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Jews in Solidarity With the Dyett Hunger Strikers to Deliver Petition to Mayor on Jewish New Year

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CHICAGO, IL-On the 30th day of the Dyett Hunger strike, members of the Jewish community will deliver a letter with more than 200 signatures from the Chicago Jewish Community. The letter calls for Mayor Rahm Emmanuel to implement the demands of the Coalition to Revitalize Dyett High School.

The delivery of this letter coincides with Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish new year and beginning of the holiest period on the Jewish Calendar. “These holy days are our community’s opportunity to practice t’shuva, or repentance,” said Rabbi Brant Rosen of Tzedek Chicago. “Today, we call on Rahm Emmanuel to begin his new year by repenting for his callous approach to the hunger strikers and thousands of CPS parents and students.”

The demands of the Coalition to Revitalize Dyett High School include: green technology and global leadership in the Dyett curriculum; preservation of the name Walter Dyett; at least six seats on the school design team; community selection of the principal; and a community school open until 7 p.m. or 8 p.m. daily with programs serving the community.

The letter’s signers include rabbis and congregants from across Chicago. Many of the Jewish protestors came from a Tzedek Chicago Rosh Hashanah observance. Tzedek Chicago is new Jewish community rooting Judaism in social justice values.

“We are united in recognizing that our Jewish values compel us to take a stand with the coalition,” said Tzedek Chicago member Kelly Viselman. “Judaism teaches that the imperative to save a life supercedes almost every other commandment. Our city’s leadership cannot allow people who have gone a month without food to hang in the balance. We demand that they meet with them in good faith and come to a mutually agreed decision on Dyett.”

September 15th is also the day that CPS decided to push back a hearing on Dyett High School. This rescheduling prompted this hunger strike to begin 30 days ago.

The Coalition to Revitalize Dyett High School: https://www.facebook.com/Dyett-Global-Leadership-Green-Technology-HS-444474968927301/timeline/

Tzedek Chicago: http://tzedekchicago.org/

Who: Members of the Jewish Community and the Coalition to Revitalize Dyett High School

What: Letter delivery action with Rosh Hashanah ritual observance

Date: September 15, 2015

Where/When: City Hall (121 N LaSalle Street), 5th Floor, 1:15 PM

Visual: More than 20 demonstrators, including Rabbis and Jews with prayer garments alongside members of the Dyett Coalition

Fasting for Justice and Dignity for Immigrants and Human Rights in Mexico

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Letters to Editors


From: Manuel Revueltas


A Press Conference will be held today, September 15, 2015, at the Mexican Consulate, 204 S. Ashland Ave., Chicago.
Mexico has been experiencing the “war on drugs” in Mexico (2006), and at the same time, as Immigrants we are facing a no-solution to our problems in the U.S.

Now we are facing the consequences of non-work policies in Mexico and the US, and an increase in Human Rights Violations from both countries. All these give a scenario of families separation in the U.S. and extreme violation of basic Rights of Mexicans in their home country.

President Enrique Peña Nieto and Politicaslearder in the US have fallen short on what we really need as a community. The continued militarization of Mexico, support by the Plan Merida and the continue hate speech against immigrants, give us no option but to take action.

A group of immigrants have decided to start a Starving for Justice and Dignity in the Mexican Consulate of Chicago. Among the people that are starting this Starving is Father Gary Grafh, from the St. Gahl Catholic Church, Salvador Zamora, Jose Sandoval, Mario, Jose, Manuel, and others.
We are in fasting?
For more information, contact:Manuel , 773 540 0226 (cell), or manuelrevueltas74@gmail.com.

Court Hearing: Protester Grant Newburger Still Faces 3 Felony Charges for Standing up for Justice for Mike Brown

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Over 9 months after Darren Wilson, the policeman in Ferguson, MO who murdered Mike Brown, walked free, Richard “Grant” Newburger, faces serious felony charges for protesting that decision.  The November protest where he was arrested was part of what became a massive national wave of protests against police murder.  Two others arrested at that protest had their charges dropped last fall.  But Grant was singled out for felony charges carrying a sentence of up to seven years in prison.

Grant will appear before Judge Vincent Gaughan in a status hearing Wednesday, September 16, 9 a.m., in Courtroom 500, Cook County Courthouse, 2650 S. California Ave., Chicago. Supporters are demanding that all charges be dropped.

