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Archive for April 26th, 2018

Did Mayor Rahm Emanuel & Alderman Michelle Harris Conspire Together to Bring a Low Income Section 8 Senior Building to the 8th Ward?

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By Rev. Dr. Harold Bailey

President & Founder of Probation Challenge

& The PCC Network

Did Mayor Rahm Emanuel & Alderman Michelle Harris Conspire Together to Bring a Low Income Section 8 Senior Building to the 8th Ward?

That’s what I’m being told by several sources who strongly believe that Mayor Rahm Emanuel, along with 8th Ward Alderman Michelle Harris, conspired to bring the proposed Montclare low income Section 8 Senior housing project to Pill Hill, a prominent, middle and upper middle class section of Chicago’s  8th Ward.

The proposed development would be located at 9329 to 9429 S. Stony Island Ave.,  which consist of 134 units, 7 Story tall; a strip of land where 8th ward residents earlier were successful in running out Street Prostitution/Pimps and other undesirables who sought to take over a community of hard-working taxpayers and organized home-owners.

Just recently, 8th Ward residents blocked a marijuana facility and pawnshop from coming into the ward, projects supported by Alderman Harris.

Allegedly the proposal was conceived months ago without residents being made aware of downtown’s intents.

Another ‘hush venture’ in the community was to have medical marijuana dispensed close to a school but the project was shut down. This project was also at the direction of Alderwoman Michelle Harris.

It’s understood that any venture in Chicago regarding construction must be approved by the City Council and Mayor Rahm Emanuel. For certain, what’s done in the dark will surely come to the light.


To be continued:
Zoning board meeting is May 9, at 10:00 am
City Council Chambers
City Hall, 2nd. Floor

The Real Problem With the Black Community

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By Terrance Amen, founder and CEO of 3Ufirst FPC

Terrance Amen

Nationwide (BlackNews.com) — As a community, we would rather give all or most of our money, abilities, and attention to the problems of our community, rather than the solutions. We like and share these problems on facebook who won’t even allow us to reach all our friends, while Blackjunction.com, our very own Black facebook continues to struggle. At the very least, we should have an account with them, but should make a onetime donation to their business. Our elder leaders who’ve dedicated their lives to uplift our community, continue to struggle for decades, because we refuse to support them financially.

We listen to their lectures and watch their videos, but when it comes to supporting their cause, we look for someone else to listen and watch. Our elders are dying off, without reaching their goals for our community, while we continue to search for the next news article or video that talks about another death, disrespect, or whatever to like, share, and tweet about. Some of our elders are part to blame because they refuse to work together in order to reach our full potential. I’ve said this before, how can we expect our community to come together when the elders won’t even work together.

Elder Sadiki Kambon has an organization that was created to bring all the so called leaders and elders together, called the Nubian leadership circle. Our elder leaders are in their 70’s or older and are so scared that they have latched on to individuals and groups that really don’t have their best interest in mind, but they only see the opportunity to uplift what they’re doing rather than what’s best for our community. While our men, women, and children are being slaughtered by these devils, we tweet, like, and share the news, or boycott. We wonder why we don’t get any respect, it’s because we don’t respect ourselves.

This doesn’t solve the problems we’ve had for the last 50-60 years and in some cases, it’s worse. What does that tell you? It tells me, we are not supporting each other enough to solve our problems. This is a community’s problem not an individual’s problem. But we think as individuals now rather than as a community. If it doesn’t hurt us personally, then we’ll just tweet, like and share. If we don’t wake up and start supporting and investing in our community, we’ll be talking, tweeting, liking, and sharing the same problems for the next 50-60 years. The problem is not outside our community anymore, the problem is inside our community and until we realize this, nothing will change.

We’re still using the same tactics we’ve used in the past, yet nothing has significantly changed. Where are our hospitals, national bank, educational systems, major TV and movie studios, businesses so we don’t have to go out of our community to get a job. We are the most powerful people on this planet and everyone knows it but us. We have to start supporting and investing in our own and the problems will go away, period. Black Unity will always be the solution to our problems. Now how many of you will like, share and tweet this?

