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Archive for September 13th, 2013

U.S. Senators Kirk, Durbin introduce legislation to protect school children with allergies

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) and Dick Durbin (D-Ill.)   introduced a bill to encourage schools across the country to maintain access to critical life-saving medication for children with food and other allergies. The School Access to Emergency Epinephrine Act will encourage states across the nation to improve school access to epinephrine auto-injectors, like the EpiPen, to be used if students have life threatening systemic allergic reactions.

“Millions of kids across the US are at risk from potential allergic attacks while at school,” Senator Kirk said. “When children are exposed to a severe allergen, swift and safe administration of epinephrine can be life-saving. Our bill provides qualified, trained staff the ability to prevent an allergy-related fatality by administering an epinephrine injection immediately. I will continue to work with Senator Durbin and my colleagues to ensure our children stay safe in school.”

“For the 50 million young people across the country, the public school they attend every day is a place to learn, to make new friends, and to be exposed to new things. For a small number of these children – about 1 in every 13 – school lunchtime or a classmate’s school birthday party can risk exposure to foods that can cause a severe and life threatening reaction.  In some cases, the consequences of exposure to the wrong food can be fatal.  But more often than not, the worst case is preventable,” Senator Durbin said. “Schools can be prepared for these situations by having epinephrine on hand, and trained staff to administer it in the few minutes they have to save the life of a child experiencing a severe allergic reaction. This bill encourages states to take these precautions, and I will work with Senator Kirk and my Senate colleagues to ensure that we’re taking every appropriate step to protect kids in their schools.”

Today’s legislation is cosponsored by: Senators Michael Bennett (D-Colo.), Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Mark Warner (D-Va.), Jon Tester (D-Mont.), Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.), Max Baucus (D-Mont.), Mary Landrieu (D-La.), Thad Cochran (R-Miss.), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Tim Johnson (D-S.D.), Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) and Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.), Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Bernard Sanders (I-Vt.), Al Franken (D-Min.) and Kay Hagan (D-N.C.).

The legislation would reward states that require schools to maintain a supply of epinephrine auto-injectors and permit trained authorized school personnel to administer an epinephrine injection if a student experiences an anaphylactic reaction. The bill also contains a provision that requires those states to review civil liability laws and certify that they are adequate. The bill also requires those states require schools to have a plan for having trained personnel to administer epinephrine at the school during hours of operation. These states would be granted preference for asthma-related grants administered by the Department of Health and Human Services.

“We would like to thank Sens. Durbin and Kirk for their strong support of this legislation, and we encourage their fellow senators to show their own support by co-sponsoring the bill,” said John L. Lehr, chief executive officer of FARE. “We hope that one day, every school in the nation is stocked with epinephrine. We know that epinephrine saves lives, and that allergic reactions can occur at any time and without warning. We look forward to approval of this legislation in the Senate so that it can be signed into law by the President.”

In 2011, the State of Illinois passed a law that allows schools to maintain a supply of epinephrine on site and for school nurses to administer epinephrine to any student suffering from a severe allergic reaction.  The legislation proposed by Senator Durbin and Senator Kirk would expand on the Illinois law by allowing states to decide if all trained school personnel – not just school nurses – can administer the epinephrine. The new legislation would reward states that require schools to maintain a supply of epinephrine.

In a letter to Durbin and Kirk, the President of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology wrote: “It is critically important that epinephrine auto-injectors are readily available to school personnel who may be present when an anaphylactic reaction occurs.  This is important not only for students and staff with severe allergies to foods but also those at risk of anaphylaxis to bee stings, latex, or other allergens.”  The letter continued, “The American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology believes that your bill is in the best interest of children at risk of anaphylaxis while at school, and we are pleased to offer our endorsement for this important legislation.”

Although students with severe allergies are currently allowed to self-administer epinephrine if they have a serious allergic reaction, a quarter of anaphylaxis cases at schools involve young people with no previous allergy who are unlikely to carry a personal epinephrine auto-injector. In 2001, a study found that 28 percent of school-aged children who died due to an allergic reaction, died at school where epinephrine was either not administered or was administered too late.

