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Archive for November 16th, 2010

Tis’ the Season for Holiday Scams

Posted by Admin On November - 16 - 2010 ADD COMMENTS

(A Message from the Better Business Bureau) 

 

 

CHICAGO, IL – The holidays are a happy time for food, family, and friendship, but they are also a time for fraud. Consumers can fall into any number of traps over the holiday season and become victim to identity thieves, hackers or deceptive merchants online. The Better Business Bureau (BBB) is warning holiday shoppers and donors to look out for five common scams this season.  

We’re all looking for a great deal online, but some sites offer electronics or luxury goods at prices that are too good to be true. Every holiday season the BBB hears from holiday shoppers who paid for a supposedly great deal online, but received nothing in return.

“While the rest of us are pulling the decorations out of the attic, scammers are blowing the dust off of their tried and true holiday scams,” said Steve J. Bernas, president & CEO of the Better Business Bureau serving Chicago and Northern Illinois. “We can all help make these holiday scams a ghost of Christmas’ past by not falling for them anymore.”

 

The BBB recommends being on the lookout for the following scams this holiday season:

Scam Shopping Sites Online: 

BBB Advice: Always look for the BBB seal when shopping online and click on the seal to confirm it is legitimate. When shopping on sites that you aren’t household names, check the business out with the BBB before you buy at www.bbb.org  

Finding the Season’s Hottest Toys and Gadgets Online:

Every year, holiday shoppers fight over the “must have” toy or gadget of the season. When the item is sold out in stores, you can often find it online through various sites for a much steeper price; some sellers, however, may take your money and run.

BBB Advice: Shop locally and conduct the transaction in person; never wire money as payment. When purchasing items on online auctions, research the seller extensively and always listen to your doubts if the deal doesn’t sound legitimate.

Identity Theft at the Mall:

While you’re struggling at the mall with bags of presents, identity thieves see an opportunity to steal your wallet and debit or credit card numbers.

BBB Advice: Don’t let yourself get bogged down in purchases and lose track of your wallet. Know where your credit and debit cards are at all times and cover the keypad when entering your pin number while purchasing items or getting money from the ATM.

Bogus Charitable Pleas:

The holidays are a time of giving which creates a great opportunity for scammers to solicit donations to line their own pockets. Also beware of solicitations from charities that don’t necessarily deliver on their promises or are ill-equipped to carry through on their plans.

BBB Advice: Always research a charity with the BBB before you give to see if the charity meets the 20 Standards for Charity Accountability at www.bbb.org/charity

Phishing E-mails:

Phishing e-mails are a common way for hackers to get at your personal information or break into your computer. Common phishing e-mails around the holidays include e-cards and messages pretending to be from companies like UPS or FedEx with links to package tracking information.

BBB Advice: Don’t click on any links or open any attachments to e-mails until you have confirmed that they are not malicious. E-mail addresses that don’t match up, typos and grammatical mistakes are common red flags of a malicious phishing e-mail. Also beware of unsolicited e-mails from companies with which you have no association.  Make sure you have current antivirus software and that all security patches have been installed on the computer.

 

For more advice on being a savvy consumer this holiday season, visit www.bbb.org

 

 

 

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan recognized for commitment to Internet Safety

Posted by Admin On November - 16 - 2010 ADD COMMENTS

Chicago, IL – Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan has been honored with an outstanding achievement award by the Family Online Safety Institute (FOSI) for her commitment and work in the field of online safety.  She accepted the “FamilyOnline Safety Institute Award for Outstanding Achievement,” during the organization’s 4thAnnual Conference in Washington, D.C. Tuesday evening.

 The Wireless Foundation, a non-profit organization formed by member companies of CTIA-The Wireless Association, nominated Attorney General Madigan for the award. The Foundation oversees programs that use wireless technology to help make American communities safer. It cited Attorney General Madigan’s ongoing work and commitment to ensuring that children use the Internet in a safe and responsible manner as the basis for their nomination.

