Month: October 2016

Maywood Police Seeking 6 Entry-Level Officers, Starting at $42,140

Maywood police badgeMonday, October 31, 2016 || By Community Editor || @maywoodnews

[Village of Maywood] The Board of Fire and Police Commissioners for the Village of Maywood is now accepting applications for the position of entry Level Police Officer.

Testing is being conducted for six immediate, new hires and to establish an eligibility list for future hiring needs.

The mission of the Maywood Police Department is to improve the quality of life in the Village of Maywood by delivering professional and progressive law enforcement services in partnership with the community.

The Maywood Police Department delivers services to the Village of Maywood through a multi-faceted approach: to resolve problems while maintaining a value system centered around mutual respect, integrity,transparency,   and constitutional equality.

Applications are available at: www.jobsource.copsandfiretesting.com.

Applications will be online for purchase until 2 p.m. on Nov. 11, 2016.

The deadline for returning completed applications is 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2016.

Note: This is not a postmark date

All applications must be returned to the office of:

C.O.P.S. and F.I.R.E. Personnel Testing Service | ATTN: Maywood PD, 200 W. Higgins Road, Suite 201, Schaumburg, IL 60195

You must meet the following minimum requirements:

  • Citizenship:  Must be a U.S. Citizen
  • Driver’s License:  Must possess a valid Driver’s License at the time of application with the ability to obtain an Illinois Driver’s License upon time of hire.
  • Age Requirement:  Applicants must have attained their 21st birthday by the last date for filing applications (11/16/16). Applicants must be under the age of 35 years on 11/16/16 (and when the       final eligibility register is posted) unless exempt by State Statute 65 IL 5/10 – 2. 1-6.
  • Education:  Must have proof of High School Diploma, GED Certificate or High School Proficiency Statement.
  • Residence:  Must reside within a 15-mile radius of the boundaries of Maywood within one (1) year          of  hire.
  • P.O.W.E.R. Card:  All candidates must possess a valid P.O.W.E.R. Card issued between the    dates of 5/16/16 and 11/16/16 (MUST provide a copy of certification in their returned    support packet material and bring certification on the day of test.)

POWER Test Certification available at:

  • NIPSTA – Glenview, IL  www.nipsta.org
  • Joliet Junior College – Contact Janet Graham 815-280-2674
  • Triton College – River Grove www.edu/power

All individuals meeting eligibility requirements are encouraged to continue with the application process.

Additional information will be provided in the packet which can be downloaded at: www.jobsource.copsandfiretesting.com

There is a $35.00 non-refundable application fee. Applications are NOT available at the Maywood Police Department or Village Hall.

Applicants must attend the mandatory orientation and test date:

Mandatory Orientation and Written Examination: Saturday, Dec. 3, 2016

Registration starts at 8:30 a.m.

Orientation: 9:00 a.m.

Written Examination immediately following the Orientation

Location: Emerson School, 311 Washington Boulevard, Maywood, IL

All applications are subject to the Rules and Regulations of the Board of Fire and Police Commissioners of the Village of Maywood, which is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Valdimir Talley | Chief of Police, Maywood Police Department | 125 S. 5th Ave., Maywood, IL  60153 | Phone:  (708) 450-4461 | Fax: (708) 450-7640

For more info, click here. VFP

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Maywood’s Fred Hampton Gets Shout-out in Searing Netflix Doc ’13th’ | Get the Authors Featured in the Doc at AfriWare Books

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fred_hamptonSunday, October 30, 2016 || By Michael Romain || @maywoodnews

The 13th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, passed by Congress on Jan. 31, 1865 and ratified by the states on Dec. 6, 1865, states:

“Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction.”

A critically acclaimed new documentary, “13th,” which is currently streaming on Netflix, builds a powerfully drawn, engrossing argument for interpreting that pivotal amendment less as a decisive end to the immoral system of human bondage and more as a transitional point from one period of black indignity to the next.

The film was directed and produced by Ava DuVernay, the Golden Globe Award-nominated director of “Selma,” among other works.

When slavery ended, DuVernay argues, the systematic imprisonment of blacks began. And just as the mythology of black inferiority justified slavery, the mythology of black criminality has justified the mass incarceration of black people that, as of yet, has no historical end point.