In a separate letter to Durbin and Kirk, the President of the American Academy of Pediatrics wrote: “Anaphylaxis is a potentially fatal allergic reaction, but can be prevented with proper planning and treated with promptly administered medication. Caring for a child at risk for anaphylaxis requires a comprehensive management plan developed with the child’s family in the medical home. Schools play a significant role in implementing this management plan.” The letter continued, “We are pleased to support the School Access to Emergency Epinephrine Act, and we look forward to continuing to work with you to improve the health of all our nation’s children.”

The School Access to Emergency Epinephrine Act is supported by the Food Allergy Research and Education, the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, the American Academy of Emergency Medicine, and the American Academy of Pediatrics.

The Congressional Black Caucus Foundation announces 43rd Annual Legislative Conference

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It Starts With You Theme Explores Individual Power To Make A Change

WASHINGTON, D. C. – Throughout the centuries, humankind has been able to identify one person – an individual – who made a difference, who changed the thinking, who made an innovative discovery that led to a seismic shift in how history was written. “It Starts With You,” the theme of the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s (CBCF) 43rd Annual Legislative Conference (ALC) from Sept. 18-21 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington hopes to have the same impact on the thousands of individuals expected to attend the four-day conference. Reps. Donna Edwards of Maryland and Cedric L. Richmond of Louisiana will serve as honorary co-chairs.

ALC provides an opportunity to highlight the mission of CBCF – to develop leaders, inform policy and educate the public – by providing more than 70-high level, thought-provoking forums to address the critical challenges facing African-Americans and the African Diaspora. Through the town hall meeting, brain trusts, social media and personal interaction to encourage discussions, ALC attendees will have many opportunities to share their thoughts and experiences and learn the positive impact one person can have on society.


We encourage everyone, be they political figures, leaders in industry and non-profit organizations, celebrities eager to lend their voices to a cause, or citizens with a desire to obtain information to uplift their communities, to come together to exchange ideas and create solutions to the unique issues facing African Americans today,” said A. Shuanise Washington, president and chief executive officer for CBCF. “The goal of ALC is to find workable solutions to help stimulate our economy, end health disparities and improve education.”


In addition to the issue forums, ALC’s news-making national town hall meeting, “From Poverty to Prosperity: Confronting Violence, Restoring Opportunity, and Investing in our Youth” will address the impact of poverty, juvenile justice and gun violence; the exhibit hall will feature a newly-introduced enterprise pavilion with both procurement and employment fairs; icons in the performing and visual arts will be honored for their contributions; and the next generation of leaders – current and alumni participants in the Foundation’s stellar internship and fellows program will be showcased.


“ALC is recognized as one of the most important gatherings of African-Americans in the nation,” said Rep. Chaka Fattah of Pennsylvania and CBCF chair. “Every year, we see thousands of returning attendees and even more new faces ready to join the dialogue so they too can be agents of change in their communities. Our communities find support through the Foundation’s work on policies, programs and initiatives.  It is our focused agenda that provides greater opportunities for all Americans.”

The conference will also include the much heralded Phoenix Awards Dinner fundraiser, the inspirational Prayer Breakfast and a community outreach project in volunteering at Thrive D.C., a philanthropic organization dedicated to homelessness and providing vulnerable individuals a comprehensive range of services to help stabilize their lives.

Registration: http://cbcfinc.org/registration-2013.html

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Atty. General Madigan: Panel denies Big Tobacco claim

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Illinois Wins Precedent-Setting Victory over Country’s Largest Tobacco Manufacturers

CHICAGO, IL — Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan applauded a ruling by a panel of arbitrators denying an attempt by the country’s largest tobacco manufacturers to avoid paying millions of dollars to Illinois under the state’s landmark 1998 tobacco Master Settlement Agreement.

The arbitrators’ ruling came in response to a claim by Big Tobacco that Illinois and other states did not diligently enforce a requirement to collect a portion of cigarette sales from small tobacco companies that did not sign on to the settlement. The tobacco manufacturers sought to avoid making a portion of their 2003 payment under the settlement – including $53 million to Illinois – based on the claim.

“This precedent-setting ruling vindicates our stance that Big Tobacco cannot avoid its obligation to pay Illinois and positions us to resolve our remaining disputes worth hundreds of millions of additional dollars for Illinois,” Madigan said.

