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10-Point Justice Plan: National Urban League Police Reform and Accountability Recommendations

Posted by Admin On December - 10 - 2014 Comments Off on 10-Point Justice Plan: National Urban League Police Reform and Accountability Recommendations

Released by Marc H. Morial, President & CEO, National Urban League

“The phenomenon we have seen in America since the announcement of the non-indictments of officers in the killings of Michael Brown and Eric Garner is new to a generation, but not to the nation.  Young people have always helped to fuel historic social change.  We must not forget – 50 years ago, it was young people on that bridge in Selma, Alabama; young people sitting-in in Greensboro, NC; young people riding Freedom buses all over this nation challenging conventional laws and the status quo; young people like Schwerner, Goodman and Chaney losing their lives in Philadelphia, Mississippi.  A multicultural band of young people, united with historic civil rights organizations, legislators, clergy, and everyday Americans who decided that it was time for our country to do better and be better, have been the impetus for so many of the changes we’ve witnessed as a nation through the decades.

Millions of Americans have now taken to the streets and to social media not because the problems that have caused the outrage just began yesterday, but because sometimes difficult circumstances present a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to bring about historic change.  Now is that time.  Now is our time.

This conversation and the subsequent action that will result from it will continue because we remain committed to the idea that these cases do not end where they are.  In addition to the opportunity for the Justice Department to conduct independent investigations, we each have an opportunity to participate in our great democracy by helping to ensure that the America of tomorrow is better than who we are today.”

10-Point  Justice Plan: National Urban League Police Reform and Accountability Recommendations

  1. Widespread Use of Body Cameras and Dashboard Cameras

  2. Broken Windows Reform and Implementation of 21st Century Community Policing Model

  3. Review and Revision of Police Use of Deadly Force Policies

  4. Comprehensive Retraining of All Police Officers

  5. Comprehensive Review and Strengthening of Police Hiring Standards

  6. Appointment of Special Prosecutors to Investigate Police Misconduct

  7. Mandatory, Uniform FBI Reporting and Audit of Lethal Force Incidents Involving All Law Enforcement

  8. Creation and Audit of National Database of Citizen Complaints against Police

  9. Revision of National Police Accreditation System for Mandatory Use by Law Enforcement To Be Eligible for Federal Funds

  10. National Comprehensive Anti-Racial Profiling Law

About the National Urban League

The National Urban League (www.nul.org) is a historic civil rights and urban advocacy organization dedicated to economic empowerment in historically underserved urban communities. Founded in 1910 and headquartered in New York City, the National Urban League has improved the lives of tens of millions of people nationwide through direct service programs that are implemented locally by its 95 Urban League affiliates in 36 states and the District of Columbia. The organization also conducts public policy research and advocacy activities from its D.C.-based Washington bureau. The National Urban League, a BBB-accredited organization, has a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator, placing it in the top 10 percent of all U.S. charities for adhering to good governance, fiscal responsibility and other best practices.

Illinois Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka, a “Tenacious” and “Dedicated” Public Servant, dies at 70

Posted by Juanita Bratcher On December - 10 - 2014 Comments Off on Illinois Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka, a “Tenacious” and “Dedicated” Public Servant, dies at 70
Welcome from the Illinois Office of the Comptroller
Illinois State Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka

By Juanita Bratcher

Judy Baar Topinka a feisty, tenacious, and dedicated public servant died Wednesday morning of complications from a stroke.

Topinka was re-elected State Comptroller in November 2014, and would have started the new term on January 12, 2015.

A veteran politician, during her more than 30 years of public service Topinka served in several political positions including the Illinois Senate, Illinois House of Representatives, as Illinois State comptroller, Illinois state treasurer, former chairwoman of the Illinois Republican Party and a candidate for governor of Illinois in 2006, up against Rod Blagojevich, who won the election. Blagojevich received 49.79%  to Topinka’s, 39.26%.

Sheila Simon, daughter of the late U.S. Senator Paul Simon challenged Topinka for the post of state comptroller in the November 2014 election but Topinka won that election – Topinka 49.56% to Simon’s 45.67%.

In a statement, Illinois Attorney General Madigan said the state has suffered a “great loss. Judy Baar Topinka was a trailblazer, a true public servant and a friend to all. Always jubilant and straight-talking, Judy spoke her mind on every issue. Even during tough political times, Judy always worked across party lines to get things done and brought humor and joy to everything she did. My thoughts and prayers are with her family.”

Saying she was saddened to hear of Topinka’s passing, Lt. Governor Sheila Simon said “People throughout Illinois will remember her for her many years of dedication to public service just as much as they will remember her for her larger than life personality. She truly loved the people of this state.

“My thoughts and prayers go out to her family, friends and staff as we mourn the loss of a legend in Illinois government,” said Simon.

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle in a statement said:

“I was saddened to hear this morning of the passing of Judy Baar Topinka. Judy was truly one of a kind. I admired her feisty, outspoken nature and her passion for good government. She had a track record of standing up for what she believed in, regardless of party lines.

“As the first woman to be elected treasurer in Illinois, she was also a pioneer and an inspiration for other women in public service. My heart goes out to her family and friends throughout the state.”

In the early years, Topinka was a journalist. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Journalism from Northwestern University Medill School of Journalism. After graduation from Northwestern, she was a reporter for several suburban Chicago newspapers.

In 2013, Topinka held a Community Media Reception with several ethnic journalists in her downtown Chicago office. I attended that event. She was always her gracious self when meeting people and had such a gregarious attitude about life. She took an individual picture with all in attendance.

A few days later she sent me a letter with the official letterhead of the State of Illinois and a copy of the picture we took together. The letter stated:

“Dear Ms. Bratcher,

Again, I want to thank you for attending our Community Media Reception. If I remember correctly it was a wintery Chicago day and you taking the time to come down here was greatly appreciated.

“I understand the importance of community media. You represent the voice of your respective area, and I’m so glad we were finally able to sit down and discuss ways to strengthen communication between my office and your organization.”

Topinka was the ideal public servant that knew how to interact with people across the spectrum of Illinois. There are so many descriptive adjectives (all good) that could shed light on her genuine outgoing personality – and if meeting her, one you could never forget. She was an Illinois treasure and will truly be missed. I am saddened over her death.

Juanita Bratcher is the Publisher of CopyLine Magazine

Attorney General Eric Holder Delivers Remarks at the My Brother’s Keeper Summit Closing Session

Posted by Admin On December - 10 - 2014 Comments Off on Attorney General Eric Holder Delivers Remarks at the My Brother’s Keeper Summit Closing Session
Memphis, TN

United States

Remarks as Prepared for Delivery

Thank you, Mayor [A.C.] Wharton – and thank you all for being here today.  It’s a privilege to join you in convening this important summit – to discuss and advance the groundbreaking My Brother’s Keeper initiative.  And it’s a particular pleasure to do so here in the great city of Memphis – a city whose history is bound up in the work we gather to continue, and whose future will be written by the leaders, and especially the young people, in this crowd.

Over the centuries, Memphis has undergone a remarkable series of transformations – from a hub in the immoral slave trade, helping to fuel a 19th-century economy founded on oppression and built on the backs of those our nation held in chains; to a diverse, inclusive, and thriving urban center – known for its legendary music; vibrant, wonderful culture – and even better barbecue.

