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Archive for November 7th, 2013

Chicago Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression calls for Alvarez’ resignation

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(From the Chicago Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression)

The Chicago Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression will join Flint Farmer’s father, Emmett Farmer, and other community organizations in a demonstration in front of Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez’ office this Friday at Noon, demanding her resignation in the wake of her (alleged) decision that Chicago Police Officer Gildardo Sierra was “justified” in murdering Farmer as he lay face down on his stomach.  The Alliance called for her indictment by the Federal Grand Jury for violating the Civil Rights Act of 1870.

The Alliance also called on Cook County Board President Tony Preckwinkle to immediately launch an impeachment investigation of Alvarez and to remove her from office if she fails to immediately resign.  “The people of Cook County cannot tolerate such racist policies in the prosecutor’s office,” declared Frank Chapman, Field Organizer for the Alliance.  “Her decision makes Alvarez a party to this crime and a conspirator in the cover up Farmer’s murder.”

The murder of Flint Farmer was recorded on the live video camera of a police squad car at the scene.  It shows Officer Sierra shooting the unarmed Farmer three times in the back as he lay face down on the grass.  “Anita Alvarez has proven herself to be delusional if she cannot see the record of Flint Farmer’s murder,” Chapman said.  “It’s the same delusional thinking that prompted her to go on national television and declare that conclusive DNA evidence can’t override a confession coerced by police from teenagers in another case, where she was wrong.  She must resign, NOW!”

For over two years Alvarez claimed to be “investigating” this murder by Sierra.  Within six months of his murder of Farmer, Sierra shot two other men, killing one of them.  Her decision to exonerate Sierra was announced Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2013.

The Alliance is currently campaigning for an elected Civilian Police Accountability Council (CPAC) to replace the current Police Board and Independent Police Review Authority.  CPAC would be able to take action against officers like Sierra and bring cases like this to the U. S. Federal Grand Jury.  A mass petition campaign directed at the Mayor and the City Council on behalf of CPAC is under way now.  For more information, contact the Chicago Alliance.

A Demonstration demanding the resignation of Anita Alvarez will be held at Noon, November 8, 2013, at the Office of the Cook County State’s Attorney (Alvarez), 69 W. Washington, Chicago.

They said the demonstration is being held because “Alvarez (allegedly) found the video-recorded murder of Flint Farmer by police ‘justified,’

For more information, contact Ted Pearson, 312-927-2689, or Frank Chapman, 312-513-3795.

Bipartisan Group aims to improve job opportunities for Vets

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Bill helps veterans and servicemembers by streamlining duplicative government job portals
WASHINGTON, D.C. – As Veterans Day approaches, U.S. Senators Mark Kirk (R-Ill.), Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), Congressmen Jeff Denham (R-Calif.) and Tim Walz (D-Minn.), Co-Chairs of the Congressional Veterans Jobs Caucus, announced today their introduction of the United We Stand to Hire Veterans Act, a bipartisan, bicameral bill that would streamline and consolidate duplicative government job portals to better connect current and former members of the Armed Services with employment opportunities.

“We owe everything to those who wore the uniform in defense of our country,” Senator Kirk said. “In honor of their sacrifices, we should provide every available resource to help our returning heroes transition to civilian life and enter the workforce.  This legislation will make it easier for veterans to take advantage of government employment services with the ultimate goal of getting a high-quality job.”

“Our veterans are some of the most disciplined, reliable, hardworking, and dedicated individuals in the world. They are trained to strive for excellence and exceed expectations every day. Their leadership and high-tech skills are unmatched worldwide,”  Senator Manchin said. “So it makes zero sense that our veterans find it difficult to search for jobs when they return home. That’s simply unacceptable. The very least we can do to show our appreciation to our veterans is to help them find jobs. Like I’ve always said, if you want to help a vet, hire a vet, and this bill is one step toward making it easier for our service men and women to find opportunities for good-paying jobs.”

