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Archive for June 11th, 2015

Munger: Most State Payments Will Cease Without Budget Deal

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Comptroller urges General Assembly to deliver balanced budget


CHICAGO, IL – Comptroller Leslie Geissler Munger on Wednesday announced that the Illinois General Assembly’s failure to reach a budget agreement with Governor Rauner by July 1 will reap severe consequences for residents and organizations throughout the state.

“I am here as the state’s Chief Fiscal Officer to urge the General Assembly to avoid causing this unnecessary hardship and work with the Governor to pass a balanced budget,” Munger said at a Chicago news conference. “I am here to remind all involved that this isn’t a game to be won or lost – their rhetoric, posturing and decisions have grave implications on people and communities across the state.”

Regardless of budget negotiations, the Comptroller will be able to continue making payments authorized under the current fiscal year, FY15, budget – including the state’s existing $5 billion backlog.

However, when the FY15 bills are paid, she will not have appropriation authority to make new payments that fall under the new fiscal year, FY16, which begins July 1. Ramifications include:

  • New Medicaid provider payments will stop
  • Nonprofits and small employers will be unable to receive expedited payments
  • State employees will start missing paychecks July 15
  • General State Aid payments to schools will not be delivered as scheduled on August 10
  • New payments to state vendors will stop

Munger noted that continuing appropriations and other legal provisions will allow her to meet some FY16 obligations, including the following payments: debt, pension, retiree benefits, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, Assistance for the Aged, Blind and Disabled, and most local government payments.

On the budget impasse, the Comptroller urged the General Assembly to reach an agreement with the Governor that includes reforms to make Illinois more competitive and grow its tax base. She noted that the budget passed by legislators last month has a $4 billion shortfall, which is “what put us in this mess in the first place.”

“I come from the private sector, and I have been extremely disappointed by the inactivity and needless theater in Springfield,” Munger said. “So far, lawmakers have failed to do their jobs. And their failure prevents me from doing mine. It’s time for all parties to find common ground before the situation grows dire.”

Residents Call for Immediate Reopening of Humboldt Park Beach and Long-Term Sustainability Plan

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Effort Supported by Alderman Carlos Rosa, Alderman Roberto Maldonado, Alderman Joe Moreno, and State Senator William Delgado

CHICAGO, IL – On Wednesday June 10, the hottest day in Chicago so far this year, Grassroots Illinois Action held a press conference with community residents calling for the reopening of the Humboldt Park Beach and sustainability plan to keep it open to the community for the long term.

The Humboldt Park Beach has served as one of the greatest summer recreational resources for Humboldt Park, Logan Square and West Town area for over 40 years. Currently, the historic beach is sitting waterless. Less than a month before the rest of Chicago’s beaches were set to open, the Chicago Park District (CPD) announced Humboldt Park Beach would be closed for Summer 2015.

Participants questioned the budgetary rationale of the Chicago Park District decision to close the Humboldt Park Beach considering how recently the city waived the near $1 million rental fee for Grant Park for the NFL, an extremely profitable organization. Community residents held signs reading, “NFL gets $1 mil, Humboldt Park kids no beach?”

There are only two pools within two miles of the beach, Humboldt Park Pool and Smith Park Pool, with a combined capacity of just over 100 swimmers. These pools are not designed for use by young children or non-swimmers.  There is only a single water spray feature located within one mile of the beach.

“We refuse to allow our community to be stripped of this historic and vital beach,” stated Rousemary Vega, GIA member and Humboldt Park resident. “For years my family has enjoyed using the Humboldt Park Beach. The beach has provided us cool relief on hot summer days and a safe space for our children to play.”

“We want it to continue being a refuge for families so we urge the park district to open it this summer. Not only that, we urge the park district to come up with a sustainability plan to make sure we are not here again next year,” said Lynda Lopez, Grassroots Illinois Action member.

The campaign to keep the Humboldt Park Beach open has enjoyed wide support. More than 1800 residents have signed a petition demanding the beach open following the closing announcement. Grassroots Illinois Action has received received support for reopening the Humboldt Park Beach from Alderman Carlos Rosa (35), Alderman Joe Moreno (1),  Alderman Roberto Maldonado (26), Casa Puertorriquena, and State Senator William Delgado (2).

