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Archive for July, 2012

State Senator Trotter says ‘Fight for Health Center not over’

Posted by Admin On July - 31 - 2012 Comments Off on State Senator Trotter says ‘Fight for Health Center not over’

 Dr. Bell to pitch a tent


WVON’s Perri Small rips pols for closure of Dr. Bell’s mental health center


 By Chinta Strausberg

Come Wednesday, August 1, 2012, Dr. Carl C. Bell’s 37-year-old South Side Community Mental Health Council will officially be closed by the State of Illinois, but Illinois State Senator Donne Trotter (D-17th) Monday said rather fight for three-month bridge funds, he wants Gov. Pat Quinn to restore all of the funds and keep that facility open because the need is there.

While Trotter is battling to keep the Community Mental health Council open, Dr. Bell said come Wednesday he’s prepared to pitch his tent. “I have a prescription pad and my laptop and am prepared to take care of my patients who need our services.

“I’ve reached about 368 patients that I’ve either seen or talked to but there is another 440 out there,” said Bell who is very worried about those patients who don’t know the State of Illinois has closed down the Health Council.

“They may take their hard earn bus money and show up all the way up to Sept. 17th,” said Bell explaining that he has patients scheduled until that date.

“The board of directors has ordered the building August 1st, but no one is going to be there tomorrow. The next time people are scheduled to be there will be Aug. 1st. I will probably be out there unofficially in my tent,” he said.

WVON’s talk show host Perri Small took to the airwaves blasting the black state caucus for allowing this to happen and isn’t too happy with Gov. Quinn for signing off on the closure of a facility she said saved her life.

The closure is very personal to Small who said when her father died in 2010 “it was like someone ripped my heart out. I was depressed and I began to drink a lot. I did not want to live without my father,” said Small.

Lucky for her she had WVON President/CEO Melody Spann-Cooper for a boss for it was she who sent her to Dr. Bell. “I never thought I would be a person who would need mental health care,” said Small who is from a middle class family.

Dr Bell and his clinic became Small’s lifeline for he saw her once a week for a year. “I don’t think I would have received the kind of care he gave me any place else,” she said.

While state officials say there was alleged mismanagement of funds, Small said, “I didn’t see anyone getting rich there or driving expensive cars or wearing fine clothes. I saw people providing excellent health care.”

“I was trained to be a community psychiatrist so I rightfully expected to have my office on a fire hydrant somewhere…to do what ever it takes to give people the care they so rightly need,” said Bell.

When contacted, Bell said the audit conducted by the state “came back clean.”  “We did not mismanagement anybody’s funds. We spent all that money on patient care.  They haven’t given me the money that we’ve been earning. We have not been able to pay the fiscal staff. There is nobody there to account for anything. They want an accounting of the little bit of money they gave us but there is nothing there. They’ve closed us so how can we give them a report”? asked Bell.

“The state’s audit came back clean. What money have they given us to mismanage? They say they gave us $1 million in 2007 and $1 million in 2009. We spent that on patient care. We have not mismanaged any money. “

Bell said he is still confused at the behavior of state officials because as early as March of 2012 “they told us they still wanted to do business with us,” he said. “They said we want to see you guys stay open but have concerns about our fiscal operation.

“The last time people got paid was in March of this year and before that it was in December. That was the last time they paid us. How do we get these books up to date when there is nobody there because they did not renew our contract after 37-years.”

“We got a letter two weeks ago saying they wanted to know how we spent our 2012 money. I want to know, too. How are you going to hold us responsible for a 2012 report, which is actually due in 2012, when there is nobody there? They are very smart about how they destroy things. I don’t understand,” said Bell.  

“We owe people money. We had payment agreement to everybody we owed and everybody was cool with that,” said Bell. “I was so comfortable with the state’s saying they wanted to continue doing business with us that I computerized the medical records because I thought we’d still be in business. When the state does not pay you, you cannot make your payments and you fall behind,” said a frustrated Bell.

“I have about 486 patients. There may be another 200 patients who were transferred to me from another doctor at the center, and I am very concerned about them which is why I will be outside of our health council 8 a.m. Wednesday with my tent, a chair, table, laptop and my prescription pad. I am serious about giving mental health care to my patients,” said Bell who wants his Council to remain open but is asking for three-months bridge money to notify his patients of the closure.

