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Archive for October 30th, 2013

Chicago woman sentenced to 6 years in Financial Theft from chemical company

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Former general manager stole more than $2 million

The former general manager of a suburban chemical company was sentenced to six years in prison today and ordered to pay restitution for the theft of more than $2 million from the company, even using some of the stolen proceeds to pay for remodeling projects at her home, according to the Office of Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez.

Kathleen Barth, 56, of the 1700 block of North Rutherford, Chicago, pled guilty today to Theft of Property Exceeding $1 million. Cook County Circuit Court Judge Mauricio Arajho sentenced Barth to six years in prison and ordered her to pay $1.5 million in restitution.

According to prosecutors, Barth was employed by Kraft Chemical Corporation in Melrose Park as the General Manager from April of 2005 through 2012. As General Manager, Barth was entrusted with complete control of all financial matters for the company, including payroll, accounts receivable and accounts payable.

Between May of 2006 and April of 2012, Barth is alleged to have stolen more than $2.1 million by fraudulently increasing her salary and giving herself unauthorized bonuses and commission checks. She also wrote checks on the company account to herself and electronically transferred funds from the company checking account into her personal checking account. Barth also wrote company checks to pay contractors who were remodeling her house.

State’s Attorney Alvarez thanked Assistant State’s Attorneys John Carey and Paul Kiefer for their work in this case.

Clifford Law Offices files lawsuit against Skokie in death of passenger struck by garbage truck

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Clifford Law Offices yesterday filed a lawsuit in Cook County Circuit Court against the village of Skokie for the death of one of the people who was riding in a car when a garbage truck struck and killed her.

The truck fully laden with refuse was heading back to a transfer station while traveling down Harlem Avenue in north suburban Glenview.  The multi-ton truck landed on top of the 2006 Kia which burst into flames, according to the complaint filed by the personal injury and wrongful death law firm.  The scene was so gruesome that it was unknown for hours how many people were involved or any identifying characteristics of those killed.  The truck driver was unhurt, according to reports.

The complaint filed in the Law Division alleges that the truck driver was negligent in driving too fast for conditions and did not keep a proper lookout for vehicles.  The collision occurred at the intersection of Harlem and Harrison in Glenview just after noon on Oct. 15.

Two women were passengers in the car and the driver, a male, were from Chicago. They include Gwi Rye Kim, 65, of West Berwyn Avenue who had been in the United States about eight years..  Her eldest of three children, Jaeyoul Jung, a son, was appointed administrator of her estate in probate court today and is the plaintiff in the wrongful death action. Flowers were left at the crash scene, including one tied to a nearby tree. An elementary school is located about a block and a half from the scene down Harlem Avenue.

“The police are still investigating the crash and have in their possession the Skokie garbage truck and the smashed and burned SUV,” said Robert A. Clifford, senior partner at Clifford Law Offices.  “We have been denied access to these important elements of evidence, including access to the downloading of any Electronic Control Modules on the garbage truck or SUV, which will tell us about the speed of the vehicles at impact and any braking efforts at impact.”

The complaint alleges that the garbage truck driver was driving too fast for conditions and did not keep a proper look out, contributing to this tragic crash in which the garbage truck broadsided the SUV, rode up on the SUV, continually crushing it, causing a fiery inferno as the truck pushed the SUV another 90 to 100 feet up onto the parkway.

“The police refuse to release the name of the garbage truck driver so that the plaintiff cannot obtain his statement on this sad event,” Clifford said, “We have asked the court to order the Glenview Police to preserve all evidence and release the police report to the Plaintiff.”

A press conference was held at Clifford Law Offices yesterday with Thomas Prindable, Managing Partner of Clifford Offices, and Jaeyoul Jung, the deceased’s son.

For further information, please contact Clifford Law Offices Communications Partner Pamela Sakowicz Menaker at 312-899-9090, 847-251-4877 or 847-721-0909. www.CliffordLaw.com

State Board Chair calls for development of $250 million Technology Fund to strengthen state’s educational infrastructure

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Illinois Schools Technology Fund redirects current funds to meet 21st century learning needs

CHICAGO, IL – Illinois State Board of Education Chairman Gery J. Chico called on the General Assembly to work with him to develop an Illinois Schools Technology Fund to meet the 21st century needs of students.

