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Archive for November 1st, 2016

Some Are Expecting Us to Stay Home on Election Day… Let’s Prove Them Wrong

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Op-Ed By Glynda C. Carr and Kimberly Peeler-Allen
 
(TriceEdneyWire.com) -With a few days left until Election Day some are speculating what the overall turnout will be among Black women.

Black women were among the most active voters in the 2008 and 2012 elections.  In fact, Black women make up 6.3 percent of the total U.S. voting age population, but represented 9 percent of the 2012 and 2014 electorate due to their higher voter turnout.

Over the past several election cycles, Black women have demonstrated that their robust involvement is an absolutely essential foundation of any winning coalition.

Black women’s participation in the last two Presidential elections transcended just showing up at the polls and voting.  A closer look at our involvement reveals that voting was just the beginning. The Obama for America strategy provided meaningful tools of engagement -from hosting house parties to organizing virtual phone banks and door-knocking opportunities.

The effectiveness of the campaign’s engagement, investment and tailored messaging resulted in a surge in Black women’s overall engagement.  That participation has not only expanded the electorate of first-time voters, but it has also mobilized a record number of first-time political donors and bundlers.

This crucial post-Obama bridge election presents a movement-building opportunity designed for and by Black women, independent of any particular candidate.

The 2016 election provides an opportunity to harness Black women’s power by turning out the vote. Furthermore, it gives us the opportunity to leverage that voting strength into the power to shape and inform political debates from equal pay and affordable health care to reproductive rights and community safety.

This November’s election results will be determined in large part by the turnout rates among Black women. There are several factors to consider this cycle: Will Black women voters, many who voted for the first time in 2008 and 2012 return to the polls?  Is there an enthusiasm gap among Black women voters? What strategies and messages will motivate Black women’s engagement?

Can we activate this critical 2008 and 2012 voting bloc, turn them out to the polls and motivate them to organize their communities?  The answer is yes!

The late Shirley Chisholm, once said, “You don’t make progress by standing on the sidelines, whimpering and complaining. You make progress by implementing ideas.”

This statement rings true today and Black women have a pivotal role to play in helping to move the country forward.  But, we must activate our networks.

History has demonstrated that when you fire up a Black woman she does not go to the polls alone.  She brings her house, her block, her church, her sorority and her water cooler.

According to Nielson, Black women are one of the largest users of social media.  The #BlackWomenVote campaign is tapping into the organizing power of Black women, encouraging them to raise their voices, cast their votes and show their power.

The campaign is engaging Black women vote this election and to mobilize their networks to the polls.   The campaign has tools and resources to help everyday Black women organize their networks from shareable graphics and videos, FaceBook Live events and ‘Share Your Vote Story’ opportunities.

We need you to flex your power and help us move hundreds of thousands of voters to the polls by November 8th.   Join the campaign and help to register your folks to vote, take them to the polls, and discuss the issues and candidates that matter.

Go to www.blackwomenvote.com, where you will find all of the tools, information and planning guides you need to educate yourself and mobilize your network. Some are expecting us to stay home, let’s prove them wrong.

Glynda C. Carr and Kimberly Peeler-Allen are co- founders of Higher Heights for America, a national organization focused on harnessing black women’s political power and leadership potential. They have organized #BlackWomenVote, a nonpartisan voter-activism campaign which is the leading, independent and trusted voice for Black women leading up to and beyond Election Day 2016, www.BlackWomenVote.com.

Photos (L-R): Glynda C. Carr and Kimberly Peeler-Allen

Powerful Networking Event to Kick-Off New Black Chamber of Commerce in Virginia

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 Maggie Anderson, author Our Black Year, will lead an address to empower struggling communities 

Maggie Anderson, author of Our Black Year

Norfolk, VA (BlackNews.com) — On Black Friday, November 25th, a newly minted Black Chamber of Commerce named Black BRAND will ignite a powerful movement within Hampton Roads to honor local community leaders and successful black business owners at the Wyndham Garden Hotel in downtown Norfolk at 6 p.m.The event, The Black Diamond Affair, will serve as the official launch of the organization to the public and is an all-black, semi-formal affair.

Black BRAND is a 501(c)(3) organization with the mission to promote group economics through professional development and community empowerment.

