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July 21, 2022 – Get Paid to Share Your Media Habits

  Helping communities and journalists tell better stories for over 30 years.
  Help Strengthen the News Ecosystem
  Get paid to share your media habits with Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism, Media, Integrated Marketing Communications’ Metro Media Lab. The Metro Media Lab is a new, multi-year project spearheaded by Medill and funded by the Robert R. McCormick Foundation with the goal of helping strengthen the news ecosystem.    The focus group will take place between July 11th and July 21st. You will receive $100 if selected to participate in the 90-minute virtual focus group conducted by Public Narrative.   Selected participants will receive a follow-up email to confirm their availability.

June 2022 – Register For Today’s Know Your Rights

We believe it is important for people engaged with and impacted by the justice system to know their rights. That is why Safer Foundation, in partnership with the Women’s Justice Institute (WJI), is conducting a series of webinars to help people who are incarcerated and people with arrest and conviction records know their rights, know their remedies, and also help connect them to legal and reentry resources.

Our webinar series for June 2022 covers the following topics:

Civic Engagement and Criminal Records Relief (i.e. Sealing and Expungement). This session will teach you about a broad range of forms of criminal records relief such as sealing and expungement (including automatic expungement thanks to the state’s new adult-use cannabis law), certificates of good conduct, and healthcare worker waivers, and clemency. Voting protections and the US Census will also be covered.

Employment, Occupational Licensing, and Education. This webinar will cover local, state, and federal legal protections that exist for people with arrest and conviction records in their search for employment. It will also provide useful information that will help guide you through the occupational licensing application process in Illinois (more than 25% of all occupations now require an occupational license). And finally, this session will provide clarity about a person’s ability to access federal financial aid and higher education.

Housing and Driver’s Licenses. This session will cover the numerous housing protections that people with arrest and conviction records have at every level of government – federal, state, and local. You will also learn about the protections that exist for people seeking housing in the federally subsidized [public] housing market and in the private housing market. This session will also talk about new laws designed to help people retain their driver’s licenses even if they acquire fines and fees.

Monday, June 27, 12:00 PM – 01:00 PM

Civic Engagement and Criminal Records Relief

To Register, Click HERE

Tuesday, June 28, 12:00 PM – 01:00 PM

Employment, Occupational Licensing, and Education

To Register, Click HERE

Wednesday, June 29, 12:00 PM – 01:00 PM

Housing and Driver’s Licenses To Register, Click HERE

June 23, 2022 – Small Business Development Seminar

The Illinois Legislative Black Caucus Foundation, in conjunction with the Tri-County Urban League, cordially invites you to our upcoming small business development seminar. The seminar is scheduled for Thursday, June 23, 2022, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Tri-County Urban League headquarters (317 N. MacArthur Hwy).

This event is the third in a series of statewide business development seminars centered on the Caucus’ third pillar, addressing racial disparities in economic access, opportunity and equity. As a participant, you will be able to liaise with various state agencies and learn invaluable information and tools on how to leverage state resources and programs to expand and develop your business.

Sign up to register here.

For more information, please contact We hope to see you there!

June 2022 – Upcoming Events

Upcoming Events —

Road Scholars: Not Quite Asian: Americans and the “Other” in the Era of the Pandemic and the Uprising
June 2, 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. CT
Oak Park Public Library, 834 Lake St, Oak Park, IL 60301

Road Scholars: Black Hawk’s View of Illinois History

June 11, 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. CT
Colonel Davenport Historical House, Davenport Ave, Rock Island, IL 61201

Road Scholars: How Corn Changed Itself and Then Changed Everything Else

June 11, 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. CT
Colonel Davenport Historical House, Davenport Ave, Rock Island, IL 61201

Road Scholars: From Obscurity to Greatness: Illinois and Lincoln, 1830 – 1861

June 11, 4:00 – 5:00 p.m. CT
Heritage Village, 249 W 2nd St, Lockport, IL 60441

DEADLINE: Odyssey Project: Free College Credit-Earning Humanities Courses

June 15

Road Scholars: From Obscurity to Greatness: Illinois and Lincoln, 1830 – 1861

June 16, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. CT
Museums at Lisle Station Park, 921 School St, Lisle, IL 60532

June 6, 2022 – Road Scholars Applications Opens

Road Scholars Applications Open —

We will begin accepting applications for the next two-year (2023-2024) Road Scholars roster on June 6, 2022. Our Road Scholars Speakers Bureau roster features speakers hailing from many different communities across Illinois who offer presentations on topics in history, archaeology, philosophy, literature, theater, film, music, politics, and other subjects that are thought-provoking and engaging. This coming year we will be celebrating 25 years of Road Scholars!

We seek speakers with public speaking or teaching experience who bring expertise and passion to their chosen subject matter. The Road Scholars Speakers Bureau is an opportunity to bring a unique, humanities-driven perspective to communities throughout the state.

Applications will open June, 6th. Learn more about the Road Scholars Speakers Bureau:

Apply by June 15, 2022 – Free College Courses

Apply Now for Odyssey Project: Free College Credit-Earning Humanities Courses —

Are you or someone you know interested in taking courses in history, literature, writing, and more? The Odyssey Project is our free college credit-earning humanities program for income-eligible adults in the Chicagoland area. The deadline to apply is June 15th.

Apply now at