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Archive for September 8th, 2015

Chicago Is Not Broke – Far From It

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A few ideas that add up to billions

From: Thomas Tresser
Public Defender
tom@civiclab.us

312-804-3230

We are all familiar with the pronouncements from then Mayor Daley and now Mayor Emanuel that Chicago is on a fiscal life line and that we are broke.

We have been told repeatedly that Chicago iss broke and therefore we need to cut services, privatize public assets and continue a tradition of unscrutinized deals that scam the public over and over again.

Chicagoans have been asked and are being asked to put up with a whole host of hurtful public policies because they do not have the complete story of Chicago’s financial health and options.

We also seem to be out of ideas on how to bring new resources to the city. After withering criticism of his faltering bid to get the 2016 Olympics became hard to ignore a visibly peeved Mayor Daley said “People can discuss this, but this is the best economic engine we have going. I have nothing else up my sleeve.”

Mayor Emanuel recently hosted a series of 2016 budget town meetings. The bad news was delivered by Budget Director Alex Holt and Chief Financial Officer Carole Brown.

They said we are facing a 2016 operating budget deficit of $232.6 million.

Almost at the same time the Mayor announced he would be seeking a property tax hike of between $450 million to $550 million!

I would like to offer a different narrative.

Chicago is not broke. We have plenty of civic imagination here.

I’d like to offer three pots of money available to the city that would wipe out that forecast deficit and replace it with a surplus.

Here’s a way to fund the Chicago we deserve. A city where ALL her citizens flourish – not just the same set of prosperous people, insiders and the mayor’s campaign contributors.

BUCKET 1 – MONEY WE DID NOT HAVE TO SPEND
This includes money lost through corruption, theft and patronage. This includes contracts given without bid to insiders at inflated prices. This includes ghost payrollers and triple-dippers who are on the public dime in multiple jobs at the same time and former employees who now collect multiple and inflated pensions.

This includes money wasted through endless judgments against the city –usually for police misconduct – the biggest expense here being the cost of prosecuting and repairing the torture cases against Police Commander John Burge. This abuse and expense is still continuing.

This includes unnecessary fees to consultants and financial institutions – such as the much reviled toxic credit swaps that the Chicago Board of Education is staggering under. One report estimated the total payments by the City of Chicago and the Chicago Public Schools of payments and termination fees was
$1.2 billion through August of 2014!

It’s hard to go back in time to – say – 1990 or 2000 – and estimate what the cost savings could’ve been had we ELIMINATED all this waste. It’s equally difficult to come up with an ANNUAL revenue number that would fall to our bottom line if all PRESENT corruption and waste were eliminated.

But I’m going to make a rough estimate here and say Bucket 1 would give Chicago $1 billion in new or released revenue annually.

BUCKET 2 – MONEY THAT IS HIDDEN FROM US
This one is easy for me to articulate and estimate. Tax Increment Financing districts hold the most hidden public money in Chicago on an annual basis.

The TIF Illumination Project has analyzed all of Chicago’s 2014 TIF Annual Reports. Our work shows that in 2014 Chicago’s TIFs extracted $426 million from property owners. At the end of 2014 there was $1.44 billion in property tax dollars sitting in TIF accounts.

Cancel the TIFs and return all TIF funds sitting in bank accounts to the units of government that would have received those funds in the first place.

This would result in a one-time cash infusion of $1.4 billion to local government, with $784 million going to Chicago’s public schools.

BUCKET 3 – MONEY THAT WE ARE NOT COLLECTING
This bucket is perhaps the most controversial and would be the most contested. We are leaving literally BILLIONS of dollars on the table in Chicago (and Illinois) every year.

The biggest source of potential revenue is a financial transaction tax levied on contracts at Chicago’s exchanges. Even asking traders to pay $1 per contract would bring in enormous revenues that would be split between the state, the county and the city. This small fee would not even be noticed by the traders. Eleven European nations already have such a tax.

One study calculates the annual total from a LaSalle Street Tax to be as high as $12 billion for Illinois overall, with $2 billion of that for Chicago annually!

A key ingredient in this fiscal menu is a progressive income tax for Illinois. Such a tax would take in billions more in revenue annually, with much more revenue sharing coming to Chicago. There have been a number of proposals to move Illinois out of the company of the most regressive and unfairly taxing states in America and each proposal would have a different net gain for Chicago.

Let’s say that a modestly progressive income tax for the state would net Chicago $500 million more annually.

That’s $2.5 billion in new revenue for Chicago from just these two sources.

