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Archive for March 3rd, 2014

G-7 Leaders condemn the Russian Federation’s clear violation of the sovereignty and territorial of Ukraine

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G-7 Leaders Statement follows:

We, the leaders of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States and the President of the European Council and President of the European Commission, join together today to condemn the Russian Federation’s clear violation of the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine, in contravention of Russia’s obligations under the UN Charter and its 1997 basing agreement with Ukraine.  We call on Russia to address any ongoing security or human rights concerns that it has with Ukraine through direct negotiations, and/or via international observation or mediation under the auspices of the UN or the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe.  We stand ready to assist with these efforts.

We also call on all parties concerned to behave with the greatest extent of self-restraint and responsibility, and to decrease the tensions.

We note that Russia’s actions in Ukraine also contravene the principles and values on which the G-7 and the G-8 operate.  As such, we have decided for the time being to suspend our participation in activities associated with the preparation of the scheduled G-8 Summit in Sochi in June, until the environment comes back where the G-8 is able to have meaningful discussion.

We are united in supporting Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, and its right to choose its own future.  We commit ourselves to support Ukraine in its efforts to restore unity, stability, and political and economic health to the country.  To that end, we will support Ukraine’s work with the International Monetary Fund to negotiate a new program and to implement needed reforms.  IMF support will be critical in unlocking additional assistance from the World Bank, other international financial institutions, the EU, and bilateral sources.

Black Leaders Present President Obama With Black Agenda for the First Time

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For the first time since President Obama took office, a group of African American civil rights leaders presented President Obama with a formal agenda.

The document, first entitled Towards a New Civil Rights Movement for Economic Empowerment and Justice, is now called 1963-2013: 21st Century Agenda for Jobs and Freedom, has been two years in the making.  The first meeting on the report, which would become a formal “black agenda,” was led by National Urban League (NUL) President Marc Morial and took place on December 3, 2012.

A second meeting was held on January 25, 2013.  Over 60 civil rights activists, academics and elected officials contributed to creating the document which includes agenda items such as opposing mandatory minimum sentencing to the Urban Jobs Act authored by Rep. Chaka Fattah (D-PA) and Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY).  The agenda can be seen on NUL’s site here.

The initial version of the agenda was first introduced publicly in August 2013 during the week commemorating the 5oth anniversary of the March on Washington.  Today was the first time the document was presented at the White House to President Obama.

Five urgent goals were listed in the agenda presented by Morial to the President today:

  1. Achieve Economic Parity for African-Americans
  2. Promote Equity in Educational Opportunity
  3. Protect and Defend Voting Rights
  4. Promote a Healthier Nation by Eliminating Healthcare Disparities
  5. Achieve Comprehensive Criminal Justice System Reform

“We talked extensively about the challenges of unemployment, the challenges of under-employment, the challenges of black and urban and brown unemployment in this nation,” Morial said as he left the White House today.

Click here to read the full article on the Politic365 website.

Inequality Is Now Mainstream

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By William Spriggs

Last week in New York, the Ford Foundation hosted a conference with the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) on “Changing the Conversation on Growth: Going Inclusive.” Both are mainstream organizations, grounded in the elite consensus. So, their public engagement challenging the orthodoxy that inequality is the price we pay for economic growth is important.

Writing in 1955, economist Simon Kuznets argued that at first, rapid economic growth would make inequality grow, but over time inequality would decline. It appeared to fit what happened in the United States with rapid growth at the end of the 19th century and beginning of the 20th century. That era created vast wealth for a few, like Henry Ford, but poverty for many. Then came the Great Depression. But, then income inequality moderated and the United States had economic growth while growing more equal. The sense was that inequality wasn’t really a problem; economies would eventually revert to a more equal path.

But, in 1975, economist Arthur Okun suggested that measures by the government to bring about equality also made the economy less efficient; meaning there was a trade-off between growth and equality. By the mid-1970s, the U.S. economy had become much more equal, so Okun’s argument fueled a sense more equality would hurt growth.

