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Archive for December 23rd, 2013

Madigan urges Target customers to take caution, report unauthorized charges

Posted by Admin On December - 23 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS
CHICAGO, IL – Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan warned consumers to be on the lookout for unauthorized charges in the wake of a massive data breach at Target stores nationwide.
Madigan said her office is looking into the breach of customers’ personal financial information and has contacted Target representatives to learn how many Illinois consumers are affected and what the company is doing to assist those customers.

“With today’s announcement by Target that as many as 40 million Americans credit and debit card information has been compromised, it is critical that consumers be vigilant in checking their credit card and bank account statements for any unauthorized charges,” Madigan said. “If you discover an unauthorized charge, contact your bank immediately to dispute it. Consumers in need of assistance can visit my website or contact my Identity Theft hotline.”

Madigan offered tips for consumers who believe they were impacted by the data breach:

  • Monitor your credit card and bank statements for unauthorized charges, especially consumers who used a credit or debit card at Target between November 27 and December 15.

  • If you see an unauthorized charge on your account, contact your card issuer right away using the toll-free number on the card to dispute the charges. Some card issuers might require that you follow up with a written dispute in order to receive a refund.

  • Even if you do not detect an unauthorized charge, you can contact your card issuer using the toll-free number on the card and discuss whether it is appropriate to cancel your card and obtain a new account number and card.

  • Beware of callers who claim to be with your card issuing bank. These calls may be a scam. Consumers should contact their bank first at the toll-free number on the back of your card before you disclose any personal information.

Madigan is also urging consumers to contact her Identity Theft Hotline at 1 (866) 999-5630 for more information or to learn how to respond to the data breach.

Can we wait 88 years to end mass incarceration?

Posted by Admin On December - 23 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS

(From The Sentencing Project)

Last week the Bureau of Justice Statistics released its annual report on prison and corrections populations. The report documented that 2012 represented the third consecutive year of decline in the national prison population, and the fourth year of overall corrections decline.

While these developments are encouraging, the scale of reform to date is still quite modest.  In an assessment of these trends, my colleague Nazgol Ghandnoosh and I have just published a commentary in the Huffington Post, “Can We Wait 88 Years to End Mass Incarceration?” Our analysis shows that if prison populations continue to decline at the 1.8% rate of this past year it will not be until 2101 – 88 years – before the number of individuals in prison is reduced to the level of 1980.

Although there is clearly momentum on criminal justice reform, this assessment suggests that we need to accelerate the pace of reform, particularly regarding sentencing policy. At the federal level several bipartisan bills to scale back the impact of mandatory sentencing are being considered by the Senate Judiciary Committee, while legislators in a number of states are preparing to introduce measures in the new year.

I hope we can all lend our efforts to such initiatives, and we look forward to working with you in the new year.

Marc Mauer

The Sentencing Project

Removing the Punch Bowl Too Fast

Posted by Admin On December - 23 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS
By William Spriggs

Last week the Federal Reserve’s Federal Open Market Committee announced it will ease back on its “pedal to the metal” monetary easing policy. The Fed will remain in an expansionary mode, just slower.

To an optimist, this is a sign from an independent authority that the economy is stabilized and on a sustained path forward. Unemployment rates are falling, job creation over the last few months is averaging more than 200,000 net new jobs a month, the Gross Domestic Product (the value of all goods and services made in America in a year) rose 4.1 percent last quarter, led by investment, and housing starts increased to a five-year high in November. Those are good signs. President Obama could take a bow. Republicans, who have conceded nothing to the president on economic policy, would be left with more whining. But it may be too early to remove the punch bowl.

The Fed believes the good signs in the economy prove its policy is moving the economy forward. It is obviously true that with Congress locking the president into endless debates on shrinking the government and slowing the economy that the Fed is the only economic policymaker trying to expand the economy. Clearly, if the Fed did not take action, things would be worse. But that is different than whether the policy actually is moving the economy. Here the story is more difficult.

