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Archive for March 12th, 2011

Alvarez launches Offender Initiative Probation Program

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Plans to Open Fourth Community Justice Center

By Chinta Strausberg

In an exclusive on Rev. Harold Bailey’s PCC Network, Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez announced she has launched the Offender Initiative Probation program that targets first-time, non-violent felonies she says deserve a second chance.

Continuing her trail-blazing efforts to target youth before they become habitual criminals, Alvarez is also opening her fourth Community Justice Center where her outreach is helping youth and adults who are experiencing mortgage fraud and other legal problems. She is excited about the Offender Initiative Probation program because it is reaching troubled the younger population blamed for the spike in violence.

“We created a program that is basically a diversion,” she said. “We are looking for that first-time offender with prior backgrounds and are non-violent” who would be put on an intensive year of probation “with all kinds of restriction,” she said referring to the Offender Initiative Probation program.

Alvarez said if youth were able to successfully complete this program, their case would be dismissed. “This allows them to avoid that felony conviction because we have seen those cases where a kid gets in trouble…say a burglary…nothing before, nothing after but yet he has to go through his entire life with that felony conviction.”

She said as a result of this conviction, they have been denied financial aid for college. Bailey applauded Alvarez for her pro-active programs calling it “ground-breaking.”

Alvarez said, “My inner circle are all long-time prosecutors like me… and we seen” this pattern of youth getting first-time felonies and the results of unchecked out-reach that too often leads to a cycle of jail and/or prison.

“When we talked about prevention and what can we do on our end…what can we do better, we actually started to talk to the chief judge and to all of the presiding judges and got their input about what they would think of about a program like this.”

Alvarez said she received overwhelming support for the Offender Initiative Probation program including the blessing from Chief Judge Timothy C. Evans who “was quite excited” about this program.

Asked if this program includes community service, Alvarez said, “Yes. There will be restrictions on their community service” that includes their getting a GED. “It’s to get them moving and hopefully they will realize they can turn their lives around at this point,” she said.

Alvarez also announced she is opening up her fourth Community Justice Center near the University of Illinois at Chicago.

In office for two-years and a prosecutor for 24-years, Alvarez, who is the first female and first Hispanic states attorney, said, “we would benefit…all society would benefit if we had more prevention” programs that would target and provide positive guidance to youth before they traveled down the wrong path.

During her campaign, she realized her office needed to have a greater presence in the communities her office serves. “I pushed will hard and with a lot of help” including approval from Evans and other judges she opened up three Community Justice Centers. The fourth office will be opened sometime this summer around the University of Illinois at Chicago area.

Referring to her South Side Community Justice Center, Alvarez said, “The phone never stops ringing.” The Centers are located in store front offices staffed by assistant states attorneys. “They basically hear the problems from the community…participate with community leaders with the police department. They hold forums like mortgage fraud or gang violence.”

Having been successful in getting money from the federal government to create a mortgage fraud unit. Part of that mortgage fraud grant requires us to have mortgage fraud assistants assigned to our Community Justice Centers which is great.”

Alvarez said victims of mortgage fraud came to the South Side Community Justice Center armed with their paperwork and talked to one of her attorneys. “Their house, which was in foreclosure, was actually being taken from them not by the bank–from someone who just decided he was going to break into the house, start living there and then rent it out.”

Alvarez said the homeowners said no one had been able to help them until they came to her South Side office. “We were so proud to be able to help them to secure what is rightfully theirs. Those are the types of things we are working on in those offices,” she said.

Referring to the Community Justice Centers, Alvarez said, “Sometimes it is intimidating to have to go to the courthouse. It’s nice to have those offices where people feel a little bit more comfortable” in seeking resolutions to their problems.

On youth violence, while Alvarez wishes it would go away, she’s aiming at reaching the youth before they chose a life of crime. She has established steering committees that involve the interfaith community. “There are pastors and reverends who have the ability to reach these kids.”

