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Black Bankers’ President warns churches: Change the way you do business

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By Hazel Trice Edney


WASHINGTON, D.C.  – (TriceEdneyWire.com) – The head of a national Black bankers organization is warning that growing foreclosures upon churches across America indicate that houses of worship must quickly change the way they do business or possibly face a national crisis.

“A trend in church foreclosures is causing national leaders representing African-American communities all over America to focus their attention on potential solutions to avert an impending crisis,” writes Michael Grant, president of the National Bankers Association in a three-page report, released exclusively to the Trice Edney News Wire. “With the advent of the mega-church as a phenomenon, church leaders are being forced to rethink their growth strategies.”

At least 138 church properties were sold by banks last year and about 270 around the nation since 2010, according to CoStar, a Washington, D.C.-based real estate information company. Ninety percent of the sales reportedly result from foreclosure.

On March 6, Reuters reported, “Banks are foreclosing on America’s churches in record numbers as lenders increasingly lose patience with religious facilities that have defaulted on their mortgages, according to new data…The surge in church foreclosures represents a new wave of distressed property seizures triggered by the 2008 financial crash, analysts say, with many banks no longer willing to grant struggling religious organizations forbearance.”

According to Grant, whose organization has a membership of 37 banks, he sees no major disparity between the numbers of foreclosures upon Black and White congregations. However, he writes, “A preliminary analysis of many African-American churches that pursued aggressive expansion strategies has yielded a few interesting and common patterns.”

He ticks off the patterns as follows:

*Expansion efforts were not usually directed by financial plans constructed by individuals who had the expertise to give church leaders sound financial advice.

*Many financial decisions by those who oversee aggressive expansion strategies were not rooted in frugal planning or monitored by systems of accountability.

*Record-keeping is often not dictated by accepted accounting practices.

*Lending institutions are oftentimes not contacted early enough to avail the church of bank assistance in the forms of loan modifications or forbearance.

*Many church leaders mistakenly believe that bank assistance is available after foreclosure procedures have begun. In reality, by the time the church is being foreclosed on, the bank has exhausted all of the remedies at its disposal.

Grant concludes that though many church decisions are made based on faith and visionary leadership, “The church must be thought of as a business.”

He states, “Just as the hospital exists to promote physical health and wellness, it is nonetheless a business. The church’s business is to promote spiritual health and well-being. It is also a business. If sound business principles are not adhered to, the church jeopardizes its ability to provide a valuable benefit to its congregants.”

Church leaders across the nation are being impacted by the economic crisis, not only causing a shortage in the collection plate, but the decreased ability to help parishioners in financial trouble and difficulty paying its own bills, including staff salaries and mortgages. Though small and middle-sized congregations are seeing more foreclosures, even mega-churches have not been exempt from drastic measures.

Bishop T.D. Jakes, pastor of the 30,000-member Potter’s House in Dallas, said he was forced to make major cuts three years ago in order to avoid doom.

“Membership has gone up. Income has gone down. We’ve laid off about 40 people from our staff. We’ve had to make some hard choices. We’ve had to curtail some of the services that we’ve normally had to provide to the community because our resources are hard hit. I’m getting calls from pastors all over the country who are downsizing, cutting back on services, cutting back on office hours because they are being adversely affected by this also,” he said in an interview with this reporter.

Currently, church organizational leaders are exploring new ways to operate financially as they await improvement in the economy. The Rev. Dr. Franklyn Richardson, chairman of the Conference of National Black Churches (CNBC), says understanding more about banking, how it works and specifically how Black banks can help abate financial crisis in churches is on his agenda. He agrees that the Black church, as an institution, does not fully understand how best to relate to banks.

“I don’t think we actually do. I also don’t think we take advantage of what our collective deposits could demand on Monday mornings after Sunday,” said Richardson after holding a session on economics and the Black community during a CNBC meeting late last month. “So, we’re looking at – especially given the electronics today, if we were able to bring our Sunday morning deposits together electronically and leverage them in the market, how that could change or have impact on how we can get banking services in our communities. That’s what we’re talking about now.”

Bishop Eugene Ward, Pastor of Greater Love Missionary Baptist Church in Cleveland, Ohio is also board member of CNBC, which comprises nine denominations and an estimated reach of over 10 million parishioners across the U. S. He says church officials are sometimes actually leery of Black banks.

