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DC Host Committee Announces String of Events Celebrating Grand Opening of National Museum of African American History

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African American Civil War Memorial Museum;  See it. Be Inspired!
 
The DC Host Committee has announced a string of DC community events celebrating the opening of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History, set for Saturday, Sept. 24, 10am-12 noon.
The celebratory activities will begin September 18th through the opening on September 24th, and concluding the day after, according to Dr. Frank Smith, founder and executive director of the African American Civil War Memorial, Museum, which will host a string of events, including a watch party, a festival, a dramatic presentation and rides to and from the new museum.
Dr. Smith notes that the events will be as much a celebration of the educational aspect of the museum as it will be the Black culture. He expressed hopes that children will be intricately involved with the activities as well as the Museum.
The following are highlighted events kicking off Sept. 18 
and concluding Sept. 26:
Sunday, September 18, 5 pm:
A concert and Musical Program featuring a 200-voice choir, including chants, slave songs and spirituals
A Historical Odyssey from the Cradle to Liberation
Shiloh Baptist Church

1500 Ninth Street NW

Thursday, September 22, 6 – 9 pm:
DC Host Committee’s Official opening ceremony and reception sponsored by the Phi Sigma Chapter (Washington, DC) of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. www.SGRphisigma.org 
Official Host: DC Mayor Muriel Bowser
African American Civil War Memorial Museum

1925 Vermont Ave. NW.

Saturday, September 24, 10 am. – 12 Noon:
A series of free of charge Watch Parties to view the grand opening of the African American History Museum and speech by President Barack Obama:
-African American Civil War Memorial Museum, 1925 Vermont Ave. NW
-Ben’s Chili Bowl, 1213 U St NW

-Florida Avenue Grill, 1100 Florida Ave. NW

Saturday, September 24, 12:30 pm
African American Civil War Memorial begins festival on the Memorial Plaza starting at 12:30. Events will include the following:
 
Saturday, September 24, 11:00-2:00 pm:
Descendants Presentation by Carol Cromwell – Private Richard Cromwell, 39th USCT
African American Civil War Museum

1925 Vermont Ave, NW

Saturday, September 24, 2:00-3:30 pm:
Theatrical Presentation – Battle Hymn of a Freedman
Performance of dramatic stage play written by Clarence Anthony Bush, descendent of a member of the 2nd Regiment US Colored Troops
Play tells the story of the Fort Pillar Massacre of 1864 in which more than 300 Black soldiers were killed.
African American Civil War Museum

1925 Vermont Ave. NW

Saturday, September 24, 12:30-1:30 pm:
Musical Performance – Malcolm X Drummers and Dancers
African American Civil War Memorial

10th and U street NW

Saturday, September 24, 2:30-3:30 pm:
Musical Performance – East of the River Steel Band
African American Civil War Memorial
10th and U street NW
Saturday, September 24:

FREE SHUTTLES from museum Plaza to the NMAAHC every hour on the hour beginning at 1 pm.

Sunday, September 25, 12:00-3:00 pm:
Theatrical Presentation – Battle Hymn of a Freedman and VIP Brunch Champagne Reception
Performance of dramatic stage play written by Clarence Anthony Bush, descendent of a member of the 2nd Regiment US Colored Troops. Play tells the story of the Fort Pillar Massacre of 1864 in which more than 300 Black soldiers were killed.
Performance includes a VIP Champagne Brunch – $100
African American Civil War Museum
1925 Vermont Ave. NW
 
The National Museum of African American History and Culture will be a place where all Americans can learn about the richness and diversity of the African American experience, what it means to their lives and how it helped us shape this nation. A place that transcends the boundaries of race and culture that divide us, and becomes a lens into a story that unites us all.

The African American Civil War Memorial

The African American Civil War Memorial allows the nation to finally pay tribute to the gallant acts of the African American soldiers of the Civil War, who answered when America called for help. These troops brought an end to slavery and reunited a torn country. The nation deserves an opportunity to honor their sacrifices. 
African American Civil War Memorial Museum
1925 Vermont Ave. NW.,
Washington, DC, 20001
For More Information, Contact: 

(202) 667-2667

ISBE Names More Than 250 Schools to Participate in the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program

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$5.42 million awarded for the 2016-17 school year

SPRINGFIELD, IL — Thousands of schoolchildren across the state will snack on additional fresh fruits and vegetables this school year thanks to a federal program administered by the Illinois State Board of Education.

More than 250 elementary schools will participate in the U.S. Department of Agriculture-funded Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program, including districts in Cairo, Springfield, Kankakee, Mount Vernon, Centralia, Chicago, East St. Louis, Rock Island, and more. A complete list of participating schools is available on the ISBE website at http://isbe.net/nutrition/PDF/ffvp-awardees16-17.pdf.

“We are very excited to help with the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program again this year,” said State Superintendent of Education Tony Smith, Ph.D. “It is important to promote healthier eating habits so our kids will have the fuel they need for the school day and the knowledge to make healthier choices down the road.”