However, Trotter said, “We don’t need to be just asking for bridge money. This institution needs to be sustained. We should not settle for a three-month cut-off.  We’ve allowed it to get to this point. That’s conceding. The need will still exist after the transition of these people. Why do we create a new spot when we already have one”? asked Trotter.

The senator said if the state is concerned about an outside audit, they could appoint an oversight committee but to close a 37-year-old historic and needed mental health center should never happen. “We should not be just fighting for a three month bridge funding. Because that is shortsighted. We need to keep that mental health council opened because the need is still there,” said Trotter.

“There is more than one audit. The audit by the state came up clean but not by the outside auditors. We could have a board oversight committee but the need is still there. We should not be just fighting for three-months, Trotter stated.

Small is furious over the closing of Bell’s health council especially given the city’s recent closure of several mental health clinics. These actions, Small said, “should be a wake-up call” to voters.

On the door of the shuttered mental health council is a letter from the Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) dated June 14, 2012. It states: “We wish to inform you that the Department of Human Services will not be retaining Community Mental Health Council (CMHC) as a vendor of state funded mental health services after June 30, 2012.

“We want all active consumers of Division of Mental Health Services to be aware of other DMH service provider organizations in the areas.

“Attached for your information is a listing of nearby providers and important contact information for each. Please contact the location most convenient to you as soon as possible to make a request for services.

“Information about other service providers in Chicago and throughout Illinois can be found at the Illinois Mental Health Collaborative via website: www.illinoismentalhealthcollaborative.com; or call toll free at 866-359-7953 (voice) or 866-880-4459 (TTY).

For your information, Region I South employees are also prepared to provide assistance with linkage to other mental health recovery service providers. You may telephone Anne Moore at 708-614-4037 or Marty Hines at 708-612-4236.

Thank you.

Gustavo Espinosa



Division of Mental Health

Region 1 South

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.

State Rep. Patti Bellock named “Legislator of the Year” by the American Legislative Exchange Council

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Letters to the Editor

Please join me in congratulating State Rep. Patti Bellock for being named “Legislator of the Year” by the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) for her extensive work on Medicaid reform. 

Rep. Bellock spent thousands of hours in meetings crafting Medicaid reforms that protected the most vulnerable while helping put our Medicaid system back on a path toward financial stability.  This was by no means an easy task.  All along the way, she faced strong resistance from many Democrats and interest groups who want to see Medicaid expanded, not reduced.   Once initial reforms were enacted into law, Bellock still had to fight to see commonsense measures like her recapture audit and residency verification implemented.  Rep. Bellock is still leading the fight to ensure implementation of all the reforms we have passed and is working with staff to craft additional Medicaid Reform measures. 

I remember several times this session when Rep. Bellock came into my office and said, ‘I think now is the time that we need to push for more reforms, this is our opportunity to push as hard as we can.’  And in each and every meeting she had with me, our staff and with the working group, she would bring more reforms and cuts for consideration.  I truly believe without our team member, Patti Bellock, at the table the Medicaid package would have been so much weaker than then what was signed into law.

Rep. Bellock was recognized for her efforts  at ALEC’s Annual Meeting in Salt Lake City, Utah this past Friday.   She was nominated by several of her colleagues for this prestigious national award. Patti Bellock is highly deserving of this recognition and we should all be proud of her, her past accomplishments, and those still to come.   


Tom Cross

House Republican Leader

State Representative, 84th District

Jesse White celebrates National Minority Donor Awareness Day at the Kelly Hall YMCA

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 Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White, will be joined by 27th Ward Alderman Walter Burnett and Stan Lewis, executive director of the Kelly Hall YMCA, when speaking about the importance of increasing awareness about organ, eye and tissue donation within multicultural communities, August 1. 2012, 2 P.M.,  at the Kelly Hall YMCA, 824 North Hamlin Avenue, in Chicago.

This is the 16th National Minority Donor Awareness Day. The nationwide observance aims to educate people about the need for organ, eye and tissue donors within multicultural communities. People of color are disproportionately affected by illnesses, like hypertension and diabetes, which can lead to the need for dialysis or a kidney transplant, increasing the number of patients on the national organ transplant waiting list.

According to Donate Life America, there were 1,995 Black donors and 5,857 Black organ transplant recipients in 2011. The same year, there were 1,891 Hispanic donors and 3,923 Hispanic organ transplant recipients. The goal is to inspire people from multicultural communities to become organ/tissue donors.



