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Victims of Milwaukee Police Department’s Illegal Rectal Searches Sue City

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Today, for the first time, victims of the notorious police assaults to publicly come forward

 

MILWAUKEE – Topping years of scandal over illegal and often painful rectal searches by Milwaukee police officers who eventually were charged with criminal conduct, this morning victims of the misconduct filed suit in federal court against the City, and eight current and former officers. 

At a noon press conference today at The Shellow Group, 324 W. Vine Street, Milwaukee, two of the four plaintiffs in the new suit – Jerrold Ezell and Anthony Pettis – will speak out publicly for the first time.  They will be joined by their attorneys, Robin Shellow of The Shellow Group of Milwaukee, and Jon Loevy and Heather Lewis Donnell of Loevy & Loevy Attorneys at Law, a Chicago-based firm which is the largest civil rights firm in the region.

“Dozens and dozens” of people had complained of illegal cavity searches by Milwaukee police officers  over the years, according to Milwaukee County District Attorney John Chisholm, but until today, none have spoken publicly about their trauma.  All of the known victims are African American.  All of the known alleged police perpetrators are white.

According to today’s suit:

  • In February 2011 Ezell was sitting in his car parked in front of his grandmother’s house when Sergeant Jason Mucha and Officers Michael Vagnini and Jacob Knight approached the car with their weapons drawn.  Even though he had no probable cause, during the course of Ezell’s arrest Vagnini grabbed Mr. Ezell’s scrotum and put his hand through Mr. Ezell’s buttocks cheeks with a blading motion, all outside his pants.

Unsatisfied with his search of Mr. Ezell, Officer Vagnini then began to use his fingers to claw and attempt to penetrate Mr. Ezell’s anus. Officer Vagnini threatened Mr. Ezell stating: “If you try to run, I’ll blow your fucking head off,” or words to that effect.  Sergeant Mucha and Officer Knight stood by and watched Officer Vagnini’s searches of Mr. Ezell, but did nothing to intervene or stop him.

  • In July 2011 Vagnini performed a similar illegal cavity “search,” this time against Anthony Pettis, in an interrogation room of Milwaukee’s 7th District Police Station. Vagnini, who on April 22 pled no contest to four felony and four misdemeanor crimes, bragged to Officers Bartol and Seitz that “This is how you search these guys.”  Bartol and Seitz failed to stop the misconduct.
  • In November 2011, Officers Bartol and Seitz entered a private residence without a warrant or probable cause, followed by dozens of other officers, including Vagnini and Knight.  Officer Vagnini ordered Mr. Pettis and Mr. Ezell to stand up and then shoved his bare two fingers into both Mr. Ezell’s and Mr. Pettis’ rectums one after another without pausing to wash his hands or put on gloves.  No drugs were found on either man, and yet the officers arrested them.

Atty. General Madigan: Apple conspired with publishers to fix E-Book prices

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Federal Court Finds Apple Was “Essential Member” of Pricing Conspiracy 

 

CHICAGO, IL — Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan announced that that the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York has found Apple Inc. liable for violating the antitrust laws by conspiring with five of the largest U.S. book publishers to fix the prices of e-books. The court found that Apple “was an essential member of the charged conspiracy and was fully complicit in the scheme to raise e-book prices.”

The court’s opinion explained that Apple coordinated with the publishers to drive up the price of e-books above Amazon’s $9.99 price point beginning in 2010 when Apple unveiled its first e-book reader, the iPad. According to the opinion, Apple “played a central role” because it “promised each Publisher Defendant that it was getting identical terms” from Apple and that Apple “would only move forward if a critical mass of the major publishing houses agreed to its agency terms.” Because of Apple, the publishers were able to act in concert to raise market prices to $12.99 or higher for e-book offerings.

“When companies fix their costs, customers pay the ultimate price,” Madigan said. “By colluding to fix the price of e-books, Apple and the publishers forced book buyers to pay millions more for e-books than they otherwise would have. Enforcing the state’s antitrust laws will ensure that people who purchased these items receive the full benefit of competitive pricing and choice in the marketplace.”

