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Archive for February 5th, 2016

Illinois Department of Human Rights Releases Interim Report on Statewide Discrimination Study

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CHICAGO, IL– The Illinois Department of Human Rights (IDHR) has publicly released its interim report to Governor Bruce Rauner on a wide-ranging study of statewide discrimination patterns and barriers to success. The study, Illinois Scorecard on Discrimination: Identifying Best Practices to Promote Diversity and Inclusion, will partner with over 125 statewide partners to develop recommendations on improving diversity, inclusion, and non-discrimination throughout Illinois.

“This is a promising time to be addressing the issue of inequity in Illinois and I am proud that Governor Rauner has entrusted us with this worthy directive,” said IDHR Director Rocco Claps. “We are especially grateful that such a diverse selection of partnering organizations has joined with the department on this historic endeavor.”

The interim report outlines the progress of the first phase of the study, consisting of the recruitment of subject-matter experts from private businesses, government entities, and non-profit organizations. Over the next several months, working groups will compile metrics of ongoing discrimination in identified issue areas, including employment, housing, public accommodations, financial credit, education, criminal justice, civic engagement and the provision of government services and benefits.

A copy of the interim report, and information on how to participate in the study, is available at IDHR’s website.

CBC Chairman Calls on Republican Senators to Support Emergency Relief for Flint, Michigan

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressional Black Caucus Chairman G. K. Butterfield sent a letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell urging him to prevent Senate Republicans from blocking emergency relief for the citizens of Flint, Michigan.

“The state of emergency in Flint, Michigan requires immediate action from the United States Senate,” Chairman Butterfield wrote.  “While there are no flooded streets or people stranded on the roof of their home, poisoned water still runs through the faucets in Flint.  There are children with visible scars, and those who will have mental health issues and learning disabilities that we cannot yet see.  Bottled water is not a solution.  It is a band-aid that will not heal this gaping wound.  The City of Flint is in crisis.”

Michigan Senators Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters offered amendments to the Energy Policy and Modernization Act under consideration by the Senate.  Senate Republicans and Democrats agreed to an emergency aid package for Flint, but Republicans later reversed course and decided to block the assistance.

“Republican senators have routinely requested this type of assistance when disasters occurred in their states.  The people of Flint deserve nothing less.  Republicans must join Democrats in meeting our moral obligation to protect the health of our children,” Chairman Butterfield wrote.

Kirk Leads Call for Syrian Refugee Program Pause Until Authorities Can Detect Fake ISIS Passports

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ABC News Reported ISIS Has “Fake Document Industry” with Passport Machines, Blank Documents

Senators Urge Secretaries Kerry, Johnson to Implement Measures to Detect Fake Docs

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Senator Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) and seven senators called for a pause in the Syrian and Iraqi refugee programs until authorities are able to detect the use of fake passports following reports ISIS has a “fake document industry” with passport machines and blank passports. In a letter to Secretary of State John Kerry and Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson, the senators called for new measures to ensure false documents can be detected during the screening process before any more Syrian or Iraqi refugees are admitted to the United States. The letter was also signed by Senators Thom Tillis (R-N.C.), Bill Cassidy (R-La.), John Barrasso (R-Wyo.), Roger Wicker (R-Miss.), James Inhofe (R-Okla.), Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.) and Steve Daines (R-Mont.).

“The threat to the United States posed by ISIS-created Syrian passports is now imminent,” the senators wrote. “That danger will continue to grow so long as our enemies are able to perfect these passports and exploit loopholes in refugee programs. ISIS is an enemy that constantly adapts around our security posture, and there is no room for error when it comes to protecting our citizens from their brutal terror campaign.”

Homeland Security Investigations Intelligence Reports indicate that ISIS has access to “boxes of blank passports,” and just last week ABC News reported that the terrorist group has created an entire “industry” producing fake passports. Senator Kirk has repeatedly called for a pause in the Syrian and Iraqi refugee programs until the Administration can be certain terrorists are abusing the program and sneaking into the United States with fake documentation.

The text of the letter can be seen here and is below.

