Thursday, January 29, 2015

Black World Cinema program for February

Every February Black World Cinema has a program commemorating Black History Month. Normally they screen a film the first Thursday every month. During Black History Month a film is screened every Thursday. We just received this email in time for next month's events:
Black World Cinema is now in it’s 10th year at SMG Chatham 14 Theaters and in February will present the BLACK FUTURE MONTH film series.

Black Future Month will explore AfroFuturism through real science documentary, the science of the imagination in drama, animation, comic books and the experimental ideas of Black Radical Imagination.

The 4 week series will take place at Chatham 14 Theaters, 210 W 87th St, every Thursday at 7pm. General dmission is $6 per ticket. Every week we will feature someone from the science or creative community to engage the audience with lively discussion about the exciting films being screened during February.

Please share this email with friends, educators, film fans and kids(not for the Feb 5 program). If you have marketing ideas for this program, places we should contact, please email floydwebb @ with your suggestions. Thanks, hope to see you in February.
Every week I do plan to advertise the week's movies during Black History Month or for BWC Black Future Month. This looks very interesting and hopefully I can catch one of these films if not all of them.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Summary of the 6th Ward Townhall Meeting on Nuway Methadone Clinic

Location: 110 East 79th Street, Chicago, IL 60619, USA
This past Saturday, January 24th, Alderman Roderick Sawyer hosted a town hall meeting on Nuway Methadone Clinic. There were several reporters, Glenn Reedus of the Crusader and Andrea Watson of there and they have their stories which are pretty accurate but there are some issues that I feel are important to the community that will get lost in the political spin that is out here.

The owner of Nuway Community Services, which is the holding company for the clinic, Mr. Olajide Soloja did come and address the community,

He didn't provide the answers that most of the 100+ in attendance wanted to hear. He stated that the business was previously located on the 600-700 E 75th vicinity. One remark that he made especially didn't go over well with most is when he indicated he now owns the building located at 110 E 79th. He stated he is making improvements to the property but that didn't mean much to the audience.

The building at 110 E 79th has been a medical building for years but has changed hands over the years as doctors and doctor groups including the City of Chicago health clinic moved out or died.

At the meeting, a number of residents openly discussed personal and family issues with drug addition and understand the need for services but did not condone the behavior of some of Nuway's clients behavior. Also, the owner of  Gilead Behavior Health Clinic located at 132 E 79th scolded the owner for not taking a more proactive role in monitoring what is going on and around his facility because it is having a negative affect on other operators in the building who have operated for years basically transparent to the community. One operator that is located in the building, Emages which offers services to those convicted of  DUI's, also disclosed they have a program for sex offenders and have operated for over 15 years. The representative did not go into detail but there will be a follow up with the owner on what kind of services they are offering.

Several, Nuway employees made passionate presentations about how they came to work for Nuway. They all stated they completed similar programs and used it as springboard to become counselors and other positions. One employee's presentation caught the attention of the crowd as he asked for the opportunity to work on a solution to the problem. Stating that it was highly unlikely the owner would relocate the clinic since he owned the building, it was in everyone's best interest to try and identify the issues and work on a solution.

The audience requested that this gentleman represent the clinic on the task force that was being set up. The task force was suggested and a cross section of residents volunteered to serve. Yes, some left the meeting just as upset as they came in the meeting and want the facility to relocate and others left upset for other reasons We will see if there if the follow through that was stated will actually happen.

2015 Elections: Video on demand

[VIDEO] We'll start with this video by Richard Wooten running for Alderman in the 6th ward. In 2011, Wooten did a series of videos intended for the various neighborhoods contained then in the 6th ward. Wooten retails his attention to the various neighborhoods of the remapped 6th Ward noting the diversity as far as income or even age. Those videos he did in 2011 were pretty good I hope he will do something similar to those videos before the election next month.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

DCP 9th ward candidates forum...

