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Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White is warning businesses to beware of a solicitation letter ...
  Tamika Catchings, six-time WNBA All-Star, two-time Olympic gold medallist and President of the WNBA Players’ ...
 Brooklyn, NY - "ONE BOROUGH, ONE CITY, ONE DREAM" is the theme for The  National Association ...
 BALTIMORE, MD – The NAACP, the nation’s premier grassroots civil rights organization, filed an amended complaint in ...
Father Michael L. Pfleger thanks John Legend for a stellar performance and speech held March ...
By Chinta Strausberg    It was a peep back perhaps in the 1960’s when students led the ...
Community members in Rogers Park are rallying to stop the eviction of the ...
    Citing taxpayer savings and assuring quality work, Illinois AFL - CIO President Michael T. Carrigan ...
SPRINGFIELD, IL – Illinois House Speaker Michael J. Madigan, D-Chicago, issued the following statement after ...
Geneva, Switzerland -- Chicago youth organizers presented a report this week to the United Nations Committee ...

Archive for June 6th, 2013

Supreme Court Must Keep Affirmative Action Alive

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By Marc Morial
President and CEO
National Urban League

 

“The enduring hope is that race should not matter; the reality is that too often it does.” Anthony Kennedy, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court

As early as next week, in Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin, the United States Supreme Court may issue a ruling that could seriously limit or altogether eliminate the use of affirmative action in university admissions. While much of the current debate about the continued need for affirmative action has been distorted by the use of coded buzz-words like “preferences,” “entitlements,” and “quotas,” we should remember that the original intent of the policy when it was first introduced in 1961 by President John F. Kennedy, was to foster non-discrimination and fairness.

That remains its central goal today. We hope a majority of the Justices uphold those core American values in deciding whether – like legacy, athletic ability and veteran status – race can be used to ensure that all students receive the educational benefits of diversity.

In Fisher v. University of Texas, Abigail Fisher, a white student denied admission to the University of Texas in 2008, has resurrected a specious claim of “reverse discrimination.” This argument has been discredited in similar cases, most recently in the landmark 2003 University of Michigan Gutter v. Bollinger case. There the Supreme Court ruled “student body diversity is a compelling state interest that can justify using race in university admissions.”

It is fairness, not preference, that demands the continued use of affirmative action to level an educational playing field that for centuries excluded Blacks and other minorities from the nation’s mainstream and elite universities. It is equal opportunity, not reverse discrimination, that seeks to offer a way up and out for millions of students relegated to segregated and substandard high schools. It is inclusion, not entitlement, that calls us to recognize that a diverse college experience is good for students of all races, ethnicities and genders, and that diversity is essential to America’s ability to compete and win in the global economy.

The National Urban League is among 70 organizations and individuals to file Supreme Court Amicus Briefs in support of fairness in the University of Texas case. It should be remembered that until 1950, African Americans were barred from attending the University of Texas Law School. In its 1950 Supreme Court victory, Sweatt v. Painter, The NAACP Legal Defense Fund (LDF) made it possible for Heman Sweatt to be the Law School’s first Black student.

Despite claims to the contrary, race-neutral solutions are not an adequate answer. In its Fisher v. University of Texas Amicus Brief, the LDF states, “From 1997 through 2004, UT did not consider race in admissions. The impact was devastating.” Despite the fact that 13% of Texas high school graduates were African American, “at no point between 1997 and 2004 did African American students comprise more than 4.5% of the entering year class, Nearly four out of every five UT undergraduate classes had zero or one African American students.”

A similar “race-neutral” admissions policy at the University of California has also resulted in reducing the number of incoming minority freshmen. Clearly, affirmative action based on the principle of fairness and the undeniable benefits of diversity must be kept alive.

