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Fake ID Website shuts down following bipartisan Senate effort

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Sens. Kirk, Durbin, Grassley and Harkin Called on China to Investigate Counterfeit ID Companies

WASHINGTON, D.C. – One of the most high-profile fake identification websites located in China shut down less than one week after U.S. Senators Mark Kirk (R-Ill.), Richard Durbin (D-Ill.), Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) wrote a letter to the Ambassador to the United States of the People’s Republic of China requesting the Chinese government take swift action to investigate the production of fake IDs. On Friday, August 10, ID Chief (idchief.ph), posted a notice that it is “Closed For Business” stating that “we are stopping the website and novelty ID service.”
In response to these recent developments, Senators Kirk and Durbin released the following statement:
“Companies like ID Chief that produce and distribute counterfeit IDs should no longer be in business. We will continue working to see that other websites providing fake U.S. identification documents are shut down in order to protect U.S. national security interests.  We hope the Chinese government will be a partner in that effort.”
On August 13th, The Washington Times reported on the developments.  Other reports include articles from: CQ Online News, US Politics Today, PR Newswire and WUSA.  Originally a USA Today article highlighted the issue in June, 2012.

Attorney General Madigan alerts consumers to recall of Bumbo Baby Seats

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Madigan urges parents, caregivers to immediately stop using Baby Chairs until restraints installed 


CHICAGO, IL ─ Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan alerted Illinois parents and caregivers to a recall of Bumbo baby seats announced by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission in response to growing reports of serious injuries to babies.

The CPSC announced the national voluntary recall of the seats, manufactured by Bumbo International, citing a great risk to babies if they maneuver out of or fall from the chair. The recall affects approximately 4 million individual products nationwide.

“These baby seats are popular items in households with young children, but most parents likely are unaware of the dangers these seats pose if they’re placed on a tabletop or a raised surface,” Madigan said. “We need to get the news of this recall out to parents quickly. They should stop using these seats immediately until they receive the safety kit and make necessary repairs.”

The CPSC cited at least 50 incidents since October 2007 in which babies fell from Bumbo seats when set on an elevated surface. Of those incidents, 19 babies suffered skull fractures. The CPSC and Bumbo International are also aware of 34 additional incidents of babies falling out of the seat while it was used on a floor, or placed at an unknown height.

Bumbo seats are made of foam with a back rest and leg holes for a baby to sit in. The CPSC previously recalled 1 million of the seats in 2007, requiring the manufacturer to place a warning label on the seat advising users not to place the seat on an elevated surface, such as a table or countertop. In 2011, the CPSC renewed that warning amid reports of injuries to babies when they fell out of the seats from elevated places.

Consumers should immediately stop using the Bumbo seats until they order and install a free repair kit that includes the addition of a restraining belt with a warning label, installation instructions, safe use instructions for the seat and a new warning sticker. Consumers can order the free repair kit by visiting www.recall.BumboUSA.com or calling (866) 898-4999.

“After joining other consumer groups in February to call on CPSC to take action, we are pleased to see that the CPSC has acted to address the hazards of this product,” said Nancy Cowles, Executive Director of Kids In Danger, a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving children’s product safety. “We’re hopeful that the restraints will reduce the number of injuries and the company will do all they can to ensure all parents learn of the recall and obtain the restraint fix.”

Attorney General Madigan has been a leader in the call for stronger regulations to increase product safety and consumer confidence. The Bumbo baby seat is one of many dangerous products and toys that Madigan is raising awareness of at this year’s Illinois State Fair, currently underway in Springfield. Madigan’s “House of Hazards” state fair tent warns parents, children and caregivers to the dangers of everyday items in our homes, including toys, bassinets, strollers and Bumbo seats.

Consumers seeking more information on today’s recall can also contact Madigan’s Product Recall Hotline at (888) 414-7678, TTY (800) 964-3012 and (866) 310-8398 for Spanish speakers, and they are encouraged to sign up for e-mail notification of recalls at www.recalls.gov. Further, consumers can report an injury related to the use of a Bumbo seat to the CPSC by visiting SaferProducts.gov. 

