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Archive for January 16th, 2011

Attorney General Madigan urges trade group to join her push for nationwide ban on crib bumpers

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Madigan says suffocation and strangulation risks from Bumper Pads too great to ignore 

                         

Chicago, IL — Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan has called on the national industry trade group overseeing manufacturers of crib bumpers to push for a halt to the production and sale of bumper pads across the country that pose serious risks of injury and death.

Madigan sent a letter to the Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association as it has failed to fully acknowledge the risk crib bumpers pose. Madigan said babies may suffocate or be strangled if they roll against a crib bumper, press their face against it, wedge their head between the pad and the mattress or crib side or if their neck gets wrapped by the tie that secures the bumper to the crib.

“The JPMA and its manufacturers cannot sit by and wait for regulators to decide how, and if, crib bumpers should be used,” Attorney General Madigan said. “Their disregard for the danger posed by these products creates a very real danger.”

Madigan last month alerted parents and caregivers to the hazards bumpers pose and urged them to remove these products from their homes to prevent tragedy.

Last month, Madigan sent a letter to JPMA urging the group to take immediate action to address bumper hazards with its manufacturer members. Madigan demanded then that JPMA additionally release to the public results of a study it commissioned to investigate these dangers. The study has yet to be published as the association internally reviews the report.

As a result of JPMA’s failure to act, Madigan is calling on the group to halt production and sale of bumpers while the Consumer Product Safety Commission, the federal regulatory agency, analyzes the products’ appropriate use, if any at all.

“JPMA has failed to appropriately respond in light of these deaths,” Madigan said. “One infant death due to bumper pad use is too many. We must act now to remove bumpers from store shelves, stop production and work to educate caregivers to this threat.

Since 2008, the National Center for Child Death Review has received reports of 14 infants who have died from suffocation caused by crib bumpers. Madigan last month partnered with the Illinois Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, Kids in Danger, the American SIDS Institute, SIDS of Illinois and the Canadian Health Department to alert caregivers to this danger.

The Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association is a national trade organization that represents companies across the country that manufacture, import and distribute infant products such as cribs, car seats and strollers.

Attorney General Madigan urged parents and caregivers to take the time to review her Rest Assured Guide to determine whether they have other dangerous children’s items that have been recalled in their homes. The Rest Assured guide provides information to consumers about cribs or other sleep-related items for children from 2007 to date. To obtain a copy of the guide, call the Attorney General’s Product Recall Hotline at 1-888-414-7678 (TTY: 1-800-964-3013), or visit www.illinoisattorneygeneral.gov.

Northwestern University salutes Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Talks by Tavis Smiley, Eboo Patel and Cheryle Jackson among many free events

 

Evanston, IL – Popular TV and radio host Tavis Smiley and Interfaith Youth Core founder and executive director Eboo Patel will deliver the midday keynote addresses commemorating Martin Luther King Jr. Monday, Jan. 17, at Northwestern University. The evening keynote will be given by former Chicago Urban League President and Chief Executive Officer Cheryle Jackson. (Editors’ note: see instructions for media coverage below).

Their free and open-to-the-public presentations are part of a weeklong celebration of MLK Jr. Day that will include lectures, programs and panel discussions, an art exhibition, music performances and a staged reading of playwright and Northwestern alumna Gloria Bond Clunie’s play “North Star.”

Smiley will speak at noon on the University’s Evanston campus at Pick-Staiger Concert Hall, 50 Arts Circle Drive. Although free, tickets are required for the Evanston noon celebration. Starting Thursday, Jan. 6, Northwestern faculty, staff and students can obtain two free tickets per WildCARD ID at the Norris University Center Box office on the first floor of Norris, 1999 Campus Drive. A WildCARD must be presented to obtain tickets. Any remaining tickets will be made available at the Box Office to the general public starting Friday, Jan. 14, and at the door on the day of the Jan. 17 event.

Patel will speak at noon on the Chicago campus in Northwestern’s School of Law’s Thorne Auditorium (Arthur Rubloff Building), 375 E. Chicago Ave.

