Foreclosure Facts: Illinois

Foreclosure has become an industry. Banks wrote the laws, including the stipulation that they could not be prosecuted for fraud. Banks have actually been documented driving foreclosures. Why? The money and interest on most homes now is at a very low interest rate. As rates increase banks will drive more foreclosures to maintain income, spur speculation and to create loans at higher interest rates.

In Illinois, 1 in every 684 housing units received a foreclosure filing, Nationally: 1 in every 1,102

Chicago had the fifth-highest foreclosure-activity rate in August among the nation’s 20 biggest metro areas, according to RealtyTrac Inc.
In the Chicago area, one in every 662 housing units was at some stage of the foreclosure process last month, according to a new report from Irvine, California-based RealtyTrac.
Chicago’s foreclosure-activity rate in August put it behind Miami; Tampa, Florida; Baltimore, and and Riverside-San Bernardino in Southern California, according to RealtyTrac.

Chicago had 33,902 vacant homes at midyear, up 22 percent from the end of 2010, according to DePaul University’s Institute for Housing Studies. In some census tracts in South Side neighborhoods such as Englewood and Back of the Yards, 1 in 6 homes is vacant.

That costs the city of Chicago $200 million in property taxes, and nearly $100 million in additional tax revenue from families, and $60 million in business taxes or about 70% of the revenue inflicted by speed and red light cameras.

It contributes to school closures, which costs jobs, increases crime and public expenditures in public assistance to an added expense to the city of Chicago an additional $3-5 billion dollars, or enough to solve the city deficit and so-called pension issue within 2 years. The cost of short term thinking and predatory capitalism

Vacancies in suburban Cook County have jumped 79 percent since the end of 2010, to 21,479 homes at midyear. In one census tract in Harvey, the vacancy rate is 17 percent, while it topped 16 percent in a tract that includes parts of Chicago Heights, Steger, Ford Heights and Sauk Village.

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Undocumented Immigrant in Need of a Kidney Transplant Seeks Sanctuary

What: Press conference, Undocumented Immigrant seeks sanctuary
Where: Mission of Faith, Life and Hope: 2057 W. 51st St. Chicago 60609
When: Tuesday, March 17 at 11am.
Who: Community members and members of the Sanctuary Movement

Chicago IL – Isidro Secundino has struggled for years to find a donor that would donate a kidney to save his life. He recently received an order of deportation due to his lack of proper documentation in the United States. He was scheduled to appear at the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency’s headquarters in downtown Chicago with a flight ticket and passport in hand. However he defied these orders and sought refuge at the new Mission of Faith, Life and Hope headed by Father Jose Landaverde.

“At any moment ICE officials can have Isidro arrested, detained and forcefully remove him from this country to his country of origin” said father Jose Landaverde in a phone conversation, “this is a humanitarian issue we are dealing with, we won’t stop advocating for Isidro until ICE cancels his deportation and provides him with an opportunity to live, this includes granting a humanitarian visa to stay in this country” he concluded.

Background:
Isidro is currently under dialyses treatment, which he attends on a weekly basis at least three times per week. Isidro is the father of six US born citizen children. He also has a wife, Maria Garnica, who was recently diagnosed with benign head tumor during the examinations that the Northwestern Memorial Hospital conducted on her for possible kidney donor match. She was also diagnosed with one of her kidneys working at less than 100%.

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Chicago Peace Action Bill to Slash Nuclear Weapons

As you know, Peace Action formed over 60 years ago as The Committee for a SANE Nuclear Policy to abolish nuclear weapons. We have come a long way. The world produced over 125,000 nuclear warheads and now around 17,000 remain. And that number continues to decline.

Write Congress now to move closer to abolishing nuclear weapons.

Despite President Obama’s Prague speech a few years ago proclaiming a world free of nuclear weapons, he has committed to completely rebuilding all three legs of the U.S. nuclear triad – strategic bombers, intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs), and nuclear-armed submarines (SLBMs) and calls for spending $350 billion over the next decade and up to $1 trillion over the next 30 years. Military experts agree that we cannot afford these costs and we can be completely secure with far fewer nuclear weapons.

