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President Barack Obama: The Iran Deal

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Today, after two years of negotiations, the United States — together with our international partners — has achieved what decades of animosity has not:

A comprehensive, long-term deal that will verifiably prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon.

This deal shows the real and meaningful change that American leadership and diplomacy can bring — change that makes our country and the world safer and more secure.

We negotiated from a position of strength and principle — and the result is a nuclear deal that cuts off every pathway to a nuclear weapon.

I want to make sure every American knows what this deal means and how it works. Take a look here.

Because of this deal, Iran will not be able to produce highly enriched uranium or weapons-grade plutonium, the raw materials necessary to build a bomb. Here’s why:

Under this deal, Iran will reduce its stockpile of enriched uranium by 98 percent, remove two-thirds of its installed centrifuges — the machines necessary to produce highly enriched uranium — and store them under constant international supervision.

To put that in perspective, Iran currently has a stockpile that could produce up to 10 nuclear weapons. Now, its uranium stockpile will be reduced to a fraction of what would be required for a single weapon.

Under this deal, Iran will modify its nuclear reactor in Arak so it cannot produce weapons-grade plutonium — and all spent fuel from the reactor will be shipped out of the country indefinitely.

This deal is not built on trust — it’s built on verification. Under this deal, we will, for the first time, be in a position to verify that Iran is meeting all of these commitments. International nuclear inspectors will have access to Iran’s nuclear program — where necessary, when necessary. This is the most comprehensive and intrusive verification regime that we have ever negotiated. If Iran tries to divert raw materials to covert facilities, inspectors will be able to access any suspicious locations.

As Iran implements this deal, it will receive gradual relief from sanctions. If it violates any aspect of this deal, sanctions that have crippled Iran’s economy will snap back into place.

Learn more, and get additional context, right here.

That’s the deal.

It has the full backing of the international community. Without it, there’d be no agreed-upon limitations on Iran’s nuclear program and other countries would feel more compelled to pursue their own programs, threatening a nuclear arms race in the most volatile region of the world.

Put simply: No deal means a greater chance of more war in the Middle East.

That is why it would be irresponsible to walk away from this deal. Moving forward, I welcome a robust debate in Congress on the details of this deal. As Commander-in-Chief, I am confident that this deal will meet the national security interests of the U.S. and our allies. So I will veto any legislation that prevents the successful implementation of this deal.

Our differences with Iran are real, and the difficult history between our nations cannot be ignored. But it is possible to change. The path of violence and rigid ideology; a foreign policy based on threats to attack your neighbors or eradicate Israel — is a dead end. A different path — one of tolerance, and peaceful resolution of conflict — leads to more integration into the global economy, more engagement with the international community, and the ability of the Iranian people to prosper and thrive. This deal offers an opportunity to move in a new direction.

We should seize it.

Thank you,

President Barack Obama

President Bill Clinton To Address NAACP 106TH Annual National Convention In Philadelphia On July 15

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President Bill Clinton, Founder of the Clinton Foundation and 42nd President of the United States, will address the 106th NAACP Annual Convention in Philadelphia, PA on Wednesday, July 15, 2015 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center.

“We are thrilled President Bill Clinton will be addressing our final plenary session at this year’s NAACP National Convention,” stated NAACP Chairman Roslyn M. Brock. “President Clinton demonstrated his pragmatic leadership while in the White House. Today, he continues his work as a change-making leader through the Clinton Foundation.  As the country is faced with challenges, we look forward to hearing the former President lend his perspective on some of the most important civil rights challenges of our time during the 106th Annual Convention.”

President Clinton has addressed the NAACP’s National Convention on multiple occasions.

“President Clinton comes to the NAACP’s 106th annual convention as not merely a humanitarian or a former president but as a friend,” states Cornell William Brooks, NAACP President & CEO.  “Whether advancing civil rights nationally or combating human rights challenges globally, President Clinton has demonstrated the values of the NAACP over an arc of public service that is both long and wide.”

This year’s convention will run from July 11 – July 15 under the theme “Pursuing Liberty in the Face of Injustice.”  The NAACP will focus on building a broad based agenda around voting rights, criminal justice reform, health equity, economic opportunity and education equality ahead of the 2016 presidential election.  Click here to see the schedule of events; click here to register for press credentials.

Eighth Ward Accountability Coalition Hosts Citizen Meeting to Discuss Proposed Opening of a Medical Marijuana Dispensary in Chatham Area

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Meeting will be held Saturday, July 18th, 2:00 P.M., at St. Felicitas Catholic Church, 1526 E. 84th Street.

