(l)Tio Hardiman and (r)Attorney Brunell Donald are the first ever African American candidate team to run for Gov. and Lt Gov. of Illinois
Tio Hardiman speaking at press conference announcing his candidancy for Governor of Illinois
Tio Hardiman is running for Governor of Illinois, along with his running mate, Attorney Brunell Donald for Lt. Governor in the upcoming March 18 primary. They are the first African-American male-female team in history to run for Governor and Lt. Governor. Hardiman and Donald have already won the sought after ballot position of getting the #1 spot on Democratic primary ballot. They have also successfully made it pass the fight to remain on the ballot by challengers to their nomination petitions.
Hardiman is best known for his success as Director of Ceasefire Illinois, the violence prevention organization based out of the University of Illinois and started by Dr. Gary Slutkin. Ceasefire gained notoriety with an initiative started by Hardiman, called the Violence Interrupters, which eventually became the subject matter of the acclaimed film, the Interrupters. Violence Interrupters work in the community during the hours when, according to statistics, violence is more likely to be committed. Violence Interrupters are there to intervene in potentially violent situations to reduce the chance that a shooting will occur.
Tio Hardiman has an uphill battle in this new arena for him, the world of politics. He has a plus on his side with his experience gained at Ceasefire Illinois because he has lobbied and developed relationships with federal, state, county and city officials. He also has developed relationships with civic and community leaders, as well as community residents rural and urban. “There are many that support my candidacy. But some are not publicly coming out yet because of political backlash,” stated Hardiman.
Hardiman also has to reverse a blot on his image planted in the minds of many who may have seen news reports or heard about when he was arrested for domestic abuse charges in May of last year, made by his wife, Alison Hardiman, an IT specialist for the federal government. According to an October 25, 2013 column done by Mary Mitchell, columnist for the Chicago Sun-times, which gives more insight as to why the event occurred. Allison stated to the judge that the altercation was verbal became a heated argument and he never touched her. The charges were dropped and they are working on their marriage.
Attorney Brunell Donald is a criminal defense attorney, now working in private practice. She is married and has three children. She spoke of how in college she was homeless at times when the school’s semester at Northern Illinois University was over or on holidays when she stayed with different people that provided her with a place to stay during those times. She finally graduated from John Marshall Law School and passed her bar exam the first time in 2001. She worked as an Assistant State’s Attorney for the State of Illinois and later joined the Law Office of the Cook County Public Defender. She has an interesting story in that she accomplished all this despite that the fact that her mother was killed when she was a youth.
Tio Hardiman and Attorney Brunell Donald running as a team for the Governor (Hardiman) and Lt. Governor (Donald)
“Tio’s wife is now helping us in this campaign,” said Donald in an interview at Ruby’s Restaurant on Madison and Kedzie Ave on the Westside of Chicago with both Hardiman and Attorney Donald. Donald’s husband, Rashid Kyei, is also Deputy Campaign Director. Rashid is from a respected family in Ghana. He is well educated, speaks English very well and has political experience from Ghana, Africa. He helped Professor John Evan Atta Mills of the National Democratic Congress party (NDC) with his grassroots campaign to become the president of Ghana, as district secretary of the NDC. Mills died in 2012.
Rashid also helped the current, Ghanaian President John Mahama, from here in the United States, with his campaign. “Remember, in Africa, we have places that have no electricity, no water to drink. It’s not easy, by the end of the day when it’s time for the election, they know to go out and vote for people. How is that done? Because of grassroots, that is the power of grassroots. We send messages, we talk to people, and we’re tough. We tell them, hey do this, talk to this person, tell them why we’re not on TV, tell them what is going on, tell them what is happening, tell them each single day this country or this state or this state is losing this kind of money….these are some of the strategies we are using here today,” said Rashid.
“92% of our youth between the ages of 16 and 19 are unemployed in Illinois. There is absolutely no reason why Patt Quinn should believe that he could get 100% of our vote and 92% of our children are unemployed,” said Attorney Donald. She also stated, “We are going to fight for every African American vote, we are going to fight for working class vote, and every poor persons vote.”
