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Attorney General Madigan, IDFPR settle lawsuit over consumer debt scam

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Madigan: Agreement Provides More than $2 Million Restitution to Illinois Consumers 


CHICAGO, IL – Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan and the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation announced a settlement with a Chicago-based law firm that operated nationwide over allegations that it unlawfully charged consumers upfront fees to provide debt settlement services with promises to make them debt free.

The settlement with Legal Helpers Debt Resolution LLC will provide $2.1 million in restitution for Illinois residents who paid for debt settlement services but failed to receive meaningful debt reduction. Also under the settlement, which was entered in Sangamon County Circuit Court, the company has agreed not to accept any new Illinois customers.

“This company was fronting as a law firm claiming to help consumers reduce their debt, but in reality, their scheme had nothing to do with the practice of law. The company’s primary purpose was to squeeze thousands of dollars in illegal upfront fees from struggling families for supposed debt relief that never materialized,” Madigan said. “I encourage anyone who might have contracted with this firm to call my office’s Consumer Fraud Hotline for more information about how we can help, whether through this settlement or by connecting consumers with legitimate credit counseling agencies.”

Madigan filed a lawsuit against the national legal firm in March 2011, alleging it unlawfully charged upfront fees to consumers in Bureau, Champaign, Kendall, Will and Cook counties. The lawsuit alleged the operation attempted to circumvent laws that ban companies from charging upfront fees by using attorneys, who, in some cases, are exempt from the ban, to act as a front for the business. The lawsuit alleged that the company’s services seldom reduced consumers’ debt and most consumers were left in a worse financial state.

The Department of Financial and Professional Regulation joined the lawsuit as a co-plaintiff in September 2011 after the company failed to respond to the department’s cease-and-desist order for not obtaining the proper licensing required under Debt Settlement Consumer Protection Act.

“Governor Quinn signed the Debt Settlement Consumer Protection Act in 2010 to stop companies that attempt to prey on consumers who find themselves trapped in a cycle of debt,” said Secretary of Financial and Professional Regulation Brent Adams. “This settlement should make clear that we will vigorously pursue companies that try to circumvent the protections of the new law.”

In addition, on June 5, 2012, the Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission, the entity that regulates licensed Illinois attorneys, filed a disciplinary action against two Legal Helpers Debt Resolution LLC managing members, attorneys Thomas Macey and Jeffrey Aleman.  The disciplinary action alleges misconduct in connection with their debt settlement business.

 Illinois consumers who believe they are owed a refund under the settlement should contact Madigan’s Consumer Fraud Bureau at 1-800-243-0618.

Assistant Attorneys General Rebecca Pruitt and Matthew Van Hise handled this case for Madigan’s Consumer Fraud Bureau. 

Free Meal Program continues during summer vacation

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More than 1,900 sites to serve free breakfast and lunch during summer months


SPRINGFIELD, IL – The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) announced that approximately 1,900 sites are expected to serve free breakfast and lunch to children and teens ages 18 and younger across Illinois during summer vacation. No application or proof of income is necessary to receive a meal.

“This program helps keep students on track during the summer months and they’re better prepared to succeed when school doors open again in the fall,” said State Board of Education Chairman Gery J. Chico. “When children continue good habits, such as eating nutritious meals, they are better able to adapt to the school year.”

The summer meals program, funded by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and administered by ISBE, has grown during the past several years. Last summer, USDA invested $373 million and fed approximately 2.3 million children on a typical day through the Summer Food Service Program. During the 2011 summer, Illinois served 5.9 million meals to children, up from 5.8 million the previous summer, at sites across the state.

Summer feeding sites can include schools, places of worship and faith, community facilities, park districts and other locations.

“Summer is a time when worry sets in because hunger doesn’t take a vacation,” said Pete Schaefer, president and CEO of Northern Illinois Food Bank. “We are doing our part in the community by providing over 5,000 hungry children with breakfasts, lunches or snacks on weekdays this summer by partnering with 139 summer youth programs.”

This year, families can search for a nearby site offering free meals at http://www.summerfeedingillinois.org/.

The website is offered through the Share Our Strength, a national child anti-hunger organization and other organizations that are addressing childhood hunger with the Illinois No Kid Hungry campaign. Individuals can also text FoodIL to 877-877 or get the Android App at http://bit.ly/summerfeeding to find a nearby site.

Families can also check out resources on summer reading at: http://www.isbe.net/htmls/summer_reading.htm

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What the Supreme Court Ruling means to health funding

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(From the Community Health Funding Report)  


Now that the Supreme Court has ruled in favor of the health reform law, billions of federal dollars intended to improve the nation’s healthcare system are safely up for grabs, according to an analysis issued by Community Health Funding Report, a continually updated online news service covering federal and private funding for national and local programs serving populations with health needs.

