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Speakers Announced for First Annual Vault Conference PAGE 4

Growing Home Inc. recently hired Danielle Perry to serve as their new Executive Director. Within the first month of her taking over, the organization hosted its 17th Annual Benefit fundraiser and was able to raise $50,000 more than ever before to support their mission.



Randa Accessories to Acquire Haggar Clothing Co. PAGE 6

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Danielle Perry (pictured) is the new Executive Director of Growing Home Inc. and she was recently able to host their Annual Benefit where the organization raised more than ever before. Photo Credit: Katherine Newman



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JONES PUSHES FOR PARENTS TO BE ON CHARTER SCHOOL BOARDS A parent or guardian would be required to be on charter school boards of directors under an initiative from State Senator Emil Jones III (D-Chicago). “Parents have the strongest interest in a school doing well because they have a child attending there,” Jones said. “They wouldn’t be using the position as a springboard for higher office.” Currently, charter schools are administered and governed by their boards of directors or other governing bodies in the manner provided in their charters. Also under the legislation, every voting member of a charter school’s board or governing body must complete a minimum of four hours of professional development leadership training. House Bill 3659 passed the Senate Education Committee and is scheduled to go to the Senate floor for further debate.


ROBINSON BACKS MEASURE TO PREVENT HEALTH INSURANCE RATE INCREASES To help ensure access to affordable health care for Illinois residents, state Rep. Lamont Robinson, Jr., D-Chicago, recently supported legislation to prevent excessive health insurance rate increases. The Robinson-backed House Bill 471 aims to prevent increases to health insurance premiums by requiring current plans and proposed rate changes to be reviewed and approved by the Department of Insurance. The Department would have the authority to Lamont Robinson prohibit rate increases that are excessive or unreasonable. In addition, this legislation would require the Department to issue an annual report to the General Assembly on health insurance rates in the Illinois market. “No one should have to sacrifice their wellbeing as a result of health care costs that are too high,” Robinson said. “While more work must be done to expand access to health care, this legislation takes a necessary step toward ensuring affordable health insurance for all.”


ABA CENTER FOR INNOVATION AND LSC LAUNCH LEGAL TECH DONATION EFFORT Seven legal tech companies are the first to join a new partnership between the American Bar Association and the Legal Services Corporation to provide free technology products and services to legal aid offices that help low-income Americans. “The ABA and LSC seek to produce a win/win for tech companies and legal aid providers,” ABA President Bob Carlson said. “More than 85 percent of low-income American households have a civil legal need that goes unmet each year. The donations from these generous companies will directly help bridge this ‘justice gap’ at a time when our nation’s legal aid organizations are being challenged to do more with less.” Interested legal tech companies and LSC-funded grantees can indicate their interest in participating by signing up at

South Side Non-Profit Hosts Record-Breaking Fundraiser Under New Leadership Continued from page 1 BY KATHERINE NEWMAN

Growing Home Inc. recently hired Danielle Perry to serve as their new Executive Director. Within the first month of her taking over, the organization hosted its 17th Annual Benefit fundraiser and was able to raise $50,000 more than ever before to support their mission. Growing Home, Inc. is a nonprofit organization that helps people who experience the greatest barriers to employment find meaningful careers through their farm-based job training program. The organization offers paid job training at their farm in Englewood, plus they provide additional support to help program participants overcome whatever barriers they might face like arrest and conviction records, medical needs, child-care needs, and housing insecurity. “One of the things that makes our paid training program unique is that everyone has some sort of barrier to employment which could be a need for childcare or maybe an underlying health issue that prevents them

from finding work and about 80 percent of the people in our program are formerly incarcerated. We literally seek out people that need the most help finding employment,” said Perry. The organization operates a USDA Certified Organic farm at 5814 S. Wood Street in Englewood where the job training program takes place. Those who participate in the program are able to work on the farm growing and harvesting fresh organic produce. They also get to sell produce at local farmers markets and learn customer service skills. “We have about 17 to 18 people who complete the program every 14 weeks and we have three of those throughout the year. During this season they get to put in a lot of the vegetables and now we are starting to harvest and preparing for our first farmers’ markets. They even get the chance to work at our farmers’ market,” said Perry. After working for the Obama Administration and in the City of Chicago’s Office of the Inspector General, Perry was looking for work that would tap into her passion for community engagement, agriculture, and humanitarian

