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Archive for October 22nd, 2013

Black Clergy Push ‘Obamacare’ Enrollment as Glitches Get Fixed

Posted by Admin On October - 22 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS

Rev. Al Sharpton, Rev. Dr. Barbara Williams-Skinner and Rev. Dr. C. T. Vivianare among 14 leading Black preachers who sent a letter to the President this week assuring they will organize and push to get African-Americans signed up for the Affordable Care Act.

By Hazel Trice Edney

(TriceEdneyWire.com) – A team of African-American preachers has sent a letter to President Barack Obama affirming their “commitment to the Affordable Care Act” even as the President has ordered the website overhauled.

“We believe that access to quality health care is a fundamental civil and human right in America. Historically, over seven million African-Americans have been uninsured and denied access to care with devastating consequences. The Affordable Care Act provides African-Americans, along with Americans of all nationalities, access to desperately needed quality health care,” states the letter, signed by 14 Black preachers, all of whom lead major clerical or civic organizations. “We affirm our support for the Affordable Care Act. We understand that over time aspects of the Act will be revised as government learns more and to-be-expected administrative glitches will be appropriately addressed but it is essential that we work aggressively with what we have right now. We cannot afford to put this off any longer. Any further delay will have catastrophic effects on the nation’s uninsured.”

The three-page letter, complete with supporting scriptures, and starting with “Dear Mr. President”, was released to the media Monday evening.

The 14 names on the letter are the Rev. Dr. Otis Moss, Jr. chair, Faith Partnerships; Inc.; the Rev. Dr. Barbara Williams-Skinner, co-chair, National African American Clergy Network, who is heading the effort; the Reverend Dr. T. DeWitt Smith, Jr., co-chair, National African American Clergy Network; the Rev. Dr. Carroll A. Baltimore, president, Progressive National Baptist Convention, Inc.; Bishop George E. Battle, Jr., senior bishop, African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church; Bishop Charles Edward Blake, Sr., presiding Bishop and Chief Apostle, Church of God In Christ, Inc.; Bishop John R. Bryant, senior bishop, African Methodist Episcopal Church; the Rev. Dr. Ambassador Suzan Johnson Cook, founding president, Women In Ministry International; Bishop Paul A. G. Stewart, Sr., acting senior bishop, Christian Methodist Episcopal Church; Bishop Paul S. Morton, international presiding bishop, Full Gospel Baptist Church Fellowship International; the Rev. Dr. Julius R. Scruggs, president, National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc.; the Rev. Al Sharpton, president, National Action Network; the Rev. Dr. Stephen Thurston, president, National Baptist Convention of America, Inc., the Rev. Dr. C. T. Vivian, president, Southern Christian Leadership Conference.

The letter was released only hours after President Obama held a Rose Garden press conference deploring the embarrassing glitches that have slowed enrollment on the website, HealthCare.gov, while praising the benefits of the new plans for those who have successfully enrolled.

“…The problem has been that the website that’s supposed to make it easy to apply for and purchase the insurance is not working the way it should for everybody.  And there’s no sugarcoating it,” Obama said. “The website has been too slow, people have been getting stuck during the application process.  And I think it’s fair to say that nobody is more frustrated by that than I am – precisely because the product is good.”

For anyone experiencing problems or needing answers to questions, he announced the toll free number, 1-800-318-2596 for help. The President has also embraced the Republican-invented nickname for the Affordable Care Act. In a video, distributed by mass e-mail, he has ppealed for people to “Join Team Obamacare.”

Meanwhile, amidst escalated criticism of the plan – mainly by Republicans – the pastors and their associates bolstered their support.

“We, leaders of predominantly African American denominations and other faith leaders, who lead millions of African American people of faith, believe that our devotion to God requires us to be actively involved in promoting the well-being of all people,” states the letter. “In some cases, we can best accomplish that objective by executing clearly defined, focused collaborative efforts amongst denominations and other faith based groups. We believe in those cases we can accomplish more together than we can separately. The issue of providing all Americans with access to quality health care is one of those issues.”

