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Kirk Welcomes House Vote on Iran Sanctions, Urges Senate to Act

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House bill includes Kirk legislation freezing Iran’s access to foreign exchange reserves immediately; Kirk urges sanctions targeting all Iranian Government revenue and reserves
WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) today welcomed House passage of the Nuclear Iran Prevention Act, H.R. 850, which passed by a vote of 400-20.  The House bill incorporates the Iran Sanctions Loophole Elimination Act, S. 892, which was introduced by Sen. Kirk and Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) in May.
“I applaud the House of Representatives, especially Chairman Royce and Ranking Member Engel, for pressing forward with tougher sanctions to prevent Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapons capability,” Sen. Kirk said.  “The House bill would cut off access to the U.S. banking system for any foreign financial institutions that conducts transactions in foreign currencies for blacklisted Iranian banks and sectors.  The message to Asian banks and clearinghouses is clear – if you conduct a euro transaction for Iran, you will be held accountable.  Now is the time for the Senate to act.  I look forward to working with my colleagues to swiftly pass a bipartisan sanctions bill that dries up all Iranian government revenue and reserves before the regime can achieve nuclear critical capability.”
The Iranian Government, including the Central Bank of Iran, maintains bank accounts around the world filled with foreign exchange reserves – with the majority of those held in euros.  Reports suggest that Iran uses these reserves to circumvent the total impact of American and European sanctions by converting them into local currencies in order to finance imports and stabilize the country’s monthly budget.
Under the House-passed sanctions bill, it will become illegal – retroactive to May 22, 2013 – for a foreign bank to facilitate a transaction in a non-local currency for any blacklisted Iranian bank or economic sector.  For example, if an Asian bank conducts a transaction for the Central Bank of Iran or the National Iranian Oil Company in euros – or converts Iran’s euros into a local Asian currency – both the Asian bank and its European correspondent clearing on the euro transaction would lose their access to the U.S. market.
On February 25, 2013, 36 Senators (19 Democrats and 17 Republicans, including majorities of both the Senate Foreign Relations and Banking Committees) signed a bipartisan letter to the European Union urging the EU to take immediate action to close the “euro loophole” in U.S. and EU sanctions policy.  On March 23, 2013, the U.S. Senate unanimously passed an amendment to the budget supporting efforts to block Iran’s access to its foreign exchange reserves and limit the ability of designated Iranian entities like the Central Bank of Iran to conduct transactions in euros.  With the EU failing to act, Sen. Kirk and Sen. Manchin introduced the Iran Sanctions Loophole Elimination Act on May 8, 2013.
Separately in May, Sen. Kirk joined Sen. John Cornyn (R-Tex.) in introducing the Iran Export Embargo Act, S. 1001, which would prohibit the purchase or transfer of goods and services from any entity owned or controlled by the Government of Iran and banning all transactions on behalf of such entities for the purpose of exports from Iran.  The bill would block all assets of entities deemed to be Government of Iran and also prohibit any insurance or reinsurance for such entities.
“We owe it to the American people to exhaust all available options before the diplomatic clock runs out,” Sen. Kirk said.  “It’s time to send a clear message to all nations of the world – there is no such thing as legitimate trade with the Government of Iran.  Money is fungible and any funds deposited into the Iranian Government’s coffers help subsidize its rogue nuclear program, illicit proliferation networks and unprecedented human rights abuses.”
In 2011, Sen. Kirk co-authored the Menendez-Kirk amendment, which imposed sanctions on the Central Bank of Iran and led to unprecedented economic pressure inside Iran.  In 2012, Sen. Kirk authored an amendment to impose sanctions on the financial messaging providers servicing designated Iranian banks, which ultimately led the European Union to order the Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication (SWIFT) to disconnect such banks.  In December 2012, the Senator again co-authored a Menendez-Kirk amendment to the FY13 National Defense Authorization Act, which blacklisted whole sectors of the Iranian economy and prohibited the sale or delivery of raw, semi-finished and precious metals to Iran.