efforts. She was quickly hired on as Executive Director of Growing Home Inc. and within just a few short weeks of her start date, the organization hosted their biggest fundraiser of the year. “The staff and the board really are in charge of the benefit and I came into a pretty well-run machine of them doing this every year. This is our big major event and there is no entertainment, music, or a DJ, it’s just us and Growing Home explain what we do,” said Perry. One change that was made this year that Perry pointed to as having an impact on attendees was directly connecting the success stories of graduates with the cost of giving them paid job training. Participants were able to donate the exact amount of money that it costs for one person to go through the 14week training program and after hearing from program graduates about how their lives have been transformed by Growing Home, many people chose to pledge that exact amount. “Because we were able to align our costs with different needs and outcomes people gave in a different way and it was really powerful,” said Perry.

Olive Harvey Valedictorian Proves That It’s Never Too Late To Go Back To School BY KATHERINE NEWMAN

Robert Newson grew up on the south side of Chicago and graduated from Chicago Vocational High School in 1984. He immediately went into the workforce and found success working for the University of Chicago Hospital where he was regularly promoted until he reached a point where he couldn’t go any further with only a high school diploma. Newson’s mother, who helped him get the job at the hospital, always told him he was too smart to not have a college diploma and shortly after she passed away in 2013, he decided it was time to go back to school. Newson enrolled at Olive-Harvey College, which is part of the City Colleges of Chicago network, where he studied information technology (IT) and was named Valedictorian of this years graduating class. “I chose Olive-Harvey because I was talking to some friends who are already in the IT field and a lot of them recommended that I go to a community college first to get the prerequisite classes out of the way without having to pay the large amount of money that’s associated with the

Olive-Harvey Valedictorian, Robert Newson (pictured), waited almost 30 years to start college and despite the challenges he faced as a full-time employee, parent, and college student, he was able to graduate with honors. Photo Credit: City Colleges of Chicago

big name colleges. The classes at Olive-Harvey were surprisingly tough to get through and despite what some people may say about their impressions of community colleges, it was actually a good choice for me to make,” said Newson. Despite working full-time

and taking care of his family, Newson was able to find a schedule that worked for him. “At first I tried to go almost full-time and do two to three classes per semesters and it was okay, I was able to make it work. But as my daughter started getting a little bit older, she started

wanting to spend more time with me so I needed to readjust,” said Newson. “Being a parent coupled with a full-time job and trying to go to school and do really well, as opposed to just trying to pass, was really stressful.” Newson ended up taking a few seamsters off but always came right back and was able to graduate after 5 years of chipping away at his coursework. “I just went ahead and soldiered on and did the best I could along the way. Surprisingly enough, I was able to continue to pass all my classes and maintain a 4.0 GPA in spite of all the challenges,” said Newson. When Newson first enrolled at Olive-Harvey, he had already set his sites on continuing his education after receiving his associate degree and he is already taking classes to complete his Bachelor’s Degree in Technical Management at DeVry University. “I absolutely recommend doing it this way because most of the credits that I earned at Olive-Harvey were transferable to Devry,” said Newson. “About 80 percent of the classes that I took at City Colleges were picked up by DeVry so I entered into DeVry as a junior as opposed to starting from scratch.”

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Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx Announces Members of Mental Health Advisory Board In honor of Mental Health Awareness Month, Cook County State’s Attorney Kimberly Foxx recently announced the members of the first ever Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office Mental Health Advisory Board. Formed in January of 2019, the advisory board is working to help the State’s Attorney’s Office develop strategies around the intersections and relationships between mental health, substance abuse, and the criminal justice system. “I am proud of the group of mental health experts and criminal justice officials we have brought together who will work to deconstruct some of the long-standing narratives that are currently perpetuating cycles of incarceration.” State’s Attorney Foxx said. “We will also continue to strive to improve the way our Office prioritizes prosecution and diversion strategies when it comes to issues of mental health and addiction.” The Board is chaired by Dr. Nneka Jones Tapia, former Executive Director of the Cook County Department of Corrections, Clinical Psychologist, and

current Leader in Residence at Chicago Beyond. Members of the Mental Health Advisory Board include: Nneka Tapia* *Board Chair, Leader in Residence-Chicago Beyond, Clinical Psychologist Laura Brookes Public Policy & ResearchTreatment Alternatives for Safe Communities (TASC) Chris Carroll Community Counseling Centers of Chicago (C4)-President & CEO, Mental Health Services and Justice Leader Dennis Deer Cook County Commissioner, Vice President Organizational Health & Management-Lawndale Christian Legal Center, Behavioral Health Clinician and Administrator Matthew Davison Attorney, Illinois Guardianship & Advocacy Commission Alexander Heaton UChicago Urban Labs, Crime Lab-Research Manager Mark Ishaug Thresholds-CEO, Behavioral Health Care Advocacy, Delivery, & Policy Leader

