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Senator Durbin and State’s Attorney Alvarez tour new treatment facility for sex trafficking victims

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 U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez recently toured a new and unique residential facility in the Chicago area that will provide long-term services and treatment for young girls who become victims of sex trafficking.

 During the tour, Durbin and Alvarez discussed their cooperative efforts to step up awareness on domestic sex trafficking and the passage of the Illinois Safe Children Act, a new law that puts Illinois at the forefront of states that have enacted laws to address the sexual exploitation and trafficking of children.

 The facility, Anne’s House, will be operated by the Chicago Metropolitan Division of the Salvation Army.

Avoid Becoming a Victim of ATM Skimming

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 (A Message from the Better Business Bureau)
CHICAGO, IL – November 4, 2010 – Even if you’re cautious about which ATMs you use,you can still become a victim of identity thieves who place seamless devices on machines to steal debit or credit card information. ATM skimming is a growing problem and the Better Business Bureau recommends consumers take a few steps to protect themselves from becoming a victim.
 Identity thieves may tamper with ATMs in any number of different ways in order to steal debit card numbers and PINs. It only takes a few seconds to install cameras over the keypad or a device over the card reader. ATMs aren’t the only hot spots, credit card swipers at gas pumps and retailers can be tampered with as well.

“Skimming devices are becoming increasingly harder to detect and often blend in seamlessly with the ATM,” said Steve J. Bernas, president & CEO of the BBB serving Chicago and northern Illinois. “If you’re going to use an ATM, you could become a victim, and it’s important to monitor your accounts closely so you can quickly detect any fraudulent activity on your card and minimize your losses.”

 The following are tips to fight identity thieves at the ATM:


Protect Your PIN – When entering your PIN, cover the keypad with your other hand to prevent any cameras from catching your digits. False keypads placed over the real keypad are also a way scammers get PIN numbers so if the keypad looks different, move on.

Give It A Wiggle – Skimming devices are often false panels attached to the ATM-such as where you put your card into the machine. If parts of the ATM look damaged or different, give it a wiggle. Also look for new or suspiciously placed cameras and unusual signage. Don’t hesitate to walk away and use another ATM if it doesn’t feel right.

Choose Your ATMs Wisely – Avoid using ATMs in poorly lit or low trafficked areas. Experts often recommend choosing a bank ATM over standalone ATMs in public places. Not only do identity thieves attach devices to legitimate ATMs to steal numbers, but they also place phony ATMS in public places.

Watch Your Statements – The most vigilant person can still fall victim to ATM skimmers, and it’s important to always keep a close eye on your accounts-particularly the itemized breakdown of charges and debits-so that you can quickly report any suspicious activity on your account.

Report Fraud Immediately – Report any fraudulent activity to your bank as soon as you discover it. Consumer protections for debit cards vary but depend largely on when you report the fraudulent activity. If you wait too long to report the fraud, your bank account could be cleaned out and your bank might not reimburse you.

For more advice on fighting identity thieves and preventing fraud, visit www.bbb.org

New Playwrights’ unit deepens Goodman Theatre’s commitment to emerging American Writers

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 Chicagoans Seth Bockley, Lisa Dillman, Laura Jacqmin and Rohina Malik appointed the First Playwrights to this Season-Long Residency


Chicago, IL – Goodman Theatre proudly launches the Playwrights’ Unit—a brand new season-long residency program designed to nurture Chicago’s most promising playwrights.

 The four inaugural writers, selected by Artistic Director and Director of New Play Development Robert Falls and the Goodman’s artistic staff, are Seth Bockley (Jon, The Twins Would Like to Say; winner of the Goodman’s 2009 Ofner Prize), Lisa Dillman (Detail of a Larger Work, Rock Shore), Laura Jacqmin (Ski Dubai, Look, We are Breathing) and Rohina Malik (Yasmina’s Necklace, Unveiled. The writers will develop new plays over the course of the residency, culminating in final readings of their works-in-progress in Spring 2011.

 The Playwrights’ Unit is part of the Goodman’s ongoing initiatives to commission and develop new plays. This ambitious program has resulted in such plays as the 2009 Pulitzer Prize-winner Ruined by Lynn Nottage and the upcoming Stage Kiss by Sarah Ruhl and Mary by Thomas Bradshaw—as well as the New Stages Series (January 14 – 16 and 21 – 23, 2011).

