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Topinka: Illinois on pace to end Budget Year $8 billion in red

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Comptroller warns of backlog, unaddressed obligations


Chicago, IL  – Illinois Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka on Wednesday announced that the state is on pace to end Fiscal Year 2011 with $8 billion in unaddressed obligations, and warned that it will continue to operate in the red until substantial structural changes are made to the budget.

The state’s Chief Fiscal Officer, Topinka sounded the warning as lawmakers enter the final stretch of the Spring Legislative session. While a variety of borrowing and fund transfers have been proposed to pay down the state’s bills, Topinka cautioned that long-term financial stability will only come with spending reforms.

“After years of hand-wringing about the state’s finances and deficit spending, here we are looking to end yet another fiscal year in the red,” said Topinka, who was sworn-in to office in January. “The prescription for our financial recovery is simple: stop spending more than we bring in. But sadly, that still has not occurred.”

In detailing the state’s fiscal outlook, Topinka noted that the Comptroller’s Office has 208,635 in unpaid bills totaling $4.52 billion. Those vouchers represent payments due to schools, hospitals, social service agencies and private businesses throughout Illinois for services already provided to the state.

That backlog is expected to remain at around $4.5 billion when Illinois ends the fiscal year on June 30, 2011. Beyond the unpaid bills, the state faces roughly $3.8 billion in additional obligations, including $1 billion in bills expected to arrive after the close of the fiscal year, $1.2 billion for State Employee Health Insurance and $850 million in corporate tax refunds.

In all, the state’s unaddressed obligations will total approximately $8.3 billion at the close of the fiscal year – just as it did at the close of Fiscal Year 2010, Topinka said. In making the announcement, the Comptroller stressed that the estimates may change depending on decisions made in the final weeks of the legislative session. Specific considerations which could become factors include: how the Governor manages unspent appropriations, any supplemental spending, and whether or not the state chooses to borrow additional funds.

Regardless of those short term actions, Topinka warned that long-term solutions are needed for state spending in order for the state to regain its fiscal footing. She applauded lawmakers for taking fiscally responsible action recently in approving the state’s pension and bond payments, and encouraged them to take the next step.

“I know firsthand that we have leaders in both parties who are committed to restoring our state’s fiscal integrity, and they are making progress,” Topinka said. “But we will never fully succeed without substantial spending reforms. That will continue to be my focus, and I look forward to working with members of the General Assembly in these final weeks of the legislative session to make them a reality.”

Trump employing “Birther” issue as a weapon of mass distraction

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Marc H. Morial,  President and CEO, National Urban League


“You can fool some of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the time, but you cannot fool all of the people all of the time.”  Abraham Lincoln

A recent CBS/New York Times poll found that 25 percent of Americans and 45 percent of registered Republican voters believe that President Obama was not born in the United States.  Another 22 percent of Republican voters say they don’t know.  For the record, President Obama was born on August 4, 1961 at Kapi’olani Maternity and Gynecological Hospital in Honolulu, Hawaii.  His birth certificate documents it.  Hawaii officials confirm it.  And no one seriously doubts it except for a vocal minority of “birthers” who will do or say anything to get America’s first Black President out of the White House.

Recently, the birthers have turned up the volume with the addition of the bombastic rantings of — Donald Trump, the New York business magnate, reality TV star and potential Republican candidate for president.  In recent appearances on “The View,” “Good Morning America,” “NBC Today,” and other shows Trump, who is playing the media like a fiddle, has repeatedly made false and incendiary insinuations that Barack Obama may not be a U.S. citizen and therefore not qualified to be President of the United States.  Anyone with a modicum of intelligence can see that Trump’s birther claims as well as his flirtation as a presidential candidate is nothing more than an insincere sideshow, intended to promote his personal brand and raise his TV ratings.   But as the new polling shows, in the looney tunes world of modern American politics, a sizeable number of the electorate is responding.  That is unfortunate.  It is one thing for Trump to “fire” contestants weekly on his “Apprentice” TV show, it is quite another to cynically fire up the right wing base with lies that feed their already biased assertion that President Obama is somehow “not one of us.”

