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Attorney General Madigan: Kane County man arrested on child pornography charges

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18th Arrest in Statewide Crackdown on Child Porn Traffickers                                


Chicago, IL ─ Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan announced the arrest of a Kane County man on child pornography charges as part of a continuing statewide crackdown.

South Elginpolice arrested Ronald Lee Gablin, 31, of South Elgin. He is charged with one count of aggravated possession of child pornography, a Class 2 felony punishable by a three- to seven-year prison term in the Illinois Department of Corrections, and one count of possession of child pornography, a Class 3 felony punishable by a two- to five-year prison term.

“Possession of child pornography is not a victimless crime. Each time an image or video is viewed, downloaded or traded online, it victimizes again and again these children who are being horribly abused,” Attorney General Madigan said. “My office will continue finding these offenders and making arrests throughout Illinois to protect the innocent victims whose lives are destroyed by their crimes.”

Gablin’s arrest makes the 18thsuspect in Madigan’s crackdown on the most active traffickers who download and trade child pornography on the Internet. Gablin’s bond was set at $250,000, and his next court date was set for 9 a.m. Thursdayat the Kane County Judicial Center.

Madigan said cooperation among state and local law enforcement was key to the success of today’s arrest and her overall crackdown on child pornographers throughout Illinois. Today’s arrest involved Attorney General’s Office investigators, the city of South Elgin Police Department and Kane County State’s Attorney Joseph H. McMahon.

In late August, Attorney General Madigan announced the initiative, dubbed Operation Glass House, to find and arrest the worst child pornographers in Illinois using the unique identifier that each computer is assigned when it accesses the Internet, known as an Internet protocol (IP) address. As of Friday, 6,000 Illinois IP addresses were seen trading child pornography images and videos across the state by Attorney General’s Office investigators.

Studies have shown that users of child pornography are more likely to also be sexual abusers of children. A total of 24,796 sex offenders are listed on the Illinois Sex Offender Registry, of which more than 81 percent committed a crime against a child. The Illinois Sex Offender Registry is located at www.isp.state.il.us.

Madigan also works with local and national law enforcement organizations to address Internet exploitation of children and women. Madigan’s office, with a grant from the Department of Justice, runs the Illinois Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) task force, which investigates child exploitation crimes and trains law enforcement. Since 2006, Madigan’s office has been involved in more than 350 arrests of sexual predators and provided Internet safety training and education to more than 164,000 parents, teachers and students and more than 12,500 law enforcement professionals.

The public is reminded that the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty by a court of law. 

Hundreds of clergy attend CPS cultural diversity training class

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By Chinta Strausberg


Sponsored by the Chicago Public Schools’ Office of Faith Base Initiatives, hundreds of ministers from around the city attended a multi-cultural faith base diversity-training seminar Thursday at the Parent Center where they learned the value of diversity that leads to cultural and racial healing.

Held at 521 E. 35th Street, black, white, Hispanic and Asian ministers attended the nearly six-hour cultural diversity training class that included a game of cultural jeopardy and even provided an ethnic Mexican and Soul food luncheon.

Whether the ministers headed a for profit or not-for-profit organization, the guest speaker, Darnell L. Johnson, CEO/founder of the Holistic Community Coalition NFP, told the audience, “cultural sensitivity leads to cultural competency” and explained that achievement comes as a result of better understanding the diversity of people including respecting gender preferences.

He warned them about making generalizations about people without first doing their homework and stressed the importance of  “dealing with each person individually” one visit at a time.

Johnson said that same client who may come back a week later for help may have a different set of problems and circumstances and that the best treatment they can offer is to be an excellent listener and allow their clients to talk.

Explaining the purpose of the event was Rev. Renaldo Kyles, Interfaith Director for CPS. “We wanted to bring all of our churches together to do capacity building, program development and to provide resources to the faith base community.

Kyles also invited the ministers to be a part of CPS’ “Church Adopt A School” program.  He wants the churches to adopt a school which includes meeting with the principals “and see how your church can partner, doing an after school program, mentoring and parental involvement activities.