“I really believe that in most cases we find ourselves being careful when it comes to Black institutions. And we migrate more to Caucasian institutions because of our ignorance and our lack of trust for those who are in Black banking,” Ward says. “The dry answer and a very good example for us is that many of us look to them to favor us and we abuse them rather than cooperate with them to do the same things that we would do with Caucasian institutions.”

Ward adds that church leaders have a skewed view of banks in general.

“We really only want banks for money, but a lot of us right now can’t really afford to pay back,” he said. “And because of banking practices, now Caucasian agencies have turned to where they are really not operating to lend money to Black churches any more, now we’re finding ourselves in really dire straits because we don’t have anyone to turn to. Had we started to invest with the credit unions and the Black institutions, I feel that we would be in much better shape.”

Grant outlines 12 basic facts that church leaders need to know about banks. Among them are the following:

*Churches that seek their bank’s help or assistance as soon as a problem with making payments arises stand a far greater chance of avoiding foreclosure.

*Loans to churches are classified as commercial (or business) loans.

*Proportionately and historically, African-American banks make and have made the largest percentage of all loans to Black churches.

*Loans are the primary sources of revenue for banks.

*Foreclosures could cause banks to diminish their loan loss reserves and negatively impact the community and real estate values.

Ultimately, Grant writes that churches must become more like businesses as they seek to survive in the current economic climate:

“Identifying qualified financial counselors and utilizing certified accountants is no longer a luxury. If the church is to survive to continue its work, it must have an organization structure that resembles the modern corporation.”

Education is the key to success: State Senator Delgado congratulates graduates amidst high dropout rate

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SPRINGFIELD, IL—Illinois State Senator William Delgado (D-Chicago) was the guest speaker at two recent graduation ceremonies in the 2nd District: North-Grand High School’s graduation ceremony and Ana Roque de Duprey Elementary School’s eighth-grade graduation.

In both speeches, Senator Delgado congratulated the students on their hard work and achievements while also emphasizing the importance of setting higher educational goals. Delgado encouraged the students to choose the right path and continue their education despite potential obstacles that could lead to dropping out of school.  

“Education is the key to success. Once you have earned a degree, no one can take that away from you. It is our job as parents, teachers and mentors to ensure that our children have the greatest opportunity to better their lives and communities with an education. We must take the necessary steps to lower the already high dropout rate in Illinois,” stated Senator Delgado.

Under a new federal formula for determining more accurate graduation rates reported by the Chicago Tribune, Illinois’ 2011 graduation rate stood at 50.2%, a large decrease from the 90.3% reported in 2010. The new formula determines graduation rates by tracking a cohort of individual students as well as requiring students to graduate in four years. 

“These students represent our future leaders. We should be at a 100% graduation rate among all students. They need a strong support system and a government they can turn to when faced with obstacles and challenges while earning a degree,” continued Delgado. 

Earlier this month, Senator Delgado voted in favor of SB 3259 which raises the minimum dropout age in Illinois from 17 to 18 years old. The bill passed both chambers and is now awaiting the Governor’s signature. 

Tyler Perry, Soledad O’Brien host star-studded gala honoring Bishop T.D. Jakes’ 35 years of ministry

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Thousands Gather in Dallas to Pay Tribute to Worldwide Spiritual Leader, Highlighted by Oprah Winfrey Surprise Appearance, Moving Tributes and Uplifting Performances

Dallas, TX (BlackNews.com) — World leaders, dignitaries and celebrities from around the world gathered in vibrant Arts District near downtown Dallas Friday to attend an historic event honoring global humanitarian and faith-based entertainment mogul Bishop T.D. Jakes’ 35 years of spiritual leadership and service. Aptly titled “A Triumphant Journey,” the three-hour, black-tie celebration was hosted by director/writer/producer Tyler Perry and CNN anchor Soledad O’Brien at the state-of-the-art AT&T Winspear Opera House. The awe-inspiring evening was a surprise for Bishop Jakes and featured an unexpected appearance by entertainment icon Oprah Winfrey who congratulated him for being a “man of conviction and beacon of light.”

