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Archive for November 30th, 2010

Kirk Sworn into Senate

Posted by Admin On November - 30 - 2010 Comments Off on Kirk Sworn into Senate


Former north suburban congressman pledges to support anti-tax, fiscally conservative policies


“I am a fiscal conservative, social moderate, national security hawk,” Kirk said.


Washington, DC — During a special inauguration ceremony yesterday (November 29) on the floor of the U.S. Senate, former five-term congressman Mark Kirk of north suburban Highland Park was officially sworn into the Senate to fill the remaining month of President Barack Obama’s unexpired Senate term.


Kirk, 51, will take the oath of office a second time in January when he is sworn into a full six-year Senate term.  Kirk won a court-ordered special election on Nov. 2 to fill the remaining weeks of the vacancy created when Obama won the 2008 presidential election.  Kirk also won election on the same day to a regular six-year Senate term in the upcoming 112th Congress.


“I am a fiscal conservative, social moderate, national security hawk,” Kirk said after Vice President Joe Biden swore him into office as Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) and former Sen. Peter Fitzgerald, the last Illinois Republican to serve in the Senate, stood by his side.


Kirk, a Navy Reserve intelligence officer, took the oath on the 1827 Bible of David Farragut, the nation’s first Navy admiral who famously declared, “Damn the torpedoes! Full speed ahead,” as he led Union soldiers in the 1864 battle of Mobile Bay during the Civil War.  The same Bible was used to swear in two iconic U.S. Navy Chiefs of Naval Operations—Admirals Thomas H. Moorer and Elmo Zumult.


During a reception in the Russell Senate office building following the swearing-in ceremony, guests honored the life and service of fallen Marine Lance Corporal James Stack of northwest suburban Arlington Heights, who was killed in action on Nov. 10 in Afghanistan, by joining in the pledge of allegiance led by Stack’s father, Robert; mother, Linda; widow, Katie; and daughter, Mikayla.


Pastor Marvin E. Wiley of Rock of Ages Baptist Church in Maywood delivered the reception’s invocation.  Under Wiley’s direction, Rock of Ages grew substantially and recently completed construction of a 40,000-square-foot Spiritual Growth and Development Center in the western suburb.


Kirk, a Republican, succeeds Democrat Roland Burris, who had held the Senate seat since Jan. 15, 2009, following his interim appointment to the post by embattled former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich.  Burris elected not to run to retain the seat after a federal court ruled in June 2009 that the Constitution required Illinois officials to hold a special election for the vacant seat.


Kirk built a reputation as a fiscally conservative, socially moderate lawmaker during his nearly decade-long service in the House.  He officially resigned his 10th District congressional seat just prior to the Senate swearing-in ceremony.  The clerk of the House of Representatives will run his district office in north suburban Northbrook until Congressman-elect Robert Dold takes office on Jan. 5.


Kirk first won election to the 10th  District seat on Chicago’s North Shore in 2000, succeeding former 20-year Rep. John Porter.  Kirk, who formerly worked as Porter’s chief of staff, had Porter’s endorsement in the hotly contested race.


Kirk, who graduated cum laude from Cornell University and has a Masters Degree from the London School of Economics and a law degree from Georgetown University, also previously worked for the World Bank, the State Department, the law firm of Baker & McKenzie and the U.S. House International Relations Committee.


In the House, Kirk served on the powerful House Appropriations Committee and co-chaired the moderate GOP Tuesday Group and the bipartisan House US-China Working Group.  He also advanced a “Suburban Agenda” to promote issues important to suburbanites nationwide, including science-based education programs, Internet safety and national defense.


A commander in the Naval Reserve, Kirk became the first House member to serve in an imminent danger zone since 1942 when he deployed as a reservist to Afghanistan in December 2008.  He completed a second deployment last January.  An intelligence officer, Kirk also regularly serves monthly rotations in the Pentagon.


During his Senate campaign, Kirk, a 21-year military veteran, highlighted his efforts to help save the North Chicago VA Medical Center as one of his proudest accomplishments.  Under a unique operating agreement, the North Chicago facility recently merged operations with the nearby Naval Health Clinic Great Lakes to become the Captain James A. Lovell Health Center.


Kirk also cited his efforts to keep pollution out of Lake Michigan, clean up Waukegan Harbor, expand commuter rail and crack down on gangs as tangible results of his effective leadership on behalf of his 10th District constituents.


Born in Champaign and raised in Chatham in central Illinois, southwest suburban Downers Grove and north suburban Kenilworth, Kirk said his priority in the Senate will be to work for the benefit of all residents of Illinois by supporting policies to lower government spending and taxes.


To achieve those goals, Kirk plans to seek bipartisan solutions, support an end to earmark spending and encourage lawmakers to enact a presidential line-item veto and approve the late U.S. Sen. Paul Simon’s Balanced Budget Amendment to the Constitution.


Kirk also said he will introduce a “budget control bill” aimed at helping the federal government find ways to cut costs by developing expert recommendations on eliminating waste and creating strenuous oversight of spending.


Kirk said his “Spending Control Act of 2011” would re-establish the Grace Commission of the 1980s to investigate government waste and identify programs that could be eliminated with an up or down vote of the full House and Senate.


