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Archive for March 14th, 2016

Madigan Assigns Teams to Monitor Elections

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CHICAGO, IL — Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan announced that 179 teams of assistant attorneys general and investigators from her office will be monitoring elections throughout Illinois on Tuesday, March 15, to ensure that voters’ rights are protected and polling places are accessible.

Madigan urged voters to call her office if they encounter suspected improper or illegal activity.

Chicago voters can call 1-866-536-3496 (TTY 1-800-964-3013).

Downstate voters can call 1-866-559-6812 (TTY 1-877-844-5461).


Attorney General Madigan reminded voters of some of their basic voting rights:
Voters have the right to vote if they are in line when the polls close at 7 p.m. or at any other time between 6 a.m. and 7 p.m. on Election Day (10 ILCS 5/17-1).
• If a voter makes a mistake or “spoils” a paper ballot and the voter has not cast the ballot, the voter has the right to receive a replacement ballot (10 ILCS 5/17-11).
• If a voter cannot read, has trouble understanding English, or has a disability, that voter has the right to request assistance from anyone other than his or her employer, an agent of his or her employer, or an officer or agent of his or her union (10 ILCS 5/17-14).
• Voters have the right to take unpaid time from work to vote, but no more than two successive hours, as long as they have applied with their employer before Election Day. The employer may set the time of day (10 ILCS 5/17-15).
• No one is allowed to try to influence a voter within 100 feet of the polling place (10 ILCS 5/17-29).

Director Schultz Calls for Job Creation Legislation

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Urges structural reforms to address jobs leaving Illinois according to January jobs report

SPRINGFIELD, IL – Illinois Department of Commerce Director Jim Schultz issued the following statement on Illinois’ unemployment rate increasing in January:

“With national unemployment below 5 percent, it is completely unacceptable that Illinois’ unemployment rate rose in January to over 6 percent. While the rest of the country is working and growing, Illinois is being left behind. Many communities in our state are experiencing unemployment rates of 8 or even 9 percent. We must take action to jumpstart growth, and create jobs and economic opportunity for Illinois families.


Illinois represents some of the best this country has to offer, with an outstanding workforce, a transportation system that connects businesses to domestic and international markets, and a strong base of natural resources. Based solely on our assets, Illinois should be the most competitive state in the country and an engine for economic growth. Despite these advantages, Illinois lags in job creation, ranking 29th out of 50 states.


We cannot continue failed policies that have stymied economic growth in Illinois for years, driving businesses, jobs and residents to friendlier states.  We need structural reforms to address the high cost of doing business in Illinois.

Traditional Illinois industries such as manufacturing are being driven out of the state, and taking thousands of jobs with them, due to out of control workers compensation costs and the second highest property taxes in the nation. We must make Illinois more competitive in order to reverse the flow of jobs out of our state and encourage growth and investment in Illinois.

We must take a new approach to economic development in Illinois and adapt to the 21st century needs of businesses. In addition to Governor Rauner’s proposed structural reforms, Illinois will benefit from the recently created Illinois Business and Economic Development Corporation, which will assist the Department of Commerce in marketing our many assets in order to encourage job creation and investment in Illinois. We look forward to collaborating with the Corporation to advance economic development and growth in Illinois. ”

Madigan Campaign: Jason Gonzales’ Disrespect for the Law Hasn’t Changed

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CHICAGO, IL – Illinois State Representative Michael Madigan’s spokesperson Steve Brown issued the following statement regarding a police report filed Thursday evening involving workers for the campaign of Jason Gonzales:

“Jason Gonzales has gone to great lengths to tell voters how much he’s changed after it was revealed that he pleaded guilty to numerous crimes of deception and dishonesty. But it would appear that his disrespect for the law is being followed by his own campaign.

“Last night, we learned that two of Gonzales’ campaign workers were arrested by 8th District police officers after they allegedly attempted to use force to open the door of a local woman’s house.