Grant is well known on Chicago’s South and West side Black communities for opposing police brutality and bringing revolutionary politics to the people for over 20 years. Many believe the charges against Grant don’t stem from anything he did at the protest but are because of his role in opposing police terror and the system at its root.

It is an indictment of the system that police who murder people are not charged with anything — while Grant faces felony charges for protesting this injustice.

CBC Chairman G. K. Butterfield Headlines NAACP Press Conference Culminating America’s Journey for Justice March

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressional Black Caucus Chairman G. K. Butterfield (NC-01) will participate in today’s NAACP America’s Journey for Justice march across the Arlington Memorial Bridge and will serve as the keynote speaker during a press conference immediately following on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial at 2:00 p.m. EDT.

“The NAACP embarked on America’s Journey for Justice earlier this year to demonstrate that while we have in fact come a long way in the fifty years since 1965, it is evident that much work still remains. The Congressional Black Caucus is proud to stand together with the NAACP as we work to fight against discriminatory and racially motivated tactics that disenfranchise thousands of minority voters and work against ensuring equity and fairness in education and employment. We march today as our predecessors marched fifty years ago as an affirmation of our hope and a firm belief that our efforts will bring about change. We will not make progress in this journey for justice until all Americans share the same equity and fairness under the laws that govern our country.”

Led by NAACP President and CEO Cornell William Brooks, America’s Journey for Justice is a historic 860-mile march from Selma, Alabama to Washington, D.C., that focuses national attention on the criminal justice system, equal access to the ballot, and equity in employment and education. After nearly 1,000 miles since the start of the march on August 1, 2015, America’s Journey for Justice will culminate with a press conference on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial this afternoon at 2:00 p.m. EDT.

ICHV to Celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the Student Voices Contest by Honoring the Countless Lives of Victims Lost to Gun Violence Since 1995

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Special Event will Feature “The Unforgotten” Exhibit at ART WORKS Projects

The Illinois Council Against Handgun Violence (ICHV) will celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the Student Voices Contest, and honor the countless number of lives lost to gun violence by featuring decades of student artwork, poetry and essays calling for an end to gunfire alongside the innovative and powerful Unforgotten exhibit at ART WORKS Projects.  The exhibition is called “Voices of the Unforgotten”.

The Unforgotten, created by ICHV and Foote, Cone & Belding (FCB), is a visually jarring installation and campaign against gun violence that features eight life-like statues of Illinois victims of gun violence that were created by working closely with each of their families. Dressed in the victims’ personal clothing, they represent the images of their fallen loved ones.  Each statue serves as an emotional and powerful reminder of the senseless loss of life due to gun violence.  The campaign also includes a website (www.the-unforgotten.org) featuring the stories of victims’ families, providing a place for people to learn more and find opportunities to join the fight against gun violence.

“Illinois loses an average of 1,000 lives every year to gun violence…. And this 20-year milestone of our program represents an unthinkably tragic toll for families and communities that have lost love ones in the crossfire.  Looking back at all of the artwork, poetry and essays of our students for two decades –  as well as the stories behind the eight victims featured in the Unforgotten — profoundly represents an entire generation of young people forever impacted by gun violence, each calling upon our society to take action to protect them,” said ICHV Executive Director Colleen Daley. 

“We simply hope that this exhibit will inspire everyone to take pause, think about the precious consequences of inaction – and do something about it.  This is a public health and safety problem that we can solve. We know that easy access to guns fuels gun violence. Stronger gun laws will help keep guns out of the wrong hands,” Daley added. 

ART WORKS Projects has built a powerful exhibition that will feature twenty years of winning artwork, poetry and essays from the Student Voices contest alongside the Unforgotten sculptures.  Winning students, family members of the eight featured victims, and leading gun safety advocates will be present to not only celebrate empowering the next generation of young people to fight gun violence, but to honor the memory of each victim by inspiring others to take action. All will make the plea to elected officials, communities and the media to fight for common sense gun laws. 