Statement from U.S. Senator Mark Kirk on rehabilitation

Posted by Admin On July - 30 - 2012 Comments Off on Statement from U.S. Senator Mark Kirk on rehabilitation
 CHICAGO, IL – United States Senator Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) released the following statement: 
“I am grateful to Dr. George Hornby, the physical therapists, and other personnel of the walking research trial at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago for helping me to advance my mobility and independence over the past nine weeks. With their encouragement and help, within the research trial I walked an average of 3,677 steps per day, a total of 14.79 miles over ground and on the treadmill, and up 145 flights of stairs.  As I move into a new phase of outpatient rehabilitation for occupational and physical therapy, I will continue to work hard in order to further regain my strength.
“Every day is a challenge but I am committed to providing you with updates on my rehabilitation and my work on behalf of Illinois in the United States Senate. Thank you to all who continue to send their prayers and messages of support, I am honored to serve and look forward to returning as soon as possible.”
Photo Caption: U.S. Senator Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) meets with U.S. Representative Judy Biggert 
(R-13th-Ill.)at his home on Thursday, July 26.

ABC 7 Chicago presents Live Broadcast of Bud Billiken Parade Saturday, August 11 at 10 A.M.

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abcbuttonABC 7’s Cheryl Burton, Jim Rose and Hosea Sanders to Co-Host

A summer tradition in Chicago since 1929 continues when ABC 7 broadcasts the 83rd annual Bud Billiken Parade, live, Saturday, August 11th, 10:00 am- 12:30pm. The Bud Billiken Parade has developed into one of the city of Chicago’s premier back-to-school events. ABC 7 anchors Cheryl Burton, Jim Rose, and Hosea Sanders will co-host from the broadcast booth capturing all the fun for viewers watching at home. Windy City LIVE co-host Val Warner will also be a part of the festivities, checking out the action along the parade route.

“The Bud Billiken Parade is a 2 ½ hour party on ABC 7,” says co-host Jim Rose. “It emphasizes the back-to-school theme that is so important–the enjoyment and empowerment received from getting an education.”

In addition, members of the ABC 7 news team including Linda Yu, Rafer Weigel, and Leah Hope will ride atop the station’s colorful float.

With more than 1.5 million people in attendance, the Bud Billiken Parade is the largest African-American parade and the second largest parade overall in the country. Recognized as a day of family fun and celebration that kicks off Chicago children’s return to school, the parade has become an anticipated event in Chicago each August.  The Bud Billiken Parade makes its way down Martin Luther King Drive from 42nd Street to Washington Park.

ABC 7’s broadcast of the Bud Billiken Parade is available on-demand at abc7chicago.com.

Christopher Bowen is the executive producer of the Bud Billiken Parade.

Controversial new book addresses Christianity and Politics

Posted by Admin On July - 30 - 2012 Comments Off on Controversial new book addresses Christianity and Politics

Gardner pens title to confront the discontent with government, provide biblical answers to the most politically charged issues known to the Church today and offers a new way of thinking about those heated topics leading up to the 2012 Presidential Election

Atlanta, GA (BlackNews.com) — Memory Melody Gardner’s new book, Christianity and Politics debunks the idea that our system of government and Christian faith should be one and the same, celebrates the Church as the God-given, moral compass of a society, and systematically unravels the complexities of divisive issues in a way that a fifth-grader could understand. Whether a Christian or not, Christianity and Politics will be informative and helpful to those engaging these conversations every day.

Christianity and Politics discusses confusing and complex topics like – how Jews and Christians came to be governed by worldly political systems and how they are to respond to this “new normal.” It also discusses complicated and divisive topics to include labels like “conservative” and “liberal,” embryonic stem cell research, caring for the “least of these” in society, abortion, the initiation of life and where it is found, same-sex marriage and Universal health care.

“It’s my hope,” states Ms. Gardner, “that Christianity and Politics will be a resource for people to engage in meaningful discussions around politics one conversation at a time. The purpose of this book is not to persuade the reader to choose one political direction over another, but to remind us as Christians that being “salt” & “light” in our conversations and interactions with one another is paramount to God.”

Melody Gardner is a Dallas Theological Seminary graduate and a former senior leader with Campus Crusade for Christ (Cru) and The Impact Movement for eighteen years on college campuses and at the national headquarters. She witnessed college students shift from knowing there was absolute right and wrong to right and wrong being relative. Consequently, she heard young Christians ask, “How can I tell another how to live?” Christianity and Politics answers this question. Ms Gardner, now heads a nonprofit organization called Hesed Consulting, assisting other nonprofit organizations to remain IRS compliant, financially sustainable and human resource viable.