The letter lists their specific commitments, including to “Facilitate the critical enrollment numbers necessary to ensure the success of the Affordable Care Act” and “Seek other opportunities to work towards improving the health status of our constituencies” such as “Health and Wellness Sundays which will include thematic preaching on specified Sundays along with other related activities.”

They appealed for other pastors to sign onto the letter and the commitment: “We call on all others of like minds and empathetic hearts to join in this public affirmation by affixing your names to this historic document.”

Photo Caption: Rev. Al Sharpton, Rev. Dr. Barbara Williams-Skinner and Rev. Dr. C. T. Vivianare

Federal Workers Must Repay Unemployment Benefits

Posted by Admin On October - 22 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS

At least 577 workers must repay $231,174

CHICAGO, IL – Federal employees in Illinois who were furloughed during the partial federal government shutdown must repay unemployment insurance benefits if they also received wages for the period they were not working, the Illinois Department of Employment Security reminded employees today.

During the partial shutdown, when federal officials promised that employees would receive wages for the days that they did not work, IDES offered the reminder that individuals who also sought unemployment insurance benefits for that same period would be required to repay the benefits.

Preliminary data show that of the 2,937 federal workers who applied for unemployment insurance, 577 took the next step to be paid a total of $231,174. These individuals will be sent notices that the money must be repaid to IDES. If it is not, IDES can take steps to recover those dollars, including garnishing tax refunds.

“The federal shutdown needlessly scared scores of workers and robbed our economy of $24 billion in growth,” IDES Director Jay Rowell said. “Another consequence was that thousands of federal workers turned to unemployment insurance because they did not know how long they would be out of work. Now that federal employees are being repaid, they need to pay back the unemployment insurance benefits they received. I fully expect that they will.”

Recovering the dollars that were paid is part of IDES’ standard Trust Fund integrity measures that help place downward pressure on the payroll taxes businesses pay to fund unemployment insurance benefits. In this case, that employer is the federal government, and the money it uses comes from our tax dollars.

It is important to note that more than 2,937 federal workers were sent home as a result of the partial shutdown. This number reflects only those individuals whose applications for unemployment insurance benefits have been processed. IDES does not know the exact number of furloughed employees.

IDES takes seriously its responsibility to fight waste, fraud and abuse. As such, it has launched several integrity initiatives to safeguard the unemployment insurance program from unscrupulous employers and employees. In the past two years, IDES has garnished tax returns to recover more than $85 million in fraudulent payments and used enhanced data integration to stop more than $160 million in fraudulent payments before they could be made. IDES also has focused on businesses that have attempted to defraud the program and has increased tax collections by 27 percent in 2012.

Tenants rally to halt building’s demolition, end “back-door” evictions

Posted by Admin On October - 22 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS

CHICAGO, IL – Garfield Park tenants who were the victims of an illegal utility shut-off will gather for a press conference at Daley Plaza on today, Oct. 22 at 10:15 a.m. to demand that Stabilis Capital Management, the court-appointed receiver of their building, cease attempts to evict them and demolish their building. Joined by neighbors and supporters from Communities United Against Foreclosure and Eviction, tenants will rally outside before attending court to learn the fate of their 14-unit apartment building.

Tenants at 506/508 N Monticello have been without gas or water for nearly three weeks after their water pipes were physically removed in an attempt to force them to leave. Now they have been told they must vacate their apartment building by October 23, giving them only a few days to move, because the receiver is seeking to have the building demolished.

But tenants say that the building, which Bank of America began foreclosing on in 2011, is still habitable. They believe that Stabilis Capital, a firm that invests in distressed commercial real estate, stands to profit by persuading the city to foot the bill for demolition rather than making necessary repairs. Tenants are demanding that their utilities be turned back on, and that the receiver either honor their leases and make repairs, or give them adequate relocation expenses and time to move.

