Thursday, April 30, 2015

Warning: Scam alert

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Dear Resident,

Utility-related issues, telecommunications complaints, identity theft and fraud all made Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan’s top 10 list of consumer concerns.

With new scams creeping up every day, read CUB's list of cons and rip-offs so you can protect yourself. Let us know if you have heard of these scams, and you'll be entered in a drawing to win five energy-efficient light bulbs—with a money-saving potential of $250! (Deadline: noon Friday.)

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Top Box Food "Order Now"

TOMORROW is the order deadline for saving money and eating healthy!
Great News! Top Box Foods is now offering a NEW special box for May-
The Salmon Box. 5 lbs of frozen salmon fillets for $17!
Reserve one now for May deliveries!
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Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Students Without Borders Help People of Nepal

Students Without Borders
are helping to rescue victims of the Nepal earthquake and are helping with the recovery effort from the devastating earthquake. Schools and churches across America and around the world should encourage their students to raise money and give it to a charitable relief agency working on the ground in Nepal to help the people of Nepal. Schools and churches may research their own agencies or check out the ones below.
Click Here to Give through CARE
Click Here to Give through Catholic Relief Services
Click Here to Give through the American Red Cross
Click Here to Give through the Salvation Army
Click Here to Give through Doctors Without Borders

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Free (May 5th) Senior Enrichment Seminar announcement attached

a ”Free” Senior Enrichment Seminar being presented by the Cook County Elder Justice Center, at the Richard J. Daley Center, 50 West Washington Street, Chicago, Illinois on the date indicated below:
Tuesday, May 5, 2015 – (11:30 am – 1:00 pm)
Topic: “Safeguarding Your Savings: Avoiding Financial Exploitation“
Location: Courtroom 2005 - 20th Floor
Please mark your calendar for the above seminar date. I would also appreciate it if you would begin sharing information on the above seminar with your friends, family and colleagues to ensure that this important information is made available to all who may be interested in learning more about the above topics.
Further information regarding the Cook County Elder Justice Center and announcements of upcoming seminars can be viewed on our website at
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call me at 312/603-9233.
Thank you,

Ernestine Durham
Court Coordinator
Cook County Elder Justice Center
Richard J. Daley Center - Room CL-16
50 West Washington Street
Chicago, IL 60602
Phone: 312/603-9233

Tell us your exercise success story!

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  • Jack C. was a gold medalist in archery at the National Senior Games. He picked up archery as a hobby in retirement and thinks of it both as a physical and mental pursuit.
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Visit our website to read more Success Stories and to submit your own!

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FOLLOW OUR FIRST LADY'S LEAD...Volunteer To Green Chicago's FirstBlack Middle-Class Neighborhood...Help Make History With BIG's UrbanHomesteads...Bring The Family, Plant An Orchard...Celebrate Alice!