That belief has helped shape policy thought since. A growing economy has more resources to invest in advances in science and medicine, it can support a strong defense to provide national security, and new technologies can improve life for everyone. So, whether trade deals enrich corporations, or tax cuts help the wealthy or corporate subsidies made the rich richer, as long as it could be argued that the policies helped growth, the resulting inequality was simply the cost society should pay.

But now we are back at levels of inequality in the United States that have not been seen since the Great Depression. So many economists are re-evaluating the notion of a trade-off between growth and equality. And some argue that high inequality actually contributed to the instability that caused the Great Recession.

The Ford Foundation and the OECD have embraced the view that we should reject there is a trade-off between growth and equality. First, on ethical and moral grounds, a society that shares gains and losses more equally is superior. It is also easier to get societies to trust in government and to get social cohesion when the gains of policies are shared and the losses don’t always fall on the same people. But now Ford and the OECD are prepared to argue that there is a positive economic case to be made, that equality and growth are both possible.

Oddly, this week, a group not known for being a friend to equality-the International Monetary Fund (IMF)- issued a staff paper reviewing the new economic research and that also did new work. The IMF is better known for being cold-hearted bankers who command countries to pay back loans regardless of the effect on government programs to help the poor. The IMF distinguishes between inequalities that result from market activity-differences in wages and earnings before taxes-and “net inequality” after transfers, from taxes, and social insurance payments. There conclusion is that: “lower net inequality seems to drive faster and more durable growth for a given level of redistribution.” In short, trickle down is not the way to grow the economy, watering from the roots is.

It means that in the recent farm bill, those arguing to preserve full funding for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program were the ones making the stronger pro-growth argument. It means that in the continued fight to extend unemployment insurance benefits, while more than 10 million Americans struggle to find jobs, is a pro-growth argument. These are not programs that are simply morally right; they are programs that, based on the best economic evidence, help provide for faster and more sustainable growth of the economy.

At the conference in New York, the OECD released a report showing the extreme income inequality of the United States. Among the OECD countries-the advanced industrial democracies of the world-the United States has the highest inequality, but for Turkey, Mexico and Chile; and since 1985, inequality in America has grown much faster than the OECD average.

So the “smart” answers on the economy are changing. Those responsible for shaping the debate of the past 30 years have come around to view things in a new light.

Follow Spriggs on Twitter: @WSpriggs. Contact: Amaya Smith-Tune Acting Director, Media Outreach AFL-CIO 202-637-5142

Tell the Government to Get a Warrant!

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Letters to Editor

NACDL <cglen@nacdl.org>

Take Action!

Protect the 4th Amendment by Supporting HR 1852

If you think the government should obtain a warrant to access personal electronic information such as e-mails and stored documents, you need to call your Representative as soon as possible and tell him or her to co-sponsor the E-mail Privacy Act (HR 1852).

Your call will only take a few minutes, but will have a dramatic impact on preserving the privacy rights enshrined in the Fourth Amendment.

Background:
Congress is currently considering the E-mail Privacy Act (HR 1852), a bi-partisan bill that would update the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA).  ECPA was passed in 1986 when e-mail was not widely used (‘e-mail’ as a term wasn’t even commonly used until around 1993!) and cloud storage was a futuristic fantasy.   ECPA says that government entities like the NSA, IRS, DEA, and even local government agencies can get e-mail records and documents stored in the cloud without first obtaining a warrant.

The E-mail Privacy Act (HR 1852) would ensure that all government agencies obtain a warrant before accessing personal and private online communications.

Forest Park Man charged in child pornography case

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A west suburban man appeared in bond court on felony child pornography charges following the recovery of numerous photos and videos depicting children engaging in sex acts posted to his social media account, according to the Office of Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez.

Kenneth Sims, 29, of Forest Park, was charged with two counts of Child Pornography (still depiction of child under 13 years of age and still depiction of a child under 18 years of age), and one count of Child Pornography (moving image of a child under 18 years of age).

According to prosecutors, the Cook County Internet Crimes Against Children’s (ICAC) Task Force received a Cyber Tip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children regarding suspected child pornography on Sims’ account on “Tumblr,” a blogging and social networking website.