The Black Diamond Affair will welcome keynote speaker Maggie Anderson, author of Our Black Year and founder of the Empowerment Experiment, to lead a self-help economics address that will teach black business owners, consumers and community leaders how to empower struggling communities.

This highly anticipated presentation and organization will stimulate the black economic revolution and connect like-minded community leaders within a lavish environment while enjoying an evening of live music, food and fellowship.

Our mission is to continue in the tradition of prior Black leaders, both locally and nationally, said Blair Durham, co-founder and co-president of Black Brand. We gratefully accept the baton they have passed, we are energized to work and committed to the relentless pursuit of a shared vision.

Tickets for The Black Diamond Affair are now available along with sponsorship opportunities. For more information and to purchase a ticket, visit www.BlackBrand.biz or call 757-541-2680.
About Black BRAND
Black BRAND is a 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is to promote group economics through professional development and community empowerment. Black BRAND is an affiliate of the National Black Chamber of Commerce and U.S. Black Chambers, Inc. All donations are tax-deductible. For more details, send correspondence to Black BRAND, P.O. Box 385, Norfolk, VA 23501 or visit www.BlackBrand.biz

 

Photo Caption: Maggie Anderson, author of “Our Black Year”

 

 

Community Organizations Hold Vigil at Broadview Detention Center to Honor Immigrants That Have Died in Detention on Day of the Dead

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Community organizations will hold a vigil and community altar to honor the people that have died in immigration detention since the beginning of the year. People directly impacted by immigration detention will share their testimonies and will also demand the release of Gualberto Olac, a day-laborer currently detained at Tri County Detention Center in Ullin, Illinois.

Honoring the lives of those lost to the unjust and inhumane detention system, community members demand the release of day-laborer fromTri County Detention Center and a stop to the expansion of immigration  detention

The vigil will be held Tuesday, November 1, 2016 at the  Broadview Detention Center, 1930 Beach Street, Broadview, IL at 6:00 p.m.

Participants of the event are Organized Communities Against Deportations (OCAD), Chicago Religious Leadership Network (CRLN), PASO – West Suburban Action Project, Latino Union of Chicago, faith leaders, individuals and families directly impacted by the immigration detention system

Marking the Latin American holiday, Día de los Muertos or Day of the Dead, Organized Communities Against Deportations, PASO – West Suburban Project, Chicago Religious Leadership Network, Latino Union of Chicago, Detention Watch Network (DWN), faith  groups  and community members will hold a vigil at Broadview Detention Center on November 1, 2016 to bring awareness to the unjust deaths of immigrants  in detention centers and demand the release of Gualberto Olac, a day laborer detained at Tri-County Detention Center in Ullin, Illinois.

Recent investigations concluded that inadequate medical care resulted in the deaths of 165 men and women in immigration detention since 2013. In 2010, Jose Antonio Hernandez-Gomez died whiled detained at Broadview Detention Center after his medical needs were not met. Immigrants like Gualberto Olac, who has been in the U.S. since he was sixteen and was detained after being racially profiled by ICE agents, are at risk at the hands of an agency focused on the expansion of immigration detention instead of ending the deaths inside their prisons for immigrants. Last week, it was confirmed that contrary to the Department of Justice’s announcement to close private prisons, Immigration and Customs Enforcement is looking for additional bed-space to expand the number of immigrants in detention to almost 45,000.

The vigil will embrace traditional elements of the Day of the Dead holiday, by including altars decorated in memory of those who have died in detention and stories shared from those who’ve been directly impacted by the immigration detention system.

Justice Department’s Nationwide Election Day Program

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ATLANTA, GA – U.S. Attorney John Horn announced that Assistant U.S. Attorney (AUSA) William Toliver will lead the efforts of the Northern District of Georgia Office in connection with the Justice Department’s nationwide Election Day Program for the upcoming November 8, 2016, general elections.

AUSA Tolliver has been appointed to serve as the District Election Officer (DEO) for the Northern District of Georgia, and in that capacity is responsible for overseeing the District’s handling of complaints of election fraud and voting rights abuses in consultation with Justice Department Headquarters in Washington.

“Every citizen must be able to vote without interference or discrimination and to have that vote counted without it being stolen because of fraud,” said U.S. Attorney Horn.  “The Department of Justice will act promptly and aggressively to protect the integrity of the election process.”

