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Another Black Mom Attacked by Police

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20-Year Old Black Mom Brutally Attacked and Arrested by Undercover Police Officer Right In Front of Her Toddler Children

Diamond Rust

Washington, DC — Diamond Rust, a 20-year-old woman from Southeast Washington, DC, was slammed on the ground and brutally arrested by a Metro transit police for not paying to get on a bus. All that happened right in front of her two children.

On Tuesday, Rust, together with her one-year-old son and two-year-old daughter, boarded a bus at Alabama Avenue in Southeast D.C. She reportedly walked past the fare box without paying and sat down.

After a while, an undercover police approached her and demanded her to get off the bus.

“I’m pacing back and forth like ‘can you hurry up?’ He said he felt threatened with me pacing back and forth,” Rust explained.

She admitted that she didn’t stop pacing and just kept walking. Police also claimed that she kept putting her hands in her pocket and ignoring the police’s commands.

“He said I was resisting. He pushed me to the fence,” Rust recalled of the horrifying moment.

According to the police report, Rust kept pulling away so the officer had to slam her to the ground to finish the arrest.

She was with her two children at the time and they saw the violence.

“The girl lifted my face up and I seen her — my daughter like right there crying. That’s when I started crying,” Rust said.

Rust suffers from a fractured knee, open wounds on the face, and four broken teeth. She was rushed to the hospital shortly after the arrest but she was more worried about how this would affect her children.

“My son he don’t even like looking at me now. My daughter keeps saying police did this to mommy.”

Rust, a graduating student from Ballou STAY High School, has a DC One fare card which allows her to have a free bus ride. But she doesn’t have it with her on the day of the incident. A picture, however, shows her bag with cash and two smart trip cards.

When asked if she would have done anything differently, Rust told WUSA9, “No. because this is just the person I am.”

Rust plans to file a complaint with Metro. Metro Transit Police haven’t further commented yet about the incident.

Senator Collins: Governor’s Budget is a St. Valentine’s Day Massacre

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“The governor steered us into a quagmire and has no roadmap to the other side.”

 

SPRINGFIELD, IL – Illinois State Senator Jacqueline Collins issued the following statement following Gov. Bruce Rauner’s annual budget address:

“What we heard today, in the words of a colleague, was a St. Valentine’s Day massacre,” Collins said. “The governor’s rosy rhetoric belies the negative consequences of so many budget cuts.”

In addition to outright eliminating certain after school programs and initiatives that help university students, the governor’s 2019 budget proposal reduces spending on Temporary Assistance to Needy Families, mental health services, and Redeploy Illinois, which has focused on keeping youth out of prison.

“Gov. Rauner himself has pointed out that the situation for the African American community in Illinois is dire, with the worst unemployment rate in the nation and worse-than-average showings in every quality of life indicator,” Collins said. “These are the root causes of violence in our communities. It is broadly understood that we combat the blight of violence through education, through attention to mental health, through job opportunities. This budget proposes the exact opposite.”

Collins added that the budget proposal also does little to address the state’s unpaid backlog of payments owed to the vendors who have provided services to the state of Illinois, a figure that has grown rapidly during the governor’s tenure.

“The governor steered us into a quagmire and it is apparent that he has no roadmap to the other side,” Collins said. “I hope the General Assembly can come together, as we have before, to provide a responsible alternative.”

 

Madigan Joins Coalition Opposing Citizenship Question on 2020 Census

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IVI-IPO Endorses Lamont Robinson for State Representative

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Joins Growing List of Community Organizations and Leaders Supporting Robinson

 

This week IVI-IPO announced its endorsement of Lamont J. Robinson for State Representative in Illinois’ 5th District.

 

“I am truly humbled to receive the endorsement of IVI-IPO,” said Robinson. “I am even more honored that a growing number of elected officials are supporting my campaign.”

 

“I believe that government has a responsibility to provide its citizens with an environment for them to live healthy, happy, and productive lives.”

 

“As a lifelong Chicagoan, I know that each community has its own challenges – some neighborhoods need business development strategies while others need support for their social service organizations, and still others need the peace of mind to walk around their communities safely,” continued Robinson. “I want to support our residents by being their advocate, by hearing their concerns and telling their stories, and pulling in the resources we need to thrive.”