“This used to be a beautiful building until the receiver stopped keeping it up properly,” says tenant Shannah Sipp, who has lived in the building with her husband and two children since October 2008. “Why spend public money to demolish it when so many people need places to live?” In June, Sipp spent $450 out of her own pocket to have the water pipes replaced when the property manager refused to make repairs, only to have the pipes torn out this month.

The tenants’ ordeal is part a growing trend of illegal “back-door” evictions in foreclosed buildings. Last month, Attorney General Lisa Madigan filed a lawsuit against Safeguard Properties LLC for illegally evicting homeowners through lockouts, utility shut-offs and other tactics before foreclosures are finalized, but housing groups believe the problem extends beyond one company.

“Across the city, tenants are not being notified they are being put out until a city inspector comes and tells them they must vacate—even if they have been paying rent and attempting to make complaints about conditions,” says Holly Krig, an organizer with Communities United Against Foreclosure and Eviction. “Rental properties in foreclosure often change hands many times without repairs being made, until they end up in demolition.  Banks and investors made their money, and now the public will pay to demolish housing.”

Illinois State Board of Education announces school tour and Board meeting schedule for Oct. 23 in Carbondale

Posted by Admin On October - 22 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS

SPRINGFIELD, IL – The Illinois State Board of Education has announced the following schedule for its regular business meeting on Oct. 23 at Carbondale Community High School, 1301 E. Walnut St., in Carbondale.

Board members will tour Carbondale Community High at 10:30 a.m. during a break in the meeting.

All State Board of Education meetings listed on this agenda will be accessible to persons with disabilities. Persons planning to attend who need special accommodations should contact the Board office no later than the date prior to the meeting. Contact the Superintendent’s office at the State Board of Education, Phone: 217-782-2221; TTY/TDD: 217-782-1900; Fax: 217-785-3972.

Chairman Chico may call for a break in the meeting as necessary in order for the Board to go into closed session.

State Board of Education Meeting

Oct. 23, 2013

Location: Carbondale Community High School, 1301 E. Walnut St., in Carbondale

This meeting will also be audio cast on the Internet at: www.isbe.net

Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013

8 a.m.

AGENDA

I. Roll Call/Pledge of Allegiance

A. Consideration of and Possible Actions on Any Requests for Participation in Meeting by Other Means

II. Resolutions and Recognition

A. Resolution honoring National Beta Club Teacher of the Year, Lori Quigley Eldorado Middle School

III. Presentations and Updates

A. Formula Funding discussion with Advance Illinois

B. IERC Racial Diversity and Academic Composition of the Teacher Supply Pipeline

C. Update on East St. Louis

IV. Public Participation

V. School Tour

VI. Board Discussion on Class Size and Case Load

Break for Lunch

VII. Closed Session (as needed)

VIII. Report Card Discussion

IX. *Superintendent’s Report – Consent Agenda

All action consideration items listed with an asterisk (*) are considered to be routine and will be enacted in one motion and vote.  Any board member who wishes separate discussion on any item listed on the consent agenda may remove that item from the consent agenda, in which event, the item will be considered in its normal sequence.

A. *Approval of Minutes:

1. Plenary Minutes: September 18-19, 2013

B. *Rules for Initial Review

1. Part 22, Code of Ethics for Illinois Educators

2. Part 23, Standards for the School Service Personnel Certificate

3. Part 28, Standards for Certification in Special Education

4. Part 29, Standards for Administrative Certification

C. *Rules for Adoption

D. *Contracts and Grants Over $1 Million

1. Amendment to Intergovernmental Agreement with DHS

2. Intergovernmental Agreement with East St. Louis

3. Request to Award Lead Partner RFSP

E.   *Recommendations to the State Charter Commission

End of Consent Agenda

F.   Qualified Zone Academy Bond Authorization(s)

X. Discussion Items

A. Amending Board Bylaws: Officer Term Limits

B. Election of Vice Chair and Secretary

C. Budget Update

D. District Oversight – Monthly Update

E. Other Items for Discussion

XI. Announcements

A. Superintendent’s/Senior Staff Announcements

B. Chairman’s Report

C. Member Reports

XII. Closed Session (as needed)

XIII. Information Items

A. ISBE Fiscal & Administrative Monthly Reports (available online at http://isbe.net/board/fiscal_admin_rep.htm)

XIV. Adjourn

Summit to help workplaces, schools, campuses and government facilities prevent violence

