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Not So Fast, Alderman Harris, The Fight to Keep Low Income Housing Out of Pill Hill and Calumet Heights is Not Over

Posted by Juanita Bratcher On May - 10 - 2018 Comments Off on Not So Fast, Alderman Harris, The Fight to Keep Low Income Housing Out of Pill Hill and Calumet Heights is Not Over

Fight to keep low-income housing out of Pill Hill Calumet HeightsBy Dr. Juanita Bratcher

Author, Editor & Publisher, CopyLine Magazine

It was not a surprise yesterday when the Chicago Zoning Board gave 8th Ward Alderman Michelle Harris her wish in approving the Low Income, Section 8 Senior Housing for 94th & Stony Island Ave. 8th Ward residents in opposition to the 134 Unit, 7 Story building expected that decision. That’s because the Zoning Board is known to be, and has always been a Rubber Stamp for aldermen and the city and to hell with community residents that flock to their meetings in hope of getting a fair decision. But they soon find out that there is no such thing as a fair decision for them, that their hopes get lost in the wind. The Board does not have a good track record in regards for the general public at large that are at their mercy hoping that they will listen to their grievances in good faith. But they don’t. The alderman and the city have them in their “Hip Pocket.”

But some residents are ready to pull out their secret weapon. It was in their hip pocket all along but they were waiting for the outcome of the Zoning Board decision and were ready to shift into Phase Two immediately if their complaint wasn’t treated in a fair manner. And they have already started the process. That secret weapon is “Spot Zoning”, which if proven can pull the bottom from under the decision made by the Zoning Board in the City Council Chambers yesterday.

There were congratulatory remarks made to the alderman yesterday for getting her wish, but the 8th Ward residents who oppose it say: Not so fast to the alderman and her supporters. This decision might end up in the courtroom. Spot Zoning is an alternative and it’s possible that they will seek a lawyer to get through the bureaucratic mess thrown upon them.

This is a serious matter. And for many who oppose it and lost the battle in the Zoning Board yesterday, they are not giving up yet. There’s the possibility it’s headed for legal action.

In a Crain’s Chicago Business article “You can’t fight City Hall—at least on residential zoning” (December 8, 2017), it stated:In a Chicago where City Hall is desperate for new revenue and developers are delighted to provide it—in exchange for a fatter bottom line, of course—there’s little percentage in standing in front of the bulldozers and saying no.”

In an article on Spot Zoning by Craig Hullinger, AICP and Chuck Eckenstahler, AICP, it states: “Webster defines spot as 1) a particular place of relatively small a definite limits, 2) a mark on a surface differing sharply in color from the surroundings, 3) a position; location and 4) a set of circumstances; a situation, especially a troublesome one.

In Illinois, there is a specific set of requirements which a Plan Commission must consider when evaluating a request for the rezoning of a parcel of land. These standards were established by the Illinois Supreme Count in two cases; LaSalle and Richton Park. Generally, for a rezoning matter upheld in the Supreme Court the Plan Commission must consider.”


NAACP Joins Florida State Conference in Denouncing Univ. of Florida “Aggressive” Behavior Toward Black Graduates During Commencement

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BALTIMORE — The NAACP, the nation’s foremost civil rights organization issued the following statement regarding the aggressive behavior shown toward Black graduates during a commencement ceremony in Gainesville, Florida:

“Our nation’s move toward increasing intolerance cannot be separated from the hate and rhetoric emerging from the White House. It’s unacceptable that the simple idea of being Black can trigger explicit and implicit bias which generates such aggressive responses toward Black people,” said NAACP President and CEO Derrick Johnson. “The fact that paying respect to their sororities and fraternities through ‘strolling,’ generates fear even on a college campus, means that any institution receiving public funding must ensure that all employees get tested for and receive training in implicit bias.”

According to an ABC News report at least 21 graduates were approached in a physically aggressive way and some were pushed off the stage while engaging in a cultural expression that dates back to some of the nation’s earliest Black sororities and fraternities.