Under the 1998 Master Settlement Agreement with Big Tobacco, the companies must pay Illinois and 51 other states and territories billions of dollars each year to help pay for the costs of smoking-related illnesses caused by their products. In turn, the states passed laws requiring smaller tobacco companies that did not sign onto the settlement to pay a portion of cigarettes they sell, which each state reserved in an escrow account to pay for potential costs of future smoking-related illnesses.
In 2003, Big Tobacco sought to recoup more than $1 billion in payments under the settlement, including $53 million to Illinois, claiming the states did not diligently enforce collection under their various tobacco statutes and therefore were not entitled to their entire 2003 payment.

The panel of arbitrators in its ruling concluded “Illinois had a strong enforcement environment” that was “very thorough” and “exceeded that of almost every other” state considered by the panel.
The case was handled by Assistant Attorneys General Mark Kaminski, Dalila Bentley, Jennifer Zlotow, Barbara Carroll Delano, Elizabeth Nelson, Katrice Hall and Sarah Smith and Tobacco Enforcement Bureau Chief Marilyn Kueper.

Father Pfleger launches ‘Beacon of Hope’ campaign

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Says violence way down in Auburn Gresham

Goal is to raise $200,000

By Chinta Strausberg

Believing first in maintaining fiscal order internally before reaching out to partner in faith with others, Father Michael L. Pfleger late Wednesday night announced he is launching the “Beacon of Hope” campaign designed to raise more than $200,000 needed to continue Saint Sabina’s fiscal independence in the Archdiocese of Chicago.

Ordained a priest on May 14, 1975, Pfleger became the youngest full pastor in the Archdiocese of Chicago in 1981 when at the age of 31 he was appointed full pastor at Saint Sabina—a church that was supposed to close in a few months. That didn’t happened only because of Pfleger’s love and commitment to make Saint Sabina a model church for the entire nation. It appears his wish has become true, but the work is far from done.

“I am so proud to be a part of Saint Sabina,” said Pfleger during a Parish Council meeting held in the McMahon Hall where hundreds listened to his report.

In talking to the Sixth District police officials, Father Pfleger said since September of 2012, the violence in the Auburn Gresham community has drastically decreased. “No other police beat in the city has had that kind of drop in violence.”

Pfleger was referring to September 15, 2012 when he struck a peace accord with four rival gangs in the community then went one step further in getting the youth to play in a peace tournament on Saturday, September 22, 2012 at Saint Sabina’s ARK, 7800 South Racine in Chicago.

Father Pfleger is anxiously awaiting his second annual peace basketball tournament Saturday, September 21, 2013, at the ARK where he will be joined by even more NBA stars than last year—stars like Chicago’s Joakim Noah, legendary NBA Isiah Thomas, Taj Gibson, NBA champion Craig Hodges, Antoine walker; Detroit’s Will Bynum, Boston’s Avery Bradley; Memphis’ Zach Randolph; Charlotte’s Jannero Pargo and so many others including more NBA surprise visits.

Though the peace tournament is nine-days away, Pfleger said the BBC has arrived in Chicago and other national networks to indicating their desire to cover the historic event. Pfleger said ESN would be present ant that “around the country, we are being recognized” for achieving peace in a holistic manner.

According to Pfleger, other cities around the country have reached out to Saint Sabina to study the peace plan.

He was referring to his weekly peace marches of 2012 where initially young black men would retreat when they saw Pfleger and his supporters marching throughout the community. When Pfleger began bringing people like Thomas and Noah around they gravitated around the vision for peace and after the September 15, 2012 agreement, peace continues in the community.

And, Pfleger said the Faith Community of Saint Sabina was able to achieve this by planting seeds of hope and respect of young men society has labeled throwaways. “We don’t call them gangs. We called them our sons and daughters, and now our program is recognized all across the world,” said Pfleger. He also attributes the success to the young brothers who have been outreach workers for Saint Sabina on a daily basis.

And, the success for Saint Sabina continues including in the increased student enrollment at Saint Sabina’s Academy and the hiring of more than 1100 youth this summer between the ages of 16-24. “We were the highest employer of youth in the state of Illinois,” Pfleger said thanking Senator Jacqueline Collins (D-16th) for securing funds for many of the church’s programs from the state.

But the thanks didn’t stop with Collins. Father Pfleger thanked the city of Chicago for getting the jobs and his staff that went beyond the pale in serving the youth and the 187 work sites where the youth worked.

