Rogers Park Food Co-ops Special Screening of “Food Patriots”

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Lisa Gordon
RPFC.Media@gmail.com
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Rogers Park Food Co-op Presents Special Screening of Food Patriots
Tuesday, April 21 at Bremner Lounge in Centennial Forum at Loyola University

ROGERS PARK, IL – The Rogers Park Food Co-op will present a special screening of the documentary Food Patriots, on Tuesday, April 21, 2015, at 7:00 p.m. at Bremner Lounge in Centennial Forum, 1125 W. Loyola Ave., on the campus of Loyola University in Chicago’s Rogers Park neighborhood. Following the screening, the Co-op will present a panel discussion with Sam Spitz, an associate producer at Groundswell Educational Films who is featured prominently in the film, and other local food thought leaders.

Filmmakers Jeff and Jennifer Spitz were inspired to change the way their family ate after their oldest son, Sam, got sick from eating chicken contaminated with a superbug, and antibiotics failed. The film chronicles their efforts to eat more locally, and their encounters with numerous food patriots—from an urban agriculture pioneer in Madison, WI, to a victory garden revivalist in Chicago—whom they meet along the way. Food Patriots features people from all walks of life who are trying to change the way Americans eat and buy food and educate the next generation of consumers. For more info, visit http://www.foodpatriots.com/.

Tickets for the event on April 21 at Bremner Lounge are $10 for the general public and $5 for college students with ID and children 18 and under. Tickets may be purchased through Brown Paper Tickets at http://rpfcfoodpatriots.brownpapertickets.com or at the door.

More information is available on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/RogersParkFood/events or by e-mailing RogersParkFood@gmail.com. Event graphic available on request.

About the Rogers Park Food Co-op

The Rogers Park Food Co-op is in its third year of organization and is currently campaigning to sign up its first 300 members. It will be a member-owned cooperative grocery store in Rogers Park, offering access to trusted sources of healthy, locally grown, sustainable, and artisanal foods. It will also offer food education programs, serve as a gathering place for the community, and foster strong ties among the many diverse cultures of Rogers Park.

Because food co-ops are locally owned, they generally source many of their products from local farmers and food purveyors. Doing so keeps money spent on groceries in the local economy. Food co-ops often hire more employees than corporate supermarkets, which is good for the local economy, as well. By becoming a member or by shopping at the Rogers Park Food Co-op, residents can help strengthen the local economy and support a sustainable, healthy food system at the same time.

The Rogers Park Food Co-op is a proud member of the Chicagoland Food Co-op Coalition.

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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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National “We Rise” Day of Action @werise

Should our elected officials focus on helping the rich get richer?

That’s exactly what the Bruce Rauner Budget will do. Unfortunately, this is also what most of our elected officials – at all levels of government – do.

We’re all in this together. But, right now, most of our politicians are only interested in enriching themselves, their campaign donors and their corporate masters at our expense. They lack the courage to articulate a positive vision of what government can do and to tax the wealthy and corporations so that we can afford to do these things.

Instead, our politicians make deep budget cuts with deadly consequences. We suffer, and the rich get richer.

Bruce Rauner’s budget is a prime example. Two-thirds of corporations in Illinois pay $0 in state income tax, but Rauner won’t propose one cent of new corporate revenue. Instead, he plans to balance the budget with cruel and dangerous cuts, including:
•Ending support for young adults aged 18-21 who grew up as wards of the state. Many of these youth will end up homeless or in prison – guaranteed.
•Slashing support for public universities by 30%.
•Gutting Medicaid coverage for people who would otherwise be uninsured.
•Starving the public transit system that we rely upon to reduce congestion and carbon pollution and get to work.

But let’s be honest… we can’t lay all the blame at Bruce Rauner’s feet. Illinois Democrats held complete power in this state for many years, but they failed to close corporate tax loopholes or pass a graduated income tax. They lacked the courage to extend the corporate and personal income tax rates — the primary reason we’re in this situation. They also ignored voter’s overwhelming mandate to raise the minimum wage. They played political football with our lives, and we’re losing badly.

But, here’s the good news: we’re not letting Bruce Rauner or the Corporate Democrats off the hook. Save the date for the “We Rise” National Day of Action when The People’s Lobby will travel to Springfield with labor and community allies:

National “We Rise” Day of Action

(There will be actions in 13 state capitols!)