The Memphis of today is in some ways barely recognizable as the city it was just a few short decades ago – near the height of the Civil Rights Movement – when the struggle for equality played out in the streets and in national headlines.  Yet the scars of this struggle, and the lingering impacts of legal and institutional discrimination, remain all around us.  Over the years, the changes we’ve seen in Memphis have mirrored the ones that have swept across the nation – tearing down barriers and affirming the equality of all men and women.  And all of this progress has come thanks to the power of engaged citizens like you, the promise of America’s founding documents, and the passion of leaders like Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Like so many cities across the American South – from Selma, to Greensboro, to Birmingham; from Tuscaloosa, to Atlanta, to Meridian – Memphis is home to a number of historic sites of great importance to the Civil Rights Era.  It was here, in 1968, that sanitation workers went on strike to call for higher wages – and to protest discrimination and dangerous working conditions.  It was here, at the Mason Temple not far from where we now stand, that Dr. King famously declared that “[s]omething is happening in Memphis; something is happening with our world.”  It was in that very same speech that he told us he had been to the mountaintop and had seen the Promised Land.  And it was here, of course – the very next day, at the Lorraine Motel that’s now a museum to the cause he championed, and the work we all must continue – that Dr. King was taken from us, far before his time.

In the decades since then, this city – and our nation – have taken extraordinary steps forward along the road to civil rights and equal justice.  Let me be very clear: to discount this progress would be a grave disservice to those who peacefully marched, and organized, and sacrificed so much to make it possible.  Yet it’s equally true, as we gather today, that the work that these generations have left to us – of forging a more inclusive future and building a more perfect Union – is far from over.  A great deal remains to be done.  And as we speak – once again – something is happening in Memphis.  Something is happening with our world.

In recent months, with the tragic deaths of Michael Brown, in Ferguson, Missouri, and Eric Garner, in New York City, we’ve seen the beginning of important national reflection and conversation.  These incidents have brought long-simmering divides to the surface.  They have sparked widespread public demonstrations.  And they have focused a spotlight on the rifts that can develop between police officials and the citizens they are entrusted to serve and protect.

None of these concerns are limited to any one city, state, or geographic region.  They are American issues that are truly national in scope.  They demand a constructive response from our entire country.  And, at their core, they are far larger than just the police and the community – implicating concerns about the fairness of our justice system as a whole, and the persistent opportunity gaps faced by far too many people throughout the nation – and by boys and young men of color in particular.

I know you heard from President Obama, via video message, earlier today.  And I want to join him in expressing my gratitude – and admiration – for all that Memphis has done to assume a mantle of leadership befitting your unique history.  Since the President launched his My Brother’s Keeper initiative, in February – to address opportunity gaps and ensure that all young people can reach their full potential – the Obama Administration has been relying on leaders like you to help make a difference.  We have been joining with cities and towns, businesses, and foundations that are taking steps to connect young people to mentoring, support networks, and the skills they need to find a good job – or go to college – and work their way into the middle class.  And we’ve been encouraged by the great work that you’re doing – under Mayor Wharton’s leadership – to improve education, employment, healthcare, and justice.  To help advance the work of our groundbreaking Defending Childhood Initiative and National Forum on Youth Violence Prevention.  To expand mentoring and leverage new partnerships to increase access to post-secondary education.  And to take up the My Brother’s Keeper Community Challenge – an important call for communities to implement coherent cradle-to-college-and-career strategies for improving the life outcomes of all young people – regardless of who they are, where they come from, or the circumstances into which they are born.

All of this is vital, commendable, and extremely promising work.  It has the potential to make a real difference in the lives, and the futures, of countless Americans.  And as we gather this afternoon to advance it, to address concerns raised by peaceful protesters, and to rebuild trust where it has been eroded – I believe we also need to broaden both our focus and our impact.  Make no mistake: out of the tragedies of the past few months and weeks comes an opportunity for this great nation that we must not – as we have too often in the past – squander.  Our needed conversation must result in concrete action.

Last August, with these goals in mind, I launched a new “Smart on Crime” initiative to help strengthen communities, to improve public safety, and to make America’s criminal justice system more effective – and more equitable.  Our actions under this initiative are born of the crucial recognition that growing both tougher and smarter on crime means investing in innovations; striving for more just and more equal outcomes; and rejecting any policy or practice that has the potential to undermine sound law enforcement – or erode the sense of trust that must always exist between police officials and the citizens they serve.

As the My Brother’s Keeper Task Force reported to the President last May – months before events in Ferguson captured headlines – we need to do more to strengthen the relationships between law enforcement and their communities.  America’s law enforcement leaders must ensure that every community can see that we are firmly committed to the impartial and aggressive enforcement of our laws – and the unbiased protection of everyone in this country.  Bonds that have been broken must be restored.  And bonds that never existed must now be created – because this is the fundamental promise that lies at the core of who we are, what we do, and what so many brave law enforcement officers sacrifice so much, every day, to achieve.

This is why I’ve been traveling around the country, in recent days and over the coming weeks and months, to meet with law enforcement, faith, and community leaders to strengthen our dialogue about cooperation and mutual trust.  I’m pleased to note that we’re holding the latest in this series of meetings later today, here in Memphis.  And I want to emphasize that our shared dedication to integrity, equal justice, and the highest standards of fair and effective policing has always been at the heart of the Justice Department’s efforts in every sector – and in every city and town – that our work touches.

This is the dedication that drove me, shortly after taking office as Attorney General, to order an extensive review of the Justice Department’s Guidance Regarding the Use of Race by Federal Law Enforcement Agencies – a directive that was issued by the previous Administration in 2003.  This guidance expressly prohibited federal agents from using race as a factor in their investigations unless they encountered specific, credible information that made race relevant to a particular case.  But it did not prohibit the consideration of factors such as national origin, religion, gender, or sexual orientation.  And it broadly exempted investigations and operations that implicated America’s national security – an unduly expansive exemption that was the subject of legitimate criticism.

As Attorney General, I have repeatedly made clear that racial profiling by law enforcement is not only wrong, it is misguided and ineffective – because it can mistakenly focus investigative efforts, waste precious resources, and, ultimately, undermine the public trust.  Like some of you, this is something I experienced, as a younger man, in a deeply personal way.  I will never forget the frustration I felt at being pulled over twice, and my car searched, on the New Jersey Turnpike, even though I’m sure I wasn’t speeding.  Or the humiliation of being stopped by a police officer while simply running to a catch a movie – at night, in Georgetown, in Washington, D.C. – even though I was a federal prosecutor at the time.

These experiences bear out what research has consistently found: that, when those who come into contact with law enforcement feel that they are treated fairly, and that official actions are both appropriate and warranted, they are more likely to accept decisions by the authorities.  They are more likely to obey the law.  And they’re more likely to cooperate with law enforcement in the future – even if they disagree with specific outcomes.  This is especially true in communities where crime challenges are at their most acute – and where interactions with police officials are too often characterized by discord and distress.  And that’s why it is incumbent upon Justice Department leaders and others in law enforcement at every level to help bridge this divide – because trust in the system and compliance with the law must begin not with the fear of arrest, or even the threat of incarceration, but with respect for the institutions that guide our democracy – and for the laws, policies, and courageous men and women who keep us safe.

