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Archive for February 26th, 2014

Kirk Urges Bipartisan Support for Reauthorization of TRIA

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Terrorism Risk Insurance Act protects consumers and businesses from the economic fallout following a terrorist attack; Current Act will expire at the end of the year

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Senator Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) urged bipartisan support for the reauthorization of the Terrorism Risk Insurance Act (TRIA), which is set to expire at the end of this year. TRIA ensures that businesses can purchase terrorism insurance coverage, which is provided by private insurance companies and not federally funded.

“Since September 11, 2001, Illinois has been the target of at least seven attempted terrorist attacks,” Senator Kirk said.  “We must do all we can to defend our citizens and thwart all terrorist plots against our homeland, but we must also be ready to bounce back as a state and nation should an attack ever occur. Reauthorizing TRIA will ensure that Illinois employers and infrastructure have sound financial protection.  Americans cannot afford the uncertainty of allowing these insurance options to expire.”

TRIA ensures that in the event of a terrorist attack, private insurance companies are able to provide adequate coverage without threatening the stability of our nation’s financial system. If the terrorist event is of such a large scale that the government backstop is triggered, the federal government will step in to provide federal coverage. However, the government can fully recoup any funds paid out for a terrorism event over time, ensuring little-to-no cost to taxpayers.

TRIA was enacted in 2002 following the September 11th attacks and has been reauthorized twice in the past 12 years, with each reauthorization providing greater taxpayer protections. Terrorism is not a fully insurable event, due to the unpredictable nature of man-made attacks. Terrorism often aims to cripple the U.S. economic, political and infrastructure systems which is why it is imperative that the federal government remain an integral part of the public-private risk sharing TRIA program to safeguard national security and the nation’s financial security.

Military Personnel Need to Beware of Fraudulent Website, Warns Better Business Bureau

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CHICAGO, IL - Members of the military and their families are the targets of a new scam using a website attempting to collect their personal and financial information, warns the Better Business Bureau (BBB) and the U.S. Army’s Criminal Investigation Command (CIC).

The website is called “My Army Benefits” and is a fraudulent site designed to “collect soldiers’ Army Knowledge Online, email accounts and passwords,” according to the BBB. The site also falsely claims that “the U.S. military has granted access to unclaimed and accumulated benefits for active duty soldiers, and that benefits not claimed within the stipulated period will be available for claims after 60 months”. The website is not affiliated or endorsed by the U.S. Army.

“This new website scam is an attempt to use a website name that is very close to the Army’s official website of “MyArmyBenefits” at myarmybenefits.us.army.mil,” explained Steve J. Bernas, president and CEO of the Better Business Bureau serving Chicago and Northern Illinois.

“Official military websites will all have the .mil domain name,” notes BBB Military Line director Brenda Linnington. “Any other domain extension should be a red flag.” Other red flags include unsolicited emails or text messages; spelling, punctuation and grammar errors; requests for private information such as email addresses or passwords.

“Fraudulent websites are being taken down all the time. Unfortunately, new ones are constantly being created. We hear about new ones almost every day,” Linnington said. “Service personnel and veterans, as well as family members, need to be on the lookout for scams that target them.”

The Army’s CIC provided the following advice for anyone who has received correspondence from the fraudulent My Army Benefits website or provided information through it:

  • Do not log in to the website;
  • Do not respond to any emails;
  • Stop all contact if you have previously responded to any emails; and
  • Immediately contact your local information assurance office if you accessed the website from a government computer or system.

Bernas explained that the BBB Military Line was formed in 2004 to provide free resources in the areas of financial literacy and consumer protection to U.S. military communities through local BBBs across the U.S. and at bbb.org/military.  In the Chicago area, the BBB works with representatives at Naval Station Great Lakes in the northern Chicago suburb of Great Lakes.

Former Crystal Lake Police Officer Indicted for Fraud

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Defendant accused of making false statements regarding his medical condition in order to obtain benefits

CHICAGO, IL – Illinois Department of Insurance (DOI) Director Andrew Boron announced a recent workers’ compensation fraud investigation has resulted in an indictment of a former Crystal Lake Police Officer. Michael Avila was arraigned earlier today. He is charged with workers’ compensation fraud, insurance fraud, theft of government property, and theft by deception in connection to statements he made in order to create the impression that the nature and extent of an injury he claimed to have suffered to his wrist while at work was more extensive than it really was.

