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State’s Attorney Hosts Unity Conference

Posted by Admin On September - 24 - 2014 ADD COMMENTS

Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez, along with members of the office’s Advisory Councils, presented a one day seminar aimed at informing and empowering community members on the topic of internet crimes.

“Exploring Internet Crimes: Law Enforcement and Community Crime Prevention Strategies,” was the theme for the 6 th Annual Unity Conference, held in commemoration of Unity Month.  The conference gave participants the opportunity to learn how law enforcement is combating internet crimes and tips on how not to become a victim of them.

During the conference, State’s Attorney Alvarez presented the Community Empowerment Award to Laurie Nathan, Deputy Director of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children for the organization’s work to protect children from internet predators.

The Unity Conference was held September 10th at the UIC Forum in Chicago.

Photo Caption: Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez (left) presented the 2014 Community Empowerment Award to Laurie Nathan, Deputy Director of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children for the organization’s work and partnership withthe State’s Attorney’s Office to protect children from internet predator

City/Suburban Clergy Coalition Backs Sen. Durbin Snubs GOP ‘Ice Cream Politics’

Posted by Admin On September - 19 - 2014 ADD COMMENTS

Snubs GOP ‘ice cream politics’

By Chinta Strausberg

Fed up with the misinformation that the community was getting over the re-election of U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL), Bishop Simon Gordon Monday held an informational forum at his church, Triedstone Full Gospel Baptist Church, 1415 W. 104th St., where they officially endorsed his re-election bid.

After breaking bread during the breakfast meeting, Bishop Gordon held a meeting where he told the Senator and his peers how he was highly offended at Illinois Senator Jim Oberweis’ ice cream politics.

He told of being accidently invited to a meeting Oberweis held at Sweet Holy Spirit Church headed by Rev. Dr. Bishop Larry D. Trotter who last August endorsed Oberweis over Senator Durbin. Pastor Corey Brooks also endorsed Oberweis.

Gordon, who grew up in the Robert Taylor Homes, said he will not be fooled and will not mislead his people. When Trotter mentioned that Oberweis brought cream to his parishioners, he was highly offended and very angry.  One of the ministers asked Oberweis how many ice cream stores were located in the African American community and he told them at 95th and Kedzie, which is Oak Lawn, 159th and Torrence, which is the River Oaks Mall and the Forest Preserve.

A shocked Bishop Gordon told Oberweis those stores were not located in the African American community and his lack of knowledge about that was a clear signal of his “disconnection between how he employs his services for jobs and his relationship with the community.”

And, Bishop Gordon had some sharp words for Oberweis’ rolling up in front of Trotter’s church with an ice cream truck. “The one thing I have to say about ice cream is that it melts in the summertime and it’s messy…. We do not need to be trading food for votes.”

Drawing the picture between Oberweis and Durbin even clearer, Bishop Gordon said Oberweis spoke glowingly of being opposed to the Affordable Care Act where in Illinois alone more than 640,000 people now have health care. Durbin works closely with President Obama to make that bill a reality.

While Oberweis said he promotes school vouchers, Bishop Gordon said, ”We are not ignorant to the fact that our schools are funded by the tax base of the homes and business in the area. That is the challenge with the voucher system.”

Gordon said, “Please don’t bring us unfinished ideas and promote them in the campaign as if they are possibilities.”

And, when Oberweis told the clergy at Trotter’s church he was not a politician, Gordon said he was stunned since he was trying to defeat Senator Durbin. “We at least need someone who has an acumen for public policy,” said Gordon. Bishop Gordon said they came together to set the record straight before he November 4th election in embracing Senator Durbin.

Pastor Walter P. Turner III, president of the Minister’s Conference of Chicago and Vicinity, introduced Senator Durbin praising him for his work on the Affordable Care Act and for Durbin’s, along with Congressman Robin Kelly, Rep. Danny K. Davis, worked to help black churches remain open. Given the tough economic times, Turner said many churches have had to close their doors.