Illinois Law Enforcement Training & Standards Board Developing Curriculum to Instruct Police Officers on Implementation of State’s New Concealed Carry Law

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The Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board (ILETSB) announced it is working to develop a curriculum that will help police officers understand the state’s new concealed carry law, enacted by the legislature on July 9, and provide instruction for how to interact with armed citizens in a manner that protects officers, members of the public and individuals licensed to carry firearms.

The concealed carry curriculum is being prepared in cooperation with the Police Training Institute, located at the University of Illinois’ Champaign-Urbana campus, and will be based upon research by expert instructors and law enforcement professionals at the University of Illinois and ILETSB staff. ILETSB and the University of Illinois entered into an intergovernmental agreement in 2012 to conduct research into law enforcement practices, technologies, and training methods and delivery systems.

The training program will include: an emphasis on how the new law changes safety considerations for both officers and the public; alterations in law enforcement officers’ interactions with individuals during traffic stops; how to verify the possession and authenticity of concealed carry permits; and investigation and arrest procedures in cases when persons violate requirements of the new concealed carry law. Additionally, officers will engage in a variety of scenario-based exercises meant to simulate situations they may encounter on the streets.

“The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is committed to conducting research into new and innovative aspects of criminal justice that will enhance practices and procedures within the law enforcement profession,” said Chancellor Phyllis Wise. “We appreciate the opportunity, via the university’s Police Training Institute, to do our part to prepare the state’s local law enforcement officers for the implementation of this significant new law.”

“The Board’s job is to respond quickly to changes in state statute to ensure that Illinois police officers have all the instruction necessary to perform their jobs in a professional, safe manner,” ILETSB Executive Director Kevin McClain said. “We are fortunate to be in a position to collaborate with our partners at the University of Illinois to develop a thoughtful training program, but are mindful that it will be a momentous undertaking to train both new police recruits and the state’s nearly forty thousand current police officers by early next year.”

The new concealed carry course will be mandated for all recruits at the six board-certified basic training police academies; it will also be made available to the state’s 39,000 sworn officers through the Board’s 16 Mobile Team Training Units, which operate across Illinois. The Board will strongly encourage all law enforcement departments and agencies to obtain in-service training and education for their officers.

ILETSB is responsible for the certification of all police officers employed by units of local government, including: cities, villages, counties, colleges and universities, community colleges, and park districts.  The board provides basic training to new recruits through six academies located across Illinois, and offers in-service training to active duty police officers.  The six board-certified police academies in Illinois are the Illinois State Police Academy, Chicago Police Department Academy, Cook County Sheriff’s Police Academy, Police Training Institute at the University of Illinois, Southwestern Illinois College Police Academy, and the Suburban Law Enforcement Academy at the College of DuPage.

A. Philip Randolph Pullman Porter Museum to celebrate March on Washington and Visionaries who inspired it

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Two-day event will also commemorate founding of Black Labor Movement 


CHICAGO, IL – The A. Philip Randolph Pullman Porter Museum will host a triple celebration on August 24 and 25 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, pay tribute to A. Philip Randolph — the visionary who inspired the March — and to commemorate the founding anniversary of the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters, the first Black labor union in America to be chartered under the AFL. The two-day, triple celebration takes place at the Museum at 10406 S. Maryland in Chicago’s historic Pullman community. It begins on Saturday, August 24, when all of the events are free and open to the public and will climax on Sunday, August 25, with a fundraising reception at the Museum.

Themed: “Honoring the Brotherhood,” the two days of festivities will provide a dynamic forum where the trio of historic events will come to life.

On Saturday, August 24 from 1-5 PM, renowned historian Dr. Christopher Reed and members of the Chicago Black History Forum will share nuggets about the Movement through lectures. One of the forums will chronicle the inspirational saga of the Pullman Porters.  There will also be films, interactive activities, music and vendors.  The celebration will climax on Sunday, August 25th with a gala fundraiser reception from 5-9 PM at the Museum where the legacy of Randolph, and the launch of the Black Labor Movement will be commemorated.  Tickets for this tax-deductible celebration are $50. Proceeds go toward continuing the Museum’s mission to educate the public about the legacy of A. Philip Randolph and the contributions made by African-Americans to America’s labor movement. Newly-elected 2nd Congressional District Congressman Robin Kelly and Illinois State Representative Elgie Sims are among the dignitaries who will attend.