I think that’s a good start. There are other, more creative, more radical ideas for saving money and generating revenue for Chicago – but for now, let’s total up what we could get from deploying our three buckets.

I think I just identified $4.9 billion in revenues for the city of Chicago.

What would YOU do with a first year harvest of almost $5 billion and then an annual increase of about $4 billion in NEW revenue for – say – the next ten years? What would you start or build to make Chicago the city we deserve?

My friends and neighbors, Chicago is most definitely NOT broke.

Mr. Mayor, do NOT ask the taxpayers to dig deeper until all these proposals have been discussed, evaluated and acted on.

Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch Delivers Remarks at the Memorial Service for Voting Rights Leader Amelia Boynton Robinson

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Selma, Alabama

Remarks as prepared for delivery

Atty. General Loretta E. Lynch: Good afternoon.  To the family members and loved ones of Amelia Boynton Robinson, to the pastor and members of Tabernacle Baptist Church and all clergy present today, to the numerous elected and appointed officials here today, to all who have gathered here today to celebrate the extraordinary and quintessentially American life of Amelia Boynton Robinson, I bring you greetings from the Obama Administration.  And I thank you for allowing me to share in this moment with you; to pay my respects to a legend of the civil rights movement; and to join you in celebrating an extraordinary, inspiring and courageous life lived with compassion, lived with conviction and lived with love.

Over her lifetime, Ms. Robinson marched across more than a bridge.  She marched across the conscience of a nation, shaping the most fundamental issues of our time.  And she did it all with a grace and a joy that transcended any hatred turned her way.  Set on the path towards freedom from an early age, as a young girl she campaigned as a young girl for women’s suffrage – and saw the 19th Amendment ratified on her ninth birthday.  So she always knew what this country was capable of becoming.  But she also knew its shortcomings.  As a young woman in Selma, Alabama, she became one of the few African Americans to successfully navigate the almost insurmountable barriers placed between blacks and the ballot box by the state of Alabama – and later ran for Congress to inspire others to register and cast ballots.  And even as she faced opposition and oppression, hatred and brutality, she waged a steadfast campaign of inclusion and hope that culminated in a Voting Rights Act – one of the most important and impactful pieces of civil rights legislation in American history, and one that, as Attorney General – an Attorney General who would not be in this role today but for her efforts – I am honored to protect and enforce.

Hers was a long journey – but it was a journey she undertook with clear vision, remarkable resilience and uncommon bravery.  And her journey became the journey of America.  She knew well the dangers of her work.  She faced them every day.  But still, she marched forward.  Still, she pressed on.  Still, she devoted herself to the cause of justice that became the mission of her life, even when the cost was that a bridge that symbolized hatred be watered with her own blood to cleanse it.  What a test she was given.  What a faith she had and what a heart she brought to the test.  And it is in no small part due to that deep faith, that mighty heart, and that boundless courage and determination that earlier this year – half a century after the turmoil and violence of Bloody Sunday – Amelia Boynton Robinson was here, in Selma, to see the first African-American President of the United States bring his motorcade across the Edmund Pettus Bridge.

On that day, President Obama stood in front of a crowd of thousands and spoke about what Amelia Boynton Robinson and her friends and fellows had accomplished.  “What they did here,” he said, “will reverberate through the ages – not because the change they won was preordained; not because their victory was complete; but because they proved that nonviolent change is possible, and that love and hope can conquer hate.”

Today, I have been asked to deliver another message from President Obama and from the First Lady, which I will read to you now:

“Dear Robinson family:  we were deeply saddened to learn of Amelia’s passing.  Please accept our heartfelt condolences as you mourn her loss and reflect on her extraordinary life.  Amelia was one of the quiet heroes who made America what it is today.  With strength, love, and unwavering courage, she fought for the future she knew was possible – and her dedication helped move our country forward on our journey toward becoming a more perfect union.  We were honored to mark the 50th anniversary of the marches from Selma to Montgomery with Amelia earlier this year, and to experience firsthand the humble, hopeful force that guided her lifelong march for equality.  Her spirit – her tireless commitment to secure the ideals at the heart of our nation’s promise – will live on in you, in us, and in the freer, more just society she helped forge.  At this difficult time, please know you will remain in our thoughts and prayers.  Sincerely, Barack and Michelle Obama.”

In later years, when Ms. Robinson recounted her experience in the civil rights movement, she turned to the words of a freedom song to describe how she saw the stakes:

“Oh freedom, oh freedom, oh freedom over me; and before I’d be a slave I’ll be buried in my grave; and go home to my Lord and be free.”

