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Archive for October 11th, 2010

Berrios gets backing from African-American elected officials

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 Chicago, IL –  A coalition of African-American elected officials from throughout Chicago and Cook County came together to endorse Joe Berrios, the Democratic nominee for assessor.

 “Joe Berrios is a true product of Chicago. He grew up in public housing, worked hard, and broke barriers in Springfield as the first Latino legislator. Now, we’re ready for him to stand up for people across Cook County as our next assessor,” said Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White.

Berrios, who won the Democratic primary in February, was honored to be endorsed by the group during a press conference at the Allegro Hotel.

 “I am thrilled to receive the endorsement from such a prominent group of people,” Berrios said. “Their support of my candidacy means a great deal.”

If elected, Berrios, currently a commissioner on the Cook County Board of Review, would be the first minority Assessor. He was the first Hispanic state legislator when he became a member of the Illinois House of Representatives in 1982, where he served three terms. He is also the first Hispanic to serve as chairman of the Cook County Democratic Party.

“There is no question that Joe Berrios is the right person for the job,” Congressman Danny K. Davis said. “He has the experience to improve and make the assessor’s office more transparent. More importantly, he will treat each property owner with the attention and respect they deserve.

Democratic nominee for Cook County board president and Chicago Ald. Toni Preckwinkle could not attend Monday’s press conference, but she praised Berrios for opening doors as chairman of the county’s Democratic Party.

 “When Joe came in, for the first time, African-Americans, Latinos, women had a real opportunity for leadership in the party and had a real opportunity to be slated by the party,” said Preckwinkle, the 4th Ward’s alderman and Democratic committeeman.”He will bring that same level of fairness to the assessor’s office.”

Also endorsing Berrios on Monday were: Cook County Circuit Court Clerk Dorothy Brown, Cook County Recorder of Deeds Eugene (Gene) Moore, Illinois Senator Rickey Hendon, Illinois Rep. Marlow Colvin, Rep. Ken Dunkin, Rep. LaShawn K. Ford, Rep. Art Turner, Ald. Carrie Austin, Ald. Anthony Beale, Ald. Howard Brookins Jr., Ald. Walter Burnett Jr., Ald. Willie Cochran, Ald. Pat Dowell, Ald. Leslie Hairston, Ald. Freddrenna Lyle, Ald. Emma Mitts, Ald. JoAnn Thompson; Ald. Latasha Thomas, Cook County Commissioner Bill Beavers, Commissioner Earlene Collins, and Commissioner Deborah Sims.

 For more information about the Berrios campaign, visit www.electjoeberrios.com.

Hip Hop’s Past, Present and Future collide at the “BET Hip Hop Awards ’10”

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HIP HOP Awards airs Tuesday, October 12 at 8:00 p.m., followed by the premiere of BET’s new reality series,  “Being Terry Kennedy” featuring Pro Skater Terry “TK” Kennedy at 10 p.m.

Hosted by Mike Epps, BET Hip Hop Awards ‘10 Included Performances and Appearances by Rick Ross, Nicki Minaj, Diddy, Kelly Rowland, Soulja Boy, Salt N Pepa, Trina, Gucci Mane, Swizz Beatz, Waka Flocka Flame, B.o.B, Cali Swag District, Keri Hilson, J. Cole, Big Boi and Mo’Nique and Many More!


(Center) Rap legend MC Hammer shows he’s still got it as he performs his hit classic “Too Legit to Quit” at the BET HIP HOP AWARDS ’10. Catch the Network premiere on Tuesday, October 12 at 8 p.m. ET/PT.
Photo credit: PictureGroup // Courtesy of BET Networks

New York, NY (BlackNews.com) — Get ready for an explosive night of sizzling performances, comebacks, cyphers and surprises on the BET HIP HOP AWARDS ‘10. Taped from the Boisfeuillet Jones Atlanta Civic Center in Atlanta, Georgia, this year’s awards brought out the hottest in the game and proved that “hip hop ain’t dead.” Premiering on Tuesday, October 12 at 8:00 p.m., watch the elements ignite as the “cool kids of hip hop” come together for an incredible night of tributes and performances.

