest & attend ‘showdown’ METRA board meeting

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Meeting scheduled for tomorrow, Friday, May 11, 2012
 Rush to hold two METRA job protests Friday
By Chinta Strausberg


While METRA officials have postponed its vote on an $86 million Englewood “Flyover” project that currently has less than one percent black participation, Rep. Bobby L. Rush (D-1st) late Wednesday night said that is a “shallow” victory and that he is going forth with his second jobs protest 9 a.m. Friday, May 11, 2012, outside of METRA’s headquarters, 547 W. Jackson Blvd., where he and his peers will face off with the board.

Rush, who will be joined by Reps. Danny K. Davis (D-7th) and Jesse L. Jackson, Jr. (D-2nd), will leave the METRA board meeting and lead hundreds to a second “Rebid the METRA contract/pre-mother’s day rally” 12 noon Friday outside of the James R. Thompson Center, 100 West Randolph.

Reached in Washington, D.C., Rush said he and his colleagues will be attending the METRA board meeting and will be on the protest line. “We are going to make sure the vote on this $86 million project is not on METRA’s agenda, and we want to face off with this board before they actually take a vote.

‘We want to make sure that our faces and the faces of the unemployed, the faces of those minority contractors who have not been considered, the faces of the relatives and friends “ will be present at Friday’s second jobs protest, he said.

When the congressmen leave the board meeting, they will march over to the James R. Thompson Building at 100 W. Randolph, where they will join with mothers “who are also rallying to get METRA to rebid that contract,” said Rush. “

Reminded that METRA has said it cannot legally rebid the contract, Rush said, “Our attorneys have indicated to us that METRA can rebid this contract. It is not without precedent.  It’s been done before, and we want METRA to rebid this countract.

“We are asking all of Chicago, those people who are really outraged, those who are unemployed and people who are offended that out of an $86 million contract the black community only got one measly $112,000 to join us this Friday. There is something grotesquely wrong with that in this day and age in the city of Chicago,” said Rush.

“We are METRA commuters. We ride METRA, and we want to be included in the awarding of the contracts. We get all of the dust, all of the dirt…but not the dough. We want METRA to cut us in or cut it out. We’re upset with METRA,” stated Rush.

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.

African-Americans and the United States Constitution

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  ‘In Celebration of Law Day’


CHICAGO, IL –  Attorney Thomas “TNT” Todd, known for his direct approach to truth and justice, along with Circuit Court Judge Mary Maxwell Thomas (Retired), appears on the PCC Broadcast Network with host, the Rev. Harold E. Bailey.

An abundance of hard-core-truth was told as Atty. Thomas N. Todd spoke on the PCC Network Law Day. Todd an astute attorney brought to the world’s attention matters such as: How the United States Constitution relates to African-Americans and other minorities. Many sensitive issues are dealt with in such a profound way … which causes one to ponder and wonder the plight of the United States and its Constitutional Value! Also discussed were: The Trayvon Martin case, Voting Rights, Segregation and other acute subjects victimizing minorities.

Judge Mary Thomas, with credentials as one of the most qualified African-American judges to have sat on the Cook County Circuit Court, has retired, but tells a chilling story of her struggles with a bar association to meet ‘their’ qualifications. Thomas expounds on other important matters about her experiences.

Rev. Harold E. Bailey, 33-years president of the Probation Challenge, Inc., organization and the PCC Network, invites the public to become educated as to matters that affects the very-lives of not only the Black community but the various communities of the world.

Rev. Bailey said, “It is an honor and a privilege to have both these two learned persons to address issues that challenge our daily-walk. Fearlessly, Attorney Todd and Judge Thomas have spoken from the core of their existence, whereas the PCC Network is more than appreciative of their honesty.”

Rev. Harold E. Bailey worked with the late Justice R. Eugene Pincham as his personal probation officer out of the criminal courts system. The Probation Challenge program was the vision of Bailey and was allowed to be implemented in January, 1979, from Justice Pincham courtroom. Bailey and the acclaimed program have been applauded around the world and far away as Israel. The program is the first court mandated program of its kind in the country where clients are forced to help themselves through the vehicle of education – School or Jail!

Rev. Harold E. Bailey is listed with The History Makers.

To view this and other historical presentations please go to

http://ProbationChallenge.org … ‘The Truth Network’

24/7 and On-Demand. The PCC Network is viewed around the World.

For further inquires, please call The PCC Studios: 773.978.3706.


AARP and AARP Foundation join other national organizations to help “Stamp out Hunger”

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – To tackle the serious issue of hunger faced by millions of older adults, AARP and AARP Foundation today announced that on Saturday, May 12, they are joining the National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) and the U.S. Postal Service’s 20th annual food drive to help “Stamp Out Hunger.”  