This is the eighth year the Illinois State Board of Education has administered the grant program. Illinois has seen FFVP funds increase steadily each year from $2.21 million in 2009-10 to this year’s $5.42 million. For the 2016-17 school year, ISBE approved 260 sites, with an estimated total enrollment of 107,725 students. Schools are reimbursed monthly for allowable expenses up to the school’s total awarded amount.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) program sends funds to states, which then distribute the money to schools. The FFVP grant awards target elementary schools with the highest eligibility in the free and reduced-price categories within the National School Lunch Program.

FFVP provides all students in participating schools access to a variety of free fresh fruits and vegetables at least twice a week. For some students it can be their first time biting into a fuzzy peach or discovering they like fresh cucumber slices. Worksheets, fact sheets and classroom discussion can accompany the snacks to teach students about the nutritious fruits and vegetables, linking them to curriculum.

More information about the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program is available on the ISBE website at http://isbe.net/nutrition/htmls/ffv_program.htm.

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:

  • Elizabeth A. Field – Inspector General, Office of Personnel Management
  • Tina S. Kaidanow – Assistant Secretary for Political-Military Affairs, Department of State
  • Markos Kounalakis – Member, United States Advisory Commission on Public Diplomacy
  • Justin H. Siberell – Coordinator for Counterterrorism, with the rank of Ambassador at Large, Department of State
  • Claudia Slacik – Member, Board of Directors, Export-Import Bank of the United States
  • Gail O’Connor Mellow – Member, National Council on the Humanities
  • Dana A. Williams – Member, National Council on the Humanities

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

  • Adele Chatfield-Taylor – Member, Cultural Property Advisory Committee, Department of State
  • W. Kent Fuchs – Member, National Science Board, National Science Foundation
  • Renee M. Johnson – Member, National Council on Federal Labor-Management Relations
  • Rami Nashashibi – Member, President’s Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships
  • Shannon Keller O’Loughlin – Member, Cultural Property Advisory Committee, Department of State
  • Julia M. Phillips – Member, National Science Board, National Science Foundation
  • James K. Reap – Member, Cultural Property Advisory Committee, Department of State
  • Jeremy Sabloff – Chairman and Member, Cultural Property Advisory Committee, Department of State

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

Elizabeth A. Field, Nominee for Inspector General, Office of Personnel Management   
Elizabeth A. Field is a Senior Advisor in the Office of the Under Secretary for Civilian Security, Democracy, and Human Rights at the Department of State, a position she has held since 2014.  From 2010 to 2014, Ms. Field served in multiple positions in the Office of the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction, including as Assistant Inspector General for Audits and Inspections from 2013 to 2014, Chief of Staff from 2011 to 2013, and Senior Audit Manager from 2010 to 2011.  Ms. Field was an Inspector in the Management Reviews Division at the Office of the Director of National Intelligence in 2010. Additionally, she served at the Government Accountability Office as a Senior Analyst from 2004 to 2010 and as an Analyst from 2002 to 2004.  Ms. Field received a B.A. from Davidson College and an M.P.P. from Duke University.

Tina S. Kaidanow, Nominee for Assistant Secretary for Political-Military Affairs, Department of State  
Tina S. Kaidanow, a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, Class of Minister-Counselor, is Principal Deputy Secretary for Political-Military Affairs at the Department of State, a position she has held since 2016.  Ms. Kaidanow previously served as Coordinator for Counterterrorism with the rank of Ambassador at Large from 2014 to 2016 and as Deputy Ambassador at the U.S. Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan from 2012 to 2013.  She worked in the Department of State’s Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs from 2009 to 2012, serving as Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary from 2011 to 2012 and Deputy Assistant Secretary from 2009 to 2011.  From 2006 to 2009, Ms. Kaidanow was Chief of Mission and Principal Officer at the U.S. Embassy in Pristina, Kosovo, becoming the first U.S. Ambassador to Kosovo in July 2008.  She served in Bosnia-Herzegovina as Deputy Chief of Mission from 2003 to 2006.  From 2000 to 2002, she was the Special Assistant for European Affairs to Deputy Secretaries of State Strobe Talbott and Richard Armitage, and from 1999 to 2000, she was Director for Southeast European Affairs on the National Security Council staff.  From 1998 to 1999, she was Special Assistant to the Special Envoy for Kosovo at the U.S. Embassy in Skopje, Macedonia.  She served as a Political Officer in Bosnia-Herzegovina from 1997 to 1998 and Serbia from 1995 to 1997.  She joined the Foreign Service in 1994.  Ms. Kaidanow received a B.A. and M.A. from the University of Pennsylvania and an M.Phil. from Columbia University.

Markos Kounalakis, Nominee for Member of the United States Advisory Commission on Public Diplomacy
Markos Kounalakis has worked as a freelance journalist and author since 1980.  Since 2013, Mr. Kounalakis has served as a Visiting Fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University.  Since 2010, he has been a Research Fellow at the Center for Media, Data and Society at the Central European University in Budapest, Hungary.  Mr. Kounalakis was President and Publisher of Washington Monthly from 2002 to 2009 and Vice Chairman of the California State World Trade Commission from 2001 to 2003.  He currently serves on the Board of Councilors at the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism and the Board of Advisors at the University’s Center on Public Diplomacy.  Mr. Kounalakis received a B.Sc. from the University of California, Berkeley, an M.Sc. from Columbia University, and a Ph.D. from the Central European University in Budapest, Hungary.

