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Archive for August, 2015

State to Issue $16 million in Credits to Reverse Penalties for Monthly Electronic Wage Reporting

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Rules provide relief for nearly 13,000 employers over the next six months

CHICAGO, IL – The Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) will issue $16 million in credits, including associated interest charges, to nearly 13,000 Illinois employers who experienced difficulties in transitioning to new wage reporting requirements under the 2012 Medicaid reform law and Department rulemaking.  The Department credited $1.5 million on Aug. 14 to approximately 4,000 impacted employers and $14.5 million will be credited to the remaining number of employers by the end of the 4th quarter.  Refunds would be issued only if the credits cannot be applied to other liabilities by Jan. 31, 2016, under a rule agreed upon by the business and labor communities.

“We are pleased to provide relief to employers who tried their level best to comply with the new e-filing wage reporting requirement but were unable to for legitimate reasons,” said Director Jeff Mays.  “The Department will continue to explore ways to enhance the wage reporting system and prevent Unemployment Insurance benefit fraud to help save Illinois taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars each year.”

In 2013, IDES implemented rules under the Illinois Unemployment Insurance Act which 1) required employers who had 25 or more employees in the previous calendar year to file electronic wage reports and 2) phased in monthly reporting through July 2014, as required under the SMART ACT, also referred to as the Illinois Medicaid Reform Act of 2012.  These requirements were designed to help combat Medicaid fraud and limit eligibility to those whose incomes qualify them for the program.  However, many Illinois employers experienced problems transitioning to the new requirements, and as a result, incurred penalties and interest charges.

To address this issue, the Department adopted new rules in 2014 to remove such penalties and interest.  The rule retroactively aligns the electronic reporting requirement with the existing monthly reporting implementation schedule and waives up to the first two quarters of penalties for late monthly reports, as long as the employer submitted quarterly reports for that same quarter in a timely manner.  Additional information on the refunds/credits to eligible employers is also available through the Employer Hotline (800) 247-4984 and through the Department’s wage reporting online tool TaxNet.

About IDES

IDES is Illinois’ premier employment agency.  It connects employers to jobseekers, provides unemployment insurance to eligible individuals, produces labor market data and protects taxpayers from unemployment insurance fraud.  Visit the IDES website at www.ides.illinois.gov and join IDES on Facebook.

ICYMI: The Case for Joe Biden in 2016

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Without Declaring His Candidacy, Biden Places Third in Iowa. The Bloomberg Politics/Des Moines Register Iowa Poll released Saturday suggest that Joe Biden is better positioned now for a credible run than he was in 2008. “Biden is the first choice for president among 14 percent of likely Democratic caucus-goers in a Bloomberg Politics/Des Moines Register Iowa Poll released Saturday. That’s up from 8 percent in May, a significant increase given that Biden is not a declared candidate. When likely Democratic caucus-goers are asked for their second choices, however, Biden leads the pack with 24 percent.” [Bloomberg, 8/29/15]

The case for Joe Biden to run in 2016. Biden’s “authenticity and from-the-gut middle-class politics” outweigh the potential arguments against a presidential run, according to the Washington Post’s Ruth Marcus. The issues of his age and career politician status “are surmountable issues — capable, even, of being turned to some advantage.” Biden can oppose arguments of his age and record by seeking a one-term presidency with a strong running mate and run to the left of Clinton. However, Marcus argues the campaign would benefit from a new voice, particularly Biden’s credible and alternative style: “Better for Biden to run as Biden — authentic, experienced, progressive but not too doctrinaire to cut a deal. If he has ideas for helping the middle class that are different from, or bolder than, Clinton’s, let’s hear them.” [The Washington Post, 8/28/15]

Progress Center for Independent Living Calls on Gov. Rauner to Fully Fund a 2016 Budget

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Staff face furloughs and office closure while consumers face cuts in services

On Monday, August 31, 2015, Progress Center for Independent Living will hold a

press conference expressing the need for Governor Bruce Rauner to pass a 2016

budget that fully funds community-based services for people with disabilities and


The press conference will be held Monday, August 31, 2015 at 11 a.m., at the Progress Center for Independent Living, 7521 Madison Street, Forest Park, IL.

