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IVI-IPO Endorses Lamont Robinson for State Representative

Posted by Admin On February - 15 - 2018 ADD COMMENTS

Joins Growing List of Community Organizations and Leaders Supporting Robinson


This week IVI-IPO announced its endorsement of Lamont J. Robinson for State Representative in Illinois’ 5th District.


“I am truly humbled to receive the endorsement of IVI-IPO,” said Robinson. “I am even more honored that a growing number of elected officials are supporting my campaign.”


“I believe that government has a responsibility to provide its citizens with an environment for them to live healthy, happy, and productive lives.”


“As a lifelong Chicagoan, I know that each community has its own challenges – some neighborhoods need business development strategies while others need support for their social service organizations, and still others need the peace of mind to walk around their communities safely,” continued Robinson. “I want to support our residents by being their advocate, by hearing their concerns and telling their stories, and pulling in the resources we need to thrive.”


Robinson’s growing list of endorsements includes:


AFL-CIO; Personal PAC; Democracy for America; Planned Parenthood, Chicago Teachers Union


U.S. Congressman Danny Davis; Secretary of State Jesse White


Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle; Cook County Recorder of Deeds Karen Yarbrough; Cook County Commissioner John Fritchey; Cook County Commissioner Bridget Gainer; Cook County Commissioner Chuy Garcia; Board of Reviewer Commissioner Larry Rogers


Water Reclamation District Commissioner Debra Shore; Water Reclamation District Commissioner Kari Steele


State Senator Emil Jones, Jr (Ret);  State Senator Kwame Raoul; State Representative Will Davis; State Representative Sarah Feigenholtz; State Representative Greg Harris; State Representative Sonya Harper; State Representative Chris Welch


Alderman Pat Dowell; Alderman Brendan Reilly; Alderman Michelle Harris; Alderman Leslie Hairston; Alderman Brian Hopkins; Alderman Tom Tunney; Alderman Howard Brookins; Alderman Matt O’Shea


Lamont J. Robinson is the son of public servants, a public school teacher and a City of Chicago Building inspector. He attended Clark Atlanta University. He founded and serves as President Emeritus of the Young Entrepreneurs Club of the Atlanta University Center.


Then he earned an MBA from National Lewis University. Wanting to give back to the community, Robinson started a small business. He chose insurance, one of the few industries that focus on helping people in crisis.
In 2007, Robinson opened an office to provide insurance to the residents of Bronzeville. In 2017, he opened a second office in Humboldt Park. Owning a small business on both the south and north side has taught him to be responsive to people with very different backgrounds and needs. He made the conscious choice to hire inexperienced staff members at $15 per hour because he believes that paying employees a living wage is the right thing to do.


He serves on the Board of Quad Communities Development Corporation. He is a member of the Urban League Metro Board and the Trinity United Church of Christ Credit Union Board.


He leads the Kappa Leadership Institute Chicago, a nonprofit that prepares African-American youth to go to college. Through this program, we send 30 young African-Americans to college per year. He is a currently an adjunct professor at Harold Washington College teaching courses on business ethics and entrepreneurship.He was appointed by US Congressman Danny Davis to serve on his task force on mortgage fraud and predatory lending in disadvantaged communities. And appointed by former 4th Ward Alderman Toni Preckwinkle to sit on the Hyde Park Special Service Area Commission.


One Case of Legionnaires’ Disease at Chester Mental Health Center

Posted by Admin On February - 15 - 2018 ADD COMMENTS

CHESTER, IL – The Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) is reporting that one patient at Chester Mental Health Center has tested positive for Legionnaires’ Disease. IDHS received the confirmation of the positive test on Tuesday, February 13th. The patient is being treated and is currently in stable condition.

Out of an abundance of caution, IDHS has informed staff, residents and community stakeholders.

IDHS is working with the Illinois Department of Public Health to determine the potential source of the bacteria. Environmental engineers will be on grounds this week to gather data and begin collecting water samples. IDHS will continue to be vigilant for respiratory illness. Staff are actively monitoring patients to quickly identify any residents with respiratory illness to make sure they receive immediate medical care.

Legionella bacteria occur naturally in the environment. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention reports there has been a rise in the number of cases of Legionnaires’ disease over the past 15 years, with 6,000 cases reported nationwide in 2015. Approximately 300 cases are reported each year across Illinois. Legionnaires’ disease cannot be transmitted person-to-person.  Common water sources include decorative fountains, hot tubs, shower areas, and cooling towers.

