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CopyLine Magazine Will Host a Round Table Discussion on the Proposed Low Income Housing Project for the 8th Ward

Posted by Juanita Bratcher On May - 21 - 2018 Comments Off on CopyLine Magazine Will Host a Round Table Discussion on the Proposed Low Income Housing Project for the 8th Ward

Round TableCopyLine Magazine will host a Round Table Discussion on what happened during 8th Ward residents fight to keep the Low Income Housing project scheduled for 94th & Stony Island out of the ward. And to also discuss “where opponents to the housing project go from here” since it has already been approved by the City’s Zoning Board. But some residents say they are thinking about taking legal action to keep it out.

The Round Table Discussion will be held May 24th at the Avalon Public Library, 8148 S. Stony Island Ave., from 3:30 PM to 5:00  PM. The program will be streamed live on Facebook and will soon air on cable.

There will be a Question and Answer Session during the Round Table Discussion. A group of 8th Ward resident panelists will take questions from the audience. The public is invited to attend.

For more information, contact CopyLine Magazine @ (773) 375-8127.

Juanita Bratcher is the Editor & Publisher of CopyLine Magazine.


Payday Loan Sharks Lose Repeal Fight

Posted by Admin On May - 21 - 2018 Comments Off on Payday Loan Sharks Lose Repeal Fight

From:Woodstock Institute
Historic Payday Loan Protections Defy Congressional Threat


CHICAGO, IL – In a victory for consumers and their advocates, the clock expired on Congressional Review Act (CRA) resolutions—S.J. Res 56 and H.J. Res 122—which were poised to repeal the historic Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s (Consumer Bureau) payday and car title lending rule.  The Consumer Bureau rule, finalized in October, establishes common-sense consumer protections on predatory payday and title loans, such as requiring lenders to verify a borrower’s ability to repay before making the loan.

Separate from the Congressional action, the new leadership at the Consumer Bureau, appointed by the Trump Administration, has threatened to “reconsider” the rule. Consumers and their advocates are urging the Consumer Bureau to keep the rule, effective summer 2019, and to establish further protections for borrowers, such as protections applicable to longer-term installment loans.

“This historic victory is the culmination of years of hard work by consumer advocates. Hundreds of thousands of consumers in Illinois have turned to payday loans, but our laws do not protect them from getting caught in a debt trap – a cycle of repeat borrowing that extends far beyond a single payday,” said Brent Adams, Senior Vice President of Policy and Communication for Woodstock InstituteAdams wrote the State’s first payday loan law in 2005, and regulated the industry as Secretary of Financial and Professional Regulation from 2009-2012Adams went on to say, “These new protections will require payday lenders to do what they should have been doing all along – determining whether the borrower can actually afford to pay back the loan without forgoing  basic living expenses and major financial obligations like rent, food, and electricity.”

As written, the historic payday lending rule will result in fewer families falling into financial ruin.  At the heart of the rule is the common sense principle of ability-to-repay based on a borrower’s income and expenses, which ensures the borrower can repay the loan without reborrowing and without defaulting on other expenses—that is, without getting caught in a debt trap.  An affordable loan is one a borrower can reasonably be expected to pay back without re-borrowing or going without the basic necessities of life – like heat or rent money.  A 2017 poll of likely voters shows more than 70 percent of Republicans, Independents, and Democrats support this idea.  In 2016, the “red state” of South Dakota voted to ban payday lending by a greater margin than it voted for President Trump (75 percent vs. 61.5 percent).

The legislative tool used to challenge the rule—the Congressional Review Act—allows a simple majority vote in Congress to undo long-considered federal regulatory safeguards without public hearings or the option to filibuster.  The CRA had been used only once before President Trump took office and began his assault on consumer protections; since then, it has been applied to repeal various rules.  In this case, neither chamber brought the payday rule resolutions to a vote during the limited time allotted for a challenge, and the important rule was not repealed.

In Illinois alone, predatory payday and title lending cost families over half a billion dollars per year in abusive fees and usurious rates.  Research indicates four of every five loans are re-borrowed within the month because most borrowers—like those in Illinois who make an average of less than $30,000 a year—cannot afford to repay loans at an average 323 annual percentage rate.  A group of 36 Illinois organizations sent letters in March urging Congressional support of strong payday protections.  Many of the same groups also support a statewide effort to cap title loans at 36 percent.

