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Ben Jealous, Former NAACP President, Confirms Run for Maryland Governorship

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Former NAACP President, Black Press Executive Believes  His Civil Rights Record Will Inspire Voters


By Hazel Trice Edney


(TriceEdneyWire.com) – Former NAACP President Benjamin Todd Jealous, also former Black press executive, is now launching a political career.

Perhaps recently best known as a surrogate for Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, Jealous confirmed this week that he is running for governor of Maryland. He cited his long record of civil rights and the diversity of the state of Maryland as being matched to his favor.

“When I was president of the NAACP I learned just how quickly my neighbors here were prepared to move forward on civil rights. In one year, we abolished the death penalty, we passed marriage equality, we passed the Dream Act. I’m running for governor because I believe we’re prepared to move just as quickly in moving forward on our education, on employment, on the environment while continuing to protect civil rights,” Jealous said this week in an interview with the Trice Edney News Wire. “I’m running for governor because I believe we can do much better by our kids right now.”

Jealous is entering a crowded field of seven other candidates for the Democratic primary to be held June 26, 2018. He believes disaffection for the scandal-laden Trump administration may cause voters to lean back toward Democratic leadership after electing Republican Gov. Larry Hogan in November 2014. Hogan is eligible to run for re-election in the state where the Democratic base is actually two to one.

“Larry Hogan is governor of Maryland because in 2014, we had a high tide of Republican turnout and an ebb tide of Democratic turnout,” Jealous said. He pointed out that Hogan won by 60,000 votes after 125,000 Democrats who had voted in 2010 didn’t show up to vote in 2014.

“In this era of President Trump, they can only remember having a president that is competent to serve. And now they see the impact of having a president that is quite the opposite,” Jealous said. “So long as we turn out Democratic voters who are used to voting in gubernatorial elections, there’s almost no way that he can win.”

The election will be held Nov. 6, 2018. But first Jealous must distinguish himself among the crowded Democratic field. In that regard, he may just have a not-so-secret weapon. If he can win an endorsement from Sen. Bernie Sanders, it may bolster his chances significantly.

“Let’s just see,” was Jealous’ only response when asked whether he expects to receive Sanders’ endorsement.

Sanders won 36 percent of the vote in Maryland’s Democratic presidential primary. If Jealous can win a majority of those voters; plus a significant portion of Maryland’s 45 percent Black vote, he is a strong contender to win the Democratic nomination.

But the key will be to excite the Democratic base to the polls. Jealous believes he has the record to do just that. Maryland has a 45 percent White constituency and 10 percent that encompasses other races. Jealous believes his background and civil rights record could attract a following similar to the “Rainbow Coalition” that was amassed during the Jesse Jackson presidential campaign, for which Jealous also worked in 1988.

Jealous was born in Pacific Grove, Calif. But his parents, a mixed-race couple, had met in Baltimore where his mother grew up. His father, Fred Jealous, who was White, helped integrate lunch counters in the South. His mother, Ann Jealous, worked with the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee in the 1960s. As a teenager, Jealous became steeped in civil and voting rights work and spent summers in Baltimore with his maternal grandparents.

“The combination of an activist rooted in the tradition of the NAACP and the civil rights movement and an activist rooted in the Bernie camp, gives us a broad base that looks like Maryland similar to what you saw of Doug Wilder in Virginia after the Jesse Jackson campaign,” Jealous said.

Jealous’ career has been woven with civil rights and politics. Between 2000-2004 he served as executive director of the National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA). Earlier in his career, he’d worked as an editor for the historic Jackson Advocate newspaper in Mississippi.

After NNPA, he became founding director of Amnesty International’s U. S. Human Rights Program. In 2008, he became the historically youngest NAACP president at the age of 35, an office he held until 2012. He later became a venture capitalist with the Oakland, Calif.-based Kapor Center for Social Impact. He also played integral rolls in the presidential races of President Barack Obama.