The court’s opinion comes after a three-week bench trial before Judge Denise Cote. The trial did not address the issue of damages, but the court found that the conspiracy raised e-book prices by 18.6% across all of the Publisher Defendants’ e-books. The 33 states and territories involved in the case, including Illinois, will seek to recover damages from Apple in a second trial to determine how much Apple should pay for its role in overcharging consumers.

The publishers, Hachette Book Group Inc., HarperCollins Publishers L.L.C., Simon & Schuster Inc., Holtzbrinck Publishers LLC d/b/a Macmillan, and Penguin Group (USA), Inc., settled before trial. Under the settlements, the publishers agreed to pay consumers nationwide more than $166 million. 

Bureau Chief Robert Pratt and Assistant Attorney General Chadwick Brooker handled these cases for Attorney General Madigan’s Antitrust Bureau.

Topinka requests legal review of Amendatory Veto

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Comptroller responds to Governor’s action

 

SPRINGFIELD, IL – Illinois Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka released the following statement Wednesday in response to the Governor using the Amendatory Veto to stop compensation for General Assembly members: 

“This morning the Governor notified my office of his intention to eliminate the salaries and stipends of members of the General Assembly. While I understand and appreciate the Governor’s focus on pension reform, real questions have been raised about the legality of his action. Specifically, Section 11 of our State Constitution states that ‘changes in the salary of a member shall not take effect during the term for which he has been elected.’ Therefore, I have requested a legal review which should be completed before lawmakers are scheduled to receive their next paychecks on August 1, 2013.”

Saint Sabina votes to post ‘No Guns Allowed” signs on all of its buildings

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Father Pfleger praises Senator Collins for her ‘no’ vote; vows to bust out others

 

By Chinta Strausberg

Referring to state lawmakers who voted to override Gov. Quinn’s changes to Illinois’s Concealed Carry bill, Saint Sabina’s Parish Council late Wednesday night voted to post “no guns allowed” signs on all of its buildings and schools with Father Michael L. Pfleger urging others to follow suit.

Saying he takes this personally given the recent 72 shootings and 12 killings over the holiday weekend, Pfleger said, “We want to put signs up immediately where we stand. We’re disappointed in Springfield. I’m ashamed of the legislators who voted for it.

“If any legislator who voted for this bill comes to our church, I will call them out for voting for this horrible bill that the NRA sponsored. We will put signs up on our buildings as quickly as possible to make it clear that we do not want guns here unless you are turning a gun in,” Pfleger said.

During the Parish Council meeting, members voted in favor of posting the no guns allowed signs including an amendment that made one exception. The only guns allowed on Saint Sabina property will be at the Rectory Office, 1210 W. 78th Place, where they can turn in any guns without any questions asked.

When asked if others should follow suit, Pfleger said, “I urge every church, stores, businesses, everybody needs to put signs up to take a stand on this thing about guns.”

Praising, Illinois Senator Jacqueline Collins (D-16th) for voting against HB No. 183’s override amendatory veto, Pfleger said she is to be commended for her eloquent remarks on the floor and her stand to bar guns from places like restaurants that serve liquor and schools. The Senate voted 41 yeas and 17 nays.

On the Senate floor, Collins said, “Parts of my district already resemble the wild West. Today, I voted, once again, to reject the false premise that more guns will make our streets safer.”

In explaining her vote against overriding Gov. Quinn’s amendatory veto of the concealed-carry legislation, Collins said the senator’s “were faced with a Hobson’s choice: to turn down a chance to make Illinois’ concealed-carry law less risky, or to allow a ‘wild west’ scenario in which concealed carry becomes legal tomorrow by court order and no law is in place to restrict how and where firearms are carried.”

