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Meeting Name: Board of Commissioners Agenda status: Final
Meeting date/time: 2/20/2019 9:00 AM Minutes status: Final  
Meeting location: Cook County Building, Board Room, 118 North Clark Street, Chicago, Illinois
Consent Calendar Meeting
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19-1890 1 HONORING THE LIFE OF RAQUEL GUERRERO, COMMUNITY ADVOCATE AND FOUNDING MEMBER OF THE ASOCIACIÓN PRO DERECHOS OBREROSConsent Calendar ResolutionPROPOSED RESOLUTION HONORING THE LIFE OF RAQUEL GUERRERO, COMMUNITY ADVOCATE AND FOUNDING MEMBER OF THE ASOCIACIÓN PRO DERECHOS OBREROS WHEREAS, Raquel Guerrero was a leader, organizer, and activist in Chicago’s Pilsen neighborhood for over forty years; and WHEREAS, Her efforts to support education, culture, and social justice will continue to have a long-lasting impact on her community; and WHEREAS, In the late 1960’s, she played an instrumental role in the boycott and occupation of Froebel High School, then a satellite branch of Harrison High School; and WHEREAS, These actions were meant to protest against the lack of resources for the school and led to historic walkouts organized by both African-American and Mexican-American students; and WHEREAS, These walkouts started an education reform movement in Pilsen between parents, clergy, and activists that led to the efforts towards the first public high school in the neighborhood; and WHEREAS, As a result, in 1972, Mrs. Guerrero and hundreds of other community members delivered petitions to the Chicago Board of Education an   Action details Video Video
19-1763 1 HONORING THE LATE BISHOP CARLIS L. MOODY, SR.Consent Calendar ResolutionPROPOSED RESOLUTION HONORING THE LATE BISHOP CARLIS L. MOODY, SR. WHEREAS, Bishop Carlis L. Moody, Sr. was born December 16, 1934 to Mr. Booker T. and Geneva Moody, in the city of Tifton, Georgia; and WHEREAS, as Bishop Moody was married to Mary Alice in September 1955, and their union was blessed with one daughter, Missionary Sideary King, three sons, Pastor Carlis Moody, Jr., Bishop Anthony Moody, Sr., and Minister Jeffrey Moody; and WHEREAS, Bishop Moody had a total of twelve grandchildren and three great grandchildren and was revered in the community as a father to the fatherless, a mentor, and surrogate parent to many; and WHEREAS, Bishop Moody accepted the call to preach in July 1946 in the city of Waukegan, Illinois, and was ordained four years later by the late Church of God in Christ (COGIC) Bishop W. M. Roberts. At the age of 16, he established a small church in Waukegan on Market Street and incorporated that congregation into St. James Temple Church of God in Christ in North Chicago, Illinois, where he served as youth pastor and district Sunday School superintendent approvePass Action details Not available
19-1824 1 HONORING DR. CAROL L. ADAMSConsent Calendar ResolutionPROPOSED RESOLUTION HONORING DR. CAROL L. ADAMS “You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them.” Maya Angelou WHEREAS, Dr. Carol L. Adams is founder and CEO of Urban Prescriptives, Inc., a consulting firm that specializes in program and organizational development for enterprises engaged in educational, social, political, and cultural practice. This venture merges the diverse experiences that comprise her remarkable career and her commitment to asset-based, culture-centered models for social change; and WHEREAS, Dr. Carol L. Adams was a high school civil rights activist who became President of CORE in Louisville, Kentucky at the age of 16. She was a founding member of The Catalyst, the Association of Black Sociologists, the Ujima Learning Center, the Illinois Council on Black Studies, and a driving force behind many other organizations and movements. Past positions include: Executive Director of Northeastern Illinois University’s Center for Inner City Studies, Director of African American Studies at Loyola University aapprovePass Action details Video Video
19-1825 1 HONORING DR. LENA J. McLINConsent Calendar ResolutionPROPOSED RESOLUTION HONORING DR. LENA J. McLIN As Paul the Apostle, teaches about individual responsibility he says these words in Ephesians 5:19, “Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord” WHEREAS, Dr. Lena J. McLin was born September 5, 1928 in Atlanta, Georgia, to the union of Benjamin J. Johnson and Bernice Dorsey. Where Dr. McLin's close childhood friends were Martin Luther King, Jr. and his sister Christine King Farris; and WHEREAS, Dr. Lena J. McLin at the tender age of five, was sent to Chicago to live with her uncle, Thomas A. Dorsey, better known as the father of gospel music; where she attended McCosh Elementary School and served as a young accompanist for her uncle’s famed Pilgrim Baptist Church choir; and WHEREAS, Dr. Lena J. McLin, moved back to Atlanta, Georgia and graduated from Booker T. Washington High School in 1947, then enrolled at Spelman College, and earned her Bachelor of Music degree in 1951. She later returned to Chicago and studied at the American Conservatory of MusdeferPass Action details Not available
