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Religious leaders to hold citywide meeting to unify over water fee fight

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Bills may put some church programs on chopping block

By Chinta Strausberg


The Interfaith Coalition to Restore the Water Fee Exemption for Religious Institutions is holding a citywide meeting on September 27th on the West Side to unite all faiths around the battle to get the city to restore the water fee exemption that some clergy say these water bills and installation of water meters could put some church programs on the chopping block.

They are putting all 50 aldermen on notice that they have to look at the religious institutions “as a necessity” in Chicago given their track record of helping the city in times of need like the recent school strike, said Ald. Leonard DeVille. “We have the city’s back, but the city doesn’t have the church’s back,’ he said during a meeting held earlier this week at the St. Paul Church of God in Christ Community Development Ministries, Inc., 4550 S. Wabash Ave., where Elder Kevin Anthony Ford officiates.

Their next meeting of the coalition will be held on Thursday, September 27, 2012, at 6 p.m., at the JLM Abundant Life Community Center 2622 West Jackson Blvd., headed by Dr. Johnny Miller. Religious leaders are being asked to bring signed letters in support of restoring the water fee exemption they need to maintain their social services their parishioners and community residents depend on in times of need.

They intend to deliver those signed letters to the aldermen as a show of support and to attend the Finance Committee’s budget hearings where they are demanding that an amendment to the ordinance calling for the restoration of the water fee exemption be placed on the agenda.

“Not only will we lose our social services, but they will have to be made up for by the city and to the extent that these people who work for us for free if the city has to take them over, it would be a huge cost because the city would have to pay people to do it as opposed to the churches using volunteers,” said Tom Kennedy, Director of Real Estates Archdiocese of Chicago.

“This is an issue that affects every religious body in the city of Chicago from Anglicans to Zoroastrians because every major faith community has houses of worship here,” said Rev. Stan Davis, co-executive director of the Council of Religious Leaders of Metropolitan Chicago, who said it is great that such a diverse body of religious leaders is working together on this issue.

The battle to restore the water fee exemption “not only brings us around an issue but more importantly brings us together across the lines because many of us don’t get a chance to meet each other, and it also brings together the west side and the south side to work together,” Davis said.

Asked how the water fee is affecting him, Rev. Davis said, “Personally, it doesn’t affect me but the congregations with whom I’m in touch has a dramatic effect.”

According to Davis, it cost about $1,000 to install a meter which is being demanded by the city; however, if there are repairs done if basements have asbestos, “it would be the congregations costs and that would be terrible because all of that will start cutting back on the ability of that church to minister effectively to the people in their communities whether that’s from youth programs, tutoring, senior services, meals….”

Agreeing was DeVille, who heads the Alpha Temple Baptist Church. He said if religious leaders have to install a meter outside of their buildings it could cost as much as $20,000. “Many of those churches are old and were not built for that….

“One pastor told me that the city wanted $1,000 for the meter plus he had a $1,300 water bill. That’s outrageous,” said DeVille referring to the city’s promise to provide the meters free along with a $1,000 labor fee.

“A lot of churches have retired people who are on monthly salaries. They are already tithing in the church to keep it going,” said DeVille who is also the former alderman of the 21st Ward. He said many churches have social programs that help Chicagoans and that the city is not contributing to those programs.

“If we stop doing those social programs, the city would have to pick them up because it is a city project, not necessarily a church project,” said DeVille. He gave as an example the recent school strike and how the city asked the religious leaders to open their doors to the children. “We’re not going to turn the children down because we’re looking to pull the community together. “That also cost us more money in our water bills.”

“This creates an issue with the church because we have to have someone to manage the children,” he said. “They are volunteering for the city…. If the churches didn’t house the children, the city would have had to pay that bill.” He called the water fee bill “outrageous” given the services churches provide for the community.

“What’s the issue? Why fight the church when the church is in the community to help the community? If it helps the community, it helps the city and the state,” DeVille said.

“The community needs the church,” DeVille said calling the water fee “a burden.” “Most of our members are homeowners. They pay a water bill and then they come into the church and they are being taxed again,” DeVille stated. He likened that to being doubled taxed.

Also objecting to the churches now having to pay their water bills was Pastor Otis Anderson, who heads the Cathedral Baptist Church, 4821 S. Wabash, who said, “If I have to pay for water and install water meters, that expense will take away from our feeding programs, our after school programs….”

