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Kirk Amendment would impose crippling sanctions on the Central Bank of Iran

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92 Senators urged President to impose sanctions on Iran’s Central Bank in August;

Foreign financial institutions conducting transactions through Central Bank of Iran would see access to U.S. financial system cut off, U.S.-based assets blocked;

Six-month exemption for oil transactions designed to ease burden on U.S. allies, send calming signal to oil markets


Washington, DC – United States Senator Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) today filed an amendment to the Fiscal Year 2012 National Defense Authorization Act, which would impose crippling sanctions on the Central Bank of Iran.  The Kirk amendment, which comes just days after a report by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) concluded that Iran is engaged in activities “highly relevant to a nuclear weapons program,” follows the bipartisan Schumer-Kirk letter sent to President Obama in August by 92 Senators urging crippling sanctions against Iran’s Central Bank.

“Without immediate and serious action, the Islamic Republic of Iran will have a nuclear weapons capability in the near future,” Senator Kirk said.  “As the world’s leading state sponsor of terrorism, it’s quite likely that the Iranian regime would transfer its nuclear weapons to terrorist organizations like Hezbollah and Hamas.  And we can be sure that an Iranian bomb will set off a nuclear arms race in the Middle East – from Saudi Arabia to Egypt.  We must act now or face the consequences of a nuclear Iran.”

The Central Bank of Iran is the primary bankroller of Iran’s global terror network, its nuclear program and other illicit activities.  According to the recent IAEA report on Iran’s nuclear program, Iranian activities include: efforts to procure nuclear-related equipment and materials; an undeclared nuclear material production line; work on an indigenous design for a nuclear weapon and testing of components; and efforts to integrate a new payload into the re-entry vehicle of the Shahab-3 missile – a payload that the IAEA assesses would only be used to accommodate a nuclear warhead.

The Kirk amendment, similar to one offered by U.S. Rep. Howard Berman (D-CA) and unanimously adopted by the House Foreign Affairs Committee, would impose sanctions on foreign financial institutions that conduct transactions through the Central Bank of Iran.  These sanctions would include a loss of access to the U.S. financial system and blocking of U.S.-based assets.  The amendment provides a six-month exception for oil transactions to ease the burden on U.S. allies and send a calming signal to the oil markets.  In addition, the amendment provides the President with a national security interest waiver authority and a humanitarian exception for those sending food, medicine and medical supplies to the Iranian people.

A copy of the amendment is available upon request.

Expanding age gap between whites and minorities may increase U.S. racial divide

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Angela Glover Blackwell
Founder and CEO of PolicyLink


By Teresa Wiltz

 America’s Wire


Washington, DC (BlackNews.com) — A generation gap in several states between older whites and younger Latinos and African-Americans has race relations experts concerned that age differences in the population are influencing spending and public policy in areas such as education, transportation, immigration and infrastructure.

As the United States rapidly advances toward having a majority-minority population, whites continue to grow older, while – whites are increasingly younger. Evidence is mounting that what has been considered a racial divide in the country is also crystallizing into a generational divide.

Newly released U.S. Census data demonstrate a rapidly widening racial age gap. The median age for white Americans is 41 but is 32 for blacks, 31.6 for Asians and 27 for Latinos. Across the country, 80 percent of senior citizens are white, while nearly half of the nation’s youth are of color. Such significant age disparities, some experts on race relations say, may be having far-reaching implications on resources invested in programs and areas benefiting younger generations.

“Where the old don’t see themselves reflected in the young, there’s less investment in the future,” says Manuel Pastor, a professor of geography and American Studies & Ethnicity at the University of Southern California where he directs the Program for Environmental and Regional Equity (PERE) and co-directs the Center for the Study of Immigrant Integration.

“Our racial divide has become a generational divide,” Pastor says. “There’s this image of an older generation drawing up the drawbridge just as the younger generation is coming of age in America.”

More important, data show that states with a larger gap between median ages of whites and people of color tend to make fewer investments in social programs that once benefited older generations that were predominantly white, according to a new research project by PERE in conjunction with PolicyLink, a national research and advocacy organization based in Oakland, Calif.

