|Signs of Potential Eye Damage After Watching Eclipse: ExpertNBC Chicago / 22.08.2017 14:04 more|
Experts have long warned that watching a solar eclipse without proper eyewear can lead to potential damage in your eyes. But what might that damage look like?Photo Credit: Getty Images
|Pregnant Woman Delivers Her Own Baby on Side of TollwayNBC Chicago / 7 min. ago more|
A pregnant woman on her way to the hospital was forced to pull over on the side of a tollway and deliver the baby herself, authorities said Tuesday.
|5 key pieces of President Trump’s Afghanistan planCLTV / 8 min. ago more|
President Donald Trump outlined his plan for the 16-year US war in Afghanistan Monday evening, vowing that the US would find victory while no longer “nation-building.”
The President declared he would no longer announce troop levels but would focus on allowing US forces to target the Taliban and other terrorist groups wherever they were in Afghanistan.
Here are the five key pieces of Trump’s Afghanistan plan:
The President is giving the Pentagon authority to ramp up troop levels in Afghanistan by several thousand, but Trump declared the US military would not talk specifically about troop levels there.
“We will not talk about numbers of troops or our plans for further military activities,” Trump said. “Conditions on the ground, not arbitrary timetables, will guide our strategy from now on. America’s enemies must never know our plans or believe they can wait us out.”
The US currently has about 8,400 troops in Afghanistan, and US military generals have said that a few thousand more troops would help the US break the current stalemate against the Taliban.
The additional troops would serve in two roles: counterterrorism missions and training the Afghan forces.
Trump referenced both on Monday, talking about seeking out terrorists wherever they were and saying the US was committed to working with the Afghan government, while noting that the US support “is not a blank check.”
More military autonomy
Perhaps the biggest military change Trump announced Monday was to relax US authorities to attack the Taliban and other terrorist groups in Afghanistan.
The Obama administration placed restrictions on US offensive operations in Afghanistan after the Afghan forces took the lead on fighting the Taliban, a move that frequently frustrated commanders in the field.
“Micromanagement from Washington, DC, does not win battles,” Trump said.
He added that he would give military commanders the authority to act in real time and expand the authorities for US armed forces to target terrorists and criminal networks in Afghanistan.
“These killers need to know they have nowhere to hide, that no place is beyond the reach of American might and American arms,” Trump said. “Retribution will be fast and powerful.”
The end-goal of Trump’s plan in Afghanistan was to bring the Taliban to the negotiating table to find a political solution to the Afghan war.
The goal was the same as that of President Barack Obama, but Trump argued his plan has a key difference from that of his predecessor: no timelines on the withdrawal of US troops.
“I’ve said it many times how counterproductive it is for the United States to announce the dates we intend to begin or end military operations,” Trump said.
His criticism is one that Republicans frequently raised during the Obama administration, as Obama withdrew troops down to the current level of approximately 8,400.
While Trump talked about a political solution, he also expressed skepticism the Taliban would come to the negotiating table.
“Someday after an effective military effort, perhaps it will be possible to have a political settlement that includes elements of the Taliban in Afghanistan, but nobody knows if or when that will ever happen,” Trump said.
Trump echoed comments from his predecessors in their desire to get Pakistan to change its terrorist-harboring ways.
Pakistan’s role in providing a safe haven for the Haqqani network has frequently been a thorn in the side of the US military.
Trump threatened to cut off US aid to Pakistan to persuade them to help fight terrorism in Afghanistan.
“We have been paying Pakistan billions and billions of dollars at the same time they are housing the very terrorists we are fighting,” Trump said. “But that will have to change, and that will change immediately.”
Trump also talked about how India, a nuclear rival of Pakistan, could contribute to the Afghan war effort. He noted the billions of dollars in trade between India and the US and said his administration wanted India to help more on Afghanistan, particularly with economic assistance and development.
Winning … but not nation-building
When Obama talked about the war in Afghanistan, he focused on bringing US troops home. Trump made clear he wants victory there.
“Our troops will fight to win. We will fight to win,” Trump said. “From now on, victory will have a clear definition, attacking our enemies, obliterating ISIS, crushing al Qaeda, preventing the Taliban from taking over Afghanistan and stopping mass terror attacks against America before they emerge.”
But the key thing Trump made clear to move away from — a nod to the isolationist wing of his supporters who backed a US pullout from Afghanistan — was nation-building.
“We want them to succeed, but we will no longer use American military might to construct democracies in far-away lands or try to rebuild other countries in our own image,” Trump said. “Those days are now over.”
Trump said bluntly that the US was “not nation-building again.”
To finish the point, he added: “We are killing terrorists.”
|1 teen killed, 3 others wounded in Chicago shootings - Chicago TribuneGoogle News / 57 min. ago more|
Chicago Tribune1 teen killed, 3 others wounded in Chicago shootingsChicago Tribune1 teen killed, 3 others wounded in Chicago shootings. Bridgeport shootings. (Elyssa Cherney / Chicago Tribune). A 17-year-old boy was shot multiple times and critically wounded in the 3000 block of South Throop Street about 11:50 p.m. on Aug. 21, 2017.and more »
|2nd phase of O’Hare cargo development under way89 WLS-AM / 1 h. 4 min. ago more|
CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has opened work on a second phase of a $220 million northeast cargo development at O’Hare International Airport .
Emanuel was joined Thursday by officials from the Chicago Department of Aviation and cargo space owner Aeroterm .
Officials say the development is ahead of schedule. It’s in response to demand for moving air cargo through Chicago to worldwide markets.
The city said O’Hare’s air cargo volume is already up 15 percent over last year. It’s on pace to handle nearly 2 million metric tons this year.
The Northeast Cargo development expands the airport’s cargo operations. It’s funded by $160 million from Aeroterm and $62 million in airport funds. The 240,000 square foot (about 22,000 square meters) is home to Burak , Cargolux and Swissport cargo handlers.
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|1 teen killed, 3 others wounded in Chicago shootingsChicago Tribune / 1 h. 5 min. ago more|
A teenager was killed and two other teens were among three people wounded in city shootings on Monday, police said. A 17-year-old boy accused of trying to steal a car in the North Austin neighborhood about 10 a.m. Monday was killed by the owner -- an off-duty Chicago Fire Department lieutenant...
|More Officers in Chicago Police Department Get Body Cameras - U.S. News & World ReportGoogle News / 1 h. 7 min. ago more|
More Officers in Chicago Police Department Get Body CamerasU.S. News & World ReportMore Officers in Chicago Police Department Get Body Cameras. Chicago's police department is moving closer to its goal of issuing body cameras to all of its patrol officers. Aug. 22, 2017, at 5:58 a.m.. MORE. LinkedIn · StumbleUpon · Google +; Cancel.and more »
|Teen rescued by 3 officers from burning home in GrayslakeCLTV / 1 h. 9 min. ago more|
GRAYSLAKE, Ill. -- Three police officers were injured while rescuing a teenager from a burning home.
This happened shortly before 1 a.m. Tuesday at a house on Normandy Lane in Grayslake.
The teen was transported to the hospital.
All three officers were also treated.
No word yet on their conditions or how the fire started.
|WEATHER: Stormy start then clearing89 WLS-AM / 1 h. 34 min. ago more|
By Weather Channel Meteorologist Scott Lawrimore
Today | Thunderstorms in the morning then gradual clearing. High 80
Tomorrow | Sunny. High mid to upper 70s…low 70s near the Lake
Thursday | More clouds than sun…may see a stray shower. Highs in the low 70s
Friday | Sunny. High low to mid 70s
|Chicago sports teams join in the Solar Eclipse excitementCLTV / 3 h. 1 min. ago more|
CHICAGO – Only two of the teams were actually in action on the field of some sort on Monday, but all of Chicago’s professional teams decided to get in on the fun of the Solar Eclipse.
The rare phenomenon, which appeared in the afternoon for the first time over the United States since 1979, was enjoyed by a number of athletes in the Windy City, especially the one team that had two games on Monday.
— Chicago White Sox (@whitesox) August 21, 2017
Before a double-header against the Twins today at Guaranteed Rate Field, the White Sox had a few posts about the event on their Twitter account.
Wow. This is not what we expected. #SolarEclipse2017 pic.twitter.com/lASvIRxesk
— Chicago White Sox (@whitesox) August 21, 2017
Even the White Sox opponents from Minnesota were taking the time to watch the unique phenomenon.
Bartolo Colon…science nerd pic.twitter.com/YTSPwFNfTv
— Jeff Arnold (@JeffArnold_) August 21, 2017
Meanwhile the Bears got a chance to look at the eclipse that occured during their Monday workout, the first since their second preseason game against the Cardinals on Saturday.
— Chicago Bears (@ChicagoBears) August 21, 2017
#SolarEclispe2017 #BearDown pic.twitter.com/Ovn6zHV0oV
— Pat O'Donnell (@PatODonnell_16) August 21, 2017
#SolarEclipse2017 as seen from Halas Hall. pic.twitter.com/m0PwAcPY4s
— Chicago Bears (@ChicagoBears) August 21, 2017
On Monday the Cubs had the day off as they traveled to Cincinnati to face the Reds this week. But they still found a way to celebrate the moment on Twitter.
Our #SolarEclipse2017 sun shield.
This is safe, right? pic.twitter.com/EPN0JueeZe
— Chicago Cubs (@Cubs) August 21, 2017
Meanwhile Bulls used the iconic Michael Jordan statue to make their social media statement on the sun today.
Meanwhile the Blackhawks got good use of a pun in their GIF concerning the eclipse courtesy of forward Ryan Hartman.
Finally, the day we've all been waiting for. #Eclipse2017 pic.twitter.com/3EzaX61uSC
— Chicago Blackhawks (@NHLBlackhawks) August 21, 2017
|It’s Not Easy Being Green! The Green Tie Ball with Tony Abruscato, Comedian Paul Farahvar, and it’s New Music Monday with Marcus Alexander | Full Show (Aug 21st)WGN Radio / 3 h. 25 min. ago more|
Tonight on Pretty Late (Aug 21st) Comedian Paul Farahvar rides side car as we welcome Tony Abruscato (Executive Director of Chicago Gateway Green) who discusses the upcoming Green Tie Ball which is returning Sept 15th. Next, it’s new music Monday as we bring on Chicago artist, Marcus Alexander featuring DJ ENV– Tune in to hear some of his music and his wonderful message of positivity.
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|Bullet hits police squad car on South SideChicago Tribune / 4 h. 29 min. ago more|
A gunman fired at a Chicago police squad car as officers were conducting a traffic stop, hitting the vehicle's rear bumper in the Park Manor neighborhood on the South Side Monday night, authorities said. The incident happened in the 6900 block of South Rhodes Avenue about 8:30 p.m., said Anthony...
|The Carry Out 8-21-17: “What I learned today from the first solar eclipse in almost 40 years is that the eclipse will be back in 7 years so so much for the once in our lifetime story line”WGN Radio / 6 h. 7 min. ago more|
The Carry Out is the nightly segment where Justin reads the news so you don’t have to. Tonight’s top stories include the passion surrounding the solar eclipse, President Trump addressing the nation to outline his strategy for the war in Afghanistan, the USA Today reporting that the Trump administration depleting funds to pay Secret Service agents, Alderman Ed Burke showing a clip of “Back to the Future” to show we should limit driverless cars, the Cubs sweeping the Toronto Blue Jays, the Sox playing a DH against the Twins, the Bears trying to control their QB controversy ahead of their all-important third preseason game this weekend and a new report saying the iPhone 8 face recognition system will work in “millionths of a second.”
Follow Justin on Twitter and give him a like on Facebook. The Download with Justin Kaufmann airs Monday through Friday from 7 pm. to 11 pm on @WGNRadio
|Live from Studio 435: Even in BlackoutsWGN Radio / 6 h. 18 min. ago more|
The tremendous acoustic pop-punk band Even in Blackouts join Justin in Studio 435 to talk about why the band got back together after splitting up in 2009, why they choose to perform acoustically, how punk music is a perfect fit for an acoustic sound, the challenge of building an audience, how the pop-punk genre became mainstream and the process of getting back into the studio to create new music. They also perform a few songs including “Motives Misunderstood in the Key of C,” “Sassafras Hoyden” and “Little Trip to Heaven.”
Follow Justin on Twitter and give him a like on Facebook. The Download with Justin Kaufmann airs Monday through Friday from 7 pm. to 11 pm on @WGNRadio
|Political analyst Chris Robling: “There is nothing easy in Afghanistan and we are going to be there for a long time”WGN Radio / 6 h. 24 min. ago more|
It’s Monday so it’s time to Touché! Political analysts Chris Robling and Kitty Kurth join Justin to debate the top political stories making news this past week including White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon being let go and President Trump’s speech to the nation outlining his Afghanistan strategy.
Follow Justin on Twitter and give him a like on Facebook. The Download with Justin Kaufmann airs Monday through Friday from 7 pm. to 11 pm on @WGNRadio
|Remembering the life and legacy of comedy giant Jerry LewisWGN Radio / 6 h. 27 min. ago more|
Chicago Tribune film critic Michael Phillips joins Justin to reflect on the life and legacy of comedian and actor Jerry Lewis, who passed away on Sunday at the age of 91. Michael talks about the appeal of Jerry Lewis, the magic created between Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis, Lewis’ legendary roles in “The Nutty Professor” and “The King of Comedy,” the comedians he influenced through the years, his work on the MDA Telethon and what his legacy will end up being.
Follow Justin on Twitter and give him a like on Facebook. The Download with Justin Kaufmann airs Monday through Friday from 7 pm. to 11 pm on @WGNRadio
|Chicago Police: Shots fired at CPD vehicleABC 7 / 6 h. 29 min. ago more|
No one was hit when shots were fired at a CPD vehicle.
|The Download with Justin Kaufmann Full Show 8-21-17WGN Radio / 6 h. 31 min. ago more|
We have a terrific show for you this evening! On tonight’s episode of The Download, political analysts Chris Robling and Kitty Kurth break down President Trump’s address to the nation outlining his policy on Afghanistan, Chicago Tribune film critic Michael Phillips reflects on the life and legacy of Jerry Lewis, Chef Diana Davila tells us about her great new Logan Square restaurant Mi Tocaya Antojería and we end the show in Studio 435 with some live music courtesy of the great Even in Blackouts!
Follow Justin on Twitter and give him a like on Facebook. The Download with Justin Kaufmann airs Monday through Friday from 7 pm. to 11 pm on @WGNRadio
| Twins take nightcap for split with White Sox Big News Network.com / 6 h. 44 min. ago more|
CHICAGO -- Dillon Gee allowed two hits in six innings and Jorge Polanco, Brian Dozier, Byron Buxton and Jason Castro homered as the Minnesota Twins picked up a doubleheader split against the Chicago W
| Twins hit 4 homers to split doubleheader Big News Network.com / 6 h. 50 min. ago more|
Nicky Delmonico connects and delivers a solo home run to right field to put the White Sox on the board in the bottom of the 5th inning
- Couldnt be put away: Fulmer cruised through a 1-2-3 first inn
|Hammond Cops Release Video of Armed Robbery SuspectsNBC Chicago / 6 h. 57 min. ago more|
Hammond police released surveillance footage Monday in hopes of attempting to identify three suspects in a string of Friday morning robberies caught on camera. Police say the crimes occurred in Hammond...Photo Credit: Hammond Police Department
|Boy with autism found on Near West Side reunited with guardianABC 7 / 7 h. 5 min. ago more|
A 10-year-old boy with autism found walking along I-290 on Chicago's Near West Side Monday has been reunited with his legal guardian, Illinois State Police said.
|ABC7 AccuWeather ForecastABC 7 / 7 h. 32 min. ago more|
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|Hammond armed robbers strike 3 times in minutesABC 7 / 7 h. 35 min. ago more|
Police believe the same two young men robbed or tried to rob an 85-year-old man, a 67-year-old man and a woman out with her 11-year-old daughter, all in less than an hour Friday morning in northwest Indiana.
|Trump renews Afghan commitment but says 'no blank check'ABC 7 / 7 h. 36 min. ago more|
Declaring the U.S. will win "in the end," President Donald Trump vowed Monday night to keep American troops fighting in Afghanistan despite his earlier inclination to withdraw. But he insisted the U.S. would not offer "a blank check" after 16 years of war, and he pointedly declined to say whether or when more troops might be sent.
|North Park launching pop-up community, not farmers marketWGN Radio / 7 h. 39 min. ago more|
NORTH PARK — North Park residents look to the north, south, west and east and what do they see?
Farmers markets — and they want one too, kind of.
Click here for more on this story from DNAinfo.
A group of North Park neighbors has launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds to test a series of pop-up community markets in the fall, emphasis on community.
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|2 Investigators: Window Maker Baffled By Toxic SmellsCBSlocal.com / 7 h. 41 min. ago more|
(CBS) — For the first time, the owner of a company that made millions making sound-resistant windows for homes around Chicago’s airports is answering his critics.
CBS 2 Investigator Pam Zekman has been reporting that some homeowners are concerned that noxious smells coming from the windows could be making them sick.
“I have absolutely no idea where the smell is coming from,” says Ron Spielman, the owner of Sound Solutions, the now-closed company that made sound insulation windows for thousands of homes around Midway and O’Hare airport.
Spielman agreed to meet Zekman at the home of Barbara and Allen Gabka, who live near Midway and have been complaining about their windows since 2015.
“I came out here in good faith out of curiosity to see what is going on,” Spielman says.
The Gabkas showed him a window frame made of polyvinyl chloride, a known carcinogen that seems damaged and peeling. There are holes between parts of the frame, leaving glass exposed and degraded spacers holding the two glass pieces together.
“You can see all around the seals are bubbling from the heat,” homeowner Barbara Gabka says.
The Gabkas also showed Spielman windows in the bedroom that they say smell the worst.
“It can be very strong throughout the whole house when the sun has been beating on it for a while,” Allen Gabka says.
That wasn’t the case during this visit, but Allen Gabka says: “I can be laying here and wonder what gases am I breathing.”
“I am at a complete loss,” Spielman says about the problem.
He denies his windows are causing the odor. “Certainly nothing that I did, that our company did, as far as manufacturing.”
And the companies that made the frames and spacers also say their products could not be the cause.
Spielman disagrees there is any danger to the homeowners.
“Well, first of all, they shouldn’t be afraid,” Spielman says. “They should be annoyed at the smell, OK, but there is nothing to be afraid of from a health standpoint, to the best of my knowledge.”
Like others, the Gabkas are not convinced.
“I am worried about the health risk,” Barbara Gabka says. “My daughter has headaches every single day.”
The city has agreed to replace windows where the noxious odor is confirmed. And as a result of the 2 Investigators reports, Chicago has hired a company to test the windows and possibly the air quality in the homes.
This is help the Gabkas have been requesting for years.
“I can only say thank you, thank you for Channel 2 being involved,” Barbara Gabka says.
On Wednesday, the Chicago City Council Aviation and Finance committees will hold a hearing to question the city’s aviation commissioner about the controversy. It’s scheduled for 3 p.m. at the Hale Park Gymnasium, 6258 W. 62nd St.
Homeowners who have similar complaints about the sound insulation windows can file complaints with the city at 773-838-5632 if they live around Midway airport or 773-894-366 if they live around O’Hare airport.
|Lack Of License Stalls $1.6M VFW RaffleCBSlocal.com / 7 h. 41 min. ago more|
(CBS) – They were playing for the queen of hearts — or so they thought.
Hundreds of residents in the small city of Morris and beyond had high hopes of winning a million-dollar raffle.
Those dreams are dashed, for now, CBS 2’s Dana Kozlov reports.
There are more than a half million raffle tickets in this Morris VFW tumbler. Post 6049 Grandmaster Jerry Peterson says it’ll be guarded like gold at Fort Knox.
“I sealed it with Saran Wrap. I put evidence tape on it,” he says.
That’s because a drawing for the Queen of Hearts $1.6 million jackpot, which was supposed to take place Monday, is on hold after the Illinois Gaming Board stepped in.
“They realized we didn’t a city raffle license. We didn’t know that it even existed,” Peterson says.
They found out, in all likelihood, because of this woman, anti-illegal gambling activist Kathy Gilroy. She notified the gaming board and Morris’s mayor and police department when she realized the drawing would actually be illegal.
She says if everything were in order she would have no problem with the drawing.
Many have had a big problem with the raffle’s suspension. Peterson even closed the hall to be safe.
“The money’s still there. Same amount, same everything,” he says.
Peterson hopes to get everything worked out, legally, in the next few weeks.
|Chicago CEO barely gets a 'Bachelor in Paradise' exitChicago News / 7 h. 42 min. ago more|
The quiet exit mirrored Rodriguez's low-key time on the show. Over five hours of the ABC network series, he was shown making an uncomfortable pitch for kisses, grunting while weightlifting, primping in the mirror and commenting on other contestants' budding relationships.
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|Suburban woman dragged by car after chases after purse thiefWGN-TV / 7 h. 47 min. ago more|
MT PROSPECT, Ill. – A suburban woman is recovering after a frightening robbery after a thief dragged her behind his car when she didn’t fought to get her purse back. Police are searching for the suspect and his get away driver. The 46-year-old Mt Prospect woman is recovering. She has some minor injuries but otherwise is ok. The woman was in the Wal-Mart parking lot off Rand Road in Mount Prospect Thursday around 8:30 a.m. She was walking to her […]
|‘It’s a once-in-a-lifetime happening’: Couple gets engaged while watching eclipseWGN-TV / 7 h. 59 min. ago more|
STOKES COUNTY, N.C. — For Hunter Sawyers, Monday’s solar eclipse was the perfect time to pop the question to his girlfriend while at North Carolina’s Hanging Rock State Park. “It was really beautiful and everything and she was distracted looking at the beautiful eclipse,” Sawyers said. “It’s a once-in-a-lifetime happening and you’re a once in a lifetime girl,” Sawyers said during his proposal. “I said, ‘I want to grow old with you and tell our grandkids about this day.’” Sawyers […]
|Acclaimed Chef Diana Dávila: “You have to be one with your ingredients”WGN Radio / 8 h. 4 min. ago more|
It’s Industry Night and Justin is joined by acclaimed Chef Diana Davila of the Logan Square Restaurant Mi Tocaya Antojería. Chef Davila talks about her career, why her team starts out each day with a “Mi Tocaya” warrior chant, how growing up in a restaurant family has influenced her, what she learned in the family restaurant business that she keeps with her at Mi Tocaya, where she finds inspiration, what “Midwestern Mexican” means to her, the importance of being one with her ingredients, making the transition from working in restaurants to running her own restaurant and being named one of the best new restaurants in the United States by Bon Appétit.
Follow Justin on Twitter and give him a like on Facebook. The Download with Justin Kaufmann airs Monday through Friday from 7 pm. to 11 pm on @WGNRadio
|Boy with autism found wandering Chicago expressway during rush hourCLTV / 8 h. 23 min. ago more|
CHICAGO – Police are investigating after a young boy was found wandering on a Chicago expressway during the evening rush hour Monday.
10-year-old Jordan Smith was found on the Eisenhower Expressway near Ashland around 5 p.m.
Illinois State police responded to a call, picked up Jordan and brought him to the hospital to be checked out.
WGN News is told that Jordan has autistim and may have other medical conditions.