“We make sure that on our steering committees at our Community Justice Center that we involve clergy, the interfaith community because you have the ability to reach many more (youth) than we can,” she said.

Alvarez said she wanted to use already existing pastoral mentoring programs and is now networking with the clergy in an effort to reach more troubled youth.

“If there is a case report, we have to handle it, but if there is something where the person is not in court..,” her assistant states attorneys will step in and provide positive mentoring for the youth.

Asked about her first human trafficking conviction involving Tyrelle and Myrelle Lockett, 18, of Dolton, who are twin brothers were charged with operating a sex trafficking ring in the south suburbs, Alvarez said, “some people think that it’s only happening in other countries…that it doesn’t happen in America, but Chicago is a hub for it because we are a convention center, a transportation hub. It’s ripe for that type of crime.

“There are young women and men too who are being trafficked right here in our own back yards,” she said. “It’s sad that people tend to think that it’s not our problem but it is our problem.”

Because of the County’s budget constraints, she has applied for numerous federal grants. She was then able to open a Human Traffick unit. “We looked at how we have handled these types of cases. Traditionally, we were not doing a good job,” she admitted. “They depended on the young victim and it was not working.”

“When it comes to children, I truly believe no be loving 12-year-old girl is out there prostituting herself. She’s a victim. Someone is forcing her and someone is making her do it. So what do we do? Do we take those 12-year-olds and put them in the system and charge them with a juvenile prostitution? No, that does not work,” said Alvarez.

She turned to Springfield and was successful in getting the Illinois Safe Children’s Act passed on a first try. “That law decriminalizes juvenile prostitution” by taking those words out of the statue. “These kids are victims. They need to be treated as victims…. We’re not putting them in the system. We are basically giving them the social services that they need…. They need long-term services.

“It gives us more tools as prosecutors to work up these cases the same way we would work up a complicated financial crimes case. We’re going after their business because it’s a business. We have several long-term investigations going focusing on getting these guys where we believe we can get them and to develop a strong case so we don’t depend on the testimony of that young woman or young man,” Alvarez said.

She said the new law allows them to use wiretaps. “In the past, we were allowed to use wiretaps on people selling drugs but not people selling children,” Alvarez said. “That didn’t make sense.” Alvarez said her office “is the envy of many other states” including New York that took five-years to pass a similar statute. “Ours is more comprehensive.”

Asked how organized is human sex trafficking and are Russians involved, Alvarez said, “It’s organized. Sometimes, you’ll see international defendants, but you also see just our own domestic home-grown” defendants and sometimes gangs. “It happens here more than people think.”

When asked why can’t the punishment be stiffer when they are found guilty of human trafficking, Alvarez said, “Part of the statutes increases some fines that weren’t there before. It’s all a work in progress….”

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

Tim Heagy elected to Better Business Bureau Board of Directors

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 Chicago, ILTim Heagy, the Vice President General Manager for Viamedia, has been elected to a one-year position as a member of the Board of Directors with the Better Business Bureau of Chicago and Northern Illinois.  As member of the Board, Mr. Heagy will help guide the Better Business Bureau in its mission of advancing marketplace trust and promoting ethical business practices.                                                            


“We are very pleased to have Tim with his extensive business knowledge and experience on our Board,” said Steve J. Bernas, president and CEO of the Better Business Bureau serving Chicago and Northern Illinois.  “His experience in working with companies and individuals will greatly assist us in creating a community of trustworthy businesses that both consumers and businesses throughout northern Illinois can rely on.”


Mr. Heagy’s career spans almost 25 years in the television industry, beginning as an intern for WGN television in 1986. He started his career with Continental Cablevision in Quincy, IL and was promoted to General Sales Manager over Southern Illinois between 1992 through 2000.


In 2000, He was promoted to Area Sales Manager for the Chicago North Region of Comcast Cable. In his nine years managing advertising sales for Comcast in Chicago, Mr. Heagy lead the nation with the highest billing local sales team for Comcast between 2005 through 2009. In September of 2009 Mr. Heagy accepted the position as Vice President General Manager of Viamedia, a multi media advertising company that oversees the advertising for 2 of the 3 cable companies in Chicago. Viamedia represents both WOW and RCN cable companies in the Chicagoland area. 