The Fed controls interest rates, and so can encourage more investment to take place-the low cost of money makes more investment projects profitable. Private-sector investment is recovering. It has returned, in real amounts, to its pre-recession levels in equipment and intellectual property, but still lags in construction. But, as a percent of the GDP, private investment is a smaller share of GDP than its pre-recession peak of about 19% of GDP. Worse, while interest rates are low, public investment is declining. At the federal level, government investment has been falling since 2010, mostly led by defense reductions.  State and local governments are in worse shape on making investments. They have been reducing investments since 2008 and are at levels that are near 13-year lows. At precisely the time investments in our schools, roads, ports, sewer and water systems can be made at record low interest rates, the public sector is de-investing.

This lack of robust investment is critical because a higher share of GDP needs to go to investing in America’s future. More investment, public and private, is needed so we have the public and private capital-buildings, machines and roads-to fuel and sustain our growth. With such low interest rates yielding only modest levels of investment, it isn’t clear how easily the Fed could stimulate the economy if it slowed again. So, slowing things down has great risks. Clearly, higher interest rates are not going to stimulate more investment.

The real problem is that the “real” economy-the wages of workers, employment and output-are not back to pre-recession levels. Instead of investing to expand America’s capacity, too many firms are using low interest rates to borrow money to buy back their company’s stock. That borrowing does not increase potential output, but it does make the price of stocks rise and therefore the pay and bonuses of corporate CEOs continues to soar. It is a key reason the 1% continue to see their incomes rise.

A healthy recovery needs to see rising wages for workers. But, with more than 1.2 million fewer jobs than in 2008, and more than 2.8 job seekers per job opening, there is little pressure for wages to rise. The record low share of young people employed has resulted in a smaller share of Americans working. That makes households very fragile, because each worker has to stretch his or her pay further to support others. Republicans think the solution is easy on that score-simply cut the government out of helping support the incomes of the unemployed or the underemployed, whose wages are so low they need the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (food stamps) to eat. Such stinginess does not reduce the dependence of workers; it just makes the 99 percent piece of the pie shrink.

It may not be too late for Congress and the president to pull their weight and conduct the expansionary policy needed to restore public investment to ensure America’s growth. But the economy is frailer with the Fed taking away the punch bowl.

Follow Spriggs on Twitter: @WSpriggs. Contact: Amaya Smith-Tune Acting Director, Media Outreach AFL-CIO 202-637-5142

State officials celebrate “Mission: Veteran 2 Entrepreneurs” Program to hundreds of Veterans

Posted by Admin On December - 23 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS

“MV2E” Program Helps Veteran-Owned Businesses Gain Fast Track to Financial Success

CHICAGO, IL – As many veterans struggle to find a job or start a career, the administration of Governor Pat Quinn hosted more than 100 veterans at the College of DuPage to learn about starting or growing their own businesses as part of the state’s “Mission: Veteran 2 Entrepreneurs” (MV2E) program.

“The state of Illinois stands ready to do everything necessary to help our veterans hit the ground running when they return home,” Governor Quinn said. “This innovative program helps veterans apply the skills they learned during military service – precision, discipline, teamwork – to building a successful business.”

At the direction of Gov. Quinn the MV2E initiative was launched in June 2012 by the Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs (IDVA) and the Illinois Department of Central Management Services (CMS), with the goal to help returning service members and veterans learn more about resources and opportunities available to veteran-owned businesses through government agencies, educational institutions, trade associations, business sector experts and employers. This joint-agency MV2E program underscores Gov. Quinn’s long-standing commitment to both supporting veterans and creating jobs.

“We know that for veterans to successfully integrate back from service, employment is key to the transition,” said Erica Borggren, Director, IDVA. “Self-employment – running one’s own business – is a great way for many veterans to translate military leadership and mission-focus into civilian world success. We are pleased to host events like this to help veterans turn their passions into thriving businesses and in turn, create jobs right here in Illinois. MV2E was offered in three distinct tracks for veterans and transitioning military:

· ESTABLISHING & DEVELOPING BUSINESS CONCEPTS – For those veterans interested in or just beginning on the path to entrepreneurship.

· SOLIDIFYING YOUR BUSINESS FOUNDATION – Geared towards helping fledgling businesses grow, engage for government business/contracts, and to help employ others.

· CRITICAL RESOURCES FOR TODAY’S BUSINESSES – A more advanced track to help established businesses master the market and enjoy a stronger financial and operational base.

