WBEZ | After School Matters http://www.wbez.org/tags/after-school-matters Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en How high by the 6th of July? http://www.wbez.org/blogs/louisa-chu/2012-07/how-high-6th-july-100667 <p><p style="text-align: center; "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/growingpowerpotager.jpg" style="width: 600px; height: 399px; " title="Art on the Farm, Growing Power urban agriculture potager — kitchen garden — in Grant Park (WBEZ/Louisa Chu)" /></p><p style="text-align: left; ">As I <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/louisa-chu/2011-07-05/knee-high-fifth-july-88732">said</a> last year, the saying actually goes &quot;knee high by the 4th of July,&quot; referencing corn and its temporally desirable height, historically the harbinger of a good harvest.</p><p style="text-align: left; ">What a difference a year can make. Evidently last spring was wet and chilly, which I&#39;d somehow forgotten, perhaps driven mad from our record heat wave. As WBEZ&#39;s business reporter Scott Kanowsky <a href="http://www.wbez.org/ill-corn-industry-fearing-affects-midwest-drought-and-heat-100642">reports</a>, Illinois corn farmers and commodities investors fear the effects of the Midwest drought and heat. He&nbsp;<a href="https://twitter.com/ScottxKanowsky/status/220895592950403072">tweeted</a>&nbsp;further,&nbsp;&quot;Trading on corn futures at CBOT continues to go up and up &mdash; to $7 a bushel. Today&#39;s Chicago weather forecast: 101 degrees.&quot;</p><p style="text-align: left; ">Which all means world food prices may or may not go up. &quot;The world needs to take a hard look at speculation on the financial markets and its potential impact on food price volatility, <a href="http://www.fao.org/">FAO [Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations]</a> Director-General José Graziano da Silva <a href="http://www.fao.org/news/story/en/item/150900/icode/">said</a> today at a high-level debate on the issue at FAO Headquarters in Rome.&quot;</p><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: center; "><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: left;">At a mere 88 degrees in the 8 o&#39;clock hour yesterday morning, I went in search of the state of our corn, in the heart of the city.</div><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/growingpowerlauralyn.jpg" style="width: 600px; height: 399px; " title="Lauralyn Clawson, Growing Power Chicago Market Basket Coordinator, with broom corn (WBEZ/Louisa Chu)" /></div><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: left; ">Just northwest of Buckingham Fountain, amid streets closed with white tents blooming for the impending Taste of Chicago, <a href="http://www.growingpower.org/chicago_projects.htm">Art on the Farm</a> grows.&nbsp;An urban agriculture <a href="http://www.movable-feast.com/2005/08/le_potager_du_r.html"><em>potager</em></a> &mdash; French for kitchen garden &mdash; it&#39;s the work of Growing Power, &quot;a national nonprofit organization and land trust supporting people from diverse backgrounds, and the environments in which they live, by helping to provide equal access to healthy, high-quality, safe and affordable food for people in all communities.&quot;</div><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: left; ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: left; ">You may have seen founding farmer and CEO Will Allen recently on <a href="http://www.colbertnation.com/the-colbert-report-videos/415198/june-12-2012/will-allen"><em>The Colbert Report</em></a>, with his new book&nbsp;<a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1592407102/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;tag=lklchu-20"><em>The Good Food Revolution</em></a>.</div><div class="image-insert-image "><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/growingpowersorghum.jpg" style="width: 600px; height: 399px; " title="Broom corn at Art on the Farm (WBEZ/Louisa Chu)" /></div><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: left; ">Art on the Farm manager&nbsp;<span style="text-align: center; ">Lauralyn Clawson showed me their corn, an heirloom broom corn, one of over 150 heirloom varieties of vegetables, herbs, and edible flowers grown on the 20,000 acres. Broom corn, technically sorghum, forms a cluster of seeds where you&#39;d expect to find an ear, feeding birds not people. The stalks are dried and made into brooms, which will be found at Growing Power&#39;s farmers market stands, or used at their Iron Street farm in Bridgeport, where edible corn grows.