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Archive for February 14th, 2014

President Obama announces his intent to nominate Jane Chu as Chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts

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WASHINGTON, DC – President Barack Obama announced his intent to nominate Dr. Jane Chu as Chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts.

President Obama said, “Jane’s lifelong passion for the arts and her background in philanthropy have made her a powerful advocate for artists and arts education in Kansas City.  She knows firsthand how art can open minds, transform lives and revitalize communities, and believes deeply in the importance of the arts to our national culture.  I’m proud to nominate her as Chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts.”

Dr. Jane Chu is President and CEO of the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts in Kansas City, Missouri, a position she has held since 2006.  She was a Fund Executive at the Kauffman Fund for Kansas City from 2004 to 2006, and Vice President of External Relations for Union Station Kansas City from 2002 to 2004.  She was Vice President of Community Investment for the Greater Kansas City Community Foundation from 1997 to 2002.  Dr. Chu is a Trustee at William Jewell College and serves on the Board of Directors of the Ewing Marion Kauffman School and the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce.  Kansas City’s Nonprofit Connect recently announced her as their Nonprofit Professional of the Year.  Dr. Chu received an A.A. in Visual Arts from Nebraska Wesleyan University, a B.M. in Piano Performance and a B.M.Ed. in Music Education from Ouachita Baptist University, an M.A. in Piano Pedagogy from Southern Methodist University, an M.B.A. from Rockhurst University, and a Ph.D. in Philanthropic Studies from Indiana University.

On Valentine’s Day, Kirk, Shaheen and Toomey ask Senate to ‘Kiss Sugar Subsidies Goodbye,’ reform sugar program

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Kirk-Shaheen-Toomey Sugar Reform Act Will Save Consumers Money, Lower Price Support Levels


WASHINGTON ­– Today on Valentine’s Day, U.S. Senators Mark Kirk (R-Ill.), Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) and Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) are asking the Senate to “stop sugar’s sweet deal” and support the Kirk-Shaheen-Toomey Sugar Reform Act. The bipartisan group sent Valentines to every Senate office to highlight the tremendous cost of the outdated sugar program to consumers, taxpayers and American businesses to call for reform.

“More than 7,000 Illinois jobs depend on the sugar industry and Illinois’ strength as candy capital of our nation,” Senator Kirk said. “Big sugar has cost American consumers more than $130 million in the past 15 years, and it’s time for real reform. Senators Shaheen, Toomey and I will continue working to ensure no more American jobs are lost because of the costly sugar lobby.”

“The sugar program is a sweetheart deal for a small group of sugar growers and processors that’s costing our country jobs and hurting our economy, and it’s time we pass the Sugar Reform Act to put money back in the wallets of American families, businesses and taxpayers,” Senator Shaheen said. “Senators Kirk, Toomey and I have been fighting for years to fix this broken and outdated program, and we’re going to keep working to make the changes American consumers and business deserve.”

“It’s time to end the government’s wasteful sugar program. This flawed policy is corporate welfare at its worst and hurts not only candy companies and food manufacturers, but also the families who end up paying higher costs for food made with sugar,” Senator Toomey said. “Senators Shaheen, Kirk, and I will not stop until we end the federal government’s payments to wealthy sugar processors that come straight from the pockets of American taxpayers. I believe that Congress can and will eventually rein in our flawed sugar policies.”

Senators Kirk, Shaheen and Toomey have rallied bipartisan, bicameral support behind their legislation, the Sugar Reform Act of 2013, which aims to reform the outdated sugar program in order to protect jobs and small businesses. The bill specifically reforms domestic supply restrictions, lowers price support levels and ensures adequate sugar supplies at reasonable prices. The legislation would roll back provisions that unfairly benefit a small group of sugar growers and processors at the expense of American consumers and taxpayers. During the recent Farm Bill debate, the bipartisan legislation received strong support on both sides of the aisle but was ultimately not included in the Senate Farm Bill package.

Nearly $300 million taxpayer dollars were spent on the sugar program in 2013 while U.S. candy makers have continued to shift production overseas because foreign rivals are able to offer better pricing. Between 1997 and 2011, more than 125,000 American jobs were lost in sugar-using industries.

