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Falsely Jailed at Age 14, Man Sues Chicago Police After Losing 24 Years to Wrongful Imprisonment

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Police Fabricated Evidence, Coerced a False Confession From
the 14-Year-Old, & Intimidated Witnesses to Frame the Youth

 

CHICAGO, IL – After spending his adolescence and almost entire adulthood wrongfully imprisoned, Adam Gray today filed a federal lawsuit against eight former Chicago police officers (or their estates), a former fire marshal and a former assistant state’s attorney. The defendants are accused of falsifying physical evidence, provoking false statements from witnesses, and a false confession from the 14-year-old Gray.

 

Despite his repeated pleas of innocence and his mom and brother’s requests to see him, the officers denied the young teenager access to them. Instead they browbeat him for several hours, finally prompting a false confession that led to his 24-year-long wrongful imprisonment.

 

In May 2017 Gray’s conviction was vacated, his charges dismissed, and he was finally exonerated. Mr. Gray, 39, and his attorneys will speak at a 2 pm press conference today at the office of his attorneys, Loevy & Loevy Attorneys at Law, 311 N. Aberdeen Street, 3rd floor, Chicago.

At the time of his arrest in March 1993, Gray had just passed his 14th birthday and lived with his family in the Brighton Park neighborhood of Chicago. At about 3 am, March 25, 1993, a fire began that consumed a two-flat building about a block from Gray’s home, killing two elderly residents. There was no physical evidence linking Gray to the fire, which was most likely not an arson at all. All of the “witnesses” against Gray, including a 14-year-old girl, were either intimidated into fingering him or did so as a result of overly suggestive line-ups or questioning.

While defendants claimed there was physical evidence showing that the fire was spread by a gasoline and hence was arson, laboratory tests showed the debris from the fire did not have gasoline, and there was no other evidence of a liquid accelerant. Defendants manufactured a false story about a milk jug which they claimed Gray had filled with gasoline to start the fire and promised the teenager he could go home if he just “came clean.” There was no gasoline residue in the milk jug.

Press Conference with Adam Gray & his attorneys will be held at  2 PM, Thursday, April 12

Loevy & Loevy Attorneys at Law, 311 N. Aberdeen Street, 3rd floor, Chicago

Mr. Gray is represented in his suit against the City of Chicago by Attorneys Jon Loevy, Elizabeth Wang, Tara Thompson and Cindy Tsai of Loevy & Loevy Attorneys at Law. 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, Adam Gray v. City of Chicago, et al., No. 1:18-cv-02624, is available here.

8th Ward Alderman Ignores Pill Hill Community Concerns and Proceeds to Let Low Income, Section 8 Senior Building Come Into Ward

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The 8th Ward community overwhelmingly oppose the 7 Story, 1-2 Bedrooms low income Senior Housing facility proposed to be built in the 8th Ward near Pill Hill Homes, but the alderman is ignoring their wishes

concerned_citizen_no_to_low_income_senior_housingBy Pamela Bratcher-McMillan

As I observed the Community Development Commission meeting yesterday in City Hall, I realized that the 8th Ward alderman was more of a facilitator than an administrator.  When she read the items in her notes one by one, it felt as though she was giving a report to her supervisor instead of selling the idea of why an oversized, low income senior housing development should be allowed to be built in the Pill Hill community.

And as quickly as the vote was acted upon by the Commission, it came across as a predetermined decision, that the committee knew beforehand how they would vote before the meeting started. Obviously, the committee wasn’t interested, didn’t care, or wasn’t concerned about what the community had to say. The 8th ward alderman took the mic and proceeded to say that 99% of the ward supported the Calumet Heights project.  Not so!!!! And her remarks were immediately met with “not true” criticism from several people in the audience. A large part of the 8th Ward community is angry and insulted that she would even make a move to bring the low income, Section 8 housing into their middle-and upper-middle-class neighborhood.

