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Archive for October 14th, 2015

Clifford Law Offices Obtains $20 Million Settlement on Behalf of Man Injured by Truck

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Kirk: America Stands with Israel Amid Mounting Palestinian Terror Attacks

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CHICAGO, IL – U.S. Senator Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) issued the following statement after Palestinian terrorists killed 3 Israelis and wounded 14 more in a series of attacks this morning in Jerusalem and Ra’anana, the latest in growing wave of Palestinian violence against Israeli civilians:

“The United States stands with Israel, whose leaders and people have shown resilience, restraint and resolve amid Palestinian incitement and mounting terror attacks against unarmed Israeli civilians.  It is critical that the Obama Administration and Congress press Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, who regrettably used his speech before the United Nations General Assembly to worsen tensions, to act decisively to end the growing wave of Palestinian violence and return to bilateral peace negotiations with Israel.”

Staples Partners With HBCUCONNECT.COM to Present Job Opportunities to Students and Graduates of Black Colleges and Universities

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Staples HBCU Recruiting

Columbus, OH (BlackNews.com) — Will Moss, founder of HBCUConnect.com, the largest portal and career site targeting the community of students, faculty and alumni of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), has announced a partnership with Staples Inc., the office retail industry giant. This partnership, part of Staples diversity recruitment outreach, is designed to leverage HBCUConnects targeted reach and deep penetration in the HBCU community to help Staples recruit the best talent for its many open positions for both new graduates and experienced professionals.

There are currently over 1,000 jobs available from Staples alone on the HBCUConnect.com career center, covering everything from Sales to IT. There are opportunities for folks at all experience levels and in many different roles. Specifically, Stapes has opportunities in Hourly Retail Store Locations, Retail Management, B2B Sales, eCommerce, Global Technology, Merchandising, Advertising/Marketing, Supply Chain, Customer Service, Facility Solutions, Furniture Sales, Promotional Products, Certified Tech, and Finance!

Especially attractive to current African American students and recent graduates to consider are Staples special opportunities for careers in Sales where no experience is required and training is provided.

Apprentice Sales Consultant Program:
In this 12 month program, new hires are flown out for training in Broomfield, Colorado for training; following the 12 months of training, new hires then relocate to the region of mutual selection, based on company need and the employees strengths and desired location. Target candidates for this role would be a polished go getter / hunter type as they will ultimately be meeting with senior level management at Fortune 100 companies!

Sales Specialist Opportunities:
With this program there are 2 tracks: Business-to-Business Sales Specialist and Copy & Print Sales Specialist. The Business-to-Businss Sales Specialist is a classic hunter, prospecting for new business. The Copy & Print Sales Specialist is more of a hybrid hunter/farmer mix, cultivating relationships and continuing business. This program includes a 3 month on boarding sales training curriculum that includes call days, field days and mentor training!
Opportunities are nationwide and are especially open to 2015 and 2016 college grads or folks with 1 to 2 years of experience that are interested in sales.
To submit your resume and information for consideration, please visit www.hbcuconnect.com/staples

Founded in 1999, HBCU Connect (www.hbcuconnect.com) is the first and largest media outlet targeted towards the Historically Black College and University (HBCU) community. Boasting over 1.5 million registered members and encompassing a complete web portal, magazine, recruiting engine, social networking site, forums, blogs, news feeds and shopping, HBCUConnect.com serves the needs of HBCU aspirants, students, alumni, faculty and staff by providing a single destination and launching point for the entire diaspora.

Threatened by Deportation, Two Immigrant Families Fight Back

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Although from different states, two young families from Wisconsin & Illinois are brought together by the need to fight for their families and loved ones

An Albany Park family in deportation proceedings, the young wife of an undocumented immigrant in detention and their children, and local immigrants and members of Organized Communities Against Deportations rallied outside of the Chicago Immigration Customs Enforcements (ICE) offices in defense of loved ones threatened by detention & deportation.

Although Maria Oneida and her two young children left Honduras over a year ago, fleeing violence and economic instability–and have since then successfully integrated into Albany Park’s vibrant community–they may be deported only because ICE considers them “recent immigrants.” Alongside Albany Park and Chicago community members, the family of three called for use of prosecutorial discretion to stop to their deportation.

“We’ve finally found a place we can call home, a place where we feel safe and happy. Here, my children have friends and teachers that they’ve grown used to, and a community they feel supported and loved by. After all we’ve been through, I don’t understand how they could send us to a country that can only offer us violence and poverty”–Maria Oneida.