</span></div><div class="image-insert-image "><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/growingpowersisters.jpg" style="width: 600px; height: 399px; " title="Sisters Dejdrea and Deja Baines with broom corn at Art on the Farm (WBEZ/Louisa Chu)" /></div><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: left; ">Lauralyn, also the&nbsp;Market Basket Coordinator, directed a team of about a dozen teens, most from <a href="http://www.afterschoolmatters.org/">After School Matters</a>, to pick <a href="http://flic.kr/s/aHsjArx4TA">collard greens, mint, dill flowers, and bright orange edible blossoms</a>&nbsp;&mdash; to be sold immediately at the <a href="http://explorechicago.org/city/en/things_see_do/event_landing/events/mose/daley_plaza.html">Daley Plaza Farmers Market</a> a mile away.</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: left; ">I asked the kids if they bring anything home. They looked at each other before one girl said, &quot;We can, but...&quot; &mdash; her answer trailing off into the increasingly hot sky.</div><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: left; ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: left; ">Growing. It&#39;s always a work in progress.</div><div class="image-insert-image "><div class="image-insert-image "><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/growingpowerornamental_0.jpg" style="width: 600px; height: 399px; " title="Collard greens at Art on the Farm (WBEZ/Louisa Chu)" /></div></div></div></div></div></div><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Fri, 06 Jul 2012 08:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/louisa-chu/2012-07/how-high-6th-july-100667 Maggie Daley remembered for dedication to Chicago's youth http://www.wbez.org/story/maggie-daley-remembered-dedication-chicagos-youth-94369 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/photo/2011-November/2011-11-25/AP090930083028.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Former Chicago First Lady Maggie Daley is being remembered for her dedication to the arts. But another great passion of Daley’s was Chicago’s youth.</p><p>Some 20 years ago, Maggie Daley helped found what would become the nationally known After School Matters program. It provides artistic, athletic and academic activities for thousands of Chicago youth.</p><p>The project started small with a couple hundred &nbsp;teens getting &nbsp;arts experience at a vibrant summer training called Gallery 37. That grew into After School Matters.</p><p>This past September, Maggie Daley spoke of wanting to see this idea of supporting teenagers thrive well into the future. “I encourage everyone to consider what more we can do to help ensure that such life changing opportunities are available to all Chicago teens,” Daley said an event at Navy Pier.</p><p>Maggie Daley died Thursday at the age of 68, nearly a decade after being diagnosed with breast cancer.</p><p>A family spokesperson said a public memorial is planned for Sunday at the Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington St.</p><p>A funeral Mass will be held Monday at 10:30 a.m. at Old St. Patrick’s Church, 700 W Adams, Chicago.</p></p> Sat, 26 Nov 2011 00:03:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/maggie-daley-remembered-dedication-chicagos-youth-94369 Memories and a memorial for Maggie Daley http://www.wbez.org/story/memories-and-memorial-maggie-daley-94367 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/photo/2011-November/2011-11-27/Maggie Daley wake 1.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><em>Updated 11/27/11 at 5:31 p.m.</em></p><p>Hundreds of mourners streamed through a downtown cultural center Sunday to pay their respects to former Chicago first lady Maggie&nbsp;Daley at a public wake and visitation.</p><p>A choir sang in the background as hundreds walked by a closed casket, flower arrangements and a large photograph of a smiling Daley, the wife of former Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley.</p><p>The line wrapped almost around the entire Chicago Cultural Center as mourners waited in the rain. Among them was retired teacher Margie Zaugh of Chicago, who clutched an arrangement of pink tulips. The flowers were reportedly Daley's favorite and a tulip was even named after her. The "Tulipa Maggie&nbsp;Daley" is planted along the city's Magnificent Mile shopping district.</p><p>"I can't see tulips without thinking of her," Zaugh said. "She was a great lady."</p><p>The former Chicago first lady, who had been diagnosed with breast cancer in 2002, died Thursday night. Mourners remembered her as a reserved and dignified presence at her husband's side during his 22 eventful years as mayor.</p><p>The public wake was planned until 10 p.m. Sunday. The former mayor was in attendance along with current Mayor Rahm Emanuel and U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin. Memorial books were on display for the public at City Hall, the Cultural Center and Gallery 37, a downtown shopping center.