Chairman Chico proposes using remaining school construction funds as the initial startup for a $250 million technology fund. The State Board is in the process of putting together the Fiscal Year 2015 K-12 education budget request and the Chairman will ask Board members to make his proposal part of that request.

“We need to change from the textbookdriven classrooms and redirect to technologybased ones. We need to move from passive learning to active learning,” Chairman Chico said. “We know that technology drives our economy. If we do not give Illinois students the tools to learn in the 21st century we are setting up Illinois business for failure in the future.”

Illinois districts are implementing the new, more rigorous Common Core Learning Standards and next year will begin online testing with the new Partnership for the Assessment of Readiness of College and Careers (PARCC). The vast majority of schools in Illinois are not technologically prepared to provide students with a technology-based curriculum or to administer new online assessments.

At the end of the past school year, the Illinois State Board Education partnered with Education SuperHighway, a not-for-profit whose mission it is to ensure all schools have access to quality technology, to perform online speed tests to determine the level of connectivity within Illinois school districts. Approximately 60 percent of school districts participated in the speed test with the results showing that of those participants, only 25 percent have the infrastructure necessary to participate in digital online learning and testing.

In addition to the online speed test, this summer 82 percent of Illinois districts completed the PARCC Online Technology Readiness survey. Results show that only 31 percent of the devices currently within the districts have the recommended capacity to support digital learning and online testing. If online testing occurred today, only 26 percent of Illinois students would be able to complete it.

Chairman Chico discussed his plan Tuesday at the City Club of Chicago’s public policy luncheon. The proposal calls for using $176 million in remaining bond proceeds from Governor Quinn’s Illinois Jobs Now School Construction Program. All of the schools that were entitled to a school construction grant have been issued funds for their projects.

Technology Infrastructure needs for 21st Century Learning and the more rigorous assessments can be categorized into these areas:

  • Training for Teachers in Technology
  • Broadband Connection
  • Technology Infrastructure
  • Devices for Students

“The Illinois Schools Technology Fund will allow schools to get that broadband connection, be wired to meet the needs of new and emerging technologies, host a robust network for the business of learning and provide students with access to technologies and training to teachers,” said Chairman Chico. “Eventually, by eliminating the reliance on textbooks, our schools will begin to better fund their students’ technology needs, but there is going to be a period where they need help making that shift and changing their investment strategies to better meet their students needs, which are increasingly based in technology.”

Chairman Chico will work to develop legislation for implementation of the Illinois Schools Technology Fund. He will also work with members of the State Board to make the fund part of the Board’s FY 15 budget priorities and hopes to have it ready for implementation prior to the next school year.

Jesse White Announces Procedures for Driver’s License for Undocumented Individuals

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New Temporary Visitor Driver’s License (TVDL) to begin first phase of rollout in December

Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White announced that the Temporary Visitor Driver’s License (TVDL) for undocumented (non-visa status) individuals will be available — by appointment only – during a pilot program beginning in early December at four select Driver Services facilities, with a full rollout schedule in January. Joining Secretary White at the press conference were state legislators.

Beginning November 12, TVDL applicants may schedule an appointment by calling 855-236-1155 or visiting www.cyberdriveillinois.com. Advance appointments are required at all designated facilities; walk-ins will not be served.

In December, the first phase of the rollout begins at four locations that will serve scheduled appointments. As of December 3, the TVDL locations are Chicago West, 5301 W. Lexington Ave. and Springfield, 2701 S. Dirksen Pkwy. Starting on December 10 locations at Chicago North, 5401 N. Elston Ave. and Bloomington, 1510 W. Market St. will be open. In January 2014, the second phase of the TVDL rollout will be available for scheduled appointments at 21 additional designated facilities statewide. For a complete list of locations, visit www.cyberdriveillinois.com.

Public Act 97-1157, signed into law by Governor Quinn earlier this year, established a TVDL for undocumented individuals. The law authorized the Secretary of State’s office to administer the program and provided a minimum 10-month delayed effective date for implementation.

“As soon as the General Assembly passed and the governor signed this legislation into law, my office began planning to implement the program in a way that improves road safety, highlights customer service and underscores the importance of license integrity and security,” White said. “Through driver license testing, verification of identity, and maintenance of accurate motorist records, this law will improve road safety and guarantee that more drivers will purchase and maintain auto insurance.”

White highlighted the differences between a standard driver’s license and a TVDL. While the standard driver’s license has a red border on top and may be used for driving and identification purposes, the TVDL has a purple border on top and the card is marked: “Not valid for identification.” Without auto insurance, the TVDL is invalid.

