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Archive for June 28th, 2013

Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Chicago Murder has invaded my home!

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(This is a corrected updated version)


By Rev. Harold E. Bailey

President of Probation Challenge/PCC Broadcast Network


After the many times of admonishing you and your staff regarding the many murders taking place in the City of Chicago, my very own nephew was recently killed in South Shore, on the corner of 75th and Yates.  And, not under the guides of night – but daylight.

 Each day we continue to hear of yet another family being deprived of loved one to violence in this city, which has become a ‘way-of-life’ for perpetrators who hold the life of another in their trigger-finger!

Well over 49-years have I fought against crime and violence in this city, but did not talk-that-talk, but rather I walked-that-walk, and was then ridiculed for it.  Never have I seen such a resistance to law-and-order as I note today, but again, never in my life have I seen such an orchestration of matters not working coming from the Chicago City Hall!  The Chicago Police department bringing in departmental heads who have little or no knowledge of the streets, and their complexion serves only to enhance street resistance!
I hasten to point out, the absence of the Probation Challenge program and its illegal eviction from the City Colleges/Olive-Harvey College Campus, only proves that ‘them’ ‘they’ and ‘those’ persons who were under the auspices of education were not street-culprits, but were turning their lives around. Now, since City Colleges, then under the guides of Chancellor, Wayne Watson, who turned those that were doing well, back into the streets to cause havoc and mass murder to not hundreds but thousands.  These youth then were forced to turn their backs on education and returned to past behavior. City Colleges was and is under the umbrella of the Mayor’s Office – then Mayor Richard Daley. Why did this happen becomes the question, unless it was a political decision or a reckless device to allow just what’s happening today… in some communities.
And, as I revisit this recent murder of my nephew that has invaded my family-members, and extended family… Mr. Mayor, I assure you, that the fine people of this city will not forget your none existence in that seat in City Hall. You are absent as it relates to our immediate family needs. Stop putting the finger on others… you were hired to bring about truth and solutions.
Mr. Mayor, I suggest that you take a serious look at the wrongs floating around in your administration as it relates to the streets of this city, and that you visit not only those that have fallen victim to murder, all this is  pre-arranged, but, make homes visits deep into the vineyards of the South and Westside of the city, where evil and senseless malice has invaded the ranks of sanity.
And, as you fight to close schools, I might add that you might want to know that some of us who have lived long enough know of the evils that hides behind that issue. None-the-less, I also suggest that you look into ‘Truth and Solutions’ as they were set-forth some while ago by the Probation Challenge Network: WWW.ProbationChallenge.org – The Truth Network, where much of what is happening today was broadcast – then!
Mr. Mayor, where is your vision? What is it that you see? If there is hope, please allow ‘we’ the public to share a drop of it…we can use it!
The Rev. Harold E. Bailey, will briefly discuss: Truth and Solutions’ at the Probation Challenge 34th Annual ‘Portrait of Achievers’ Awards, Dinner, Entertainment and The Show of Shows starring: Marshall Thompson and The Chi-Lites, and the Barrett Sisters with Tina Brown. Also, Kevin Collins.
For Reservations call: 773.978.3706.
Rev. Harold E. Bailey, President of Probation Challenge. WWW.ProbationChallenge.org

Editor’s Note: The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the Rev. Harold Bailey and not CopyLine Magazine.

Kirk Supports Immigration Reform Bill

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Legislation includes Kirk priorities to secure border first, allow Polish citizens visa-free travel, and grant citizenship to combat veterans


WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) applauded Senate passage of a bipartisan immigration reform bill that first secures the border and then creates a tough but fair path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants. Kirk hailed the inclusion of key provisions to double the size of the border patrol, reform the Visa Waiver Program to include strong allies like Poland and expedite citizenship for non-citizens who serve in combat for the U.S. military.


“The American system unlocks human potential faster and better than any other system,” Senator Kirk said. “We are going to unlock the full American potential of 525,000 people in our state who will build businesses and boost the Illinois economy.”

