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Evolution of a New Cottage Grove Corridor Begins with the Grand Opening of Bronzeville’s First New Residential Retail Development in 50 Years

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$46 Million ‘Shops and Lofts at 47’ Yields 96 Mixed-Income Rental Apartments and 55,000 square feet of Commercial Space Anchored by Walmart Neighborhood Market

CHICAGO, IL – In a broad showing of the tenacity that makes neighborhoods vital and sustainable, Mayor Rahm Emanuel today joined 4th Ward Alderman, William Burns, Bronzeville community leaders and project developers to celebrate the opening of Shops and Lofts at 47, a mixed-use complex with 55,000 square feet of ground floor retail, anchored by a Walmart Neighborhood Market and 72 rental apartments above. Situated at the corner of 47th Street and Cottage Grove Avenue, Shops and Lofts at 47 is the first commercial/residential complex to be developed in Bronzeville in more than 50 years.

While ground was broken for Shops and Lofts little more than one year ago, the idea for creating a commercial/residential development to anchor and accelerate revitalization of Bronzeville emerged nearly a decade ago as part of a neighborhood renaissance plan created by then alderman Toni Preckwinkle and the Quad Communities Development Corporation (QCDC).

Speaking to the crowd of more than 100 Bronzeville residents, Mayor Rahm Emanuel praised the team behind the development of Shops and Lofts and the effort that turned the idea into a reality. “Creating and sustaining great neighborhoods only happens when you have strong leadership and a community willing to work together for a better future,” Mayor Emanuel said. “The Bronzeville revitalization is well underway, and it is projects like this Shops and Lofts that showcase how, when the public sector, private partners and residents work together, we can drive economic growth and create jobs in neighborhoods across the City of Chicago.”

Bernita Johnson-Gabriel, Executive Director of QCDC, remarks underscored the Mayor’s words as she recounted the journey from vision to realization.  “What you see here today is realization of a dream made possible through hard work and tenacity.  Not only that of QCDC, but the work of our partners Mahogany Ventures and The Community Builders. Together we fought for seven years to find financiers and retail stores that believed in our vision for Bronzeville’s future,” said Johnson-Gabriel. “However, once we found them, we hit the ground running completing the development only 18 months after breaking ground.”

The partnership team of which Gabriel-Johnson spoke is led by Mahogany Ventures, a joint-venture of the Skilken Company and TROY Development, both entities with long resumes of successful commercial development are responsible for the development and management of all Shops and Lofts retail space. To complete the team, Mahogany partnered with The Community Builders (TCB), one of the nation’s preeminent non-profit housing development entities, with a large footprint in Chicago, to develop and manage the 72 apartments above the retail space and another 24 units in three newly constructed low rise adjacent buildings.

Frank Petruziello, President of Skilken spoke of the challenges and benefits of working in Bronzeville. “Having partners like The Community Builders, Inc. visionaries like Quad Communities and the tremendous cooperation of the City’s elected leadership have made this a wonderful experience.  Bronzeville has gained a new, beautiful residential retail anchor. And we have gained lifelong friendships,” said Petruziello.

Bart Mitchell, President of The Community Builders emphasized the importance of the development to the entire community.  “We’ve worked for more than a decade in Bronzeville — with its great housing stock, schools, parks and boulevards. What was missing was a commercial center. Thanks to this development, there is now fresh food, a variety of retail service and new employment opportunities – the foundation of a strong community.” According to Mitchell, the development created 150 construction jobs and will support more than 100 full-time retail jobs.

Kaitlin Wolfe, Walmart’s Regional General Manager of small format stores for the Northeast Region spoke of the company’s experience in Chicago. “Chicago has been more than a wonderful new market for Walmart – it’s been a great new partner.  We provide the fresh food, variety of goods and jobs that people want and in turn, residents and the City have provided us with great support and patronage.  We are proud to be a part of Shops and Lofts”.