</p><p>Instead of flowers, the family has requested that donations be made to the After School Matters program, the youth-focused after school activities initiative which Daley founded and led, or the Maggie Daley Cancer Center at Northwestern University.</p><p>Since news of her death surfaced on Thanksgiving night, Chicagoans have been remembering her legacy in myriad ways.</p><p>In recognition of Mrs. Daley's longtime support of arts and cultural organizations, members of the League of Chicago Theaters turned off their marquee lights for two minutes at Noon on Sunday to mark the beginning of the wake.</p><p>The Chicago Human Rhythm Project offered free tickets to its Global Rhythms show at 7 p.m. Sunday in honor of Daley "and her commitment to making the arts accessible to everyone."</p><p>Chicago residents also have been encouraged to share thoughts and condolences in memorial books at the Chicago Cultural Center, City Hall and Gallery 37.</p><p>Meanwhile, Chicagoans Oscar Griffin, John Porterfields, Francine Neal, Nigle Andrews and a young man who goes by the name "Lemon" were among those who offered their personal remembrances in the audio piece above.</p><p>Maggie&nbsp;Daley was also remembered for her smile and some of those attending the wake said she was an inspiration for those battling cancer.</p><p>Bernice Cherry, a 63-year-old retired teacher and breast cancer survivor, said she met Daley at a school event; Daley created an afterschool program called After School Matters.</p><p style="margin: 0.6em 0px 1.2em; padding: 0px;">"She was always very pleasant," Cherry said. "She encouraged me."</p><p style="margin: 0.6em 0px 1.2em; padding: 0px;">A public Mass was scheduled for Monday at 10:30 a.m. Old St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Chicago.</p></p> Fri, 25 Nov 2011 23:29:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/memories-and-memorial-maggie-daley-94367 Remembering Maggie Daley http://www.wbez.org/story/remembering-maggie-daley-94360 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/photo/2011-November/2011-11-28/111124_maggie_daley_ap_328.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Chicagoans are remembering their longtime first lady, Maggie Daley. A spokeswoman for the Daley family said Mrs. Daley died on Thursday evening. She was 68.</p><p>Maggie Daley's death follows a nearly decade-long struggle with beast cancer, during which she and her husband took pains to note publicly that they were just like any family facing such a fight.</p><p>An intensely private person, Maggie Daley's rare public appearances were most often to help garner support for after school programs and Gallery 37, an organization she helped found that gets students involved in the arts.</p><p>Several elected officials released statements following news of the death. Here are some excerpts:</p><p>PRESIDENT OBAMA: "While she will be sorely missed, her initiatives on behalf of Chicago’s youth live on as national models for how to create environments for children to learn and grow outside the classroom. Maggie’s commitment to the children and people of Chicago was surpassed only by her devotion to her family."</p><p>U.S. SEN. DICK DURBIN: “Loretta and I have lost a dear friend but feel blessed to have traveled part of our life's journey with her and Rich. We remember last St. Patrick's Day at Old St. Pat’s when Maggie’s struggles were quickly forgotten as her grandkids, dressed in their finest green, scrambled in the church pew to see the Shannon Rovers piping up the center aisle. She and Rich were beaming with the joy that loving parents and grandparents live for."</p><p>GOV. PAT QUINN: "The ever-gracious Maggie was devoted to her family and her faith. Maggie had a servant's heart, especially for children. Through her founding and leadership of After School Matters, she lifted up thousands of Chicago teenagers with opportunities to discover their potential and find their path to a meaningful life."</p><p>CHICAGO MAYOR RAHM EMANUEL: "Chicago has lost a warm and gracious First Lady who contributed immeasurably to our city. While Mayor Daley served as the head of this city, Maggie was its heart."</p><p>In addition, After School Matters, a group Daley chaired, released a statement saying the organization was "saddened beyond word."</p><p>"While After School Matters has lost its leader," the statement continued, "Chicago’s teens have lost their strongest voice and champion — a true believer in the potential of high school students if only they are offered opportunity and encouragement."</p><p>Maggie Daley is survived by her husband and three children.