The Department of Justice has an important role in deterring election fraud and discrimination at the polls, and combating these violations whenever and wherever they occur.  The Department’s long-standing Election Day Program furthers these goals, and also seeks to ensure public confidence in the integrity of the election process by providing local points of contact within the Department for the public to report possible election fraud and voting rights violations while the polls are open on election day.

Federal law protects against such crimes as intimidating or bribing voters, buying and selling votes, impersonating voters, altering vote tallies, stuffing ballot boxes, and marking ballots for voters against their wishes or without their input.  It also contains special protections for the rights of voters and provides that they can vote free from acts that intimidate or harass them.  For example, actions of persons designed to interrupt or intimidate voters at polling places by questioning or challenging them, or by photographing or videotaping them, under the pretext that these are actions to uncover illegal voting may violate federal voting rights law.  Further, federal law protects the right of voters to mark their own ballot or to be assisted by a person of their choice.

The franchise is the cornerstone of American democracy.  We all must ensure that those who are entitled to the franchise exercise it if they choose, and that those who seek to corrupt it are brought to justice.  In order to respond to complaints of election fraud or voting rights abuses on November 8, 2016, and to ensure that such complaints are directed to the appropriate authorities, U.S. Attorney Horn stated that AUSA/DEO Toliver will be on duty in this District while the polls are open.  He can be reached by the public at the following telephone number: (404)581-6001.

In addition, the FBI will have special agents available in each field office and resident agency throughout the country to receive allegations of election fraud and other election abuses on election day.  The local FBI field office can be reached by the public at (404) 679-9000.

Complaints about possible violations of the federal voting rights laws can be made directly to the Civil Rights Division’s Voting Section in Washington, DC by phone at 1-800-253-3931 or (202) 307-2767, by fax at (202) 307-3961, by email to voting.section@usdoj.gov

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or by complaint form at http://www.justice.gov/crt/complaint/votintake/index.php.“Ensuring free and fair elections depends in large part on the cooperation of the American electorate.  It is imperative that those who have specific information about discrimination or election fraud make that information available immediately to my Office, the FBI, or the Civil Rights Division,” said U.S. Attorney Horn.

For further information please contact the U.S. Attorney’s Public Affairs Office at USAGAN.PressEmails@usdoj.gov or (404) 581-6016.  The Internet address for the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Georgia is http://www.justice.gov/usao-ndga.

City of Chicago Free Business Workshops During November

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

November 2016 Workshop Calendar
11/2     City Inspections – Ask Questions, Get Answers
3:00 to 4:30 p.m.
Presented by the City of Chicago
To operate a successful business in Chicago you need to know what it takes to maintain compliance. Officials from several City departments will provide insight to operate safely, stay compliant, help prepare for inspections and highlight the do’s and don’ts of operating a business.11/4     Credit and You: The Basics of Credit And The Important Role It Plays In Your Life
9:30 to 11:00 a.m.
Presented by Eileen Kelly from The Private Bank
What is credit? Why is credit important? What is a credit score? Attend this workshop for the answers to these questions. You will walk away knowing the implications of good and bad credit scores and ways to build and repair your credit history. Walk away knowing about SMART banking, business checking options and how your credit can affect your business.11/9      What You Need to Know Before You Press GO! How to Open a Day Care
3:00 to 4:30 p.m.
Presented by the Women’s Business Development Center (WBDC)
In this workshop you will learn the step by step guide on launching a child care business. It will teach you how to avoid common mistakes and about the importance of developing a business plan, determining your start- up budget and financing options.11/11     NO WORKSHOP DUE TO VETERAN’S DAY HOLIDAY11/16     Building a Trusted Business Brand on Linkedin
3:00 to 4:30 p.m.
Presented by Tajuana Ross, The LinkedIn Professor & Blue Ocean Logic Group Associate
LinkedIn is a major brand and relationship building platform for businesses large and small. Businesses that are successful at leveraging the LinkedIn platform increase their access to greater opportunities. They are businesses that understand the benefits of effective branding when coupled with the skills of business networking. This session will identify how LinkedIn businesses master this professional networking platform to build brands that resonate within and across their target audiences, connecting them to the prospects, clientele, investors and partners they want and need.