Applicants must follow specific guidelines for obtaining a TVDL, which include:

· Scheduling an appointment with the Secretary of State Driver Services facility online at www.cyberdriveillinois.com or by calling 855-236-1155;

· Presenting various documents providing:

o valid passport from the applicant’s native country or a Consular Identification Card from an approved country.

o proof of name,

o written signature,

o date of birth,

o current address and

o 12 months of consecutive residency in Illinois,

· Purchase auto insurance upon receiving TVDL.

A photo of the applicant will be taken and then processed through the state’s facial recognition database. After the documents have been verified for authenticity, applicants will receive their TVDL through U.S. mail at a later date.

“I want to reassure the public that my office is implementing this law thoughtfully, efficiently and effectively,” said White. “Over the last 10 months, we worked in collaboration with community organizations and have developed thorough procedures to ensure that the TVDL is a safe and secure document.”

Accompanying attachments to this press release include a Quick Guide with a list of documents required to apply for a TVDL, facility locations that will service TVDL applicants, and a flyer illustrating the differences between a TVDL and a standard Illinois driver’s license.

LisaRaye McCoy. Nephew Tommy and Kym Whitley host the 23rd Annual NAACP Theatre Awards

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Honoree presenters Kevin Liles, Raven-Symone, Michael Jai White, Glynn Turman, Salli Richardson, Rochelle Aytes will deliver top honors at prestigious show

Beverly Hills, CA (BlackNews.com) – The Beverly Hills/Hollywood NAACP Branch announces the hosts for the 23rd Annual NAACP Theatre awards being held on Monday, November 11, 2013, at Saban Theatre formerly known as Fox Wilshire Theatre located at 8440 Wilshire Blvd, Beverly Hills, CA, 90211 at 6pm. Co-hosting this year will be Actress LisaRaye McCoy, Comedian Thomas Miles better known as “Nephew Tommy”, and comedian, actress-turned-reality star Kym Whitley.

LisaRaye McCoy is a beautiful actress, entrepreneur, and humanitarian who has starred in numerous movies and television shows such as The Player’s Club, The Wood, Beauty Shop and All of Us and her own successful reality show, LisaRaye: The Real McCoy on TV One. Her current project, Single Ladies returns for Season 3 on VH1 in January 2014.

Funny man Thomas Miles better known as “Nephew Tommy” from the nationally syndicated Steve Harvey Morning Show has made a name for himself and built quite a fan base over the years. Millions of listeners nationwide tune into the show every morning to hear his infamous prank calls and jokes amongst Steve Harvey and the other hosts. Nephew Tommy has hosted the Essence Festival and opened for various tours and shows across the country. Tommy is the new host of Black College Quiz and adds game show host to his entertainment credits.

The hilarious Kym Whitley started her career as a comedian and quickly branched into acting, producing, and writing. For over two decades her talent has been executed on multiple sitcoms such as My Wife and Kids, The Parkers, and recently BET’s Lets Stay Together. Ms. Whitley has a successful reality show on OWN focusing on raising her 2-year old son Joshua called, Raising Whitley.

The theatre award honorees are Multi-NAACP Image and EMMY award winner Loretta Devine who will be presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award, actress and former Miss America Vanessa Williams will receive the Trailblazer Award, Casting Director Peter Wise will be presented with the Spirit Award, receiving the President’s Award is Dr. Maxine M. Anderson, and Dr. Michael Obeng will be receiving the Humanitarian Award.

Honoree presenters are former Def Jam Recordings President Kevin Liles, Emmy award winner Glynn Turman, actress Salli Richardson Whitfield, actor Michael Jai White, actress Rochelle Aytes, and previous Spirit Award honoree Raven-Symone. Other notables and accomplished entertainers will serve as presenters include: Tommy Davidson, Monica Calhoun, Elise Neal, Shoshana Bean, Dorian Missick, Pooch Hall, Dawnn Lewis, Angell Conwell, Christian Keyes, Karen Malina White, Lenny Williams, Margaret Avery, Nadine Ellis, Barry Shabaka Henley, Joyful Drake, and Jay Ellis. These entertainers will all unite for one special evening to honor those who have made a difference in the theatre community and abroad.

Performances by R&B crooner TANK, the Pasadena Playhouse cast of “Smokey Joe’s Café” plus Shanica Knowles are scheduled.