Statement from Illinois Republican Chairman Pat Brady on Mark Kirk being sworn in as the newest U.S. Senator from Illinois:



“This is a great day for Senator Mark Kirk, but also a great day for all of Illinois. As Mark begins his new service to the state in the distinguished role as a U.S. Senator, I know that he will represent the best interests of the People of Illinois. Mark believes in limited and effective government, and will be there to stand against the over-reach of the Obama White House or the Democratic majority in the Senate.”

Chicago third-grade teacher receives national recognition

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Ryerson Elementary teacher selected for Milken National Educator Award                                                                                                                                           

 Chicago, IL – The Illinois State Board of Education and the Milken Family Foundation announced that Chicago Public Schools Teacher Dexter Chaney has been chosen as the Illinois recipient of the Milken National Educator Award. Chaney, a third-grade teacher at Martin A. Ryerson Elementary School will receive $25,000 as part of the award.

“Mr. Chaney’s wealth of knowledge on differentiated instruction and his expertise in using data to improve teaching and student learning has been invaluable to both students and his colleagues at Ryerson,’’ said State Superintendent of Education Christopher A. Koch. “The Milken Family Foundation’s ability to seek out and recognize teachers of Mr. Chaney’s high caliber is very much appreciated. This award is an excellent opportunity to showcase a talented teacher who is striving to make a difference in students’ lives.”

A native of Texas , Chaney uses the manners he was taught as a child to model respect and engage his colleagues, students’ families, and members of the community. Mr. Chaney firmly believes that parental and community involvement is directly linked to successful learning.

Chaney is known for his pursuit of professional development activities and opportunities that help good teachers become better teachers. His dedication to continuously seeking methods that will best help students succeed has earned him the reputation of an outstanding mentor who has earned high levels of respect from colleagues, administrators, students and families.

“He serves as a role model to not only the children in his classroom, but to every child in the school,” said Lorenzo Russell, principal. “Dexter is highly visible to every student because of his tireless efforts, his work in the community, and his participation in after-school and extracurricular activities. Our students know they can count on him.

A teacher for six years, Chaney is known for his dedication to helping students succeed. Although school doesn’t officially begin until 9 a.m., Chaney is always at Ryerson by 7:30 a.m. to let children in any grade come to his classroom. Chaney provides tutoring if needed but more often, he provides an ear and a safe environment for the students of Ryerson.

The Milken National Educator Award is given annually to teachers demonstrating exemplary skills and a personal commitment to education.  Each winner receives $25,000 from the Milken Family Foundation which they can use however they wish. Dr. Jane Foley, Senior Vice President represented the Milken Family Foundation at Monday’s assembly.

This year marks the 24th anniversary of the Milken Educator Awards. Since 1987 more than 2,500 educators across the country have been awarded a total of more than $62 million in individual, unrestricted awards. Nationwide there are 55 educators being named Milken Educators this year.  Illinois joined the Milken Educator Awards program in 1988 and to date 108 educators across the state have been named National Educators.

Chicago’s Floating World Gallery helps you say 時候のご挨拶 (Season’s Greetings) with Japanese Woodblock Prints

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 FWG 11th Annual Holiday Sale in-Gallery and Online Dec. 1-24

Chicago, IL — Everyone looking for a blend of the traditional and unique for  holiday gifts should check out Floating World Gallery (FWG) this holiday season. FWG is the perfect location for great gift ideas to fit every budget.  Their 11th Annual  Holiday sale runs from Dec. 1 through Dec. 24, Tuesdays through Saturdays from 1-5 p.m.  Visit the gallery located at 1925 N. Halsted St. or visit the selection online (www.floatingworld.com).  

The sale features a wide selection of modestly priced prints by well known and well respected artists. Priced at $300 or less, these prints make ideal gifts for collectors and novices alike. The Exhibition includes works from nearly 100 different artists, including Gekko, Inagaki, Mori, Sekino, Shoson, Watanabe, Toshi Yoshida and Yoshitoshi. To further assist you with your holiday shopping, FWG has created a special search feature www.floatingworld.com  to help locate snow and winter themed prints on our site. To use this feature, go to the “search by subject” box at the top right section of our website. Once there, use the pull-down menu to click on either the “winter” or “winter Hasui” link. This search feature also displays items alphabetically (which is why we gave the 22 Hasui snow scenes their own category) and will only be available through the end of the year.
Japanese woodblock prints can add a special sparkle to any holiday tree with original woodblock prints mounted in a seasonal ornamental frame.  These charming works of art create elegant and tasteful business or hostess gifts ranging in price from $35 to $55.  FWG is also a great place to find a piece for that serious art collector on your list.  

For the Sekino collectors and bibliophiles  consider our new catalog,  “Behind Paper Walls: Early Works and Portaits by Jun’ichiro Sekino.”  Regularly priced at $50, FWG is offering the catalogue at the introductory price of $50 through Christmas. For other books about Japanese prints, print artists and other Japanese art, visit FWG’s Amazon Web Link

FWG, located at 1925 N. Halsted St. 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 private collectors and institutions the highest quality works of art.  FWG 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.
For more information call 312-587-7800, fax 312-575-3565 or email artwork@floatingworld.com.

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