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THE WORD | KEVIN HART FACES MAJOR BACK INJURIES AFTER CAR CRASH IN MALIBU!

Kevin Hart was involved in a car crash in the early morning hours of Sunday, September 1. Hart is currently suffering major back injuries after his 1970 Plymouth Barracuda swerved off Mulholland Highway, rolled over and landed in a ditch in Malibu. The driver Jared S. Black also suffered major injuries. Rebecca Broxterman was in the back seat with no major injuries from the accident. While Hart was rushed to medical attention both Black and Broxterman were stock in the car. 

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We are all praying for a fast recovery for those involved in the car accident. 

THE WORD | 2 year old girl involved in a Tragic incident AT ORLAND PARK MALL

A 2-year-old girl died after part of a store display fell and struck her on the head inside the Akira store at Orland Square Mall in Orland Park Tuesday afternoon, fire authorities mention. 


The little girl was at the Akira with her aunt when the incident took place . A display at the store , possibly a mirror, fell and struck her on the head. How the store display fell was not immediately clear. A doctor and a nurse attend to the young girl until the paramedics arrived. The young girl was transmitted to Christ Medical center where she died from her injuries. 


Praying for the family and friends in this tragic time of need. 

THE WORD | 16 YEAR OLD FEMALE KILLED WAITING OUTSIDE A STORE IN DOLTON

Today is a very sad day in news as we report a 16 year old female was shot and killed waiting inside a car at a convention store.

The teenager has been identified as Keira Foster. Monday would’ve started her junior year of high school. She was a student of Simeon High School.

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The shooting took place outside of the Moonlight Food Deli and Liquor Store in Dolton, Tuesday night. ABC 7 is reporting “The gunman hopped out of the passenger side of a car that pulled up, taking aim at a man getting into the car with girl- Keira Foster.”

The target of the shooting left the scene unharmed however, Miss Foster was shot twice in the abdomen. She is not thought to be the intended target of the shooting.

Our thoughts and prayers are with this young girl’s family.

THE WORD | severe tropical storm Bailu hits THE Philippines, BRINGING RAIN AND STRONG WINDS !

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Tropical Storm Bailu formed the east coast of the Philippines on Wednesday and will continue to move northern towards Taiwan. This is the 12th tropical storm this season that has developed in the western pacific 

As it head north, it will continue to gain strength, moving through the warm ocean waters, making torrential rains and strong winds. As of now the storm is still taking place so we send our prayers to those who are affected. 

THE WORD | THE AMAZON RAINFOREST HAS BEEN ON FIRE FOR MORE THAN 2 WEEKS! THIS IS ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT ECOSYSTEMS ON EARTH!

The Amazon not only harbors much of the Earth's cultural and biological diversity,but it also plays a major role in oxygen production, carbon dioxide balance and the water cycle.

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The Amazon, is largest rainforest in the world! It’s roughly half the size of the United States. Its trees produce an estimated 20% of the world's oxygen, while putting an enormous amount of water into the atmosphere at a time when cities are drying up.

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It’s still unsure on how the fire started but people we have to do better & bring awareness to this tragedy incident. There was worldwide outcry when the Notre Dame cathedral was on fire. Why is there not the same level of outrage and news coverage for the fires destroying the Amazon Rainforest?

THE WORD| Gunman Opens Fire at Tee Grizzley in Detroit, Killing Tee’s Aunt/Manager Jobina Brown


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Grizzley was reportedly involved in a Detroit shooting that left his aunt/manager, Jobina "JB" Brown, dead.

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Law enforcement indicated that the incident occurred Tuesday night as the rapper got out of the passenger side of his Cadillac Escalade. 


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It has been noted that the gunman approached the vehicle on foot and opened fire, hitting Brown on her left side as she sat in the backseat. The 41-year-old was pronounced dead shortly after she was rushed to the hospital.

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Grizzley nor the driver were wounded during the shooting as officials mention. At this time, it's unclear if the rapper was the target. 

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Our thoughts & prayers go out to Grizzley and his family.

