Clayborne’ s legislation aims to increase minority participation in professional services

In an effort to boost minority and disadvantaged businesses’ participation in state contracting, Majority Leader James Clayborne (D-Belleville) sponsored legislation that aims to generate economic activity for businesses that participate in the Minority Business Enterprise program (MBE). The new law requires each state agency and public higher education institution to adopt policies to increase participation of MBEs in professional services contracts to no less than 20 percent of the contracts bid.

This legislation is primarily intended to increase minority business participation in the insurance industry, investment management services, engineering, accounting, legal services and information technology.

“This new law shows that Illinois is willing to make a long-term investment in small businesses,” Leader Clayborne said. “Minority businesses’ participation needs to increase to ensure consistent growth, which will help stimulate the surrounding community. Statistics of disadvantaged businesses’ participation in state contracting isn’t encouraging. New policies specifically targeted at minority business growth will produce more middle-class jobs in minority communities.”

The new law also requires the Business Enterprise Council to submit an annual report to the governor and General Assembly detailing how state agencies and higher education institutions plan on increasing their minority participation.

The new law takes effect immediately.

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Thursday Open Thread | Donna Summer

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Pre-trial Motions-Freddie Gray. Ms. Mosby, We Stand By You

Today is the beginning of the pre-trial motions in the case of the 6 Baltimore Police Officers arrested for the murder of Freddie Gray.
Since the day that Marilyn Mosby stepped out and charged these folks, SHE and her ENTIRE FAMILY, have had targets on them.

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We just wanted Ms. Mosby to know that there are plenty of citizens out there, many who don’t live in Baltimore, that appreciate her willingness to DO HER JOB.

It’s almost pitiful that we have to thank Ms. Mosby for doing her job, but considering what we routinely see across this country, we know that prosecutors don’t always do the right thing, and many times, use the legal system to cover up brutality, all the way up to murder.

Nobody wants preferential treatment in the Justice System. We just want equal treatment. That you can’t be healthy 10 minutes before encountering the police. And then encounter them, have 80% of your spine severed and wind up DEAD…and, NOBODY COULD EVER EXPLAIN WHY FREDDIE GRAY WAS ARRESTED IN THE FIRST PLACE?

White Mass Murderers get taken to Burger King…while Black folks wind up with their spines severed.

As this case goes forth, we stand with Ms. Mosby, and will keep her and her family steadfast in our prayers.


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Wednesday Open Thread | Chaka Khan

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Tuesday Open Thread | Buddy Guy and Tracy Chapman

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Monday Open Thread | Aaliyah

aaliyahAaliyah Dana Haughton (/.ˈl.ə/) (January 16, 1979 – August 25, 2001) was an American singer, dancer, actress, and model. She was born in Brooklyn, New York, and raised in Detroit, Michigan. At the age of 10, she appeared on the television show Star Search and performed in concert alongside Gladys Knight. At age 12, Aaliyah signed with Jive Records and her uncle Barry Hankerson‘s Blackground Records. Hankerson introduced her to R. Kelly, who became her mentor, as well as lead songwriter and producer of her debut album, Age Ain’t Nothing but a Number. The album sold three million copies in the United States and was certified double platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). After facing allegations of an illegal marriage with R. Kelly, Aaliyah ended her contract with Jive and signed with Atlantic Records.

Aaliyah worked with record producers Timbaland and Missy Elliott for her second album, One in a Million; it sold 3.7 million copies in the United States and over eight million copies worldwide. In 2000, Aaliyah appeared in her first film, Romeo Must Die. She contributed to the film’s soundtrack, which spawned the single “Try Again“. The song topped the Billboard Hot 100 solely on airplay, making Aaliyah the first artist in Billboard history to achieve this goal. “Try Again” earned Aaliyah a Grammy Award nomination for Best Female R&B Vocalist. After completing Romeo Must Die, Aaliyah filmed her role in Queen of the Damned. She released her third and final album, Aaliyah, in July 2001.

On August 25, 2001, Aaliyah and eight others were killed in a plane crash in the Bahamas after filming the music video for the single “Rock the Boat“. The pilot, Luis Morales III, was unlicensed at the time of the accident and had traces of cocaine and alcohol in his system. Aaliyah’s family later filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Blackhawk International Airways, which was settled out of court. Aaliyah’s music has continued to achieve commercial success with several posthumous releases. Aaliyah sold 52 million records worldwide. She has been credited for helping redefine contemporary R&B and hip hop, earning her the nicknames “Princess of R&B” and “Queen of Urban Pop”. She is listed by Billboard as the tenth most successful female R&B artist of the past 25 years and 27th most successful R&B artist in history.

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Liza for the Win! Economic Progress is More Effective Than Protests Says Joel Kotkin

One question for Joel:  If  BLACK Americans had economic progress, would they even need to protest and declare BLACK LIVES MATTER.  Dismissed!

This article by Joel Kotkin, RIGHT HERE:

Ta-Nehisi Coates and the new wave of black nationalists are selling a line that is inimical to real racial progress in America.

The election of Barack Obama promised to inaugurate the dawn of a post-racial America. Instead we seem to be stepping ever deeper into a racial quagmire. The past two month saw the violent commemoration of the Ferguson protests, “the celebration” of the 50th anniversary of the Watts riots, new police shootings in places as distant as Cincinnati and Fort Worth, and renewed disorder, tied to a police-related shooting, in St. Louis last week.

When President Obama was elected, two-thirds of Americans thought race relations were good. Now six in 10 think they are bad, according to a New York Times poll, including some 68% African Americans.

3 Chics commenter, Liza for the MOTHERFUCKING WIN! Yes, I said it.

Liza says:
August 30, 2015 at 11:44 am

This entire article written by white guy Joel Kotkin, who I have never heard of before this, is nothing but a thinly veiled, white racist perspective on the black experience in America apparently inspired by TNC’s new book as well as the author’s disdain for President Obama and, to a lesser extent, Eric Holder.

Oh, yes, it is so easy to blather about “economic progress” as the solution to all that ails this country because “the American Dream” is alive and well and what we should always be striving for. We should always be looking to the future because that is what Americans do, we move on no matter what, right? The dark, ugly, murderous part of the history of this country should be glossed over and constantly revised if not forgotten because there is always another economic opportunity out there for those who have the guts to go for it, right? And those who succeed are not looking behind them in the rear view mirror, they are looking ahead, always ahead.

And so goes the standard, run of the mill, unoriginal, and played out WHITE DISMISSAL of all race related problems that have festered in this country for hundreds of years. That is all this article is really about. A different author, but the same tired argument full of generalizations, dismissals, and omissions.

If given the opportunity, I would be compelled to ask the author just one question. Mr. Kotkin, assuming we could create more economic opportunities for minorities, how would Oscar Grant, Trayvon Martin, Jordan Davis, Darius Simmons, Michael Brown, Freddie Gray, Tamir Rice, Sandra Bland, and all of the other young, black people who have been murdered by racists or unjustly killed or maimed by police benefit from this robust economic growth that you blather about while dismissing the very real life and death issues that people of color face every single day that they try to live in this country?

Go away, Joel Kotkin.  

He serves on the board Orange County Register.

YES, Joel Kotkin, go thee the fuck away.

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