Authorities were unsure where Jordan lived. His grandma was located after several hours. She is at the hospital talking with state police and the Department of Children and Family Services.
|10-Year-Old Boy With Autism Found Walking on Eisenhower: ISPNBC Chicago / 8 h. 32 min. ago more|
The Department of Child and Family Services was investigating Monday after a 10-year-old boy with autism was found alone on the Eisenhower Expressway, according to Illinois State Police.Photo Credit: Illinois State Police
|Solar eclipse helps marshals catch ‘most wanted’ sex offenderWGN-TV / 8 h. 56 min. ago more|
CEDAR RAPIDs, Iowa – A wanted sex offender surfaced Monday in Iowa and officers may have the solar eclipse to thank, according to a media release from the U.S. Marshals. Marshals arrested 26-year-old Ladarius Martez Blue outside of a Cedar Rapids residence as part of the U.S. Marshals Northern Iowa Fugitive Task Force’s “Operation Most Wanted.” Authorities had been looking for Blue since he failed to register as a sex offender and disappeared in early June, according to The Gazette. Officers […]
|$1.6M VFW raffle drawing hits legal snag, halted amid 'ordinance issue'Chicago Tribune / 9 h. 2 min. ago more|
A drawing for a VFW raffle with a prize topping $1 million was called off hours before a winner was due to be picked Monday, with organizers citing a legal snag.Organizers at the VFW hall in little Morris, Ill., said they "did not get shut down" and will resume ticket sales and the drawing "as...
|Roe Conn Full Show (8/21/17): Trump switches gears on Afghanistan, Skilling is moved by the eclipse and more…WGN Radio / 9 h. 2 min. ago more|
The Roe Conn Show with Anna Davlantes for Monday, August 21st, 2017:
Roe takes one day off and WGN-TV’s Mark Suppelsa decides to retire from broadcasting, Bloomberg columnist Josh Green talks about the new, Bannon-free Trump cabinet; Tom Skilling checks in from downstate following his emotional solar eclipse experience; WGN Bears insider Adam Hoge breaks down his top things from the team’s second preseason outing; AB Stoddard of Real Clear Politics previews the President’s address on Afghanistan; Richard Roeper joins the show with his take on the mercurial Jerry Lewis, and more.
|Illinois sailor among those missing from collision near SingaporeABC 7 / 9 h. 6 min. ago more|
A man from Decatur, Ill., is among the 10 missing sailors from the USS John S. McCain after it collided with an oil tanker near Singapore.
|Report Lists Top 10 Private High Schools in Chicago AreaNBC Chicago / 9 h. 9 min. ago more|
Citing the tumult surrounding Illinois public school funding, Chicago Magazine published a ranking of the top 10 private high schools in the Chicago area Monday for parents considering an alternative for...
|Suspects sought in series of brazen armed robberies in HammondCLTV / 9 h. 24 min. ago more|
HAMMOND, Ind. -- Police in northwest Indiana are looking for two men after a series of brazen armed robberies.
Two suspects were seen on home security cameras robbing the woman as she was out for a walk with her 11-year-old daughter in the 4100 block of Wabash Avenue Friday morning.
Hammond Police say the same two gunmen robbed an 85-year-old man and a 67-year-old man in separate incidents only blocks away minutes earlier. A third suspect was seen behind the wheel of a car they were all riding in.
The suspects are described as black men between the ages of 16 and 24, 5'10" to 6'0" tall and a medium build. One suspect was wearing a white hooded sweatshirt and the other a blue hooded sweatshirt. The only description available for the suspect driving the vehicle is except a black male or female with long hair. The vehicle is a 4-door grey in color sedan.
Anyone with any information is asked to call Detective Sgt. Rich Tumidulsky at (219) 852-2997, Det. Lieutenant Dave Carter (219) 852-2984 or Det. Sgt. Tom Textor at (219) 852-2973.
The full security video can be seen below:
|Top Five@5 (8/21/17): ‘Dirty Dancing’ turns 30, we remember two comic legends, and more…WGN Radio / 9 h. 24 min. ago more|
The Top Five@5 for Monday, August 21, 2017:
We pay tribute to late civil rights activist and comedian Dick Gregory and pioneering comic and filmmaker Jerry Lewis; Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton is asking President Trump to delay his rally scheduled for tomorrow; Dirty Dancing celebrates its 30th anniversary, and Tom Skilling was left in visible awe of the total solar eclipse.
|Author Josh Green: “Even though Bannon is out…we’re not going to see much of a change”WGN Radio / 9 h. 40 min. ago more|
Josh Green, author of Devil’s Bargain: Steve Bannon, Donald Trump and the Storming of the Presidency joins Roe Conn and Anna Davlantes in the wake of Bannon’s ouster from the White House. Green talks about just how much influence the former Chief Strategist had on the President, what’s in store now that Bannon has his ‘weapon’ back with Brietbart News, and more.
| White Sox hold off Twins in opener of doubleheader Big News Network.com / 9 h. 49 min. ago more|
CHICAGO -- Yolmer Sanchez and Jose Abreu homered, and Carlos Rodon struck out nine over 6 1/3 innings as the Chicago White Sox beat the Minnesota Twins 7-6 in the first game of a doubleheader on Monda
|AB Stoddard on Trump’s Afghan strategy: “We are not going to be surprised by those numbers”WGN Radio / 9 h. 49 min. ago more|
Real Clear Politics columnist AB Stoddard joins Roe Conn and Anna Davlantes ahead of President Trump’s speech on the US war in Afghanistan, where he is expected to call for an increase in troop presence. They discuss the possibility that former Chief Strategist Steve Bannon will go after the administration for not pulling out of the region, what the increase in “White Nationalist” activity means for the President’s ongoing ‘summer tour’ rallies, and more.
|Despite clouds, eclipse still inspires awe from Chicago to CarbondaleChicago Tribune / 9 h. 52 min. ago more|
The first total solar eclipse streaming across the continental U.S. since 1918 — the one that was supposed to put on a breathtaking celestial display here — was less than totally fulfilling for Dave Ellis."You have to say it was disappointing just to get that glimpse of it," said Ellis, a 1980...
|Tuesday Is National Take Your Cat To The Vet DayCBSlocal.com / 9 h. 52 min. ago more|
(CBS) – Tuesday Aug. 22 is National Take Your Cat to the Vet Day.
Why Aug. 22? Why not?
“It puts things on peoples’ calendars so we have the opportunity to catch things early in cats when we see them annually,” says Dr. Maggie Placer of the Arlington Cat Clinic in Arlington Heights.
Any day is a good day to set an appointment to take your cat to the vet, she says.
“Research just shows that in general the majority of cats are not seen annually,” she says.
Dr. Placer adds some cat owners only visit the vet during an emergency. She says that’s a bad idea.
“Think about a two year old cat as the equivalent of a 24-year-old person,” she says.
Some of the things caught during regular vet appointments include dental disease, diabetes, heart disease, and early onset arthritis.
|#FeedonThis: A Total Eclipse of Sports FeedCLTV / 10 h. ago more|
CHICAGO - Everyone in the world had their eye on the sky this afternoon - hopefully wearing sunglasses.
For the first time since 1979, a solar eclipse was visable from the United States and it passes relatively close to Chicago just after 1 PM on Monday. The phenominon was the talk of many people who went outside to get a look at this unique sky.
Of course that meant a lot of eclipse talk on Sports Feed Monday night, including a look at Chicago sports with a solar theme.
That's part of #FeedonThis with Jarrett Payton and Josh Frydman, and you can watch that segment in the video above.
Naturally, social media was buzzing about the eclipse, especially those in the world of sports.
Most of the teams in Chicago posted their own pictures in tribute to the event and even showed their athletes gazing towards the sky for a peek.
That was the biggest part of the Social Fodder, which Josh and Jarrett discuss in the video above.
About the only thing that wasn't eclipse themed on Monday was the Man Crush segment.
This time Jarrett and Josh made their choice for who they were crushing on from the Cubs and the Bears.
Watch their picks in the video above.
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|Next phase of Lakefront Trail Separation Project continues from 41st Street to 55th StreetHyde Park Herald / 10 h. 10 min. ago more|
By TONIA HILL
Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Chicago Park District Superintendent Michael Kelly, on Sunday, broke ground on the next segment of the Lakefront Trail Separation project.
The groundbreaking took place at 5100 S. Lakeshore Drive on the Lakefront Trail. The Lakefront Trail Separation project will create separate bike and pedestrian paths from 41st Street to 55th Street.
Emanuel announced plans to separate the trail from Fullerton to Ohio streets and 31st to 51st streets last year when he unveiled Building on Burnham, to invest in Chicago’s parks and open spaces. The trail split will provide separate paths for cyclists and pedestrians.
The project is designed to alleviate areas of congestion by separating the Lakefront Trail into two paths.
The bike trail will be made of asphalt and will measure 12 feet in width and be located closest to Lake Shore Drive. The pedestrian trail will measure 20 feet in width with 14 feet of asphalt and six feet of a soft surface mix on either side.
A new pedestrian and bike bridge is under construction at 41st Street over South Lake Shore Drive. It is the second of five bridge projects of its kind. A replacement pedestrian bridge opened last year.
“Trail separation does more than address issues of overcrowding; it makes the lakefront more accessible for the thousands of visitors and Chicagoans that use the path each day,” Emanuel said. “Breaking ground from 41st to 55th is an important step as we continue working to make the Lakefront Trail more accessible and more enjoyable for pedestrians and cyclists alike.”
Trail separation, from 31st Street to 41st Street was completed in June, with continued construction from Fullerton to North Avenue and Oak Street to Ohio Street.
The city’s 18-mile Lakefront Trail that runs from Ardmore Avenue on the north to 71st Street on the south will be separated for pedestrians and cyclists and is expected to be complete in 2018.
“The Chicago Park District has worked collectively with the City of Chicago, Active Transportation Alliance and Chicago Area Runners Association for years in search of ways to provide a safer more efficient way for all to enjoy the lakefront trail,” said Kelly.
A $12 million donation was made to help fund the completion of the Lakefront Trail Separation Project. Emanuel and Kelly along with Kenneth Griffin, who donated for the project announced in December.
The Lakefront Trail is one of the busiest in the U.S.; it is estimated that more than 100,000 people per day use the trail during the summer weekends according to a recent study by Chicago Area Runners Association (CARA) and the Active Transportation Alliance (ATA).
Construction of the section from 41st Street to 55th Street is expected to be complete by the end of this year.
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|Obama Foundation presents modified OPC design planHyde Park Herald / 10 h. 12 min. ago more|
By TONIA HILL
The Barack Obama Foundation, 5235 S. Harper Court, hosted a private invitation-only event, on Tuesday, Aug. 15., seeking feedback from community leaders about the design for the future Barack Obama Presidential Center (OPC), which included one idea for parking according to an Obama Foundation spokesperson.
The foundation revealed to attendees that it would fund and construct an underground parking garage between the Metra tracks and Stony Island Avenue under the Midway Plaisance.
“They would build a hill over it, so it would seem like it’s underground though it’s not actually below ground,” said Juanita Irizarry, executive director of Friends of the Park.
When former President Barack Obama, in May, presented concept plans for the OPC, he mentioned creating an underground parking garage in the same location. At the time, it was not clear who would pay to construct the garage.
“We were a little surprised that they just didn’t announce it or say we’ve reevaluated our thinking,” said Margaret Schmid coordinator with Jackson Park Watch. “It only came out from some pushing about how this was going to work. Unfortunately, we think that there needs to be more sharing with the public of what the foundation is doing and how they are going about it.”
Irizarry said, “I think it’s still an open question whether the parking lot will happen in that particular area or whether it’s a good thing.”
She added that if the foundation expects to have on-site parking, then they should see the underground parking garage as a cost for the OPC and should fund it.
Outside of community conversation meetings held in June and July the foundation, said Schmid, “has yet to announce any actual public meetings. This was yet again another invitation only meeting.”
The underground parking garage would hold approximately 400-500 cars and include a landscaped roof.
Officials at the meeting also said that they are cutting out another item from the original concept plan released in May. Initially, the design concept included pedestrian bridges that would connect the parking garage to the OPC the idea is no longer a part of their plan.
Other items mentioned at the meeting include traffic congestion and noise, the integration of the OPC campus into the Park, activity areas on the campus said Schmid.
“There was a great deal of concern amongst people in attendance about their [Obama Foundation’s] proposal to eliminate the perennial garden, and it’s unclear what they think they’re going to do,” Schmid said.
The Perennial Garden is a circular garden that is situated where Midway Plaisance meets Jackson Park.
“The site keeps expanding, none of that land has been given to them [Obama Foundation] by the city, and something needs to happen in order for that to be worked out,” Schmid said.
An Obama Foundation spokesperson confirmed that the meeting occurred but said that no decisions had been made on the parking proposal.
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|Violent weekend worst since July Fourth: 'It's so bad out here'Chicago Tribune / 10 h. 13 min. ago more|
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|Illinois Sailor Among Missing After USS McCain Collision: ReportCBSlocal.com / 10 h. 15 min. ago more|
(CBS) — A sailor from the Decatur region of downstate Illinois is among the missing after a Navy destroyer collided with a merchant vessel in Southeast Asia, WCIA in Champaign is reporting.
Logan Palmer, 23, is one of the 10 missing in action.
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“We’re a big small town, so definitely when it hits national news it really hits close to home it’s very personal for all of us,” Decatur resident Bev Hall tells WCIA.
The USS John S. Mccain collided with an oil tanker on its way to a port in Singapore. A search is underway, with several nations helping.
Palmer is a graduate of Sangamon Valley High School in Niantic, Ill.
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|Jason Goch joins Sports Feed to talk Cubs & Bears on MondayCLTV / 10 h. 19 min. ago more|
CHICAGO - The Cubs said goodbye to their homestand in the most dramatic way.
Down by one, they get two runs on a walkoff single capped by a great slide by Javier Baez. It completed a sweep of the Blue Jays while also giving the Cubs a 5-2 record on the homestand.
Meanwhile the Bears are creeping ever closer to a starting quarterback controversy after two preseason games. Mike Glennon was better but far from impressive while Mitchell Trubisky held his own against heavy pressure against the Cardinals on Saturday.
Jason Goch of SB Nation Radio discussed both teams on Monday's Sports Feed with Jarrett Payton and Josh Frydman. You can watch his segments in the video above or below.
|Violent weekend worst since July Fourth: 'It's so bad out here' - Chicago TribuneGoogle News / 10 h. 34 min. ago more|
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|The John Williams Show Full Podcast 08.21.17: The total solar eclipse is here, Morris jackpot, the homeless in ChicagoWGN Radio / 11 h. 3 min. ago more|
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|Chicago Ald. Burke Puts The Brakes On Self-Driving CarsCBSlocal.com / 11 h. 43 min. ago more|
(CBS) — Chicago’s most powerful alderman wants to ban self-driving cars.
Why? Because, he believes, they’re dangerous, untested job-killers.
And that’s before they’ve even been introduced here.
CBS 2 Political Reporter Derrick Blakley has more.
Ald. Ed Burke, 14th Ward, believes Chicago isn’t ready for self-driving cars.
“Any professor in his garage could create a driveless car, put it out on the street, and there’s no law against it,” he says.
It’s not goofy, sci-fi professors behind this trend. It’s GM and Google, Ford and Uber — a host of big car makers and hi-tech giants.
Opponents say a proposed call the ordinance a mistake.
“We would send the wrong signal that Chicago is closed for business when it comes to autonomous vehicles — we don’t want your money that you want to invest in the city, we don’t want the jobs that go with that,” says Michael Reever, Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce.
But backers of a prohibition see self-driving cars as job killers – and perhaps real killers as well.
Ald. Anthony Beale, 9th Ward, suggests terrorists may be able to manipulate the technology to send bombs into crowds.
State lawmakers have already passed a bill that blocks Chicago from banning driverless cars. But governor Rauner hasn’t signed it.
“If the governor signs the bill on his desk, your hearing today was a moot point, right?” Blakley asks Burke.
“There was a onetime famous ballplayer who said, ‘It ain’t over til the fat lady sings,’” Burke replies.
Supporters of self- driving cars claim they’ll save lives, since computers don’t drive drunk, text while driving or doze off at the wheel. The Transportation Committee tabled the ordinance for now.
|Aldermen consider tough regulations for self-driving carsChicago Tribune / 11 h. 56 min. ago more|
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|Armed Teens Strike 3 Times: PoliceCBSlocal.com / 11 h. 59 min. ago more|
(STMW) – Hammond, Ind. police believe the same two young men robbed an 85-year-old man, a 67-year-old man and a woman out with her 11-year-old daughter, all in less than an hour Friday morning in northwest Indiana.
Police have released surveillance photos of the armed robbers, and the car they used in the robberies, according to Hammond Police, who said the same pair and driver may also have robbed a fourth victim later that morning in East Chicago, Indiana.
Hammond Police say these two suspects committed three armed robberies Friday morning, and may have pulled a fourth a short time later in East Chicago. (Hammond Police)
The first robbery occurred about 6:20 a.m. in the 5800 block of Hohman Avenue, police said. The suspects, wearing hoodies, tried to rob an 85-year-old man, police said. Then a few minutes later, they robbed a 67-year-old man in the 4000 block of Grover Avenue.
And just minutes after the second robbery, they robbed a 33-year-old woman who was out walking with her 11-year-old daughter in the 4100 block of Wabash Avenue, police said.
Both suspects carried guns in each incident, including later that morning, when police believe they robbed a 49-year-old man in East Chicago.
Surveillance video shows the car used in a series of armed robberies Friday morning in Hammond and East Chicago. (Hammond Police)
The suspects are described as black males 16-24, 5-foot-10 to 6 feet with medium builds. One was wearing a white hooded sweatshirt and the other a blue hooded sweatshirt. The only description available for the getaway driver is a black male or female with long hair. The vehicle was a 4-door grey sedan.
Police are asking for public help in identifying the suspects, who they call armed and dangerous. Anyone who can identify any of them or the vehicle should call Det. Sgt. Rich Tumidulsky at (219) 852-2997; Det. Lt. Dave Carter (219) 852-2984; or Det. Sgt. Tom Textor at (219) 852-2973.
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|Hundreds Watch Solar Eclipse From The WaterCBSlocal.com / 12 h. 16 min. ago more|
CHICAGO (CBS) — The crowd aboard one of two sold out Shoreline Sightseeing cruises let out a cheer as they saw a few seconds of the rare eclipse peaking out from what were some heavy clouds at peak time in Chicago.
“I thought it was a great view from here on Lake Michigan. I think the cloud cover made it more dramatic,” said JJ Tindall, who has been a docent in Chicago for more than 30 years.
“It wasn’t constant viewing but it was kinda more fun and more dramatic as it came in and come out.”
Hundreds watched the solar eclipse on board Shoreline Sightseeing’s boat cruise on Lake Michigan (WBBM/Lisa Fielding)
A rare view from the water and of the thousands who were lined outside the Adler Planetarium.
“I have never seen a crowd that big on the museum campus. I can think of any number of events, even Bears games, I’ve never seen that view looking along the North Shore of the museum campus between the Planetarium and The Shedd Aquarium, it was packed with people. I’ve never seen that before in my life.” he said.
Even though at its peak, the clouds were heavy, patrons aboard didn’t walk away disappointed.
“We loved it,” said one man who brought his daughter in from New York.
“My mom convinced me to do this. I’m playing hooky from work but that’s ok,” said Meghan from Chicago. “It was awesome that there was a bit of cloud coverage but we could see it through the glasses and without the glasses.”
Even though at its peak, the clouds were heavy, patrons aboard didn’t walk away for the solar eclipse boat cruise disappointed. (WBBM/Lisa Fielding)
“It’s been a great day. It was cool out on the lake. I thought we had great views,” said Julie, Chicago.
Sam Serrio is visiting his daughters from California.
“I saw something like this as a child, but don’t really remember, but I loved it today. It was fun,” he said.
The group was in awe as they captured moments of the solar eclipse during the breaks in the clouds. (WBBM/Lisa Fielding)
The cruise featured an eclipse theme complete with Tequila Sunrises, Sun Chips, Revolution Brewing’s SunCrusher Beer and Molly’s eclipse cupcakes.
“I love the idea that everybody came together to have fun for a light, but unique experience. I saw people on the trains coming downtown, I saw people in the Loop, people coming together to have a nice time. We’ll all remember where we were for this,” Tindall said.
People on board the Shoreline Sightseeing solar eclipse boat cruise are already excited for the 2024 eclipse and are making plans. (WBBM/Lisa Fielding)
Many cruise patrons said they’re already planning to be back for the next total solar eclipse in 2024, which will have a similar path through Southern Illinois.
“See you in 2024!” laughed Tindall.
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|Total Solar Eclipse Of 2017: Chicago CoverageCBSlocal.com / 12 h. 47 min. ago more|
CHICAGO (CBS) — All across Chicago, star gazers were focused on a celestial wonder — the total solar eclipse of 2017.
Although only 87 percent of the sun was eclipsed in the city Monday afternoon, the event did not disappoint.
CBS 2’s Roseanne Tellez was at the Adler Planetarium, which was ground zero for astronomy buffs in Chicago. With crowds, cameras and free eclipse glasses — if you could get your hands on a pair — the Planetarium promised the biggest block party in the city to view the solar eclipse.
And, just like clockwork, it began: the moon started moving over the sun. “It’s pretty awesome — it looks like Pac-Man right now,” Rey Sriaroon said.
Clouds threatened to overshadow the eclipse, but soon moved on, leading crowds to cheer.
Some even called the event a spiritual one, saying, “It’s wonderful how the eclipse brought millions of people together,” Anthony Macias said. “We’re all focused on one point in the vastness of the galaxy of our universe — I’m proud to be a human.”
Another viewing hot spot in Chicago was Humboldt Park. Hundreds of people headed to the west side neighborhood to catch the eclipse, including CBS 2’s Suzanne Le Mignot, who reports that there was minimal cloud cover in her area.
“It’s just something you never see. It’s amazing!” Julian Mirque said.
Some spectators, like Queenetta Mables, provided play by play commentary. “It’s like a quarter of a moon. Now the clouds are getting in there. You could see the moon, but it’s disappearing a lot.”
While for most, eyes were to the sky, others celebrated this historic day by busting a move! Either way, the crowd was in agreement that Monday untied a community.
"I just couldn't believe it when I first saw it, I was like 'Oh my God!'" #SolarEclipse2017 in Humboldt Park. pic.twitter.com/NDD3XMu6HH
— Suzanne Le Mignot (@SuzanneLeMignot) August 21, 2017
“It’s a great event to share together — an experience to share together,” Sandra Morales said.
A large crowd also gathered in the Daley Plaza, which has been the site of several civic gatherings over the last half century.
CBS 2’s Jim Williams joined them, and reports that there were some challenges seeing the eclipse from that location due to the overcast skies and the high-rises that surround the area.
Nonetheless, the mood was festive, with Ella McCain saying, “It’s so cool to see it. It’s unbelievable. I’ve never seen anything like this.”
It was tonic in this time of political divisions.
“It’s really good. Even on the train everybody was nice, polite. This is Chicago, this is Chicago,” said Darlene Williams.
Trying to find just the right corner of Daley Plaza. #SolarEclipse @cbschicago pic.twitter.com/RvqgDwXOfR
— Jim Williams (@JimWilliamsCBS2) August 21, 2017
The Adler Planetarium called Daley Plaza its satellite location to watch the solar eclipse, and lured an enormous crowd there with safety glasses.
“It’s been crazy. We have 10,000 glasses and we might need more next time,” said Dana Forsythe, Administrative Assistant at the Planetarium.
And they did end up running out.
Shared my glasses with Alice here. Made my day. #SolarEclispe @cbschicago pic.twitter.com/1bTl2gnFqm
— Jim Williams (@JimWilliamsCBS2) August 21, 2017
Eventually the crowd dispersed onto the east side of Dearborn, searching, and finding, that sweet spot.
Monday’s total solar eclipse was the first to go coast-to-coast in nearly a century.
|In Carbondale, Spectators Left In Awe Of Solar EclipseCBSlocal.com / 12 h. 54 min. ago more|
CARBONDALE, Ill (CBS) — Just around midday, southern Illinois went dark.
The cause was the 2017 total solar eclipse, the first to go coast-to-coast in 100 years.
CBS 2’s Ed Curran reports that it started in Oregon, casting darkness as the moon totally blocked the sun. And In Carbondale, parents, students, photographers and astronomers gathered at Brehm Preparatory School — with solar glasses and lenses at the ready.