19-1826 1 Dr. Alice Faye McCannConsent Calendar ResolutionPROPOSED RESOLUTION HONORING DR. ALICE FAYE MCCANN “And if it seems evil unto you to serve the Lord, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” WHEREAS, Dr. Alice Faye McCann, over four decades ago married Arthur L. McCann, a former Chicago Police officer who retired with the rank of Sargent. As a result of this union they have enjoyed raising 3 daughters: Tammy McCann-Simpkins, Allison McCann-Stevenson, and April McCann, they were fortunate to have the love of 5 grandchildren; and WHEREAS, Dr. Alice Faye McCann on any given day brought joy and sunshine into the office of the Chicago Board of Elections. She was well known as “A Community Builder” and “Ms. Glamourous”. She loved people and loved being the advocate to the voiceless and those which society deemed invisible. She always made sure to bring a sense of pride to the office. She continuously gained the respect of her peers, and was often tapprovePass Action details Video Video
19-1898 1 CONGRATULATING RICHARD J. NOGAL ON BEING AWARDED THE ILLINOIS STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION’S BURROUGHS AWARDConsent Calendar ResolutionPROPOSED RESOLUTION CONGRATULATING RICHARD J. NOGAL ON BEING AWARDED THE ILLINOIS STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION’S BURROUGHS AWARD WHEREAS, the Illinois State Board of Education created the Burroughs Award in 1991 in memory of its late Chairman Thomas Lay Burroughs; and WHEREAS, the Burroughs Award recognizes extraordinary local leadership, in particular in advancing student learning and educational excellence, expanding equal educational opportunities, and resolving major crises or difficulties; and WHEREAS, Richard J. Nogal has exemplified leadership during his tenure as President of the Consolidated High School District 230 School Board over the last six years; and WHEREAS, Richard J. Nogal’s history of public and community service spans more than two decades. Prior to serving as President of District 230, he served as a community volunteer on the Student Services Committee for four years as well as serving on the Palos Community Consolidated Board of Education District 118 School Board for eight years. Further, he has also served as Chairman of the Board of Directors at approvePass Action details Video Video
19-1719 1 HONORING DINO’S PIZZA & ITALIAN RESTAURANT ON ITS 50TH ANNIVERSARYConsent Calendar ResolutionPROPOSED RESOLUTION HONORING DINO’S PIZZA & ITALIAN RESTAURANT ON ITS 50TH ANNIVERSARY WHEREAS, Dino’s Pizza & Italian Restaurant, located at 7004 W. Higgins in Chicago, has been a family-owned and operated restaurant since 1968; and WHEREAS, Dino Borrini arrived to America from Italy in 1956 and learned much of his craft working with other immigrants at Father & Son Pizza on the South Side; and WHEREAS, the first Dino’s was at Armitage and Tripp in what is now Hermosa. Dino’s made the move north to Norwood Park in 1968; and WHEREAS, all recipes at Dino’s have been handed down from Dino and his wife, Tina, to their daughters, Bianca and Bruna, who are currently carrying on the family tradition at the restaurant along with their husbands, Joe and Darek; and WHEREAS, in addition to carrying on Dino’s recipes, his descendants are also carrying on Dino’s traditions of kindness and respect for the customer; and WHEREAS, Dino’s Pizza is known for its thin-crust, tavern-style pizza, using a sauce that is neither too sweet nor too tart, and its sausage-a zesty special bapprovePass Action details Video Video
