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Archive for July 8th, 2014

Congressman Luis Gutierrez Joins Community to Urge President Obama: Do Everything In Your Power to Keep Families Together

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Families Threatened With Deportation to Offer Testimony

CHICAGO, IL – Congressman Luis Gutierrez will join families facing deportation and the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights on Tuesday to demand that President Obama take immediate action to stop the deportation crisis and stop tearing apart families.

After a year of House Republicans blocking a vote on the Senate’s bipartisan immigration reform and otherwise failing to move forward on immigration legislation, families need relief now. The President last week announced that he would take Administrative action to help stem the deportation crisis. Congressman Gutierrez, Illinois families, and ICIRR call on President Obama act boldly and do everything he can in the absence of Congressional action.

Two families affected by the deportation crisis, those of Agustín Corona (A089-278-003) and Wilson Gomez-Pú (A077-662-858), will share their stories and echo the call for the President to act swiftly and boldly to address this broken system.

“For more than a year, 11 million people have been waiting for House Republicans to pass bipartisan immigration reform, ICIRR CEO Lawrence Benito said, “Now that the House has missed its chance to act, President Obama has the legal authority and the moral obligation to stop the deportation crisis. The Congressional Hispanic Caucus has offered the Administration a blueprint for how best to address the broken immigration system. Now that the President has indicated a willingness to act, he should take immediate action and do everything in his power to address this crisis.”

WHO: Congressman Luis Gutierrez, community leaders, two families facing deportation

WHEN: Tuesday July 8 at 10 a.m.

WHERE: ICIRR offices, 55 E Jackson Blvd, Suite 2075

WATCH: Live video streaming starts at 10am: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/icirr

The Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights is a statewide coalition of more than 130 organizations dedicated to promoting the rights of immigrants and refugees to full and equal participation in the civic, cultural, social, and political life of our diverse society. For more information, visit www.icirr.org.

“There are outstanding teachers all across the country” – President Obama

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Remarks by the President before Lunch with Teachers

Blue Room

Well, good afternoon, everybody.  I am here with some outstanding teachers as well as Secretary Arne Duncan.  And the reason we’re here is with the school year now over, it is a great time for us to focus on what we need to do to make sure that next year and the year after that and the year after continues to improve for students all across this country.

The one ingredient that we know makes an enormous difference is a great teacher, and we have four of the best teachers in the country here.  But what we also know is that there are outstanding teachers all across the country, and Arne, myself, I suspect many of you had wonderful teachers that made all the difference in your lives and allowed you to be excited about learning and set you on a path for an extraordinary career.

Unfortunately, there are a lot of kids around the country who are not getting the kind of teaching that they need — not because there aren’t a whole lot of great potential teachers out there, but because we’re not doing enough to put a lot of our teachers in a position to succeed.  They may not be getting the training they need, they may not be getting the professional development and support that they need in the classroom.  And part of our goal since we came into office, since Arne became Secretary of Education is how do we continue to improve how teachers can get better each and every year.

Of particular concern is the fact that typically the least experienced teachers, the ones with the least support, often end up in the poorest schools.  So we have a problem in which the kids who need the most skilled teachers are the least likely to get them.  And the most talented and skilled teachers oftentimes are teaching the kids who are already the best prepared and have the most resources outside of the school in order to succeed.

So what we’re trying to do today — and Arne is going to have more to say about this this afternoon because we’re hosting a bunch of other teachers who are here in town — is to highlight what we’re calling “Excellent Educators for All.”  It’s going to be a program in which we ask states to take a look at where they’re distributing great teachers, what are they doing in order to train and promote and place teachers in some of the toughest environments for children.  And what we’re also going to be doing is providing technical assistance, highlighting best practices, all with the intention of making sure that wherever a child is, anywhere in the country, they’ve got that opportunity to have somebody in front of the classroom or beside them guiding them, mentoring them, helping them learn.

