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Archive for August 31st, 2018

CTU Blasts Mayor Emanuel for Fingerprint Disaster – and Exploiting Student Safety for Political Gain

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Disastrous background check process has banned teachers who taught through the summer – as well as activist teachers arrested for protesting for more school funds

CHICAGO,IL — Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s political grandstanding has done nothing to protect public school students, and instead has locked out committed, caring educators from their classrooms, charges the Chicago Teachers Union. The CTU has received dozens of calls from alarmed veteran educators who have been told they are not ‘cleared’ to return to their classrooms on the first day of school this Tuesday – and it’s feared that as many as several hundred have been impacted by a disastrous CPS roll-out of fingerprinting and background checks for around 6,000 educators.

CPS banned one educator after the vendor botched her fingerprints. Another teacher and CTU delegate with no arrest record was scrambling late Thursday to fight CPS’ notification that she was barred from teaching. And at least three educators who are also CTU delegates were arrested in 2016 for civil disobedience at a protest demanding that Bank of America pay their fair share of taxes to support public schools. Their charges were dropped, but this week CPS notified them that they were not approved to return to the classroom – even though they’d previously been cleared by CPS and returned to their classrooms. CPS emailed one teacher who was re-fingerprinted in June this week, stating that she was not approved to teach – with no further instructions on how she might follow up, provide additional information or challenge the ruling.

“As a father of two boys in CPS schools, I share parents’ outrage and concern, both for the abuse that CPS swept under the rug to protect the mayor, and for Rahm’s crass political exploitation of this crisis,” said CTU Acting President Jesse Sharkey. “This is not a school safety plan – this is political cover for a mayor who’s failed our students. Teachers who taught students this summer are now being told they’re not fit to return to the classroom on Tuesday. Members who were re-fingerprinted in June and July are just now learning they’re being turned out of their classrooms. One educator who was fingerprinted and cleared to work as a new employee last January is now being told she is not approved for the new school year. There’s no evidence that anything that’s been flagged in this train wreck of a background check process presents a threat to students.”

CPS’ process to re-fingerprint and re-run background checks on thousands of educators has been plagued with problems and false starts. Issues range from long lines in sweltering conditions with few workers at fingerprint sites to CPS’ unilateral move to push back the deadline for fingerprinting by roughly a month – at a time when many educators had scheduled vacations with family members. The CTU started receiving alarmed calls and emails from members in the last week, as CPS sent out notices that they were barred from their classrooms. CTU staff have been rushing to get members’ records to CPS and challenge those rulings by the first day of school – a process that CPS should have begun weeks earlier, charge CTU officials.

“It’s outrageous that some of our most caring educators are being targeted for putting their bodies on the line to demand that big banks pay their fair share to public education – and NOT for any actions that could remotely impact the safety of students,” said CTU Political Director Stacy Davis Gates. “We always knew this process would be political and punitive – and that’s exactly what we’re seeing now. We protect students in our classrooms, and now this mayor is turning us away out of political retribution – and the incompetence of Rahm’s hand-picked school bosses.”

Why Aretha Franklin is the Queen of Our Souls

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By Tolson Banner

Aretha Franklin, Queen of SoulNationwide (BlackNews.com) — In many ways the litany of songs Aretha Franklin (THE QUEEN) bestowed upon us mirrored more than love between a man and a woman, or the lack thereof. I guess it could be said, the Queen of Soul crooned from the bowels of her spirit about the relationship between America and as Curtis Mayfield would say, “The people who are darker than blue.”

The Queen obliterated genres. The Queen gave us deep feeling and meaning to all the harsh conditions we faced in America: a field holla goddess-like cry; dignity in the work songs; sweet joy in the morning spirituals; shouts-from-the-back-of-the-church gospels; deep moaning blues; jazz be-bopping; rhythm and blues doo-wopping. The Queen served up a healing/soulful polyrhythmic mix for our troubled souls.

It is almost like each song the Queen delivered told a story about our journey to a foreign land, the horrors we would endure while at the same time giving us the strength to persevere.

When we crossed the threshold at Goree Island, we had no idea we would be walking into an enslavement terror heretofore unknown to humankind. And once we were forced onto the ship called Jesus there was no mercy shown for the travails that lay ahead. The turbulence of the Atlantic waters tossed us about like rag dolls and we learned how to “ROCK STEADY” for our survival.