“The best way to honor the hard work and sacrifices our service members make is to ensure that they enter civilian life with a quality job,” Representative Denham said. “This bill streamlines the job search process our veterans go through, making it as easy as possible for them to find employment.”

“Those who put their life on the line to preserve opportunity and prosperity for us, should be able to take advantage of that same opportunity for prosperity when they get home,” Representative Walz said. “This bill will work to cut through bureaucratic red-tape and make it easier for our brave warriors to continue with a career in public service and find good-paying jobs when they get home.”

Veterans returning home from Afghanistan and Iraq face an unemployment rate that is 3 percent higher than the national average. Today, the Departments of Defense, Labor and Veterans Affairs operate duplicative portals aimed at veterans and servicemembers searching for public and private sector jobs. Combined with a wealth of resources provided by the private and nonprofit sectors, the lack of a single government portal to connect employers with veterans makes navigating the hiring process difficult for both the job seeker and organizations looking to hire them. No requirement currently exists for government agencies to consolidate these services.

The United We Stand to Hire Veterans Act would require the consolidation of each department’s online employment services into a single portal across the federal government within one year of enactment. The basic function of the portal would remain the same: connect veterans and members of the Armed Services with public and private sector employers seeking to hire people with military experience. The portal would also provide other resources to veterans like resume assistance.

Senators Kirk, Manchin and Representatives Denham and Walz, established the bipartisan, bicameral Congressional Veterans Jobs Caucus to shed light on the challenges Active Duty, Reserve and guard members face as they transition to civilian life. The Caucus engages executive branch agencies, educational institutions and the private sector to help identify ways to reduce the unemployment rate of the nation’s approximately 21 million veterans. To learn more about the Congressional Veterans Jobs Caucus, click here.

Music Institute of Chicago hosts 10th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Concert

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Brotherhood Chorale returns January 19

The Music Institute of Chicago honors the extraordinary legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. at its 10th annual celebration of the legendary civil rights leader, featuring the renowned Brotherhood Chorale of the Apostolic Church of God, Sunday, January 19 at 5 p.m. at Nichols Concert Hall, 1490 Chicago Avenue, Evanston. Ticket proceeds support the Music Institute’s William Warfield Memorial Scholarship Fund.

The Brotherhood Chorale, a 180-member male choral group led by conductor Brian C. Rice, will again perform an electrifying program of repertoire offering traditional and contemporary gospel and jazz arrangements. This annual performance by the Brotherhood Chorale has become one of Chicago’s most inspiring annual tributes to Dr. King.

The William Warfield Memorial Scholarship Fund annually offers need-based financial assistance for minority students at the Music Institute of Chicago. Famed operatic baritone William Warfield was a longstanding member of the Music Institute’s board of trustees. He was a graduate of the Eastman School of Music and, in 1975, accepted an appointment as professor of music at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He later became chairman of the Voice Department. In 1994, he moved to Northwestern University’s School of Music, where he stayed until his death.

This year’s William Warfield scholarship recipients, who will perform at the January 19 concert, include Jada Adamson-Tate (age 10, Skokie), piano student of Claire Neiweem; Maya Gibson (age 12, Zion), violin student of Daniel Golden; Kamau Kokayi-Taylor (age 12, Evanston), jazz piano student of Fred Simon; Hannah White* (age 13, Germantown, WI), violin student of Hye-Sun Lee; Lucienne Williams (age 13, Chicago), viola student of Sarah Montzka; and Mira Williams* (age 15, Chicago), viola student of Marko Dreher. (The * indicates students in the Music Institute’s prestigious Academy for extraordinarily gifted pre-college musicians.)

This concert is generously sponsored by Schaefer’s Wines, Foods & Spirits.

Brotherhood Chorale

The nationally recognized Brotherhood Chorale was founded in Chicago in 1969 with less than 30 members. Under the guidance of its current and visionary director, Brian Rice, the Brotherhood Chorale has built an impressive repertoire and grown to approximately 180 members. In addition to performing every fourth Sunday for service, the choir sings outside the church and has been featured at the South Shore Cultural Center and the Chicago Civic Orchestra, among others.