The Eighth Ward Accountability Coalition (EWAC) is hosting a citizen meeting to discuss the proposed opening of a medical marijuana dispensary in the Chatham area. The meeting, which will include Lester Hollis, the CEO of the proposed dispensary, will be held on July 18, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. at St. Felicitas Catholic Church, 1526 E. 84th Street.

EWAC was formed to address these type of issues and we strongly oppose the plans of Harborside Illinois Grown Medicine, a joint venture of California-based Harborside Health Center and Illinois Grown Medicine (IGM), to locate a dispensary at 1111 E. 87th Street.

“The location proposed by Harborside IGM is inconsistent with the state laws regulating these dispensaries,” said Jerry Brown, an official with EWAC. “It would be located near Lorraine Dixon Park, Chatham Family Counseling Center, La Rabida Children’s Center, Ada S. McKinley Community Services, and several stable and flourishing neighborhoods. The state law is clear that minimum distances from parks, schools and residential areas be maintained, and the proposed location violates this statute. Not only that, the proposed site is within the same complex that houses a University of Illinois Extension facility.”

EWAC is also concerned with the ownership and management of the proposed business. According to news reports, Steven DeAngelo, a felon convicted of drug distribution and founder of Harborside, is barred from participating in the business operations but his brother, Andrew DeAngelo is the Harborside partner who will be involved in Illinois. The U.S. Department of Justice has taken action to shut down the Harborside operations in California.

EWAC also cites a quote by Lester Hollis, IGM Chief Executive Officer, as a concern about exploitation of the solidly middle class neighborhood. “From the beginning of this process, [the South Side] was where we wanted to be. If we had to choose one area, that was where we would have prepared to be,” Hollis said, because “that’s where African-Americans are and we think we can be most impactful there.”

“It appears to us that the goal of this venture is not to provide medical marijuana to those who are ill and have legitimate medical prescriptions but to circumvent the laws and regulations as they do in California and elsewhere to make marijuana widely available to anyone who wants it. This is not good for our neighborhoods and we want the citizens of this area to know what is taking place,” Brown said. “Throughout the process, citizens have been kept in the dark by the company, the alderman and the zoning board.”

An application for a special use permit to locate the business at the proposed location was approved by the city council and is now before the city’s Zoning Board of Appeals. The board has deferred a decision on the matter for the second time. First, it wanted to ensure that Steven DeAngelo was not involved in the business. The second deferral was granted at the request of EWAC, which complained about the failure of the ward’s alderman to hold public meetings or post adequate notice of the proposed dispensary.

For more information, contact: Jerry Brown 630-542-7320 jrbcomm@yahoo.com

Chicago Stands With Greece

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With Greece poised on vote, Chicago’s Greek Americans, allies say no to big finance austerity here at home in Illinois and in Greece

“Rauner/Emanuel agenda is troika agenda,” say activists in world’s third largest Greek community, as Greek parliament debates big finance’s extreme austerity measures.

CHICAGO, IL -  As Illinois and Chicago consider deep cuts to public education, pensions, and basic care for children, the elderly, the ill and the poor, the Greek parliament is poised to vote on a model austerity scheme that will gut social security, sell off public assets, and create crushing costs that hit ordinary people’s very ability to survive.

Solidarity actions are being staged across the world to support the groundswell of Greek opposition to the latest ‘deal’ from Germany and the ‘troika’ — the IMF, European Central Bank and European Commission — scheduled for a Greek parliamentary vote in the next day. Chicago’s Greek Americans and their allies are gathering TODAY, July 14, at 7:30 PM (gathered yesterday) — just hours before the scheduled vote — in Chicago’s major Greektown corridor on the southeast corner of Halsted and Van Buren to lend their support to Greece’s anti-austerity movement.

Metro Chicago is home to the third largest Greek population of any city in the world — in a city and state whose residents increasingly confront the same kind of austerity schemes at play in Greece: slashed public pensions, gutted public services, the sell-off of public assets and debt burdens that fall most heavily on those least able to shoulder those costs. Greece supported sweeping debt relief for Germany in the wake of the Second World War — setting the stage for Germany’s powerhouse economic recovery from the devastation wrought by its Nazi leaders. Germany and the “troika” have refused to offer relief from Greece’s crushing debt, demanding instead that parliament accept new terms that would deepen austerity and the rampant poverty it has created.