“People made personal sacrifices,” he said explaining there are so many testimonies to attest to the staff’s hard work. “Some say they would not be here if it had not been for the church. We do great stuff here. People come from all over to see our worship…. They come to us for help and direction every single day.

“One day at 6:30 a.m. when I came downstairs, I found a young person sleeping at the front door. He needed help and a place to stay,” he recalled but warned, “We cannot get used to or ride on our success” with so much more work to be done.

“We are experiencing a financial challenge right now,” said Pfleger. He was referring to the Sunday’s plate collection—the same mode of financing that pulled the church out of debt when he took over the reigns of the church.

“We have been debt free…financially independent from the Archdiocese since 1989,” Pfleger said. “We want to strengthen our membership, bring in new membership by reaching out” and not only bringing in new members but to ensure that each member pay their tithes. He understands that some have lost their jobs, which have negatively affected Sunday’s collections.

Pfleger believes in looking internally for possible budget cuts before reaching out to others including pay reductions, a cut in staff and/or consolidations of services.

Pfleger is also reaching to others on the outside who believes in the mission of Saint Sabina to help raise funds for Saint Sabina’s ministries, but Pfleger made it clear that “I do not believe we should become a welfare church. We have to do our part. We have to stand up and show” that the church will do its part in keeping Saint Sabina financially solvent.

“We are looking for partners of faith,” he said explaining that this could help raise the goal of $200,000 needed to remain solvent.

And, that is why on Sunday, September 15, 2013, he is announcing the “Beacon of Hope” campaign names so because he said Saint Sabina has been a beacon of hope for Chicago and beyond. “We have to keep it up” which is why on Sunday, October 20, 2013, Pfleger is asking his members to make a “sacrificial” offering “from our youngest to our oldest and for anybody who identifies with being a member of Saint Sabina,” he stated.

“I believe Saint Sabina is good soil,” he said repeating the need for the church to take care of itself first before reaching out to others for assistance.

“Since 1989, we paid our debt to the Archdiocese. We have been financially independent from the Archdiocese since 1989. I want to make sure that Saint Sabina is strong and stable for generations to come,” he told the Parish Council but made it clear his appeal for financial help does not stop at the Council but to the church and its supporters.

“I want our children’s children” to remember what Saint Sabina members did not just in the 1960’s, the 1970’s but also the 1990’s and 2000’s. That, he said, is the legacy he wants to leave for Saint Sabina—a legacy he calls “rich” and one that will last well past the deaths of current members.

That is why the “Beacon of Hope,” financial campaign is so important. “We are going from payday-to-payday right now,” explained Pfleger admitting he is walking on faith “We have been blessed to have people around the country who believe in us to support us. Just this week, wee received $23,000 in much needed food for the church’s social service center.” Pfleger is thanking God for that miracle.

Pfleger wants to be unshackled from his current debt. He is hoping for a repeat of the 1980’s when the plate collection succeeded in getting the church out of debt. Referring to his initial arrival at the church, Pfleger said, “We depended on Bingo and Las Vegas Night. We ended that” and thanks to the Sunday plate collection the church got out of debt.

“I cannot ask outsiders without first asking the inside” to help retire this debt, said Pfleger who reflected on the year’s road to peace in the community. “Some child did not get killed because of something we did,” he told the Parish Council. “This is why we must continue to be a beacon of hope.”

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.

PETAL et al Video Game Creators’ Workshop for Pre-Teens

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PETAL et al. will hold a Beginners’ Game Design and Development Workshop for Pre-Teens Saturday, October 26, 2013 at the Richton Park Public Library District, from 10:30 A.M. – 4:30 P.M. Registration is limited to 10 students.

By the end of the day, students will have completed a small video game project, gained some video game skills, and learned some tools and know-how to develop further on their own.

Richton Park Public Library District is located at 4045 Sauk Trail, Richton Park, IL, telephone 708.481.5333.

For more information on the workshop, contact PETAL et al.

PETAL et al. is a 501c3 not-for-profit organization that provides skills development and leadership training in the entertainment technology arts industry.

Mystery Shoppers: Guard your bank account, says Better Business Bureau

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CHICAGO, IL – Fall is one of the biggest shopping seasons; in addition to purchasing new seasonal clothes and school items, consumers also take advantage of the opportunity to be a mystery shopper. A mystery shopper acts like a normal customer in a store or company, but is secretly rating employees on customer service. However, some companies ask potential mystery shoppers to pay an application fee or ask you to deposit a check and do a wire transfer. The Better Business Bureau (BBB) states that legitimate mystery shopping opportunities will never ask consumers to do these things.