Highlights from the 10 performances include: Rick Ross and Diddy performing the hit single “BMF” alongside rap veteran MC Hammer reciting his hit classic “Too Legit to Quit”; Soulja Boy, in his signature white tank top and designer sneakers, capturing the audience’s attention with his summer anthem “Pretty Boy Swag”; Gucci Mane and Swizz Beatz giving an electrifying performance of club favorite “It’s Gucci Time”; Waka Flocka Flame and Roscoe Dash heating up the stage with their hot collaboration “No Hands”; and, perhaps the biggest surprise of the night, Harlem rap group Dipset reuniting on stage to perform their comeback single “Salute.”

Other highlights include: Pioneer female rap trio Salt n Pepa accepting the I AM HIP HOP AWARDS ICONS honor; mind-blowing cyphers with old and new school lyricists Ice Cube, Rev Run, Raekwon, Kanye West, Tyga and Diggy Simmons; web celeb Antoine Dodson performing his viral video hit “The Bed Intruder Song”; and closing out the night, Digital Underground delivering a crowd-amping rendition of Tupac Shakur’s “I Get Around.”

Also, tune in Tuesday, October 12 to see who wins “Lyricist of the Year,” “Best Live Performer,” “Track of the Year,” “Album of the Year,” “DJ of the Year” and the coveted “Rookie of the Year” award, only on BET.

Right after the BET HIP HOP AWARDS ’10, check out the premiere of the new reality series BEING TERRY KENNEDY, chronicling the daily ‘grind’ of ambitious pro skater/entrepreneur Terry “TK” Kennedy. Premiering at 10:00 p.m.*, watch the mogul in the making grant viewers exclusive access to his life dealing with his various projects in the skate world, fashion, music and entertainment industry.

The first episode finds TK competing for the chance to win $100,000 at the 2010 Maloof Money Cup in New York City. While visiting NYC, TK makes the most of his trip and does a steamy, eye-popping photo shoot with Essence Magazine. Meanwhile, back in Long Beach, things get interesting when TK entrusts the renovation of his skate shop, District 8, to the hands of family members Lil’ Phil, Reggie, Uncle Phil and big brother Phillip.

Throughout the season, BET.com visitors can download free custom voice ringtones by Terry Kennedy and other cast members, as well as ringtones and wallpapers from each week’s episode. BEING TERRY KENNEDY is executive produced by Ron Yassen, Sacha Jenkins, Cash Warren, Circe Wallace and Terry Kennedy along with BET Networks.

For more information about BET HIP HOP AWARDS ’10 and BEING TERRY KENNEDY, please visit www.bet.com.

*All times are ET/PT.

Giannoulias and Kirk to participate in Early Vote Rally; Berrios to get endorsement from African American elected officials

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* Illinois State Treasurer and U.S. Senate nominee Alexi Giannoulias will participate in an Early Vote Rally today, October 11 at 11:30 A.M. at 69 W. Washington St. in Chicago. Giannoulias will join Senator Dick Durbin and Secretary of State Jesse White in downtown Chicago to stress the importance of this year’s election and the stark choices facing voters. 

* Republican U.S. Senate Nominee Mark Kirk will participate in the Chicago Columbus Day Parade at Balbo, between Columbus and Michigan; and will attend a Rally to kick-off Early Voting at 3 p.m. with 11th CD candidate Adam Kinzinger.

 * Democratic candidate for Cook County Assessor Joseph Berrios will hold a press conference today (October 11) with a coalition of African-American elected officials throughout Cook County who are backing him in his bid for office. Berrios is currently a commissioner on the Cook County Board of Review and chairman of the county’s Democratic Party.

The press conference will be held at Hotel Allegro, 171 W. Randolph Street, at 11:15 a.m.

National Breast Cancer Awareness Month: Check with the Better Business Bureau before going pink

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 (A Message from the Better Business Bureau)
  

 Chicago, IL October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month (NBCAM) and many national and local businesses are marketing pink ribbon products and services to support a cure for breast cancer.  The Better Business Bureau (BBB) advises those consumers considering supporting the cause to research donation claims before making a purchase.

