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Gov. Pat Quinn talks about MAP grants at DePaul University. (Photo by Josclynn Brandon)

Editor’s note: This story was originally posted on Dec. 12, 2012 and is housed at RedLineProject.org

 

By Bob Smith

Gov. Pat Quinn visited DePaul University’s Loop campus on Wednesday to discuss how pension reform is harming the Monetary Award Program (MAP) college scholarships and access to higher education in Illinois.

“This is so important to our state, not only in the past, but certainly now and in the future,” Quinn said.
“We want everyone to have the opportunity to go to college that has the ability to go to college.”

MAP grants are need-based college scholarships that allow merit students who are in need across the state and do not need to be repaid by the student. Quinn said that due to cutbacks and having to pay more money in the pension amount, almost 18,000 students lost their MAP grant scholarships this year.


“We do not want anyone denied that opportunity because of finances,” Quinn said. “We can’t afford to lose all the talent that exists, all the ability that exists for higher education to help our economy and to help all of us, because there are financial challenges that deny someone the opportunity to go to community college or a four-year university — public and private — in our state.”



Quinn was joined by several Illinois college students, including DePaul Student Government Association Vice President Casey Clemmons.


“Every year over 5,000 DePaul students receive MAP grants, and just like the students who have already spoken here today, all of these DePaul students rely on this funding in order to continue their college careers,” Clemmons said.


“Because the number of Illinois students eligible to receive MAP is currently increasing, existing funding does not allow the state to assist all the eligible students. As a result, without action by the Illinois state leadership, more DePaul students than ever will see their MAP funding disappear this year and more

DePaul students than ever will be forced to give up their education due to finances.”

More than 150,000 students nationally receive MAP grants each year.

Clemmons told the audience that on Tuesday, DePaul’s SGA unanimously passed a resolution calling on the Illinois general assembly and the governor to ensure the longevity of the MAP program.  He read the resolution aloud and presented a copy to Quinn. 


Ken Thomas, a University of Illinois Board of Trustees student member, MAP recipient and University of Illinois Chicago student, told how he wouldn’t be where he is today if it wasn’t for the MAP grant.


“My mom, when I was in high school, had to work two jobs just to keep food on the table,” Thomas said, “and if we didn’t have [the] MAP program like we do today, I know that I wouldn’t be where I am today; graduating with a degree, hoping to be a productive member of society.” 


Having a productive and functioning society and economy is what Quinn says it’s all about.


“Jobs follow brainpower,” he said. “We want to make sure we have smart people in Illinois. Well skilled, well-educated students coming out of college with graduate degrees and diplomas so they can create jobs, create new businesses,” he said. “Our goal in Illinois is to have at least 60 percent of the adults in our 

state with a college degree or college associate degree or career certificate by the year 2025. In order to achieve we have to make sure we have a good scholarship program.”


Clemmons said that in order for that to happen, state legislatures need to reflect upon the question, “What must be done?” and do what’s required. 

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Popular Pilsen Restaurants Filled with History and Murals

By Jaqueline Terrazas and Niki Saviano   There are so many places in the city of Chicago to eat fine cuisine.  For example, Pilsen which is located on the lower west side of Chicago is filled with a cultural experience.  They have places of all kinds here on the lower west side that is full of a variety of delicious food and so much history.  Pilsen does not just contain delicious restaurants, but beautiful murals to admire as you walk off that delightful food you ate.  Along with Mexican “Loteria” cards painted with vibrant colors on the doors of shops and restaurants etc. There are eleven different doors throughout Pilsen and five different artists as well.
  1. Canton Regio
  When craving Mexican food, Pilsen would be the right place to visit. Canton Regio, an authentic mexican restaurant located in Pilsen and comes from a tragic story.  Before Canton Regio came about, the Gutiérrez family owned a small storefront called Nuevo Leon. Nuevo Leon first opened in 1962 and in 2015 it burned down. Nuevo Leon was one of the most popular places to eat in Pilsen, even though it was just a small storefront.  Nuevo contained food made from scratch and everything handmade, this was the place to get your taco and guacamole fix. After Nuevo Leon burned down, the family decided to invest in something new.   Canton Regio, which opened in 2015 by the same family owners of Nuevo Leon.  Canton Regio still has an authentic mexican feel to it, along with award winning recipes and housemade salsa.  Canton Regio is filled with great mexican culture and the best part is that Canton Regio is a BYOB spot. Canton Regio is just as popular and delicious when it was Nuevo Leon.     Information :   1510 W 18th St, Chicago, IL 60608 Monday – Sunday : 7am- 10pm

