21
October , 2018
Sunday

  Evanston, IL - The Theatre and Interpretation Center (TIC) at Northwestern University continues its 30th ...
Video Challenge – Apply for $1,500 in grant funding SPRINGFIELD, IL – The Illinois ...
The NRA and the U.S. Ebola response. Sign the petition to the U.S. Senate: "You must stand ...
With new Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign aimed at teaching youth entrepreneurship Beverly Broadus Green ...
I believe the very first step towards putting Illinois on a path to recovery and ...
The NAACP will participate as a plaintiff in case challenging Indiana’s SB 220  BALTIMORE (August 10, ...
Touts strip club surcharge to restore critical funding, protect jobs   ROCKFORD, IL – Illinois Lt. Governor Sheila ...
Nationwide (BlackNews.com) -- The new year is here, and it's time for students ...
By Kathy Mulady Equal Voice Newspaper Washington, DC – It’s taken a plunging stock market, the deficit ...
Money raised from the license plates will support public schools   Legislation proposed by Illinois Secretary of ...

Archive for July 1st, 2014

State Regulators and Federal Reserve Take Action Against Cole Taylor Bank

Posted by Admin On July - 1 - 2014 ADD COMMENTS

Bank to pay combined $4.11 million penalty for deceptive practices impacting nearly 440,000 students nationwide


CHICAGO – The Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR), working with the Federal Reserve System’s Board of Governors issued an order on June 26, 2014, requiring Cole Taylor Bank (“Cole Taylor”) to pay millions in fines for participating in deceptive banking practices through its agent, Higher One, Inc., of New Haven, Connecticut (“Higher One”), impacting hundreds of thousands of college students across the country.

Under Cole Taylor’s oversight, Higher One engaged in deceptive banking practices when processing student financial aid payments on behalf of colleges and universities nationwide.  From May 4, 2012 to August 14, 2013, Cole Taylor provided deposit accounts in connection with Higher One’s student financial aid refund disbursement process.  Cole Taylor failed to properly monitor Higher One’s activities which resulted in unlawful banking practices.  In a joint order, the IDFPR and the Federal Reserve ordered Cole Taylor to pay a $600,000 fine to IDFPR and a $3,510,000 civil money penalty to the Federal Reserve – totaling $4.11million in penalties.

The Federal Reserve is pursuing remedial actions against Higher One, which includes the payment of restitution for Higher One’s past practices.  In the event that Higher One cannot pay the restitution amounts required by any Federal Reserve enforcement action, the IDFPR and the Federal Reserve’s Order requires Cole Taylor to assume backup liability of up to a maximum amount of $30 million.

“It is unconscionable for any company to seek profit by misleading customers about the terms of their financial accounts,” said Manuel Flores, Acting Secretary of the IDFPR.  “Too many students and their families end up with a massive burden of education debt, so it is especially important to protect students from deceptive practices.  I’m gratified by our efforts to protect these students’ finances by holding a bank accountable for its unlawful business conduct.”

“Holding Cole Taylor accountable and ensuring that the bank makes a financial commitment to support restitution to these students should send a clear message that we take this situation seriously,” said Sheila Saegh Henretta, Acting Director of the Division of Banking.  “We will not tolerate any deceptive banking practices in Illinois.”

Higher One is a non-bank entity that provides assistance to institutions of higher education with financial aid payments for students.  The IDFPR and Federal Reserve found that Higher One and Cole Taylor Bank misled students at various points in the financial aid payment process, including by:

• Failing to disclose on all relevant documents how students could access their financial aid payment without having to open an online “OneAccount.”  Higher One and Cole Taylor Bank benefited from students directing their financial aid payments to the OneAccount, instead of to an alternative bank account or paper check.  During the timeframe of IDFPR’s consent order, approximately 440,000 new OneAccounts were opened at Cole Taylor.

