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Archive for December 9th, 2010

Secretary of State Jesse White reminds Illinoisans to register with the Emergency Contact Database

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Secretary of State Jesse White is reminding Illinoisans to register with the Emergency Contact Database, allowing the public to voluntarily enter their emergency contact information through the Secretary of State’s website at www.cyberdriveillinois.com.

The database, which was established in 2009 by Public Act 95-0898, currently includes the emergency contacts of more than 156,000 people.

That information is then made available electronically to law enforcement statewide through LEADS (Law Enforcement Agencies Data System).

“With recent news reports of missing or unidentified people, I wanted to use this opportunity to remind the public to always carry some form of identification with you and to register with the Emergency Contact Database,” White said. “My office created this database to help ensure that loved ones are promptly contacted should one of their family members or friends suffer an injury that renders them unable to communicate to first responders,” said White. “The Emergency Contact Database offers some added peace of mind.”

The voluntary database allows Illinois residents to enter information at www.cyberdriveillinois.com

for up to two family members or friends, including addresses and phone numbers should it be necessary for law enforcement to reach them in case of an emergency.

All Illinois residents possessing an Illinois driver’s license, instruction permit or identification card qualify for the voluntary program. Residents may list anyone in the United States as emergency contacts.

Only law enforcement will be able to access the emergency contact information once it has been entered into the database.

As part of a public awareness campaign, White’s office has distributed information cards on the program to all law enforcement agencies and public libraries statewide. Residents without access to a computer are encouraged to visit their local public library.

Illinois is just the third state to establish an emergency contact database, joining Florida and Ohio.


The Christian Methodist Episcopal Church celebrates its 140th Birthday

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Nationwide (BlackNews.com) — The Christian Methodist Episcopal (C.M.E.) Church will celebrate its 140th birthday on December 16, 2010. Organized in Jackson, Tennessee by forty-one ex-slaves, the C.M.E. Church currently has more than 1.2 million members across the United States, and missions and sister churches in Haiti, Jamaica and fourteen African nations. The C.M.E. Church has a celebrated rich history of salvation, education and liberation, and its quadrennial theme, “An Essential Church: Poised for 21st Century Ministry,” defines the urgency to meet the challenges of today’s changing world.

Over the past 140 years, the C.M.E. Church has been a major participant in the ecumenical, educational and civil rights movements in local communities, across the nation and around the world. Our denomination is proud to work with many ecumenical organizations including the National Council of Churches, Churches Uniting in Christ, Conference of National Black Churches, World Methodist Council, Bread for the World, Church Women United, World Federation of Methodist & Uniting Church Women and the National Council of Negro Women. During the civil rights movement the C.M.E. Church was at the forefront and marched alongside Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., worked with the NAACP, Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC), National Urban League, Rainbow Push, Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), and other civil rights organizations to advance the cause of freedom and justice.

Education has been a strong denominational priority, extending from the efforts of our first generation pioneers to develop an educated clergy despite the fact that during slavery it was against the law for blacks to learn how to read. The C.M.E. Church was determined to educate the minds of its members by planting schools throughout the South. Five CME schools, Lane College (Jackson, TN), Miles College (Birmingham, AL), Paine College (Augusta, GA), Texas College (Tyler, TX), and Phillips School of Theology at the Interdenominational Theological Center (Atlanta, GA) have provided thousands of men and women with a quality education.

The C.M.E. Church is under the leadership of Senior Bishop Thomas L. Hoyt, Jr. and the College of Bishops, which consists of eleven active Presiding Prelates in eleven Episcopal Districts and seven retired bishops. Five bishops were elected during the 37th CME Quadrennial Assembly held in Mobile, Alabama, June 26- July 4, 2010. They were Bishops James B. Walker, W. E. Lockett, Sylvester Williams, Theresa Snorton; the first CME female bishop, and Godwin Umoette; the first CME African indigenous bishop.

The departments and ministries of the C.M.E. Church, under the leadership of ten General Officers, cover every phase of the mission and the work for Jesus Christ, and assists CME churches throughout the United States, the Caribbean and Africa in providing ministries to all of our members and the community. Additionally the various departments of the C.M.E. Church including the Women’s Missionary Council, Lay Ministry, Christian Education and Ministers’ Spouses provide a significant number of scholarships to young men and women attending CME colleges, Phillips School of Theology, and other US colleges and universities. The C.M.E. Church is proud to work with the One Church One School Community Partnership Program that encourages churches around the nation to partner with public schools to improve the academic achievement, social behavior and personal development of students, and provides scholarships to students.

