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Archive for August 26th, 2011

Madigan: 25th and 26th Child Porn arrests mark first year of Operation Glass House

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 Attorney General’s Child Pornography Crackdown Will Now Target Offenders who Trade, View Violent Rape Videos

 

Belleville, IL — Attorney General Lisa Madigan today announced the 25th and 26th arrests of her Operation Glass House crackdown. The arrests came on the first anniversary of Madigan’s launching her initiative to seek out and arrest offenders who are viewing and trading child pornography online in Illinois.

Madigan, speaking at a news conference at the Belleville City Police Department, announced the arrests of two Belleville men: Garold Lee Semelka Jr., 61, and Mike G. Telkamp, 48.

“One year ago, I launched Operation Glass House to combat the unimaginable volume of horrific child pornography traded, downloaded and viewed in Illinois,” Attorney General Madigan said. “People viewing child pornography should assume that they are living in a glass house, and ultimately, we will find you, arrest you and put you behind bars.”

Assisting Madigan’s office in the arrests were the City of Belleville Police Department and the St. Clair County State’s Attorney’s Office.

“Our department could not have conducted such an investigation without the Attorney General’s specialized resources and skilled personnel,” said Belleville Police Chief William Clay. “Advances in technology, particularly in the area of social networking, have ushered in the unprecedented sharing of information and communication. However with any new technologies comes the threat of misuse by common criminals and dangerous predators.”

Semelka and Telkamp were each charged with 10 counts of possession of aggravated child pornography, a Class 2 felony punishable by three to seven years in the Illinois Department of Corrections. Bond for each defendant was set at $1 million. Semelka and Telkamp were arrested Wednesday and Thursday, respectively.

“Today, because of the efforts of Attorney General Madigan, my office will be able to charge and aggressively prosecute these grotesque crimes,” said St. Clair County State’s Attorney Brendan Kelly. “These predators need to know when local and state law enforcement work together, we will be relentless.”

In the first 12 months of Operation Glass House, Attorney General Madigan said investigations have revealed a disturbing trend of offenders trading extremely violent videos of children – often infants and toddlers – being raped.

Operation Glass House’s second year will focus on targeting offenders seen trading and watching such videos.

“We have uncovered the most horrific and disturbing videos of young children – even infants – being raped and assaulted,” Madigan said. “Our investigations confirm what I have said from the start of this operation: Child pornography is not a victimless crime. It destroys the lives of its young victims.”

Attorney General Madigan launched Operation Glass House in August 2010 to find and arrest the worst child pornographers in Illinois by using the unique identifier that each computer is assigned when it accesses the Internet, known as an Internet protocol (IP) address. In the past 60 days, investigators from the Attorney General’s Office saw more than 3,700 IP addresses in Illinois trading images and videos of child pornography. Arrests since last year occurred in the following locations:

 

Operation Glass House Arrest Locations

 

Carbondale

Rochelle

East Alton

Sparta

Park City

Tilton

Round Lake Beach

Peru

LaSalle

Bolingbrook

Loves Park

Aurora

Alton

Campton Hills

Bartonville

Lake Bluff

South Elgin

Carmi

McCullom Lake

Springfield

Beecher

Belleville

     
  

Madigan said over the next year Operation Glass House investigators plan to continue to work with local agencies and Illinois Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) task force members to increase arrests in cities and towns across Illinois. Madigan administers the ICAC task force, with a grant from the Department of Justice, to investigate and train law enforcement to combat child exploitation.

Attorney General Madigan said in its second year, Operation Glass House will have the benefit of a new, tougher law to help track offenders and sentence them for longer periods of time. Senate Bill 1035, which Madigan helped write and pass in Springfield, was recently signed into law by Governor Quinn.

The law authorizes prosecutors to issue administrative subpoenas for Internet-related child exploitation investigations. By using administrative subpoenas, investigators will be able to obtain the name and address behind an IP address more quickly, whereas before it could take up to 60 days to obtain the information due to infrequent grand jury meeting schedules. The new law also allows judges to impose consecutive sentences, instead of concurrent sentences, for offenders convicted of trafficking or possessing multiple child pornographic images or videos to ensure longer sentences for these offenders.

Since 2006, Madigan’s ICAC task force has been involved in 374 arrests of sexual predators and provided Internet safety training and education to more than 169,000 parents, teachers and students and more than 12,000 law enforcement professionals.