“Throughout this campaign, Michael Madigan has spoken about the differences between him and Jason Gonzales and issues impacting local neighborhoods, including how Madigan will continue to work for middle-class families and stand up against dangerous right-wing agendas. There has also been an effort to inform voters about Gonzales’ deceitful and dishonest past. Voters have a right to know how Jason Gonzales’ history of deceit and dishonesty could negatively impact them and the representation they receive in the State Capitol, and they should know that historical behavior appears to be carried on by his campaign.”

Dr. Barbara Reynolds to Preach Easter Sunday at Faith in Action Miracle Center, Los Angeles

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Speaker Rev. Dr. Barbara Reynolds

Rev. Dr. Barbara Reynolds will be guest speaker during Easter Services at Faith in Action Miracle Center. Reynolds is among many celebrities who have viewed the manifestations of Jesus and have testified to their authenticity.

Easter services will be held at 11:45 A.M. at Faith in Action Miracle Center, the church  formerly known as Family Christian Cathedral, located at 645 W. Arbor Vitae St., Inglewood, Calif.

The FACES OF JESUS that have appeared regularly on the church walls at the Faith In Action Miracle Center will also be celebrated Easter Sunday. The Faces Of Jesus that have appeared supernaturally during the Shemitah Year, has been viewed by thousands and was reported by major news services such as FOX, GERALDO & CBS are a celebration of His resurrection and will be the center of our worship services.

Rev. Dr. Barbara A. Reynolds is an award winning author and journalist. She is one of the co-founding editors of USA Today and has appeared on such major television shows as the “Oprah Winfrey Show,” “Politically Incorrect,” “C-Span”, “CNN and Co.”

Dr. Jynona Norwood

An ordained minister she is an elder at Greater Mt. Calvary Holy Church in Washington DC, where for 39 years she has been the president and founder of the Harriets Anti-Drug Ministry. As a scholar and educator she has been a professor at the Howard University School of Divinity and Florida A&M University.

She is the author of six books including the Memoirs of Coretta Scott King memoirs to be released in 2017. Dr. Reynolds was Washington DC Mother of the Year for 2016 by the National Mothers Association.

Former Mayor Roosevelt Dorn, Mayor James Butts, Councilman Curren Price, Mrs. Del Richardson-Price, Dr. Dick Gregory, Actress Marla Gibbs, John Bellamy, dignitaries, celebrities’ and 1,000’s of witnesses have seen GOD’S GLORY!

Randall Maxey, MD, PhD: “I see Jesus and the living bible in your church this house is blessed.”

Dick Gregory: “Once you SEE it you cannot UN-see it!”

Dr. Reynolds, Award Winning journalist, author of the memoirs of Coretta Scott King to be released in 2017: “The Faces Of Jesus are one of the strongest evidences of His resurrection and He is still speaking to believers through signs and wonders throughout the world.”

Elder Gerald Harris, Fmr. Chief of Security For COGIC, Fmr. Warden of Soledad: “What I saw impacted my life!”

Rev. Robert Robinson, son of legendary genius Ray Charles: “This is HOLY ground. I was healed!”

Receive your Miracle Wall Easter Gift Sunday Morning, ONE service only.

Also, on Good Friday, March 25th, at 7:45 PM join us with Dr. Reynolds, Dr. Norwood & 5 Pastors preaching Christ 7 Last Words. Bring your prayer requests to be prayed over at The Miracle Wall!

Second Year of PARCC Testing Begins

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This year’s assessment features simpler format to improve process and reduce testing times


SPRINGFIELD, IL – Illinois’ second administration of the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) assessment began Monday, with about 1 million students expected to complete the exam in English language arts (ELA) and math over the next three months. In response to feedback from school districts, this year’s PARCC assessment features a shorter, simplified format to improve the process for students and educators.

“We are pleased to provide the same high-quality assessment that corresponds to the higher expectations of the Illinois Learning Standards in a structure that better meets the needs of our schools,” said State Superintendent of Education Tony Smith, Ph.D. “The assessment of readiness has to be a part of how we address the need to prepare students to continue higher learning, enter the working world, and become active, engaged members of their local communities.”