Tio Hardiman and Attorney Brunell acknowledge that theirs is a grassroots campaign. They are going up and down the state of Illinois gaining creditability by meeting people and shaking hands to win support. “What people need to know about Tio Hardiman is that he raised 50 million dollars for Ceasefire Illinois in a ten year period. Not only that, he was responsible for a ten million dollar a year budget making sure all the people got there paychecks and that all the i’s were dotted and t’s were crossed,” said Attorney Donald. Hardiman has a master’s Degree in inner Cities Studies. Even though he grew up in the projects, he has never been in any gang and he has no criminal history in his background.
With six weeks left to go before the election Hardiman and Donald have to instill the same confidence they have in themselves to the 500 to 600,000 voters they have set as a goal on March 18th. In 2010, Pat Quinn won the Democratic primary election with 460,391 votes, beating Dan Hynes with 452,304 votes, winning the Democratic primary by 8,087 votes.
Hardiman and Donald plan to create jobs in Illinois, reduce or eliminate the head tax, and research the ramifications of increasing the minimum wage. “I know people in East St. Louis, Central Illinois, Peoria, Springfield, Jacksonville, North Chicago, Waukegan, Rockford, I know people statewide,” said Hardiman. We plan to fix the economy which impacts all people. Hardiman spoke about the pension problem and says, “A retiree shouldn’t be worried about their pension, once they have worked 30 or forty years. Hardiman and Donald have a website at http://www.hardimanforillinois.com for more information and contacts.
Richard Boykin, candidate for Cook County Commissioner of the 1st District announced, at his Chicago satellite campaign office (5641 W. Division Street) opening, a Day of Action for campaign volunteers on Saturday, January 25.Supporters for Boykin’s were greeted and welcomed for volunteering, neighborhood canvassing and phone banking. They were encouraged by Boykin and Congressman Danny K. Davis, for their determination despite the cold and snow that weekend.
“I am thankul for the positive momentum and support my campaign has received thus far and look forward to solidifying this movement on Chicago’s West Side,” said Boykin. “Much work remains over the coming weeks to prevail in this race. That’s why I’m asking all those who have a stake in our community to lend a helping hand to the campaign during our Day of Action up to the primary in March.”
Boykin recently launched his campaign for Cook County Commissioner among community members, faith leaders, Congressman Danny K. Davis and other elected officials. On the heels of Boykin’s campaign launch, the Chicago Federation of Labor (CFL) offered its support by endorsing his run for the First District Cook County Commissioner seat. CFL, founded in 1896, focuses its efforts on strengthening individual local unions by creating a unified voice for the labor movement in the Chicago area.
“Based on the interview process exercised by the CFL’s Committee on Political Education, our affiliates have moved to support Richard Boykin in his run for Cook County Commissioner,” said CFL President Jorge Ramirez.
In addition to being endorsed by the CFL, several elected officials from Cook County’s First District have also backed Boykin including the following suburban mayors: Oak Park, Maywood, Forest Park, Broadview, Westchester, Bellwood and Hillside.
Boykin, a partner with Barnes and Thornburg, LLP, previously served as chief of staff to Congressman Davis for nine years after being his legislative director. During that time, Boykin played an instrumental role in several of the Congressman’s initiatives including welfare-to-work, health care, energy and utility, and appropriations accomplishments. Key areas of focus for Boykin’s campaign include criminal justice reform, economic development and expanding access to mental and medical health care services.
For more information about the campaign, please visit http://www.boykinforcookcounty.com or call 708-948-7913.
Get Covered Illinois today announced a church-based enrollment drive during Black History Month to enroll uninsured consumers in health insurance before the March 31 open enrollment deadline. Throughout February, more than 50 African-American churches will host events designed to inform and enroll uninsured community members, in addition to hundreds of other Get Covered Illinois enrollment events happening across the state.