“Shootings have become so commonplace in our communities that victims’ lives are being reduced to statistics and “weekend death counts” in the media — making it easy for the public to detach from the frightening reality of what is really happening all across this country. People need to remember that each of those shooting victims have a name, a mother, a father, a brother, a sister, someone who loves them — someone whose life has been forever changed because of that tragedy.  My son’s name was Tommy, and he was killed 23 years ago.  Ever since then, I have honored his memory by fighting to save the next young life, and hope that others will be inspired by this exhibit to do the same,” said Tom VandenBerk whose son is one of the victims represented in the Unforgotten campaign.

ICHV will host a fundraising event on Tuesday, September 15th at ART WORKS Project (625 N. Kingsbury) from 5:30pm to 8:30pm.  Tickets are $25 and can be purchased at ichv.org. 

ART WORKS Projects will also host their first 625 AT 6:25 community conversation of the 2015-2016 season to hear Chicago experts discuss the scope, causes, and potential solutions to gun violence in Chicago and beyond.  The event is on September 23rd at ART WORKS Project from 6:25pm – 9pm and is free and open to the public. 

Speakers include:
Roseanna Ander, Executive Director, UChicago Crime Lab and Education Lab / Senior Director, UChicago Urban Labs
Colleen Daley, Executive Director, Illinois Council against Handgun Violence
Evelyn Diaz, President, Heartland Alliance
Cody Stephens, Discussion moderator, Doctoral Candidate in Criminal Justice, UIC

About The Illinois Council against Handgun Violence
ICHV is the oldest and largest statewide organization in the US working to prevent the devastation caused by firearms. Founded in 1975 by four suburban Chicago women concerned about the tragic consequences of handgun proliferation and availability, ICHV works on a variety of fronts to educate, raise public awareness, and build coalitions to enact change in laws and behavior. For 40 years, ICHV has been a leader among state gun violence prevention groups. For more information, please visit

About ART WORKS Projects
ART WORKS Projects’ mission is to use design and the arts to raise awareness of and educate the public about significant human rights issues. We provide visual advocacy tools to encourage action on human rights crises at the grassroots, media, and policy levels. Conceptualized and created in conjunction with established humanitarian and human rights advocacy organizations, ART WORKS’ art and design exhibitions, books, recordings, films, and other initiatives provide opportunities for large numbers of the general population to engage in ending major human rights violations. To learn more about ART WORKS, visit artworksprojects.org, “like” us at Facebok.com/ArtWorksProjects, follow us on Twitter via @ARTWORKSProject or on Instagram @ARTWORKSProjects.

About FCB
FCB (Foote, Cone & Belding) is a global, fully integrated marketing communications company focused on changing consumer behavior for the benefit of clients, colleagues and communities. With more than 8,000 people from 120 offices in 80 countries, the network brings strong understanding of local markets and cultures while continuing a heritage of creativity and success dating from 1873. FCB is part of the Interpublic Group of Companies (NYSE:IPG).
For more information, please visit www.FCB.com, “like” us on Facebook, or follow us on Twitter and Instagram.

Illinois State Board of Education Announces Strategic Planning Meeting Schedule for Sept. 16-17 in Springfield

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UTICA – The Illinois State Board of Education has announced the following schedule for its annual strategic planning session on Sept. 16-17 in Springfield.

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.

Chairman James Meeks may call for a break in the meeting as necessary in order for the Board to go into closed session.


State Board of Education Annual Strategic Planning Meeting

Sept. 16-17, 2015

Location:  ISBE 100 North First Street Springfield, IL

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


Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2015


10:30 a.m.



I.        Roll Call/Pledge of Allegiance

II.      PARCC and DLM-AA Cut-Scores

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

IV.    Lunch

V.      Roles, Responsibilities and Goals of the Board (Jeremy Anderson-ECS)

VI.    Legislative Agenda for 2015 Veto Session & 2016 Session

VII.   Education Funding Discussion

Recess Meeting


Thursday, Sept. 17, 2015

8:30 a.m.

VIII.  Reconvene/Roll Call/Pledge of Allegiance

IX.    Public Participation

X.      Resolutions & Recognition

A. Susie Morrison Resolution

XI.    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: August 19, 2015

B. *Rules for Initial Review

1. Part 1 (Public Schools Evaluation, Recognition and Supervision) Proposes revisions to the Illinois Learning Standards for Social Science; identifies the assessment to be used for physical fitness, per P.A. 98-859, effective August 4, 2014; and addresses changes in requirements for the chief school business official endorsement and concussion policies (P.A. 99-58, effective July 16, 2015, and P.A. 99-245, effective August 3, 2015, respectively).

