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CONSUMER ALERT: Illinois Consumers Must File Claims by October 4 in $104 Million Settlement Over Illegally Fixed Prices for LCD Screens

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Consumers Who Purchased a TV, Monitor, Notebook Computer, Cell Phone or MP3 Player with a Flat Panel Screen from 1998 to 2006 May Benefit from Madigan’s Settlement

 

CHICAGO, IL ─ Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan announced that Illinois consumers have until October 4, 2016, to claim money they may have overpaid on purchases of TVs, monitors, notebook computers, cell phones, MP3 players and other products that contain liquid crystal display (LCD) screens as part of a $104 million settlement with manufacturers.

 

The settlement stems from Madigan’s lawsuit against major technology companies alleging the companies illegally fixed the prices for LCD screens used in electronic devices. Illinois residents who purchased technology with LCD screens from 1998 to 2006 may be eligible for restitution under the settlement. The maximum amount eligible consumers can potentially recover will vary by device, ranging from $270 for a TV to $20 for a small-screen device. Individual recovery amounts will depend on the number of claims per device submitted and the total recovery.

 

“These companies illegally conspired to fix prices for LCD screens,” Madigan said. “I encourage Illinois consumers to file claims to recover money if they overpaid.”

 

The settlement was entered with Chi Mei Innolux, Epson, Hitachi, LG Display and Sharp. Funds will also be distributed from a previous settlement with Chunghwa Picture Tubes Ltd. Madigan’s lawsuit alleged that the price fixing caused the prices for the products containing the screens to be raised to levels significantly above the amounts Illinois consumers would otherwise have paid if the prices had been set through normal competition.

 

The settlement includes most notebook computers with color displays, flat screen monitors, TVs referred to as LCD or LED TVs, cell phones, MP3 players and other handheld devices with high resolution color displays. The settlement provides restitution for any person or business that purchased LCD products while residing in Illinois for personal use and not for resale. Illinois counties, municipalities, townships, and other subdivisions that purchased technology with LCD screens from 1998 to 2006 may also file claims to receive payment.

 

Consumers and other claimants must submit a claim form to receive payment. Claim forms can be filed online at www.illinoislcdsettlement.com. The deadline to file claims is October 4, 2016. More information about the settlement is available by visiting www.illinoislcdsettlement.com or by calling 1-800-949-0146. Claims can also be submitted via mail to:

 

LCD Illinois Claims

c/o A.B. Data, Ltd.

P.O. Box 170500

Milwaukee, WI 53217

 

Eligible businesses and individual consumers can choose not to participate in the settlement and the ongoing lawsuit against three remaining LCD manufacturers, AU Optronics, Samsung and Toshiba. The deadline to opt-out is June 4, 2016. Any request for exclusion or objection must be mailed to:

 

LCD Illinois Indirect Exclusions

c/o A.B. Data, Ltd.

P.O. Box 170500

Milwaukee, WI 53217

 

In addition to monetary relief, the settlement also requires LCD manufacturers to implement antitrust compliance programs and prohibits them from certain conduct related to the sale of LCD screens that would violate the antitrust laws.

 

Payments from the settlement are subject to the court’s final approval of the settlement.

 

Assistant Attorneys General Blake Harrop, Chadwick Brooker, Elizabeth Maxeiner and Angelina Whitfield are handling the case for Madigan’s Antitrust Bureau.

 

 

Senator Vanpelt’s Legislation Requiring the Presence of Counsel During Murder Interrogations of Youth Passes Executive Committee

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SPRINGFIELD, IL — Illinois State Senator Patricia Van Pelt (D-Chicago 5th) and juvenile justice advocates applauded the passing of one piece of legislation Van Pelt is sponsoring to reform the juvenile justice system, requiring minors to be represented by a counsel when being interrogated for murder.