We quickly recognized we would need to build a spiritual “BRIDGE OVER TROUBLED WATERS”. There were those of us who would rather die than be enslaved and threw themselves overboard. Historians have noted the shackled enslaved Africans still on board would murmur, “He gone home.” We could surmise: to find an ANGEL. Upon reaching the shores of Jamestown, VA all we could here from the slave masters’ bellicose commands was “JUMP, JUMP, JUMP TO IT”!

As cold as winter in the colonies, we were stripped of our identities, culture, and religion. We would find solace in the warmth of our spirits and our ancestors. As Malcolm X would say, “Just because a cat has kittens in a stove, you don’t call them biscuits.” An AFRICAN IS STILL AN AFRICAN. In the Queen’s words, “A ROSE IS STILL A ROSE”. We took that to heart and would “SAY A LITTLE PRAYER” to call forth our heaven on earth — not in the bye and bye!

With the civil war coming to an close, emancipation began swirling in the air. We wanted to believe we had a “DO RIGHT MAN” in President Lincoln and a “DO RIGHT WOMAN” in America. On both accounts, we were sadly mistaken and realized we were only a “CHAIN OF FOOLS”. We were turned back during Reconstruction, forlorn and bewildered – betrayed with the removal of all federal troops from the south. Forty acres and a mule was just DAY DREAMING. Consideration or discussions about reparations with America became, “DON’T PLAY THAT SONG”.

Jim Crow swept across the land like boll weevil. Marauding gangs consumed with white nationalism punctuated the American landscape with “strange fruit”. Protests and marches ensued endlessly. We stood at the crossroads between violence and non-violence. Not fully recovered from the four little girls bombed in the Birmingham church; a shot rang out in Memphis, a body fell. The King of Love was dead. In total disbelief, we said, “AINT NO WAY”.

The lyrics from ELEANOR RIGBY reverberated with us singing the chorus, “All the lonely people where do they belong?” The political milieu continued to offer a fox or a wolf. We turned to each other for support. It appeared as if our compass for moving forward had gone awry but there was a light at the end of the tunnel and it wasn’t the train coming back at us. We elected the first African-American president. On that accord we demanded, R-E-S-P-E-C-T.

Just recently, the Queen was called home by her celestial designer – her maker, where she now joins the ancestors. Collectively, we all sighed. The fact is the Queen had fulfilled what she came here to do: to be of service; her divine purpose complete. I had one last request. I asked the Queen to “CALL ME” the second, the minute, the hour, the moment she get there. She did. Thank you QUEEN for the spiritual call back.

Tolson Banner is a writer and columnist.

Senator John McCain, A Soldiers’ Warrior

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  • A Vietnam War Veteran & POW Battle with Brain Cancer comes to an end.

By Raymond Christian <sirrcccapt@msn.com>

Senator John McCainIn honor of a fallen officer and dedicated humanitarian. I must say that Senator John McCain will be missed. His training as a military officer, his presence, knowledge and experience is not something that can be so easily replaced or recreated.

It takes a man with this kind of diligence one who has actually been a prisoner of war. To stand on the green carpet and speak up for the Vietnam Veterans. Senator McCain  understood the need of having bills related to those who have served the United States passed. It was important to help them to be able to take care of themselves,  to be made whole.  It is unfortunate our government is still denying soldiers the relief they deserve.
Senator John McCain has been that voice through the years a voice for all soldiers. But moreso a voice for the forgotten Vietnam Veterans and their continuous suffering and battles with “Agent Orange.”
Senator John McCain was a captured POW one of the few men able to speak on the sufferin the Vietnam Veterans had to endure. Senator John McCain was captured by the Vietnamese and placed in solitary confinement in Vietnam. Prior to being placed in solitary confinement as a POW Senator McCain requested the release of the POW’s with him. This request led to unwarranted attention being placed on him. Which also led to him being forced into solitary confinement for two years. Senator John McCain was continuously tortured beyond imaginary beliefs. He was denied medical attention.
Regardless of whether Senator McCain was a Democrat or Republican it really doesn’t  matter we must look at the man and the work he has put forward to make this world a better place for all.  What we as a nation of people must look at is the concept of freedom and what this great nation America stands for.  What is the right thing to do to move this nation forward.  From a more personal stand point I saw Senator McCain’s viewpoints on many issues especially on those concerning the Vietnam Veterans as an equalizer for justice.
Senator McCain’s service in the military and government helped to prepare him in his leadership roles for the progress of this nation. He gave of himself which is something others are not willing to do. He invested his time and effort for change. He denied himself time with family, friends and loved ones for the benefit of the United States of America.