“Graduation for us has always been a celebration and let’s be clear; this celebration belongs to the students. Every alumni, Greek or not, is probably disgusted at how the Univ. of Florida literally handled the students,” said NAACP Youth and College Director Tiffany Dena Loftin. “We are already over policed in the streets and in our community; the one place we should be left alone is on stage as we celebrate completing college.”

According to the FBI, hate crimes in Florida increased by 33 percent last year.  On a national scale, many advocates see what’s happening locally as part of an overall national push towards hate and intolerance. “Our schools and colleges, not just in Florida but around the nation, must be safe and inclusive places for all students and schools are obligated to stem intolerance,” said NAACP Gainesville Branch President Evelyn Foxx. “Unfortunately University of Florida failed to realize this until after the fact.

The NAACP Florida State Conference supports implicit bias testing and training for state university system employees as part of larger solutions for eliminating racism and bias on campuses.  “An apology from the University is not enough,” said Adora Nweze, NAACP Florida State Conference President. “We’re demanding that the university and the university system here in Florida enact implicit bias testing and training for all employees –it’s not the complete solution but a good start,” she added.

In yesterday’s USA Today President Johnson made the call for greater implicit bias testing and training for elected officials, corporate employees and those who deal with the public.

REPORT: Number of Women in Prison is Nearly 8X Higher Than in 1980

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From: Marc Mauer
The Sentencing Project


New Report Examines Trends in Female Incarceration

The number of women in prison is nearly eight times higher than in 1980. In addition to the 213,722 women incarcerated in jails and prisons, one million women are under community supervision, according to a data analysis released today by The Sentencing Project.

Incarcerated Women and Girls, 1980-2016 examines trends in female incarceration and finds areas of both concern and hope. While the imprisonment rate for African American women was twice that of white women in 2016, this disparity represents a sharp decline from 2000 when black women were six times as likely to be imprisoned. Since then black women’s imprisonment rate has decreased by 53% while white women’s rate has increased by 44%.

Among youth confined in the juvenile justice system, 15%, or 7,293, are girls. As with boys, the number of incarcerated girls has declined considerably, dropping by half since 2001. Similar to adults, girls of color are much more likely to be incarcerated than white girls. Native girls are more than four times as likely, and African American girls are three-and-a-half times as likely as white girls to be incarcerated.

Though many more men and boys are incarcerated in the United States than women and girls, research on female incarceration is critical to understanding the full consequences of mass incarceration and to unraveling the policies and practices that lead to their criminalization.

As we approach Mother’s Day, The Sentencing Project is proud to celebrate the contributions of five leading advocates who are prioritizing the issues confronting women and girls in the criminal justice system. You can help share their success stories by following @SentencingProj on Twitter and retweeting their images and words.


Black Women Leaders Speak Up And Out on Money and the “METOO” Movement

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Author Dr. Venus Opal Reese Says “It’s Not Only Our Time But Our Turn”

Venus Opal Reese

Nationwide (BlackNews.com) — “Why is it when white women tell their truth it’s all over the media,” says Dr. Venus Opal Reese, creator of the Black Woman Millionaire Tour and author of the best-selling book by the same name. “Based on conversations I have had with hundreds of black women leaders and entrepreneurs who have attended tour stops nationwide, the word on the street has been that when white women started to speak up about Harvey Weinstein, it was big news. But black women having been saying the same thing for centuries and it wasn’t a headline.”

They aren’t wrong. Studies have shown that sexual violence affects black women at higher rates. More than 20 percent of black women are raped during their lifetimes – a higher percentage than women overall. Professor and journalist Shanita Hubbard provides insight into how this fact is tied to why white women get heard while black women don’t: “Black girls and women are both viewed as hypersexual so our stories are ignored.”

Dr. Venus, a Stanford University graduate and former tenure professor, discusses on her tour that the black female body is a “social non-being.” As such, black women are rendered voiceless, disposable and powerless. She talks about how this has been the case since the 1600s when taxes and laws were created to justify the right to black women’s bodies as the labor-producing workforce for the American Dream.