The PARCC assessment debuted in 2015 and focuses on students’ mastery of key concepts as well as their critical thinking and writing skills. It originally was divided into two parts that measured different types of knowledge and skills.

This year’s assessment has only one testing window, which extends from March 7 until June 10. Districts selected their own 30-day testing period within this time frame. The single window reduces the amount of time necessary to administer the assessment and allows teachers and students to spend more time on classroom instruction. Test time is also reduced for most students by 60 minutes for the math portion and 30 minutes for ELA. However, time will remain the same for a limited number of students who will participate in an additional embedded ELA field assessment.

Students in grades 3-8 and select high school courses are taking the PARCC assessment, with roughly 85 percent expected to take the exam online. Last year, about 75 percent of the nearly 1 million students who completed the assessment did so online.

The PARCC assessment will continue to measure the full range of standards. It will also provide valuable information about whether students are mastering the knowledge and skills they need to stay on the path for success in college and/or their chosen career field. Assessments are simply one measure to track our progress, and data from the PARCC assessment provides a clearer picture of where Illinois schools are succeeding and what areas need improvement. The second year of results will help teachers and parents determine if a student requires remediation or more advanced instruction earlier in his or her schooling, ensuring they graduate from high school ready for college and career.

Illinois expects to receive the 2016 results sooner than the 2015 results, with districts receiving score reports sometime this fall. The faster turnaround time for the 2016 scores will give teachers more time to tailor their instruction to meet specific student needs and better support improvement efforts.

For more information on the 2016 PARCC assessment, visit PARCC Place at www.isbe.net/parcc-place/default.htm and ISBE’s Hot Topics page at


Sanders Says Trump Instigating Violence

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – Bernie Sanders on Sunday said Donald Trump was instigating violence at political rallies. “You don’t go around saying that it’s ok to beat somebody up and I’ll pay the legal fees,” Sanders told a boisterous but peaceful rally of 7,500 at Ohio State University.

Trump claims he doesn’t condone violence but on Sunday said he may cover legal costs for a man charged last week with assault and battery for sucker-punching a protester at a Trump rally. The man also has said that he might kill a protester next time.

“A candidate for president of the United States should condemn violence not encourage violence,” Sanders said. “That is not what this country is about.”

During a rally in the arena where the Ohio State Buckeyes play, Sanders also highlighted Hillary Clinton’s support for job-killing trade deals which have battered Ohio’s manufacturing economy.

“Since 2001, this country has lost almost 60,000 factories and millions of decent-paying jobs,” said Sanders, who led the opposition to the North American Free Trade Agreement and normalized trade with China. “I’m sorry to have to tell you that Secretary Clinton has had a very different position on trade,” Sanders said. “She supported trade agreements that have cost us millions of decent-paying jobs while corporate America has made huge profits.”

When Clinton was secretary of state she praised the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership as the “gold standard” for such pacts, but on Saturday she called for vague revisions in the deal with 12 Pacific Rim nations. “That’s fine,” Sanders said, “but it doesn’t go anywhere far enough. Our job is to kill this disastrous trade agreement and start all over creating trade agreements that work for workers in this country and poor people abroad, not just the CEOs of multi-national corporations.”

Meanwhile, Sanders reached out to young voters here and elsewhere after an Ohio judge ruled last Friday that 17-year-olds could cast ballots in the presidential race. Sanders had challenged the Ohio secretary of state in a federal court lawsuit against the voter suppression effort.

Sanders’ campaign on Sunday launched a web ad targeted at young voters in Ohio, Illinois and North Carolina, all states where 17-year-olds may vote on Tuesday if they will turn 18 by Election Day in November.

To watch the ad, click here.