The day started with a mostly clear sky, but then clouds began to build — making many spectators a bit worried they might miss this rare celestial event.
About 18 minutes before the total eclipse, the moon partially covered the sun, creating a crescent shape. Then clouds moved in from time to time and covered up the view, too.
Everybody just hoped it would not ruin it.
Then, at the moment of totality, a cloud hid the sun from view.
Crowds pleaded for it to move.
Nonetheless, the eclipse began to cast Carbondale in darkness at midday.
Then, it happened.
The clouds moved away and the crowds began to hoot and holler.
A total eclipse emerged from the clouds.
It was breathtaking, viewing the corona without solar glasses—the only time it is safe to view the eclipse without eye protection.
Nobody went home disappointed.
“Unbelievable, I am so glad we got to see it,” said one woman.
“Oh man, we go so lucky on that one,” said another spectator.
The next total solar eclipse is expected to return in 2024.
|Statewide viewing of the eclipse89 WLS-AM / 13 h. 4 min. ago more|
(CHICAGO) Despite occasional clouds the Chicago Park District held solar eclipse viewing parties in 20 parks.
Families and co-workers arrived by the dozens as the sky grew darker and the air cooler on Monday afternoon. Chicago resident Kenya Duran worried about her 5-year-old son’s eyes as she sat on a blanket with him in Hamlin Park. She built a viewing box from instructions on the Internet, and she had a pair of eclipse viewing glasses.
Nathan drew a picture of a sad-faced sun with a smiling moon above it. He was in the picture too, wearing his eclipse glasses.
Nearby, three generations of 12-year-old Shreyas Verma’s family watched together as the eclipse neared. His grandfather Rakesh Johri called the eclipse “a once-in-a-lifetime experience.”
Meanwhile, downstate. about 14,000 people filled Southern Illinois University’s Saluki Stadium in Carbondale to watch Monday’s total solar eclipse.
SIU spokeswoman Rae Goldsmith says some clouds appeared about 6 minutes before the eclipse was to reach totality and “the entire stadium was cheering the clouds away.” Goldsmith says during the totality it was very quiet in the stadium but “at the end of it people were giving each other high fives” and there was more cheering.
Experts have said the eclipse was to reach its great point of duration a few miles south of Carbondale.
The school’s event included 20-person suites for $10,000. SIU also had live eclipse video on the stadium scoreboard and marching band performances. Eclipse safety glasses were provided.
Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner attended the viewing event.
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Watch this gorgeous time-lapse of the solar eclipse from Chicago's Adler Planetarium!
|2017 Eclipse Excitement Across MidwestChicago Press Release / 13 h. 18 min. ago more|
From Chicago to Carbondale, thousands of people are heading outside in hopes of catching a glimpse of the total solar eclipse – and some are going all out. Send your photos to email@example.com!
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|Coldplay Singer Makes Surprise Stop Before Chicago ShowChicago Press Release / 13 h. 18 min. ago more|
Just hours before Coldplay singer Chris Martin was slated to perform at Chicago’s Soldier Field, he made an unexpected detour to help an area teen.
Martin traveled to Midway Airport Saturday afternoon, where he stopped by a Lou Malnati’s pizzeria.
There, he met 17-year-old Heidi Hernandez, an employee at the restaurant with a heartbreaking story.
Hernandez has been battling a terminal illness called primary sclerosing cholangitis since she was 3 years old. She was diagnosed at age 7 with ulcerative colitis and had begun showing signs of liver failure. She was put on a transplant list and at age 9, a donor was found.
Not long after, it was discovered that Hernandez’s disease had moved to her new liver, making her among a small percent of patients whose disease recurs in a transplanted liver.
Recently, Hernandez was also diagnosed with hepatitis autoimmune and she has started showing signs of liver failure again.
The teen girl, who is a big Coldplay fan, was first thrust into the spotlight last week when Chance the Rapper learned of her situation and surprised her with tickets to see the band at Soldier Field.
If that wasn’t a big enough surprise, Martin dropped by the Lou Malnati’s where Hernandez works to say hello and spend some time with her.
“I met Chris Martin and it all feels like a dream,” Hernandez said. “He was really encouraging me to not give up and told me I was awesome and to always remember that.”
Hernandez had said she credits listening to Coldplay as something that helped her cope with the challenges of her illness.
Hernandez was joined at the concert by her boyfriend and her manager at Lou Malnati’s.
“Heidi has taught me more than I can even offer her,” Sanchez said. “When she first started, what broke the ice and sparked endless conversation was the mutual obsession for Coldplay. Today, I now consider her like a little sister. She is my family.”
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|Rauner Again Refuses to Comment on ‘Racist’ CartoonChicago Press Release / 13 h. 18 min. ago more|
Governor Bruce Rauner rarely mentions President Donald Trump by name, but he did so Wednesday in a forceful rebuke of the president’s post-Charlottesville remarks. NBC 5’s Mary Ann Ahern has the latest. (Published Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2017)
A provocative political cartoon from the Illinois Policy Institute, the conservative think tank Gov. Bruce Rauner used to fill key positions during his recent staff overhaul, has sparked headlines and backlash as the governor has continually refused to say not only whether he believes it is racist – but if he has even seen it.
The cartoon depicts a black child begging on the street, holding a sign reading “Need money 4 school” as a white man says, “Sorry kid, I’m broke,” showing him an empty pocket as the other appears stuffed with wads of cash marked “TIF $.”
Photo credit: Illinois Policy Institute
The IPI has maintained that the cartoon was meant to be a commentary on TIF, or tax increment financing, districts in Chicago, which have become an issue in the ongoing school funding battle in Springfield.
Rauner’s amendatory veto of Senate Bill 1, the measure to move Illinois to an “evidence-based model” of education funding on which all state aid to schools hinges, included changes to the way property values are factored into the funding formula – accounting for growth in TIF districts (that schools can’t tax) which would subsequently reduce the amount of state aid Chicago receives.
Regardless of their side on the school funding debate, several state lawmakers were among those calling the cartoon offensive in a heated and emotional discussion on the House floor last week, with members of both parties standing to denounce it and call on the IPI to apologize.
The cartoon was removed from the IPI’s website, though the group refused to offer an apology, instead choosing to “acknowledge their critique” but ultimately stand by the image.
“We have taken down the cartoon, not because we think it is racist, but because it is a distraction from another truth – the failure of political leaders to address the root cause of our struggling education system,” IPI CEO John Tillman said in a statement, adding, “what we find sad, and frankly offensive, is that in a world where so much real, harmful racism exists, political leaders are using the false charge of racism in an attempt to smear policy opponents and distract the people of Illinois from politicians’ failures.”
But several elected officials maintained that the cartoon is “shameful,” particularly amid heightened racial tensions in the wake of deadly violence at a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, and called on Rauner to speak out against the message from the group with which he has been closely aligned.
“At the same time the President of the United States is throwing his arms around neo-Nazis and Klansmen, Governor Rauner’s brain trust at the Illinois Policy Institute weighed in on the SB1 debate by publishing an unambiguously racist cartoon,” Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Chicago Public Schools’ CEO Forrest Claypool and Chief Education Officer Janice Jackson said in a joint statement.
“We’d call upon the Governor to use his influence as IPI’s largest funder and alumni-employer to demand this tasteless cartoon be taken down, but what’s the point? Instead, it provides a useful window into his outlook and determination to continue punishing poor and minority children instead of grasping the opportunity in front of him to right decades of unfair and unequal funding for school districts across Illinois. What a disgrace,” their statement ended.
But as pressure mounts on Rauner to weigh in, he has refused to join the conversation, with his office saying Friday that he had not seen the cartoon at the center of the debate.
“He doesn’t have time to worry about political cartoons when we don’t have an agreement on K12 funding. His priorities are where they should be,” Rauner’s spokeswoman Laurel Patrick said Sunday, again declining to say if the governor had seen it.
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|Illinois State Fair Grandstand sets record sales 89 WLS-AM / 13 h. 56 min. ago more|
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois State Fair Grandstand officials say this year’s fair surpassed a record-setting number of guests in 2016 with help from its music lineup.
The State Journal-Register reports that more than 58,800 people bought tickets for the Grandstand, up from 58,540 in 2016. The previous high was nearly 57,800 in 1999.
State Fair Manager Kevin Gordon says part the success might’ve been because of the diversity of the Grandstand lineup.
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|LA's Gourmet Sausage Chain, Dog Haus, Picks Lincoln Park for Chicago DebutChicago News / 14 h. 8 min. ago more|
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CHICAGO (CBS) — Police are warning Northwest Side residents after six home burglaries were reported in the last month in the Jefferson Park and Portage Park neighborhoods.
The suspects enter apartments and houses through windows and doors and take electronics, jewelry, cash and other items, according to a community alert from Area North detectives.
The burglaries happened:
– between 1 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. July 25 in the 5000 block of North Major;
– at 6 p.m. July 25 in the 5600 block of West Leland;
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– between 4 p.m. and 11 p.m. Aug. 13 in the 5800 block of North Elston; and
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Anyone with information is asked to call detectives at (312) 744-8263.
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|Inmate Dies After Collapsing At Cook County JailCBSlocal.com / 14 h. 15 min. ago more|
CHICAGO (CBS) — A 47-year-old inmate died Sunday night after collapsing at the Cook County Jail.
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House, a resident of the South Side Chatham neighborhood, died at the scene at 9:39 p.m. Sunday, according to the medical examiner’s office. An autopsy Monday did not rule on his cause and manner of death pending further investigation.
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House had been booked at the jail 35 times since 1993, according to the sheriff’s office.
The ISP Public Integrity Task Force is investigating his death.
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Major League Baseball recognized his efforts on Monday as Rizzo was named the National League’s Player of the Week after a strong effort in seven games at Wrigley Field.
In those contests, Rizzo had 12 hits, 13 RBIs along with a pair of homers as he hit .429 for the Cubs, who finished the week with a 5-2 record. Because of that, the Cubs were able to maintain a two-game lead over the Brewers atop the NL Central.
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Fifteen-year-old Teen pleads guilty to lesser charge in Slender Man attack pleaded guilty Monday to attempted second-degree homicide as a party to a crime, with use of a deadly weapon.
She initially faced a charge of attempted first-degree intentional homicide in the 2014 attack on Payton Leutner (LYT’-ner) in Waukesha.
The plea means her trial next month will look only at whether she is legally responsible for the crime or not guilty because of mental illness. She could face 10 years in prison if she’s found guilty. If not, she’ll spend three years in a mental hospital.
Weier’s co-defendant, Morgan Geyser, also is due in court Monday for a status hearing.
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|Rough road for Driverless Cars in Chicago89 WLS-AM / 16 h. 3 min. ago more|
By Bill Cameron, WLS-AM News
(CHICAGO) At City Hall, Bill Cameron says the aldermen took testimony on banning driver-less cars in Chicago before a state law is enacted to pre-empt them from regulating them.
Never one to shy away from a dramatic city council hearing, Alderman Ed Burke screened video of a crazy professor with his driverless car in the movie “Into the Future.
And Alderman Tony Beale argued driverless cars would be a job killer, “All CTA vehicles will be autonomous, so there’s jobs being lost. And there’s Uber and Lyft who say they employ 20-30,000 people here in Chicago. Those people will all be laid-off.”
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|Woman Robbed, Dragged By Car In Walmart Parking Lot In Mount ProspectCBSlocal.com / 16 h. 4 min. ago more|
(STMW) — A woman was robbed of her purse and dragged by a car in a Walmart parking lot Thursday morning in northwest suburban Mount Prospect.
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A man approached when her back was turned and grabbed the purse, police said. He ran to the front passenger seat of a lime green Ford Taurus parked across the aisle.
The victim chased the suspect and reached the open passenger door of the car and grabbed onto her purse, which the suspect was still holding, police said.
The driver of the getaway vehicle started heading south through the parking lot, with the victim still holding onto her purse through the open door, police said. She was dragged through the lot until the suspect in the passenger seat let go of the purse and the victim was thrown to the ground.
The vehicle took off and the woman was hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries.
The suspect was described as a white man in his 20s wearing a royal blue hooded sweatshirt, police said. The driver of the getaway vehicle was described as white man in his early 20s wearing a dark hooded sweatshirt.
Anyone with information should call police at at (847) 870-5654. Anonymous tips can be made to Crime Stoppers at (847) 590-7867 or texting MPPD and the information to 274637. Tips that lead to an arrest and prosecution could be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.
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|Murphy Elementary School Reopens After Round Lake FloodingCBSlocal.com / 16 h. 59 min. ago more|
CHICAGO (CBS) — An elementary school that was damaged by severe flooding in Round Lake last month opened for the start of the new school year on Monday.
Murphy Elementary School was a mess after torrential rains in mid-July. Four feet of water flooded the computer lab, library, music room, and gym.
After the water cleared out, the bottom floor had to be cleaned.
“They took out all the floor tile, cleaned out all the mud,” principal Dr. Phil Georgia said.
Air quality was the next issue.
“We’ve had these huge machines that are just pumping hot, dry air into the building,” Georgia said.
After running the machines several days, the school got the all clear, but then the issue was getting classrooms back in order.
The entire school hasn’t reopened yet. Part of the building remained blocked off on Monday, but classrooms were open.
“It’s really exciting to be back,” Georgia said.
He said the theme for the first day of class was making lemonade out of lemons.
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|Off-Duty Chicago Fire Department Lieutenant Shoots, Kills Teen Car ThiefCBSlocal.com / 17 h. 19 min. ago more|
CHICAGO (CBS) — An off-duty Chicago Fire Department lieutenant shot and killed a 17-year-old boy who tried to run him over after stealing his car Monday morning in the North Austin neighborhood, police and fire officials said.
Police said, around 9:30 a.m., a 45-year-old man left his vehicle running in the 1400 block of North Lock, and a 17-year-old boy got into the car. When the man tried to stop him, the teen tried to run the man over, and the man shot him in the chest.
Chicago Fire Department spokesman Larry Langford confirmed the man is an off-duty fire lieutenant. Police said he has a valid Firearm Owner’s Identification Card, and a valid concealed carry license.
The 17-year-old was taken to West Suburban Medical Center in Oak Park, where he was pronounced dead.
Langford said the lieutenant also was taken to the hospital, because he was traumatized by what happened.
Area North detectives were investigating.
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|Trump to ask Americans to trust him on Afghanistan89 WLS-AM / 18 h. 4 min. ago more|
By Stephen Collinson
Donald Trump will ask Americans Monday to trust him on his new Afghanistan strategy, exercising a president’s most somber duty, a decision on waging war, at a time when his own political standing is deeply compromised.
Trump will make his first prime-time broadcast on a specific policy issue to the nation as president at 9 p.m. ET to unveil his new plan, and a potential escalation of the nation’s longest war, after a lengthy period of deliberations that carved deep splits within his administration.
The speech will test the President’s capacity to convince Americans that he has settled on the right course of action on a major national security issue, and to unify the nation around it, despite his own depleted approval ratings and behavior that has alienated many voters in his first seven months in office.
Trump’s first major national security address will also begin to show whether the credibility that the President has squandered, with his provocative rhetoric and frequent resort to falsehoods, will hamper his capacity to lead.
Monday’s address, from Fort Myer, in Arlington, Virginia, represents a chance for Trump to leverage the symbolism of his office to stabilize a presidency that has threatened to spin out of control over the last two weeks.
Defense Secretary James Mattis said Sunday that Trump’s policy review on the war and the entire US approach to South Asia — i.e. Washington’s tortured relationship with Pakistan and complaints that Islamabad is tacitly encouraging extremists — had been finalized.
“He wants to be the one to announce it to the American people,” Mattis said. “He now needs the weekend to collect his thoughts on how he’s going to explain it to the American people.”
While Trump will be unveiling a crucial national security decision, it will be impossible to divorce his speech from its political context. His inflammatory news conference last week in which he equated white supremacists and counterprotestors who clashed in Charlottesville, Virginia, triggered a stampede away from the President by senior Republican lawmakers, corporate CEOs and others that left him more isolated that ever before. His remarks also hit his own bottom line — a long list of charities has now canceled plans to host events at his Florida resort at Mar-a-Lago.
Former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, who is now a CNN national security analyst, said that after off-the-cuff moments like the Trump Tower press conference, attention will be focused on how the President presents his case — as well as the content of his new strategy.
“There is a lot of pressure on him and hopefully we will see the teleprompter President Trump tonight,” Clapper said on CNN’s “New Day,” arguing that the presidency had been “seriously, seriously, wounded” by the President’s remarks at Trump Tower last week.
The decision on Afghanistan also sets up a test for Trump with his own political base in the wake of the departure of his senior strategist, Steve Bannon, who opposed sending more troops to the war and was the closest link to the isolationist, populist beliefs of the President’s core supporters.
Trump’s long-awaited Afghanistan strategy
Trump repeatedly questioned the purpose of America’s continued involvement in Afghanistan during his campaign, but he also contradicted himself on whether the war should have been fought.
Officials say that the President remains deeply skeptical about the notion of a continued presence in Afghanistan but is concerned that if the US comes home, it will leave a vacuum that could be exploited by terror groups.
But his doubts about escalating the war come up against the determination of hawkish generals in his inner circle, including national security adviser H.R. McMaster, not to give up on a war that has demanded more than a decade-and-a-half of painful American sacrifice.
Trump delegated authority to adjust troop levels to Mattis early in his administration, but he has been presented by the Pentagon with a range of options for the path forward, including a complete troop withdrawal and the deployment of up to 4,000 more soldiers to add to the more than 8,000 American forces that are already there.
Hopes that the US could finally leave Afghanistan have been checked by the Kabul government’s struggle to preserve order under a resurgent challenge from the Taliban and inroads made by extremist groups like al-Qaeda and ISIS.
In June, Mattis gave a blunt assessment on the state of the war in a hearing for the Senate Armed Services Committee.
“We are not winning in Afghanistan right now. And we will correct this as soon as possible,” he said.
Trump’s appearance Monday night follows the most polarizing chapter of a presidency that has continually exacerbated political divisions.
His handling of the aftermath of violence at a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville earlier this month has sparked outrage and accusations that Trump has irrevocably tarnished the moral authority of his presidency.
A measure of the damage that his conduct has inflicted on his political fortunes is reflected in the continued ramifications of his news conference days afterward. A flood of CEOs distanced themselves from Trump, forcing the closure of several White House advisory councils. Some senior Republicans, including Sen. Bob Corker of Tennessee, publicly questioned his fitness for office. And few senior GOP figures have been willing to publicly defend Trump, raising new questions about his capacity to enact his agenda in Congress.
Speech, then rally
Should Trump succeed in staking out a more conventional presidential posture Monday night, any political gain could be short-lived, as he is scheduled to hold a major political rally in Arizona on Tuesday night.
A vintage, pyrotechnical performance by Trump could revive the issue of his temperament following the Charlottesville drama and further anger Americans who are already disgusted by the President’s antics.
The rally offers Trump an early chance to show that despite the departure of Bannon, he remains committed to the issues and the political style that has won him steadfastly loyal support from his political base.
The issues likely to please a fervently pro-Trump crowd in Arizona are those that proved most effective for Trump in his campaign — including on illegal immigration and the need for a border wall — but which also cause the most alarm outside his core supporters.
In many ways, the Charlottesville episode has offered a reminder of why Trump was so controversial — by tearing at the societal and racial divisions in American life — but also why he was elected, since it shows how he connects with the often unspoken political instincts of a sizable slice of the country.
But in two crucial days for his administration Monday and Tuesday, Trump has to navigate two sides of his position — the duty to rally a nation behind a foreign war and a political imperative to solidify support among his most enthusiastic voters. It is not clear that either aim is compatible with the other.
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|Coldplay's Chris Martin visits ill Chicago teen after Soldier Field showChicago News / 18 h. 32 min. ago more|
After performing last week at Soldier Field, Coldplay frontman Chris Martin visited a Chicago teenager with a rare disease at her part-time job at a Lou Malnati's restaurant on the Southwest Side. "Dreams come true you just have to reach for the skies and nothing will stop you!!!" Heidi Hernandez, 17, posted on Twitter as a caption to a video of an embrace she shared with Martin.
|Chicago homeless threaten to sue over Uptown bridge repairs89 WLS-AM / 18 h. 34 min. ago more|
By John Dempsey, WLS-AM News
(CHICAGO) Some advocates for the homeless in Chicago are not happy about a city plan to repair Lake Shore Drive bridges. The Emanuel administration wants to repair the bridges and Wilson and Lawrence and that will require the removal of the many homeless people who live underneath those bridges.
Homeless advocates also says city plans for bike paths on the Wilson and Lawrence sidewalks would permanently drive them out. The Chicago Coalition for the Homeless tells the Chicago Tribune it may sue the city.
In response, the city says it has worked with homeless groups to try and locate permanent housing.
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|Two U. of C. Students robbed on SundayHyde Park Herald / 18 h. 37 min. ago more|
By TONIA HILL
Two University of Chicago (U. of C.) students were robbed on Sunday, Aug. 20, according to the University of Chicago Police Department (UCPD).
The first robbery took place at 10:15 a.m. The victim was getting out of a car on Greenwood Avenue near 54th Street when two unknown people approached. One of the two suspects implied that he had a weapon, according to the UCPD. The victim handed over money to the suspects who fled southbound on foot.
The victim reported no physical injuries.
The second robbery occurred at 1:45 p.m. A female U. of C. student was walking on the sidewalk on 54th Street just east of Ellis Avenue when an unknown person approached and demanded her cell phone. When she refused the suspect pulled her hair and fled eastbound on 54th Street without taking any property.
The Chicago Police Department is investigating both cases and the UCPD has increased patrol in the area.
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|Herbalife's private equity deal falls through, starts buying back $600M of its sharesBizjournals.com / 19 h. 6 min. ago more|
The maker of Herbalife had been looking for a take-private deal, but talks fell through.
Earlier this year, Chicago officials raided a series of nutrition clubs that had been allegedly selling unlicensed Herbalife products, while also making health claims about the supplement.
CNBC reporter Scott Wapner tweeted news of the Herbalife talks and added that talks could resume.
The Los Angeles-backed nutrition and supplements maker, which counts billionaire Carl Icahn among its investors, started buying…
|Big John & Ramblin’ Ray 60: “Eclipse Day”89 WLS-AM / 19 h. 51 min. ago more|
Today is the finally eclipse day. Dr. Laura Trouille from the Adler Planetarium previews the astrological event. Plus, GOP strategist Rick Wilson is dancing on the grave of Steve Bannon’s time in the White House.
|Wisconsin community preparing for possible Foxconn facility89 WLS-AM / 21 h. 4 min. ago more|
MOUNT PLEASANT, Wis. (AP) — A community in southeastern Wisconsin is planning ahead in case it becomes the site for a major Foxconn facility.
The Journal Times reports that Mount Pleasant officials are planning to create the position of project director to handle business related to the project.
The Mount Pleasant Village Board is scheduled to meet behind closed doors Monday to outline details of the position, which will include a job description and salary. Any motions from the discussion would be made in open session.
Village president Dave DeGroot says the community needs someone to handle the increased development interest in the area related to the prospect of the Taiwanese manufacturing and technology company coming to the area.
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|Share your photos of the Great American EclipseWGN-TV / 22 h. 29 min. ago more|
CHICAGO — For the first time in 38 years, a total solar eclipse is crossing the country from coast to coast. In Chicago, the sun will be about 89 percent covered. Share your photos of the Great American Eclipse as it passes over you. Click the “Submit Your Photo” button below the gallery. We might use your photos on TV or on social media!
|8 killed, 50 injured in weekend violence across ChicagoCLTV / 23 h. 2 min. ago more|
CHICAGO – It was another violent weekend in Chicago. Eight people were killed and 50 were wounded across the city.
In one incident eight people were shot, one was killed, outside a banquet hall at 119th and Loomis.
Following the violent weekend, Chicago police announced that three more Chicago police districts will be outfitting their patrol officers with body cameras.
