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Archive for June 15th, 2012

Attorney General Madigan sues South Suburban home improvement supply company

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Illinois Attorney General alleges manufacturer bilked consumers of $90,000 as shutdown loomed

 

CHICAGO, IL – Attorney General Lisa Madigan filed suit against a defunct south suburban home improvement supply company for failing to refund Cook County homeowners more than $90,000 in down payments for orders that were never fulfilled after the company went out of business.

The lawsuit was filed in Cook County Circuit Court against Family Security Doors & Windows Inc., which operated at 11706 S. Mayfield Ave. in Alsip. The suit names company principals Robert E. Starr, of Worth, his brother Michael Starr, of Chicago, Thomas J. Abbott, of Chicago, and Gordon Jackson, of Oak Forest.

Family Security had been in business since 1989 fabricating, selling, redistributing and installing household fixtures, including replacement doors, security doors, screen doors, windows and window coverings. The company sold directly to homeowners and businesses in Cook County.

Madigan alleges Family Security solicited and accepted down payments from consumers for new business throughout the summer of 2011, even though previous orders already faced lengthy delivery and installation delays as the company prepared to shut down. The lawsuit alleges that beginning in at least April 2011 the company was preparing to liquidate as it struggled to meet debt and operating costs, yet it continued to accept new business.

When the business finally closed in September 2011, Family Security had accepted down payments from more than 150 consumers totaling more than $90,000 that it would never fulfill. Customers who were able to reach company representatives after the closure were told services would not be provided nor would they be refunded for their down payments, which totaled as much as $1,000 per person.

 “While the company’s operators were actively preparing to shut down, they continued to take customers’ down payments even though it was evident that the company couldn’t fulfill the orders already on its books,” Madigan said. “Now hundreds of consumers who’d been waiting months for their orders are out thousands of dollars for nothing in return.”     

The lawsuit asks the court to ban the defendants from owning or operating a home repair business in Illinois, seeks refunds for consumers and asks the court to impose civil penalties.

Assistant Attorneys General Janice Parker and Jonathan Reischl are handling the case for Madigan’s Consumer Fraud Bureau.

Quinn signs Senator Collins’ law protecting postal workers

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Crimes against on-the-job letter carriers can carry more severe sentences

 

ROCKFORD, IL – State Senator Jacqueline Y. Collins (D-16th), surrounded by members of the Illinois State Association of Letter Carriers, looked on as Illinois Governor Pat Quinn signed into law a measure she sponsored allowing judges to increase criminal penalties for those who assault or rob letter carriers.

“A recent rash of attacks on letter carriers in the Chicago area, including in my district, inspired this legislation, which received unanimous support in both chambers of the legislature,” Sen. Collins said. “We depend on postal workers to deliver our mail in all types of weather and under all kinds of adverse conditions, and we owe them our best efforts to ensure they are not targets of crime as they go about their essential work in our neighborhoods.”

Kenny Lewis, an Iraq War veteran employed by the Postal Service for the last 20 years, was delivering mail on West 80th Street in Gresham when he was brutally attacked by two men on May 1. They knocked him unconscious and stole his mail bag. He suffered loss of vision and severe headaches after the incident. In April 2011, a postal worker was robbed at gunpoint while delivering mail on the South Side. In December 2010, six attacks on Southeast Side letter carriers were reported within two days; one attacker pulled a knife on his victim.

“As public servants whose cargo often contains valuable documents and sensitive information, letter carriers are in need of extra protection,” Sen. Collins said. “In the same way lawbreakers know they run a higher risk of serious jail time if they shoot a police officer, would-be criminals should know they could face additional penalties if they assault a letter carrier.”

“We’re very pleased with the bill,” said Mack Julion, President of the National Association of Letter Carriers, Branch 11 – Chicago. “I’m hopeful this will deter a lot of the violence and assaults that letter carriers have been experiencing out on the streets. I’m extremely grateful to Sen. Collins for introducing this legislation.”

The new law allows judges to consider the fact that the crime victim was a letter carrier as an “aggravating factor” – a reason to impose a more severe sentence on an individual convicted of committing assault, battery, robbery or armed robbery on a postal worker who was on a delivery route at the time of the attack. Assaulting or intimidating a postal worker performing his or her professional duties is already a federal offense, but federal cases are often slow to work their way through the system, and convictions for crimes against postal workers are rare.

