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Archive for February 12th, 2018

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman to Hold a Vote on the Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act

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Now’s your chance to advance sentencing reform in Congress

On Thursday, February 15, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Charles Grassley will hold a vote on the Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act. The legislation seeks to check the federal government’s harsh sentencing structure frequently applied to convictions for nonviolent drug offenses. You can help advance the legislation by contacting your senators today.

The Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act gives judges greater flexibility in sentencing below a mandatory minimum in low-level cases and curbs outsized sentences – including life without parole – for nonviolent and non-serious drug crimes. Importantly, several of the bill’s provisions will allow some current prisoners to petition for retroactive relief, including 3,100 people still incarcerated under the old 100 to 1 crack cocaine disparity.

The legislation does contain counterproductive provisions, including the creation of two new mandatory minimums for other offenses, and a sentencing enhancement for trafficking of heroin laced with fentanyl. We have researched the sentencing increases and determined that the overall impact will be minimal. We believe supporting this bipartisan compromise will be an important incremental approach to advancing justice for many thousands of people.

Please join us in advocating for passage of the Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act by contacting your senators and asking for their support.

To learn more:

  • Read The Sentencing Project’s letter endorsing the Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act.
  • Read the recent Washington Post op-ed highlighting the importance of the retroactivity provisions in the bill by Kara Gotsch, Director of Strategic Initiatives.
The Sentencing Project works for a fair and effective U.S. justice system by promoting reforms in sentencing policy, addressing unjust racial disparities and practices, and advocating for alternatives to incarceration.Sign up for our updates here.

Officers Suspended in Federal Corruption Probe

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The View From The Top: A Reprint from the Invisible Institute

By Curtis Black

A sergeant and several officers from the Area Central gang unit have been suspended, and criminal charges are expected to result from a federal probe into allegations that they stole narcotics and cash from drug dealers (Chicago Tribune).

Video of a raid of one officer’s home, shot by a neighbor, showed federal agents in fatigues and helmets arriving in an armored vehicle, the Tribune reported.

According to the Tribune, the sergeant has been the subject of at least four lawsuits and 23 civilian complaints, including several for illegal arrests, civil rights violations, and improper use of a weapon.  The only discipline the sergeant is known to have received was a reprimand for a “preventable traffic accident.”

In 2016 the city paid $40,000 to settle a lawsuit alleging the sergeant and other officers broke down the door of a woman’s North Lawndale home without a warrant. They then raided the apartment next door and seized drugs and thousands of dollars in cash; according to the lawsuit, the sergeant gave the woman $1,000 in cash from the search for her trouble.

The Tribune points out that police corruption is an old story, going back at least a police burglary ring in the 1960 Summerdale scandal and including the Austin Seven in the 1990s, Joseph Miedzianowski, the Special Operations Section, and tactical officers working under Sgt. Ronald Watts.

COPA: No evidence hidden

The Civilian Office of Police Accountability issued a statement on its Facebook page calling “baseless and malicious” allegations that the agency “hid evidence” related to its recommendation that Officer Robert Rialmo be terminated for unjustified use of force in the 2015 shooting deaths of Quintonio LeGrier and Bettie Jones (COPA).

In a January 11 letter, Supt. Eddie Johnson accused COPA of withholding materials from the investigation and demanded “every document that is relevant to this investigation” including “exhibits, witness testimony, videos and expert reports” (Sun-Times). That development was reported one day after news broke that the Fraternal Order of Police was demanding release of a report by a Boston police lieutenant hired as an “outside expert” in the investigation (Sun-Times).

According to COPA’s statement, the lieutenant consulted with investigators but never generated a report.

Johnson was given “all the information COPA relied upon to make our investigatory finding,” according to the agency (Sun-Times).

Two more Burge-related exonerations

Murder charges were dropped against two men who claimed their confessions to a 1989 murder resulted from beatings at the hands of detectives associated with former Cmdr. Jon Burge.  Kevin Bailey was released from Stateville Correctional Center after serving 28 years of an 80-year sentence.  Corey Batchelor was paroled in 2004 (Chicago Tribune).

Both men testified that they were beaten and choked when they maintained their innocence during police interrogations. Their confessions “were inconsistent with each other” and “inconsistent with the facts,” according to one of their attorneys. DNA evidence found at the scene of the murder excluded the two.