Successfully accomplishing the near impossible, wife Serita Jakes and daughter Sarah Henson enlisted the help of family, friends and staff to keep the night’s biggest moments under wraps from the notably inquisitive Bishop. Jakes, senior pastor of the 30,000 member Dallas-based church The Potter’s House, was celebrated for a career spanning more than three decades. A true man of God, his accomplishments in ministry and entertainment, as well as his dedication to humanity and family, were applauded in front of a packed audience of family, friends, parishioners, dignitaries, celebrities and fans.

A visibly moved Jakes expressed his shock at the crowd of well-wishers, some of whom traveled far and wide to participate in the celebration and took the stage to receive a resounding standing ovation.

“I have been blown away,” said Jakes. “I love God and I’ve always loved people. Your presence here tonight says you love me back. It’s hard to overwhelm me, but you’ve done it this time!”

The night included a kaleidoscope of musical performances ranging from gospel and jazz to R&B, featuring Jordin Sparks, Ledisi, BeBe Winans, Pastor Shirley Caesar, Fred Hammond, Israel Houghton and Karen Clark Sheard. Gospel duo Mary Mary brought the crowd to its feet with their stirring rendition of “Yesterday,” and pianist Keiko Matsui flew in from Japan to perform with KEM, Kelly Price and Kirk Whalum. R&B diva Chaka Khan serenaded Bishop Jakes with a medley of her greatest hits.

In addition, film stars Loretta Devine, Mike Epps, Derek Luke, Kimberly Elise, Meagan Good and Charles S. Dutton, as well as Christian leaders Dr. Bernice King, Pastor Paula White, Pastor Bill Hybels and Pastor Sam Rodriguez paid homage to Bishop Jakes for inspiring so many. Other notable guests on hand to celebrate Bishop Jakes’ 35th anniversary include Angela Bassett, Courtney B. Vance, Gayle King, Glynn Turman, producer Debra Martin Chase, Sony Pictures executive DeVon Franklin and Emmitt and Pat Smith.

The Dallas Black Dance Theater praised Bishop Jakes’ milestone anniversary with a stirring performance, and luminaries such as philanthropist and former U.S. President, Bill Clinton, Dr. Phil McGraw, the Mandela family, cast members of the upcoming film “Sparkle,” and others delivered moving video presentations.

“My husband has committed his life to empowering others that they might have joy, love and hope in their lives. The event was an opportunity to salute him for the millions of lives he’s touched, the hearts he’s changed and the lives he’s saved through his stirring messages,” said Serita Jakes. “It was a blessing to honor him for 35 years of unwavering service.”

About Bishop T.D. Jakes

Named “America’s Best Preacher” by Time Magazine, Bishop Jakes’ voice reverberates from the world’s most prominent stages. Through his nexus of charitable works, Bishop Jakes is known for extending a hand of help to the needy, heart of compassion to the hurting, and message of inspiration to the oppressed.

Beyond the pulpit, Bishop Jakes ranks among the 25 Most Influential African Americans, Britain’s 100 Most Influential Black People and EBONY’s Power 100. His worldwide impact is felt through an empire that spans film, television, radio, best-selling books, greeting cards and conference series.

Bishop Jakes made his presence felt in Hollywood and at the box office with the release of “Jumping the Broom,” a romantic comedy that debuted as the #1 comedy and #3 overall in 2011. Rounding out a prodigious year, Jakes also completed “On the Seventh Day,” the first sequel in the “Woman Thou Art Loosed” franchise which was released in May, 2012 as well as the remake of “Sparkle,” set for release August 17.

After 35 years in ministry, Bishop Jakes continues to be a leading voice of innovation, inspiration and influence in Christendom today.

About The Potter’s House

Located in Dallas, The Potter’s House is a 30,000-member nondenominational, multicultural church and humanitarian organization led by Bishop T. D. Jakes, twice featured on the cover of Time magazine as “America’s Best Preacher” and as one of the nation’s “25 Most Influential Evangelicals.” The Potter’s House has five locations, The Potter’s House of Dallas, The Potter’s House of Fort Worth, The Potter’s House of North Dallas, and The Potter’s House of Denver and a Spanish language church, Casa de Fe. www.thepottershouse.org.