Amidst consistent pressure by consumer advocates, no member of the Illinois Congressional delegation opted to sign on as a co-sponsor of the CRA repeal resolutions.  What’s more, Illinois’ Senator Dick Durbin took the lead among his colleagues in warning the CFPB to not undo the rule.  Senator Durbin has also long championed the Protecting Consumers from Unreasonable Credit Rates Act, which would cap the interest rate on all consumer loans at 36 percent.

Woodstock Institute is a leading nonprofit research and policy organization in the areas of equitable lending and investments, wealth creation and preservation, and safe and affordable financial products and services. Woodstock Institute works locally and nationally to create a financial system in which lower-wealth persons and communities of color can safely borrow, save, and build wealth so that they can achieve economic security and community prosperity. 

$1.2 Trillion Black Buying Power Addressed at MODE Symposium in Newark, NJ

Posted by Admin On May - 21 - 2018 Comments Off on $1.2 Trillion Black Buying Power Addressed at MODE Symposium in Newark, NJ

2018 Marketing Opportunities in Business and Entertainment (MOBE) Symposium Connected Major Brands to the Nearly $1.2 Trillion Dollar Buying Power of the African American Consumer


MOBE Symposium in Newark, NJ

Newark, NJ (BlackNews.com) — More than 250 entrepreneurs, marketing and advertising executives attended the 2018 Marketing Opportunities in Business and Entertainment (MOBE) Symposium recently held at Kiyo Sakaguchi Hall in the Prudential Tower, Newark, New Jersey. The event was sponsored by Prudential Financial, Inc and co-sponsored by P&G.

Welcome remarks were presented by host Dorinda Walker, vice president of Cultural Insights and Activation, Brand Marketing and Advertising, at Prudential. She was joined by Yvette Moyo, Co-founder of MOBE and Real Men Cook; Curtis Symonds, Conference Chairman and CEO & Founder of HBCUX Network; and Lela Coffey, Brand Director, Beauty – Multicultural of P&G, the Symposium’s co-sponsor.

“Prudential was honored to host the 2018 MOBE Symposium in our hometown of Newark, NJ! We understand MOBE’s mission – the importance of bringing together entrepreneurs and large corporations to cultivate strategic business alliances – and value being a part of efforts that support the economic progress of the black community,” said Walker.

Legendary cable executive Leo Hindery of InterMedia Partners, Alfred Edmond Jr, SVP of Black Enterprise and Louis Carr, President, Sales at BET presented keynote addresses. Panelists included senior executives from BET Her, Essence, Morgan Stanley, iOne Digital/Hello Beautiful, American Heart Association, BlackDoctor.org, NBA Players Association, WNBA, NFL, NASCAR and the Newark Office of Film and Television.

The inaugural MOBE Awards recognized veteran advertising and marketing executives. Each award recipient was presented with a piece of framed artwork donated by the Harlem Fine Arts Show. The distinguished honorees included:

* Pepper Miller, President of The Hunter Miller Group and Ken Smikle, President & Founder of Target Market News received The Spirit Of D. Parke Gibson Award.

* Chuck Morrison, former executive of UniWorld Group, Burrell Advertising and Coca-Cola USA and Carol H. Williams, President of Carol H. Williams Advertising received the MOBE Legends Award.

* Long-time MOBE supporter Clyde Allen, President & Founder of Allen & Partners, received the MOBE Corporate Pioneer Award.

MOBE Symposium Founder, Yvette Moyo stated, “Sharing information, acknowledging our brilliance and that we drive the tone and tenor of this country in entertainment, fashion, and sports; this is the MOBE Way. Understand that our power to work together, to recognize and leverage our buying power, to celebrate and do business with each other and those who respect our value will be the key to our financial survival.”

The next MOBE Symposium will be held in April 2019 and smaller events are being planned during the year. Updated information can be found on their website, www.mobesymposium.com

About MOBE:
MOBE (Pronounced “moe-bee”) delivers business building, education and mentoring resources to African-American marketing, technology, sports & entertainment professionals with growing businesses. The MOBE Symposium provides a place to initiate strategic alliances with larger corporations.

