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Archive for November 11th, 2015

NAACP and Urban League Grieve Loss of Civil Rights Icon Jacqueline A. Berrien

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Berrien was Former Chair of the EEOC and Civil Rights Advocate

EEOC Chair Jacqueline Berrien

 

The NAACP and the Urban League grieve the death of civil rights attorney and former chair of the EEOC who passed away after a brief illness.

 

 

Statement by the NAACP:

The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) is deeply saddened to learn of the death of a friend, colleague and fellow member of the civil rights community.  Jacqueline Berrien, former Chair of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and Associate Director-Counsel at the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund (LDF) passed away after a brief illness.  She supported our work as a philanthropist, represented our Association as a litigator, and championed our cause as a colleague and friend.  Jacqueline was also the cherished wife of our colleague Peter Williams, Executive Vice President, Programs.

Jacqueline spent her entire legal career as a civil rights advocate.  She began her career as an Assistant Counsel at LDF in 1994, followed by positions at the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, the American Civil Liberties Union and the Ford Foundation.  While at LDF, she took on the issue of voting rights and ultimately went on to lead LDF’s Political Participation Group as its director.  In 2009, President Barack Obama nominated Jacqueline as the 14th Chair of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. She was sworn in on April 7, 2010, and served in that capacity until 2014.  In announcing her nomination, President Obama said that she “has spent her entire career fighting to give voice to underrepresented communities and protect our most basic rights.”  During her tenure as Chair of the EEOC, Jackie oversaw the agency’s 53 offices in the United States and Puerto Rico, including approximately 2,200 employees, and an annual budget of more than $360 million.

A native of Washington, D.C., Jackie was a proud member of the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority and of Emmanuel Baptist Church in Brooklyn and a new church home in Washington. She is survived by her husband Peter, her partner for 28 years, a brother, brothers-in-law, and beloved nieces and nephews.

We extend our prayers and heartfelt condolences to Peter, their families and many friends.  Funeral arrangements are forthcoming.

 

Statement by the Urban League:

The Urban League Movement across the nation is grieving the loss of trailblazing civil rights attorney Jacqueline A. Berrien, National Urban League President and CEO Marc H. Morial said.

“Jackie embodied a passion for justice that will reverberate for generations,” Morial said. “She devoted her entire career to fighting for equality and opportunity with rare fervor. Her loss is a devastating blow to the civil rights community”

Morial extended deep sympathy to Berrien’s husband, Peter Williams, Executive Vice President of Programs for the NAACP and a former National Urban League staff member.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with our brother Peter and the rest of Jackie’s beloved family,” Morial said.

Photo: Jacqueline A. Berrien

McAllen-Area Marketer Sentenced in Health Care Fraud Scheme

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MCALLEN, TX—A marketer for several area home health agencies has been ordered to federal prison following her conviction of conspiracy to commit health care fraud for her role in a scheme to defraud the Medicare program, announced U.S. Attorney Kenneth Magidson. Martha Lidia Flores, 51, of Pharr, pleaded guilty Aug. 28, 2015, admitting to engaging in a kickback scheme of exchanging referrals of Medicare beneficiaries for money.

U.S. District Judge Randy Crane, who accepted the plea, handed Flores a sentence of 24 months in federal prison to be immediately followed by three years of supervised release. She was further ordered to pay $267,981.16 in restitution.

From Nov. 15, 2010, to July 9, 2012, Flores issued 11 illegal kickback checks to co-conspirator Argentina Cavazos, 57, of Hidalgo, in exchange for referrals of Medicare beneficiaries. The information was then used by home health care companies to bill Medicare. Cavazos previously pleaded guilty to illegal remunerations for her role in the scheme and was sentenced to six months of home confinement and three years of probation.

Flores admitted to using the patient information she bought from Cavazos to create fraudulent referral forms to submit to the numerous home health companies where she was employed. Claims were subsequently filed with Medicare based on the fraudulent referral forms.

Flores admitted she forged the signatures of physicians on the referral forms, knowing that the physicians did not authorize the need for home health services and/or that the beneficiaries did not need or qualify for home health services. Flores also admitted that she was illegally compensated for the patient referrals.

Previously released on bond, Flores was permitted to remain on bond and voluntarily surrender to a U.S. Bureau of Prisons facility to be determined in the near future.

The investigation leading to the charges was conducted by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services ‐ Office of Inspector General and the FBI. Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael Day is prosecuting the case.

