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Court Continues Today Against ICE, Detention Center, for Mistreatment of Detained Immigrant

Posted by Admin On May - 10 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

In the federal lawsuit, which will begin hearings tomorrow, Chicago resident Wilmer Catalan-Ramirez and his attorneys will present evidence that he has been the victim of unnecessary violence and retaliation in the hands of the Chicago immigration office and officers at the detention center. Click here to read the lawsuit.

Continuation of hearing with Wilmer Catalan-Ramirez. The hearing will focus on the treatment that Mr. Catalan-Ramirez has received by the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in Chicago as well as those in charge of supervising the McHenry County detention center, including McHenry County, and the health company that provides care for those detained at the detention center, Correct Care Solutions.  During yesterday’s hearing, ICE and the detention center agreed that he would no longer be shackled when he is being transported. The judge also affirmed that Chicago ICE Director Wong does have responsibility over the health and care of individuals in his custody. Today the testimonies will continue.

The hearing will be held Wednesday, May 10, 2017, 2:00 PM, at 219 South Dearborn Street, Chicago.

On March 27, 2017, ICE agents raided Mr. Catalan-Ramirez’ home while he was recovering from a multiple gunshot wound injury that resulted in a fractured right skull and right shoulder, a traumatic brain injury, and partial paralysis on his left side. During the raid, several ICE agents slammed Mr. Catalan-Ramirez on the ground and fractured his left shoulder, despite his pleas of pain and repeated notifications of his shooting-related injuries.

Until today, Mr. Catalan-Ramirez has not been provided adequate rehabilitative services and medical care while in ICE custody at McHenry County Jail. As a result, Mr. Catalan-Ramirez is experiencing a number of medical issues including but not limited to extreme pain in his left shoulder and arm, and losing range of motion on the left side of his body. It has been more than 1 month since his detention, and these urgent medical issues have yet to be addressed.

Mr. Catalan-Ramirez spends most of the day isolated in his cell due to the pain and his inability to safely walk without his left-side ankle brace and proper sneaker footwear. He has also been the victim of retaliation by guards, who have threatened to punish Mr. Catalan-Ramirez for asking others to help him get dressed and eat.  Security staff insists on shackling Mr. Catalan-Ramirez during transportation—despite the fact that he poses no safety risk and the shackling exacerbates the pain from his injuries.

The federal hearing will provide evidence to these allegations, which specifically name the Chicago ICE Field Office, Chicago ICE director Ricardo Wong, McHenry County, and others. 

About Organized Communities Against Deportations (OCAD) is an undocumented-led group that organizes against the deportation and criminalization of Black, Brown and immigrant communities in Chicago and surrounding areas (organizedcommunities.org)

Founded in 1985, the Roderick and Solange MacArthur Justice Center is one of the premier civil rights law firms in the United States (law.northwestern.edu/legalclinic/macarthur)

Mijente is a national political home for Latinx and Chicanx grassroots organizing that comes out of the Not One More Deportation Campaign (www.mijente.net)

The National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild (NIPNLG) is a national non-profit organization that provides legal support to community-based immigrant organizations, legal practitioners, and all advocates working to advance the rights of noncitizens (www.nationalimmigrationproject.org )

Abandoned Property, Foreclosure Prevention Program Funding Extended

Posted by Admin On May - 10 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

Senator Collins: “It’s time for relief for the hardworking taxpayers and homeowners who bailed out these banks.”


SPRINGFIELD, IL – To ensure continued funding for two programs aimed at addressing the aftermath of the recession on the housing market in Illinois, State Senator Jacqueline Collins successfully argued for the passage of legislation in the Senate.

“Historically, we know that the stability of the housing market has been crucial in leading the broader economy out of recessions,” Collins said. “Abandoned properties, left unsecured and unmaintained, destabilize families, decimate communities, and destroy any hope of future economic development. That is why extending these programs is important.”

The Abandoned Property Program and the Foreclosure Prevention Program are both funded through filing fees levied on lenders. The Abandoned Property Program provides funds to local governments for the purposes of demolishing or rehabilitating such homes, while the Foreclosure Prevention Program provides counseling and other services to help families at risk of foreclosure to gain firm financial footing and stay in their homes. Both fees are structured to exact the highest costs on the institutions which deal in the most foreclosures.

“Something is amiss in society when we continue to reward, to the tune of millions of dollars, the failure of the financial elite who brought our economy to the brink of disaster,” Collins said. “It’s time for relief for the hardworking taxpayers and homeowners who bailed out these banks.”