Chair of Illinois Education Committee says all Illinois students should have access to a top-quality education

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Letters to Editors


From Linda Chapa LaVia

Chair, Illinois House Education Committee

As the chair of the House Education Committee, I am dedicated to offering all Illinois students access to a top-quality education that will prepare them for college and career success. As a product of Illinois’ public schools and the first in my family to earn a college degree, I know about hard work and how the influence of strong mentors have helped to shape the life I lead today.

Unfortunately, far too many of our students are not receiving the guidance and support they need to pursue their academic potential.

One tool more educators are using to prepare students for success in college and careers is the Advanced Placement Program. New data from the College Board show that Illinois has made significant progress in increasing student access to AP over the past decade. Nearly a third – 32.4 percent – of Illinois’ public high school graduates in the class of 2013 took an Advanced Placement Exam, compared to 17.8 percent in the class of 2003. The percentage of Illinois graduates who scored a 3 or higher (scores typically required for college credit) rose from 13 percent a decade ago to more than 21 percent in 2013. This means that more of our public high school students are developing the skills they need to excel in college and earn a college degree.

Based on data for the public high school class of 2013, Illinois was one of only two states with a Hispanic graduate population greater than 10% that eliminated the equity gap in AP participation.

Progress has also been made in closing the performance gap with an increase, from 14.6% for the class of 2012 to 16.1% for the class of 2013, in the percentage of Hispanic AP Exam takers scoring a 3 or higher.

We are fortunate to have policymakers who are staunchly committed to the value of AP.

In the past eight years, Illinois’ College and Career Success for All Students Act has expanded and enhanced AP and pre-AP programming for low-income students. Districts with a high percentage of low-income students are eligible for grants appropriated through the Illinois Department of Education to establish or expand these programs.

We have made significant progress, but there’s much more work to be done.

If we are to move forward with these efforts, we must ensure that low-income students can take AP exams at no cost through a combination of federal and state support.

We can also increase funding for the College and Career Success for All Students grants to enable more schools to participate.

Rigorous programs such as AP lead the way to college and career readiness, and help to give our students the boost they need to build a bright and productive future.

─ Linda Chapa LaVia, Chair, Illinois House Education Committee

Blackdoctor.org anounces the “Top Blacks in Healthcare” 2014 Award recipients

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Chicago, IL (BlackNews.com) — As the leading provider of culturally-relevant health news and resources for African Americans, BlackDoctor.org seeks to educate and celebrate the black community. In partnership with the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Disparities Solutions, BlackDoctor.org salutes 42 black healthcare professionals named as the inaugural “BlackDoctor.org Top Blacks in Healthcare” 2014 award recipients.

“Our program seeks to recognize distinguished African American healthcare executives for their contributions to the industry and serve as a role model to other minority healthcare leaders and the black community overall,” said Reggie Ware, President & CEO of BlackDoctor.org.

The list of noteworthy 2014 honorees was selected from among 250 of the most accomplished black healthcare professionals in America by a panel that included BlackDoctor.org editors and key individuals from partner organizations such as the National Medical Association and Johns Hopkins University.

Throughout February, award recipients will be interviewed and featured on the BlackDoctor.org website, its Facebook page and other related media and social sites in celebration of Black History Month. Currently, BlackDoctor.org has a total monthly audience reach of more than 15 million visitors.

Ware added, “We feel that we are celebrating history in the making by honoring those who, not only have outstanding achievements in the healthcare field, but are creating a legacy for future trailblazers to come.”

On April 3, 2014, an awards dinner, co-hosted by Johns Hopkins Center for Health Disparities Solutions, will be held in Baltimore, Maryland.


2014 Honorees:

Dr. Leandris Liburd – Director for Minority Health & Health Equity, Center for Disease Control

Dr. Clyde Yancy – Chief of Cardiology & Professor of Medicine, Northwestern University

Debra Fraser-Howze – Senior Vice President of Government and External Affairs, OraSure Technologies, Inc.

