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Lies, Threats, Debt Collection: Tale of a Few Cities

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When a debt collector harasses and threatens you, it can be downright distressing – and illegal.

The FTC announced a complaint and settlement with American Municipal Services Corporation (AMS), which collects debts for cities and towns. The FTC alleges AMS made false threats and misrepresentations to get people to pay, and under the terms of the settlement, they’ll have to stop. The FTC says AMS threatened people would be arrested, have their driver’s licenses suspended, have their vehicles impounded, and have their debts reported to credit bureaus. Using names like “Warrant Enforcement Division,” AMS made people think these letters came directly from government authorities, according to the FTC.

But the FTC says AMS broke the law when collecting those debts. AMS had no power to jail people, nor did they actually know whether municipalities really intended to do so. In addition to stopping these deceptive and illegal acts, the order requires AMS to give up collection fees obtained using these tactics.

Under federal law, debt collectors cannot:

  • falsely claim to be law enforcement officers
  • falsely claim you’ll be arrested if you don’t pay
  • threaten to seize, garnish, attach, or sell your assets — unless they legally can and intend to do so
  • give false credit information about you to anyone, including a credit reporting company
  • use a fake company name

If it’s a personal or household debt, it’s illegal for debt collectors to:

  • call before 8 a.m. or after 9 p.m.
  • contact you at work if you’ve told them verbally or in writing that your employer doesn’t allow such calls
  • contact a third party about you for any reason other than getting your contact information
  • harass you or anyone else they contact about you

Learn more about your rights when facing debt collection.

Activists Force Re-Opening of Uptown Pedestrian Mall for Everyone, Including Homeless

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Gentrifying Construction Company Illegally Fenced Off Mall Last Fall, Forced Out Homeless, & Then Did No Work


LSD Viaduct Reconstruction Will Force Out Homeless,
and Without the Mall, Leave Them With No Place to Go


CHICAGO, IL– Activists with the Uptown Tent City Organizers (UTCO) group announced today that their permit battle with the City and their threat of a suit has forced the re-opening of Uptown’s Stewart School pedestrian mall, the former site of a homeless encampment which was forced out when a construction company illegally fenced off the public mall last fall.


UTCO activists learned that the permit that Morningside Construction Managers (MCM) had taken out last fall was expiring March 18th, and so on March 7th applied for their own Assembly Permit, set to begin the day after MCM’s permit expired. On March 15th, the City of Chicago wrongfully denied UTCO’s permit application and, according to the activists, violated several provisions of the City’s own Public Assembly ordinance in doing so.


On Wednesday afternoon, March 22nd, Kelley A. Gandurski, Senior Assistant Corporation Counsel at the City of Chicago’s Law Department, telephoned UTCO’s Andy Thayer to inform him that the MCM’s erection of a chain-link fence was “illegal” in their view, that the City would force MCM to remove their fence immediately, that MCM’s “no trespassing” signs that accompanied the fence were also “illegal,” and that in view of the City’s re-opening of the Mall to the public, the City wished to cancel UTCO’s appeal of the City’s rejection of UTCO’s Public Assembly permit for the public mall.


Upon receipt of the City’s written confirmation at 11:07 am today that the Mall would be open to the general public for the foreseeable future, today UTCO has cancelled its appeal of the City of Chicago’s denial of its Public Assembly permit application.


“The Stewart School pedestrian mall is public property. It is therefore open to all Chicagoans, including our neighbors who are homeless,” said UTCO’s Andy Thayer. “If and when the City and State of Illinois begin renovations of the Lake Shore Drive viaducts where so many of our homeless neighbors currently live, it is now legally established that they can stay on the public right of way that is the old Stewart School pedestrian mall. Uptown Tent City Organizers invites our homeless neighbors to occupy that space as needed.”


At 10 AM, Friday, March 24, representatives of Uptown Tent City Organizers held a press conference at the southern end of the Stewart School Pedestrian Mall, corner of Broadway Avenue and Kenmore Avenue, to discuss their victory in re-opening the Mall to everyone, and defending the rights of homeless people in the process.