• Failing to disclose the fees, features, and limitations of the OneAccount.  Higher One required unusual fees, such as a 50-cent fee for not using the debit card as a credit card and a fee of 3.5 percent for withdrawing cash at a bank teller.  Higher One earned income from all fees paid by students in connection with the accounts.  Cole Taylor received benefits from holding and deploying the funds held in the non-interest bearing accounts.

• Failing to disclose information about the locations of ATMs where students could access their OneAccounts without incurring costs; and

• Prominently displaying the school logos, which may have erroneously implied the schools endorsed the OneAccount product.

In August of 2013, Cole Taylor ended its association with Higher One.  A copy of the IDFPR’s order is available on the IDFPR’s website: http://www.idfpr.com/Banks/CBT/Enforcement/enforcement2014.asp.  To report suspected unlawful banking or lending practices, call the IDFPR toll-free Consumer Hotline at 800-532-8785.

Supreme Court Ruling is a Blow to Unions but not a Fatal Blow: Fairfield University Business Professor

Posted by Admin On July - 1 - 2014 ADD COMMENTS

FAIRFIELD, Conn. -  Today (June 30, 2014), the Supreme Court issued a 5-4 decision concerning Harris v. Quinn, a case from Illinois. Labor expert Norman A. Solomon, Ph.D., professor of management at Fairfield University’s Charles F. Dolan School of Business, says the ruling is a blow to unions but not a fatal blow.  The SCOTUS blog noted that union bargaining fees cannot be imposed on employees that are not full public employees.

Dr. Solomon noted of the ruling:

“This 5-4 decision is a blow to organized labor’s efforts to have public sector workers who benefit from union representation contribute

to the expense of doing so– but it is not a fatal blow. The use of the

‘Agency shop’ in this case was for home health care workers who, in the majority’s view were not full-fledged state employees since they worked for individual patients although the employees’ pay came from public funds. The more significant issue will be whether the Supreme Court in the future decides that ANY compulsory payment of union dues by full-fledged public employees violates the first amendment. Such a decision would require unions operating in the public sector to spend valuable time and resources convincing workers to pay dues and to establish mechanisms by the union to collect those dues – this would be a major blow to public sector unions.”

Dr. Solomon served as dean of the Charles F. Dolan School of Business from 2001-2011 and has taught at universities in the United States and Canada. Extensively published, he received his undergraduate degree from Cornell University and his master’s and doctoral degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He also holds a certificate from Harvard University’s Institute for Management and Leadership in Education. He has co-authored a text on labor relations, authored many scholarly articles and made many scholarly presentations. He has been interviewed by The New York Times, USA Today, Workforce Management, and Tennessee Public Radio, among other news organizations. Among the courses he teaches is “Negotiation & Dispute Resolution.” # Vol. 46, No. 328

Fairfield University’s Charles F. Dolan School of Business is a leader in Jesuit business education, creating a strong learning community, enlivened by a rigorous liberal arts and business core, that develops career ready students’ potential to be ethical business leaders for a global future. The learning environment is enhanced by the School’s top-notch faculty, building on real-world business experience and accomplishments in their academic disciplines. The School is ranked among the best undergraduate and graduate business programs in Bloomberg BusinessWeek, U.S. News & World Report, and Princeton Review. Its degree programs have been accredited by The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International) since 1997.

How We Can Fight the Supreme Court Decision – Sign The Petition

Posted by Admin On July - 1 - 2014 ADD COMMENTS
Care2 Petitionsite Action Alert
action alert!

With its decision, the Supreme Court showed just how willing it is to throw out Americans’ rights over our bodies, health and safety. We have to fight this attack on our liberties now.
Please sign the petition today! Give Our Reproductive Rights Back!

Take Action
please share

it helps!
Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share via Email

Let’s get one thing straight: birth control is not abortion. If someone is pregnant, birth control cannot terminate that pregnancy. So trying to stand against birth control because of a religious objection to abortion is like standing against blood transfusions, appendectomies or antibiotics for the same reason.But that didn’t stop the Supreme Court from deciding that companies could put the health and safety of their employees at risk by not providing them health insurance that covers birth control.

