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Archive for August 1st, 2011

Senator Mark Kirk responds to pending bipartisan agreement to prevent American default

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Washington, DC – United States Senator Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) released the following statement on the pending bipartisan agreement to prevent an American default:


“The best way to achieve economic stability, reassure our allies and strengthen financial markets is by tackling our unsustainable spending trend. This deal is a balance of immediate cuts and a promise of long-term reforms, coupled with a strong backstop. I am optimistic this bipartisan plan will pass with strong support from both parties and we can prevent an American default.”

Lt. Governor Simon voices support for Illinois DREAM Act

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Chicago, IL – Illinois Lt. Governor Sheila Simon expressed support for the Illinois DREAM Act today while joining with Governor Pat Quinn as he signed the historic legislation into law. As the state’s point person on education reform, Simon supports the Illinois DREAM Act and the educational opportunities it brings to the students of the state.                        

“We must open the doors to educational opportunities today to best prepare the leaders of tomorrow,” Lt. Governor Simon said. “The Illinois DREAM Act is a critical law that brings a college education within the reach of more Illinois students. Our children’s achievement should only be limited by their dreams and aspirations, not by their background or financial status.”

Senate Bill 2185 establishes the Illinois DREAM Fund Commission charged with creating and administering a non-profit entity to raise private funds and establish scholarships for students who have resided with his or her parents while attending high school in Illinois; have earned their high school diploma or equivalency in Illinois; have attended school in Illinois for at least three years; and have at least one parent who immigrated to the United States.

The law also allows individuals with an Individual Taxpayer Identification Number to participate in college savings programs.

Mother of slain teen told killer didn’t mean it

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Youth to mom: ‘Keep my name out of your mouth’


By Chinta Strausberg

Tonya Burch, the mother of slain Deonate Smith, 19, who was fatally shot on August 1, 2009, at an unauthorized Englewood block party, is holding a prayer vigil Monday, August 1st at 61st and Peoria at 5 p.m. in memory of the second anniversary of her youngest son’s death despite getting a lot of hostility from youth who are very angry she is trying to find her son’s killer.

Burch, who will be accompanied by Father Michael L. Pfleger, C.A.P.S. and other supporters, will be passing out a flyer offering a $10,000 reward for the arrest of the person who fatally shot her son during an unauthorized block party at 950 W. 61st Street, 61st and Peoria, on August 1, 2009 after an argument broke out.

Undaunted by the hostility she continues to get while canvassing her community for clues, Burch said, “One young man asked me why was I going around asking who killed my son and he told me to keep his name out of my mouth. That sends up another flag to me,” she said.

“He didn’t scare me,” said Burch. “I keep running into people who keep telling me the man who shot my son didn’t do it intentionally. Well, I feel they know who the shooter is and by not revealing his name they are providing a cover for him to possibly do this to someone else.

“There were too many people out there for someone not to know the name of the shooter,” said the distraught mother.

 “Each time they have this party, someone gets hurt, but nobody wants to tell who gives the party. That’s another cover-up.

“Somebody knows the name of the man who killed my son, and I want them to step forward and identify him. If they don’t, he may think he can kill again and get away with this. I am very upset about this silence. It’s like they are covering up for a friend, neighbor or relative.”

She is referring to the “Code of Silence” that Father Pfleger often speaks out against. He too says by not sharing information key to solving a crime it provides a cover for shooters who are literally getting away with murder.

“My son was going to Daley College and to the Air Force,” said the mother, but his dreams were shattered when a bullet pierced his chest.  A 17-year-old girl was shot but survived.

Burch has a message for those who know who killed her son and won’t reveal the name. “They are cowards. Some say they are afraid but their silence is giving him protection.”

She is offering a $10,000 reward for the arrest of the shooter. Burch called on the community to help police solve this crime.

For further information, call Saint Sabina’s Father Michael L. Pfleger at: 773-483-4300.

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



Noted psychologist announces television series addressing the apparent relationship between mind and spirit

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Dr. Allen Carter

Atlanta, GA (BlackNews.com) — Dr. Allen Carter, Board Certified Clinical Psychologist and Professor at Morehouse College introduces to the public a series of television programs that raise the most basic question of life: “Who Am I?” This question of “Who Am I?” which is also the title of the program asks what is the essence of God and man and if there is a relationship between the two. Using his clinical training and experiences as a psychologist, Dr. Carter invites the audience to examine their basic beliefs about themselves and God and determine if man can achieve a true relationship with God and thereby obtain real peace and happiness.