Thanks Alice, for everything.
From Beauty To Blight To Beauty!
West Woodlawn was Chicago's first black middle-class neighborhood...home of Lorraine Hansberry and Emmett Till and other icons of our Great Migration experience...subject of the book, Tight Little Island available online, capturing the quintessential African American aspirational journey in search of freedom and economic opportunity. Like thousands of Great Migration neighborhoods across America, West Woodlawn experienced decades of targeted disinvestment and has withered into a blighted shell. Officials, developers, and others are now gearing up to reinvest..but for what kind of redevelopment...and for whose benefit will the new beauty come?
What To Wear/Bring
Register and join with BIG as we continue our work of green-village-building by planting 40 parkway and orchard trees here in our home neighborhood of West Woodlawn. Gather in a previously vacant lot turned urban oasis to work with us in our West Woodlawn Botanic Garden & Village Farm Initiative. Ongoingly, we will replace parkway trees lost to damage and disease, beautify vacant lots, as well as plant fruit and nut tree orchards.
What To Wear/Bring
Boots or sturdy shoes that support the foot. Wear your scruffies. Dress in layers for warmth.
Hat for sun, rain jacket, layers, clothes that can get dirty). Bring a water bottle and additional snacks.
What We Provide
Introduction to projects, work activities, and safety talk.
Work tools and first aid kit. Snacks and water for refilling your water bottles.
then to the 61st Street Tree Canopy...then to Parkways in the area
Above left: BIG's first garden transformation - Sustainability Teaching Garden.
Above right: site of West Woodlawn's first Urban Homestead - Fruit & Nut Orchard and Vegetable Sanctuary.
Below: BIG's Urban Homestead / Conservation Lifestyle Garden to be paired with our first residential new construction.
We Seek To Dedicate This Pioneering Urban Homestead Development
To Our Recently Departed Executive Board Member
Want to know the backstory...history and philosophy behind this project?
With a grant of 40 trees from Openlands, along with their gift of supervised installation and 3 new Blacks in Green™ scholarship graduates from their latest TreeKeepers course, we are baptizing our newest vacant lot acquisition with the planting of a fruit and nut orchard, advancing the West Woodlawn Botanic Garden & Village Farm Initiative. Twenty trees will be planted in our orchard at 6044 S. St. Lawrence - acquired through the city's Large Lot Program - and 20 in nearby parkways, including 4-6 on 61st Street to launch our 61st Street Tree Canopy Project.
Our Chief Gardening Officer Duane Jarrett - the botanic genius behind all our garden work - has prepared the lot landscape design below [adjustments for different trees, pending], on which we will also build a multi-unit residence, thanks to the support of Alderman Cochran. Pictures of our first garden - a Sustainability Teaching Garden installed at the West Woodlawn Gateway of 60th & St. Lawrence are included for context. The larger context for our work is also described below.
Many thanks to Mr. Hal Eason, BIG's Streets & Sanitation Ward Superintendent, for the most caring, courteous, timely, and generous support - always - with our green infrastructure work in West Woodlawn. Huge thanks also to Openlands and to the City of Chicago Bureau of Forestry, without whom our green infrastructure work would not be proceeding; and to Freshwater Future, Christy Webber, IDNR, and a dozen hearty neighbors whose early support helped us mount such a strong start.

Friends like you - committed to community wealth - are needed. In a single lifetime, green and healthy neighborhoods for black middle-income families have nearly vanished in America.

BIG's mission is self-sustaining black communities everywhere. Our goal is "The City of Villages" - where every household can walk-to-work, walk-to-shop, walk-to-learn, and walk-to-play. We authored and teach The 8 Principles of Green-Village-Building™ and Grannynomics™ across the country to foster a transition - guided by residents of black communities - to "walkable-villages" - sustainable one square-mile at a time, anchored by neighbor-owned businesses and buildings, and driven by the conservation lifestyle...the beautiful life. Your capacity-building support helps us help ourselves.

And without your help on systemic planning in advance, blacks are certain to be displaced from our Great Migration communities across America, destined for permanent underclass status. As you know, historically, blacks are moved out whenever amenities and market forces attract higher income residents. In America and around the world, extreme black/white wealth disparity, structural in nature and perpetuated by many of today's policies, practices, and payments, ensures that blacks can never build and maintain high-quality, center-city neighborhoods. Attempts at transformation are typically designed and supervised by outside professionals who earn the fees to manage the programs, and take the profits from increased land values. Equity is enshrined as a seat at the table, fed by a friend - when owning the table, making the meal, and inviting the guests is clearly more power-filled!
BIG is doing the new work needed to end the old ways: whole-system thinking, driven by neighbors, designed to increase household income, while building/circulating community wealth, and establishing resilience. Working at the intersection of environment + economy, BIG™ has undertaken a whole-system solution for the whole-system problem common to black communities everywhere - a rare approach for vulnerable communities.
Rather than constraining attractiveness by making our community "just green enough" to avoid gentrification, or by looking the other way while increasing costs slowly turn West Woodlawn into Hyde Park, together with you and our network of subject matter experts, we can create a national model for an environmental/economic oasis with a local living economy as a greenhouse gas reduction strategy...maintaining its cultural character through community controlled development, land trusts, and benefits agreements...and leveling the playing field with policies-practices-payments which prefer neighbor-owned businesses and buildings. To avoid the "Hyde Park Syndrome" blacks must own a critical mass of land and businesses, with the capital and protections to preserve them. No other formula can save us. This is the heart of Green-Village-Building™ - making an oasis wherever we live...restoring our place in the world!