Making it clear, Collins said she voted her constituents wishes. “I kept faith with my constituents who live every day in embattled neighborhoods…. I remain committed to laws that protect our neighborhoods and our children from the scourge of violence.”

Despite her pleas and others for cooler heads to prevail, the House voted 77-31 to override Quinn’s amendatory veto and the Senate voted 41-17.

And, though Father Pfleger said if any of those who voted to override Quinn’s amendatory veto comes to Saint Sabina, he will call them out, Rep. Monique D. Davis (D-27) who voted to override his amendatory veto because the federal government gave them a July 9th deadline to have a concealed carry law in place. Illinois is the last state to pass such a law.

Davis disagreed with the governor on his opposition to carrying guns in dining restaurants where alcohol is served. She said 77 lawmakers voted to override Quinn’s bill when “it takes only 71 votes.

“Even if I had voted ‘no,’ it was going to pass,” Davis told this reporter. “The trouble we are having in Chicago is the illegal guns, not the legal guns.”

She is also opposed to the governor’s demands to force people to have 16-hours of weapons training. “We cannot keep pretending that Chicago is an island. We have more gun laws, but we have the highest crime rate. It doesn’t make sense,” said Davis.

She took her anti-violence push one step further by calling on the federal government to dispatch the National Guard to Chicago especially after the last two shootings of babies.

While Davis said most believe the shootings are gang-related or mistaken identity, she asked, “then what about the shootings of these babies”?

Davis took a swipe at Police Supt. Garry McCarthy who said crime is down compared to the same time last year. “Tell that to the mother of the baby who is burying her child,” quipped Davis. “This is not a normal situation where more children are dying than older people.”

“I want the National Guard to come into Chicago to serve and protect the people. Kids have been killed recently in three parks. These criminals should be caught. What would you do if they had on uniforms from other countries? When have you ever heard of more children being buried than seniors? For those of us who have a voice, it’s criminal not to speak up.” Davis criticized those who “don’t want to be against any administration. I have to stand up for my community,” she said.

Taking another swipe at city officials, Rep. Davis said Supt. McCarthy’s proposal to hire 21-year-olds for policemen when the current law is 25 is unacceptable. She has a better idea.

“I want the mayor and the governor, with my help, to establish a commission or task force to guide the National Guard on a daily basis. I want them to serve and protect this city. Are we paying for a park district we can’t use? I want former Police Superintendants Terry Hillard and Jody Weis along with Father Pfleger to direct the activities of the National Guard on a daily basis,” said Davis.

Referring to the fatal shooting of 23-year-old Terrance Graves, a newspaper vendor who also sold fresh fruit at 99th and Halsted, Davis said, “He had a disagreement with some youth fighting over (drug) territory. They killed him and the community should be outraged.” Davis praised  Rep. Kelly Cassidy (D-14th) for standing with her on this vote. “The tragedy is people can object, but what is your solution”?

“I want the governor to bring in the National Guard to stem the crime,” she said. When told some critics feel their presence would be another level of harassment to the black community, Davis strongly disagreed. “Why would it be police harassment when they would be standing guard around our parks? If gunfire erupts, the National Guard would respond.”

Davis said her idea is better than those who just “sit around waiting for the net headline and killing along 79th Street, Halsted Street, Auburn Gresham community, Cooper Park and the many other places where gunfire has erupted killing innocent lives.

“Yes, I am angry over these shootings,” she said admitting she is frustrated at the spike in gunfire. “What would happen if these were white children, Irish children or Jewish children? What would happen in Chicago then? I cannot understand the idea of children not being allowed to be children.

“My objective for calling in the National Guard is to have people a bit more fearful of those shooting into a crowd or being caught for killing someone. I am not saying bringing them in will end the shooting, but we’re in a crisis,” Davis said.

“The federal government needs to be involved given the spike in shootings in Chicago. I want President Obama to send someone to be a part of this task force I am proposing to alleviate what is going on. I do know that people want jobs. They want to work, but I don’t believe if you’re not working it makes you a killer,” she said in criticism of those who blame the shootings on the unemployed.

