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Archive for September 26th, 2014

Attorney General Eric H. Holder Resigns “With Very Mixed Emotions”

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Attorney General Eric H. Holder, Jr. resigned yesterday after serving in the position for the last 6 years. However, Holder will remain on the job until a successor is confirmed. At a news conference yesterday in the State Dining Room, President Barack Obama and Atty. General Holder made the following statements.

Statements by President Obama and Attorney General Eric H. Holder

PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: Hello, everybody.  Please have a seat.  Bobby Kennedy once said, “On this generation of Americans falls the full burden of proving to the world that we really mean it when we say all men are created free and equal before the law.”

As one of the longest-serving Attorney Generals in American history, Eric Holder has borne that burden.  And over the summer, he came to me and he said he thought six years was a pretty good run — I imagine his family agrees.  Like me, Eric married up.  He and his wife, Dr. Sharon Malone, a nationally-renowned OBGYN, have been great friends to Michelle and me for years.  And I know Brooke and Maya and Buddy are excited to get their dad back for a while.

So this is bittersweet.  But with his typical dedication, Eric has agreed to stay on as Attorney General until I nominate his successor and that successor is confirmed by the Senate.  Which means he’ll have a chance to add to a proud career of public service — one that began nearly 40 years ago as a young prosecutor in the Department that he now runs.

He was there for 12 years, taking on political corruption until President Reagan named him to the bench as a judge.  Later, President Clinton called him back.  So all told, Eric has served at the Justice Department under six Presidents of both parties — including a several-day stint as acting Attorney General at the start of George W. Bush’s first term.  And through it all, he’s shown a deep and abiding fidelity to one of our most cherished ideals as a people, and that is equal justice under the law.

As younger men, Eric and I both studied law.  And I chose him to serve as Attorney General because he believes, as I do, that justice is not just an abstract theory.  It’s a living and breathing principle.  It’s about how our laws interact with our daily lives.  It’s about whether we can make an honest living, whether we can provide for our families; whether we feel safe in our own communities and welcomed in our own country; whether the words that the Founders set to paper 238 years ago apply to every single one of us and not just some.

That’s why I made him America’s lawyer, the people’s lawyer.  That comes with a big portfolio — from counterterrorism to civil rights, public corruption to white-collar crime.  And alongside the incredible men and women of the Justice Department -– men and women that I promise you he is proud of and will deeply miss -– Eric has done a superb job.

He’s worked side by side with our intelligence community and the Department of Homeland Security to keep us safe from terrorist attacks and to counter violent extremism.  On his watch, federal courts have successfully prosecuted hundreds of terror cases, proving that the world’s finest justice system is fully capable of delivering justice for the world’s most-wanted terrorists.

He’s rooted out corruption and fought violent crime.  Under his watch, a few years ago, the FBI successfully carried out the largest mafia takedown in American history.  He’s worked closely with state and local law enforcement officers to make sure that they’ve got the resources to get the job done.  And he’s managed funds under the Recovery Act to make sure that when budgets took a hit, thousands of cops were able to stay on the beat nationwide.

He’s helped safeguard our markets from manipulation, and consumers from financial fraud.  Since 2009, the Justice Department has brought more than 60 cases against financial institutions, and won some of the largest settlements in history for practices related to the financial crisis, recovering $85 billion –- much of it returned to ordinary Americans who were badly hurt.

He’s worked passionately to make sure our criminal justice system remains the best in the world.  He knows that too many outdated policies, no matter how well-intentioned, perpetuate a destructive cycle in too many communities.  So Eric addressed unfair sentencing disparities, reworked mandatory minimums, and promoted alternatives to incarceration.  And thanks to his efforts, since I took office, the overall crime rate and the overall incarceration rate have gone down by about 10 percent.  That’s the first time that they’ve declined together, at the same tim, in more than 40 years.

Eric’s proudest achievement, though, might be reinvigorating and restoring the core mission to what he calls “the conscience of the building” — and that’s the Civil Rights Division.  He has been relentless against attacks on the Voting Rights Act –- because no citizen, including our servicemembers, should have to jump through hoops to exercise their most fundamental right.  He’s challenged discriminatory state immigration laws that not only risked harassment of citizens and legal immigrants, but actually made it harder for law enforcement to do its job.

Under his watch, the Department has brought a record number of prosecutions for human trafficking, and for hate crimes — because no one in America should be afraid to walk down the street because of the color of their skin, the love in their heart, the faith they practice, or the disabilities that they live with.

He’s dramatically advanced the cause of justice for Native Americans, working closely with their communities.  And several years ago, he recommended that our government stop defending the Defense of Marriage Act — a decision that was vindicated by the Supreme Court, and opened the door to federal recognition of same-sex marriage, and federal benefits for same-sex couples.  It’s a pretty good track record.

Eric’s father was an immigrant who served in the Army in World War II only to be refused service at lunch counters in the nation he defended.  But he and his wife raised their son to believe that this country’s promise was real, and that son grew up to become Attorney General of the United States.  And that’s something.  And that’s why Eric has worked so hard — not just in my administration, but for decades — to open up the promise of this country to more striving, dreaming kids like him.  To make sure those words — life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness — are made real for all of us.

Soon, Eric, Sharon, and their kids will be a bit freer to pursue a little more happiness of their own.  And thanks to Eric’s efforts, so will more Americans — regardless of race or religion, gender or creed, sexual orientation or disability, who will receive fair and equal treatment under the law.

So I just want to say thank you, Eric.  Thank you to the men and women of the Justice Department who work day in and out for the American people.  And we could not be more grateful for everything that you’ve done not just for me and the administration, but for our country.  (Applause.)

ATTORNEY GENERAL HOLDER: I come to this moment with very mixed emotions:  proud of what the men and women of the Department of Justice have accomplished over the last six years, and at the same time, very sad that I will not be a formal part — a formal part — of the great things that this Department and this President will accomplish over the next two.

