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Archive for October 10th, 2015

State Senator Raoul: Rauner’s Extreme Demands No Recipe for Successful Budget Negotiation

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SPRINGFIELD, IL — Illinois State Senator Kwame Raoul (D-Chicago 13th) issued the following statement:

Yesterday, a member of the press asked if I am willing to meet the governor halfway.

I replied with an example I’ve used in the past, asking rhetorically if it would be appropriate for me to meet the governor halfway if his stated objective were to enslave me. I knew my words were jarring. I used them not in order to play the “race card,” but because they illustrate an unacceptable extreme.

In no way was I suggesting that the governor is a racist. His personal philanthropy and conduct toward me demonstrate otherwise.

The governor and I have worked together productively in the past and continue to do so. Just yesterday, Gov. Rauner, Leader Currie and I celebrated the expansion of the Chicago Innovation Exchange. Later, I attended a meeting of the criminal justice reform commission the governor convened shortly after taking office. Where we share ideological priorities, we’ve worked together, and where we differ, we’ve engaged in civil discussions. The governor has never failed to be a gentleman. That does not mean I must turn a blind eye to the disproportionate impact many of his demands would have on communities of color while harming low-income and middle-class families of every description.

This crisis won’t be resolved in an arm’s length back-and-forth in the media, and I remain willing to meet with the governor to discuss the topics on his agenda. But in my practice of law, I’ve represented employers in negotiations related to labor, workers’ compensation and civil lawsuits, and I know that when one side insists on extreme approaches as the only possible starting and ending point, a negotiation cannot bear fruit. We can’t forget that we live along a fragile continuum of progress. Not so long ago, employees had few protections and injured workers little recourse, civil justice failed the victims of corporate negligence and minorities were shafted at the ballot box and in redistricting.

The governor also prefers we forget that just six months ago, both Republicans and Democrats funded a set of critical priorities that are simply unsustainable without additional revenue. Instead, he’s content to accuse legislative Democrats – a diverse caucus – of uniformly wanting a tax increase, when in fact, most Republicans agree to the need for revenue, with their votes if not their voices.

I’m willing to negotiate, but a list of inflexible demands plus willful amnesia is no recipe for any negotiation, much less a successful one.

Senator Kirk Applauds House Discharge Petition to Revive Ex-Im Bank

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WASHINGTON, DC  U.S. Senator Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) released the following statement after the discharge petition in the House, filed by Rep. Stephen Fincher (R-Tenn.), garnered the necessary signatures to ensure a House vote on the Kirk-Heitkamp Export-Import Bank bill (S. 819).

Today the House sent a clear message that the fate of more than 164,000 American jobs and more than 6,000 small businesses nationwide will not be dictated by a minority of the Congress. We cannot continue to shed jobs overseas due to partisan bickering and Congressional inaction. The Senate has already passed the Kirk-Heitkamp Ex-Im bill with 64 votes and I am confident that given the chance, it will do so again.

BACKGROUND:

The Export-Import Bank Reform and Reauthorization Act (S. 819), which Senator Kirk introduced with Senator Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.), was adopted as an amendment to the DRIVE Act this past July with a vote of 64 to 29. The Kirk-Heitkamp bill would extend Ex-Im’s charter, which expired June 30, until 2019.

The top Illinois companies supported by Ex-Im are The Boeing Company, CNH Industrial America and Caterpillar. The agency also assists hundreds of small businesses throughout the state. Ex-Im operates at no cost to the taxpayer, and in the past three years the bank has returned $2.5 billion to the U.S. Treasury. The Congressional Budget Office estimates that the Kirk-Heitkamp bill would save taxpayers an additional $2.3 billion.

