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Midterm Elections Bring Huge Victory for Republicans

Posted by Juanita Bratcher On November - 5 - 2014 Comments Off on Midterm Elections Bring Huge Victory for Republicans

Republicans win control of House and Senate

By Juanita Bratcher

It was a good midterm election night for Republicans, but a not-so-good one for Democrats as Republicans in tight, heated contested races walked away as winners in Senate and Governors’ races across the country.

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (Kentucky) prevailed in his efforts to turn back Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes from ousting him from office and Pat Roberts (Kansas) held onto his Senate seat, beating out Independent challenger Greg Orman.

It was a momentum for Republicans:

  • Iowa State Senator Joni Ernst (Republican) won the race over Democratic U.S. Representative Bruce Braley
  • Bob Dold won over Democrat Representative Brad Schneider
  • Gained a Senate seat in North Carolina – Tom Tillis (R) ousted U.S. Senator Kay Hagan
  • South Dakota – Republican Mike Rounds will replace retiring Democrat Senator Mark Pryor
  • Republican David Perdue beat Democrat Michelle Nunn for open Georgia Senate seat
  • Shelley Moore Capito won over Democrat Natalie Tennant for open Senate seat in West Virginia
  • U.S. Representative Cory Gardner ousted Democrat Mark Udall in Colorado
  • In Montano, Republican Steve Daines defeated Democrat Amanda Curtis
  • Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) and Florida Gov. Rick Perry held onto their seats in spite of strong challenges from opponents Wendy Davis and Charlie Crist, respectively

Republicans needed five seats to gain control of the U.S. Senate; they gained six and expanded their seats in the House.

Other races and winners:

  • Nikki Haley wins 2nd term as South Carolina governor
  • Tammy Duckworth held her seat in the 8th Congressional District (Illinois)
  • Democrat Bill Foster defeated State Representative Darlene Senger in the 14th District (Illinois)
  • Democrat Representative Cheri Bustos won over Republican Bobby Schilling
  • Republican Judy Baar Topinka, challenged by Sheila Simon (daughter of the late Senator Paul Simon) kept her office as Illinois Comptroller
  • Republican Representative Rodney Davis won over Democrat Ann Callis
  • Democrat Senator Jeanne Shaheen pushed back Republican challenger Scott Brown, former senator from Massachusetts who was defeated by U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren
  • There will be a run-off election between Mary Landrieu and Republican challenger Bill Cassidy; neither candidate got 50 percent of vote in election
  • Illinois U.S. Senator Dick Durbin won his bid for reelection
  • New Jersey U.S. Senator Cory Booker reelected
  • Minnesota Al Franken reelected
  • Sen. Tim Scott became the first African-American to be elected to the U.S. Senate from the South since Reconstruction. He was first appointed to the post by Gov. Nikki Haley to replace former Senator Jim DeMint who left the Senate and is now president of the Heritage Foundation
  • Republican Bruce Rauner declared victory in Illinois Gubernatorial election but Democrat Gov. Pat Quinn refused to concede the race saying all the votes were not in, that there were thousands of ballots yet to be counted, in addition to provisional and absentee ballots. Rauner said he will “Shake up Springfield”, acknowledging that after his win, he had called Illinois Speaker Michael Madigan and Illinois Senate President John Cullerton – both Democrats – who hold majorities in both the House and Senate

Rauner said his win was a victory for every family in Illinois.

On Rauner winning the Illinois Governor’s seat, Illinois U.S. Senator Mark Kirk said: “For the first time in a long time, I am optimistic about the future of Illinois. In a show of unity, I will host Governor-Elect Rauner, Mayor Emanuel and Senator Durbin to lunch so we can immediately begin to work in coordination for our great state.”

Commenting on GOP gains in the Senate, Kirk said, “My role in the U.S. Senate will remain that of bridge-builder. I look forward to finally advancing bipartisan legislation including that which will stop Iran from developing a nuclear bomb, will achieve energy independence, and will tax less, spend less and borrow less of Americans’ money.”