 

This month many organizations are promoting awareness of breast cancer issues; however, with any great cause comes the chance of scammers taking advantage of those with full hearts and wallets.


The BBB encourages consumers to look for companies that disclose a charity name, the amount of a sale going to the charity, the duration of marketing campaigns and, if applicable, the maximum or minimum contribution amount.
“The ultimate goal is for a significant portion or all of the purchase to end up in the intended charity’s hands,” said Steve J. Bernas, president & CEO of the Better Business Bureau serving Chicago and Northern Illinois.  “Consumers can ensure this will happen by asking the right questions when donating to any cause.”
While many pink ribbon marketing campaigns are trustworthy, consumers can eliminate the possibility of supporting companies that market false donation claims by doing the following:
 
In addition to purchasing products and services, consumers may receive solicitations for general donations over the phone. According to the National Breast Cancer Awareness Month organization, the group does not solicit contributions and has not authorized the use of its name for solicitation purposes. The BBB suggests that you contact the charity directly to confirm any telephone solicitations.

Additional charitable giving advice includes: Be wary of appeals that are long on emotion, but short on describing what the charity does.

  • If you contribute, do not give cash.  Use a credit card or check or money order made out to the name of the charitable organization, not to the individual collecting the donation.
  • Watch out for excessive pressure for on-the-spot donations.  Be wary of any requests to send a “runner” to pick up your donation.
  • Keep records of your donations (receipts, canceled checks, and bank statements) so you can document your charitable giving at tax time. Although the value of your time as a volunteer is not deductible, out-of-pocket expenses (including transportation costs) directly related to your volunteer service to a charity are deductible.
  • Be wary of charities that are reluctant to answer reasonable questions about their operations, finances and programs. 

Bernas adds, “Ask how much of your gift will be used for the activity mentioned in the appeal and how much will go toward other programs and administrative and fundraising costs.”

 

For more information on how to ensure that your donation gets into the right hands, visit www.bbb.org

 

  • Research the charity with the BBB.  If the product or service is in support of an unfamiliar charity, learn more about the organization by reviewing the BBB’s charity report online at www.bbb.org/charity
  • Identify the charity receiving the donation. If the product or service is linked to a donation percentage, contact the business or manufacturer to determine exactly where the money is going and what percentage is donated.
  • Confirm the charity’s corporate partners.  Many national breast cancer charities list the names of corporate partners and sponsors on their websites.

Lincoln’s final resting place to get the latest “green” technology

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 Contract awarded for Lincoln Tomb geothermal project
 
        Springfield, IL – Soon, the grass won’t be the only thing that’s “green” at Abraham Lincoln’s final resting place.
 
        The Capital Development Board (CDB) has awarded a contract to install a geothermal heating and cooling system at Lincoln Tomb State Historic Site in Springfield’s Oak Ridge Cemetery.  The successful bidder is Henson Robinson Company of Springfield, the lower of two bidders with a quote of $376,000.  The Illinois Jobs Now project should start by the end of October and be complete by late spring 2011.       
 
Geothermal, or geo-exchange, technology will be used to replace the existing heating and cooling systems at Lincoln Tomb State Historic Site in Springfield’s Oak Ridge Cemetery, a move that will reduce energy usage, improve efficiency, protect the historic tomb finishes, and increase comfort for nearly 375,000 people from around the world who visit the 16th President’s final resting place each year.
 
“The Lincoln Tomb geothermal project is the first such installation on a state historic site and will significantly reduce the Tomb’s energy usage, making the state historic site better for those who work in it and the area surrounding it,” said CDB Executive Director Jim Riemer.
 
Geothermal is ground-source energy that takes advantage of the constant year-round underground temperature of about 55 degrees Fahrenheit.  At Lincoln Tomb, vertical pipe loops will be buried about 300 feet underground and an antifreeze liquid pumped through the pipes.  In the summer, the liquid will move heat from the building into the ground.  In the winter, it will do the opposite.  Heat pumps will be used at Lincoln Tomb to facilitate the heating and cooling transfer within the building.  No estimates are available about the projected energy savings the Tomb will experience with the geothermal system.   
 