Rep. Stratton Calls for Comprehensive Approach to Helping Young People Deal with Effects of Violence

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CHICAGO, IL – As Chicago neighborhoods experience an unprecedented number of shootings and gun deaths, Illinois state Rep. Juliana Stratton, D-Chicago, is working to address the long-term trauma this violence can have on young people and other local residents.

“While it’s clear that Illinois needs to do more to address violence in our neighborhoods, we also need to consider the long term consequences of growing up around and living with such violence,” Stratton said. “When children grow up exposed to violence, that violence could continue for generations. We need to take immediate steps to address the trauma and stop the cycle of violence so our communities can heal.”

Stratton has introduced House Bill 3644, which creates a “Trauma, Resiliency and Recovery” Task Force to craft policies geared towards crafting mental health policies for children and adults who have experienced violence or witnessed other horrific events and suffer from trauma as a result. Many people carry the scars of trauma throughout their life, and it ultimately affects their work and personal lives. The task force would bring together representatives from throughout Illinois’ government, academia, law enforcement, and trauma service groups to collaborate on ways the Illinois state government could better serve trauma victims in Illinois.

“The solution to violence requires addressing the root causes of violence and this is what the Task Force will consider,” Stratton said. “Too many are carrying invisible wounds neither they nor their families may not know how to treat. We as a state need to do more to help these survivors.”

Stratton’s trauma task force was approved by the House Restorative Justice Committee on March 9.  It now heads to the full House for approval.

FBI Seeking Special Agents With Diverse Backgrounds

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Houston Recruiting Effort Part of National Campaign


The Houston Division recently sponsored a recruiting event to attract applicants with diverse backgrounds to become special agents. Approximately 200 people attended the event, which included a video message from Director James Comey and presentations from a variety of agents about their varied paths to the Bureau.

When Special Agent Al Tribble joined the FBI 25 years ago, the organization wasn’t exactly known for its recruiting efforts—especially when it came to hiring women and people of color.

Much has changed since then. Today, the FBI understands that to effectively protect the American people, its special agents must reflect the diverse communities they serve. That’s why Tribble—who specializes in human trafficking and violent crimes against children investigations—participated in a recent recruiting event in Houston aimed at increasing diversity in the ranks of the FBI’s special agent corps.

As a veteran investigator and an African-American, Tribble spoke to potential applicants about the satisfaction of being a special agent. “The variety of work that you find in the FBI is unlike corporate America or any other private entity,” he said. “There’s so much you can do here, and you get to help people. When you take a victim of human trafficking and free her from her captors and reunite her with her family,” he explained, “there’s no feeling that can beat that.”

The FBI’s Diversity Agent Recruitment Program began in 2016 with an event in Washington, D.C., that attracted several hundred potential special agents from diverse backgrounds. The Houston event in January 2017 was attended by more than 200 people who heard from a panel of special agents about the varied paths that led them to the Bureau.

“I think a lot of people have in their mind what the FBI is and what the FBI does and what an FBI agent looks like,” said Special Agent Jenelle Janabajal, a presenter at the event, “and I think what we’re trying to do is maybe change some of those ideas and let people know that the FBI might be different from what you think.”

“What we’re trying to do is … let people know that the FBI might be different from what you think.” Jenelle Janabajal, special agent, Houston FBI

Special Agent David Baker, who works with special agent job applicants in the Houston Division, put it another way: “It doesn’t matter what walk of life you come from, what color you are, what race you are, what background you have,” he said, “there’s a place for you in the FBI.”

“One of the things that make us very attractive as an organization is that our employees have such different backgrounds,” said Perrye K. Turner, special agent in charge of the Houston Division. Turner, who has served as one of the Bureau’s national recruiters for nearly two decades, was instrumental in bringing the recent event to Houston. Such employee diversity means that “everybody brings something to the table,” he said. “That makes us stronger and more effective as an organization.”

The women, Latinos, Asians, and African-Americans in the audience heard from a variety of FBI agents about what it’s like to do good for a living—to take violent criminals off the streets, to hold public officials accountable when they violate the public’s trust, to thwart spies who would steal national secrets, and to stop terrorists. And after the official presentation, they were able to talk one-on-one with agents.