Michael Ugwueke DHA, FACHE – Executive Vice President & COO, Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare

Samuel L. Ross, M.D., M.S. – Chief Executive Officer, Bon Secours Health System -Baltimore Division

Dr. Regina Benjamin – 18th U.S. Surgeon General & Chair of Public Health Sciences, Xavier University

Kenneth Grant – Vice President, General Services, The Johns Hopkins Hospital

Garth Graham, M.D. – President, Aetna Foundation

Floyd W. Green III – Corporate Vice President & Head of Community Relations & Urban Marketing, Aetna

Mark S. Johnson, M.D. – Dean, Howard University College of Medicine

Myrtle Potter – President & CEO, Myrtle Potter and Company, LLC

Donald Wilson, M.D. – Dean Emeritus, University of Maryland School of Medicine

Lloyd Dean – President & CEO, Dignity Health

Kimberlydawn Wisdom, M.D., M.S. – Senior Vice President of Community Health & Equity & Chief Wellness Officer, Henry Ford Health System

David R. Williams, Ph.D – Professor of Public Health, Harvard University School of Medicine

Lisa Cooper, M.D. – Center Director & Principal Investigator, The Johns Hopkins University

Levi Watkins, M.D. – Associate Dean for Postdoctoral Affairs, The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

Derica Rice – Executive Vice President, Global Services, & Chief Financial Officer, Eli Lilly & Company

Kelvin A. Baggett, M.D. – Senior Vice President & CFO, Tenet Healthcare

Dr. David Satcher – 16th U.S. Surgeon General & Director of the Center of Excellence on Health Disparities, Morehouse School of Medicine

Lonnel Coats – President & CEO Americas Region, Eisai, Inc.

Bernard Tyson – Chairman & CEO, Kaiser Permanente

Dr. James Gavin – CEO & Chief Medical Officer, Healing Our Village, Inc.

Michael Sneed – Vice President, Global Corporate Affairs, Johnson & Johnson

Robin L. Washington – Senior Vice President & Chief Financial Officer, Gilead Sciences

John W. Bluford, MBA, FACHE – President & CEO, Truman Medical Centers

Helene Gayle – President & CEO, CARE USA

A. Cherrie Epps, Ph.D – President & Chief Executive Officer, Meharry Medical College

Kevin E. Lofton, FACHE – President & CEO, Catholic Health Initiatives

Donna L. Jacobs – Senior Vice President, Government and Regulatory Affairs, University of Maryland Medical System

Wright L. Lassiter, III – Chief Executive Officer, Alameda Health System – Oakland

Kenneth C. Frazier – Chairman & CEO, Merck & Co.

Bridgette P. Heller – Executive Vice President & President of Consumer Care, Merck & Co.

Kermit Crawford – President of Pharmacy, Health, and Wellness Division, Walgreens

Dr. John Agwunobi – Senior Vice President & President for the Professional Services Division, Wal-mart Stores, Inc.

Charlotte O. McKines – Vice President, Global Marketing Communications, Merck & Co.

Michael A. Lenoir, M.D. – President, National Medical Association

Elijah Saunders, M.D. – Clinical Professor, University of Maryland School of Medicine

John E. Maupin Jr., M.D. – Dean, Morehouse School of Medicine

Risa Lavizzo-Mourey – President, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Albert P. Parker III – EVP, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary Sunovian Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Tunde Otulana, M.D. - Senior Vice President, Clinical Development & Medical Affairs, Boehringer Ingelheim


For information about sponsorship or advertising opportunities at the awards dinner, contact Erika Gardner, BlackDoctor.org Executive Assistant to the CEO, at 312-222-1205.


About BlackDoctor.org
BlackDoctor.org (BDO) is the world’s most comprehensive online health resource for black consumers. With a monthly total audience reach of 15 million, BDO is the leading producer of targeted, culturally accurate health content for African Americans. BDO’s users appreciate receiving health advice in an environment they trust and in a language they understand. BDO also boasts the largest online database of black physicians and dentists as part of its free doctor search tool. For more details, visit www.blackdoctor.org


About The Hopkins Center for Health Disparities Solutions:
The Hopkins Center for Health Disparities Solutions (HCHDS) was established in October 2002 and brings together the health research and program development resources of the Johns Hopkins Medical Institutes (schools of Public Health, Medicine, and Nursing) to demonstrate the efficacy of public health, social science and medical science in mitigating health disparities. HCHDS does this through efforts in research, training and community outreach. The Center has a national focus, but much of their work takes place in the local Baltimore community. The HCHDS is designated as a National Comprehensive Center of Excellence in Health Disparities by the NCMHD of the National Institutes of Health.


Healthcare enrollment event in Roseland helps community get covered

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By Kaitlyn Rowney

State Communications Lead – Illinois Get Covered America campaign


Nearly 340,000 African-Americans lack insurance in Illinois. But thanks to a very successful enrollment event on Saturday, February 8 at Allen Metropolitan Church, more Chicagoans are now signed up for health care.