Tell President Obama: Ban Golden Parachutes for Wall Street Executives for the Rest of Your Term: Sign The Petition

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“Require new administration officials coming from the financial industry to forego compensation offered by their former employers in exchange for their decisions to enter into public service.”
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Tell President Obama: Ban golden parachutes for Wall Street executives for the rest of your term
Sen. Elizabeth Warren calls golden parachutes for Wall Street executives who enter public service “paying people off to remember their Wall Street friends while they run our government” – and it is a huge problem in the Obama administration.1
When Treasury Secretary Jack Lew left Citigroup for the Obama administration in 2009, his contract with the megabank guaranteed him a $1 million bonus for entering government.2 Banker Antonio Weiss withdrew from consideration for one Treasury Department job under pressure from CREDO members after it came out that he would receive a $21 million bonus.3 The list of former Wall Street executives in high-ranking administration positions goes on and on.
President Obama does not need to wait on Congress to pass legislation cracking down on the revolving door. He can set a precedent for his successor – and shore up his own leaky legacy on Wall Street – by demanding that any new administration officials for the rest of his term give up any sort of bonus from the financial industry.
Almost 114,000 CREDO members have called on Congress to pass Sen. Tammy Baldwin and Rep. Elijah Cummings’ “Financial Services Conflict of Interest Act” which would make golden parachutes for government service illegal under federal bribery laws.4 Three Democratic presidential candidates – Sec. Clinton, Sen. Sanders, and Gov. O’Malley – have endorsed the bill.5 Even the conservative Wall Street Journal editorial board believes the practice should be outlawed.6
President Obama knows he does not need to wait on Congress to pass the Baldwin-Cummings bill – because he has asked officials to refuse bonuses in the past. In 2009, at the height of voter anger over Wall Street fraud and the bailouts, the White House encouraged officials joining the administration from big banks to forego any bonuses.7
Right now, there are open seats on the Securities and Exchange Commission, Commodities Futures Trading Commission, and at other crucial agencies that serve as watchdogs to protect Americans from the financial industry. We can’t let the administration fill these spots with bankers receiving massive bonuses, and blame Congress. On issue after issue, President Obama has declared, “If Congress won’t act, I will.”8 It is up to us to hold him to his word.
All over the government, former Wall Street employees fill important positions, bringing with them a biased worldview and the ability for their former co-workers to influence them with a well-placed phone call. Countless more treat Wall Street with kid gloves to preserve the possibility of cashing in on a job in the future, or leave government and use their connections and expertise on behalf of their new employees.9
The head of the Treasury Department and the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative are both former Citigroup employees.10 Securities and Exchange Chair Mary Jo White’s new chief of staff is a former Goldman Sachs lawyer.11 Attorney General Eric Holder just recently returned to his old corporate law firm under a cloud of questions about the firm holding an office for him before he left the government.12 The list could go on and on.
It is long past time to crack down on the legalized bribery of golden parachutes. We need to raise our voices and demand that President Obama act. Tell President Obama: Ban golden parachutes for Wall Street executives for the rest of your term. Click here to sign the petition:
Thank you for speaking out,
Murshed Zaheed, Deputy Political Director
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  1. Jenna McLaughlin, “Elizabeth Warren Pushes To Slow Revolving Door Between Business and Government,” The Intercept, July 17, 2015.
  2. Lee Fang, “The Reverse Revolving Door: How Corporate Insiders Are Rewarded Upon Leaving Firms for Congress,” The Nation, May 4, 2013.
  3. Chris Frates, “Want $20 million to work for the government? Just quit a Wall Street job first,” CNN.com, December 4, 2014.
  4. “Tell Congress: Fight the Wall Street revolving door,” CREDO Action.
  5. Jonathan Allen, “Hillary Clinton supports ban on ‘revolving door’ corporate bonuses,” Reuters, August 31, 2015.
  6. “Jack Lew’s Golden Parachute,” Wall Street Journal Review & Outlook, February 26, 2013.
  7. Monica Langley, “Obama Dials Down Wall Street Criticism,” Wall Street Journal, March 24, 2009.
  8. Josh Marks, “Obama: If Congress Doesn’t Act on Climate Change, ‘I Will’,” The National Memo, February 13, 2013.
  9. Jessica Schieder, “Throwing a Wrench in the Revolving Door,” Center for Effective Goverment, July 24, 2015.
  10. Lisa Gilbert, “Reforming the financial services revolving door,” The Hill, July 15, 2015.
  11. David Michaels, “Goldman’s Donohue to Become SEC Chair White’s Chief of Staff,” Bloomberg, May 28, 2015.
  12. David Dayen, “Why Eric Holder’s new job is an insult to the American public,” Slate.com, July 7, 2015.