The event began with a video message from Director James Comey, who told the group that when he joined the Bureau in 2013, he inherited a special agent population that was 83 percent white. Comey made diversity one of the Bureau’s core values and began to increase efforts at diversity hiring.

A career in the FBI is like no other, he said. “This in an incredible family where no matter what you look like—black, white, Latino, Asian, Native American, whether you’re a man or a woman, whether you’re straight or gay—you feel welcome once you join this family.”

The statistics bear out that fact. The FBI’s turnover rate among agents is less than 1 percent. “That’s extraordinarily low,” Comey said, “and the reason it’s so low is once people become part of this life and see what it’s like to have as your mission protecting the American people and upholding the Constitution of the United States, nobody leaves.”

Comey cautioned that becoming a special agent is difficult. “We need people of integrity—non-negotiable. We need people of high intelligence—essential to be able to do the complicated work we do. And we need people of a certain physicality. If you’re going to be a special agent in the FBI,” he said, “we’re going to give you a gun on behalf of the United States of America, and you better be able to run, fight, and shoot.”

But if you possess those skills, he added, the FBI can be a career like no other. “So here is my challenge to you,” he said. “I dare you to take your ability and try to be a part of this organization.”

“Our employees have such different backgrounds. That makes us stronger and more effective as an organization.” Perrye K. Turner, special agent in charge, Houston FBI

Rep. Slaughter Fights for Parolees in New Bill Passed Out of Committee

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CHICAGO, IL – Seeking to cut down on burdensome restrictions for parolees who are trying to improve their life, Illinois state Rep. Justin Slaughter, D-Chicago, passed House Bill 2990 out of committee this week in an attempt to reduce unnecessary parole violations and expand who parolees may interact with.

“Giving people a second chance is important to their personal and professional development,” Slaughter said. “If we don’t allow people to interact with their friends or family, we are doing them a true disservice. Every minor infraction a parolee makes should not send them back to prison. The criminal justice system has to do a better job of helping people and not punishing them.”

House Bill 2990 amends the Unified Code of Corrections to make the conditions of every parole and mandatory supervised release more open. Current law prohibits a person on parole or mandatory supervised release from associating with individuals who are members of an organized gang, regardless of the activity the association involves. Slaughter’s bill states that parolees should not associate with persons who are members of an organized gang except when the association involves activities related to community programs, worship, services, volunteering, engaging families or some other pro-social activity in which there is no evidence of criminal intent.

“When someone leaves prison on parole, I want to make sure that they are set up to succeed and contribute back to society,” Slaughter said. “This bill will help to prevent unnecessary parole violations that have no criminal intent.”

For more information, please contact Slaughter’s constituent service office at 773-445-9700



Unemployment Rate Drops to 5.4% in February

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Over-the-year job growth remains behind national average


CHICAGO, IL–The Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) announced that the unemployment rate declined 0.3 percentage points to 5.4 percent in February and nonfarm payrolls increased by +25,600 jobs over-the-month, based on preliminary data proved by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) and released by IDES. January job growth was revised up to show an increase of +8,100 jobs rather than the preliminary estimate of +1,700 jobs. February’s monthly payroll gain kept over-the-year job growth well below the national average, but Illinois now surpassed its prior peak employment reached in September 2000 by 100 jobs, even with some sectors such as manufacturing remaining 297,800 jobs below their prior peak.

“After 17 years, Illinois jobs have finally regained their September 2000 peak,” said IDES Director Jeff Mays. “However, nearly 300,000 manufacturing jobs that existed in the year 2000 are no longer in Illinois. While many other states – including our neighbors – have had positive growth in manufacturing jobs in the last several years, Illinois has not.”

 “Illinoisans deserve a state that attracts good paying jobs, especially because of the great assets we have here in Illinois,” said Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity Director Sean McCarthy. “We cannot afford to waste another 17 years lagging behind. We need to make common sense reforms that will boost our economy and create more opportunities for Illinois families.”