11/18     Art of the Social Sale
9:30 to 11:00 a.m.
Presented by Business Bragger, Inc.
Selling on social media requires a unique technique and strategy. Learn how to craft the right message without being “in-your-face’ salesy, stay relevant, beat the competition and build your brand across multiple social media platforms with strategies that are built for any company online. We will also teach the do’s and don’t’s on each platform when it comes to directly selling, so your accounts don’t get “unapproved” by the social media channel.

11/23     NO WORKSHOP DUE TO THANKSGIVING HOLIDAY 11/25     NO WORKSHOP DUE TO THANKSGIVING HOLIDAY

11/30     Social Media Workplace Policies, the Law & Litigation
3:00 to 4:30 p.m.
Presented by Charles Krugel, a Management Side Labor, Employment and Human Resources Attorney
Topics to be discussed include: what courts and government regulators are saying about workplace social media policies, employee content & account ownership (who owns what); how can a business protect its social media image; what if an employee discusses something illegal or inappropriate; what businesses should do to control how & who uses its social media & related hardware or equipment; should we have a social media policy? What should it say? ; what are the areas of liability for businesses and how to avoid or minimize liability.

Click here to view full monthly calendar. All workshops are free and are located at the City of Chicago Department of Business Affairs & Consumer Protection – City Hall, 121 N. LaSalle St., Chicago, Room 805.
Incentive to Complete the Small Business Start-Up Certificate Program

The City of Chicago’s Small Business Center (SBC) has partnered with The PrivateBank to make entrepreneurs who complete the city’s Business Start-Up Certificate Program eligible to apply for low-interest and no-fee loans through the bank’s Entrepreneurial Loan Program.

Program participants who complete the curriculum will now qualify to apply for The PrivateBank Entrepreneurial Loan. This low-interest, no-fee loan can range from $1,000 to a maximum of $10,000 for new businesses and $25,000 for businesses with one-year of filed tax returns. All financing decisions are made by the bank.

For more information go business workshops email BACPoutreach@CityofChicago.org or call 312.744.2086.
The PrivateBank Entrepreneur Loan Program With Application Requirements
The PrivateBank Entrepreneur Loan Program With Application Requirements
10/29 Free Small Business Expo 

Three Black Women Filmmakers Producing Domestic Violence Film Called “Shut Up The Violence”

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Film-producing trio ready to “Make Noise” about domestic violence

Indiegogo Campaign Launched to Support Film about Abusive Relationships on College Campuses 

 

Noisemakers Entertainment Filmmakers
CHICAGO, IL (BlackNews.com) – A female filmmaking trio has made their intentions known to shut up the silence about domestic violence. During Domestic Violence Awareness Month, Noisemakers Entertainment launched an Indiegogo campaign to fund a film highlighting the fall-out from abusive relationships on college campuses.I am a writer, producer, director and survivor of domestic abuse. For so long, I was reluctant to share my ordeal and caved to the accepted societal norm of suffering in silence, said Natasha Parker, award-winning writer/director and one of the founding partners of Noisemakers Entertainment. This is my story. Ive lived this, and now I cant hold it in any longer.The film, titled Shut up Silence, takes place in a university setting where the lead character finds herself in a relationship with her college sweetheart that seems impossible to walk away from. A rollercoaster of events, including ignored abuse, lead to a critical choice she must make between freedom and love. View a short presentation about the film here.There are so many young women and girls who are in abusive relationships and either dont realize it or need help confronting their circumstances, said Parker. This film will help them see thats it time to get out or their life may depend on it. Indiegogo is an online fundraising tool that allows filmmakers to develop a customized campaign designed to create buzz, build support and secure donations for film projects. The women are running the campaign through the end of the year with a set fundraising goal of $250,000. So far, just over $5,000 in donations have come in.

Using all of their social platforms, the Noisemakers are asking supporter to donate $5 or more and then challenge five friends to do the same. It is their hope that the concept of Donate $5 and share with 5 people will move multitudes to rally behind the cause.

Making a quality film takes money, and we thought Indiegogo was a great route to go, said Adrienne Swan, fellow Noisemaker and accountant. Its my job to make sure the numbers are right and that we approach every project in a manner that is fiscally sound.

Noisemaker partner LaTrice Edwards couldnt agree more. Edwards, a celebrity makeup artist and philanthropist looks forward to the film Shut Up Silence becoming a reality and intends to add her creative touch.