Justin H. Siberell, Nominee for Coordinator for Counterterrorism, with the rank of Ambassador at Large, Department of State 
Justin H. Siberell, a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, Class of Minister-Counselor, is Principal Deputy Coordinator in the Bureau of Counterterrorism at the Department of State, a position he has held since 2014.  Since early 2016, Mr. Siberell has served concurrently as Acting Coordinator for Counterterrorism.  He previously worked at the Department of State as Deputy Coordinator for Regional Affairs in the Bureau of Counterterrorism from 2012 to 2014.  Prior to that, he was Principal Officer at the U.S. Consulate General in Dubai, United Arab Emirates from 2009 to 2012, a Political Officer at the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad, Iraq from 2008 to 2009, and Consul at the American Presence Post in Alexandria, Egypt from 2005 to 2008.  He also served as a Press and Information Officer at the U.S. Embassy in Amman, Jordan from 2002 to 2005.  Since joining the Foreign Service in 1993, he has served in positions on the National Security Council, the Department of State’s Iran Desk and Executive Secretariat, as well as in the United Arab Emirates and Panama.  Mr. Siberell received a B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley.

Claudia Slacik, Nominee for Board of Directors of the Export-Import Bank of the United States
Claudia Slacik was the Senior Vice President of Export Finance for the Export-Import Bank of the United States (Ex-Im), a position she held from 2013 to May 2016.  During that time, Ms. Slacik also performed the duties of Ex-Im’s Chief Banking Officer.  From 2009 to 2013, Ms. Slacik held various positions at JPMorgan Chase & Co. including Head of International Public Sector for J.P. Morgan’s Treasury Services business and CEO of its Treasury & Securities Services in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa.  Before joining J.P. Morgan, from 1992 to 2009 Ms. Slacik served in several positions at Citigroup, most recently as Global Head of Trade Services and Finance for Citi’s Global Transaction Services Group.  Prior to joining Citigroup in 1992, Ms. Slacik was Vice President, Strategic Planning at World Color Press.  She launched her career in banking at Bankers Trust Company.  Ms. Slacik received an A.B. from Smith College and an M.B.A. from New York University.

Dr. Gail O’Connor Mellow, Nominee for Member, National Council on the Humanities
Dr. Gail O’Connor Mellow is President of LaGuardia Community College, a position she has held since 2000.  Previously, Dr. Mellow was the President of Gloucester Community College from 1997 to 2000.  She served as Senior Administrator at LaGuardia Community College from 1996 to 1997 and Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at Rockland Community College from 1994 to 1996.  From 1989 to 1994, Dr. Mellow held several positions at Quinebaug Valley Community College, including Acting President and Academic Dean.  She served as both Director and Assistant Director of the University of Connecticut Women’s Center from 1984 to 1989.  Dr. Mellow serves on the New York City Economic Development Corporation, and previously served on the Homeland Security Academic Advisory Council, Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, and Association of American Colleges and Universities.  Dr. Mellow received an A.A. from Jamestown Community College, a B.A. from the State University of New York, Albany, and an M.A. and Ph.D. from George Washington University.

Dr. Dana A. Williams, Nominee for Member, National Council on the Humanities
Dr. Dana A. Williams is Chair of the Department of English at Howard University, a position she has held since 2009.  Dr. Williams previously served as Associate Chair and Undergraduate Studies Director at Howard University from 2003 to 2009.  She was a Faculty Fellow at the John Hope Franklin Humanities Institute at Duke University from 2008 to 2009 and an Assistant Professor at Louisiana State University from 1999 to 2003.  She is a member of the Executive Committee of the Black American Literature and Culture Forum for the Modern Languages Association, and recently served as President of the College Language Association and the Association of the Departments of English Executive Committee.  Dr. Williams won the Ford Foundation Postdoctoral Scholar Award in 1999.  Dr. Williams received a B.A. from Grambling State University and an M.A. and Ph.D from Howard University.

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

Adele Chatfield-Taylor, Appointee for Member, Cultural Property Advisory Committee
Adele Chatfield-Taylor is President Emerita of the American Academy in Rome, a position she has held since 2014, which followed her 25 year tenure as the Academy’s President and CEO.  Ms. Chatfield-Taylor was Director of the Design Arts Program for the National Endowment for the Arts from 1984 to 1988 and Executive Director of the New York Landmarks Preservation Foundation from 1980 to 1984. Preservation Foundation from 1980 to 1984. She was Director for Policy and Programs and affiliated with the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission from 1973 to 1980. Ms. Chatfield-Taylor was an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Architecture at Columbia University from 1976 to 1984 and a Loeb Fellow at the Harvard Graduate School of Design from 1978 to 1979.  She served as a trustee for the National Building Museum from 1989 to 1995 and was a member of the Commission of Fine Arts from 1989 to 1994.  Ms. Chatfield-Taylor received a B.A. from Manhattanville College and an M.S. from Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation.