The Attorney General said it is critical to continue making these arrests as studies show that users of child pornography are more likely to sexually abuse children. Of the 25,103 sex offenders listed on the Illinois Sex Offender Registry, 81 percent committed a crime against a child. The public can view the Illinois Sex Offender Registry at www.isp.state.il.us.

The public is reminded that both defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty by a court of law.

Sec’y of State Jesse White encourages students to enter “Letters About Literature” Contest

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Springfield, IL – Illinois Secretary of State and State Librarian Jesse White is urging students in grades 4-12 to enter the 2012 “Letters About Literature” (LAL) contest, a national reading and writing competition sponsored by the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress and the Illinois Center for the Book in partnership with Target.

“Every year students across the nation read books and write letters to authors describing how a particular book made an impact on their lives,” said White.  “For the past four years, Illinois has led the nation in entries submitted by students.  Our students enjoy this contest, and I hope thousands of Illinois students will once again participate.  ‘Letters About Literature’ demonstrates that books can inspire and touch the lives of our young people.”

There are three levels of participation: Level I for grades 4 – 6, Level II for grades 7 & 8 and Level III for grades 9 – 12.  LAL awards prizes on both the state and national levels. Each state has its own panel of judges who select the top essayists in the state.  State winners receive a $50 Target gift card, and the opportunity to advance to the National level.  At a ceremony hosted by Secretary White, Illinois winners receive their awards and read their entries.

On each competition level, a panel of national judges for the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress will select six (6) National Winners (2 per Level of Competition) and twelve (12) National Honorable Mention Winners (4 per Level of Competition). The National Winners will receive a $500 Target gift card, and each winner will secure a $10,000 LAL Reading Promotion Grant in their name for his or her community or school library, so that others can experience personal relationships with authors and the stories they tell. The National Honorable Mention Winners will each receive a $100 Target gift card, and each winner will secure a $1,000 LAL Reading Promotion Grant in their name for his or her community or school library. The community or school library selected for the National Winners and National Honorable Mention Winners is at the winner’s sole discretion.

Entries must be postmarked by January 6, 2012. State winners will be announced in May 2012.  For more information about the competition, contact Bonnie Matheis at 217-558-2065 or bmatheis@ilsos.net. Information can also be found at http://illinoiscenterforthebook.org.

Jane Addams Hull-House Museum opens Exhibition on History of Arts Education in Chicago

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  “Unfinished Business: Arts Education” Exhibit officially opens September 6            

                             Exhibit Opening and Reception 4:00 – 6:30 pm

                                   With Special Guests – The Guerrilla Girls 6:30 – 8:00 pm

 

Chicago, IL – The Jane Addams Hull-House Museum, 800 S. Halsted Street, one of the nation’s most important historic house museums and a treasured part of the College of Architecture and the Arts at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), will open a special exhibition that explores the importance of the arts and insists on cultural rights as part of a thriving democracy.  

The community-curated exhibit, “Unfinished Business: Arts Education,” will open on September 6 with a reception from 4:00 – 6:30 at the Jane Addams Hull House Museum (800 S. Halsted St.). Following the opening, there will be a public presentation by the Guerrilla Girls, the groundbreaking anonymous, feminist performance group that protests racial and gender inequity in the art world through public art interventions. Presented in gorilla masks, these legendary provocateurs will present a talk that takes place in the Illinois Room, Student Center East on UIC’s Campus (750 S. Halsted St.). 

Arts education is often the first cut to be made in tight economic moments, and the current recession is no exception. The exhibit advocates for the many layers of import that art education brings to us as human beings, suggesting that art urges a more engaged citizenry, allows for free expression, and creates opportunities for cross-cultural understanding.  

The exhibit makes connections between Hull-House history and our contemporary moment in a variety of ways and offers interactive art-making stations to engage the audience in participatory learning. Included are interviews with contemporary Chicago artists juxtaposed with profiles of Hull-House arts education reformers in an effort to show the historical thread of Chicago arts education through the 20th century.  

The hands-on arts stations revive the original Hull-House settlement’s commitment to learning by doing. In homage to the Hull-House Labor Museum, three floor-to-ceiling looms, designed and built by artist Alexis Ortiz, will be installed in the exhibition. Visitors will be able to learn a simple indigenous weaving technique and contribute to a large-scale woven map of Chicago. The Hull-House Pop-up Print Shop is co-curated by David Jones at Anchor Graphics and has a working relief printing press that visitors will use to print postcards designed by local artists that they will send to politicians urging them to support the arts.