I want to thank you, Mr. President, for the opportunity that you gave me to serve and for giving me the greatest honor of my professional life.  We have been great colleagues, but the bonds between us are much deeper than that.  In good times and in bad, in things personal and in things professional, you have been there for me.  I’m proud to call you my friend.

I’m also grateful for the support you have given me and the Department as we have made real the visions that you and I have always shared.  I often think of those early talks between us, about our belief that we might help to craft a more perfect union.  Work remains to be done, but our list of accomplishments is real.

Over the last six years, our administration — your administration — has made historic gains in realizing the principles of the founding documents and fought to protect the most sacred of American rights, the right to vote.

We have begun to realize the promise of equality for our LGBT brothers and sisters and their families.  We have begun to significantly reform our criminal justice system and reconnect those who bravely serve in law enforcement with the communities that they protect.

We have kept faith with our belief in the power of the greatest judicial system the world has ever known to fairly and effectively adjudicate any cases that are brought before it, including those that involve the security of the nation that we both love so dearly.

We have taken steps to protect the environment and make more fair the rules by which our commercial enterprises operate.  And we have held accountable those who would harm the American people — either through violent means or the misuse of economic or political power.

I have loved the Department of Justice ever since as a young boy I watched Robert Kennedy prove during the Civil Rights Movement how the Department can and must always be a force for that which is right.  I hope that I have done honor to the faith that you have placed in me, Mr. President, and to the legacy of all those who have served before me.

I would also like to thank the Vice President, who I have known for so many years, and in whom I have found great wisdom, unwavering support, and a shared vision of what America can and should be.

I want to recognize my good friend Valerie Jarrett, whom I’ve been fortunate to work with from the beginning of what started as an improbable, idealistic effort by a young senator from Illinois, who we were both right to believe would achieve greatness.

I’ve had the opportunity to serve in your distinguished Cabinet and worked with a White House Chief of Staff — a White House staff ably led by Denis McDonough that has done much to make real the promise of our democracy.  And each of the men and women who I have come to know will be lifelong friends.

Whatever my accomplishments, they could not have been achieved without the love, support and guidance of two people who are not here with me today.  My parents, Eric and Miriam Holder, nurtured me and my accomplished brother, William, and made us believe in the value of individual effort and the greatness of this nation.

My time in public service, which now comes to an end, would not have been possible without the sacrifices too often unfair made by the best three kids a father could ask for.  Thank you, Maya.  Thank you, Brooke.  And thank you, Buddy.

And finally, I want to thank the woman who sacrificed the most and allowed me to follow my dreams.  She is the foundation of all that our family is, and the basis of all that I have become.  My wife, Sharon, is the unsung hero.  And she is my life partner.  Thank you for all that you have done.  I love you.

In the months ahead, I will leave the Department of Justice, but I will never — I will never — leave the work.  I will continue to serve and try to find ways to make our nation even more true to its founding ideals.

I want to thank the dedicated public servants who form the backbone of the United States Department of Justice for their tireless work over the past six years, for the efforts they will continue, and for the progress that they made and that will outlast us all.

And I want to thank you all for joining me on a journey that now moves in another direction, but that will always be guided by the pursuit of justice and aimed at the North Star.

Thank you.  (Applause.)

NAACP Statement on the Resignation of Attorney General Eric Holder

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Attorney General Eric Holder is expected to resign after six years at the helm of the Department of Justice. The NAACP has released the following statement.

From Cornell William Brooks, NAACP President and CEO:
“The resignation of the most prepared and the most steadfast Attorney General, in particular in the arena of civil rights, is a moment of lament for the nation but also celebration. We celebrate his achievements but we also grieve his absence. From voting rights, civil rights to  criminal justice reform, Attorney General Holder’s record from the vantage point of history and the view of citizens across the country is unassailable and will be enduring.”

From Hilary O. Shelton, Sr. Vice President for Policy and Advocacy, Washington Bureau Director:
“Attorney General Eric Holder has been the best qualified attorney general in the United States. His leadership, courage and his unrivaled commitment to justice for all people, especially communities of color will certainly be missed. The progress the Department of Justice made under his leadership, most especially on civil rights, is unlike anything we have seen in generations. As attorney general, he has never been fearful of raising the issue of race. From protecting voters from over restrictive new voting laws that disproportionately affect communities of color and the elderly, to launching 20 investigations of abuses by local police departments like Ferguson, Mo., Attorney General Eric Holder has stood up for Americans who could not stand up for themselves. We applaud his great work.”

Atty. General Madigan Urges Jimmy John’s Customers to Take Caution, Report Unauthorized Charges

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Madigan  Opens Investigation into Security Breach at 216 Restaurants

CHICAGO, IL – Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan warned consumers to be on the lookout for unauthorized charges on their credit or debit accounts due to a suspected data breach at an estimated 216 Jimmy John’s restaurants around the country. Madigan announced her office is leading an investigation into the possible breach of customers’ personal and financial information.

“Consumers who have made purchases at Jimmy John’s with a debit or credit card should begin monitoring their accounts immediately for unauthorized charges,” Madigan said. “Identity theft is a serious threat to consumers. It’s critical to start incorporating extra precautions in your daily routine to limit the damage done as a result of a data breach.”

The Champaign-based restaurant chain said that stores in 37 states were affected by the breach, which occurred between June and September. The company is offering credit protection services to impacted customers. For more information, customers can call 1-855-398-6442.

Attorney General Madigan also urged Illinois residents to call her office’s Identity Theft Hotline at 1-866-999-5630 for assistance. Madigan’s Identity Theft Unit has helped over 35,000 victims remove over $26 million in fraudulent charges from their credit.