Dr. W. Kent Fuchs, Appointee for Member, National Science Board, National Science Foundation
Dr. W. Kent Fuchs serves as the President of the University of Florida, a position he has held since 2015. Previously, he served as Provost of Cornell University from 2009 to 2014. Prior to that, Dr. Fuchs was the Joseph Silbert Dean of the Cornell University College of Engineering from 2002 to 2008. From 1996 to 2002, he served as the head of the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering and as the Michael J. and Katherine R. Birck Distinguished Professor at Purdue University. From 1985 to 1996, he served as a professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and the Coordinated Science Laboratory at the University of Illinois. Dr. Fuchs is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, and the Association for Computing Machinery. Dr. Fuchs holds a B.S.E. from Duke University, a M.Div. from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, and a M.S. and Ph.D. from the University of Illinois.

Renee M. Johnson, Appointee for Member, National Council on Federal Labor-Management Relations
Renee M. Johnson is the National President of the Federal Managers Association (FMA), a position she has held since 2016.  Ms. Johnson formerly served in FMA leadership as Vice President of the FMA from 2015 to 2016 and was previously an FMA Regional Director from 2011 to 2015, as well as an FMA Chapter President from 2010 to 2015.  Ms. Johnson has been the Component Program Deputy Integrated Product Team Lead for the Fleet Readiness Center East (FRC East) of the United States Navy, a position she has held since 2014.  Ms. Johnson has served with FRC East for more than two decades, serving as the Emerging Systems Branch Head from 2013 to 2014, Business Manager from 2009 to 2013, Project Manager from 1998 to 2009, Security Assistant from 1997 to 1998, Program Assistant from 1996 to 1997, and began her federal career in 1990 in the cooperative education program.  Ms. Johnson received a B.A. from the University of Mount Olive and an M.B.A. from Boston University.

Dr. Rami Nashashibi, Appointee for Member, President’s Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships
Director of the Inner-City Muslim Action Network, which he co-founded in 1997. He has also been a Visiting Assistant Professor at the Chicago Theological Seminary since 2013. Dr. Nashashibi serves on the Advisory Board of the Jewish Council on Urban Affairs, the Executive Council of the United Congress of Community and Religious Organizations, and the Planning Committee for the Martin Luther King, Jr. Living Memorial project. He was named a White House Champion of Change in 2011. Dr. Nashashibi received a  B.A. from DePaul University and an M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Chicago.

Shannon Keller O’Loughlin, Appointee for Member, Cultural Property Advisory Committee
Shannon Keller O’Loughlin is Chief of Staff at the National Indian Gaming Commission, a position she has held since 2015.  Ms. O’Loughlin was Partner and Chair of the Indian Nations Practice Group at Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP from 2013 to 2015.  She was a Solo Practitioner from 2005 to 2013, during which time she worked on the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA) Civil Penalties program from 2011 to 2013. Ms. O’Loughlin was an Associate Attorney for Dreyer Boyajian LLP from 2005 to 2006, Squire Sanders & Dempsey LLP from 2004 to 2005, and Galbut & Hunter, P.C. from 2002 to 2004.  She was a Law Clerk for the Arizona Court of Appeals from 2001 to 2002.  Ms. O’Loughlin is a member of the National Native American Bar Association and the Lawyers Committee for Cultural Heritage Preservation. She was a member of the NAGPRA Review Committee from 2013 to 2015.  Ms. O’Loughlin received a B.A. from California State University, Long Beach and an M.A. and J.D. from the University of Arizona.

Dr. Julia M. Phillips, Appointee for Member, National Science Board, National Science Foundation
Dr. Julia M. Phillips is Executive Emeritus at Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Previously at Sandia, Dr. Phillips served as Vice President and Chief Technology Officer from 2013 to 2014, Director of Laboratory Research Strategy and Partnerships from 2011 to 2013, and Director of the Physical, Chemical & Nano Science Center from 2001 to 2010. Prior to joining Sandia, Dr. Phillips was a member of the technical staff and a manager at AT&T Bell Laboratories from 1981 to 1995. She is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Dr. Phillips received a B.S. from the College of William and Mary and a Ph.D. from Yale University.

James K. Reap, Appointee for Member, Cultural Property Advisory Committee
James K. Reap is Professor and Graduate Coordinator of the Masters of Historic Preservation program at the University of Georgia (UGA), positions he has held since 2015 and 2014, respectively.  Mr. Reap held various positions including Associate Professor, Instructor, and Public Service Associate from 2003 to 2014 at UGA.  Mr. Reap was Assistant Commissioner with the Georgia Department of Administrative Services from 1997 to 2002, Program Manager for the Atlanta Committee for the Olympic Games from 1993 to 1996, and Executive Assistant to the Director of State Parks with the Georgia Department of Natural Resources from 1992 to 1993.  Mr. Reap is a member of the International Council on Monuments and Sites and the Lawyers’ Committee for Cultural Heritage Preservation.  He is a Founding Member of the Georgia Alliance of Preservation Commissions and the National Alliance of Preservation Commissions.  Mr. Reap received a B.A. from the University of North Carolina and a J.D. from the University of Georgia.