“I’m blessed to have lived my life as a progressive in the Black community who is committed to fighting for a better life for everyone in our community and ultimately for everyone in every community…It’s that life, that path that starts with Jesse Jackson ’88 and goes all the way through Bernie Sanders’ 2016 campaign,” he recounts. “It’s that life that started with my parents and my grandparents rooted in the NAACP, raised in the NAACP; ultimately leads into the labor movement and the environmentalist movement and the LGBT movement and the women’s rights movement. That’s me, that’s where I’m rooted and where this campaign is rooted.”

If he wins, Jealous would become the nation’s fourth Black governor in modern history. The others were Virginia’s Gov. L. Douglas Wilder, elected in 1989; Massachusetts’ Gov. Deval Patrick, elected in 2006 and re-elected in 2010; and New York’s Gov. David Paterson who served two years after the resignation of Gov. Eliot Spitzer in 2008.

Jealous, 44, has two young children to whom he often refers when expressing concerns about the future of Maryland. Reflecting on the economic deprivation that became a national spotlight during the Freddie Gray case, he accuses Hogan of having ignored Baltimore during his tenure.

“This is a governor who has shifted millions of dollars away from public education and into voucher programs and who has toured the state with [Trump-appointed Education Secretary] Betsy Devos and has embraced Attorney General Sessions’ foolishness of trying to revive the failed war on drugs by also investing millions of dollars in building up law enforcement to go after heroin addicts as law breakers rather than as people who need to be sent to rehabilitation,” he says. “The only way to create a better future for Baltimore and its residents is to have a governor who is always for all of its residents; including Baltimore. Right now it feels too often that we have a governor who is always for all of Maryland except for Baltimore…You simply cannot starve a city that’s supposed to be the economic epicenter of the state and have the state prosper.”

Ultimately, the voters of Maryland must be inspired enough to believe the election even matters.

“It’s going to take us deciding that our children’s future, that our family’s economic future is important enough for us to turn out,” Jealous says. “And so, at the end of the day, we will do what it takes to turn out voters. Donald Trump will make that easier and Larry Hogan will make that easier still.”

Fake E-mails Could Cost You Thousands

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Think you got an email from a business you know? Scammers sometimes use emails that look legit to trick you into sending money to them.

The email might say it’s from a real estate professional you’re working with, telling you there’s a last-minute change and you should now wire your closing costs to a different account. Or it could seem to be an email – with an invoice – from your utility company, telling you to wire payment. Whatever the story, if you wire that money, it goes to the scammer – and you may never see your money again.

These scammers might get your information by hacking into a business. Once they know about you, they send an email that seems to come from the business, telling you where to send money.  So, how can you spot these scams?

  • Never wire money to anyone who emails – or calls – and asks you to. Instead, check it out.
  • Contact the company through a number or email address you know is real. Don’t use phone numbers or links in the email.
  • Don’t open email attachments, even from someone you know, unless you’re expecting it. Opening attachments can put malware on your computer.

If you’ve already sent in money to a scammer, act quickly.

  • If you wired money through your bank, ask them right away for a wire recall. If you used a money transfer company, like Western Union or MoneyGram, call their complaint lines immediately.
  • Report your experience to the FTC and to the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center at ic3.gov. Give as much information as you can, including all requested banking information. The sooner you get this report in to ic3, the more likely they can help you.
  • If your bank asks for a police report, give them a copy of your report to ic3.gov.

Also, learn more about protecting yourself from phishing.

AARP Urges Senate to Start From Scratch on Health Care Bill, Begins Notifying Millions of Members How House Reps Voted

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Letter to Senate Warns Against Age Tax, Taking Away Pre-existing Condition Protections, Massive Health Care Cost Increases 

WASHINGTON, DC – AARP sent a letter to every member of the U.S. Senate urging them to start from scratch on the health care legislation passed by the U.S. House of Representatives last week. The letter comes as AARP also begins to inform its members how each House member voted on the bill.

