There are so many wonderful and inspiring individuals in communities everywhere who continue to do great work in their preferred field, and if we just look long enough through the forest and negative chatter coming from our television sets, newspapers and radio stations, we'll find people who stand tall amongst the trees.
There are three, but of course are many, many more; but today we'll highlight three who has over the last week shown why they deserve to be saluted and profiled. Phyllis Lockett, Steve Bardo and Brandon Johnson, all are emerging leaders in their area or expertise changing their field of play.
According to recent CPS data, there are 95 charter and contract schools serving more than 48,000 students. The Illinois State Board of Education reports that more than 19,000 students are on waiting lists for Chicago's charter schools.
During his standout career at the University of Illinois, 6'5" Bardo scored 909 points and compiled 495 assists. He was part of the Flyin' Illini team that qualified for the 1989 NCAA men's basketball tournament Final Four along with teammates Nick Anderson, Kendall Gill, Lowell Hamilton, Kenny Battle and Marcus Liberty.
Bardo was selected in the 1990 NBA Draft by the Atlanta Hawks and played briefly with the San Antonio Spurs during the 1991–92 NBA season. He also appeared for the Dallas Mavericks and Detroit Pistons. After retiring in 2000 - he played in France, Spain and Japan - Bardo later became a sports reporter for CBS 2 Chicago and color analyst for the Illini Sports Network. Additionally, he worked as a motivational speaker, and authored the book How To Make The League Without Picking Up The Rock.
A vibrant neighborhood that shares its name with the beautiful public space to the east, Washington Park will offer cultural opportunities, housing for all income levels, and a safe environment. And Brandon is the leader at the forefront directing the goals of this powerful organization, which has enormous support from most of Chicago and the state's elected officials.