For more information on how we can get ourselves out of the cycle of problems, watch the short video called The Real Solution, on www.3ufirst.com

Terrance Amen is founder and CEO of 3Ufirst FPC, created to end the major problems in the African American community, by bringing some of the trillion dollars we spend every year, outside our community, back to our community. Based on his book, “Black Unity: The Total Solution to Financial Independence and Happiness”. For more information, go to www.3ufirst.com.


Black Leaders Respond to Starbucks Effort to End Bias in its Company

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Three African American Racial Justice Leaders Respond to Starbucks Effort to End Bias in its Company

Sherrilyn Ifill, Heather McGhee, and Bryan Stevenson

New York, NY (BlackNews.com) — Bryan Stevenson, founder and executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative; Sherrilyn Ifill, president and director-counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund; and Heather McGhee, president of Demos released a statement today regarding their participation on the Starbucks Advisory Committee, which is addressing the company’s efforts to prevent discrimination in its stores.

On April 12, two black men, Rashon Nelson and Donte Robinson, were arrested by police at a Starbucks location while merely waiting to meet with a business associate. A Starbucks manager had called the police because she said the men – who had only been in the store for a brief period – had yet to make a purchase.

The racial justice leaders issued the following statement:

“The arrest of the two young men in Starbucks is a stark example of the ongoing struggle of African Americans for full citizenship and dignity in American life. Since last week, a number of other high-profile incidents involving discrimination against African Americans demonstrates the breadth and shameful persistence of this problem.”

“We were encouraged by the clear and unequivocal statements by Starbucks’ leadership, expressing their desire and intention to deal directly with the issue of racism. This is a rare phenomenon in corporate America. We have pushed and will continue to work to ensure that this highly visible moment – for Starbucks’ 175,000 employees, the other major corporations who watch Starbucks, and the country – is done right. We have been clear from the start that the company must build a framework for anti-bias training that extends beyond the planned May 29th training and that becomes part of the company culture. In addition to the need for an anti-discrimination curriculum – which will consist of an ongoing education for all employees, with real measures for evaluation and monitoring – we made clear that a thorough review of the company policies, as well as consultation with local, not just national leaders, is necessary as they move forward.”

“Even with these caveats and concerns – and, we imagine, there will be more as this process unfolds – we realize the extraordinary step that Starbucks is taking to do better on an issue that affects every workplace. Starbucks exists in 8,000 communities in our country. We see this effort as an opportunity for Starbucks to demonstrate leadership in advancing a commitment to equal treatment and opportunity in true partnership with the communities they serve. We expect to issue a report to Starbucks, with recommendations about the company’s policies, a multi-phase training framework, and the ongoing work they will need to undertake in order to really move the ball.”

“We know that the problem of anti-Black bias and other forms of discrimination is not Starbucks’ problem alone; it’s a deeply American problem, made consequential and often lethal by the compounding force of unaccountable, discriminatory policing. A larger issue here is the mass criminalization of our people, and we each made it clear to Starbucks that they have the privilege and responsibility to influence not just employee practices, but police practices in Philadelphia and across the country. We will continue to advocate on that front, both with Starbucks and with the police, and welcome your thoughts about how we can make the greatest impact.”

Photo Caption: Sherrilyn Ifill, Heather McGhee, and Bryan Stevenson


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

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

The incentives, which will either create new or save existing jobs, were approved in the following communities: Countryside, Des Plaines and Elk Grove Village.

As a result of redevelopment activities, these incentives should support the creation of an estimated 107 new private sector full-time jobs, retain an estimated 25 full-time jobs and support 125 construction jobs.

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

Details on the incentives follow, listed by municipality:

  • Business Name: 5300 Dansher Road LLC , 5300 Dansher Road, Countryside

Type of Business: Industrial warehousing and logistics

Project Description: Related industry will occupy the site as a third part logistic and warehousing company.

Type of Incentive: Class 6b

Estimated: 20 full-time jobs created; 25 full-time jobs retained; 30 construction jobs supported

  • Business Name: AP Asset Management LLC, 1794 Winthrop Drive, Des Plaines

Type of Business: Industrial warehousing

Description: The applicant plans to lease the subject property to an industrial user for warehousing and/or distribution.

