February 18, 2016

Fw: Progressive Tax For Illinois? Plus New Events and Job Leads!

On Thursday, February 18, 2016, 9:13 AM, State Representative La Shawn K. Ford <repford@lashawnford.com> wrote:

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Should Illinois Support A Progressive Income Tax? Let Rep. Ford Know By Clicking The Image Above!
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Free Jazz Show At Austin Town Hall

Friday, Feb. 19, 2016 - 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
5610 W Lake St Chicago, IL 60644 

Pianist Erwin Helfer is celebrating his 80th birthday with a few of his friends: pianist Barrelhouse Chuck; saxophonist John Brumbach; trumpeter Larry Bowen; vocalist Kathryn Davis; bassist Lou Marini on bass and drummer Bugs Cochran.

JazzCity is a free concert series initiated in 1997 by the Jazz Institute in collaboration with the Chicago Park District, now in its 19th season of bringing people together from across the city to listen to Chicago's top jazz musicians. For more information visit www.jazzinchicago.org or call 312.427.1676.

Fee: Free
Age Range: Any
Erwin Helfer @80: A Living Legend of Boogie and Blues

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 

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.

Need To File a Report to The City?

Click the Chicago Flag Image to Access The List of Reports You Can File Through The City of Chicago Website.

Meet Jamesetta

Jamesetta has a sweet disposition, and gets along well with others.  She enjoys singing and playing with her tablet computer. 

What Others Say About Jamesetta
Jamesetta's teacher says she is a good student who loves to help out in the classroom.  Her foster parent says she is generally well behaved in the home.

What You Can Do for Jamesetta
You can provide a loving, supportive home environment for Jamesetta.  You can demonstrate patience and understanding as she adapts to her new forever home.  You can assist her with maintaining her relationship with her bother, including regular visits and phone calls.


Veteran News
Grand Opening of Chicago Veteran's VetHub

Chicago's first ever modern information hub for Military Veterans.

CHICAGO, IL - Chicago's Portage Park neighborhood will soon be home to the first ever modern information hub for Military Veterans. The VetHub was created by Veterans for Veterans to help facilitate the challenging transition of Military life to civilian life. It will not only serve as the office for Chicago Veterans, a 501(c)3, but it will also be used as a mentoring facility for Veterans needing assistance with disability claims, education benefits, building a resume, finding employment or even starting their own business.
VetHub Features: Art work created or inspired by Chicago-area Veterans, access to office space, including laptops & printers for Veterans to work on online claims, resumes, job searches or even their own business plan, a gathering space for local Veterans to network and build new relationships, and home to numerous events and classes that will better serve our community and Veterans.

About the hosting organization: Chicago Veterans is a local nonprofit organization founded by a group of Combat Veterans. The all-volunteer team is focused on building a stronger Veteran community and providing guidance to returning Veterans by providing an informative website and hosting networking & social events.

What: Grand Opening of "VetHub"
Time: Ceremony begins at 1PM
When: Saturday February 20th, 2016
Where: 5031 W Montrose Ave. Chicago, IL 60641

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 5th 7:00pm
Friday, Feburary 12th 7:00pm
Friday Feburary 19th 7:00pm
Friday Feburary 25th 7:00pm

Directed by: Robert Bacon

Cam Dupre
Jonah Saesan
Tyler Decker
Landis Frederick
Crystal Clark

Feb 15, 2016  10:00 AM - 11:00 AM  (CST) 
Transition and Care Management Program 10401

Feb 15, 2016  11:00 AM - 12:00 PM  (CST)   
Transition and Care Management Program 10401

Feb 18, 2016  3:00 PM - 3:45 PM  (CST)   
TCM Clinic 10th floor Damen 10401

Feb 19, 2016  1:30 PM - 2:30 PM  (CST)   
Wellness Center (located in the Taylor Building)

Feb 22, 2016  10:00 AM - 11:00 AM  (CST)   
Transition and Care Management Program 10401

Feb 22, 2016  11:00 AM - 12:00 PM  (CST)   
Transition and Care Management Program 10401

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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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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