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  1. Frida Room
  Frida Room is a trendy spot in Pilsen located right off the pink line that opened three years ago in August.  Angel Diaz, the owner of Frida Room stated it is a “comfortable atmosphere, there is a lot of art and music.” They serve your traditional Mexican breakfast, lunch, and dinner.  The most popular items at Frida Room is “breakfast enfrijoladas, enchilada and molletes” said Diaz. They’re also are known for their tasty drinks too, you can also BYOB for mimosas.  Frida Room allows music artists to come and perform or artists to come show of their art work. Diaz was asked how he markets his restaurant. “They only have Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter but rely on the customers loyalty.”  Diaz stated “he is very satisfied on how Frida Room already made memories and it taste like Mexico. It reminds them of home in Mexico City.”   When walking into Frida Room you might notice the door to the left that has the Mexican “Loteria” on it as well.   Information:   1454 W 18th St, Chicago, IL 60608 Monday – Sunday : 8am -3 pm     Mexican Loteria outside of Frida Room
  1. Xurro
  After eating a delicious Mexican dinner, dessert is always needed afterwards.  Xurro, which is located on 18th street in Pilsen is filled with crazy desserts.  They’re famous for their churros which can be filled with all different kinds of fillings.  Not only do they have your traditional churro, but you also can get ice cream or milkshakes with the churros.  Xurro started out as a dessert truck in 1996 and in 2009 the founder opened the first standing Xurro in Pilsen, along with two other store fronts as well in Chicago.      “Xurro is not your average dessert parlor, it is unique and brings a new flavor to the area.”  said Rosa Gonzalez, a former resident of Pilsen. “My favorite filling is Nutella, it is so sweet and delicious.”     Information:   1710 W 18th St, Chicago, IL 60608 Monday – Friday : 8am – 8:30pm Saturday & Sunday : 8am- 8pm   Rosa grew up in the area but when she went off to college her parents moved to the suburban area.  She still has family in the area and visits from time to time. When asked if she has ever been to Nuevo Leon or has ate at Canton Regio Rosa said, “Nuevo Leon was one of my favorite places to go to, I was sad when it burned down but was glad they were able to discover Canton Regio.”  She also added that when it comes to Mexican food “Canton Regio has real Mexican food and you are able to taste the freshness of the food.”  
  1. S.K.Y
  Even though Pilsen is filled with delicious mexican food, Pilsen also has a variety of American style food as well.  S.K.Y which is located on 1239 W 18th street, is more of a upscale restaurant in Pilsen. Originally, the owner of S.K.Y wanted to open in LA but decided to go with Pilsen in Chicago.  Unfortunately, residents of the area were painting graffiti on S.K.Y with sayings such as “get out” and “get white people out of Pilsen.” Even with a lot of hostility towards the restaurant, S.K.Y still managed to get high ratings for their great food such as fried chicken, sea bass, and steak as well.     Information: 1239 W 18th St, Chicago, IL 60608 Monday – Tuesday : Closed Wednesday – Thursday : 5pm-10pm Friday : 5pm-11pm Saturday : 10am-2pm, 5pm-11pm Sunday : 10am-2pm, 5pm-10pm  
  1. Memo’s Chicago Style Hot Dog
  When people come to Chicago normally tourists look for the best pizza place or your traditional chicago style hot dog.  Memo’s Chicago Style Hot Dogs could be a great place to try the traditional Chicago style hot dog. Memo’s is located at 1447 W 18th street in Pilsen.  Along with the delicious american style food, Memo’s is one of the many restaurants in the area that has the Mexican “Loteria” painted the door as well.       Mexican Loteria outside of Memo’s By: Niki Saviano   Information:   1447 W 18th St, Chicago, IL 60608 Monday- Sunday : 11am-8pm  
  1. Honky Tonk BBQ
  Craving Barbeque food?  Honky Tonk BBQ in Pilsen is known for its Memphis style real roasted barbeque food.  Honky Tonk BBQ can be found in Rosemont Illinois, but in Pilsen as well. Their first location was in Pilsen because it is known to be a “vibrant family community.”  They have live music, food and drinks. Honky Tonk BBQ is the perfect place to go for a dinner and night out.   Information:   1800 S Racine Ave, Chicago, IL 60608 Monday : Closed Tuesday : 4pm- 12am Wednesday – Friday : 4pm – 2am Saturday : 4pm- 3am Sunday : 4pm – 2am  
  1. BomBon
  Have a sweet tooth?  BomBon may help with that.  BomBon is located on 18th street in Pilsen and opened back in 2001.  BomBon is known for their signature cakes, chocolate cakes, cheese cakes and tres leches.  Everything here is made from scratch and is the perfect place to get a delicious cake for any occasion.  BomBon is another building that also has a beautiful mural on the side of the bakery as well. Mural located right outside of BomBon By: Niki Saviano   Information :   1457 W 18th St, Chicago, IL 60608 Monday – Friday : 9am- 7pm Saturday :  9am – 8pm Sunday : 10am – 7pm   Pilsen is trying to build up its area to attract to people of all generations to come and visit.  Pilsen is filled with rich history and culture and can be a great pit stop for tourists or even families just visiting the Chicagoland area.  “Pilsen is indeed very arts-heavy” said Daniel Cazares a Pilsen resident. Daniel stated that to him “one of the coolest things is how the CTA allowed the Pink Line station on 18th street to be completely painted with art.”  Even though Daniel hasn’t been a long time resident of Pilsen, he still believes “there has been a noticeable change” since he has lived here.  

