Chronicle: In Maywood, Small Businesses Talk Jobs For Youths, Ex-Cons; Boykin Pushes Pay Cut For County Leaders

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Deno Andrews, owner of hot dog restaurant Felony Franks, while in Maywood last week at a Cook County Gun Violence Task Force meeting. | Chronicle Media

Tuesday, April 3, 2016 || By Michael Romain

Last week, a handful of small business owners converged in Maywood at 125 S. 5th Ave., inside village chambers, to discuss creating jobs for youths and ex-convicts, according to an April 2 report by the Cook County Chronicle.

The meeting was hosted by the Cook County Gun Violence Task Force, 15-member body created last year by an ordinance introduced by Cook County Commissioner Richard Boykin (1st), whose district includes Maywood.

Tom Decker, who owns Chicago Green Insulation, said he wants young people in Cook County to use insulation guns instead of handguns.

“There are 3,500 openings nationwide and the industry is going to grow seven-fold in the next five years,” Decker said.

Decker told “members of the Cook County Gun Violence Task Force last week that programs to train youth in how to install spray foam insulation would be money well spent as it would get them working and off Chicago streets where violence is all too prevalent,” according to the Chronicle report.

“You need to determine the skills they need for insulation and other services,” Decker said, “and then handle that guidance.”

Also in attendance was Deno Andrews, who owns Felony Franks, a hot dog establishment in Oak Park that specifically focuses its hiring efforts on ex-cons. Andrews, the Chronicle reports, “said government needs to be more like businesses in getting things done.”

“’I can have two meetings and close a multimillion-dollar deal,’” said the former operator of a $36 million consulting business. ‘I can meet for a year with a village and there is still no decision.'”

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Commissioner Richard Boykin (1st) pushes pay cut for county leaders to help fund jobs program

Boykin_SeptemberOriginally Published: Cook County Chronicle || 4/2/16 || By Kevin Beese || 

Cook County Commissioner Richard Boykin unabashedly wants to take money from his peers’ pockets.

Boykin has proposed county commissioners’ salaries be reduced by $10,000, with the somewhat symbolic gesture going toward the $45 million jobs program for teens and young adults that he hopes to pass. The jobs program would get the lion’s share of $50 million in county incentives to stop violence and assist people with disabilities through a proposed 4 cent hike in the county’s gasoline tax.

“It is not a new idea. It is not a new concept,” Boykin said of his salary-reduction plan. “Our country’s history is deeply rooted in shared sacrifice. In 1932, Congress voted to cut their salaries because of the Great Depression. When Harold Washington became mayor of the city of Chicago, he saw mounting debt and the need to lay off city employees and cut his own salary 20 percent.

“We are asking taxpayers to come up with more money (through the gas tax). Commissioners can give up $10,000 of their salary for part-time jobs, for 12 or 13 meetings a year. It is shared sacrifice. I am willing to do it. I am asking (other commissioners) to do that, too.

“I am asking them to give up 10 grand (each). If all 17 commissioners and the County Board president did it, we could hire 75 or 80 teens for the summer.”

Cook County commissioners earn $85,000 per year. Commissioner John Daley, who chairs the county’s Finance Committee, earns $90,000 per year. Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle earns $170,000 per year.

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