His military record speaks for itself In March 1973, after years of torture, McCain and other POWs were released. He later received the Silver Star, Bronze Star, Purple Heart and Distinguished Flying Cross. His time in government remain impeccable.

Thank you Senator John McCain for your dedication to service, your loyalty, and integrity you continuously exhibited to all is an example to follow for many. Gob bless you on your journey upwards through the pearly gates. Rest in peace you have fought a long and hard battle. Let these words rain with you forevermore Matthew 25:21 King James Version (KJV)

21 His lord said unto him, Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.

Copyrights Elder Raymond C Christian all rights reserved

Just know, God is always watching.

Deans of the Wrongful Convictions Movement To Hold Court About Nation’s Most Prominent Cases

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CHICAGO, IL – Some of the nation’s most prominent activist attorneys in the movement to expose wrongful convictions will discuss how police and prosecutors tipped the scales of justice in the case of North Carolina novelist Michael Peterson, whose trial was the subject of the recent Netflix hit series The Staircase, and in the cases of Steven Avery and Brendan Dassey, whose convictions were the subject of the 10-episode “Making a Murderer” Netflix documentary series.


Attorneys David Rudolf from “The Staircase and Jerry Buting from “Making a Murderer” will speak at Lincoln Hall, 2424 N. Lincoln Ave in Chicago at 8 PM on Sunday, September 9.  The discussion will be moderated by Professor Steven Drizin of Northwestern University’s Pritzker School of Law, one of the leading experts in the country on the causes of wrongful convictions.

Rudolf and Buting will provide “behind the scenes” insights into how police and prosecutors tipped the scales of justice in their efforts to convict Michael Peterson, Steven Avery and Brendan Dassey. They will also take questions from the audience and discuss the important criminal justice issues raised in these true-crime documentaries.

For more information, call or email David Rudolf or Jerry Buting at the contacts listed above.

New Raoul Law Expands Protections for Sexual Assault Survivors

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SPRINGFIELD, IL —  Legislation sponsored by State Senator Kwame Raoul (D-Chicago 13th) providing additional protections and rights for survivors of sexual assault or abuse was signed into law on Friday.

The Survivors’ Bill of Rights fills in gaps in Illinois’ current laws and brings the state in line with federal guidelines.

“A victim of sexual assault should not have to go through any more trauma when attempting to get help,” Raoul said. “We need to protect their rights and assist them in reporting these crimes so the perpetrators can be brought to justice.”

In drafting the legislation, Raoul worked closely with Rise, a national civil rights nonprofit that worked with Congress to pass a federal Survivors’ Bill of Rights in 2016. The organization is working to create legislation in every state to protect the estimated 25 million survivors of sexual assault.

New protections for victims of sexual assault or abuse include:

·         allowing them to shower at the hospital post-examination;

·         allowing them to obtain a copy of the police report relating to the incident;

·         allowing them to have a sexual assault advocate and a support person of their choosing present for medical and physical examinations;

·         allowing them to retain their own counsel;

·         prohibiting law enforcement from prosecuting the victim for a crime related to use of alcohol, cannabis, or a controlled substance based on the sexual assault forensic evidence collected;

·         providing that consenting to the collection of evidence by means of a rape kit extends the statute of limitations for a criminal prosecution to maximum currently provided by law (10 years).

The law also extends the time period during which rape kits can be tested.

Currently, if a victim of sexual assault or rape does not immediately consent to having a rape kit tested, law enforcement will retain it for 5 years or, in the case of a minor, 5 years after they turn 18.

This law extends that retention period to 10 years. A victim can provide written consent for the kit to be tested anytime during that period.

Senate Bill 3404 takes effect on Jan. 1, 2019.