The enrollment drive will formally kick off at Pleasant Green Missionary Baptist Church (7545 S. Vincennes Ave., Chicago, IL 60620) at 10:30 am on Sunday, February 2, where Rev. Walter W. Matthews Sr. will announce the Get Covered Illinois church-based enrollment events during the worship service. Navigators will be present after the service to answer questions and assist with enrollment. Charles Watkins, Regional Outreach Coordinator for Get Covered Illinois will also be present to answer questions about the enrollment drive.
“The Affordable Care Act provides an historic opportunity to close the gap of the uninsured and reduce health disparities that disproportionately affect minority communities,” said Jennifer Koehler, Executive Director for Get Covered Illinois. “Black History Month is an important opportunity to address health barriers impacting the African American community and remind uninsured residents of the affordable, comprehensive coverage options available to them.”
As of December 28, 2013, more than 61,111 Illinois residents have signed up for coverage through the Marketplace. Individuals, families and small business owners have until March 31 to enroll in a health plan before receiving a fine. In order to get coverage beginning March 1, enrollment must be completed by February 15.
Nearly one third of African Americans in Illinois are uninsured. African Americans are impacted by greater health disparities compared to other races and ethnicities for a number of reasons, including lack of access to affordable health care. African Americans are twice as likely as whites to be diagnosed with diabetes, and are disproportionately impacted by cardiovascular disease and certain cancers. According to the Centers of Disease and Control, insurance coverage is strongly related to better health outcomes.
Participating churches will facilitate and provide enrollment resources available through Get Covered Illinois to their congregations and to members of the surrounding community. State-trained Navigators will also be present at these churches throughout February to answer questions, schedule enrollment appointments and enroll residents on-site.
“As a Pastor, I know firsthand how access to quality health care affects the physical and spiritual well-being of our community,” said Rev. Walter W. Matthews Sr. of the Pleasant Green Missionary Baptist Church. “The African American faith community is proud to partner with Get Covered Illinois to provide uninsured residents with the enrollment assistance they need to secure affordable, comprehensive health coverage.”
For a complete list of enrollment events throughout the state, visit getcoveredillinois.gov/events. Enter your zip code or address to find an event near you.
Under the Affordable Care Act, thousands of Illinoisans who were previously unable to get insurance can now get covered. All plans included in the Marketplace must:
• Cover recommended preventive services free of charge
• Include a cap on out-of-pocket costs
• Have no lifetime or yearly dollar limit on coverage
• Not reject anyone on the basis of a pre-existing condition
Get Covered Illinois is urging health care consumers to take advantage of the assistance that is being offered via the web, over the phone and in person through hundreds of community partners across the state:
• Visit our website at getcoveredillinois.gov (includes a Spanish-language version).
• Call the Get Covered Illinois Help Desk at (866) 311-1119. Operators available daily from 8 am – 8 pm.
• Meet in person with a specially trained “Navigator” who can help you understand your options and even help you enroll at one of the hundreds of partner sites across the state. There are more than 1,500 Navigators that can be located by visiting the website and entering your zip code or through the Help Desk.
• Attend a Get Covered Illinois event. Visit getcoveredillinois.gov/events to find an event near you.
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24TH Ward Alderman Michael D. Chandler is pleased to announce the following business development, local event, ex-offender and social service programs and activities available to 24th Ward residents.
City of Chicago Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection Launches New Small Business Center Support Website: The City of Chicago Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection (BACP) have launched its new Small Business Center Website. The website is a one-stop destination for entrepreneurs starting or running a small business to find information on City services, financial opportunities, company site location assistance and business development resources. For more info, contact the (BACP) at 312-74GO BIZ or go to its website at: www.cityofchicago/sbc.
Alderman Michael D. Chandler Sponsors Disney on Ice Discounted Coupon Tickets: 24th Ward Alderman Michael D. Chandler is offering discounted ticket passes for the Disney on Ice Let’s Celebrate shows scheduled for January 29, 2014 through February 9, 2014. For more information or to pick up tickets, call the 24th Ward Community Service Office at (773) 533-2400. The 24th Ward Community Service Office is located at 1153 S. Keeler Avenue, Chicago, Illinois 60624.