The newest districts to get the cameras are Grand Central, Park Manor and Chicago Lawn.
Supporters said the cameras will make police more accountable. They may also provide evidence of an officer's guilt or innocence in a confrontation that turns violent.
Superintendent Eddie Johnson said it is another step in the effort to reform the department.
“We are working to make sure officers are properly trained and at the same time ensure citizens' rights to privacy under some of the most stressful experiences of life,” he said.
The body camera program launched in 2015 and six police districts are using them already.
The mayor has promised every district will have them by the end of the year.
|Man in critical condition after daytime shooting on the Southeast SideChicago News / 23 h. 4 min. ago more|
Chicago police say a Hispanic man dressed in all black pulled up in a light colored mini van and shot a 49-year-old man in the back just after 5 p.m. Sunday near the intersection of 106th St. and South Green Bay. The area on the Southeast Side of Chicago is no stranger to gun violence, anytime of the day or night, according to neighbors.
|Jump with the Armya s Golden Knights during the Chicago Air and Water ShowChicago News / 1 d. 3 h. 17 min. ago more|
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|Eclipse blog: Live coverage from Chicago, CarbondaleChicago Tribune / 1 d. 6 h. 5 min. ago more|
Continual updates of the first total solar eclipse to cross mainland United States in nearly 40 years.
| US warship collides with tanker near Singapore; 10 missing Big News Network.com / 1 d. 6 h. 28 min. ago more|
Singapore - A US Navy guided-missile destroyer collided with a tanker early on Monday in waters east of Singapore and the Strait of Malacca. At least 10 sailors are missing.
The Navy said five others
|Musical eclipse to mimic solar eclipse at Chicago gardenChicago News / 1 d. 7 h. 38 min. ago more|
A solar-eclipse event in suburban Chicago won't just offer a spectacle for attendees' eyes. It'll simultaneously offer something for their ears.
|Balmoral wraps up summer season with $200,000 horse jumping grand prixDaily Southtown / 1 d. 11 h. 46 min. ago more|
HITS Balmoral Park wrapped up its horse jumping competition summer season on Sunday with 45 riders vying for a $200,000 prize. The premiere equestrian event, sanctioned by the International Federation for Equestrian Sports, drew riders from around the world, including Argentina, Australia, Israel...
|Slaying Was Part of Murder-Suicide Sex Fantasy: ProsecutorsChicago News / 1 d. 12 h. 10 min. ago more|
A Northwestern professor and an Oxford employee returned to Chicago Friday to face charges in the stabbing death of a hair stylist. Prosecutors alleged Sunday that the men charged in the "gruesome" stabbing death of a 26-year-old hairdresser committed the crime as part of a sexual fantasy of "killing others and then themselves."
| Grim week at the White House concludes, but problems remain Big News Network.com / 1 d. 13 h. 31 min. ago more|
WASHINGTON, U.S. - The week that ends today, is set to feature as one of the most controversial ones in the new president’s tenure, and there have been many such weeks when the West Wing has
|Mokena man killed in I-294 crashDaily Southtown / 1 d. 14 h. 8 min. ago more|
A 50-year-old Mokena was killed in crash Saturday afternoon on Interstate 294, troopers said. Eric Erstrom was pronounced dead on the scene near milepost 10.5 at about 3:30 p.m., according to an Illinois State Police press release. Troopers said the preliminary investigation revealed that Erstrom...
|Ex-Northwestern professor, Oxford employee to appear in court in Near North Side fatal stabbingChicago News / 1 d. 14 h. 20 min. ago more|
Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson, center, speaks about the charges against Andrew Warren and Wyndham Lathem during a press conference at the Chicago Police Department headquarters on Aug. 20, 2017. Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson, center, speaks about the charges against Andrew Warren and Wyndham Lathem during a press conference at the Chicago Police Department headquarters on Aug. 20, 2017.
| North Korea returns to making startling nuclear war threats Big News Network.com / 1 d. 14 h. 38 min. ago more|
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| Embarrassed by Trump? Three key states say YES! Big News Network.com / 1 d. 15 h. 36 min. ago more|
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| Ousted Bannon warns the GOP to get in line with Trump’s plan Big News Network.com / 1 d. 16 h. 12 min. ago more|
WASHINGTON, U.S. - Following his high-profile departure from the White House, Chief Strategist Steve Bannon has issued a warning to GOP leadership, asking the party to unite behind President Donald
|Chicago Police Officer Shoots Person on Southwest SideChicago News / 1 d. 16 h. 33 min. ago more|
Around 8:45 p.m., officers approached a group of males who were drinking in the 5600 block of South Artesian Avenue, according to a statement from Chicago police. An "armed confrontation ensued" between the person with the gun and one of the officers, according to police, and the officer discharged his weapon.
|Ace Hotel Chicago brings hip vibe, modern design to first midwest locationChicago News / 1 d. 20 h. 53 min. ago more|
In-room guitars, vinyl LPs and record players are just some of the in-room accouterments at the new Ace Hotel in Chicago. You're free to play them all weekend The 10th hotel in the hip, Portland, Oregon-based chain opened earlier this month in the Fulton Market/West Loop area of Chicago.
|2 different neighborhood back to school parades celebrate Chicagoa s kidsChicago News / 2 d. 1 h. 15 min. ago more|
Chicago Public Schools start back in just two and a half weeks and with last weekend's big Bud Billiken parade over, it was the neighborhoods' turn. "We've been here 20 years," said resident Walter Tyner.
|Police-involved shooting in Gage Park sends 1 to hospitalChicago News / 2 d. 5 h. 39 min. ago more|
Police investigators stand on a porch as children play in an inflatable castle during a brithday party for a 4-year-old boy at the corner of West 56th Street and South Artesian Avenue Saturday, Aug. 19, 2017, in Chicago. A man was shot by police across 56th Street in Gage Park and trasnsported to a hospital.
|Man charged in year-old homicide outside Englewood storeChicago News / 2 d. 9 h. 52 min. ago more|
A Near West Side man was ordered held on $1 million bail Saturday for a year-old slaying outside an Englewood neighborhood convenience store. Lamarr Isaac, 34, was charged with first-degree murder in connection with the early morning June 2016 shooting in the in the 1500 block of West 69th Street.
|Column: Upperclassmen share their wisdom with incoming Southland high school freshmanDaily Southtown / 2 d. 11 h. 58 min. ago more|
High school can be intimidating. The size of the building. The number of academic requirements. The variety of extracurricular offerings. The sheer importance of it all. Yes, it can be scary and overwhelming, but it can also be the opportunity of a lifetime — to make friends, learn new things and...
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|'Deep commitment to his people': John Tilford, longtime Chicago priest, diesDaily Southtown / 2 d. 18 h. 48 min. ago more|
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|Documentary on HBCUs Plays to Sold-Out Crowds at Black Harvest FestivalThe Chicago Defender / 2 d. 22 h. 8 min. ago more|
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Playing to a sold-out crowd twice, Firelight Films’ Tell Them We Are Rising: The Story of Black Colleges and Universities blew into town for the Black Harvest Film festival, leaving Chicagoans beaming with pride and anxious to get the word out about the documentary highlighting the history of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU).
From a current Morehouse College sophomore to proud HBCU alumni and even those who did not attend an HBCU, the sold-out crowds crammed into the Gene Siskel Film Center last week to partake in a history lesson that left them wanting more. Quotes from W.E.B Dubois, James Baldwin, Booker T. Washington and more poured out as black and white images of young co-eds graced the screen. The pictures of Black colleges from Louisiana to South Carolina and beyond filled the big screen as the audience was invited to travel as far back as slavery, when reading and learning were forbidden. Award-winning filmmaker Stanley Nelson (Freedom Riders, The Black Panthers and The Murder of Emmitt Till) masterfully sets the stage, showing how the inability to learn as slaves fueled the passion for education for freed slaves and put into motion the need for Black colleges and universities. The film showed how many abolitionists and churches began the schools to educate freed Blacks, and it exposed the politics and policies that often kept students and their institutions enslaved to the White standards of thinking.
Filmmaker Stanley Nelson
The historic battle between Washington and Dubois concerning Black people’s “place” was outlined and brought to new life, with startling quotes from Washington and Dubois. You could hear the gasps in the audience as Washington’s words of submission boomed from the speakers and ricocheted off the hearts and minds of today’s modern African American.
The documentary also told the backstory behind the late Supreme Court Judge Thurgood Marshall, who attended a new and reformed Howard University Law School, run by a Black president who made some controversial moves to shift the law school. The president set the stage for Marshall’s career and the historic Brown vs. Board of Education case, which challenged the separate but equal law. The politics behind this story are also alarming yet expose the beauty of the Black mind at work.
Tell Them We Are Rising ingeniously chronicled the evolution of thinking and how students at HBCUS joined the front lines of protests for equal rights. It showed the bloody details and the consequences of fighting, interviewing surviving protest leaders, several who were visibly shaken as they reminisced about the protests nearly 50 years later. And the film concluded in the present day, interviewing current HBCU students about their reason for choosing HBCUs, especially now that Blacks can attend other universities.
It was refreshing to hear young sisters talk about the freedom to be themselves, to enjoy time in a setting where they no longer had to worry about being considered a minority or the only Black student. Young men explained how they were allowed to grow and mature under the watchful eyes of Black professors, who they knew had their best interests in mind. With the sometimes bad news coming out of HBCUs because of a lack of funding and declining enrollment, it was great to hear the fresh voices with good news and hope for our schools.
Nelson, whose parents attended HBCUS and who is noted for examining the history and experiences of African Americans, says he wanted to tell the story of these significant institutions—especially since the story had not been told in such a fashion.
In a statement, he says: “The sacrifices made to create these institutions are significant and are what compelled me to capture this essential chapter of American history. I set out to tell a story of Americans who refused to be denied a higher education and—in their resistance—created a set of institutions that would influence and shape the landscape of the country for centuries to come. In particular, it was essential that this film highlight authentic, personal accounts alongside archival footage, letters, diaries, photographs, and even home movies of the people who have lived the HBCU experience. The legacy of these institutions is not marked only by milestones and achievements; it is encapsulated by the minds and lives of the people who walked those storied halls.”
After the screenings in Chicago, much of the audience stayed around to ask questions of the film’s producer, Cyndee Readden. Many were curious about plans to screen the movie at middle schools, colleges, and even for the returning prison population. The crowd was delighted to hear that the film would air on PBS in February and suggested many other outreach efforts. Readden directed everyone to the film’s website: HBCURising.com and suggested they send their suggestions through the site.
Tell Them We Are Rising was directed by Nelson, co-directed by Marco Williams, and produced by Readden and Stacey L. Holman.
The Black Harvest Film Festival runs through August 31 at the Gene Siskel Center. Tell Them We Are Rising premieres on PBS February 19, 2018. The project was created with the help of National Endowment for the Humanities, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and the Lumina Foundation.
|Coming soon to a strip mall near you: An MRI provider Chicago Business / 3 d. 3 h. 5 min. ago more|
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|Lemont environmental learning center hosts Hummingbird FestDaily Southtown / 3 d. 8 h. 6 min. ago more|
They can fly up to 30 miles per hour, have an average heart rate of more than 1,200 beats per minute, and feed five to eight times per hour. The hummingbird is being celebrated at Sagawau Environmental Learning Center in Lemont on Saturday. The 11th annual Hummingbird Fest, which is free, starts...
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How do you respond to hate without being hateful? How do you denounce vitriol without spewing more vitriol? In the aftermath of the Aug. 12. Unite the Right white supremacist march on Charlottesville, Va., during which an alleged Nazi sympathizer rammed his car into a crowd of counter-protestors,...
|Obama Library CBA Coalition hosts forum in South ShoreHyde Park Herald / 3 d. 12 h. 17 min. ago more|
“Is this just a done deal… and is the planning process just a charade?” asks Juanita Irizarry, executive director of Friends of the Parks, as Naomi Davis, founder of Blacks in Green, listens during an Obama Library South Side Community Benefits Agreement Coalition (Obama CBA) Sustainability and Transportation forum at St. Philip Neri Catholic School, 2110 E. 72nd St., Wednesday, Aug. 16. – Marc Monaghan
By TONIA HILL
Residents in surrounding communities near the future home of the Barack Obama Presidential Center (OPC) gathered this week for the latest Obama Library Community Benefits Agreement (CBA) Coalition meeting.
The coalition’s forum on Wednesday, Aug. 16, focused on sustainability and transportation in the wake of development for the OPC that will be situated in Jackson Park as well as other park related improvements.
A CBA is a contract signed by community groups and a real estate developer that requires the developer to provide specific amenities and improvement to the local community or neighborhood.
Allegra Cira Fischer, staff attorney for the Law Project of Chicago Lawyer’s Committee for Civil Rights law, discussed communities in the country that have had success with CBAs.
Fischer said, the CBA that was created in 2001 for the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Calif. is still in effect today and is monitored and enforced.
Other panelists from the forum included: Naomi Davis of the Bronzeville Regional Committee; Amalia Gomez, Alliance of the Southeast (ASE).
Juliana Pino, Little Village Environmental Justice Organization; Juanita Irizarry, executive director of Friends of the Parks; Bill Eager, Preservation of Affordable Housing and Amara Enyia with Ace Municipal Partners.
Enyia served as moderator for the panel.
Gomez during her opening remarks at the meeting wanted residents to recognize their tax dollars factor into both public and private development.
“Just because it’s a private development does not mean that your tax money is not going into the development,” Gomez said. “For the South Works site, it means that city money, Illinois money, Department of Transportation money went into creating the Route 41 extension. That’s our tax [money] that paid for that.”
Gomez stated that the community has points of leverage regarding the OPC.
“You also have points of leverage with any zoning changes. It has to go through City Council it has to go through the alderman,” Gomez said.
She said that other points of control for residents include, “any permits that need to be done on the site or if they ask for TIF [tax increment finance] funds for the site.”
There has been apprehension about the plans from members of the community who fear the loss of parkland, Cornell Drive and an increase in traffic.
Irizarry spoke to those concerns.
Deputy Mayor Andrea Zopp and Bill Eager, vice-president of Preservation of Affordable Housing Chicago Area, listen during a round table discussion focusing on green jobs and buildings during a break-out session of an Obama Library South Side Community Benefits Agreement Coalition (Obama CBA) Sustainability and Transportation Forum at St. Philip Neri Catholic School, 2110 E. 72nd St., Wednesday, Aug. 16. – Marc Monaghan
“When it comes to Jackson Park we’re hearing that in a few short months that they are going to make all these future decisions about closing roads in Jackson Park,” Irizarry said. “If you’re going to close Cornell Drive what does that mean for where that traffic is going to go?’ We’ve heard over and over again that we’re still in the early stages of this process. The Obama Foundation plans to take their proposal to the Chicago Plan Commission by October, and it’s dependent upon closing Cornell Drive.”
Davis echoed Irizarry’s thoughts and added that the Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT) needs to slow the process down so that the community has a chance to give input on what the data shows and what the cost will be for the project.
Aaron Patterson a consultant who works CDOT said the community would have a chance to have input next week when CDOT hosts its two meetings at the South Shore Cultural Center. CDOT is expected to design concepts of proposed road closures.
Wednesday’s meeting held at St. Philip Neri Catholic School, 2110 E. 72nd St., was one of a series of sessions held over the last few months. The topics for each session align with principles for the CBA.
Principles outlined by the Obama Library CBA would require jobs to be set-aside for people in the community, protect affordable housing and homeowners, support and create black-owned businesses, and strengthen neighborhood schools.
Organizers are pushing for a CBA to ensure that there is accountability from the developers of the OPC, the Obama Foundation, the City of Chicago, the Chicago Park District and the University of Chicago, who proposed the center’s location on the South Side.
Residents joined breakout sessions at the forum where they learned more about parks, green jobs and had the floor to voice their concerns about road construction and transportation and its impact on Jackson and South Shore parks.
Reuben Lillie, a Hyde Park resident, discussed transportation-related issues during the breakout session with fellow neighbors.
He suggested “the possibility of creating a tunnel instead of removing Cornell Drive entirely, or moving the green space up so that the roadway can still somehow exist.”
Lillie is one three organizers who designed a petition to restore service for the East 63rd Street Green Line “L” to Stony Island Avenue.
Organizers of the petition believe that there is “insufficient access” to Jackson Park and feel it is necessary to restore the line further east in the wake of new development that is on the way in the park, which includes the OPC and other park-related improvements.
Residents also walked away from the forum with next steps that include getting more people in the neighborhood involved and voting in the upcoming election. As well as, staying abreast of policy by attending city council meetings and reaching out to their council members.
Groundbreaking for the OPC is set to begin late next summer, and it is expected to open to the public in 2021.
The coalition is made up of members from the University of Chicago student-led Prayer and Action Collective, the Kenwood Oakland Community Organization, Southside Together Organizing for Power, and the Bronzeville Regional Collective.
The next meeting will be held on Wednesday, Aug. 30.
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|The Chicago Sky signs La Rabida Children’s Hospital patient to one-day dealHyde Park Herald / 3 d. 12 h. 20 min. ago more|
By JOSEPH PHILLIPS
La Rabida Children’s Hospital patient Sky Stewart was signed to a one-day contract by the Women’s National Basketball’s Association professional team Chicago Sky. The news was announced at a press conference Friday morning, Aug.18.
“I am really excited to play basketball with the team,” Stewart said in a written statement. “I play basketball with my older brothers all the time, so I am ready for this!”
The Sky in partnership with La Rabida Children’s Hospital, 6501 S. Promontory Drive, will host Stewart and her family for a day and will fulfill her dream of becoming a professional basketball player during tonight’s game where The Sky will play WNBA defending Champions the Los Angeles Sparks at 7:30 p.m. at the Allstate Arena, Rosemont, Ill.
“We are honored to work with La Rabida Children’s Hospital to host a player for the day for the third consecutive year,” said Sky General Manager and Head Coach Amber Stocks in a written statement. “This program in collaboration with Magellan, allows us to work with inspirational patients like Sky.”
Stewart, who is fighting sickle cell disease, joined the Sky Friday morning for team shoot around and pregame warm-ups. She will also accompany the team in the locker room and sit on the bench for the duration of the game.
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|Icelandair stepping into the Berlin fray as Airberlin abruptly goes bankruptBizjournals.com / 3 d. 15 h. 35 min. ago more|
Icelandair to the rescue. Just days after Airberlin abruptly declared bankruptcy, potentially threatening the end of its Chicago-Berlin nonstop service, Icelandair this morning announced it will start year-round service three times a week on Nov. 3, 2017, from its home hub in Reykjavik, Iceland, to Tegel Airport in Berlin, Germany.
That's potentially good news for Chicago-based travelers looking to still get to Berlin and do so relatively inexpensively. Low-fare Icelandair resumed regularly scheduled…
|Chicago Startup Wants To Help You Buy Home Insurance With an AppSkyline Newspaper / 3 d. 16 h. 23 min. ago more|
A Chicago-based startup is looking to make applying and getting homeowners insurance much easier.
Kin Insurance, which was founded by Sean Harper, Lucas Ward, Jason Heidcamp, and Sebastian Villareal, is merging the insurance world and the digital age. Kin is making it easier than ever to insure a home, and the company’s app is targeted primarily to Millennials and those who may have no idea what they’re doing. These entrepreneurs believe Millennial home buyers will be more comfortable buying insurance through an app than in person.
The average person moves 12 times in their lifetime, and Millennials are especially prone to migration. College education is a major factor in how likely a person is to move, with nearly three quarters of college graudates changing location at least once.
Now, Millennials are finally settling down and buying homes in greater numbers, and Kin wants to find them when they do.
How Kin works is easy — their app enables homeowners to insure their home with just a click of a button. All the information they source on the home comes from a variety of online sources, and Kin relies on self-reported information from past homeowners. This wide array of information makes it easier than ever for the homeowners to bypass filling in boring details about their home — such as the number of windows they have or the type of shingles on their roof.
Kin believes their best asset is the fact that their insurance approval is automated. This means that there is a lot less paper pushing and overhead from multiple insurance companies, and applicants will get their results in less than one hour after filling out their simple questionnaires.
“Usually it will take around an hour of form filling to get your application submitted… Depending on the situation, it can be another 6-10 communications to get the whole process done,” Harper, one of the founders of Kin explained to TechCrunch. “For us it’s just three clicks.”
When applying for homeowners insurance, there are four factors that will influence the cost. They include the estimated cost to rebuild the home if it was destroyed, the home’s age, the neighborhood’s fire protection rating, and the applicant’s personal claims history. But the biggest problem, according to Harper, is not the cost of applying, it is how the insurance is sold.
Most homeowners purchase insurance through brokers and agents. However, Millennials, who are buying homes in greater numbers, don’t want to go through the same process their parents did. That’s where Kin can step in, giving homeowners one less thing to think about when it comes to purchasing a home.
Kin officially launched in the beginning of August with a $4 million investment backing. Their primary market is in Flordia, but the founders believe that within a year, Kin will be available nationwide.
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|WGN-Channel 9's top news anchor Mark Suppelsa calling it quits after 36 yearsBizjournals.com / 3 d. 17 h. 41 min. ago more|
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|In dealing with Confederate monuments, South Africa provides a modelChicago Reporter / 3 d. 21 h. 53 min. ago more|
As the United States heads toward another weekend of white supremacist rallies fraught with hate and the specter of violence, President Trump has underscored his legacy as the Great White Nope.
He doubled down on a version of U.S. history in which the traitors and white supremacists who lost the Civil War are yet to be celebrated in monuments and lore, tweeting Thursday: “Sad to see the history and culture of our great country being ripped apart with the removal of our beautiful statues and monuments. … So foolish!”
In musing that the removal of Confederate monuments could one day include those honoring the founding fathers, he overlooks the fact that Confederates were enemies of the state, fighting to keep black people enslaved because all that free labor was too lucrative to let go. Trump’s rhetoric matters because it helps perpetuate what J.T. Roane, a professor of women’s, gender and sexuality studies at the University of Cincinnati, calls an “intergenerational pedagogy of power,” the ways and means of repression.
Another racially fraught democratic society, South Africa, informs how we can proceed with owning our national narrative—a shared one, as researcher Brene Brown suggested this week—instead of letting it own us. Monuments celebrating South Africa’s colonizers, that country’s founders, are protected by law, according to Melissa Levin, a University of Toronto political science professor focusing on nation-building and the work of memory in Namibia and South Africa. At the end of apartheid, democratic states found themselves as caretakers of a vast memorial complex that mostly included apartheid and colonial monuments. There’s a strong relationship between the state and colonial memorials, which are protected by the National Heritage Resources Act.
“You have across the country all of these colonial monuments that still stand,” said Levin. “The only statues that have come down have been statues of apartheid leaders. There seems to be a distinction between pre-apartheid leaders.”
However, a movement is afoot to deal with colonial monuments, as black South Africans can draw a direct line from colonialism to the disenfranchisement wrought by apartheid, according to Douglas Foster, a journalism professor at Northwestern University who has written widely on South African issues. One notable example is a statue of British colonialist Cecil Rhodes, removed from the University of Cape Town campus following the 2015 #RhodesMustFall movement.
“Here we are sitting 150 years after the Civil War finally getting to the question of what kind of public spaces so-called Confederate heroes should have,” Foster said. “In that sense, South Africans provide a model and movement. It seems like awfully old business. That’s what strikes me as the main difference” between how these two countries have dealt with these issues, he said.
Calling it “foolish” to remove imagery celebrating state enemies misses the point — and the opportunity to create a new national narrative that informs better public policy.
No, what’s foolish is the white nationalists who recently swarmed Charlottesville to protest the city’s planned removal of a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee, twice the traitor because he resigned from the U.S. Army to fight against his own country, our country. Today, more than 1,500 of these monuments can be found peppered throughout the South, and in places like Boston, San Diego and Phoenix, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center.