19-1875 1 Remembering Rev. James BassConsent Calendar ResolutionPROPOSED RESOLUTION REMEMBERING REV. JAMES BASS WHEREAS, Almighty God, in His infinite wisdom, has called Reverend James Bass of Chicago from our midst on November 27, 2018; and WHEREAS, Reverend James Bass was born May 7, 1920 in Ruleville, Mississippi. He was the oldest of six children born to the union of Frank and Hattie Bell Bass; and WHEREAS, Reverend Bass was called into the ministry at the age of six; the children from neighboring farms gathered in one house on Sunday evenings to play church; he would conduct the services rendering the sermon, praying and singing; he ministered at the funeral of “anything that died” and was repeatedly referred to as the “The Preacher Boy”; he accepted Christ as his personal Savior on a Tuesday in August 1929 and was baptized in the Sunflower River; he became a faithful and dedicated young man as he grew in wisdom and knowledge; and WHEREAS, At the age of 14, Rev. Bass became the custodian at his church he attended Ruleville Jr. High School from 1934 through 1936; in 1938 he preached his first sermon at Mt. Laton Baptist church approvePass Action details Video Video
19-1876 1 IN MEMORY OF DR. ROBERT DONALDSONConsent Calendar ResolutionPROPOSED RESOLUTION IN MEMORY OF DR. ROBERT DONALDSON WHEREAS, Almighty God, in His infinite wisdom, has called Dr. Robert B. Donaldson from our midst on December 29, 2018; and WHEREAS, Dr. Robert B. Donaldson, a Full Professor of Public Administration in the College of Business and Public administration at Governors State University and Director of the Master of Public administration Programs (MPA) and Master Thesis Projects, was a man on the mission; His Mission was to inspire his students, colleagues, neighbors and citizens of Hazel Crest, IL to become more intimately involved in the political processes that govern our collective lives; Esteemed by his peers and students, Dr. Donaldson was the recipient of the 2000 & 2002 Student Recognition Award; 1998 & 2002 Faculty Excellence Award; 1996 University Community Service Award from Governors State University;1995 & 1998 University Student Service Award; 1996 University Community Service Award; and WHEREAS, Leading by example, Dr. Donaldson in addition to teaching, administrative duties, and Program Director of the MPA PapprovePass Action details Not available
19-1757 1 HONORING THE REDEDICATION OF EBENEZER PRIMM TOWERS IN EVANSTON, AND HONORING THE LEGACY OF REVEREND JACOB S. BLAKEConsent Calendar ResolutionPROPOSED RESOLUTION HONORING THE REDEDICATION OF EBENEZER PRIMM TOWERS IN EVANSTON, AND HONORING THE LEGACY OF REVEREND JACOB S. BLAKE WHEREAS, Ebenezer Primm Towers was the first church sponsored federally funded housing project in a major suburban area. It was rededicated on Sunday, July 30, 2017. At its rededication, the community honored the Reverend Jacob S. Blake’s pivotal role in making Ebenezer Primm Towers a reality and the powerful legacy of Reverend Blake and Ebenezer AME Church; and WHEREAS, for decades, prior to arriving in Evanston, Reverend Blake was a leader and a major force for good in the region battling profound injustices, such as redlining, housing discrimination, education inequity and busing. In Evanston, in addition to so many other issues, he worked tirelessly to establish affordable housing for the senior citizens in Evanston, where rents were rising rapidly. The result was the establishment of Ebenezer Primm Towers, which has a proud history that is a reflection of Reverend Blake and his intense determination and strong leadership; and WHEREapprovePass Action details Video Video
19-1884 1 HONORING THE LATE WILLIAM “BILL” EARL QUIGLEYConsent Calendar ResolutionPROPOSED RESOLUTION HONORING THE LATE WILLIAM “BILL” EARL QUIGLEY WHEREAS, William “Bill” Earl Quigley was born on January 26, 1927 in Indianapolis, Indiana; and WHEREAS, Bill Quigley was abandoned as a baby in an orphanage and adopted by a poor family in the middle of the Depression; and WHEREAS, Bill Quigley believed that the difficult times in his life instilled in him an ethic to be productive, to work hard, to seek to do the right thing, and to believe in the potential of success, values he passed to his children; and WHEREAS, Bill Quigley completed high school and entered Purdue University. As he was starting his sophomore year, he was drafted into the U.S, Army during the Korean War where he served in the Signal Corps. There he learned technology including satellite and microwave communications that were then in their infancy; and WHEREAS, after his military service, Bill Quigley spent his career working for AT&T as a supervising engineer. He was a member of the Communications Workers of America. He was transferred and promoted to the Chicago area and moveapprovePass Action details Not available
