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From the Jury Box — Thoughts on the Stop-and-Frisk Trial

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From the Jury Box -- Thoughts on the Stop-and-Frisk Trial

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By Damaso Reyes

NEW YORK — It was one word that struck me. More than any other word spoken over the past 10 weeks of court testimony in Floyd v. City of New York, the civil trial questioning the New York Police Department’s policy of “Stop, Question and Frisk.”


In over 8,000 pages of official court transcripts from the trial that ended on Monday, it is spoken time and time again by sergeants, precinct commanders and current and former high ranking officers within the police department. The question being replied to was a variation on this: “Does it bother you that in the vast majority, nine out of 10 stops, no enforcement action was taken? No summons, no arrest, no weapons found?”


This is perhaps the heart of the case that the Center for Constitutional Rights brought to Judge Shira Scheindlin’s courtroom on the 15th floor of the federal courthouse in lower Manhattan. Authorities see no wrongdoing, despite the fact that over the past decade, NYPD officers have conducted nearly 4.5 million stops in a city of 8 million. Eighty-five percent of those stopped were black or Latino, meaning that many people have been stopped more than once.

During the bench trial, members of the press were seated in the jury box, a metaphor not lost on me. As a New Yorker of color, and one who has been stopped by the police, I had an intense personal interest in the trial. Perhaps it’s also because I have spent much of the past 10 years outside the country as a foreign correspondent, watching from afar as my city and country changed after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001 to prize security above nearly all else. Back in New York for a few months, I decided to spend some time observing the trial.

When I was stopped, on a train platform after visiting my mother’s house in central Brooklyn, two white officers came up to me and asked if they could look in my bag. There had been a robbery, they explained, and were looking for a suspect. I knew my rights. I could have refused to consent to a search of my bag. I also wanted to get home and my train was coming. If I refused, would they hold me anyway? Would they ask me for my ID and run a background check? Maybe, maybe not. At that moment I didn’t want to deal with the hassle, so I agreed. They didn’t find anything, politely thanked me for my time and moved on. No form was filled out.

Apparently, I fit a description.

Both in the press and in the courtroom, the city’s lawyers as well as NYPD officials defended Stop-and-Frisk as an important law enforcement tool that gets guns off the streets and stops crime.

However, less than one percent of all stops results in the discovery of a weapon and only 0.14 percent of all stops results in finding a gun. This, despite the fact that “suspicious bulge” or “furtive movement” is the box ticked off on the form that officers are required to fill out in a large percentage of stops.

As a journalist I’ve had my fair share of encounters with NYPD officers. A few of those instances weren’t what I would have wanted them to be. But in reporting multiple series on the 28th precinct in Harlem and after spending many days riding in radio cars, standing on rooftops and walking the streets with a variety of policemen and women, I can say I have a broader perspective on the department than most. Most officers and commanders care deeply about the communities they serve. That’s why they became cops.

But as we learned in the trial, the NYPD is, among other things, a bureaucracy. The plaintiffs claim that this bureaucracy is obsessed with numbers and passed that obsession down to the rank and file through “performance goals,” which they claim is just another way to say quota.

When the recording that Officer Pedro Serrano made of his superior Deputy Inspector Christopher McCormack telling the officer that he needed to stop “the right people” was played, eyebrows were raised. When pressed by the officer to tell him who these people were, McCormack’s response was “male blacks 14 to 20, 21.”

The department denies this was a blatant call for racial profiling but instead a commander telling his staff to address a specific problem. They have repeatedly told us that while a high number of blacks and Latinos are being stopped, the vast majority of perpetrators, as well as victims of crime, are black and Latino — so it makes sense that these people would also be stopped and questioned.

Missing from that logic is the fact that in order for a stop to be legal, the officer must have a reasonable suspicion that a crime has just happened, is in progress, or will in the near future be committed. Putting aside the frightening idea of “future crime” for a moment, this suspicion must also be specific to the person being stopped. Simply being a black male in an area where black males commit crime is not enough.

We’ll soon discover whether or not Judge Scheindlin agrees.

