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More Sanctions Against Russia: Statement by the President on Ukraine

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THE PRESIDENT: “…I wanted to provide an update on the situation in Ukraine and the steps that the United States is taking in response.

“Over the last several days, we’ve continued to be deeply concerned by events in Ukraine.  We’ve seen an illegal referendum in Crimea; an illegitimate move by the Russians to annex Crimea; and dangerous risks of escalation, including threats to Ukrainian personnel in Crimea and threats to southern and eastern Ukraine as well.  These are all choices that the Russian government has made — choices that have been rejected by the international community, as well as the government of Ukraine.  And because of these choices, the United States is today moving, as we said we would, to impose additional costs on Russia.

“Based on the executive order that I signed in response to Russia’s initial intervention in Ukraine, we’re imposing sanctions on more senior officials of the Russian government.  In addition, we are today sanctioning a number of other individuals with substantial resources and influence who provide material support to the Russian leadership, as well as a bank that provides material support to these individuals.

“Now, we’re taking these steps as part of our response to what Russia has already done in Crimea.  At the same time, the world is watching with grave concern as Russia has positioned its military in a way that could lead to further incursions into southern and eastern Ukraine.  For this reason, we’ve been working closely with our European partners to develop more severe actions that could be taken if Russia continues to escalate the situation.

“As part of that process, I signed a new executive order today that gives us the authority to impose sanctions not just on individuals but on key sectors of the Russian economy.  This is not our preferred outcome.  These sanctions would not only have a significant impact on the Russian economy, but could also be disruptive to the global economy.  However, Russia must know that further escalation will only isolate it further from the international community.  The basic principles that govern relations between nations in Europe and around the world must be upheld in the 21st century.  That includes respect for sovereignty and territorial integrity — the notion that nations do not simply redraw borders, or make decisions at the expense of their neighbors simply because they are larger or more powerful.

“One of our other top priorities continues to be providing assistance to the government of Ukraine so it can stabilize its economy and meet the basic needs of the Ukrainian people.  As I travel to Europe next week to meet with the G7 and other European and Asian allies, I once again urge Congress to pass legislation that is necessary to provide this assistance — and do it right away.  Expressions of support are not enough.  We need action.  I also hope that the IMF moves swiftly to provide a significant package of support for Ukrainians as they pursue reforms.

In Europe, I’ll also be reinforcing a message that Vice President Biden carried to Poland and the Baltic states this week:  America’s support for our NATO allies is unwavering.  We’re bound together by our profound Article 5 commitment to defend one another, and by a set of shared values that so many generations sacrificed for.  We’ve already increased our support for our Eastern European allies, and we will continue to strengthen NATO’s collective defense, and we will step up our cooperation with Europe on economic and energy issues as well.

“Let me close by making a final point.  Diplomacy between the United States and Russia continues.  We’ve emphasized that Russia still has a different path available — one that de-escalates the situation, and one that involves Russia pursuing a diplomatic solution with the government in Kyiv, with the support of the international community.  The Russian people need to know, and Mr. Putin needs to understand that the Ukrainians shouldn’t have to choose between the West and Russia.  We want the Ukrainian people to determine their own destiny, and to have good relations with the United States, with Russia, with Europe, with anyone that they choose.  And that can only happen if Russia also recognized the rights of all the Ukrainian people to determine their future as free individuals, and as a sovereign nation — rights that people and nations around the world understand and support.”

The Links Foundation, Inc. fulfills $1 million pledge to historic National Civil Rights Museum

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Grant to National Civil Rights Museum Will Support Education and Cultural Center

WASHINGTON, DC (BlackNews.com) — The Links Foundation, Incorporated, the philanthropic arm of The Links, Incorporated, announces the completion of a one million dollar grant to the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis, Tennessee and will unveil The Links Education and Cultural Center on Thursday, March 20, 2014 at noon.