Turner also talked about voter suppression and pointed to the GOP as the designers of that plan. “That is what Republicans are trying to do all over again that our community does not vote. Senator Durbin has waged a fight to try to break down that barrier and deal with voter suppression.”

Referring to both Oberweis and Republican gubernatorial hopeful Bruce Rauner, Turner said, “They want to get rid of, eliminate the minimum wage. Senator Durbin is helping to raise it to another standard…,” Turner said thanking Durbin for his support. “He stands for what we believe in.” Apostle Carl White also spoke highly of senator Durbin.

Durbin touched on a number of topics including his love for Africa. Pointing to the many flags posted around Gordon’s sanctuary, Durbin said the third one represents Ethiopia the cradle of civilization.

But he also told the minister how after meeting with construction and union he has renewed his fight to get more African Americans hired.

Pastor Turner also introduced Mike Frerichs, who is running for Illinois State Treasure under the Democratic banner.

Chinta Strausberg is a Journalist of more than 33-years, a former political reporter and a current PCC Network talk show host. You can e-mail Strausberg at: Chintabernie@aol.com.

Photo by Chinta Strausberg

Ronald Reagan Building & International Trade Center (RRBITC) held the “First Africa Digital Security Conference” Hosted by The Women Ambassador Foundation

Posted by Admin On August - 26 - 2014 ADD COMMENTS

Ronald Reagan Building & International Trade Center (RRBITC) held the “First
Africa Digital Security Conference” hosted by The Women Ambassador
Foundation on Thursday, August 7, 2014 during the historic White House
Africa Leadership Summit in Washington, DC.

PHOTO CAPTION: (L-R) Dr. Marilyn Sephocle, Founder/Director of the Women Ambassador Foundation; Denise Bucumi Nkurunziza, First lady of Burundi; Andrew Gelfuso, Vice President, Ronald Reagan Building & International Trade Center (RRBITC); Diene Conde, First Lady of Guinea; and Jan Du Plain, Embassy Liaison, RRBITC, joined in all day panels showcasing the First Africa Digital Security Conference during the historic White House Africa Leadership Summit in the nation’s capital. Panels included lively discussions on Cyber Security Demystified, Digital Outreach, Obliterating the Digital Divide and Countering Digital Colonialism. Keynote luncheon speaker Dr. Hope Sullivan, Global President and CEO, NOLA received a standing ovation, captivated a packed room, and recognized the First Ladies unique position as role models, champions and the person nearest and dearest to the president. Dr. Sullivan’s message confirmed the power of the First Ladies role in their respective countries future. The Women’s Ambassador Foundation, a non-profit organization founded to honor women ambassadors and women diplomats in Washington, DC, will celebrate their 20th anniversary next year.

Photo Credit: Patricia’s Professional Photos

Collins: New Laws Hold Charter Schools Accountable

Posted by Admin On July - 30 - 2014 ADD COMMENTS
CHICAGO, IL — Illinois State Senator Jacqueline Y. Collins (D-Chicago 16th) proudly looked on last Thursday as Gov. Pat Quinn signed into law stricter rules governing the way charter schools conduct their admissions lotteries and spend public money.

Collins sponsored the legislation, House Bill 3232, in response to high-profile charter school scandals that left families and taxpayers concerned about transparency and accountability in charter education.

“I was pleased to work with educators, school districts and people of goodwill in the charter community who agree that high standards are absolutely necessary whenever public money is being spent,” Collins said.

Earlier this summer, the governor signed another law Collins sponsored on educational choice. House Bill 4591 ensures that state funding stays with students whenever they transfer from a charter school back to a traditional public school operated by a school district, and vice-versa.

Photo courtesy of Barbara Freeman/IOCI and the Office of the Governor

Dr. Ken Brown, Executive Vice Chancellor and COO of the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, Travels to China as of the University’s Efforts to Develop and manufacture Pharmaceuticals

Posted by Admin On June - 5 - 2014 ADD COMMENTS


Memphis, TN (BlackNews.com) — Ken Brown, JD, MPA, PhD, FACHE, executive vice chancellor and chief operations officer at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC), traveled to China earlier this month to participate in an international conference sponsored by the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation to discuss international concerns related to pharmaceutical supply chain security. The conference also focused on manufacturing practices, shipping and distribution networks, and the counterfeit pharmaceutical industry. The trip to Qingdao reflects UTHSC’s growing interests and efforts in pharmaceutical discovery, development and manufacturing.

