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After Guiding thousands of youth through the doors of his positive and educational  Probation Challenge program to excell in life and follow their educational dreams, Rev. Dr. Harold E. Bailey is calling it quits. Bailey will relinquish the reigns of his  program, an organization founded by him and has been at the forefront of helping and servicing young people for more than 40 years in the Chicago and Cook County areas.


The prominent minister,  CEO of the Probation Challenge organization, will relinquish reigns but continue to serve as Probation Challenge’s president. PCChas referred thousands of youth to colleges and universities, giving them grants and scholarships, and directing them to a more positive lifestyle. In addition to that, clients mandated to the program have always had the protective eyes of  Bailey and his organization and no one who wanted an education was ever turned away from his program.


Rev. Dr. Bailey who is now 80 years old, was born in Chicago, Illinois, to Adolphus and Lillian Bailey, who were then considered to be prominent precinct captains. His educational process began by listening for children were to be seen and not heard! But Bailey’s journey would be different – far different!  He was mentally challenged by black leaders who sat feet under his parents’ table as they discussed matters concerning the community; though he could not speak, he rejected much of what he overheard for he perceived there had to be a far viable way to challenge those who sat in seats of authority—especially those individuals who were the powers-that-be downtown on the fifth floor.

Sincere leaders confessed over dinner that the then political administration would not help youth educationally and serious efforts to assist would cause internal racial strife! In disbelief, Bailey learned that young men and women were not adequately educated and that it was intentional. This revelation brought about days and nights of agonizing! He deduced that much was about political prostitution and that leaders then had to go along to get along. They instilled in private that there would be a brighter tomorrow.
For more than 40-years of servicing youth in the Chicago and County of Cook, the Rev. Dr. Harold E. Bailey CEO of the Probation Challenge organization will relinquish his reigns. After referring thousands of youth to colleges and universities, giving them grants and scholarship, and directing them to a more positive lifestyle. In addition to those clients mandated to the program, Bailey never turned down anyone seeking an education.
Rev. Bailey, employed as a Cook County adult probation officer was assigned to work exclusively with the then Justice R. Eugene Pincham, criminal courts. It was from Pincham’s court that Bailey had the vision to turn the lives of youth around through the vehicle of education. The judge sanctioned that vision with the rest becoming history.
The Probation Challenge program was recorded by the state of Illinois, with Rev. Bailey as the registered agent. The late Mayor Harold Washington, Sen. Howard Brookins, Carol Mosley Braun, and the Illinois Black Caucus introduced the program into law…it would be known as The Probation Challenge Act, by the  Illinois State Statue! It was duly noted that it was the first mandated program of its kind in the country! The program has been the subject of positive media attention from around the world and sought after to duplicate.
Citing health issues and noting that time has now brought about a change in the psychology of youth.  Bailey said, “At the helm should be those younger adults who can share with others their psychology. Young adults, however, should be mindful that the youth has to consult with the elders for wisdom. He said, “Often youth after being on the planet only for a minute yet believe they know it all! Young men and women have to come to the realism that elders are also continuously learning and coming into the knowledge of truth and don’t know it all.”
Rev. Bailey said as he relinquishes the reigns to Clarence McMillian, who will serve as chairman of the board, Brandy N. Bailey, Bailey’s daughter will serve as the board secretary. Bailey will remain as the organizations’ president.
McMillian walking hand-in-glove with Bailey for over 29-years has given radio and television Internet broadcast services. Bailey will retain proprietorship over the Probation Challenge procedures. 
Bailey with delight says that on-air personalities will continue to offer to the International community the best in journalism.  In early years as Bailey sojourned through the halls of what he calls ‘The Criminal Just Us System’, there were investigative reporters on assignment to follow his steps – they have now become staff to the Network. The Challenge News Magazine will continue to send quarterly filings across the world.
Program Hosts and Journalist are Chinta Strausberg, Juanita Bratcher, Geri Patterson, Pastor Mitty Collier, Karissa N. Hardin, Brandy N. Bailey, Pastor Lottie Woods Hall, Howard Saffold, Rev. Dr. Harold E. Bailey and Clarence McMillan.
Probation Challenge has been the subject of positive media attention for over 40-years as Bailey achievements include: The History Makers. Other awards have included: Judge Eugene Pincham Award, Nelson Mandela Award, African American Trail Blazer Award, Golden Rule International Award, Global Leadership Award, Ora Higgins Award, Mother Christine Moore Award, Northern Illinois University Community Service Award, Intercessory Health and Healing Center Award, and other numerous to mention.  Bailey had a pull-out session with The Chicago Sun-Times with reporter Lillian Williams called: A New Twist In Going Straight and has appeared on 60 Minutes, 48-Hours, and other television shows.
Bailey has the honors of being called: Dr. Harold E. Bailey, after being cited for his work in criminal justice and the creation of the first program of its kind in the country for youth through the channels of education. Many remember Rev. Bailey with The Harold Bailey Singers, who recorded for RUSH and Savoy Records. He was noted for appearances on the Sid Ordower Jubilee Showcase.
For more information, contact Rev. Dr. Bailey at 773-978-3706


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