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Brutally Honest Documentary About Racism in America

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Brutally Honest Documenntary About Racism in America Features Commentary From Michael Eric Dyson, Charkanagbe The God, Killer Mike, and More


Private viewings of Black, White & Blue in Detroit and Washington, DC made it clear: the new documentary has choices.



Michael Eric Dyson, Charlamagne the God, and Killer Mike

Washington, DC (BlackNews.com) — On the heels of hugely successful private screenings in Detroit and Silver Spring, Md., last month, the searing new documentary about being black in today’s America is planning a wider launch.

Black, White & Blue was shown to hundreds of specially invited viewers to get a sense of the film’s effects. It was a hit.

“We were amazed by the response, just amazed,” said Curtis Scoon of Top of the Food Chain Films, the executive producer. “We wanted to get a sense of what people thought so that we could decide our next step.”

That next step: Mr. Scoon and the film’s director, Asia Norris, have been in discussions with at least one streaming service and are entertaining offers for worldwide distribution and, even, considering distributing it themselves.

The 76-minute film, which has not yet been rated, is a brutally honest documentary about race in America, touching on police violence and civil unrest, the Trump presidential campaign, the Black Lives Matter movement and, even, the Flint water crisis. Its voices are famous, diverse, sometimes profane, and include Georgetown University professor Michael Eric Dyson and Charlamagne Tha God, among others. To see a complete list, click here. View the film’s two-minute trailer here.

Mr. Scoon, who lives in Washington, said he’ll decide soon what the next step is. Black, White & Blue joins a growing genre of recent documentaries about, for and by people of color. Tell Them We Are Rising: The Story of Black Colleges and Universities, for example, and Slavery By Another Name are also on the movie map for national communities of color, telling the stories of black history and black life in authentic voices.

“If nothing else, that’s what we’ve learned,” says Detroit-based political consultant Adolph Mongo. “We have to tell our own stories. And that’s what Curtis has done. It’s a beautiful thing.”

Watch the trailerwww.vimeo.com/249349249

Photo Caption: (left to right) Michael Eric Dyson, Charlamagne the God, and Killer Mike

NAACP: Florida Legislature Decision to Arm Teachers as a Solution to Gun Violence Utterly Absurd and Misguided

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BALTIMORE – The NAACP, the nation’s leading civil rights organization issued the following statement regarding the arming of Florida teachers with guns.


“Last night, the Florida Legislature voted to allow teachers to carry weapons in schools. The NAACP finds the very idea of arming teachers as a solution to gun violence utterly absurd and misguided. We know that children of color are portrayed and seen as more dangerous, more culpable and less human than children viewed as white.  Given this background, how can parents of Black children feel comfortable sending their children to a school where guns abound and where the perception of threat could have deadly consequences?  Can one imagine telling a parent that their child has been shot in school not by an intruder but by a teacher or staff person who felt threatened by them?


“In two decades since the mass murder at Columbine, Florida has locked up over a million children for basic school discipline issues like talking back. Instead of investing $400 million to make our schools an armed camp, the NAACP instead calls for Floridians to embrace sane gun laws and reforms that make our communities and schools safer. This means universal background checks on any gun sale or transfer and banning military-style and semi-automatic assault weapons. Sensible gun policy that makes our communities safer would also mean funding the CDC to research gun violence as a public health issue.


“The issue of ensuring that reckless gun laws do not infringe upon the common safety of our communities is one of freedom.  If our schools are transformed into prisons, we are not free and are instead held hostage by the gun lobby and the less than three percent of the population that owns 50 percent of the guns in our nation. We become locked down by a minuscule percentage of the population who feel a background check before purchasing a weapon is somehow an infringement on their rights. We as a nation must ask ourselves whether the few have the power to make our communities unsafe despite the will of the majority. The people of Australia, facing similar dilemma, decided to choose public safety over an unbridled gun industry; surely we should expect no less from our own policymakers.”