“Other global concerns discussed centered on internet pharmaceutical sales, counterfeit pharmaceutical trafficking and pharmaceutical cargo thefts,” Dr. Brown said.

UTHSC will begin construction of an approximately $12 million Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) facility for drug development and production in late summer or early fall. While in China, Dr. Brown visited Harbin Medical University to tour its pharmaceutical manufacturing facility, grow UTHSC’s successful partnership with Harbin that already includes student exchanges, and explore future joint pharmaceutical manufacturing and distribution possibilities.

“At Harbin, they have a pharmaceutical manufacturing facility, and because we’re in the throes of building a facility like that ourselves, I wanted to take a look at their facility,” Dr. Brown said. “Our facility will certainly be much smaller in scale, but we talked with them about being able to be engaged as a partner to our production facility, so as we move from smaller projects into larger volumes of production, we will have a GMP-quality facility that can do large-scale products for us.”

Dr. Brown said plans call for breaking ground in late August or September on the UTHSC facility, which will be built in a recently purchased building on the outskirts of campus. Construction should last 12 to 18 months. Since the Plough Foundation gave $4.5 million in initial seed money to support the development of the GMP facility, the building will bear its name. “Because of that initial seed money, this facility got traction and it’s going to ultimately come to fruition,” Dr. Brown said. “So, as a testament to the university’s appreciation to the Plough Foundation, it will be named as the Plough Center for Sterile Pharmaceutical Manufacturing at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center.”

UTHSC has approached several pharmaceutical companies about doing production work for them, and is working to develop international partners, Dr. Brown said. Meanwhile, four labs on the second floor of the Van Vleet Building on campus have been renovated for training classes for the pharmaceutical industry on aseptic manufacturing and pharmaceutical compounding. Some small-scale cleanroom projects will be handled in the Van Vleet Building, which is serving as the home to the GMP facility staff while the Plough Center is being constructed.

“As we get the GMP facility built, we’re working on our business strategy for getting customers in the pipeline,” Dr. Brown said. “Hopefully, in 12 months when the facility is commissioned by the FDA and ready to come online, we’ve got a pipeline of customers that already want us to do pharmaceutical manufacturing for them.” In support of its drug development effort, UTHSC will also do production for clinical trial efforts.

The Plough Foundation is a private organization that funds a diverse group of nonprofit entities that work to address the many pressing social and economic issues facing Memphis and Shelby County.

As Tennessee’s only public, statewide, academic health system, the mission of the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC) is to bring the benefits of the health sciences to the achievement and maintenance of human health, with a focus on the citizens of Tennessee and the region, by pursuing an integrated program of education, research, clinical care, and public service. Offering a broad range of postgraduate and selected baccalaureate training opportunities, the main UTHSC campus is located in Memphis and includes six colleges: Allied Health Sciences, Dentistry, Graduate Health Sciences, Medicine, Nursing and Pharmacy. UTHSC also educates and trains cohorts of medicine, pharmacy and/or allied health students — in addition to medical residents and fellows — at its major sites in Knoxville, Chattanooga and Nashville. Founded in 1911, during its more than 100 years, UT Health Science Center has educated and trained more than 56,000 health care professionals in academic settings and health care facilities across the state. For more information, visit www.uthsc.edu.

Photo Caption: Dr. Ken Brown, executive vice chancellor and COO of UT Health Science Center (fifth from right), is pictured with officials of Harbin Medical University during a recent trip to China.

State’s Attorney Recognizes Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

Posted by Admin On May - 16 - 2014 ADD COMMENTS

Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez celebrated Asian Pacific American Heritage Month in a recent ceremony honoring two prominent community members for their professional and personal contributions to the Asian community.