Mystery shopping scams can occur like this: You are hired as a mystery shopper, and you are asked to deposit a check in your bank account, withdraw the amount in cash, and then wire it, to Canada or another foreign country. You know it’s a scam when the check turns out to be fake and you’ll owe the bank the money back that you withdrew. It may take the bank up to a few weeks to discover the check is fake, and after that time has passed, it may be too late. Some scammers might also make you pay money upfront to be a part of a mystery shopper certificate program or to be guaranteed a mystery shopping job.


“There are legitimate mystery shopping opportunities out there, but there are also some that easily take advantage of consumers,” said Steve J. Bernas, president & CEO of the Better Business Bureau serving Chicago and Northern Illinois. “It is important for consumers to carefully research the company before becoming a mystery shopper and to never provide any personal information that is not absolutely necessary.”


The BBB suggests that those who consider being a mystery shopper follow these tips:

  • Never pay to be a mystery shopper. There are many legitimate companies that don’t make you pay.
  • Never deposit a check from someone you don’t know and then wire money back. The check will bounce and you will owe the bank the money you withdrew. There will also possibly be additional fees.
  • Research mystery shopper companies. There are legitimate mystery shopper opportunities out there, but do a thorough search before to make sure you aren’t entering a scam.

For more tips and information about scams, visit www.bbb.org

John McGinty joins the cast of Steppenwolf Theatre Company’s Chicago-Premiere Production of Tribes

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Ensemble Member Austin Pendleton directs ensemble members Alana Arenas, Francis Guinan and Molly Regan, December 5, 2013 – February 9, 2014, in the Downstairs Theatre

CHICAGO, IL – Steppenwolf Theatre Company announces the addition of John McGinty to the cast of the upcoming Chicago-premiere production of Tribes by Nina Raine. Ensemble member Austin Pendleton directs, also featuring ensemble members Alana Arenas, Francis Guinan and Molly Regan with Steve Haggard and Helen Sadler. The American premiere of Tribes was Off-Broadway at Barrow Street Theater in 2012, featuring ensemble member Jeff Perry. McGinty joins the cast as Billy, after playing the role at Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis. Russell Harvard, previously announced in the role, withdrew due to a schedule conflict. Tribes begins previews December 5, 2013 (opening night is December 15; press performances are December 14 at 3pm and December 17 at 7:30pm) and runs through February 9, 2014 in Steppenwolf’s Downstairs Theatre (1650 N Halsted St). Tickets ($20 – $82) go on sale Friday, October 4 at 11am.

Billy’s intellectual and proudly eccentric English family is its own tiny empire: private languages, in jokes and fiery arguments. Billy, deaf since birth, is the only one who truly listens. When he meets his girlfriend Sylvia, he is introduced to a larger Deaf community, which sparks a struggle for self-identity and rebellion against his family. Tribes is a sharp, witty story about finding the place where you can be heard—and a family that feels like home.

The production team for Tribes includes: Walt Spangler (scenic design), Rachel Anne Healy (costume design), Keith Parham (lighting design), Josh Schmidt (sound design and original music) and John Boesche (projection design). Additional credits include: Erica Daniels (casting), Michelle Medvin (stage manager) and Christine D. Freeburg (assistant stage manager).

Title                                         Tribes

Author                                      Nina Raine

Director Ensemble member Austin Pendleton

Featuring Ensemble members Alana Arenas, Francis Guinan and Molly Regan with Steve Haggard, John McGinty and Helen Sadler

Location                                   Steppenwolf Downstairs Theatre, 1650 N Halsted St

Dates                                        Previews: December 5 – 14

Press Performances: December 14 at 3pm and December 17 at 7:30pm

Opening: December 15 at 6pm

Regular Run: December 17, 2013 – February 9, 2014

Accessible Performances         American Sign Language Interpretation: December 20 at 7:30pm, December 28 at 3pm, January 10 at 7:30pm, January 12 at 7:30pm and February 1 at 3pm

Open Captioning: December 21 at 3pm, December 27 at 7:30pm, January 11 at 3pm, January 18 at 3pm and January 31 at 7:30pm

Audio Description and Touch Tour: January 26 at 1:30pm (3pm performance)

Curtain Times Tuesdays through Sundays at 7:30pm.

