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Civil Rights Icon Julian Bond, Dies at 75

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Bond died Saturday in Fort Walton Beach, Fla. He was 75 years old.

By Juanita Bratcher

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Civil Rights Icon Julian Bond was a stalwart in the civil rights movement. His name was synonymous with civil rights and equal rights. He was a strong voice for justice and equality.

Bond was a visionary, a warrior on the front lines breaking down barriers, and yes, a “master of words” when getting to the core of problems of injustice in America.

There’s no question, Julian Bond brought about many changes in righting the injustices that blacks and other minorities faced in the USA, bringing about social change in a world that was not so ready for it.

Bond, once talking about the struggle to bring about justice and equality, stated: “I do think that some of us began to realize that this was going to be a long struggle that was going to go on for decades, and you’d have to knuckle down. A lot of people in our generation did that. They didn’t drop-out and run away.”

Violence, he said, ” is black children going to school for 12 years and receiving 6 years’ worth of education.”

In a statement on Bond’s death, President Obama said, “Justice and equality was the mission that spanned his life – from his leadership of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, to his founding role with the Southern Poverty Law Center, to his pioneering service in the Georgia legislature and his steady hand at the helm of the NAACP. Michelle and I have benefited from his example, his counsel, and his friendship – and we offer our prayers and sympathies to his wife, Pamela, and his children.”

NAACP statement on the passing of Chairman Emeritus Julian Bond

(BALTIMORE, MD) – Longtime civil rights leader Julian Bond has died.  The NAACP board member, 75, passed away after a brief illness.

“From his days as a young activist to his years as both an elder statesman and NAACP Chairman Emeritus, Julian Bond inspired a generation of civil rights leaders,” said NAACP Chairman Roslyn M. Brock.  “From my days as a youth board member of the NAACP to my present tenure as NAACP Chairman, like so many of my generation and before, I am yet inspired by the depth and breadth of Chairman Emeritus Bond’s exemplary service: activist, writer, historian, professor, public intellectual, public servant and an unrelentingly eloquent voice for the voiceless. The grateful citizen heirs of the civil and human rights legacy of Julian Bond can neither be counted nor confined to a generation. Many of the most characteristically American freedoms enjoyed by so many Americans today were made real because of the lifelong sacrifice and service of Julian Bond.  On behalf of the NAACP and our country, we ask for your prayers for his family.”

“The nation and the NAACP deeply grieve Julian Bond’s death even as we are profoundly grateful for his life,” said NAACP President and CEO Cornell William Brooks.  “The arc of service of Chairman Emeritus Julian Bond’s life extends high and wide over America’s social justice landscape: as a young lieutenant of Martin Luther King Jr., gifted writer, eloquent speaker, esteemed professor, Georgia state senator, nominee for U.S. Vice President, revered civil rights leader, champion for marriage equality and well beloved NAACP Chairman Emeritus. We extend our heartfelt sympathies and soul deep prayers to his family.  This is a moment of incalculable loss in a trying hour of innumerable civil right challenges.  The life and legacy, indeed the eloquence of Julian Bond’s example, yet speak to the present and future of the NAACP.”

Details as to how to commemorate and memorialize Mr. Bond’s monumental legacy will be shared at the appropriate time.

While a student at Morehouse College in Atlanta, Bond helped found the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC). He was elected Board Chairman of the NAACP in 1998.

Born in Nashville, Tennessee, Bond’s family moved to Pennsylvania when he was five years old when his father, Horace Mann Bond, became the first African American President of Lincoln University (Pennsylvania), his alma mater. Bond attended Morehouse College in Atlanta and won a varsity letter for swimming. He also founded a literary magazine called The Pegasus and served as an intern at Time magazine.

Bond was a founding member of the SNCC and served as communications director from 1961 to 1966. From 1960 to 1963, he led student protests against segregation in public facilities in Georgia. Bond graduated from Morehouse and helped found the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC). He was the organization’s president from 1971 to 1979.

Bond was elected to the Georgia House of Representatives in 1965. White members of the House refused to seat him because of his opposition to the Vietnam War. In 1966, the United States Supreme Court ruled that the House had denied Bond his freedom of speech and had to seat him.

From 1965 to 1975, he served in the Georgia House and served six terms in the Georgia Senate from 1975 to 1986.

In 1968, Bond led a challenge delegation from Georgia to the Democratic National Convention in Chicago, and was the first African-American nominated as Vice President of the United States. He withdrew his name from the ballot because he was too young to serve.

Bond ran for the United States House of Representatives, but lost to civil rights leader John Lewis. In the 1980s and ‘90s, Bond taught at several universities, including American, Drexel, Williams, the University of Pennsylvania and Harvard universities and the University of Virginia.

Bond continued with his activism as Chairman Emeritus of the NAACP, after serving 11 years as Chair, and working to educate the public about the history of the Civil Rights Movement and the struggles that African Americans endured.

Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch released the following statement Sunday on the passing of civil rights leader Julian Bond:

“Throughout his remarkable life, Julian Bond was a leader, a trailblazer, and an icon in this country’s enduring fight for civil rights and equal justice for all people.  Bond’s career reflects his extraordinary gift for turning conviction into action – from helping to establish the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee and the Southern Poverty Law Center to representing his community in the Georgia General Assembly; and from leading the NAACP to sharing his vision and intellect through his writing, teaching, and public commentary.  I will never forget hearing Bond speak when I was a student in college, and he has remained a personal hero to me ever since.  For me and for so many others, Bond’s words and deeds reached into our hearts and inspired us to take up his noble causes of equality, justice, and freedom.  The legion of committed and passionate advocates he leaves behind is just one of many ways that his legacy will live on – by advancing his ongoing work, by spreading his timeless message, and by lifting up his example for all to see for generations to come.”