The Chester Mental Health Center is the state’s only maximum security forensic mental health facility. The facility is operated by the Illinois Department of Human Services and located in Chester, Illinois.

2017 Illinois Science Assessment Results Now Available

Posted by Admin On February - 15 - 2018 ADD COMMENTS

  Results fuel conversations about local successes in implementing new science learning standards


SPRINGFIELD, IL – The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) released the school-, district-, and state-level aggregate scores for the 2017 Illinois Science Assessment (ISA) on the ISBE website at https://www.isbe.net/ISA. The second year of ISA results provides additional data to help educators and administrators identify local successes in implementing the new Illinois Learning Standards for science. 

The standards took effect in February 2014 and signaled a new era of science instruction. They encourage students to see science all around them. Students in classrooms today use scientific methods and tools to ask questions about phenomena, design experiments, and evaluate real-world sources of information. Educators act as facilitators, rather than lecturers, prompting robust student discussions and guiding students to direct their own learning. Illinois’ standards incorporate the national Next Generation Science Standards.

“The Illinois Science Assessment is one component supporting a high-quality, 21st-century science education,” said State Superintendent Tony Smith, Ph.D. “The new standards represent a shift in how students engage with and how educators teach science. The new standards make science more accessible, opening career and college doors for students. Districts and schools can put the ISA results in conversation with other assessment results and data to identify local successes in implementing the new learning standards and support continuous improvement.”

Districts and schools around the state are making progress toward closing the achievement gap between student demographic groups. The data show where schools and districts are supporting low-income students, English Learners, and students with disabilities in outperforming the state average for their demographic group and for the “all students” group in their grade level. Looking to the promising practices in these districts can inform continuous improvement across the state. Statewide ISA scores decreased slightly from 2016 to 2017. The pattern of performance across grade levels remained consistent. The statewide 2017 ISA results reflect a foundation of mastery in the “all students” groups in the fifth and eighth grades. Results in high school are lower than in the other grades, both in 2016 and in 2017. The statewide participation rate for the 2017 ISA increased from 93.1 percent to 94.4 percent.

The ISA was designed to reflect classroom experiences. The questions ask students to apply scientific knowledge and reasoning to real-world problems. This assessment pushes students to apply their knowledge in their responses, thus better preparing students for postsecondary and a career. The test is untimed, but designed to take approximately one hour. Each student’s score between 200 and 400 correlates to one of two performance levels: Proficient or Not Proficient.

Neither the 2016 nor the 2017 ISA results will count toward accountability for schools and districts. The percentage of students scoring in the Proficient performance level will contribute 5 percent of each school and district’s balanced accountability rating beginning with the 2020 administration.

An FAQ with additional information about the ISA, the performance levels, and the process for scoring the assessment is available at https://www.isbe.net/ISA.

OpEd: The Office for Civil Rights Needs to Listen to Teachers Like Me on School Discipline

Posted by Admin On February - 14 - 2018 ADD COMMENTS
Op-Ed By Tynisha Jointer

Tynisha Jointer

As a school-based social worker for over eight years, I know firsthand how punitive discipline practices impact students both in the short and long term. In the short term, students are often harshly punished-missing valuable instructional hours and, more often that not, fast-tracked to special education services. I’ve also seen long-term impacts in which students begin to view themselves as bad, aggressive and hopeless.

Currently, school discipline policies encourage staff to move from “What’s wrong with this student?” to “What happened to this student?”. Many of our students come to us with traumatic experiences that often manifests in public behaviors. And while traumatic exposure is not an excuse for inappropriate behavior, it can set the stage for a conversation that works to support the whole child.

Like all skills, positive behavioral skills also need to be learned. In Chicago Public Schools (CPS), students learn these skills through evidence-based social and emotional learning techniques and restorative practices.

Beyond the need for students to learn these skills, it is imperative that we as educators check our own personal and professional biases as it relates to the students we serve.

While most people come to the profession with the desire to educate children, we often do not consider how our personal experiences shape how we approach children and their families. We may let assumptions, preconceived notions or even ignorance guide our engagement or instruction.


Right before the new year, I, along with fellow Educators for Excellence, had the chance to share my experience on school discipline guidelines with Candice Jackson, the Acting Assistant Secretary for the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR).

I had 4 minutes-and I poured my heart into each and every second.

While I didn’t feel like I represented the voice of all Black educators-or all educators for that matter-I was able tell my story, and share my experiences and hopes for how we discipline children of color.