More than 90% of recent troika ‘bailouts’ have gone right back into the coffers of lenders in banking and big finance, while austerity has driven Greek unemployment above 25% and crippled economic growth. Slashed pensions have left 45% of retirees below the poverty line, and suicide rates have surged by 35% in the last two years alone. Austerity opponents argue it is murderous for creditors and politicians to demand further austerity — and a blatant affront to democracy in a nation that overwhelmingly voted against austerity earlier this month.

Austerity in Greece parallels local austerity schemes in Chicago and the state — driven by the same economic interests that support cutting funds for basic human needs as a way to shore up profits for banks and big finance, say activists. Illinois’ billionaire governor ardently supports austerity, seeking to crush unions, slash pensions, and gut programs that benefit the most needy — from children with autism to poor people unable to pay their energy bills. Under Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel — who made millions working with Rauner and big finance associates — the city has slashed funding and jobs in arenas that range from libraries and mental health care to the city’s Environment Department, and privatized services to benefit clout-heavy contractors.

State’s Attorney Issues Consumer Alert Regarding Home Repair and Remodeling Contractors

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During summertime months many homeowners search for a contractor to repair or renovate their homes, but property owners must be aware that a repair project could turn into a nightmare if you fall prey to a home repair scam.

Con artists may never start or complete the work.  Materials and workmanship may be grossly inferior to what was promised.  Undisclosed charges for permits, cost overruns, and other fees may significantly increase the total cost of the repairs.  The selection of a qualified and reliable home repair contractor can be a difficult task, and consumer complaints about contractors are among the most common situations reviewed by the Consumer Fraud Unit of the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office.

“Most home repair and remodeling companies are operated by honest people, but there are some unscrupulous people who prey on trusting consumers.  There are warning signs that homeowners can look for and steps that they can take to avoid becoming the victim of home repair fraud,” said Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez.

The Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office, Consumer Fraud Unit, recommends the following precautions to avoid disappointment in your dealings with home repair and remodeling contractors.

*RECOMMENDATIONS AND REFERENCES: Find a reliable contractor through recommendations from your insurance company or through referrals from satisfied customers.  Ask each contractor for references and a written estimate.  Contact the references and ask them if they were satisfied with the home repairs provided by the contractor.

*BETTER BUSINESS BUREAU CHECK: Contact the Better Business Bureau (www.chicago.bbb.org or 312-832-0500) and obtain a reliability report about a contractor.  A reliability report will disclose if anyone has filed a complaint against the contractor within the last three years and, most importantly, if the contractor has resolved the complaint to the satisfaction of the customer.

*RELAX: Be skeptical of any door-to-door salesperson who claims to have just completed a nearby job and offers you a great price because there are leftover materials.  Don’t feel pressured by a request for an immediate decision or by a statement that an offer is good “only if you act now.”  Compare the estimates of a number of contractors and do not select a contractor solely on the basis of the lowest price or estimate.

*VERIFY LICENSES: General contractors or electricians are not required to be licensed or certified by the state, but most local municipalities require them to be licensed, bonded, and insured.  On the other hand, state law requires plumbing contractors and plumbers to be licensed by the Illinois Department of Public Health, Plumbing Program (www.idph.state.il.us or 217-524-0791) or the City of Chicago, and roofers must obtain a license from the Illinois Department of Financial & Professional Regulation, Division of Professional Regulation (www.idfpr.com or 800-560-6420).  Ask a roofer or plumber to provide you with his or her state license number or a copy of the license.  Ask a general contractor or an electrician to provide proof of a local license.

*GET IT IN WRITING: Don’t rely on oral promises.  Make sure that all of the important promises and representations made to you by the contractor are also incorporated in the contract or estimate. Request a copy of any estimate, sales contract, receipt, or application for financing.

*CONTRACT REVIEW: Read a contract carefully before signing.   Don’t sign a contract with any blank spaces.  In general, under Illinois law, only contracts signed at your residence qualify for the three-day period to cancel the contract and obtain a full refund.  Consider all other contracts to be final.

*PAYMENT OF A DEPOSIT: Don’t pay for the entire job prior to the start of work.  However, the payment of a deposit or advance payment for building materials is customary and fair in the home repair and remodeling industry.  Many contractors will accept 1/3 payment before work begins, 1/3 when the project has reached the halfway point and 1/3 when all work has been completed to the customer’s satisfaction.  Obtain a receipt for any monies paid to the contractor.  If possible, use a credit card to pay for the home repairs.