Photo Caption: The red carpet is rolled out to welcome the iconic Bishop T.D. Jakes and his wife, Serita, at the black-tie gala to celebrate 35 years of ministry.
Photo Credit: Vernon Bryant, courtesy of TDJ Enterprises/The FrontPage Firm

CTA announces two public meetings on Red Line South Track Renewal Project

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CHICAGO, IL – The Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) announced the dates for the first in a series of  public meetings in advance of next year’s Red Line South Track Renewal Project.  CTA officials will explain the work, answer questions and receive feedback from customers who will be impacted by the project. This input will help CTA complete the project as effectively as possible.

 “It’s very important to us to have a dialogue with the community about our plans to improve the Dan Ryan branch of the Red Line,” said Terry Peterson, Chairman of the Chicago Transit Board.  “We want them to know that we are doing everything in our power to make their travel as smooth as possible during the five-month project, and it’s important for us to hear their thoughts about what we can do to further aid in that process.”

Two public meetings have been scheduled and several more will be announced in the coming weeks.  The meetings will be held on the following dates:

 Monday, June 18, 2012

South Shore Cultural Center*

 7059 S. South Shore Drive
Chicago, IL 60649
Time: 6 p.m. until 8 p.m.
Thursday, June 21, 2012
Kennedy-King College Gymnasium*
 6343 S. Halsted
Chicago, IL 60621
Time: 6 p.m. until 8 p.m.

*All facilities are accessible to people with disabilities.

“After years of neglect and patchwork improvements, the South Side of Chicago will finally have premium rail service with improved stations and a commute that is 20 minutes faster,” said Forrest Claypool, CTA President.  “We are also working with the Chicago Urban League and other organizations to ensure that everyone, especially South Siders, has access to information about the jobs and contracting opportunities this project will create.”

Members of the public who are unable to attend these meetings can submit written correspondence via email at redlinesouth@transitchicago.com or mail it to Red Line South Project, CTA, 567 W. Lake Street, Chicago, IL, 60661.

Metropolitan Water Reclamation District appoints first female director of engineering

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For the first time in its 124 year history, the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago (MWRD) has a female head of engineering. The MWRD Board of Commissioners and executive director David St. Pierre appointed Bridgeport resident Dr. Catherine A. O’Connor to the post on June 7.

O’Connor joined the MWRD in 1998 as an associate environmental engineer and worked in an array of positions in the Engineering, Maintenance and Operations, Monitoring & Research Departments. In a profession that has historically been dominated by men, O’Connor has broken through the threshold based on her solid experience and educational accomplishments. In 1983, she received her Bachelors of Science degree in Industrial Engineering from the State University of New York-Buffalo, and in 1993, she received her Masters of Science degree in Environmental Engineering degree from the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) in Chicago. She also earned her Ph.D. from IIT in 2003 by writing a thesis titled “TiO2-Assisted Photocatalytic Reduction of Silver and Oxidation of Thiosulfate: Implications for Reuse of Photoprocessing Wash Water.”

O’Connor chose a career in environmental engineering over other fields because of her passion for minimizing our environmental impact.

“I was drawn to engineering because of my interest in solving problems and, later in my career, my interest in contributing to environmental protection,” said O’Connor. “The field of engineering allows one to be creative and work to solve real-world problems.”

O’Connor is the author or co-author of numerous scientific publications based on research conducted while working for the MWRD. For the past three years, she has served as the Assistant Director of Monitoring and Research, which is comprised of 65 professional and technical staff responsible for conducting environmental testing. She managed the analytical functions of the division’s laboratories, ensuring tests are conducted in conformance with approved analytical protocols. She also managed the MWRD’s Radiation Safety Program.

As head of the engineering department, O’Connor will be responsible for managing a staff of 282 engineers, technicians and support staff and capital budget in the range of $700 million to $800 million dollars, as well as the administration and enforcement of the MWRD’s sewer permit ordinance. Among O’Connor’s major tasks as the new director will be the implementation of the MWRD’s master plans at the Stickney, Calumet and North Side Water Reclamation Plants (WRPs), and the completion of the remaining elements of the Tunnel and Reservoir Plan, or “Deep Tunnel,” reservoirs. Her other responsibilities include directing the countywide Stormwater Management Plan, including implementation of green infrastructure where it will have maximum water quality benefit, and ensuring the timely completion of the new disinfection equipment at Calumet and North Side.