Type of Incentive: Class 6b – TEERM (Temporary Emergency Economic Recovery Modification) Incentive may not be renewed.

Estimated: 25 full time jobs created; 5 construction jobs supported

  • Business Name: DCT Industrial Partnership, 2393 Wolf Road, Des Plaines

Type of Business: Industrial warehousing

Description: The applicant intends to lease the property to an industrial user for warehousing and distribution.

Type of Incentive: Class 6b

Estimated: 25 full-time jobs created; 50 construction jobs supported

  • Business Name: Exeter Operating Partnership, 1300 Pratt Boulevard, Elk Grove Village

Type of Business: Warehousing and distribution

Description: Applicant has leased the property to Prime Blend for warehousing and distribution of adhesives and American Mattress for warehousing and distribution of mattresses.

Type of Incentive: Class 6b

Estimated: 37 full-time jobs created; 40 construction jobs supported

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

71-Year Old White Woman Arrested for Attacking a Black Pregnant Soldier

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Judy James Tucker

Macon, GA — (BlackNews.com) Judy James Tucker, a 71-year old white woman, has been arrested and charged with battery after she and her son harassed and tried to attack two black female soldiers — one of them who is pregnant. Tucker, however, claims that she was the victim of reverse racism.

The incident that happened in Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen Restaurant started from a spat over a parking spot. It continued inside the restaurant where Judy and her son Robbie Tucker used obscene, sexist language on the two female soldiers.According to witness accounts, Judy and her son got angry when the two soldiers did not wait for them to back into the handicap parking spot and instead went around and proceeded to park in another spot.

The people inside the restaurant saw and heard the Tuckers calling the two female soldiers “Black lesbian b–” as they told them to learn how to park. Witnesses like LaKeycia Ward then started recording a video.

In the video, it was seen that Judy punches and slaps Sharpe in the face. And when she said she’s pregnant, Robbie told her, “Oh really, by her?”

Judy Tucker told officers that the incident happened because she is white and it was a race issue. Bibb County Police, however, saw the video and identified that Judy Tucker was the aggressor and there was no evidence that suggests Sharpe did anything wrong.

Jail records show that Judy Tucker was arrested and charged with battery but was released at $650 bond. Further investigations are still ongoing and more charges could be pending.

After the video went viral, Cheddar’s issued a statement saying that Judy Tucker is banned from eating at the restaurant. “We were appalled by the behavior of the individuals who confronted the two female service members. Such behavior flies in the face of our values and those individuals are no longer welcome in our restaurant.”

Parents, Teachers to Slam Failures of Mayor’s Appointed Board

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Filthy schools, shuttered schools’ sale to private school operators, special education scandal among issues advocates say underscore need for accountable, elected, representative school board.


CHICAGO, IL Parents, teachers, students and advocates have raised the alarm about a host of issues in Chicago’s public schools, from filthy schools and overcrowded classrooms to blistering state findings on deficiencies in CPS’ special education program and a high school enrollment process that critics say underscores CPS’ failed ‘choice’ model. Every one of CPS’ failings, say critics, can be walked back to Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s control of CPS – from who serves as CEO to who sits on the board.

Critics will raise their concerns – and their demand for an elected, representative school board that will at last end Emanuel’s control over education policy and operations – at a press conference before CPS’ scheduled monthly board meeting, beginning at 9:30 AM on Wednesday, April 25 in front of CPS headquarters at 42 W. Madison St.

Critics point to a range of troubling issues stemming from Emanuel’s control over CPS. Emanuel’s school board has denied CPS’ overwhelmingly low-income Black and Brown youth the benefits of the state’s new equity-based funding formula, instead using ‘student-based budgeting’, or SBB – a flat per capita funding scheme that undermines the law’s intent to channel funds to schools and students most in need. The public learned earlier this month that CPS will funnel an additional $259 million to one of the companies that has left schools filthy. The Illinois State Board of Education recently found that changes implemented by Emanuel’s hand-picked schools CEO, who was forced out late last year in the wake of an ethics scandal, worsened an already understaffed and under-resourced special education program. Emanuel’s new GoCPS high school registration program locked out more than 75% of incoming freshmen from their top three school selections, when instead, say advocates, CPS should be strengthening neighborhood high schools as part of a commitment to ensure that every neighborhood has sustainable community schools.