 “It’s exciting to deepen our commitment to these talented Chicago playwrights,” said Tanya Palmer, Goodman’s Director of New Play Development. “In selecting four very different writers with different levels of experience and approaches to their work, we also hope to create a vibrant and challenging writers group—so that the playwrights can not only benefit from the support that the Goodman will provide over the course of the season, but also from each other.”

Over the last 15 years, the Goodman has awarded commissions to both emerging and established writers in order to ensure creativity and the production of fresh, poignant material for the stage. The Goodman’s commitment to women playwrights, in particular, has fueled the success of some of the most talented living writers today, including Rebecca Gilman, Sarah Ruhl and Lynn Nottage. Other writers currently under commission at the Goodman are Kristoffer Diaz, Joyce Award-winner Quiara Alegería Hudes, Itamar Moses, Dael Orlandersmith and Tracey Scott Wilson.

With the establishment of the Ofner Prize—a commission named for former Goodman Chairman, the late David Ofner, that is awarded biennially to an emerging Chicago writer— in 2000, the Goodman made an additional commitment to supporting promising local writers. Past winners include David Barr, Carson Grace Becker, Brett Neveu, Carlos Murillo and Tanya Saracho.

The Goodman’s New Stages Series has provided the first look at more than 35 new plays, many of which have gone on to receive world premiere productions at the Goodman. Others have been produced at theaters across the country, including Manhattan Theatre Club, Playwrights Horizons, New York’s The Public Theater, Steppenwolf Theatre Company, American Theatre Company and Geffen Playhouse. A complete list of these productions is available upon request. New work at the Goodman is supported in part by generous grants from the Harold & Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust, The Elizabeth F. Cheney Foundation and The Glasser and Rosenthal Family, and was instituted by the Lester and Hope Abelson Fund for Artistic Development. The Davee Foundation is a major contributor to research and development for new work; The Joyce Foundation provides principal support for Artistic Development and Diversity Initiatives; The Edgerton Foundation has provided generous support for an extra week of rehearsal times for new work, including Stage Kiss and Chinglish; and Prince Charitable Trusts is the leading contributor to the Goodman’s New Works Endowment Fund.

About the Writers in the Playwrights’ Unit:  Seth Bockley is a Chicago-based playwright, director and performer who has created original and adapted scripts for Dog & Pony Theatre Co. (The Twins Would Like To Say), Collaboraction (Jon) and Redmoon Theater (Boneyard Prayer, Laika’s Coffin, The Picture Book), where he spent two years as a Directing Apprentice through Theater Communication Group’s New Generations program. Current commissions include the book for February House, a collaboration with lyricist and composer Gabriel Kahane for The Public Theater’s Musical Theater Initiative and an adaptation of CommComm by George Saunders for the Goodman’s Ofner Prize. He is the recipient of the 2009 Jeff Award for Best New Adaptation for Jon. Lisa Dillman’s plays include Detail of a Larger Work (world premiere at Steppenwolf Theatre Company; also produced by Hypothetical Theatre Company); Half of Plenty (world premiere at American Theatre Company, also produced by Summer Play Festival and Rogue Machine Theatre); Flung (commissioned by Steppenwolf; world premiere at American Theatre Company; published by Dramatic Publishing); The Walls, Shady Meadows and Chiaroscuro (all commissioned by Rivendell Theatre Ensemble); and Ground (commissioned by Northlight Theatre; world premiere at 2010 Humana Festival of New American Plays). Laura Jacqmin was the winner of the 2008 Wendy Wasserstein Prize, a $25,000 award recognizing an emerging female playwright. Her play Ski Dubai was produced in Steppenwolf Theatre Company’s 5th annual First Look Repertory of New Work. Look, We are Breathing was workshopped at the 2010 Sundance Institute Theatre Lab, directed by Mark Brokaw. Other plays include Folk Song, Dental Society Midwinter Meeting (to premiere in association with Chicago Dramatists in May 2011) and Do-Gooder (nominated for the Cherry Lane Theatre 2011 Mentor Project). Her plays have been produced and developed by Goodman Theatre, Ars Nova, Joe’s Pub, Second Stage Theatre, Ensemble Studio Theatre, Victory Gardens Theater, Chicago Dramatists, The 24 Hour Plays Off-Broadway and others. Rohina Malik is a Chicago-based playwright, actress and solo performance artist. Last year, her one-woman play Unveiled directed by Ann Filmer had its world premiere at 16th Street Theater, where Malik performed to sold-out houses and received critical acclaim. Unveiled received a second production at Victory Gardens Theater and recently received its third production at Next Theatre Company. Her new play, Yasmina’s Necklace, was workshopped during Goodman Theatre’s New Stages Series (directed by Henry Godinez) and was a finalist for Victory Gardens Theater’s 2010 Ignition Festival. She was recently nominated for a 3 Arts Artist Award in playwriting. She was born and raised in London, is of South Asian heritage and is a graduate of DePaul University.