“Our children are exceptionally skilled at using technology, but do not always understand the risks and dangers lurking online,” said Attorney General Madigan. “We need to be as engaged as they are with technology so that we can protect them from danger and teach them to protect themselves.”

Through her High Tech Crimes Bureau, the Attorney General oversees the Illinois Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force with a grant from the U.S. Department of Justice. The Illinois ICAC task force investigates child exploitation crimes and trains law enforcement.  Since 2006, Madigan’s office has been involved in more than 300 arrests of sexual predators and provided Internet safety training and education to more than 128,000 parents, teachers, and students, and more than 10,000 law enforcement professionals. 

Madigan recently partnered with the Illinois State Board of Education to create Internet Safety Training Modules to assist educators in fulfilling the requirements under the Illinois School Code to offer annual, age-appropriate Internet safety instruction to students in grades 3-12. Each of these age-appropriate training modules covers topics facing youth today, including online exploitation, sexting, cyber bullying and piracy.

In 2009, Madigan hosted Illinois’ first Cyber Safety Summit, bringing educators, law enforcement and technology industry professionals together to discuss issues such as sexting and cyberbullying and to create partnerships to help protect children from online aggression.

 In November 2009, she launched a new website developed to help children, teens, parents and educators learn about the dangers of cyberbullying.  The “Stop Cyberbullying” website (www.ebully411.com) includes the latest news and statistics, frequently asked questions and a quiz to test online users’ knowledge about cyberbullying. It also features an E-Info Hotline, which is a phone- and Web-based resource staffed by Attorney General Madigan’s Internet safety specialists, who can help victims and teach bullies to understand the impact of their actions. More information is available by calling the Hotline at 1-888-414-7678 or by e-mailing e-info@atg.state.il.us.
 

According to its website, the Family Online Safety Institute (www.fosi.org) works to make the online world safer for kids and their families by identifying and promoting best practices, tools and methods in the field of online safety that also respect free expression. The Institute’s annual conference brings together an international audience of policymakers, Internet industry leaders, educators, legislators, law enforcement, Internet safety advocates and teachers to discuss innovative ways to keep kids safe online.

Illinois and the Korean War, December 1950

Posted by Admin On November - 16 - 2010 ADD COMMENTS
 
The State of Illinois is commemorating the 60th anniversary of the Korean War by supplying information each month about the state’s involvement in the conflict. 
 
The Illinois Historic Preservation Agency, Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs, Illinois Korean Memorial Association, and the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum are sponsoring “Illinois Remembers the Forgotten War” along with media partners the Illinois Press Association and the Illinois Broadcasters Association.  For more information, visit www.Illinois-History.gov or www.veterans.illinois.gov.
 
    Illinoisans killed in action in Korea, December 1950
By county of residence
(Source:  U.S. Department of Defense records)
 
Bureau          Cpl. Joseph K. Cieslak, Army, December 12.
 
Carroll         PFC Theodore P. Tracy, Army, December 1.
 
Christian       PFC Don F. Kinsey, Army, December 2.
 
