Tuesday, December 29, 2015

ComEd Restore Outage / Black Harvest Presents / ProducingBreakthroughs / Recall Election

Building Generational Leaders POLITICS AS USUAL Special Correspondent: COAL COAL commends State Rep. LaShawn K. Ford and State Rep. Mary E. Flowers
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COALcommends State Rep. LaShawn K. Ford and State Rep. Mary E. Flowers for introducing legislation (HB4356) that would create a process for the Recall of the Mayor of Chicago. It was politically courageous. We believed that it required legislation that we're also surprised to have found that does not exist (but then again this is the City of Chicago within the State of Illinois).
And yes, we do have an existing process for removing officials - that process is called an election. However, there are also times, as history has shown us, when an official's performance can be so problematic and/or said official is a central part of activities that are so egregious, so untrustworthy, that said official loses the trust and confidence of the people, then a recall process is in order. Recall legislation should be in place for any and all executive offices.
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Call it a legislative emergency response and preparedness plan for non-performing elected executives. Call it a process that represents an emergency board meeting for the business (the City of Chicago) by the voting stockholders (its residents registered to vote) to oust the sitting Chairman (the Mayor of Chicago) by a vote of no confidence (a Recall petition and possible Recall Election).
This is where 'run government like a business' should really be applied. So whether you have confidence in the Mayor or not, whether you believe that he covered up the murder of LaQuan McDonald to get re-elected or not, whether you believe that he has demonstrated extremely poor leadership or not, whether you believe that he should be re-called or not....everyone should support a process that gives the citizens of Chicago that legal and lawful capability: The ability to 'pull this lever in the event of an emergency.'
Our democracy and this city deserves no less. COAL asks that you support this legislation by contacting your respective State Representative and State Senator, asking each to support this Recall Bill, HB4356.
(Clarence Wood, Chairman and Craig Wimberly, President & Chair Public Policy, are board members of Coalition of African American Leaders / COAL)
TBTNEWS ALERTComEd Working to Restore Outage
A nasty winter weather pattern packing frozen rain and wind gusts of 50 miles per hour that swept through the Midwest left over 60,000 ComEd customers without power as of 5 p.m. Monday. ComEd workers have restored power to over 40,000 of those customers who have been impacted by the storm, leaving more than 25,000 customers remain without power.
ComEd expects to restore the majority of the remaining affected customers by Tuesday evening. Pockets of outages in the hardest hit areas in Lee, LaSalle, and Livingston Counties may not be restored until Wednesday. ComEd crews, who are working 16 hour shifts, are facing particularly hazardous weather and icy driving conditions that make it hard to move safely. In addition, ComEd is reaching out to utility workers in neighboring states to help with the restoration.
“Crews are battling the elements and treacherous road conditions as foul weather continues to blanket the Chicagoland area,” said Terence R. Donnelly, executive vice president and chief operating officer for ComEd. “Our crews have been working around the clock making sure that they are restoring customers’ power quickly and safely.”
ComEd urges customers to contact the utility immediately if they experience a power outage by testing OUT to 26633 (COMED). Customers can also call1-800-334-7661, or report it at ComEd.com. Additionally, ComEd has introduced a mobile app for iPhone and Android® smart phones that gives customers the ability to report power outages and manage their accounts.
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TBTNEWS BOX OFFICEGene Siskel Showcase Black Harvest Presents
The Art Institute of Chicago along with the Gene Siskel Film Center showcase black cinema year-round with Black Harvest Presents.
Gene Siskel celebrates the award season with Oscar nominations panel on January 14 and on February 28. you don't wanna miss these special occasions of great films and informative communication.
The annual series Stranger Than Fiction, documentary premieres (January 2-February 3) showcases the new and unusual in documentary filmmaking, including Sembene! (January 15 and 21), a portrait of Senegalese filmmaker Ousmane Sembene, the father of African cinema. http://www.siskelfilmcenter.org/strangerthanfiction2016.