U.S. Attorney’s Office November 09, 2015
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Cook County State’s Attorney and Illinois Attorney General File Joint Consumer Fraud Lawsuits

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The owner of a south suburban company has been named in consumer fraud lawsuits filed jointly today by Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez and Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan on behalf of senior citizens and homeowners who were defrauded out of thousands of dollars in deposits for electrical power generators that were never delivered or installed.

The lawsuits, filed in the Circuit Court of Cook County, allege that the contractor defrauded consumers primarily by taking deposits and failing to begin or complete the agreed upon work and failed to provide the purchased equipment, among other practices. As a result of this scheme, affected consumers claim to have lost more than $73,000 between the two legal actions.

Named in the lawsuits is Kevin Hart, the owner and operator of Cedar Electric Generators LLC, and Choice Generators, both at one time located in Illinois. Both companies were owned and controlled by Hart, a formerly authorized dealer of brand name generators. Several senior citizens were also victimized by Hart, including one who needed the back-up electrical power of a generator to operate her oxygen machine.

“Consumers who invest in a home improvement, particularly one that seeks to ensure electrical power during an emergency, should be assured that they will not be cheated out of their hard-earned money by an unscrupulous contractor,” said Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez. “We are very pleased to join forces with Attorney General Madigan to seek restitution for all of our victims and to ensure that this contractor never again has the opportunity to prey on senior citizens.”

“We’ve seen this time and again – companies that prey on the most vulnerable by promising access to vital services like power and electricity,” said Madigan. “It’s important to research all companies, especially those with offers that seem too good to be true. At the very least, check to see if the company is in good standing with my office’s Consumer Fraud Bureau and the Better Business Bureau.”

The lawsuits allege that Hart obtained substantial deposits from unsuspecting consumers then often failed to deliver on any of the services or equipment he had been contracted to provide.

Hart is also alleged to have assessed fees against customers who sought to cancel their contract and failed to return any deposited monies after receiving notices of cancellation. In addition, it is alleged that Hart intentionally failed to provide clients with a viable business address.

It is further alleged that Hart falsely claimed that he would provide services by a certain date, misrepresented that he would provide a particular type of equipment, and failed to inform customers of their cancellation rights.

The State’s Attorney’s Office has filed the lawsuit on behalf of six Cook County residents, including four senior citizens, who claim to be victims of Hart’s scam.

The lawsuits seek full restitution for the victims, a court-ordered prohibition against Hart from further engaging in similar business practices, and civil penalties for violation of the Consumer Fraud Act.

Assistant State’s Attorneys Rosa Abreu and Rosanne Pulia are handling the case for the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Consumer Fraud Unit. The Unit offers help and guidance for consumers to help recover losses and State’s Attorney Alvarez encourages any Cook County resident with a home repair fraud complaint to call the Consumer Fraud Hotline at 312-603-8700.

President Obama Announces His Intent to Nominate Beth Cobert as Director of the Office of Personnel Management

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WASHINGTON, DC – President Barack Obama announced his intent to nominate Beth Cobert as Director of the Office of Personnel Management.

President Obama said, “Beth will bring tremendous depth and quality of experience to her role as Director of the Office of Personnel Management. As Acting Director, Beth has effectively pursued strategies to strengthen cybersecurity and improve the way the government serves citizens, businesses, and the federal workforce both past and present. I thank Beth for her commitment to serving the American people and look forward to working with her in the months ahead.”

 

Beth Cobert, Nominee for Director, Office of Personnel Management

Beth Cobert is Acting Director of the Office of Personnel Management, a position she has held since July 2015.  She also serves as Deputy Director for Management in the Office of Management and Budget, a position she has held since 2013.  Ms. Cobert previously served in various capacities at McKinsey & Company from 1984 to 2013, including as Director and Senior Partner.  Within McKinsey, she also held multiple leadership roles in people management, including serving as Global Leader in Functional Capability Building, Global Leader in the Marketing and Sales Practice, Chair of the McKinsey Pension Fund, and Partner on the Election Committee.  Ms. Cobert previously served as a board member and chair of the United Way of the Bay Area and as a member of the Stanford Graduate School of Business Advisory Council.  Ms. Cobert received a B.A. from Princeton University and an M.B.A from Stanford University Graduate School of Business.

