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Chicago Police Crime Survivors and Family Members Demand DOJ Criminally Prosecute All “Criminal Cops and Their Co-Conspirators” in Government, Close Homan Square

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From: Chicago Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression 

Chicago police crime survivors and victims’ family members will gather this Thursday to demand the investigation and criminal prosecution of killer cops and torturers in the Chicago Police Department, along with their co-conspirators throughout city government. They will also demand the immediate closure of the notorious and illegal CPD detention and torture center at Homan Square.

On Thursday, December 10th, at 3:30 p.m. police torture survivors, their families, and the families of police murder victims will gather outside 219 S. Dearborn in advance of their 4:00 meeting with Paul Borowitz, representative of U.S. Attorney Zachary Fardon, of the U.S. Department of Justice Civil Rights Division. They will be available to speak with members of the press during this time.

At 3:45 they will head inside for their meeting with Mr. Borowitz, and submit their letters of complaint. Members of the press are welcome to accompany and film this event. A letter from the CAARPR will accompany their complaints, and will spell out the following demands:

·       Immediately launch a full investigation and criminal prosecution of those responsible for conspiracy against rights, as proscribed by U. S. C. Title 18 Section 241 in the City of Chicago and the Chicago Police Department.

·       Immediately launch a full investigation and criminal prosecution of all individuals who have deprived people in Chicago of their Constitutional rights under color of law, as proscribed by U. S. C. Title 18 Section 242.

·       Immediately move for an order in U. S. District Court permanently closing the Chicago Police torture center at Homan Ave. and Fillmore St. known as “Homan Square.”

Survivors and family members will then join the protest at 5:00pm in Federal Plaza, Chicago residents are rallying in support of these demands, as well as the enactment of CPAC, an all-elected, all-civilian police accountability council.

The group will hold a press conference Thursday, December 10th, 2015 at
 3:30 p.m., and a 5p.m. rally at the Federal Building, 219 S. Dearborn St., 
followed by submission of formal letter of complaints to the DOJ Civil Rights Division.

Chicago Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression 

 

Stop Police Crimes Campaign

Trauma Center Activists Say U of C Broke Promise Made One Year Ago to Raise Age Limit of Pediatric Trauma Center

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Trauma Center Activists will hold a press conference December 9th, 2015 at 4:30pm at 58th Street and S. Maryland Ave 

 
CHICAGO, IL – One year ago, December 9, 2014, the University of Chicago announced that it would raise the age limit of their pediatric trauma center from 16 up to 18. Last year, U of C Hospital President Sharon O’Keefe said it would take approximately one year to begin treating 17 and 18 year old patients. Since those statements, trauma center activists said U of C has done nothing to follow through on this commitment.

Activists will hold a press conference outside of the hospital demanding that the U of C make good on their commitment to raise the age limit.

Victoria Crider, a Woodlawn youth organizer and leader of the trauma center campaign, explained that “the U of C has broken a promise to the community and by doing this is saying that black lives don’t matter to them.”

On December 17, the Region 11 Trauma Committee, a committee which can vote trauma center expansions up or down, will hold a meeting, however, sources say that raising the age limit of U of C’s pediatric trauma center is not on the agenda. Joseph Albanese, a representative from the Illinois Department of Public Health has said that “The U of C indicated they needed to recruit and train surgeons specifically for its proposal to raise the age of pediatric trauma patients it will accept.  IDPH has not been notified that U of C is fully prepared to implement the proposal.” In other words, the ball is in U of C’s court and they have done nothing.

The University of Chicago recently gained some goodwill from the community by committing to invest in a trauma center at Holy Cross, however the apparent decision to renege on raising the age limit of the pediatric trauma center threatens to undermine this goodwill. Victoria Crider noted that “even with the trauma center at Holy Cross young people on the south east side will still be over 5 miles from a trauma center, the U of C needs to make good on its commitment to raise the age limit to save these young people’s lives, in fact they must go further and raise the age limit up to 21 to save as many lives as they can. Like the Laquan McDonald shooting, this is another example of our institutions saying that they do not value black life. We have been protesting the shooting of Laquan McDonald and will protest the U of C until they show that they value black life.”

The community’s demand for trauma care was sparked by the death of Woodlawn youth leader Damian Turner, and is led by the Woodlawn-based Fearless Leading by the Youth, along with the Kenwood-Oakland Community Organization, Students for Health Equity at the UofC, the Jewish Council on Urban Affairs, the National Nurses United and an interfaith leadership committee that includes several churches. The call for trauma care is also supported by research by Dr. Marie Crandall of Northwestern Hospital on “Trauma Deserts” which shows that longer travel times to a trauma center increase the likelihood of dying.