Saturday and Sunday matinees at 3pm.

Wednesday matinees at 2pm on January 15, 22 and 29.

Note: There are no 7:30pm performances on December 10, 24 and 25; January 1, 19 and 26; and February 2 and 9. There is no 3pm performance on December 15 and the evening performance that day is at 6pm and is by invitation only.

Ticket prices                            Previews: $20 – $54

Regular Run: $20 – $82

20 for $20: Twenty $20 tickets are available for subscription shows on the day of the performance at 11am (Mon – Sat) and 1pm (Sun), by phone only at 312-335-1650. Limit 2 per person.

Rush Tickets: Half-price rush tickets are available one hour before each show.

Student Discounts: Limited $15 student tickets are available online. (Limit 2 tickets. Must present a valid student ID for each ticket). For additional student discounts, visit steppenwolf.org/students.

Group Tickets: All groups of 10 or more receive a discounted rate for any performance throughout the season.

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

Online ticketing available at steppenwolf.org

United Airlines is the Presenting Sponsor of Tribes. Tribes is supported by a grant from The Chicago Community Trust.

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 12 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.

The 2013/14 Subscription Season also includes The Wheel by Zinnie Harris, directed by ensemble member Tina Landau (September 12 – November 10, 2013) in the Downstairs Theatre; Russian Transport by Erika Sheffer, directed by ensemble member Yasen Peyankov (February 6 – May 11, 2014) in the Upstairs Theatre; The Way West by Mona Mansour, directed by ensemble member Amy Morton (April 3 – June 8, 2014) in the Downstairs Theatre; and The Qualms by Bruce Norris, directed by Pam MacKinnon (July 3 – August 31, 2014) in the Downstairs Theatre.

Black Doctor: “Chemical Weapons in Our Food”

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By Scott Whitaker

Nationwide (BlackNews.com) — As the corporately controlled media (ABC, BBC, CBS, CNN, Fox News and NBC) bombards our minds daily about the alleged chemical weapons used on the people of Syria by the Syrian government, Americans need to take heed and concern themselves with the “chemical weapons” in their food and water that their own government allows every day.

First, let’s start with one major way in which children are allowed to be harmed with a chemical called Sodium Fluoride. It is added to drinking water for babies and infants in a product called Nursery Water. Nursery Water is sold in Wal-Mart, Wal-Greens, Albertson’s and Toys “R” US. The Sodium Fluoride in that product causes cancer faster than any other chemical according to the National Cancer Institute. And by the way, Sodium Fluoride is the main ingredient in Sarin, the chemical that the White House is calling a weapon for its alleged use in Syria. Go Figure!

The next chemical weapon is one used in the majority of the processed foods in America today: Hydrogenated Oil (margarine). This chemical weapon is a guaranteed heart attack or stroke in the making. Add some Monosodium Glutamate and Aspartame to the mix and you have a sure-fire migraine headache, with a brain tumor to follow. Once you consume that commercial chicken that Americans love so much, and ingest some Arsenic which those chickens were fed, it’s a recipe for colon cancer.

After you and your family have ingested these chemical weapons for a period of time, the chronic diseases (kidney failure, high blood pressure, arthritis, cancer, etc.) begin to show their face. Inevitably, you will then rush off to your nearest medical doctor and get more chemical weapons in the form of prescription drugs. Ultimately, your problem is never solved because there are NO cures coming from the medical establishment, which is in bed with the same pharmaceutical corporations that make the chemical weapons in the first place. You then cry out to your government for ObamaCare and you get mandatory health care (a hidden tax), which contains a provision that states that if you do not pay for the premium you will be fined by the IRS.

So, before you go waving your blood-stained flag, urging America to be the moral police for the world (God Forbid) remember this: America dropped depleted uranium (radiation) missiles on women & children in Iraq & Afghanistan, Smallpox on the Native Americans (for which most foolishly participate in the murderous holiday called Thanksgiving), Agent Orange in Vietnam and Chemtrails (Aluminum & Barium) are currently being sprayed on the entire US population from military airplanes to destroy our immune systems. Wake up people! Your ONLY solution to protect yourself from these chemical weapons is to select your food wisely (organic & GMO free), detox your liver monthly and avoid all products that contain these toxins. Health through real education is the key!