With Governor Rauner still refusing to pass a state budget, Progress Center said it is

trying to remain open as long as possible during the budget crisis. Currently, both

offices are closed on Fridays due to furloughs. This is the time people with

disabilities and seniors need help the most, as people with disabilities and

seniors do not know how long they will receive community-based supports, and

providers do not know how long they will continue to be paid. The independence

of thousands of people with disabilities and seniors across Illinois is at risk.

The press conference will call on Governor Rauner to pass the 2016 budget and to

ensure that community-based services will be fully funded. Personal testimonies

will be shared that illustrate how the budget cuts are impacting people with

disabilities and seniors.

The press conference comes nearly two months after the 2016 budget should

have gone into effect and just two months after celebrating the twenty-fifth

anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act which makes it illegal to

discriminate against people with disabilities.

Collaborating groups will include: Progress Center for Independent Living, SEIU

Healthcare Illinois, Northwestern Illinois Center for Independent Living.

For more information, contact Rachel Siler at 708.209.1500 (office);

312.479.0220 (cell); rsiler@progresscil.org or Larry Biondi at 708.209.1500 (office); 312.898.5691 (cell); lbiondi@progresscil.org

Closing Schools Is Just “Another Form of Killing” – BYP100 Stands with Dyett Hunger Strikers

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Black Youth Project 100 (BYP100) stands in support of the Coalition to Revitalize Dyett, a group of outraged community members, teachers and parents who have been on hunger strike for education justice since August 17th. The hunger strike is in response to Chicago Public Schools’ failure to adopt their plan to create Dyett Global Leadership Green Technology High School. Strikers have said they will keep demonstrating until this plan – and this plan only – is adopted by the Board of Education. Dyett, which is currently shuttered, is the only remaining open-enrollment high school in Bronzeville, which is both majority and historically Black. The board’s failure not only immediately endangers the lives of the twelve hunger strikers, but points to the city’s consistent disregard for Black life in general, and the wellness of Black children in particular.

On August 20th, BYP100, the Dyett hunger strikers, and other organizers and concerned citizens rallied at Chicago Police Headquarters. We packed the Chicago Police Board hearing and outer pavilion to demand that Officer Dante Servin be fired for the murder of Rekia Boyd in 2012. As the hearing went on inside, Dyett protesters took the mic to speak about their cause, noting that anti-Black police violence, school closings, underfunding in majority Black communities, and a complete lack of accountability for the perpetrators of these destructive acts are interrelated issues. It is necessary that we work from every angle to dismantle the systematic harms that have been inflicted upon us.

“The violence being done to Black communities and families by closing our schools is just another form of killing, just another marker of Black life being devalued by this City.”, says Janae Bonsu, BYP100 Chicago Chapter Co-Chair.

While addressing the crowd outside CPD Headquarters on the 20th, Jitu Brown spoke on behalf of the Dyett hunger strikers: “We look at our children and see love; they look and see inmates.” With that, Brown speaks to how the struggle for Dyett goes beyond just the school’s walls. The Dyett campaign represents the lack of opportunities, jobs, police accountability and overall lack of rights in Black communities. That’s what makes this moment extremely urgent amidst police killings and the #BlackLivesMatter movement. We have to prove that our lives actually matter and can do so by showing that education in black communities is actually valued and protected. It is with love for our children and commitment to their well-being in spite of the continued assault on their—and thus our—futures that BYP100 stands in solidarity with the Dyett hunger strikers.

For more information regarding the #FightForDyett campaign click here.

