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Shooting, Lack of Oversight Stain Chicago ICE Office

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From: Latino Union.Org

Community organizations prepare mass meeting to Expand Sanctuary in Chicago

This week, an immigration agent under direction of Chicago ICE Director Ricardo Wong shot an unarmed man inside his home.  

Just days earlier, several residents who were racially profiled and wrongfully detained last August received notice that the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Civil Rights and Civil Liberties is refusing to intervene in their case.The following are statements from local immigrant rights organizations in response:

Analía Rodríguez, Executive Director of Latino Union

“This shooting and the rejection of our racial profiling complaint are not a mistake – they are a direct result of the lawless, unaccountable group of agents that Wong has created. Communities of color need freedom and safety in our homes and workplaces. Instead, the Chicago ICE office is detaining men for nothing more than appearing to be Latino while waiting for work. ICE is not about public safety – it is a public danger.”

Organized Communities Against Deportations

“The Chicago ICE office and its director, Ricardo Wong, have repeatedly planned and executed violent raids in our homes and in our workplaces. They have rejected our racial profiling complaint proving yet again that Ricardo Wong’s ICE office has no accountability to the public, and offers no recourse to the people it targets. We will nevertheless continue to shed light on their abuses and organize our community to defend and protect each other. The City of Chicago must also take concrete steps to pass a Welcoming City ordinance with absolutely no carve outs. On April 8, dozens of local groups will gather for Expand Sanctuary in Chicago, a community action meeting about the campaign to expand sanctuary protections for all Chicagoans.”

It’s Apparent President Donald John Trump has Consuming Malice Regarding Former President Barack Obama!

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By Rev. Dr. Harold E. Bailey

Founder & CEO, Probation Challenge & the PCC Network

“It’s apparent President Donald John Trump has consuming malice regarding former President Barack Obama! Also, noted are President Trumps malicious behaviors causing spiritual conflicts coupled with extremist rebellion around the world. Sources of faith based communities believe President Donald Trump’s conduct to be demonic with criminal intent.”

It’s quite evident that there is a personal vindictiveness going on with the United States President Donald John Trump! There’s something apparently deviously troubling this autocrat as it relates to former President Barack Obama, and if Mr. Trump is not careful his compulsion to destroy others will eventually swallow him up in pride! And, pride comes before the fall!

President Barack Obama and his family proceeds gracefully into the sun-set of their lives not looking back at the White House where he governed without a hint of a scandal! However, on the slippery-slop of reality, massive day-to-day scandals continue surfacing with Mr. Trump and a dubious administration!

While in the mist of Trump’s false accusations and biased name calling, president Obama progresses onward without casting any aspersions!

Trump has suffered administrative failures one-after-another, yet continues to point blames at others, while continuing to place at the top of his agenda – an assignment to devour President Obama. Is it simply because the revered President Obama, was president for not a select body of individuals but governed thoroughly for all the people!

On the flipside of this reality show presentation, Donald Trump sources have stated that he behavior’s as an individual who is with a demonic spirit. This new way of the president’s doing things are unbecoming a leader of the free-world.

In the U.S. history, various personalities from around the world have always watched America with an admiration – wanting to follow in the foot-steps of these United States and its principles. The U.S. then represented honesty and values coupled with respectable leadership – others sought to emulate us! Now, What Has Now Taken the Place of Trust and Honesty?

Mr. Donald Trump for the first time in the history of this country has desecrated the memory of those who fought in all wars for freedom and the dignity and safety of this county. Those admiring us came from distant lands to these native shores based on a thing called love. However, Mr. Trump playing god, has with distant lifted his arrogant voice of authority to declare as to who can and cannot visit these shores. Ah, but God has a master plan for this gentleman!

I’ve lived long enough to deem Mr. Trump’s behavior as the works of a racist! Or, could it be the actions of a bigot who has little else to think of while he’s temporary sitting on the seat of authority… knowing spiritually, it is merely a matter of time!

Well, in the scriptures it is stated that Lucifer is going to and through the earth seeking who he can devour … devour especially those who have lived in the likeness of Christ, knowing the disciples of Christ would have an impact on those desiring to do good.