For more information, visit www.christianityandpolitics.org

Christianity and Politics  is $14.99, paperback; $7.49, e-book)

Bookcover and author, Melody Gardner

Alpha Kappa Alpha EAF awards hero who risked life a $10,000 scholarship

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Promising student sustained massive injuries while saving relatives’ lives 
$10,000 scholarship is for hero’s college education
SAN FRANCISCO, CA  – The Alpha Kappa Alpha Educational Advancement Foundation (EAF) contributed $10,000 toward the college education of a promising young man who risked his life to save his relatives in a tragic hit-and-run accident.
Matthew Brown, from Chicago Heights, Illinois who sustained massive injuries that resulted in his left leg being amputated, was officially presented the check by Alpha Kappa Alpha’s international president Carolyn House Stewart during EAF’s luncheon that was held during the Sorority’s biennial meeting in San Francisco.  The check is a “President’s Scholarship” that Stewart presents to those whose heroism and achievements are extraordinarily remarkable.
The Scholarship is being set aside for his college education and will be used to pay Matthew’s college expenses at Prairie State College in Chicago Heights, Illinois where he plans to attend and major in criminal justice.
In making the announcement, Stewart applauded Brown for his rare courage and will to continue to excel despite the massive injuries he sustained.
The tragedy that led to Brown’s hospitalization took place on March 17, 2012 when a driver came barreling down a Chicago street. Seeing that his relatives were in danger, Matthew pushed them out of harm’s way.  In committing this act of bravery and love, he took the full force of the impact.  In the aftermath of this tragedy, his right leg was amputated.
The tragedy was heightened because the driver never stopped and remains at large.
He underwent several operations and will continue to endure months of rehabilitation.  However, in a show of determination and indomitable courage, he worked, pushed and endured pain and grueling physical rehabilitation so he could achieve his ultimate goal:  to attend his high school graduation from Bloom Township High School just eleven weeks after his -accident.  As he mounted the stage in his wheelchair to receive his diploma, the audience erupted in applause.
When Alpha Kappa Alpha’s international president learned of the tragedy, she directed Barbara Sutton, EAF’s executive director, to explore ways the Sorority could help ease his hardships and help him realize his dreams.
After talking to Brown and his mother, the pair indicated that he wanted to realize his dream to attend Prairie State College to pursue an associate’s degree in criminal justice and to later earn a bachelor’s degree.  His ultimate dream is to become a crime scene investigator.
When they learned of his wishes, President Stewart and Sutton put plans in motion to grant the scholarship.  As a show of love, they visited with Matthew at Hope Children’s Hospital in Chicago to announce the award and to wish him good cheer.  They were heartened that he was in good spirits and that he was grateful for the scholarship that will substantially help in underwriting his college expenses.
The formal announcement of the Scholarship was made at the Luncheon that  1,000 members of the Sorority attended.
Because of his injuries, neither Brown nor family members attended the luncheon.  However, they expressed their appreciation through a pre-recorded video.
“Matthew Brown is the very embodiment of the word ‘hero’”, declared Stewart.  “His singular act of courage has earned the admiration of all who have heard his story. By establishing this Scholarship Fund, Alpha Kappa Alpha Educational Advancement Foundation, Inc. is helping to assure that he receives the assistance to attend college.  Alpha Kappa Alpha will continue to follow his progress and will continue to be a source of uplift and support as he continues his journey to recovery.”
Founded in 1980, by Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., the Educational Advancement Foundation, Inc. (EAF) is a not-for-profit, tax-exempt organization.  It was created to fill a void in education funding and is the method by which Alpha Kappa Alpha ensures that there will always be support for education, its oldest program of service. EAF’s mission is to provide financial support to individuals and organizations engaged in lifelong learning. As one of the few organizations administered by African American women, it has a unique approach to philanthropy that allows it to meet the diverse needs of a complex society.  EAF funds are leveraged in a manner that does the most good for the most people. It supports some 250 people and projects each year—ranging from the best and the brightest college students to those who have overcome great obstacles to achieve their goals.  Its beneficiaries have included everything from mentoring programs that give at-risk teens survival skills to programs for gifted middle school students.  Since its inception, EAF has awarded millions of dollars in scholarships to thousands. For more information contact Melody McDowell at 773-660-2001 or log on to www.akaeaf.org.

