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Archive for January 27th, 2016

Community Leaders Speak Out Against Gov. Rauner’s Destructive First Year

Posted by Admin On January - 27 - 2016 Comments Off on Community Leaders Speak Out Against Gov. Rauner’s Destructive First Year

Residents across Chicago will react to Rauner’s State of the State Address, and then March on Corporate Beneficiaries of Governor’s Failed Agenda

On Wednesday, community leaders from organizations across the city will gather to share personal testimonies on the devastating impact of Governor Bruce Rauner’s first year in office.  They will assess Rauner’s key statements from his State of the State address earlier that day, and outline demands for progressive revenue solutions.

An indoor rally, followed by two marches to corporations profiting from Illinois budget crisis will be held Wednesday, January 27th, 2016:

3:30pm – participants gather at Grace Place

4:00pm – program begins (testimonials and solutions)

4:30pm – marchers will head toward Rauner’s corporate beneficiaries at Grace Place, 1st Floor, 637 S Dearborn St, Chicago IL 60605

VISUALS: Large oversized income tax refund check to Rauner’s wealthy campaign contributor, Giant Monopoly cards, Visuals of the key resources Illinois residents have lost, banners and signs

Participants are Community leaders from Action Now, Brighton Park Neighborhood Council, Chicago Teachers Union, Enlace Chicago, Jane Addams Senior Caucus, Kenwood Oakland Community Organization, Logan Square Neighborhood Association, ONE Northside, SEIU Healthcare IL IN, and more.

Currently, Illinois is more than halfway through the fiscal year and Springfield has yet to pass a budget. In the absence of a budget, state payments for many essential services have been halted, significantly delayed, or faced dramatic cuts. This has had disastrous impact for the state’s social service infrastructure and working families across the state.

Grassroots Collaborative is Action Now, American Friends Service Committee – Great Lakes Region, Brighton Park Neighborhood Council, Chicago Coalition for the Homeless, Chicago Teachers Union, Enlace Chicago, Illinois Hunger Coalition, Jane Addams Senior Caucus, ONE Northside, Service Employees International Union Healthcare Illinois Indiana

Illinois Legislative Black Caucus Hopes Gov. Rauner’s State of the State Addresses Ending the Budget Impasse

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Illinois Legislative Black Caucus to host press conference following the State of the State address

SPRINGFIELD, IL – The State of the State address is an opportunity for the governor to tout his record of accomplishments, but this year will be far from usual as the state enters its unprecedented eighth month without a budget.

Members of the Illinois Legislative Black Caucus are eager to hear how the governor intends to end this budget stalemate as thousands of seniors, college students and the most vulnerable in our state have gone underserved. Additionally, the state is months behind on unpaid bills, which has forced numerous businesses to close their doors, reduce services and lay off workers.

Following Governor Rauner’s State of the State address, members of the Illinois Legislative Black Caucus will hold a press conference to give their reaction to the governor’s State of the State address.

The press conference will be held in the Capital, 3rd floor – in front of the Senate Chamber following the State of the State address (Gov’s SOS address begins at 12 and should last about 30 or 45 mins).

Below is a list of statements from ILBC members on what they expect to see in the upcoming State of the State address:

Senator Toi Hutchinson (D-Olympia Fields) comments:

Senator Jacqueline Y. Collins (D-Chicago)

Representative Carol Ammons (D-Urbana)

Representative Andre Thapedi (D-Chicago)

Illinois has gone without a budget for an unprecedented seven months. Black communities around Illinois have witnessed the devastating effects of not having a budget. The Black Caucus believes that the governor’s inability to scale back his anti-worker agenda has led to our current fiscal impasse.

The Legislative Black Caucus is chaired by Assistant Majority Leader Kimberly A. Lightford, (D- Maywood), and consists of 31 black legislators – 10 senators and 21 representatives.

Affordable Care Act is Making a Difference for Millions of Americans

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Remarks of President Barack Obama
Weekly Address
The White House
January 23, 2016


WASHINGTON, DC — In this week’s address, the President discussed the progress we’ve made because of the Affordable Care Act. As the law’s coverage provisions have taken effect, 17.6 million Americans have gained coverage, and the nation’s uninsured rate now stands at its lowest level ever. The deadline to sign up for 2016 health coverage on the Marketplace is quickly approaching on January 31, and the President encouraged even more Americans to join the more than 11 million people who have already signed up so far this year – and who are enjoying the financial security and peace of mind that comes with knowing you have affordable, portable health coverage.

