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Cook County Wins Legal Battles Over Gaming Taxes

Posted by Admin On December - 23 - 2015 ADD COMMENTS

A recent Illinois Supreme Court decision will allow Cook County to collect about $3 million in unpaid taxes, as well as generate another $1 million in tax revenue annually from Midwest Gaming, owner and operator of Rivers Casino in Des Plaines.

Separately, a state Appellate Court affirmed Cook County’s legal right to tax area gambling machines.

The Supreme Court’s decision effectively ends a three-year battle over the legality of a Cook County video gambling tax approved by the Cook County Board of Commissioners in November 2012.

“We are pleased with the Supreme Court’s decision confirming our long-held belief that the County’s tax on video gaming machines is legitimate and lawful,” said Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle. “The revenue generated from the gambling tax will help provide important funding for critical public safety services to County residents.”

Following the Supreme Court’s denial of Midwest Gaming’s petition to appeal, the Cook County Department of Revenue (DOR) expects a one-time payment for outstanding taxes from 2013 and 2014, as well as what is owed this year for an approximate total of $3 million.

When the tax was originally approved in 2013, DOR staff met with Midwest Gaming representatives to review operations and establish initial estimates of machines.  Soon after, Midwest Gaming filed suit in Circuit Court and through the hearing process, an agreement was reached that Cook County would not enforce the tax or issue citations for non-compliance while the case was in dispute.  In exchange, Midwest Gaming agreed to pay unsettled taxes following the court’s final determination.

The anticipated annual gambling tax revenue is expected to be approximately $1 million based on the estimated number of machines on the premises.  Under the County ordinance, the cost of decals for video gambling machines found in any casino based in Cook County is $1,000 while video poker machines that you would find in bars and restaurants is $200.

A separate recent Appellate Court decision affirmed a Circuit Court ruling granting summary judgment in a case brought by Illinois Coin Machine Operators against the County. Among the appeals court’s findings was that the County is not pre-empted by the Riverboat Gambling Act and the tax is within the County’s home rule powers.

Unlike Midwest Gaming, these terminal operators have been remitting the tax and purchasing decals all along. The tax decals for these machines are $200 per year, per machine and are expected to generate about $350,000 for 2015 and $400,000 for 2016.

“With legal proceedings concluded, the Department of Revenue has a clear mandate to enforce the Gambling Machine Tax,” said Cook County Department of Revenue Director Zahra Ali. “We remain committed to fairly administering the collection of all Cook County home rule taxes, fines and fees.”

In the case of Midwest Gaming v. the County of Cook, the Circuit Court found that the Gambling Machine Tax was pre-empted by the Riverboat Gambling Act and precluded by the Illinois Constitution.  Cook County then appealed to the Illinois Appellate Court which in August reversed the Circuit Court on every count.  Midwest Gaming filed its ultimately unsuccessful petition for leave to appeal that ruling with the Illinois Supreme Court. The Coin Machine Operators still have the right to appeal up to the Supreme Court.

President Obama to Honor Nation’s Leading Scientists and Innovators

Posted by Admin On December - 23 - 2015 ADD COMMENTS

The White House announced the latest recipients of the National Medal of Science and National Medal of Technology and Innovation—our Nation’s highest honors for achievement and leadership in advancing the fields of science and technology. The new awardees will receive their medals at a White House ceremony early next year.

“Science and technology are fundamental to solving some of our Nation’s biggest challenges,” President Barack Obama said. “The knowledge produced by these Americans today will carry our country’s legacy of innovation forward and continue to help countless others around the world. Their work is a testament to American ingenuity.”

The National Medal of Science was created by statute in 1959 and is administered for the White House by the National Science Foundation. Awarded annually, the Medal recognizes individuals who have made outstanding contributions to science and engineering. The President receives nominations from a committee of Presidential appointees based on their extraordinary knowledge in and contributions to chemistry, engineering, computing, mathematics, and the biological, behavioral/social, and physical sciences.

The National Medal of Technology and Innovation was created by statute in 1980 and is administered for the White House by the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Patent and Trademark Office. The award recognizes those who have made lasting contributions to America’s competitiveness and quality of life and helped strengthen the Nation’s technological workforce. A distinguished independent committee representing the private and public sectors submits recommendations to the President.

The new recipients are listed below.

