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Statement by President Obama on the Death of Kayla Jean Mueller

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President Barack Obama:

It is with profound sadness that we have learned of the death of Kayla Jean Mueller.  On behalf of the American people, Michelle and I convey our deepest condolences to Kayla’s family – her parents, Marsha and Carl, and her brother Eric and his family – and all of those who loved Kayla dearly.  At this time of unimaginable suffering, the country shares in their grief.

Kayla dedicated her life to helping others in need at home and around the world.  In Prescott, Arizona, she volunteered at a women’s shelter and worked at an HIV/AIDS clinic.  She worked with humanitarian organizations in India, Israel, and the Palestinian territories, compelled by her desire to serve others.  Eventually, her path took her to Turkey, where she helped provide comfort and support to Syrian refugees forced to flee their homes during the war.  Kayla’s compassion and dedication to assisting those in need shows us that even amongst unconscionable evil, the essential decency of humanity can live on.

Kayla represents what is best about America, and expressed her deep pride in the freedoms that we Americans enjoy, and that so many others strive for around the world.  She said:  “Here we are.  Free to speak out without fear of being killed, blessed to be protected by the same law we are subjected to, free to see our families as we please, free to cross borders and free to disagree.  We have many people to thank for these freedoms and I see it as an injustice not to use them to their fullest.”

Kayla Mueller used these freedoms she so cherished to improve the lives of others.  In how she lived her life, she epitomized all that is good in our world.  She has been taken from us, but her legacy endures, inspiring all those who fight, each in their own way, for what is just and what is decent.  No matter how long it takes, the United States will find and bring to justice the terrorists who are responsible for Kayla’s captivity and death.

ISIL is a hateful and abhorrent terrorist group whose actions stand in stark contrast to the spirit of people like Kayla.  On this day, we take comfort in the fact that the future belongs not to those who destroy, but rather to the irrepressible force of human goodness that Kayla Mueller shall forever represent.

Madigan, Randolph County State’s Attorney Charge Drew Peterson for Solicitation of Murder

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CHICAGO, IL – Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan and Randolph County State’s Attorney Jeremy R. Walker filed a two-count criminal information against Drew Peterson, 61, an inmate at the Menard Correctional Center, charging him with one count of solicitation of murder for hire and one count of solicitation of murder, both Class X felonies.

The charges allege that between September 2013 and December 2014, the defendant solicited an individual to carry out a murder-for-hire plot against Will County State’s Attorney James Glasgow. The defendant made an initial appearance on the charges today at the Randolph County Courthouse. A preliminary hearing is set for March 3 at 10 a.m.

The case will be jointly prosecuted by the Illinois Attorney General’s Office and the Randolph County State’s Attorney’s Office.

The public is reminded that these are merely charges and that the defendant is presumed innocent unless proven guilty.

State’s Attorney Drops Prosecution of Nationally-Recognized Wrongful Conviction Case

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Tyrone Hood Cleared After 21 Years of Wrongful Imprisonment

CHICAGO, IL –  The Cook County State’s Attorney’s office today vacated the conviction of Tyrone Hood and co-defendant Wayne Washington, charged with the 1993 murder of a twenty-year-old sophomore at Illinois Institute of Technology.

Mr. Hood, a fifty-one-year-old Chicago native, was sentenced to a total of seventy-five years for the crime, over twenty one of which he served before outgoing Illinois Governor Pat Quinn vacated his sentence on January 12 and he was released from prison.

Hood’s case received extensive coverage in local and national media, including an August 2014 New Yorker magazine feature and National Public Radio “Morning Edition” feature segment. Over 140,000 people joined Hood in asking the State’s Attorney to vacate his conviction on his Change.org petition.


On May 8, 1993 Marshall Morgan, Jr. went missing on the South Side of Chicago.  Nine days after Morgan Marshall Jr.’s disappearance, his body was found stuffed in his abandoned Chevy Cavalier.  Veteran CPD Area One detectives Kenneth Boudreau and John Halloran, who came up in the Department under the tutelage of alleged torturer Commander Jon Burge, led the homicide investigation.