Virginia Faces Hurdles After Restoring Voting Rights to Felons

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 Virginia Faces Hurdles After Restoring Voting Rights to Felons

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By Anthony Advincula

NEW YORK — Darrell Gooden had wanted to vote in the historic 2008 presidential election, but couldn’t.   As a former felon who was released a year prior, he had no right to cast a ballot under Virginia law. Today, all of that has changed — for Gooden, and thousands of other ex-felons living in the state.

Last week, Virginia’s Republican Governor Robert McDonnell announced a policy to automatically restore voting rights for nonviolent felons who have served their time.

“All of a sudden, I feel like I’m a U.S. citizen again,” said Gooden, 40, who was convicted of marijuana and cocaine possession in 2002 and served nearly five years in prison. “I can’t believe this is really happening.”

Virginia had been one of four states, including Iowa, Florida and Kentucky, where voting rights were not automatically restored once a felon completed his or her prison time, parole or probation.

The change could affect potentially hundreds of thousands of people, especially African Americans, who make up about two-thirds of the state’s prison population.

Although civil rights advocates called the move “a huge milestone,” the state faces challenges in ensuring all eligible ex-felons benefit from the policy, which takes effect next month.

“There’s still a lot to be done, a lot of community outreach to let these people know about the process,” said Tram Nguyen, deputy director of Virginia New Majority. “The biggest challenge is finding them.”

In order to reinstate voting rights, the administration first needs to verify that the person convicted of a nonviolent felony has completed his or her sentence and probation or parole, and has paid all court-imposed costs, fines and restitution to victims. Then, the governor will send the person a letter reinstating the rights, given that the individual has no pending felony charges.

Virginia Secretary of the Commonwealth Janet Kelly said the state does not have a comprehensive database of how many felons have completed their sentences. The state doesn’t track if former felons are still in Virginia or have moved to a different state, she said.

“If you’re sitting in prison right now, we know where you are. If you got out of prison 20 years ago, we don’t know where you are,” Kelly told the Richmond Times-Dispatch.

So far, the state has reportedly managed to locate and identify only 26,000 ex-felons, according to an editorial in the Washington Post.

The process is daunting and complicated, and sure to take a long time.

A 2012 NAACP report, “Silenced in Virginia: Citizens Without a Vote,” showed that it may take up to 51 years for a governor to review all applications.

Advocates and supporters, however, say they hope the process can be streamlined, given that McDonnell’s new policy is mainly focusing on nonviolent felons.

“Other states have done it and so we will figure out more effective ways to make it happen,” said Richael Faithful, a fellow of Equal Justice Works at the Advancement Project.

Faithful said another complication is that certain felonies can be listed as either nonviolent or violent, depending on the circumstances. Burglary and breaking and entering, for example, are nonviolent felonies, but they can be considered violent if the person had the intent to commit rape or assault. 

“The list of violent felonies is extensive. We’re concerned that many people are not going to be eligible, after all,” added Faithful. “This is something that we need to pay attention to.”

Because of the ambiguity, in some cases, in the way felonies are classified – violent or nonviolent – advocates say, there’s a wide range given for the number of ex-felons who could possibly benefit from McDonnell’s restoration policy. Figures have ranged from tens of thousands to hundreds of thousands.

While most drug-related crimes are listed as violent felonies in the state, possession is considered a nonviolent felony.

Previously, nonviolent felons had to wait for at least two years and then file an application to reinstate their civil rights. The requirements resulted in low numbers of ex-felons reinstating their voting rights.
McDonnell’s policy change does not automatically restore voting rights for people convicted of violent felonies. They have to wait a minimum of five years before submitting an application to reinstate their voting rights.

Constitutional amendment

The governor’s restoration policy is not a permanent fix. In seven months, McDonnell’s term may be ending, and the policy’s fate will be determined by the next elected governor.

Myrna Pérez, counsel for the Democracy Program at the Brennan Center for Justice, said that the only permanent solution is a constitutional amendment, which she described as “a laborious process.”