Community leaders including the national president of The Links Foundation, Incorporated and The Links, Incorporated, Margot James Copeland; the president of the National Civil Rights Museum, Beverly Robertson; and the superintendent of Shelby County Schools, Dorsey Hopson, will join children from Double Tree Elementary School and other members of the community to view The Links Education and Cultural Center.

The Links Center will be a “learning laboratory, to better connect the past and the present through interactive activities,” said Beverly Robertson, president of the National Civil Rights Museum. The Links Center will also serve as a resource on civil rights history for institutions – locally, regionally and nationally – by offering information not captured in classroom textbooks and by attracting educators, scholars, students, activists and the general public in providing engaging ways for them to learn this history.

The Links are completing the million dollar pledge to support the educational mission of the museum and establish an endowment through the Community Foundation of Greater Memphis. “We are excited to make the final installment of this major financial commitment to the museum,” said Copeland. “This contribution is significant, for it symbolizes that The Links are dedicated to educating our youth and our community about the importance of preserving civil and social rights progress in this country.”

Noting the crucial role played by pioneers for justice, Copeland added that, “As an organization devoted to enriching, sustaining and ensuring the cultural and economic survival of African Americans, it is our solemn duty to honor those who paved the way for social and economic justice for African Americans. Our success as a people, and as a nation, rests on the shoulders of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Coretta Scott King, Rosa Parks, Medgar Evers, Dr. Dorothy Height and the legion of others who forged down roads they were told they couldn’t travel.”

“This grant is significant because it is imperative that African-American organizations build their wealth in order to survive and maintain,” said Gladys Gary Vaughn, 13th national president, who was at the helm of the organization when the museum was selected to receive the grant. “Supporting the museum in building their endowment will help to provide a firm financial footing that will sustain for years to come.”

The director of philanthropy for The Links Foundation, Incorporated and The Links, Incorporated, Teree Caldwell-Johnson, says, “The Links Foundation, Incorporated has taken a historic step in supporting the documentation of the stories that tell of the contributions of those individuals who spent their lives fighting for social, civil and economic justice. Establishing an endowment for the museum will ensure the viability of the documentation housed in the Educational and Cultural Center for years to come.”

This award is the third one million dollar grant donated by The Links Foundation, Incorporated. Previous award recipients include the United Negro College Fund and the NAACP Legal Defense Fund.

About The links Foundation, Incorporated
The Links Foundation, Incorporated, the philanthropic arm of The Links, Incorporated, has made more than $25 million in charitable contributions since its founding in 1979. Working closely with its sponsors and supporters, The Links, Incorporated is focused on creating transformational programming and impacting lives in communities of color through Services to Youth, The Arts, National Trends and Services, International Trends and Services, and Health and Human Services, to improve the quality of life for individuals, families and communities.

About The Links, Incorporated
The Links, Incorporated celebrates more than 65 years as a women’s volunteer service organization committed to enriching, sustaining and ensuring the cultural and economic survival of African Americans and other persons of African ancestry. A premier international service organization with nearly 12,000 members in 276 chapters located in 41 states, the District of Columbia, and the Commonwealth of the Bahamas, its legacy of friends providing services that change lives, established by the original circle of nine friends in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1946, is alive and well.

The members of The Links, Incorporated are influential decision makers and opinion leaders. The Links, Incorporated has attracted many distinguished women who are individual achievers and who have made a difference in their communities and the world. They are business and civic leaders, role models, mentors, activists and volunteers who work towards a common vision by engaging like-minded organizations and individuals for partnership.

With more than 2 million service hours recorded in the past three years, members regularly contribute more than 500,000 documented service hours in their respective communities annually. For more information, visit www.linksinc.org.

About National Civil Rights Museum
The National Civil Rights Museum located at the Lorraine Motel, the assassination site of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., chronicles key episodes of the American Civil Rights Movement and the legacy of this movement to inspire participation in civil and human rights efforts globally, through its collections, exhibitions and educational programs. The Museum is located in the historic arts district of downtown Memphis, Tennessee.