Throughout the yearlong run of the exhibit, there were will be several programs and performances corresponding to the content of the exhibition. Albany Park Theater Project is a multiethnic youth theater ensemble that will live in the museum for several days during the year, exploring the notions of residency and embodying the importance of theater to the history of arts education at Hull-House. 

Features in “Unfinished Business: Arts Education”: 

  • Community Loom – In homage to the Hull-House Labor Museum, three floor-to-ceiling looms, designed and built by artist Alexis Ortiz, will be installed in the exhibition. Visitors will be able to learn a simple Guatemalan weaving technique and contribute to a large-scale woven map of Chicago.
  • Hull-House Pop-Up Print Shop – This installation, co-curated by David Jones at Anchor Graphics, will have a working relief printing press that visitors will use to print postcards designed by local artists. Visitors are invited to send a postcard to a politician, urging them to support the arts and arts education. Or, they can send one to a Chicago Public School art teacher; thanking them for all the work they do to keep the arts alive in their classrooms.
  • Art Educators Across History– Interviews with contemporary Chicago arts educators and profiles of Hull-House art education reformers, including: world-record holding break-dancer Luis Castro, performance artist Maria Gaspar, CPS art teacher Mathias “Spider” Schergen, Hull-House arts education reformers Viola Spolin, mother of Improv Theater; Hull-House folk-dance preservationist and teacher Mary Wood Hinman; and Hull-House art school leader Michael Gamboney.

 The Unfinished Business: Arts Education exhibit was funded by the Boeing Corporation. 

 

About the Jane Addams Hull-House Museum

The Jane Addams Hull-House Museum serves as a dynamic memorial to social reformer Jane Addams, the first American woman to receive the Nobel Peace Prize, and her colleagues whose work changed the lives of their immigrant neighbors as well as national and international public policy. The Museum preserves and develops the original Hull-House site for the interpretation and continuation of the historic settlement house vision, linking research, education, and social engagement.  

The Museum and its many vibrant programs make connections between the work of Hull-House residents and important contemporary social issues.  Founded in 1889 as a social settlement and until it closed in 1963, Hull-House played a vital role in redefining American democracy in the modern age. Addams and the residents of Hull-House helped pass critical legislation and influenced public policy on public health and education, free speech, fair labor practices, immigrants’ rights, recreation and public space, arts, and philanthropy. Hull-House has long been a center of Chicago’s political and cultural life, establishing Chicago’s first public playground and public art gallery, helping to desegregate the Chicago Public Schools, and influencing philanthropy and culture. 

Other programs include new tours for school children; Re-Thinking Soup, a modern day soup kitchen where the community can gather and eat delicious, healthy, soup while conversing about urgent social, cultural, economic and environmental food issues; the Urban Heirloom Farm, a multi-use space for such projects as growing vegetables, a restaurant partnership with Chef Bill Kim’s Urban Belly, an outdoor exhibition, farm-to-school programs for local public schools, and food-focused museum tours and activities; Sex Positive, a free documentary series offering an outlet to positively discuss sex and culture; and more! 

Located on the University of Illinois Chicago (UIC) Campus at 800 S. Halsted Street, the Jane Addams Hull-House Museum is free and open to the public on Tuesdays – Fridays, 10am to 4pm, and Sundays, noon to 4pm. For more information, please call 312-413-5353 or visit www.hullhousemuseum.org

Derrick Simmons Film Works presents the double screening movie World Premiere of "Jump Offs" and "Women Do It Better"

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“Jump Offs” and “Women Do it Better”

 

New York, NY (BlackNews.com) — On August 25th, The Times Square Arts Center & Derrick Simmons Film Works will be hosting THE DOUBLE SCREENING WORLD PREMIERES of JUMP OFFS and WOMEN DO IT BETTER starring Derrick Simmons, Gano Grills and Danny Aiello III. This is Danny Aiello III’s last on-screen performance before losing his battle to pancreatic cancer. Following the screening will be a Q&A with producer, director, writer, actor Derrick Simmons and the cast members of both movies. A red carpet event will also be held prior to the event highlighting the cast and crew of JUMP OFFS and WOMEN DO IT BETTER and other special invited guests.