Secondly, the alderman has not met with the immediate community about this Senior Housing Project, the ones that will be most affected by this low income, 7 -story building with 1-2 bedrooms, with a “100-person waiting list”, down from the 400-500 person list her staff mentioned last week in a community meeting. The alderman did hold a developers meeting last week at a Senior Housing development on East 78th Street, pitching the project to what appeared to be a room full of its residents, and she told them there was a “200-person” waiting list.

The alderman failed to attend the meeting at St. Felicitas Church or at St Ailbe Church where 200 angry residents showed up for a meeting only to find it had been canceled. Many of the residents learned about the project through word of mouth, from other residents who had heard that the alderman was trying to bring it in. And believe me, they were not happy campers when they got the news. They were fiercely angry.

And although, about 8 or 10 people stepped up to the mic to express their opposition to the 7 story 1-2 bedrooms low income housing at 9329 to 9429 S. Stony Island Avenue, the Community Development Commission members – who do not live in the community, sided with the alderman.

The Community Development Committee, a small apathetic committee of folks that aren’t familiar with the area, to the horror of most in the audience, continued to vote in the face of a majority of community opponents who unanimously did not want to allow the development to proceed. This after listening to a trumped-up presentation by the 8th Ward Alderman, ignoring earlier community member comments about their concerns for losing their privacy with the huge building over their single family homes and their property value taking a dive.

The 8th Ward alderman aggressively pushed it through, and has yet to meet with the Pill Hill community, even after being sent two invitations to meetings.

What doesn’t the 8th Ward alderman get about the immediate concerns of the community that is affected by this project? The community doesn’t want it! She went on to say that in the Montclare building, another senior building in the 8th ward, that those residents had no complaints about the building being next to their homes. What does that have to do with an area where residents in homes are concerned? Her smug mockery is why the area is losing patience with her quickly. Someone in the audience at the meeting said her “attitude reaps of someone who has been in political office for too long and doesn’t care about the community. We know how we shouldn’t vote in the aldermanic election the next time around. We hear constant lies and a lack of transparency. We want our young people to find the area attractive, and we want to live and continue to grow it.  And this will only take the neighborhood down.”

It is obvious that the alderman does not care what the community wants, as per her past and present agendas for the ward.  It appears that she’s willing to spin stories – whether factual or not – to get what she wants in the 8th Ward. One wonders if the alderman is complacent or passive aggressive when people push these ideas off for development? Or has she received a directive beyond her control to carry out at the expense of the community?

To be continued…

Next Meeting:

Chicago Plan Commission Meeting
City Hall, 2nd floor City Council Chambers
121 N. LaSalle Street
April 19th at 10:00 am

 

Time for change…

Elect Linda Hudson for 8th Ward Alderman

Senator Harper Measure Creates Fairer Hiring Practices for People with Criminal Records

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CHICAGO, IL – To help job seekers find employment regardless of past criminal history, Illinois state Rep. Sonya Harper, D-Chicago, is sponsoring legislation that establishes the Employee Background Fairness Act to provide protections to applicants with criminal records.

“Everyone deserves a second chance at improving their lives, especially those who are determined to turn their lives around for the better,” said Harper. “It is blatantly unfair to immediately disqualify an applicant who wants to make right from their past mistakes without considering that person’s qualifications for a position.”

Harper is leading the effort to create fairer hiring practices for individuals with criminal records seeking employment. Her House Bill 5334 asks that employers perform good faith assessments on potential hires to give them a fair shot at employment and prohibits discriminatorily disqualifying applicants because of their past records, with some exceptions. Harper is fighting for those who have paid their debt to society and now wish to give back to their communities.

“Unfortunately, race and discrimination still play a huge factor in whether someone is hired for a job,” said Harper. “I want those people who are seeking reentry into society to know that they have an opportunity to turn their lives around instead of being left to fend for themselves.”

Harper represents the 6th District, which includes all or portions of Armour Square, Bridgeport, Chicago Lawn, Englewood, Gage Park, Back of the Yards, Canaryville, New City, West Englewood, and Marquette Park.