For instance, Pastor says states with significant age gaps between white and nonwhite populations tend to spend the least on education and public transportation.

In Arizona, the median age for whites is 43 compared with 25 for Latinos, who comprise 31 percent of the state’s population. On per-pupil spending for education, census data show that Arizona ranks 49th among the states and the District of Columbia. In terms of spending on transportation, the state is in the bottom quarter of all states, according to Dominique Apollon, research director at the Applied Research Center, which has offices in New York, Chicago and Oakland.

“States that have the biggest age divide like Arizona really become ground zero for the racial generation gap,” says Angela Glover Blackwell, founder and CEO of PolicyLink. “Places that don’t invest in the future will not be competitive in the future.” To illustrate her point, Blackwell cites California and Mississippi. Through slavery and restrictive Jim Crow laws, she says, Mississippi consistently underinvested in the black community. Today, Blackwell says, it consistently ranks on or near in the bottom in terms of education spending and has the nation’s infant mortality rate. Forty is the median age for whites in Mississippi, 29 for blacks and 25 for Latinos, according to the Pew Hispanic Center.

In California, public policy priorities have changed as the white population has aged. In the 1950s, when white families arrived from the Midwest in search of jobs, California built the nation’s best educational system. There were generous investments in the state’s infrastructure and programs to help families become homeowners. The state became a poster child for the benefits of public sector spending.

Today, California has a considerable age gap between white and nonwhite residents. The median age for whites is 43, for blacks 34 and for Latinos 27, according to the Pew Hispanic Center. Furthermore, Blackwell says children of color comprise 70 percent of the state’s 18-and-under population while 60 percent of its over-65 population is white.

Beset with budget issues, California now hovers in the lower rungs of per-child spending on education, ranking 43rd nationally. It also ranks in the bottom quarter of all states in transportation funding, according to the Applied Research Center. “You’re starting to see the same approach that held back states like Mississippi holding back states like California,” Blackwell says. “California is the harbinger. Mississippi should have been the lesson.”

Still, questions have been raised about whether a relationship exists between racial age gaps and public sector spending. “I’m a little skeptical” about whether it is a national trend, Apollon says. Some state spending levels, he says, may be related to conservative philosophies toward government spending.

Still, Apollon says, “there is certainly a fear of the changing demographic amongst a small minority of the country, and that minority tends to be whites and it tends to be slightly older.”

According to demographer William H. Frey, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution in Washington, generation-gap states like Arizona tend to have “lightning rod issues” such as immigration and undocumented immigrants. Last year, Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer (R) signed into law the nation’s strictest immigration legislation, which made failure to carry immigration documents a crime.

The law also gave police wide latitude in detaining anyone they suspected of being an illegal immigrant. A federal judge later imposed an injunction on many of the law’s provisions. The state also banned Chicano studies programs in its public schools.

Frey says antipathy toward immigrants is a generational trend, noting the hostility toward Italian and Polish immigrants 100 years ago. Immigration slowed between the 1930s and 1970s, and not until the 1990s did Latin American immigration begin surging. Rapidly changing demographics unnerve many people, he says, adding that baby boomers had not witnessed the immigration wave of the early 1900s.

“What bothers me is politicians use this as a wedge issue,” Frey says, “rather than explaining this [wave of immigration] is part of our history.”

Meanwhile, other people see the disinclination to invest in younger generations as a matter of economics and self-interest. “I personally think it’s class that’s the issue, not ethnicity,” says Joel Kotkin, author of “The Next Hundred Million: America in 2050.” As older generations age out of the workforce, Kotkin says, they are much less concerned about opportunities for the next generation, regardless of race.

The state of the economy is also having an impact on social spending. “When the economy goes bad, people get scared,” says Michael R. Wenger, senior research fellow at the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies in Washington. “All of us get scared unless we’re Bill Gates or Warren Buffett. . . . We want to spend less because we don’t know what’s happening. That kind of fear means that people don’t want to be their brother’s keeper. They are fearful for their own future, and that comes first.”