Over the past five years, we scrupulously reviewed the 2003 Guidance with an eye toward ensuring that all federal agents can fulfill their core law enforcement, public safety, and national security responsibilities with maximum legitimacy, accountability, and transparency.  I am here to report that this review has reached its conclusion.  And we have determined that – although the department’s 2003 Use of Race Guidance prohibited racial profiling in a broad sense – it is time for us to do even more.

It’s time to expand upon the safeguards that are currently in place.  It’s time to institute new protections for those who come into contact with federal authorities.  And it’s time to bring enhanced training, oversight, and accountability to this process – so that anyone responsible for isolated incidents of profiling can be held responsible, and singular acts of discrimination do not tarnish the exemplary work that’s performed by the overwhelming majority of America’s federal law enforcement officials each and every day.

Particularly in light of the recent incidents we’ve seen at the local level – and the widespread concerns, about trust in the criminal justice process, that so many have raised throughout the nation – it’s imperative that we take every possible action to ensure strong and sound policing practices.  We must instill the absolute highest standards of professionalism and integrity.  And that’s why – yesterday – I announced new Guidance that will supersede the directive issued in 2003, and will apply to all federal law enforcement agents conducting law enforcement activities, including when those activities relate to national security and intelligence.

This new Guidance will expand prohibited profiling criteria by explicitly banning profiling based not only on race – but also, for the very first time, on gender, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, and gender identity.  It will apply the same uniform standard to all investigations, national security operations, and intelligence activities conducted by federal law enforcement.  It will govern the actions of every single FBI, DEA, and ATF agent; every U.S. Marshal, and every other federal law enforcement agent conducting law enforcement activities, including state and local law enforcement officers assigned to federal task forces.  And it will include training, oversight, and accountability measures to ensure that all federal law enforcement activities and operations reflect our commitment to keeping the nation safe while upholding our most sacred values and the rights of all communities and individuals.

This constitutes a major and important step forward to ensure effective policing by federal authorities throughout the nation.  It will institutionalize clear and critical strategies that are already in place in the field – and are currently enabling us to protect the safety of our nation and maintain the trust of our citizens.  And it codifies positive policies and practices that are now being observed by the FBI, ATF, DEA, and U.S. Marshals Service.

Today, I urge state and local law enforcement agencies to look to this new federal guidance as a model – and to develop their own rigorous policies along similar lines.  This will promote sound law enforcement techniques.  It will help to move us toward the ultimate goal of ending racial profiling, once and for all.  And it will enable every American to have greater confidence in the mechanisms in place to hold their government accountable; to work in concert with law enforcement to secure their communities; and to make public safety not only an obligation for those who have sworn to serve – but a promise that’s fulfilled by citizens and public servants side by side.

Throughout the country, my colleagues and I are taking meaningful steps to make good on this promise – and to expand our ability to protect and empower all of our citizens.  In meetings with law enforcement and community leaders – like the ones I’ve convened in Atlanta, Cleveland, and soon Memphis – we’re opening new lines of communication and cooperation.  Through the efforts of the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division – which has opened more than 20 investigations into police departments across the country in the last five fiscal years – we’re striving to correct unconstitutional policing practices.

In conjunction with the President’s recent policy announcements – reforming the way the federal government equips state and local law enforcement, particularly with military-style equipment; investing in the use of body cameras and promoting proven community policing initiatives; and engaging law enforcement and community leaders to reduce crime while building public trust – I’m confident that all of these efforts will help to move us forward.  And I can think of no better place to renew our shared commitment to this work than right here in Memphis.

Following today’s summit, I will visit the National Civil Rights Museum at the Lorraine Motel, where Dr. King’s room is preserved just as it was on the night he lost his life.  He knew, when he arrived here – on April 3, 1968 – that threats had been made against him.  He spoke frankly about these threats, and about his own mortality, in the Mason Temple speech that was to be his last.  He acknowledged, at the age of just 39, that his life might soon come to a violent end.  Yet his optimism did not waver.  His dedication to nonviolence, and adherence to nonaggression, did not wane.  And his unshakeable faith – in the Divine, in the promise of what this nation could become, and especially in his fellow citizens – remained stronger than ever.

Dr. King believed – as we believe – in the need for mutual respect, and the power of nonviolent, collective action.  He recognized that nonviolence is the single best path to bring about enduring change.  He once wrote that promoting nonviolence – and love – is the only way to “cut off the chain of hate.”  And he called us all to remember that “the aftermath of nonviolence is the creation of the beloved community, while the aftermath of violence is tragic bitterness.”

Today, in this moment of challenge – and far too much bitterness – let us reclaim these timeless principles.  In this age of division, let us once more reach for peace.  In this hour of darkness, let us live by Dr. King’s shining example.  And in this time of trial, and great consequence, let us remember the assurance of his last public speech: that the power to achieve transformational progress lies within us – because, in his immortal words, “. . . somewhere I read of the freedom of assembly.  Somewhere I read of the freedom of speech.  Somewhere I read of the freedom of press.  Somewhere I read that the greatness of America is the right to protest for right.  And so just as I say we aren’t going to let dogs or water hoses turn us around, we aren’t going to let any injunction turn us around.  We are going on.  We need all of you.”

As we take up this work anew; as we address the challenges now before us; and as we meet the great struggles of our time, I want you to know that we will continue to “need all of you” – in cities like Memphis – to keep pushing us forward.  We will keep relying on you to honor the history of progress that lives in hallowed places across this city, as in so many others.  And we will never stop working – with optimism, with commitment, and without delay – to build renewed trust and forge that more perfect Union – that beloved community – that remains our common pursuit.  To keep walking, together, toward the Promised Land.  And to do everything in our power to ensure that – in every case, in every circumstance, and in every community – justice is done.

Thank you.

“Black & Brown Lives Matter, at Home & Abroad,” Demands International Human Rights Day Protest

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Anger at disregard for black and brown lives by U.S. law enforcement will merge with anger over U.S. military disregard for the lives of people abroad in a protest set for today, December 10th– International Human Rights Day – to begin at Michigan Avenue & Congress Parkway in Chicago at  5:30 P.M.

The protest will begin with a short rally featuring relatives of Chicago area police shootings and activists against U.S. wars abroad, followed by a march in the downtown area.

Emmett Farmer, whose son, Flint, was shot and killed by a Chicago Police officer in 2011 while he was lying on his stomach, will be among the featured speakers, as will Joyce Brown, mother of Charles Brown IV, a 20-year-old who was shot and killed by south suburban Harvey, IL police on April 13th.

Other speakers focusing on Chicago law enforcement violence will include Toussaint Losier, organizer with the Chicago Anti-Eviction Campaign and activist for a South Side trauma center, and Frank Chapman, Field Organizer for the Chicago Alliance Against Racist & Political Repression.

The illegal police violence against Eric Garner, Michael Brown and countless others is the domestic version of systemic U.S. violence against other peoples of the world, activists contend.

“The same country that makes it so dangerous for black people to exercise their constitutional rights at home, carries out deprivations of rights abroad on an industrial scale,” said local anti-war activist Andy Thayer, another speaker at the event. “For every ‘successful’ targeting of an alleged terrorist by U.S. drone bombings, for example, an additional 28 innocent people die, according to a recent study.”