 

Robinson’s growing list of endorsements includes:

 

AFL-CIO; Personal PAC; Democracy for America; Planned Parenthood, Chicago Teachers Union

 

U.S. Congressman Danny Davis; Secretary of State Jesse White

 

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle; Cook County Recorder of Deeds Karen Yarbrough; Cook County Commissioner John Fritchey; Cook County Commissioner Bridget Gainer; Cook County Commissioner Chuy Garcia; Board of Reviewer Commissioner Larry Rogers

 

Water Reclamation District Commissioner Debra Shore; Water Reclamation District Commissioner Kari Steele

 

State Senator Emil Jones, Jr (Ret);  State Senator Kwame Raoul; State Representative Will Davis; State Representative Sarah Feigenholtz; State Representative Greg Harris; State Representative Sonya Harper; State Representative Chris Welch

 

Alderman Pat Dowell; Alderman Brendan Reilly; Alderman Michelle Harris; Alderman Leslie Hairston; Alderman Brian Hopkins; Alderman Tom Tunney; Alderman Howard Brookins; Alderman Matt O’Shea

 

Lamont J. Robinson is the son of public servants, a public school teacher and a City of Chicago Building inspector. He attended Clark Atlanta University. He founded and serves as President Emeritus of the Young Entrepreneurs Club of the Atlanta University Center.

 

Then he earned an MBA from National Lewis University. Wanting to give back to the community, Robinson started a small business. He chose insurance, one of the few industries that focus on helping people in crisis.
In 2007, Robinson opened an office to provide insurance to the residents of Bronzeville. In 2017, he opened a second office in Humboldt Park. Owning a small business on both the south and north side has taught him to be responsive to people with very different backgrounds and needs. He made the conscious choice to hire inexperienced staff members at $15 per hour because he believes that paying employees a living wage is the right thing to do.

 

He serves on the Board of Quad Communities Development Corporation. He is a member of the Urban League Metro Board and the Trinity United Church of Christ Credit Union Board.

 

He leads the Kappa Leadership Institute Chicago, a nonprofit that prepares African-American youth to go to college. Through this program, we send 30 young African-Americans to college per year. He is a currently an adjunct professor at Harold Washington College teaching courses on business ethics and entrepreneurship.He was appointed by US Congressman Danny Davis to serve on his task force on mortgage fraud and predatory lending in disadvantaged communities. And appointed by former 4th Ward Alderman Toni Preckwinkle to sit on the Hyde Park Special Service Area Commission.

 

Victim of Police Det. Guevara Sues Over 19-Year Wrongful Imprisonment

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Guevara Beat Arturo Reyes and Threatened Him With Electric Chair to Get Coerced Confession

CHICAGO, IL – Arturo Reyes, a wrongfully convicted man who served 19 years in maximum security prison, today filed a federal lawsuit charging that disgraced former Chicago Police Detective Reynaldo Guevara and others fabricated a false confession from him through physical violence, psychological abuse, and a days-long interrogation.

Reyes was wrongly convicted of a 1988 double murder and child abduction in Chicago. His suit comes two months after his exoneration, which occurred when Cook County Judge James Obbish dismissed murder charges against him. From the bench, Obbish excoriated Guevara, accusing him of telling “bald faced lies” while under oath in his testimony denying misconduct in Reyes’ case.

Also named in the suit are other Chicago police officers and Cook County prosecutors involved in the interrogations of Reyes, his co-defendant Gabriel Solache, and other witnesses. The suit charges that during a grueling 40-hour interrogation, Det. Guevara repeatedly hit Reyes and threatened him with the electric chair. Det. Guevara and other Chicago Police allegedly also abused other individuals to get them to wrongly implicate Reyes in the crime.

The suit notes that, despite a grisly murder scene full of blood, fingerprints and other physical evidence, none of it connected Reyes to the crime. In addition, post-conviction DNA testing on evidence at the scene further excluded Reyes and instead placed an unidentified person at the crime scene.

Over his nearly two decades of imprisonment, Reyes has consistently maintained his innocence. He is one of 14 men to have their convictions thrown out based on allegations that Det. Guevara engaged in misconduct in order to convict them.