Amelia Boynton Robinson has now gone home to her Lord and to her reward – but through her work; through her courage; and through her boundless devotion to the cause of justice, the freedom for which she fought was made real not just in the hereafter, but here on this earth.  They told her she couldn’t vote – she said “oh yes, I can.”  They told her she couldn’t help register others – she said “oh yes, I can.”  They told her that she could not change the world – she said “oh yes, I can.”  And if indeed the arc of the moral universe bends toward justice, as I believe that it does, then her hand is one of those that has shaped its path for us all.

As we send her to her rest today – and as we go forward from this place to continue her work – may we recommit ourselves to advancing her spirit of service.  May we find the strength to build on her legacy of progress.  And may we be guided by the principles she championed throughout 104 remarkable years that made this nation more just, more equal, and at last, more free.

Amelia Boynton Robinson, thank you for always holding our hopes for a better day in the palm of your hand.  Thank you for your deep and abiding faith in the promise of this country.  And thank you for the love and devotion that has made that promise a reality for us all.

Source: U.S. Department of Justice

Why the Fed Isn’t Close to Achieving Full Employment and Shouldn’t Be Discussing Raising Interest Rates -The Case of Women

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By William Spriggs
The Federal Reserve Board’s Open Market Committee will be meeting in September. The Wall Street gamblers have been egging the Fed to change its current course and to start raising interest rates. Speculators have been trying to see if they can urge the Fed to “return to normal” with more interest rate movements at play.

In part this will add another gaming table to play on, but some of them have been holding their positions in the invisible derivative markets on when interest rates will move again as the Fed unwinds its current high holdings of Treasury notes in reserve. They try to make arguments sounding as if they care about the state of the economy by conjuring the inflation boogey monster. With continued low and falling oil prices and stagnant real wages, they have instead begun to argue that interest rates need to go up, because it is only inevitable that at some time they must go up.

At the heart of their debate is a theoretical relationship between full employment and inflation. Part of the problem now is that the severity of this downturn chased many workers out of the labor market. So at the current levels of unemployment and job vacancies, in the past, wages would be higher. So the argument is that wages will start to climb soon, and those out of the labor market will not return to looking for work in response to the higher wages; the nations wages will just push up costs.

After the peak of 2000, real wages have been falling. The pace of the collapse stalled as the economy finally strengthened in late 2007. But then wages collapsed again. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that for the vast majority of America’s workers, real wages have remained below their 2007 levels, including the value of wages and benefits.

What is being told is that fewer people are going to be in the labor market because, since 2000, the aging of the population has picked up; the Baby Boomers of the 1940-1960 era are now starting retirement. But this ignores a large part of the decline in the labor force among prime age workers; women, in particular.
Women finding jobs

With barriers coming down for women in education and in the labor market, the wages of women showed steady improvement from the 1970s to the end of last century, accompanied by a steady growth in women’s labor force participation. A big slow-down happened when the labor market slowed at the end of the 1980s. As wages rose in the 1990s, women’s labor force participation picked up its previous climb. But the downturn of 2001 and the fall in wages pushed women’s labor force participation back down, and it dipped again when the labor market collapsed in 2007.

Prime working-age women and, in particular, young prime working-age women still carry an inordinate balance of basic social infrastructure-the caring economy of holding families together, whether child rearing or parent help. So women remain sensitive to the value of money earned in the market and the costs of home production; this makes them sensitive to real wages. If real wages rise, then it is very likely women will again increase their labor market participation. But, at stagnant wage levels, it is likely the current pace of net job creation is enough to keep unemployment flat. When wages rise, and women’s labor force participation returns to its previous pace, the unemployment rate may rise.

Currently, unemployed women are still more likely to quit looking for work than to become employed; more typical in a distressed labor market than one that is “booming.” This is despite a steep drop in the number of unemployed women since 2008, meaning a rising share of unemployed women who find a job in the next month. The drop-off of women’s labor force participation is not from a big rise in marriage and balancing joint income decisions; the share of women living alone or heading households without an adult male present is rising.

The Fed needs to keep this in mind when deciding what does returning to full employment mean. Will it assume that wages should stay low, and we can be satisfied with fewer women in the labor force? That would be a shame. It would hurt our economy by defining a full employment with the best educated part of the potential labor force sitting at home; that would represent a permanent shift downward in America’s economic growth since it means a smaller labor force compared to pre-2000. Full employment must mean a return of prime working-age women to active labor market participation. Full employment should mean full employment for all; not some.
Follow Spriggs on Twitter: @WSpriggs. Contact: Amaya Smith-Tune Acting Director, Media Outreach AFL-CIO 202-637-5142.