Cook            Cpl. James L. Allen, Army, December 1.
                PFC James A. Baker, Army, December 1.
                Cpl. Robert C. Beth, Marines, December 2.
                Cpl. Floyd T. Bey, Army, December 1.
                Capt. Frank M. Brown, Army, December 1.
                Cpl. Thomas L. Clark, Marines, December 6.
                Pvt. Daniel Cunningham, Army, December 1.
                Pvt. Lee A. Dewey, Army, December 1.
                PFC William J. Dougherty, Marines, December 3.
                MSG Hosea L. Evans, Army, December 11.
                Pvt. Carlos Garcia, Army, December 2.
                Sgt. Frank D. Garcia, Marines, December 7.
                2nd Lt. David R. Gillespie, Army, December 11.
                2nd Lt. Peter T. Golden, Army, December 1.
                Pvt. Henry L. Gustafson, Army, December 6.
                Sgt. Albert S. Hlousek, Army, December 28.
                PFC Martin L. Howell, Army, December 1.
                Cpl. Norman R. Johnson, Army, December 1.
                Cpl. Leo Jurasi, Army, December 2.
                Sgt. Emil L. Kaczrowski, Army, December 6.
                SFC Robert A. Maas, Army, December 15.
                PFC Michael J. Mahoney, Marines, December 24.
                PFC Eugene L. Marks, Army, December 1.
                Pvt. Martin Marquez, Army, December 2.
                PFC Charles A. McAndrews, Marines, December 7.
                PFC David B. Milano, Army, December 2.
                SFC Eugene N. Miller, Army, December 5.
                Sgt. Albert Morgan, Army, December 1.
                PFC Charlie Mullins, Jr., Marines, December 18.
                Pvt. John D. Murphy, Army, December 19.
                Pvt. Yeichi Nakasato, Army, December 11.
                PFC Robert Nykvist, Army, December 3.
                Sgt. Patrick F. O’Connor, Marines, December 1.
                PFC Frank S. Ogden, Marines, December 5.
                HM1 William G. Payne, Navy, December 1.
                Cpl. Milo G. Paynovich, Army, December 1.
                Cpl. Paul M. Pieri, Army, December 5.
                Capt. Brown Sebastian, Army, December 1.
                PFC Richard S. Sleboda, Marines, December 2.
                PFC Robert B. Slotabec, Marines, December 7.
                Cpl. Edward Sommerfield, Army, December 6.
                SFC John L. Stumpf, Army, December 1.
                Sgt. John O. Symons, Army, December 14.
                Cpl. Alvin J. Tadlock, Army, December 1.
                PFC Joel A. Thinnes, Marines, December 3.
                Sgt. George S. Thorsen, Army, December 1.
                Capt. Stephen T. Uurtamo, Army, December 1.
                SSGT William G. Windrich, Marines, December 2.  (Medal of Honor)
                Cpl. Robert W. Zak, Army, December 1.
 
DeKalb  Capt. Warren G. Harding, Air Force, December 7.
 
DeWitt          Cpl. Marvin O. Walters, Army, December 12.
 
DuPage  Cpl. Thomas Cartalino, Army, December 1.
                PFC Thomas A. Duffey, Army, December 3.
                Pvt. William A. Frank, Army, December 3.
                PFC Thomas J. McGuire, Army, December 12.
 
Edgar           LTC James D. Bell, Army, December 1.
 
Franklin        PFC William L. Brown, Army, December 2.
 
Fulton          Cpl. David L. Finnie, Army, December 2.
 
Greene          Cpl. Herbert F. Vinyard, Army, December 2.
 
Henry           Sgt. Hayden Bennett, Army, December 3.
                Sgt. Philip W. Worm, Army, December 6.
 
Jackson Pvt. August Pritchett, Army, December 2.
 
Jefferson       Cpl. Howard G. Malcolm, Army, December 1.
 
Jo Daviess      PFC Kenneth R. White, Army, December 6.
 
Kane            Sgt. William J. Downs, Marines, December 8.
                SFC Harold F. Drews, Army, December 12.
 
Knox            PFC Arthur H. Rogers, Army, December 1.
 
Lake            Sgt. Henry M. Foster, Marines, December 8.
                PFC David L. Lundberg, Marines, December 6.
 
LaSalle         Cpl. Roy C. Johnson, Army, December 1.
                PFC Samuel K. Meagher, Army, December 1.
                PFC Fredrick E. Schroen, Army, December 13.
 
Lawrence        Sgt. Alva E. Catt, Army, December 1.
                GSGT Hugh F. Newell, Marines, December 7.
 
Macon           PFC Asa E. Vance, Army, December 2.
 
Madison PFC Floyd G. Bryant, Marines, December 24.
                1st Lt. Edgar T. Snipes, Jr., Army, December 1.
 
Marion          PFC Charles E. Bone, Army, December 1.
                SFC George E. Hartwell, Army, December 1.
 
McLean  PFC Jerry J. Kerns, Marines, December 6.
                Sgt. Carl R. Mosson, Army, December 21.
                PFC Eugene F. Sommer, Marines, December 2.
 