Mortgage Industry Leaves Millions of Prospective Home Buyers on the Table

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September conference aims to increase homeownership and financial capability
By Hazel Trice Edney
(TriceEdneyWire.com) – The home mortgage industry across the U. S., now on “sound footing” since the crisis of 2007, is still leaving prospective homeowners behind, according to a recent Harvard University study.
“By many metrics, the U.S. housing market in 2018 is on sound footing,” said Chris Herbert, managing director of the Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies in the center’s annual State of the Nation’s Housing report. “But a number of challenges highlighted in the first ‘State of the Nation’s Housing’ report 30 years ago persist today, and in many respects the situation has worsened for both the lowest-income Americans and those higher up the income ladder.”


This dearth in homeownership – largely affecting African-Americans – is the reason that an upcoming annual conference is crucial says Marcia Griffin, founder and president of HomeFree-USA a leader in home mortgage counseling. The 14th Annual HomeFree-USA Reaching Millions conference is set for Sept. 17-19 in Washington, D.C.
The inspirational, educational and leadership development conference will feature nationally renowned speakers. They include author/speaker Stedman Graham, the Rev. Jamal-Harrison Bryant; Gospel artist Bishop Marvin Sapp; and the Rev. Dr. DeForest Blake “Buster” Soaries, Jr., all aiming to teach and inspire financial independence and debt free lifestyles.


“This conference is a very important gathering of leaders – nonprofit, faith-based,

Marcia Griffin

government, mortgage and banking leaders,” says Griffin. “It’s crucial in order to elevate the issue of homeownership in general but also the financial stature of people of color specifically. This conference delivers new ideas to capture the millions of potential homebuyers who want to buy but need guidance and encouragement. The unique aspect of the conference will be a mixture of education and inspiration with a goal of establishing a synergy for partnerships,” Griffin says.


“We will all come together to learn from each other, and gain ideas to increase mortgage approvals and reduce denials among people of color,” Griffin continues. “It is going to take partners working together to give homebuyers the kind of guidance they need to sustain homeownership and weather the financial challenges that arise in life.”
The conference is designed to:
  • Increase homeownership and financial success among low-to-moderate income people.
  • Elevate the stature and increase the impact of government, nonprofit and for-profit housing and homeownership providers
  • Create and strengthen public/private partnerships
Reaching Millions is for professionals and leaders whose focus is on:
  • Affordable lending
  • Increasing homeownership in low-to-moderate income communities
  • Personal and professional leadership development
  • Developing new public and private partnerships to further their mission and expand affordable housing
  • Ways to reach more qualified homebuyers
According to the latest stats from the U. S. Census Bureau, general homeownership rates in the second quarter of 2018 revealed significant room for growth. Overall, the rate is 64.3 percent in the second quarter of 2018, growing slightly by .6 percent from the first quarter.
However, a closer look at the Census Bureau breakdown of the homeownership rate by race shows communities of color still lagging far behind White homeowners, despite historic efforts to close the gap, including the Fair Housing Act of 1968. According to the Census Bureau, the following are the current stats broken down by race:
  • Non-Hispanic White householders was highest at 72.9 percent.
  • Asian, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander householders was second at 58.0 percent.
  • Hispanic householders was at 46.2.
  • Black householders was lowest at 41.6 percent.
“Although the changes in homeownership by race and ethnicity were seen as mostly positive, Black households are the one group that has made no appreciable progress,” says the Harvard Joint Center study.


This conference contributes to the efforts to turn these deplorable statistics around. Conference attendees will leave with a roadmap, partnerships and resources to capture the homebuyers that we are leaving behind. Working together the mortgage industry, nonprofits and government leaders will be able to deliver the tools families need to become successful homeowners.   .


More information about the conference can be found at www.HomeFreeUSA.org/rm2018. Contact MilanG@homefreeusa.org for information on a limited number of discounted registrations.

First Human West Nile Virus Death In Illinois For 2018

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SPRINGFIELD, IL – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) has confirmed the first human West Nile virus-related death in Illinois for 2018.  A LaSalle County resident over 65 years who became ill during the first part of August and tested positive for West Nile virus has died.