Chicago’s Floating World Gallery presents “Behind Paper Walls: Self-PrintedMasterWorks By Jun’ichiro Sekino”

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Dozens of Newly Discovered Works Showcased Dec. 3, 2010 to Jan. 14, 2011
Opening Preview Dec. 3, 6 to 9 p.m.

CHICAGO, IL — Floating World Gallery (FWG) presents “Behind Paper Walls: Self-Printed Masterworks by Jun’ichiro Sekino” at the gallery’s Lincoln Park location,1925 N. Halsted St., Dec. 3, 2010 to Jan. 14, 2011. The exhibition provides a keen insight into this master artist who pushed the limits of the art of woodblock printmaking and adds a new dimension to his legacy.
Both casual and serious fans of Japanese woodblock prints will recognize the artist Jun’ichiro Sekino as a familiar name in the genre, as his studio produced hundreds of charming and popular designs that brought to life the people and scenery of Japan. Despite his extensive output, the true mastery of his artistic talent has yet to be fully appreciated. This exhibition aims to change that.
“Behind Paper Walls”will include more than 100 self-printed and original works from the late 1930s extending into the early 1950s, arguably the artist’s most important period. The exhibition will showcase dozens of newly discovered masterworks acquired directly from the Sekino family, many produced in single impressions for the artist’s personal use and private contemplation. These newly discovered works command a revision of Sekino’s oeuvre and provide a rare glimpse behind the self-constructed paper walls created by the artist’s modesty as well as his success.
From an early age Jun’ichiro Sekino (1914-1988) studied printmaking and oil painting and learned the Japanese woodblock method and Western techniques of etching. He was influenced by styles of old Japanese and European masters including Sharaku, Hiroshige, Toulouse-Lautrec and Albrecht Dürer, as well as by contemporary Japanese artists, most notably Koshiro Onchi. Initially he made his living creating book illustrations, but after 1945 began to attract international attention for his other print work. In 1953 he had his first one-man show in Tokyo and, in the late 1950s museums such as The Art Institute of Chicago, MOMA, Museum of Fine Arts Boston and Paris’s Bibliothèque Nationale began to collect his prints. In response to an official invitation by the Rockefeller Foundation and the American Japan Society, Sekino made his first trip to the U.S. in 1958 and returned from 1963 to 1965 to teach printmaking at Oregon State University. Beginning in 1959, Sekino began to publish the print series of the “Fifty-Three Stations of the Tokaido.”These prints, in conjunction with his impressive body of work featuring portraits of great artists, poets, actors, young apprentice geishas and images of his children, earned him many awards and a following of devoted collectors.
The opening preview of “Behind Paper Walls: Self-Printed Master Works by Jun’ichiro Sekino”is Friday, Dec. 3 from 6 to 9 p.m. It includes a Q&A with FWG Director of Exhibitions Elias Martin. Light refreshments will be served. No reservations required. For more information call 312-587-7800.
Floating World Gallery, located in Chicago’s Lincoln Park neighborhood, takes its name from the English translation of “ukiyo-e”, referring to images of an evanescent, impermanent world of fleeting beauty. The gallery has been one of the world’s leading dealers in Japanese art for more than 20 years, offering clients, private collectors and institutions the highest quality works of art. Floating World Gallery opened its new 8,200 square-foot gallery space in October 2009 and is now actively engaged in helping to educate the public and increase awareness of the rich world of modern Japanese art. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 1 to 5 p.m. and by appointment. For more information call 312-587-7800, fax 312-575-3565 or email artwork@floatingworld.com.

ISBE names 15 outstanding students to Student Advisory Council

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High school students to study impact of physical education on students and school budgets 


Springfield, IL – The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) announced that 15 outstanding high school students from across Illinois have been selected to represent their peers on the ISBE Student Advisory Council for 2010-2011. The new council will help lead a study on physical education for high school districts and the impact on school district budgets.