THE WORD | Noname’s book club

Rapper Noname has started her own book club! The Chicago native, known for her sophisticated lyrics, knowledge of black culture, and overall intelligence and style has formed an overnight club that viewers are eagerly joining. The club started as a subtle idea on Twitter, after she posted book recommendations online and simply asked, “retweet if you’d be a member of Noname’s book club?”

After posting the tweet last week it’s since received over 10,000 likes and retweets. Since then Noname has taken quick initiative to kickstart the club, create a site, and give the list of reading material for the month of August. The book club is something close to her heart, as she posted that her mother was the first black woman to own a bookstore in Chicago. She went on to state “noname books will honor that legacy.”

The rapper is still forming the club and elevating it so that individuals can meet in person to talk about the books, but for now pick your selection and get to reading! Chicago what do you think? Will you join? 

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THE WORD | PBS Arthur’s MR.Ratburn Gay Marriage Reactions

Monday, May 13 the animated children’s series Arthur entered its 22nd season on PBS Kids. The new season kicked off with a bang! In the episode titled “Mr. Ratburn and the Special Someone,” we learn that Arthur’s teacher — the popular and well educated Mr. Ratburn — is gay.

Throughout the episode Arthur, Buster and their friends attempt to break up his engagement after seeing Mr. Ratburn with a rather “pushy” woman who throughout the episode tells him to “toughen up”. Convinced, that marrying her would make both his life and theirs miserable the kids decide to take action without knowing the woman in question is his sister and not the bride to be. Upon the wedding, the kids are shocked to see him walk the aisle with someone else, yet relieved by how happy the couple appears. The kids decide to abort their plans to soil the wedding, and focus their attention on a bigger problem amongst the couple... the way they dance.

While this episode has been well received by the public, many are simply shocked that the series reached 22 seasons, it does leave some asking is the media pushing the LGBTQ agenda onto kids at too young of an age? Several shows on children’s networks like Disney and Nickelodeon have transitioned into the practice of creating and displaying characters who relate to and are members of the LGBTQ community. While many agree that education on the topic is important and the community presence and identity is needed, the culture asks, is it becoming too much for the children?

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Instagram To Launch Live Streaming in The U.S.

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back in November Instagram announced its Live video broadcastinng which allow users to show your followers what you’re up to in real-time, and also let users browse for Live videos happening at this very moment as selected by Instagram algorithmically. 

The Live features live in Instagram Stories, and you can get to them by swiping into the Stories camera area and then tapping the toggle to enter “Live” mode. Live videos aren’t stored on your Instagram, in Stories or otherwise, meaning your followers can only see them while you’re actually broadcasting.

That’s the key difference between Instagram’s live video and that offered by Facebook. Is that it will disappear in like Facebook.

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Instagram also has a new way to find live streams to watch – under the Explore tab there’s a new “Top Live”

check your Instagram app for updates with in the next few days  to go live or catch some broadcasts.

 

 

Finals: How Millennials Are Wrapping Up 2016

Here we are ladies and gentlemen. The time of the year where the entire world begins to recap what they’ve liked, loved, and lost over the past year. During 2016, the millennial generation was evidently busy. By setting various trends, they have made significant advancements in their contributions towards building a new economy. With 2016 being filled with surprises, one can only wait to see what 2017 will hold. However, the millennial generation has advanced this past year in their contributes towards building a new millennial economy through some of these setting trends.

The Facts

  1. Millennials are more connected to their financial future than previous generations.     

Millennials are a dynamic and talented generation that are to hard find and even harder for older, bigger branded larger corporations to keep as employees because of lack of talent and employee management. With a rising sense of self, ambition, and self-worth, this generation has increased the number of start-up business. In return, these emerging businesses are generating more income for a newer  economy. Fred Truffile, Director of Bentley's Entrepreneur study states, “Millennials are more eager to make their own pathways because traditional ones may lead nowhere.”

According to a recent analysis from Deloitte University Press, “Millennials have recently inched past the other generations to corner the largest share of the US labor market.”  The millennial generation is truly the entrepreneurial generation due to the influence of technology. With millennials being digital natives, we have the upper hand in a tech-centered world. According to a the 2016 BNP Paribas Global Entrepreneur Report , Millennials have an higher average of starting 5.7 companies in the lifetime over previous generations.  The millennial generation is clearly the  entrepreneurial generation due to the influence of technology

Also, our millennial generation is  more invested in human capital, such as the value of an educational degree. Whereas real-world business and entrepreneurship experiences go hand - in- hand with a degree.