Tyrone Hood was picked up and interrogated three days after Morgan Jr.’s body was found when Hood’s fingerprints were identified on trash found at the crime scene. After 48 hours of interrogation, Hood continued to maintain his innocence and was released. Hood was again taken into custody and charged after Detectives Boudreau and Halloran received statements from two additional witnesses, and Wayne Washington, the man who would become Hood’s co-defendant. The two additional witnesses would recant their testimony before the trial, citing police coercion. The remaining witness testifying against Hood would be discredited by scientific evidence.

Not only do Hood’s lawyers believe Hood is innocent, they believe the real perpetrator of Morgan Jr.’s murder is Marshall Morgan, Sr., the victim’s father. After unexpectedly returning to his son’s life, Morgan Sr. took out a life insurance policy and collected over $44,000 dollars after his son’s murder. Two years later Morgan Sr. would do the same with his fiancé, Michelle Soto, collecting over a $100,000 dollars after she was found murdered. The murders of Marshall Morgan Jr. and Michelle Soto were almost identical. Both were shot to death and their bodies found wedged between the front and back seats of their cars. Marshall Morgan, Sr. was also convicted of two murders, one in 1977 of his friend William Hall and most recently in 2001 of his then-fiancé Deborah Jackson. Both were shot near their cars and left for dead.

Today’s Events

The Cook County State’s Attorney finished a long-anticipated re-investigation of the case, announcing today that they would vacate the conviction of both defendants.  All parole restrictions, including his ankle monitoring and home confinement, will now be lifted for Hood.  Hood and his legal team are extremely grateful to the State’s Attorney’s Office for taking this important step toward fully clearing Hood’s name.

Hood is represented by Gayle Horn of the Exoneration Project, and Winston & Strawn LLP associate and former Exoneration Project clinic student, Karl Leonard. Press inquiries should be directed to Exoneration Project Managing Director Eva Nagao at (312) 505-8327 or eva@exonerationproject.org. Co-defendant Wayne Washington, Jr. is represented by Chicago attorney Steve Greenberg.

Ald. Burnett Transforms 27th Ward Into a Diamond in the Rough

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Foes want to take it away

By Chinta Strausberg

Born in the shadows of Chicago’s Rockwell Garden housing development and raised in Cabrini Green, Alderman Walter Burnett, Jr. has transformed his life and that of his very diverse ward so much so that he is being challenged by a banker who doesn’t think he deserves to oversee such a successful ward.

The son of a Cabrini Green precinct captain, Burnett, worked side-by-side with his father, Walter Burnett, Sr., doing precinct work. As a child, he thought his father’s connecting people with services was like magic. Sadly, his father died one month before Burnett was elected in 1995. “He was my biggest campaign worker…bragging to everybody about his son,” reflected Ald. Burnett.

But as an adult, Burnett soon learned running a ward and connecting people to services was hard work that enabled him to bear the fruits of his labor. “I built this ward up too good for myself.   I’ve made the ward successful and prosperous, and now they think I am not deserving to have it.”

But Ald. Burnett’s track record speaks for itself. He has saved foreclosed housing bringing them back to life. He voted for Tax Increment Financing (TIF) dollars to be used to purchase and rehab foreclosed housing. Legally, TIF funds are to be used to improve blighted areas, and Burnett fought to get his fair share for his community. He was the lead sponsor for this ordinance.

So, it’s kind of strange that a banker would run against such a seasoned and successful alderman who has literally brought his ward back to life and into the limelight. The 27th Ward is a beacon of success and outshines many of Chicago’s 77 communities. Burnett explains the irony of being opposed by a banker.

“Banks did a lot of predatory lending in our community,” he said. “I am trying to help clean up what the banks left behind, and now a banker wants to take it over.”

Proud of his record, Burnett said, “I bought a lot of economic development to the ward like Google. We were able to secure UILAB that was funded through the President to help manufacturing companies do research and development and help businesses to come up with new ideas and technologies. We were able to get some of the top restaurants in the country to come to this ward.”