Derrick Johnson, NAACP President and CEOSee Derrick Johnson’s recent Op Ed on gun violence here: http://www.blackpressusa.com/opinion-gun-safety-is-about-freedom

Early Voting Hours Extended

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Early voting hours extended to 7:00 p.m. Check out our sample ballot.


Early voting for the March 2018 Primary Election continues this week at locations throughout the City, including the Pottawattomie Park Fieldhouse, 7340 N. Rogers (just west of the Metra tracks). For your convenience, early voting is extended from 9:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. Monday through Friday this week at all early voting locations. 

Early voting also is taking place next Saturday, March 17th, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Sunday, March 18th, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Monday, March 19th, from 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

For more information on early voting and voting by mail, CLICK HERE.

As usual, the ballot contains many candidates running for many offices. To assist in your voting choices, I am providing a list of the candidates endorsed by the members of the 49th Ward Democratic Party.


In the 49th Ward Democratic Party, the members of the party, not the elected officials, make the endorsement decisions.  They are progressive-minded volunteers, not paid political workers. They make their endorsement decisions after hearing from all the candidates in an open and democratic process.

The candidates below are the ones that the members of the 49th Ward Democratic Party believe are best equipped to lead the battle for our progressive values and defeat the Trump/Rauner Republicans in November.

As the 49th Ward Democratic Committeeman, I strongly support their recommendations.

When you vote, you will notice one of the races for Water Reclamation District Commissioner has no candidates listed. This is due to the unexpected death of Commissioner Tim Bradford, who passed away just a day before the candidate filing deadline. As a result, the vacancy in his seat can be filled only by a write-in candidate.

We are supporting Barack Obama’s Great Lake’s Liaison, Cam Davis, who is endorsed by the Sierra Club, Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky, and Water Reclamation District Commissioner Debra Shore.

Here’s how you write (or type) in Cam Davis’ name:

When you get to the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District portion of the ballot, you will see “Vacancy of Bradford” with no candidates listed. This is where you write in Cam Davis’ name.

On a paper ballot: Write “Cam Davis” on the line between the arrows.

On a touch screen: Tap on the blank space under “No Candidate.” Using the keyboard, type “Cam Davis” and press “OK.”

Finally, we can use your help in the final weeks leading up to the election, as well as Election Day itself. These endorsements mean nothing unless people know about them. Your help is critical in getting the word out. Please reply to this email or call the 49th Ward Democratic Party at 773-973-4949 and we’ll sign you up!

Regardless of whom you support, I strongly encourage you to vote.


Joe Moore

The Endorsed Candidates of the 49th Ward Democratic Party and Alderman/Committeeman Joe Moore

Print this list and take it with you to the polls or refer to it on your smartphone when you vote

Governor and Lieutenant Governor
(3) Daniel Biss & Litesa E. Wallace

Attorney General
(8) Pat Quinn

Secretary of State
(16) Jesse White

(17) Susana A. Mendoza

(18) Michael W. Frerichs

U.S. Representative, 9th District
(21) Janice D. Schakowsky

State Central Committeewoman, 9th District
(31) Carol Ronen

State Central Committeeman, 9th District
(32) Michael Cabonargi

State Representative, 14th District
(52) Kelly M. Cassidy

Metropolitan Water Reclamation District Full 6-Year Term (Vote for 3)
(62) Debra Shore
(63) Kari K. Steele
(64) Martin J. Durkan

Metropolitan Water Reclamation District Unexpired 2-Year Term
(69) Kimberly Neely Dubuclet

Metropolitan Water Reclamation District Commissioners (Bradford Vacancy)
Write (or type) in “Cam Davis”

