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Obama Biography goes to E-Book

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“A Defining Moment” is now available in E-Book


Denver, CO (BlackNews.com) – The sold-out coffee-table book, A Defining Moment: Barack Obama The Historic Journey to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue by Patricia Duncan, will be released on November 1, 2013 as a complete, full-color reprint in eBook format.

A Defining Moment is an unprecedented collection of photographs and speeches documenting the historic journey of America’s first African American president to his new home at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. It offers insight into the two-year campaign that promised change, and reminds us of the inspirational battle cry of our nation, “Yes We Can”. A Defining Moment will remain invaluable to the reader, and historically relevant, long after the President has left office.

* Nominated for NAACP Image Award 2012 in the category of Outstanding Works of A Debut Author.

* Placed in the Library of Congress, June 2013

“Everyone will enjoy reading this book because, not only does it document one of the most historic events in our nation’s history, it celebrates Ms. Duncan’s artistic talent.” — Elbra Wedgeworth, President/Chair of the Board, Denver 2008 Convention Host Committee.

A Defining Moment, introductory price $4.44, for a limited time only.

Go to www.adefinmoment.com for more information and to purchase your copy on Amazon (www.amazon.com) beginning November 1, 2013.

Photo Caption: Bookcover

Kirk, Durbin Bill to protect school children with allergies passes United States Senate

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Bill now goes to the President for his signature

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Mark Kirk (R-IL) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) celebrated Senate passage of their bipartisan legislation 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 to be used if students have life threatening systemic allergic reactions. The measure – which was approved by the House of Representatives in July – was passed out of the Senate Health Education, Labor and Pensions Committee (HELP) yesterday, and now heads to the President’s desk to be signed into law.

“Seven years ago, I met the Bunning family of Lake Forest – parents who have two children with severe food allergies,” Senator Kirk said. “After our meeting, I made it my mission to pass legislation that would help the millions of kids across the US who have severe food allergies. The Senate’s passage of our bill today means that we are a step closer to easing the minds of parents who send their kids with allergies to school and encouraging safe administration of epinephrine. I am proud to work with Senator Durbin to pass this life-saving legislation, and I look forward to it being signed into law.”

“For about 1 in every 13 of American children, school lunchtime or a classmate’s birthday party can risk exposure to foods that can cause a severe and life threatening reaction. But the fatal consequences of severe allergic reaction are preventable,” said Durbin. “Today, the Senate voted to help ensure that schools across the country are prepared to help avoid such tragedies. I thank Senator Kirk for being my partner in this effort to ensure that we are taking every appropriate step to protect kids in their schools.”

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 Kirk and Senator Durbin would expand on the Illinois law by allowing states to designate which school personnel can administer the epinephrine in an emergency. The new legislation would reward states that require schools to maintain a supply of epinephrine.

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.

The legislation is co-sponsored by: Senators Michael Bennet (D-CO), Ben Cardin (D-MD), Mark Warner (D-VA), Jon Tester (D-MT), Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Max Baucus (D-MT), Mary Landrieu (D-LA), Thad Cochran (R-MS), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), Marco Rubio (R-FL), Tim Johnson (D-SD), Roy Blunt (R-MO) and Maria Cantwell (D-WA), Barbara Mikulski (D-MD), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Bernard Sanders (I-VT), Al Franken (D-MN) Kay Hagan (D-NC), Edward Markey (D-MA), Robert Casey (D-PA), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), James Inhofe (R-OK), Johnny Isakson (R-GA), Barbara Boxer (D-CA), Tom Udall (D-NM), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Jeff Merkley (D-OR), Tim Scott (R-SC), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Charles Schumer (D-NY), Richard Burr (R-NC), Mitch McConnell (R-KY), Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) and Dianne Feinstein (D-CA).

The School Access to Emergency Epinephrine Act is also 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.

Markham man sentenced in bribery case

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A Markham man who attempted to solicit $10,000 in exchange for false testimony in an Involuntary Manslaughter trial was sentenced to six years in the Illinois Department of Corrections, according to the Office of Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez.

Robert Marzette, 48, of Markham, pled guilty to Bribery (Class 2 felony) and was sentenced to six years in the Illinois Department of Corrections at a hearing today before Judge Jorge Alonso at the Leighton Criminal Courts Building in Chicago.