Back by popular demand! A Ballerina’s Tale (January 2-7), the story ofMisty Copeland, whose accomplishments have been compared to those of Jackie Robinson, as she became the first African American woman to be promoted to principal dancer in American Ballet Theatre in 2015. http://www.siskelfilmcenter.org/aballerinastale.
Rosenwald (January 2-7), the story of Jewish philanthropistJulius Rosenwald, long forgotten except in the African American community and how his fortune running Sears, Roebuck & Co. ingeniously financed Rosenwald Schools, providing an unprecedented opportunity for black children in rural communities. The Gene Siskel Film Center Movie Club (January 6) explores Rosenwald with Peter Ascoli, biographer of Julius Rosenwald, as facilitator of the post-show discussion at Virgin Hotels Chicago (203 N. Wabash). http://www.siskelfilmcenter.org/rosenwald.
First Chicago run! My friend Victoria (January 8-14), based on the Doris Lessingstory Victoriaand the Staveneysbut relocated from London to Paris, concerns a young African French woman bedazzled by the life of a French affluent white family. http://www.siskelfilmcenter.org/myfriendvictoria.
First Chicago run! Horse Money (January 8-13), by Portuguese director Pedro Costa, looks at protagonist Ventura’s eerie journey as he looks back on his life and how his memories coalesce with Portugal’s troubling colonial past. http://www.siskelfilmcenter.org/horsemoney.
Back by popular demand! 70 Acres in Chicago: Cabrini Green (January 29-31), a documentary 20 years in the making that celebrates the housing development as a unique community and mourns its destruction. http://www.siskelfilmcenter.org/70acresinchicagocabrinigreen.
Awards Season is Here! Oscar Nominations Panel (January 14; free admission) features local film critics as they weigh in on predictions for the88th Annual Academy Awards. http://www.siskelfilmcenter.org/oscarnoms2016.
Chicago’s longest-running awards-viewing benefit, Hollywood on State: Where You’re the Star (February 28), is a memorable evening filled with glamour, gourmet food and libations, and the live Oscar telecast in two state-of-the-art theaters with Tommy Walton, MasterChef star, designer, and SAIC instructor, and Kate Pankoke, Project Runway designer, as the red carpet co-hosts. http://www.siskelfilmcenter.org/hollywoodonstate2016.
All screenings and events are at the Gene Siskel Film Center of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, located at 164 N. State St. To learn more about Black Harvest Presents, visit: http://www.siskelfilmcenter.org/blackharvestpresents. All tickets may be purchased at the Film Center Box Office.
For more information about the Film Center, call 312-846-2800 or visit www.siskelfilmcenter.org. For details about black harvest film seriesKaren Durham at 312-846-2074 or kdurham@saic.edu or Lori Hile at 312-846-2077 or lhile@saic.edu.
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C.E.O. EXCHANGEProducing Breakthroughs
Too often it is believed you have to have special talents to produce a breakthrough. Ted talks about what qualifies a person and how you can train yourself to intentionally produce quantum leaps in your life or career. To see Youtube video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LzlumkPKePw.
What do you think? I would love to hear your feedback. And I'm open to ideas. Or if you want to write me about a specific topic, connect through my blog: www.turnaroundip.blogspot.com.
TBTNEWS UPDATECongresswoman Kelly Helps Acquire $36 Million in Grant Aid for Schools, Health Services, Police and Fire Protection
Congresswoman Robin Kelly announced recently that more than $36 million in federal grants were awarded in 2015 to municipalities, public safety departments, health and housing agencies and schools within the 2nd Congressional District.
The 43 grants provided funding for a variety of community needs, including acquiring critical equipment and training for local firefighters, expanding health and housing services, making street and sewer improvements, and supporting education in the STEM fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.
“These grant funds have a direct and positive impact on constituents. When put to use, they mean better roads, safer communities, and targeted STEMprograms that will help our young people find in-demand jobs,” Kelly said.“We expect many more grant opportunities in the upcoming year. I look forward to notifying and supporting schools, communities and agencies seeking to fund programs and services that benefit our neighborhoods.”
A total of more than $50 million in grants have been awarded throughout the 2nd District since Rep. Kelly took office in 2013. For more information about grant opportunities, visit Rep. Kelly’s website at www.robinkelly.house.gov and search under the category of“Resources.” For more details. contact Mary Paleologos at 708-679-0078 orMary.Paleologos@mail.house.gov.

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