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Archive for March 6th, 2017

NAACP Voices Concerns on Civil Rights Laws and Election Integrity to DOJ

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Frank discussion with AG Sessions on voter protections, police brutality, cuts to DOJ civil rights staff and parallels between alleged Russian election manipulation and domestic voter suppression


BALTIMORE, MD – The NAACP engaged Attorney General Jeff Sessions in frank discussion on current threats to civil rights including voter suppression, police misconduct and civil rights enforcement issues. The NAACP discussed parallels between domestic driven voter suppression and the alleged election manipulation of our 2016 presidential election.“The vote represents that sacred sacrament of democracy and any attempts to manipulate, suppress or otherwise reduce the integrity of the vote—whether abroad or domestically –represents a direct threat to our democracy,” said NAACP President and CEO Cornell William Brooks.In the closed door meeting the NAACP expressed disappointment regarding DOJ’s reversal of course on the largely factual issue of whether the Texas Photo ID law was enacted with a racially discriminatory intent. The Texas law affects over 600,000 individuals in Texas alone lacking the identification required by the law.Over the past year the NAACP has successfully waged legal battles against voter suppression laws in several states including North Carolina and Texas. During the meeting with the Attorney General, the NAACP pointed out the parallels between the allegations of Russian interference in the 2016 president election and the voter suppression laws passed by several state legislatures that were successfully challenged by the NAACP.“Our vote is the only thing that makes our democracy real, not just for African Americans but all Americans. We’ll fight against any attempts to corrupt the integrity of our election or the power of our vote regardless of where or whom it comes from,” added President Brooks.

The NAACP also discussed other pressing civil rights including their desire that President Trump nominates for the position of Asst. Attorney General for Civil Rights a lawyer with a record of protecting civil rights, rather than one who has merely defended against civil rights claims. They also highlighted the potential dangers of DOJ pulling back on police investigations and moving away from consent decrees as a means reigning in police departments with patterns of racism and civil rights violations among other items.

National Urban League Applauds Minority Leader Schumer on Commitment to Implement Rooney Rule

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National Urban League Applauds Minority Leader Schumer on Commitment to Implement the Rooney Rule in Staff Hiring

Urges Senate to Go a Step Further and Require All Positions Are Posted Publicly


WASHINGTON, D.C. – The National Urban League applauded Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer for introducing rules that prioritize diverse Senate staff hiring after years of urging the U.S. Congress to adopt the same standards of diversity it requires of private corporations.

“Staff diversity is critically important to ensure a legislature that is representative of all Americans,” said National Urban League President and CEO Marc H. Morial.  “Senate Minority Leader Schumer fully understands this.  We applaud his leadership in committing to adopt the Rooney Rule within the Democratic Caucus and to help fix the Senate’s abysmal record on staff diversity.”

In January, Marc Morial along with leaders from the nation’s foremost civil rights organization met with Senator Schumer to discuss legislative priorities for the 115th Congress.  Among those items discussed were recommendations for how the Senate can ensure that diverse, qualified candidates are hired and retained for senior positions by applying the NFL’s Rooney Rule to the U.S. Senate.

“While we commend the Minority Leader on this great first step, we believe that more can be done to ensure diverse hiring practices,” said Don Cravins, Jr., National Urban League’s Senior Vice President for Policy and former Chief of Staff to Senator Mary Landrieu.  “To that end, Congress must also publicly post all staff vacancies, particularly senior staff vacancies, providing full transparency and allowing qualified individuals a fair and open interview process.  Additionally, Congress must enact legislation or rules subjecting it to laws or policies that will require our federal legislature to report its employment numbers.”

In February, the National Urban League delivered resumes of qualified African Americans ready to assume senior positions to Senators representing states with a high percentage of minority residents.

Cravins said, “Diversity and inclusion at every level of government and industry, including the U.S. Congress, has long been a part of the organization’s legislative and social agenda.  We are going to continue sounding the alarm on this issue until there are measurable results.  We would like to work with all members of Congress to make full representation a reality.”


Attorney General Madigan Probes National Job Search Sites Over Potential Age Discrimination

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Madigan Calls on Career Search Sites to Explain Potential Age Discrimination Violations Against Older Job Seekers


CHICAGO, IL – Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan sent letters to six national career and job search companies over potential age discrimination violations in setting age requirements for job seekers searching career opportunities. Madigan’s letters warned that older users of certain websites and apps are prohibited from accessing important functions because of their age, potentially violating the Illinois Human Rights Act and the federal Age Discrimination in Employment Act.


