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Citywide Investigation Ensures Back to School Retailers are Compliant During School Supply Shopping Season

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BACP Urges Families to Be on the Lookout for Outdated Inventory and Inflated Prices

Purchasing school supplies is always a top priority for families when it comes to ensuring students are prepared for the first day of school. To ensure that retailers are selling supplies at a fair price, the Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection (BACP) has conducted an audit of 375 retailers as part of the Back to School Project.

The Back to School Project began in late July when BACP investigators visited businesses in each of the city’s 50 wards. Over the past months, investigators purchased school supply items, such as pens, notebooks, highlighters, wipes, zip-close bags, facial tissues, binders, calculators, etc. to identify outdated merchandise. The probe found 255 businesses in compliance, and 120 were not in compliance. Violations included outdated merchandise, and promotional or price irregularities resulting in 266 tickets being issued, which carry fines ranging between $50 and $2,000.

“This annual investigation keeps retailers on their toes and has proven to be a consumer fraud deterrent,” said BACP Commissioner Maria Guerra Lapacek. “My goals for this investigation are all consumers and parents are paying correct prices for school supplies and children’s school bags are packed with safe food.”

BACP wants to remind families that before purchasing school supplies  they should be sure to check the store policy,  read the fine print of sale advertisements, protect against overcharging, purchase from reputable sites when shopping online, keep all receipts, keep the packaging, check for a restocking fees, and return unwanted items promptly.

The Know Before You Send Your Kids to School campaign is posted on the BACP website and on all social media accounts for the department, @ChicagoBACP and /ChiSmallBiz. Through these channels, BACP offers shopping tips for parents, reminders on consumer recalls from the Federal Consumer Product Safety Commission, and encourages shoppers to check BACP’s Flagged Business List before you hire a day care, buy school supplies, or purchase food for lunches.

Launched in 2013, the Back to School Project underscores BACP’s larger mission to ensure consumer protection by holding businesses accountable for meeting the municipal code. This year’s probe reviewed more than double the number of retailers across the city, and issued 100 more tickets compared to last year’s investigation.

To access consumer protection information, report a problem or file a consumer complaint with the Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection, call 311 or visit www.cityofchicago.org/BACP.

ISBE Announces More Than 200 Illinois Schools to Participate in Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program

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$5.23 million awarded for the 2015-16 school year

SPRINGFIELD — Students across the state will have access to free fruits and vegetables this school year through a federal program that aims to make these food groups part of students’ daily diet for life. More than 200 schools are participating in the federally funded Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program (FFVP) in school year 2015-16.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) program earmarks funds to states, which then distribute the money to schools already participating in the USDA’s National School Lunch Program. The goal is to provide free fresh fruits and vegetables to students outside of regular school meals. The program targets elementary schools with the highest eligibility in the free and reduced-price categories within the National School Lunch Program. Illinois received $5.23 million to distribute through this school year. This is the seventh year the Illinois State Board of Education has administered the program.

“We are thrilled to offer this program again for Illinois schools,” said State Superintendent of Education Tony Smith, Ph.D. “Many studies support the connection between proper nutrition and education. These healthy snacks can help fuel the brain and also teach kids smart choices.”

In the last seven school years, Illinois has seen FFVP funds increase steadily from $2.21 million in 2009-10 to this year’s $5.23 million. ISBE approved 212 participating schools, with an estimated total enrollment of 102,000 students, for the new school year. Each school will be reimbursed on a monthly basis for allowable expenses up to the school’s total awarded amount.

Schools and districts participating in the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program during the 2015-16 school year include those from Cairo, Springfield, Kankakee, Mount Vernon, Centralia, Chicago, East St. Louis, Jacksonville, and more. A complete list of participating schools is available on ISBE website at www.isbe.net/nutrition/PDF/ffvp-awardees15-16.pdf.