It’s rather difficult to conceive how tons of bible reading, church-believers have been taken- in by the world’s offering of those bearing: deceit, hate, confusion, and only come to; rob, steal and will destroy! These negative along with other offerings are brought to the people in pretends of peace on the lips … but not in the heart! This spirit which comes to deceive is real and will fool the very elect – if possible!

A former politician who many say represents yet another with an evil-spirt – speaks of WAR! The scriptures speak of many Anti-Christ (s) but in the latter days there would be a strong one, and would be a deceiver!

The Holy Scriptures tell us that there will be many embodied spirits of Anti-Christs, dwelling among us, however do we yet see that one (1) Anti-Christ who’s seeking to rule with great power? This one (1) is Promised to Be a Liar and Dangerous!

It’s advised that the people of God, read the scriptures and note if this spirit of dissention and confusion be of God!

God is not the author of confusion! Lean not unto your own understanding but in all your ways acknowledge God and He shall direct your path.


For more information, contact: Rev. Harold E. Bailey, President of Probation Challenge

Chicago: Telephone: 773.978.3706.

WWW.ProbationChallenge.org – The Truth Network

Contact: WWW.MRHEB@aol.com





Rep. Sims Passes Measure Giving Cook County Homeowners More Time to Pay Property Taxes

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SPRINGFIELD, IL – Illinois State Rep. Elgie Sims, D-Chicago, is fighting to give Cook County homeowners additional time to pay their property taxes, responding to concerns raised by taxpayers and community leaders. Sims passed legislation through the House Thursday to protect local taxpayers from costly fees and penalties that would hit 50,000 Cook County residents next month.


“Springfield must understand and work to resolve problems facing working families, elderly residents living on fixed incomes and taxpayers across Chicago and throughout Cook County,” Sims said. “These homeowners desperately want to pay their tax bills, but they need time. With this legislation, I’m calling on the state to work with, not against hard working taxpayers by giving them additional time to pay their property tax bills.”


Sims’ House Bill 155 gives struggling homeowners an additional four months to pay their most recent tax bills, returning to the same period as was available in previous years, before an individual’s property taxes are sold to a tax buyer, adding costly new fees on top of the original tax bill. If the taxes are purchased, families could eventually lose their homes if they are unable to meet the terms imposed by the tax buyer.


In previous years, lawmakers have provided struggling Cook County homeowners with additional time to avoid a tax sale. However no such extension currently exists for the most recent series of tax bills. As a result, the taxes of 50,000 Cook County residents could be sold as early as next week. Alarmingly, the Cook County Treasurer’s Office reports that they have been unable to notify approximately 10,000 of these taxpayers of the impending sale.


Sims’ House Bill 155 would delay the sale until August, giving taxpayers more time to catch up. Various community and elected leaders have urged lawmakers to take action on behalf of these homeowners, many of which live on fixed incomes or are struggling to make installment payments.


“Property taxes in Chicago and Cook County are higher than ever, so it’s important we give homeowners the time necessary to make their payments,” Sims said. “I’m calling on the Governor and the Senate to join us in taking immediate action on this bill, while we still have time to protect struggling homeowners from new penalties and the risk of losing their homes.”



The NAACP Condemns the Perplexing Attempt to Address the Discriminatory HB2 Law

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The NAACP Statement on the North Carolina Legislature’s HB2 Proposal

BALTIMORE, MD – NAACP President and CEO Cornell William Brooks issued the following statement on the North Carolina Legislature’s Repeal of HB2:

“The NAACP condemns the perplexing attempt to address the discriminatory HB2 law through a proposal that on the surface repeals HB2, while subtly embedding a greater layer of discrimination and confusion into the state’s anti-discriminatory laws.While implying to the public that they are seeking to repeal HB2, this so-called compromise bans one form of discrimination in the short term but by also banning local authorities from protecting their citizens from discrimination until 2020, opens a dirty window for more discrimination. The purported repeal is a sad bait and switch where additional discriminatory practices are being piled on top the current ones embedded within the HB2 legislation. This cloaked compromise only gives the NAACP more to consider as we deliberate on whether to boycott the state. The North Carolina State Conference of the NAACP is leading our efforts on the ground.