Emanuel’s hand-picked board moved to close a highly rated elementary school serving an overwhelmingly low-income, Black student population earlier this year over vigorous public opposition and wrenching appeals from students. CPS also moved to close all of Englewood’s public high schools, which have suffered years of acute disinvestment and subsequent enrollment decline. Emanuel’s school executives continue to push school privatization, despite a growing body of evidence that charters serve students no better than public schools, while undercutting enrollment and funding for public schools. And the public learned this week that CPS has sold four neighborhood public schools shuttered in Emanuel’s 2013 mass school closings to private operators who are exploiting the state’s new voucher scheme to siphon off public dollars for private operators’ tuition costs.

“The mayor owns this legacy of failed policy – and failed leadership,” says CTU Vice President Jesse Sharkey, who will speak at Wednesday’s press conference. “Under Emanuel’s control, there is no public accountability, no transparency and, frankly, no decency displayed by this rubber stamp board – only the mindless accommodation of the mayor’s wishes and the disaster that has created for our students. It’s time for that to end.”

Illinois Recognized as Top Tech Employer and for Achievement of Technology Enhancements

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SPRINGFIELD, IL – It’s Information Technology Month and the Illinois Department of Innovation & Technology (DoIT) is highlighting the state’s digital transformation and the positive impact on state operations.

The agency, established by Governor Rauner in 2016 through Executive Order, is charged with building an enterprise IT organization for the State of Illinois to improve government efficiencies through innovation, enable state agencies to more effectively serve Illinois citizens and improve the overall cybersecurity of the state.

“Our teams have made it a priority to modernize technology, so we can work smarter and protect the personal information of our hardworking citizens,“ said Governor Bruce Rauner. “Over the past couple of years, staff at DoIT has been focused on upgrading old, antiquated systems that had been neglected for decades and bringing our state into the 21st Century.”

Illinois ranks 5th in the nation when it comes to tech employment, adding more than 437,000 people to the state’s workforce and about $45 billion dollars to the state’s overall economy, according to the 2018 Cyberstates study, published by CompTIA.

DoIT teams are building a strong defense for the state, with a focus on enhancing cybersecurity and protecting sensitive information for all employees and citizens of Illinois. More than 46,000 state employees have received cyber awareness training and nearly six billion records have already been secured, as part of the State of Illinois Cybersecurity Strategy, which was released in 2017.

Through the multi-agency blockchain Initiative, DoIT worked with DCEO, DPFR and others to explore distributed ledger technology and evaluate how to capitalize on opportunities for the state. Several practical uses are being explored including health provider registries and continuing education tracking. As a result, the state received the Illinois Capital Innovation Award for Government Solutions for its advancements with blockchain in the public sector.

DoIT is also helping local jurisdictions build up their digital systems and save money through its Smart State initiatives. Earlier this year, DoIT introduced a Smart Street Lighting Program that will allow municipalities to utilize the state’s master contract to find qualified and competitive street lighting vendors to save money and offer more functionality for their communities.

“We’ve made impressive strides with advancing technology in Illinois,” said DoIT’s Acting Secretary, Kirk Lonbom. “Emerging technologies such as blockchain, artificial intelligence, and data analytics hold great promise as Illinois strives to become the first ‘Smart State’ in the nation.”

And, thanks to DoIT technicians and engineers, Illinois residents and businesses have more access to state websites and services on their mobile devices, going from mobility of only 3 percent in 2016 to over 50 percent currently.

DoIT continues on an accelerated digital transformation and modernization strategy to improve technology in Illinois. DoIT announces IT milestones that have been accomplished in Illinois, as well as what lies ahead for the state through news found on DoIT’s website.

State Rep. Mayfield Backing Legislation to Combat Illinois’ Shortage of Teachers

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SPRINGFIELD, IL –As a shortage of teachers continues to plague communities in all areas of Illinois, Illinois State Rep. Rita Mayfield, D-Waukegan, is supporting multiple legislative efforts to attract and keep educators in the state.