19-1756 1 CELEBRATING THE 100TH ANNIVERSARY OF ATLAS TOOL WORKS, INC.Consent Calendar ResolutionPROPOSED RESOLUTION CELEBRATING THE 100TH ANNIVERSARY OF ATLAS TOOL WORKS, INC. WHEREAS, in December of 2018, Atlas Tool Works, Inc. celebrated their 100th Anniversary, a remarkable milestone for a Cook County business located in Lyons, Illinois; and WHEREAS, Atlas Tool Works is a world-class precision manufacturing facility offering a broad array of metal manufacturing services to numerous global companies; and WHEREAS, Jerome Mottl, who immigrated to the United States from Eastern Europe, worked at Western Electric’s Hawthorne Plant in nearby Cicero, IL before founding the company in 1918 in Chicago, IL focusing on the telecommunications industry; and WHEREAS, Jerome Mottl’s two children inherited the business from their father, with his daughter in law making an extraordinary impact as a leading woman in the 1970s, paving the way for women in the manufacturing industry; and WHEREAS, in 1953, Atlas Took Works moved to its present location, Lyons, IL, and now occupies over 70,000 square feet of manufacturing space with over 70 employees; and WHEREAS, for fapprovePass Action details Not available
19-1912 1 HONORING AND RECOGNIZING THE COOK COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF FACILITIES MANAGEMENTConsent Calendar ResolutionPROPOSED RESOLUTION HONORING AND RECOGNIZING THE COOK COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF FACILITIES MANAGEMENT WHEREAS, dangerously cold temperatures hit Cook County and the Midwest area beginning late Tuesday, January 29 and lasting until Thursday, January 31, 2019; and WHEREAS, various Cook County stakeholders came together to prepare and inform Cook County residents of the necessary measures to take with the extreme weather conditions; and WHEREAS, on January 29, 2019, a vital decision was made to open suburban Cook County courthouses to assist our residents and provide them a safe haven during the extreme weather; and WHEREAS, the courthouses in Markham, Bridgeview, Maywood, Skokie and Rolling Meadows where opened as 24 hour warming centers during the extreme weather; and WHEREAS, at least twelve residents stayed overnight with additional intermittent residents seeking warmth at the courthouses; and WHEREAS, the quick actions of the Cook County Department of Facilities Management, as well as other employees of the Bureau of Asset Management, were of utmost importance durapprovePass Action details Not available
19-1913 1 CELEBRATING THE CAREER OF CLIFF KELLEY AND HIS CONTRIBUTIONS TO CHICAGO RADIOConsent Calendar ResolutionPROPOSED RESOLUTION CELEBRATING THE CAREER OF CLIFF KELLEY AND HIS CONTRIBUTIONS TO CHICAGO RADIO WHEREAS, after more than two decades of contribution to Chicago radio, news analyst and radio talk show host Cliff Kelley is set to retire from Chicago’s premier urban talk radio station, WVON, on March 29, 2019; and WHEREAS, born and raised in Chicago’s South Side, Cliff Kelley is a graduate of Englewood High School, Roosevelt University and John Marshall Law School; and WHEREAS, in addition to being a distinguished radio talk show host, Cliff Kelley is a veteran, an attorney and a former member of the City Council of Chicago; and WHEREAS, Cliff Kelley is also known for being the first African American to serve as the vice president of the Young Democrats of Illinois; and WHEREAS, in 1971, Cliff Kelley was elected to alderman of the 20th Ward and served the residents of the City of Chicago for 16 years; and WHEREAS, during his tenure in Chicago City Council, Cliff Kelley was an advocate for racial equality, an elected school board and a pioneer for LGBTQ rights; aapprovePass Action details Not available
19-1901 1 ROBERT SADOWSKI, IN MEMORIAMConsent Calendar ResolutionPROPOSED RESOLUTION ROBERT SADOWSKI, IN MEMORIAM WHEREAS, Almighty God in His infinite wisdom has called Robert Sadowski from our midst, and WHEREAS, Robert Sadowski was the loving and adored husband of Marirose (nee Rodorigo) for 50 years, and WHEREAS, Robert Sadowski was the amazing father of Jeffrey, Mark (Holly Goline), and Jonathan (Melissa Woodbury), and WHEREAS, Robert Sadowski was the much-loved grandfather of Luke, Noah, Raffaella, and Eli, and WHEREAS, Robert Sadowski was the beloved son of the late Irene (Czerniak) and the late Joseph Sadowski, and WHEREAS, Robert Sadowski was the dear brother of Kenneth, and WHEREAS, Robert Sadowski had a passion for hunting and fishing, and WHEREAS, all who knew him will attest that Robert Sadowski was a kind and compassionate man, virtuous of character and gentle in spirit, admired and respected by his many friends and neighbors, and dearly loved by his family, now therefore BE IT RESOLVED, by the Board of Commissioners of Cook County that the Board does hereby offer its deepest condolences and most approvePass Action details Not available