 

“According to Juvenile Justice Initiative, ninety-six percent of 14 year olds do not have an adequate understanding of the consequences of waiving their rights. In addition, since Chicago holds the dubious title of false confession capital of the nation, I believe we have a duty to address this inequity through state statutes,” Van Pelt said.

 

Current law requires minors under 13 years of age who are charged with murder or sex offenses to be represented by counsel during custodial interrogations. Senate Bill 2370, as amended, requires that minors between 13 years of age and 18 years of age charged with murder must be represented by counsel throughout the entire custodial interrogation. The bill allows a public defender to represent and have access to those minors during custodial interrogations. Finally, the bill provides that statements made by minors without counsel present during custodial interrogations under these circumstances are inadmissible as evidence in juvenile or criminal proceedings.

 

Senator Kirk Statement on President Obama’s Visit to Chicago

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WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Senator Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) released the following statement during President Obama’s address at the University of Chicago Law School about his nominee to the Supreme Court, Judge Merrick B. Garland: 

 

“I urged my Republican colleagues yesterday to meet with Judge Garland and remain committed to the belief that the Judge deserves a thorough hearing process and a vote here in the Senate. I want to thank President Obama for his kind note following my meeting with Judge Garland and though I was unable to attend his address, appreciate him extending the invitation for me to join him today in Chicago.”

 

BACKGROUND:

 

Senator Kirk met with Judge Garland last week, becoming the first Republican to do so. Senator Kirk has been outspoken in his support for the Supreme Court confirmation process, calling for Senate hearings, urging his colleagues to meet with Judge Garland, and supporting an up-or-down vote on the Senate floor.

 

  • In An Op-Ed, Senator Kirk Called For A Hearing And Vote On The President’s Supreme Court Nominee. “I also recognize my duty as a senator to either vote in support or opposition to that nominee following a fair and thorough hearing along with a complete and transparent release of all requested information. The Senate’s role in providing advice and consent is as important and significant as the president’s role in proposing a nominee.” (Mark Kirk, “Sen. Mark Kirk: Scalia replacement must ‘bridge differences,’” Chicago Sun-Times, 2/22/16)
  • Senator Kirk Urged His Colleagues To Give Judge Garland An Up-Or-Down Vote. “Illinois Republican U.S. Senator Mark Kirk says his fellow Republicans should ‘man up’ and vote one way or the other on President Obama’s Supreme Court Nominee Merrick Garland.” (“Senator Kirk: Senate should ‘Man up’ and vote on Obama nominee,” WLS-AM News, 3/18/16)
  • Senator Kirk Was The First Republican Senator To Call For A Vote. “Sen. Mark Kirk of Illinois on Friday became the first Republican senator to call for an up-or-down vote on Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland, saying on a Chicago radio show that his colleagues ought to ‘just man up and cast a vote.’” (Mike DeBonis, “Mark Kirk is first Republican senator to call for vote on Garland,” Washington Post, 3/18/16)
  • Senator Kirk Was The First Republican Senator To Meet With Judge Garland. “Under a portrait of Abraham Lincoln, Sen. Mark Kirk, R-Ill., met with Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland on Tuesday and called on his GOP Senate colleagues to be ‘rational’ and not block consideration of President Barack Obama’s pick. … Kirk and Garland huddled for about 25 minutes in Kirk’s Hart Senate Building office, with Kirk distancing himself further from his GOP Senate leadership by being the first Republican senator to meet with the federal appellate judge.” (Lynn Sweet, “Sweet: Senate GOP must be ‘rational’ about court pick, Kirk says,” Chicago Sun-Times, 3/29/16)
  • Senator Kirk Urged Republican Senators To Meet With Judge Garland. “As the first #GOP Senator to meet with #MerrickGarland, I urge my colleagues in the Senate to do the same.” (Mark Kirk, Twitter, 3/29/16)

President Obama Announces More Key Administration Posts

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WASHINGTON, DC – President Barack Obama announced his intent to nominate the following individuals to key Administration posts:

  • Dimitri Kusnezov – Deputy Administrator for Defense Programs, National Nuclear Security Administration, Department of Energy
  • Matthew Lehrich – Assistant Secretary for Communications and Outreach, Department of Education
  • Amy McIntosh – Assistant Secretary for Planning, Evaluation, and Policy Development, Department of Education
  • Ann Whalen – Assistant Secretary for Elementary and Secondary Education, Department of Education

President Obama said, “These fine public servants bring a depth of experience and tremendous dedication to their important roles.  I look forward to working with them.”