An internationally acclaimed tourist attraction, the Museum was voted third among USA Today’s Top 10 Best American Iconic Attractions; Top 10 Best Historical Spots in the U.S. by TLC’s Family Travel; Must See by the Age of 15 by Budget Travel and Kids and Top 10, American Treasures by USA Today.

Simon Backing Minimum Wage Hike

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Legislation raising wages passes out of Senate committee

SPRINGFIELD, IL – Illinois Lt. Governor Sheila Simon issued the following statement supporting legislation sponsored by Sen. Kimberly A. Lightford (D-Maywood) to raise the minimum wage in Illinois. Senate Bill 68 passed out of the Senate Executive committee on Thursday.

“A hard day’s work deserves a fair minimum wage. This legislation is a strong step in the right direction.

“Too many Illinoisans work too hard for too little. By raising the minimum wage to $10.65 over the next three years we can help the many women and men who are doing some of our hardest jobs. This is an important issue being championed by President Obama and Gov. Quinn for good reason. A gradual minimum wage increase can go a long way toward helping Illinois families enter the middle class.

“I applaud the efforts of Sen. Lightford and committee to pass this much-needed measure. I look forward to working with both chambers to get this passed and to the governor’s desk this year.”

Black Fathers Unite for Child Abuse & Sex Trafficking Prevention

Posted by Admin On March - 21 - 2014 Comments Off on Black Fathers Unite for Child Abuse & Sex Trafficking Prevention
Street Positive


Fathers Against Child Abuse & Neglect + Preventing Sex Trafficking: Daddy’s Home event will be held April 19, 2014, at the Kipp Academy of Opportunity, 7019 Vaness Ave., Los Angeles at 1 p.m. PDT

Street Positive, Concerned Black Men of Los Angeles, Fathers Time, Black Star Project, Kool As Nerdz, First Fathers, DangerMan, DMTL, H.O.O.P Foundation, Cease Fire L.A., PPCC, City Lites Network Inc, Brother II Brother Mentoring and other community organizations

LOS ANGELES – Child abuse and neglect in America has hit epidemic proportions. The total lifetime cost of dealing with child maltreatment is a staggering $124 billion annually. Additionally, 30% of abused children will abuse their own; child abuse occurs at every socioeconomic-economic level, across all ethnic and cultural lines, within all religions and education levels. When considering African Americans, although 14.2% of the U.S. population, they account for more than 40% of youth in foster care; black children are 4 times more likely than whites to be in foster care.

Sex trafficking currently generates $32 billion annually and has a direct connection of impact on those physically, emotionally or sexually abused; average age of child becoming victim of sex trafficking is 13 yrs old.

The need for significantly increased prevention and early intervention has caught the attention of a number of active and distinct fatherhood engagement groups moving to take an active and progressive role in child safety.

COST: Free

Award-winning Street Positive CEO, Terry Boykins, has been tapped to spear-head “Fathers Against Child Abuse & Neglect” campaign ahead of April’s National Child Abuse Prevention Month. He will work alongside Mr. Jason McCuller, President of Concerned Black Men of Los Angeles, to execute the event. The campaign is looking to engage 1000 fathers and supporters throughout the Greater Los Angeles area. However, organizers are reaching out to all fathers nationwide to join the effort.

Complimenting the campaign is a concerted effort by fathers to build impressionable relationships with their daughters in the fight against sex trafficking, low self-esteem and paternal abandonment.

On Jan. 20, 2014, Street Positive added to its numerous commendations when awarded the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr “Community Service Award” by the Inland Empire Concerned African American Churches (IECAAC). Street Positive has participated in numerous education conferences, community forums, radio shows, youth summits and mental health symposiums to address the emotional and economic impact of child abuse and neglect in America. In 2013, Street Positive was selected by Native Challenge to address key educational, cultural and emotional needs of Native American youth through mentoring; Boykins recently presented on parent and community engagement at the California African American Administrators and Superintendents (CAAASA) Professional Development Education Summit in Sacramento, CA.