According to Dr. Venus historically, the black female body has been socially positioned in the following ways:

* the workhorse
* the cash cow
* the beast of burden.

“We are still positioned socially to not only work like a slave but to also remain powerless, broke and broken,” says Dr. Venus. “What I have learned from my own experience of living on the streets by the age of 16, eating out of trash cans, and being subject to damn near every sort of violation is this: the way to claim your power is to heal and have your own money.”

Dr. Venus is on the last leg of her national tour based on her best-selling book, The Black Woman Millionaire: A Revolutionary Act That Defies Impossible. “The book deep dives into the healing required to be your own boss and to charge what you are truly worth. During the 4-hour workshop-like tour stops, I cover proven business training we used to gross over $4 million in five years. We did it through healing,” states Dr. Venus, who has been featured in Forbes, Ebony, Black Enterprise, on ABC News, CBS News, PBS, in Glamour magazine, and Diversity Inc.

“It’s time for black women to never have to put up with crap for a paycheck. Or stay in any sort of terrorizing relationship because we need the money. We have access now that our ancestors could never have known to pray for. It’s not only our time, it’s our turn.”

For info on the tour, visit www.TheBlackWomanMillionaire.com/Tour

For the non-explicit version of book, visit www.TheBlackWomanMillionaire.com/Standard

For the original version of the book, visit www.TheBlackWomanMillionaire.com

Watch her recent interview on WREG News Channel 3 on “Turning Your Mess Into Millions”:

Photo Caption: Dr. Venus Opal Reese, The Black Woman Millionaire Mentor


Alderman Harris Did it Again!: A Basic Show of Disrespect for 8th Ward Residents

Posted by Juanita Bratcher On May - 10 - 2018 Comments Off on Alderman Harris Did it Again!: A Basic Show of Disrespect for 8th Ward Residents

Alderman Harris Blowing Smoke in the 8th WardBy Dr. Juanita Bratcher

Author, Editor & Publisher, CopyLine Magazine

Alderman Michelle Harris rubbed 8th Ward residents the wrong way yesterday at a Zoning Board hearing, and her actions could cost her in the next Aldermanic Election. Many 8th Ward residents at the hearing complained that she is not a “good caretaker” for the ward and vowed to defeat her in the next election.

Harris got the wrath of 8th Ward residents at a Zoning Board hearing at City Hall yesterday when she told Zoning Board members to put 8th Ward residents last on the agenda to speak and air their grievances about a 134 Unit, 7 Story building coming into the community which most of the residents are totally against. Yet, Harris said she has a lot of support from people who live in the ward to bring in the housing project. That is not likely and not an accurate assessment.

In case you don’t know or have not attended a Zoning Board meeting, people from all across the city in various wards bring their grievances to the Zoning Board. There are plenty of people there at these hearings. So with 8th Ward residents being at the end of the agenda, they had to wait a long period of time before they could be heard. Many felt the alderman was deliberately inconveniencing them because they were at the hearing to state their opposition to the housing project.

It reminded many of them who have been very active in trying to keep the housing project out of Pill Hill and Calumet Heights of her having six SUV police squad cars out on the street in front of her ward office to try and intimidate them with police presence during a press conference in front of her ward office at 8539 S. Cottage Grove Ave. But even that didn’t work, no one had come to the press conference to cause violence. And her actions were seen as an abuse of power and a waste of taxpayers’ money.

Harris and her staff told residents that they had a survey poll taken of 8th Ward residents about the housing project but it is yet to be seen. At the Zoning Board hearing yesterday she told Marcel Bright that he could get the survey (he had tried many times before), that they would gladly give it to him. When requesting it after the hearing, he was told that he would have to file a FOIA (Freedom of Information Act) to get it. There is no need for him to do that. That is to inconvenience him to get it.