According to prosecutors, Marzette, who was on parole for a 2010 Burglary conviction at the time of the incident, attempted to solicit $10,000 to provide false testimony at the trial of Maurice McGee, who was charged with Involuntary Manslaughter in 2008.

According to prosecutors, a cooperating witness in the investigation was contacted by one of Marzette’s relatives and indicated that Marzette was willing to talk to the witness to make the case pending against McGee “go away”.

On May 13, 2013, the cooperating witness spoke with Marzette, who demanded a $10,000 cash payment in exchange for falsely testifying at McGee’s upcoming trial that “Maurice McGee did not do the shooting.” Marzette ultimately agreed to accept a bribe of $7,000 for his testimony. Marzette then agreed to meet with a private investigator who he believed was hired by the cooperating witness.

According to prosecutors, on the morning of May, 16, 2013, Marzette met with a Cook County State’s Attorney undercover investigator at a restaurant in the southwest suburbs and acknowledged that he was accepting the $7,000 cash payment in exchange for false testimony which he would provide at McGee’s upcoming trial. After accepting an envelope containing $7,000, the defendant exited the restaurant with the cash and was arrested by authorities.

State’s Attorney Alvarez thanked Assistant State’s Attorney John Carey and the State’s Attorney’s Investigations Unit for their work on this case.

Tom Cross: First step towards putting Illinois on a path to recovery and prosperity is balancing our state’s budget

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Tom Cross for Treasurer

I believe the very first step towards putting Illinois on a path to recovery and prosperity is balancing our state’s budget.

The facts aren’t pretty: we have the nation’s worst budget deficit, over $7 billion in unpaid bills and last year alone taxpayers were on the hook for over $278 million in late payment fees for unpaid bills.  That’s right, we paid over a quarter of a billion dollars in late payment fees.

Common sense tells us we need a balanced budget.  The Illinois Constitution requires a balanced budget.  But year after year, both common sense and the constitution are ignored as lawmakers and the Governor use gimmicks and insider tricks to approve unbalanced budgets.

Enough is enough.

Let’s show Springfield how important it is to Illinois taxpayers that we restore fiscal responsibility and fiscal sanity. And let’s tell them that it all starts with balancing the budget.

Join our effort by signing our letter demanding an honestly balanced budget.

Sign our letter today and join the effort.


Sincerely,

Tom Cross

Republican for Treasurer

Travelers can face serious risks in some vacation scams, warns Better Business Bureau

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CHICAGO, ILTwenty-five years in jail could have been the penalty for an Australian couple who found themselves involved in a travel sweepstake scam.


On October 13th of this year at the Perth International Airport in Australia, two Australian residents returning from Canada alerted customs with concerns regarding their luggage. The couple had won a trip to Canada with new luggage from AUSCAN Tours, a bogus Canadian tour company. When the bags were examined, 3.5 kilograms of methamphetamine were discovered in each suitcase and the couple realized they had been tricked into being drug mules. A man has been arrested and charged with the crime.

“While this scam involved an Australian couple, all travelers are potential victims,” said Steve J. Bernas, president & CEO of the Better Business Bureau serving Chicago and Northern Illinois. “And it is the seriousness of the scam and the potential punishment that is most alarming.


Bernas added “Because the payoff was very high, the criminals were willing to go to great lengths to pull off this scam.” In this case they were willing to pay the couple to fly to Canada, lodge them at a hotel for seven days and fly them back just so the drugs could be smuggled over the border. The Better Business Bureau reminds consumers that this could happen to anyone if they are not cautious and knowledgeable of scam tactics.

If you are told that you have won a vacation, the Better Business Bureau has tips to help you avoid getting scammed:


  • Look out for emails, letters and phone calls offering deals that seem too good to be true. Do not open emails like this, as they could have a virus embedded in them.
  • If you are working with a travel agency, get all the details in writing.
  • Do your research. Check out the travel agency or the organization sponsoring the vacation trip on www.bbb.org. Read the reviews and make sure that the business is legitimate.
  • Be wary whenever you hear the word “free”. It is highly unlikely that a business would give a vacation away completely free. There is always a catch.