President of County Board
(71) Toni Preckwinkle

County Clerk
(73) Karen A. Yarbrough

County Sheriff
(76) Thomas J. Dart

County Treasurer
(79) Maria Pappas

County Assessor
(81) Frederick “Fritz” Kaegi

County Commissioner, 10th District
(91) Bridget Gainer

County Commissioner, 13th District
(92) Larry Suffredin

Board of Review, 2nd District
(101) Michael Cabonargi

Judge of the Circuit Court
(121) Oran F. Whiting (Vacancy of Brewer)
(127) Jonathan Clark Green (Vacancy of Clay)
(130) Tom Sam Sianis (Vacancy of Dooling)
(133) Rosa Maria Silva (Vacancy of Egan)
(134) Thomas F. McGuire (Vacancy of Dunford)
(136) Preston Jones, Jr. (Vacancy of Flanagan)
(139) Cecilia Anne Horan (Vacancy of Hartigan)
(141) Clare Joyce Quish  (Vacancy of Jordan)
(145) Peter Michael Gonzalez (Vacancy of McGinnis)
(147) Jack Hagerty (Vacancy of Prendergast Rooney)

Judge, 8th Subcircuit
(151) James “Jamie” Shapiro (Vacancy of Fabri)
(157) Lindsay Huge (Vacancy of Liu)
(161) Jeanne Marie Wrenn (Vacancy of Pethers)

Advisory Referenda

“Shall the State of Illinois legalize the cultivation, manufacture, distribution, testing, and sale of marijuana and marijuana products for recreational use by adults 21 and older subject to state regulation, taxation and local ordinance?”

Vote “YES”

“Should Governor Rauner act to protect the 650,000 Illinois residents who obtained health insurance through the Affordable Care Act by supporting legislation amending the Illinois Insurance Code to preserve important benefits like pediatric services and maternity care, and by investing in outreach campaigns to encourage residents to sign up for health insurance?”

Vote “YES”

“Should Governor Rauner support Illinois legislation to ban firearm bump stocks and strengthen penalties on illegal gun traffickers?”

Vote “YES”

“Should the State of Illinois develop a comprehensive strategy to address the recent rise in opioid-related and heroin-related deaths including committing additional state resources for addiction treatment and requiring health insurers to cover opioid alternatives and limitations on prescription length?”

Vote “YES”

Multi-State Salmonella Linked to Kratom Supplements

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SPRINGFIELD, IL – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH), along with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Food and Drug Administration, and other state and local health departments, is investigating a multi-state cluster of Salmonella associated with kratom.  One case linked to the outbreak has been identified in Illinois. 


To date, 40 other cases have been reported in 28 states with 14 hospitalizations and no deaths. The Illinois resident reported consuming kratom before illness onset and purchased the kratom at a smoke shop in Williamson County.


Kratom is a plant native to Southeast Asia that is consumed for its stimulant effects and as an opioid substitute. It is also known as Thang, Kakuam, Thom, Ketom, and Biak. No common brands or suppliers of kratom products have been identified at this time. Accordingly, the CDC is recommending against consuming kratom in any form because it could be contaminated with Salmonella and cause illness.

Symptoms of Salmonella may include headache, muscle aches, diarrhea, vomiting, abdominal cramping, chills, fever, nausea, and dehydration.  Symptoms usually appear 6 to 72 hours after ingesting the bacteria, but can be longer.  Person-to-person transmission of Salmonella can occur if an infected person’s feces, from his or her unwashed hands, contaminates food during preparation, or comes into direct contact with another person.


Most illnesses resolve on their own and do not require treatment other than drinking fluids to stay hydrated.  If your symptoms persist or are severe, promptly contact your health care provider.

Agenda Announced For State Board of Education Meeting March 14 in Springfield

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SPRINGFIELD, IL – The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) announced the following schedule for its regular business meeting at 10:30 a.m. March 14 in Springfield.   

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

March 14, 2018

10:30 a.m.