Proving her point, Davis said, “When we were in slavery and were released, they were not trying to find weapons to kill each other. These shootings are unacceptable, and I don’t want to be quiet about it. A child should not have to stay in the house because they might be killed. It’s insane.”

“If the Chicago police cannot catch these shooters, then the National Guard can be here to protect the children. My heart is in the right place…. “

To faith leaders, Davis asked, “How can you preach to a bunch of people without talking about violence? How can you not preach about innocent people losing their lives? We should be outraged about it.”

In fact, Rep. Davis said those who know the identity of the shooters including their own children should turn them into police. “It could save the kid’s life. If you have a child who has gone astray and has weapons and are doing things that are wrong, then do them a favor…turn them in and save their lives.”

And to the critics who are urging the community to police itself, Davis said that’s impossible. “We don’t have that kind of training. We need those who do have the training to be available to protect us.”

Lastly, Rep. Davis said some activists are missing the boat because “liquor billboards are coming back into our community. The black community will once again be inundated with these signs. For years, thanks to Father Pfleger and others, they were prohibited and now they are back. Are we not going to say anything because the mayor is our friend”? She asked. Davis said it’s fight-back time.

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.

New Novel “The Blood of Titans” tells a unique Black Love Story set in the Golden Age of Africa

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Greenville, SC (BlackNews.com) — C. Michael Forsyth’s new novel, The Blood of Titans, has just been published by Freedom’s Hammer.

The Blood of Titans is a unique love story set in the golden age of Africa. It’s the tale of Halima, a teenage princess who falls in love with a warrior king. In the course of her adventures, Princess Halima comes of age and learns about loss, duty and the high price of romantic love.

Early responses are glowing:

“The Blood of Titans is an epic romantic adventure that hearkens back to the origin of African civilization, told with detailed eloquence… an engrossing and well-crafted tale. Forsyth does an excellent job creating Halima’s world with details so sharp the reader is easily transported into it.” — Milton J. Davis, Editor of Griots: A Sword and Soul Anthology

“The lyrical language of The Blood of Titans quickly drew me into this richly textured novel. I could smell the air, hear the music, and see the towns and sea and grasslands and mountains. Every scene comes to life.” — Shauna Roberts, Ph.D, author of Like Mayflies in a Stream

“C. Michael Forsyth has charted new territory in the land of Sword and Soul. The Blood of Titans will carry you along on an amazing journey. I give it five spears out of five.” — Charles R. Saunders, Aurora Award-winning author of Imaro

Forsyth, who was born in Harlem, is a Yale graduate. For 10 years he was senior writer for Weekly World News, the outrageous satirical tabloid. His 2011 first novel Hour of the Beast was hailed by Horror Fiction Review as a “fast-paced, rip-snorting, action-packed, sexy college romp.” His first children’s book, Brothers, was published last year by the Greenville Family Partnership.

While love stories targeted at African-American women are typically “urban romances,” featuring unsavory protagonists such as strippers and drug dealers, the principle characters in The Blood of Titans have a Shakespearean dignity. The book projects a highly positive view of black people and their history.

To request a review copy in either paperback or as an eBook, request a press kit or arrange an interview, please email cfors10917@aol.com or call 864-386-1146.

Paperback is available from www.freedomshammer.com

Kindle Edition (as well as softcover) is available from:
www.amazon.com/The-Blood-Titans-Michael-Forsyth/dp/0988478005

All other eBook formats, including Nook from:
www.smashwords.com/books/view/312239

Softcover $15.00 ISBN.978-0-9884780-0-8 280 pages
Kindle $6.99 ISBN 978-0-9884780-1-5
Other eBook formats $2.99 ISBN 9781301308309

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Film “Racial Taboo” to be featured at International Civil Rights Center & Museum

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The International Civil Rights Center & Museum of Greensboro, North Carolina will feature Documentary Film, Racial Taboo, during the month of July

Wilmington, NC (BlackNews.com) — Wave Communications is pleased to announce that the documentary, Racial Taboo, will be highlighted at the International Civil Rights Center & Museum in Greensboro, North Carolina, each Saturday, during the month of July. The continuous screenings start at 1:00 p.m. and conclude at 6:00 p.m. Each month a different thought provoking documentary serves as the focus for inquiry into some civil or human rights issue in societies around the world. Racial Taboo, a feature-length documentary, provides people with a common experience that enables conversations about race.