Black Youth Project 100 (BYP100) 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, direct action organizing, advocacy and education using a Black queer feminist lens. We are an organization affiliated with the Black Youth Project

No War Hawks in the White House: Sign The Petition

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Letters to Editors

Tell Democrats running for president: Don’t pick a VP who opposes Iran diplomacy

Tell Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders and Martin O’Malley:
“The country deserves leaders who support diplomacy, not endless war. Publicly pledge to pick a vice presidential nominee who supports the Iran deal – not one who helps Republicans beat the drums for war.”

Add your name:

Sign the petition â–º

With just weeks left until Congress returns to Washington, D.C. for a historic vote on the Iran nuclear deal, more and more Democrats are stepping up to publicly support it.

Among the Democrats who aren’t on record yet, however, are Sens. Cory Booker and Mark Warner who may emerge as top contenders to be picked to run for vice president on the Democratic ticket in 2016.

Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders, and Martin O’Malley support the deal. Now it’s time for them to pledge not to pick a running mate who opposes it.

Tell Democratic presidential candidates: Pledge not to pick any running-mate who opposes diplomacy with Iran. Click here to sign the petition.

Choosing to solve foreign policy problems with diplomacy instead of yet another war of choice should be a core value shared by all leaders of the Democratic Party.

Sadly, some top Democrats like Sens. Chuck Schumer and Robert Menendez are dangerously joining Republicans in pushing for war, even as their colleagues speak out for diplomacy.

The top contenders to lead the Democratic party in 2016 as its presidential candidate – Clinton, Sanders and O’Malley – have a unique power to create a real political cost for ambitious Democrats who are considering supporting war over diplomacy.

They can put pressure on powerful Democrats with White House ambitions – both inside and outside of Congress – who remain on the fence about the Iran deal by publicly declaring that any Democrat who opposes diplomacy will be disqualified from being their running mate.

The last time Republicans led the country to war, enormous numbers of Democrats lined up to help them authorize the invasion of Iraq. If we want to make sure that never happens again, we must make it clear that Democrats who vote for war will be unlikely to rise to the party’s top leadership positions.

Clinton, Sanders and O’Malley are uniquely position to create a political cost for Democrats who vote for war. Urge them to pledge to pick a vice president who supports diplomacy. Click the link below to sign the petition:


Thank you for taking action.

Zack Malitz, Campaign Manager
CREDO Action from Working Assets

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President Obama Announces More Key Administration Posts

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WASHINGTON, DC – President Barack Obama announced his intent to appoint the following individuals to key Administration posts:

  • James O’Brien – Special Presidential Envoy for Hostage Affairs, Department of State
  • Charles “Chip” Lyons – United States Representative, Executive Board of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF)
  • Aaron Williams – United States Alternate Representative, Executive Board of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF)
  • Esther Brimmer – Member, National Security Education Board
  • Michael Guest – Member, National Security Education Board

President Obama said, “These fine public servants bring a depth of experience and tremendous dedication to their important roles.  I look forward to working with them.”

President Obama announced his intent to appoint the following individuals to key Administration posts:

James O’Brien, Appointee for Special Presidential Envoy for Hostage Affairs, Department of State
James O’Brien is Vice Chair of the Albright Stonebridge Group.  Mr. O’Brien joined the Albright Group in 2001 as a Principal.  Prior to that, Mr. O’Brien served at the Department of State in a number of positions from 1989 to 2001, including Special Advisor to the President and Secretary of State for Balkan Democracy, Senior Advisor to Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, and Principal Deputy Director in the Office of Policy Planning.  He began his career at the State Department in 1989 as Attorney-Adviser in the Office of the Legal Adviser.  Mr. O’Brien received a B.A. from Macalester College, an M.A. from the University of Pittsburgh, and a J.D. from Yale Law School.

