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Illinois Attorney General announces $34.25 million settlement with GE Funding Capital over illegal municipal bond derivatives scheme

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Chicago, IL – Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan announced a $34.25 million multistate settlement with GE Funding Capital Market Services, Inc. (“GE Funding”) over a scheme that defrauded government entities and educational institutions that purchased municipal bond derivatives from the financial institution.

“GE Funding sought to profit at any cost, even if it meant cheating government entities and educational institutions out of much-needed resources,” said Attorney General Madigan. “This settlement will ensure that GE Funding returns its unlawfully-obtained profits to the governments and schools.”

Madigan joined the District of Columbia and 23 other states to announce the settlement, which will result in nearly $775,000 in restitution for Illinois government entities, schools and nonprofits harmed by the bank’s efforts to orchestrate illegal bids for municipal derivatives.

As part of the multistate settlement, GE Funding has agreed to pay $30 million in restitution to affected government entities, educational institutions and nonprofits nationwide that purchased municipal bond derivatives from GE Funding and two of its affiliates – Trinity Funding Company, LLC and Trinity Plus Funding Company, LLC – between 1999 and 2005.  In addition, GE Funding agreed to pay a $1.25 million civil penalty and $3 million for fees and costs of the investigation to the settling states.

Government entities, schools and nonprofits typically issue municipal bonds to fund capital projects.  Once the bonds are issued, the money is usually placed into accounts to spend on as project expenses are incurred. Because the money from the bonds does not need to be spent immediately, the government entity or nonprofit that issues the bonds often seeks to invest the money and may also pursue strategies to manage or transfer the bond’s interest rate risk. These investment accounts and risk management products are collectively called “municipal bond derivatives” and are provided by large financial institutions.

The states’ investigation developed evidence that traders at GE Funding, in concert with brokers, engaged in conduct that allowed the broker to determine in advance that GE Funding would win a bid for a municipal derivative by allowing GE Funding to receive a “last look” at bids and arranging for other financial institutions to submit purposely non-winning bids. 

Madigan said GE Funding’s practices restrained competition in the sale of municipal derivatives in violation of Illinois’ antitrust laws. This conduct brought financial harm to government entities and nonprofits that relied on GE Funding’s services. Certain Illinois governments, schools and nonprofits that purchased municipal derivatives from GE Funding will be eligible to receive restitution as part of this settlement.

Some of the entities affected by the financial institution’s scheme and today’s settlement include the following:

Chicago Area

City of Aurora

City of Chicago

City of Evanston

Greater Illinois

City of Peoria

State of Illinois Education Facilities

Western Illinois University

Illinois joins Alabama, Colorado, Connecticut, District of Columbia, Florida, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Texas, Tennessee and Wisconsin in the settlement.

GE Funding is the fifth financial institution to settle with the multistate group in the ongoing municipal bond derivatives investigation. Bank of America, UBS, JPMC and Wachovia previously settled with the states. To date, the state working group has obtained settlements worth almost $350 million.

The states’ investigation into financial institutions involved in this scheme remains ongoing in conjunction with a federal investigation by the U.S. Department of Justice, Securities and Exchange Commission and the Internal Revenue Service.

Bureau Chief Robert W. Pratt and Assistant Attorney General Jamie Manning are handling this case for Madigan’s Antitrust Bureau.

Clergy for Community Change (CFCC) to hold Prayer Vigil at the Juvenile Temporary Detention Center

Posted by Admin On December - 28 - 2011 Comments Off on Clergy for Community Change (CFCC) to hold Prayer Vigil at the Juvenile Temporary Detention Center
Chicago, IL —In the spirit of the Holy Season and the New Year, the CFCC is holding a prayer vigil outside of the Cook County Juvenile Temporary Detention Center, 1100 South Hamilton Avenue, 11 a.m., Wednesday, December 28, 2011, to show the youth they are loved and are not forgotten.
 
Led by Rev. Kenyatta Smith, President of the Clergy For Community Change (CFCC), he will be joined by Chicago Bulls Super Star Bob “Butter Bean” Love who is also the Community Affairs Director for the Bulls, Dr. Earl B. King, former NBA player and Chairman of the No Dope Express Foundation (NDEF) and a number of clergy.
 