Bond traveled many roads to turn dreams into reality. He was a straight shooter for justice, a visionary whose eloquent voice made a difference in getting his message out. He leaves a tremendous legacy that we can and will continue to learn from. He was one of the great orators and thinkers of yesterday and today.

City had $1.44 Billion in Property Taxes in TIF Accounts on January 1, 2015

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From: The TIF Illumination Project

A review of the 2014 annual reports of the City’s 150 Tax Increment Financing Districts by volunteers with the TIF Illumination Project revealed some startling facts about local government finance:

The total fund balance at the end of 2014, that is, all property tax dollars sitting in TIF accounts was $1,442,450,590 (a decrease from the $1.71 billion left in TIF accounts from the year prior). The TIF Illumination Project has issued a Freedom of Information Act request to both the Department of Planning and Development and the Office of Budget and Management to secure definitive documentation on the status of these funds. The mayor’s office claims most of it to be “reserved for future development” or obligated to pay existing debt incurred by existing TIF projects.

A wide array of civic actors, including the Chicago Teachers Union, Raise Your Hand for Illinois Education, affordable housing advocates and organizing efforts such as the Grassroots Collaborative have called into question Chicago’s official budget pronouncements of red ink and service cuts. Citing the staggering amount of property taxes being held in TIF accounts, these groups, as well as the editorial boards of local newspapers, have called for a complete accounting of these funds.

Other findings of our analysis of Chicago’s TIF districts for 2014 include:

  • Total Property Tax Increment extraction for 2014 = $425,634,435 (an increase from 2013 of $26.1 million or 6.5%) This is the amount of property taxes extracted by Chicago’s TIF districts and diverted from local units of government that rely on property taxes for their operation. 56% of Chicago property taxes are SUPPOSED to go to the Chicago Public Schools.
  • 80 TIFs take at least 50% of property taxes collected inside their borders.  22 extract at least 90%. 4 will actually collect 100% (another 3 take 97% or more).
  • The Top Ten TIFs collected a total of $215.1 million in property taxes in 2014. These are the “champions” in terms of property tax extraction.  The Number One TIF = Near South, collected $56.5 million in 2014. This TIF was cancelled in 2014.
  • Total expenditures from Chicago’s TIFs in 2014 were $638.3 million. This represented an increase from 2013 of $265.4 million or 71%) This is how much all of Chicago’s TIF districts spent in 2014. The biggest spender was the Near South TIF with $102.3 million. $28 million will go to subsidize the development of the Marriot’s Hotel on the McCormick Place campus.  $53.2 million went to the Board of Education for the Jones College Prep High School. $11.6 million went to the CTA for construction of the new Cermak Road Green Line station.
  • Total revenues transferred INTO TIFs = $127.6 million. This was how much revenue was placed INTO TIF accounts from other TIFs.
  • Total “surplus” revenues from TIFs distributed to local government sources was $37.7 million. In total, $166.3 million of TIF funds were moved around the city.
  • The Top Ten TIFs in terms of fund balance were holding $555.2 million in property taxes on January 1, 2015. The TIF with the largest fund balance was the Canal/Congress TIF holding $66.3 million.
  • In 2014 these seven TIFs were terminated: 45th/Western, 95th/Stony Island, 134th St./Avenue K, Kostner Avenue, Near South, Roosevelt/Homan and West Pullman.
  • Chicago’s 31 expired or repealed TIFs have collected $2.02 billion in property taxes, including a staggering $986,767,890 from the Central Loop TIF which expired in 2008 and $694,223,201 from the Near South TIF which was cancelled in 2014.
  • Four new TIFs came online in 2014: 51st/Lake Park, 107th/Halsted, Foster/California and Washington Park. The Washington Park TIF was created despite studied and strenuous objections from residents in the community.
  • For the first time the TIF Illumination Project looked at the financing costs associated with Chicago’s TIF districts. In 2014 20 TIFs used property taxes to pay a total of $98,644,025 in finance charges to two banks. The Amalgamated Bank of Chicago was paid a total of $66,340,798 from 10 projects. Wells Fargo Bank was paid $32,303,227 from 10 projects.
  • The Department of Planning and Development extracted $8,822,046 for staffing costs from 91 TIFs. This might be called “skimming the skim.”

The most striking number was the finding that over $1.44 billion in property taxes was sitting in TIF accounts on January 1, 2015.

The Top Ten TIFs by property tax collection for 2014 were:

Name Amount
Near South (cancelled 2014) $56,491,273
Lawrence/Broadway $27,011,891
Canal/Congress $19,594,590
Chicago/Kingsbury $19,170,514
Kinzie $18,379,029
Near North $17,924,411
Central West $14,792,414
River South $14,398,092
LaSalle/Central $14,051,697
River West $13,250,612
$215,064,523

The Top Ten TIFs by fund balance in 2014 were:

Name Amount
Canal/Congress $66,278,297
Chicago/Kingsbury $64,467,326
Near North $64,075,780
Central West $57,003,957
Kinzie Conservation $56,348,066
Chicago/Central Park $56,017,958
Pilsen $50,843,157
LaSalle/Central $47,851,465
River South $46,209,185
Midwest $46,069,469
$555,164,660

The Top Ten TIFs by expenditures in 2014 were:

Name Amount
Near South (cancelled 2014) $102,323,934
24th/Michigan $53,804,217
Pilsen $38,892,290
Calumet/Cermak $34,526,030
Central West $26,269,802
North Branch North $25,690,543
Chicago/Central Park $22,728,872
Western Avenue South $16,853,637
River South $16,218,627
Goose Island $16,055,143
$353,363,095

The TIFs that collected NO property taxes in 2014 were:

Name
51st/Lake Park
67th/Wentworth
134th/Avenue K (Cancelled 2014)
Calumet River
Foster/California
Kostner Avenue (Cancelled 2014)
Lakeside Develop
Montrose/Clarendon
Pratt/Ridge
Washington Park
West Pullman (Cancelled 2014)

21 TIFs extracted 90% or more of property taxes in their boundaries in 2015:

TIF # TIF Year Created TIF takes at least 90% of property taxes
141 26th/King 2006 100%
002 41st/King 1995 95%
004 49th/St. Lawrence 1995 94%
124 67th/Cicero 2002 100%
138 69th/Ashland 2004 91%
010 126th/Torrence 1994 91%
067 Archer Courts 1999 98%
013 Bryn Mawr/Broadway 1996 97%
059 Calumet/Cermak 1998 98%
122 Drexel 2002 98%
106 Englewood Neighborhood 2001 91%
119 Lakefront 2002 100%
126 Madden/Wells 2002 99%
173 Montrose/Clarendon 2010 100%
031 Near South (cancelled 2014) 1991 91%
100 Ohio/Wabash 2000 96%
037 River South 1998 93%
104 River West 2001 90%
039 Roosevelt/Canal 1996 93%
068 Roosevelt/Union 2000 94%
085 Western Avenue South 2001 92%
[21 TIFs]

Hundreds of millions of property tax dollars continue to move around the city, from one TIF into another and are sometimes distributed to local units of government.

TIF $ From To Reason
TIF Amount TIF
Pilsen $8,222,456 Chicago Board of Ed Juarez High School improvements
North Branch South $10,000,000 Goose Island $8,000,000 went to UI labs; $2,000,000 went to
engineering phase of the Division Street, North Branch
Canal Bridge Reconstruction project.
River West $8,600,000 LaSalle/Central $6,600,000 (from contiguous River West) for: Central
Loop Bus Rapid Transit project. $2,000,000 (from
contiguous River West) for: Central Loop Bus Rapid
Transit project (structural repairs to Lake Street Bascule
Bridge).
Englewood Neighborhood $7,500,000 Englewood Mall Chicago Neighborhood Initiatives Inc., for pre-
development work for their development near 63rd
Street and Halsted Street.
24th/Michigan $4,115,000 River South Reimbursement for funding from 2013 for construction
of National Teachers Academy (2220 South Federal
Street)
Calumet/Cermak $3,000,000 Michigan/Cermak Cermak Road Green Line CTA station
Greater Southwest West $2,934,023 67th/Cicero Lighting and various park site improvements to
Madigan Field (4701 W. 67th Street)
Bronzeville $2,500,000 35th/State For redevelopment agreement with Park Boulevard IIB,
LLC for their development at 3633 South State St.
60th/Western $2,000,000 63rd/Ashland Chicago Park District for expansion of Lindblom Park
(6054 South Damen)
Devon/Western $1,699,498 Touhy/Western $497,659 to debt service of Phase I of the Modern
Schools Across Chicago Bonds, Series 2007;
$1,201, 929 for Phase II of Modern Schools
Roosevelt/Homan (Cancelled 2014) $1,062,798 Homan/Arthington Westside Village Phase VI Limited Partnership and
Foundation for Homan Square for their development
at 3601 W. Arthington
LaSalle/Central $632,000 Randolph/Wells Randolph Tower City Apartments, LLC for their
development at 188 W. Randolph St.
Bryn Mawr/Broadway $500,000 Hollywood/Sheridan Hollywood/Sheridan Small Business Improvement
Fund Program
119th/I-57 $353,381 105th/Vincennes Redevelopment agreement with MGM/TGI 105th
Street LLC
47th/Halsted $218,570 47th/Ashland Phase II Modern Schools Across Chicago Bonds,
Series 2010
West Pullman (Cancelled 2014) $97,500 119th/Halsted Return the unused portion of the 2013 transfer for
the cost of demolition of the City-owned structure
at 11914 South Peoria Ave.
River South 6,602,753 24th/Michigan $3,200,000 for intergovernmental agreement with
Public Building Commission for acquisition/construction
of Chinatown Branch Library (2101-15 S. Archer Ave.);
$3,402,753 for Michigan Ave. Streetscape (23rd-24th
Street).
Near South $17,300,000 24th/Michigan $8,425,000: National Teachers Academy (2200 S.
Federal St.); $5,875,000: Chinatown Branch Library;
$3,000,000: Cermak Road Green Line CTA station
Near South $28,000,000 Calumet Ave./Cermak Road Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority for second
convention center hotel in McCormick Place Campus
Midwest $1,761,498 Chicago/Central Park $1,564,567: Phase I of the Modern Schools Across
Chicago Bonds, Series 2007; $196,931: Phase II
Modern Schools Across Chicago Bonds, Series 2010
Kinzie Industrial Corridor $3,690,643 Chicago/Central Park $2,555,260: Phase I of the Modern Schools Across
Chicago Bonds, Series 2007; $1,135,383: Phase II
Modern Schools Across Chicago Bonds, Series 2010
Pulaski Corridor $670,284 Chicago/Central Park Phase I of the Modern Schools Across Chicago Bonds,
Series 2007
Northwest Industrial Corridor $950,116 Chicago/Central Park Phase I of the Modern Schools Across Chicago Bonds,
Series 2007
Lake Calumet $4,200,000 North Pullman Redevelopment agreement with Chicago Neighborhood
Initiatives, Inc., for their development near 111th/Ellis
Street
Roseland/Michigan $1,400,000 North Pullman Redevelopment agreement with Chicago
Neighborhood Initiatives, Inc., for their development
near 111th/Ellis Street
87th/Cottage Grove $1,688,175 71st/Stony Island Phase I of the Modern Schools Across Chicago Bonds,
Series 2007
Avalon Park/South Shore $529,562 71st/Stony Island Phase I of the Modern Schools Across Chicago Bonds,
Series 2007
Stony Island/Burnside $1,765,123 71st/Stony Island $1,413,459: Phase I of the Modern Schools Across
Chicago Bonds, Series 2007; $351,664: East 76th
Street resurfacing Project
Woodlawn $1,285,981 71st/Stony Island Phase I of the Modern Schools Across Chicago
Bonds, Series 2007
Midwest $1,516,587 Madison/Austin Phase I of the Modern Schools Across Chicago
Bonds, Series 2007
Northwest Industrial Corridor $2,490,489 Madison/Austin Phase I of the Modern Schools Across Chicago
Bonds, Series 2007
Madison/Austin $909,880 Harrison/Central Loretto Hospital for the rehabilitation of their facility
located at 645 South Central Avenue.
63rd/Pulaski $1,677,626 51st/Archer $1,148,060: Phase I of the Modern Schools Across
Chicago Bonds, Series 2007; $529,566: Phase II
Modern Schools Across Chicago Bonds, Series 2010
Midway Industrial $1,029,996 51st/Archer $986,230: Phase I of the Modern Schools Across
Chicago Bonds, Series 2007; $43,766: Phase II
Modern Schools Across Chicago Bonds, Series 2010
Belmont Central $2,049,049 Galewood/Armitage $294,221: Phase I of the Modern Schools Across
Chicago Bonds, Series 2007; $1,754,828: Phase II
Modern Schools Across Chicago Bonds, Series 2010
Northwest Industrial Corridor $255,883 Galewood/Armitage $168,141: Phase I of the Modern Schools Across
Chicago Bonds, Series 2007; $87,742: Phase II
Modern Schools Across Chicago Bonds, Series 2010
Western Ave. $749,328 Lincoln Ave. Phase I of the Modern Schools Across Chicago Bonds,
Series 2007
Western Ave. $700,000 Devon/Western West Ridge Nature Preserve
Woodlawn $250,000 West Woodlawn West Woodlawn Small Business Improvement
Fund Program
Total $126,685,743