On April 19 “Fathers Against Child Abuse & Neglect”, hosted by Concerned Black Men of Los Angeles (CBMLA), will feature live entertainment, panel discussions, resources, refreshments and a special book signing of “A Fragile Child’s Cry” by H. L. Stampley. Mr. Stampley, an adoptive father of two severely disabled and neglected boys affected by child abuse, resides in Memphis, TN.

Those wishing to pledge support for ”Fathers Against Child Abuse & Neglect” , by requesting a copy of “A Fragile Child’s Cry” can do so by visiting www.streetpositive.com.

Request to have Street Positive and Mr. Boykins present on youth related topics can be made by contacting: (909) 880-9427. Or, by visiting: www.streetpositive.com.

Photo Caption: Terry Boykins, CEO, Street Positive

Rabbi Brant Rosen issues statement on Henry Kissinger keynoting “Humanitarian Awards Dinner”

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Kissinger’s visit to Chicago yesterday was met with protest from a coalition of more than a dozen organizations

“As a rabbi, a Jew and a person of conscience I was profoundly dismayed to learn that Henry Kissinger was chosen by the Illinois Holocaust Museum to be the keynote speaker at its ‘Humanitarian Awards Dinner.’ This choice is most certainly at odds with the mission and good work of this important institution.

“I cannot understand how a man who was the architect of our nation’s war crimes in Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos, who was instrumental in the brutal coup in Chile and other acts of illegal international intervention around the world could possibly be considered an appropriate speaker at a gathering that celebrates humanitarianism.

“The mission of the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center is to ‘Remember the Past, Transform the Future’ and ‘to preserve the legacy of the Holocaust by teaching universal lessons that combat hatred, prejudice and indifference.’ Given this mission, I urge the Museum to think seriously about the messages it sends when it associates itself with figures such as Henry Kissinger.”

Rabbi Brant Rosen

Rabbi Brant Rosen is the Rabbi of Jewish Reconstructionist Congregation (JRC) in Evanston, IL. He is the co-founder of Ta’anit Tzedek — Jewish Fast for Gaza and serves as the Chairperson of the Jewish Voice for Peace Rabbinical Council. He blogs regularly at Shalom Rav (www.rabbibrant.com)

Illinois Employers Add 6,400 Jobs and Rate Holds at 8.7 Percent

Posted by Admin On March - 21 - 2014 Comments Off on Illinois Employers Add 6,400 Jobs and Rate Holds at 8.7 Percent

Unemployment Data Best Since 2009

CHICAGO, IL – Illinois employers added +6,400 jobs in February and the unemployment rate remained unchanged at 8.7 percent and down from 9.2 percent one year ago, according to preliminary data released today by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and the Illinois Department of Employment Security.

The 8.7 percent unemployment rate in January and February is the lowest since February 2009 when it was 8.5 percent.

“February’s job numbers shows that our economy continues to improve. The snapshot is another positive piece in the long-term trend of economic growth building in Illinois,” IDES Director Jay Rowell said. “It also reminds us that more is needed and expected because that economic success has yet to return to every household.”

January’s preliminary job loss data already has been revised upward by the BLS. The new estimate, which could be further revised, emphasizes the volatility of monthly data. That is why public and private analysts prefer long-term trends when evaluating the strength of an economy.

Illinois added +257,400 private sector jobs since January 2010 when job growth returned following nearly two years of consecutive monthly declines. Leading sectors are Professional and Business Services (+121,000, +15.4 percent); Education and Health Services (+55,500, +6.7 percent); and Leisure and Hospitality (+36,800, +7.2 percent). Government (-25,600, -3 percent) continues to lead job loss.