Madigan sent letters to Beyond.com, CareerBuilder, Indeed Inc., Ladders Inc., Monster Worldwide Inc. and Vault, requesting information about the companies’ practices that appear to prevent older people from creating accurate resumes and profiles when searching for new careers and submitting their information to potential employers. While the sites require job seekers to input dates of previous work experience and education, they only allow those born after a certain set of years to do so, excluding many older job seekers. Madigan cautioned that these companies discriminate against job seekers who are working much later in life, discouraging many workers from attempting to re-enter or remain in the job marketplace.


“Today’s workforce includes many people working in their 70s and 80s,” Madigan said. “Barring older people from commonly used job search sites because of their age is discriminatory and negatively impacts our economy.”


Madigan’s office found that when people attempt to build a profile or a resume on these career search sites, the companies’ drop-down menus only allow people of certain age groups to enter their dates of previous work experience and education. In one example, a company provided 1980 as the earliest possible choice for users’ education or previous employment start dates, barring anyone who is older than 52 from full use of the company’s services. Other sites used dates ranging from 1950 to 1970 as cutoffs. As a result, older users may not be able to complete accurate profiles to apply for available positions.


Madigan’s Civil Rights Bureau is currently examining these practices. The Civil Rights Bureau enforces state and federal civil rights laws to prohibit discrimination in Illinois and advocates for legislation to strengthen the laws.


Bureau Chief Karyn Bass Ehler and Assistant Attorney General Jeff VanDam are handling the investigation for Madigan’s Civil Rights Bureau.




State Rep. Stratton Sponsors Legislation to Empower Parents Through Elected Chicago School Board

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CHICAGO, IL – Illinois State Rep. Juliana Stratton, D-Chicago, is advocating for more democracy and community representation by sponsoring legislation to create an elected Chicago School Board.


“CPS is the only school district in the entire state that does not have an elected school board,” Stratton said. “This is not fair or democratic, especially when the mayor’s appointed school board rubber-stamped the closing of several neighborhood schools in recent years.”


Currently, the Chicago Board of Education members are appointed by the mayor of Chicago. The Stratton-sponsored House Bill 1774 would change Chicago’s current appointed board into an elected one starting with the 2019 municipal election. Registered voters with residency in the Chicago electoral district for at least one year immediately preceding the election would be eligible to run for a board member position. House Bill 1774 would split Chicago into 20 districts that would each elect a representative for the board. Additionally, voters would select one at-large board member city-wide to serve as the board president.


“Schools are not just places where our children learn,” Stratton continued. “Schools are also centers of employment that provide stable, good-paying jobs at a time when these jobs are harder to find. An elected school board would understand these sentiments in a way the appointed board has not.”


For more information on Stratton’s legislation or other questions, please contact Stratton’s constituent office at 312-291-9443 or RepStratton5@gmail.com.



Illinois State Treasurer Seeks to Reunite Charleston Residents with Unclaimed Property

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$12 Million in Unclaimed Property Available in Charleston Area


SPRINGFIELD, IL – Illinois State Treasurer Michael Frerichs’ staff will be at Eastern Illinois University on Thursday, March 9 to help reunite citizens with unclaimed property through the I-Cash program.

Frerichs’ staff frequently visits areas throughout the state to encourage individuals to search the I-Cash database for unclaimed property, and to show the public that the program is legitimate and is not a scam. The treasurer’s office never charges money to reclaim cash or property.

“For most people, it is difficult to believe that they might have overlooked an investment account or forgot to pick up a final paycheck. However, the thousands of names in our database shows that it happens too often,” Frerichs said. “This money belongs to the residents of Illinois. It should be in their bank accounts rather than the state’s safe.”

The event will be held from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. on March 9 at Eastern Illinois University, 1644 7th Street, Charleston.

The Illinois treasurer’s office is the custodian of unclaimed property including lost bank accounts, insurance policy proceeds, and forgotten safe deposit boxes. Items are surrendered after private entities tried for at least five years to locate the owners. Because thousands of items are surrendered each year, residents should check I-Cash every six months. Visit www.illinoistreasurer.gov/ICASH or call 217.785.6998.

About the Illinois Treasurer

The Illinois Treasurer is the state’s chief investment officer and Frerichs is a Certified Public Finance Officer. He protects consumers by encouraging savings plans for college or trade school, increasing financial education among all ages, and removing barriers to a secure retirement. As the state’s Chief Investment Officer, he actively manages approximately $25 billion. The portfolio includes $13 billion in state funds, $7 billion in college savings plans and $5 billion on behalf of local and state governments. The investment approach is cautious to ensure the preservation of capital and returns $28 to the state for every $1 spent in operations. The Treasurer’s Office predates Illinois incorporation in 1818. Voters in 1848 chose to make it an elected office.