Juanita Bratcher is an Award-Winning Journalist, the Publisher of www.copylinemagazine.com and the author of several books, songwriter and poet. She has been a Journalist for more than 38 years covering politics, education and a wide-range of other topics.

California Voters Pass Proposition 47 Sentencing Reform

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From Marc Mauer

The Sentencing Project

We applaud the voters of California for passing Proposition 47, a ballot measure that reclassifies six low-level property and drug offenses from felonies to misdemeanors. These offenses include shoplifting, theft, and check fraud under $950, as well as personal use of most illegal drugs. State savings resulting from the measure are estimated to be at least $150 million a year and will be used to support school truancy and dropout prevention, victim services, mental health and drug abuse treatment, and other programs designed to expand alternatives to incarceration.

This historic vote demonstrates support to advance a public safety strategy beyond incarceration to include treatment and prevention. The measure allows individuals currently serving prison terms for eligible offenses to apply to have their felony sentences reduced to misdemeanors and persons who have completed their felony sentence to apply to the court to have their conviction changed to a misdemeanor. Approximately, 10,000 incarcerated persons will be eligible for resentencing under the new law.

Since California reached its peak prison population in 2006, prisoner counts have fallen every year. This dramatic change was primarily driven by the state’s efforts to comply with a court order to reduce prison overcrowding. In a significant 2011 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court in Brown v. Plata found the provision of health care in the California prison system to be constitutionally inadequate due to the severe overcrowding in the system; the state was required to reduce this figure to 137.5% of design capacity within two years.

Through “Realignment,” the state has made substantial reductions in its prison population but has yet to reach the court-stipulated level. Changes in policy and practice have resulted in higher jail populations, but also substantial numbers of people now under community supervision rather than state prison.

The changes in policy in California have generally targeted sentencing reforms to persons with low-level offenses, but these initiatives represent only one aspect of a broader strategy towards prison population reduction. There are over 40,000 individuals serving life prison terms in California. While most of these individuals have been convicted of serious offenses research has shown that such prisoners who are released have low rates of recidivism. Long-term sentencing reform will also need to focus on enacting policies and practices to provide opportunities to distinguish among individual offense circumstances, accomplishments in prison, and degree of risk to public safety.

California’s historic vote should be particularly instructive for all concerned with excessively high prison populations. Coming after a nearly four-decade rise in imprisonment, the substantial reductions in Californian due to changes like Proposition 47 demonstrate the possibility of achieving pragmatic reforms to address mass incarceration.

What’s Next Now that Democrats Lost the Senate?

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President Obama, lead. Before it's too late.

Democrats have lost the Senate, and what happens next is going to depend a lot on what President Obama is willing to stand up and fight for.

That’s not a comforting thought. But it’s also up to us and how far we’re willing to go to pressure the president to do the right and necessary thing.

As we sort through the election results and think about what we as progressive activists should do next, it’s worth thinking about why we lost.

  • We were up against hundreds of millions of dollars in spending by right wing extremists and billionaires.
  • Our electoral system is rigged in perverse ways by state legislatures and election officials in order to curtail the act of voting among minorities and the progressive base.
  • Party committees and candidate campaigns wasted hundreds of millions of dollars on ineffective negative television advertising. If this money had been invested in voter mobilization on the ground instead, Democrats would not have lost the Senate.

Given the massive amounts of money dominating our political system, putting organizers on the ground in key states to build a community of motivated and hardworking volunteers who will go door-to-door and call their neighbors about why their vote matters is the only way we win. While almost every progressive was inundated with robocalls and mailers, a majority of progressives never had someone knock on their door and remind them to vote. Not only is this the surest and cheapest way to win elections, it also has the bonus of building our movement instead of investing in tactics that tear down our democracy in the process.