I expressed hope that we would one day see the classroom as a shared space for learning and not one for adults to control children. I expressed faith in their leadership to continue to protect students through federal guidelines.

Lastly, I shared my greatest hope: that we as adults check our own biases and realize how they impact our work. While I understand that most teachers come into the profession wanting to teach children but as we should know by now you can’t teach them if you can’t reach them.

So I say to you fellow educators, your voice and story matters! As you grow in your profession, be open to having courageous conversations with colleagues and administrators about how we educate children. Reflect on your current practices, challenge yourself to be a student and allow yourself to learn from them. Seek to understand their traumas and adjust your approach accordingly.

I know none of this is easy and we may backslide in moments of frustration but you’re human and it’s OK. Just commit to being your best, and giving your best to your students. At the end of the day, our children are our future. So lets nurture them today.

This piece originally appeared on EducationPost.org.

Tynisha Jointer, LCSW, ME.d, is a Chicago native and product of Chicago Public Schools. Jointer is passionate about educating all children, staff and school leaders around developing a holistic approach to support student achievement.

Agenda Announced for State Board of Education Meeting Feb. 14 Via Video Conference in Springfield and Chicago

Posted by Admin On February - 12 - 2018 ADD COMMENTS

SPRINGFIELD, IL – The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) has announced the following agenda for its regular business meeting via video conference in Springfield and Chicago at 9 a.m. Feb 14.

View the information packet for the meeting at https://www.isbe.net/Documents_Board_Meetings/Feb18BoardPacket.pdf.

All State Board of Education meetings are accessible to persons with disabilities. Persons planning to attend who need special accommodations should contact the Superintendent’s office no later than one day prior to the meeting. Contact the Superintendent’s office at the State Board of Education by phone at (217) 782-2221, TTY/TDD at (217) 782-1900, or fax at (217) 785-3972.

Chairman James Meeks may call for a break in the meeting as necessary in order for the Board to go into closed session.

This meeting will be audio cast on the internet at www.isbe.net.

State Board of Education Meeting

February 14, 2018

9 a.m.


Chicago Location:

ISBE Video Conference Room, 14th Floor


100 W. Randolph St., Chicago



Springfield Location:

ISBE Video Conference Room, 3rd Floor


100 N. First St., Springfield



I.      Roll Call/Pledge of Allegiance

A.   Consideration of and Possible Actions on Any Requests for Participation in Meeting by Other Means

II.    Swearing-in of Board Member Mitchell Holzrichter

III.   Public Participation

IV.  Presentations and Updates

A.   Partnership for Educator Preparation Update

V.    Superintendent’s Report – Consent Agenda

A.   *Approval of Minutes

1.    Plenary Minutes: January 17, 2018

B.   *Rules for Initial Review

1.    Part 1 (Public Schools Evaluation, Recognition and Supervision)

2.    Part 226 (Special Education)

C.   *Rules for Adoption

1.    Part 27 (Standards for Endorsements in Specific Teaching Fields)

D.   *Contracts & Grants Over $1 Million

1.    21st Century Community Learning Center Grant Amendment

2.    Request for Sealed Proposals for the Evaluation of the IL-EMPOWER Statewide System of Support

3.    Facilitating Coordination of Agricultural Education Grant

4.    Request for Sealed Proposals for the Administration of the Grades 3-8 Accountability Assessment

E.   *2018 Spring Waiver Report

End of Consent Agenda

VI.  2017 Illinois Science Assessment Results

VII. Discussion Items

A.   District Oversight Update

B.   Legislative Update

C.   Budget Update

D.   Every Student Succeeds Act Update

E.   Site-Based Expenditure Reporting – Guidance Release

F.    Tier Funding Distribution Timeline for Evidence-Based Funding

G.   Other Items for Discussion

VIII.        Announcements & Reports

A.   Superintendent’s/Senior Staff Announcements

B.   Chairman’s Report

C.   Member Reports

IX.  Information Items

A.   ISBE Fiscal & Administrative Monthly Reports (available at https://www.isbe.net/Pages/Illinois-State-Board-of-Education-Fiscal-and-Administrative-Reports.aspx)

X.    Closed Session (as needed)

XI.  Adjourn

2017-18 Scholarship Funding Still Available For Eligible Minority Students Pursuing Education Degrees

Posted by Admin On February - 12 - 2018 ADD COMMENTS

Hurry! 2017-18 Applications for Minority Teachers of Illinois (MTI) Scholarships close Feb 15, 2018; 2018-19 MTI Scholarship Application Now Open

Illinois minority college students who are pursuing a degree in teaching and who are eligible for the Minority Teachers of Illinois (MTI) Scholarship Program can still get funding for the current 2017-18 school year if they get their applications in to the Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC), the state’s college access and financial aid agency,  by midnight next Thursday, February 15, 2018. Eligible students who receive funds for 2017-18 can use them as reimbursement for tuition, room and board and other school expenses.