Dr. Jeremy Sabloff, Appointee for Member and Chairman, Cultural Property Advisory Committee
Dr. Jeremy Sabloff is an External Professor at the Santa Fe Institute and the Christopher H. Browne Distinguished Professor of Anthropology Emeritus at the University of Pennsylvania, positions he has held since 2015 and 2010, respectively.  Previously, Dr. Sabloff served as President of the Santa Fe Institute from 2009 to 2015, Professor at the University of Pennsylvania from 1994 to 2009, and Director of the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology from 1994 to 2004.  He served as a Professor at the University of Pittsburgh from 1986 to 1994, Professor at the University of New Mexico from 1978 to 1986, and Associate Professor at the University of Utah from 1976 to 1977.  Dr. Sabloff was an Assistant and Associate Professor at Harvard University from 1969 to 1976.  He is a member of the National Advisory Board of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History, the National Academy of Sciences, the American Philosophical Society, and a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.  Dr. Sabloff received a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania and an M.A. and Ph.D. from Harvard University.

Labor Force Declines Fourth Straight Month

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Unemployment rate declines to 5.5%

 

CHICAGO, IL– The Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) announced today that the unemployment rate in August decreased -0.3 percentage points to 5.5 percent and nonfarm payrolls decreased, based on preliminary data released by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) and IDES. The decrease in Illinois’ unemployment rate is largely due to a decline in the labor force. Job growth is still below the national average, with Illinois -46,400 jobs short of its peak employment level reached in September 2000.

“In this 30-day snapshot, manufacturing losses were heavy, which contributed to more than half of the month’s decrease in nonfarm payroll jobs,” said IDES Director Jeff Mays. “The surveys have shown a great deal of fluctuation over the past year; seeing how the numbers develop over the long-term should make the trend clear.”

“Illinois residents continue to drop out of the workforce at a concerning rate, driven out by the steady loss of jobs and anemic growth,” DCEO Acting Director Sean McCarthy said. “If our state enacted the structural reforms necessary to get Illinois growing at the national rate, we could create 200 new jobs every day and put Illinois back to work. Instead, the state lost 8,200 jobs and nearly 20,000 people gave up looking for work.”

In August, the two industry sectors with the largest gains in employment were: Leisure and Hospitality (+3,400); and Professional and Business Services (+2,000). The three industry sectors with the largest declines in employment were: Manufacturing (-4,400); Financial Activities (-2,600); and Education and Health Services (-1,900).

Over the year, nonfarm payroll employment increased by +40,100 jobs with the largest gains in Leisure and Hospitality (+23,000); and Professional and Business Services (+17,000). Industry sectors with the largest over-the-year declines in August include: Manufacturing (-11,800) and Information Services (-3,600). The +0.7 percent over-the-year gain in Illinois is less than the +1.7 percent gain posted by the nation in August.

The state’s unemployment rate is higher than the national unemployment rate reported for August 2016, which held at 4.9 percent. The Illinois unemployment rate is down -0.3 percentage points from a year ago when it was 5.8 percent. The unemployment rate declined for the fourth consecutive month in August, as did the labor force and the number of people unemployed.

The number of unemployed workers decreased -5.1 percent from the prior month to 363,700, down -3.5 percent over the same month for the prior year. The labor force grew by +1.0 percent in August over the prior year, but decreased -0.3 percent over-the-month. The unemployment rate identifies those individuals who are out of work and are seeking employment. An individual who exhausts or is ineligible for benefits is still reflected in the unemployment rate if they actively seek work.

To help connect jobseekers to employers who are hiring, IDES’ maintains the state’s largest job search engine IllinoisJoblink.com (IJL). IJL recently showed that 61,572 resumes were posted and 176,638 help wanted ads were available.

Seasonally Adjusted Unemployment Rates

August 2016 July 2016* August 2015* 3-Month Moving Avg. Over-the-Month Change Over-the-Year Change
Illinois 5.5% 5.8% 5.8% 5.8% -0.3 -0.3
U.S. 4.9% 4.9% 5.1% 4.9% 0.0 -0.2
* Revised
Illinois Seasonally Adjusted Nonfarm Jobs – by Major Industry
Industry Title August* 2016 July** 2016 August 2015 Over the Month Change Over the Year Change 3-Month Moving Avg. Change From Previous 3-Month avg.
Total Nonfarm 6,008,700 6,016,900 5,968,600 -8,200 40,100 6,009,300 1,000
Mining 8,900 9,100 9,300 -200 -400 9,000 -100
construction 213,000 214,700 213,900 -1,700 -900 214,900 -1,500
Manufacturing 568,400 572,800 580,200 -4,400 -11,800 571,800 -1,700
Trade, Transportation, & Utilities 1,209,300 1,210,100 1,203,900 -800 5,400 1,209,200 200
Information 97,700 97,900 101,300 -200 -3,600 97,800 -100
Finanacial Activities 377,200 379,800 380,400 -2,600 -3,200 379,400 -700
Professiona and Business Services 938,000 936,000 921,000 2,000 1,700 936,800 1,300
Education and Health Services 909,300 911,200 898,900 -1,900 10,400 907,700 -200
Leisure and Hospitaility 600,500 597,100 577,500 3,400 23,000 597,000 2,000
Other Services 258,000 259,400 252,600 -1,400 5,400 257,500 1,300
Government 828,400 828,800 829,600 -400 -1,200 828,200 400

*Preliminary
**Final

Notes:

  • Monthly 2011 – 2015 labor force data for Illinois, and all other states, have been revised as required by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). The monthly historical revisions to state labor force estimates reflect new national benchmark controls, state working-age population controls, seasonal factors, as well as updated total nonfarm jobs and unemployment benefits claims inputs. Illinois labor force data were also smoothed to eliminate large monthly changes as a result of volatility in the monthly Census Population Survey (CPS) and national benchmarking. For these reasons, comments and tables citing unemployment rates in previous state news releases/materials might no longer be valid.
  • Monthly seasonally adjusted unemployment rates for Illinois and the Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights Metropolitan Division are available here: Illinois & Chicago Metropolitan Area Unemployment Rates
  • Monthly 1994 – 2014 unadjusted and seasonally adjusted nonfarm payroll data for Illinois have been revised. To control for potential survey error, the estimates are benchmarked annually to universal counts derived primarily from unemployment insurance tax reports.
  • Not seasonally adjusted jobs data with industry detail are available at Not Seasonally Adjusted Jobs. “Other Services” include activities in three broad categories: Personal and laundry; repair and maintenance; and religious, grant making, civic and professional organizations. Seasonally adjusted employment data for subsectors within industries are not available.

Chicago Man Sentenced in 2010 Double Murder

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A Chicago man was sentenced today to life plus 20 years in prison for the shooting deaths of two individuals and his subsequent attempts to have a witness in the case against him killed, according to the Office of Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez.

Samuel Gayden, 35, was previously found guilty of two counts of Murder and one count of Attempt Murder.

According to prosecutors, on Sept. 1, 2010, the victims Marcus Marshall and Shawntell Harris and a third victim approached a liquor store in the 5700 block of South State Street. Marshall and the third victim entered the store while Harris stayed outside. Gayden entered the same store, looked around, walked out and waited outside of the store. Shortly thereafter, Harris entered the store. A few moments later, Gayden re-entered the store and began shooting at Marshall, Harris and the third victim.  Marshall and Harris were shot and died as a result of their injuries. The third victim escaped injury.

The entire incident was caught by several surveillance cameras in the area and Gayden was identified as the shooter by witnesses at the crime scene and viewing the surveillance footage.  Gayden was arrested a few days later and the murder weapon was recovered.

While in custody at the Cook County Jail, Gayden made telephone calls and mailed letters attempting to have one of the witnesses in the case murdered. Those communications were intercepted by Sheriff’s Office investigators.

Gayden appeared at a hearing at the Leighton Criminal Courthouse in Chicago where Judge Domenica Stephenson imposed the prison term.

State’s Attorney Alvarez thanked Assistant State’s Attorneys Thomas Darman, Eric Leafbland and Mary McMahon, the Chicago Police Department and the Cook County Sheriff’s Office for their work on this case.

His Greatest Fight: The Trials of Muhammad Ali (2013) #KTQ50 Film Now Streaming For Free

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From today until Friday, September 23rd, the free KTQ50 film is the Emmy Award-winning The Trials of Muhammad Ali (2013).
“Bill Siegel’s audacious documentary puts new heat and focus on what an extraordinary figure Muhammad Ali was outside the boxing ring. No film has probed this deeply into the fallout from his name change or his complex bond with Malcolm X and the Nation of Islam. And the saga of Ali’s refusal to be drafted during Vietnam becomes a profile in courage — a tale of shocking vilification and faith lost and found.”
— Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly
The Trials of Muhammad Ali covers the explosive crossroads of Ali’s life. When Cassius Clay becomes Muhammad Ali, his conversion to Islam and refusal to serve in the Vietnam War leave him banned from boxing and facing a five-year prison sentence. Ali’s choice of belief and conscience over fame and fortune resonates far beyond the boxing ring, striking issues of race, faith and identity that continue to confront us all today.

Prior to becoming the most recognizable face on earth, Cassius Clay became Muhammad Ali and found himself in the crosshairs of conflicts concerning race, religion, and wartime dissent. In 1964, when the 22-year-old, Olympic gold medalist won his first heavyweight championship, he shouted, “I shook up the world!” But his earthshaking has only begun. Soon he announced he was a Muslim, a member of the Nation of Islam, and had a new name: Muhammad Ali. Drafted to fight in the Vietnam War, he made his defining expression of resistance: “No, I will not go 10,000 miles to continue the domination of white slave masters over the darker people of the earth.”

World premiered at the 2013 Tribeca Film Festival, The Trials of Muhammad Ali delves deeply into a time when an emerging sports superhero chooses faith and conscience over fame and fortune. The fury he faced from an American public enraged by his opposition to the Vietnam War and unwilling to accept his conversion to Islam, has global implications for generations now coming of age amidst contemporary fissures involving freedom, faith and military conflict. Archival scenes highlight the life forces who support and oppose him, including his spiritual mentors, Malcolm X and Elijah Muhammad, and critics of his stance, such as Jackie Robinson and Joe Louis. Interviews shot exclusively for the film feature those who were there: his brother, Rahaman; his bride, Khalilah Camacho-Ali; New York Times writer, Robert Lipsyte; and Nation of Islam leader, Louis Farrakhan. What emerges is the hidden history of Muhammad Ali, an opportunity for audiences worldwide to discover how his journey – toward a full spiritual embrace of Islam and through his humanitarian work around the world – challenges us to overcome today’s fissures of race, faith and identity.