The specter of black criminality has been ruthlessly deployed for numerous ends within American society: to secure free labor in order to rebuild the South after the Civil War; to keep blacks, who migrated to the North in waves largely to escape daily acts of terror, contained within pockets of great urban cities like Chicago; and to suppress acts of large-scale, organized dissent against oppression.

DuVernay’s “13th” is a devastating play-by-play of this history of criminality, played out over a soundtrack that is both haunting and transgressive.

There’s a clear line, DuVernay shows, from the 13th Amendment to the criminalization and subsequent murder of black leaders like Martin Luther King, Jr. and Fred Hampton — both of whom were depicted as public enemies by top law enforcement officials and politicians.

“We know the history of folks who have done this kind of standing up to these systems,” notes one talking head. “And we know how the system has murdered them, assassinated them, exiled them, excluded them or found ways to discredit them.”

Harvard historian Henry “Skip” Gates was succinct about the fate of the Black Panthers.

“The whole movement was criminalized and destroyed systematically by the government,” Gates said.

“I think people haven’t thought about what it means to lose a Fred Hampton, who somehow was able to pull together blacks and whites and Puerto Ricans and Native Americans to fight for justice at 21,” said Van Jones, roughly 45-minutes into the 1 hour and forty-minute film. “He had to go.”

“They literally went and shot his whole house up with his pregnant wife sitting next to him in the bed,” Jones said. “So afraid of a leader that can unite people.”

DuVernay’s argument isn’t new or particularly surprising. She deploys talking heads from across the ideological spectrum, including Newt Gingrich and Angela Davis, to make her case. Many of them are authors of books that DuVernay likely read in preparation for the film.

Here’s a short list of some of those authors included in the film and the books that flesh out and substantiate DuVernay’s narrative. You can pickup their work at Maywood’s only independently owned bookstore, AfriWare Books, 1701 S. 1st Ave., Suite 503, or order the books at AfriWare’s online home here.

You can also check out a copy of some of the books at the Maywood Public Library.

The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness, by Michelle Alexander (2010)

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From a 2012 New York Times book review:

The book marshals pages of statistics and legal citations to argue that the get-tough approach to crime that began in the Nixon administration and intensified with Ronald Reagan’s declaration of the war on drugs has devastated black America. Today, Professor Alexander writes, nearly one-third of black men are likely to spend time in prison at some point, only to find themselves falling into permanent second-class citizenship after they get out. That is a familiar argument made by many critics of the criminal justice system, but Professor Alexander’s book goes further, asserting that the crackdown was less a response to the actual explosion of violent crime than a deliberate effort to push back the gains of the civil rights movement.

The Condemnation of Blackness: Race, Crime, and the Making of Modern Urban America, by Khalil Gibran Muhammad (2010)

condemnationFrom a summary of Muhammad’s book by Harvard University Press:

“Following the 1890 census, the first to measure the generation of African Americans born after slavery, crime statistics, new migration and immigration trends, and symbolic references to America as the promised land of opportunity were woven into a cautionary tale about the exceptional threat black people posed to modern urban society.

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“Excessive arrest rates and overrepresentation in northern prisons were seen by many whites—liberals and conservatives, northerners and southerners—as indisputable proof of blacks’ inferiority. In the heyday of “separate but equal,” what else but pathology could explain black failure in the “land of opportunity”?

“The idea of black criminality was crucial to the making of modern urban America, as were African Americans’ own ideas about race and crime. Chronicling the emergence of deeply embedded notions of black people as a dangerous race of criminals by explicit contrast to working-class whites and European immigrants, Khalil Gibran Muhammad reveals the influence such ideas have had on urban development and social policies.”

The Substance of Hope: Barack Obama and the Paradox of Progress, by William Jelani Cobb (2010)

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From a summary of the book by Kirkus Review:

“While time alone will reveal the meaning and impact of Barack Obama’s election, the author strives to make early sense of an event of such magnitude that it warranted a New York Times headline (‘Racial Barrier Falls in Decisive Victory’) in the same 96-point type used for the Apollo moon landing, Richard Nixon’s resignation and 9/11.