For more information on finding services you can trust, visit www.bbb.org

Good Job: Do it Right or Don’t Bother

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By Pamela Bratcher-McMillan

President, Chair & CEO, of PETAL et al.

There is nothing worse than a half-baked job. You fudge on quality, and people can tell. Why take on the responsibility if you have no interest in making it the best? Well you might say “it’s my job or I’m not getting paid enough or not getting paid at all for this. But guess what? It is still a reflection of you as a person. Quality should always be a priority no matter what you have to do or why you have to do it. After all, you continue to work the job or you agreed to volunteer and do it, so it is your responsibility.

Consider this, suppose your doctor decided he/she hated doing certain tests because it was too much trouble or not as interesting as other things, how would you feel about that? What if the Deli Section in a store decided they would not require workers to wear plastic gloves while preparing your food? Would you feel comfortable with eating it? I don’t think so. There’s no telling how many things they touched before touching your food.

I remember having to work on projects I wasn’t particularly crazy about, but I kept in mind that people were paying me to make them look good. What right did I have to not give them the best quality work I could offer? They hired me after looking at past projects; so their expectations were that of gaining quality work to promote their organization. It would be a misrepresentation of my work to give them anything less.

So when you’ve been tasked and trusted with the responsibility of doing a job, be known as a person that does a good job and quality work, and not seen as a lazy person just taking up space by doing enough to get by. If you can’t give your best, maybe it’s time to move on and let someone that can handle or appreciate the job do it. What right do you have to reflect a poor picture of someone else’s company? If you decide to take the high road, get some more training to do a better job or make the task interesting to you. Or imagine it being your own company.

Pamela Bratcher-McMillan is a technology Expert and President, Chair & CEO, of PETAL et al. She is also a weekly columnist for CopyLine Magazine

National Veterans Art Museum Honor Veterans Day: Raises New Art Exhibit, Launches Expanded Therapeutic Art and Educational Outreach; Celebrates First Anniversary in New Location

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CHICAGO, IL – The National Veterans Art Museum (NVAM) will celebrate the first anniversary in its location at 4041 N. Milwaukee Avenue with a reception to unveil its newest art exhibition, Esprit de Corps, an exhibition highlighting the spirit of creative resilience. Esprit de Corps features art by nine veterans of Vietnam, Operation Enduring Freedom, Operation Iraqi Freedom and the Global War on Terror. The NVAM will be free and open to the public with programming and light refreshments from 5 PM – 9 PM on Veterans Day, November 11, 2013. A keynote address by Dr. Jack Bulmash, Chief of Staff of the Hines VA Hospital will take place at 6 p.m.

The show will be open to the public from Monday, November 11, 2013 through August 1, 2014. Esprit de Corps is sponsored by Omicron, Bank of America and Paratech Incorporated.

Drawing on breakthroughs in using art to assist with reintegration of veterans and for therapeutic expression, Esprit de Corps traces the process and roles of therapeutic art from the act of initial perception through expression of experience to an ultimate communal sharing and understanding of the real impact of war. Highlights of programming based on Esprit de Corps include a series of therapeutic art workshops as well as an expanded and interactive arts and civics education programming.

Featured artists include Joe Fornelli, Jerry Frech, Jonathan Hancock, Peter Sullivan, Benjamin Suarez, Thomas Gilbertson, Ted Gostas, Rick Williams and Erica Slone.

Esprit de Corps is presented in conjunction with performances of Veterans’ Voices. Veterans’ Voices was created by Erasing the Distance with students from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology and focuses on the mental health issues facing servicemen and women, veterans, and their families. Veterans’ Voices opens on November 11, 2013 at 7:30 p.m. (at the Filament Theatre, downstairs from the National Veterans Art Museum) and runs for six performances. The National Veterans Art Museum will offer free creative art workshops for youth ages 3-18 during the performances on November 12, 13, 18 and 19 (so that parents can attend the performance).

WHAT: Press Preview; Opening Reception and Keynote Address

WHO: National Veterans Art Museum

WHEN:

  • Press Preview on Thursday, November 7, 2013 from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM CST with Executive Director Levi Moore, Chairman of the Board of Directors Lionel Rabb, curators Destinee Oitzinger, Susan Zielinski and Sarah Eilefson, and veteran artists Joe Fornelli, Erica Slone and Peter Sullivan.
  • Opening Reception on Monday, November 11, 2013 from 5 PM – 9 PM CST. Keynote address by Dr. Jack Bulmash at 6 PM. Veteran artists to be present include Joe Fornelli, Jonathan Hancock, Peter Sullivan, and Erica Slone.