FFVP provides all students in participating schools access to a variety of free fresh fruits and vegetables at least twice a week. It allows schools to make available the additional produce anytime during the regular school day, except during breakfast and lunch. For example, some schools select a fruit or vegetable of the day to entice students to try produce they might otherwise not have access to. Worksheets and fact sheets can accompany produce to teach students about the nutritious fruits and vegetables they are consuming and link them to the school’s curriculum.

A Lens on Economic Independence This Labor Day

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By Marc Morial

President & Ceo, National Urban League


President Grover Cleveland declared Labor Day a federal holiday in 1894, in an effort to conciliate organized labor after federal response to the Pullman Strike left 30 workers dead and 57 wounded.

The nation was in the throes of a depression when the Pullman Palace Car Company slashed wages for workers who lived in company housing and purchased most of their consumer goods from the company. When Pullman refused to lower rents or other costs, 4,000 Pullman workers went out on strike. Within days, 125,000 workers on 29 railroads walked off the job in solidarity.

Media coverage of the strike stoked anti-immigrant fervor, as many of the workers were recent arrivals. Sadly, we are seeing that same anti-immigrant sentiment being roused today as a distraction from the problems of income inequality and wage stagnation.

In memory of those who died in the name of workers rights, on Labor Day let us rededicate ourselves to our mission of economic opportunity. The National Urban League’s Jobs Rebuild America Plan offers 12 common-sense recommendations for putting America’s neediest communities on a path to economic independence.

SBA Approves Assistance for Grundy, Iroquois Counties

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People affected by summer severe weather eligible to apply for low-interest, long-term loans to help with recovery

SPRINGFIELD, IL – People and businesses in Grundy and Iroquois counties and seven neighboring counties now are eligible to apply for low-interest, long-term loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) to help them recover from severe weather in June and July.

On Aug. 27, Governor Bruce Rauner submitted a request for SBA assistance after a recent damage assessment identified 36 homes and four businesses in Grundy County sustained major damages and had significant uninsured losses, while in Iroquois County, 18 homes, 10 businesses and one non-profit organization suffered major damages with significant uninsured losses.

To be eligible for an SBA declaration, at least 25 homes and/or businesses in a county must sustain uninsured losses of 40 percent or more.

“The SBA declaration will bring much-needed help to people and businesses in these counties who are still trying to recover from this summer’s severe weather,” Gov. Rauner said. “I also would like to thank members of the Illinois Congressional delegation for their strong support for the state’s request to the SBA.”

Anyone affected by severe storms in June and July in Grundy and Iroquois counties and the contiguous counties of Ford, Kankakee, Kendall, LaSalle, Livingston, Vermilion and Will counties is now eligible to apply for a low-interest, long-term loan through the SBA.

More information about the disaster loan program and details about Disaster Loan Outreach Centers (DLOCs) in Watseka and Coal City will be announced by the SBA in the near future.

Lieutenant Governor Evelyn Sanguinetti Joins Acting Assistant Director Anna Hui in Celebration of Labor Day

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SPRING GROVE, IL—In honor of Labor Day, Lieutenant Governor Evelyn Sanguinetti joined Acting Assistant Director of the Illinois Department of Labor, Anna Hui, at Scot Forge.

“Today we celebrate the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our state,” said Acting Assistant Director, Anna Hui. “Illinois takes great pride in being home to an employer like Scot Forge.”

Joined by Lieutenant Governor Evelyn Sanguinetti, Acting Assistant Director Hui and Lt. Gov Sanguinetti met with Scot Forge employees and toured the facilities.

“Governor Rauner and I have made it a priority since the beginning to foster an environment for businesses to come, stay and prosper,” remarked Lt. Gov. Sanguinetti. “We hope that other employers will follow in the footsteps of Scot Forge by creating an environment where employees are valued and indispensible to the success of the business.”  

Year after year, Scot Forge is recognized by OSHA and the Forging Industry Association for their outstanding safety performance. In 2014, Scot Forge was recognized by EHS Today as one of America’s Safest Companies, becoming the very first forging facility in the United States to receive this award. 

For more information about the Illinois Department of Labor, visit our website at labor.illinois.gov. You can also find us on Facebook at Facebook.com/ILDeptofLabor or follow us on Twitter @ILDeptofLabor.