4th Ward Alderman Will Burns expressed the pride that was felt by many in the large crowd. “For much of the 20th Century 47th and Cottage Grove was the epicenter of a thriving African-American commercial district, serving communities to the north, south, east and west,” said  Burns.  “We are delighted to once again see it reemerge in its historic role.”

State Senator Collins’ $21.5 million METRA Project to serve Auburn Gresham

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CHICAGO, IL — Illinois  State Senator Jacqueline Y. Collins (D-Chicago 16th) stood with  Governor Pat Quinn and other high-ranking officials on Saturday to announce the building of a new South Side Metra stop on the Rock Island Line. This project is the culmination of a 5-year effort in which Senator Collins lobbied, fought and advocated for the $21.5 million in state capital funds. “The people of Auburn Gresham and adjoining communities deserve this opportunity; the opportunity for job creation, community engagement and economic development,“ said Collins.

Located on 79th Street, the Auburn Park station will connect Metra’s Rock Island Line to the busy 79th Street bus route. The 79th Street bus line is the city’s busiest, and the project will finally connect this vital transit artery via Metra to points north, south and southwest.

“The Auburn Park Metra station will be more than an added convenience to commuters. This station holds the promise of economic rebirth for this area and it is a crucial step in the direction of equalizing infrastructure investment across all our communities,” said Collins.

Construction of the station is expected to begin in the spring of 2015. Metra’s Rock Island District Line extends from LaSalle Street in Chicago to Joliet. “Access to transit and economic development are two of the catalysts needed for continued recovery in the neighborhoods I represent,” Collins said. “It is always an honor to serve as a voice for my communities, and I have high hopes for this exciting investment we have secured.”

Other partners and supporters included Alderman Latasha Thomas (17th Ward), Rev. Michael L. Pfleger (Faith Community of St. Sabina), Carlos Nelson (Greater Auburn Gresham CDC), Representatives Mary. E. Flowers (D31) and Andre Thapedi (D32) and Congressman Bobby Rush.

Department on Aging Offers Free Counseling for Medicare Annual Open Enrollment Period Starting October 15

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SHIP Provides Help to Seniors & People with Disabilities for Insurance Options; Call (800) 252-8966 or visit the website at http://www.illinois.gov/aging/

SPRINGFIELD, IL – To assist Medicare-eligible individuals regarding their Medicare insurance options, Illinois Department on Aging (IDoA) Director John K. Holton, Ph.D., today announced free counseling assistance is available.  Medicare Open Enrollment starts tomorrow, October 15, and runs until December 7.  The department’s Senior Health Insurance Program, (SHIP), provides free counseling for Medicare beneficiaries and their caregivers.

“Medicare coverage and deciding which of the different options to select can be overwhelming, but a SHIP

Counselor can help you choose the best option for you,” said IDoA Director Holton.  “Whether enrolling for the first time or reviewing current coverage, open enrollment is the time to determine how Medicare Part D and Medicare Advantage plan benefits work for you.  SHIP counseling offers peace-of-mind, knowing you are getting the most from your health insurance benefits.”

SHIP counselors can explain the drug, health, and supplemental plans that are available to help seniors and people with disabilities make the best choices.  To contact SHIP call (800) 252-8966 weekdays from 8:30 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.  For more information about SHIP including a list of SHIP sites, view the website at http://www.illinois.gov/aging/ship/Pages/default.aspx.

SHIP is a year round program, not affiliated with any insurance company, and counselors do not sell or solicit any type of insurance.  Counselors educate and answer questions about Medicare A, B, D and Medicare Advantage plans, Medicare Supplement policies, Extra Help for Part D, long term care insurance, and employer/retiree health plans.  Counselors are skilled at filing Medicare appeals and will help make sense of the paperwork associated with Medicare such as explanation of benefits notices and bills from medical providers.