MOBE is where Marketing, Technology, Sports & Entertainment professionals converge with early-stage/growing businesses, business professionals and corporations. Since 1992, the MOBE series has delivered business building, education and mentoring resources for African-American professionals; sports, entertainment and other entrepreneurs. The organization has facilitated deals between young companies and large corporations to grow their businesses. MOBE’s registrants have directly influenced the spending power and impacted a vastly larger urban consumer base. An estimated $200 million in business was generated to African-American companies as a direct result of associations conceived at MOBE symposiums.

About Prudential:
Prudential Financial, Inc. (NYSE: PRU), a financial services leader with more than $1 trillion of assets under management as of March 31, 2018, has operations in the United States, Asia, Europe, and Latin America. Prudential’s diverse and talented employees are committed to helping individual and institutional customers grow and protect their wealth through a variety of products and services, including life insurance, annuities, retirement-related services, mutual funds and investment management. In the U.S., Prudential’s iconic Rock symbol has stood for strength, stability, expertise and innovation for more than a century. For more information, please visit www.news.prudential.com.

Media contact: Robin Beaman, 312-751-9689, rbeaman@beamaninc.com
Symposium contact: Pat Shields, 310-568-9091, mobesymposium@gmail.com

Photo Caption: (Left to Right): Dion Clarke, Harlem Fine Arts Show; Yvette Moyo, Founder, MOBE & Real Men Cook; Dorinda Walker, Prudential; Lela Coffey, P&G; Curtis Symonds, Chairperson, MOBE Symposium


The NAACP Mourns the Tragic and Senseless Loss of Lives at Santa Fe High School

Posted by Admin On May - 21 - 2018 Comments Off on The NAACP Mourns the Tragic and Senseless Loss of Lives at Santa Fe High School

NAACP Statement on Santa Fe High School Shooting


BALTIMORE – The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), the nation’s premier civil rights organization, issued the following statement regarding the tragic shooting at Santa Fe High School in Santa Fe, Texas:The NAACP mourns the tragic and senseless loss of 10 lives today at Santa Fe High School. In addition to those killed, 10 individuals were also wounded. Nine of the 10 fatalities were students, studying subjects they loved and planning for their future. This is the 22nd school shooting of 2018 according to CNN. We cannot sit back and allow gun violence to continue to take the lives of our students. The NAACP sends our sincerest condolences to the family and friends of the victims and everyone whose lives they touched. Talk alone is not enough to address the issue of gun violence in our communities and schools; sensible gun reform must become a priority among our politicians and policymakers.

State Rep. Flowers to Expand Opportunities for Minority Businesses in State Contract Selection

Posted by Admin On May - 21 - 2018 Comments Off on State Rep. Flowers to Expand Opportunities for Minority Businesses in State Contract Selection

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – With a focus on inclusion of historically underserved and ousted business owners, Illinois State Rep. Mary E. Flowers, D-Chicago, is co-sponsoring a measure that would promote greater cooperation between the State of Illinois and minority contractors.

“The tax base in the State of Illinois is full of all kinds of diverse people from different backgrounds, so it only makes sense that the businesses we contract with reflect that diversity,” said Flowers. “This bill will close the communication gap between small minority-owned businesses and the state when it comes to the qualifications and availability of opportunities to do quality business and create jobs in underserved communities.”

Flowers is the co-sponsor of Senate Bill 3106, a measure that establishes the Minority Contractor Opportunity Initiative. This initiative would require the Business Enterprise Council and each Chief Procurement Officer to provide information related to minority-owned, women-owned, person-with-disabilities owned and small businesses. This information would include outreach to these businesses, education on state contracting and procurement and notification to these businesses about State contracting opportunities. Additionally, the Comptroller will maintain an updated online database of State contracts with these businesses.

“It is time we bring transparency to the State contract bidding and procurement process,” said Flowers. “When we level the playing field for businesses who have constantly been at a disadvantage, we will see these benefits shape change, not only on the job-site, but back home in the community where we are bringing good-paying jobs and opportunity.”

Senate Bill 3106 recently passed out of the Senate unanimously and is expected to be heard for consideration in the House State Government Administration Committee in the near future.

Flowers represents the 31st district, which includes portions of the Auburn-Gresham community in Chicago, Oak Lawn, Chicago Ridge, Countryside and others. For more information, please contact Rep. Flowers’ constituent service office at 773-471-5200 or email her at maryeflowers@ilga.gov.