2. Part 25 (Educator Licensure) Makes numerous updates in response to recently enacted legislation that address requirements for certain educator licenses, alternative educator programs, and renewal, as well as proposes other updates and clarifications.

3. Part 30 (Programs for the Preparation of Principals in Illinois) In response to P.A. 99-58, eliminates a requirement for a principal preparation program offered by a not-for-profit entity receive approval of its program from the Illinois Board of Higher Education, as well as the State Board of Education.

4. Part 180 (Health/Life Safety for Public Schools) Makes numerous changes to Part 180, the most significant of which is to incorporate the 2015 International Building Code as the standards applicable to public schools, including charter schools, located outside of the geographic boundaries of the City of Chicago.

5. Part 260 (Reading Improvement Program) Proposes two technical changes to update references to the State assessment system, per P.A. 98-972, effective August 15, 2015, and incorporate into the rules the most recent version of the American Educational Research Association’s standards for educational and psychological testing.

6. Part 675 (Providers of Supplemental Educational Services) Proposes two technical changes to update references to the State assessment system, per P.A. 98-972, effective August 15, 2015, and incorporate into the rules the most recent version of the American Educational Research Association’s standards for educational and psychological testing.

C. *Rules for Adoption

1. Part 401 (Special Education Facilities under Section 14-7.02 of the School Code) Responds to recently enacted legislation (P.A. 98-972 (State assessment) and P.A. 97- 607 (licensure)), and adjusts the type of and timeframe for fire inspection reports in response to staff shortages at the Office of the State Fire Marshal.  No public comment was submitted.

D. *Contracts & Grants Over $1 Million

    1. Grant with Illinois State University for the National Board Certification Initiative

    2. New Intergovernmental Agreement with University of Illinois Cooperative Extension/Child

    Nutrition Programs Partnership

    3. 1003(G) School Improvement Grants

E. *Fall 2015 Waiver Report

End of Consent Agenda

F. Year of the Volunteer Recognition

XIII. Discussion Items

A. District Oversight – Monthly Update

B. Budget Update

C. Other Items for Discussion

XIV. Announcements & Reports                                     

A. Superintendent’s/Senior Staff Announcements

B. Chairman’s Report

C. Member Reports

XV. Information Items

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

XVI. Closed Session

XVII. Approval of Closed Session Minutes

XVIII. Adjourn

A Hip Hop Presidential Candidate Releases Ultimate Donald Trump Diss Record, ‘Giant Slayer’ Available September 15th

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Alpha Leo Issues Ultimate Wake Up Call to Voters 
Giant Slayer, Donald Trump Diss Song

Richmond, CA (BlackNews.com) — A Democratic Presidential candidate with the legal name HipHop For President has cast his bid for the highest elected office in the country. He is an underground hip-hop artist from Richmond, California, a small, tough city inside of the Bay Area, and is known in the hip-hop underground circle as Alpha Leo. HipHop For President (Alpha Leo) drops the first single, Giant Slayer (www.soundcloud.com/alpha-leo/giant-slayer-donald-trump-diss) available on September 15th dissing Republican Presidential candidate, Donald Trump. The song is from the forthcoming album, David and Goliath 2: The Paradigm Shift.

Lyrics from the Giant Slayer:
What type of injustice can America undo?/
What type of track record this old man run through?/ The only track record that try to stick is his hair tracks that unglue/
America want jobs and a raise after they’Re hired/ What they don’t want is a snob who coined the phrase “you’re fired”/
What they don’t want is a robber coming off as a liar/ What they don’t want is to see that thing on your head raising up even higher

America is familiar with Waka Flaka and Kanye West making announcements of running for president. Waka Flaka is legally too young and Kanye West won’t run until 2020. Alpha Leo, however, is the legal age and has already filed with the Federal Elections Committee for 2016, at the age of 35, making him the youngest Democratic presidential candidate to legally run in United States history. Alpha Leo is using hip hop as a platform to speak to college students, the hip hop generation and savvy progressive voters about getting involved and focusing on issues which have plagued the inner city for generations. Someone has to step up and stop the madness. There are real issues to discuss – unemployment, education, corporatization of the prison system (with highest recidivism rate), and lack of after-school programs, police brutality and so forth. The road to the White House cant simply be filled with clever sound bites and marketing, says HipHop For President.