The film was directed by Bill Siegel (The Weather Underground), produced by Rachel Pikelny, edited by Aaron Wickenden, and executive produced by Justine Nagan and Gordon Quinn for Kartemquin Films, Kat White (KatLei Productions), and Leon Gast (When We Were Kings).

The Trials of Muhammad Ali was distributed in theaters by Kino Lorber and aired on PBS Independent Lens to wide acclaim. Watch the G.O.A.T. is his toughest fight today to understand, learn and remember why he is one of the most important figures of the late twentieth century.
“The best Muhammad Ali doc I’ve ever seen and – dare I say – I’ve seen ’em all.” — Dave Zirin, The Nation.

The Trials of Muhammad Ali is available for purchase on DVD here

 

In 2016, several organizations around the country will host a series of screenings and events to celebrate Kartemquin’s 50th anniversary. We also invite you to watch all our films for free, week by week, at http://watch.kartemquin.com and join the conversation at #KTQ50.

 

Join us for the Kartemquin Films Los Angeles Retrospective September 16-26 at Billy Wilder Theater, presented by UCLA Film & Television Archive and the International Documentary Association.
Kartemquin is a collaborative center for documentary media makers who seek to foster a more engaged and empowered society. In 2016 Kartemquin will celebrate 50 years of sparking democracy through documentary.

A revered resource within the film community on issues of fair use, ethics, story and civic discourse, Kartemquin is internationally recognized for crafting quality documentaries backed by audience and community engagement strategies, and for its innovative media arts community programs. The organization has won every major critical and journalistic prize, including multiple Emmy, Peabody, duPont-Columbia and Robert F. Kennedy journalism awards, Independent Spirit, IDA, PGA and DGA awards, and an Oscar nomination.

For the 50th anniversary of Kartemquin Films, several organizations in Chicago and around the country will host a series of screenings and events to celebrate the impact of their work, and the power of documentary to inspire storytelling for years to come. Kartemquin is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization based in Chicago. www.kartemquin.com

Kirk Statement on Reports that Two More Released Guantanamo Prisoners Returned to Terrorism Against the United States

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) issued a statement after the U.S. Director of National Intelligence (DNI) admitted two more terrorist detainees released from Guantanamo Bay (Gitmo) have returned to terrorism efforts against the United States and our allies: 

“The U.S. intelligence community’s revelation that two more released Gitmo detainees have returned to terrorism reinforces the danger and recklessness of the Administration’s policy of transferring Gitmo terrorist detainees to foreign countries without real accountability.  Earlier this year, the Administration admitted 12 former Gitmo detainees had been implicated in attacks that killed six Americans, and the DNI continues to warn 30 percent of former Gitmo detainees are confirmed or suspected of reengaging in terrorism. Guantanamo Bay remains the safest and most secure place on Earth to detain terrorists who want to kill and harm American families.” 

During the Senate’s consideration of the annual defense bill, Senator Kirk introduced Gitmo “transparency and accountability” amendments to require the Administration to provide American taxpayers with full details of any agreement related to transferring Gitmo terrorist detainees to foreign nations, and to cut U.S. foreign aid to any country that accepts a former Gitmo terrorist detainee and loses track of them. 

Today, Senator Kirk signed onto S.2999 to prohibit the transfer of any detainees from Gitmo until the National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal year 2017 is enacted or January 1, 2017. Similar legislation passed the House this morning 244-174.  

Defendant Pleads Guilty to Providing Material Support To Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Irfan Demirtas, 58, a dual Dutch-Turkish citizen, pleaded guilty to providing material support to the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan (IMU), a designated foreign terrorist organization.

The plea was announced by Assistant Attorney General for National Security John P. Carlin, U.S. Attorney Channing D. Phillips of the District of Columbia, and Assistant Director in Charge Paul M. Abbate of the FBI’s Washington Field Office.

Demirtas pleaded guilty in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia and is to be sentenced on Nov. 30, 2016 by the Honorable Randolph D. Moss. The charge carries a statutory maximum of 15 years in prison and potential financial penalties.  The plea agreement calls for Demirtas to be removed from the United States upon completion of his prison term.

On Dec. 8, 2011, Demirtas was charged in a sealed four-count indictment for conduct occurring from at least Jan. 2006 through May 2008, when Demirtas was a resident of the Netherlands and acted as an IMU fundraiser and facilitator.  In Jan. 2015, Demirtas was arrested in Germany based on an Interpol red notice that had been issued on these charges.  He was detained and then extradited to the United States on July 17, 2015.

According to the government’s evidence, the IMU is a militant Islamic group which was formed in 1991 with the stated purpose to overthrow the government of Uzbekistan and to create an Islamic state under Sharia law. Since its inception, the IMU has been conducting military operations in Uzbekistan and Pakistan and participated in combat operations against coalition forces in Afghanistan. The IMU was designated by the U.S. Department of State as a Foreign Terrorist Organization on Sept. 25, 2001.