With remapping, Ald. Burnett’s ward extends from Clark Street to almost Pulaski, North Avenue to the Eisenhower. “We have the medical district, Old Town, Greek Town, West Loop, Near West, East Garfield Park and West Humboldt Park.  “This is a very diverse area, and we’ve built it up,” he said proudly explaining the 27th Ward was once not so desirable.

“When I became aldermen, Cabrini Green was Cabrini Green. A lot of businesses were closed. Greek Town didn’t have a lot of vibrancy. The West Loop was Skid Row and the Near West was still suffering from the Dr. Martin Luther King fire. “We’ve cleaned all of that up, built it up and now that I’ve made it a prominent diverse area, folks think it is too good for me to have,” said Burnett.

“We’ve brought in new schools, the new parks, the Jesse White Center in Cabrini Green where the Jesse White Tumblers train. “We’ve been able to transform Henry Horner and Cabrini Green to be more attractive communities and they are diverse now. We are now doing the same thing with Rockwell.

“We have brought several grocery stores to the community that hired from the community like Mariana, Pete’s, Jewel’s, Whole Foods  and I have two fresh markets on the drawing board,” the alderman said.

“We have the Bulls Training Center and we are looking to bring the Blackhawks Training Center to the ward. We were able to help with the Murlac House gym where Isiah Thomas learned to play basketball. We got a new gym put in as recreation for the kids in the neighborhood.

“We’ve had several SRO’s built in the ward, a veteran building, several senior buildings and homes for women and children with AIDS, and a new Salvation Army on the West Side.

“We have new schools like Westinghouse, Crane’s medical school, Malcolm X College. Rowe Clark High School (new) and the new Skinner School all having a community component to allow citizens to attend.

“We’ve been able to rebuild several parks from the community from the East end to the West end new parks have been built. We’ve been able to beautify the streets with flowers and trees. We have been able to do all of this by sharing our power with the community,” explained Burnett.

“We helped to create several community organizations to give them a voice and allow them to get engaged with what is happening in the ward and to help me direct what they need.

“We have been blessed to have the favor of God on our side to make a difference though we came from humble beginnings,” Ald. Burnett stated.

Referring to the time when he got into trouble with the law, Burnett said, “I made a mistake as a kid, got my feet back on the ground and pull my self up and ever since God has given me another chance, I’ve been working….

“We also work very closely at my church, First Congressional Baptist Church where I am a deacon.” Burnett is also involved with the prison ministry. “Because of my past, I visit jails and prisons once a month…sometimes three times a month and share my story and plight with the inmates inspiring them to do better.

“I have been doing that since the late 1990’s. I love it. That is my ministry. I thank God for the opportunity to be able to share and let people know that your past does not equal your future. Like Moses, no matter what your mistake is God can make you a leader and productive citizens in our society,” said Burnett.

Always reaching out to the youth, Burnett has been an assistant coach of the Jesse White Tumblers for the past ten-years. He attended both Harold Washington College and the University of Illinois at Chicago before earning an associate Degree and a Certificate in Mechanical Drafting from Southeastern Illinois University He earned his Bachelor’s Degree while he was a full time alderman in 1998 from Northeastern Illinois University. He is also a financial advisor and is a licensed life and health insurance agent.

Burnett, who is serving his fourth term, is chairman of the Special Events and Cultural Affairs Committee and a sitting member of seven committees: Budget and Government Operations, Buildings, Rules and Ethics, Education, Finance, Health, Police and Fire and the Zoning Reform Board.

Burnett also serves on the Board of the following organizations: The United Center Economic Development Board, Leslie’s Place, Harold Washington Advisory Board, CHA Alumni Association, St. Leonard’s Ministries Advisory Board, Family Guidance Centers, Inc. Advisory Board, Deborah’s Place, Haymarket Center Advisory Board, the YMCA Youth and Government Advisory Board, and The Inner Voice, Inc. Burnett is also a member of St. John Masonic Lodge, Shriners, and Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, and a former member of the Elks and Near North Kiwanis.

A 52-year-old father of two and grandfather of three, Ald. Burnett is married to Darlena Wiliams-Burnett who is Chief Deputy Recorder of Deeds for Cook County and the State Central Committeewoman of the 7th Congressional District.