National Medal of Science

  • Dr. Armand Paul Alivisatos, University of California and Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, CA
  • Dr. Michael Artin, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, MA
  • Dr. Albert Bandura, Stanford University, CA
  • Dr. Stanley Falkow, Stanford University School of Medicine, CA
  • Dr. Shirley Ann Jackson, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, NY
  • Dr. Rakesh K. Jain, Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital, MA
  • Dr. Mary-Claire King, University of Washington, WA
  • Dr. Simon Levin, Princeton University, NJ
  • Dr. Geraldine Richmond, University of Oregon, OR

National Medal of Technology and Innovation

  • Dr. Joseph DeSimone, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, North Carolina State University, and Carbon3D, CA
  • Dr. Robert Fischell, University of Maryland at College Park, MD
  • Dr. Arthur Gossard, University of California, Santa Barbara, CA
  • Dr. Nancy Ho, Green Tech America, Inc. and Purdue University, IN
  • Dr. Chenming Hu, University of California, Berkeley, CA
  • Dr. Mark Humayun, University of Southern California, CA
  • Dr. Cato T. Laurencin, University of Connecticut, CT
  • Dr. Jonathan Rothberg, 4catalyzer Corporation and Yale School of Medicine, CT

Illinois Department of Labor Reminds of New Changes in Laws, Effective January 2016

Posted by Admin On December - 23 - 2015 ADD COMMENTS

CHICAGO, IL — There are new changes in laws, effective January 2016.

The Illinois Department of Labor is responsible for the administration and enforcement of more than 20 labor and safety laws. Below are new changes in laws and new laws administered by the Department that are effective January 1, 2016.

Additional questions can be addressed by calling the following number, 312-793-2800. Please click the following link for details regarding the news changes in laws/news laws: http://www.illinois.gov/idol/about/Pages/New-2016-Laws.aspx

Public Act 99-0099 (HB2556) – Human Trafficking-Notices

 

Public Act 99-0116 (HB3359) – Amusement Ride Safety

 

Public Act 99-0418 (HB3619) – Equal Pay Cover All Employers

 

Public Act 99-0017 (SB38) – Min Wage – Alternate Shift

 

Public Act 99-0303 (SB993) – Employee Classification Deadline

 

Public Act 99-0336 (SB1683) – OSHA-Employment-Federal Change


Public Act 99-0422 (SB1859) – Employment Act-Violations-PEO

 

E.W. Priestap Named Assistant Director of the Counterintelligence Division

Posted by Admin On December - 23 - 2015 ADD COMMENTS

FBI Director James B. Comey has named E.W. “Bill” Priestap as the assistant director of the Counterintelligence Division at FBI Headquarters (FBIHQ) in Washington, D.C. Mr. Priestap most recently served as the deputy assistant director of the Intelligence Operations Branch in the Directorate of Intelligence at FBIHQ.

Mr. Priestap entered on duty with the FBI in 1998, working organized crime and drug matters in the Chicago Division. Following the September 11, 2001 terror attacks, Mr. Priestap focused on counterterrorism investigations in Chicago.

In 2003, Mr. Priestap was promoted to supervisory special agent in the Office of Congressional Affairs (OCA) at FBIHQ. While in OCA, he was detailed to the U.S. Senate’s Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, where he assisted with the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004.

In 2005, Mr. Priestap was appointed the special assistant to the assistant director of the Directorate of Intelligence at FBIHQ.

In 2006, Mr. Priestap was assigned to the New York Field Office, where he held counterterrorism and intelligence supervisory positions. He was then promoted to assistant special agent in charge, and he served in the Intelligence and the Counterintelligence Divisions of the New York Field Office.

In 2012, Mr. Priestap was promoted to section chief in the Counterintelligence Division at FBIHQ, and, in 2013, Mr. Priestap was named special agent in charge of the Counterintelligence Division in the New York Field Office.

Mr. Priestap is an attorney, and he holds master’s degrees in business administration and education administration.

Mr. Priestap reports to the Counterintelligence Division in early January.

Washington, D.C. December 21, 2015
  • FBI National Press Office (202) 324-3691

Impact of Hunger & Poverty on the Health of Communities

Posted by Admin On December - 23 - 2015 ADD COMMENTS

According to recently released data from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), approximately 49 million people in the United States live in food-insecure households, with nearly 16 million of them being children. In other words, 14 percent American households faced difficulty in providing food for their members at some point during the year. There is evidence that as the economic recession and job losses of 2007-2008 hit American families, the problem of household food insecurity dramatically increased by over 33 percent and has remained intractably high ever since. In fact, USDA data indicates that between 2003 and 2007, there were 35.1 million to 38.2 million people living in food insecure households every year. Sadly, the same data shows that from 2008 to 2013, following the worst of the economic recession, the range has been 48.8 million to 50.2 million people.