The law’s provisions calling for states to expand their Medicaid services or risk losing federal funding was also upheld, but with limitations. The Court said the government cannot withhold funding from states which choose not to expand their healthcare services.

In essence, the ruling says Congress’ taxing authority gives it the right to impose the Affordable Care Act’s individual mandate requiring people to buy health insurance or pay a penalty for failing to do so.

More health funding than usual

Prior to the Court’s ruling – and with the fate of the law still undecided – the Health & Human Services Dept. (HHS) moved to expedite various health care programs authorized by the Act, totaling $2.7 billion in federal funding. This included nearly $900 million for the Innovation Challenge, a Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services program, to test more efficient ways of delivering health care. For more on the program, please visit http://tinyurl.com/cob3a3v.
Another HHS program, the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention’s Prevention & Public Health Fund (PPHF) (CFDA Number: 93.539), increased the number of grant solicitations in the weeks preceding the Court’s decision. PPHF has provided millions of dollars to each state to promote wellness and prevent disease through various types of programs, including obesity efforts.

For example, CDC is accepting applications through July 17 for a $20 million PPHF award to help early education providers implement quality obesity prevention strategies. The name of the solicitation is PPHF: Obesity Prevention Programs (Statewide Collaboratives to Improve Nutrition, Breastfeeding Support, Physical Activity and Screen Time Practices for Obesity Prevention in Young Children) (CFDA Number: 93.742).

States have millions of dollars

In addition to these active solicitations, CDC’s William Dietz, who helps oversee the program, says states still have millions of PPHF dollars left to fund various types of health reform programs. Dietz recommends those seeking funds for obesity programs approach state officials about any leftover funding. CDC offers an interactive map on state activities at: http://tinyurl.com/7ucd5ts.

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Houston to host National Black Pre-Law Conference

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National Black Pre-Law Conference provides game-changing connections and insider knowledge to aspiring Black lawyers


Nationwide (BlackNews.com) — Thinking about exploring law school, but need to get the facts and connect with those who are currently going through or have already been through it in order to make a more fully informed decision? This fall, Houston, the fourth largest city and one of the most diverse cities in the country, hosts the only comprehensive national pre-law conference in the country.

The Eighth Annual National Black Pre-Law Conference and Law Fair 2012 will be held from Friday, November 2, 2012 to Saturday, November 3, 2012 at The Westin Galleria Houston. This event focuses on reaching out to African Americans interested in becoming lawyers in order to provide them with game-changing information, resources, and contacts to increase their chances of success.

This year’s schedule is jam-packed with powerful workshop sessions, panels and town hall meetings/forums covering everything any aspiring lawyer would need to know to make an educated decision regarding pursuing a professional legal education and career. There will be thought-provoking panel discussions made up of expert law school administrators and accomplished and knowledgeable law students, law graduates, lawyers and judges from across the nation.

Key “insider” information will be shared about navigating the admissions process, conquering the Law School Admission Test, writing personal and diversity statements, financing a legal education, selecting a law school, preparing for and making the most of the law school experience, intelligently coping with diversity issues, passing the bar exam, managing student loan debt, considering different legal career options and paths, finding success in the legal job search, and advancing in one’s career. Special workshops will train participants on effective networking and relationship building, etiquette and business image, leadership and service, and strategic planning. The event even delves into the more controversial issues including whether law school is worth the investment with the looming debt load and fewer jobs in this unstable economy, the unique challenges and concerns African Americans face in legal education and in the profession, as well as the legal education reform movement.

The conference will showcase keynote speakers and guest speakers who will share words of encouragement and their own personal journeys to lawyerhood. This year’s keynote addresses will be given by Angela Rye, Executive Director and General Counsel of The Congressional Black Caucus and Director of Strategic Partnerships for IMPACT, Cassandra Sneed Ogden, Executive Director of The Council on Legal Education Opportunity (CLEO), Brian Tippens, Director of Hewlett-Packard‘s Global Procurement Sustainability & Innovation organization, Carla D. Pratt, Associate Dean of Academic Affairs and Professor of Law at Penn State University’s Dickinson School of Law, Leonard Baynes, Professor of Law and Director of The Ronald H. Brown Center for Civil Rights and Economic Development at St. John’s University School of Law, and Sherry D. Williams, Senior Vice President and Chief Ethics and Compliance Officer at Halliburton.