Chinta Strausberg is a Journalist of more than 33-years, a former political reporter and a current PCC Network talk show host. You can e-mail Strausberg at: Chintabernie@aol.com.

Union Bank Celebrates Black History Month Paying Tribute to African American History Makers

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Engaging new videos highlight African American legends in fashion, aerospace and technology and the young trailblazers they inspired

LOS ANGELES, CA – In celebration of Black History Month and as part of its ongoing commitment to inclusion and diversity, Union Bank today launched a series of unique videos featuring powerful examples of how history makers from our rich past inspire new generations to make history of their own. Tapping specifically into the fashion, aerospace and technology industries, the engaging videos highlight three motivating stories of how African American icons Arthur McGee, Guion Bluford and John Henry Thompson influenced Moziah Bridges, Thea Norment and Laura Weidman Powers respectively.

“Honoring inclusion and diversity is part of our Union Bank legacy and an example of our ongoing commitment to responsible banking and doing right,” said Union Bank Chief Marketing and Communications Officer Art Smith. “The videos are engaging and insightful and depict the importance of celebrating the important legends who paved the way for future generations – we hope they educate, entertain and inspire viewers far beyond Black History Month.”

The videos feature the following new-generation history makers connecting the past to the present:

Moziah Bridges, from Memphis, Tennessee, established Mo’s Bows handcrafted bow ties in 2011 when he was just nine years old and serves as chief executive officer. He wanted to dress nice but couldn’t find any bow ties that he liked, so he asked his grandmother to teach him how to sew. Designing colorful bow ties is only part of his vision to make the world a fun and happier place. Another part is giving back to the community through the Go Mo Scholarship Fund that supports youth who cannot afford to go to summer camp. Bridges is inspired by Arthur McGee, often referred to as the Dean of African American Designers. McGee inspires Bridges because he was the first African American designer to run the design room of an established apparel company. McGee blazed the trail for Bridges who is inspired to continue his legacy and push fashion forward.

Thea Norment, from Chicago, lives in Palo Alto, California. As a child, she was interested in the universe and knew that she wanted to be an astronaut. Her dream was to go to space. Norment is a senior electrical systems engineer who designs the electrical systems for high-powered satellites that provide services for cable, internet and television. Norment is inspired by Guion Bluford, the first African American in outer space. Bluford, who was inducted into the astronaut hall of fame in 2010, is an aerospace engineer and skilled military pilot. His groundbreaking accomplishments inspired Norment to launch an aerospace career of her own. Her goal is to be a key decision maker in space policy and encourage future generations, particularly African American women, to go into technical fields.

Laura Weidman Powers, co-founder and chief executive officer of CODE2040, is a native New Yorker who lives in San Francisco. Code2040 is a nonprofit organization that creates pathways to educational, professional and entrepreneurial success in technology for underrepresented minorities. After working at a technology start-up, Powers noticed a lack of diversity in the technology field. The year 2040 is significant because people of color will be the majority in the United States and for companies to thrive they will have to attract, hire and retain African American and other minority talent. Powers is inspired by John Henry Thompson, a pioneer in the technology industry. Thompson, a computer programmer, invented the Lingo programming language. Lingo is still used today to create visuals used in video games, web design, animation and graphics. Thompson’s work inspires Powers to break even more barriers in the technology industry.

“It’s important to give back to my community…,” said Bridges in the video featuring the young entrepreneur. “…Black History Month is important to me because it teaches my generation about the great African Americans who came before us.”

“We are proud to celebrate the cultural heritage of these extraordinary African Americans in history through this collection of life-changing success stories,” said Union Bank Multicultural Strategies Manager Frank Robinson. “The videos are a tribute to the amazing accomplishments of African Americans and help demonstrate the powerful connection between the passions and dreams of our current generations with the pioneers who have influenced their futures.”

For more information and to view the videos, visit www.unionbank.com/blackhistory.

About MUFG Union Bank, N.A.