“We take accusations of fraud very seriously and will investigate to determine the merits of a claim. I hope our reports about workers’ compensation fraud cases and convictions send a clear message about this crime. We will investigate perpetrators and work with law enforcement to make sure they are prosecuted,” said DOI Director Andrew Boron.

The investigation was conducted by the Department of Insurance Workers’ Compensation Fraud Unit. Video surveillance showed Mr. Avila lifting weights at the Crystal Lake police station in the month following the injury while he was assigned to light duty. Additional video surveillance showed Avila not only lifting weights, but working as a personal trainer after being placed on light duty and subsequently taken off work completely several months after the initial wrist injury due to alleged aggravation or re-injury.

DOI referred the case to the Illinois Attorney General’s Office for prosecution.

“The worker’s compensation system is intended to cover costs for employees who are injured on the job, but the evidence in this case shows that the defendant schemed to defraud the program for his own financial benefit,” said Attorney General Lisa Madigan.

Avila filed a case with the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission for his wrist injury in October of 2012. That case was later voluntarily dismissed.

For more information about Workers’ Compensation Fraud, including matters that may involve fraud perpetrated by a claimant, visit the DOI website at http://insurance.illinois.gov/WCFU/default.asp. To report an employer, healthcare provider, attorney, insurance agent or company, contact the Workers’ Compensation Fraud Unit at 877-WCF-UNIT (877-923-8648).

“CSI” Executive Producer Carol Mendelsohn to be honored at 50th Chicago International Film Festival Television Awards

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CHICAGO, IL – Cinema/Chicago and the Chicago International Film Festival are pleased to announce that writer and producer Carol Mendelsohn will be presented with the Commitment to Excellence Award for Television Productions at the 50th Chicago International Film Festival Television Awards Ceremony on April 10 at the Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel, Chicago.

A Chicago native, Carol Mendelsohn has been the showrunner and Executive Producer of “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation” since it first aired in 2000. Now in its fourteenth season, “CSI” held the title of the world’s most-watched television series from 2008 to 2012, with an estimated audience of over 63 million viewers worldwide. In addition, Mendelsohn is a co-creator and Executive Producer of “CSI: Miami” and “CSI: NY.” A veteran television writer and producer whose credits include “Fame,” “Wiseguy,” and “Melrose Place,” Mendelsohn honed her craft with Stephen J. Cannell and Aaron Spelling before joining the production of “CSI.” Her profound impact on television in the 21st century has garnered nominations from the Writers Guild of America, Producers Guild of America and Emmy Awards.

In 2010, she launched Carol Mendelsohn Productions to develop and produce various projects across scripted and non-scripted series and pilots. Since inception, the company has produced and sold a variety of projects to CBS, CW, TNT, FX, USA and Showtime. The first two shows to premiere under its banner were “The Defenders” and Dogs in the City,” both on CBS. Recent Cinema/Chicago Commitment to Excellence Award recipients include Kelsey Grammer, ESPN Films, FRONTLINE, Bill Kurtis, and WTTW-11 (50th anniversary).

The Chicago International Film Festival Television Awards is an annual international television competition culminating in an Awards Ceremony that honors the best TV commercials and television productions from around the world. Among last year’s top winners, Gold and Silver Hugos were awarded to Icon Films, Yap Films, WDR, THIRTEEN, Leo Burnett, mcgarrybowen, Yessian Music, Burrell and Cutters.

Competition Entry Deadline March 7

The Chicago International Film Festival Television Awards is still accepting entries in the following categories: Individual Television Productions, Television Series, Television Commercials, Commercial Campaigns, Special Achievement, Online/Viral Commercials and Online-based Television Programming. Gold Hugo and Silver Hugo awards will be presented on stage at the Awards Ceremony on April 10, at the Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel, Chicago.

Rules, regulations, and entry forms can be found by visiting www.chicagofilmfestival.com and clicking on the “TV Festival” entry button.

The 50th Chicago International Film Festival Television Awards is presented by Cinema/Chicago and the Chicago International Film Festival. Major Partners include American Airlines and Stella Artois.