“Through our Veterans Business Program, CMS provides veteran- and disabled-veteran owned businesses information about doing business with the state and its universities,” said Simone McNeil, Acting Director of CMS. “Getting re-established in the civilian workforce can be challenging for our military men and women, and we are proud to help them understand the available entrepreneurial and employment opportunities in Illinois.

The CMS’ Veterans Business Program (VBP) allows for Illinois businesses that are 51% owned by one or more service-disabled veterans or veterans living in Illinois, with annual gross sales under $75 million, to qualify for certification. VBP encourages state agencies and universities to spend at least 3% of their procurement budgets with certified Veteran-owned businesses.

Presentations and workshops at the free MV2E event included information from companies such as AT&T and organizations such as the UIC Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies (IES), John Marshall Law School and others. Veterans also had the opportunity to network and exchange best practices with agency experts, key business associations, and like-minded professionals.

Since its inception in 2012, the MV2E program has provided training and networking for over 600 veterans. This is the sixth MV2E seminar and for more information on the MV2E program, please visit: illinois.gov/veterans/programs/Pages/Veterans2Entrepreneurs.aspx

Lt. Governor delivers holiday gifts to Gifford

Posted by Admin On December - 23 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS

Toys, games, gift cards collected at Simon’s offices

GIFFORD, IL – Illinois Lt. Governor Sheila Simon today visited Gifford to deliver gifts collected at her offices in Springfield, Chicago and Carbondale. Simon also encouraged Illinois residents to continue supporting recovery efforts by making a donation to the Red Cross.

“Lending a hand to those in need is a great way to make sure you’re on Santa’s nice list,” said Simon. “I appreciate all the hard work that’s been going on to bring joy to families in central Illinois. The spirit of giving is strong in Gifford thanks to the hard work of Brooke Billings and many generous contributions of people across the state.”

Simon’s donation in Gifford is part of Granting Wishes for Gifford, a project started by Gifford native Brooke Billings. Using social media, Billings sought donated toys, gift cards, games, food and more to help Gifford families cross items off their holiday shopping lists.

Billings’ efforts are coordinated out of Gordyville USA, a local auction showplace, in Gifford. Individuals impacted by the tornado may visit Gordyville USA between 5 p.m. and 9 p.m. today in order to shop for loved ones. Simon also toured a food pantry established at the St. Paul Lutheran Church in order to accept donated food for storm survivors.

The Lt. Governor also reminded Illinoisans to continue supporting recovery efforts in Gifford and other tornado-damaged communities. Following the Nov. 17 tornadoes, Simon surveyed damage in Gifford, Brookport and New Minden, and encouraged individuals to make donations to the American Red Cross.

“Although recovery efforts may not be on the news every night, these communities still need our help,” Simon added. “Making a donation to the Red Cross is something easy you can do to help out during the holiday season.”

In order to donate to the American Red Cross, click here or visit www.redcross.org. Donations designated for “Illinois tornadoes and storms” will remain local.

From the National Urban League family to yours: Wishing you a Safe and Happy Holiday Season

Posted by Admin On December - 23 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS
Opening ReMARCs

By Marc Morial

President & CEO of the National Urban League

As I reflect upon the year, 2013 has indeed been a transformative one for civil rights and social justice issues in America.  Fifty years forward from the height of the Civil Rights Movement and the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, we celebrated our progress.  Yet, we also witnessed the Supreme Court’s gutting of a key provision of the Voting Rights Act and stripping away of workers’ rights and anti-discrimination protections under the Civil Rights Act, the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the killing of Trayvon Martin, and ongoing high unemployment and other economic, social and legal disparities that continue to plague African Americans and low-income and working class Americans.

We met the sobering truth that though much has been achieved, much more needs to be done to realize the full promise and potential of our great nation.  A shiny veneer of progress cannot justify cuts in critical programs, legislation, protections or investments that are vital to achieving equal opportunity in America.

As we move forward into 2014, numerous challenges lie before us.  But I remain encouraged by the ever-present legacy of freedom fighters, such as the incomparable late Nelson Mandela, and by those who put a mirror before our society and lend their voices to the growing chorus against income inequality, such as Time’s Person of the Year Pope Francis.  They and so many more before us have helped to clear the path to make our journey possible.