WHERE: Both events at the National Veterans Art Museum, 4041 N. Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago, IL 60641.

WHY: As Therapeutic Art Coordinator Susan Zielinski notes, arts exhibits and programming like Esprit de Corps can help expand the ways in which people look at and think about veteran experiences, especially the creative resilience behind many of the visual and performing arts.

Iraq War veteran Jerry Frech has loaned a series of journals that he kept during his service in the U.S. Air Force in Security Forces in 2006. These journals record his thoughts and observations in writing and in sketches. Of his journals, Frech notes, “I found myself surrounded by negativity, sorrow and, yes, drama. Without a lot of options to get away from all of the negativity, I escaped the only way I knew how: art.”

Erica Slone, a veteran of the U.S. Air Force for six years who served multiple deployments in the Global War on Terror, will serve as an artist in residence with an open studio. Of her interactive and on-site work, Slone comments, “I have spent the past five years researching military veterans’ experiences and making art around bridging the disconnection between veterans and contemporary civilian society. Through giving physical form to my own experiences of war, and through social engagement art projects, my work aims to create space for and facilitate intergroup dialogue around current, divisive, socio-political issues.”

NVAM Executive Director Levi Moore celebrated Dr. Bulmash’s keynote address, noting, “We welcome Dr. Bulmash to speak directly to issues of art therapy and therapeutic art and their potential for helping servicemen and women grow and develop following their military experiences.”

The Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs has 68 immediate hire nursing and nurses’ assistants positions at Illinois Veterans’ homes

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The Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs has immediate fill part-time positions for 45 Veterans Nurses’ Assistants and 23 Registered Nurses, with positions open at all of our four Veterans Homes – Quincy, Manteno, LaSalle and Anna, Illinois. All these positions are part-time and offer great pay and benefits. We are looking for motivated and energetic people to join the team and help provide great care for our Veterans. Qualified military veterans with suitable training may receive certification for immediate placement.

For more information on this and other veteran programs, please visit www2.illinois.gov/veterans/programs/Pages/StateLicensesMilitaryTraining.aspx

Please call the following for more details and to apply at each Home:

Quincy:

IL Veterans’ Home
1707 North 12th Street
Quincy, Illinois 62301

Contact:

Brittany Heinecke
Phone: (217) 222-8641 ext 204
Fax: (217) 222-2961

Manteno:

IL Veterans’ Home
#1 Veterans’ Drive
Manteno, Illinois

Contact:
Jeri Gulli
Phone: (815) 468-6581 ext 328

Fax: (815) 468-1596

LaSalle:

IL Veterans’ Home
1015 O’Conor Avenue
LaSalle, Illinois 61301

Contact:

Faith DiRosa
Human Resources
Phone: (815) 223-0303

Fax: (815) 223-5815

Anna:

IL Veterans’ Home
792 North Main Street
Anna, Illinois 62906

Contact:
Melanie McReynolds
Phone: (618) 833-6302
Fax: (618) 833-2040

Veterans Nurses’ Assistant – Part-Time (VNAC-PT)

45 Openings: Quincy 25 Manteno 9 LaSalle 8 Anna 3

Registered Nurse I – Part-Time (RN I-PT)

Registered Nurse II – Part-Time (RN II-PT)

23 Openings: Quincy None Manteno 18 LaSalle 3 Anna 2

State Board of Education releases new school and district report cards showing student and school growth in new streamlined format

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Local district and school averages reflect higher cut scores to better indicate college and career readiness

SPRINGFIELD, IL – The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) unveiled a new Report Card showing that under higher performance levels for the state elementary test, students have made continued progress over time as well as from one  year to the next. Eleventh graders also posted improved scores on the state’s high school assessment which includes the ACT college admissions test. The new School and District Report Card provides more information about student learning, reflecting the statewide move toward more rigor in the classroom and higher performance expectations at an earlier age to ensure Illinois K-12 students are on track for success in college and the workforce.