Cook County to Receive Almost $26.5 Million For Anti-Terrorism Programs

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Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle announced that the County will receive nearly $26.5 million in federal grant funds to assist with security programs that combat terrorism.

 
The funds are distributed by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security through the Urban Areas Security Initiative (UASI) and will be managed locally by the Cook County Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (DHSEM).

 
The UASI 2015 funding will go towards training and exercise courses for local law enforcement, fire personnel and other first responders, as well as disaster response and resident preparedness programs. The grant will also support cybersecurity enhancements and critical infrastructure maintenance.

 
“Our top priority is the safety and security of the residents of and visitors to our County,” said President Preckwinkle. “These grant funds are critical to our urban area, ensuring that we are able to combat potential threats today and for years to come.”

 
UASI grant funding is made available to the nation’s 28 highest-risk, highest-threat and highest-density urban areas to enhance their regional preparedness and capabilities.

State’s Attorney Alvarez Partnering With Verizon Wireless and Wings Domestic Violence Organization to Launch “Wish List” Collection for Victims

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Community members can drop off donations at State’s Attorney Community Justice Centers

In an effort to collect much needed items for victims of domestic violence, Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez is partnering with Verizon Wireless and the WINGS domestic violence organization for a “Wish List” donation drive which will be conducted throughout October during Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

State’s Attorney Alvarez is encouraging anyone interested in providing toiletries, bedding, children’s items, and other essentials to visit drop off points at any of the State’s Attorney’s Community Justice Centers which are located on Chicago’s North, South, and West Sides as well as in west suburban Oak Park. Charitable citizens can also drop donations at the Chicago Verizon Destination Store located at 840 N. Michigan Avenue.

The drive is being conducted as part of Verizon’s Hope Line program, which collects no-longer-used wireless devices year-round to support domestic violence prevention efforts. All items obtained through the donation drive will go to support WINGS, a domestic violence prevention organization dedicated to providing housing and services to victims of domestic violence. The WINGS organization operates a 45-bed family-style shelter in the city’s northwest suburbs and will be opening the first new domestic violence shelter in Chicago in over a decade.

State’s Attorney Alvarez has made the investigation and prosecution of domestic violence a top priority, with a specialized focus on providing assistance for the victims of this horrific crime.

“The Cook County State’s Attorney’s office is very proud to be a part of this important public-private partnership and I encourage anyone who is able to participate in this collection effort to lend a helping hand,” Alvarez said.

“Women and children impacted by domestic violence are some of our most vulnerable victims who often lack basic provisions to support their families during an extremely difficult time in their lives. This collection drive is a very meaningful way for all of us to make a contribution to help these special victims.”

Items being collected include:

 Toiletries: deodorant, conditioner, shampoo, contact lens solution, hairbrushes, combs, body wash, mouthwash and hand sanitizer.
Wish List
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 Bed and Bath: twin blankets, washcloths, pillows, twin sheet sets, alarm clocks and bath towels.

 Children’s Items: baby wipes, children/infant socks, formula, diapers, baby lotion, baby wash and baby shampoo.

Collection boxes will be set up at the State’s Attorney’s Community Justice Centers at the following locations Monday through Friday during regular business hours.

North Side CJC – 5333 N. Western Ave. Chicago, IL 60625
South Side CJC – 9059 S. Cottage Grove Ave. Chicago, IL 60619
Central CJC – 715 W. Maxwell St. Chicago IL 60607
West Side CJC – 4 Chicago Ave. Oak Park, IL 60302

For more information about making a donation contact the State’s Attorney’s Office at 312-603-3423.

