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NAACP and Coalition Partners Take Out Full Page Newspaper Ads in Cantor and Goodlatte’s Districts

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VIRGINIA – On Wednesday, June 5th, local chapters of civil rights and voting groups took out full page ads in the Roanoke Times and Richmond Times-Dispatch calling on their members of Congress to move the congressional process forward on the bipartisan Voting Rights Amendment Act (VRAA).

The ads, which were taken out in collaboration with The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, highlight the unique influence that Congressmen Bob Goodlatte and Eric Cantor have over the future of the VRAA, which would update and modernize the landmark Voting Rights Act to protect voters from discrimination in the wake of the Supreme Court’s decision last June in Shelby County v. Holder. As the ads state, the Voting Rights Act “has protected voters for 50 years, approved time and again by bipartisan majorities in Congress and signed into law by presidents from both parties—from Lyndon Johnson, to Ronald Reagan, to George W. Bush.”

The Roanoke Times ad (Click here for a PDF) highlights Rep. Goodlatte’s role as Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, where the bipartisan VRAA has been awaiting committee action since its introduction in January. The ad was sponsored by LULAC Council 4609, the League of Women Voters Lynchburg, the Virginia State Conference NAACP, the Roanoke Branch NAACP, and The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights. It says “we are calling on Congress and Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte to act. A bipartisan bill has been introduced to modernize the Voting Rights Act and provide modern protection to all voters. We urge the House Judiciary Committee to advance this needed legislation, and ensure that no voter is denied his or her right to vote this November.”

The Richmond Times-Dispatch ad highlights Rep. Cantor’s role as House Majority Leader, stating that “every day that goes by without a modern Voting Rights Act is a threat to voters everywhere. Majority Leader Cantor and Congress have the power to modernize protections for all voters. We ask them to move forward on this historic opportunity.” The ad was signed by the Virginia State Conference NAACP, LULAC Council 4609, and The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights. The Richmond Times-Dispatch buy also includes online banner ads targeting Rep. Cantor’s constituents.

Below are quotes from organizations who signed on to the ads:

Joan MacCallum, President of the League of Women Voters of Lynchburg
“The League of Women Voters of Lynchburg is counting on Congress to come together to restore the Voting Rights Act after a bipartisan group of legislators introduced H.R. 3899, the Voting Rights Amendment Act of 2014. Protecting the right to vote is something that every member of Congress should be able to agree on. It has been nearly six months after the legislation was introduced and little progress has been made to keep it moving forward. Lynchburg’s own, Representative Bob Goodlatte, has the power to move this legislation to the next level as the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee. Chairman Goodlatte, the right to vote is not about politics or the outcome of elections; it is about equality and justice. Virginians and all Americans deserve to hear a debate on this issue. We’re counting on you to move this legislation to the next level.”

Vivian Sanchez-Jones, LULAC Supporter/Community Organizer (Roanoke, VA)
“Congress must pass a Voting Rights Act Amendment that meets the needs of the 21st century. LULAC urges Chairman Goodlatte to give the VRAA real consideration and move the bill through the legislative process.  Every month, more than 52,000 young Latinos turn 18, many of whom are U.S. born citizens and eligible to vote.  LULAC believes that the cornerstone of our democracy is the right of every American citizen to vote.  Passage of an effective VRAA ensures that the right of every American to vote is respected.  It also helps to encourage greater participation, particularly for young people, who may be casting their first ballot in the next election.”

Carmen Taylor, President of Virginia State Conference NAACP and Brenda Hale, President of Roanoke Branch NAACP:
“The rights of voters in Virginia and across the Nation hang in the balance. People deserve a voting process that is fair, equitable and non-intimidating. We will continue to fight to ensure these rights are protected.”