“Both an observer and participant in the 2008 election—he was a delegate to the Democratic National Convention—Cobb describes the forces and subtle changes in American society that led to Obama’s victory. He notes the election marked the passing of the Jim Crow era; many young African-Americans now first encountered the words ‘For Colored Only” in museums. Generational hues were apparent in the fact that young people—black and white—were convinced Obama could win. They knew an Obama presidency would not end racism, but would at least “represent a fundamental change in the way this society understands race.’

“Obama waged a campaign against cynicism and challenged people to believe a black man could be president, and voters responded. Obama won more than 95 percent of the black vote, without the support of traditional civil-rights leaders, who were threatened by racial progress and acted like an old-style ethnic political machine in endorsing Hillary Clinton.

“Cobb is especially good on the contrast between Obama and Jesse Jackson, whose celebrated work had opened many doors for Obama, but who now failed to inspire most young African-Americans. Obama embodies the face—multiracial and cosmopolitan—of the next generation, and his ‘ultimate significance may be less as a president than as a harbinger of what comes after his presidency.'”

Are Prisons Obsolete? by Angela Davis (2003)

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are-prisons-obsoleteFrom a review in Political Affairs:

“While the US prison population has surpassed 2 million people, this figure is more than 20 percent of the entire global imprisoned population combined. Angela Y. Davis shows, in her most recent book, Are Prisons Obsolete?, that this alarming situation isn’t as old as one might think.

“Just a little over 30 years ago the entire prison population stood at 200,000 in the US; that is a tenfold jump in just one generation. In California alone, 3 prisons were built between 1852 and 1952; from 1984 to the present, over 80 facilities were constructed that now house almost 160,000 people. While being jailed or imprisoned has become “an ordinary dimension of community life,” according to Davis, for men in working-class Black, Latino, Native American and some Asian American communities, it is also increasingly an issue women of these communities have come to face.

“Davis points to the increased involvement of corporations in prison construction, security, health care delivery, food programs and commodity production using prison labor as the main source of the growth of the prison-industrial complex. As prisons became a new source of profits, it became clear to prison corporations that more facilities and prisoners were needed to increase income. It is evident that increased crime is not the cause of the prison boom. Davis writes ‘that many corporations with global markets now rely on prisons as an important source of profits helps us to understand the rapidity with which prisons began to proliferate precisely at a time when official studies indicated that the crime rate was falling.’

“Corporations such as Westinghouse, Minnesota Mining and Manufacture, General Dynamics and Alliant Techsystems push their ‘crime fighting’ equipment for consumption by state and local governments. Board members at Hospital Corporation of America helped to found Correctional Corporation of America (CCA), now the largest private prison corporation in the country. By 2000 there were 26 for-profit prison corporations that operated 150 prisons across the country. Additionally, billions in profits come from using prisons as exclusive markets for selling such products as Dial soap, AT&T calling cards and many other items. Some corporations have come to rely on contracted prison labor, a modern version of slave labor.” VFP

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BRIEFLY: Halloween Fun Overtakes Villages | Maywood Tosses Landmark Removal Proposal | Sun-Times Revisits Tom Wood Murder 10 Years Later | More

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Maywood Police Chief Valdimir Talley with attendees at the Maywood Park District’s annual Halloween Fest on Saturday. | Photo submitted || Below: Participants during Broadview Park District’s haunted house. | Broadview Park District/Facebook

Broadview Haunted House.jpgSunday, October 30, 2016 || By Community Editor || @maywoodnews

Residents in Maywood and Broadview enjoyed Halloween festivities on Saturday thanks to numerous social service organizations and the two park districts in those towns.

In Maywood, the fun took place outside, on the grounds of Veterans Park, 125 S. 5th Ave. Participants were treated to a hay maze, hot chocolate and cider, candy prizes, pony rides and more.

In Broadview, participants enjoyed a haunted house, along with free entertainment and candy, among other fall activities.

Sun-Times Revisits Tom Wood Murder, 10 Years Later

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Ten years after the death of Maywood Police Officer Tom Wood, whose Oct. 23, 2006 murder is still unsolved, reporter Robert Herguth revisited the long-dormant case for the Chicago Sun-Times in a story featured on the cover (sans Cubs wraparound) of the paper’s Sunday, Oct. 30 edition.