“The deeply flawed House bill would add an Age Tax, increasing health care costs by thousands of dollars each year we grow older, and put millions of American families at risk of finding health care unaffordable or unavailable,” said AARP Executive Vice President Nancy LeaMond. She told senators: “AARP urges you to ‘start from scratch’ and craft health care legislation that ensures robust insurance market protections, controls costs, improves quality, and provides affordable coverage to all Americans.”AARP’s letter notes that big insurance companies could charge older Americans five times – or more – for coverage, and charge many Americans more than their take home pay, noting, “The median annual income for  50-64 year old Americans is less than $25,000… [The House health bill] would remove pre-existing condition protections and once again allow insurance companies to charge Americans more — we estimate up to $25,000 more — due to a pre-existing condition.”

About 40% of older Americans, nearly 25 million, have a pre-existing condition.
AARP’s full letter to the Senate is here. Past statements and releases about the House bill can be found here. Fact sheets about the Age Tax and other harmful policies can be found here.


About AARP: AARP is the nation’s largest nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to empowering Americans 50 and older to choose how they live as they age. With nearly 38 million members and offices in every state, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands, AARP works to strengthen communities and advocate for what matters most to families with a focus on health security, financial stability and personal fulfillment. AARP also works for individuals in the marketplace by sparking new solutions and allowing carefully chosen, high-quality products and services to carry the AARP name.  As a trusted source for news and information, AARP produces the world’s largest circulation publications, AARP The Magazine and AARP Bulletin. To learn more, visit www.aarp.org or follow @AARP and @AARPadvocates on social media.


For further information: AARP Media Relations, 202-434-2560, media@aarp.org, @AARPMedia



Chicago Schools are Expelling 3-Year-Olds. It Needs to Stop

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OP-ED: By State Rep. Juliana Stratton

Three-year olds are getting expelled from preschool. Let that thought sink in for a minute.

Research suggests that the expulsion of toddlers and preschoolers from early care and education settings is occurring at alarmingly high rates. While it may seem counterintuitive, a nationwide study in 2005 indicated that Illinois preschoolers were kicked out of their programs at a rate nearly three times that of their grade school and high school peers. More recent data from the Office for Civil Rights show that boys of color are subjected to higher rates of disciplinary action, and increasingly African-American girls are experiencing similar problems.

Why is this such an issue for young children, their families, and our communities? School expulsion is associated with negative educational, health, and developmental outcomes for all children, and expulsion in the earliest years leads to higher expulsion and suspension rates in later grades.

Illinois must end the practice of expelling preschoolers from their early childhood programs. This is why I’ve sponsored HB2663, a bill aimed at ensuring that children will remain in the most beneficial setting for their development by providing protections against preventable expulsion for those kids enrolled in Illinois State Board of Education-funded early childhood programs and licensed child care settings. In addition, the legislation identifies the trainings and topics needed to address the problem and asks state agencies to make this information available to programs. HB2663 also strengthens data collection and dissemination to guide future policymaking and practice-planning.

There are many reasons why preschool expulsion rates are high, and it’s important to recognize there is no one culprit to blame. It is often an amalgam of a child’s behavior, the programs’ interpretation of and response to that behavior, a family’s situation, and the state’s provision of guidance and resources to programs and families. But we know it’s happening too often, and the gender and racial disparities mean that we are leaving behind specific groups of children, which is unacceptable.

Our children have so much talent, but the preschool-to-prison pipeline makes it harder for them to realize all of that talent. Illinois must solve this problem. HB2663 is an important first step.




New White House Commission on “Election Integrity” Is Simply a Cover for Voter Suppression and Discrimination

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WASHINGTON, DC  – National Urban League President and CEO, Marc H. Morial, issued the following statement on President Trump’s executive order creating a Commission on Election Integrity:

“President Trump’s executive order to create a Commission on Election Integrity to investigate the non-issue of voter fraud is very troubling.  Despite impartial campaign experts and congressional leaders from his own political party debunking Trump’s claim that millions of people voted illegally in the 2016 presidential election, the President still saw it necessary to authorize tax dollars on a pointless commission.

“The appointment of Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach as the Commission’s Vice-Chair is equally troubling and sends warning flags about the true underlying intent of the Commission – to use it as a front for promoting voter suppression and discriminatory voting tactics that especially impact voters of color, the elderly, the disabled and the young. Kobach is renowned for perpetuating the myths of voter fraud and would bring to the Commission his own agenda to weaken voter protection, not strengthen it.