Fight Back Against the NRA: Sign the Petition

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What President Obama can do to help prevent gun violence

Tell President Obama:
“Don’t wait for Congress to pass gun control legislation. Stand up to the NRA and take immediate executive action to help stop gun violence.”Add your name:

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In recent weeks, more than 300,000 CREDO activists have signed petitions to pressure Congress to take real action on gun control legislation. CREDO activists have also made more than 6,700 phone calls to Republican leaders, telling them it’s time to respond to gun violence with action, not just “thoughts and prayers.”

While it’s important to keep holding Congress accountable for their failure to act, there are fortunately some things the White House can change without waiting on Congress. President Obama has the power to use executive authority to make major improvements to our gun laws.

Tell President Obama you support him in taking executive action to implement commonsense gun control. Click here to sign the petition.

We know the president is tired of Congress offering thoughts and prayers to victims of gun violence but doing nothing to prevent it. We know that he is open to using his authority when Congress fails to act. The more of us who show our support, the more likely he’ll be to take action now, even in the face of the NRA’s aggressive opposition.

After the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in 2013, President Obama signed 23 executive orders on gun control. Our friends at Everytown for Gun Safety are urging him to take five more executive actions to clarify existing rules and more strictly enforce current law:

  • Protect victims of domestic abuse: Close the “boyfriend” loophole that allows unmarried convicted domestic abusers to purchase guns.
  • Define who is “engaged in the business” of selling guns: Close a loophole that allows private gun dealers, some of whom sell thousands of guns a year, to sell guns without performing background checks.
  • Help keep guns away from schools: Remove exemptions that let dangerous people carry guns near our children’s schools.
  • Intercept potential killers: Ensure that federal law enforcement notifies local law enforcement when dangerous criminals try to illegally buy guns at dealers in their community.
  • Enforce existing law: Help states that require background checks for all gun sales to enforce existing laws on the books.1

Each of these commonsense measures can help reduce gun violence — and NONE of them requires going through Congress.

If enough of us come together, we can convince President Obama to drown out the gun lobby’s scare tactics and act on behalf of Americans who are ready for change.

Tell President Obama it’s time to take executive action to implement commonsense gun control. Click the link below to sign the petition:

https://act.credoaction.com/sign/Obama_Gun_Actions?t=6&akid=16074.6338158.K2iBbU

Thanks for everything you’re doing to break the NRA’s chokehold on Washington.

Heidi Hess, Campaign Manager
CREDO Action from Working Assets

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References:

  1. Beyond Gridlock: How White House Action on Gun Violence Can Save Lives,“ Everytown for Gun Safety, 10/5/2015.

 

On Veterans Day, Kirk Reflects on Honoring Promise to Our Nation’s Heroes

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CHICAGO, IL – U.S. Senator Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) today released the following statement and video on the 96th anniversary of Veterans Day:

“Today we honor the service and sacrifice of the brave men and women who wore the uniform to defend our freedom and keep us safe. Our heroes deserve better than to be treated as second-class citizens, which is why I’m leading the charge to investigate misconduct and intimidation at VA hospitals like Hines in Illinois. In order to care for our veterans, we also have to protect the men and women who care for them. After 23 years in the Navy Reserve, this is my way of giving back to my fellow veterans.”

Background:

Senator Kirk today will honor Illinois’ 700,000 veterans at the City of Chicago’s annual Veterans Day Ceremony at Soldier Field and at the City of Winnetka’s Veterans Day Celebration at the Winnetka Community House.

As chairman of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Military Construction and Veterans Affairs (MilCon/VA), Senator Kirk recently chaired a field hearing in Chicago about reports of mistreatment of veterans and retaliation against whistleblowers at the Edward Hines, Jr., VA Hospital near Maywood, Ill. 

The Senate this week passed three Kirk-authored pieces of legislation to honor our veterans and the commitments we have made to them:

  • The fiscal year 2016 MilCon/VA appropriations bill, which Senator Kirk authored as chairman of the MilCon/VA Appropriations Subcommittee, funds veterans’ care at record levels – $1.1 billion above the President’s budget request – and extends whistleblower protections to VA doctors and nurses who speak up to protect veterans.
  • Provisions from Senator Kirk’s Frontlines to Lifelines Act will expand and reauthorize for three years the VA’s Intermediate Care Technician (ICT) pilot program, which allows the VA to hire combat medics, medical technicians and corpsmen straight from active duty service so veterans can care for their fellow veterans at VA hospitals. The number of participating veteran technicians will increase from 45 to 72.
  • The Veterans Day Moment of Silence Act establishes two minutes of silence at the same time across the country on Veterans Day for the American people to reflect on the sacrifices made by the brave men and women who served in the military.