“The evidence against Batchelor and Bailey does not meet the burden [of proof] of beyond a reasonable doubt,” special prosecutor Robert Milan said in court.  But the agreement between prosecutors and the two men bars them from seeking Burge was not directly involved in their interrogations.

Their agreement should not be viewed as an admission of guilt and does not stop them from suing the city, police, or prosecutors, attorneys for the two men said.

Diversifying the force

CPD will hold another police exam on May 5, after holding two exams last year for the first time in recent memory.  Last year’s exams attracted over 22,000 applicants, and department hiring is “two or three lists behind” but “we want to make sure the lists are fresh,” said a CPD spokesperson (Sun-Times).

On-line registration takes place throughout February.

Supt. Johnson announced the new test at a graduation ceremony for 84 patrol officers, 72 sergeants, 18 lieutenants and 11 field training officers.  CPD now has 720 more officers than it did a year ago, despite 415 retirements in that period, according to a city spokesperson.

But increasing African-American representation on the force  may take more than stepped-up recruitment efforts in order to provide sustained support through a long, multistep hiring process.  Blacks now account for just 23 percent of CPD members, and only 17 percent of those hired last year were black.  Nearly half of African-American recruits dropped out of the process or were rejected (Chicago Reporter, Univision Chicago).

Observers say the long process favors candidates from families with police officers, who are disproportionately white; Latino candidates are supported through the process by two Latin American police associations. In addition, some recruitment criteria impact blacks more than other groups, including credit scores, which tend to be lower in communities with high unemployment.

CPD hires civilians to guide reform

Supt. Eddie Johnson announced the hiring of three civilians to oversee reform, strategy and finance, saying a department that “never really embraced civilian experts” needs their help to bolster the department’s capacity to develop long-term strategies (Sun-Times).

Maurice Classen, a program officer at the MacArthur Foundation and a former Seattle prosecutor, will be director of strategy, tasked with implementing a strategic plan for the department.  Christina Anderson of the Civil Consulting Alliance will become director of reform management, and Susie Park, a city budget liaison with CPD, will become deputy chief of finance.

Johnson said that Classen’s role on the mayor’s Police Accountability Task Force ­– which found that “the community’s lack of trust in CPD is justified” – may create “some resentment” but said, “That’s just something we’ll have to deal with.”

Johnson noted that police officers were the “main people that gave the recommendations and criticisms to the task force and the DOJ.”

Man falsely listed on gang database released

Immigration officials released Wilmer Catalan-Ramirez, arrested last March based on his incorrect listing in CPD’s gang database, after he agreed to drop a lawsuit against U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.  “Wilmer had to trade away his civil rights case against ICE in exchange for his release,” his attorney, Sheila Bedi, said.

In December Catalan-Ramirez won an agreement from CPD to drop his name from the gang database, where he was listed as a member of two different gangs based on police stops in different neighborhoods.  CPD also agreed to write federal authorities supporting Catalan-Ramirez’s application for a visa (Sun-Times).

A lawsuit against the city by another man seized by ICE based on erroneous inclusion in the gang database is pending.

Drug arrests down; racial disparities remain

Drug arrests in Chicago are lower than they’ve been in nearly 50 years, but arrests are still concentrated on the South and West Sides.

With penalties scaled back, marijuana arrests led the decrease: there were 3,200 last year compared to 25,000 in 2007. But narcotics arrests are also down: 11,417 last year compared to 58,808 in 2000.  A CPD spokesperson attributed this to new strategies including an expanded diversion program.

But racial disparities remain, as neighborhood figures show: marijuana arrests in Lakeview are down from 198 ten years ago to 9 last year; in Austin they declined from 2,754 in 2007 to 516 last year (WBEZ).

City attorneys disciplined

One city attorney resigned and two others were suspended following continuing sanctions against the law department for withholding evidence in civil lawsuits (Sun-Times).

Meanwhile, an attorney for a family suing the city for wrongful death asked a federal judge to remove three outside lawyers representing the city, including the former general counsel for the Independent Police Review Authority and her partners.

Attorneys said an anonymous caller from “within COPA” informed them that former IPRA counsel Helen O’Shaughnessy was “intimately involved in the investigation” of the 2015 death in custody of Heriberto Godinez Jr. “and had attempted to steer the investigation in favor of the police.”  That makes O’Shaughnessy a potential witness, they said (Sun-Times).

The Tribune reports that Liza Franklin, who oversaw 60 attorneys in the law department’s civil rights litigation division, has resigned, and that Assistant Corporation Counsels Scott Cohen and Bret Kabacinski were suspended without pay, Cohen for 30 days, Kabacinski for five.

