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Pfleger to gangbangers: “Stop the shooting, leave our children alone”

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Erects a cross at site of murder scene

By Chinta Strausberg


Taking a page from his mentor, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Father Michael L. Pfleger led scores of men out of Saint Sabina Sunday unto the streets of the Auburn-Gresham community where gang warfare has erupted and shootings have escalated and cemented a cross that says “Stop the Killing” at the site where one 22-year-old man was gunned down.

During a shorten worship service, Pfleger set the atmosphere for his impending march into the community where he lead scores of men from the church down 79th and nearby streets where rival gangs live and prey on each other with innocent people caught in the crossfire’s.

Referring to the time when Jesus, James, Peter and John went up to the mountain and while they wanted to stay because they were in the presence of God but Jesus made them come back down, Pfleger told the congregation,  “When you are in God’s presence, you just don’t want to leave. There is something intoxicating about being in the presence of God that says I don’t want to leave when I feel like it.

“When they got to the bottom of the mountain, there was a large crowd waiting on them,” said Pfleger who said he believes Jesus made them go back down the mountain because He heard the cries of the people. “He hard the cries of the sick and the suffering and the down-cast and those who have been disenfranchised, those who have been forgotten. Jesus heard the cries of the people.

“And just like Jesus, we cannot simply come to church and not hear the cries of mothers and fathers, babies and children…the cries of the young man laying in a parking lot for over two-hours…. Why did he have to lay thee for two-hours,” Pfleger said referring to Quinton Davis, 22, who was fatally shot March 1st in the parking lot of the White Castle restaurant at 79th and Loomis.

Expanding on that pain, Pfleger mentioned other parents who also lost their children to gun fire like Pam Bosley who lost her son, Terrell Bosley, 18, on April 4, 2006, as he talked to three musicians before choir rehearsal in the parking lot of the Lights of Zion Ministries Church, 11636 So. Halsted.

Pfleger recalled his own personal pain of losing a son to gun warfare. “As I ran out to 79th and Carpenter, I saw my foster son bleeding from the neck, lay dying in the middle of a Saturday afternoon. We have to hear the cries of children who are afraid to go to school…cries of communities that feel they’re under siege not by some terrorism across the ocean, terrorism here.”

Referring to the cries of grandmothers and parents whose cries go unheard, Pfleger said the state legislators, congressmen and senators “who are not doing something about easy access to guns because it’s black and brown children being killed and no one gives a damn about our children, but we will care about our kids,” he bellowed.

Pfleger asked the men in the church to accompany him to a march in the streets and the women to remain in the church in prayer “and interrupting the violence in the spirit.” Pfleger had a special class for the children who were taught principles of conflict/resolution.

Addressing his critics who e-mailed him saying he was committing heresy and that he wasn’t a good priest, Pfleger had an answer for them: “To hell with you,” he said. “I understand what we are doing is radical but radical times demand a radical response…. It’s time to be radical.”

“We cannot simply do business as usual while violence terrorizes our children and they are dying,” he said. “In the last ten-days, over 18 were murdered in this city, last night over six wounded in the city.”

Calling out the names of the gangs responsible for the spate of shootings, Pfleger said, “We love you because you are our sons, but we will not tolerate shooting and killing.”

Pfleger said a group of gangbangers told him they were going to “take me out.” He responded, “Come for me because the blood of Jesus is all over me….” Pfleger said they are not afraid of the gangs and will forever protect the children.

Asking women to remain behind and pray, Pfleger said the gangbangers need to see men. When men stand up, boys sit down,” he said.

Calling all the men to the altar, Pfleger put on his coat and led scores of men out of the church where he called out the gangs by name telling them to stop the shooting and killing. He marched to 79 and Loomis where he erected the cross, then on to 81st, which is a gang out to another groups.

The women began clapping and praying as the men walked down the center aisle and out the front door of the church.