Herguth catches up with former Maywood Police Chief Elvia Williams, who is currently running the Richton Park police department, and also talks with current Maywood Police Chief Valdimir Talley.

Williams tells Herguth that, while she still doesn’t know who murdered Wood, she’s optimistic the case will be solved sometime in “the next couple of years.”

Randy Brown, the Maywood detective who works the Wood case part-time, tells Herguth that the department will make a renewed push next year to start “re-interviewing people.” Talley adds that, next year, evidence in connection to the case will be re-examined, among other developments.

“‘I owe it to the family,’ Talley says, as well as fellow cops and the community ‘to bring closure. I’m definitely committed to getting this resolved.'”

To read the full Sun-Times report, click here.

Maywood Liquor Sales Could Start an Hour Earlier on Sundays

liquor.jpgAt a Oct. 26 Legal, License and Ordinance Committee (LLOC) meeting, the Maywood Board of Trustees voted unanimously to send to a regular board meeting for final approval a motion that would allow retail liquor sales to start at 11 a.m. on Sundays, an hour ahead of the current 12 p.m. start time that current regulations call for.

The Maywood Liquor Commission, which is chaired by Mayor Edwenna Perkins, unanimously recommended that the board approve the the motion, which retailers say will allow them to compete with retailers in nearby communities that sell liquor earlier in the day.

According to village officials, each holder of a liquor license in the village is in compliance with regulations and in good standing. Officials say there are currently 15 active liquor licenses in Maywood as of Aug. 17.

The board is expected to make a binding vote on the new hours at a regular meeting on Nov. 1.

Maywood Board Tosses Proposed Landmark Removal Ordinance

At the Oct. 26 LLOC, the Maywood Board of Trustees voted 4-3 for “the outright denial and rejection” of a proposed ordinance that would allow owners of properties in the village that have been designated local historic landmarks to remove that designation by appealing directly to the Board of Trustees, and bypassing the Historic Preservation Commission.

Trustees Antonette Dorris, Melvin Lightford and Ron Rivers, who pushed for the proposal, have argued that landmark status could hamper potential development, particularly of the Maywood Home for Soldiers Widows, near the corner of Lake St. and First Ave.

Maywood Trustee Michael Rogers, who made the tersely stated motion, argued that landmark status is no different than any other regulation that protects the historical character and integrity of the community.

Cook County Board of Commissioners Presents Resolution in Honor of Iberia Hampton 

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During an Oct. 26 meeting, the Cook County Board of Commissioners honored longtime Maywood resident Iberia Hampton, the mother of Fred Hampton, with a resolution.

The legislation was sponsored by Cook County Commissioner Richard Boykin (1st), in whose district Hampton lived until her death on Oct. 17 at age 94.

You can read the full resolution by clicking here.

State Rep. named ‘Legislator of the Year’

Rep. WelchState Rep. Emanuel “Chris” Welch (7th), whose district includes Maywood, was honored on Oct. 28 by the Illinois Association of School Social Workers as the “Legislator of the Year” for his 2016 legislative work in Springfield.

Welch was presented the award during the organization’s 46th Annual Conference, which took place in Lisle.

The group, which honored Welch’s body of education-related work, specifically referenced his hand in the passage of HB 4996 — a law signed by Gov. Bruce Rauner allows school districts “to appoint social workers as the district’s liaison with the Department of Children and Family Services to help coordinate services to foster children within a school district,” according to a statement released by Welch.

“Currently, Illinois school districts serve over 10,000 foster kids across 800 districts, and there is no mechanism in place to properly track services provided,” the statement noted. ” HB4996 will correct this issue, and it will also help Illinois as it prepares to comply with the new Federal Every Student Succeeds Act.” VFP

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Maywood to Pay Down $220K Loan to, Sever Ties with, Seaway Bank

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The Maywood branch of Seaway Bank and Trust. | Google Earth

Thursday, October 27, 2016 || By Michael Romain || @maywoodnews

The relationship between the Village of Maywood and Seaway Bank, widely considered to be the largest black-owned bank in the Midwest, appears to be headed to an end.