While the March on Washington is hailed as a pivotal point in civil rights history, what is little known is that the March on Washington was spawned by A. Philip Randolph who founded The March on Washington Movement (MOWM) in 1941, along with Bayard Rustin. According to Museum archives, the MOWM was formed to organize a mass march on Washington to pressure the U.S. government to desegregate the armed forces and provide fair working opportunities for African Americans.  With the threat of thousands descending on Washington to protest the government’s failures in these areas, President Franklin D. Roosevelt issued Executive Order 8802.

This historic legislation banned discriminatory employment practices by Federal agencies, all unions and companies contracted to perform war-related work.  The order also established the Fair Employment Practices Commission to enforce the new policy. The Commission was the forerunner of the Fair Employment Act.  With all demands met, Randolph and Rustin claimed victory and called off the March on Washington.

Years later, Martin Luther King, Jr., was so moved by the activism, ideals, example and results achieved by Randolph and Rustin’s Movement, that he modeled the historic 1963 March after it.

The Museum will also use the occasion to pay tribute to the Black Labor Movement, which was conceived in August 1925 when A. Philip Randolph founded the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters. It was the first black labor union in America to be chartered under the AFL and, the first to win a collective bargaining agreement, with a major US corporation.

“We are all very excited about the celebrations on August 24 and 25,” declared David A. Peterson Jr., president of the APRPP museum.  “We look forward to providing a forum where the March can be remembered and where the Black Labor Movement can be celebrated. It is only fitting that these events take place at the only museum in the nation that bears the names of Mr. Randolph and the Pullman Porters.”

The A. Philip Randolph Pullman Porter Museum is the only cultural facility in the world devoted exclusively to highlighting the accomplishments of Randolph and the Black Labor movement. Founded in 1995 by historian Dr. Lyn Hughes, the Museum has emerged as the premiere Mecca for chronicling and showcasing those stories.  Opened year-round, the Museum hosts exhibits, programs and has an array of resources on these subjects. Under its new president, David A. Peterson, Jr., Museum 44, the youth and young adult program division of APRPP Museum was launched.  Museum 44 is planning another celebration to memorialize the March on Washington on August 28.

For more information about the events and about the Museum, visit its website at www.aprpullmanportermuseum.org

A 60-day moratorium on crime? Think about it!

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By Rev. Harold E. Bailey

President of the Probation Challenge PCC Network

If ever we as African-Americans decide to make a gigantic difference – yes, we can do it! History has taught us that whatever we laid our hands to … the Lord blessed it.

This nation was built by people of color and they were given little if any finance! What they were compensated with was not even considered the low cost of slave labor! History dictates that anything of a meaningful production … it has the fingerprint of a Black man on it.

Now that I’ve said that, Can we pull our minds inwardly? Can we decide without reservation to in-fact put the criminal just us system out of business? Can it be done? Frankly, without Blacks and Hispanics the system would fall to its knees.

Remember: What we put our minds to… it can be done with perfection. Consider the history of our building this country… We can build a city of loveliness right here in Chicago, a theory that can spread abroad. Do not allow the enemy (Satan) to say that it cannot be done… history says it can be done. The DNA is in our veins.

Ah, but what if we decided that we would put away knives and guns? And what if we as Blacks decided to create a moratorium on crime for only 60-days? That would mean no hurting or killing anyone! Think about it… if we could do it for 30 or 60 days, we could do it for a lifetime. But, then you would have some folk across town talking about some people causing trouble!  Yes, some folk would extremely… not angry but mad at you! How dare you mess with that multi-billion dollar industry of jails and prisons!  

Tons of wrong-minded folk would hate your guts for cutting out mass killings in our community. Folk would be disturbed for your taking the job of killing away from the KKK. Maybe would have to retreat to the woods to lick their wounds.