The Developing Communities Project is hosting a candidates forum on January 31st, 2015 at 2 PM. It will be held at Progressive Church located at 26 E. 127th St. For more details refer to flyer below.

DNA Info: Alderman Wants to Bring Coffee Shops, Bars to Desolate State St. Stretch

When Alderman Sawyer first got into office in 2011 he was talking about the need for businesses around the 6th ward's L stops. So would developing a business strip along stretches of State Street would help in that effort.
Ald. Roderick Sawyer dreams of bringing coffee shops, restaurants and bars to a desolate stretch of State Street in the neighborhood where he grew up: Chatham.

By doing so, he hopes he can transform and revive the once-vibrant community by persuading the younger generation to remain in the neighborhood — and even coaxing young families to move here.

“We still have young people who aren’t choosing Chatham as a destination place to live, even though I think we have decent housing stock, because we don’t have the stuff they like,” the 6th Ward alderman said.

Sawyer has targeted the strip between 69th and 79th streets, the site of many empty storefronts, vacant lots and few thriving businesses.

Last week, the City Council Committee on Zoning approved Sawyer's request to rezone State between 76th and 77th streets to allow retail. He also is working with the Chicago Department of Transportation to make the strip more walkable and pedestrian-friendly.
Well there is plenty of room for redevelopment between 69th and 79th Streets. What would you like to see along that stretch of State Street?

Monday, January 26, 2015

Highland Community Bank closed and Seaway Bank 2.0 suffers a "glitch"

Highland Community Bank
Today in the news I saw that Highland Community Bank HQ @ 1701 W. 87th St. had been taken over by the FDIC. Over the years Seaway Bank had attempted to buy Highland but to no avail and somehow Highland was able to survive. There are those who follow community lenders who wondered WHEN that small lender would finally fail. 

Today we have our answer.
Regulators have closed a small lender in Chicago, making it the second U.S. bank failure of 2015 following 18 closures last year.

The Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. said Friday that it has taken over Highland Community Bank, which operated two branches.

The bank had $54.7 million in assets and $53.5 million in deposits as of Dec. 31.

United Fidelity Bank, based in Evansville, Indiana, agreed to assume all of Highland Community Bank's deposits and to buy the failed bank's assets.
So that makes it only three Black-owned banks in Chicago, which includes Seaway Bank, Illinois Service Federal, and New Orleans, Louisiana based Liberty Bank (which operates a branch on Chicago's west side formerly owned by Covenant Bank and Community Bank of Lawndale).

Speaking of Seaway it was recently in the news that they have been hit with a consent order by the FDIC:
Seaway 2.0 has stumbled on a glitch.

Seaway Bank & Trust, Chicago's largest African-American-owned bank, based on the South Side, has been slapped with a consent order by its regulators. The order requires it to hold elevated capital levels, strengthen management, halt dividend payments to investors and beef up controls to detect money-laundering and other criminal activity by customers.

The Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. along with the Illinois Division of Banking issued the order Dec. 16, little more than a month after Seaway had declared itself a successful turnaround following restatement of six quarters worth of earnings that substantially improved the bank's financial condition.

The order, which the bank consented to without admitting or denying charges of unsafe or unsound banking practices, requires Seaway to boost its “Tier 1” capital to 8 percent of its assets within 60 days. Based on Sept. 30 figures, the bank would need to raise nearly $8 million to hit that benchmark.
Seaway is celebrating 50 years in business this year. Hopefully they won't go the way of Highland Bank in the near future.

In the meanwhile as you read in the article for Highland, they will be taken over by Indiana-based United Fidelity Bank. In fact if you clicked on Highland official website it's noted on that with a link to that bank.

Are the loss of Black-owned neighborhood banks a loss for our neighborhoods?

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Mailer in the race for 9th ward Alderman

Received this mailer for 9th ward Alderman Anthony Beale recently. It touts his accomplishments and his future goals for the ward. There are pictures of himself during a groundbreaking for an athletic center and the opening of a new store. He mentions new grocery stores, however, Harold "Noonie" Ward has been hitting him on that fact. Although Walmart does sell groceries even if it's not considered a grocery store.