Alexa James National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), Chicago-Executive Director, Clinical Social Worker Anna LauBach Special Initiatives Program Director-McCormick Foundation Pam Rodriguez President-Treatment Alternatives for Safe Communities (TASC) Vikki Rompala Metropolitan Family Services-Director of Quality and Outcomes Rashad Saafir President & CEO Bobby E Wright Comprehensive Behavioral Health Center, Clinical Psychologist Sharon Sullivan Presiding Judge-State of Illinois Circuit Court of Cook County, County Division Maureen Ward Kirby Circuit Judge-State of Illinois Circuit Court of Cook County, County Division Sharronne Ward President & Chief Executive Officer-Grand Prairie Services Integrated Health

Chicago Man Sentenced to 16 Years in Federal Prison for Attempting to Detonate Explosive Device A suburban Chicago man was sentenced recently to 16 years in federal prison for attempting to detonate an explosive device at a bar in downtown Chicago. Adel Daoud, 25, of Hillside, Ill., attempted to detonate what he thought was a 1,000-pound car bomb at a popular bar in the downtown Loop neighborhood of Chicago on Sept. 14, 2012. Prior to the evening of the planned attack, Daoud had been preaching for violent jihad and expressed an interest in working with operational terrorists. He researched and created a list of potential Chicago-area targets, which included movie theaters, bars and nightclubs, a suburban mall, and military recruiting centers. Unbeknownst to Daoud, the explosive device at the Loop bar was inert and had been constructed by bomb technicians from the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Daoud was arrested on the scene after twice attempting to detonate the purported bomb. He has been in federal custody since then. U.S. District Judge Sharon Johnson Coleman imposed the sentence in federal court in

Chicago. “Protecting our national security is the Department of Justice’s top priority,” said U.S. Attorney John R. Lausch, Jr, who announced the sentence. “We will continue to work with our law enforcement partners to prevent, disrupt, and defeat terrorist operations before they occur.” The attempted bombing was one of three cases against. While he was jailed for attempting to detonate the bomb, Daoud in late 2012 solicited his cellmate to have a violent gang member murder an FBI agent who had posed undercover as a terrorist during the investigation. The murder-for-hire plot was not carried out, and the FBI agent was not injured. The third case against Daoud involved a violent assault on a fellow jail inmate in 2015. While incarcerated at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in Chicago, Daoud attacked an inmate who had drawn what Daoud felt was an insulting picture of the prophet Mohammad. The inmate suffered lacerations on his head and a bite mark on an arm.

When Older Americans Month was established by President John F. Kennedy and members of the National Council of Senior Citizens in 1963, there were only 17 million Americans 65 years of age and older.

IL Department on Aging celebrates Older Americans Month May is Older Americans Month in Illinois and the state’s Department on Aging (IDoA) is encouraging its more than 2.7 million older adults to “Connect, Create, and Contribute” in their communities. That’s the theme of this year’s recognition, which emphasizes the importance of engaging in activities that promote learning, health, and personal enrichment. “You are never too old - or too young - to participate in activities that Connect, Create and Contribute to the enrichment your physical, mental, and emotional well-being,” said Paula Basta, Director of IDoA. “I encourage our older adults to take advantage of resources and social programs throughout their communities - get out and play a key role in the vitality of our neighborhoods, networks, and lives!” Governor JB Pritzker has issued a proclamation, recognizing the contributions that older Americans have had on Illinois’ history. When Older Americans Month was established by President John F. Kennedy and mem-

bers of the National Council of Senior Citizens in 1963, there were only 17 million Americans 65 years of age and older, about a third of older Americans lived in poverty, and there were few programs to meet their needs. Today, 56 years later in Illinois, people 85 years of age and older is the fastest growing segment of the older population, and by 2030, individuals 65 years of age and older will increase to represent almost 25% of Illinois’s population. Throughout the month of May, the Department on Aging encourages members of the Aging Network and local communities to raise awareness of programs and services available for seniors at ceremonies, events, fairs, and other activities throughout the state. For more information about programs and services to assist older adults in Illinois, their families and caregivers, log on to the department website at: or call the Department on Aging at 1-800-2528966 (hearing impaired call 1-888-206-1327).