Haters: Their revenue would decrease and the criminal just us system would suffer greatly – only because you woke up from a bad nightmare.

http://www.probationchallenge.org/ – The Truth Network

Rev. Harold E. Bailey, writes a weekly column for CopyLine Magazine www.copylinemagazine.com

‘Death and Harry Houdini’ extends to August 18th

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Sold out performances prompt addition of 7 new dates
CHICAGO, IL—The House Theatre of Chicago’s hit production, Death and Harry Houdini, is once again selling out performances at The Chopin Theatre (1543 W. Division St.). The company announces an extension through August 18, adding seven performances to accommodate the high demand.
The full cast remains in tact for the extension. The added performances make another 840 seats available for The House Theatre of Chicago’s most popular show.
Tuesday 8/13 at 7:30pm
Wednesday 8/14 at 7:30pm
Thursday 8/15 at 7:30pm
No Friday*
Saturday 8/17 at 4:00pm and 8:00pm
Sunday 8/18 at 4:00pm and 8:00pm
*Magician Dennis Watkins will perform two sets of The Magic Parlour at The Palmer House on Friday 8/16 at 7:30pm and 9:30pm.
All extension tickets are $49 and are on sale now at thehousetheatre.com and 773-769-3832.

Praise for Death and Harry Houdini

4 out of 4 Stars “HOUDINI is back, more entrancing than ever. The House Theatre’s dazzling show… truly covers the range of Houdini… deeply satisfying.”
– Chris Jones, Chicago Tribune, July 18, 2013
The Equity Joseph Jefferson Award for Artistic Specialization – Magic Design was given to Company Member Dennis Watkins in November 2012.
He was honored alongside nominations for Best Production – Play Midsize, Best Direction, Best Lighting Design – Midsize, Best Costume Design – Midsize, Best Sound Design – Midsize, and Original Incidental Music.
About The Play
A ringmaster leads us through the events of Harry’s life, all told through stunning magic, poignant dialogue and original music. We travel from the untimely passing of his father, through his first tent shows with his younger brother Theo, meeting his wife Bess, and beginning a journey towards fame on the vaudeville circuit. All the while, Harry feels Death close on his heels and he won’t rest until he’s conquered him once and for all. Harry will walk on broken glass, swallow razor blades and risk his life in the Water Torture Cell, but will he pull off an escape from Death?
Company Member, actor and award-winning magician Dennis Watkins brings a lifetime of creating magic to the character of Harry Houdini. Watkins has designed a magical landscape for The House to play in that includes many of Houdini’s original creations, as well as an onslaught of classic magic driving the story’s narrative.
For the 2013 production, Allen and Watkins have incorporated additional magic into the story, including a full-body levitation and an appearance of an entire school of fish.
Additionally, Watkins performs Houdini’s most infamous stage escape, The Water Torture Cell, in which he is locked upside down in a tank of water, with only as much time to escape as he has air in his lungs. The Water Torture Cell, as performed by Houdini, is a rarely-seen stage escape. Furthermore, The House boasts the first-ever recorded performance of The Water Torture Cell in the round. This escape gives the audience the one-of-a-kind opportunity to witness magical history from inches away!

Nearly deaf accomplished Stanford grad shares her uncompromising truth in second stimulating Book of Poetry

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“Silence Is Not Always Golden: A Poetic Revolution”

Born with a hearing impairment, author Joy Elan is a vibrant and outgoing single mom who was born in Berkeley, CA to a mother who was herself single, and raised in neighboring Oakland. Having grown up without her father and been hard of hearing for her entire life, Elan encountered numerous obstacles and challenges. Though she quite successfully overcame a good number of the difficulties by far exceeding low expectations that others had for her, Elan has chosen to share a more hard-hitting and eye-opening view of her unique life’s experiences, from the inside out. The Stanford University M.A.Ed. graduate has penned her most intimate thoughts in uncompromising style in her new book of poetry titled “SILENCE IS NOT ALWAYS GOLDEN: A Poetic Revolution.”

