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  • Events / Summit 2014 - Fearless Collaboration: Where Preparation Meets Opportunity
    will lead to more African Americans securing jobs in STEM and STEM related fields Held at the Hyatt Regency Chicago the SUMMIT Luncheon themed Fearless Collaboration Where Preparation Meets Opportunity convened more than 600 of Chicago s civic business community and elected leaders Two of the greatest issues that impact Chicago s African American community are access to a quality education that prepares one for a career and access to job opportunitie s and career options said Joseph A Gregoire chairman of the Chicago Urban League board of directors In partnership with a broad community of supporters and allies the Chicago Urban League works hard to ensure that the individuals and families we serve are prepared to seize and successfully execute every opportunity available to them Andrea L Zopp president and CEO of the Chicago Urban League shared that persistent double digit unemployment rates in the African American community combined with countless STEM and STEM related jobs in Cook County going unfilled by African Americans will have troubling consequences for the region The skills and opportunity gap is so significant that if it continues it will have a devastating impact on the African American workforce and the economic stability of metropolitan Chicago said Zopp We must find ways to work together across boundaries to build programs that help individuals overcome barriers to gainful employment In the keynote address Ilene S Gordon Ingredion Incorporated chairman president and CEO related her experiences forging a career in the manufacturing industry In business a STEM education is a promising road to success Gordon said But it s also essential to continually learn new skills embrace change be proactive and takes risks she added In addition to discussing solutions to the crisis of the African American skills gap the Chicago Urban League also highlighted six

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  • Events / Summit 2013 - STEMing the Barriers of Opportunity
    2012 Empowerment Through Innovation Summit 2013 STEMing the Barriers of Opportunity Creating innovative public private and non profit partnerships to bolster the number of African Americans prepared to fill future career opportunities in science technology engineering and math STEM was one of several solutions presented at the Chicago Urban League s annual Summit and luncheon Held at the Hilton Chicago the Summit themed STEMing the Barriers to Opportunity convened more than 600 of Chicago s civic business community and elected leaders STEM education has to be accessible to all students no matter where they attend school said Andrea L Zopp president and CEO of the Chicago Urban League We have to level the playing field in our public schools and debunk the myth that African Americans don t have the capacity to grasp and excel in science and math courses We must show our children that these skills are attainable and show them examples of people who are doing great things in the STEM fields Exelon president and CEO Christopher M Crane keynoted the luncheon He told the audience We have known for quite a while that the state of STEM education in this country is not good This is an unsustainable situation for all of us the U S economy the ability of the U S to compete globally the Chicago business community and of course minority kids who aspire to good jobs The schools government at every level community groups as well as business can and must play a role in resolving the problem In addition to generating solutions to the under representation of African Americans in the STEM fields the Chicago Urban League also highlighted local innovators who are blazing successful pathways for themselves and for those that will follow them Receiving special recognition for their dynamic

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  • Events / Summit 2012 - Empowerment Through Innovation
    Innovation Thinking Beyond The Box celebrated historic contemporary and emerging African American innovators and featured an inspiring keynote address from Don Thompson president and COO of McDonald s Corporation More than 600 of Chicago s civic business community and elected leaders attended the summit that explored how innovation in entrepreneurship education and job creation is essential to the nation s economic recovery 2012 Powell Photography Inc Throughout our history African Americans have been at the forefront of innovation From the agricultural to the industrial to the cyber era men and women who were visionaries of their time saw beyond the limits placed on their lives to become leaders in their chosen fields said Anthony K Anderson chairman of the Chicago Urban League board of directors and Vice Chair and Midwest Managing Partner at Ernst Young To grow to thrive to expand into new worlds we must think beyond the box At the Summit the Urban League advocated for community empowerment through innovation that can be achieved by removing barriers to equal opportunity for entrepreneurs encouraging public and private sector investments in entrepreneurial innovation and introducing minority youth to innovative careers that lead to wealth creation and economic growth in their communities Andrea L Zopp president and CEO of the Chicago Urban League urged leaders in the public private and not for profit sectors as well as those in the education community to nurture the spirit of innovation as a tool for community empowerment and as a strategy to increase the economic competitiveness of the city as a whole Innovation drives change Without it we cannot advance as a people a city or a nation said Zopp It is important for us to encourage the love of learning and innovation in our young people to ensure they have access to a