“I have always been committed to working with community members to provide safe places for our children to play, especially in summer months.  I stand with Grassroots Illinois Action in their call to keep the beach open. It is my hope we will be able to work with the park district to find a sustainable long-term solution for many more years of beach enjoyment.” said Alderman Roberto Maldonado in a statement.

Kirk Amendment Demonstrates Majority, Bipartisan Support for Export-Import Bank

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With June 30 Expiration, Congress Can Prevent Shutdown


WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) led an amendment to keep open the Export-Import Bank, set to expire on June 30. A bipartisan, filibuster-proof majority voted 65-31 to back Senator Kirk’s amendment to reform Ex-Im and extend its charter to 2019.

“This vote sends a clear message that we have a bipartisan majority to save the Export-Import Bank and the 46,000 Illinois jobs that depend on it,” Senator Kirk said. “Allowing Ex-Im to expire hands American competitiveness over to China and Europe, and this vote shows that we don’t have to.”

Nearly 90 percent of Ex-Im’s transactions each year directly benefit small businesses, and nationwide the bank supports more than 205,000 American jobs. The top Illinois companies supported by Ex-Im are The Boeing Company, CNH Industrial America and Caterpillar. The Export-Import Bank supports 244 Illinois businesses and operates with no cost to the taxpayer. In the past three years, the bank returned nearly $3 billion to the U.S. Treasury. The Ex-Im Coalition estimates 46,722 jobs in Illinois are supported by the Ex-Im Bank.

Senator Kirk and Senator Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.) introduced the Export-Import Bank Reform and Reauthorization Act (S. 819) earlier this year. The Chamber of Commerce and the National Association of Manufacturers are in support of the Kirk-Heitkamp legislation.

Closing the Four Basic Gaps of African Americans

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Nationwide (BlackNews.com) –  The esteemed college professor, Harvey Smith, Sr. has published a book titled The Second American Revolution, Closing the Four Basic Gaps of African Americans, Perfect Pair Imperfect Pair. In the book, Professor Smith describes the four basic gaps that exists when comparing the economic achievements of African Americans with White Americans. Professor Smith identifies, for the first time, the four basic gaps which he refers to as the BINE Gap© which includes gaps in the following areas: business; income; net worth; and education.The book was published in 2014 during a time of great racial tension as relationships between the African American community and police departments deteriorated substantially. During this time of concern in which many people were searching for answers that could lead to a better racial environment, Professor Smith believes he has the answers to the problems as he proposes, in his book, ways in which African Americans can improve their plight and reduce the four basic gaps. Professor Smith researched the 2010 United States census and found some surprising data that suggests the economic status of African Americans is not good and in fact may be deteriorating over time. Professor Smith indicated that mathematically it is impossible for the four basic gaps to be closed given current policies in place in America today. He proposes solutions that will go a long way towards closing the gaps by using all stakeholders in America including leaders in: business, politics, government, entertainment, and sports. He believes this coalition is needed in order to bring substantial improvement to the average African American going forward. He also provided a self-help component that deals with such key topics as: personal budgeting; personal financial management; wealth building; and credit management.

Professor Smith noted that, based on the 2010 census, White Americans had a median net worth of $110,500 while the median net worth of African Americans was $6,314. Thus, White Americans had a median net worth 17.5 times that of African Americans. The 2010 census also indicated that African Americans earned incomes at a rate of 60 percent of the rate of White Americans. Professor Smith believes these facts clearly indicate that the average African American is in a deplorable state.

In the book, Professor Smith provides detailed statistics on other basic gaps in business and in education. Educational gap information is provided in the book in the areas of SAT performances and a comparison of the substantial gap that exists in college endowments. White American educational institutions have unbelievably larger endowments than Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). Thus, there is a huge gap in available resources at the HBCUs.

Professor Smith describes what he calls a “Perfect Pair” of achievements of White Americans and an Imperfect Pair of achievements of African Americans in the areas of business (economics) and religion. He believes while White Americans have achieved a Perfect Pair in both categories, African Americans have great achievements in religion but have failed in business, and thus African Americans have achieved an “Imperfect Pair.” Professor Smith wrote that the most important goal for African Americans is to close the business gap. He believes that when the business gap is closed, all other gaps will be closed shortly thereafter, and when this happens, African Americans will achieve the “Perfect Pair.”