During an Oct. 26 Legal, License and Ordinance Committee meeting, Trustee Ron Rivers said that the bank wants to sever ties with Maywood. The subject was broached during a discussion about the village possibly paying down, in full, the remaining balance on a $300,000 loan it owes the bank.

In 2010, the developer of the Maywood Market grocery store, which has since closed down, approached the village about co-signing a $250,000 loan from Seaway in order to “float cash for operations, according to an August 2015 memo drafted by village attorney Michael Jurusik.

When the developer defaulted on the $250,000 loan in 2011, and when their whereabouts couldn’t be identified by bank officials, Seaway decided to pursue Maywood. 

“That promissory note of $250,000 was not paid,” said Jurusik at a board meeting in April. “Interest has been accruing since 2010.”

The amount of the principal, the interest, late penalties and attorney’s fees totaled more than $300,000, records indicate.

At Wednesday’s LLOC meeting, Village Manager Willie Norfleet, Jr., indicated that the village still owes around $220,000 on that loan — an outstanding balance that he said he would like the board’s approval to pay down in full.

“I would like to pay the full amount off rather than making $10,000 a month payments,” Norfleet said, adding that the money to pay the full amount would come from the village’s Madison/5th Ave. TIF district.

“Would this payoff sever ties with Seaway,” asked Trustee Ron Rivers, “because it’s my understanding that Seaway wants to sever ties with the Village of Maywood?”

Norfleet said that, at a meeting last week, board members were given a handout in which Seaway requested that Maywood “reduce our deposits from the bank to the level where [they don’t] have to be collateralized.

“In other words, they are asking you to take your money out for several months. This issue [of the $220,000 bulk payment] is separate,” Norfleet said.

“You have a loan and you want to pay the loan off independently of positions being taken by the bank. That’s something totally different,” he noted. “Even if you took your money out of the bank and went someplace else, you’d still have to pay that obligation.”

Norfleet added that Seaway, whose lone Maywood branch is located across the street from the police department, has requested that the village reduce its deposits by Oct. 28. He also said that the village treasurer has been in talks with other banks in anticipation of Maywood moving all of its deposit elsewhere.

Seaway Bank officials could not be immediately reached for comment.

In June, Crain’s Chicago Business reported that Seaway Bank & Trust may have had to start raising money in order to stay solvent. As of March 31, Crain’s reported, the financial institution had lost $16 million within the last 15 months.

And in 2013, the Maywood Public Library was forced to close its doors for a few weeks after Seaway Bank had tightened the conditions of a loan. That issue, however, was resolved after bank officials offered the library an extension and an additional line of credit. 

The Board of Trustees is expected to take a binding vote to approve the remaining $220,000 balance at a Nov. 1 regular meeting.

Trustee Melvin Lightford provided the only vote against the motion to move the payment to the regular meeting, while Trustee Isiah Brandon abstained. All other board members voted in favor of the motion. VFP

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Proviso East, D89 Schools to Get More Behavioral Health Services with $928K Loyola Grant

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Thursday, October 27, 2016 || By Community Editor || @maywoodnews

[Loyola University Health System/Newswise] Loyola University Chicago Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing faculty Diana Hackbarth, PhD, RN, FAAN, and Fran Vlasses, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, ANEF, FAAN, have been awarded a $928,000 grant over two years from the Health Resources and Services Administration to integrate behavioral health providers into nurse-led primary care teams.

The goal is to increase access to care, enhance care coordination between providers and improve outcomes in underserved community-based settings.

“There is so much need in our community to recognize and provide services to people with behavioral health needs,” said Dr. Hackbarth, who is a professor at Niehoff. “It’s a great opportunity to reduce the stigma of mental illness, promote social and emotional health and expand needed services.”

Part of the funding is for the expansion of behavioral health services at Proviso East High School, where Niehoff faculty have been providing behavioral healthcare as part of its School Based Health Center (SBHC). The program will also support behavioral health services in elementary schools in Maywood and Melrose Park.

In addition, the grant will be used to expand behavioral health services at the Family Medicine Clinic, located at the Loyola Center for Health on Roosevelt, 1211 W. Roosevelt Road, Maywood. The grant will pay for an additional behavioral health provider and a consulting psychiatrist, allowing for easier access to mental health screenings and earlier access to treatment.