</p><p><audio class="mejs mediaelement-formatter-identified-1332483830-1" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/insert-image/2011-november/2011-11-25/maggie-daley-2way111125sh.mp3">&nbsp;</audio></p><p><strong>WBEZ's Tony Sarabia and Sam Hudzik talk about the former first lady's legacy</strong>.</p></p> Fri, 25 Nov 2011 13:25:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/remembering-maggie-daley-94360 Searching for political clout's positive pull http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-10-10/searching-political-clouts-positive-pull-93002 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2011-October/2011-10-10/4986150349_1bc98c9def_b.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Last week, the city of <a href="http://chicagoinspectorgeneral.org/" target="_blank">Chicago’s Inspector General</a> revealed that over $900,000 was given to <a href="http://www.afterschoolmatters.org/" target="_blank">After School Matters</a> or its <a href="http://www.youthreadychicago.org//" target="_blank">KidStart program</a> by entities that received tax increment financing funds. Eyebrows were raised because of the programs' close ties to Maggie Daley, the wife of former Mayor Richard Daley. The Inspector General did not claim that arms were twisted when it came to where or how these charitable donations were made: It was the lack of oversight and the potential for impropriety that concerned him. But does political pull ever translate to something positive--not just for the clouted but for the whole city? For answers, <em>Eight Forty-Eight</em> reached out to professor<a href="http://www.uic.edu/depts/pols/faculty/dicksimpson.html" target="_blank"> Dick Simpson</a>, head of the political science department at the University of Illinois at Chicago and former Chicago alderman.</p><p><br> &nbsp;</p></p> Mon, 10 Oct 2011 13:29:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-10-10/searching-political-clouts-positive-pull-93002 Slashed pay for thousands of needy After School Matters kids http://www.wbez.org/content/slashed-pay-thousands-needy-after-school-matters-kids <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/photo/2011-October/2011-10-10/schools2.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><img alt="Artist Jeff Maldonado (right) interviews a Hancock High School student for his p" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/insert-image/2011-October/2011-10-10/schools2.jpg" style="width: 630px; height: 473px;" title="Artist Jeff Maldonado (right) interviews a Hancock High School student for his printmaking class. (WBEZ/Linda Lutton)"></p><p>After School Matters is practically a household name in Chicago. It's the city's premier afterschool program, founded 20 years ago by former first lady Maggie Daley. It offers needy high school students apprenticeships—20,000 of them this year alone. The teens learn skills in the arts, academics, or sports— but they also get paid. They’re starting work this month under drastically slashed stipends.</p><p>Sixteen-year-old Destiny Velez is beaming. The teenager is standing next to her painting, which has a bold red “sold” sign near it.</p><p>VELEZ: I met the people who bought it—they loved it. I felt so happy and proud that someone would actually buy it.</p><p>Chicago’s civic and business elite are here at this After School Matters fundraiser. They sip wine and look at the teen art, produced under the direction of professional artists.</p><p><img alt="Destiny Velez learned to paint in After School Matters, and earned $870. Kids in" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/insert-image/2011-October/2011-10-10/schools1.jpg" style="margin-right: 10px; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px; float: left; width: 325px; height: 244px;" title="Destiny Velez learned to paint in After School Matters, and earned $870. Kids in most apprenticeships will now earn $100."></p><p>VELEZ: They taught me how to bring in color and make things pop, so I did orange, you know, it’s bright and catches your eye.</p><p>Apprentice chefs serve hors d’oeuvres. Apprentice musicians and dancers perform.</p><p>Senior Mina Landon moves across the stage in synchronized dips and dives with other kids she calls her “coworkers.” Mina earned $870 dancing this summer with After School Matters.&nbsp; She says she learned much more than hip-hop.</p><p>LANDON: You get paid a decent amount of money. It’s very satisfying, but also you have to come, sign in, check in, check out, take it like a job. Like don’t come late or you dock your pay. If you really want to get a job, this can also start you off.</p><p>It’s an intentional mix of work experience and talent development. Kids fix computers, write songs. After School Matters is the biggest program of its kind in the country; it’s been replicated in Boston and New York, just to name two cities.