Next week, Senator Ed Markey (D-MA) and Representative Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) will introduce the Smarter Approach to Nuclear Expenditures (SANE) Act of 2015 in the House and Senate that will save approximately $100 billion over 10 years from unneeded nuclear weapons programs.

We are honored that this legislation, named after our organization, will be introduced again. Please take a quick moment to ask Congress to become an original cosponsor of the SANE Act.

Humbly for Peace,

Kevin Martin
Executive Director
Peace Action


Listen Saturday’s from 11am-1pm to WC Turck, Brian Murray and guests on Chicago’s real alternative media, AM1680, Q4 radio, streaming at www.que4.org.
CAM00236WC Turck is an author, artist, playwright and talk radio host in Chicago. He has been called the most dangerous voice on the Left. His new book “Shoot Down: is an unflinching look at the events leading up to the shooting down of Malaysia Air Flight 17.” His first novel, “Broken” was recommended by NAMI for its treatment of PTSD. In 2006 he published “Everything for Love,” a memoir of his experiences during the siege of Sarajevo. He wrote and produced two critically acclaimed plays, “Occupy my Heart” and “The People’s Republic of Edward Snowden.” He works with the homeless and foreclosure victims in Chicago. He partners in a weekly radio show dedicated to issues, society and politics with cohost, activist and artist Brian Murray For more information, past shows, videos and articles, visit www.revolutioandbeer.com


The Illinois Policy Institute (IPI) is a conservative think tank with offices in Chicago and Springfield, Illinois, and member of the State Policy Network. IPI is a member of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) as of 2011. IPI is also a member of ALEC’s Health and Human Services Task Force and Education Task Force. Senior Budget and Tax Policy Analyst, Amanda Griffin-Johnson, presented model legislation (the “State Employee Health Savings Account Act”) to the HHS task force at ALEC’s 2011 annual meeting.[4] Collin Hitt, Director of Education Policy, is a private sector member of the Education Task Force representing IPI. He sponsored the “Local Government Transparency Act” at the ALEC 2011 States and Nation Policy Summit. In its 2006 annual report the Cato Institute states that it made a grant of $50,000 to the Illinois Policy Institute. The Cato Institute is a libertarian think tank founded by Charles G. Koch and funded by the Koch brothers.

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#Fightfor15 Protest Tomorrow

Media Advisory for: March 13th, 2015
Contact: Roberto Clack, 312.450.1972, roberto@rocunited.org

TOMORROW, March 13th, 2015

Protest and Rally Planned at Downtown McDonald’s and Illinois Restaurant Association


Members of Restaurant Opportunities Centers of Chicago (ROC-Chicago) Support Fight For $15, Call for ‘One Fair Wage’ for Tipped Workers

Chicago, Illinois - Tomorrow, restaurant workers, members of ROC-Chicago, and community members will rally in downtown Chicago to support McDonald’s Fast Food workers demanding a $15 living wage and better working conditions at McDonald’s through the Fight For 15 campaign.

McDonald’s is a leading member of the National Restaurant Association, the largest private employer lobby in the country and leading force in fighting worker-friendly policies like minimum wage increases and paid sick days. As a result of the National Restaurant Association’s undue influence over our elected officials, the federal tipped minimum wage has been frozen at $2.13 an hour since 1991 and is below the regular minimum wage in 43 states.

“As someone who has worked in the restaurant industry for over 10 years, I understand that if McDonald’s improves its standards by raising their starting wage to $15 an hour, the entire restaurant industry will have to change for the better,” said Rameka Aton, ROC-Chicago member a server and bartender with 10 years of experience.

What: Protest at downtown McDonald’s and the Illinois Restaurant Association

Who: Over 20 restaurant workers and supporters

When: Friday, March 13th, 12:15pm

Where: McDonalds at 23 S. Clark, followed by a march to the Illinois Restaurant Association headquarters located at 33 W. Monroe

After rallying at McDonald’s, protesters will march to the office of the Illinois Restaurant Association’s (IRA) office and highlight the IRA’s efforts to block policies that would lift thousands of restaurant workers in the state of Illinois out of poverty.