Pictured above: Street Narcotics Enforcement Unit officers from the 28th Precinct conduct a Stop and Frisk in Harlem in 2006. Photograph by Damaso Reyes.

National Veterans Art Museum Opens New Show Today in Honor of Memorial Day

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Tenacity and Truth: People, Places and Memories features artworks that have not been shown in ten years or more, some never-before-seen pieces, and a number of the collection’s best-known artworks.

CHICAGO, IL – The National Veterans Art Museum (NVAM) hosts the opening of Tenacity and Truth: People, Places and Memories, a brand-new exhibit showcasing works from the permanent collection in honor of Memorial Day. The exhibition features work that was created by artists both trained and untrained who share in the overwhelming need to express their experiences through a visual language and explores the creative process behind veteran art.

Admission to the NVAM will be free all day with light refreshments offered from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Artist talks will take place throughout the afternoon.

Schedule of Artist Talks
1:00 – Mike Duffy
1:30 – George C. Clark
2:00 – Bill Dugan
2:30 – Edgar Gonzalez-Baeza
3:00 – Ulysses S. Marshall
3:30 – Richard Hunt
4:00 – Jim Leedy

The show will be open to the public from Saturday, May 25, 2013 through May 2014.

WHAT: Opening Reception, Artist Talks

WHO: National Veterans Art Museum

WHEN/WHERE: Opening Reception 1 PM – 5 PM CST on Saturday, May 25, 2013. Artist talks every 1/2-hour from 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. All events at the National Veterans Art Museum, 4041 N. Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago, IL 60641.

WHY: Every year the National Veterans Art Museum seeks to honor the men and women who gave their lives in service protecting our nation’s freedom by inspiring a dialogue over military service through art. This year’s exhibition, Tenacity and Truth, features work by nearly 50 artists who served in WWII, Korea, the Cold War, Vietnam, the Gulf War and the war in Iraq. In addition, this wide-ranging exhibition features work in a variety of media and many pieces are accompanied by recorded interviews with the artists.

Many artists discover their voice and subject matter through a creative practice; however veteran-made art often follows a different path. In this case, the subject matter comes first and the artwork is made out of necessity. Most of the pieces in this collection were borne of events so powerful that the artists were compelled to harness and translate their experiences. Many have said they create because they are trying to help others understand their experiences; others admit that they use art to try to understand themselves and what they went through during their time in war. Still others hope to address the subject of war directly and expose truths that are often ignored or overlooked. For most, art serves as the most authentic record of the human condition in all of its complexity, simplicity, horror and beauty.

The imagery found in Tenacity and Truth illustrates everything from the tediousness of everyday boredom paired with the anxiety of waiting for the next crisis; the anguish suffered by many in the aftermath of war; the imprint of landscapes both breathtaking and threatening; the faces of comrades and enemies seared into memory; and the abstracted visions that haunted many after they returned home. These paintings, drawings, photographs and sculptures convey both the fragility and fortitude of the human spirit in its rawest form. Artwork of this nature can begin to articulate the unimaginable, because sometimes words are not enough.

Curator Mike Helbing says of putting together this exhibit: “The difficulty was not in trying to find works to show, but in fact having to choose among them all. With more than 2,500 pieces in the permanent collection, I had the honor of choosing artwork that explores people, places and memories of service. These pieces serve as records of experience archived in a visual discourse. Subjects range from the adrenaline and anguish of combat to the thoughts and memories of the people to the shaping power of place. Boredom and quotidian experiences of war are represented in some. Mental strain and slippery realities appear in others. There is beauty and there is torment. Ultimately there is change. Then comes the reality of surviving the experience and finding out how different “now-you” is compared to “then-you” and how apart you are from those that were left behind in the world.”