Other speakers discussing United States violence abroad will include Steve Nelson, a member of Veterans For Peace and a veteran of the U.S. war against the people of Viet Nam, Mike Lynn, a member of Chicago Area Peace Action and a longtime proponent of peace between the U.S. and Iran, and a representative of the Chicago chapter of Iraq Veterans Against the War.

International Human Rights Day was established by the United Nations General Assembly in 1950, shortly after the carnage of World War II.

Wednesday’s protest is supported by large coalition of groups by the standards of recent downtown protests, including the American Friends Service Committee; ANSWER Chicago; Anti-War Committee; Buddhist Peace Fellowship; Chicago Alliance Against Racist & Political Repression; Chicago Area CodePink; Chicago Area Peace Action; Democracy in the USA; Gay Liberation Network; Illinois Green Party; Iraq Veterans Against the War; Jewish Voice for Peace-Chicago; Logan Square Neighbors for Justice and Peace; Neighbors for Peace; Northwest Suburban Peace & Education Project; NW Indiana Veterans For Peace; South Siders for Peace; Veterans For Peace, Chicago Chapter; Vietnam Veterans Against the War; and World Can’t Wait-Chicago.

For more information:

Andy Thayer, U.S. Out of the Middle East Coalition, 773.209.1187, LGBTliberation@aol.com
Aaron Dellutri, U.S. Out of the Middle East Coalition, 773.655.5301, adellutri@hotmail.com

Illinois Lottery Announces Contract Termination with Northstar Lottery Group

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Lottery Begins Process to Select New Manager

CHICAGO, IL – Illinois Lottery Director Michael Jones announced that the Lottery’s contract with private management company, Northstar Lottery Group, has been formally terminated.  The selection of a new private management company begins immediately, with Northstar’s operational vendors–Gtech and Scientific Games–continuing to provide essential services to the Lottery at reduced compensation rates.

“Today the state has officially ended its contract with Northstar, giving the Lottery a welcome opportunity to take operations to the next level,” Director Jones said. “We have learned from the Northstar experience, and believe a private management model can be designed and implemented in Illinois that encourages competition, new ideas and products, and maximizes the potential of the Lottery in a responsible manner.”

Governor Pat Quinn voiced serious concerns with Northstar’s performance in August, and directed the Lottery to terminate the agreement within the confines of the Private Management Agreement (PMA).  Since that time, the Lottery, Northstar and the Governor’s Office have negotiated termination terms, which avoid protracted litigation surrounding the termination, and ensure that Lottery products will remain on sale without interruption.

The contract with Northstar was terminated, effective today.  The Governor’s Office helped broker an agreement that is fair to both parties and will ensure uninterrupted services and products for Lottery players and retailers.

The agreement includes lower compensation rates for Gtech and Scientific Games—the technical vendors that provide retailer terminals and instant tickets—which will remain in place through the transition to a new private manager.

The new compensation rate, effective immediately, is 12.9 percent below previous compensation levels paid to Gtech and Scientific Games under their contracts with Northstar. This change will save the State nearly $10 million annually.

Under terms of the PMA, Northstar is entitled to the actual expenses, up to $12.65 million, to reimburse the company for costs related to closing its doors (e.g. ending building and equipment leases, etc).  As part of the termination agreement, Gtech and Scientific Games will continue providing reduced-cost subcontractor services through the life of their existing contracts—subject to the new Private Manager’s decision on rebidding those services.

Lottery sales dropped $30.27 million to $2.802 billion in the most recent Fiscal Year 2014, the first drop in annual Lottery sales in 10 years.  Northstar missed its promised net-income target for FY14 by $237.4 million, marking the third consecutive year the private manager fell short of promised net income. During the first three years under Northstar, the State collected $97 million in net income shortfall payments for the people of Illinois. Through the first 23 weeks of the current fiscal year (FY15), Lottery sales are $45 million below last year’s same-period sales.

Northstar Lottery Group became the first private manager of a US Lottery in July of 2011, based on its winning bid to raise hundreds of millions of dollars in additional income over a 10-year period.  During its first full three years, Northstar missed its net-income targets by more than $450 million.

With termination of the Northstar contract, the Lottery will exercise full authority over all Lottery day-to-day activities, including advertising and marketing–which will place greater emphasis on efforts to revitalize the Lottery’s overall brand image and to broaden the Lottery’s player base.

The multi-step process of selecting a new private manager will follow the Procurement Code and will be overseen by the State’s independent, Chief Procurement Officer. The first step involves issuing a Request for Proposal (RFP) in early 2015, which will be informed by the lessons learned from the first private management experience. A committee of evaluators will then independently evaluate potential candidates, ultimately selecting a new manager.

About Illinois Lottery

Founded in 1974, the Illinois Lottery has contributed over $18 billion to the state Common School Fund to assist K-12 public schools, as well as the Capital Projects Fund. Players must be at least 18 years old. Play responsibly. Players must be 18 years old to play.

12 Scams of Christmas: Better Safe Than Sorry

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CHICAGO, IL – The holiday season is a wonderful time of the year, but it’s also a prime time for scams to occur.

“The losses that hit consumers each year at Christmas are staggering,” says Steve J. Bernas, president and CEO of the Better Business Bureau serving Chicago and Northern Illinois. “Even with the hustle and bustle of the season everyone needs to remain on their toes.”

The Better Business Bureau (BBB) shares this consumer warning, a list of scams to be aware of, from McAfee Labs a developer of computer protection software.

You’ve got mail. Think twice before clicking links in shipping notification emails. Always verify the shipping company before giving out your personal information.

Deceptive advertising. Beware of deals that are too good to be true as they could steal your personal information and ruin your holiday cheer.

Chilling charities. ‘Tis the season to donate, but be wary of fake charities. Do your research and double check the site URL.

Buyer beware. Check your credit card statements to make sure you don’t have unwanted charges as a result of a point-of-sale breach of your credit security.

iScams. Today, smartphones act not only as a phone but also a credit card, house key, camera and more. Malware can access your device via apps. Do your research and stick to official app stores when downloading.

Getting carded. Avoid the unwanted gift of malware and always verify that e-cards are from someone you know and are from a trustworthy site.

Holiday travel scams. Avoid fake online deal links offering low price airfare or hotel rooms that could be a trap; think before you click.

Bank robocall scam. Be suspicious of phone calls from people who claim your computer is infected and request your personal information to fix it.

ATM skimming. Carefully inspect automated teller machines (ATMs), especially if they are not at a bank location. A skimmer device could have been installed that’s designed to steal data off your bank card or credit card as you swipe it. Look carefully at the ATM and cover the keypad when entering your PIN.

Year in review traps. While a “Year in Review” email message sounds entertaining to read, clicking on these links could infect your devices.

BYO… device. With the hustle and bustle of the season, smartphones could easily be lost or stolen in the shuffle. Don’t leave your smartphone unattended during the hectic holiday season as it could give hackers access to your personal and work information.

Bad USB blues. Be wary of free USB drives that are often used as giveaways. This method is an easy way for hackers to spread malware.