About the Chicago International Film Festival TV Awards

When the Chicago International Film Festival was founded 50 years ago by Artistic Director Michael Kutza, advertising agency heads Leo Burnett, Fairfax Cone, and Dick Needham suggested that, with budgets and craftsmanship equal to the feature films being screened, the Festival should showcase the art of the television commercial. Five decades later, this simple idea has evolved into an international celebration of the best in television, and encompasses television commercials, productions, series, and the innovative realm of online television programming. Since 2003, the top winners of each year’s competition have been feted at an Awards Ceremony in the spring, along with the presentation of Commitment to Excellence Awards to leaders and visionaries in the television medium. The event has honored Kelsey Grammer, Bill Kurtis, Carol Marin, FRONTLINE, Leo Burnett, ESPN Films, and Optimus, among others.

About Cinema/Chicago

Cinema/Chicago is a not-for-profit cultural and education organization dedicated to encouraging better understanding between cultures and to making a positive contribution to the art form of the moving image. The Television Awards is part of the year-round programs presented by Cinema/Chicago, which also include the Chicago International Film Festival, CineYouth Festival, Intercom Competition, International Screenings Program, and Educational Outreach.

The Magic Parlour begins Third Year of performances at Chicago’s historic Palmer House Hilton

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April and May dates announced as successful open run continues

CHICAGO, IL – After running for two years at the Chopin Theatre in Chicago’s Wicker Park neighborhood, Dennis Watkins’ one- man-show, The Magic Parlour: an intimate evening of classic magic, first appeared at The Palmer House Hilton on New Year’s Eve of 2011. Produced by The House Theatre of Chicago, this intimate, close-up magic and mind-reading show rang its third year at the historic hotel with a New Year’s Eve performance on December 31, 2013 in the legendary Empire Room.

The Magic Parlour is scheduled to run on Friday nights throughout 2014 at the Palmer House (shows on additional days will be added as the year progresses).

Since moving to the Palmer House, Watkins’ 80-minute show has entertained guests from all over the world looking for an extra-special night out in Chicago. Additionally, The Magic Parlour has hosted several private groups and corporate events, three New Year’s Eve events, a special fundraiser for The House Theatre of Chicago in the Empire Room, and many special occasions including anniversaries, birthdays, family gatherings, and two marriage proposals!

Only 32 seats are available for each performance of this intimate, sophisticated, close-up magic show in one of the hotel’s historic private event rooms. Guests gather at Potter’s Lounge in the hotel’s lower level and are escorted to the performance space, where they will enjoy an evening of mind-blowing magic and mind reading with Chicago’s own Dennis Watkins. The audience participates in much of the performance as Dennis wows the room with disappearing decks, swallowed razor blades, unbelievable mentalism, and age-old stories passed down from his grandfather. Third generation magician Dennis Watkins regularly incorporates new pieces of magic into this long-running production, giving returning audiences brand new feats to puzzle over.

The Magic Parlour ticket always includes wine and beer selections.

The House Theatre of Chicago has partnered with Dennis Watkins to produce many magical theatrical experiences in its 12 year history. Most notably The House’s hit show Death & Harry Houdini (with multiple sold-out runs in Chicago and a production at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts in Miami, FL), The Magic Parlour, and Watkins’ original play, The Magnificents (with two Chicago runs).

Visit The Magic Parlour website.
More information about Watkins is available at www.denniswatkins.net.
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The Magic Parlour
An intimate evening of classic magic with Dennis Watkins at The Palmer House Hilton Hotel
Performances for February – May 2014
Friday, February 21 at 7:30pm and 9:30pm
Friday, February 28 at 7:30pm and 9:30pm
Friday, March 7 at 7:30pm and 9:30pm
Saturday, March 15 at 7:30pm and 9:30pm
Friday, March 21 at 7:30pm and 9:30pm
Friday, March 28 at 7:30pm and 9:30pm
Saturday, April 12 at 7:30pm and 9:30pm
Friday, April 18 at 7:30pm and 9:30pm
Friday, April 25 at 7:30pm and 9:30pm
Friday, May 2 at 7:30pm and 9:30pm
Friday, May 9 at 7:30pm and 9:30pm
Sunday, May 11 at 1:00pm – Mother’s Day matinee
Friday, May 16 at 7:30pm and 9:30pm
Saturday, May 17 at 7:30pm
Thursday, May 29 at 7:30pm
The program will continue its open run in the 2014 Season. Summer dates will go on sale in April.
The Palmer House Hilton Hotel, 17 East Monroe Street, Chicago
Guests convene at Potter’s Lounge and are escorted to the event room at performance time.
Tickets are $75 and are available at www.TheMagicParlourChicago.com or by phone at 773.769.3832.

