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Archive for January 22nd, 2015

ISBE Recommends Nearly $730 Million Increase in Education Funding

Posted by Admin On January - 22 - 2015 Comments Off on ISBE Recommends Nearly $730 Million Increase in Education Funding

Board members acknowledge fiscal challenges facing state, but urge lawmakers to fully fund General State Aid commitment, increase funding for early childhood programs

SPRINGFIELD, IL — The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) approved a fiscal year 2016 budget recommendation that seeks an additional $729.9 million from the current year to fully fund General State Aid (GSA). Board members acknowledged the reduction in revenue and increased spending pressures facing the state, but noted the pre-kindergarten through 12th grade education budget would still be 5 percent less than FY 2009, when adjusted for inflation.

“Board members understand the challenges facing Governor Rauner and members of the General Assembly when it comes to developing a responsible budget for next year, but education is the smartest investment we can make in the economic future of our state and the quality of its workforce,” said State Superintendent of Education Christopher A. Koch. “General State Aid makes up the majority of our budget and GSA funds have fallen short of what is owed to school districts for the past four years, contributing to poorer financial health for more school districts and threatening the academic and extracurricular opportunities for the state’s 2 million students.”

Central to the GSA calculation is the “Foundation Level,” which represents the minimum level of funding required to meet the basic education needs of a single student in the Illinois K-12 public school system. That Foundation Level has been set in state statute at $6,119 per pupil since 2010. However, in recent years, appropriations have fallen short of the GSA claim amounts and districts do not receive full reimbursement. The GSA appropriation for the current fiscal year, FY 2015, is about $550 million below the amount necessary to fully pay the GSA claim. This fiscal year is the fourth consecutive year that the state is only paying a percentage of the amount owed to each district, with the current significant proration rate of 89 percent.

Today’s Board recommendation asks for an increase of $566.4 million for GSA, providing a total of $5.089 billion to fully fund claims at the $6,119 per pupil Foundation Level. This request is still far less than the Education Funding Advisory Board recommendation of $8,899 per pupil.

“We understand the incredible spending pressures facing our state, as revenues fall and spending pressures increase in other areas of state government. However, this year’s projected district budgets show nearly 64 percent of them are deficit spending compared to almost 41 percent in fiscal year 2009, meaning more districts are relying on their reserves or borrowing to stay afloat,” State Board Finance Committee Chairman Jim Baumann said. “Most of these districts have already made significant staff and programming cuts as local revenue sources shrink. Providing the financial support obligated by state law is the very least we can do to help ease the burden and prevent further reductions from hindering the important work taking place in classrooms to prepare our students for college and careers.”

ISBE’s general fund appropriation is currently $597 million less than in FY 2009. The Board’s recommendation for the FY 2016 general fund calls for a $729.9 million, or 10.7 percent, increase over FY 2015 to $7.535 billion. When adjusted for inflation, this amount is 5.2 percent less than the FY 2009 general fund appropriation level.

In addition to the general funds request, the Board’s recommendation includes $126.4 million in capital funding to provide districts in need with the necessary technology for instruction and the new online Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) assessment. This figure includes the approximately $100 million needed to provide broadband delivery to underserved schools and $8.9 million to provide the electronic devices (Chromebooks, iPads, etc.) districts need for 21st-century instruction and to comply with PARCC online testing requirements.

Other proposed FY 2016 increases or expenses include:

$50 million increase for early childhood education, which has lost $80 million in funding since FY 2009. The U.S. Department of Education has awarded Illinois an $80 million preschool expansion grant, and an annual increase in state funding for the Early Childhood Block Grant of $50 million over the next five years was part of the grant proposal. The increased state investment  would fund  an increase in the number of intensive, full-day slots for 4-year-olds through a new program option in the Preschool for All state-funded preschool program “More at Four,” a new full-day, comprehensive program for children with very high needs; increase funding to Preschool for All, which would include services for 3-year-olds not eligible for the federal slots; and restore the historic 8 percent cut to currently funded Preschool for All programs and provide a cost-of-living adjustment increase.

$48.7 million increase to the Regular/Vocational Transportation line to begin restoring this line to previous levels. The Regular/Vocational line item has not been fully funded since FY 2010. An increase of $48.7 million will result in an estimated proration level of 80 percent.