Illinois Department of Labor Director Hugo Chaviano to be Honored with Lifetime Achievement Award by Hispanic National Bar Association

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CHICAGO, IL – Illinois Department of Labor Director, Hugo Chaviano, highest ranking Hispanic member of Governor Bruce Rauner’s cabinet, was honored this evening with the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA) at their 40th Annual Convention in Boston.

“When I emigrated to the U.S. from Cuba at age 13, little did I realize all the opportunities the United States would provide me, especially Governor Rauner’s appointment as Director of the Illinois Department of Labor,” said Hugo Chaviano.  “Every day I am honored to serve the people of Illinois, an affirmation of Governor Rauner’s commitment to diversity within his administration.”

“Hugo Chaviano brings more than 35 years of legal experience to his role as Director, including work as a mediator and arbitrator,” said Lieutenant Governor Evelyn Sanguinetti.  “We applaud our colleague Hugo’s many achievements throughout his career, including his leadership among Hispanic lawyers within the United States and across Latin America.”

 

Serve Illinois Commission Announces $15.6 Million for AmeriCorps Programs

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28 grantees will place 1,682 AmeriCorps volunteers in communities

 

SPRINGFIELD, IL – The Serve Illinois Commission on Volunteerism and Community Service announced $8.6 million in Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) federal grants to enable 1,682 volunteers in 28 AmeriCorps programs to better serve Illinois communities. An additional $7 million is available for college education awards.

“AmeriCorps members make a powerful impact on the toughest challenges facing our nation,” said CNCS CEO Wendy Spencer.  “Building on Illinois’s strong tradition of neighbor-helping-neighbor, AmeriCorps members will improve lives and strengthen communities across the state.  As they serve others, AmeriCorps members will also expand opportunities for themselves – gaining skills and experience to jumpstart their careers.”

These federal grants will be used for services in Illinois, including tutoring and mentoring at-risk youth, preparing communities to respond effectively to emergencies, feeding those in need, and improving youth and adult literacy.  The Serve Illinois Commission, a part of the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH), administers the AmeriCorps programs in Illinois.

“When communities volunteer, we see an increase in economic strength and education, and a decrease in crime,” said IDPH Director Nirav D. Shah, M.D., J.D.  “Illinois is fortunate to have hundreds of volunteers who donate their time and talents to help turnaround troubled areas and strengthen Illinois one community at a time.”

 

AmeriCorps members dedicate a year to helping communities meet their unmet economic, education, health, public safety, or environmental needs.  Members receive a modest living allowance, student loan deferment, and training.  Members who successfully complete their service receive an educational award of up to $5,730 to help pay for college, graduate school, vocational training, or to pay off student loans.

“We are excited to have this opportunity to expand our AmeriCorps and volunteer services in Illinois,” said Serve Illinois Executive Director Scott McFarland.  “AmeriCorps members work every day to support thousands of Illinoisans in need including 425,000 disadvantaged youth and 10,000 veterans and military family members.  These new members are going to make a lasting positive impact in the lives of people throughout the state.”
 

AmeriCorps programs receiving funds from Serve Illinois:

 

Program Location Service Focus Funding

Members

ABC AmeriCorps – Sauk Valley Community College

Lee, Whiteside,
Carroll, Ogle, Bureau & Henry Counties
Education

$196,145

45

Academy for Urban School Leadership

Chicago Education

$40,000

50

AmeriCorps East St. Louis – Lessie Bates Neighborhood House East St. Louis Education and Health

$450,174

113

AmeriCorps Prisoner and Family Ministries – Lutheran Social Services of Illinois

Statewide Economic Opportunity

$304,571

46

Asian Human Services Chicago Economic Opportunity, Education, and Health

$164,725

12

Belleville AmeriCorps – South Western Illinois College

Belleville Education and Capacity Building

$401,059

73

City Year Chicago Chicago Education

$2,106,668

188

Coach Across America – Up2Us Chicago Health

$155,789

16

Early Childhood Literacy Project – Western Illinois University Moline Education

$99,715

16

Fostering Transition – Children’s Home

Peoria Economic Opportunity and Education

$157,477

35


Greater Chicago Food Depository
Chicago Health and Veteran Services

$140,901

12

Housing Forward West Cook County Economic Opportunity

$161,155

12

Illinois Justice Corps – Illinois Bar Foundation

Statewide Economic Opportunity and Veteran Services

$280,641

68

Illinois Public Health Association Statewide Disaster Services and Health

$274,522

20

Land of Lincoln AmeriCorps – Rend Lake College Southern Illinois Education and Environmental Stewardship