“Donald Trump represents and personifies hypocrisy, ignorance, bigotry, self hate and everything wrong with America. The reason he is leading in the polls is because he is speaking to people who are fearful of losing their jobs to blacks and Hispanics. Fearful of losing their women to athletes, and so forth; I am running for president because I am relatable to my generation and have experienced everything theyve gone through. I want to end white supremacy and make it equal for all. I stand for equality,” says HipHop For President.

HipHop For President was born in 1980, discovered his passion and voice for hip-hop at the age of nine. His world is relatable to many disenfranchised inner-city men and women. Having to navigate a world of drugs, unemployment, gangs and every statistic possible. I am the guy that experienced police brutality, went to jail, couldnt get a job, but never gave up, declares HipHop For President. His influences are legendary and socially aware rappers: NWA, Tupac, Common, Ice Cube, Dead Presidents, Nas, and E-40.

“The mission is to use my gift to spread the message of David and Goliath via the single Giant Slayer, tackling the big ‘Goliath’ which is Donald Trump, corporate America and everything that stand in the way of all Americans getting a fair chance. Just like in the story of David and Goliath, if you persevere, believe and organize, the weak and oppressed will rise and live up to their true potential. All we want is a fair chance to compete,” says HipHop For President.

Lyrics from the Giant Slayer:
What type of injustice can America undo?/
What type of track record this old man run through?/ The only track record that try to stick is his hair tracks that unglue/
America want jobs and a raise after they’Re hired/ What they don’t want is a snob who coined the phrase “you’re fired”/
What they don’t want is a robber coming off as a liar/ What they don’t want is to see that thing on your head raising up even higher

The single Giant Slayer is available on September 15th on soundclound.com and all digital platforms. To interview and learn more about HipHop For President, contact hiphopforpresident2016@outlook.com Follow him on Twitter: @alphaleotime

Photo: Single cover.


Liz J. Simpson, Domestic Violence Survivor Turned Author, Releases Step-By-Step Book Empowering Women to Heal – “The Puzzle Pieces of Me”

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October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month
Liz J. Simpson

San Antonio, TX — Every 9 seconds, in the United States, a woman is assaulted or beaten. More than 1 in 3 women have experienced rape, domestic violence or stalking and kept quiet. The first step to putting the pieces back together is not easy and can be daunting at times. Many victims feel ashamed, helpless and emotionally spent. Liz J. Simpson (www.thepuzzlepiecesofme.com) used to be one of those women. Her debut book, The Puzzle Pieces Of Me: How To Find Yourself, Love Yourself & Live The Life Of Your Dreams (ISBN: 978-0-9963265-0-6, Paperback, 5.5 x 8.5, 206 pages, $14.95), a self-help memoir, is scheduled for release on October 1st. October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month and Simpson will partner with local shelters for book giveaways.

The heartfelt, empowering story shared publicly, for the very first time, chronicles Simpsons life as a college student on academic scholarship at a big ten university, changing her major and unknowingly triggering a series of events that would change her life forever. In a blink of an eye, she became a homeless, abused, single mother on welfare, living in a battered women shelter with an infant daughter.

The book, The Puzzle Pieces Of Me: How To Find Yourself, Love Yourself & Live The Life Of Your Dreams – inside-out success coach Liz J. Simpson combines her experience as an author, entrepreneur and speaker to create a spiritual ten-step blueprint for women to take baby steps towards self-healing. I know what its like to feel empty, however, I had to move mentally and physically beyond my circumstance and embrace a new life filled with courage, says Simpson. In addition to the ten-step blueprint, the book is loaded with actionable teaching, empowering quotes, positive affirmations, learning exercises and space to write personal reflections. Simpson says, There is a shift that is happening worldwide with the womens empowerment movement as women take hold of more leadership positions and challenge the gender roles of old. However, it is even more important that we connect with the wholeness of our being so that we may show up authentically as we stake our claim in this world.