Here are the TIFs that have been repealed or terminated.

TIF # TIF Started End Grand Total Extraction
T-003 43rd/Damen 8/3/1994 12/31/2008 $1,863,540
T-006 72nd/Cicero 11/17/1993 2012 $3,973,719
T-007 73rd/Kedzie 11/17/1993 2012 $511,947
T-008 95th Street/Stony Island 1991 2014 $16,644,244
T-012 Bloomingdale/Laramie 9/15/1993 12/31/2008 $1,411
T-014 Central Loop 6/20/1984 12/31/2008 $986,767,890
T-015 Chatham-Ridge 12/18/1986 12/31/2010 $25,679,863
T-016 Chinatown Basin 12/18/1986 12/31/2010 $29,859,789
T-017 Division-Hooker 7/10/1996 2012 $3,378,641
T-018 Division/North Branch 3/15/1991 2012 $4,275,520
T-019 Eastman/North Branch 10/7/1993 2012 $2,690,364
T-020 Edgewater 12/18/1986

Flash! Janelle Monae, Jidenna & Wondaland Artists Take Fight Against Police Murder to Chicago

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From: Stop Mass Incarceration Network – Chicago

Janelle Monae, Jidenna & Wondaland artists will take the fight against police murder to Chicago City Hall –  joining parents of people murdered by police, activists, and artists to call out mass incarceration and police terror – and contribute towards mass nationwide mobilization against it during #RiseUpOctober.

In coordination with the Stop Mass Incarceration Network, Hands Up Coalition and Stolen Lives Parents, the event will be composed of a press conference, rally and creative speak-out, with the goal merging prominent artists with victims of and fighters against police murder to draw a line in society, boldly asking the question: ‘Which Side Are You On?”.

The press conference will feature Jidenna, Janelle Monae, Wondaland artists, and an organizer with the Stop Mass Incarceration Network. As part of strengthening this effort, Wondaland artists will perform their new protest song, “Hell You Talm Bout”

Most notably, Wondaland and SMIN will be joined by family members of slain victims of police murder.  They will notably be joined by families who are survivors of police murder.

The event will be held today, August 17, 2015, at Cloud Gate or The Bean, Millennium Park, Michigan Ave, Chicago

For more information, contact: Jessie Davis at 312-933-9586/Rise Up October

Saint Sabina’s Father Thulani Takes Peace Marchers to Crime Scene to Pray

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Police say shooting was ‘gang-related’


By Chinta Strausberg

As Father Thulani Magwaza began Saint Sabina’s weekly anti-violence march late Friday night, one of the church’s peacekeepers informed him about a shooting only blocks away from the church forcing the pastor to lead marchers West rather than East as he had planned.