The Martin Luther King, Jr. concert featuring the Brotherhood Chorale takes place Sunday, January 19 at 5 p.m. at Nichols Concert Hall, 1490 Chicago Avenue, Evanston. Admission is $10 and is available at musicinst.org or by calling 847.905.1500 ext. 108. All programming is subject to change.

Integration Ambassadors: Hartford area Magnet Schools provide integrated education

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By Susan Eaton

America’s Wire Writers Group

“Who’s the real ambassador?

Certain facts we can’t ignore

In my humble way I’m the USA
Though I represent the government

The government don’t represent some policies I’m for.”

Some six decades ago jazz great Dave Brubeck collaborated with the iconic Louis Armstrong on a musical called The Real Ambassadors. The satire skewered the mid-century government practice that sent black jazz musicians as emissaries to other nations amid rampant racial discrimination in the United States. Though it starred Armstrong himself, The Real Ambassadors, performed only twice, has been largely overlooked and critics agree it was probably too far ahead of its time.

But in a crowded, high-ceilinged room in Hartford, Connecticut’s public library, recently, the racially diverse group of teenagers who sang the musical’s title song finally found its perfect audience.

“These young people are incredible,” said an exultant Elizabeth Horton Sheff, the lead plaintiff in a long-running legal effort to reduce school segregation in one of the nation’s most unequal states. Horton Sheff, along with fellow members of a grassroots organization called The Sheff Movement, had organized the evening’s “Celebration of Progress” to bring attention to the success of the schools and programs created here in response to the 1996 court ruling that required the state to remedy school segregation throughout the region.

The student performers offered a stunning example of that success. The singing group, calling themselves The Real Ambassadors, attend the Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts. GHAA is one of about three dozen magnet schools that attract a diverse student body by enrolling students from Hartford and the more than two dozen cities and towns that surround it.

Two and a half decades ago, in 1989, Elizabeth Horton Sheff, then a single mother of two, signed on as lead plaintiff in the Sheff v. O’Neill case, which argued that the racial and class segregation in the region’s schools denied students the equal opportunity granted in the state Constitution. It has been 17 years since the state’s highest court, in 1996, decided in favor of the plaintiffs.

It’s unlikely that the mix of racially diverse schools would have come into being without the lawsuit that bears Elizabeth Horton Sheff’s name. But a growing community of parents, students, alumni and educators is also working to keep the vision of the case alive. The power of this broad constituency has yet to be fully tapped, but a decade-old network, the Sheff Movement coalition, has worked to bring a diverse group of supporters together around a common aspiration of “quality, integrated education.” Led by Horton Sheff and former City Councilman Jim Boucher, the coalition organizes, provides public information, conducts research and advocates publicly for the schools and programs.

In 2012, the region’s magnets enrolled more than 13,000 students. They are extremely popular among urban and suburban families. Studies show that among Hartford families, only 72 percent of the demand for the schools is being met. Each regional magnet school has a particular curricular theme or employs a specialized teaching method. Transportation is free.

In order to retain their status as magnets, which qualify them for additional state funding, at least 25 percent of the students at each schools must be white and about half the students must be from the suburbs. School officials have used “affirmative marketing” to reach this goal, meaning simply that they recruit students and advertise offerings in communities whose demographics would help them reach the diversity goal. No students are selected on the basis of their race or ethnicity. None of the schools impose admission requirements, such as tests or interviews.

Another program, Open Choice, enables about 1,700 students to attend school outside the communities in which they live. A controlled 2009 study showed that magnet school students from urban communities tended to academically outperform their peers who had applied for magnets but were not admitted. More recent data shows magnet high schools do a much better job graduating students who live in poverty than regular high schools.