$425,600

55

 

Operation AmeriCorps – East St. Louis School District

East St. Louis Economic Opportunity and Education

$461,374

85

Peace Corps Fellows – Western Illinois University Statewide Economic Opportunity and Disaster Services

$137,300

14

Project MORE – University of Illinois – Chicago Chicago Economic Opportunity and Education

$151,474

21

Project YES! – Northwestern University Settlement Association Chicago Education

$528,799

78

Public Allies Chicago Chicago Economic Opportunity

$468,000

36

Rockford Service Corps – YMCA of Rock River Valley Rockford Education and Health

$180,736

28

Safe Families AmeriCorps – American Red Cross Statewide

Disaster Services

$332,085

27

Schuler Scholar Program – Schuler Family Foundation Lake Forest

Education

N/A

38

Springfield Urban League

Are African Americans Quietly Slipping Back Into an Age of slavery?

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‘Accelerated by Drugs to induce slumber and Questionable taxation purposes’

By Rev. Harold Bailey
President, Probation Challenge and The PCC Network

CHICAGO, IL – Hell’s fury couldn’t be better articulated than viewing Mayor Rahm Emanuel being police escorted from an irate community meeting on the Southside.

The meeting was to explain the mayor’s new budget which is said to have included new taxation… which would include property taxes.

Watch with a jaundice eye at what’s being done subliminally to South and Westside blacks by the governing Chi-town political forces. Unknowingly, a large segment of blacks are being subject to swallow a dose of sedating poison, while warned by aldermen/woman and their political muscle that it should be ingested without a whimper. Aren’t taxpayers tired of the unwarranted burdens inflicted upon them by the hypocrites sitting in authority? Quickly, may I interject that I am speaking of those persons who have no intentions of giving the black taxpayer a fair chance to live (at least) a sufficient lifestyle?

Let’s look at the real side of life which is not a reality show! It was forecast by the Rev. Harold E. Bailey’s Challenge News Magazine, that when and if Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel were to be re-elected (and he was) it would cause a downward spiral for the once beautiful city by Lake Michigan. Sources say that presently on the drawing board of proposals are conspiracies that will include a humongous taxation without fair representation!

The already stressed public lives day-to-day under the financial mental-strain as the result of drive-by shootings, unexplained killings, funerals, hospital and other related expenses … is leaving the taxpayer financially drained! Any new purposed taxation at this time would be a heavy burden for modest citizens to bear.

Question: Where are the vocal elected officials who oppose the mayor’s projects? Yet, another question comes to mind: What other diabolical projects are on the political drawing board locked behind the mayor’s guarded doors?

Mayor Emanuel, along with his Yea-Sayers, forced themselves into the public’s pockets with the traffic tickets and traffic cameras. Sources report that other unexpected offerings from the Mayor’s Office would bleed into the savings of taxpayers who are just under the radar of just making it. Oh, we also forgot … additional taxes would also include ‘garbage’ pickup!

It’s said that some of the mayor’s team believe they can ‘get all they can’ and ‘can all they get’ … while they can get it! Meanwhile, many earnest going along to get along persons have labored for the majority of their lives to reside comfortably, and are now on edge because of the major’s purposed ventures to raise property taxes! Many ponder and wonder how they will merely exist. Unexpected taxation is a dyer treat to those who have become complacent with their meager income. Any new taxation will cause a bottom-line effect and cause taxpayers to have need for help!

Reliance on others to merely live is considered dependency. Dependency for a large number of Blacks and Hispanics is the first stage of asking for a handout. The lack of having qualification for that handout may result in yet another first stage leading to crime. With all the above leading to… Political Slavery.

The colossal question becomes: Is this dependency the subliminal intent of Chicago city government, which concertedly will cause the citizens to lose their gains and thus become subjected to the wimps of the policies government? Hum! Should this in modern-day history be considered as unofficial slavery?

Most political pretenders have the audacity to wonder what’s wrong with youth and with their involvement in crime and drugs. Actually the pretenders already know that answer better than most Chicago residents! The simple answer is that youth emulate that which they see! They see and mark the Political pretenders, adorned in their shirt and tie… with all interpreted as massive power over the people who elected them! These marked political persons are able to have money in the bank, fine houses and cars, and more importantly living in a community deemed as a safe haven. Why wouldn’t youth want to emulate such greatness? However, it should be noted that most uneducated youth are not educationally conscious as to the devious struggle it takes to achieve such success. So, without that real know-how, youth venture out minus the proper tools to achieve and end up in the slammer. Some city leaders have sent a wrong message by using their powerful seat for personal gain—rather than a hand’s up to aid the community.

