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Chicago Neighborhood Initiatives and Ryan Companies are partnering up once again to construct a 400,000 square foot warehouse in the Pullman Community. Photo Credit: Ryan Companies.

CHICAGO CITY COUNCIL PROVIDES TAX INCENTIVE FOR NEW SOUTH SIDE WAREHOUSE

Building on the recent wave of construction in the Pullman Community, Chicago’s City Council recently awarded a Class 6(B) property tax incentive to a local development team to support the construction of a new 400,000 square foot warehouse. The project is being led by Chicago Neighborhood Initiatives and Ryan Companies which expect the building to be completed in early 2020. PAGE 2

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NEWS briefly EDUCATION

UNITEDHEALTH GROUP ANNOUNCES ATLANTA HBCU PARTNERSHIP, $8.25 MILLION INVESTMENT IN THE EDUCATION OF FUTURE DATA SCIENTISTS UnitedHealth Group and the Atlanta University Center Consortium (AUCC), the oldest and largest consortium of historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs), are partnering on a new initiative. The five-year, $8.25 million investment by UnitedHealth Group is part of an ambitious collaboration with AUCC and its membership: Clark Atlanta University, Morehouse College, Morehouse School of Medicine and Spelman College. The investment will fund the launch of the AUCC Data Science Initiative, which will offer technical classes for students who want to specialize in data science or learn data analysis to give them a competitive edge when they look for jobs in their field of study.

HEALTH

PEAK SUMMER: MORE THAN ONE IN SIX PEOPLE LIKELY TO GET FOOD POISONING An estimated 48 million Americans, or one in six, get sick from food poisoning each year, many suffering from violent vomiting, diarrhea or even death in rare cases according to the Centers for Disease Control And Prevention. “Fresh produce is catching up with poultry as a leading cause of infections, but undercooked chicken is still the most common cause of death from food poisoning,” says Colin Zhu, DO, a board-certified family and lifestyle medicine physician who has additional training as a chef and health coach. “While produce will show no signs of infection, meats that appear undercooked should be avoided,” he said. According to an American Osteopathic Association (AOA) press release, consulting a food thermometer will ensure foods reach appropriate internal temperatures high enough to kill bacteria. The AOA also advises refrigerating leftovers within 2 hours of cooking or within 1 hour if the food was served in temperatures reaching 90°F.

LAW & POLITICS

FEDEX SHAREHOLDER INVESTIGATION: CLASS ACTION LAWSUIT FILED Thornton Law Firm LLP recently announced that it has filed a lawsuit against FedEx Corporation on behalf of FedEx shareholders (NYSE ticker: FDX). FedEx investors who have purchased at least 500 shares of FedEx stock between September 19, 2017 and December 18, 2018, and are interested to learn more about the case are encouraged to contact the Thornton Law Firm at shareholder@tenlaw.com, or call 617-531-3917. Interested FedEx shareholders have until August 26, 2019 to apply to be lead plaintiff. The lawsuit alleges violations of the federal securities laws, and the class has not yet been certified. Until certification occurs, you are not represented by an attorney. If you choose to take no action, you can remain an absent class member.

Chicago City Council Provides Tax Incentive For New South Side Warehouse Continued from page 1 BY KATHERINE NEWMAN

Building on the recent wave of construction in the Pullman Community, Chicago’s City Council recently awarded a Class 6(B) property tax incentive to a local development team to support the construction of a new 400,000 square foot warehouse. The project is being led by Chicago Neighborhood Initiatives and Ryan Companies which expect the building to be completed in early 2020. The new construction will be part of Pullman Crossings which is a 62-acre industrial park located where Interstate 94 meet 103rd Street. Currently, this area is one of the largest undeveloped sites in the Chicagoland area and feature convenient access to both the city and the south suburbs. For the time being, this project is a speculative build which means that the developer anticipates that there will be a demand for this