The audio of the address and video of the address will be available online at www.whitehouse.gov at 6:00 a.m. ET, January 23, 2016.


Hi, everybody.  When I took office seven years ago this week, more than 15% of Americans went without health insurance.  For folks who did have coverage, insurance companies could deny you coverage or charge you more just because you’d been sick.  And too many Americans gave up their dreams of changing jobs or going back to school because they couldn’t risk giving up their employer-based insurance plan.

We’ve changed that.  As the Affordable Care Act has taken effect, nearly 18 million Americans have gained coverage.  In fact, for the first time ever, more than 90 percent of Americans are covered.  Up to 129 million Americans with pre-existing conditions can no longer be denied coverage or be charged more just because they’ve been sick.  137 million Americans with private insurance are now guaranteed preventive care coverage.  We’ve done all this while cutting our deficits and keeping health care inflation to its lowest levels in fifty years.  And we’ve begun filling the gaps in employer-based care so that when we change jobs, lose a job, go back to school, or start that new business, we can still get coverage.

If you want to know how important that is, just ask an American like Heather Bragg.

Heather’s a small business owner in Bluffton, South Carolina.  Last year, she wrote me a letter and told me how, for years, her family had depended on her husband’s job for their insurance.  But thanks to the Affordable Care Act, her husband Mike had the freedom to switch jobs and join Heather at the small business she’d launched a few years ago.

Through the Health Insurance Marketplace, they found better coverage that actually saved them hundreds of dollars a month.  Today, Heather only pays about ten dollars for the asthma inhaler she needs.   “For the first time,” Heather wrote, “we’re not living paycheck to paycheck; we’re able to pay our bills and put some money back into savings.”  And because Mike doesn’t have to work nights or weekends anymore, he can coach their son’s soccer team and tuck the kids in at night.  And you can’t put a price on something like that.

If you haven’t looked at your new coverage options, you’ve still got time to get covered on the Health Insurance Marketplace for 2016.  You have until January 31 – next Sunday – to enroll.  Just go to HealthCare.gov, CuidadoDeSalud.gov, or call 1-800-318-2596.  Most folks buying a plan on the Marketplace can find an option that costs less than $75 a month.  Even if you already have insurance, take a few minutes to shop around.  In fact, consumers who switched to a new plan for 2016 ended up saving an average of more than $500.

That’s what the Affordable Care Act did.  This is health care in America today.  Affordable, portable security for you and your loved ones.  It’s making a difference for millions of Americans every day.  And it’s only going to get better.  Thanks, and have a great weekend.

Source: whitehouse.gov.

Warning that the Academy Awards “Risk Irrelevancy”, Civil Rights Groups Seek Meeting with Film Industry Leaders

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NEW YORK – The leaders of three leading national civil rights organizations announced they will request a meeting with the trustees of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and other film industry leaders. The National Urban League, the National Action Network and the National Coalition on Black Civic Participation released the following statement in response to the ongoing struggle for diversity in the Academy’s awards nominations:

Following an awards nomination process that saw the nomination of no actors of color and no women writers, the Academy of Motion Picture Sciences promised a greater push for diversity.

That was a year ago.

Therefore, it rings hollow when the Academy – for the second year in a row – promises a greater push for diversity in response to another all-white acting nomination slate.

A lack of diversity in the entertainment industry is a complex issue without a simple solution. We are well-aware the problem neither begins nor ends with awards nominations.  But the overwhelmingly white, male, and older membership of the Academy dismally fails to reflect the vibrant creative filmmaking community.   Award nominations translate into box-office success, and the potential for box-office success determines which projects are greenlighted.

If the Academy cannot break this vicious circle, it risks its own irrelevancy.  According to the L.A. Times, the domestic and international television rights provide the academy with approximately $70 million annually.  ABC, which holds the domestic rights, is expected to garner at least $80 million in advertising revenue this year.  Furthermore, African-Americans attend the movies on average more often than whites, spending more than $1.1 billion annually on movie tickets.