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  • Press Releases / Press Releases
    download a pdf version of this document News Release Media Contact Roderick Hawkins Chicago Urban League 773 451 3536 Urban League lawsuit gains statewide plaintiffs Latino community support CHICAGO IL October 16 2008 The Chicago Urban League has filed an amended civil rights lawsuit against the State of Illinois and the Illinois State Board of Education in the Circuit Court of Cook County The amended lawsuit adds 12 families from across the state whose children are impacted by poorly funded schools The Tri County Urban League of Peoria also joins the suit The original lawsuit filed in August by the Chicago Urban League and Quad County Urban League seeks a court order declaring that the current system of funding public education in Illinois is unconstitutional and a violation of the Illinois Civil Rights Act of 2003 The amended lawsuit has also gained the support of leaders in Chicago s Latino community Details of the amended lawsuit were discussed today at Roberto Clemente Community Academy Today our lawsuit has been strengthened by 12 diverse families from around the state of Illinois who are fed up with the poor quality education their children receive due to the State s discriminatory funding model said Cheryle R Jackson president and CEO of the Chicago Urban League We are also pleased to have the support of many leaders in Chicago s Latino community This is a fight that transcends race class and geography We must be united to win this battle Jackson was joined by elected officials civil rights advocates ministers education advocates and administrators including Alderman Billy Ocasio 26 th Ward Alderman Manuel Flores 1 st Ward Alderman Rey Colon 35 th Ward Miguel del Valle Clerk of the City of Chicago Sen Iris Martinez 20 th District Alberto Carrero member Chicago Board of Education Theodia Gillespie president and CEO Quad County Urban League and Laraine Bryson president Tri County Urban League Parents of children in poorly funded public schools who recently joined the lawsuit of co plaintiffs also attended today s announcement Our community is tired of a funding system that so deprives our schools that our students have to share books and are so overcrowded that our schools are more daycare centers than learning institutions said Alderman Ocasio Theodia Gillespie president and CEO of the Quad County Urban League added The current system of funding for our schools does not work Elected officials in the state of Illinois have a responsibility to make sure all children receive a high quality education regardless of their address or socioeconomic status About the lawsuit In court documents the Chicago Urban League asserts that the civil rights lawsuit has been filed because of the State s failed school funding scheme the discriminatory impact that the scheme has on minority students especially African American and Latino students and the inadequate educational opportunity it creates for thousands of Illinois public school children The lawsuit challenges the State s method for raising and distributing education funds to local school districts and the Illinois State Board of Education s implementation of the system Represented on a pro bono basis by the law firm of Jenner Block LLP the Urban League asserts that the State s public school funding scheme 1 disparately impacts racial and ethnic minority students who attend Majority Minority Districts in violation of the Illinois Civil Rights Act of 2003 2 violates the Uniformity of Taxation provision of the Illinois Constitution 3 violates Plaintiffs right to attend high quality educational institutions guaranteed by the Education Article under the Illinois Constitution and 4 violates Plaintiffs right to equal protection under the Illinois Constitution The Chicago Urban League and their co plaintiffs want the court to agree that the public education financing mechanism in Illinois violates the Illinois Civil Rights Act and Illinois Constitution and order the State to take the necessary steps to eliminate the constitutional violation and remedy the statutory violation The children all across the state of Illinois are entitled to a quality education that focuses on excellence said Laraine Bryson president of the Tri County Urban League Adequate funding that is equitable across all districts is required to make this a reality for all children regardless of race We demand nothing less than the best for the leaders of tomorrow Engagement across racial class lines encouraged Jackson citing the widespread support the lawsuit has gained encouraged more individuals and families to educate themselves about the disparities in school funding and to encourage elected officials to support revamping the current system Whether you have a child in public schools or have the luxury of sending them to the school of your choice we must all be engaged in this lawsuit and join in this fight for our children s future Anyone who wants our vote now and in the future must commit to fixing this broken system The entire community benefits when all of our children receive a quality education More information about the lawsuit frequently asked questions and Illinois school funding facts can be found on the Chicago Urban League website www thechicagourbanleague org About the Chicago Urban League Established in 1916 the Chicago Urban League is a civil rights organization that empowers and inspires individuals to reach and exceed their economic potential The Chicago Urban League supports and advocates for economic educational and social progress for African Americans through our agenda focused exclusively on economic empowerment as the key driver for social change For more information visit www thechicagourbanleague org About Jenner Block LLP Jenner Block is a national full service law firm with approximately 500 attorneys and offices in Chicago New York and Washington DC Founded in 1914 the Firm has grown and prospered because of an unwavering commitment to our clients to the Bar to our people and to public service Jenner Block has been widely recognized for consistently delivering excellent legal representation in the courtroom and the boardroom The Firm has also traditionally served as a leader in public service and pro