For more information about the 23rd Annual NAACP Theater Awards, visit: www.naacptheatreawards.com or contact Lisa Humphrey, Premier Concepts at 310.605.5472, email: media@premierconceptspr.com.

About The NAACP Theatre Awards:

The NAACP Theatre Awards is presented by the Beverly Hills/Hollywood NAACP Branch in partnership with the 8th District office of Councilmember Bernard C. Parks and co-chaired by Byron K. Reed, Senior Vice President of Wells Fargo-West Region Community Relations. Ron Hasson is Branch President and Tia Boyd is the Executive Producer for the NAACP Theatre Awards Show. The prestigious star-studded gala is produced for the purpose of honoring thespians among the best in the field of entertainment. The branch also celebrated a four-day theatre festival, which provides a platform for thespians to express their craft and share their contributions with an audience of their peers, the community and other individuals who celebrate live theatre in Los Angeles.

PurchaseBlack.com launches black owned online shopping mall with products for African American customers

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PurchaseBlack.com, the new home for African American online shopping, announces its invitation to small, medium, and large Black servicing and Black owned businesses to offer their products within webstores on our new ecommerce platform

State Senator Murphy: As Treasurer, Cross will make a difference

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Letters to Editors (from Cross’ Staff)

Over the last decade, our state has faced increasingly serious fiscal challenges that are hurting Illinoisans’ quality of life. Unfortunately, the response of the Democrats’ leaders who have controlled Springfield for more than a decade has been both to ignore the problems and spend their way out of them. It is clear Illinois needs to go in a different direction.

Tom Cross and I have worked together to fight unnecessary spending, strengthen our state’s balanced budget requirement and develop a comprehensive, fair pension reform plan that protects both retirees and taxpayers.

Tom is running for state treasurer because he wants to restore trust, protect taxpayers and make a real, serious difference in the lives of our state’s citizens. As a former prosecutor, Tom has the skills and determination needed to be a vigilant fiscal watchdog who will protect Illinois taxpayers — and that starts by balancing our budget.

State law requires that Illinois have a balanced budget. On day one, Tom will use all the powers available to him to enforce the state’s balanced budget requirement, including legal action if necessary. Taxpayers deserve no less.

As treasurer, Tom will also create a Government Integrity Unit, composed of financial experts, former prosecutors and law enforcement officers, to continue his efforts to reform state government by cracking down on the fraud and corruption that are bankrupting our pension system.

The simple truth is that the right decisions for Illinois families are not being made in Springfield. As our treasurer, Tom Cross will bring new, innovative and bold solutions to fix Illinois and put us on a path to prosperity. I like Tom’s vision and the energy he brings to the task and know he will make an outstanding treasurer.

State Senator Matt Murphy, 27th District, Palatine

Federal government cuts funding for food assistance program in Illinois

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Reductions take effect in November

SPRINGFIELD, IL – Participants in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) will see a reduction in benefits due to the expiration of the temporary increase put in place by the federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA).

On November 1, most families will see their benefits decrease due to the end of the extra benefits provided by the 2009 law. IDHS informed SNAP recipients of the changes by distributing flyers at local offices and placing notices on its automated helpline, website and social media pages. Recipients can get the amount of their benefits by calling the number on the back of their Illinois Link card or the IDHS automated helpline at (800) 843-6154.

The amount of SNAP benefits each eligible household receives depends on several factors, such as income, household size and expenses. For example, on November 1, a family of four with no change in circumstances will see a decrease in their monthly benefits of $36.

SNAP Maximum Monthly Benefit Changes

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In Illinois, more than two million people currently participate in the SNAP program, which is managed and funded by the Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) of the United States Department of Agriculture and administered by IDHS.

For more information about IDHS programs, please visit www.dhs.state.il.us or call (800) 843-6154.

2014 Multicultural Advertising Internship Program seeks new interns

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Nationwide (BlackNews.com) — The 4A’s Multicultural Advertising Intern Program (MAIP) connects aspiring diverse entry-level advertising professionals with prestigious advertising agencies. Since its inception in 1973, MAIP offers multicultural students a unique paid, full-time summer internship at 4A’s participating agencies nationwide, combining real-world work experience, networking opportunities within the industry, and a valuable professional credential to better position themselves in the marketplace. Simultaneously, the program offers advertising agencies the opportunity to access top talent and strengthens the 4A’s efforts to enhance the workforce diversity of our industry.