New Affordable Mental Health Practice opens in South Shore Sista Afya, LLC a provider of low-cost mental health services opens its doors to the South Shore community today. Sista Afya is a social impact business sustaining the mental wellness of Black women and was founded in 2017 by Camesha Jones, LSW. Operating in the heart of Chicago at the Henry L. English Entrepreneurial & Business Center located on 1750 E. 71st Street, Sista Afya, LLC will offer mental wellness services where Latania J. Franklin, LCSW will serve as a therapist. By centering the Black community’s holistic needs, with a hyper focus on affordability, Sista Afya, LLC is taking up the charge to make quality mental wellness services both accessible, and affordable to Black women from all walks of life.

Since Sista Afya LLC was established, the business has been able to reach over 400 Black women across Chicago through a myriad of services including workshops, holistic healing events, support groups, and social events like Black Mental Wellness Weekend - all at a low-cost or for free. Therapy is expensive with most sessions out of pocket costing between $75-$150, leaving a group of people who are low-income and working class locked out of accessing services. Sista Afya offers therapy sessions starting at $25 per session to make therapy affordable for the average working class person and focuses on reaching young adults. For more information, visit www.sistaafya. com or follow them on Instagram @sistaafya _

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BUSINESS Chicago Booth Professor Anil Kashyap reappointed to BoE’s Financial Policy Committee

Governor Pritzker Announces New Funding for Capital and Infrastructure Program to Support Growth of Minority-Owned Businesses

University of Chicago Booth School of Business Professor Anil Kashyap has been reappointed by UK Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond as an external member of the Financial Policy Committee (FPC) at the Bank of England. This is Kashyap’s second term. The three-year term will begin on Oct. 1, 2019. His first term ends Sept. 30, 2019. The FPC was created in the wake of the banking crises by the Financial Services Act of 2012 to protect and enhance the stability of the UK’s financial system by identifying, monitoring and addressing systemic risks. Mark Carney, Governor of the Bank of England, said, “I look forward to the FPC benefiting further from Anil’s insights from academia, creative thinking and willingness to challenge and to sharpen our communications.” Kashyap is the Edward Eagle Brown Professor of Economics and Finance at Chicago Booth, where he teaches classes on central banking and financial crises. His research focuses on monetary policy, financial intermediation and regulation, and business cycles. Prior to joining the Chicago Booth faculty in 1991, Kashyap spent three years as an economist for the

The Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity’s Office of Minority Economic Empowerment is posting two Notification of Funding Opportunities for a total of $15 million to provide minority-owned businesses with resources to help create jobs, build capacity, increase revenues, and expand regionally. The announcement marks the first time the program has been funded. “My administration is committed to expanding opportunities for minority-owned businesses, especially as an important way to help underserved communities grow,” said Governor Pritzker. “This funding will help businesses overcome one of their key obstacles – access to capital – and will help businesses across the state grow.” “A key component of our mission at DCEO is to ensure minority enterprises have an equal opportunity to grow their businesses and succeed,” said DCEO Acting Director Erin Guthrie. “We are excited about the opportunity to provide the assistance these businesses need to bolster their economic impact in communities most in need.” $10 million in funding is open to minority-owned businesses located in underserved populations.

Anil Kashyap

Board of Governors for the Federal Reserve System. He currently works as a consultant for the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago and as a research associate for the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER). He is also a research fellow for the Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR). Kashyap graduated from the University of California at Davis in 1982 with a bachelor’s degree in economics and statistics, and he earned a PhD from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1989. Learn more about the University of Chicago Booth School of Business at

Eligible applicants include minority- owned businesses using the federal definition of minority owned firms (at least 51% of the firm is directly and unconditionally owned by one or more members of a minority group), startups or established businesses requiring public infrastructure improvements. $5 million in funding is available for incubators who serve or would like to serve minority-owned businesses. The Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity will offer informational workshops across the state for businesses and incubators seeking additional details about the grants. Sessions will be held in various neighborhoods including Pilsen, Little Village, Metro East, Southland, Decatur, Westside, West Suburbs, and Rockford. Interested applicants can also stop by one of the small business development centers located across Illinois. The application process is competitive and not all businesses or incubators will receive funding. Interested parties can go to https://www2. Pages/2019_OMEE_NOFO.aspx to learn more about the application process and upcoming workshops.