The Second American Revolution was written by Professor Smith as a way of providing a historical depiction of African Americans, a book in which he provided information on the positive role of the African slaves. Professor Smith discusses at great length the reasons why America should respond to the needs of average African Americans with his basic theme being the right of African Americans to be equal in every way. His belief, as stated in the book, is African Americans should be equal based on the Bible and based on The Declaration of Independence.

Professor Smith believes that now is the time for positive changes in America for the benefit of all Americans.

For more details, visit www.harveysmithauthor.com

Photo Caption: Bookcover and author, Harvey Smith, Sr.


NAACP Statement on Resignation of McKinney Police Officer ​Eric Casebolt

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BALTIMORE, Md. — The police officer who was videotaped slamming a teenage girl to the ground and raising his gun towards others during an incident at a Texas pool has resigned. Cpl. Eric Casebolt’s resignation comes a day after hundreds of protesters marched near the pool in McKinney, Texas where the incident occurred last weekend.

From Cornell William Brooks, NAACP President & CEO:
“The children and families of McKinney, Texas deserve a police department that is committed to stopping crime and preserving justice, not a department that tolerates the use of excessive force. To protect any community, law enforcement officials must respect that community.  The resignation of Cpl. Eric Casebolt is a good first step, but hardly the last. The NAACP will continue working with community members and law enforcement to ensure that no one, especially the young people of McKinney, are ever again the victims of excessive force, racial profiling and police brutality. We join the community in wrapping our arms around these young people as they heal from the physical and mental scars this incident may have caused. They are our future, and their lives matter.”

On Monday, June 8th, NAACP leaders from Texas, including Garland Branch President Ricky McNeal, NAACP First Vice President and National Board Member Bob Lydia and Arlington Branch President Alisa Simmons, met with McKinney Police Department Chief Greg Conley.  The meeting was called to discuss the concerns McKinney residents have about the aggressive police actions recently demonstrated against minors at a local pool party. During the two-hour meeting, the NAACP made several requests on the community’s behalf.

The primary outcomes of the meeting were:

·    The NAACP has asked the families of the children involved to contact our local office and let us know how we can work with the city and police       department to thoroughly investigate this incident and provide support.
·        The McKinney Police Department informed the NAACP that the investigation would take approximately two weeks to complete. We believe a  true and independent investigation will produce an equitable outcome.
·        The NAACP has asked that the McKinney Police Department honestly and seriously engages with communities of color in McKinney.
·        The NAACP requested both the 911 audio files and police report of the incident. We have filed an Open Records request.
·        The NAACP has asked that the evaluations files and psychological exam of the officers involved be made public.

The NAACP looks forward to continuing to work with the families of the young people in the “pool Incident video” as well as faith leaders, activists and the McKinney Police Department to bring this situation to a justified end.  Additionally, we encourage any and all community members to attend the next City Council meeting on Tuesday, July 16 to express their concern about this incident.

Another Chance Church Launches “Month of Blessings”; Will Pay Bills and Give Away a Car

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By Chinta Strausberg

Rev. Kenyatta Smith, pastor of the Another Chance Church, 1641 W. 79th St, Tuesday launched his “Month of Blessings” program vowing to pay somebody’s bill and once a month giving away a car to some needy person living in Chicago.

“We are paying somebody’s bill every month and at the end of the month, we are giving away a car. We are six-years in ministry,” said Smith who has been in the ministry for the past 15-years.

“Starting June 14th, we will be paying somebody’s bill and every fourth Sunday we are giving away a pre-owned car,” Smith told this reporter.

“I want to show people that the church can still thrive in the community and be a blessing, to let them know there is help out here and that they do not have to be alone.”

Quoting Romans 15:1-2 from the Message Bible, Pastor Smith said, “1-2Those of us who are strong and able in the faith need to step in and lend a hand to those who falter, and not just do what is most convenient for us. Strength is for service, not status. Each one of us needs to look after the good of the people around us, asking ourselves, “How can I help?”

When asked how would he pay for these gifts, Smith said through his church tithes.