Simmons made his Director’s Debut with the 90-minute, urban, romantic, comedy film he wrote, produced and played duo roles called JUMP OFFS (being re-released August 23rd, 2011 and distributed by Vanguard Cinema).

In a relationship, there are only 2 positions. Either you’re somebody’s significant other or you’re somebody’s “jump off.” JUMP OFFS is a movie about six players with different types of game, jumping from relationship to relationship until sex, lies and betrayal turns two friends against each other.

WOMEN DO IT BETTER is Simmons’ sophomore film and women’s version of JUMP OFFS. He also plays 4 roles in this very funny comedy romance. Turning traditional male dominance in the world of cheating on its head, WOMEN DO IT BETTER follows a group of sexy, smart women, beating the men in their lives at their own game. And it turns out, like in so much else in life, they are better at it! There have been many a film based on the games involved with relationships, traditionally portraying cheating as a man’s game. But, as the movie WOMEN DO IT BETTER (released July 26, 2011 by Vanguard Cinema) points out women are more masterful at deception than men will ever be.

Simmons has over 100 Hollywood movie and television credits as an actor and stuntman. After seeing these first two films under his production company Derrick Simmons Film Works, critics agree that he is blessed with a wide range of talents and a winning personality. They also agree that his hard work and dedication will make him one of the entertainment industry’s most versatile innovators. If his past achievements in the world of entertainment are any indication, Simmons will have no problem fulfilling his true destiny, stardom.

For more details about Derrick Simmons and his films, visit www.derricksimmonsfilmworks.com

John Logan’s six-time Tony Award-Winning Red begins performances September 17, kicks off Goodman Theatre’s 2011/2012 season

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Robert Falls directs Edward Gero and Patrick Andrews in this Chicago Premiere

 

Chicago, IL – Goodman Theatre’s 2011/2012 Season comes to life with Red, John Logan’s “sizzling, intellectually thrilling” (Chicago Tribune) journey into the mind of Abstract Expressionist Mark Rothko. Goodman Theatre Artistic Director Robert Falls helms this Chicago premiere and first major original American production of Red, featuring Edward Gero as Rothko and Chicago’s own Patrick Andrews as Ken, his young assistant. Logan’s six-time Tony Award-winning play has quickly become among the most acclaimed dramas of the past decade, critically hailed in London and on Broadway as an “electrifying play of ideas” (Variety) and an “engrossing, often enthralling new play about art, an artist and the act of creation” (Associated Press). Red begins previews September 17 (Opening Night is September 27) and runs through October 23, 2011, in the Goodman’s Albert Theatre; tickets are $25 – $84 (prices

are subject to change). ComEd is the Official Lighting Sponsor, Katten Muchin Rosenman is the major corporate sponsor, Abbott Fund and BNY Mellon Wealth Management are corporate sponsor partners.

“It’s an enormous pleasure to welcome John Logan back to the city where he launched his distinguished career,” said Artistic Director Robert Falls. “I have enjoyed a personal and professional friendship with John since our collaboration on Riverview: A Melodrama with Music more than 20 years ago. It is with great pride that we begin our 2011/2012 Season with his extraordinarily passionate and moving work.”

John Logan began his playwrighting career in Chicago after graduating from Northwestern University. He has authored of more than a dozen plays, including Never the Sinner and Hauptmann, as well as a successful screenwriter with film credits including Gladiator, The Aviator (both nominated for an Academy Award) and Sweeney

Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street.

“I always knew I wanted the first major original American production of Red to take place in Chicago, the city where I was ‘Ken’—an aspiring artist just starting out in a thrilling time of talent and opportunity,” said Logan. “Bob Falls’ muscularity as a director, to me, parallels Rothko’s muscularity as an artist and man. Bob is so profoundly moved by

art—theatrical art, visual art, literary art—there was never a question that he was the director for this production.”

“There is only one thing in life I fear, my friend…one day the black will swallow the red” (Mark Rothko). Red is a snapshot of the enigmatic and conflicted painter (portrayed by Edward Gero) and his personal and generational struggles at a seminal moment in his career: his 1958 commission to create a series of murals for New York’s upscale Four Seasons restaurant in the Seagram Building. While Rothko was exhilarated by the free reign given by his commissioners, he faced a number of challenges—including a prospective audience that he had professed to scorn. This emotionally and creatively charged event is the basis for Red, in which Logan pairs Rothko with Ken (Patrick Andrews), a fictitious young assistant and aspiring artist who must choose between appeasing his mentor and changing the course of art history.