The National Urban League and Tyson Foods, Inc., selected Nashville as a case study site for research into food insecurity in urban America. The most recent data on food insecurity in Davidson County, TN (which includes the City of Nashville), indicates an overall food insecurity rate of 17.5%, with 110,140 people facing difficulties with obtaining enough food. The County’s child food insecurity rate is 22.4% with over 30,000 children affected. An astonishing 70% of households are income-eligible for federal nutrition programs (incomes at or less than 185% of poverty).

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) defines food security as the access by all people at all times to enough food for an active, healthy life. The USDA defines low food security (previously classified as food insecurity without hunger) as reports of reduced quality, variety, or desirability of diet, with little or no indication of reduced food intake. The agency also classifies very low food security (previously classified as food insecurity with hunger) as reports of multiple indications of disrupted eating patterns and reduced food intake.

While the technical classification no longer includes the word “hunger,” both the aforementioned categories most probably include some degree of hunger. It might take the form of one parent participating in our program who has been skipping 2-3 meals per week just to ensure that her children have enough to eat. Moreover, there are other negative consequences of food insecurity, including the consumption of high-calorie, nutrient-poor, energy-dense foods often found in corner stores and fast food restaurants in order to stave off hunger – but which can also lead to overweight or obesity. Obesity and overweight are the most rampant forms of malnutrition in the United States and are closely associated with many forms of chronic disease, including heart disease, diabetes, kidney disease, stroke as well as a poorer quality of life.

We know from the data that hunger is a significant problem affecting Americans of all backgrounds, but the disproportionate impact that hunger and poverty have on African American households and those of other minorities, as well as rural households, is indisputable. According to data from Feeding America’s Map the Meal Gap 2014 report, of all the counties where a majority of residents are African American, 93.1 percent belong to the highly insecure category. In counties that are majority white, just 6.2 percent belong to that highly insecure group. The most recent data from USDA shows that one in four (26.1 percent) African American households experienced food insecurity in 2013, a significantly higher rate than the national average (14.3 percent) and that among Black households, 15.9 percent faced low food security and 10.1 percent faced very low food security in 2013, the most severe incidence of food insecurity. Sadly, one in three (32.6 percent) of Black households with children faced food insecurity.

Applications Open for Axelson Center Non-Profit Management’s Excellent Emerging Organization Award

Posted by Admin On December - 23 - 2015 ADD COMMENTS

The Axelson Center’s Excellent Emerging Organization Award application is now open. The deadline to apply is January 11, 2016 at 11:59 p.m. The winning organization will be recognized and honored at the Axelson Center’s Annual Symposium for Nonprofit Professionals and Volunteers, and receives a capacity-building package valued at over $25,000 and a $2,500 cash award.

In order to be considered for the award, an applicant organization:

  • Must be a 501(c)3 organization
  • Must have a primary mission focus that benefits Chicago and/or its surrounding communities (includes Cook, DuPage, Kane, Lake, McHenry and Will County)
  • Must be in existence for 10 years or less
  • Must have an annual budget that does not exceed $750,000
  • Must have 10 or fewer full-time staff members

You’ll benefit from a review of your application by a committee of nonprofit and civic leaders. At a subsequent time, organizations can seek feedback to learn about the review committee’s comments. That information can prove invaluable for an organization in learning more about its strengths and weaknesses in order to enhance its pursuit of a strong mission.

Please click here to complete the application by the application deadline, Monday, January 11, 2016.

Jarvis Red Line Attacker Turns Himself in to Alderman Moore; Charged with Robbery, Sexual Assault

Posted by Admin On December - 23 - 2015 ADD COMMENTS

Letters to Editors

A man accused of the robbery and sexual assault of a woman near the Jarvis Red Line station turned himself in to me Monday morning after Chicago police and the CTA distributed his picture to various media outlets. Milton Anderson, 26, appeared at my office at the urging of a community activist who recognized him in the photographs released earlier that day.

I accompanied Anderson to the Area 1 police station at Belmont and Western, where I turned him over to Chicago police detectives. He was subsequently charged with one felony count of robbery with a firearm and one felony count of aggravated criminal assault with a firearm.

As I indicated in my community alert on Monday, a 25-year-old woman was robbed and sexually assaulted on the 1400 block of West Jarvis early Saturday morning by a man who followed her from the Jarvis Red Line station.