The MTI Scholarship Program encourages academically talented minority students to pursue careers as teachers at nonprofit Illinois preschool, elementary and secondary schools. It also aims to provide minority children with access to a greater number of positive minority role models.

Qualified students may receive up to $5,000 per academic year for a maximum of 8 semesters or 12 quarters of assistance. MTI Scholarship recipients must agree to teach in Illinois. If this teaching commitment is not fulfilled, the scholarship converts to a loan that must be repaid in full, plus interest. Applications are available at http://www.isac.org/students/during-college/applying-for-financial-aid/applications/index.html.

Students can also apply now for a 2018-19 MTI Scholarship. The priority date for processing those applications is March 1, 2018. Complete applications received after this date will be considered for the MTI Scholarship Program only if funding remains after all timely complete applicants have been awarded.

Questions regarding the MTI Scholarship Program or the application process? Contact the ISAC Call Center toll free at 800.899.4722, or via e-mail at isac.studentservices@illinois.gov.

About ISAC
The mission of the Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC) is to help make college accessible and affordable for students throughout Illinois. ISAC provides comprehensive, objective, and timely information on education and financial aid for students and their families–giving them access to the tools they need to make the educational choices that are right for them. Then, through the state scholarship and grant programs ISAC administers, ISAC can help students make those choices a reality. www.isac.org

100 Black Business Women in Child Care Host Gubernatorial Candidate Forums

Posted by Admin On February - 8 - 2018 ADD COMMENTS

Forums will be held at the West Austin Child Development Center, 4920 W. Madison Ave., Chicago, IL


CHICAGO, IL., January & February 2018 — In the spirit of the African American women who took the reins to bolster voter turnout in Alabama, turning a red senatorial seat blue; African American business women in child care are coming together to garner an understanding of each gubernatorial candidates’ platforms as it relates to early childhood education


Tio Hardiman: Monday, January 22nd, 2018 5:30pm – 7:30pm

Daniel Biss: Monday, February 12th, 2018 5:30pm – 7:30pm

Christopher Kennedy: Monday, February 19th, 2018 5:30pm – 7:30pm

J.B. Pritzker: Monday, February 26th, 2018 5:30pm – 7:30pm

Members of Child Care Advocates United (CCAU), a group of predominantly African-American child care providers located in and around the Chicagoland area, will come together in a series of individual gubernatorial candidate forums in January and February before the primary elections.The coalition of over one hundred businesses who initially came together because of the budget and eligibility crisis in 2015 are switching gears from crisis alleviation to agenda proliferation. Previously, the goal of collaborative efforts was to influence the restoration of funding for the Child Care Assistance Program and reinstatement of family eligibility to 185% for that program. Now, this coalition of women will be taking the driver’s seat to educate its constituents to ensure they elect the candidate that will promote an agenda for the betterment of child care in Illinois.  


The opportunity to possibly reach  thousands of voting adults in Illinois is being taken very seriously by these women. This forum, a meet & greet, will allow the gubernatorial candidates an opportunity to express their thoughts and intent concerning early childhood education in Illinois. Each forum will consist of the candidate speaking separately with a small group of child care providers on different dates. It is an intimate affair that will offer each candidate, individually, the opportunity to express his or her views on how child care and early childhood education should be implemented in Illinois.  


Invitations have been accepted by Tio Hardiman, Daniel Biss, Christopher Kennedy, and J.B. Pritzker. Additional dates for other candidates will be published when available.


During the forum, questions from these small business owners in child care will be posed to each candidate and the these business women are eager to hear their responses.  All forums will be held at West Austin Development Center, 4920 W. Madison Ave from 5:30pm – 7:30pm.


For more updates, visit www.facebook.com/fundchildcare now

For more information contact Nakisha Hobbs at (312)-399-9727

Direct email to ccauillinois@gmail.com.