On the second Saturday in May each year, in America’s largest single day food drive, known officially as Stamp Out Hunger, letter carriers across the country pick up bags of non-perishable food products left for them by households on their usual routes-and deliver those donations to local food banks and pantries.  


“Nearly 9 million adults age 50 and older are uncertain where their next meal may be coming from, so the time is now to put an end to this issue,” said AARP Foundation President Jo Ann Jenkins. “We encourage everyone who can to join us in this critical cause to fill a bag with food, leave it by your mailbox, and help someone in need.”    


Last year, according to the NALC, letter carriers collected over 70million pounds of food-raising the total amount of donations, over the history of the food drive, to more than 1.1 billion pounds. 

AARP Foundation’s participation in the Stamp Out Hunger food drive aligns with one of the Foundation’s overall initiatives to feed those who are hungry now, while also developing long-term, sustainable solutions to the root causes of hunger among those 50 and older.


Drive to End Hunger is AARP and AARP Foundation’s multipronged focus on the problem of older adult hunger in America. For more information about Drive to End Hunger and to see how you can help Stamp Out Hunger, go to www.DrivetoEndHunger.org/fillthebag.


About AARP Foundation

AARP Foundation is working to win back opportunity for struggling Americans 50+ by being a force for change on the most serious issues they face today: housing, hunger, income and isolation. By coordinating responses to these issues on all four fronts at once, and supporting them with vigorous legal advocacy, the Foundation serves the unique needs of those 50+ while working with local organizations nationwide to reach more people, work more efficiently and make resources go further. AARP Foundation is the charitable affiliate of AARP. Learn more at www.aarpfoundation.org 

Hunter measure will help minority- and female-owned businesses

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SPRINGFIELD, IL – A bill sponsored by Senator Mattie Hunter (D–Chicago) providing disadvantaged small businesses in Illinois loans from the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) passed the Senate today.

“In the current economic environment in Illinois and across our country, small businesses are struggling to keep their heads above water,” Hunter said.  “My colleagues and I continuously work to find avenues to create jobs and sustain infrastructure in Illinois.  As a part of that effort to seek further opportunities, I have had the privilege to work with IDOT to find an avenue to aid minority- and female-owned small businesses through this new loan program.”

Senate Bill 2491 will establish the Working Capital Loan Repayment Fund to aid struggling Illinois’ minority- and female owned construction businesses in a procurement contract with IDOT.  The Fund will be able to loan up to $3 million a year over the next 10 years starting on July 1, 2012.

“The bottom line is that we must invest in the businesses that want to invest in our state as they are the backbone of our economy,” Hunter continued. 

Senate Bill 2491 now moves to the House for further consideration.

For more information and to read a letter from IDOT Secretary Ann L. Schneider to Senate President John Cullerton regarding this issue, please click here.

Students help spread digital safety message with annual Illinois Youth Digital Safety Contest

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State Superintendent Koch, Attorney General Madigan and Lt. Gov. Simon recognize the best poster and electronic projects promoting online safety 


 SPRINGFIELD, IL – The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) joined the offices of the Illinois Attorney General and the Illinois Lieutenant Governor on Monday, May 7, to recognize winners of the third annual Illinois Youth Digital Safety Contest. The contest aims to raise awareness about making safe and respectful choices through digital communications.

“In this day and age, it really is essential we provide the skills our children need to stay safe and to make the right choices online,” said State Superintendent of Education Christopher A. Koch. “I applaud all of the students who participated in this contest for their help in spreading the message of Internet safety.”

Students earning first place were presented with resolutions during a ceremony Monday afternoon at the Illinois Executive Mansion in Springfield. The contest follows a law that took effect in January 2009 requiring school districts to incorporate Internet safety into the curriculum at least each school year beginning in third grade.

This year’s theme for the contest, which was open to students in grades kindergarten through 12, was “Bystander Intervention,” or the idea that students who witness bullying can take action against it. Representatives from all three sponsoring government agencies judged submissions from across Illinois.

“These anti-bullying messages are powerful because they come from students on behalf of their peers,” said Lt. Governor Sheila Simon. “I commend the winners for sparking honest conversations about cyber bullying and creating safer spaces for online interaction.”

Under state law each local school district determines how to include lessons in the classroom but some recommended topics include the safe and responsible use of social networking websites, chat rooms, bulletin boards and other means of communication on the Internet. It is also recommended that instruction includes information on recognizing, avoiding and reporting online solicitation by sexual predators, recognizing and reporting online harassment and cyberbullying and knowing the risks of transmitting personal information on the Internet.

Attorney General Madigan’s Office has created age-specific Internet Safety Training Modules for educators that meet state law requirements. The Attorney General’s Internet Safety Training Modules can be found on her website at www.illinoisattorneygeneral.gov, or on ISBE’s website at www.isbe.net.