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“46th NAACP Image Awards” Nominees Announced

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Live TV Special and Red Carpet Pre-Show to Air Friday, February 6 on TV ONE

Entertainer of the Year Voting Opens
ABC and Lifetime Lead the Nominees in the TV Categories
Columbia Records Leads in the Recording Category

BEVERLY HILLS, CA – The nominees for THE 46th NAACP IMAGE AWARDS were announced yesterday during a press conference from the Paley Center for Media in Beverly Hills,CA. The categories and nominees were announced by Tracee Ellis Ross (Black-ish), GinaRodriguez (Jane the Virgin), Alfred Enoch (How To Get Away With Murder), Aja Naomi King (How ToGet Away With Murder) and Tessa Thompson (Dear White People) who were joined by the President and CEO of the NAACP, Cornell William Brooks. In addition, for the first time, the event was live streamed and special commentary was provided by Nischelle Turner (Entertainment Tonight) andJake Smollett (Actor).

The NAACP Image Awards celebrates the accomplishments of people of color in the fields of television, music, literature and film and also honors individuals or groups who promote social justice through creative endeavors. Winners will be announced during the two-hour star-studded event which will broadcast LIVE on TV ONE on Friday, February 6, 2015 at 9pm/8c as a two-hour special. A one-hour pre-show will air live from the red carpet at 8pm/7c.

“The Image Awards continues the NAACP’s quest to celebrate and uplift individuals who model principles of hard work, perseverance, and community empowerment. I believe this year’s nominees exemplify just that,” stated Roslyn M. Brock, Chairman of the NAACP National Board of Directors. “We have enjoyed a great collaboration with TV One and look forward to working with them again this year to create a wonderful evening of entertainment.”

“It was an honor to be part of today’s announcement recognizing the outstanding artistic achievements by members of our community. The NAACP Image Awards is more than just a ceremony, but an institution for artists and social justice pioneers of color”, stated Cornell William Brooks, President & CEO, NAACP. “As the Image Awards continues to grow and evolve, the principles of social justice remain at its core.”

ABC and Lifetime lead the nominees in the TV categories with 25 and 16 nominations respectively, followed by BET with 14. In the recording category, Columbia Records leads with 10 nominations, followed by RCA with 8 nominations and Interscope Records with 5 nominations. Paramount Pictures leads with 10 nominations, while FOX Searchlight and Universal Pictures both received 5 nominations in the motion picture categories.

Sponsors for the “46th NAACP Image Awards” include AT&T, Bank of America, FedEx, Ford Motor Company, General Motors, Hyundai Motor America, PepsiCo, Southwest Airlines and Wells Fargo. For all information and latest news, please visit the official NAACP Image Awards website at http://www.naacpimageawards.net.
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Following is the complete list of categories and nominees for the 46th NAACP IMAGE AWARDS:

Outstanding Comedy Series
• “black-ish” (ABC)
• “House of Lies” (Showtime)
• “Key & Peele” (Comedy Central)
• “Orange is the New Black” (Netflix)
• “Real Husbands of Hollywood” (BET)
Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series
• Andre Braugher – “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” (FOX)
• Anthony Anderson – “‘black-ish” (ABC)
• Don Cheadle – “House of Lies” (Showtime)
• Keegan-Michael Key – “Key & Peele” (Comedy Central)
• Kevin Hart – “Real Husbands of Hollywood” (BET)
Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series
• Mindy Kaling – “The Mindy Project” (FOX)
• Niecy Nash – “The Soul Man” (TV Land)
• Tracee Ellis Ross – “black-ish” (ABC)
• Uzo Aduba – “Orange is the New Black” (Netflix)
• Wendy Raquel Robinson – “The Game” (BET)
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series
• Boris Kodjoe – “Real Husbands of Hollywood” (BET)
• Glynn Turman – “House of Lies” (Showtime)
• Laurence Fishburne – “black-ish” (ABC)
• Marcus Scribner – “black-ish” (ABC)
• Terry Crews – “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” (FOX)
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series
• Adrienne C. Moore – “Orange is the New Black” (Netflix)
• Laverne Cox – “Orange is the New Black” (Netflix)
• Lorraine Toussaint – “Orange is the New Black” (Netflix)
• Sofia Vergara – “Modern Family” (ABC)
• Yara Shahidi – “black-ish” (ABC)
Outstanding Drama Series • “Being Mary Jane” (BET)
• “Grey’s Anatomy” (ABC)
• “House of Cards” (Netflix)
• “How to Get Away with Murder” (ABC)
• “Scandal” (ABC)
Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series
• LL Cool J – “NCIS: LA” (CBS)
• Omar Epps – “Resurrection” (ABC)
• Omari Hardwick – “Being Mary Jane” (BET)
• Shemar Moore – “Criminal Minds” (CBS)
• Taye Diggs – “Murder in the First” (TNT)
Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series
• Gabrielle Union – “Being Mary Jane” (BET)
• Kerry Washington – “Scandal” (ABC)
• Nicole Beharie – “Sleepy Hollow” (FOX)
• Octavia Spencer – “Red Band Society” (FOX)
• Viola Davis – “How to Get Away with Murder” (ABC)
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
• Alfred Enoch – “How to Get Away with Murder” (ABC)
• Courtney B. Vance – “Masters of Sex” (Showtime)
• Guillermo Diaz – “Scandal” (ABC)
• Jeffrey Wright – “Boardwalk Empire” (HBO)
• Joe Morton – “Scandal” (ABC)
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
• Aja Naomi King – “How to Get Away with Murder” (ABC)
• Alfre Woodard – “State of Affairs” (NBC)
• Chandra Wilson – “Grey’s Anatomy” (ABC)
• Jada Pinkett Smith – “Gotham” (FOX)
• Khandi Alexander – “Scandal” (ABC)
Outstanding Television Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic Special
• “A Day Late and a Dollar Short” (Lifetime Networks)
• “American Horror Story: Freak Show” (FX)
• “Drumline: A New Beat” (VH1)
• “The Gabby Douglas Story” (Lifetime Networks)
• “The Trip to Bountiful” (Lifetime Networks)
Outstanding Actor in a Television Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic Special
• Blair Underwood – “The Trip to Bountiful” (Lifetime Networks)
• Charles S. Dutton – “Comeback Dad” (UP Entertainment)
• Larenz Tate – “Gun Hill” (BET)
• Mekhi Phifer – “A Day Late and a Dollar Short” (Lifetime Networks)
• Ving Rhames – “A Day Late and a Dollar Short” (Lifetime Networks)
Outstanding Actress in a Television Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic Special
• Angela Bassett – “American Horror Story: Freak Show” (FX)
• Cicely Tyson – “The Trip to Bountiful” (Lifetime Networks)
• Keke Palmer – “The Trip to Bountiful” (Lifetime Networks)
• Regina King – “The Gabby Douglas Story” (Lifetime Networks)
• Vanessa Williams – “The Trip to Bountiful” (Lifetime Networks)
Outstanding News/ Information – (Series or Special)
• “America After Ferguson” (PBS)
• “Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr.” (PBS)
• “Melissa Harris Perry” (MSNBC)
• “Oprah’s Lifeclass” (OWN)
• “Unsung” (TV One)
Outstanding Talk Series
• “Oprah Prime” (OWN)
• “Steve Harvey” (Syndicated)
• “The Queen Latifah Show” (Syndicated)
• “The View” (ABC)
• “The Wendy Williams Show” (Syndicated)
Outstanding Reality Series
• “Dancing with the Stars” (ABC)
• “Iyanla: Fix My Life” (OWN)
• “Shark Tank” (ABC)
• “The Voice” (NBC)
• “Welcome to Sweetie Pie’s” (OWN)
Outstanding Variety Series or Special
• “BET Awards” (BET)
• “Family Feud” (Syndicated)
• “On the Run: Beyoncé and Jay Z” (HBO)
• “Oprah’s Master Class” (OWN)
• “UNCF An Evening of Stars” (NBC, CBS, ABC, FOX, The CW, BET, Centric)
Outstanding Children’s Program
• “Anna Deavere Smith: A Youngarts Masterclass” (HBO)
• “Doc McStuffins” (Disney Junior)
• “Dora and Friends: Into The City!” (Nickelodeon)
• “HALO Awards” (Nickelodeon)
• “Kid President: Declaration of Awesome” (HUB)
Outstanding Performance by a Youth in a Youth/ Children’s Program – (Series or Special)
• Amber Montana – “Haunted Hathaways” (Nickelodeon)
• China Anne McClain – “How to Build a Better Boy” (Disney Channel)
• Curtis Harris – “Haunted Hathaways” (Nickelodeon)
• Fatima Ptacek – “Dora and Friends: Into The City!” (Nickelodeon)
• Taliyah Whitaker – “Wallykazam!” (Nickelodeon)
Outstanding Host in a Talk, Reality, News/ Information or Variety
• Chris Rock – “BET Awards” (BET)
• Gwen Ifill – “America After Ferguson” (PBS)
• Melissa Harris Perry – “Melissa Harris Perry” (MSNBC)
• Queen Latifah – “The Queen Latifah Show” (Syndicated)
• Steve Harvey – “Steve Harvey” (Syndicated)
Outstanding New Artist
• 3 Winans Brothers (BMG)
• Aloe Blacc (XIX Recordings/Interscope Records)
• Erica Campbell (My Block Inc./eOne Music)
• Jhene Aiko (Def Jam Recordings)
• Liv Warfield (Kobalt Label Services)
Outstanding Male Artist
• John Legend (Columbia Records)
• Kem (Motown – Capitol)
• Kendrick Lamar (Interscope Records)
• Michael Jackson (Epic Records)
• Pharrell Williams (Columbia Records)
Outstanding Female Artist
• Alicia Keys (RCA Records)
• Beyoncé (Columbia Records)
• Jennifer Hudson (RCA Records)
• Ledisi (Verve Records)
• Mary J Blige (Capitol)
Outstanding Duo, Group or Collaboration
• “Being With You” – Smokey Robinson feat. Mary J Blige (Verve)
• “Brand New” – Pharrell Williams feat. Justin Timberlake (Columbia Records)
• “Gust of Wind” – Pharrell Williams feat. Daft Punk (Columbia Records)
• “Love, Marriage & Divorce” – Toni Braxton & Babyface (Def Jam Recordings)
• “Stay with Me” – Sam Smith feat. Mary J Blige (Capitol)
Outstanding Jazz Album
• “Beautiful Life” – Dianne Reeves (Concord)
• “Dave Koz and Friends: The 25th of December” – Dave Koz (Concord Records)
• “Living My Dream” – Jonathan Butler (Rendezvous Music)
• “My Old Friend: Celebrating George Duke” – Al Jarreau (Concord)
• “Up” – Stanley Clarke (Mack Avenue Records)
Outstanding Gospel Album – (Traditional or Contemporary)
• “Duets” – Donnie McClurkin (RCA Inspiration)
• “Help” – Erica Campbell (My Block Inc./eOne Music)
• “I Will Trust” – Fred Hammond (RCA Inspiration)
• “Journey To Freedom” – Michelle Williams (eOne Music)
• “Where My Heart Belongs” – Gladys Knight (Shadow Mountain Records)
Outstanding Music Video
• “i” – Kendrick Lamar (TDE/Interscope)
• “It’s You” – KEM (Motown – Capitol)
• “Love Never Felt So Good” – Michael Jackson feat. Justin Timberlake (Epic Records)
• “Pretty Hurts” – Beyoncé (Columbia Records)
• “You & I (Nobody in the World)” – John Legend (Columbia Records)
Outstanding Song
• “Good Kisser” – Usher (RCA Records)
• “i” – Kendrick Lamar (TDE/Interscope)
• “Pretty Hurts” – Beyoncé (Columbia Records)
• “The Man” – Aloe Blacc (Interscope Records)
• “We Are Here” – Alicia Keys (RCA Records)
Outstanding Album
• “Aretha Franklin Sings the Great Diva Classics” – Aretha Franklin (RCA Records)
• “Beyoncé Platinum Edition” – Beyoncé (Columbia Records)
• “G I R L” – Pharrell Williams (Columbia Records)
• “JHUD” – Jennifer Hudson (RCA Records)
• “Love, Marriage & Divorce” – Toni Braxton & Babyface (Def Jam Recordings)