Senator Kirk served as an intelligence officer in the Navy Reserve for 23 years until he retired in 2013 with the rank of commander.

Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch Delivers Remarks at the Justice Department’s Veterans Day Appreciation Ceremony

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Washington, DC

United States

Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch:

Thank you, Assistant Attorney General [Lee] Lofthus, for that kind introduction, for your outstanding leadership of the Justice Management Division and for the work that you and your colleagues have done to organize this important ceremony.  I also want to recognize Tiffany Carter from the department’s Criminal Division for honoring us with her performance of the national anthem: thank you, Tiffany, for helping to make this event so special.  And finally, I’d like to thank all of the distinguished veterans who have joined us today – along with your colleagues and comrades across the country and around the world – for your immeasurable sacrifice and ongoing service.  It is a privilege to stand with so many men and women dedicated to advancing the mission of this department, upholding the ideals of your professions and safeguarding the people of this nation.  And it is an honor today to reflect on the proud history of everyone who has served this country in uniform and who has fought to make the United States the exceptional homeland that it is.

The individuals of our armed forces occupy a singular place in the pantheon of American heroes.  When America was under threat, you rose to serve.  When our freedoms were in danger, you sought to help.  And when our peace was at stake, you secured our future.  From the shores of Normandy to the streets of Seoul; from the jungles of Vietnam to the deserts of Iraq and Afghanistan, our women and men in uniform have never failed to answer the call of their country.  You prepare and you defend.  You are faithful to your country above yourself.  And you aim high and dare greatly, in the service of our mission.  You fought not for personal gain or private reward.  You were not content to stay out of harm’s way.  You sacrificed to give meaning to the values we cherish.  You led the way to prolong the life of this nation.  And you served to protect the promise of our founding: of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

Writ large, stirring words for stirring acts of sacrifice.  For every individual who served, the sacrifice was real and personal.  You ran into harm’s way – for us.  You faced dangers you had never imagined – for us.  And you took American values and American courage to distant shores and stood between peoples of distant lands and tyranny.  Many of those whom you protected, most of those whom you saved, will never know your names – but we do and we shall never forget.  The sacrifices you embraced were also borne by every military family, by everyone who watched a son or daughter, a parent or a spouse, head off to make the world safe and held their fears close to their heart.  They also served, who stayed behind and endured.  I still remember watching my uncles, then cousins and finally my brother go off to serve their country, in Vietnam and beyond and realizing that all our lives were forever changed.  I remember the fear, the uncertainty as well as the pride and then the ultimate joy when they were returned safely to us.

The United States owes you an extraordinary debt of gratitude.  But even more than our thanks, we owe you the kind of faithful service and unwavering devotion that you have always given us.  We have a moral responsibility to assist our men and women in uniform not only when you’re on the front lines, but also when you return to the home front.  We have a national obligation to make sure that you and your families are able to enjoy the rights and freedoms for which you so valiantly fought.  And we have an enduring duty to stand with you, through good times and hard challenges, to offer you our help, our guidance and our unwavering support.

I want you to know that the Department of Justice is dedicated to delivering on that promise.  Through the tireless efforts of our Civil Rights Division, led by Vanita Gupta, we are working to protect service members’ civilian employment rights by enforcing the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act.  We are bolstering the ability of our service members to vote by enforcing the Uniformed and Overseas Citizen Absentee Voting Act.  And we are safeguarding our veterans’ financial security through the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act, as well as through our continuing efforts to confront and combat consumer-related fraud that targets active-duty, guard and reserve service members and veterans.

In the last few months alone, those actions have led to meaningful results.  In May, a San Diego storage company agreed to pay $170,000 to settle allegations that it unlawfully sold service members’ belongings.  In June, thanks to an action by this department against Navient Corp., nearly 78,000 service members began receiving over $60 million in compensation for excess interest they were asked to pay on their student loans.  And in September, the Department of Justice announced that more than 2,400 service members and their co-borrowers were eligible to receive over $311 million of foreclosure-related compensation under the department’s settlements with five of the nation’s largest mortgage services providers.  These examples demonstrate this department’s strongly-held belief that no one who has served this country should ever be disserved by its institutions.  It’s the least we can do to thank and support the remarkable individuals who have given so much of themselves for the good of our country.