Dr. Leon Miller, pastor of Mt. Ebenezer Baptist Church, said imposing water bills on religious institutions “is an incorrect situation that we are trying to correct. We know that with God’s help, we will be able to correct the thing that was done that was hurting to the congregation ad the community. We do so much work in the community. I know they had not thought it out” prior to the City Council approving the ordinance.

Pastor Michael Eaddy, pastor of the Peoples Church of the Harvest, said, “It is very necessary that the clergy stand united with the Archdiocese and with various faith communities. This loss of the water exemption is affecting all of us and will inhibit us to continue to provide the services we have been doing free of charge to residents of our community.”

Eaddy said the mayor and the aldermen must revisit this new policy because “to place this on the churches will greatly inhibit us from fulfilling a passionate ministry and programs we want to extend to the community.

“My appeal is to every elected official to reconsider and be a part of rescinding this water fee exemption that has been removed,” said Eaddy.

Elder Ford said the coaltition would present its statement of facts to the Finance Committee headed by Ald. Edward M. Burke (14th).

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.

U.S. Army and Thurgood Marshall College Fund partner to promote educational opportunities for African-American students

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 Goal is to Attract African-American Students to Pursue STEM Careers


Alexandria, VA (BlackNews.com) — The U.S. Army has formed a partnership with the Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF) to help ensure African-American students capitalize on the significant scholarship, leadership development and career opportunities available through the U.S. Army’s Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC).

As one of the nation’s largest providers of college scholarships, the U.S. Army has provided more than $10 million to students at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). Further, the Army Research Laboratory (ARL) has formed education partnerships with Historically Black Colleges and Universities/Minority Institutions (HBCU/MI) to provide research programs and internships that address the projected shortfall of scientists and engineers among diverse communities.

The Army’s partnership with the Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF) will help promote the Army’s educational benefits to students, administrators, faculty and community leaders. TMCF supports and represents nearly 300,000 students attending its 47 member-schools that include public Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), medical and law schools.

The partnership also supports both organizations’ mission to help prepare and train the next generation of leaders, whether as soldiers or civilians, with a particular focus in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) related fields. High-earning STEM careers are projected to grow by 29 percent between 2010 and 2020. However, the percentage of African-Americans earning STEM degrees has fallen during the last decade, with less than seven percent of bachelor’s degrees, four percent of master’s degrees, and two percent of PhDs in STEM being awarded to African-Americans, according to the National Center for Education Statistics. Among the reasons cited for this decline is the high cost of completing a college education.

The Army-TMCF partnership seeks to address this by attracting high-achieving students (a 3.7 high school cumulative GPA; minimum scores of 1260 SAT and 27 ACT, and; a varsity letter winner or equivalent athletic achievement) to apply for two-, three- or four-year Army ROTC scholarships. Initial outreach will begin in New York, Los Angeles, Richmond and Petersburg, Va. in the fall term of the 2012 school year.

“TMCF is excited, during its 25th anniversary celebratory year, to join forces with the U.S. Army to identify the best and brightest African-American high school students who can, with the financial and leadership development assistance provided through the Army ROTC, create the next generation of military officer leaders,” said Johnny C. Taylor, Jr., President & CEO of the Thurgood Marshall College Fund.

The Army offers valuable career and education opportunities as well as high-tech and leadership training for young adults. Army’s education and career opportunities are a premier pathway to obtain higher education, leadership training and career opportunities.

To learn about and apply for Army ROTC scholarships, please visit www.goarmy.com/rotc. To learn more about Thurgood Marshall College Fund programs and scholarship opportunities, please visit www.thurgoodmarshallcollegefund.org.

Lt. Governor Simon to drivers: Texting while driving can wait

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Simon signs “It Can Wait” pledge on national “No Text on Board” day


CHAMPAIGN, IL – In her campaign to end texting while driving, Illinois Lt. Governor Sheila Simon urged Parkland College students to take the “It Can Wait” pledge to practice safe texting.

As the Governor’s point person on education reform and an advocate for community college students, Simon urged the Champaign undergraduates to log onto Facebook and take the pledge as part of a national “No Text on Board” event sponsored by AT&T and the Illinois Department of Transportation.

Nationwide, drivers are 23 times more likely to get in an accident if they text while driving. In the first half of 2011 in Illinois, cell phone distractions were the cause of more than 500 crashes.

“Most community college students commute to class on a daily basis and need to understand the grave danger of texting while driving,” said Simon, who signed the pledge with students at John A. Logan College in Carterville last week. “I’ve taken the pledge to never text and drive, and I encourage students everywhere to join me. When you are driving, put down your phone – it can wait.”