Outstanding Literary Work – Fiction
• “A Wanted Woman” – Eric Jerome Dickey (Penguin Random House)
• “An Untamed State” – Roxane Gay (Grove/Atlantic – Black Cat)
• “Another Woman’s Man” – Shelly Ellis (Kensington Publishing Corp.)
• “Momma: Gone” – Nina Foxx (Brown Girls Publishing)
• “The Prodigal Son” – Kimberla Lawson Roby (Grand Central Publishing/Hachette
Book Group)
Outstanding Literary Work – Non-Fiction
• “Bad Feminist” – Roxane Gay (Harper Perennial/HarperCollins)
• “Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption” – Bryan Stevenson (Spiegel & Grau)
• “Place not Race: A New Vision of Opportunity in America” – Sheryll Cashin (Beacon Press)
• “The Bill of the Century: The Epic Battle for the Civil Rights Act” – Clay Risen (Bloomsbury Press)
• “Who We Be: The Colorization of America” – Jeff Chang (St. Martin’s Press)
Outstanding Literary Work – Debut Author
• “Forty Acres” – Dwayne Alexander Smith (Atria Books)
• “Queen Sugar” – Natalie Baszile (Pamela Dorman Books/Penguin Random House)
• “Remedy For A Broken Angel” – Toni Ann Johnson (Nortia Press)
• “The 16th Minute of Fame: An Insider’s Guide for Maintaining Success Beyond
15 Minutes of Fame” – Darrell Miller (Dunham Books)
• “Time of the Locust” – Morowa Yejide (Atria Books)
Outstanding Literary Work – Biography/ Auto-Biography
• “Breaking Ground: My Life in Medicine” – Louis Sullivan with David Chanoff (University of
Georgia Press)
• “Handbook for an Unpredictable Life: How I Survived Sister Renata and My Crazy
Mother, and Still Came Out Smiling (with Great Hair)” – Rosie Perez (Crown Archetype)
• “Life In Motion” – Misty Copeland (Touchstone)
• “Mayor for Life” – Marion Barry, Omar Tyree (Strebor Books)
• “Stand Up Straight and Sing!” – Jessye Norman (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
Outstanding Literary Work – Instructional
• “10-Day Green Smoothie Cleanse” – JJ Smith (Atria Books/Simon & Schuster)
• “101 Scholarship Applications: What It Takes to Obtain a Debt-Free College
Education” – Gwen Richardson (Cushcity Communications)
• “Afro-Vegan: Farm-Fresh African, Caribbean, and Southern Flavors Remixed” –
Bryant Terry (Ten Speed Press)
• “Justice While Black: Helping African-American Families Navigate and Survive the Criminal Justice
System” – Robbin Shipp, Nick Chiles (Agate Bolden)
• “Promises Kept: Raising Black Boys to Succeed in School and in Life” – Joe Brewster, Michele
Stephenson, Hilary Beard (Spiegel & Grau)
Outstanding Literary Work – Poetry
• “Citizen: An American Lyric” – Claudia Rankine (Graywolf Press)
• “Digest” – Gregory Pardlo (Four Way Books)
• “The New Testament” – Jericho Brown (Copper Canyon Press)
• “The Poetry of Derek Walcott 1948-2013” – Derek Walcott, Selected by Glyn Maxwell
(Farrar, Straus and Giroux)
• “We Didn’t Know Any Gangsters” – Brian Gilmore (Cherry Castle Publishing, LLC)
Outstanding Literary Work – Children
• “Beautiful Moon” – Tonya Bolden (Author), Eric Velasquez (Illustrator) (Abrams/Abrams
Books for Young Readers)
• “Dork Diaries 8: Tales From A Note-So-Happily Ever After” – Rachel Renee
Russell with Nikki Russell and Erin Russell (Simon & Schuster)
• “Little Melba and Her Big Trombone” – Katheryn Russell-Brown (Author), Frank
Morrison (Illustrator) (Lee & Low Books)
• “Malcolm Little” – Ilyasah Shabazz (Author), AG Ford (Illustrator) (Simon & Schuster)
• “Searching for Sarah Rector” – Tonya Bolden (Abrams/Abrams Books for Young Readers)
Outstanding Literary Work – Youth/Teens
• “Because They Marched: The People’s Campaign for Voting Rights That Changed
America” – Russell Freedman (Holiday House)
• “Brown Girl Dreaming” – Jacqueline Woodson (Nancy Paulsen Books)
• “Revolution” – Deborah Wiles (Scholastic Press)
• “The Freedom Summer Murders” – Don Mitchell (Scholastic Press)
• “The Red Pencil” – Andrea Davis Pinkney (Author), Shane Evans (Illustrator)
(Little, Brown Books for Young Readers)
Outstanding Motion Picture
• “Belle” (Fox Searchlight Pictures/ DJ Films)
• “Beyond The Lights” (Relativity Media)
• “Dear White People” (Lionsgate and Roadside Attractions)
• “Get On Up” (Universal Pictures)
• “Selma” (Paramount Pictures)
Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture
• Chadwick Boseman – “Get On Up” (Universal Pictures)
• David Oyelowo – “Selma” (Paramount Pictures)
• Denzel Washington – “The Equalizer” (Columbia Pictures)
• Idris Elba – “No Good Deed” (Screen Gems)
• Nate Parker – “Beyond The Lights” (Relativity Media)
Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture
• Gugu Mbatha-Raw – “Belle” (Fox Searchlight Pictures/ DJ Films)
• Quvenzhané Wallis – “Annie” (Columbia Pictures)
• Taraji P. Henson – “No Good Deed” (Screen Gems)
• Tessa Thompson – “Dear White People” (Lionsgate and Roadside Attractions)
• Viola Davis – “The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby” (The Weinstein Company)
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture
• André Holland – “Selma” (Paramount Pictures)
• Cedric the Entertainer – “Top Five” (Paramount Pictures)
• Common – “Selma” (Paramount Pictures)
• Danny Glover – “Beyond The Lights” (Relativity Media)
• Wendell Pierce – “Selma” (Paramount Pictures)
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture
• Carmen Ejogo – “Selma” (Paramount Pictures)
• Jill Scott – “Get On Up” (Universal Pictures)
• Octavia Spencer – “Get On Up” (Universal Pictures)
• Oprah Winfrey – “Selma” (Paramount Pictures)
• Viola Davis – “Get On Up” (Universal Pictures)
Outstanding Independent Motion Picture
• “Belle” (Fox Searchlight Pictures/ DJ Films)
• “Dear White People” (Lionsgate and Roadside Attractions)
• “Half of a Yellow Sun” (monterey media inc.)
• “JIMI: All Is By My Side” (XLrator Media)
• “Life of a King” (Animus Films/Serena Films)
Outstanding Documentary – (Film)
• “Documented” (Apo Anak Productions)
• “Finding Fela” (Jigsaw Productions)
• “I Am Ali” (Focus World/Fisheye Films)
• “Keep On Keepin On” (RADiUS)
• “Through A Lens Darkly: Black Photographers and the Emergence of a
People” (Chimpanzee Productions, Inc.)
Outstanding Documentary – (Television)
• “American Experience: Freedom Summer” (PBS)
• “Bad Boys” (ESPN)
• “Mr. Dynamite: The Rise of James Brown” (HBO)
• “Rand University” (ESPN)
• “The War Comes Home: Soledad O’Brien Reports” (CNN)
WRITING Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series
• Aisha Muharrar – “Parks and Recreation” – Ann & Chris (NBC)
• Brigette Munoz-Liebowitz – “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” – Road Trip (FOX)
• Mindy Kaling – “The Mindy Project” – Danny and Mindy (FOX)
• Regina Hicks – “Instant Mom” – A Kids’s Choice (Nickelodeon and Nick@Nite)
• Sara Hess – “Orange is the New Black” – It Was the Change (Netflix)
Outstanding Writing in a Drama Series
• Erika Green Swafford – “How to Get Away with Murder” – Let’s Get To Scooping
• Mara Brock Akil – “Being Mary Jane” – Uber Love (BET)
• Warren Leight, Julie Martin – “Law & Order: SVU” – American Disgrace (NBC)
• Zahir McGhee – “Scandal” – Mama Said Knock You Out (ABC)
• Zoanne Clack – “Grey’s Anatomy” – You Be Illin’ (ABC)
Outstanding Writing in a Television Movie
• Karin Gist, Regina Hicks – “Drumline: A New Beat” (VH1)
• Reggie Bythewood – “Gun Hill” (BET)
• Sharon Brathwaite, Peres Owino – “Seasons of Love” (Lifetime Networks)
• Shernold Edwards – “A Day Late and a Dollar Short” (Lifetime Networks)
• Sterling Anderson, Maria Nation – “The Gabby Douglas Story” (Lifetime Networks)
Outstanding Writing in a Motion Picture
• Chris Rock – “Top Five” (Paramount Pictures)
• Justin Simien – “Dear White People” (Roadside Attractions and Lionsgate)
• Margaret Nagle – “The Good Lie” (Alcon Entertainment)
• Misan Sagay – “Belle” (Fox Searchlight Pictures/ DJ Films)
• Richard Wenk – “The Equalizer” (Columbia Pictures)
Outstanding Directing in a Comedy Series
• Ken Whittingham – “Parks and Recreation” – Prom (NBC)
• Ken Whittingham – “The Mindy Project” – Think Like a Peter (FOX)
• Linda Mendoza – “Bad Judge” – One Brave Waitress (NBC)
• Reginald Hudlin – “Bad Judge” – Knife to a Gunfight (NBC)
• Stan Lathan – “Real Husbands of Hollywood” – No New Friends (BET)
Outstanding Directing in a Drama Series
• Anton Cropper – “Suits” – One-Two-Three Go… (USA)
• Carl Franklin – “House of Cards” – Chapter 14 (Netflix)
• Cary Joji Fukunaga – “True Detective” – Who Goes There (HBO)
• Hanelle Culpepper – “Criminal Minds” – The Edge of Winter (CBS)
• Millicent Shelton – “The Divide” – And the Little Ones Get Caught (WE tv)

Free Legal Information Sessions Help Immigrants Understand Their Rights Under President Obama’s Executive Action

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CHICAGO, IL – Heartland Alliance’s National Immigrant Justice Center (NIJC) is teaming up with Chicago-area community organizations to provide free information sessions where immigrants and families can learn about President Obama’s immigration administrative relief program.