As he walked down streets, Pfleger bellowed to gangs he called by name, “To our young brothers, stop the shooting. We love you, but we will not tolerate the shooting. “We will not allow you to kill our children, to terrorize our community. We will not allow you to shoot and to kill our children. There will not be genocide in this city, in this community.

“We are not afraid of you. You’re our sons. We love you. We want to work with you. You want help? Call us. Come to us. We will help you, but we will not be afraid of you. We will not back down from you. We will not allow you to kill, to shoot our children, our future. Stop the guns…lay down your weapons…. Stop your killing. Stop your shooting. Stop your violence.”
At 79th and Loomis where Davis was killed, Pfleger erected the wooden cross that said, “Stop the Killing.” Referring to Davis, Pfleger said, “This is where he laid for hours in this spot…where they let their brother shot in the head on this spot.” Pfleger prayed before erecting the wooden cross.

Pfleger told the men: “We can set up memorials, balloons, Teddy Bears and yellow police tape. We can set up memorials of crosses that say ‘Stop the shooting and stop the killing of our children. With heads bowed, Rev. Will Hall prayed asking God “to touch the family of our brother who’s crying right now. God touch the mother who has to bury her son.” He asked God to “send more angels than you send cops” to the gang infested area. Hall asked God to “stop the violence” that has gripped he Auburn-Gresham community.

After erecting the cross, Pfleger said if they take it down, he’d just put up another one.  Pfleger personally took flyers that said “Stop the Shooting, our future is being destroyed” and urged people to “break the code of silence” into several businesses.

With a police escort, the men marched back to Saint Sabina where the women of the church welcomed them.

Thanking the women for their prayers, Pfleger praised the children who attended a conflict/resolution class at the church and gave them a message as well.

“You don’t ever have to be afraid, do not be intimidated. We will stand with you. We will fight for you. We will defend you. Do not be afraid. If somebody tries to intimidate you, you come to us. These are your mothers. These are your fathers. You do not have to be alone. You never have to be afraid. We will protect you….”

“If you know somebody with a gun, don’t be afraid to speak out. Tell what you know…,” Pfleger said. He asked the congregation to repeat after him. “We are a church of snitchers. We will break the code of silence. We will tell what we know. We will save our children. Children, we love you,” he bellowed.

Pfleger told his congregation. “I just love you” and was amazed that all the members remained in church though he had led the men on a march throughout the community for more than an hour.

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.

“Diary of Successful Black Men”: New on DVD

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Campbell Films Production Brings Viewers Intelligent Questions & Answers from Black America


Los Angeles, CA (BlackNews.com) — Campbell Films Production invites all to experience Diary of Successful Black Men (www.diaryofsuccessfulblackmen.com), a documentary that captures intelligent questions and answers asked by African American women to African American men now on DVD through Amazon.com for $19.99.

On this DVD, viewers will see African American women present the issues and African American men addressing them on subjects ranging from:

* Single & Dating
* Marriage & Family
* Our Community, plus more

The men answer the questions from “their” point of view… and most are very straight to the point! “It’s great to hear feedback from the men in our community,” says director Bill Campbell. “I’ve always had a passion for doing documentaries and I love researching. My parents were educators and they instilled in me how to follow your dreams. One of the motivating factors for producing the documentary was to promote independent views from single and married African American men, by having them address the questions that women wanted to ask, as it pertains to singles and dating, marriage and family, as well as the community.”

“I was very honored and grateful to be in the presence of the men and women in this documentary,” says Campbell. “Everyone contributed as a team, with the women asking direct hard hitting questions to the men answering them, including a “Ladies Roundtable” where the women discussed and addressed similar subjects amongst themselves. I wanted to produce a film that was respectful and dignified for the community. Audiences will see something that will challenge their own intelligence and awaken their communities.”

To learn more about Campbell Films Production visit www.diaryofsuccessfulblackmen.com, follow them on Twitter at www.twitter.com/cblproduction and Facebook at www.facebook.com/diaryofsuccessfulblackmen.