“I look forward to working with the world-class engineers at MWRD and being a part of the industry transition from ‘wastewater treatment and disposal’ to ‘resource recovery,’” said O’Connor. “We look forward to recovering heat, phosphorus, and becoming an operation that has a very positive impact on the environment.”

O’Connor recognizes that it is important to work alongside other area agencies to improve the water environment. “We are committed to working with other local organizations to further improve the Chicago River and other area streams and making Chicago a model for what is possible for urban waterways,” O’Connor said.

O’Connor is married to Said Al-Hallaj, and they have two children, Norah, six, and Jude, four. When she’s not working, O’Connor enjoys cooking and riding her bicycle with her family to Chicago Park District beaches.

“Dr. O’Connor is the absolute best person to fill this very important role,” said MWRD Executive Director David St. Pierre. “Her performance over the past 14 years has been outstanding, and she already possesses the knowledge, skills and relationships it takes to manage and construct important projects that have a huge impact on the lives of the residents of Cook County. I strongly anticipate that her enthusiasm for her work will have reverberations throughout the District. “


MWRD, federal, state and local officials break ground on flood control facility

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With musical accompaniment provided by the Harper College Jazz Lab Band, Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago (MWRD) Commissioners Terrence J. O’Brien, Debra Shore and Mariyana T. Spyropoulos were joined by state, federal and local leaders to break ground on the Heritage Park Flood Control Facility on Monday in Wheeling, IL.

Participants included U.S. Sen. Richard Durbin staff representative Greg Bales, U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk staff representative Edward Murphy, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Deputy Commander Lt. Col. James Schreiner, Prospect Heights Mayor Nick Helmer, Sen. Susan Garrett, Des Plaines Mayor Marty Moylan, MWRD Commissioners Terrence J. O’Brien, Mariyana T. Spyropoulos and Debra Shore, Rep. Elaine Nekritz, IL Dept. of Natural Resources representative Arlan Juhl, Wheeling Park District President Keith Pecka, Rep. Sidney Mathias,  Sen. Terry Link, Mount  Prospect Mayor Irvana K. Wilks and Wheeling President Judy Abruscato.

The facility is situated in the Des Plaines River watershed near the intersection of Dundee and Wolf Roads in Wheeling. When construction is complete, the complex will provide compensatory floodwater storage upstream of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Levee 37 flood control structure currently being constructed in Mount Prospect and Prospect Heights along the Des Plaines River.

“The MWRD was granted stormwater management authority by the General Assembly in 2004, and we have been working to address regional flooding issues since that time,” said Commissioner Shore.  “The Heritage Park Flood Control Facility is a great example of how we can work together to provide stormwater management facilities along with public recreational amenities.”

Project plans include six stormwater storage areas that will have a total capacity of more than 49 million gallons and will help alleviate flooding for approximately 600 homes and businesses. Additional improvements to the park include new walkways, a pavilion by the lake, a band shell, soccer fields and baseball diamonds. Construction of the facility will be completed in under two years.

“The Wheeling Park District is thrilled for construction on Heritage Park to begin,” said Keith Pecka, President of the Wheeling Park District Board of Commissioners. “We are grateful for the partnership of MWRD and the Village of Wheeling. When work is complete, Heritage Park will be a world class recreation area that the community can enjoy for generations.”

The stormwater management and recreational benefits will be enjoyed throughout Wheeling and other area communities. “This is great news, both for our residents and for our downstream neighbors,” said Wheeling Village President Judy Abruscato.  “The Heritage Park project represents a fine example of intergovernmental cooperation for the betterment of the region, and we salute MWRD and the Wheeling Park District for their vision and initiative.” 

Harlem Fine Arts Show (HFAS) comes to Martha’s Vineyard

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The Martha’s Vineyard HFAS Arts Festival will take place over four days from Thursday, August 9th – Sunday, August 12th on the grounds of Hooked Restaurant

Oak Bluffs, Martha’s Vineyard, MA (BlackNews.com) — The Harlem Fine Arts Show Art Festival comes to Martha’s Vineyard Island for four days in August. The HFAS has become the premiere showcase for exhibiting modern and contemporary art that reflects the breadth of the African Diasporic art.

This exciting exhibit will bring together a diverse group of collectors, power brokers and art enthusiasts to celebrate the imagination and spirit of the visual community. The HFAS will be held under an 8,000 square foot state of the art tent with hardwood floors, located at Hooked Restaurant and club in Oak Bluffs, Martha’s Vineyard. The scheduled dates are August 9th – August 12th, from 12 noon to 12 midnight.