Child Care Advocates United

CTU: Rauner Ignores Disastrous ‘State of the State’ he’s Created

Posted by Admin On February - 6 - 2018 ADD COMMENTS

Rauner’s Agenda, Says CTU, is to Shift Even More Power and Desperately Needed Public Dollars to the Wealthy and Connected, at the Expense of the Solvency of Our State and the Needs of Our People.


CHICAGO, ILChicago Teachers Union Vice President Jesse Sharkey issued the following statement today in response to Governor Rauner’s State of the State address.

“Despite Rauner’s attempts to paint himself as one ‘to speak truth to power’ (as if the governor is not a source of power) and against ‘vicious form(s) of oppression,’ the governor has been all too willing to wage dishonest divide-and-conquer attacks on Illinois residents. For example, on the same day that a sea of women in black descended on the state Capital to protest sexual harassment and sexual violence, Rauner continued his assaults on women: those supported by state social services, the public employees who provide those services, and the retired public servants whose retirement security he constantly attacks..

“Rauner’s biggest assault on our State’s future has been his refusal to raise revenue from those most able to pay – an attack with real consequences: lower state economic growth, the undermining of public universities, and reduced or eliminated support for those who most need it. If Rauner really wanted to help Illinois, he would end his dishonest spin around property taxes, which are high because Illinois doesn’t have a progressive tax structure, and instead follow the Minnesota model, which raised taxes on those most able to pay and invested those funds in education, infrastructure, and wraparound services. That strategy has had powerful positive benefits in Minnesota, where growth and employment today far outpaces the rest of the Midwest. Rauner, instead, promotes a public bailout of Exelon and offers Amazon billions of dollars in corporate giveaways. It’s no surprise that Rauner — a billionaire who got a massive Trump tax cut and does personal business deals out of the governor’s mansion — believes that he should sacrifice nothing while the rest of Illinois bears the burden of his destructive agenda.

“On education, Rauner has consistently undermined rather than championed this critical state responsibility. Fortunately, his veto of the budget that increased revenue to hard-hit schools was overridden. He also vetoed a more fair education funding formula just to score right-wing political points by claiming he opposed a so-called “Chicago bailout.” And he only agreed to sign an education bill at the eleventh hour because it added a giant tax break for his wealthy peers and shovels public money to private schools. He vetoed a follow-up bill that his own appointed State Board of Education requested. This is the same Governor who clouted his daughter into the highest rated public high school in the State — a unionized public school in Chicago – while he champions school privatization.

“On criminal justice issues, Rauner continues to pursue a mangled policy. He opposes the legalization of marijuana – driving up the socially and economically costly criminalization of non-violent arrestees – at the same time that he demands lower funding for healthcare, including mental healthcare, ratcheting up costly and unnecessary stays in correctional facilities. He pushes budgets that eliminate social services, eviscerating the wraparound supports that ex-offenders need to turn their lives around.

“Rauner’s real agenda is to enrich himself and his wealthy donors like Ken Griffin, instead of investing in Illinois’ people and communities. If he were serious about growing our economy, Rauner would focus on the root cause of Illinois’ challenges: regressive and insufficient revenue. There’s no need for Rauner to wait until his budget address to advocate for a surcharge on millionaires. He could support a graduated income tax today. He could immediately propose eliminating corporate tax loopholes that cost our residents hundreds of millions in public dollars, instead of shoveling public funds at Jeff Bezos, the richest man on the planet. Instead, Rauner has added saddled Illinois with another major challenge: his relentless agenda to shift even more power and desperately needed public dollars to the wealthy and connected, at the expense of the solvency of our state and the needs of her people.”

Malcolm X Scholarship for “Exceptional Courage” Now Open to African American Students

Posted by Admin On September - 25 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

The Malcolm X Scholarship

Nationwide (BlackNews.com) — The Malcolm X Scholarship for “Exceptional Courage” is directed towards undergraduate students, who are enrolled at one of the United Negro College Fund (UNCF) institutions. The scholarship was developed by award-winning filmmaker Spike Lee to increase the awareness about the life and contributions of Malcolm X within society.

The program will provide $4,000 in scholarship support for students, who have overcome difficult circumstances or challenges in pursuit of their college education. Students can be enrolled in any accredited field of study at their chosen UNCF institution.

Spike Lee was also able to garner support for this scholarship program from Allen Killil, Abkeo Music and Records and other major contributors.