As we carry that work into the future, the Department of Justice will continue to build upon existing efforts, to rely on our veterans on staff and to do our part to ensure that every veteran is supported and equipped for advancement and success.  That’s why, earlier this year, we launched the Service Members and Veterans Initiative under the leadership of our outstanding Associate Attorney General, Stuart Delery.  The initiative, which is designed to expand and coordinate the department’s enforcement, outreach and training efforts on behalf of service members, veterans and their families, represents an innovative and wide-ranging new approach.  And we hope that, over time, these efforts will help us add to the 28,000 soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines who already form the backbone of this department’s legendary workforce.

Every one of you is essential to the Justice Department’s mission.  You are emblematic of our commitment to our country.  And you are a model of public service to which every member of this department aspires.  As veterans of our armed forces, you know what it means to put service before self.  You have unparalleled experience as members of teams operating under the toughest conditions.  And you exude the kind of leadership that is not conferred, but earned.  Those qualities and skills have made you integral to the work of this department and enabled you to lead the way on some of the most important and pressing issues of our time – from voting rights to LGBT equality; from civil rights to criminal justice reform; and from national security and cybersecurity to our ongoing effort to protect our most vulnerable citizens.  Across all of these fields and many others, your work has expanded the circle of opportunity for individuals across the country.  Your contributions have promoted the rights to which all Americans are entitled.  And your efforts have extended the story of your extraordinary service.

And so today, in the midst of your work, we pause to thank you with all our hearts.  We commemorate all those who came home as well as those who lie in peace on distant shores.  We recommit ourselves to serving you as well as you have served us.  And we rededicate ourselves to preserving the ideals symbolized by the flag under which you continue to serve: equality, opportunity and justice for all.

Thank you, once again, for all that you do – and please keep up the great work.

National Urban League Committee Affirms Decision to Sever Ties with Dallas Affiliate

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Suit Filed In Federal Court

NEW YORK –
The National Urban League Affiliate Services Appeals Committee has affirmed the Board of Trustee’s July decision to disaffiliate the Urban League of Greater Dallas.

In an official opinion handed down last week, the Committee said the National Urban League had “ample reason” and “adequate grounds” to disaffiliate ULGD.

According to the opinion, “ULGD has engaged in conduct that not only violates the Affiliation Agreement, but also threatens the reputation and goodwill of National Urban League and its other affiliates.”

Additionally, the National Urban League has sued the affiliate for breach of contract and trademark infringement. The federal lawsuit, which was filed in the Northern District of Texas, seeks injunctive relief and damages under the Lanham Act to stop the use of and protect National Urban League’s federally registered service marks, name and symbols.

The National Urban League Board of Trustees in July authorized the disaffiliation in response to several serious concerns about the fiscal mismanagement and organizational governance of the group.

The decision means the Dallas-based affiliate is “completely severed” from the programs of the National Urban League and may not use the term “Urban League” as part of its name. As a result, ULGD has lost the license to use the Urban League brand, marks and goodwill in any manner or for any purpose. ULGD is required to cease and desist from communicating on behalf of the Urban League or representing to any person or entity that it acts on behalf of the Urban League or is connected in any way to the Urban League Movement. ULGD’s Urban League Guild and Young Professionals are no longer a part of and must cease operating as the auxiliaries of National Council of Urban League Guild and National Urban League Young Professionals.

The Terms of Affiliation is the contract which governs the relationship between the National Urban League and its affiliates. National Urban League suspended all sub-grants to the affiliate earlier this year after it failed to meet programmatic, management and administrative requirements.

Phillips High School Reaches Quarterfinals in Historic Playoff Run

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Wendell Phillips Academy Wildcats Move One Step Closer to Capturing Historic State Title
AUSL School in Pursuit of Becoming the First Chicago Public School to Win a State Football Championship
 

CHICAGO, IL – On Saturday, November 7, 2015 the Wendell Phillips Academy High School Wildcats qualified for the Illinois High School Association (IHSA) Quarterfinals with a 28 – 6 win over Johnsburg High School. The Wildcats will now take their team with an 11 – 0, record to Gately Stadium (810 E 103rd St.) on November 17 at 7 p.m., to take on Geneseo High School for a chance to move on to the IHSA Semifinals. The recent successes on the field are the product of an off-the-field story that started with the transformation of the school by the Academy of Urban School Leadership (AUSL) in 2010.