According to officials from Chicago Police Department’s News Affairs, the shooting took place at 6:50 p.m. in the 2000 block on West 79th Street.  Yellow police tape had been strung along the entire one-block long mall. Several police stood guard as officers conducted their investigation.

With the Golden Gate Funeral Home in the background, Thulani had Glenda Franklin to lead a prayer for peace followed by Terrance Haley who stretched out his hand towards the crime scene across the street and also called for peace in the community.

Saturday, Chicago police officials confirmed that the victim was a 22-year-old male who was shot in his left arm, both legs and right hand. He is listed in serious condition at Christ Hospital.

The victim, according to a police official, “was a documented gang member. He was standing on sidewalk when an unknown male existed a black car” and began firing.

Police officials said Area South detectives are investigating and that “it appears to be gang-related.”

Father Thulani, who is pastor of Saint Sabina Church, did not know the details of the shooting late Friday night; however, he said, “We were supposed to go east, but one of the peacemakers told us there had been a shooting at 79th and Damen. We changed our route and went west. We waned to make our presence known namely to pray at that place.”

“We’re going to console and pray for the family of the victim,” Thulani said. “Praying at the crime scene was more important than going anywhere else.”

Just then a young girl ran towards Father Thulani screaming and uncontrollably crying and nearly threw up. She said, “They shot my brother…,” she screamed in between sobs. Just as Father Thulani began holding and consoling her a man claiming to be her boyfriend quickly whisked her away leaving Thulani stunned and helpless to assist her.

Thulani and scores of supporters continued marching handing out “Put Your Guns Down” flyers and chanting, “This is our neighborhood,” “What do you want? Peace. When do you want it, now,” “Save a life, save our babies…,” “Black lives matter. All lives matter,” Stop the shooting,” “Stop the killing.”

Father Pfleger, senior pastor of Saint Sabina, was not at the march

He attended the preview of movie icon Spike Lee’s film, “Chiraq” at Martha’s Vineyard. Pfleger said it was sold out.

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.

Illinois State Board of Education Announces Board Video-Conference Meeting for August 19th

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SPRINGFIELD, IL – The Illinois State Board of Education has announced the following schedule for its regular business meeting via video-conference in Chicago, Springfield, and Marion on Wednesday, Aug. 19.

All State Board of Education meetings listed on this agenda will be accessible to persons with disabilities. Persons planning to attend who need special accommodations should contact the Board office no later than the date prior to the meeting. Contact the Superintendent’s office at the State Board of Education, Phone: 217-782-2221; TTY/TDD: 217-782-1900; Fax: 217-785-3972.

The Board Chair may call for a break in the meeting as necessary in order for the Board to go into closed session.

State Board of Education Meeting

Aug. 19, 2015

Chicago Location: ISBE Video Conference Room, 14th Floor, 100 W. Randolph St., Chicago

Springfield Location: ISBE Video Conference Room, 3rd Floor, 100 N. First St., Springfield

Marion Location: Department of Healthcare and Family Services, 3419 Professional Park Drive, Marion

This meeting will also be audio cast on the Internet at: www.isbe.net

Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2015

9:30 a.m.

AGENDA

I. Roll Call/Pledge of Allegiance

A.    Consideration of and Possible Actions on Any Requests for Participation in Meeting by Other Means

II. Public Participation

III. Resolutions & Recognition

A. Year of the Volunteer Recognition

IV. Presentations and Updates

A. Stakeholder and Expert Task Force on Physical Education Presentation

V. Streamlining of Board Procedures Regarding Grant and Contract Posting and Awarding

VI. Superintendent’s Report – Consent Agenda

All action consideration items listed with an asterisk (*) are considered to be routine and will be enacted in one motion and vote.  Any board member who wishes separate discussion on any item listed on the consent agenda may remove that item from the consent agenda, in which event, the item will be considered in its normal sequence.

A. *Approval of Minutes

1. Plenary Minutes: June 17, 2015

B. *Rules for Initial Review

1. Part 1 (Public Schools Evaluation, Recognition and Supervision) Responds to P.A. 99-194, effective July 30, 2015, regarding application for approval of the E-learning Days pilot program allowing participating school districts to provide electronic instruction in lieu of emergency days.

2. Part 70 (Early Childhood Teacher Preparation Assistance Grant) Updates terminology to reflect the educator licensure system. 

3. Part 100 (Requirements for Accounting, Budgeting, Financial Reporting, and Auditing) Proposes a revenue code for use by school districts that receive a supplemental grant for general State aid, as per the provisions of P.A. 99-5, effective July 1, 2015. (Emergency Rule; action to be taken under Rules for Adoption).

4. Part 375 (Student Records) Responds to P.A. 98-885, effective August 15, 2014, regarding the content of an academic transcript and clarifies the definition of “health record”.

C. *Rules for Adoption

1.  Part 1 (Public Schools Evaluation, Recognition and Supervision) Revises the timetable for administration of the KIDS assessment; sets criteria for the Survey of Learning Conditions; and makes other technical changes and clarifications.  Two letters of public comment were received, however, no changes were made in response to the issues raised

2. Part 1 (Public Schools Evaluation, Recognition and Supervision) EMERGENCY Responds to P.A. 99-194, effective July 30, 2015, regarding application for approval of the E-learning Days Pilot Program allowing participating school districts to provide electronic instruction in lieu of emergency days.

3. Part 25 (Educator Licensure) Addresses changes necessitated by a number of public acts, modifies requirements for certain educator endorsements, and sets criteria for physical education and health education teachers to be considered “highly qualified”. Fifty-seven letters of public comment were received, and the proposed amendments were

modified revised in response.