Sheff Movement members have been meeting at least once a month, for 10 years, usually gathering at an interdistrict magnet, the Capital Preparatory Academy, near Hartford’s downtown. Members meet in the school’s library, which in 2012 was officially named the Sheff Center, in Elizabeth Horton Sheff’s honor. They organize public forums, testify at legislative hearings, and hold meetings with legislators and with school boards and PTOs in the suburbs. Increasingly, members speak to national audiences of education scholars and policy experts. They sit behind tables at local magnet school fairs, where they inform parents of choices and procedures for applying. The Sheff Movement also publishes newsletters that announce school application deadlines, advertise magnet school fairs, and bring readers into the daily life of the region’s diverse schools.

“I think we have a great story to tell,” said Sheff Movement member Robert Cotto, a former interdistrict magnet school teacher and a member of Hartford’s Board of Education. Cotto, who is 31 years old, remembers moving from Hartford and being one of the only Puerto Rican children in his suburban school.

“So, I do think I understand,” he said, “the really huge potential of diversity, for increasing opportunity….I also think I understand what a welcoming school should be, what a school that strives toward true equality needs to do in order to realize that potential. And I do feel like I’ve seen that here.”

In front of the mirrored walls of a dance studio at the Greater Hartford Academy for the Arts, groups of students took turns swaying, jumping and, at times it seems, flying across the hardwood floor. In one dance, with just two students performing, Bobby has clearly committed to memory all the movements in the routine choreographed by fellow senior Rosie. It’s a soft, lyrical piece. But the teachers, Deborah Goffe and Leslie Frye-Maietta, and some of the students agree that something is not working.

“Bobby? Try and do it without worrying about whether or not you are getting everything right,” Goffe suggests.They do. This time, a new playfulness emerges. Rosie and Bobby seem to be talking to each other. Bobby seems to be having more fun. Rose looks happier.

“That was so much better,” one student says. Bobby grins. Rosie and Bobby drape their arms around each other’s shoulders. “You guys are a great team,” a student tells them.

Some Arts Academy students attend school here all day, taking required courses in math and English at the 16-acre complex called the Learning Corridor, where GHAA is located. Other students, such as Rosie, take the required courses at a high school in the community where they live and come each afternoon to the Academy for arts classes. Rosie sees differences between the high school in her town, about 20 minutes northeast, and the Arts Academy.

“I got my haircut real short. And in my home school people were like, ‘What did you do?’ and ‘Why did you cut your hair?’ and they are. . . . shaking their heads like I shouldn’t have done this. And then I am feeling kind of weird about it and I come here that afternoon and people are yelling out, ‘Yo, I love your hair,’ and ‘Girl, you really rock that hair.’ I know that that is just a story about hair. But it is like that with everything. It is like that with any kind of diversity.”

Education planners deliberately spread magnet schools throughout the region, in both the city of Hartford and its suburbs. The shiny, modern buildings that make up the Learning Corridor campus materialize just beyond bodegas, storefront churches, and vacant commercial spaces in Hartford’s Frog Hollow neighborhood. The Learning Corridor houses four interdistrict magnet schools. Besides the Arts Academy, there is another high school, the Greater Hartford Academy of Math and Science, and the Montessori Magnet School, which enrolls children from ages 3 through 12 years old.

Also on the campus, the Hartford Magnet Trinity College Academy (HMTCA) brings together about 600 students in grades 6 through 11, with a 12th grade class scheduled to start in 2014. In 2011, HMTCA received the Dr. Ronald P. Simpson Award, which recognizes the top magnet school in the country, from the professional organization Magnet Schools of America.

Sheff Movement members often hear from educators beyond Connecticut who marvel at Hartford’s schools but worry that, without a costly legal effort, the success here won’t ever be replicated. That concern is valid, Horton Sheff said. But it is not a good reason to stop trying.

“[A lawsuit] is not the only way to create integrated schools…. ut you know what you need first? You need to have a conversation, Horton Sheff said. “I always keep in mind that segregation was created by people. And that doesn’t make me depressed. It reminds me that it can be undone by people.”