It is important to clarify Medicare Open Enrollment (October 15 to December 7) is not the same as the open enrollment for uninsured people to sign up for coverage on the Illinois marketplace called Get Covered Illinois

(which starts November 15, 2014).  If you have health coverage through Medicare, the marketplace will not  have any effect on your Medicare coverage. To compare 2015 drug and health plans and find out more about Medicare, including preventive services now covered, log on the federal website at www.medicare.gov.

About the Illinois Department on Aging

The Department’s mission is to serve and advocate for older Illinoisans and their caregivers by administering quality and culturally appropriate programs that promote partnerships and encourage independence, dignity, and quality of life. For information about programs to assist older adults in Illinois, their families and their caregivers, call the Department on Aging at 1-800-252-8966 or (TTY, hearing impaired use) call 1-888-206-1327, or log on to the department website at:  http://www.illinois.gov/aging/.

Englewood Votes! Where Do You Stand? Countdown to Election Day

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Do you know how to choose the judges you vote for? Do you know the 12 Referendum Questions on the ballot? Englewood Votes! presents A Voter Education Forum , Wednesday, October 29, 2014 to help voters understand the process.
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Learn more about the issues and judges on the ballot in the November 4th election. Hear from retired judges, The Cook County Bar Association and others…

Englewood Votes! is a nonpartisan alliance of community organizations and residents who seek to increase voters participation.

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New Report: City Officials Optimistic On City Financial Health

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(From the National League of Cities)

WASHINGTON, DC – City officials are overwhelmingly feeling optimistic about the health and direction of local fiscal conditions for the first time since the recession, according to a new report from the National League of Cities.  The 29th annual City Fiscal Conditions report shows that city revenues are showing the first positive growth in 5 years and cities are beginning to hire workers again.

The full report can be viewed at: www.nlc.org/cfc

City officials clearly believe cities are in better shape than at any point since the recession.  But there are still questions over what the next few years will bring since the report also indicates that revenue is likely to be flat next year, with increases in: service costs, long-term infrastructure needs, and city pension and health care obligations, along with decreased federal and state aid.

“While we are very optimistic about the future, it is not without clouds on the horizon,” said Chris Coleman, Mayor of Saint Paul, Minn. “We know there are long-term challenges that will need a national commitment if cities are to succeed. They need a continued partnership with the federal government, with the state government, and with all of the residents of our cities. It requires that type of cooperation if we are to tackle the immense challenges posed by our aging and underfunded infrastructure.”

When asked about the mostimpactful factors on their budgets, health of the local economy (81 percent) and value of the local tax base (73 percent) lead the pack as having the greatest positive influences. Infrastructure needs (52 percent), health benefit costs (51 percent) and pension costs (47 percent) weigh most negatively on city budgets. Although gradual economic recovery is stabilizing local budgets, these negative factors represent demands on local budgets that are likely to persist and hold back local budgets from full recovery for years to come.

“The report clearly shows that city finances are beginning to move in a positive direction,” said Clarence Anthony, Executive Director of the National League of Cities. He continued, “But growth is still happening at too slow a pace. It is imperative that Congress begin to prioritize investments in our communities.”

“Revenue projections for next year continue to show slow growth that remains susceptible to outside budget pressures,” said Christiana McFarland, Research Director of the Center for City Solutions and Applied Research at the National League of Cities. She continued, “Cities have not reached full recovery, and with uncertainty and lackluster economic growth, they continue to build their ending balances to ensure a financial cushion.”

NLC’s City Solutions and Applied Research team provides research and analysis on key topics and trends in cities, and provides city leaders with qualified information, innovative and proven solutions and assistance as they seek to improve their community’s quality of life.

NLC conducts the survey each year in partnership with the University of Illinois at Chicago’s College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs, a nationally recognized innovator in education, research, and engagement in support of the nation’s cities ad metropolitan areas. Michael A. Pagano, Dean of the College, has helped conduct the survey and author the report since 1991.

The National League of Cities (NLC) is dedicated to helping city leaders build better communities. NLC is a resource and advocate for 19,000 cities, towns and villages, representing more than 218 million Americans.

