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Archive for December, 2009

Giannoulias Applauds Passage of Health Care Legislation in U.S. Senate

Posted by Juanita Bratcher On December - 25 - 2009 ADD COMMENTS

Hopes for Improvements

State Treasurer and U.S. Senate Candidate Alexi Giannoulias released the following statement regarding passage of health care legislation in the U.S. Senate:

“The U.S. Senate today took an historic step toward reducing costs and covering more Americans with quality health care. This isn’t a perfect bill –I am disappointed that a non-profit plan to compete with insurance companies is not part of this legislation and I oppose taxing employer-provided health care benefits to pay for it — but it does ban insurance companies from denying care based on pre-existing conditions, eliminates caps on benefits, reduces the deficit by nearly $1 trillion over the next two decades, and covers millions of working Americans who can’t afford today’s skyrocketing insurance costs,” said Giannoulias.

Rev. Bailey: “Not running for political office”

Posted by Juanita Bratcher On December - 24 - 2009 ADD COMMENTS


Calling it a “misconception” that he is vying for political office in the First Congressional District, Rev. Harold Bailey said he has no interest in entering the political arena.

After being flooded with calls inquiring about his running in the First Congressional District, a seat now held by U.S. Rep. Bobby Rush, Bailey said he felt it best to clear up the misconception and set the record straight.

“Politics is not my calling,” said Bailey. “I have no interest in entering the political arena. I merely want to set the record straight for the sake of many people who perhaps assume at this time it is I (who wants to run)…no it is not.”

Bailey said he has always had an historical interest in educating young men and women filtering through the criminal justice system and those youth who were dropped from the education rolls.

“I would not like to have a misconception settle in the minds of those who have trusted me to remain free of the ‘political dust’ ,”  he said, especially after Probation Challenge program’s “illegal eviction” from the Olive-Harvey College campus.

Bailey concluded: “I’m not seeking to ride on my name recognition and would like to keep it that way.”

A reborn American Blues Theater announces its 2009-2010 season

Posted by Juanita Bratcher On December - 20 - 2009 ADD COMMENTS

American Blues Theater, Chicago’s second oldest equity ensemble company, announced its 2009-2010 season. The award-winning ensemble-based company will open its 24th season under its original name with a symbolic return to its first artistic home, Victory Gardens Theater, for “It’s Wonderful Life: Live at the Biograph!”

Marty Higginbotham returns to direct a new adaptation of the classic story based on the Frank Capra masterpiece and performed as a period radio piece. It runs November 27-December 27 in the new Studio at Victory Gardens Theater at the Biograph, 2433 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago.

Other shows in the season include Jack Kirkland’s 1933 classic “Tobacco Road” (May-June 2010) and “Ripped: The Living Newspaper Project” (Fall 2010), a new project by ABT founding ensemble member Rick Cleveland, fellow ensemble members Tania Richard and Gwendolyn Whiteside and a wealth other writers, musicians, dancers, singers, actors and directors from Chicago and across the country.

For more information, visit americanbluestheater.com.


Summer’s over but not Chicago’s free events and festivals!

Chicago festivals are far from done for the year! There are five more free events happening in Chicago: Franken Plaza, Tree Lighting Ceremony, Santa House, Chicago Sports Fest and Snow Days Chicago.

Franken Plaza: This Halloween, Daley Plaza once again becomes Franken Plaza October 23-31 with new performances, movie nights, arts & crafts and much more. Opening day is Friday, October 23 and kicks off at 11 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. Free admission. Franken Plaza continues through Halloween: Monday-Wednesday 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Thursday – Sunday 11 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. The Halloween Happening Parade is canceled, but the Monster Bash on Saturday, October 24 will feature a costume contest, hayrides and trick-or-treating. For more information, visit www.chicagoween.us or call (312) 744-3315.

96th Annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony: Wednesday, November 25, 2009. Musical performances and festive holiday music begin at 4:00 p.m. and the holiday season officially commences at 4:30 p.m., when the switch is flipped and lights begin to dazzle in Daley Plaza. For more information, visit www.explorechicago.org/specialevents.

Santa House: Jolly Old St. Nick again graces the plaza with his holiday cheer from his Midwest satellite workshop on Daley Plaza! Visits with Santa Claus start on Wednesday, November 25 at 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Eve feature special hours (11 a.m.-8 p.m.). Santa’s regular hours are Friday, Saturday, and Sunday only, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. through the Christmas season, ending on December 20. (Santa takes a break each day from 3 p.m.-4 p.m. Digital photos of children with Santa are free courtesy of UL and can be ordered on line at www.safetyathome.com or linked from www.explorechicago.org/specialevents.