Kirk Hails Pritzker Experience, Knowledge at Nomination Hearing

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) joined Senator Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) in introducing Commerce Secretary-designate Penny Pritzker at her confirmation hearing before the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee.
“I have seen her as a voice for business that the President will have to heed,” Senator Kirk said. “She started successful new companies from the ground up and, based on her extensive business experience, I am confident she will put jobs and economic growth first. My hope is she will become our next Commerce Secretary, and I will be encouraging my colleagues to support her nomination.”
A video clip of Senator Kirk’s comments can be found below.
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Walk for Syria’s Children in Chicago today, May 25th

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SAC Chicago and Rise4Humanity, two nonprofit humanitarian organizations dedicated to raising awareness of and providing aid to Syrian’s in need, invite the public to the Global Walk for the Children of Syria, hosted on Saturday May 25th in Chicago, Illinois. Their partner organizations are hosting similar events simultaneously in cities all across the United States, and around the world.

The walk begins at 4pm on May 25th, 2013, at the corner of Congress and Michigan. The media is welcome to join the walk in honor of the children of Syria, both for those living with the constant threat of violence, and those lost to us before their time.

The conflict in Syria is not purely a military conflict. It is not a war where soldiers are fighting other soldiers, but where the government is committing violence against its own people indiscriminately.

On May 25th 2011, security forces returned what was left of the tortured body of 13-year-old Hamza al-Khateeb and this helpless child because the poster child for Syrian government brutality. On May 25th, 2012, members of the Assad regime stormed the village of al-Houla, Homs and committed a massacre of 109 people; 49 of them were children. These unthinkable events, along with countless similar incidents of inexplicable violence, are one of the reasons the people of Syria, and all those who stand with the Syrian people, will never give up until their children, and families are safe.

Other Participating Locations:

— Charleston, West Virginia (http://bit.ly/Walk4Syria_Charleston)

— Chicago, Illinois (http://bit.ly/Walk4Syria_Chicago)

— Houston, Texas (http://bit.ly/Walk4Syria_Houston)

— Indianapolis, Indiana (http://bit.ly/Walk4Syria_IN)

— Los Angeles, California (http://bit.ly/Walk4Syria_LA)

— Louisville, Kentucky (http://bit.ly/Walk4Syria_Louisville)

— Mexico City, Mexico (http://bit.ly/Walk4Syria_Mexico)

— Miami, Florida (http://bit.ly/Walk4Syria_Miami)

— New York (http://bit.ly/Walk4Syria_NY)

— San Diego, California

— Tampa, Florida (http://bit.ly/Walk4Syria_Tampa)

— Washington DC

Chicago marches against Monsanto on May 25, 2013

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A Worldwide Demonstration against Monsanto’s Attempt to Monopolize the Global Food System
Chicago, IL — The March Against Monsanto is an international movement to educate the public about Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO) and the undue influence of Monsanto over US and state governments. This global day of action includes marches on 6 continents in 41 countries, totaling events in over 230 cities. In the US, peaceful protests are slated to occur simultaneously in 47 states.
WHO: A march envisioned and executed by the grassroots.
Rally speakers include:
Joan Levin- Legislative Director of Illinois Right to Know GMO.
Mike Durshmidt – Representing Organic Consumers Association
Jessica Fujan – Midwest Organizer of Food and Water Watch
WHAT: A rally and march to raise awareness about biotechnology, GE foods, seed patents, the disappearance of bees, and demanding adoption of SB 1666 and HB 3085 – The Genetically Engineered Food Labeling Act
WHEN: Saturday, May 25, 12:00pm – 2:00pm
WHERE: Federal Plaza: 230 S Dearborn St, Chicago, IL 60604