In November, the president announced administrative immigration reforms that will allow more than four million immigrants in the United States to apply for temporary protection from deportation under the new Deferred Action for Parental Accountability (DAPA) program and an expanded Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. The president’s executive action also establishes new categories of individuals whom the government will prioritize for deportation and expands access to waivers for green card applicants who are unlawfully present in the United States.

During NIJC’s free information sessions, legal staff provide an overview of the president’s program and requirements for DAPA and DACA, explain how individuals can prepare to apply, and provide resources to obtain additional legal screenings.

COMMUNITY PRESENTATIONS: Organizations and schools are invited to contact NIJC to host free information sessions for their members and students. Visit immigrantjustice.org/adminrelief/infosessions to submit an event inquiry or call (312) 660-1370.

CHICAGO LOOP SESSION: NIJC is hosting an information session at its Chicago Loop office on Saturday, December 13, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at 208 S. LaSalle Street, Suite 1300. Registration is required for the Chicago Loop session. Sign up at immigrantjustice.org/adminrelief/loop or call (312) 660-1370.

About NIJC: With offices in Chicago, Indiana, and Washington, D.C., Heartland Alliance’s National Immigrant Justice Center is a nongovernmental organization dedicated to ensuring human rights protections and access to justice for all immigrants, refugees, and asylum seekers through a unique combination of direct services, policy reform, impact litigation and public education. NIJC provides comprehensive immigration legal services to more than 10,000 low-income immigrants, refugees, and asylum seekers every year.

For more information about NIJC’s services, information sessions, and the president’s executive action visit immigrantjustice.org/adminrelief.

Link to this statement: http://immigrantjustice.org/press_releases/free-nijc-legal-information-sessions-administrative-relief

DuPage County Man Arrested for Multiple Tax Violations

Posted by Admin On December - 10 - 2014 Comments Off on DuPage County Man Arrested for Multiple Tax Violations

Earlier today, Edward Charles Bulthaup III was arrested on more than 100 counts of felony tax evasion, fraud and failure to file tax returns. The arrests occurred after Illinois Department of Revenue, Criminal Investigations Division agents testified before a grand jury on Tuesday.

The agents reported the findings of their February search of the businesses.

Records and computer information was seized an analyzed. As a result of these investigations, two separate multiple count indictments were obtained yesterday.

“When a local businessman evades his responsibilities to pay taxes, it hurts the community, it hurts the state and it causes every taxpayer to have to reach a little deeper to help pay the bills,” said Brian Hamer, Director of Revenue.

A list of charges at each movie theater, and the minimum tax liability associated with each charge is listed below:

Hollywood Boulevard LLC, DBA Hollywood Boulevard, 1001 E 75th St., Woodridge

1 count sales tax evasion-Class 1 Felony

6 counts sales tax evasion-Class 2 Felony

41 counts of Fraudulent Filing of Illinois Sales and Use tax returns-Class 3 felonies

1 count of Mail Fraud-Class 3 felony

1 count Wire Fraud-Class 3 felony

3 counts Failure to File Illinois Sales and Use Tax Return-Class 3 felonies

(53 Counts)

Naperville Theater LLC, DBA Hollywood Palms, 352 S. Rte. 59, Naperville, IL

1 count sales tax evasion-Class 1 Felony

8 counts sales tax evasion-Class 2 Felony

45 counts of Fraudulent Filing of Illinois Sales and Use tax returns-Class 3 felonies

1 count of Mail Fraud-Class 3 felony

1 count Wire Fraud-Class 3 felony

(56 Counts)

PurchaseBlack.com is Making it Easy to Support Black-Owned Businesses

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PurchaseBlack.com, the home for Black online shopping, is making it easier to buy Black and support the Black Business community

PurchaseBlack.com logo

Nationwide (BlackNews.com) — PurchaseBlack.com, an Amazon-style marketplace focused on Black products and businesses, wants to connect customers to Black owned businesses online. It is a website where customers can easily buy from Black owned firms, and companies can sell their products (not services) in their own free online shop.

“In the light of the events surrounding Eric Garner, Mike Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, and far too many others, African Americans are looking for more sustainable ways to strengthen the community long term” says founder Brian Williams. “Supporting our businesses is one important step, and PurchaseBlack.com makes it easier than ever to do online.”

PurchaseBlack is not a directory or a list of businesses. It is an online shopping mall filled with individual shops selling their own products in categories like hair care, skin care, gifts, artwork, clothes, accessories, and more. Customers buy directly on PurchaseBlack’s site, and are not sent elsewhere. “It’s a one-stop shop!” says Williams.

$89 Billion dollars will be spent online this holiday season1, a 13% growth over this time last year according to research from Forrester. PurchaseBlack.com is positioned to make sure Black companies are participating in this massive online spending.

PurchaseBlack has appeared in places like NewsOne Now, BET.com, BlackEnterprise.com, TheRoot.com, Texas Enterprise, UrbanCusp.com, and many others. The site has a growing selection of items from businesses across America. Although businesses can start their shops for free, each one must apply to get one. “We only accept businesses that have good prices, customer service, solid policies, and quality product presentation,” says Williams. “We know that our customers want a certain quality of business to support, and we work hard to give it to them.”

Williams has his engineering degree from Purdue University, and an MBA from The University of Texas McCombs where he was inspired to start his business. He studied African American business success, and has been a panelist and speaker on the subject since graduation. “We understand that our target market wants to know if a product is from a Black owned company or not, so we place a ‘Black Owned Business’ badge above each product that is Black owned. This makes it easy for every customer, Black or not, to make clear decisions to support the Black community.”

PurchaseBlack.com is the 2014 winner of the National Black MBA Whiteboard Innovation Challenge. The business plans to expand into services and to offer products internationally in the coming year.

“We are progressing, making a positive difference, and accelerating in the right direction. We’ve just rebranded with new logos, and added more products. It’s a great time for our company!”

Businesses are encouraged to visit www.purchaseblack.com/become-a-seller for more information about selling their products (not services) in their own webstore.

You can connect with PurchaseBlack on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter or Google Plus with username @PurchaseBlack.

(1) www.forrester.com/US+Online+Holiday+Forecast+2014/fulltext/-/E-RES115522

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

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