100 N. First St., Springfield



I.      Roll Call/Pledge of Allegiance

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

II.    Public Participation

III.   Resolutions and Recognition

A.   Illinois Arts Education Week Poster Winners

IV.  Presentations and Updates

A.   Student Advisory Council Final Presentation

V.    Superintendent’s Report – Consent Agenda

A.   *Approval of Minutes

1.    Plenary Minutes: February 14, 2018

B.   *Rules for Approval

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

2.    Part 25 (Educator Licensure)

3.    Part 33 (Programs for the Preparation of Superintendents in Illinois)

4.    Part 252 (Driver Education)

C.   *Contracts & Grants Over $1 Million

1.    Intergovernmental Agreement with Sangamon-Menard Regional Office of Education #51

D.   *Spring Waiver Report

End of Consent Agenda

E.   Financial Profile

VI.  Student Success/School Quality Indicators

VII. Discussion Items

A.   District Oversight Update

B.   Legislative Update

C.   Budget Update

D.   Evidence-Based Funding Update

E.   ESSA Update

F.    Teacher Workforce Project Update

G.   Other Items for Discussion

VIII.        Closed Session

IX.  Approval of Closed Session Minutes

X.    Announcements & Reports

A.   Superintendent’s/Senior Staff Announcements

B.   Chairman’s Report

C.   Member Reports

XI.  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)

XII. Adjourn

Illinois Celebrates AmeriCorps Week

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March 11-17, 2018 designated as a week to recognize 2,600 volunteers

SPRINGFIELD, IL – Governor Bruce Rauner has proclaimed March 11-17, 2018 AmeriCorps Week in Illinois.  Each year, the nation celebrates the service that tens of thousands of Americans perform through AmeriCorps.  The Serve Illinois Commission uses this week to salute the AmeriCorps members and alums for their hard work and thank the community partners that support them.

“Each year, thousands of AmeriCorps members in Illinois take time out of their busy lives to help their neighbors,” said Governor Rauner. “These volunteers work to keep children safe, the environment clean, help people find jobs, and much more.  AmeriCorps Week in Illinois reminds us to thank AmeriCorps members and alums for their service, to thank AmeriCorps’ community partners, and encourage more people to join in service.”

AmeriCorps provides opportunities for adults of all ages and backgrounds to serve through a network of partnerships with local and national nonprofit groups.  From neighborhood cleanups and building homes, to tutoring children and helping the homeless, Illinois’ 2,600 AmeriCorps members are celebrating by doing what they do best – serving their communities.

“When faced with a community need, Illinois’ AmeriCorps members step up,” said Serve Illinois Commission Executive Director Scott McFarland.  “These people from all walks of life come together in the spirit of service, and Illinois owes each of them a great debt.”

Since 1994, more than 39,000 Illinoisans have taken the AmeriCorps pledge to “get things done for America.”  Those members have given back more than 55 million hours to their communities, which equates to more than $1.4 billion in impact.  During the past 24 years, Illinois AmeriCorps members have earned more than $131 million in education awards to pay for college or eliminate student debt.  For every dollar invested by the federal government, Illinois communities receive $3.50 in service.  For every dollar the state invests, AmeriCorps brings in $124 worth of volunteer impact!

Illinois AmeriCorps by the Numbers

• 2,628 AmeriCorps Members Currently Serving
• 209,286 Youth Serviced Last Year
• 39,744 Veterans and Military Family Members Served Last Year
• 18,219 Additional Volunteers Recruited Last Year
• 39,000 Illinoisans Served in AmeriCorps since 1994
• 55,000,000 AmeriCorps Hours Contributed since 1994
• $131,000,000 Earned in Education Awards since 1994
• $1,427,250,000 Impact to Illinois Communities since 1994

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.

For a full listing of AmeriCorps programs and information on how to find a volunteer opportunity any time of the year, please visit www.Serve.Illinois.gov.

Federal Prosecutors Charge Huntsville Man with Material Support to Foreign Terrorist Organization

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BIRMINGHAM – Earlier this week, federal prosecutors filed a terrorism charge against a Huntsville man who has acknowledged that he bought bomb-building ingredients last year, stated his aspirations to conduct ISIS-inspired attacks on police stations and Redstone Arsenal, and attempted to form a cell to conduct violent acts within the United States.