Mr. Heagy stated: “I’m honored to be selected by the Better Business Bureau to help it assist both consumers and businesses as a member of its Board of Directors.”  He noted that, “Ethical business operations has always been the highest priority in my business.  I’m pleased I can take lessons I’ve learned to continue to help others in the northern Illinois business arena.”


Actor Isaiah Washington, Judge Mablean and Urban Fiction Duo Ashley & Jaquavis headline 2011 National Black Book Festival

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isaiah_washington_nbbfActor and author Isaiah Washington will be one of many authors attending the event.

Houston, TX (BlackNews.com) — Actor and author Isaiah Washington, former host of “Divorce Court” Judge Mablean, and the urban fiction duo Ashley & Jaquavis will headline the 4th annual National Black Book Festival (NBBF), June 10-12, 2011 in Houston, Texas, at the downtown Doubletree Hotel. Washington’s memoir titled, A Man From Another Land, will be released in late April and the former star of “Gray’s Anatomy” will discuss his book as well as greet fans and autograph copies.
More than 100 African-American authors and thousands of book club members and readers will converge in Houston during the largest indoor gathering of African-American authors in the world. Participating authors from more than 30 states and the Caribbean will showcase, sign and sell their books during the weekend event.
Other featured authors for the Festival include:
* Children’s author, Joyce Carol Thomas
* Dynamic Christian author, Michelle McKinney Hammond
* Educator and author, Lavaille Lavette
* Fiction author, Carleen Brice
* Mystery/thriller authors, Tananarive Due and Pamela Samuels-Young
* Urban fiction author, K’Wan
Author and publisher Vickie Stringer will make a special guest appearance.
In addition, highlights of the Festival include:
* Welcome to Houston Reception – Friday, June 10 @ 7:00 p.m.
* Private Slumber Party with urban fiction duo Ashley & Jaquavis – Friday, June 10 @ 10:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m.
* Get Acquainted Breakfast (speaker is actor/author GregAlan Williams) – Saturday, June 11 @ 8:00 a.m.
* Jazz Brunch – Sunday, June 12 @ 11:00 a.m.
* 2011 Best New Author Award Presentation at the Sunday Jazz Brunch
* Live author radio interviews with author/radio host G. L. Henderson of Artistfirst.com
* Children’s activity area – Saturday, June 11 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
* Spoken Word Poetry Slam – Sunday, June 12 @ 4:00 p.m.
* Book launch parties
* Workshops and seminars

NBBF is sponsored by Cushcity.com, the world’s largest African-American online retailer with over 20,000 products online. Urban Books is the primary publishing sponsor.
Admission to the Festival is $5.00 per day for adults and teens. Admission is free for children 12 and under.
For more information, visit the Festival web site at www.nationalblackbookfestival.com or call the National Black Book Festival headquarters at 800-340-5454.

Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky endorses James Cappleman for 46th Ward Alderman

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Chicago, IL – Democratic Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky announced her strong support of 46th Ward Aldermanic candidate James Cappleman. 

Cappleman – a former teacher, social worker and community advocate – is in the April 5th run-off election to replace retiring Alderman Helen Shiller.  Schakowsky joins a growing number of progressive voices supporting Cappleman, who also has the endorsement of the 46th Ward Democrats, State Senator Heather Steans, former State Senator Carol Ronen and former Aldermanic candidate Emily Stewart.

“I endorse James Cappleman because he’ll fight for progressive values in the Chicago City Council.  We’ll work together to fight right-wing attempts to roll back important rights.  I know he has the values and experience to make a difference working for the 46th ward.  Progressives need James Cappleman as Alderman.”

“Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky is one of the most effective and respected leaders in our community,” said Cappleman.  “Voters in the 46th ward trust her ability and her judgment.  I’m honored to have her endorsement and I’m looking forward to working with her to improve our neighborhoods.”