About The Magic Parlour:
In September of 2010, The House Theatre of Chicago hosted a benefit performance with entertainer and House Company Member Dennis Watkins. The event was such a hit that The House decided to produce The Magic Parlour for a limited run. After selling out week after week, The Magic Parlour became a weekly event, and played at The Chopin Theatre for 15 months before formally moving to The Palmer House Hilton Hotel in February 2012.

About The House Theatre of Chicago:
The House is Chicago’s premier home for original works of physical and spectacle storytelling. Founded and led by Artistic Director Nathan Allen and driven by an interdisciplinary ensemble of Chicago’s next generation of great storytellers, The House aims to become a laboratory and platform for the evolution of the American theatre as an inclusive and popular artform.

In addition to The Magic Parlour, The House performs original plays in residence at the Chopin Theatre in Wicker Park. Now celebrating its 12th year of original work, The House continues its mission to unite Chicago in the spirit of Community through amazing feats of Storytelling.

For more information, visit www.THEHOUSETHEATRE.com

About Hilton Worldwide:
Hilton Worldwide is the leading global hospitality company, spanning the lodging sector from luxurious full-service hotels and resorts to extended-stay suites and mid-priced hotels. For 93 years, Hilton Worldwide has offered business and leisure travelers the finest in accommodations, service, amenities and value. The company is dedicated to continuing its tradition of providing exceptional guest experiences across its global brands. Its brands are comprised of more than 3,800 hotels and timeshare properties, with 630,000 rooms in 88 countries and include Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts, Conrad Hotels & Resorts, Hilton Hotels & Resorts, DoubleTree by Hilton, Embassy Suites Hotels, Hilton Garden Inn, Hampton Hotels, Homewood Suites by Hilton, Home2 Suites by Hilton and Hilton Grand Vacations. The company also manages the world-class guest reward program Hilton HHonors®. Visit www.hiltonworldwide.com for more information and connect with Hilton Worldwide at www.facebook.com/hiltonworldwide, www.twitter.com/hiltonworldwide, www.youtube.com/hiltonworldwide, www.flickr.com/hiltonworldwide and www.linkedin.com/company/hilton-worldwide.

For more information about Hilton, please contact WagStaff Worldwide, Inc., 312.943.6900.

How Understanding ‘Bad’ Times Starts With Understanding Yourself

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New book highlights connections between self acceptance and spiritual growth

Suffering and hard times are a natural aspect of life – like joy and pain. But what if our higher self was dictating our most painful experiences? What if there is not only a lesson that we were trying to teach ourselves behind the pain – but also a formula?

Most spiritual self-help books treat the hardships and negatives of life-losing a job, ending a relationship and similar struggles-as simply rough patches that we must fight through to get to a happy ending.

We are taught that life is a series of trial and errors that we must work hard to avoid or prevent from ever happening again. But, author Melki J.K. Russell asks in his new book, The Youniverse: Unraveling the Mystery of Life’s Times

what if those assumptions are simply not true?

“What if the lessons we are here to learn come regardless of our precautions and our actions only determine the path in which they travel? What if our higher self was dictating our most painful experiences with the intent of passing on lessons we are trying to teach ourselves,” asks Melki?

A writer and journalist with more than two decades of experience working on issues of social justice and helping those in need; Melki utilizes science, anecdotal experiences and ancient wisdom to create a simplified explanation of life, suffering, and the interactive nature of the Universe.

Along the lines of such transformative agents as Wayne Dyer, Deepak Chopra and Caroline Myss, he incorporates various cultural and wisdom traditions into a non-denominational detailed analysis designed to reduce suffering and increase understanding to those near their breaking point or in dark places in life.

Melki explains how his own understanding of life was shattered through a series of horrible experiences that forced him to begin to ask new and deeper questions about bad times and why they happen?