Anxiety about the future is coupling with unease about the nation’s rapidly changing demographics to affect public policy. “This country has always been seen by white people as a white country,” Wenger says. “So a number of people see that slipping away, so their sense of control is slipping away. ”

But Pastor says such fear becomes counterproductive.

“It’s not just kids of color that are hurt when you don’t invest in education,” he says. “It’s young white families that are afraid to move back to the cities because of the schools. We’re really damaging a whole generation of possibilities.”

Hyde Park Jr. Spartans need $21,000 to attend Championship Tournament

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By Chinta Strausberg


The Hyde Park Jr. Spartans Youth Football and Cheerleading team’s goal of winning the coveted “2011 Mighty Mite Bowl Tournament” being held in Plant City, Florida literally depends on raising $21,000 before the 42-member team is scheduled to leave on December 2, 2011.

The program was begun by former NFL star Howard T. Griffith a native Chicagoan who played 11-years for the Carolina Panthers, San Diego Chargers and the LA Rams. He is the president, of the Hyde Park Jr. Spartans Youth Football and Cheerleading team, which is under the auspices of the United Youth Football League (UYFL).

In an effort to raise the $21,000, Griffith is hosting a banquet Saturday, November 19, 2011, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Josephine’s Hardtimes Cooking Restaurant, 436 E. 79th St., Chicago, IL.

According to Frederick Gill, vice president of the Hyde Park Jr. Spartans, up to 100 football and cheerleaders will be attending the organization’s November 19th second annual event held at Josephine’s Hardtimes restaurant.

“We will present the youth with trophies to recognize the kids who are doing well. Overall, we have had a darn good season and the team has grown to seven total teams and that is absolutely good,” said Gill.

The team’s goal is to leave for Florida on December 2nd, play games on both December 3rd and 4th and return home on December 5th victorious after wining the Mighty Mite Bowl Championship.

But there is literally a cost to being in the much-anticipated game. Parents of the team have been busy holding parties to meet the $21,000 goal of which they have only raised $1800.  “The parents and the organization are still raising funds in order to fulfill the dreams of our young athletes,” said Gill. It will cost $500 per student to attend the Florida games and a reported $6,000 to pay for their bus.

Gill said there are 48 teams across the country that can sign up to go to Florida and that they will be matched up in different brackets for the championship showdown.

Griffith, a graduate of Percy L. Julian High School who contended for two Super Bowl championships, said he hopes everyone will attend the November 19th fundraiser.

“I think it is important that we honor kids who are doing the right thing. We are trying to do it through sports and learning the values of team sports. It is important for them to learn how to be a team player and to learn that sometimes they have to do things they don’t want to do but for the sake of the team it is the best thing to do,” said Griffith.

On his hopes for the tournament, Griffith added: “We like to win games, but it’s the experience of getting to see kids from around the country, how they practice and play and seeing different things outside of their everyday experiences. It is a chance to get away. If you win a couple of games along the way, it is a chance to broaden their horizon,” he said.

To donate towards the trip, call Josephine’s Hardtimes Restaurant at: 773-487-4300 or Fredrick Gill at: 312-725-4455.

Tickets to the Saturday, November 19 2011, fundraiser at Josephine’s Hardtime Cooking Restaurant, 436 E. 79th St., Chicago, IL, are $45.00.


Photo Caption:  Samuel Love, 8, is a member of the Hyde Park Jr. Spartans Youth Football and cheerleading Team. To play in the “2011 Mighty Mite Bowl Tournament” being held on December 3rd and December 4th in Plant City Florida, the team needs to raise $21,000. A fundraiser is being held Saturday, November 19, 2011, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Josephine’s Hardtimes Cooking Restaurant, 436 E. 79th St, Chicago, IL.

Chinta Strausberg is a Journalist of more than 33-years, a former political reporter and a current PCC Network talk show host. You can e-mail Strausberg at: Chintabernie@aol.com.