Please visit www.JamesForChange.com to learn more about James Cappleman’s background and his views on important issues.

Seniors Need to Take Steps to Prevent Falls in Their Homes

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russoDebbie Russo of Senior Solutions For You


While everyone loves to take an exciting trip from time to time, no one wants to take a trip to the emergency room—especially senior citizens. Yet, accidental falls, slips and trips are alarmingly common among older Americans, and often happen within the confines of what is normally considered a safe and comfortable home.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, falls are the leading cause of injury-related death among those age 65 and older, and one third of seniors experience a fall each year. A bad fall can produce serious harm, such as head trauma, a hip fracture, lacerations or a broken arm. In fact, the CDC reports that more than 18,000 older adults suffered fatalities due to unintentional fall injuries, and in 2007, 81 percent of fall deaths were among people 65 and older.

“The good news is that many of these falls are preventable with careful planning and lifestyle changes,” said Debbie Russo, owner, Senior Solutions For You, a Wheaton-based agency offering in-home and life care services to senior citizens. “Seniors who want to maintain an independent lifestyle need to take the proper precautions to reduce their chances of an unintentional fall by addressing three key areas.”

1.    Remove any hazards present in your home that can impede your ability to walk and get around freely—particularly items on the floor, noted Russo.

  • Get rid of floor-bound clutter, boxes, stacks of newspapers or magazines and other unnecessary impediments found along your common pathways.
  • To prevent tripping, tuck electrical cords out of the way, remove problematic throw rugs, and level out any uneven floors (have loose carpet professionally stretched, repair loose floorboards and replace high-stepping thresholds in doorways).
  • In bathrooms and showers, use nonslip rubber mats and be sure proper grab bars are installed. Equip other key rooms and areas with railings and grab bars as needed.
  • Immediately clean up any spilled liquids, including grease, beverages or foods, and use a non-skid cleaning product when cleaning the floors.
  • Always wear quality supportive shoes with rubber soles that provide good traction.
  • Install night lights that turn on automatically in any areas where you may be walking after bedtime.

2.    Visit your health care providers for regular check-ups or when your mobility or vision is compromised, Russo recommended.

  • Receive regular eye exams and get screened for diseases like cataracts and glaucoma, visual conditions such as nearsightedness and farsightedness, and systemic maladies like diabetes and hypertension. It’s vitally important not to skip visits to the optometrist or ophthalmologist, even though Medicare doesn’t cover routine eye exams. Impaired vision is a major contributor to slips and falls among seniors.
  • If you wear glasses or contacts, take care to clean and maintain them regularly.
  • If you experience any pain or impairment in your feet, legs, knees or hips, visit a doctor right away.
  • Have your physician assess your medications periodically or whenever you feel dizzy, unnaturally drowsy or more prone to falling. Often, a prescription or over-the-counter drug can provoke these symptoms and make you more susceptible to falling.
  • To safeguard against hip fractures, get checked and treated for osteoporosis and get your doctor’s permission to increase your intake of vitamin D and calcium.

3.    Exercise more often and increase your physical activity when you’re able, suggested Russo.

  • Lack of appropriate physical fitness at any age can lead to weak muscle tone, bone loss and decreased flexibility, all of which can disrupt your balance and result in falls.
  • Ask your doctor what exercise program or level of fitness activity is right for you.
  • A yoga, swimming or low-impact aerobic class geared for seniors can increase muscle strength, bone density, flexion of motion, balance and coordination. A program that involves age-appropriate weight-bearing exercises is also recommended.
  • Go for regular casual walks in the neighborhood to improve blood flow, stretch out joints, tendons, ligaments and muscles, boost endorphins and the immune system, and improve your mental health and attitude.

“Don’t feel like a prisoner in your own home or an accident waiting to happen. Instead, follow suggested safety measures to decrease your risks of taking a serious tumble,” Russo added

As Benjamin Franklin once said, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Safeguard your ability to get around on your own two feet and you’re bound to live a longer, happier life.