Trauma Center community and student activists including youth organizers, mothers, clergy, college and high school students will hold a press conference and delegation on 1 year anniversary of promise to raise age limit of pediatric trauma center

When/Where: December 9th, 2015, 4:30pm at 58th Street and S. Maryland Ave

Recent stories on the trauma center campaign:

UofC Wants to Raise Age Limit at Pediatric Trauma Center,” The Chicago Sun-Times

UofC Aims to Expand Treatment at Children’s Trauma Center,” The Chicago Tribune

South Side Hospital Patients Caught in Trauma Deserts,” (Feature Story), Chicago Tribune

Why This Hospital Turned a 18-Year Old Away After He Was Shot,” The Huffington Post

Member of Computer Hacking Group NullCrew Pleads Guilty in Cyber Attacks on Corporations, Universities and Governments

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CHICAGO, IL — A Tennessee man pleaded guilty in federal court today to charges he helped launch cyber-attacks on corporations, universities and governmental entities throughout the world.

As a member of the hacking group “NullCrew,” TIMOTHY JUSTEN FRENCH exploited computer vulnerabilities to obtain unauthorized access and steal confidential information, including encrypted personal data of thousands of individuals. French acknowledged in a plea declaration that it is the government’s position that his cyber-attacks caused at least $792,000 in monetary loss to the victims, which included companies, universities and governmental entities.

French, 21, of Morristown, Tenn., pleaded guilty to one count of intentionally damaging a protected computer without authorization. The conviction carries a maximum sentence of ten years in prison. U.S. District Judge Gary Feinerman scheduled a sentencing hearing for March 9, 2016, at 3:45 p.m.

NullCrew is a group of computer hackers who carried out a series of cyber-attacks against businesses, universities and governmental entities in the United States and throughout the world. To publicize their intrusions, French and other members of NullCrew maintained Twitter accounts, including @NullCrew_FTS and @OfficialNull, which they used to announce their cyber-attacks, ridicule their victims and publicly disclose the confidential information they had stolen, according to the plea declaration. French hid his true identity by using Internet aliases, including “Orbit,” “@Orbit_g1rl,” “crysis,” “rootcrysis,” and “c0rps3.”

French admitted in the plea declaration that he participated in at least seven cyber-attacks while a member of NullCrew from 2012 to 2014. One of the attacks was carried out against a large Canadian telecommunications company, while another attack targeted a U.S. state, according to the plea declaration.

The guilty plea was announced by Zachary T. Fardon, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois; and Michael J. Anderson, Special Agent-in-Charge of the Chicago Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney William Ridgway.

U.S. Attorney’s Office December 08, 2015
  • Northern District of Illinois (312) 353-5300

Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch Delivers Keynote Address on Counterterrorism and International Cooperation

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London

United Kingdom

Thank you, Dr. [Robin] Niblett, for that kind introduction; for your leadership here at the Royal Institute of International Affairs; and for your lifetime of dedicated work in the service of international cooperation and global security.  I also want to thank Prime Minister [David] Cameron and the members of Her Majesty’s government for their hospitality during my visit to the United Kingdom.  And I’d like to thank this group of distinguished colleagues, inspiring leaders and devoted public servants for participating in this important conversation.  It’s a privilege to join you here today as we honor the unique bond between our nations; as we reaffirm the cherished values and ideals that we share; and as we rededicate ourselves to building the stronger, safer, and more united world for which we have fought together in the past, and toward which we continue to strive today.

The United Kingdom and the United States have long been close partners and staunch allies and the connection between us – which Winston Churchill referred to as our “special relationship” – is one with deep roots and a rich history.  Almost all of America’s founders proudly considered themselves Englishmen and many were hesitant to shed that honorable title, even after the start of the American Revolution.  And the revolution itself – though it pitted us against one another in armed conflict – was inspired by the ideals of the British Enlightenment: responsive government, robust rights and liberties, and the fundamental equality of all people.