“Instead of pursuing this dead-end street, we call on President Trump to seek concrete solutions to ensure that no voter is denied the right to vote through oppressive voter ID laws, proof of citizenship requirements, limited early voting periods, changes to polling precincts without adequate notification to voters, or through gerrymandered congressional districts.

“Anything short of this shows an intentionality by the President to deceive the public for the purpose of self and political interests.”

At Issue: Defining How Police Use Force

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Vol. 2, Issue 43: Chicago’s Criminal Justice Playbook
Invisible Institute: The View From The Ground

By Curtis Black


A new use-of-force policy announced by Chicago Police Supt. Eddie Johnson last week – after months of public comment on two previous drafts ­– removed a requirement that officers use the least amount of force necessary that was in the original version. Officers are now mandated to use force that is reasonable, necessary, and proportionate.

The new policy was welcomed by Police Board President Lori Lightfoot, chair of the mayor’s Police Accountability Task Force, and by Independent Police Review Authority administrator Sharon Fairley. Appearing at a press conference with Johnson, community activist William Calloway called the new policy “a big win.”

Craig Futterman of the Mandel Legal Aid Clinic at the University of Chicago said the rules were “watered down” and represented “a significant retreat” from the original draft. The original proposal was issued while the Chicago Police Department was under federal investigation – and before a new attorney general, Jeff Sessions, indicated the Justice Department is not likely to pursue a consent decree.

The new policy shows that CPD “is incapable of reform by itself,” and underscores the need for court supervision, Futterman said.

The new policy falls short of goals stated in a reform plan issued by CPD in March, Futterman has argued. That document stated that use-of-force policies would make clear that an officer may resort to physical force only when no effective alternative appears to exist, and must restrict the amount of force to that which is necessary; in addition, it said, new policies would require officers to “de-escalate situations as soon as practicable.”

The new policy advises officers to use de-escalation tactics “when safe and feasible”­ – language that’s been criticized as “too vague” when adopted elsewhere, according to the New York Times. In Cleveland, where police are operating under a federal consent decree, a proposed force policy would “require, rather than suggest, de-escalation efforts,” the Times reported.

A “key change” in the new policy restricts officers from shooting at fleeing persons unless they pose an immediate threat, the Chicago Tribune reported. Last year the Tribune reported that foot chases were involved in more than a third of police shootings from 2010 to 2015.

Fraternal Order of Police President Kevin Graham said the department does not need new force policies, adding that “people do not have the right to resist arrest.”

Language in the final policy has been criticized by civil rights and government watchdog groups in the Police Accountability Collaborative, which previously called on CPD to “clarify that de-escalation is an integral part of effective policing tactics,” strengthen the requirement that officers give medical aid to wounded suspects, and reinstate a broader duty for officers to intervene when they witness unreasonable force.

The new policy will be implemented in the fall, after all CPD officers have undergone a four-hour training session, the Tribune reported.

Guevara rejects immunity offer

Former Det. Reynaldo Guevara has refused an offer of immunity by state and federal prosecutors, the Chicago Sun-Times reported, and prosecutors want a judge to compel Guevara to testify in a hearing for two men who say their murder confessions were coerced by the detective.

The Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office said it “remains confident that [Gabriel] Solache and [Arturo] Reyes were not wrongfully convicted,” according to a court filing.

Guevera has been named in over a dozen wrongful conviction lawsuits, and the convictions of several men whom he investigated have been overturned.

Cook County settles lawsuit over probation officer raids

Cook County is paying $110,000 to settle two federal civil rights lawsuits charging its probation officers teamed up with Chicago police and the FBI to conduct illegal searches, the Chicago Tribune reports. Chicago police officers and an FBI agent remain defendants in the lawsuit.

In a related development last week, Chief Judge Timothy Evans fired Deputy Chief Probation Officer Phillip Loizon. Evans acted three years after a Tribune investigation found that probation officers under Loizon’s command had allegedly planted drugs, stolen money, and worked with other agencies to conduct warrantless searches.