For more information about the DVD, or to schedule an interview with Bill Campbell please contact Cynthia Latson at 310-256-9568 or email Cynthia at c2prmedia@gmail.com.

About Campbell Films Production

Campbell Films Production evolved from providing videography services to focusing on producing and directing Independent Films. We focus on issues that have little to no light or unique subjects that have not been fully explored. It’s important that each film promotes constructive dialogue and becomes a learning experience for all viewers to enjoy.

Photo Caption: DVD cover


Illinois House votes unanimously for Attorney General Madigan’s proposal to combat synthetic drugs

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Attorney General’s Investigators Conduct New Round of Store Visits, Remove $33,000 Worth of Synthetic Drugs From Store Shelves in Mason, Fulton Counties


SPRINGFIELD, IL — Attorney General Lisa Madigan applauded the Illinois House’s unanimous vote to approve an amendment to the Illinois Food, Drug and Cosmetics Act that will help combat the synthetic drug epidemic in the state. The House vote occurred on the same day that investigators with the Attorney General’s office joined law enforcement agencies in Mason and Fulton counties to remove almost 2,000 synthetic drug packages worth nearly $33,000 from area retail stores.

“The dramatic rise of synthetic drug use in Illinois has created a unique and difficult challenge for law enforcement,” Madigan said. “My office is working both with the legislature and local law enforcement agencies to provide tools and resources to stop the spread of these potentially deadly drugs.”

House Bill 5233 targets the retail sale of synthetic drugs by defining a “synthetic drug product” as one that contains a controlled substance not regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The bill also addresses the fact that these drugs are sold in packages with misleading labels claiming the products are legal. The bill further makes it illegal under the Illinois Food, Drug and Cosmetics Act to sell these drugs and significantly increases the penalty for selling synthetic drug products or misbranded drugs.  

 “As a former police officer who understands how illegal drugs can decimate communities, I enthusiastically sponsored this legislation on behalf of Attorney General Madigan,” said Rep. Costello (D-Smithton). “This legislation directs our focus to those involved in making and distributing constantly evolving drug concoctions.” 

Operation Smoke Out in Mason, Fulton Counties

As House members were acting, investigators from the Attorney General’s office and law enforcement agencies in Mason and Fulton counties conducted the latest “Operation Smoke Out” in which 1,921 packages of synthetics worth a street value of $33,743.95 were relinquished from the following retail establishments:

  • Smokers Paradise, 631 N. Main St., Canton and Shandi’s, 35 East Side Square, Canton –764 packages valued at $13,882.44;
  • Happy Hour Liquors, 324 W. Dearborn, Havana – 926 packages valued at $13,890;
  • The Brick Tavern, 202 S. Oak St., Bath – 10 packages valued at $150; and
  • Farmington Gas, 600 E. Fort St., Farmington – 221 packages valued at $5,821.51.

Canton Police Chief Don Taylor noted that Tuesday’s operation occurred on the same day that the city council is scheduled to adopt an ordinance that specifically bans the sale and possession of synthetic drugs.

“We appreciate the cooperation, guidance and information sharing as we approach this new law enforcement situation,” said Havana Police Chief Kevin Noble. Mason County Sheriff Wayne Youell concurred, while Farmington Police Chief Fred Winterroth said he was especially pleased with the results of the visit to his city.

“It was the only retailer not previously checked and we were able to remove the synthetic drugs from their shelves,” Winterroth said.

Since Operation Smoked Out was launched in December 2011, 8,305 packages of synthetic drugs and bath salts with a street value of $158,938 have been relinquished.

The store sweeps are part of Madigan’s ongoing effort to address the growing use of synthetic drugs, particularly among teens and young adults. Poison Control Centers across the country have reported a dramatic increase in calls about synthetic marijuana and “bath salts,” another type of synthetic drug that contains chemical compounds that mimic the effects of cocaine or methamphetamine. In 2010, Poison Control Centers nationwide received 2,915 calls related to synthetic marijuana use. That figured jumped to 6,890 calls in 2011. Reports of bath salts were made 303 times to Poison Control Centers in 2010. A year later, the centers received 6,072 calls about bath salts.