And when I think about my own experience, the only reason I’m here in the White House is because I had some extraordinary teachers as well as a pretty extraordinary mom and grandparents.  I think everybody sitting around this table probably feels the same way — I suspect that’s part of what inspired some of these people to become teachers.  We want to make sure every child has that access to excellent teachers and we’re very confident that if we can lift up what works, that there are going to be a lot of states that want to adapt to it.

So, unfortunately right now, they don’t necessarily have the information and, as I said, if we do nothing, if we don’t highlight the problem, then inevitably the kids who probably need less help get the most, and the kids who need the most help are getting the least.  That’s something that we’re going to need to reverse not just because it’s good for these kids — we know that if they’ve got a great teacher, they’re more likely to graduate, they’re more likely to go to college, they’re more likely to succeed in their career — it’s also necessary for our economy, because we’ve got too many kids who are trapped in situations in which they’re not able to realize their full potential.

So I want to thank all these folks for being here, and I’m really looking forward to listening to them to find out what they think can be most helpful in promoting excellence in teaching.

Thank you, everybody.

Jesse White Brings Office Services to Taste of Chicago

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Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White is reminding the public that they can renew their driver’s license or state ID card, purchase vehicle license plate stickers, or conduct a number of other transactions at the Secretary of State’s Taste of Chicago booth July 9-13.

“I am pleased to once again partner with the city of Chicago to provide these services as a convenience to motorists visiting the Taste of Chicago,” said White. “People will be able to renew their driver’s license while enjoying the great restaurants and entertainment that the city has to offer.”

White’s office will provide services from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.  The mobile unit will be located at Grant Park near Columbus Drive and Congress Parkway.

Services provided at the Secretary of State mobile unit include:

  • Driver’s License: renewal, correction or change of address
  • State ID Card: new, renewal, correction or change of address
  • Vehicle Registration Sticker sales
  • Vehicle Title and Registration
  • Passenger, B-truck, Motorcycle and Specialty License Plates
  • Parking Placards for Persons with Disabilities Program
  • Pick-a-Plate Program
  • Motor Voter Registration
  • Organ/Tissue Donor Registration

Proper documentation is required for all transactions. Acceptable forms of payment include personal checks, cash, Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discover credit and debit cards.

Denounce the Hobby Lobby Decision – Sign the Petition

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Schneider for Congress

In a blatantly partisan decision, the Supreme Court just ruled that certain employers can deny women workers access to birth control. That’s not ok. Sign your name denouncing the Hobby Lobby decision.

The Supreme Court severely rolled back women’s healthcare rights last Monday — giving their bosses authority to reject contraceptive coverage.

Brad’s firmly pro-choice. He opposes this latest attack on women’s rights, and he’ll fight day and night to protect their rights.

That’s why he’s joining his colleagues to denounce the Supreme Court’s latest decision. Will you join him?

Just click here to automatically add your name to our petition and denounce the Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby decision >>


Team Brad

Never Before Told Stories of James Brown, the Godfather of Soul!

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New book “Inside The Godfather” features never before told stories of James Brown

Nationwide (BlackNews.com) — Waldorf Publishing is excited to be releasing the new book Inside the Godfather (ISBN: 9781628477962) featuring never before told stories of James Brown by his inner circle. The book was written by Daryl Brown, the son of James Brown and Michael P. Chabries. If you think you know the soul truth about James Brown, think again!

Inside the Godfather is a history changing book, but most importantly, it sets the record straight about James Brown, the Godfather of Soul! The book tells stories that have NEVER been told. For example: Did you know that James Brown was once offered over ten million dollars to convert to a certain religion? Even more, Daryl Brown believes that his dad, James Brown, his brother-in-law and his older brother Teddy were actually murdered.

The inner circle includes, but is not limited to his mistress, his limo driver, the widow, the bodyguard, band members, personal physician, an arresting officer and many more!