For further information, call 312.523.6957; however, to participate in this blessing program, click on these links and follow the instructions:

anotherchancec@gmail.com

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.

Innovative Program Designed for Illinois District and School Leaders

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Leads to new levels of problem solving

NAPERVILLE, IL—District and school leaders participating in a new collaborative leadership network say their ability to interact with other district leaders and discuss strategies and experiences around school improvement efforts has enabled them to better tackle the challenges they face in their home districts.

The District Leadership Team (DLT) Learning Network is a professional development resource for district leaders who are seeking ways to develop tools and ideas that will drive their school improvement efforts. The network was created by the Illinois Center for School Improvement (Illinois CSI), a federally funded program under the direction of the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE). Leaders in 30 districts are currently participating in the network.

“The network is very encouraging and very inspiring,” said Maurice Young, an assistant principal at Bremen Community High School. “Many times in our job, you kind of work in isolation. But you begin to understand that there are other school districts experiencing the same struggles you are experiencing youself. …So, it’s the collaborative process of everyone coming together that I think is going to move all of us forward.”

ISBE created Illinois CSI, operated by American Institutes for Research (AIR), to raise student performance in the lowest performing school districts by strengthening district and school leadership.

Since late 2013, Illinois CSI has been working with 30 districts accounting for 166 schools in the bottom 5 percentile statewide in composite reading and math scores or graduation rates between 2011 and 2013. The districts receive Priority Services from Illinois CSI as part of ISBE’s flexibility waiver provided by the Elementary and Secondary Education Act under No Child Left Behind.

In the DLT Learning Network, leaders from districts come together several times a year to refine their district’s strategic plans and advance through Illinois CSI’s continuous improvement process, which consists of strategies that strengthen leadership structures, use of data, and instructional practices. Districts usually meet in smaller DLT Learning Network groups, but on June 11, all districts participating in the network have been invited to gather together in Bloomington for the first time.

“I like the fact that I get to talk to other schools and see what they’re doing and the collaboration with other districts. It also helped open my eyes to see the route the [Illinois CSI coaches] are coming from and where I need to go as a teacher,” said Rechelle Wilkinson, a second-grade teacher from Venice Community Unit School District 3, which is participating in the DLT Learning Network.

During the time between DLT Learning Network sessions, districts receive further support through on-site coaching. Illinois CSI also performed rigorous needs assessments for its districts. Key findings from the needs assessments have been used by participating districts to establish student improvement goals.

“We’ve gone deeper than we would have on our own,” said School Superintendent Jayne Purcell of Dolton-Riverdale School District 148, a district participating in the network. “It’s about improving what we’re doing systemically as a district.”

Illinois CSI, in collaboration with ISBE and AIR, also conducts and collects research on district and school improvement issues and makes this information available at www.illinoiscsi.org.

To arrange an interview with Illinois CSI executive director Dr. Betheny Lyke and staff working with districts, or to learn more about the DLT Learning Network, contact Pete Sherman, senior communications strategist, at 630-649-6665 or psherman@illinoiscsi.org.

Illinois CSI also is available as a resource to journalists reporting on district and school reform.

The following districts are receiving Priority Services from Illinois CSI:

Beardstown Community Unit School District 15

Bloom Township High School District 206

Bremen High School District 228

Brooklyn Unit School District 188

Cahokia Community School District 187

Chicago Public Schools 299

Cicero School District 99

Danville Community School District 118

Decatur School District 61

Dolton-Riverdale School District 148

East Aurora School District 131

East St. Louis School District 189

J.S. Morton High School District 201

Kankakee School District 111

Madison Community Unit School District 12

Maywood-Melrose Park-Broadview School District 89

Meridian Community Unit School District 101

North Chicago School District 187

Peoria School District 150

Proviso Township High School District 209

Rock Island-Milan School District 41

Rockford School District 205

Sandoval Community Unit School District 501

Scott-Morgan Community Unit School District 2

Springfield School District 186

Thornton Fractional Township School District 215

Thornton Township High Schools District 205

Venice Community Unit School District 3

West Harvey-Dixmoor​ School District 147

Waukegan Community Unit School District 60​​​

About Illinois CSI

Illinois CSI, a partnership between ISBE and AIR, was created to raise student achievement in Illinois’s lowest performing school districts by increasing district-level capacity for exceptional teaching and learning. Illinois CSI accomplishes this mission by providing Priority Services to districts as part of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act flexibility provided under No Child Left Behind. For more information about Illinois CSI, visit www.illinoiscsi.org.