type of warehouse in the area but they aren’t starting the build with a committed buyer or tenant. Based on the neighborhood’s current factories and distribution centers, it is likely that this warehouse space will be a valuable commodity in Pullman. “I’m grateful for City Council’s support for the speculative building’s development because it will help us to continue [to] attract growing businesses and new jobs to the community wherein the last several years, more than $350 million has been invested and 1,500 new jobs created by companies that include Method Home Products, a Whole Foods Distribution Center, and Gotham Greens which is bringing 60 new green-collar jobs to the neighborhood when it completes construction of its second greenhouse in the fall,” said 9th Ward Alderman Anthony Beale. The partnership between Ryan Companies and Chicago Neighborhood Initiatives (CNI) is not new and the two have previously worked together on several development projects in

Pullman including the Gotham Greens garden, Pullman Park, the Whole Foods Midwest Distribution Center, and the Method Products factory. The new speculative building and the development of Pullman Crossings will be their latest industrial project in the historic community and when completed, the warehouse will offer a 36-foot clear height to store product, 56-foot bays, and up to 120 dock positions with dedicated trailer parking. The already approved tax incentive from the City of Chicago will make this space even more attractive to interested tenants, according to information from Ryan Companies. “There is increased demand for urban industrial space with toll-free access, an active workforce, and flexible configurations. The new building will provide all the standards of a suburban business park in an urban location,” said Curt Pascoe, director of development for Ryan Companies.”

Pathogen That Causes Sudden Oak Death Found in Illinois The pathogen which causes Sudden Oak Death, a plant disease that has killed large tracts of oaks and affected many native plant species in California, Oregon, and Europe, has been found in Illinois. Phytophthera ramorum, the causal agent of Sudden Oak Death (SOD) has been confirmed in ornamental plants at ten Walmart locations in Cook, Jackson, Jefferson, Lee, Macon, Monroe, St. Clair, Stephenson, and Will Counties, and one Hy-Vee location in McDonough County through cooperative efforts between IDOA and USDA, as well as diagnostic support from University of Illinois, Michigan State, Cornell, and Kansas State Universities, and USDA labs. The issue was first uncovered by an Indiana confirmation at a Walmart in late May on rhododendrons from Parkhill Plants in Oklahoma, which sourced the plants from nurseries in Washington and British Colombia. Shipping records were provided to Illinois officials shortly thereafter. Eighteen states in total received these plants. IDOA and USDA field staffs began visiting identified sites in

late May inspecting the plants with a primary focus on rhododendron as the main suspected carrier of the disease, but also inspected other known host plants such as azalea, viburnum, and lilac. Symptomatic plants were sampled for diagnostic testing and placed on stop sale order pending diagnostic results or destroyed or relinquished to officials on site. Collected plants are being safeguarded by IDOA for later approved disposal. Though Sudden Oak Death affects oaks and other trees and plants, it poses no threats to humans, pets, livestock, or food sources. Positive confirmations have been made on the following plants and varieties in Illinois and/or other states to date: Rhododendron - Cat Cunningham Blush, Firestorm, Holden, Minnetonka, Nova Zembla, Percy Wiseman, Purpureum Elegans, Roseum Elegans, Wojnars Purple. Lilac - Common Purple, Persian Lime. The above varieties may not be the only plants affected as the disease can infect more than 100 different species. In general, most plants will get “ramorum

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blight” as carriers, however oaks are considered terminal hosts as it can often be fatal. Diane Plewa, diagnostician at the University of Illinois Plant Clinic says, “The pathogen can cause both a blight and sudden death, depending on the host. Because P. ramorum has only been detected on non-oak hosts, the disease Ramorum blight has been confirmed in Illinois but not the disease Sudden Oak Death. Currently, there is no evidence that any oak trees in Illinois are infected at this point. The pathogen travels well in soil and water, so escape into the environment is a concern. Blight symptoms of the disease include, but are not limited to, foliar spots, browning or wilting leaves, tip/shoot dieback, and brown or black discoloration on stems and/or trunks. For more details and photos, please visit http://www. suddenoakdeath.org/diagnosis-and-management/hostsand-symptoms/. Walmart and Rural King are participating in voluntary recalls of the potentially infected plants remaining at their sites. Scott Schirmer, State Plant Reg-