Speakers Announced for First Annual Vault Conference Vault, the new learning hub for future leaders, entrepreneurs and corporate visionaries presented by Emmy® Award-winning entertainer, radio personality, speaker, New York Times best-selling author, businessman and philanthropist Steve Harvey, will launch its first conference in Los Angeles at Sheraton Universal Hotel; 333 Universal Hollywood Drive; Universal City, CA 91608. The conference will take place from Friday, May 17-Sunday, May 19. This three day event brings leading creative visionaries together across multiple industries, including Steve Harvey technology and finance, to address the needs of young professionals in five core areas of development: career, entrepreneurship, wealth building, relationships and personal empowerment.

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Chicago’s Own Fashion Designer Barbara Bates Recently Hosted “Project Pink” Runway Show


Shemy, Shemy, Shemy

Shimmering Shades of Blue

Black is Beautiful when enhanced with Animal Print


The Committee was

Projections of Pink

Committee Members for Project Runway Pose for a photo. Chaired by Cynthia Means.

When What You Are Wearing Feels Good On You.


“Project Pink” was presented by the AKARAMA Foundation,Inc. under Target 3: Building Your Economic Legacy: Black Entrepreneurship 365. The show took place at the AKARAMA Community Center, where the audience received an awesome parade of fashions.


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Randa Accessories to Acquire Haggar Clothing Co. Randa Accessories, one of the world’s leading accessories companies, announced today that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire 100% of Haggar Clothing Co. Randa, a privately-held company founded in 1910, produces belts, wallets, headwear, slippers, luggage, neckwear, jewelry, and other accessories under 50 brands, including Levi’s, Tommy Hilfiger, Columbia Sportswear, Dickies, and Kenneth Cole. Randa distributes its products globally through more than 20,000 stores and employs over 4,000 associates at 26 offices located in 10 countries. Since its beginnings in a one-room office in Dallas in 1926, Haggar Clothing Co. has grown from a manufacturer of men’s fine dress pants and slacks into one of the most recognized apparel brands in the market. Haggar also owns Montreal-based Tribal. Tribal was founded in 1971 and is the largest women’s sportswear supplier to the specialty boutique market in North America, with over 2,400 active accounts. “The acquisition of Haggar is an important waypoint on our strategic journey,” said Jeffrey Spiegel, CEO of Randa Accessories. “Following our Moats, Boats & Bridges strategic roadmap, this acquisition allows Randa to bring its existing expertise to adjacent brands, channels of distribution, and product classifications. This transaction brings together two successful,

financially strong, and complementary businesses to better serve our retail and brand partners, our associates, and our consumers. We believe that brands matter -- and Haggar and Tribal are highly relevant brands in their respective markets.” Randa reports that revenues for the combined companies will be greater than $1 billion this year. “Randa is the ideal strategic partner for Haggar because of the combined strengths of our two companies,” said Michael Stitt, Haggar CEO. “Jeff and his extraordinary leadership team add invaluable scale, resources, expertise, and marketing, in addition to retail partnerships. They align with our core values and high standards.” In 1938, Haggar created the first ready-towear, finished bottom, pre-cuffed pant. During World War II, the company kept factories running 24 hours a day to supply over 10 million uniforms to the U.S. military. Haggar coined the word “slacks” to be worn during “slack time.” By the end of the decade, Haggar had become the largest producer of slacks in the world. In 1980, the company began production of sport coats, vests, and Haggar “Custom Fit” suits, which allowed customers to purchase jackets and pants separately, creating a new menswear category: “suit separates.”

Randa Accessories to Acquire Haggar Clothing Company.