President Obama announced his intent to nominate the following individuals to key Administration posts:

Dimitri Kusnezov, Nominee for Deputy Administrator for Defense Programs, National Nuclear Security Administration,Department of Energy

Dimitri Kusnezov serves as Chief Scientist at the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA), a position he has held since 2010.    Mr. Kusnezov previously served in multiple positions within the NNSA, including Acting Chief Information Officer in 2013, Director of the Office of Science and Policy from 2010 to 2015, Director of the Office of Research and Development for National Security Science and Technology from 2008 to 2010, Acting Director of the Office of Defense Science from 2005 to 2006, Director of the Office of Advanced Simulation and Computing from 2003 to 2008, and Program Manager for Physics & Materials Models, ASCI Program from 2001 to 2003.  Prior to this, he served in a number of positions at Yale University, including Associate Professor of Physics from 1996 to 2001, Assistant Professor of Physics from 1991 to 1996 and as a visiting researcher from 2001 to 2015. Mr. Kusnezov was an instructor in Physics at Michigan State University from 1990 to 1991 as well as a Post-doctoral Associate from 1988 to 1990 at the National Superconducting Cyclotron Laboratory. Mr. Kusnezov was a visiting researcher for Institut für Kernphysik, KFA-Jülich in Germany in 1983.  Mr. Kusnezov received a B.A. from University of California, Berkeley and an M.S. and Ph.D. from Princeton University.

Matthew Lehrich, Nominee for Assistant Secretary for Communications and Outreach, Department of Education

Matthew Lehrich is the Communications Director at the Department of Education (DoED), a position he has held since February 2016.  Previously, he served as Strategic Advisor to the Secretary for Communications at DoED.  Prior to that, he was Vice President of Global Reputation Management and Crisis Communications at Porter Novelli from 2014 to 2015.  From 2009 to 2014, he held multiple positions at the White House, including Assistant Press Secretary from 2011 to 2014, Regional Communications Director from 2010 to 2011, and Deputy Director of Response from 2009 to 2010.  Mr. Lehrich held many positions for Obama for America from 2007 to 2008, including Deputy New Hampshire Press Secretary and Wisconsin Press Secretary.  Mr. Lehrich received a B.A. from Boston University.

Amy McIntosh, Nominee for Assistant Secretary for Planning, Evaluation, and Policy Development, Department of Education

Amy McIntosh is Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Office of Planning, Evaluation, and Policy Development at the Department of Education (DOEd), a role she has held since 2014.  Prior to joining DOEd, Ms. McIntosh was a Senior Fellow for Teacher and Leader Effectiveness at the New York State Department of Education Regents Research Fund from 2010 to 2013.  From 2004 to 2010, she worked in the New York City Department of Education, first in the Chancellor’s office from 2004 to 2006 and then as Chief of Talent and New Initiatives.  From 2002 to 2004, Ms. McIntosh was a Senior Vice President and Officer for Dun & Bradstreet, where she led product management and marketing.  She was CEO of Zagat Survey from 2000 to 2002.  From 1998 to 2000, she served as President and General Manager for Consumer Internet Business for Verizon, following Vice President of Marketing roles with Bell Atlantic and NYNEX from 1995 to 1998.  Ms. McIntosh held several marketing and operations positions at American Express Company from 1984 to 1995, finishing as Senior Vice President of Marketing in Consumer Card Group from 1994 to 1995.  She began her career as a Research Analyst at Bain and Company from 1980 to 1982.  Ms. McIntosh received a B.A. from Harvard College and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.