Led by Debbie Russo, Senior Solutions For You is a Wheaton-based agency that caters to seniors in need of assistance, specializing in In home health care. Senior Solutions For You also offers a variety of services, including moving assistance, garage and estate sales, financial and legal services, help with insurance claims, and more. Debbie also currently teaches yoga classes for seniors in Plainfield, Schaumburg, Addison, Streamwood, and Elk Grove Village. For more information, phone (630) 885-0606 , e-mail Debbie at Debbie@seniorsolutionsforyou.com or visit SeniorSolutionsForYou.com


Spring Music Festival: “Passport: A Musical Expedition and Segovia series concert scheduled

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Evanston, IL – “Passport: A Musical Expedition” — the 2011 Spring Festival — March 30 to April 9, will open the Northwestern University Bienen School of Music’s 2010-11 spring performance season.

Festival programs include an April 1 operatic showcase staged by Jay Lesenger, Northwestern’s director of opera, and featuring School of Music opera students; an April 2 concert by the Haitian ensemble Boukman Eksperyans; and an April 7 performance of 1920s and 1930s gypsy jazz by the Hot Club of San Francisco. The Hot Club ensemble will accompany an April 8 screening of four silent films at the Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art. April 9, there will be a musical tribute to Irish and Jewish influences on vaudeville and Tin Pan Alley. Three April lecture/demonstrations are also part of the Spring Festival.

Other highlights include April 1 and 2 master classes by cellist Lynn Harrell; an April 9 concert in the Segovia Classical Guitar Series by the Beijing Guitar Duo; an April 14 performance by the Athens Saxophone Quartet; the April 18 annual Northwestern Concerto/Aria Competition and an April 27 piano master class by Menahem Pressler.

Events listed below are open to the public and will be held on Northwestern’s Evanston campus at Pick-Staiger Concert Hall, 50 Arts Circle Drive; Regenstein Recital Hall, 60 Arts Circle Drive; Lutkin Hall, 700 University Place; Alice Millar Chapel, 1870 Sheridan Road, or the Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art, 40 Arts Circle Drive, as noted.

For more information, call the Pick-Staiger Concert Office at (847) 491-5441 or visit the Pick-Staiger website at http://www.pickstaiger.org/. To order tickets by phone, call the Pick-Staiger Ticket Office at (847) 467-4000.

APRIL 2011 MUSIC EVENTS Music from Asia, Europe and America will be featured in an evening of vocal prowess. Travel operatically as music director Alan Darling and stage director Jay Lesenger showcase opera singers from the Bienen School of Music. The program will include selections from “Carmen,” “Cosi fan tutte,” “Don Giovanni,” “La Boheme,” “Lakme” and the Bienen School of Music spring opera, “Street Scene.” Tickets are $14 for the general public; $12 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $6 for students with valid IDs.

Spring Festival concert, “Road Trip: An Operatic Travelogue,” 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 1, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall.

Cello Master Class, noon and Chamber Music Master Class, 5 p.m. Lynn Harrell, Friday, April 1; and Cello Master Class 12:30 p.m. Saturday, April 2, Regenstein Recital Hall. World-renowned cellist Harrell, a soloist, chamber musician, recitalist, conductor and teacher, will conduct three master classes for pre-selected Bienen School cello and chamber ensemble students. Admission is free.

Spring Festival concert, Boukman Eksperyans, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 2, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. The legendary 10-piece Haitian ensemble Boukman Eksperyans will showcase its high-energy sound, fusing traditional Haitian and Caribbean rhythms with rock and reggae. The group ushered in a musical revolution with its Grammy-nominated debut album, “Voudou Adjae.” It has appeared with Wyclef Jean, Femi Kuti, Baaba Maal, the Fugees and many other world music stars. This concert is presented in conjunction with the One Book One Northwestern program, featuring Tracy Kidder’s “Mountains Beyond Mountains.” Tickets are $16 for the general public; $14 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $8 for students with valid IDs.