In February, the three industry sectors with the largest gains in employment were: Government (+8,300); Construction (+7,300); and Education and Health Services (+5,800). The largest payroll declines were in the following sectors: Trade, Transportation and Utilities (-2,900); and Professional and Business Services (-500).

Over-the-year, nonfarm payroll employment increased by +47,000 jobs with the largest gains in these industry sectors in February: Education and Health Services (+15,300); Professional and Business Services (+12,100); and Government (+10,200). Industry sectors with the largest over-the-year declines include: Manufacturing (-7,400); and Other Services (-3,500). The +0.8 percent over-the-year gain in Illinois is half as strong as the +1.6 percent gain posted by the nation in February.

The state’s unemployment rate is higher than the national unemployment rate reported for February 2017, which decreased to 4.7 percent. The Illinois unemployment rate is down -0.7 percentage points from a year ago when it was 6.1 percent. At 5.4 percent, the Illinois jobless rate stands at its lowest level since October 2007.

The number of unemployed workers decreased -5.9 percent from the prior month to 352,400, down -12.5 percent over the same month for the prior year. The labor force increased +0.1 percent over-the-month but declined by -0.6 percent in February over the prior year. 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 51,115 resumes were posted and 179,073 help wanted ads were available.

Seasonally Adjusted Unemployment Rates

Illinois Seasonally Adjusted Nonfarm Jobs – by Major Industry

  • Monthly 2012 – 2016 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 1990 – 2016 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.


About IDES

IDES encourages employment by connecting employers to jobseekers, provides unemployment insurance benefits to eligible individuals, produces labor market data and protects taxpayers from unemployment insurance fraud. Visit the Department’s website at www.ides.illinois.gov for more information. You can also follow IDES on Twitter and Facebook.

Mavis Staples, Shemekia Copeland, Johnny Lang, Dark Star Orchestra, Kesha to Play @ Aurora’s RiverEdge

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Aurora’s RiverEdge Park announces initial acts, events for 2017 Summer Concert Season


AURORA, IL, March 22, 2017 – The 2017 outdoor summer concert and event initial lineup at downtown Aurora’s RiverEdge Park was officially announced today by Aurora Mayor Robert J. O’Conner at the city’s annual State of the City Address.
Highlighting the lineup was O’Conner’s reveal of the artists performing at Aurora’s 21st Annual Blues on the Fox Festival, June 16 and 17: Mavis Staples, Shemekia Copeland, Jonny Lang, Elvin Bishop, Devon Allman Band and the Guy King Band.

Other major acts unveiled today for downtown Aurora’s popular outdoor summer concert venue were the Grateful Dead concert experience 
Dark Star Orchestra (June 24), classic rock’s Steve Miller Band with Peter Frampton (July 20), hot artists of today like Kesha and the Creepies (July 21) and the Led Zeppelin tribute spectacular Get the Led Out (August 25).Online ticket sales for all shows start today at 2 p.m. at RiverEdgeAurora.com.
Take advantage of early bird discounts offered on most tickets when purchased through May 31. Starting June 1, all tickets are regular price.

Phone and in-person sales start Monday, April 5 at 10 a.m. Call the RiverEdge box office, 630.896.6666, or stop by in-person at RiverEdge’s satellite box office, the Paramount Theatre, 23 E. Galena Blvd., Aurora,
10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday-Saturday.The RiverEdge box office will also be open on-site on event days for day-of sales, beginning at noon. All tickets are general admission. Ticket fees not included.In addition to Chicagoland’s coolest summer concerts, RiverEdge is also ground zero for the city of Aurora’s free 4th of July Celebration. Bring the family for patriotic anthems played by the American Legion Band, top 40 hits and classic songs from the Fox Valley Orchestra, and a spectacular fireworks display high above the beautiful Fox River. The evening also includes a Guinness World Record attempt for the most people head banging to “Bohemian Rhapsody” to conclude Aurora’s 25th anniversary Wayne’s World celebration.Other events at RiverEdge this summer include the ColorVibe 5K Race (May 28), Two Brothers Summer Festival (June 2 and 3), the Chicagoland Tour de Cure cycling event for the American Diabetes Association (June 11), the Sacred Heart Festival (June 18), the Aurora Puerto Rican Heritage Festival (July 29 and 30) and Fiestas Patrias (September 16).Following is more information on the RiverEdge 2017 summer concert line-up, with more acts and events soon to be announced. For the latest updates, visit RiverEdgeAurora.com, call  630.896.6666, or follow RiverEdge Park on Facebook and Twitter.

