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1 dead after semi crashes into Calumet City home | VIDEO
A semi truck crashed into the front of a home in south suburban Calumet City early Thursday morning, killing the driver and injuring at least three others.

Fitzgerald said time is right to step down | VIDEO
U.S. Attorney Pat Fitzgerald said his decision to resign was difficult but "I'm 100 percent confident it is the right decision."
Two teens shot in Marquette Park
Two teens are recovering after being shot in Chicago's Marquette Park neighborhood.
Robbers with knives, syringes hit Lincoln Park stores
Chicago police say they are seeing an increase in robbers -- some armed with knives and syringes -- targeting businesses in Lincoln Park.
3 Chicagoans killed in Iowa crash
Three Chicagoans and an Iowa man died in a head-on collision in southern Iowa.
Freshman girl fatally struck by train in NW Ind.
A northwest Indiana high school student was killed Thursday after she was hit by a train while walking after school in Cedar Lake.


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Etan Patz Case: Person implicated after 33 years A man has implicated himself in the death of 6-year-old Etan Patz, whose disappearance 33 years ago on his way to school helped launch a missing children's movement that put kids' faces on milk cartons, police said Thursday.

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I-Team Report: Police Line As NATO protesters clashed with Chicago riot officers on live TV Sunday, another story played out behind the scenes.

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2 more protesters charged with felonies
Obama thanks Chicago, departs from Soldier Field
Freed protesters talk about arrest experience


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Senate passes FY 13 Spending Bill

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Senate Passes FY 2013 Spending Bill

May 24, 2012

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Dear Fred,    
Last night the Senate passed SB 2455outlining its version of spending for addiction services for FY 2013 (July 1, 2012-June 31 2013). Details of funding details and comparisons can be found in the chart below.
Senate Bill 2455
Addiction Services
By Line Item
FY 2011
FY 2012
FY 2013
FY 2013
Passed 5/23
FY 2013
FY 2013
Final sent to
Addiction Treatment /Medicaid Eligible
Addiction Treatment Services
Addiction Treatment-Special Populations
Addiction Prevention Related Services
DCFS Clients

Caution should be used when considering the numbers. The passage was controversial in that it was strictly a partisan vote (34-23). The issues of 2.7 Billion in Medicaid cuts has not yet be addressed by either the Senate or House, which may eventually lower the amounts in this budget bill. Finally the House, as it did last year appears to be working on lower numbers.
It is also important to remember that the budget must be set by midnight May 31st or a super majority of both houses will be required to pass a budget bill. In the next week, the House must pass it's budget bills and then the two Houses must agree to a single version and the Governor must sign it. As was demonstrated last night the deep division between the two parties and two chambers makes the timely passing of the budget questionable.  For a full report on last night's senate actions theIllinois Issue blog has an excellent report by Jamey Dunn  
CORE is monitoring events in Springfield and will keep you up to date on fast breaking events as they occur in the final days of the spring session.
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Thursday's Daily Brief: GM Recall, Warren and Brown Neck and Neck, Romney Avoids Bain, Plus Arianna Huffington, Robert Reich, Conrad Black

Thursday, May 24, 2012
Arianna Huffington: Financial crises are a lot like childbirth -- they both involve a lot of pain and end up costing you a lot of money. But, after a while, you forget about all the negatives and are ready to do it again. This propensity to forget, so useful when it comes to having babies, is incredibly destructive when it comes to our economy. So why do we do it? According to John Kenneth Galbraith, it's a combination of "the extreme brevity of the financial memory" and a general ignorance of history. As a result, boom and bust cycles are repeated endlessly -- and so is the response, in which reforms are proposed but, as the public's anger -- and memory -- weakens, so does the "reform." By the time reform measures are passed, lobbying has weakened them enough to make another crisis inevitable. Exhibit A: the JPMorgan trading loss and the renewed the battle over the Volcker Rule.
Warren And Brown Neck And Neck In New Poll
NYPD: Person Has Implicated Himself In Boy's 1979 Disappearance
WATCH: George Zimmerman 'Comfortable' In Police Station After Trayvon Martin Killing
Romney Shies From Bain Debate
GM Recalling Huge Number Of Cars Over Airbag Issue
Arianna Huffington: The Moment I Knew I Needed More Sleep
The moment I knew I needed more sleep was four years ago, when I learned the value of sleep -- the hard way. What was the moment you knew you needed to get more sleep? I want to hear your story.
Conrad Black: Depend on Facebook For Smutty Photos, Not Economic Prosperity
I hate to be a killjoy, but Facebook, in economic terms, is a mirage, other than for Zuckerberg and anyone else who has founders' stock. It illustrates the need for salvation, not the road to follow to achieve it.
Bob Cesca: The Truth About the President and the Deficit
Arguably the biggest lie coming from the Republicans and the Romney campaign is that President Obama is a tax and spend liberal who's directly and personally responsible for record deficits and a crushing national debt.
Dr. Peggy Drexler: The Kids Are All Right: Gay Parents Raising Children
These days, gay parents are no novelty: We see them strolling through our neighborhoods and appearing on our TV screen. But still many are left wondering: How will these children of gay parents fare?
Robert Reich: Obama Has to Explain Why Fairness Is Essential to Growth (and Why Some Democrats Have to Stop Believing Otherwise)
Mitt Romney epitomizes the unfairness of the American economy in this new Gilded Age. For that same reason, Romney is the quintessence of an economic approach shown to be anti-growth and anti-jobs. The president needs to tell this to the American people.

