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Naperville’s Indian Community Outreach program to offer scholarship to Indian students

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Chicago, Illinois: The Naperville Indian Community Outreach (ICO) has brought a great opportunity for the students of Indian origin who made their mark in the fields of academics, Sports, Arts (Visual, Film, Music, Dance, Digital Arts, Painting, Photography, Poetry, Drama, Theater etc.), Leadership, and Community Service. The Lotus Excellence Awards by ICO will be held on April 21, 2016.

The press release issued in this regard stated that applicants to be selected for the award should have good academic background with a minimum GPA of 3.0 on a scale of 4.0 or 4.0 on a scale of 5.0. The cash value set for each award is $500. The submission of applications for the award will take place till April 4th, 2016.

Krishna Bansal, Chairman of the India Community Outreach, said: “The primary mission of ICO is to embrace, preserve, and promote the Cultural Heritage and contributions of Indian-Americans while educating them to get involved with the City of Naperville.”

Krishna Bansal, Chairman of the India Community Outreach.
Krishna Bansal, Chairman of the India Community Outreach.

Each award category can hold multiple recipients. The press release further said that those eligible and encouraged to participate in the event are the students of School District 203, 204 or residents of Naperville studying at Private Schools/Home Schools/IMSA.

Selected applicants will get notified by April 15th, 2016 and the award presentation will take place on April 21st, 2016.

The Chairman of ICO also advised students of Indian origin to come in large numbers and desired full participation by them to submit applications for the ICO’s Lotus Excellence Awards.

Saily Joshi, an ICO Board Member, suggested the participants for the award to carefully fill the applications and in entirety since failure to do so will result in getting disqualified from the selection process.

Another ICO Board Member Smita Bhatia stated that additional information about the Lotus Excellence Award can be had on www.napervilleindian.com. “The students may email their queries, if any, to studentaward@napervilleindian.com”, she added.

Chicago is one of the major cities of the United States, situated in the Illinois state. It is the largest city in the Great Lakes Megalopolis. This metropolitan region is home to a huge Indian community.

  • Shriya Katoch

    This is such an exciting opportunity .

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Chicago Appoints its First Black Woman Mayor

Lightfoot, who will also become the first openly gay mayor of the third-largest U.S. city, appealed to voters who are tired of politics as usual

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Lori Lightfoot, a political newcomer, was on track to be elected the first black female mayor of Chicago. VOA

Lori Lightfoot, a political newcomer, was on track to be elected the first black female mayor of Chicago on Tuesday, with a massive lead over opponent Toni Preckwinkle in a city struggling with crime and poor finances.

With more than half of precincts counted, former president of independent civilian body the Chicago Police Board, Lightfoot, 56, had 74 percent of votes while Preckwinkle, 72, a longtime local politician had 26 percent in a runoff to become Chicago’s 56th mayor.

Lightfoot, who will also become the first openly gay mayor of the third-largest U.S. city, appealed to voters who are tired of politics as usual. She has never held political office, while Preckwinkle was a city councilwoman for almost 20 years before becoming Cook County board president in 2010.

“I voted for Lori Lightfoot … I think the other one, Preckwinkle, is in politics too long. You know, too much of a machine,” said John Reyes, 71, speaking outside a polling place in the Albany Park neighborhood.

The runoff between two African-American women was a rarity in the United States, where only 6 percent of mayors in the 200 U.S. largest cities are women of color, according to the Reflective Democracy Campaign.

Lightfoot and Preckwinkle earned spots on the ballot after they garnered the most votes among 14 candidates in a February election. The winner will replace Rahm Emanuel, who is not seeking a third term.

“Clearly, Lori offers us the best chance for real change,” said Virginia McGathey, 60, who has been a broker at the world’s largest agricultural exchange, the Chicago Board of Trade, for more than 35 years. “She (Lightfoot) has an opportunity to make enormous strides for women, for women of color, for women of all different backgrounds.”

Lightfoot will inherit massive fiscal challenges including a $28 billion unfunded liability for the city’s four retirement systems and escalating annual pension contributions that will top $2 billion in 2023.

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Voters fill out their ballot at a polling place during a runoff election for mayoral candidates Toni Preckwinkle and Lori Lightfoot in Chicago, Illinois, April 2, 2019. VOA

A projected $252 million budget deficit for fiscal 2020, which begins Jan. 1, awaits the new mayor, along with expired or expiring labor contracts with police, firefighter and public school teacher unions.

Neither candidate disclosed detailed plans to shore up the city’s sagging finances.

In debates, Lightfoot, a former corporate lawyer, said the city has to demonstrate it can be a “better fiscal steward” before it seeks more revenue.

Web designer Mary Farrelly, 30, in the city’s north side said she did not like that Preckwinkle imposed a soda tax on Cook County in 2017 and supported Lightfoot.

“I feel like she (Lightfoot) has a better take on not taxing us,” Farrelly said while walking her dog.

Lightfoot will take over a city ranked as one of the nation’s most violent. Homicides in Chicago declined by more than a quarter in 2018 from its five-year high of 769 in 2016.

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Chicago mayoral candidate Toni Preckwinkle leaves a polling place after voting during a runoff election for mayor against Lori Lightfoot in Chicago, Illinois, April 2, 2019. VOA

But less than one out of five murders was solved in Chicago in the first half of 2018, according to local media.

The next mayor will be expected to deliver on a campaign promise to reform the police department currently under court-appointed oversight to address a 2017 Justice Department finding of widespread excessive force and racial bias by officers.

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On day one, she will also have to find a way to ease tension between the police department and state’s attorney after prosecutors decided to drop charges against actor Jussie Smollett, who was accused of staging a hate crime attack. (VOA)