“We will pray for the young men and women for them to become productive citizens of society and overcome the barriers that have caused them to be placed under these confining circumstances,” said Rev. Smith. “We want to pray for our children so they will have programs that will prevent them from being housed in facilities like this.
 
“We want them to know they are loved and we care for them. We must give them hope that programs and jobs are on the way that are needed to help turn their lives around,” he stated.
 
Love said, “Education first, sports second. We must take the leadership that will prevent our young people from living in these kind of conditions.”
Clergy for Community Change is encouraging all parents and family members to join this coalition for this momentous prayer vigil.

Special showing of "The Mountaintop" starring Samuel L. Jackson & Angela Bassett to benefit NYC's public school students and schools

Posted by Admin On December - 28 - 2011 Comments Off on Special showing of "The Mountaintop" starring Samuel L. Jackson & Angela Bassett to benefit NYC's public school students and schools

Queens, NY (BlackNews.com) — Local New York residents are being encouraged to support NYC Outward Bound at an upcoming special theater event in memory of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Birthday at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theater (242 West 45th Street).

“The Mountaintop”, starring actors Samuel L. Jackson and Angela Bassett, is a gripping theatrical experience that reimagines the night before the assassination of civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The play was written by Katori Hall, and is directed by Kenny Leon.

Here’s the synopsis:

After delivering one his most memorable speeches, an exhausted Dr. King (Samuel L. Jackson) retires to his room at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis while a storm rages outside. When a mysterious stranger (Angela Bassett) arrives with some surprising news, King in forced to confront his destiny and his legacy to his people.

Taking place on Tuesday, January 17th at 7pm, the evening will include an exclusive post-show talk back with playwright Katori Hall. Ticket sales support NYC Outward Bound and its work with NYC’s public schools. All seating is orchestra. Tickets are on sale until Jan. 6th and are $125 per ticket, $40.50 of which is a donation that will directly benefit students.

About NYC Outward Bound

NYC Outward Bound operates a growing network of public schools in all five boroughs of the City. Run in partnership with the City’s Department of Education, their schools are built on the nationally recognized Expeditionary Learning model and prepare students for college, citizenship and the 21st-century workplace.

Arne Duncan, U.S. Secretary of Education, comments, “NYC Outward Bound is… defying the lie, defying the myth, defying the stereotypes about what children can and cannot do.”
For more details about the play, visit:
www.themountaintopplay.com

To purchase tickets, visit:
www.nycoutwardbound.org/get-involved/calendar-of/the-mountaintop.html

Bad economy doesn’t stop Saint Sabina’s never ending giving spirit

Posted by Admin On December - 28 - 2011 Comments Off on Bad economy doesn’t stop Saint Sabina’s never ending giving spirit

 

By Chinta Strausberg

 

While the nation’s economy is slowly coming off its fiscal life support and some people are returning to work, Saint Sabina has been performing miracles on 79th Street in providing food, clothing, shelter, spiritual and family counseling and restoring utility services all year round.

In just the last two-weeks, Saint Sabina has helped thousands of people many of whom reside well beyond the borders of the Auburn Gresham community. Father Michael L. Pfleger has been able to literally beg for food to keep the shelves of the Saint Sabina Catholic Charities shelves stocked while some food pantries have closed.

In just over two-weeks, Pfleger, his staff and an army of volunteers passed out 836 turkeys, thousands of toys, 2,050 hot dinners to the community and fed hundreds of homeless people, seniors and their families on Christmas Day.

But, the giving spirit doesn’t start and end on holidays. Saint Sabina continues to service thousands of people throughout 2011 including getting their lights and gas turned on, finding homes, distributing food and clothing, Father Michael L. Pfleger said, “We are doing what the church is supposed to do” meet the needs of the people and being church beyond the doors of Saint Sabina.

During the Christmas Day Feast where hundreds of homeless people, seniors, children and their families ate a full course, home cooked meal in the Bethune Hall, Father Pfleger blessed the food and told them: “When Jesus left Heaven to come to earth to find you and me, He was so in love with us He said, ‘I gotta go and find them.’