The conference will also feature two signature events, an advice clinic and a practical assistance session where participants can receive help from law students and attorneys. Furthermore, the popular Law School Recruitment Fair will give pre-law students the opportunity to talk to law school representatives from approximately 100 law schools at all tier levels from across the country. The event will close on a high note with special recognition and a pinning ceremony dedicated to aspiring Black lawyers in attendance.

With only 7% of law students and 5% of all lawyers being African American, the need for greater representation remains high. This groundbreaking “must attend” event is free of charge and open to the public. A nominal seat deposit is required to reserve your seat, and secure the conference bag, e-books, resources and materials.

High school students, college students and graduates, working professionals, career changers, college multicultural, career and pre-law advisors, as well as supporters and parents are all encouraged to take advantage of the amazing benefits this world-class conference offers.

Further information and updates regarding the conference schedule and featured speakers and panelists can be found at the official conference website at www.BlackPreLawConference.com. Interested ones may also call 281-247-4026 or 281-944-LAW4 (5294).

Photo Caption: Attendees at the National Black Pre-Law Conference

CTA Announces third public meeting on Red Line South Track Renewal Project

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The Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) today announced that the third public meeting in advance of next year’s Red Line South Track Renewal Project will be held on Saturday, July 14, 2012, at the National Teachers Academy (NTA), 55 W. Cermak Road, Chicago, Illinois, from 10 a.m. until noon.  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.


“Our first two community meetings allowed individuals to speak directly to us about their thoughts regarding the Red Line South project, which is exactly why we’re having these events,” said Terry Peterson, Chairman of the Chicago Transit Board.  “We want to encourage area residents to continue to share their opinions with us regarding our plan to provide them with a new Dan Ryan branch of the Red Line.”


The NTA is accessible to people with disabilities.  If you need a specialized accommodation (i.e., sign language interpretation), please contact George Coleman at (312) 681-2713. 


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.



HBCU Oakwood University’s Aeolians Choir invited; will compete in World Choir Olympics July 11-13, Cincinnati

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Huntsville, AL (BlackNews.com) — The Aeolians Choir of Oakwood University (www.oakwood.edu) has been invited to, and will compete in the 7thWorld Choir Games – the world’s largest international choral competition. It was announced by INTERKULTUR, the International Organizing Committee of the World Choir Games (www.2012worldchoirgames.com) in Cincinnati, Ohio, July 11-13.

The Aeolians will serve as the only Seventh-day Adventist and/or the only Alabama choir to participate in this biennial event, known as the “Olympics of choral music.”

Black-on-Black . . . love? HBCU Wilberforce University’s Jeremy Winston Chorale will also compete. Chorale director Jeremy Winston is a former Oakwood Aeolian, choir-mate and very good friend of current Aeolians director, Jason Max Ferdinand.

Hmmm., . . . a first-time, head-to-head duel of former Oakwood Aeolians-turned-HBCU-choral-directors . . . battling now on the world stage?

According to Ferdinand the Oakwood choristers, the 2010 and 2011 national HBCU choir champions and, more recently, the sole U.S. performers in the seven-day Second International Moscow Christmas Festival of Sacred Music in Russia in January, will compete in three categories: Contemporary Music, Music of Religions and Negro Spirituals.

“This also marks the first time ever the World Choir Games will be held in North America; previous venues were Austria, China, South Korea and Germany.”

The World Choir Games takes place every two years. Approximately 20,000 participants, including 400 choirs from 70 countries, are expected to attend the 2012 Games. There will be competition in 23 musical categories, including Barbershop and Show Choirs, which have been added for the first time because of their popularity in the United States.

This first-ever World Choir Games invitation/competition for Oakwood University caps an unprecedented 2011-2012 school year for this 115-year old United Negro College Fund school, namely:

1. Newly-inaugurated 11th president, Dr. Leslie N. Pollard, is OU’s first leader with both ministerial and academic doctorates – and an MBA, http://www.atoday.org/article/1104/news/april-headlines/weekend-feature-oakwood-s-new-president-after-one-year; therefore and as a result

2. OU is the first and only HBCU and Alabama school that’s ISO-certified, http://www.oakwood.edu/news/1604-oakwood-university-a-pioneer-with-iso-9001-certification; and

3. Alumni and friends now raising more monies, http://www.oakwood.edu/news/1601-oakwood-university-raising-funds-for-generator;

4. Through establishing its new Center for Adventist-Muslim Relations at OU (CAMROU), OU’s reaching out now to the world’s 1 billion Muslims, http://www.oakwood.edu/news/1597-oakwood-university-opens-adventist-muslim-center, as well as through its Consortium of Adventist African Universities and Partners (CAAUP), bringing together for the first time all Seventh-day Adventist colleges and universities from the African Diaspora, http://www.oakwood.edu/images/zfiles/administration/Presidents-FYI/Presidents%20FYI%20Issue%207%20-%20February%202012.pdf;