Kirk and Durbin: Zachary Fardon nominated to be next U.S. Attorney

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President Obama Nominated Fardon from Group of Four Finalists; Illinois Senators Praise Pick
Washington, D.C. – President Obama has nominated Zachary Fardon to be the next U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois, U.S. Senators Mark Kirk (R-IL) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) said. Fardon, a former Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Northern District of Illinois and the Middle District of Tennessee, made a name for himself prosecuting violent crimes and pursuing public corruption. He currently serves as a partner at Latham & Watkins LLP in Chicago.
“I am thrilled Zachary Fardon is our nominee to be the next U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois,” Senator Kirk said. “Fardon is an outstanding pick to continue Patrick Fitzgerald’s tradition of aggressively prosecuting criminal activity that threatens northern Illinois and lead our state in the fight against dangerous drug gangs and gun violence. Northern Illinois deserves only the best nominee for this position, and the selection of Mr. Fardon is a testament to the success of a bipartisan approach. I thank Senator Durbin for his partnership in this effort, as well as our screening committee and committee co-chairs, David Coar and Mark Filip. I look forward to working with Mr. Fardon to round-up and eliminate the Gangster Disciples from Chicago’s streets.”
“Zachary Fardon will be an exceptional U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois,” Durbin said. “His range of experience will serve him well in a city and region as diverse and challenging as the Northern District. He’ll have to hit the ground running and immediately focus on daily gang and gun violence plaguing the streets of Chicago. I know he can do it and will lead the U.S. Attorney’s office with independence, integrity and distinction.”
Both Senators thanked their bipartisan screening panel and the other well qualified applicants.
Zachary Fardon was born in Kansas City and attended Vanderbilt for his undergraduate education and for law school. From 1996-1997, he was an Assistant Public Defender with the Nashville Metropolitan Public Defender’s Office. In 1997, he moved to Chicago and served as Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Northern District until 2003. Fardon then served as First Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Tennessee until 2006. He also served in 2005-2006 as a Special Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois to participate on the trial team for the prosecution of Governor George Ryan. He is currently a partner at Latham & Watkins LLP where he has chaired the firm’s Chicago Litigation Department since 2009.
Fardon was one of four finalists sent to the White House for consideration by Senators Durbin and Kirk. The others were Jonathan Bunge, Lori Lightfoot and Gil Soffer. The four finalists were the same as those recommended by the Senators’ non-partisan screening committee. The non-partisan screening committee was empaneled in July of 2012 and asked to aid Senators Durbin and Kirk in the search for the next U.S. Attorney for the Northern District.
The panel was co-chaired by the Honorable David Coar, former U.S. District Court Judge for the Northern District of Illinois, and the Honorable Mark Filip, former Deputy Attorney General in the United States Department of Justice and former U.S. District Court Judge for the Northern District of Illinois. The committee included Zaldwaynaka (“Z”) Scott, an attorney and former criminal prosecutor in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Illinois; Christina Egan, also an attorney and former prosecutor in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Illinois; Terence MacCarthy, the former Executive Director of the Federal Defender Program for the Northern District of Illinois; and Lawrence Oliver II, Chief Counsel at the Boeing Company and a former prosecutor in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Illinois.
The committee interviewed applicants and formally recommended the finalists to Senators Durbin and Kirk in October. Over the course of October and November, Durbin and Kirk reviewed the committee’s findings, conducted additional background research, and interviewed the candidates. Once those interviews were complete, Senators Durbin and Kirk discussed each candidate and agreed that their search committee’s recommendations represented the four best candidates for the job. A copy of the screening committee’s recommendations to Senators Durbin and Kirk is attached.
Now that President has nominated Mr. Fardon, his nomination will be reviewed by the Senate Judiciary Committee, of which Senator Durbin is a member, and will receive a vote in the committee. If a nomination is approved by the Judiciary Committee, the nomination will be sent to the full Senate for consideration.
On average, it takes between two and four months to confirm a U.S. Attorney once that nomination is sent to the Senate. Until a nominee is confirmed by the Senate, Gary Shapiro will continue to serve as Acting U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois.

Better Business Bureau – Don’t get scammed when donating to Tornado Victims

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CHICAGO, IL – In the wake of a tragedy, scammers like to rise and take advantage of kind, giving people. The Better Business Bureau serving Chicago and Northern Illinois (BBB) is alerting consumers of the possibility of phony charity scams related to the Oklahoma tornado.

“Tragedies bring people together and inspire many to help out by giving,” said Steve J. Bernas, president & CEO of the Better Business Bureau serving Chicago and Northern Illinois. “Unfortunately, the aftermath of natural disasters is also a time when scammers find ways to take money from good people.”