BACKGROUND:

  • Senator Kirk, with Senators Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.V.), Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.), Thom Tillis (R-N.C.), Roger Wicker (R-Miss.), and James M. Inhofe (R-Okla.), introduced the Defend America Act (S. 2435) to prevent terrorist infiltration of the Syrian and Iraqi refugee programs by thoroughly screening all refugee and immigrant visa applicants for any pro-terrorist social media or other support to terrorist groups like ISIS.
  • On January 20, Senator Kirk proposed three amendments to the American SAFE Act. Similar to the policies included in S. 2435, the amendments would prevent terrorist infiltration of the Syrian and Iraqi refugee program and strengthen the vetting process for refugees by requiring the screening of applicants for pro-terrorism social media. The Administration currently does not comprehensively screen social media posts of those applying for immigrant visas or for entry into the United States through refugee programs. 
  • ISIS has created a whole “industry” producing fake passports according to a recent ABC News report.
  • Homeland Security Investigations Intelligence Report said that ISIS has access to a passport printing machine and blank passports.
  • Two Iraqi refugees arrested in ongoing terrorism investigation, one of whom pledged allegiance on social media to various terrorist organizations
  • At least two of the ISIS terrorists involved in the November 13th attacks in Paris, France, entered Europe by infiltrating refugee flows.

February 3, 2016

Dear Secretaries Kerry and Johnson:

On January 25, 2016, French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve publicly warned of the growing terrorism threat posed by ISIS’s “fake document industry.”  As ABC News revealed in December 2015, the Department of Homeland Security’s investigative arm, known as Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), concluded that ISIS terrorists acquired passport-printing capabilities and “boxes of blank passports,” and also warned:  “Since more than 17 months [have] passed since Raqqa and Deir ez-Zour fell to ISIS, it is possible that individuals from Syria with passports ‘issued’ in these ISIS controlled cities or who had passport blanks, may have traveled to the U.S.”

The danger of ISIS terrorists using fake or stolen passports to infiltrate Syrian refugee flows and attack the United States became very real amid revelations that two of the nine ISIS terrorists involved in the November 13th attacks in Paris used fraudulent passports to pose as refugees entering the European Union.  The threat to the United States posed by ISIS-created Syrian passports is now imminent.  That danger will continue to grow so long as our enemies are able to perfect these passports and exploit loopholes in refugee programs.  ISIS is an enemy that constantly adapts around our security posture, and there is no room for error when it comes to protecting our citizens from their brutal terror campaign.

I therefore urge you to suspend the Syrian refugee program until America’s intelligence and law enforcement agencies acquire the capabilities to identify all fake Syrian passports and certify that any potential refugee with a Syrian passport poses no threat to national security.  The security and integrity of America’s refugee program is critical to maintaining the safety of our citizens here at home.  The United States should pause plans to accept tens-to-hundreds of thousands of Syrian refugees until the Administration implements a credible plan to detect and identify all fake Syrian passports and to prevent ISIS terrorist infiltration.  Anything less represents an unacceptable risk to the safety of our country. 

Sincerely, 

U.S. Senator Mark Kirk
U.S. Senator Thom Tillis
U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy
U.S. Senator John Barrasso
U.S. Senator Roger Wicker
U.S. Senator James Inhofe
U.S. Senator Mike Enzi
U.S. Senator Steve Daines

Treasurer Frerichs Presents Awards to Chicago Leaders in Honor of Black History Month

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Celebration to Recognize Great Achievements of African Americans

 

CHICAGO, IL – Illinois State Treasurer Michael Frerichs hosted a celebration at the James R. Thompson Center in Chicago to commemorate Black History Month. The event was an opportunity to reflect on the great achievements of African Americans and present awards to active leaders in the community.

“It is important that we acknowledge the great achievements and contributions of African Americans every day, not only during the month of February,” Treasurer Frerichs said. “Today, we all stood united to recognize past and current leaders for their dedication to making our communities a better place to live, work and raise a family.”

Illinois State Senator Toi Hutchinson served as the celebration’s Keynote Speaker. Treasurer Frerichs and ABC 7’s Jim Rose presented awards to the following recipients for their outstanding commitment to the community:

Outstanding Service in Business

John Clark, Founder of Reggio’s Pizza

Outstanding Commitment in Community Service

Andrew Holmes, Community Activist

Outstanding Commitment in Education

Karen Calloway, Assistant Principal, Kenwood Academy High School

Outstanding Commitment as an Elected Official

Carrie Austin, Alderman, 34th Ward

Outstanding Service in Leadership

Bishop Claude Porter, Pastor of Proviso Baptist Church

Black History Month is a national effort. In 1926, Carter G. Woodson created Negro History Week. In 1976, the annual celebration was expanded to a month.

About the Illinois Treasurer

The Illinois Treasurer is the state’s chief investment officer and Frerichs is a Certified Public Finance Officer. He protects consumers by encouraging savings plans for college or trade school, increasing financial education among all ages, and removing barriers to a secure retirement. As the state’s Chief Investment Officer, he actively manages approximately $25 billion. The portfolio includes $13 billion in state funds, $7 billion in college savings plans and $5 billion on behalf of local and state governments. The investment approach is cautious to ensure the preservation of capital and returns $28 to the state for every $1 spent in operations. The Treasurer’s Office predates Illinois incorporation in 1818. Voters in 1848 chose to make it an elected office.