Below are recent objections to the Voting Rights Act in Virginia:

• Northampton County (2003) – In 2003, the county proposed a redistricting plan and the realignment of voting precincts.  The benchmark plan contained two black majority districts in which black voters had been able to elect candidates of choice in two districts.  However, the proposed plan had only one such district while eliminating the ability of black voters to elect their candidates of choice in the other district.  DOJ concluded that minority voting strength was unnecessarily reduced in the county.
• Northampton County (2003) – In 2002, the county proposed a redistricting plan for the Board of Supervisors and the realignment of voting precincts.  Under the benchmark plan, black voters have been able to elect candidates of choice in three districts.  The proposed plan had no district in which black persons constitute a majority of the voting age population.  In the ten years prior to 2003, no black-preferred candidate had won in a district in which whites were a majority of the voting age population.  The analysis of electoral behavior indicated that a reduction in the black voting age population had the potential for a significant difference in the ability of black voters to elect a candidate of choice.

• Cumberland County (2002) – The county proposed a new redistricting plan for the Board of Supervisors.  At the time, District 3 was the only district in which black persons constituted a majority of the total population.  However, under the proposed plan the black population in that district would be reduced as would the black voting age population.

• Pittsylvania County and Pittsylvania County School District (2002) – The proposed change referred to a 2001 redistricting plan for the Board of Supervisors and the Board of Education.  The county proposed a plan would have reduced the black population in the only district in which black persons were a majority of the population to below 50%.  DOJ analysis showed that the level of racial polarization in the county was extreme, such that any reduction would have called into question the continued ability of black voters to elect their candidates of choice.
• Northampton County (2001) – The county proposed to change the method of election for the Board of Supervisors from six single-member districts to three double-member districts, as well as a new redistricting plan for the Board of Supervisors, and the realignment of voting precincts.  Under the existing method of election, black voters had been able to elect candidates of their choice to office in three districts.  The proposed plan did not contain any districts in which minorities constituted a majority of the voting age population.  DOJ determined that minority voters would not have had the same opportunity under the proposed plan that they had under the existing plan to elect even two candidates of choice.

Madigan Charges Former Grundy County Official With Theft, Official Misconduct

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Former County Official Indicted on Charges of Stealing $44,000 in County Funds

CHICAGO, IL ─ Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan announced charges against a former Grundy County official for stealing $44,000 in county funds to spend on personal shopping trips, meals at restaurants and visits to hair and nail salons.

Renae Chronister, 45, of Morris, appeared today in Grundy County Criminal Court before Judge Robert Marsaglia to face one count of theft, a Class 1 felony, and one count of official misconduct, a Class 3 felony.

Madigan alleged that from 2009 to 2012, Chronister stole the money while working as bookkeeper for the Grundy County Health Department. Madigan alleged Chronister executed the scheme by pocketing cash paid to the health department by area residents and businesses for county services, including immunizations, mental health counseling and public health inspections.

An investigation by Madigan’s office, based on a referral from the Grundy County State’s Attorney’s office, found a pattern of repeated cash deposits into Chronister’s bank accounts totaling $44,000 from 2009 to 2013. Madigan’s investigation revealed Chronister used the funds for personal purchases, including dining out daily at restaurants, multiple shopping trips for clothing and numerous hair and nail salon visits.

“The defendant abused her position and access to public funds to fund shopping sprees and take trips to the salon at the expense of Grundy County taxpayers,” Madigan said.

As bookkeeper Chronister was tasked with keeping track of money received within the health department and its three different divisions: environmental, mental health and nursing. The county detected in 2012 that cash was not being consistently deposited with the county treasurer’s office from the health department and ordered an audit, which revealed the missing funds. Chronister was terminated from her position in February 2013.

Assistant Attorneys General David Navarro and Kathleen Duhig and Associate Director Louis Dolce are handling the case for Madigan’s Public Integrity Bureau with assistance from the Grundy County Sheriff’s office. The public is reminded that the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty by a court of law.

JET Magazine Releases its Final Print Issue; JET app will launch June 30

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JET magazine will release its final print issue, hitting newsstands nationwide on Monday, June 9.