Nationwide (BlackNews.com) — Talented poet Joy Elan announced today the publication of her second book of poetry Silence Is Not Always Golden: A Poetic Revolution. Her new offering is quite a departure from its more genteel predecessor, SIGNS OF LIFE: Past, Present, and Future, which told stories of the normal, yet complicated daily lives of a lover, student, worker, mother, and other recognizable identities. SILENCE IS NOT ALWAYS GOLDEN is poetry anthology that defies the norm, boasting a harder, more aggressive edge. Elan pulls no punches as she tells her truth in a manner in which she believes her audience needs to read and hear. 
The Black Panther Party’s Huey Newton’s quote “You can jail a Revolutionary, but you can’t jail the Revolution.” was Elan’s inspiration for her book’s title.
As an African American Studies major, the author wanted to pay a tribute to a local hero who is rarely celebrated for his group’s contribution to the Black community and society as a whole. The masterful poet stands up, and sets the world straight about her unique life experiences, and the experiences of her people at-large, particularly those who came long before her.
Among the enthralling collection of poetic works in her new book, Elan’s subject matter ranges from the unspeakable hardships of her slave ancestors to her experiences living in a silent word; her feelings of oppression and extinctness, and the need to revolt against that which makes life a challenge – discomfort, disappointment, disrespect, disinterest, disingenuousness, dishonesty.
“Life is hard work! The truth can sometimes be a beautiful thing. For example, my love for my precious daughter is a beautiful truth. My many blessings are beautiful truths. But, ugly truths are a normal part of life. Everyone’s life!” she expounded.
Assertive, hard-hitting, authentic, thought-provoking, genuine, scorching, stimulating, and motivating are how Elan’s prose in SILENCE IS NOT ALWAYS GOLDEN: A Poetic Revolution is being described. “By being around other spoken word artists at open mics, I have learned to evolve as a poet. I have become a spoken word artist where I bring my poetry to life. Watching the other poets/spoken word artists perform their pieces taught me how to dig deeper and push myself further. I didn’t want to write about the struggles in a gentle way because the struggles weren’t gentle to me. So, I had to bring them to life and I realized people really related to what I was saying because it wasn’t just the words, but their intense and deliberate delivery.”
Elan is anxious to share this body of work of which she is so very proud. She is certain that most of its readers will concur with her that “we” have a need and right to a Revolution.
“There is more to life than simply making a living and surviving. You must fulfill your purpose by pursuing your dreams because if you do not, life will pass you by. My words are my way of fulfilling my purpose because I am making my dream a reality and I am showing you that you can do the same.” — Joy Elan
In celebration of the her new book’s publication, Joy Elan will host a book launch party on Saturday, August 3, 2013 from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. at Imagine Affairs Art Lounge’s new elegantly decorated venue located at 408 14th St., Oakland, CA. The evening will include Elan’s book signing, poetry reading and Q&A.
SILENCE IS NOT ALWAYS GOLDEN: A Poetic Revolution by Joy Elan
CreateSpace, June 2013, ISBN-10:148404505X, ISBN-13:978-1484045053
Paperback, 112 pp, $12.99 US, Kindle, $5.99
Born with a hearing impairment, Joy Elan has required hearing aids since the age of 15 months. Her hearing loss was attributed to oxygen deprivation caused by the umbilical cord wrapped around her neck at birth. Now, a single mother of a pretty and smart little 5-year-old daughter, Elan was born in Berkeley, CA in July 1983 – to a mother who was herself single – and raised in neighboring Oakland, CA where she attended a Deaf/Hard of Hearing program in the Oakland Unified School District (OUSD). At the age of four, Elan was introduced to American Sign Language (ASL). Doctors discouraged her mother from learning to sign as it was believed that her use would hinder Elan’s already limited hearing ability.
Despite her hearing loss, she excelled in school and was mainstreamed in a regular classroom. From an early age Elan’s hardworking mother filled her with encouragement, assisted her academics, and worked with her on her speech. Throughout elementary school, Elan’s teachers were very supportive, but the OUSD would not provide the required accommodations that were listed in the IEP (Individualized Education Program, mandated by the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). After two years of requesting the accommodations, her mother decided to move them back to Berkeley where in the Berkeley Unified School District, Elan was granted all of the necessary accommodations outlined in the IEP. She continued to the middle school and high school fully mainstreamed with ASL, and graduated from Berkeley High School one semester early.
In just three years Elan obtained her undergraduate degree from University of California, Berkeley in African American Studies, then proceeded to earn her Master’s Degree in Education from Stanford University, graduating with a stellar 3.67 GPA.
SILENCE IS NOT ALWAYS GOLDEN: A Poetic Revolution is Joy Elan’s second published body of work. The first was the well-received “SIGNS OF LIFE: Past, Present, and Future,” which was published July 2011.
Elan performs her poetry live at venues throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. To learn more about Elan’s story, her performances and her books, visit http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?e=001UnvYeUoFLhWfAOUtYWJ9FyD_PMa0mdA_C8Yux0vF-KTroO71-XSja-zLwpItnaQj9CAwti9urGtyUsyyw0xXNesVplo3qxyIUdvW1UQaEgzyMUXnMBRMg_yKtXrJkREE. She may be reached directly at elandenise@aol.com.
Hearing appliances are not covered by medical insurances or Medicare. Though hearing screenings and medical application for hearing health is covered under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Obamacare), hearing aids are not required to be covered. hearpo.tumblr.com/post/34671196216/obamacare
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Does It Matter to be “The First?” How about being the Best?