$12 million, or an 18.8 percent increase, in the Bilingual Education program to help districts meet the needs of the growing bilingual population, which accounts for about 10.4 percent of all students. Since FY 2011, this population has increased by 16.6 percent.

$5 million increase for state assessments based upon the cost of administering two additional PARCC exams in high school, bringing the total to three annual exams in high school, a federally required science assessment, PARCC in grades 3-8, PARCC diagnostic testing for grades 2-8 and a college entrance exam for grade 11 that will not include a writing assessment due to the fact that writing is assessed by PARCC.

$2.4 million for further development and maintenance of the Illinois Longitudinal Data System. Due to the expiration of federal grants and monies that have been used to develop the system, ISBE will require state funding to support the system’s ongoing development and maintenance.

$5 million for an Extended Learning Time program. Currently, the only funding available to support extended learning time is the federal 21st Century Learning Center (CCLC) grants, which serve about 53,700 students in the state. In FY 2015, the agency received 141 applications for 21st CCLC grants, but only had funding available to support 51 proposed projects. The additional funds would allow ISBE to serve approximately 50 more sites.

$38.1 million to fund Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs. In FY 2014, 47.1 percent of all Illinois grade 9-12 public school students participated in CTE programs, an increase of 7.4 percent from the previous year.  This funding leverages $40.5 million in federal funds.

$5 million for the state’s lowest-performing schools, which include 270 schools from 88 school districts in addition to 35 schools from 21 priority school districts.

$4.035 million to cover the cost of the Illinois Virtual School (IVS), Learning Technology Centers (LTC) and the Illinois Shared Learning Environment (ISLE), an online platform being developed to provide educators with integrated data and tools to personalize learning and drive student success. ISLE will begin rolling out to Race to the Top districts during this current fiscal year and will ultimately be offered to all districts. The appropriation would provide training and support for teachers and principals in implementing the system.

As part of the budget-making process, the Board conducted a series of five public budget hearings around the state last fall where parents, citizens, local and state elected officials and others involved in education were invited to voice their priorities. More than 150 individuals provided oral or written testimony to restore or increase GSA, early childhood funding, agriculture education and other items and programs.

The Board based its decisions regarding programs and funding on several key principles, including support for the largest number of students and greatest flexibility for districts, minimizing the introduction of new programs and mandates in order to conserve resources and align to ISBE’s strategic plan goals:

·         Every student will demonstrate academic achievement and be prepared for success after high school.

·         Every student will be supported by highly prepared and effective teachers and school leaders.

·         Every school will offer a safe and healthy learning environment for all students.

The State Board will provide its budget recommendation to the Governor and General Assembly for consideration as part of the overall FY 2016 state budget. The Board’s budget proposal will be posted on www.isbe.net/budget.

Stop Mass Incarceration Network Chicago to Form a Defense Committee for People Arrested in Protesting Police Murder

Posted by Admin On January - 22 - 2015 Comments Off on Stop Mass Incarceration Network Chicago to Form a Defense Committee for People Arrested in Protesting Police Murder

Stop Mass Incarceration Network Chicago will meet tonight at 7 p.m. to form a Defense Committee for people arrested in protesting police murder. The meeting will be held Thursday, January 22, 2015 at the Overflow Coffee House, 155o S. State St., in Chicago.

SMINC says a defense committee is needed to support — politically and in the Courtroom — all those arrested.  If defendant, come and bring your family and friends, noting that much work is needed to rally support for the defendants – exposure, Social Media, packing court hearings, raising money for legal defense, etc.

Background: All over the country police have been arresting protesters to try to put a stop to the righteous and defiant protest after the grand jury decisions in Ferguson & New York. Police can murder and no charges are filed but people fighting for justice are arrested and charged!  This is outright political repression!!

The police are targeting different political forces and perspectives and EVERYONE has to be supported and defended.  In CHICAGO 3 people face trumped up felony charges and many more have charged with misdemeanors.  We must support everyone who put themselves on the line to Stop Police Murder.  We stand together in the streets — we must stand together in legal support!

