Category: Taking Note

Loyola’s Gottlieb Memorial Hospital Receives $10M Donation From Namesake Foundation

Shia Kapos of Crain’s Chicago Business reported on December 30, 2013, that Gottlieb Memorial Hospital in Melrose Park will receive a $10 million gift from the Gottleib Memorial Foundation, which is headed by Jack Weinberg. Gottlieb was acquired by Maywood-based Loyola University Health System in 2008. Kapos writes:

Sheila and Jack Weinberg
L – R: Sallie Hazelrigg, VP of Development, Loyola University Health System; Sheila and Jack Weinberg; Lori Price, President, Gottlieb Memorial Hospital; and Larry Goldberg, President and CEO (Photo and Caption by Loyola University Health System).

The gift will be used to improve inpatient and intensive-care units and to upgrade the hospital’s cancer center, which bears the name of Mr. Weinberg’s late mother, Marjorie Gottlieb Weinberg.

“The Gottliebs believed greatly in their vision of ministering to their fellow man and made it their mission to invest in the development and growth of Gottlieb Memorial Hospital,” hospital President Lori Price said in a release announcing the gift. “David and Dorothy continued to share their success with the community long after Gottlieb accepted its first patient, and that vision lives on through their extended family.”

Mr. Weinberg, who is chairman of the foundation, said the remodeled ICU would be named for his late uncle, Alvin Gottlieb. (The foundation is separate from Mr. Weinberg’s family foundation.)

“My grandfather built two synagogues, one reform and one conservative, and my uncle spent more than five decades making Gottlieb Memorial Hospital what it is today,” Mr. Weinberg said. “Now, through our affiliation with Loyola, we truly have a place for everyone in our community.” VFP

Fifty Years Ago Today

Ebony Cover
Cover of Ebony Magazine, November 1963.

In the November 1963 issue of Ebony magazine, Lerone Bennett, Jr. wrote of the march, “It was the beginning of something, and the ending of something. It came 100 years and 240 days after the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation. It came like a force of nature. Like a whirlwind, like a storm, like a flood, it overwhelmed and stunned by its massiveness and finality. A quarter million people were in it, and of it: and millions more watched on TV and huddled around radios. There had never been anything like it.”

Marchers sitting under elms
“Sitting under spreading elms, marchers open bags and boxes and lunch while listening to speakers and singers” (Ebony).

“A true revolution of values will soon look uneasily on the glaring contrast of poverty and wealth. With righteous indignation, it will look at thousands of working people displaced from their jobs with reduced incomes as a result of automation while the profits of the employers remain intact, and say: ‘This is not just’ (Martin Luther King Jr.,1967).

Jobs For All
Jobs For All Now! (Ebony).

“Power and pressure are at the foundation of the march of social justice and reform […] power and pressure do not reside in the few, and intelligentsia, they lie in and flow from the masses. Power does not even rest with the masses as such. Power is the active principle of only the organized masses, the masses united for a definite purpose” (A. Philip Randolph, 1941).

Marchers in overalls
Men in overalls, a status symbol among the marchers indicating participation in sit-ins (Ebony).

“You can’t talk about solving the economic problem of the Negro without talking about billions of dollars. You can’t talk about ending the slums without first saying profit must be taken out of slums. You’re really tampering and getting on dangerous ground because you’re messing with folk then. You are messing with captains of industry […] Now this means that we are treading in difficult water, because it really means that we are saying that something is  wrong […] with capitalism […] There must be a better distribution of wealth and maybe American must move toward a democratic socialism” (Martin Luther King, Jr., 1966).

A demonstrator in a wheelchair
A wheelchair-bound demonstrator (Ebony).

“The reconstruction of the Negro must involve the introduction of the new social order–a democratic order in which human rights are recognized above property rights” (A. Philip Randolph, 1919).

A. Philip Randolph, Godfather of the Civil Rights Movement, Marches (Ebony).
A. Philip Randolph, Godfather of the Civil Rights Movement, Marches (Ebony).

“At the end of that historic day, after he had introduced King and cheered the younger man’s announcement that ‘we refuse to believe that the bank of justice is bankrupt,’ Randolph sent the marchers home–but first, all those present pledged in thunderous unison to give ‘my heart, and my mind, and my body, unequivocally and without regard to personal sacrifice, to the achievement of social peace through social justice'” (John Nichols, 2011). VFP

Martin Luther King
“The hero of the day” (Ebony)

Fred Hampton Pool Makes Waves; Cooling Tips For Seniors

CBS 2’s Mike Puccinelli reported poolside from the Fred Hampton Aquatic Center, among other locations throughout Maywood, Oak Park and Bellwood, where he chronicles how people are dealing with the extreme heat:

CBS 2 Poolside

Speaking of heat:

Here’s a partial listing of cooling centers in Maywood:

  • The Police Station at 125 S. 5th Ave.
  • The Maywood Multi-Purpose Building at 200 S. 5th Ave.
  • The Maywood Public Library at 121 S. 5th Ave.
  • Also know that there’s nothing wrong with seeking temporary respite from the heat in air-conditioned fast food restaurants.