Rev. Harold E. Bailey, president of the Probation Challenge program, said, “Many youth have viewed the falseness of some city fathers, and have watched how they’ve prostituted their inept spiritual values and principles, while watching (with a grin) them travel from the county jail … to the many waiting-rooms-to-hell—prison! But believe me—restitution is on the way via spiritual truth! With the pubic suffering and in dire need for finances, would it be wise at this time not to suggest any projects which hinges on the distribution of drugs—be it legal or otherwise? The lacking of public funds already brings about the first stage of depression. Prayerfully, most citizens would not resort to drugs. However, in a moment of mental confusion regarding rent, bills, food and the baby, many would want to masked the pain with drugs—which is prevalent on both the south and Westside of the city. As quiet as it’s kept, these temptations can lead to flirting with marijuana. Marijuana could very well be the gateway to: crack, cocaine, lean, ecstasy and others. All drugs can lead to jail and/or prison.

Marijuana is suggested to be implemented without any community hearing in one of the Chicago’s affluent Southside Wards! Residents of the ward, have long labored for their beautiful homes and businesses, however without a word of warning there lies a subliminal political influence to bring drugs into the community under the guise of a Medical Dispensary. Could this be done minus the permission from the Fifth Floor of City Hall? The question is, where is the root of this marijuana project? Some have said that this is too heavy a project to fall to the lot of an alderwoman, and suggested it would fall to the lot of being the brainchild of Chicago mayor Emanuel.

Juanita Bratcher’s Copyline News Magazine reports: The proposed dispensary is a joint venture of California-based Harborside Health Center and Illinois Grown Medicine.

Many in the community are angry about the dispensary coming to the area, and the Eighth Ward Accountability Coalition (EWAC) has held two major meetings pertaining to the dispensary (hundreds of angry residents turned out for the meeting). If not for EWAC, most community residents would not have been privy to this transforming information since the community had been left in the dark. Alderman Michelle A. Harris did not hold a public meeting to inform the community until August 11th, two weeks before the Zoning Board hearing.

According to news reports, Steven DeAngelo, a felon convicted of drug distribution and founder of Harborside, is barred from participating in the business operation but his brother, Andrew DeAngelo, is the Harborside partner who will be involved in Illinois. The State of Massachusetts refused to even grant a license to Harborside because of their legal issues. The U.S. Department of Justice has taken action to shut down the Harborside operations in California, as reported by Copyline News Magazine.

Copyline News Magazine said, “Our only hope now to stop this medical marijuana dispensary from coming to the neighborhood is to go down in numbers to the Zoning Board of Appeals meeting on November 20, at 121 N. LaSalle Street, Room 200, at 2 p.m.

Jerry Brown, an official of EWAC, and EWAC members solicited the board for a hearing when they found out about it coming and the community had not been informed by Alderman Harris (8th Ward) through a public hearing. EWAC is working on securing a bus, maybe two to carry interested residents to the meeting.”

Blacks must biblically recall and remember that there is nothing new under the sun. And, it’s best to remember that blacks are on the earth today simply because they were strong to dodge the many planned pitfalls that the enemy laid in wait for them. Through the years our foreparents by the grace of God—knowing: Only the Strong in God would Survive.

Rev. Harold E. Bailey can be reached at Probation Challenge. Tel: 773-978-3706.

 

 

Brown County Art Colony Weekend Pays Tribute to Area’s Unique Art Heritage, September 11-13

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One of America’s original artists’ colonies honors its past, keeps the tradition alive

 
NASHVILLE, Ind. – Steeped in rich art heritage, Brown County has and always will be a haven for artists. Drawn to the area’s breathtaking vistas, lush scenery, and interesting characters, artists migrated to the region nearly a century ago to establish their own art colony, one of the first of its kind in the Midwest.

Remnants from the early colony can still be seen today throughout the county, manifested by the over 180 working artists who still call the area home. This September, Brown County will pay special tribute to its historic roots during the Brown County Art Colony Weekend. September 11-13 art will come to life through several unique events, including live plein air painting demonstrations, the 27th Annual Great Outdoor Art Contest, a Village Art Walk, opportunities to interact with local artists, an art history panel discussion, and more.