The BBB recommends asking the following questions before choosing to donate to a specific charity:

  • Is this a charity I can trust? Look at the appeal carefully; some charities have similar sounding names. Don’t be fooled by names that look impressive or that closely resemble the name of a well-known organization. Check with your appropriate state government authorities (this is usually a division of the state’s office of the attorney general) to verify the charity is registered to solicit in your state. Also, visit the website of the BBB Wise Giving Alliance (www.bbb.org/charity) to find out whether a national charity meets the 20 BBB charity standards that address charity governance, finances, fund raising, donor privacy, and other accountability issues.

  • How will the charity use my donation? Ask questions about how your donation will be used. Beware of appeals that bring tears to your eyes but give few details of what the charity is doing about the problem it describes so well. For example, if the charity says it’s helping the homeless, do they explain how (shelter, food, medical care) and where this is taking place?

  • Watch out for statements such as “all proceeds will go to the charity.” This can mean that only the money left after expenses, such as the cost of written materials and fund raising efforts, will go to the charity. These expenses can sometimes be high, so check carefully.

  • Is my donation tax deductible? If you want to take a charitable deduction for federal income tax purposes, make sure the organization is tax exempt as a charity under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. A charity appeal will usually include a reference to this. To verify a charity’s tax status, access an IRS database of organizations by viewing Publication 78 on the IRS website at www.irs.gov. Consult your tax advisor for details.

  • Can the charity actually use what I’m donating? All charities welcome the receipt of monetary donations, but some also solicit in-kind donations such as clothing, food, and toys. If you’re planning to donate items to a worthy cause, make sure you know the in-kind contributions your charity prefers. For example, a food bank may prefer food items that are not perishable such as canned goods.

  • Am I feeling pressured to give? Don’t succumb to pressure to give money on the spot, either immediately over the phone via credit card or by allowing a “runner” to pick up a contribution. Take the time to research the charity fully; the charity that needs your money today will welcome it just as much tomorrow.

The BBB is asking anyone who receives a suspicious charitable solicitation to report it to BBB Report a Scam.

For more advice on giving and to view reports on charities visit www.bbb.org/charity

Simon expands virtual legal clinic to Cairo

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Program provides legal consultation to domestic violence survivors

CARBONDALE, IL – Illinois Lt. Governor Sheila Simon announced the expansion of her virtual legal clinic program to The Cairo Women’s Shelter. The program connects survivors of domestic violence with lawyers for a free legal consultation using webcams and high-speed Internet technology.

Simon’s virtual legal clinic program connects domestic violence survivors at local shelters in underserved areas with attorneys across Illinois that specialize in family law for a single, free consultation. Legal topics for consultation include child custody and visitation, marriage and divorce, elder abuse, immigration and property issues.

“The virtual legal clinics are a confidential, effective way to help domestic violence survivors ensure their safety and the safety of their families,” said Simon, a former prosecutor and founder of the domestic violence clinic at Southern Illinois University School of Law. “The legal system can seem overwhelming, but this service helps survivors take the next step toward safety and stability.”

The Cairo Women’s Shelter serves Alexander, Massac, Pulaski and Union counties and sees approximately 400 survivors every year. This is the third center in Illinois to use the virtual legal clinic program, joining centers in Peoria and Jacksonville.

“We’re thrilled to be part of the virtual legal clinic and to offer this free legal consultation to our clients,” said Jeannine Woods, executive director of the Cairo Women’s Shelter. “This will help survivors understand the important legal rights they have.”

Nationally, one in four women has experienced domestic violence in her lifetime, and in Illinois, nearly 40 percent of women will experience domestic violence by an intimate partner. However, there are 47 counties in Illinois with no attorneys practicing family law. An additional 33 counties have five or fewer attorneys practicing family law.