Illinois Film Office Announces Winner of Seventh Annual Shortcuts Competition

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‘Parietal Guidance’ premieres at 2014 Chicago International Film Festival

CHICAGO, IL – The Illinois Film Office (IFO) announced the winner of Shortcuts, Illinois’ short film contest. The winning film, Lonnie Edwards’ Parietal Guidance was written and directed by Lonnie Edwards and stars his daughter, Alinah Edwards. The film will screen as part of the 2014 Chicago International Film Festival short films program tonight, Oct. 14, at 5:45 p.m. at AMC River East 21 in Chicago.

Parietal Guidance introduces us to a young girl, Alinah, as she walks through the city of Chicago, encountering many people along the way. The portrayal of Alinah is vulnerable, spirited and poised. As a single dad, Edwards spends a lot of time listening to his children tell stories about their days. Edwards was inspired by his children and how much they go through in a single day, some of which he doesn’t always hear about.

Edwards is a self-taught filmmaker, a board member of Chicago Artbeat Studios in the Austin area and a curator of charity events with Chicago-based theatre group Collaboraction. The film was shot over a six-day period throughout the Albany Park neighborhood, Hibbard Elementary School and the Brown Line.

“We find purity and fear enmeshed and transfixed within the complexities of helplessness, need for safety and the frailties of humanity,” Edwards said. He served as the film’s writer and director. The title, Parietal Guidance, is a play on words involving the parietal lobe of the brain that interprets information. In this case, the central character is attempting to analyze the world without much input from adults.

“This year’s films showcased a wide array of styles and themes,” IFO Managing Director Betsy Steinberg said. “We are thrilled that in its seventh year, Shortcuts continues to be an open platform for our vibrant community of local actors, director and writers.”

Shortcuts was designed to encourage filmmakers across the state to explore their creativity and showcase their skills. All Illinois residents 18 and over were invited to enter the competition. Also, all students of Illinois colleges and universities were eligible to submit entries regardless of residency.

“The Shortcuts competition has become a tradition to celebrate, support and encourage local talent,” said Adam Pollet, director of the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO).

Illinois’ film industry generated a record $358 million in spending in 2013 and created 4,200 full-time equivalent jobs in Illinois. In addition to studio and independent films and a thriving commercial production industry, 2014 has thus far hosted four full-time episodic television series. The four television shows, including NBC’s Chicago Fire and Chicago P.D., are expected to pour close to $150 million into our local economy.

The Illinois Film Office, part of DCEO, is dedicated to advancing Illinois’ reputation as a world-class film destination. The office actively pursues film projects and encourages the training and hiring of Illinois residents. More information on the Shortcuts contest and the Illinois Film Office can be found at film.illinois.gov.

Telling a Different Story: Chicago’s Violence

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Richochet: Life in a City Under Seige From Guns

Steve Franklin, Community Media Workshop’s director of ethnic media, has been teaching journalists how to tell the stories of the human toll of violence for years.

This summer, Franklin and Craig Duff, of Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism, took to the streets to tell Chicago’s story.

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The first 5 parts of their 6-part series, “Ricochet: Life in a City under Siege from Guns,” debuted recently on MSNBC’s website. It covers the people, problems and strategic solutions involved in the city’s epidemic.

Watch the full series from the beginning here and stay tuned for the publication of the sixth and final segment of the series.

Better Business Bureau Alerts Seniors To Scammers Offering “Free” Services and Medication

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CHICAGO, IL  – Medicare’s Open Enrollment period begins October 15th and runs through December 7th. That makes this the peak season for scammers to make telemarketing calls that trick seniors into revealing personal information or agreeing to be billed for medical devices that don’t exist. The Better Business Bureau is urging senior citizens to be aware of the warning signs of medical identity theft scams.

Here’s how the scam works: You receive a prerecorded call saying that you have been selected to receive free medical supplies. Common offers include a personal emergency alarm system, medications or supplies for a specific health condition, such as diabetes. The caller will ask for personal and/or insurance information, and the “free” products never arrive.