While it is true that the current policy can be rescinded by another administration, Pérez believes that the next governor would also be supportive. She said she believes McDonnell’s efforts to eliminate the disenfranchisement of ex-felons was sincere and not a political strategy.

“There’s zero reason to believe that the Republican governor is doing this for another reason. He’s doing it because he believes that this is the right thing to do,” said Pérez.

McDonnell had already restored voting rights for more than 4,800 felons, a figure that is higher than any previous administration. In the months before he announced his new policy, he received 1,800 applications, which will now be automatically approved.

According to a Sentencing Project report, 350,000 ex-felons (both nonviolent and violent felony convictions) are disenfranchised in Virginia, and so far only 8,580 felons have had their voting rights restored.

Getting his life back

Gooden, the ex-felon who can now vote, is rebuilding his life with his four sons — now 17, 15, 13 and 11. Upon his release, he took them out of a shelter home where they were living while he was in prison and on probation.

“I lost everything. My arrest took a toll on my relationship and my wife and I got separated,” Gooden said. “I want to build myself back up.”

Because of his felony conviction, finding a good job has been tough. With few options, he worked as a room-service deliveryman in a local hotel for $2.35 per hour and extra tips.

He now works as a truck driver, a job that pays better, but requires him to be away from home.
Because he is on the road most the time, he makes sure to spend time with his boys when he is around.

On the day of the 2008 presidential elections, Gooden said, one of his sons asked him who he voted for in the historic election. He said he struggled to explain why he could not cast his ballot.

“But now I won’t struggle again,” said Gooden. “I want to tell my kids that getting my voting rights back, there’s a lot of other rights that go with it.”

Photo Caption: Virginia Gov. Robert McDonnell (l) speaks with Darrell Gooden (r), a former felon whose voting rights have been restored under a new state law.


Sec’y of State Jesse White unveils new Securities Campaign urging people to investigate before investing

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Courts ordered more than $33 million in repayments to victims of fraud last year

 

Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White announced the kick-off of a new public awareness campaign aimed at encouraging people to investigate before they invest. In Illinois, courts ordered scammers to repay more than $33 million to victims last year with the Secretary of State’s Securities Department handling more than 400 such cases of investment fraud.

The new campaign includes television and radio ads airing statewide to encourage people to research investment advisors and brokers, as well as investment opportunities before investing any money.  Investors can find information on how to avoid potential con artists and scams by visiting the Secretary of State’s website at www.AvoidTheScam.net or calling 800-628-7937.

“It’s important to check before investing,” White said. “We want to make sure that Illinoisans don’t lose their hard-earned money to fraudulent individuals or organizations.   Remember the old adage when investing, ‘If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.’”

The two public service announcements are based on actual cases from the Secretary of State’s files in which innocent people were defrauded out of their hard-earned money.  In one case, a senior citizen lost his life savings to a criminal who stole almost $8 million dollars from more than 50 Illinois investors.  In another case, an Illinois man was one of 2,000 victims who together lost $10.7 million in a scheme targeting members of a religious organization.

In addition to the commercials, two long form videos were created to inform the public about investment fraud.  Both can be viewed by visiting www.AvoidTheScam.net.  The videos provide information on how to be aware of potential scams and will be featured at statewide events and seminars held by the Secretary of State Securities Department to educate potential victims including seniors and members of community and religious organizations.

Before investing, visit www.AvoidTheScam.net to:

  • Print out a list of questions to ask brokers before investing
  • Check whether the broker or advisor is registered with the state or has a disciplinary history
  • File an online complaint
  • Download free educational materials

The Secretary of State Securities Department registers and regulates the following: entities offering and selling securities, broker-dealers, investment advisors, salespersons and representatives of dealers and advisers, loan brokers, business brokers, and those offering business opportunities.