Finally, the project will promote interprofessional collaborative practice (IPCP) by training nurses, nursing students and other health professionals to be comfortable in screening, brief intervention and referral to treatment

“We want people to get the mental healthcare they need as soon as possible through better integration of behavioral health services into primary care at Loyola,” said Dr. Vlasses, who is also a professor at Niehoff.

This effort is a collaboration between Loyola University Chicago Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing and Loyola University Health System. VFP

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Maywood Now Has a ‘Tech District’ That Offers Weekend Courses in 3-D Printing

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A series of Ultimaker 3-D printers inside of a classroom at the University of Illinois College of Business MakerLab. | University of Illinois || Below, Bridgette Chatman-Lewis, Vena Nelson, Maywood Mayor Edwenna Perkins, Maywood Trustee Isiah Brandon, Tumia Rumero and U.S. Rep. Danny K. Davis inside of Nelson’s Global Business Center in Maywood earlier this month.

tech-picWednesday, October 26, 2016 || By Michael Romain || @maywoodnews || UPDATED: 5:35 p.m.

“A 3-D printer can make a prototype of a Porsche in a matter of days or hours,” said business consultant Bridgette Chatman-Lewis earlier this month while hosting roughly 40 people inside of the Global Business Center, 840 S. 17th Ave., in Maywood.

The Center, which offers temporary office space and wraparound services to burgeoning businesses, is considered the hub of a technology district that Chatman-Lewis envisions for Maywood.

The Center has, for the last few weeks, also been a site for training young people in the magic of 3-D printing, a manufacturing process that creates three-dimensional objects like cars or even houses from digital files (click here for more info on the technology).

Chatman-Lewis, a native of Maywood, heads up the Oak Brook-based Chatman Lewis Consulting, which specializes in bringing economic development to hard-pressed communities.

After years of trying to gain a foothold into Maywood and at the urging Mayor Edwenna Perkins, Chatman-Lewis said her firm is now establishing a presence in the community where she was raised.

Earlier this year, Chatman-Lewis announced that Maywood would be among the communities her firm is seeking to “adopt,” in order to lure economic opportunities to town — a process the strategist said she’ll execute under an arm of her firm called the Economic Growth Initiative.

Chatman-Lewis has said EGI will execute its five-point plan in three phases. Those points include creating jobs, decreasing crime, increasing per capita income, providing youth and senior programming, and improving the community’s aesthetic landscape.

The Global Business Center, which is owned and operated by Maywood entrepreneurs Andre and Vena Nelson, was the site of the Oct. 14 kickoff for the technology aspect of EGI’s mandate to bring more youth programming into the village.

Saturday, Oct. 15 marked the start of the first session of instructional courses in 3-D printing at the Center. The eight-week training program, which takes place on the weekends, will offer young people, ages 16 to 24, the opportunity to earn a certification in 3-D printing technology, which they can then leverage into employment opportunities.

“The starting pay for 3-D printing jobs is between $45,000 and $75,000,” Chatman-Lewis said. “There’s a big demand for it in everything from soup to nuts. It’s huge.”

The course is offered through collaboration among EGI, Microsoft, the University of Illinois MakerLab and the Global Business Center — the latter of which has offered up some of its employees to serve as trained 3-D instructors. Maywood native and technology guru Sy Bounds, a frequent collaborator with the Nelsons, will facilitate the program.

The 15-person maximum enrollment level for the program’s first training cohort has already been reached, Chatman-Lewis said; however, interested young people can still apply for open spots in other 15-student cohorts. The maximum total number of students the program will accept is 100, she noted.

Although the training is free, participants will need to each fund-raise at least $100 to offset the cost it takes to administer the program.

“It’s a circle of accountability we’re going to build,” Chatman-Lewis said.

The first session will take place from October to December, with the next session taking place between February and April 2017. Although the program targets young people, 16 to 24, older applicants won’t necessarily be turned away, Chatman-Lewis said. Their names will be put in a lottery for open slots.

But the technological buzz at the Center won’t be limited to just those training courses, EGI officials said. Chatman-Lewis deemed the Center Maywood’s technology district. Bounds, she said, will serve as its czar.