In other variations of these scams, the recorded call claims that you can get an alarm system or medical supplies worth several hundred dollars free or for a low monthly charge. Another version involves a caller claiming that a “doctor-ordered” medicine or medical device is already in the mail and the call is confirming the shipment.

“Scammers try to take advantage of senior citizens because they are among the most vulnerable consumers,” says Steve J. Bernas, president & CEO of Better Business Bureau serving Chicago and Northern Illinois. “It is important to never give out your bank account information, address or social security number to anyone over the phone.”

Here are signs that a caller is trying to scam you:

  • Tries to create a sense of panic. Scammers try to scare victims into immediate action, don’t fall for it.
  • Claims you have been specifically identified for an offer but doesn’t know your name or anything about you. This is a sign that the call is actually being blasted out to thousands of phone numbers.
  • Promises something for free, that really isn’t. Be wary of “free” offers that ask you to pay a handling fee or other charges.
  • Implies an endorsement from a well-known organization. In some cases, the call claims the alarm system is endorsed by the American Heart Association and the “American Diabetic Association,” which can be confused with the legitimate “American Diabetes Association.” Others claim a good BBB rating, so be sure to check this on BBB.org.
  • The business doesn’t have a legitimate mailing address and website. Victims of this scam report that staff refuse to provide basic business information, such as the address.

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Author Hangs Hopes on Life Story Film Production Following Attendance at BronzeLens Film Festival

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Paul Lamar Hunter’s “No Love, No Charity: the Success of the 19th Child”

From October 22 through 26, 2014, film lovers, makers and actors will gather in culture-and-heritage-rich Atlanta, Georgia for its fifth annual BronzeLens Film Festival to share a creative platform of education, entertainment and empowerment discussions related to film and television production. The festival will feature screenings in multiple venues, as well as informative panels, and enlightening Master Classes led by top names in film, direction and production. Paul Lamar Hunter, author of the sensational biographic titled “No Love, No Charity: the Success of the 19th Child,” plans to be on hand for the film festival in hopes of sharing with movie-making professionals his riveting life story—which is said to be prime for film development. “Trendsetters to Trendsetters Magazine” published a profile on Hunter in its October 2014 issue. Willie Stewart, the publication’s editor-in-chief, said to the author, “If you come to the BronzeLens Film Festival of Atlanta, your life could change forever!

”NATIONWIDE: Author Paul Lamar Hunter is excited to attend the fifth annual BronzeLens Film Festival of Atlanta, GA October 22-26, 2014 to share with movie making professionals his personal story as told in his gripping book “No Love, No Charity: the Success of the 19th Child.” Hunter’s inaugural literary offering is a thrilling autobiographical account that describes how he succeeded in life, and came to be the first (and only) of 21 siblings to have earned a college degree. Hunter’s troubled life traversed the perils of poverty, neglect, abuse and overall familial dysfunction. The author plans to attend the festival in hopes of getting an opportunity to share his story with movie development professionals.

Hunter’s narrative describes what it was like growing up in the shadows of a famous, yet detached psychotic mother whose affections were focused on the homeless shelter that she founded; and not on her children.  Though it was supposed to have been a haven for the downtrodden, the shelter was actually the breeding ground for dysfunction and despondency.

The author and his living siblings (10 sisters, eight brothers) range in age from 41 to 62; residing in Austin, TX, Moreno Valley, CA, Racine, WI, Memphis, TN. Atlanta, GA, Pittsburgh, PA and St. Paul, MN. Among them, the siblings have 63 children and 55 grandchildren.

AMPS (African-aMerican People Succeeding), Trendsetters to Trendsetters, Austin Fit and Rock Thiz magazines all profiled Paul Hunter in their October issues.  This summer Ebony, FINE Success and AMPS magazines each found Hunter’s gripping story so compelling as to warrant sharing with their respective readers nationwide.