Monroe  MSG Richard D. Fresen, Army, December 1.
 
Peoria          Cpl. Gerald F. Day, Army, December 2.
                PFC Dale A. Hoerr, Army, December 1.
                PFC David L. Rodden, Marines, December 7.
                Sgt. Andrew B. Shane, Army, December 1.
 
Perry           PFC William J. Moak, Army, December 2.
                PFC Vernon D. Presswood, Army, December 2.
                Cpl. Donald E. Purdy, Army, December 3.
 
Pope            PFC Bill Carnett, Army, December 2.
 
Pulaski         SFC Ernest D. Denham, Army, December 2.
 
Randolph        PFC William C. Grove, Marines, December 2.
 
St. Clair       Cpl. F.C. Fox, Army, December 1.
                PFC Artheria M. Harris, Army, December 1.
                Maj. Orville W. Pierce, Army, December 1.
                Cpl. John D. Rucker, Marines, December 6.
                PFC James C. Simpson, Army, December 1.
                PFC Maurice H. Weidemann, Marines, December 10.
                PFC James L. Wiedau, Marines, December 6.
                Cpl. Robert Williams, Army, December 1.
 
Sangamon        Pvt. Hoy E. Hobbs, Army, December 28.
                PFC Paul E. Myers, Army, December 12.
                Sgt. John W. Poor, Army, December 6.
 
Stephenson      1st Lt. Richard W. Haas, Air Force, December 20.
                Cpl. Paul R. Reynolds, Marines, December 3.
                SFC Burton A. Wagner, Army, December 2.
 
Tazewell        Maj. Marvin W. Carius, Army, December 9.
 
Vermilion       PFC Larry R. Cimino, Marines, December 1.
 
Warren          Sgt. Chester J. Papineau, Army, December 1.
                PFC Donald W. Strickler, Army, December 6.
 
Will            1st Lt. John J. Hartong, Army, December 1.
                PFC Frank Ruzon, Army, December 3.
 
Williamson      Pvt. Earl N. Johnson, Army, December 25.
 
Winnebago       PFC Bruce L. Clark, Marines, December 2.
                PFC Johnny C. Graham, Army, December 2.
                Sgt. Joseph E. Stewart, Marines, December 1.
 
Woodford        Capt. Frank J. Roberta, Army, December 1.
 
Illinois Medal of Honor Recipient
Staff Sergeant William G. Windrich, U.S. Marines
Chicago, Illinois
 
        Staff Sergeant William G. Windrich of the U.S. Marine Corps, a resident of Chicago, Illinois, was an infantry platoon sergeant during some of the most savage action of the Korean War, the Battle of the Chosin Reservoir, on December 1, 1950.
Chinese forces attacked at night in overwhelmingly superior numbers and were about to overrun Sgt. Windrich’s unit.  Windrich first led a counterattack against the enemy on a hillside, taking intense automatic weapons, mortar and grenade fire, while the rest of his company withdrew to a secure position.  Although he suffered a severe head wound from an exploding grenade, Windrich and a small group of volunteers returned to the frozen hillside to evacuate their wounded and dying fellow Marines.  When the group returned to the hilltop, Windrich organized a defensive position, from which the unit repelled a fierce enemy attack.  Despite suffering a severe leg wound and being unable to stand, Sgt. Windrich refused evacuation and continued to direct his men during the battle.  Weakened by the bitter cold and loss of blood, he died on the hilltop his men had refused to yield.                 
        Sergeant Windrich became the fifth of eight Illinois recipients of the Medal of Honor during the Korean War.
 