Mayor Daley’s Chicago Sports Fest: The Mayor’s Office of Special Events & Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois present Mayor Daley’s Holiday Sports Festival Sunday, December 27 and December 28 at McCormick Place in Halls A & B (2301 S. Martin Luther King Drive). Admission and interactive zones to the biggest indoor gym are free. Discounted parking in Lot A – $9. Activities take place daily, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.Fore move information, visit Facebook, www.chicagosportsfestival.us.

Snow Days Chicago: Snow Days Chicago is a free three-day winter festival taking place January 29-January 31 in Grant Park on Michigan Ave. The festival opens Friday at 4 p.m. – 8 p.m. and 11 a.m. -8 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. The event features a natonal snow sculpting competition, dog sled demonstrations, a snowboard rail jam and kids activities! Bring the whole family and watch as the city is transformed into a winter wonderland, showcasing over 27 beautiful and unique sculptures made entirely out of snow! For more information, visit Facebook, www.snowdayschicago.us.


Congressman Gutierrez endorses Preckwinkle for Cook County Board President

Posted by Juanita Bratcher On December - 18 - 2009 ADD COMMENTS


Alderman Toni Preckwinkle has received the official endorsement of Illinois’ highest-ranking Hispanic elected official, U.S. Rep. Luis Gutierrez, in the Democratic primary race for Cook County Board President.


Gutierrez said Preckwinkle has continually impressed him by her commitment to progressive values, “Toni Preckwinkle is the only progressive running, the only real reformer who can put an end to the status quo in Cook County. I have worked with her throughout the years and she is the right person to clean up the mess that is County Government.”


Congressman Luis Gutierrez has served eight terms in the United States House of Representatives and in that time, established himself as an effective leader and energetic spokesman on behalf of his constituents of the Fourth District.

He continued, “Toni said it best – this is a Democratic primary, not an African American primary. She has been an effective, independent leader and has successfully represented a diverse constituency for almost twenty years. She is the person we need at the helm of the County Board.”

Preckwinkle has earned the endorsement of several other prominent leaders within the Hispanic community including Billy Ocasio and Aldermen Manny Flores, Ricardo Munoz, and Rey Colon.

“I’m an independent, progressive reformer and I am the only candidate in this race who can say all those things. I am honored by Congressman Gutierrez’ support. He has been a prominent leader for the constituents of his district and the people of Illinois.” said Preckwinkle. “I am encouraged that, with less than two months until the primary, we are continually building momentum. We are building a broad, multi-ethnic coalition united by our determination to reinstate accountability, integrity and vision into Cook County government - to shape a better, safer, more productive future for the County.” 

Illinois Treasurer Giannoulias’ on President Obama’s Afghanistan Plan

Posted by Juanita Bratcher On December - 13 - 2009 ADD COMMENTS


U.S. Senate candidate and Illinois State Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias’ statement on President Barack Obama’s Afghanistan Plan:


I commend President Obama for taking a long and serious look at all of our options in Afghanistan.  In a perfect world, our troops would be at home with their families for the holidays, and this war would be over. But we are not dealing with a perfect world; we are dealing with perhaps the most complex, dangerous region in the world – a region from which the attacks of September 11th were launched, and where nuclear weapons could fall into the hands of fanatics and terrorists.

I support the President’s decision as part of a larger military and political strategy to defeat the Taliban insurgency and permanently expel al Qaeda from Afghanistan. This is not, and should not be, an open-ended commitment. Our military presence in Afghanistan should  be aimed at preventing the Taliban from establishing a base from which to destabilize Pakistan, giving the Afghanis an opportunity to develop a government that works, and training and enabling the Afghanis to secure their own borders and to keep al Qaeda and the Taliban out of the region themselves.

A short-term build-up of troops must be met with a redoubling of our non-military efforts. We need reliable partners both in Kabul and in Islamabad to succeed. The Karzai government has to root out corruption and take concrete steps to deliver a better standard of life for Afghanis and ensure the rights of its citizens, especially those of Afghani women and children. Our allies in Pakistan must work with us to defeat extremists on their side of the border, and deny them safe haven in the border areas.More American troops have lost their lives this year than any to date in this eight-year war. The cost of the war continues to build, in terms of lives lost and funds expended. It is the moral duty of our government to ensure that it demonstrates as much dedication to political solutions as our troops courageously demonstrate to their mission on the battlefield. Ultimately it will be both their valor and our aggressive non-military efforts that will bring them home safe and create a safer world for all.

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