We urge the mainstream media to pull the plug on this hoax.  Trump’s birther-based candidacy is nothing more than a weapon of mass distraction that disqualifies him as a serious presidential contender.  He is taking valuable air time from others who have important things to say about the most important issues of the 2012 presidential campaign, most notably the unemployment crisis in America.

Even pundits like Karl Rove, Bill O’Reilly and Ann Coulter have discredited Trump’s birther claims.  Rove recently called Trump a “joke candidate” who is pandering to the “nutty right.” And last week, Arizona Governor Jan Brewer, who last year signed a law requiring police to check the citizenship status of anyone suspected of being in the country illegally, actually vetoed a bill which would have required presidential candidates to show proof of citizenship before being admitted to the state ballot.

Another flamboyant American showman, P.T. Barnum is credited with saying, “There’s a sucker born every minute.”  We trust that citizens of all political persuasions and the mainstream media will not fall for Donald Trump’s weapon of mass distraction.  With sky high unemployment, an epidemic of housing foreclosures, crumbling schools, struggling urban centers, a worsening debt crisis and seemingly never-ending wars, there are serious issues that need our attention.   President Obama’s citizenship is not one of them.

Attorney General Madigan: Terronez guilty, resigns

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Rock Island State’s Attorney Relinquishes Pension, Agrees to Lifetime Ban on Serving in Public Office  


Rock Island, IL ─ Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan announced Rock Island County State’s Attorney Jeff Terronez will resign effective today after pleading guilty to the unlawful delivery of alcohol to a minor this morning in Rock Island Circuit Court. Terronez’s resignation and guilty plea are the result of an Illinois State Police (ISP) investigation into allegations of misconduct involving a minor. The court appointed the Attorney General as a special prosecutor under seal to handle the case upon completion of the investigation by the ISP.

“The people of Rock Island County elected Mr. Terronez and entrusted him to protect their communities and prosecute those who violate the law,” Attorney General Madigan said. “Unfortunately, he used his position of power to engage in an extremely unprofessional and inappropriate relationship, thereby forfeiting that public trust. As the special prosecutor in this case, my office sought a criminal conviction and demanded Mr. Terronez’s resignation.”

Terronez, 39, of East Moline, Ill., today pled guilty to one count of unlawful delivery of alcoholic liquor to a person under 21, a Class A misdemeanor. As a condition of his guilty plea, Terronez immediately resigned his post as the Rock Island County State’s Attorney and pledged never again to seek public office. As additional conditions of his plea, Terronez withdrew from the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund, thereby forfeiting his public pension. He will also serve the maximum 2 years probation and pay the maximum $2,500 fine.

On a referral from the East Moline Police Department, ISP began investigating allegations that Terronez had purchased alcohol for a minor in August 2010. Terronez came to know the minor involved in this matter because she was the victim in a criminal case that Terronez prosecuted.  ISP completed its investigation and furnished the evidence to Attorney General Madigan’s Criminal Enforcement Division, which had been appointed the case’s special prosecutor under seal on Oct. 29, 2010.

“Mr. Terronezabused the most sacred relationship a prosecutor can have, that between the prosecutor seeking justice and a victim of crime,” Madigan said. “His resignation is the first step in restoring the county’s trust in its justice system.”

As appointed by Judge O’Connor, Chief Judge of the 14thJudicial Circuit, Madigan’s office served as the special prosecutor. Senior Assistant Attorney General Bill Elward, Assistant Attorney General Steve Nate and Division Chief Rick Schwind handled the case for Madigan’s Criminal Enforcement Division.

GOP ploy – Use pain at the pump to tank Obama

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 (From New America Media)


By Eart Ofari Hutchinson


President Obama put it best when he said that it never fails when gas prices surge that politicians run to the cameras and pontificate about doing whatever it takes to get the prices back down. Obama didn’t add that the politicians did it again with the latest gas price surge, but the target they choose to pummel for the price surge aren’t BP, oil spills, OPEC, or Middle Eastern turmoil. The target is Obama.

