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Archive for February 8th, 2018

CTU Endorses Kwame Raoul for Illinois Attorney General

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State senator’s commitment to elect representative school board for Chicago, support for collective bargaining and opposition to school closings cinch endorsement for CTU members

 

CHICAGO, ILThe Chicago Teachers Union endorsed Illinois State Senator Kwame Raoul in his campaign to serve as Illinois’ next attorney general, in a gathering that included current and retired teachers and allies.

“Senator Raoul has been a rock-solid advocate of an elected representative school board for the City of Chicago and for collective bargaining rights for workers, and he has consistently raised concerns about school closings as an attack on the viability of disenfranchised neighborhoods and the basic rights of students and parents,” said CTU Vice President Jesse Sharkey. “We can count on Kwame to put the people’s business and the people’s needs front and center as attorney general, something we simply could not expect from some of the other candidates vying for this office. We’re proud to support him.”

Raoul has served as state senator of Chicago’s 13th District on the city’s South Side for the last 13 years, where he’s been a champion of issues that include criminal justice reform, pre-school and early childhood education, and garnering the right of Chicagoans to elect their own school board members, just as every other school district in the state does—a right that continues to be denied to Chicago voters.

“Kwame has consistently demonstrated his belief in workers’ rights and voting rights,” said Hubbard High School teacher Ben Coyle, who chairs the Union’s legislative committee. “He is committed to protecting both the families who depend on public education and the union educators, clinicians and paraprofessionals who are the backbone of our school communities.”

“After a vigorous review of all the candidates for A.G., we are proud to endorse him,” Coyle added.

CTU President Karen Lewis also expressed her unequivocal support for Raoul in a statement:

“Kwame believes in fairness—for our children, our families, our public workers and all of Illinois’ residents. He cares deeply about the rights and needs of Black students across the city, and as the child of immigrant parents, he’s also committed to the needs of immigrant students and families. As Illinois’ highest ranking legal advocate, he’ll advocate for fair treatment for the city’s Black educators, who have seen their numbers decimated by school closures and so-called ‘turnarounds.’ He’ll put the needs of public schoolchildren front and center in his agenda. He’s the candidate we need in the age of Trump and Rauner’s attacks on moderate-income and poor families, and for all of our state’s schoolchildren

The Chicago Teachers Union represents nearly 25,000 teachers and educational support personnel working in Chicago Public Schools, and by extension, the nearly 400,000 students and families they serve The CTU is an affiliate of the American Federation of Teachers and the Illinois Federation of Teachers and is the third-largest teachers local in the United States. For more information please visit the CTU website at www.ctunet.com.

National Urban League to Launch “For The Movement” Podcast

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The National Urban League announced it will launch a podcast named, “For The Movement,” on February 12, 2018.  The podcast, which will be co-hosted by National Urban League president and CEO Marc H. MorialDonald Cravins, Jr.,Kezmiché “Kim” Atterbury, and Jordun Lawrence, is aimed at elevating and discussing persistent policy, social and civil rights issues affecting African Americans and communities of color.

“The impetus for this podcast was to make sure the civil rights community has a medium to tell our stories, elevate our accomplishments, and educate our communities on public policies and issues that directly and indirectly affect the people we represent and serve,” said Marc H. Morial, president and CEO, National Urban League. “In today’s political climate and news cycle, key and important information for communities of color is not breaking through. The implications of what is happening from Washington to main street and urban America is lost. This podcast seeks to challenge and change that.”

Beginning February 12, each Monday the podcast will deliver interview style discussions with policymakers, activists, and advocates on a range of topics including the FBI’s labeling of black activists as extremists, the automation of the workforce, Black women’s maternal health, and President Trump altering the judicial system. Some of the initial guests include Congressmember Karen Bass (CA-37), Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law’s Kristen Clarke, and Uber’s Malcom Glenn. The podcast will also spotlight the accomplishments of people on the ground in the civil rights and Urban League movement.