CPS Special Ed Debacle, Subsequent ISBE Call for Independent Monitoring Falls Squarely at Feet of Mayor Rahm Emanuel

Posted by Admin On May - 21 - 2018 Comments Off on CPS Special Ed Debacle, Subsequent ISBE Call for Independent Monitoring Falls Squarely at Feet of Mayor Rahm Emanuel


From: The Chicago Teachers Union


Mayoral control again proves to be failed policy; state board’s findings could be the tip of the iceberg pending additional reports of reductions in services for students who qualify for transitional bilingual services, diverse learning, early childhood programming


CHICAGO, IL The Chicago Teachers Union issued the following statement following a vote by the Illinois State Board of Education to appoint an independent monitor to oversee Chicago Public Schools’ management of special education services, after the Board found that the district committed multiple violations of federal law and endangered thousands of children:

“It is no surprise that the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) blasted Mayor Rahm Emanuel and his handpicked Chicago Board of Education for its intentional violations of state and federal special education laws. The report and its recommendations outline a culture of blatant disregard for the law and the amoral administration of special education services for thousands of our most vulnerable students. The union hopes that ISBE will extend its monitor to oversee the practices of the district’s multiple charter school operators to ensure maximum protection for all students, and compliance with the law.

“While an independent monitor is necessary, this penalty for Emanuel’s poor stewardship of our school communities does not go far enough. The Chicago Teachers Union demands an immediate end to mayoral control of Chicago’s public schools.

“The state’s findings are the result of a massive coalition effort among CPS parents, special education advocates and CTU members and staff who have succeeded in holding the district accountable for its wrongdoing. But while we commend ISBE’s effort to address these injustices, this is only the beginning. Our union has learned of equally shameful reductions in services for students who qualify for transitional bilingual services, diverse learning and early childhood programming, and believes there are extensive violations in these areas where the district has unlawfully slashed budgets and cut corners.

“Despite the mayor’s electoral subterfuge and million dollar campaign gifts, his administration has enacted some of the deepest cuts to school services and personnel in CPS history. Under Emanuel’s failed leadership, we have seen more than 60 schools closed in low-income Black and Brown neighborhoods; the number of school nurses fall to 144 for more than 500 schools; illegal and immoral $100 million cuts to special education budgets; the elimination of close to 2,000 teacher positions; and a reduction in the number of social workers by almost 20 percent.

“In addition, already record-high class sizes have continued to balloon, and as the mayor rolls out the red carpet over community voice for a presidential library, he is currently presiding over a district with more than 500 schools, but only 157 school librarians.

“Emanuel is a failed school boss with two independent monitors now overseeing his work—ISBE and the Illinois Attorney General. His school record is abysmal. One of his handpicked school CEOs is serving time in a federal prison. Another handpicked CEO—and personal friend—was forced out of the position for sweeping ethics violations. There has been an unprecedented purging of Black, female educators. Multiple contracts with privatized janitorial companies have left our school communities filthy and infested with rodents.

“The only way forward is an end to the mayor’s inequitable and draconian student-based budgeting scheme. Our school communities deserve school budgets that reflect the aspirations of the new state formula.

“Mayoral control is a failed policy. We need an elected, representative school board.

“We need to remove the restrictions on our union’s bargaining rights so we can appropriately address the needs of our students.

“And lastly, we need a new mayor.”

The Chicago Teachers Union represents nearly 25,000 teachers and educational support personnel working in Chicago Public Schools, and by extension, the nearly 400,000 students and families they serve The CTU is an affiliate of the American Federation of Teachers and the Illinois Federation of Teachers and is the third-largest teachers local in the United States. For more information please visit the CTU website at www.ctunet.com.

Master P’s Daughter, Cymphonique, to Star in Superhero Franchise

Posted by Admin On May - 21 - 2018 Comments Off on Master P’s Daughter, Cymphonique, to Star in Superhero Franchise

Genius Mind Films Announes a New Superhero Franchise – “Eyes of ESCA” Starring Cymphonique Miller

Eyes of Esca starring Cymphonique Miller

Nationwide (BlackNews.com) — From the comic book and novel Eyes of Esca comes the highly anticipated screenplay adaption. The story range carries a potential of Star Wars and is comparable to Avengers and Shape of Water with a young adult edge.