“We want fair wages for everyone, including those who live off tips, like bussers, dishwashers and servers,” said Nataki Rhodes, ROC-Chicago member and tipped worker, “the $4.95 tipped minimum wage is not enough for anyone to live off of and support their families, all workers deserve to to get paid a full and fair minimum wage. That’s why I support the ‘One Fair Wage’ campaign and $15 for everyone.”

Restaurant Opportunities Center- Chicago is the local affiliate of the national organization, ROC United. ROC United is the largest restaurant workers organization in the country with over 13,000 members and 26 affiliates throughout the country, winning 15 worker-led campaigns, totaling $8 million in stolen tips and wages.

Roberto Jesus Clack
Lead and Workplace Justice Organizer-Chicago
77 West Washington Suite 1507
Chicago, IL. 60602

Restaurant Opportunities Centers United
Office: 312.629.2892
Cell: 312.450.1972

f/rocunited @rocunited Gathering for a responsible food system

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Listen Saturday’s from 11am-1pm to WC Turck, Brian Murray and guests on Chicago’s real alternative media, AM1680, Q4 radio, streaming at www.que4.org.
CAM00236WC Turck is an author, artist, playwright and talk radio host in Chicago. He has been called the most dangerous voice on the Left. His new book “Shoot Down: is an unflinching look at the events leading up to the shooting down of Malaysia Air Flight 17.” His first novel, “Broken” was recommended by NAMI for its treatment of PTSD. In 2006 he published “Everything for Love,” a memoir of his experiences during the siege of Sarajevo. He wrote and produced two critically acclaimed plays, “Occupy my Heart” and “The People’s Republic of Edward Snowden.” He works with the homeless and foreclosure victims in Chicago. He partners in a weekly radio show dedicated to issues, society and politics with cohost, activist and artist Brian Murray For more information, past shows, videos and articles, visit www.revolutioandbeer.com


The Illinois Policy Institute (IPI) is a conservative think tank with offices in Chicago and Springfield, Illinois, and member of the State Policy Network. IPI is a member of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) as of 2011. IPI is also a member of ALEC’s Health and Human Services Task Force and Education Task Force. Senior Budget and Tax Policy Analyst, Amanda Griffin-Johnson, presented model legislation (the “State Employee Health Savings Account Act”) to the HHS task force at ALEC’s 2011 annual meeting.[4] Collin Hitt, Director of Education Policy, is a private sector member of the Education Task Force representing IPI. He sponsored the “Local Government Transparency Act” at the ALEC 2011 States and Nation Policy Summit. In its 2006 annual report the Cato Institute states that it made a grant of $50,000 to the Illinois Policy Institute. The Cato Institute is a libertarian think tank founded by Charles G. Koch and funded by the Koch brothers.

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Iran letter: Treason or Hypocrisy?

There is a temptation here to give this whole mess a simple talk radio name. “letter gate,” the “Cotton Coup” or the “Netanyahu Surprise.” I like that one simply because it describes the school girl swoon the Republicans have now that they have full abandoned our own president, shoved aside the constitution and how treaties are forced and pushed themselves, for the first time in our history, to the forefront of international diplomacy. Congress persons have always had a certain roll, to be fair, but never by posturing themselves in opposition so publically and aggressively to purposely embarrass the President and unilaterally drive their own international agenda as a dual government.

Don’t like Obama? If that’s the case you may thing this is all about nothing, and that if Obama is so incompetent, or evil in siding with the evil god-hating anti-MeriKan Muslim Mullahs of Iran, then congress should instigate a paper coup and drawn the nation’s proverbial wagons around the 51st state of Israel and their playhouse President Netanyahu. However, if you are not a complete and total idiot…No.

No use in belaboring an endless distraction from growing and pressing real issues; the pundits will play and distract the nation with treason. Real treason has occurred in this nation. Corporations and banks commit treason every day. Halliburton under Cheney was working with the Iranians and Iraqis during US-led and sponsored sanctions and nothing happened. The financial crisis of 2008 which nearly sank the nation put America’s future and security at risk: Not a single arrest. HSBC actually held and shielded accounts for drug cartels and Al Qaeda. Their management should have been dragged into the street and sumari… whew, almost got carried away.