Stop Mass Incarceration Network – Chicago

stopmassincarcerationchicago@gmail.com • (312) 933-9586




The Stop Mass Incarceration Network is a project of the Alliance for Global Justice, a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. The Stop Mass Incarceration Network is building a movement to stop the injustice of mass incarceration and police brutality; and the racially biased policies and practices of the police, the courts and the U.S. legal system; and to support the rights of prisoners and the formerly incarcerated. We call on all to join us.

Continuation of the National Emergency With Respect to Terrorists Who Threaten to Disrupt the Middle East Peace Process

Posted by Admin On January - 22 - 2015 Comments Off on Continuation of the National Emergency With Respect to Terrorists Who Threaten to Disrupt the Middle East Peace Process

On January 23, 1995, by Executive Order 12947, the President declared a national emergency pursuant to the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (50 U.S.C. 1701-1706) to deal with the unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security, foreign policy, and economy of the United States constituted by grave acts of violence committed by foreign terrorists that disrupt the Middle East peace process. On August 20, 1998, by Executive Order 13099, the President modified the Annex to Executive Order 12947 to identify four additional persons who threaten to disrupt the Middle East peace process. On February 16, 2005, by Executive Order 13372, the President clarified the steps taken in Executive Order 12947.

These terrorist activities continue to threaten the Middle East peace process and to pose an unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security, foreign policy, and economy of the United States. For this reason, the national emergency declared on January 23, 1995, and the measures adopted to deal with that emergency must continue in effect beyond January 23, 2015. Therefore, in accordance with section 202(d) of the National Emergencies Act (50 U.S.C. 1622(d)), I am continuing for 1 year the national emergency with respect to foreign terrorists who threaten to disrupt the Middle East peace process.

This notice shall be published in the Federal Register and transmitted to the Congress.

President Barack Obama

Source: whitehouse.gov

Attorney General Holder Statement on Supreme Court Decision to Hear Same-Sex Marriage Cases

Posted by Admin On January - 22 - 2015 Comments Off on Attorney General Holder Statement on Supreme Court Decision to Hear Same-Sex Marriage Cases

Attorney General Eric Holder released the following statement after the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to hear four cases on same-sex marriage equality:

“After the Justice Department’s decision not to defend the constitutionality of Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act, the Supreme Court sent a powerful message that Americans in same-sex marriages are entitled to equal protection and equal treatment under the law.  This landmark decision marked a historic step toward equality for all American families.

“The Supreme Court has announced that it will soon hear several cases raising core questions concerning the constitutionality of same-sex marriages.  As these cases proceed, the Department of Justice will remain committed to ensuring that the benefits of marriage are available as broadly as possible.  And we will keep striving to secure equal treatment for all members of society—regardless of sexual orientation.

“As such, we expect to file a ‘friend of the court’ brief in these cases that will urge the Supreme Court to make marriage equality a reality for all Americans.  It is time for our nation to take another critical step forward to ensure the fundamental equality of all Americans—no matter who they are, where they come from, or whom they love.”

Spike Lee to Receive President’s Award at “46th NAACP Image Awards”

Posted by Admin On January - 22 - 2015 Comments Off on Spike Lee to Receive President’s Award at “46th NAACP Image Awards”

Presentation to Trailblazing Film Director, Producer, Actor, Screenwriter, and Activist To Be Made During Live Broadcast on Friday, February 6, on TV One

LOS ANGELES, CA (January 21, 2015) – Spike Lee will be presented with the NAACP President’s Award at the 46th NAACP Image Awards, broadcast LIVE from 9-11 p.m. ET (PT tape-delayed) on February 6 on TV ONE, it was announced today by the NAACP.

The NAACP President’s Award, chosen by NAACP President and CEO Cornell William Brooks, is bestowed in recognition of special achievement and distinguished public service. Past honorees include Van Jones, President Bill Clinton, Soledad O’Brien, Ruby Dee, Muhammad Ali, the Founding Members of the Black Stuntmen’s Association, and most recently, Kerry Washington.

“Spike Lee is a trailblazer and a champion for minorities. For nearly 40 years, Lee has revolutionized the role of black talent in Hollywood,” states Brooks.  “While African-American filmmakers have been a staple of the cinematic landscape, none have had the same cultural or artistic impact as Spike Lee. His expansive body of work examining race relations, colorism in the black community, the role of media in contemporary life, urban crime and poverty, and other political issues reflect the fullness of the humanity of people of color–particularly African Americans.  I note with appreciation his renaissance versatility as a film director, producer, writer, and actor.”