Ann Whalen, Nominee for Assistant Secretary for Elementary and Secondary Education, Department of Education

Ann Whalen is Senior Advisor to the Secretary in the Office of Elementary and Secondary Education at the Department of Education, a position she has held since 2015.  From 2014 to 2015, Ms. Whalen served as Director of Policy at Education Post.  Prior to that, Ms. Whalen served in various roles at the Department of Education, first as a Special Assistant in the Office of the Secretary from 2009 to 2010, then as the Director of the Implementation and Support Unit from 2010 to 2014.  Before she joined the Administration, Ms. Whalen served as Deputy to the Chief Education Officer at Chicago Public Schools from 2006 to 2009 and as the Deputy Director of Special Initiatives for the Chief Executive Officer of Chicago Public Schools from 2003 to 2006.  From 2002 to 2003, she was a Project Administrator at the Chicago Department of Planning and Development.  Ms. Whalen received a B.A. from Stanford University.

WITHDRAWAL SENT TO THE SENATE:

Karl Boyd Brooks, of Kansas, to be an Assistant Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, vice Craig E. Hooks, resigned, which was sent to the Senate on May 14, 2015.

FBI Announces Executive Appointments

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FBI Director James B. Comey announced the following leadership appointments:

Carl Ghattas, Assistant Director for the Counterterrorism Division

Carl Ghattas has been named the assistant director for the Counterterrorism Division at FBI Headquarters (FBIHQ). Most recently, Mr. Ghattas served as the special agent in charge of the Counterterrorism Division at the Washington Field Office. In his new role, Mr. Ghattas will oversee all the FBI’s counterterrorism investigations.

Mr. Ghattas entered on duty with the FBI in 1997 and was first assigned to the extraterritorial investigations squad at the Washington Field Office, where he investigated acts of terrorism committed against Americans abroad. Throughout his career, Mr. Ghattas has served in leadership positions in the Counterterrorism Division, the Directorate of Intelligence, and the Washington Field Office.

Hayden Temin, Assistant Director for the Resource Planning Office

Hayden Temin has been named assistant director for the Resource Planning Office. Ms. Temin most recently served as the section chief of the Performance and Strategy Section in the Resources Planning Office.

Ms. Temin joined the FBI in 2006 as a special adviser to the Finance Division and the Human Resources Branch. She has held leadership positions throughout the Resource Planning Office.

Stephen Richardson, Assistant Director for the Criminal Investigative Division

Stephen Richardson has been named assistant director for the Criminal Investigative Division, where he will replace Joseph Campbell, who is retiring in April after 25 years of service to the FBI. Most recently, Mr. Richardson served as the assistant director for the Operational Technology Division at FBIHQ.

Mr. Richardson entered on duty with the FBI in 1996 and was first assigned to the New Orleans Division, where he investigated criminal matters and formed the first organized task force in the Western District of Louisiana to combat violent criminal offenders. Throughout his career, Mr. Richardson has held leadership positions in the Criminal Investigative Division, the Counterterrorism Division, the Richmond Division, the Inspection Division, and the Mobile Division where he was the special agent in charge.

John Bennett, Special Agent in Charge, San Francisco Division

Mr. Bennett has been named special agent in charge of the San Francisco Division. Most recently, Mr. Bennett served as the section chief of the Digital Forensics and Analysis Section in the Operational Technology Division, where he led the establishment of scientific standards for digital media exploitation.

Mr. Bennett entered on duty with the FBI in 1998 and was assigned to the Newark Division. Mr. Bennett has held leadership positions in the San Francisco Division, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children in Washington, D.C., and the Operational Technology Division.

Marlin Ritzman, Special Agent in Charge, Anchorage Division

Marlin Ritzman has been named as the special agent in charge of the Anchorage Division. Most recently, Mr. Ritzman was the section chief of the Transnational Organized Crime–Western Hemisphere Section in the Criminal Investigative Division.