Madigan also offered these tips for consumers who have recently made purchases at Jimmy John’s using a debit or credit card:

  • Set up Transaction Alerts on your accounts to receive notifications when your credit or debit card is used above a certain dollar amount, so if someone uses your card without authorization, you’ll receive a text message or email and can immediately call your card issuer to dispute the charge.
  • Regularly review your bank and credit card statements to make sure there are no unauthorized transactions. Contest any unauthorized charges immediately by contacting your bank using the toll-free number on the back of your credit or debit card. Prompt reporting of unauthorized charges is critical to limit your liability, particularly if you are a debit card user because liability depends on how quickly you report a lost or stolen card. For instance, if you report a lost or stolen debit card before any unauthorized transactions occur, you are not responsible for any of the unauthorized charges, but if you make the report within two business days of losing your card, you can be liable for up to $50 of unauthorized charges. After two days, reporting lost or stolen cards can increase your liability anywhere from $500 and up.
  • Review your credit reports for unauthorized accounts. You are entitled to one free credit report from each of the three nationwide credit reporting agencies per year. Go to www.annualcreditreport.com, or call 1-877-322-8228 to order your credit reports. Make sure all the information is correct. If not, immediately contact the credit reporting agency to request that the information be explained or corrected.
  • Consider putting a security freeze on your credit. A security freeze, also known as a credit freeze, essentially locks down your personal data at the consumer reporting agency until an individual gives permission for the release of the data, which can prevent someone from taking out credit in your name.  You can easily have the freeze lifted when you want to allow a company to check your credit if, for instance, you are opening new accounts or purchasing a car or home.

Three Illinois Students Named State AP Scholars

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Students recognized for earning high scores on prestigious AP exams

SPRINGFIELD, IL –Two Illinois high school students and one 2014 graduate earned high accolades for completing up to 20 college-level Advanced Placement courses and scoring above average on those exams. The College Board, provider of the Advanced Placement program and exams, named all three as “Illinois State Advanced Placement (AP) Scholars” in recognition of their exceptional achievement on the AP exams.

The state’s honorees are:

·         Anand D. Abraham, a senior at Neuqua Valley High School in Indian Prairie School District 204

·         Bryce Z. Cai, a junior at Barrington High School in Barrington Community Unit School District 220

·         Vivian Wan, a 2014 graduate at Adlai E. Stevenson High School in  Adlai

Stevenson High School District 125

“The AP program provides high school students a competitive edge in preparing for the rigors of college and careers by giving them the opportunity to earn college credit or advanced placement – or both – before they graduate,” said State Superintendent of Education Christopher A. Koch. “High scores on these challenging, college-level exams are a tremendous accomplishment and Illinois should be proud to have three students who showed such exceptional performance across multiple tests. Anand, Bryce and Vivian represent the very best of Illinois’ hardworking and dedicated students, and there is no limit to what they will be able to accomplish in college and beyond.”

The College Board awards this prestigious honor to the one female and one male student in each U.S. state and the District of Columbia with scores of 3 or higher (based on a scale of 1 to 5, with 5 being the highest) on the greatest number of AP exams and then the highest average score (at least 3.5) on all AP exams taken. This year, Illinois had two male students who qualified for the honor. Illinois’ honorees are among 103 students nationwide to receive this award.

AP exams measure a student’s content mastery of college-level studies in specific academic disciplines. Research shows that students who score a 3 or higher on an AP exam typically achieve greater academic success in college and are more likely to earn a college degree than non-AP students.

This year is the 24th annual celebration of the AP Scholar Awards. Here’s a closer look at Illinois’ honorees:

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Anand Abraham of Bolingbrook is currently a senior at Neuqua Valley High School in Naperville, where he is in the top 25 percent of his class. He has taken 20 AP exams, earning the highest score of 5 on 19 of those tests. He is a National Merit Semifinalist and a member of the Neuqua Valley Math Team. Anand has also traveled extensively, particularly to Tanzania, Costa Rica, India and Poland. He hopes to attend college at the University of Chicago.

Bryce-Cai.jpgBryce Cai of South Barrington is currently a junior at Barrington High School in Barrington. He has taken 20 AP exams thus far during his high school career and earned a score of 5 on 16 of those tests. Bryce’s extracurricular involvements include Scholastic Bowl and Science Olympiad. He also attended this year’s Chemistry Olympiad summer camp.

Vivan-Wan-edit.jpgVivian Wan of Hawthorn Woods is a 2014 graduate of Adlai E. Stevenson High School in Lincolnshire and now attends Harvard University. She took 17 AP exams during high school, earning a 5 on all of them. She also achieved a perfect score of 36 on the ACT and was a 2014 National Merit Scholarship finalist and 2014 Illinois State Scholar. Vivian also earned a spot on the 2014 Daily Herald Lake County Academic Team and is a three-time qualifier for the American Invitational Mathematics Examination.

A total of 43,835 Illinois graduates took at least one AP exam during high school in 2013, more than double the 20,968 students who took the test in 2003. Illinois also ranked 13th in the nation for the percentage of 2013 graduates – 21.5 percent – who scored at least a 3 on an AP exam during their high school career. The national average is 20.1 percent. AP participation and performance data for the 2013-14 school year will be released later this fall.

For more information about starting an AP course and building an AP program, visit http://professionals.collegeboard.com/k-12/assessment/ap.

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President Obama Announces More Key Administration Posts

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WASHINGTON, DC – President Barack Obama announced his intent to appoint the following individuals to key Administration posts:

  • Jill Appell – Member, Advisory Committee for Trade Policy and Negotiations
  • C. Fred Bergsten – Member, Advisory Committee for Trade Policy and Negotiations
  • Bill Frenzel – Member, Advisory Committee for Trade Policy and Negotiations
  • Leo W. Gerard – Member, Advisory Committee for Trade Policy and Negotiations
  • Joseph T. Hansen – Member, Advisory Committee for Trade Policy and Negotiations
  • James P. Hoffa – Member, Advisory Committee for Trade Policy and Negotiations
  • Sandra Kennedy – Member, Advisory Committee for Trade Policy and Negotiations
  • David H. Long – Member, Advisory Committee for Trade Policy and Negotiations
  • Wade Randlett – Member, Advisory Committee for Trade Policy and Negotiations
  • Matthew Rubel – Member, Advisory Committee for Trade Policy and Negotiations
  • David H. Segura – Member, Advisory Committee for Trade Policy and Negotiations
  • Bryan Lourd – General Trustee, Board of Trustees of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
  • Barbara Goodman Manilow – General Trustee, Board of Trustees of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
  • Bryan Traubert – General Trustee, Board of Trustees of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
  • Lieutenant General Susan J. Helms, USAF (Ret) – Member, Board of Trustees of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars
  • Liza Gilbert – Member, Commission of Fine Arts

President Obama said, “These men and women have demonstrated knowledge and dedication throughout their careers. I am grateful they have chosen to take on these important roles, and I look forward to working with them in the months and years to come.”