Dr. Whitaker is a Board Certified Naturopathic Doctor with over 25 years of experience. He is the author of the best-selling book “Medisin” and he is available for interviews and lectures. His website is www.medisins.net. Contact info: dr.whitaker@hotmail.com.

Tenants seek First Merit Bank’s help to confront retaliation, poor conditions

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(Letters to Editors)

BJB Properties’ treatment of tenants at the Astor House building in Rogers Park reached a new low yesterday when an employee of the company seized several boxes of former tenant Arbie Bowman’s belongings, including her daughter’s clothing and toys.

Bowman had been finishing her move-out when the sheriff arrived to carry out an eviction. But unlike other tenants who have been allowed to retrieve their belongings after an eviction, staff informed Bowman – in what she believes was an act of retaliation for her organizing – that she would not be able to set up a time to get her possessions back.

At 12:15 p.m. today, Astor House tenants and supporters will rally outside the First Merit Bank at 20 N. Clark St. to discuss the worsening situation in the building.

At today’s event, tenants will demand that First Merit Bank, which loaned BJB the money to purchase the building, immediately convene negotiations between current building residents and BJB.

In the spirit of Friday the 13th, tenants will distribute Halloween candy and tell First Merit Bank that “BJB is Scary” in light of the horrifying situation they have found themselves in.

In spite of superficial renovations paid for by First Merit’s $10 million loan to the company, the building is still filled with terrifying small creatures like rodents and a variety of bugs. The ghastly conditions include no hot water, lack of heat, and a death trap of an elevator.

Tenants, many of whom are on the brink of homelessness, urgently need to negotiate with the building’s owners for relocation assistance.

“If First Merit Bank does not convene a meeting between tenants and the property owners, people will end up on the street,” tenant Melvin Jennings says.

Adds Bowman: “The bank needs to have BJB sit down and negotiate with the tenants. It’s unfair what they are doing.”

Kohl Children’s Museum hosts a Grown-Up Play Date for Kids age 21 and over on October 18, 2013

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Grown-Up Play Date Gives Adults the Chance to Unleash their Inner Child while Benefiting the Museums Numerous Education and Outreach Programs

GLENVIEW, IL—Kohl Children’s Museum will host a Grown-Up Play Date for “kids” 21 and over on Friday, October 18, 2013 at 6:30 p.m. at the museum (2100 Patriot Boulevard, Glenview, IL 60026). Guests will take over the museum’s 17 interactive, hands-on exhibits along with other activities including: A trivia contest, mini pumpkin painting (sponsored by Dominick’s), face painting, prizes and one-on-one handwriting analysis with handwriting specialist Dale Roberts. All tickets include complimentary hors d’oeuvres provided by Pavillion Restaurant and Lounge and exploration of all museum exhibits. To RSVP and for additional information please visit: www.kohlchildrensmuseum.org/grown-up-play-date.

Ticket Levels:

  • Premium $60 Tickets include: Two drink tickets, free entry into the raffle, recognition as a donor in Kohl Children’s Museum’s annual report and visitor guide and a give away bag including two family passes for future museum entry.
  • Regular Ticket $25 includes: Two drink tickets.
  • Entry Only Ticket $15

“This Grown-Up Play Date promises to be an evening full of twists and turns as we watch the grown-ups, many of which were once patrons of Kohl in their youth, turn into kids again and take over the museum,” said Sheridan Turner, Museum President and CEO. “One of the event’s biggest twists will be our special guest, DJ CO-911, the North Shore’s youngest mix master, who will be providing the evening’s musical entertainment.”

Proceeds from the Grown-Up Play Date will benefit Kohl Children’s Museum’s award winning interactive exhibits and outreach programs, which give the power of play to nearly 350,000 children and their caregivers a year. These outreach programs include

  • Early Childhood Connections: free field trips and professional development for teachers in low-income areas
  • Everyone at Play: free Museum visits for families with children with special needs
  • Fitness for All: teacher training and field trips based on nutrition and healthy lifestyles
  • Off-the-Street Club: free on-site programming and Museum field trips for children in Chicago’s West Garfield Park neighborhood
  • Daily Discoveries: free public programming every day in the Museum’s Adventures in Art studio with a STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art & design, Math) focus.

About Kohl Children’s Museum

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

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

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

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