The cover of the last issue salutes JET magazine’s iconic history with images of previous covers throughout the past 63 years. Inside, readers will find a retrospective of the news covered in the magazine dating from 1951 to the present.

JET is launching a new weekly digital magazine app later this month. The new app, scheduled to launch June 30, will be available on all tablet devices and mobile platforms. It will feature weekly updates on entertainment, sports and news of importance to our readership, as well as enhanced functionality for the Beauty of the Week. June 30 is JET App Day.

About JET
JET magazine, initially billed as “The Weekly Negro News Magazine,” is noted for its role in chronicling the early days of the Civil Rights movement. The publication is now transitioning into an all-digital format. The new weekly digital magazine app will leverage a variety of storytelling tactics, including video interviews, enhanced digital maps, 3D charts and photography from the JPC archives. The magazine has been a trusted news source to Black Americans since 1951, bringing life to its popular catchphrase: “If it isn’t in JET, it didn’t happen.”

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Richmond Free Press: Farewell to Ray Boone, Crusading Editor, ‘Champion’ Journalist, Dead at 76

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Ray Boone, Crusading Editor, ‘Champion’ Journalist, Dead at 76

By Jeremy M. Lazarus

(Richmond Free Press) – Raymond Harold “Ray” Boone had a snappy response when the infuriated commander at an Army outpost in South Carolina threatened to lock him in the stockade for staying seated when the band played the Southern anthem “Dixie.”

“Let’s go,” Boone, then a corporal, told the furious officer who backed down and let him off with a warning.

With his dander up, Boone sent a letter detailing the situation to then powerhouse New York Congressman Adam Clayton Powell Jr., whom he knew.

That resulted in a call from the White House to the commander questioning his actions toward Mr. Boone and his order that soldiers stand at attention for the song. Mr. Boone had no further problems.

That story from Boone’s experience in the military speaks volumes about his fearless approach to dealing with wrongs – as a journalist for more than 60 years and as a person. The dapper founding editor/publisher of the Richmond Free Press refused to be intimidated during his 22 years at the helm – seeing himself as continuing the legacy of his journalism hero, John Mitchell Jr., the “fighting editor” of the Richmond Planet who carried pistols and dared White supremacists to lynch him for writing about the injustices of his day.

A true believer in the First Amendment and the U.S. Constitution, Boone vigorously championed democratic values, with an emphasis on justice and equality for all, never forgetting the harsh segregation conditions he dealt with growing up in his native Suffolk.

As one of his admirers put it, “he was the undisputed, undefeated heavyweight champion of journalistic pugilism.”

Boone’s role as an influential community leader ended Tuesday, June 3, 2014, when he lost his battle with pancreatic cancer. He died “peacefully in his sleep with a smile on his face,” said Jean Patterson Boone, his wife of 47 years and Free Press president of advertising. He was 76.

She vowed to continue “to operate the newspaper and maintain its mission to promote equality and fairness. That is the best way to honor my husband.”

Boone was active in the newspaper almost until the end, said his daughter Regina H. Boone, a photographer with the Detroit Free Press. “He knew what was going on. He was talking about what the headlines should be” for the May 29 edition, she said.

Boone built the newspaper into one of the largest weekly newspapers in the state in striving for lively reporting and strong opinions. He was involved in a variety of crusades. He named his longest running campaign “Vote with your dollars” to encourage readers to use their spending power to reward companies that catered to them and to punish those that didn’t.

He also sought to brighten the city during the winter with his “Love Lights” campaign. Boone also pushed, poked and prodded governors, legislators, mayors and council members to do more business with Black-owned and minority firms. That pushing led former Gov. Mark Warner to investigate how well the state was doing and to overhaul Virginia’s program after a study shockingly found that less than one-half of one percent of state spending for goods and services went to Black and minority businesses.

As a result of the Free Press crusade, Mayor Dwight C. Jones set a 40 percent goal for minority business inclusion on major city projects, such as the construction of the new jail and four new schools.