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Soap Box Rants

A Weekly Column to CopyLine Magazine

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

I often hear or read about someone being the first to do this or that only to find out later that they weren’t first after all.

As an example, I read online that some young girls in Lagos, Nigeria had presented a urine-powered generator at an innovation fair. Today, I read that some researchers in England had found a way to charge a cell phone with urine. The article went on to say “until now, nobody has ever harnessed electricity from urine.” Hmm. I’m not a scientist, but it sounds to me like the young ladies beat them to it so how can they stake this claim as first? Or does it matter anyway?

Last week, a woman shared an idea with me that she had for a company. It was similar to others, but she put her own personal twist on it. It was a great and unique idea. Weeks later a big company announces they will be doing the same thing she told me she would be doing. The term we always hear is that “Great minds think alike,” but that brought no comfort to her. It’s not the first time she had an idea that we saw come to fruition only weeks or months later. I suggested to her not to share her ideas with people. She said she hadn’t. Then I asked her something she had never thought of: “Did you do a Google search?”

Whenever we search for information, it can be cached (stored and saved somewhere). It can be online or on your machine that others may have access to. Your information can be captured by
someone sharing the network or free Wi-Fi at your local coffee house, at work or public library. You have to wonder about that when you are using free Wi-Fi provided by big corporations. What’s in it for them? Capitalists don’t give away anything without some sort of return. Maybe it’s your information.

While no search is really private, you do have access to tools that allow you to search anonymously and claim not to track what you are doing online. The latest and greatest dynamic duo is the Mozilla Firefox browser with the DuckDuckGo.com search engine.

And who says you have to be the first to be successful with your business idea anyway. No one can ever claim first with confidence unless it is a truly groundbreaking idea. Often there is nothing new under the sun. There is a good chance that the exact model or some variation of it has been done at some time or the other. The focus should be on being the best, and creating something useful for the masses.

Remember, before Google there was Yahoo. Before Facebook, there was MySpace and Friendster. In other words, these companies took an already great idea with users beating down the doors to get it, and improved it; thus making the other products old school, uncool, outdated and obsolete.

In other words, instead of reinventing the wheel find a great wheel and make it a super or better wheel than others.

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

Trotter moves district office into one-stop service center

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By Chinta Strausberg

Senate Majority Leader Donne Trotter (D-17th) Wednesday announced he has moved his legislative district office from 8709 So. State St. to 8658 So. Cottage Grove next to Walgreens 87th in the shopping mall.

The office will also house Rep. Elgie R. Sims, Jr. (D-34th) and Cook County Comm. Stanley Moore for a “one-stop government service office,” according to Senator Trotter.

“We work in tandem, and when we do things get done,” said Trotter.

Trotter reported that the Illinois Black Caucus hired 6,000 youth this summer of whom 600 were hired in his district. We split $10 million from each senatorial district to hire young adults from 16-24 years old. “Many of those jobs are going to transcend into full-time jobs because they have proven to be good for the workforce.”

“We wanted to have a get together for all 6,000 youth at the South Shore Country Club, but the Chicago Park District wanted to charge us $6,000 for food and $12,000 to rent the park just for four-hours and the rest of the money to buy insurance. They wanted $20, 000,” Trotter said.