Northwestern will suspend all day and evening classes Jan. 17, on both campuses for a full-day University-wide observance of the Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday. (All other University operations will function that day.)

Smiley is the host of the national late-night television talk show “Tavis Smiley” on PBS and of Public Radio International’s “The Tavis Smiley Show.” The author of 14 books, he is the editor of “Covenant with Black America,” a national call for action to address African Americans’ foremost concerns. His memoir, “What I Know for Sure: My Story of Growing Up in America,” was a New York Times best-seller.

Patel is the author of “Acts of Faith: The Story of an American Muslim, the Struggle for the Soul of a Generation” and a regular contributor to The Washington Post, USA Today and CNN. A former Rhodes Scholar, Patel served on President Obama’s inaugural Advisory Council of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships. His Chicago based international nonprofit group aims to promote interfaith tolerance and cooperation.

Patel’s address will focus on religious bigotry that is prevalent in today’s society and the power of symbols within and between faiths to unite and divide us. The Jan. 17 Chicago campus program will include performances by the G3 Youth Gospel Choir and operatic vocalist Martin Woods, and award presentations to the winners of the second annual Martin Luther King Jr. Youth Art Contest.

The Jan. 17 noon Evanston campus program at Pick-Staiger also will include remarks by University administrators and campus leaders as well as performances by the Northwestern Community Ensemble and the Jazz Small Ensemble. Robert A. Harris, the Henry and Leigh Bienen School of Music’s director of choral organizations, will conduct the University Chorale. Lobby doors open at 11 a.m. and the hall opens at 11:30 a.m. General seating will be on a first-come-, first-seated basis. Parking for the event is available at the Lakeside Parking Structure, directly south of Pick-Staiger Concert Hall.

At 7 p.m. on Jan 17, the annual Alpha Phi Alpha Candlelight Vigil at Alice Millar Chapel, 1870 Sheridan Road, will feature a keynote address by Northwestern alumna and trustee Cheryle Jackson and musical performances by the Alice Millar Chapel Choir and several University a cappella student groups. Jackson served as communications director for the Governor of Illinois and was the first woman and African American in the state’s history to hold that position, and former president and chief executive officer of the Chicago Urban League. She now serves as a director on the boards of Northwestern University, The Field Museum, the Executive Club of Chicago and the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce. A reception in Parkes Hall will follow the program, which is presented by Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. and the MLK planning committee.

OTHER EVANSTON CAMPUS MLK ACTIVITIES

On Jan. 15, in recognition of the community-building work accomplished by Martin Luther King Jr., Northwestern students will have the opportunity to volunteer for off-campus service projects in Evanston and Chicago neighborhoods that will take place on the University’s MLK Day of Service. Registration may be done online at http://www.norris.northwestern.edu/community. For more information, students may direct questions to Andrea Bell at (847) 491-2350 or e-mail community@northwestern.edu.

At 9:30 a.m. on Jan. 17, NUSAC (Northwestern University Staff Advisory Council) will host a reception including light food and beverages for Northwestern staff and faculty at the Dittmar Memorial Gallery, Norris University Center, 1999 Campus Drive.

At 3 p.m. on Jan. 17, the staged reading of “North Star,” an award-winning play about a young girl growing up in North Carolina in the early days of the civil rights struggle by Northwestern alumna Gloria Bond Clunie, will take place in the Ethel M. Barber Theater, 30 Arts Circle Drive. Directed by Rives Collins, chair of Northwestern’s theatre department, “North Star” examines the power of individuals and the courage they showed during a pivotal period of American history. Playwright Clunie will join Collins and the student cast for a post-show discussion. Presented by the Theatre and Interpretation Center at Northwestern University, the reading will contain adult language and is recommended for audience members aged 11 and up. The event is free and open to the public. General admission seating is limited and reservations are recommended. To make a reservation, visit http://bit.ly/fjyGYu.

OTHER CHICAGO CAMPUS MLK ACTIVITIES

Northwestern University’s School of Law and Feinberg School of Medicine are co-sponsoring the DREAM 2011: Martin Luther King Jr. Day Lecture Series, lunchtime talks from Jan. 10 through 15, on the Chicago campus. The remaining talks include:

Noon, Wednesday, Jan 12: Pro Bono and Community Service Fair, School of Law Atrium, 375 E. Chicago Ave.