 “The students who serve on the Student Advisory Council are among the best and the brightest in Illinois ,’’ said State Superintendent of Education Christopher A. Koch. “Their experience and insight provides our Board with an invaluable perspective while the students’ work on the council hones valuable skills for success beyond high school.’’

The Student Advisory Council was originally formed in 1975 to bring student concerns to the attention of ISBE. The students who comprise the Student Advisory Council are diverse, representing different parts of the state, types of school settings and ethnic backgrounds. But they also share similar qualities, from a strong work ethic to the ability to think creatively and work well in groups.

As SAC members, the students also may review and critique ISBE’s  existing or proposed programs, policies and regulations, as well as inform Illinois students of SAC activities.

For the 2010-11 school year, six students are returning to the Student Advisory Council, and nine new students were selected through a competitive application and review process. Eligibility for SAC is open to sophomores, juniors and seniors attending a public high school in Illinois .

 The nine new members of the Student Advisory Council are:

Conor Reilley, sophomore, Belvidere North High School in Belvidere

Conor was elected president of his class this year. He is also on the scholastic bowl and science olympiad teams, on the football and basketball teams, the newspaper, and plans on joining the school’s improv team, Improv Anonymous.  He also serves as treasurer on the North Central District of Student Councils, one of 13 districts in the Illinois Association of Student Councils.  He is the 15-year-old son of Shawn and Kerry Reilley of Belvidere .

Maryann Thompson, junior, Barrington High School in Barrington

Maryann is a member of the Student Council, the Advisory Council, Reality Council, National Honor Society, Spanish Honor Society, and Model UN and Amnesty International clubs at her school. She also sings in the choir, plays lacrosse, runs cross country and acts as a peer mentor.  In the community, Maryann is involved in the Junior Auxiliary Board to Good Shepherd Hospital , Peer Jury and Barrington Drug Prevention Youth Advisory Council.  She hopes to become a lawyer. Maryann, 17, is the daughter of Marty and Henry Thompson of Tower Lakes .

Michael Rice, senior, Dundee-Crown High School in Carpentersville

Mike is a three-sport varsity athlete, participating in cross country, basketball and track.  During his senior year, Mike will serve on the Executive Board for National Honor Society and participate in Beta Club. He previously served as a Peer Tutor for Dundee-Crown and attended the National Youth Leadership Forum on National Security in Washington , D.C.   Outside of school, Mike is working on his Eagle Scout project and works as a lifeguard at the local pool. After graduation, Mike plans to get an undergraduate degree in business and then move on to law school. Mike is the 17-year-old son of Bill and Laura Rice of Sleepy Hollow.

Maisie Mahoney, junior, Oregon High School in Oregon

Maisie is a three-sport athlete as well as an active member of her community. She participates in volleyball, basketball, and track where she has competed in the State Finals for the past two years. Maisie is also actively involved in other school organizations, including the Superintendent Student Advisory Council, the math team, the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, the school play and the school broadcasting team. Outside of school, she is a violinist for the Rockford Youth Symphony Orchestra and spends time volunteering for community events such as the annual Rock River Sweep, the Special Olympics, and those sponsored by her church. After graduation, she plans on pursuing a degree in either engineering or psychology. Maisie, 16, is the daughter of Tom and Angela Mahoney of Oregon .

Catherine Hixson, senior, Monticello High School in Monticello

Catherine has been involved in many school activities, including Student Council; Future Educators of America, Thespians, Madrigals; Class Officer, French Club, Jazz, Chamber, and Concert Choirs, and National Honor Society.  Last year, Catherine secured a $1,000 grant through the NEA for Youth Leaders for Literacy. The grant proposal created a bookmobile offering free books to all Monticello elementary students. After graduation, Catherine plans to major in business and medicine with the goal of becoming a health administrator. Catherine is the 17-year-old daughter of Dean and April Hixson of Monticello .

Abhinav Brahmamdam, junior, Springfield High School in Springfield

During his freshman and sophomore years, Abhinav played basketball and football representing Springfield High School . In the 2007 school year, his team won the seventh-grade Basketball State Championship. He represents his class on Student Council and is the Vice President of the Class of 2012. He is a member of Spanish Club and Math Club. He plans to participate in National Honors Society. In addition, he also volunteers in non-profit and charitable organizations. He wants to become a medical doctor. Abhinav is the 16-year-old son of Krishna and Lakshmi Brahmamdam of Springfield .