The GOP certainly wasted no time in hitting the cameras and claiming that Obama’s policies of limits on drilling and increased energy taxes are to blame for American motorists’ pain at the pump. It’s a good and predictable political line. But the truth about oil prices is much more complex and it’s doubtful that one president, his party or, for that matter, any Washington politician, including those in the GOP, can do much about it.

Oil prices have surged in part because of rampant and unregulated commodities speculation, jitters over the political unrest in the Middle East, and producers’ cutbacks in drilling and production. Politicians take advantage of the situation and make their opponents look bad. In this case the GOP is throwing mud at the White House and hoping some of it sticks in the voter’s minds. The peril is, of course, that some of it if just might.

Obama flatly blamed his recent dip in the polls on the surging gas prices. It’s unfair, but Obama knows enough about the history of how things work. When voters have to pay more for anything they need to blame someone and that someone is more often than not the president. Politics and energy, just as politics and the economy, have been hopelessly muddled and entangled during every election cycle.

The tested and true political rule of thumb is that when the economy goes sour during the last years of a president’s term, that president is almost always defeated. When energy prices—and it means gas prices in voters’ mind—go up, it can hurt any president. And he must move quickly to tamp down the discontent before it becomes a tidal surge of voters resentment.

President Nixon did just that in 1973, when many gas pumps ran dry during the Arab oil embargo. He publicly declared that America’s target was “project independence” that would wean America off of Mideastern oil and put the nation on the road to energy independence. The instant that the crisis passed, so did all the talk about energy independence. For the next three decades, America’s thirst for foreign oil did not slacken one drop. The United States uses more foreign oil products than any other nation.

Obama has hit back on several familiar fronts to counter GOP attacks. He renewed his call for big increases in alternative fuel sources, more domestic drilling and an end to the billions in subsidies to the oil and gas industries.

And the president didn’t stop there. He used a tactic that George W. Bush used in 2006, when gas ran up to the then unheard of high of $3 a gallon. He angrily declared that the nation wouldn’t stand for any price gouging at the pump and promised a probe. But when gas prices followed the predictable cycle and dropped it was the end of that.

Democratic presidential candidate Obama himself lambasted oil speculation and pledged to close the loophole that allowed oil futures to be traded in unregulated markets in 2008. About one-third of all trading in U.S. oil futures is unregulated. Obama also called for legislation to give Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), the Federal Trade Commission and the Department of Justice full power to investigate price manipulation in the oil market. The measure would also boost the regulatory power of the CFTC over oil futures trading. That didn’t happen then.

But now that the GOP has jumped all over the gas price issue, and made him the fallguy, Obama quickly ordered the Justice Department to form a task force to ferret out any fraud or manipulation in the oil market. That’s a long, slow, tortuous and frankly a politically ineffectual process that would hardly silence GOP tirades about the president’s driving up gas prices and the public’s unhappiness.

In the next few weeks, with summer near and more motorists expected to hit the road, this almost always means even more hikes in prices. Obama will be forced to talk more and more about energy independence and shoving down gas prices. The GOP won’t beat Obama with the gas price issue. But the ploy will cause nervous moments for the White House and deflect attention from the GOP’s abysmal failure to come up with anything better to ease the pain at the pump.

Workers’ Memorial Day honors those Killed on the Job

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On Thursday, April 28, working families around the country will gather to remember and honor friends and family members who have been killed or injured while doing their jobs.

In Illinois, there are 10 events scheduled to honor deceased workers and to call attention to the need for continuing worker safety training, stricter laws and increased enforcement of current laws.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reports there were over 4,300 workplace deaths nationwide due to traumatic injury in 2009 (the most recent figures). In Illinois, 158 workers were killed on the job in 2009 while 137,900 people suffered workplace injuries or illness. Illinois employs only 77 workplace inspectors for a working population of over 6,600,000 (Illinois Department of Employment Security 2010). According to the BLS, it would take those 77 inspectors 94 years to inspect each Illinois worksite one time.