Making an oasis in West which preserves our heritage as Chicago's first black middle-class neighborhood...the southernmost tip of Bronzeville...the historic place about which the book Tight Little Island was our unique invitation to you. Especially with the prospect of The Obama Presidential Library nestling nearby, we must bring world-class innovation to the preservation and cultivation of heritage communities that nurture the ascent of all black families, as they did the rise of our First Family. Thank you for bringing your rich ideas and willing spirit to the table!
As our economic epicenter, we launched the West Woodlawn Botanic Garden & Village Farm Initiative - celebrating the southern roots and modern day assets of the neighborhood - Chicago's first Black middle-class neighborhood, and the southernmost tip of Bronzeville.
Did you know Bronzeville is an international tourism destination?
African American heritage is powerfully embodied in what many consider America's greatest under-told story:
The Great Migration - the mass movement of millions of African Americans from the south to the north in search of freedom and economic opportunity! We're celebrating its Centennial in 2016 with BIG's "Artists Writers Gardeners Healers Builders" -
a West Woodlawn Champagne Sip, Speaker Series & Walking Tour in conjunction with
The Black Metropolis National Heritage Area Commission.
We had brainstormed the concept through a 2 1/2 year process called "Green & Healthy Neighborhoods," coordinated through Chicago's Department of Housing & Economic Development.
We launched the concept at a community party in 2011 and launched our first garden in 2013, partnering with The Center for Neighborhood Technology, Chicago Botanic Gardens, Angelic Organics Learning Center, and others.
It was our "Year of the Backyard Garden" and we used First Lady Michelle Obama's American Grown as our key teaching tool
...and still do!
We promote the local living economy as a greenhouse gas reduction strategy. Walking promotes health and relationship-building, which fosters community resilience. With it we increase the rate at which neighbor-owned businesses are created and sustained; increase the capacity of neighbors to own, develop, and manage the property in their community; and advance the conservation lifestyle. In these ways community wealth circulates vigorously before exiting and the heritage of a place is preserved.

We're working to build a network of land stewards to help us restore our place in the world. Three captains per zone will receive agricultural and horticultural training and stipends to teach, organize, and cultivate the gardens and parkways in their zone.

Our first Land Stewards-in-training received scholarships to Openland's Tree Keepers class and who graduated on April 4, 2015.

Join us as we transform blight to beauty with BIG's West Woodlawn Botanic Garden & Village Farm Initiative.
Get training you can take back to your neighborhood.
Meet everyday activists working to create a walkable-village where they live the conservation lifestyle - the beautiful life -
and walk-to-work, walk-to-shop, walk-to-learn, walk-to-play within a "City of Villages."
See you on April 25th?
Register and come get your green on!

...for a fun overview of our work...
A Fable from the Future of 2050
Naomi Davis: Revitalizing Chicago
Naomi Davis: Revitalizing Chicago
Chicago Ideas Week 2011

Our future is now,
Naomi Davis JD LEED GA
Founder & CEO
BIG: Blacks in Green

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Cook County Bar Association Announcements for April 21, 2015

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Wednesday, April 22nd at 6:00 p. m.
Our Guest is
Erik Wilson
"Know Your Rights"
Lewis Powell, III
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Please join the CCBA Legislative Committee
for the
CCBA Springfield Trip
For an opportunity to network with the members of the
Illinois General Assembly
The Reception will take place on
May 13, 2015
Food and drinks will be provided
Please RSVP by May 4, 2015. Please contact Cordelia Brown, Executive Director of the Cook County Bar Association with any questions. Hope to see you there!
Cook County Bar Association
19 S. LaSalle Street, Suite 702
Chicago Illinois 60603
312-630-1157 phone
312-630-0893 fax