April Caldwell is one of the many people who signed up for insurance during the enrollment workshop. She sat down with an in-person assister for free, personal application help. After only 20 minutes, Caldwell was signed up for coverage. The 19 year old has asthma and said she is most looking forward to not having to worry about getting the medications she needs.

“Having insurance is going to be so much better,” said Caldwell. “I won’t have to worry so much. My inhaler is running low so the first thing I’ll do is get my prescription taken care of.”

Get Covered America, a national non-profit, non-partisan organization, hosted the event in partnership with Allen Metropolitan and the Chicago District Christian Methodist Episcopal Church (CME). The event was so well attended, another workshop is planned for Saturday, February 15 from 11 am to 6pm at Allen Metropolitan. CME Presiding Elder Rev. Karen Walker-McClure also said CME plans to hold events at other CME churches across Illinois.

“There are so many people in our congregations who don’t have coverage,” said Rev. Walker-McClure. “I “I feel empowered to speak with our members and encourage them to sign-up for insurance. I hope we can help more people sign-up and invite their friends and neighbors to join as well.”

Allen Metropolitan isn’t the only church in Roseland that’s taken an active role in helping the community get insured. Just down the street at Lilydale First Baptist Church, Rev. Alvin Love has hosted several enrollment events with another planned in March.

Rev. Love is a leader in the movement for African-American church leaders to speak about health care from the pulpit. This week he is in Orlando speaking at the 40th Annual African-America Pastor’s Retreat. He was invited to spread information about the Affordable Care Act, the work he’s doing in Roseland, and to talk about the importance of helping congregants get insured. As the March 31st open enrollment deadline nears, Rev. Love hopes more and more churches and community members will join the movement to get as many people insured as possible.

Caldwell said she’ll also be encouraging others to get signed up for insurance, especially young people she knows. She’s so excited about her coverage, she’s joining Get Covered America as a volunteer so she can spread the word about the need to enroll.

“No matter what age you are you need insurance. You never know what might happen. It’s too important not to sign-up,” said Caldwell.

For more information about enrollment events in Chicago, head to www.GetCoveredAmerica.org. There you can also get more information about insurance or sign-up to be a volunteer.

Next enrollment event – Open to everyone in the community.

Saturday, February 15
11 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Allen Metropolitan CME Church
10946 S. Lowe Street
Chicago, IL 60628

If you are participating in enrollment please bring the following:
1) State I.D. and Driver’s License
2) Proof of residency
3) Proof of income, if any.

Noted experts on Race in America to hold public conversation

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Writers Alex Kotlowitz and Ta-Nehesi Coates to talk February 27


EVANSTON, IL – Ta-Nehesi Coates, an influential blogger and correspondent for The Atlantic, and Alex Kotlowitz, a writer renowned for his best-selling book about two boys growing up in a Chicago housing project, will hold a public conversation Thursday, Feb. 27, at Northwestern University.

The event takes place February 27, 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Peggy Dow Helmerich Auditorium in Annie May Swift Hall, 1920 Campus Drive, Evanston. Free and open to the public, it will be followed by a book signing from 7 to 7:30 p.m.

A former staff writer at The Village Voice and a contributor to The New York Times Magazine and to public radio’s “This American Life,” Coates is author of the memoir “The Beautiful Struggle: A Father, Two Sons and an Unlikely Road to Manhood.” New Yorker writer Hendrik Hertzberg has called him “one of the most elegant and sharp observers of race in America.”

Kotlowitz has won similar accolades as author of “There Are No Children Here: The Story of Two Boys Growing Up in the Other America” and “The Other Side of the River” and as co-producer of “The Interrupters,” a widely acclaimed film that opened at the Sundance Festival in 2011. The film was inspired by Kotlowitz’s 2008 New York Times Magazine article, “Blocking the Transmission of Violence,” published three years before.

The conversation is sponsored by Northwestern’s Center for the Writing Arts, Northwestern’s performance studies department in the School of Communication and the African American studies department in Northwestern’s Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences.

For further information, email words@northwestern.edu or call (847) 467-4099.

Northwestern News: www.northwestern.edu/newscenter/

Master P coached and mentored NBA All-Star Demar Derozan from seventh grade through college

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Nationwide (BlackNews.com) — Percy Miller aka Master P is not only a music mogul and former NBA Player, but also a basketball coach that has dedicated over twelve years of his life to help train and educate young men for college and a professional career. He formed a basketball program called P. Miller Ballers aka PMB, which is one of the most winning organizations today when it comes to youth basketball.