2. Millennials are more consciously influenced by social setting.

    Social networking is very important to our millennials. The influence of social media gives this generation a voice, increasing the concern for shifts seen in society and how their own personal power can add to that influence. According to the American Press Institute, 88% of millennials alone receive news from facebook. College campuses are now being seen as a pool for millennials to expand networks and test future business concepts. As millennials, we have a tendency to evaluate our society, as well as our environment. We adapt what we understand into our experiences, making this generation less fearful of failures. Through the use of social media, millennials are given an adaptable platform of engagement between different communities exposing the generation to different sets of perspectives and cultures.

3. Wellness has become a daily pursuit of millennials.

Wellness has become a daily active pursuit for this generation. This has been seen through more investments in exercise, healthier diets, and smarter lifestyle choices than previous generations. According to a data analysis by the Guardian, 83% of 12th graders disapprove of people 18 or older smoking 1 or more packs of cigarettes a week. College and university campuses have been finding ways to accommodate to the millennial age of students. For example,  the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign campus has declared itself to be smoke free for the past 3 years.

These are just a few characteristics that are shaping the new millennial economy. With 2017 soon arriving, you can find many from this generation using this time to prepare for the new opportunities that await. Fearlessness and prosperity may be the eye of Millennials as this exciting year comes to a close.

Common Says Being Vegan Helped His Career

Common is giving credit to changes in his diet by that helped improve his rap skills. In a recent interview with Food & Wine, The Chicago Rapper spoke about healthy eating and how is working to help children make healthier food choices. 

“I believe that what you eat affects the way you feel, the way you think and how beautiful you can look, so I’m really passionate about introducing kids to a holistic, healthy, good life,” he said.

According to Common, he ate everything from barbecue to burgers, but when he started listened to how other rappers removed meat from their diets, he did the same.

“Then I heard rappers, like KRS-One in ‘My Philosophy,’ say things about not eating meat, which was a real education, especially since it was coming from somebody cool. That stayed with me and made me want to learn more,” Common said. “As soon as I removed meat from my diet, I started to feel a clarity I didn’t have before. It sounds funny, but I feel like I was rapping better.”

But as with anyone, he has his cravings. “I’m a cookie monster. I like the gluten-free, sugar-free ones from Erin McKenna’s in NYC,” he said. “I’ll come home after working hard, and they’re my treat—I’ve earned them.”

He’s still living a healthy lifestyle, and with his Common Ground Foundation, he’s also teaching children about healthy eating.

Lupe Fiasco is fighting for social injustices in Chicago deprived areas

Photo Cred: Ben Bitton

Photo Cred: Ben Bitton

Saturday marked the first annual celebrity bowling tournament that brought out celebrities to raise awareness the limited access to healthy and nutritious foods, music and art instruction as well as various community based programs that fill the void that many low income residents in Chicago have been deprived of.

The M.U.R.A.L (Magnifying Urban Realities & Affecting Lives) project is a grassroots organization that was founded in 2009, by Lupe Fiasco and his sister Ayesha Jaco who saw firsthand how families living in areas of Chicago that were deprived of necessities that wealthier communities had access to. What started as an annual coat and food drive aimed at areas such as West Garfield and Englewood grew into music education, cultural exchange programs and food drives.

 

The united states has faced massive budget cutsfor art and music instruction in public school settings and Ayesha Jaco, executive director and Lupe’s sister says her brother realized the need to offer inner city youth of chicago the resources they need in order to be successful, “quote from video”

Since 2010, the organization has provided over 4000 inner-city residents access to healthy foods with pop-up community meals and various other free community based cooking classes to teach residents healthier ways to prepare meals.

Celebrities such as Marina Squarecheck star of Chicago PD was in attendance and said she supports the cause because it is a definite need for kids to have access to resources that will help them reach their potential

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In addition, the organization has also gone on to implement a cultural exchange program in which high school students will study abroad to gain an understanding of other cultures to engage in dialogue differences with youth from around the world.  Music and Art is personal to Lupe seeing as though many Public Schools do not offer programs tailored to offering students with the opportunity to realize their potential which is why the Foundation created a teacher certified program to incorporate elements of music into education standards.