Chicago’s Top 10 Gardens

Back in the mid 1800’s, Chicago was considered a “swampy outpost” but later called “Urbs in Horto” which translates to “City in a Garden.” As the years passed by, Chicago took advantage of its drastic changes in weather to create some of the most beautiful gardens. Despite the challenges of the harsh winters, intense winds and clay soil the city began advancing in landscape architecture.

Gardens provide a place serenity, wonderful smells, vegetation, botany and horticulture. Chicago has hundreds of gardens in the city and suburbs that are open year round with in season plants and gorgeous views. Gardens are a nice getaway to just relax and enjoy nature. Here are 10 gardens in Chicago that are a must to visit.

Do you have any comments or suggestions on gardens? Make sure to leave a reply.

Google Trends: Baptist Leaders Sexual Assault claims and Denver teachers on strike.

380 Baptist leaders and volunteers accused of sexual misconduct.

Within the Southern Baptist Convention there have been 380 baptist leaders, volunteers, and even Sunday school teachers who have faced allegations of sexual assault and misconduct since 1998 to the present. Within this time frame, there have been about 700 victims in over 20 states, most of them being children.

In an investigation done by the Houston Chronicle, 220 of the 380 were convicted of sex related crimes and prosecutions in plea deals. Only 90 of them remain in prison and about 100 are registered sex offenders. The church frequently informs law enforcement of any suspicions of sex offenders in the convention to protect its congregants.