The Honorable Edmond E. Chang (left), United States District Court Judge for the Northern District of Illinois and Chicago Police Sergeant Norman Kwong (right) both received the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Community Service Award during the ceremony.

Judge Chang was the youngest federal judge in the nation and the first Asian Pacific American Article III federal judge in Illinois when he was unanimously confirmed by the Senate in December of 2010.  Prior to joining the judiciary, Judge Chang was an Assistant United States Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois, prosecuting a wide variety of federal offenses, including child exploitation, firearms and drug trafficking crimes.  Judge Chang is a long time contributor to the Asian Pacific American legal community, mentoring law students and serving as a guest speaker at schools and conferences throughout the country.

Sergeant Kwong is a 15-year veteran of the Chicago Police Department who began his career as a probationary police officer in the 20th District.  Sgt. Kwong has worked in several areas of the Chicago Police Department, including the Organized Crime Division where he was assigned to the Vice Enforcement and Vice Analysis teams, where he played a critical role in the investigation, arrest and prosecution of several individuals who were involved in Human Trafficking in several Asian communities.  Sgt. Kwong  returned to the 20th District as the Community Policing Sergeant where he created programs to engage and build relationships between police, residents and other community stakeholders.  Sgt. Kwong is active in the Asian Pacific American law enforcement community, currently serving as the 2nd Vice President for the National Asian Peace Officers’ Association and is the immediate Past President of the Asian American Law Enforcement Association.

The ceremony took place on May 8, at the Chinese American Service League in Chicago’s Chinatown neighborhood.

Topinka Celebrates Asian American Youth Leadership

Posted by Admin On May - 13 - 2014 ADD COMMENTS

Comptroller honors 14 young community leaders, organization

CHICAGO, IL – Illinois Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka on honored 14 young Asian American leaders for their commitment to service and community as part of her office’s celebration of Asian American Heritage Month.

Nominated by members of Topinka’s Asian American Advisory Council, the honorees included students and young professionals that have distinguished themselves through service and leadership. Their accomplishments include: overseas mission work; tutoring younger students; volunteering at soup kitchens; working with the developmentally disabled; strengthening Asian American civic and voter engagement; providing language assistance to elders; and academic excellence.

“Our honorees for youth leadership have accomplishments in fields all across the board,” Topinka said. “They have set the stage for a lifetime of service and excellence. Their dedication and ‘go-getter’ attitude is an asset not only for the Asian American community, but our entire state.”

Photo by: Teresa Potasiak

Alpha Phi Gamma Lambda Chapter Partners With Jackets For Jobs Women’s History Month to Support President Obama’s Initiative

Posted by Admin On March - 28 - 2014 ADD COMMENTS

Detroit area men seeking employment to benefit from the 100s of suits donated by the Detroit chapter fraternity


Detroit, MI (BlackNews.com) – Ms. Alison Vaughn, founder/CEO of Jackets for Jobs, proudly partners with Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc., Gamma Lambda Chapter, at a clothing drive held in honor of her work helping men and women in their quest to gain employment. The event was held on March 8 at the Alpha House on Detroit’s west side in the midst of Women’s Day month.In the U.S., Women’s History Month is an annual declared month worldwide that highlights the contributions of women to events in history and contemporary society. Primarily, the donations received were men’s suits to support JFJ men’s division. The APA, 107 year-old organization, continues to carry out its mission to develop leaders, promote brotherhood and academic excellence, while providing service and advocacy for communities.

JFJ, now in its 14th year is a nationally recognized non-profit organization based in Detroit, maintains its mission providing career skills training, employment etiquette and professional clothes it receives from a number of supporters throughout the nation to provide men and women with the assistance they may need to enter or reenter the work force.

“My Brother’s Keeper” was recently launched by President Barack Obama, some believe, and is one of the most prolific initiatives of his administration. The MBK initiative is striving for a collaborative, multi-disciplinary approach to build ladders of opportunity and unlock the full potential of boys and young men of color.