For more details and/or to apply, visit:

To view hundreds of other 2017-2018 scholarships, visit:

“Chicago is Becoming Whiter and Whiter”

Posted by Admin On August - 14 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

Probation Challenge’s Interview with Christopher ‘Chris’ George Kennedy, Democratic Candidate for Illinois Governor


CHICAGO IL –  Christopher ‘Chris’ George Kennedy, Illinois Gubernatorial Candidate, recently visited the Probation Challenge Studio, where the Rev. Harold E. Bailey, conducted a heart-winching interview before a live audience.

Chris Kennedy, 53, eighth child of Robert and Ethel Kennedy, began his dialog with history concerning grandparents Joe and Rose Kennedy, his wife and children, and then told of his uncle, the late President John F. Kennedy. He also spoke of his uncle, the late Robert F. Kennedy, who served as former U.S. Senator/64th U.S. Attorney General. Both father and uncle were shot and killed at the hands of an assassin’s bullet. John and Robert were best known for their advocacy in the Civil Rights Movement.

Bailey vigorously questioned Kennedy about: Education, Incarceration, Jobs and Violence, and without hesitation, Kennedy approached each category with the confidence that existing problems in the state of Illinois could and would be fixed once in office. He additionally spoke of Chicago’s problems.

Kennedy, admonished Chicago youth to not hold on to the presupposition that their vote doesn’t count! He explained that youth have been conditioned to believe a false philosophy… by those who benefit accordingly.

When asked why he was aspiring for the Illinois Governor’s seat, Kennedy responded, “I am running because I love Illinois and believe it can once again be a place where we can raise our families and find opportunity, but our state is broken and it must be fixed.

I’ve seen the possibilities and potential of this State from so many vantage points. I cannot sit back and watch as State Government stands in the way of what’s possible. It’s time to restore the American Dream to the people of Illinois.”

Rev. Harold Bailey, said that “Not many running for office or seated officials’ will admit to that which Kennedy has proclaimed.” Bailey was referring to Kennedy’s remarks that the “City of Chicago is becoming “whiter and whiter.” Kennedy without fear of repercussion explained his assertions. His accusations may be viewed on the PCC Network.

Bailey’s love for youth has caused him to not to sit on the seat of doing nothing, but rather to assist in saving African American and Hispanic men and women from the perils of what he calls ‘The Pit-of-Hell’ … which he said are the proposed jails and prisons.

The Christopher George Kennedy Interview May be Viewed at:

WWW.ProbationChallenge.org – The Truth Network – 24/7 and On-Demand.

Who Is Christopher George Kennedy?

Kennedy is chairman of the Kennedy family investment firm Joseph P Kennedy Enterprises, Inc. He is treasurer of the Joseph P. Kennedy Jr. Foundation, he was on the Executive Committee for the Chicago Community Trust, and he has been a board member of the Catholic Theological Union, Interface, Inc. and Knoll Inc. He is a member of the mutual fund board of trustees for Ariel Investments.

Kennedy moved from Boston to Decatur to work for Archer Daniels Midland in the 80’s, and has spent his life working around issues of hunger, whether as the chairman of the Greater Chicago Food Depository, or now helping to run the non-profit he and his wife founded, Top Box Foods.

Kennedy was the president of Merchandise Mart Properties in Chicago, Illinois, from 2000 until 2012. The property was originally owned by the Kennedy family until it was sold to Vornado Realty Trust, a real estate investment trust. The Merchandise Mart, one of the properties of Merchandise Mart Properties in Chicago, Illinois, from 2000 until 2012. The property was originally owned by the Kennedy family until it was sold to Vornado Realty Trust, a real estate investment trust. The Merchandise Mart, one of the properties of Merchandise Mart Properties, is the largest commercial building in the world, serving as both a luxury wholesale design center and one of the leading international business locations in Chicago. The Mart spans two city blocks and rises twenty-five stories for a total of 4.2 million square feet. Three million people come through the Mart each year to visit its retail shops, permanent showrooms, and office space as well as attend the numerous trade, consumer and community events hosted there.

The Public is invited to view this serious interview between Christopher George Kennedy and the Rev. Harold E. Bailey, President of Probation Challenge. The Network allowed no stone to be left unturned! Raw unadulterated truth was presented, and now Bailey is trusting that youth will hear and adhere to sound judgement.

  • Contact Person: Rev. Harold E. Bailey at: MRHEB@AOL.com Telephone: 773-978-3706
  • To view the Kennedy Interview go to: WWW.ProbationChallenge.org 24/7 and On- Demand

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