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Archive for December 13th, 2010

Wyatt named Illinois GOP Co-Chair

Posted by Admin On December - 13 - 2010 Comments Off on Wyatt named Illinois GOP Co-Chair


Chicago, IL – Illinois Republican Party Chairman Pat Brady announced the appointment of Gabriela Wyatt to the post of Co-Chair of the Illinois Republican State Central Committee. Wyatt immigrated to the U.S. from Mexico and is currently a Senior Engineer with Motorola.

“I am excited about the opportunity to have Gabriela’s experience, perspective and wisdom on our team,” said Brady. “She will be an invaluable asset as we continue to broaden the party base and recruit new candidates to serve in public office.”

Wyatt is currently Vice President of the Illinois Republican National Hispanic Assembly (ILRNHA) and chair of the Kane County Chapter of the ILRNHA. She is also a Republican Precinct Committeeman in Kane County and the Kane County Republican Central Committee Chairwoman.

“I am honored to serve alongside Chairman Brady and to help reach out to the growing number of Hispanics in Illinois,” said Wyatt. “The Republican Party is the party of growth and opportunity for all people, especially minority voters, looking to make Illinois a better place to live, work and raise a family.”

Brady said his appointment of Wyatt builds on the successes of the November elections, when Illinois Republicans won back President Obama’s Senate seat and captured a majority of the state’s Congressional seats. “The Democrats know they can’t take anything for granted any longer, especially the notion that minority voters will cast a Democratic ballot no matter what.”

Wyatt begins her new term immediately. Brady was elected to a four-year term as chairman in March.

Five ways to fight back against phone bill cramming

Posted by Admin On December - 13 - 2010 Comments Off on Five ways to fight back against phone bill cramming
 (A Message from the Better Business Bureau)

 CHICAGO, IL -  Sneaky little charges are making their way onto telephone bills and can go unnoticed for months.  Victims of so-called “cramming” often face a tough battle to stop being billed every month and start getting their money back.  In order to fight cramming, the Better Business Bureau recommends keeping a close eye on every bill and being extremely cautious when giving out personal information such as phone numbers.


Cramming is defined as the addition of charges to a subscriber’s telephone bill for services which were neither ordered nor desired by the client, or for fees for calls or services that were not properly disclosed to the consumer.These charges are often assessed by third-party suppliers of data and communication service that phone companies are required, by law, to allow the third-party to place on the bill.


“You might think that nothing bad can happen from giving out your telephone number, but you should guard those digits like you would a credit card or social security number,” said Steve J. Bernas, president & CEO of the Better Business Bureau serving Chicago and Northern Illinois. “Monitor your monthly statements closely because even if you are very protective of your personal information, cramming can still strike.”


Cramming can come from any number of sources. Some victims may have inadvertently signed up for a subscription service – such as for “free” ringtones or a daily joke or horoscopes – not realizing they’d be billed every month. Calling a psychic hotline or entering a sweepstakes can also lead to cramming. Unfortunately, in some cases, the victim may just be an unlucky, random target. 


The BBB recommends taking the following five steps to fight cramming:


Keep a close eye on monthly statements. Anyone can become a victim of cramming so monitoring you monthly bills is extremely important. The sooner you spot the charges, the sooner you can fight them.  


Know your rights. Contact your telephone provider to see if you can completely restrict third-party billing on your account.


Know whom you can trust online.  Before sharing any personal information online, always research the business with your BBB at www.bbb.org


Guard your personal information closely. Be wary when asked to provide personal information to sign up for a free trial or enter a sweepstakes. Always read the fine print on any offer so you understand how your personal information may be used.


Know where to complain. If you are unable to resolve the issue either through your telephone provider or directly with the business, file a complaint with the FCC for charges related to telephone service and FTC for all other cramming charges on your phone bill. You can also file a complaint with BBB at www.bbb.org


For more advice on managing personal finances and protecting your wallet, visit www.bbb.org


Timeline Theatre Company presents the Chicago Premiere of “In Darfur” by Winter Miller, January 18 – March 20, 2011

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TimeLine Theatre Company presents the Chicago premiere of In Darfur by Winter Miller, directed by TimeLine Associate Artistic Director Nick Bowling, January 22 March 20, 2011 (previews January 18 through January 21) at TimeLine Theatre, 615 W. Wellington Ave., Chicago.

Originally commissioned by the Guthrie Theatre and the Minneapolis Playwright’s Centre and informed by the playwright’s first-hand experiences accompanying Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof in Sudan, In Darfur is a provocative account unfolding amidst the horrors of genocide. In a camp for internally displaced persons in Darfur, three lives intertwine — an aid worker trying to save lives, a Darfuri woman searching for safety and a journalist who believes that one front page-story can help stop the madness. Together they tell an intense, inspired-by-real-life story that demands international attention.

“TimeLine is honored to bring Winter Miller’s urgent, provocative and must-see play to Chicago for the first time,” said TimeLine Artistic Director PJ Powers. “Winter’s script is one of the most daring and theatrical I have come across, and I expect it will prompt more discussion and inspire more action than any of TimeLine’s previous 45 productions. Director Nick Bowling is sure to create for our audience a theatrical experience they won’t soon forget.”