States, including Illinois, initially responded to the rise of synthetic drug use by passing laws that banned specific formulas of synthetic marijuana and bath salts. Drug makers attempted to sidestep these laws by replacing the banned chemicals with new formulas. A new Illinois law that went into effect on Jan.1, 2012, takes a broader approach and bans all chemicals that are structural derivatives of the previously banned chemicals.

Prior to that law going into effect, Attorney General Madigan hosted the first-ever statewide emergency summit in November 2011 in Springfield to help increase awareness of synthetic drugs with state, county and local law enforcement officers as well as educators, health care professionals and parents.


Lt. Governor Simon kicks-off listening tour of rural Illinois

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Rural leaders, citizens to focus on developing a skilled workforce at Peoria listening post


PEORIA, IL – As chairperson of the Governor’s Rural Affairs Council, Lt. Governor Sheila Simon will kick-off a statewide series of “rural listening posts” today in Peoria to hear from elected officials, leaders and citizens about ways Illinois can improve economic opportunity in rural areas.

Feedback from the listening posts will be used to develop a strategic plan known as the Vision for Rural Illinois, said Simon, the only Southern Illinois native to hold statewide office. The plan will be written by the Illinois Institute for Rural Affairs (IIRA) at Western Illinois University and presented to the Governor’s Rural Affairs Council in July. The plan will include specific policy recommendations and action items for the council and its member agencies.

Simon wants listening post participants to offer input on how to better train workers and attract new employers to rural areas. In the 66 counties classified as “non-metro” by the IIRA, only 25.7 percent of working-age adults have a two-year degree or higher, compared to 39.4 percent in metro counties.

“We need to ensure that citizens in rural communities have access to a high-quality education that prepares them for 21st Century jobs,” Simon said. “Opportunities exist for good-paying jobs across our state. We need to make sure workers have the skills that employers seek.”   

Lack of available skilled workers has been a challenge for Excel Foundry and Machine, a manufacturer of mining equipment located in Pekin. Despite experiencing a 60 percent increase in sales last year and offering machinist positions that pay up to $23 an hour, the company has struggled to fill open positions, according to Steve Stewart, director of human resources at Excel.

“We have been unable to find workers with the necessary skills, which is a challenge other manufacturers in the area are facing,” said Stewart, who will speak at the listening post about Excel’s workforce needs. “Manufacturing now requires workers with math and mechanical skills, which is why we look forward to working with Lt. Governor Simon to develop a more highly-skilled workforce that allows manufacturing to grow in Illinois.”

To ensure workers are prepared for the jobs of the future, Simon is pursuing a community college reform package that aims to improve college readiness in math. Nationwide, jobs in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields are projected to grow 17 percent by 2018, and pay wages 26 percent higher than jobs in non-STEM fields, according to the U.S. Department of Commerce. 

“We are very pleased with the awareness and support from Lt. Governor Simon regarding the key role the community colleges play in preparing workers for future STEM jobs and the need for math readiness in those jobs,” said Geoffrey Obrzut, President and CEO of the Illinois Community College Board. “I look forward to the role the community colleges will have in the Vision for Rural Illinois strategic plan.”

At each listening post, participants will be asked to rank the importance of issues pertaining to health care, education, infrastructure, business climate, workforce training and quality of life. Listening post participants also will be broken into smaller work groups charged with developing solutions to these various issues. 

Similar forums were held by Lt. Governor George Ryan across Illinois in 1986 and led to creation of the Governor’s Rural Affairs Council the following year. In 1998, 2000 and 2007, the Rural Affairs Council, the IIRA and the Illinois Rural Partners, a non-profit, organized listening posts across Illinois to directly gather input from rural citizens.  