Manuel Roman has been in the United States since he was 16. He is the loving father of two children. Although he has one misdemeanor for simple possession, he is not priority for deportation according to the Department of Homeland Security’s own criteria. Still, he has remained in immigrant detention for almost a year. Traveling several miles, his family demanded his immediate release.

“I do not want my family to be separated. I want Manuel to get another chance to stay with our family. We need to stay together as a family”–Martha Avila, Manuel Roman’s wife.

As the 5th Circuit Court continues to withhold immigration relief, and as ICE continues to detain an estimated 34,000 immigrants each day, thousands of immigrants and immigrant families across the US continue to suffer under the crushing weight of the US’s dehumanizing detention & deportation systems. Maria and Manuel Roman’s families are experiencing first-hand the cruelty of these systems. They are pushing back by fighting for their loved ones and asking that discretion be exercised to stop the deportations of their loved ones.

Organized Communities Against Deportations (OCAD) is a Chicago-based, undocumented-led, community group organizing against immigration detention and deportation.

Organized Communities Against Deportations (OCAD) is a Chicago-based, undocumented led, community group organizing against immigration detention and deportation.

Generation to Generation

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Op-Ed By Rev. Aundreia Alexander

“It is our duty to fight for our freedom. It is our duty to win. We must love each other and support each other. We have nothing to lose but our chains.” – Assata Shakur

On August 10, the day after the anniversary of Michael Brown’s death, I was arrested along with more than 50 other protesters outside of the Department of Justice in St. Louis in an act of civil disobedience. As I shared a cell with 15 other women, I was captivated by a t-shirt worn by one of the women that said, “This Ain’t Yo Mama’s Civil Rights Movement.”

I wasn’t born when Rosa Parks inspired the longest sustained act of protest of the 20th century after she was arrested for not moving to the back of the bus in Birmingham, Ala. I have watched the multi-shades of gray film clips from the era and wondered what role I might have played in it. Would I have been one of those on the front line or remained on the side? If I did participate, what would have been my limits? Would I continue protesting after being beaten, bitten by dogs, or being spit on and pummeled by rocks thrown by racist observers? My short stint of seven hours in a holding cell did not solve this backward reflection for me and frankly, I think different circumstances and historical contexts make the analogy an exercise in futility.

I have, however, participated in and reflected on conversations that compare the Civil Rights Movement (CRM) of the ’50s and ’60s with the current Black Lives Matter Movement (BLM). I think there are many similarities. Both are led by young revolutionaries fed up with an unjust governmental system that diminishes the humanity of black people. Both challenge the status quo that fails to live up to the promise America made to be “one nation under God with liberty and justice for all.” Both are fueled by the senseless deaths of black people killed with impunity and no accountability.

A more complicated comparison is the role of the faith community in both movements. The reality is that members of the faith community have played an important role in both. Houses of worship have served as sanctuary and training facilities for protesters in both. For both faith leaders have stood in prophetic witness and spoken out against injustices even when challenged by their own ecclesiastical leadership. The faith community has been intricately involved, with a rather large presence but small in numbers. The purpose of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s famous “Letter from a Birmingham Jail” was to respond to and chastise the Christian community for its inaction in the face of injustice.

The CRM was grounded in a patriarchal structured transactional style of leadership with a dominant figure serving as the face and voice of the movement. A big and welcomed difference is that the BLM movement is a “leaderful” movement with several faces and voices. Also many of those on the frontline and in leadership roles are LGBTQ women who are “unbossed and unbought”. Their voices are not quailed or subordinated to men.

Despite the debate, it is my hope that we keep our eyes on the prize– justice for all. Mass incarceration is the greatest human rights crisis of this generation. Both Democrats and Republicans agree that it is a problem, but none of the many conferences and conversations have led to solutions. For certain, however, reforming policing at the local level is one way to turn the tide.

Earlier this year various civil rights organizations; state, local and federal agencies; non-governmental organizations and faith communities, including the National Council of Churches, submitted testimonies to the President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing. Recently a group identified as “We the Protesters” issued an outline of policy solutions titled “Campaign Zero”. Campaign Zero incorporates many of the recommendations that came out of the taskforce report. This document is “ground zero” for bringing together a cross section of interested parties to join efforts that will demilitarize police departments, hold police accountable and reverse the trend of mass incarceration.