Founded in 2009, the BronzeLens Film Festival of Atlanta, Georgia is a non-profit organization dedicated to bringing national and worldwide attention to Atlanta as a center for film and film production for people of color. Its mission is twofold: to promote Atlanta as the new film Mecca for people of color; and to showcase films and provide networking opportunities that will develop the next generation of filmmakers. Since its inception the BronzeLens Film Festival has evolved as one of the most comprehensive film festivals for filmmakers of color in the United States. Visit www.bronzelensfilmfestival.com for more information regarding the BronzeLens Film Festival and for registration information.


Paul Lamar Hunter was born in Racine, Wisconsin on October 16, 1970. He is the 19th child of 21 natural children born to James Hunter Sr. and Louise Hunter. The proud father of four children graduated from Washington Park High School in 1990. In 2005, he earned an Associate Degree in Supervisory Management from Gateway Technical College. In 2012, at age 42, he became the first in his family to earn a college degree—Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Upper Iowa University.

“No Love, No Charity: the Success of the 19th Child” by Paul Lamar Hunter

(Life to Legacy, LLC, paperback, 184 pp, ISBN:10-0984797343, ISBN: 13-978-0984797349)

LOG LINE for prepared screenplay titled “The Two Faces of “E,” written by Dennis James Woods: A renown social activist and mother of 21 children grapples with shameful family secrets and scandalous contradictions, all while trying to maintain a positive public image. Movie/TV Producers, Film Companies: Submit story rights inquiries to Dennis J. Woods | 2441 Vermont St., #57, Blue Island, IL 60406 | (773) 316-5369 | Oonky-jprod@att.net

Paul Hunter is available for speaking engagements and book signings. He can be reached at Paul@NoLoveNoCharity.com or visit www.NoLoveNoCharity.com | Twitter: @APLH19 Facebook: Paul Lamar Hunter | Instagram: PAULLAMARHUNTER | Author’s video

New Podcast ‘Hi, Dad!’ Invites youth of Fatherless Homes to Call-In for Advice

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Hi Dad Podcast

Nationwide (BlackNews.com) Dr. Shane Wall, an author and a Senior Pastor in the university town of Orangeburg, SC, has a heart for youth whose fathers aren’t actively involved in their lives, and he’s using technology to reach out to them. The “Hi, Dad!” podcast, featured online at www.hidadshow.com, is Wall’s effort to provide wisdom and understanding that many say “…only a dad can give.” Youth have the opportunity to call or text 1-866-DAD-8033 (1-866-323-8033) or email questions to questions@hidadshow.com to be answered on the site or podcast.

Wall cites alarming statistics that drives his passion to help. The US Department of Health/Census reports that 63% of youth suicides are from fatherless homes. 90% of all homeless and runaway children are from fatherless homes, as reported by The US D.H.H.S. and Bureau of the Census. 85% of all children who show behavior disorders come from fatherless homes (Center for Disease Control). 85% of all youths in prison come from fatherless homes (Fulton Co. Georgia, Texas Dept. of Correction).

Dr. Wall is aware that his work can’t fully satisfy a child’s desire to have a caring father in the home, but he believes that his words will help prevent bad decision-making, and he hopes that reaching out will help ease youths’ pain of being unfathered. “If God blesses us to even slightly improve the aforementioned statistics, it’ll be worth all the time, money and exertion we’ve invested into this project, and who knows? Our podcast may be instrumental in turning fathers’ hearts back toward their children,” Wall stated.

Shane Wall’s podcasts provide practical Godly wisdom and understanding to unfathered and even fathered teens, and other youth groups, a support he’s supplied for decades. Dr. Wall has been speaking internationally for over 31 years, authored two books, and has had two Honorary Doctorates of Divinity bestowed on him in Nigeria, Africa and in the US. His recently released book, Understanding: All Success Is Attained By It, has received rave reviews, highlighting his insight that reveals how understanding attracts success in every area of life.

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