In February, large gains in Professional and Business Services (+10,400) and Leisure and Hospitality (+4,000) more than offset declines in Trade, Transportation and Utilities (-6,100). Most of this decline was at Chicagoland food stores. In February 2014, the number of unemployed individuals increased 1,900 (+0.3 percent) to 569,100. Total unemployed has fallen -184,400 (-24.5 percent) since early 2010 when the state unemployment rate peaked at 11.4 percent in January.

Since January 2010, when compared to the previous month, Illinois recorded job growth in 35 months and job loss in 14. The unemployment rate fell in 24 months, increased in nine and was unchanged in 16.

The unemployment rate identifies those who are out of work and seeking employment. A person who exhausts benefits, or is ineligible, still will be reflected in the unemployment rate if they actively seek work. Historically, the national unemployment rate is lower than the state rate. The state rate has been lower than the national rate only six times since January 2000. This includes periods of economic expansion and contraction.


Illinois monthly labor force, unemployed and unemployment rates for years 2009-2013 have been revised as required by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. In February of each year, monthly labor force data for all states are revised to reflect updated sum-of-states controls, Census population controls, seasonal factors, non-farm jobs and unemployment insurance claims inputs. Data were also smoothed to eliminate large monthly changes as a result of volatility in the monthly household (CPS) survey. Comments and tables distributed in prior Illinois unemployment rate news release materials should be discarded because any analysis, including records, previously cited might no longer be valid.

Seasonally adjusted employment data for subsectors within industries are not available. For not seasonally adjusted jobs data with greater industry detail, go to http://www.ides.illinois.gov/Custom/Library/Statistic/CES/I_NSA_CES_Illinois_MSAs_Jobs_2000_to_Current.XLS .

“Other Services” includes a wide range of activities in three broad categories: Personal and laundry; repair and maintenance; and religious, grant making, civic and professional organizations.

Monthly seasonally adjusted unemployment rates for Illinois and the Chicago-Naperville-Joliet Metropolitan Division are available at: http://www.ides.illinois.gov/page.aspx?item=2509 .

Students honored during the 32nd annual Illinois Arts Education Week

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Poster contest winners recognized at Governor’s Mansion in Springfield

SPRINGFIELD, IL — The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) honored student winners of the statewide arts education poster contest today at the Governor’s Mansion. The contest is a highlight of the 32nd annual Illinois Arts Education Week, which runs March 17-23 to celebrate and highlight the importance of the fine arts. Students across the state competed to create posters reflective of this year’s theme, “Art is Everywhere.”

“I congratulate all Illinois students who submitted their artwork in this year’s poster contest,” Governor Pat Quinn said. “Arts education opens the door for enhanced academic performance and more opportunities for college, career and beyond. I salute our student artists and their teachers for their hard work and creativity.”

The statewide poster contest celebrating Arts Education Week alternates between elementary/middle and secondary students each year. The contest was open to students in grades K-8 this year.

“It is essential we do not forget the arts in our schools. Arts education teaches our students creativity and contributes significantly to success in college and careers,” said State Superintendent of Education Christopher A. Koch. “Thank you to the educators and teachers for fostering these talents, and congratulations to our winning students and everyone who participated.”

First place went to Liv Bertaud, a 10-year-old fifth-grader at Copeland Manor School in Libertyville. Her art instructor is Cindi Sartain in Libertyville Elementary District 70.

“I think the theme ‘Art is Everywhere’ is important. It helps people realize that art is tucked into the little corners of life,” Liv said. “It’s not just in museums and theaters. It is essential to remember these things because without art, music or dance, so many people would be caught in void or left without the love of creativity. I feel it is essential for me and for everyone, really, to remember that art really is everywhere and that we have to be thankful for that.”

Liv’s winning artwork is featured on a poster promoting Illinois Arts Education Week. Her mixed-media entry features the four areas of art, which are dance, drama, music and visual arts. Gov. Pat Quinn issued a proclamation designating the special week.