What’s foolish is the senseless death of Heather Heyer, 32, a peaceful counter-protester run down, as video apparently shows, by Ohioan James Alex Fields, Jr. It’s cruel that these racists celebrated Heyer’s death. This ethos is par for the course for a group of people championed by a pussy-grabbing president who has so dehumanized wide swaths of American society — Muslims, Mexican-Americans and African-Americans — as he seeks to erase them from policy and discourse.
And even more foolish is the plan to take hate on tour, with rallies planned this weekend in places like Boston, Los Angeles, New York, Washington, D.C.; Austin, Atlanta, Pittsburgh and Seattle.
In a country long concerned with infiltration, by the likes of ISIS and Cold War Russia, what is it about “traitor” these people don’t understand? Lee was, and those who celebrate him today are, the traitors within. We should be very afraid. Like, “Get Out” afraid.
There is no question the Civil War was fought to preserve the lucrative institution of slavery. Black bodies were oh, so valuable, the capital that funded the growth of this country, according to Daina Ramey Berry, a historian who wrote The Price for Their Pound of Flesh. In researching her book, Ramey Berry found that black bodies were commodified before birth, during childhood into adulthood, and after death. She documented a robust body-snatching industry that used black bodies for research at schools that exist today. Owning this knowledge doesn’t take anything away from the stories of immigrants who came here seeking opportunity, or the Native American sacrifice: It just clarifies.
So when Trump, the Gaslighter-in-Chief, claims removing Confederate monuments is foolish, he is really saying he wishes 13 percent of the population — the black part — were still enslaved, the ultimate entrepreneurial edge. That thought process is dehumanizing, seeping into the collective psyche if left unchecked.
As emblems of white power, many of these monuments should be destroyed. Perhaps others can be moved and contextualized in museums, instead of defiantly and powerfully holding forth in town squares around the country, in places where black people live or have roots.
Their display in public spaces “gives power to a certain memory,” said Lise Ragbir, an Austin-based curator and arts and cultural administrator. “When you erect a monument that honors only one side of memory, you’re not allowing room for a conversation toward progress.
|“Stay Woke” When Preparing Your Kids To Go Back To SchoolThe Chicago Defender / 3 d. 22 h. 5 min. ago more|
It’s that time again—back-to-school. And although parents are busying themselves purchasing school clothes and supplies—or lining up for one of the giveaways– it’s also time for parents to “stay woke” when preparing their kids to go back to school. Given the challenges in our school system and community at large, parents whether married or single, must stay vigilant about what’s going on and equip their children with a mindset that will help them get over the obstacles they face – despite the stacked-up odds. That mindset begins with the parents.
Staying “woke” might be hard to do. But ask yourself this question: What are your expectations and awareness level? When you become aware of what’s going on with your children, community and government, then you can raise your expectations of what you want for your children and encourage them to raise expectations of what they want for themselves.
Here are some things parents should stay woke about…
Lack of School Funding Same old story, right? Unfortunately Chicago education is about politics. According to CPS Chicago, Governor Rauner used his veto power to cut $250 million in education funding for Chicago Public Schools. Lack of funding continues to leave children, especially those of color, at a serious deficit. What should you do? Get involved. Let your legislators know how you feel. Attend town hall meetings and let your voice be heard. Run for your Local School Council; support your teachers, stay in the know so you can make an informed decision about what you will want for your child’s future.
Safety Some good news for a change: According to Chicago Public Schools, incidents of crime have dropped by 32 percent along Safe Passage routes since the 2012-2013 school year when Mayor Emanuel implemented community based Safe Passage routes. However, parents must continue to do their due diligence in keeping their children safe. Keep close tabs on your children no matter their age. Just because they are teens doesn’t mean parents can loosen the reigns. In fact, that’s when students need the most guidance. I know it’s hard to do especially when you’re holding down a job or two, but woke parents go out of their way to make those arrangements when they can’t keep an eye on their students. One way is to keep tabs is to keep kids busy. Nail down where your children are going and what they will do once that dismissal bell rings. What are they doing beyond the Safe Passage routes? It’s common sense to know it’s unsafe for kids to have the run of the streets unsupervised. And yet, many parents allow it. Playing video games at Peewee’s house (especially when his Mama isn’t home) may not be the greatest option either. You don’t know who or what may be there (thugs, drugs, firearms…) Know who their friend’s “people” are. Consider enrolling your children in After School Matters, an organized sport, or an academic program. If they are home, establish rules, delegate chores, restrict visitation otherwise there will be consequences. Let them know what those consequences are, and act on them consistently. Don’t forget to have “The Talk” with your children – boys and girls. They must know how to properly engage with police. Lay down YOUR law before school begins so they know what to expect. Your kids need to be in a safe environment and a tightly run one, whether you’re present or not.
School Performance The Achievement Gap is still a major issue. The disparity between Black and White school performance hasn’t closed much in the last 50 years. According to data from the 2013 National Assessment for Educational Progress, the average Black student scores at just the 22nd percentile. All the more reason to stay woke about your children’s progress. You may not realize it, but you are your child’s first teacher. Educators may have your sweeties seven hours out of the day, but you’ve got your children the remaining 17. Learning begins and ends at home with you.
Learning starts at birth. Did you know that reading, talking, singing, hugging and playing with an infant actually grows the baby’s brain? From age zero to three is the most critical brain growth period. But it doesn’t stop there. As your children grow, exposing them to learning outside the classroom places your kids at an advantage. Here’s a suggestion: When you go to the store, pick up a couple of workbooks, puzzles and flashcards and work with your kids 15 minutes a day. Take a trip to the library for books. Instead of mindless games, download fun learning apps they can play on your phone. Expose your teens to learning opportunities in STEM (Science Technology Engineering Math) through camps, programs and workshops. Some camps may be pricey, but that doesn’t mean give up. Find affordable workshops through local community organizations, colleges, the park district, or ask other parents. If you want your munchkins to love learning and do great in school and life, they have to feel the love from you. Keeping them busy and involved is how you show it.
Student Behavior and Accountability If you set expectations low to no or don’t follow up, your children may likely slack off, get caught up in a tangle of failures and not recover. It becomes a spiral of disappointments and frustration for the children, the teachers and you. One thing parents need to do is make kids accountable for their actions or lack of them. Consider corrective consequences when they don’t study and rewarding ones when they do. There should be consequences when they act a fool in school too. It is frustrating when teachers have to play parent with your children. Setting expectations on behavior begins with you. Remember, you’re their first teacher. Lay down the law before your child sets foot in that school. And promise to follow through. Keep in mind, if they are struggling, there is a reason. The expectation from YOU is that you find out what that reason is. It’s not always about being lazy and hardheaded. It might go deeper e.g. bullying, hormones kicking in, undiagnosed learning disabilities, anger issues, unchallenging work… any number of things. Bottom line, you want them to be the best they can be. Talk about college and careers starting in 5th grade so they can start thinking about their future. STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) is the future. If they are creative, add the “A” for art in technology to create STEAM. They may not always reach the top, but they will soar trying to get there. Here are some resources to check out:
STEM (STEAM) and Career Information
Game Development: http://hugheswhoproductions.wixsite.com/hughes-who-/hughes-who-youth-studio
Educational app resources:
Parental Involvement Meeting the teachers, attending school functions, volunteering – generally showing up – makes a positive difference in your child’s academic and behavior performance. Wait, did somebody just think out loud that they are too busy and tired? Dear Parent Who Thought That: The struggle is real. You work hard. I know you can’t find the time. Last year you either had to work, was too tired, or you forgot. You were a ghost. Unfortunately, too many schools in urban communities are haunted by parent ghosts. But if the student gets in trouble, you best believe parents angrily appear, poised to curse out the teacher. But check this out: In an article published by Childtrends.org, titled “Parental Involvement in Schools,” it states that, “Students with parents who are involved in their school tend to have fewer behavioral problems and better academic performance, and are more likely to complete high school than whose parents are not involved in their school.”
This year, stay woke, by committing to show up at your children’s school. Take time to make the time, because believe me, you will NOT find it. How do you do that when there is no time to find? You plan ahead. You know the routine: The upcoming parent-teachers meetings, field trips, conferences, etc. Before school begins, alert your supervisor that you want to take personal days throughout the year for events such as these. When you get the schedule, you can highlight the days and lock it in your phone. In fact, write it on a wall calendar too. The school calendar may be available to you on their website before school begins. Check it out. Tape that flyer to the ‘frig as a reminder. If you can’t make it at all, arrange back-up – and a back-up for your back-up. If you keep ghosting, you will be doing your child a disservice. Stay woke, parents. Show up.
School Shopping on a Budget Remember, second hand is fine—and it saves you money. If you choose to buy new, avoid expensive designer stuff. Is it worth throwing down $200 for a pair of sneakers your child will grow out of or get stolen? This is where many parents go wrong. Don’t spend your hard earned dollars on hype. Make sure your purchases are aligned with school dress code policy and your budget.
Regarding school supplies, get a jumpstart on the supply list. Bet you’ve got some pens and pencils hiding in between your sofa pillows, in the junk drawer or winter coat pockets, old book bags, etc.… You might not need to buy any! Also, take advantage of community Back-to-School festivals for free backpacks and supplies. Does your child need a home computer or laptop? Check out these resources:
Low cost computers and Internet service:
Back-to-School Illinois: http://b2si.org/
Check-ups and Immunizations This year, do not forget to schedule doctor and dentist appointments for your child. Appointments can get backed up in the office so it makes sense to schedule them ahead of time. Community Back-to-School festivals may offer them as well. Usually you’re supposed to visit your doctor at least once a year, the eye doctor once a year, and the dentist every six months. Keep medical papers in an envelope and put in a safe place. If you are a parent who doesn’t believe in shots for your children, find out – like right now – what is the school’s policy on this. It would be horrible to drop your kids off and the school denies admittance because they didn’t have up-to-date shots or you forgot the papers.
And while you’re at it, schedule an appointment for yourself. Parents get so caught up taking care of other people, you neglect to take care of yourself. Don’t forget about you. Stay woke about your health and well-being. Get regular checkups. Get those teeth cleaned and fixed. Eat more fruits and veggies, less fried foods. Exercise more. Lose weight. Obesity can lead to high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease and other life threatening diseases. And while you’re at it, let go of those unhealthy relationships too. Clear out ALL those toxins in your body and your life.
Health and Wellness Resources
CPS Office of Student Health and Wellness at (773) 553-3560,
Edye Deloch-Hughes is cofounder of Hughes Who Productions, www.hugheswhoproductions.com, a Chicagoland game development company; and she is the author of two books, a parenting guide, “Raising Hell or Raise Them Well” store.bookbaby.com/book/Raising-Hell-or-Raise-Them-Well and a children’s book, “I Like Gym Shoe Soup.” Contact her at raisinghellorraisethemwell.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
|Look who's running more and more big local companies Chicago Business / 4 d. 0 h. 35 min. ago more|
An upsurge in foreign-born CEOs reflects the changing profile of U.S. companies that ventured abroad as sales slowed at home.
|Experimental Station looks to expandHyde Park Herald / 4 d. 10 h. 19 min. ago more|
By JOSEPH PHILLIPS
The Experimental Station, 6100 S. Blackstone Ave., is looking to expand.
The organization plans to relocate its bike shop Blackstone Bicycle Works to a nearby vacant firehouse at 1405 E. 62nd Place and continue teaching neighborhood children how to fix bikes and run small businesses.
The organization will also us the old firehouse for additional office space and shared commercial kitchen space that will be available for use for the community.
“We’ve been working with the [Ald. Willie Cochran (20th)] for about three years on this project,” said Connie Spreen, executive director of Experimental Station. “It came about three years ago when we discovered that Blackstone Bicycle Works had expanded beyond the building space.”
Spreen explained that the general mission of the Experimental Station expansion is to build independent cultural infrastructure and that her new space will only be an extension of that mission. In addition to her programming, Spreen plans to foster both small non-profits and start up businesses.
Spreen also said that the new space could provide room to store more bikes, add room for the shop’s tutorial program and an outdoor courtyard that will provide additional space for youth instruction and activities.
“We help people build small businesses and provide support for their projects,” said Spreen. “We are hopeful that the city of Chicago approves our proposal.”
For more information visit experimentalstation.org.
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|Cómo investigamos la recuperación de salarios en el Departamento Laboral de IllinoisChicago Reporter / 4 d. 14 h. 2 min. ago more|
“Debería haber una ley.”
Tiramos esa frase casualmente en nuestro discurso cívico. Pero algunas veces aprueban una nueva ley que ni siquiera hace mella en el problema, como descubrió nuestra reportera Melissa Sánchez cuando investigó el arduo y desalentador proceso para interponer un reclamo de robo de salarios en Illinois.
Largos periodos de espera y un alto número de casos desechados no son nada nuevo en el Departamento Laboral de Illinois, donde cada año miles de trabajadores someten quejas contra empleadores que presuntamente les deben salarios. Una investigación del Chicago Reporter en el 2012, “Esperando en vano”, reveló que en promedio la resolución de una queja por robo de salarios tardaba siete meses en resolverse, con 41 por ciento de los casos anulados.
Cuando les roban el salario, pocos trabajadores de Illinois recuperan sus sueldos
Después de cinco años, el Chicago Reporter dio seguimiento a esta historia para ver cómo iban las cosas. Tuvimos que someter media docena de requisitos bajo el Acta de Libertad de Información y varios meses de retrasos, negativas y apelaciones, antes de que la agencia nos entregara todos los archivos de quejas y otros sobre su operación.
Descubrimos que: Los tiempos de espera para casos de robo de salarios se había incrementado a nueve meses y las quejas desechadas subieron al 58 por ciento. Las reformas prometidas no cumplieron su objetivo.
Para realizar nuestro análisis cargamos los archivos a una base de datos Django, que es muy útil para clasificar, filtrar y buscar archivos relacionados. Cuando calculamos la duración de los casos y la anulación de quejas, limitamos el análisis a las denuncias interpuestas en el 2014, debido al volumen de casos pendientes en los años subsecuentes, que no tenían las fechas de resolución y resultado final. (Otros cálculos, como el conteo de volumen de casos por año, o el monto total de los salarios reclamados, incluyen toda la información disponible de las quejas).
Poniendo las cosas en el contexto demográfico, nos enfocamos en los trabajadores que habían llenado quejas por robo salarial. Agregando las quejas por código postal y combinando eso con los datos del Censo sobre números de la fuerza laboral, pudimos identificar las áreas de Chicago con los mayores niveles de quejas por robo de salarios. El Censo confirmó que los códigos postales eran mayoritariamente afroamericanos y latinos, con alta pobreza. También descubrimos un gran número de quejas contra pequeñas empresas en las industrias del cuidado de la salud, transportación, construcción, jardinería, manufactura y de servicios.
Para mostrar nuestro trabajo estamos publicando la fuente de los datos y análisis utilizados para reportar esta historia:
Quejas por robo salarial: casos abiertos y cerrados.
Quejas por salario mínimo y tiempo extra: casos abiertos y cerrados.
|Cuando les roban el salario, pocos trabajadores de Illinois recuperan sus sueldosChicago Reporter / 4 d. 14 h. 2 min. ago more|
La mayoría de las víctimas de robo de salarios en Illinois jamás ven un centavo porque el sistema para ayudarlos no está funcionando.
Eso no es lo que los activistas laborales vislumbraron en el 2010, cuando el estado pasó una ley para dar a los empleados una mejor oportunidad de recuperar salarios robados y para endurecer las penalidades contra los empleadores que los defraudan.
To read this investigation in English, click here.
La situación, sin embargo, ha ido de mal en peor para los miles de trabajadores mayoritariamente de bajos salarios, quienes han llenado reclamos por unos $50 millones ante el estado desde que la medida entró en efecto en el 2014.
Los trabajadores que reportan robo de salarios ahora enfrentan periodos de espera más largos, porcentaje mayor de despidos y más burocracia, según arroja una revisión del Chicago Reporter de los archivos de quejas y procedimientos de sanciones en el Departamento Laboral de Illinois.
Menos de uno de cada cuatro trabajadores recuperaron el salario adeudado en un año, descubrió el análisis. Las posibilidades son tan malas que los activistas laborales dicen que los trabajadores ni siquiera deben molestarse en presentar una queja.
“Lo peor que puede ocurrirles a los empleadores es que pueden utilizar a los trabajadores como una tarjeta de crédito y pagarles meses después de que la queja fue interpuesta”, dice Jacob Lesniewski, profesor asociado de trabajo social en la Universidad Dominican y quien ha estudiado el robo de salarios.
La revisión del Chicago Reporter encontró:
Más reclamos son anulados: 58 por ciento en el 2014, más del 41 por ciento en el 2010. El estado no da seguimiento al por qué los casos son anulados, pero la mayoría son desechados al inicio, antes de que los trabajadores tengan la oportunidad de avalar el mérito de sus casos.
Los casos ahora toman en promedio casi nueve meses en ser resueltos, unos dos meses más que en el 2010. Si un caso termina yendo a una audiencia, su resolución podría llevar más de un año.
Incluso cuando los trabajadores ganan sus casos, podrían no recibir ningún pago. Solamente uno de cada 10, en casi 500 casos enviados a la Procuraduría General del Estado para colección resultaron en pago y el proceso de cobro puede llevar años.
El estado ha dejado que docenas de empleadores eviten sanciones al permitirles que acuerden el pago de salarios adeudados al inicio del proceso, evitando violaciones formales o penalidades financieras.
Debido a la ineficaz ejecución de la ley, los trabajadores y activistas dicen que han perdido su confianza en el Departamento Laboral de Illinois. Quizá como resultado, el reclamo por robo de salarios ha disminuido 40 por ciento desde el 2010.
La mayoría de quejas de salarios presentaron ante el Departamento de Trabajo de Illinois en el 2014 fueron descartadas, según un análisis del Chicago Reporter.
Uno de los aspectos más celebrados de las reformas a la ley fue el ascenso de ofensas reiteradas a crímenes, cambio que los activistas pensaron sería un disuasivo. Pero el Departamento Laboral no refiere casos para persecución criminal. Ni tampoco da seguimiento a los ofensores reincidentes. Como resultado, sin ese seguimiento Chicago no ha sido capaz de aplicar la ordenanza que permite a la ciudad revocar las licencias de negocio a los ofensores reincidentes.
Funcionarios del Departamento Laboral dicen que su prioridad es reponer los salarios caídos en los bolsillos de los trabajadores, no penalizar a los negocios.
“El Departamento Laboral de Illinois trabaja colaborativamente con empleados y empleadores para intentar alcanzar un acuerdo justo en todos los casos”, dijo un vocero en una declaración escrita. “Personal relevante revisa cada uno de los reclamos individualmente y el litigio puede a veces alargar la duración de casos abiertos. No obstante, es un importante proceso legal que asegura equidad para ambos, los trabajadores y los negocios”.
Pero sin una aplicación efectiva del estado, los trabajadores de bajos salarios tienen pocas opciones.
El Departamento Laboral se ha convertido en la opción de facto para “personas que no tienen información para saber que pueden recurrir a un abogado para que lleve su caso o porque un abogado no toma su caso porque es demasiado pequeño”, dice Chris Williams, abogado laboral y uno de los promotores originales de la legislación en el 2010. “Desafortunadamente creo que es utilizado de esa manera: Ahí es donde van esos casos”.
Un lodazal para el trabajador
En Chicago la mayor concentración de quejas por robo de salarios viene de trabajadores viviendo en comunidades afroamericanas, latinas y de inmigrantes, todos de bajos recursos, determina el análisis del Chicago Reporter. Los quejosos usualmente laboran para pequeñas compañías en las industrias del cuidado de la salud, transportación, construcción, jardinería, manufactura y de servicio.
Gráfico por Matt KieferEstos 10 códigos postales en Chicago tienen los índices más altos de quejas sobre los salarios. Casi todos son mayormente afroamericanos o hispanos, y tienen tasas de pobreza arriba del promedio de la ciudad (del 22 por ciento).
“Todas las industrias en crecimiento en la ciudad dependen de mano de obra con bajos salarios. Estas ocupaciones engendran el robo de salarios”, dice Lesniewski. “Mucho de lo que hace funcionar a la ciudad son ocupaciones donde el robo de salarios es endémico. Esta situación es tan dañina para la ciudad como la propia criminalidad”.
La historia de Juan López es típica. El pasado agosto este inmigrante mexicano de 42 años planeaba tomar sus dos semanas de vacaciones pagadas en la compañía de manufactura en Itaska donde trabajaba construyendo repicientes para bebidas. Ya tenía sus maletas listas y su boleto de tren hacia Los Angeles para visitar a su hermano, a quien no había visto en más de dos décadas.
Pero el último día antes de sus vacaciones, un barril de whiskey de 145 libras que estaba construyendo le cayó encima, aplastándolo. Ya no habría vacaciones. López, quien solía estar muy orgulloso de su fuerza física y se ejercitaba cada noche después de su trabajo en Pilsen, ya no pudo trabajar y apenas si puede caminar; heridas en su espalda, cadera y rodillas disparan el dolor con cada paso. La compañía le negó su reclamo de compensación laboral, pero un abogado lo está ayudando a pelear ese rechazo.
Cuando fue a recoger su último cheque de pago, López le preguntó a su ex jefe sobre el pago de sus vacaciones, poco más de $1,000. El empleador le dijo que no le pagaría. López quedó desalentado e inseguro de sus derechos. No sabía que el Acta de Recolección y Pago de Salarios de Illinois protege el derecho del trabajador de recibir el pago de vacaciones adeudadas.
Pero López, deprimido porque estaba gastando sus ahorros, sabía que “mil dólares me ayudarían a pagar las cuentas por algún tiempo”. Entonces acudió al centro para trabajadores Chicago Community & Worker’s Rights.
El director ejecutivo de ese lugar, Martín Unzueta, sabía que el caso de López era demasiado pequeño para un abogado privado. Entonces contactó al ex empleador de López y le pidió pagar.
“Vamos al Departamento Laboral como última opción”, dice Unzueta.
Las negociaciones directas no llevaron a ningún lado. Entonces Unzueta ayudó a López a preparar un reclamo salarial en enero, advirtiéndole de no tener muchas esperanzas de obtener su dinero rápidamente.
“Me dijo que podía tomar un año o más”, recuerda López, hablando en español. “Le dije que estaba bien. En un año todavía iba a necesitar $1,000. No sé cuándo vuelva a poder trabajar nuevamente”.
En algunas semanas un empleado del Departamento Laboral llamó a López para pedirle que llenara otro formulario de reclamo salarial. López habla y escribe en inglés limitado, pero le dijeron que había ayuda en su idioma en la oficina del Departamento Laboral en el centro de Chicago, además que le volverían a llamar con una fecha de presentación. López jamás volvió a escuchar de ellos, pero recibió una carta diciéndole que su caso sería cerrado sin no entregaba más evidencia en 10 días.
“Para decir la verdad me sentí frustrado… porque ya les habíamos enviado lo que nos habían pedido”, dice López. “Llamé a la oficina una vez y nadie me atendió. Por ello ni me molesté en llenar el formulario nuevamente. Ellos ya tenían toda la información”.
En marzo el Departamento Laboral desechó el caso, según muestra el archivo de López. (Después de que el grupo de Unzueta contactó al Departamento Laboral, López fue capaz de entregar sus documentos para abrir un nuevo caso, que sigue pendiente). El análisis del Chicago Reporter muestra que los trabajadores que dicen necesitar un traductor son más propensos a que sus casos sean desechados.
Cómo investigamos la recuperación de salarios en el Departamento Laboral de Illinois
Al igual que el caso de López, la mayoría de las quejas ante el Departamento Laboral son desechados en su etapa inicial. Funcionarios de esa dependencia estiman que casi la mitad de las anulaciones ocurren debido a formularios incompletos.