Former House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy and Democratic Activist Teri Hawks Goodmann to Serve as Iowa Draft Biden Co-Chairs

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Iowa – Draft Biden announced today that former Iowa House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy and Democratic Activist Teri Hawks Goodmann will serve as the Co-Chairs of the Iowa Draft Biden movement.

“Vice President Joe Biden is the real deal,” said Rep. Kevin McCarthy. “He would bring an unmatched combination of authenticity and electability to an electorate on both sides that is clearly craving the former, but also deserving of the latter.”

Teri Hawks Goodmann noted, “Joe Biden is the most qualified person for this job. Beyond the qualifications, he has the compassion, wisdom, and resilience required to be President of the United States.”

In addition to McCarthy and Goodmann, the following elected and formally elected officials will join Draft Biden as key committee members:

Rep. Jim Lykam, Scott County
Rep. Bruce Hunter, Polk County
Sen. Tony Bisignano, Polk County
Rep. Dennis Cohoon, Des Moines County
Mary Maloney, Polk County Treasurer
Denise Dolan, Dubuque County Auditor
Kathy Thurlow, Former Dubuque County Recorder
Rep. Mary Gaskill, Wapello County
Rep. Lisa Heddens, Story County
Former Rep. Mike Reasoner, Union/Clark/Decatur Counties
Former Rep. Doris Kelley, Blackhawk County
Former Rep. Dick Taylor, Linn County
Sen. Joe Seng, Scott County

Draft Biden has also announced the hiring of an experienced team to lead the Draft effort. The following veteran political organizers will be joining the Draft Biden team in Iowa:

Ellen Goodmann Miller, State Director. Ellen is a community organizer and consultant from Dubuque, Iowa. She previously worked as a regional Field Director for the 2007 Biden for President campaign. In addition to leading fundraising efforts for before/after-school programs for at-risk youth, she collaborates with a variety of community organizations to promote arts, education, and service.

Jackson Sump, Regional Field Organizer. Jackson most recently served as IT Director for the Douglas County Democratic Party, while finishing his degree in Political Science at the University of Kansas. Previously, he worked as the Deputy Field Director for Margie Wakefield’s campaign in Kansas and as an Iowa volunteer on the Biden for President campaign.
Background: The Draft Biden SuperPAC is an effort to increase momentum and support for Vice President Biden should he decide to enter the race for president. Over the past few weeks, the Vice President has given numerous signs that he is seriously considering making a bid for the White House. The Draft Biden SuperPAC is currently working to build the infrastructure and recruit the support the Vice President would need should he launch a campaign. Well over 200,000 Americans have signed a petition to ask the Vice President to run.

About Kevin McCarthy: McCarthy serves as First Assistant Attorney General in the Iowa Attorney General’s Office. Prior to returning to the Attorney General’s Office in 2013, Kevin served for eleven years in the Iowa House of Representatives, the last seven as Majority Leader (2006 – 2010) and Minority Leader (2010 – 2013). Kevin was also Iowa State Director for United States Senator Joe Lieberman’s 2004 Iowa Caucus presidential campaign and later as a Chair of United States Senator Joe Biden’s 2008 Iowa presidential effort.

About Teri Hawks Goodmann: Goodmann worked for more than sixteen years as a political campaign manager and consultant, working with campaigns for city, county, state legislative, congressional and presidential campaigns. In addition, she has led riverfront development efforts in Dubuque Iowa and serves as a trustee of Clarke University, Dubuque, Iowa and for the National Waterways Foundation. She is a member of the Dubuque County Magistrate Appointing Committee.

Coloring Outside the Lines Equals Success at GCE Lab School

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Nontraditional learning method spurs 100% college rate and nonstop enthusiasm


CHICAGO, IL – As Chicago teens head back to school, a chorus of complaints can be heard in the hallways about the end of summer and a return to the study grind.

Not at GCE Lab School: Chicago Prep.