MUFG Union Bank, N.A., is a full-service bank with offices across the United States.  We provide a wide spectrum of corporate, commercial, retail banking and wealth management solutions to meet the needs of customers.  The bank also offers an extensive portfolio of value-added solutions for customers, including investment banking, personal trust, capital markets, global treasury management, transaction banking and other services.  With assets of $113.7 billion (USD), as of December 31, 2014, the bank has strong capital reserves, credit ratings and capital ratios relative to peer banks.  MUFG Union Bank is a proud member of the Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group (NYSE: MTU), one of the world’s largest financial organizations with total assets of approximately ¥264 trillion (JPY) or $2.4 trillion (USD)1, as of September 30, 2014.  MUFG Americas Holdings Corporation, the financial holding company and MUFG Union Bank, N.A. have corporate headquarters in New York City.

1 Exchange rate of USD=Â¥109.45 (J-GAAP) as of September 30, 2014

“Black Lives Matter!” Our Attitude Toward the Elections in Chicago

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From the Chicago Alliance Against Racist & Political Repression

What are the mayoral and aldermanic elections really about?

There are a host of gut level issues raised by the various candidates that seem to address public education, job creation and unemployment, elimination of pension funds, public safety, the housing crisis, the health care crisis, MBE/WBE Independent Contractors, and all the ancillary issues that lie dormant in the social savagery created by budget cuts that further impoverish the poor and enrich the rich. But what about the racism, driven by an ever-deepening economic crisis and the political delirium of the powers that be, that is casting a shadow over all these issues? Ah! Therein lies the problem; everybody is ignoring the racist cutting edge of all the gut level issues afflicting our City, and getting away with it.

Think about it for a minute. Ninety percent of the public schools closed were closed in the African American community and over seventy five percent of the unarmed people murdered by the police are African American males. Yet the leading mayoral candidates opposing Rahm Emanuel kicked off their campaigns calling for a thousand police and then proceeded to address every other crisis without so much as a whisper about racism.  Have they not heard the young people marching in the streets chanting “Black Lives Matter!”? Haven’t they witnessed the mass youth-led uprising against police crimes and the racist criminal justice system? Are they aware that 28 City Council members have signed on to the Ordinance granting reparations to victims of police torture? It is impossible for them not to have heard or seen these volcanic social explosions; therefore, calling for more police is clearly a slap in the face.

We are basically being murdered in the streets in a manner that harkens back to the days when African Americans were publicly lynched; and politicians choose to ignore it because, believe it or not, they have allowed themselves to be caught up in the political delirium that is incapable of perceiving the change in the moral and political climate precipitated by the present uprising of our youth led by Black Youth Project 100, We Charge Genocide and #Black Lives Matter.

But this is not true of the politicians running for City Council who live in communities under siege by the police. Both incumbents and their challengers are starting to come out for an elected Civilian Police Accountability Council (CPAC) because it is their constituents that are being murdered and tortured and there is a developing mass movement in these communities against police crimes.

Our Chicago Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression does not endorse candidates; we push issues, and fight for the candidates as well as people in elected offices, to support those issues. The issue of empowering the people, to hold the police accountable for the crimes they commit, is raised in the letter we sent to every candidate, who is  running in the present City-wide elections, asking them to endorse CPAC. This is not a quid pro quo proposition or a political tit for tat game. We are asking these politicians to take a stand against the killing of our youth by racist police, who are propped up by a criminal justice system that perpetrates racist injustice. We are asking them to stand up for democracy, for life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. If you are not willing to do this then, in our opinion, you are not fit to hold any public office.

In political struggle nothing can be fixed finally and fairly because the relationships of forces for and against change are constantly changing. Being defeated means we are forced to recess, recover, regroup, rebuild and start over. In every lost struggle there are the seeds of a new one until phoenix-like victory arises out of the ashes of defeat.  Such is the dialectic of the progressive movement of social change and it happens without our permission.

