PIWC Elections, Nov. 24


The election of the 2016 Chairperson of the Philipppine Independence Week Committee (PIWC) is scheduled for Monday, 6 pm, Nov. 24 at the Community Center, 5801, N. Pulaski, Chicago. Anita Rosa, 2014 Chair, will preside over the meeting with Francis Mon, Commission on Election chair and board of trustee Chair Lina Jonson, supervising the balloting.

Eligible voters are members of PIWC committees who have activelyserved in the last two years and all members of the PIWC board of trustees. An unconfirmed report has it that Lourdes Livas, Chair of the beauty queens committee and Mercy Matousek, Lavezares Chair will vie for the chairmanship.

Ellen Tan, 2015 Chair also announced that the kick-off party for next year's PIWC will be on Saturday, 6:30 pm, Jan. 10, at the Wyndham Hotel, 1400 Milwaukee Ave., Glenview, IL. Donation $55. Call Lindy Tan at 847-691-8220 for details.



PACC Thanksgiving Service, Nov. 27


Six area churches under the auspices of the Philippine College of Clergy will hold a joint Thanksgiving Service on Thursday, Nov. 27 at 10 am at the Elston Avenue United Methodist Church, 5850 N. Elston Ave., Chicago. Rev. Hannah Kardon will give the message. Lunch will be served after the service.



Illinois Tollway Lowering Cost of I-PASS


DOWNERS GROVE, IL – The Illinois Tollway Oct. 1 began offering discounted costs for I-PASS transponders to customers opening a new I-PASS account ahead of the Tri-State Tollway (I-294)/I-57 Interchange which opened in October.

As part of a broader campaign to educate customers about the new, all-electronic interchange and encourage them to get I-PASS, the agency is temporarily lowering the cost to $30 for a new I-PASS account from the current $50 or $60.
For new customers, both the initial pre-paid toll amount and the minimum rate to replenish I-PASS accounts will be reduced from $40 to $20 for customers who open new accounts through December 31, 2014. Additionally, the deposit required to obtain an I-PASS transponder will be permanently reduced from $20 to $10 for all account types.
For existing customers who replenish their accounts manually, a $10 deposit refund will automatically be applied to their I-PASS account balances in the form of a credit to their pre-paid toll accounts. Cash refunds will not be issued. Existing customers also can have their minimum rate to replenish I-PASS accounts reduced from $40 to $20 upon request.
To take advantage of these offers, new and existing customers must call 800-UCI-PASS (800-824-7277) weekdays from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. and weekends from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. or visit one of the Illinois Tollway's Customer Service Centers.

These offers are not available online or at Jewel-Osco store locations.
Completing the first phase of the new interchange in October will create access from northbound I-57 to northbound I-294 and from southbound I-294 to southbound I-57, including a new interchange at 147th Street.

I-PASS discounted rates for the new all-electronic interchange will be 75 cents for cars and $1.50 for customers who pay their unpaid tolls online. Truck rates will range from $1.50 to $4.00 during daytime hours, with overnight discounts offered.

In July, the Tollway announced three new initiatives for customers planning to use the new I-294/I-57 Interchange that will make traveling on the new interchange ramps as convenient as possible.

This fall, customers who use the I-294/I-57 Interchange without I-PASS will have 30 days from the date of their unpaid toll to pay online – up from the seven days that applies to other parts of the Tollway system. This limited-time offer will expire on December 31, 2014. Beginning January 1, 2015, customers without I-PASS who use the I-294/I-57 Interchange will have seven days to pay their unpaid tolls.

For added convenience, the Tollway in September also opened a temporary Customer Service Center at the Secretary of State Office in Midlothian. This satellite center located in the heart of the Chicago Southland will remain open through November 26, 2014 to serve local residents who wish to obtain I-PASS, pay their unpaid tolls or receive other assistance.



Asian American leader: "Why I am voting for Governor Patt Quinn"

CHICAGO--Theresa Mah, Senior Policy Advisor & Director of Asian American Outreach, Office of Governor Pat Quinn, responding to a reporter's question on why Governor Quinn is better for Asian Americans, said "Governor Quinn has supported many initiatives that have helped the Asian American community. One example, he has also made sure that there are enough Asian Americans on the council that looks at minority contracts so that our community can have our share of state contracts.

Mah added, "He knows that there are a lot of Asian American engineers and professionals, so he made the licensing process for foreign-educated engineers more fair by eliminating the requirement for an English proficiency exam if the applicant has a Masters or PHD from a U.S. school. He looks at other licenses that have unfair requirements for immigrants and works to change them.

Mah also emphasized that "Gov. Quinn also has a budget that adequately funds the social service organizations that receive state funding. That funding goes to support programs like services for seniors, pre-school for children (Early childhood education, ESL classes). Under the Governor's budget these items, including the immigrant services, will be preserved."

In contrast, Mah noted that "In Bruce Rauner's budget, there is a several billion dollar gap so that those services will very likely get cut by a lot, but that is something that the candidate is not telling the public."

Mah added, "Rauner has commercials saying that he will cut property taxes, but that is not under his control. On the other hand, the Governor proposed a budget that will offer a $500 rebate on property taxes to middle class homeowners, and that is something under Quinn's control.

"Gov. Quinn is an ethical, honest man, who has helped the state's economy improve a lot since he became Governor. He has brought the state employment rate to the lowest level in 8 years.

"He also cares a lot about diversity and has added many Asian Americans to his administration at the top levels, while providing workshops and programs to show Asian Americans how to apply for state jobs at all levels.

"Under the opponent's budget, 1 out of 6 teachers will be laid off, but that is not something he is telling the public about.

"Rauner does not understand the complex issues in the Asian American community like the governor does. Recently, a questionnaire was sent to both candidates from Asian Americans Advancing Justice asking them about their position on issues of great concern to Asian Americans. Bruce Rauner's campaign failed to respond, just as he failed to respond to a survey sent to both candidates by the Latino Policy Forum."

Mah and Governor appointee to Illinois Courts Commission, Filipino American attorney Aurora A. Austriaco, urge everyone to support Quinn's re-election on Tuesday, Nov. 4 to maintain the progress made by the Asian Americans in Illinois.












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