Anyway, it comes down to something simple that even Republicans can understand. They like to filter everything through a corporate business perversion. So, company A is negotiating with company B. The accounting department hates their own CEO, who is conducting the negotiation to a contract. Amid those contract negotiations, a number of salaried accountants decide to disrupt the contract by making it known that they hate the CEO so much that any contract created won’t be followed by part of Company A. The rest of the business world sees that and no longer will do business with Company A, because who can trust them?

It is treason. Congress can make its disagreements known to their constituents and to the president, but when they invite a foreign leader to speak and afford that foreign leader more respect than their own. When they deride and call him all sorts of dastardly names and when they break both protocol and the constitutional separation of powers-law- that is treason. Sorry, Lefties, however. If this government is so deep in the sack with a large bank who also cozies up and does business with our supposed enemies, the ones who committed the September 11 attacks (feeling played yet) then nobody will be held accountable here either.


Listen Saturday’s from 11am-1pm to WC Turck, Brian Murray and guests on Chicago’s real alternative media, AM1680, Q4 radio, streaming at www.que4.org.
CAM00236WC Turck is an author, artist, playwright and talk radio host in Chicago. He has been called the most dangerous voice on the Left. His new book “Shoot Down: is an unflinching look at the events leading up to the shooting down of Malaysia Air Flight 17.” His first novel, “Broken” was recommended by NAMI for its treatment of PTSD. In 2006 he published “Everything for Love,” a memoir of his experiences during the siege of Sarajevo. He wrote and produced two critically acclaimed plays, “Occupy my Heart” and “The People’s Republic of Edward Snowden.” He works with the homeless and foreclosure victims in Chicago. He partners in a weekly radio show dedicated to issues, society and politics with cohost, activist and artist Brian Murray For more information, past shows, videos and articles, visit www.revolutioandbeer.com


The Illinois Policy Institute (IPI) is a conservative think tank with offices in Chicago and Springfield, Illinois, and member of the State Policy Network. IPI is a member of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) as of 2011. IPI is also a member of ALEC’s Health and Human Services Task Force and Education Task Force. Senior Budget and Tax Policy Analyst, Amanda Griffin-Johnson, presented model legislation (the “State Employee Health Savings Account Act”) to the HHS task force at ALEC’s 2011 annual meeting.[4] Collin Hitt, Director of Education Policy, is a private sector member of the Education Task Force representing IPI. He sponsored the “Local Government Transparency Act” at the ALEC 2011 States and Nation Policy Summit. In its 2006 annual report the Cato Institute states that it made a grant of $50,000 to the Illinois Policy Institute. The Cato Institute is a libertarian think tank founded by Charles G. Koch and funded by the Koch brothers.

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Rahm Emanuel. Pay to play. Insider deals.

More insider payback in latest round of Emanuel donations

CHICAGO (March 10, 2015)–Garcia campaign manager Andrew Sharp issued the following statement on Mayor Emanuel’s most recent round of campaign donations:

After Chicagoans rejected his reelection on February 24, Rahm Emanuel pledged to “double down” in the runoff. Indeed, he has. Within three days, he collected $1.3 million in donations from millionaires and billionaires who’ve received contracts, TIF deals and other insider benefits — paid for by the people of Chicago.
This is typical Rahm Emanuel. Pay to play. Insider deals. Corporate greed. Money, money and more money.
These are Emanuel’s tough decisions. Good for his billionaire cronies. Bad for the the rest of us.
And we pay the bill.
Proof points:
• Chicago Sun-Times, 3/9/15: Billionaires Ken Griffin, Pritzkers part of $1.3M cash dump to Emanuel campaign.
• Chicago Tribune report that details Melman’s fundraiser held shortly after getting an O’Hare contract via Emanuel administration, and on Emanuel’s approval of a development that included another of Melman’s restaurants.
• Details via the Chicago Tribune on Emanuel donor Ken Griffin, whose Citadel firm went on a stock buying spree in Marriott shortly before it was awarded $55 million in TIF funds for its South Loop hotel project.
Chicago Reader report on the Pritzkers and Emanuel’s Pre-K bond deal, which will double the cost of providing early childhood education services to preschoolers through this ‘expansion’.