“This is important because the church is a valued part of the community. We need the church because the church is the anchor of the community; so what better place than to get the church to come and be involved with the schools,” Kyles explained.

He also announced a CPS Safe Haven program that will be held during the spring break from April 18th through April 21st.  The goal is to help provide students with a safe haven that includes supervised after school activities while providing them with positive role models.

Johnson warned the ministers that any social services to people “they cannot be offered as a mandate to be the participants of a church. There is something that requires the separation of service….”

They can offer people service in their churches but not in conjunction with their church services. “You cannot tell a person in order to get this service you got to come to my church service….. We have to understand that in a world of cultural diversity when you’re offering service to the community, you become a community service provider,” said Johnson.

He further explained that when they come to a public entity like a school district or if they apply for federal or state grants there are boundaries they must respect. “You can not take public money and them posture it in such a way to tell people that you can only get this service if you come to my church or if you become a member of my church….”

It boils down to ministers understanding that “even though we may have to serve a population that we don’t necessarily agree with. It does not necessarily send a message that I am condoning or supporting the types of behavior that may be presented to you…. The key is we have to make sure that we’re willing to serve the public regardless of what they present to you,” said Johnson.

He asked the ministers who had programs that include a policy and plan to address people with ADE and ADHD to raise their hands. Only six did. “They have a different need than the other children that may be in our program. So, what you just said to that community is you’re not welcome here. We want all the kids who are not on medication.

“Do you see how the things we fail to do and how we alienate certain groups and basically send a message to them that says you’re not really welcome here,” said Johnson. He challenged them saying, “if you’re looking for money on a state or federal level and you offer programs, there is a 94.9 percent of all RFP’s they are going to have a mandate that you give an explanation and show them how you’re going to handle individuals with special needs.

“Even nationally, they are starting to recognize that you cannot continue to overlook people, and when we are culturally insensitive, it forces us to overlook people….”

Johnson asked them how many organizations that worked with ex-offenders. “One of our greatest frustrations in working with the ex-offender population is the disregard that our nation has for them.

“When we start speaking about unemployment, we don’t consider individuals who came out of prison and don’t have a job. We consider them ex-offenders and the reason why we tell them further that they are not important is because all of the laws that are in place that prohibits them from being able to get back on track once they get out of prison,” said Johnson.

“That says to them once you’ve made a mistake you’re not welcome here anymore. You’re basically ostracized from the community of doing anything positive and getting back on track and there are laws in place that support it,” he stated. “There is another culture that we as people have written off and feel they are undeserving of a fair second chance.”

Johnson asked the ministers if any of them had ever made a mistake one or many times. “If they gave you another chance, then why is that we feel individuals who are different from us do not deserve another chance,” he told an applauding audience.

“It’s a culturally disconnect. We don’t understand the culture of the life of an ex-offender and until you’ve been labeled as a felon…everywhere you go you have to tell them you’re a felon…, you have to regurgitate the same thing. You’re still labeled by society of being something that’s not deserving of another opportunity. It’s a cultural problem,” said Johnson.

“Many times these individuals come back to the community rehabilitated only to be rejected by a community that is not rehabilitated.” Johnson said they have paid their debt to society but “you don’t want to let it go.”

Saying they must be culturally sensitive, Johnson said, “You have to understand the importance of making sure your organization and your staff know how to be culturally sensitive to any situation.” He explained, “Your staff will set the tone for the reputation of your organization.”

Johnson had the audience break up into eight groups where they listed five programs in a community and solutions. Each discussed their solutions with Johnson expounding on their problems.

That too is part of the healing process and one that will open up venues of assistance they may not have arrived at had they not listened intently. Johnson also told them “If your organization is not reflective of cultural and professional diversity, you are headed down a dangerous path. Everyone in your office cannot look just like you…can’t think like you think.