State’s Attorney celebrates Community Partnerships

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Open House to be held to commemorate 1st Anniversary of Community Justice Center-Central


Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez will attend an open house celebrating the one year anniversary of the fourth Community Justice Center opened by her office in an effort to make the State’s Attorney’s Office more accessible to residents.

Community Justice Center-Central serves the 11th and 12th Chicago Police Districts along with the UIC Campus.  In addition to charging and prosecuting cases, during its first year the staff of the CJC Central has been out in the neighborhoods it serves attending community functions and conducting informational seminars/workshops on topics such as avoiding scams, domestic violence, gang awareness and mortgage fraud.

The open house will take place at the Community Justice Center-Central office, 715 W. Maxwell Street, tomorrow, Thursday, August 16, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  State’s Attorney Alvarez plans to visit the open house at 11:30 a.m.  and will be available for comments/interviews about the Community Justice Centers at that time.

Only three weeks left to experience jaw-dropping excitement at “Cirque Shanghai: Year of the Dragon” this summer

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“Cirque Shanghai: Year of the Dragon” Must Close Sept. 3,
Ending a Fabulous Summer Run at the Navy Pier® Pepsi® Skyline Stage


CHICAGO, IL – Only three weeks remain to be wowed by “Cirque Shanghai: Year of the Dragon” at Chicago’s Navy Pier® Pepsi® Skyline Stage, 600 E. Grand Ave. This world premiere production must close on September 3, 2012 (Labor Day).


“Cirque Shanghai: Year of the Dragon” has regular performances as follows:
• Wednesday at 2, 6 and 8 p.m.
• Thursday at 2 and 8 p.m.
• Friday at 2, 7 and 9 p.m.
• Saturday at 2, 6 and 8 p.m.
• Sunday at 2 and 4 p.m.


Final performances will be Monday, Sept. 3 (Labor Day) at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m.


Audiences and critics alike have raved about “Cirque Shanghai: Year of the Dragon.” The Chicago Sun-Times says “No doubt about it, this ‘Dragon’ breathes fire,” and Newcity regarded the production as “athletically mind-blowing.” Chicago Parent believes “This is one of those rare shows that works for everyone,” and Northwest Indiana Times raved that “This season’s Cirque Shanghai show can be summed up in three words: ‘Seeing is Believing.’”


“Cirque Shanghai: Year of the Dragon” is a spectacle for audiences of all ages, featuring performers direct from China who are leaders in their craft of tumbling, juggling, balancing and more. This year’s production features an incredible line up of awe-inspiring acts, including favorites such as Bike Balances and Hoop Diving, as well as an all-new Group Chair Stack, Teeterboard act and the Wheel of Destiny. China’s finest daredevil motorcycle troupe, “Imperial Thunder,” returns with not two, not four, but five motorcyclists riding at breakneck speed within a steel globe – more than ever before in this death-defying feat, called the Globe of Death.


Directed by Miao Miao Chen, “Cirque Shanghai: Year of the Dragon” is presented in this exclusive U.S. engagement by Navy Pier in conjunction with International Special Attractions, Ltd. (www.isaattractions.com) production headquarters in Beverly Hills, CA.


Tickets are $15.50 – $29.50 and are available by calling 800-745-3000 or visiting www.ticketmaster.com/shanghai. Discounted tickets for groups of 10 or more are available by calling GroupTix at 773.327.3778 or visiting www.grouptix.net.


Located on Lake Michigan, just east of Chicago’s downtown, Navy Pier is the most-visited tourist and leisure destination in the Midwest, welcoming more than 9 million visitors annually. Originally opened in 1916 as a shipping and recreation facility, it is now one of the country’s preeminent recreation and exposition facilities, showcasing 50 acres of parks, gardens, restaurants, shops, attractions, sightseeing and dining cruise boats, exhibition facilities and more.

The Better Business Bureau offers tips on how to shop smart for back to school

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(From the Better Business Bureau)



CHICAGO, IL – The days of summer are drawing to a close and annual back-to-school specials are starting to surface. Whether you plan to shop at your favorite retail store or reuse supplies from last year, the Better Business Bureau serving Chicago and Northern Illinois (BBB) recommends sticking to a budget to avoid overspending on school supplies.