Estrictos requisitos de notificación, así como recientes políticas del Departamento Laboral han hecho que la anulación de quejas sea más factible, especialmente para trabajadores inmigrantes y de bajos salarios. Por ejemplo, la agencia anulará un caso cuando no puede localizar al trabajador –y los trabajadores inmigrantes y de bajos salarios tienden a cambiar más seguido de domicilio y de número telefónico. También, los trabajadores, en vez del Departamento Laboral, ahora necesitan enviar copias de su evidencia a su empleador –generando un gasto adicional.
“Algunos trabajadores no saben el nombre verdadero de su empleador o cómo encontrar su dirección o número de teléfono”, dice Carmen Cabrera, organizadora con el centro laboral Chicago Workers’ Collaborative. “Estas personas saben cómo trabajar con sus manos y eso es todo… Es imposible para algunos de ellos mantenerse al tanto de sus casos, especialmente si están buscando otro empleo”.
En un declaración escrita, un vocero del Departamento Laboral dijo: “Los nuevos formularios han ayudado a ofrecer claridad a los trabajadores sobre sus derechos y responsabilidades, mejoran el procesamiento de reclamos internamente y contribuyen a reducir el número de casos interpuestos anualmente”.
Pero López tuvo la sensación de que el personal del Departamento Laboral estaba tan lleno de trabajo, “era como si estuvieran intentando frustrarme con el proceso para que cancelara mi queja. Para que el caso desapareciera”.
Encontrando soluciones en otro lado
Activistas y ex funcionarios del Departamento Laboral dicen que la falta de personal es parte del problema, ya que los especialistas en reclamo de salarios manejan cientos de casos por año. Además el impasse presupuestal del estado ha hecho imposible contratar más personal.
“No tienen muchos recursos y por lo tanto están retrasados. Para lograr algo lleva una eternidad. Es como mover una montaña”, dice la Representante Estatal Barbara Flynn Currie, demócrata de Chicago que ha estudiado el tema. “Mi impresión es que simplemente les faltan recursos y tienen demasiado trabajo”.
Funcionarios del Departamento Laboral reconocen que los casos llevan mucho tiempo en resolverse, pero dicen que han empezado a hacer cambios. Más jueces de leyes administrativas han sido entrenados y los funcionarios dicen que esa situación duplicó el número de casos enviados a audiencia el año pasado.
“Es muy importante para los fiscales tomar estos casos seriamente y entender la criminalidad de esta conducta … Es, sin ser violento, ciertamente análogo de muchos otros tipos de casos que los fiscales persiguen sin pestañear.”
Los activistas han propuesto otros cambios, incluyendo la recolección más agresiva contra empleadores deudores, quienes toman ventaja del largo proceso disolviendo sus activos o declarando bancarrota para evitar el pago. Los trabajadores descubren que es casi imposible recuperar sus salarios y los empleadores que roban a los empleados reciben el mensaje de que el estado no hará nada contra ellos.
“Para muy pocos empleadores ha habido consecuencias, debido a la lentitud del Departamento Laboral, debido a la dificultad de comprobar la acusación, debido al tiempo disponible”, refiere Flynn Currie, quien el verano pasado propuso la legislación que permitiría al Departamento Laboral interponer una retención salarial contra la propiedad de un empleador en el momento en que un trabajador presente una denuncia. “La gente que necesita el dinero ahora no tiene el tiempo y los recursos para ir por todas las mociones, brincar todos los obstáculos y esperar tres años para cobrar su dinero”.
El Departamento Laboral se opone a la iniciativa y estima que la ley podría costarle $1 millón anualmente, mayormente en salarios de nuevo personal con experiencia en procedimientos de embargo.
“Para nosotros es una carga administrativa”, dijo Chris Wieneke, enlace legislativo del Departamento Laboral durante una audiencia en el congreso en febrero. “Nuestra oposición es el millón de dólares necesarios para implementar apropiadamente esta ley”.
Otra iniciativa, introducida esta primavera por el Senador Estatal Daniel Biss, un demócrata de Evanston que está corriendo para gobernador, incrementaría las multas para los empleadores que rehúsen a pagar los dictámenes en su contra por robo salarial y prohibiría a los ofensores reincidentes obtener contratos del gobierno. Esta ley ya fue aprobada por la Asamblea Legislativa y se encamina al escritorio del gobernador.
Un estudio reciente sugiere que multas más cuantiosas en efecto reducen el robo de salarios. Daniel Galvin, profesor asociado de ciencias políticas en la Universidad Northwestern, analizó los datos de ingresos de la Encuesta de Población Actual y encontró que los estados con duras penalidades por robo salarial –particularmente el triple por daños– tienen menos violaciones de este tipo.
“Cada estado que adoptó las multas triples envió la señal a los empleadores que el robo intencional de salarios les sería demasiado costoso, especialmente en casos que involucran a varios afectados”, precisó Galvin en su reporte, publicado el año pasado en la publicación académica Perspectives on Politics.
A diferencia de Illinois, un puñado de estados incluidos California, Nueva York y Massachusetts, son más agresivos en la persecución criminal. La estrategia ha llamado más atención en años recientes, particularmente después de casos de alto perfil perseguidos por el Procurador General de Nueva York, Eric Schneiderman, contra agencias de cuidado domiciliario, jefes de lava autos y el dueño de una franquicia de pizzas.
“Es muy importante para los fiscales tomar estos casos seriamente y entender la criminalidad de esta conducta”, dice Terri Gerstein, ex jefa de la Oficina Laboral en la administración de Schneiderman. “Es, sin ser violento, ciertamente análogo de muchos otros tipos de casos que los fiscales persiguen sin pestañear. Y estos crímenes tiene un serio impacto social en las víctimas y las comunidades”.
Illinois podría seguir el ejemplo de Nueva York porque los cambios del 2010 elevaron las sanciones para los ofensores reincidentes o defraudadores intencionales, convirtiendo la falta en un crimen. Pero el estado no lo hace.
Los activistas señalan que tomará una variedad de estrategias para lograr hacer algo contra este problema. Mejorar el sistema basado en quejas, del cual depende el Departamento Laboral, no sería suficiente dada la escala de la necesidad y la persistente ausencia de recursos.
“Tenemos que pensar sobre cada paso como pequeños cambios en la dirección correcta”, indica Sophia Zaman, directora ejecutiva de Raise the Floor Alliance, el grupo legal que agrupa a los ocho centros para trabajadores del estado. “¿Cómo hacemos que el camino hacia la justicia sea más fácil para los trabajadores?”
|‘Neovouchers’ introduced to school funding standoff in IllinoisChicago Reporter / 4 d. 14 h. 38 min. ago more|
We’ve seen this before, and it isn’t pretty: Governor Bruce Rauner and Springfield Republicans taking a straightforward legislative process and hijacking it with unrelated items reflecting their right-wing agenda.
Currently, Rauner and the Republicans are doing just that with school funding reform, tossing in major changes—including a last-minute push for a program similar to private school vouchers that could siphon tens of millions from public schools.
Illinois’ inequitable school funding system is universally acknowledged as a problem. The solution is straightforward, endorsed by the governor’s own task force on funding reform: revamp the funding formula to ensure each district has added resources, based on measures such as the number of low-income children, children with special needs and other factors that increase the cost of education. SB1, passed by the General Assembly in May, encompassed this approach, including a guarantee that districts would not lose funding and provisions aimed at treating all school districts’ pension funds similarly.
But in response, Rauner issued an amendatory veto containing a long list of changes. “[Rauner’s education] secretary [Beth] Purvis said in June that the governor supported 90 percent of what was in the bill, but the veto is a lot more than a 10 percent change,” said Bobby Otter of the Center for Tax and Budget Accountability, which has promoted the adequacy model of funding.
The state Senate has already voted to override Rauner’s veto. The House will vote on a potential override next week.
What accounts for Rauner’s escalating demands? Could it be the influx of reactionaries from the Illinois Policy Institute – which has opposed the adequacy model – onto Rauner’s staff? Could they indeed be intent on “sabotaging” SB1?
Rauner’s biggest changes reduced funding for Chicago Public Schools by hundreds of millions of dollars. He said state taxpayers shouldn’t “bail out” a system with problems resulting from “decades of mismanagement.” PolitiFact rated his “Chicago bailout” claim false.
The CTBA has identified six provisions in Rauner’s amendatory veto that “frustrate SB1’s core purpose” of providing adequate and equitable funding. The provisions, which include removing inflation adjustments to funding and ignoring the impact of property tax caps and tax increment financing districts on local funding, would divert money away from districts that are already falling short on funding.
Rich Miller has written that Rauner’s changes in the treatment of tax caps and TIFs show that despite all his talk of freezing property taxes, the governor in fact “wants to force local school districts to raise their property taxes to avoid state funding cuts.”
The governor’s office disputes CTBA’s analysis and argues that instead of raising property taxes, districts could release property wealth now locked up by tax caps and TIF districts.
“The governor’s top priority has always been fair and equitable school funding that directs adequate resources to disadvantaged school districts and gives all chidren access to a high-quality education,” said spokesperson Meghan Keenan.
A push for “neo-vouchers”
But wait – Republican legislators, and even Rauner himself, now indicate they’re willing to ditch this agenda entirely, as long as they can get a few changes that have nothing to do with fixing the school funding formula and everything to do with a right-wing agenda.
For one, there’s State Sen. Jason Barickman, a Bloomington Republican and a lead negotiator on the legislation, who now says he’ll support pension relief for Chicago Public Schools if other districts can have the “management flexibility” – that is, limitations on collective bargaining rights – that state law has granted CPS.
This is nothing more than an attack on the living standards of working people. And in Chicago, the outsourcing of janitorial services has led to many loud complaints about dirty schools, as for-profit contractors cut corners.
More significantly, Republicans are now pushing a program called “tax credit scholarships” to fund private and parochial schools. Some call them “neo-vouchers.”
“The people pushing vouchers realized that they don’t poll very well, so they came up with the formulation of ‘tax credit scholarships,’ which sounds very benign,” said Cassie Cresswell of Raise Your Hand, the parent’s public school advocacy group, which opposes the concept.
Vouchers have been around a long time, though they never gained traction here in Illinois. They were first proposed by free-market economist Milton Friedman, who thought competition would improve schools. That hasn’t happened – witness Milwaukee, with one of the largest and oldest voucher programs in the nation and some of the lowest-scoring students of any big city.
There’s also research from Stanford University, where an analysis of over two decades of previous research found that vouchers did nothing to raise student achievement and in fact, diverted resources from proven educational programs. In fact, a program in Washington, D.C. was found to actually lead to lower test scores.
What vouchers have done is divert funding from public education, especially in districts that enroll low-income students of color.
Instead of the direct tuition subsidies that vouchers provide, Illinois Republicans want to offer “tax credit scholarships”–tax credits for individuals and businesses that donate to qualified “scholarship organizations” that provide tuition subsidies for students in private and religious schools. The idea has been pushed by the right-wing American Legislative Exchange Council and is a centerpiece of President Donald Trump’s education agenda. Seventeen such programs exist nationwide.
In many cases, donors reduce their state income tax payment by the total amount of the donation. In some states, because donors can then turn around and deduct the same amount from their federal income tax, they can actually make money by donating to the scholarship funds.
The current proposal in Illinois would provide a 100 percent credit, covering up to a $1 million individual donation. There would be a statewide cap of $100 million in credits each year, but with a provision for automatically increasing the cap.
That’s $100 million not going to the state’s general fund, which is the major source of state funding for schools. That’s in a state where – according to Rauner’s own commission – we need to spend $3.5 billion more in order to reach adequacy.
Reports indicate the legislature’s Democratic leadership is open to this proposal, though they are still pushing for an override of Rauner’s veto.
To take a discussion on how to fund schools equitably “and throw something in that would siphon money away from our already underfunded schools” is “despicable,” Caswell said.
SB1 was the result of four years of research, hearings, and negotiations. The “neo-voucher” proposal is purely the product of backroom bargaining. “To not have a full discussion” about starting such a radical program in Illinois “is bad policy and bad procedure,” Creswell said.
Unfortunately, there’s plenty of precedent for that.
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|In the MIXX: Natalie Cole’s Son Found Dead, Global Mixx and West Side Music Fest Kicks OffThe Chicago Defender / 5 d. 22 h. 7 min. ago more|
Robert Yancy, son of Natalie Cole, died of a heart attack at 39. (ERIK FREELAND/CORBIS VIA GETTY IMAGES)
On Tuesday evening, we received the sad news of Natalie Cole’s son, Robert Yancy passing at the age of 39. His body was found in his San Fernando Valley, California apartment. Undisputed reports of Yancy’s untimely death indicate lead the legendary R&B singer’s son having a heart attack. An autopsy is still pending. His father, a member of the 1970’s group, The Independents died at 34 in 1985 from an apparent heart attack and Cole passed away from heart congestion in 2015. Our condolences to the Yancy family, loved ones and friends.
As we come close to the summer quickly passing us by in our rearview mirror—there is still a great deal of problems that plague our community. The extreme deficit that CPS faces as federal funding threatens to handicap the school district even more with the start of school just around the corner. Most of the suburban and catholic schools opened their doors this week with a little less than last year’s season. But, Gov. Rauner is holding CPS’ tail to the flame validating his decision on “double” paying the district where others in the state also struggle.
Let’s stay tuned as the Illinois senate is scheduled to come together for a bipartisan vote on school funding—pressuring the governor to call for meetings with legislative leaders. According to the state’s Senate President, John Cullerton: “I’ve said all along that the only way to solve our problems is to work together in a bipartisan manner. I look forward to meeting with the governor and the other legislative leaders.”
Attorney General Lisa Madigan
On Saturday, Attorney General Lisa Madigan was seen in a vintage peach Stingray riding in the 88th Annual Bud Billiken parade only the day before announcing the passing of Senate Bill 189.
According to the Attorney General’s office, Illinois has now eliminated the statutes of limitations for felony criminal sexual assault and sexual abuse crimes against children. Senate Bill 189, initiated by Madigan, was passed by the General Assembly unanimously and signed into law by the governor last Friday. This is an important precedent for sexual crimes especially with cases involving adults who were abused as children.
In an official statement, “Sex crimes against children are a horribly tragic violation of trust that can take a lifetime to recover from,” Madigan said. “This new law will ensure that survivors are provided with the time they need to heal and seek justice.”
Chance Last Minute Concert
In an announcement on ABC-7 on Saturday morning, the four-time Grammy award winning artist Chance the Rapper gave out tickets at the Bud Billiken parade to a free concert later that evening. It was the hottest ticket in town for the shorties and the parents who were figuring out who to bribe for a pair for their kids. The increase in the parade’s attendance can definitely be attributed to two major factors—Chance and the South Shore Drill Team. What is the Bud without the 100+ members of the dopest band in the region? In all of their black and gold glory, they are a “show stopper” of the parade. We welcome them back with “open arms.”
At the head of the parade, Chance wore his Grand Marshal crown like a king for the day as the U-Haul trailed behind him with his SocialWorks team passing out thousands of back packs to the young parade watchers.
Global Mixx Music & Film Forum Kicks-off
This weekend marks the 11th Global Mixx Music & Film Forum presented by ComEd being held August 18 thru August 20 at the Illinois Institute of Art-Chicago. I’m a bit bias because it’s been a labor of love for the past 13 years—bringing working professionals together with aspiring talent in the areas of filmmaking, creative media and music business.
Platinum selling rapper, Twista will speak at the Global Mixx Music Forum.
Both the music and film business model has changed drastically over the last 10 years with digital technology changing the playing field. This year’s film conference brings some incredible minds together with a special actor’s workshop led by actress Jossie Harris and other film panels featuring “Living the Reality,” “Casting for Extras,” “Editing 101,” “The Digital Era,” Speed Mentoring Sessions and this year’s Honorary Film Co-Chair and Keynote Tarek “Terk” Stevens, who has worked with Taraji P. Henson, Anthony Anderson and Morris Chestnut.
On Friday, the forum kicks off with a special VIP “Game Changers” reception in conjunction with TBT News honoring ten award recipients. Each honoree was selected on the merit of their influence in making a difference in their respective field with emphasis on community service. Some of the awardees include playwright and JDOTC officer Cassandra Bell; CEO of Quriosity Productions Qadree Holmes; the Honorable Clerk Dorothy Brown, Clerk of the Circuit Court Cook County; Grammy-nominated Remixer/Producer Steve “Silk” Hurley; WGN-TV Entertainment Producer Tyra Martin; legendary musician Gene Barge; WGCI’s Morning Riot host Leon Rogers; and many more.
The Illinois Institute of Art-Chicago will host both the film forum on Saturday, August 19 and the music forum on Sunday, August 20 at their new location in the Mart Plaza. Platinum-selling hip hop legend Twista is this year’s music forum Honorary Co-Chair keynote for this Sunday wrapping up the weekend’s non-stop panels, workshops, speed mentoring sessions, and scholarship presentations. Some familiar participants include Priority Records Sr. A&R Director Serge Durand; Caryn Lee (Interscope Records); Slang Music Group’s CEO Vince Lawrence; Cathy Carroll (RCA Inspiration); talent manager Joseph Cabey, Shannon “DJ Skip” Syas (S&S Chicago), Ty Money and many more.
The event is open to all ages. To register, go to: globalmixxmusic.com
Dru Hill performs at the West Side Music Festival in Douglas Park.
West Side Music Festival Takes Full Flight
It’s that time again with Douglas Park lit up with food, fun and the best in music. The Chicago West Side Music Festival (WSF) taking place Saturday, August 19 presented by BMO Harris Bank. Six years and counting the free outdoor festival gets larger each year with vendors, family friendly activities and a diverse line-up of both local and national acts.
Get there early enough to enjoy live performances by R&B songtress Vivian Green; R&B Divas cast mate Lil Mo and platinum hit maker Dru Hill. The event begins at noon at Douglas Park, located at 1401 S. Sacramento Blvd. Big ups to Alderman Michael Scott, Jr. and the 24th Ward staff for hosting the summer celebration in partnership with the WSF.
The roar Leo season is in high gear with belated birthday wishes to Adrienne Irmer; Hayes Talent Agency CEO Michelle Hayes on August 15. Special wishes to 27th Ward Alderman Walter Burnett, Jr. who celebrates on August 16. Bumping the sound system for Eric “Esmoove” Miller and talent manager/music broker Burundi Partlow on August 17. Steppin’ into her birthday, Cynthia Bean, Eastern Star matron, Delores Dotson, M. Doc and Eric aka DJ Emac on August 18. House music producer/curator Braxton Holmes turns another year young on August 20. Crazy high-fives to one of my favorite security specialists Kerwin Swift; former WEA rep. Linda French; and Warner Bros. Promotions Manager Ron Stewart on August 21.
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|Anthony Murphy: The New Face of Aladdin’s GenieThe Chicago Defender / 6 d. 22 h. 15 min. ago more|
With summer in full throttle, there is a great deal to do throughout the Chicago region. Over the last decade the number of traveling Broadway productions have increased dramatically as major theatre companies have recognized the third largest market as a thriving city of theatre goers.
The Disney theatrical production of Aladdin has held its ground at the Cadillac Palace Theatre since April 11 of this year with an extended run until September 10, 2017.
Since its original Broadway debut on March 20, 2014, Aladdin has become one of the top-selling theatre productions around the world expanding to London, Hamburg, Tokyo and Sydney. Now in Chicago, fans from all age groups are enjoying the high-octane energy of the vibrant young cast members, including the starring role of the Genie, played by Anthony Murphy.
Counting down to its final weeks of entertaining Chicago audiences, the Defender talked in-depth to Murphy about his love for theater and bringing his signature style to such a favorite Disney character as the Genie. A native of St. Petersburg, Fla., he began to build his repertoire of work with theater companies including theatrical productions In the Heights throughout the state before taking the leap of faith and relocating to New York City.
How did you break into the business?
I started when I was much younger and my parents transferred me to a performing arts elementary school, and that’s how I caught the acting bug. Ever since then, I’ve always been in love with theater. Eventually when I was in high school, I told my parents this is what I want to do for a living. Thank God, I have very supportive parents. They said, ‘Alright, you want to do this? We’re going to do this strong and we’re going to do it big and we’re going to do it right.’ They started signing me up for summer intensives. I went to the Rutgers Summer Acting Conservatory and the Broadway Theatre Project.
Anthony Murphy as ‘Genie’ in the Aladdin North American Tour PHOTO:-Deen Van Meer
I understand you attended Otterbein University in Ohio to study theatre. Did you leave directly out of college to move to New York City?
I made the leap to move to New York from living at home. I said it was time to go and make that jump. I called my best friend and asked to sleep on his couch. I moved up there with a job and a few pennies in my pocket and I worked my behind off while I was there. I did some off-Broadway shows and some shows in upstate New York. After a year of being there, I was talking one night with a dear friend of mine, Ariel Jacobs, who was at the time playing “Jasmine” in the Australian production of a “Aladdin” and her brother, Adam Jacob, is actually “Aladdin”—he originated the role on Broadway.
She was talking to me and asked, “Why aren’t you playing the Genie? You’ll be so amazing at it.” I told her unfortunately at the time I was working a full-time job and didn’t have time to wait in line to audition. She told me to send her a video of me doing something with a resume and she’d send it to the people who need to see it. I did and she did. A few days later, I had an appointment. After a month of vigorous auditions and them calling—I was cast as a Genie in Aladdin. It’s amazing—overnight my life has changed. I went to a training program in California. I worked out six hours a day to get my body to do this show.
I love the fact that your parents were instrumental in making sure you had the resources to cultivate your art. Do you find that other young people may not have that same level of support coming up in theater?
I’ve definitely seen that. I’ve seen some of my close friends who haven’t had the support and it’s harder for them but it’s not impossible. If this is what you want to do and love to do—you will find a way to make it happen. I was just fortunate enough to have two loving parents to make my journey a little easier. It’s definitely a practice to do.
What makes Aladdin special from the previous theatre productions that you’ve worked on?
It starts with the company that is producing it. The Disney Theatrical Group is an amazing company. They have made this process so easy and enjoyable. They’re always there for support for us. In theater that doesn’t happen a lot. You don’t get work with these amazing large companies. The show holds a special place in my heart. I grew up watching the film with Robin Williams and it was such a part of my childhood to now doing this production, playing this iconic role and making it my own.
How do you like Chicago so far?
I love it. It’s amazing. I just recently started venturing out and exploring different neighborhoods so I’m excited to do more of that while I’m here. The audiences have been so awesome and welcoming. Everyone is so kind to us. It’s been an amazing place to kick off the tour.
There’s still time to see the Aladdin in Chicago at the Cadillac Theatre until September 10. For tickets, visit: BroadwayinChicago.com
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|Dress For Success: A Successful JourneyThe Chicago Defender / 11 d. 17 h. 21 min. ago more|
Robin A. Taylor lost everything in a tragic fire and lost hope for her future, but with the help and support of Dress For Success, she was able to gain her life back.
Taylor says Dress For Success helped her become the woman she knew should would become. She utilized their career center, where she was able to apply for jobs and get resume building assistance. Once the staff at Dress For Success got hands on Robin’s resume, she was getting more interviews and offers than ever before. In addition, Robin had one-on-one coaching sessions, she learned proper interview etiquette, and access to those that could provide guidance regarding workplace issues.
Dress for Success ensured that Taylor looked as professional as she could and even allowed her to meet other professionals within her field. The support and care that Dress For Success has given Taylor has made it easier for her to tell her story and spread her voice to empower those around her. Taylor and many other women have had life-changing journeys through Dress For Success and are proud to be apart of such an excelling program.
Over the past 20 years, Dress For Success has served and supported over 1 million women worldwide within 150 cities and 26 countries. Recently, they have partnered with FedEx to develop a new interactive online learning platform called The Career Hub. This innovative digital platform will provide access to online learning and workforce development resources for women through technology. This program will make it possible for clients and affiliates of Dress for Success to interact with a high quality educational resource coupled with shared access to opportunities.