We are making a difference in the lives of millions of Americans in need.  For that, I would like to thank each of you for your support of the National Urban League and the Urban League Movement in 2013, and I look forward to making an even greater impact in 2014 – together.

In the meantime, wishing you and yours joy and peace.

Happy Holidays…Merry Christmas…Feliz Navidad….Happy Hanukkah…Happy Kwanzaa…Happy New Year!

Give but give wisely: Avoid holiday charity rip-offs, says the Better Business Bureau

Posted by Admin On December - 23 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS

CHICAGO, IL – The holidays are a popular time for consumers to help others in need by donating to a charity. The Better Business Bureau (BBB) offers a free published listing of over 400 reports on charities in Chicago and Northern Illinois.

“Consumers can maximize the impact of their holiday charity donation by avoiding many common giving mistakes,” said Steve J. Bernas, president & CEO of the Better Business Bureau serving Chicago and Northern Illinois. “Before making a donation, smart donors take a careful look at the charity’s finances, programs and governance and how they operate.”

The BBB’s Charitable Review Program is designed to empower donors to make wise giving decisions and encourage local charitable organizations to accept the responsibility of self regulation by adhering to a set of 20 charity standards. They promote public accountability, responsible use of funds, proper solicitation and governance practices.

The BBB recommends that consumers follow these tips when donating to a charity this holiday season:

  • Do not be influenced by high-pressure or emotional appeals. Giving on the spot is never necessary, no matter how hard a telemarketer or door-to-door solicitor pushes it. The charity that needs your money today will welcome it just as much tomorrow.
  • Make sure you know the charity’s correct identity. With so many charities in existence, their names can blur in a donor’s mind and similar-sounding organizations are common. Be sure you know which charity you’re supporting and that it’s not a case of mistaken identity.
  • Do not assume charities can use donated household items and clothing. Worn out, unusable or unwanted donated goods cost charities millions of dollars each year because the organization has to bear the cost of discarding the unacceptable donation. If you have questions about an item’s acceptability, call the charity and ask.
  • “Low overhead” expenses should not be the only factor you consider. How much money a charity spends on the actual cause-as compared to how much goes toward fundraising and administration-is an important factor, but it’s not the whole story. A charity with impressive financial ratios could have other significant problems such as insufficient transparency, inadequate board activity and inaccurate appeals.
  • Do not give cash. If you contribute, write out a check to the charity, not to an individual or third party that might be collecting the donation.

For more consumer tips, visit www.bbb.org

What to give the Lord for His birthday – which is Christmas!

Posted by Admin On December - 23 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS

By Rev. Harold E. Bailey

President of Probation Challenge/PCC Network

How nice it must be to give and receive gifts at this particular time of the year, which seems to us so terribly special! As the snow covers the ground, and sleet brings about a thing called black ice, folk still find time to go among the massive crowds to often spend that last dollar!

How many of us stop to really give serious thought as to that special day called Christmas? And in-fact how many people celebrate a true Cathedral Christ-mass? Oh yes, how many consider giving a gift to the one who originated the day – Christmas! But wait, what would you give the one who has absolutely everything? What would we give the one who left His many riches in Glory to come to this sinful planet called earth to redeem us from the plague of sin. What can we honestly give to the Master?

Can our many commercial stores sell any items that would accommodate our Lord, Savior and King? What then can we offer, when all is already His? Well, it is written that all He wants from us is our willing vessel to be offered unto Him freely, as He died freely on Calvary for us! What a blessing!

What a precious gift to surrender ourselves (vessels) unto our Lord and Savior… for all of His benefits rendered unto us. Merry Christ-Mass.

Rev. Harold E. Bailey is the President of Probation Challenge/PCC Network

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Madigan: Two McHenry County arrests in child pornography crackdown

Posted by Admin On December - 23 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS

Attorney General’s “Operation Glass House” Nets State’s Top Trader of Child Pornography

CHICAGO, IL ─ Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan announced the arrests of two McHenry County men for felony possession of child pornography, including the state’s top trader of child pornography, following raids this week in Woodstock and Algonquin.