Boone made up his own mind about issues and was ready to take his stand no matter what. Last year, for example, he announced the Free Press would no longer use the name of the highly popular Washington pro football team, calling it a racist insult to Native Americans.

And he called for the ouster of Roslyn M. Brock, the NAACP’s national chairwoman, accusing her of being tepid in her efforts to address the team’s nickname and for failing to address discriminatory practices of the team because her employer, the Bon Secours Health System, was financially involved in developing the team’s new Richmond training camp.

Three years ago, when protests over the country’s income disparities reached its peak, he opened the front lawn of his South Side home to members of the Occupy Richmond movement after Mayor Jones evicted occupiers from a Downtown park. The action was a poke at the mayor who lived next door. Boone and the occupiers ended the protest over corporate control before the city cited him for a zoning violation.

Boone used his editorial page to chastise now deceased Chief Court Justice Leroy R. Hassell Sr. over Black news media access to cover ceremonies and proudly declared victory when new Justice Cleo Powell allowed Free Press Photographer Sandra Sellars to cover her investiture, a first for a Black newspaper.

There were plenty of others he took to task, among them former Virginia Commonwealth University President Eugene P. Trani, whom he repeatedly bashed for failing to diversify the school’s leadership.

Boone always credited the education he received in the segregated schools in Suffolk. “It was preached that you could be segregated physically, but you could not be segregated mentally,” he told an interviewer in 2003, “and if you did well in education and you were disciplined, you could overcome the tremendous barriers you faced.”

He followed that mantra, absorbing books and becoming a walking encyclopedia of Black history. Boone said his interest in journalism developed after one of his teachers “told me I could write.”

At East Suffolk High School, his direction was set when he found there was no newspaper and yearbook and started both. He saw this as an opportunity, he once said, “to put our school on the map.”

He took his biggest step into a newspaper career when he approached the local newspaper, the daily Suffolk News-Herald, about writing stories about sports at the Black high schools. The newspaper had never covered those stories and allowed him to be their correspondent. His stories began appearing on the sports pages, a first for news about the Black community,all of which had previously been relegated to the “colored” pages.

Boone continued to write for the daily while studying at Norfolk State University. He later transferred to Boston University, where he earned his degree while also working as city editor for the Boston Chronicle and as a reporter for the Quincy Patriot-Ledger to pay his way.

He often would tell stories of being short of money and of mixing packets of ketchup into a cup of hot water to create soup. Following his graduation, he went to Tuskegee, Ala., to work as director of public information. Called into service, he joined the Baltimore Afro-American after he was honorably discharged and became the White House reporter for then one of the largest Black-owned papers in the country.

In 1965, he was sent to Richmond to become the editor of the paper’s Richmond edition and

began his rise to prominence. He quickly became a partner with the founders and leaders of the Richmond Crusade for Voters, Dr. William S. Thornton, John Brooks, Dr. William Ferguson Reid, in seeking to boost the power and influence of the black community on the political stage.

He was instrumental in enabling Dr. Reid in 1967 to become the first Black person elected to the General Assembly in the 20th century. From future Gov. L. Douglas Wilder to future Richmond Mayor and state Sen. Henry L. Marsh III, Boone used the newspaper to open doors for a new generation of politicians and to promote jobs and education.

He also was involved in creating the Frederick Douglass Program in 1969 to help train young Black men and women for careers in journalism.

Boone would go on to become vice president of the Afro-American chain where he was responsible for multiple editions. Time magazine credited him with bringing “sophistication and verve” to the Black press.

He was proud of sending Afro-American reporter William Worthy to Iran after the overthrow of the shah to provide reports on the revolution. By 1981, Boone moved on to teach journalism at Howard University in Washington before returning to Richmond in 1992 to begin his own newspaper.

While serving as a Pulitzer Prize juror on two separate occasions, he spearheaded a successful effort that resulted in the placement of African-Americans and women on the Pulitzer board at Columbia University. He had contacts galore across the country as a life member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, the National Association of Guardsmen, the National Newspaper Publishers Association and many other organizations.