The ethereal, bioluminescent, world of Nautilus lies beneath the ocean as well as in space. In the Sci-fi Thriller/ Drama, actress Cymphonique Miller stars as “Jade” – the brain-child of two high profile marine biologists.

She mourns their death after their ship mysteriously wrecks on an expedition and is taken under the wing of a billionaire professor who leads her on a journey of discovery and unimaginable power that will change Jade and the world she thought she knew, forever.

Eyes of Esca brings the super hero genre to the YA (Young Adult) audience with an original scientific theory based on the shape-shifting octopus. This is the first in a trilogy of films that will not only see Jade’s coming of age, but also a war between aliens and humans.


This is an original screenplay written by Ramello Barnes and Michael Ballard.

For more information, go to www.EyesOfEsca.com

Photo Caption: Film artwork

Florida Man Who Assaulted Airline Flight Crew and Passengers Sentenced to Two Years in Prison

Posted by Admin On May - 21 - 2018 Comments Off on Florida Man Who Assaulted Airline Flight Crew and Passengers Sentenced to Two Years in Prison
Defendant Banned from Flying during Three Year Term of Supervised Release after Prison

A Tampa, Florida, man who assaulted crew and passengers on a Delta Airlines flight bound for China was sentenced today in U.S. District Court in Seattle to two years in prison for four federal felonies in connection with the July 16, 2017 incident, announced U.S. Attorney Annette L. Hayes.  JOSEPH DANIEL HUDEK IV, 24, pleaded guilty in February 2018. HUDEK claimed he suffered a psychotic episode with hallucinations after consuming marijuana edibles.  In imposing the prison sentence U.S. District Judge John C. Coughenour said he could not ignore the violence to the flight attendants and passengers and the fear HUDEK caused to all of the people on the flight.

“Assaulting flight attendants and passengers, and threatening the safety of everyone on a commercial airliner will not be tolerated,” said U.S. Attorney Annette L. Hayes.  “We take very seriously our responsibility to hold accountable those who victimize the flying public and airline employees.  I commend the FBI for their work to ensure the victims in this case were heard and the evidence of this crime was made available for all concerned.”

According to records in the case, HUDEK was seated in first class on the Delta flight. The aircraft had 210 passengers on board and 11 crew members.  The plane had just passed over Vancouver Island and was over the Pacific Ocean when HUDEK came out of the first class bathroom and in an agitated state attempted to raise the lever of the exit door of the aircraft.  Two flight attendants attempted to stop HUDEK, he threw one to the floor and punched the other.  When a passenger attempted to assist the flight attendants, HUDEK hit him over the head with a wine bottle.  Ultimately, multiple passengers were required to restrain HUDEK, and one lowered the exit handle of the door as the aircraft returned to Seattle.

Speaking to the court, passenger Lon Arnold described how he suffered permanent injury to his vision when HUDEK punched him in the eye.  HUDEK also hit Arnold over the head with a wine bottle causing a concussion.  Arnold said “the violence was incredible… I was afraid he was going to kill the flight attendant.”

In addition to the two year prison sentence, Judge Coughenour ordered HUDEK to pay $67,841 in restitution to the victims and imposed three years of supervised release to follow prison.  During supervised release HUDEK is not allowed to fly on a commercial aircraft.HUDEK remains out of custody on bond.  The Bureau of Prisons will determine his prison placement and will order him to report to a federal prison in the next four to six weeks.

The case was investigated by the FBI.  The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Stephen Hobbs.

Source: FBI

Illinois Housing Development Authority Awards $26.4 million in Federal Tax Credits to Finance Affordable Housing Across Illinois

Posted by Admin On May - 21 - 2018 Comments Off on Illinois Housing Development Authority Awards $26.4 million in Federal Tax Credits to Finance Affordable Housing Across Illinois


Federal Tax Incentive Will Support the Construction and Rehabilitation of 1,327 Affordable Apartments in 15 Counties


CHICAGO, IL – The Illinois Housing Development Authority (IHDA) Board of Directors today awarded more than $26.4 million in federal Low-Income Housing Tax Credits (LIHTC) to fund 26 affordable housing developments within 15 counties across Illinois. Once sold to investors, the tax credits will generate an estimated $241.4 million in private capital to finance the creation or preservation of 1,327 affordable apartments for low- to moderate-income families, seniors, veterans, and persons with special needs. The construction activity is expected to support 2,379 full-time construction jobs and 524 permanent jobs after completion.