He notes by the time young men of color hit fourth grade, 86 percent of African American boys and 82 percent Hispanic boys are reading below proficiency levels — compared to 54 percent of white fourth graders reading below proficiency levels. Both are more than six times more likely to be victims of murder than their white peers — and account for nearly half of the country’s murder victims each year.

JFJ and APA have long been doing the work in the Detroit area that benefit men, women and kids facing tough circumstances and fully embrace the MBK concept. JFJ was brought into being from a desire to help families transition from welfare to employment.

“President Obama’s approach in targeting support for young men of color is what we have wanted for quite some time. It takes a village and a nation with the adequate tools to affect the masses, cut off the pipeline to prison and build strong, productive families, Vaughn said. “It begins and ends with our men, and I am honored to work with the Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity.”

The APA, with more than 700 active chapters sprinkled over the globe, embraces President Obama’s idea of creating opportunities for boys and young men of color. The more society as a whole participates in solving issues that plaque our youth, the more sustainable the nation. We have been observing the work of Ms. Vaughn for several years and wanted to support her efforts to be of service to others,” said APA Detroit president Burke Gaddis. For more information, visit www.gamma-lambda.com

JFJ has been assisting clients with employment for 14 years and has assisted 15,000 plus individuals with employment interview etiquette and professional clothes. The organization has been supported and applauded by ABC’s “The View”, NBC’s “Today Show”, the cast members from the NBC show “The Apprentice” and Oprah’s O Magazine. This JFJ is funded by Detroit Employment Solutions Corporation and is charitable arm of TJ Maxx. For more information, visit www.jacketsforjobs.org.

Photo Caption:
Photo from L to R: Kamau C. Marable, Alison Vaughn, Founder of Jackets for Jobs, Judge Craig Strong & Burke Gaddis, president of Alpha Phi Alpha, Gamma Lambda Chapter

Saint Sabina closes out a whirlwind week with Pastor Donnie McClurkin

Posted by Admin On March - 17 - 2014 ADD COMMENTS

By Chinta Strausberg

Donnie McClurkin was the keynote speaker at Saint Sabina’s two-day revival held earlier this week where he challenge the standing-room only crowd to know who they are and to understand the power and authority God has given us. Pastor McClurkin also sang a medley of songs including in Russian and Italian and also with the Howard University Choir (Photo by Chinta Strausberg)

In a nearly five-hour gospel, spiritual explosion, Grammy award winner Pastor Donnie McClurkin late Monday and Tuesday night received several standing ovations as he preached on and sang a medley of his songs in a number of languages including Russian challenging the Saint Sabina audience to know who they are.

But, his message and challenges during the revival were the same—take the authority that god gave us over the land and stop waiting for God to do what he has assigned you to do.

Unfortunately, Pastor McClurkin , who in 2001 founded the Perfecting Faith Church, said too many people have not been told who they are and what they can become and there in lies the problem. “God is looking at us. God gave authority to you….”

McClurkin got a round of laughter when he said, “I am trying my best not to be too Pentecostal. They say this is a Catholic church but it ain’t nothing here Catholic….” Listing many of the religions, McClurkin said, “Episcopal, Catholic, COIG, CME’s, AME’s…” divided they cannot stand and reminded the audience that they are all “the body of Christ.”

“This is not a church,” he said. “Jesus did not die for these pews, this pulpit” and neither did he die for the building.

All too often, McClurkin said, “In our religious piety, we have become pretentious and look to God as a crutch…and tell God what to do what he gave us the responsibility to do…. We have made him into a genie in a lamp…someone who twitches his nose and makes things happen for us…” like something magic.

“The reason why Chicago…New York are in the state they are in is because of us. It has nothing to do with God. We have been looking for God to do something for us…and God is saying why are you relinquishing your authority? What have you become so weakened…that you think I’m supposed to come and do this”?

McClurkin talked about people who were “false prophets…manipulating us from our living and because religious people are so emotional, we respond to a frenzy preaching…but because of emotions…we are starving…because we don’t know who we are….”

