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Archive for February 15th, 2011

Senator Kirk: “We should change course from spending money that we do not have.”

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Statement from Senator Mark Kirk on the Administration’s FY2012 Budget 


Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Mark Kirk (R-IL) released the following statement on the Administration’s fiscal year 2012 budget request. 


We should change course from spending money that we do not have.  Americans sent a clear November message to cut spending.  The President’s new budget request will reduce the deficit by approximately one-quarter of what his own deficit commission recommended.  Congress should embrace more dramatic reforms, led by reducing spending to pre-stimulus, 2008 levels.  

Despite the lack of dramatic change in the budget, there are some commendable steps taken.  Specifically, the Administration laid out the option to wind down Fannie and Freddie after losing over $150 billion.  They started a needed debate on medical lawsuit reform.  Unfortunately, we do not need state grants for pilot projects on this — we need the actual reforms to reduce the cost of family health care. 

I support the Administration’s cuts to the Expeditionary Fighting Vehicle, Joint Forces Command, Joint Strike Fighter 2nd Engine and SLAMRAAM Surface-to-Air Missile.  I also was encouraged by the budget’s proposal to consolidate 55 duplicative highway programs into five.   


Topinka to Congressional Committee: Say ‘no’ to state bankruptcy

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Comptroller declares: ‘bankruptcy not the answer’

Chicago, IL – Illinois Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka on Monday sent the attached letter to United States House of Representatives Committee on the Judiciary in advance of its afternoon hearing on state bankruptcy.

Sworn in last month as the state’s Chief Fiscal Officer, Topinka argues that state bankruptcy is “misguided at best” and warns of serious fiscal and economic consequences if it is permitted.

The letter follows:

February 14, 2011

Committee on the Judiciary

United States House of Representatives

c/o Chairman Lamar Smith

2138 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515

Re: State Bankruptcy Hearing

Dear Chairman Smith and members of the Committee on the Judiciary:

It has come to my attention that you will soon hold hearings to learn more about legislative proposals that would allow states to declare bankruptcy. As the Chief Fiscal Officer of a state that is often used as an example in the discussion of this issue, I want to share my thoughts with you and offer to serve as a resource for your committee as you weigh this important question moving forward.

There is no question Illinois faces serious financial challenges – but declaring bankruptcy is not the answer.

While supporters of bankruptcy are no doubt well-intentioned, their proposal to allow states like Illinois to break their financial commitments is misguided at best. State bankruptcy would immediately result in increased borrowing costs, reduced access to financial markets and suspended or downgraded credit ratings. It is irresponsible. In fact,

I fear that the mere discussion of this option runs the risk of destabilizing the bond market.

Beyond those consequences, state bankruptcy threatens to create more financial uncertainty and stunt economic recovery. Residents in our state already face high unemployment, residential foreclosures and other economic difficulties – bankruptcy will only exacerbate their plight. In addition to disrupting the bond market in the short-term, it would stop infrastructure and construction projects that are needed to jump start the economy. In Illinois specifically, it would also further paralyze business recruitment already made more-difficult by the recently-approved corporate tax increase.

Perhaps most important: bankruptcy is simply not the right thing to do. Sadly, my state and others have made irresponsible spending and borrowing decisions that have led to massive deficits. As state leaders, we now have a responsibility to make difficult and unpopular decisions to reduce spending and restore our fiscal integrity. Bankruptcy is little more than an “easy way out,” that would wrongly allow the state to skip out on its financial obligations without correcting the choices that have led to this point.

Thank you for taking the time to consider the consequences of potential state bankruptcy legislation. Please do not hesitate to contact me if I can provide additional information or resources as you proceed in this discussion.

Sincerely,

Judy Baar Topinka

Illinois Comptroller

Floating World Gallery’S Free Seminar Series Continues with“Breaking Light: Female Artists Working in Modern Japan” Saturday, March 5, 2011

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In Anticipation of International Women’s Day, Seminar Examines Issues of Identity, Race and Sexism as They Influenced the Work of Acclaimed Artist Toko Shinoda and Her Contemporaries
 

Chicago, IL – Floating World Gallery (FWG) continues their free seminar series with “Breaking Light: Female Artists Working in Modern Japan” at 1925 N. Halsted Street, Saturday, March 5 from 1 to 3 p.m. In anticipation of International Women’s Day (March 8), the seminar will examine issues of identity, race, sexism as well as the significant artistic contributions women have made to modern Japanese art, including woodblock prints.
 