Cohen allowed a police sergeant to testify that he wasn’t involved in litigation outside the current case, though Cohen had represented the sergeant in an earlier lawsuit (Tribune).

Van Dyke subpoenas newspapers

Attorneys for Officer Jason Van Dyke subpoenaed three newspapers for copies of every story published on the 2014 shooting of Laquan McDonald, seeking to support an expected motion for a change of venue for Van Dyke’s murder trial.

Judge Vincent Gaughan expressed skepticism about the subpoenas, and a media lawyer told the Tribune the approach “seems like an imposition” since the information sought is already public (Chicago Tribune).

At The Intercept, Jamie Kalven recounts his experience as a journalist being subpoenaed last year by Van Dyke and explores the implications  of the legal controversy that ensued for freedom of the press. (Intercept).

The two months of litigation that preceded Judge Vincent Gaughan’s ruling quashing the subpoena demonstrated the dangers of a situation in which “attorneys could routinely haul reporters into court and inflict comparable costs on them and their publications with no more showing of relevance than was made in this case,” Kalven writes.

But the strong showing of support by civil rights attorneys, media organizations and others demonstrated the importance of the civic tradition of free speech, outside strictly legal structures, Kalven argues.  And it improved the odds that future journalists will be able to stand up for their rights ­– and that potential whistleblowers will feel safe reaching out to the press.

 

AG candidates back community lawsuits

Three candidates for attorney general – Sharon Fairley, Aaron Goldstein, and Nancy Rotering – said the consent decree being negotiated with the city by Attorney General Lisa Madigan over police reform should include community groups and police victims who have filed separate lawsuits (Chicago Reporter).

Other candidates called for more investigations, statewide policies on use of force and police shootings, and licensing of officers (WBEZ).

 

Defense attorneys charge cop’s Facebook posts were racist

A man facing drug and weapons charges was released in a plea deal with federal prosecutors after his attorneys alleged that a tactical officer involved in the arrest has posted white supremacist material on Facebook.  The officer has denied the posts were racist (Tribune).

Jeri Green Joins National Urban League as Senior Advisor for Census

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NEW YORK  – As part of the National Urban League’s ongoing push for a fair and accurate 2020 Census, the league has enlisted a leading civic engagement expert as a Senior Advisor for the Census.

“I’m proud to announce that Jeri Green will help lead our effort to ensure that the 2020 Census results in a full count of minority and underserved communities,” National Urban League President and CEO Marc H. Morial said. “Few undertakings by our federal government are as consequential as the Census, and an undercount would lead to lasting damage for our most vulnerable populations.”

In her former position as Senior Advisor for Civic Engagement with the U.S. Census Bureau, Green educated diverse stakeholders on the benefits of Census participation and engaged Hard-to-Count communities to ascertain their unique challenges to obtaining an accurate count.

“The Urban League Movement, with its 90 affiliates and associated groups, is in a unique position to help reach the communities whose participation is paramount,” Green said. “I look forward to exploring the ways we can help to make the upcoming census a force for better representation and more equitable distribution of resources.”

 

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Employee for Speaker Madigan Fired for Inappropriate Conduct

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Statement from Speaker Madigan

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

“In November, a courageous woman made me aware that a high-ranking individual within my political operation had previously made unwanted advances and sent her inappropriate text messages. I immediately consulted with my attorney, Heather Wier Vaught, and directed her to conduct a thorough investigation.

“Ms. Wier Vaught conducted numerous interviews, reviewed the evidence, and recently came to the conclusion that the individual engaged in inappropriate conduct and failed to exercise the professional judgment I expect of those affiliated with my political organizations and the Office of the Speaker.

“As a result, long-time aide Kevin Quinn is no longer an employee of any of my political committees. Mr. Quinn has worked with my political offices for nearly 20 years. While this is the only allegation of such conduct, Mr. Quinn also recently pled guilty to misdemeanor disorderly conduct. Based on the culmination of events, Alderman Marty Quinn and I decided that Kevin should no longer be affiliated with the political organization. For the record, Kevin was previously an employee of my State office, and he will not be returning to that role.

“Further, Ms. Wier Vaught made several recommendations aimed at preventing inappropriate behavior and improving methods for reporting and responding to such allegations. My political committees are actively taking steps to implement those recommendations.