“I don’t know about you, but I’m glad He found me,” said Pfleger. “And, the great news of it is that He not only came but it would be nice if we just celebrated Christmas but it’s not just that He came. When He came He said ‘I’m with you forever. I’m never going to leave you.’

“We all go through different stuff,” he told the crowd. “All of us are in different situations. I’ve been in my situation. I got suspended this year; so I know about situations,” he said with the crowd applauding and laughing. Pfleger was referring to Cardinal George who suspended him for a month.

“But, guess what? No matter what situation we face, first of all, situations are temporary,” Pfleger explained. “So, what ever situation you’re in right now, if you’re in a shelter right now, a half-way house, it’s temporary.”

Pfleger asked each one to face someone in the audience and repeat after him: “Neighbor, don’t you worry about where I am. You ought to be excited about where I’m on my way to,” he told a cheering crowd.

And, while Pfleger is preparing to close the chapter on 2011 at Saint Sabina in what has been a fruitful year that has enabled him to be a beacon in the community, city and nation, he has once again prepared a special Black History Month program starting with his mentor, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration and “A CALL TO NONVIOLENCE” featuring guest speaker Elder Bernice King, the youngest child of Dr. Martin Luther & Coretta Scott King, on Sunday, January 8, 2012, 11:15 a.m. at Saint Sabina Church, 1210 W. 78th Place, (78th Place and Throop Streets) in Chicago.

But, Father Pfleger doesn’t stop at February, which will once again include the African/African American Marketplace that allows blacks to sell their wares in the church; he has greater plans for Saint Sabina all throughout 2012 and beyond.

Police officials recently told this writer “I don’t know what we would do without Father Pfleger” in helping them stem the violence not only in the community but the city of Chicago as well.

Pfleger’s in-your-face stance against illegal guns has gotten him in hot water with the Archdiocese when the NRA put out a false press release accusing him of saying he would “off” the owner of a south suburban gun shop.

Pfleger has certainly lived up to the title of the book, “Radical Disciple,” written his friend, Robert McClory. He continues to take on the NRA, which has targeted him with hate mail including e-mails and phone calls, but Pfleger, who is not for sale, remains consistent and uncompromising in his opposition to the flow of illegal guns that have taken the lives of so many innocent children and young adults.

Every time a child is shot, it reopens the wounds of losing his son, Jarvis Franklin, who was fatally shot just a few blocks from Saint Sabina on May 30, 1998. Jarvis had turned his life around and had accepted Christ as his Savior. The pain of losing his son never goes away but it strengthens him in his fight to help rid illegal guns in Chicago.

Saint Sabina’s staff, volunteers and supporters are ready to once again follow their shepherd into 2012 armed with their marching boots and a social justice agenda that includes continued opposition of the death penalty for the New Year’s problems and never ending issues.

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.

Illinois Sec'y of State Offices to close for New Year's Day

Posted by Admin On December - 28 - 2011 Comments Off on Illinois Sec'y of State Offices to close for New Year's Day

Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White announced all that offices and Driver Services facilities will be closed on Monday, January 2, 2012, for New Year’s Day.

Driver Services facilities that are usually open Tuesday through Saturday will be closed on Saturday, December 31, 2011.

All Driver Services facilities will open for regular business on Tuesday, January 3, 2012.

Individuals can visit the Secretary of State’s website, www.cyberdriveillinois.com, to change an address, register to become an organ and tissue donor or renew license plate stickers by mail.

Top high school recruit Dorial Green-Beckham named finalist for U.S. Army Player of the Year Award

Posted by Admin On December - 28 - 2011 Comments Off on Top high school recruit Dorial Green-Beckham named finalist for U.S. Army Player of the Year Award

 Award Given to Nation’s Most Outstanding Senior Participating in U.S. Army All-American Bowl

San Antonio, TX (BlackNews.com) – Dorial Green-Beckham, Hillcrest High School, Springfield, Mo., is one of six finalists for the prestigious U.S. Army Player of the Year Award that is given to the Nation’s most outstanding senior in high school football participating in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl. The 2012 U.S. Army All-American Bowl will be televised live on NBC Saturday, January 7, 2012 at 1:00 p.m. EST from the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas.