Mr. Ritzman entered on duty with the FBI in 1990. He has served on the FBI’s Hostage Rescue Team and has held various leadership positions in the Kansas City Division and as an assistant legal attaché in Islamabad, Pakistan. Mr. Ritzman is a certified SWAT agent and is a recipient of the FBI’s Shield of Bravery.

Pittsburgh Police Officer Charged with Deprivation of Civil Rights, Falsifying Report

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PITTSBURGH – A Pittsburgh resident has been indicted by a federal grand jury in on charges of deprivation of civil rights and falsification of a record, United States Attorney David J. Hickton announced.

The two-count indictment, returned on April 5, named Stephen Matakovich, 47, of Pittsburgh, Pa., as the sole defendant.

According to the indictment, on or about Nov. 28, 2015, Matakovich, a police officer of the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police, willfully deprived an individual identified as G.D. by punching G.D., pushing G.D., and repeatedly striking G.D., without justification, thereby causing bodily injury to G.D. The indictment further alleges that on or about Nov. 29, 2015, Matakovich made false statements in the record related to the incident, falsely justifying the force used against G.D.

The law provides for a maximum total sentence of 30 years in prison, a fine of $500,000, or both. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed would be based upon the seriousness of the offenses and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendant.

Assistant United States Attorneys Cindy K. Chung and Stephen S. Gilson are prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police conducted the investigation leading to the indictment in this case.

An indictment is an accusation. A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

Source: FBI

Real Men Cook’s 2016 Father’s Day Celebration Expands From One Site to 27 in Tribute to RMC’s 27th Anniversary

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In honor of its 27th anniversary, Real Men Cook — Chicago’s premiere urban Father’s Day charity event – will depart from past years’ formats by holding the much-anticipated event at 27 venues citywide/suburbanwide. The event will be held on Father’s Day, June 19 at 3PM.   This represents a powerful pivot from past years where the Father’s Day celebration was held at one location. Real Men Cook® president, Rael Jackson, son of founders Yvette and Kofi Moyo, said that the change is prompted by men committed to maintaining the Father’s Day tradition created by Real Men Cook while incorporating their own style and traditions. They will cook their favorite dishes and serve those they know and touch on a daily basis. The overarching goal is to influence young men to serve and grow their families and communities.

 

The events will continue Real Men Charities’, Inc. tradition of promoting health and wellness, prevention and awareness for families and children. Accordingly, each locale will serve healthy foods and broadcast the message that food is medicine.

 

The new format will be held at 27 locations. Among the Chicago communities where the celebration will be held are Englewood, Chatham, South Shore, Hyde Park, Lawndale, Bronzeville, Auburn Gresham, Park Manor and more. There will also be events in South Suburban cities and other outlying areas. In these individual sites, men will serve in churches, fraternity houses, homeless shelters, their blocks, backyards, homes and parks. At each location, they will demonstrate that Real Men Cook, Love and Care.

 

Jackson said that the new format would allow the event’s message to have a broader reach as it expands the Father’s Day tradition of family and community food-fests. As has been the practice since its founding, Real Men Cook 2016 will shine a spotlight on the men and promote awareness of the positive things they are doing to uplift their families and their communities.

 

Jackson predicts the 27 events will attract nearly 10,000 from Chicago and the surrounding area. Nationally, he projects that it will draw 60,000 people to Real Men Cook food fests nationwide including in Atlanta, Dallas, Detroit, Houston, Miami, Los Angeles, New York, Newark, New Orleans and Philadelphia.

The events will be documented by live video and photos and will have a prominent social media presence. Combined with news coverage and a word-of-mouth campaign, the events are expected to reach millions.

 

Jackson believes the newly-revamped event represents the beginning of a broader Movement.  “Life is about change,” he declared,  “and localizing and expanding the event’s reach is a way of keeping the healthy families, good men Movement vibrant.”