“Any questions about this matter should be directed to Heather Wier Vaught at 815-762-2629.”

Minneapolis Woman Charged With Terrorism Offenses, Arson, And Making False Statements

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United States Attorney Gregory G. Brooker today announced a three-count indictment charging TNUZA JAMAL HASSAN, 19, with attempting to provide material support to a designated foreign terrorist organization, arson, and making a false statement. HASSAN will make her initial appearance before a United States Magistrate Judge at a later date.

According to the indictment, on September 19, 2017, HASSAN, a former student at St. Catherine University (SCU) in St. Paul, Minnesota, attempted to provide material support to a designated foreign terrorist organization, namely, al-Qa’ida. On September 22, 2017, in an interview with FBI Agents, HASSAN was asked whether she authored and delivered a letter to two fellow students at SCU in March 2017. The letter sought to encourage fellow students to “join the jihad in fighting” and to “[j]oin Al Qaeda, Taliban, or Al Shabaab.” HASSAN knowingly made a false statement to FBI Agents when she stated (1) she did not write the letter, (2) she did not know who wrote the letter, and (3) did not know how the letter came to be delivered to her fellow students.

According to the indictment, on January 17, 2018, HASSAN started several fires on the campus of SCU, including in St. Mary Hall, which she maliciously damaged. The fires set by HASSAN caused the St. Paul Fire Department to respond to SCU.

HASSAN was charged in Ramsey County District Court with one count of first-degree arson and is currently in custody at the Ramsey County Jail.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Andrew R. Winter is prosecuting the case.

This case is the result of an investigation conducted by the FBI-led Joint Terrorism Task Force, St. Paul Police Department, and arson investigators from the St. Paul Fire Department.

 

Defendant Information:

TNUZA JAMAL HASSAN, 19

Minneapolis, Minn.

 

Charges:

  • Attempting to Provide Material Support to a Designated Foreign Terrorist Organization (al-Qa’ida), 1 count
  • False Statement, 1 count
  • Arson, 1 count

Agenda Announced for State Board of Education Meeting Feb. 14 Via Video Conference in Springfield and Chicago

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SPRINGFIELD, IL – The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) has announced the following agenda for its regular business meeting via video conference in Springfield and Chicago at 9 a.m. Feb 14.

View the information packet for the meeting at https://www.isbe.net/Documents_Board_Meetings/Feb18BoardPacket.pdf.

All State Board of Education meetings are accessible to persons with disabilities. Persons planning to attend who need special accommodations should contact the Superintendent’s office no later than one day prior to the meeting. Contact the Superintendent’s office at the State Board of Education by phone at (217) 782-2221, TTY/TDD at (217) 782-1900, or fax at (217) 785-3972.

Chairman James Meeks may call for a break in the meeting as necessary in order for the Board to go into closed session.

This meeting will be audio cast on the internet at www.isbe.net.

State Board of Education Meeting

February 14, 2018

9 a.m.

 

Chicago Location:

ISBE Video Conference Room, 14th Floor

 

100 W. Randolph St., Chicago

 

 

Springfield Location:

ISBE Video Conference Room, 3rd Floor

 

100 N. First St., Springfield

 

AGENDA

I.      Roll Call/Pledge of Allegiance

A.   Consideration of and Possible Actions on Any Requests for Participation in Meeting by Other Means

II.    Swearing-in of Board Member Mitchell Holzrichter

III.   Public Participation

IV.  Presentations and Updates

A.   Partnership for Educator Preparation Update

V.    Superintendent’s Report – Consent Agenda

A.   *Approval of Minutes

1.    Plenary Minutes: January 17, 2018

B.   *Rules for Initial Review

1.    Part 1 (Public Schools Evaluation, Recognition and Supervision)

2.    Part 226 (Special Education)

C.   *Rules for Adoption

1.    Part 27 (Standards for Endorsements in Specific Teaching Fields)

D.   *Contracts & Grants Over $1 Million

1.    21st Century Community Learning Center Grant Amendment

2.    Request for Sealed Proposals for the Evaluation of the IL-EMPOWER Statewide System of Support

3.    Facilitating Coordination of Agricultural Education Grant

4.    Request for Sealed Proposals for the Administration of the Grades 3-8 Accountability Assessment

E.   *2018 Spring Waiver Report

End of Consent Agenda

VI.  2017 Illinois Science Assessment Results

VII. Discussion Items

A.   District Oversight Update

B.   Legislative Update

C.   Budget Update

D.   Every Student Succeeds Act Update

E.   Site-Based Expenditure Reporting – Guidance Release

F.    Tier Funding Distribution Timeline for Evidence-Based Funding

G.   Other Items for Discussion

VIII.        Announcements & Reports

A.   Superintendent’s/Senior Staff Announcements

B.   Chairman’s Report

C.   Member Reports

IX.  Information Items

A.   ISBE Fiscal & Administrative Monthly Reports (available at https://www.isbe.net/Pages/Illinois-State-Board-of-Education-Fiscal-and-Administrative-Reports.aspx)