“Although we’re moving toward the end of summer, West Nile virus remains a risk until the first hard frost,” said IDPH Director Nirav D. Shah, M.D., J.D.  “It’s important for everyone to continue taking precautions like using insect repellent, wearing long sleeve shirts and pants, and staying indoors between dusk and dawn.”

Last year IDPH reported the first human West Nile virus death in Illinois on September 29, 2017. During 2017, there were 90 human West Nile virus cases, including eight deaths.  IDPH is currently reporting 22 human cases.  West Nile virus positive results in humans, birds, mosquitoes, and/or horses have been reported in 58 counties this year.

West Nile virus is transmitted through the bite of a mosquito.  Common symptoms include fever, nausea, headache and muscle aches.  Symptoms may last from a few days to a few weeks.  However, four out of five people infected with West Nile virus will not show any symptoms.  In rare cases, severe illness including meningitis or encephalitis, or even death, can occur.  People older than 50 and immunocompromised individuals are at higher risk for severe illness.

Remember to take some simple precautions to reduce the number of mosquitoes around your home and protect yourself from being bitten.

• Minimize being outdoors when mosquitoes transmitting West Nile virus are most active, especially between dusk and dawn.
• When outdoors, wear shoes and socks, long pants and a long-sleeved shirt, and apply insect repellent that contains DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus or IR 3535, according to label instructions.  Consult a physician before using repellents on infants.
• Eliminate all sources of standing water where mosquitoes can breed, such as old tires, buckets and other receptacles, or refresh the water in bird baths, flowerpots and wading pools every couple days.

Additional information about West Nile virus can be found on the IDPH website.

IDOT Reopening Lanes Where Possible for Labor Day

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SPRINGFIELD, IL — The Illinois Department of Transportation announced the reopening of lanes where possible for the Labor Day holiday to minimize travel disruption.

Non-emergency work will be suspended from 3 p.m. Friday, Aug. 31, through 12:01 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 4, when construction will resume.

The following work zones will remain in place during the holiday weekend. Pay close attention to signs and posted speed limits. Please buckle up, put your phone down and drive sober.

District 1
Cook County

• Illinois 59 (Sutton Road) from north of West Bartlett Road to south of Illinois 19 (Irving Park Road); lane reductions continue.
• Sheridan Road between Lincoln Street and Ridge Avenue in Evanston; lane reductions continue.
• Shermer Road over the West Fork, North Branch of the Chicago River in Northbrook; closed. Detour posted.
• JFK Boulevard from Arlington Heights Road to Elk Grove Boulevard in Elk Grove Village; lane reductions continue.
• Elk Grove Boulevard from Arlington Heights Road to Victoria Lane in Elk Grove Village; lane reductions continue.
• Northwest Highway between Touhy and Washington avenues in Park Ridge; lane reductions continue.
• North Avenue and U.S. 20 (Lake Street) in Streamwood; lane reductions continue.
• East Avenue in Streamwood; lane reductions continue.
• Illinois 50 (Cicero Avenue) between 157th and 161st streets in Oak Forest; lane reductions continue.
• U.S. 6 (159th Street) between Le Claire Avenue and Oak Forest Hospital entrance in Oak Forest; lane reductions continue.
• Interstate 290/Illinois 53 southbound from Interstate 90 to Higgins Road; lane reductions continue. (two lanes open on I-290/IL 53 SB Express & Local)
• Interstate 90 under Interstate 290/Illinois 53; shoulder closed.
• Cicero Avenue over Interstate 57; lane reductions continue.
•  U.S. 12/45 in Stone Park; lane reductions continue.
• Illinois 171 (Archer Avenue) and Illinois 83 intersection in Lemont; lane reductions continue.
• Jane Byrne Interchange project; the following ramps will remain closed:

o Inbound Kennedy (EB I/94) entrance from Madison
o Inbound Kennedy (EB I-90/94) exit to Monroe
o Inbound Kennedy (EB I-90/94) exit to Adams
o Inbound Kennedy (EB I-90/94) exit to inbound Congress Parkway
o Outbound Dan Ryan (EB I-90/94) exit to Taylor and Roosevelt
o Inbound Dan Ryan (WB I-90/94) exit to inbound Congress Parkway
o Inbound Dan Ryan (WB I-90/94) exit to Madison
o Outbound Kennedy (WB I-90/94) entrance from Jackson
o Inbound Eisenhower (EB I-290) exit to Racine
o Outbound Congress entrance from Canal
o Outbound Congress exit to outbound Dan Ryan (EB I-90/94)
o Outbound Eisenhower (WB I-290) exit to Morgan
o Inbound Eisenhower Expressway; lane reductions continue.
o Inbound Congress Parkway; lane reductions continue.
o Monroe Street and Van Buren Street bridges over I-90/94; closed.
DuPage County