This solution signed by the governor and initiated by a Republican-led coalition basically puts a hold on democracy and the ability of local municipalities to create protections for LGBTQ communities on their own. It is a clear reversal of democracy, yet consistent with prior actions that have limited the power of the governor to act in the best interest of the people due to partisan subterfuge.

Ironically, the proposed solution only comes forward due to attempts to avoid the deadline imposed upon the state by the NCAA which threatens to ban championship games through 2022, and not due to a sincere commitment to eliminating discriminatory laws.

Such an insincere response does not fool LGBTQ advocates, and neither will it fool the NCAA, the people of North Carolina, nor the NAACP. The only true response for North Carolina is a complete and full repealing of all the discriminatory and harmful aspects of HB2 and for the state legislature to return democracy to the people and the state of North Carolina.  This is the only way to truly make democracy real in North Carolina.”


Attorney General Madigan Urges Congress to Reject Proposals Gutting the U.S. EPA

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Proposed Federal Funding Cuts Could Cost Illinois EPA $29 million in Program Support and 80 Staff Members


CHICAGO, IL – Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan joined 12 other attorneys general strongly opposing the proposed federal budget cuts to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and its critical programs that could dramatically impact the state’s Environmental Protection Agency.


In a letter to House and Senate Appropriations Committees, Madigan and the attorneys general point to the President’s recent proposal to cut 31 percent from the EPA’s budget, which is the biggest cut of any federal agency in the White House 2018 budget, as well as a bill introduced by Florida Congressman Matt Gaetz that would eliminate the EPA entirely on December 31, 2018.


“Decimating the EPA’s budget is an appalling mistake that will dramatically impact Illinois’ environment and our communities,” Madigan said. “I am committed to fighting any proposals to lessen the EPA’s critical mission. These budget cuts will cause irreparable harm to our environment and health.”


Under the proposed budget cuts, the Illinois EPA could lose $29 million in federal funding for program support and funding for 80 staff members.


In part, the letter states:


“Any bill or budgetary item that would eliminate or seriously reduce the funding of the Environmental Protection Agency would critically damage the ability of our respected states to protect its citizens from violations of federal and state environmental laws. In the almost fifty years since the EPA was established, our nation’s air, water and other natural resources have become much cleaner, and the health and quality of life for millions of Americans has greatly improved. Reducing the EPA and states’ ability to enforce the nation’s environmental laws would bring us back to the dark days of environmental regulation, with rampant air pollution, regular fish kills, devastating groundwater pollution, and their harmful effects on our health and quality of life.”


The attorneys general cite concerns that the proposed cuts or defunding of the EPA would have a chilling effect on the ability to hold polluters accountable. They write:


“…the EPA’s ability to initiate a separate parallel enforcement action on federally delegated programs supports state enforcement actions in a consistent manner, without interference or favoritism, since there is always a “watch dog” to ensure federal law is being implemented on, at least, a baseline level across the country. Removal of this backstop would remove the federal law enforcement “floor” on state responses to federal violations, potentially creating a scenario where conduct that violates federal law is enforced in some states, but not in others. The resulting “uneven playing field” would create competitive imbalances for businesses and does not consistently protect the public from environmental harm.”


In closing, the attorneys general remind the House and Senate committees of the positive impact the EPA and its policies have had on the country, writing:


“Since 1970, the EPA has steadily undertaken actions that have greatly improved our nation’s environment, health and quality of life. These actions should be applauded and must have our continued investment and attention. A clean and healthy environment is part of what truly makes America great.”


Earlier this week, Attorney General Madigan condemned a separate federal action to dismantle the Clean Power Plan, which she has long supported and defended.


Joining Madigan in sending today’s letter to Congress were attorneys general from: Connecticut, Hawaii, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont and Washington, D.C.

A copy of the letter can be found here.




Rep. Stratton Fights to End Pay Discrimination Against Women

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 CHICAGO, IL – As April 4 marks “Equal Pay Day” and the month of April marks “Equal Pay Month,” Illinois state Rep. Juliana Stratton is highlighting her efforts to better enforce and promote pay equality in the workplace for women, especially for women of color.