To find more about the organization and how you can get involved visit www.lupefiascofoundation.org/

Mississippi Church Burned and Tagged with "Vote Trump"

“Vote Trump” is painted on the side of the fire-damaged Hopewell Missionary Baptist Church in Greenville, Miss. (Rogelio V. Solis/AP)

“Vote Trump” is painted on the side of the fire-damaged Hopewell Missionary Baptist Church in Greenville, Miss. (Rogelio V. Solis/AP)

The residents of an 111 year old An African-American church in Greenville, Mississippi, woke up this morning in shock to find it was burned and vandalized late Tuesday evening.

According to reports officials responded to a fire ablaze at the Hopewell Baptist Church around 9:15pm and when officials arrived they determined it was an act of hate.

At a press conference this morning, Greenville Fire Chief Ruben Brown says officials arrived on scene to find no one in the church at the time and that the main sanctuary was was were majority of the damage occurred. He also stated the words “Vote Trump” were spray painted on the right side of the church.  

The FBI was called in also to investigate the incident according to crime and breaking news reporter Therese Apel:

Officials stated in a press conference this morning that the matter is being investigated as a hate crime.

The pastor of the church stated, “Our church was a historic church. It had been there for over 111 years and our hearts are broken. But we are not angry, but hearts are broken.”

R.I.P. Vine

Photo Illustration by The New York Post

Photo Illustration by The New York Post

According to BBC News, Twitter has announced that it will be shutting down Vine after only four years of duration. Vine is a social media app that allows six second videos played on a loop. Although it is not exactly sure why Twitter will be ending Vine's services, there was reported a 9% employment drop in the company due to decreasing usage of the video app this year. This could be due to social mediums like Snap Chat and Instagram adding video usage to their already growing market of social network. Twitter will be closing Vine altogether within the upcoming months giving Vine users the opportunity to download and save their already established vine videos. 

Representatives of the video app released a statement saying, "We’ll be keeping the website online because we think it’s important to still be able to watch all the incredible Vines that have been made. You will be notified before we make any changes to the app or website." So vine users will be able to view vines created from years ago but will not be authorized to upload any new vine videos once Twitter closes the app. 

Vine was one of the first and forever popular video media apps to be discovered. The question at hand is: Will Twitter combine Vine's features with it's own to improve the Twitter app? Given other social platforms, the idea doesn't sound bad and could potentially grow the usage of twitter as a whole. Although Vine could not uphold to the liking of Snapchat and the new video features on instagram, Vine has produced a number of elite vine users known as "Vine fmaous" celebrities such as DC Young Fly from Wild N'Out, and King Bach.

Google acquires FameBit to connect YouTube creators with Brands

Google just announced that it has acquired FameBit, a marketplace that connects video creators with marketers who want to sponsor their content. The financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.  CEO David Kierzkowski and his co-founder Agnes Kozera said the platform has been used to 25,000 branded videos, and that FameBit will run as “a standalone operation” for now. 

This could be an important step for Google’s YouTube, where monetization has been a recent concern. YouTube has been working to provide more support on this front through its partner program, but we’ve also seen the growth of multi-channel networks that creators join up with for ad sales and business resources.

FameBit was backed by Los Angeles startup studio Science, Inc. In a article published by Tech Crunch Kierzkowskiexplainedhow the marketplace is focused on “long- and mid-tail creators,” not just the big YouTube stars who get most of the attention from MCNs. 

Turn Up The Heat: Sean Combs Talks Education and Presidential Politics

Turn Up The Heat: Sean Combs Talks Education and Presidential Politics

Rapper turned Mogul, Sean “Diddy” Combs, gave his thoughts on revolutionizing not only the education system; but also the presidential election. In an interview Combs did with Al Sharpton, on the MSNBC network, he spoke on how the education system in communities, like Harlem and the Bronx, are behind; leaving thoughts on the future of not only his children, but the future of our kids. In response to this system, Combs has supplied his own education initiative.