“There has to be diversity in your staff, and when you become culturally proficient, you look for opportunities to be culturally diverse so that you hire that person.

 “You make sure that you embrace the diversity needs. You make sure that diversity is a priority and a foundational principle that you build each and every program or initiative your organization offers to the community. When you become culturally proficient, you become nervous when you don’t have someone who is not bi-lingual on staff,” said Johnson.

Chinta Strausberg is a Journalist of more than 33-years, a former political reporter and a current PCC Network talk show host.

Chicago Art Dealer and TV Show Host David Leonardis to Open the Howard Finster Vision House Chicago

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Chicago, IL – Successful Chicago artist, Art Dealer, Museum owner, TV Show Host, David Leonardis will be opening a new Chicago location of his world renowned Howard Finster Vision House (HFVH).
The David Leonardis Gallery Wicker Park has been a leader in Chicago neighborhood’s Wicker Park and Buck Town Gallery District for nineteen years and a land mark for contemporary, POP, Folk Art, and Photography.
At the end of last year owner Leonardis closed his eponymous gallery and began preparations to open his second location of the Howard Finster Vision House in Chicago.
Leonardis has installed close to 200 pieces of Howard Finster artwork as well as items from his studio including unfinished cutouts, markers, glitter and his pants purchased from Mrs. Howard Finster.  Leonardis has also installed pieces of the walls from the original Howard Finster Vision House in Georgia in the new Chicago location.  Included as well are art works from several of Howard’s family members such as his son, Roy Finster and grandsons, Michael Finster, Allen and Tommy Wilson.
The current exhibit at the Howard Finster Vision House Chicago will include the permanent collection as well as two of Chicago’s own nationally acclaimed artists, award winning portrait photographer Marc Hauser and Chris Peldo, who’s art was featured for the Absolut Vodka Illinois campaign.
Leonardis has also been shooting a new series of TV shows. Currently airing in Chicago is a two-part interview with LeHigh University Professor of Religion, Norman Giardot filmed at the original HFVH in Georgia.  Airing later this month are two new shows – a two-part interview with Photographer Marc Hauser, which was filmed at the Howard Finster Vision House Chicago.
Leonardis’ collections are meant to be affordable giving even the most modest collector an opportunity to build a collection.  “I want to raise people’s awareness about the importance of culture in their lives,” states Leonardis, “Art collectors are better, more well rounded people — in my opinion.  I’ve always been about bridging a gap between people that create art and people who buy art.  Being able to promote art and culture on TV is another venue for me to creatively spread a message, share perspectives and promote artistic ideas.”
The opening receptions for the Howard Finster Vision House Chicago will be held at it’s Wicker Park location 1346 N. Paulina Street, on Friday, March 4th & Saturday, March 5th, 2011 from 6:00 to 9 PM.
Chit Chat with David Leonardis is broadcasted in Chicago on Comcast, WOW and RCN Channel 25 Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays at 10:30 PM CST.
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Gary Hicks to receive Better Business Bureau Arbitrator of the Year Award on March 1

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Chicago, IL- Attorney Gary Hicks will receive the Arbitrator of the Year Award from the Better Business Bureau serving Chicago and Northern Illinois (BBB) at the group’s 84th Annual Dinner Meeting in the Hilton Chicago Hotel on Tuesday, March 1, 2011.  The award is presented to the BBB arbitrator who best exemplifies the qualities and skills in assisting people using the BBB Alternative Dispute Resolution Program.  


“As an arbitrator, Mr. Hicks has greatly assisted individuals and businesses come to fair and equitable agreements,” said Steve J. Bernas, president & CEO of the Better Business Bureau serving Chicago and Northern Illinois. 


Gary Hicks has served as a volunteer arbitrator for the Better Business Bureau since 2000.  He is the first two-time recipient of the Daniel D. Calibraro Arbitrator of the Year Award, previously having received it in 2002.