Wednesday, March 11

6 am – 7 pm

Springfield, IL

Reply to this email to save a seat on the bus. Click here to pitch in $5, $10 or $20 to help pay for the bus. If it’s impossible for you to get away from work, stay tuned for opportunities to participate via social media and phone calls to elected officials.

Sincerely,

David Hatch, Executive Director

P.S. Don’t forget to vote in Chicago’s municipal election on Tuesday, February 24. Not registered? No Problem. You can register and vote at one time today and Saturday, February 21 till 5 pm.

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YOU’RE LOSING IT

Daily I get Press releases for actions in which 5 or 10 people show up. Lefties, we are going back to war, you are losing every political race, school closing, TPP and Keystone are about to pass. Gay marriage is being reversed around the country. What the fuck have you won? 10 people on a sidewalk is a nuisance. 1000 is a start. Want to start winning. Stand the fuck up and fight.

daily I tell organizations Q4 radio is there for you. You can have the media and start fighting back. How many have taken me up on that offer? Zero-zippo-nada-zilch, but I still hear “Oh, the media is corrupt and no one speaks for me.” Yet, given the chance you would rather be a Facebook liberal, text about the new club to go hang out for or pose. Fight, goddammit!

You want Utopia, but won’t stand for it. dropping out of the system just means half dead baby-boomers and retarded fucks that masturbate to right wing radio and Sarah Palin’s picture vote control of the government and the police. The right is collecting guns, legislating away your rights and people like Sean Hannity lobbies to kill your kids in foreign wars by selling the passion and heartbreak of the very soldier he advocates killing and maiming. Limbaugh equates the Left as a domestic ISIS. 50,000 blacks w ere kept from voting by two republicans with ties to Bruce Rauner and there are no indictments and no outrage. You lose.

I will be criticized here for the use of the word retard, or calling out the Left. That’s the problem.


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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Local Residents Meet With FHFA Director Mel Watt To Push for Relief for Chicago area Families

What: A homeowner and tenants with the Chicago Anti-Eviction Campaign are joining families facing foreclosure from 15 cities across the country in a face to face meeting with FHFA Director Mel Watt today, January 8.

Shirley Henderson, a homeowner, and Toussaint Losier, a tenant, will make the case for principal reduction for underwater homeowners as part of a comprehensive set of solutions to keep families in their homes. They will highlight the human consequences of a lingering housing crisis that continues to hold back struggling neighborhoods in Chicago and across the country.

When: Residents will be available to speak to press at 3:30 pm CST. The meeting at will start at 1pm and end at 2:30pm CST.

Where: Federal Housing Finance Agency, 400 7th Street SW, Washington DC

Who: Chicago Anti-Eviction Campaign’s Henderson and Losier join impacted homeowners and tenants in need of principal reduction who are members of Right to the City Alliance and Center for Popular Democracy.

Today marks the first time a grassroots coalition of directly impacted homeowners and tenants will meet with FHFA Director Mel Watt face-to-face. After four years of public pressure on the FHFA, at the end of 2014, Director Mel Watt announced that he would allow homeowners to buy back their homes at fair market value and fund the National Housing Trust Fund.

Residents will thank him for making these changes and ask him to enact principal reduction to prevent hundreds of thousands of foreclosures. Many of the residents in attendance are underwater on their mortgages and need principal reduction to prevent their foreclosure or alternative relief to avoid eviction.

For more information, contact: Toussaint Losier, toussaint@chicagoantieviction.org, 773-236-0559

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. He is currently working on a new book “Shoot Down: 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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Second Vigil Against Street Violence and Police Violence

MEDIA ALERT
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Kelly Hayes, 773-499-0172, kellyhayes81@gmail.com

For Our Fallen – Memorial and Protest
Tuesday, December 30th
6:30 PM
7000 North Glenwood Avenue

Another Look at For Our Fallen: Honoring Victims of Violence in Chicago & Standing Against Police Brutality

Chicago 12/30 - On December 17th, hundreds of people attended The Chicago Light Brigade’s annual memorial for victims of violence in Chicago. The gathering was not only a vigil for Chicagoans who were killed this year, but also a protest of the role police play in maintaining the culture of violence that has taken so many lives in our city.

Community members, including friends and relatives of those we’ve lost to violence this year, expressed their grief in speech, song, and poetry. The response to this event was so overwhelming that Chicago Light Brigade organizers have decided to bring the imagery they created back to the neighborhood where their group began. “We held the previous two events in Rogers Park, because a lot of us live here, but this year, we thought the event should be more central,” says organizer Kelly Hayes. “That allowed a lot more people to attend, which was beautiful, but when it was all said and done, we knew need to bring this imagery home.”