Another call for Daley to testify in Burge case

Former Mayor Richard M. Daley’s testimony is needed to clear up conflicting accounts of how he handled torture allegations while he was State’s Attorney, according to a filing in a wrongful conviction lawsuit. The lawsuit is by Stanley Wrice, whose murder conviction was overturned in 2013 when a judge ruled that detectives under former Cmdr. Jon Burge beat a confession out of him.

In two previous Burge-related cases, the city settled lawsuits after Daley was ordered to give depositions but before he testified. Daley is also currently a defendant in a lawsuit by Alonzo Smith, whose murder conviction was vacated in 2015 based on evidence that he was tortured by Burge associates. Daley’s deposition in that case was scheduled for January but was postponed after his attorney raised concerns about an unspecified medical condition.

In the Chicago Reader ten years ago, John Conroy reviewed Daley’s responses to questions from a special prosecutor and listed 20 questions he’d like Daley to answer.

Judge, lawyers tussle in murder case retrial

Cook County Judge Diane Canon will continue to preside over the retrial of Malvin Washington, despite repeated efforts by defense attorneys, who say Canon is biased against their client, to have a new judge named.

Washington’s 2004 conviction was overturned by an appellate court which ruled Canon’s instructions to the jury in that trial were inadequate.

Washington’s attorneys have said Canon has called them names and characterized a key defense witness as a fraud. The matter “came to a bizarre head” last week, according to the Chicago Tribune, in what the Chicago Sun-Times called a “rambling lecture” in which Cannon accused defense attorneys of wishing her dead and urged Washington to get different attorneys. He declined her suggestion.

In 2015, Canon acquitted then-Cmdr. Glenn Evans of shoving his gun down a suspect’s throat, despite the alleged victim’s DNA being found on the gun’s barrel. Canon dismissed the victim’s testimony as lacking credibility.

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Speaker Madigan Says House Action to Advance Sale of Thompson Center

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Madigan’s Statement on House Action to Advance Sale of Thompson Center


House Speaker Michael Madigan Dunkin says Madigan went into overdrive ...SPRINGFIELD, IL – Illinois Speaker Michael J. Madigan issued the following statement after the House voted to pass Senate Bill 886, which would advance Gov. Bruce Rauner’s requested sale of the Thompson Center: 

“Governor Rauner has prioritized the sale of the Thompson Center and today’s action moves us toward that sale. House Democrats have again demonstrated our willingness to work with the governor to achieve his goals, while ensuring—as is our duty—that these goals are achieved in the best interest of the people we represent. No negotiation can be one sided, and I urge the governor to now join House Democrats in resolving the most important issue facing our state, which is passing a state budget.”

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NAACP Condemns University of Maryland Hate Crime Murder

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Baltimore, MD — The NAACP mourns the loss of Richard Collins III, a Bowie State University student stabbed to death three days before his college graduation by an alleged member of an “Alt-Right” hate group and student at the University of Maryland.

The NAACP sends condolences to the family and friends of Mr. Collins, and to the entire Bowie State University community, who mourn the loss of such a positive and accomplished young man who was brutality killed in the prime of life due to hate-inspired terrorism.

“When individuals occupying our nation’s highest office spew hate-filled rhetoric and unapologetically associate with and staff the White House with white supremacists, our entire nation drinks from the same poisonous well,” said NAACP Chairman Leon W. Russell. “We must continually speak out against the mythology of racism and its accompanying rhetoric and replace it with a message that unites us around justice and the truth,” he added.

Sean Christopher Urbanski, a 22-year-old from Severna Park in Anne Arundel County, was arrested and charged with murder in the death of Mr. Collins. He is being held without bond and the FBI is investigating the killing as a possible hate crime.Urbanski was allegedly a member of a right-wing hate group called “Alt-Reich,” one of many emerging White Supremacist groups, spurred on through the racially divisive rhetoric associated with Donald J. Trump’s presidential campaign.


According to estimates from the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), over 260,000 hate crimes occur annually in the United States. SPLC notes that in the month following the 2016 presidential election, there were 1,094 bias-related incidents in the United States.