Spike Lee is a Writer-Director, Actor, Producer, Author, and Educator who has helped revolutionize Modern Black Cinema. Lee is a forerunner in the ‘Do It Yourself’ school of independent film. Spike has recently finished his Kickstarter funded “Da Blood of Sweet Jesus.” An avid Knick fan, Lee will begin hosting a 1 hour bi-weekly sports-talk “Spike Lee’s Best Seat In Da House” show featuring discussions on various news and topics concerning basketball and the NBA in January 2014. Lee has received a Peabody Award for the Documentary “If God is Willing Da Creek Don’t Rise,” which revisits the recently storm-ravaged Gulf Coast region as residents attempt to rebuild in their cities while also demanding assistance and accountability from their political leaders. His recent critical and box office successes have included such films as Inside Man, 25th House, The Original Kings of Comedy, Bamboozled and Summer of Sam.

Lee began teaching a course on filmmaking at Harvard University in 1991 and in 1993 he began as a Professor at New York University’s Graduate Film Program Tisch School of the Arts where he received his Master of Fine Arts in Film Production. Spike Lee has combined his extensive creative experience into yet another venture: partnering with DDB Needham, he created Spike/DDB, a full-service advertising agency.

Originally from Atlanta, Georgia, Lee grew up in a relatively well-off African-American family, Lee was making amateur films by age 20. His first student film, Last Hustle in Brooklyn, was completed when he was an undergrad at Morehouse College. Lee went on to graduate from the New York University Film School in 1982.

The NAACP Image Awards celebrates the accomplishment 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 voted upon by NAACP members and announced when the envelopes are opened on Thursday, February 5 during the Awards Ceremony for non-televised categories. The remaining categories will be announced LIVE on stage during the two-hour star-studded TV One telecast on Friday, February 6 (9:00 p.m. ET/PT tape-delated). The telecast will also include a one-hour pre-show airing live from the red carpet (8:00 p.m. ET/PT tape-delayed).

The 46TH NAACP Image Awards are sponsored by: AT&T, Bank of America, FedEx, Ford Motor Company, General Motors, Gilead Sciences, 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.

FB: /naacpimageaward  •   Twitter: @naacpimageaward

About NAACP:
Founded in 1909, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) is the nation’s oldest and largest nonpartisan civil rights organization. The NAACP’s 250,000 adult and youth members throughout the United States and the world are the premier advocates for civil rights in their communities and monitor equal opportunity in the public and private sectors. In the fall of 2011, the NAACP launched a process to develop its strategic direction and plan, creating a powerful vision for the future, and setting organizational goals that would focus its work for the 21st Century. The five NAACP Game Changers (Economic Sustainability, Education, Health, Public Safety, and Criminal Justice, and Voting Rights Political Representation) are the major areas of inequality facing African-Americans that are the focus of the NAACP’s work.

About TV ONE:
Launched in January 2004, TV One (www.tvone.tv) serves more than 57 million households, offering a broad range of real-life and entertainment-focused original programming, classic series, movies and music designed to entertain, inform and inspire a diverse audience of adult Black viewers. In December 2008, the company launched TV One High Def., which now serves 14 million households. TV One is owned by Radio One (NASDAQ: ROIA and ROIAK, www.radio-one.com), the largest radio company that primarily targets Black and urban listeners, and Comcast Corporation [NASDAQ: CMCSA, CMCSK), www.comcast.com), one of the nation’s leading providers of entertainment, information and communications products and services.

Cook County Board Approves Planning for Progress Strategic Plan

Posted by Admin On January - 22 - 2015 Comments Off on Cook County Board Approves Planning for Progress Strategic Plan

Planning for Progress will guide Cook County’s use of an estimated

$280 million in resources over the next five years

The Cook County Board of Commissioners approved Planning for Progress, the County’s comprehensive strategic plan designed to marshal existing funds, gather additional resources, and facilitate partnerships to meet housing, community, and economic development needs between 2015 and 2019. Cook County’s Bureau of Economic Development (BED) spearheaded Planning for Progress with technical assistance from the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP). The plan is available online at http://www.cookcountyil.gov/economicdevelopment/planning-for-progress/.