“We know connecting with this project means something to people,” says Hayes, “and we want to honor that. We had people as far away as Washington state folding origami lilies and sending them to us. When word of what we were working on got out on social media, the idea of holding up a lighted flower for each person lost really resonated with people, and a lot of folks got involved.”

It took over a week for community members, including children and elderly residents, and their out of state helpers, to fold more than 400 origami lilies for the event, and about half a day for Chicago Light Brigade members to connect all of the paper flowers to LED lights.”The end result was more than worth it,” said teacher Jerica Jurado, whose students both helped fold the flowers, and attended the event.

Connecting this year’s event to the current Black Lives Matter protest movement was an easy decision for organizers. “We collaborate with these young people every day. They’re our friends and we admire what they’re doing in the streets,” says organizer Babur Balos. “We stand with them, and we don’t think we can have honest conversations about making communities safer without addressing the fact that police are allowed to kill our young people without cause or consequence. How can you ask them to work against street violence if you won’t address state violence? It’s hypocrisy.”

Attendees will gather outside the Heartland Cafe Tuesday night for one last look at the vigil’s imagery, and speak out about local efforts to increase community safety without involving police. “If people knew what kind of chain reaction they were setting off by calling the police when they don’t have to, I think a lot of them would make a different choice. That’s why we have to have these conversations. There have been enough Tamir Rices and Dominique Franklins. We need to do better in 2015,” says Jurado.

*Attached photos may be used with attribution to Sarah Jane Rhee.

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. He is currently working on a new book “Shoot Down: 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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Fioretti Reminds Candidates of Mayoral Debates in Letter

Chicago, IL – Bob Fioretti sent the below letter to candidates for Chicago mayor today to remind them of the proposal for five debates. As of today, no one has publicly accepted the idea of multiple debates, nor have they put out their own proposal.

December 29, 2014

Dear Mayoral Candidates:

On December 5, 2014, my campaign for Chicago mayor put out a specific request for five debates to occur before the start of early voting in the February 2015 municipal election. As of this date, we have received no public or private response – positive or negative. I am formally requesting a response to my campaign’s proposal, as follows:

· At least five debates between mayoral candidates that are receiving at least 5% of the vote in public polling

· At least three debates broadcast on television

· At least one debate to take place in the South Side of Chicago and one on the West Side

· One debate dedicated to education

· One debate dedicated to crime

· One debate to be a town hall format with questions coming from the audience and the public

As you can see, these five debates are intended to provide a large section of Chicago an opportunity to hear directly from the candidates. It is vital to the future of this city that we have a robust discussion on the issues, and with that in mind, I propose these debates.

Our campaign has been approached by several organizations planning to host debates and we look forward to scheduling at least these five requested in the lead up to the election.

Please do not hesitate to call my campaign office with your response.

Respectfully,

Bob Fioretti
Contact: Aaron Lorence

alorence@bobfioretti.com (708) 307-9264

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. He is currently working on a new book “Shoot Down: 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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Tim Meegan, Ward 33; How to Challenge an Incumbunt

This segment of Tim Meegan’s speech at a fundraiser last night does an excellent job of outlining the basic challenges of having a city government run by patronage, dynasty, and nepotism. The event took place at Revolution Brewing’s North Kedzie tap room in Chicago. Tim’s running an amazing campaign and was recently approved to appear on the ballot in this upcoming city election. In addition, the “Elected School Board” ballot question also passed and will appear on the ballot.

Check out our full interview with Tim Meegan to hear a lot more about his thoughts and concerns as a father, a high school teacher (talk about front lines!), and an engaged member of his community.

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Community Leaders Condemn Efforts to Block Chicago From Raising Minimum Wage

Voters Protest Outside of Office of Illinois Restaurant Association

Chicago, Illinois – On November 19th, 2014 community leaders in the Raise Chicago coalition held a press conference and protest outside of the offices of the Illinois Restaurant Association (IRA) in response to the news that IRA and other business lobbyists are pressuring state legislators in Springfield to preempt Chicago’s home rule for raising the minimum wage. Preemption of home rule would prevent Chicago from setting its own minimum wage separate from the state and effectively silence the voices of 86% of Chicagoans who voted to raise the Chicago minimum wage to $15 an hour.