With New Information, Speaker Madigan Re-Creates Committee to Study Public-Private Partnerships

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 SPRINGFIELD, IL – Illinois Speaker Michael J. Madigan is re-forming a bipartisan committee to review the state’s use of public-private partnerships, and ensure partnerships pursued by Gov. Bruce Rauner operate transparently and ethically. A previous House committee was stonewalled by Rauner’s administration during an initial investigation last year, but a recent report by the Better Government Association (BGA) raised questions about potential conflicts of interest and other administrative problems within Rauner’s Intersect Illinois Corporation, a private corporation coordinating economic development with the state.


“Done effectively, public-private partnerships can offer increased opportunity for cooperation between the state and businesses, but these partnerships must be held to the same standards of ethics and accountability we expect from all who serve the public,” Madigan said. “The governor has prioritized using outside groups for economic development and infrastructure projects, and this committee will work to ensure taxpayer dollars are being used appropriately and in a way that allows the public to review all decisions and interactions.”


Madigan has appointed Assistant Majority Leader Lou Lang to chair the Special Committee on Public-Private Partnerships. State Rep. Chris Welch will serve as vice chair. Reps. Will Davis, Carol Sente and Fred Crespo will serve on the committee, along with five House Republican appointees.


Earlier this month, the BGA released a report questioning the efficiency, transparency and potential conflicts of interest within Rauner’s Intersect Illinois Corporation. Intersect Illinois is not an official sanctioned public-private partnership, but a private corporation with which Rauner has directed state agencies to coordinate economic development initiatives. As a result, Intersect operates with limited oversight and accountability. According to the report, Intersect Illinois raised funds from 41 private and public organizations in the state, but has not published the amounts raised or disclosed whether any benefits have been conferred on its contributors, despite the governor’s commitment that such items would be made public. The BGA also found one of Intersect’s first actions was to hire a Florida consulting firm with extensive ties to Republican politics. Professional fees being paid to the firm are redacted on Intersect’s public website.


BGA found Intersect Illinois’ disclosure of taxpayer-funded incentives offered to businesses as “spotty,” and noted that promises to publish board minutes have not been followed consistently.


“It’s important that as we pursue these new ventures we do not lose sight of our basic commitment to serve the public ethically and transparently,” Madigan said. “This committee will provide bipartisan oversight, evaluation and study of Illinois’ use of public-private partnerships, and further our efforts to work cooperatively with the governor.”


The Top Frauds of 2016

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Three million of you called, wrote, or went online to tell us about fraud or identity theft in 2016. Each one of those reports is important to us – and to other law enforcement nationwide and helps us bring cases against scammers of all kinds. Sometimes, these cases result in refunds for the affected consumers. But these reports also add up to a picture of what happened during the year.

2016’s big news is that, for the first time, imposter scams passed identity theft for the number of complaints. Debt collection was the top complaint for the second year in a row – thanks in large part to one contributor of reports that lets people forward debt collection messages from their mobile phone. But imposter scams are number two, followed by identity theft. That shift is notable – people are reporting government imposter scams in increasing numbers.

What else was news in 2016?

  • For military consumers, imposter scams are the number one complaint category, followed by identity theft.
  • Out of the 1.3 million fraud reports we got in 2016, people reported paying $744 million to scammers – with a median payment of $450.
  • More than half of people who reported told us how they were contacted for the scam – and 77% of those people said it was the telephone. Only 8% said email and 3% said mail.

While reports of fraud were 42% of reports in 2016, identity theft was 13% of reports – most of it about employment- or tax-related fraud (34%) or credit card fraud (33%). And there’s lots more information in the Consumer Sentinel Data Book, just released today. Look up your state and see what people are reporting in your communities.

Your reports matter. In 2016, the FTC brought cases that forced companies like Volkswagen ($10 billion) and Herbalife ($200 million) to refund money to consumers injured by those companies’ deceptive practices, and also directly returned over $160 million to people affected by scams.

If you ever spot a scam, please tell the FTC. Here’s why:

Yes, please forward spam emails to the FTC at spam@uce.gov.

E. Coli Outbreak Spurs I.M. Healthy SoyNut Butter Recall

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Company voluntary recalls products


SPRINGFIELD, IL – The I.M. Healthy SoyNut Butter Company, headquartered in Illinois, is voluntarily recalling its SoyNut Butter products after 12 cases of E. coli O157 in five states were preliminarily linked to the products.  There are no cases reported in Illinois.  Product testing is currently underway.  SoyNut Butter is a nut-free substitute for peanut butter.