President Obama announced his intent to appoint the following individuals to key Administration posts:

Jill Appell, Appointee for Member, Advisory Committee for Trade Policy and Negotiations

Jill Appell is a past President of the National Pork Producers Council and the Illinois Pork Producers Association.  She was first appointed to the Advisory Committee for Trade Policy and Negotiations in 2010.  Ms. Appell is a member of Illinois Attorney General’s Advisory Committee and has served on task forces for the Illinois Farm Bureau.  Ms. Appell is currently a member of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (U.S.D.A.) Farm Service Agency Illinois State Technical Committee and the U.S.D.A. Agricultural Technical Advisory Committee for Trade of Animals and Animal Products.  She previously served as Illinois State Director for Rural Development for the U.S.D.A.

C. Fred Bergsten, Appointee for Member, Advisory Committee for Trade Policy and Negotiations

C. Fred Bergsten is a senior fellow and director emeritus of the Peterson Institute for International Economics.  He was first appointed to the Advisory Committee for Trade Policy and Negotiations in 2010.  Mr. Bergsten was the Peterson Institute’s  Founding Director from 1981 through 2012.  He served as Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for International Affairs from 1977 until 1981, and Assistant for International Economic Affairs to the National Security Council from 1969 to 1971.  Previously, Dr. Bergsten was Chairman of the Competitiveness Policy Council and the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation forum’s Eminent Persons Group.  Dr. Bergsten received a B.A. from Central Methodist University, and an M.A., an M.A.L.D., and a Ph.D. from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University.

Bill Frenzel, Appointee for Member, Advisory Committee for Trade Policy and Negotiations

Bill Frenzel is a Guest Scholar at the Brookings Institution, a position he has held since 1991.  He was first appointed to the Advisory Committee on Trade Policy and Negotiations in 2002 and served as its Chairman from 2002 to 2011.  Previously, Mr. Frenzel served in the U.S. House of Representatives representing the state of Minnesota from 1971 to 1991.  While in Congress, he served as the ranking Republican on the House Budget Committee and a member of the Ways and Means Committee.  In 1993, Mr. Frenzel was appointed to serve as a Special Advisor to President Clinton, and then appointed to the President’s Social Security Commission in 2001.  He was appointed to the President’s Advisory Panel on Federal Tax Reform in 2005.  Mr. Frenzel is Co-Chairman of the Center for Strategic Tax Reform, the Bretton Woods Committee, and the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget.  He is Chairman Emeritus of the Ripon Society.  Mr. Frenzel received a B.A. and an M.B.A. from Dartmouth College.

Leo W. Gerard, Appointee for Member, Advisory Committee for Trade Policy and Negotiations

Leo W. Gerard is International President of United Steelworkers.  He was first appointed to the Advisory Council on Trade Policy and Negotiations in 2010.  He is a member of the AFL-CIO’s Executive Committee and chairs its Public Policy Committee.  Mr. Gerard is co-chairman of the BlueGreen Alliance and a founder of Apollo Alliance.  He serves on the boards of Campaign for America’s Future and the Economic Policy Institute, and is a member of the executive committees of the IndustriALL.

Joseph T. Hansen, Appointee for Member, Advisory Committee for Trade Policy and Negotiations

Joseph T. Hansen is President of the United Food and Commercial Workers Union (UFCW).  He was first appointed to the Advisory Committee for Trade Policy & Negotiations in 2010.  Mr. Hansen was elected to serve as UFCW Secretary-Treasurer in 1997 and as President in 2004 and 2008.  He became President of Union Network International in 2003 and was reelected as President in 2005.  He is an AFL-CIO Vice President and Chair of the AFL-CIO International Affairs Committee.

James P. Hoffa, Appointee for Member, Advisory Committee for Trade Policy and Negotiations

James P. Hoffa is the General President of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, a position he has held since 1999.  He was appointed to the Advisory Committee for Trade Policy and Negotiations in 2010.  Mr. Hoffa served as an attorney for the Teamsters from 1968 to 1993.  In 2002, he was appointed to the President’s Council on the 21st Century Workforce and has also served on the Secretary of Energy’s Advisory Board.  Mr. Hoffa received a B.S. from Michigan State University and a J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School.

Sandra Kennedy, Appointee for Member, Advisory Committee for Trade Policy and Negotiations

Sandra Kennedy is President of the Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA), a position she has held since December 2002.  She was first appointed to the Advisory Committee for Trade Policy and Negotiations in 2010.  Prior to joining RILA, Ms. Kennedy served as Director of the Leadership Dialogue Series for Accenture.  From 1993 to 2000, she was Senior Vice President of membership services for the National Retail Federation.  Ms. Kennedy received a B.A. from the University of Iowa.

David H. Long, Appointee for Member, Advisory Committee for Trade Policy and Negotiations

David H. Long is CEO and Chairman of Liberty Mutual Group, Inc., a position he has held since 2013.  Previously, he was President and CEO of Liberty Mutual Group, Inc. from 2011 to 2013.  Since joining Liberty Mutual in 1985, Mr. Long has held a number of positions within the company’s International Operations, Commercial Markets, Underwriting and Financial, and Mergers and Acquisitions divisions.  He is a member of the Business Roundtable, a Director of Massachusetts General Hospital’s President’s Council, and a Board Member of Tamarack Technologies.  Mr. Long received a B.A. from Hartwick College and an M.S. from Boston College.