For the last 26 years, Mr. Hicks has been employed as a law clerk to Judge George W. Lindberg, first in Crystal Lake, IL and more recently in Chicago since Judge Lindberg’s 1989 appointment to the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.













“The Regina Taylor Project” and “Danceworks 2011” among scheduled events at The Theatre and Interpretation Center at Northwestern University

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Evanston, IL – The Theatre and Interpretation Center (TIC) at Northwestern University continues its 30th anniversary season with “The State(s) of America: The Regina Taylor Project” (March 4 to 6). The one-weekend-only festival of original works by Northwestern faculty and students is curated by Hollywood actress and visiting artist Regina Taylor.

In early March, the final four performances of “Danceworks 2011” (Feb. 25 to March 6), will showcase the choreography of Northwestern’s dance faculty.

On March 4 and 5, the department of performance studies will present three solo performances of “Appointment in Samarra,” an adaptation of John O’Hara’s 1934 novel. On March 12, two graduate students will give solo performances of their original works.

All events are open to the public and will take place on the Evanston campus. Ticket information follows each performance listing. Specific venues and single-ticket prices are listed below. Single or group tickets may be purchased through the TIC Box Office at (847) 491-7282 or online at www.tic.northwestern.edu.

For the first time, TIC is offering $10 single-ticket prices to Thursday night season performances to U.S. Armed Forces personnel and their families (with a valid military ID), as well as $10 ticket discounts for Northwestern alumni who have graduated within the past two years (with a valid WildCARD ID).

MARCH 2011 Identity. Unemployment. Communication. Dreams. Race. Politics. Technology. From plays and video shorts to graphic narratives and songs, celebrated actress Regina Taylor has partnered with Northwestern students and faculty members to create a fearless, one-weekend-only festival of original works. Through four different performances presented in three venues, more than 50 Northwestern community members have joined in a personal and provocative look at American society today. Performances include: “ID,” 8 p.m. Friday, March 4; 11 p.m. Saturday, March 5; and 2 p.m. Sunday, March 6, at the Ethel M. Barber Theater, 30 Arts Circle Drive. The play explores the constructs of identity and issues of race, gender and sexuality. Tickets are $5 to $15; “Dreams,” 11 p.m. Friday, March 4; 8 p.m. Saturday, March 5; and 3:30 p.m. Sunday, March 6, at the Barber Theater. The play explores the American Dream and how the dreamscape is shifting in response to the realities of today. Tickets are $5 to $15; “Eyes on the World,” 6:30 and 9:30 p.m. Friday, March 4, and 6:30 and 9:30 p.m. Saturday, March 5, at Annie May Swift Hall, 1920 Campus Drive. This short film series is a moving exploration of America at its crossroads, colliding headlong with the past, present and future. General admission is $5; and “Becoming,” 6:30 and 9:30 p.m. Friday, March 4, and 6:30 and 9:30 p.m. Saturday, March 5, at the Hal and Martha Hyer Wallis Theater, 1949 Campus Drive. This play navigates the complex and unknown future of today’s youth. Tickets are $5 to $15. For more information, visit www.communication.northwestern.edu/tic/performances/states/.


“The State(s) of America: The Regina Taylor Project,” curated by Regina Taylor, Friday, March 4, through Sunday, March 6.

“State(s) of America” Lunch and Symposium, noon to 1:30 p.m. Sunday, March 6, Hal and Martha Hyer Wallis Theater. Northwestern Associate Professor Harvey Young will lead a discussion with guest artist Regina Taylor and Theatre and Interpretation Center Artistic Director Henry Godinez. The $5 general admission includes a light lunch.

Two kinds of passes are available, The Festival Flex Pass allows a choice of admission date to the four festival events (not including the lunch or symposium) and is $30 for the general public; $25 for seniors 65 and older, Northwestern faculty and staff and area educators and administrators; and $15 for full-time students. The Sunday All-Day Pass includes admission to the four festival events taking place on Sunday as well as the lunch and symposium and is $35 for the general public; $30 for seniors 65 and older, Northwestern faculty and staff and area educators and administrators; and $20 for full-time students. Passes and single tickets may be purchased through the TIC Box Office at (847) 491-7282 or online at www.tic.northwestern.edu.