21st Annual Blues on the Fox Festival with Shemekia Copeland, Mavis Staples,
Guy King Band, Devon Allman Band, Elvin Bishop and Jonny Lang
Friday and Saturday, June 16 and 17
Friday: Gates open at 6 p.m. Shemekia Copeland at 7 p.m., Mavis Staples at 9 p.m.
Saturday: Gates open at 2 p.m. Guy King Band at 3 p.m., Devon Allman Band at
5 p.m., Elvin Bishop at 7 p.m. and Jonny Lang at 9 p.m.
Tickets, each day: $10 through May 31, $20 starting June 1
For 21 years, blues musicians from across the world have gathered in Aurora to play their hearts out to blues-loving crowds in the thousands, and this year’s Blues on the Fox Festival is sure to get your head swaying and feet grooving.Friday night’s all-ladies lineup kicks off the Blues on the Fox with three-time Grammy nominee and international blues favorite Shemekia Copeland, followed by Chicago’s own living legend, the incomparable Mavis Staples.Come back Saturday afternoon for Chicago’s Guy King Band’s classic jazz sound of yesteryear fused with a fresh spin, followed by Devon Allman, the son of musical royalty who delivers a thoroughly unique blend of blues and rock that is all his own. Rock on Saturday night with Blues Hall of Famer, Rock and Roll of Famer and Grammy nominee Elvin Bishop, climaxing with the legendary Jonny Lang shredding his brand of blues, gospel, pop, R&B, rock and soul.
Dark Star Orchestra (Continuing the Grateful Dead Concert Experience)
Saturday, June 24
Gates open 5:30 p.m., concert at 7 p.m.
Tickets: $20 through May 31, $30 starting June 1
They’re not just a Grateful Dead tribute band; they’re the Grateful Dead tribute band. Formed here in Chicago, Dark Star Orchestra has been faithfully performing the jam band’s most loved songs and little known gems for 20 years, and from time to time, Dead members Phil Lesh and Bob Weir have even joined them on stage.As if sounding like the Grateful Dead wasn’t enough, DSO even goes so far as to recreate the Dead’s original set lists in some instances. Other times, they create their own from the Dead’s massive catalog of songs. If you were born too late to experience the Grateful Dead in their prime or want to relive that long, strange trip, Dark Star Orchestra will bring back many incredible memories and create plenty of new ones.

Aurora’s July 4th Celebration
Tuesday, July 4
Park Opens: 3 p.m.
American Legion Band: 6:15 p.m.
Fox Valley Orchestra: 7:45 p.m.
City of Aurora Fireworks: approximately 9:35 p.m.

Admission: Free


RiverEdge Park always boasts one of the biggest celebrations in all of Chicagoland. Bring your friends and family to celebrate with Aurora’s patriotic American Legion Band playing incredible American standards, followed by the Fox Valley Orchestra playing from Top 40 hits to classics to your favorite movie scores.

Before the fireworks, Aurora’s 25th anniversary Wayne’s World celebration ends with a Guinness world record attempt for the most people head banging to “Bohemian Rhapsody.”

Finally, the evening ends in a breathtaking, jaw-dropping fireworks extravaganza that will make you realize Aurora isn’t named the City of Lights for nothing.

NOTE: The City of Aurora will provide free park and ride shuttle services from
6 p.m. to 9 p.m., providing round trip transportation to 13 convenient locations throughout the city. Shuttle service resumes after the fireworks display until
11 p.m.