U.S. Attorney Jay E. Town, Assistant Attorney General for National Security John C. Demers, and FBI Special Agent in Charge Johnnie Sharp Jr. announced the charge and today’s guilty plea.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office filed a one-count information charging AZIZ IHAB SAYYED, 23, with attempting to provide material support or resources to a foreign terrorist organization. According to the charge and an accompanying plea agreement, Sayyed attempted to provide services and personnel (himself) to ISIS – the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham – knowing that ISIS is a designated foreign terrorist organization. Sayyed pled guilty to the charge before U.S. District Judge Abdul Kallon. Sayyed’s plea agreement stipulates a 15-year prison sentence. The judge scheduled Sayyed’s sentencing hearing for June 20.

“The successful resolution of this case can be entirely attributed to the robust cooperation between local, state and federal members of law enforcement,” Town said. “The Madison County District Attorney’s Office, HPD, UAHPD, and especially the FBI played key, complimentary roles in this investigation and all contributed significantly in bringing Aziz Sayyed to justice. The National Security Division of the Department of Justice also played an important role in the investigation and prosecution of Sayyed. Moreover, Sayyed was brought to our attention because citizens saw something, so they said something. If we are to keep our cities safe, no matter the type of suspicious activity, our community must play an active role,” Town said.

“I want to commend the work of the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force, the Huntsville Police Department, the Madison County District Attorney’s Office, and our many other law enforcement partners that worked to bring Mr. Sayyed to justice,” Sharp said. “The citizens of north Alabama can rest assured that the FBI will continue to work with our partners and the community to gather, share, and act upon threat information as it comes to our attention.”

Between January and June of 2017 in Madison County, Sayyed, a U.S. citizen, obtained and viewed ISIS propaganda videos depicting ISIS forces committing bombings, executions by gunshot and beheading, and other violent acts, according to the court documents. Sayyed shared the videos and expressed his support for ISIS and for ISIS terrorist attacks around the world.

Sayyed researched and learned how to make triacetone triperoxide (TATP), a highly volatile and extremely dangerous explosive material, then he purchased the necessary ingredients for the explosive, and professed his aspiration to use TATP in an explosive belt and/or a car bomb, according to his plea agreement.

On June 13, 2017, Sayyed met with an individual he understood to be an ISIS member.  In fact, the person was an undercover employee (UCE) of the FBI.  Sayyed and the UCE discussed the danger of TATP, ISIS’s preference for the use of certain explosives, and Sayyed’s desire to assist ISIS, according to the plea agreement. In that meeting, Sayyed offered to personally carry out attacks on behalf of ISIS.

The FBI investigated the case in conjunction with the Huntsville Police Department, Madison County District Attorney’s Office, Madison County Sheriff’s Office, U.S. Army 902 MI Group, Redstone Arsenal’s Garrison Command, University of Alabama at Huntsville Police Department, Alabama Law Enforcement Agency, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Enforcement.

Assistant U.S. Attorneys Henry Cornelius and Davis Barlow are prosecuting the case with the assistance of the National Security Division’s Counterterrorism Section.

Source: FBI

Black Media Experts to Teach at Powerful Seminar in Washington, DC

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Terri Tolliver and Dante Lee

Washington, DC (BlackNews.com) — Having the right marketing and public relations strategies is the key to the success of any business, and two long-time African American industry experts will be featured speakers at a master-class seminar in Washington, DC to share their secrets.

Dante Lee, who has been running his online marketing company for 18 years and Terri Tolliver, who is an executive for Fox News 5, are just two of the headlining presenters for the upcoming event that is themed: ARE YOU READY FOR PRIMETIME: When Opportunity Knocks, Are You Ready to Answer?

Event Details:
Thursday, April 12, 2018 from 9am to 3pm
Hamilton Live
600 14th Street NW
Washington, DC 20005

Dante Lee will teach the following:
* How to sell without selling.
* How to get your story to go viral on social media.
* How to maximize results using a press release.
* How to get sales and leads from content marketing.
* How to write, publish, and sell your e-books.
* How to get more speaking engagements.