Many 8th Ward residents say enough is enough. They were instrumental in keeping a medical marijuana facility and pawnshop out of the ward that the alderman supported.

Additionally, they point to statistics from the last Aldermanic Election in 2015 where Harris only won by 9, 167 votes. Her two opponents, Faheem Shabazz received 2, 113 votes and Tara Baldridge received 2,096. The total of votes for all three candidates was 13, 376. Also at the time of that election, Harris had been alderman for about 9 years. She was the incumbent. There were 38,412 voters in the 8th Ward in 2015, and as the incumbent alderman she did not receive that many votes.

Presently, there are less registered voters in the ward than in 2015. As of today, according to the Board of Elections Commission, there are only 35,726 registered voters in the 8th Ward. However, Harris will have a tough row to hoe in the next Aldermanic Election. The word circulating through the 8th Ward is “we want her out.”


Another Man Sues Former Chicago Cop Guevara & City After Being Wrongfully Imprisoned For Almost 20 Years

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Ariel Gomez was 17 years old when he was beaten and framed By Chicago Det. Reynaldo Guevara & colleagues

CHICAGO, ILAriel Gomez was a 17-year-old with no criminal record when he was beaten by notorious Chicago police officer Reynaldo Guevara and framed for a murder he did not commit. The shooting death for which Mr. Gomez was wrongly convicted occurred during celebrations after the Bulls’ fifth NBA championship in June 1997.

Ariel Gomez is one of 18 Chicagoans who were wrongly convicted by disgraced Chicago Police officer Reynaldo Guevara and the crew of Area 5 detectives he worked with. Gomez has filed a lawsuit describing gross police misconduct in his case, as well as systemic problems within the Chicago Police Department that allowed crooked cops to operate with impunity.

In the wake of last week’s news of the 18th Guevara victim’s conviction being tossed, and the filing of a civil suit by another Guevara victim, Gomez and his lawyers are calling again for an immediate criminal investigation into Detective Guevara, who has stolen 100s of years from these young Chicago men, tormenting their families and communities.


“Make no mistake: Detective Guevara chose to frame an innocent man and let a real killer go free. This lawsuit explains that witnesses came forward to say that Mr. Gomez did not commit the murder, and that they could identify the real killer,” said Jon Loevy of Loevy & Loevy Attorneys at Law, one of Gomez’s lawyers. “Rather than pursue these important leads that might have gotten the victim’s family some semblance of justice, Detective Guevara and his Area 5 crew chose to frame a 17-year old boy.”

“Yet again, a young man has lost his formative years to a frame-up. For the officers and the department that did this, over and over again, there has been no reckoning. The time is now for a criminal investigation into Detective Guevara.”

When questioned recently about their misconduct, including when asked about beating and framing Mr. Gomez, Detective Guevara and a number of his former Chicago police colleagues have repeatedly invoked their Fifth Amendment right not to incriminate themselves by giving truthful answers.

In addition to Mr. Loevy, Mr. Gomez is represented by Loevy & Loevy attorneys Anand Swaminathan and Steve Art. Copies of Mr. Gomez’s suit, Ariel Gomez v. Reynaldo Guevara, et al., No. 1:18-cv-03335, can be found here.

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.

Governor Rauner Announces Public Infrastructure Grant Recipients

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36 communities across 29 Illinois counties receive public infrastructure funds


SPRINGFIELD, IL – The Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity (DCEO) announced the recipients of the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) for Public Infrastructure. Thirty-six communities across the state will receive federal funds totaling $14.5 million.

“Public infrastructure is important not only for the day-to-day function of Illinoisans, but to bolster growth and economic development within a community,” said Governor Rauner. “These grant dollars will be used for projects such as water, sanitary and sewer system improvements that will greatly support our low-income communities and attract more opportunities for residents.”