Merit School of Music’s Joshua Mhoon One of 10 Young Gifted Pianists From Around the World Selected to Study With Piano Virtuoso Lang Lang in Vienna in November

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CHICAGO, IL - Joshua Mhoon, a top piano student at Chicago’s Merit School of Music, is one of ten young pianists worldwide – and one of just two from the U.S. – to be selected to study with internationally renowned concert pianist Lang Lang next month in Vienna, Austria.
 
The Lang Lang International Music Foundation and exclusive sponsor Allianz announced late last month that Mhoon, a 12-year-old resident of Arlington Heights, a 7th grader at Quest Academy for the Gifted in Palatine, and a student at the Merit School of Music’s Alice S. Pfaelzer Tuition-free Conservatory, was selected out of nearly 300 talented young pianists from 49 countries for one of only ten finalist spots as a Music Ambassador in the 2015 Allianz Junior Music Camp in Vienna.

The Allianz Junior Music Camp, November 17-24, 2015, was created to give a life-changing experience to young, gifted pianists from around the world to meet and get to know like-minded young musicians from other countries and perform music together. There, Mhoon, who has only been studying piano for five years, will participate in a concert master class with Lang Lang, receive two rehearsal sessions per day with celebrated piano teachers, and perform concerts for local children.

 

Mhoon’s fellow Music Ambassadors, all ages 12 to 14, hail from Spain, Italy, Austria, Poland, China, the UK, the Czech Republic and the U.S. Click here for the Camp website.

 

More about Joshua Mhoon
Mhoon loves classical music and has studied piano, composition and theory at Merit’s Conservatory for more than four years. During that time, he studied with Merit private lesson teacher Mio Hagle. Currently he studies with pianist Brenda Huang. His musical influences include Lang Lang and Arthur Rubinstein, and the music of Beethoven, George Bizet, Chopin, Liszt and Rachmaninoff. Career highlights to date include performing at a tribute for Motown’s Barry Gordy, opening for The Jacksons with an introduction by Nick Cannon at New York’s Lincoln Center, on public radio, and internationally in London, Paris, Greece, Turkey and Spain.

Closer to home, Mhoon has played with the Chicago Sinfonietta, opened for legendary pianist Ramsey Lewis, and threw the first pitch at the Chicago Cubs game on Jackie Robinson Day in 2014. He took first place in Merit’s Conservatory Private Lessons Scholarship Competition in 2014, placed first two times at the Chicago Music Teachers Association competition and captured first place three times at the Illinois Granquist Music Competition.
Joshua Mhoon playing Mendelssohn at Merit School of Music in Chicago
Joshua Mhoon playing Mendelssohn
at the Merit School of Music in Chicago

“Joshua exemplifies how access to a high-quality music education can transform a young person’s life,” said Charles Grode, President & Executive Director, Merit School of Music. “Being selected from nearly 300 international applicants as one of only 10 students to study with Lang Lang is a testament to his incredible talent and dedication to his music. The entire Merit community is proud that Joshua will represent Chicago, the U.S. and Merit School of Music in Vienna this fall.”

Mhoon is a member of Mensa International. Prior to Merit, Mhoon studied at the Music Institute of Chicago and private piano with Alex Djordjevic and Dr. Harry Steckman at Steckman Studio of Music in Oak Park.

In his free time, Mhoon is learning Chinese and Spanish, and he loves playing baseball, pitching and first base in particular. He also enjoys basketball, hanging out with friends, playing video games and building his stock market portfolio. To learn more, visit his website joshuamhoon.com.

About Merit School of Music

Now in its 37th year, Merit School of Music is a nationally respected community music school located in Chicago’s Near West Side.

Known for providing access to high-quality music education, Merit serves a diverse group of over 4,000 students on site and off. It offers a continuum of programs, including early childhood classes, instrumental music instruction, private lessons and the Alice S. Pfaelzer Tuition-free Conservatory. Merit is devoted to giving students-especially those living in economically disadvantaged communities-the opportunity to grow through music. For more information, visit meritmusic.org.