AT&T hosted 11 events throughout Illinois on the “No Text on Board” pledge day. Other supporters included Governor Pat Quinn, Secretary of State Jesse White, and officials of the Illinois State Police, the Illinois Tollway and IDOT. AT&T also premiered a new public service announcement from Chicago basketball star Derrick Rose that will appear on the AT&T website, Facebook page and YouTube Channel.

To take the pledge, you can log on to www.ItCanWait.com.

“Our goal is to save lives,” said John Quinn, External Affairs Director, AT&T Illinois. “Too many lives have been forever changed by a texting-while-driving accident, and together, we want to spread the word about how deadly a single text can be. We’re challenging everyone to take the pledge to never text and drive and to make it a lifelong commitment.”

Parkland College Vice President for Student Services Dr. Linda Moore said that to promote safe driving among students, the college will provide an informational posting on its student intranet, as well as promoting the initiative through social media and its website.

“We want to ensure our students are safe and understand the message that texting and driving can have serious consequences. We want our students to stay on the path to a brighter future, and part of that path is traveling responsibly when driving,” Moore said.

“We believe community colleges are uniquely positioned to help in the effort against texting and driving and we fully support the initiative from Lt. Governor Simon and AT&T,” said Geoff Obrzut, president and CEO, Illinois Community College Board.

“I am confident that my colleagues from the Illinois Council of Community College Presidents join with me and Lt. Governor Simon in enthusiastically supporting the ‘It Can Wait’ anti-texting while driving campaign,” said Margaret B. “Peg” Lee, Oakton Community College President and President of the Illinois Council of Community College Presidents. 

Chicago Human Rhythm Project honors Susan and Ted Oppenheimer

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Annual JUBALEE Gala Takes Place October 29 on Jay Pritzker Pavilion Stage in Millennium Park


CHICAGO, IL — The Chicago Human Rhythm Project (CHRP), the world’s first year-round presenter of American tap dance and contemporary percussive arts, launches its 23rd season with JUBALEE, its annual gala benefit supporting performance, education and community programs. This special evening, hosted by broadcast legend and civic leader Bill Kurtis, takes place October 29 at 5:30 p.m. at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park.

JUBA Award and performances

At this year’s JUBALEE, CHRP will honor Susan and Ted Oppenheimer, longtime supporters of the arts and public education. Susan served as CHRP Board Chair from 2008 to 2009 and led the strategic planning session that resulted in the establishment this year of the American Rhythm Center, providing rehearsal, administrative and education program space for nine leading cultural institutions in the Fine Arts Building. Ted is president of the Oppenheimer Family Foundation, established in 1933 and best known for its Teacher Incentive Grant (TIG) program, which underwrites the outstanding efforts of Chicago Public School teachers who enhance and enrich the educational lives of their students through project-based learning.
The evening begins with a cocktail reception and a silent auction, followed by performances featuring CHRP’s resident ensemble BAM!, Kalapriya, FootworKINGz and many of Chicago’s finest percussive dance artists. The evening concludes with dinner, a live auction and a dessert reception where guests can meet the performers.

Honorary Chairs are Richard and Diane Weinberg. Gala co-chairs are CHRP board members Michael Foster and Diana E. Harris. Charter One Bank is this year’s JUBALEE Title Sponsor. 

CHRP’s 2012 JUBALEE gala benefit is also sponsored by Live Marketing, DotPress, Lakeside Bank, Jewell Catering, Absolut Vodka, Rodinia, Chicago Sweet Connection Bakery and Rent Com. 

Tickets to JUBALEE are $150, $175, $250 and $500. Raffle tickets are $20 each, or $100 for six, for a chance to win two seats on the 50-yard line for the Chicago Bears vs. Green Bay Packers game December 16 at 12 noon, including complimentary underground parking and access to United Club Level and two nights in a corporate suite at DeWitt Place Hotel. For information or to purchase tickets, visit chicagotap.org or call 773-281-1825.

The 2012 JUBALEE gala benefit is proudly sponsored by Live Marketing, Lakeside Bank and Rent Com.

Global Rhythms 8—November 2012           

CHRP returns to Millennium Park with Global Rhythms and Thanks 4 Giving, a series of shared revenue, contemporary percussive arts performances November 24 and 25. The program features the Chicago premiere of ScrapArtsMusic, a Vancouver-based company that creates unforgettable performances using kinetic instruments skillfully crafted from industrial scraps. Five virtuosic and innovative drummers make up this entertaining contemporary invented instrument ensemble. Performances are November 24 at 8 p.m. and November 25 at 3 p.m. at the Harris Theater for Music and Dance.