Master P has been a mentor to 2014 All-Star pick Demar Derozan, their history goes back from the seventh grade through college. Demar was just a regular kid from Compton, CA that Master P believed in, saw the talent and potential. Ironically, Master P played for the Toronto Raptors and now Demar Derozan is the star of that franchise. There are over 30 college players representing the P. Miller Ballers Organization. Among the P. Miller Baller alumni that are successful in the NBA are Brandon Jennings and Lance Stephens.

Currently, the P. Miller Ballers hold the title to the best 6th grade team in the country; Shemar Morrow as a sixth grader is ranked the #1 forward in the country and Hercy Miller as a sixth grader is ranked at #1 guard in the country. With talent like this the P. Miller Ballers have a bright future and these kids could be the next future NBA stars. Master P has done an excellent job as a coach and mentor to these young men.

PMB is an organization where inner-city at-risk youth get to travel, see the world and learn the importance of higher education and hard work. For more information, go to www.PMillerBallers.com

VIDEO LINK: http://youtu.be/jE6gjFVKa0M



Chevron Joins News Publisher Wars in Richmond, Calif.

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Chevron Joins News Publisher Wars in Richmond, Calif.

New America Media

By Sukey Lewis and Asha Dumonthier

RICHMOND, Calif. – There’s a good old-fashioned muckraker’s war going on in Richmond, Calif., and Chevron’s “community-driven” news site Richmond Standard is the latest fighter to step into the ring.

This sprawling city east of San Francisco is home to Chevron’s oil refinery, which has made it a battleground between the company’s business interests and environmental activists who are calling for checks on air quality and safety.

Now, 

as part of the company’s latest effort to rehabilitate its image in the city, Chevron is launching its own community news site.

Chevron spokesperson Melissa Ritchie said that Chevron wanted to start the site because, “We want to make sure there’s a way to have a conversation with Richmond.”

But many community members complain that Chevron is already communicating too much with Richmond – and that the communication only goes one way.

Chevron is doing a lot of talking, but not much listening, says resident Najari Smith, a spokesman for Black Mobilization Organization Education Richmond (BMOER) and contributing writer for San Francisco Bay View. “While everyone can have a voice, you can pay for a lot of voice,” said Smith, pointing to the many billboards advertising Chevron across the city, the newsletters it sends out, and the publications distributed by For Richmond, a non-profit funded by the oil company.

Chevron’s news site is the latest addition to a group of new media outlets in a city that for decades had no newspaper.

Newspaper wars heat up

A few years ago, you would have been hard-pressed to find a publication dedicated to covering Richmond. Today, you can take your pick of both publications and political perspectives. With the 2014 election season about to kick off, residents are sure to see a lively debate unfold in the papers, news sites, blogs, and e-forums that have recently cropped up here.

“It’s as if there’s a number of people who want to address the news desert—the vacuum that’s been left since the demise of the Independent in 1978,” said lifelong Richmond resident, historian and NPR correspondent Richard Gonzales.

When Richmond Confidential was established by UC Berkeley’s School of Journalism in 2008, the only daily newspapers available were the West County Times and the Oakland Post. These papers cover Richmond along with other cities and towns in Alameda and Contra Costa counties.

Then in 2011, the Richmond Pulse came along. The monthly bilingual newspaper was launched as part of New America Media’s project YouthWire, which generates and supports youth-led community media across the state. “The Pulse was originally supposed to be online only, but I saw a need for print news,” said editor Malcolm Marshall. Funded by The California Endowment, the Pulse was the first bilingual paper to spring up in response to Richmond’s rapidly changing demographics. Nearly one-third of Richmond’s residents now speak Spanish at home.

La Voz, launched in July of last year, was next to show up on the scene. “The Latino community needs good materials, reports, analysis and perspectives that reflect their issues and their concerns,” said editor Juan Reardon. Reardon is a progressive activist in Richmond, and the bilingual newspaper is largely seen as supportive of the Richmond Progressive Alliance.

Though not based in Richmond, another interesting development in the local news scene was the arrival of the San Francisco Bay View, a left-leaning black newspaper that started delivering in Richmond in May. “We always wanted to go back to Richmond,” said the Bay View’s publisher, Willie Ratcliff. The paper has received funding from local non-profits, and Ratcliff said he now has an obligation to start reporting and distributing in Richmond again.