Birth control isn’t just used for contraceptive purposes. Many women also use it to treat endometriosis, hormonal imbalances or other medical issues. Now, they’ll be forced to pay hundreds of dollars for something that should be legally granted to them under the Affordabl e Care Act.

The Supreme Court based its decision on the the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA). But religious freedom means that individuals should be able to practice their beliefs without being persecuted. It doesn’t legalize corporations pushing those beliefs on others. And it certainly shouldn’t allow anyone to put their employees in real physical, emotional and financial danger. That’s exactly what the Supreme Court has allowed Hobby Lobby and countless other privately held companies to do.

The RFRA was passed by Congress, and it’s been used to try and restrict people’s freedoms many times since. Now it’s Congress’ job to fight back. Sign the petition to ask your member of Congress to restore reproductive rights for all Americans.

Kathleen
Thank you for taking action,

Kathleen J.
Care2 and ThePetitionSite

Kirk, Dart Continue to Lead Charge to Crack Down on Child Prostitution

Posted by Admin On July - 1 - 2014 ADD COMMENTS
Backpage.com Continues to Sell Children Online for Sex

The SAVE Act Criminalizes Advertisements That Involve Minors

Legislation Protects Good Faith Advertisers

CHICAGO, IL – U.S. Senator Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) and Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart announced their recent efforts to combat online advertisers like Backpage.com in their fight to end the exploitation and selling of children online for sex. Last week, Senators Kirk and Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) introduced the Stop Advertising Victims of Exploitation (SAVE) Act (S.2536), which targets websites like Backpage.com that contribute to the online selling of children nationwide.

The Feinstein-Kirk SAVE Act makes it unlawful for a person or business entity to use the Internet with reckless disregard to sell, commercially promote, or maintain adult advertisements with subjects under the age of 18. Backpage.com provides for a majority of this type of advertising, earning more than $30 million a year off of their illicit ads, and contributing to the selling and exploitation of minors. Current law unfairly protects Backpage.com from prosecution simply because they exist online.

“We have the power to protect many of the 16,000 children who are prostituted against their will every year in Chicagoland by aggressively stopping those who we know are selling our children for sex,” Senator Kirk said. “Last week’s arrests in Chicago as part of the FBI’s nationwide crackdown of 281 sex traffickers shows the true depth of this problem.”

Every year, more than 100,000 children are at risk of being commercially sexually exploited in the United States. Following the FBI’s recent completion of “Operation Cross Country VIII,” in which law enforcement agencies arrested 281 pimps nationwide for trafficking and saved nearly 170 children, it is clear that more needs to be done to prevent the sale of children for profit online.

The SAVE Act would create a new section under federal criminal code (Title 18) and prohibit the commercial promotion of advertisements that are in reckless disregard of the fact that the subject of the advertisement is the sale of a child for sex. The punishment under law would be that for each violation, the individual will be fined or imprisoned for up to ten years. Additionally, the SAVE Act would require web sites that promote adult advertising to keep records of the identity and age of the persons placing the adult advertisements and the persons depicted in the adult advertisements.

Marian Hatcher, Project Manager and Human Traffic Coordinator for the Cook County Sheriff’s Office—and herself a survivor of human trafficking and forced prostitution—spoke on the importance of the work being done by Senator Kirk and Sheriff Dart.  Hatcher was once forced into the same life she now helps women and girls escape. “When I meet a trafficking victim, I look her in the eye,” Hatcher said.  “And I tell her, ‘You’re looking in a mirror. I am you. I’ve been where you’ve been.’ That kind of lets them breathe.”