“The data we’re releasing today provide a better picture of student and school growth than ever before,” said State Superintendent of Education Christopher A. Koch. “We’re no longer providing just a snapshot of student performance but offering something more akin to a video of ongoing progress toward ensuring that every public school student in Illinois is prepared to succeed in college and careers.”

The new School, District and State Report Card, developed through the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE), aims to help drive community and family engagement with more transparent and easy-to-understand metrics. The report card can be found at illinoisreportcard.com in two new formats:

An online Report Card with an interactive tool for exploring school performance data. The tool includes simple, intuitive displays as well as detailed data views and descriptions for each school and district. The online Report Card continues to offer information on student demographics and performance. Users can search by school or district name.

  • An At-a-Glance Report Card, found on each school’s online Report Card, offers a two-page snapshot that can be downloaded, printed and distributed to local families and community members.

Among the key new metrics on this year’s Report Card is “Student Academic Growth” by elementary school and district according to a new growth model using value tables that shows how much academic progress students have demonstrated from one year to the next in reading and math. Education experts believe this approach will improve understanding of student learning and provide a more nuanced accountability system than simply the percentage of students meeting or exceeding standards on one state test.

The statewide average K-8 Student Academic Growth score for math is 101.4 and 102.1 for reading. Student Academic Growth scores are being reported on an advisory basis, not as part of the state’s accountability system. Schools that score below the average are not meeting the state average growth, and those scoring above are exceeding the average growth for a school.  In 2013, 1,823 schools (63 percent) have shown positive growth in reading and 1,620 schools (56 percent) have shown positive growth in math.

The growth score simply indicates the average amount of growth for students in a district or school and adds more context to other metrics.

Statewide averages released in September showed the statewide composite for elementary students meeting and exceeding standards on the Illinois Standards Achievement Test (ISAT) dropped, going from 82.1 in 2012 to 61.9 in 2013, if science is included.

The State Board raised expectations – or cut scores – on the ISAT’s math and reading proficiency expectations for the ISATs, given to third through eighth graders, to align with the more rigorous Common Core Learning Standards and give a better indication of college and career readiness. The Board has not yet adopted new science standards and therefore has not raised performance expectations for the science portion of the ISATs, administered to 4th and 7th graders only. The State Board is currently considering adoption of the internationally-benchmarked Next Generation Science Standards.

The 2013 State Report Card lists the composite percentage of students meeting and exceeding for ISAT math and reading only (not including science) and a five-year analysis of past performance under the new cut scores show that the percentage of students meeting or exceeding standards increased from 55.1 in 2009 to 58.8 in 2013.

The percentage of students who met or exceeded ISAT math standards alone during that same five-year timeline increased from 55.3 percent to 58.7 in 2013, while the percent of students meeting or exceeding reading ISAT reading standards went from 54.8 to 59 in 2013.

The ISAT science composite score alone went from 79.8 in 2012 to 80.0 in 2013.

The composite score for the PSAE, given to 11th graders, increased from 51.3 in 2012 to 51.9 in 2013, if science is included. In order to provide a fair comparison between the tests, ISBE is posting  the 2013 PSAE composite meets and exceeds percentage for math and reading, 53.3, on the State Report Card.

Performance level cut scores for the PSAE were not raised as the test includes the ACT. A new metric, “Ready for College Coursework,” refers to the percent of students at each high school who earned a combined score of at least a 21 on the ACT college admissions test. Statewide, 45.7 percent of Illinois public school students from the Graduating Class of 2013 posted at least a 21 on the ACT.

“This year’s performance on state tests can’t be viewed in isolation but as part of an unprecedented amount of change and higher expectations that educators, families and policy makers have taken on to better prepare students for the world that awaits them after high school,” said State Board Chairman Gery J. Chico. “I know that it’s a lot of new expectations and it’s difficult to see school scores decline but we needed to give families a better indication earlier on of college and career readiness. Students are still learning and hopefully, in new and more engaging  ways under the Common Core Learning Standards which emphasize that students not only master content but can demonstrate their understanding, along with critical thinking, problem-solving, writing and other important skills.”

At the same time, today’s data show that the population of Illinois schools has changed dramatically in the past decade with nearly 50 percent (49.9) of all students classified as low-income in 2013, with, according to a new demographic data, two percent of those students statewide listed as homeless, defined as not having permanent and adequate homes in their school district. Additionally, minority enrollment in 2013 tipped to nearly half of all students at 49.4, due largely to the growth of the Hispanic student population.