Those ideals have been a source of mutual understanding and shared strength ever since – and while they have been threatened by injustice within our nations and hostility from beyond our shores, they have continued not only to endure, but to expand.  Through the courageous struggles of prominent leaders and humble citizens; of freed slaves and former colonial subjects; of suffragists, ethnic minorities, religious dissenters and gay and lesbian advocates – we have extended the rights of liberty, equality and justice.  Through the tremendous courage and sacrifice of our countrymen –in two World Wars, in battlefields of Korea and today in the skies over Syria and Iraq– we have defended our beliefs against tyranny and oppression.  And together, we have come to the aid of others inspired by the principles that we share.

Today, the values that have guided and defined us for centuries are facing a persistent threat: the rise of global terrorism and extremism – a scourge that has inflicted its pain on both of our nations in the recent past.  Ten years ago, this great city endured devastating attacks on its public transportation system, and you suffered another attack in the Underground only this week.  In the United States, as you know, we have also suffered terrorist attacks and we are currently investigating last week’s tragic shootings in California as an act of terror.  And as recent events in Paris, Beirut, and Mali remind us, we are far from alone in being targeted by these agents of violence.  These attacks are carried out with a single, repugnant purpose: to harm, frighten and intimidate anyone who believes in open and tolerant societies; in free and democratic governments; and in the right of every human being to live in peace, security and freedom.  As two nations who serve as beacons of those ideals to people around the world, we have a special responsibility to take on this terrorist threat, and to prevent it from causing the destruction it is so desperate to inflict.

As Attorney General of the United States, my highest priorities are the security of our country and the safety of the American people.  At the Department of Justice, we are working tirelessly to uncover and disrupt plots that take aim not only at the United States, but at nations around the world.  We are acting aggressively to defuse threats as they emerge.  And we are vigorously investigating and prosecuting individuals who seek to harm innocent people.  To stop plots before they can be brought to fruition, we are going after individuals engaged in preparatory activities like fundraising, recruitment, planning and training.  Our approach has yielded important results: since 2013, we have charged more than 70 individuals for conduct related to foreign terrorist fighter interests and homegrown violent extremism and we continue to take action designed to monitor and thwart potential extremist activity.

But no nation can fight terrorism alone.  As our world continues to grow more interconnected and interdependent, cooperation and joint action are more essential than ever to combating cross-border threats like terrorism, cybercrime, corruption and human trafficking.  And while modern technology has helped to widen the circle of opportunity for so many citizens around the globe, it has also provided new channels that criminals can exploit for their own ends.  Online, violent ideologies can rapidly proliferate and spread and threats can leap borders and oceans in an instant.  No nation can exist in a bubble of isolation; no country can imagine themselves immune from world events; and the security of each state increasingly depends on the security of all states.  The words of four centuries past ring ever true today, “no man is an island entire of itself.”  In this environment, our strategic understanding and our common humanity demand that we supplement nationwide vigilance with international cooperation.

That is why the United States is working with organizations like INTERPOL and EUROPOL to share information on foreign fighters.  It’s why we have provided resources, including FBI agents, to support INTERPOL’s Fusion Cell, which investigates the training, financing, methods and motives of terrorist groups around the world.  And it is why we have crafted information-sharing agreements with more than 45 international partners to identify and track suspected terrorists – a partnership that has now provided INTERPOL with approximately 4,000 profiles on foreign terrorist fighters.  From efforts to degrade terrorist capabilities, to building cooperative networks that help to preserve and share information and evidence after an attack, we are demonstrating our deep commitment to collaboration worldwide.

Let me give one example of how critical it is that we work together.  Terrorists, like other criminals, count on the difficulties that law enforcement agencies have in sharing information across borders – difficulties that are magnified now that electronic information may be stored in many different countries and may quickly disappear.  But starting some years ago, criminal justice experts from the U.S., the UK, France and the other G7 countries created the 24/7 cyber network – a rapid reaction system that now links approximately 70 countries.  Thanks to that system, after the recent horrific attacks in Paris, French investigators were able to work immediately with the U.S. Department of Justice and with U.S. Internet Service Providers, to preserve data from social media accounts and webpages identified as connected to the attacks, and to seek emergency disclosures to protect lives.  It is this kind of innovative thinking about international information sharing that we need to increase.

Of course, it is also important to emphasize that our efforts to fight terrorism must always be compatible with safeguarding privacy and civil liberties – exactly as the 24/7 cyber system is designed to be.  Often, in conversations like this one, there is an implicit assumption that our safety must be balanced against our rights and our values; that there is a necessary trade-off between the hopeful optimism of our ideals and the cold reality of our national security.  But the view that we must abdicate our values to maintain our security presents a false choice.  Rather, our security exists to protect our values, because they are the wellspring of all that we are.  Progress within our nations has always been driven by our desire to live up to our ideals – of inclusiveness and opportunity, of equal rights and equal justice – and if we curb those rights in a misguided bid for short-term security, we betray not only our ancestors; not only ourselves; and not only our children – but all those for whom the United States and the United Kingdom represent the possibility of a better, freer future.