*LIEN WAIVERS: Find out where the contractor will obtain his materials and whether the contractor plans to use any sub-contractors.  You should obtain a lien waiver from the contractor or sub-contractor at the same time that you make a payment for materials and work.  A lien waiver constitutes proof of payment and is a defense if the contractor or sub-contractor later files a mechanic’s lien against your property.

*MANDATORY INSURANCE COVERAGE: Under Illinois law, most contractors are required to carry minimum amounts of insurance for property damage, bodily injury, and improper home repair.  Contractors, unless they maintain a net worth of $1,000,000, must obtain and maintain public liability and property damage insurance in the amount of $100,000 per person and $300,000 per occurrence for bodily injury and $50,000 per occurrence for property damage.  Even if the contractor has provided you with proof of full insurance coverage, as an additional safeguard, confirm that your homeowner’s policy covers accidents to persons working on your property.

*DOCUMENT ANY DIFFICULTIES WITH THE CONTRACTOR: If problems arise with the contractor, prepare a list and take photographs of the work and materials already furnished to you.  Document all of your efforts, including telephone conversations and meetings, to resolve the dispute.  Try to acquire as much information from the contractor about his reasons for nonperformance so that this information can be provided later to a private attorney or the authorities.

*SEND A DEMAND LETTER: If telephone calls and meetings do not resolve the dispute, you should notify the contractor in writing of the exact nature of the problem.  This demand letter should request a refund or completion of the work within a reasonable time period of at least ten (10) business days, and it should be sent by regular and certified mail or hand-delivered.  Retain a copy of this demand letter for your own records.

If you cannot resolve the dispute on your own and you feel that you have been the victim of fraud, the Consumer Fraud Unit of the State’s Attorney’s Office may be able to help you recover your losses, prosecute the person or business responsible for the fraud, and prevent other members of the public from falling victim to the same scheme.  The Consumer Fraud Unit relies on complaints from members of the public to prosecute individuals and businesses engaged in fraudulent practices.

To initiate a complaint with the Consumer Fraud Unit, please call 312-603-8700 from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM on weekdays.  The Consumer Fraud Unit is staffed by specialists, and Spanish language service is available.  In some cases, you will be asked to file a written complaint with the State’s Attorney’s Office, and in other situations, you may be referred to another government agency, private organization, or resource.

Additional recommendations about home repair and remodeling contractors and a downloadable Home Repair Fraud Complaint Form are available in the “Consumer Fraud” section on the State’s Attorney’s website at www.statesattorney.org.

Hold For-Profit Colleges Accountable: Sign The Petition

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Dick Durbin - U.S. Senator

From: Senator Dick Durbin

We all know that education is key to helping American families get ahead.

Unfortunately, too often, for-profit colleges are taking advantage of American students by luring them into massive student debt using inflated job placement rates, false promises of a successful future, and slick marketing — all while these for-profit colleges receive billions in federal dollars and their students can’t find jobs.

Enough is enough.

I’ve been working to hold for-profit colleges more accountable for the past several years. Fortunately, earlier this month, a new Education Department rule went into effect that would close an estimated 1,400 programs at for profit colleges across the country that do not prepare their students for gainful employment.

Click here to sign my petition: Thank the Education Department for taking action to hold for-profit colleges more accountable for their students’ success.

This is a big step forward, but the work isn’t done yet. The predatory practices of for-profit colleges continue to impact lives all over the country.

Together, we can make sure millions of our students get the quality education they deserve to help achieve the American Dream.


Dick Durbin
U.S. Senator


Members of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) Meet with Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Members of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) met with former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton during a policy meeting in the U.S. Capitol Visitor Center where they discussed the CBC legislative agenda and policy issues impacting the African American community.  CBC Chairman G. K. Butterfield (NC-01) issued the following statement after today’s policy discussion:

“Today’s policy meeting with former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was a constructive meeting where members of the Congressional Black Caucus discussed a myriad of issues that include persistent poverty, the need for criminal justice reform, transportation and infrastructure, economic growth and opportunity, and access to a quality education.

“Many of the CBC’s legislative priorities are Secretary Clinton’s priorities as well, and we look forward to a continued dialogue with Secretary Clinton on these and a number of issues,” he concluded.