Not only do we feel compelled to help Natasha tell her story, but we want to save lives too, said Edwards.

Pending the success of the Indiegogo campaign, filming is set to begin in the spring of 2017.

We are looking for donations of all sizes, added Parker. Every contribution gets us one step closer to shutting up the silence about domestic violence.

To learn more about or contribute to the campaign, visit www.indiegogo.com/projects/shut-up-silence-love#/. For more information and updates about the film, visit Noisemakersentertainment.com and follow the Noisemakers on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram using the hashtag #ShutUpSilence. To interview the Noisemakers, email clstalling@yahoo.com.
About Noisemakers Entertainment
Noisemakers Entertainments purpose is to create and develop unique diverse stories through film that entertain, empower and stir the human spirit while providing creative outlets and platforms for industry talent.
Meet the Noisemakers

Natasha Parker is a writer, director and producer raised on the West Side of Chicago. Parker graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a B.A. in Speech Communications, with a minor in African-American Studies. Working various corporate jobs after graduation, her true passion guided her towards filmmaking. With continued studies at the Independent Screenwriters Group, she began a career in the entertainment industry in 2004.

In 2009, Natasha created Noisemakers Entertainment and co-founded the company. Writing, directing and producing two shorts in three days, The Package and The Lost One have garnered the attention of the Library of Congress, competed in the Marthas Vineyard HBO short film series, Urban World, Pan African Film Festival, Black Harvest and a nominee for an African Movie Academy Award in Nigeria.

Balancing the dual hats as an independent filmmaker and studio craftsman, Natasha learned the skilled professions of wardrobe, props and coordinating for various departments becoming a proud member of IATSE 476. Reaching further, Natasha strived for and earned the title of Location Manager joining the esteemed Directors Guild of America. Her credits range from films such as Transformers 3, Empire, Man of Steel, Chiraq, as well as a multitude of television shows and commercials.

Gary, IN native, LaTrice L. Edwards industry experience started in 2001 as a make-up artist. The I.A.T.S.E. Union members (Studio Mechanics Local 476) work has been seen on several A-list Films, TV shows and celebrities. However, her tugging interest in film producing never allowed her to let go of her business roots in Corporate America. Edwards philanthropic efforts as founder of Triumphant Transitions, Inc. (www.triumphanttransitions.org) have been recognized by several media outlets, including CBS 2 News Chicago.

The recipient of a B.S. Degree in Fashion Merchandising and Marketing from Ball State University, Edwards is also the creator/designer of Power Style Tees (a charitable empowerment t-shirt initiative of Triumphant Transitions, Inc.) The Ball State University Alumni Association honored Edwards in 2007 with the Alumni Award of Achievement, in recognition of her professional accomplishments and voluntary service. Edwards is a 2011 life membership inductee of the Northwest Indiana Society of Innovators. She is now combining her passion, corporate and film experience for the greater good of creative arts with Noisemakers Entertainment, LLC.

Chicago native, Adrienne Swan, is a consummate professional with 20 years of experience in Production Accounting. She is a member of the IATSE Union for Accountants both in Los Angeles and New York. Her experience is sought after by the industry on both the major studios and independent film level with over 30 credits in her filmography. Adriennes degree in Accountancy from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, coupled with corporate experience, has more than prepared her for a successful career in the entertainment industry. In recent years, Adrienne has added Line Producer and Production Management to her industry experience. In addition to her commitment to social advocacy and youth empowerment, Adrienne is an active member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.

 

Photo Caption: (left to right) The ladies of Noisemakers entertainment: LaTrice Edwards, Natasha Parker and Adrienne Swan. The female filmmaking trio has made their intentions known to “shut up the silence” about domestic violence.

 

 

Senators Kirk & Portman Make Friendly Wager on World Series

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CHICAGO, IL – Senator Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) released the following statement on his friendly wager with Senator Rob Portman (R-Ohio) on the 2016 World Series between the Chicago Cubs and the Cleveland Indians:

“I look forward to enjoying a Great Lakes beer after the Cubs fly the W,” said Senator Kirk

“This has been an incredible year for the city of Cleveland,” Portman said. “The Cavs ended a long championship drought and now the Indians have the opportunity to do the same.  I’m looking forward to celebrating an Indians World Series victory with a Goose Island beer.”