Then in January, Chevron launched the Richmond Standard.

Mike Aldax, a former reporter for the San Francisco Examiner is acting as editor of the site. Though he is not a Chevron employee, he is a senior account executive at Singer Associates, the firm that handles Chevron’s public relations. When asked if he considers himself more of an editor or an advocate for Chevron, Aldax said, “My role is in a sense both.” Aldax sees his job as reporting the news accurately, and, “Heck, if the news is popular enough, people would read the Chevron Speaks section.”

The site covers local news and events, and Aldax said he hopes to build the Richmond Standard in the model of neighborhood blogs like Bernalwood in San Francisco’s Bernal Heights neighborhood.

Corporation or community – How can you be both?

Pulse editor Malcolm Marshall had a visceral response to Chevron’s claim that the Richmond Standard was “community-driven.” “The corporation is the community?” asked Marshall. “How can you be both of those?”

Andres Soto of the Richmond Progressive Alliance puts it more bluntly. “Richmond Standard is a pseudo online newspaper to try to counteract info that’s coming out in La Voz, the Pulse and the Bay View. It’s part of their mass propaganda campaign to try to influence the democratic process in Richmond.”

Aldax said that critics of the site are missing the point. “The fact is that it’s a good thing,” said Aldax. “You can be skeptical and it’s still a good thing.”

Richmond resident Felix Hunziker said he welcomes more news options.

“It’s obviously an outlet for Chevron by Chevron, but as long as that’s clear—and I think it is—I don’t see a problem with it.”

Hunziker said he sees a need for more balance in the papers currently circulating. Unlike Smith, who sees Chevron as the loudest voice in the room, Hunziker said he feels bombarded by progressive messaging. “Most of the yelling is being done on the far left. I think it’s important that people in the center start standing up.”

But Hunziker said he is skeptical the Chevron-funded site can become a platform for community engagement. “I’m just not seeing it as a place where you’ll have active community dialogue,” he said.

Marshall said Chevron isn’t aiming its messages at the progressives, who probably can’t be swayed, but at those in the center who see Chevron doing positive things in the community and take these actions at face value. “Those are the folks who Chevron is trying to speak to. Not the folks who are going to look too deep,” Marshall said.

“It all seems like a very big ruse, a very big PR ploy, so they don’t have to do what’s right,” said Richmond resident Linda Schneider.

Aldax, meanwhile, said he understands that people are skeptical, and maintains that the launch of the site has nothing to do with the upcoming election. “The onus is on myself to really prove to the community that we’re a reliable news source.”

But Smith believes Chevron should be focused on making the refinery safe rather than dominating community dialogue in the run-up to an election.

“You don’t need to tell me everything that’s happening in Richmond,” Smith said. “Tell me what’s happening with you.”

“The Power of Neighborhoods” – The 20th Annual Chicago Neighborhood Development Awards February 20th

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Award Ceremony: Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Edward J. Wehmer, Wintrust, Special film presentation featuring Valerie Jarrett, Mayor Richard M. Daley, others, 1,600 Chicago community development leaders and elected officials

CHICAGO, IL – Twenty years ago when the first Chicago Neighborhood Development Awards (CNDA) ceremony took place, social commentators were predicting the “end of the city” and neighborhoods were more than a slogan than a force. Local Initiatives Support Corporation Chicago (LISC Chicago) was determined to change both perceptions of neighborhoods and city.  And they did, with Chicago and its practitioners of comprehensive neighborhood development now looked at as the place and people to emulate by urbanists and observers across the nation.

On Thursday, February 20th LISC will celebrate the 20th anniversary of the awards, and more important the 20 years of community development that have transformed neighborhoods and changed the nation’s view of cities, and inspired neighborhood based housing, commercial and social initiatives.

The event will be held February 20, 2014, at the Chicago Hilton & Towers, 720 S. Michigan Ave. Panel discussion begins at 3:00 p.m. and the awards ceremony takes place at 4:30 p.m.

The Panelists are Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky, WBEZ Reporter Natalie Moore, Pullman’s David Doig, Little Village’s Mike Rodriguez, Englewood’s Demond Drummer.