State Senator Raoul hails Governor’s approval of Cook County Waiver Law

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SPRINGFIELD, IL – Illinois State Senator Kwame Raoul (D-13th) hailed Governor Quinn’s signature of House Bill 5007 as a critical first step toward a Cook County Medicaid waiver program that will enroll 100,000 people in a network of coordinated care and result in savings for Cook County taxpayers.

The new law clears the way for the Department of Healthcare and Family Services to ask the federal government to allow the Cook County Health and Hospital System to run a Medicaid program limited only to county health facilities and paid for entirely by county and federal funds.

“As the son of a long-time Chicago community physician who never turned away a patient because of his or her inability to pay, I view the inclusion of 100,000 uninsured Chicagoans in a program of high-quality, coordinated care as a victory for human rights,” Raoul said. “The individuals covered by the waiver program will have a medical home and access to preventive healthcare instead of being forced by their finances to seek treatment only in emergencies. Managing chronic conditions before they reach a crisis point will save money and lives.”

Senator Raoul, Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle, and other backers of the plan have emphasized that the program will be operated at no cost to state government and taxpayers outside of Cook County. Clients will be able to receive covered services only at Cook County Health and Hospital System facilities. Low-income, uninsured adults are already seeking and receiving free emergency care in Cook County hospitals; if the county is able to establish a waiver program, these services will qualify for federal matching funds to offset the county’s costs.

“As the state makes unprecedented cuts this year to its Medicaid program in order to balance the budget, we should not lose sight of the ultimate goal: access to health care for all, regardless of income,” Raoul said. “Cook County is making a smart decision in favor of better care, better outcomes, and prudent use of financial resources.”

Illinois GOP Chairman Brady: Democrats show lack of transparency in 12th Congressional District replacement process

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Illinois Republican Party Chairman Pat Brady issued the following statement on the the lack of transparency in the process to find a Democrat candidate in Illinois 12th Congressional District race:
 
“It is concerning to see members of the Democrats’ selection committee talking about how ‘quickly’ the process to name a candidate for Illinois’ 12th District will be. With more than a dozen individuals expressing interest in the seat, the County Chairmen from the District should emulate open and transparent processes used in the past, unfortunately, this does not seem to be the case for the Democrat insiders in the 12th District. The committee’s ‘end of the month’ timeline to select a candidate does not represent an open process that allows the voters to meet with and understand the candidates’ positions on the issues that impact the residents of Southern Illinois.”
 
“My hope is that the Democrat leaders release all the candidates names in a timely manner, schedule townhall forums, and open the process so the district’s voters have a say in selecting their candidate, instead of importing ‘Chicago-style democracy’ to Southern Illinois.”
 

Ex-veteran injured but would go back to Iraq in a heart beat

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By Chinta Strausberg

 

James Hammond, 38, served two-terms in Iraq and has spent 18-months in rehab having been shot in his left leg, but even though he keeps trying to re-enlist, he’s now “damaged goods” due to his injury. Today, he’s working as a waiter at Josephine’s Hardtimes Cooking Restaurant, 436 E. 79th Street, a long way from Iraq.

“I want to go back, but my leg will not past the test, but that’s being part of being a soldier. They want the best, and I’m not the best on the front lines protecting the country. I did my job and now it’s somebody else’s turn,” said Hammond. He was shot by an Iraqi sniper two-years ago.

But, Hammond is a miracle veteran because physicians told him he would never walk again. He gets around faster than most of the employees at the restaurant.

Referring to time served in the Army, Hammond said, “It’s almost like a business especially with terrorism. They need the healthy ones up front and they are not going to keep the older ones and the older ones…. I would go back in a heartbeat.”

“I don’t like civilian life. It’s hard to get adjusted to,” Hammond said. “I like the orders. I like the cut and dry. It’s a different lifestyle.”

Saying some people think he’s been brainwashed by the military, Hammond said that is not true. “It’s a lifestyle. You do something for so long. It’s a lifestyle. It’s no longer a job. It’s part of you,” he said of the eight-years he spent in the military.

Asked about his family, Hammond said he now has a two-year-old girl who is his “pride and joy, my princess.” “I want to be on the battlefield, but I’m glad the way it happened. Uncle Sam knows what’s going on.”

Hammond has worked at Josephine’s Hardtime Restaurant for six-days now and already he has made a lot of friends with the customers especially the veterans. He is living with his in-laws who reside a few blocks from the restaurant.