“We’re not journalists. We’re not policy wonks. We’re advocates who care. We see this as an opportunity to have candid and unique conversations in plain language about issues where we can effect change. This is for the Movement, by the Movement,” added Don Cravins, Senior Vice President for Policy and Executive Director of the National Urban League’s Washington Bureau.

Attorney General Madigan Files Brief to Protect CFPB Appointment

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Madigan Says Attempt to Control Agency Endangers Consumers

 

CHICAGO, IL – Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan joined with 16 other states in filing an amicus brief in English v. Trump, a lawsuit challenging President Trump’s decision to appoint Mick Mulvaney as the acting director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB).

 

The brief, filed in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, argues that a lower court erred in allowing Mulvaney to become the agency’s acting director. The brief asserts that maintaining the CFPB’s independence is crucial to protecting Americans, and that Congress ensured the agency’s independence by creating a specific plan for succession.

 

Under the act that created the CFPB, its deputy director Leandra English became the acting director after Richard Cordray stepped down last year. The president, citing an earlier federal law, claimed he had authority to appoint an acting director and selected Mulvaney, the director of the Office of Management and Budget. Mulvaney has been an outspoken critic of the CFPB and, while he served in Congress, voted to weaken the agency’s authority and questioned its existence. Since his appointment, Mulvaney has denounced the agency, sought to roll back important consumer protection laws, including rules to protect consumers from predatory payday lenders, and sought no funding for the CFPB in the federal budget. English later filed a lawsuit to challenge Mulvaney’s appointment.

 

“The CFPB was created in the aftermath of the 2008 economic crisis to make sure consumers have a federal agency fighting for them,” Madigan said. “I will not sit by and watch the CFPB be dismantled by an administration that cares more about Wall Street profits than the financial futures of everyday Americans.”

 

In the amicus brief, Madigan and the other states argue that a lower federal court ignored important legal principles in failing to grant an injunction blocking Mulvaney’s appointment. It also argues that the federal administration’s position cannot be reconciled with Congress’s legislation establishing the CFPB and providing for a specific succession of leadership.

 

The brief states, in part:

 

“The defendants’ approach demolishes a critical part of Congress’s carefully constructed statutory scheme for the CFPB’s independence. The independence of an agency means little without independent leadership.”

 

Since the CFPB began operations in 2011, the agency has handled more than a million consumer complaints and returned nearly $12 billion to the pockets of more than 29 million consumers wronged by financial institutions – five times more than it costs taxpayers to fund the agency.

 

Joining Madigan in filing today’s brief were the attorneys general of California, Connecticut, Delaware, the District of Columbia, Hawaii, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Mexico, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont and Washington.

 

President Preckwinkle Urges Washington to Change Policy on ICE Arrests in Courthouses

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Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle called on the Trump administration and members of Congress to advocate against civil immigration arrests in courthouses, which pose a threat to public safety.

Last month, the Trump administration issued new guidance directing immigration officers to make civil arrests in courthouses and claimed it would improve public safety. Last week, a recipient of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) protections was wrongfully detained at the Cook County courthouse in Skokie when he appeared for a minor traffic violation.

This shift in federal policy likely achieves the opposite of what the Trump administration claims. Such detentions intimidate immigrants from engaging with the criminal justice system, which Cook County has an obligation to maintain for the benefit of all residents. By increasing civil immigration enforcement in courthouses, the Trump administration could discourage immigrants from cooperating as witnesses, appearing for trial or engaging with local law enforcement. A lack of participation from all individuals is a threat to the greater safety of all residents.

President Preckwinkle today issued a proclamation urging federal officials to designate courthouses as “sensitive locations,” a designation already applied to schools, hospitals and places of worship. This designation would encourage Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers from making civil arrests at these locations.

The proclamation is attached to this release, and the President’s remarks as prepared for delivery are below.

FULL REMARKS (as prepared for delivery)

I was disheartened last week to see the temporary and wrongful detention of a DREAMer — a rule-abiding beneficiary of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals order.

Christian Gomez Garcia, who came to the U.S. as a small child nearly 25 years ago and has been a DACA recipient since 2012, was subjected to detention that began with an arrest at the Skokie courthouse.