In addition to a full-time paid internship, MAIP interns participate in a series of agency sponsored professional development workshops and seminars, which provide a deeper dive into the various advertising and media disciplines. The workshops also grant interns the opportunity to learn more about the host agency’s culture through networking with agency professionals post-workshop and agency tours. MAIP interns residing in the larger markets will attend these workshops. MAIP interns residing in smaller markets will have the opportunity to participate in alternative networking events orchestrated by MAIP alumni and agency partners.

All interns who successfully complete MAIP will attend The Face of Talent at the end of the summer. The day features an interactive forum for graduating MAIP interns, a diversity leadership luncheon for advertising professionals invested in MAIP, an annual career fair for MAIP interns and alumni, and a congratulatory evening reception.

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Chicago International Film Festival wraps up successful 49th Year

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The Audience Choice Awards, Presented by American Airlines, Announced by the 49th Chicago International Film Festival

CHICAGO, IL – The 49th Chicago International Film Festival announces the winners of the Audience Choice Awards, presented by American Airlines. Overall, the films in the Festival were warmly received by audiences, with 50% of all ballots ranking the films with a 5/5. The four Audience Choice Award winners stood out from the others as overwhelming favorites.

Audiences received ballots at every public screening during the two-week event and ranked films on a five-point scale. Votes were tallied and averaged, so each film had an equal opportunity to win the award.

Audience Choice Award for Best Narrative English-Language Feature, presented by American Airlines
ONE CHANCE (UK), Director: David Frankel
From the director of The Devil Wears Prada, One Chance is the remarkable and inspirational true story of Paul Potts, a shy, bullied shop assistant by day and an amateur opera singer by night who became an instant YouTube phenomenon after being chosen by Simon Cowell for Britain’s Got Talent.

Audience Choice Award for Best Narrative Foreign-Language Feature, presented by American Airlines
LIFE FEELS GOOD (Poland), Director: Maciej Pieprzyca
Mateusz is an intelligent, romantic young man tragically trapped inside his own body, suffering from severe cerebral palsy, whose world is shattered when circumstances place him in an institution. Featuring an astonishing, virtuoso lead performance, Life Feels Good beautifully recounts the true story of one man’s extraordinary efforts to endure in the face of impossible odds. Winner also of the Festival’s Silver Hugo in the New Directors Competition.

Audience Choice Award for Best Documentary Feature, presented by American Airlines
ELAINE STRITCH: SHOOT ME (USA), Director: Chiemi Karasawa
A ferocious, funny, and poignant portrait of the one-of-a-kind Broadway legend Elaine Stritch, this documentary tribute showcases the brash, uncompromising Tony and Emmy winner both onstage and off. The film captures her immeasurable charm, acerbic wit, and impressive accomplishments with candid footage and interviews with friends and collaborators. For a full video of Elaine Stritch’s post-screening Q&A, click here.

Audience Choice Award for Best Short Film, presented by American Airlines
In a township divided by an age old feud, a boy falls in love with a girl from the other side of town.

Festival Sponsors
Led by Presenting Partner Columbia College Chicago, the 49th Chicago International Film Festival’s sponsors include: Official Airline – American Airlines; Headquarters Hotel – JW Marriott Chicago; Official Vehicle – Mercedes-Benz; Producing Partners: AMC Theaters, The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences; Major Partners: Illinois Office of Tourism and Intersites; Supporting Partners: DePaul University School of Cinema and Interactive Media, Stella Artois, Effen Vodka, WBBM Newsradio 780 and 105.9FM, Cultivate Studios; Participating Partners: State Farm, AARP, Tres Generaciones®, Comcast, Allstate, Spotlight Cinema Networks, Casale del Giglio, Second City Computers, Shutterbox Entertainment, Gibson’s Restaurant Group, RL Restaurant, Creative Technology and Lavazza Espression.

About Cinema/Chicago
Cinema/Chicago is a not-for-profit cultural and educational organization dedicated to encouraging better understanding between cultures and to making a positive contribution to the art form of the moving image. The Chicago International Film Festival is part of the year-round programs presented by Cinema/Chicago, which also include the International Screenings Program (May-September), the Chicago International Television Competition (April), CineYouth Festival (May), Intercom Competition (October) and year-round Education Outreach and Member Screenings Program.

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