The book, which can be pre-ordered now, will be available August 1st, 2014 as a paperback, eBook and audio book, and will feature unique photos – some of which have never been seen before. The book will be released simultaneously with the Universal Studios biographical film Get on Up produced by Mick Jagger and Brian Graze.

In author Daryl Browns own words: How can Universal Studios distribute a movie about my dad without even talking to those that were closest to my dad including me? He says that they have partnered with the VH1 Save The Music Foundation and The Fender Music Foundation, and that they will be donating 5% of all book proceeds to both foundations.

James Brown, the Godfather of Soul, may be the most misunderstood man in the last century. His contributions toward modern music pale in comparison to the role he played in modern history. Brown lifted all races toward the ideals of equality and opportunity. Tragically, while he had the ability to calm the storms of social turmoil – his personal life was a perpetual tempest; sex, drugs, rhythm & blues.

Inside the Godfather brings together, for the first time, Browns inner circle. They will correct the distortions of the past and provide the reader a clear understanding of the brilliance and generosity that was James Brown. This book will have you question your assumptions about politics, religion, sports, money and the entire entertainment industry. You will see inside the man. You will never be the same.

The name, James Brown is an international brand. His music is still being sold in over 110 countries. His face is certainly one of the most recognizable in the world, and he is loved and adored by millions. But how many people really knew him?

Daryl Brown comments, “Two hundred years from now when they mention James Brown, the Godfather of Soul, they will use this book to understand the person, the mind, the genius of one of the greatest entertainers of all time.”
About Waldorf Publishing:
Waldorf Publishing was launched in 2013 by Barbara Terry, a marketing and media expert with extensive experience in the entertainment Industry. The first book published was by NASCAR great, Kenny Wallace.

Contact Barbara Terry to request an interview with Daryl Brown, Michael P. Chabries or Barbara Terry or to review Inside the Godfather in Paperback, eBook or PDF. She can be reached at BarbaraTerry08@aol.com or 303-550-8186.

Twitter: @WaldorfPress, @GodfatherBook
Facebook: Waldorf Press

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Photo: Book Cover

Renowned Educator Writes Book for Motivating Black Males to Achieve in School and in Life

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Motivating Black Males to Achieve

Jersey City, NJ (BlackNews.com) — As the achievement gap continues to pose one of the greatest challenges to educators at all levels, the plight of the Black male learner poses an even greater challenge as evidenced by national achievement, dropout and suspension data. Motivating Black Males to Achieve in School and in Life provides educators with proven strategies toward motivating their Black male learners at all grade levels to take a greater interest in school, learning and preparing for academic excellence.

Jersey City, NJ based educator, Principal Baruti Kafele draws from his 20 years of experience in teaching Black males and turning around troubled urban schools to explain:

* Why the challenges of educating Black male students are frequently different from educating other student populations.
* What all Black male students need in their classroom experiences.
* How to assess your own attitudes and abilities to educate Black males.
* Which major problems outside of school could change the way you teach Black males.
* How to address the root causes of Black male self-identity.
* Why and how to develop a young mens empowerment program.

Motivating Black Males to Achieve in School and in Life helps educators to understand why lack of proficiency in reading, writing, and math among Black males is a symptom of deeper problems that are generally ignored or overlooked. It provides educators with solutions that can be put into their daily practice right away to improve the performance of their Black male students.
About Principal Kafele
A highly-regarded urban public school educator in New Jersey for over twenty years, Principal Kafele distinguished himself in the classroom and as a school leader. As an elementary school teacher in East Orange, NJ, he was selected as the East Orange School District and Essex County Public Schools Teacher of the Year. As a principal, he led the transformation of four different schools, including Newark Tech, which went from a low-performing school in need of improvement to recognition by U.S. News and World Report Magazine as one of America’s best high schools. Currently, Principal Kafele is one of the most sought-after speakers for transforming the attitudes of at-risk student populations in America. He is also the recipient of over one hundred educational, professional and community awards which include the National Alliance of Black School Educators Hall of Fame Award, the Milken National Educator Award, and the New Jersey Education Association Award for Excellence.
Books by Principal Kafele:
Motivating Black Males to Achieve in School and in Life
Closing the Attitude Gap: How to Fire Up Your Students to Strive for Success
A Black Parent’s Handbook to Educating Your Children
A Handbook for Teachers of African American Children
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Photo Caption: Bookcover and author, “Principal” Baruti Kafele