Last spring, CREDO SuperPAC launched a campaign to Save the Senate. It was the first national campaign with offices on the ground in key states focused on stopping Republicans. We did not want to wake up the day after the election wishing we had done more. We opened offices in key states, organized LOCAL volunteers to make 2 million phone calls and knock on over 65,000 doors. Our campaign was powered by over 45,000 donations by CREDO activists – some contributing every week in the final countdown to keep these offices and organizers going. These local volunteers and donors from across the country helped put Gary Peters over the top, and we held Michigan. But in North Carolina, Colorado, Kentucky and Georgia it wasn’t enough to close the gap and now Republicans control not just the House but also the Senate.

So we got beat in an election where the rules were rigged and our side wasted millions. But we do not quit. Too much is at stake.

What now? The landscape in Washington DC just got worse. Much worse. Progressives have to quickly pivot to the key fights we know are coming as a result of Republican control of the Senate. President Obama will be at the center of our strategy. And we’ll need your help to push him to do everything in his power to break through the coming Republican blockade.

Tell President Obama: Here are the ten things you have to do immediately now that Tea Party Republicans control both the House and the Senate.

It’s worth noting that progressive base turnout was down in this election in part because President Obama has been far too reluctant to use his executive power to deliver victories on key progressive issues from climate to immigration to economic justice.

To make matters worse, the Republicans now in control of the Senate and House will do everything in their power to advance their Tea Party agenda – including what Democrats refused to do, like getting rid of the filibuster for legislation, using reconciliation to pass bills with only 51 votes, and continuing to refuse to compromise in the face of Democrats all too willing to cave preemptively.

President Obama can no longer credibly suggest that there is a bipartisan path to progress – though his advisors may urge him to do just that. He needs to take executive action. He must refuse to cave to Republicans. He cannot waste time negotiating with bad faith partners who have no intention of compromising ever.

Tell President Obama: Here are the ten things you have to do immediately now that Tea Party Republicans control both the House and the Senate.

Here are 10 things President Obama needs to do immediately — and 10 things that aren’t likely to happen if we don’t make him do it.

  1. No deals on cuts to Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid.
  2. Strengthen the power plant carbon rule to make it your boldest action yet on climate.
  3. Immediately suspend deportations of millions of aspiring Americans until comprehensive immigration reform can be passed.
  4. Don’t commit ground troops to Afghanistan, Iraq or Syria.
  5. Reject Keystone XL, and apply the climate test to all federal decision making.
  6. Save the Internet by making Net Neutrality the law of the land.
  7. Empower your Federal Election Commission to enforce election laws and limit money in politics.
  8. Fill all federal judicial vacancies before the end of this Congress.
  9. Fight back against the Republican war on women with NO compromises.
  10. Use federal powers to end abusive, militarized and biased policing targeting African Americans and Latinos.

Tell President Obama: Here are the ten things you have to do immediately now that Tea Party Republicans control both the House and the Senate.

Thank you for everything you do to work for progressive change.

Becky Bond and Michael Kieschnick

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Chicago Neighborhood Residents and Community Leaders React to Tuesday Election Results, Demand Action on State Minimum Wage, and Prepare for City Elections

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Coalition of Community and Labor Organizations Announce Plan for Take Back Chicago Mass Mobilization November 11th

On November 5th, following Tuesday’s election, community leaders will be available for comment on what results mean for issues important to Chicago working families, including raising Illinois’ state minimum wage, a $15 Chicago Minimum Wage, reform of Chicago Housing Authority, and the campaign for an Elected Representative School Board.

A coalition of community organizations under the banner of Take Back Chicago will be holding a large march downtown on November 11th calling on elected officials to prioritize neighborhoods over corporate interests. During the media availability participants will also be creating theatrical visuals, including 8 ft puppets of several Chicago elected officials and corporate elites, for November 11th.

It will take place Wednesday, November 5th, 2 p.m. – 4 p.m., Grace Place, 637 S Dearborn St, 1st Floor, Chicago, IL 60605

The event will be held to focus on low wage workers, Homeless Shelter Residents, CPS Parents, and others being directly impacted by state and city policymakers; and representatives will be on hand from Raise Chicago Coalition, Keeping the Promise Chicago Housing Authority Reform campaign, and campaign for an Elected Representative School Board.