“These listening posts are important to policymakers and the residents of Illinois,” said IIRA Director Christopher Merrett. “Because participants will be able to talk to the Lt. Governor as well as other rural community stakeholders, this will put a human face on government policy.”

The listening post questions were developed using the IIRA’s 2010 Rural Life Poll, which asked over 1,000 rural residents about the issues most important to them. Respondents listed affordable health care, quality of schools, access and availability of health insurance, the ability of local schools to prepare students for college, and the adequacy of school funding as top concerns.

Simon will be joined at the Peoria listening post by fellow Rural Affairs Council members Colleen Callahan, the state director of USDA Rural Development, and Mark Rothert, the executive director of the Spoon River Partnership for Economic Development. The post is scheduled for 4 p.m. at the Four Points by Sheraton Hotel and Conference Center, Room-Salon D, 500 Hamilton Blvd. in Peoria.

The remaining listening posts will be held in Carbondale, Freeport, Gibson City, Mattoon and Quincy. For more information on the Rural Listening Posts please visit www.ltgov.il.gov.

Golden Apples Scholars of Illinois seek students in need of grants

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By Chinta Strausberg


If you are a high school a high school student who dream of becoming a teacher but don’t have the funds, your wish can come true thanks to a $23,000 grant that includes a total forgiveness of the loan if you satisfy the requirements,  Sister Raeleen Sweeney, Director of the Center for Ongoing Renewal and Enrichment for the Golden Apples Scholars of Illinois, said Sunday.

Located at 8 South Michigan Avenue in Chicago, CORE is a 27-years old program and the Golden Apples Scholars program will be celebrating its 25th anniversary next year. Jim Sorenson is the director of the Golden Apple Scholars program.

“This is a teacher award winning program, and the Golden Apples Scholars program is a mentoring and teacher preparation where we give them ongoing support and mentoring to be outstanding teachers to teach in schools of need all over this state of Illinois,” Sister Sweeney said during an interview at Josephine’s Hardtime Restaurant, 436 E. 79th Street where she and other nuns were meeting.

When asked what are the criteria, she said a teacher or a counselor nominates applicants. They have to write an extensive application and undergo an interview and selection process. “If they make it through the application process because of their grades and their ACT, they are selected with 15 students. We have almost 1600 from all over the state of Illinois.”

Her organization is partnered with every four-year college and universities in Illinois, and they tap into that potential teacher pool for applicants.

Asked what are the qualifications, Sister Sweeney said they must want to be a teacher, must have a good G.P.A. (2.5) and have to be accepted to a university or college. They have to attend one of the 53 partner universities in Illinois. They must graduate, become certified and teach for five-years in a school of need either economic or academic need and they have eight-years to complete the five-year commitment. After their commitment of this program, the scholarship loan is forgiven.

“We want to give some students who have not had a chance during their life and give them a second chance in education. We have the highest retention rate of any teacher program in the nation,” she said.

For further information, click on the website: www.goldenapple.org and the contact number is: 312-407-0006. Nominations will open May 1st for the Class of 2013. This is for high school students who want to be teachers.

There is another program called Pathway where students can apply during their sophomore year in college. Pathway applicants can apply for this scholars program before November 1st; however, they must contact the office at 312-407-0006 to receive their application package.

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.

Citizen Journalist Danny Abdul Dayem from Syria Speaking in Downer’s Grove Tonight

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Citizen journalist Danny Abdul Dayem, from Homs, Syria, is coming to Chicago tonight, Wednesday, March 7th, to shed light on the atrocities he just recently witnessed in Syria. Danny has been on Anderson Cooper, Aljazeera, BBC, etc, and has countless youtube videos documenting the Syrian government crackdown on protestors. The Syrian American Council will host Danny at Ashyana Banquets: 1620 75th St.,  Downers Grove, IL.

The event will take place from 7-10, with Danny making an appearance at 8:15pm. The US is now taking measures to arm the opposition group in Syria. With Syria making breaking news every day the Syrian crises has never been more relevant.