Key events during the Korean War
December 1950
 
        December 1950 began with greatly outnumbered United Nations forces in full retreat in brutal winter conditions as Chinese forces pushed them out of North Korea.
The United States X Corps, led by the Marines and 7th Infantry Division units, fought their way out of the seemingly hopeless Chosin Reservoir area, where they had been completely surrounded by a determined enemy.  Their goal was the port city of Hungnam on the eastern coast of Korea where the Navy and evacuation awaited them.  Fighting Chinese troops, bitter cold temperatures and heavy snow the entire way, X Corps units, with their equipment plus the dead and wounded in tow, reached the coast by mid December.  The U.S. Navy soon began a well orchestrated evacuation operation under a protective umbrella provided by the 3rd Infantry Division.  A total of 108,000 soldiers, 17,000 vehicles, 91,000 Korean refugees and 351,000 tons of cargo were evacuated from Hungnam.         
  On the western side of Korea, meanwhile, the U.S. 8th Army was withdrawing in the face of 180,000 attacking Chinese “volunteers,” most of them hardened veterans of the Chinese Civil War, who recaptured the North Korean capital of Pyongyang on December 5.  The U.S. Navy began to evacuate the retreating United Nations forces from the port cities of Chinnampo and Inchon while the bulk of the 8th Army retreated south on the primitive and refugee-clogged roads of North Korea.  Only the speed of their withdrawal saved them from disaster. 
Faced with this new escalation of the war and major defeats across the Korean peninsula, the United Nations passed a resolution on December 14 calling for a cease-fire.  The Chinese rejected the cease-fire proposal one week later.     
Meanwhile, the commanding officer of the 8th Army, General Walton H. Walker, was killed in a vehicle accident on December 23, and was succeeded by General Matthew B. Ridgway.
The largest battle of the Korean War drew to a close by late December.  A total of 17 Medals of Honor, 70 Navy Crosses, and numerous Distinguished Service Crosses were presented to United States servicemen who fought in and around the Chosin Reservoir, the largest number of such honors ever presented for a single battle in U.S. history.  Sadly, the story in the west was less heroic, but General Ridgeway was already making his presence felt, steeling the resolve of the battered 8th Army soldiers.  American forces suffered more than 7,300 cases of severe frostbite in addition to the scores of dead, wounded and captured men during the November and December 1950 battles in Korea.  The Chinese and North Koreans suffered even heavier losses, but by the end of December their forces were ready to push the fighting back onto South Korean soil.            
 
Illinois Korean War Memorial
 
The Illinois Korean War Memorial is located in Springfield’s Oak Ridge Cemetery, the same cemetery that contains the Lincoln Tomb.  Oak Ridge is the nation’s second most visited burial ground behind only Arlington National Cemetery.
        Dedicated on June 16, 1996, the memorial consists of a 12-foot-tall bronze bell mounted on a granite base.  At the circumference of the base are four niches, each with a larger-than-life figure representing a branch of the armed services.  Inscribed on the base are the 1,754 names of Illinoisans killed in Korea.
        The Illinois Korean War Memorial is administered by the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency and may be visited daily free of charge. 
 
Korean War Veterans Oral History Project
Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum
 
        The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum’s Oral History Program offers “Veterans Remember,” a collection of interviews with Illinois residents about their wartime experiences, at the Library’s website,  www.alplm.org/oral_history/home.html.  The audio interviews concern the experiences of Illinois veterans who fought in several conflicts, including the Korean War, as well as the experiences of those on the home front.  Visitors to the website can listen to or watch the interviews in their entirety.  Several of the interviews have transcripts, and most have still images as well.
Website visitors will need a computer capable of playing MP3 audio files or MPG compressed video files in order to listen to the interviews.  The transcripts and still images are also accessible.  Volunteers conducted and edited many of the interviews and developed the transcripts that accompany them.   
 
Korean War National Museum
 
        The Korean War National Museum (KWNM) celebrates the 60th Anniversary of the Korean War with a new Board of Directors, new professional staff, and a renewed focus on getting a world-class museum built now, in the lifetime of the Korean War veterans.  Recent news media reports outlined a proposal of the KWNM to obtain 7,000 square feet of prime space on Navy Pier in Chicago for a state-of-the-art, world-class museum where visitors could come to honor and learn about the service and sacrifices of the Americans, South Koreans and their UN Allies in the “forgotten victory.”  Those plans are continuing to be developed, and the KWNM hopes to be able to share some exciting news soon.  Meanwhile, the Denis J. Healy Freedom Center, located at 9 South Old State Capitol Plaza in Springfield, is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Admission is free, but donations are accepted.  The KWNM welcomes donations of photographs, documents, diaries, and artifacts of those who served in the Korean War. To learn more about the KWNM, or to volunteer or donate, please visit www.kwnm.org or look for the Museum Facebook.
 