Despite Phillips’ unprecedented success in athletics, overcoming hardship off-the-field has been as large of a test as any opponent on-the-field. Phillips is located in the historic Bronzeville community, and for many years prior to AUSL management, the school reported high drop-out rates and low test scores.  Since the fall of 2010, Phillips has been managed by AUSL, a nonprofit Chicago Public School (CPS) school management organization that creates schools of excellence by developing highly effective teachers and transforming educational outcomes for students in what once were CPS’ lowest performing schools.

The results of AUSL’s transformation of Phillips have been dramatic. On their most recent ACT, Phillips students scored higher than at any point in the past 15 years and last year 100 percent of the senior class applied and were accepted to college with more than $5 million in scholarship offers. These and other indicators point to a rise that mirrors the play of the Wildcats on the football field.

“AUSL was founded with the understanding that athletics, music and other before and after school programming play a major role in the social, behavioral and academic growth of a chronically low performing school. What Phillips has accomplished is not only a remarkable achievement for the school but is also a model for the entire city,” said Mike Koldyke, AUSL’s Founder and Chairman Emeritus. “The team spirit and professionalism of the players is inspiring.  In addition, the pride that the community has in this team could be seen all fall with more than 1000 spectators overfilling the bleachers at their games.”

The successes of the football team have been a source of stability for much of the student body. The football program is the second largest program in CPS involving more than 90 student athletes. The varsity team is led by 19 seniors all of whom are on track to graduate and several of them that are being recruited to play at the collegiate level. The team has a number of players who are highly sought after by colleges on its roster including Linebacker Amani Jones who has committed to the University of Iowa, Wide Receiver Quayvon Skanes who has committed to the University of Connecticut and Defensive End Amir Watts who is uncommitted but is being recruited by several D1 programs.

“Our student athletes are the embodiment of the hard work our teachers, community and AUSL have done to transform this historic high school to its former glory,” said Wendell Phillips Head Football Coach Troy McAllister. “Whether it is studying game film to get ready for a matchup, showing the utmost sportsmanship on the field or achieving new personal goals in the classroom, we challenge our players, and frankly all of our students, to believe in their own self-worth and that hard work and pride are the prerequisites of success.”

On Saturday, November 14, Phillips will play Geneseo High School at Gately Stadium (810 E 103rd St.) for the State Quarterfinals starting at 7 p.m. The winner will move on to the Semifinal game that will take place during the week of November 16. The 4A State Championship will take place during the week of November 23 at Northern Illinois University’s Huskie Stadium.

About The Academy for Urban School Leadership

AUSL is a Chicago nonprofit school management organization that creates schools of excellence by developing highly effective teachers and transforming educational outcomes for students in the lowest performing schools.

AUSL was founded in 2001 and today manages 32 Chicago Public Schools serving more than 18,000 students. Over 880 teachers have graduated from the AUSL Chicago Teacher Residency™.

Governor Rauner Releases Some Budget Hostages But Retains Power to Take More

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From: Grassroots Collaborative

Failure to pass SB570 bad news for families seeking stability

CHICAGO, IL – The following is a statement by Amisha Patel, Executive Director of Grassroots Collaborative, regarding Governor Rauner’s changes cuts he made to the Child Care Assistance Program and home care announced on Monday, and today’s failure to pass SB 570.

“Governor Bruce Rauner has chosen to advance his political agenda by holding children and vulnerable Illinois families hostage. He has given a reprieve to some of the hostages through his rules change announced on Monday but without the passage SB 570 Governor Rauner maintains a free hand to take more hostages, throwing the lives of tens of thousands of Illinois families across the state into uncertainty.

Meanwhile, Rauner continues to be allowed to pay out millions to well-connected Wall Street banks with clockwork regularity. We need legislative leaders on both sides of the aisle to work in a bipartisan way to check the  Governor’s power and choose policies that value stability for Illinois families higher than the stability of Wall Street profits.”

Grassroots Collaborative continues to work with organizations across the city of Chicago and the state of Illinois to urge our legislators to pass a budget that funds the vital services and programs our communities need by passing sustainable revenue solutions that would close corporate loopholes, require the wealthy to pay their fair share of taxes, and terminate toxic Wall Street Bank deals.

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