Widely considered one of the most influential artists of the twentieth century, Mark Rothko was an Abstract Expressionist painter and a fiercely intellectual art theorist. “I think of my pictures as dramas; the shapes in the pictures are the performers,” said Rothko. “Like actors, the shapes create and resolve tension, bringing a painting equilibrium in the same way that a novelist or playwright sets characters in motion and eventually offers resolution.”A Jewish immigrant from Dvinsk, Russia, Rothko constantly battled feelings of ostracism and rejection; even at the height of his career, he feared that critics, curators and the public misunderstood his work. When Logan first encountered Rothko’s Seagram-commissioned murals at the Tate Modern in London, he was struck by the strong energy he felt while viewing the bold canvases and intrigued that the murals were never displayed in the Four Seasons restaurant. “Studying Rothko and learning about his technique was like learning a new language for me— the language of visual art,” said Logan, who applied that language to the characters of Rothko and Ken in Red. “I think audiences respond to the flamboyant grandeur and intensity of the character, but what really moves them is the father-son relationship between these two men. To me the play is really not about art or painting at all; it’s about fathers and sons.”

Set Designer Todd Rosenthal transforms the Albert stage into Rothko’s Bowery Manhattan studio, while Sound Designer Richard Woodbury creates original music and sounds to transport the audience to 1958. Other members of the creative team include Costume Designer Birgit Rattenborg Wise, Lighting Designer Keith Parham, Dramaturg

Neena Arndt, Production Stage Manager Joseph Drummond and Stage Manager T. Paul Lynch.

Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater will remount the Goodman’s production of Red in Washington, D.C., January 20 – March 11, 2012; visit ArenaStage.org for details.

Insider Access Public Programs for Red

Insider Access is a series of public programs that provides insight into the Goodman’s artistic process. With Artist Encounters, audiences meet the names and faces behind the work on stage, including playwrights and directors. Context offers a deeper exploration of the social issues related to Goodman productions. PlayBacks take place directly after selected performances.

Excerpts From Red at The Art Institute of Chicago

Featuring company members of Red |Moderated by Steve Scott

Thursday, September 15; 6–7pm | Art Institute of Chicago, Fullerton Hall Free

Goodman Theatre’s Associate Producer Steve Scott and members of the company of Red present scenes from the play and discuss the influential work of Rothko at the Art Institute of Chicago.

Artist Encounter: Red

Featuring Artistic Director Robert Falls Wednesday, September 21; 6 – 7pm | Goodman Theatre’s Healy Rehearsal Room $5 General admission; free to Subscribes, students with ID and Goodman donors; Call 312.443.3800

Artistic Director Robert Falls discusses the life and work of legendary Rothko with select members of Chicago’s visual arts community during an Artist Encounter prior to a 7:30pm performance.

Shades of Red Featuring Actor Edward Gero

Thursday, September, 22; 6pm Pre-Show event, 7:30pm performance of Red | Goodman Theatre

Tickets are only $49 for the reception and the play. Use promo code ARTIST for tickets at GoodmanTheatre.org or call 312.443.3800. Goodman Theatre invites Chicago artists for a very special event featuring the Tony-Award-winning play Red where they will get a glimpse into the life of brilliant Abstract Expressionist painter Mark Rothko. Before the show, you’ll meet acclaimed actor Edward Gero, who will discuss his preparation for the lead role of Rothko. A selection of red wines and artful hors d’oeuvres will be served.

Context: Red and New Stages Amplified: The Price of Fame

Featuring artists associated with Red and New Stages Amplified

Monday, October 10, 2011; 7pm | Goodman Theatre Lobby

An interactive experience created by the Goodman and Collaboraction Theater that examines the cost of fame and what happens when artists become commodities. Featuring music critics Jim DeRogatis and Gred Cott and Founder and Director of iO Theater, Charna Halpern.

PlayBack: Red

Following each Wednesday and Thursday performance of Red, Albert Theater audiences are invited to attend free post-show discussions with members of the artistic staff.