“Education in this state and the betterment of our children are amongst my top priorities in the legislature,” said Mayfield. “The steps we are taking in passing these important measures will reduce barriers to entry for young professionals who want to be leaders in our community.”

Mayfield voted to pass House Bill 5175, a landmark measure that ensures that teachers are paid a livable wage and aims to retain talented teachers within the state. She also has helped to move House Bills 4167, 5196 and 5627, measures that work to alleviate the pressure that teachers face by addressing Illinois’ shortage of teachers and breaking down burdensome barriers to entry. Under these proposals, teaching related fees are reduced, retired teachers are provided more flexibility to substitute teach and more experienced teachers in training would be eligible to apply for a substitute teaching license sooner. Additionally, teachers who receive their training outside of Illinois would be more easily able to transfer their qualifications to Illinois when looking for a job.

“When these proposals become reality, a lot of red tape and unnecessary hurdles will be reduced and we should see an influx of teachers to schools in our state,” said Mayfield. “Our state’s future depends on the ability to teach and retain the youth as a skilled workforce, and that isn’t possible without the hard work and dedication of good teachers.”

House Bills 4167, 5175, 5196 and 5627 passed the House Elementary and Secondary Education: Licensing, Administration and Oversight Committee and are awaiting action on the House floor.

Mayfield represents the 60th District, which includes the cities of Waukegan, North Chicago and neighboring communities.  For more information, please contact her district office at 847-599-2800 or 60thdistrict@gmail.com.

Publishers Clearing House Imposters Keep Coming

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Who wouldn’t love to be that winner you see on TV holding a great big sweepstakes check? That’s what con artists are counting on when they claim to be Publishers Clearing House. This trick is an oldie but goodie for scammers.

The scam starts with a call or letter saying you’ve won the Publishers Clearing House sweepstakes. But to collect your prize, they say, you need to send money to pay for fees and taxes. Typically you’ll be asked to send money by Western Union or MoneyGram, or by getting a reloadable card or gift card. Scammers ask you to pay these ways because it’s nearly impossible to trace the money — and you’ll almost never get it back.

But that’s not the only way scammers get your money with this scam. Some will send you a realistic-looking fake check in the mail. You’re told that, to claim your prize, you need to deposit the check and send some of the money back for made-up expenses. But when the check you deposit bounces — even after it seemed to clear — you may be on the hook for the money you sent.

If you think you’ve won a prize, here are a few things to know:

  • Never send money to collect a prize, sweepstakes check, or lottery winnings. If you have to pay, it’s a scam.
  • Never deposit a check and send back money, even if the funds appear in your account. That’s a sure sign of a scam.
  • If anyone calls asking you to pay for a prize, hang up and report it to the FTC.

Want to know more? Read our article on Prize Scams. And, if you wired money to a prize scammer via Western Union between January 1, 2004 and January 19, 2017, you might be eligible for a refund.

Still think it’s real? The real Publishers Clearing House says it will never ask you to pay a fee to collect a prize. Check out Publishers Clearing House’s fraud protection page.

Note: The title was updated on April 25, 2018 to make clear that this blog post addresses scammers impersonating Publishers Clearing House.

State Senator Collins’ Measure Creates Council on Laws to Support Women and Girls

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“We must seek to knock down the walls holding back our sisters and daughters.”


SPRINGFIELD – To seek legislative solutions to the systemic barriers facing women and girls in work, education and life, Illinois State Senator Jacqueline Collins’ push to create the Illinois Council on Women and Girls took one step closer to completion.

The Illinois Senate approved the plan in a 43-1 vote today. The Illinois Council on Women and Girls would be tasked with gathering information about the specific issues women and girls face in every sector of family, education and career life.

“In my life, I’ve seen important advances in social economic justice,” Collins said. “That does not change the fact that rooting out entrenched systems of discrimination requires constant vigilance and debate. The Illinois Council on Women and Girls will study the things that hold back half of our population from achieving their full potential. We must seek to knock down the walls holding back our sisters and daughters.”

Senate Bill 3402 heads to the Illinois House for consideration.

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