19-1903 1 IN RECOGNITION OF THE 20TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE COOK COUNTY INTERNATIONAL TRADE PARTNERSHIP PROGRAM’S SISTER COUNTY PARTNERSHIP BETWEEN COOK COUNTY, ILLINIOS AND COUNTY CORK, IRELANDConsent Calendar ResolutionPROPOSED RESOLUTION IN RECOGNITION OF THE 20TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE COOK COUNTY INTERNATIONAL TRADE PARTNERSHIP PROGRAM’S SISTER COUNTY PARTNERSHIP BETWEEN COOK COUNTY, ILLINOIS AND COUNTY CORK, IRELAND WHEREAS, in 1995 Cook County launched the International Trade Partnership Program to promote trade and investment between Cook County and strategic partner regions around the world, to foster bilateral trade and to provide a linkage between overseas and local firms; and WHEREAS, in March 1998 a delegation from County Cork, Ireland made their first visit to Cook County, Illinois to participate in a series of government, business and cultural events; and, WHEREAS, in July 1999 a delegation of government and business leaders from Cook County, Illinois traveled to County Cork, Ireland for an economic, educational and cultural exchange; and, WHEREAS, on July 16, 1999 at a Cork County Council meeting, the Cook County, Illinois - County Cork, Ireland, Sister County Partnership Agreement was signed; and , WHEREAS, in October 2000 the Partners with Ireland Committee was eapprovePass Action details Not available
19-1910 1 GREGORY RAMIREZ, IN MEMORIAMConsent Calendar ResolutionPROPOSED RESOLUTION GREGORY RAMIREZ, IN MEMORIAM WHEREAS, Almighty God in His infinite wisdom has called Gregory Ramirez from our midst, and WHEREAS, Gregory Ramirez was the amazing father of Anthony (Christine) Ramirez, Alyssa (Kyle Fuller) Ramirez and the late David Ramirez, and WHEREAS, Gregory Ramirez was the much-loved Grandfather of Parker Ramirez, and WHEREAS, Gregory Ramirez was the beloved son of the late George Ramirez and the late Juanita Scarlata, and WHEREAS, Gregory Ramirez was the cherished brother of Cynthia (the late Larry), Mario (Kari), Vince (Marianne); step-brother of Christopher and Timothy, and WHEREAS, Gregory Ramirez served the City of Chicago for 23 years as a Chicago Police Officer and then a Trustee for the Village of Lyons, Illinois, and WHEREAS, all who knew him will attest that Gregory Ramirez was a kind and compassionate man, virtuous of character and gentle in spirit, admired and respected by his many friends and neighbors, and dearly loved by his family, now therefore BE IT RESOLVED by the Board of Commissioners of CooapprovePass Action details Not available
19-1949 1 Resolution for Black History MonthConsent Calendar ResolutionPROPOSED RESOLUTION A RESOLUTION OF THE COOK COUNTY WOMEN’S CAUCUS HONORING THE FIRST AFRICAN AMERICAN WOMAN ELECTED TO CHICAGO’S CITY COUNCIL WHEREAS, Anna Langford was born on October 27, 1917 in Springfield, Ohio. Her father, Arthur J. Riggs, died when she was only nine months old and her mother, Alice, died when Langford was eight years old; and, WHEREAS, Langford graduated from Hyde Park High School in 1935. She then attended a trade school to learn office skills and from 1938 to 1956 worked as a typist in the Social Security office, the Election Commissioners Office and in the Office of the Secretary of State; and, WHEREAS, In February of 1956, after studying for eleven years, Langford received her J.D. degree from John Marshall Law School at Roosevelt University in Chicago and began an extensive career as a civil rights and criminal lawyer; and, WHEREAS, Langford practiced law throughout the State of Illinois, defended civil rights workers in the 1960s and joined Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Chicago civil rights marches. In 1963 and 1964, she provided free legaapprovePass Action details Not available
19-1902 1 RECOGNIZING FEBRUARY AS AMERICAN HEART MONTH AND DECLARING FEBRUARY 21ST GO RED DAY IN COOK COUNTYConsent Calendar ResolutionPROPOSED RESOLUTION RECOGNIZING FEBRUARY AS AMERICAN HEART MONTH AND DECLARING FEBRUARY 21ST GO RED DAY IN COOK COUNTY WHEREAS, the month of February is recognized as American Heart Month; and WHEREAS, the annual celebration began in 1963 to encourage Americans to join the battle against heart disease and each year a presidential proclamation pays tribute to researchers, physicians, public health professionals and volunteers for their tireless efforts in preventing, treating and researching heart disease, which is the leading cause of death for both men and women in the United States.; and WHEREAS, Heart Disease (including Coronary Heart Disease, Hypertension, and Stroke) remains the No. 1 cause of death in the U.S. and Cardiovascular diseases claim more lives each year than all forms of cancer and chronic lower respiratory disease combined; and WHEREAS, heart disease is the leading cause of death in Cook County as well, accounting for just under 10,000 deaths per year (24%) with more than half occurring in suburban Cook County; and WHEREAS, the estimated annual incapprovePass Action details Not available