“The Low-Income Housing Tax Credit is instrumental in helping IHDA achieve our mission of financing safe, quality and affordable housing in Illinois,” IHDA Executive Director Audra Hamernik said. “This program is a proven public-private partnership that allows us to leverage the resources and expertise of the private sector to create jobs, generate tax revenue, and most importantly, ensure working families, seniors, and people with special needs have a place to call home.”

The Low-Income Housing Tax Credit program was created with the passage of the Tax Reform Act of 1986 (P.L. 99–514). The Internal Revenue Service allocates a certain number of tax credits annually to each state based on population. IHDA awards the credits in a competitive application process, and once developers receive the credits, they sell them to investors and use the equity generated to reduce construction and operating costs. The savings in underwriting are passed on to the renter in the form of below-market rents, which must remain affordable for a minimum of 30 years. IHDA has administered the LIHTC program in Illinois since it began in 1986. Since its inception, the program has financed more than 90,975 units of affordable housing in the state, generating $4.9 billion in private capital for affordable housing.

The IHDA Board approved the following developments to receive tax credits:

Southbridge Phase I (Chicago): New construction of 100 rental units in a mixed-income, transit-oriented development. Developed by the Community Builders, Southbridge is located in Chicago’s South Loop neighborhood and is adjacent to a number of important community amenities, including recreational playing fields, the National Teacher’s Academy elementary school, and a Green Line CTA station.

Miriam Apartments (Chicago): Rehabilitation of a 66-unit former SRO building in Chicago’s Uptown neighborhood that was acquired by Mercy Housing Lakefront in 1991 and transformed into supportive housing for women at risk of homelessness. Mercy Housing will reconfigure the units to provide private kitchens and baths, add common areas, and improve accessibility to allow for aging in place.

Roosevelt Road Veterans Housing (Chicago): A new five-story development from the Safe Haven Foundation to serve the housing and support needs of homeless and disabled veterans. The development will feature 87 studio and three one-bedroom apartments, as well as on-site supportive services and community amenities.

Hope Manor Village (Chicago): The Volunteers of America of Illinois will build 19 new two-flat buildings on 19 vacant lots on the south side of Chicago for veterans with families who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. Residents will be able to access counseling, case management, youth enrichment programs, employment services and peer support at nearby Hope Manor II, an earlier phase of the initiative opened in 2014.

Greenwood Park Apartments (Chicago): Rehabilitation of a 15 building housing complex in Chicago’s Kenwood neighborhood. Preservation of Affordable Housing (POAH) purchased the 43-year-old property in 2016, and will use LIHTC financing to make accessibility retrofits and critical repairs in order to preserve 122 deeply affordable units in an outstanding location.

NEH II (Naperville): Construction of a five-story, 68-unit expansion to the existing 121-unit Martin Avenue Apartments senior housing complex. The addition will connect to the 51-unit south wing of the Martin Avenue complex, which will receive renovations during construction. Owned and operated by Naperville Elderly Housing Inc., the apartments will offer affordable rents with easy access to shopping, healthcare, parks and recreation.

1212 Larkin (Elgin): Full Circle Communities will create 47 units across a mix of new and rehabilitated apartment and townhome buildings. The development includes the adaptive reuse of two historic structures – the Larkin Center and Clubhouse buildings – into a mix of studio, one- and two-bedroom apartments and amenities for income-eligible families.

Anthony Place Prairie Centre St. Charles (St. Charles): Construction of a new senior apartment building that will create 74 affordable apartments for residents 55 and older. The development is a part of the City of St. Charles’ master redevelopment plan for a long-vacant 27-acre former mall property, which includes affordable and market rate housing, as well as commercial and mixed-use buildings.

The Residences of Crystal Lake (Crystal Lake): A three-story, 60-unit building featuring one- and two-bedroom apartments that will allow seniors to remain in Crystal Lake as their housing needs change. Sponsored by Turnstone Development, the building will be rented to households earning less than 60 percent of the area median income.

TCB Oak Park I (Oak Park): New construction of a 37-unit, four-story building for income-eligible families. Sponsored by the Community Builders, the property is located in one of Oak Park’s transit-oriented-development gateways and is surrounded by community amenities ad retail, including recreation, schools, restaurants and groceries.

