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Archive for August 31st, 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

seniors.

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:

http://act.credoaction.com/sign/iran_vp?t=6&akid=15451.6338158.A611Ka

Thank you for taking action.

Zack Malitz, Campaign Manager
CREDO Action from Working Assets

Add your name:

Sign the petition â–º

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.

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