For his part, Det. Guevara has invoked his Fifth Amendment right not to incriminate himself when asked in court proceedings whether he framed and abused Reyes.

Mr. Reyes is represented by Attorneys Jon Loevy, Steven Art and Anand Swaminathan of the civil rights firm Loevy & Loevy. The attorneys issued the following statement:

“The wrongful convictions caused by Detective Guevara’s misconduct as a police officer have destroyed dozens of families and have led to literally hundreds of years of wrongful imprisonment. But the horrible injustice that Arturo has endured must be attributed not only to the criminal acts of Detective Guevara, but also to his colleagues who knew what he was doing and often participated, as well as a police department that permitted and in fact incentivized the misconduct of Guevara and others.”

Loevy & Loevy is one of the nation’s largest civil rights law firms, and over the past decade has won more multi-million dollar jury verdicts than any other civil rights law firm in the country. A copy of the suit, Arturo Reyes v. City of Chicago, et al., No. 1:18-cv-01028, is available here.

One Case of Legionnaires’ Disease at Chester Mental Health Center

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CHESTER, IL – The Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) is reporting that one patient at Chester Mental Health Center has tested positive for Legionnaires’ Disease. IDHS received the confirmation of the positive test on Tuesday, February 13th. The patient is being treated and is currently in stable condition.

Out of an abundance of caution, IDHS has informed staff, residents and community stakeholders.

IDHS is working with the Illinois Department of Public Health to determine the potential source of the bacteria. Environmental engineers will be on grounds this week to gather data and begin collecting water samples. IDHS will continue to be vigilant for respiratory illness. Staff are actively monitoring patients to quickly identify any residents with respiratory illness to make sure they receive immediate medical care.

Legionella bacteria occur naturally in the environment. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention reports there has been a rise in the number of cases of Legionnaires’ disease over the past 15 years, with 6,000 cases reported nationwide in 2015. Approximately 300 cases are reported each year across Illinois. Legionnaires’ disease cannot be transmitted person-to-person.  Common water sources include decorative fountains, hot tubs, shower areas, and cooling towers.

The Chester Mental Health Center is the state’s only maximum security forensic mental health facility. The facility is operated by the Illinois Department of Human Services and located in Chester, Illinois.

Chicago Teachers Union: Rauner’s Valentine’s Day Gift; More Money for Him, More Cuts for Us

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Once a corporate raider, Illinois’ governor is now a school raider as his budget address is as offensive to public education as his failed policies are for the citizens and taxpayers of Illinois

 

CHICAGO, ILThe Chicago Teachers Union issued the following statement today in response to Governor Bruce Rauner’s 2018 budget address. CTU Vice President Jesse Sharkey can be cited for attribution:

Bruce Rauner’s budget proposal is as offensive as Jeanne Ives’ TV commercials. It’s offensive to logic, equity, students and families in public schools, and hard-working school staff—overwhelmingly women—who work with children every day. Rauner’s priorities are so far out of line with Illinois, it’s no surprise he’s among the U.S. governors most likely to lose his job.

Rauner mostly offends through his school funding bait-and-switch. He claims a $350 million increase to school funding, but cuts $220 million from Chicago Public Schools and forces school districts across the state to ultimately pay $1 billion more in pension obligations. This means that schools receive less in the long run, the result of which are deep cuts to public education again in Chicago—the loss of librarians, teachers, special education assistants, counselors and social workers who treat students with trauma. The governor also completely eliminates line items for advanced placement courses, after-school programs, parent mentors and professional development for teachers, while dismantling college credit opportunities, additional student supports and better instruction in the process. He makes this proposal mere months after he spends millions telling the state about his great school funding formula win.

Once a corporate raider, Rauner is now a school raider.

Further, his offensive against retirement security for those who provide public services continues. Clearly showing no regard for unanimous Illinois Supreme Court decisions, the governor puts forth another vague pension reduction proposal for those who have no social security benefits so that he can reduce his own taxes—on top of the giant tax gift he has already received from fellow Republican, President Donald Trump. Rauner’s obsession with reducing public employees’ retirement security, despite his making millions from those same funds, is classic double-dealing.