According to the National Retail Federation, back-to-school spending on children is projected to increase from last year. It is estimated that the average person will spend an average of $688.62 per child in grades K-12, an increase from $603.63 last year. The overall spending for back-to-school is expected to hit $30.3 billion.


“The excitement of a new school year can lead many people to over spend,” said Steve J. Bernas, president & CEO of the Better Business Bureau serving Chicago and Northern Illinois. “Before shopping look at what you have in your house and narrow down what you really need versus what is still in good shape from last school year.”


The BBB recommends considering the following when it comes to back-to-school shopping:


Take inventory. There’s always that endless supply of markers, crayons and notebooks around the house. Reusing these items can save hundreds of dollars over the years. Consider repackaging by sharpening, and cleaning older, gently used items before buying new ones.


Look for the deals. Some retailers’ back-to-school specials are available for online and in-store purchase. Make sure to check out your local source for deals. Oftentimes, retailers will put ads showcasing the special buy-one-get-one free deals, or coupled items (i.e. a backpack and lunchbox packaged together) to lure customers in. Shopping earlier offers a wider selection of merchandise and more opportunity for savings.


Set a budget. Decide how much you are willing to spend per child, and include your children for a “teachable moment” on creating a budget. After taking inventory, create a shopping list and stick to it. This will help you avoid costly impulse purchases and ensure nothing is forgotten.


Know what your child’s school allows. Schools will often provide parents with a list of required items for the school year, which can help determine what you need to purchase. These lists are also available at many retail stores and on school websites. Additionally, many schools have specific dress codes, so keep these restrictions in mind before spending money on clothes the school may not allow.


Check for refund and exchange policies. Be sure you can exchange or return items. Keep in mind some items may be non-refundable or have restocking fees associated with a return. If you are shopping online or in stores make sure to check out the Business Review at www.bbb.org


For more consumer tips you can trust, visit www.bbb.org

MWRD to host vendor fair August 29

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Event to provide equal opportunities and support for contractors and vendors
When it comes to doing business with the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago (MWRD), vendors can expect a fair process that affords all qualified business owners a chance to secure a contract and grow their businesses. The first step to doing business with the MWRD is to register as a potential vendor.
To make registration easier, MWRD staff are hosting a vendor outreach fair on Wed., August 29 from 8 a.m. to noon at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, Gleacher Center, 450 North Cityfront Plaza Drive, Chicago.
“The Board of Commissioners continue to be strong advocates for the participation of Minority Business Enterprises, Women Business Enterprises, and Small Business Enterprises in our construction program,” said MWRD Vice President Barbara J. McGowan, Chairman of the Affirmative Action Committee. “We strongly encourage owners of Minority, Women and Small businesses to participate in this event.”
Walk-ins are welcome, but to maximize the services, participants are encouraged to download and complete an MWRD vendor application in advance.
In addition to the application, the MWRD’s new booklet, “A Quick Guide to Doing Business with the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago,” can be found at http://www.mwrd.org/.

Father of the “Birdie Sisters” asks public help in sisters making history, like Tiger Woods, IESA State Golf Championship

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Eric C. Jackson, the father of Myah and Erica Jackson, better known as the “Birdie Sisters” and their national reputation for golfing, is seeking donations to help his daughter, Myah Jackson, represent the City of Chicago and the Chicago Public Schools at the Illinois Statewide Elementary School Golf Championship. His request follows: 

To whom it may concern:

I am writing to request that Myah Jackson be allowed to represent the City of Chicago and the Chicago Public Schools at the Illinois Statewide Elementary School Golf Championship.

Last year, Myah was the champion while only in 6th grade.  Her sister, Erica Jackson, was the runner up.  Erica graduated from elementary school but Myah is still eligible to compete.  She is still eligible to attempt to retain the championship on behalf of CPS and the City of Chicago.  All that is required for Myah to participate is a payment of $40 by her elementary school, Mark T. Skinner West Classical School, to continue her membership with the IESA.