Investigators from the Forest Park Police Department followed up on the tip, executing a search warrant on Sims account which was titled “addicted-to-cuties.” The search warrant resulted in the seizure of more than 15 flash drives containing multiple moving and still depictions of children engaged in a variety of sex acts.

Sims was arrested by Forest Park Police on Tuesday (Feb. 25) and appeared in bond court today at the Maywood Courthouse before Judge Carol Kipperman who set bond at $50,000. Sims’ next court date is March 20 at the Maywood Courthouse.

The Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office administers the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, which investigates and prosecutes criminal acts such as child pornography, sexual solicitation of a child or missing child investigations. The task force also offers guidance and information for parents and educators on internet safety. To report a child-related internet crime call (312) 492-3655.

The public is reminded that criminal charging documents contain allegations that are not evidence of guilt. The defendant is presumed innocent and is entitled to a fair trial at which the state has the burden of proving guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

Better Business Bureau Issues Utilities Scam Warning

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CHICAGO, IL – On the heels of the bitter cold temperatures that have hit Chicago and Northern Illinois, the Better Business Bureau (BBB) is issuing a warning on scam artists that are targeting individual consumers and businesses with the false claim that their utility bills are delinquent and their service is in danger of being disconnected.

The BBB has received calls from concerned consumers and businesses who state that they have received calls from individuals claiming to be from either ComEd or Nicor making demands that they immediately make payment on their alleged delinquent accounts.

Whether the payment demand is purportedly for ComEd or Nicor, the callers ask that the consumers purchase a gift card or a Green Dot card and then call back with the card information to make a payment.

Jessica LaSala, Manager of the Sports Page Bar in Rockford says their business has received a number of calls from a telephone number assigned to the Pontiac, IL area. The consumers who called the BBB report that the calls came from a blocked phone number.

“If a consumer receives one of these calls they should never provide any personal or financial information to the caller” says, Steve J. Bernas, president and CEO of the Better Business Bureau serving Chicago and Northern Illinois. “Instead they should contact their utility company’s customer service department and verify that a call was made”.

Additionally, if you suspect that the call is fraudulent or you may be a victim of a scam you should contact your local police department.

For more information on scams, visit http://www.bbb.org/

AARP Foundation Tax-Aide Provides Free Tax Assistance and Preparation

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Available to everyone even if you are not an AARP member or senior citizen

Washington, DC (BlackNews.com) – This year, AARP Foundation is again providing free tax assistance and preparation for taxpayers with low to moderate income through the AARP Foundation Tax-Aide program. AARP Foundation Tax-Aide, in its 45th year, is the nation’s largest free tax assistance and preparation service, giving special attention to those 60 and older. You do not need to be a member of AARP or a retiree to use this service.

In 2013, AARP Foundation Tax-Aide’s 35,000 volunteers at nearly 6,000 sites provided 2.6 million people with free tax help. Taxpayers who used AARP Foundation Tax-Aide received $1.4 billion in income tax refunds and more than $244 million in Earned Income Tax Credits (EITCs).

For more information on locating aan AARP Foundation Tax-Aide site near you, visit us at www.aarp.org/findtaxhelp or call 1-888-AARPNOW (1-888-227-7669). AARP Foundation Tax-Aide is offered in cooperation with the IRS.

About AARP Foundation
AARP Foundation is working to win back opportunity for struggling Americans 50+ by being a force for change on the most serious issues they face today: housing, hunger, income and isolation. By coordinating responses to these issues on all four fronts at once, and supporting them with vigorous legal advocacy, the Foundation serves the unique needs of those 50+ while working with local organizations nationwide to reach more people and make resources go further. AARP Foundation is a charitable affiliate of AARP. Learn more at www.aarpfoundation.org.

Steve Harvey and Coca-Cola launch new scholarship program for minority students

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The deadline to apply is March 15, 2014

Nationwide (BlackNews.com) – Comedian/ TV personality Steve Harvey and his wife, via their Steve and Marjorie Harvey Foundation, have partnered with Coca-Cola to create the Coca-Cola “Pay It Forward” Scholarship Program. Students can compete for the opportunity to win an apprenticeship experience with Steve Harvey, and a $5,000 educational scholarship. Runner-up winners will receive a $1,000 gift card.