Tickets to Red ($25 – $84) are currently on sale at GoodmanTheatre.org. Tickets and subscriptions can also be purchased at the box office (170 North Dearborn) or by phone at 312.443.3800. Mezztix are half-price mezzanine tickets available at 12 noon at the box office, and at 10am online (promo code MEZZTIX) day of performance; Mezztix are not available by telephone. 10Tix are $10 rear mezzanine tickets for students available at 12 noon at the box office, and at 10am online on the day of performance; 10Tix are not available by telephone; a valid student I.D. must be presented when picking up the tickets; limit four per student with I.D. All tickets are subject to availability and handling fees apply. Discounted Group Tickets for 10 persons or more are available at 312.443.3820. Purchase Goodman Gift Certificates in any amount at GoodmanTheatre.org. The flexibility of Goodman Gift Certificates allows recipients to choose the production, date and time of their performance. Artists, dates and ticket prices are subject to change.

About Goodman Theatre

The 2011/2012 Season includes: New Stages Amplified including Dartmoor Prison by Carlyle Brown, directed by Chay Yew (October 13 – 23), Chicago Boys by Kathleen Tolan, directed by Ann Filmer (October 27 – November 6) and Ask Aunt Susan by Seth Bockley, directed by Joanie Schultz (November 10 – 20); 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 3 – April 8, 2012); Fish Men by Cándido Tirado, directed by Edward Torres, in partnership with Teatro Vista (April 7 – May 6, 2012); The Iceman Cometh by Eugene O’Neill, directed by Robert Falls (April 21 – June 10, 2012); and Crowns, written and directed by Regina Taylor (June 30 – August 5, 2012).

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 welcomed 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—and served legions of students through its Education and Community Engagement programs (including the FREE Student Subscription Series and other interactive programs). 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 the President and Chair-Elect for the 2011/2012 Season is Ruth Ann M. Gillis. Joan Clifford is President of the Women’s Board. American Airlines is the Exclusive Airline of Goodman Theatre.

Madigan: Small-Scale Meth Production in Illinois needs solution

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Attorney General Hosts Carterville Summit to Address One-Pot Meth Cooks

 

Carterville, IL — Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan met with downstate law enforcement authorities and local and state officials to discuss new ways to combat an emerging trend in the production of methamphetamine in downstate Illinois.

The Attorney General called today’s meeting to address an increasing number of small-scale meth labs being discovered by authorities. Madigan said despite great successes in combating major meth producers in Illinois, meth cooks have turned to so-called “shake ‘n bake” methods to produce smaller amounts of the drug. They use a one- or two-liter empty, plastic bottle to mix legal amounts of pseudoephedrine and the drug’s other ingredients to make a small batch of methamphetamine.

“Meth cooks are increasingly turning to the ‘one-pot’ method,” Attorney General Madigan said. “This small-scale drug production allows users to side-step laws we previously put in place to regulate the sale of pseudoephedrine, a key meth ingredient. Today, I met with downstate authorities and officials to crackdown on this new and dangerous form of meth production in Illinois.”

Madigan convened today’s meeting at John A. Logan College in Carterville with state Reps. John Bradley and Brandon Phelps, sheriffs from Franklin, Hamilton, Jackson, Johnson, Pope, Saline, Union and Williamson counties, and officials from the Illinois Sheriff’s Association, the Illinois State Police, the Southern Illinois Enforcement Group and the Illinois Retail Merchants Association.

Attorney General Madigan said one-pot meth production in downstate Illinois has grown since the implementation of the Methamphetamine Precursor Control Act, which Madigan worked to enact in 2006. The law restricts consumers from buying more than two packages of products containing pseudoephedrine in a single transaction or products containing more than 7,500 milligrams of pseudophedrine in a 30-day period, and requires customers to provide photo identification and sign a purchasing log maintained by pharmacies. Those restrictions led to a 52 percent drop in the number of meth labs reported, from 761 in 2006 to 362 in 2007.

However, the Attorney General said, drug users have adapted and turned to small-scale meth production, using lawful amounts of pseudoephedrine to make between three to seven grams of the drug. Madigan said one-pot meth making poses particular dangers for law enforcement authorities because the production is easily concealed and often is mobile. Reports show users make the drug in the backs of cars or beds of pick-up trucks.