The show will feature the work of over 30 established and emerging artists from multicultural backgrounds. The Harlem Fine Arts Show Art Festival will be hosting special events such as specialty wine tasting; Island brewed beer and local photography to name a few.

Mr. Glen Tunstull’s career began as a fashion illustrator after several years at Parsons School of Design in New York. He worked for WWD and other well-known design publications. His career includes working with high end fashion designers and retailers. After a period of global travel, his paintings started to represent lust landscapes. As his work developed, a sense of abstraction emerged while the desire to represent reality remained strongly present.

Mr. Paul Goodnight’s work is very unique and aesthetically pleasing. He typically incorporates African symbols and themes. His artwork currently resides in many homes, institutions and private collections including the Smithsonian and Hampton Institute.

Mr. Woodrow Nash’s intriguing ceramic sculptures present an innovative marriage of 15th century Benin and 18th century French Nouveau, creating what he has coined “African Nouveau.”

Mrs. Jeanine Primm Jones is one of the up and coming artists. Jeanine catches your attention with art that includes therapeutic slogans such as “no friends with benefits.” Another favorite is “Wait for love… you deserve benefits with love.”

Mr. Herold Alvares, a Haitian artist born without arms who began painting at the age of eight. He paints with his mouth and feet.
About the Harlem Fine Arts Show
Since 2010, the HFAS has been presented by JWD Enterprises Inc., a diversity marketing company whose goal is to build bridges among disparate communities. The HFAS is a major networking event that showcases artwork from the twenty-first century’s global renaissance.

The HFAS will be supporting an Island non-profit organization Pathway to your Success, non-profit career education TV program. Pathway was designed to be used in the classroom and the home.

For more information about the Harlem Fine Arts Show, please visit www.hfas.org.

Donations at the door.
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For great fun on a sunny or rainy day, all are invited to join the Harlem Fine Arts Show Art Festival.

The MB Financial Park at Rosemont attracted a crowd of 25,000 at its Rockin’ In The Park Summer Music Festival

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ROSEMONT, IL – The Village of Rosemont hosted an eclectic, outdoor music festival “Rockin’ in The Park at Rosemont” at MB Financial Park at Rosemont June 8-10. The festival, which featured eleven bands, was a huge success drawing a crowd of 25,000 people for the three day festival.


“We are thrilled at the success of our first annual Rockin’ in The Park music festival,” said Mayor Stephens. “It was great to see so many of our community members support this event and all the new venues in MB Financial Park. We are confident this festival will become an annual must-do event for the Greater Chicago area.”


The festival was held on the great lawn in the center of new MB Financial Park at Rosemont, located at 5501 Park Place, Rosemont. Admission was free and food and drink were available for purchase from restaurants within the complex. The festival boasted a variety of live music including Jimmie Van Zant, Infinity, Wedding Banned, April’s Reign, Kashmir, He Said She Said, Smokin’ Gunz, Hot Rocks, Fortunate Sons, School of Rock and Rod Tuffcurls.


Other summer events and openings at the MB Financial Park at Rosemont:


July 6:  Zanies Comedy Night Club, located at 5437 Park Place, will officially open its doors with a a ribbon cutting celebration on Friday, July 6 with Rosemont Mayor, Brad Stephens, followed by its first show at 8 p.m.  Opening weekend shows will feature Chicago All Stars Pat McGann (The Chicago Standup Project), Larry Reeb (HBO & Showtime) and Dobie Maxwell (Late Night with Craig Ferguson.)  Other Chicago Favorites are sure to stop in. There will be free admission all weekend – July 6 and 7. 


Mid-July: Park Tavern offers a contemporary spin on the gastropub experience, serving craft beer and authentic food in a casual, urban lodge setting. Pour your own draft beer from the comfort of your own table with the restaurant’s unique table-tap systems. In warmer months, enjoy a refreshing cocktail and the view of The Park from the Park Tavern’s second floor Skybar.