Governor Quinn identifies temporary emergency assistance to keep Roseland Hospital open

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Independent financial experts will conduct comprehensive immediate review

CHICAGO, IL – Illinois Governor Quinn announced that the State of Illinois will provide temporary emergency assistance for Roseland Community Hospital to remain open in the community while it develops a long-term turnaround plan. Approximately $350,000 in temporary assistance will allow the hospital to continue to serve the community while developing this comprehensive plan for future stability.

“Roseland Community Hospital is an anchor in the community and we will do what we can to protect the patients and employees,” Governor Quinn said. “This temporary relief will allow their doors to remain open and continue to provide critical care services. However, this is not a long-term solution. The hospital must take the necessary steps to develop a plan for a sustainable future.”

As a condition of the state’s emergency assistance, independent financial experts will conduct a comprehensive review of the hospital’s budget, operations and finances. In addition, the hospital will select an independent chief restructuring officer to oversee the operations and development of the long-term plan.

Executives have not yet proposed a viable plan to properly run the hospital, which is essential to keep its doors open in the long-term. Roseland  Community Hospital is in deep debt and its leadership has serious, long-time management issues that must be addressed. The state of Illinois will continue to work with the hospital to identify potential partners and available resources within the law so they can develop a plan for long-term stability.

For two months Governor Quinn’s top health care advisors have been meeting with the hospital and requesting critical information that would allow the state to consider emergency assistance. This week, the state of Illinois received that information. Due to Roseland’s dire fiscal situation, the state of Illinois has also advanced all payments to the hospital for this fiscal year.

Madigan warns residents about Medical Alert Service scam

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Complaints to Attorney General’s Office report unsolicited calls seeking individuals’ financial information 

 
SPRINGFIELD, IL — Illinois Attorney General Madigan alerted Illinois residents to be wary of unsolicited calls advertising purported free medical alert services following an uptick in complaints reported to her office. Madigan said call recipients should ignore the solicitation and not provide any personal information to the caller.
 
In recent weeks, Madigan’s office has received “a number of calls” from concerned Illinois residents, reporting solicitations for “Medi Alert” or other medical alert services, which many seniors use in case of emergencies to call for help.  Some of the prerecorded messages indicate that the individual is eligible for a free medical alert system. In other instances, consumers reported that the message indicates that a family member has ordered a medical alert system and more information is needed to process the order.  A third reported variation of the message says the business has received the system and wants to deliver the product. 
 
People who complained to Madigan’s office said that if the call recipient presses “1” to talk to someone, they then are asked to provide personal financial information, such as a credit card number or a bank routing number, to pay the monthly service fee associated with the medical alert service—even though the medical alert service was never ordered.  
 
“When you’re asked to provide personal financial information for a product you haven’t ordered, that’s a sure sign of a scam,” Madigan said. “Anyone who receives these calls should not provide their personal information, and they should hang up immediately.”
 
Madigan noted that Illinois residents who receive these calls should report them to her office and provide as much information as possible, including any information the caller conveys and the number they ask you to call in response to the inquiry.

Chicago Detours to Offer Jazz & Blues History Tour by Bus

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Experience secret stories and places of music history
 
CHICAGO, IL – During Blues Festival weekend, Chicago Detours will host a limited group of 27 lovers of jazz, blues, and Chicago history on the “Jazz, Blues & Beyond” tour by bus. Beginning at 10:30am on Saturday, June 8, this two-and-a-half-hour special tour, which is offered to the public only during Blues Fest and Jazz Fest weekends, integrates multimedia, expert guide commentary, a live blues performance, and visits to sites tourists and even residents rarely see. (See sneak peaks in this video.)

Screens on the bus illuminate the past while the guide delves into the people, politics and culture that have made Chicago a hotbed for musical innovation. Guests get to make music of their own with a harmonica demo, and they get up close with relics of a former 1920’s and 1930’s jazz club where Louis Armstrong and Earl Hines once played. The tour ventures to Chicago neighborhoods from north to south.