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  • DONATE / Overview
    Press Releases Lawsuit Frequently Asked Questions Support the Lawsuit Links Programs Center for Student Development Human Capital Entrepreneurship Housing Workforce Development IMPACT Leadership Development Program Careers Multimedia Digital Media Strategy nextTV Contact Policy Research Overview Strategies Office of Education Policy Current Studies Juvenile Justice Policy Initiatives Media Partners Community DONATE DONATE Donor Recognition Program Chicago Urban League DONATE DONATE Overview Planned Giving Donor Privacy Policy Student Mission to China Monday June 23 2014 Tuesday June 24 2014 Wednesday June 25 2014 Thursday June 26 2014 Friday June 27 2014 Saturday June 28 2014 Sunday June 29 2014 Monday June 30 2014 Tuesday July 1 2014 Wednesday July 2 2014 Thursday July 3 2014 Friday July 4 2014 Help Us Empower Communities and Change Lives For 95 years the Chicago Urban league has worked for economic educational and social progress for African Americans and promoted strong sustainable communities through progressive advocacy effective collaboration and innovative programming Our mission lives through the well informed pursuit of the following strategies Ensuring access to quality education Preparing individuals for work Supporting community based investment Advocating policies and programs that ensure African American participate in economic and social mainstreams and Ensuring access to health and

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  • Lawsuit / Lawsuit
    Justice Policy Initiatives Media Partners Community DONATE DONATE Donor Recognition Program Chicago Urban League Litigation Lawsuit Lawsuit Donate Click here to view the State of Illinois Reply Brief Document or right click here and select Save Target As to download a copy Click here to view amended lawsuit document or right click here and select Save Target As to download a copy Click here to view the lawsuit document or

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  • Frequently Asked Questions / Frequently Asked Questions
    the necessary steps to eliminate the constitutional violation and remedy the statutory violation Q Specifically what do you expect the State of Illinois to do once you receive this court order A We would like to see the State of Illinois take action and remedy this situation as soon as possible now or at any time during the pendency of the lawsuit Nothing stops the State of Illinois from taking affirmative steps to provide a high quality and adequate education to all children in Illinois as required by the Constitution Q Why is the Urban League filing a lawsuit now A The Urban League has filed a lawsuit because we cannot allow the current flawed system of school funding to continue in Illinois for another school year We cannot allow another minority child to begin a school year knowing that they will not be given the same opportunity to learn as compared to white students in well financed schools in Illinois Their chances of graduating from these poorly financed minority schools is about 50 Those percentages are simply unacceptable and as people of conscience we are required to act We urge others to join us Q Why the Urban League as the plaintiff A This is a civil rights case The Urban League is a civil rights organization with a 92 year history The education of African Americans has been a historic civil rights issue Our mission seeks to empower the economic development of African Americans and a high quality education is central to our mission of preparing African Americans to compete in the global economy of the 21st Century Q What can individuals do if they care about this issue A Individuals can make themselves knowledgeable of these educational statistics and write to their legislators both state and federal to express their concerns about the inadequacy of the public education system in Illinois Register to vote and then vote in November and in every election We urge individuals to vote in this election for politicians with platforms committed to addressing the public education issue in Illinois Additionally we encourage individuals to write letters to the editors of their local newspapers in support of equity in school financing and our efforts Q Where can I learn more about the public education issue in Illinois A You can get more information at the Chicago Urban League website at www thechicagourbanleague org and at the following websites Schott Foundation for Public Education www schottfoundation org A Illinois www aplusillinois org Q Why didn t the Urban League file this lawsuit earlier A The Urban League like many others hoped the State of Illinois would act on behalf of our children As recently as August 12 2008 the State of Illinois failed and or refused to act despite a crisis in the public education system in Illinois We now seek redress in the courts which are familiar with dealing with issues of racial discrimination in education and other public services The courts have

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  • Support the Lawsuit / Support the Lawsuit
    Directors 2014 Annual Report Staff Directory Auxiliaries Facility Rental Contact Us Marketing Consent Events Litigation Press Releases Lawsuit Frequently Asked Questions Support the Lawsuit Links Programs Center for Student Development Human Capital Entrepreneurship Housing Workforce Development IMPACT Leadership Development Program Careers Multimedia Digital Media Strategy nextTV Contact Policy Research Overview Strategies Office of Education Policy Current Studies Juvenile Justice Policy Initiatives Media Partners Community DONATE DONATE Donor Recognition Program Chicago

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