Steve Miller Band with Peter Frampton
Thursday, July 20
Gates open at 6 p.m., Frampton starts at 7:30 p.m.
Tickets: $45 through May 31, $55 starting June 1Steve Miller and his band will delve into their deep catalogue of hits from the 60s, 70s and 80s under the summer sky at RiverEdge, playing an endless flow of smash hits like “The Joker,” “Livin’ in the USA,” “Take the Money and Run,” “Rock’n Me,” “Fly Like an Eagle,” “Jet Airliner,” “Jungle Love” and “Abracadabra.”Joining the Steve Miller Band is special guest Peter Frampton, one of the most celebrated artists and guitarists in rock history for his seminal album Frampton Comes Alive!
Kesha and the Creepies
Friday, July 21
Gates open at 6:30 p.m., concert at 8 p.m.
Tickets: $40 through May 31, $50 starting June 1
“I can’t wait to come out to Aurora with the Creepies this summer! I’ve heard River Edge Park is the best a woman and her band and fans could ask for!” – Kesha

Kesha has taken the world by storm since the release of her debut album Animal in 2010. That year she was declared Billboard’s Hot 100 Artist and her smash debut single, “TiK ToK,” was named Billboard’s #1 Hot 100 Song.Kesha has had eight consecutive Top 10 hits, including four #1 singles: “TiK ToK,” “Your Love Is My Drug,” “We R Who We R,” and “Timber,” a multi-platinum award winning collaboration with Pitbull. As a songwriter she penned all of her own music as well as songs for artists including Britney Spears, Ariana Grande, The Veronicas and Miley Cyrus. She is an animal rights crusader as the Humane Society International’s first Global Ambassador and a passionate advocate for equality being honored with the 2016 Human Rights Campaign Visibility Award. Kesha has branched out into TV, film, and fashion becoming a global cultural icon and winning Billboard Magazine’s 2016 Trailblazer Award.


Get the Led Out: The American Led Zeppelin
Friday, August 25
Gates open at 6:30 p.m., concert at 8 p.m.
Tickets: $5 through May 31, $15 starting June 1
Since 2015, Get the Led Out has been rocking audiences at RiverEdge Park. The songs you know and love will be played to perfection and as you remember them.But don’t worry, these incredible rockers never repeat a show. Using six guys instead of four, Get the Led Out does something even Led Zeppelin couldn’t do: perform their songs live as they were heard on the studio albums. From the first Led Zeppelin release to In Through the Out Door, their music is powerful, explosive, authentic and flat out amazing.With more than 6,000 fans coming out to the park last year for this band, RiverEdge expects yet another sell out. So get your tickets now for a musical experience you’ll never forget.

About RiverEdge Park

RiverEdge Park, renamed Thomas J. Weisner RiverEdge Park in 2016 in honor of former Aurora Mayor Thomas Weisner, debuted in 2013. It is a general admission outdoor summer concert venue with a capacity of up to 8,500, boasting state-of-the-art acoustics and lighting, a warm community feel and gorgeous views on the banks of the Fox River. The venue is anchored by the contemporary John C. Dunham performance pavilion.

RiverEdge is easy to get to from Chicago via Metra’s Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) line. Paid public parking is available in the Metra lot, with additional private lots surrounding the park and in downtown Aurora.

Concessions at RiverEdge boast a diverse menu and bar featuring domestic and craft beers, wine, sodas, bottled water and more, plus festival food tent vendors selling everything from hot dogs to funnel cakes.

Guests are encouraged to bring folding and bag chairs. Outside food is welcome in the Park as well, with restrictions. Only soft collapsible coolers no larger than 12″ W x 12″ T x 12″ L are allowed. Coolers, as well as any other personal items, must be placed under or in front of your chair and must not take up room on either side. No outside beverages are allowed in, with the exception of two sealed bottles of unflavored water per person. All coolers are subject to inspection. One cooler per patron.

Events take place rain or shine, unless conditions endanger the safety of artists and the public. Concertgoers are advised to follow RiverEdge Park on Facebook and Twitter for all concert updates, or call the RiverEdge Park Weather Line, 630.723.2480, to check status if inclement weather is pending.