Of course, for a governor whose approval rating is already at a ground-scraping 26 percent, it probably makes sense to go after a large group of mostly women who won’t vote for another term of his failed policies.

There remains a state to look for guidance, and it’s not Missouri, whose governor and star of Rauner’s televised campaign ads is under federal grand jury investigation. Instead, Illinois needs to look to Minnesota. If Rauner were serious about growing the state’s economy, he would focus on the real cause of the state’s challenges: regressive and insufficient revenue generation. He would also advocate for a surcharge on millionaires and heartily support a graduated income tax. He would propose eliminating Trump tax loopholes that further explode income inequality in Illinois, and end dubious corporate welfare programs like EDGE that shovel money towards some of the richest men on the planet.

Instead, we got today’s beautiful anti-Valentine’s Day card: more money for him, more cuts for the rest of us.

Thanks, governor. Don’t expect a card in return.

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.

2017 Illinois Science Assessment Results Now Available

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  Results fuel conversations about local successes in implementing new science learning standards

 

SPRINGFIELD, IL – The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) released the school-, district-, and state-level aggregate scores for the 2017 Illinois Science Assessment (ISA) on the ISBE website at https://www.isbe.net/ISA. The second year of ISA results provides additional data to help educators and administrators identify local successes in implementing the new Illinois Learning Standards for science. 

The standards took effect in February 2014 and signaled a new era of science instruction. They encourage students to see science all around them. Students in classrooms today use scientific methods and tools to ask questions about phenomena, design experiments, and evaluate real-world sources of information. Educators act as facilitators, rather than lecturers, prompting robust student discussions and guiding students to direct their own learning. Illinois’ standards incorporate the national Next Generation Science Standards.

“The Illinois Science Assessment is one component supporting a high-quality, 21st-century science education,” said State Superintendent Tony Smith, Ph.D. “The new standards represent a shift in how students engage with and how educators teach science. The new standards make science more accessible, opening career and college doors for students. Districts and schools can put the ISA results in conversation with other assessment results and data to identify local successes in implementing the new learning standards and support continuous improvement.”

Districts and schools around the state are making progress toward closing the achievement gap between student demographic groups. The data show where schools and districts are supporting low-income students, English Learners, and students with disabilities in outperforming the state average for their demographic group and for the “all students” group in their grade level. Looking to the promising practices in these districts can inform continuous improvement across the state. Statewide ISA scores decreased slightly from 2016 to 2017. The pattern of performance across grade levels remained consistent. The statewide 2017 ISA results reflect a foundation of mastery in the “all students” groups in the fifth and eighth grades. Results in high school are lower than in the other grades, both in 2016 and in 2017. The statewide participation rate for the 2017 ISA increased from 93.1 percent to 94.4 percent.

The ISA was designed to reflect classroom experiences. The questions ask students to apply scientific knowledge and reasoning to real-world problems. This assessment pushes students to apply their knowledge in their responses, thus better preparing students for postsecondary and a career. The test is untimed, but designed to take approximately one hour. Each student’s score between 200 and 400 correlates to one of two performance levels: Proficient or Not Proficient.

Neither the 2016 nor the 2017 ISA results will count toward accountability for schools and districts. The percentage of students scoring in the Proficient performance level will contribute 5 percent of each school and district’s balanced accountability rating beginning with the 2020 administration.

An FAQ with additional information about the ISA, the performance levels, and the process for scoring the assessment is available at https://www.isbe.net/ISA.

Dance Center Presents New Works by Bebe Miller and Molly Shanahan in Process V. Product Festival March 29 – April 7

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CHICAGO, IL — To conclude the 2017–18 season of its Dance Presenting Series, the Dance Center of Columbia College Chicago conducts a two-week festival focusing on ways in which concert dance presentation can be a document of process rather than dance as a consumable product: Process v. Product. The festival takes place March 29–April 7 at the Dance Center, 1306 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago.

Process v. Product—which features performances, workshops, artist discussions, panels and commissioned blog posts from local artists—invites choreographers, dancers, presenters, students of dance and audiences to consider and reflect on ideas around how and why the creation, practice and witness of dancing can be more than a product for spectators. Participating companies include Molly Shanahan/Mad Shak and Bebe Miller Company.