After some forty years of repeated struggles for community control of the police we saw in the Ferguson rebellion the rosy dawn of a new day, we saw the possibility of victory being snatched from the jaws of defeat. When the grand jury refused to issue indictments in the cases of Eric Garner and Michael Brown we witnessed that out of these defeats there emerged a mass uprising that catapulted our movement into the national and international political arenas like never before. We see this as a favorable yet transient moment in our struggle. While the winds of change are at our backs we must push forward with all we’ve got going for us so that when this moment passes we won’t see it as a lost opportunity. Our battle cry as we struggle in these elections for endorsements for CPAC must be: Fight Back! Endorse CPAC!

We have to dare to struggle in order to win, and it is our duty to win.

For information contact Frank Chapman 312-513-3795 or
Ted Pearson 312-927-2689.

Chicago Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression
Stop Police Crimes Campaign


Black Youth Project 100 – Chicago Chapter Will Join Communities United in Calling for Chicago Mayoral Candidates to End the Criminalization of Young Chicagoans

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CHICAGO, IL– In the City of Chicago, Black people are 15 times more likely than White people to be arrested for a low-level marijuana offense and 40 times more likely to plead or be found guilty for a low-level marijuana offense(The Chicago Reader). In 2012, an ordinance was passed to ticket Chicagoans for marijuana possession, however reports are still showing a racial disparity of Black people being disproportionately arrested and convicted (The Chicago Reader).The Black Youth Project 100 (BYP 100), Chicago chapter will hold a press conference and speak-out outside of DuSable Museum before the Mayoral Candidate Forum about the racial disparities in the criminal justice system that largely impact Black youth in Chicago.

On 2/10/15, there will be a Press conference followed by a Speak-out at the DuSable Museum of African American History, 740 E. 56th Place, in Chicago, at 5:30 p.m.

In coordination with Communities United, BYP 100 are calling for Chicago Mayoral Candidates to enact policies and programs that end racial profiling and the criminalization of Black and Brown youth. BYP 100 specifically directs the City of Chicago to end the unjust arrests of Black Chicagoans for low-level marijuana offenses. BYP 100 will also speak about the Agenda to Keep Us Safe, a policy agenda that proposes strategies and policies to end the criminalization of Black Youth in America.

Black Youth Project 100 (BYP 100) is an activist member-based organization of Black 18-35 year olds, dedicated to creating justice and freedom for all Black people. We do this through building a network focused on transformative leadership development, non-violent direct action organizing, advocacy and education using a Black queer feminist lens. We are an organization affiliated with the Black Youth Project.

Editor’s Note: This information was provided by Black Youth Project 100 (BYP 100)

FOID Mental Health Reporting System Receives Thousands of Reports in First Year

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Nearly 1300 Clinicians and Qualified Examiners Register in Year One

SPRINGFIELD, IL – The Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS)  announced nearly 1,300 clinicians and other health professionals have registered with the Firearm Owner Identification (FOID) Mental Health Reporting System. The Firearm Concealed Carry Act (PA 98-063) passed in 2013 requires a variety of clinicians and other health professionals to report patients who they believe pose a “clear and present danger” to themselves or others. The definition of “clear and present danger” was clarified and the number of health professionals required to report was expanded under the law.

IDHS accepted 1,286 registrations from clinicians in 2014. There have been 4,364 events reported by all clinicians and 138,565 events reported by all facilities last year. Facilities include hospitals and nursing homes and other facilities that have inpatient mental health treatment programs.  An event is each time a patient is reported.

“The concealed carry law broadened the scope of the Illinois FOID Mental Health Reporting System in terms of who reports and what information they must report,” said IDHS Acting Secretary Melissa A. Wright. “Based on these numbers it appears that, after one year, we are getting the word out and the system is working as intended.”

The Illinois FOID Mental Health Reporting System is an online system administered by IDHS. It collects information on persons in Illinois who have been declared in court to be mentally disabled; admitted to an inpatient mental health facility within the last five years; determined to be a “clear and present danger” to themselves or others or determined to be developmentally disabled.

The system mandates clinicians, mental health facilities and qualified examiners to report persons who meet any of the above criteria to IDHS within the time frames set forth in the law. A qualified examiner includes social workers, registered nurses, clinical professional counselors, and marriage and family therapists who report only if they have an additional three years of clinical experience involving evaluation and treatment with patients that have a mental illness.