Senator Kirk will be wagering a case of Goose Island 312 while Senator Portman will wager a case of Great Lakes Octoberfest beer from Cleveland’s Great Lakes Brewing Company.

Holiday Mega Pass Sales Begin November 1

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Reduced price ideal for holiday gifts

 

SPRINGFIELD IL – The countdown to the 2017 Illinois State Fair begins November 1.   Fair officials announced today that as part of its holiday promotional campaign, the fair will be offering a 2017 Mega Pass at a reduced price of $60 until the first of the year.  This holiday sale includes a free Illinois State Fair lanyard with your Mega Pass purchase.  This special holiday sale begins November 1.

“The Mega Pass is one of the best bargains at the Illinois State Fair,” said State Fair Manager Kevin Gordon.  “A Mega Pass is a ticket to unlimited rides and excitement during all eleven days of the 2017 Fair.  It really is the perfect gift for the special someone on your holiday shopping list.”

The Mega Pass can be used on rides in Adventure Village and the Carnival Midway.   In 2016, the Carnival Midway featured more than 30 thrill seeking rides, including two new rides to the Illinois State Fair.  One of which was the Mega Drop, which sends riders on a 130-foot plunge straight to the ground!   In Adventure Village, fairgoers got to experience more than 15 kid-friendly rides, including one new ride, the Charlie Chopper.

Mega Passes will be on sale from November 1 all the way through the fair.  However, it’s important to note that while the Mega Pass can be purchased throughout the year, this holiday sale will feature the lowest prices of the season.  The price will increase to $70 on January 1, then again to $90 on August 1st.

To purchase a Mega Pass, or Mega Pass Gift Certificate:

In Person:  State Fairground Emmerson Building
Monday – Friday
8:00am – 4:30pm

By Phone:  (217) 782-6661
                               Monday – Friday
                               8:00am – 4:30pm

Online:  www.illinoisstatefair.info
                  Click on Rides and Attractions
Click on Mega Pass and Carnival Info

Also on sale starting November 1, Admission Bargain Book gift certificates.  These make for great stocking stuffers!  One booklet provides eleven any day admissions to the 2017 Illinois State Fair.   These gift certificates will be available by phone or in person at the Emmerson Building on the state fairgrounds for just $55 per booklet.  Don’t wait – the $55 price is only guaranteed in November and December!

More information regarding the 2017 Illinois State Fair will be released in the months to come.  To be among the first to receive new information about the Illinois State Fair, sign up for alerts at www.illinoisstatefair.info.

The 2017 Illinois State Fair will take place August 10 – 20th in Springfield, Illinois.

Prosecutors Secure Conviction in Inverness Cold Case

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A Michigan woman who plotted the murder of her commodities broker husband in the couple’s northwest suburban home in 1979 has been found guilty of the crime following a long-term cold case investigation and prosecution, according to the Office of Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez.

Jacquelyn Greco, 69, of Crystal Falls, Michigan, was convicted of murder for devising a plan to have her husband killed in their luxurious Inverness home in a scheme to collect his money and inheritance.  Carl Gaimari, 34, a commodities broker at the Chicago Board of Trade, was shot multiple times after returning to his home from work.  The couple had been married in 1963 and lived with their four children when the murder occurred.

According to prosecutors, Greco planned and staged a home invasion with others on April 30, 1979 while she was at the home with three of the couple’s four children.  At the time, two unidentified males entered the residence and announced a robbery and ordered Greco and the three children, (ages 13, 5, and 2 at the time) into a bedroom, tied them up and locked them in a closet.  Before they closed the closet door, the offenders took a box from the top shelf of the closet that contained two handguns owned by Gaimari.

Later that afternoon, Gaimari returned to his home where the offenders were waiting and ambushed him as he entered the house.  His body was discovered by the couple’s 13-year-old daughter. Gaimari had been shot multiple times in the torso area.

The two firearms that had been removed from the closet were recovered near the victim’s body and forensic tests later confirmed that the shots that killed Gaimari had been fired from the weapons.   At the time of Gaimari’s murder, Greco was involved in an extra-marital affair. Within one week of the murder, Greco’s boyfriend moved into the defendant’s house and the new couple was married within three months.  Greco later inherited Gaimari’s estate, estimated to be valued at more than $500,000.