Each generation has its methods, language and leadership style for bringing about change. I would dare say that the millennial leaders of the BLM movement are an answer to the prayers of those who preceded them. For many of us “You are the ones that we have been waiting for.”

Dr. King once said, “Our nettlesome task is to discover how to organize our strength into compelling power so that government cannot elude our demands. We must develop, from strength, a situation in which the government finds it wise and prudent to collaborate with us.”

Whether we are singing “We Shall Overcome” or chanting “No justice, No Peace,” we must do it together.
Rev. Aundreia Alexander, Esq, is the Associate General Secretary for Action and Advocacy for Justice and Peace with the Nation Council of Churches (NCC). The NCC is a community of 37 Christian denominations called to visible unity to promote God’s justice, peace, and healing of the world. They are a member organization with the Civil Rights Coalition on Police Reform.
This article is the eighth of an op-ed series on behalf of the Civil Rights Coalition on Police Reform. The coalition, convened and led by the national Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, is comprised of over 30 national civil and human rights organizations, faith and community leaders working to address the nationwide epidemic of police brutality and lethal shootings, claiming the lives of Black men, women and youth; and provide necessary reforms to change the culture of policing in America. For more information, please visit www.lawyerscommittee.org.
Photo: Rev. Aundreia Alexander

President Obama Statement on the Passing of Brandon Lepow

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President Barack Obama:

Seven years ago, like a lot of young people, Brandon Lepow got into politics because he believed he could change his country for the better.  And in his time on the campaign trail and in the White House, both as a traveling aide and as a spokesman, he was tireless in that effort – hardworking, cheerful, one of the most unfailingly kind and gracious people I’ve had the honor to know.  He was someone that any American could be proud to have working on their behalf.

Last night, we lost Brandon after a long battle with leukemia.  It’s a testament to his dedication to others that, over the past few months, more than fifty of his White House colleagues traveled to spend time with him and support his family as he underwent treatment in Texas.  We all have heavy hearts today – and all of us, Michelle and I included, share our condolences and all our support with Brandon’s family, his legion of friends, and his wonderful and courageous wife, Theresa.  Theirs is one of the great love stories.  They, in many ways, kept the rest of us going.  And Theresa will always be a part of our family.

To know Brandon Lepow was to know that he didn’t need to get into politics to change the world, after all.  He made his thirty-two years count.  And those of us who knew him are better for it.

Congressional Black Caucus Recognizes Fifth African American Appointed to Fortune 500 Company Technology Board

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Washington, D.C. – Congressional Black Caucus Chairman G. K. Butterfield (NC-01) and Congresswoman Barbara Lee (CA-13), co-chairs of the CBC’s Diversity Task Force, commended Apple’s appointment of James A. Bell to its Board of Directors.  Bell is the fifth African American appointed to a Fortune 500 tech company board since the CBC launched its CBC TECH 2020 initiative.  This latest appointment follows the CBC members’ visit to Silicon Valley where they met with tech leaders, including Apple CEO Tim Cook.

“We are pleased that Apple is demonstrating its commitment to greater African American inclusion with the addition of James Bell to its board.  In welcoming him to the Board, Apple has taken an important step forward in advancing African American leadership in the tech sector,” said CBC Chairman G. K. Butterfield.  “As we have stated before, the commitment of corporate executives in working toward African American inclusion at all levels of tech companies is critical to our national competitiveness and good for tech companies’ bottom line.  We look forward to other companies making African American inclusion not only a priority, but a reality.”

“The election of Mr. Bell to the Apple’s Board of Director shows a continued commitment from Apple to increase diversity within the company, which is a moral and economic imperative,” said Congresswoman Barbara Lee.  “While the election of an African American to Apple’s Board of Directors is a major step forward, much work remains to ensure techquity.  I remain committed to working within the CBC TECH 2020 framework to increase diversity and inclusion of African Americans in the tech sector.”

Since CBC TECH 2020 was launched in May, four African Americans have joined Fortune 500 tech company boards including Leslie A. Brun and Pamela Carter to HP Enterprise and Stacy Brown-Philpot and Stacey Mobley to HP Inc., in addition to Bell.

State Bank Regulators Announce Cyber Risk and Security Conferences

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SPRINGFIELD, IL — Underscoring Governor Rauner’s efforts to promote October as National Cyber Security Awareness Month, the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR) Division of Banking will be hosting two Cyber Risk and Security Conferences designed specifically for the executive leadership of Illinois banks and credit unions.  Cyber and data security continues to be one of the top regulatory concerns of the financial industry, as criminals continue to seek out new opportunities to breach financial data systems. 