Terri Tolliver will teach the following:

How to be featured on a TV news program.
How to be considered an expert.
* What the media is looking for.
* What the news is absolutely NOT looking for.
* How NOT to be a nuisance.
* What common mistakes should be avoided.
* How to make your pitches sing.
* Top 5 things you need to do as soon you walk out the door.

Attendees to the seminar will also benefit from multi-faceted businesswoman and entrepreneur Cynthia de Lorenzi, and Joy Rahat, an international visual branding strategist.

The event, produced by Events USA, is especially designed for established entrepreneurs, business professionals and authors who want to elevate their brand.

For more details, and/or to register online for the seminar, visit:

Photo Caption:Terri Tolliver, Fox 5 News executive; and Dante Lee, best-selling author and online marketing guru

2018’s Happiest Cities in America

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 WalletHub Study
 From: Diana Popa <media@wallethub.com>
WalletHub Study

With March 20 being International Day of Happiness and the aim to find out whether money really does buy happiness, the personal-finance website WalletHub today released its report on 2018’s Happiest Cities in America.

In order to determine where people in America are most content with their lives, WalletHub compared more than 180 of the largest U.S. cities across 28 key indicators of happiness. The data set ranges from depression rate to income-growth rate to average leisure time spent per day.

Top 20 Happiest Cities in America
1 Fremont, CA 11 Madison, WI
2 Bismarck, ND 12 Columbia, MD
3 San Jose, CA 13 San Francisco, CA
4 Pearl City, HI 14 Scottsdale, AZ
5 Plano, TX 15 Overland Park, KS
6 Fargo, ND 16 Santa Clarita, CA
7 Sioux Falls, SD 17 Glendale, CA
8 Irvine, CA 18 Oakland, CA
9 Huntington Beach, CA 19 St. Paul, MN
10 Grand Prairie, TX 20 Gilbert, AZ

Key Stats

  • El Paso, Texas has the lowest depression rate, 10.3 percent, which is 2.9 times lower than in Salem, Oregon, the city with the highest at 29.6 percent.
  • Laredo, Texas, has the lowest number of suicides per 100,000 residents, 5.26, which is 5.5 times lower than in Missoula, Montana, the city with the highest at 29.18.
  • Fremont, California, has the lowest separation & divorce rate, 16.52 percent, which is 2.9 times lower than in Detroit, the city with the highest at 47.65 percent.
  • Overland Park, Kansas has the lowest adequate-sleep rate, 26.4 percent, which is 1.9 times lower than in Detroit, the city with the highest at 50.8 percent.
  • Cheyenne, Wyoming, has the lowest average commute time, 14.6 minutes, which is 2.8 times lower than in New York, the city with the highest at 40.3 minutes.

To view the full report and your city’s rank, please visit:

Please let me know if you have any questions or if you would like to schedule a phone, Skype or in-studio interview with one of our experts. Full data sets for specific cities are also available upon request.

Diana Popa
WalletHub Communications Manager
(202) 684-6386

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llinois Surpasses Old Peak Employment Level

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Illinois Unemployment Rate Dips in January


CHICAGO, IL – The Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) announced today that the unemployment rate decreased by -0.1 percentage point to 4.8 percent in January and nonfarm payrolls increased by +200 jobs over-the-month, based on preliminary data provided by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) and released by IDES. December jobs were revised down to show a slight drop (-700 jobs) rather than a slight gain as initially reported (+1,500 jobs).

Today’s report incorporates annual benchmark revisions for nonfarm payrolls as well as labor force statistics. Nonfarm payrolls were revised slightly higher for 2016 and 2017. The revised December 2015-2016 growth is now +0.6% and the revised December 2016-2017 growth is now +0.7% (pre-benchmark these were +0.3% and +0.5%, respectively). Revisions to labor force statistics resulted in a slightly higher labor force participation rate, employment participation rate and unemployment rate for calendar year 2017.

The revised nonfarm payroll figures revealed that Illinois surpassed its prior business cycle peak from September 2000 level in June 2017. In January 2018, Illinois nonfarm payrolls are at a new high; 0.4% above the prior peak.