“Even though Illinois has some of the best worker safety laws, we still need improvements at the state level and nationally to ensure you and I can go to work under the safest conditions,” said Michael T. Carrigan, president of the Illinois AFL-CIO.  “Obviously we need

to increase the number of worksite inspectors by improved funding to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration and Department of Labor. Worker safety is a core issue for the Illinois AFL-CIO and we work diligently in Springfield with lawmakers to strengthen our laws and increase penalties for those companies who do not comply.”

The State Labor Federation has also been working tirelessly over the past months to secure benefits for workers who are injured on the job through workers’ compensation laws. “Our goal is to protect injured workers’ benefits and to make sure they get the best medical care possible in a timely manner, so they can get back to work quickly,” said Carrigan.

A complete list of Workers’ Memorial Day events is posted below and they can also be viewed at www.ilafl-cio.org.

 2011 Workers’ Memorial Day Events

ALTON – Thursday, April 28, the Greater Madison County Federation of Labor Workers’ Memorial Day Services from 7:30 – 8:30 p.m., beginning in the Muenstermann Building at Gordon F. Moore Community Park, Highway 140 and Park Rd, Alton, followed by a roses and candlelight walk to the memorial at the entrance of the park from the Muenstermann Building. The program will feature guest speakers, color guard, music and video presentation.

BLOOMINGTON – Thursday, April 28, Bloomington-Normal Trades and Labor Assembly Workers’ Memorial Day Service at 6 a.m. at White Oak Park Pavilion in Bloomington.

DECATUR – Thursday, April 28, Decatur Trades and Labor Assembly Workers’ Memorial Day Service, 5 p.m. on the northwest corner of the Macon County Courthouse lawn, located at 253 West Wood Street in downtown Decatur.

GALESBURG – Thursday, April 28, Galesburg Trades and Labor Assembly Workers’ Memorial Day Service at 5:30 p.m. at the Laborers Hall, 118 W. Main in East Galesburg.

JOLIET – Friday, April 29, Will and Grundy Counties Trades and Labor Council annual Workers’ Memorial Day Dinner at the IBEW 176 West Banquet Hall in Joliet.

PEORIA – Thursday, April 28, Labor Council of West Central Illinois Workers’ Memorial Candlelight Service – We gather at the Peoria Labor Temple, 400 NE Jefferson in Peoria at 5 p.m. and walk to the Workers’ Memorial site at 419 Fulton Street. We will have a short ceremony to honor all workers and members of the United States Military who have died or were injured on the job.

QUAD CITIES – Thursday, April 28, Quad Cities Federation of Labor Workers’ Memorial Day Service at 3:30 p.m. at the USW Local 105 Hall, 880 Devils Glen Rd, Bettendorf, IA.

ROCKFORD – Thursday, April 28, the 22nd Rockford United Labor Workers’ Memorial Day Ceremony. Meet at the Workers’ Memorial Day Tablets located behind the E.J. ‘Zeke’ Giorgi Building, 200 South Wyman Street in Rockford at 5 p.m. for a short ceremony and Wreath Dedication. Refreshments and a Safety Fair will occur immediately following the ceremony.

SPRINGFIELD – Thursday, April 28, Springfield and Central Illinois Trades and Labor Council Workers’ Memorial Day Service at 5 p.m. in the Illinois State Library Atrium. Program reception following.

SPRING VALLEY – Workers’ Memorial Scholarship Golf Outing: Friday, June 10 at SpringCreek Golf Course in Spring Valley, IL. Workers’ Memorial Scholarships: $1,000 scholarships given to eligible dependents of union members who have been either killed or permanently injured on the job and are affiliated with the Illinois Valley Federation of

State committee recommends new kindergarten readiness assessment

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 Report calls for assessing multiple abilities over time


Springfield, IL — A committee of educational leaders today submitted to the Illinois State Board of Education recommendations calling for the development of a comprehensive kindergarten readiness assessment process. The Board will consider the recommendations to better align early childhood programs with kindergarten through 12th grade standards and education.

“We are grateful for the Kindergarten Readiness Stakeholder Committee’s hard work and thoughtful recommendations,’’ said State Superintendent of Education Christopher A. Koch. “Rather than relying on a one-time snapshot, we look forward to developing an assessment system that uses multiple measures. This type of data will support parents and educators as children enter kindergarten and create a strong foundation for growth.’’