CHRP is supported by The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, Target, The Boeing Company, The MacArthur Fund for Arts and Culture at Prince, The Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation, The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation, The Chicago Community Trust, The Arlen and Elaine Cohen Rubin Charitable Fund of the Jewish Community Foundation of Greater Kansas City, The Jeanette & Jerome Cohen Philanthropic Fund of the Jewish Community Foundation of Greater Kansas City, National Endowment for the Arts, Illinois Arts Council, City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, Arts Work Fund for Organizational Development, Live Marketing, Charter One Foundation, The James S. Kemper Foundation, Dr. Scholl Foundation, Arts Midwest, The Elizabeth F. Cheney Foundation, The Judd A. and Marjorie Weinberg Family Foundation, L&L Hardwood Flooring, So Danca, People’s Gas, The Service Club of Chicago, The Walmart Foundation and generous individual donors. 

About Chicago Human Rhythm Project

Founded in 1990, Chicago Human Rhythm Project (CHRP) builds community by presenting American tap dance and contemporary percussive arts in world-class and innovative performance, education and community outreach programs. During the last 22 years, CHRP has produced multiple community-based collaborations involving shared revenue programs, concerts and touring opportunities, including:
  • annual National Tap Dance Day concerts, featuring an array of tap and percussive dance artists
  • a shared revenue program designed to assist Chicago’s budding tap community to build capacity through audience development, created in 2001
  • Thanks 4 Giving, another innovative shared revenue program launched in 2005 as part of its annual Global Rhythms concerts at the Harris Theater, through which CHRP has partnered with more than 100 Chicago-based nonprofits to raise funds for a wide variety of service agencies
  • participation in the 5th Anniversary Beijing International Dance Festival, assembling 70 artists to represent the United States
  • establishment of the American Rhythm Center (ARC), providing a shared, affordable and sustainable education, rehearsal and administrative facility for several leading Chicago arts organizations in the historic Fine Arts Building 
  • curating the first ever, full-length performance of concert tap dance on a main stage of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts on December 7, 2012
CHRP’s vision is to establish the first global center for American tap and percussive arts, which will create a complete ecosystem of education, performance, creation and community in a state-of-the-art facility uniting generations of diverse artists and the general public.

Amer-I-Can launches free Wednesday ‘Bean Soup Day’ for community

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By Chinta Strausberg
Amer-I-Can Illinois, Inc., and other community groups are launching a free ‘Bean Soup” giveaway for the community every Wednesday at Josephine’s Cooking (Captain Hardtimes Restaurant), 436 E. 79th St., in an effort to stem the violence.
Kublai K. M. Toure, executive director of Ameri-I-Can Illinois, Inc., said, “We are going to feed them once a week to try to find out what services they need.”
The Bean Soup program will kick off 12 noon to 5 p.m., Wednesday, September 26, 2012, at Josephine’s Cooking Restaurant, 436 E. 79th St.
This program is being hosted by Amer-I-Can Illinois, the Illinois Grassroot Coalition, WE CAN, INC., Bishop Dr. Claude Porter with the PLCCA, Lion Construction and the New Life Movement.
Toure also said they plan to register them to vote as well. “We want them to have a purpose in life which will help them feel good about themselves,” said Toure.
You can reach Toure at: 773-443-7809.
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.

Youth prolonged: Sweet Bird extends through October 28 at Goodman Theatre

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 Five performances added to David Cromer’s Revival of Tennessee Williams’ drama, starring Diane Lane and Finn Wittrock


CHICAGO, IL – Goodman Theatre adds five performances of Sweet Bird of Youth by Tennessee Williams, extending through October 28 with its current company intact. Chicago native director David Cromer’s production stars Academy Award nominee Diane Lane as Alexandra del Lago, an aging Hollywood screen siren on a journey with an unlikely soul mate, and Broadway’s Finn Wittrock as Chance Wayne, an ineffectual drifter whose youth and promise have begun to fade. Sweet Bird of Youth is currently in previews; opening night is September 24 in the Albert Theatre. Tickets ($27 – 89; subject to change) can be purchased at GoodmanTheatre.org, by phone at 312.443.3800 or at the box office (170 North Dearborn). Day-of-show discounts include 10TIX ($10 student tickets with ID) and MEZZTIX (half-price mezzanine), subject to availability. Discounted tickets are available at 10am online (use promo code “10TIX” or “MEZZTIX”) and 12 noon at the box office.The added performances are as follows:Friday, October 26 at 8pm
Saturday, October 27 at 2pm and 8pm
Sunday, October 28 at 2pm and 7:30pm 



The Goodman is grateful to Abbott Fund, Fifth Third Bank, Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP and PwC LLP, its Corporate Sponsor Partners for Sweet Bird of Youth.