</p><p>But beginning this month, the group is tinkering big time with its model. Chicago teens are getting a 75 percent pay cut. Students who last spring made almost $400 will now make $100. That’s for 10 weeks. After School Matters cites the “challenging economic climate.”</p><p>MALDONADO (talking to a student): …It’s changed. The money part—the monetary part has changed. I need you to understand that.</p><p>After School Matters instructors like artist Jeff Maldonado have had to break the news to teenagers this fall. In the Hancock High School library, it’s the first thing Maldonado tells kids as he interviews them for his printmaking class.</p><p><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/insert-image/2011-October/2011-10-10/schools3.jpg" style="margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px; float: right; width: 325px; height: 244px;" title="(WBEZ/Linda Lutton)"></p><p>MALDONADO: So it’s really not about the money. It’s like, if you’re interested in becoming a better artist, that’s what we’re looking for.</p><p>In the roughed up Englewood neighborhood, Cynthia Rashid has been conducting interviews too, at Beloved Community Family Services. She teaches kids graphic design and journalism on the second floor of a church building.</p><p>RAHSID: Even in the interview the other day we talked about the stipend—the look on their faces was just--psssshhhhh.</p><p>Rashid hasn’t had to recruit a single kid in the last four years. They come to her—usually many more than she can take. Now, parents say the $100 stipend won’t even cover the cost of getting to the church.</p><p>RAHSID: Normally we have teens who call back and say, ‘I want this job.’ Now, we’re calling them three and four times.</p><p>And Rashid is concerned about holding on to the kids she does accept without the carrot of a big paycheck.</p><p>Northwestern University professor Bart Hirsch just finished an evaluation of After School Matters. He says nationally, participation in after school programs by high school students tends to be weak; most programs are targeted toward younger children. In Chicago, kids clamor for a spot within the program.&nbsp;</p><p>When Hirsch began his study in 2009, students earned the equivalent of $5 an hour. Now, they’re getting $1.10. That could come back to bite the city. Hirsch found kids in After School Matters were less likely to be involved in “problem behaviors” than kids in other after school programs.</p><p>HIRSCH: The fact that they were paid some money might make them less likely to have to engage in those types of activities such as selling drugs or being involved in a gang because they got the money from After School Matters.</p><p>At Beloved Community, director Delphine Rankin says students often spend their stipends on basic needs.</p><p><img a="" after="" alt="" as="" class="caption" job.="" matters="" s="" school="" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/insert-image/2011-October/2011-10-10/schools5.jpg" still="" students="" style="margin-right: 10px; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px; float: left; width: 325px; height: 216px;" title="Mina Landon and her &quot;coworkers.&quot; It's unclear whether students will still view After School Matters as a job. (Photo courtesy of After School Matters)" unclear="" view="" whether="" will="">RANKIN: I’ve seen, the day or two days after we issue the stipends to our participants, you actually see some of the kids come in with the right attire for the season. Until you’ve been in this community and you see what some of the families are facing, you don’t realize the significance.</p><p>Overall, After School Matters stipends sent nearly $7 million to Chicago families last year. That amount is being cut by 40 percent. That’s gotten almost no public attention.</p><p>After School Matters board member Avis LaVelle says the board wrestled with its decision to cut stipends. Both Chicago Public Schools and the state of Illinois reduced funding to the nonprofit this year.</p><p>LAVELLE: We feel like there are a number of young people who will still come and participate in the program. They would have come for free, because they enjoy it that much.&nbsp; We wanted to be able to provide as many opportunities as possible and be very realistic about our financial capability.</p><p>But overall, WBEZ has found After School Matters’ budget is up over last year’s. The current $25.5 million dollar budget is average for the last seven years.</p><p>While the overall budget pie is the same, the slice of that pie going to teen stipends is a lot thinner.