The ISBE’s stakeholder committee, comprised of school administrators, teachers, university faculty, researchers and education advocates, has worked for the past year investigating other state models, hearing from national experts, and engaging in much research and discussion.

While the committee’s scope did not include selecting a specific assessment instrument, the group recommended the creation of an evaluation process, to be called the “Kindergarten Individual Development Survey’’ (KIDS) with the following goals and priorities: 

  • Promote the success of every child by providing key adults — family members and teachers alike — with a clear picture of a child’s developing strengths across five main domains; cognitive, physical, developmental, social and emotional.

     ·   Guide professional development for teachers from early childhood through third 


    ·   Support alignment of early childhood and elementary school systems.

    ·   Inform policy and resource decisions regarding class size, instructional time and


“This assessment process offers a comprehensive and developmentally appropriate approach that will help every child,’’ said Samuel J. Meisels, President of Erikson Institute, and co-chair of the Kindergarten Readiness Stakeholder’s Committee. “It will also help future generations of children. Such an assessment could yield data for guiding instructional decisions, policy making, and resource allocation.’’


Education advocates praised the committee’s collaboration and work which was funded by the Chicago-based Robert R. McCormick Foundation.


 “KIDS represents a different kind of assessment – one that is designed to capture early learners’ growth and development over time in appropriate ways,” said Diana Rauner, President of the Ounce of Prevention Fund.


ISBE plans to consider the committee’s recommendations as documented in a report submitted to the agency and the state’s P-20 Council, a group also focused on aligning early childhood through college standards and education. The report notes that other states, including Maryland and Colorado, have collected similar early childhood data to help identify service gaps for young children, best address the development of early learners and better gauge the effectiveness of early childhood programs.


“In a state that has made a significant investment in early childhood education for many years, it makes sense for Illinois to also gather data on how children are doing as they begin their school careers,’’ said Robin Steans of Advance Illinois, another of the committee’s key participants.  “We look forward to working with the State Board on adopting meaningful kindergarten readiness measures.’’


Dr. Bernice A. King culminates 100 Days of Nonviolence and celebrates Coretta Scott King’s 84th Birthday

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Atlanta, GA – Today, Wednesday, April 27th at 1:30 p.m. ET at the Coretta Scott King Young Women’s Leadership Academy (CSKYWLA), Dr. Bernice A. King continues her parent’s legacy of nonviolence as she and over 600 students celebrate the success of the Be A Kingâ„¢ 100 Days of Nonviolence program. This program enlisted CSKYWLA’s middle and high school students to proactively address issues and concerns in their community through nonviolent means. The students will assemble at 1190 Northwest Drive Atlanta, GA 30318 for the celebration.


Dr. Bernice A. King initiated this program in order to connect the next generation with her father’s legacy of nonviolence (Kingian Nonviolence). Dr. King states “Recent incidents around the world, from Arizona to Egypt are an indication of the significant need for peace and justice to prevail by nonviolent means. I am proud that my little CSKYWLA sisters accepted my challenge to begin to combat violent acts such as bullying, fighting and negative attitudes by committing to use their minds and tongues in a manner that is positive and uplifting. They ran into challenges along the way, but watching and hearing the stories of the girls engaging and working through the challenges has been delightful. Through what they have experienced over the past 100 days, it is my hope that they will continue to embrace nonviolence as a way of life.”


The Key learning experiences from the program included:

1.                  Teaching Kingian nonviolent philosophy and method

2.                  Students journaling their daily triumphs

3.                  Children reporting their milestones as an over all group


Dr. King began the 100 days on January 18, 2011 during the King Holiday week.  The program ends on April 27th, in honor of Mrs. Coretta Scott King’s 84th birthday. The celebration will recognize the accomplishments of the students and will also mark the roll out of the global program which will engage schools across the nation, beginning with those named after her father.