In addition to Lane and Wittrock, the cast of Sweet Bird of Youth includes: John Byrnes as Dan Hatcher; Sean Cooper as the Heckler; Maggie Corbett as Edna; Jennifer Engstrom as Miss Lucy; Peter Fitzsimmons as Scotty; Kristina Johnson as Heavenly Finley; John Judd as Boss Finley; Colm O’Reilly as George Scudder; Tyler Ravelson as Stuff; Penny Slusher as Aunt Nonnie; D’Wayne Taylor as Charles; Vincent Teninty as Tom Jr.; Dan Waller as Bud; R. Charles Wilkerson as Fly; and Kara Zediker as Violet. 

Black midwives from across U.S. to gather Oct. 19-21 in Florida to address women’s and infant’s health disparities

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Portland, OR (BlackNews.com) — The International Center for Traditional Childbearing (ICTC) will be convening African American and other midwives of color at their biennial national conference on October 19-21 in Sunny Isle, Florida to focus on improving birth outcomes and reducing health disparities of women and infants. The 8th Black Midwives and Healers Conference, Returning Power to Birth: Reclaiming Our Culture will provide opportunities for healthcare providers to build skills for cultural competency create and broaden advocacy networks to spur change, and eliminate health disparities in Black communities across the U.S.

ICTC president and founder Shafia Monroe says, “African American babies continue to have high mortality rates, twice the rate of Caucasian American babies. This is concerning given the sophisticated health care systems and services available in the U.S. It points directly to the inequity of basic access to pre- and post-natal healthcare serving the specific needs of Black communities. This is a major health and policy issue that we have yet to solve or even reduce below the startlingly high rates we see today. By bringing together midwives and doulas of color from across the country, we can share information, promising practices, and together develop strategies that will ensure healthy birth outcomes for all women in this country.”

The conference, to be held at the Newport Beach Hotel in Sunny Isle, Florida, will convene national and international midwives, doulas, birth-workers, healthcare professionals, and healers to confirm methods to eliminate infant mortality and build capacity in the African American, African descent and Black communities. It will explore cultural traditions and best practices in the care of pregnant and birthing women, postpartum care and breastfeeding support. The Conference outcome is to increase the number of black midwives, doulas and healers to serve those most at risk for poor birth outcomes by empowering women and families and reintroducing effective cultural traditions.

Featured keynote speakers include Byllye Avery, McArthur Genius and founder of the Black Women’s Health Imperative; Mikal H. Shabazz; UmSalamah Zaimah Abdullah; Maria Valentin-Welch; Dr. Christ-Ann Magloire and the Soul Sistah Midwives. Erykah Badu, four time GRAMMY® award winner, doula and healer, and the National Spokesperson for ICTC, has been invited for special remarks.

The International Center for Traditional Childbearing is an infant mortality prevention, breastfeeding promotion and midwife training non-profit organization. ICTC’s mission is to increase the number of midwives, doulas, and healers of color; and to empower families in order to reduce maternal and infant mortality. Established in 1991 and headquartered in Portland, Oregon, ICTC has members and chapters in the U.S. and around the globe to improve health outcomes.

For more information, contact:
International Center for Traditional Childbearing (ICTC)
P.O. Box 11923
Portland, Oregon 97211

Photo Caption: Founder, Shafia Monroe, and midwife student artist

National Public Radio Host and Author Scott Simon to moderate provocative discussion with Honorees Don Delillo and Walter Isaacson

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CHICAGO, IL — The Chicago Public Library Foundation (CPLF) The Chicago Public Library (CPL) will host more than 65 noted authors at the Carl Sandburg Literary Awards (CSLA) Dinner Wedensday, Oct. 17. All authors, who are either Chicagoans or have ties to Chicago, will join the evening’s CSLA winners Don DeLillo (Underworld, Cosmopolis) and Walter Isaacson (Steve Jobs) and 21st Century Award Winner Nami Mun (Miles from Nowhere) for dinner and an intimate discussion led by National Public Radio (NPR) host and author Scott Simon at The Forum (725 W. Roosevelt Rd.) on the campus of the University of Illinois at Chicago.