Grassroots Collaborative is Action Now, American Friends Service Committee – Great Lakes Region, Brighton Park Neighborhood Council, Chicago Coalition for the Homeless, Chicago Teachers Union, Enlace Chicago, Illinois Hunger Coalition, ONE Northside, Service Employees International Union Healthcare Illinois Indiana

Ministers’ Luncheon on The Black Church & HIV Kicks off MS NAACP State Convention Thursday, Nov. 6th

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Did you know that 80% of new HIV infections in Mississippi are among African Americans, and this problem is even more amplified in poor communities with limited access to healthcare?

As part of The Black Church and HIV: The Social Justice Imperative, the NAACP MS State Convention invites all clergy to the Ministers’ Luncheon located at the Vicksburg Convention Center from 12:00-2:30PM to kick off the 69th Annual State Convention & Policy Institute.  Join us as we work together to address HIV as a social justice issue, reduce stigma associated with HIV, and break down barriers to healthcare.

There is no cost to attend the Ministers’ Luncheon, but registration is required.  For more information, visit www.naacpms.org or call 601-353-8452.

The Mississippi NAACP 69th Annual Convention & Policy Institute is sponsored by Entergy, Rooms To Go Children’s Fund, UAW Region 8, BankPlus, AT&T, MGM Resorts, BanCorpSouth, City of Vicksburg, and One Voice.

About The Black Church and HIV: The Social Justice Imperative

Through The Black Church and HIV: The Social Justice Imperative initiative, the NAACP, in partnership with Gilead Sciences, Inc., is harnessing the historic power of the Black Church to end the HIV epidemic in Black America. In 2013, the NAACP and Gilead Sciences, Inc. made a joint Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) Commitment to Action to expand the pilot initiative from 12 cities to the 30 cities that make up nearly two-thirds of the nation’s HIV epidemic. Over the next five years, the initiative aims to engage nearly 3,000 faith leaders to reach approximately 1.125 million people in the Black community with messages about HIV.

The initiative is working to overcome stigma and address HIV as an issue of social justice by conducting faith leader trainings; securing formal resolutions from 7 of 9 historically Black denominations to include HIV as a social justice issue in church activities; and integrating HIV-related coursework into the required curricula at predominantly African American theological seminaries. Learn more at www.TheBlackChurchandHIV.org.

Nielsen 2014 Holiday Forecast Shows Multicultural Consumers Drivers of Increased Spending This Season

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African-American consumers expected to spend the most of all three groups

Multicultural Households Nielson Holiday Shopping

New York, NY — Multicultural consumers are expected to drive this year’s increase in holiday spending with African-Americans making up the largest percentage of the increase, according to the 2014 Holiday Sales Forecast released today by Nielsen, a leading global provider of information and insights.

Trends such as rising consumer confidence in the economy, lowered inflation and falling gas prices indicate that consumers overall are eager to spend more this holiday season than last year. Multicultural households are projected to account for 43% of the increased spending this holiday season. African-Americans are expected to be the heavier spenders this season, accounting for 17%, spending more than other multicultural groups.

Twenty-two percent of shoppers have already begun shopping compared to 65% of the general population who plan to delay their holiday shopping excursions. While African-Americans, plan to spend more, 70% plan to shop later during this holiday season.

So where are African-Americans shopping? With multicultural households driving this years online growth, African-Americans plan to spend 20% more online compared to last year. African-Americans also plan to spend 15% more at electronics retailers and grocery stores this season.

African-Americans holiday lists are diverse as well. Electronics including smartphones, TVs and laptops will account for 17% more spending by African-Americans compared to 10% of total households. Other product areas where increased spending is planned include 17% more on food and 15% more on apparel.