212,000 Help Wanted OnLine Ads for Illinois Job Openings in June

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Bloomington/Peoria, Decatur/Springfield, Rockford, Champaign/Danville and Quad Cities Among State Leaders

CHICAGO, IL – More than 212,000 help wanted ads for Illinois job openings were posted on the internet in June and 85 percent sought full‑time workers, the Illinois Department of Employment Security said today, citing an independent report. The data is not seasonally adjusted.

Help wanted internet advertising leaders included the Bloomington/Peoria region (9,300), Decatur/Springfield region (6,700), Rockford Stateline (6,600), Champaign/Danville (5,100) and the Quad Cities (4,800). The Chicago metro area (159,200) always will lead the state because it has the greatest population of any Economic Development Region.

“Here is another example that shows Illinois employers are hiring and our economy is getting stronger,” IDES Director Jay Rowell said. “We know that judging economic progress is best done when looking at several economic indicators over a period of time. And even with so many moving in a positive direction, we know more must be done to bring this economic progress to every doorstep.”

The Conference Board collects the Help Wanted Online data. The Conference Board is a global, independent business membership and research association. The data represents industries that post online job ads. Some industries, such as construction, do not typically post job openings online.

Statewide, the top five advertised positions in June were truck drivers (11,188), registered nurses, (6,446), retail salespersons (4,875), first‑line supervisors of retail salespersons (4,269) and marketing managers (4,201). The median hourly wage for an Illinois truck driver is $20.57; registered nurse, $31.34; retail salespersons, $9.85; first-line supervisors of retail salesperson, $17.03; and marketing managers,  $48.78. Typically, the positions include some benefits, such as health insurance, paid sick days and vacation.

Included in the data are 150,000 positions advertised on Illinoisjoblink.com. IDES operates the state’s hiring board. Job seekers can build multiple resumes to emphasize different skills and experiences. Business owners can use keyword matching technology to search resumes and find the best candidate. Illinoisjoblink.com is free for workers and employers. It compares favorably to private efforts that cost hundreds of dollars. No-cost HR recruitment services for employers and workers are available at the website and at (877) 342-7533.

HWOL Data for Economic Development Regions – June 2014

Top 5 Occupations: Top 5 Occupations:
Region 1 – Central

Cass, Christian, Greene,

Logan, Macon, Macoupin,

Menard, Montgomery,

Morgan, Sangamon, Scott,

Shelby Counties

6,700 Jobs

  • Transportation and Material Moving Occupations: 1,197 jobs
  • Sales and Related Occupations: 924 jobs
  • Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations: 896 jobs
  • Office and Administrative Support Occupations: 657 jobs
  • Management Occupations: 470 jobs
Region 2 – East


Champaign, Douglas,

Ford, Iroquois, Piatt,

Vermilion Counties

5,200 Jobs

  • Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations:  721 jobs
  • Sales and Related Occupations: 645 jobs
  • Transportation and Material Moving Occupations:  635 jobs
  • Office and Administrative support: 487 jobs
  • Management Occupations: 395 jobs
Region 3 – North


De Witt, Fulton, Livingston,

Mc Lean, Marshall, Mason,

Peoria, Stark, Tazewell,

Woodford Counties.

9,400 Jobs

  • Sales and Related Occupations: 1,354 jobs
  • Transportation and Material Moving Occupations: 1,308 jobs
  • Computer and Mathematical Occupations: 1,060 jobs
  • Office and Administrative Support Occupations: 923 jobs
  • Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations: 846 jobs
Region 4 –


Cook, De Kalb, Du Page,

Grundy, Kane, Kankakee,

Kendall, Lake, Mc Henry,

Will Counties.