Along with his wife and daughter, survivors include his son, Raymond H. Boone Jr., Free Press director of account resolution and new business development; his grandson, Raymond H. Boone III; a sister-in-law, Phyllis Riley; seven aunts, one devoted, Dorothy Boone of Suffolk; two uncles; a half-brother, Thurman Boone of Suffolk; four half-sisters, Geneva B. Boone, of Hopewell, Geraldine Boone Clark of Richmond, and Ira Boone and Lolethia Boone, both of Suffolk, and many other cousins, nieces and nephews.

Better Vision

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By William Spriggs

Washington continues in its stalemate, with a hidebound Republican establishment clinging in death throws to some ancient regime of plutocratic rule. The nation is left without vision for a way out of the current economic malaise that, if unchecked, will deepen inequality and cement the fate of the “middle class state.”

This week marks 49 years since President Lyndon B. Johnson delivered the commencement address at Howard University. Looking at his words also shows us what vision others had and how our compromises have us stumbling instead of leaping forward. We can’t move forward if our language does not force results. In an era of rising inequality, settling for “equality of opportunity” is not a vision for moving forward. Here is what Johnson said on June 4, 1965:

…the task is to give 20 million Negroes the same chance as every other American to learn and grow, to work and share in society, to develop their abilities-… to pursue their individual happiness.

To this end equal opportunity is essential, but not enough, not enough. Men and women of all races are born with the same range of abilities. But ability is not just the product of birth. Ability is stretched or stunted by the family that you live with, and the neighborhood you live in-by the school you go to and the poverty or the richness of your surroundings. It is the product of a hundred unseen forces playing upon the little infant, the child and finally the man.

Johnson was clear, adding emphasis, “[E]qual opportunity is essential, but not enough, not enough.” Inequalities feed on themselves; equal opportunity is only one means to achieve equality. And, as Johnson probably understood, claims of “equal opportunity” become a way to blame the victim when outcomes are not equal; it allows policies to fall short since they aim low-not at achieving equal outcomes.

Seventy years ago this week, Allied units stormed the beaches of Normandy. June 6, 1944, marked the beginning of the end for the reign of Nazi terror in Europe. My uncle, Nero Henderson, did not land on that day, but the 4083rd Quartermaster Service assigned to the 1st Engineering Special Brigade followed immediately to establish the beachhead, clear mines and barriers so the necessary logistical support could fuel the Allies’ run to Paris and on. Unfortunately, my uncle died near Utah Beach on July 12, 1944.

He was born into a segregated world; Princess Anne County (now the city of Virginia Beach) did not have education for blacks beyond the eighth grade. My grandparents moved to give their children a chance to attend Booker T. Washington High School in Norfolk. My uncle is buried in Calvary Cemetery, set aside by Norfolk in 1877 for the burial of African Americans, segregated in death.


My parents were World War II veterans: my mother served in the Women’s Army Corps, and my dad was one of the Tuskegee Airmen. When they settled in Norfolk after the war, they had limited opportunities to take advantage of any GI Bill provisions. My father attended Virginia State University (in Norfolk then Petersburg)-Virginia’s only public college admitting African Americans. In a city riddled with race restrictive covenants, housing opportunities were limited for African Americans-even World War II veterans. It would be 10 years later before my father could use his GI benefit to buy a home in Washington, D.C.

Eventually, my father earned a doctorate in physics and taught at Howard; which put me in the yard that June to hear Johnson’s speech. As Father’s Day nears, I marvel at my father’s accomplishment overcoming layers of inequality. But having heroes is not a plan.

Google recently released its EEO-1 data, showing its shocking lack of diversity. They took to the normal excuse that qualified African Americans are scarce (like a black Ph.D. in Physics?); a sad excuse for a company that specializes in searching data. The District-Maryland-Virginia area is home to an information technology industry as large as Silicon Valley’s; except its computer workforce is 22% black. Among U.S. citizens, in 2012, the National Science Foundation reports 10.6% of people earning bachelor’s degrees in computer science were African Americans. Google’s report shows 2% of its workforce is black.

