FBI News File

May 10, 2021

CHICAGO—Special Agent in Charge Emmerson Buie, Jr., of the Chicago Field Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, announced today that the division will host a large-scale recruitment event on June 2, 2021. The 2021 Diversity Agent Recruitment (DAR) event is only the third of its kind in the Chicago area and—despite being hosted online in accordance with established safety measures—will feature extensive opportunities for participants to interact with FBI special agents and professional staff.

The DAR is an invitation-only information session designed to familiarize special agent applicants with the unique opportunities available at the FBI. Applicants will speak with a recruiter, participate in small-group sessions with seasoned agents, watch a physical fitness test demonstration, and learn tips to streamline the application process. Attendees will have the rare opportunity to engage in live Q&A sessions with many specialty teams they may know from their favorite television shows such as the Evidence Response Team, the SWAT team, intelligence teams, and more.

The FBI is looking to recruit approximately one thousand new special agents over the next year, and diversity remains a priority in all FBI recruitment efforts. FBI-Chicago invites members of ethnic and gender groups specifically underrepresented in policing to apply, though this event is open to applicants of all backgrounds. Attendees will have the chance to engage with male and female agents of color, seek answers to questions they might otherwise not have a chance to ask, and determine if joining the FBI family is the right choice for them.

Applicants for the Special Agent position must be between the ages of 23 and 36 years old, have 1 to 2 years of full-time work experience, and hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university. No law enforcement or military experience is required, and applicants of all majors may apply. Applicants with backgrounds in foreign languages, STEM, accounting, and law are especially encouraged to attend the DAR.

To request an invitation to this event, interested parties can apply online to the Chicago DAR Talent Network at FBIJobs.gov. Attendance will be limited to guarantee personalized attention, so applicants should apply at their earliest convenience to secure an invitation.

United States Department of Justice



Flexible payment arrangements help address past-due balances; energy-efficiency offerings help manage future bills

CHICAGO (May 11, 2021) – As many northern Illinois residents experience mounting expenses as a result of the pandemic, ComEd offers payment assistance programs that may help with past-due balances now and energy-saving tools that can lower bills in the future.

“To support our customers and communities working to rebuild from Covid-19, ComEd is offering more options for customers to help them maintain their service and save money on their electric bills,” said Jane S. Park, ComEd’s chief customer officer and senior vice president of customer operations. “We are offering hardship grants to eligible customers through our CARE program, assistance grants to small businesses that need support, $0-dollar down extended payment plans, and easy-to-use online tools and award-winning energy efficiency programs designed to help customers manage their energy and save money.”

Through June 30, 2021, ComEd offers extended payment arrangements to eligible residential customers facing financial hardship. These extended payment arrangements allow eligible customers to spread outstanding balances over 18 monthly installments with no money down through June 30, 2021. All other eligible residential customers with outstanding balances can enroll in an 18-month payment plan with a 10-percent down payment through June 30, 2021.

These payment plans expand ComEd’s existing payment-assistance options, such as the ComEd CARE programs available for residential customers, small-business customers, nonprofit organizations, as well as activated and deployed members of the U.S. Armed Forces, National Guard, Reserves and honorably discharged veterans. These programs offer one-time grants, while funding is available, to help eligible customers pay their electric bills.

“In addition to the expanded package of financial assistance, customers can tap into a variety of energy-saving tools through our Energy Efficiency Program,” said Erica Borggren, vice president of customer solutions, ComEd. “These tools are designed to help customers take control of their energy use and save money year-round.”

ComEd provides energy-saving offerings for all customers, including those who may be experiencing difficulty paying their electric bills. With options specially designed to help manage energy use, customers can save money on their electric bills. These options include:

  • Food Bank LED bulb distribution. ComEd provides ENERGY STAR® certified LED bulbs to more than 900 local food pantries through Feeding America food banks and its extended network of food banks, pantries and community-based organizations. Customers shopping at these food pantries can ask for the free LEDs.
  • Energy Savings Kits. Customers can contact their local community agency and may receive a free Energy Savings Kit that includes energy-efficient LED bulbs, water-saving faucet aerators, an advanced power strip and more.
  • Instant Discounts. Customers can visit a participating neighborhood retailer and look for the ComEd Lower Price sticker to get instant in-store discounts on:
    • ENERGY STAR certified LED bulbs and fixtures
    • Advanced power strips, ENERGY STAR room air conditioners, air purifiers and dehumidifiers
  • Home Energy Upgrades. Homeowners can sign up to receive free weatherization and energy-saving products, including: ENERGY STAR certified LED lighting, a programmable or smart thermostat, advanced power strip, WaterSense® certified showerheads and faucet aerators, pipe insulation and more.
  • Home Energy Assessment. Customers can sign up to schedule a free in-home or virtual home energy assessment where an energy advisor will conduct a visual inspection of their home, offer free and discounted products and provide a personalized assessment report identifying additional ways to save money and energy.

Any customer experiencing a hardship or difficulty with their electric bill should call ComEd immediately at 800-334-7661 (800-EDISON1), Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. to learn how to apply. Information on ComEd’s payment-assistance options, along with eligibility requirements, can be found at ComEd.com/PaymentAssistance.

To learn more about the ComEd Energy Efficiency Program, customers can call 855-433-2700 or visit ComEd.com/IncomeEligible. For energy-saving tips, visit ComEd.com/WaysToSave.


Remembering Colonel Jimmie Kanaya

National WWII Museum

May 10, 2021

Colonel Jimmie Kanaya, 442nd Regimental Combat Team medic, became a prisoner of war in Germany after his family had been put behind barbed wire at home in the States. He went on to be a decorated three-war veteran and friend of The National WWII Museum who passed away November 7, 2019.


National WWII Museum


County of DuPage

May 10, 2021

Beginning May 12, a portion of 31st Street will be reduced to one lane in each direction due to a road construction project.

The DuPage County Division of Transportation will reduce 31st Street to a single lane in each direction from west of Illinois Route 83 to Spring Road until late fall.

Improvements on 31st Street from Meyers Road to York Road in Oak Brook will include intersection widening, new traffic signals at the Illinois Route 83 ramps and at Jorie Boulevard, patching, curb repairs, and resurfacing. The project costs $6.2 million.

To learn more about DuPage County road construction projects, please visit www.dupageco.org/dot/construction.

Contact Information: Evan Shields (630) 407-6022

County of DuPage

Corned Beef Reuben Sandwich

Cooking with Anatole, The Chicago Times

May 8, 2021

We mon ami, today we enjoy the lunch classique la Reuben Sandwich.  This recette inspired by Chef Anatole’s travels in New York City.

Mon ami, let us prepare by gathering only the best of the following ingredients:

  • 3 teaspoons of butter (beurre) or to your desire
  • 2 slices of rye bread with caraway seed
  • Desired amount of sauerkraut (drained)
  • Swiss Cheese (choose only the best mon ami!)
  • Desired amount of thinly cut Corned Beef Brisket

For the best results follow these directions:

  • Spread butter (beurre) over each slice of carefully selected rye bread and place buttered side down in skillet.
  • Add desired amount of sauerkraut to a slice of bread along with a slice of Swiss Cheese on each.
  • Add desired amount of Corned Beef Brisket to one slice of bread.
  • Press both pieces of bread and place skillet on medium heat until golden brown or to your desire.
  • Flip and brown other side.

Anatole’s Critique:

Incroyable, mon ami! Les souvenirs abondent! Anatole found the sandwich savoureux and brought back memories of jeunes jours in New York City.  Bon appétit, Anatole dit au revoir.