In fact, many of the students returning to GCE https://gcelabschool.com this week have been so eager to get back to their classrooms that they spent the last few weeks of summer volunteering at the school, 1535 N. Dayton St., helping to build its new James Dyson Foundation Maker Lab, a research, design and engineering lab.

Set in a 30,000-square-foot former factory with both exclusive and shared space within the Menomonee Club Drucker Center, GCE – which stands for “Global Citizenship Experience” – is far from the traditional sedentary school. Students hail from communities all over the Chicago area. Named “The Most Innovative School Using Google” by Google Inc. in 2013 for its advanced use of the search engine’s services, GCE aims to “reinvent education and cultivate global citizens” said founder and Director Eric Davis.

Davis developed GCE’s City2Classroom educational model – an inquiry- and project-based STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) and Humanities curriculum – that puts students in real-world environments to explore and hone their skills, embrace new technologies and thrive. The model lets kids engage, reflect and work collaboratively while connecting their classroom lessons to the real world.

In the City2Classroom model, students work in collaborative classrooms and also have weekly “field experiences” with guest workshops, case studies and apprenticeship at some of the school’s more than 200 partner locations. Partners – which include CME Group, Goodman Theatre, Gravity Tank, Guggenheim Partners, Home Depot, 1871, Fifth-Third Bank and some of the city’s many cultural institutions – give students hands-on opportunities to examine the topics they learn about and test real-world applications. The kids explore careers, bolster classroom skills and knowledge, network and take ownership of their learning process while having fun and being challenged.

“During field experiences, the students gain prime networking skills and opportunities that 99% of traditional high-school students never see,” Davis said.

In its partnership with Goodman, for example, GCE developed a “Stage Chemistry” course which explored the science and math behind a theatrical production. Students had to adapt the theater’s “A Christmas Carol” to a new time and setting, and design and build a set to scale for their own production.

“The students loved it; it’s what learning should be — collaborative, respectful, challenging and inspired,” said Willa J. Taylor, Goodman’s director of education.

GCE has agreed to allow other schools to use the course at Goodman, Taylor noted, and is also working with the theater to design a humanities course that explores social justice.
With a block schedule that focuses on just a few subjects during each nine-week quarter, GCE’s learn-by-doing approach is entrepreneurial, emphasizing engagement and self-directed learning over traditional curriculum and testing. Each student also benefits from individualized coaching from teachers, partners, families and peers.
Not all its students are found at the brick-and-mortar site on Dayton; some are online students, who participate in some activities in person and others from remote locations.

The school champions a diverse experience for students, integrating the four global citizenship principles of accountability, purpose, autonomy and gratitude to form the foundation of academic achievement. Extracurricular sports and clubs are offered according to student interest, and community volunteer work is encouraged.

While not focused on traditional desks-and-lecture learning, GCE doesn’t let students skate on standards. GCE’s approach gives grades and tests, but “real, detailed and guiding feedback is offered constantly so students have actionable next steps to progress and grow,” Davis said.
It’s paying off. Since it opened in 2009, all of GCE’s graduates have gone on to college at some 60 of the nation’s top schools; 80% of those students have snared merit aid.

While still small with about 50 students currently enrolled, GCE is already having a big impact on the local education scene. Since last spring, teachers at six other Chicago schools have been trained in the GCE model and will begin implementing the approach this fall. Davis said teachers at five more schools will undergo training this fall, and a third wave is scheduled for 2016.
It all circles back to Davis’ mission to reinvent education and spark enthusiasm for lifelong learning and, he hopes, a better world. “I want 100% of these kids to find their place in the world,” he said. “And make it better.”

Two Blockbuster Star-Studded Shows Hit the Broadway Stage

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This is such an incredible time for Broadway. This Season coming up in September and November, we have two history making star-studded productions hitting the Broadway Stage – The Gin Game with Tony Award Winning Actors Cicely Tyson and James Earl Jones & The Color Purple with Oscar®, Golden Globe® and Grammy® Winner Jennifer Hudson as Shug Avery, London Breakout Sensation Cynthia Erivo in the starring role of Celie and “Orange Is The New Black’s” Danielle Brooks who plays Sofia.