How Steve Harvey Manages to Host 3 TV Shows and a Radio Show – His Secrets Revealed in New “Super Steve” Book

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Super Steve Bookcover

Nationwide (BlackNews.com) — Steve Harvey is no joke! He now hosts three television shows – “The Steve Harvey Show”, “Family Feud”, and now his newest show on NBC called “Little Big Shots”. He also has his own morning radio show, he produces films, he writes best-selling books, and he seems to be the host of every major awards show that exists.
How does one man manage to do all these things? And how did he become America’s favorite TV personality? Those answers are revealed in a new book entitled Super Steve: The Amazing Life and Career of Steve Harvey — 100 Things You Probably Dont Know About Americas Favorite TV Personality (available exclusively at www.UrbanEbooks.com for $2.99). This book is an unauthorized biography that reveals 100 things that most people don’t know about Steve Harvey – from his early years as a child to the beginning of his career to what he’s doing now!
The book is a short-read, but its jam packed with a lot of information designed to educate, motivate and inspire others with his amazing life story. Having grown up in Cleveland, Ohio, Steve came from poverty and went on to become one of the most successful African Americans of all time!
Topics covered in Super Steve include:

* His Early Years and Humble Beginnings
* His Family
* His First Gig
* The Big Comedy Tour
* How He Become an Actor: The 90s Television Show
* Being a Game Show Host
* Being a Radio Show Host and Best-Selling Author
* Hosting Award Shows
* Being a Talk Show Host and Americas Favorite Personality
* The Miss Universe Blooper
* Other Major Accomplishments and Current Gigs
* His Foundation
* and more!
Whether you’re a fan or not, this book is a great publication to add to your literary collection, and it can be downloaded instantly to any computer, smartphone and tablet.
For more details and/or to purchase Super Steve, visit www.UrbanEbooks.com

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Illinois State Board of Education Announces March 16 Board Meeting in Springfield

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SPRINGFIELD, IL – The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) will convene for a regular business meeting on March 16 at the ISBE offices in Springfield.


All State Board of Education meetings listed on this agenda will be accessible to persons with disabilities. Persons planning to attend who need special accommodations should contact the Board office no later than one day prior to the meeting. Contact the Superintendent’s office at the State Board of Education by phone at (217) 782-2221, TTY/TDD at (217) 782-1900, or fax at (217) 785-3972. 


Chairman Meeks may call for a break in the meeting as necessary in order for the Board to go into closed session.


State Board of Education Meeting

March 16, 2016

10:30 a.m.


Location:  Illinois State Board of Education, 100 N. First St., Springfield


This meeting will also be audio cast at www.isbe.net.

I.      Roll Call/Pledge of Allegiance

A.    Consideration of and Possible Actions on Any Requests for Participation in Meeting by Other Means

II.    Public Participation

III.   Resolutions & Recognition

  A. Teacher of the Year, Kim Thomas

  B. Illinois Arts Poster Winner, Julia Zhang

IV.  Presentations & Updates

  A. Student Advisory Council Final Presentation

  B. Student Advisory Council Role Adjustment

V.    Lunch & Closed Session

VI.  Superintendent’s Report – Consent Agenda

A. *Approval of Minutes

         1. Plenary Minutes: February 10, 2016

B. *Rules for Initial Review

     1. Part 1 (Public Schools Evaluation, Recognition and Supervision) Proposes clarifications as to who may be assigned to the middle grades and defines the “middle grades” as grades 6 through 8.

     2. Part 20 (Standards for Endorsements in Elementary Education) Proposes a change in the effective date for full implementation of elementary education endorsement programs be modified to February 1, 2018 (currently, 2017). Additionally, candidates in existing programs established under Part 26 will have until September 1, 2018, to complete those programs in order to obtain an endorsement by September 1, 2019.

     3. Part 26 (Standards for Endorsements in Early Childhood Education and in Elementary Education) Proposes a change in the effective date for full implementation of elementary education endorsement programs be modified to February 1, 2018 (currently, 2017). Additionally, candidates in existing programs established under Part 26 will have until September 1, 2018, to complete those programs in order to obtain an endorsement by September 1, 2019.