I support DREAMers and urge lawmakers in Washington, D.C. to come together and pass common-sense legislation to protect them and provide them with a pathway to citizenship.

Furthermore, I am concerned that the Trump administration’s new shift in policy — to prioritize courthouse arrests — could threaten public safety by discouraging individuals from engaging with the criminal justice system, from serving as witnesses to showing up, as did Christian, to a court date for a minor traffic violation.

We are all safer when everyone in Cook County feels comfortable using our court system and believes in justice.

Make no mistake, these measures from the Trump administration are designed to intimidate immigrant communities, to force people back into the shadows. And one of the most important things a public official like me can do in this precarious moment in time is to let immigrant communities know that we support them.

Today, I issued a proclamation reaffirming my belief that immigration officers should refrain from engaging in civil immigration enforcement actions within County courthouses and calling on the President and Congress to recognize courthouses as “sensitive locations,” free from civil immigration action.

We must preserve the integrity of the Cook County court system by making it a place where all people feel they can trust in and cooperate with local authorities.

One last note about “DREAMers.” Oftentimes, when we use political shorthand, we either deliberately or inadvertently dehumanize the people we’re talking about.

DACA recipients or DREAMers, young people who were brought to this country as children and who have only known America as their home, are more than just the titles we’ve given them.

They are students. They are doctors. They are lawyers. They are military service members. They are friends. They are neighbors. They are loyal sons and daughters, brothers and sisters. They are dedicated contributors to our county. And they are, by almost every measure, Americans.

Deporting them, after our country promised to protect them, is wrong. And our County would be worse for it.

Severe Weather Impacts Thursday and Friday, Feb. 8 & 9 Events at the MAC

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GLEN ELLYN, IL—Due to predictions of severe weather, and travel issues, the McAninch Arts Center (MAC) located at 425 Fawell Blvd on the campus of College of DuPage, is rescheduling Thursday, Feb. 8 and Friday, Feb. 9 events as follows:
  • National Theatre Live “Peter Pan,” Thursday, Feb. 8, 7 p.m.
              This performance has been cancelled.  Patrons may call the box office at 630-942-4000 to
              exchange their tickets to a different performance in the season.
  • Cleve Carney Art Gallery opening reception for Faheem Majeed: “UNITE” Thursday, Feb. 8, 6-8 p.m.
              The reception has been rescheduled to Saturday, Feb. 17, 4-6 p.m. This event is free. For more
               information, visit clevecarneygallery.org.
  • Buffalo Theatre Ensembles’ “Time Stands Still,” Thursday, Feb. 8, and Friday, Feb. 9, at 8 p.m.
Ticket holders may call the box office at 630-942-4000 to reschedule to another date in the run Thursday thru Sunday through March 4, 2018.
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  • National Geographic Live: “Exploring Mars” presented by Kobie Boykins, Friday, Feb. 9, 2 and 7:30 p.m.
This performance will be re-scheduled to Sunday, April 29, 2 p.m. Ticketholders can email the box office at TheMac@COD.edu to confirm their exchange or call 630-942-4000.
Saturday’s performance of MOJO & the Bayou Gypsies and the Saturday and Sunday performances of BTE’s “Time Stands Still” will go on as originally scheduled.

100 Black Business Women in Child Care Host Gubernatorial Candidate Forums

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Forums will be held at the West Austin Child Development Center, 4920 W. Madison Ave., Chicago, IL

 

CHICAGO, IL., January & February 2018 — In the spirit of the African American women who took the reins to bolster voter turnout in Alabama, turning a red senatorial seat blue; African American business women in child care are coming together to garner an understanding of each gubernatorial candidates’ platforms as it relates to early childhood education

DATES & TIMES:

Tio Hardiman: Monday, January 22nd, 2018 5:30pm – 7:30pm

Daniel Biss: Monday, February 12th, 2018 5:30pm – 7:30pm

Christopher Kennedy: Monday, February 19th, 2018 5:30pm – 7:30pm

J.B. Pritzker: Monday, February 26th, 2018 5:30pm – 7:30pm

Members of Child Care Advocates United (CCAU), a group of predominantly African-American child care providers located in and around the Chicagoland area, will come together in a series of individual gubernatorial candidate forums in January and February before the primary elections.The coalition of over one hundred businesses who initially came together because of the budget and eligibility crisis in 2015 are switching gears from crisis alleviation to agenda proliferation. Previously, the goal of collaborative efforts was to influence the restoration of funding for the Child Care Assistance Program and reinstatement of family eligibility to 185% for that program. Now, this coalition of women will be taking the driver’s seat to educate its constituents to ensure they elect the candidate that will promote an agenda for the betterment of child care in Illinois.  

 

The opportunity to possibly reach  thousands of voting adults in Illinois is being taken very seriously by these women. This forum, a meet & greet, will allow the gubernatorial candidates an opportunity to express their thoughts and intent concerning early childhood education in Illinois. Each forum will consist of the candidate speaking separately with a small group of child care providers on different dates. It is an intimate affair that will offer each candidate, individually, the opportunity to express his or her views on how child care and early childhood education should be implemented in Illinois.  

 

Invitations have been accepted by Tio Hardiman, Daniel Biss, Christopher Kennedy, and J.B. Pritzker. Additional dates for other candidates will be published when available.

 

During the forum, questions from these small business owners in child care will be posed to each candidate and the these business women are eager to hear their responses.  All forums will be held at West Austin Development Center, 4920 W. Madison Ave from 5:30pm – 7:30pm.

 

For more updates, visit www.facebook.com/fundchildcare now

For more information contact Nakisha Hobbs at (312)-399-9727

Direct email to ccauillinois@gmail.com.

Child Care Advocates United

An Announcement from Speaker Madigan

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Statement from Speaker Madigan

SPRINGFIELD,IL – House Speaker Michael J. Madigan issued the following statement Tuesday:

“After six months of negotiation with the Rauner Administration, House Democrats are preparing to advance a framework for an update of the Illinois hospital assessment program, which must receive federal approval before June 30, 2018. Today, state Rep. Greg Harris filed the amendment to Senate Bill 1773.

“This amendment includes the work of a bipartisan, bicameral working group that has deliberated in good faith to update the hospital assessment program. It also includes some elements still under discussion which will be finalized in coming days. The working group deserves our thanks for this collaboration that is aimed at ensuring the state secures these resources that are vital for our hospitals.

“It has been the goal of House Democrats to push the administration toward an update that expands access to care in underserved communities of color and rural communities alike. The plan we are introducing reflects this commitment by taking steps to help secure hundreds of millions of dollars in new federal funds, and securing both safety net hospitals and rural critical care hospitals.

“As has been our priority, the plan also contains an appeal process for provider claims, and new transparency and accountability measures which recent audit findings show are urgently needed. Despite the Rauner Administration’s failure to account for billions of dollars in claims paid, claims denied, administrative costs, and other basic quality metrics needed to ensure patients are receiving quality care, they continue to operate without oversight. The administration unilaterally handed out some of the largest state contracts in state history to large insurance companies. While these contracts did not require that the administration be held accountable for mistakes within the system, we are correcting that in this bill. Our bill will increase transparency and hold the administration accountable for maintaining accurate records of all receipts of payments. Under our plan, all future purchases of care would also require full and proper vetting as laid out in the state’s procurement code.

“While the administration has not provided sufficient time for Managed Care Organizations to develop networks in the new markets they will be covering, we incentivize hospitals to participate in the Medicaid program, which increases access and helps reduce the overall cost of the program because patients are given a choice.

“This plan is a critical step toward a state health care policy that is guided by what is in the best interests of patients and taxpayers, not big insurance companies and the politically connected.”

Senate Housing Finance Proposal Threatens Access, Affordability, and Market Stability

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WASHINGTON, DC – This week, a leaked version of a housing finance proposal from U.S. Senators Bob Corker (TN) and Mark Warner (VA) emerged that would severely harm America’s housing market. Today, several civil rights and affordable housing groups issued a statement on the proposal’s negative impact on access, affordability, and market stability.