Charles “Chip” Lyons, Appointee for United States Representative, Executive Board of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF)
Charles “Chip” Lyons is the President and Chief Executive Officer at The Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation, a position he has held since 2010.  He has served as the United States Alternate Representative on the Executive Board of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) since 2011.  From 2007 to 2009, Mr. Lyons was Director of Special Initiatives for The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.  He was President and CEO of the U.S. Fund for UNICEF from 1997 to 2007 and held a number of roles with UNICEF from 1985 to 1997, including Chief of Staff to the Executive Director at UNICEF headquarters and Program Officer for UNICEF Mozambique.  Mr. Lyons received a B.A. from Carleton College and an M.A. from the New School for Social Research.

Aaron Williams, Appointee for United States Alternate Representative, Executive Board of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF)
Aaron Williams is Executive Vice President for Government Relations and Corporate Communications at RTI International, a position he has held since July 2015.  He served as Executive Vice President for the International Development Group at RTI International from 2013 to 2015.  He served as the Director of the Peace Corps from 2009 to 2012.  From 2003 to 2009, Mr. Williams served as Vice President of International Business Development at RTI International.  Mr. Williams served as a career member of the Foreign Service at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), where he reached the rank of Career Minister and held senior leadership positions in Washington and abroad.  He also served as Executive Vice President of the International Youth Foundation in Baltimore from 1998 to 2002.  Mr. Williams received the USAID Distinguished Career Service Award in 1998 and the Presidential Award for Distinguished Service in 1988 and 1992.  He served as a Peace Corps volunteer in the Dominican Republic earlier in his career.  Mr. Williams received a B.A. from Chicago State University and an M.B.A. from the University of Wisconsin.

Dr. Esther Brimmer, Appointee for Member, National Security Education Board
Dr. Esther Brimmer is the J.B. and Maurice C. Shapiro Professor of International Affairs at The George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs, a position she has held since 2013.  Previously, she served as Assistant Secretary for International Organization Affairs from 2009 to 2013 at the Department of State.  Dr. Brimmer was Deputy Director and Director of Research at the Center for Transatlantic Relations at the Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies from 2001 to 2009.  She served in the Department of State’s Office of Policy Planning from 1999 to 2001, as a Senior Associate for the Carnegie Commission on Preventing Deadly Conflict from 1995 to 1999, and as Special Assistant to the Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs from 1993 to 1995.  Earlier in her career, Dr. Brimmer was a Legislative Analyst for the Democratic Study Group at the House of Representatives and an Associate at McKinsey & Company.  She received a B.A. from Pomona College and an M.Phil. and D.Phil. from Oxford University.

Ambassador Michael Guest, Appointee for Member, National Security Education Board
Ambassador Michael Guest is a Senior Advisor for the Council for Global Equality, a position he has held since 2008.  Ambassador Guest served as a Member of the National Security Education Board for a previous term from 2011 to May 2015.  Ambassador Guest retired from the Foreign Service after serving as Dean of the Leadership and Management School at the National Foreign Affairs Training Center from 2005 to 2007, U.S. Ambassador to Romania from 2001 to 2004, and Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Legislative Affairs from 1999 to 2001.  Ambassador Guest also served as Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Prague, Czech Republic from 1996 to 1999 and as Deputy Executive Secretary from 1994 to 1996.  Ambassador Guest joined the Foreign Service in 1981.  He received a B.A. from Furman University and an M.A. from the University of Virginia.

Congressional Black Caucus Commemorates the 10th Anniversary of Hurricane Katrina

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressional Black Caucus Chairman G. K. Butterfield released the following statement to mark the tenth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina:

“Ten years ago Hurricane Katrina made landfall on the Gulf Coast and became one of the worst natural disasters in American history.  Today, we reflect on the more than 1,800 individuals whose lives were lost and the millions of people whose lives were forever changed.  We remember the many valuable lessons that our country learned during the storm’s aftermath and the importance of never forgetting the less fortunate among us.  Since that time there has been an unprecedented growth in the areas hardest hit by the storm and today with Hurricane Katrina on our minds, the Congressional Black Caucus offers our thoughts and prayers to all who lost loved ones ten years ago and are still working to rebuild impacted communities.  We remain committed to our work to bringing jobs and growth back to the Gulf Coast until there is a complete recovery.”

