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Gov. Quinn to Eliminate Criminal Background Question On State Employment Applications

Rep. La Shawn Ford (D-Chicago) has tried for years to remove criminal background pre-screening questions on state employment applications, and on April 17, a letter from Gov. Pat Quinn’s office indicated that is happening. Gary Hannig, Quinn’s director of legislative affairs, informs the Austin lawmaker in the letter that Quinn will issue an executive order removing these type of questions. “People who have ...

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Basketball Used as a Tool to Curb Chicago Violence and a Path Out of Negative Lifestyles

CHICAGO – David Bradley doesn’t get anxious anymore when he steps outside the front door of his home on the city’s South Side. Before, the 24 year old Auburn Gresham resident minded what streets he walked and corners where he stood. Those were invisible borders that marked gang territory and where crossing onto a rival’s street could mean life or death. “I can walk wherever I want to walk without having som ...

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A Community Beseiged….. Can Black America be Healed?

By Charlene Muhammad Special to the NNPA from The Final Call Baby Jonylah Watkins Is it finally enough? While some wonder if, and others pray that, the recent shooting death of six-month-old Jonylah Watkins in Chicago brings enough shock, sadness, pain and outrage to reverse violent trends in inner cities, anti-violence experts and advocates say change nor a healing will come until America confronts and cor ...

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Members Sit-In, Speak Out During Rally and March

In an act of civil disobedience, more than 120 members of the protest organizing unions UNITE HERE Local 1, SEIU Local 1, the Grassroots Education Movement and the CTU staged a sit-in in the southbound lanes of LaSalle Street outside of City Hall during Thrusday’s rally and march. Among those led away by police and issued citations for “pedestrian failure to exercise due care,” according to attorney Pat Cal ...

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Chicago To Host McDonald’s All American Basketball Games Through 2015

OAK BROOK, Ill.  – The McDonald’s All American Games will stay in Chicago through 2015. After Windy City fans shattered the event’s attendance record in 2011, and returned in-force for the 2012 Games, McDonald’s and the United Center agreed to a two-year contract extension, including an option to renew in 2016. “This is a historic day for the McDonald’s All American Games,” said Douglas Freeland, director o ...

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Isaac Burns Murphy One of the Greatest Jockeys of All Time

by Jason Lewis Special to the NNPA from the Los Angeles Sentinel Isaac Burns Murphy is arguably the greatest jockey of all time. Isaac Burns Murphy is one of the greatest jockeys ever, and it can be argued that he is in fact the greatest. By Murphy’s calculation, he won 628 of his 1,212 starts in a career that lasted from 1875 to 1895.  The 44 percent winning percentage is the best of all time, and is a rec ...

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Jesse and Sandy Jackson Enter Guilty Plea

By Freddie Allen NNPA Washington Correspondent WASHINGTON (NNPA) – The swift political and personal descent of former Congressman Jesse L. Jackson, Jr. has accelerated with criminal information documents being filed accusing him of conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud, and making false statements in connection with allegations that he diverted approximately $750,000 in campaign funds for personal use. H ...

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Breaking the School-to-Prison Pipeline

By Freddie Allen NNPA Washington Correspondent WASHINGTON (NNPA) – In schools today, Black students get suspended at a rate that is more than triple the rate of their White classmates. As the uneven enforcement of zero tolerance policies disconnect minority students from their schools, juvenile detention centers and, in some cases, adult prisons welcome them with open arms. Data collected by the Office for ...

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Trayvon Martin’s Parents Turn Pain Into Power

By Marian Wright Edelman NNPA Columnist When Sybrina Fulton, Trayvon Martin’s mother, spoke at the Children’s Defense Fund’s recent national conference, she shared some details about her son that reminded the audience both how special Trayvon was to his family and at the same time how much the happy, social high school student was like any mother’s child. “He was very affectionate. He loved to hug and kiss ...

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Gov. Perdue Issues Pardon of Innocence for Wilmington 10

RALEIGH – Gov. Bev Perdue today signed a Pardon of Innocence for the Wilmington 10 and issued the following statement: “I have spent a great deal of time over the past seven months reviewing the pardon of innocence requests of the persons collectively known as the Wilmington Ten. This topic evokes strong opinions from many North Carolinians as it hearkens back to a very difficult time in our state’s past, a ...

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