     4. Part 25 (Educator Licensure) Proposes allowing educator preparation programs to seek national accreditation in addition to being recognized by the State Board, continues to provide institutions the option to only obtain state approval without gaining national accreditation. Other proposals in this rule address requirements for licensure of administrative and supervisory staff in order to alleviate shortages and applicability of testing requirements.

C. *Contracts & Grants Over $1 Million

     1. Breakthrough Technologies Sole Source Contract

     2. Renewal of Intergovernmental Agreement with University of Wisconsin-Madison, Wisconsin Center for Educational Research (WCER) for WIDA Consortium for the ACCESS 2.0 and Alternate ACCESS for English Language Learners

     3. Renewal of Intergovernmental Agreement with Illinois State University to Administer the Illinois National Board Professional Preparation and Support System

     4. USDA Foods Warehousing and Distribution Sole Source Contract with Lanter Distributing, LLC

     5. Intergovernmental Agreement with Peoria County ROE #48 for the Illinois Virtual School

D. *Renewal of Lease Agreement for Alzina Building

End of Consent Agenda

E. Recommendation to Remove Cahokia Community Unit School District 187 from 1A-8 Financial Difficulty Certification

F. Review of Annual Financial Profile

G. Consideration of Approval of Learning Behavioral Specialist 1 Endorsement Program at Relay Graduate School of Education

H. Consideration of Approval of Elementary Education Program at Relay Graduate School

VII. Discussion Items

         A. District Oversight Update

         B. Legislative Update

         C. Budget Update

         D. Other Items for Discussion

VIII. Announcements & Reports

A. Superintendent’s/Senior Staff Announcements

B. Chairman’s Report

C. Member Reports

IX.   Information Items

1.   ISBE Fiscal & Administrative Monthly Reports (available online at http://isbe.net/board/fiscal_admin_rep.htm)

X.    Approval of Closed Session Minutes

XI.   Adjourn

Chicago Psychiatrist Who Took Kickbacks to Prescribe Mental Health Medication Sentenced to Nine Months in Federal Prison

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CHICAGO, IL — A Chicago psychiatrist was sentenced today to nine months in federal prison for accepting nearly $600,000 in fees and benefits from pharmaceutical companies in exchange for prescribing a medication to his patients.

DR. MICHAEL J. REINSTEIN prescribed the drug Clozapine to thousands of elderly and indigent patients in Chicago-area nursing homes and hospitals.  In exchange for his efforts, the pharmaceutical companies provided Dr. Reinstein with consulting fees and entertainment expenses, including meals, tickets to sporting events, and all-expense-paid vacations.  At one point in the early 2000s, Dr. Reinstein was the largest prescriber of the drug to Medicaid recipients in the United States.

Dr. Reinstein, 72, of Skokie, pleaded guilty last year to one count of violating the federal Medicare and Medicaid Anti-Kickback Statute.  In addition to the nine-month sentence, U.S. District Judge Sharon Johnson Coleman also imposed forfeiture of $592,000, and ordered Dr. Reinstein to perform 120 hours of community service.

“Reinstein abused his position of public trust as a physician and took advantage of the faith and trust of his mentally ill patients in order to enrich himself,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Eric S. Pruitt argued in the government’s sentencing memorandum.

Clozapine is an anti-psychotic medication with potentially serious side effects, particularly for elderly patients.  While Clozapine has been shown to be effective for treatment-resistant forms of schizophrenia, it is also known to cause a potentially deadly decrease in white blood cells, as well as seizures and inflammation of the heart muscle.

Dr. Reinstein has been a psychiatrist in the Chicago area since 1973, with an office in Chicago’s Uptown neighborhood.  According to his plea agreement, he prescribed Clozaril, the brand-name version of Clozapine, long after less expensive, generic versions were available, because the manufacturer of Clozaril paid him thousands of dollars to promote the drug at speaking engagements.