159,300 Jobs

  • Computer and Mathematical Occupations: 21,912 jobs
  • Management Occupations: 19,966 jobs
  • Sales and Related Occupations: 18,368 jobs
  • Office and Administrative Support Occupations: 17,009 jobs
  • Business and Financial Operations Occupations: 14,802 jobs
Region 5 – Northern


Boone, Ogle, Stephenson,

Winnebago Counties.

6,600 Jobs

  • Transportation and Material Moving Occupations: 1,049 jobs
  • Office and Administrative Support Occupations: 799 jobs
  • Sales and Related Occupations: 773 jobs
  • Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations: 620 jobs
  • Production Occupations: 394 jobs
Region 6 –


Bureau, Carroll, Henry, Jo

Daviess, La Salle, Lee,

Mercer, Putnam, Rock

Island, Whiteside Counties.

4,900 Jobs

  • Transportation and Material Moving Occupations: 584 jobs
  • Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations: 565 jobs
  • Sales and Related Occupations: 521 jobs
  • Office and Administrative Support Occupations: 466 jobs
  • Computer and Mathematical Occupations: 395 jobs
Region 7 –


Clark, Clay, Coles,

Crawford, Cumberland,

Edgar, Effingham, Fayette,

Jasper, Lawrence, Marion,

Moultrie, Richland


2,100 Jobs

  • Transportation and Material Moving Occupations: 389 jobs
  • Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations: 313 jobs
  • Office jobs and Administrative Support Occupations: 219
  • Sales and Related Occupations: 216 jobs
  • Production Occupations: 149 jobs
Region 8 –


Alexander, Edwards,

Franklin, Gallatin,

Hamilton, Hardin, Jackson,

Jefferson, Johnson,

Massac, Perry, Pope,

Pulaski, Saline, Union,

Wabash, Wayne, White,

Williamson Counties.

3,200 Jobs

  • Transportation and Material Moving Occupations: 524 jobs
  • Sales and Related Occupations: 470 jobs
  • Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations: 414 jobs
  • Office and Administrative Support Occupations: 368 jobs
  • Management Occupations: 188 jobs
Region 9 –


Bond, Calhoun, Clinton,

Jersey, Madison, Monroe,

Randolph, St. Clair,

Washington Counties.

4,800 Jobs

  • Sales and Related Occupations: 670 jobs
  • Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations: 578 jobs
  • Computer and Mathematical Occupations: 546 jobs
  • Transportation and Material Moving Occupations: 467 jobs
  • Office and Administrative Support Occupations: 465 jobs
Region 10 – West


Adams, Brown, Hancock,

Henderson, Knox, Mc

Donough, Pike, Schuyler,

Warren Counties.

2,000 Jobs

  • Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations: 371 jobs
  • Sales and Related Occupations: 239 jobs
  • Transportation and Material Moving Occupations: 206 jobs
  • Office and Administrative Support Occupations: 170 jobs
  • Education, Training and Library Occupations: 119 jobs

Playwrights Unit Members Anne Garcia Romero, Andrew Hinderaker and Mickle Maher Present Free staged Readings July 10-12 at Goodman Theatre

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CHICAGO, IL – Goodman Theatre presents three free staged readings of new plays developed in the Playwrights Unit, a year-long residency program for local writers who meet twice monthly with members of the theater’s artistic staff to discuss their plays in progress. Out of this process emerge four brand new plays, three of which appear in FREE staged readings this week: Mary Domingo by Anne García-Romero (July 10), The Magic Play by Andrew Hinderaker (July 11) and After by Mickle Maher (July 12). Laura Schellhardt, the fourth member of the Playwrights Unit who oversees undergraduate playwriting at Northwestern University, will present her play in the fall on a date to be announced. The Playwrights Unit, an essential component of the Goodman’s efforts to commission and develop new works for the American theater, is facilitated by director of new play development Tanya Palmer. FREE readings take place at 7:30pm in the Goodman’s rehearsal rooms; reservations are required and can be made by calling 312.443.3800 or visiting GoodmanTheatre.org/PlaywrightsUnit. Availability is extremely limited.