African-Americans – at 44 million strong and approximately 14.2% of the country’s population – make up a powerful group with a growing impact on American culture and business. This demographic is largely young – 53% are under the age of 35 – giving them an oversized influence on the latest trends, especially with music and pop culture. In addition, higher academic achievement has translated into increases in household income – 44% of all African-American households now earn $50,000 or more and 23% earn above $75,000. And these higher household incomes, coupled with overall population growth, are driving the substantial purchasing power of the African-American consumer, which is expected to reach $1.3 trillion in a few short years.

The 2014 Holiday Sales Forecast insights were derived from two custom studies: a consumer survey of more than 25,000 U.S. households in September 2014 and sales forecasts from an analysis of 92 categories covering five departments representing more than $100 billion in sales.

To read more about this years holiday shopping findings, please visit www.nielsen.com.

For more insights on African-American consumers, please visit Nielsens microsite for African-American consumers at www.nielsen.com/africanamericans.
About Nielsen
Nielsen Holdings N.V. (NYSE: NLSN) is a global information and measurement company with leading market positions in marketing and consumer information, television and other media measurement, online intelligence and mobile measurement. Nielsen has a presence in approximately 100 countries, with headquarters in New York, USA, and Diemen, the Netherlands. For more information, visit www.nielsen.com.

Former Teacher and Coach Sentenced to 10 Years in Prison for Sexually Abusing Female Student

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A former south suburban school teacher and coach has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for repeatedly sexually abusing a 14-year-old female student, according to the Office of Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez.

Idris Bridgeforth, 42, of Riverdale, was previously convicted after a bench trial of Criminal Sexual Assault (Class 1 Felony), two counts of Aggravated Criminal Sexual Abuse (Class 2 Felony), and Indecent Solicitation of a Child (Class 2 Felony).

According to prosecutors, Bridgeforth was the victim’s basketball and track coach and frequently drove the victim to and from sporting events.  On multiple occasions over the course of more than one year, Bridgeforth inappropriately touched and sexually abused the victim while they were in his vehicle.

In June of 2012 the victim received multiple text messages from Bridgeforth in which he indicated that he would like to have sex with the victim.  Several days later, the victim’s mother observed a text message that had been sent to her daughter by Bridgeforth late at night and recognized the phone number attached to the messages as Bridgeforth’s.  She then verified it with school administrators and immediately contacted law enforcement.

Bridgeforth was arrested and charged and the text messages between Bridgeforth and the victim were recovered from the victim’s iTouch.

Cook County Judge Erica Reddick sentenced Bridgeforth to the 10 year prison term during a hearing at the George Leighton Criminal Courts Building in Chicago.

State’s Attorney Alvarez thanked Assistant State’s Attorney Elizabeth Ciaccia as well as the Chicago Police Department for their work on this case.

TUPAC Unseen: New Book & Website Publishes Previously-Unseen Tupac Shakur Collection of Photographs & Artwork, Showing Icon in Rare New Light

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Art Photographer Joel D. Levinson photographed Tupac Shakur in 1993, and used the opportunity to create thirty-six portraits that showed the human side of a superstar steeped in enigma. Over two-decades later, Levinson is finally making these ‘hidden’ portraits public via a new book and website in a project called ‘TUPAC Unseen’. To complement his original portraits, Levinson has also transposed each into a stunning piece of 2014 artwork that takes the cult hero’s image and personality to a level never seen before.

Los Angeles, CA Upon meeting Tupac Shakur, Joel D. Levinson was greeted with unguarded enthusiasm and an open invitation to photograph him on an unrestricted basis. It was 1993, and the trust forged between Shakur and Levinson resulted in the creation of thirty-six bold and spellbinding portraits that show a human and compassionate side of the star that was rarely made public. Only a half dozen of these images were previously released for publication.
Twenty-years after the photographs were taken, Levinson is showcasing them to the world via a new book titled ‘TUPAC Unseen’ and its associated website.

TUPAC Unseen, is comprised of thirty-six portraits photographs Levinson made in 1993 and thirty-six original Artworks (one of each portrait, completed in 2014) each one an individual homage, for a total of seventy-two original works, less than a half dozen of which received any type of publication. It is a remarkable collection of work and quite simply the collection of Tupac photographs that illuminates his serious, meditative and friendly personality, with depth.