And a few tips for seniors are staying cool:

Something They Can Agree On

By Michael Romain

Watch this (thanks to Skylar Moran):

Now read this:

Resilient Communities for America AgreementThere are a lot of things that the Mayor and Village Board don’t agree on, but this doesn’t have to be one of them. Urge Mayor Perkins and the Village Trustees to join Mayors and public officials in places such as Washington, DC., Denver, Oakland and Milwaukee in signing the Resilient Communities for America Agreement (click here for more information). And then, pass the word on to friends and family in Chicago to press Mayor Rahm Emanuel to join in the fight. Regardless of the merits of the plan, the fact that it opens up new rhetorical possibilities for talking about climate change and ways to handle it make it invaluable.VFP



Michael Rogers’s Field of Dreams

This is a roundabout way of inaugurating our newest section of the site, which we’re calling, “Maywood Re-Imagined.” Every week, we’ll take certain parts of Maywood and virtually revitalize them through digital manipulation, so residents can see the town’s infinite possibilities and hopefully start making Maywood their canvas. If you have any ideas, email them, or post them via comment, and we’ll try our best to transform your imaginative words into a neat (albeit a bit crude) visualization. But before you get to all of that, you’ll have to pass through some other stuff along the way.

By Michael Romain

Saturday, May 18, 2013, Maywood — This past weekend, while walking to cover a prayer vigil, I came upon a man standing on the baseball diamond on 1st and Oak. He was at home plate, alone, taking pictures of the outfield. When I closed in on him, he waved. It was Michael Rogers, whose resignation as interim trustee in April had aroused a lot emotion among residents in Maywood.

My Perspective

I wrote a piece of commentary in the aftermath of Yarbrough’s appointment of Audrey Jaycox to the seat Rogers vacated. In my opinion, the appointment of someone who wasn’t a candidate for trustee in the last election and had lost a race for an entirely separate office seemed like a consolation prize. It only reinforced the perception, which I sense is widely shared among residents here, of a separate political class that hovers above municipal business as if its their own — an entitlement class, if you will.

For Yarbrough to change this popular perception of him and his party (however accurate or inaccurate it may be in actuality), he’d need to do something to drastically undercut this common stereotype. Yes, the appointment of Ms. Jaycox was entirely his to make. Yes, it was legal for him to do so. Yes, it is a political play that anyone in his position would probably have made.

But it was small ball compared to the large ball act of simply appointing the next-highest-vote-getting candidate for trustee in the most recent election. That would have been courageous, atypical and bold. I thought Yarbrough should’ve done this regardless of the perceived motivations of Neighbors of Maywood Community Organization (NoMCO), which had recommended it. I thought such an action (which seemed fair, direct and clear-cut) would have perhaps gone an surprisingly long way toward correcting what I think has been Mayor Yarbrough’s (and Maywood’s) greatest liability — their public perception. And not just in Maywood, but beyond.

I came to this conclusion from the premise that reestablishing this trust in Village government, which citizens here have apparently lost, is more important, in the long run, than economic development. In fact, there can be no economic development if there is no civic development first. You can’t attract much high-quality commerce to a municipal climate that is widely perceived to be corrupt or petty or parochial. That was the basis for my indignation and, I sense, for other people’s as well.

However, I personally took no issue with Michael Rogers’s decision to resign and any article on this site relevant to the matter, especially any article of reportage, will reflect this reality. The reader can verify this claim by going here. I do admit, though, that I may not have been clear enough with the reader that Rogers’s resignation should be considered separately from Jaycox’s appointment. After all, if Yarbrough had appointed Marcius Scaggs, the next-highest-vote-receiving candidate for trustee, Rogers’s resignation would have been a moot point.

Moreover, to complicate the issue, if Rogers had, instead, resigned during Mayor Perkins’s tenure and Mayor Perkins appointed someone who either did not run as trustee or wasn’t the next-highest-vote getter in that particular race (i.e., if she’d done exactly what Mayor Yarbrough did), Rogers’s resignation would’ve been a non-factor. Was Rogers scapegoated a bit? Perhaps.

Now, is it possible that Rogers was complicit in the whole power play all along? Absolutely. Do we know this for certain? No. Were he complicit, would his complicity have been very major? I don’t believe so. (I’m imagining myself in his dilemma and what I’d do if I had to choose between being a little complicit in a move that might inflame public opinion and being loyal to my political allies). However, what we do know for certain is that Rogers is now a sitting trustee with the power to affect the way Maywoodians live our lives. And until he does something egregious enough to lose it entirely, he needs to have our trust.