Spring Festival lecture/demonstration, “Music and Human Rights in Haiti,” 4 p.m. Monday, April 4, Regenstein Recital Hall. The Bienen School of Music, One Book One Northwestern and the Northwestern Conference on Human Rights will present a lecture, discussion and Q&A with Theodore “Lolo” and Mimerose “Manze” Beaubrun of Boukman Eksperyans. Admission is free.

Spring Festival concert, “The Hot Club of San Francisco: Meet Me in Paris,” 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 7, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. Join the Hot Club of San Francisco — comprised of leader and guitarist Paul Mehling, singer-guitarist Isabelle Fontaine, guitarist Jeff Magidson, violinist Evan Price and bassist Clint Baker — for an evening of love songs and gypsy jazz made famous in the 1920s and 1930s by Django Reinhardt, Stephane Grappelli and their legendary Quintette du Hot Club de France. Guitar and fiddle solos will take the audience on a ride down the Seine and through the heart of Paris. French singer-guitarist Fontaine’s mix of sweet and sultry songs adds to the Parisian ambiance. Tickets are $16 for the general public; $14 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $8 for students with valid IDs.

Spring Festival lecture/demonstration, “Irish and Jewish Influences on Tin Pan Alley” with Mick Moloney, 2 p.m. Friday, April 8, Regenstein Recital Hall. Musician and folklorist Moloney will discuss Irish and Jewish cultural influences on the music of Tin Pan Alley. Admission is free.

Spring Festival lecture, “Unlocking the Secrets of Gypsy Guitar,” 4 p.m. Friday, April 8, Regenstein Recital Hall. Guitarist Paul Mehling of the Hot Club of San Francisco will discuss the techniques and history of gypsy jazz guitar, as made popular by Django Reinhardt during the 1920s and 1930s. Admission is free.

Spring Festival, “Silent Surrealism: Silent Films with Live Music by The Hot Club of San Francisco,” 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 8, Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art, 40 Arts Circle Drive. Take a multimedia trip back to 1920s Paris. The Hot Club of San Francisco — leader and guitarist Paul Mehling, guitarists Isabelle Fontaine and Jeff Magidson, violinist Evan Price and bassist Clint Baker — will provide live gypsy jazz accompaniment for four silent films: Charley Bowers’ “Now You Tell One”; James Sibley Watson’s “The Fall of the House of Usher”; Harold Muller’s “It’s a Bird”; and Harold Shaw’s “The Land Beyond the Sunset.” Admission is $8.

Spring Festival concert, “If It Wasn’t for the Irish and the Jews: A Tribute to Irish and Jewish Influences on Vaudeville and Tin Pan Alley,” 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 9, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. Famous for the music of Joplin, Berlin, Waller and Cohan, Tin Pan Alley also generated such Irish favorites as “Sweet Rosie O’Grady” and “T’was Only an Irishman’s Dream.” In 1912 William Jerome and Jean Schwartz wrote “If It Wasn’t for the Irish and the Jews,” a catchy song celebrating Irish-Jewish collaborations in American life. Join renowned musician-folklorist Mick Moloney and an all-star cast (featuring Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks, Athena Tergis, Brendan Dolan, Billy McComiskey, Susan McKeown and Niall O’Leary) for a musical celebration of good-natured ethnic flux and of competition and cooperation that left a lasting imprint on American popular music. Tickets are $18 for the general public; $15 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $8 for students with valid IDs.

Segovia Classical Guitar series, Beijing Guitar Duo, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 9, Lutkin Hall. Acclaimed for her 2005 live album, Meng Su has won top prizes at the Vienna Youth Guitar Competition and the Iserlohn International Guitar Competition. At age 12, Yameng Wang became the youngest winner of the Tokyo International Guitar Competition, and two years later performed at the Paris International Guitar Art Week. The two rising stars met at Beijing’s Central Conservatory and as the Beijing Guitar Duo have toured worldwide. Guitar master Sergio Assad dedicated his “Maracaipe” to Su and Wang, and it is the title track of the duo’s first album. This concert is part of the Segovia Classical Guitar Series, supported in part by the Chicago Classical Guitar Society. Tickets are $22 for the general public; $19 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $10 for students with valid IDs.