(Susan Eaton is co-director of One Nation Indivisible, a project that writes about people and organizations who helping create inclusive, racially and culturally diverse schools, communities and social institutions. To learn more go to Onenationindivisible.org.

America’s Wire is an independent, nonprofit news service run by the Maynard Institute for Journalism Education. Our stories can be republished free of charge by newspapers, websites and other media sources. For more information, visit www.americaswire.org or contact Michael K. Frisby at mike@frisbyassociates.com

Photo Caption: Children at Hartford’s Breakthrough Magnet School attend assembly.

Dr. Catrise Austin joins the Colgate Total® “Watch Your Mouth” Campaign in collaboration with the American Diabetes Association®

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Celebrity Dentist Dr. Catrise Austin joins Panel of Health and Wellness Experts to provide Oral Health Education and Tips to the nearly 26 million Americans living with Diabetes

New York, NY (BlackNews.com) — In support of November’s American Diabetes Month, Colgate Total® has launched “Watch Your Mouth!”, a new campaign to help raise awareness about the often overlooked link between oral health and diabetes. Celebrity Dentist Dr. Catrise Austin is an oral health expert and American Diabetes Association ambassador who has joined Colgate’s panel of health and wellness experts to educate Americans living with diabetes.

There are 26 million children and adults in the United States living with diabetes. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, people with diabetes are twice as likely to develop gum disease. “It’s important for the public to know that there is a strong connection between diabetes and gum disease,” says Dr. Catrise Austin. “95% of diabetics suffer from mild, moderate, or advanced gum disease which is indicated by signs of bleeding gums, loss of gum tissues, loose teeth, persistent bad breath, and more. High blood sugar is the perfect breeding ground for bacteria and infections to grow all over the body, which includes infections in the mouth. A gum infection in the mouth in turn interferes with a diabetic’s body to use insulin to control blood sugar. The two truly go hand in hand to wreak havoc on the body.”

A recent survey conducted by Harris Interactive on behalf of Colgate Total® confirmed consumers’ lack of knowledge concerning the various health issues associated with diabetes. The survey found the following:

More than one third of all respondents (36%) revealed they were not aware of the link between diabetes and oral health and were less likely to associate oral health issues with diabetes than almost all other health conditions related to diabetes More than half (54%) reported one or more symptoms of gum disease – yet 67% did not discuss their oral health with their doctor.

To better equip diabetes patients and their families with the resources they need to take care of their smiles, the Colgate Total® “Watch Your Mouth!” campaign has assembled a panel of health and wellness experts to provide information and helpful tips. The “Watch Your Mouth!” expert panel includes:

* Catrise Austin, DDS – Celebrity cosmetic dentist and Colgate spokesperson
* Karent Sierra, DDS – Miami’s premiere celebrity dentist and Colgate spokesperson
* Dr. Foti Panagakos – Global Director of Scientific Affairs and Research at Colgate-Palmolive
* Lurelean B. Gaines, RN, MSN – President, Health Care & Education of the American Diabetes Association

“One tip I always offer to my patients, is to always brush twice a day with FDA-approved and American Dental Association-accepted toothpaste like Colgate Total®. Brushing along with flossing can help improve gum health in as little as four weeks,” says Dr. Austin.

In a long-standing relationship with the American Diabetes Association, Colgate-Palmolive hopes to create an ongoing dialogue and offer the resources and tools to help people living with diabetes better manage their oral health. To access tips from experts including Dr. Catrise Austin and for more information on how to manage oral health and diabetes, please visit the campaign site at www.OralHealthAndDiabetes.com.