According to police, the man grabbed the woman from behind, displayed a handgun and forced her to a secluded area where he robbed and sexually assaulted her. The attack occurred at approximately 4:40 a.m.

After Anderson turned himself in, the victim positively identified him as her attacker.

He is due in bond court later today.

I am relieved that he is no longer on the streets and I’m extremely grateful for the work of the community activist who encouraged Anderson to turn himself in.

I will keep you posted as the case progresses.

Sincerely,

Alderman Joe Moore

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Temple of Judah Ministries Hosts Christmas at the Richmond City Jail for the 40th Year

Posted by Admin On December - 23 - 2015 ADD COMMENTS

Bishop Melvin Williams, Jr. will take a portion of his congregation to the Richmond City Jail to hold Christmas Day services

 
RICHMOND, Va. – Bishop Melvin Williams Jr. and Temple of Judah Ministries have been blessing men and women in institutions of confinement for the last 40 years. This year is no different. The Pastor and a number of his ministerial staff and congregation will hold holiday services on Christmas Day to a host of incarcerated men and women at the Richmond City Jail.

 

The ministry has also delivered about 1200 care packages to be distributed to those inmates on Christmas Eve, so that they can know that during the holiday season, they are not forgotten. At 9 am on December 25th, the church members will pray, sing songs and deliver a message of hope which is often so necessary during this season.

Bishop Williams is a 2011 Cum Laude graduate of the Samuel DeWitt Proctor School of Theology at Richmond’s Virginia Union University, and has served as Pastor to the Temple of Judah for the last 40 years. He is renowned as a man of the people and is adamant that the preached word of God must be applied outside of the church walls to our immediate community and beyond. A firm believer that we must do more than just go to church…we must become the church.

Temple of Judah Ministries is located in the heart of the city in historic Churchill at 2120 Venable Street. The mission of the Temple of Judah Ministries is to be Ambassadors; God’s assigned agents to bring healing, hope, help, and justice. With Evangelism, Christian Education, Discipleship, Worship, Stewardship, Fellowship, and Community Leadership as our primary aim, through ministries outreaching into the city of Richmond and surrounding community.

For more information go to www.templeofjudah.org or call 804-780-0841

Photo: Bishop Melvin Williams Jr.

Hyde Park School of Dance Presents “Wild Creature Double Feature” March 12–13 at Logan Center

Posted by Admin On December - 23 - 2015 ADD COMMENTS

Two One-Act Ballets in Concert March 12–13 at Logan Center
Hyde Park School of Dance (HPSD) is gearing up for spring with a “Wild Creature Double Feature,” two one-act story ballets featuring 50 to 75 HPSD students ages seven to 18. Performances are March 12 and 13 at Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts on the University of Chicago campus, 915 E. 60th Street, Chicago.

Staged by HPSD Founding Artistic Director August Tye, ballet mistress and choreographer at the Lyric Opera of Chicago, and her artistic team, the two ballets include Carnival of the Animals, accompanied by Camille Saint-Saëns’ work of the same name, and Wild Things, with music by Bartok and Smetana.

“One of the hallmarks of Hyde Park School of Dance is choreography created for and by its students and expertly staged for a wide variety of audiences,” Tye explained. “Performances allow students to build confidence and stage presence, work as part of a disciplined dance corps, learn the challenges choreographers face and understand the basic elements of producing a show.” Integral to the production process are HPSD’s volunteers, who design and construct scenery and costumes, sell tickets and ensure the production’s success.

Hyde Park School of Dance
Founded in 1993 as The Hyde Park School of Ballet, Hyde Park School of Dance provides opportunities for students of all ages and abilities to study, perform and create classical and contemporary dance at the highest levels of discipline and artistry. Through high quality training and performance, HPSD’s goal is to cultivate a love of dance and strength of body, mind and character that will benefit students throughout their lives. Led by Founding Artistic Director August Tye, the faculty is committed to helping children experience the empowering rewards of self-discipline, hard work and collaboration in a supportive and nurturing environment that values healthy bodies.

“Wild Creature Double Feature” takes place Saturday, March 12 at 1 and 6 p.m. and Sunday, March 13 at 2 p.m. at Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts, 915 E. 60th Street in Chicago. Tickets, which go on sale Tuesday, February 2, are $20 general admission for adults; $10 for seniors, children ages five to 18 and students with ID; and free for children younger than five. Tickets and information are available at 773-493-8498 or hydeparkdance.org

Photos by August Tye.

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