Between January 2006 and May 2008, according to the government’s evidence, Demirtas acted on the IMU’s behalf in Pakistan, Afghanistan, Turkey, Jordan, the Netherlands, France and elsewhere outside the United States. During this period, he provided, attempted to provide, and conspired to provide personnel and funding to the IMU, knowing that it is a designated terrorist organization that has engaged and engages in terrorism. Specifically, Demirtas admitted in his plea to providing funds to the leader of the IMU.

The case is being investigated by the FBI’s Washington Field Office and is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Michael C. DiLorenzo and Ari M. Redbord of the District of Columbia and Trial Attorney Brian K. Morgan of the National Security Division’s Counterterrorism Section.  Assistance was provided by the Department of Justice’s Office of International Affairs.

Source: FBI

 

ISBE Announces Finalists for Illinois Teacher of the Year

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2017 Illinois Teacher of the Year to be named Oct. 22

 

SPRINGFIELD, IL – The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) announced the 10 finalists for the 2017 Illinois Teacher of the Year, who will be named during the “Those Who Excel” banquet in October. The state’s annual educator recognition program will acknowledge the contributions and accomplishments of more than 250 educators and school personnel from throughout the state and honor one individual as the Illinois Teacher of the Year.

“This program gives us the opportunity to meet outstanding teachers at every level and recognize leadership and achievements in classrooms throughout Illinois,” said State Superintendent of Education Tony Smith, Ph.D. “These dedicated educators inspire me every day and I am impressed by the relationships they create with students, colleagues, parents, and the community in order to give students the best learning opportunities available.”

A selection committee composed of administrators, teachers, and representatives from educational service personnel, student support personnel, and past Illinois Teacher of the Year winners reviewed 253 nominations this year.

Kim Thomas is the 2016 Illinois Teacher of the Year. Kim teaches math to eighth-graders at Woodruff Career and Technical Center in Peoria Public Schools District 150.

“It has been an honor and pleasure to share my passions for teaching and math. I am grateful to have met so many wonderful teachers across the state and from around the nation,” Thomas said when asked about her experiences as Illinois Teacher of the Year. “I have been blessed to learn from others who are living the dream of being a teacher so students can one day live their dreams!”

The 2017 Illinois Teacher of the Year will be announced during the Those Who Excel banquet Saturday, Oct. 22, at the Bloomington-Normal Marriott Hotel and Conference Center in Normal. The Teacher of the Year will represent Illinois at NASA Space Camp in Huntsville, Ala., and in the Council of Chief State School Officers’ National Teacher of the Year Program.

Here are this year’s finalists:

Ricardo Castro is an ESL, language arts, and Spanish teacher for grades 9-12 at Elk Grove High School in Township High School District 214.

Jeremy Clarke teaches third grade at Dr. Nick Osborne Primary Center in Mount Vernon City Schools District 80.

John Colucci is a language arts teacher for students in seventh grade at Percy Julian Middle School in Oak Park Elementary School District 97.

Nichole Folkman teaches journalism, English, speech, and literature to students in grades 9-12 at Hartsburg-Emden CUSD 21.

Candace Hamilton is a physical science teacher for eighth-grade students at Whiteside Middle School in Whiteside School District 115.

Matthew Herndon teaches physical education to students at Lewis and Clark Junior High School in Wood River-Hartford School District 154.

Edward “Ted” Houpt is a social studies teacher at Danville High School in Danville Consolidated School District 118.

Patti Ludwig teaches fourth-grade students at Mary Morgan Elementary School in Byron CUSD 226.

 

Elizabeth Mendoza is a Spanish teacher for students in grades 10-12 at J.S. Morton East High School in J.S. Morton High School District 201.

Anthony Zarate teaches English language arts to seventh- and eighth-grade students at UCSN Brighton Park Elementary.

Gil Scott-Heron Included in National Museum of African American History and Culture Exhibits

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Gil Scott-Heron is among the cultural icons honored in exhibits at the National Museum of African American History and Culture. One of the “newsboy” caps and a signature jacket he was famous for wearing are included in a “neighborhood record store” exhibit.

“As administrator for the Estate of Gil Scott-Heron, and on behalf of his family and friends, I extend our gratitude to the museum’s leadership team for recognizing Gil’s importance and the continuing impact his contributions have on our culture today,” said Rumal Rackley, Scott-Heron’s son.

Widely known for his revolutionary political and social commentary set to music, Scott-Heron is introduced in a section of the museum that discusses “spoken word.” He also is included in the museum’s major publication, “Dream a World Anew.”

Scott-Heron died on May 27, 2011, leaving behind a prodigious body of work that includes nearly 40 albums, two novels, several books of poetry, and a memoir, “The Last Holiday.” The lyrical memoir focuses on his efforts along with Stevie Wonder to promote Dr. Martin Luther King’s birthday as a national holiday. Scott-Heron received a Grammy Lifetime Achievement award posthumously in 2012, and his iconic “The Revolution Will Not Be Televised” was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2014.

“We encourage everyone to visit our recently upgraded website — gilscottherononline.com — to see how Gil’s words and music have been embraced globally over the past five years,” Rackley said. “We deeply appreciate everyone who keeps Gil’s memory alive and his legacy vibrant for future generations.”

For more information, email gilscottheronestate@gmail.com or call 404-428-2880.

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