In this regard, I am proud to say that the Obama Administration, with the support of Congress, has made the protection of civil liberties and privacy a priority in the fight against terrorism.  The record is a remarkable one: President Obama has created unprecedented transparency regarding our guidelines for collection and use of signals intelligence, including signals intelligence collected in bulk.  The President nominated and the senate has confirmed, an independent Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board, as envisioned by Congress.  And just last week, independent public advocates were appointed to advise the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, as called for by the USA Freedom Act.

Moreover, in all of these efforts, as President Obama has made clear, our goal is to extend privacy protections not only to U.S. citizens, but to foreign nationals as well.  That is why, after years of negotiation, I am very happy to say that we were able to initial in September the U.S./EU “Umbrella” Data Privacy and Protection Agreement regarding law enforcement information.  And it is why – in a truly unprecedented step – the Administration has supported legislation to extend judicial redress rights to foreign nationals for privacy breaches regarding law enforcement information – legislation that, thanks to strong Congressional support, already has passed our House of Representatives, and is now pending in the Senate.

These actions are not only unprecedented, but reflective of the United States’ deep commitment to the principles they protect, as well as the importance of our relationship with our European partners in this struggle.  That is why it is particularly disappointing that the European Court of Justice – in a case based on inaccurate and outdated media reports – recently struck down the Safe Harbor Agreement in the Schrems decision.  And it is highly concerning to us that data privacy legislation advancing in the European Parliament might further restrict transatlantic information sharing – a step that not only ignores the critical need for that information sharing to fight terrorism and transnational crime, but also overlooks the enormous steps forward that the Obama Administration and Congress have taken to protect privacy.  It is important that all of us – on both sides of the Atlantic – work to set the record straight regarding our commitment to protect not only the safety of our citizens, but also their civil liberties and privacy.

But one thing I am confident of in our work on these issues and in the larger fight against terrorism – we will not lose ourselves to fear.  We will respond to this and other threats the way we know best – by reaffirming the very ideals that distinguish us from those who wish us harm: freedom of speech; religious tolerance; the open exchange of ideas; and government that represents the will of its people.  These are the principles of Runnymede and Philadelphia, of the Glorious Revolution and the American Revolution – the principles that we have risen to defend time and again and emerged victorious.  For centuries, these ideals have inspired countless men and women around the world to seek the better life that is the promise of humanity and to demand that the elemental dignity of all mankind be recognized and respected.  And we must keep their promise alive.

There is no doubt that we come together at a time of uncertainty, facing dangerous threats and determined adversaries.  But in this moment of global challenge, we remain dedicated to the task that remains before us and to the work that so many have given their last full measure of devotion to fulfill.  Our nations may have been bloodied, but we will remain unbowed – in defense of our citizens, in solidarity with our allies and in allegiance to the values that make us who we are.

The road ahead will not always be easy.  We will encounter more times of uncertainty and setbacks.  But as we move forward in the work that will secure our homelands and prove our principles once more, we are fortified with the strength of our time-tested traditions, by the partnership of our longstanding allies and by the legacies of the brave men and women who fought to make our nations everything they are today.  I am confident about the road ahead.  I know that our promise will endure.  And if we can lean on our faith in our enduring values – and hold fast to our unshakeable belief in the cause of justice and the rule of law – then I have no doubt that out of a long and difficult night of challenge, a brighter day will come.

Thank you.

Source: Department of Justice

“Yes, I am a Muslim”: Join Me to Denounce Trump’s Muslim Prejudice

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Letters to Editors

 

Mansoor Khadir

 

I’m an American and also a Muslim.

Today, I’m asking all Americans of every faith to join me to denounce Donald Trump’s hate speech.

His plan to shut Muslims out of America has no place in our Democracy.

His prejudice against Muslims is reckless, dangerous and racist.

Trump doesn’t understand what makes America great.

We are a nation of different faiths, but we share a common belief that our differences only make us better, and together — we can build a stronger America.

That is the greatness of our nation.

Will you stand with me and other progressives in denouncing Trump’s hateful comments?

Every day, Muslims in America like myself are working hard to strengthen our communities.