Media Contacts:

Stephanie Gadlin 312-890-0866, stephanie@chuyforchicago.com
Monica Trevino 773-573-8667, mtrevino2319@gmail.com
Vanessa Figueroa 773-419-8967, vanessa@figueroastratcom.com


Listen Saturday’s from 11am-1pm to WC Turck, Brian Murray and guests on Chicago’s real alternative media, AM1680, Q4 radio, streaming at www.que4.org.
CAM00236WC Turck is an author, artist, playwright and talk radio host in Chicago. He has been called the most dangerous voice on the Left. His new book “Shoot Down: is an unflinching look at the events leading up to the shooting down of Malaysia Air Flight 17.” His first novel, “Broken” was recommended by NAMI for its treatment of PTSD. In 2006 he published “Everything for Love,” a memoir of his experiences during the siege of Sarajevo. He wrote and produced two critically acclaimed plays, “Occupy my Heart” and “The People’s Republic of Edward Snowden.” He works with the homeless and foreclosure victims in Chicago. He partners in a weekly radio show dedicated to issues, society and politics with cohost, activist and artist Brian Murray For more information, past shows, videos and articles, visit www.revolutioandbeer.com


The Illinois Policy Institute (IPI) is a conservative think tank with offices in Chicago and Springfield, Illinois, and member of the State Policy Network. IPI is a member of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) as of 2011. IPI is also a member of ALEC’s Health and Human Services Task Force and Education Task Force. Senior Budget and Tax Policy Analyst, Amanda Griffin-Johnson, presented model legislation (the “State Employee Health Savings Account Act”) to the HHS task force at ALEC’s 2011 annual meeting.[4] Collin Hitt, Director of Education Policy, is a private sector member of the Education Task Force representing IPI. He sponsored the “Local Government Transparency Act” at the ALEC 2011 States and Nation Policy Summit. In its 2006 annual report the Cato Institute states that it made a grant of $50,000 to the Illinois Policy Institute. The Cato Institute is a libertarian think tank founded by Charles G. Koch and funded by the Koch brothers.

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This is Terrorism Too

A local chapter of the Ku Klux Klan tried to recruit new members in Selma on the 50th anniversary of “Bloody Sunday” with racist pamphlets.
Homeowners woke to find flyers outside their homes before thousands marched across the Edmund Pettus Bridge in memory of the civil rights movement that led to the 1965 Voting Rights Act… “Everybody has a right to gather in this country,” Robert Jones, of the North Carolina-based Loyal White Knights, told the paper.kkk
He’s just frustrated that people are celebrating Martin Luther King Jr., a man “they don’t know,” he claims.
The hate group’s papers were stuffed in plastic sandwich baggies with a rock as a paperweight and then thrown out of their cars. Klansmen had already distributed at least 4,000 flyers that state “Save our land, join the Klan” in Selma and Montgomery in the past two weeks to boost membership.
The houses were apparently chosen at random.
“The Klan is still out there and watching,” Jones added.
The recruitment flyers periodically appear in communities across the country, most recently in Post Falls, Idaho and a suburb of Spokane, Wash., as an attempt to make a comeback.
Last year, the pamphlets were left at the door steps of residents in Hampton Bays, N.Y.. Jones claimed responsibility for that, too.
nhensley@nydailynews.com


Listen Saturday’s from 11am-1pm to WC Turck, Brian Murray and guests on Chicago’s real alternative media, AM1680, Q4 radio, streaming at www.que4.org.
CAM00236WC Turck is an author, artist, playwright and talk radio host in Chicago. He has been called the most dangerous voice on the Left. His new book “Shoot Down: is an unflinching look at the events leading up to the shooting down of Malaysia Air Flight 17.” His first novel, “Broken” was recommended by NAMI for its treatment of PTSD. In 2006 he published “Everything for Love,” a memoir of his experiences during the siege of Sarajevo. He wrote and produced two critically acclaimed plays, “Occupy my Heart” and “The People’s Republic of Edward Snowden.” He works with the homeless and foreclosure victims in Chicago. He partners in a weekly radio show dedicated to issues, society and politics with cohost, activist and artist Brian Murray For more information, past shows, videos and articles, visit www.revolutioandbeer.com