Planning for Progress combines two historically separate federally-required reports into a joint planning process and single, action-oriented document:

·       The Consolidated Plan, which is required by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for local governments to receive Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG), and HOME Investment Partnerships Program (HOME) funds; and

·       The Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy, which is required by the Economic Development Administration (EDA) to apply for Public Works or Economic Adjustment programs.

A single plan will help the County efficiently and effectively coordinate over $280 million in estimated resources between 2015 and 2019.

“As the largest county in the state, and the second largest in the nation, Cook County is a hub for residents and businesses,” Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle said. “Our strategic decision to create a single plan will help the County be more efficient and coordinated as we deploy nearly $300 million in estimated resources including federal funds over the next five years to address local issues and improve the quality of life for our residents.”

The process to create Planning for Progress began in October 2013. Over the past 15 months, the County and CMAP engaged more than 2,000 stakeholders, including public officials, business leaders, developers, service providers, major employers, other funders, and members of the general public in a dialogue about how to strategically plan for and implement federal resources.

As a result, Planning for Progress identifies five areas to strategically invest resources:

•          Infrastructure and Public Facilities

•          Business and Workforce Development

•          Housing Development and Services

•          Non-Housing Services

•          Planning and Administration

This comprehensive approach is consistent with the GO TO 2040 regional plan and Cook County’s economic growth action plan, Partnering for Prosperity.  CMAP supported Planning for Progress through the agency’s Local Technical Assistance (LTA) program, which has helped more than 150 community-based planning projects since it began shortly after GO TO 2040 was adopted in October 2010.

Cook County’s Bureau of Economic Development will now submit the final Planning for Progress strategic plan to the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) in advance of their respective deadlines.

Bob Fertik Endorses Chuy Garcia for Chicago Mayor

Posted by Admin On January - 22 - 2015 Comments Off on Bob Fertik Endorses Chuy Garcia for Chicago Mayor

Letters to Editors

Cook County Commissioner Jesus “Chuy” Garcia is running for Mayor of Chicago to take the city in a new direction: violence reduction through more effective community policing with 1,000 new police officers, and greater support for public schools, including a democratically-elected school board that will be responsive to people in the neighborhoods.

Over the last three decades, Garcia has advocated vigorously for progressive policies and political reform throughout the city and county and worked for better housing and schools in the Little Village community he represents on the Southwest Side.

Garcia is no stranger to elected office.  He’s been a Chicago alderman, a state senator and, in 2009, was elected to the Cook County Board of Commissioners, which allocates the county’s $3.5 billion budget.

Garcia has been endorsed by numerous progressive groups including Moveon.org.

Why Daughters Need Fathers

Posted by Admin On January - 22 - 2015 Comments Off on Why Daughters Need Fathers

By Dr. Jawanza Kunjufu

Excerpted from Raising Black Girls and Educating Black Girls

The media and the academic community provide a wealth of information on why boys need their fathers. The most obvious being you can’t be someone you have not seen. Girls can look at their mothers and receive the importance and significance of role models on a daily basis. But, why do girls need fathers?

How will a girl learn how to be loved by a man? What criteria will a girl use to select a mate if she has not seen a man at home? Why do many females choose thugs over scholars? Why do so many choose disrespectful men over gentlemen? How will she know how she should be treated by a man?

Forty-seven percent of rapes are due to date rape. In a relationship, there is a 61% chance of a physical altercation. Sixty percent of teen pregnancies occur between males three to five years her senior. Are girls looking for an older male to fill the shoes of their missing daddies?

In my book, Raising Black Girls, I provide over 20 illustrations of girls suffering from “daddy issues”. They range from having a low grade point average, to depression. They include not being able to trust a man, staying in toxic relationships, multiple sex partners, and suicide. Our daughters are crying out for their fathers. The question becomes, are the fathers listening?

Some fathers feel that when children are younger they need their mothers more and some also believe their sons need them more than their daughters. I believe young children and daughters need their fathers more than ever before. When daughters are loved and respected by the most important male in their lives, they will not settle for second best.

Can you visualize a father reviewing his daughter’s attire before she leaves the house? Many females dress promiscuous because the father was absent. Can you picture a father rehearsing the famous lines males use to try to seduce young girls? This could reduce teen pregnancy and possessing an STD. Can you imagine a father taking his daughter out in a limo to a five star restaurant? He is teaching her to be a queen and to have high standards and high expectations. He is teaching her not to act like the degrading names gangster rappers call females.