Jesse White, Karen Lewis, Father Pfleger Among Those Joining Juliana Stratton’s Campaign to Oust Rauner Ally Ken Dunkin

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CHICAGO, ILSecretary of State Jesse White, President of the Chicago Teachers Union Karen Lewis, Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle and Father Michael Pfleger led a large coalition of community leaders and advocates for working families joining Democrat Juliana Stratton in her campaign to oust Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner’s Springfield ally, State Representative Ken Dunkin.
“Ken Dunkin turned his back on our families and our neighborhoods when he sided with Republican Governor Bruce Rauner,” Stratton said. “He’s decided to stand with his million-dollar campaign donors instead of our famlies. I’m standing with local leaders who speak up for our families. We’re here because we stand with the elderly woman I met who can’t afford her prescription drugs and has been cutting her
medication in half to make it last, and the grandmother I spoke to who had just gotten a call saying her granddaughter was no longer eligible for day care because Ken Dunkin decided to go along with Bruce Rauner’s devastating cuts to child care assistance. They can’t afford the Dunkin-Rauner agenda.” Stratton stood with White, Lewis, Preckwinkle and Pfleger, along with members of AFSCME Council 31,
members of SEIU Healthcare, Aldermen Brian Hopkins (2nd), Pat Dowell (3rd), Leslie Hairston (5th), Roderick Sawyer (6th), Michelle Harris (8th) and Brendan Reilly (42nd) at an endorsement rally Thursday at the Brite New Mind Day Care Center in Chicago.
Dunkin was the only Democrat to who sided with Republicans to allow Rauner to kick thousands of poor children off a program that allowed struggling, working parents to afford child care. Dunkin said the plan to kick children off the program was a tremendous win.” Earlier this week, Dunkin received a $500,000 donation the largest political contribution in state history from a rightwing group run by Rauner’s allies. Rauner recently gave $1.8 million to the group’s leader in order to provide political support his Springfield allies.
“Ken Dunkin has chosen to stand with the Republicans and against our families,” White said.” He has failed to represent his constituents and has turned his back on the core values of the Democratic Party. Now, with so much at stake, we can’t let Ken Dunkin and the Republicans continue to play games with the services our families depend on.”
“Unfortunately, Ken Dunkin has put the interests of millionaires and billionaires ahead of the needs of our children and families,” Lewis said. “Representative Dunkin stood with Governor Rauner in voting against a measure that would have required the very wealthy to pay their fair share, a plan that would have generated $1 billion every year for our schools at a time when they desperately need it. The people of the 5th District can no longer afford for their representative to staunchly support Bruce Rauner.”
From: Friends of Juliana Stratton.

Boston Police Detective Sentenced for Conspiracy to Obstruct a Gang Investigation

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BOSTON – A Boston Police detective was sentences in connection with a conspiracy to obstruct an FBI investigation related to the Academy Homes Street Gang (AHSG), a violent narcotics trafficking gang that operated out of the Academy Homes housing development in Roxbury.

Brian Smigielski, 43, of Norton, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Denise J. Casper to one year of probation and a fine of $5,000.  In September 2015, Smigielski pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to defraud the United States during the course of a federal investigation.

From early 2009 to 2011, the FBI and Boston Police Department (BPD) were conducting a joint investigation into AHSG.  During the initial stages of that investigation Smigielski was the lead investigator.  In late 2009, Smigielski, became upset after being ordered to turn over the investigation to the FBI and other BPD units, and thereafter, in 2010 and 2011, conspired with a fellow BPD officer and AHSG gang members to impede the FBI in its investigation of AHSG.  Smigielski assisted the AHSG gang members by, among other things, informing the gang members of the FBI’s pending investigation and warning them that their arrests were imminent.

United States Attorney Carmen M. Ortiz; Harold H. Shaw, Special Agent in Charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Boston Field Division; and Superintendent Frank Mancini of the Boston Police Department’s Anti-Corruption Division, made the announcement today.  The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Dustin Chao of Ortiz’s Public Corruption and Special Prosecutions Unit.

Source: U.S. Department of Justice

Two Illinois schools recognized as National Distinguished Schools

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Healy Elementary School in Chicago School District 299 and Parkside Elementary School in McLean County Unified School District 5 honored for academic success

SPRINGFIELD, IL – The Illinois State Board of Education announced that two Illinois schools were honored for their academic gains during the recent National Title I Association annual conference. Healy Elementary School in Chicago School District 299 and Parkside Elementary School in McLean County Unified School District 5 were among schools recognized for helping low-income students achieve academic success.