This program is relevant to all communities and grew out of Dr. Carter’s recognition that religion has and continues to play a significant role in the African American experience. Although religious institutions continue to contribute to the advancement of all people and especially African Americans, Dr. Carter’s primary premise is that the mind’s main function is to establish limitations and boundaries and all communities should examine the limitations that religions impose.

The format for the show is a classroom like setting and encourages the studio and viewing audience to question their beliefs and thoughts in order to gain access to a different way of viewing themselves, life and God. Great emphasis is placed upon the interaction between Dr. Carter and the studio and viewing audience. Basic to his approach is that unexamined beliefs, feelings and thoughts create most of the conflict for individuals, communities and the world. Dr. Carter invites the studio audience to ask questions and viewing audience to send in questions via his website in response to issues arising out of the various topics presented on the show.

Dr. Carter is a graduate of Morehouse College and has taught in its psychology department for twenty-seven years. He is also a practicing psychologist with over thirty years in private practice in Atlanta, Georgia. He received his Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Columbia University and was the first African American to be elected as president of the Georgia Psychology Association. He has also served as president of the Georgia Licensing Board for Psychologists and on several committees and boards for the American Psychological Association. He is also the author of the book What Is This Thing Called I? – a new theory about the structure and function of the mind and its apparent relationship to Spirit.

The television program “Who Am I?” can be viewed online 24/7 at www.aibtv.com. In the Atlanta area, the program is aired every Tuesday evening at 8:30 pm and Saturday morning at 1:00 am on Channel 5 on Comcast Cable and Channel 6 on ATT U-verse. For more information regarding the television program visit his Website at www.drallencarter.com.

Larry Yando returns as Scrooge, Steve Scott directs the Goodman’s 34th Annual A Christmas Carol

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 Young performer auditions take place September 17 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.                                                                                                                      

Chicago, IL –  It’s “Bah, Humbug!” again for acclaimed Chicago actor Larry Yando, who marks his fourth turn as Scrooge in Goodman Theatre’s 34th installment of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol (November 18 – December 31, 2011). Prolific Chicago director and Goodman Associate Producer Steve Scott directs this holiday classic for the first time in nearly two decades. Bios and photos for the artists can be found in the Goodman Theatre Press Room. Additional casting will be announced at a later date.

Young performers ages 5 to 17 of every ethnic background are invited to audition for roles including Tiny Tim and the Cratchit children on Saturday, September 17 from 10am – 3pm (in-person registration takes place from 9:30 – 11:30am in the Goodman lobby; no phone calls, please). Performers should perform a memorized poem or monologue (one minute or less in length); sing one verse of a song, preferably a traditional holiday song or Christmas carol, without musical accompaniment; and bring a photo and resume including age, height, weight, previous theatrical and related experience/training, address and contact information.

Tickets for A Christmas Carol (starting at $25 – $80) go on sale Friday, July 29 for Goodman subscribers and groups only. General public can buy tickets starting August 19 (web) and August 22 (phone) at GoodmanTheatre.org, at the box office (170 N. Dearborn) or by phone at 312.443.3800. Harris Bank is the Major Corporate Sponsor and Aon Corporation is the Corporate Sponsor Partner.

More than 1 million people have experienced A Christmas Carol at Goodman Theatre, “year after year…the crown jewel of the holiday season” (Daily Herald). Over three decades the show has hosted six directors, eight Scrooges, 29 Tiny Tims, and nearly 20,000 “Bah, Humbug!”s. A Christmas Carol is the tale of the miserly Ebenezer Scrooge, who is opposed to holiday cheer and indifferent to the sufferings of the poor in Victorian London. Scrooge is visited by four ghosts who offer him the opportunity to sympathize with his fellow man. Dickens’ famous characters include Scrooge’s kind-hearted clerk, Bob Cratchit, and his family, including Tiny Tim; the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future; the merry-making Fezziwig couple; and the Ghost of Jacob Marley.

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 new 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 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. 

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