 

Celebrities, media personalities, ministers, politicians, entertainers, athletes, local community leaders, chefs and everyday hard-working fathers will participate as part of their resolve to uplift the family and defy the negative images often depicted in the media.

 

Real Men Cook is the largest, longest-running and most-anticipated Father’s Day celebration of its kind. It provides a platform where “real men” from all walks of life are honored for demonstrating extraordinary commitment to their families and to their communities. In keeping with Real Men Cook’s core mission. each venue will award men for the contributions they have made in their communities.

 

Some of the high-profile men who have donned a chef’s hat and participated in the past include U.S. Senator Barack Obama, Congressmen Danny Davis, Congressman John Conyers, and John Lewis. Senate President Emil Jones and his son Senator Emil Jones and Rev. Jesse Jackson, Sr. and his sons, former Congressman Jesse Jackson, Jr. and Professor Jonathan Jackson have also joined in past celebrations.

 

In this new format, the community can attend as many of the events as they wish, in a fashion similar to a pub-crawl.  Those who opt to attend multiple celebrations will witness the different flavors and styles while seeing the same commitment to promoting fathers and family that has been at the heart of Real Men Cook.

 

For more information, visit www.realmencook.com or contact: Melody McDowell @ 312-371-8917  or Yvette Moyo @ 773-425-4113

 

 About Real Men Cook

Real Men Cook was conceived and launched in Chicago in 1989 by entrepreneurs Yvette Moyo and Kofi Moyo as a local Father’s Day family celebration. The original concept grew to being celebrated in as many as 13 cities and evolved into a national Father’s Day tradition.Real Men Cook’s success spawned the creation of a number of products including Real Men Cook Sweet Potato Pound Cake®, a boxed cake mix that was introduced in January 2004 and was distributed to over 800 groceries nationwide. The book REAL MEN COOK (formerly REAL MEN COOK: Rites, Rituals and Recipes for Living,) is published by Simon & Schuster, with the foreword by now-President Barack Obama. The book highlights family celebrations around food and pays tribute to the participants. It includes a compilation of the favorite recipes of almost 100 of the nation’s– and Chicago’s –famous men. It is available for purchase on amazon.com.

The Pocket Guide that Every Unarmed Black Man Needs in His Life – “Know Your Rights! Everything to Know About Police Brutality”

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Know Your Rights! Police Brutality E-Book

Nationwide (BlackNews.com) — Although police brutality can happen to any one, government statistics confirm that police brutality in the United States is more likely to happen to Black individuals – especially men. According to MappingPoliceViolence.org, in 2015 alone, an estimated 336 black people were killed by police, and an estimated 102 of these people were unarmed.

In response to these devastating statistics, UrbanEbooks.com has announced the release of their newest publication, entitled Know Your Rights! Everything to Know About Police Brutality (What to Do If You’re Stopped, What’s Legal, What’s Illegal, and How Not to Get Killed!). This 65-page guide is the first of it’s kind, designed to specifically help African American men and teens to better understand their legal rights when it comes to dealing with the police.

Readers will learn exactly how to best defend themselves in the smartest and safest way possible, and the best part is that this book can be downloaded and stored on to any computer, smartphone or tablet now. So it can literally be in your pocket when ever you need it!

In Know Your Rights! Everything to Know About Police Brutality, readers will learn:

* 25 things police officers CAN legally do
* 25 things police officers can NOT legally do
* What to do if you are stopped while walking
* What to do if you are pulled over while driving
* What to do if you are being detained
* What to do if you are being arrested
* What to say to defend yourself legally
* Whether or not it is legal to record or videotape your encounter
* What not to say to compromise yourself
* How to not consent to an illegal search
* How to not consent to an illegal seizure
* How to be courteous, but also effective when speaking
* How to not get yourself killed!