Korean War Booklet
 
        The Illinois Korean Memorial Association, an all-volunteer organization, has published a booklet, A Brief History of the Korean War, copies of which have been provided free of charge to public libraries, high schools and junior high schools in Illinois.  Individuals may obtain a copy by sending a $10 check or money order to:  Illinois Korean Memorial Association, P.O. Box 8554, Springfield, IL  62791. 
        Tax deductible donations are welcome.  One hundred percent of all donations go to the book project and to the upkeep of the Illinois Korean War Memorial. 
          

School breakfast starts the day off right

Posted by Admin On November - 16 - 2010 ADD COMMENTS

Studies show students who eat healthy breakfast improve their academic achievement

 

November 16 conference focuses on school breakfast

 

Springfield, IL – Participation in school breakfast programs increased by more than 25 percent since 2006, and more than 15 percent alone last school year. The National School Breakfast Program, established in 1975, has proven to improve student well being and academic performance.

“Students who eat a healthy breakfast are more likely to attend school, arrive to class on time and retain and recall lessons,’’ said State Superintendent of Education Christopher A. Koch. “This is a program that can have a big impact on students’ well being and academic performance.”

Studies have shown that students who participate in the School Breakfast Program have lower rates of absence and tardiness which can increase the General Revenue dollars received by the local district.

The School Breakfast Program has shown that students offered breakfast closer to class and test-taking time perform better on standardized tests. A breakfast program can also improve math grades, vocabulary skills and memory.

Research also demonstrates that students who eat school breakfast, often eat more fruits, drink more milk, and consume less saturated fat than breakfast skippers. School breakfast provides one-fourth of the Recommended Dietary Allowances for protein, calcium, iron, Vitamin A, Vitamin C and calories.

School Breakfast Programs play a role in eliminating childhood hunger. Last year, the U.S. Census Bureau reported 15.5 million children or 20.7 percent of all children under 18 were considered poor. Schools are implementing alternative serving methods to increase the number of students served such as breakfast in the classroom for all students, grab-n-go or kiosk stations as students enter the building, and second chance opportunities during a mid-morning break.

The following graph shows participation in the School Breakfast Program in Illinois during the federal fiscal year Oct. 1 through September 30. The FY10 numbers are not final; more meals are expected to be added by the reporting deadline at the end of November.

 

FY Oct – Sep

Free Meals

Reduced Meals

Paid Meals

Total Meals

Meals Increased

% Increase

Total Reimbursement

FY 2006

36,021,247

2,748,405

5,773,325

44,542,977

4,768,637

11.99%

 $ 57,818,799.88
FY 2007

36,676,515

2,921,802

5,932,756

45,531,073

988,096

2.22%

 $ 61,375,344.14
FY 2008

38,319,553

3,066,722

6,205,718

47,591,993

2,060,920

4.53%

 $ 66,773,962.46
FY 2009

40,962,070

3,275,067

6,096,663

50,333,800

2,741,807

5.76%

 $ 74,283,966.00
FY 2010

47,788,893

3,684,612

6,559,369

58,032,874

7,699,074

15.30%

 $ 89,215,262.78

As part of Illinois School Breakfast Week November 15 through 19, the State Board of Education will host a free conference November 16 at the Intermediate Service Center in Bellwood to address a variety of topics, including recent research related to breakfast consumption and ways to maximize nutrition in breakfast meals with USDA foods.

For more information and an agenda, go to http://www.isbe.net/nutrition and click on Illinois School Breakfast in Action Summit under Special Events and Workshops.