“Celebrating the accomplishments of these two Illinois schools on a national platform is an extraordinary opportunity,” said State Board of Education Chairman James T. Meeks. “As Illinois strives to be a national model of education reform, this honor sets the stage for our schools to share their commitment to strong academics and best practices for preparing every child to reach their full potential.” 

The National Title I Association, established to help improve and implement programs under Title I of the Elementary and Secondary Act (ESEA), recognizes up to two schools per state as National Title I Distinguished Schools. Title I is the largest federally funded pre-college education program, providing funding to school districts that serve students from low-income families. The schools were honored during the association’s annual conference in Houston, TX, on Jan. 28-31.

The National Title I Association allows each state to select one qualifying school in each of the following two categories:

  1. High Performing – A school that has achieved high performance levels for two or more years.
  2. Achievement Gap – A school that has significantly closed the achievement gap between subgroups of students.

Results were based on 2014 scores from the Illinois Standards Achievement Test (ISAT), which measured the achievement of third- through eighth-graders in reading and mathematics and measured achievement in science among fourth- and seventh-graders. Illinois replaced the ISAT with the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) exams in 2015.

“The State Board is proud to commend these two schools on overcoming the challenges related to teaching our neediest kids,” said State Superintendent of Education Tony Smith, Ph.D. “The teachers, administrators, and families of these two schools deserve the credit for working together to achieve academic gains that better prepare these students for success in college and their chosen career path.”

Healy Elementary School (Chicago School District 299)

Healy has demonstrated high academic achievement for four consecutive years. ISAT scores rose from 70.2 percent of students meeting or exceeding standards in 2011 to 76 percent meeting or exceeding in 2014. More than 86 percent of students at Healy Elementary School are classified as low-income.

“This honor is a testament to the incredible work being done by the students and staff at Healy,” said Dr. Janice Jackson, Chief Education Officer for Chicago Public Schools. “Their emphasis on data analysis, small group instruction, and targeted interventions has made a significant impact on student growth, and their investments in bilingual and diverse learner supports have ensured that no student is left behind. Healy’s principal (Alfonso Carmona) is a prime example of an excellent leader.”

Parkside Elementary (McLean County Unified School District 5)

Parkside has successfully reduced its achievement gap among racial/ethnic groups as well as among economic levels. The school’s ISAT composite score has increased by 7.1 percentage points, growing from 61.5 percent of students meeting or exceeding standards in 2011 to 68.6 in 2014. This school, which is in Normal, has closed the racial/ethnic achievement gap from 37.5 percent in 2011 to 24.1 percent in 2014. Additionally, the achievement gap has also narrowed between low-income and non-low-income students from 43.9 percent in 2011 to 31.6 percent in 2014. Parkside has a school poverty rate of more than 52 percent. 

Shelly Erickson served as principal of Parkside from 2006 to 2014 and noted the school’s low-income rate doubled over a two-year period shortly after she began. To help students overcome challenges and meet learning targets, the school started a small group-guided reading structure and then moved to a reader’s workshop model, where all teachers learned how to administer and analyze running records and how to provide appropriate, targeted interventions for students.

“It’s a tremendous honor and I think it really validates all of the hard work that my staff did through those years,” Erickson said. “Everyone really pulled together and we changed kids’ lives by teaching them how to read.”

President Obama Nominates Two to Serve on the United States District Courts

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WASHINGTON, DC – President Obama nominated Stephanie A. Finley and Claude J. Kelly III to serve on the United States District Courts.

“Throughout their careers, these nominees have displayed unwavering commitment to justice and integrity,” said President Obama.  “Their records of public service are distinguished and impressive and I am confident that they will serve the American people well from the United States District Court bench.  I am honored to nominate them today.”

Stephanie A. Finley:  Nominee for the United States District Court for the Western District of Louisiana

Stephanie A. Finley has served as the United States Attorney for the Western District of Louisiana since 2010.  Prior to her appointment, she served as an Assistant United States Attorney in that office from 1995 to 2010, during which she served as Senior Litigation Counsel from 2007 to 2010 and Acting Deputy Criminal Chief from 2008 to 2009.  In addition, Finley has served as an Assistant Staff Judge Advocate for the United States Air Force Reserves since 1995.  She began her legal career serving on active duty as an Assistant Staff Judge Advocate for the United States Air Force from 1991 to 1995.  Finley received her J.D. cum laude from Southern University Law Center in 1991 and her B.S. magna cum laude from Grambling State University in 1988.