If you have any mailers to scan and share with us feel free to e-mail, Facebook, or Tweet us.

Also this was recently recieved in the mail however Aldertrack noted this mailer from Beale's challenger Harold "Noonie" Ward. It resembles a speeding ticket and attempts to attach Ald. Beale to the controvery involving those red light cameras in the city. Other than the lack of grocery stores in the 9th, this is another issue Ward has hit the incumbent Alderman on.

Mailer In the 6th Ward Aldermanic Race

Location: 7900 South King Drive, Chicago, IL 60619, USA
Received this mailer recently in the mail from Alderman Roderick Sawyer. It states his stance on education as well as his endorsement by the Chicago Teachers Union (CTU).

There have been allegations that someone is going in residents mailboxes and removing mailers. If there are any other mailers, please contact us and we will post.

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Wards 9, 17, & 21 candidates forum Trinity Church

We may have known about this for a while now but tomorrow at Trinity United Church of Christ a candidates forum for wards 9, 17, and 21. This information was emailed to us today.
  • 9th, 17th and 21st Ward Candidates Forum
    Trinity United Church of Christ
    400 W. 95th Street - Sanctuary
    Chicago, IL 60628

    Sunday, January 25, 2015
    2:30pm to 4:45pm
If anyone has any candidate events we should know about feel free to e-mail us, tweet, or post to our FB page.

2007 elections: YouTubin' the locals...

[VIDEO] Today we're going back two election cycles to find this post via Gaper's Block regarding the 2007 elections. Author Richard Carnahan takes a look at some of the notable YouTube videos posted before the city elections of that year.

Unfortunately most of those videos posted there no longer exist. As a matter of fact some of these videos could be viewed as offensive so those that aren't available you should be glad you can't see them. Regardless there are still some videos of note in that post.

The best video of that cycle (shown above) was done by our old friend artistmac who lived in the 3rd ward. In fact in that post he wrote the very last comment in that Gaper's Block post. For almost 9 minutes he drives around Bronzeville showing the condition of the ward as it was represented by then Alderman Dorothy Tillman. He especially notes all the vacant lots and not much development.

Of course artistmac, had documented a lot of events during the 2007 elections from the February elections to the April run-off especially a debate where Tillman only sent a representative to a candidate forum. All this representative did was make the audience mad when she simply stated that Tillman had other things to do.

Either way in the run-off election of 2007, Ald. Tillman would be defeated by current 3rd ward Alderman Pat Dowell. And it appears artistmac's 3rd ward is about to get some grocery stores in the future with a Mariano's coming soon!

If you have any YouTube videos for the 2015 races to share feel free to do so. Send us a tweet, post to our FB page, or send a quick e-mail!

Friday, January 23, 2015

9th Ward: Bulletin newspaper photo page of Rosemoor forum

The recent candidates forum hosted by the Rosemoor Community Association held this past Tuesday. This page from the Bulletin has been distribuing in my e-mails so it's worth sharing on the blog. You will see leaders of Rosemoor along with 9th Ward Ald. Beale, and Ted Williams III, and Michael LaFargue on this page.

VIDEO: Ted Williams for 9th ward Alderman

[VIDEO] If you subscribed the daily e-mail newsletter from Aldertrack you saw this video by candidate for Alderman Ted Williams. He discusses his background - especially as a professor in the City Colleges of Chicago - in addition to his future goals if elected Alderman of the 9th ward.

BTW, Aldertrack kind of opined on the video as apparently it was shot horizontally vertically. They even shared this hilarious video regarding "vertical video syndrome". You'll laugh, but if you - the reader - ever ran for Alderman in the future I do hope that you would produce a more professionally done video. Professor Williams seemed to barely have a enough space for himself in the frame.