In the interim, Hammond is trying to get his GI Bill and get a job in computers which he what he worked on in the Army. “Right now, the best thing in my life is my daughter, Izarrie.”

Asked about the violence that is plaguing the city, Hammond said, “I think a lot of people an do a lot. I think they are on an uphill battle. They are not being given the tools they need to make more progress.”

Referring to the alleged gang activities, Hammond said in India when someone commits a crime, they are simply killed. “It may be a little extreme, but it’ll knock it out. I think the kids who are committing violence are hiding behind their civil rights. I have a daughter, and I don’t want her getting shot. Who wants to be a soldier to protect this place when this place is worse than where I came from.”

“I don’t know who can make a difference but I know there has to be a change which is my I like Obama so much…. “

Hammond  sprinted over to one of the tables to see if the couple wanted something more. He and the male patron began talking military talk. He struck up a conversation with Michael Waddy, a Vietnam Veteran who served from September of 1967 and was discharged in 1970.

Waddy was drafted right after he graduated from high school. ‘I asked the recruiter what can I do to defer this, but he said we could defer it up to September but then I would have to take another year.

Waddy decided to enlist which meant he would serve for three years vs. two-years if he were drafted. “I asked the recruiter what was my chances of going to war, and he said don’t worry about it. He said you’ll be in school and you won’t have to worry about it.”

He chose the occupation of radio microwave technician, which was a critical Military Occupational Specialty (MOS) in Vietnam, but Waddy said the recruiter lied to him.

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.

Tale of Three Segregations: Poor other-race neighbors contribute to poverty of Black and Hispanic neighborhoods

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(Northwestern News)

 

EVANSTON, IL –  Unlike most whites, blacks and Hispanics tend to have neighbors from other racial groups who are disproportionately likely to be poor. This contributes importantly to the high poverty rates of the neighborhoods lived in by black and Hispanic families and to high poverty rates of schools attended by black and Hispanic children.

Lincoln Quillian, professor of sociology and faculty fellow at the Institute for Policy Research at Northwestern University, analyzed data from the 2000 census and found that the disproportionate poverty of blacks’ and Hispanics’ other-race neighbors plays an important role in creating racial disparities in neighborhood poverty. The other-race neighbors of black and Hispanic families are disproportionately likely to be poor regardless for black and Hispanic families of all income levels.

Concentrated poverty in minority communities results from three segregations: racial segregation, poverty-status segregation within race and segregation from high- and middle-income members of other racial groups, according to the study. Past work has emphasized racial segregation and poverty-status segregation within race, but has missed the important role played by the disproportionately low-income levels of other-race neighbors of blacks and Hispanics.

Quillian hopes his study continues to shed light on the phenomenon of concentrated poverty in neighborhoods and racial inequalities in neighborhood environments.

“Nationally there is evidence that as racial segregation has been slowly going down that income segregation has been going up,” Quillian said. “Blacks and Hispanics often are co-residing with poorer members of their racial groups.”

White middle-class families overwhelmingly live in middle-class neighborhoods and send their children to middle-class schools. But many black and Hispanic middle-class families live in working-class or poor neighborhoods and send their children to high-poverty schools.

Less appreciated is the influence of other-race neighbors of blacks and Hispanics on the high poverty rates of neighborhoods blacks and Hispanics reside in.

“So much emphasis in sociology has been on the role of racial segregation and how that contributes to poverty concentration by separating high-income race and ethnic groups from low-income groups,” Quillian said. “But that only is part of the story.”  

Decreasing racial segregation through aggressive enforcement of anti-discrimination policies in housing would significantly reduce poverty concentration, Quillian concluded. But attention must be paid to income segregation taking its place in a complicated way, he said.  

“Policies that aim to provide broader housing choices may not deconcentrate poverty if blacks and Hispanics can only find places in the most disadvantaged desegregated neighborhood,” Quillian concluded.

“Segregation and Poverty Concentration: The Role of Three Segregations” will be published in the June issue of the American Sociological Review, a journal of the American Sociological Association.

NORTHWESTERN NEWS: www.northwestern.edu/newscenter/

MWRD offers new procurement guide to increase business partnerships

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The Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago has released a new procurement guide to help pave the way for increased business partnerships.

With new business opportunities on the horizon, the brochure offers a general overview of the MWRD’s purchasing process.