Participating Chicago-based playwrights of the Playwrights Unit receive a commission fee and a mid-point reading at Chicago Dramatists. The residency culminates in a final public reading at the Goodman. The Time Warner Foundation is the Lead Supporter of New Play Development. The Elizabeth F. Cheney Foundation is the Major Supporter of New Play Development. The Davee Foundation is the Major Supporter of New Work Development. The Glasser and Rosenthal Family and the Harold and Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust are Supporters of New Work Development. The Joyce Foundation is the Principal Supporter of Artistic Development and Diversity Initiatives.

About the Plays

Mary Domingo
By Anne García-Romero
Directed by Michael Maggio Directing Fellow Erica Weiss
July 10 at 7:30pm

Mary Peabody Mann is a passionate educator and the widow of 19th century American education reformer Horace Mann. In the aftermath of her husband’s death, a grieving Mary hopes to carry on his work by translating a book by Domingo Sarmiento, a brilliant and attractive Argentinian intellectual and an admirer of Mann’s ideas. But as she gets deeper into the project and her relationship with Domingo, Mary struggles to make herself heard. Anne García-Romero is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Film, Television and Theatre at the University of Notre Dame and a Resident Playwright at Chicago Dramatists. Her plays have been developed and produced throughout the country and published by Broadway Play Publishing, Playscripts, Smith & Kraus and NoPassport Press. She is the recipient of the Jerome Fellowship at the Playwrights’ Center of Minneapolis as well as the MacDowell Colony Fellowship.

The Magic Play
By Andrew Hinderaker
Directed by Halena Kays
July 11 at 7:30pm

A good magician is always in control of his show, but the rest of his life might be a little messier. So what happens when magic and real life collide? Andrew Hinderaker is a resident playwright at Chicago Dramatists, an ensemble member at The Gift and a three-time Jeff Award nominee. His newest play, Colossal, was the recent recipient of multiple awards from the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, and received a Rolling World Premiere in the 2014/2015 season, starting at the Olney Theatre Center outside Washington, D.C. Hinderaker currently holds commissions from the Roundabout Theatre Company and Marc Platt Productions.

By Mickle Maher
Directed by Jimmy McDermott
July 12 at 7:30pm

The internet has been decimated, and humans have lost almost all communication skills. Into this dystopian future comes Carol, an ordinary woman made extraordinary by her ability to speak relatively clearly. Carol longs for the glory days of social media when everyone could post their innermost thoughts and feelings—but will she find human connection in the wreckage of the web, or just more emptiness? Mickle Maher is a cofounder of Theater Oobleck and the author of numerous plays, that have appeared off-Broadway and in theaters around the world, supported by grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Rockefeller Foundation Multi-Arts Production Fund and Creative Capital. He currently teaches playwriting and related subjects at the University of Chicago and Columbia College.

About Goodman Theatre

The Goodman’s 2013/2014 Season features nine productions on its two stages—six in the 856-seat Albert Theatre and three in the 400-seat flexible Owen Theatre, plus the annual New Stages Festival that includes additional workshop productions. On stage now is Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe’s Brigadoon, directed by Rachel Rockwell (through August 10, in the Albert).