“Some infections of E. coli are mild, but others can be severe or even life-threatening, especially for young children,” said Illinois Department of Public Health Director Nirav D. Shah, M.D., J.D.  “If you have recently purchased soy nut butter, please check the label for the brand and throw it out if it is part of this recall.”

IDPH recommends consumers do not eat any variety or size of I.M. Healthy brand SoyNut Butter or granola coated with SoyNut Butter produced by SoyNut Butter Company.  Child care centers, schools, and other institutions should not serve I.M. Healthy brand SoyNut Butter or granola coated with SoyNut Butter.  Multiple varieties and sizes of I.M. Healthy brand SoyNut Butter and granola coated with SoyNut Butter are sold nationwide in stores, online, and to institutions.

Symptoms vary but often include severe stomach cramps, diarrhea (often bloody), and vomiting.  People typically develop symptoms in 3-4 days after ingesting the affected product, but it could be as short as one day or as long as 10.  Most people get better within 5-7 days.  Contact your healthcare provider if you have diarrhea that lasts for more than three days, or is accompanied by high fever, blood in the stool, or so much vomiting that you cannot keep liquids down and you pass very little urine.  People who have E. coli O157-like symptoms should see a health care provide and not take antibiotics or antidiarrheal medications as they could increase the risk of hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS).

You can become infected with E. coli O157 by eating contaminated food or drinks, or through contact with feces of an infected person.
To avoid E.coli:

• Wash hands thoroughly with soap and water after using the bathroom.
• Cook meats thoroughly and use a thermometer to indicate “doneness.”
• Prevent cross contamination in food preparation areas by thoroughly washing hands, counters, cutting boards, and utensils after they touch raw meat.

For more information, log on to https://www.cdc.gov/ecoli/2017/O157H7-03-17/index.html

Two Corrections Officers Sentenced for Smuggling Drugs into Middleton Jail

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BOSTON – Two former corrections officers at the Essex County Correctional Facility were sentenced recently in U.S. District Court in Boston for their involvement with smuggling Suboxone into the Essex County House of Corrections – Middleton for inmates.


Katherine Sullivan, 32, of Londonderry, N.H., was sentenced yesterday by U.S. District Court Judge Allison D. Burroughs to 36 months of probation, 120 hours of community service, and ordered to pay a fine of $5,000. In November 2016, Sullivan pleaded guilty to one count of conspiring with inmates to distribute Suboxone, a drug used to treat opioid addiction, between October and December 2015.


In January 2017, U.S. District Court Judge Richard G. Stearns sentenced John S. Weir, 34, of Danvers, Mass., to the same sentence after Weir pleaded guilty to conspiring with inmates to distribute Suboxone between September and November 2014. Both Sullivan and Weir have resigned from their positions as corrections officers.


The investigations revealed that Weir and Sullivan obtained Suboxone strips from sources outside the jail and smuggled the contraband into the facility when reporting for their shifts. Inmates receiving the Suboxone from Weir and Sullivan then sold the drug to other prisoners inside the correctional facility.


Essex County Sheriff Kevin F. Coppinger said, “We have a zero tolerance policy for this type of behavior and we will take swift and decisive action in all cases.”


Acting United States Attorney William D. Weinreb; Harold H. Shaw, Special Agent in Charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Boston Division; and Essex County Sheriff Coppinger, made the announcement. Assistant U.S. Attorney William F. Bloomer of Weinreb’s Public Corruption and Special Prosecutions Unit prosecuted the cases.

Source: FBI

16-Year-Old Rock & Soul Artist Nick Brodeur Signs With SoBe Entertainment – Releases Debut Singles

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Nick Brodeur

Nationwide (BlackNews.com) — SoBe Entertainment, located in South Beach, Florida, recently signed Rock, Pop & Soul Artist, Nick Brodeur, to an entertainment and recording contract with the label.This 16-year-old rock guitar phenomenon just released his first commercial single, a duet with the legendary R&B star, Urban Mystic. The track is titled A New Tomorrow and can be seen via the two links below in both 360 degree and live-action. The single reflects the troubled times we are all living in today and is being promoted at Urban Radio.



The young rock, pop & soul star also recently released for Valentines Day a cover of the Joe Cocker classic, You Are So Beautiful. The remake is presented in the SoundCloud link below. This track is being released to pop, rock and rhythmic stations.


A huge fan of rock, Nick has patterned his career and his music after the legendary rock icon Jimi Hendrix. With Metallica, Led Zeppelin, Prince and Rick James as some of his idols, and coupled with B.B. King as his blues & jazz mentor, Nick is destined for international stardom as a superstar (capable of crossing several musical genres). His raspy soulful vocals, along with his energetic live performances, take fans on a musical experience that is not simply electric, but also eclectic!


Photo: Nick Brodeur



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