4. Part 26 (Standards for Endorsements in Early Childhood Education and in Elementary Education) Modifies the standards for approval of early childhood education preparation programs by requiring their alignment to the Gateways to Opportunity Illinois Professional Development System’s criteria for the receipt of the ECE Credential Level 5.  Three letters of public comment supporting the rulemaking were submitted.

5. Part 100 (Requirements for Accounting, Budgeting, Financial Reporting, and Auditing) Proposes a revenue code for use by school districts that receive a supplemental grant for general State aid, as per the provisions of P.A. 99-5, effective July 1, 2015.

6. Part 210 (Illinois Hope and Opportunity Pathways through Education

Program) Updates statutory references to the new testing system, per

P.A. 98-972, effective August 15, 2014. No public comment was

received.

7. Part 232 (Summer Bridges Program) Updates statutory references to the new testing system, per P.A. 98-972, effective August 15, 2014.  No public comment was received.

8. Part 240 (Alternative Learning Opportunities Program) Updates statutory references to the new testing system, per P.A. 98-972, effective August 15, 2014.  No public comment was received.

9. Part 405 (Payments to Certain Facilities under Section 14-7.05 of the School Code) Aligns the proposed ending date for the issuance of the short-term emergency special education approval under Section 25.48 of rules governing Educator Licensure to the date contained in those rules (September 1, 2018).  No public comment was received.

D. *Contracts & Grants Over $1 Million

1. After School Matters Grant

2. Southwest Organizing Project–Parent Mentoring Program Grant

3. Intergovernmental Agreement with District of Columbia, Office of the

State Superintendent for Next Generation Science Standards Aligned

Content

4. College Entrance Exam Contract

5. Sole Source Agreement with Breakthrough Technologies, LLC for the

Science Assessment Platform

6. Request to Award Contract for Illinois Longitudinal Data System Data

Warehouse Maintenance and Development

7. Philip J. Rock Center and Harrisburg Project Funding

End of Consent Agenda

E. Election of Illinois Voting Delegate for NASBE Annual Conference & Business Meeting 2015

F. Recommendations for Qualified Zone Academy Bond (QZAB) Authorization(s)

G. District Intervention Funding for North Chicago School District 187 and East

St. Louis School District 189

H. Illinois State Educator Preparation and Licensure Board

I.  Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) Threshold Scores

J. Dynamic Learning Maps-AA Threshold Scores

VII. Discussion Items

A. Budget Update

B. Audit Update

C. Other Items for Discussion

VIII. Announcements & Reports

A. Superintendent’s/Senior Staff Announcements

B. Chairman’s Report

C. Member Reports

IX. Information Items

A. ISBE Fiscal & Administrative Monthly Reports (available online at http://isbe.net/board/fiscal_admin_rep.htm

X. Closed Session

XI. Adjourn

Collins’ Plan Requiring Charter Schools to Disclose Criminal Investigations Becomes Law

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SPRINGFIELD, IL – Illinois State Senator Jacqueline Y. Collins (D-Chicago 16th) hailed the governor’s signing of legislation she sponsored to require organizations that seek to open charter schools in Illinois to disclose any ongoing criminal or civil investigations into their activities.

“Charter schools are funded primarily with public money, so it is important to hold them to high standards and subject new proposals to the highest possible degree of scrutiny,” Collins said. “Ongoing investigations should be a part of the picture when local school districts evaluate charter applications, and we are ensuring that districts have all the information they need to make prudent decisions for families and taxpayers.”

Last year, Collins sponsored laws that promoted fairness and transparency in the charter school lottery process, prevented cronyism in charter management and ended the practice of charters collecting public funds to educate students who return to traditional public schools partway through the school year.

“School choice should be informed choice – for parents but also for districts examining charter school applications,” Collins said. “This new law will help prevent the misuse of public money before it occurs.”

The disclosure requirement applies to the organization submitting the proposal as well as any member of its governing body.

Black Women Millionaires Mentor, Dr. Venus Opal Reese, to Teach Insider Secrets of 7-Figure Success

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Dr. Venus Opal Reese will kick off a 6-city business training tour from August 18th to September 29th, traveling to New Jersey/NYC, Maryland/ DC area, Georgia, Dallas, Chicago, and Los Angeles


Her free tele-class series will be on August 20th

Venus Opal Reese

Nationwide (BlackNews.com) – From eating out of trash cans to becoming a self-made millionaire, Black Women Millionaires Mentor(TM) Dr. Venus Opal Reese knows how to monetize your mess into a successful business. Shes now offering live training for successful black women who want to harness the power of their own story as the basis for building a seven-figure, service-based business, The Black Women Millionaires Blueprint Tour, scheduled to take place in 6 cities throughout the USA, beginning August 18 in Elizabeth, NJ, at the Renaissance Newark Airport Hotel.

If youre a purpose-driven, high-achieving, super-successful, brilliant Black Woman entrepreneur whos hungry to break that seven-figure mark in your biz, on your own terms, Im talkin to you! My clients have generated over 7 million dollars with the exact same Blueprint Im bringing to YOU on this tour. If youre ready to learn whats keeping you from achieving your seven-figure goals, Id love for you to join me, says Reese.
The Tour

During the 6-city live training tour, Reese will share the exact same system she used herself to go from homeless on the streets of Baltimore to earning a second masters degree and Ph.D. from Stanford University, to making over $1.2 million in revenue in 3 short years.