Speaker Madigan: “…Families in Our Communities Have Lost Critical Services as a Result of the Budget Impasse”

Posted by Admin On May - 9 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

Statement from Speaker Michael Madigan

SPRINGFIELD, IL – Illinois Speaker Michael J. Madigan issued the following statement Monday: 

“For nearly two years, families in our communities have lost critical services as a result of the budget impasse. Educators, social service agencies and countless others have warned that Illinois will be dealing with the consequences of this impasse for many years to come. In the years preceding this impasse, we were paying down the backlog of unpaid old bills and had the bill backlog down to $4.5 billion. The bill backlog today stands at over $13 billion due to the lack of a state budget. The state’s backlog has tripled, and bond rating agencies have made it clear that the lack of a state budget weighs foremost in their minds when evaluating Illinois’ financial standing. For these reasons and due to the impact this impasse is having on every Illinoisan, House Democrats have been resolute in our belief that all legislators and the governor must recognize the budget as the most important issue facing our state.

“While we stand firm that the budget – and the budget alone – must be our top priority, it is also our desire to work cooperatively with the governor. To this end, I am appointing Representatives Barbara Flynn Currie, Lou Lang, Arthur Turner and Jay Hoffman to work with the governor to identify areas of his agenda where compromise can be reached. The House has taken action on several of the governor’s requests, and this group will be able to discuss his further proposals and consider how they would affect the state.

“It is our strong desire that Governor Rauner join us in putting the budget first. By showing the governor that House Democrats stand ready to work with him in good faith, it is my hope that he will return to the negotiating table and work with us to end the budget crisis.”


Attorney General Madigan Settles With Prepaid Wireless Service

Posted by Admin On May - 9 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

CHICAGO, IL  – Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan announced a settlement with wireless phone company, PlatunumTel Communications (PTEL), after it abruptly shut down and failed to pay money it owed to customers for wireless services. The settlement will allow consumers to obtain refunds for unused wireless services.


In January 2016, PTEL, which advertised prepaid, no-contract wireless services, notified customers that the company would be going out of business and they would no longer be able to use services. Customers who complained to PTEL and requested refunds for prepaid services were told that all services were nonrefundable and nontransferable.


“Consumers who bought services from this company are entitled to refunds and should contact my office to file a complaint for restitution,” Madigan said.


The settlement gives customers the opportunity to obtain refunds for unused wireless services they purchased. In order to qualify, consumers must contact the Attorney General’s Consumer Fraud Bureau by June 16, 2017, to file a complaint. Consumers will need to provide their wireless number at the time of purchase, the approximate date of purchase and the amount owed to them.


The settlement also prohibits PTEL from soliciting, selling or accepting deposits or advance payments toward prepaid services.


Consumers may file complaints with Attorney General Madigan’s office by visiting her website or by calling her Consumer Fraud Hotlines:


1-800-386-5438 (Chicago)
1-800-243-0618 (Springfield)
1-800-243-0607 (Carbondale)



NYPD officer, Army Reserve Soldier to be honored in National Police Memorial

Posted by Admin On May - 8 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The first New York City police officer killed in Iraq

while serving as an Army Reserve Soldier will be honored in the National Law

Enforcement Officer’s Memorial this year in Washington, D.C., during

National Police Week.


Staff Sgt. James D. McNaughton’s name will be officially dedicated along

with other police officers who died in the line of duty during the 29th

Annual Candlelight Vigil, May 13, beginning at 8:00 p.m.


This year, the Candlelight Vigil will be held on the National Mall between

4th and 7th Streets. In addition to the lighting of the candles and reading

of names, the Candlelight Vigil includes remarks by dignitaries and musical

tributes preformed to honor the memory of these fallen officers.


“We gathered all the civilian police officers in the unit and told them what

the situation was. They were to train Iraqi police,” said Brig. Gen. John

Hussey, who was at the time McNaughton’s battalion commander and now

commanding general of the 1st Brigade, Great Lakes Division, 75th Training

Command, in Arlington Heights, Ill. “Jimmy McNaughton stepped forward. He

stepped up because he knew a lot of these guys were married and had kids,

and he didn’t want them to be put in harm’s way.”


Having been denied once, Hussey made it a personal mission to have

McNaughton’s name included in the police memorial wall in Washington.


“I was trying to mount a campaign and went to several elected officials and

asked them to get involved,” he said. “Instead of submitting through the New

York City Police Department like we did the first time, we submitted the

application for Jimmy’s dedication to the National Law Enforcement Memorial

through the Army.”