</p><p>LaVelle says the nonprofit is closing down certain “drop-in” and “club” programs it ran in past years and is moving participants into more costly apprenticeships. LaVelle says the board decided to cut stipends instead of reducing the number of students it serves. A spokeswoman from After School Matters’ PR firm said in late September that recruitment levels were similar to last year’s. After School Matters says youth have told them in surveys that money is not the most important part of this for teens.</p><p><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/insert-image/2011-October/2011-10-10/schools4.jpg" style="border-width: initial; border-color: initial; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px; float: right; width: 325px; height: 312px; " title="Nationwide, participation in afterschool programs for high school youth is weak. Not in Chicago - a model for other cities. (WBEZ/Linda Lutton)"></p><p>Back in the Hancock High School library, many kids say they’re happy to be paid any money to do something they love.</p><p>But some say they’ll now feel pressure to find an outside job on top of this.&nbsp; And that’s not easy with a teen unemployment rate over 27 percent. It’s 47 percent among black teens.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Seventeen-year-old Jovani Garcia got used to helping his family after working in After School Matters this summer—</p><p>JOVANI: It was like around $900, so I gave them $500, and I kept the rest.</p><p>LUTTON: Do you know what they spent the money on?</p><p>JOVANI: I think on the house, mortgage thing. Yeah.</p><p>Alums from Hancock’s After School Matters programs have gotten college scholarships.</p><p>Whether kids can see those longer term payoffs—and whether they can live without a paycheck now— will help define the future of Chicago’s premier afterschool program.&nbsp;</p><p><em>Correction: An earlier version of this report incorrectly identified After School Matters as the recent recipient of a $1 million dollar Bank of America grant. That grant did not go to After School Matters.</em></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p> <style type="text/css"> table.tableizer-table {border: 1px solid #CCC; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12px;} .tableizer-table td {padding: 4px; margin: 3px; border: 1px solid #ccc;} .tableizer-table th {background-color: #104E8B; color: #FFF; font-weight: bold;}</style> </p><table class="tableizer-table" width="630"><tbody><tr class="tableizer-firstrow"><th>Fiscal Year</th><th>Operating budget (in millions)</th><th>Amount spent on stipends to teens (in millions)</th><th>% of budget going to teen stipends</th><th>Amount spent on administration</th><th>Amount spent on fundraising</th><th>% of budget going to administration and fundraising</th></tr><tr><td>2005</td><td>19.0</td><td>*</td><td>&nbsp;</td><td>875,880</td><td>395,282</td><td>6.69</td></tr><tr><td>2006</td><td>23.4</td><td>*</td><td>&nbsp;</td><td>1,180,857</td><td>715,669</td><td>8.10</td></tr><tr><td>2007</td><td>25.8</td><td>*</td><td>&nbsp;</td><td>1,817,569</td><td>453,838</td><td>8.81</td></tr><tr><td>2008</td><td>27.5</td><td>*</td><td>&nbsp;</td><td>3,463,672</td><td>455,614</td><td>14.28</td></tr><tr><td>2009</td><td>31.8</td><td>5.36</td><td>16.9%</td><td>3,164,123</td><td>1,305,403</td><td>14.06</td></tr><tr><td>2010</td><td>27.5</td><td>6.96</td><td>25.3%</td><td>2,665,527</td><td>1,236,330</td><td>14.18</td></tr><tr><td>2011</td><td>24.6</td><td>6.8</td><td>27.6%</td><td>&nbsp;</td><td>&nbsp;</td><td>&nbsp;</td></tr><tr><td>2012</td><td>25.5</td><td>3.9</td><td>15.3%</td><td>*</td><td>*</td><td>&nbsp;</td></tr></tbody></table><p><em>Source: After School Matters<br> 2011 figures are unaudited. 2012 figures are budgeted amounts.&nbsp;<br> *WBEZ requested these figures; ASM has not provided them.&nbsp;<br> WBEZ asked to see ASM's<span>&nbsp;</span>full FY12 budget; the nonprofit declined that request.<span>&nbsp;</span><br> ASM's fiscal year runs July 1 to June 30. &nbsp;</em></p></p> Mon, 10 Oct 2011 06:15:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/content/slashed-pay-thousands-needy-after-school-matters-kids Emanuel to review TIF after report finds preferential treatment for Maggie Daley http://www.wbez.org/story/emanuel-review-tif-after-report-finds-preferential-treatment-maggie-daley-92859 <p><p>Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel said Wednesday he will review a city program that funnels public money to non-profits, after the city's inspector general this week revealed that a group led by Chicago's former first lady disproportionately benefited from the program.</p><p>But Emanuel stopped short of commenting in on the merits of the report, which found that After School Matters, founded by former Mayor Richard Daley's wife, Maggie, may have received preferential treatment by the city.