Classic Rock Returns to the Grandstand

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Tickets to go on sale this month

DuQuoin, IL – State Fair Manager Patrick Buchen announced today three more acts are slated to perform at the DuQuoin State Fair Grandstand stage.

On Friday, September 4, classic rock returns to the Grandstand as Night Ranger takes the stage.  Selling more than 17 million albums worldwide, Night Ranger transcended the sounds and styles of the 1980’s.  Best known for hits such as, “Sister Christian,” “When You Close Your Eyes,” and “(You Can Still) Rock in America,” Night Ranger continues to perform for sold-out crowds around the world.   Illinois’ very own Head East will return home to southern Illinois to kick off this night of rock.

Also slated to perform at the DuQuoin State Fair is country music superstar, Randy Houser. Houser’s concert will round out the 2015 fair, on Labor Day, Monday, September 7.

Houser is taking the billboard charts by storm with three consecutive number one hits, “How Country Feels,” “Runnin’Outta Moonlight” and “Goodnight Kiss.”
“Goodnight Kiss” recently became Houser’s first number one hit as a songwriter, though he has written numerous hits for artists over the years, including songs for Trace Adkins, Justin Moore and Chris Young.

To make this the ultimate concert experience, this year the DuQuoin State Fair will offer a limited number of Box Seats.  When you purchase Box Seats you will get six seats for you and your friends to soak in all the great summer Grandstand action, for all ten days of the fair.  Fair-goers must act fast to reserve this special offer, as box seats will be sold on a first come first serve basis.  You’re urged to call the DuQuoin State Fair Grandstand office for more information on availability and pricing.

Tickets for all DuQuoin State Fair Grandstand performances will go on sale through Ticketmaster on Saturday, June 27 at 10am.   The Grandstand ticket office will begin selling tickets on Monday, June 29th at 9am.  Tickets can be purchased in person or by calling (618) 542-1535.   Box seats will only be sold at the DuQuoin State Fair Grandstand office.

Ticket prices are listed below:

August 29: Colt Ford / Josh Thompson
Tier 1 – $20 / Tier 2 – $15

August 30: Trace Adkins
Tier 1 – $20 / Tier 2 – $25

September 4:  Night Ranger / Head East
Tier 1 – $17 / Tier 2 – $12

September 7:  Randy Houser
Tier 1 – $25 / Tier 2 – $20

Look for more announcements regarding the upcoming DuQuoin State Fair in the coming weeks, and be sure to make plans to attend the fair August 28-September 7th.

New Audio Book Details First Fictional & Most Probable Legal Battle for African-American Reparations

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Free copies are now available of “Reparations I: The Attorneys” – a full cast audio drama by a veteran XM/ Sirius producing partner


Reparations I: The Attorneys By K. Anderson Yancy

Los Angeles, CA (BlackNews.com) — In Reparations I: The Attorneys, a full cast audio drama with over 50 performers, researched and produced over 23 years, two African-American attorneys, best friends, find themselves opposing council in the reparations legal battle for the African-American Holocaust over 400 years of: Slavery, apartheid and vast forms of discrimination and genocide at the hands of the United States, while navigating the U.S. legal system and wrestling with the resulting personal turbulences in their lives.

Reparations I: The Attorneys surveys myriad current Reparations battles and issues within the U.S.: White, African, African-American, Jewish, Chinese, Muslim, Mexican, Native American…Slavery; illegal Italian-American & German-American WWII internment; Hawaiian & Guam Reparations; (2) U.S. Mexican-American Ethnic Cleansings: (1929-1939) The Mexican Repatriation & (1954 ????) Operation Wetback {Sadly its True Name}; illegal U.S. medical experimentation, nuclear irradiation, biological warfare test on its citizens; and so much more.