The challenge is that only 28% of our daughters have fathers in the home. I am imploring the remaining 72% to call their daughters and begin to spend time with them. Don’t worry, she will teach you all the things that interests her, like, what she wants to do with you, what she wants to talk about, and how she wants you to love her.

How nice to anticipate her glorious wedding day where you will walk her down the aisle and give your daughter away to a man that meets your approval. A man who reminds you of yourself.

Fioretti Introduces Ethics Legislation at Chicago City Council

Posted by Admin On January - 22 - 2015 Comments Off on Fioretti Introduces Ethics Legislation at Chicago City Council

CHICAGO, IL – Ald. Bob Fioretti introduced legislation at the Chicago City Council that would make changes to ethics rules.  Find the legislation below.

In brief, these changes are:

Preclude any lobbying activity from taking place at the time meetings are in session.

Ban any elected officials currently holding office from lobbying council members on behalf of any paid clients they may have.

Discharge bills with 48 hour notice before City Council meeting for committee inaction on legislation.

Require recusal from debate for those that also must recuse themselves from a vote.

“Our city government is far too beholden to special interests and it’s time we do whatever we can to change that,” said Fioretti.  “We in City Hall are not here to line our pockets, rather we are here to look out for our constituents.  We need to take steps to show the people we are public servants working for them, not ourselves.”



BE IT RESOLVED by the City Council of the City of Chicago that the Rules of Order and Procedure of the City Council, City of Chicago for the years 2011-2015 are hereby amended by adding the language underscored and deleting the language struck-through as follows:

RULE 8. During the session of the City Council, no one, unless by consent of the Council, shall be admitted within the bar of the City Council Chamber except representatives of the press, television, radio, ex-Aldermen except as provided in Rule 56, and persons invited by the Mayor or other Presiding Officer. The Mayor or Presiding Officer shall assign seats for the persons invited by them. The Committee on Committees, Rules and Ethics shall assign an area or areas for said media of communications, and such area or areas shall be for the reporters and for such cameras and recording devices or other equipment as may be necessary for use of said media of communications.

No person registered lobbyist shall, at during any meeting of the Council or meetings of any Council committee or subcommittee, solicit any individual Alderman to vote for or against any person or proposition.

Elected officials currently holding office shall not be allowed to lobby any member of the Council on behalf of any individual or corporation who pays them to do so.

RULE 14. Every member who shall be present when a question is stated from the

Chair shall vote thereon, unless excused by the Council. they have previously recused themselves due to financial interests or other ethical considerations as required by law.

RULE 41. All ordinances, orders, petitions, resolutions, motions, communications or other propositions shall be referred, without debate, to the appropriate committees and only acted upon by the City Council at a subsequent meeting, on the report of the committee having the same in charge; provided, however, that the following shall not be subject to this rule:

(a) Ordinances fixing the time for the next succeeding regular meeting of the City Council.

(b) Motions listed in Rule 21 and purely procedural motions.

(c) Resolutions determining the membership, Chairman or Vice-Chairman of Council committees, Vice Mayor or President Pro Tempore.

(Language omitted for brevity and is unaffected by this resolution)

Whenever any referred matter shall not have been reported back to the City Council by the committee to which referred, within a period of sixty (60) days from the date of referral, any Alderman may move to discharge the committee from further consideration of that matter. The motion to discharge shall be made under the order of “Miscellaneous Business”, and shall require the affirmative vote of a majority of all the Aldermen entitled by law to be elected and call for a vote to be taken on the matter by the entire City Council under the order of “New Business” upon delivering notice that shall be time stamped by the City Clerk, along with copies delivered to all Aldermen, at least forty-eight (48) hours in advance of the next City Council meeting.

No deferred matter, whether deferred pursuant to these rules or pursuant to statute, may be called for a vote unless written notice, identifying each matter to be called for a vote, is delivered to, and time stamped by, the City Clerk and copies delivered to all Aldermen at least forty-eight (48) hours in advance of the City Council meeting.