About Dr. Catrise Austin:
Dr. Catrise Austin is a trailblazing expert in the field of dentistry. She is the author of “5 Steps To The Hollywood A-List Smile”, a professional speaker, spokesperson and owner of New York City Cosmetic and General Dentistry in New York City. Best known as the “Dentist to the Stars”, many celebrities have placed their teeth in her capable hands. Dr. Austin is an award-winning dentist who has appeared on The “Today Show”, and “Good Morning America”, and “Discovery Health”, and “VH1’s Love and Hip Hop”. Dr. Austin is available for local and national interviews, as well as speaking engagements on dental health, HIV testing in the dental office, diabetes and oral health, careers in dentistry, and improving your image with your smile. Contact Dr. Catrise Austin in New York at 212-262-6054; Visit her website at www.vipsmiles.com; and follow her on Twitter @drcatriseaustin.

About Colgate Total® Toothpaste:
Colgate Total® toothpaste has a formula clinically proven to actively fight germs for 12 hours. It is the only toothpaste FDA-approved and American Dental Association-accepted to help prevent gingivitis.6 Colgate Total® toothpaste also is the number-one toothpaste recommended most by dentists and hygienists. For more information about Colgate Total® toothpaste, visit www.ColgateTotal.com.

About the Survey:
The survey was conducted online by Harris Interactive among 657 U.S. adults, age 18+, who report being diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. The survey sample includes oversamples of 155 African Americans diagnosed with type 2 diabetes and 161 Hispanics diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. Data was weighted to be representative of U.S. adults with type 2 diabetes. Additionally, the individual racial subcategories of Caucasians, African Americans and Hispanics with type 2 diabetes were weighted individually to be representative of each subpopulation within the greater population of all type 2 diabetes patients in the U.S. The survey was fielded September 5-13, 2012.

Photo Caption: Celebrity Dentist Dr. Catrise Austin

DataCom Satellite seeks support to be eligible for $250,000 grant from Mission Main Street (SM) Grants

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Help DataCom Satellite grow by voting online before November 15

Huntsville, AL (BlackNews.com) – DataCom Satellite, a local Satellite Services Provider, has applied for a $250,000 grant from Chase as part of a newly launched program called Mission Main Street(SM) Grants. To be eligible for a grant, applicants must submit a questionnaire outlining a business plan that will result in growth of the business, and receive at least 250 votes. Full eligibility requirements are available in the Program Rules (www.missionmainstreetgrants.com/rules).

Customers, fans and community members can show support for DataCom Satellite by voting at www.missionmainstreetgrants.com/business/detail/52418 using Facebook Connect. The voting deadline is November 15, 2013 and grant recipients will be selected by expert panelists.

“The Satellite Services Division of DataCom Solutions, Inc. is striving to provide quality broadband in rural areas of America. Receiving this grant would definitely ignite the ongoing efforts to ensure this much needed work continues,” said President, Jerry Brooks.

Through Mission Main Street Grants, Chase will award $3 million to small business across America. All businesses that apply for a grant and meet the eligibility requirements will receive a special advertising offer from Premier Sponsor, Google. In addition, the 12 grant recipients will be eligible to receive a trip to Google for an exclusive small business marketing workshop with Google experts and a Google Chromebook Pixel laptop.

The 12 grant recipients will be announced in January 2014.

Consumers can show support by voting for DataCom Satellite at www.missionmainstreetgrants.com/business/detail/52418 using Facebook Connect before the voting deadline on November 15, 2013. For additional details about Mission Main Street Grants, visit www.MissionMainStreetGrants.com.

About Mission Main Street Grants
Demonstrating an ongoing commitment to small business, Chase launched Mission Main Street Grants, a program that will award 12 grants of $250,000 to small businesses across America. By completing a business profile, a grant questionnaire, and meeting relevant eligibility requirements, small businesses will have access to special offers from the Premier Sponsor, Google. Chase is committed to helping small businesses so they can take big steps for their business and community.

About DataCom Satellite
DataCom Satellite is a division of DataCom Solutions, Inc. providing Satellite Services to businesses and consumers globally with an emphasis on remote areas where services are limited.

Piccolo Theatre Family Holiday Panto Opens Next Week

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EVANSTON, IL – The magical and musical world of The Snow Queen opens its doors to adventure on November 15! This retelling of the beloved Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale combines the nostalgia of 80s fantasy film appeal with the magic of British Panto tradition live on stage.

