CTPF062218June 22, 2018: In accordance with the Chicago Teachers' Pension Fund (CTPF) Bylaws, following Trustee Bernice Eshoo's resignation due to retirement, the Board declared a vacancy in a Teacher Trustee position. The Vacancy Committee appointed by CTPF Board President Jay Rehak includes Trustees Lois W. Ashford (chair), Jeffery Blackwell, and Mary Sharon Reilly. The committee will evaluate candidates and make a recommendation to the Board at the next regular meeting on July 19, 2018. The individual appointed to fill the position will serve until this fall's annual election in November.
 
Candidate Eligibility
Any eligible active teacher may ask to be considered to fill the vacancy. A candidate for the Teacher Trustee position must meet the following eligibility criteria:

  • Be a Member, other than a Principal/Administrator, as defined in 40 ILCS 5/17-106; and
  • Have been assigned on a regular certificate for at least 10 years in the Chicago Public Schools or charter schools within District 299 (this includes anyone who is licensed and has worked in the Chicago Public Schools or Charter Schools for at least 10 years on a regular certificate, including as a substitute).


Applications
To apply for the vacant Teacher Trustee position, please submit a resume and a candidate statement to Charles A. Burbridge, Executive Director, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., no later than 5:00 p.m. CST on Friday, July 6, 2018. The Vacancy Committee will meet prior to the next regular Board of Trustees' meeting to review applications and evaluate the candidates.

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Looking For Your New Medicare CardFor my constituents with Medicare or Medicaid, please be aware you will be receiving new cards. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services are removing Social Security numbers from Medicare cards and replacing them with new identification numbers.

The new Medicare card will have a completely different and randomly assigned identifier that will be 11 characters long, containing a mix of numbers and uppercase letters. This is the Medicare Beneficiary Identifier (MBI). CMS is also removing the gender and signature line from the new Medicare card. The MBI is confidential like your SSN and should be protected as personal health information.

Each MBI is unique and randomly generated, and the characters are “non-intelligent,” which means they don’t have any hidden or special meaning.

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GYO FAQ imageWe are excited to announce that Grow Your Own Teachers is now accepting applications for our Chicago area program, with a deadline of September 15.

Grow Your Own is a teacher pipeline program established to increase teacher diversity in Illinois public schools. GYO provides extensive support for students pursuing a career in teaching, in exchange for a commitment to teach for 5 years in high-needs public schools.

Supports that make a difference:

    Financial support for tuition assistance, and when needed, emergency expenses

    Academic support, with an Academic Coordinator who works with students to keep them on track to graduate

    Test prep for the TAP, ACT or SAT, as well as tutoring and other support to master class subjects

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Chicago Police CarNPR Illinois - May 14, 2018 | original article

By Sam Dunklau

Illinois legislators are taking up a measure to change the way police gather information for gang databases. It comes after more than a year of controversy surrounding the Chicago Police Department’s data collection practices.

For decades, the Chicago Police Department has kept a running list of people believed to be in one of the city’s gangs. But in the last year, questions have been raised about how the Department goes about adding names. An investigation by ProPublica Illinois showed CPD’s database is riddled with dubious and racially-skewed entries.

State Senator Patricia Van Pelt, a Chicago Democrat, says thousands of black men in their 20s are in the gang database. Many were added without warning, and that info shows up in a background check.

“If they are on that list and they have no way of getting off the list, they have no appeals process, it really tears at the fabric of the community because it can destroy people’s future.”

Records obtained by ProPublica Illinois revealed some 128,000 adults are in that database now, 70% of whom are black or 25% of whom are Latino. 11.5% of those adults are 50 years old or older, a few were listed as more than 100 years old.

State Senator Jacqui Collins (D, Chicago) is supporting the legislation. She says someone can be added to the list for something as simple as not showing up to school.

“We want to ensure police have the tools they need to fight crime, but a poorly-kept database is a blunt and ineffective tool that opens the door for many civil rights abuses,” she explained.

Sen. Van Pelt’s bill would change that, requiring the state police to inform people if they’re added to a gang database, and allow them to appeal if they believed they've been wrongly added.

The Chicago Police Department says the measure is reasonable and has pledged to make changes.

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