Posted by Admin On October - 22 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS

Focus on Development of Behavioral Threat Assessment Teams

SPRINGFIELD, IL – A behavioral threat assessment summit to be held Nov. 6 in Normal will help employers, school and campus officials, and government agencies develop tools to assess threats or concerning behavior and form behavioral threat assessment teams to help prevent violence.

The summit, sponsored by the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA), the Illinois Law Enforcement Alarm System (ILEAS), Heartland Community College and State Farm, will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Heartland Community College.

“We’ve seen violence far too many times in the workplace, in schools, on college campuses and at military bases and government offices,” said IEMA Director Jonathon Monken. “While we can’t erase these tragic events, we can take the lessons learned and use them to educate key officials on how to prevent future tragedies.”

Monken said investigations into violent events, such as the recent shootings at the Navy Yard in Washington, D.C. and an elementary school in Newtown, CT, have found that concerns were raised about the perpetrator’s behavior before the tragic actions occurred.

The summit will offer four separate training tracks focusing on violence in the workplace, on campuses, in schools and in military and governmental facilities. The presentations will educate officials on how to identify, investigate and assess situations and intervene to prevent attacks. Each track will focus on best practices from previous events and provide guidance for developing threat assessment teams specific to the participants’ area of interest.

“This is important training that will help participants assess behavioral threats in institutions throughout Illinois,” said Rob Widmer, president of Heartland Community College. “Heartland is committed to keeping its students, employees and community safe, and we are pleased to be part of this proactive safety effort being offered for our partners in Central Illinois and beyond.”

Illinois Tollway Diversity Official honored by Chicago Business Group

Posted by Admin On October - 22 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS

DOWNERS GROVE, IL – The Illinois Tollway’s Chief of Diversity and Strategic Development, Gustavo Giraldo, is being honored Tuesday by a Chicago-based business group for his work in building stronger ties with minority-owned companies and community groups.

The Cosmopolitan Chamber of Commerce recognized Giraldo’s achievement by bestowing on him a “Friend of the Chamber” Award at its 45th annual gala and banquet in Chicago.

Founded in 1933, the group helps develop and promote minority businesses in the Chicago area, including working with public agencies such as the Illinois Tollway to ensure those companies can compete for state contracts. Giraldo was recognized by the organization for his dedication to providing information about Tollway projects and his efforts in encouraging minority-owned businesses to bid for Tollway contracts.

“His exemplary work aids the Tollway by ensuring minority-owned businesses and contractors are aware of the opportunities they have to participate in Tollway projects,” Illinois Tollway Executive Director Kristi Lafleur said.

Giraldo, who began working two years ago as the Tollway’s first chief of diversity, said he is gratified to receive the honor from a respected business and community group.

“I wanted to make sure from Day One that I would not leave behind any organization that can help us achieve our goals,” said Giraldo. “Getting a pat on the back from an advocacy group feels good.”

Giraldo has worked closely with the chamber to engage minority-owned businesses and inform them of the opportunities they have to participate in Tollway projects.

“We are just so appreciative of his efforts to provide opportunities for small business owners to work with the Tollway,” said Carnice Carey, executive director of the Cosmopolitan Chamber of Commerce.

About the Illinois Tollway

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

Non-Profit to provide discounted grant writing services to non-profits and faith-based organizations

Posted by Admin On October - 22 - 2013 1 COMMENT


Nationwide (BlackNews.com) – One non-profit organization is dedicated to aiding those less fortunate. Established in the heart of Fort Worth and Dallas Texas, they’ve aided the less fortunate for over 19 years now. Many of those they helped were able to get back on their feet and start their lives a new.