The International Civil Rights Center & Museum, a state-of-the-art facility, takes visitors on an excursion into American civil rights history and brings them to an awareness that this struggle continues today. The Museum’s Executive Director, Bamidele Demerson said, “A society with a racial caste system – replete with stratified and stereotyped groups – is incompatible with the ideals of a freedom loving democracy. Racial Taboo can serve as a point of departure for dialogues on the direction our country must move.”

The discussion of race is a very sensitive subject. Racial Taboo is a film produced specifically to help Black and White people have a meaningful conversation about race. The film was developed after researching what Black people would like White people to know and what White people have always wanted to ask.

Although people can watch Racial Taboo alone, it is most effective when viewed by a racially diverse audience followed by a discussion. According to Brian Grimm, the film’s director, “Some White people may initially dismiss the film’s content as previously covered territory, but after seeing the depth of Black people’s reactions, they typically begin to open up to the reality of the Black experience at a very human level. As a result, Black people open up more too.”

Racial Taboo looks at such concepts as: White Privilege, the biological basis of fear, how the media perpetuates race-based fear and distrust, and how the psychological legacy of enslavement can be seen today. It also looks at how the current generation of youth is impacted by not knowing its history. Ultimately, the film encourages us to explore our own prejudices and broaden our minds and our relationships.

Additional Information
The Racial Taboo trailer can be viewed online at www.RacialTaboo.com. If you find the trailer informative, please Like “Racial Taboo” on Facebook and follow them on Twitter at @RacialTaboo #RacialTaboo

 

Discussing financial issues is a vital task before marriage, says the Better Business Bureau

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CHICAGO, IL – Summer is the most popular season for weddings and is an exciting time for newlyweds. However, there is more to a marriage than the wedding and the honeymoon. Couples need to be committed to each other not only emotionally, but also financially. The Better Business Bureau serving Chicago and Northern Illinois (BBB) advises newlyweds to discuss their financial goals and issues before walking down the aisle.

“Discussing finances isn’t the most romantic part of a marriage but it’s something that needs to be done,” said Steve J. Bernas, president and CEO of the Better Business Bureau serving Chicago and Northern Illinois. “By setting a budget and discussing financial situations, new couples will be able to save for the future and have money for any emergencies that come up.”

The BBB offers the following advice for newlyweds planning their financial future together:

  • Discuss your financial history. After marriage, any personal debt becomes “our debt.” It is important to sit down early when marriage is being discussed to discover what outstanding obligations exist on both sides. These could include car loans, school loans and credit card debt. Review your credit reports to get a better idea what both of you are bringing to the marriage.
  • Build a budget. After you’ve gotten a grasp on your debt, it’s time to build a monthly budget. Look at your monthly bills to create a realistic picture of how you spend. Discuss your long term goals-such as buying a house or car and having kids. Figure out how much money to set aside each month to reach those goals.
  • Learn to budget as a team. In order to avoid confusion, one person should be assigned to pay the bills every month. This doesn’t mean that the other person takes a back seat role in managing the finances. Have a discussion at least every month about your financial progress in order to map your path and get rid of any bad spending habits.
  • Plan for emergencies. Many young couples fail to save money to get them through hard times such as health problems and unexpected unemployment. Experts recommend you set aside three to six months of salary in a rainy day fund-ideally an interest-bearing account that can be easily accessed.
  • Save for the future. Retirement may seem like a long way off to newlyweds, but setting aside money now means reaping big rewards later on. Take advantage of both employers’ retirement matching programs-if available-or set up individual retirement accounts. For more tips on saving for retirement, visit www.finra.org
  • Make a vow to be savvy consumers. Many families have had their life savings decimated after becoming a victim to fraud or identity theft. Check out your BBB’s website to find trustworthy businesses, get educated on the red flags of fraud and learn how to protect your identity.