Over the last two weeks, Sen. Kirk worked with his colleagues to improve the border security provisions in the immigration bill. Yesterday, the Senate adopted a “border surge” amendment to add 21,000 more border patrol agents, require the completion of 700 miles of fencing, implement an electronic entry-exit system at all air and sea ports and mandate the use of the E-Verify employment verification system by all employers.

The immigration reform bill incorporates language from bicameral, bipartisan legislation Senator Kirk co-led to enable strong allies like Poland to join the Visa Waiver Program, which allows citizens of participating countries up to 90 days of visa-free travel to the United States.

“Poland is one of our closest allies and allowing their citizens visa-free travel to the U.S., a privilege that nearly all of our other close democratic allies have enjoyed for years, will further strengthen our bond,” Sen. Kirk said.

Chicago is home to nearly one million citizens of Polish ancestry, the highest concentration in any city outside of Warsaw. Sen. Kirk is a staunch advocate of U.S.-Poland relations and has long fought for Poland’s inclusion in the Visa Waiver Program. To learn more about Sen. Kirk’s work on this issue, click here.

The immigration reform bill also includes language authored by Sen. Kirk, which waives certain naturalization requirements for any non-citizen serving in our military who earns a Combat Infantryman Badge or other award granted for engaging the enemy in combat. 

“In my view, if you risk life and limb for America, you are an American,” Senator Kirk said.

Rapid Prototyping: How to Jam at a Game Jam or Hack-a-thon

Posted by Juanita Bratcher On June - 28 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS

Theme: “Peace on Earth”

Soap Box Rants

A Weekly Column to CopyLine Magazine


By Pamela Bratcher-McMillan
President, Chair & CEO, of PETAL et al.

One of the biggest mistakes made at game jams and hack-a-thons is lofty ambitions. The thing to keep in mind is that you have a set amount of time to complete the project whether it is 24 hours or 7 days. The most important thing is that you have something playable on time so keep it simple.

Think of the project as a prototyping exercise for a small project you can further develop later. You are supposed to be collaborating and having a good time so enjoy. Write a brief concise statement detailing what the project is about. For example, we will create a game. Questions to ask: What is the end result as the winner or what happens to the loser? What do players have to do to win? What could cause them to lose? I find the best strategy is to think simple. It may not be a Triple A game, but casual gamers or kids may love it.

Game Title: Peace on Earth Thanks to the Aliens

Genre: Action Game (Side Scrolling Shooter)
Instructions: Help the Alien silence the frog by clicking on the left mouse button and firing flies from his ray gun for the frog to eat. The goal is to feed the frog as many flies as possible to stop him from being noisy. The more flies he eats, the more points the player gets for keeping him quiet. This is a quick game to play.

Reward: If the player is able to feed the frog 35 flies, he advances to the next room to be thanked by the townspeople who were able to get some sleep.

Simple Game Design Document:

Game Objects: Four game objects are the wall, frog, Alien and fly. The wall is a square that when repeated around the borders of the background will serve as a barrier to keep the alien from leaving the stage. The alien has a ray gun that he shoots while walking slowly toward the frog. When he shoots a fly into the air, the frog eats it. Every bug the frog catches and eats, earns 1 point.

Levels: One level of game play that gets more difficult when frog starts to move around.

Sprites: Wall, Alien, Frog and Fly

Sounds: Frog croaks until he grabs fly and relaxing music plays in the background

Controls: Left mouse button to fire ray gun

Keep in mind, the most important thing is to deliver. You have time constraints so set realistic goals to meet your deadline.

Pamela Bratcher-McMillan is a technology Expert and President, Chair & CEO, of PETAL et al.