4 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 12: “Examining the Power of Symbols” panel discussion featuring Northwestern panelists Harvey Young, associate professor of theatre, performance studies, African American studies and radio/television/film, School of Communication, and Lane Fenrich, assistant dean, Judd A. and Marjorie Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences. Kimbriell Kelly, senior editor, Chicago Reporter, will moderate the discussion. The event will take place in the School of Law, Room 150, Arthur Rubloff Building, 375 E. Chicago Ave.

Noon, Thursday, Jan. 13: “What Does it Mean to Be White?” featuring panelists William A. Von Hoene, Jr., executive vice president, finance and legal, Exelon Corporation; Rick Kittles, associate professor, College of Medicine, University of Illinois at Chicago; Regine W. Corrado, Baker & McKenzie, LLP; and Destiny Peery, Ph.D/JD candidate, Northwestern School of Law. Dwight A. McBride, dean of The Graduate School, will moderate. The discussion will take place in The School of Law, Room 150, Arthur Rubloff Building, 375 E. Chicago Ave.

Noon, Friday Jan. 14: “Commercially Prevalent, Conscientiously Absent: Native Americans in the U.S.” panel discussion. Olivia Roanhorse, policy associate at Ounce of Prevention Fund, will be among the panelists. Other participants will be announced soon. The event will take place in Hughes Auditorium, Robert H. Lurie Medical Research Center, 303 E. Superior.

For more information on these and other Evanston and Chicago campus events honoring Martin Luther King Jr., visit www.northwestern.edu/mlk/.

State Board recommends restoration of education funding and modest increase

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$261 million increase from FY 2009 still well below the EFAB             recommendation    

 

Springfield, IL — The Illinois State Board of Education approved a Fiscal Year 2012 State General Funds budget recommendation that would restore education funding and provide a $261 million, or 3.5 percent increase, over the Fiscal Year 2009 General Funds budget. This recommendation, which will be sent to the Governor and General Assembly, would allow the per-pupil FY 2011 General State Aid Foundation level of $6,119 to increase to $6,416 per pupil but it falls short of the Education Funding Advisory Board’s recommended $8,360 Foundation Level. State funding for education was reduced in FY 2010 and FY 2011 by nearly $450 million.

“We must continue to invest in public education, even in these tough economic times,’’ said Jesse H. Ruiz, Chairman of the Illinois State Board of Education. “We all know that education is the key to maintaining and growing our state’s economy with an educated work force that will fill and develop new jobs in the future. We must ensure that the more than two million students in Illinois pubic schools are ready to compete and collaborate with their peers around the country and the world.’’

As part of the budget making process, Governor Pat Quinn appointed a new Education Funding Advisory Board (EFAB) in 2009. After more than a year of meetings and analysis, that board recommended a $4 billion increase to education, which would provide the $8,360 per-pupil Foundation Level. The EFAB recommendation includes an increase in the per pupil amount of the Supplemental General State Aid Poverty Grant to better help students from low-income families. The last official EFAB recommendation was in 2005.

“As advocates of education, we would like to fulfill the EFAB recommendation but we also know it’s not possible in today’s economic climate,’’ said State Superintendent of Education Christopher A. Koch. “It’s critical, however, that districts have the necessary resources and support as we demand more of schools and students in the coming years through the adoption of new higher and more rigorous Common Core Learning Standards.’’

The Board’s recommendation would mean an increase to General State Aid and to mandated categoricals, including the restoration of transportation funding that was cut in FY 2011. Other components of the recommended budget include:

   ·    A $3.5 million (5.5 percent) increase for Bilingual Education to help districts provide the Early Childhood Bilingual Services recently mandated by the General Assembly.

·    A $2.3 million increase to improve teacher and principal preparation, which would include efforts to increase diversity. These dollars would be used to match $2 million in private funding the agency has secured from foundations for programs to improve the quality of teaching and school leadership.