In 2013, Southern Baptist leaders passed a non-binding resolution  on child sexual abuse. Along with this, they now do background checks and check the database of sexual predators on all church staff, officials and volunteers. Souther Baptist Convention President, J.D. Greear says it is an “act of pure evil” and “changes are coming.”

If you or anyone you know is a victim of sexual assault click here to talk to someone who can help.

Thousands of Denver teachers are on strike, and the students are joining them.

For about a year and 2 months, Denver teachers have been urging Denver public schools for more pay. The base pay for teachers in Denver has gone down, and is continuing to lower as the years go by. Multiple teachers have to get second jobs, and live with several roommates just to make ends meet.

On Monday, February 11, teaches and even students stood outside in the freezing cold, on strike for better wages. Teachers say that their bonuses are unreliable and unpredictable and demand more consistency. The Denver Classrooms Teachers Association does not want to strike, but the district has not many any of their requests or demands.

The Denver Public School Board says they have 23 million dollars for this years teachers salaries. Although these funds are not a fair, competitive, nor transparent for a schedule that prioritizes unreliable bonuses over base pay.

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Gov. Pat Quinn talks about MAP grants at DePaul University. (Photo by Josclynn Brandon)

By Bob Smith

Gov. Pat Quinn visited DePaul University’s Loop campus on Wednesday to discuss how pension reform is harming the Monetary Award Program (MAP) college scholarships and access to higher education in Illinois.

“This is so important to our state, not only in the past, but certainly now and in the future,” Quinn said.

“We want everyone to have the opportunity to go to college that has the ability to go to college.”

MAP grants are need-based college scholarships that allow merit students who are in need across the state and do not need to be repaid by the student. Quinn said that due to cutbacks and having to pay more money in the pension amount, almost 18,000 students lost their MAP grant scholarships this year.

“We do not want anyone denied that opportunity because of finances,” Quinn said. “We can’t afford to lose all the talent that exists, all the ability that exists for higher education to help our economy and to help all of us, because there are financial challenges that deny someone the opportunity to go to community college or a four-year university — public and private — in our state.”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xXyRcJZyDII

Quinn was joined by several Illinois college students, including DePaul Student Government Association Vice President Casey Clemmons.

“Every year over 5,000 DePaul students receive MAP grants, and just like the students who have already spoken here today, all of these DePaul students rely on this funding in order to continue their college careers,” Clemmons said.

“Because the number of Illinois students eligible to receive MAP is currently increasing, existing funding does not allow the state to assist all the eligible students. As a result, without action by the Illinois state leadership, more DePaul students than ever will see their MAP funding disappear this year and more

DePaul students than ever will be forced to give up their education due to finances.”

More than 150,000 students nationally receive MAP grants each year.

Clemmons told the audience that on Tuesday, DePaul’s SGA unanimously passed a resolution calling on the Illinois general assembly and the governor to ensure the longevity of the MAP program.  He read the resolution aloud and presented a copy to Quinn.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Iw_TocDn10g

Ken Thomas, a University of Illinois Board of Trustees student member, MAP recipient and University of Illinois Chicago student, told how he wouldn’t be where he is today if it wasn’t for the MAP grant.

“My mom, when I was in high school, had to work two jobs just to keep food on the table,” Thomas said, “and if we didn’t have [the] MAP program like we do today, I know that I wouldn’t be where I am today; graduating with a degree, hoping to be a productive member of society.”

Having a productive and functioning society and economy is what Quinn says it’s all about.

“Jobs follow brainpower,” he said. “We want to make sure we have smart people in Illinois. Well skilled, well-educated students coming out of college with graduate degrees and diplomas so they can create jobs, create new businesses,” he said. “Our goal in Illinois is to have at least 60 percent of the adults in our state with a college degree or college associate degree or career certificate by the year 2025. In order to achieve we have to make sure we have a good scholarship program.”

Clemmons said that in order for that to happen, state legislatures need to reflect upon the question, “What must be done?” and do what’s required.




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