At 15.5 hours, the length of a 22 week dramatic television series less commercials. It covers a year as the two dueling attorneys move to the trials commencement and gives unique views of long, complex paths to justice.
Reparations I: The Attorneys available FREE two ways:

It’s available FREE at Amazons Audible at www.Rep1.us and the link (Reparations I: The Attorneys) by signing up for a FREE 30 day trial.  Cancel the FREE trial prior to 30 days and keep your copy.

Or

It’s available FREE if you leave a review of Reparations I: The Attorneys on your newspaper be it Daily, Weekly, College, High School… magazine; blog; Newsletter, website…wherever. Please send a request to: Rep1USYancy@gmail.com (The supplys limited so submit your request as soon as possible.)

About the Author
From 2003 2013, K. Anderson Yancy was a producing partner of XM/Sirius Satellite Radio, providing SonicMovies, premium audio content that sounds like movies to its Book Theater & Playboy’s Sexy Stories.

Hes written, adapted, directed, produced and performed in 300+ SonicMovies; been anthologized with John Grisham, Scott Turow, Erle Stanley Gardner and other authors of note in the Mammoth Book of Legal Thrillers, a #1 Bestseller in Australia and Bestseller in Europe; written countless long and short stories; appeared in commercials and ads for McDonalds, Buick, …industrial videos; and written, directed, and shot several short films.

Hes earned degrees from Los Angeles Valley & City Colleges in broadcasting and film; and from Northwestern University, complements of the nations Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps, with majors in Economics and Naval Science. A Naval Officer, he earned a M.S. in Real Estate & Urban Development, at The American University; following the Navy, a Jurist Doctorate, from George Mason University School of Law.

Photo Caption: Cover of full cast audio drama

Bike to Work, Track Your Trips and Win Cool Prizes With Bike Commuter Challenge, June 12-19

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The Active Transportation Alliance’s Bike Commuter Challenge, in partnership with Bike Chicago and Chicago Bike Week, is an annual celebration of bike commuting. Last year, more than 6,200 Chicagoland employees from 946 companies logged their bike trips during the week. Participating employers included Groupon, Orbitz, Motorola, WBEZ, Chicago Sun-Times, The Field Museum, Allstate Insurance, the Village of Niles and many others.

This year, participants can track trips on the go with our new trip tracking app; they can also view other team’s current standings at www.bikecommuterchallenge.org – a great feature for organizations looking to add a little friendly competition into the Challenge. (We recommend social media sparring – and encourage participants to give their competitors a public nudge for a good cause!)

It’s easy to participate. You don’t have to bike all the way every day, just one bike trip to your local bus or train stop during the challenge counts towards your team’s total. Anyone can sign up for free at www.bikecommuterchallenge.org.

“Whether you bike commute every day or want to try it out, we can get you rolling to work,” said Ron Burke, Executive Director of the Active Transportation Alliance. “Nearly 20 percent of our participants last year were biking to work for the first time and nearly 42 percent were women. We’ve got all the tools and encouragement you need to get to work on two wheels.”

Throughout Bike Commuter Challenge, Active Trans will host morning Pit Stops for bike commuters in Chicago. We’ll have free Dark Matter Coffee, bike mechanical checks, morning snacks and cool bike-related give-a-ways. Get the full pit stop schedule at http://bikecommuterchallenge.org/page/pit_stop_schedule. Additionally, we will be set up at the official Bike to Work Rally at Daley Plaza Friday June 19. You can learn more about Chicago Bike Week events at www.bikechicago.us.

Programs like the Bike Commuter Challenge are a core part of our organization’s mission – to make it easier and more fun for people to ride a bike, walk and use public transit. In addition to directly encouraging people to try out a two-wheeled commute, the Bike Commuter Challenge activates new champions for bringing healthy and sustainable transportation options to Chicago and showcases the broad-based support for streets that are safer and better for all.

About Active Transportation Alliance

The Active Transportation Alliance is a non-profit, member-based advocacy organization that works to make bicycling, walking and public transit so safe, convenient and fun that we will achieve a significant shift from environmentally harmful, sedentary travel to clean, active travel. The organization builds a movement around active transportation, encourages physical activity, increases safety and builds a world-class transportation network. The Active Transportation Alliance is supported by more than 7,000 members and 1,000 volunteers. For more information about the Active Transportation Alliance, visit www.activetrans.org or call 312.427.3325.

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