ulatory Official at IDOA says, “These situations are never easy, but when industry recognizes the severity of the situation and cooperates to help address the issue, it’s a tremendous asset to the overall response effort. However, it is also important to have cooperation from residents who may have purchased these plants to get an idea of what may already be planted in the Illinois landscape.” Because the disease is incurable, Illinoisans are encouraged to contact the Illinois Department of Agriculture or their local University of Illinois Extension office for further guidance if they have purchased rhododendrons from Walmart, Hy-Vee, or Rural King since April, and if those plants are looking symptomatic or in poor condition. The most likely source of infection would be plants purchased this spring; older, established plants are not very likely to be infected with P. ramorum. It is not recommended to destroy or dispose of these plants without State or Federal guidance. This is an ongoing investigation, guidance and recommendations may change.


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Local Theatre Company Makes A Big Move To The South Side BY KATHERINE NEWMAN

Collaboraction Theatre Company recently announced that it will hosts several of its 2019-20 season performances in Englewood at Kennedy-King College. The theme of the upcoming performance season is We Are Each Others Business. The 2019-20 season for Collaboraction will include The Light, a new summer youth festival, the fourth annual Peacebook Festival, Book of Peace at Cloudgate Plaza, a holiday play called All I Want for Chicago Is…, the Encounter Series, and the world premiere of Red Island by Anthony Moseley and Carla Stillwell. The Peacebook Festival, Encounter Series, and Red Island will all take place in the 292-seat stateof-the-art theatre at Kennedy-King College, 740 W. 63rd St., in Englewood. The move to Englewood is a critical part of Collaboraction’s One City plan that aims to use theater to encourage healing and transformation in Chicago, according to information provided by Collaboraction. “At Collaboraction, we use first-person authentic-voice narratives that we cultivate through talking with people in Chicago. We go deep in these neighborhoods to hear stories about what it’s like to live with, live around, and live under the kind of pressure that people experience surrounding race, gender, identity, class, poverty, and all that kind of stuff. We then tell those stories in a way that gets to the humanity of it all and we connect those stories to people who ordinarily would be disconnected from the realities of what goes on in these neighborhoods,” said Dr. Marcus Robinson, managing director of Collaboraction.

Local theatre company, Collaboraction, recently announced that it will host several performances during the 2019-20 season at Kennedy-King College in Englewood. Photo Credit: Collaboraction

Robinson is a resident of Englewood himself and is elated to have his professional work in performance art overlap with his passion for making an impact on the community that he has chosen to call home. “This is my opportunity to deliver what I consider to be my life’s work in community development, community transformation, and personal transformation with the way I’m organized as a professional,” said Robinson. “I’m able to put my

professional life in alignment with my personal life and in alignment with my own values.” Each performance for this entire season will conclude with a Crucial Conversation, moderated by Robinson and Collaboraction’s Artistic Director, Anthony Moseley. The conversations will dive into the themes of the shows and allow audience members to reflect on what they have just seen and share their own ideas on how to heal the City of Chicago from its history of

oppression, segregation, and systemic racism, according to information provided by Collaboraction. “Our idea is that every story will lead to a conversation about what we can all do to make Chicago a better place to live in terms of race relations and a better place to live in terms of class and economic development,” said Robinson. For more, visit collaboraction.org or call the Collaboraction box office, (312) 226-9633.