Muslim Americans own businesses. We are leaders in communities, teachers in local schools and members of the Armed Forces. We are fathers, mothers, sisters and brothers. And we are your neighbors.

Simply put: We are Americans.

And as an American — I think it’s time we said NO to the hate.

Join me to denounce Trump’s Muslim prejudice.

Thank you,

Mansoor Khadir
Northeast Field Director, DCCC

Congressional Black Caucus Issues Statement on Oral Argument in Evenwel v. Abbott

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the Supreme Court of the United States hears oral arguments in Evenwel v. Abbott, a Texas redistricting case that would deny representation to anyone who is not a voter, including every child and minor under the age of 18, by changing how state legislative districts are drawn.  The Congressional Black Caucus strongly believes that all individuals should be counted in our democracy as mandated by the Constitution and maintains that states should be required to count everyone when determining legislative districts.

“Members of the Congressional Black Caucus hold firmly the belief that every person living in America deserves equal representation and has the right to be counted in our democracy.  Sue Evenwel’s egregious attempt to deny millions of individuals representation when determining state legislative districts is an attack on our democracy and threatens the ability of elected officials to adequately represent and serve their communities.  Everyone deserves representation even if they are unable to cast a ballot and vote.

“As elected officials, we took a pledge to serve all constituents, not just those who share our political views.  The Evenwel case threatens to disenfranchise far too many individuals, hardworking taxpayers, young people, and minorities.  We must protect and uphold the integrity of our democracy to ensure that no individual, regardless of their age, race, or political affiliation is marginalized.  Our country is best served when everyone is counted and when everyone has an equal opportunity to participate in our democratic process.”

Rosa Parks: A Legacy of Courage

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The Legend of Rosa Parks

 

By Marc Morial

President & CEO, National Urban League

The legend of Rosa Parks paints her as a tired seamstress simply trying to get home on an ordinary day – with no thought of sparking a year-long boycott that galvanized the Civil Rights Movement.The only part of that legend that is true is the boycott was never meant to last a year.

In reality, Rosa Parks had been a civil rights activist for more than a dozen years before that day, 60 years ago this week, when she was arrested for refusing to give up her seat on the bus. She was, at the time, secretary of the NAACP’s state and Montgomery chapters and head of the NAACP’s youth leadership organization.

A few months before Parks’ arrest, Montgomery NAACP President  E.D. Nixon, had planned to use the similar arrest of a 15-year-old-girl, Claudette Colvin, as the test case to challenge Montgomery’s bus segregation laws. That plan fell through when Nixon learned Colvin was pregnant; Nixon feared her condition would not inspire sympathy among conservatives.

Parks’ arrest presented a new opportunity. Alabama State College Professor Jo Ann Robinson,  president of the Women’s Political Council, circulated fliers alerting the community of Parks’ arrest announcing a one-day boycott.

That one-day boycott, intended only to demonstrate the impact a long-term boycott might have, was so successful, it grew into a larger movement, led by the then-unknown new pastor at the Dexter Avenue Baptist Church, Martin Luther King, Jr.

Rosa Parks’ legacy lives on today through movements like #BlackLivesMatter and student activists demanding racial justice on campuses, as well as the Urban League Movement every day .  We honor her memory, 60 years after her courageous stance, by continuing the fight for equality and dignity for all.

Rogers Park Parents and Students Demand to be Heard by Chicago Public Schools Transportation Department

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 “Our Children Deserve To Be Safe”

 

Rogers Park – On Thursday morning, December 10th, Rogers Park community parents and students, who lost Gale school as a bus stop invite the media to walk the mile to their new bus stop, where they will hold a press conference.  The walk and press conference will bring attention to the fact they have been ignored on a matter of urgency for their children. Chicago Public School children were assigned new bus stops without discussion and input from parents.

The walk will start at 5:50 a.m., the time that students now must begin their walk to the new bus site, at Gale school 1631 W Jonquil Terrace, the former bus site.  The culminating press conference will take place at 6:20 am at Field School 7019 N. Ashland,, the current bus stop.

In October 2015, Rogers Park parents sent a letter to Martin Ellinger, head of Cps Transportation requesting a meeting. A form letter was sent back, which offered no remedy for the situation.  We delivered letters from community members and the children affected, and still received no response.

“ CPS isn’t listening to us.  We invited them to take this half hour walk with us, but no response.  Our children are walking in the dark, crossing gang lines, when other people haven’t even gotten out of bed!  Then they do it again in the afternoon.  My children are exhausted.  How can they be expected to succeed, when they need to wake up at 5 a.m. every morning?”  said Shannon Phillips, an impacted parent.