Jewish Vocational Services (JVS) and Illinois Small Business Development Centers (ISBDC) sponsors Free Entrepreneurial Program Exclusively Targeted for Ex-Offenders: The Jewish Vocational Services and ISBDC/Duman Entrepreneurial Center are offering a Basic Entrepreneurial Support and Training Program. Session will begin on February 18, 2014 at the JVS Chicago Offices located at 216 W. Jackson, 2nd Floor, Chicago, Illinois. For more info, contact JVS Chicago at 855-463-6587 or their website at: info@JVSChicago.org.
Federal Express Offers Small Business Development Grants: Federal Express Corporation is sponsoring a business grant program for small businesses. Grant amounts under the program are from $1,000-25,000. To participate, a business must register before February 9, 2014 on the approved Federal Express website at: www.fedex.com/grantcontest. Grant award winners will be announced on March 24, 2014.
State Homelessness Prevention Funds for Youth: Youth in need of housing to prevent homelessness can now apply for state funds for housing assistance. The sponsoring organization is LaCasa Norte, located at 3533 W. North Avenue, Chicago, Illinois 60647. Phone number is: (773) 276-4900. The program will provide assistance with security deposit, rent, utilities and/or mortgage.
Information on these and other programs and services can be found on 24th Ward Alderman Michael D. Chandler’s website: www.aldermanchandler.com or call the 24th Ward Community Service Office at (773) 533-2400.
Movie 43 12 Years a Slave
THE BEST AND WORST MOVIES OF 2013
This was a year in movie that ended better than it started. And with a few exceptions during most of the year, Hollywood may feel their box office receipts were descent compared to recent years. But I felt the public was beginning to catch on and realize with their wallets that Hollywood is truly running out of ideas and are only left to recycle that we’ve already seen before.
The year began badly with a lame mini movie of skits in “Movie 43” to recycling old action movie stars in failed movie comebacks in “:The Lat Stand”, and “Bullet to the Head”. Even some of the summer blockbuster movies felt short of their expectations.
Still, if it weren’t for the few early releases and those movie that came out in the fourth quarter. Well, thank goodness the year in movies for 2013 ends on a high dramatic note that should generate a lot of Oscar interest and jockeying for nominations before the March 2 telecast.
THE BEST MOVIES OF 2013
1. 12 YEARS A SLAVE
Director Steve McQueen’s unflinching, visceral cinematic game-changer with Chiwetel Ejiofor’s stunning performance turns this true story of slavery into a revealing and honest horror movie
2. AMERICAN HUSTLE
Another cinematic game-changer of a different sort from filmmaker David O. Russell on his 1970’s take on Abscam that is so ruthlessly entertaining.
Filmmaker Alfonso Cuaron’s space odyssey saga is a visual stunner that deserves the IMAX treatment for its sense of wonder, terror and possibilities
4. AUGUST, OSAGE COUNTY
Chi playwright Tracy Letts’ Pulitzer play winning play redefines the dysfunctional in this Oklahoma family gathering that makes you thankful for your family.
Filmmaker Alexander Payne’s sensitive direction, honest humor and dialogue brings out the best and worst in people led by a career defining performance from Bruce Dern as the determined senior who thinks he’s won a million from the Publisher’s Clearing house.
Spike Jonze’s clever and insightful take on a lonely man’s romantic relationship with the voice of his computer that draws man and machine closer with similar human results.
7. FRUITVALE STATION
Director Ryan Coogler’s right-to-the-point true-drama led by a star turning performance from Michael B. Jordan as the black victim killed on a California subway by overzealous cops.
8. DALLAS BUERS CLUB
Another incredible Oscar worthy performance from Matthew McConaughey in this late ‘80’s true story about this imperfect man who’s diagnosed with AIDS who manages to bring the drug from overseas that the U.S. wouldn’t approve that helped saved many homosexual lives.