Artists addressed will include Fujio Yoshida and Keiko Minami, contemporaries of Toko Shinoda whose work is showcased in FWG’s Winter 2011 exhibition “Brush As Blade: Abstract Works by Toko touch on” now on exhibition through April 1.
 
The seminar, conducted by the gallery’s Director of Exhibitions Elias Martin, will also touch on history, production techniques, connoisseurship and collecting strategies and provide participants the rare opportunity to examine original works that are often only seen in books or behind museum glass.
  
Admission to the seminar is complimentary, however reservations are required. For reservations or more information, email classes@floatingworld.com or call 312-587-7800.
 
Floating World Gallery, located 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.
 
Floating World Gallery 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. Recent, critically acclaimed exhibitions have included “Creating What Has Never Been,” an exhibition of Japanese post-war paintings and contemporary ceramics (Sept. 24 -Nov. 19, 2010); and “Behind Paper Walls: Self-Printed Masterworks by Jun’ichiro Sekino”(Dec. 3, 2010 – Jan. 28, 2011).
 
Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 1 to 5 p.m. and by appointment. For more information call 312-587-7800, fax 312-575-3565 or email artwork@floatingworld.com.

Rejoice with Glee! Matthew Morrison – Emmy, Golden Globe and Tony Award Nominee – headlines Goodman Theatre’s May 21 Gala Fundraiser

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All event proceeds benefit education and community engagement programs, celebrating “One Enchanted Decade”

 

(Chicago, IL –  Screen and stage heartthrob Matthew Morrison takes a break from his Glee television classroom to headline Goodman Theatre’s May 21 Gala and celebrate “One Enchanted Decade” on Dearborn Street. The Emmy, Golden Globe and Tony-Award nominated “triple-threat” (LA Times) has captivated audiences of all ages. “Blessed with a boyish innocence and beautiful voice” (Playbill), Morrison lights up both the stage and small screen with his mesmerizing talent. The black-tie gala event begins with a cocktail reception at the Goodman (170 N. Dearborn), followed by Morrison’s performance in the 856-seat Albert Theatre. The festivities continue as guests shuttle to The Fairmont Hotel (200 N. Columbus) for an elegant dinner and dancing to the tunes of the Al Sofia Orchestra. All proceeds benefit the Goodman’s Educational and Community Engagement programs.

Tables are available at the $25,000, $15,000 and $10,000 levels; individual tickets start at $500. For tickets and information about the Gala, call 312.443.3811 ext. 586.

“We are so thrilled to have Mr. Morrison help celebrate our “One Enchanted Decade” Gala,” said Goodman Woman’s Board President Joan Clifford. “This event is so special to our entire Goodman family. Not only will the entertainment be superb but we are raising money for our Education and Community Engagement programs as well.”  

Goodman Women’s Board members Margaret Janus and Swati Mehta are the Gala Co-Chairs. Gala Sponsor Partners include Sharon and Charles Angell, The Boeing Company, Joan and Bob Clifford, Alice and John Sabl, Patricia Cox, Ellen and Paul Gignilliat, Harris Bank, Sondra and Denis Healy/Turtle Wax, Inc., Wayne and Margie Janus, JPMorgan Chase & Co. Swati and Siddharth Mehta, Carol Prins and John Hart. Gala benefactors include Aon and UBS. Patricia Cox is Chairman of the Goodman Theatre Board of Trustees and Joan Clifford is Women’s Board President.

About Matthew Morrison

“One of the smartest young actors in the business, Matthew Morrison also has that classic manner about him, in many ways reminiscent of a young Marlon Brando, James Dean or Montgomery Cliff. And, even more than those beloved icons, he can dance and sing.” (BroadwayWorld.com) Matthew Morrison is no stranger to musical theater, vocal performance and dance, which he studied at New York University’s renowned Tisch School of the Arts.  His career began when he made his musical theater debut on Broadway in the musical version of Footloose, followed by a revival of The Rocky Horror Show.  His big break came when he landed the role of Link Larkin in the Broadway production of John Waters’ Hairspray for which he received an Outer Critics Awards Nomination. He received rave reviews for his Tony-nominated performance as Fabrizio in Adam Guettel’s The Light in the Piazza, and for his performance as Lieutenant Cable in Lincoln Center’s production of South Pacific.  He is best known for his Golden Globe, Emmy and People’s Choice nominated role as Will Schuester on the hit Fox television show Glee.  He has also received a Satellite Award for this role.

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