For more advice on managing your money, visit www.bbb.org/us/consumer-tips-finance/

Chicago: A Distrustful Reality Show

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A Weekly Column to CopyLine Magazine

 

By Rev. Harold E. Bailey

President of Probation Challenge & the PCC Network

CHICAGO, IL – Reality shows have taken over the media industry and have created frenzy among the people. Hollywood has told untruths for so long and so well that some folk seek to emulate what is seen on television. However, I’m here to tell many of you that the real reality shows are happening every day on Chicago streets, on the street corners, in homes, in alleys and even in the work place. As children seek to play outside in their front yards or as John/Mary Doe wait for a bus…it is all too scary now! And the reality is that little if anything is being done by those hired in our city and state governments to bring about safety – coupled with truth and solutions! When most people leave their homes to venture out, many often ponder if they will arrive back home safely.

The powers-that-be that are sitting on the Fifth Floor of City Hall are trying desperately to govern the city population with mere cosmetics, but are themselves lost in a pit of vipers, with little or no hope of escape!

I was once told by a respectful gentleman who had a multitude of honest thoughts that once you have bitten into the political fruit you belong to the political bosses. What is the truth in all this madness? Is the cost of ‘I scratch your back – you scratch mine’ worth spiritual prostitution? Is it worth losing self-respect or credibility with the public? In this reality show, are you mindful of the sufferings of the people you’ve taken an oath to govern properly… and the promise you made to uphold the law with truth and righteousness? Is this the reality of your work?

The governmental reality show indicates that some folk are giving themselves healthy raises under-the-tables, in the corridors, etc…as the hard working public becomes the poorer! This cycle of deceitful mismanagement in our city and state governments must stop – and it must stop now!

The public has been raped of almost every dollar mentionable and can’t spend that last dollar to travel to the downtown district to pay the absorbent utilities bill because they don’t have money for the Chicago meters or the high cost of city-garage parking.

Who is fighting in the taxpayers’ behalf? This is truly shameful! The honest truth is that my children’s children will pay for years the burden of the Skyway travels which was leased or simply sold-off to whom? Where were the council members who were hired to protect the community from such questionable matters? Who now is honestly in position to answer for these live reality shows that appears to be continuing on a daily basis? It would be wonderful to once again have standard barriers that are fearless and have the nerve to report to the public behind the doors misgivings…where are they?

Roll Call: Who sat at the political table reaping thirty pieces of silver (if that much), while all the raping and mismanagement of public affairs were going on? Who silently signed on to matters that have caused citizens, property owners and businesses of this city to suffer and weep bitter tears? Many of these persons have given up hope. Many have left the city while others, after working hard through the many years, retired to enjoy their lives in old age after losing hope under the City of Chicago burdens and taxations.

In the midst of all the loud calmer of government misspending, youth are being sent away like crazy to pay what is stated to be a ‘debt to society’ … and at the same time this incarceration money is refilling the coffers of those who raped the community of its youth, and they could honestly care less about people!

This is the true reality show! After all this political malice, hatred and misappropriation of tax-payers’ money, the question again is: Who is going to rehab, jail and/or prison? The debt now own taxpayers for the years of city and state administration mistakes, and misspending. It will never be paid off by this present generation…never, if ever!

The devious hidden hand continues to rob from the poor and lend to the rich. For example: Emphasis should have been placed on education years ago but the evil eyes of some saw that if they warehoused (imprison) youth they could benefit more! You do know that it cost more to incarcerate than it does to educate, don’t you? This was a true mismanagement of dollars and a gigantic reality presentation!