Wade Randlett, Appointee for Member, Advisory Committee for Trade Policy and Negotiations

Wade Randlett is CEO of the transportation fuels division of General Biofuels, a position he has held since 2013.  He was first appointed to the Advisory Committee for Trade Policy and Negotiations in 2010.  Mr. Randlett is the President of the governing council of Alice Fong Yu Elementary School in San Francisco, is the Founder of Bay Area Democrats, and a co-founder of Technology Network.  He served as a member of the Obama for America National Finance Committee.  Mr. Randlett received a B.S. from Princeton University and a J.D. from the University of San Francisco.

Matthew Rubel, Appointee for Member, Advisory Committee for Trade Policy and Negotiations

Matthew Rubel is a Senior Advisor at TPG Capital.  He was first appointed to the Advisory Committee on Trade Policy and Negotiations in 2010.  Previously, he was Chairman, President, and CEO of Collective Brands, Inc. from 2005 to 2011.  Mr. Rubel was CEO of Cole Haan from 1999 to 2005, and was Executive Vice President of J. Crew Group and CEO of Popular Club Plan from 2004 to 2009.  Mr. Rubel is active in several industry and civic organizations, including the Jay H. Baker Initiative at the Wharton School, the Young Presidents’ Organization, and serves as Chairman of the Footwear Distributors and Retailers of America.  He is a member of the Board of Trustees of the International Council of Shopping Centers and the University of Miami, and serves on the Board of Directors of Supervalu, Hudson Bay Corporation, and Home Shopping Network.  Mr. Rubel received a B.S. from Ohio University and an M.B.A. from the University of Miami.

David H. Segura, Appointee for Member, Advisory Committee for Trade Policy and Negotiations

David H. Segura is CEO of VisionIT, an information technology firm he founded in 1997.  He was first appointed to the Advisory Committee for Trade Policy and Negotiations in 2010.  Mr. Segura is a member of the Information Technology Senior Management Forum and was a founding architect and former Vice Chair of the Hispanic IT Executive Council.  In 2010, he was selected by President Obama as one of 50 CEOs to participate in a White House Forum on Modernizing U.S. Government.  Mr. Segura received a B.S. from the University of Michigan–Dearborn. 

Bryan Lourd, Appointee for General Trustee, Board of Trustees of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

Bryan Lourd is a partner and managing director of Creative Artists Agency, an entertainment and sports talent agency based in Los Angeles.  Mr. Lourd was appointed to the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities in 2009.  He is a member of the boards of InterActiveCorp, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and J/P Haitian Relief Organization, and is a Trustee of the American Film Institute.  Mr. Lourd received a B.A. from the University of Southern California.

Barbara Goodman Manilow, Appointee for General Trustee, Board of Trustees of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

Barbara Goodman Manilow is Chairman of the Board of Crown Family Philanthropies in Chicago, an organization supporting the arts, civic affairs, education, conservation, health and human services, service projects, and Jewish Causes.  She is a founding member and director of the Covenant Foundation, and is a member of the board of the Chicago Children’s Museum and the Francis W. Parker School. Ms. Goodman Manilow received a B.A. from Colorado College and an M.A. from the University of Chicago.

Dr. Bryan Traubert, Appointee for General Trustee, Board of Trustees of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

Dr. Bryan Traubert is a founder and former partner at Eye Physicians and Surgeons of Chicago, a position he held from 1986 to 2013.  He is President of the Pritzker Traubert Family Foundation and the Chicago Park District, and is a member of the boards of Chicago Public Radio, National Park Foundation, and Partnership for a Healthier America.  Dr. Traubert previously served as President of Marwen and on the boards of the Renaissance Society at the University of Chicago, National Public Radio Foundation, and Chicago Lighthouse for the Blind.  He served on the President’s Commission on White House Fellowships from 2009 to 2013.  Dr. Traubert received a B.S. from The Citadel and an M.D. from the University of Illinois.

Lieutenant General Susan J. Helms, USAF (Ret), Appointee for Member, Board of Trustees of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars

Lieutenant General Susan J. Helms, USAF (Ret), retired from the United States Air Force in 2014 after 34 years of service.  She was also a NASA astronaut from 1990 to 2002.  She was Commander, 14th Air Force (Air Forces Strategic), and Commander, Joint Functional Component Command for Space at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.  Lieutenant General Helms was a crew member on five Space Shuttle missions and was a resident of the International Space Station for over five months in 2001.  Her awards include the Air Force Distinguished Service Medal and the NASA Distinguished Service Medal.  In 2011, she was inducted into the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame.  Lieutenant General Helms received a B.S. in Aeronautical Engineering from the U.S. Air Force Academy and an M.S. in Aeronautics and Astronautics from Stanford University.

Liza Gilbert, Appointee for Member, Commission of Fine Arts

Liza Gilbert is a freelance landscape designer.  She has been a board member of the Dumbarton Oaks Park Conservancy in Washington, D.C. since 2012 and is also Chair of its Signature Project Committee.  Previously, she was a Project Designer and Construction Supervisor at the New York firms of Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates from 2006 to 2010 and at Judith Heintz Landscape Architecture from 1997 to 2002.  Earlier in her career, she was a Project Assistant at Giannini & Vagnetti Architetti in Rome, Italy from 1989 to 1990.  She served on the board of Dancing in the Streets from 2003 to 2007.  Ms. Gilbert received a B.A. from Barnard College and an M.L.A. from the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University.

Better Business Bureau Issues Nationwide Warning on Fake Invoicing Scheme

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CHICAGO, IL -  The Better Business Bureau (BBB) has issued a nationwide warning to consumers about a company called IDBS that indicates their address is 2002 Summit Boulevard, Suites 300 & 400, Atlanta, Georgia. They state their nature of business is “web design.”

BBB began receiving complaints on this firm in November 2013. As of this date there have been 158 complaints filed from 39 states.  The company has an F rating with BBB for failure to respond to 27 of the complaints, while 2 complaints remain unresolved.

Consumers allege receiving an invoice for $599 for “business listing optimization.” All complainants disputed the charges stating they had never contracted with the company, authorized any charges or received any services. The pattern of complaints remains the same.