“We thought it would be helpful to provide a document that highlights the five easy steps of the District’s purchasing process,” said MWRD Vice President/Commissioner Barbara J. McGowan, who is also chairman of the Procurement committee and Affirmative Action committee.

“As Chairman of the MWRD Affirmative Action committee, I am extremely proud of the successes that we have had in our Affirmative Action program” said Commissioner McGowan. “Our vendors’ access to this new procurement guide will increase the opportunities for minority, women, and small businesses to do business with the District.”

MWRD will be seeking business partners on projects ranging from $50,000 through $5 million over the next 12 to 24 months.

The MWRD has an active affirmative action program which is designed to ensure that minority, women, and small businesses are given an equitable opportunity to participate in construction and professional service contracts.  The goals of MWRD’s affirmative action program are to achieve 20 percent minority participation, 10 percent women-owned participation, and 10 percent small business enterprise participation in the agency’s professional service and construction contracts.

 For additional information about the MWRD’s procurement process or to receive a free copy of “A Quick Guide to Doing Business with the MWRD 2012,” visit www.mwrd.org or call (312) 751-6643.

Better Business Bureau Advice: Guard against added cell phone charges when vacationing

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(From the Better Business Bureau)

 

 

CHICAGO, IL – With today’s technology, cell phone users can surf the web, receive emails and watch movies on smart phones. When traveling abroad, many users fail to recognize their data plan is constantly in use, even when they think their phone isn’t. The Better Business Bureau serving Chicago and Northern Illinois (BBB) encourages those going abroad to take steps in preventing unnecessary charges.

 

In the past 12 months, the BBB received almost 747 complaints against the cell phone industry, many of those were from customers who were unaware their phone or other mobile device was still in use as they traveled outside their coverage area.  

 

“Vacationers often rack up more expenses than initially planned when traveling,” said Steve J. Bernas, president and CEO of the Better Business Bureau serving Chicago and northern Illinois. “It’s important to make sure you aren’t paying extra for a cell phone not being used.”

“Roaming” is the term that describes a wireless phone’s ability to make and receive calls outside the designated coverage area under your service plan. Before traveling abroad or out of your coverage area, consumers should be proactive and contact their provider for specific details regarding their individual data plan.

The BBB advises consumers to do the following with their cell phone and cell phone provider in preparation for a trip abroad:

  • Turn off your phone. If you don’t need your phone and don’t plan to use it while traveling abroad, turn it off. Another option is to rent or buy an international cell phone. Many rental plans offer services that work in several countries and may provide free incoming calls.
  • Contact your cell phone provider. Cell phone users generally know not to make calls or send text messages while out of their coverage area or abroad. For the occasional traveler it may be worth looking into an international add-on plan. Your cell phone carrier can provide specific tips that cater to the roaming needs of your individual cell phone and data plan.
  • Invest in a prepaid SIM card. For frequent, chatty travelers or long-term travelers consider investing in a prepaid SIM card. With access to a local phone number, vacationers will be able to make phone calls at the country’s local rate.
  • Check with your BBB. Travelers should always check with your BBB before choosing an international service provider at www.bbb.org

 

For more information on finding businesses and consumer tips you can trust, visit www.bbb.org or www.facebook.com/bbbchicago

 

Reforming “Shoot First” Laws

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By Marc H. Morial, President & CEO

National Urban League

 

Another study has confirmed that “Shoot First” laws, like the one in Florida that contributed to Trayvon Martin’s death, serve to increase violence and homicide.

Texas A&M University economists Cheng Cheng and Mark Hoekstra set out to examine the claim, offered by proponents of such laws, that they serve as a deterrent to crime. They found precisely the opposite: “burglary, robbery, and aggravated assault are unaffected by the laws. On the other hand, we find that murder and non-negligent manslaughter are increased by 7 to 9 percent.
 
In other words, they said, Shoot First laws have resulted in an additional 500 to 700 homicides per year across the 23 states where they’ve been enacted.
 
The authors of the study did not pinpoint the reason why the laws led to more homicides, but their conclusion was stark:  “The primary impact of these laws, beyond giving potential victims additional scope to protect themselves, is to increase the loss of human life.”

The National Urban League has joined with other civil rights organizations, elected officials, law enforcement professionals and other Americans to raise awareness about Shoot First and other unsafe, reckless gun laws. The Second Chance on Shoot First campaign supports responsible gun policies that will make our country safer.

Across the country, state legislators have a second chance to reform the dangerous gun policies in their state. We’re asking them to take it.

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