Goodman Theatre is world renowned for the quality and scope of its artistic programming and its commitment to improving life in the community. Artistic Director Robert Falls’ and Executive Director Roche Schulfer’s leadership has earned unparalleled artistic distinction and experienced unprecedented success, staging more than 80 world premieres, earning numerous awards for its productions—including the Tony Award for Outstanding Regional Theatre (1992) and the Pulitzer Prize for Ruined (2009)—and producing more than 25 new-work commissions. Founded in 1925 and housed in a state-of-the-art two-theater complex in the downtown Chicago Theatre District, the Goodman is Chicago’s oldest and largest not-for-profit producing theater, named “Best Regional Theatre” by Time magazine and “top dog of the Chicago theater scene” by Frommer’s. American Airlines is the Exclusive Airline of Goodman Theatre. Ruth Ann M. Gillis is Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Sherry John is President of the Women’s Board and Lauren Blair is President of the Scenemakers Board, the Goodman’s young professionals auxiliary group.

Visit the Goodman virtually: watch artist interviews, view production photos, catch the latest news and more at GoodmanTheatre.org and our blog. Like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, peek behind the scenes on YouTube.

Be Cautious of Huge Energy Savings Claims, Says Better Business Bureau

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CHICAGO, IL – Consumers are bombarded with claims from energy suppliers that promise huge savings in their energy costs. The Better Business Bureau says consumers need to research vague claims that state they will “save up to,” “save over” or advertise saving “more than” or “at least” because these claims may be nothing more than advertising gimmicks.

“Regardless of the time of year, cooling or heating your home has a major impact on household budgets” says Steve J. Bernas, president & CEO of the Better Business Bureau serving Chicago and Northern Illinois. “Consumers should not simply accept claims of guaranteed savings as fact. They need do some research.”

The Code of Advertising, the BBB’s long-held advertising standards for all businesses, states that claims regarding energy savings should be based on recent and competent scientific, engineering or other objective data. Energy suppliers should have proof that their savings claims are true before they advertise them.

The BBB recommends the following when evaluating energy savings claims:

  • Look for certification. See if the business is certified or accredited with groups or environmental agencies that specialize in energy savings. Always check with the organization that certified or accredited the business to verify it is in good standing. Find out what the business must do to earn the certification or accreditation.
  • Be wary of guaranteed savings. Be extremely cautious if a business guarantees to cut your bills or energy usage by a specific amount. Ask to see the guarantee in writing and look it over carefully to determine any restrictions, requirements or limitations, and how the guarantee would be honored.
  • Look for early termination clauses. Review any contract or agreement to determine if there are any penalties for early cancellations.
  • Use good judgment. As always, if something sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
  • Check with BBB. Search bbb.org to find thousands of local businesses that are committed to advertising with integrity and ensuring their consumers are satisfied.

For more information on scams and consumer tips, visit www.bbb.org, like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter.

Music Institute of Chicago Announces 2014–15 Nichols Concert Hall Season: 85th Anniversary Faculty Concert, Charlie Parker Festival, Community Music School Festival

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Celebrating 85 years, the Music Institute of Chicago announces the 2014–15 season of its popular Faculty and Guest Artist Series. All concerts take place at the historic Nichols Concert Hall, 1490 Chicago Avenue in the heart of downtown Evanston.

85th Anniversary Opening Concert
Saturday, September 20, 7:30 p.m.
The Music Institute of Chicago’s stellar faculty is more than 150 strong. The season opens with a celebration of the Music Institute’s 85th anniversary and features an impressive roster of faculty artists performing compositions associated with the number 85, including C.S. Lang’s Fanfare, Op. 85 for organ; selections from Schumann’s 12 Character Pieces for Small and Big Children, Op. 85 for four-hand piano; Mendelssohn’s Songs Without Words for piano, Op. 85; Ravel’s String Quartet, L. 85; Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco’s Capricho Diabolico, Op. 85; and Stravinsky’s Octet.

Jazz Festival: Celebrating the Music of Charlie Parker
The Music Institute of Chicago’s fifth annual Jazz Festival celebrates the incredible career and influence of jazz icon Charlie Parker.