The Illinois Policy Institute (IPI) is a conservative think tank with offices in Chicago and Springfield, Illinois, and member of the State Policy Network. IPI is a member of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) as of 2011. IPI is also a member of ALEC’s Health and Human Services Task Force and Education Task Force. Senior Budget and Tax Policy Analyst, Amanda Griffin-Johnson, presented model legislation (the “State Employee Health Savings Account Act”) to the HHS task force at ALEC’s 2011 annual meeting.[4] Collin Hitt, Director of Education Policy, is a private sector member of the Education Task Force representing IPI. He sponsored the “Local Government Transparency Act” at the ALEC 2011 States and Nation Policy Summit. In its 2006 annual report the Cato Institute states that it made a grant of $50,000 to the Illinois Policy Institute. The Cato Institute is a libertarian think tank founded by Charles G. Koch and funded by the Koch brothers.

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Rahm’s Bandit Tactics.

The pro-Rahm corporate news blared headlines about the removal of 50 red lights, predominantly on the south and west sides. The Mayor is in a winner takes all battle against former Cook County Commissioner Jesus “Chuy” Garcia. Not so fast. Once again the corporate media is trying to fool you. This week Chicago Mayor Rahm Emmanuel announced he was temporarily shutting off, not removing, 50 red light cameras, in a naked ploy to sway apparently what he believes as gullible primarily Black voters.

It would be simple here to ask: What about white voters? They have also been victimized by these predatory and confiscatory taxes. They don’t even pretend any longer that they are about safety. That has already been demonstrated to be untrue, with investigation after investigation showing accident rates skyrocketing BECAUSE of red light cameras. It would be simple here to pit one part of the city against the other. That has been an Emmanuel tactic from the very beginning.

Think of the Mayor and his paid loyalists as a criminal gang. I’m not calling them criminals, outright, but think of them that way, at least here. It’s sort of like, with the red light cameras, that gang was shaking you down at street corners. Of course, they’d tell you that as long as you pay that you’ll be safe. They’ve been doing whatever they wanted for the last 4 years, living large off of your money, skimming cash from homeowners and giving it to “friends” and trampling on your rights with impunity. Sudden competition comes along, someone who’s promised to clean up the city and end those corner shake downs. So, quite suddenly and benevolently, the Rahm gang suspends for a while his strong arm tactics in neighborhoods maybe not so familiar with the new guy pledging to clean up the mess.

See, that’s the problem; the Rahm Gang believe the people on the south and west sides of Chicago are gullible and stupid. He’s counting on some sort of racially implied tension between the Black and Hispanic communities. He’s confident that the Black community will ignore the way the housing crisis decimated those communities, and that Rahm’s primary strategy was to cede land on the southside to donor friends to the detriment of the community, or to side with predatory banks, close mental health clinics in struggling communities and to bulldoze homes. He has vowed not to raise taxes, but then installed red light and speed cameras at hundreds of locations around Chicago. Instead of addressing crime in a long term way at the root cause-poverty, lack of opportunity and jobs, resources and education- Rahm instead closed schools and pushed the problem off onto the police and prisons.

So Rahm’s gift is really just more of the same. He’s done nothing for the city. Instead, enforcement of his policies and politics has trampled civil rights, costing the taxpayers millions of dollars in settlements. He has helped pit the community against the police by sowing mistrust. He presided over a secret torture center on Homan Avenue that will costs still more disenfranchisement in the community and many more millions in settlements. Worst of all he has presided like a king who believes he is, or was unaccountable to the people and entitled to the office. It is time to depose that king.