19-1918 1  Consent Calendar ResolutionPROPOSED RESOLUTION A RESOLUTION HONORING THE LIFE AND MEMORY OF VIRGIL M. POOLE SR. WHEREAS, Virgil M. Poole Sr. was born December 10, 1920 in Birmingham, Alabama, to Joseph and Mary Poole; and WHEREAS, Virgil was raised to believe in God, education and self-reliance and at an early age became a member of Berean Baptist Church; and WHEREAS, as a man Virgil received education at Roosevelt University and the University of Chicago and was a member of the Phi Beta Kappa Society; and WHEREAS, Virgil joined the United States Army Air Forces and served in World War II in the Mediterranean Theater of Operations as a member of the Tuskegee Airmen as a Chief Intelligence Specialist and Aid to Lt. General Benjamin O. Davis, Jr.; and WHEREAS, after his service in World War II he joined the Chicago “DODO” Chapter of the Tuskegee Airmen, the Veteran of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 311 and the American Legion; he was proud to have served his country and remained active in-service related causes throughout his life; and WHEREAS, Virgil Sr. went to work for the Chicago Park District approvePass Action details Not available
19-1925 1  Consent Calendar ResolutionPROPOSED RESOLUTION A RESOLUTION HONORING THE AMAZING LIFE OF SUE ISH WHEREAS, Sue Barnett Ish was born on February 3, 1920 in Boynton, Oklahoma, the first born of Etta Moten and Curtis Brooks and later her sisters, Gladys and Etta Vee were born; and WHEREAS, after a brief marriage, Sue’s mother returned to her home with her three daughters in Kansas City, where Sue’s grandfather Rev. Freeman Moten and wife Ida helped to raise the three daughters so her mother could attend University of Kansas and pursue a professional career as a concert singer and performing artist; and WHEREAS, in 1934, Sue’s mother married Claude Barnett, founder of Associate Negro Press and he adopted the three daughters; At the age of 16, Sue graduated from Lincoln High School in Kansas City and attended the Historically Black Talladega College where she met her future husband Stanley Ish Jr.; and WHEREAS, after graduating from Talladega, Sue attended the University of Chicago Masters program to study English Literature; however, her advanced education was interrupted when she and Stanley Ish Jr.approvePass Action details Not available
19-1940 1 JT Jones ResolutionConsent Calendar ResolutionPROPOSED RESOLUTION A RESOLUTION HONORING JERRY T. JONES FOR HIS DISTINGUISHED LIFE AND CAREER WHEREAS, Jerry T. Jones (born JT Jones) was born on March 25, 1936 in Sledge, Mississippi by way of a midwife; and WHEREAS, Sledge was predominantly white and more affluent than Falcon where his mother lived, and which was occupied almost entirely by Black people; however, businesses in Falcon were Black owned including a cotton gin, in fact his father in addition to being the man in charge of the local cotton gin operation also owned a restaurant called a “juke joint” and the differences between the two towns had a profound influence on Jerry’s perception of life; and WHEREAS, when JT was eight years old, his uncle gave him a battery powered radio and he was immediately fascinated by the ability to listen to music and other programs from places as far away as Helena, Arkansas; His interest was so great that at the age of eight, he declared that he was going to make radios when he grew up; and WHEREAS, in the summer of 1949, JT and his parents migrated from Sledge to Chicago approvePass Action details Not available
19-1883 1 COMMENDING THE RAINBOW PUSH COALITION EXCEL TECH PROGRAMConsent Calendar ResolutionPROPOSED RESOLUTION COMMENDING THE RAINBOW PUSH COALITION EXCEL TECH PROGRAM WHEREAS, every February, Cook County and the nation celebrates Black History Month; and WHEREAS, the Rainbow PUSH Coalition is a multi-racial, multi-cultural, multi-issue, progressive, international organization fighting for social change in multiple cities and platforms; and WHEREAS, Rainbow PUSH Coalition was formed in 1996 by Reverend Jesse L. Jackson, Sr. through the merging of People United to Serve Humanity (PUSH) founded in 1971 and the National Rainbow Coalition founded in 1984; and WHEREAS, the mission of Rainbow PUSH Coalition is dedicated to unite progressive people, historically locked out of the mainstream of American politics, into a “coalition of conscience” dedicated to making America more inclusive; and WHEREAS, Rainbow PUSH Coalition developed the PUSH Excel Tech Program in partnership with US First Robotics to teach students about designing, building, and programming robots; and WHEREAS, the PUSH Excel Tech Program has provided numerous youth the opportunity to coapprovePass Action details Not available