The Humanitas Community Development Corporation (CDC) was established in April of 1988 under the sponsorship of of another nonprofit to assist low income and economic distressed business with consulting and organizational experience to secure federal, state, local and private funds for rural and urban Tarrant County. Their goal is to bring dollars to low income and economic distressed business areas to help the poor.

Other areas of importance to Humanitas include New Job Creation, New Business Development, Housing and Rental Development for the Poor, Corporate and Community Economic Development Partnerships, Banking and Financial Institution Support, Economic and Community Development Feasibility and needs assessment studies in low income and economic depressed business areas, and Banks and the Community Re-Invest Act.

The CDC has an affiliation with several other nonprofit agencies and churches. Among them are assisting the poor and low income persons towards self-sufficiency. Their strategic goal is to assist the community, especially the low income communities with positive economic and community development.

Here are there Economic and Community Development Assistance Services:

* Grant Application Assistance
* Community Re-Investment Planning
* Economic Development Assistance For Incubator/Consortium Development
* Grant Information Assistance
* Business Plans
* SBA and Other Loan Proposal Packaging
* Women/Minority Business Consulting
* VA Benefits Consulting
* Microenterprise Lending Set Up
* Seminar and Work Shop Development

For more details, visit www.helpisontheway990.org or call 817-457-0203.

Photo Caption: James Reedom, founder of The Humanitas Community Development Corporation


“Great Women At Play”

Posted by Admin On October - 22 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS

Introducing The “Great Women At Play” Subscription Package: Five Plays for the price of four, starting at $92

Package celebrates works by female storytellers including Rebecca Gilman, Rachel Rockwell, Joanie Schultz, Jessica Thebus, Tracey Scott Wilson and Mary Zimmerman

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(Chicago, IL) Goodman Theatre introduces a new subscription package for 2014,“Great Women at Play,” featuring works written and directed by a handful of the most popular female playwrights working in the American theater today. This special package for women—and men—includes five plays for the price of four, a complimentary visit to the exclusive Goodman Lounge and the opportunity to win a $100 gift certificate from the Goodman’s preferred restaurant partner, Petterino’s. Visit GoodmanTheatre.org/GreatWomen to watch a video of the artists involved in “Great Women at Play,” and to purchase the package. Tickets may also be purchased by calling 312.443.3800 or visiting the Goodman Box Office (170 N. Dearborn).

“The plays in the Great Women at Play subscription series are a great representation of the range of work that the Goodman does, and the variety of artists with whom we work,” said Tanya Palmer, Director of New Play Development.

Chicago-based playwright Rebecca Gilman, whose newest work, Luna Gale, is part of the package and makes its world premiere in January 2014, added, “What excites me the most about ‘Great Women at Play’ is that the Goodman didn’t plan their season around this subscription package; they simply compiled a season of great plays, and then realized that there were a lot of women storytellers involved. I love working at the Goodman. The theater is dedicated to new plays and new voices, and they work to give the artists involved every opportunity to see their work in its best light. I feel very lucky to be a part of this theater.”

Two Black Authors release new book on how they had the audacity to change the dynamic of the Family Unit

Posted by Admin On October - 22 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS


Nationwide (BlackNews.com) — Two men and one vision have become a family lifestyle movement. Varion “Se7en The Poet” Howard and Rick Chaffold present the first installment of the More Than A Rib book series. More Than A Rib, A Woman’s Journey to Perspective, Healing, and Empowerment has a powerful message.

The authors credit this first installment to their collective growth in managing negative and positive experiences with women. They felt that it was imperative to present a lifestyle movement for the family unit that focuses on mental and physical wellness. Se7en and Rick are professionals that want the best for their families and the communities they serve and felt it best to start addressing the heads of the 14MM single parent households through this MTAR Project.