 

Timeline Theatre Company adds three performances to schedule for World Premiere of To Master The Art

Posted by Admin On November - 16 - 2010 ADD COMMENTS

Extra performances added Due to popular demand

 

To Master The Art By William Brown and Doug
Frew must close on December 19

 

 TimeLine Theatre Company announces that due to popular demand, three additional performances have been added to the schedule for the world premiere of To Master the Art by William Brown and Doug Frew, directed by William Brown, now playing through December 19, 2010 at TimeLine Theatre, 615 W. Wellington Ave., Chicago.

Additional performances are:

  • Tuesday, November 16 at 7:30 pm
  • Tuesday, November 30 at 7:30 pm
  • Tuesday, December 7 at 7:30 pm

To purchase tickets or for more information, call the TimeLine Theatre Box Office at 773.281.8463 x6.

To Master the Art opened on October 30, 2010, to audience and critical acclaim and sold out its entire eight-week run within days. The only tickets currently available for sale are the newly added performances; all other performances are now only available to TimeLine FlexPass subscribers. The general public is invited to call the Box Office to check availability, as seats may be released by subscribers, and to take advantage of TimeLine’s Wait List Policy, which allows patrons to wait in person starting one hour before a performance in the hopes of claiming tickets made available due to last-minute cancellations or no-shows. Further details about tickets at timelinetheatre.com/tickets.

To Master the Art must close on December 19, 2010.
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.

Performance Schedule/Events

The performance schedule for To Master the Art is:

  • Tuesdays at 7:30 pm (11/16, 11/30 and 12/7 only)
  • Wednesdays at 7:30 pm
  • Thursdays at 7:30 pm (except 11/25)
  • Fridays at 8 pm (also 4 pm on 11/26)
  • Saturdays at 4 pm and 8 pm
  • Sundays at 2 pm
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 11 and 18 and December 2; Sundays November 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.
DISCUSSION WITH TIMELINE COMPANY MEMBERS: Free post-show discussion with TimeLine Company members on Sunday, December 5.
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

Buying Tickets

Tickets are $28 (Wednesday – Friday) or $38 (Saturday & Sunday). Student discount is $10 off the regular ticket price with valid ID. 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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TimeLine Theatre is located at 615 W. Wellington Ave., inside the Wellington Avenue United Church of Christ building, near the corner of Wellington and Broadway in Chicago’s Lakeview East neighborhood. CTA El stops at Wellington (Brown/Purple lines) and Belmont (Red/Brown/Purple lines) are nearby. CTA busses #36-Broadway, #76-Diversey, #77-Belmont, #22-Clark and #8-Halsted stop nearby. TimeLine offers parking for $8 with validation at the Standard Parking garages at Broadway Center (2846 N. Broadway, at Surf) or the Century Mall (2836 N. Clark), both within two blocks of TimeLine. There is also limited street parking and other paid parking lots nearby. Visit timelinetheatre.com for complete directions and parking information. There are two flights of stairs totaling 18 steps between the street and the theater space, with no elevator.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

Unemployed workers, small business people mobilize calls to Congress for Unemployment Benefits, Jobs

Posted by Admin On November - 16 - 2010 ADD COMMENTS

Today, (November 16) unemployed workers will join with small business owners and others concerned with the lack of support for America’s unemployed workers. Unemployed workers will call on Congress to pass an extension of Unemployment Benefits with the same speed they passed bailouts for Wall Street. Unemployed Workers Council and the Illinois Main Street Alliance want to prepare this lifeline to middle class families, small business and the economy.

 Anthony Scorzo, 27, a laid off union electrician from Chicago, says, “Congress has to gets its priorities straight. Why are they bailing out millionaires with tax breaks and cutting my benefits while I look for work and go to school?”

 “Jobs produce customers, period,” stated Dan Sherry of the Illinois Main Street Alliance. “When unemployed workers become impoverished without any support, small business will continue to lose customers and close.”

A Press Conference and Protest on Unemployment Insurance, sponsored by Chicago Jobs with Justice Unemployed Workers Council and Illinois Main Street Alliance, will be held Tuesday, November 16, 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., at the State of Illinois Center, 100 W. Randolph, in Chicago.

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