February 22, 2016

Fw: Black Votes Matter Event Today! and Illinois Progressive Tax Poll Results

On Monday, February 22, 2016, 9:28 AM, State Representative La Shawn K. Ford <repford@lashawnford.com> wrote:

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Should Illinois Support A Progressive Income Tax?

Poll Results

Yes: 75 %   No: 25 %

Thank You For Your Input! Below Is This Week's Poll 

Should Illinois Support Solitary Confinement?

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Community News
AFC denounces Gov. Rauner's proposed cuts to HIV and related programs and services in budget for FY 2017

The Governor's proposed budget for Fiscal Year 2017 contained an $18 million appropriation for the HIV general HIV funding line. This is a $2 million cut to the general HIV funding line from the Governor's FY 16 proposal, and an $8 million or 28% cut from the FY 15 budget passed by the General Assembly and signed by Governor Pat Quinn in May of 2014.

Governor Rauner also proposed allocating just $500,000 to the African American HIV/AIDS Response Act (AAARA), a 60% cut from the proposed FY 16 level. The AAARA remains unfunded by the state after the governor vetoed a FY 16 budget passed by the General Assembly that would have provided $1.25 million for this vital program. At a time when nearly 50% of new HIV infections are in the Black community, AAARA is a critical tool to ensure funds go to targeted organizations working in the hardest-hit communities by the epidemic, such as the Black community. 

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The Power Is With Your Vote

NOTICEAlthough Feb. 4, 2016 is the statutory start of Early Voting, they anticipate that ballots will not be available at the beginning of this period.  The ballots will be available no later than February 17 - the beginning of Grace Period.

Ballots will likely not be available on Feb. 4th due to several objections to nominating petitions. They anticipate that voting systems will be tested and will be available on or before Feb. 17.  Any voters who arrive at the Chicago Election Board in the meantime will be provided with an application to Vote By Mail.

Multi-Family Grant Application Deadline  

Owners of buildings with four or more rental units have until Feb. 29 to apply for grants of $10,000 or $1,000 per unit, whichever is less. Grants can be used for improvements to common areas, security or individual units. Funds must be expended within twelve months from the execution of the agreement, but funded buildings are eligible to reapply for grants every 12 months.

As in past years, grants must be matched two-to-one by the owner of the building.  Application materials will be mailed to building owners or their agents, as well as be available at www.oak-park.us/housingFor more information, call 708.358.5410 or email housing@oak-park.us.

Free STI/HIV/AIDS Testing and Treatment

The Chicago Department of Public Health provides free testing and treatment for sexually transmitted infections (STIs) at the Specialty Clinics. The CDPH Care Clinic provide HIV and primary care services for patients living with HIV. Click The Image Above For The List of Clinics 

Need To File a Report to The City?

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Meet Miguel

Miguel is a friendly and talkative young man who communicates easily with others. He enjoys looking at photos of his biological and working on his Life Book about his family. He loves video games. 

He can be helpful with household chores. Miguel knows how to split logs with a machine to make firewood. He is talented at telling stories. At school Miguel is allowed to help out in younger grade classrooms, which he really enjoys doing.

Miguel's Aunt and Uncle state that Miguel is very helpful around the house. His teachers find him very friendly and helpful around the classroom. Socially, Miguel interacts well with his peers but can tend to have some boundary issues. He mostly receives passing grades, but has some trouble with history and math. 

Miguel requires intensive counseling and therapy to address his past trauma and other concerning behaviors. His therapist says that one of Miguel's biggest problems is he will say things are fine and never wants to delve down into his emotions and address his past trauma and issues he currently has.


Veteran News
Military Service Pass

Active U. S. Military personnel in full uniform and presenting their United States Armed Forces ID, or personnel and qualifying disabled veterans with a Military Service Pass may ride free on CTA buses and trains-we've provided free rides for over 8,000 veterans in the area we serve!

Veteran's Designation on Illinois driver's license or ID Cards. The veteran's designation will help ensure our military veterans receive the services and benefits for which they are entitled. First, veterans must visit their nearest IDVA Veteran Service Officer and get their DD-214 certified.  

Then the veteran may apply for a new, renewal or updated driver's license or ID card at any Secretary of State Driver Service's facility. There is no additional cost for first-time driver's license applicants and renewals, but if veterans chooses to update there's a small charge. For more information, veterans may contact the IVDA at 1-800-437-9824 FREE
 or visit www.illinois.gov/veterans.

FREE Comedy Show for Veterans!

Stars and Gripes will be bringing back their original sketch revue to remount it on Second City's Donny Skybox stage Fridays at 7pm during the month of Feburary.

Stars and Gripes is a sketch ensemble comprised of veterans of the armed forces. Through comedy, they share their true experiences from their combined 30 years of military service, along with satirizing government bureaucracy and exploring the lighter side of war and the absurdest reality of military life.

***Chosen TOP 5 MUST SEE shows at Sketchfest 2016 by Chicago Sun-Times****
Stars and Gripes at Sketchfest 2016

Free for Veterans ONLY (Just Show your military or veteran ID at the door)


Friday Feburary 25th 7:00pm

Directed by: Robert Bacon

Cam Dupre
Jonah Saesan
Tyler Decker
Landis Frederick
Crystal Clark

June 25 - 28, 20162016 
Volunteers of America National Conference Rosemont, IL

For More Information Call

Jesse Brown VA
820 S. Damen Ave., Chicago, IL 60612

Important Community Information
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Chicago Austin, Oak Park

Berwyn ,Riverside, North Riverside

Proviso Township, Forest Park, La Grange

La Grange Park, Western Springs

Pro Bono Legal Help

What is Pro Bono?

Pro Bono publico (English: for the public good; usually shortened to pro bono) is a Latin phrase for professional work undertaken voluntarily and without payment or at a reduced fee as a public service. Unlike traditional volunteerism, it is service that uses the specific skills of professionals to provide services to those who are unable to afford them.

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Find Grants and Opportunities

Guidance and key resources to help eligible grantseekers find information on federal grants, loans, and nonfinancial assistance for projects, as well as on private funding. Prepared by the Congressional Research Service for Members of Congress.

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