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Archive for June 11th, 2011

Attorney General Madigan settles Antitrust allegations with three packaged ice manufacturers

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Illegal Activity Deprived Illinoisans of Lower Prices and Better Quality Service 

 

Chicago, IL – Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan announced settlement agreements with three Midwest packaged ice manufacturers that require the companies to pay the state $597,000 in civil penalties. The settlements result from allegations brought by Attorney General Madigan earlier this year alleging several area ice manufacturers illegally conspired not to compete for packaged ice business in northern and central Illinois in violation of Illinois’ Antitrust Act.

“These companies illegally conspired to manipulate the marketplace,” said Attorney General Madigan. “Today’s agreement holds them accountable for skirting the law and depriving businesses and consumers from competitive pricing.”  

Home City Ice, Cincinnati, Ohio, will pay $512,500; Sisler’s Dairy and Products, Inc., Ohio, Ill., will pay $44,500 and Stoutin Premium Ice, Casey, Ill, will pay $40,000 to the State of Illinois. The companies also agreed to a 10-year injunction prohibiting the anticompetitive activity.

Home City Ice and Sisler’s Dairy and Products were among the defendants in a complaint filed by the Attorney General in March, while Stoutin Premium Ice settled with the Attorney General’s office prior to the complaint filing. The case against two remaining defendants – Lang Ice Co., Chicago, and Tinley Ice Company, University Park, Ill., along with two individual defendants: Tinley Ice Company’s former president Harold M. Teehan III and its current president Timothy Teehan, both of Tinley Park, Ill. – is ongoing.  The companies manufacture and deliver packaged ice for individual consumption and for use by retailers such as convenience and grocery stores that sell packaged ice to consumers. The manufacturers also sell ice to government entities and groups for special events.

The Attorney General alleged the companies engaged in unlawful cooperative arrangements with their co-conspirators divvying up markets, trading customers, sharing pricing information, discussing price increases and discouraging customers from switching suppliers by either quoting non-competitive prices to each other’s customers or refusing to accept new business.  The cooperative agreements were “market allocation conspiracies” and price-fixing agreements that violate Illinois’ Antitrust Act, depriving businesses and consumers of competition, according to the complaint.  

The Attorney General’s office alleged that the conspiracy began in January 2003 when Crystal Clear Ice, a large ice manufacturer and distributor in the Chicago area sold its business to Home City Ice. Home City split those customers with its remaining competitors in the Chicago area and met with them to discuss how they were going to divide the Crystal Clear Ice customers among themselves. From there a conspiracy ensued, allocating customers based on geographic location and yearly sales revenue.

In addition, in order to facilitate the non-compete agreement, the conspirators agreed that they would not solicit or take each other’s customers and that violations of this agreement would require a compensation or trade from the other party. Competitors also tried to discourage customers from switching suppliers by notifying competitors of customer inquiries, by quoting those customers non-competitive prices to discourage them from switching or by telling the customer that they were not accepting any new business at all.

The defendants communicated by phone, e-mail, fax, letter and in person to monitor and continue the illegal non-compete agreement.

Attorney General Madigan’s Antitrust Bureau Senior Assistant Attorney General Blake Harrop is handling the cases along with Assistant Attorney General Jamie Manning.

Concerned Black Men approves new chapter in Oakland, Ca

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Washington, DC (BlackNews.com) — The Board of Delegates of Concerned Black Men – National Organization (CBM) is pleased to announce the inaugural meeting of a new CBM Chapter located in Oakland, CA. Consistent with the mission of the Organization, Concerned Black Men of Oakland will work to develop positive life outcome for children, youth and their parents.

The CBM Oakland membership will convene its first chapter meeting on June 14, 2011. George L. Garrow, Jr., and Eugene Phillips, CBM National Executive Director and Membership Chair, respectively, will be in attendance. “CBM is establishing a major presence in Oakland to help youth and their parents,” says Garrow, who also notes “our Oakland chapter will lead the way for other CBM chapters in northern California.”