Simon: The Onion brings tears to my eyes

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Digital media company calls sweet home Chicago 


CHICAGO, IL  – Crediting The Onion for uniting all of its business and editorial operations in Chicago, Lt. Governor Sheila Simon will declare it “The Onion Day” on Tuesday to celebrate the digital media company’s consolidation of its headquarters in Illinois.

Formerly based in Madison, Wis., with its editorial staff headquartered in New York City, The Onion consolidated its media operations in Chicago this month, which will include a new studio for digital video production. The Onion, along with its sister publication The A.V. Club, will house approximately 100 employees in its new offices and studio in River North in October.

“No matter how you slice it, The Onion brings tears to my eyes,” Simon said. “From its spot-on satire of our politics, to its use of our web video tax credit, The Onion shows that Illinois is a great place to do business and that Chicago is a great comedy town. We encourage other digital media companies to make us their first choice for their international headquarters.”

Among other factors, The Onion management attributes its relocation to the Illinois tax credit for web video, TV and film production, the city’s vibrant comedy scene and proximity to Hot Doug’s Encased Meat Emporium and Hotdog Superstore.

Meanwhile, “Chicago” loosely translates from the Native American Potowatami language to “wild onion” or “native garlic,” which was surely a selling point, Simon said.

“The Onion is very happy to return to its Midwestern roots,” said Steve Hannah, President and CEO of Onion, Inc. “and especially happy to land in Chicago. Our brand of journalism has a peculiarly Midwestern sensibility and, combined with the state’s generous tax credit for video production, we feel that we have landed in the right place.”

The declaration will come during a fundraiser for the Better Government Association emceed by WGN TV’s Larry Potash and Robin Baumgarten. Simon will dedicate a country music parody to The Onion and the BGA for their work in exposing political corruption and promoting government transparency.

“Corruption isn’t funny, but sometimes you have to laugh to keep from crying,” said BGA president Andy Shaw, “so we’ll laugh at The Onion’s unique brand of journalism and the lieutenant governor’s unique way of welcoming them to Illinois, and then we’ll go back to our unique anti-corruption watchdog mission of shining a light on government and holding public officials accountable.”

The Onion is the self-proclaimed “biggest, most powerful, most terrifying and most influential media company in the civilized world.” Figures provided by company say it has an audience of approximately 3 billion people worldwide across its various media platforms, including The Onion newspaper syndicate, The Onion News Network in web video and on television, The Onion Radio Network, the pop-culture A.V. Club, Zweibel Worldwide Productions and Onion Digital Studios.

Chicago politicians, media outlets and sports teams frequently have been targets of The Onion’s writers. Past headlines in The Onion include: “City of Chicago to Modernize Outdated Graft Programs”; “Chicago Cubs Sell Naming Rights to Chewing Gum Company”; and “Struggling ‘Chicago Tribune’ Cuts Asia Bureau, Expands Sudoku Staff”. It was the only news outlet to report on the deadly 2003 “meatwave” in Chicago.

Supposedly founded by two University of Wisconsin-Madison students in 1988, The Onion is published and/or broadcast in 87 different languages in 159 countries. At any given moment approximately 80 percent of the world’s population is being watched by one of The Onion News Network’s cameras, its sources say.

Among other awards, The Onion has won the Thurber Prize for American Humor, numerous Webbys for the best journalism in multiple creative categories on the Internet, and the prestigious Peabody Award for excellence in broadcasting. In recent months, The Onion produced four original shows for its premium YouTube channel and, along with its staff, hired numerous members of Chicago’s television community to assist in production.

Lt. Governor Simon’s declaration in honor of The Onion can be found here.

Steppenwolf for Young Adults’ 2012/13 Season kicks off with One Book, One Chicago Selection, The Book Thief

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Hallie Gordon directs Heidi Stillman’s World-Premiere Adaptation of the Novel By Markus Zusak, as part of the Now Is The Time Initiative, October 16 – November 9, 2012

CHICAGO, IL  – Steppenwolf for Young Adults’ 2012/13 season kicks off with The Book Thief, based on the novel by Markus Zusak, adapted by Heidi Stillman and directed by Hallie Gordon in Steppenwolf’s Upstairs Theatre (1650 N Halsted St). Presented as part of the citywide Now Is The Time initiative, and in partnership with Chicago Public Library’s One Book, One Chicago program, The Book Thief features ensemble member Francis Guinan with Patrick Andrews, Amy J. Carle, Rob Fagin, Rae Gray, Dennis William Grimes, Nikki Klix, Ian Knox, Anthony-Jon LeSage, Clancy McCartney, Andy Monson, Mark Ulrich and Nicole Wiesner. The Book Thief runs October 16 – November 9, 2012 in Steppenwolf’s Upstairs Theatre (1650 N Halsted St); the press performance is on October 21 at 3pm. Matinees Tuesday through Friday are reserved for school groups only, with Saturday and Sunday performances available to the public. Single tickets and tickets for school groups are currently on sale.