The Center for Responsible Lending, Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, NAACP, National CAPACD, National Community Reinvestment Coalition, National Fair Housing Alliance, National Urban League, and UnidosUS (formerly National Council of La Raza), issued the following statement:

“Homeownership is the cornerstone of the American Dream.  Our nation’s housing finance system creates opportunity for millions of Americans to climb their way into a safe and stable middle class.

“We are disappointed that Senators Corker and Warner are threatening to move to a new untested system removing the safeguards that ensure a more inclusive mortgage market and broad liquidity in rural communities and communities of color, and that ensure small bank lenders can compete on equal footing with larger banks.

“Ten years after the 2008 Housing Crisis, it is disheartening to turn the secondary mortgage market back over to Wall Street and allow it to go unchecked while risking another massive taxpayer bailout.  Who can forget the 7.8 million completed home foreclosures and trillions of dollars in lost family wealth?

“Many Americans still face immense housing challenges – this ill-conceived approach places the risk on the backs of the hardworking families who already rescued the big banks.
“Thus far, this legislative proposal was developed with little to no input from civil rights groups and affordable housing advocates. All communities deserve to have their voices meaningfully included in the discussion from here on out.”

Additional background

The draft text shows that the bill would eliminate the Government Sponsored Enterprises’ chartered obligation to ensure the flow of affordable mortgage credit to underserved borrowers and communities – and in particular urban and rural areas – as well as Duty-to-Serve provisions, including mandates created by the Federal Housing Enterprises Financial Safety and Soundness Act of 1992 and the Housing and Economic Recovery Act of 2008.  Together, these affirmative obligations increase the availability of safe mortgage loans across the nation, including in rural communities, and have helped millions of hardworking families become homeowners. As written, the proposal fails to include affordable housing goals and would unnecessarily drive up the cost of mortgage loans. It would make it extremely difficult for lower-wealth families, communities of color, and rural borrowers to access safe and responsible mortgage credit. Furthermore, it does not require equal treatment for community banks, community development financial institutions, and credit unions so that they can compete on a level playing field with larger banks.

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CAARPR on IDOC Release and Subsequent ICE Detention of Police Torture Victims Solache and Reyes

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 CAARPR’s Statement

 

The Chicago Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression (CAARPR) stands in solidarity with Gabriel Solache and Arturo Reyes, who were tortured and framed by CPD Detective Reynaldo Guevara and freed after nearly 20 years of false imprisonment — only to be detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) for eventual deportation. We stand with the families and friends of Gabriel and Arturo whose bravery amidst the bitter upheavals of struggle led to their loved ones’ release and whose anguish at the uncertainty of their future now darkens the horizon of this victory.

 

CAARPR Field Secretary Frank Chapman said of this heinous betrayal: “We denounce the torture-to-deportation and torture-to-incarceration pipelines that have terrorized communities of color and been a stain on this city’s history for far too long. We denounce the actions of the IDOC in handing over Gabriel and Arturo to ICE. We denounce ICE for attempting to use false confessions obtained by police torture as a basis for detaining these two men. Above all, we denounce the hypocrisy of Mayor Rahm Emanuel, who proclaims Chicago a “sanctuary city”, but stands idly by as factory workers like Gabriel and Arturo and other members of Chicago’s communities of color are tortured, framed, deported, harassed, imprisoned and murdered by the city’s police.”

 

In the face of such injustice and hypocrisy, we proclaim that true sanctuary for all communities in Chicago will be found only when the people have the democratic power to govern and discipline the police force. The Mayor and the City Council aid and abet these abuses of Chicagoans by allowing the police to oversee themselves, thereby inviting them to commit torture and other crimes with impunity, and to collude with ICE in conducting illegal deportations. By refusing to enact an elected, civilian police accountability council (CPAC) with the democratically sanctioned power to govern, discipline and fire police officers, the Mayor and the City Council turn a blind eye to well-known patterns of institutionalized racism, corruption and criminality within the CPD. This allows the Chicago police to weaken our democracy and undermine our status as a “Welcoming City.” We demand that the City Council cease holding the CPAC ordinance hostage in the Public Safety Committee and vote to enact it immediately.