CBM Oakland seeks new members who want to support youth in mentoring, tutoring and other endeavors. “We look forward to working with the local membership as part of our efforts to support youth and communities nationwide” offers Byron Browder, CBM National Chair.

For more information about Concerned Black Men of Oakland and this important inaugural meeting, contact A. Saleem Shakir, President, CBM of Oakland, CA by phone at (510) 508-4456 or Email at Bro.Saleem@cbm-oakland.org

What is Concerned Black Men?

Concerned Black Men has been providing support to children, youth and their parents since 1975. CBM programs meaningfully touch the lives of thousands of children daily. Its national level programs have rigorous evaluation components that monitor and assess progress and effectiveness. Through the work of a nationwide network of chapters located in 33 cities, and an experienced and credentialed staff in the Nation’s Capital, CBM works to help youth and their families overcome life’s most difficult challenges. Concerned Black Men’s motto is Caring for Our Youth®.

To learn more about Concerned Black Men, visit the CBM National website at www.cbmnational.org or contact the CBM National Office toll free at 888-395-7816.

Robert Falls casts Edward Gero and Patrick Andrews in the Chicago Premiere of Red, John Logan’s Tony Award-Winning masterwork

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Red opens Goodman Theatre’s new season, runs September 17-October 23, 2011

 

(Chicago, IL) Goodman Theatre Artistic Director Robert Falls announces his cast for Red, John Logan’s two-person Tony Award-winning Broadway sensation that launches the Goodman’s 2011/2012 season (September 17 – October 23, 2011). Washington, D.C.-based actor Edward Gero assumes the role of abstract expressionist painter Mark Rothko and Chicagoan Patrick Andrews portrays Ken, Rothko’s young new assistant. Tickets for Red ($25 – $89) go on sale August 5. Season subscriptions (starting at $100 for five plays) and tickets for groups of 10 or more (savings of up to 50%) are available now. Call 312.443.3800 or visit GoodmanTheatre.org. ComEd is the Official Lighting Sponsor and Katten Muchin Rosenman is a Major Corporate Sponsor. Following the Chicago engagement, Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater will remount the Goodman’s production of Red in Washington, D.C., January 20 – March 4, 2012, in the Kreeger Theater. Visit ArenaStage.org for details.

“I’m thrilled to welcome back Ed Gero to the Goodman for John Logan’s brilliant work, Red. In my recent production of King Lear, Ed was a brilliant Gloucester, and is counted among Washington, D.C.’s most prolific theater artists,” said Artistic Director Robert Falls. “I’m excited to work for the first time with Patrick Andrews, a rising star who has distinguished himself in major roles throughout Chicago following his memorable turn in The Actor—a highlight of our 2008 Horton Foote Festival.”

Full-blooded and visceral, the Tony Award-winning Red is a journey into the mind of abstract expressionist Mark Rothko, for whom paintings are “pulsating” life forces and art is intended to stop the heart. Red chronicles the tormented painter’s two-year struggle to complete a lucrative set of murals for Manhattan’s exclusive Four Seasons restaurant, and his fraught relationship with a seemingly naïve young assistant—who must choose between appeasing his mentor and changing the course of art history. Set amid the swiftly-changing cultural tide of the early 1960s, Red is a startling snapshot of a brilliant

artist at the height of his fame, a play hailed as “smart and scintillating” (The New Yorker) and “intense and exciting” (The New York Times).

“To say that I am excited by the challenge of wrestling with this fiercely intelligent play and deeply complex character of Mark Rothko would be an understatement,” said Edward Gero. “To have the opportunity to do so at two of America’s greatest theaters—the Goodman and Arena Stage—defies description. I can’t wait to roll up my sleeves and dig in.”

Added Patrick Andrews, “I feel privileged to be trusted with this intimate and pointed play. Chicago has given me incredible opportunities to grow as an artist, and my first time on the Goodman stage was a major building block on that journey. This role, and the chance to work with Bob and Ed for the first time, is filled with exciting potential, nerves and personal growth.”