Schaumburg, IL businessman, Parul Jain received an invoice. “We got the $599 invoice and I had no idea what it was. I check all bills that come in. They called 2-3 times a day for over a year to try to collect the money. I kept asking for details and proof. They claimed they had me on tape. They didn’t stop until I filed a complaint with the Better Business Bureau. They are ruthless.”

The company has responded to some complaints indicating the following: “Our files indicate that we spoke to (customer). We have a verbal recording of him/her authorizing the invoice on (date). However it is our company policy total customer (sic) satisfaction therefore we closed the account and put the company on our do not call list.”

Some of the invoices list a suite number of 300 while others list suite 400. BBB has received notices from two different businesses that have offices in the same building stating the suite numbers on the invoices belong to them. They also say they have no affiliation with IDBS. Based on this, we are not sure where this company is actually located or if they have an actual physical location.

According to a domain name search of the company’s website, internet-data-solutions.net, this URL was created on October 29, 2013. Currently, the website is no longer active.  Attempts to contact the company by phone have not been successful.

BBB has the following tips to avoid being the victim of these types of scams:

  • Designate only certain employees to make company purchases.
  • Train your staff to direct calls to only employees authorized to order supplies and services.
  • Check all documentation before you pay bills. Make sure you intentionally purchased and have received the items for which you have been billed.
  • Know your rights. If you receive supplies or invoices for services you didn’t order, don’t pay. It’s illegal for a seller to invoice you, send threatening notices for merchandise you didn’t order, or ask you to return the merchandise.
  • Report fraud. Report suspected fraud to BBB, the FTC, the Postal Inspection Service and the Illinois Attorney General’s Office.

You may read BBB’s full Business Review on this company by clicking here.

There are two additional reports for IDBS listed within BBB’s system:

The BBB Serving Minnesota & North Dakota’s report has an F rating and states “Based on a review of complaints, the BBB has noted a pattern for this company. Complainants, all business owners or business employees, state they have received suspicious bills from IDBS for roughly $600. The complainants have all disputed these bills saying they never contracted with the company, authorized any charges or received any services. The BBB advises businesses who receive bills from this company to file complaints at bbb.org and www.ftc.gov.” Their report may be found by clicking here.

The other BBB Business Review is issued by the BBB Serving Las Vegas. They too have an F rating and indicate this company shows a pattern of complaints involving sending fake invoices to consumers. The report may be viewed by clicking here.

Consumers should verify the address, URL and telephone number of this company when doing any type of search as there are other companies with the same or similar name.

Lastly, BBB questioned the following two advertised claims that appeared on their website:

  1. Internet Data Solutions is the leading web design company creating custom web design.
  2. Internet Data Solutions and other strategies to present the best image possible and help clients become a real part of your community.

As of this date we have no record of receiving a response from the firm.

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American Dream Denied

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By McKinley Williams

Is living the American Dream still alive? What happens when injustice closes the door to the American Dream? Listen to my story and help me seek justice in keeping the American Dream alive for me!

Nationwide (BlackNews.com) — How does someone who has been employed with the same company for 14 years and 9 months with an impeccable work history, outstanding evaluations, and documentation of never being absent or late have his dream denied in these great United States of America?

I was employed at Methodist Hospital Southlake in Merrillville, Indiana. Every day through rain, snow, sleet, and hail I faithfully performed my duties. A place that I poured sweat into. A place loved and cherished by me. A place in which my manger sought and acted upon advice given by me to keep our department running effectively and efficiently.

One day the absolute unthinkable happened! I had my American Dream snatched from underneath me by a social climber. A man named Frank, employed for only one month, through lies snatched my American Dream. An American Dream like so many others Americans of owning my own home.

My American Dream came to a halt when Frank the social climber used me as a stepping stool to his social climb. Frank, the social climber, accused me of stealing property. A blatant lie.

Throughout our department, it was a customary practice that discarded items placed outside of the building could be taken by anyone. A practice known by my manager! It never entered my mind that by taking discarded items that it would be considered stealing. Mind you these were discarded items taken in plain sight of everyone!

Frank the social climber accused me of stealing and after a pristine 14 years and 9 months immaculate record, I was fired! I was not given a written warning or suspension. It was one person stating that I was stealing discarded items.

The Franks of this world should not be permitted through their social climbing and vindictiveness be allowed to spread lies and that unjustly causes an American Dream to be taken away.

I am very close to being a senior citizen and it has been hard starting over. I am one step away from being homeless! I am not seeking sympathy or empathy! I am seeking justice!

America the land that I love! Our Great America in which a person through hard work can have their dreams comes true! America the land of freedom and justice for everyone should include me! In America the American Dream should still come true!

Join me in making this wrong doing by one person be made right and justice prevail. I am asking for donations, great or small to help me achieve my American Dream. All donations can be sent via www.paypal.com (Account: mackw07@gmail.com) or contact me at (219) 359-8814.

Together we can make the American Dream come alive for me! From my heart to yours. Thank you!

Local Unemployment Falls Across State for Fifth Consecutive Month

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Every County Records Over-the-Year Decline for Third Consecutive Month

Not Seasonally Adjusted Unemployment Rates

Metropolitan Area August
2014*
August
2013
Bloomington-Normal 6.5% 7.6%
Champaign-Urbana 7.4% 8.9%
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville 6.2% 9.1%
Danville 9.7% 12.2%
Davenport-Moline-Rock Isl. 6.2% 6.7%
Decatur 9.4% 12.5%
Kankakee-Bradley 9.0% 10.9%
Lake-Kenosha, IL-WI 6.7% 8.1%
Peoria 7.7% 9.4%
Rockford 9.4% 11.4%
Springfield 6.5% 7.6%
St. Louis (IL-Section) 7.0% 9.0%
* Data subject to revision.

CHICAGO, IL –Unemployment rates in August fell in every metro for the fifth consecutive month and are at six- and seven-year lows, according to preliminary data released today by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) and the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES). Rates also fell in all 102 counties for the third consecutive month. The not seasonally adjusted data compare August 2014 with August 2013 and does not remove the effects of regular or seasonal patterns.