Performance series
Shanahan’s world premiere ensemble work Of Whales, Time, and Your Last Attempt to Reach Me grapples with emotional ambivalence in a world of perception-altering technology and digitally dependent relationships. Through Shanahan’s intricately crafted movement, the Mad Shak ensemble investigates and expresses the tension between the rigid materiality of the self, as reflected by the devices and media surrounding our lives, and the body’s invisible fluidity in response to those same influences. This work is set at the intersection of conflict, where constantly shifting input confirms identity in one moment and then throws it off-kilter the next. Performances are March 29–31.

Miller’s In a Rhythm is a suite of new dance works based on the dynamics of adaptation and translation. Inspired by the writings of Gertrude Stein, Toni Morrison and David Foster Wallace, whose voices capture diverse cultural relevancies through their structure of language, In a Rhythm looks at the syntax of movement—how we apprehend meaning through the juxtaposed dynamics of action and context in time and space. From the Columbus Underground:

Syntax is a key piece of how we negotiate our existence in the world, and Miller and her dancers turn an unblinking eye on the way we are with one another and the way we exist in society. …Miller and her dancers know the body is packed with metaphor just by breathing and touching another person. She also understands the joy of movement. Her rapport with co-writer and assistant Angie Hauser is a gleeful delight throughout the piece… should be a must-see for any arts lover. The work I’ve seen this year that most successfully takes the temperature of our fractured, terrifying, bloodied moment.

Miller is creating this work within an overarching collaborative project, The Making Room, an investigation into innovative ways of sharing the creative process. Performances are April 5–7.

Additional festival activities
In addition to the performances, Process v. Product features a number of events, including:

  • Thursday, March 29: post-performance discussion with Molly Shanahan, led by Allen & Lynn Turner Chair and Associate Professor of Theatre and Dance Peter Carpenter; free to ticket holders
  • Friday, March 30, 6 p.m. Sherwood Community Music School’s recital hall, 1312 S. Michigan Ave. (next door to the Dance Center): Process Prism Panel, moderated by Chicago Dancemakers Forum Executive Director Ginger Farley and featuring Meida McNeal, artistic and managing director of Honey Pot Performance; Sabina Ott, artist and founder of the exhibition space Terrain; Tony Trigilio, poet and Professor of Creative Writing/Poetry at Columbia; and Sara Zalek, artist, choreographer and curator rooted in Butoh; free
  • Saturday, March 31, 3–4:30 p.m., the Dance Center: “Swimming Inside: Diving in the Whales Process with Molly Shanahan/Mad Shak,” a workshop with Shanahan and her collaborators exploring the process to create the piece in performance during the festival, $10
  • Sunday, April 1, 3–5 p.m., Links Hall at Constellation, 3111 N. Western Ave.: Sunday Snack Choreo-Chat, an informal discussion with Molly Shanahan and Bebe Miller about their latest works, their joys and frustrations in the choreographic process, how they deal with post-premiere blues and more—primarily for artists who make dances and anyone who might like to make a dance in the future, but all are welcome; free
  • Thursday, April 5: post-performance discussion with Bebe Miller, led by the Dance Center’s Interim Dance Presenting Series Director Ellen Chenoweth; free to ticket holders
  • Friday, April 6, 6 p.m., Sherwood Community Music School’s recital hall, 1312 S. Michigan Ave. (next door to the Dance Center): Process Prism Panel, moderated by Columbia Associate Professor of Dance Lisa Gonzales and featuring Christy Bolingbroke, executive/artistic director of the National Center for Choreography in Akron, Ohio; CM Burroughs, poet and Columbia assistant professor of poetry; Mark Jeffery, co-founder and choreographer of ATOM-r (Anatomical Theatres of Mixed Reality); and Onye Ozuzu, choreographer; free
  • Saturday, April 7, 2–5 p.m., the Dance Center and the lakefront: “iLANDing Field Trip,” a workshop with Jennifer Monson researching urban ecologies with movement-based scores; participants will dance, draw and map based on their observations of the human and non-human forces that shape the lakefront; the workshop is modeled on iLANDing, a method of interdisciplinary collaboration that evolved out of iLAND’s programs; $15
The Dance Center presents Process v. Product,
featuring performances by Molly Shanahan/Mad Shak March 29–31
and performances by Bebe Miller Company April 5–7,
Thursdays–Saturdays at 7:30 p.m.
at the Dance Center, 1306 S. Michigan Ave.
Single tickets are $30; groups of 10 or more receive a 30% discount.
The participation fee for Molly Shanahan/Mad Shak’s workshop
Saturday, March 31 at 3 p.m. at the Dance Center is $10.
The participation fee for Jennifer Monson’s workshop
Saturday, April 7 at 2 p.m. at the Dance Center is $15.
All other events are free of charge.
For performance tickets and workshop participation,
please call 312-369-8330 or visit colum.edu/dancecenterpresents.
All programming is subject to change.
The theatre is accessible to people with disabilities.