About Bernice A. King

Bernice Albertine King is a globally known preacher, motivational speaker, and activist. She is a graduate of Spelman College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology, and a Masters of Divinity, and Doctorate of Law degree from Emory University. She also received an honorary Doctorate of Divinity degree from Wesley College. She is currently a member of the State Bar of Georgia. She serves on the Board of Directors for the Martin Luther King, Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change, Inc., the organization founded by Mrs. Coretta Scott King as the living memorial to Dr. King’s legacy. She also serves on Regions Financial Corporation’s Diversity Advisory Council. King is an Elder at New Birth Missionary Baptist Church, Lithonia,


Portoluz kicks off groundbreaking cultural series WPA 2.0: A Brand New Deal

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Film screenings, forums, musical performances to jumpstart year-long series of events.


Chicago, IL -  Non-profit arts presenter portoluz will kick off WPA 2.0: A Brand New Deal — a groundbreaking project featuring over fifty arts and humanities programs throughout the city- this Wednesday, April 27 at 5PM with a celebratory gathering and film screening at Haymarket Brewery and Pub, located at Randolph and Halsted in Chicago.

The event marks the beginning of a year-long festival of programming featuring some of the nation’s leading scholars, musicians, civic leaders, visual artists, policy makers and cultural workers. The series is structured to look back on what the WPA brought to millions of unemployed Americans at the peak of the Great Depression — and how we can organize and thrive in the worst economic crisis of the last 80 years. 

The Wednesday event begins with a toast to the collaborating partners who developed the series  from 5-6pm; a 6pm film screening co-sponsored with the Illinois Labor History Society of the award-winning Peter Miller documentary Sacco & Vanzetti, called “a concise yet passionate history lesson whose relevance could not be timelier,” (Variety); a public dialogue with Professor Alison Fraunhar of Xavier University; and music by troubadour Joe Bella. Admission is free, and attendees will receive a round of drinks on the house and a complimentary copy of the program booklet showcasing the first phase of this series. To see a copy of the program booklet, click here

WPA 2.0, a Brand New Deal: During Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s first term as president, Congress passed The New Deal, a series of economic programs designed to help lift the nation out of the Great Depression. In 1935, Roosevelt established the WPA, the Works Progress Administration, the New Deal’s largest agency and a core part of the effort to put millions of unemployed Americans back to work. The WPA fed children and redistributed food, clothing, and housing; built parks, bridges and schools in virtually every part of the country; particularly in rural communities and the West; and spent more than $135 billion in today’s dollars between 1936 and 1943, providing 8 million jobs and serving as the largest employer in the country. Besides providing meaningful employment to out-of-work artists, WPA organizers were inspired by the notion that all Americans, rather than just a privileged elite, could take heart from and deserved access to art.

In 2011, portoluz ten-member program committee chose WPA 2.0, “A Brand New Deal” as an overarching theme for a visionary new multi-disciplinary program designed to revisit the paradigm of public cultural engagement, within the context of sweeping new attacks on a host of civic milieus, from arts education in public schools to collective bargaining. The project is designed to look at the conditions that gave rise to New Deal reforms, and explore what parallels might be relevant today. portoluz developed this instigation as a kinetic and contemporary take on a meme by utilizing a variety of forms of cultural production to explore the Great Depression of 1929; the WPA and role of the “cultural worker;” and the current recession. By riffing on history, re-mixing archival ephemera, and commissioning and curating a wide range of voices, portoluz seeks to primarily emphasize and inspire solutions that respond to today’s worldwide economic and social crisis.

To devlelop WPA 2.0, portoluz collaborated with numerous artists, guest curators, historians, and others to produce a broad range of events – From documentary film screenings, to intimate roundtable discussions, the organizers intend to spark a city-wide discussion about art/work and  the kind of society we wish to live in.

Featured participants include: Timuel Black, Dean Baker, Van Jones, Helen Shiller, Don Byron and Reginald Robinson.  For more on the individual programs and participants, click here.  

For a gallery of promotional images of the participants: click here.