Alexander Hinch, senior, Naperville Central High School in Naperville

This year at school, Alex will begin his second year as both president of the Wall Street Society, a club which invests real money in the stock market, and co-captain of the debate team. Additionally, this year he will begin as a member of his National Honor Society chapter’s Executive Board. Recently, he completed his Eagle Project, which donated more than 300 board games and video games to a not-for profit in Chicago . He has also volunteered on a number of political campaigns, interned in an official congressional office, served as the Senior Patrol Leader of his Boy Scout Troop, and won numerous regional and state awards through Business Professionals of America. In his free time, he enjoys playing violin at his church and a local hospital and playing tennis. Alex is the 17-year-old son of Mark and Tina Hinch of Naperville .

Myles Gearon, junior, Walter Payton College Preparatory High School in Chicago

Myles participates in his school’s math team, technology department, school band, volleyball team and student ambassador program. Outside of school he volunteers in the Open Books literacy program and plays club volleyball. Myles, 16, is the son of Kyle and Pamela Gearon of Chicago .

Erin Martell, junior, Maine South High School in Park Ridge

Erin is a three-sport athlete, participating in soccer, basketball and volleyball. She is part of a school sponsored tutoring program, aimed to help improve student education. She also is an editor of her school newspaper, an honor student, finalist in an international writing contest, on her school’s advisory council, a hawk pride leader, club soccer player, P.E. leader, and has been captain of all three of her school teams. After graduation, Erin plans on majoring in environmental sciences with an undergrad in journalism, with the goal of writing for National Geographic.  Erin is the 17-year-old daughter of John and Maryellen Martell of Park Ridge .


Returning Members


Kelsea Battefeld, senior, Meredosia-Chambersburg High School in Meredosia

As a senior at MCHS, Kelsea was elected as this year’s class president and also serves as the yearbook editor. Kelsea is currently involved in FHA, Dance Team, Upward Bound, and is a part of the music department at her school. She is a current member of her school’s National Honor Society. She is also involved in her church’s youth group. Kelsea is the 17-year-old daughter of Brian and Jeannie Battefeld of Meredosia.

Peyton Bernot, senior, Gillespie High School in Gillespie

Payton has served as a member of the student council for seven consecutive years, the Vice President of his Senior class, and volunteers for the Big Brother Big Sister Foundation as a big brother at his school. He has volunteered on several political campaigns, volunteered for the American Red Cross, Community Unit School District 7, the Benld United Methodist Church and the Coal County Chamber of Commerce.  He works as an intern for Illinois Senate President John J. Cullerton.  Peyton, 17, is the son of Jeff and Tammy Bernot of Benld.

Abigail Horan, senior, Rolling Meadows High School in Rolling Meadows

Abigail is involved in various school activities, including the swim team, musical theatre program, and her school’s freshman mentoring program. In addition, she holds leadership roles in her school’s speech team; spirit organization, “The Stampede”; TEAM tutoring program; service club, “Mustangs Committed to Service”; and serves as the senior class president. Outside of school, Abigail works closely with several non-profit organizations, including her own charity. One of her projects, the Double T Program, has donated more than 3,000 hygiene kits to the homeless and needy both locally and worldwide since its founding in 2004. Abigail is the 17-year-old daughter of Terry and Jill Horan of Arlington Heights.

Brittany Kendrick, senior, Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences in Chicago

Brittany participates on the girls’ varsity volleyball team and has been elected as the student representative on her local school council. She is active in the National FFA and belongs to the World Sport Chicago. Brittany plans to graduate in the top 10 percentile of her class, attend a university and major in business administration. She is the 18-year-old daughter of William and Matilda Kendrick of Chicago .

Daniel Lopez, senior, Mundelein High School in Mundelein

Daniel was recently named Vice President of the Mundelein After-School Coalition. This group helps middle school kids participate in events that are healthy and will help out the community. He is also a two year member of the National Honor Society. He is part of his school’s student council, as well as a recycling club. When not in school, he takes part in his local peer jury group, in which kids are helped to make good decisions and learn from their mistakes. Daniel is the 17-year-old son of Gloria and Cidifredo Lopez of Mundelein .

Julie Sauls, senior, Highland High School

Julie is the low brass section leader in band, Section 15 FFA Vice President, Chapter president, 4-H chair of activates, and is first chair symphonic band tuba player. She is also involved in Spanish Club, church choir, youth group, and holds a part time job at the Greenville Veterinary Clinic. She plans to attend  Kansas State University in the fall. Julie, 17, is the daughter of Mike and Carole Sauls of New Douglas. 

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