Sheriff Dart’s office has made 618 arrest off of Backpage.com stings since 2009. One hundred percent (100%) of all “massage therapists” or “dates” set up through Backpage.com for the purposes of these stings were in reality thinly veiled fronts for prostitution, often child prostitution. The Cook County Sheriff’s Police Vice Unit has made 42 arrests for involuntary servitude, human trafficking, or promoting prostitution since 2007, with many of these investigations originating from Backpage.com advertisements. Many of these arrests involve victims as young as 15 years old, and in one recent arrest, the victim was a 12 year old girl.

State’s Attorney Announces Guilty Pleas in Chicago Human Trafficking Operation

Posted by Admin On July - 1 - 2014 ADD COMMENTS

Ten people have pled guilty to human trafficking charges and will serve a combined 102 years in prison sentences as a result of the first ever state-based wiretap investigation targeting the sex trafficking of children and young women on the streets of Chicago, Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez announced today.

Operation “Little Girl Lost” targeted current and former street gang members who were working together managing a group of children and young women who they sex trafficked on the streets or through the internet.  The State’s Attorney’s Office charged 10 defendants when the results of the operation were announced in August of 2011.  The tenth and final defendant entered a guilty plea last week marking a first-of-its kind human trafficking takedown in Cook County in which all of the defendants have pled guilty to the charges against them.

According to State’s Attorney Alvarez, the operation and resulting guilty pleas are a direct result of new legal tools and the unique “Chicago Approach” her administration has taken in the crackdown on sex trafficking cases which is gaining notoriety in states across the nation.

In 2011, Alvarez formed a specialized Human Trafficking Unit and worked to pass the Illinois Safe Children’s Act, which provided sweeping new legal provisions enabling local prosecutors to use wiretaps and electronic surveillance for the first time in Illinois history.  The “Chicago Approach” also places a heavy emphasis on the rescue and recovery of vulnerable young victims who become caught up in the sex trade.

“These guilty pleas are the direct result of the new approach that we are taking in human trafficking cases that is for the first time enabling us to hold these offenders accountable for their cruel, violent and inhumane behavior,” said Alvarez.  “It is a new day here in Chicago for defendants like these who would attempt to sell the sexual services of women and children on our streets.”

The nine male defendants targeted in the operation were all charged with the Class X felony of Aggravated Trafficking in Persons.  The defendants were charged with trafficking a total of 16 victims, including 11 children and five young adults.

Over the last year, these nine defendants have pled guilty to the charges and have received prison sentences ranging from seven to 20 years.  The sole female defendant pled guilty to Trafficking in Persons, a Class 1 felony, and was sentenced to six years in prison.

The State’s Attorney’s Office worked in partnership with a number of agencies in the “Little Girl Lost” investigation, including the Chicago Police Department, the Cook County Sheriff’s Office, the U.S. Attorney’s Office, the F.B.I., the U.S. Marshal’s Office and multiple local police agencies including the Evergreen Park Police Department and the Franklin Park Police Department.

As part of the Human Trafficking Initiative, the State’s Attorney’s Office also partners with the Salvation Army’s Stop-It program and other social service providers who are “embedded” in the unit’s day to day operations and who offer immediate outreach and services to sex trafficking victims who are recovered as a result of arrests and investigations.

The “Little Girl Lost” operation targeted the current or former gang members who sex trafficked the victims using physical and emotional abuse to control the young women, including threatening to kill them or their families, beatings, branding them with tattoos, and “trunking,” an exceptionally cruel punishment that involves locking the victim in the trunk of the car for periods of time.

According to intelligence developed during the course of the investigation, the defendants would compete with each other on a daily basis to recruit girls and make the most profits.  At the same time, they worked as “pimp partners,” following a set of street rules as to how they dealt with each other and how they were expected to deal with the girls under their control.

A total of 93 defendants have been charged with human trafficking offenses since the creation of the new unit in 2010.