 

The CAARPR also calls on ICE to immediately release Arturo Reyes and to allow both Gabriel and Arturo to freely determine whether to stay in the United States with the protected status they deserve as victims of crimes or to leave voluntarily. We call on both ICE and the Cook County State’s Attorney to henceforth desist from using confessions obtained through police torture as the basis for detention, imprisonment and deportation. We call on State’s Attorney Kim Foxx to immediately release all currently imprisoned police torture victims, including those brutalized at the hands of Detectives Guevara, Burge, Boudreau, Halloran, and O’Brien and all other officers associated with the known Burge and Guevara torture rings. We call on Rahm Emanuel to ensure that all freed police torture victims and all residents of Chicago receive the protection they deserve as part of a “sanctuary city” – including from police terror, harassment, and deportation. We further call on Governor Bruce Rauner to immediately pardon the hundreds of innocent men and women who languish in prison as a result of police crimes. And we continue to stand with communities across Chicago in their struggle to enact an all elected, all-civilian police accountability council (CPAC) whose embodiment of the democratic will to justice in the face of police impunity will demonstrate that the people are the true sanctuary in this land. All Power to the People!!”

 

For PDF copy of this statement click here.

 

Cook County Board Approves Four Tax Incentives Designed to Support Economic Growth

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Cook County Commissioners approved four proposals from President Toni Preckwinkle’s Bureau of Economic Development (BED) that will provide tax incentives to businesses in Cook County.

The incentives, which will either create new or save existing jobs, were approved in the following communities: Bridgeview (two), Dolton and Wheeling. 

As a result of redevelopment activities, these incentives should support the creation of an estimated 43 new private sector full-time jobs, retain an estimated 86 full-time jobs and support 40 construction jobs.

“The companies receiving these incentives have demonstrated their commitment to our communities and residents,” Preckwinkle said. “I’m pleased that we are able to use our tax incentive tools to either keep or expand businesses in Cook County.”

Details on the incentives follow, listed by municipality:

·         Business Name:  PRH Trucking Inc., 8711 South 77th Avenue, Bridgeview

Type of Business:  Full service trucking/cross docking/short-term warehouse operation

Project Description: The company is expanding and relocating to the subject property it will own.

Type of Incentive: Class 6b

Estimated: Three full-time jobs created; 40 full-time jobs retained; 10 construction jobs supported.

·         Business Name:  Rex Carton Project, 7400 Richards, Bridgeview

Type of Business: Corrugated cardboard converter

Description: Applicant plans to lease the property for Rex Carton, one of the largest corrugated cardboard converter companies in the Chicagoland area.

Type of Incentive: Class 6b

Estimated: 36 full-time jobs retained; 10 construction jobs supported

·         Business Name: Sibley Animal Hospital/Dolton Stray Animal Program,  15022 Lincoln Avenue, Dolton

Type of Business: Animal Hospital

Description: The applicant owns Sibley Animal Hospital.  They will be relocating and expanding to the subject property and opening the Dolton Stray Animal Program.

Type of Incentive: Class 8

Estimated: Two full-time jobs created; 11 jobs retained; 10 construction jobs supported

·         Business Name:  Bathing Brands (d/b/a:  Accurate Industries),  511 Glenn Ave., Wheeling

Type of Business: Steam and sauna environments for design

Description: Applicant plans to lease the property for Bathing Brands (d/b/a:  Accurate Industries) a related company that specializes in steam and sauna environments  for design, build assembly and distribution servicing health clubs, hotels and spas, and residential customers nationally.

Type of Incentive: Class 6b

Estimated: 38 full-time jobs created; 35 full-time jobs retained; 10 construction jobs supported

For more about the tax incentive programs offered by the Cook County Bureau of Economic Development, go to www.cookcountyil.gov/economicdevelopment.

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