Green-Beckham is an accomplished wide receiver that set the national career receiving yards record with 6,447 and finished the season with 119 catches for 2,234 yards and 24 touchdowns. Both Rivals.com and MaxPreps list him as the top overall recruit.

“Dorial Green-Beckham possess leadership, dedication and strengths similar to Army Strong Soldiers, being named a finalist for this award only underscores his talents,” said John Myers, Director of Strategic Communications, Marketing and Outreach, U.S. Army Accessions Command. “The six finalists are outstanding athletes. We congratulate them on their nomination and are proud to have them wear the Army colors.”

For more than a decade, the U.S. Army All-American Bowl has been the Nation’s premier high school football game, serving as the preeminent launching pad for America’s future college and NFL stars. Adrian Peterson, Mark Sanchez, Tim Tebow, Ndamukong Suh, Marcus Lattimore, and Andrew Luck all made their national debuts as U.S. Army All-Americans. The 2011 U.S. Army All-American Bowl drew a crowd of nearly 38,000 to the Alamodome, and was the most-watched sporting event on television over the weekend, excluding the NFL playoffs.

For more information on the U.S. Army All-American Bowl and its related events visit www.usarmyallamericanbowl.com and www.goarmy.com/events/aab or the official Facebook and Twitter pages located at www.facebook.com/USArmyAllAmericanBowl and www.twitter.com/armyallamerican.

Actress Phylicia Rashad joins celebrity lineup to host the 16th Annual Urban Wheel Awards

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Detroit, MI (BlackNews.com) — Award winning Actress Phylicia Rashad, will join ABC News Anchor John Quonines, to co-host the 16th Annual Urban Wheel Awards Sunday, January 8, 2012 at MotorCity Casino Hotel inside the Sound Board theatre during the North American International Auto Show’s (NAIAS) press preview week. The Urban Wheel Awards is the official multicultural event of the NAIAS.

Rashad and a roster of other celebrities, politicians, professional athletes and dignitaries will honor automotive companies, executives, and the winning urban vehicles at the star-studded annual event.

Whether Rashad is bringing laughter to millions of television viewers around the world, moving theatre-goers to tears, thrilling movie fans, offering new insights to students by teaching Master Classes at renowned learning institutions that include Howard University, Julliard, and Carnegie Mellon, serving on Boards of prestigious organizations, or breaking new ground as a director, Phylicia Rashad is one of the entertainment world’s most extraordinary performing artists.

John Quiñones is the Emmy Award-winning co-anchor of ABC newsmagazine “Primetime” and has been with the network nearly 25 years. He is the sole anchor of the “Primetime” series “What Would You Do?” one of the highest-rated newsmagazine franchises of recent years. During his tenure he has reported extensively for ABC News, predominantly serving as a correspondent for “Primetime” and “20/20.”

Emmy Winning phenomenon Debbi Morgan – formerly Dr. Angie Hubbard on “All My Children” – joined the cast of The “Young and The Restless.” Fans are already familiar with Morgan’s character, which was previously known as Yolanda when the role was played by Chene Lawson (2005-06). Ms. Morgan’s career over the past twenty years has shown how diverse her body of work is and has become a household staple across the country.

Other celebrity presenters include: NFL Detroit Lions Starting Linebacker Justin Durant, Celebrity Actress Gina Hiraizumi, Fox 2 News Anchor Roop Raj, NFL Superstar Damian Gregory, Award Winning Radio Host, Author and Business Woman Frankie Darcell and the cast of Wives of Favor. The UWA will also include special musical performances by Celebrity Singer Songwriter Lisa Deveaux, Celebrity Singer Songwriter Beth Griffith and the Citadel Church Gospel Choir and Celebrity Band Larry Lee and the Back in the Day band.