Prudential Financial and Who’s Who Publishing Company Partner to Launch Titans of Industry: A Wealth and Wisdom Speakers Series

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Six-city tour to highlight African-American business powerhouses

Who's Who Publishing Presents Titans of Industry presented by Prudential Financial

Columbus, OH (BlackNews.com) — Real Times Media subsidiary, Whos Who Publishing Company, the premier platform for celebrating African American achievement, today announced that it has partnered with Prudential Financial, Inc. to launch Titans of Industry: A Wealth and Wisdom Speakers Series. Geared towards the growing affluent African American professional market, the moderated panel discussions will be comprised of some of the countrys top African American leaders from a variety of industries and will focus on pathways to professional success, attaining and maintaining financial security, and creating sustainable generational wealth.

With a proven commitment to financial education initiatives within the African American community and their signature series research on multicultural markets, Prudential makes the perfect partner for the Titans of Industry Wealth and Wisdom Series, said Hiram E. Jackson, chief executive officer of Real Times Media. The learnings Prudential brings to the table will have an immeasurable impact on the quality of content well deliver through these powerful panels.

The tour kicks off in Detroit in September and will include stops in Atlanta, Charlotte, Chicago, Houston and Washington, D.C. through 2016.

Prudential is always seeking to deepen our relationships in the communities we serve. We believe one of the most important first steps, is to start the conversation, said Mammen Verghis, vice president, Multicultural Marketing for Prudential. The Titans of Industry Wealth and Wisdom Series is an important forum to share information that helps power the ambitions of people who are looking to create a healthy financial future for themselves and their loved ones., In addition to the live tour stops, a Titans of Industry web series will live online at www.thetitansexperience.com. In addition to content from the panel discussions, the online destination will highlight a variety of financial education tools and research as well as other lifestyle information focused on travel, technology and family for affluent professionals.

Prudential Financial, Inc. (NYSE: PRU), a financial services leader with more than $1 trillion of assets under management as of March 31, 2015, has operations in the United States, Asia, Europe, and Latin America. Prudentials diverse and talented employees are committed to helping individual and institutional customers grow and protect their wealth through a variety of products and services, including life insurance, annuities, retirement-related services, mutual funds and investment management. In the U.S., Prudentials iconic Rock symbol has stood for strength, stability, expertise and innovation for more than a century. For more information, please visit www.news.prudential.com.
Founded in 1989, Whos Who Publishing Company is the premier platform for celebrating African American achievement. Whos Who is a part of the Real Times Media family of companies which also includes the nations largest African American-owned and operated news organization and RTM Digital Studios, an archival image licensing arm which is home to historical photos, articles and other artifacts from the past 100 years of African American history.

Photo Caption: Who’s Who Publishing Presents Titans of Industry presented by Prudential Financial.

State’s Attorney Alvarez Teams With Verizon Wireless to Present Funding for Chicago Organizations Combating Domestic Violence

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Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez recently joined official from Verizon Wireless to discuss efforts to raise awareness about domestic violence and to help award $35,000 in grant funding to two Chicago-based organizations promoting domestic violence awareness and prevention efforts. State’s Attorney Alvarez and Verizon Regional President Brian Pascoe presented the grant funding to the ChicagoMetropolitan Battered Women’s Network and Chicago Says No More, a new domestic violence advocacy organization at the Verizon Wireless Destination Store on north Michigan Avenue in Chicago.  The grants are being provided through Verizon’s Hopeline program, which collects no-longer-used wireless phones, batteries and chargers and refurbishes them with the proceeds going to fund domestic violence awareness and prevention organizations. Verizon also donates wireless phones through the Hopeline Program todomestic violence shelters and non-profit organizations for use by victims and survivors. The $25,000 grant to the Chicago Metropolitan Battered Women’s Network will help support an enhanced domestic violence response project involving the 14th Chicago Police Department District, the Chicago Department of Family Support Services and the Cook County State's Attorney. The $10,000 grant to Chicago Says No More will focus on education, awareness, and efforts to engage Chicago area residents to take a personal pledge to address the devastating pervasiveness of domestic violence and its impact on families and children.