RiverEdge Park is managed and programmed by the Aurora Civic Center Authority (ACCA), which also oversees operations for Aurora’s historic Paramount Theatre. The RiverEdge Park 2017 Season is sponsored by the Dunham Fund, Superior Beverage and the City of Aurora.

For tickets and information, visit RiverEdgeAurora.com or call 630.896.6666.

Author-Wealth Coach Teaching Others How to Live Like a Millionaire on Any Budget – Says “Financial Success is Not a Gift; It’s a Habit”

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Teacherpreneur/ Money Magnet Timolin Langins holistic approach to wealth building underscores her workshops, her blogs, and her writings as the author of Mind Over Money, How to Live like a Millionaire on Any Budget and contributing writer to Hoarders star, Dorothy Breiningers book Stuff Your Face or Face Your Stuff. 
Timolin Langin, teacherpreneur, money magnet, and founder of New Fit World TV

Nationwide (BlackNews.com) – Author, veteran teacher, real estate investor, and world traveler Timolin Langins roots are in a small town in Mississippi. There, a generation of relatives with a mothers wit for financial success taught her how humble earnings could yield a fiscal life stable enough to support all her dreams, travels and interests. Her first lessons were given to her by her grandmother, great-grandmother (mothers side) and father. They were good stewards of money who passed on sensible spending habits and wealth building money management practices by example.

For Timolin, her financial success has been a logical progression, but after watching many smart people struggle with their finances, she realized that her money sense is an uncommon gift. She has decided to share her practical habits and easy to implement strategies that enables her to live like a millionaire on any budget by way of a modest teachers salary.

She proves that financial success is less about actual income or specific dollar amount, and more about effective money management, passion or purpose, and a zest for living. Whether you make $10,000 per year or $10,000,000 per year, there are similar philosophies and universal truths that are common to all who seek to grow wealth. If one is faithful with little, one will be faithful with much and only then will more be given is an adage Timolin lives by and believes essential to growing and maintaining wealth for generations. She strongly places emphasis on strategic use of the money tool; not the actual amount of money you have currently.

Timolin takes a holistic approach to wealth building that impacts every area of life. This belief underscores her workshops, her blogs, her book talks/writings as author of Mind Over Money, How to Live like a Millionaire on Any Budget and contributing writer to “Hoarders” star, Dorothy Breiningers book Stuff Your Face or Face Your Stuff. She focuses on the rarely discussed element and hindrance to wealth building called Emotional Spending/Overspending — a factor she explains in her debut book, in addition to specific tasks one can take to increase financial success, decrease debt through strategic spending and easy to implement saving techniques, plus investments, entrepreneurship and more so we can all live the life of our dreams. She has revealed financial success tips to her clients and followers via her website and You Tube channel. Timolin believes the wealth building message she teaches is universal and wants to share it with the world.

She closes all of her talks, blogs, and speaking engagements with these closing words: “Financial Success is not a gift; it is a habit!”

For more information, to get her book, visit Timolins website at www.NewFitWorldTV.com, call (213)453-3921, like her on Facebook at www.facebook.com/TimolinRLangin/ and Twitter @Timmieteacher.

As a former producer, writer, and host of award winning cable shows, Timolin is planning to soon start streaming live.


Photo: Timolin Langin, teacherpreneur, money magnet, and founder of New Fit World TV


State Homeless Prevention Funds Available for Chicago Residents

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Rent and utility assistance is available for Chicago residents at risk of losing their housing. People seeking financial assistance should call 3-1-1 and ask for “Short-Term Help” to be referred to the Homelessness Prevention Call Center. 


CHICAGO, IL – The State Homeless Prevention Fund, a fund of approximately $1 million, has been made available through June 30 to Chicago residents at risk of losing their homes.


All Chicago administers the fund provided by the State of Illinois, which seeks to stabilize people in their current homes, decrease the amount of time spent in homeless shelters, and help people secure and maintain affordable housing.


Funds up to $1,500 may be available to any individual or household experiencing a temporary economic crisis and can be received once in a twenty-four month period. The funds can be used for rent, security deposits, mortgages, or utilities.