“The Career Hub platform and mobile app are guaranteed to expand the reach and scope of our global programming way beyond the traditional brick and mortar setting,” says Dress for Success Worldwide Chief Programs Officer Angela Williams. “Over the past twenty years, we have served over one million women, now there are no limits to the number that we can serve.”
The Career Hub, fully funded by FedEx, directly supports Dress for Success Career Centers which focus on providing programming for women at various stages of their employment development cycle including career preparation, planning and development, workforce development, employment and career advancement and life-long learning.
“We are excited to support Dress for Success with this new technology that will give women the tools and job skills they need to successfully navigate the job application process, secure employment and help them remain employed,” said Rose Flenorl, manager of global citizenship at FedEx. “At FedEx we understand that an estimated one-third of unemployment in the United States can be attributed to the gap between the skills candidates possess and those desired by employers. The Career Hub aligns with our Employment Pathways pillar in which we are committed to help bridge this divide by making sure that all job-seekers have the chance to develop necessary workforce skills and competencies.”
The Career Center has become a valuable resource for women around the world to stay connected to their local affiliates, participate in workshops and maintain a network of support. With the support of FedEx, Dress For Success plans to continue to expand and enhance their Career Centers. The Career Hub will launch in all three Dress for Success worldwide satellite offices in the New York, Chicago and Los Angeles locations.
In addition to their new advanced program, their suites are full of beautiful and good quality professional women’s clothing, shoes, bags, accessories and more. Each client gets their own personal shopper to ensure their needs are met and so they can get the individual attention they deserve. These personal shoppers make sure that their clients are ready to step out in the professional world and look the part. Every client of Dress For Success has a story of success after the program and they’re excited to see how many more lives they can change.
|Rauner may slash food stamps for thousands of Illinois residentsChicago Reporter / 11 d. 18 h. 28 min. ago more|
Advocates for human services are worried that Gov. Bruce Rauner is planning to eliminate food stamps for as many as a quarter-million low-income Illinois residents.
And according to some advocates, Illinois Department of Human Services workers report that the state has begun using new administrative measures to throw eligible food stamp recipients off the rolls.
At issue is a large category of recipients in the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program, called “able-bodied adults without dependents.” Various estimates put their number as high as 240,000.
Under Clinton-era welfare reform, they were limited to three months of SNAP benefits every three years. But states with limited job availability could apply for waivers to that restriction, and Illinois has had a waiver since the beginning.
Rauner favored dropping the waiver in previous years, but was talked out of it by moderate voices in his administration, advocates say. But those moderates have been replaced by staunch reactionaries from the Illinois Policy Institute, who have echoed conservative talking points against people who they believe should be gainfully employed.
“We are going to fight very, very hard to make sure that they continue to use the waiver,” said Diane Doherty of the Illinois Hunger Coalition.
The crazy thing is, food stamps are entirely funded by the federal government. In a state with chronic budget problems, the program costs Illinois nothing and brings millions of dollars into the state’s economy, helping low-income people stay healthy and boosting spending in grocery stores.
The move “seems to be connected to a right-wing agenda” that is “hostile to maintaining a human services system that actually meets the needs of the vulnerable,” said Fran Tobin of the Alliance for Community Services.
Doherty said the U.S. Department of Agriculture, which administers SNAP, has previously urged the Rauner administration to keep the waiver in place. They cited serious problems encountered when IDHS attempted to roll out a new computerized integrated eligibility system – as well as the state’s dead-last rank in timeliness in processing SNAP applications.
In fact, the USDA argued that “Illinois is in no shape to terminate benefits for this many people in a lawful manner,” she said.
If tens of thousands of people are being pushed off food stamps to force them to become self-sufficient, what are their prospects? Many live in communities with astronomical unemployment rates on the South and West Sides. Many others live in economically troubled downstate areas.
They can’t expect much from the state’s workforce development programs, which are experiencing a “major resource deficit” – made worse by the state’s budget crisis – according to Carrie Thomas, executive director of the Chicago Jobs Council.
IDHS has an employment and training program for SNAP recipients, but it has only about 2,000 slots, she said. More slots have been available through a federal pilot program, but it’s not being renewed. Adult education and federal workforce programs currently serve about 100,000, but they are already at full capacity, she said.
“Any way you look at it, there just isn’t an infrastructure in the state to provide services to 200,000 additional people,” Thomas said. And the state budget crisis “really put a crunch on community-based services,” she added. “These organizations aren’t in any position to ramp up and do things quickly.” She said the state should renew the waiver and take the time to regenerate the employment services system.
We can look at what happened in Wisconsin, under similar conservative Republican leadership. In 2013 the state mandated compulsory participation in an employment and training program for able-bodied adults without dependents who were getting food stamps. In the first six months more than 30,000 lost their benefits, according to the Milwaukee Hunger Task Force. Of those referred to the employment program, 53 percent lost their benefits, while only 7 percent were placed in jobs.
As the task force put it in a letter urging Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker to renew the same waiver Rauner is now considering dropping, “Unfortunately, mandating work does not create jobs.”
Already, IDHS is using administrative processes to cut the food stamps list, Tobin said. “People are getting cancelled not because they’re found ineligible, but because they don’t jump through administrative hoops,” he said.
One point at which this happens is when recipients have to come in to recertify their eligibility. “One of the games they play is to send out letters [scheduling recertification meetings] three days before the appointment,” one IDHS worker told me. “Everybody was missing their appointments. And if they missed the appointment, they were cancelled.”
In addition, workers in some IDHS offices are being given quotas of SNAP recipients to call and invite to participate in employment training. If they agree to participate but miss a couple of meetings, they can lose their benefits, Tobin said.
Again, this program is entirely funded by the federal government. Illinois is already one of the last states in the amount of federal income taxes paid by residents that come back to the state. It makes no sense to throw away federal funding that boosts the state’s economy.
It’s also heartless. Perhaps, with the new Illinois Policy Institute contingent apparently intent on letting Rauner be Rauner, our governor intends to run for reelection as the second coming of Ebenezer Scrooge. That’s his prerogative. But Illinois residents – in distressed communities in Chicago and in downstate counties where food stamp use is very high – shouldn’t be the victims of that strategy.
(Update: Meghan Powers, director of communications for the Illinois Department of Human Services, says the department “has never directed employees to make any efforts to reduce SNAP caseloads for eligible individuals and there have been no policy changes regarding this from this administration. Reductions in SNAP caseloads should be due to individuals gaining employment and increased income. If the department were to be made aware of an employee inappropriately cancelling SNAP cases, we would take immediate administrative action.”)
|Breaking: J.B. Pritzker Taps State Rep. Julianna Stratton As Running MateThe Chicago Defender / 11 d. 22 h. 5 min. ago more|
Illinois State Representative Julianna Stratton, 5th District.
The tides have taken an interesting change in the Illinois Gubernatorial race. Democratic candidate and billionaire, J.B. Pritzker will make the announcement today of his running mate. State Representative Juliana Stratton (5th District) will join Pritzker as second in command.
Stratton ran against long-time incumbent Illinois State Representative, Ken Dunkin. A race that became one of the most expensive campaigns with each candidate garnishing support from various unions and political super pacs. She won in a landslide victory with the first-time endorsement of a sitting US President, Barack Obama in a contest that set the stakes high and the message clear–beat Gov. Bruce Rauner.
She served as administrative law judge at City of Chicago Office of Administrative Hearings, deputy hearing commissioner at the City of Chicago Department of Business Affairs & Consumer Protection, executive director at the Cook County Justice Advisory Council, and executive director at the Cook County Justice for Children. As an attorney and resident of Bronzeville, Stratton is a favorite among her constituents making herself accessible at community meetings and rolling her sleeves up as a freshman state legislator in this latest budget crisis.
It is no wonder why the Pritzker camp would consider Stratton as a viable running mate for the governor’s race. She is highly supported by two of the biggest labor unions in the state, SEIU and CTU (Chicago Teachers Union). But most importantly, it sets a historical tone of her becoming the first African-American woman as a running mate in a Illinois gubernatorial race. It also helps adds creditability to J.B. Pritzker’s presence in the African-American community and connects him to the real interests that concern voters.
Stratton may be the bump that is much-needed in helping to establish more familiarity for Pritzker.
There will be an official announcement today at 10:30am Sherwood Park located 5701 South Shields Avenue Chicago, IL 60621.
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|Interview: ABC-7 Anchor Hosea Sanders Returns to AirwavesThe Chicago Defender / 11 d. 22 h. 7 min. ago more|
The city of broad shoulders is welcoming back a broadcast favorite to the television airwaves. Last week, ABC-7 news anchor Hosea Sanders made his return to the news program with his radiant smile and laid-back demeanor.
For the past four months, Sanders has undergone treatment for prostate cancer, taking a leave of absence from the evening co-anchor seat. Prior to leading the ABC-7 evening broadcast on WCIU, he held the morning slot for nearly 22 years.
ABC-7 News Team; l-r: Hosea Sanders, Jerry Taft, Jim Rose and Cheryl Burton
“That was the most difficult thing. We’re so used to being on that clock, on that treadmill—running and gunning. For me to be forced to focus on myself for a change, to give to myself as opposed to always giving to everyone else. I was going back and forth to Northwestern Hospital visiting doctors, for therapy, scans, blood work. That’s another whole schedule and I’m still doing that,” he said.
Saunders has worked in broadcast for four decades, taking his first professional gig at KARK-TV in Little Rock, Arkansas. Growing up in Arkadelphia, Arkansas he excelled in football and track. He went on to attend Henderson State University where he received his B.A. degree in Communications and Journalism.
Since those earlier days in radio, Sanders has had impressive and stellar career in broadcast journalism working in both Dallas and Los Angeles for several years before finally joining Chicago’s ABC-7 in August 1994.
The Emmy award-winning journalist has endured an incredible journey filled with love, laughter, heartbreaking stories and long-lasting friendships.
“You never know how your friends feel about you until you really need me. Some of my friends especially Sylvia Perez and my friend Vivian King out of Milwaukee got together and organized a food caravan. So, everyday somebody else was sending a meal over or making something,” said Saunders. “The first few weeks of my treatment, my brother was here helping me. They would make sure it was something hot and good to eat. It was such a loving gesture—a real friendship that they would do this for me. I was ready to come back.”
The Road to Recovery
Although, he says he received the clearance from his doctors to return—the road to recovery is very real. He’s currently undergoing hormone therapy and will resume radiation at the end of August to allow some internal healing. Through the rigorous process of back and forth visits to Northwestern Hospital, it would have been more difficult without the support of his colleagues at ABC-7.
“The station has been outstanding. They looked out for me better than I looked out for myself,” he laughs. “My news director would alert me on important paperwork. We’re not used to going to through the insurance stuff, benefits and packages. They would sometimes watch out for me or some deadline that was coming up. Also, to check up and see how I was doing.”
Saunders admits the delay in following up on his health is a major factor in fighting his illness. To share his experience openly has welcomed thousands of responses on social media and allowed platform to encourage men to test for prostate cancer.
“I heard so many people who went to get the test after I came out publicly. One out of five Black men would get it. People think it’s the finger test or a colonoscopy, that’s not it. There aren’t no signs or symptoms. You have to take the blood test. My father had it. I would get tested because of that,” he admits. “I did what I tell people not to do. I waited too late. I got the information and thought, ‘it’s probably something there’. I’ll take care of it later. I had so much going on. I was taking care of my mom and busy doing the job that it got to the point, they were saying ‘these numbers are troubling, please do something about it.’ I finally got a certified letter from the medical office saying I had to come in now.”
Within two weeks, Sanders was having surgery.
Hosea Sanders enjoying a relaxing moment with his furry companion, Buddy.
Feeling The Support Around Him
His furry companion, Buddy has helped him throughout his healing process—taking time communicate with people about the importance staying on top of one’s health. One of Sanders’ goal was to return back to work in time for the annual Bud Billiken parade in August. For several years, ABC-7 has aired the live broadcast of the largest African-American parade in the US and Saunders has shared hosting duties.
“That was one of my goals. We are the type of people who like goals. That was one of my goals in my healing. No matter what, I want to be up and ready for the Bud Billiken. That’s our tradition—that’s us. I’ve been doing it for so many years and like hanging out with Jim [Rose] and Cheryl [Burton]. Even before the parade, I enjoy walking along the route; shaking hands and smelling that barbecue. Getting a little rib or two and being out there—celebrating the good things about Chicago. This is our time to shine and show what we’re not what they say we are,” He smiles, “I was going to make it. They would’ve had to Skype me in. I was so happy the doctors released me in time.”
Upon his return back to public life, Sanders says his faith, family and friends were not the only driving forces to his recovery.
“For me, I really work out there. It’s not about covering a story. This is my home and I care about the people. They have been so good to me sometimes you wonder if you deserve it. People have embraced me and swooped me up. That is one of the reasons why I wanted to do the parade this year so I can say ‘thank you’.”
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|The Sun-Times Under New LeadershipThe Chicago Defender / 12 d. 7 h. 11 min. ago more|
New CEO of Chicago Sun-Times, Edwin Eisendrath
A new day, a new dawn and a sigh of relief has washed over the employees at the Chicago Sun-Times as the sale of the paper bypassed media giant Tronc, Inc. The parent company of the Chicago Tribune, Tronc was the first to make a bid for the paper after it posted a full-page ad in May.
The Chicago Sun-Times has been in existence for 177 years and has survived challenging times as the demand for digital access and lay-offs over the years have added pressure to keep up with the demands of market changes in an industry that is led by followers, video blogs and social media impressions.
The daily is one of the last physical newspapers that delivers hard-hitting news to the thousands of loyal subscribers often targeting less conservative and diverse readership. To witness another great institution fold into the growing monopoly of publications whose voices don’t necessarily reflect the city’s cultural make-up was considered tragic.
So, Former 43rd Ward Alderman Edwin Eisendrath and a group of diverse investors formed ST Acquisition Holdings and purchased the second largest paper in the region. The daily was purchased for $1 but required additional funding valued at $11.2 million. The Chicago Reader is also part of the package deal.
“I think it began like so many people. First off, it wasn’t just my idea. When I ran into the leadership of the Chicago Federation of Labor they were also interested in it and we came together on this,” Eisendrath said. “I can tell you how I came to it, but they may have a different answer on how they came to the decision.
“For me, this was about thinking about our country and our democracy and knowing that we had two big presidential elections since Barack Obama was elected and now Trump. Americans were really voting for change.”
The investor group of ST Acquisition Holdings purchase of Wrapports LLC, the Sun-Times parent company, includes several labor unions along with wealthy business people including attorney Len Goodman and real estate mogul Elzie Higginbottom.
Eyebrows were raised by the U.S. Department of Justice Antitrust Division on Tronc’s bid and promptly closed its investigation when the purchase was finalized by the new investors’ purchase on July 12.
Eisendrath says “the group is not like your normal turnaround team.” He feels it reflects a broad scope of Chicago’s economy.
“It’s a real mix. We all came together because we love this city and we understand this city and we’re committed to it.” In the long tradition of Chicago’s news circuits, it is vital to bring more engagement to stimulate their interests. As he moves forward as the new CEO, he says “building a successful news organization for people who read the news” is essential to their survival and developing a new business model.
The former HUD administrator references the Defender’s history as an example.
“In its heyday, the Defender was all over parts of America; people trusted it to tell stories that no one else was going to tell. They would be true and the stories would be genuine and feel right. That was a really important time for the Defender and it meant a lot in the lives of Americans. It played a huge role in the migration patterns—that’s how powerful trust is in a news organization,” Eisendrath explains.
In bringing together a collective group of individuals representing different interests—it can hopefully maintain the common voice of the working class. This presidential election has demonstrated how real news can be compromised—disrupting the trust of readers.
“You’ve seen since then there’s a whole breakdown, we don’t really trust what they’re telling us about the world or about ourselves. I thought very hard about that. [I thought about] the struggles that everybody goes through every day, the hard work people endure in Chicago, what they go through to get to work in the snow, hot summer days and through the storms in order to get the job done,” said Eisendrath. “They see somebody pay for something their doing, taking credit for their work. They seem forgotten. Nobody notices it. These are the lives that most people lead. When they look at the news, it doesn’t feel genuine to them so there’s nothing to trust.”
He admits with new ownership, there will be changes in order to survive and compete in how people receive and interpret news.
“There’s diversity in our investment group. Mr. Higginbottom is one of our investors. It’s really important and it should be important to Chicago. That’s not happened before at a major paper like this. The chairman of my board, Jorge Ramirez, leads the board and he’s Latino. That hasn’t happened before,” he adds. “We know Chicago and I’m not sure that’s true of all of the news organizations in this city in the same way. We’re passionate about this and we’re really determined. This is our ‘north star’ making sure that our stories are genuine for the people of this city.”
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|The 88th Annual Bud Billiken Parade Celebrates GenerationsThe Chicago Defender / 12 d. 22 h. 5 min. ago more|
Revered for its history and celebrated for its tradition, organizers of the 88th Annual Bud Billiken Parade now seek to infuse energy into this year’s installment of the Chicago custom that ushers in the new school year.
The Bud Billiken Parade has been recognized as the oldest, largest (and depending on who you ask) the best African-American parade in the nation. Affectionately called by some Chicagoans as “The Bud,” the parade has served as the unofficial culminating event of the summer. The timing of the parade each year (just before the start of the school year) perfectly coincides with the underlying mission supporting childhood education just as the event’s founder, Robert Sengstacke Abbott, intended.
Since Abbott founded the Bud Billiken Parade on August 11, 1929, the Bud is surpassed only by the Rose Parade celebrated in Pasadena, Calif, on New Year’s Day in terms of sheer size in the United States. Over the decades, Chicago Defender Charities, Inc., founded by John H.H. Sengstacke, has taken on the duties of producing the parade, which has witnessed notable individuals in attendance like (then) Senator Barack Obama, Michael Jordan, Oprah Winfrey, among dozens of other stars.
This year’s theme of “Honoring our Hometown Heroes” was selected by Chez Smith, parade coordinator, according to Myiti Sengstacke-Rice, president, Chicago Defender Charities. She shared with The Defender that the idea originated from the desire to celebrate those who have gone on to accomplish great feats from Chicago. Few exemplify the spirit of this year’s theme better than parade grand marshal, Chicago’s very own, Chance The Rapper. Sengstacke-Rice applauded the selection of the South Side MC calling him “an inspiration” to the younger generation.
“This year we are so excited to have Chance the rapper as our Grand Marshall,” said Sengstacke-Rice. “Chance the Rapper was hands down the perfect choice for this year’s Grand Marshall because of his stance on education, his drive to celebrate the talent of the youth in our community, and we want to celebrate his amazing accomplishments this year. He represents the vision of our Bud Billiken Parade founder Robert Sengstacke Abbott who started the parade to celebrate our talented community children and promote education.”
Chance’s efforts to change the lives of Chicago’s children through education have been nothing short of iconic. The 24-year-old donated his 2017 Grammy award for Best Rap Album for “Coloring Book” to the DuSable Museum of African American History. He would later donate $1 million to Chicago Public Schools. His Instagram post announcing his role as grand marshal of the parade has received more than 947,000 views.
Previous grand marshals include legendary soul singer Chaka Khan and Katherine Branch, director of special projects and events at The White House.
The parade is scheduled to kick-off at 10:00 a.m. at the intersection of King Drive & Oakwood Blvd. The parade route heads south down King Drive and ends at Garfield Blvd./Elsworth Dr. & 55th St. Individuals unable to attend the parade will have the ability to watch it on ABC-7 Chicago.
The South Shore Drill Team Returns
This year Bud Billiken Parade staple participant The South Shore Drill Team returns to the festivities after a single year absence.
The South Shore Drill Team, known for their grand show-stopping performances, bowed out of the proceedings last year after parade organizers opted to limit the number of participants in a move aimed to improve the flow and pace of the grand processional. However, in February, both sides came together to announce the return of the fan favorite.
“I am happy that we were able to find a middle ground, our members were excited to know that they would be participating in this year’s parade,” said Arthur Robertson, founder and director of South Shore Drill Team.
The South Shore Drill Team stated in a release that it intends to march with 150 participants including youth, parent volunteers, staff, and more.
“I am so excited to be back at the Bud Billiken Parade this year; we do such much year round, but this is the one event we look forward to doing,” said Kira Ruthledge, a member of South Shore Drill Team.
Bud Billiken Parade Scholarships, Community Service Honorees, and Royal Court Announced
The Chicago Defender Charities announced 10 Bud Billiken Scholarship recipients and six community service award honorees at the recently held Chicago Defender Charities Annual Fundraiser & Scholarship Awards.
According to Sengstacke-Rice, Chicago Defender Charities has awarded more than 300 scholarships totaling in $1.5 million thanks to the support of individual sponsors, corporations, and businesses. She told the Defender former recipients have attended Howard University, Hampton University, Chicago State University, University of Chicago, Boston College, and more.
The 2017 – 2018 Chicago Defender Charities Scholarship recipients are:
Alexandria Polk – Howard University; Matayiah White – Clark Atlanta University; Amir Brown – Hampton University; Nia Hill – Howard University; Emmanuel Owusu – North Central College; Christina Pincham – Loyola University; Jorian Reeves – Xavier University; Kiara Daniels – University of Illinois – Urbana; Nathan Plummer – University of Illinois – Urbana; and Ruby Diaz – University of Illinois – Urbana.
The 2017 Community Service Award Honorees are:
Mr. Lester McKeever, Robert S. Abbott Entrepreneurship Award; Pastor Bill Winston, John H.H. Sengstacke Business Award; Dr. Anderson Thompson, Frederick D. Sengstacke Education Award; Ms. Chris-Tia Donaldson, Dr. Marjorie Stewart Joyner Innovation Award; Ms. Tammera Holmes, Bessie Coleman Aviation Award; and Ms. Sheila Wilkinson-Sanders, David Kellum Community Service Award.
Parade organizers recently announced the winners of The Bud Billiken® Parade Royal Court Contest presented by BMO Harris Bank. The co-ed contest gave Chicagoland girls and boys ages 8-12 an opportunity to be recognized by a group of judges for their dedication to education and citizenship. Winners took a picture with Chance The Rapper. The Bud Billiken® Parade Royal Court Contest winners are:
Earnest Carver, King; Isis Dixon, Queen; N’kiya Johnson, Princess; Jaquan Collins, Prince; Austin Washington, Lord; Brasiah Eggleston, Lady; Jeremiah Johns, Duke; Jeremiah Hudson-Davis, Royal Advisor; Aniya Owens, Duchess; and Caitlyn Smith, Royal Advisor.
For more information about the 88th Annual Bud Billiken Parade, visit https://www.budbillikenparade.org/.
We hope to see you as the beloved tradition rolls on!
|ComEd Icebox Derby Finals Shifts in Full GearThe Chicago Defender / 12 d. 22 h. 9 min. ago more|
This is the last week for 30 Chicago area teenage girls to prepare for ComEd’s Icebox Derby (IBD) competition.
ComEd launched the program four years ago as an opportunity for Chicago students to educate and empower young women to explore areas in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math).
For three weeks participants worked to transform old refrigerators from ComEd’s Fridge and Freezer Recycling program into solar-powered racecars.
Working with ComEd mentors, the six teams prepare as they assemble and decorate their racing machines, and on race day, Saturday, Aug. 12. They will put their fridge cars to the test on a make shift race track at Daley Plaza to win the STEM Cup, scholarships and other prizes.
“Through programs like the Icebox Derby we aim to help the young people in our communities see the STEM career opportunities before them,” said Anne Pramaggiore, president and CEO of ComEd. “We need tomorrow’s talent – those who will help us advance systems, technologies and find digital solutions for our customers. By helping to nurture and grow these future STEM stars, we are intentionally developing our workforce of the future.”
Last year’s championship team, Radiant Flames took the 2016 top honors and each team member received $1,500 each in scholarship awards.
Chloe x Halle will host the 2017 ComEd Icebox Derby Finals at Daley Plaza.