 Last year, Skinner agreed to join the IESA and they made the requisite payment.  However, this year Skinner has informed us that they are no longer able and/or willing to participate.  They indicated that they do not have the funds ($40) or the time to continue their membership.

I am writing this appeal to you because Myah’s participation goes beyond Skinner.  Myah and her sister Erica were the only representatives from CPS and the City of Chicago last year.  It is my understanding that Myah would be the only representative from CPS and the City of Chicago if allowed to participate this year. 

It would be a travesty not to allow Myah the opportunity to remain the champion and to serve as a role model to other CPS youth.

 We have made several requests to the CPS top sports leadership requesting that they intervene to assist in getting Myah registered for the statewide championship.  However to date, there has been no progress. 

The deadline for Myah to register is quickly approaching — August 27, 2012.  As a community, we need to work together to ensure that Myah has the opportunity to participate — particularly given the minimal financial commitment required for participation.

I am requesting your assistance and support. You may donate by clicking on this link: http://www.canaancommunitychurch.org/cysi.htm.   The site for the school tournament is iesa.org (girls golf).

Thank you,

Eric C. Jackson



Thomas Masters Gallery debuts exhibition of Vivian Maier photographs from the Jeffrey Goldstein Collection September 7, 2012

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Vivian Maier: Out of the Shadows Reveals New Chapters in

Her Diverse and Prolific Body of Documentary Photography



CHICAGO, IL –Thomas Masters Gallery  will present an exhibition of photographs by Vivian Maier (1926 ‐ 2009) from the Jeffrey Goldstein Collection, featuring silver gelatin prints of images selected from the book, Vivian Maier: Out of the Shadows, by Richard Cahan and Michael Williams of CityFiles Press. The exhibition, opening September 7 at the Thomas Masters Gallery (245 W. North Ave., Chicago, IL), puts Maier’s work in the context of her life during her highly creative period from the 1950s through the 1970s.


In addition to her known street photography, this exhibit will feature a prolific selection of images that show an artist with relentless curiosity that worked in a vast range of subjects and styles. Maier’s unique ability to brilliantly capture the zeitgeist is particularly apparent in shots of Chicago’s famous Maxwell Street and in protest scenes shot during the social unrest of 1968. Echoing the chapters in the upcoming book, the exhibition is organized to reflect nine of Maier’s personal journeys from the pastures of rural France to the streets of downtown Chicago, “Snapshots,” “America,” “Day,” “Maxwell,” “Beach,” “1968,” “Downtown,” “Walks,” and “Night.”


Maier’s work was discovered in Chicago in 2007 when boxes of abandoned prints, negatives and undeveloped film were sold at auction. Born in New York, Maier spent much of her youth in France. Starting in the late 1940s, she shot an average of a roll of film a day. She moved to Chicago in the mid-1950s, and spent the next 40 years working as a nanny to support her passion for photography. Maier died at the age of 83 before her work was ever publically recognized or exhibited.


Since her exhibition debut in 2010, Maier’s work has been shown at the Chicago Cultural Center, Russell Bowman Art Advisory in Chicago, Steven Kasher Gallery in New York, Jackson Fine Art in Atlanta, Stephen Cohen Gallery in Los Angeles and by the Hearst Corp. in New York.Vivan Maier: Out of the Shadows is the first exhibition to expand on her photographic legacy, examining her images within the framework of a life story that continues to be unraveled by art enthusiasts and historians.


“Vivian’s photographs tell her life story,” said Michael Williams, co-author of Vivian Maier: Out of the Shadows. “She was way ahead of her time—recording what she saw on a daily basis with a joy and curiosity that makes her work so compelling.”


Maier shot many of her most iconic pictures while working for various suburban Chicago families, a job that allowed her to periodically travel both domestically and abroad, as shown in her photographs of New York, South Dakota, Florida, California, as well as the rural pastures of Southern France. Images she snapped are combined with interviews with those who knew her best in the book, told by the authors.


“We went far in documenting Vivian’s life, but she loved being a woman of mystery,” said Richard Cahan, co-author of the book. “Even her photographs—clear, forthright images—only go so far in revealing her. That’s what great photographers do.”