Leisel Meminger is a young girl struggling to survive in Nazi Germany. Her life is filled with risk and danger but her love of books guides her through a brutal world. Death watches over her, fascinated by humankind’s will to live. The Book Thief looks at the terrible cost of violence, bearing witness to our compassion and complicity. When Death tells a story, you listen.

Since the fall of 2001, One Book, One Chicago has encouraged Chicagoans of all backgrounds and ages to read the same book at the same time, and come together to discuss a great piece of literature. This marks the third Steppenwolf production of a One Book, One Chicago selection, following The House on Mango Street (2009) and The Crucible (2007).

Now Is The Time is a year-long citywide conversation about how young people can make positive change in their communities and stop the trend of youth violence and intolerance. Through major projects taking place throughout 2012/13, Chicago Public Library, Facing History and Ourselves, and Steppenwolf Theatre Company join forces to activate this conversation in our city’s many neighborhoods. They are joined by dozens of other organizations and institutions around the city, including a coalition of Chicago’s finest theater companies, for Now is the Time to ACT. Learn more at nowisthetimechicago.org.

The production team for The Book Thief includes: Lizzie Bracken (scenic design), Sally Dolembo (costume design), J. R. Lederle (lighting design), Rick Sims (sound design and original music) and Mike Tutaj (projection design). Additional credits include: Erica Daniels (casting) and Deb Styer (stage manager).


Title                                         The Book Thief

Author                                      Markus Zusak

Adaptor                                    Heidi Stillman

Director                                    Hallie Gordon

Featuring                                 Ensemble member Francis Guinan with Patrick Andrews, Amy J. Carle, Rob Fagin, Rae Gray, Dennis William Grimes, Nikki Klix, Ian Knox, Anthony-Jon LeSage, Clancy McCartney, Andy Monson, Mark Ulrich and Nicole Wiesner


Location                                   Steppenwolf Upstairs Theatre, 1650 N Halsted St

Dates                                        October 16 – November 9, 2012

Public Performances                Saturdays at 3pm and 7:30pm (no 7:30pm performance on October 20)

and Sundays at 3pm

School Performances               Tuesday – Friday at 10am

Press Performance                   October 21 at 3pm


Public Ticket Price                   $20 on Saturdays, 2-for-1 on Sundays

$15 student tickets available via Audience Services/phone only

Audience Services                   1650 N Halsted St, 312-335-1650

Online ticketing available at steppenwolf.org

For information about Steppenwolf for Young Adult school performances,         

contact SYA Education Assistant Lauren Sivak at 312-654-5643.


Accessible Performances         Audio-described performance and touch tour: October 27 at 1:30pm (3pm performance)

Open-captioned performance: October 28 at 3pm

Sign language-interpreted performance: November 4 at 3pm

Steppenwolf is located near all forms of public transportation and is wheelchair accessible. Street and lot parking are available. Assistive listening devices and large-print programs are available for every performance.

Target is the sponsor of the Target 2-for-1 Sunday Matinees.

 Steppenwolf for Young Adults’ unique approach combines play production with educational components to enhance arts education for young audiences, as well as their teachers and families.  SYA creates two full-scale professional productions each season specifically for teens. Working closely with the Chicago Public and metropolitan area schools and other community partners, SYA annually ensures access to the theater for more than 12,000 participants from Chicago’s diverse communities. The initiative also includes post-show discussions with artists; classroom residencies led by Steppenwolf-trained teaching artists in more than 30 classrooms in 12 public high schools; professional development workshops for educators; and the Young Adult Council, an innovative year-round after school initiative that uniquely engages high school students in all areas of the theater’s operations.