• Park Boulevard from Illinois 38 to Revere Road in Glen Ellyn; lane reductions continue. Detour posted.
• Taylor Avenue at the Union Pacific Railroad in Glen Ellyn; closed. Detour posted.
Kane County

• Illinois 64 over the Fox River in St. Charles; lane reductions continue.
• West County Line Road in Maple Park; closed. Detour posted.

Lake County

• U.S. 12 over Illinois 59 ramp in Wauconda; lane reductions continue.
• Southbound Illinois 59 at U.S. 12 in Wauconda; closed. Detour posted.
• Illinois 132 (Grand Avenue) in Gurnee; lane reductions continue.

o Northbound entrance ramp to U.S. 41 and Grandville Avenue; closed.
o Southbound exit ramp from U.S. 41 to Illinois 132; closed. Detour posted.

• Forest Avenue over the Ravine Ditch in Highland Park; closed. Detour posted.
• Illinois 120 over the Canadian Pacific Railway, Greenleaf Street and ramps in Waukegan; lane reductions continue.

o Westbound Illinois 120 exit ramp to Greenleaf Street; closed. Detour posted.

• Illinois 137 (Greenwood Avenue) over the Amstutz Expressway in Waukegan; lane reductions continue.

o Northbound Illinois 137 (Amstutz Expressway) ramp to westbound Greenwood Avenue in Waukegan; lane reductions continue.

• Illinois 120 over US 41, Union Pacific Railroad and Old Skokie Road in Park City; lane reductions continue.
• Illinois 137 over U.S. 45 in Libertyville; lane reductions continue.

McHenry County

• Bay Road over Lily Lake Drain in Johnsburg; lane reductions continue, controlled by traffic signals.
• Deerpass Road at Kishwaukee River in Marengo; closed to through traffic, detour posted.
• Oak Grove Road just west of U.S. 14 in Chemung Township; closed to through traffic, detour posted.
• Main Street over Crystal Creek in Algonquin; closed. Detour posted.

Will County

• Illinois 53 over Hickory Creek in Joliet; lane reductions continue.
• Southbound Illinois 171 (State Street) from Eighth Street to 10th St in Lockport; lane reductions continue.
• Jefferson Street (eastbound U.S. 30) over the Des Plaines River in Joliet; closed. Detour posted.
District 2

Boone County

• U.S. 20 over Appleton Road in Belvidere; lane reductions continue. Ramps open.

Henry County

• Interstate 74/280 over Mosquito Creek near Coal Valley; lane reductions continue.
• U.S. 150 from Illinois 81 to Illinois 17; closed. Detour posted.

Ogle County

• Illinois 2 from Grand Detour to Oregon, 3 bridge deck repairs and HMA resurfacing; northbound lane closed. Detour posted.

Rock Island County

• Interstate 280 over the Mississippi River; lane reductions continue.

Whiteside County

• Interstate 88 from Illinois 78 west 9 miles; lane reductions continue.

District 3

Bureau County

• Illinois 26 north of Princeton; lane reductions continue, controlled by signals.
• Illinois 89 south of Arlington; lane reductions continue, controlled by signals.
• Westbound Interstate 80 west of Interstate 180; lane reductions continue.

Kendall County

• U.S. 52 near Lisbon; lane reductions continue, controlled by signals.

Livingston County

• Interstate 55 between mileposts 199 and 205; lane reductions continue.
• Illinois 116 west of Illinois 23; lane reductions continue.

Kankakee County

• Illinois 50 north of Bourbonnais; lane reductions continue.
• North Street over Interstate 57 in Bradley; closed.

District 4
Henry County

• Illinois 78 south of Kewanee; lane reductions continue. Controlled by signals in Henry County.