The theme for this year’s event— “The Power of Neighborhoods”– highlights the grassroots-borne innovations that have made Chicago’s neighborhood development a model for the nation and looks at the potential and importance of neighborhood leadership in creatively addressing the challenges that face the city today.  Emphasizing the progress, the Awards Ceremony will open with a film with commentary from former Mayor Richard M. Daley, Valerie Jarrett, Senior Advisor to President Obama and former LISC Chicago board member, philanthropic leader Julia Stasch and numerous community developers, architects and social observers.

This year, ten juried awards— many with cash prizes— will be given for: outstanding community strategy; outstanding nonprofit and for profit real estate projects; affordable rental housing preservation; organizing; and architectural excellence in community design, honored by the three Richard H. Driehaus Foundation awards. In addition, a leadership award is given to an organizational leader who has demonstrated great potential and a non-juried award is made to the recipient of the Richard M. Daley Friend of the Neighborhoods award, which recognizes lifetime achievement.

Prior to the Awards ceremony there will be a panel discussion, moderated by WBEZ’s Natalie Moore, and featuring Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky; David Doig, CNI Group; Demond Drummer, Teamwork Englewood; and Michael D. Rodriguez, Enlace Chicago. With past as prologue, the panel will address the current challenges that the city faces and the innovative solutions being forged to meet them.

This year’s event is chaired by Edward J. Wehmer, Founder and CEO of Wintrust Financial, presenting sponsor of CNDA. CNDA is underwritten by lead sponsors: Allstate; Citi; MB Financial Bank; The PrivateBank; Bank of America; The Chicago Community Trust; Northern Trust; The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation; BMO Harris Bank; LISC Chicago; PNC; State Farm; Charter One; The Habitat Company; Peoples Gas; US Bank; Chase; Polk Bros. Foundation; Woods Fund Chicago.

CNDA is also supported by: Accion Chicago; Applegate & Thorne-Thomsen, PC; Back of the Yards Neighborhood Council; Brinshore Development; Camiros, Ltd.; Chicago Bears Chicago Community Loan Fund; Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership; Chicago Neighborhood Initiatives; CohnReznick LLP; ComEd; Comcast; Community Investment Corporation; Enterprise Community Partners, Inc.; Federal Home Loan Bank of Chicago; Fifth Third Bank; First Merit Bank; Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses; Greater Southwest Development Corporation; Hispanic Housing Development Corporation; Holsten Real Estate Development; IFF; Illinois Housing Development Authority; Illinois Housing Council; Lighten-Gale Group; Matanky Realty; Mercy Housing; Miner, Barnhill & Galland, P.C.; Neighborhood Housing Services of Chicago; North Lawndale Employment Network; Pierce Family Foundation; Preservation of Affordable Housing; Teska Associates, Inc.; The Community Builders; University of Chicago; Urban Partnership Bank; Walsh Construction; Wight & Company

Established in 1995 by Local Initiatives Support Corporation Chicago (LISC Chicago) – one of the nation’s most respected leaders in community development – CNDA is typically attended by more than 1,500 civic, community, government, corporate and philanthropic leaders. The awards were created to honor the extraordinary development activity in Chicago’s neighborhoods and to inspire emulation of the quality and boldness demonstrated by the awardees.

For more information, visit www.lisc-cnda.org or email cnda@lisc.org.

TimeLine Theatre Company announces creation of New Playwrights Collective, names new Associate Artists and expands Board of Directors

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Chicago, IL — TimeLine Theatre Company announced the addition of several new artists and community leaders to its ranks with the creation of a new Playwrights Collective, plus the naming of four new Associate Artists and eight members to its Board of Directors.

TimeLine Playwrights Collective

Eight playwrights have been named to the inaugural year of TimeLine’s Playwrights Collective: Alice Austen, Aaron Carter, John Conroy, Emily Dendinger, Wendell Etherly, Frances Limoncelli, Susan McLaughlin Karp and Brett Neveu. Brief biographies of these artists are included below; for more details visit timelinetheatre.com/company/playwrightscollective.htm.

Over its first 16 seasons, TimeLine Theatre Company produced nine world premiere productions, making an ongoing commitment to developing new work. The TimeLine Playwrights Collective continues that commitment, offering a supportive environment for playwrights who share an affinity for TimeLine’s mission of presenting stories inspired by history that connect with the social and political issues of today.