Madigan warns seniors of financial scams during down economy

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Chicago, IL – Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan met with older citizens in suburban Glenview to raise awareness about how to avoid consumer scams in their community. Madigan warned of debt settlement traps, fake check cashing scams, risky reverse mortgages and health care fraud that persist in an economic downturn.

“The best thing I can do is prevent seniors from being scammed out of their money in the first place,” Attorney General Madigan said. “Once you’ve wired away your money or given out your personal financial information, it’s very difficult to undo the damage.”

At an event hosted by state Sen. Jeff Schoenberg, Madigan spoke at the Glenview Senior Center, 2400 Chestnut Ave., as part of her continuing Silver Beat program. The Attorney General launched Silver Beat to help ensure that older citizens have the resources and knowledge necessary to protect themselves from scam artists who, far too often, target seniors in a wide range of scams, exploitation and fraud.

Madigan’s office has held Silver Beat trainings throughout the state since she launched the initiative in March 2010. The trainings are designed for Silver Beat participants to become experts themselves, enabling them to educate others within their own communities on avoiding financial abuse.

To learn more about this program or attend or host a Silver Beat program, contact the Attorney General’s office at 312-814-3000.

For more information on all consumer issues, visit Madigan’s website, www.illinoisattorneygeneral.gov, or contact her Consumer Fraud Hotline, (800) 386-5438.

A warning from the Better Business Bureau: Beware of shopping pitfalls on Black Friday and Cyber Monday

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Chicago, IL – Black Friday and Cyber Monday, the Friday and Monday after Thanksgiving, are the most popular holiday shopping days of the year. Whether shopping at a local store or online to avoid the crowds, the Better Business Bureau (BBB) warns buyers to be alert for scammers and hackers looking to benefit from early holiday cheer.  


“Holiday shopping will send consumers to stores and online retailers in droves following the Thanksgiving holiday. But there are risks to be avoided,” said Steve J. Bernas, president & CEO of the Better Business Bureau serving Chicago and northern Illinois. “Whether you are online or in a store consumers should take steps to protect themselves.”


Tips for Black Friday shoppers:

  • Research before you shop – If you find a great coupon, be sure to print it and bring it to the store with you. Check out Business Reviews at www.bbb.org to make sure you are dealing with a reputable business that will guarantee the sale prices they claim to have.
  • Know Store Policies – Knowing the store policies on returns can help you determine where to buy. Many retailers may include restocking fees and shorter return deadlines.
  • Ask for Gift Receipts – Gift receipts generally include a description of the item purchased but do not disclose the price paid. Without proof-of-purchase, the recipient may be turned down for returning or exchanging the item or risk receiving an exchange for the current selling price of the item.

Online shopping tips for Cyber Monday:

  • Shop on trustworthy websites – Shoppers should start with the BBB to check on the seller’s Business Review for customer satisfaction at www.bbb.org  Always look for the BBB seal and other widely-recognized “trustmarks” on retailer websites and click on the seals to confirm that they are valid.
  • Protect your personal information – Take time to read the site’s privacy policy and understand what personal information is being requested and how it will be used. If there isn’t one posted, it should be taken as a red flag that personal information may be sold to others without permission.
  • Beware of deals that sound too good to be true – Offers on websites and in unsolicited e-mails can often sound too good to be true, especially extremely low prices on hard-to-get items. Consumers should always go with their instincts and not be afraid to pass up a “deal” that might cost them dearly in the end.
  • Confirm your online purchase is secure – Shoppers should always look in the address box for the “s” in https:// and in the lower-right corner for the “lock” symbol before paying. If there are any doubts about a site, the BBB recommends right-clicking anywhere on the page and select “Properties.” This will let you see the real URL (website address) and the dialog box will reveal if the site is not encrypted.
  • Pay with a credit card – It’s best to use a credit card, because under Federal law, the shopper can dispute the charges if he or she doesn’t receive the item. Shoppers also have dispute rights if there are unauthorized charges on their credit card, and many card issuers have “zero liability” policies under which the card holder pays nothing if someone steals the credit card number and uses it.
  • Keep documentation of your order – After completing the online order process, there may be a final confirmation page or the shopper might receive confirmation by e-mail. The BBB recommends saving a copy of the Web page and any e-mails for future reference and as a record of the purchase.