X.    Closed Session (as needed)

XI.  Adjourn

llinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs Hosts Tribute to African American Veterans

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SPRINGFIELD, IL — The Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs (IDVA) hosted a tribute to African American Veterans today at the National Guard Armory in Urbana. The ceremony honored all African American Veterans.

“We are here today to salute and honor all African-American Veterans. Since our nation’s war for independence, these brave veterans have served honorably in the United States Military,” said IDVA Director Erica Jeffries.  African American soldiers, sailors, airmen, coast guardsmen and Marines have participated in the Spanish American War, Philippine Insurrection, Mexican Expedition, WWI, WWII, the Korean War, Vietnam War, Persian Gulf War and our current war on terrorism.  “They have served in peacetime and times of war.   We thank them for their service to our country,” added Director Jeffries.

Colonel Eugene Scott and Mrs. Beverly Scott were the keynote speaker at today’s ceremony.  Colonel Scott is the former Publisher of the Chicago Daily Defender newspaper and past President of the Chicago Defender Charities.  He commanded tank forces and was the staff officer (G3) for the 8th Infantry Division Combat Ready Forces.  A decorated combat veteran, he served two tours of duty in Vietnam.  His awards include the legion of Merit, two Bronze Stars and the Combat Infantryman Badge.

Beverly Scott is a writer and Executive Director of Friends of the Victory Monument.  She serves as storyteller for the University of West Virginia African American Media Department’s Google Expedition Project.  This project features the story of the African American experience including the Victory Monument Memorial, the American Legion Giles Post #87 and the Illinois National Guard’s “Fighting 8th” who were federalized as the 370th INF.

Major General Richard J. Hayes Jr., Adjutant General of the Illinois National Guard offered remarks as well in today’s ceremony.  Major General Hayes is the 39th Adjutant General of the State of Illinois. He serves as a member of the Governor’s Cabinet as the Director of the Illinois Department of Military Affairs and is the Governor’s principal advisor on military matters. General Hayes is the senior officer in the chain-of-command for both the Illinois Army and Air National Guard.

Illinois Department of Veteran’s Affairs Director Erica Jeffries presented a Proclamation from Governor Bruce Rauner.  American Legion Post 559 provided the Color Guard with the pledge lead by Peter Thomas, Director of Lincoln’s Challenge Academy.  The Urbana High School Choir sang the National Anthem and ‘Lift Every Voice and Sing’.  American Legion Post 559 Chaplain Bolden offered the Invocation and Benediction.

2017-18 Scholarship Funding Still Available For Eligible Minority Students Pursuing Education Degrees

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Hurry! 2017-18 Applications for Minority Teachers of Illinois (MTI) Scholarships close Feb 15, 2018; 2018-19 MTI Scholarship Application Now Open

Illinois minority college students who are pursuing a degree in teaching and who are eligible for the Minority Teachers of Illinois (MTI) Scholarship Program can still get funding for the current 2017-18 school year if they get their applications in to the Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC), the state’s college access and financial aid agency,  by midnight next Thursday, February 15, 2018. Eligible students who receive funds for 2017-18 can use them as reimbursement for tuition, room and board and other school expenses.

The MTI Scholarship Program encourages academically talented minority students to pursue careers as teachers at nonprofit Illinois preschool, elementary and secondary schools. It also aims to provide minority children with access to a greater number of positive minority role models.

Qualified students may receive up to $5,000 per academic year for a maximum of 8 semesters or 12 quarters of assistance. MTI Scholarship recipients must agree to teach in Illinois. If this teaching commitment is not fulfilled, the scholarship converts to a loan that must be repaid in full, plus interest. Applications are available at http://www.isac.org/students/during-college/applying-for-financial-aid/applications/index.html.

Students can also apply now for a 2018-19 MTI Scholarship. The priority date for processing those applications is March 1, 2018. Complete applications received after this date will be considered for the MTI Scholarship Program only if funding remains after all timely complete applicants have been awarded.