IDHS then cross-references persons to the Illinois State Police (ISP) FOID database for matches, which are then reported to the ISP.  ISP is then responsible for investigating and processing or rejecting the application for the FOID card. The purpose of these regulations is to save lives through common sense reform and careful oversight.

IDHS must be notified of anyone who communicates a serious threat of physical violence against a reasonably identifiable victim or poses a clear and imminent risk of serious physical injury to himself, herself or another person; or who demonstrates threatening physical or verbal behavior, such as violent, suicidal, or assaultive threats, actions, or other behavior as determined by a physician, clinical psychologist or qualified examiner. All reports must be completed via the new Illinois FOID Reporting System developed and maintained by IDHS.

Those entities required to report include hospitals, nursing homes, residential settings, and outpatient facilities. Clinicians and qualified examiners who must report include: physicians, psychiatrists, clinical psychologists, clinical social workers, registered nurses, licensed clinical professional counselors, and marriage and family therapists.  All reporting is confidential under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act.

IDHS partnered with sister state agencies and many statewide associations and others to ensure that clinicians and facilities understood the importance of the new reporting requirements.

To learn more about the Illinois FOID Mental Health Reporting System, go to https://foid.dhs.illinois.gov/foidpublic/foid/.

R&B Group From Brooklyn Releases New E.P. “Life As We Know It” – A Clever Mix of R&B, Jazz, Hip-Hop and Soul

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The Seal Breakers latest release features an ingenious display of styles from the Golden Age of R&B – all the way to todays contemporary music.

“When you hear a group like The Seal Breakers – it sounds familiar… like they’ve already recorded several albums and won Grammys.” — Kevin Nottingham, Hipnott Records

The Seal Breakers

Brooklyn, NY — Life depends upon its inherent diversity to evolve. So its fitting that music mimics Mother Nature in The Seal Breakers forthcoming release, Life as We Know It. The EP will showcase an ingenious array of genres – from the Golden Age of R&B, all the way to todays contemporary hip-hop, “turn-up” tracks.

Life as We Know It stands as a musical evolution for The Seal Breakers, which are a seven-member, Brooklyn-based musical collective founded in 2001. The group began to receive national recognition in 2014 with the success of their single entitled “Brooklyn.” The song received large-market radio rotation and became licensed as the official song of NBA’s Brooklyn Nets.

Life as We Know It is an amalgam of R&B, jazz, hip-hop, and pop and soul as well. The project was a creative quest exemplifying how The Seal Breakers have “broken through the seals” of artistic conformity. The group’s leader, Craig Williams explains, “This EP represents the music that surrounds all of us and reflects our ability as a movement to conquer each stylistic challenge.”

The five all-original compositions on Life as We Know It feature an assortment of throwback and contemporary music. The signature style of The Seal Breakers shines through, via their meld of inimitable brass and use of real instrumentation. Life as We Know It contains modern, turn-up tunes, such as “Ready for War,” yet the album also emanates a retro flavor in tracks such as “Arri’ve.” Williams adds, “Our influences vary and stretch as far back as Earth Wind and Fire – yet also include artists of today such as Maroon 5, Jay Z and The Roots.”

To bring Life as We Know It to fruition, Williams relied on the production talents of Man Meets Machine (Notorious B.I.G., Junior Mafia) and Alectric Mayhem (50 Cent, G-Unit, YMCMB). Joining Craig in co-production was Alex Mosely of Trackmasterz (Mary J. Blige, Jay Z, R. Kelly) and Elliotte “Ethos” Miller.

For “Ready for War” Williams tapped the flair and finesse of multi-platinum and Grammy-nominated producer Travis J. Sayles (Justin Bieber, T.I., Kelly Rowland). The Seal Breakers are a cohesive group that epitomizes the eclectic evolution of R&B music in America… and with their latest release; they know Life as We Know It is about to change!

For more details about the group, visit www.thesealbreakers.com
Watch – “Brooklyn” (Anthem) Official Music Video:

Watch – “When I See The Blood” Featuring Kenny Carr:

Watch – “Is It Possible?

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