Chicago Board of Education Announces New Meeting Structure to Promote Transparency and Public Engagement As part of Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot, Chicago Board of Education President Miguel del Valle, and CPS CEO Dr. Janice K. Jackson’s commitment to increase transparency and promote public engagement in Chicago Public Schools, the new Board of Education recently unveiled a series of initiatives that will facilitate stronger monthly Board meetings. A total of seven priority reforms were announced shortly after the beginning of the recent meeting, which marks the first meeting under President del Valle and the seven Board members appointed by Mayor Lightfoot. “To keep our schools on the right path, the Board must take advantage of all opportunities to promote transparency and increase family and community engagement,” said President del Valle. “On our first day serving the stu-

dents, families and educators of Chicago, we have immediately instituted a series of initiatives that will provide for more inclusive and open meetings, and will help make our school system even stronger for families in all neighborhoods throughout Chicago.” The following reforms were announced at the Board meeting by Board President del Valle: 1. Public Agenda Item Discussion: To provide greater insight into items on the public agenda and allow the public to hear feedback from Board members on a range of agenda items, Board meetings will include a new section for Board members to discuss select priority items from the public agenda prior to public participation. Agenda items involving new policies, significant spending, and topics of public interest will be highlighted at each meeting.

2. Revised Voting Process: In an effort to provide greater clarity on the voting process, the majority of votes will occur following the public participation section of the meeting and before the Board meets in executive session, where legal and personnel items are discussed. All public agenda items will receive votes in advance of executive session, and item titles will be read to clearly note which items are being considered by the Board. 3. Meeting Livestream: In addition to the video recordings that are posted to cpsboe.org after each meeting, live streaming of all Board meetings will begin next month. This will allow members of the community who are not able to make it to the meeting to monitor the full meeting in real time. 4. Translation Services: Following a successful pilot last month of live Spanwww.thechicagocitizen.com

ish translation services for meeting attendees, the Board has committed to translate all meetings for Spanish language speakers. The Board’s goal is to accommodate as many people in need of translation services as possible, and the Board will look at potential opportunities to expand this service to other languages in the future. 5. Advance Policy Posting: At the July 2019 Board Meeting, the Board will vote on a rule change that will require all policy additions and revisions to be posted publicly one month in advance of a Board vote. This change will provide members of the public with time to review and provide feedback on proposed policy changes in advance of the Board’s consideration. 6. Additional Committees: As part of the Board’s commitment to providing greater insight into priority areas,

the Board will create additional committees to build on the success of the current Finance and Audit Committee. New committees will be chaired by one Board member and focus on critical education policy issues. Committees will hold hearings at community sites and allow for additional public participation and engagement throughout the city. Additional information on committee topics and structure will be announced at July’s meeting. 7. Community-Based Board Meetings: Beginning later this year, the Board will again begin holding periodic Board meetings in the community in the late afternoon and evening. Hosting meetings outside the Loop will allow a larger group of community members to participate in meetings and provide valuable feedback to the Board and the district.


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BUSINESS

The national index declined 0.45 from the previous month and is down 1.09 percent from June 2018.

Hourly earnings growth rose for the third consecutive month, now 2.65 percent above a year ago

Small Business Job Growth Slows in June, While Wage Growth Increases

The Paychex | IHS Markit Small Business Employment Watch for June shows slowing small business job growth accompanied by continued steady wage growth, together indications of an increasingly tight labor market.

The Paychex | IHS Markit Small Business Employment Watch for June shows slowing small business job growth accompanied by continued steady wage growth, together indications of an increasingly tight labor market. The national jobs index fell 0.45 percent from the previous month to 98.32 in June. Conversely, with a three-month annualized growth rate near three percent, hourly

earnings growth during the past quarter is the strongest since 2017. Hourly earnings growth rose to 2.65 percent ($0.70) in June, while weekly earnings growth fell to 2.02 percent due to a continued decrease in hours worked from a year ago. “The two-year long, gradual slowing of small business job growth took on a more rapid pace in June with the index declining to 98.32,” said James Diffley, chief regional economist at IHS Markit. “The jobs index is still reflective of employment growth, though at a slower pace than recent years,” said Martin Mucci, Paychex president and CEO. “With hourly earnings growth increasing, it appears the challenging hiring environment is finally starting to push wage growth higher for small business workers.” Broken down further by geography and industry, the June report showed:

l The South continues to lead regions in employment growth; the West remains the top region for hourly earnings growth. l Texas holds the top spot among states for small business job growth; Illinois held its lead among states for wage growth. l Dallas is again the top metro for job growth; San Diego continues to lead metros for wage growth. l Falling to 97.75, job growth in Leisure and Hospitality slowed the most in June at 0.85 percent. The complete results for June, including interactive charts detailing all data at a national, regional, state, metro, and industry level, are available at www.paychex. com/employment-watch. For more information about the Paychex | IHS Markit Small Business Employment Watch, visit www.paychex.com/employmentwatch and sign up to receive monthly Employment Watch alerts.

Average New-Car Prices Up 3% Year-Over-Year for June 2019 The valuation analysts at Kelley Blue Book recently reported the estimated average transaction price for a light vehicle in the United States was $37,285 in June 2019. New-vehicle prices increased $1,131 (up 3.1%) from June 2018, while decreasing $67 (down 0.2%) from last month. “Transaction price growth accelerated in June, climbing 3% as demand for trucks and SUVs pushed sales and prices up in those segments. Light trucks and SUVs are expected to account for about 71% of sales in June, up from 68% a year ago,” said Tim Fleming, analyst for Kelley Blue Book. “Overall, SUV prices were up 4% and trucks rose 3%, while car prices were flat (and still lost market share). Luxury and mainstream mid-size SUVs are showing the most strength right now, with brand new models such as the BMW X7 and Kia Telluride driving incremental sales and price growth for their brands.” www.thechicagocitizen.com


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More Women and Minorities Needed for Financial Planning Jobs StatePoint - Americans’ need for competent and ethical financial advice continues to grow, but the population of professionals who can provide such advice is shrinking. At the same time, the demographics of wealth in the U.S. are shifting. The average net worth of African American families increased by 30 percent from 2013 to 2016, according to the Federal Reserve. Women now control more than one-third of wealth in the country, according to The Boston Consulting Group. And an “InvestmentNews” report found the top-fifth of Latinos, or more than 2.1 million households, have an average wealth of more than $400,000. Not reflecting these changes, however, are the demographics of today’s financial planning workforce. Less than onefourth of the more than 84,000 Certified Financial Planner (CFP) professionals are women, and only 3.6 percent are Black or Latino. The gap between the current state of the financial planning profession and what is needed in this shifting landscape presents big career opportunities for aspiring CFP professionals, particularly female and minority candidates. “We need more financial planners,” says Brittney Castro, a Los Angeles-based Latina CFP professional. “It’s such a great career. You’re helping people with their money, you make good money, and

you have ultimate freedom over your time. That’s a win-win-win.” Financial planners earn a median pay of $89,000, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, which also projects that job opportunities within the financial advisory industry are expected to grow by 15 percent between 2016 and 2026. This means CFP professionals can enjoy lucrative careers with longterm opportunity and room for growth, all while helping others. The ways in which diverse financial professionals benefit their communities is multifaceted, according to Justin Sullivan, CFP, an African American investment advisor for a wealth management company in Atlanta. Giving back is a central part of the work, he says, whether through formal financial planning services or simple conversations with people in the community. “I think we take for granted what people know, especially when you talk about groups that have not historically been exposed to wealth.” Becoming a CFP professional also provides opportunities to serve as a mentor for future generations of financial planners and encourage even greater diversity in the profession. “There are not many of us -- women of color -- who are financial planners, so I have a responsibility,” says Rianka Dorsainvil, a CFP professional in Washington, D.C. “I have to volunteer and raise my hand for

leadership positions so other women of color can say, ‘I see her in me, so I can do that too.’” To learn more about financial

Financial planners earn a median pay of $89,000, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, which also projects that job opportunities within the financial advisory industry are expected to grow by 15 percent between 2016 and 2026.