The case had remained unsolved until it was re-opened in 2012 by the Inverness Police Department and the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Cold Case Unit.

During the re-investigation, investigators learned that approximately one year before the murder that Greco had approached a witness and told the witness that she wanted to “get rid” of Gaimari.  Greco also told another witness that she had a plan to kill Gaimari and that she intended to stage a home invasion during which Gaimari would be killed.

Investigators also identified and located an additional witness who said that Greco had made threatening remarks to her in 1996 telling the woman to “stay out of my business or I’ll have you killed like my husband.”

Greco was found guilty after a week-long jury trial at the Cook County Criminal Courts Building in Rolling Meadows.  She faces 20 to 40 years in prison when she is sentenced on Dec. 19, 2016.

State’s Attorney Alvarez thanked Assistant State’s Attorneys Ethan Holland, Maria McCarthy and Matthew Thrun as well as the Inverness Police Department for their dedicated work on the case.

United States Attorney’s Office Establishes Election Day Hotline

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CONCORD, N.H. –United States Attorney Emily Gray Rice announces the establishment of an Election Day hotline in coordination with the U.S. Justice Department’s nationwide Election Day program for the general election on November 8, 2016. The hotline number is (603) 230-2503.

United States Attorney Rice said: “The freedom to vote without interference, discrimination, or hindrance is a fundamental civil right enjoyed by United States citizens. The Department of Justice will act promptly and aggressively to protect the integrity of the election process and to ensure that every vote is counted and that no vote is stolen by fraud.”

United States Attorney Rice has appointed Assistant United States Attorney Mark S. Zuckerman to serve as the District Election Officer for the District of New Hampshire. In that capacity, AUSA Zuckerman is responsible for overseeing the District’s handling of complaints of election fraud and voting rights abuses in consultation with Justice Department Headquarters in Washington. He is also responsible for monitoring the Election Day hotline, which may be reached by calling (603) 230-2503.

The Department of Justice has an important role in deterring election fraud and discrimination at the polls, and combating these violations whenever and wherever they occur. The Department’s long-standing Election Day Program furthers these goals, and also seeks to ensure public confidence in the integrity of the election process by providing local points of contact within the Department for the public to report possible election fraud and voting rights violations while the polls are open on Election Day.

Federal law protects against such crimes as intimidating or bribing voters, buying and selling votes, altering vote tallies, stuffing ballot boxes, and marking ballots for voters against their wishes or without their input. It also contains special protections for the rights of voters and provides that they can vote free from acts that intimidate or harass them. For example, actions of persons designed to interrupt or intimidate voters at polling places by questioning or challenging them, or by photographing or videotaping them, under the pretext that these are actions to uncover illegal voting may violate federal voting rights law. Further, federal law protects the right of voters to mark their own ballot or to be assisted by a person of their choice.

The franchise is the cornerstone of our American democracy. We all must ensure that those who are entitled to the franchise exercise it if they choose, and that those who seek to corrupt it are brought to justice. In order to respond to complaints of election fraud or voting rights abuses regarding the November 8, 2016 general election, and to ensure that such complaints are directed to the appropriate authorities, AUSA Zuckerman will be on duty in this District while the polls are open.  He can be reached by the public at the following dedicated Election Day hotline: (603) 230-2503.

In addition, the FBI will have Special Agents available in each Field Office and Resident Agency throughout the country to receive allegations of election fraud and other election abuses on Election Day.  The FBI can be reached by the public at (603) 472-2224.

Complaints about possible violations of the federal voting rights laws can also be made directly to the Civil Rights Division’s Voting Section in Washington, DC by phone at 1-800-253-3931 or (202) 307-2767, by fax at (202) 307-3961, by email to voting.section@usdoj.gov

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, or by complaint form at http://www.justice.gov/crt/complaint/votintake/index.php.United States Attorney Rice said, “Ensuring free and fair elections depends in large part on the cooperation of the American electorate. It is imperative that those who have specific information about discrimination or election fraud make that information available immediately to my Office, the FBI, or the Civil Rights Division.”

A Federal Election Fraud Fact Sheet that explains what triggers federal criminal jurisdiction in connection with elections and voting rights is posted on the United States Attorney’s website: www.usdoj.gov/usao/nh.

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