Justice Report: A Year in Review

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From: Kim Foxx
Cook County State’s Attorney

Recently, I was announced the winner of Emily’s List’s Rising Star Award. From the bottom of my heart, thank you. Your support has always pushed me across the finish line when it’s mattered most.
I am humbled to be counted among the incredible women fighting for change in their communities, but this award also signals a true sea change: Cook County has emerged as a national leader in the fight for meaningful criminal justice reform. The world is watching us – and the groundbreaking work we’re doing here to reimagine what real justice and public safety look like. In that spirit, I wanted to update you on some of the steps we’ve taken in the last year to make the State’s Attorney’s Office a powerful force for good:
  1. Pursuing bail reform: In recognition of the unfair impact our system has on the poor, my office has worked to address the injustices of a cash-based bond system. In collaboration with the Public Defender’s office, we have allowed for the pre-trial release of people in jail on bonds of $1,000 or less without having to put up cash. Not only does this save taxpayer dollars, but it can help to change the trajectory for nonviolent defendants who would be adversely affected by an unnecessary stay in jail.
  2. Building bridges with law enforcement: For the first time in this office’s history, we are meeting monthly with the Chicago Police Department to share data about gun prosecutions and work together to improve the prosecution of those cases. We are also partnering with law enforcement to embed prosecutors in the most violent Chicago Police Districts as part of a new intelligence-driven prosecution model that prioritizes building strong cases against the small number of offenders who are driving the most violence.
  3. Facilitating public accountability: To maximize transparency and build public trust, we’ve released annual data reports summarizing our work as well as over six years of felony criminal case data on the Cook County Open Data Portal. By providing unprecedented access into the State’s Attorney’s Office and hiring our first ever Chief Data Officer, we are making sure our work is driven by data rather than anecdote, and pushing ourselves to measure success in metrics instead of war stories.
  4. Addressing past wrongs: Under the leadership of our new Conviction Integrity Unit Director, Mark Rotert, we are rigorously investigating claims of wrongful convictions and developing groundbreaking protocols to bring clarity and transparency to this crucial work. Already, jurisdictions from around the country are seeking to learn from our efforts, adopting similar protocols in their own offices. People are so confident that we will look at these cases seriously that we’ve already seen a 500% increase in requests for review.
  5. Shifting priorities: From raising the threshold for felony retail theft to $1,000 to declining to prosecute misdemeanor driving offenses, we have shifted our limited resources away from financial-based offenses to help break the cycle of criminalization in Cook County’s most vulnerable communities. As a result, the number of people charged with felony, instead of misdemeanor, retail theft dropped significantly in 2017, meaning fewer people will serve lengthy prison sentences for low-level retail theft.
I hope you found this informative, and that you take pride in the special role you’ve played to make our work possible. Like I told you at the start of this journey, the kind of change we are seeking will take time. Our criminal justice system will not transform overnight. But while there is always more we can do – a fact that weighs heavily on me – I am proud of the progress we’ve made so far and excited about the bold new path we are charting.

As we continue to grow in our work and act on our broader vision of justice, I am grateful for your support and energized for all that lies ahead.

Sincerely,

Kim Foxx
Cook County State’s Attorney

Illinois Is 2018’s State with the 8th Highest Tax Burden: WalletHub Study

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With Tax Day fast approaching and a new tax code recently signed into law by President Trump, the personal-finance website WalletHub today released its 2018 Tax Burden by State report, along with its 2018 Tax Facts infographic.

In order to determine which states tax their residents most aggressively, WalletHub compared the 50 states based on the three components of state tax burden — property taxes, individual income taxes, and sales and excise taxes — as a share of total personal income.

Tax Burden in Illinois (1=Highest, 25=Avg.):
  • 8th – Overall Tax Burden (10.08%)
  • 9th – Property Tax Burden (4.11%)
  • 22nd – Individual Income Tax Burden (2.44%)
  • 24th – Total Sales & Excise Tax Burden (3.53%)

For the full report, please visit:
https://wallethub.com/edu/states-with-highest-lowest-tax-burden/20494/

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.