The arrests bring the total to 54 arrests in “Operation Glass House,” Madigan’s statewide initiative to apprehend the most active offenders who download and trade child pornography online.

“Online child pornography is a horrific crime that victimizes children each time an image is downloaded or traded,” Madigan said. “My office has been—and will continue to be—relentless in tracking down and apprehending offenders who trade these gruesome videos.”

David M. Wolters, 58, of Woodstock, was charged Wednesday with five counts of possession of child pornography, a Class 2 felony punishable by three to seven years in the Illinois Department of Corrections (IDOC). Wolters is being held in the McHenry County Jail with bond set at $50,000.

Madigan’s investigators, with the assistance of the Woodstock Police Department and the McHenry County State’s Attorney’s office, executed a search warrant early Wednesday at Wolters’ residence in the 1400 block of Walnut Drive, where evidence of alleged child pornography was located.

“We are appreciative of the cooperation of Attorney General Madigan’s office in helping us make this arrest and to address such a serious situation in our community,” said Woodstock Police Chief Robert Lowen.

Robert A. Huggins, 63, of Algonquin, was identified as the state’s highest volume trader of child pornography at the time of his arrest. He was charged with five counts of Class X reproduction of child pornography, punishable by six to 30 years in IDOC, and five counts of Class 2 child pornography. Huggins was transported to the McHenry County Jail Thursday pending a bond hearing Friday. Algonquin Police assisted Madigan’s investigators in a search early today at Huggins’ residence in the 2100 block of Honey Locus Drive, where evidence of child pornography was found.

“Cooperation among agencies is critical to the safety of our communities,” Algonquin Police Chief Russell Laine said. “The technical expertise of the Attorney General’s staff was instrumental to a successful operation.”

The office of McHenry County State’s Attorney will prosecute the cases. The public is reminded that the defendants in these cases are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

Madigan’s office, with a grant from the U.S. Department of Justice, runs the Illinois Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC)Task Force, which investigates child exploitation crimes and trains law enforcement agencies. Since 2006, Madigan’s ICAC Task Force has been involved in 641 arrests of sexual predators. The Task Force has also provided Internet safety training and education to more than 313,000 parents, teachers and students and nearly 17,000 law enforcement professionals. Currently 189 agencies are affiliated with the Illinois ICAC.

Rebecca Gilman explores faith, family and one child’s uncertain future in Luna Gale, directed by Robert Falls, January 18 – February 23, 2014

Posted by Admin On December - 23 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS

Gilman’s World Premiere Production kicks off “Great Women At Play” Series, Goodman Theatre’s new Five-Play Subscription Package

CHICAGO, IL – Who best determines an infant’s fate among differing values concerning drugs, religion and child rearing? Pulitzer Prize finalist Rebecca Gilman asks this question and more in her latest play, Luna Gale, directed by Goodman Theatre Artistic Director Robert Falls in their fourth collaboration. Gilman’s seven Goodman productions—six of which were world premieres, including five commissions—make her one of the most-produced contemporary playwrights in the theater’s history. Appearing in her 16th Goodman production, Chicago stage favorite Mary Beth Fisher—who also originated roles in Gilman’s Spinning Into Butter and Boy Gets Girl—stars as veteran social worker Caroline, who is charged with making tough decisions about the future of Luna Gale, a vulnerable child. The recipient of an Edgerton Foundation New American Plays Award, Luna Gale is part of the Goodman’s “Great Women at Play” subscription package, featuring works written and/or directed by Rachel Rockwell (Brigadoon), Joanie Schultz (Venus in Fur), Jessica Thebus, Tracey Scott Wilson (Buzzer) and Mary Zimmerman (The White Snake). Luna Gale runs January 18 – February 23 in the Albert Theatre (opening night is Monday, January 27). Tickets ($25 – $81; subject to change) 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 and Mayer Brown is a Corporate Sponsor Partner. Ogletree Deakins and U.S. Bank are the Opening Night Sponsors. Audience enrichment events and a full performance calendar follow.