The Dangers of Free Wi-Fi: Use Caution Warns The Better Business Bureau

Posted by Admin On July - 1 - 2014 ADD COMMENTS

CHICAGO, IL -  On the Fourth of July weekend, you should be able to sit back and relax and not worry about your identity being stolen. Unfortunately, the Better Business Bureau (BBB) has received reports of scammers trying to collect personal information by creating unsecured Wi-Fi zones near hotels, which guests can connect to for free.

“Checking emails and going on social media are common things to do on vacations,” says Steve J. Bernas, president & CEO of Better Business Bureau serving Chicago and Northern Illinois. “However, if you connect to an unsecure Wi-Fi connection, one that is not encrypted, you are letting the owner of the connection see all of your personal information. This could include banking information, addresses, personal information and other Internet browsing activity.”

The BBB offers the following advice for vacationers looking to connect to Wi-Fi zones:

  • Use extreme caution when connecting to Wi-Fi on vacation. Connecting to free Wi-Fi zones can endanger you because of the transparency between your device and the owner of the connection. If you must connect to the internet, use the hotel’s Wi-Fi, as it is less likely to be hacked.
  • Avoid Wi-Fi connections near conferences or large events. If there is a big event going on near your location, be wary of Wi-Fi connections, since criminals look at these events as opportunities to gather personal information of individuals.
  • Make sure your computer is not set up to automatically connect to networks. If you are set up to connect to networks, you could be connecting to an unknown, unsecured network without knowing it.
  • Make sure your firewall is enabled. A firewall helps protect your computer from unauthorized users gaining access by way of the internet or a connection. This can help decrease the likelihood of criminals installing viruses and Trojans on your device.
  • Do important online work, such as banking, at home if possible. If you are using Wi-Fi, avoid using it for tasks such as banking. Financial activity is one of the key activities hackers are looking for. Save that for home or on your mobile device.

For more information on scams, visit www.bbb.org, like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter.

Singer/Songwriter Dominique Toney Debuts With Eclectic & Confessional Alternative Soul Pop Song Cycle “A Love Like Ours”

Posted by Admin On July - 1 - 2014 ADD COMMENTS

11-song CD Features Special Guests Ray Parker Jr. and Dominique’s Father Kevin Toney (founding keyboardist of The Blackbyrds)

Dominique Toney

Nationwide (BlackNews.com) — Prepare to see and hear a lot of the young, beautiful, multi-talented and far-from-ordinary Dominique Toney in the years to come. Her natural gifts and pro-honed skills in every facet of the performing arts have arrived at peak proficiency and are about to take flight on the wings of her debut album, A Love Like Ours, on which she wrote or co-wrote all but one of the 11 songs, sings, scats, plays keyboards, executive produced and handled vocal arrangements. Revealing her heart like an open book via this richly eclectic alternative soul-pop collection, divinely driven Dominique shares her heart-on-sleeve love story like a woman who has been prepping for this close-up all her life. Listeners and future fans are going to be all the better for it.

Dominique Toney’s A Love Like Ours (available August 12) is a loosely thematic song cycle detailing the arc of a relationship – the joy, the pain and the lessons learned. The music moves from the sassily flirtatious opener “Loving You’s So Easy” to the jazzy Latin swing of the title track “A Love Like Ours” (featuring Dominique’s father Kevin Toney, founding keyboardist of 2x Grammy©-nominated group The Blackbyrds) to a powerful heart-tugging ballad entitled “Pieces” (featuring Ray Parker Jr. on acoustic and electric guitars) to the mid-tempo dance pop piece “Blink of An Eye.” There’s also a very hip cover of Carly Simon’s smoldering `70s liberated woman classic “Vengeance” (featuring lead and rhythm guitar by Rob Bacon of “The Arsenio Hall Show” Posse Band) and a brilliant collaboration with Lebrese Black on “Just Don’t Know” which features a rap and a wicked string section line.