Illinois voters expressed strong support for increasing the state minimum wage to $10, voting in favor of the minimum wage advisory referendum by a 2 to 1 margin. In Chicago, a March 2014 city referendum for a $15 minimum wage garnered 86.3% support from voters. Urged on by IRA and other lobbyists, House Speaker Michael Madigan, Senate President John Cullerton and others are considering including preemption of Chicago home rule in state minimum wage legislation, making it impossible for city legislators to carry out the will of voters to enact a higher city minimum wage.

“The Illinois General Assembly must take action on the issues that working families care about, instead of just paying them lip service to get re-elected. Holding the state minimum wage increase hostage until officials approve the elimination of home rule is not just wrong, it is undemocratic,” said Katelyn Johnson, Executive Director of Action Now, member of the Raise Chicago Coalition.

The Illinois state minimum wage is currently a floor, not a ceiling. It is necessary for expensive cities like Chicago to have the freedom to set their own minimum wage higher to keep residents out of poverty. According to the National Employment Law Project, housing costs are over 30% higher in Chicago than in downstate Illinois.

Across the country, high-cost cities in states such as Maryland, California, New Mexico and Washington State have been successfully using higher local minimum wages to address differing local living costs. According to USA Today, “Interviews with San Jose workers, businesses, and industry officials show it has improved the lives of affected employees while imposing minimal costs on employers.” (USA Today, June 14, 2014)

“It’s outrageous that elected officials, who are supposed to be representing the interests of working families, are moving to lock hundreds of thousands of Chicago working families into poverty wages,” Amisha Patel, Executive Director of Grassroots Collaborative, said. “We insist that Chicago maintain its home rule status, so that we can decide for ourselves what our minimum wage should be.”

The push to ban higher local minimum wages is being driven by the corporate-backed American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), which counts the National Restaurant Association among its members and has long pushed bills like the “Living Wage Preemption Act.” ALEC, funded by right-wing billionaire Koch brothers, see it as a strategy for blocking the gains that low-wage workers are making in cities like Chicago. According to the Center on Media and Democracy, “a top agenda item at ALEC’s December meeting is aimed at thwarting [local] efforts to raise the wage.”

“Our elected officials and big business are, once again, trying to do another back room deal sabotaging the voices and the will of the people.” stated Nataki Rhodes, a tipped working and member of Restaurant Opportunities Center Chicago. “We need Cullerton and Madigan to stand with the people, not corporate lobbyists like the Illinois Restaurant Association.”

Since Republican Governor-elect Rauner is likely not to be supportive of raising Illinois’ minimum wage regularly, it is even more crucial that Illinois cities retain the option of enacting higher local minimum wages as a safety valve to provide other means for protecting low-wage workers over the next four years.

GRASSROOTS COLLABORATIVE

637 S. DEARBORN, THIRD FLOOR CHICAGO, IL 60605

www. t h e g r a s s r o o t s c o l l a b o r a t i v e . o r g

November 19th, 2014

Contact: Nathan Ryan, nathan@grassrootscollaborative.org, 920-445-3920


CAM00236WC Turck is an author, artist, playwright and talk radio host in Chicago. He has been called the most dangerous voice on the Left. He is currently working on a new book “Shoot Down: 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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Sunrise

I recall the sunrises,
When you rushed from bed, complaining how you needed coffee to see again
And panicked rush to find shoes; damn the socks!
From the kitchen window,
The colors built like a concerto, a harmony of lavender, gold and vermillion
The beach was still far away.
And the coffees promise faded,
The Bitterness and heat tempered with a hint of cream.

I recall the sunrises,
From the beach, my shoulder to yours; the singing gull and swarming surf.
The city was still asleep
Our heels pressed the velvet sand,
The wind frosted your cheeks in patches of carmine; I don’t recall you blinked.
You refused to surrender even a moment
By this light you are eternal,
As though hardly a day had passed since the moment we met.
Those memories are a continuum.

I recall the sunrises,
And the moments selfishly coveted; the first glimpse of day peeking at the horizon was ours alone.
I recall the sunrise.
That a billion arose before us.
A billion more will arise after; That revelation does nothing to diminish their commodity.
They are fragments of the days that accompany them,
They are the archaeology of lives rushed through life all too quick.
They are the herbs of life’s menu.

I recall the sunrises…


CAM00236WC Turck is an author, artist, playwright and talk radio host in Chicago. He has been called the most dangerous voice on the Left. He is currently working on a new book “Shoot Down: 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

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