·   A $900,000 increase in the amount of funding for feasibility studies as districts consider consolidation or another form of reorganziation to increase efficiency. 

In addition to the EFAB recommendation, the Board conducted a series of six public budget hearings around the state last fall where citizens, local and state politicians and candidates were invited to voice their priorities. Nearly 200 people attended those hearings and another nearly 300 sent written testimony calling on the Board to restore, maintain or expand funding for General State Aid and specific programs.

Education funding has declined by nearly $450 million in Illinois during the past two years. In both FY 2010 and FY 2011, the General Assembly provided ISBE appropriations through lump sums, which were less than the previous years’ appropriations. Governor Quinn restored some funding through discretionary funds but ultimately the ISBE General Funds budget declined by $119.6 million between FY 2009 and FY 2010 and $328.3 million between FY 2010 and FY 2011. Despite the decreases, the Foundational level has remained the same, at $6,119 per pupil, during the past two years.

The Board based its decisions regarding programs and funding on several key principles, including support for the largest number of students and greatest flexibility for districts, minimizing the introduction of new programs and mandates in order to conserve resources and the alignment to ISBE’s strategic plan goals:

·   Every student will demonstrate academic achievement and be prepared for success after high school.

·   Every student will be supported by highly prepared and effective teachers and school leaders.

·   Every school will offer a safe and healthy learning environment for all students.

The Illinois State Board of Education will provide its budget recommendation to the Governor and General Assembly for consideration as part of the overall State FY2012 state budget.

The portable Cornel West; Cultural Icon offers new compass for hope

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New York, NY (BlackNews.com) — When Dr. Cornel West speaks, people not only listen, they grab a pen to take notes. As a New York Times best-selling author, Princeton University professor, renowned speaker, and one of America’s most respected public intellectuals, this cultural rock star speaks boldly about issues others sidestep and delivers knowledge that is potent, challenging, and liberating. “Uncompromising and unconventional . . . Cornel West is an eloquent prophet with attitude,” says Newsweek.

West’s latest paperback release, Hope on a Tightrope: Words & Wisdom, an Essence bestseller and NAACP Image Award nominee (January 2010, $14.95; trade paperback, ISBN: 978-1-4019-3076-9), reveals why his wisdom is frequently a “top tweet” on Twitter.

This accessible and indispensible collection, filled with provocative commentary on a wide range of issues – including Social Justice, Identity and Race, Courage, Faith, Music, and Leadership – has the power to not only change the way people think; it motivates them to act.

Topics in Hope on a Tightrope include:

* America’s future: We are now in one of the most truly prophetic moments in the history of America. The poor and very poor are sleeping with self-destruction. The working and middle classes are struggling against paralyzing pessimism and the privileged are swinging between cynicism and hedonism. Yes, these are the circumstances that people of conscience must operate under during this moment of national truth or consequences.

* The Obama administration: The depth and substance of the Obama victory remains an open-ended question and is sometimes downright disappointing . . . How I wish that President Obama’s economic team treated poor and working people with the same respect and support given to the financial oligarchs and corporate elites. Yet our task remains two-fold: While we must vigilantly fight the vicious attacks of the right-wing media on Brother Obama designed to destroy his presidency and undermine our democracy, we must also apply unrelenting pressure on the Obama administration to support poor and working people.

* Speaking truth to power: There is always a fundamental tension between a commitment to truth and a quest for power. The two are never compatible. It could be Socrates, Jesus, Martin Luther King, Jr., or Fannie Lou Hamer. You always need a prophetic critique of those in power. Power intoxicates. Power seduces. Power corrupts. There is always a need for somebody to tell the truth to the powerful.

* Music’s influence: Our literary giants view themselves in many ways as intellectual literary extensions of those great musical geniuses. It’s no accident that our greatest writer, Toni Morrison, has often said that she would like to write the way Sarah Vaughan sings. And did not Ralph Ellison try to write like Louis Armstrong blew his horn?
High Quality Speakers Bureau will be hosting a series of nationwide Cornel West Hope on a Tight Rope “Tweet and Greets” beginning with a taping of The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson in Los Angeles on January 19 and a special event at California State University, Northridge on February 3. For location details on how to join Dr. West and special guests visit www.cornelwest.com/HOAT.