“Even in 2017, women earn around 80 cents for every dollar men earn, and black women earn 65 cents for every dollar white men earn,” Stratton said. “As a professional woman, and the mother of three daughters, two of which are in the workforce, I won’t sit back and let this injustice continue. We need to rewrite the rules so no woman is ever earning less for doing the same job.”


Stratton is sponsoring House Bill 2462, which would require employers to pay women the same as equally qualified men in the same jobs. The legislation would also prohibit companies from stopping women from speaking openly about how much they earn within a company, or use a woman’s past earnings history to unfairly lower what they would have paid them. Stratton’s bill comes amidst “Pay Equity Day,” which symbolizes how many days into 2017 is required for a woman to earn what her male counterpart made in 2016.
“Even as women make gains in the professional workforce, there are still barriers to our equal status with men,” Stratton said. “So until I see women, especially black women, making just as much as men do, I’m going to continue to fight for equal pay for equal work.”

Rauner Administration Unable to Back Up Governor’s Claims with Concrete Plan for Funding Higher Education

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SPRINGFIELD, IL – Members of the House Appropriations-Higher Education Committee questioned Gov. Bruce Rauner’s education secretary Thursday about comments made by the governor contradicting his record of slashing funding for colleges and universities. Education Secretary Elizabeth Purvis was unable to outline a concrete strategy for funding higher education, despite the governor’s claims.   

“For the past two years, Governor Rauner has slashed funding for our universities at unimaginable levels, only to follow up by saying he wants to expand higher education. Today we gave his administration a chance to prove that these promises weren’t all talk, but were met with nothing but excuses and obfuscation,” said state Rep. Kelly Burke, chairwoman of the committee. “We don’t need more off-the-cuff comments and unrealistic political promises. We need a real plan to invest in education and stem the outmigration of young people who leave Illinois for colleges in other states and never return. Unfortunately, the Rauner administration showed that it has no plan.”

Earlier this month, Rauner stated he planned to “put more resources into our state university system” and help “expand their footprint” around the state. Despite these claims, Rauner has slashed funding for colleges and universities by $2.3 billion throughout his time in office, nearly a 60 percent reduction in funding. Purvis offered committee members no new solutions to back up the governor’s promises.

“The Governor’s office has no plan for the future higher education in Illinois,” said state Rep. Christian Mitchell, a member of the Appropriations – Higher Education Committee. “The Governor’s office likes to give lip service to caring about college affordability, but the savage cuts that Mr. Rauner has made show his true colors: college is good enough for his kids, but not for yours.”

Rep. Welch Bill Would Stop Nursing Homes From Discharging Patients

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SPRINGFIELD, IL – In an effort to provide new safeguards for nursing home patients, state Rep. Emanuel “Chris” Welch, D-Hillside, is sponsoring legislation that would protect residents from being involuntarily discharged from facilities.


“Some nursing homes use a loophole in the law to discharge patients in middle of their care by simply dropping them off at hospitals and not picking them up,” said Welch. “This is an unacceptable way to treat seniors and people with disabilities. This legislation would put a stop to this practice that has hurt patients and families across the state.”


Welch is sponsoring House Bill 3392 because nursing homes have a historic practice of transferring patients to the hospital for care and abandoning them there. At the same time, since their patient does not return to their facility, nursing homes are able to receive a new patient. Patients who are involuntarily discharged in this way are left without a place to go and unable to receive the care they need. Welch’s legislation would protect patients from being involuntarily discharged and establishes fees to maintain nursing home’s compliance with the new regulations administered by the Department of Public Health.


“Seniors and people with disabilities is not a bad thing for us to do should not be left to fend for themselves if a nursing home is unable to handle caring for them,” Welch. “There needs to be a better structure in place that truly cares for nursing home residents to ensure they are not suddenly stranded, which is what my bill would do.”


Rep. Slaughter Measure Advocates for Families of Inmates in New Bill, Passes Committee

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CHICAGO, IL – As family members of incarcerated inmates continue to have limited visitation rights, state Rep. Justin Slaughter, D-Chicago, sponsored introduced HB House Bill 2988 which to allows give for families to have the option of visiting their family member in person or via through a video conference.