Cook County Bar Association
Professional Development Committee
Maximizing Social Media Platforms
for Client-Building, Networking, and Branding
The CCBA Professional Development Committee has assembled a panel of social media experts and practitioners in order to advise you on creative mechanisms of self-marketing, social engagement, targeting potential clients, and maintaining a global presence, so you can grow a unique legal identity!
APRIL 29, 2015
5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Location to be announced
This is a free event, however, RSVP is required.
by April 28, 2015, at 12 noon
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CCBA to attend Advocate Society General Membership Meeting
On Thursday, April 23, 2015, the CCBA will join the Advocate Society at their monthly general membership meeting. This is a great opportunity to network and show our support for other associations. If you are interested in attending this meeting, please email the CCBA President, Celestia Mays, at president201415@cookcountybar. org by Tuesday, April 21. Space is limited and you must RSVP. Hope you can join us!
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Gala Dinner for 50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights and
Voting Rights Act
Please join the Chicago Bar Association, the Cook County Bar Association, and the Black Women Lawyers of Greater Chicago for a Gala Dinner celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights and Voting Rights Act. The event will be held on Thursday, April 30, 2015 at the Standard Club located at 320 South Plymouth Court in Chicago. Tickets are $125 per person. If you are interested in seating at the CCBA table(s), please contact Cordelia Brown at See the flyer below for additional information.
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Volunteers Needed for LAP
The Illinois Lawyer Assistance Program (LAP) is conducting its Annual Volunteer Training onJune 26, 2015 at Loyola University School of Law in Chicago. The free training provides for 6.0 hours of ethics credits. It is critical to have trained LAP volunteers to provide peer support and to conduct interventions. For more information, please contact LAP's Executive Robin Belleau at 312-726-6607.
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NBA Region VII to Sponsor Oratorical Contest for
High School Students
The 2015 Martin Luther King, Jr. Drum Major for Justice Advocacy Competition is quickly approaching. The regional event for this year will be held on Saturday, May 2, at 11:30 a.m. in a conference room provided by MetLife at the PNC Centre located at One North Franklin, in Chicago, Illinois. Do not let this wonderful opportunity pass by your student. It is truly an outstanding chance for high school seniors to: (i) receive funds for college, (ii) hone skills that will serve them well in life, and (iii) meet and interact with a number of influential members of the greater Chicago area. In so many ways it is a door of opportunity awaiting for a student you know to walk through. As with other coveted opportunities, the door will not be open for long. The deadline for essays is Friday, April 24, 2015.
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April is Fair Housing Month!
Illinois Department of Human Rights
Please join the IDHR as they celebrate the anniversary of the passing of the 1968 Fair Housing Act, and reaffirm our commitment to eliminating housing discrimination. Meet and network with other fair housing organizations, and IDHR Staff, including attorneys and investigators. Beverages and snacks will be provided.
Join us
Wednesday, April 22, 2015
James R. Thompson Center, 2nd Floor
11:30 a.m.- 2:00 p.m. (2 sessions)
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National Association of Women Judges
Midyear Chicago Leadership Conference
Join Us
April 23-25, 2015
Palmer House
17 East Monroe
Chicago, Illinois
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Congratulations to Attorney Stan Willis
who was named one of the First Defense Legal Aid (FDLA) honorees 20 for 20.
The Reception will be held on
May 15, 2015 from 5:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
at Mayer Brown LLP
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Board of Education of the City of Chicago
The Board of Education of the City of Chicago seeks an attorney with seven or more years of workers' compensation experience, including trial experience, strong writing skills, leadership skills, and the ability to successfully manage a high volume of cases.
Experience in one or more of the following is a plus: working in a large organization; issues involving injuries to minors; litigating business-related torts; Tort Immunity Act; breach of contract; injunctive actions; real estate - PTAB/construction/mechanics liens.
B.A. or B.S. and Juris Doctor degrees. Must be licensed and authorized to practice law in the State of Illinois.
City of Chicago residency is required within six months of employment. Send cover letter, resume, references, and at least one writing sample to:
Board of Education of the City of Chicago
Law Department
1 North Dearborn, Suite 900
Chicago, IL 60602

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