America’s current challenge of inequality is bigger than race. If we cannot move to results-oriented policy on race, how will we tackle broad issues of class inequality? First, we must drop “equal opportunity” and move to equal outcomes; not excuses.

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

Prosecutors Secure 65-Year Sentence in 2012 Attempted Murder Case

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A man convicted in a 2012 shooting outside a West Side tire shop has been sentenced to 65 years in prison, according to the Office of Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez.

Jeffrey Grafton, 34, of Des Plaines, was previously convicted in a bench trial on charges of Attempted First Degree Murder and an Armed Habitual Criminal charge in connection with the September 2012 incident in which he shot the victim several times and also beat him with the gun.

According to prosecutors, the victim and another individual were outside a tire shop trying to fix the victim’s car.  When the individual went inside the shop, Grafton, who was also outside the shop, pulled out a gun with a silencer and began shooting at the victim.  The victim ran into the street to get away from Grafton, who was still shooting.  When Grafton ran out of bullets, he then hit the victim in the head with the gun.

At the time of the incident, a Chicago Police squad car was driving nearby and officers heard the muffled shots and saw Grafton beating the victim with the gun. When Grafton saw the marked squad car, he dropped the gun and fled on foot.  Grafton was found hiding under a car a short time later and taken into custody.  The victim sustained five gunshot wounds and required multiple surgeries.  Grafton had prior felony convictions including Armed Robbery and Aggravated Unlawful Use of a Weapon.

Grafton was sentenced by Judge Mauricio Araujo to 45 years for the Attempted First Degree Murder and 20 years for the Armed Habitual Criminal charge, to run consecutive, for a total of 65 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections.

State’s Attorney Alvarez thanked Assistant State’s Attorney’s Kelly Grekstas and Joell Zahr as well as the Chicago Police Department for their work on this case.

Chi-Lites’ Marshall Thompson to be Cited at Probation Challenge’s 35th ‘Portrait of Achievers’ Awards, Dinner, Entertainment and The Show of Shows

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CHICAGO, IL – Marshall Thompson of the world famous Chi-lites will be cited at the Probation Challenge organization’s 35-year ‘Portrait of Achievers’ •Awards •Dinner •Entertainment and •The Show of Shows. This event and tribute to Thompson will take place Friday, August 15, 2014, 7:00 PM, at the Condesa del Mar, 12220 South Cicero Avenue, in Alsip, Illinois.

Starring on the main stage: Marshall Thompson and the Internationally famous Chi-lites with •Have You Seen Her, •Oh Girl, and other memorable hits. Appearing on the gospel stage will be the renowned Mitty Collier, once noted for her R&B rendition of ‘I Had A Talk With My Man Last Night’, is now singing her CD of ‘I Owe It All To The Word.

Mistress of Ceremony for the evening will be Enid Spotser of Chicago Radio, 1570 AM. Award presenters will be acclaimed journalists Chinta Strausberg, Editor and Chief of the 3:16 Magazine and Juanita Bratcher, Editor and Publisher of CopyLine News Magazine.

Where crime is rampant in Chicago, and where the city by the beautiful Lake Michigan is noted as a war zone and called the ‘Crime Capitol of the World’ – Prayer Intercessors from around the United States will attend in support of the Rev. Harold E. Bailey to curb crime, drugs and violence.

Bailey, who has labored and gained respect from youth for over 49-years believes that sincere prayer is the answer. Bailey, president, said “These serious prayer-warriors will bombard heaven’s gate with earnest prayers, for prayers of the righteousness will avail much with God.” Bailey said that spiritual Intercessors from Florida, Cincinnati, South Carolina and other states are expected to appear in support. He said that “Many fail to acknowledge that we are not fighting against flesh and blood, but in a spiritual battle… and are dead in the middle of a blazing spiritual warfare”.