Questions regarding the MTI Scholarship Program or the application process? Contact the ISAC Call Center toll free at 800.899.4722, or via e-mail at isac.studentservices@illinois.gov.

About ISAC
The mission of the Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC) is to help make college accessible and affordable for students throughout Illinois. ISAC provides comprehensive, objective, and timely information on education and financial aid for students and their families–giving them access to the tools they need to make the educational choices that are right for them. Then, through the state scholarship and grant programs ISAC administers, ISAC can help students make those choices a reality. www.isac.org

New Easy Money Con, Same Old Tricks

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What would you give for a turnkey system to earn six figures in 90 days or less, all while working from home? That’s what the defendants behind Digital Altitude promised. But the FTC alleges they did not deliver.

In a case announced today, the FTC says the defendants defrauded consumers out of more than $14 million, but provided nothing more than a series of “training” videos, a few PDF documents and so-called “coaching” sessions that turned out to be sales pitches to get people to pay even more.

The FTC says most people made little or no money. The few that did make money typically didn’t earn enough to cover their required membership fee and monthly dues. People were paid only when they recruited new members.

To reach people, the defendants used ads and videos on websites and social media platforms to sell memberships. Their methods included these tried and true tricks of the con artist’s trade:

  • Outrageous claims — “You are about to receive a very special guide that reveals how you can make six figures online in the next ninety days or less”
  • Deceptive testimonials — Videos of members scuba diving, hiking, and lounging by a pool as money poured in on autopilot
  • High-pressure upselling — “You are leaving $60,000 on the table” by not moving up to the next membership tier
  • Free trial periods that aren’t as they seem — Ads promising 14-day “test drives,” but fine print giving people just 72 hours to cancel

If someone promises you fast and easy money, you can bet it’s a scam. Slow down. Search the company’s name online with words like “scam” or “complaint.” Share what you know with a friend, and help others by reporting what you’ve spotted to FTC.gov/complaint.

Unsung Heroes – a New Exhibition Opening March 3 at the Illinois State Museum in Springfield

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SPRINGFIELD, IL – Anna Heistad.  Minnie Vautrin. Thomas Jones.  Three ordinary people who did extraordinary things in service of their fellow man, each of whom history has largely forgotten. These “unsung heroes” will be profiled in a new exhibition set to open at the Illinois State Museum in Springfield on Saturday, March 3.

Anna Heistad was a nurse and settlement worker in early 19th century Chicago who rose before dawn during the Spanish flu pandemic to work with the ill.  Minnie Vautrin was a missionary worker in China who sheltered thousands of women and children during the Nanking Massacre of 1937-1938. Thomas Jones was a Navy medic who tended to his comrades’ wounds in the heat of battle and continued serving veterans after his return.  All three saved countless lives, and none of them did it for any kind of reward or glory.

The Unsung Heroes exhibition will document their fascinating stories of sacrifice and heroism through photographs and personal objects, many which have never been displayed publicly.

“These are amazing stories of incredible heroism, and we wanted to highlight the individuals whose selflessness and courage can be an inspiration to us all,” said Erika Holst, the Illinois State Museum’s curator of decorative arts.

The exhibition will be in the Illinois State Museum’s East Gallery (second floor) from March 3 through June 10.

The Illinois State Museum is open Monday through Saturday from 9:00 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. and on Sunday from 12 noon until 4:30 p.m.  The Museum is located at 502 S. Spring Street in Springfield.

Additional information:

The Illinois State Museum is seeking photo submissions of other Illinois “unsung heroes” who will be recognized in a Facebook gallery.  The submission period for photos continues until March 3.

Photo submission requirements are as follows:

• High-quality photo of an Illinois “unsung hero.”  This could be a serviceman or woman, firefighter, community advocate, volunteer – anyone who you consider a hero for their service
• Hero’s name
• Hero’s Illinois hometown
• Submitter’s name
• Hero’s story in a few paragraphs (what makes this person a hero?)

Collection dates: through March 2, 2018
Send photos to erika.holst@illinois.gov

Please do not send any original photos. WE CANNOT RETURN HARD COPIES SUBMITTED FOR THIS PROJECT. By submitting a photo, you are giving the Illinois State Museum permission to display and share your photo online and with the media.  If in doubt, please check with the “hero” you are submitting to make sure they will be comfortable with the recognition.

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