After the deal with the brand-name manufacturer ended in 2003, Dr. Reinstein agreed to switch his patients to the generic version, but only after its manufacturers, Teva Pharmaceuticals USA Inc. and IVAX Pharmaceuticals LLC, agreed to pay him a consulting fee and finance a Clozapine research study performed by a Reinstein-affiliated entity.  At Dr. Reinstein’s request, Teva also agreed to hire an individual whom Dr. Reinstein described as an important source of patient referrals.  Between July 2006 and July 2011, Teva paid the individual approximately $112,000 to enter white blood cell data into a national Clozapine registry.

Reinstein previously agreed to pay the United States and the State of Illinois $3.79 million to settle a civil lawsuit.  Teva and IVAX also paid the United States and the State of Illinois $27.6 million to settle civil allegations that they violated state and federal False Claims Acts.

The sentencing 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; and Lamont Pugh III, Special Agent-in- Charge of the Chicago Regional Office of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General.

The government is represented by Mr. Pruitt.

Source: U.S. Department of Justice

Small-Dollar Debt Shouldn’t Mean Big Profits for Predatory Lenders

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 Op-Ed by LeeAnn Hall and Glenn Harris

How can a corporation get rich off people who have almost nothing? That’s the business model for a predatory debt industry targeting African Americans, raking in billions by exploiting economic vulnerability.

It’s time we stop this parasitic industry and demand the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) institute tough rules to end the small-dollar debt trap.

The debt trap catches people where they live, work, study and drive. With one-quarter of Black families having only $5 in reserves, people have no financial breathing room. One domino falls – a cancelled shift at work – and everything else falls, too.

When that happens, the payday and car-title lenders come calling with false promises. Instead of tossing a lifeline, they strip communities of over $10 billion annually in interest and fees, trapping families in debt.

The toll on African Americans is steep. According to the New York Times, “If you are black, you’re far more likely to see your electricity cut, more likely to be sued over a debt, and more likely to land in jail because of a parking ticket.”

Conventional wisdom tells people the debt trap is their fault. That’s untrue, but it’s a convenient way for predators to trap customers in shame along with debt.

The debt trap is a systemic problem hurting people of all races but hitting African Americans especially hard. That’s because African Americans have been specifically and historically shut out of policies that helped white families build nest eggs.

The result is a racial wealth gap leaving Black families with 6 percent the wealth of white families. Along with this gap comes economic distress in Black communities that, as described by the Washington Post’s Emily Badger, “extends out the door of a family’s home and occupies the entire neighborhood around it, touching the streets, the schools, the grocery stores.”

Next to shops in Black communities you’ll likely find a predatory payday lender that jacks up loans at interest rates near 400 percent. In Midwest cities, payday lenders bunch in African American and Latino neighborhoods at three times the rate they’re found in other neighborhoods.

Payday lenders aren’t the only problem. African Americans are also getting crushed under student loans, mortgages, medical debt and the fines cities charge to finance operations instead of taxing equitably.

Our financial system is segregated by race and class. Affluent white communities count on banks offering wealth-building credit. Black communities have to count on debt predators that tap the few assets people have – or hope to have someday.

Once the industry ties people to debt, it sends debt collectors that call day and night, harass family members, and grab dollars they’re not entitled to – leading to thousands of complaints at the CFPB against companies profiting in the hundreds of millions.

This points to a debt-industrial complex straddling Black communities. The debt of African Americans is that industry’s wealth.

We can dismantle the racial wealth gap and achieve widespread economic equity. This requires dismantling structural racism and the segregated financial system, and providing true economic equity in everything from education to jobs, health care and income.

But we cannot wait until that work is done to tackle the back-of-the-bus credit system preying on families now.

The CFPB is currently writing rules that, done right, will stop the debt trap in small-dollar lending by ensuring every loan is a loan that can actually be repaid – eliminating abuses like serial roll-overs and refinances, or lenders holding cars or bank accounts hostage.

The CFPB needs to hear from us all to counter pressure from predators and their congressional mouthpieces. Let’s tell predatory lenders they have no business in African American communities.

LeeAnn Hall is executive director of the Alliance for a Just Society, a national network of community organizations working for economic, racial and social justice. Glenn Harris is president of the Center for Social Inclusion, a nonprofit that advocates for racial equality.

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