The pipes and wells for the geothermal system at Lincoln Tomb will be installed underneath the Tomb lawn.  Once the infrastructure is installed, the grass will be replaced and visitors will have the same sweeping vista of Lincoln Tomb as they have since the structure was built in 1874.  
 
The current heating and air conditioning system at Lincoln Tomb is a water source heat pump system that was last upgraded in the early 1990s but is now past its expected life span.  Utility, maintenance and repair costs for a system of this age continue to increase.  The existing cooling tower, located within an unsightly fenced enclosure northwest of the Tomb, will be removed once the geothermal system is installed.         
 
“Oak Ridge Cemetery is surpassed only by Arlington National Cemetery as the nation’s most visited burial ground, and this new climate control system in our 16th President’s final resting place will allow the Tomb to keep welcoming visitors from every part of the globe,” said Jan Grimes, director of the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency (IHPA), which administers Lincoln Tomb State Historic Site.
 
The Lincoln Tomb project has also earned a $25,000 energy efficiency grant from the Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation to assist in the conversion from a traditional to an energy-saving geo-exchange system.  The Foundation has supported more than 65 geothermal installations across Illinois through its grants.  For more information, visit www.illinoiscleanenergy.org.
 
Lincoln Tomb State Historic Site is the final resting place of Abraham Lincoln, his wife Mary, and three of his four sons – Eddie, William (Willie) and Thomas (Tad).  It was built entirely with public donations and was completed in 1874.
 

Attorney General Madigan calls for suspension of all Illinois foreclosures backed by false documents

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Madigan Launches Probe into Major Lenders, Announces Legislation to Prevent Rubberstamped Foreclosures

 

 

Chicago, IL — Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan has demanded 23 additional loan servicers provide her office with information concerning the fairness and accuracy of their foreclosure procedures in courts across the state.

The Attorney General recently issued a similar demand to GMAC/Ally, Bank of America and JP Morgan Chase to halt all pending foreclosures in Illinois, including post-foreclosure sales and evictions, after they admitted they were filing false documents in foreclosure proceedings.

In today’s 23 demand letters, Madigan called on mortgage companies to evaluate their internal foreclosure review procedures and, unless they can provide assurances that the affidavits and foreclosure documents are trustworthy, immediately suspend pending foreclosure actions in Illinois.

 

In recent weeks, some of the nation’s largest loan servicers have admitted publicly that their employees have literally rubberstamped thousands of false foreclosure affidavits without having personal knowledge of or verifying the underlying loan file information. Madigan will review those servicers’ procedures for possible violations of the Illinois Consumer Fraud Act.

“The same mortgage giants and big banks that fraudulently put people into unfair loans are now fraudulently throwing people out of their homes. They should not be above the law,” Madigan said. “Illinois homeowners are legally entitled to a foreclosure process that is transparent, accurate and fair.” 

Madigan also announced she is helping to convene a multistate task force of state attorneys general and bank regulators to coordinate states’ reviews of servicers’ foreclosure processes. Madigan’s office has contacted federal regulators and investigators, including the U.S. Justice Department, to assist with a coordinated response. 

 

Madigan will introduce legislation in Springfield to ensure the integrity of documents filed in foreclosure actions. Madigan’s bill ensures homeowners know the amount they owe, who owns their loan, the terms of their original loan and who they can contact. Specifically, the proposed legislation will require servicers to:

·         Provide borrowers with a verified and accurate amount owed and a payment history to ensure borrowers are given proper credit for all payments.

 

·         Detail the steps taken to verify the accuracy of the information contained in the affidavit to prevent the filing of false affidavits not based on personal knowledge;

 

·         File a copy of the original note with the foreclosure complaint so that borrowers clearly know the terms of their contract with their lender; and

 

·         Ensure that the named plaintiff is the legal owner of the loan and has the right to foreclose on the homeowner.