Audiences of all ages have enjoyed film and cartoon versions of fantasy and fairy tale literature for decades. Labyrinth, Fairy Tale Theatre, The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, and The Lord of the Rings Trilogy have staying power because they suggest an escape from reality with the idea of “what if,” challenge beliefs and values with relatable human circumstances, and prove that in the end love can conquer all.  Though film and literature can offer the mind and body a visceral reaction in part, nothing compares to the intensity of live theatre.  Piccolo Theatre’s The Snow Queen or When Christmas Freezes Over! completes that singular experience of making the imaginary a reality onstage, allowing audiences to interact with the actors, cheer on the good guys, squirm in their seats when danger threatens , and feel relief when obstacles have passed.  Always rated “C” for comedy, the 13th annual holiday Panto at Piccolo Theatre is good fun for the soul.

The Snow Queen, or When Christmas Freezes Over! previews November 8 – November 10 Friday & Saturday at 7:30PM, and Sunday at 3PM. Opening is Friday, November 15 at 7:30PM with a free reception to follow. Performances run November 15 – December 21; all performances are Friday at 7:30PM, Saturday at 3PM & 7:30PM,and Sunday at 3PM. Ticket prices include $15 (previews only), $65 (family of 4), $25 (adults), $22 (seniors), $15 (students), $10 (Children 10 and younger). Group discounts are available for all performances.

For tickets and more information, call the Box Office at (847) 424-0089 Monday-Friday from 10AM-5PM, or visit www.piccolotheatre.com.

IDES Offices closed November 11 to honor Veterans Day

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Claimants should Certify; Services available on Internet

CHICAGO, IL – Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) offices will close Monday, Nov. 11, in observance of Veterans Day. All services will be available on the IDES website. TeleServe also will be available. Regular office hours of 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. resume on Tuesday, Nov. 12.

Originally called Armistice Day, the day first recognized when fighting ended in World War I on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month of 1918. The Treaty of Versailles, which officially ended the hostilities, was signed June 28, 1919. President Wilson proclaimed the first commemoration in 1919 and asked for a brief suspension of business at 11 a.m. that day. In 1926, Congress recognized the end of World War I and stated it believed it appropriate that the country recognize the date “with thanksgiving and prayer and exercises designed to perpetuate peace through good will and mutual understanding between nations…”

Congress made Nov. 11 a federal holiday in 1938 and called it Armistice Day. In 1954, after World War II required the largest mobilization of armed forces in the country’s history, Congress replaced Armistice Day with Veterans Day. In 1968, Congress moved the celebrations of four holidays, including Veterans Day, to a generic Monday to encourage travel and recreation over a three-day weekend. The Monday observance began in 1971 and was considered by many to be confusing and by some to be inappropriate. In 1975 the celebration was returned to Nov. 11, effective in 1978. Illinois declared Nov. 11 to be a state holiday in 1921. It also switched from Armistice to Veterans in 1955.

Although IDES offices will be closed, services will be available at www.ides.illinois.gov. People will be able to file for first-time unemployment benefits, certify for benefits which is necessary to receive payment, and switch that method of payment to direct deposit. Because Monday is a federal banking holiday, the availability of some benefit payments might be delayed. The IDES does not determine federal banking holidays.

The IDES supports economic stability by administering unemployment benefits, collecting business contributions to fund those benefits, connecting employers with qualified job seekers, and providing economic information to assist career planning and economic development. It does so electronically, in-person and with its partners at Illinois workNet Centers.

National Veterans Art Museum announces new Chairman of the Board

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Chicago, IL – The National Veterans Art Museum (NVAM) announces Lionel Rabb, President and CEO of Catalyst Group Global, as its new Chairman of the Board of Directors. Rabb was elected to the position on October 19, 2013, and will fill the unexpired portion of retiring chairman Mike Helbing’s term through early 2014. He has been an NVAM Board member since September 2012. In addition, the NVAM announces two new members have joined the Board of Directors: Caroline O’Boyle and Becky Flaherty. The NVAM’s Board of Directors is vice chaired by Ron Gibbs and Jim Moore.