Through intense self introspection he realized “suffering and hard times are a natural aspect of life – we co-create with the intention of helping us learn lessons necessary to evolve spiritually.”

Only we could be responsible for creating our bad experiences; because “only we know the most painful things about ourselves and which buttons to press,” says Melki. Instead of looking outward at the world and others as the source of our pain, we need to look inward to understand how the formula for life works.

“The Youniverse” serves as a guide to understanding this formula and breaks

down in simple terms how to figure out the reasons behind our suffering without blaming or judging ourselves –which is always a wrong move,” he writes.

“I show how to break free from old patterns and how to move down the path to God that only begins when we first learn to unconditionally accept and love ourselves — the good, bad and ugly. There is hope for those struggling and there is a blueprint for understanding life.”

Melki explains how the world functions interactively and opposite to our conditioned expectations responds to our energy as opposed to our “identity.” He also talks about how our passions and disillusionment work to help us co-create our experiences, including the painful ones, as a means to awaken us from the physical illusion and to enlighten us to our true nature and the purpose of life.

Melki argues that our higher consciousness serves as the conductor for our compulsory evolutionary journey back toward God; and argues quite provocative that everything, including the worst days of our lives are all a part of our evolutionary process.

“This means that even our worst shortcomings and hang-ups are all a perfect part of who we are- and represent key ingredients in the recipe of life.”

The Youniverse: A Guide to Understanding Life by Understanding Yourself” by Melki J.K. Russell can be found on Amazon.com in print and Kindle versions.

The Youniverse: A Guide to Understanding Life by Understanding Yourself” by Melki J.K. Russell

Paperback: 152 pages

Publisher: Anuword Media 2014

Language: English

ISBN-10: 1494978571

ISBN-13: 978-1494978570

Coming soon: Infinite Everyday Understanding by Melki J.K. Russell


ILAACP: Do You Remember The Negro Digest?

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Letters to Editor

(From The Illinois Affirmative Action Coalition for Prevention)

In November of 1942, John H. Johnson, a young African American entrepreneur from Virginia, and the grandson of slaves, aspired to exceed the expectations placed upon him and Black America during a time of political and civil unrest, and promote upward mobility within the Black community. Johnson took out a $500 loan and launched the first edition of the Negro Digest. The monthly publication contained scholarly articles as well as original features all pertaining to the African American community.  The Negro Digest, priced at 25 cents each, sold over 150,000 copies each month.

Last year, the Illinois African American Coalition for Prevention (ILAACP) obtained the first run of the Negro Digest (1942-1951). As ILAACP staff thumbed through some of the articles we couldn’t help but notice that much of the publication’s subject matter regarding African Americans’ civil rights education, economics, and politics  are just as relevant today as they were 70 years ago. With contributions from some of America’s most profound thought leaders including Langston Hughes, W.E.B. Du Bois, Eleanor Roosevelt, Richard Wright, and Zora Neale Hurston, the Negro Digest was very adept at making sure issues important to African American life remained at the forefront of national and, in some instances, international public discourse.

Over the course of the next year, the ILAACP will share the Negro Digest’s Round Table section on our blog, Facebook, and Twitter platforms. Arguably the publication’s most interesting and well-regarded column, the Round Table posed often difficult, controversial questions to leading scholars who were then required to take a yes or no position. Topics ranged from “Should Negroes Demand Equality Now?” to “Will Negro Achievement Curb Race Discrimination?” We hope that these articles will not only remind you of the challenges that our community faced at a turning point in American history, but also provide testament to how far we’ve come and how much further we must go 70 years later to ensure safe, healthy, and resilient African American children, families, and communities.


In the spirit of Sankofa,

Malik S. Nevels, J.D.
Executive Director

Free Officer Howard Morgan demonstration at Noon today

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(From Chicago Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression)

Demand that Gov. Pat Quinn immediately grant Morgan Executive Clemency

A demonstration to free Officer Howard Morgan will be held today, February 26, 2014 at the Thompson Center State of Illinois, 100 W. Randolph St. in Chicago, at Noon.

Attorney Benjamin Crump, Morgan family spokesman and family attorney of Trayvon Martin, and supporters of justice in Chicago and America will be the main speaker at the demonstration.