The apprenticeship will include the opportunity to participate in the Steve Harvey Mentoring Program, including working with members of his team and learning what it takes to run the Steve Harvey Morning Show and Family Feud. They also will have the opportunity to meet and be mentored by Steve Harvey himself.

To apply, applicants can either nominate themselves or someone else. They have to complete a short application, and write an essay submission. The essay must not exceed 100 words in length (each question is limited to 50 words); and must be 100% true and original. In addition, all applicants must be between the ages of 16 and 21.

The program is just one of many offered by The Steve and Marjorie Harvey Foundation, which provides outreach to fatherless children and young adults, by promoting educational enrichment, one-on-one mentoring and global service initiatives that will cultivate the next generation of responsible leaders.


For more details and/or to apply, visit:
www.scholarshipsonline.org/2014/01/coca-cola-pay-it-forward-scholarship-program.html

To see hundreds of other 2014 scholarships, visit:
www.ScholarshipsOnline.org

ILGOP Chairman’s Update – Pat Quinn’s Rough Week

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Letters to Editor

ILGOP Chairman Jack Dorgan


For a sitting governor, it doesn’t get much worse than the week Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn just had had.

  • On Tuesday, a state audit slammed Gov. Quinn for his $54.5 million program, launched just one month before the 2010 election. The brutal audit led to calls for a criminal investigation into what Republicans called a political “slush fund.”

Chicago Sun-Times
Chicago Tribune
Quincy Journal

  • On Wednesday, Quinn’s head of the Illinois Department of Chidren and Family Services abruptly resigned after multiple scandals came to light in the past month, including a theft conviction and past paternity case.Associated Press
    Chicago Tribune
    Chicago Sun-Times

  • Then on Thursday, Quinn’s campaign got caught accepting $5,000 from an IDNR official and Democratic county party head. Shamed by the ILGOP, Quinn announced he would donate the tainted cash to charity (more about this below). And initial reports are that Quinn has plenty more work to do if he wants to truly rid himself of similar contributions.ILGOP Press Release
    Quad Cities Times
    News Gazette

  • Friday brought the worst news of all: the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics confirmed the sad state of the Illinois economy under Gov. Quinn:
    • Illinois was one of only two states where the average jobless rate got worse from 2012 to 2013.
    • We had the third-worst overall jobless rate of any state in 2013.
    • Every other state in the region, and each of our neighbors, improved their jobless rate while Illinois got worse.
    • And on average last year, our population (and number of unemployed) increased, but our labor force and total number of workers dropped.

  • So it should be no surprise that on Friday Rothenberg Political Report moved the Illinois governor’s race from “Lean Democrat” to “Toss-up.” The report said “[Quinn’s] job approval numbers can’t be ignored, and we have growing doubts about his re-election prospects.”

Now that’s what I would call a rough week.

Gov. Jindal Event Recap

The Illinois Republican Party, on the other hand, had a banner week. On Tuesday, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal hosted a party fundraiser in Chicago with an estimated 250 donors attending.

Thanks to all those who attended, and those who contributed to the growth and success of our party.

If you would like to do your part to help our party grow, you can contribute securely online at our website: ILGOP.org

Chicago Sun-Times Coverage


Republican Voters Beware…

With high stakes in the Illinois race for governor, a number of shady third-party groups funded by “Democrat dark money” have made their voices heard trying to impact the outcome of the election.

One such group was served this week with a Cease-and-Desist letter from the Illinois Republican Party from use of the word “Republican” and our official marks. For more info, click on the following link, and make sure you keep watch for phony groups like this trying to steal your vote!

ILGOP Cease and Desist

Quinn and Frerichs Caught Taking Tainted Campaign Cash

The Illinois Republican Party called out Gov. Pat Quinn and Treasurer candidate and state Sen. Mike Frerichs this week, for accepting more than $5,000 in campaign cash raised by two disgraced local Democratic party heads and employees of the Illinois DNR. (covered by The News Gazette and The Southern Illinoisan)

On Thursday, Quinn and Frerichs were forced to donate more than $5,250 in “tainted campaign contributions” to charity, in response to our call.