Attorney General Madigan Urges Governor to Sign Legislation to Strengthen Hate Crimes Law

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Madigan Applauds Passage of Legislation Following Hate Crimes Summit  with Civil Rights Leaders on Impact of Federal Immigration Executive Orders


CHICAGO, IL – Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan applauded the Illinois Senate for passing legislation to strengthen Illinois’ hate crimes law. House Bill 3711 would better protect Illinois residents from escalating incidents of hatred and bias.

House Bill 3711, sponsored by state Sen. Omar Aquino, passed out of the Senate by a vote of 44 to 11 and will now go to the governor for final approval. Madigan initiated the legislation in response to a national increase of crimes motivated by hatred based on religion, national origin, gender identity and sexual orientation since the 2016 election. The bill adds the crimes of cyberstalking, transmission of obscene messages and certain acts of intimidation to the list of crimes that can be prosecuted as hate crimes to address the increasing use of technology to attack victims. The legislation also ensures all victims of hate crimes are afforded the ability to file a civil cause of action in response to these incidents and imposes civil penalties.

“A crime committed against any person based on hatred harms and threatens an entire community,” Madigan said. “We must strengthen our hate crimes laws to respond to the growing increase in hate crimes and the number of these crimes committed through technology.”

“I am one of five Latino senators, and I represent a Latino majority district in our state’s most diverse city. I am proud to have sponsored this measure in the Senate because I have seen that Illinois’ diversity is one of our greatest assets,” Aquino said. “I would like to thank the Attorney General for denouncing hate, and I urge the governor to stand with us by signing this into law.”

Chicago Police Department data shows that hate crimes reached a five-year high in 2016 and are outpacing that level in 2017. The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) also recently released a study showing a dramatic 85 percent increase in anti-Semitic incidents, including assaults, vandalism and harassment, during the first quarter of 2017 compared to the same time period in 2016. The ADL also found that anti-Semitic incidents at non-Jewish elementary, middle and high schools increased 106 percent, and a new anti-Semitic message is posted on social media every 83 seconds.

HB 3711 strengthens the Illinois Hate Crimes Act by:

  • Expanding the reach of protection from hate crimes to address perpetrators’ increased use of technology to attack victims. The measure adds the existing crimes of stalking, cyberstalking, transmission of obscene messages and portions of the crime of intimidation to the list of crimes that can be prosecuted as hate crimes.
  • Providing the Attorney General with civil enforcement authority. Illinois would join at least six other states that have similar authority.
  • Ensuring all victims of hate crimes are afforded a civil remedy. Offenses such as telephone harassment, harassment through electronic communications or disorderly conduct currently do not give rise to a civil cause of action under Illinois’ current hate crimes law. HB 3711 closes that gap.
  • Allowing judges to impose a civil penalty of up to $25,000 for each violation.

In February, Attorney General Madigan convened a summit with civil rights leaders to discuss the impact of federal Executive Orders on the nearly 2 million immigrants who live in Illinois. As part of that summit, Madigan and the civil rights leaders discussed the need to increase protections against hate crimes.

Along with this legislative effort, Madigan called on Governor Rauner to protect Illinois immigrants and refugees from discrimination and hate crimes. Madigan has also urged the Governor to restore the Illinois Hate Crimes Commission.

Attorney General Madigan’s Civil Rights Bureau protects the civil rights of all Illinois residents. The Bureau enforces civil rights laws that prohibit discrimination, works to strengthen the civil rights laws, and participates in community outreach programs. The Bureau also investigates complaints of patterns and practices of discrimination in housing, public accommodations, employment, and financial matters. Attorney General Madigan encourages individuals to contact her office to report instances of discrimination or harassment by calling her Civil Rights Hotline at 1-877-581-3692.