5. Served as the Tom Joyner Foundation’s November 2011, “HBCU of the Month,” http://www.oakwood.edu/news/news-archives/242-2011-news/1476-ou-selected-to-be-the-november-2011-hbcu-of-the-month;

6. Creating more HBCU grads, http://www.oakwood.edu/news/1606-us-news-oakwood-makes-list-of-top-graduation-hbcus and, according to UNCF CEO Michael Lomax, Oakwood possesses the highest black male enrollment (41%) of all UNCF schools, http://www.atoday.org/article/1150/news/april-headlines/oakwood-university-to-seek-an-enrollment-of-3-500;

7. Oakwood University, “the Julliard of the South,” has produced not only a repeating national choral champion, http://www.oakwood.edu/news/news-archives/242-2011-news/1533-aeolians-repeat-as-national-hbcu-champions, but this small school has produced many of the professional musical artists the world has come to enjoy, http://www.oakwood.edu/news/1566-aeolians-in-professional-music;

8. In fact and with the Aeolians Choir (choral), this year Oakwood University is the home of three national champions – men’s basketball (athletic), http://www.blacknews.com/news/oakwood_university_mens_basketball_team_championship101.shtml and the Honda Campus All-Star Challenge runners-up (academic), http://www.oakwood.edu/news/1639-morgan-state-university-edges-out-oakwood-to-win-national-honda-academic-championship-of-hbcus – all with no music/choral, athletic or academic scholarships;

9. OU received a whopping 98.9% preliminary report from its decennial Southern Association of Colleges and Schools reaccreditation visit, http://www.oakwood.edu/news/1641-sacs-visit-a-preliminary-report and http://www.atoday.org/article/1150/news/april-headlines/oakwood-university-to-seek-an-enrollment-of-3-500, and finally

10. Oakwood’s LEAP adult degree completion program offers dirt-cheap private-school tuition ($269/credit hour) as well as extends to former “Oakwoodites” tuition amnesty, following the Holy Bible’s Deuteronomy 15:1, http://www.atoday.org/article/1150/news/april-headlines/oakwood-university-to-seek-an-enrollment-of-3-500 – what no financial institution or credit card will ever do!
VIDEO: See and hear Aeolians director Jason Max Ferdinand and music department chair (and former Aeolian chorister and director) Dr. Wayne Bucknor discuss the World Choir Games, “Aeolians 101” and “What is ‘the Oakwood Sound’?” at www.youtube.com/oakwooduniversityhsv.

Photo Caption: Oakwood University (AL) Aeolians Choir performs in Moscow, Russia, as the sole U.S. performers in the Second International Moscow Christmas Festival of Sacred Music, January 2012, Jason Max Ferdinand, director.


Sec’y of State Jesse White brings office services to Taste of Chicago

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Secretary of State Jesse White is reminding the public that they can renew their driver’s license or state ID card, purchase their annual vehicle license plate sticker, or conduct other transactions with his office at the Secretary of State’s Taste of Chicago booth from July 11-15, 2012.

“I am pleased to provide driver services as a convenience to the people at the Taste of Chicago,” said White. “Motorists will be able to renew their driver’s license while enjoying the great restaurants that the city of Chicago has to offer.”

Services provided at the Secretary of State mobile unit include:

  • Driver’s license: renewal, correction or change of address
  • State ID card: new, renewal, correction or change of address
  • Vehicle Sticker sales
  • Vehicle Title and Registration
  • Passenger, B-truck, Motorcycle and Specialty license plates
  • Parking placards for Persons with Disabilities Program
  • Pick-a-plate
  • Motor Voter Registration
  • Organ/Tissue Donor Registration

White’s office will provide services from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. The mobile unit will be located at the southwest corner of Grant Park, near Jackson and Columbus Drives. Proper documentation is required. Acceptable forms of payment include personal checks, cash, MasterCard, American Express and Discover credit and debit cards.

Chicago Detours offering Complimentary Detour Package from Chicago

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CHICAGO, IL  – This weekend Chicago Detours is offering a special, free weekend escape package from the city including tickets to the Miller Secret Gardens Walk on July 14 and 15 ($10 value/ticket). Unlike the tour company’s usual guided group tours of architecture, history, and culture, this excursion is one that guests experience independently. Chicago Detours will be giving away eight spots for the complimentary package per day.