About the Urban Wheel Awards

The 16th Annual Urban Wheel Awards is a world-class awards show, held during the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS). The only Official Multicultural Event held in conjunction with the NAIAS, the awards promote diversity inclusion in the nation’s largest auto show and brings together celebrities, automotive executives, international media, government representatives and the multicultural community to celebrate diversity accomplishment in the automotive industry. The festivities begin at 2:00 p.m. with a vehicle exhibit, followed by a reception at 4:00 p.m. to honor William “Bill” Perkins, the first African-American Chairman of the NAIAS. The celebrity Green Carpet and VIP reception follows at 5:30 p.m. and the awards show will take place from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. An afterglow networking reception will conclude the evening. Proceeds from the event support the Emerging Diversity Education Fund, which provides internships, scholarship and mentoring to students pursuing careers in the auto industry, communications, and Green jobs. For more information, please contact Marjorie Staten at events@decisivemag.com or (248) 866-8837 or visit www.urbanwheelawards.com for more information.

 

Director Chuck Smith tackles the Chicago Premiere of David Mamet’s race at Goodman Theatre, January 14 – February 19, 2012

Posted by Admin On December - 28 - 2011 Comments Off on Director Chuck Smith tackles the Chicago Premiere of David Mamet’s race at Goodman Theatre, January 14 – February 19, 2012

Patrick Clear, Marc Grapey, Geoffrey Owens and Tamberla Perry star in the Pulitzer Prize-Winner’s no-holds-barred suspense story

 

Chicago, IL – Pulitzer Prize-winning and Chicago native playwright David Mamet ruthlessly examines guilt and oppression inRace, his “intellectually salacious” (Chicago Tribune), “scalpel-edged” (The New York Times) drama which bows for its first time in Chicago at Goodman Theatre. Resident Director Chuck Smith, who helms Mamet’s work for the first time, has cast a four-member ensemble including Patrick Clear (King Lear, The Clean House); Marc Grapey (Vigils; Dead Man’s Cell Phone at Steppenwolf Theatre Company); Geoffrey Owens (The Cosby Show; Julius Caesar at Shakespeare Theatre Company in Washington, D.C.) and Tamberla Perry (In the Next Room or the vibrator play at Victory Gardens Theater, Eclipsed at Northlight Theatre). Race runs January 14 – February 19, 2012 in the Goodman’s Albert Theatre. Tickets ($25 – $89) can be purchased at GoodmanTheatre.org, by phone at 312.443.3800 or at the box office (170 North Dearborn). Mayer Brown LLP is the Corporate Sponsor Partner for Race and WBEZ 91.5 FM is the Media Partner.

“Race, to me, is the most in-your-face play that I’ve dealt with on the subject of race in America, and David Mamet does it in an intriguing, effective way—sharp, precise, right to the point,” said Chuck Smith, whose numerous directing credits include plays of the twentieth-century African American experience: Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, The Amen Corner and The Good Negro. “There are uncomfortable questions raised in this play, but I think it’s every theater’s job to address contemporary issues and mirror our society. Race carries on a conversation that is essential to us individually and collectively.”

Race begins as a crime mystery, as two high-profile lawyers—Henry (Geoffrey Owens) who is black, and Jack (Marc Grapey) who is white—are called to defend a wealthy white client Charles (Patrick Clear) who is charged with the rape of an African American woman. The client admits that he was intimate with his accuser but vehemently denies the charges of rape, insisting that the sex was consensual and that he and the woman were in love. As the two lawyers mull over the potential pitfalls in accepting the case—among them contemporary racial politics and myriad unclear details from the alleged crime scene—they enlist the help of their new associate, Susan (Tamberla Perry), a black woman in her 20s. Susan openly admits that she thinks Charles is guilty and makes a critical administrative error that prematurely forces the firm to take on the controversial case—and casts suspicion onto Susan’s motives. In the lawyers’ struggle to find the truth, their own prejudices are exposed, and they quickly discover that present-day racial and gender politics are as complex as the case in front of them.

“I do not think that people are basically good at heart,” said playwright David Mamet in a 2008 interview with the Village Voice. “That view of human nature has both prompted and informed my writing for the last 40 years. I think that people, in circumstances of stress, can behave like swine; this, indeed, is not only a fit subject, but the only subject, of drama.”