“I’m feeling quite vulnerable these days,” Dominique confesses, “because this album is very personal… all about a relationship. ‘What will people think?’ ‘What will he think?’ ‘Will people like it?’ ‘And if they don’t like it, how will that make me feel?’ I wasn’t thinking about trends or making a big pop song. It was, ‘Oh, he’s seeing someone new and he started this relationship before ours ended – I have to write a song! It’s literally the only way I’m going to be able to process what’s going on.” Dominique has already shot vibrant and captivating music videos for the songs “Loving You’s So Easy” and “We Are” that are in circulation on YouTube, her website (www.dominiquetoney.com) and other outlets.

Throughout all of this wondrously eclectic yet fitting music, Dominique commands her leads and handles her own overdubbed harmonies with striking results that let the listener know straight from the gate: “This is a real musician who knows her stuff.” Trained in piano from the age of 6 and singing all along (honed to perfection in college years at NYU), Dominique’s passion path was all the more divinely ordained by her being born to parents that recognized and nurtured her early on. Her father, Kevin Toney, is an award-winning Pianist, Recording Artist and Composer best known as a founding member of Donald Byrd’s legendary `70s band the Blackbyrds (“Walking in Rhythm,” “Rock Creek Park”). Her mother, Phyllis Toney, is a highly respected Costume Designer and Wardrobe Supervisor for rock-n-soul royalty such as Sir Paul McCartney, Diana Ross, Sting and Aerosmith. Together, they have laid the foundation for Dominique’s thorough understanding of the performing arts in the spotlight and behind the scenes. Dominique compounded this advantage by earning a B.F.A. from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts where she excelled not only in music but acting, improv and dance. So advanced is Dominique in her skill sets that she balances her busy music career (which includes touring as a lead singer and second keyboardist in The Blackbyrds, and touring as the lead background vocalist for the soundtrack to the upcoming film “The Identical” starring Ray Liotta and Ashley Judd) with her burgeoning acting career.

Stunning new artist Dominique Toney is currently funneling all of her creativity, abilities and experience into her highly impressive and personal A Love Like Ours debut – released via the family company K-Tone Enterprises.

A LOVE LIKE OURS – In stores August 12
Keep up with Dominique by visiting:
www.dominiquetoney.com
www.facebook.com/dominiquetoneymusic

Check out Dominique’s new single & music video:
“Loving You’s So Easy”
www.youtube.com/watch?v=SsnoCae6Olk

Photo Caption: Dominique Toney

Fourth of July Celebrations – In U.S., Firework Incidents Leave Thousands Injured

Posted by Admin On July - 1 - 2014 ADD COMMENTS

The Illinois Office of the State Fire Marshall Reminds Residents to Leave Fireworks to the Professionals

SPRINGFIELD, IL – As communities across Illinois are preparing for Fourth of July holiday celebrations, the Illinois Office of the State Fire Marshal (OSFM) is reminding residents that the best way to have a safe holiday weekend is to let trained professionals handle fireworks. The public is urged to attend public firework displays and avoid using consumer fireworks.

“Every year around the Fourth of July, we see people, sometimes small children, suffer terrible injuries due to fireworks,” said Larry Matkaitis, State Fire Marshal. “There is no such thing as a safe firework. It’s not worth taking the risk of using illegal or consumer fireworks that could ruin the life of you and your loved ones.”

According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), in 2011 fireworks caused 9,600 injuries treated in U.S. hospital emergency rooms. Sparklers, fountains and novelty fireworks alone accounted for 34 percent of those injuries. During the same year, fire departments responded to 17,800 fires caused by fireworks.

In Illinois last year, 76 emergency incidents were linked to the use of fireworks. Residents are reminded that under the Illinois Fireworks Act (425ILCS 35/1), it is illegal to possess, purchase or use consumer fireworks without a consumer display permit obtained from local authorities. Since 2013, sky lanterns were also included in the list of illegal fireworks in Illinois. Individuals caught with controlled consumer fireworks without the necessary display permit could be subject to arrest.