“Instead of me talking about it, I went ahead and worked with the system to make it better”, says Combs.

Sean Combs also announced that he, along with Dr. Steven Perry, has opened Capital Prep Harlem Carter School located in Harlem, New York. It is a free public charter school that is for grades 6-12. According to the charter school, its initiative is to provide historically disadvantaged students from Harlem with the College readiness skills needed to become responsible and engaged citizens for social justice.  

Photo By: MSNBC

Photo By: MSNBC

 

In response to politics, Combs has a message to the 2016 Presidential candidates, to appeal to the young people of America, more specifically; the issues that circulate within the black communities of America.

“In a way I feel shortchanged, not knocking the president because I know there is a lot of juggling going around,“ says Diddy.

Relating to Obama’s terms as President, Sean Combs felt, “more could have been done for the black communities and feels that now is the time to Turn Up The Heat”.

Combs also address Democratic Presidential Candidate Hillary Clinton to talk about black issues.

“The black vote is going to decide the next POTUS”, says Combs.

According to the mogul, the new strategies for the black voters of America should be to hold your vote. Let the candidates earn your vote instead.

Diddy also discussed how his current album will be the last album of his rap career. He wants to celebrate this victory with his Bad Boy family.

 

Musician, performer and businessman Sean "Diddy" Combs is adding another title -- educator. Combs speaks to Rev. Al Sharpton about his new charter school in Harlem, and his thoughts on what the next president needs to focus on. " Subscribe to MSNBC: http://on.msnbc.com/SubscribeTomsnbc About: MSNBC is the premier destination for in-depth analysis of daily headlines, insightful political commentary and informed perspectives.

 

A look at Dwyane Wade's New Gold Coast Mansion

The Robbins, IL native, Dawayne Wade signed a two-year, $47.5 million contract with the Bulls last month after spending 13 seasons with the Miami Heat.

The new Bulls star and his wife, actress Gabrielle Union, just leased this Gold Coast mansion, according to Crain's

The eight-bedroom Victorian on North State Parkway was built in 1883 but updated five years ago. It includes a finished basement with a 148-inch projection screen and 720-bottle wine fridge, as well as an attached three-car garage and a coach house in addition to the main house.

The 10,250-square-foot property, which was also featured on the 1980s sitcom "Webster," was listed for nearly $9.5 million in April but taken off the market Monday after Wade signed his lease, according to the report.

Wade had a mansion in the south suburbs, but his ex-wife, Siohvaughn Funches-Wade, recently sold it for $300,000

The terms of Wade's lease are unknown. By the looks of the photos, the house isn't cheap.

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Lupe Fiasco, Google exec team to fund startups in Chicago

Story from Cheryl V. Jackson a freelance writer; published by the Chicago Tribune

Entrepreneurs in two Chicago neighborhoods will get a shot at funding from a new organization founded by Chicago rapper Lupe Fiasco and Google executive Di-Ann Eisnor.

Through their Neighborhood Start Fund, they're scouring communities overlooked by Silicon Valley investors to find ideas that could generate $100 million in revenue — and also as a way to encourage diversity among entrepreneurs and spur neighborhood development.

 "From an innovation standpoint, we're missing out on great ideas and opportunities for problems to be solved," Eisnor said.

Englewood and Lawndale were part of the June expansion of the Neighborhood Start Fund, which identifies startups for investment in specific neighborhoods, and then reinvests profits into funds to fuel more startups from those communities.

Eisnor, head of growth for Google's Waze traffic and navigation app, and Chicago-native Fiasco will be presenting along with venture capitalists and startup professionals at an hour-long workshop on ideas and pitching Saturday, Aug. 13, at Englewood Accelerator (formerly EnglewoodBlue), 815 W. 63rd St., at 10 a.m. and in Lawndale at Firehouse Community Arts Center, 2111 S. Hamlin Ave., at 2 p.m.

Participants, through Sept. 2, can submit entries online to move to a pitch competition where $5,000 in funding is on the table to build a prototype. From there, the Neighborhood Start Fund could offer investments from $25,000 to $100,000.

The program also provides access to networks workshops and mentoring.