CDBG recipients:

Alexander County

Village of Thebes – $208,650 – Water treatment plant improvements

Bond County

Village of Sorento – $500,000 – Construction of new elevated water storage tank

Bureau County

Village of DePue – $288,104 – Replace the current Princeton Street booster station

City of Princeton – $500,000 – Sanitary sewer line replacement

Christian County

Village of Morrisonville – $500,000 – Sanitary sewer improvements

Village of Mount Auburn – $500,000 – Proposed water system improvements

Coles County

Village of Ashmore – $500,000 – Water distribution improvements

Cumberland County

Village of Greenup – $170,000 – New water main distribution and appurtenances

Cottonwood Township – $500,000 – Water distribution improvements

Edgar County

Hunter Township – $185,000 – Water distribution improvements

Effingham County

Village of Watson – $103,425 – Sanitary sewer improvements

Watson Township – $500,000 – Water distribution improvements

City of Effingham – $500,000 – Water distribution improvements

Fayette County

City of St. Elmo – $500,000 – Water distribution improvements

Village of Ramsey – $500,000 – Sanitary sewer improvements

Fayette County – $500,000 – New water main distribution and appurtenances

Franklin County

Village of Royalton – $500,000 – Improvements to existing sewage treatment plant

Hancock County

City of LaHarpe – $500,000 – Water distribution improvements

Iroquois County

Village of Loda – $500,000 – Construction of new elevated water storage tank

Jasper County

Village of Willow Hill – $144,900 – Replace a lift station and upgrade sewer lagoon

Jo Daviess County

Village of Stockton – $453,700 – Water distribution improvements

Knox County

City of Abingdon- $500,000 – Sanitary sewer improvements

LaSalle County

City of LaSalle – $500,000 – Separate storm sewer flows

Lawrence County

City of Bridgeport – $500,000 – Sanitary sewer improvements

Macon County

Village of Niantic – $500,000 – Water distribution improvements

Massac County

Massac County – $199,890 – New water lines to the Southland Subdivision

Mercer County

Village of Joy – $500,000 – Construction of new elevated water storage tank

Montgomery County

Audubon Township – $500,000 – Water distribution improvements

Morgan County

Village of Chapin – $483,600 – Replace existing wastewater lagoon aeration system

Putman County

Village of Standard – $81,500 – New storm water pumping station

Shelby County

Clarksburg Township – $500,000 – Water distribution improvements

Warren County

City of Monmouth – $500,000 – Water distribution improvements

Wayne County

Big Mound Township – $111,018 – Install new rural waterlines and connect homes

White County

City of Carmi – $90,387 – New lift station, and replacement of sewer line

Williamson County

City of Carterville – $500,000 – Water system improvements

Winnebago County

Village of Durand – $500,000 – Potable water well improvements

The CDBG program was established by the federal Housing and Community Development Act of 1974 (Act).  Administered nationally by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), DCEO administers the State of Illinois CDBG – Small Cities Program.  State-administered funds are only available to units of general local government (i.e., cities, villages, townships and counties). Municipalities must be 50,000 or less in population and must not be located in an urban county that receives entitlement program funds (there are 42 entitlement communities in Illinois that receive their own allocation of CDBG funds).

State Rep. Welch Bill Would End Workplace Discrimination in Illinois

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HILLSIDE, Ill. – State Rep. Emanuel “Chris” Welch, D-Hillside, is standing with employees across Illinois to protect them against workplace discrimination.

“Discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, age, sex and so much more can still impact employees across our state,” said Welch. “This is completely wrong and unjust, and passing this legislation expands protections for all employees now.”

Under Welch’s House Bill 4572, the Illinois Human Rights Act’s prohibitions against workplace discrimination would be extended to employees who work for a business that employs 15 or fewer workers. Currently, these discriminatory practices could be used against people seeking employment at smaller businesses, unless the bill becomes law. Some Illinois municipalities have completely outlawed all forms of discrimination in the workplace, and Welch is seeking to expand the protections statewide.

“No one should have to suffer from cowardly discriminatory practices that some employers still use today. It’s just wrong in this day and age,” said Welch. “Whoever you are does not determine what job you can do, so that should no longer be used against anyone unless in absolute extreme cases when there is a legitimate reason.”