Reportedly, the news coming from Syria currently is that the country has had a bloody revolution for almost a year now and there is a massacre happening in Homs. Over 7,500 people have been killed and hundreds of thousands have been imprisoned, tortured or missing. The brutal Assad regime targets children to create paralyzing fear. The UN reports last year document the torture of children in Syrian political prisons. Some children have been tortured to the point of death.
Video of Danny on CNN: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f159YWG4xhY
Syrian American Council Website: http://www.sacouncil.com/

Ballet Hispanico celebrates multiple Latin cultures

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Artistic Director Eduardo Vilaro Returns to Chicago March 22–24


CHICAGO, IL — The Dance Center of Columbia College Chicago concludes its 2011–12 season with the celebrated Ballet Hispanico, helmed by Eduardo Vilaro, Columbia College Chicago alumnus, former Dance Center artist-in-residence and founder and former artistic director of Chicago’s Luna Negra Dance Theater. Performances are March 22–24 at 8 p.m. at The Dance Center, 1306 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago. The company also concludes the 2011–12 season of The Dance Center’s FamilyDance Matinee series, featuring a free workshop with the artists and a family-oriented performance March 24.

The program features the Chicago premiere of African-American choreographer Ronald K. Brown’s Espiritu Vivo, commissioned by Ballet Hispanico, which examines the intersection of the African and Latino diasporas in the Caribbean and Latin America, set to a suite of four songs performed by Peruvian singer Susana Baca.

Also new to Chicago, Vilaro’s most recent work, Asuka, honors salsa legend Celia Cruz, “the voice of many immigrants,” according to Vilaro. “I want to expand awareness of the culture and celebrate the new and the past. Asuka is not about the life of Celia Cruz; it is about her music and how she captured the emotions and spirit of a culture.”

Also on the program are Naci, choreographer Andrea Miller’s investigation of the Moorish influences on Sephardic Jewish culture of Spain, and Locked Up Laura, Annabelle Lopez Ochoa’s exploration of the human struggle to maintain authenticity in the face of routine.

Vilaro will participate in Dance & Revolution, A Cafe Society Event co-presented by The Dance Center and Critical Encounters, moderated by Critical Encounters Fellow Amy Mooney, Monday, March 19, 4–6 p.m. at A+D Gallery, 619 S. Wabash. This event, part of a series of conversations on important social issues relating to this year’s Critical Encounters focus on Rights, Radicals & Revolutions, is free and open to the public.

There will be a post-performance conversation with the artists Thursday, March 22, and Vilaro will give a pre-performance talk at 7 p.m. before the Friday, March 23 performance, both free and open to ticket holders. Ballet Hispanico Rehearsal Director Michelle Manzanales will lead the final DanceMasters class of the season Tuesday, March 20 at 6 p.m. at the Lou Conte Dance Studio at the Hubbard Street Dance Center, 1147 W. Jackson Blvd. DanceMasters is a series of community master classes presented by The Dance Center’s division of Community Outreach and Education (COE), in partnership with the Lou Conte Dance Studio at the Hubbard Street Dance Center and the Museum of Contemporary Art. Classes are for dancers at the intermediate level or higher.

Founded in 1970, Ballet Hispanico explores, preserves and celebrates Latino cultures through dance. The mission unfolds in the work of the professional Company, the School of Dance and the Education & Outreach programs. Together, these divisions celebrate the dynamic aesthetics of the Hispanic Diaspora, building new avenues of cultural dialogue and sharing the joy of dance with all communities.

The Dance Center’s presentation of Ballet Hispanico is funded, in part, by the Sara Lee Foundation and the Performing Arts Fund, a program of Arts Midwest funded by the National Endowment for the Arts, with additional contributions from the Illinois Arts Council, General Mills Foundation and Land O’ Lakes Foundation. Additional support is provided by the National Dance Project of the New England Foundation for the Arts with lead funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and additional funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Community Connections Fund of the MetLife Foundation and the Boeing Company Charitable Trust.