Edward Gero (Mark Rothko) returns to the Goodman, where he previously appeared in King Lear. Gero is a four-time Helen Hayes Award recipient and a 14-time Helen Hayes nominee. His regional credits include a recently completed run as Antonio Salieri in Amadeus at Round House Theatre, where he also played Richard Nixon in Nixon’s Nixon in 1999 and 2008 and received a Helen Hayes Award nomination for Outstanding Lead Actor for both. Additional regional credits include the title character in Signature Theatre’s 2010 production of Sweeney Todd; David Malter in The Chosen for Theater J at Arena Stage; Ebenezer Scrooge in A Christmas Carol at Ford’s Theatre; Donny in American Buffalo at The Studio Theatre and Horace Vandergelder in The Matchmaker at Centerstage in Baltimore. Other favorites include John in Shining City, Ivan in The Seafarer and Tom Sargeant in Skylight (Helen Hayes Award), Uncle Vanya and Phillip Gellburg in Broken Glass. In 28 seasons with Shakespeare Theatre Company, he has played 70 roles including Hotspur in Henry IV (Helen Hayes Award), Bolingbroke in Richard II (Helen Hayes Award) and Macduff in Macbeth (Helen Hayes Award). Film and television credits include Die Hard 2, Striking Distance, and narrations for the Discovery Channel and PBS.

Patrick Andrews (Ken) last appeared at the Goodman in The Actor. His recent Chicago credits include American Buffalo at Steppenwolf Theatre Company; Do the Hustle at Writers’ Theatre; Cabaret at Drury Lane Theatre Oakbrook; The Homosexuals and Stupid Kids at About Face Theatre; The People’s Temple and Speech & Debate at American Theater Company; The Snow Queen at Victory Gardens Theater; Into the Woods at Marriott Theatre Lincolnshire; Willy Wonka at Chicago Shakespeare Theater; The Sparrow at The House Theatre and Dorian at Bailiwick Chicago. Other regional credits include American Buffalo at McCarter Theatre Center, Saved at Kansas City Repertory Theatre and West Side Story at Walnut Street Theatre. Additionally, Andrews performed in the national tour of Broadway’s Fosse. Choreography credits include Cherrywood, directed by David Cromer at Mary-Arrchie Theatre; Queertopia at About Face Theatre; Go, Dog. Go! At Chicago Children’s Theatre and Bible B-Sides with Sinnerman Ensemble. On television, he has appeared in The Chicago Code. Andrews is an ensemble member of American Theatre Company, an artistic associate with About Face Theatre, a member of the queer-electronic-f*#% band Daan and a member of Goldmine.

Bio information and images for all artists involved with Red can be found in the Press Room.

A Season Opening Benefit, in conjunction with Red, takes place on September 27, 2011 at the Art Institute of Chicago’s

Modern Wing.

For tickets and more information about the Season Opening Benefit, call 312.443.5564.

The world premiere of Chinglish by David Henry Hwang (June 18 – July 24) is the final production in Goodman Theatre’s 2010/2011 Season. The upcoming 2011/2012 Season includes: Red by John Logan, directed by Robert Falls (September 17 – October 23, 2011); the 34th annual production of A Christmas Carol (November 18 – December 31, 2011); Race by David Mamet, directed by Chuck Smith (January 14 – February 19, 2012); The Convert by Danai Gurira, directed by Emily Mann and co-produced with McCarter Theatre (NJ) and Center Theatre Group (CA) (February 25 – March 25, 2012); Camino Real by Tennessee Williams, directed by Calixto Bieito (March 10 – April 15, 2012); Fish Men by Cándido Tirado, directed by Edward Torres, in partnership with Teatro Vista (April 7 – May 6, 2012); and Crowns, written and directed by Regina Taylor (June 16 – July 22, 2012). There are two productions still to be announced in the 2011/2012 season. Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater is a national center dedicated to the production, presentation, development and study of American theater. Under the leadership of Artistic Director Molly Smith and Managing Director Edgar Dobie, Arena Stage is the largest company in the country dedicated to American plays and playwrights.