Black women entrepreneurs who watch Reeses new video and then register for The Black Women Millionaires Blueprint Tour learn:

* The COLD hard truth about why they havent hit the 7-figure mark.
* Two types of money EVERY 7-figure sister knows about, and why the difference between them matters.
* Three inner secrets EVERY Black Woman can use to fast-track it to the 7-figure mark – on her own terms with grace and ease. * The #1 game-changing secret to turning the pain of the past – personal and historical – into 7-figure success.
* And more.

Watch a video Reese has created about the tour and learn how to register to join her at www.BWMBlueprint.com/tour
The Free Tele-Class

During the 7-week no-cost series (one live call per week,) Reese will share the exact same system she used herself to go from homeless on the streets of Baltimore, to earning a 2nd Masters degree and Ph.D. from Stanford University, to making over 1.2 million in revenue in 3 short years.

Black women entrepreneurs who watch Reeses new video and then enroll in the Blueprint Tele-Class Training Series learn:

* The COLD hard truth about why they havent hit the 7-figure mark.
* Two types of money EVERY 7-figure sister knows about, and why the difference between them matters.
* Three inner secrets EVERY Black Woman can use to fast-track it to the 7-figure mark – on her own terms with grace and ease.
* The #1 game-changing secret to turning the pain of the past – personal and historical – into 7-figure success.
* And more.

Learn how to register at www.BWMBlueprint.com
This is for YOU if youre serious about seven-figure success. I cant tell you how many of my students have called my Blueprint the answer to their prayers! Sisters from all over the world have increased their productivity and their profits, while enjoying more PEACE in their lives… all by learning my proven, paint-by-numbers blueprint for going from struggling to successful, FAST, said Reese.
About Dr. Venus Opal Reese
Recently featured in Forbes and Black Enterprise, Venus Opal Reese, The Black Women Millionaires Mentor(TM) teaches Black Women entrepreneurs who are dead serious about being part of the elite 2% of all women in business to ever break the million-dollar mark how to monetize their mess into a seven-figure business.

Recognized in Ebony Magazines 12th Annual Wealth Issue as one of four Black Millionaires who turned her passion into profits, Dr. Venus delivers proven internal and external strategies to authentic, powerful, and proud Black Women entrepreneurs to pimp your pain for profit. According to best-selling author, CEO of Frasernet, Inc., and creator of the PowerNetworking Conference George Fraser, Dr. Venus is a master trainer who actually delivers… Her incredible insight, wisdom, and brilliance make her one of the best and brightest in Black America today.

Dr. Venus is an acclaimed international speaker, CEO Mindset, Messaging and Marketing Mentor, and entrepreneur coach who founded her business, Defy Impossible, and grossed $1.2 million after just three years. For more information about Dr. Venus Opal Reese and Defy Impossible, visit www.DefyImpossible.com

Photo Caption: Dr. Venus Opal Reese during one of her training sessions


Illinois Enterprise Zone Board Voted to Approve 49 Applications to Establish or Renew Enterprise Zones; Will Not be Certified at This Time

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Director Jim  Schultz Issues Statement on Enterprise Zones

SPRINGFIELD, IL – “In compliance with the statutory timeframe, the Illinois Enterprise Zone Board voted to approve 49 applications to establish or renew enterprise zones. In light of Illinois’ current fiscal uncertainty and ongoing budget impasse, the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity will not certify the enterprise zones at this time. Local and state tax incentives are important business development tools, but cannot be truly effective while the state continues to bleed jobs due to high costs of doing business. To issue tax incentives without addressing these cost drivers would be a disservice to Illinois businesses and communities. The Department of Commerce will continue to evaluate the appropriate time to certify the approved enterprise zones.”

Enterprise Zones Approved By Enterprise Zone Board:

  1. Alexander/Pulaski
  2. Bedford Park
  3. Belleville
  4. Bensenville
  5. Boone County
  6. Cal Sag
  7. Canton Fulton County
  8. Champaign City/County
  9. Chicago I
  10. Chicago II
  11. Chicago III
  12. Chicago IV
  13. Chicago V
  14. Cicero
  15. Clinton County
  16. Danville
  17. Decatur/Macon County
  18. DeKalb County
  19. Des Plaines River Valley
  20. Diamond
  21. Edgar County/Paris
  22. Fairmont City/Caseyville
  23. Fairview Heights
  24. Franklin Park
  25. Galesburg
  26. Harvard/Woodstock
  27. Hodgkins/McCook
  28. Kankakee County
  29. Kankakee River Valley
  30. Loves Park/Machesney Park
  31. Macomb/Bushnell
  32. Madison County Discovery
  33. Monmouth Warren County
  34. Mt. Carmel/Wabash County
  35. Mt. Vernon/Waltonville
  36. Nashville/Washington County
  37. Northern Tazewell County
  38. Ottawa Area
  39. Peoria Urban
  40. Quincy/Adams
  41. Riverbend
  42. Rockford EZ 1
  43. Rockford I-90
  44. Southern Tazewell
  45. SW Madison County
  46. Springfield/Sangamon County
  47. Streator Area
  48. Urbana/Champaign County
  49. Will-Cook County

Bean Blossom Blues Fest Brings the Best in Blues to Brown County, August 27-29

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Be blown away at the “Bean,” one of America’s favorite blues festivals

NASHVILLE, Ind. – The biggest jam fest in the Midwest comes to Brown County, August 27-29. Back for a 17th year, the Bean Blossom Blues Fest will feature performances by well-known blues musicians, as well as around-the-clock jam sessions. Taking part at the historic Bill Monroe Music Park & Campground in Bean Blossom, the Bean Blossom Blues Fest provides a one-of-a-kind, laid-back atmosphere that is perfect for blues fans and musicians alike.