ALSO, Gaper's Block years ago did a post about videos related to races for Alderman. I'm looking for it and when it's found will be posted here as an illustration.

Is anything that Williams said that would sway your vote for him in the 9th ward?

EDIT: I forgot to note that next Friday Williams will host a meet & greet also posted in this morning's Aldertrack daily e-mail
  • Ted Williams, III (9) will hold a meet and greet Friday, January 30 at 6:30p at his campaign office, 11625 S. Michigan Ave.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

DNA Info: CPS Schedules Makeup Days for January Cancellations

Those two days earlier this month where CPS students had no class because of the cold weather well they have to make up those days somehow:
On Jan. 6 and Jan. 7, snow and frigid temperatures forced CPS to cancel classes. "To ensure students receive the valuable instructional time that was intended" for those days, CPS has scheduled the two makeup days, including one that will delay summer break for a day.

Jan. 30, which was scheduled to be a School Improvement Day without classes, will now be a regular attendance day for all CPS students, officials said.

June 17, which was supposed to be the first day of summer break, will also be a regular attendance day. Summer break will begin June 18 instead.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

VIDEO: Joseph Ziegler is running Chicago Alderman in the 21st ward

[VIDEO] You may have seen this interview on CAN-TV. Joseph Ziegler is running for Alderman of the 21st Ward interviewed by former Chicago Alderman Virgil Jones. He talks about what's going on in the 21st ward and his future plans if he was elected Alderman.

Ziegler is running against current Ald. Howard Brookins. This edition of The Underground Railroad runs about 30 minutes.

ALSO, you may have seen this in your Aldertrack e-mails if you have been subscribing.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Russ Stewart: Emanuel to the rescue in wards on South Side

Been a while since we've heard from Russ Stewart here on this blog. He analyzes the races for Alderman in the south side wards and says the Mayor is going to send resources to his favored candidates. So this is what he says for the races we're looking at in the coming election.
6th Ward (Chatham, Park Manor): This is the Jefferson Park of the South Side, filled with lots of middle class homes and home owners. Sawyer ousted pro-Daley Fredrenna Lyle (now a judge) in 2011 by 104 votes, and he faces four male opponents in 2015. Emanuel will fund Richard Wooten, but Sawyer will win.
9th Ward (Far South Side): After losing a 2013 bid for Jesse Jackson’s congressional seat, incumbent Anthony Beale’s stature nosedived. He faces seven opponents, the most credible being Michael LaFargue. It will be Rahm to the rescue in a Beale-LaFargue runoff.
21st Ward (Washington Heights): Three-termer Howard Brookins is chairman of the council’s Black Caucus, and he is generally supportive of the mayor. He faces seven opponents, so a runoff is certain. The ward runs from the Ryan west to the Penn Central tracks, between 79th Street and 99th Street. Brookins was embarrassed in 2008 when he lost the primary for state’s attorney, and again in 2012 when his chief of staff got caught in an FBI sting. The aide took a bribe to facilitate a liquor license, and pleaded guilty in December. Brookins was not implicated. A onetime Brookins ally, insurance agent Joe Ziegler, formerly of the 18th Ward, likely will meet Brookins in the runoff. Brookins will need Emanuel’s money to prevail.

#MBMHMC 6th Ward...104 votes

[VIDEO] This week Jahmal Cole takes time to interview the three candidates for 6th Ward Alderman in 2015 - incumbent Roderick Sawyer, previous candidate for Alderman in 2011 & police officer Richard Wooten, and finally former 6th Ward streets & sanitation superintendent Brian Garner. They all have their visions or perhaps reasons why they're running for Alderman.

The end of the video was most interesting as Sawyer discussed mainly what he hoped to do in the term he won by 104 votes in 2011 which was to clean up the issues of the 6th Ward. His next term he hopes to really work on issues of econonic development. Of course, he'd have to get through the 2015 elections.

Is anything said by Wooten, Garner, and Sawyer that would sway your vote next month?