It seems that the Academy’s board of trustees believes diversity is a problem that will resolve itself.  The nominations show otherwise.  We will be requesting a meeting with the Academy’s board members and other industry leaders where we will present a clear and specific blueprint for moving forward, and outline our plan to hold the Academy accountable.


Justice Department Announces New Chief Executive Officer of Federal Prison Industries

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Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch announced the hiring of Gary Simpson to serve as the new CEO of Federal Prison Industries (FPI).

“Today, Federal Prison Industries remains the Bureau of Prisons’ largest and most successful reentry program, helping men and women find a new sense of purpose and develop concrete skills that they can bring back to their communities,” said Attorney General Loretta Lynch. “I am pleased to welcome its new CEO, Gary Simpson – an expert in manufacturing operations with 28 years of experience.  Over the next few years, Gary will spearhead a business transformation plan to expand FPI’s activities – using a business model that results in no costs to the taxpayers – to ensure that more incarcerated individuals can take advantage of this vital program.”

Gary Simpson comes to FPI with over 28 years of experience in manufacturing operations at Procter and Gamble.  Simpson is an expert in the areas of cost effective product launches, operational turnarounds and sourcing optimization. He will use these skills to lead FPI’s business transformation plan.

“I’m honored for the opportunity to lead Federal Prisons Industries through this transformative period,” Simpson said. “For more than 80 years, FPI has provided job skills training to federal inmates and helped prepare them to return to their respective communities. This program has been and will continue to be, a vital part of the Department of Justice’s reentry initiatives.”

FPI is a voluntary industrial work program that operates as a wholly owned government corporation.  It is the largest reentry program within the Bureau of Prisons (BOP), providing job skills training to almost 12,000 federal inmates.  FPI operates without any appropriations from Congress and instead primarily relies on proceeds generated from the sale of inmate-produced goods to federal agencies, with the Department of Defense being the chief source of business.

FPI benefits not only those within the federal prison system, but society as a whole.  Research has shown that participants in the program are 24 percent less likely to reoffend and are 14 percent more likely to obtain employment upon release from custody.  In Fiscal Year 2014, $1 million of earnings from FPI helped inmates contribute to financial obligations including court-ordered fines, restitution and familial support.

The hiring of Simpson is one of the steps the department is taking to ensure that FPI remains a viable program in which federal offenders become productive, law-abiding citizens.

Joint Statement by the FBI and Oregon State Police on Law Enforcement Activity Near Burns, Oregon

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At approximately 6:30 p.m. (PST), the FBI arrested Peter Santilli, age 50, of Cincinnati, Ohio, in Burns, Oregon. He faces the same federal felony charge as the individuals listed below. The arrest was without incident.

At approximately 4:25 p.m. (PST) on Tuesday, January 26, 2016, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and Oregon State Police (OSP) began an enforcement action to bring into custody a number of individuals associated with the armed occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge. During that arrest, there were shots fired.

One individual who was a subject of a federal probable cause arrest is deceased. We will not be releasing any information about that person pending identification by the medical examiner’s office.

One individual suffered non-life threatening injuries and was transported to a local hospital for treatment. He was arrested and is currently in custody.

The arrested individuals include:

  • Ammon Edward Bundy, age 40, of Emmett, Idaho
  • Ryan C. Bundy, age 43, of Bunkerville, Nevada
  • Brian Cavalier, age 44, of Bunkerville, Nevada
  • Shawna Cox, age 59, Kanab, Utah
  • Ryan Waylen Payne, age 32, of Anaconda, Montana

These probable cause arrests occurred along Highway 395.

In a separate event in Burns, Oregon, at approximately 5:50 p.m., Oregon State Police arrested the following individual:

  • Joseph Donald O’Shaughnessy, age 45, Cottonwood, Arizona

All of the named defendants face a federal felony charge of conspiracy to impede officers of the United States from discharging their official duties through the use of force, intimidation, or threats, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 372.

We continue to work with Harney County Sheriff Dave Ward and his deputies; Oregon State Police; and the United States Attorney’s Office to address any further outstanding issues. As the investigation is ongoing, we cannot comment further at this time.

All defendants should be presumed innocent until proven guilty.

FBI Portland January 26, 2016
  • Beth Anne Steele (503) 460-8099

Former City of Chicago Transportation Official Convicted of Corruption in Awarding of Red-Light Camera Contracts

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CHICAGO, IL — The former assistant transportation commissioner for the city of Chicago was convicted today on federal corruption charges in connection with the awarding of lucrative red-light camera contracts.