Celebrations commemorating the 140th anniversary of the CM.E. Church will be held worldwide in CME churches during the month of December. Special Founders’ Day events will be held in Jackson, Tennessee under the leadership of Bishop Lawrence L. Reddick, III, Presiding Prelate of the First Episcopal District. The first established CME Church, Mother Liberty, will host a banquet on Thursday, December 16 at 7:00 p.m. at the site of the denomination’s organizing meeting in 1870, First United Methodist Church (located at 200 Church Street). The guest speaker will be Bishop W.E. Lockett, Presiding Prelate of the Fifth Episcopal District. On Sunday, December 19 at 3:00 p.m., Bishop James B. Walker, Presiding Prelate of the Ninth Episcopal District, will deliver the sermon at Mother Liberty CME Church located at 456 S. Highland. The Rev. Dr. Daryll Coleman is pastor of Mother Liberty.

For additional information about the C.M.E. Church, visit www.c-m-e.org

Acclaimed Chicago Playwright Rebecca Gilman named member of Goodman Theatre’s Artistic Collective

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 Gilman joins current members Brian Dennehy, Henry Godinez, Steve Scott, Chuck Smith, Regina Taylor and Mary Zimmerman


 Chicago, IL – Robert Falls proudly names his longtime artistic collaborator Rebecca Gilman to Goodman Theatre’s Artistic Collective, a diverse group of outstanding American theater artists who make the Goodman their artistic home. Gilman, who has the “ability to shake up a theater audience with the power of her ideas—and words” (Chicago Tribune) and whose work “reaches the heart and head with equal force” (Time) joins Actor Brian Dennehy; Director/Actor Henry Godinez; Director Steve Scott; Director Chuck Smith; Playwright/Director/Actor Regina Taylor; and Director Mary Zimmerman as part of the Goodman’s ongoing mission to keep its work fresh, relevant and engaging in contemporary American theater. After 24 years, original Collective member Frank Galati has rotated off as artistic associate, continuing the evolution of this diverse, driven group of artists.

“I first encountered Rebecca more than 10 years ago when I read her play The Glory of Living (2002 Pulitzer Prize finalist) and knew at once that I was in the presence of a powerful and distinct new voice in the theater,” said Goodman Artistic Director Robert Falls.  “Beginning with our production of Spinning into Butter, it’s been an enormous pleasure to collaborate with her on a remarkable range of styles and subject matter, all of which keep her at the forefront of American playwriting.”

Gilman has collaborated with the Goodman six times within the past 10 years; three of those productions were directed by Robert Falls. Falls commissioned Gilman to write a new play for the Goodman, and she responded with the provocative, hard-hitting Spinning Into Butter (premiered at the Goodman Studio in 1999 directed by Les Waters, subsequently produced at Lincoln Center Theater in 2000 and most recently made into a feature film starring Sarah Jessica Parker). The show’s run was extended three times and led to Gilman’s next Goodman commission, Boy Gets Girl (premiered at the Goodman in 2000, directed by the late Michael Maggio), which transferred to New York’s Manhattan Theatre Club and in 2010 was named by Time magazine as one of the “Best Theatre Productions of the Decade.” Falls later directed Gilman’s Blue Surge (2001) and Dollhouse (2005)—a modern interpretation of Ibsen’s A Doll’s House. In the spring of 2009, The Crowd You’re In With, directed by Wendy C. Goldberg, made its Chicago debut at the Goodman and in the fall of 2009 Falls and Gilman teamed up once again for the premiere of A True History of the Johnstown Flood.  Gilman’s other plays include The Sweetest Swing in Baseball and The Heart is a Lonely Hunter, which was named one of Time magazine’s top 10 plays of 2009.

“I am so fortunate for the relationship I have with the Goodman,” said Gilman. “The support and resources that this theater offers are unparalleled to anything else I have experienced in my career. To join Bob Falls and the other artists of the Artistic Collective is a true honor.”

Gilman’s plays have also been produced at Royal Court Theatre, Lincoln Center Theatre, Joseph Papp’s Public Theater, Manhattan Theatre Club and Manhattan Class Company. She is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, The Prince Prize for Commissioning New Work, The Roger L. Stevens Award from the Kennedy Center Fund for New American Plays, The Evening Standard Award for Most Promising Playwright, The George Devine Award, The Harper Lee Award, The Scott McPherson Award and an Illinois Arts Council Playwriting fellowship.

Gilman is a member of the Council of Dramatists Guild of America and a board member of the American Civil Liberty Union of Illinois. She is an Associate Professor of Playwriting and Screenwriting in the Master of Fine Arts Writing for the Screen and Stage program at Northwestern University.

Falls formed the Artistic Collective in 1986, based on such institutions as the Royal Shakespeare Company and Scotland’s Citizens Theater. A similar structure allowed Falls to incorporate Frank Galati and Michael Maggio, two directors with whom he had developed mutual respect and friendship, into the overall artistic vision of the Goodman. Over two decades, the ever-changing Collective expanded to include a group of artists whose individual passions and standards of excellence are among the most accomplished of its kind in the American theater. As the collective has evolved some members have gone on to pursue careers in other performance arenas.