Also included in the book:

* Valuable advice from former police officers
* A listing of the best law firms in the country that specialize in civil rights and police misconduct
* A listing of the top 10 civil rights/ Black lawyer organizations in the country that can help you

Know Your Rights! Everything to Know About Police Brutality, available for just $2.99, is a must-have for African American males of all ages. It is highly informative, and contains legal information and advice that can not be found elsewhere. It has the power to save lives!

For more details and/or to purchase the book, visit www.UrbanEbooks.com

Photo: Bookcover

 

Rogers Park Named the Top Chicago Neighborhood for “Living Well”

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A national real estate website this week named Rogers Park as the top neighborhood in Chicago  and one of the top neighborhoods in the nation for “living well.”

The website, Trulia, conducted a survey of 877 neighborhoods across the U.S., and named Rogers Park the 11th best neighborhood to live in the nation for staying active and healthy,  ahead of all other Chicago neighborhoods.

Trulia based their rankings on data from three key categories. Here’s what they wrote on their website:

  • Quiet Streets: the share of all streets within a neighborhood with low traffic.
  • Great Places to Play: the number of play-centric amenities, such as parks, trails, indoor bounce houses, among other like facilities. 
  • Care and Essentials: the number of hospitals and care facilities like urgent care clinics, pediatricians, pharmacies, and day care locations.

Based on those metrics, we can see how Rogers Park rose to the top. We have many beautiful tree-lined streets and a dozen parks, including a beautiful lakefront, with Loyola Park as the crown jewel. Ten of our parks now boast new playgrounds, with new playgrounds planned later this year at the remaining two parks.

Our neighborhood also has many quality day care centers to choose from, as well as a number of health care clinics that serve people of all incomes on a sliding scale and a quite a few  local- and nationally-owned pharmacies.

Though like any urban neighborhood, Rogers Park has its challenges, it’s nice to receive this accolade from a nationally-renowned company.

Sincerely,

Alderman Joe Moore

Two Veteran African American Filmmakers Partner to Produce Several Upcoming Urban Film and TV Projects

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Nationwide (BlackNews.com) – In 2016, urban entertainment will continue to garner increasing recognition by audiences but Hollywood has not quite yet ‘taken the plunge’… not just yet, but thats all about to change. The co-producing team of Wilson Mbiavanga, an award winning director and screenwriter and veteran producer, Pierre Bagley, has recognized the opportunity that the market is presenting.

According to industry trends, the urban market is the primary consumer of media and entertainment and also influences and leads the market in the areas of sports and fashion.

Wilson and Bagley state that Hollywood is not providing enough product to address this very profitable market. Bagley has spent his career directing, writing, and producing projects that provide a disruptive change in films and television, he most recently wrote, produced and directed the motion picture From the Rough, starring academy award nominees, Taraji P. Henson, Michael Clarke Duncan, and British actor Tom Felton (Harry Potter).

The two are current working on the political drama series Enlightenments which is already getting buzz around the industry, the series centers on two secret organizations and their clash for domination in Washington D.C.

Wilson, who will direct the series, says, Enlightenments is about the light and the darkness in us but how we bind the concept of light and darkness which makes us weak and powerful, in another words… human.

Because of Wilsons passion for creating provocative entertainment and his vision for the market, he has carefully selected his team which includes his longtime collaborator and assistant director, the Turkish filmmaker Nergis Senturk who is currently working on Wilsons project Enlightenments.

Wilson says that market potential is key when creating quality relevant content, his strategy is two fold, based on the genre we are developing we have the potential to capture a large portion of the urban contemporary audience and use that demographic to ignite the general market. Wilsons slate of projects with DC Media Groups Bagley, includes a number of television and film projects that will showcase multicultural talent and topics.

For more information about their work and upcoming projects, visit www.mgcinecraft.com or http://mgcinecraft.wix.com/wilsonmbiavanga

 

Photo Caption: (left to right) Award-winning director/screenwriter Wilson Mbiavanga and veteran producer, Pierre Bagley

 

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