Quad Cities Times
News Gazette
Illinois Review
Capitol Fax 2/26
Capitol Fax 2/27

“Welcoming” VP Biden to Illinois

Last week, Vice President Joe Biden traveled to the Metro East area to tout the five-year anniversary of the so-called “stimulus” package.

The Illinois GOP responded immediately to bracket his visit: “if the vice president is trying to claim that the Democrats are good for jobs, he could hardly pick a worse state than Illinois for proof.”

Associated Press
Belleville News Democrat
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Bost/Enyart Release


Important Dates:

Tuesday, March 4: NBC5/University of Chicago Debate
Thursday, March 6: Chicago Tonight/WTTW Lt. Gov Debate
Thursday, March 13: Chicago Tonight/WTTW Governor Debate
Tuesday, March 18: Illinois Republican Primary
Tuesday, April 16: County Conventions

Winter Storm Titan Dumps Snow and Ice on Illinois Roadways

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Motorists Advised to Avoid Travel to Eliminate Risk of Dangerous Situation

CHICAGO, IL – The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) announced today that Winter Storm Titan has impacted travel routes across the entire state. From Northern to Southern Illinois, roads and bridges are snow and ice covered, creating slick and dangerous travel conditions for Illinois motorists.

“Our winter weather crews are witnessing numerous vehicle crashes and spinouts on roads across the state, so it is best to avoid travel until road conditions improve,” said Illinois Transportation Secretary Ann L. Schneider. “IDOT has full crews out in impacted areas and will continue to monitor the weather to ensure our crews respond in force to ensure the safety of the motoring public.”

The National Weather Service forecasts snow, sleet and freezing rain to continue to fall overnight in some areas across Illinois. As the wind continues to pick up, blowing and drifting snow may become a visibility issue for motorists.

IDOT has approximately 1,260 trucks and more than 1,500 employees assigned to impacted areas to remove snow and ice from state routes to help ensure the safety of the motoring public. Due to current weather conditions, IDOT encourages motorists who must travel to check the latest winter road conditions and road closures at www.gettingaroundillinois.com. Currently, all roads are open. The Brussels Ferry is closed due to ice.

Drivers are reminded to exercise caution when snow and ice affect roadways, and IDOT advises travel only when absolutely necessary during winter storms or when temperatures are extremely low. During the severely cold weather expected, the Illinois Department of Human Services advises that Illinois residents limit exposure to cold temperatures, dress in layers, check in on others who may need additional assistance, keep vehicles in good repair, and bring pets indoors.

For a list of warming centers in Illinois, visit www.KeepWarm.Illinois.gov. Those traveling by Amtrak trains are encouraged to call 800-USA-RAIL or visit Amtrak.com/alerts for Service Alerts and Passenger Notices.

Safety tips to remember:

· * Allow extra time for travel during the winter months.

· * Don’t crowd the plow – a snow plow operator’s field of vision is restricted. You may see them, but they may not see you.

· *Be aware that black ice can form on roads that appear clear and the unseen ice can be treacherous.

· * Take it slow when approaching intersections, off-ramps, bridges and shady areas – all are prone to black ice, which is often invisible.

· * Always keep your gas tank at least two-thirds full to help prevent the vehicle’s fuel line from freezing.

· * Do not travel during bad weather unless absolutely necessary – if you do have to make a trip, check the forecast and make sure someone is aware of your travel route and schedule.

· * Always carry an emergency car care kit that contains jumper cables, flares or reflectors, windshield washer fluid, a small ice scraper, traction material, blankets, non-perishable food and a first aid kit.

· * Carry a few extra blankets in your car, and perhaps an extra coat to ensure protection in case of a breakdown.

· * Carry a cell phone and dial *999 for roadway assistance in case of emergency (but remember using handheld phones while driving is illegal if it is not an emergency situation).

· * Always wear a seat belt, front seat or back – it’s the law.

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· Check travel and road conditions routinely before any trip. You can get road condition information by calling 1-800-452-IDOT (4368), Illinois Tollway information by calling 1-800-TOLL-FYI or online at www.gettingaroundillinois.com and click on the “winter road conditions” icon.

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