After registering for the “Detour,” Chicagoans can take the 10:40am train from Millennium Station (or another station along the South Shore train) on the one-hour ride to Miller (guest pays fare) in Indiana. Chicago Detours guests will be welcomed at the station with a complimentary glass of champagne. Also exclusive to this fun package is a ride in a 1948 Ford Woodie. This classic car picks them up at the train station and whisks them away to the historic Aquatorium building on Miller Beach. They then receive their free Garden Walk tickets (normally $10 per person), which includes transportation to nine home gardens normally not open to the public. To cap off the afternoon, people can take time to visit the beautiful dunes and Miller Beach, which is surrounded by the Indiana National Lakeshore and has top-notch views of the Chicago skyline. Then guests return to the train station on the woodie for the 4:16pm train.

This completely free package includes transportation to and from the train station, champagne, optional visit to the Aquatorium (a historic bathhouse with a stunning view of the lake), Garden Walk tickets, and shuttles to gardens. Guests only have to pay for the round-trip South Shore ticket (about $10), or they can opt to drive. More historic background on the area and things to do are detailed in the Chicago Detours blog. Guests reserve by emailing to info@chicagodetours.com the date and number in their party. Free package is limited to 8 spots per day to the first people to reserve.

Acclaim Musician Pierre Walker marries Louise M. Kenerson in a symbolic ceremony

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By Chinta Strausberg


Acclaimed musician Pierre Walker married Louise Kenerson Saturday, July 7, 2012, at the Saint Sabina Church in a symbolic ceremony that paid homage to the memories of their parents that included Rev. Clay Evans and their current pastor, Father Michael L. Pfleger.

Pictures of Walker’s late parents were visible by the altar as was a photo of Kenderson’s mother. The couple wanted their presence at their wedding.

After the ceremony, Walker said, “I’m tired, worn out but happy. I married the woman that God ordained for me, for real.”

Asked when did he meet his new bride, Walker said it was in 1999 at the Antioch Baptist Church. “That was her home church, and one of our friends introduced me to her and then she said ‘hi’ and went on about her business.

Referring to the minister who married them at Saint Sabina Church where Walker is a member, he said Rev. Herman Washington was one of his father’s son’s in the ministry.

Walker’s father was the acclaimed Rev. Dr. Charles Walker, a pastor, musician, composer, professor and author, who passed Sunday, August 21, 2011, in Philadelphia. He was related to the internationally known Mahalia Jackson and was a key musician at Rev. Dr. Clay Evans’ Fellowship M.B. Church in Chicago.

Walker’s wedding was symbolic of his past and his parents both of whom have passed as well as his wife’s mother. Rev. Washington represented his father and Rev. Evans, who gave the “Ancestral prayer” at Walker’s wedding, was symbolic of Walker’s “dad’s father in the ministry,” and to include the new chapter in his life, Walker said, “We got Father Pfleger who is our pastor now.”

Walker’s father was a musician who began playing when he was 9-years-old and Walker, a recording artist, has played the piano/organ since he was 11.

In honoring his late parents, Walker’s wedding showcased the legacies of two ministers who worked closely with his beloved father and the inclusion of Father Pfleger who is now the couples’ pastor. “It made sense,” said Walker. “There’s a lineage involved,” he said.

Saint Sabina’s Minister of Youth, Cinque Cullar, who is a minister, educator, artist, producer, director and CEO, sang followed by praise dancer Olivia Jones who paved the way of the bride, Louise M. Kenerson, to walk down the aisle.

As part of their ceremony, the couple included large pictures of their late parents, Rev. Dr. Charles and Sylvia Walker and his new bridge’s mother, Future Mae Kenerson, erected by the altar. Out of deep love and respect, they held a moment of silence for them.

Asked what was he thinking just before Rev. Washington promised them man and wife, Walker said, “I was hoping that Vince (Clark, Pastor Pfleger’s special assistant) would turn on the song that we had planned, “I Got a Feeling” by Black Eye Peas. “

Referring to Father Pfleger’s all-night service of 2011, Walker said he closed out that service with the song, “I Got a Feeling.”  “We decided it was symbolic for me because I knew I was going to get engaged that year,” said Walker. “That’s the sticking point of the song. We decided to walk out on the song. It’s a happy song, and we’ve been happy.”

Asked when did he get engaged to his bridge, Walker said he proposed to his wife on July 1, 2011 in the choir. “I got down on one knee, and I asked her to marry me and she said yes, and then I said, and can you help me get up off this floor because my knees are killing me.”

Father Pfleger gave the final blessing to Mr. and Mrs. Pierre and Louise Walker. The couple left the church in a white limousine.

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.

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