Arena Stage produces huge plays of all that is passionate, exuberant, profound, deep and dangerous in the American spirit, and presents diverse and ground-breaking work from some of the best artists around the country. Arena Stage is committed to commissioning and developing new plays through the American Voices New Play Institute. Now in its sixth decade, Arena Stage serves a diverse annual audience of more than 300,000. ArenaStage.org.

Goodman Theatre, “the leading regional theater in the nation’s most important theater city” (Time), is a major cultural, educational and economic pillar in Chicago, generating nearly $300 million in economic impact over the past decade in its state-of-the-art two-theater complex on North Dearborn Street. Founded in 1925 and currently under the leadership of Artistic Director Robert Falls, “Chicago’s most essential director” (Chicago Tribune), and Executive Director Roche Schulfer, Chicago’s oldest and largest not-for-profit resident theater has experienced unprecedented success over the past 10 years in its downtown facility, welcoming nearly two million patrons to productions and events—including 10 festivals celebrating playwrights such as David Mamet, August Wilson and Horton Foote, as well as the biennial Latino Theatre Festival—serving 30 percent more students through its Education and Community Engagement programs (including the FREE Student Subscription Series and other interactive programs) and employing more than 3,000 artists and theater professionals. The Goodman has earned more than 90 awards for hundreds of productions, including the Pulitzer Prize for Ruined by Lynn

Nottage—one of 25 new-work Goodman commissions in the last decade. The Chairman of Goodman Theatre’s Board of Trustees is Patricia Cox, and Joan Clifford is President of the Women’s Board. American Airlines is the Exclusive Airline of Goodman Theatre.

Visit the Goodman virtually: watch artist interviews at ExploreTheGoodman.org; catch the latest news from rehearsal on the Goodman’s Blog, Goodman Theatre.Blogspot.com; Friend us at Facebook.com/GoodmanTheatre; Follow us at

Twitter.com/GoodmanTheatre and peek behind-the-scenes at YouTube.com/TheGoodmanTheatre.

Better Business Bureau alert: Flood victims beware!

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(From the Better Business Bureau)                                                       
 

CHICAGO, IL  – Homeowners and businesses who are trying to recover from flood damage due to the recent rains should beware so that they do not become victims a second time.

“As sure as the rains fell there will be unscrupulous businesses that will try to exploit the situation and try to scam homeowners and businesses that are in need of making repairs,” said Steve J Bernas, president & CEO of the BBB serving Chicago and northern Illinois. “While there may be a sense of urgency, we encourage consumers and business owners to take the time to carefully consider repair contracts and not to rush into making expensive decisions that can aggravate an already stressful time.”

 

The Better Business Bureau suggests there are many issues that residents should consider:

 

 

 

  • Do research – contact the BBB before you hire a contractor and avoid businesses who come to your door with a good deal. Go to our website at www.bbb.org and consider using the BBB’s FREE online service called eQuote to obtain estimates, proposals or general information from BBB Accredited contractors.
  • Do not give into demands to make excessively large down payments. And don’t make full payment until all the work is done to your satisfaction.
  • Determine whether the contractor has the proper insurance.
  • Ask to see any required state or local permits or licenses.
  • Work with local contractors who have a verifiable track record.
  • Homeowners should check with local and county units of government to determine if permits or inspections are required.

According, to the Illinois Attorney General’s Office, Illinois has a Home Repair and Remodeling Act that requires contractors to furnish customers with written contracts for any repair or remodeling work costing more than $1,000. Additionally, the Act states a contract must be signed by both the customer and the contractor.

 

The law also requires contractors to carry at least minimum amounts of insurance for property damage, bodily injury and improper home repair.

 

For information on hiring a contractor visit www.bbb.org
 
 

 

 

 

 

 

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