Collective members and current projects include stage and screen star Brian Dennehy now in The next Three Days with Russell Crowe and who will soon be seen in John B. Keane’s The Field at The Olympia Theatre in Dublin (January 2011). He will then return to the Stratford Shakespeare Festival performing the roles of Sir Toby Belch in Twelfth Night and Max in The Homecoming; Henry Godinez who currently helms A Civil War Christmas (through December 19 at Northlight Theatre) and is co-authoring a book with the working title Festival Latino, incorporating his experiences with Goodman Theatre’s Latino Theatre Festival; Regina Taylor, who recently made Chicago her permanent home, will present her latest work, The Trinity River Plays a co-production with Dallas Theatre Center beginning at the Goodman on January 15, 2011; Steve Scott, whose upcoming productions include Martin McDonagh’s The Beauty Queen of Leenane at Shattered Globe Theatre (January 2011), David Henry Hwang’s Yellow Face at Silk Road Theatre Project (March 2011) and Machiavelli’s The Mandrake at A Red Orchid Theatre; Chuck Smith, whose critically acclaimed New York production of Charles Smith’s Knock Me A Kiss runs through December 5 at New Federal Theatre; and Mary Zimmerman whose newly-adapted Candide has moved from the Goodman to Washington D.C.’s Shakespeare Company (through January 9, 2011).         

About Goodman Theatre – Now Celebrating  A Decade on Dearborn

Goodman Theatre, “the leading regional theater in the nation’s most important theater city” (Time), is a major cultural, educational and economic pillar in Chicago, generating nearly $300 million in economic impact over the past decade in its state-of-the-art two-theater complex on Dearborn Street. Founded in 1925 and currently under the leadership of Artistic Director Robert Falls, “Chicago’s most essential director” (Chicago Tribune), and Executive Director Roche Schulfer, Chicago’s oldest and largest not-for-profit resident theater has experienced unprecedented success over the past 10 years in its new downtown facility, welcoming nearly 2 million patrons to productions and events—including 10 festivals celebrating playwrights such as David Mamet, August Wilson and Horton Foote, as well as the biennial Latino Theatre Festival—serving 30% more students through its Education and Community Engagement programs (the FREE Student Subscription Series and other interactive programs) and employing more than 3,000 artists and theater professionals. The Goodman has earned more than 90 awards for hundreds of productions, including the Pulitzer Prize for Ruined by Lynn Nottage—one of 25 new-work Goodman commissions in the last decade.

Visit us virtually at GoodmanTheatre.org; discover the 2010/2011 Season at ExploreTheGoodman.org; catch the latest news on the Goodman’s Blog; Like us on Facebook; Follow us on Twitter; share photos with us on Flickr; and peek behind-the-scenes on the Goodman’s YouTube Channel.

On Stage at the Goodman

 A Christmas Carol

By Charles Dickens

Adapted by Tom Creamer

Directed by William Brown

Featuring John Judd as Ebenezer Scrooge

Through December 31, 2010    

Campaign for Better Health Care holds Silent Auction

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The Campaign for Better Health Care is holding a Silent Auction on a variety of items, including a one-week rental at a vacation house on Washington Island in beautiful Door County, Wisconsin!
There are amazing deals on concert tickets, museum passes, sports memorabilia, art, restaurant certificates and much more!
The featured item is a one-week rental at a vacation house on Washington Island in beautiful Door County, Wisconsin!  Or bid on a limited edition Chicago Bears Laser Autographed Football!  Many items are priced well below value. Bid today and get a great deal.

Better Business Bureau warns Veterans of Fake Email Scam

Posted by Admin On December - 9 - 2010 Comments Off on Better Business Bureau warns Veterans of Fake Email Scam

(A Message from the Better Business Bureau)


CHICAGO, IL – The Better Business Bureau (BBB) is alerting veterans about a potentially dangerous email being circulated by someone claiming to be an attorney with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).

The BBB warns veterans against using the services of a group called Veterans Affairs Services. 


 “The BBB Military Line, a complaint resource specialized for the military and their families, has received several inquiries about an email sent from Michael Daugherty. They confirmed with the VA that he is, in fact, an attorney with the VA Office of General Counsel but did not send the email and that no emails of this nature are being sent by the VA,” said Steve J. Bernas, president & CEO of the Better Business Bureau serving Chicago and Northern Illinois.


Additionally, the BBB has confirmed that the email was sent by Jon Thompson whose email address is jkt6@comcast.net, and advises anyone who receives the email to not click on the link in the email. You should never click on links in emails that are from unknown sources as they may contain viruses.


The VA advises veterans seeking the assistance of a VA-recognized service organization for purposes of submitting a claim for VA benefits to search at the General Counsel’s Accreditation search page


For more information about online scams, visit www.bbb.org 


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