Second place in the poster contest went to Tina Nair of Maercker School District 60. Tina is a 13-year-old eighth-grader at Westview Hills Middle School in Willowbrook. Her art instructor is Josh Vance.

Casey K. Darre, a 13-year-old seventh-grader at Westfield Middle School in Bloomingdale, received third place in ISBE’s poster contest. Casey’s art instructor in Bloomingdale School District 13 is Deyana S. Matt.

In addition to honoring students, the 2014 Illinois Alliance for Arts Education award ceremony recognized individuals, community organizations and businesses that have contributed to the arts and art education.

Illinois Arts Education Week 2014 is sponsored by the Illinois State Board of Education in conjunction with the IAAE and the Governor’s Office. The IAAE is a member of the Kennedy Center Alliance for Arts Education Network, receiving support, award recognition programs and professional development opportunities.

Additional posters can be requested by contacting the Illinois State Board of Education’s College and Career Readiness Division at (217) 524-4832; arts@isbe.net; or via mail at 100 N. First St., N-242, Springfield, IL 62777-0001.

The back of the poster contains references to the Illinois Learning Goals and Standards for the Fine Arts, upcoming art events for 2014, internet resources and more. Go to http://www.isbe.net/grants/arts_week/default.htm to view the winning poster and artwork.

PHEN Introduces “Your Prostate Health Minute”

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A new campaign to heighten fight against prostate cancer

PHEN Prostate Cancer Poster

Quincy, MA (BlackNews.com) – The Prostate Health Education Network (PHEN) has ramped up its fight against the prostate cancer crisis in Black America with its latest campaign “Your Prostate Health Minute,” a series of monthly one-minute public service announcements highlighting specific prostate health topics.

PHEN has started building partnerships with radio stations nationwide to expand its outreach and ultimately raise the awareness and education levels on prostate cancer in black communities. More than 20 radio stations have joined PHEN in this effort.While prostate cancer remains the leading cause of cancer deaths among all men in the United States, black men die at a rate 150 percent greater than men of all other racial and ethnic groups. This is the largest racial disparity for any type of cancer for men or women.

A lack of knowledge about risk level, early detection, proper treatments and managing survivorship is a major contributor to the prostate cancer crisis. The PSAs address these topics and more and urge radio listeners to visit PHEN’s website, www.rapcancer.org, to access online educational resources to gain more knowledge.

PHEN has also taken the campaign a step further by integrating it into some of the organization’s ongoing outreach efforts including its e-newsletter, website and monthly webcasts.

“We believe our radio outreach combined with PHEN’s online educational resources and other outreach initiatives is a powerful, effective and exciting way to broaden our reach to where it’s needed most and increase the prostate health knowledge in Black America,” said PHEN founder and president Thomas Farrington. “Knowledge is the best defense against prostate cancer and it saves lives.”

Click the links to listen to “Your Prostate Health Minute” PSAs covering prostate cancer risks and the types of prostate cancer.

Radio Stations are invited to partner in PHEN’s “Your Prostate Health Minute” educational campaign; please contact Kassmin Williams at kassmin@prostatehealthed.org. All radio partners will be identified on PHEN’s website with a link to their individual websites.

About PHEN
PHEN (Prostate Health Education Network, Inc.) is a non- profit patient education and advocacy organization founded in 2003 by Thomas A. Farrington, a prostate cancer survivor. Through the success of its education, awareness and advocacy initiatives PHEN is now recognized as the national leader in the “fight against prostate cancer” on behalf of Black America. Some other key PHEN initiatives include an “Annual Father’s Day Rally” in partnership with churches nationwide, an “Annual Summit” in Washington, DC in partnership with the Congressional Black Caucus, a monthly webcast in partnership with the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston, MA., and a nationwide prostate cancer survivor network for community outreach. For more details, visit www.prostatehealthed.org

Illinois Film Office: Renewal of Chicago Fire and Chicago PD means jobs for Illinoisans

Posted by Admin On March - 21 - 2014 Comments Off on Illinois Film Office: Renewal of Chicago Fire and Chicago PD means jobs for Illinoisans

NBC decision follows industry’s 2013 record spending in state

CHICAGO, IL —The Illinois Film Office said today that NBC’s decision to renew the TV programs Chicago Fire and Chicago PD for another season will provide an important boost to the state’s economy. Both of the hit shows are filmed in Chicago.