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Will Globalization Destroy Black America?

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Will Globalization Destroy Black America?
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Will Globalization Destroy Black America?
By Phillip Jackson
Wednesday, June 30, 2010
Black Star LogoThe lack of response to globalization by Black America is frightening and troubling. While much of the world has adapted to the new-world economy and new-world standards of existence, most of Black America is still operating much the same way it did in the 1950s and 1960s. But now, throughout Black communities in America, there is a whisper campaign by Black people who don't know each other and Black people who live in different parts of the country, saying to each other, "We are in trouble!" We know it and the rest of the world knows it! Black America, as we know it, is in danger of not surviving globalization.
In the 21st century, there are only two kinds of people. Not Black or White, or rich or poor, or foreign or national. The two kinds of people in the world today are those who are educated and those who are not. Although education has become the new currency of exchange in the 21st century, the old American educational paradigm stopped working decades ago for Black Americans. Simply sending Black children to American schools without a clear purpose or goal has contributed to the demise of the Black community. Black America watched formerly third-world countries catapult over America to become educational super powers while America rested on its old, stale educational laurels and fell way behind much of the world in educational performance. And because Black America unthinkingly depended on the American education system to educate its children, we have fallen way behind.
The horrific educational, social, health, economic and criminal justice indicators in much of Black America predict a meltdown of gargantuan proportions in the near future for the Black community. But still, the thing that is most remarkable and unbelievable is the lack of response by Black Americans to this impending doom! Without numerous positive changes, practical well-thought-out ideas, massive mobilization and immediate action, the fate of many Black Americans is sealed. We will not be able to prosper in the cities of America or possibly in any city in the world where the new currency for existence is access to global information, higher-order critical thinking and advanced technological skills. There used to be a time when it was better to be poor in America than rich in other countries. Now it might be better to be poor in some other countries than to be poor in America.
Black people in America must immediately disengage from the diversions of mind-deadening entertainment, useless sports, hyper-sexuality, excessive social celebrations, pointless conversations and debates, meaningless media and the civil rights issue de jour approach to managing our problems. We must focus on the most important issue in our communities -- making education the highest priority. We must create a culture of literacy and learning that replaces intellectual apathy and resistance to educational progress. Somehow, we must re-inspire our children to want to learn and to love to learn. But having educated children is not enough. We must have educated families and educated communities. Every Black man, woman and child must become part of this new community of learners.
Black America must take education out of the schools and universities and root it in our homes, our workplaces, our communities, our churches and even in our streets and prisons. The purpose of education as defined by the Equipped for the Future initiative, a federally sponsored effort to develop a framework for accountability in adult education, is to help people actualize their roles in society as parent/family members, citizen/community members and workers in the economy. If the education system that serves us is not meeting these objectives, it is a disservice to our children and our communities.
The ability of a people to survive in changing times is not magic, nor is it by chance. Success depends on that people being able to change to survive in a new environment! And new environments demand new skills for survival. Equipped for the Future tells us that without certain basic skills, survival will be extremely difficult for Black people, or any people, in the 21st century. These essential skills are the ability to read with understanding; convey ideas in writing; speak so that others can understand; observe critically; listen actively; solve problems and make decisions appropriately; plan and put those plans into action effectively; use math to solve problems and to communicate; cooperate with others; guide others; advocate and influence; resolve conflict and negotiate; take responsibility for life-long learning; learn through research; reflect and evaluate; and use information and communication technology. These are the skills necessary to survive in the 21st century.
The solution to the issue of Black America's poor response to globalization is to 1) Deconstruct value systems that have caused Black people to arrive at the precipice of non-existence; 2) Construct value systems that will rebuild the Black family as a purveyor of positive values, cultures, mores and education, and re-establish the Black family as the primary and most important social unit of our culture and society; 3) Embrace education as the highest value in the Black community; 4) Effectively manage the negative cultural influences that hugely impact the thinking and actions of Black boys; and 5) Understand that for the rest of existence, change is a required part of the living process. The faster Black America is able to put this plan into action, adopt these new principles and manage change, the more likely we will survive.
Today, many Black people seem to be having "cosmic flashbacks" to our time in slavery, which was the first crude effort at globalization that helped to set the stage for today's globalization. For years, Black America was buffered from modern globalization by political boundaries and economic barriers. Now globalization has come to our country, our cities, our communities, onto our blocks and into our homes, schools and workplaces. Globalization has happened, whether Black America is ready for it or not. We still have time to make the necessary changes that will guarantee that Black people will survive into the 21st century and that we will thrive in this global economy. But there is not much time. With globalization, Black America has entered into the "Educate or Die" era. In this era, there are only two questions worth answering: "Will we change? Can we survive?" How we emerge from this era is up to us.
Phillip Jackson is the executive director of The Black Star Project.  He can be reached at 773.285.9600.
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