Whether it’s a night at the theatre with your group, media coverage with a specialized article or interview on the show or a special promotional partnership, these shows are a MUST SEE ! I need to connect with you as soon as possible to see what we can do to see your face in the place and chart out an incredible plan.

Linda Stewart – President – Is Done Communications -205.229.5234 or ljstewartprpro@aol.com

California: State Expands Voting Rights to an Estimated 60,000 People on Community Supervision

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Disenfranchisement News
From: The Sentencing Project


State expands voting rights to an estimated 60,000 people on community supervision

Secretary of State Alex Padilla announced that California will restore voting rights to people with felony convictions on community supervision under realignment, reversing his predecessor’s policy.
California’s 2011 realignment act shifts many people convicted of low-level felonies from overcrowded state prisons to local jails. Individuals finishing their sentences in county jails are on post-release community supervision, and report to county probation officers instead of state parole officers. California law allows people with a felony conviction on probation, but not on parole, to vote.
In 2011, former Secretary of State Debra Bowen instructed county election officials to extend the state’s voting ban to people on community supervision, arguing that voting restrictions shouldn’t change because post-prison release “is labeled something other than parole.” Civil rights groups sued the state on behalf of nearly 60,000 people on supervision. In 2014, a Superior Court ruled Bowen’s interpretation of the realignment act as unconstitutional, and said that the intention of the law was to “introduce felons into the community, which is consistent with restoring their right to vote.” The state was appealing the court’s decision.
Secretary Padilla said his office would not continue the legal appeal and that the decision to expand voting rights was “compelled by conscience.”


Rally to Unlock the Vote on 50th Anniversary of Voting Rights Act

On the 50th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act, supporters gathered in Baltimore for Communities United’s Rally to Unlock the Vote. Delegate Cory McCray, who was arrested several times in his youth, spoke along with almost a dozen formerly incarcerated individuals in protest of Governor Hogan’s veto of the felony voting rights bill. The bill would have restored voting rights to about 40,000 Marylanders on probation or parole. Organizers urged the crowd to gather and demonstrate during the next legislative session, when they hope to push for an override of Hogan’s veto.


Martin O’Malley calls for restoration of voting rights

Democratic presidential candidate Martin O’Malley recently unveiled his plan for overhauling the criminal justice system, which includes expanding voting rights to people with felony convictions who have reentered society. O’Malley says he will “explore and take advantage of every opportunity to use federal funds and administrative solutions to encourage states to restore voting rights.” As governor of Maryland, O’Malley signed legislation restoring voting rights to 50,000 Marylanders who had completed their prison, probation and parole sentence. O’Malley joins presidential candidates Hillary Clinton, U.S. Senator Rand Paul, and U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders in calling for voting rights restoration for people with felony records.


More than 22,000 Canadians behind bars are eligible to vote

Election officials will soon begin distributing voter registration forms to correctional facilities and halfway houses throughout Canada. A 2002 Supreme Court decision gave people in federal prisons and provincial jails the right to vote for a candidate in the district they resided in before they were incarcerated. More than 22,000 people in prison are eligible to vote in Canada’s federal election in October.
On election day, officials are dispatched to each prison and polling stations are set up inside the institutions. Voter turnout was 54% in correctional facilities in the last federal election, not far below the 61% voter turnout in the general population.

DuSable High School Class of 1960 to Host 55th Class Reunion

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DuSable High School Class of 1960 will host its 55th Class Reunion on Saturday, September 19, 2015, from 11:00 A.M. until 4:00 P.M., at Chateau Bu-Sche, 11535 South Cicero Ave., Alsip, IL. All DuSable High School Alumni, faculty, family and friends are welcome to attend.

The DuSable High School Class of 1960 is a grassroots organization dedicated to promoting meaningful programs and scholarships that benefits current students of the three small schools at the DuSable High School Campus.

For more information, call 773-531-2642 or 773-734-6494.

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