Pensions conference committee to hold first hearing

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 Conferees Raoul, Holmes and Biss discuss expectations for compromise


SPRINGFIELD. IL — A conference committee created during last Wednesday’s special session to reach a compromise on pension reform will hold its first public hearing. The 10 conferees — five from each chamber of the General Assembly — will meet at the Bilandic Building in Chicago at 11 a.m. Senate President John Cullerton appointed State Senator Kwame Raoul (D-Chicago 13th), State Senator Linda Holmes (D-Aurora) and State Senator Daniel Biss (D-Evanston) to serve on the panel. The Democratic senators released the following statements in advance of the hearing:

Senator Raoul:

“Pension reform is at an impasse because it has become a pitched battle between two priorities: constitutionality and maximum savings,” said Raoul, who will chair the committee. “The final product won’t be anyone’s ideal outcome, but I’m optimistic that with open minds and an awareness of the price of inaction, we can report back with a plan that respects the constitution and fosters long-term fiscal stability.”


Senator Holmes:

“This conference committee gives us an opportunity to move forward on a comprehensive pension stabilization plan that is constitutional and fair,” Holmes said.  “I will continue to advocate for people who have spent their lives serving the people of Illinois.  During these negotiations, we must be conscious of the rights of working men and women as well as the economic security of retirees. Of course, this issue is about the state’s finances, but we should remember it is also about people’s lives.”


Senator Biss:

“Our attempts to enact significant pension reform have hit a genuine roadblock in Springfield, and by creating a conference committee, we have taken a meaningful step in order to address this growing crisis,” Biss said. “Like many others, I have strong feelings about the pension reform proposals we’ve seen in the recent past, but we must all recognize that none of these proposals is likely to move forward without significant compromise. I am eager to work with my colleagues to finally find a solution that addresses our legal and ethical concerns yet still achieves adequate savings.”


Six of the ten conferees must sign their names to a plan for it to become the official report of the committee, and the House and Senate must approve whatever solution the group proposes before it can be sent to the governor for his signature.


Attorney General Madigan’s statement on Supreme Court decision on DOMA

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CHICAGO, IL — Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan released the following statement on the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling on the federal Defense of Marriage Act:
“The Supreme Court’s decision on the Defense of Marriage Act is a victory for couples who have been fighting to build their lives together and raise their families with all of the rights and dignity of marriage. In striking down DOMA, the Supreme Court has given added strength to our court fight to overturn Illinois’ ban on same sex marriage. Today’s decision also intensifies the need to pass a marriage equality bill in our state and ensure that all Illinois couples have access to the full rights and benefits of civil marriage.”

Simon: Don’t double student loan rates

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Organizes students to lobby against interest rate hike 

CHICAGO, IL – With interest rates on student loans set to double within a week, Illinois Lt. Governor Sheila Simon is working with Illinois students to lobby Congress to take action. For the second year in a row, Simon is encouraging students across the state to urge Congress to stop interest rates from doubling on July 1.

“The cost of college is a growing barrier for students to enroll in and complete college,” said Simon, the state’s point person on education reform. “If Congress allows interest rates to double, higher education will become too pricey for many more middle class families.”

Student loan interest rates had previously been expected to double during the summer of 2012; however, students nationwide demanded change. Young people took to Facebook and Twitter asking their elected officials to take immediate action, and President Obama signed a temporary rate freeze. Simon has advocated for passage of a long-term solution that would avert the need for last-minute, piecemeal fixes.

In her first two years in office Simon visited each of Illinois’ 48 community colleges and 12 public, four-year universities, hearing time and again that the cost of education is a growing strain on students and families throughout the state. Using that network, Simon on Wednesday will urge members of the Illinois delegation to endorse a solution and take action to prevent student loan rates from doubling.

The hike on federal subsidized loans to undergraduates would cost the average Illinois student more than $1,000 each year. In Illinois, there are more than 360,000 borrowers who would be affected.

To join in the effort, post on Facebook or Twitter with the hashtag #DontDoubleMyRate, or find contact information for your elected representative here.

“Students need to explain what $1,000 means to them, whether that’s books, housing or the ability to enroll in the first place,” Simon said. “Higher education is an equalizer. We cannot let students be priced out of school.”

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