Woman Who Survived Three Heart Attacks Tells Her Story in New Book “A Killer Within: Down But Not Out”

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Dr. Sarah Ferguson Releases a Memoir About Her Personal Triumph Over Heart Disease, and Her New Life With a Mechanical Heart

Killer Within by Dr. Sarah Ferguson

Atlanta, GA (BlackNews.com) – After three heart attacks, a triple bypass surgery and one open heart surgery to install a life-saving mechanical heart/LVAD device, Rev. Dr. Sarah Ferguson is releasing her first memoir, A Killer Within: Down But Not Out on July 15th. The memoir highlights more than two decades of her own dangerous, challenging battle and triumph over heart disease. It is a tale of war, a fight to live on and her fight for purpose, hope and family.

Dr. Ferguson takes readers on an amazing journey that chronicles her life as an Army wife married to a military physician and as a career-driven mother dedicated to serving and giving to others despite a stress induced lifestyle.

A Killer Within: Down But Not Out sheds light on an alarming diagnosis, bouts with depression and ultimately, deep, renewed faith. The reader will learn how to deal with negative life threatening news, find motivation regardless of their religious belief and gain a renewed sense of purpose – especially when things seem to be at a breaking point. The book is lined with key scriptures that Dr. Ferguson used to strengthen her spiritual life and move toward recovery.

Dr. Ferguson is a married mother of two who holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Johnson C. Smith University and a Masters of Divinity, Masters of Theology and a Doctor of Ministry from Christian Life School of Theology. Visit www.DrSarahFerguson.com to learn more.

Photo Caption: Bookcover and author, Dr. Sarah Ferguson
Photo Credit: Sally Kolar

Kirk Statement on Escape of Drug Kingpin “El Chapo” Guzman

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CHICAGO, IL – U.S. Senator Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) released the following statement after Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman escaped for the second time from a Mexican maximum security prison and is currently on the run:

“As Chicago’s Public Enemy No. 1, El Chapo Guzman should be pursued with full engagement of U.S. law enforcement resources to recapture him and extradite him to the U.S. With a current indictment against Guzman, Chicago’s top-level prosecutors stand ready to put Guzman behind bars and put an end to his control of the illegal drug and weapons trade that is breeding violence on Chicago’s streets.”

Chicago Likes Spike! Five Additional Performances of Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike Extend the Critically Acclaimed Run Through August 2

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Special $90 Extension Week Ticket Package Caps the Celebratory 90th Anniversary Season

CHICAGO, IL – By popular demand, Goodman Theatre adds five performances of Christopher Durang’s critically-acclaimed Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, directed by Steve Scott. Hailed as a “brilliant” (Chicago Sun-Times) and “laugh-out-funny” (Daily Herald) “night of biting comedy” (Chicago Tribune), the Chicago premiere production of the Broadway smash hit now runs through August 2 in the Albert Theatre. Scott’s “first-rate cast” (Time Out Chicago) remains intact for the additional performances: Janet Ulrich Brooks (Sonia), Jordan Brown (Spike), Rebecca Buller (Nina), E. Faye Butler (Cassandra), Mary Beth Fisher (Masha) and Ross Lehman (Vanya). Special $90 extension ticket packages ($90 for two main floor seats; $90 for four mezzanine seats) now on sale at GoodmanTheatre.org/Vanya, by phone at 312.443.3800 or at the box office (170 North Dearborn). Photos and video can be found in the Goodman Theatre Press Room.


Thursday, July 30 at 7:30pm
Friday, July 31 at 8pm
Saturday, August 1 at 2pm and 7:30pm
Sunday, August 2 at 2pm (CLOSING)


Open-captioned Performance – Saturday, July 25 at 2pm; an LED sign presents dialogue in sync with the performance
PlayBack – Every Wednesday and Thursday evening, join the cast for a discussion immediately following the performance


$90 Extension Week Ticket package – $90 for two main floors seats or four mezzanine seats
MezzTix – Half-price day-of-performance mezzanine tickets available at 10am online (promo code MEZZTIX)
$10Tix – Student day-of-show $10 tickets for any performance; limit four, with valid student ID (promo code 10TIX)
Group Sales – Discounted tickets for parties of 10+ – 312.443.3820
Gift Certificates – Available in any amount (GoodmanTheatre.org/GiftCertificates)

For tickets, visit GoodmanTheatre.org/Vanya or call 312.443.3800. Fax: 312.443.3825; TTY/TDD: 312.443.3829. Box Office Hours –12noon – 5pm; on performance days, the office remains open until 30 minutes past curtain

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