State Fire Marshal Honors Fallen Firefighters

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Firefighters gather for 25th Annual Illinois Fallen Firefighter Memorial and Firefighting Medal of Honor Awards


SPRINGFIELD, IL – Firefighters from across the state gathered in Springfield to remember fallen firefighters who have given their lives in the line of duty.

Firefighters John “Mike” Cummins of the Homer Fire Protection District and Lawrence Matthews from the Village of Dolton Fire Department were honored for their heroic sacrifice during the 25th Annual Illinois Fallen Firefighter Memorial and Firefighting Medal of Honor Awards Ceremony. Their families were presented with the Duty Death Gold Badge by Fire Marshal Matt Perez.

“Our firefighters face great danger with courage and bravery each time they enter a burning building,” said Fire Marshal Matt Perez. “Today, we remember those we have lost and honor firefighters for their heroism and sacrifice to keep our communities safe.”

Two firefighters were also presented with The Medal of Honor award during the ceremony. It’s the highest award given to firefighters by the state of Illinois. Lieutenant Eric Schrage, from the Collinsville Fire Department and Paramedic Todd Zobrist, from the Highland Fire Department/EMS were selected for demonstrating selflessness and personal courage above and beyond the call of duty.

• Lieutenant Eric Schrage, Collinsville Fire Department
• Paramedic Todd Zobrist, Highland Fire/EMS

Nine firefighters were honored with the Medal of Valor award. It is given by the state of Illinois to a firefighter for an act of heroism or bravery that clearly demonstrated courage and dedication in the face of danger while in the performance of duty. Recipients include:

• Captain Daniel Whiteside, Alton Fire Department
• Firefighter Aaron Pihl, Belvidere Fire Department
• Lieutenant Shawn Schadle, Belvidere Fire Department
• Firefighter Jeff Vaughan, Belvidere Fire Department
• Firefighter Eric Claudio, Chicago Fire Department
• Lieutenant/EMT John O’Brien, Chicago Fire Department
• Firefighter/Paramedic Andrew Hoff, Downers Grove Fire Department
• Firefighter/Paramedic Scott Sohn, Downers Grove Fire Department
• Firefighter/Paramedic Quinn Triplett, Downers Grove Fire Department

Fourteen firefighters received the Firefighter Excellence Award for an act of service in the line of duty, demonstrating excellence and professionalism in service to the citizens of the state of Illinois.  Recipients include:

• Firefighter Mark Beck, Belvidere Fire Department
• Firefighter James Kriebs, Belvidere Fire Department
• Firefighter Jason Swanson, Belvidere Fire Department
• Firefighter Nicolas Thornton, Belvidere Fire Department
• Captain Mark Zumbragel, Belvidere Fire Department
• Firefighter/Paramedic Michael Covelli, Downers Grove Fire Department
• Firefighter/Paramedic Kevin Schrader, Downers Grove Fire Department
• Paramedic Ty Barr, Highland Fire/EMS
• Firefighter Ben Bentley, Peru Fire Department
• Firefighter Alex Duncan, Peru Fire Department
• Lieutenant Neil Nadolski, Peru Fire Department
• Engineer Kris Ayers, Wood River Fire Department
• Engineer Bill Hall, Wood River Fire Department
• Firefighter Jamie Wells, Wood River Fire Department

In addition, six units received the Firefighter Excellence “Teamwork Unit Citation” Awards for an act of service in the line of duty, demonstrating excellence, teamwork, and professionalism in service to the citizens of the state of Illinois. Recipients include:

Blue Island Fire Department

• Firefighter John Duffy
• Lieutenant Joseph Olson
• Firefighter Joseph Pinnick
• Firefighter Matthew Sutkus

Broadview Fire Department

• Firefighter David Cohen
• Firefighter Chris Mazurkiewicz
• Firefighter Brian Sullivan
• Captain Ned Thoma