The application was approved.


McNaughton graduated from the police academy shortly after 9/11 and

volunteered to go to Iraq in 2005. While there, he volunteered for a

dangerous mission, which would cost him his life.


This weekend, Hussey and McNaughton’s parents will meet in Washington to see

the unveiling of his name and light candles for those who sacrificed their

lives in the line of duty.


Command Sgt. Maj. Craig Owens, from Atlanta, the senior enlisted leader for

the 200th Military Police Command, headquartered at Fort Meade, Maryland, is

also expected to attend the ceremony to represent McNaughton’s service as a

military police Soldier.


Attorney General Madigan Sues Chicago-Based Pyramid Scheme

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Madigan Seeks to Immediately Shut Down Fraudulent Pyramid Operation


CHICAGO, IL – Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan filed a lawsuit and temporary restraining order against a Chicago-based pyramid sales operation after receiving more than 20 complaints about its false and misleading claims that lured people into the costly scheme.


Madigan filed the lawsuit in Cook County against Wealth Partners Publishing Inc. (WPP) and its President Candice V. Cunningham for operating a direct-mail pyramid scheme called “Partners in Profit” that falsely promised people they could build direct mail businesses to earn a quick and lifelong income. In filing the lawsuit, Madigan also filed a motion for a temporary restraining order and an order preserving assets to immediately prohibit Cunningham and WPP from continuing to operate the scheme in Illinois.


Madigan alleged the pyramid operation’s sole revenue stream relied on attracting people to pay as much as $10,000 to participate and recruit additional people to join, a classic sign of a pyramid sales scheme. The only way existing participants in the scheme earned money was by recruiting others. No goods or services were ever sold.


“The people behind this pyramid scheme made promises that could never be fulfilled and came at great cost to the people who bought into the lies,” Madigan said. “I am seeking to immediately and permanently shut down this pyramid scheme.”


In promoting the illegal scheme, Madigan alleged that Cunningham and WPP described the sales program as a proven way for people to make substantial income and achieve financial independence. Sales materials claimed participants could earn their share of a $42 billion direct mail industry and included testimonials from people who supposedly claimed they earned thousands of dollars within a matter of days, quit their jobs, paid off their debts and began building lifelong income by joining the program.


Madigan further alleged Cunningham and WPP encouraged people to join the program by offering a minimum 2 percent money back guarantee on investment and promising to refund people’s money if they did not meet the response rate detailed in program materials. However, people did not make any money by paying into the program and did not receive the guaranteed refund.


Madigan’s lawsuit seeks full refunds for people who were lured into the program as well as civil penalties. Illinois consumers who believe they may be a victim of this pyramid sales scheme can submit a complaint online or by contacting Madigan’s Consumer Fraud Hotline:


1-800-386-5438 (Chicago)
1-800-243-0618 (Springfield)
1-800-243-0607 (Carbondale)


Assistant Attorneys General Tom James and Jennifer Crespo are handling the case for Madigan’s Consumer Protection Bureau.


World Peace Advocate Comes to Chicago May 10, 2017

Posted by Admin On May - 8 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

CHICAGO, IL  – Mr. Man Hee Lee, International Peace Dignitary will be making his mark in Chicago. Mr. Man Hee Lee is a Gandhi Global Family award recipient and founder and chairman of HWPL. Mr. Man Hee Lee is now bringing his message of peace to Chicago, IL. Chairman Lee is a Korean War Veteran who has not forgotten the suffering he and his fellow soldiers endured in their youth during the Korean War. He recalls the atrocities committed against the youth during war, and vowed to bring an end to military conflict. Since then, Chairman Lee has worked tirelessly to leave a legacy of peace to future generations.

Chairman Lee, along with over 100 branches of HWPL and in conjunction with the International Women’s Peace Group (IWPG), and the International Peace Youth Group (IPYG), is working to bring all wars to an end. HWPL is a non – profit international peace organization, a movement promoting world peace and the cessation of wars. As emissaries of world peace, HWPL is working towards the restoration of humanity through interfaith interactions and a heavenly culture. Here are some of HWPL accomplishments:

The cease of the 40-year conflict of Mindanao, Philippines, HWPL began the process through signing a peace agreement between representatives of the Catholic and Islam faiths in the region.

  • Cooperated with various education institutions worldwide to promote peace education in 117 school in 8 different countries
  • Established and maintaining the following: International Law Peace Committee, Advisory Council, Publicity Ambassadors, Peace Advocacy Committee.