Haggar has over 80 branded brick-andmortar retail locations, a dedicated directto-consumer ecommerce platform, and its products are sold in over 10,000 stores throughout North America. “Today, understanding and applying consumer data is an essential tool,” Spiegel added. “The addition of Haggar’s retail stores and e-commerce business will supply us with invaluable insight into our consumers’ evolving expectations and path-to-purchase. This information will provide a powerful and actionable lens for our retail and brand

partners, as well as our consumers.” Haggar will remain in Dallas and will be managed by Haggar’s current leadership team. “This is a healthy company, led by a strong and respected team of talented professionals,” said Spiegel. “We intend to provide this extraordinary company with additional resources to drive our mutual success.” Randa is funding the acquisition through a combination of cash on hand and committed financing provided by Wells Fargo Bank, National Association and JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A

Degree® Deodorant Launches Mission and Grants to Encourage America to Move More As the world around us continues to get faster, we seem to be slowing down. More than 60 percent of people today describe their behavior as “sedentary” or only “lightly active,” and 73 percent acknowledge they need to be moving more. This increase in physical inactivity can be attributed to factors such as job types, technology habits and local environment, but what’s worrisome is that a sedentary lifestyle may negatively impact mental well-being and physical health. That’s why Degree Deodorant, a longtime proponent of moving more – is formalizing its mission by committing to help create movement opportunities, tools and resources for 10 million people by 2024 through a variety of partnerships and programs. To get started, Degree is joining forces with Blue Zones, global experts in community health and well-being transformation, to launch a #MadeToMove grant program that will provide half a million dollars in funding for city projects that encourage increased physical movement, with the ultimate goal of promoting more walkable, bikeable and transit-friendly environments for all ages, incomes and abilities. Five communities will receive funding from Degree for technical assistance from Blue Zones’ built environment experts on

ways to advance activity-friendly design, as well as support for movement-first policies and projects tailored to their needs. Examples include, but are not limited to, projects such as: • Repurposing vehicle lanes for various modes of active transportation • Creating protected or buffered bicycle lanes • Completing shared-use trail links • Improving local pedestrian environments (e.g.: curb extensions and crosswalks) • Installing parklets in a downtown or neighborhood business district Cities will be selected and announced this summer with technical assistance, planning and community events rolling out in 2019. Physical project builds will extend into 2020. As part of their partnership, Degree and Blue Zones will measure impact for each city project at multiple touchpoints to track against the brand’s larger commitment. Community organizations and city officials can visit to apply and access Degree and Blue Zones’ #MadeToMove grant criteria and supporting documentation. Everyone looking to move more can visit for Blue Zonesapproved tips and inspiration.

LiP SMACKER® and Crayola® Collaborate to Launch a Colorful Collection

LiP SMACKER® and Crayola® Collaborate to Launch a Colorful Collection.

Coloring outside the lines has never been more fun than with two American brands infusing flavor and color, LiP SMACKER® and Crayola®, teaming up to create an exciting new collection of bold and colorful products— the LiP SMACKER® x Crayola® collaboration. The collection, which pairs LiP SMACKER’s® iconic best flavors forever with iconic Crayola® crayon colors, includes a five-piece Liquid Lip Gloss Party Pack, a Lip Balm Trio and an eight-piece Lip Balm Party Pack. Each Crayola® crayon-shaped lip balm and lip gloss was carefully matched to a Crayola® color associated with a flavor name, for a co-branded product that resonates with consumers. Flavor names include Crayola® color names like Jazzberry Jam™, Granny Smith Apple™, Banana Mania™, Cotton Candy™, Outrageous Orange™, Pink Sherbert™, and Wild Watermelon™. The LiP SMACKER® x Crayola® collection is available now at Target stores and

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Life or Death: IDOT safety campaign aims to educate drivers, honor legacies

What College Kids Need NAPSI - To give college students something that’ll help them for years, consider these job search tools and resources. 1. Give books on how to successfully navigate the job search process. One of the more popular books is “The Secret to Getting a Job After College: Marketing Tactics to Turn Degrees into Dollars.” The newest edition addresses obstacles that college students have to overcome to make it through the job search process. The author, Dr. Larry Chiagouris, is a professor at Pace University. He wrote the book after several years working in corporate America, where he realized most students don’t have a clue how to find the best opportunities and then sell themselves to employers.

With this gift, you can provide much-needed guidance. The book provides answers to the tough questions employers tend to ask college students during an interview. It also has tips on preparing cover letters, résumés, and an online presence that can capture the attention of employers. A quick read (something students prefer), it’s available from Amazon and Barnes & Noble. 2. Give a gift certificate to a printer or to Vistaprint. com, where they can purchase business cards. These can help students appear more professional than their peers who don’t have them. 3. Provide gift certificates to clothing stores to help with interview prep. Many students don’t understand the importance

A great gift for near or recent college grads is a book that can help them get good jobs.

of a professional appearance when going on an interview. In his book, Dr. Chiagouris provides suggestions as to what to wear—and what not to wear. His bottom line suggestion: Avoid appearing too casual when going on an interview. Overdressing rarely hurts. For more tips, go to https://