After a two-week trial in federal court in Chicago, the jury convicted JOHN BILLS on all counts against him.  The counts include nine counts of mail fraud; three counts of wire fraud; one count of extortion under color of official right; one count of conspiracy to commit bribery; three counts of bribery; and three counts of filing false tax returns.  Bills, 54, of Chicago, faces a maximum combined sentence of 304 years in prison.

U.S. District Judge Virginia M. Kendall scheduled a sentencing hearing for May 5, 2016, at 10:00 a.m.

The conviction was announced by Zachary T. Fardon, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois; Michael J. Anderson, Special Agent-in-Charge of the Chicago Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation; Joseph M. Ferguson, Inspector General for the City of Chicago; and James D. Robnett, Special Agent-in-Charge of the Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation Division in Chicago.

“By accepting bribes in exchange for influencing city contracts, John Bills deprived the city of Chicago of money and honest services,” said Mr. Fardon.  “When public officials abuse their power and violate the public trust for personal gain, we will be there to hold them accountable.”

As an assistant transportation commissioner, Bills was a voting member of the city’s Request for Proposal evaluation committee, which sought vendors under the city’s Digital Automated Red Light Enforcement Program.  In 2003, the committee recommended awarding contracts to Phoenix-based Redflex Traffic Systems Inc., to install cameras that automatically record and ticket drivers who run red lights.  Evidence at trial revealed that from approximately 2003 to 2011, Bills used his influence to expand Redflex’s business with the city, resulting in millions of dollars in contracts for the installation of hundreds of red-light cameras.  In exchange for his efforts, Redflex provided Bills with cash and personal benefits, including meals, golf outings, rental cars, airline tickets, hotel rooms and other entertainment.

Some of the benefits were given directly to Bills, while hundreds of thousands of dollars in cash was funneled to him through a friend, MARTIN O’MALLEY.  Redflex hired O’Malley as a contractor and paid him lavish bonuses as new cameras were added in Chicago.  O’Malley testified at trial that he often stuffed the bonus money into envelopes and gave it to Bills during meals in Chicago restaurants.

Between 2004 and 2008, Chicago paid Redflex approximately $25 million.  After KAREN FINLEY became CEO of Redflex in 2007, O’Malley’s commissions escalated and Redflex was awarded a “sole-sourced” contract for another $33 million.  The city then followed up that contract with another deal worth $66 million – for the installation of nearly 250 additional red-light cameras.

Bills retired from the city in 2011.

Finley, of Cave Creek, Ariz., pleaded guilty last year to one count of conspiracy to commit bribery.  She is scheduled to be sentenced by Judge Kendall on Feb. 18, 2016.

O’Malley, of Worth, pleaded guilty in December 2014 to one count of conspiracy to commit bribery.  His sentencing date has not yet been set.

The government is represented by Mr. Fardon and Assistant U.S. Attorneys Laurie J. Barsella and Timothy Storino.

Clinton, Duckworth, Foxx Win Overwhelmingly at 49th Ward Endorsement Session

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From: 49th Ward Democratic Party

Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, U.S. Senate candidate Tammy Duckworth and State’s Attorney candidate Kimm Foxx emerged as the big winners at last night’s 49th Ward Democratic Party endorsement session. Each garnered more than two-thirds of the membership vote, which entitles them to an automatic endorsement.

Also winning the progressive organization’s nod, were 9th judicial candidate Jerry Esrig and Water Reclamation District Commissioner candidates Tom Greenhaw, Barbara McGowan, Josina Morita, and Mariyana Spyropoulos.

None of the candidates for Clerk of the Circuit court received the two-thirds vote required for an automatic endorsement and the race was referred to the party’s Board of Directors for further consideration.

Unlike the vast majority of Chicago ward organizations, the final endorsement decisions of the 49th Ward Democratic Party are made by the volunteer members of the organization, not the ward committeeman. The members gather in an open meeting, hear from the candidates and cast their vote by secret ballot. I agree to abide by the results.

I would like to thank all our members who attended last night’s meeting and the candidates who honored us with their presence.  I look forward to an exciting election season.