9. THE EAST
Under-rated but still thought-provoking and intelligently dramatic offering co-written by its star Brit Marling as the covert operative who infiltrates an anarchist group against certain cooperate CEO’s and their greed on society. And how she begins to feel the way we all do about corporation and conglomerations.
10. THE WOLF OF WALL STREET
Director Martin Scorsese goes “Goodfellas” on Stockbrokers in this incredible tale of excess worth the amazing performance by Leonardo Di Caprio and Terence Winter’s frenetic script.
11. Captain Phillips
13. All Is Lost
14. 20 Feet from Stardom
16. Lee Daniels’ the Butler
17. The Spectacular Now
18. Bless Me. Ultima
20. This Is the End
THE WORST MOVIES OF 2013
1. Movie 43
3. Disney’s The Lone Ranger
4.The Incredible Burt Wonderstone
5. Grown Ups 2
7. G.I. Joe: Retailiation
8. Jack The Giant Slayer
9. The Big Wedding
10. White House Down
…. And let’s not forget these losers….
… And the award to the movie that was unnecessary to make a remake (again!):
…. And the award to the over-the-hill action hero stars in their contrived movie comeback:
It’s a three way tie between Arnold Schwarzenegger in “The Last Stand”, Sylvester Stallone in “Bullet to the Head” and of course, Bruce Willis goes John McClane in the wrong script in “A Good Day to Die Hard”.
… And last but not the least, an award for “Take your kid to Apocalypse Work Day”:
Will Smith’s latest attempt to make son, Jaden Smith into a film star in “After Earth”
2014 OSCAR PREDICTIONS
By David Schultz
With the annual announcement of nominations for the upcoming Academy Awards, the predictions begin in earnest before the March 2 telecast. A lot of noise has been made over who were snubbed for nominations in certain major catalogues.
Frankly, to those that got subbed like Robert Redford for “All is Lost”, Tom Hanks for “Captain Phillips “and Oprah Winfrey for “Lee Daniels’ The Butler”, Hugh Jackman and Jake Gyllenhaal in “Prisoners”, to name a few.
It was none of their fault their performances came out during a crowded year for varied performance catalogues that couldn’t make the cut.
In fact, most of the year’s best performances emerged during the last quarter of the year. As the studios usually aims their best films for that year end consideration and their Oscar campaigns.
But since we are a nation that judges everything by winners and losers; there are a few catalogues with one clear winner and may be a surprise or two.
While a couple of nominations will be a horse race between two candidates. At any rate, it should make for an interesting and exciting 86th Oscar telecast. So here are my choice on whom and what movies to expect to win versus those I felt should have won.
“12 Years a Slave” should be the clear winner, but don’t discount the momentum of “American Hustle”
If “12 Years a Slave” doesn’t take best picture. The academy might give best director to Steve McQueen, but there is momentum and the chance David O Russell could snatch it for “American Hustle”.
It’s a tough call, even though I would love to see Chiwetel Ejiofor win for “12 Years a Slave”. It would still be “all right!” if Matthew McConaughey wins for “Dallas Buyers Club” who has been on a hot streak of solid performances for the last two years.
Cate Blanchett is my choice to win for Woody Allen’s Blue Jasmine”, but Amy Adams might be the Academy’s choice for “American Hustle”.
Best Original Screenplay:
“American Hustle” (Eric Warren Singer and David O. Russell)
Best Adapted Screenplay:
The honor should go to John Ridley for “12 Years a Slave”, but the Academy might pull a surprise here to Bill Ray for “Captain Phillips”.
Best Supporting Actress:
Jennifer Lawrence could be a two time consecutive winner that could upset who should win the honor, newcomer Lupita Nyong’o for “12 Years a Slave”.
Best Supporting Actor:
Jared Leto for “Dallas Buyers Club”. Even though there are strong contenders with Barkhad Abdi for “Captain Phillips” and Jonah Hill for “The World of Wall Street”. It’s totally Leto’s transgender performance to win.
