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Area Physician to Run for Congress Again

Friday, October 20, 2017 || By Michael Romain || @maywoodnews 

Featured image: Dr. Jeffrey Leef, a local doctor who recently announced that he’s running for Congress for a second time. | Photo Submitted

Dr. Jeffrey Leef, a River Forest radiologist who ran as the Republican challenger against U.S. Rep. Danny K. Davis (7th) in 2016, recently announced that he’s running for Congress again.

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Maywood Fine Arts Wows at Trail Blazer Awards

Boykin Maywood Fine ArtsMFA dancers with Congressman Davis, pictured top left, and Commissioner Boykin. Photo by Michael Romain.

Friday, February 20, 2015 || By Michael Romain 

MFA Dancers captured the tragic and hopeful continuum of the black struggle in America in one moving dance routine

MFA dancersMaywood Fine Arts dancers received a standing ovation and wild applause after a rousing performance at a Feb. 19, awards ceremony held at the Sankofa Cultural Arts & Business Center  in Chicago’s Austin community.

The Leaving Their Stamp on Our World Trail Blazer Awards was sponsored by 1st District Commissioner Richard Boykin to recognize the achievements of his predecessor, former commissioner Earleen Collins; Congressman Danny K. Davis; and Keshia B. Warner, the principal of John Greenleaf Whittier Elementary School in Oak Park.

Before an audience of about 60 attendees–which included Metropolitan Water Reclamation District Vice President Barbara McGowan; 2nd District Cook County Commissioner Robert Steele; and 29th Ward Alderman Deborah Graham–MFA dancers evoked the struggles and achievements of prominent civil rights activist Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

“Forty-eight years ago, I opened up a school in Maywood,” said MFA co-founder Lois Baumann in remarks immediately after the dance routine. “I want to thank Dr. King for that, because  he was my inspiration,” she said.

During his remarks, Rep. Davis praised Lois and her husband Ernie Baumann, calling them “two of the most contributing members of the community… For many years, many years they’ve trained young people from the time they were near babies up to the point they become teenagers and young adults and adults–they’ve just been marvelous.” VFP

Proviso Township Residents–China May Have Your Jobs

chinaAn employee in a forklift cruises past Chinese shipping containers. Photo by Business Insider.

Monday, December 15, 2014 || By Michael Romain

New study estimates 4,600 jobs lost in 7th Congressional District from ’01 to ’13 due to U.S. trade deficit with China

A recently released study (PDF: EPI US China Trade Deficit Study) by the liberal Economic Policy Institute (EPI) estimates that between 2001 and 2013, the U.S. has lost about 3.2 million jobs due to its growing trade deficit with China. About 132,500 of those lost jobs were from Illinois, with a small fraction of the state’s total loss – about 4,600 jobs – disappearing from the 7th congressional district. That data point ranks it 315th hardest-hit among the country’s 436 Congressional Districts (including the District of Columbia).

Illinois’s 7th Congressional District, which is represented by Congressman Danny K. Davis (D), covers much of the western suburbs (including Oak Park, River Forest and a range of Proviso Township suburbs such as Maywood, Bellwood and Melrose Park), in addition to a vast expanse of Chicago’s West Side.

A country’s balance of trade enters into a deficit when the amount of goods and services it imports exceeds the amount of goods and services it exports. When this happens, more money is going out of the country than is coming in.

“Each $1 billion in exports to China from the United States supports some American jobs. However, each $1 billion in imports from China displaces the American workers who would have been employed making these products in the United States,” the study notes.

“Since China entered the World Trade Organization in 2001, the massive growth of trade between China and the United States has had a dramatic and negative effect on U.S. workers and the domestic economy. Specifically, a growing U.S. goods trade deficit with china has the United States piling up foreign debt, losing export capacity, and losing jobs, especially in the vital but under-siege manufacturing sector,” EPI states.

The study also mentions that some congressional districts in Illinois, along with those in states such as New York and Georgia, were “especially hard-hit by trade-related job displacement in a variety of manufacturing industries, including computer and electronic parts, textiles and apparel, and furniture.”

Illinois had six of the top 20 hardest-hit congressional districts in the nation and had the fourth-highest job loss among states in the country, but its 7th Congressional District was not nearly as hard-hit as many of the nation’s hardest-hit districts, which include some iconic and wealthy locales.

For instance, the three hardest-hit Congressional Districts all spanned California’s Silicon Valley, encompassing places like Cupertino, home of Apple; Palo Alto, home of Hewlett-Packard and Stanford University; and Santa Clara, home of National Semiconductor. In all, those three districts – the 17th, 18th and 19th – lost more than 150,000 jobs between 2001 and 2013, the study claims. VFP

Images of America’s Disappearing Workforce

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