Don’t forget those less fortunate this holiday season. If deciding to donate an item to a charity or cause, make sure items are in good condition and the recipient organization accepts such items to help further its cause. Find all charities that meet BBB standards at www.bbb.org/charity


For more advice on staying safe online this holiday season, visit www.bbb.org


The Jewel Box Series presents Elena Urioste, Violin & Michael Brown, Piano

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Elena Urioste’s debut performances with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in 2010 were praised by three separate critics for their “hypnotic delicacy,” “expressive poise,” and “lyrical sensitivity.” The instruments being used by Elena are an Alessandro Gagliano violin, Naples c. 1706, and a Pierre Simon bow, both on extended loan from the private collection of Charles E. King through the Stradivari Society of Chicago. as a “vividly characterized and rhythmically free-spirited” pianist byThe New York Times, is the first prize winner of the 2010 Concert Artists Guild Victor Elmaleh Competition.

The event will take place Friday, November 18, 8 p.m., at Northeastern Illinois University, Fine Arts Recital Hall, 3701 W. Bryn Mawr (free parking in lot F).

Tickets: $25 general; $15 seniors; $10 students.

Buy tickets ONLINE or call 773-442-4636

$10 OFF general Ticket Price with Discount Code violin

Dr. Raye Mitchell, Social Entrepreneur & Expert on training women and girls as global leaders, releases new book: “The Evolution of Brilliance”

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San Francisco Bay Area Book Signing Appearances Announced


Among the diverse assemblage of phenomenal women quoted in the book are Eleanor Roosevelt, Helen Keller and Congresswomen Barbara Jordan. Mitchell provides some exceptional quotes and profiles from many celebrities and legends she has had the pleasure of meeting personally, including fellow Harvard Law School alumnae First Lady Michelle Obama, actor and civil rights activist Mrs. Ruby Dee, Carol H. Williams, CEO and Chief Creative Officer of the world’s largest woman independently owned advertising agency, media maven Oprah Winfrey, and Mitchell’s long time friend, colleague and corporate icon Ann M. Fudge.

Oakland, CA (BlackNews.com) — Dr. Raye Mitchell is a highly acclaimed and recognized women entrepreneur, Jefferson Award recipient, CEO and founder of The G.U.R.L.S. Rock Leadership Program (an initiative of the Making a New Reality Foundation), and a 2011 Women’s Initiative Woman Entrepreneur of the Year, announced the publication of her new book, “The Evolution of Brilliance: Voices Celebrating the Global Importance of Women.

The San Francisco Bay Area’s much-admired attorney-turned-social entrepreneur is excited to announce the publication of her new book. The exceptional literary offering – due to be released November 22, 2011 – is an anthology of quotes from phenomenal women whose words of wit, insight, and wisdom have touched many lives. In advance of her 2012 national book tour, Mitchell announces her end-of-year, San Francisco Bay Area book signing appearances.

The Evolution of Brilliance shares an exhilarating compilation of insightful quotes capturing and recapturing the words of wisdom of inspirational women – both well-known and dedicated women who work behind the scenes of life. They are business leaders, spiritual leaders, and community leaders who have given of themselves to the global community and who have excited the world with their contributions.

“This project is a journey about passion, purpose, and power,” said Mitchell. “It is about being a winner, and expanding one’s insight and awareness by being inspired by the words of brilliant women leaders.” She continued, “My goal and purpose for this project is to invest in and support The Making a New Reality Foundation’s G.U.R.L.S. Rock Leadership Program in order to nourish the next generation of global leaders – girls of color, ages 12-18.”

The Evolution of Brilliance: Voices Celebrating the Global Importance of Women (ISBN: 0-97-86658-2-1, 186 pp, soft cover: $16.00, hardback gift set: $23.00) is available for pre-order on Amazon.com. A special hardbound gift set edition is available at www.EvolutionofBrilliance.com.