Guests on the tour have described it in five-star Yelp reviews: “An amazing adventure,” “Loved the harmonica lesson,” and “This is a MUST do if you live in Chicago.” On the tour Chicago Detours Founder Amanda Scotese shares vivid stories and thought-provoking perspectives on the Great Migration, Maxwell Street Market, and Chess Records. A game (with prizes) caps off a lesson on differences and similarities between jazz and blues. The photos and brief documentary clips presented on screens in the bus include performances of musical artists, and historic pictures of recording studios, clubs and theaters.

Tours are curated with a journalistic approach, as Scotese and her team consulted with local experts, such as music photographer Paul Natkin and former Blues Festival director Barry Dolins, in the development of the tour. “We curate our tours to include a wide variety of perspectives,” Scotese says. “Both by connecting with people who have lived the history, and also by studying archival materials like personal letters, club flyers, and old magazines.”

Currently more than half of the seats are filled and the tour is expected to sell-out. Group is kept to a maximum of 27 guests to keep a personal dynamic and to permit exclusive access to a historic mural in a former jazz club, which is a highlight for many. Jazz Record Mart serves as the meeting and end point for the bus tour. Reservations for this tour, to be held June 8th, 10:30am-1:00pm, are required via www.chicagodetours.com. Adult tickets for this premium experience that is usually offered only to private groups are $65; students/seniors $60; kids under 12 $50, and include bus transport, tour guide commentary, multimedia presentation, live blues musician performance, harmonica lesson and gift, and other extras.

About Chicago Detours:

Chicago Detours offers guided tours of history, culture and architecture that bring people to places that locals don’t even know. Since launching two years ago, the company has garnered 5-stars on both Yelp and TripAdvisor, and was voted a top tour in the Chicago Reader Best of 2011 polls. Founder Amanda Scotese honed her guiding skills while employed as a guide and guidebook researcher with Rick Steves, one of the nation’s most well-known travel authors and television personalities.

Contact:
www.chicagodetours.com
www.facebook.com/chicagodetours

Ghost of the slave master…In the hood

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By Christopher Jack

Nationwide (BlackNews.com) — Just before the end of the college semester I was invited by a colleague to come to his class and share my personal insight on a movie he was going to show his students. I asked him what was the movie, and he replied “Django”. Without hesitation I accepted his invitation because I have always been a fan of Jamie Foxx because he is not afraid to take chances in a chosen occupation where he can, and will be scrutinized on a daily basics. I will make it clear now that I went to my friends’ class with the single intention of being entertained by one of Hollywood’s greatest actors. I sat their enthralled along with his students as I watched Quentin Tarantino tell a brutal, inhumane and degrading truth, of how a race of people was never considered when Webster penned the definition of the word “human”. This director told a story that Hollywood would never dare tell.

The movie ended and I look at the faces of these young zealous thinkers and what did I see? Confusion, puzzlement and disbelieve. This movie went against every fiber of their being, and everything they had been taught about slavery. My buddy asked the class, “So what did you guys think of the movie”? There was lifeless stillness. Then my frightening enlightenment started. An African American young lady said, “They fed slaves to dogs? I don’t believe that”. Someone else said, “If they treated the slaves bad, how could they have the energy to work in the fields? They needed the crops for economic reasons and they had to have strong slaves to work the fields”. Ladies and gentlemen do I really need to tell you that by this time I was squirming in my chair. Then it happened. A young man said with an authoritative voice, “I think most of this movie was foolishness, there is no way a white director can tell a story about slavery”. I was sure of it, I was having a heart attack. Then he put frosting on the cake by saying, “white people don’t know nothing about me”. My buddy looked at me with a monumental smile on his face then of course I realized my invitation to the class was an invitation to a hanging, my own.