“At the last minute when we said we would cancel it, the Park District said they would waive the costs, but it was too late,” he said. On the other hand, Trotter said he is excited about the jobs for the youth especially those who will continue working beyond the summer.

For further information, call Senator Trotter at 773.933.7715.

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.

Better Business Bureau Survey shows dissatisfied consumers complain directly to businesses before taking other actions

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CHICAGO, IL- A majority of consumers who are displeased with a product or service prefer to complain directly to a business or manufacturer before taking any other actions, according to a recent poll by the Better Business Bureau serving Chicago and Northern Illinois (BBB). The poll also shows that few consumers go online to state their dissatisfaction.

The largest single response (43%) of unhappy consumers in the poll was to verbally complain to the business or manufacture. Others would simply never return to the business again (32%), email the business or manufacturer (11%) or verbally tell others not to use the business or product (9%).

The poll was taken by 740 BBB website visitors. It was run from mid-June until mid-July.

“These poll results show that consumers are willing to speak with a business to resolve problems,” said Steve J. Bernas, president and CEO of the Better Business Bureau serving Chicago and Northern Illinois. “Being a leader in helping businesses and consumers in complaint resolution, the BBB knows that written complaints are more effective.”

Bernas advises consumers to write to businesses when they have complaints. By writing complaints, a consumer is able to explain the situation and give the business a thorough understanding of their expectations.

For businesses, complaints should be viewed as opportunities to change and improve, noted Bernas. He said they need to take negative experiences as an incentive to explore their practices.

“Consumers need to be treated as valuable resources,” the BBB president explained. “When a business loses a consumer, it loses money. By creating negative experiences, a business is missing out on an opportunity for a repeat consumer.”

The data emphasizes the need for businesses to make consumer interaction a positive experience. It also shows that consumers would help businesses by giving honest feedback about products and services.

For more consumer tips you can trust, visit www.bbb.org

Tickets Now Available for Presentation of Extradition Hearings of Mormon Church Founder

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The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, a division of the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency; the Illinois Supreme Court Historic Preservation Commission; and the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library Foundation are partnering to highlight Joseph Smith, the founder of the Mormon Church, and his legal issues in Illinois.

Two days of events starting in Nauvoo, Illinois, one of the key settlements in the early years of the Mormon faith kicks off Sept. 23, followed on Sept. 24 by an afternoon of a re-enactment of Smith’s extradition hearing.  Tickets are now available at www.josephsmithcaptured.com.

Missouri Governor Lilburn Boggs’s attempt to “eradicate” the Mormons caused legal problems for Smith, the Mormon Prophet who founded The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS).   He employed the writ of habeas corpus while an Illinois resident to free himself from extradition to face charges in Missouri.

In Nauvoo on Sept. 23, the events include tours of historic sites in the town with expert interpretation to give the visitor an inside look at life in Nauvoo in the 1840s.  In the evening, a dinner at the Hotel Nauvoo will precede a presentation by Dallin H. Oaks, entitled “Behind the Extraditions: Joseph Smith, the Man and the Prophet.”  Oaks is a member of the LDS Quorum of Twelve. The dinner will be held at the Hotel Nauvoo; reservation information will be forthcoming on josephsmithcaptured.com.  The Oaks presentation will be held at the Nauvoo Historical Visitors Center.

In Springfield on Sept. 24, the events include a theatrical presentation of Smith’s three habeas corpus hearings in Illinois followed by a panel discussion on the use of habeas corpus from Smith’s time to the present day.  An encore presentation and discussion will occur on Oct. 14 at the Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts at the University of Chicago.  Tickets for the Chicago event will be forthcoming.

“The preparation for these events has been meticulous, representing the efforts of scores of attorneys and judges throughout Illinois,” said Illinois Supreme Court Justice Anne Burke, who serves on the committee putting together this series of programs.  “Every person in Illinois should want to see this interesting part of the history of our state as well as that of a faith that took its roots right here.  From Nauvoo to Springfield to Chicago, everyone who wants to be a part of this wonderful experience certainly will have a chance.”

For further information, please contact John Lupton, Executive Director of the Illinois Supreme Court Historic Preservation Commission at 217-670-0890 or john.lupton@illinoiscourthistory.org.

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