The At-a-Glance Report Card also features the academic courses, career development courses and programs, athletics, school awards, physical education, health and wellness and other programs and activities that make each school unique. Families can learn, for example, that students can find dual enrollment courses, the girls’ softball team won a national title and that the school runs a local small business internship program. Through data on the online report card, they can also find detailed information about each school’s specific offering of advanced courses such as AP classes and International Baccalaureate programs.

Also, on this year’s report card, families can find link to each school’s summary responses to the first statewide learning conditions and school climate survey, administrated last spring.  More than 70 percent of all teachers and eligible students across Illinois took part in the inaugural survey.

Illinois’ NCLB waiver remains under review with the U.S. Department of Education. The federal education agency has indicated that the only barrier to approval of the Illinois waiver application remains the state’s timeline for when districts must use student growth in their new local teacher evaluation system. The U.S. Department of Education is calling for all districts to implement new evaluations in 2014-15, but Illinois law calls for a progressive phase-in from 2012-13 to 2016-17 when all districts must use the new evaluation system.

Illinois is a member of the Partnership for Assessment for College and Careers (PARCC) that is developing a new generation of tests aligned to the Common Core Learning Standards to better measure students’ knowledge, skills and growth. The new state tests are expected to be available by the 2014-15 school year.


Casting set for the World Premiere of Luna Gale By Rebecca Gilman, directed by Robert Falls (January 18 – February 23); tickets on sale December 6

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Chicago favorite Mary Beth Fisher leads a cast of seven – six making their Goodman debut – in Gilman’s Seventh Collaboration with Goodman Theatre

Chicago, IL – The question of who determines a child’s fate amidst drug addiction, religion and child custody laws takes center stage in Rebecca Gilman’s newest work, Luna Gale, directed by Goodman Theatre Artistic Director Robert Falls. The award-winning playwright—whose work “reaches the heart and head with equal force” (Time)—returns to the Goodman with a world-premiere production that features Jordan Baker-Kilner (Cindy), Reyna de Courcy (Karlie), Melissa R. Duprey (Lourdes), Mary Beth Fisher (Caroline), Erik Hellman (Cliff), Colin Sphar (Peter) and Richard Thieriot (Pastor Jay). The design team includes Todd Rosenthal (sets), Robert Wierzel (lights), Richard Woodbury (sound) and Kaye Voyce (costumes). Joe Drummond is the production stage manager and Briana Fahey is the stage manager. Headshots and bio information can be found in the Press Room. Luna Gale runs January 18 – February 23 in the Albert Theatre (opening night is Monday, January 27). Tickets ($25 – $81; subject to change) go on sale to the general public Friday, December 6 and are available at GoodmanTheatre.org/Luna, by phone at 312.443.3800 or at the box office (170 North Dearborn). The Goodman Women’s Board is a Major Production Sponsor. Mayer Brown is a Corporate Sponsor Partner. Luna Gale is the recipient of an Edgerton Foundation New American Plays Award. Ogletree Deakins and U.S. Bank are the Opening Night Sponsors. A full performance calendar follows.

“Rebecca is a writer who challenges audiences to consider all angles of today’s hot-button issues, and she holds nothing back in this gut-wrenching new play,” said director Robert Falls, who has previously directed Gilman’s Blue Surge, Dollhouse and A True History of the Johnstown Flood. “We’ve assembled a terrific cast for the world-premiere production, led by the talented Mary Beth Fisher and featuring many artists who are working at the Goodman for the first time.”

Veteran social worker Caroline (Mary Beth Fisher), thinks she has a typical case on her hands when her boss Cliff (Erik Hellman) assigns her to Peter and Karlie (Colin Sphar and Reyna de Courcy), two drug-addicted teenagers accused of neglecting their infant daughter. But when she places their baby in the care of Karlie’s mother (Jordan Baker-Kilner), who is strongly influenced by her pastor (Richard Thieriot), Caroline sparks a family conflict that exposes a secretive past and—after the outcome of a previous case (Melissa R. Duprey)—forces her to make a risky decision with potentially disastrous consequences.

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