David Mamet began his association with the Goodman in the fall of 1975 with the world-premiere production of American Buffalo. Since then, the Goodman has premiered nine of his plays, including A Life in the Theatre, Lone Canoe, Lakeboat, Edmond, Red River, The Disappearance of the Jews, adaptations of Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya and The Cherry Orchard, and Glengarry Glen Ross—the 1984 Pulitzer Prize winner for Drama. In 2005, the Goodman celebrated Mamet’s work with a festival that featured a variety of his productions including Romance, A Life in the Theatre and Binky Rudich and the Two-Speed Clock. His other plays include Oleanna, Speed-the-Plow, Boston Marriage and November. Mamet has written the screenplays for The Verdict, The Untouchables, and Wag the Dog, and has twice been nominated for an Academy Award. He has written and directed ten films, including Homicide, The Spanish Prisoner, State and Main, House of Games, Spartan and Redbelt. He has authored the novels The Village, The Old Religion, and Wilson: A Consideration of the Sources, and was co-creator and executive producer of The Unit on CBS.

Chuck Smith (Director) was recently awarded the Lloyd Richards Directing Award for his production of Knock Me a Kiss at the National Black Theater Festival (nominated for 13 Audelco awards, including Director of a Dramatic Production and Dramatic Production of the Year). Goodman Theatre’s Resident Director and an associate producer of Legacy Productions, a Chicago-based touring company, Smith’s Goodman credits include the Chicago premieres of The Good Negro, Proof and The Story; the world premieres of By the Music of the Spheres and The Gift Horse; James Baldwin’s The Amen Corner, which transferred to Boston’s Huntington Theatre Company where it won the Independent Reviewers of New England (IRNE) Award for Best Direction; Lorraine Hansberry’s A Raisin in the Sun; Pearl Cleage’s Blues for an Alabama Sky; August Wilson’s Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom; the Fats Waller musical Ain’t Misbehavin’; the 1993 to 1995 productions of A Christmas Carol; Crumbs From the Table of Joy; Vivisections from a Blown Mind; and The Meeting. He served as dramaturg for the world premiere production of August Wilson’s Gem of the Ocean at the Goodman. He directed the New York premiere of Knock Me a Kiss and The Hooch for the New Federal Theatre and the world premiere of Knock Me a Kiss at Chicago’s Victory Gardens Theater, where his other directing credits include Master Harold…and the Boys, Home, Dame Lorraine with the late Esther Rolle and Eden, for which he received a Jeff Award nomination for best direction. Regionally, Smith directed Wole Soyinka’s Death and the King’s Horseman at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Birdie Blue at Seattle Repertory Theatre, The Story at Milwaukee Repertory Theater, Blues for an Alabama Sky at Alabama Shakespeare Festival and The Last Season for The Robey Theatre Company in Los Angeles. At Columbia College he was facilitator of the Theodore Ward Prize playwriting contest for 20 years and editor of the contest anthologies Seven Black Plays and Best Black Plays. He won a Chicago Emmy Award as associate producer/theatrical director for the NBC teleplay Crime of Innocence, and was theatrical director for the Emmy Award-winning Fast Break to Glory and the Emmy Award-nominated The Martin Luther King Suite. He was a founding member of the Chicago Theatre Company, where he served as artistic director for four seasons and directed the Jeff Awardnominated Suspenders and the Jeff Award-winning musical Po’. His directing credits include productions at ETA; Black Ensemble Theater; Northlight Theatre; MPAACT; Congo Square Theatre Company; The New Regal Theater; Kuumba Theatre Company; Fleetwood-Jourdain Theatre; Pegasus Players; the Timber Lake Playhouse in Mt. Carroll, Illinois; and the Black Theatre Troupe in Phoenix, Arizona. Mr. Smith is a 2003 inductee into the Chicago State University Gwendolyn Brooks Center’s Literary Hall of Fame and a 2001 Chicago Tribune Chicagoan of the Year. He is the proud recipient of the 1982 Paul Robeson Award and the 1997 Award of Merit presented by the Black Theater Alliance of Chicago. He is currently a board member of the African American Arts Alliance of Chicago.

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