InThe Puzzle of Me, readers will learn:
* How to identify whats robbing them internally from success
* How to emotionally heal from your past & use it to identify your purpose
* How to be love and attract love
* How to master change and fear
* How to unleash your highest self and claim the exclusive calling on your life

Simpson is known for being a catalyst for inner evolution. As a transformational speaker, writer and coach, Liz is highly regarded for her ability to identify with, as well as, elevate women whose internal challenges of limiting beliefs, fear and low self-worth are getting in the way of living the lifestyle of their dreams. Her lifes work is inspired by her commitment to helping women: discover their true self, embrace every piece of their intricate puzzle and gift the world with their authentic calling. Simpson is the creator of the global domestic violence awareness movement, “He Hit Me! and has coached over 200 women in healing with shelter monitoring and volunteering in domestic causes. She has been featured in Houston Style magazine, Wisconsin NPR, Brava magazine and San Diego Voices and Viewpoint newspaper.

In The Puzzle Pieces Of Me: How To Find Yourself, Love Yourself & Live The Life Of Your Dreams, readers will believe and realize that life is filled with hope (no matter what), possibilities and knowing that there is pride in being a woman. Liz J. Simpsons book is available on October 1st, on various publishing platforms, including Amazon.com. To learn more and interview Mrs. Simpson, visit www.thepuzzlepiecesofme.com.

The Biden Momentum Grows

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This weekend, there is more news about the increased activity around the Vice President’s possible candidacy for the White House.

Polling from both CBS/You Gov and Washington Post/ABC demonstrate real fluidity in the election and an opening for the Vice President.

The stories below highlight the real work being done by Draft Biden and other allies of the Vice President to build a campaign as he works through his own process.

As always, please reach out if we can answer questions about our work: (202) 930-2940 or by email at media@draftbiden2016.com.

Biden Secretly Meets With Top Obama Bundler During New York Swing. According to Bloomberg, while in NYC Vice President Biden partook in a private, one-on-one session with one of the most prominent and powerful fundraising stars in the Democratic firmament—mega-bundler Robert Wolf. “The Biden-Wolf meeting is just one more sign of the rapid acceleration of planning and preparations going on all throughout Bidenworld—the scramble to create a campaign-in-waiting. The V.P. and his team have come to believe that there is scant doubt an electoral opening exists for a Biden candidacy. And their collective sense of confidence that, in purely practical terms, an effective national campaign apparatus can be built is nearly total.” [Bloomberg, 9/14/15]

Joe Biden Supporters Ramp Up a Campaign-in-Waiting. Vice President Biden’s aides and supporters are showing intensifying signs of a campaign-in-waiting. “Democratic fundraisers are working to recruit donors and lock down financial commitments. Mr. Biden’s aides are sketching out plans for potential hires in key primary states and considering which of the vice president’s longtime allies would work for a campaign and which would oversee a Biden super PAC.” Signals of interest from top Obama fundraisers, private meetings, a ramped up public schedule, and the growth of Draft Biden are keeping supporters hopeful and encouraged; “Mr. Biden’s advisers and supporters are proceeding as if he soon could be running, underscoring a growing belief that a campaign launch remains a real possibility.” [Wall Street Journal, 9/13/15]

Chicago Selected for Federal Securing the Cities Program

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IEMA to Provide Radiation Safety Expertise in Support of Chicago Efforts to Protect Metropolitan Area from Nuclear Threats

SPRINGFIELD, IL – The Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) will providetechnical support to the city of Chicago as part of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Securing the Cities Program. DHS announced Monday the program is expanding to include Chicago and Houston.

The Securing the Cities program seeks to reduce the risk of a successful deployment of a radiological or nuclear weapon against major metropolitan areas by assisting state and local partner agencies as they build regional capabilities to detect, analyze and report nuclear and other radioactive materials. The program provides up to $30 million over five years to a region selected through a competitive application process.

“We are excited Chicago was selected for inclusion in the Securing the Cities Program, and we look forward to supporting them as this project takes shape,” said IEMA Director James K. Joseph. “IEMA has some of the top nuclear and radiation safety experts in the country on our staff who will bring extensive knowledge and expertise to this effort.”

Joseph said IEMA has more than 100 personnel supporting the state’s internationally recognized nuclear and radiation safety programs designed to protect people and the environment from unnecessary exposure to ionizing radiation.

The start date for funding to the Chicago project will be announced at a later date. Houston was included in DHS’ announcement Monday and initial work on that project will begin shortly. Other metropolitan areas previously included in the Securing the Cities program are the New York City/Jersey City/Newark region, the Los Angeles/Long Beach region and the National Capital region.

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