For more information, contact: Ciara Mason @ 224 343-8952


Rep. Harper Opposes Cuts to Meals On Wheels, Stands With Seniors

Posted by Admin On May - 8 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

SPRINGFIELD, IL – Illinois State Rep. Sonya Harper, D-Chicago, is standing with seniors and senior advocates like AARP to oppose Washington politicians’ dangerous cuts to senior Meals on Wheels, which would affect the more than 115,000 elderly residents who depend on the program.


“It saddens me to see that the government is prioritizing cutting senior programs instead of fully funding schools, providing fair pay for the working-class, and ensuring health care for all,” said Harper. “I am outraged that the president and Congress have placed tax cuts for the wealthy and corporate profits above the needs of seniors and the most vulnerable populations.”


Harper is sponsoring House Resolution 274, which states the Illinois House of Representatives’ opposition to efforts by Washington insiders to cut Meals on Wheels or the Congregate Meals Program, or to eliminate community block grants which provide funding for senior meal programs.


As Governor Bruce Rauner refuses to do his job and introduce an honest budget that provides for our state’s most critical services, Harper recently voted to defend Meals on Wheels by voting to pass a lifeline budget that would commits special funds currently sitting unused to sustain Meals on Wheels and prevent local seniors from being denied critical care.


“Meals on Wheels and many other senior programs have literally been starved to the bone while the demand for these services is greater than ever before due to aging demographics,” said Nancy LeaMond, executive vice president of AARP. “Without continued investments in these cost-effective programs, taxpayers will end up paying far more to hospitalize or otherwise care for the frail elderly, many of whom are homebound.”



Treasurer Frerichs: U.S. Senate Vote Hurts Employers, Workers Saving for Retirement

Posted by Admin On May - 8 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

Illinois’ Secure Choice Plan Will Move Forward


SPRINGFIELD – Illinois State Treasurer Michael Frerichs released the following statement after the U.S. Senate’s vote to pass House Joint Resolution 66. The passage of the resolution weakens protections for employers who choose to offer Illinois’ Secure Choice retirement savings plan to their workers.

Frerichs championed Secure Choice as an Illinois senator and fought for stronger federal safe harbor protections as state treasurer.

“Common sense was locked out of Congress today. Congress had a chance to help millions of Americans who lack retirement savings options. Congress had a chance to protect employers from frivolous lawsuits. Instead, Congress again chose to stand with big money and Wall Street,” Frerichs said. 

Frerichs urged President Donald Trump to reject this short-sighted decision.

In Illinois, the Secure Choice Program will go forward.

Illinois’ Secure Choice Program touches Illinois businesses with at least 25 employees, that have been in business for two or more years, and that do not currently provide a qualified savings plan. Employees from these businesses will be enrolled in a default target date Roth IRA with a default 3 percent payroll deduction, but could choose to change the contribution level or fund option at any time, or choose to opt-out of the program altogether. Accounts are owned by individual participant and will be portable from job-to-job. Employers can choose to offer a qualified private-market savings plan at any time.

Secure Choice is scheduled to launch in 2018. As many as 1.3 million workers are expected to participate.

Nationally, only half of working Americans save for retirement, according to the Survey of Income and Program Participation by the U.S. Census Bureau. Of those who do not save, 84 percent work for an employer that does not offer a retirement savings vehicle. A lack of retirement savings increases the likelihood that workers will be over-reliant on social security or retire into poverty, creating significant future burdens on state and federal social safety nets.

Advocates say the reason these workers do not have access to a retirement savings tool is because Wall Street and the financial services industry does not offer a product. Secure Choice was designed to fill this need.

For more information about Illinois’ Secure Choice Program, visit www.illinoistreasurer.gov.

Attorney General Madigan Condemns Federal Executive Order Attacking Women’s Access to Preventative Healthcare

Posted by Admin On May - 5 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

CHICAGO, IL Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan condemned the federal executive order signed under the guise of religious freedom that jeopardizes women’s access to crucial preventative healthcare services like contraception.

Madigan issued the following statement against the Executive Order that directs the federal government to issue regulations that would allow organizations to claim religious objections to providing employees with basic preventative medical care:

“The Executive Order signed today creates a license for employers and corporations to discriminate under the pretense of religious beliefs. It puts countless women at risk of being denied basic healthcare.

This is an attack on women’s rights and an assault on progress and equality.

I will continue to vigorously defend women’s rights and work to ensure women have access to preventative healthcare.”


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