Steppenwolf Theatre Company is America’s longest standing, most distinguished ensemble theater, producing nearly 700 performances and events annually in its three Chicago theater spaces—the 515-seat Downstairs Theatre, the 299-seat Upstairs Theatre and the 80-seat Garage Theatre. Formed in 1976 by a collective of actors, Steppenwolf has grown into an ensemble of 43 actors, writers and directors. Artistic programming at Steppenwolf includes a five-play Subscription Season, a two-play Steppenwolf for Young Adults season and three repertory series: First Look Repertory of New Work, Garage Rep and Next Up. While firmly grounded in the Chicago community, nearly 40 original Steppenwolf productions have enjoyed success both nationally and internationally, including Off-Broadway, Broadway, London, Sydney and Dublin. Steppenwolf has the distinction of being the only theater to receive the National Medal of Arts, in addition to numerous other prestigious honors including an Illinois Arts Legend Award and nine Tony Awards. Martha Lavey is the Artistic Director and David Hawkanson is the Executive Director. Nora Daley is Chair of Steppenwolf’s Board of Trustees. For additional information, visit steppenwolf.org, facebook.com/steppenwolftheatre and twitter.com/steppenwolfthtr.

Currently on stage is Three Sisters by Anton Chekhov, adapted by ensemble member Tracy Letts, directed by ensemble member Anna D. Shapiro (through August 26, 2012) in Steppenwolf’s Downstairs Theatre (1650 N Halsted St).

The 2012/13 subscription season includes Good People by Pulitzer Prize-winner David Lindsay-Abaire, directed by ensemble member K. Todd Freeman (September 13 – November 11, 2012) in the Downstairs Theatre; The Motherf**ker with the Hat by Stephen Adly Guirgis, directed by ensemble member Anna D. Shapiro (December 27, 2012 – March 3, 2013) in the Downstairs Theatre; The Birthday Party by Harold Pinter, directed by ensemble member Austin Pendleton (January 24 – May 19, 2013) in the Upstairs Theatre; Head of Passes by ensemble member Tarell Alvin McCraney, directed by ensemble member Tina Landau (April 4 – June 9, 2013) in the Downstairs Theatre; and Belleville by Amy Herzog, directed by Anne Kauffmann (June 27 – August 25, 2013) in the Downstairs Theatre.

The 2012/13 Steppenwolf for Young Adults season also includes How Long Will I Cry?: Voices of Youth Violence by Miles Harvey, directed by Edward Torres, artistic consulting by Kelli Simpkins (February 26 – March 9, 2013) in the Upstairs Theatre.


Plants, wildlife focus of Metropolitan Water Reclamation District land survey

Posted by Admin On July - 30 - 2012 Comments Off on Plants, wildlife focus of Metropolitan Water Reclamation District land survey

Twenty five properties analyzed for biological report


While the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago is best known for managing wastewater and providing flood control, the organization is also the second largest landowner in Cook County, and many of these properties are attractive to plants and wildlife.

The MWRD’s dedication to land preservation was the impetus to begin developing a comprehensive land use policy. MWRD staff and contractors surveyed 25 properties along waterways, near treatment plants, in reservoirs and aeration stations. The goal has been to determine which mammals, amphibians, reptiles, birds, dragonflies, damselflies, butterflies and plants call the property home. The report is documented in the newly released publication, “Into the Fields, Woods, and Wetlands: A Biological Survey of Plants and Animals,” which is now available to the public.

“This baseline study will be used to help us improve the habitats for birds, other animals and plants,” said Commissioner Mariyana T. Spyropoulos, chairman of the Monitoring and Research committee.  “While we have done a great job of encouraging plants and wildlife to call our properties home, we still have work to do to develop our land use policy. We recognize we are the holder of important properties, and we are committed to being good stewards of these lands.”

One of the most important observations was on the parcel of land known as a “prairie remnant” that sits adjacent to railroad tracks at the Hanover Park Water Reclamation Plant. A prairie remnant is terrain that has never been plowed, tilled or grazed and has remained intact since it was first formed. Prairie remnants are rare in Illinois; only one tenth of one percent of land in the state is considered to be undisturbed prairie.  Researchers observed 139 specimens of flora and fauna in this one parcel alone.

“It was truly an important finding when the prairie remnant was first discovered in the 90’s,” said Commissioner Spyropoulos. “It is exciting to know that there are so many plants and animals living on this particular parcel.”

In addition to the biological report, a more detailed scientific analysis is also available. Copies of both can be downloaded at www.mwrd.org, or by calling 312-751-6633.

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