19-1914 1 IN CELEBRATION OF THE ACCOMPLISHMENTS OF DENISE R. CARPENTERConsent Calendar ResolutionPROPOSED RESOLUTION IN CELEBRATION OF THE ACCOMPLISHMENTS OF DENISE R. CARPENTER WHEREAS, the members of the Cook County Board of Commissioners; wishes to recognize the outstanding years of public service of Denise Carpenter; and WHEREAS, Denise Carpenter is a proven leader in the education and business industries. She earned her Bachelor of Science Education from Chicago State University; and WHEREAS, Denise Carpenter is a retired Chicago Public School teacher with over 30 years of service; and WHEREAS, Denise Carpenter is a co-founder and active member of the South Shore Unified Block Club/Business Organization. A community-based organization dedicated to improving the quality of life in the South Shore neighborhood; and WHEREAS, Denise Carpenter tirelessly works to improve her neighborhood by organizing community events. As a community leader, Denise plays a vital role in keeping local businesses, property owners, and residents aware of important neighborhood developments; and WHEREAS, Denise Carpenter serves as a court advocate addressing issues concerning tapprovePass Action details Not available
19-1916 1 REMEMBERING LIVES LOST IN PARKLAND, FLORIDA ON THE ONE YEAR ANNIVERSARY OF SCHOOL SHOOTINGConsent Calendar ResolutionPROPOSED RESOLUTION REMEMBERING LIVES LOST IN PARKLAND, FLORIDA ON THE ONE YEAR ANNIVERSARY OF SCHOOL SHOOTING WHEREAS, tragedy struck on February 14, 2018 in Parkland, Florida when a school shooting occurred at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School; and WHEREAS, 17 individuals senselessly lost their lives in the shooting; and WHEREAS, many brave students, parents, and community members affected by this tragedy became advocates for sensible and necessary gun control measures; and WHEREAS, through the advocacy of members of the Parkland community, particularly students that were present at the shooting, the Florida State House passed several gun reform measures for the first time in several decades; and WHEREAS, the Parkland students were active in planning a national March For Our Lives event in Washington D.C. on March 24, 2018 with over 800 partner events held across the country with over 1.5 million participants; and WHEREAS, Parkland students and parents of students who lost their lives have been active in directly lobbying Congress and being an active part oapprovePass Action details Not available
19-1956 1 HONORING AND RECOGNIZING BLACK FIRE BRIGADEConsent Calendar ResolutionPROPOSED RESOLUTION HONORING AND RECOGNIZING BLACK FIRE BRIGADE WHEREAS, Black Fire Brigade is an organization dedicated to promoting and protecting the fire rescue service and EMS personnel, to provide continuing education and networking opportunities to members, and preserve the history and heritage of African-American fire and EMS service people; and WHEREAS, Black Fire Brigade represents members’ interest on public issues, discussions, and decisions affecting fire rescue and EMS rescue services, and promotes fundraising for those services; and WHEREAS, opened in June 2018, Black Fire Brigade’s clubhouse is located at 8404 South Kedzie Avenue in Chicago’s Ashburn neighborhood; and WHEREAS, the clubhouse serves as a place for mentoring, support, training, historical remembrance and community for Chicago’s firefighters, EMS personnel, and the next generation of leaders; and WHEREAS, Black Fire Brigade contributes to the community by working to improve employment standards, introducing fire service initiatives, creating opportunities for community collaboration anapprovePass Action details Not available