Chicago Heights Fire Department

• Lieutenant Eric Einert
• Firefighter/Paramedic Michael Marshall
• Firefighter/Paramedic Raymond Peterlin

North Chicago Fire Department

• Lieutenant James Axtt
• Firefighter Marc Harman
• Firefighter/Engineer Brian Henderson
• Firefighter Reid Mammoser
• Firefighter Carlos Perez

Orland Fire Protection District

• Lieutenant Scott Olinski
• Firefighter Jason Postma
• Firefighter Robert Proctor
• Firefighter Tim Sierazy
• Engineer Robert Walsh

Pana Fire Department

• Lieutenant Kyle Anderson
• Firefighter Corey Bland
• Chief Rodney Bland
• Firefighter Brian Carlson
• Firefighter Kevin Christer
• Firefighter Tim Christer
• Firefighter Adam Cloe
• Firefighter Troy Cloe
• Firefighter Joe Ellenberg
• Firefighter Mike Foster
• Firefighter Rickie Ginger
• Firefighter Blake Hadley
• Firefighter James Hicks
• Captain Wesley Horton
• Firefighter Jay Kaiser
• Firefighter Kenny Kaiser
• Firefighter Andy Macari
• Firefighter Matthew Mahnke
• Assistant Chief Roger Moss
• Firefighter Mike Owens
• Firefighter Heath Simpson
• Firefighter Tyler Sims
• Firefighter Nathan Smith
• Firefighter Daniel Tallman
• Firefighter Kirk Weddle

One firefighter received the Certificate of Recognition which acknowledges those nominated for their dedication to the principles and traditions of the fire service, to the state and the community, with honor and integrity.

• Firefighter/Paramedic Mark Buettner, Bolingbrook Fire Department

The awards presented today recognized heroic actions during 2017.  Nominations were reviewed and awardees selected by the Illinois Fire Fighting Medal of Honor Committee.

Applications Now Available for Minority Entrepreneurship Program

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The Rauner Administration program will be held in the Quad Cities, Champaign and South Chicago regions

CHICAGO, IL – The Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity (DCEO) announced today that applications for the 2018 Advancing the Development of Minority Entrepreneurship (ADME) program are now open. Applications can be found online at www.illinois.gov/dceo and will be available until May 31, 2018.

“A main focus of the Rauner administration has been expanding our support for talented individuals and entrepreneurs in every community within Illinois,” said Illinois Department of Commerce Director Sean McCarthy. “We have made a lot of improvements to the program this second time around to better equip the participants with real-world knowledge and give them a leg up as they embark on the next phase of their business.”

The ADME Program is designed to nurture a business-friendly environment that supports and facilitates small business, with a focus on minority populations, to assist and lead entrepreneurs in long-term economic success. ADME offers start-up companies an exceptional level of support from subject matter experts, business professionals, and non-profit organizations. Additionally, participants will gain access to an array of services, including assistance with a business plan, one-on-one session with an attorney, a loan prequalification assessment for each borrower to assess loan readiness in advance of their completion of the program and the opportunity to pitch their business to banks, investors and microlenders during a demo day.

“In anticipation for our second cohort, the Department has hosted a number of ADME Business Workshops throughout the state,” said Derrick Champion, Deputy Director of the Office of Minority Economic Empowerment at DCEO. “These workshops have been met with great excitement and have been a great recruitment tool for the ADME 2018 Cohorts.”

The Women’s Business Development Center along with the Illinois Small Business Development Centers (SBDC) network will administer ADME’s curriculum through the Department and will help facilitate investment opportunities through the Advantage Illinois program. Additionally, several community partners will help facilitate the program including Accion, CIBC BANK, Chicago Urban League and Quad Cities Chamber of Commerce.

The first ADME cohorts were held in 2017 in Rockford, Chicago and Peoria. The second year will continue to focus on minority communities, including women and veterans, in South Chicago, Quad Cities and Champaign region.

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