Over twenty-five years ago, I emphasized that if we dared to educate well, you would not have to incarcerate. That was laughed at and even many in the judiciary scored at the concept of the Probation Challenge seeking to educate. However, many of those that sought to write me off … then wrote the blueprint for what’s happening now – to jail them…those people! How strange; but how true! This is the reality, folk!

It will soon be over, and the laughter will cease when the pendulum starts to swing in a different direction, and the majority of those falling prey to violence will become whites rather than blacks; then the ballgame will shift to sincere ‘rehab measures’ rather than incarceration!

This inconsiderate and unfair metering out of justice is displayed where white celebrities continue to display acts of aggressive behavior and defiance toward the courts of law … with a mere slap on the wrist. African-American offenders would have received contempt of court and a sentence that would be unforgettable. Does this actually mean that there are two sets of rules in the criminal just us system? In this reality show I’d rather think so! This blatant act of some and their disrespect for the court indicate that everybody can’t play that game. And certainly not every day ‘living-in-living-color people’ in the streets of Chicago and County of Cook. This is in fact the Real Reality Show! Youth shouldn’t attempt to emulate foolish actions of others across town – it will not work! They should live productive lives as God wanted them to do. And they’ll be glad that they did. Because Christ came to earth that we might have life and have it more abundantly.

The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the Rev. Harold E. Bailey and not of CopyLine Magazine.

The Rev. Harold E. Bailey, President of the Probation Challenge Program will address ‘Truth and Solutions’, Friday, August 16, 2013, 7:00 p.m., at the Condesa del Mar, 12220 South Cicero Ave., Alsip, Illinois, at Probation Challenge’s 34th Annual ‘Portrait of Achievers’ Awards and Dinner, Entertainment and the Show of Show’s stage presentation.

International Artist appearing for the Educational Cause are:

The World Famous Marshall Thompson and the Chi-Lites

The Barrett Sisters with Tina Brown

Kevin Collins

Make check/money order payable to Probation Challenge and send your ticket requests to: Probation Challenge, Post Office Box 498293, Chicago, Illinois 60649.

Rev. Harold E. Bailey is the President of Probation Challenge and the PCC Network – www.probationchallenge.org – The Truth network – ‘The System that Works for Criminal Rehabilitation’

Kirk: Let’s keep our promise to children with disabilities

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Committee passes bipartisan Kirk amendment to increase special education funds, offset by reducing duplicative grants
 
 
Provides $115 more per special needs child to local school districts this year
 
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) today offered an amendment to increase funding for special education through the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) by slowing the growth of the duplicative grant program Promise Neighborhoods. The Appropriations Committee approved Senator Kirk’s amendment by a vote of 18-12 in the Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Appropriations bill for Fiscal Year (FY) 2014.
 
“My amendment means an extra $115 will support every special education student in Illinois and across the country,” Senator Kirk said. “Congress promised to pay for 40 percent of the extra cost of education for special needs kids. We have fallen behind on this promise, and this amendment gives us the opportunity to honor it. I am glad to have the bipartisan support of the Committee.”
 
Audio of Senator Kirk’s comments at the Committee can be found here, and the text of his amendment can be found here. 
 
Background
The amendment increases IDEA funding by $43.246 million for FY 2014 and is offset by slowing the growth of the Promise Neighborhoods program at the FY2013 amount. Promise Neighborhood grants fund programs that already exist in the Department of Justice, Housing and Urban Development, the Department of Agriculture and the Department of Transportation. 
 
When Congress enacted IDEA in 1975, the statute called for the federal government to cover 40 percent of the additional cost of education for children with special needs. A 1982 Supreme Court ruling set the guidelines for these additional services. To date, the additional cost of education services for special needs children has never been fully funded at the 40 percent commitment. The Kirk amendment increases the federal government’s funding to further reach that goal. 

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