19-1957 1 HONORING THE AUSTIN AFRICAN AMERICAN BUSINESS NETWORKING ASSOCIATION, INC.Consent Calendar ResolutionPROPOSED RESOLUTION HONORING THE AUSTIN AFRICAN AMERICAN BUSINESS NETWORKING ASSOCIATION, INC. WHEREAS, the Austin African American Business Networking Association, Incorporated (AAABNA) is a nonprofit corporation established in 2003 by Founder and Executive Director Malcolm Crawford and by local business owners; and WHEREAS, Malcolm Crawford and local business owners, proud of their African American heritage, foresaw a need to pool together resources to bring about effective change in the African American community; and WHEREAS, AAABNA came together to fulfill moral, mental and community obligations, in the hopes that their joint effort could only serve to enhance and ultimately benefit the total community at large; and WHEREAS, as the Austin community develops and grows, AAABNA members and Board Chairperson Charmaine V. Rickett recognize the need for business opportunities, education, training and advocacy; and WHEREAS, AAABNA is in partnership with Mayor Emanuel’s Retail Thrive Zone Initiative, a program aimed at strengthening the economic vitality of the West Side’s comapprovePass Action details Not available
19-1958 1 HONORING THE FOUNDERS AND CO-OWNERS OF VEE-JAY RECORDS, VIVIAN CARTER-BRACKEN, JAMES BRACKEN AND CALVIN CARTERConsent Calendar ResolutionPROPOSED RESOLUTION HONORING THE FOUNDERS AND CO-OWNERS OF VEE-JAY RECORDS, VIVIAN CARTER-BRACKEN, JAMES BRACKEN AND CALVIN CARTER WHEREAS, Vee-Jay Records was one of the first black-owned American independent record label established in 1953 in Gary, Indiana; and WHEREAS, its principal office, and longest tenancy, was located at 1449 S. Michigan Avenue, today a historic landmark site for that very reason; and WHEREAS, Vee-Jay Records label name was derived from the first name initials of the husband and wife team of Vivian Carter-Bracken (Vee) and James Bracken (Jay); and WHEREAS, The Brackens along with Vivian’s brother, Calvin Carter, prospered Vee-Jay Records into a successful black-owned independent record company specializing in blues, jazz, gospel, rhythm and blues, and rock and roll; and WHEREAS, Vee-Jay Records produced major acts on the label in the 1950s including blues singers Jimmy Reed, Memphis Slim, and John Lee Hooker, and rhythm and blues vocal groups the Spaniels, the Dells, and the El Dorados; and WHEREAS, in the 1960s, Vee-Jay Records became approvePass Action details Not available
19-1959 1 HONORING DR. LYN HUGHES, FOUNDER OF THE NATIONAL A. PHILIP RANDOLPH PULLMAN PORTER MUSEUMConsent Calendar ResolutionPROPOSED RESOLUTION Honoring Dr. Lyn Hughes, Founder of the National A. Philip Randolph Pullman Porter Museum WHEREAS, Dr. Lyn Hughes, a former international entertainer - now an activist and scholar - moved to Chicago in the late 1980s; and WHEREAS, in1990, she began speculating real estate on Chicago’s south side and discovered the Pullman historic district; and WHEREAS, after discovering an important slice of African American history, in 1995 Dr. Hughes founded The National A. Philip Randolph Pullman Porter Museum (NAPRPPM), a public museum located in the National Park Service-Pullman National Monument on the south side of Chicago; and WHEREAS, not only is the museum about history, it's founding also made history by being founded by an African American female with predominantly private funds, and to this day operates on an entrepreneurial model; and WHEREAS, NAPRPPM is the first Black Labor History Museum in the United States that exclusively tells the story of A. Philip Randolph, a New York magazine publisher, turned union organizer and civil rights leader, who after orgapprovePass Action details Not available
19-1960 1 HONORING JIM PETERIK, MUSICIAN AND SONGWRITERConsent Calendar ResolutionPROPOSED RESOLUTION HONORING JIM PETERIK, MUSICIAN AND SONGWRITER WHEREAS, from 1964 to the present day, Jim Peterik has been a founding member of Chicago’s own musical group The Ides of March, known throughout the world for their hit record “Vehicle” and their equally popular “L.A. Goodbye,” both of which were written and performed by Jim; and WHEREAS, in 1982, as an original member of the Chicago Rock Band “Survivor” Jim Peterik co-wrote “The Eye of the Tiger” for the hit movie “Rocky III,” and additional songs for the movie that reached platinum status, resulting in the sale of over 40 million copies; and WHEREAS, from the 1980’s to the present day, Jim has written, or co-written smash hit songs for groups such as .38 Special, The Beach Boys, and Sammy Hagar; and WHEREAS, Jim has influenced and inspired countless songwriters through his best-selling book “Songwriting for Dummies” his memoirs “Through The Eye of the Tiger” and his numerous educational seminars throughout the United States; and WHEREAS, Jim has donated his talent and services to many charities, inapprovePass Action details Not available