As ministers, McClurkin said, our job is to show you who you are, to preach you into your purpose to show you the image of God in you. We don’t know who we are…. We believe our humanity is an excuse for our failure…. We use that as an excuse but that is an indictment against you, not an excuse for you…that takes away your reason for failure because humanity is something great. Humanity is only second to deity for man was made in the image and likeness of an unfailing…wonderful God.”

“Man is made in the image and the likeness of the Holy God so failure is not acceptable,” he said. “Failure is not acceptable in humanity.” “Don’t you understand how wonderfully you are made”?

McClurkin told of how he was once broke. He only had $1.00 and how he gave ten-cents of that to God. He was told he could not sing, but when he was in his 20’s, he got a job cleaning toilets at a clinic for $120.00 a week. It was there he would sing and one day a Miss Washington heard him. She had him to go to the chapel from 12 noon to 1 and he would go back to cleaning bathrooms.

He listed all of the places he has performed since including the White House, for Nelson Mandela and many other places abroad including Australia, Japan and Nigeria. “I am blessed and highly favored,” he said. “Know who you are,” he said.

He went from being broke in 2001 to “sitting in my own house,” but his blessing came after he said God told him to give him 40-years of his life. McClurkin said he did just that. “You are the head, not the tail.”

Pastor McClurkin spent nearly two-hours singing in various languages including Russian. He also sang Monday night with the Howard University choir.

“In the religious world, we do not know who we are so we allow things to happen,” he said.

On Monday and Tuesday nights, Pastor McClurkin sang a medley of songs including, “We Fall Down, But We Get Up.” Here is the link to that song.

Father Pfleger called the two-hour music explosion “unbelievable” and said Pastor McClurkin “an anointed man of God.”

A line formed where members bought McClurkin’s latest CD, “Donnie McClurkin Duets.”

Here is the link to one of Pastor McClurkin’s most popular song.


Former Ald. Robert Shaw Vows to Defeat Mayor Rahm Emanuel

Posted by Admin On March - 14 - 2014 1 COMMENT

Pledges to fairly slice city’s contractual pie

By Chinta Strausberg

Shaw runs for Mayor

Leapfrogging over the customary exploratory committee stage of his campaign, former Ninth Ward alderman and Cook County Board of Review Commissioner Robert Shaw Thursday announced his mayoral candidacy vowing to reform the controversial Tax Increment Financing (TIF) program, the public schools including an elected school board and contract letting on a more equitable basis.

Shaw, 77, held his press conference at the South Loop Hotel, at 26th and State Street, which is owned by a group of African American businessmen. Flanked by a multi-racial group of supporters, Shaw said, “Some of us are very displeased with what is happening in the city” which was the stimulus for him to move back into Chicago’s Hyde Park/Kenwood community last December from South Holland.

Shaw believes he is the best mayoral candidate having an 89 percent name recognition in Chicago, and he said any other black including rumors that Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle may run who throws his or her hat in the ring will be dividing the black vote because he is the first African American to officially announce. Shaw said he can’t tell Preckwinkle what to do.

When reminded about Mayor Emanuel’s more than $6 million political war chest that could grow because of his brother’s Hollywood connections, Shaw referred to the 1983 and 1987 mayoral elections where then Congress Harold Washington won with far less than the double digit millions his opponents had and was reelected again in 1987. Shaw said he is running a “peoples’ campaign” and will not worry about those with large campaign funds he says are for those seeking name recognition.

Admitting his bid for mayor “is not easy,” Shaw accused Mayor Rahm Emanuel of “disrespecting the community by closing schools…setting up red lights…setting up speed traps, nickel and diming people to death.” Shaw said that is not his idea of how to run a city.

Rather he said, “The city should be run fairly and the people of Chicago should have some say in terms of how this city is run. Instead of that, he says this is my city and I’m going to do it like I want to do it not withstanding how you feel about it and that is the problem…,” he said.