Mid-July: Toby Keith’s I Love This Bar & Grill will be a fun and rowdy atmosphere inspired by the music and the attitude of the “Big Dog Daddy” himself, Toby Keith. “I Love This Bar & Grill” will offer a mason jar-full of entertainment all week long; whether you want to watch the big game on one of its numerous flat screen TVs, listen to live country music from some of the country’s best high-energy live bands, dance the night away or eat some delicious down-home barbeque cooking.


August 1: My Big Fat Greek Restaurant will transport guests to the shores of the Aegean and the Mediterranean as they feast on delicious traditional Greek specialties, including dolmades, taramosalata, roast lamb, moussaka, roast chicken and, of course, flaming plates of saganaki, always accompanied by the waitstaff’s enthusiastic shouting of the classic Greek exclamation “Opa!”


In September, Hofbräuhaus Chicago will open just in time for Oktoberfest celebrations.


About The Village of Rosemont, Illinois
Rosemont, Illinois, Chicagoland’s business and entertainment suburb, is conveniently located five minutes from O’Hare Airport and twenty minutes from Chicago’s downtown. Rosemont is home to the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, a wide variety of hotel and dining options, the Allstate Arena, the Akoo Theatre at Rosemont, and a host of entertainment and retail venues. Rosemont continues to grow and evolve based on the new vision of Mayor Bradley A. Stephens. MB Financial Park at Rosemont features an array of great dining and entertainment options. For more information visit www.rosemont.com.


About The MB Financial Park at Rosemont
MB Financial Park at Rosemont is a 200,000 square-foot entertainment and dining complex that, when complete, will house eight venues offering upscale international cuisine, live music and comedy, state-of-the-art film, bowling and more. Conveniently located near O’Hare International Airport, the MB Financial Park at Rosemont is easily accessible from Chicago as well as the suburbs. The address is 5501 Park Place, a new looping street situated west of River Road between Bryn Mawr and Balmoral Avenues. A 20-minute drive from Chicago’s Loop, MB Financial Park at Rosemont is walking distance from the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, the CTA Blue Line Rosemont station and the Akoo Theatre at Rosemont and convenient parking is available.

March against discriminatory policies in medical care

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(A Message From the Hunger Strikers movement in Chicago)


On Wednesday morning there will be a “Walk for Life” to demand that UIC Medical Center face the community and explain why they refuse to treat undocumented patients.

Since Sunday June 3, Sonia Lopez, Hilda Burgos, Lorenzo Arroyo, Catalina Arroyo and Fr. Jose Landaverde have been on a hunger strike to save the lives of three victims of cancer and to protests inhumane, discriminatory healthcare practices. They will be joined by community members and Clergy outraged at the hypocrisy of an institution that is supposedly dedicated to “Changing medicine. For good.” 

Father Landaverde explains the drastic measures taken; “This hunger strike as well as the walk for life is gaining a lot of support because of the ethical issues involved. We will not end the strike until these medical institutions sit down and talk with us.”

One of the Victims, Jorge Mariscal (23) son of Sonia Lopez, has lost a kidney to cancer and needs a transplant to save his life. Two more victims; brothers Elfego (37) and Lorenzo (36) Arroyo suffer from Amyloidosis a form of cancer and are both in need of a liver transplant.

All three not only suffer from life-threatening illnesses but also suffer from the inhumane exclusion of undocumented immigrants from the organ transplant waiting lists. Their situation is a reflection of a system that cares more about profit than saving lives. Most undocumented immigrants are either uninsured or underinsured, a situation that creates a healthcare crisis in our communities. 

Hunger striker and aunt of the Arroyo Brothers, Catalina Arroyo seeks support for their cause; “This hunger strike is for everyone in this situation, don’t leave us alone in this fight for life, we are human beings that deserve the respect and dignity to be treated.”

We invite healthcare professionals, religious organizations and concerned community members to join us and demand a change in this inhumane system. 

“This disease is destroying us and I’ve reached a desperation point that made me decide to go on a hunger strike. Come and support us, come walk for life.” – Lorenzo Arroyo, hunger striker in need medical treatment.

March specifics:

What: A march to draw attention to UIC Medical Center’s (alleged) discriminatory policies towards the immigrant community.

 Who: Hunger Strikers, Clergy, and community members
When: Wednesday June 13, 2012 at 10:30 am. 
Where: 3442 W. 26th St Chicago IL 60623 March will start from this location and culminate at Taylor St. and Paulina Ave. in the Medical District. 

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