The concept is to give area young people the expertise to take advantage of 21st Century economic opportunities while also maintaining a sense of place that will commit them to serving their communities even after they’ve seized those opportunities and secured those high-paying jobs.

“My research has shown that we have an incredible amount of brilliant young people,” Bounds said during the Oct. 14 kick-off event. “The problem is that we have to make sure they don’t take that information and head to Corporate America.”

In addition to 3-D printing and technology training, Chatman-Lewis said EGI will also host training courses in areas such as entrepreneurship, web development and product licensing, among others.

She said EGI is also looking for volunteers to man other community events, such as the Walk/Run it held in June and for which planning has already started for next year, a social/emotional learning program, an annual Global Initiative Network Event (GINE) and a Bulls/Sox lock-in for 3-D printing participants who successfully raise $100.

Tumia Rumero, an aide to Congressman Danny K. Davis (7th), who was in attendance at the Oct. 14 event, connected the training young people in Maywood are receiving to the wave of technology companies that are planting roots in the Chicago area.

“We have Google in our congressional district, Amazon has a headquarters here, Pandora just opened up a headquarters, Microsoft is at the Aon Center, Motorola just re-headquartered here,” Rumero said.

“With all those resources,” she said, “how do we begin to match what they’re doing with the people in the communities and so that’s where our technology advisory committee is going?”

Rumero touted a series of technology events the Congressman has been hosting over the last year, including a forum at Google’s Chicago headquarters, as an example of connecting area young people to opportunities in the technology field.

A group of students and administrators from Proviso Township District 209 High Schools attended the Google event, along with Chatman-Lewis and Bounds, who is on Davis’s technology advisory committee.

One challenge some attendees at the Oct. 14 event pointed out was how young people would be persuaded to take advantage of the tech training.

“How do you get them interested?” one attendee asked. “If you know that there are youth out here who have the brainpower and you know they can do it, how do you get them away from sports?”

Shanee Edwards, a 3-D printing course instructor and the marketing and sales specialist for Vena Nelson’s Go Big Accounting — the Business Center’s principal tenant and an associated company — said the trick to grabbing a young person’s attention is to make the learning fun.

“I would probably be inclusive. If it was my son, I’d explore the possibility that you can even design a new form of cleats,” Edwards said.

“Involve the interests they already have versus just trying to take them completely away from something they already love,” she added. “But if you find a way to incorporate [technology training inclusively], they’ll be able to make connections on their own.” VFP

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LLOC Meeting Tonight, Wednesday, Oct. 26, 7 PM

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Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2016 || By Community Editor || @maywoodnews

A Legal, License and Ordinance Committee (LLOC) meeting is scheduled to take place tonight, Wednesday, Oct. 26, 7 p.m., at 125 S. 5th Ave. Among topics up for discussion (for the full agenda packet, click here):

  • Discussion and consideration for selection of streets and alleys for repair in the Madison/5th Avenue TIF.
  • Consideration and discussion for purchasing Solar Stop Signs.
  • Discussion and consideration for hiring a Grant Writer.
  • Discussion  and consideration regarding the Maywood Fire Department invoice received from Alpha Prime Communications in the amount of $56,120.00 for Emergency Communications Equipment/FEMA Assistance to Firefighters Grant Fund.
  • Cosideration for Tom Kus, Chairman of the Maywood Historic Preservation Commission to make presentation and give an update regarding activities from previous year and goals for 2017 followed by questions and answers.
  • 2016 Real Estate Tax Levy Approval Process and Adoption Schedule for 2016 Tax Levy and 2017/2018 Annual Budget process.
  • An Ordinance Amending Title XI (Business Regulations), Chapter 117 (Alcoholic Beverages), Section 117.41 (Hours of Operation) of the Liquor Control Ordinance of the Maywood Village Code regarding Retail Package Sale of Alcoholic Liquor on Sundays, with a cover memorandum dated October 12, 2016 from Klein, Thorpe and Jenkins, Ltd.
  • Consideration to discuss Memo and Ordinance previously sent to the Village for the October 12, 2016 LLOC Meeting.  Board of Trustees granted Local Landmark Status to the Maywood Soldiers Widows Home located on the Village-owned property at 224 North 1st Avenue. VFP