Knox County

• U.S. 150 (Grand Avenue) over BNSF Railroad in Galesburg; closed, detour posted.
• Interstate 74 just east of Woodhull, over Pope Creek; lane reductions continue.
• Interstate 74 in Galesburg just south of U.S. 34 over BNSF Railroad and Lincoln Street; lane reductions continue.

Knox and Warren counties

• U.S. 34 from Monmouth to Galesburg; closed, detour posted.

McDonough County

• Illinois 9 between U.S. 67 and Illinois 41; closed, detour posted.

Peoria County

• Illinois 40 (Knoxville Avenue) in Peoria from Pennsylvania to Corrington avenues; lane reductions continue.
• Interstate 474 between Airport Road and the Illinois River; lane reductions continue.

Stark County

• Illinois 17 in Toulon; lane reductions continue. Controlled by signals.

Tazewell County

• U.S. 24 at Spring Creek Road in Washington; lane reductions continue.

Woodford County

• Interstate 74 near Carlock to U.S. 150 in McLean County; lane reductions continue.

District 5

Champaign County

• Interstate 74 in both directions between mileposts 185 and 192; lane reductions continue.

DeWitt County

• Illinois 54 over Salt Creek 2 miles west of Kenney; lane reductions continue. Controlled by signals.

Piatt County

• Illinois 48 over Friends Creek Ditch 3 miles south of Deland; lane reductions continue. Controlled by signals.

McLean County

• Southbound U.S. Business 51 (South Center Street) in Normal; lane reductions continue. Detour posted.

District 6

Logan County

• Old U.S. 66 over Kickapoo Creek just north of Lawndale; closed, detour is posted.

Morgan County

• Interstate 72 at Morton Avenue; lane reductions continue.

Cass County

• U.S. 67 over the Illinois River; lane reductions continue.

District 7

Macon County

• U.S. 36 over U.S. 51 at the U.S. 36/U.S.51 interchange west of Decatur; closed, detour posted.

Lawrence County

• Illinois 1 north of Lawrenceville; closed, detour posted.

Fayette County

• Interstate 70 westbound just west of the Brownstown interchange; lane reductions continue.
• Interstate 70 in both directions just west of the U.S. 51 interchange in Vandalia; lane reductions continue.

Moultrie County

• Illinois 133 2.5 miles east of Lovington; closed. Detour posted.

Coles County

• Illinois 16 2 miles west of Mattoon; lane reductions continue. Controlled by signals.

District 8
Greene County

• Illinois 108 in Eldred; lane reductions continue. Controlled by signals/

Madison County

• Baumann Road at Interstate 70 north of Pierron; closed.
• Illinois 143 just east of Wanda/Moreland Road; closed.
• Interstate 55 between Illinois 143 and Illinois 140; lane reductions continue.
• U.S. 40 at Silver creek just west of Illinois 4; lane reductions continue. Controlled by signals.
• Illinois 157 at Burdick Creek Road south of Glen Carbon; lane reductions continue. Controlled by signals.

Bond County

• Illinois 143 east of Pierron; closed.
• Interstate 70 near Greenville; lane reductions continue.

St. Clair County

• Illinois 15 just east of Illinois 159 in Belleville; lane reductions continue.
• Martin Luther King Bridge; closed.

Washington County

• Illinois 127 south of Illinois 161; lane reductions continue. Controlled by sginals.

District 9

Jackson County

• Illinois 13 west of Carbondale; lane reductions continue.
• Illinois 13 east of Carbondale; lane reductions continue.

Jefferson County

• Illinois 37 8 miles south of Illinois 148; lane reductions continue. Controlled by signals.

Perry County

• Illinois 154 east of U.S. 51; lane reductions continue, controlled by signals.
• Illinois 13/127 south of Illinois 152; lane reductions continue, controlled by signals.

Saline County

• Illinois 34 through Galatia; lane reductions continue. Controlled by signals.
• U.S. 45 just north of Harrisburg; lane reductions continue.

Union County

• Interstate 57 at the Anna interchange; lane reductions continue.
• Interstate 57 near the Dongola interchange; lane reductions continue.

White County

• U.S. 45 south of Illinois 14; lane reductions continue. Controlled by signals.