Below are the results of last night’s endorsement session:

Results of Endorsement Session

To win an automatic endorsement of the 49th Ward Democratic Party, a candidate must receive at least two-thirds of the vote of members voting in the race.  If no candidate receives at least a two-thirds vote, the members of the Board of the 49th Ward Democratic Party may, at their discretion, vote to endorse a candidate in that race.  Please note we endorsed only in contested Democratic Primary races.

Endorsed Candidates:

  • Hillary Clinton for President of the United States
  • Tammy Duckworth for United States Senator
  • Kim Foxx for Cook County State’s Attorney
  • Barbara McGowan for Water Reclamation District (6-year term)
  • Josina Morita for Water Reclamation District (6-year term)
  • Mariyana Spyropoulos for Water Reclamation District (6-year term)
  • Tom Greenhaw for Water Reclamation District (2-year term)
  • Jerry Esrig for 9th Subcircuit Judge

Referred to the Board of Directors for further consideration:

  • Clerk of the Circuit Court of Cook County

Voting Results

Endorsed candidate–Hillary Clinton

Clinton – 73.3%
Sanders – 26.6%
O’Malley – 0.0%

Endorsed candidate–Tammy Duckworth

Duckworth – 80.0%
Harris – 13.3%
Zopp – 6.6%

Endorsed candidate–Kim Foxx

Foxx – 87.7%
More – 10.5%
Alvarez – 1.8%

Clerk of the Circuit Court of Cook County
Referred to Board of Directors

Harris – 45.8%
Meister 40.7%
Brown – 13.5%

Metropolitan Water Reclamation District (6-year term)
Endorsed candidates–Josina Morita, Mariyana Spyropoulos, and Barbara McGowan

Note: Percentages equal over 100% because ballots could be cast for up to three candidates.

Morita – 93.9%
Spyropoulos – 89.1%
McGowan – 78.6%
Cook – 24.9%

McDevitt – 8.4%
Capparelli – 6.3%

Metropolitan Water Reclamation District (2-year term)
Endorsed candidate–Tom Greenhaw

Greenhaw – 91.2%
Durkan – 8.8%
Seo – 0.0%

Circuit Court Judge (9th judicial subcircuit)
Endorsed candidate–Jerry Esrig

Esrig – 89.1%
Kougins 10.9%

Congressional Black Caucus Commends Federal Actions to Better Protect Juvenile Offenders

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressional Black Caucus Chairman G. K. Butterfield (NC-01) released the following statement in response to President Obama’s decision to ban solitary confinement for juveniles in federal prisons and the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Montgomery v. Louisiana recognizing the requirement of sentencing courts to consider a child’s ‘diminished culpability and heightened capacity for change’ before condemning him or her to die in prison:

“Members of the Congressional Black Caucus applaud President Obama’s bold executive action to prohibit the use of solitary confinement for some of the country’s low-level offenders and to ban the practice as punishment for the youngest offenders and the mentally ill.  Solitary confinement has been used throughout American history, but the results have proven to be devastating and often unfitting of the crime.  The CBC has long held that such confinement is a human rights issue, and we commend President Obama for taking another strong and significant step to reform our criminal justice system.

“We also applaud the Supreme Court’s decision that now requires sentencing courts to consider the immaturity of youth and the possibility of change, diminishing the justifications for imposing harsh sentences on juvenile offenders.  We cannot simply lock up our young people and throw away the key.  While there must be an appropriate penalty for wrongdoing, not recognizing the immaturity of youth and the ability to change can do irreparable harm to individuals who, in later years, have the potential to be a productive member of our society.”

The City of Chicago Department of Business Affairs & Consumer Protection (BACP) Offers FREE Business Workshops

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The City of Chicago Department of Business Affairs & Consumer Protection (BACP) offers FREE business workshops every Wednesday and Friday at City Hall, 8th Floor. To register for a workshop call 312-744-2086. You also can register by emailing BACPoutreach@cityofchicago.org.