 

Madigan also called on lawmakers in Washington to support the re-introduction of legislation drafted by U.S. Sen. Richard Durbin, D-Ill., permitting judges in bankruptcy courts to reduce the principal amounts on mortgages and thereby save homes. 

 

The push by Attorney General Madigan to shine a light on the foreclosure filing process continues her aggressive battle against mortgage giants on behalf of homeowners in crisis. In 2008, Madigan led a nationwide $8.7 billion settlement with Countrywide over its predatory lending practices. The Attorney General has also filed suit against both Wells Fargo and Countrywide alleging widespread discrimination against African American and Latino borrowers who paid disproportionately more for their mortgages than other borrowers.

Madigan urged homeowners to visit her Web site, www.IllinoisAttorneyGeneral.gov, for resources available to assist homeowners in crisis. Included on the site is her Illinois Mortgage Lending Guide, a resource manual containing step-by-step instructions for those struggling to make their loan payments and a list of HUD-certified counseling agencies that offer default counseling services. Homeowners who do not have easy access to the Internet should call the Attorney General’s Helpline at 1-866-544-7151 to quickly receive the guide or the brochure by mail.

Timeline Theatre Company presents The World Premiere of “To Master The Art”

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TimeLine Theatre Company presents the world premiere of To Master the Art by William Brown and Doug Frew, directed by William Brown, October 30 – December 19, 2010, (previews October 26 through October 29) at TimeLine Theatre, 615 W. Wellington Ave., Chicago.

This world premiere play recalls the adventure and romance of Julia and Paul Child’s journey of discovery to Paris during the 1950s. From the bistro where Julia fell in love with food, to the kitchen table where she recreated everything learned during cooking class, to a room where Paul was grilled by U.S. agents about alleged Communist contact, this is the story of a larger-than-life culinary icon and her remarkable husband as they struggle to find themselves as Americans abroad.

To Master the Art marks the first full production of a play TimeLine Theatre has commissioned. The initial idea was hatched by TimeLine Company members during an artistic retreat in the summer of 2006. An official commission in 2008 with William Brown and Doug Frew culminated in a developmental workshop and private play reading early in 2010. The development of To Master the Art has been partially supported by The Dramatists Guild Fund.

“Bill and Doug have crafted a love story for the ages. Inspired to re-define herself in mid-life, Julia was on a path to shatter the perceived role of the American housewife, while Paul toiled in the bureaucracy of the state department,” TimeLine Artistic Director PJ Powers said. “They were two frustrated artists charting very different courses, working to master the arts of marriage, communication, cooking and personal fulfillment — a struggle that would ultimately impact legions of followers and ignite a nation of food enthusiasts.”

The cast of To Master the Art features Karen Janes Woditsch as Julia Child and Craig Spidle as Paul Child, with Jeannie Affelder, Ian Paul Custer, Amy Dunlap, TimeLine Associate Artist Terry Hamilton, TimeLine Company Member Juliet Hart, Joel Gross, Ethan Saks and Ann Wakefield. Note that Craig Spidle has replaced the previously announced Torrey Hanson in the role of Paul Child.

Performance Schedule/Events

Preview performances of To Master the Art are Tuesday, October 26 through Friday, October 29 at 8 p.m. The play opens on Saturday, October 30 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, October 31 at 2 p.m. and then runs Wednesdays and Thursdays at 7:30 p.m., Fridays at 8 p.m., Saturdays at 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. through December 19, 2010. Note that there are no performances on Wednesdays, November 3 and 24, and Thursday, November 25. Note that there will be an additional performance at 4 p.m. on Friday, November 26.

POST-SHOW DISCUSSIONS: Free post-show discussions led by a TimeLine Company Member and featuring the production dramaturg and members of the cast on Thursdays, November 4, 11, 18 and December 2; Sundays November 7, 21 and 28 and Wednesday, December 1.

SUNDAY SCHOLARS SERIES: A free hour-long post-show panel discussion with experts on the themes and issues of the play on Sunday, November 14.

To purchase tickets or for more information, call the TimeLine Theatre Box Office at 773.281.8463 or buy online via timelinetheatre.com.

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