Spruce Village (Palatine): A new construction development that will provide 44 apartments for adults with disabilities who are capable of living independently. Sponsored by the Housing Opportunity Development Corporation, Spruce Village will offer access to an array of supportive services overseen by the Kenneth Young Center and the Alexian Brothers Medical Group.

Liberty Meadow Estates Phase III (Joliet): The final phase of an affordable housing development on a 64-acre site purchased by the Housing Authority of Joliet in 2006. The Will County Housing Development Corporation will build 42 single-family rental homes and duplexes, each with an attached garage, front and back yard, and porch. Each home is set aside for residents earning no more than 60 percent of the area median income.

Fifth Avenue Apartments (Maywood): The Interfaith Housing Development will create 72 units of affordable housing for individual and families on a site donated by the Village of Maywood. The ground floor will offer a variety of common areas for resident including offices, meeting rooms and laundry, as well retail space that may include a quality grocery store.

Kings Court Redevelopment (Springfield): The Abundant Faith Ministry of Springfield will purchase and renovate an old motel, transforming the property into 18 affordable apartments while building two new duplexes on vacant land owned by the Ministry. All 22 units will be affordable to households earning no more than 60% of the area median income and will include an assortment of in-unit and community amenities.

Lofts on the Square (Belleville): Renovation of the historic Hotel Belleville/Meredith Home into 47 affordable senior apartments and retail space on the Public Square in downtown Belleville. The Southwestern Illinois Development Authority will oversee the adaptive reuse of the building, which will convert the second through sixth floors into apartments for residents over 55 who earn less than 60 percent of the area median income.

Edison Avenue Lofts (Granite City): A historic rehabilitation of the former YMCA in downtown Granite City into a mixed-income, mixed-use apartment building offering 37 affordable units. Developed by Rise Community Development, the building is in a highly walkable section of downtown adjacent to a park, a new community theater, and a historic library.

East Bluff Housing (Peoria): A scattered-site development in Peoria’s East Bluff neighborhood that will create 20 new single-family rental homes and five duplexes on 25 vacant lots. Developed by the Peoria Opportunities Foundation, the homes will be designed based on neighboring styles and will include recreational green space, as well as parking and landscaping at each site.

The Community of Sunnybrook (Alton): A new development offering 38 affordable apartments and two market-rate units for families just east of downtown Alton. Currently a vacant field, the property will soon feature 20 duplex buildings containing a mix of one-, two- and three-bedroom units. After 15 years, the developers will make the units available as opportunities for affordable homeownership.

Anthony Place of Ottawa (Ottawa): A new four-story building that will contain 56 affordable apartments for seniors, as well as indoor parking, a fitness room, computer room, and a library on the ground floor. The downtown site currently serves as a drive-thru for the First National Bank of Ottawa, which will be mostly demolished to make way for the building.

Diamond Senior Apartments of Breese (Breese): New construction of seven single-story townhouse buildings containing 40 affordable apartments for seniors by 3Diamond Development. Construction will also include new roads, walking paths, and parking. All 40 units will be affordable to residents earning no more than 60 percent of the area median income.

Flax Meadow Townhomes (Highland): A new construction development of eight one- and two-story townhomes. When complete, Flax Meadow will offer 32 affordable units of family housing with on-site management offices, as well as a playground and open green space.

Oak Field Place (Henry): A new one-story building from Oak Grove Development featuring 30 affordable apartments for seniors in Marshall county. The development will reserve five apartments for residents with disabilities or those who are at risk of homelessness.

Morgan County Senior Homes (Jacksonville): This development will bring 23 affordable townhome units to the City of Jacksonville. The development will consist of a mix of duplexes, triplexes and four-plexes that will replace a blighted nursing home with brand new one- and two-bedroom units for seniors.

Highland Villas (Highland): The Southwestern Illinois Development Authority will build 48 affordable villa-style units for income eligible seniors. Each unit will be designed to incorporate the highest level of accessibility and a variety of in-unit amenities. The development will also include the construction of a community building.

Gillespie Senior Residences (Gillespie): New construction of 20 single-family rental homes for seniors in Macoupin County. Every nit will receive rental assistance from the Macoupin County Housing Authority, who will manage the development.