Best,
Diana Popa
WalletHub Communications Manager
(202) 684-6386

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100 Teams Advance to U.S. Finals in World’s Largest Rocket Contest

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Student rocketeers from 28 states andD.C.will compete next month for more than $100,000 in prizes, scholarships and a chance to represent the U.S. at the global finals

 

Arlington, VA– The Team America Rocketry Challengetoday unveiled the names of the top 100 teams that will advance to thenational finalsnext month. These teams will compete at the National Finals Fly-Off on May 12th at Great Meadow in The Plains, VA, outside of Washington, D.C.

The Team America Rocketry Challenge is the aerospace and defense industry’s flagship program designed to encourage students to pursue study and careers in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). The competition challenges middle and high school students to design, build, and fly a rocket that meets rigorous altitude and flight duration parameters through a series of certified, qualifying launches. This year’s rules require a rocket carrying two raw eggs to reach 800 feet before returning the eggs to Earth—uncracked—all within 41 to 43 seconds.

Sponsored by the Aerospace Industries Association (AIA), the National Association of Rocketry, and more than 20 industry partners, the Rocketry Challenge is the world’s largest rocket contest. This year, 800 teams representing 46 states and the District of Columbiadesigned and built model rockets in hopes of qualifying for the National Finals.

The 100 national finalists announced today hail from 28 states and the District of Columbia, and will compete for more than $100,000 in prizes and scholarships.They will also be competing for the opportunity to represent the United States at the International Rocketry Challenge taking place at the Farnborough Air Show outside of Londonthis July, facing off against teams from the United Kingdom, France and Japan.

The Rocketry Challenge promotes friendly competition among teams from a diverse set of socioeconomic backgrounds, ethnicities and geographies – from rural America to major cities. This year, about one thirdof the students participating are female, including 13 all-girl teams. Numerous teams launched fundraising campaigns in their communities to make their participation this year possible.

AIA President and CEO Eric Fanningcongratulated the finalists: “What excites me about this incredible competition is how every year it inspires thousands of young women and men to consider careers in STEM fields and aerospace. Qualifying for the National Finals and ultimately representing the United States at the international competition involves teamwork, critical thinking, and problem solving skills.  I’m confident that these students will become the engineers and scientists that enable humans to land on Mars and beyond, and we look forward to hosting them in D.C. next month.”

Now in its sixteenth year, the Rocketry Challenge has inspired nearly 70,000 middle and high school students to explore education and careers in STEM fields.

Follow and support your local team on the road to National Finals using the official hashtag: #TARC2018.

Two Paterson Police Officers Charged With Conspiring To Violate Civil Rights

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NEWARK, N.J. – Two Passaic County, New Jersey, men were arrested today for allegedly violating the civil rights of two individuals during a motor vehicle stop in Paterson, New Jersey, with one officer also being charged with extortion for personally accepting a firearm in exchange for reducing the charges on an arrestee, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced.

Jonathan Bustios, 28, and Eudy Ramos, 31, both of Paterson, New Jersey, were arrested by federal agents this morning and charged by complaint with conspiring to deprive individuals of civil rights under color of law. Bustios was also charged with one count of extortion under color of official right. Both defendants are scheduled to appear this afternoon before U.S. Magistrate Judge Michael A. Hammer in Newark federal court.

According to the complaint:

The investigation uncovered instances in which Bustios and Ramos, both officers of the Paterson Police Department, allegedly stopped motor vehicles, detained the occupants, and searched those vehicles without any justification. On certain occasions, Bustios and Ramos also took cash and other items without justification before releasing the detained occupants.

For example, on Feb. 20, 2018, while on duty, Bustios pulled over a BMW and stopped behind the vehicle, while Ramos stopped his police car in front of the vehicle. Bustios and Ramos exited their police cars and proceeded to search the front and back of the BMW and the trunk. Bustios and Ramos also detained and searched the two occupants of the BMW and put them into the backseat of Ramos’ police car.

After searching the BMW, Bustios left the scene, drove for ten minutes, then stopped his police car and took out a white plastic bag that was filled with cash. Bustios also took out a firearm. He then called Ramos, after which Ramos released the two detained occupants of the BMW and drove to meet Bustios. Bustios passed a portion of the recovered cash to Ramos through the window of Bustios’ police car.