Crump, spokesman for Officer Howard Morgan, and family attorney of Trayvon Martin, and Attorney Lester Finkle, Howard Morgan appellate attorney, will hold a press conference at the Thompson Center State of Illinois, 100 W. Randolph St., in  Room 2-025.

Attorney Crump will outline the case against the Chicago Police Department and will discuss Morgan’s appeal of his 2012 unlawful conviction after having been acquitted of firing his weapon in 2007.

In a press release from organizers of the demonstration, it was stated that the demonstration is being held “because Officer Howard Morgan is innocent,” adding that Morgan is a veteran police officer who was shot 28 times by four white rookie Chicago Police officers in a traffic stop.  He was shot because he had the gun he carries on his job, and like many African American police officers killed by other white officers, the police assumed he was a criminal and tried to kill him.

For more information, contact Kareem Ali, 773-469-1499.

The Howard Morgan Defense Fund For Justice
Church of the Living God
c/o Mrs. Rosalind Morgan
1738 W. 67th Street
Chicago, IL 60636


IDOT Kicks Off 25th Annual Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Conference: Today’s Challenge, Tomorrow’s Reward

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Event to Help Minority-Owned and Women-Owned Firms Qualify for Highway Construction Contracts

SPRINGFIELD, IL – Illinois Transportation Secretary Ann L. Schneider announced the start of the 25th annual Today’s Challenge, Tomorrow’s Reward (TCTR) conference at the Abraham Lincoln Hotel & Conference Center in Springfield. The two-day event offers educational workshops, networking opportunities and information on how to get Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (DBEs) more work on highway construction contracts.

“For 25 years, IDOT has proudly hosted the TCTR event to provide business owners the valuable insight and resources they need to build successful business relationships and partnerships,” Schneider said. “By encouraging diverse, quality firms to work with us, we can address current challenges and work together to ensure our transportation system remains among the best in the nation.”

The workshops cover a range of topics, such as procurement, audit preparation, business plan basics, project management and social media marketing. TCTR also includes “Face Time with the Primes,” a popular event for associations, agencies, subcontractors, prime contractors and IDOT staff to come together, share ideas and discuss potential business opportunities. The conference will conclude with an awards luncheon recognizing outstanding firms throughout the state.

Approximately 300 attendees are registered for the conference with more than 100 different firms throughout the state, representing construction, trucking, engineering, professional consulting and design.

The event is hosted each year by the IDOT’s Office of Business and Workforce Diversity. For more information, visit www.dot.state.il.us/sbe/TCTR/index.html.

Dollars & Sense: More Than 27,000 People Sign Up For MyRefund

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CHICAGO, IL – Since the launch of Comptroller Topinka’s MyRefund website, more than 27,000 people have signed up to receive notifications by email or text indicating when their Illinois tax refund is on the way. Of those participating, more than 18,000 people have already been notified about their payments.

The easy-to-use resource allows taxpayers to see if their payment has been processed by the Comptroller’s Office by simply entering their name and Social Security number on the new website.  Taxpayers also have the opportunity to enter an email address and mobile phone number to receive notification when their payment is processed.

“Taxpayers no longer have to wonder if the check is the mail,” Topinka said. “By simply visiting illinoiscomptroller.com and submitting an email address, they can be assured that they will be notified immediately after their payment is processed.”

Beyond registering for a tax refund notification, the resource allows residents to view a history of their refund payments, a breakdown of state spending and bill backlog information. The site also links to the Comptroller’s Office transparency websites: the Ledger and the Warehouse. Taxpayers are further offered a hotline number to call for additional information.

The Tax Refund Alert initiative is part of Topinka’s ongoing effort to make state government more transparent and accessible to taxpayers. In launching the Ledger last year, she enabled residents to click their way through everything from the state’s daily bill backlog numbers to state agency budgets and employee salaries. She then launched the Warehouse, a comprehensive database that puts Local Government financial information and tens of thousands of records at a single location for taxpayer review. Last month Topinka announced that her Office would include an insert in tax refunds providing residents with state spending and bill backlog information.

Each of the initiatives was completed using existing office resources.

“As we’ve shown time and again: if we can make it happen, we’re going to do it,” Topinka said of the transparency initiatives. “And as I’ve said before: we’re not done yet. So stay tuned.”

Photo Caption: Illinois Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka

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