According to NFPA, most of the injuries involving fireworks are children between 5 and 14 years old. Consumer fireworks also carry a high risk of accidents and serious injuries. Firecrackers and sparklers, which are considered to be harmless, can burn at a temperature of more than 1,200 degrees Fahrenheit. Fireworks use can endanger users, bystanders, and surrounding properties and structures.

The OSFM and NFPA are opposed to consumer use of fireworks. This includes sparklers and firecrackers. Even sparklers burn hot enough to cause third-degree burns.

For more information about fireworks safety please visit the OSFM website at www.sfm.illinois.gov

Free School Breakfast and Lunch Program continue through summer at sites across state

Posted by Admin On July - 1 - 2014 ADD COMMENTS


More than 2,200 sites to serve free meals to keep children healthy

062413summermealsSPRINGFIELD – As Illinoisans prepare to celebrate Independence Day, and other summer pleasures, the Illinois State Board of Education reminds families that free breakfasts and lunches continue at local schools, parks, and community centers across the state where an expected 4 million free meals will be served through August. The program allows children to continue healthy habits so they’re ready to learn when the school bells ring this fall.

“We’re pleased to help bring this program to Illinois communities once again,” said State Superintendent of Education Christopher A. Koch. “Poverty and hunger does not stop when school doors close for summer vacation so it’s important that we continue to serve those in need.”

The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) announced that approximately 2,200 sites are expected to serve free breakfast and lunch to children and teens ages 18 and younger across Illinois during summer vacation. At more than half the sites, children and teens will not have to apply or show any proof of family income in order to receive a meal. The State Board administers the U.S. Department of Agriculture-funded Summer Meals program. Summer feeding sites include schools, places of worship and faith, community facilities and parks.

Governor Pat Quinn promoted the Summer Meals Program last month with a proclamation recognizing the value of continuing good habits through summer break.

“No child should go without food,” Gov. Quinn said. “We know that children who continue to follow a nutritious diet are more likely to return to school healthy, happy and ready to learn. I applaud these organizations that are helping us keep hunger at bay during the summer months.”

Families can search for a nearby site offering free meals at www.summerfeedingillinois.org. ISBE has partnered with Share Our Strength, a national child anti-hunger organization, to address childhood hunger with the Illinois No Kid Hungry campaign.

Like last year, individuals also can text the words “FoodIL” in English or “AlimentosIL” in Spanish to 877-877. Upon texting, individuals will be prompted to send a zip code, after which they will receive the address and serving times of the closest summer meals sites. Residents can also call the Illinois Hunger Coalition’s hunger hotline at 800-359-2163

Summer food programs provide free meals and snacks to low-income children through age 18 when schools are on break. Individuals age 18 through 21 who are enrolled in school programs for persons with disabilities and have an IEP on file may also participate. Sites must be located in areas where at least 50 percent of the children are eligible for free and reduced meals from the National School Lunch Program or the family’s income is 185 percent of the federal poverty guidelines.

During the summer of 2013, more than 106,500 low-income Illinois children a day ate free meals through summer food programs. Those children represent 13.8 percent of the roughly 775,000 children who ate free or reduced-priced meals during the 2012-2013 school year. Nationally, the U.S. Department of Agriculture reports that nearly 3 million children received summer meals on an average day during the summer. The total number of children participating in summer nutrition nationally saw an increase of 161,000 meals or a 5.7 percent from 2012 and the largest increase since 2003. The programs grew to serve 15.1 children for every 100 low-income children who participated in school lunch during the 2012-2013 school year.

“The increased participation is good news, not only for Illinois but for all our communities and struggling families,” said State Board of Education Chairman Gery J. Chico. “The meals provided through the Summer Nutrition Programs are often served during summer programs with educational, enrichment, and recreational activities that keep children engaged, active and safe during school vacation. Growing participation in the Summer Nutrition Programs means that more low-income children are also engaged in these beneficial programs.”