Attorney General Madigan’s Office has provided Internet safety training and education to more nearly 229,000 parents, teachers, and students, and more than 14,000 law enforcement officers and prosecutors since 2006. Madigan also hosts a website to help children, teens, parents and educators learn about the dangers of cyberbullying. The “Stop Cyberbullying” website (www.ebully411.com) includes the latest news and statistics, frequently asked questions and a quiz to test online users’ knowledge about cyberbullying. It also features an E-Info Hotline to assist victims and teach bullies to understand the impact of their actions. More information is available by calling the hotline at 1-888-414-7678 or by e-mailing e-info@atg.state.il.us.

“Today’s technology not only creates great opportunities, it can sometimes create great risks,” said Attorney General Madigan. “This Digital Safety contest provides an opportunity for participants to demonstrate ways to get their friends talking about how to encourage safe and civil behavior on the Internet and how to respond to any negative behavior they may encounter.”

Students in any public or non-public district were eligible to enter the contest by submitting an entry as a poster or in an electronic media format (video, podcast or slideshow). Here are the students from across the state honored with resolutions for first place in their categories:

  • Video, Grades K-3: Adam Hammock, Itzel Leon, Daniel Anyaso and Lula Garfield, Dewey School in Evanston, Evanston/Skokie School District 65
  • Poster , Grades 4-6: Morgan Gale, Riverview Grade School in East Peoria, Riverview Community Consolidated #2
  • Slideshow , Grades 4-6: Cameron Marsh, Liberty Middle School in Edwardsville, Edwardsville CUSD 7
  • Podcast, Grades 4-6: Matthew Lorenz, The Lane School in Hinsdale, CCSD 181
  • Video , Grades 4-6: Sean Fisher and Malik Tifah, Lukancic Middle School in Romeoville, Valley View School District 365
  • Poster , Grades 7-8: Yuli Salgado, Chute Middle School in Evanston, Evanston/Skokie School District 65
  • Slideshow, Grades 7-8: Margaret Hunt, Thompson Jr. High in Oswego, Oswego CUSD 308
  • Video , Grades 7-8: Andie Sherman, Herrick Middle School in Downers Grove, Downers Grove School District 58
  • Video, Grades 7-8: Brittanny Bieneman, Breanne Aceret and Kelsey Snodgrass, Thompson Jr. High in Oswego, Oswego CUSD 308
  • Poster, Grades 9-12: Aleena Proctor, Bunker Hill High School, Bunker Hill Community Unit District 8    
  • Video, Grades 9-12: Sameer Andani, Jerry Swanson and Samuel Yoo, Warren Township High School in Gurnee, Warren Township High School District 121

Better Business Bureau warns of Memorial Day scams targeting military, families, and supporters

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CHICAGO, IL – Memorial Day is a time to honor those who died in service to our country. Sadly, it has also become a key opportunity for scammers to target those who are currently serving or have served their nation, especially elderly veterans. The Better Business Bureau serving Chicago and Northern Illinois (BBB) urges military members and supporters to lookout for scam deals and disreputable charities.


Scams can include efforts to target service personnel and their families as well as efforts that appear to help via charities. It is imperative to educate service members and consumers on the proper practices when donating money or determining the validity of charities.


“There are charities that claim to be raising money on behalf of military organizations and families when in fact those dollars rarely go to help those in need” said Steve J. Bernas, president & CEO of the Better Business Bureau serving Chicago and northern Illinois. “When you make a donation, always check www.bbb.org to see if the group meets BBB charity standards.” 


The BBB urges military members and supporters to watch out for the following scams:

  • Groups or individuals posing as the Veterans Administration and contacting veterans to say they need to update their credit card, bank or other financial records with the VA;
  • Scammers charging service members for services they could get for free or less expensively elsewhere, such as military records;
  • Fraudulent investment schemes that convince veterans to transfer their assets into an irrevocable trust;
  • Offering “instant approval” military loans (“no credit check,” “all ranks approved”) that can have high interest rates and hidden fees;
  • Advertising housing online with military discounts and incentives, and then conning service personnel out of the security deposit;
  • Trying to sell things like security systems to spouses of deployed military personnel by saying the service member ordered it to protect his or her family;
  • Posing as government contractors recruiting veterans and then asking for a copy of the job applicants’ passport (which contains a lot of personal information).

“In addition, the BBB urges service members, veterans and all consumers in general to never give personal identification information (Social Security, bank account, military identification or credit card numbers, etc.) to anyone who contacts them by phone or e-mail.” Bernas continued, “Be wary of any solicitations that involve making a purchase or the transfer of money.”


Consumers can check out businesses and charities for free at www.bbb.org 


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