“I was so struck by Tupac’s natural warmth that I become obsessed with researching not only his work, but its cultural impact,” explains Levinson, who has had thirteen One Man Museum exhibitions of his work, is represented in forty-two Museum Collections in North America and Europe and in the past five years has seen over three hundred of his photographs placed in twelve Museum Collections. “I found my interest in Tupac’s work develop deeper and deeper with each month of research, and greater familiarity with his music and developed an affinity for this man and his work.  What began as a six month, purely photographic project  to publish portraits (the vast majority previously unseen and unpublished) to illuminate sides of this man I had not seen offered in any other photographs or images, initially developed into something that encompassed much more. Eventually, it extended into an eighteen month project, which further extended to four years and finally after seven years, it is being released first in an eBook.
My goal was to display a side of Tupac that was rarely seen in other photographs and artwork created during his lifetime.  Seven years later, we’re releasing something that I believe is going to expand the perception of Tupac.”
Aside from the book, Levinson is also continuing the TUPAC Unseen project via a popular and growing new website.
“We’ve just launched the site to coincide with the eBooks official release. We initially plan to use it as a virtual companion to the eBook and expand by offering two exclusive downloadable mini posters that will be added on a monthly basis along with other content. The site exists as an expanding memorial to an immortal entertainment and cultural legend. We’ll bring fans from around the world together to celebrate his achievements, enjoy his work and share perspectives on his life. he adds.
The book is currently involved in a limited-time Amazon promotion: http://amzn.to/1tkJn1F.
Amazon Promotional: TUPAC Unseen, Artwork and Photography by Joel D. Levinson, ($9.99  Kindle eBook)
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Visit the project’s official website, here: https://www.tupacunseen.com.
About the Author:
Joel D. Levinson was born and raised in Fairfield, CT where he attend Andrew Warde High School and attended the University of California, Berkeley where he received a BA in Communications and an MA in Visual Arts where he was awarded the The Eisner Prize for outstanding achievement in Photography.

Levinson is an Art Photographer who has had thirteen One Man Museum exhibitions of his work, is represented in forty-two Museum Collections in North America and Europe. In the past five years there has been over three hundred of his photographs placed in twelve Museum Collections. As a photographer/designer Levinson worked for many major Hollywood Movie Studios, independent film labels as well as major and independent Record Companies.

Contact: Daryl Johnson: A PICTURE BOOK, LLC (Manager) / 877.399.2111 / DJ@tupacunseen.com

Attorney General Madigan: Lake County Clerk in Violation of Election Code

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Attorney General Files Two Complaints, Secures Temporary Restraining Order to Protect Lake County Residents’ Right to Vote

CHICAGO, IL ─  Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan filed two complaints alleging Lake County Clerk Willard Helander is illegally interpreting the requirements of the Illinois Election Code. The Circuit Court has so far ruled on one complaint, granting Madigan’s request for a restraining order to bar the county election official from depriving voters of their right to cast a regular ballot on election day.

“The Lake County Clerk is failing to follow the law,” said Attorney General Madigan. “These illegal practices risk disenfranchising voters throughout the county. I have asked the court to act immediately to protect Lake County residents’ right to have their vote be counted.”

In one complaint filed this morning in Lake County Circuit Court, Attorney General Madigan alleged Helander is violating state election law by engaging in two illegal practices that are effectively barring voters who previously requested absentee ballots but who now want to vote in person from casting a regular ballot.