Best Documentary Feature:
Who will win” “The Act of Killing”
Who should win: “20 Feet from Stardom”
Best Animated Feature:
It’s almost any one race to win, but the Academy might give it to Disney’s “Frozen” but I think it should go to 86 yr. old Japanese animator Hiyao Miyazaki’s promised last film “The Wind Rises”
“The Grandmaster” might be the one to upset “Gravity’ for this honor.
Best Visual Effects; “Gravity”
Best Sound Mixing: “Gravity”
Best Costume Design:
Best Film Editing:
Best Production Design: “Gravity”
Best Foreign Language Feature:
The Hunt” (Denmark) should win but I think the Academy might go with “The Great Beauty” (Italy)
Best Makeup and Hairstyling:
“Dallas Buyers Club”
Best Music Score:
“Gravity” (Steven Price) is what I predict, but the Academy might go with “Her” (William Butler and Owen Pallett).
Best Original Song:
It’s possibly a three way race between Pharrell Williams’ “Happy” from “Despicable Me 2”, ( my personal choice) over “Let it Go” from Disney’s “Frozen” (that is an obvious Academy choice, but then there is “Ordinary Love” from “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom”, that could be the Academy’s chance to honor his recent passing.
Kim Williams, coordinator of the newly opened Erie Johnson Family Health Center in North Lawndale posts an outdoor sign listing some of the medical services available for local students and community residents.
- Martha Glynn, (left) family nurse practitioner and Latonya Randle, medical assistant, are just two of the staff members available to help patients at the recently opened Erie Johnson Family Health Center.
By David Tenorio
Erie Family Health, a stalwart community health care provider in Chicago for over 55 years, now offers it vast network of services to residents of the North Lawndale area.
The new North Lawndale center, which opened two months ago, is located at 1504 S. Albany and is one of Erie’s five school based facilities that provides on-site access to general health services and special programs like asthma management education, in addition to behavioral health support. The new facility is named the Erie Johnson School-Based Health Center with a staff of 10 led by center coordinator Kim Williams.
Conceived in 1957 by physician Robert Snyder, who at the time was an intern at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Erie Family Health has grown from one outpatient clinic to 13 health centers that together serve over 40,000 patients annually throughout Chicago. Initially Erie offered low cost pediatric care to needy residents but over the years it has evolved and adjusted its services to include school children, teenagers and the community at large.
Erie also provides classroom-based health education programs that have increased knowledge and promotes healthy lifestyles among students around nutrition, physical activity, family life and sexual health. Additional services are also offered for teens, adults, and seniors including women’s health and prenatal care, dental care, school check-up and vaccinations and chronic disease management.
In 2012, Erie served approximately 44,000 patients providing medical, dental and behavioral health care through over 150,00 patient visits. Patients also have the option, if necessary, of obtaining referrals to local hospital specialists through Erie’s support agreement with hospitals such as Swedish Covenant, Northwestern Memorial, Children’s Hospital, and Stroger Hospital, among others.
Perhaps one of the most outstanding features of Erie Family Health is that they are geared to help any community resident who needs medical attention regardless of their financial situation.
“We (Erie), will provide health care services to anyone in the community, whether they are insured or not,” Ms. Williams said. “North Lawndale is one of the most economically depressed communities in Chicago and we work diligently to provide medical services to those who can ill afford to see a private doctor, or those without health care insurance.”
Ms. Williams, who received her master’s degree in Public Health from the University of Illinois, has extensive health care industry experience including having worked in Chicago’s department of public health. Beside Ms. Williams, there are two nurse practitioners, one physician’s assistant and one full time social worker in addition to the clinic and clerical staff.
“We are very pleased and excited about the opening of the Johnson Center,” Ms. Williams said. “Erie has been in Chicago for many years and now we have an opportunity to serve not only school age children with our new facility, but also the community at large.”
Williams added, “We reached out to the community and local schools to let them know about us and our programs, and the support, and interest has just been outstanding. We are very pleased that Erie has been welcomed with open arms, it says a lot of what our services mean to the community.”
Anyone who wishes more information on the Erie Johnson center may contact the facility by calling 312-432-7476.