Alderman – 2nd Ward

O  R  D  I  N  A  N  C  E


SECTION 1.  Chapter 1-156-080 of the Municipal Code of the City of Chicago is hereby amended by adding new language underlined as follows:

2-156-080  Conflicts of interest; appearance of impropriety.

(a)    No official or employee shall make or participate in the making of any governmental decision with respect to any matter in which he has any financial interest distinguishable from that of the general public, or from which he has derived any income or compensation during the preceding twelve months or from which he reasonably expects to derive any income or compensation in the following twelve months.

(b)   (1)   With regard to any matter pending before the city council or any council committee, any member of the city council who has any financial interest that is either (1) distinguishable from that of the general public or all aldermen, or (2) from which he or she has derived any income or compensation during the preceding twelve months or from which he or she reasonably expects to derive any income or compensation in the following twelve months shall publicly disclose the nature and extent of such interest on the records of proceedings of the city council, and shall also notify the board of ethics of such interest within 96 hours of delivery by the clerk to the member, of the introduction of any ordinance, resolution, order or other matter in the city council, or as soon thereafter as the member is or should be aware of such potential conflict of interest.  The board of ethics shall make such disclosures available for public inspection and copying immediately upon receipt.  He or she shall abstain from voting on the matter and shall refrain from participating in any manner during any council debate on such matters but shall be counted present for purposes of a quorum.  The obligation to report a potential conflict of interest under this subsection arises as soon as the member of the city council is or should be aware of such potential conflict.

(Language omitted for brevity and unaffected by this ordinance)

SECTION 2.  This ordinance shall be in full force and effect upon its passage and publication.


Alderman 2nd Ward

TIF Illumination Project Delivers 30th TIF Town Meeting For 25th Ward

Posted by Admin On January - 22 - 2015 Comments Off on TIF Illumination Project Delivers 30th TIF Town Meeting For 25th Ward

On Thursday, January 25 the TIF Illumination Project will present its 30th TIF town meeting, or Illumination, for the 25th ward at the Rudy Lozano Library, 1805 S. Loomis Street. The forum, free and open to the public, will go from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

The TIF Illumination Project (www.tifreports.com) is an all-volunteer effort that combines data mining, investigatory reporting, graphic design, map making and community organizing to explore and expose the impacts of Chicago’s Tax Increment Financing Program on a ward-by- ward basis.

Since the program began in February 2013 the TIF researchers have revealed the details of 134 TIFs across 34 wards in front of over 4,000 people.

Each meeting or Illumination has been organized by a different group of community members. The 25th ward forum is being organized by the Pilsen Alliance (www.thepilsenalliance.org).

“In the 25th ward some TIFs has created blight, rather than eradicate it.  Meanwhile, areas far from blighted get the money schools and libraries should be getting.  It is time we put this money to work for regular people, away from politicians and well connected developers,” said Nelson Soza, Pilsen Alliance Executive Director.

Said Byron Sigcho, Pilsen Alliance leader, “As residents and taxpayers we must know how our public dollars are used. Why are 25th ward taxes subsidizing private projects downtown? How are we going to use the $44 million sitting in the Pilsen TIF alone? The community needs a powerful voice on how TIFs are spent, including the estimated $1.5 billion currently sitting unspent.  These critical questions demand answers.”

When the TIF Illumination Project visits a ward we reveal:

(1) Overview of how TIFs work in Chicago
(2) How many TIFs are in the ward
(3) How much $ they took in 2013
(4) How much $ was left in TIF accounts FROM the ward
(5) What projects were funded by TIFs in the ward
(6) If any money was transferred in or out of the TIFs
(7) How much money the Department of Planning and Development skimmed from your TIFs for their own operation

We also hand out a one-page summary of our findings on a map of the ward showing the TIFs.

No one else is providing this information.

In January of 2015 we released a 20-minute  video, “TIF 101” online at http://tinyurl.com/TIF-101-final. The video was produced as a result of an Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign that attracted 80 contributors.

The TIF Illumination Project is a work of the CivicLab, America’s only co-working space dedicated to collaboration, education and innovation for social justice and civic engagement. We opened in July of 2013 and are located on the first floor of an 1890’s fire station at 114 N. Aberdeen Street. The CivicLab was co-founded by Benjamin Sugar and Tom Tresser.

More info: Tom Tresser, 312-804-3230, tom@civiclab.us

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