Listen Saturday’s from 11am-1pm to WC Turck, Brian Murray and guests on Chicago’s real alternative media, AM1680, Q4 radio, streaming at www.que4.org.
CAM00236WC Turck is an author, artist, playwright and talk radio host in Chicago. He has been called the most dangerous voice on the Left. His new book “Shoot Down: is an unflinching look at the events leading up to the shooting down of Malaysia Air Flight 17.” His first novel, “Broken” was recommended by NAMI for its treatment of PTSD. In 2006 he published “Everything for Love,” a memoir of his experiences during the siege of Sarajevo. He wrote and produced two critically acclaimed plays, “Occupy my Heart” and “The People’s Republic of Edward Snowden.” He works with the homeless and foreclosure victims in Chicago. He partners in a weekly radio show dedicated to issues, society and politics with cohost, activist and artist Brian Murray For more information, past shows, videos and articles, visit www.revolutioandbeer.com


The Illinois Policy Institute (IPI) is a conservative think tank with offices in Chicago and Springfield, Illinois, and member of the State Policy Network. IPI is a member of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) as of 2011. IPI is also a member of ALEC’s Health and Human Services Task Force and Education Task Force. Senior Budget and Tax Policy Analyst, Amanda Griffin-Johnson, presented model legislation (the “State Employee Health Savings Account Act”) to the HHS task force at ALEC’s 2011 annual meeting.[4] Collin Hitt, Director of Education Policy, is a private sector member of the Education Task Force representing IPI. He sponsored the “Local Government Transparency Act” at the ALEC 2011 States and Nation Policy Summit. In its 2006 annual report the Cato Institute states that it made a grant of $50,000 to the Illinois Policy Institute. The Cato Institute is a libertarian think tank founded by Charles G. Koch and funded by the Koch brothers.

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Family of Roshad McIntosh Sues City

Press Release:

Contact:
Sarah Gelsomino
773-235-0700, sarahgelsomino@gmail.com

Family of Roshad McIntosh, a Young Black Male Fatally Shot by Chicago Police Officers, Files Lawsuit Against City of Chicago

CHICAGO, March 4, 2015 – Today, the People’s Law Office held a press conference announcing the filing of a federal civil rights lawsuit against the City of Chicago and Chicago Police officers responsible for the fatal shooting of nineteen year-old Roshad McIntosh. The case is brought on behalf of McIntosh’s 3-year old son.

On Sunday, August 24, 2014, Roshad McIntosh was on the 2800 block of West Polk Street when Chicago police officers confronted him and his companions. Roshad began to flee, but quickly surrendered at a neighboring residence. Despite his surrender, Chicago police officers shot at Roshad, who was unarmed, without cause or provocation, and killed him.

Cynthia Lane, Roshad’s mother, stated: “I lost my son, he was taken from me. I’m really hurt. Roshad’s death has affected me emotionally in ways I never knew were possible. The law suit will never bring him back; but it will help answer a lot of questions that we have. Our family needs to know why they shot and killed him.”

The Chicago Police Department has yet to identify the officers responsible for Roshad’s death or release any information regarding investigation into the shooting.

Roshad’s death has been highlighted at BlackLivesMatter actions throughout the city. He was killed just a few weeks after the killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, which enraged the nation and set off nationwide protests over the killing of civilians by law enforcement officers and other systemic police violence against people of color.

The lawsuit alleges that Roshad’s death resulted from the City of Chicago’s failure to adequately train, supervise, and discipline officers who shoot civilians, and failure to thoroughly investigate police shootings. This misconduct is allowed to continue unchecked due in large part to a police code of silence which serves to protect police officers who violate the Constitution.

Data demonstrates that over the last decade, black Chicagoans were ten times more likely to be shot by Chicago police officers than white Chicagoans. Furthermore in the first six months of 2014, 23 of 27 people who were shot by a Chicago police officer were black. To make matters worse, the Independent Police Review Authority (IPRA) rarely holds police officers accountable for their misconduct. From late 2007 to July of 2014, IPRA investigated approximately 312 shootings by Chicago police officers. Of the investigations of “officer involved shootings” that were completed, only one officer was found to have violated any department rules.