WHEN: Thursday December 10th, 2015, 6:20AM

WHERE: Eugene Field School 7019 N. Ashland Ave. Chicago, Il. 60626

WHO: Parents and Students of Rogers Park

WHAT:  Press conference and solidarity walk (walk starts at 5:50 am at Gale School) supporting students. Remarks by parents and students directly impacted.

Stay Healthy For The Holidays – It’s Not Too Late To Vaccinate

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National Influenza Vaccination Week – December 6-12, 2015

 

SPRINGFIELD, IL  – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) urges anyone who has not yet received flu vaccine to get it as soon as possible. This week is National Influenza Vaccination Week, a national observance to highlight the importance of continuing influenza vaccination. While many people typically get the flu vaccine in early fall, flu activity usually peaks between December and February, a time when many people are out and about.

“During the holidays, friends and families often come together to celebrate,” said IDPH Director Nirav D. Shah, M.D., J.D. “Although you may be in good health, people around you, like young children and grandparents, may be at higher risk of getting the flu and suffering serious complications from it. A flu vaccine is the best defense against getting the flu. If you don’t get the vaccine to protect yourself, do it to protect the loved ones around you.”

Every season, flu causes millions of illnesses, hundreds of thousands of hospitalizations and thousands and sometimes tens of thousands of deaths. Even healthy people can get sick from the flu.

Flu vaccination can reduce flu illnesses, doctors’ visits, and missed work and school due to flu, as well as prevent flu-related hospitalizations and deaths.

In addition to getting a flu shot, IDPH recommends following the 3 C’s: clean, cover, and contain.

 Clean – frequently wash your hands with soap and warm water.

 Cover – cover your cough and sneeze.

 Contain – contain your germs by staying home if you are sick.

Influenza antiviral drugs can be a second line of defense for treatment of some who get sick with flu and can lessen the duration and severity of symptoms.

To find a location to get a flu shot in your community, check with your local health department or log onto the IDPH website to use the Flu Vaccine Finder.

Unclaimed Property Auction Results: Bidders Paid $73,000 for 8,000 Items in the State’s Unclaimed Property Auction

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Search Your Name at IllinoisTreasurer.gov

 

SPRINGFIELD, IL – Bidders paid $73,000 for 8,000 pieces of commemorative coins, jewelry and baseball cards in the state’s unclaimed property auction, Illinois Treasurer Michael Frerichs’ office said today. The week-long online sale closed Friday.

                                                                                                   

Among the winning bids were $12,052 for an Engelhard 10oz gold bar and $1,391 for a 1923D Saint Gaudens Double Eagle gold piece. A lot that included a 1967 Mickey Mantle Topps baseball card, a 1966 Sandy Koufax Tops baseball card and a 1982 Baltimore Orioles Future Stars Topps baseball card that included Cal Ripken Jr. went for $467. All items exceeded appraised estimates by an outside vendor.

Illinois has held such auctions for more than 15 years. Total auction proceeds for calendar year 2015: $392,000.

 

“We always prefer to find the owner of an item and we search for years in an effort to do so,” Frerichs said. “For those items that are auctioned, we will hold the cash value for the owner or the owner’s family no matter how long it takes.”

 

State law charges the Treasurer’s Office with securing unclaimed property, such as forgotten bank accounts, insurance proceeds, consumer refunds and unclaimed safe-deposit box contents. Items are considered for auction after at least 10 years of unsuccessful attempts to contact the owner. If an item is auctioned, the value received will be held until claimed by the owner or heir.

 

The Treasurer’s Office holds more than $2 billion in unclaimed cash and property. Last year, one-in-four people who searched the unclaimed property database, often called I-Cash, found money or an item. The average discovery was valued at $1,000. Individuals can search the database by name at www.illinoistreasurer.gov Click on the I-Cash button. Residents should check the website every six months because thousands of items are surrendered each year.

Treasurer Frerichs’ office never charges money to search or return unclaimed property.

Historically, auction items that have received the highest bids include 383 Roosevelt dimes that went for $10,520 in September 2012, five 1947 $50 Mexican Pesos that went for $10,050 in March 2013, and a Platinum 2 Carat Diamond ring that went for $9,000 in November 2014.

The largest amount of unclaimed property recovered through I-Cash was in 2008 and valued at more than $1 million.

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