Williamson County

• Illinois 37 south of Marion; lane reductions continue. Controlled by signals.

Attorney General Madigan Launches Clergy Abuse Hotline

Posted by Admin On August - 31 - 2018 Comments Off on Attorney General Madigan Launches Clergy Abuse Hotline
CHICAGO, IL – Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan launched a Clergy Abuse Hotline for anyone in the state of Illinois to report allegations of sexual abuse by clergy members.
Madigan urged Illinois residents to call her Clergy Abuse Hotline at 1-888-414-7678 with any information on allegations of sexual assault and abuse. The hotline will be answered by trained staff in Madigan’s office during business hours. Messages left on the hotline will be returned if contact information is provided. People can also send emails to clergyabuse@atg.state.il.us. Madigan’s office will refer allegations to states’ attorneys as appropriate.
“I encourage anyone in the state who has any information about any sexually inappropriate behavior involving a member of the clergy or church in Illinois to contact my office,” Madigan said.
Last week, Madigan announced she was contacting the six dioceses of the Catholic Church in Illinois requesting to review all records relating to sexual assault and abuse. Madigan said the Catholic Church has a moral obligation to provide its parishioners and the public a complete and accurate accounting of all sexually inappropriate behavior involving priests in Illinois. Madigan said she expects the dioceses to cooperate fully or she will work with states’ attorneys and law enforcement throughout Illinois to investigate. Madigan’s announcement followed a Pennsylvania grand jury report that identified at least seven priests with connections to Illinois.

Social Justice Sunday September 2; Pastors Asked to ‘Call the Nation to Its Conscience’

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Sunday, September 2nd, has been declared as “Social Justice Sunday” in Black Churches across the United States. “Social Justice Sunday” will serve as the kick-off to the “Call to Conscience – Forward to Action” event to be held September 5th and 6th in Washington DC.
“Historically the Black Church has been the conscience of the nation”, said Bishop Reginald T. Jackson, President of the Council of Bishops of the African Methodist Episcopal Church. “The Black Church called and challenged the nation to live up to its words and creeds, to be its best self,” Jackson added.
Little for the advancement of Blacks in this country was achieved without the leadership and participation of the Black Church. The first protest movement in the United States was led by Richard Allen, a freed slave, who led Blacks out of St. Georges Methodist Church in Philadelphia because of discrimination, and founded the African Methodist Episcopal Church.
Since then the Black Church has led efforts to advance the cause of Blacks. The leadership of the Abolitionist Movement, birth of the NAACP, Civil Rights Movement and other efforts were led by religious leaders. The Civil Rights Movement of the 1960’s was led by ministers who were advocates for social justice. This activism led to the Civil Rights Act, Voting Rights Act, Equal Opportunity Act, and a host of other successes. In fact, the greatest period of growth in the Black Church occurred when the Black Church was more socially active.
“In the current environment, there is an urgent need for the Black Church to again be socially active, and Black preachers to be faithful to their prophetic calling”, said Bishop Frank Madison Reid III, Chair of Social Action for the AME Church. “We are disappointed that there are some of our colleagues who have proven to be ‘professional prophets’ who tell the king what he wants to hear, rather than being prophets of God and telling the king what he needs to hear”, Reid said.
Jackson concludes, “The Bible is filled with scriptures that speak to Social Justice, and God wants His church to be about social justice, to not only praise Him, but also to serve Him. Hear the words of Jesus, ‘Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done, on earth, as it is in Heaven.’ In the midst of increased and blatant racism, anti-immigration, need for criminal justice reform, income inequality, voter suppression, and efforts to undermine our democracy, the Black Church must again call the nation to its conscience” Jackson said.
In addition to the sermon, other components of the worship service will focus on social justice. The music, scriptures and litany will all be related to social justice.
It is hoped that “Social Justice Sunday” will motivate worshippers to be active and involved in their communities, and the work of God’s kingdom on earth. “The church at its best, is not the church gathered, but the church scattered”, Bishop Jackson said, “When after hearing God’s Word, you leave the Lord’s House, to go into the Lord’s world, to make a difference in the Lord’s name.”
Jackson concluded, “Let’s gather on ‘Social Justice Sunday’ and then depart to do justice in God’s name.”
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