Saturday, Nov. 26, 2011 | 12 PM – 1:30 PM
Brilliant $mart Women Holiday Soiree
Linen Life Gallery, 770 East 14th St., San Leandro, CA

Saturday, Dec. 10, 2011 | 11 PM – 1:30 PM
Business & Professional Women’s Society
Allen Temple Baptist Church, 8501 International Blvd., Oakland, CA

Wednesday, Dec. 29, 2011 | 9 AM – noon
Winter Praise Explosion/Transformations Youth Program
San Mateo Marriott Hotel, 1770 S. Amphlett Blvd., San Mateo, CA
Carol H. Williams, CEO and Chief Creative Officer of the multi-award winning Carol H. Williams Advertising Agency, said about Mitchell, “Dr. Raye is a winner! A winner is defined by one’s ability to continue the fight until the race is finished. Raye Mitchell doesn’t yield. She has grace, dignity and class. She is strong in character, an absolute joy in the world, and a splendid person.”

Validating Dr. Mitchell’s belief in the importance of preparing girls in leadership skills to be global leaders of tomorrow, Nielsen’s Women of Tomorrow U.S. Multicultural survey, published November 14, 2011, concludes that women are the world’s most powerful single demographic. In developed countries, 80 percent of women surveyed said that the role of women is changing, with 90 percent of those saying it is changing for the better. In emerging countries, women are even more optimistic about the future. Women in the U.S. are no different, with vast majorities across ethnicities believing their roles are changing and improving:

* 94% of Hispanic women believe their roles are changing for the better
* 90% of African American women
* 90% of Caucasian women
* 86% of Asian American women

Released just in time for the holidays, The Evolution of Brilliance is the perfect gift for your team members, clients, and the special women and girls in your life. Proceeds from book sales support the G.U.R.L.S. Rock Leadership Program of the Making a New Reality Foundation, a 501 (c)(3) tax-exempt organization.

Goodman Theatre invites four Chicagoland High School Choirs to perform pre-show throughout the 34th Annual Production of A Christmas Carol

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 Chicago, IL – Four Chicago-area high school choirs “make their Goodman Theatre debut” on the Albert stage before select performances of the 34th annual production of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. Each choir, selected on a basis of musical merit and history with the Goodman, performs a pre-show 30-minute medley of holiday carols. A

Christmas Carol runs November 18 – December 31; tickets ($25 – $94) are available at GoodmanTheatre.org, at the box office (170 N. Dearborn) or by phone at 312.443.3800. BMO Harris Bank is the Major Corporate Sponsor of A Christmas Carol and Aon Corporation and KPMG are the Corporate Sponsor Partners. The Melting Pot is the Promotional Partner for A Christmas Carol.

* Barrington High School (Barrington)

Tuesday, November 22, 7 p.m. 

* Benet Academy Madrigal Singers (Lisle)

Sunday, November 27, 6 p.m.

* Walter Payton Prep (Chicago)

Thursday, December 1, 7 p.m.

* Lincoln Park High School (Chicago)

Tuesday, December 13, 7 p.m.

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). In more than three decades the show has hosted six directors, eight Scrooges, 30 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 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. Ruth Ann M. Gillis is the Chairman of Goodman Theatre’s Board of Trustees 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 and updates on the Goodman’s Blog, Goodman-Theatre.Blogspot.com/; like us on Facebook.com/GoodmanTheatre; follow us at Twitter.com/GoodmanTheatre; and peek behind the scenes at YouTube.com/TheGoodmanTheatre.

Secretary of State offices closed for Thanksgiving holiday

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Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White announced that all offices and facilities will be closed on Thursday and Friday, November 24th and 25th, 2011, in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday.


Driver service facilities that are normally open Tuesday through Saturday will reopen Saturday, November 26th, 2011.


All Monday through Friday driver service facilities will be open for business on Monday, November 28th, 2011.

Individuals can visit the Secretary of State’s Web site, www.cyberdriveillinois.com, to change an address, register to become an organ donor or renew license plate stickers if they have received a renewal form by mail.

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