Madigan’s complaint cites a Nov. 3 instruction letter to all Lake County voting precinct site managers, in which Helander wrongly stated that voters who previously requested absentee ballots must submit the certificate envelope with their name and the unvoted ballot or they would be required to vote via a provisional ballot. Illinois Election Code only requires a voter to submit the absentee ballot or a portion of it in order to receive a ballot and vote in person. Second, Helander instructed election judges not to allow voters to submit affidavits and then cast a regular ballot when the voters stated that they had not received an absentee ballot, instead requiring that they vote via a provisional ballot.  The Illinois Election Code specifies that a voter who previously requested an absentee ballot but does not bring it to the polling place still may vote in person if the voter submits an affidavit stating that he or she either never received the absentee ballot or the voter mailed the absentee ballot but was informed by clerk that the election authority never received it. Madigan’s complaint includes affidavits from Lake County voters who previously sought absentee ballots and arrived today at a polling place to vote in person. Instead of allowing these voters to submit the affidavit and then vote, as required by law, they have been required to cast a provisional ballot in violation of the Illinois Election Code.

This afternoon, Judge Mitchell L. Hoffman ruled in favor of Madigan’s first complaint, issuing a temporary restraining order barring Helander from enforcing these illegal practices.

In a second complaint, Madigan also alleges Helander failed to comply with state election law allowing Illinois residents to register and then vote during a grace period that includes Election Day, Nov. 4, when polls are open from 6 a.m. until 7 p.m. The Lake County Clerk’s website notes grace period registration locations on Election Day are open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., in violation of state law that requires the polls to open at 6 a.m., according to Madigan’s complaint. As part of the complaint, Madigan also submitted the affidavit of a Lake County voter who attempted to register before 10 a.m. at the Lake County Courthouse in Waukegan but was prohibited from doing so.

The court is expected to hear this case this afternoon.

For reference, see the language of the court order in the first case:

“Be advised that the Circuit Court of Lake County, Honorable Mitchell Hoffman, has ordered the following modification to the procedures previously communicated to election judges by the County Clerk. The following procedures are effective immediately:

1. As set forth in 10ILCS 5/17-9, any voter who is listed as having received an absentee ballot and who states that he or she has not received such absentee ballot shall be issued a regular and not a provisional ballot if they sign an affidavit stating that they never received the absentee ballot.
2. As set forth in 10 ILCS 5/17-9, a voter returning an absentee ballot and wishing to vote a regular ballot shall not be required to present the certificate envelope in which it was sent. Presentation of the absentee ballot or a portion thereof shall be sufficient to cause the issuance of a regular ballot.

The memorandum attached hereto shall be distributed immediately by the Clerk to election officials at each Lake County voting precinct by the fastest means practicable, including without limitation, email, telephone, or personal delivery.”

New Study: Americans Misinformed Before Donating To Charities

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BBB Wise Giving Alliance Data Shows Lack of Understanding, Scrutiny Amongst Donors

CHICAGO, IL – New data on how Americans donate to charities pinpoints a lack of donor understanding and the need for simple tools to help donors give wisely. The study reveals that Americans consider finances to be the most important indicator of trust, which is a misguided review of a nonprofit organization according to the BBB Wise Giving Alliance.

Americans would verify their trust in a charity by looking at:

  • 46 percent said finances,
  • 20 percent cite ethics,
  • 14 percent use name recognition of the charity
  • 11 percent said results.

In fact, no single measure can signal if a charity is trustworthy or not. Judging a charity by its overhead ratio or impact as sole barometers cannot accurately portray the overall performance and health of an organization.

“Donors using only one piece of information may have a false sense of confidence,” comments Art Taylor, president and CEO of BBB Wise Giving Alliance. “It is best to holistically review a charity before donating. That can seem like a large undertaking, but the BBB Wise Giving Alliance standards make it easy for donors to ensure they are giving their time and money to a trustworthy charity.”

The most important action a donor can take before donating is to check the trustworthiness of the charity. BBB Wise Giving Alliance evaluates charitable organizations on 20 holistic standards covering governance, effectiveness reporting, finances, appeal accuracy and other issues to assist donors in making informed giving decisions.

“At Give.org, we have done the work for donors with our rigorous evaluations,” adds Taylor. “Just look up a charity and quickly see if it is BBB accredited. In one easy step you will know if the charity is trustworthy.”

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