Photo Caption: (left) Joshua Mhoon meets Lang Lang at Lyric Opera, May 2015.
(center shots) Joshua Mhoon on stage at the Merit School of Music’s Anne and Howard Gottleib Hall. (right) Joshua Mhoon on stage at Merit School of Music’s 2015
Gala

 

ISBE Honors Top Educators and School Personnel at Annual Those Who Excel Banquet in Normal

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Illinois Teacher of the Year to be named Oct. 17

NORMAL, IL – State education officials will honor 250 of Illinois’ outstanding educators later this month at the 40th annual Those Who Excel/Teacher of the Year banquet in Normal. Among the educators will be the 10 Teacher of the Year finalists, one of whom will be named the top Illinois educator for 2016.

“I am so happy to publicly recognize and thank educators for the great work they do day in and day out to help students succeed,” said State Superintendent of Education Tony Smith. “Their tireless efforts and dedication to Illinois students are greatly appreciated.”

Local school district leaders and members of school communities nominate candidates for this recognition.  A committee of peers, organized through the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE), chooses the award winners who will be honored at a banquet Saturday, Oct. 17, at the Bloomington-Normal Marriott Hotel and Conference Center in Normal. The committee represents statewide education organizations and includes former award winners.

“There may be no tougher or more important job than teaching our children, and those who excel deserve to be recognized,” said Illinois Federation of Teachers (IFT) President Dan Montgomery.

Two-hundred-and-fifty recipients at the Oct. 17 banquet will receive recognition on three levels and across multiple categories including classroom teacher, school administrator, and student support personnel.

“These educators have distinguished themselves for their exceptional work in their respective fields,” said Cinda Klickna, Illinois Education Association President. “These award recipients represent true excellence and their students are indeed lucky to have them in their lives.”

The Teacher of the Year serves as Illinois’ ambassador for the teaching profession during the 2015-16 school year and represents Illinois in the National Teacher of the Year program sponsored by the ING Foundation. Steve Elza, an automotive technology teacher at Fremd High School in Township High School District 211, served as Illinois ambassador for teaching during the 2014-15 school year.

“As the 2015 Teacher of the Year, I have been afforded many incredible opportunities to learn, share, and support other teachers, and more importantly our students throughout Illinois and across the country,” Elza said.

A complete list of local recipients by county can be accessed at www.isbe.net/those-who-excel/2016/Those-Who-Excel-awards15-16.pdf.

Jesse White and Lisa Madigan Warn Businesses to Beware of Statewide Corporate Scam

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Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White and Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan are warning businesses to beware of a scam targeting Illinois corporations.

A firm called Illinois Council for Corporations is contacting Illinois businesses in an attempt to collect a $125 fee to fill out a corporation’s “Annual Minutes Records Form.” The Illinois Business Corporation Act does not require corporations to file a “Minutes Records Form” or pay such a fee with the state or any private entity.

“This bogus firm is sending out a form that looks similar to the Secretary of State’s annual report form,” White said. “We are concerned that companies are filing the form and paying the $125 fee because they believe they are filing their annual report with us, as required by law.”

There is no fee due to the state for annual minutes. The annual report fee is normally the only fee a corporation would pay to the Secretary of State Business Services Department. Illinois corporations should be on alert for this and other similar attempts to confuse Illinois business owners about state law.

White is recommending that corporations do not reply to the solicitation. He also recommends business owners who believe they’ve been targeted by this scam file a complaint with the Attorney General’s Office.

“Posing as government officials is a tactic frequently used by scammers, so it’s important that business owners be vigilant,” said Attorney General Madigan. “If business owners are asked to submit fees and forms they are unfamiliar with, I encourage them to first contact my office.”

All of the Secretary of State’s Business Services forms are available on the website at www.cyberdriveillinois.com. For all other questions, please call 217-782-6961.

If a business would like to file a complaint in relation to this solicitation, please contact the Illinois Attorney General’s Office Consumer Fraud Bureau at 800-243-0618 or visit IllinoisAttorneyGeneral.gov.