  • Saturday April 9th,  3-5:30pm: John Conyors The 21st Century Full Employment and Training Act. Chicago Temple, 77 W. Washington, Chicago.
  • Thursday April 28th, 5:30: Lawyers Panel — discussion on the meaning of Haymarket. Newberry Library, 60 W. Walton Street, Chicago.
  • Saturday April 30th, 2pm: Public invited to be the re-enactors — Haymarket plaque dedication and re-enactment. Haymarket Square, Randolph & Des Plaines, Chicago.
  • Saturday May 1st, 7pm: Bucky Halker — Music and Rebellion:  The 125th Anniversary of Haymarket and May Day. Old Town School of Folk Music, 4544 N. Lincoln Avenue, Chicago. 
  • Thursdays May 5th and 12th, 6pm: Mark Rogovin/Milton Rogovin — exhibit and film screening. Gage Gallery At Roosevelt University, Chicago.
  • Thursday June 9th, 5pm: Tour of the Lane Tech WPA murals. Lane Tech High School, 2501 West Addison, Room 113, Chicago.
  • Saturday June 18th, 2pm: Timuel Black and Reginald Robinson — Tim Black on remembering the New Deal. Du Sable Museum of African Amerian History, 740 E. 56th Place, Chicago.
  • Sunday June 12th,  5-7pm: Dan Swinney — “Breaking Ground: A New Educational Model for Working Class Youth. Private Hyde Park home — pre-registration necessary.
  • Tuesday June 21st,  6pm: Carl Davidson — Mondragon Collectives. Unity Center, 3339 S. Halsted, Chicago.
  • Saturday June 25th, 11am: Larry Zgoda discusses Edgar Miller. Sol Kogan Studios, 155 W. Burton, Chicago. Pre-registration necessary.
  • Saturday July 9th, 4-6pm: Lisa Brock / Debra Evenson — Recent changes in the Cuban economy. Calles Y Suenos, 1901 S. Carpenter, Chicago.
  • Saturday July 16th 7pm: Muntu Dance Theater — This Far by Faith, A Muntu Gala. Harris Theater, Chicago.
  • Sunday July 17th, 2:30pm: Theo Jamison — Master Class in Katherine Dunham Technique. Hamlin Park field house, Chicago.
  • Sunday July 17th, 5pm: David Schweikert — Alternative Economics for Hard Times..Evanston private home; pre-registration necessary.
  • Sunday August 7th, 5pm: Sm/art Cities: Building space for progressive culture and sustainable cities. Honey Co-op, 3740 W. Fulton, Chicago.
  • Sunday August 14th,  6pm: Helen Shiller — Reflections on 30 years as Alderman. Ten Cat Tavern, 3801 N. Ashland, Chicago. 
  • Date TBA: Don Byron’s New Gospel Project — music of Thomas A. Dorsey. Location TBA.
  • Tuesday Sept 13th,  6-7:30pm: Heather Becker — WPA … A Celebration of the Chicago Murals. Conservation Chicago, pre-registration necessary.
  • Monday September 12th,  6pm: Dean Baker — The Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt Distinguished Lecture Series. Congress Lounge, 2nd Floor, Roosevelt University.
  • Saturday October 1st, 2pm-4pm: Thom Lucas — The African American Contribution to Printmaking Innovation and Design During the WPA period.  South Side Community Art Center, 3831 S. Michigan, Chicago.
  • Sunday October 2nd, 3pm: Bill Fletcher & Amisha Patel –The New Deal- Historical Lessons and Implications for today. Venue to be announced.
  • Sunday October 23, 3pm: Photography Exhibit — Social Realism and the Photography of Sydney Harris. Heartland Cafe, 7000 N. Glenwood, Chicago.
  • Sunday October 9th, 3pm: Las Guitarras de España — Songs from the Spanish civil war. S.P.A.C.E., 1245 Chicago Avenue, Evanston.
  • Sunday October 9th, 2pm: Jamie O’ Reilly and others — Passiones/Spanish Civil War cabaret. S.P.A.C.E., 1245 Chicago Avenue, Evanston.
  • Tuesday October 11th, 6pm: Dan Brinkmeier — American Regionalism and the WPA. LillStreet Art Center, Chicago.

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