Professor Jack, would you like to add anything to the conversation, my buddy asked? I turned to the last gentlemen that spoke and told him the story of Willie Lynch. Mr. Lynch, a British slave owner in the West Indies was asked to come to this country because he was an authority on how to control slaves. He stood on the banks of the colony of Virginia in 1712 to teach the methods of how to control slaves. Ladies and gentlemen, you can read it for yourselves, but I want to bring out the binding chemistry of his speech. He taught the slave owners how to control the thinking process of the slaves. If you can control a person’s thinking you can control them forever. As an educator and a person who has matriculated and learned under some of the greatest thinkers in this hemisphere, I am constrained by my conscious and my moral upbringing to tell my students the truth. The Willie Lynch effect is still flowing deep and warm in our veins today. Willie Lynch insisted that the slave owners convince their slaves that their lives are not that bad. They had food to eat. A place to rest their head and if they worked hard enough to please the slave master they can maybe be a House Nigger. (Samuel L. Jackson’s character). I went on and asked a few rhetorical questions. How much time in school did you spend on African American history? How many books did you find in the library titled “African American History?” Did you know that if you were caught teaching slaves how to read you would be executed? (Yes, white people also if caught) How come when Hollywood makes a movie and the time period happens to be during slavery, the black characters are portrayed as witty caretakers? Never educated or serious thinkers? How come we are not told about the real horror the Tuskegee Airmen went through to just serve this country?

Then I walked over to the young man that made that last statement boldly to the class, and asked him, “How was Willie Lynch an authority on a race of people that was not his color? How did Quentin Tarantino make such a beautiful slavery movie and he’s not African American”? The class and my buddy was silent. I smiled and said, “I’m not going to give you the answers just yet. Let’s talk about Jamie Foxx. Jamie made it clear early in his career that he had a strong grandmother that loved and disciplined him when it was necessary. She taught him how to stand up straight, be a gentlemen, respect others, look a person in the eye and most importantly love who you are. There is a generation of African American young people that have been taught that if they love themselves then they are arrogant. It is my opinion that this thinking of young black adults is still the Willie Lynch effect. If some other race have pride in themselves then they are go-getters. If African Americans do, then we are arrogant. Jamie Foxx clearly understands his history and his value. I believe that’s the reason he took this role. I have much love for this brother.

The class was quiet, the overhead projector fan was running with a speechless buzz, and I was standing in front of this young thinker looking him in the eyes. Now, I will answer my question. “You said that the white man don’t know anything about you….How do you think they were able to conquer us? Why do you think Willie Lynch was so successful? He knew more about you, then you knew about yourself”. His attention was arrested on my every word so I left him with a painful truth. I said, “Willie Lynch in his speech spoke of the stench of a rotting slave hanging from a tree. This is for you my young brother, if you don’t expand your thinking. That stench that greets you in the morning will not be the smell of that rotting corpse that’s hanging from that tree. That smell will be coming from that comfortable cushy bed of obscurantism you just got out of….”

Christopher Jack, is a College Professor, nationally syndicated columnist, and Public speaker in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He can be reached at chrisjackus@yahoo.com

 

‘Look First’ is good advice when choosing a Drivers Education Program

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(A Message from the Better Business Bureau)

 

CHICAGO, IL – Bad customer service, no shows, and poor sales practices should not be part of a quality drivers education program. But, in reality, those are the complaints being received by the Better Business Bureau serving Chicago and Northern Illinois.

For certain age groups, completing a drivers education program is a requirement prior to receiving a license to drive. For those parents and young motorists who choose to use a private provider, it is important that they research multiple facilities before choosing one.

“There could be very serious bumps in the road for student drivers who inadvertently find themselves using the wrong drivers education provider,” said Steve J. Bernas, president & CEO of the Better Business Bureau serving Chicago and Northern Illinois. “Parents and students should check with their state’s Department of Motor Vehicles to verify the driving school instructor’s license status and be sure to read the contract’s fine print before committing.”