“The virtual legal clinics are a bridge between a survivor being in an immediate crisis and beginning to make a plan to move forward in a safe way,” said Vickie Smith, executive director of the Illinois Coalition Against Domestic Violence (ICADV). “Through the virtual legal clinic, we have found that just one hour of time with a licensed attorney can significantly increase a victim’s understanding and clarity of their rights and responsibilities resolving legal issues.”

The project was developed by Simon’s staff, in consultation with the ICADV, with plans to continue expansion to northern Illinois this fall.

“At the time of the consultation, my first client was involved in a legal battle and was fearful because she didn’t understand what was happening,” said Sandra Quello Chiz, an attorney who consults with clients from her Manteno office. “Not only did I explain to my client what was happening legally, but I was able to point her in the direction of other resources, too. The virtual legal clinic is the best idea I’ve heard in a long time, and I wish we could expand it faster.”

Illinois Tollway wins state award for leadership in hiring and assisting people with disabilities

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DOWNERS GROVE, IL – The Illinois Tollway has been named the 2013 Agency of the Year by the Interagency Committee on Employees with Disabilities (ICED) for its efforts to expand opportunities for people with disabilities. The award recognizes Illinois government agencies for hiring people with disabilities, as well as developing innovative programs and providing accommodations to assist those employees.

“A diverse workforce that represents the population of Illinois will help us break down barriers and strengthen our state agencies,” Governor Pat Quinn said. “We will be better able to assist all Illinois residents by increasing our efforts to include workers with disabilities at the Illinois Tollway and across state government.”

The award will be presented at a ceremony on May 22 at the Department of Agriculture’s auditorium on the State Fairgrounds in Springfield.

“The Tollway was selected for this award because of its outstanding affirmative action record in employing people with disabilities, including recruitment, hiring and accommodation practices,” said ICED Co-Chair and Department of Human Rights Director Rocco Claps. “The Tollway is a leader in its employment practices when it comes to people with disabilities and should be commended for its extraordinary efforts.”

The ICED’s Agency of the Year award recognizes the Illinois Tollway as a leader among state agencies for its approach to implementing the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Illinois Human Rights Act by fully engaging in a flexible and interactive process to explore reasonable, effective and sometimes creative accommodations.

“The Illinois Tollway values the diversity of our workforce and we are continually striving to improve access to our employment opportunities,” said Executive Director Kristi Lafleur. “We always look to deepen the Illinois Tollway’s talent pool by hiring the best and brightest people available and we continue to do so as we become more proactive in addressing the needs of people with disabilities.”

The Illinois Tollway is committed to ensuring that people with disabilities are aware of job opportunities, how to apply and how to request an accommodation to assist with the application process. The Tollway currently employs 176 people with disabilities, about 12 percent of its workforce of nearly 1,500 employees.

The Tollway’s most common accommodations include job restructuring such as modifying non-essential work functions, leaves of absence necessitated by an employee’s disability and improving worksite accessibility. The Tollway also created additional accessible parking spaces, provided sign language interpreters for customers contesting toll violations and built an accessible service desk in the I-PASS Customer Service Center at Tollway headquarters in Downers Grove.

In addition, the Illinois Tollway has revised its literature, internal paperwork and external postings to make sure that people with disabilities are aware of how to seek an accommodation. The agency also has drafted new policies allowing for assisted service for customers with disabilities and has made structural changes in order to make sure that all Tollway facilities are accessible.

The Tollway works closely with the ICED and several disability advocacy organizations in an effort to stay current on issues affecting people with disabilities, share best practices and for their help spreading the word about Tollway job opportunities.

The ICED advocates for the rights of state employees with disabilities, recommends ways to strengthen and promote disability-related affirmative action programs in state agencies and presents workshops on disability-related issues for state agency professionals.

About the Illinois Tollway

The Illinois Tollway is a user-fee system that receives no state or federal funds for maintenance and operations. The agency maintains and operates 286 miles of interstate tollways in 12 counties in Northern Illinois, including the Reagan Memorial Tollway (I-88), the Veterans Memorial Tollway (I-355), the Jane Addams Memorial Tollway (I-90) and the Tri-State Tollway (I-94/I-294/I-80).

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