During the history of Probation Challenge, under the auspices of Bailey, thousands of youth have returned back into society as meaningful and productive persons. Many of the program’s clients have received grants and scholarships… and have never returned back into the criminal justice system again.

Bailey, who has led the noted Probation Challenge program for 35-years, has worked in association with the justice system for over 40-plus-years in: 14-years as a Chicago/Cook County Adult Probation Officer and 14-years as member and chairman of the Chicago/Cook County Board of Corrections.

A night of pleasure promises to send to the community a message of spiritual hope!

For a Complete Evening of •Award •Dinner •Entertainment •Show of Shows

Tickets are $50 Per Person with Free Parking

Reservations and Information Call: Rev. Harold E. Bailey at 773.978.3706

Charles Tillman Returns to Kings in Rosemont for the Third Annual Charles Tillman Celebrity Pro Bowler Tournament Thursday, June 12

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Event to Raise Funds for Children and Their Families Through the Charles Tillman Cornerstone Foundation

Celebrity Bowlers include Chicago Bears Chris Conte and Tim Jennings

ROSEMONT, IL—Kings Lanes, Lounge & Sports will once again become a hub for sports celebrities and fans on Thursday, June 12 when Chicago Bears cornerback Charles Tillman and other leading figures from professional football, basketball and other sports convene at the Rosemont hot spot for a night of great bowling, delicious food and festivities to support a great cause.

First held in 2012, the Charles Tillman Celebrity Pro BOWLer Tournament has already attracted hundreds and raised more than $320,000 in support of the Charles Tillman Cornerstone Foundation, which provides opportunities and resources to underprivileged children and their families.  As in past years, Tillman has recruited his friends, teammates and colleagues for an evening of bowling with lane sponsors to benefit children in the Chicago area and beyond. In addition to Tillman, celebrity participants include Chicago Bears Ka’Deem Carey (25), Chris Conte (47), James Dunbar (52), Isiah Frey (31), Kyle Fuller (23), Kelvin Hayden (24), Lamarr Houston (99), Tim Jennings (26), Shea McClellin (50), Sherrick McManis (27), Craig Steltz (20) and C.J. Wilson (25).

“Our partnership with Kings is one of the things that makes the Tillman Cornerstone Foundation so strong,” said Tillman. “Those of us in the public eye are given tremendous opportunities to make a difference to the larger community.  The event is fun for everyone involved and it’s great to have people coming together to benefit such special children.”

The Charles Tillman’s Celebrity Pro BOWLer Tournament lane sponsorships for teams (which include six people and one celebrity guest) range from $4,000 to $10,000. Individual tickets for spectators are also available for $25 and include entry to the event and samplings of Kings’ renowned made-from-scratch menu amongst other surprises. Past celebrity guests have included Matt Forte, Major Wright, Patrick Mannelly, Jermon Bushrod and Johnny Knox, among others.

“Kings Lanes, Lounge & Sports is grateful for the opportunity to work with Charles for the third consecutive year to help such a great cause,” said Frank Stryjewski, CEO of Kings Bowl of America.  “Not only is Charles a role model on the football field, he has a strong commitment to serving young people.  This event is a truly the highlight of the year for us, and we look forward to welcoming Charles, his teammates and friends back to Kings in June.”

The Charles Tillman Celebrity PRO BOWLer Tournament is for ages 21 and over. For more information or to sponsor a team and purchase single tickets visit www.charlestillman.org.

About Charles Tillman Cornerstone Foundation
Established in 2005, The Charles Tillman Cornerstone Foundation works to improve the lives of critically and chronically ill children. So far, more than one million children in the Chicagoland area have benefited from the foundation.  All of the money raised from the Charles Tillman Celebrity Pro BOWLer event will be used to continue to care for these children. For more information, please visit www.charlestillman.org.