The exhibition will feature posthumous, 12”x12” silver gelatin prints produced in editions of 15 and signed on the verso by Jeffrey Goldstein and by master gelatin silver printers Ron Gordon and Sandra Steinbrecher.

In celebration of the Vivian Maier: Out of the Shadows book release and exhibition, there will also be a limited edition clamshell version of the book (signed by the authors), available for purchase, with each case housing one of three specially produced, limited edition 9”x9” prints (signed and numbered by Gordon, Steinbrecher, and Goldstein.)


Collectors will have an opportunity to view the exhibition at a private opening on Thursday, September 6 from 6 to 9pm with the official public opening on Friday, September 7 from 6 to 9pm. Additional events related to the exhibition include a book talk, film screening, lecture and panel discussion. The full schedule of events at Thomas Masters Gallery is below:

Vivian Maier: Out of the Shadows
Thomas Masters Gallery

Curated by Jeffrey Goldstein and Anne Zakaras
September 7-October 19, 2012
245 W North Ave #115
Chicago, IL 60610

Thursday, September 6, 6-9 pm Collector’s Opening

Friday, September 7, 6-9 pm Official Opening

Saturday, September 15, 2 pm Gallery Talk with James Yood, art critic and adjunct professor at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago

Saturday, September 29, 2 pm Film Screening (2-3 short films) The films will include the following: Vivian Maier, Photographer , directed by Tom Palazzolo, written by Jack Helbig and edited by Michael Bullis, with Judith Hoppe as the voice of Vivian Maier and The Vivian Maier Photography Project , directed by Aaron Cahan.

Saturday, October 6, 2 pm Photography Panel discussion with master printers Ron Gordon and Sandra Steinbrecher and photography instructor Frank Jackowiak, who led a group of College of DuPage photographers to process Maier’s undeveloped film. Moderated by Pamela Bannos, photographer and distinquished senior lecturer at Northwestern University.

Saturday, October 13, 2 pm Vivian Maier: Out of the Shadows Book Talk with Richard Cahan & Michael Williams of CityFiles Press.


Photographs from the Jeffrey Goldstein collection are also represented by the Steven Kasher Gallery (New York) and Jackson Fine Art (Atlanta.) Upcoming exhibitions of Maier’s work will take place later this year and in early 2013 at Blue Sky (Portland); Photography Center NW (Seattle) and at the Catherine Couturier Gallery (Houston).

For more information on the Jeffrey Goldstein Collection, visit www.vivianmaierphotography.com.

For select images from the Thomas Masters Gallery, visit https://carolfox.box.com/s/8d9875e10cbc0fc2f79d.

Vivian Maier: Out of the Shadows is available for pre-order through CityFiles Press.


The Links, Incorporated responds to texting and driving epidemic

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Organization Leads Support to AT&T’s “It Can Wait” Campaign


Washington, DC (BlackNews.com) — The Links, Incorporated applauds AT&T’s efforts to stop the alarmingly increasing trend of texting while driving, and is proudly supporting AT&T’s “It Can Wait” campaign.

With over 100,000 deaths just last year, The Links, Incorporated recognizes the importance of ending this dangerous habit that has become all too popular among teens and adults. Drivers are 23 times more likely to get in a crash while texting and driving according to a recent AT&T Wireless survey. AT&T is leading the way to educate drivers and passengers of the dangers through its campaign.

The Links, Incorporated is encouraging its 12,000 members to sign AT&T’s pledge not to text and drive through the website, www.ItCanwait.com, and participate in the September 19, “No Text on Board – Pledge Day” to bring attention to this important issue.

To find out more information about the pledge visit the AT&T website: www.ItCanwait.com

The Links, Incorporated is an international, not-for-profit corporation, established in 1946. The membership consists of 12,000 professional women of color in 275 chapters located in 42 states, the District of Columbia and the Commonwealth of the Bahamas. It is one of the nation’s oldest and largest volunteer service organizations of extraordinary women who are committed to enriching, sustaining and ensuring the culture and economic survival of African Americans and other persons of African ancestry. www.linksinc.org

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