“Is That a Misquote on the Memorial Tomb of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.?” – That’s Not What He Said

Posted by Admin On July - 1 - 2014 ADD COMMENTS

Explosive Allegations Contained In Newly Published Website

Martin Luther King Jr MLK Memorial Tomb

New York, NY — “The inscription on the memorial tomb of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., is not what he said in his world famous speech, ‘I Have A Dream,’” said James D. Sewell, publisher of a new website, www.MLK-Tomb-Misquote.com, which is dedicated to correcting this insult to Dr. King. “I recently logged onto the U.S. Park Service website to research a tribute poem I was writing about Dr. King, when I discovered what looked like a misquote on Dr. King’s memorial tomb.”

“When I first saw it, I wasn’t really sure what to think,” said Mr. Sewell. “I could not believe that a man of Dr. King’s stature would be misquoted on his memorial tomb, and especially in his most famous speech.”

“I had to see this for myself,” Sewell said. “This was just too hard to believe so I went to visit The Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site in Atlanta, Ga.”

A first time visitor to the site will immediately sense the air of respect and reverence that permeates everything – from the grandeur of the architecture, to the flower gardens, to the spectacular sculptures and works of art, everything about this memorial shows a deep love and respect for this great man. “This memorial to Dr. King is a very fitting tribute to a man who has earned the love and respect of the entire world.”

The highlight of the tour was Dr. King’s memorial tomb. “Standing before Dr. King’s tomb is a truly humbling experience,” Sewell said. “We should all come here at least once in our lives to see Dr. King’s tomb, so we never forget the struggle or the dream.”

“But I was amazed and more than a little upset to see that the most recognizable lines from his ‘I Have A Dream’ speech, have been misquoted on his tomb,” Sewell said. “As you can see for yourself, the quotation on his tomb has Dr. King saying, ‘I’m Free At Last’, but in his speech he said, ‘We Are Free At Last.’”

Sewell adds, “Something must be done right now to correct this. So I started an online petition at www.ipetition.com/petitions/mlk-tomb-misquote to do just that. I am asking the millions of people worldwide who love and respect Dr. King to join the fight to make this right. This insult to Dr. King must be corrected immediately. When the petition has 100,000 signatures it will be presented to the President and Congress for action.”

“The misquote on the memorial tomb of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. is an insult to his memory and his legacy, and to all those who shared his dream and believed in his message,” says Sewell.

Photographs of Dr. King’s memorial tomb and inscription, with a tribute poem to Dr. King, “We Are Free At Last”, are presented in Mr. Sewell’s newly published book of photography and poetry entitled, “Images of The Love Supreme, A Journey Into Higher Self”, A Photographic and Poetic Essay, at www.TheImagesTrilogy.com.


Photo Caption: MLK Tombstone

Distributed through BlackNews.com

Recent Comments

Welcome to CopyLine Magazine! The first issue of CopyLine Magazine was published in November, 1990, by Editor & Publisher Juanita Bratcher. CopyLine’s main focus is on the political arena – to inform our readers and analyze many of the pressing issues of the day - controversial or otherwise. Our objectives are clear – to keep you abreast of political happenings and maneuvering in the political arena, by reporting and providing provocative commentaries on various issues. For more about CopyLine Magazine, CopyLine Blog, and CopyLine Television/Video, please visit juanitabratcher.com, copylinemagazine.com, and oneononetelevision.com. Bratcher has been a News/Reporter, Author, Publisher, and Journalist for 33 years. She is the author of six books, including “Harold: The Making of a Big City Mayor” (Harold Washington), Chicago’s first African-American mayor; and “Beyond the Boardroom: Empowering a New Generation of Leaders,” about John Herman Stroger, Jr., the first African-American elected President of the Cook County Board. Bratcher is also a Poet/Songwriter, with 17 records – produced by HillTop Records of Hollywood, California. Juanita Bratcher Publisher

Recent Posts