</p><p>The report by Inspector General Joseph Ferguson found After School Matters received $915,000 in subsidies through the city's tax increment financing program, or TIF. The money comes from cash contributions made by companies who benefit from the TIF program.</p><p>Fifty-nine percent of TIF agreements that benefited non-profits between 1985 and 2009 went to After School Matters, the report found. But it said the city unilaterally decided which non-profits would get that money, and found that, when asked, city officials could not explain how non-profits were chosen for the benefit.</p><p>After Wednesday's City Council meeting, Emanuel maintained that after school programs are important and that TIF is a crucial economic development tool. But he didn't weigh in on the report's politically-touchy suggestions of favoritism toward Maggie Daley, who has been battling cancer.</p><p>"What I don't want to see happen is, because of one report, that we shut down after school activities that will be - affect everybody's neighborhoods and their children," Emanuel said.</p><p>The city will look into whether TIF is the appropriate way for corporations to give money to non-profits, Emanuel said.</p><p>Meanwhile, Ald. Scott Waguespack (32) said he'll introduce an measure to cancel or suspend any existing TIF agreements that funnel money to non-profits until the system is reformed, adding that he'll work with the mayor's office on changing the program.</p><p>"Let's sit down, let's determine how one of these not-for-profits could get this money, and let's put a set of criteria together like they do for just about anything else," Waguespack said.</p><p>Waguespack said the process by which non-profits are awarded the grants needs to be more transparent and should include caps on the amount of money that can go to any single group.</p></p> Wed, 05 Oct 2011 18:25:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/emanuel-review-tif-after-report-finds-preferential-treatment-maggie-daley-92859 Inspector general: Daley administration favored Maggie Daley's charity http://www.wbez.org/story/inspector-general-daley-administration-favored-maggie-daleys-charity-92814 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/photo/2011-October/2011-10-04/IMG_0080.JPG" alt="" /><p><p>The city of Chicago may have given preferential treatment to the non-profit founded by Mayor Richard Daley's wife, according to a new report from Chicago's inspector general Joseph Ferguson.</p><p>Companies that receive subsidies from the city through tax increment financing, or TIF, are supposed to give a share of that to a charitable organization.</p><p>According to Chicago's inspector general, between 1985 and 2009, 27 grant agreements directed cash contributions to private non-profits.&nbsp;Of those, 59 percent of the grants went to After School Matters, an organization founded and currently chaired by Maggie Daley. After School Matters received a total of $915,000 through the public benefits clauses. The funds don't include direct city grants.</p><p>Only one organization received more total funds than After School Matters. The Leland Apartments Development received a one-time grant of $1.25 million in 2002.</p><p>Inspector general Joe Ferguson says the selection of After School Matters gives the appearance of "preferential treatment for an organization with close ties to the city." Ferguson does not question the quality of work done by After School Matters.</p><p>The report says the vast majority of TIF recipients say the city unilaterally chose the non-profit to be included in the public benefits clauses.</p><p>Ferguson finds the TIF process lacks transparency and that no city representative interviewed for the report could explain the selection process.&nbsp;</p><p>The inspector general recommends that the city stop naming private organizations to receive the donations under the public benefits clauses. Or, the city should establish an open and transparent selection process, and TIF recipients can be permitted to help choose an eligible charity to support.</p><p>Mayor Rahm Emanuel said Tuesday at an unrelated news conference that he'll review the IG's report. He said he wants to implement changes to the TIF process. The amendments were recommended by a TIF review board that Mayor Emanuel commissioned earlier this year.</p><p>In a statement, After School Matters said it's false that developers would have to agree to donate to After School Matters in order to receive TIF assistance.</p><p>"It is also an insult to the work that former First Lady and After School Matters Chair Maggie Daley continues to do for the youth of this city," the statement reads.</p></p> Tue, 04 Oct 2011 18:18:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/inspector-general-daley-administration-favored-maggie-daleys-charity-92814