Later that day, Bustios and Ramos turned in the firearm that they had recovered. In the offense report pertaining to the firearm, they told a false story about having recovered the firearm due to a tip by a concerned citizen. In fact, there was no tip by a concerned citizen. They did not report to the Paterson Police Department that they had stopped and searched the BMW, detained and searched its occupants, and taken cash, all without any warrants.

Bustios was also charged with extortion under color of official right for an incident that allegedly occurred on March 14, 2018. Bustios arrested and detained an individual and placed the individual in the backseat of his police car. Bustios then told the individual that Bustios would not charge the individual with resisting arrest and would allow the individual to keep the cash that the individual had on him, in exchange for the individual helping Bustios acquire a firearm. Specifically, Bustios said, “I ain’t gonna charge you with resisting, and I’m letting you keep your money bro.” Bustios then told the individual, “If you don’t wanna make the deal, you don’t have to make the deal.”

The individual ultimately agreed and directed Bustios to the location of a firearm, which Bustios allegedly recovered and kept without turning it over to the Paterson Police Department. According to Paterson Police Department records, as he had promised, Bustios did not charge the individual with resisting arrest. Bustios also submitted an arrest report in which he failed to mention any details about recovering a firearm.

The conspiracy to violate civil rights count with which Bustios and Ramos are charged carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison. The extortion under color of official right count with which Bustios is charged carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison.

The charges and allegations in the complaint are merely accusations, and the defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

U.S. Attorney Carpenito credited special agents of the FBI, under the direction of Acting Special Agent in Charge Bradley W. Cohen in Newark, with the ongoing investigation leading to today’s arrest. He also thanked the Paterson Police Department, under the direction of Paterson Police Director Jerry Speziale and Police Chief Troy Oswald, as well as the Paterson Police Department Office of Internal Affairs, for their assistance in the investigation.

The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Rahul Agarwal, Deputy Chief of the U.S. Attorney’s Office Criminal Division.

Source: FBI

State Bill Allowing CTU to Bargain Over Filthy Schools and Overcrowded Classes One Step Closer to Passage

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Mayor’s hand-picked school bosses have ignored appalling conditions that threaten health and well-being of staff and students, while state law hamstrings CTU members’ right to bargain over bad conditions.

 

CHICAGO, IL –  A key legislative committee has passed a bill that would once again give CTU members the right to bargain over non-salary conditions, from crowded classes to filthy schools. CTU Vice President Jesse Sharkey joined public school allies to testify Tuesday in support of the bill.

“In 1995, Chicago’s mayor and the state legislature robbed the CTU of the right to stand up for our students,” said Sharkey. “The results have been dismal: overcrowded classrooms, ten years of failure to pay into teachers’ pensions, an explosion of costly and failed privatization, filthy schools, deep budget cuts, the shortchanging of special education, excessive testing and a host of other management policies that undermine students and teachers. Today, the legislature moved to overturn this failed experiment and give back our right to fight for the needs and dignity of our students.”

The Illinois House Labor & Commerce Committee passed HB 4776 by a margin of 17 to 12. The bill, which now moves to the full House, strikes Section 4.5 of the Illinois Education Labor Relations Act, which bans the CTU’s ability to bargain—and potentially strike—over non-monetary issues, a right denied to only to teachers in Chicago. The change would give the CTU the power to challenge classroom conditions that negatively impact students and teachers, from overcrowded classrooms to filthy, poorly maintained schools that create health hazards for students and staff.

The legislative action is timely, says the CTU, in the wake of a series of CPS scandals—including recent Chicago Sun-Times reports on filthy public schools. The fault, argues the CTU, does not lie with union janitors, whose ranks have been slashed since Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel privatized maintenance services in 2012. Yet Section 4.5 effectively banned the CTU from challenging those conditions through collective bargaining.