Ideas can range from the next indispensable gadget to a slamming mac-and-cheese recipe — as long as it has the potential to generate cash, organizers said.

 "We're looking for very big good ideas. We want companies that can generate at least $100 million," Eisnor said, "We want to create a real change, and to do that, we need some super-successful companies."

She and Fiasco (whose real name is Wasalu Muhammad Jaco) met in 2014 as the Aspen Institute's Henry Crown fellows, young entrepreneurs charged with creating initiatives to better conditions in communities. They bonded over conversations about marginalized communities and opportunities in innovation.

They thought many good ideas were available but didn't get the chance for development, and partnered on the $1 million fund.

The fund began with the Brownsville neighborhood in New York in October before expanding to Chicago. They're also in New York's Jamaica neighborhood, Miami's Overtown/Wymwood/Allapattah community, South Central Los Angeles, Roxbury in Boston and Anacostia in Washington, D.C.

Half of the money in the fund makes from a successful venture goes back to the neighborhood-specific fund from which the startup sprang, they say.

The New York pitch competition of 10 finalists yielded three startups that got $5,000 funding. Two of those — a digital on-demand mental health services and resources connector and a marketplace for discovering and booking unsigned artists — each got an additional $25,000 investment and will accompany Eisnor on a trip to Silicon Valley to pitch to other investors.

 

Illinois Governor signed stopgap budget to ensure schools open in the fall and fund state services for six months

Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner signed a series of stopgap budget bills to ensure schools open in the fall and fund state services for the next six months.

Two CPS-related bills were also signed into law: a $215 million pension pickup for the Chicago teachers' pension fund, and a bill that allows Chicago to raise property taxes earmarked for teacher pension.

 "In fact the money will go directly to the pension fund. It will not stop on its way to the Chicago Board of Education," said House Majority Leader Barbara Flynn Currie.

Addressing the media for the first time Thursday, Rauner called the stopgap a "grand bargain, grand compromise" that is "just a small step in the process of making Illinois strong and healthy and vibrant. This is a small step in the right direction." He praised Republicans and Democrats alike for working together to negotiate the deal, extending special thanks to Senate President John Cullerton and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel for their "flexibility and creativity" during the negotiating process.

The governor said the turning point in negotiations was when Democrats made it clear that while they may be willing to negotiate on reforms for the state, they would not hold a vote until after the November election. The governor said they indicated that they would consider voting on those reforms after the election.

 "This is not a budget, this is not a balanced budget, this is not a solution for our long-term challenges," Rauner said. "This is a bridge to reform. A bipartisan bridge to reform."

House Speaker Mike Madigan noted Rauner set aside his agenda for changes to the business climate that Democrats oppose but acknowledged Democrats didn't get everything they wanted either.

 

"This measure is a compromise. Republicans did not get everything that they wanted, Democrats did not get everything that they wanted. While important progress was made today, I want to reiterate that our work is not done," Madigan said on the chamber's floor after the budget was passed.

Senate President John Cullerton - a Chicago Democrat - says it's an indication of what can be done when all sides work together. Other representatives on both sides of the aisle agreed.

 "There's a better way of going about this process," said State Rep. Jim Durkin (R-Westchester). "The finger pointing needs to start coming to a close."

 "I think we have a very reasonable approach to many of the problems that have been grappling with all session long and I think this is a good start," said Flynn Currie.

Besides education, the stopgap budget also provides funding for road construction projects, higher education and human services. And there's even more good news for Chicago residents - money for CTA projects is also included in the deal.

 "It will allow money that is in this appropriation bill to be used for past due bills for all of the senior agencies, autism funding, immigrant/refugee, after school programs that have not been paid this year," said State Rep. Greg Harris (D-Chicago).

While the budget was a bipartisan effort, not all lawmakers voted for it and some are furious the temporary spending plan just kicks the can down the road.

 "We will continue to spend $33 million a day more than we bring in. It's just math. Understand that we will continue to deficit spend," said State Rep. Jack Franks (D-Woodstock).

The deal follows an 18-month stalemate between Gov. Rauner and Democratic leaders.

 

Story from ABC 7 Chicago

The Associated Press contributed to this report.