The Dance Center of Columbia College Chicago, named “Chicago’s Best Dance Theatre” by Chicago magazine and “Best Dance Venue” by the Chicago Reader, is the city’s leading presenter of contemporary dance, showcasing artists of regional, national and international significance. Programs of The Dance Center are supported, in part, by the Alphawood Foundation, The MacArthur Fund for Arts and Culture at Prince, the Sara Lee Foundation, The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation, Elizabeth F. Cheney Foundation, The Irving Harris Foundation, New England Foundation for the Arts and Arts Midwest. Additional funding is provided by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Illinois Arts Council. Special thanks to Athletico, the Official Provider of Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy for The Dance Center of Co! lumbia College Chicago, and the Friends of The Dance Center.

Ballet Hispanico performs Thursday–Saturday, March 22–24 at 8 p.m. at The Dance Center, 1306 S. Michigan Ave. Single tickets are $26–30; subscribers who order tickets to three or more performances from the 2011–12 season save 20%. The DanceMasters class with Michelle Manzanales Tuesday, March 20 at 6 p.m. at the Lou Conte Dance Studio at the Hubbard Street Dance Center, 1147 W. Jackson Blvd., is $15, $10 for students; space is limited. The FamilyDance Matinee Saturday, March 24 at 3 p.m., preceded by the workshop with Ballet Hispanico artists at 2:15 p.m., is free for children younger than 12, $15 for adults. All programming is subject to change. The theatre is accessible to people with disabilities. For more information, call 312-369-8330 or visit colum.edu/dancecenter.

Multi-sensory exhibit uses the works of one of the 20th Century’s best-loved artists to introduce young people to modern art

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GLENVIEW, IL – Kohl Children’s Museum will bring back one of the most popular exhibits in its history when “Chagall For Children,” a multi-sensory, hands-on exploration of one of the best-known and best-loved artists of the 20th century, Marc Chagall, returns June 18 – September 2.


“Chagall for Children,” is a world-class exhibit that showcases 14 multi-sensory exploration stations, each incorporating a high-quality reproduction of one of Marc Chagall’s works. Developed by Kohl Children’s Museum, the exhibit features interactive components that offer hands-on activities and an audio description of each work specifically geared to children. Following its debut at Kohl in 1996, the exhibit has been on continuous tour, visiting children’s museums throughout North America.


“’Chagall for Children’ is one of the best-loved exhibits in our history, and we are tremendously proud of it,” said Kohl Children’s Museum President and CEO Sheridan Turner. “Chagall’s bold use of color and fantastical imagination make his works particularly compelling to children, providing an introduction to specific art principals including color, light, texture and composition. It is an exhibit that children and adults enjoy equally.”


The exhibit is designed to engage children in the exploration of both art and the artist through interactive, multi-sensory components. The stations include:

• America Windows: Guests explore the effect of light upon stained glass by adjusting the light levels behind the work and creating their own version of Chagall’s “America Windows” by rearranging puzzle-like pieces of the work.
• At the Circus: Utilizing role-play – a key component in the creative development of young children – children see themselves as part of a Chagall painting via a video camera and monitor. They don silk-screened capes to become part of the painting as they pose and play on a circus stage.

• The Birthday: Comparing art forms, visitors examine a reproduction of this oil painting and compare it to the tactile experience of touching the bas relief. Guests can also create a “rubbing” from a steel engraving of the bas relief.