In 2013, local spending for Chicago Fire and Chicago PD totaled $87 million, about a quarter of the film industry’s overall spending of a record $358 million statewide, according to estimates by the film office, which is part of the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity.

“These two shows have become job creators all by themselves,” said Betsy Steinberg, managing director of the film office. “Now that they can produce another season of episodes, they will provide steady work for hundreds of people, from actors to electricians, drivers, construction workers and many more.”

Under Governor Pat Quinn, the state aggressively has courted film, television and commercial productions. Governor Quinn committed early state support to the Cinespace Chicago Film Studios, leveraging a more than $80 million private investment in what has become the largest soundstage in the United States outside of Hollywood.

The campus on Chicago’s near west side opened in 2011, vastly expanding the state’s ability to host major film and TV productions. That same year, Governor Quinn signed a 10-year extension of the Illinois Film Tax Credit, which has drawn hundreds of projects to the state.

The film industry’s record level of activity in Illinois last year supported the equivalent of more than 4,200 full-time jobs. The business in 2013 included six television series; movies such as Divergent, Jupiter Ascending and Transformers 4; and about 150 commercial productions.

“Illinois has established ties to producers who keep coming back once they are exposed to our world-class facilities, diverse locations and nationally respected labor force,” Steinberg said.

The state’s 30 percent tax credit is awarded to filmmakers for money spent on Illinois goods and services, including wages paid to Illinois residents. Since its inception in 2004, the credit has helped produce $1.3 billion in private-sector spending within the state.

Chicago Fire and Chicago PD are shot at Cinespace. With the renewals, Chicago Fire will enter its third season and Chicago PD its second.

For more information on doing business in Illinois, go to http://www.illinois.gov/dceo.

Americans for Responsible Solutions Instrumental in getting two of the “worst provisions” removed from Georgia’s “Guns Everywhere” Bill

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Letters to Editor

From:Pia Carusone

Executive Director, Americans for Responsible Solutions

For too long, legislation like Georgia’s “Guns Everywhere” bill has sailed through state legislatures with little or no opposition.

We started Americans for Responsible Solutions to change that — to help give a voice to the 90% of Americans who support common sense solutions to reduce gun violence.

We have a tough road ahead of us, but our efforts are beginning to pay off.

Outrageously, late last night, Georgia’s General Assembly rammed through elements of the extreme “Guns Everywhere” bill that would allow gun offenders to carry weapons in schools, bars, courthouses, and even in the world’s busiest airport.

But because ARS members stood up and made their voices heard, two of the bill’s worst provisions, which would have allowed guns on college campuses and in churches, were removed from the final legislation.

Spread the word about it:

We were able to change the content of this legislation thanks to the collective action of people across the country — especially the ones who organized on-the-ground in Georgia.

Over 12,000 Georgians signed our petition against the “Guns Everywhere” legislation, and we delivered their message directly to the state’s Governor and Lt. Governor.

We also drove over 2,000 personal phone calls to their offices, and over 50,000 people across the country added their voices on our national petition.

We’re not done organizing yet. We’re disappointed that Georgia lawmakers forced through this bill with a last minute vote, and we’ll continue working with Georgians in the coming week to urge the state’s Governor to veto the bill and prevent its other dangerous provisions from becoming law.

But the defeat of campus carry is an important win for our movement, and you should spread the word about it:


Thank you for joining us in this effort. We have our next important campaign starting next week, so please be on the lookout for an email from us on Monday.

Be bold,

Pia Carusone

Executive Director, Americans for Responsible Solutions

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