The BBB recommends the following when choosing a driving school:

  • Research first. For information on driving schools in your area, start your search at www.bbb.org for free BBB Business Reviews that will help you make informed decisions.
  • Ask around. Contact several schools to find out about the course schedules, fees and registration procedures offered. Remember, price is not the sole factor in choosing a driving school. You must compare instructional quality, class size and behind-the-wheel lessons.
  • Visit the driving school. Ask to see classrooms and if you can observe part of a course and ask if you can see the course book to ensure it’s up to date. The ideal course integrates both behind the wheel and classroom training. Remember that the fastest course is not always the way to go.
  • Check the details. Find out if the school has a policy on make-up classes and refunds. Always read the terms and conditions on enrollment forms and contracts. Also, check to see how the school resolves its complaints.

For more information you can trust, visit www.bbb.org

Simon’s college scorecard resolution adopted by General Assembly

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SPRINGFIELD, IL – Illinois Lt. Governor Sheila Simon praised members of the Senate for their adoption of House Joint Resolution 33, following its unanimous passage this morning in the Senate Education committee. The resolution urges all colleges and universities in the state to prominently feature a link to federal College Scorecard information on the school’s website and work together to design and publish an Illinois College Scorecard with data that supplements the federal data.

“A college credential is a prerequisite for in-demand jobs in our economy, but college affordability is a barrier for many students,” said Simon, the state’s point person on education reform. “Making it easier for college-seeking students to access the federal College Scorecard means vital information – like average cost and completion rates – is readily available to help students find a college or university that fits their needs and their budget. I thank Sen. Lightford and Rep. Jakobsson for sponsoring this resolution and for their leadership on education issues.”

In her first two years in office, Simon visited each of the state’s 48 community colleges and 12 public universities. Students at each campus identified affordability as a major barrier to their college success. The College Scorecards clearly identify average costs, graduation rates, loan default rates, and areas where students can better estimate costs based on their personal goals.

“Choosing the right college or university is a big decision, and it is important that students and their families have access to information that will enable them to evaluate schools,” Sen. Kimberly Lightford (D-Maywood) said. “The College Scorecard will make it easier for students to compare important college and university information that will help them pick a school that best meets their needs.”

HJR 33 not only encourages degree and certificate-granting institutions in Illinois to link to the federal College Scorecard, but also to work together across institutions to design and publish an Illinois College Scorecard with data that supplements the federal data. Simon intends to create a working group this summer to design the Illinois version.

“Having this information readily available is important to students and families across the state as they plan to pursue higher education,” said Rep. Naomi Jakobsson (D-Urbana). “As we work to boost college completion rates, it is important that students have the resources they need to make the best decision to achieve their dreams.”

The resolution was adopted last week in the House. The federal college scorecard can be found here.

Roosevelt’s South Side Alumni Chapter Launches Operation 1000

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In honor of the 30th Anniversary of the historic election of the late Mayor Harold Washington, and in recognition of his legacy of inclusiveness and diversity, the South Side Alumni Chapter of Roosevelt University proudly announces, Operation 1000, the Campaign to name the Harold Washington Memorial Student Lounge.

It is important that the legacy of Mayor Washington be remembered, especially in the halls of Roosevelt where new generations of students will be inspired to take up the challenge to advocate for those who are weaker or less powerful. The members of the South Side Alumni Chapter have made a commitment of $10,000 to name a student lounge, located on the third floor of the new Wabash Building, in memory of the late mayor and in recognition of his status as a Roosevelt alumnus, a community activist, and Mayor of the City of Chicago.

Please join us in our quest! If just 1,000 Roosevelt alumni and friends send in $10 each, we will meet our goal. Of course, a larger gift is appreciated but like Mayor Washington, we don’t want to leave anyone out and we appreciate all gifts.

To make a donation, click on the following link – and keep his legacy alive.
 https://secure.touchnet.com/C21300_ustores/web/store_main.jsp?STOREID=1&SINGLESTORE=true
 
For questions, contact Denise Bransford at dbransford@roosevelt.edu.

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