“Criminals are always on the hunt for new, creative ways to obtain money and highly-sensitive data from our state’s financial institutions and its customers,” said Michael Mannion, Director of Banking at IDFPR.  “As our society becomes more dependent upon electronic devices to bank and shop online, our vulnerabilities grow.  By hosting these cyber risk and security conferences, we hope to provide our banks and credit unions with added information and tools to combat a new breed of bank robbers, the cyber thief.”  

The Cyber Risk and Security Conferences will address current cyber threats and outline questions every bank and credit union should be discussing about cyber preparedness and response. The conferences will also address the recently issued Cyber Self Assessments and will provide the opportunity to hear from an Illinois banker who was recently the subject of a cyber attack. The United States Secret Service will also be on hand to address current trends and the globalization of cyber crimes.

“Critical infrastructure sectors, including our financial industry, are increasingly reliant on information systems to support practically every aspect of their business operations,” said Bryan Schneider, IDFPR Secretary.  “Maintaining the security of cyberspace is a shared responsibility in which each of us plays a critical role.  Efforts to shed awareness of computer security essentials will not only improve the security of our financial industry’s infrastructure, it will improve the security of our state’s economy.”   

The Cyber Risk and Security Conferences will be held on November 9th in Burr Ridge and on November 16th in Springfield. The Conference of State Bank Supervisors is co-hosting the conferences.   

New Mortgage Loan Interface Increases Efficiency, Compliance

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CHICAGO, IL – In an effort to save mortgage licensees valuable time and resources, the Division of Banking at the Illinois Department of Financial Professional Regulation (DFPR) has created a new Anti-Predatory Loan Database (APLD) Interface.  Launched on October 3rd, the interface facilitates the automatic transfer of loan data, saving mortgage licensees from manually re-entering the information.  The interface is part of the Department’s ongoing efforts to increase efficiency and regulatory responsiveness.

“Since the APLD’s inception, mortgage licensees have been required to perform double-entry of loan information to stay compliant,” said Michael J. Mannion, Director of Banking at DFPR.  “Manually entering this information is labor intensive and needlessly expends valuable resources.”   

The Anti Predatory Loan Database (APLD) was enacted into law on July 1, 2008 and collects mortgage loan information in a four-county area, including: Cook, Kane, Peoria and Will Counties.   Its purpose is to increase borrowers’ knowledge about loans they are considering and aims to reduce the number of foreclosures resulting from inappropriate loans.  The database helps determine whether or not each particular borrower needs to attend housing counseling provided by a HUD approved housing counselor. 


“If all mortgage licensees in the state implemented the APLD interface, as many as 55,000 hours of wasted time could be eliminated,” said Bryan Schneider, DFPR Secretary.  “While we don’t know if every mortgage licensee will adopt the interface, we certainly want to encourage its use as we continue to streamline the state’s regulatory process and help private businesses save time.”      


The APLD interface was developed at no additional cost to taxpayers and is an optional add-on provided by IDFPR, in conjuction with Veritec Solutions.  The interface is designed to adapt to all known Loan Origination Systems and can be installed at any time in the future.


“Giving the APLD database a bulk update option is a fantastic step for Illinois mortgage origination,” said Nathan Britsch, Compliance Manager, PERL Mortgage, Inc.  “Not only does removing duplicate data entry save our originators time, but centralizing the process helps Perl maintain better oversight and compliance with less effort.  Perl is excited to implement bulk update into our process.”

For more information on the Anti-Predatory Lending Database Program, visit www.ilapld.com.

Original 60-Second Intros Kick-Start Films at the 51st Chicago International Film Festival

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New Festival-inspired short films from Chicago’s filmmaking community and beyond

CHICAGO, IL – The 51st Chicago International Film Festival is announcing the 10 original short films that have been newly created to play before every film program during the Festival. Founder & Artistic Director Michael Kutza, Festival Programmers and Staff reached out to a variety of filmmaking teams to make 60-Second short films inspired by the Festival’s tagline: “Because Everybody Loves Movies.”