“This is encouraging news – more people working than one year ago and fewer people describing themselves as unemployed,” IDES Director Jay Rowell said. “We now will look to see how the falling unemployment rate trend unfolds as employers continue to add permanent jobs and we begin to experience seasonal hiring.”

Illinois employers added jobs in seven metros. Largest increases: Champaign-Urbana (+1.3 percent, +1,300), Danville (+1.0 percent, +300), Lake-Kenosha (+1.0 percent, +4,100), Chicago-Joliet-Naperville (+0.9 percent, +33,600) and Springfield (+0.9 percent, +1,000). Largest decreases: Peoria (-1.9 percent, -3,500), Bloomington-Normal (-1.8 percent, -1,600), Kankakee-Bradley (-0.7 percent, -300). The Leisure and Hospitality industry recorded job growth in most metros (10 of 12).

The August 2014 not seasonally adjusted statewide rate was 6.7 percent and 9.1 percent one year ago. Nationally, the rate was 6.3 percent in August and 7.3 percent one year ago. The rate identifies those who are out of work and looking for work and is not tied to collecting unemployment insurance benefits. Historically, the state unemployment rate is higher than the national rate.

Total Non-farm Jobs (Not Seasonally Adjusted) – August 2014

Metropolitan Area August
2014*
August
2013**
Over-the-Year Change
Bloomington-Normal MSA 87,800 89,400 -1,600
Champaign-Urbana MSA 101,000 99,700 1,300
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville Metro Div. 3,831,000 3,797,400 33,600
Danville MSA 28,900 28,600 300
Davenport-Moline-Rock Island MSA 184,600 184,500 100
Decatur MSA 51,400 51,400 0
Kankakee-Bradley MSA 43,500 43,800 -300
Lake County-Kenosha County Metro Div. 406,100 402,000 4,100
Peoria MSA 176,700 180,200 -3,500
Rockford MSA 148,300 147,900 400
Springfield MSA 114,900 113,900 1,000
Illinois Section of St. Louis MSA 227,400 228,400 -1,000
*Preliminary    **Revised

Double Dutch Dolls, LLC Looks to Make a Big Statement With a New Line of Multicultural Books and Dolls

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Funding Needed for Multicultural Books and Dolls

Double Dutch Girls

ATLANTA, GA (BlackNews.com) — In 2013, approximately 3% of published children’s books featured African-American characters. The numbers were also not favorable for Latinos or Asian characters. Children learn about themselves and the world around them through reading and play. And all children should be able to open a book and see themselves as the heroes and problem solvers in the stories they love and cherish. Double Dutch Dolls, and a small number of other emerging book and toy lines, share the commitment and responsibility of bringing this much-needed environment to children of color.

Double Dutch Dolls represent every girl. They are African-American, Hispanic, Biracial and Multiracial. And their diverse make-up, brought to life in lighthearted, entertaining, age-appropriate stories appeals to a segment of the population who is often overlooked. The company founder, K. Charles believes the Double Dutch Dolls have the power to foster positive self esteem in young girls and tweens of all hues, in addition to reinforcing the importance of encouraging children of color to develop a love of reading at a young age.

“If you reach children when they are young and find a way to instill a joy and passion for reading, they will carry that with them for a lifetime.” — K. Charles

The Double Dutch Dolls community recently launched a Kickstarter campaign to bring even more beautiful dolls and engaging books to little girls, everywhere. The campaign runs September 16th through October 21st and offers not only the opportunity to support a positive up and coming brand but also great rewards like dolls and books. To learn more about the company and their campaign visit the company website at www.doubledutchdolls.com or link to their Kickstarter page at www.kickstarter.com/projects/88964074/double-dutch-dolls-multicultural-fashion-dolls-and.

Founded in 2013, Double Dutch Dolls’ mission is through fashion and fun, encourage young girls to explore and appreciate each other’s differences and similarities. The brand offers a line of multicultural books, dolls and accessories that celebrate the beauty, experiences, and diversity of today’s multicultural girls. Double Dutch Dolls is a privately held company located in Marietta, GA.

For more information about the Double Dutch Dolls, visit the company website at www.doubledutchdolls.com or email info@doubledutchdolls.com.

Casting Announced for Goodman Theatre’s 2015 Productions

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Tickets now available by subscription and to groups of 10+

CHICAGO, IL – Award-winning Chicago favorites are cast in the six plays that span January through July 2015 at Goodman Theatre, rounding out its 90th Anniversary 2014/2015 “Season to Celebrate.” Complete and partial casting information appears below. A limited number of $90 subscriptions, in honor of the milestone season, are still available; call 312.443.3800 or visit GoodmanTheatre.org. Tickets for groups 10+ are available by calling 312.443.3820 or Groups@GoodmanTheatre.org. Individual ticket on sale dates are noted below. Bios and images of the artists are available in the Press Room. Plays, dates and artists are subject to change.

Rapture, Blister, Burn
By Gina Gionfriddo, directed by Kimberly Senior in the Albert Theatre – A Chicago Premiere
January 17 – February 22; tickets on sale December 5, 2014

The cast includes: Mark L. Montgomery as Don Harper; Karen Woditsch as Gwen Harper; Robin Weigert as Catherine Croll; Cassidy Slaughter-Mason as Avery Willard; and Mary Ann Thebus as Alice Croll. Acclaimed Chicago director Kimberly Senior makes her Goodman debut with the Pulitzer Prize finalist Rapture, Blister, Burn—Gina Gionfriddo’s “intensely smart, immensely funny” (The New York Times) new play that “surfs several waves of feminism” (Time Out New York). Graduate school pals Catherine and Gwen pursued completely different lives after graduation. Catherine became a controversial author, while Gwen married Catherine’s ex-boyfriend Don and raised two sons. After a decade-long estrangement, the women decide to spend a summer reconnecting. But their impulsive attempt to trade places soon erupts in a heated battle for Don’s affection and a fiery examination of their feminist ideals. Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP is the Major Corporate Sponsor and PwC LLP is the Corporate Sponsor Partner for Rapture, Blister, Burn.