The Hills (Hillsboro): The Montgomery County Regional Growth & Development Corporation will replace the existing Kirk Terrace public housing property with 50 new affordable units in a blend of single-family rental homes, duplexes and triplexes. A community center will also be built as a part of the development to serve families of The Hills as well as another tax credit development in the area.

Black Physician Elected to Medical University of South Carolina

Posted by Admin On May - 21 - 2018 Comments Off on Black Physician Elected to Medical University of South Carolina

New member elected to Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) Board of Trustees

W. Melvin Brown

Charleston, SC (BlackNews.com) — The Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) is pleased to welcome W. Melvin Brown, III, M.D., to the MUSC Board of Trustees, effective May 2. Brown represents the 6th Congressional district of South Carolina, which includes all of Allendale, Bamberg, Barnwell, Clarendon, Colleton, Hampton and Williamsburg counties and parts of Beaufort, Berkeley, Calhoun, Charleston, Dorchester, Georgetown, Orangeburg, Richland and Sumter counties.

“I served my country for 20 years in the naval service. Now I look forward to the opportunity to serve my home state,” Brown said.

Brown currently works as an emergency room physician in urban, rural, retirement and federal hospital settings, including the four hospitals under Trident Medical Center and as a part-time staff member at the Ralph A. Johnson V.A. Medical Center in the Charleston area, Lexington Medical Center in Columbia, and Waccamaw Community Hospital in Murrell’s Inlet. He also serves as an instructor for the oral board preparation course sponsored by the American Academy of Emergency Medicine.

He earned his bachelor’s degree in engineering from the United States Naval Academy in 1991, a master’s degree in education with a concentration in biology from The Citadel College of Graduate Studies in 1999, and his doctorate in medicine from MUSC in 2002. He completed an emergency medicine residency while serving as an active duty naval officer at the Naval Medical Center in Portsmouth, VA.

While on active duty from 1991 through 2015, Brown served as engineering division officer at the Naval Education and Training center in Newport, Rhode Island, and on the USS Sierra (Charleston) and the USS Hawes (Norfolk, Virginia). He was medical officer on the USS Carter Hall (Little Creek, Virginia) in 2008, and served as medical director of a shock trauma unit with the 2nd Marine Expeditionary Force, Hemland province, Afghanistan. He was also director of emergency medicine at the U.S. Naval Hospital in Yokosuka, Japan. His final tour was as a staff physician at the U.S. Naval Hospital in Jacksonville, Florida in 2010. For most of 2014, Brown was stationed as a trauma team leader at a military base in Kumar Province, Afghanistan with Joint Special Operations. He retired from active duty in 2015.

“The Medical University of South Carolina Board of Trustees welcomes Dr. Brown and looks forward to the knowledge and expertise he will bring MUSC as an alumnus, physician, and veteran,” said Mark Sweatman, Board of Trustees secretary.

Brown received 10 medals for various commendations and achievements while serving in the U.S. Navy. He is a fellow of the Academy of Academic Emergency Medicine, a member of the South Carolina Medical Association, and has served on the board of directors for the Star Gospel Mission as well as Porter-Gaud School.

About MUSC
Founded in 1824 in Charleston, The Medical University of South Carolina is the oldest medical school in the South. Today, MUSC continues the tradition of excellence in education, research, and patient care. MUSC educates and trains more than 3,000 students and 700 residents in six colleges (Dental Medicine, Graduate Studies, Health Professions, Medicine, Nursing, and Pharmacy), and has nearly 14,000 employees, including approximately 1,500 faculty members. As the largest non-federal employer in Charleston, the university and its affiliates have collective annual budgets in excess of $2.4 billion, with an annual economic impact of more than $3.8 billion and annual research funding in excess of $250 million. MUSC operates a 700-bed medical center, which includes a nationally recognized children’s hospital, the Ashley River Tower (cardiovascular, digestive disease, and surgical oncology), Hollings Cancer Center (a National Cancer Institute-designated center), Level I trauma center, Institute of Psychiatry, and the state’s only transplant center. In 2017, for the third consecutive year, U.S. News & World Report named MUSC Health the number one hospital in South Carolina. For more information on academic programs or clinical services, visit www.musc.edu. For more information on hospital patient services, visit www.muschealth.org.

Photo Caption: W. Melvin Brown, the newest member of the MUSC Board of Trustees

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