To be eligible for assistance, people must be residents within Chicago’s city limits and must be in imminent danger of eviction, foreclosure, or homelessness, or already homeless. People must also provide paperwork that documents their temporary economic crisis. Eligible crises may include job loss, medical disability or emergency, loss or delay of public benefit, natural disaster, and other comparable hardships.


People seeking assistance should call 3-1-1 and ask for “Short-Term Help” to be screened for eligibility by the Homelessness Prevention Call Center run by Catholic Charities.


State funding for homelessness prevention programs has been in limbo since 2015, due to the state budget impasse, but is now flowing until June 30.


Households receiving emergency financial assistance of approximately $1,000 are 76% less likely to become homeless, proved a 2016 study conducted by the Wilson Sheehan Lab for Economic Opportunities at the University of Notre Dame with Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago and All Chicago. This groundbreaking study, published in the Journal of Science, was the first time the impact of emergency financial assistance on homelessness has been rigorously measured. Preventing people from becoming homeless with a minimal investment averaging $1,000 saves more than $20,000 per person, per year, in taxpayer funds needed to support a person seeking services through homeless shelters.



About All Chicago: All Chicago prevents and ends homelessness through three signature programs. Our Emergency Fund program collaborates with 28 agencies to provide more than $3 million in financial assistance to more than 3,500 people experiencing an emergency, including a particular focus on college students and veterans. Our Chicago Alliance program partners with 50 agencies to implement city-wide, data-driven strategies to designed to achieve the common vision of a city where homelessness is rare, brief, and non-recurring. Our Learning Center program equips the housing and homeless services community with tools and information to be even more effective through our trainings, workshops, research and publications. Learn more at allchicago.org.



The Year of Race Based Trauma: What Happened to the Talk of a Post Racial America?

Posted by Admin On March - 27 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

Race and Racial Identity in Psychotherapy By Robert T. Carter

Washington, DC (BlackNews.com) – In the age of the Trump Effect, an increase in police brutality cases, workplace discrimination and racial profiling, the long term effects of this “new normal” can have a profound impact on the social and psychological health of the community. In response to the changing cultural landscape, Robert T. Carter and Associates (RTCA), a forensic and organizational consulting group of licensed psychologist and professors, offers training services to corporations, non-profits, human resource departments and community organizations providing strategies for preventive solutions and care of race based trauma.

RTCA has worked on a range of issues related to racial discrimination; hostile work environment and racial harassment, specializing in race based traumatic stress. Founder and Principal of RTCA, Robert T. Carter, Ph.D. is a professor, author and expert on race related issues. A professor of Psychology and Education in the Department of Counseling and Clinical Psychology at Teachers College at Columbia University, Carter has published more than 100 journal articles and book chapters as well as authoring and editing seven books – including The Influence of Race and Racial Identity in Psychotherapy Toward a Racially Inclusive Model. Dr. Carter’s framework defines race based traumatic stress as an emotional/psychological response to racial experiences that results in functional impairments, making activities of daily living difficult.

This framework has laid the groundwork for RTCA to serve as an expert witness in race-related cases, lending his expertise in the area of stressful and traumatic effects of racial discrimination. He has served as an expert witness on more than fifty federal discrimination, harassment and racial profiling cases, presenting evidence of the impact of race based experiences on current and future experiences. Carter states, “Our work as expert witnesses, have involved the modification of school systems’ racial desegregation plans, biracial custody, racial discrimination and racial harassment in schools, the workplace and as consumer racial profiling.”

To learn more about RTCA or schedule an interview, please contact Malin PR at 240-264-7330 or askmalinpr@gmail.com

Robert T. Carter & Associates offers professional, objective and accurate empirical based research and training services. Headquartered in New York City with a satellite office in Dallas, RTCA has served as an expert witness for more than 20 years on a range of racial discrimination issues. RTCA opinions are supported by reports including research, evidence about the issues in the case, and the administering of race based traumatic stress evaluations to assess the occurrence of functional impairment. Learn more about RTCA at www.roberttcarterassociates.com

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