“I consider myself fortunate to be part of the Board during this important time of transition, and am proud to help preserve, grow and further the mission of NVAM: to inspire a greater understanding of the real impact of war,” said Rabb. “The art that is part of the NVAM collection is challenging, compelling, educational, reflective and healing for the people who went above and beyond for all of us. I look forward to building upon the NVAM’s history and successes as we continue to expand this great organization.”

“Caroline O’Boyle and Becky Flaherty bring a wealth of experience and enthusiasm to the Board, and we look forward to seeing these new leaders extend the NVAM’s reach—particularly in areas of education and therapeutic art,” Vice Chair Jim Moore said. “Like Lionel Rabb, Caroline O’Boyle and Becky Flaherty are enthusiastic and active supporters of the arts in Chicago and veteran arts in particular who bring a wealth of expertise from their exemplary careers.”

About Lionel Rabb
Lionel Rabb is President and CEO of Catalyst Group Global, a results-driven global consultancy specializing in cross-sectoral strategies for tangible success and substantive change. Catalyst drives a framework of data, strategy and action to achieve tangible outcomes for both private sector advancement and public sector benefit.

A native of Chicago, Mr. Rabb is dedicated to leading action on community issues both locally and globally. He founded the Rabb Family Foundation in order to directly support action on critical issues. Mr. Rabb also serves on the board of directors for the Chicago Park District-Jefferson Park Advisory Board.

About Caroline O’Boyle
Caroline O’Boyle currently works as a consultant whose clients include The Trust for Public Land and Free Street Theater. Ms. O’Boyle recently completed work as a public engagement consultant for the recreation master plan of The Cook County Forest Preserve District.

Ms. O’Boyle is a seasoned arts administrator who served as Deputy Commissioner for Cultural Programming for the City of Chicago’s Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events and Director of Environment, Culture and Special Events for the Chicago Park District. In these roles, Ms. O’Boyle collaborated with numerous civic, not-for-profit and neighborhood cultural organizations and oversaw artistic and logistical aspects of public performance series including Movies and Concerts in the Parks, Theater on the Lake and the JazzCity concert series.

About Becky Flaherty
Becky Flaherty is the director of operations for Odysseus, a national nonprofit focused on innovation and systems change. Ms. Flaherty is also the National Development Director of the Marilyn G. Rabb Foundation and an Adjunct Faculty at Carlow University.

Ms. Flaherty’s previous experience includes Director of Development for Heritage Community Initiatives, Director of Development and Organizational Advancement for Crossroads Foundation, and ten years as the Director of Environment, Culture and Special Events for the Chicago Park District. She has also consulted on arts, education, policy and open space for such clients as the Trust for Public Land (Bloomingdale Trail), GreenPlay (Cook County Forest Preserve District Recreation Master Plan), Free Street Theater, Discover Music: Discover Life, and Working in the Schools (WITS).

About the National Veterans Art Museum
The National Veterans Art Museum is dedicated to the collection, preservation, and exhibition of art inspired by combat and created by veterans. No other gallery in the world focuses on the subject of war from an artistic perspective. The National Veterans Art Museum addresses both historical and contemporary issues related to military service in order to give patrons of all backgrounds insight into the effects of war and to provide veterans an artistic outlet to work through their military and combat experiences.

The National Veterans Art Museum is located at 4041 N. Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago, Illinois. The National Veterans Art Museum will be open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Admission is free. For group admission reservations, call the Museum at 312/326-0270 or visit www.nvam.org.

Patrons of the museum can access art from the permanent collection and biographical information on the artists through the NVAM Collection Online, a recently launched online and high-resolution archive of every piece of art in the museum’s permanent collection. The NVAM Collection Online can be found at www.nvam.org/collection-online.

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