“The law, as it stands, limits the visitation options of families who want to have some form of privacy when visiting their family member,” Slaughter said. “The safety of the officers and staff members remains the priority within our correctional facilities, but we can also provide family members an adequate and fair visitation process. We should not treat the families of incarcerated people as if they, themselves are criminals.”

House Bill 2988 prohibits the Illinois Department of Corrections (IDOC) from limiting in-person visits to the families of people who are committed to a specific facility. Additionally, the bill calls for the Department of Corrections IDOC to issue a standard written visitation policy for each individual facility that must be posted on the IDOC agency’s website. Currently, the Department of CorrectionsIDOC has the right to limit a visitation to a video conference instead of an in in-person meeting.

Slaughter’s bill passed committee Tuesday, and now heads to the House for consideration.

“This legislation will help many of the families in Illinois who have not been allowed to visit a correctional facility and see their family member in person,” Slaughter said.. “ As lawmakers, we have a responsibility to protect the rights of all of the families in the local community, and. I will continue to spend every day fighting for the vulnerable citizens in the community who needs the help and protection of local leadersthose who deserve a voice.”

For more information, please contact Slaughter’s constituent service office at 773-445-9700 or slaughterj@ilga.gov.



Cinema Chicago Calls for Submissions for Poster Design Competition for 53rd Chicago International Film Festival

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Winning Designer to Receive $2,500 USD Cash Prize and Honor of Creating the Signature Look of the Festival

CHICAGO, ILCinema/Chicago announced it is accepting submissions for the 53rd Chicago International Film Festival poster design competition.  Producers are seeking a unique poster to serve as the key image for this year’s Festival taking place October 12-26, 2017. Designs will be reviewed by a panel of Festival officials and the winning designer will receive a $2,500 USD cash prize and the honor of having created the Festival’s signature look. Entries must be submitted by May 31, 2017 at 11:59 p.m. CST. Late entries will not be accepted.

Festival Founder Michael Kutza and Managing Director Vivian Teng have created a video providing additional details and examples of past winners, viewable here.

Poster submissions should convey the experience of the Festival and be designed with the tagline “Because Life Is a Movie.” Submissions require a $25 entry fee and should conform to Cinema/Chicago’s design and submission guidelines outlined below.

Before submitting, designers should read and consent to the Designer Agreement found here and review the complete rules and details found here.

Design Guidelines:
·         Design must be 27” x 40’ or scale to 27” x 40”.
·         Design must be vertically oriented.
·         Design must be easily translated into a variety of media (online banners, book covers, etc.)
·         Design must incorporate the Festival’s official “eyes” logo (available here).
·         Design must reflect the theme “Because Life Is a Movie” and include that text in the design.
·         Design must clearly state: 53rd Chicago International Film Festival.
·         Design must include the festival dates: October 12-26, 2017.
·         Design must include website: ChicagoFilmFestival.com.
·         Artists must use their own original artwork. Copyrighted characters, images or clip art will not be accepted (with the exception of the Chicago International Film Festival logo).

Submission Guidelines:
·         All file submissions must be in pdf, jpeg or png format.
·         Entries must be submitted at 300 dpi (CMYK).
·         File must be no larger than 12 MB.
·         Entries must include a completed Submission Form available here.
·         A separate submission form and entry fee must be submitted for each design.

The Chicago International Film Festival is North America’s oldest competitive film festival. Seeking out the best in international cinema, the Festival has discovered new talents and opened windows to a world of film previously or otherwise unavailable in Chicago. This year the 53rd Chicago International Film Festival will take place October 21-26, 2017.

About Cinema/Chicago
Cinema/Chicago, the presenting organization of the Chicago International Film Festival, is a year-round non-profit arts and education organization dedicated to fostering better communication between people of diverse cultures through the art of film and the moving image. We aim to enrich Chicago’s cultural environment by presenting film in contexts that encourage discussion and debate. Cinema/Chicago’s year-round programs include the International Screenings Program, Chicago International Television Festival, CineYouth Festival, Education Program and Membership Program. For more information visit  http://www.chicagofilmfestival.com/ .

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