• The Blue House: Studying form and structure, kids and parents can create their own three-dimensional house using blue Lincoln Logs™ against the backdrop of this painting.
• The Concert: Museum attendees select musical instruments represented in this painting and blend sounds the way Chagall artistically blended colors.
• Flowers: Guests create their own flower arrangements inspired by this colorful work and experiment with floral scents.
• The Flying Sleigh: In a digital activity, visitors explore the art of narrative form by manipulating main figures and details of this Chagall piece to tell a different story.
• Green Violinist: This station has two interactive activities; one encourages attendees to listen and choose music they feel best describes the piece; while an innovative computer program focuses on the impact of color as participants capture and alter the color of their face on a computer screen.
• I and the Village: Children learn about the concept of symmetry and explore the different ways people view the world by rotating this painting.
• Job Tapestry: Tapestry provided Chagall with yet another form of artistic expression. Guests cooperatively create their own tapestry by weaving a variety of materials.
• The Juggler: Children explore the role of detail in this work by using a touch screen to animate elements of the painting.
• Paris Through the Window: By experimenting with composition using magnetized pieces, visitors create their own picture of Paris.
• The Poultry Yard: In a creative approach to form and structure, children experiment with brightly-colored, three-dimensional, soft sculptural animals to create fantasy creatures and scenes.
• The Rooster: A rich tactile experience occurs when guests touch and rearrange the beautiful feathers in the tail of a soft sculpture copy of Chagall’s rooster.


Many stations are accompanied with audio descriptions, highlighting information about the artwork upon which the interactive is based. An extensive selection of books about Marc Chagall is provided to encourage further exploration and to stimulate literacy learning.


About Kohl Children’s Museum


In recognition for its outstanding exhibits and impact on Chicagoland families, Kohl Children’s Museum was recently named one of the country’s Ten Best Children’s Museums by Parents Magazine. The Museum was ranked sixth out of more than 300 children’s museums nationwide and was the only Chicago area museum recognized.


Offering 17 interactive, hands-on exhibits for children ages birth to 8, the Museum’s mission is to encourage young children to become effective learners through self-directed complex play. Kohl Children’s Museum is located at 2100 Patriot Blvd., in Glenview, Ill. at the corner of Patriot Blvd. and W. Lake Ave. in the newly redeveloped area known as The Glen. The Museum can be easily reached by public transportation, including Pace bus and Metra trains.


For more information, visit the Museum’s website at www.kohlchildrensmuseum.org or call (847) 832-6600. The Museum is open on Monday from 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. Special members-only hours are from Monday through Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Admission prices are $9.50 for children and adults and $8.50 for senior citizens. Children under 1 year old and members are free.

Attorney Shimon B. Kahan to receive Arbitrator of the Year Award

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Better Business Bureau will recognize the Top Arbitrator at Annual Gala


CHICAGO, IL  – Attorney Shimon B. Kahan will receive the Arbitrator of the Year Award from the Better Business Bureau serving Chicago and Northern Illinois (BBB) at the group’s 85th Annual Dinner Meeting at the Hilton Palmer House Hotel. On Thursday, March 15, 2012 this award is presented to the BBB arbitrator who best exemplifies the qualities and skills in assisting people using the BBB Alternative Dispute Resolution Program.  


“As an arbitrator, Mr. Kahan has greatly assisted individuals and businesses come to fair and equitable agreements,” said Steve J. Bernas, president & CEO of the Better Business Bureau serving Chicago and Northern Illinois. 


Mr. Kahan has practiced for over 20 years as an attorney in private practice, first at Williams, Montgomery & John for 10 years, and the last 10 at a firm he founded, Haynes, Studnicka, Kahan, O’Neill & Poulakidas where the firm’s practice focuses on representing commercial businesses. His current responsibilities include the preparation and trial of civil matters with an emphasis in truck-transportation, premises liability and claims brought against retail business owners, manufacturers, and construction companies. They include wrongful death and catastrophic injury claims, as well as cargo, property damage, and smaller claims. He has primary responsibility for all firm appellate work.


While his private practice emphasizes representing business that are sued, Mr. Kahan has over 100 hours of training in arbitration and mediation, which led him to the Bureau for service as an arbitrator, because litigation is costly to everyone. We hope he will continue to arbitrate matters for the Bureau for many years. Mr. Kahan currently resides on the near north side of Chicago with his wife Jill and nine year old son Matthew.


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