As one of America’s original artists’ colonies, art is more than a hobby in Brown County, it is a way of life. Presented by the Brown County Art Guild in collaboration with the Brown County History Center, the T.C. Steele State Historic Site, the Brown County Art Alliance, and the Brown County Playhouse, Brown County Art Colony Weekend not only honors the area’s past, but also exemplifies how Brown County continues to honor its handmade heritage every day.

 
Brown County Art Colony Weekend will kick off Friday, September 11 with an opening reception and birthday celebration for Brown County’s founding father of the arts, T.C. Steele. It was the talented Impressionist painter who was the first major artist to make his home in Brown County, attracting other artists to relocate and later establish the Art Colony of the Midwest.

 
Festivities will begin at 5:30 p.m. at the Brown County History Center and will include refreshments, a birthday cake for Steele, and live entertainment by the Bloomington Classical Guitar Society Ensemble. This event is free and open to the public.

Art will continue to abound on Saturday, September 12 at the 27th Annual Great Outdoor Art Contest. This event, which will take place on Steele’s home turf, will feature live plein air painting on the picturesque grounds of the T.C. Steele State Historic Site from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Paintings will then be judged in the Formal Garden Area, with winners announced at approximately 3:30 p.m.

Not only will the Great Outdoor Art Contest provide an opportunity for guests to see art in action, but also to sample local fare. Food trucks and vendors will be on site, serving up fan favorites to hungry art lovers. A beer garden by Quaff On! Brewing Company will open at 11:30 a.m., with an outdoor concert performed by rising stars, The Jefferson St. Parade Band, beginning at 2 p.m.

Art, food, and entertainment all rolled into one, the Great Outdoor Art Contest is the perfect way to spend the day, as well as to get a taste for Brown County’s art heritage. Pay tribute to an art legend and fall in love with Brown County’s beauty just as Steele did nearly a century ago. There will be a $2 parking fee charged upon arrival, with all other festivities at the event free of charge excluding food and drink purchase.

Events at the T.C. Steele State Historic Site will wrap up just in time for Art Colony Weekend’s next event, the Village Art Walk. Head to Nashville, where several downtown art and craft galleries will remain open from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Be sure to stop by the Brown County Art Guild, a participating venue, to admire unframed paintings from the Great Outdoor Art Contest taking place earlier in the day, along with paintings by other local artists. The Village Art Walk is self-guided and free.

Stick around on Sunday for another full day of art and fun. Start the day early with a breakfast with the Nashville Cityscape Plein Air painters at 7:30 a.m. Hear interesting artist tales as these painters share their stories over a meal at the Artists Colony Inn.

After filling up on breakfast, the Nashville Cityscape Plein Air Painters will head out for their PaintOut from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. See these artists at work as they paint scenes in the Village, as well as throughout the county. Live painting demonstrations are free of charge.
Discover Brown County’s art history during a panel discussion at the Brown County Playhouse. At noon on Sunday, learn how the Brown County Art Colony got its start, as well as how it has evolved over time. Get the inside scoop from panelists who knew early Brown County artists and authors who have written about them.

After the panel, pop over to the Brown County Art Guild for the weekend’s closing reception. From 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., the Art Guild will be offering refreshments, with paintings from the Great Outdoor Art Contest and the Nashville Cityscape PaintOut on display and for sale. Both the art history panel discussion and the closing reception are free and open to the public.

 
Experience art firsthand during this one-of-a-kind Brown County weekend. Make plans to attend Art Colony Weekend, September 11-13, and get lost in the creativity of the county.

 
For more information on Brown County Art Colony Weekend, please visit www.browncounty.com/calendar/event/brown-county-art-colony-weekend.
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.

Department of Insurance Launches New Public Pension Division FOIA Portal

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Information about annual statements available online at: https://insurance2.illinois.gov/Applications/Pension/FOIAReporting/FOIAPortal.aspx

SPRINGFIELD, IL – Illinois Department of Insurance (DOI) Acting Director Anne Melissa Dowling today announced the launch of the agency’s new Public Pension Division FOIA portal. The new portal provides any member of the public access to information about pension funds in the State of Illinois. The online portal is available at: https://insurance2.illinois.gov/Applications/Pension/FOIAReporting/FOIAPortal.aspx.

“We are pleased to provide the public with direct access to review public pension annual statements,” said Acting Director Dowling. “The Public Pension FOIA portal demonstrates our commitment to educate participants about their pension benefits and increase transparency with the Department.”