Newberry Consort, “Musica Secreta — Passion and Virtuosity at Court,” 3 p.m. Sunday, April 10, Lutkin Hall. At the turn of the 17th century, the noble courts and elite salons of Italy were hotbeds of musical patronage. The Newberry Consort will recreate the lavish ensembles to perform the music of Luzzaschi, Peri, Monteverdi, Wert and da Gagliano that was often a closely guarded, private luxury for a select inner circle. Enter these private chambers to revel in the celestial treble sonority of Ferrara’s Concerti di Donne, the virtuosic pyrotechnics of the bass voice, and rich consort textures of violins, harpsichord and lutes. The concert will be preceded by a lecture at 2 p.m. Tickets are $30 for the general public, senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff and $5 for students with valid IDs. There is a $2 ticket discount for phone orders made in advance of the concert.

Violin Pedagogy Weekend Finale Concert, 3 p.m. Sunday, April 10, Regenstein Recital Hall. This weekend of master classes will culminate in performances by students from the Northwestern University Music Academy, Indiana University Music Academy, Peabody Preparatory, Maryland Talent Education Center, String Academy of Wisconsin at UW Milwaukee and String Academy of Wyoming. The program will include the world premiere of a new violin work by Northwestern theory and composition professor Lee Hyla. For more information, contact the Music Academy string studio at (847) 467-6514. Admission is free.

Alice Millar Chapel Choir and Wheaton College Conservatory Concert Choir, 5 p.m. Sunday, April 10, Alice Millar Chapel. Stephen Alltop and Paul Wiens will conduct the Alice Millar Chapel Choir and the Wheaton College Conservatory Concert Choir in a performance featuring organists Eric Budzynski and Jacob Fuhrman. The program will include Stephen Paulus’ “The Pilgrim’s Hymn”; Mack Wilberg’s arrangement of “Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing”; Bob Chilcott’s “Steal Away”; Shawn Kirchner’s “Wana Baraka”; Bach’s “Erfreut euch, ihr Herzen”; James McMillan’s “Cantos Sagrados”; Antonio Lotti’s “Crucifixus”; Messiaen’s “O sacrum convivium!” and Georg Schumann’s “Komm, heil’ger Geist.” Admission is a freewill offering.

Guest Artists, Athens Saxophone Quartet, 5:30 p.m. Thursday, April 14, Regenstein Recital Hall. The Athens Saxophone Quartet has premiered more than 100 compositions in worldwide appearances at music festivals and concert halls. Its members — Eric Honour, Dionisis Roussos, Leo Saguiguit and Athanasios Zervas — are accomplished composers, theorists and teachers in universities and colleges in the United States and Greece. Honour, Saguiguit and Zervas studied saxophone performance at Northwestern. Admission is free.

Northwestern University Symphony Orchestra, 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 15, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. Victor Yampolsky will conduct the Symphony Orchestra in a performance dedicated to the memory of Bienen School of Music supporter Carol F. Rice. The program will feature Mahler’s Symphony No. 7 in E Minor. Tickets are $9 for the general public; $7 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $5 for students with valid IDs.

Symphonic Wind Ensemble, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 16, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. Mallory Thompson will conduct the Symphonic Wind Ensemble in a program featuring Ernest Toch’s “Spiel fur Blasorchester”; Thompson’s arrangement of Wagner’s Prelude to Act III, Dance and Finale from “Die Meistersinger”; Boris Blacher’s Divertimento for Wind Orchestra; and Maslanka’s “In Memoriam.” Tickets are $7 for the general public; $5 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $4 for students with valid IDs.