“One-pot meth production is just as toxic and dangerous as traditional meth labs,” Madigan said. “Throughout my tenure as Attorney General, I have made it my mission to combat meth abuse and production. I will continue to work with authorities and lawmakers to identify and discuss new ways to continue our shared commitment to eradicate meth use.”

Since taking office in 2003, Attorney General Madigan has been recognized as a leader in the fight against meth use and production. Madigan worked with the General Assembly to enact the Methamphetamine Precursor Control Act and other laws that created meth-specific offenses for law enforcement agencies to use to arrest and prosecute offenders.

The Attorney General’s latest effort to crackdown on meth was signed into law just this week. Madigan crafted House Bill 1908 together with Rep. John Bradley and Sen. Bill Haine to help prevent individuals convicted of meth-related offenses from continuing to use and cook meth.

The new law requires a person who has been convicted of a meth-related offense to have a prescription to purchase or possess any product containing pseudoephedrine while on parole and probation. Offenders are also prohibited from purchasing or possessing any product containing ammonium nitrate, another key meth ingredient. The law mandates the Illinois Department of Corrections to issue a parole violation if an offender is again charged with a violation of the Methamphetamine Control and Community Protection Act or the Methamphetamine Precursor Control Act, and require IDOC to notify the Illinois State Police, local state’s attorneys and sheriffs of the pending release or discharge of any person convicted on meth charges.

"College Fever!" Stage Play exposes hidden traps behind student loans

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Camp Springs, MD (BlackNews.com) — “College Fever! – What’s The Real Price of College?” debuts Sept 10th & 11th 2011 with free performances daily at 3:00pm and 7:30pm. In his latest live stage-play, writer/director Jay Cameron explores the pivotal moment of decision about how to pay for college from the perspective of graduating high school seniors.

When someone hears the title “College Fever!”, it grabs their attention. Fraternity and sorority life may come to mind. Others might think of the wild campus lifestyle. And though these are aspects of this unprecedented stage-play’s script, there is much more to College Fever.

People rarely discuss college funding. Millions of unsuspecting American families fall for the college financing trap that awaits those who want to further their education. According to FinAid.org, as of 2008, “more than $100 billion in federal education loans and $10 billion in private student loans are originated each year.”

An individual student can commit to repay multiple tens of thousands of dollars in debt for college expenses when they have no means of paying the money back. After graduation, these hopeful job seekers enter a deteriorating job market only to find their newly-earned degrees are ineffective tools for finding good jobs because opportunities are so scarce. The consequences are worse for students who interrupt or postpone their pursuit of a degree. Demand for repayment of their debt can keep them from resuming or completing their studies.

What can conscientious students do? A college education is thought to be required to obtain a better job, but college costs are too expensive for most. Student loan debt seems to be the only way to pay for college and the job market continues to decline. And since student loan debt is not subject to bankruptcy, the result of a default can be catastrophic to borrowers, their families and the health of the U.S. economy.

Does “College Fever” solve the issue of student debt in a 90 minute stage-play? Will audiences find the answers to this seemingly impossible problem? Is there any way for a student to escape the bondage of student debt? Are there any overlooked college finance options? All are invited to come to “College Fever” and ask someone after the show.

A Jay Cameron production, “College Fever” premieres at The Life Center at 5610 Linda Lane, Camp Springs, MD 20748. Admission is FREE.

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Welcome to CopyLine Magazine! The first issue of CopyLine Magazine was published in November, 1990, by Editor & Publisher Juanita Bratcher. CopyLine’s main focus is on the political arena – to inform our readers and analyze many of the pressing issues of the day - controversial or otherwise. Our objectives are clear – to keep you abreast of political happenings and maneuvering in the political arena, by reporting and providing provocative commentaries on various issues. For more about CopyLine Magazine, CopyLine Blog, and CopyLine Television/Video, please visit juanitabratcher.com, copylinemagazine.com, and oneononetelevision.com. Bratcher has been a News/Reporter, Author, Publisher, and Journalist for 33 years. She is the author of six books, including “Harold: The Making of a Big City Mayor” (Harold Washington), Chicago’s first African-American mayor; and “Beyond the Boardroom: Empowering a New Generation of Leaders,” about John Herman Stroger, Jr., the first African-American elected President of the Cook County Board. Bratcher is also a Poet/Songwriter, with 17 records – produced by HillTop Records of Hollywood, California. Juanita Bratcher Publisher

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