PERFORMANCE STUDIES Adapted from John O’Hara’s 1934 novel, “Appointment in Samarra” examines the last three days in the life of Julian English, who pays a dear price for following his impulses at a Christmas party. The novel explores small town life and its petty prejudices and rules. Admission is free.

“Appointment in Samarra,” by John O’Hara, adapted and directed by undergraduate student Jeremy Fessler, 8 p.m. Friday, March 4; 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, March 5, Annie May Swift Hall, Alvina Krause Studio, 1920 Campus Drive, Evanston campus.

Performance Studies Recitals, 7 p.m. Saturday, March 12, Hal and Martha Hyer Wallis Theater, 1949 Campus Drive, Evanston campus. Solo presentations created and performed by performance studies graduate students Soo Ryon Yoon and Rhaisa Williams. Admission is free.

DANCE Featuring the original works of Northwestern’s renowned faculty choreographers and performances by up-and-coming student dancers, “Danceworks 2011” celebrates modern, classic jazz, contemporary, Jump Rhythm tap and classic ethnic dance. Under the artistic direction of Northwestern faculty member Annie Beserra, the works featured center on themes of community, connection and celebration. It features the choreography of Beserra, Joel Hall, Kristina Kasper, Munjuli Rahman, Molly Shanahan, Joel Valentin-Martinez and Laura Wade. A post-show discussion with the creative team will follow the Feb. 27 matinee and the March 3 evening performance. A “Danceworks” blog at http://danceworks2011.tumblr.com/ encourages a dynamic exchange between the artists and audience. Tickets are $20 for the general public; $18 for seniors 65 and older, Northwestern faculty and staff and area educators and administrators; and $10 for full-time students. Danceworks 2011 tickets can be purchased through the TIC Box Office at (847) 491-7282 or online at www.tic.northwestern.edu.

“Danceworks 2011,” 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 25; 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 26; 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 27; 8 p.m. Thursday, March 3; 8 p.m. Friday, March 4; 8 p.m. Saturday, March 5; and 2 p.m. Sunday, March 6, Josephine Louis Theater, 20 Arts Circle Drive, Evanston campus.

Third Federal District Judge upholds constitutionality of Affordable Care Act

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(From the Campaign for Better Health Care)

Chicago, IL – This week, a federal district judge in the District of Columbia became the third federal judge to affirm constitutionality of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, making the national score card 3-2 rulings in favor.

Judge Gladys Kessler dismissed the challenge to the individual mandate clause filed by five individuals representing the American Center for Law and Justice, a conservative legal group.  The group argued that it is unconstitutional to require individuals to purchase health insurance and also claimed that the mandate is in conflict with their religious freedoms.

In her 64-page opinion, Judge Kessler “didn’t mince words,” writes Jonathan Cohn, health care writer and editor of the New Republic. The judge stated that the claim the law regulates “inactivity” is nothing more than semantics, saying:

“It is pure semantics to argue that an individual who makes a choice to forgo health insurance is not ‘acting,’ especially given the serious economic and health-related consequences to every individual of that choice. Making a choice is an affirmative action, whether one decides to do something or not do something. They are two sides of the same coin. To pretend otherwise is to ignore reality.”
Judge Kessler also points out the decision to not obtain health insurance results in higher premiums for all those who do pay for coverage. Her ruling upholds the model of individual responsibility that is vital to the Affordable Care Act. It is incorrect to think that individuals, even those without insurance, are not already in the health care marketplace. They are.
In addition, Judge Kessler takes a strong stance against the “broccoli argument” posed by Judges Henry Hudson and Roger Vinson, who both ruled again the ACA. If Congress can make you purchase health insurance, they argue, why can’t it make you buy broccoli or a certain kind of car? Kessler responds:
This second aspect of the health care market distinguishes the ACA from Plaintiffs’ hypothetical scenario in which Congress enacts a law requiring individuals to purchase automobiles in an attempt to regulate the transportation market. Even assuming that all individuals require transportation in the same sense that all individuals require medical services, automobile manufacturers are not required by law to give cars to people who show up at their door in need of transportation but without the money to pay for it. Similarly, food and lodging are basic necessities, but the Court is not aware of any law requiring restaurants or hotels to provide either free of charge.
In short, she recognized that the insurance market is much different than other kinds of markets, and that the rules governing them must be adjusted accordingly. This is “critical to understanding the ACA’s efforts to reform the health care system,” writes Cohn. “The requirement placed upon medical providers by federal law to care for the sick and injured without recompense is part of the cost-shifting problem that Congress sought to redress by enacting the ACA. When a supplier is obligated by law to produce goods or services for free, there is bound to be a substantial effect on market prices if consumers’ behavior results in that obligation’s frequent invocation.” 

The Affordable Care Act has already made a difference in the lives of millions of Illinoisans.  Over 2.5 million state residents under the age of 65 who have pre-existing conditions will now be able to get health insurance. All of Illinois’s 1,770,000 seniors and people with disabilities on Medicare will no longer have to pay for preventive services, and many will have more help paying for prescriptions. In total, 1,163,000 uninsured Illinoisans will gain insurance coverage.  

Health care is the key to economic security and opportunity, and the Affordable Care Act is finally bringing fairness to the health care system for American families,” says Jim Duffett, executive director of Campaign for Better Health Care.
To date, three judges have upheld the law, thirteen federal district judges rejected lawsuits charging that the Affordable Care Act is unconstitutional, and two have ruled against it.

University of Chicago Presents announces its 2011-12 Season

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Chicago, IL – The University of Chicago Presents (UCP), the University’s professional music presenting organization, announces its 2011/12 Season, entitled “Evoking Musical Memories.” Building upon 66 years of excellence in the cultural life of Chicago, UCP’s upcoming 2011/12 season promises to inspire new musical memories with a variety of celebrated and rising international artists performing repertoire which spans the spectrum of classical, contemporary, and jazz music.
The 2011/12 Concert Season opens with true fanfare!  As part of the Howard Mayer Brown International Music Series, the English Concert under the artistic direction of Harry Bicket launches the season with the triumphant sounds of Vivaldi’s Concerto for Two Trumpets and Suites from Purcell’s King Arthur and The Fairy Queen.  The series also features a new, special program of holiday music by the celebrated Tallis Scholars in Rockefeller Chapel, and the return of recorder/baroque flutist Mattias Maute with Rebel, the acclaimed, New York-based Baroque ensemble.
The Soviet Arts Experience, spearheaded and launched by UCP in October 2010, continues through January 2012.  Twenty-six artistic partners, including the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Art Institute of Chicago, and Ravinia Festival showcase artists who created under and in response to the Soviet Politburo. The 2011/12 season includes the conclusion of UCP’s concerts as part of the Soviet Arts Experience with superlative performances by the Borodin and Pacifica quartets, violinist Sergey Khachatryan, and the Irish Chamber Orchestra with pianist Leon Fleisher. 
Long the hallmark of UCP, the 2011/12 series will feature debuts by international artists, including Armenian/Canadian soprano Isabel Bayrakdarian, Germany’s Fauré Quartett and Morgenstern Trio, Armenian duo Sergey and Lusine Khachatryan, as well as jazz pianist Hiromi Uehara of Japan. Rounding out the series, the Pacifica Quartet returns for three performances in Mandel, one of which will feature pianist Jorge Federico Osorio joining them on the Dvorák Piano Quintet.
Subscriptions go on sale Monday, March 28, at 10 am.  Single tickets will go on sale Tuesday, September 6 at 10 am.  For more information, contact the UCP Concert Office at 773.702.8068, M-F, 10-5.

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