About Kings Bowl of America, LLC
Kings Bowl first opened its doors in 2003 in the heart of Boston’s Back Bay. From the start, Kings has focused on rekindling the fun of bowling by creating a memorable entertainment experience, emphasizing good food, cold beer, creative cocktails and great music.  Each Kings location features upscale, retro-inspired décor and executive-chef designed menus brought to life by “best-in-industry” service. With varied entertainment options, themed nights and state-of-the-art audio visual equipment, Kings sets itself apart as an unparalleled social scene for all occasions; be it a family outing, a date night, a corporate event or the best place in town to connect with friends. Whether one is looking to host an unforgettable party, share a superb meal or catch the big game, Kings is committed to insuring that when you leave, you’ll be planning to return soon.

HOURS OF OPERATION:  Monday: 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 a.m., Tuesday-Thursday: 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 a.m., Friday and Saturday 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 a.m., Sunday 11:00 a.m. -12:00 a.m.

Bowling is priced from $6-6.50.  Shoe rental is available.

Kings is located at 5505 Park Place, Rosemont, in MB Financial Park at Rosemont.  The venue is just east of I-294 at the O’Hare exit and two blocks south of I-90. It is also one block from the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center and 20 minutes from downtown Chicago, with attached covered parking for 8,500 vehicles. Parking is free with validation. To reach Kings via phone, call 847-233-0099.  For more information, visit kingsrosemont.com.

“Traditional” and “new” labor movements to showcase new organizing efforts

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CHICAGO, IL –  Rasheen Aldridge, a Jimmy Johns worker active with St. Louis’ “Can’t Survive on $7.35 an Hour,” has been rewarded by his company for his activism. They have fired him. Aldridge will join labor leaders long associated with unions and others who are up and coming in the non-traditional labor movement at a special panel sponsored by PeoplesWorld.org here on June 13.

The event, titled “Working for a Living: New Challenges,” will take place at the University of Illinois at Chicago at 7 p.m. in the Illinois Room.  The panel also includes Howard Kling, secretary of the International Labor Communications Association (AFL-CIO and Change to Win), Naquasia LeGrand, New York City Fast Food Forward activist and Colbert Show guest, and Teresa Albano, co-editor of the People’s World.

“In addition to denying people their right to a living wage, big box stores and fast food chains hurt everyone, forcing workers on public assistance and food stamps and forcing taxpayers to pick up the cost,” said John Wojcik, People’sWorld.org labor editor. “People are waking up to the fact that the so-called low cost of fast food and big box store items isn’t really low at all.”

Event sponsor PeoplesWorld.org publishes a daily news website that traces its origins back to the Daily Worker, founded in 1924.

Co-editor Teresa Albano sees the forum as a continuation of its coverage of the major new turn in today’s labor movement. “This event will show how unions  are conducting joint operations with workers’ centers, Our Walmart, and the Fight for 15, civil rights, immigrant and LGBT organizations” she said.

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Collins ensures funding follows students — from charter to school district and back

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SPRINGFIELD, IL –Illinois State Senator Jacqueline Y. Collins (D-Chicago 16th) secured passage today of legislation ensuring that when a student transfers from a charter school to a traditional public school — or vice versa — the funding needed to educate the child moves with the child.

“This commonsense measure supports the kind of school system that is best for our state’s young people: one in which students have access to adequate resources and services wherever they attend school,” Collins said. “Clarifying that a school cannot retain money to educate a student no longer in attendance will remove the perception that schools are making dismissal decisions based on finances.”

Charter schools receive payments from their school districts on a quarterly basis. Collins’ legislation would require a charter that dismisses a student to pay back to the public school district a prorated portion of its last quarterly payment. That reimbursement would correspond to the portion of the payment period during which the student no longer attends the charter school. House Bill 4591 would also require the school district to make a prorated payment to a charter school whenever a student transfers from a traditional public school to the charter school during the academic year.

HB 4591 now goes to the governor to be signed into law.

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