Claude J. Kelly III:  Nominee for the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana

Claude J. Kelly III has served as Chief Federal Defender in the Federal Public Defender’s Office for the Eastern District of Louisiana since 2014.  Prior to his appointment, Kelly was a criminal defense attorney for sixteen years in New Orleans, Louisiana – from 2006 to 2014, he was a solo practitioner and from 1992 to 2000, he served as an Assistant Federal Defender in the office he now leads.  In the six-year period between these two roles, Kelly served as the Director of International Sales for Optimal Healthcare in Miami, Florida from 2000 to 2002 and as a consultant for the International Exchange Group in Washington, D.C. from 2002 to 2006.  Before joining the Federal Public Defender’s Office in 1992, Kelly was the General Manager for two years in his family’s restaurant, Kolb’s German Restaurant.  He began his legal career as an Assistant District Attorney with the New Orleans District Attorney’s Office from 1987 to 1990.  Kelly received his J.D. from Tulane University Law School in 1987 and his B.A. from the College of the Holy Cross in 1983.

IDOT, ISP: Make a Super Bowl Game Plan

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Pick your team now: Are you drinking or are you driving?

 

SPRINGFIELD, IL – Millions of people will gather this Sunday to watch the Super Bowl. Many will celebrate with alcohol. As part of the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign, the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT), Illinois State Police (ISP) and police and sheriff’s departments throughout Illinois strongly urge fans to come up with a game plan now: drinking or driving, but not both.

“Drunk driving is preventable. If you plan on drinking this Super Bowl Sunday, make sure you have a sober ride home lined up before the game,” said Jared Thornley, IDOT’s Director of Traffic Safety. “Driving impaired by alcohol or drugs can result in a costly DUI arrest, loss of driving privileges or even jail time. Most tragically, it could result in injury or death for you or others on the road.”

“DUIs are responsible for nearly one-third of all fatal crashes in Illinois. A single DUI can cost thousands of dollars, suspension of driving privileges, potential jail time, or worse, cause the death of another motorist,” said ISP Colonel Tad Williams. “Plan ahead to arrive home safe this Super Bowl weekend by designating a driver or catching a cab. Everyone wins when we all make it home safe.”

If you’re attending a Super Bowl party or watching the game at a sports bar or restaurant:

• Designate your sober driver before the party begins.
• Keep track of how much you have had to drink.
• Make sure your ride is sober before getting in the vehicle.
• If you don’t have a designated driver, call a cab, friend, or family member to come get you. If possible, stay where you are for the night and don’t drive until you are sober.
• Use your community’s sober ride program, if available.
• Never let friends drive drunk. Arrange a safe way for them to get home.
• Always buckle up and drive defensively – it’s your best defense against a drunk driver.

If you’re hosting a Super Bowl party:

• Make sure your guests designate sober drivers in advance. Or arrange rides for them.
• Serve plenty of food and non-alcoholic beverages.
• Stop serving alcohol at the end of the third quarter of the game, just like at the stadium.
• Take the keys away from anyone who is thinking of driving drunk.
• You can be prosecuted if someone you served ends up in a drunk-driving crash. If an underage person drinks and drives, the parent or provider may be legally liable for any damage, injury or death caused by the underage driver.

According to the most recent estimates from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 9,967 people were killed in the United States in drunk driving crashes in 2014. These deaths accounted for 31 percent of the total motor vehicle traffic fatalities. In Illinois in 2014, estimates show 317 people were killed in crashes involving at least one drunk driver, or 34 percent of all those who died in crashes that year.

Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over is made possible by federal highway safety funding, administered by IDOT and supported by hundreds of Illinois law enforcement agencies.

Make a Connection at the Illinois Tollway Career Opportunity Expo

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The Illinois Tollway offers career opportunities at its Career Opportunity Expo, February 26, 2016, at New Beginnings Church, 6620 S. King Drive, Chicago, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
This event will provide information about employment readiness and opportunities:

 

* Within the Tollway,
* The entities that do business with the Tollway
* The organizations that help prepare people to perform Tollway work.Event Focus:
* Get Prepared – job seeker services, women in trades, training
* Join the Trades – qualifications required, meet with local trades
* Network with Industry Leaders – construction and professional services
* Explore Current Opportunities – state agenciesFree parking at New Beginnings Church.

Also accessible via CTA Rapid Transit Green Line (King Drive)
or CTA Bus #3 (66th and King Drive)Register online at https://www.onlineregistrationcenter.com/register/222/page1.asp?m=176&c=944.

All early registrants will receive an event resource guide which includes information for all exhibitors and workshop presenters.

Learn more at www.illinoistollway.com<http://www.illinoistollway.com/>?

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