Each season, a diverse group of eight emerging and established writers will be invited to participate in the Playwrights Collective. They will meet regularly and may work on any project that fits TimeLine’s mission. Meetings provide the opportunity to read and hear scenes from work under development, ask questions, discuss challenges and share progress with peers. TimeLine provides space for meetings, artistic staff to facilitate discussion, and actors and directors for readings. The season will culminate in an evening of readings of excerpts by each playwright for the TimeLine Company Members, Associate Artists and the playwrights’ invited guests.  Any works developed with the Playwrights Collective may be considered for future development and production at TimeLine Theatre.

“We’re thrilled to welcome these eight distinguished writers into our inaugural Playwrights Collective,” said TimeLine Artistic Director PJ Powers. “TimeLine looks to this exciting, eclectic group of writers to help us learn how we can make our company a truly supportive place for playwrights and to improve our process for developing new work.”

“It’s invigorating to work with this group of Chicago playwrights and to provide them with a supportive artistic home this year,” said TimeLine Literary Manager Ben Thiem, who will lead the Playwrights Collective. “Each of these talented writers represents a unique voice and a shared interest in exploring stories inspired by history, and we can’t wait to develop compelling and thought-provoking new work with them.”

TimeLine Associate Artists

Four artists have been named Associate Artists of TimeLine Theatre Company: Behzad Dabu, Mikhail Fiksel, Ron OJ Parson and Collette Pollard. Brief biographies of these artists are included below; for more details visit timelinetheatre.com/company/associateartists.htm.

Working closely with TimeLine’s Company Members, Associate Artists contribute to TimeLine’s short-term and long-term artistic programming and growth. Associate Artists serve as non-voting advisers in artistic planning and are encouraged to propose and promote artistic programming ideas and to enhance the work culture and environment of TimeLine. With a collaborative spirit and active participation, Associate Artists demonstrate passionate commitment toward TimeLine’s mission, vision and values.

“Each of these new Associate Artists has made enormous contributions to the work on TimeLine’s stage, and they also have been leaders off stage, making TimeLine a better place to work and a more distinguished organization,” said Powers. “These new additions will not only further diversify the talents and viewpoints of our artistic family, they will play an important role in shaping the next phase of TimeLine’s artistic growth, as we expand programming, develop more new work and reach a broader audience. We couldn’t be more proud to have these fine artists help us bring TimeLine’s mission to life and serve as ambassadors in the community.”

These individuals join an already distinguished group of Associate Artists that includes Will Allan, Brian Sidney Bembridge, Eva Breneman, William Brown, Aaron Carter, Andrew Carter, Louis Contey, Charles Cooper, John Culbert, Julie Eberhardt, Ana Espinosa, Terry Hamilton, Andrew Hansen, Alex Wren Meadows, Keith Parham, Mark Richard, Mike Tutaj, Ann Wakefield and Alex Weisman.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

TimeLine Theatre also is pleased to recognize eight business and community leaders who have joined its Board of Directors over the past few months:

  • J. Robert Barr is a retired partner with the Chicago law firm Sidley Austin LLP and is an Emeritus Trustee of Steppenwolf Theatre Company.
  • Alvin Katz is a Partner at Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP.
  • Eileen LaCario is Vice President of Broadway In Chicago, former Chair of the Board of the League of Chicago Theatres and a member of the City of Chicago Cultural Advisory Council.
  • Thaddeus J. Malik is a Partner at Paul Hastings.
  • Jessica Graham Nielsen serves as a community leader with several organizations.
  • Susan A. Payne is Executive Vice President at Metropolitan Capital Bank.
  • John M. Sirek is Director of Civic Programs at the Robert R. McCormick Foundation.
  • Anne Stockton serves as a community leader with several organizations.

“This impressive group has joined TimeLine’s Board of Directors at a critical juncture in the company’s history,” said Managing Director Elizabeth K. Auman. “Guided by our long-term strategic plan, we are managing growth and planning for a future that supports our unique mission and can serve a broader audience. There is much work to do and we couldn’t be more pleased to have these leaders at the table.”

TimeLine’s Board of Directors is led by Cindy Giacchetti (President), Nadim A. Kazi (Vice President), Katherine Feucht (Treasurer) and Rick Gray (Secretary), and also includes Elizabeth K. Auman, Karen B. Case, Marti DeGraaf, Paul Knapp, Michael B. Lowe, Jennifer Moeller, PJ Powers, Matthew R. Reilein, Elizabeth Richter, Maren Robinson, Debra Siegel and Nicole Thomas.

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