February 2016 Workshop Calendar
2/3     City Inspections – Ask Questions, Get Answers 
3:00 to 4:30 p.m.
Presented by the City of Chicago
To operate a successful business in Chicago you must know what it takes to maintain compliance. Officials from several City departments will provide insight to operate safely, stay compliant, help prepare for inspections and highlight the do’s and don’ts of operating a healthy business.
2/5     What’s New in 2016 for Tobacco Retailers
9:30 to 11:00 a.m.
Presented by Chicago Department of Business Affairs & Consumer Protection (BACP)
BACP will describe new regulations that effect Chicago Retail Tobacco License holders. This workshop is geared towards anyone interested in applying for a Retail Tobacco License or businesses that currently sell tobacco products in the City of Chicago.  The regulatory changes went into effect January 1, 2016.  The presentation will focus on licensing and regulation, and also highlight recent changes concerning the retail sale of e-cigarettes and flavored tobacco products.
2/10     How to Obtain a Sidewalk Cafe Permit
3:00 to 4:30 p.m.
Presented by BACP, Small Business Center (SBC) – Public Way Use (PWU) Unit, Anthony Bertuca
Attendees will learn the Sidewalk Cafe Permit Application process, and the requirements which will assist in preparation to submit an application. The entire application process may take 30 – 45 days, and the 2016 Sidewalk Cafe Season begins on March 1st.
2/12    No Workshop Due to Holiday
2/17     Understanding Employee Classification: Hourly vs. Salaried & Contractors vs. Employees
3:00 to 4:30 p.m.
Presented by Charles Krugel, a Management Side Labor, Employment & Human Resources Attorney
There are changes coming to the definitions of hourly & salaried employees (overtime eligible vs. not) & independent contractors vs. employees (W2 vs. 1099). Over the next few years, fewer businesses will be able to avoid overtime & classifying workers as W2 employees. Management side labor & employment attorney Charles Krugel will discuss these proposals, including enforcement, & answer any of your questions concerning these topics.
2/19     Setting the Groundwork
9:30 to 11:00 a.m.
Presented by Lema Khorshid, Fuksa Khorshid, LLC
There are many legal considerations to keep at the forefront of your mind before starting your new business. This presentation explores different sources to fund your business venture, basic principles of how to protect yourself in the claws of litigation, employment laws, lease agreements and how to implement a solid intellectual property plan.
2/24     C corp, S corp, LLC – Which is right for my business?
3:00 to 4:30 p.m.
Presented by The Law Project
The Law Project’s Small Business Program offers legal support to entrepreneurs who are starting or have their own small businesses as a strategy to create financial independence. Since most entrepreneurs operate on a shoestring budget, obtaining legal advice is often unaffordable. This workshop will provide entrepreneurs with information about choosing the correct corporate structure for their business.
2/26    Tax Issues for Self-Employed Individuals & Businesses
9:30 to 11:00 a.m.
Presented by Eric Sternberg of the Center for Economic Progress & Yolanda Ruiz of the Internal Revenue Service  
This workshop will give an introductory understanding of common tax issues that self-employed individuals often encounter. Participants will learn when they must file a tax return, how to identify worker classifications, how to prepare for an IRS audit, how to make quarterly estimated payments, and how to navigate the IRS website. Participants will benefit from the perspectives of both the individual taxpayer and the Internal Revenue Service.
Click here to view full monthly calendar. All workshops are free and are located at the City of Chicago Department of Business Affairs & Consumer Protection – City Hall, 121 N. LaSalle St., Chicago, Room 805.
2/27 Small Business Expo 

Join us for the ‘Small Business Center on the Road Small Business Expo’ on Saturday, February 27th at Kennedy King College from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Expo is free and open to the public.

For more information go to www.chismallbizexpo.com

Workshop – Opening Your Own Venue: How to Navigate City Licensing 

Dylan Rice, Director of Creative Industries-Music, Chicago Dept. of Cultural Affairs & Special Events (DCASE) gives a primer on what City licensing processes are required to open a venue and provides helpful resources and tips that will save you time and money along the way. Referencing the City’s new Venue Licensing Toolkit, this presentation walks you through the application processes for the City’s Public Place of Amusement (PPA) license and Performing Arts Venue (PAV) license. Scheduled workshops dates are:

  • Tuesday, Feb. 2nd, 5:30pm-6:30pm

    Chicago Cultural Center, 1st Floor Garland Room
    78 E. Washington St., Chicago

  • Wednesday, February 3rd, 12pm-1pm
    The Department of Business Affairs & Consumer Protection (BACP)
    121 N. LaSalle Street, 8th Floor, Room 805
No RSVP or reservation required. Seating is available on a first come, first serve basis.

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