“To be in a room with more than 65 noted authors, all of whom have contributed mightily to Chicago’s literary legacy, is a truly impressive experience,” said Rhona Frazin, President and CEO of the Chicago Public Library Foundation.

Host of NPR’s “Weekend Edition Saturday” and author of five works of fiction and non-fiction, including Pretty Birds (2005) and Windy City: A Novel of Politics (2008), Chicago native Scott Simon will engage honorees Don DeLillo and Walter Isaacson in a discussion about their works and careers. The celebratory evening, co-chaired by Trisha Rooney Alden and Michael Sacks and produced by Donna LaPietra, begins with a cocktail reception at 6 p.m. followed by an elegant dinner at 6:45 p.m.

Prominent authors with ties to Chicago will be seated at each table and engage guests from the city’s business, civic and cultural communities in lively and thought-provoking conversation. Authors include Edgar Award winners and past Carl Sandburg 21st Century Award honorees Blue Balliett (Chasing Vermeer) and Theresa Schwegel (Officer Down); One Book, One Chicago author Stuart Dybek; New York Times best-selling novelist and Chicago Magazine sports columnist Jonathan Eig (Luckiest Man, Opening Day); Young Adult fiction author Kat Falls; Cartoonist Nicole Hollander; celebrated broadcasters Lee Phillip Bell, Bill Kurtis, Rick Kogan and Walter Jacobson; Pulitzer-Prize finalist for fiction Ward Just (Unfinished Season); Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winner Bruce Norris (Clybourne Park); master sommelier and host of Check Please Alpana Singh; world-renowned photographer Victor Skrebneski, Sen. Adalai Stevenson III and bestselling authors Scott Turow, Aleksander Hemon, Sara Paretsky and Gillian Flynn.

This evening is the only major fundraising event of the Chicago Public Library Foundation, and proceeds support innovative Library programs including One Book, One Chicago, the Family Summer Reading Program, Teachers in the Library, Cyber Navigator computer tutors and innovative teen and early learning initiatives.

About Scott Simon

Scott Simon is the host of National Public Radio’s Weekend Edition with Scott Simon and author of several books including Pretty Birds and Windy City. His book, Jackie Robinson and the Integration of Baseball, was Barnes and Noble’s Sports Book of the Year. Simon’s personal memoir, Home and Away, reached the top of several non-fiction bestseller lists. Simon has also contributed articles to the New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Guardian and the Los Angeles Times, among other publications. In addition to his career as an author, Simon has hosted many television specials such as PBS’s State of Mind, Voices of Vision and the national Emmy-winning program, The Paterson Project. He is the recipient of numerous broadcasting awards including the Peabody, the Emmy and the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award.

Wish Granter volunteers needed; volunteer to become a Wish Granter

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 Training Session Now Open for Registration


Have you ever thought about the impact you could make? More than 10,000 children across Illinois have experienced the magic of a wish coming true, thanks to the hundreds of local volunteers and community supporters of the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Illinois. These children are battling life-threatening medical conditions, and are rarely given the chance to dream. In order to fully execute a wish, volunteers are needed. Make-A-Wish Illinois is hosting a free training session for wish granting volunteers in the following locations, on the following dates:


·         Blue Island (location TBA), Wednesday, October 3rd from 5 to 8:45 p.m.

·         Chicago (location TBA), Tuesday, September 25th from 6 to 8:45 p.m.

·         Berwyn (location TBA), Tuesday, October 9th from 6 to 8:45 p.m.


Wish-Granting volunteers work in teams of two to help grant the wishes of children in their community. Volunteers plan and carry out wishes from start to finish with support from the Make-A-Wish staff. Wish Granters are asked to give 10-12 hours per month to grant at least three wishes per year.  This is a fun and rewarding opportunity for adults of all ages.

To attend the training, potential volunteers must complete the volunteer application and online training in advance; therefore RSVP is required as soon as possible.  Space is limited and pre-registration is required. Reserve a spot for this session by contacting Eric Stuebs at stuebs@wishes.org or 312.602.9413. All volunteers must be over 18 and submit an application, reference and background check; and complete an online and brief in-person training to begin granting wishes. 

Make-A-Wish Illinois grants wishes to children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich their lives with hope, strength and joy. Further information on volunteering is available at wishes.org.

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