“Section 4.5’s restrictions on collective bargaining have meant that, for decades, we’ve been hamstrung from forcing CPS to remedy critical problems—including deplorable conditions in our schools that can be directly tied to Emanuel’s failed $800 million privatization of facilities maintenance. Today, hundreds of schools are plagued with rodent and insect infestations, crumbling facilities, exposed asbestos-laden floor and ceiling tiles, and thousands of water sources that have never been tested for lead or other health risks,” Sharkey said. “We urge the full House to follow the lead of the Committee, pass this bill, and return to our members the power to directly challenge this dangerous failure of leadership.”

Legislators are currently considering four other CTU-supported bills that directly impact conditions in public schools: HB 5481, requiring school districts to report class size data to ISBE and sets targets for K-12 class sizes beginning in 2020; HB5721, which mandates improved public input and transparency in CPS capital spending and provides supports for schools and students hit with school actions like closings and turnarounds; HB 3786, which requires fully empowered local school councils in publicly funded schools, including charters, that must vote by a super-majority to approve school closures and reorganizations; and HB 4800, which would move surplus TIF funds to public education needs.

The Ed Paschke Art Center Presents Tim Anderson

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Chicago (April 21, 2018 to September 09, 2018) The Ed Paschke Art Center (EPAC)

“This is not a replica of my studio, it is a window into it. These are the pieces that fill the space and keep it in balance.”   -Tim Anderson

Tim Anderson lives and works in Chicago. Anderson has exhibited continuously since 1978 in Chicago and internationally. Anderson is one of the founders of “The Coldhouse Group”, that in 1987 initiated a new and successful exhibition concept by using abandoned cold storage warehouses and rail terminals slated for demolition as temporary exhibition halls. These shows led to an international exchange of art and artists.

 

In 1989, he started exhibiting his paintings in Europe and continues to do so today. From these travels, he has meticulously researched and referenced his subject matter. Anderson’s fascination with the portrait as subject matter elevates his themes to a direct confrontation with humanity. Tim Anderson is a portrait painter because faces move him. He captures the essence of his subject’s character and likeness in works that range from realistic to abstract.

 

“This unique reimagining of Anderson’s studio features original artwork, objects from his personal collection, and source material that inspires him”, said Vesna K. Stelcer, Director, Ed Paschke Art Center. In a 1998 interview with the Chicago Tribune, Ed Paschke described Anderson as an “observer, having a sharp eye for detail; everything is in depth with Tim, nothing is superficial.” A mentee and friend of Ed Paschke, it echoes that of Paschke’s Howard Street Studio, displayed within EPAC’s permanent collection galleries.

 

Anderson’s transformation of the gallery into an open studio gives viewers the chance to trace his creativity from headspace to workspace.

 

Image Credit:

Steve by Tim Anderson: 15 x 15 inches Oil on Canvas.

Senator Dick Durbin: Tell Trump, No, You Cannot Use the Military Budget to Pay for the Wall: Sign The Petition

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After rejecting no fewer than six bipartisan deals to protect Dreamers, President Trump is still looking for a way to rile up his anti-immigration base.

Now he’s suggesting that funding intended for America’s military be cut in order to pay for his wasteful border wall.

Add your name now to tell Trump: No, you can not use the military budget to pay for the border wall.

Trump has proven to be an unreliable and unstable negotiating partner who doesn’t understand complex immigration issues and isn’t interested in working together on real solutions. If he was, he would have helped us pass a bipartisan compromise to address the DACA crisis, which he created himself by ending the program.

The military budget’s purpose is to operate, equip, and pay our Armed Forces. Trump can’t just decide to use it for a different purpose — that’s not how government appropriations works. That money is set aside for our troops and that’s what it should be used for.

Sign my petition to tell Trump that he can’t divert money from our troops to pay for the border wall.

If the President is really intent on stepping up immigration enforcement, he shouldn’t take it out on DACA recipients. These are inspiring young people who are contributing to our communities and our economy. They just want a chance to give back to the only country they have ever known.

I won’t give up working towards a solution for them, no matter what the President says.

My best,

Dick Durbin

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