What started as a small gathering for harmonica musicians, has grown into one of America’s favorite blues festivals. With an unparalleled line-up of performers, the Bean Blossom Blues Fest brings the best in blues to the hills of Brown County. Not your typical music festival, the “Bean,” as it is so lovingly referred to, is a legendary blues bash.

Featuring three days of show-stopping performances, along with seminars, contests, camping and more, the Bean Blossom Blues Fest is a memorable music experience. Camp overnight on over 55-acres of land or take advantage of the hotel shuttle service to downtown Nashville. Either way, the “Bean” is unlike any other blues fest around, boasting both stellar music and brotherly love.

Kick off the festival the right way on Thursday, August 27 with a Party & Jam session at 6:45 p.m. The fun will continue on Friday, August 28 starting at 2 p.m. with a seminar, followed by the Harmonica Masters & Pros Showcase, blues trivia and giveaways, all topped off with a night filled with some of the best blues you’ve ever heard.

Friday evening performers will include blues aces Omar Coleman, the Below Zero Blues Band, the Danielle Nicole Band, and Grammy-award winning harmonica player Jason Ricci.

Continue to be blown away by the “Bean” on Saturday, August 29. Learn how to play the harmonica or guitar like a pro at one of the festival’s seminars beginning at noon before the blues bash begins at 2 p.m.

Be dazzled by the musical talent of the Cabin 12 Allstar Jammers, Tas Cru, Brandon Santini, Mr. Sipp, Blues Hall of Fame inductee Deak Harp, and Saturday night headliner and Tony Award-nominated singer, Mary Bridget Davies.

Festivities also will include the Indiana State Harmonica Competition, beer sampling, prize giveaways, and plenty of jamming to satisfy even the biggest blues lover.

Tickets can be purchased online, ranging from $25-$30 for single day adult admission to $55 for an adult weekend pass. Youth tickets (ages 10-15) are also available online at a discounted rate. Golf carts may be rented for the festival as well for $160.

For more information on the Bean Blossom Blues Fest, including a schedule of events, performer bios, and tickets, please visit http://beanblossomblues.com/ or call (812) 325-8836.

Discover what the “Bean” is all about and experience one of America’s favorite blues festivals, August 27-29 in Brown County.

About Brown County, Ind.: No matter what you’re looking for, escape comes naturally in Brown County. Eclectic boutiques and galleries, breathtaking scenery, welcoming accommodations, and endless outdoor adventures await in one of America’s original artists’ colonies. From art to the great outdoors, there’s something for everyone to enjoy, and for most, it’s only a short drive away. Unplug from daily life and reconnect with one another as you experience the rustic beauty and artisanal charm of Brown County. Plan your escape today…you’ll be glad you did.

Rags of Honor Named As The Illinois Veteran Business Partner of the Year

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SPRINGFIELD, IL Rags of Honor, the Chicago-based non-profit company committed to employing improving the lives of homeless veterans, was honored as the Illinois Veteran Business Partner of the Year today as part of the Veterans Day events at the Illinois State Fair, with Governor Bruce Rauner and Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs Director Erica L. Jeffries presenting the award.

“Rags of Honor is a great effort to help the most vulnerable of our Illinois Veterans,” said Governor Rauner. “CEO and Founder Mark Doyle and his entire team have created a thriving business solution with the mission of providing employment and services to homeless veterans.  As a team they have done an amazing job and there should be others emulating this organization, state-wide.”

Rags of Honor has nine full time veterans, seven of whom were homeless when hired. Of those five had served in Afghanistan before becoming homeless.  There have been countless stories about homelessness among the veteran population, and most of them have the predictable ending. Rags of Honor is leading the way as an exception to this narrative, and are helping veterans get back on their feet, dignity intact with a new outlook on life.

“Mark Doyle and his team at Rags of Honor are making a tremendous difference in communities across the state,” said Erica Jeffries, Director, IDVA. “They have a solid business model and they are making a very positive impact on the lives of homeless veterans.  That’s why we selected them for this recognition as Illinois Veteran Business Partner of the Year.”

In two short years Rags of Honor has become a top-quality screen printing organization that has the mission of providing employment and services to homeless veterans, with proceeds going directly to employ the veterans who are producing the garments at the company’s facility. They offer veterans a living wage, continuing education and training, and help with life skills needed to continue their life’s journey with dignity.  They produced thousands of items for numerous organizations including the U.S. Dept. of Veterans’ Affairs, the Chicago Bulls, and others.  Rags of Honor also produced more than 2300 hoodies for five ESPN bowl games last season – The Armed Services Bowl, The Advocare 100 Bowl, The Beef O Brady Bowl, The Famous Idaho Potato Bowl, and The Heart of Dallas Bowl, in concert with the License Resource Group, the second largest licensing company for collegiate athletics.

Governor Bruce Rauner and IDVA Director Erica L. Jeffries presented Doyle a framed proclamation naming Rags of Honor the Illinois Veteran Business Partner of the Year, and an Illinois State flag.  For more information about Rags of Honor, please visit www.ragsofhonor.us

The Illinois Veteran Business Partner of the Year highlights and honors Illinois business partners whose contributions and service to the veteran community and their local communities are truly above and beyond. Nominees are evaluated on the basis of their leadership, dedication, innovation, and impact in serving these communities. Recipients are those whose efforts add to the powerful narrative that veterans are great additions to our communities and are dedicated, lifelong public servants from whose efforts all of Illinois’ communities stand to benefit.

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