The cast of In Darfur features Tyla Abercrumbie, Kelli Simpkins, Gregory Isaac, Eddie Jordan III, Mildred Marie Langford, Brian-Alwyn Newland and Ebony Wimbs.

 In Darfur is supported in part by The Elizabeth F. Cheney Foundation.

Performance Schedule/Events
Preview performances of In Darfur are Tuesday, January 18 through Friday, January 21 at 8 p.m. The play opens on Saturday, January 22 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, January 23 at 2 p.m. and then runs Wednesdays (3/2, 3/9 and 3/16 only) 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 March 20, 2011.

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, January 27 and February 3, 10, 17 and 24; Sundays, January 30 and February 6 and 20; and Wednesday, March 2.

SUNDAY SCHOLARS SERIES: A free hour-long post-show panel discussion with experts on the themes and issues of the play on Sunday, February 13.
DISCUSSION WITH TIMELINE COMPANY MEMBERS: Free post-show discussion with TimeLine Company members on Sunday, February 27.
Buying Tickets
Tickets are $28 (Wednesday – Friday) or $38 (Saturday & Sunday). Preview tickets are $18. Student discount is $10 off the regular ticket price with valid ID. Group rates for groups of 10 or more are available. Advance purchase is recommended as performances may sell out.
To purchase tickets or for more information, call the TimeLine Theatre Box Office at 773.281.8463 or buy online via timelinetheatre.com.

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.





Portoluz & The Wild Hare present a free holiday concert with Glawdys N’ Dee, “The new voice of the Caribbean”

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Portoluz is producing a special holiday concert featuring “The New Voice of The Caribbean”, Glawdys N’ Dee. The event, billed as a “Thank You Note, is N’ Dee’s year-end gift to her fans as she celebrates her new CD “Lyannaj”.

The event will take place December 16 at The Wild Hare, 3530 N. Clark. Doors will open at 7 p.m. The concert begins at 8 p.m.

“…N’ Dee’s vocal style has a restrained intensity, a quality shared by the lineage of jazz singers that stretches from Billy Holiday through Nina Simone…the impressive Lyannaj heralds a Chicago artist of unusual depth and world-class promise…” said Neil Tesser, Chicago Jazz Music Examiner.

About Glawdys N’ Dee and Lyannaj

It is in the Caribbean, on the island of Guadeloupe that Singer, Songwriter and leader of”The Lyannaj Ensemble of Chicago”, Glawdys N’ Dee began her musical and cultural odyssey that would ultimately evolve into a vision. From an early age, Glawdys was influenced by her mother’s musical taste and by the rhythms of her native land. She grew up in an environment rich in musician and cultural diversity: The melodies of Albert King, Miriam Makeba, Louis Armstrong, Charles Aznavour, Gwoka (traditional music from Guadeloupe), and many more echoed regularly in the family home.

As the little girl with the “soulful voice”, Glawdys’ exceptional musical gifts were first discovered in the place where she spent her formative years – the church. The vibrant rhythms of life of the island combined with the spirituals and gospel melodies contributed to define her childhood, and shape the essence of her first musical experiences.

Additionally, while training with legendary Creole singer Daniel Forestal, she was introduced to a new sound to her young ears…the music of Billy Holiday, Nina Simone, Ella Fitzgerald, and other jazz greats. After graduating from school she moved to Paris. While performing as a member of the gospel music group “Differences”, Glawdys walked onto a European stage for the first time. She was quickly elevated from background singer to the role of soloist, and performed at many events including the Jazz festival de la Defense and The Blues Festival du Creusot. Her rapid ascent and success on the Parisian scene led her to travel – this time, from the City of Lights to the US. While in America, she founded “The Lyannaj Ensemble of Chicago”.

In her debut album “lyannaj”, Glawdys seamlessly incorporates traditional, modern, sacred and secular, while never abandoning the spirit and roots of Guadeloupe and the Caribbean.

“Lyannaj” (meaning to win over, to unite in solidarity, to connect) is a word deeply rooted in Creole tradition and culture and speaks directly to the heart. It’s an invitation to return to your roots. ..through the frontiers of our minds, and beyond the borders of our lands. “Lyannaj” is a place where everyone can feel at home. With a core message of tolerance, self-awareness, self-esteem and personal growth, it is an offering to celebrate the unity and diversity of life.

Sung in three primary languages (English, French and Creole), “Lyannaj” was recorded in Chicago and includes world-renowned guest artists, including acclaimed Cuban bass player Victor miranda, Nicaraguan pianist Darwin Alejandro Noguera, Guadeloupean great percussionist Frantz Flereau, as well as Chicago’s renowned pianist Calvin “Koco” Brunson, virtuoso guitarist Herb Walker, and the legendary Bass and Cellist Larry Gray.

About Portoluz

Portoluz, meaning “harbor of light” has its origins in the successful evolution of the cultural center Hot-House and was formed to provide sustainable environments for innovative artistic exploration, community-based economic development, and progressive cultural discourse. portoluz is a non-profit organization presenting multi-arts events in venues throughout the region while it develops a permanent venue.

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