“The death of Roshad McIntosh was beyond tragic and is unjustifiable. It is unconscionable that the City of Chicago continues to fight transparency and shield the wrongdoing of their police officers instead of thoroughly investigating this and other instances of police violence,” said Sarah Gelsomino, a lawyer with People’s Law Office representing the family of Roshad McIntosh. “This lawsuit seeks not only justice for the family of Roshad McIntosh but to finally bring to light the circumstances of Roshad’s death, which the CPD has kept hidden from his family and from the public.”

A copy of the lawsuit can be found here: www.peopleslawoffice.com

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Big Oil’s Bait and Switch

U.S. Running Out Of Oil Storage? Blame Canada

http://www.msn.com/en-us/money/companies/us-running-out-of-oil-storage-blame-canada/ar-BBidX13?ocid=U146DHP
Oil storage tanks are filling up. There’s a concern, highlighted by this AP story yesterday, that sometime in April U.S. storage could hit “tank tops.” With too much oil and not enough places to put it, the natural market response would be for the price of crude to plummet, maybe even down into the $20 range, deepening the nightmare for America’s frackers and possibly catalyzing a round of defaults and bankruptcies.
At first glance the reasons for the buildup in oil storage seems obvious. America’s oil companies are simply fracking out too much light, sweet crude, right? They are. But that’s not the cause of the glut at the storage hub in Cushing, Okla. A report out this week from the Energy Aspects consultancy explains that the issue is more complicated than that. Blame Canada.
Energy Aspects says that it’s not the American frackers at all. Rather the culprit is barrels of heavy Canadian crude backing up there on their way to Houston.
In November, pipeline company Enbridge started up its $3 billion Flanagan South pipeline. The line originates in Pontiac, Michigan and carries about 550,000 bpd of oil across Illinois, Missouri, Kansas and down to Cushing.
Flanagan South was a watershed project because it accomplishes what Keystone XL was supposed to — creates the first high-volume, direct connection between the heavy oil fields of western Canada and America’s refining megaplex on the Gulf Coast. The only material difference between the two: Keystone would go right over the U.S.-Canada border (and thus require State Dept. approvals), while Flanagan picks up oil that a separate pipeline brings in to Pontiac.
When this heavy oil gets to Cushing, customers paying to send their oil on the line (called “shippers”) have the option of storing it for a time at the hub, or sending it on down to the Gulf via the newly completed Seaway Twin pipeline, owned by Enbridge and Enterprise Products Partners.
If prices were higher for the heavy Canadian crude, those shippers might prefer to send it straight down Seaway. But because of the “contango” situation in the oil markets now — where the price of oil for delivery six months from now is higher than the current spot price — these shippers would rather store it and wait.
Energy Aspects notes that since Flanagan started up in late November it has delivered about 33 million barrels into Cushing, while the Seaway Twin has only taken 15 million of those on down to Houston, leaving 18 million extra parked in Cushing, which has about 75 million barrels of total storage capacity.

In addition to contango incentivizing storage, the heavy Canadian oil is competing with even cheaper heavy and medium grades from Mexico and Brazil, as well as a new slug of medium, sour production out of the deepwater Gulf of Mexico. Why are those crudes cheaper? Because as tight as storage is getting at Cushing, it’s even tighter in the Atlantic basin, with shippers even chartering out supertankers to store their oil on the high seas.
It hasn’t helped matters that Gulf Coast refineries have been hit by unplanned outages such as a labor union strike, which reduced demand. With so much cheap oil right now, U.S. refiners will be running their plants full out.
Will there be buyers though? China’s imports of petroleum products in January were reportedly down by nearly half from a year ago as its own refineries expand. The Saudis have also started up their Yanbu refinery. And even beleaguered European refineries have been ramping up to make some rare profits from cheap oil.
So with weak demand it looks like U.S. oil storage will just keep filling up. The good thing is that outside of Cushing there’s still some room. According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, 60% of total U.S. oil storage is currently filled, compared with 48% a year ago. Cushing, they say, is 67% filled. Drillers should count on some tough weeks ahead for oil prices.

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