Let’s Narrow the Racial Wealth Gap By Using an Alternative Scoring Model

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Op-Ed By Michael Grant

 

Wealth offers security and privilege that can last for generations. For minority households striving to achieve the American Dream, homeownership is often the surest path. Yet, in today’s environment and more than 50 years since the passing of the Civil Rights Act, the United States continues to experience a widening racial gap in home ownership.

Current policies are making homeownership for millions of creditworthy people of color unnecessarily difficult. More than ever, the U.S. needs a more modern approach to determining creditworthiness. It’s a relatively simple solution to a destructive divide among our nation’s households.

Homeownership and small business development were becoming the new norm in communities of color. That halted in 2008 when the Great Recession, created by an avoidable subprime crisis, hit the urban communities. Since the Great Recession, the racial wealth gap only widened during the economic recovery: non-minority households were better positioned to recover their losses through stocks and other assets, leaving people of color, who often hold much of their wealth in home equity, to face a slow and painful recovery.

We’ve seen this notably in communities like Prince George’s County in Maryland, once seen as a symbol of the African-American middle class. Today, it is experiencing some of the highest foreclosure rates in the country. Cities with high African-American and Hispanic populations, like Hartford, CT and Newark, NJ, reported in 2014 the highest number of homeowners stuck in loans far more than their homes are worth. Lending to African Americans and Latinos in 2012 was down by more than 50 and 45 percent, respectively, relative to where it stood prior to the subprime crisis.

While housing inequity has been problematic for decades, many policy makers are largely unaware of the direct link that credit scores have on housing opportunities. The nation’s government-sponsored enterprises (GSEs), Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, rely on outdated credit scoring models from FICO in making mortgage lending decisions. These FICO models, which are now generations old, monopolize the market and lenders are left without a choice of scoring models when originating loans to be sold to the GSEs. With credit scores being a determining factor in obtaining a mortgage, this action by the GSEs needlessly locks out of the housing market millions of creditworthy consumers, especially low income families and people of color.

We need a challenge to the outdated credit scoring models locked-in by the GSEs. My suggestion is a clarion call for alternative credit scoring models that will bring between some 30-35 million Americans into the discussions of who should and should not be worthy to receive mortgage loans in this country. By using larger swaths of data to build models and by taking into consideration alternative payments such rent, utilities, cell phones and cable, newer, more inclusive credit scoring models, like the Vantage Score model, can more accurately report credit behavior for larger numbers of consumers.

Revising the GSE guidelines can give lenders the flexibility to choose between validated models that best fit their businesses and customers. If these newer models were adopted, it could open the door for people of color seeking responsible and sustainable mortgage credit without loosening standards. According to some estimates, more inclusive credit scoring models could also expand annual purchase mortgage lending to people of color by 32% over 2013 levels. The additional revenue from new home purchases could spur the housing ecosystem, the broader economy and foster healthy competition and innovation among credit scoring models.

The imperative to improve access to mortgage credit safely and soundly in order to fix the widening wealth and homeownership gap cannot be overstated. Just as Congress, overtime, saw the competitive value inherent in having two competing mortgage GSEs, so too, it seems clear that competition in permissible credit scores that can be used to underwrite mortgages to be sold to the GSEs cannot harm and can only benefit lenders, borrowers, investors and the American economy as a whole.

Federal Housing Finance Agency Director Mel Watt has urged the GSEs to consider this effort this year but that’s only the beginning. It’s an issue that should be squarely placed in front of President Obama, HUD Secretary Julian Castro, key legislators and industry influencers in Washington D.C. if it is to be taken seriously. To be sure, waiting until the next Administration is not an option. The time to act is now.

Michael Grant is President of the National Bankers Association, the most recognized trade association for the nation’s 177 minority and women-owned banks (MWOBs). Grant can be reached at mgrant@nationalbankers.org

Photo: Michael Grant, president, National Bankers Association

Rep. Welch Inducted into John Marshall Law School Hall of Distinction

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WESTCHESTER, IL – Illinois State Rep. Chris Welch, D-Hillside, received the high honor of being named to John Marshall Law School’s Hall of Distinction.

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