Two Trains Running
By August Wilson, directed by Chuck Smith in the Albert Theatre – Anchors the citywide August Wilson Celebration
March 7 – April 12; tickets on sale January 23

The cast includes: Alfred Wilson as Holloway; A.C. Smith as West; Nambi E. Kelley as Risa; Ernest Perry Jr. as Hambone; Anthony Irons as Wolf; Chester Gregory as Sterling; and Ron OJ Parsons as Memphis. Goodman Theatre honors August Wilson’s legacy with his Tony-winning masterpiece, praised by Variety as “perfection…[a] work by a writer at the peak of his powers.” In 2007, the Goodman became the first theater in the world to have produced all 10 plays in August Wilson’s “20th Century Cycle,” of which Two Trains Running is a part (the Goodman previously produced this play in 1993, directed by Lloyd Richards). The civil rights movement is sweeping across Pittsburgh’s Hill District in 1969, but the promise of a better tomorrow hasn’t quite reached all of the city’s residents, some of whom gather daily at Memphis’ diner to gossip about the neighborhood, dream about their futures and confront the brutal realities of the present. Now Memphis must decide if he should allow the government to take over his building or sell the property to a ruthless businessman. Written in 1990, Two Trains Running explores a time of extraordinary change—and the ordinary people who get left behind. Illinois Tool Works is a Corporate Sponsor Partner for Two Trains Running. Allstate Insurance Company and J.P. Morgan Chase are the Major Corporate Sponsors; ComEd is the Official Lighting Sponsor; and Illinois Tool Works is a Corporate Sponsor Partner for Two Trains Running.

The Upstairs Concierge (Partial casting)
By Kristoffer Diaz, directed by KJ Sanchez in the Owen Theatre – A World Premiere Goodman Commission
March 28 – April 26; tickets on sale January 16

The cast includes Tawny Newsome as Ella; Gabriel Ruiz as Harvey; John Stokvis as Kaz; Travis Turner as Royals Guy. The Upstairs Concierge is a world premiere comedy spoofing today’s scandalous celebrity culture by Pulitzer Prize-finalist Kristoffer Diaz, “who seems to have invented a brash new theatrical form” (Variety). Ella can’t wait to start her new job as the upstairs concierge at a sleek hotel. Catering to celebrity guests is her dream—but it’s hard to keep track of which guests are in which room, which guest is the biggest celebrity and which guests like to strip naked. Diaz gleefully skewers today’s fame-obsessed society in this off-kilter new farce. Edelman is the Major Corporate Sponsor for the Owen Theatre Season.

The Little Foxes (Partial casting)
By Lillian Helman, directed by Henry Wishcamper in the Albert Theatre
May 2 – June 7; tickets on sale February 20

The cast includes: Shannon Cochran as Regina Giddens; Cherene Snow as Addie; Larry Yando as Benjamin Hubbard; Mary Beth Fisher as Birdie Hubbard; Dexter Zollicoffer as Cal; John Judd as Horace Giddens; and Steve Pickering as Oscar Hubbard. Director Henry Wishcamper revives Lillian Hellman’s classic turn-of-the century study of family greed, praised as “one of the most enjoyably chilling chapters in the history of melodrama” (The New York Times). Benjamin and Oscar Hubbard stand to earn millions funding an industrialized cotton mill, and seek help with the initial investment from their sister Regina. The refusal of Regina’s dying husband to finance the scheme sets off an explosive series of betrayals, shattering the Hubbard clan’s genteel façade and exposing their ruthless pursuit of wealth. Ferocious, funny and enduringly relevant, The Little Foxes is a chronicle of the dark side of the American Dream and wealth’s corrupting power. The Goodman Theatre Women’s Board is the Major Production Sponsor, Ernst & Young LLP is the Corporate Sponsor Partner and Towers Watson is the Opening Night Sponsor for The Little Foxes.

stop. reset. (Partial casting)
Written and directed by Regina Taylor in the Owen Theatre – A Chicago Premiere
May 23 – June 21; tickets on sale January 16

The cast includes: Jacqueline Williams as Jan; Eric Lynch as Chris; Tim Decker as Tim; Edgar Sanchez as J; and Lisa Tejero as Deb. Golden Globe winner and Goodman Theatre Artistic Associate Regina Taylor directs her mind-bending, provocative new play about modern technology’s impact on the Boomer generation.  As e-books and digital technologies transform the literary world, Chicago businessman Alex Ames must confront the likely demise of his long-standing African-American book publishing company. While his employees fret over losing their jobs, Alex finds unlikely inspiration from a mysterious teenager, whose inventive, forward-thinking ideas may provide the solution to preserving Alex’s legacy. Edelman is the Major Corporate Sponsor for the Owen Theatre Season.

Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike (Partial casting)
By Christopher Durang, directed by Steve Scott in the Albert Theatre – A Chicago Premiere
June 20 – July 26; tickets on sale March 20

The cast includes: Ross Lehman as Vanya; Janet Ulrich Brooks as Sonia; Mary Beth Fisher as Masha; E. Faye Butler as Cassandra; Rebecca Buller as Nina; and Jordan Brown as Spike. Steve Scott directs the Chicago premiere of Christopher Durang’s loving send-up of Chekhov’s greatest works—the 2013 Tony Award winner for Best Play. Siblings Vanya and Sonia have spent their adult years trapped in mundane lives at their family’s cottage, caring for their ailing parents. Meanwhile their self-involved sister Masha, a glamorous movie star, has traveled the world in decadent style. After their soothsayer/cleaning woman Cassandra warns Vanya and Sonia of impending doom, Masha arrives unannounced, accompanied by her hunky young lover Spike. When Masha reveals plans that will upend the family, long-repressed resentments bubble over in a weekend full of wild costume parties, voodoo dolls and surprise romance.

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