The Illinois Department of Transportation has launched the second year of Life or Death Illinois, expanding the successful multimedia safety campaign to feature the real stories of Illinois residents killed in traffic crashes. Life or Death Illinois debuted in 2018 as the first comprehensive approach by IDOT to reduce injuries and fatalities associated with motorcycles, bicycles, pedestrians, seatbelt use, work zones and impaired and distracted driving. “With more than 1,000 traffic fatalities each year in Illinois, this campaign is an important part of our effort to drive that number to zero,” said Acting Transportation Secretary Omer Osman. “These stories involve someone’s parent, brother, sister, son, daughter, neighbor or coworker. By putting names and faces to these people, we show the human toll that’s tied to the decisions we make behind the wheel every day.” Earlier in the year, IDOT asked

the public to submit stories of loved ones killed in traffic crashes. Using these real stories, including the county where the fatal crash occurred, audiences are asked to consider the seriousness of the issues on our roads and how their actions play a role. The campaign is running throughout the year on various media, including digital billboards, social media and online platforms, as well as traditional radio and TV channels. Additional information is available at, where the public can follow the campaign on social media and continue to share stories of lives lost. According to provisional data, 1,032 people died on Illinois roads in 2018, the third consecutive year of more than 1,000 traffic fatalities in the state. This year, there have been 244, based on preliminary statistics through May 2. Life or Death Illinois is made possible by federal traffic safety funds administered by IDOT.

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Partner Agents, who sell homes for a flat fee of $3,000 or 1 percent in listing commission. Clever is part of a growing trend in the real estate industry; discount firms like Redfin now operate in many U.S. metro areas and even local brokerages are increasingly discounting their rates. In a 2017 article, The Washington Post estimated that average commission rates nationwide will soon fall to 5 percent as agents compete more aggressively to win business. Tech-focused entrants to the discount real estate space have the potential to accelerate the change. Unlike traditional brokerages, which expand one city at a time with local brick-and-mortar offices, Clever partners with agents all over the country. Mizes says, “We have a full-time team dedicated to recruiting and vetting top-performing agents from major agencies. They provide the exact same full service that a top agent usually offers, but when you come through Clever, they do it for our competitive prices.” Steve Huffman, a Keller Williams broker and Clever Partner Agent in Atlanta, says that discount prices don’t stop him from providing a quality, full-service experience for his clients. “If you do a good job with discount clients, they can refer friends, and you have buyers who will call your yard sign,” he explains. “The more listings you have, the more exposure you have.” Luke Babich, Clever’s Chief Strategy Officer, explains why it’s a win-win: “Our Partner Agents can focus on doing what they do best: selling homes. Meanwhile, the average customer saves $9,000 in commission.” Among the emerging business models that are shaking up the real estate industry, tech-focused brokerages like Clever differentiate themselves by being human focused, too. “Real estate commissions are ready to be revolutionized,” says Babich. “But we’re selling homes the same way that they’ve been sold for the last half century— with great, attentive, professional agents.” With dramatic changes in the real estate industry—which some have said threatens to displace real estate agents—techfocused brokerages like Clever differentiate because they are agent focused, too. “In the end,” concludes Huffman, “you’re not losing money because you’re gaining more clients.” To learn more about the ways that technology is changing the real estate industry, visit __________________________________

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REAL ESTATE Hints For Home Owner It Doesn’t Have To Cost 6 Percent To Sell A Home

(NAPSI)—If you’re thinking about selling a home, you may have wondered: “What, really, does a real estate agent do to earn a 6 percent commission?” In the past, real estate agents had to scour literal books of listings and drive clients around to see listings to make sales. But today’s real estate process is much simpler—and increasingly digital. According to a 2017 study from the National Association of REALTORS®, 44 percent of home searches now start online. And as the search process moves online, almost all of the paperwork has, too, allowing agents to handle more business even more quickly. So if everything’s easier now, why are most agents still charging 6 percent? It comes down to the time and money that agents spend finding new clients. “Many agents still find most of their business by cold calling, sending mailers or knocking on doors,” explains Ben Mizes, CEO of online real estate brokerage Clever Real Estate. “The time it takes agents to find customers puts a floor on how low they are willing to go on commissions.” Clever works nationwide to solve this problem by matching customers with local

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South End Citizen 5-15-2019  

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