Trust requires that people’s words and intentions be taken at a fair amount of face value. That’s the only way real things get done between parties with diverse (and oftentimes diverging) interests. That is what underlies commerce. In fact, the grand intellectual father of capitalism, Adam Smith, had a name for it. He called this, ‘fellow-feeling.’ We, his estranged getting-and-spending grandchildren, call it sympathy.


An Aside

Rogers said that he likes to get outside and take mental notes of ideas that he has for bring economic development to the Village. At the moment, where most drivers-by see a baseball diamond of wildly high grass, weeds and dandelions, Rogers was seeing corporate billboards running along outfield walls. The advertising could be added revenue for the Village. Whether the idea is feasible or not, I don’t know. It is, however, undeniably imaginative. This act of creativity, of standing along in a baseball field, conjuring solutions in silence, piqued my interest far more than the controversy. And with it, Michael Rogers earned my respect.

Michael Rogers’s Perspective

But there was still a Gordian knot of tension that need untying. And so, I invited Rogers to offer a fuller explanation of his decision to resign and where he thought I was wrong in my analysis.

He stated that his priority when he was appointed by Yarbrough to fill the seat vacated by former trustee Flowers was to help the Board with the budget. This needed to be taken care of by May 1st. The Board was able to finish the budget about a week before the deadline. “I would’ve had to resign at some point anyway, whether it would’ve been then or the day after my swearing-in,” he said.

“Perspective is worth a hundred IQ points…

He indicated that his decision to resign about a month before the next mayor would be sworn-in was largely due to him wanting a period of rest before beginning what promises to be an eventful first term as an elected trustee. He said that he consulted with Mayor Yarbrough on the appointment and suggested the Mayor consider three qualities in his potential appointees: a) cultural diversity, b) experience and c) an understanding of economic development. “Perspective is worth a hundred IQ points,” he said.

Rogers believes that I was severely discounting Ms. Jaycox’s experience and her abilities to bring opportunities to the Village. He said that the Mayor appointed the best person to serve the remainder of the term. He also said that he thought I had underestimated the advantages of having political leaders who are connected to other political leaders in statewide and national positions of power and influence.

And perhaps I am, although I think I’ve established that this is rather irrelevant to my overriding point (see my perspective, above). I will say, though, that I may have underplayed how Ms. Jaycox’s representation in organizations such as the National League of Cities do, indeed, translate into concrete advances that people in Maywood can feel. I invite Ms. Jaycox to talk about this anytime.

Anyhow, Rogers noted that once he aired his concerns about the nature of his successor to Mayor Yarbrough, he resigned. Fair enough. It’s an explanation I take at face value.

Better Problems

Now back to Mr. Rogers’s field of dreams. This is a very, very rough rendering of what I imagine Mr. Rogers’s imaginings for the field on 1st and Oak to be:

Mr. Rogers's Field of DreamsMy rough, amateurish rendering may or may not be true to the vision that Mr. Rogers, a professional architect, had in his head while standing alone at home base. The idea itself may or may not be feasible. To focus on this kind of development may or may not be misdirected. Those are all honest debates to have. What’s certain is that the Village would benefit if citizens and elected officials alike were in conflict about these kinds of issues, instead of the ones that claim our attentions now. They’re much more constructive. VFP.

STUCK: Youth Joblessness Not Just A Black Thing

A recently released study by an anonymous think tank concludes that the most common admonishment heard among African-American parents with children, ages 18-34, is: “You need to get a job!” The second most common was: “You need to get a job with some benefits!” Another (real) study, released by Demos (“Stuck: Young America’s Persistent Jobs Crisis“), a research and advocacy organization, suggests that the above advice so often lodged among black parents may be finding popularity with white parents as well. Here are a few excerpts from the full study:

Unemployment by Age, Race and Education, 2012

Nearly Half of College Graduates Work in Jobs That Don't Require a College Degree

Industries That Employ Most 18-34 Year Olds

Click here to download the study in full.

Taking Note: What Do You Think?

Below is a (very fuzzy) screen shot of part of the agenda from tonight’s Special Meeting of the Board of Trustees (7pm at 200 S. 5th Ave.). In reaction to noticing that the appointment to fill the trustee seat vacated by Rogers and Flowers will come before public comment is heard, the editorial board decided that, instead of elaborating on our own sudden reaction to this development, we would allow the public to speak.

Do you think that it is appropriate for this appointment to come before public hearings are held? If yes, please comment. If no, please comment. We will also be administering this informal, snap survey on Facebook, where it may be easier to reply. Once your opinions are aggregated, we will summarize them on this site before the meeting. Please comment either on Facebook or on under this posting before 5pm tomorrow. To view the complete agenda on PDF file, click here.

Special Board Meeting Agenda