Northwestern Concerto/Aria Competition, 5:30 p.m. Monday, April 18, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. With a reputation for producing some of the world’s finest young instrumentalists and vocalists, the Bienen School of Music showcases top students in the final rounds of this year’s solo competition. Admission is free.

Small Jazz Ensemble Concert, “Stompin’ at the Savoy,” 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 20, Regenstein Recital Hall. Director of jazz studies Victor Goines will conduct Northwestern students in a concert of jazz era swing. Tickets are $7 for the general public; $5 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $4 for students with valid IDs.

Student Advisory Board Movie Music Concert, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 21, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. Roderick Cox, Deanna Tham and Frank Watkins will conduct students from Northwestern University, Northwestern’s Music Academy, the People’s Music School and the Evanston community in an evening of music from popular film scores. Highlights include music from “Harry Potter,” “The Lord of the Rings,” “Pirates of the Caribbean” and “Up.” Admission is free.

Kids Fare, “Pluck Those Strings,” 10:30 a.m. Saturday, April 23, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. Join us for a spectacular assembly of guitars, banjos, lutes, mandolins, harps, balalaikas, ukuleles and more as we celebrate the wonderful world of plucked string instruments with the Northwestern University Guitar Ensemble. Tickets are $7 for the general public; $5 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $4 for students with valid IDs and children.

Guest Artist, Menahem Pressler Piano Master Class, 5 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, April 27, Lutkin Hall. A founding member of the Beaux Arts Trio, pianist Pressler has established himself among the world’s most esteemed musicians, with a career spanning more than five decades. Recipient of six Grammy nominations and a lifetime achievement award from Gramophone magazine, he continues to perform to great acclaim while continuing his teaching career at Indiana University. This master class with Bienen School students will devote two hours to chamber music and two hours to solo repertoire. It will include a brief intermission. Admission is free.

Contemporary Music Ensemble, “A World of Song — A World of Color,” 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 28, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. Faculty member Stephen Alltop will conduct the Contemporary Music Ensemble in a concert featuring soloists, including harpist Erin Ponto, soprano Josefien Stoppelenburg and tenor Ace Gangoso. The program will feature songs by Silvestre Revueltas, music for flute by Christian Lindberg and the world premiere of Alan Terricciano’s Harp Concerto, based on the Irish song “Fill Me to the Parting Glass.” Dutch soprano and painter Stoppelenburg is featured in songs written by her father, Willem Stoppelenburg, as well as other works that complement a display of her paintings projected as part of the performance. Tickets are $7 for the general public; $5 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $4 for students with valid IDs and children.

Northwestern University Chamber Orchestra, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 30, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. Faculty member Robert G. Hasty will conduct the Chamber Orchestra in a program that features Rossini’s Overture to “Semiramide”; Debussy’s “Printemps”; Massenet’s Suite No. 7 (“Scenes alsaciennes”); and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 8 in F Major. Tickets are $7 for the general public; $5 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $4 for students with valid IDs and children.

(Source contact: Laura Nielsen, marketing manager, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall, at (847) 467-2420 or lnielsen@northwestern.edu)

Nathalie Rayter, a senior in the School of Education and Social Policy, contributed to this story.

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AFL-CIO Illinois President supports Internet Tax Legislation

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Statement from Michael T. Carrigan, president, Illinois AFL-CIO on HB3659 – Internet Tax Legislation


The Illinois Internet Tax represents much needed revenue for our state. Most states require sales tax on internet transactions. It levels the playing field for retailers who have permanent operations in our state and must charge sales tax.

Labor has worked closely with business to address this problem in our state, to help protect jobs and grow Illinois’ economy. We were very disheartened at the attempts to stop this legislation by Amazon.com who threatened businesses and working men and women at a time when jobs are precious.

We would like to thank state lawmakers in the House and Senate for their overwhelming support for the bill, especially the leadership and main sponsors: Senate President John Cullerton (D-Chicago), Senate Republican Leader Christine Radogno (R-Lemont) and State Representative Pat Verschoore (D-Milan). And we thank Governor Pat Quinn for signing the bill into

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