Friday, November 7, 7:30 p.m.
The festival opens with a rare performance of music from the legendary Bird with Strings recordings with jazz veteran Charles McPherson as saxophone soloist. Also on the program is a newly commissioned work by Jazz at Lincoln Center and Northwestern University mainstay Victor Goines, composed for jazz quartet and strings.

Saturday, November 8, 3 p.m.
The festival continues with a lecture by acclaimed cultural critic and author Stanley Crouch, who discusses his recent book Kansas City Lightning: The Rise and Times of Charlie Parker. WBEZ’s Richard Steele serves as moderator.

Saturday, November 8, 7:30 p.m.
The closing concert is a bebop extravaganza, featuring Charles McPherson and the Music Institute jazz faculty quintet, with Victor Garcia, Ernie Adams, Jeremy Kahn and Stewart Miller performing Charlie Parker classics, such as “Confirmation,” “Moose the Mooch” and “Ornithology.”

A special jazz invitational invites high school student jazz ensembles to perform and receive coaching from Charles McPherson and Music Institute jazz faculty.

Community Music Festival
Sunday, April 19–Sunday, May 3, 2015
Two weeks of concerts, master classes, collaborative score-readings and talks mix music lovers and musicians of all ages and levels with some of the greatest professionals. During the festival, Music Institute students perform 100 concerts in local communities at community centers, libraries, senior centers and other grassroots venues.

Cavani Quartet
Sunday, April 19, 3 p.m.
The highly regarded Cavani Quartet, ensemble in residence at the Cleveland Institute of Music celebrates its 30th anniversary at Nichols Concert Hall. The program includes the Mendelssohn Octet, also featuring students from the Music Institute’s Academy for gifted pre-college musicians.

Ying Quartet
Saturday, May 2, 7:30 p.m.
The Grammy Award-winning Ying Quartet has established itself as an ensemble of the highest musical order. Quartet-in-residence at the Eastman School of Music, this distinguished Music Institute alumni group performs classic repertoire along with works the quartet has commissioned.

Nichols Concert Hall
Noted architect Solon S. Beman designed the architecturally and acoustically magnificent First Church of Christ, Scientist, located at 1490 Chicago Avenue in Evanston, in 1912. In 2003, the building was sensitively restored to become Nichols Concert Hall, a state-of-the-art, 550-seat performance space and music education destination, easily accessible to numerous restaurants, on-street and metered parking, and the Davis Street CTA and Metra stations. The converted building, featuring a fully restored, 1914 E. M. Skinner pipe organ, received the Richard H. Driehaus Award for best adaptive use by the Landmarks Preservation Council of Illinois.  Each year Nichols Concert Hall reaches approximately 15,000 people and hosts a world-class chamber music series, workshops and master classes, student recitals, and special events.

Music Institute of Chicago
The Music Institute of Chicago is a community music school dedicated to transforming lives through music education. The institution exists to lead everyone in its community toward a lifelong engagement with music. Founded in 1931, the Music Institute has grown to become one of the three largest and most respected community music schools in the nation. Offering musical excellence built on the strength of its distinguished faculty, commitment to quality, and breadth of programs and services, the Music Institute is a member of the National Guild of Community Schools of the Arts and accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Pre-collegiate Arts Schools (ACCPAS). Each year, the Music Institute’s teachers and arts therapists reach thousands of students and clients of all ages and levels of experience. Music Institute locations include Chicago, Evanston, Winnetka, Lincolnshire, Lake Forest, and Downers Grove. In addition, the Music Institute is proud of its longstanding partnership with the Chicago Public Schools through its Arts Link program. The Music Institute offers lessons and classes, creative arts therapy, and concerts through its Community School, Academy, Institute for Therapy through the Arts (ITA), and Nichols Concert Hall.

All concerts take place at Nichols Concert Hall, 1490 Chicago Avenue in Evanston. Tickets, except where noted, are $30 for adults, $20 for seniors and $10 for students, available online or 847.905.1500 ext. 108. All programming is subject to change.

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