Molly Shanahan/Mad Shak
Molly Shanahan/Mad Shak (MS/MS) supports innovation and collaboration though the development and presentation of dance performances and other programs that engage the public in a deeper understanding and appreciation of the creative process. MS/MS supports Shanahan’s movement and performance research and the public presentation of her singular contributions to dance, which include solo and ensemble projects/performances and service to the field through professional-level teaching. Core values stem from the belief that creation and performance foster a sense of community and inspire artist and witness to experience themselves and each other at a deeper level.

Bebe Miller Company
The mission of Bebe Miller Company is to support the artistic vision of choreographer Bebe Miller in creative, cross-disciplinary explorations and in creating and performing new works. Miller’s vision of dance and performance resides in her faith in the moving body as a record of thought, experience and sheer beauty.  Her aesthetic relies on the interplay of a work’s idea, its physicality and the contributions of company members to fashion its singular voice. Seeking to expand the language of dance, Miller’s work encompasses choreography, writing, film, video and digital media. Committed to keeping dance available to a wide spectrum of people, the company is also dedicated to providing access to the creative process and expression to diverse people in a community.

Funding
The Molly Shanahan/Mad Shak performances at the Dance Center are funded, in part, by The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation. The Dance Center presentation of Bebe Miller Company is made possible by the New England Foundation for the Arts’ National Dance Project, with lead funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Additional support is provided by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Illinois Arts Council Agency.

Photos of Molly Shanahan/Mad Shak (top left, middle) by William Frederking.


Photos of Bebe Miller Company (top right, bottom) by Julieta Cervantes.

State Seeks Nominations for Governor’s Volunteer Service Awards

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Winners honored at a special ceremony at the Old State Capitol

 

SPRINGFIELD, IL– The Serve Illinois Commission on Volunteerism and Community Service (Serve Illinois) is accepting nominations for the ninth annual Governor’s Volunteer Service Awards. These awards recognize individual volunteers and fprofit businesses and highlight the importance of community service in Illinois.

“Each year, millions of Illinoisans take time out of their busy lives to help their neighbors,” said Scott McFarland, Executive Director of Serve Illinois. “These volunteers are helping keep children safe, keeping our environment pristine, helping people find jobs, and so much more. They improve and save lives each and every day, and with these awards, we recognize the best of Illinois.”

Serve Illinois will present individual awards to one youth (18 years and younger), one adult (19-54-years-old), and one senior (55 years and older) in each of Serve Illinois’ five volunteer network regions across the state (Northeast, Northwest, East Central, West Central, and Southern). Serve Illinois will present National Service Awards to one AmeriCorps member, one Senior Corps member, and one for-profit business in each of the five service regions.

Nominations are due to Serve Illinois by February 16, 2018. Please visit www.serve.illinois.gov for nomination forms and more information. Serve Illinois will host a ceremony on April 18, 2018 at the Old State Capitol in Springfield to honor recipients.

The Serve Illinois Commission is a 40 member (25 voting and 15 non-voting), bi-partisan board appointed by the Governor and administered by the Illinois Department of Public Health. Its mission is to improve Illinois communities by enhancing volunteerism and instilling an ethic of service throughout the state. The Commission is accomplishing this mission through the support of local community-based efforts to enhance volunteer opportunities and the administration of Illinois’ AmeriCorps program. For more information on Serve Illinois, or to find one of more than 2,500 volunteer opportunities in the state, please visit www.serve.illinois.gov.

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