The first new Festival intro will be shown on Opening Night, before the Special Presentation of Mia Madre. Titled “Everyone Loves,” the short film was conceived by independent creative director Susan Schmidt with three filmmakers (Herman Asph, Eric Almond, and Will Meyers) from Quriosity Productions, a Chicago-based production house founded by Qadree Holmes. “Everyone Loves” may be previewed at http://pigeon.to/1iCiXXp.

A list of filmmaking teams who generously gave their time, energy and considerable talent to the project, along with links to their films, may be found below. The films are as diverse as the filmmaking community itself, from Let’s Catch A Movie, an animated piece directed by San Francisco-based 12-year-old and former CineYouth winner Emma Penaz Eisner to a funny Hitchcock-inspired work by Chicago filmmaker Mason Thorne.

The short films also came from filmmakers with ties to the Festival, including Film Lover, directed by Andy Berlin, who also has a short in this year’s City/State program, Marlene; I Got The Popcorn! made by a team of Columbia College Chicago students lead by Festival alumni, director Michael Caplan (Algren); and Dinner and a Movie, directed by Jack C. Newell, who is in the official selection this year with City/State feature Open Tables.
The “Voice of the Festival”Ken Nordine (of WBEZ-FM’s “World Jazz”), who has lent his talent and unforgettable phrasing in the production of the Festival intros for over 50 years, is introducing all of the 60-Second spots. He is also represented with his own short film You Can Film Anything.
“Dinner and A Movie”
Director: Jack C. Newell
“Everyone Loves”
Directors: Herman Asph, Eric Almond, Will Meyers
“Film Lover”
Director: Andy Berlin
“I Got the Popcorn!”
Director: Michael P. Caplan
“Let’s Catch a Movie”
Made by Emma Penaz Eisner
“Night of the Living Moviegoers”
Director: Kaitlin Martin
Director: Mason Thorne
“Semblance of a Scene”
Director: Sam Parker
“You Can Film Anything”
Director: Ken Nordine
“Zaynab Loves Movies”
Director: Wendy Roderweiss
Cinema/Chicago is a not-for-profit arts and education organization dedicated to encouraging better understanding between cultures and to making a positive contribution to the art form of the moving image. The Chicago International Film Festival is one of the year-round programs presented by Cinema/Chicago, which also include its Television Awards, CineYouth Festival, INTERCOM Competition, International Screenings Program, and Education Program.
Celebrating its 51st anniversary this year, the Chicago International Film Festival is North America’s longest-running competitive film festival, running Oct 15-29, 2015 at the AMC River East (322 E. Illinois St, Chicago). Photos and media accreditation may be found at ChicagoFilmFestival.com/press.
This year’s Festival slate now includes six World Premieres, 15 North American Premieres, 45 U.S. Premieres, and counting! View the 2015 Festival lineup at ChicagoFilmFestival.com/films. Individual tickets and multi-film passes are now available. The full festival schedule is available at ChicagoFilmFestival.com/schedule.
The 51st Chicago International Film Festival’s sponsors include Gold Festival Partners: TIAA-CREF, Columbia College Chicago, Wintrust Community Banks; Official Airline: American Airlines; Headquarters Hotel: JW Marriott Chicago; Silver Festival Partners: Bloomberg, Intersites; Platinum Media Partners: National CineMedia (NCM), JC Decaux, Michigan Avenue Magazine; Gold Media Partners: WTTW11, Time Out Chicago, WBEZ91.5, WXRT-FM, WBBM Newsradio, and The Hollywood Reporter; Bronze Festival Partners: Stella Artois, AARP, Tribune Media; Participating Partners: SundanceNow Doc Club, Whole Foods, Wansas Tequila, Cultivate Studios, Netrix, KIND, OtterBox, Optimus, Sound Investment; Official Vehicle: Volvo; Participating Hotels: Public Chicago, The Whitehall Hotel, theWit and Loews Chicago Hotel; and Cultural Partners: Consulate General of Argentina in Chicago, Consulate General of Italy in Chicago, Italian Cultural Institute of Chicago, Italian Film Commission,  Italian Trade Agency, Polish Film Institute, Goethe Institut, Austrian Cultural Forum New York, ANCINE National Cinema Agency of Brazil, and Consulate General of Israel to the Midwest. With Foundation and Government support from the National Endowment of the Arts, Alphawood Foundation Chicago, the Illinois Arts Council, and Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs & Special Events, and the Richard H. Driehaus Foundation. Additional support provided by Allstate, the Chicago Architecture Biennial, Dark Horse Wine, Effen Vodka, Lavazza, and SkinnyPop.

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