MTAR is a life changing resource of structure based on 9 acknowledgements to Admit, Submit, and Commit and 9 pillars to manage day-to-day obstacles as they relate to rational decision making. More Than A Rib will give you back the keys to your life. MTAR opens the door to increased levels of awareness based on the brutal honest with self.

Within these 9 pillars is a collection of gut-wrenching poems and short stories from women just like you, sharing their experiences of how they have managed or not managed their physical, mental, and emotional demons. The stories shared are evidence that you are not alone This book is designed to enlighten, encourage, and motivate you to be happy with the life you have been blessed with and to inspire you to grow beyond your immediate circumstance. More Than A Rib will leave readers with the confidence to overcome minor setbacks and prepare you for major comebacks.

Rick and Se7en believe you can address the symptom or you can address the root. “The choice is yours,” they say.

For more information about the book, visit www.morethanarib.com

Riders for Better Transit congratulates CTA on Red Line south re-opening

Posted by Admin On October - 22 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS

CHICAGO, IL – Transit riders rejoiced as Red Line service on the CTA’s south branch reopened after a five month closure for reconstruction. Public transit is vitally important on the South Side of Chicago (and throughout the city) because it provides an affordable, convenient and healthy way to get around the city. The re-opening of the Red Line means faster, more reliable service for thousands of South Side Chicagoans.

Throughout the five month closure, the Active Transportation Alliance has remained connected with the hundreds of South Side residents and community groups who signed the Red Line South Riders Bill of Rights, a statement that asked for accountability from the CTA during the Red Line closure. Many South Side organizations have been working hard to improve transit in their neighborhoods. This Bill of Rights was a chance to bring together transit riders and community groups on the South Side of Chicago in a unified voice. Now the group is speaking up to say “thank you” for keeping the project on track.

“Our partners on the Red Line South Bill of Rights are very happy to see this project completed on time and under budget, and are looking forward to a faster commute,” said Brenna Conway, Campaign Manager for Riders for Better Transit.

Across the board, Active Trans’ partners and members have made it clear that the CTA did an excellent job with the interim service. The extended hours and added frequency of trains on the Green Line was noted as particularly helpful during this time, and something Active Trans would like to see continued beyond the reinstatement of the Red Line.

“I’m very happy the Red Line will be back up and running,” said Cassandra Perry, resident of Mercy Housing’s Englewood location. “The Green Line runs just like the Red Line did, and we want that service to continue just as it is.”

The re-opening of the Red Line is a huge success for the CTA, one that Active Trans hopes can be carried forward into additional transit service projects Chicago needs, such as the Red Line South extension to 130th St.

Tiffany Hightower, Executive Director of Developing Communities Project, reaffirms the need for the extension of the Red Line. “Developing Communities Project has been organizing for the Red Line Extension for over 11 years,” said Hightower. “We recognize the critical importance of ensuring transit equity first for all the residents of Chicago. We applaud the work that was completed to upgrade the Red Line and we acknowledge the necessity of the pending redesign project. As we look into the near future, we are excited about the final project in this trilogy, which must be the extension of the Red Line South to the end of the city’s borders. The completion of this phase of the project will speak volumes for transit equity. It also directly translates into unspeakable opportunity for the Chicago residents that live beyond 95th St.”

Active Transportation Alliance is a member of the Developing Communities Project and supports the goal of providing better transit to Chicagoans south of the Red Line’s current 95th St terminus.

Riders for Better Transit is a project of Active Transportation Alliance (Active Trans). The Active Transportation Alliance is a non-profit, member-based advocacy organization that works to make bicycling, walking and public transit so safe, convenient and fun that we will achieve a significant shift from environmentally harmful, sedentary travel to clean, active travel. The organization builds a movement around active transportation, encourages physical activity, increases safety and builds a world-class transportation network. The Active Transportation Alliance is North America’s largest transportation advocacy organization, supported by more than 7,000 members, 1,000 volunteers and 40 full-time staff. For more information on the Active Transportation Alliance, visit www.activetrans.org or call 312.427.3325.

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