“I have worked with a variety of playwrights, but none whose work I admire more than Rebecca Gilman’s. From her first major work, Rebecca has proven to be one of the most eloquent and most accomplished contemporary voices, and has tackled some of the most elusive and problematic social issues with honesty, courage and profound humanity,” said Falls. “She has created an enormously complex world in Luna Gale, and we have enlisted the remarkable Mary Beth Fisher as Caroline, whose previous collaborations with Rebecca have established her expertise at capturing the ambiguities, uncertainties, and overwhelming humanity of Gilman’s central characters.”

Over the past two decades, Gilman has become known for her unflinching works about contentious social issues—such as race in Spinning Into Butter; violence against women in Boy Gets Girl; class in Blue Surge; and whether to have a child or remain child-free in The Crowd You’re in With, to name a few.

“Part of the feeling behind Luna Gale is an observation that when we fail people because we haven’t taken care of them, we turn our anger on them, and it’s because we know we’re at fault. That dynamic drove the emotional heart of the play,” said Gilman. “It’s thrilling that Bob, Mary Beth and I can collaborate together for the first time.”

Veteran social worker Caroline (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), 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 DuPrey)—forces her to make a risky decision with potentially life-altering consequences.

“Rebecca has a dark sense of humor with a serious edge; she is very serious about addressing social ills,” said Fisher. “There is a lot to consider with Luna Gale, and I think my character is really exploring what it means to have faith—spiritual faith, faith in yourself, faith in your intuition, faith in other people and faith in an unpredictable future. I find that really beautiful.”

Robert Falls first encountered Rebecca Gilman—“one of Chicago’s hottest playwrights” (Chicago Tribune)—when he read her 1998 play The Glory of Living (a 2002 Pulitzer Prize finalist that was first produced at Circle Theatre). Soon after, Falls commissioned Gilman to write a new play for the Goodman; she responded with Spinning Into Butter (premiered in the Goodman Studio in 1999, directed by Les Waters, subsequently produced at Lincoln Center Theater in 2000, and most recently made into a feature film starring Sarah Jessica Parker). The show’s run was extended three times and led to Gilman’s next Goodman commission, Boy Gets Girl (premiered at the Goodman in 2000, directed by the late Michael Maggio), which transferred to New York’s Manhattan Theatre Club and was named by Time magazine as one of the “Best Theatre Productions of the Decade.” Falls later directed both Blue Surge (2001) and Dollhouse (2005)—a modern interpretation of Ibsen’s A Doll’s House. The Crowd You’re In With, directed by Wendy C. Goldberg, made its Chicago debut in 2009 at the Goodman, followed by A True History of the Johnstown Flood, a Goodman commission that had its world premiere at the Goodman in 2010 under Falls’ direction.


COLLEGE NIGHT Enjoy pizza, pop and the opportunity to mingle with other students and Goodman artists before a performance of Luna Gale.  Wednesday, January 22, 6pm | Goodman Theatre | $10 with promo code COLLEGE (must redeem with valid student ID)

ARTIST ENCOUNTER A discussion with playwright Rebecca Gilman and director Robert Falls. Sunday, January 26, 5pm | Goodman Theatre | FREE for Subscribers, Donors and students with ID; $5 general public Reservations are required. Call 312.443.3800 to reserve your seats.

PROFESSIONALS NIGHT A pre-show reception for social work and family law professionals, with remarks from a Luna Gale artist before that evening’s performance.  Wednesday, January 29, 6pm | Goodman Theatre | $40 with promo code PROFESSIONAL

PRE- AND POST-SHOW DISCUSSIONS Arrive early or stay late for discussions about the play with members of the artistic team Goodman Theatre | FREE Pre-show (7pm): Jan 31, Feb 7, 14 and 21 | Post-show: Wednesdays and Thursdays

THE INTERVIEW SHOW at MCA CHICAGO’S “FIRST FRIDAYS” Host Mark Bazer welcomes director Robert Falls to this monthly variety talk show. Friday, February 7, 6:30-7:30pm | MCA Chicago | $14 advance/$18 general admission at MCAChicago.org

CONTEXT: WEDNESDAY’S CHILDREN A discussion about the system designed to support our most vulnerable children. Monday, February 3, 6:30pm | Goodman Theatre | FREE, visit GoodmanTheatre.org to reserve tickets

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