He pointed to the mayor closing 54 Chicago public schools calling that “outrageous.” “Sending the children across various (gang) lines is unconscionable….” He pointed to the pension problem that may affect retiring teachers. Shaw called the city’s TIFprogram the mayor’s “personal fund where he dips into it and do what he wants to do with it…like building a stadium over by the McCormick Place when the pension could use those funds….” Shaw is not pleased with CPS/CEO Dr. Barbara Byrd Bennett because of the school closures.

“This mayor has set up lights and speed traps along these schools and parks. If he is really concerned about the safety of Chicago and the school children, he would put these speed humps by the schools…. It’s a matter of nickel and diming the people of Chicago,”charged Shaw.

The former alderman pointed to the parking meters contract saying, “this deal stinks to high heaven and everybody knows it.” An alderman for 20-years and a county commissioner, Shaw said, “There was a sweetheart deal made with these parking meters. You can get out of this deal anytime you want.”

Saying he has spoken to several lawyers, who tell him the contract can be changed. If we do a bond issue for McCormick Place for a stadium over there, we can do a bond issue and pay these people back and pay the debt service on the bond issue with the money we get from the meters, but that is not what this guy is trying to do. It is unfortunate that he can hoodwink the people of Chicago into believing that he’s for them when he’s really not,” said Shaw.

According to Shaw, the parking meter fees “have gone up about 300 percent. You use to go by the lake and park and enjoy yourself, but that is not what is helping today.” He said today people might face getting a ticket and have to feed the meters. “So, where is the recreation part of Chicago? It’s an unfortunate situation we are in.”

Shaw said the City Council gave the mayor control of $1.9 billion in new bonds. “They don’t have any say so over how the money is spent. How are you going to do that…to give this guy a blank check…? We’re going to change that.”

One of his supporters, attorney Robert K. Gorman, whose wife is a judge and is related to Cook County Comm. Elizabeth “Liz” Doody Gorman, handed out the city of Chicago real estate tax rates for Neighborhood 72003 located on the south side of Chicago showing that real estate property taxes have allegedly gone up by 33.6 percent since 2010 in Chicago. When the mayor claims he’s trying to lower the taxes, Shaw says, “That’s a bunch of malarkey. We want to give people real tax relief.”

When he was a commissioner for the Cook County Board of Review, Shaw said he lowered taxes for more than 400,000 people. “That is what people need…,” he said.

Shaw accused the mayor of allegedly doubling the water rates. “How are people going to pay? People have to take a bath, but at this rate at the rate he’s going in another three-years you can’t take no bath with this guy. You can go and jump in the lake but that’s about all you can do and that is unfortunate….”

“I will be asking at the people of Chicago to take a serious look at our campaign and our financing and elect a new mayor,” Shaw said. “We intend to put together a coalition of people, backs, Hispanics and whites to make this candidacy work for the people of Chicago….”

Asked about the closing of the schools, Shaw said, “They could have used $1.7 billion in the TIF funds….They could have used part of that money…. We’re going to look at that TIF money for both schools and pension. If they can go over here and get $30 million to(build) a stadium by McCormick Place and go out south, 89th Street, and build a new school for $60 million out of TIF money…, that is a terrible waste of money.” He said the mayor could have used one of the shuttered schools rather than build a new one.

“There is only 9 percent white (students) in Chicago, but…that is where they closed all the schools in the black and Hispanic communities and this should not be. Fairness should be the order of the day rather than picking on one community or another.”

When a reporter reminded him of how some people think about the Shaw brothers (Shaw’s late twin brother, Senator William Shaw) and their “politricks,” Shaw said, “I don’t know what you’re talking about. I know we’ve been elected to public office for more than 30-years. You can call it what you want to call it, but in February of 2015 we expect to hold up the victory flag.”

“The people of Chicago know me,” Shaw said referring to his 89 percent name recognition rate.

The mayor’s office is not commenting on Shaw’s announcement.

Photo by Chinta Strausberg

Chinta Strausberg is a Journalist of more than 33-years, a former political reporter and a current PCC Network talk show host. You can e-mail Strausberg at: Chintabernie@aol.com.

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