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planning careers, visit cfp.net/ become-a-cfp-professional. Today’s CFP professionals take pride in meeting the growing need

for financial advice, helping people in their community achieve their financial goals, and making a positive difference in their clients’ lives.


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Airline Satisfaction Climbs to Record Highs Is this the golden age of air travel? According to the J.D. Power 2019 North America Airline Satisfaction Study,SM released recently, a combination of newer planes, better ticket value and improved customer touchpoints have driven overall satisfaction with airlines to its highest point in history, up 11 points (on a 1,000-point scale) from last year’s record-setting performance. The surge is driven by significant improvements among traditional carriers, while satisfaction slowed with low-cost carriers. “Airlines continue to deliver on the operational side of air travel,” said Michael Taylor, travel intelligence lead at J.D. Power. “New technology investments have dramatically improved the reservation and check-in process. Fleets are newer and travelers generally feel that they are getting great value for their money. These improvements have been most profound in the traditional carrier segment, where customer satisfaction has climbed considerably. “While low-cost carriers have historically had the highest levels of customer satisfaction in our study,

“AIRLINES CONTINUE TO DELIVER ON THE OPERATIONAL SIDE OF AIR TRAVEL. NEW TECHNOLOGY INVESTMENTS HAVE DRAMATICALLY IMPROVED THE RESERVATION AND CHECK-IN PROCESS. FLEETS ARE NEWER AND TRAVELERS GENERALLY FEEL THAT THEY ARE GETTING GREAT VALUE FOR THEIR MONEY.” MICHAEL TAYLOR Travel intelligence lead at J.D. Power. due to a strong sense of value for money among customers, that line is starting to blur as traditional carriers improve their services and operations,” Taylor added. “The one area where both traditional and low-cost carriers can still improve, however, is in in-flight services. It continues to be the lowest-ranked factor in the study, as many airlines still struggle with in-flight entertainment, connectivity, in-seat power and food service.” Following are some of the key findings of the 2019 study: l Record-high customer satisfaction: Overall satisfaction with airlines increases 11 points to 773, continuing an eight-year trend of satisfaction improvement. l Improvement driven by tradi-

tional carriers: This year’s significant gains in customer satisfaction are driven by the traditional carriers, whose segment satisfaction score improves 22 points from 2018. The low-cost segment—while still having higher overall satisfaction than the traditional carrier segment—declines 6 points from 2018, thus driving a segment convergence in satisfaction. l Tech investments in reservation and check-in systems pay off: The reservation and check-in experiences are the most satisfying portions of the airline experience, driven by investments in digital check-in technologies, self-service kiosks and a concerted effort among airlines to improve the efficiency of the preflight process.

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Study Rankings Among traditional carriers, Alaska Airlines ranks highest for the 12th consecutive year, with a score of 801. Delta Air Lines (788) ranks second and American Airlines (764) ranks third. Among low-cost carriers, JetBlue Airways (817) and Southwest Airlines (817) rank highest in a tie. For Southwest, this is the third consecutive year at the top of the J.D. Power ranking. Among Canada-based airlines, Air Canada (729) saw its customer satisfaction score decline 5 points

from 2018. WestJet (758) saw its score increase 11 points but remains below the low-cost carrier average. The North America Airline Satisfaction Study, now in its 15th year, measures passenger satisfaction with airline carriers in North America based on performance in seven factors (in order of importance): cost and fees; in-flight services; aircraft; boarding/deplaning/baggage; flight crew; check-in; and reservation. The study measures passenger satisfaction among both business and leisure travelers and is based on responses from 5,966 passengers who flew on a major North American airline between March 2018 and March 2019. The study was fielded from April 2018 through March 2019. For more information about the North America Airline Satisfaction Study, visit https://www.jdpower. com/business/resource/jd-power-north-america-airline-satisfaction-study.


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