This year, participating teams include Blue Quest, Orange Flare, Green Galaxy, Violet Vortex, Teal Turbo and Yellow Spark. Each team includes five students along with three experienced ComEd mentors per group. Mentors carry backgrounds in engineering design, solar energy and technology specialists.
More than 230 girls applied online to join the 2017 IBD program. Each Icebox Derby contestant will receive a scholarship for completing the program and the first-place winners in the 2017 race will receive a laptop/notebook and an additional $1,500 scholarship.
The finals will take place Saturday, August 12 at Daley Plaza, where teams will compete and be cheered on by family and spectators. The start time is 3pm at and it’s open to the public. Singing sensation and sisters, Chloe and Halle Bailey (Chloe x Halle) will host this fun event. The Youtube stars are signed to Beyonce’s management company, Parkwood Entertainment.
|Study Shows Poor Oral Health Contributes to Senior MalnutritionSkyline Newspaper / 13 d. 17 h. 52 min. ago more|
A new study published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society has named poor dental hygiene as a contributing factor for malnutrition in elderly Americans. With around 47.2% of all adults above the age of 30 already suffering from some form of periodontal disease, there is significant concern that there is a widespread contributor to malnutrition and poor health that is not adequately being treated.
The study was performed by researchers from the University of North Carolina School of Medicine and aimed to determine what were the key risk factors associated with older adult patients who were receiving emergency care as the result of malnutrition and related medical issues.
Two hundred fifty-two patients, all 65 and older, were selected for the study across North Carolina, Michigan, and New Jersey. Those selected were then screened for malnutrition and asked about the possible risk factors.
The study found that 12% of the people in the study suffered from malnutrition. That number is in line with previous estimates. The number was slightly higher in North Carolina, prompting researchers to note that North Carolina has the third highest rate of elderly individuals living below the poverty line.
Additionally, the study found that over half of the study participants had some form of dental problems, and perhaps more significantly, those with dental issues were three times more likely to experience malnutrition.
Poor dental health is a problem that poses significant challenges for seniors, but also one that is not easily fixed. Colin Burks, who is a medical student at UNC and the lead author of the study, explained.
“Improving oral health in older adults will be more challenging but also important. Medicare does not cover dental care.” Burks said to Dental Tribune. “Fixing dental problems not only makes it easier for these individuals to eat but also can improve their self-esteem, quality of life and overall health. We need affordable methods of providing dental care for older adults.”
The fact that Medicare does not include dental insurance is key to understanding why so many seniors struggle with their dental health. The average retirement age is 63 years old in the U.S., but the average life expectancy is almost 79 years. That means seniors have almost 16 years of either paying for dental care out of pocket, paying for a private insurance plan, or not receiving dental care at all.
Some states, like California, have taken to offering some seniors access to medicare-styled dental care programs. But as KUSI News reports, there are a number of serious concerns about the underfunding of the state’s Denti-Cal program.
Until a time when dental care is more widely accessible to seniors, it seems likely that malnutrition problems will continue.
|Workers’ Comp Reform Left Out Of Illinois Budget, Concerning BusinessesSkyline Newspaper / 21 d. 21 h. 13 min. ago more|
Putting a halt on legislative back-and-forth, Illinois lawmakers have voted to approve a new state budget. But some critics point out that the plan has ignored workers’ compensation reform. The Chicago Tribune reports that the vote was instated to override Gov. Bruce Rauner’s veto on the budget.
In 2013 alone, there were 917,100 occupational injuries that resulted in an average of eight days missed work per person. This makes workers’ compensation an ever-present part of state legislation — though it may be taking a back seat in Illinois.
According to Chicago Tribune, the final budget came out to $36.1 billion and increased the corporate income tax to 7% and the personal rate to 4.95%. Toff Maisch, CEO of the Illinois Chamber of Commerce, told Chicago Tribune that it’s problematic for the budget to skip over rising property taxes and increased workers’ compensation insurance costs.
“The fact that there are no reforms at all is an incredible missed opportunity,” he said.
Robert Reed echoed this thought in his recent Chicago Tribune column, stating that this decision undermines a long-standing battle for better workers’ compensation policies in Illinois.
“The business withdrawal is another lost opportunity to sensibly revamp this complex, publicly backed structure that needs to bring costs down while still properly serving those who are legitimately injured on the job,” he said. “While workers’ compensation changes never come easy in the Illinois General Assembly, there was hope earlier this year that pro-business Republicans and pro-labor Democrats would lay the groundwork for bipartisan compromise.”
According to Chicago Tribune, Gov. Rauner is a supporter of workers’ comp rights and other business policies, making him a favorable candidate for CEOs and small business owners. While the budget did not include new workers’ compensation provisions, Chicago Tribune reports that two workers’ comp bills passed the General Assembly this legislative session. One of the bills designates $10 million for a government-funded insurance company to compete with private insurance companies. The bills are moving on to Gov. Rauner.
However, business interest groups say these bills don’t go far enough in reducing insurance costs for business owners. When someone is injured driving a company car, for example, their company can face steep costs. The three most common causes of car accidents are distracted driving, drunk driving, and speeding, carrying great risk for any commercial driver — and potentially a great financial burden.
As for a solution going forward, Reed suggests a more realist approach.
“Illinois should not have to gut workers’ rights to remain competitive with neighboring Indiana or other Midwest states,” he writes. “At the same time, realistic safeguards against negligent employers and systemic abuse, along with more checks and balances on who gets workers’ compensation, and for how long, are instrumental to the state’s economic health.”
|Lawsuit Claims Discrimination at Chicago Water DepartmentSkyline Newspaper / 23 d. 16 h. 11 min. ago more|
Working at a municipal water department isn’t always easy. There are hazards when working in the confined spaces, and the occasional loud noises reaching over 85 decibels can cause permanent hearing damage. But employees at the Chicago Water Department faced a different type of danger in recent years.
This month, seven employees at the Chicago Water Department filed a class action lawsuit against the department over workplace harassment. In the suit, the plaintiffs claim they had been denied promotions, subjected to racist remarks, and sexually harassed on the basis of their race.
“In 2017, many black people at the Water Department still cannot go to work and make a living without being subject to a hostile work environment,” Derrick Edmond, one of the plaintiffs and an engineer with the department, said to CBS Chicago. “I feel less than the man that I am when I’m talked to disrespectfully.”
That disrespect, according to the lawsuit, included use of the N-word and terms like you people. And when Edmond spoke out, the lawsuit alleges, he faced harsh discipline.
While there are around 16,000 municipal wastewater treatment facilities operating in the United States today, few have faced more scandal than those under the Chicago Water Department, which saw its Commissioner, Barrett Murphy, forced to resign in May.
Murphy’s resignation came after an investigation into the department turned up racist and sexist emails. Two other resignations followed closely after; William Bresnahan, the agency’s managing deputy commissioner, and Paul Hansen, a district superintendent of water distribution.
A spokesperson for Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel speaking to the Chicago Tribune said at the time, “We were made aware of an IG investigation into the culture at the water department. The mayor acted quickly and decisively, asking for the commissioner’s resignation and appointing a new commissioner to lead the department forward and change the department’s culture.”
Unfortunately for the city, the action did not come soon enough. Of the plaintiffs in the class action lawsuit, two are women and five are men. While the number of plaintiffs is relatively small so far, attorneys have said there are at least 30 others employees with similar claims
“This lawsuit falls on the heels of our mayor of our city having to acknowledge that the culture of the Water Department is indeed hostile and abusive,” William C. Martin, a lawyer representing the plaintiffs, told CBS Chicago. “This is the next step in this admission process.”
|Cop Who Beat Handcuffed African American Woman Also Owns Several Racist WebsitesSkyline Newspaper / 25 d. 12 h. 23 min. ago more|
Another day, another example of police brutality. In this case, the victim lived to tell the tale and will even get a settlement from the city of Chicago. In an incident from 2014, Patassa Johnson alleged Sgt. George Granias beat her while she was handcuffed at the 11th District police station. Johnson and her lawyers filed a federal lawsuit, an act which subsequently revealed that Granias was the owner of several websites with racist and offensive domain names.
According to an FBI report, there was a 3.9% increase in the estimated number of violent crimes in the U.S. in 2015, and over the last few years, the nation’s eyes have been fixed on violent events between police departments and people of color.
For many, Johnson’s story is all too familiar. The suit alleges that Johnson was pulled over on suspicion of a DUI. Although she denied the charges (and they were later dropped), Johnson was handcuffed, put in the back of a squad car, and driven to the police station. It was there, Johnson’s lawyers say, that Granias grabbed her and brought her inside the station. Then, “Defendant Granias beat [Johnson] while [Johnson] was in handcuffs.” Johnson required medical attention for the injuries she sustained during this time.
“She was beat up at the police station by a Chicago police sergeant because she was a vocal black woman,” said Brendan Shiller, Johnson’s lead attorney, to The Root.
While Johnson’s legal team was preparing for the case, they found something curious: a site called n**gadown.com, purchased by Granias.
“We came across that URL and said what the hell is this?” Shiller told The Daily Beast. Each month, over 100 billion global web searches are conducted, and many people wrongly assume they can operate anonymously online.
Although the site was blank, because it showed up in Google search results, this suggested to Shiller that Granias actually launched a website after buying the domain name.
“He made it live and accessible to the public,” said Shiller. “You can create a website, but Google wouldn’t know about it unless you make it live and accessible.”
The team subsequently found other domain named owned by Granias, including n**gaguns.com, murdertech.com, deathcomescalling.com, necroarmy.com, supremegirl.com, naomiscarlet.com, conditionaldating.com, patquinnsucks.com (a dig at former Illinois governor Pat Quinn), and several others.
On the day CBS Chicago reported the discovery, an individual who identified himself as George Granias requested that n**gadown.com remove the page that listed him as the owner of the site.
“Please remove my info from n**gadown.com,” read the post. “I haven’t owned it in years and your information is false.”
The website is no longer active, but Granias’ registration is. It will not expire until the end of 2017.
In the meantime, Johnson and her legal team reached a settlement with the city, according to Shiller. The amount is still pending approval from the City Council, but the city is expected to pay $185,000 to Johnson. However, she says the compensation isn’t the same as justice.
“He needs to be fired,” Johnson said. “If he’s fired, then I’m happy because I know he will not be able to do it to anyone else.”
While the Chicago PD has reportedly launched an internal investigation into the websites, Granias is still employed as a full-time officer with the department.
|Creative Commercial Center Boxes Up Bronzeville’s Community DevelopmentSkyline Newspaper / 52 d. 17 h. 38 min. ago more|
Residents of Chicago’s Bronzeville district will now have easier access to fresh produce and other goods thanks to a new community shopping center. But this commercial hub isn’t like other stores in Chicago.
It’s made out of shipping containers.
Chicago Magazine reports that the shopping center, called “Boxville,” opened this week and is home to a grocery center called Produce Box, a small boutique, and a bike repair shop. The project was created by developer Bernard Loyd, who has worked to bring local investment to Bronzeville.
“The idea was always to have a community plaza with vending opportunities, something informal,” Loyd said in a statement to Chicago Magazine. “We’re trying to create a progression of spaces.”
The shipping containers look like “four giant metal Lego pieces,” according to Chicago Magazine. These structures are highly durable, lasting an average of 25 years and requiring minimal maintenance. These properties have made them a popular option in recent years for popup commercial centers.
Mashable reports that Produce Box is funded by Chicago non-profit Green City Market, bringing affordable produce and Italian ice to local residents. Previously, Bronzeville’s produce choices were greatly limited, Green City Market’s operations manager, Kathleen Williams, said in a statement to Mashable.
“Produce Box will impact the community by providing a space for neighborhood residents to gather around food,” she said. “Parts of the Bronzeville community have not had access to produce in two generations and Green City Market will work to change this by bringing produce on a weekly basis in addition to food demos.”
Commerce isn’t the only industry using shipping containers to spark affordable community development. These containers are mainly made out of steel, and four of the most common metals used in the construction industry are carbon steel, aluminum steel, copper, and stainless steel. With the construction durability of these products, they have become a key resource for new affordable housing projects around the county.
In Chicago specifically, Boxville is building off of another $9 million developmnent effort headed by Loyd, who was once a Bronzeville resident. This project, called Bronzeville Cookin’, is a dining center and business incubator, according to Chicago Magazine. Lloyd said in a statement that the city of Chicago has pledged $3 million to the project.
Michelle E.L. Merritt, owner of Aplomb, Boxville’s boutique, said in a statement to
|IBM Giveth, IBM Taketh Away: What IBM’s Discontinuation Of Telework Means For Remote EmployeesSkyline Newspaper / 53 d. 11 h. 35 min. ago more|
IBM is credited with paving the way for corporations to embrace teleworking options. For decades, the corporation allowed large segments of its employees to telecommute. These days, 65% of professionals say they allow their employees to work remotely, likely thanks — at least in part — to IBM’s efforts.
But now, IBM is calling its employees back into the office. And for those who currently work remotely or work at an office that isn’t in one of the company’s main six locations, being able to keep their jobs relies on making either a long commute or a big move.
John Simons, a reporter for the Wall Street Journal, told Texas Standard that IBM used to be an industry leader insofar as teleworking. Not only did IBM develop software and services that made it easier for their own employees and clients to work from home, but they allowed workers in a variety of roles, ranging from coding to marketing, to do so.
“Now the company has decided that it wants to go a different direction, they want to group people together in really small, agile teams in sort of face-to-face situations in offices around the country,” says Simons. “They think that that’s a better way to have teams react in real time to market changes and changes in the desires of their clients.”
But some aren’t convinced that’s the real motivation behind the shift. Employees suspect that it may be a way for the company to cut costs by eliminating older, more settled remote workers in less profitable operations centers around the nation. Current employees who telecommute will have to relocate to one of IBM’s designated main offices in New York, San Francisco, Austin, Atlanta, Raleigh, or Cambridge if they don’t want to find themselves suddenly unemployed.
“Many of these employees who are kind of angry that they made decisions like purchasing homes and relocating to far-flung areas are … saying that this is a way to do layoffs in disguise,” explains Simons.
The decision comes at a curious time, given how many millennials are seeking out flexible employment opportunities. Surveys have found that 85% of millennials want positions that allow for total telecommuting, with 50% saying they would change jobs just to be in a flexible work environment that allows for the option of off-site full time work. And since less than one-third of Americans are engaged in their jobs during any given year, the move seems a bit backwards from such a forward-thinking company.
It’s not just employees who stand to benefit from remote work, either. Research suggests that employees are more productive when they’re able to have flexibility in their work schedules.
And Harry West, SVP of Appirio, an IT consulting firm, notes, “We haven’t found that remote working environments result in a loss of productivity or communication hiccups. In fact, remote working environments actually increase transparency, collaboration, and communication with internal teams.”
It’s interesting, then, that IBM has cited the new policy as a means to improve collaboration and communication within its teams. But IBM isn’t the only corporation to shift away from telework for this reason. Meg Whitman, CEO of Hewlett Packard Enterprise, has stated similar sentiments: “If your business is up and to the right, people can telework all year long. When you are in the middle of a turnaround, you need to come into an office.”
Since 2013, HP has backtracked on its former teleworking allowance and has asked employees to be present in the office during working hours. Ironically, both HP and IBM are seen as technological innovators whose tools can allow remote workers to succeed even in non-traditional office environments.
While large corporations may be moving away from telework, there are still emerging opportunities for those in the Chicago workforce who are seeking flexibility in their jobs. There’s currently a proposal for a shared office space geared towards millennial workers and telecommuters, offering services like internet, printing, desk space, and coffee for freelancers and entrepreneurs who don’t need a lot of space but require access to office necessities.
While some aspects of the proposal have given officials pause, the co-working concept would be a welcome one for suburban Chicago neighborhoods. These areas are seeing a rise in millennial populations that want good schools, big backyards, and better employment opportunities.
And while big corporations may be fighting against the teleworking trend they initially set, if millennials have any say in it, the option for flexible work won’t be going anywhere soon.
“As the trend for remote employees continues to rise, and as the workforce shifts to predominantly millennials, companies … who want to remain innovative need to be accommodating,” notes Andy Baker, VP of Talent and Culture at Nerdio, a Chicago-based IT-as-a-service provider, to The VarGuy. “If not, you’ll risk losing top talent due to your lack of flexibility. We’ve discovered that our remote policy has been one of the greatest perks for our younger workforce.”
|Chicago Holocaust Survivor Finally Gets Bar Mitzvah 76 Years LaterSkyline Newspaper / 53 d. 15 h. 9 min. ago more|
Photo c/o Nancy Stone for the Chicago Tribune
Jewish war survivors who haven’t been able to celebrate coming of age ceremonies in their faith are finally getting a chance to do so.
In Jewish culture, a bar and bat mitzvah is a coming of age celebration for boys and girls to transition into adulthood. These celebrations are typically large and elaborate, with the average bar or bat mitzvah budget across the nation between $15,000 to $30,000. However, many Jewish survivors of World War II did not get the chance to partake in this incredibly important religious and cultural ceremony in their native countries.
That is, until now.
Harold Katz lives in the North Side of Chicago and has quite the life story to tell. Now 89-years-old, he emigrated to the United States after fleeing from the Holocaust. After being rounded up by Nazis in his hometown of Tarn, Czechoslovakia, he lived on the streets of Poland with his family until a Hungarian woman smuggled him to Budapest. During the war Katz was taken prisoner three different times while his parents, three brothers, and four sisters were all murdered at Auschwitz. Katz was only 13 when his family died; only one brother survived.
Throughout all this sadness and devastation, Katz’s scheduled bar mitzvah came and went. He eventually found a previously-emigrated family in the Chicago area, moved with his brother, and found a stable job in the construction industry. He started his own family, but he still never got the bar mitzvah he wanted.
Last year, Katz’s family threw him a big birthday party after he had just come home from a trip to Hungary with his daughter Lila. It was the first time he returned to Europe since the war and was inspired to get something back that was taken away from him with no regard.
So Katz decided to finally have his bar mitzvah, which happened in the North Side area the weekend of Memorial Day. The celebration went off as planned with a reading from a completed Torah scroll, but he added something a little different. In typical bar mitzvahs, the ceremony ends with the newly anointed man or woman writing letters for loved ones.
Instead, Katz wrote in memory of all the people who made it possible for him to stand in Chicago, at 89, finally getting his bar mitzvah. Who did he include in his letters? His murdered parents and siblings who gave up their place and allowed him to be smuggled into Budapest, the woman who sheltered him in Hungary, members of the Hungarian underground who forged the papers that helped him escape to the U.S., the Holocaust survivor who delivered his ad to the paper that got his aunt and uncle’s attention in Chicago, and his family who sponsored his trip to come start a new life in America.
In the case of Harold Katz, while his bar mitzvah may be 76 years late, it is evidently true that the best things come to those who wait.
|Former Lincoln Log Factory To Become 606 Self-Storage Facility In 2018Skyline Newspaper / 55 d. 21 h. 57 min. ago more|
The average American family has an incredible 300,000 items in their home, and if they live in a big city like Chicago, it can be a hassle to keep that many possessions under one roof.
But thankfully there are storage solutions for those families. Nearly 50,000 storage facilities exist in the United States today, and more are being built every year. Here in Chicago, developers are reusing old spaces to create new storage spaces for Chicagoland residents who have run out of room at home.
As of June 2, real estate developer Martin Taradejna purchased a former Lincoln Logs factory in Chicago and stated his intention to convert it into a self-storage facility. It was purchased at a price of $2.2 million.
The storage industry has been growing quickly since the Great Recession ended as Americans increasingly choose to rent their homes. And according to a market research report from Marcus and Millichap, Americans are simply buying more stuff than they used to.
“To date, the robust performance of self-storage properties is primarily driven by growing space demand,” reads the report. “After hunkering down during the recession, U.S. consumers are clearly back in an accumulation phase, buying new things that will inevitably relegate older possessions to self-storage spaces around the country.”
The property includes more than 1 acre, a 45,834-square-foot building, and an attached 23,380-square-foot warehouse.
According to the plans that Taradejna provided, the facility will be comprised of 600 units and will offer both outdoor and indoor parking. It’s expected to be fully renovated and opened early next year, in 2018.
Taradejna expressed excitement at the location and hopes that the fact that it is near the 606 means it could bring in a lot of local business.
“Being on The 606 is an attractive thing and [also] having the YMCA as a neighbor. It’s a nice dense population there, and not a lot of self-storage.”
The 606 is a part of a larger project, which is comprised of a system of parks and access points. The property itself is on the west end of the Bloomingdale Trail, a 2.7-mile elevated park and trail.
The factory itself is the former home of Playskool Manufacturing Co., which used it to produce Lincoln Logs from the 1940s to 1960s. It was purchased from Don Glisovich by Taradejna and a business partner.
Gilsovich was the sole owner of the property and purchased it in 2015 with the intent of turning it into a location to fit a brewery, cafe, and theater.
|New Property Tax Hike Raises Old ConcernsSkyline Newspaper / 66 d. 15 h. 20 min. ago more|
A new property tax hike for Chicago homeowners is reviving concerns about the way Cook County Assessor Joseph Berrios and his office valued homes. To many Chicago homeowners, the property tax seems specifically designed to benefit the rich and burden the poor.
While the 10% increase in property tax has long been expected, it is still sending waves through the Chicago and Cook County Community. Both the city of Chicago and the Chicago Public Schools District recently increased levies as part of a multiyear plan to ease shortfalls in worker pension programs, among other issues.
The Chicagoland suburbs will also be seeing an increase in their property taxes, though the hike there is less aggressive — 6.5% in North suburbs and 3.9% in South suburbs.
The value of a home is typically determined by calculating its market value, factoring in things like the current real estate market and any recent renovations (landscaping improvements alone can raise a home’s market value by 14%). However, a long-term analysis by the Chicago Tribune has revealed that the county assessor’s flawed approach to valuing property has created a divide between homeowners in economically prosperous (and typically white) neighborhoods and lower income neighborhood and minority communities.
The inaccuracies, the analysis concludes, are the result of outdated and highly subjective assessing practices that are out of sync with industry standards, including an over-reliance on hand checks, in which an assessor manually adjusts individual property values. This can result in wildly nonuniform valuation.
The reason for which, according to Cook County’s deputy assessor for valuation and appeals, Thomas Jaconetty, was math, or rather the average man’s aversion to it.
In an interview with the Tribune, Jaconetty posed the question, “Would they be as concerned about their assessments being based purely on math and driven by equations? Or would they feel better knowing there was a human being involved?”
It stands to reason, however, that the vast number of homeowners paying disproportionately high property taxes, especially those with fewer financial resources, would prefer a system that was both accurate and not prone to human prejudices or errors.
Take, for instance, Barbara Garner, a Melrose Park area widow. In 2010, she decided to downsize from her 2,000 square foot, four-bedroom, two story home for a single story home with less than 800 square feet built just after World War II.
Most people downsizing to older homes already face a significantly higher cost of maintenance than those who can afford to downsize to newer properties. For instance, the Electrical Safety Foundation International recommends that anyone purchasing a home 40 years or older should pay for a professional inspection for possible hazards.
Traditionally, such costs would be mitigated when downsizing by the reduction in property taxes. But for Garner the new tax bill was almost the same as the price for her previous home, nearly $4,000 a year, despite the difference in size.
The reason? The assessor, a human, had valued the house at more than twice what Garner had actually bought the house for, claiming the property was valued at $164,640 instead of the $75,000 Garner paid.
“I blew a gasket,” Garner said in an interview with the Chicago Tribune. “I moved here to save money but instead I was paying the same amount in taxes.”
While many politicians are already voicing their opposition to the tax hikes, Cook County Clerk David Orr has taken criticisms a step farther, attacking not only the recent increase, but property taxes as well.
In the 2016 Tax Rate Report from his office, Orr is quoted saying: “property taxes are inherently regressive and disproportionately impact people in poorer regions. The overreliance on this mechanism of funding local government compounds existing inequities.”
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