Chicago Children’s Theatre’s Red Kite Round Up returns to bring joy to children with Autism

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Interactive Theatre for children with Autism returns to Millennium Park, Feb. 1-20

 

 Chicago, IL ― Imagine a live theatre experience in which actors guide children on their own personal journey complete with chasing butterflies, hiking and camping under the stars. 

Such a show would be special for anyone – but it’s especially memorable for children with autism.  Chicago Children’s Theatre returns to Chicago’s Millennium Park in February with Red Kite Round Up, a one-of-a-kind theatrical experience tailored specifically to the needs and interests of children on the autism spectrum.  Children ages 5-14 can experience Chicago Children’s Theatre’s immersive, simulated camping experience Feb. 1-20, 2011, at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion Choral Rehearsal Room in Millennium Park, 201 E. Randolph Street in downtown Chicago.

To keep Red Kite Round Up intimate and focused – and to better tailor each show to the special needs of each child in attendance – the number of tickets sold for each adventure is limited to 10 children and accompanying adults for each of them, as well as 10 observers.  Capacity for Red Kite Round Up is extremely limited and advanced reservations are required.  Performance times are Tuesday through Friday: 9 a.m., 10:45 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., Saturday and Sunday at 10 a.m., 11:45 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.  All tickets are $10 each.  For more information or to reserve tickets contact Red Kite Round Up concierge Julia Beck at 773.227.0180 ext. 15 or jbeck@chicagochildrenstheatre.org, or visit www.theredkiteproject.org.

Red Kite Round Up: How This One-of-a-Kind Theater Experience Works

“There are really not words to describe our experience at Red Kite!  I was brought to tears watching my son experience camping, singing, make believe and humor in a way he would find magical,” commented Andrea K., a parent of a child who previously attended Red Kite Round Up.  “Usually, the world is too loud, too bright and just plain hard to maneuver.  So, to have this experience where I could just sit back and watch him smile, participate and enjoy drama and pretend play was magical.”

After booking tickets, each child and adult is sent a detailed Social Story – a preview of Red Kite Round Up that walks children through the experience of attending the show, from arriving at the location to the people they’ll meet to the adventure itself.  The parents’ Social Story serves as a guide for prospective attendees so they can gauge the appropriateness of the experience for their children and minimize potential anxiety.

Upon arrival, visitors to the Red Kite Round Up are greeted by caring, dedicated Chicago Children’s Theatre staff and artists whose mission it is to make each child feel comfortable, safe and welcome. 

Red Kite Round Up tailors each performance specifically to the unique needs of children affected by autism and offers a multi-sensory camping adventure that encourages children to move, laugh, talk and sing – not sit still and keep quiet.  Unlike most traditional live theater performances, at Red Kite Round Up children are encouraged to participate in the show and interact with the artists.  The actors are specially trained to be responsive to each child’s individual needs as they guide him or her through the world of Red Kite.  Plenty of inviting and stimulating experiences await all children, no matter how they want to participate.

Behind the Scenes

Red Kite Project is the brainchild of Chicago Children’s Theatre’s Artistic Director Jacqueline Russell, who co-founded the company in 2006 and has selected the work for each of Chicago Children’s Theatre’s five seasons.  For 13 years, Russell worked as an artist in residence at Agassiz Elementary School teaching drama to two autism-specific classrooms through CAPE (Chicago Arts Partnerships in Education).  Russell’s commitment to serving children with special needs led her to participate in a special hands-on workshop with London’s Oily Cart company in the summer of 2006.  Through continuing dialogue with this unique organization – which exclusively focuses on serving children with complex disabilities – Chicago Children’s Theatre developed the framework for Red Kite Project, which couples the work of both companies.

The cast for Red Kite Round Up include: Jesse Fisher (Cowgirl Ruby), John Francisco (Park Ranger Bob) and Ashley Winson (Penny).