Unemployment Rates Continue Downward Trend in All Metro Areas

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Modest Job Growth Still Uneven Across State

Not Seasonally Adjusted Unemployment Rates

CHICAGO, IL – July was the seventeenth month in a row that unemployment rates fell in every metro area in the state compared to a year ago, according to preliminary data released today by the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).  Rates also fell in all of Illinois’s 102 counties for the fifteenth time in the last sixteen months. Not seasonally adjusted data compares July 2015 with July 2014.

Illinois businesses added jobs in eight metros. The largest increases were seen in: Danville (+2.1 percent, +600), Champaign-Urbana (+2.0 percent, +2,000), and Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights Metro Division (+1.6 percent or +56,200).  Decreases were seen in: Quad Cities (-1.9 percent, -3,600), Peoria (-1.1 percent, -1,900), and Carbondale-Marion (-0.9 percent, -500).  The industry sectors recording job growth in the majority of metros were: Transportation, Warehousing and Public Utilities (11 of 14), Professional and Business Services (nine of 14), Wholesale Trade (eight of 14), Retail Trade (eight of 14) Education and Health Services (eight of 14), and Leisure and Hospitality (eight of 14).

“The year-over-year statewide unemployment rate has declined from 7.3 percent to 5.9 percent and continues to fall in all metro areas,” IDES Director Jeff Mays said. “However, we are still concerned that the long-term unemployed are still having difficulty finding jobs while there were 205,700 on-line job postings by Illinois employers in July.”

The not seasonally adjusted Illinois rate was 5.9 percent in July 2015 and stood at 12.2 percent at its peak in this economic cycle in January 2010.  Nationally, the not seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 5.6 percent in July and 10.6 percent in January 2010 at its peak.  The unemployment rate identifies those who are out of work and looking for work, and is not tied to collecting unemployment insurance benefits.

Not Seasonally Adjusted Unemployment Rates

Metropolitan Area July 2015 July 2014

Over-the-Year Change

Bloomington 4.7% 6.0%


Carbondale-Marion 6.0% 7.3% -1.3
Champaign-Urbana 5.0% 6.6% -1.6
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights 6.1% 7.4%


Danville 6.7% 8.8%


Davenport-Moline-Rock Island, IA-IL 5.1% 6.3%


Decatur 7.2% 8.8%


Elgin 5.2% 6.8%


Kankakee 6.2% 8.0%


Lake-Kenosha, IL-WI 4.9% 6.3%


Peoria 6.2% 7.3%


Rockford 7.1% 8.4%


Springfield 4.9% 6.1%


St. Louis (IL-Section) 5.8% 7.5%


Illinois Statewide 5.9% 7.3%


* Data subject to revision.

Total Nonfarm Jobs (Not Seasonally Adjusted) – July 2015

Metropolitan Area

Over-the-Year Change
Bloomington MSA 93,100 92,600 500
Carbondale-Marion MSA 52,600 53,100 -500

Champaign-Urbana MSA

104,500 102,500 2,000
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights Metro Div. 3,655,500 3,599,300 56,200

Danville MSA


29,000 600
Davenport-Moline-Rock Island IA-IL MSA 182,300



Decatur MSA 50,600 51,000 -400

Elgin Metro Division

255,300 252,300 3,000

Kankakee MSA

44,400 44,100 300

Lake County-Kenosha County IL-WI Metro Div.

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