Pols Weigh-in on President Trump’s Proposed Fiscal Year 2018 Budget: “…It Confirms Our Worst Fears…” Says County Board President Toni Preckwinkle

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U.S. Senator Dick Durbin, Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle and Senator Tammy Baldwin had plenty to say about Trump’s proposed fiscal year 2018  budget. Their remarks sent a chilling effect about the proposed budget.
U.S. Senator Dick Durbin
Trump’s budget doesn’t reflect our values
Dick Durbin <info@dickdurbin.com>


Donald Trump campaigned on standing up for “the middle class, the forgotten people, the forgotten men and women of this country, who built our country.” He pledged not to cut Medicaid. He promised not to make students pay more toward loan debt.

But his latest budget proposal breaks every one of those promises.

The Trump budget is an attack on children, working families, seniors, and people with disabilities — all while the wealthiest Americans receive a major tax break.

Add your name now: tell Congress not to pass a budget that puts tax cuts for the wealthiest ahead of the needs of low- and middle-income Americans.

The Trump budget would drastically slash health care funding, including a more than $600 billion cut to Medicaid. It also cuts funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program and would gut investments in medical research, calling for the lowest level of funding for the National Institutes of Health in more than a decade.

It would hit low-income Americans especially hard, with cuts to food stamps and aid for needy families.

It eliminates subsidized student loans, which would make the college debt crisis even worse. It slashes funds for work study programs and eliminates loan forgiveness for graduates who pursue lower-paying public service careers.

Budgets are a reflection of our values and this budget proposal sends a clear message that President Trump would rather give tax breaks to the wealthiest Americans than invest in programs that serve low- and middle-income families. Tell Congress not to pass it.

Thank you for speaking up to defend our values.

My best,

Dick Durbin



Senator Tammy Baldwin

When I was 9 years old, I developed a serious illness similar to spinal meningitis — it put me in the hospital for months.

I was raised by my grandparents and I would eventually make a full recovery. But when they looked for an insurance policy that would cover me in the future, they couldn’t find such a policy because of my previous illness. Not from any insurer. Not at any price.

My grandparents were forced to make great sacrifices to pay for my health care simply because I was a child who had been branded with the words “pre-existing condition.”

Juanita, no parent, or grandparent, should have to lay awake at night wondering whether or not they can afford to care for their loved ones, and I am committed to protecting every American I can from having to experience what they did.

We have a chance to speak out — add your name with OFA, and commit to staying involved in the fight to protect affordable health care for all Americans.

Health care is bigger than politics, it’s about people’s lives, and the chaos and uncertainty that would follow Obamacare’s repeal would be devastating for American families.

More than 20 million people have gained coverage under Obamacare, and the uninsured rate has never been lower. But according to the Congressional Budget Office’s latest analysis, you could be forced to pay more for less care or you could be at risk of losing health care coverage altogether.

Any effort to improve our health care system must protect the guaranteed protections and care that people with pre-existing conditions and others have today, not take them away.

Over a million OFA supporters have signed petitions and made calls to protect affordable health care — join them now, and they’ll be in touch soon with ways for you to get involved:


Thank you,

Senator Tammy Baldwin

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle

The Trump administration’s proposed budget confirms our worst fears. It goes well beyond the traditional budgets we have seen from conservative presidents; it is a mean-spirited, harmful fiscal plan that would impose lasting harm upon those who are the poorest and most vulnerable among us, not to mention damage public education, the environment, public health and the broader social safety network.

By proposing significant cuts to Medicaid – apart from those that would be implemented under the American Health Care Act passed by the House – the President’s budget would further erode the right of all Americans to get meaningful health care. His administration speaks of furthering local control, but his budget puts such programs as Community Development Block Grants and HOME funding on the chopping block, which will destroy the ability of local units of government to improve their infrastructure, provide social services and improve the availability of affordable housing.

But this budget – indeed, any budget – is more than merely dollars and cents. Those dollars and cents must fund programs and services that keep us safe, protect our natural resources, help educate our children, provide safe shelter, and support programs that address the food insecurity so many of our residents face daily. This budget hits such programs as SNAP, Meals on Wheels, after school programs, even Social Security disability.

Traditionally a President’s budget proposals are massively changed once they get to Congress. Our fervent hope and belief is that this cruel and heartless approach will not stand.

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