The Public Pension Division portal provides annual statements and gives easy access to a variety of information regarding a participant’s pension benefits. More documents will gradually be made available in the coming months.

For More information about the DOI Public Pension Division call 800-207-6958 or log on to the DOI Public Division website at https://insurance2.illinois.gov/Applications/Pension/Default.aspx

More Information

The Department’s mission is to protect consumers by providing assistance and information, by efficiently regulating the insurance industry’s market behavior and financial solvency, and by fostering a competitive insurance marketplace. The Illinois Department of Insurance assists consumers with all insurance complaints, including health, auto, life, and homeowner. Consumers in need of information or assistance should visit the Department’s web site at insurance.illinois.gov or call our toll-free hotline at (866) 445-5364.

Looking For All Graduates and Former Students of The DuSable High School Class of 1960

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Were you an alumni of DuSable High School between 1956-1960? The DuSable Class of 1960 is looking for you to help celebrate their 55th Class Reunion. Please join us 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.

For more information, contact the DuSable H.S. Class of 1960 at 773.734.6494.

Five-Time Grammy Award-Winning Blues Guitarist Robert Cray Comes to the MAC Sept. 19 as Part of His 40th Anniversary Tour

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Tour Supports Cray’s Newest Release “4 Nights of 40 Years Live”

GLEN ELLYN, IL – Blues Hall of Fame guitarist Robert Cray, comes to the McAninch Arts Center (MAC) at College of DuPage located at 425 Fawell Blvd., Saturday, Sept. 19 as part of an international tour to commemorate the 40th anniversary of his performing career. Known for bringing blues back to the top of the charts in the 1980s, this five-time Grammy winner will perform a mix of his most powerful good-time, uptown, low-down blues and soul material from a career that spans four decades.“While his music has always paid a deep debt to the blues masters that came before him, he has always had his own unique sound which is a result of his ability to meld blues with music accessible to the MTV generation,” said Blues Rock Review. Cray just released a double CD and video package “4 Nights of 40 Years Live” (Mascot Label Group). Both the DVD and Blu-ray contain concert footage plus personal in-depth interviews with Cray, his band members and testimonials from Eric Clapton, Buddy Guy, Keith Richards, Bonnie Raitt and more.Born into a military family, Cray spent a lot of time traveling, and lived in Germany for two and a half years in the early 1960s. There he spent much of his time listening to his parents record collection including songs by Ray Charles, John Lee Hooker, Sam Cooke, Jackie Wilson and others. In 1964 the Crays moved back to the U.S. and settled in Tacoma, Wash. This was the same year Beatles took their first trip to the US inspiring Cray and many of his peers to pick up a guitar. Cray never put it down. Cray formed his first band with longtime bassist Richard Cousins in 1974. This was followed by the Robert Cray Band. In 1977 the band played the San Francisco Blues Festival and that same year Cray was asked to play the role of bassist for a fraternity party scene in National Lampoon’s “Animal House.” The Robert Cray Band recorded their first album “Who’s Been Talkin’” in 1980 and in 1986 won a Grammy for “Best Traditional Blues Recording,” with their fourth album, “Showdown!” (1985) a collaborative album with guitarists Albert Collins and Johnny Copeland. But it was “Strong Persuader” (1986) which made the list of the 100 greatest albums of the 80’s and became Cray’s break into the mainstream. As of today, Cray has recorded more than 21 albums and continues to tour extensively throughout the world.

Tickets

Robert Cray comes to the McAninch Art Center at College of DuPage, 425 Fawell Blvd., Saturday, Sept. 19 at 8 p.m. Tickets range $50-$65. For tickets and more information, call 630.942.4000 or visit AtTheMAC.org.

About the MAC

The McAninch Arts Center (MAC) at College of DuPage is located 25 miles west of Chicago near I-88 and I-355, and houses three performance spaces (the 780-seat proscenium Belushi Performance Hall; the 186-seat soft-thrust Playhouse Theatre; and the versatile black box Studio Theatre), plus the Cleve Carney Art Gallery, classrooms for the college’s academic programming and the Lakeside Pavilion. The MAC has presented theater, music, dance and visual art to more than 1.5 million people since its opening in 1986 and typically welcomes more than 75,000 patrons from the greater Chicago area to more than 230 performances each season.

The mission of the MAC is to foster enlightened educational and performance opportunities, which encourage artistic expression, establish a lasting relationship between people and art, and enrich the cultural vitality of the community. For more information about the MAC, visit AtTheMAC.org, facebook.com/AtTheMAC or twitter.com/AtTheMAC.

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