Designers for Red Kite Round Up are: Luftwerk – Petra Bachmaier and Sean Gallero, projections; Andrea Everman, puppets; and Susan Kaip, set, costumes and props.

Chicago Children’s Theatre’s Red Kite Project recently was featured in the documentary video, “The Red Kite Project.”  For review copies, contact Kerry Shaw Brown, director and partner, Rascals and Rogues, at kerry@rascalsrogues.com or 773.857.7800.

Supporters of Children’s Theatre’s Red Kite Round Up include: Audience Engagement Sponsor Searle Fund at the Chicago Community Chicago Community Trust; Technology Sponsor For Autistic Kids Foundation; Education Sponsors Pritzker Pucker Family Foundation, The Sheridan Foundation and Helen Brach Foundation; United, the official and exclusive Airline Sponsor; ComEd, the Official Lighting Sponsor; and Program partner Millennium Park.

Company Overview

Since its inception in 2006, Chicago Children’s Theatre has demonstrated a passionate commitment to creating meaningful educational programs for Chicago area youth and families.  Such programs have included collaborations with the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, Chicago Park District, Chicago Public Library, Chicago Public Schools, Children’s Memorial Hospital and Chicago Children’s Museum, to name a few.  Chicago Children’s Theatre also offers Student Matinee and Scholarship programs, which furnish underserved students and schools with deeply discounted or complimentary tickets to its productions.  To date, these programs have reached over 10.000 children in Chicago.

Concurrent with the run of Red Kite Round Up, Chicago Children’s Theatre is presenting the world premiere play Jackie and Me, a time-travelling adventure by acclaimed playwright Steven Dietz, based on the popular children’s novel by Dan Gutman, Feb. 8 through March 27 at the Ruth Page Center for the Arts, 1016 N. Dearborn St., Chicago.  For tickets and information, visit chicagochildrenstheatre.org or call 866.811.4111.

For more information about Chicago Children’s Theatre visit chicagochildrenstheatre.org or call 773.227.0180.

‘North Star’ celebrates the Civil Rights Movement

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Free Jan. 17 staged reading of Gloria Bond Clunie’s play part of MLK Day celebration

 

Evanston, IL – A special one-day-only staged reading of “North Star,” an award-winning play about a young girl growing up in North Carolina in the early days of the civil rights struggle, will be presented Jan. 17 by the Theatre and Interpretation Center at Northwestern University.

Written by Evanston-based playwright and Northwestern alumna Gloria Bond Clunie, the reading is one of many weeklong public events at Northwestern celebrating the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.

Free and open to the public, the “North Star” reading will take place at 3 p.m. Monday, Jan. 17, in the Ethel M. Barber Theater, 30 Arts Circle Drive, on Northwestern’s Evanston campus.

The reading contains some adult language and is recommended for audience members aged 11 years and older.

Directed by Rives Collins, chair of Northwestern’s theatre department, the reading by Northwestern theatre students will be followed by a post-show discussion with the cast and creative team members. Playwright Clunie will join Collins and the cast for the post-show event.

“Playwright Gloria Bond Clunie is a master storyteller,” said Collins. “She has written a poetic and poignant play that seems a perfect way to commemorate Martin Luther King Jr.”

Told in flashbacks, “North Star” is the story of 11-year old Aurelia, who wants nothing more than to take part in the civil rights demonstrations with her best friend. Facing strong opposition from her family and neighbors, the young girl embarks on a cross-country trek to play her part in history.

“North Star” was awarded the 1994 Theodore Ward Prize for African American Playwriting and a 1995 Joseph Jefferson Chicago Theatre Award for Best New Work/Adaptation. It premiered at the Victory Gardens Theater in Chicago in 1995.

General admission seating is limited and reservations are recommended. To make a reservation, visit http://bit.ly/fjyGUu. For more information, contact the Theatre and Interpretation Center Box Office at (847) 491-7282 or visit www.tic.northwestern.edu.

To view a schedule of all MLK Jr. Day public events planned for Northwestern University’s Evanston and Chicago campuses, visit www. northwestern.edu/mlk/.

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