“Illinois job growth over the past year has been spurred by a resurgence in manufacturing.” said IDES Director Jeff Mays. “Over the year, manufacturing payrolls accounted for close to half of the total increase of jobs in Illinois.”

“This new peak employment milestone is a testament to the work that has been done by the Rauner Administration to encourage competition, create jobs and reduce burdensome bureaucracy,” said Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity Director Sean McCarthy. “Just last week, our state was named in the top three for site selection and our strengths within identified industries, like manufacturing, are elevating our efforts to attract investment to Illinois. It has never been more clear to employers across the world that Illinois is open for business.”

In January, the three industry sectors with the largest gains in employment were: Leisure and Hospitality (+4,000); Education and Health Services (+1,700); and Financial Activities (+1,300). The three industry sectors with the largest payroll declines were: Trade, Transportation & Utilities (-2,100); Professional & Business Services (-1,800); and Construction (-1,100).

Over-the-year, nonfarm payroll employment increased by +47,100 jobs with the largest gains in these industry sectors in January: Manufacturing (+20,200); Leisure and Hospitality (+13,900); and Education and Health Services (+6,200). The industry sectors with the largest over-the-year declines include: Information Services (-3,400); Trade, Transportation and Utilities (-3,300); and Other Services (-400). Illinois nonfarm payrolls were up +0.8 percent over-the-year in sharp contrast to the nation’s +1.5 percent over-the-year gain in January.

The state’s unemployment rate is +0.7 percentage points higher than the national unemployment rate reported for January 2018, which held at 4.1 percent. The Illinois unemployment rate is down -0.4 percentage points from a year ago when it was 5.2 percent. The Illinois jobless rate last stood at 4.8 percent in May 2007.

The number of unemployed workers dipped -2.1 percent from the prior month to 311,500, down -8.5 percent over the same month for the prior year. The labor force decreased -0.1 percent over-the-month and also over the prior year. The unemployment rate identifies those individuals who are out of work and are seeking employment.

An individual who exhausts or is ineligible for benefits is still reflected in the unemployment rate if they actively seek work. To help connect jobseekers to employers who are hiring, IDES’ maintains the state’s largest job search engine,  IllinoisJoblink.com (IJL), which recently showed 63,832 posted resumes with 185,983 jobs available.

Seasonally Adjusted Unemployment Rates

Illinois Seasonally Adjusted Nonfarm Jobs – by Major Industry

• 1976-2017 seasonally adjusted labor force data for Illinois, and all other states, have been revised as required by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).  The monthly historical revisions to state labor force estimates reflect new national benchmark controls, state working-age population controls, seasonal factors, as well as updated total nonfarm jobs and unemployment benefits claims inputs.  Illinois labor force data were also smoothed to eliminate large monthly changes as a result of volatility in the monthly Census Population Survey (CPS) and national benchmarking. In February 2018, the BLS also introduced a new seasonal adjustment procedure for state labor force estimates which resulted in the entire monthly historical series for Illinois and all other states being replaced. For all of these reasons, the comments and tables citing unemployment rates in previous state news releases/materials may no longer be valid.
• Monthly seasonally adjusted unemployment rates for Illinois and the Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights Metropolitan Division are available here: Illinois & Chicago Metropolitan Area Unemployment Rates
• Monthly 2013-2017 seasonally adjusted nonfarm payroll employment data for Illinois have been revised. To control for potential survey error, the estimates are benchmarked annually to universal counts derived primarily from unemployment insurance tax reports. Effective with January 2018 estimates, the BLS introduced concurrent seasonal adjustment for monthly state nonfarm payroll employment estimates
• Not seasonally adjusted jobs data with industry detail are available at Not Seasonally Adjusted Jobs. “Other Services” include activities in three broad categories: Personal and laundry; repair and maintenance; and religious, grant making, civic and professional organizations.  Seasonally adjusted employment data for subsectors within industries are not available

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

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